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Letter – 4th April 2020 from Mr Ginn (Headteacher) 

Dear Families 

I hope you are all keeping well and adjusting to family life at home in these unprecedented times. The staff and I understand what a challenge this is as we all have families or people who rely on us. 

As you know, Thursday would have been our last day at school before the Easter holiday and normally the children would have a limited amount of homework to do. The rest of the time you would spend doing the things you love. However, we appreciate that this is not a normal Easter holiday! By the end of it most children will have been off school for at least 4 weeks. In recognition of that our wonderful staff have been busy putting together some suggestions for Easter activities for you to enjoy. Each year group has their own and they can be found on our Home Learning pages on the website. 

We are currently working on a solution to Home Learning after the Easter holiday. Just to set your expectations, our approach to providing you with guidance and resources after Easter will be different to those which we have already provided. Like you, our staff must work from home if they are able to and so I have instructed them to do so. As such they will not be able to print out packs as we did before. Our new Home Learning resources will be available through the website by the end of the holiday. 

The staff and I have been in regular contact to discuss how we might communicate with you and offer educational support going forward. We are considering a number of suggestions. As I mentioned, many of our staff have families and I have to be mindful that they will not always be available. Some also have poor internet connection and solutions like video conferencing, Zoom etc., would not be an option. However, we will continue to stay in contact via Twitter. Just to remind you, if you do not have a Twitter account you can access all messages via the website. I will also continue to send you letters. 

I hope that the Home Learning packs have been of use and that you find the Easter Holiday Activities inspiring. Most of all I hope you are keeping well and are enjoying some unexpected quality family time. 

Kind regards
Steve Ginn
Headteacher
4th April 2020

Letter – 19th March 2020 from Mr Ginn (Headteacher) 

Dear Families

I am sure you will agree it is vital children continue to learn. Without continued learning it could put children at a disadvantage, so much so that they may not 'catch-up'. So we urge you to use all the resources provided and support your child. Of course, we appreciate that this is not an easy time for families and that for some it may be a challenge. In essence, we are saying, if you can then you should.

I really do hope that the hard work that staff have put-in to make this possible is welcomed and appreciated.

We will also be communicating with you regarding learning at home via this page and adding resources which will supplement the work teachers have prepared for their classes. Please also keep an eye on School News via the wesbite and app. Class teachers may also use Twitter to tweet messages of guidance and support. If you do not use Twitter you may view tweets on the school website.

If you haven't already, I would urge you to sign-up for the school app. Instructions can be found by visting the News tab on the website and clicking on School App.

At this present time we do not not know how long schools will be closed to the majority of pupils. The resources provided are designed to last for approximately 2 weeks or until the Easter Holidays. Hopefully by then we will know when we will reopen and can provide more resources for families if necessary.

Kind regards
Steve Ginn
Headteacher
19th March 2020

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Talk for Writing News - April 2020

Free reading spine guide 

If you’re using this time to consider how to improve reading in your school, Pie’s free Reading Spine Guide should help. This step-by-step guide suggests the books to get in place and explains how to use them across your school.

Daily LIVE radio show

On weekday mornings, Pie presents a free, creative and interactive literacy show called  RadioBlogging at 9.30am. The hour-long show teaches writing and children can post their own writing online and receive feedback. The show is ideal for home learning and school.

Pie answers your frequently asked questions

New to TfW or looking for a recap on a particular aspect of the approach? Pie has answered the most frequently Googled questions about TfW here.

Daily LIVE YouTube body percussion classes

Fancy a change from Joe Wicks? Every weekday morning at 11am, Ollie from The Beat Goes On is running live body percussion workshops on YouTube. TfW has worked with Ollie for years, mixing body percussion with literacy. Give his classes a go here

Online school training

Lots of schools have got in touch as they’re using this time to update their development plan or plan future training. If you need help planning or want online training, TfW trainers are still working and contactable here

Building your vocabulary

We’ve added two new free prefix vocabulary word games put together by Julia Strong to our web resources. There’s an easy one here and a hard one here.

Paradise Poetry 

If you’re looking for a poetic stimulus, why not try the title poem of Roger Robinson’s TS Eliot-prize-winning collection, A Portable Paradise? Two teachers did just that. See their results here.

 

Please click on your class below to view details.

Easter Activity Ideas –
04.04.20 to 19.04.20

Reception – Oak Class (Mrs Burden & Mrs Wakeham)

Below are some ideas of activities which you may like to do over the Easter holidays

• Read/listen to the Easter story. You may have a children’s bible to read or you could watch the BBC clip below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/lets-celebrate-easterperformance

Twinkl also has a written version which you can download and read.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-5074-the-easter-story-powerpoint

• Log on to purple mash, click on ‘Mini Mash’, ‘Enter Mini Mash’ and click on the Easter egg on the washing line. You can decorate your own. Click on the purple 3 lines on the left-hand side and click ‘save’. You can then save your work in your tray.

• Have an Easter egg hunt!

• Make an Easter card for someone in your family. What message can you write inside?

