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Friday  3rd April 2020

Welcome to Friday – the last day of term!

How was April Fool’s Day?  Did you manage to trick anyone? Or were you tricked?  I successfully pulled a prank on my wife and she didn’t forgive me all day!

 Here are your activities for today which you can also finish off in the holidays.

 

  1. English for Friday

How did you get on with the comprehension?  Were you happy when you compared your answers with those on the sheet?

 

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

How did the planning go for your newspaper article?  Did you choose another Dirty Beast story or one from the Lego films?  Or did you write about a completely different subject?

                     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IfiG_olGl4   Shark attack

                     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d1VTa08rRc Prison break

                     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klQR6Uj30YE Bank robbery

LO:               To write a newspaper article using the key features

Read through the plan that you made and then look at the newspaper article toolkit that I will download again.  Do you think you will include all the features?  Once you have checked it, try writing your own newspaper article from your plan.  Once you have finished it, read to an adult in the house and show them how you have included the features.

Letter Writing (I will leave this comment on permanently)

 

If you have any spare time and don’t know what to do, remember receiving a letter is a wonderful thing.

 

               2.  Spellings:  Statutory Challenge words

Friday:  How have you got on with your spellings?  Ask an adult to check if you can remember them.  You could write them out in a short story.  Try to make it as crazy as possible.

 

              3.  Reading:  Using the Reading Journal activities

Remember, always try to read at least 20 minutes a day.  Once you have read at least for twenty minutes, pick another activity from the Reading Journal list.  If you drew something yesterday, try writing something today and keep to this pattern. 

 

             4.  Maths:

How did you get on with the activities?  Did you do them in your head or use paper and pencil?  Either way it doesn’t matter as long as you had a go.

 

Today, I would like you to try the Pyramid puzzles and the Counting Forward and Backwards activities – and the test!  I will also reassign some the activities you might have struggled with and leave these open all the holidays.

 

Again, there are also two extra maths questions in the Explore section.  Remember, to message me when you have completed the problem solving questions.  Also, don’t forget to play  Multiverse for at least twenty minutes – it is in the Play section.  The activities are called Buried Bones and Magic.  You did a similar activity to Magic in the class, so definitely give it a go.

 

I have also included an Easter Egg maths challenge as suggested to Badgers.  One is harder than the other.

 

               Topic/Art

I hope your shadow puppets went well.  If you didn’t try them, perhaps you could try in the holidays.  Thank you Katie for your video of the Anteater poem – my family thoroughly enjoyed it!  Anyone can send work into me via the office if you like.

As a reminder, if you didn’t have a go, this short film shows  how to create the creatures using shapes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsdMqNIcrls

 

LO: To make a pop up Easter card.

Today and over the next few days, try one of these this activities.  If you are finding this difficult or don’t have the equipment, try just drawing out your own Easter card and sending it to an elderly relative.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PrBfxg-5Fk Cartoon pop up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5E1hXcHNEA  Harder Pop up – Try adding eyes if you are feeling adventurous.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atNZ4O5iuho  Easter chick pop up

 

              Keep following Joe Wickes every day at 9.00am even during the holidays and practise your recorder.

That is it for Friday.  Finally if you haven’t done so already, I have added a rainbow template, except that it is in French.  Colour it in then place it in La Fenetre!  Don’t forget to keep practising your tables on MathsFrame – table checker.  Have a lovely Easter holiday and don’t eat too many eggs!

 

Best wishes

 

Mr Burchill and Mrs Seymour

Wednesday 1st April 2020

Good Morning Hares!

Happy April Fool’s Day!  Remember you have until 12 midday to pull any pranks.  Has anyone pulled a prank on you already?  Here are your activities to try today and tomorrow (and none of these are jokes!).

 

  1. English for Wednesday

Were you successful finding the 5Ws in the two articles I gave you and did you find any in any other newspaper articles?

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

Today, I would like you to read the newspaper article about Tim Peake coming back to earth from space.  Choose which article to read (1 star, two star or three star).  Read it through again twice, 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.  When you have completed the questions, have a look at the answers and see how well you did.

               Thursday: 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, I 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 Lego stop motion animations below 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.

