Year 4 is taught by Mr Robinson
A huge thank you!
Thank you for all of your lovely cards and gifts – we really appreciate them! As I have been saying for some time, it has been so sad losing out on our time together but all of you (children and families) have produced some outstanding work and really fought hard to get through this academic year. It has been wonderful to see you all slowly trickling back into school with huge grins on your faces and I cannot wait for the next academic year, where you can all be reunited.
Have a wonderful Summer Holiday everyone!
Have a wonderful Summer Holiday!
It has been a turbulent year to say the least, but I am incredibly proud of all of you for staying resilient and pushing through the different challenges that we have all faced. I hope you all have a wonderful Summer Holiday and I look forward to seeing you in September!
We’ve finally made it to the end of the year (pretty much). At long last, I will be getting to see some of you around the school from Monday to Wednesday! I had a scroll back through some of our class page and it’s crazy to see how long the lockdown has really gone on for, and to think about all the amazing work you have all sent me. Today we are going to have a bit of a flash back to some of my favourite activities over the lockdown! You could have a go at doing one or more!
The Google Class call will also be changed to 15:30 just for this week so be aware (as usual the link will be sent out on our Google Classroom page).
Why don’t you cook something nice today! You can improve some of your basic skills with the Binging with Babish basics or check out https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/ and choose a recipe to bake or cook!
Earlier into the lockdown, we worked on developing our origami skills. You can visit PPO and check out some of the different origami activities found there! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNvT4F1eFg2mRI5VFL5y7jA
Dungeons and Dragons!
Why don’t you play a game of Dungeons and Dragons! You could create a new campaign and use our Google Class page to create your own call links with a friend!
You might like to create some of your own zen patterns or have another try and creating a street in two point perspective!
Write a letter
Why don’t you write a letter to a friend or family member! You could tell them about the things you’ve been up to and the things that you’re looking forward to in the future.
Step by step, we are approaching the end of the school year. I am looking forward to seeing many of you around the school during the induction days, but I also feel sad that our time together was struck short. Today we are going to carry on our theme of reflection on the events of the lock down, and consider the future moving forward.
Today I would like you to write a poem about your time in lockdown. You can include as many verses as you like and can adapt the style to your choosing. You could write a haiku, cinquain, narrative, rhyming, acrostic – the list goes on! Think about all of the time you’ve spent at home and reflect on the changes that have happened in your life, the key moments and the things you’re looking forward to in the future!
Here are some great resources to give you some ideas for your poem:
Poetry formats video: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/english-ks1-ks2-understanding-poetry/zfvkt39
Writing poetry from experience: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/english-ks1-ks2-how-to-write-poetry-about-your-life/zfsr2sg
Acrostic, limericks, narrative, nonsense and free verse: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z4mmn39
A great range of different examples you can develop and build on: https://kathimitchell.com/poemtypes.html
Today I have a simple (yet tricky) task for you to complete. I would like you to use some basic objects from your home to make your own musical instrument! You can use the resources provided to help get you started, you might even like to create your own lockdown piece of music or song.
Hello everyone, it’s Wednesday and we’re hitting the middle of the week. I hope you’re all doing well and gearing up for the summer holidays.
As we near the end of the school year, we’ve been reflecting about our time during the lockdown and going forward into the future. Today I would like you to make me a comic strip with around 6 (or more) boxes telling your lockdown story.
Can you remember your last day of school?
What changed in your family?
What things did you do during the lockdown?
What things did you and enjoy and which things did you find hard?
Tell this as your own story, it doesn’t need to have mountains of writing, just short snippets outlining the different stages from March up until now! You can use the sheet provided or simply make your own on paper. Good luck!
Today we’re going to have another look at Active Essex. There are plenty of live workouts and activities you can try that get updated daily. I would like you to choose an activity from their playlists to try out! There is a lot of variety with the workouts that you can try out so have a look for yourself – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9tcapECrxjrDHX_iDHgGeg/playlists
I’m counting down the days to the inductions so that I can see many of you return back to school! Keep hanging in there everyone!
Today I would like you to write a short guide to surviving lockdown! In your guide you can include pictures, advice and examples of how you have managed to make it all the way through without being in school. Include details about how you have kept in contact with friends, kept up with your work and the things you’ve done to keep yourself busy! Try and write your guide in the second person directing your language towards the reader. You can find a guide on how to do this here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zrqqtfr/articles/zxdhsg8
Today you are going to have a go at making some ear gongs to help improve your understanding of how sound travels. There’s a great experiment from the Science Museum that you can try, along with two other experiments you might like to check out.
Visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zjcp7yc to find out more!
Good morning everyone! I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. I am really looking forward to seeing some of you on the induction days which aren’t too far away!
Things are finally starting to ease up with the lockdown and although our time together has been cut short, there are still plenty of things to look forward to next year!
Today I would like you to write a letter to your future self that you can then look at when you finish Year 5 (that is a crazy thought!)
Write down all the things you are looking forward to, any worries you might have and the different things you want to accomplish in the coming academic year. This is a great time to reflect and set some goals for yourself! There is also a website that can email your letter to you: https://www.futureme.org/ This is completely optional as there is a signup requirement, but it may be of interest!
Today we are going to draw a bedroom using one-point perspective drawing techniques. These techniques are amazing for creating realistic looking drawings of different rooms, buildings and objects with just a ruler, pencil and rubber. Check out the video found here to see how it’s done:
There are plenty of other videos that you can watch too! You may also like to visit: http://www.olejarz.com/arted/perspective/index.html which gives an amazing step by step breakdown of how to draw in perspective whilst testing your learning as you go.
Happy Friday everyone! Don’t forget to check into our Google call at 11:25 today. Make sure to bring your pen and paper!
As part of our weekly problem solving, I have a fun game for you to try. Strike Out is a game that encourages you to think strategically. You can learn how to play here:
You can follow up the video by visiting the Nrich website for some additional resources: https://nrich.maths.org/6589
Today we are going to finish our newspaper writing, using the skills you have practised this week. Edit and improve your report and read through it checking for errors and looking for ways you can improve it using the 5Ws. You can include some eyewitness testimony for the events that happened and implement your speech marks here. You may also like to add some pictures and captions to go with them!
This week Network Rail released a series of rail safety videos. As there are lots of railways around our local area, this is a good time to familiarise yourselves with some safety tips. Have a watch of the safety video found here:
Once you have watched the video, you may like to try some of the activities found here: https://www.funkidslive.com/learn/railways/#
Hello guys, I hope your’e all having a good week. We are slowly edging towards the end of the year and (hopefully) the lifting of more of the lock down restrictions! Here are today’s tasks:
Today you are going to start writing your own newspaper report. I would like you to choose a movie, book or real life event to cover for your story. Write down the main 5 Ws for your chosen event to help prepare you for the content of your writing. You can also go through the Bitesize activities to help improve your understanding. You may choose to download and use the resources I have provided, or you can type up your own using MS Word!
Today we are going to start looking at rivers! Visit: https://www.3dgeography.co.uk/river-facts to learn lots of different facts about them. I would then like you to condense the information from the page into a simple A4 poster. Pick and choose the information you think is the most important. You can also find your own facts too!
Hello everyone, I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already! I’m really missing all of you who are still stuck at home and I can’t wait to see you all again in person.
Today you are going to continue working on your news paper writing skills. The main focus of your learning wiill be on alliteration and headlines. Use the Bitesize resources and activities found here. Later on this week you will write a full news paper report based around events in a book, film, television show or real life!
Today we are going to continue with our work on sound. This is a nice, simple experiment that can be lots of fun, check out the PDF, choose a challenge level and then try it yourself!
Good morning everyone! I hope you had a nice Monday and are ready for todays’s tasks. Today you are going to refresh your knowledge of newspaper writing, work on your angles and finally have a go at some of the live events found on Active Essex!
This week we are going to be focusing on newspaper writing. Check out the Bitesize link found here and complete the activities found on the page. This will be a really good place to remind you of all the features of newspaper writing and get you thinking about creating your own reports.
You can checkout the timetable for this week’s Active Essex sessions here the videos below will premiering live for you to tune into! You can watch lots of the sessions live and see more on their YouTube page.
30 Minute Groove Aerobics 12:00
15 Minute Wellbeing Session 07:30
Hello everyone, I hope you had a lovely weekend. It was great to see many of you during our last Google call – it was a long one! I have some simple tasks to get you started for the week.
Today we’re going to do some straightforward Bitesize grammar work to ease into the week. You can find all of the tasks here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zrn796f
Following on from our geometric artwork, we are going to be extending the range of patterns you can make. This is a great video with a variety of different patterns you can try creating! Choose one (or as many as you like) to create on some paper!
Happy Friday everyone! Don’t forget our class call will be at 11:25 today and I greatly look forward to seeing you guys there – don’t forget your pen and paper! Without further ado, let’s finish this week’s tasks.