• Do some Easter cooking, you could make rice crispy/cornflake/ shredded wheat nests, Easter biscuits, traybake etc

• Make an Easter basket. There are various printable baskets online or you may like to design your own

• Handprint Easter bunnies

• Fingerprint sheep

• Decorate an egg template (twinkl), use a peg and cotton wool dipped in paint to create a pattern

• Make a lolly stick/paper cross and decorate

• Sing some Easter songs- hot cross buns, sleeping bunnies etc

There are a wide range of activities on the twinkl website which you can do if you are able to print. These include

• Colouring sheets

• Dot to dots

• Missing number sheets

• Templates for an Easter basket

As well as many more:
https://www.twinkl.co.uk and search ‘Easter’

Have fun and please send us photos on tapestry of some of the lovely things that you have been up to 😊

 

Year 1 – Ash Class (Miss Hoad)

20 Things to do in the Easter Holiday

1. Melt your Easter eggs and make chocolate crispie cakes
2. Blow out an egg and decorate it
3. Go on a minibeast hunt in your back garden
4. Make your own Easter garden and retell the story
5. Build a den in your room or back garden
6. Make a dippy egg and soldiers with an adult
7. Create a bunny painting using your hand print
8. Make a chirping chick pop-up Easter card
9. Create a random acts of kindness jar
10. Teach your adults how to say ‘Hello!’ in Romanian
11. Write an Easter poem
12. Make a frame for a picture out of egg cartons
13. Paint with chocolate
14. Create an Easter crown
15. Share your favourite story with your teddy
16. Learn to tie your shoelaces
17. Get crafty with loo rolls
18. Make a mud pie
19. Keep an Easter holiday diary
20. HAVE FUN!!!

 

 

Year 2 – Beech Class (MIss Hilton)

Here is a list of ideas to keep you busy over the Easter period. Don’t forget to keep Miss Hilton updated via our Twitter page @Beechclasseye2. 

 

 Activity 

Examples/ ideas/ useful links 

Ready steady bake! 

Bake something linked to Spring or Easter such as hot cross buns or chocolate nests. BBC good food website has lots of fun suggestions. Write up your recipe in a family cook book. 

Play games as a family. 

Challenge yourself and your family with an egg and spoon race or ‘pass the egg’ increasing the distance every time you make a successful catch. Or perhaps have a go at creating a team building game outside where you need to work together to get from one side of your space to the other using only 2 items to stand on. 

Planting. 

Plant some seeds, bulbs or plants. Can you label them? Can you write instructions on how you did it? Can you keep a plant diary and record how they change each week? Can you label any parts of the plant once they grow? 

Saving the planet in 30 minutes! 

When out on your daily trip outside take a bag, some gloves and a litter picker (if you have) and look after the nature in your environment by picking up bits of rubbish with the help of your grownups. 

Den building. 

Make a reading den in your outside space using fabric, blankets, sheets or towels. Build a cosy den indoors, crawl inside with a torch and read some books. Perhaps put up your tent for a family camp out! 

Movie Makers. 

Using Lego characters or other small toys, make a stop motion movie (download the app Stop Motion to your phone or Ipad). 

Drawing. 

Try drawing in different places like under the table, upside down, in the bath (empty!) or in the garden. Doodle with lines or shapes or sketch what you see. 

Letter writing. 

Write a letter to a friend, family member, celebrity, sports person or someone you are just simply missing chatting to. Send it in the post or through the letter box on your daily trip out. Think how this will make their day! 

Go for a swim. 

Get your swimmers and goggles on and go for a swim in your bath! You may not be able to get to the local pool but you can use your imagination and have fun swimming at home! 

Make a time capsule. 

Add interesting and significant items to a time capsule that can be buried in your space or out in the local environment. Add things such as pictures, paintings, letters, photographs, objects of interest, newspaper articles. 

Have a picnic. 

Have a picnic lunch or even just a snack sitting outside on a blanket. Maybe toast some hot cross buns! 

Keep a diary. 

We know this is a strange time for us all but perhaps keep a diary to look back on in months/ years to come when we are all back to normal. Write with features of diary; remember the day and the date to write in the first person. Diary entries are a great way to record living memory. 

Audio books. 

Listen to a children’s podcast or audio book. Try Harper Collins children’s books website and Audible through Amazon. 

Make a bookmark. 

Press some flowers or leaves using parchment paper and heavy books then use them to decorate book marks. 

 

 

Year 3 – Willow Class (Miss Brown)

Stuck for ideas of how to keep busy and entertained whilst staying at home over the Easter holidays? Try some of the ideas on the Willow Class Easter Bingo! 

How many activities can you complete over the two weeks? Can you complete a row, two rows, or even the whole grid? 

Please tweet any photos of your activities to @EyePrimaryYear3, as I would love to see (and keep your eyes on the Twitter as I may be trying some myself!). 

Miss Brown 

 

 Create your own board game to play with family. 

Find some pebbles and paint them to look like Easter eggs. 