                   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IfiG_olGl4   Shark attack

                   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d1VTa08rRc Prison break

                   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klQR6Uj30YE Bank robbery

 

 

 

 

Letter Writing

 

If you have any spare time and don’t know what to do, remember receiving a letter is a wonderful thing.

 

 

           2.  Spellings:  Statutory Challenge words

Wednesday: 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.

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

 

          3.  Reading:  Introducing the Reading Journal activities

Remember, always try to read at least 20 minutes a day.  Once you have read at least for twenty minutes, pick another activity from the Reading Journal list.  If you drew something yesterday, try writing something today and keep to this pattern. 

 

         4.  Maths:

Don’t forget to log on to your Mathletics website to find out your allocated activities for maths again.  Carrying on with addition and subtraction, try the ‘Split Add and Subtract’ and the Bump Add and Subtract’ activities.  To try to do them in your head, click on the large i to remind you.  Or you could solve them with the written method using paper and pencil and columns.    

 

There are also two extra maths questions in the Explore section.  Remember, to message me when you have completed the problem solving questions.  Also, when you can, have a play in the Multiverse for at least twenty minutes – it is in the Play section.  The activities are called Make 200 and Pieces of Gold.  For the Pieces of Gold activity you have to arrange the bags so Jack the Pirate could pay 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14 or 15 gold pieces for a hat.  How could you arrange it that a combination of the four bags could pay any of the amounts above. To start with, one bag will just have 1 gold piece in it.

 

         5.  Science (Review)

How did the science experiment go?  Did any of you manage to make the bags rise?  Did you have a good think about why it might happen?  If you wrote down some thoughts, you could improve them by adding a picture of what you did.

 

         6.  Topic/Art

To design and make shadow puppets to perform a Roald Dahl poem.  (You did a similar exercise with Mrs McCarthy in R.E.)

Using some dark paper or card, draw and cut out some characters from The Porcupine (or one of the other poems from Dirty Beasts).  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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsdMqNIcrls

 

         7.  Remember to follow Joe Wickes again today at 9.00am. He had an amazing 1.4 million viewers on Tuesday!   Also play a tune on                   your recorder.  Can you work out your own song?  If so, play it to an adult in the house.  I’m sure they would enjoy it!

 

That is it for Wednesday and Thursday.  See you again on Friday and don’t forget to keep practising your tables on MathsFrame – table checker.  See you Friday!

 

Best wishes

 

Mr Burchill

Monday 30th March

Good Morning Hares!

Welcome to week two of your home learning adventure!  I hope you have had a good weekend and had a relaxing time.  This week we will be doing more work on newspapers, Mathletics, French, Science and Art.

 

  1. English for Monday

I hope you were confident and happy writing your new paragraph for the porcupine.  I look forward to reading them.

 

Lo: To analyse the content of an article to answer the 5ws

Most newspaper articles answer the five W questions – who, what, where, when and why.  Today and tomorrow, I would like you to read through some articles you can find in some newspapers and try to answer the 5ws in the attached worksheet - you could copy them in your book if you like.  If you are struggling to find some articles, I have attached two that you could use.  In each file there are two versions of The Roman Coin and The Lottery Win– you choose which version you would be more comfortable reading.  Try to write your answers in sentences.

 

How are you getting on with the map of the porcupine story?  Maybe you could recite it to an adult in the house.  You could also answer the who, what, where, when and why questions from this article.

 

Letter Writing

 

As I said last week, nothing beats receiving a letter.  This week as well as phoning older relatives in isolation, try sending another letter – they are always appreciated.

 

       2     Spellings:  Statutory Challenge words

This week, you are learning words which don’t focus on a root word, but are instead, ‘just challenging’.  If you can, print off the word search I have attached. If not, maybe you could highlight the words when you find them.  I have also included a PowerPoint for you to read through.

 

              3.  Reading:  Introducing the Reading Journal activities

Remember, always try to read at least 20 minutes a day.  Today, I have decided to attach a list of reading journal activities.  If you can, print it off and glue it to the back cover of your home learning book.   If not, keep referring  to it on your computer.  Try to complete one activity a day in the back of your book – this can become your Reading Journal section.  My only rule is that you try to alternate your activities between one which involves writing and one which involves some kind of drawing.  When you have completed all the activities, you can start again as I am sure you will be reading new books by then.