We’re going to be looking at Zebra puzzles today. Now whilst these may not include numbers, they have some valuable problem solving processes attached to them. You can tackle these problems by working through the process of elimination and trial and error. Visit: https://www.brainzilla.com/logic/zebra/ and choose a difficulty level to get you started. They are really fun! There is also a TedEd video found here:
You can use the Brainzilla puzzle to go with it: https://www.brainzilla.com/logic/zebra/einsteins-riddle/
This is a little trickier so don’t be afraid to try an easier one!
Today I would like you to complete your biography! Finish telling the story of your subject and add some pictures to go with it. You could include some interesting facts about them at the end! Proof read your work to ensure that it all makes sense and that you’re happy with it. You can then share your work with a family member or friend.
Sometimes we can be very hard on ourselves! This is a nice activity that will encourage you to reflect on all the things you like about yourself. You can use the sheet I’ve provided, or you can draw your own mirror!
Hello everyone. My aplogies for the website hiccup yesterday, it appears that Wednesday’s work did not update and upload to the website (despite it appearing to have done so when I uploaded it). I will upload both yesterday’s and today’s tasks! Don’t forget that our class call will be on Friday at 11:25!
Hello guys, here are the questions and answers from 01/07 and 02/07.
English (01/07 & 02/07)
Today you are going to choose the subject of your biography. This can be someone from the past or someone from modern day times. Conduct some initial research on the person. Here are some questions to help get you started:
When were they born?
Where were they born?
What are their achievements?
Were there other people of importance in their lives?
What impact have they left on the world?
Once you have completed your initial research, begin to write the opening for your biography. Think about opening with a good quote from the person you have researched. Give an overview of the life of your subject within your first paragraph, you can then begin to add more detail when you go into the bulk of your writing.
Today we are going to continue working on our scientific knowledge of sound. Have a look at the resources I have attached below to learn more about vibrations and how they make sound travel. Read through the investigation and have a go at completing it! You can use the resources provided to comlpete this task.
Following up from our Geography work from last week, I have a simple task for you to complete today. Have a watch of the video and choose an activity to complete. See how much you can remember!
Hello guys, today we are going to start our autobiography writing project and am I am going to be introducing you to Active Essex for PE at home!
This week we are going to be writing a biography! Biographies are important pieces of non-fiction writing that are all about a person’s life. Today you are going to write a short autobiography to get you used to the writing style. You will need to write this in first person and structure it with paragraphs – try to include dates if you can.
Have a read through the Power Point to give you an idea of how to write a biography. Complete the task on slide 12, you can write up to a page (or more) if you choose to do so.
Active Essex have a wide variety of different activities that you can try throughout the week. I have attached the time table for their activities on the YouTube page found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9tcapECrxjrDHX_iDHgGeg?sub_confirmation=1
You can follow the different activities and if you have younger siblings, they can join in too!
Good morning everyone. I have some nice activities for you to complete today to get the week started. I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend and are ready to go!
This week we are going to backtrack through some of the earlier WR lessons we haven’t completed. This is a great opportunity to practise your multiplication:
To start our week off, you are going to complete a comprehension activity on Bitesize. Complete at least one of the activities found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zs7tjsg
Today you are going to have a go at making a fun and effective piece of artwork. Draw around your hand and include curved lines around each of the fingers. This creates a 3D optical illusion and it’s surprisingly easy to do! Watch the video below and see what you can come up with:
Good morning everyone! Don’t forget our call will be at 11:25 on Friday today. I look forward to seeing you there for our next quiz!
I have a nice activity that you can try at home. This game encourages tactical thinking and can be played in a number of different ways. Get your thinking hats on! https://nrich.maths.org/10072
Today I would like you to complete and conclude your persuasive writing piece! Once you have finished it and are happy, I would then like you to find someone to read it to. See if you can read with clear expression and passion. You could read your writing to friends, family members or both.
Today you are going to be doing some drawing! I would like you to draw your own family portrait. You can draw the people in your family (pets too) together in a scene. You might like to draw a scene from a memory you have or simply make up your own scene with the people who are important to you in your life. See what you can come up with!
Hello everyone! Heads up for our Google Class call – it will be at 11:25 on Friday! Apologies for the delayed notice, I’ve been trying to strike a balance where I can get everyone involved!
Today you are going to continue to work on the main body and conclusion of your argument. You should proof read through it to make sure you have corrected any errors you’ve made! You might also like to see if you can add some more statistical data to your arguments if possible! See how many of the persuasive features you’ve included, have you got enough? Think about adding fronted adverbials too!
We are going to be looking at some physical geography today. One of the most important things in our world is the water cycle! This shows the movement of water around our planet and is important in developing many parts of our geography knowledge further. You can get started by watching the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al-do-HGuIk
You can also use the Power Point I’ve attached to help remind you of each of the stages!
I would like you to then draw a diagram of the water cycle. Similarly to yesterday’s task, you could also make a model of the water cycle using play dough, LEGO or anything else that catches you eye!
Hello everyone! I hope you are having a good week, I am looking forward to seeing you all on our upcoming class call. I am looking into moving this to Friday and will give you further details today. Without further ado, here are today’s tasks!
Don’t forget to check out the video links I posted yesterday!
Today you are going to begin writing the main body of your argument. It is very important to structure this with those persuasive language features! Think about your three main points and remember to PEE!
Point (your argument) – Evidence (prove why you are right with examples, statistics or both) – Explain (give your opinion and link it to the evidence)
Use the slides to help you! Aim for a short paragraph each of your three (or more) argument points. Good luck!
We are going to be looking at sound! Watch the following video to give you a good idea of how sound works:
You can then follow this up by watching some of the short clips found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgffr82
I would then like you to draw a picture of a human ear. If you are feeling particularly fancy, you could even make one using play dough or other resources from home! Good luck!
Good morning guys! We had some super weather yesterday, fingers crossed we’ll have some more sunshine today. Here are today’s tasks…
Yesterday, you were looking some key features of persuasive writing. Today you are going to continue to use those resources and select a topic to work worth! Visit: https://noisyclassroom.com/debate-topics/ and choose a topic – you can also come up with your own if there is something you are particularly passionate about.
You will then need to decide if you agree or disagree with the motion put forward. Using the word mat and Power Point, I would like you to write the opening paragraph for your persuasive piece. Think about the persuasive language you’re going to be using – fronted adverbials will help here!
Introduce your main arguments and the reason you are going to be arguing. Don’t forget to use the resources to help get you going.
The lockdown feels as though it has gone on forever! However, it has give rise to range of different activities that people are using to keep busy. Visit: https://www.corinthiansports.co.uk/8-lockdown-challenges-that-you-can-attempt-at-home/ Select a challenge to try!
Remember that you can always get friends and family involved too. You can even video or take pictures of you completing the challenge if you choose to do so – good luck!
Hello everyone, I hope you had a lovely weekend and did something nice for Father’s day. This week we are going to be focusing on money in maths, persuasive writing in English and a range of other topics for our foundation subjects.
This week we are consolidating our knowledge of money! Remember to visit: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/ for the videos.
This week we are going to be focusing on persuasive writing. To get you started, have a look through the Power Point I have attached. This will be important in helping you structure your piece of writing this week so have a good read of it today.
I would like you to go to the ‘Topics for a Persuasive Text’ slide once you’ve read through the rest of the slides. Choose 5 of the topics to write some simple persuasive sentences about. You could write a basic opening statement for each and then a simple argument to go with it. Make sure you use the word mat!
Try and vary the persuasive devices you use as these will help you when you come to write your piece this week. Aim for around 3-4 sentences for each topic – you don’t need to write a full argument!
I have a nice activity to get you started with your week. Today we are going to work on geometric drawings and patterns. These are very relaxing and satisfying to complete! They look great once finished so have a watch of the video and try it for yourself. I would recommend using a Sharpie if you have one at home, but pencils can work just as well.
Happy Friday everyone, I have some nice tasks for you to complete today as we round off our week. Thank you to everyone who joined the call yesterday, I hope that you enjoyed the quiz – there were some tricky questions in there! We may do another one next week if you guys are up for it.
Today I have an interesting problem solving activity for you. Parents can visit the first link found here: https://nrich.maths.org/make37/note
You can then tackle the problem here: https://nrich.maths.org/1885/index
To finish off our grammar week, we are going to be revising some of our inverted comma knowledge through Bitesize. Go to the following website and have a go at completing the activities, see how much you can remember!
I have a fun and creative activity for you to try today. Country flags are designed to represent the history or ideals of a country. Design a flag that represents you—you can model it on your heritage, favourite activities, sports, animals, or family. See what you can come up with! You can visit https://www.worldometers.info/geography/flags-of-the-world/ to get some ideas going and learn more about the flags of the world
Hey guys, don’t forget our call is at 11:00 today! I will be running a quiz for you to try, so be sure to bring a pen and paper. As usual, I will post the link in the Google Classroom. If you are planning on joining, please join at around 10:50 when the call will be open.
So far this week, we have been revising some essential areas of our grammar. We are continuing this today by using apostrophes for possession. Visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/znyf382 and complete the tasks found there. Nothing too taxing as continue our grammar focus this week.
