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Happy Canada Day!

Daily Home Learning Blog – Wednesday, 1st July

Good morning Sycamore class, and happy 1st of July – Canada Day! This is the day that Canada celebrates its birthday. Today, Canada becomes 153 years old. Here are today’s learning opportunities:


LO: Analysing famous speeches

 1. Watch and think about a speech

• Watch this clip explaining about a famous speech:

 • Had you ever heard of the ‘I have a dream’ speech? Where did you hear about it?

• Now watch this second clip about the language in the speech.

2. Read other famous speeches

• Read Two Famous Speeches and answer the questions in your home learning book.

Two Famous Speeches

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organise and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”

  • John F Kennedy, President of America, 1961, decision to go to the moon.
  1. What is Kennedy explaining?

2. Why do you think he repeats the phrase "We choose to go to the moon"?


...not because they are easy, but because they are hard...

3. Does this reason surprise you?

4. Why do you think he uses contrasts such as easy and hard in his speech?


“The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term, but America - I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you - we as a people will get there.

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won't agree with every decision or policy I make as president, and we know that government can't solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.

And above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it's been done in America for 221 years - block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.”

  • Barack Obama, 2008 Presidential Victory speech.


4. Who is Obama talking to?


The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep.

5. Is he really talking about an actual road? What is he describing with this image?


...block by block, brick by brick...

6. What affect does this alliteration (repeating the beginning sound) have and why does he use it?

These 2 questions are about both speeches

7. Both speakers say things will happen rather than might or may happen. Why do they use this modal verb in their speech?

8. Which speech do you think is most persuasive? Explain why, giving examples.



LO: Problem solving challenges



LO: The Galapagos Islands

  • Learn about the Galapagos Islands by reading the information and watching the videos.
  • You’re going to pretend that you have visited there, and are writing a postcard to a friend of family member, sharing the sort of thigs you’ve seen and done.
  • Please be sure to include some of the things you learned during his lesson.
  • You may use the template at the bottom of the blog page to help guide you.

That’s all for today. See you tomorrow!

Mr Lindsay

Fun fact of the day: Canada has over 2 million lakes, which takes up about 9% of the total land area.