 

         4.  Maths:

Don’t forget to log on to your Mathletics website to find out your allocated activities for maths again.  To start the week, you are doing some addition and subtraction by estimation as well as the ‘Something easier’ activities.  There are also two extra maths questions in the Explore section.  Remember, you can actually message me when you have completed the problem solving questions: both are about adding and subtracting. 

 

              5.  Science

I hope you managed to write an entry about a world without electricity.  For one thing, how would you cope without having access to a computer?

Today I have pinched an activity from Bear Gryll’s Scout indoor activity website called 'A Flair for Hot Air'.  This is linked to the science we looked at earlier in the term about states of matter.  It is a fun activity which uses bin bags and hairdryers.  When you are reflecting on the activity, I would like you to think about why the bags rose and then fell.  What was happening to the atoms in the air?  You could write up your thoughts in your book.

 

https://www.scouts.org.uk/activities/a-flair-for-hot-air/

 

 

        6.  Remember to follow Joe Wickes today at 9.00am.  It appears he is getting very popular!  Also play a song on your recorder.

 

That is it for Monday and Tuesday.  Don’t forget to sign in on Wednesday and keep practising your tables on MathsFrame – table checker.  Have a lovely two days!

 

Best wishes

 

Mr Burchill

Friday 27th March

Good Morning Hares!

Congratulations – you are coming to the end of your first week of home learning and it is Friday!!!   Don’t worry if you haven’t completed everything I have set this week.  Have a look today if there is anything you could try and finish off. I have included a few more ideas for Friday, but only for if you need them!

 

               English for Friday:

How have you got on learning the map and looking at features of Newspaper reports?  Don’t worry if you didn’t fill in all of the table about the features of a newspaper article: the main thing is that you looked at and had a good think about how a newspaper article is set out. If you receive a daily newspaper, you could look at some more articles and spot the common features.

 

Did you manage to have a go at writing some quotations for the Newspaper article?  Did you show them to an adult?  Always try to share the activities you have tried with an adult in the house.

 

Today’s Learning Objective is: – To create your own paragraph for a Newspaper Report

Can you write a new paragraph in your Home Learning book for the Newspaper Article about the Porcupine including some of your own quotations that you practised yesterday?  Think about something else that might have happened.  You could focus on the porcupine and describe how he ran away and hid as he was upset that he had hurt a young child.  Or he could be cross that he had been sat upon and some of his spines had gone missing.  You decide, but remember to include a quotation.

 

It is not part of the curriculum this term, but I know a grandparent would love to receive a written letter from you.  Social media is great for keeping in touch, but there is nothing that can beat receiving a hand written letter.  So try and write one and post it over the weekend.  It will make a grandparent’s day to receive one from you.  You could even just send a picture.

 

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

Maybe get an adult to check how you are doing at spelling the words?

Friday: Make an acrostic poem out of a word that you are finding tricky to spell. If you can spell all of them accurately then choose a word out of your reading book that you find tricky to spell.

 

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

Friday: After reading another chapter, discuss the story so far with an adult. Are you enjoying the book? Why? What do you think will happen next? Why? Does the story remind you of any others you have read? Are any characters similar to other characters you know? Maybe draw a picture or make an illustration for your favourite part of the book so far.

 

               Maths:

Don’t forget to log on to your Mathletics website to find out your allocated activities for maths. I have reset the tasks you have not completed from the week.  If you score more than 85% correct, you can play Live.  For those of you who like some extra maths, I have set two problems to solve in the Explore section.  You can actually message me when you have completed the problem solving questions: both are about statistics.  Don’t worry about the part which asks you to survey your class.  If you wanted, you could make a survey of an imaginary class.

 

Remember to follow Joe Wickes today and play a song on your recorder.

 

Have a lovely end of week and make the most of the weather.  I will be in touch next Monday with some more learning activities for you to complete.

 

Best wishes

 

Mr Burchill and Mrs Seymour

Wednesday 25.03.20

Good Morning Hares!

I hope you all had a go at some of the learning tasks I posted for you on Monday. Please don’t worry if you haven’t, just try your best. Here are a few more activities to keep you going. You can split them up over the next few days.

