The Shiny Chalk by KB 4S – A Wishing Tale

A long time ago, there lived a shepherd boy named John, who took care of sheep on the plains of Jerusalem.  Day after day, John only got half a mango for his work.  One afternoon, a poor woman came to him.  She was very hungry and weak.  Although he had almost nothing to eat himself, John gave his mango to the poor woman generously.

“How kind of you!” stuttered the woman.

“Take this chalk as a gift.” John thanked the woman.

After he came back from work, he drew a flower.  Suddenly, the flowers became real and stayed in his garden.  John was shocked and realised that anything he drew became real!  Then, John drew some fresh grass and some other food and they became real too.  The animals ate until they were full.  Then, John drew a freshwater lake so the animals could drink.

Soon, the message spread far until it reached the king.  When the king heard about the powers of it, he said to John that he wanted a pile of gold.  John refused.

“How dare you refuse!” shouted the king.  “Guards! put this person in prison!”

Later that evening, he drew a prison key, tiptoed out of his cell and then drew a horse so he could get away.

When the king found out, he ran after John with his huge army.  Then, John drew a very deep hole in the ground.  The king thought he could just jump over the hole but right before the king jumped over, John quickly drew a huge, stone wall.  Then, the king fell to his death, never to be seen ever again.

John travelled far and wide to help all the poor people in Jerusalem.







Art Homework – Drawing a fish

This half term, we are continuing to look at sculpture. We would like you to practise drawing your choice of fish. Here are some tutorials to help you, or you could choose to draw your own. We are going to make a 3D sculpture of a fish. Make sure you look at all of details because we will need to be thinking about these when we create the detailing on our sculptures with clay in the future.



Maths – Perimeter and area

Explore perimeter by trying this interactive program. Make sure you click Hide Totals and Hide Perimeter before you start.

Explore area by trying this interactive program. Make sure you click Hide Totals and Hide Area before you start.

Create your own shapes and work out the area in cm2.

Explore area and perimeter by trying this interactive program. Make sure you click Hide Totals and Hide Perimeter before you start and make sure you use the same colour for your shape.

Multiplication and maths fluency

The Times Table Check is in a few weeks‘ time.

Keep working on your multiplication and general maths facts and skills.

As promised, here is the link to the Times Table Check simulator:

A link to Times Tables Rockstars:

Times Tables Snap

Get confident with times tables, doubles and halves and number bonds if you need to:

Get active with your times tables:

Times Tables online flashcards:

Times tables Magic Square speed challenge:


Virtual dice:


Fraction Walls / Fun


100 square

Don’t forget to have fun with your chatterbox/ fortune teller!


Art homework – sculpture – origami

This half term, we are looking at sculpture. We would like you to create your own sculpture using a piece of paper. One kind of sculpture that uses paper is origami. Click on the links to explore how to do simple origami.

(Click on the ‘Download Origami Instructions’ link under each picture for step by step pictures with this link)

Art – Sculptures

Today we have been learning about the Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who used fruits, vegetables, animals, books, and other objects to resemble human portraits.

Here’s an interactive activity to create your own style art. Drag the fruit and vegetables to create an Arcimboldo-style face. Stretch objects by holding down the shift key while dragging. Feed unwanted objects to the hungry mouth which acts like a bin!