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Afternoon activities (22nd - 26th June)

Monday - History and Art/DT -  Iroquois Longhouses.

Iroquois tribes lived in Longhouses. There are some pictures in the resources below. Longhouses were exactly that: houses with a long, narrow, rectangular shape. Each longhouse was home to an extended family and up to 20 or more related families lived together. These videos below give you an idea of what longhouses were like.,sometimes%20over%20100%20feet%20long.&text=A%20village%20would%20have%20several,a%20fence%20called%20a%20palisade.

Activities (chose one)

1. Using natural materials or craft materials you have at home, make a model longhouse. Look at the videos and pictures and see if you can create your own model of a longhouse showing as many features as you can.

2. Make a detailed sketch of a longhouse using the videos and pictures to help you. Label the different parts of a longhouse as well as the materials used.

3. Create a presentation on longhouses to show someone at home (or send to me). Use videos and pictures from the resources to show how they were made.

4. Write a report on Iroquois Longhouses under headings of: what was a longhouse, exterior (outside), interior (inside) and villages.




Watch these two short videos on Rivers, including how they are formed and features found along the course of a river. There is a short quiz to do as well.

Now look at this website on American rivers.

Did you know any of the names of rivers in America? Can anyone else at home tell you any rivers in America they know?

Activity (choose one these to do):

1. Pick 5 of the rivers in America. Choose the best way to present a fact file for them, it could be a written list or a paragraph on each one or you could present them using a computer.

2. Make your own 'Top Trumps' cards based on six American rivers. Use headings such as length, how many states they flow through and major cities on the river. 

3. Write a report on one American river using the headings, length, source (where it starts), cities it flows through, which sea it flows into, special features of the river.

4. Use one of the maps below and label the rivers on them. One is just a map of the rivers in America and the other one is a world map.



Science - How do we hear sound?

Today we are going to be learning more about sound and how we hear.


How do we hear sounds around us?

Jot down your ideas before we start working. See what other people at home think.


Watch the BBC Bitesize video here


There are three short videos to watch and then two activities to try. Then, if you have time, choose one of these:

1. Make a poster showing someone at home what you have learnt today about sound - you could use the heading 'How do we hear sound?'

2. Using the diagrams (drawings) in the videos, draw these and label what is happening.

3. Have a look at this website and pick out an activity to do about sound.

4. Look at the Sound Investigation sheet below and pick one or two of the experiments to try at home.



Art / DT - Dreamcatchers

The traditional dreamcatcher was made to protect people from negative dreams. Positive dreams were said to pass through the hole in the centre of the dreamcatcher and slide down the feathers to the sleeping person. Negative dreams get caught up in the web and disappear when hit by the first rays of sunlight.


Look at pictures and examples of Native American dreamcatchers on the sheets and links below. Watch this video to see how a dreamcatcher can be made or use the instruction sheet below. Design and make a personal dreamcatcher using similar materials, including string, wool, feathers and beads. Have fun and share what you have made on the blog.


Friday - Totem pole

Another creative link to our topic, today we look at totem poles and we will make our own. 

Investigate totem pole designs by looking at a range of photographs and illustrations on the sheet below and think what materials and techniques are used to make them. Look at common design features and find out what they represent.

Think carefully about the symbols that you add to your poles. Native American poles often show human, animal and supernatural forms. Totem poles are primarily (firstly) visual representations of kinship, depicting family crests and clan membership. Common crests include the wolf, eagle, grizzly bear, thunderbird, killer whale, frog, raven, and salmon. There is a video here that shows you how to make a totem pole using a kitchen roll tube and card.

There is a sheet below which gives you some information on spirit animals and how you can find what these spirit animals mean to Native Americans.