It’s time to do some cookery! We have had several cooking tasks over the lockdown period and thought that it would be nice for you guys to try another one. One of my favourite Youtube channels is called ‘Binging with Babesh’. He creates many different dishes all inspired from television and film which can be quite fun (but challenging) to create. He also has a separate series that covers a range of different basic meals. Have a visit and see if you can find a dish that inspires you to make something. It can be anything you like so get creative!
Hello everyone! I hope you’re having some fun out in all of this lovely sun. Make sure you put your sun cream on or you’ll end up with lobster arms like me. I’m looking forward to seeing you guys in our call tomorrow!
Today we will be continuing with our grammar work. This will be a good opportunity to refresh your apostrophe knowledge, particularly when using them for contractions. Visit:
Complete the tasks found on the webpage. Good luck!
This is the ESAA award scheme. You can challenge yourself to complete different events and see the position you would be placed in for the award. I have been using this in school and it’s a great way to challenge yourself, set goals and develop your growth-mindset. It’s fun to compete with yourself against the clock.
You can try some of the running challenges when you go outside. You can estimate the distances you’re running and see how quickly you can complete them! The 50m sprint would be the easiest to go for.
You can also visit: http://www.esaa.net/v2/awards/primaryawards.php to see the full table.
Good morning everyone! I hope you’re having a nice start to the week, it was so hot on Monday! I think I’ve cooked my arms! Here are today’s tasks.
Today we are going to start looking at brackets. These are an important feature to include in our writing and lend themselves well to a variety of different texts. You will be using these lots in Year 5 so it’s worth getting some practise using them now.
Have a go at completing the activities found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zkfvgwx
Revisit: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/ (Home Learning -> Week 8) and watch the support video.
Banksy is an amazing artist who has created a huge variety of different pieces. He paints and uses stencils, often creating very thought provoking images! Visit: https://www.banksy.co.uk/out.asp and you can have a look through his artwork – some of the pieces sell for millions!
I would like you to get hold of a newspaper (it can be any newspaper) and get yourself a black pen (sharpie would be great). Have a go at doodling over the newspaper, can you edit and change the images? You could draw on the faces, add your own animals to pictures in the background (Banksy uses rats for this). Have fun and good luck!
Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a nice weekend and are ready for this week’s tasks.
This week we are going to be switching to the White Rose home learning work to consolidate our knowledge of different topics this year. There are videos to help support your learning which are worth watching:
This week we are going to have a focus on some grammar work through Bitesize. You can visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zr8kwty and complete the tasks found there. This will be a nice way to ease you into the week.
Have a look at around your home. What is the oldest book that you can find? The book could be from any genre. See if you can find the date that the book was published, this can often be at the very front or back of the back you’re looking at. Once you find it, can you write down 5 differences between the book you found and the book you are currently reading? Perhaps you could read some of the old book with and adult or on your own!
Hello everyone, it was great to see most of you yesterday during our class call. I am looking at more options and ideas for our future calls now too. I would strongly recommend contacting a friend or two for today’s task as you can easily play DnD over video chat! If you enjoy it, it will be a great way to have fun and keep in touch with your friends.
I will be switching over to some of the video learning activities on White Rose as of next week to give you some more support.
It’s time to play! You can play this game with up to eight people. This would be a great opportunity to contact people for Google and Zoom calls as you can easily play together via video chat. One person must be the Dungeon Master and use their map, describing the different paths and routes the players can take.
Use the character you made earlier this week with the sheet. You can add and subtract your character’s skills from different skill rolls depending on the challenge presented. Go onto Google and type ‘Dice roller’. Select the 20-sided die (orange) to use for your games (this presents itself like an app so I can’t link, but simply type it in and you’ll see the roller come up).
Work through the map, make decisions and have fun! You can take it in turns to play the Dungeon Master, you will need to make sure you know the areas of your map well! This will help you with your story telling!
Remember, if you get stuck simply do the following:
- Describe the scene
- Let the players choose what they want to do and ask questions
- Set a number range they need to roll to (higher the more difficult)
- Tell them what happens after and keep the story going!
I have a really simple task for you today or this weekend. Go for a run or bike ride with a family member or friend. Choose a nice location to go to and have some fun in the fresh air!
Hello everyone! It’s great to see you all active in on our classroom stream! Tomorrow I am going to go through a few bits to help you out with your DnD work. In addition, I am also going to be planning to do a class call outside of school hours next week to get those who are in school involved too.
Thank you for voting! As it stands, tomorrow we will be chatting but as the pet parade was a close second, I will organise another time for us to do it.
See you guys tomorrow!
Have a look through the story setting resources to help give you some ideas! Create a map on paper to show the setting the players will travel through
You can include towns, temples, volcanoes, castles – it’s all up to you! Your setting can be inside or outside, try to include different characters that players meet along the way – these can be people in need of rescue, people willing to help and guide you or those that could betray you…
Try and choose three distinct areas for players to go through, you might include a town, a haunted house or forest, a graveyard, a temple – it’s all up to you! Have a look at the map on the PowerPoint to help give you some ideas.
Annotate your map with descriptions, are there different monsters or creatures? People that need saving? Treasure?
Make your descriptions as clear as possible!
It’s time to get creative! We can play Dungeons and Dragons in two ways:
We can hide the map from the players and rely on the Dungeon Master to describe the different routes and challenges, but we can also include a board for players to work through
Today you are going to create your board! Now this doesn’t have to ‘literally’ be a board, it could be a collection of different toys, objects and other items simply laid out on a table or the floor! You can use models and LEGO of course! Have a watch of this video to give you some more ideas:
Hello everyone! I’m looking forward to our class call tomorrow, it was lovely to see some of you around today. I have some more Dungeons and Dragons themed tasks for you to complete today.
Creating you own character in the world of DnD is a very important part of the game! Have a look at the character types on the sheet provided, remember, your character doesn’t have to be human, they could be an elf, dwarf, goblin – whatever you like! You can simply Google the classes to read and learn a little bit more about what they are like. You can of course take the ‘themes’ of each class and make them your own.
Go through some of the PowerPoint and the section on classes and characters. There are a wide variety of different character types that you can play! You will have 10 points that you can spend to improve the different stats you character has – spend them wisely! When you roll during the challenge/decision stage of the game, these will increase your chances of success.
You can even take points away if you choose: for example, you might choose to go for -2 Strength so you can gain a bonus 2 points to put elsewhere you can take away up to 5 points. This is a risky strategy as it can increase the power of the stats you like, but at a cost…
Using your expanded noun phrases, similes and metaphors, write a short backstory for your character. Where did they come from? What was their call to adventure? Do they seek treasure and riches? Revenge? Or has a tragedy befallen them? You should also use your descriptive language to describe the way they look! Small details can be important like eye colour, clothing, weapons and more!
Think about the Dungeons and Dragons character you have created. I would like you to create a really detailed picture of them!
You can draw them in action or create a still picture of them!
You should include details such as their armour, weapons, companions and more! You might even like to apply your portrait drawing skills and could even include a two-point perspective background if you’re confident enough
Hello everyone, I’m missing you all very much and can’t wait for our call on Thursday. Today we’re going to be carrying on our Dungeons and Dragons work. I had an interesting chat with Mrs. Russell and Mrs. Gabb today and they told me about a Dungeons and Dragons programme they used to watch. I’ve posted the first episode below if you are interested:
You can have a go at this game to help improve your understanding of angles:
Today we are going to begin using similes with our expanded noun phrases, you could also include metaphors if you are feeling more confident.
When we play Dungeons and Dragons, we structure the game in this way (you can also check out the slides):
DESCRIBE: The Dungeon Master (DM) describes the scene.
DISCUSS: The players or ‘party’ will discuss what to do.
DECIDE/CHALLENGE: The players will choose an option, this can be their own or given by the DM.
ROLL: The DM sets how high the players must roll to complete the challenge.
RESULTS: The roll will determine if the players are successful or have failed, the DM will then decide what happens next, with new choices.
We will be working on the Decide/Challenge stage
The challenges are linked to the skills that characters have, for example a strength challenge will be related to lifting, pushing and pulling. A dexterity challenge will link to things like sneaking, hiding, climbing and stealing.
Try and create a challenge for each skill! Remember, this is a fantasy world so go wild! You can include monsters, different environments and situations. You might pick a castle, temple, volcano, jungle or town to set your challenges in to name a few examples.
Finally, you must write in the SECOND PERSON using the pronouns you, your, you’re and yours. You can find out more here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zrqqtfr/articles/zxdhsg8
On the sheet there will be examples to help get you going so feel free to adapt them! Don’t be afraid to get other people in your home involved, it’s all about being creative.
It’s time to go nature hunting! There are lots of different types of plants, fauna and wildlife around us every day.
Choose a location to visit, a wood would be the best place to do this. You can complete the identification sheet I’ve provided and see what you can find!
If you are interested in looking at some other ID sheets, visit: https://www.wildlifewatch.org.uk/spotting-sheets
See if you can collect some samples of leaves, twigs and pebbles to go with your ID sheets. You could take some pictures of these too! You can also access the sheets on a mobile phone if you can’t print them.
I hope you all had a great weekend. I am looking forward to being back in school full time next week! I have an exciting week planned for you go guys this as we open your imaginations and step into the world of Dungeons and Dragons. Now there are quite a few rules that I have simplified for play in class and at home so don’t panic!
