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You do not have to stick with your own year group's lesson. If you are struggling, try the activities for the year group below, if you don't feel challenged, try the year group above. 


Year 4: Compare fractions

Year 5: Subtract mixed numbers


On the optional worksheets, the difficulty is usually shown in the bottom corner of the page in a star. 

D = Developing (mild)

E = Expected (spicy)

GD = Greater Depth (hot)


It can also be shown by the number of stars. 

* = Mild

** = Spicy

*** = Hot

The Duchess of Cambridge to lead an online assembly on mental wellbeing among children

Today, the Duchess of Cambridge will lead an online assembly for the Oak National Academy during which she will speak about the importance of mental wellbeing among children. The theme of the Duchess’ assembly is ‘spread a little kindness’ and is based on a lesson plan which is available on the Mentally Healthy Schools platform. This platform was developed in collaboration with children’s mental health charity Place2Be and encourages children to explore ways in which they can show kindness and recognise the benefits of kindness to others.

The Mentally Healthy Schools platform can be accessed here:

The assembly will be live on the Oak National Academy website at 11am on Thursday 18 June and can be accessed here:



Grammar Starter


Year 4: Formal and informal

Year 5: Synonyms and Anotnyms


Main Activity

Today you are going to write up your discussion. 


Here are some sentence starters you can use:

Some people believe that…        However others think that…   There is no doubt that…   Furthermore…  Those in favour say that...

Consequently…  Therefore…  Nevertheless...      It could be argued that...


Here are some tips on how to structure your argument. 

  • Your title should be a question (e.g. Is Snape a Good Character?)
  • Introduction
    • Explain what you are going to be discussing. What is the story? Who wrote it? Which character are you going to discuss? 
    • End your introduction with your main question. 
  • New paragraph: Write your points for your main argument. You need to make 2/3 points.
    • Include the emotive language and rhetorical questions you planned.
    • Use conjunctions to connect your sentences.
    • CHALLENGE! Try to use point-evidence-explain. Make a point (e.g. Snape is a good character.) Give evidence (e.g. he was muttering a counter-curse when Quirrell had bewitched Harry's broom to try and make him fall). Explain how your evidence proves your point (e.g. This shows that Snape is a good character because he tried to save Harry's life). 
  • New paragraph: Write your points against your main argument. You need to make 2/3 point. 
    • CHALLENGE Use point-evidence-explain again!
    • Include the emotive language and rhetorical questions you planned.
    • Use conjunctions to connect your sentences.
  • New paragraph - conclusion. 
    • In your conclusion, write one point on each side of the argument, then give your own opinion with a reason. 

Below is an example which includes all of this. 


The way I suggest you read the whole example first, then re-read each paragraph along with my top tips above before you write each paragraph. Also have your own notes from yesterday handy! 


As always, the best ones will be shared on the Cobden page of the website. 

Discussion Example



Today we are going to learn about what life at school would have been like for Shakespeare. 


Start by watching this video:


You can read extra information on this website:



1. Draw a classroom in Shakespeare's time and a classroom today. Label the similarities and differences. 

2. Would you prefer school in Shakespeare's time or today? Explain your answer referring to what you have seen and read.