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Friday 3rd April

Good Morning Badgers!

Well done Badgers- it is the last day before the Easter Holidays! I think you and your families need to give each other a high 5 for doing your first 2 weeks of home learning!

Don’t worry if you haven’t completed everything, have a look today to see if there is anything you could try and finish off. We have included a few more ideas for today, but only if you need them.

Why not start the day with a Joe Wicks work out? We will be joining in too!


  1. English for Friday:

How have you got on with writing your Newspaper Reports?

              Learning Objective:  To edit and improve your Newspaper Reports.

Look at the toolkit from Wednesday and see what features you have included. Ask an adult to look at your Newspaper article and see if they agree. Talk about how you could maybe improve it if you did it again. Can you practise reading your Newspaper articles out to someone in you house?

  1. Spellings:  How well have you learnt your week 5 spellings?

Friday: Maybe get an adult to see how well you have learned ALL the spellings this term by picking a few from each week and testing you them…are there any rules you need to have another look at?


  1. Reading using your own reading book – How have you got on with your reading book this week?

Friday: Have you finished a book over the last 2 weeks? If not choose a book that you have already read and enjoyed this year.  Can you choose one of the tasks below:-

  • Can you write a book review for your chosen book? (a brief summary of what has happened, favourite parts in the book, characters you like and why)
  • Can you create a different front cover for your book? (what picture would you have on the front cover?)


  1.  Maths:

It has been great to see a lot more of you trying the problem solving activities in the Explore section. Keep remembering to check what assigned activities there are in the ‘learn’ and ‘explore’ section. It has been lovely to hear some messages from you! We have also attached here a couple of Easter Egg maths problems too; one ‘mild’ and one a bit ‘hotter’- Enjoy!

Extra tasks

What about making an Easter card for someone in your family; or sending a card to an elderly relative. Maybe you could pop a letter in as well?


Happy Easter Badgers! We would just like to wish you all a lovely, restful holiday with your family and we would like to say how proud we are of all of you for trying your best these last 2 weeks.  We will be in touch after Easter with some more fun learning for you, but for now there is only one more thing to say - Try not to eat too many Easter Eggs!!!


Mrs Flynn, Miss Sharman and Miss Brown               

Wednesday 1st April 2020

Good Morning Badgers!

We’ve just heard that 1m of snow is forecast for today in Watlington! Wow! Can you believe it? Brrrrrrrr!

How did you get on with telling the jokes? We hope you made someone laugh.

We hope you have had a good couple of days! Remember if you haven’t finished all the learning activities, don’t worry, just try your best and go at the pace that suits you all.


Wednesday and Thursday: To write your own newspaper article about an unusual event

How are you getting on with planning your newspaper article? If you have finished planning, then you are ready to start writing your newspaper article. Have a look at the toolkit below. It is just like the ones we use at school. Remember to try and include as many of the features in the toolkit in your newspaper article.



Learning Objective

Pupil assessment

Teacher/Adult assessment

To include an introductory paragraph including the 5 w’s ( who, where, what, why, when)



To write in the third person



To include interesting quotes to add detail. Remembering accurate layout.



To include a picture and caption



To include factual vocabulary and adjectives.




You can either draw out the layout and design of your newspaper article or use a template provided to copy or print off.

There is also an attached example of an opening paragraph for the Bank Robbery Lego film, if you need some ideas to get you started. Notice the formal words that have been used rather than language you might use in a chatty email to a friend. Don’t forget to still use ADJECTIVES to describe the characters and events. In this paragraph we have used ‘remarkable’, ‘notorious’ and ‘dangerous’ to give more description. Can you use some adjectives in your article?


Spellings:  See Week 6 spellings in your Orange Book – Adding the suffix ‘ous’

Wednesday:  Practise looking at your spellings for this week can you write a silly sentence for each one.

Thursday: Bubble writing – Choose spellings that you find tricky to spell. Write your words out using bubble writing or rainbow writing. Be creative!


Reading using your own reading book

Wednesday: Read the next chapter in your book. Write a short summary of the pages you have just read. Then read your summary out to an adult.


Thursday: After reading today identify any words so far in your book that you are unsure of and use a dictionary to find out what these words mean.



Well done for completing your activities! A special well done to those children who have had a go at trying some of the problem solving activities on the explore section; it has been great to be in touch with them through the messages in this section too. Keep checking the site to see more activities that have been assigned to you.  There is also the Maths Frame website to practise your times tables each day.