We will build up our confidence as the week goes on but I would suggest checking out some fantasy movies to get your inspired. The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Hobbit, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe are all good examples that you could check out!
This week we are going to be looking at angles! Here are some resources to get you going:
Today you are going to be refreshing your knowledge of expanded noun phrases! I am also going to be attaching the Dungeons and Dragons PowerPoint for you to go through!
- To begin with, we can look at the resources found here to refresh our knowledge of expanded noun phrases:
- Work through the appropriate challenge level for you!
- Once you have completed this, read through the Dungeons and Dragons PowerPoint
- Dungeons and Dragons is an incredibly fun game that encourages good story-telling and an active imagination
- I have simplified the game for use in the classroom and at home for you to try!
- It will take a little bit of getting used to, but read through the rules and information and you should get to grips with it soon enough
- Mostly the order of play goes: Describe -> Discuss -> Decide/Challenge -> Roll -> Results
This will all make more sense in the PowerPoint!
- Yoga is a great way to relax and wind down our bodies
- You perform a range of different movements and engage your different muscles and core
- Yoga can be a great way of relaxing and is great for your health
- There are plenty more on the channel for you to check out if you wish to learn more
Happy Friday everyone! Thank you to everyone who joined our call, it was lovely chatting with you all. Don’t forget to check out the Strawpoll linked on our Google Classroom so you can vote for the theme of our next call! Don’t forget to keep popping over pictures you would like shared on our website.
https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDEducation TED-Ed has some great videos about a wide variety of different topics that you can explore. They feature all sorts of topics and have a style to them that you could choose to adopt.
See if you can apply your learning from this week to write your report on your chosen topic. You could use the resource from Activity 1 to help you structure it!
Try and aim for at least three paragraphs or so. See if you can include a range of opinions and facts in your writing! You could even try doing a talk of your own once you’ve finished it.
Today I would like you to create your own bar graph or line graph! You can use the following resources to help you:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReW4MPqXTvA (bar graphs)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxS9B_Y60Hs (line graphs)
You will need to collect some data for your graph and draw a table. You could go outside and create a table showing the number of people that go past a given location. You could count cyclists, people walking, cars, motorbikes etc.
You could ask your friends about their pets – how many people have cats, dogs, fish. You could even ask about how many people have 1 sibling, 2 siblings, 3 siblings etc.
This is just one example however! Using sport data can be very useful too, if you visit: https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=premier+league+table#sie=lg;/g/11fj6snmjm;2;/m/02_tc;st;fp;1;; you could create a bar graph showing the number of wins, goals, matches from a selection of chosen teams.
Remember, that if you do a line graph, there should usually be an element of time! You could measure changes in temperature over time if you have a thermometer handy by boiling water and seeing the change in temperature every 10 minutes. You could even see how many TT Rockstars questions you could answer over different periods of time. You can visit: https://www.mathsisfun.com/data/line-graphs.html for more information.
Coding is a very important part of computing and allows us to create different systems, programmes, webpages and more!
You should have visited Code combat earlier in the lockdown but if you haven’t – now is your chance to try it!
Visit https://codecombat.com/ you don’t have to make an account, but if you do, you can save your progress!
Work through some of the different levels debugging as you go. This is where we correct mistakes in our coding to make everything work as intended.
If you are feeling brave, you could even make your own webpage using HTML and Notepad on your computer. It’s surprisingly straightforward – you just need to know the codes!
You can visit https://www.w3schools.com/html/html_editors.asp and follow the different steps and codes. This is an optional task to try out!
Hello everyone, I hope you are having a nice week whether in school or at home. Don’t forget our class call will open at 11:25. I will post the details on our Google Classroom page – bring a pen and paper!
Reports are informative pieces of writing that give information to the reader about a certain topic. For example: space, the bald eagle, Scotland, flags of the world or anything else you’re interested in.
Look at the rules for report writing found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zrb48xs
Do you think you could follow them? Complete Activity 1 and go through some of the features. When you have completed the activity, begin to conduct research for your chosen project, gathering facts, opinions, pictures and more!
Today we are going to be looking at capital cities! To begin with, I would like you to find out what a capital city is and what are the features that make one. Using Microsoft word, I would like you to get some pictures of different capital cities in Europe. How many can you already name?
Try and aim for 5 more cities with pictures and at least three facts about the cities to go with them. You could also include some capital cities that you have already visited and perhaps ones you would like to visit in the future.
Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying the sunshine! It was lovely to see some of you in school today and I look forward to our next Google call.
Today you are going to be looking at subordinating conjunctions which will come in handy when you start to write about your chosen topic tomorrow!
A conjunction is a word, or words, used to connect two clauses (parts of a sentence) together. Subordinating conjunctions help to add the extra information that tells us when, why or where something happens.
Watch the videos to refresh your knowledge of conjunctions and work through the activities found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z6kj2sg
Think about the topic you are going to write about! You could choose this today and begin to formulate some key points to get you going tomorrow.
Sometimes it’s important to take our minds off the stresses of everyday life. It’s easy to get caught up with our work, friends, technology and the events of the world. Sometimes it’s important to take a step back from everything and relax!
I would like you to find somewhere nice outside – this could be your garden or a location of your choice.
Lay down and close your eyes – pretend you’re going to sleep! Clear you mind and simply listen to the world around you – what can you hear? Write down your feelings and the different things you could hear – how did you feel after?
Good morning everyone! It was great to be back in school yesterday as we have been preparing for those of you who are returning. After going through the timetable, I will be hosting Google Classroom calls on Thursdays from 11:30-12:00 for those of you who I won’t be able to see in person! I will open the call from 11:25 so we can get everyone who wants to join, in on time.
Today we are going to continue interpreting data!
Today we are going to be thinking about ‘formal’ and ‘informal’ language and how we can alternate between the two in different situations.
Watch the video on formal and informal language in the Bitesize link!
Formal language is used when we are communicating with people we don’t know very well and want to impress or show respect to.
Informal language is used when we are more relaxed and with people we know well.
Visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zmnvgwx and complete the activities found on the page. You could even start to write your two paragraphs about the topic you are going to include in your report this week.
You guys will have seen me drawing in two point perspective before and we have even practised this during Thrive! Perspective is very important when we draw as it allows the subjects and objects of our drawings to scale correctly without looking too big or small.
Visit the following resources:
https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/two-point-perspective-drawing-tutorial-1123413 is also a good resource too!
Make sure you use a ruler and line your paper up to a straight edge
Watch the videos to help you learn how to draw in two-point perspective
See if you can draw a building or a street!
Hello everyone, I hope you had a nice half term! I am looking forward to seeing some of you in school and on our Google Classroom calls soon. I will announce the time for our next call once I’m back in school tomorrow and have had a chance to work around the timetable for our pods. I am also going to be ditching the work codes now that we are heading towards the end of the school.
This week we are going to be interpreting graphs and data. You can find some helpful resources here:
This week we are going to be creating reports on a topic of your choice. We will steadily build this up across the week with some GPS work and research. We will also be using some of the Bitesize resources as they lend themselves very well to this work.
Watch the video about facts and opinions – can you tell the differences between them? How about creating some of your own examples?
You can then complete the activities found on this page – good luck!
P.E and Music
Have a think about some of your favourite pieces of music. Do they have dances that go with them? There have been many different iconic dances across the years that people recognise. There are plenty that come to mind such as Gangnam style, Thriller, YMCA, the Macarena and even the Fornite floss!
I would like you to learn a popular dance of your choice or even make up your own! You can send me a picture of your dance or even a video if you choose. Have a look at the video below to see how dance has developed in popular culture over time:
Google Classroom and Group call!
Hello everyone! If you haven’t joined our Google Classroom yet, we are going to be having a class call on Thursday 28.05.20 at 13:00! I have sent out details on how to join our Google Classroom via Parent Mail, so if you haven’t recieved these please let me know and I can give you our class code.
I hope you are all having a lovely break.
I hope you all have a wonderful half term with your families. I will be organising a Zoom/Google class call for Thursday if you would like to join. Keep an eye out for the details that will be sent via parent mail/Google Classroom. Don’t forget to take some pictures of the things you’re getting up to!
Happy Friday everyone! Well done to everyone who has made it into Google Classroom! If you haven’t already, I have sent out a code to all of your parent’s email addresses that you can use to join. So come aboard and say hello!
Our time with time is over. Today we are going to do some reasoning work to finish off the topic.
This week we have been looking at films and things that go into making them. Today I would like you to write me a review for a film of your choice. Your review should include all of the things that you have worked on across the week. This includes writing about the characters, plot, your favourite scenes, acting performances etc.
I have attached a couple of bits from Twinkl to help you. You can choose to use the film template if you like or you can write it up on MS Word. Additionally, there is a really good checklist that you can work through that I have also attached. Try and aim for around 3 short paragraphs (or more) if you are going down the MS Word route!
I have a really important task for you today. I would like you to come up with some rules for using Google Classroom (5 would be a good amount but if you think of more you can include them). Reflect back upon our E-Safety learning, as Google Classroom is a platform where we can post and share comments and files, it’s important that we setup rules to make it fair and fun for everyone to use.
