Maths starter activity:
As before, write down your score in the back of your maths book. Can you beat your best score? Hopefully, by now you are improving on the x3 and x4 tables. Perhaps, you could now try the x8 (which is just double x4) or the x6 table (which is just double x3). Don’t forget to learn your division tables too: if 3 x4 = 12, then 12 ÷ 3 = 4.
We’ve had a look at these in class before, so hopefully this is just a little revision. Pictograms are graphs that use symbols to show how many of something there are.
Answers to today’s questions:
Today’s extension questions and answers:
Q1 – Q3 easier
Q4 – Q6 medium
Q7 – Q9 harder
I really like this picture of a Hoopoe and a bee-eater on a branch:
The small, colourful bird on the right (a bee-eater) looks like it is telling the brown, crested bird on the left (a hoopoe) something very interesting. I’d like you to write a conversation between them. You can draw speech bubbles or use inverted commas.
To help you think what they might say you’ll need a few facts about each type of bird (they are both found in the south of France) and also give them a personality! This is called personification – you make an animal have human feelings.
A few hoopoe facts:
- Funky, feathery hair do! (crest)
- Bold stripes
- Its call is “oop oop oop” which is why it is called hoopoe
- Have nests in tree holes or even a wall
- Females can make a bad smell to scare predators away, they hiss too.
- Uses beak to dig for insects
- Lives alone or in a pair
- Flutters like a butterfly
- Loves sunbathing in the sand or dust
Possible hoopoe personality/traits: loud, loner, fierce, good hair style but jealous of the bee-eater's colours, chatty
A few bee-eater facts:
- Rainbow-coloured feathers
- Eats flying insects which they catch in the air – especially bees and wasps, favourite food is honey bees
- Removes the bee’s sting before eating the rest of the bee. They do this by holding the bee in their beak and then rubbing and hitting the insect on a rock
- Lives in huge groups called colonies
- Builds nests by digging a long tunnel in a river bank
- Call is a quiet, gentle preee or prruup
Possible bee-eater personality/traits: quiet, brave (can battle a bee), friendly, acrobatic, hates bad smells (it could smell of honey), vain (likes how it looks), clean (hates walking in mud or soil)
"Do you like my feathery hat? questioned Mrs Hoopoe.
Mrs Bee-eater replied, "It's definitely one of your best features and I like your bold stripes too!" After swallowing a large bee, she added, "I think I look quite beautiful - the sunlight just bounces off my gorgeous feathers."