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Wednesday 8th July

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Today, we are staying in Asia and visiting another country that is well-known for it's yummy food... JAPAN!

 

Read the text below and have a go at answering the questions below in your workbooks.

 

Japan

Quick facts

Capital: Tokyo

Population (approx): 127,728,000

Area: 377,887 sq km

Language: Japanese

Religion: Shinto, Buddhist

Currency: Yen
 

Japan is a country of islands and is located in the Pacific Ocean, off the east coast of Asia. The four largest islands in Japan are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku, covering almost 370,000 sq km.

Most of Japan's population live in valleys and on the narrow coastal plain. More than 40 million people live in Tokyo, the largest city in Japan and also the capital. Tokyo is very overcrowded and the fumes from cars and industry are a major problem.

Sumo wrestling is the national sport of Japan. Two contestants must stand in a ring and try to push each other out of it. Sumo wrestlers attend schools where they are trained and taught to follow a special diet.

The Shinkansen, or bullet train, is the most famous train in Japan and travels at an average speed of 195 km an hour (122 mph).

Workers in Japan are very loyal to their companies. They exercise together, sing the company song daily and even take their holidays together.

Nigirizushi, makizushi and temaki are types of Japanese food called sushi. The fish is often eaten raw or is lightly cooked.

Mount Fuji is located on Honshu Island and is the tallest mountain in Japan. It stands at 3,776 m tall and is very sacred to the Japanese people.

  1. Name the four largest islands in Japan.
  2. Which currency is used in Japan?
  3. What is Japan's national sport?
  4. What is the capital of Japan?
  5. What is another name for the Shinkansen?
  6. Which ocean is Japan located in?
  7. What is the population of Japan?
  8. How high is Mount Fuji?

Writing

This week, we are  to focus on the Year 3/4 Spelling List.

We need to make sure that we know how to read themspell them and can use them in a sentence.

Each day, we will look at six words and I will show you how to use them in a sentence.

Then, I would like you to practise spelling them and write them in a sentence of your own.

Here are today's words:

Here they are in a sentence:

  1. After he had tried them, he found that he actually quite liked peas.
  2. I couldn't wait to complete the game I had started.
  3. My dad's favourite hobby is playing golf.
  4. I'm hoping to learn how to ride my bike in the summer holidays.
  5. The most popular snack bought at the cafe is ice cream.
  6. The teddy I've had for years is very special to me.

Maths

So, this week's learning is about Shapes and their Properties.

So far, we have been finding out about angles.

Now, we are going to use this knowledge to learn more about Triangles.

 

Watch the learning clip to help you before having a go at answering the questions in your workbooks.

Topic - Science

Who has seen and heard a thunderstorm before?

 

 

Did you know that thunder is the sound caused by lightning?

 

Depending on the distance and nature of the lightning, thunder can range from a sharp, loud crack to a long, low rumble.
But why do we hear the lightning after we have seen it?  

Lightning and then thunder...

The reason for this is that light travels much faster than sound

  • Light travels at about 300 million metres per second.
  • Sound travels at about 330 metres per second

 

This means that light travels around a million times faster.

 

So, the sooner we hear the thunder after seeing the lightning, the closer the storm is to us.

 

Has you ever noticed this happening anywhere else? Perhaps when a jet is flying overhead?

Who is correct?

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