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Monday, 11th May

The Tin Forest by Helen Ward & Wayne Anderson

We looked at this text back in Year 2. We shall be using it as a basis for our GPS work over the next couple of weeks

The Tin Forest

The Tin Forest, written by Helen Ward and illustrated by Wayne Anderson Animation created by Cincinnati State students in the Graphic Design and 3D Animation program in 2006. Instructor Jason K Caudill Audio created by Cincinnati State students in the Audio/Video program in 2006.



Nouns are words that name things.  


Concrete nouns are name for things that you can see, touch, smell or hear.

 chair   road   owl


Abstract nouns are names for ideas or feelings.

happiness     power     success


Collective nouns are names for groups of people or things.

a pack of wolves     a gaggle of geese


Task 1

In your home learning book, sort the nouns below into concrete, abstract and collective nouns.
















Task 2

Watch and listen to either of the versions of the Tin Forest; sort the nouns that you hear into the three groups.  Which group does not have any nouns? Can you think of a couple of examples of this noun that fit with the objects and living things in this book?

Use the look, cover, write, check sheet to consolidate the spellings from today's Purple Mash game

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Outdoor Problem Solving Activity

Square metre rectangles


Vocabulary: square, rectangle, oblong, square metre, area, estimate

Resources: newspapers, sellotape, scissors, measuring tape (or ruler), chalk (if you have it) and a calculator


Activity/ Investigation

Make a square metre out of newspaper.

Without looking at your newspaper template, draw/ mark an oblong on your patio/ garden that you think has the area of 1 m2 (1 square metre)

Measure your oblong and calculate the area.

Use your newspaper template to see how close you were.

Redraw/ mark your oblong so you get closer to 1 m2 

Now can you draw mark an area of 2 m2, 3 m2....


Key Questions

What dimensions of your rectangle will you measure?

How will you measure it?

How will you calculate the area?

In what kind of real life situation would it be useful to be able to visualise and measure area?


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