English for Wednesday and Thursday:

LO - To identify features of a newspaper.

Read the newspaper article attached and try to read other newspaper reports you can find in your home. Can you identify some of these features?

  • Headline
  • Subheadings
  • Introductory paragraph including the 5 Ws – what, where, when, who and why
  • Quotations
  • Factual and technical vocabulary
  • Chronological order
  • Written in the third person
  • Pictures and captions

 

Using the table attached, either print it off or draw it in your books. Can you fill the table in explaining why the features have been used and how they help the reader?  See how many you can fill in.  Ask an adult if they have any ideas.

 

LO – To write quotations accurately

Look at the two PowerPoints  I have uploaded about speech punctuation (Part 1 and Part 2) and try to follow them as much as you can.  It may take some time.

After you have read through the PowerPoints and practised writing some speech, have a look at some of the direct speech and quotes in the newspaper article by Tom Fudge the sweet shop owner, Mrs Rump the mum and Mr Fang the dentist. These give the reader some different viewpoints about what actually happened.  It’s your turn now to imagine who else could give a quotation to the reporter - perhaps Samuel himself, his dad or even the porcupine! 

In your book, can you write some quotes that could be included in the newspaper article?

Remember the rules for using speech marks (inverted commas) from the PowerPoint!

  1. Inverted commas around what people are saying only, not the word said.
  2. All punctuation inside the inverted commas.
  3. Use interesting synonyms instead of said e.g . exclaimed, commented, remarked.

 

Maths

I hope the Maths went well on Monday and Tuesday.  I have reassigned some of you to have another try.

Click on the Mathletics UK website to find out your allocated activities for maths for Wednesday and Thursday.  It is all about statistics.  I would like you to do the ‘Something easier’ exercises as well as the normal ones.  To help you with the Venn diagram task, I have added a PowerPoint to remind you how to use them.

                https://www.mathletics.com/uk/

Only go on Play when you have finished the activities.  There is also the MathsFrame website to practise your timestables each day.

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

Spellings

 Use Week 5 on your spelling list in your Orange or Yellow book.  They are spellings from word families which show how words are related to each other in form and meaning. The spellings are based on the root words ‘solve’ and ‘sign’.

Wednesday: Can you make a word search with your spellings and ask someone else in the house to find them?

Thursday: Rainbow writing - Write your words in three different colours on top of each other.

 

Reading using your own reading book

Wednesday: After reading the next chapter of your book, can you write down 10 questions you would like to ask one or two of the main characters.

Thursday: Talk to a grown up about what you have just read. Can you summarise what has happened.

 

Topic: To put the events and important dates in Roald Dahl’s life in time order

How are you getting on with your timeline? How do you know your timeline is in chronological order? If you still have some things to complete on this then carry on.

https://www.roalddahl.com/roald-dahl/timeline/1910s

 

Science

Lo:  To understand the importance of electricity in the house.

After reading the Dark Materials, trilogy by Philip Pullman, I think one of the differences in Lyra’s world and ours is that petrol had not been discovered or used.  I would now like you to imagine a world where electricity had not been discovered.  After having a good think about this and maybe talking to an adult, I would like you to write a diary entry of a typical day in your house where there is no electricity.  Things to include would be the fact that there would be no electric lights, plugs, washing machines, fridges, televisions, tumble dryers etc.  What would the world look like without these things and what would your day be like?  How would you communicate with people further away?

 

Recorder practice.

Hope the recorder pracising is going well.  Keep using Charanga.  Using your password on the inside of your Orange/Yellow book click on the website below

https://charanga.com/site/

Once in click on instruments, then Blown Away Recorder Book 1, then choose the note you wish to practise on the left hand side e.g. Introducing B, G or A.  I will ask you to try E at a later date.

 

P.E.

Did you do some exercise?  Remember Joe Wickes is doing a YouTube workout each morning at 9.00 am if you fancy starting the day with this!  You could always keep doing some of the circuit exercises we practised in the hall last term.

Here is the link to his YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

There are some activities on this YouTube site that Joe Wickes has specifically aimed at children if you scroll down

We are sure that you will have plenty to get on with here. When you get up on Friday morning, there will be more learning information here.

Happy Learning!

 

Mr Burchill and Mrs Seymour

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