Make up a dance or fitness circuit based on Easter animals (e.g. hopping bunnies, skipping lambs). 

Have an Easter egg hunt... where each clue is revealed after solving a Maths question! 

Do some Easter baking – how about chocolate nests or iced Easter biscuits? 

Make an Easter card. Challenge: can you make a pop-up card

Build a den (indoors or outdoors) and read a book in your den. 

Decorate a symmetrical egg. 

Writing Prompt

What if the Easter Bunny was actually an Easter Dragon? 

Do a Wildlife Scavenger Hunt and record everything that you find. 

Create some ‘Wild Art’ – what can you make out of natural objects? 

Play a game with your family... no screens allowed! 

Make a ‘Multiples Egg’! 

Gardening: plant some flowers, herbs or vegetables in your garden. 

Writing Prompt: While hunting for Easter Eggs, I stumbled upon a magical 

egg, which transported 

me to... 

Make an Easter wreath (you could use craft supplies or nature!) 

 

 

Year 4 – Hazel Class (Mrs Fisher & Mrs Hare)

1. Create a tally chart for recording the birds who visit your garden. (Visit the RSPBwebsite for help with identifying them and ideas for encouraging them to visit).

2. Make Easter themed story stones and use them to tell stories to each other.

3. Create small words using natural spring materials found in your gardens / when out walking.

4. Do some egg experiments (those pictured were found at science-sparks.com).

5. Make paper mache Easter eggs or hot air balloons (theimaginationtree.com).

6. Use celery sticks to create rose paintings (theimaginationtree.com).

7. Make some marbled paper using shaving foam (theartfulparent.com).

8. Make an egg sun-catcher using blossom petals (theartfulparent.com).

9. Create and complete a scavenger hunt.

10. Make life-cycle wheels for wildlife/plant-life found in your area.

11. Get the kids to make you an Easter treasure hunt with clues (they could make things for you to find or perhaps could bake some buns/biscuits and hide those).

12. Get the children to draw a detailed plan of the house/garden and mark on their plan where you have hidden something for them to find (this could be an Easter treat /‘voucher’ for an activity of their choice / a letter you have written to them).

 

Year 5 – Maple Class (Mrs Jarvis)

Here are some ideas to keep you busy over the Easter period. Don’t forget to keep Mrs Jarvis posted via our class Twitter page @mapleclass51

The Great ‘Maple’ Bake Off
  • Go onto some of the links below for great Easter baking ideas
  • https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/fun-easter-projects-kids
  • https://realfood.tesco.com/gallery/10-easter-bakes-to-make-with-the-kids.html
  • https://www.asdagoodliving.co.uk/food/features/baking-recipes-for-kids
  • Bake anything you can, be as creative as possible
Gardener’s World
  • Plant some seeds, bulbs or plants. Can you label them? Can you write instructions on how you did it? Can you keep a plant diary and record how they change each week? Can you label any parts of the plant once they grow?
  • Build a den in your garden where you can read your favourite book
  • Create an Easter work-out for you and your family to complete
  • Create an obstacle course to keep you fit and active
Art and DT Mania
  • Paint a hard-boiled egg with an exciting pattern
  • Design packaging for your dream Easter egg
  • Create a ‘Wanted’ poster for the Easter bunny
  • Google ‘Easter origami’; ‘Easter toilet roll craft’ or ‘Easter sewing’ for some amazing ideas!
  • Make a time capsule and add interesting and significant items that could be buried in your garden or, when you can go outside again, in your local area. Include things like: pictures, photographs and or newspaper articles - make it personal to you!
Maple Writers
  • Create an Easter Word Search and get your family to complete it
  • Write an Easter Poem
  • Write a short story titled ‘The Night Before Easter’
  • Keep a diary of each day over the Easter Holidays
  • Write a persuasive letter to an Easter Egg thief persuading them to return the stolen eggs to the Easter bunny in time for Easter morning.
  • Write an Easter prayer

 

Year 6 – Cedar Class (Miss Thornton)

Easter creating 
  • Create an Easter wordsearch, cross word or quiz
  • Design the packaging for your dream Easter egg
  • Design a trap to capture the Easter bunny!
  • Create a ‘Wanted’ poster for the Easter bunny
  • Create a ‘Stop Animation’ Easter themed story (using the free downloadable app)
  • Research how Easter is celebrated around the world
Easter baking 

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/fun-easter-projects-kids

https://realfood.tesco.com/gallery/10-easter-bakes-to-make-with-the-kids.html

https://www.asdagoodliving.co.uk/food/features/baking-recipes-for-kids

Easter craft

Google ‘Easter origami’ ‘Easter toilet roll craft’ ‘Easter sewing’ for some amazing ideas!