I am leaving this task open to you guys! You could create a poster, leaflet, video – anything you like! I will be looking very closely at these and will incorporate your ideas into forming the rules for our Google Classroom.
Good morning everyone! I hope you are enjoying this week’s tasks. I hope you are all keeping well, it feels like we have been in lock down forever! Hang in there a bit longer and keep working your hardest. Without further ado, let’s have a look at today’s tasks!
We are nearing the end of our movie topic this week! Today you are going to write about your favourite part of your movie. You can use these questions to help you:
- What happens in the scene?
- Which characters are involved?
- What makes this scene special? Does a character give a special speech? Is there a big fight? Is there a sad moment?
- How does the scene look? Where is it set?
- Are there any special acting performances?
- Where in the movie does this scene happen? Beginning/middle/end?
You can then screenshot your screen or go onto Google images and find a picture of it. You can then add this above your piece of writing for today.
I would like you to create an advertising movie poster for your chosen film. You could think of this as a rework of the original! Think about the characters you would like to include on here, the setting, the title etc. I have posted a couple of links below that can help you with your inspiration. This poster can be drawn, painted and made in any way you choose.
Good morning everyone! Although next week is half term, I will be organising a Zoom meeting for those who are interested (I plan on making this a weekly event of around 30 minutes). This is going to be based on the day I am working in school next week, so I will let you know when I know more. I will also be trying to setup a Google Classroom so that I can post videos securely and to a closed group.
Finally, if you have any pictures to send me during the week please do not be afraid to do so! These do not have to be related to work as our usual Monday ones are and it will give you a chance to just share what you are up to. They can be of anything at all!
Continuing with our WR math, as I mentioned earlier this week any feedback on these would be great.
Today I would like you to write me three short paragraphs about your film. We are going to focus on the plot of your chosen movie and identify what happens in the story. You will need to summarise the beginning, middle and end. Please have a look at the word document of today’s tasks at the top of the page which contains a full example!
Movies need some very important items known as ‘props’. These are the items that are made for the movie or stage and are used to help tell the story and make it look real (we have a whole wall of them next to our classroom).
This could be anything from a lightsaber to a wand in Harry Potter. I would like you to make your own prop based on a film of your choice. Select any item you like and see if you can recreate it. You could use conventional materials like card, natural materials like wood from your outdoor exercise or even building blocks such as LEGO! Good luck!
Good morning everyone, I hope you slept well! I’m sure you will all join me in wishing Jacob a happy birthday today as I’m sure we all would, were we in school! Happy Birthday Jacob!
Let’s begin today with some pictures from the school…
I was doing some gardening in school the other day when we discovered something on the roof of the greenhouse…
We have a resident pigeon who has made a nest! I will keep track of the eggs and let you know if there are any developments…
I hope that you enjoyed watching your chosen film, I’m very excited to see which ones you’ve chosen! To start building up to our reviews, we are going to do some character profiling . Choose four or more characters from your film and write a bit about each of them (this can be done on paper if needed). I would like you to:
- Find out the name of the person who played the character
- Tell us about character’s role in the story
- Tell us about their personality
- Give an opinion on this character, do you like them?
It is really important to look after our mental health when we are at home. Whilst we can go out for more exercise than before, sometimes we need something relaxing to do when we are not out.
https://orb.farm/ is a brilliant website that allows you to create your very own ecosystem of creatures. It’s a very relaxing simulator game that you can spend time exploring and having fun with.
https://sandspiel.club/ is another great site that is very similar to orb. This one focuses more on using different elements.
Give these sits a visit and let me know what you think! You can take a picture of your creations and send them for me to share!
Geography project: Andes research (GT1)
Hello guys, I hope you are all doing well and are ready to put some of your computing skills to use!
I would like you to conduct a research project on the Andes mountain range as a part of our Geography topic for this term. I have attached some links below to help you with your research but you are more than welcome to use other sources.
I have also attached a little guide on using some of the features of Word to help you.
WILF (What I’m Looking For) :
- One A4 page of work
- A map of the Andes
- A range of different facts and pictures
- All of the features of A (you may do more than one page if you choose)
- Subheadings and headings to divide up your work into sections
- A small section of information on some of the countries the Andes cover
- Well organised information with clear headings and subheadings
- A scientific diagram
- Statistics about the area
- Include a table
- Information about Physical and Human geography across the region
- Include some fronted advebrials
- Include some expanded noun phrases
Here are some links you may wish to use:
Daily P.E session that can be done from home on Youtube…
As those of us in isolation are likely feeling cooped up at this point, here is something that can help your kids squeeze in some daily exercise.
As of Monday The Body Coach TV will be releasing daily exercise videos for young children all the way up to secondary school. This may be something worth checking out and I will provide links as part of our P.E work!
Week 1 – Please return this week’s work for 30.03.20 – Thank you!
Due date: 30.03.20 – Take a picture of part of your diary or send me some of your word doc!
Welcome to your first (for many of you) week in isolation! I will be uploading tasks for you to complete every day and will try to keep you busy! To begin, we will be starting your own Quarantine Diary.
You will need a notebook or you can simply keep it on a word document (a bit easier to share with me). Each day I would like you to write a short paragraph about what you have been doing, how you are feeling, your general thoughts etc.
You are part of a historic time yourselves now. just as we looked at the evacuated children of WW2 and the disruption to learning they faced, now you are part of something similar that will likely be studied in the future! Who knows, maybe someone in the future could read your diary!
I will be setting up a special girls and boys tournament for this week starting at 10 AM! I will be letting the tournament run for two hours. Let’s see how many points you can get in that time on Times Tables Rockstars as a nice opening to our home learning.
Update: You can track your scores using our existing tournament. I am having some issues accessing my account (possibly due to the high traffic) so use a starting score from our existing tournament and see how much you can get within an hour.
As I sent the link the other day, there will be a Youtube livestream that will start at 9AM. I would like you to try and take part in the work outs each day to keep you guys active.
Below are the word document forms for today’s tasks that you can download! Alternatively, you can simply read them on this page. I have attached a powerpoint that includes some step by step guidance for this week’s maths – use it!
ET1/HT1: Creating a biography.
We are going to be creating biographies on Winston Churchill. Each day we will be building up your autobiographies with different ideas for you to include.
We will aim to build these up on a word document and you can submit your work to me next week!
Today I would like you to create a short profile as part of your biography:
1. Title your word document – Winston Churchill Biography
2. Find a picture of him and describe it! You could use expanded noun phrases! He wore a (adjective), (adjective) hat.
3. Where was he born?
4. What year was he born in5. What were the names of his mother and father?
What fraction of the animals are…
We made some great progress with our computing work last term and you wrote some amazing E-Safety leaflets to go with your virtual worlds. Now you will have more time to work on these worlds!
Using Mecabricks https://www.mecabricks.com/ or Minecraft https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/ (If you have it)
I would like you to create your own virtual town. Consider the features your town should have. I would like you to work on these until after the Easter holidays (due for the first Tuesday back after Easter).
Mecabricks is completely free to use but you must make sure you help your child create an account so that they can save their work please. At the end of the project we will take screenshots of your worlds and write a little bit about them.
Below are today’s set of tasks which you can also download. I will be updating the due dates for work to the first Monday of each week (except for longer term projects). Thank you!
Support work: http://flash.topmarks.co.uk/4593 (useful resource for all)
- Today we are going to be investigating fractions that make up a total quantity or amount
- Firstly, I would like you to hunt around your house for items that share things in common
- For example: three toy cars, four books, six cups – be creative!
- Once you have your collection of objects count them all up to find the denominator (bottom number) of your fractions
- If I had 6 items, my denominator becomes 6
- If I had 2 items my denominator becomes 2
- 12 items my denominator becomes 12 etc.
- Once you have your items, organise them into mini-groups based on their similarities e.g. Colour, shape, type, genre, author, pattern etc.
- Once you have organised the items in your group, write down the fraction of the total amount they make up
- Use some paper to write down these fractions and place them in front of the organised objects
- If I had two yellow books out of seven books, I would write 2/7 onto some paper and put it with them
- You can try performing this with three different groups of objects – experiment!
- Take pictures of your groups of objects and fractions and send them to me by 30.03.20! I will put them into your Google Drive folders
- I collected twelve books in total making my denominator into twelfths
- I organised my books by colour (I could have done this by genre, year, author) and wrote down the fraction of the total amount each mini-group made
- For the books, I made mini-groups based on colour and put them together writing them as fractions of the total amount
- 3/12 were green, 2/12 were blue, 2/12 were purple, 1/12 was pink, 1/12 was red, 2/12 were orange and 1/12 was yellow
- I organised my objects and wrote down your fractions onto cards or pieces of paper
- Display your cards or pieces of paper in front of your objects and take a picture! Be creative with your choice of objects!
- Try and simplify your fractions if possible!
Continuing our work from yesterday, I would like you to add some more to your biography:
1. Find three facts about Churchill’s life in the military when he was young.
2. When was Churchill first elected to parliament?
3. In which year did Churchill become Prime Minister? Who was the Prime Minister before him? Who was the Prime Minister afterwards?