To design and make shadow puppets to perform a Roald Dahl poem

How are you getting on with making your shadow puppets? We hope you are having fun and getting other people in the house to practise doing the voices with you!


     LO – To understand the term endangered

     To finish our science topic off this week we are going to look at endangered animals. What does this mean? Why are some animals becoming endangered?

      Look at the power point attached. Maybe look at it with an adult and discuss.

      Task- Choose an endangered species you have looked at on the power point or one of your own that you are interested in. Design an eye-catching poster to explain to people about endangered species.

  • What is your species?
  • Where does it live?
  • Why is it endangered?
  • What could we do to help?

      Recorder Practice How are you getting on with this? Are your notes becoming more tuneful? We can’t wait for a concert of your talents when we are back at school!


We look forward to being in touch on Friday with our last tasks before the Easter holidays…nearly there everyone!

Mrs Flynn, Miss Sharman and Miss Brown


PS APRIL FOOLS DAY….no snow today, just some sunshine, enjoy!

Monday 30th March 2020

Good Morning Badgers!

Hooray…it is the last week of term! To celebrate our closeness to Easter, we thought that we would try and make you laugh with some egg themed jokes this morning…

What should you say when an egg cracks up?

You must be yolking!

What is an egg’s least favourite day of the week?


Why did hammer go to an egg disco?

He’d heard it was a cracking party!

If they made you groan, we’re sure you can do better…can you find and tell your own jokes to your family today to make them smile?



Monday: To explain and understand the features and vocabulary in a Newspaper Report.

Look at the Porcupine newspaper article. Read it through again. Then look at the reading comprehension questions attached. In your book answer the questions by referring closely to the text.  Remember to read the questions carefully and answer in full sentences.


Tuesday: To plan your own newspaper article about an unusual event

How well do you feel you know the newspaper article about the porcupine and the features you would expect to find in this writing?

We know that events only make it into the news if they are interesting for people to read. This often includes tragedies, big successes, or unusual events.

 During the rest of the week, we would like you to try and plan and compose your OWN newspaper article about an event. You could write about your own made up event, a real event, another Roald Dahl Dirty Beast/revolting rhyme or you could even use one of these links to Lego stop motion animations to base your story on-you can choose!

The first task is to PLAN your article. Use the attached templates to help you. If you need a bit of support for this, we have partially completed one for you that you can finish (for the prison break animation) OR you can challenge yourself to plan your own from scratch using the blank plan; you can copy the table into your books or print it.   Shark attack Prison break Bank robbery


Spellings:  See Week 6 spellings in your Orange Book – Adding the suffix ‘ous’

Monday: Look at the list of words in your spelling book. Practise writing them out using the method we use at school – look/say/cover/write/check.

Tuesday: Writing race – Set a timer for 2 mins. How many times can you write each word out? Are they spelt correctly?


Reading using your own reading book

Monday: Read the next chapter in your book. If you have finished your book, create a timeline for your book and write the 5 main events. If you haven’t finished, then write a short prediction of how you think your book will end.

Tuesday: After your reading today, imagine you are a character in the book-write a postcard or maybe even an email to another character-what might they say? Record it in your orange book.



There are a new set of assigned activities for you this week. Some of you seem to have spent a LONG time on here, which is great but this time should also be used to click on the explore section and have a go at some of the problem solving activities (not just the play section!). We will have a look to see who has completed some of them-you can even send us a message through this area if you need some help.  There is also the Maths Frame website to practise your times tables each day.



To design and make shadow puppets to perform a Roald Dahl poem

Using some dark paper or card, draw and cut out some characters from The Porcupine (or one of the other poems from Dirty Beasts) just like we started do in class for The Crocodile.  When you have cut out the shapes, you will need to attach some sticks to the back (maybe you could find some in your garden).  Use a light against a white wall to create a shadow puppet show, telling the poem or story with expression-maybe some of your family could join in too!

This short film shows simply how to create the creatures using shapes.


Recorder Practice How are you getting on with this? If you haven’t had a go yet, dust it off, put ear defenders on your family and log on to Charanga.

Remember to get active as well. Joe Wickes is doing a Youtube workout each morning at 9.00 am if you fancy starting the day with this!

Here is the link to his Youtube channel:


Happy Learning and remember to just try your best…don’t forget to tell some jokes to your family too.


Mrs Flynn, Miss Sharman and Miss Brown


Features of a Newspaper Report table