Easter artwork

 

 

 

Home Learning –
23.03.20 to 03.04.20

Reception – Oak Class (Mrs Burden & Mrs Wakeham)

Compulsory Home Learning: Daily Tasks

  • Share a story together. Ask your child questions about the pictures. Ask your child to read words which are decodable. Predict the ending of the story etc. Are there any rhymes in your story?
  • Practise the sounds and tricky words in the homework box. Make words using the sounds. Make duplicates of the tricky words to play a pairs matching game. Practise writing the tricky words both by copying and in a sentence if able.
  • Practise the words in your word challenge. (Move onto the next word challenge if able).
  • Practise counting 1-20 and back again. Practise counting objects/ buttons/ spoons- anything you can think of!
  • Practise the numbers in your number wallet. You could order them, practise writing them, find the number 1 more/1 less. You could make duplicates to play a pairs matching game.
  • Play one of the activities from the letters and sounds resources booklet

Topic Home Learning

  • Have fun!
  • Use junk to make a model.

  • Make playdough….. 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, 2 cups of water, 2tbsp of oil, 4 tsp cream of tartar, food colouring. Mix together in a bowl. Cook in the microwave for 5 minutes. Stir every minute.

  • Play in the garden. Hunt for minibeasts, look at the flowers/ trees…..
  • Create an obstacle course inside/ outside e.g. 5 jumps at the plant pot, 2 burpees (practised in CrossFit) at the patio, 5 hops at the sofa etc.
  • Do some yoga- google search ‘cosmic kids yoga’. There are many different topics to choose from.
  • Do some cooking.
  • Have a go at some of the purple mash activities- login attached

  • Use the game board to make and play a game. You could add sounds/ words/ numbers etc. If you do not have a dice, use the number cards 1-6 to turn over instead.
  • Create a diary, drawing a picture and writing about what you do each day
     

You can download the complete pack of resources here:

 

Year 1 – Ash Class (Miss Hoad)

Compulsory Home Learning: Daily Tasks

These tasks will cover two weeks of home learning, and will be reviewed after that time period if necessary. Any paper resources needed to complete these activities will be provided along with this pack.

For both the compulsory and optional home learning tasks, linked  PurpleMashPurpleMash 2Dos or helpful websites may be suggested by your class teacher as appropriate, however all subject areas are still possible without computer access.

Reading/Phonics
  • Daily reading practice – I have attached some comprehension questions to discuss (Page 1)
  • Sharing stories with adults and/or siblings
  • Going through phonics sounds on the sheet given – reading them, writing them, finding things around the home with that sound in (Just like Mr Thorn does phonics!) (Page 1a)
Spelling

Use the attached sheet of spelling words (Page 2 &3) – to practise these, you can:

  • Cover them with your hand and challenge yourself to write without looking
  • Use as many as possible in a sentence
  • Sound talk them (if you can! If there are tricky words, train your brain to remember them!)
  • Write the sound buttons on them (if you can! If there are tricky words, train your brain to remember them!)
  • Write them out in a tray of sand/sugar/salt/mud/slime
English
Week 1 – Writing a meeting tale Week 2 – Writing a meeting tale

Monday
Draw your own story map (Page 4)

Tuesday
Re-enact the story (Page 5 – model text)

Wednesday
Describe a character toolkit (Page 6)

Thursday
Describe a setting toolkit (Page 7)

Friday
Repeating words tool kit (Page 8)

Monday
My meeting tale (Page 9)

Tuesday
Carry on from Monday

Wednesday
Write your meeting story! (Page 10)

Thursday
Carry on from Wednesday

Friday
Carry on from Thursday

   
Times Tables practice
Maths
  • Week 1: revision of number and place value (Pages 11-15)
  • Week 2: revision of addition and subtraction (Page 16 – show these number bonds using objects around your house or garden – you can even create your own harder addition and subtraction problems and take photos!)

Topic Home Learning

  • For each of these subjects, your teacher has suggested three different activities or projects for you to choose from.
  • We do not expect adults to be teaching any new content at home: these activities have been chosen to reinforce key skills and continue topics already introduced at school.
  • Be creative and have fun with these home learning tasks! You will have the opportunity to share your work with your teacher and classmates when you return to school.
Science
  • See which material makes the best boat out of paper, tin foil or plastic bags and try and figure out why.
  • See if you can find examples around your house and garden of our main materials – plastic, paper, metal, wood, water, rock, fabric and glass.  
  • Grab your favourite teddy and wrap him/her in some of our main materials. Next, dunk them in the bath! Which materials were absorbent and which were waterproof?
History/Geography
  • Draw out a rocket shape and list the 10 things that you would take to the moon with you!
  • Collect some recycling from around your house – like cereal boxes and plastic bottles. See if you can create a space rocket like the one Neil Armstrong went to the moon in!
  • Watch the YouTube video of the moon landing – grab some bedsheets and recreate the surface of the moon so you can re-enact the moon landing.
Art/D&T
  • Show your family how to make a spring.
  • Create an Easter card with a little chick inside using our technique from art – YouTube has lots of tutorials.
  • Paint the shell of a hardboiled egg to celebrate Easter.
PE
  • Teach your family how to do an ironman, a superman and a deep squat.
  •  Come up with a Crossfit circuit to enjoy in your back garden.
  • How many skips can you do?
RE
  • Create your own Christian prayer and decorate the border.
  • Read the Easter story.
  • Retell the parable of The Lost Sheep

 

You can download the complete pack of resources here:

 

 

 

Year 2 – Beech  Class (MIss Hilton)

Compulsory Home Learning: Daily Tasks

These tasks will cover two weeks of home learning, and will be reviewed after that time period if necessary.