4. Which monarchs did Churchill serve in his lifetime?
5. Can you write four famous Winston Churchill quotes?
6. Find a picture of Winston Churchill as a young man and him as an old man! Add this to your work.
https://www.ducksters.com/biography/winston_churchill.php you can use this to help you but try and use a variety of sources – practise your research skills and include ‘KS2’ when you search for things on Google.
Before we finished school, we were planning to build our own bomb shelters. We looked at existing features of bomb shelters used in WWII to help inform your design ideas. As we were working at different speeds, I have two tasks for you this week.
1. If you haven’t already, begin putting resources together to create your own model bomb shelter – look at some images of Anderson shelters to help you. Try and use a variety of different materials and begin to construct (or improve) your design.
2. If you made good progress on your model already or if you would like to try this activity too, I would like you to create a bomb shelter in your home. This can be built like a den using cushions, blankets, books and lots of other items (THAT AREN’T FRAGILE). Send me a picture of your shelter when you have finished with it! (30.03.20)
Bonus: Can you think of a safe way to check how effective your shelter is?
Today’s tasks including differentiated activities and answer sheets! Any pictures you can take of the children’s work would be fantastic.
Remember: Use the PowerPoint I sent to help you! The questions and answers can be downloaded above. You may complete your work on paper and photograph it or you can edit the sheet directly – whichever is easiest. Below are some videos you can also use:
Now that you have found some key information about Churchill, you can begin to use online (or offline) resources to flesh out your biography.
Using the links provided as well as your own, I would like you to add a section of writing to your biography:
One paragraph and some historical dates.
A brief chronology (order of events) about Churchill’s life.
In your own words, write two or more short paragraphs outlining the key events in Churchill’s life. You should also include fronted adverbials!
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zkrkscw/articles/zfq9pg8 Includes a video and a game that you should try! Start your work here.
https://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/winston-churchill An easy to read timeline and outline of Winston’s life.
https://www.historyforkids.net/winston-churchill.html Great resource (quite a long read however)
https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/winston-churchill Has some great quotes on it!
A simple task for today. Watch this video about our Science topic: Sound. You can take some notes or create diagrams to show your learning from the video.:
Afterwards, you can have a go at doing this experiment! Take a picture of your experiment setup and send it to me for 30.03.20 to go into your learning folder!
Well done! You have survived your first week of isolation. I have a range of different tasks for you to perform today including maths investigations, journal writing and a music task that I am sure your parents will love! Please have a look at each of the Maths challenges for today and choose one (or more) to complete.
Today I would like you to complete your biography! You should aim to put together all of your research into one word document if you haven’t already.
- Have you added a section of your own writing and opinions about some of the facts?
- Have you added a range of different pictures and images? (for help doing this look at our class page advice document for the Andes project)
- Can you add an interesting border to your work?
- Have you chosen an interesting font, headings and subheadings?
- Can you make a front cover for your biography? Enlarge an image and make it your first page!
When you have completed your biography, I would then like you to have a look at the journal you have hopefully been keeping. Can you write a small section about how you have found life this week?
- Have there been things that you miss?
- Have there been things that you have enjoyed?
- What are the biggest differences between a normal week of school and life during ‘lockdown’?
- Can you talk about some of the activities you have completed this week?
- Has anything exciting happened during the week?
Today I have several different investigations for you to try out. They are all differentiated for you to choose the best challenge possible! You can find these on the download section of today’s work. You may also like to check out:
Carol Vorderman has a great website with some excellent resources and tutorials that may interest you! Have a look and see if you like them.
Music can be made in all sorts of ways and not always with instruments…
You are going to be experimenting with percussion. Percussion instruments include: drums, cymbals, xylophones, gongs, bells and rattles. Do you think you can find something they all have in common?
You are going to get creative with your percussion! Using objects around the house, I would like you to work on composing a short piece of music with a good sense of rhythm. Focus on using a range of objects to change the pitch of your music. I have attached some videos to help give you some inspiration!
You can continue to work on this until after Easter!
Week 2 – Please return this week’s work for 06.04.20! Thank you!
Good morning! I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for some more activities this week. Below are today’s activities:
It’s time for our weekly times table practise! I have created a fresh tournament for you to track your progress. I would like you to:
- Complete at least three sound checks.
- Compete in at least one arena game.
- Challenge a friend to a Rock Slam.
- Look at your heat map and choose a table to work on for the week (if you know all of your tables already, you can tackle the extension task I have attached).
PSHCE & English (PS1/ET3)
Why do you think it’s important to wash our hands? What are the benefits of doing so?
Can you name five good times to wash our hands and is there such a thing as too much handwashing?
Germs can quickly gather on different surfaces and when we touch them the germs can transfer over to our skin. We can end up spreading these germs without realising and they can make us sick if they get inside our bodies.
Have a look at this video that shows the correct handwashing technique:
See if you can do it yourself!
In your home learning journal (or on a word doc), I would like you to write a step by step guide on how to wash your hands. You should aim to include fronted adverbials of manner and time to describe each step. You should use a comma after each of these! If you need a refresher on how to do these, visit:
A: Write the handwashing steps with joined writing.
B: Use a fronted adverbial for each stage of the hand washing and join your writing! Try and focus on time and manner.
C: Complete the steps of A and B. Afterwards, use different coloured pencils (or pens) to colour code each word you used in your instructions. Can you identify the class of each word? E.g. noun, verb, adverb, determiner etc.
During WWII, rationing became an important part of everyday life. Rationing was essential as it made sure that people had enough to eat in the country. Sadly, this meant that many of the treats and daily foods people had became more of a luxury during the war and people had to come up with innovative ways of making ‘mock’ version of their favourite dishes.
I would like you to visit this brilliant website:
I would like you to look through the different dishes and then through your cupboards and fridge. Are there any recipes you could make? I would like you to look through some of the recipes and choose one to make later this week.
Hello everyone, I have some interesting tasks for you to complete today. We will be opening up with a new topic for Maths which will involve some standard fluency work but there will be more practical tasks later in the week.
Fractions and decimals are used to represent parts a whole number. We have spent lots of time looking at fractions and now we are going to be moving on to decimals.
This can be a challenging topic, so to help you I have included two videos that you should watch before moving onto today’s activities:
This is a great overview of decimals and links nicely with our fraction work. You can use this as a good reference to help you with understanding the concepts behind decimals and fractions.
This video really goes into detail about how tenths and hundredths are interlinked. I would strongly recommend watching this to help you with today’s questions!
English & Computing (ET4/CT2)
I had a great idea from one of your parents about improving your typing skills. Often, we spend much of our time on iPads and not necessarily on computers and whilst the layout of typing on an iPad (or phone) remains mostly the same, we don’t tend to type up big projects on an iPad like we would a computer or laptop. This is such an important skill to develop for the future, so what better time to start developing it than now?
So, for your English task today (and I would like you to work through these every day) I have some resources to help you accomplish this.
Firstly I would like you to visit:
https://www.roomrecess.com/mobile/TypingSpeedTest/play.html don’t expect to get an amazing score to begin with but this is a great resource to begin tracking your starting ability. Here is my score:
Do you think you could beat it in the future?
You can use this website to track your progress, so write down those early scores so you can monitor the progress you make with your typing skills.
Now the next part, visit:
This is an excellent resource for learning how to type. Some of it can be a little ‘KS1ish’ but the practise itself is really worth doing. You might also like to check out: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr but this resource isn’t as comprehensive. See how much progress you can make with the typing club (little and often is the best approach).
Have a look through: https://the1940sexperiment.com/100-wartime-recipes/
Have you chosen your dish yet? I would like you to begin preparing (or making) your dish today! Now do not panic if you don’t have all the ingredients yet, If you are in this position, you can simply plan out a shopping list of things that you will need.
Alternatively, you can go down the Ready Steady Cook route and attempt to create a dish with as few ingredients as possible if you don’t have everything you need to make your WWII meal from the website!
Depending on when you complete this task, I would like you to photograph your food! This is important as you are going to be creating some artwork based on the dish you made.
Gleðilegt aprílgabb allir! Í dag hef ég seinni hluta stærðfræðinnar okkar til að klára og nokkur önnur sérstök virkni fyrir þennan sérstaka dag. Ef þér hefur tekist að lesa þetta – vel gert! Athugaðu hvort þú getir sagt mér tungumálið sem ég skipti upplýsingum um í dag!
In France, April 1st is called “Poisson d’Avril.” French kids play a special game on this day. The object of the game is to tape a paper fish on someone’s back without that person noticing. When the victim spots the fish taped to their back, the kids yell “Poisson d’Avril!” (April Fish!)
Would you like to have a go?
See if you can make yourself a Poisson d’Avril! You could start your day by making one simply out of paper to get you going. See if you can hide your Poisson d’Avril in strange places around the house and photograph them.
