Good Morning my lovely Olives!
I hope you are looking forward to photographing some wildlife this week! A couple of weeks ago, I was gardening, when I noticed something wriggling around in an old tree stump of ours. When I looked more closely, I realised that it was a female stag beetle. She had obviously just emerged from the place where she had grown from an egg, to a larvae to a pupa and finally into an adult beetle.
The stag beetle is the UK's largest beetle and is found in South East England, particularly in South and West London. It prefers oak woodlands, but can be found in gardens, hedgerows and parks. The larvae depend on old trees and rotting wood to live in and feed on, and can take up to six years to develop before they pupate and turn into adults. The adults have a much shorter lifespan: they emerge in May with the sole purpose of mating, and die in August once the eggs have been laid in a suitable piece of decaying wood. Look for the adults on balmy summer evenings, when the males fly in search of mates. Once the male has found a mate, he displays his famously massive, antler-like jaws to her, and uses them to fight off rival males, in a similar fashion to deer.
Although the beetles can look fearsome, they are actually completely harmless. They are now considered an endangered species in the UK due to loss of habitat, so if you ever see one you are very lucky!
Check out the video I filmed of her in the tree stump.
Have a great day today!
Love Mrs C x x
As a good and convincing investor, you need to plan your persuasive letter so make sure it has the highest impact on the decisional board of the local council.
Today's task will be to plan your letter following the features you have identified yesterday to ensure it has the desired effect on the reader.
Make sure you use yesterday's example to guide you in today's task, as well as the word mat and the planning sheet to help you gather your ideas. Remember, you need to convince the council to agree to create a new amusement park.
Today you will be looking at Lesson 2 - Reasoning about 3D shapes. You will need a ruler for this lesson.
Log on to https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/ to watch the video before you complete the sheet below. Please check your work with the answer sheet attached below.
This week we would like you to get your IPADs, phones or cameras at the ready!
We would like you to take some photographs of some 'Wildlife' that you can see around you. If you have a garden, that is the perfect place to find some wild animals, but if you don't, we are sure that you will be able to achieve this on one of your walks or bike rides. If you are attending school, you may even be able to do this on your way there!
Some of you may be wondering about what sort of wildlife you may spot around our local area, but remember, wildlife doesn't have to be larger species. British wild animals come in all sorts of shapes and sizes!
For example, you may spot some ladybirds, earthworms, birds, snails, squirrels, insects, earwigs, butterflies, spiders, woodlice. The sky is the limit!
Below are some websites you could visit to give you some inspiration! Some creatures that you can find in our local area are actually endangered species such as the 'stag beetle'.
We would like you to take as many photographs as you can, but send us your 1 favourite which we will try and show on our class pages throughout the week. If you do not have a phone, IPAD etc. of your own, maybe your parents or siblings could lend you one, but PLEASE ASK THEIR PERMISSION FIRST! If you really do not have access to anything that you could use to take photographs, you could alternatively create a poster or power point of a chosen animal that you have spotted.
We hope you enjoy having fun with this!