For both the compulsory and optional home learning tasks, linked  PurpleMashPurpleMash activities or helpful websites may be suggested by your class teacher as appropriate, however all subject areas are still possible without computer access.

Reading
  • Daily reading and phonics practice. This could be HFWs, phonic sound mats and phase words.
  • Sharing stories with adults and/or siblings. How many can you share? Can you write a book review? Can you discuss what is happening in the pictures and text?
  • Some reading comprehension activities will be set as part of the weekly English schedule.
Spelling
  • Use the termly spelling lists
  • Spelling activities and games
English
Week 1 – Writing genre- rags to riches stories Week 2 – Writing persuasive letters

Monday
Draw a main character and write a list of adjectives to describe personality, how they feel and what they look like.

Tuesday
Write power of three sentences to help build a character description. Begin to explain why they feel the way they do.

Wednesday
Draw a setting for your rags to riches story and label it using adjectives. Think about using the senses to help.

Thursday
Write a setting description. Use power of three sentences with adjectives. Write sentences using the senses. Write sentences with commas for listing more than one object or idea.

Friday
Write some sentences or labels using the possessive noun apostrophe. These can be for items in your home.

Monday
Plan your rags to riches story with a beginning, middle and end. Draw pictures and write sentences or key words for each part to remind you of what happens. Write key phrases/ sentences you want to include when writing your story.

Tuesday
Write your story beginning. Use exciting language and vocabulary. Perhaps use dialogue for your main character.

Wednesday
Write your story middle.

Thursday
Write your story ending (remember this should be positive!)

Friday
Write a list of adverbs then write sentences. Remember to use correct punctuation and grammar.

   
Times Tables practice
  • Practice counting in 2s, 3s and 5s.
  • Use Purple Mash for games and activities
  • White Rose Maths have some good resources and activity ideas
  • Numberrock.com do raps and songs for times tables
Maths
  • Week 1: revision of addition and subtraction- use all our methods to solve 2 digit number operations and record in number sentences. Addition and subtraction for measure (length). Number bonds to 10/20 and 100. Number bonds within 100.
  • Week 2: revision of multiplication and division
  • Purple Mash maths activities

Topic Home Learning

  • For each of these subjects, your teacher has suggested three different activities or projects for you to choose from.
  • We do not expect adults to be teaching any new content at home: these activities have been chosen to reinforce key skills and continue topics already introduced at school.
  • Be creative and have fun with these home learning tasks! You will have the opportunity to share your work with your teacher and classmates when you return to school.

     

Science
  • Look for micro habitats in your garden/ outside space. Discuss the names of plants and animals that you can see. Can you think of any food chains for that habitat?
  • Play some habitat challenge games on bbc bitesize for KS1.
  • Draw food chain pictures. Label the producer (plant) and consumers.
History/Geography
  • Research 10 facts about the United Kingdom.
  •  Write a list of the 4 countries, main cities and rivers in the UK.
  •  Create an information poster or leaflet about the UK.
Art/D&T
  • Design and write an ingredients list for a healthy smoothy or fruit salad.
  • Watch a cooking programme together.
  • List food objects under the correct food group heading of-Fruit & Veg/ Fats & sugars/ Carbohydrates/ Dairy/ Protein
PE
  • Do some Cosmic Kids yoga. (lots of fun ones on Youtube)
  • Get some fresh air and stay active! Kick a ball, throw a ball, ride a bike, start jumps etc.
  • Time challenge – how many …. Can you do in … minutes?
  • Burpees/ squats/ star jumps/ iron man shoulder taps/ ski jumps/ bunny hops (children’s choice, sorry!)
RE
  • Write a Christian prayer and share it with your family before meal time.
  • Create an Easter garden
  • Tell your family one of the parable stories you have learnt.

Useful Websites

www.sholastics.co.uk

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

www.purplemash.com

 

 

Year 3 – Willow Class (Miss Brown)

Compulsory Home Learning: Daily Tasks

These tasks will cover two weeks of home learning, and will be reviewed after that time period if necessary. Any paper resources needed to complete these activities will be provided along with this pack.

Linked Youtube videos, PurpleMash 2Dos or helpful websites may be suggested by your class teacher as appropriate, however all subject areas are still possible without computer access.

Reading
  • Daily reading practice, and sharing stories with adults and/or siblings

  • Listening to stories read aloud on YouTube (you will find most picture books on here!) or Google ‘BBC Bedtime Stories’

Spelling
  • Use the attached sheet of spelling words: Common Exception Words
  • I would suggest choosing and focusing on 5 of these words per week.
  • Ideas for spelling activities/ games: spelling hangman, race against the clock (how quickly can you write the words correctly?), writing words in bubble writing/ rainbow colours/ typed, Spelling Shed (https://www.spellingshed.com/) - 14 day free trial
English
Week 1 – Writing defeating the monster stories Week 2 – Writing newspaper articles

Monday
create and describe your own monster. Can you use exciting adjectives and similes?