Do you think you could surprise someone with your fish? See if you can hide your fish inside objects or underneath things you know someone in your house will use! Every time they discover your fish you can shout:
After you have had your fun. You can then go on to try and make a more detailed cut out fish! Choose an artistic technique for this. You could simply draw and colour it, paint it or create a collage – it’s up to you!
Hopefully you had some success with the decimal work from yesterday. If you didn’t – don’t worry! Decimals can be a tricky concept to understand and it can take some time to get used to the way they work. Here are a couple of quick games you can try out to practise the basics. (This is also the support level of work for today):
Today’s work is attached with today’s files for A,B and C – good luck!
Speaking and listening are important skills that help us both teach and learn. In the spirit of April Fool’s, you are going to be planning a short stand-up comedy routine.
I would like you to write a short script in your home learning journal to help you prepare. Once you have written your routine, tomorrow you can practise and on Friday you can record and film it! Below are the challenge levels you can tailor your routine to:
A: Create a short routine with several jokes.
B: Adapt your act to include some physical comedy – Mr. Bean should give you some inspiration! You could even go down the Goosebumps route with some ventriloquism using a stuffed toy.
C: Create a full act perhaps involving a story, jokes and possibly involving other people in your home! You could include impressions, physical comedy, practical jokes – it’s up to you!
Hello everyone! I hope you had a wonderful April Fool’s day with your families. We are going to continue developing your maths knowledge, comedy routines and geographical skills…
You all know how much I love using Google Maps and Earth to explain and show you things. Both are fantastic resources and can allow you to see some amazing things from around the world. Today I would like you to do some exploring from home …
I would like you to start exploring South America! Look around and see how many interesting places you can find! Print screen them (if on laptop/PC) or screenshot them on your iPad! Find a collection of interesting images and put them into a word document. Can you include some short sentences to describe the differences between where we live and the places you are exploring? You could focus on the language, vehicles, architecture – the list goes on! I will post the most interesting picture on our class page.
Today I would like you to make me an informative Maths poster to show 1/10ths and 1/100ths as decimals. I have attached our usual scheme of learning above for those who wish to answer some of the questions and for parents to have a look at how we approach learning for this topic. I would like you to convert some fractions in the 1/100ths. For example: 25/100, 56/100, 11/100 etc. Put these into part whole models on your poster and show their decimal equivalents! Use a ruler to keep everything looking presentable and clear if including place value columns.
Support: Show some fractions (1/10ths) and their equivalent decimals e.g. 0.1 = 1/10.
A: Show 1/10ths and 1/100ths as decimals e.g 5/10 = 0.5, 7/10 = 0.7, 5/100 = 0.05 etc.
B: Include part whole models and place value columns to represent our fractions and decimals:
C: Include some explanations to go with your place value columns and part whole models. If someone read your poster, would they be able to understand how to convert between fractions and decimals? If you’re confident you could go up to 1/1000ths and beyond!
Continuing straight on from yesterday’s task, I would like you to start practising your routine! Think about the parts of your routine you could improve and identify things that work and don’t. Think about the way you deliver your jokes. Make sure you use good expression for you punchlines (the main jokes) and put lots of energy and enthusiasm in the build up these punchlines. If you find this tricky to do, practise with someone at home!
Here is a reminder of the three ways you could approach this task:
A: Create a short routine with several jokes.
B: Adapt your act to include some physical comedy – Mr. Bean should give you some inspiration! You could even go down the Goosebumps route with some ventriloquism using a stuffed toy.
C: Create a full act perhaps involving a story, jokes and possibly involving other people in your home! You could include impressions, physical comedy, practical jokes – it’s up to you!
Have a fantastic Friday everyone! I am really looking forward to seeing how your comedy routines and other tasks have shaped up this week! Below are today’s tasks for you to try.
As with many things in life, we all have different things we like and dislike. Music is no exception and (like food) it is good to explore a range of different styles. Below I have written a musical Bingo mat. I would like you to draw out a grid like mine and choose one song to fill each of the gaps. You may want some help or suggestions from people at home! Include the name of the piece of music and the composer/creator behind the song! As a bonus, underneath your grid you could write a little about your favourite songs from your list.
All of today’s tasks are included in the files section! There is a great game you can play to help develop your partitioning skills with decimals too!
I hope you’ve had success with your comedic routine so far. At this stage, you should hopefully have drafted a script and spent some time practising. You will need a cameraperson to record your act or someone to take a photo of you – it is up to you! Think about the things you have included; jokes, impressions, references to movies and books etc. Why did you choose to include these in your routine?
Combine your chosen approaches to this task and when you have performed and completed it, you can send me a video (or photo) of your routine for 06.04.20! You should also try to include some of your script for me to look at too.
A: Create a short routine with several jokes.
B: Adapt your act to include some physical comedy – Mr. Bean should give you some inspiration! You could even go down the Goosebumps route with some ventriloquism using a stuffed toy.
C: Create a full act perhaps involving a story, jokes and possibly involving other people in your home! You could include impressions, physical comedy, practical jokes – it’s up to you!
Relax and enjoy your holidays! Here are some bits you could also do to keep busy:
- Daily reading
- TT Rockstars
- Practise your typing!
- Work on any tasks you may have leftover!
- Keep your diary going
Enjoy your Easter!
Summer Term 1
Welcome back! I hope you have all had a good Easter break and are staying safe. As this is our ‘first day back’ we will be keeping things light to get you started!
In keeping with our weekly session of TT rockstars, I would like you to complete the following tasks:
- Challenge a friend through Rock Slam
- Complete three sound checks
- Compete in an arena mode
- Look at your heat map and compare it to the start of this year!
When you have finished, visit:
As I know you enjoy tackling these, I would like you to have a try at home. Can you create the generated number using the numbers provided? Here are three challenge steps you can use to help you:
- Support level: Change the number to a number of your choice
- A: You can use the numbers as many times as you like and try to get as close to the target number as you can
- B: You may use three of your numbers twice
- C: Standard rules – each number can only be used once!
- Extension: Can you set a time limit to complete it in?
Show me your working out! Good luck! See if you can complete three or more.
Today we are going to focus on apostrophes. Watch some of the videos below to get you started. There are plenty of other resources online which are easy to find too.
I would like you to create some sentences that show apostrophes in use. You can do this on a word document or if you’re feeling creative, create a comic strip with different pictures that show your sentences. Here are some apostrophe styles I would like you to include:
- A singular possessive apostrophe such as Jack’s, Molly’s
- A plural possessive apostrophe such as The girls’
- An apostrophe for contraction such as it’s, don’t
See how many different ones you can come up with. Aim for around 10 sentences!
Since the lockdown, I have been really impressed with some of the pictures and videos that you guys have been sending me from home. I have seen some incredibly creative approaches to many of the tasks and I am sure that you will rise to this challenge…
The J. Paul Getty Museum recently posted this on their twitter:
Since this has been posted and everyone is stuck at home, there have been some really interesting submissions from around the world:
Have a go at this challenge! Use different objects, animals and people. Good luck!
Good morning everyone! We are going to continue focusing on your chosen piece of artwork this week.
Have a look at the tasks word document for today’s work!
For the next three days I would like you to write about your chosen piece of artwork from ART1. We will steadily build these up across the week. Start off with a word document with a picture of your chosen piece and its name at the top. I would like you to answer the following questions and put your answers into a coherent paragraph:
What do you like about the piece of art?
What do you notice about the style?
How does the piece of art make you feel?
Why do you think the artist may have chosen to draw it? (this your own opinion not a research question).
We will be writing some more about the artist themselves and about the pieces throughout the week so make sure you choose one you are interested in!
To go with your English writing this week, I would like you recreate your chosen piece of art. This could be the one from ART1 or a different piece of your choice. I would like you to recreate it using whichever techniques you choose. You could draw it, paint it, create a collage etc. I am excited to see which approach you take to this task. Make sure you spend a good amount of time on it – you should never rush your art!
Good morning everyone! It’s another sunny day and I hope you’re ready for some more tasks!
REMINDER: Please can you send work to me on the following Monday of each week! Thank you!
Today I would like you to add some more information to your piece of writing. I am looking for a biographical element to your writing! I would like you to focus on your chosen artist and tell me about their life. You can use these questions to help structure your paragraph:
- Where was your artist born?
- In what year were they born?
- When did they begin to create art?
- Did they create any other famous pieces? You could include some pictures to show these
- Can you name some challenges the artist faced?
- What style of art did they follow?
- Can you include a few random, interesting facts about their life?
All of today’s questions are included in the downloads section. You should focus on the varied fluency questions first!
Have a go at the ‘Stuffed Animal Pillow Relay’. This should be a fun challenge you can do in your house or garden! How many different objects can you carry? See if you can get family member to take a picture of you holding as many items as possible – good luck!
Good morning! I hope you all have a lovely day today – here are today’s tasks.
For the final part of your writing I would like you to conduct some research about the piece of art you have chosen. Artwork can often have an interesting story behind it! Here are some questions you could use to help you:
- In what year was the artwork created?
- How long did it take?
- What does the piece of artwork depict?
- What makes your chosen piece special?
- How was the piece created? Is it a painting, drawing, sketch, street art etc.
- Is it possible to still view the piece today? If so, where would you be able to find it in the world?
