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(After Easter) Week 3 20.4.20 - 24.4.20

I hope you all enjoyed the Easter break! 

This half term, our topic is all about INVENTORS!

Our overarching question for the topic is: Could you win the Dragon’s Den challenge?

The children will be researching and finding out all about famous inventors and their inventions. The children will soon be challenged to become an inventor themselves and create their own invention!


This week our question is: What is an inventor?

It would be great if you could show your child a clip of the TV series Dragon's Den (this can be found on BBC Iplayer or Youtube) so that your child understands our overarching question for the topic.

Our Topic Celebration would involve your child presenting their own invention to an audience to see if they can 'win' Dragon's Den!

English/Topic Work

Please share the Powerpoint below to introduce 'inventions'.

Watch this clip about Alexander Graham Bell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n_5jG_9fAE

Now do a safe search (the children know how to access Google Junior online) to research the following famous inventors and write notes about:


Alexander Graham Bell

John Logie Baird

George Stephenson


-Find out 5 facts about their life/childhood?

-What are they famous for? (what is their invention and when did they invent it?)

-How has their invention made life easier for us today? 

-Has their invention evolved? (for example: the invention of the original telephone to the iphone today). 


This week I would teach children strategies for 'skimming and scanning' information online and for 'picking out' key points. When doing an online search, children often copy out any text that they can see, even if they do not understand the content! 

*Please keep your notes ready for next week's task! 









Inventor Powerpoint- introduction


This half term, the children would be learning all about MONEY AND THE COIN SYSTEM. 

Children would begin by recognising and naming all coins and notes. 

Children should be able to count coins confidently to find, then write the total amount.

For example, children should count from the largest coin to reach the total.

(50p + 20p + 5p + 1p + 1p = 77p)


(£5 + 5p + 1p = (£5.06)


*Please note children often find it very tricky to write totals containing pounds and pence- for example £20.04, £8.34 etc so do practise writing money amounts containing pounds and pence!

I always tell children that the job of the decimal point is to separate the pounds from the pence and we do not write a 'p' as well as a £. For example:

£3.20p (incorrect) 

£3.20 (correct!) 


You may use the document at the bottom of the page to count coins but it is much better to count REAL coins and notes! If there is a shortage of notes at home than these can be created using small pieces of paper with values written on!

You could even create your own shop at home. Your child could make price tags for items inside the kitchen cupboards to create their own shop. If possible, get out in the garden and create your own shop! Children could add prices together to create totals and generate receipts for your shopping!


CHALLENGE: Look at the problem below. Can you calculate the different coins that could be used?









Counting coins worksheet