Tuesday
create the hero of your story

Wednesday
plan your story

Thursday
write your story

Friday
EITHER edit your story and write it up neat, in your best handwriting, OR type your story up using the PurpleMash template

Monday
read and answer questions about a newspaper article

Tuesday
creative writing about an alien invasion (using the picture stimulus given).

Wednesday
plan a newspaper article about an alien invasion

Thursday
write your article

Friday
draw a story map and make up actions to retell your newspaper article or story from last week
 

   
Times Tables practice
Maths
  • Week 1: revision of addition and subtraction (numbered in order 1-5)
  • Week 2: revision of multiplication and division (numbered in order 1-5)
  • Each task is split into 3 challenges: children must complete at least one of these per day.
  • See attached calculation guidance to better understand the methods that your child has learnt at school for the four operations.

Times Tables Rockstars own another website called Numbots (play.numbots.com) which is offering a free trial at the moment where children can practise arithmetic skills. Log-in with the same TTRS logins.

Topic Home Learning

  • For each of these subjects, your teacher has suggested three different activities or projects for you to choose from. You must complete at least one from each of the 5 subjects over the next two weeks (but you are welcome to do more!).

  • We do not expect adults to be teaching any new content at home: these activities have been chosen to reinforce key skills and continue topics already introduced at school.

  • You will have the opportunity to share your work with your teacher and classmates when you return to school… and you can send Miss Brown photos of your work on Twitter! @EyePrimaryYear3

Science
  • Forces and Magnets: how many magnets or magnetic objects can you find in your house? Make a list of these and what they are used for.
  • Rocks: what kinds of rocks can you find in your garden/ along the way during a walk? Sort them depending on whether you think they are sedimentary, metamorphic or igneous (a guide is provided).
  • Light and Reflection: Water Refraction Experiment (guide included)
History/Geography
  • Stone Age to Iron Age: create a model of Stonehenge, using any creative resource you would like (I am thinking of lego, clay, building blocks, or even biscuits!).
  • Natural Disasters: create a performance, artwork or piece of writing about a volcano. You could do some research, write a story, create a dance… it is up to you! (If you have a sibling in Year 5, you could do this together.)
  • Historical enquiry skills: what is the oldest object in your house? Describe its history (where did it come from, how old do you think it is, what is it used for etc.) and sketch the artefact.
Art/D&T
  • Learn to draw Prince Grogbah from The Nothing To See Here Hotel with the illustrator himself, Steven Lenton! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou4M9EY5YqU or search “draw prince grogbah” on Google.)
  • Do some cooking or baking with a member of your family.
  • Continue learning how to draw a self-portrait. Videos with step by step instructions of eyes, lips and nose are on the “RapidFireArt” Youtube Channel. You can then use a mirror or a photo to have a go at drawing your own face or a family members face!
PE
  • Create a fitness circuit which you can practise in your house or garden, including lots of different exercises.
  • Go for a long walk in the fresh air with your family. Can you make a map of where you walked?
  • Do a yoga routine, following along with “Cosmic Kids Yoga” on YouTube.
RE

 

You can download the complete pack of resources here:

 

 

Year 4 – Hazel Class (Mrs Fisher & Mrs Hare)

Compulsory Home Learning: Daily Tasks

These tasks will cover two weeks of home learning, and will be reviewed after that time period if necessary. Any paper resources needed to complete these activities will be provided along with this pack. You can complete any written activities in your orange home learning book.

English
Reading Writing and comprehension Spellings
Read for 15 minutes each day (for some of those, read to an adult). Try to vary what you read so that you read poetry, fiction, instructions etc.

There are 4 pieces of writing/comprehension to complete in the booklet. Complete all parts (including ‘Now try these’)

There are spelling sheets in the Spelling task book to complete.

To do – After you finish your book, Write a book review on the sheet provided then redesign the front cover and the blurb on the other sheet provided.

To do – Complete the tasks for all 4 pieces in your orange home learning book or on lined paper

To do – Complete the spelling tasks in the booklet.

Maths

Complete all tasks in the Maths Task booklet. Spend 30 – 45 minutes a day on Rockstars ​​​​​. You could also play some of the Maths games on Purplemash. Also make sure that you are regularly looking at the time on a digital and analogue clock and telling your family what the time is.

Topic Home Learning

Science

If you can, complete the experiment, mini water world.

History/Geography

In History we will be starting a new topic on The Romans. Choose one of the tasks to complete from the sheet. You could tackle more than one of these if you would like to.

PE

Complete the following dance warm up twice a week https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2H9gLQB0xc. After that watch/listen to the Carnival of animals dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L993HNAa8M. Choose an animal and make a dance routine to the music. Practise it each week and show it to family.

