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Hi everyone!

Well done for more super home learning last week on the Ancient Egyptians. I think we will need to keep an eye out for you all writing in hieroglyphics when we are back in school, you were so great at it! This week’s topic is ‘Oceans’. Dive in and have fun!

Week Beginning: Monday 29th June 2020

Purple Mash

Don’t forget to keep logging into Purple Mash. Each week a new set of 2dos will be set for you to complete. There will be new ones released each day Monday-Friday and each 2do will be available for one week. Keep your eye out this week for lots of ‘Ocean’ related games and activities.  




Here are some challenges this week for you based on the 6 times table.

Challenge sheet 1            Challenge sheet 2          Challenge sheet 3                                          



Look at this picture of a ship sailing on a stormy ocean. Think about: where has it sailed from? Where is it going? What is the cargo? What is in the lost barrel? Write an adventure story about this ship. Here is a guide for how to write your own adventure story.   



Where are the oceans?

Using Google Earth and websites like this one locate where the oceans of the world are. Draw your own world map in your workbook, label the oceans and write a short description of each one.


Pollution of the oceans

Sadly, our beautiful oceans are being polluted with the plastic humans use every day. Read all about this here Scientists think that the amount of plastic in the ocean might triple by 2050 so design a poster to persuade people to reduce their plastic waste. Here are 10 tips for doing this.



Explorers have travelled the world by sea for hundreds of years. Captain James Cook was an English explorer was the first person to accurately map the Pacific Ocean. Read all about him here and have go at the quiz.

Using the information on this website and others you may find, research what life was like on-board Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour during his voyages around the world, draw the ship and label with annotations/illustrations to show what you have learnt. Or, you could write a letter, pretending to be Captain Cook writing to a friend back home, describing life on the ship and his different voyages. 



Sea creatures

The seas around the world are host to a huge variety of life. Watch this short video to see the different creatures that live under the sea.  Create a fact file on a sea creature of your choice – you may choose a certain type of fish e.g. lionfish or you might choose a shark, whale, seal, sea lion, dolphin, octopus, turtle or sea horse.


Salt water density experiment

On average, sea water contains 3.5% salt. Have a go at this experiment to see whether adding salt to water changes whether objects float or sink:

You will need:

  • 2 large bowls
  • Measuring jug
  • Tablespoons
  • Salt
  • 2 eggs
  • A selection of different items to test



  1. Using the measuring jug, fill the bowls two-thirds full with water.
  2. In one of the bowls, add 4 tablespoons of salt per litre of water and stir until dissolved.
  3. Add one egg to the bowl with just water and observe what happens. 
  4. Add the other egg to the bowl of salt water and observe what happens. 
  5. Choose other objects to test
  6. Record your observations in your workbook and write a conclusion – what does adding salt to water do to the density of the water and the ability of objects to float/sink?


Design and Technology

Your challenge this week is to design and make a boat that floats on water. You can use any equipment you like (card, paper, foil etc.) and your boat can look however you want, but it must be able to float on the water for at least 2 minutes and it must be able to take the weight of something small (e.g. counter, lego brick, coin, marble etc.). You might also want to experiment with how many objects your boat can hold and whether changing the shape of your boat effects this.  



Jellyfish sun catchers

With all of the lovely sunshine we have been having, these jellyfish sun catchers would look great hanging in your window. This website tells you all about how to make them.








‘Under the sea’ picture

Using whatever resources you have available to you (paints, crayons, colouring pencils, felt pens etc.) create your own ‘under the sea’ artwork, depicting whatever sea creatures you like and anything else you might want to include (submarines, shipwrecks or even mermaids!)






Try this ocean yoga and pretend to be lots of different sea creatures. Hold each sea creature pose for 3-5 deep breaths if you can. At the end, lie down, close your eyes and take some deep breaths - visualise floating on top of the sea.


Just for fun

Are you gentle like a whale shark or funky like a hammerhead? Visit this website for some fun ocean quizzes and games, including my favourite - the Shark Personality quiz where you find out which shark you are. Can’t wait to hear which ones you all are!


Have fun squirrels!


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