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Summer Term


A warm welcome to the beginning of our rather unusual Summer term! Although it isn't how we expected the term to begin, we are looking forward to exploring some new year 5 topics: the incredible book, Wolf Brother; fascinating comparisons between Stone Age Britain and the Maya civilization, new areas in Maths and various life cycles for name but a few!


Wolf Brother

Our class book for the summer term is Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver. Set six thousand years ago, this is a mature and spectacularly told adventure story.  Evil stalks the land!  Only twelve-year-old Torak and his wolf-cub companion can defeat it.  Their journey together takes them through deep forests, across giant glaciers, and into dangers they never imagined.

Obviously we would much prefer to be able to read it together, but rather than wait until that is possible, we thought it would be lovely to get started. There are several ways to do this. You might prefer to have it read to you (by a family member or listen to it online) or read it yourself (online or by buying the book yourself). See below for different options


Read aloud to you: The guardian site has the book read being aloud by Ian McKellen in 14 episodes. Each episode is approximately 40 minutes long, but can obviously be listened to in 2 or 3 stages if preferred.

E-book: I couldn’t find Wolf Brother on any of the free online e-book libraries but I found a way to read it online without needing to download anything: I have had trouble now accessing this. If you have  too...use the pdf files in the resources.

E-book: You can purchase it for 99p on kindle (at amazon) or 99p at Kobo

Of course, you also have the option of listening to Ian McKellen reading the story whilst you follow it with your version of the book (this could especially be helpful when you go to answer comprehension questions).


We will begin work on Wolf Brother during week 2 (week beginning 27.04.20) - but feel free to get started before then!


Above is the new 2 week timetable of activities: ‘Distance Learning Work’ (each day has one maths, one English and one foundation subject). The resources that you may need for some activities are found below. Most of the work can be done in your books (under the date and learning intention) but if you have done work online, please just put the date and a sentence to describe what you have done in the appropriate book. Any questions, please contact us on DB Primary.

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2-Week Timetable of Activities