Extra

Try to watch Newsround each day and discuss with your family what you have seen.

Mrs. Napier’s tasks

Look at the other sheet for Mrs. Napier’s tasks.

 

 

Year 5 – Maple Class (Mrs Jarvis)

Compulsory Home Learning: Daily Tasks

These tasks will cover two weeks of home learning, and will be reviewed after that time period if necessary. Any paper resources needed to complete these activities will be provided along with this pack.

For both the compulsory and optional home learning tasks, linked PurpleMash 2Dos or helpful websites may be suggested by your class teacher as appropriate, however all subject areas are still possible without computer access.

Reading
  • Daily reading practice
  • Sharing stories with adults and/or siblings
  • Some reading comprehension activities will be set as part of the weekly English schedule.
Spelling
  • Use the attached sheet of spelling words (children know which group)
English
Week 1 – Writing a suspense story Week 2 – Continuation of suspense story

Monday
Read model text and highlight features

Tuesday
Create a toolkit for suspense story writing

Wednesday
Write a blurb for the story 50 – 100 words and draw a front cover

Thursday
Draw a map of the story

Friday
Create a list of suspense words

Monday
Rewrite the model text and change an element of it (innovation)

Tuesday
Complete the reading comprehension

Wednesday
Box up your suspense story

Thursday
Write your suspense story

Friday
Finish writing your suspense story

Times Tables practice

Maths
  • Week 1: Interpreting pictograms, draw bar charts
  • Week 2: Read and interpret Line Graphs, Statistics Challenge Cards
  • Purple Mash – Lines of Symmetry, Graphs

Home Learning Choice Tasks

  • For each of these subjects, your teacher has suggested three different activities or projects for you to choose from.
  • We do not expect adults to be teaching any new content at home: these activities have been chosen to reinforce key skills and continue topics already introduced at school.
  • Be creative and have fun with these home learning tasks! You will have the opportunity to share your work with your teacher and classmates when you return to school.
Science
  • Create your own experiment to separate different sized solids or mixtures of liquids. Remember to make it a fair test. Record your experiment however you like e.g. take photographs, write it up or create a PowerPoint
  • Go outside in your back garden and see how many materials you can find and describe their properties.
  • Make a boat out of paper, tin foil or Clingfilm and see which one is most buoyant. Explain why.
History/Geography
  • Create a poster about crime and punishment in the Tudor times. This could be drawn on paper or a blank poster template has been set as a to do on Purple Mash
  • Research facts about other natural disasters (not volcanoes) and record your findings however you like
  • Research an example where fair trade has benefitted a community and present your findings however you like
Art/D&T
  • Create a diorama of a natural disaster
  • Make a recipe with fair trade produce and get a review from someone who has sampled it
  • Make a board game based on one of our topics this year
PE
  • Create and do a set of exercises in your garden to increase your fitness
  • Choreograph a short dance about a natural disaster
  • Come up with some relaxing exercises to promote a calm and healthy mind set
RE
  • Create an Easter garden   
  • Create a cartoon strip of the Christian Easter story
  • Create and decorate your own cross

 

Year 6 – Cedar Class (Miss Thornton)

Dear Year 6

How unusual is this? Doing your work from home rather than in school. Don’t worry though – Miss T has got you covered! Below I have listed all the information you need in order to have a go at the kind of learning we would be doing in class, but instead you are going to be doing it in the comfort of your own home! Please show this letter to your parents so you can work out together what you will be doing and when. I have included my personal recommendation for each subject, but it is down to you and your family to decide what will work best for you.

We are working a little bit differently to the other classes in our school as we have SATs this year. I don’t know whether these will still be held in May as planned, or if we may now do them a little later on in the year, but whenever we eventually do them, we want to feel prepared. Let’s keep working hard so that all the hard work we have already put into them doesn’t go to waste! The school have bought you some lovely shiny books which are yours to keep. You can write inside them (no black and white photocopies – yay!) and yes, you may use whatever pen you like! The answers are in the back of them all too, so you can mark your own work once you have finished.

However, as you know, we don’t just learn things for our SATs in Year 6. We do so many other subjects which have equal importance. I have given you a grid where you can choose to complete activities which may result in you coding, building, baking, digging, running, dancing…you name it! There are lots of exciting ideas there and many opportunities for you do something which doesn’t involve reading, writing or working out the answer to a maths question – use it as an opportunity to showcase your hidden talents.

The most important message I want to deliver to you is please don’t worry. You are all so fabulous and have nothing to worry about. I’ve got you covered! I am going to miss your smiles, your questions, your laughs, your dramas and your Cedar quirks…but I must admit, I think I will enjoy the peace and quiet! We will be back together again before you know it.

Take care and work hard for me and in return I promise to provide you with the most epic Friday raffle when we reunite.

Miss T x

 

Year 6 – working from home

Keep checking

Our class twitter page is @CedarClassY6 (it is free to make a twitter account if your parents don’t already have one).

Great websites

https://ttrockstars.com/ - great for practising times tables

https://corbettmathsprimary.com/5-a-day/ - great for a ‘5 questions a day’ maths worksheet

https://corbettmathsprimary.com/content/ - great if there’s a particular aspect of maths you find hard – there are videos which explain how to work out the answer and booklets and answers to work through

https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/classroom-resources/problems/ - great if you want to have a go at a maths ‘problem of the day’

https://myminimaths.co.uk/year-6-arithmetic-practice-papers/ - great for practising arithmetic skills

https://spellingframe.co.uk/ - great for practising spellings

https://www.literacyshed.com/home.html - great for videos to inspire writing

http://www.pobble365.com/ - great for stunning images to inspire writing

Spellings (SPaG)

Please practise spellings from the Y3/4 and Y5/6 statutory spelling sheets. These are printed in your pack and are available to download at the bottom of this page. There will also be spelling worksheets available on our class web page should you wish to use them.

Section 4 of the CGP Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling workbook also have spelling activities in them.

I recommend having a go at one spelling activity a day from the CGP book.

Miss T recommends

Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG)

Your mock SATs SPaG scores were amazing! Let’s keep revising all the knowledge and skills we have learnt. I bet some of your families won’t know how to change a sentence from the active to the passive voice like you can!

Section 1, 2 and 3 of your CGP Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling workbook have lots of activities to help you remember the key terminology and put your skills into practice.

I recommend having a go at one punctuation and grammar activity a day from the CGP book.

Miss T recommends

Reading

Please spend lots of time reading books you enjoy during your time at home. You may like to read to yourself in bed; to read to a sibling or family member on the sofa or to hear a story read to you. You may wish to read some age appropriate blogs online, a magazine from the shop, articles from the local newspaper with a parent, a recipe which you would like to try or a poem for fun – you choose!

The CGP reading targeted question book provides lots of reading comprehension challenges, similar to the ones you will find in your SATs. Work through these independently or with an adult. Perhaps an adult could read you the text aloud and you could then answer the questions like we do in class, or you could read the text aloud to them.

 

Miss T recommends: I recommend that you spend 20 minutes a day reading whatever you enjoy. I recommend having a go at one reading comprehension activity from the CGP book every other day. You might like to alternate this with a piece of writing.  Remember, in your reading SATs, you get 20 minutes for each section of the paper. Why not challenge yourself to complete one of the comprehension activities from the book in 20 minutes?

Miss T recommends

 

English writing

 

In English, look at a model text and then use the structure of that text to write your own version. In your pack, I have given you the four model texts we have studied so far. You might like to write another suspense story, another piece of persuasive writing, another portal story or a newspaper article.

Fancy a little creativity? You might like to look on the two websites I listed on the ‘Great websites’ page which might inspire some creative writing or poetry. I’ve popped some lined paper into the pack in case you don’t have any at home.

I recommend that you complete a piece of writing every other day. You might like to alternate this with a reading comprehension activity.

Miss T recommends

Maths

There are lots of great websites listed on our class webpage and on the attached sheet for maths games and activities. Don’t forget about Times Table Rockstars!

The CGP Maths SATs question book is full of work similar to what we have been doing in class. I’ve popped some squared paper in your pack in case you want to use it for any working out.

I recommend having a go at one page from Section 1 OR Section 2 and one page from Section 3, 4, 5, 6 OR 7 each day. This will keep both your arithmetic and reasoning skills ticking over. Don’t forget, we haven’t yet covered statistics or ratio in class, so you may wish to leave these or ask an adult for some help if you need it.

Miss T recommends

 

Structuring your day

You might like to structure your day a little like we do at school. You could complete some English and maths activities in the morning, followed by some of the following during the afternoon.

I recommend having a go at one of the ideas below, or one of your own ideas which perhaps links to one of our topics, each day.

Miss T recommends

 

Topic You Could
History

Our Current topic:
Victorians

Continue to research more about the life of children in Victorian Britain.

Research another aspect of Victorian history – Queen Victoria? The Industrial Revolution? Food and drink? London in the Victorian times?

Write a diary entry, job advert, newspaper article, piece of persuasive writing set during the time period.

Create a piece of artwork inspired by an image you’ve found of life in the Victorian times.

Science

Our Current topic:
Electricity

Make a list of appliances which run on mains electricity and objects which use batteries. You could also look at the voltage (v) of different electrical appliances in your home.

Find out who invented electricity, how lightning is formed, how electric cars work etc.

Write a balanced argument – is the world a better place with or without electricity?

Create a timetable for a day where you aren’t using any electricity.

Computing

Our Current topic:
Electricity

Create a powerpoint or poster about a hobby or interest you have.

Visit  https://code.org/learn to complete some free coding challenges.

Go onto PurpleMash and have a look at the ‘2Dos’ I have set for you.

Go onto PurpleMash and continue to work through the ‘2 Code’ challenges or carry on writing your blog.

Download a free ‘Stop Animation’ app and create your own animation

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