- Was the piece sold and if so how much did it sell for?
Today’s uploaded files have two reasoning and problem solving questions I would like you to complete. As you tackle them, write down your working out as you play. You can take a picture of this and send me the results!
Here is an extra resource you can use to help:
Extenstion level task: https://nrich.maths.org/6554/index (this is a really good one – good luck!)
This experiment is a bit… gross. However, it is also a great visual way of recognsing how microorgansims can spread across surfaces. Here is how I would like you to approach this task:
- Use the investigation sheet to help you plan out the experiment
- You will need a few pieces of bread and some air-tight bags (ziplock works best)
- With your hands washed or with gloves on, wipe each piece of bread in a different location
- A good time to do this could be during your daily exercise outside the house!
- Choose some places you think are clean e.g. washed hands, clean surfaces etc.
- You could then choose somewhere you think is dirty e.g park bench, a bin etc.
- Once you have wiped your bread on the different surfaces, put the bread into the bags and label them
- Your job will now to be to monitor the bread every day for 7 days and keep track of how mouldy it is
- You could rate the mould level out of 10 each day or take pictures to show the mould developing
- Record your findings and use the investigation sheet to help you
- Which piece of bread became mouldy the quickest?
- Which piece became mouldy the slowest?
- Can you identify the reasons why?
- TIP: Add a ‘control’ to your experiment by having one piece of bread go directly into the bag without being wiped on anything. This will give you a good way of comparing the spread of mould.
Happy Friday everyone. I hope you’ve all had a good week and have some nice plans for the weekend.
Have a proof read through your art project this week and the way you’ve formatted your word doc. This is a good time to develop your computing skills so experiment with different titles, fonts and the way you present your information. This is the first part of today’s task.
I would like you to write a letter to someone very important… Yourself! I would like you to write a letter to your future self. You could tell them about the things you like now, how life is treating you and your ambitions for the future. It is your letter so you can write anything you like!
Now there is a special rule for writing the letter. You can only open it on your 21st birthday. Do you think you will be able to keep it for that long? You might even like to make a time capsule and put some small things in there – think of it like a birthday present to yourself! You don’t need to show me your letters as they are personal but if you would like to you can!
Today you are going to become the teacher! I would like you to take your maths learning from this week and create a guide to dividing numbers by 10 (100 or 1000 if you’re more confident). You should aim to include clear structured points that help explain each step of calculating an answer.
Write one or more calculations to use for your reasoning and explanations.
Try your best to explain the actual maths behind each step. You could use place value columns, annotations and arrows to help show each stage. You can go about creating your guide by making a poster, leaflet or even a powerpoint!
It’s important to take care of our bodies and minds. As we are home with our families, think about the things that the people you live with do for you! I have a very simple task (or series of tasks) for you to complete today.
I would like you to perform some good deeds! Think about things you can do for your family members whilst stuck indoors! See if you can find 5 positive things to do for your family members and list them. You could also take some pictures of you doing each deed – you might even learn a few new skills for helping around the house which will stay with you for life! It’s so important for us to look out for one another and your actions can go a long way in making someone’s day brighter! See how many you can do!
Good morning! Today I have some straightforward tasks for you in English and Maths to get you warmed up for the week. I will also be introducing a fantastic coding website that I’m sure you will have some fun with!
Visit the website link above and go to the page. Set the topic to Arithmetic: Four operations. This is a simple game that can help you brush up on some of your arithmetic skills. Match the questions and answers together as you go. You can play with the difficulty setting to find a level that suits you – good luck!
As I know you have all enjoyed this game during lessons, you can now try it for yourself at home! Make sure you choose a good balance of vowels and consonants when generating your letters. See how many different words you can create from the letter combinations. Make sure they are words you would find in a dictionary!
Code Combat is a fantastic resource for learning coding in a fun and engaging way. It can quickly teach you how coding works and you’ll start to see how often things can go wrong! You can play a large chunk of the content for free so give it a go! Be warned however, this website tends to work best on laptops and PC.
Today we are going to start ordering different decimals! This can be tricky so I have attched some different resources to help you. After you have watched the video above visit:
You can watch some of the videos and complete the different tasks (these are very short).
Now visit: https://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers/ordering-game.php
Once you select Options you can then choose from some different challenge levels. You can adjust the amount of time you have (don’t worry too much about this) and the level of questions you will be tackling. I have colour coded these for you – remember you can always work up and down challenge levels so feel free to move between them! Complete a few rounds of this game – good luck!
‘A picture can speak a thousand words’ is a common expression that can often prove to be very true. Children’s picture books can contain many different messages and meanings that not only come from the writing found within the book but the images themselves.
There are a number of different children’s books you can look at for free to help you generate some ideas for your very own story (visit the link above). Today I would like you to start to develop some characters for your own children’s picture book. It is important that you think about the audience you will be pitching to.
Watch the video linked above. Alexis Deacon has written many powerful and interesting children’s books he is also the author of ‘Begu’. This video will give you a fantastic insight into the approaches he uses when drawing and writing for his books!
I would like you to start sketching some characters for your story. Write some different details about them – what is their personality like? Do they have a problem to solve? What makes them interesting? You could even begin to start developing a setting for your story too.
I have a very open R.E task for you to complete today. Religion is an important part of the lives of billions of people across the globe. Religions have formed in different periods of time and different geographical locations. Each relgion has its own teachings, rules and beliefs that believers follow and adhere to in varying ways.
I would like you to find 5 different religious symbols and draw them. I would then like you to write the name of the religion, the area of the world it comes from, what the symbol means and any other short facts that you would like to include!
Hello everyone! Just as an update, I am going to start uploading some pictures of the children’s work going forward. If you have any objections to your child’s work/face being displayed please can you let me know! I have gone through the photo permission slips that were handed in some time ago, but I just thought I would check up with everyone.
Today I have a fairly straightforward task for you. I would like you to work through your selected challenge level for ordering decimals! I will be attaching all of the files you will need. This will be some straightforward fluency work.
Yesterday I asked you to watch a video and start sketching some of the potential characters for your story. Today I would like you to focus on one very important thing…
What are you trying to say?
This is a tricky question but an essential part of our writing. Although the language we use in a picture book can be simpler than say a novel, the message that we are trying to put to our readers can be more complex. Today I would like you to think about the theme of your story and begin to plan it! You should keep your planning fairly simple and straightforward. You can use the resource I have provided if you choose to do so! The important thing is sequencing each part of the story.
Storyboarding is an effective way of planning scenes from films and will also cross over nicely in helping you plan your picture book. A little off topic but below is a video about how ‘Toy Story’ was originally pitched – really interesting stuff:
I have attached some links to help you come up with ideas for your writing! Remember, you can rework other stories you have heard and put a unique twist on them!
This website isn’t the most flashy but it does include some really good examples of themes you could use in your writing:
I would strongly recommend exploring the stories found here! Aesop’s fables have very clear morals attached to them and could help you come up with some ideas:
This is a seperate link from an article published back in 2016. This is a really interesting list of picture books that you may be interested in reading in your spare time:
I hope you have some paper handy as today you are going to be working on your origami skills! You will need to trim your paper so that is square and not rectangular! Explore this website and see what you can come up with, there are plenty of easy and more difficult challenges for you to try. You have plenty of time on your hands so see what you can accomplish!
Good morning everyone! We are going to be tackling some reasoning and problem solving in maths, continuing your writing in English and you will also begin working on a special reading task…
Carrying on from yesterday, I would like you to tackle the reasoning and problem solving side of our decimal work! If you still need some practise with fluency, revisit some of the websites I have linked earlier this week to secure your knowledge!
Extension task: https://nrich.maths.org/1102
By this point you should now have your characters, have planned the bulk of your story and thought about the message you are trying to convey. Today I would like you to draft the writing portion of your picture book. Write down the sentences that will go onto each page. Remember, these do not have to be overly complex but you may consider including fronted adverbials and apostrophes!
Think about how your pictures will compliment your writing. You can also begin to work on these too. Your colour choices will also be very important!
Being a good story teller requires you to do many things. You need to be able shift the tone of your voice to suit the action that is happening within the story. You need to think about the different voices you may change between if there are multiple characters. You may shift the speed in which you read, to match the pacing of the story. You need to engage with your reader and make sure that they are interested in what you are reading.
I would like you to select a story from Aesop’s fables:
Learn the story off by heart (you don’t need to know it word for word just the main parts of the story and dialogue) and practise retelling it. You can always begin by reading the story several times and then trying to retell it without the book. I would like you to be able to retell the story to a family member in your house. If you have brothers or sisters, you may even like to get them involved too! Experiment with your retelling, how might you make your retelling exciting? You can add lots of elements of drama to this!
You can send me a picture of you retelling the story! Good luck!
Happy Friday everyone! Thank you for all the brilliant work submissions you have sent me! I look forward to sharing some next week once I’ve been in touch with your parents. Great job everyone!
Today we are going to consolidate some of our knowledge by practising comparing decimal numbers. It is very important to work through each column to identify how much each digit is worth. Visit the following website for tips on how to work through the columns:
There are some questions on the webpage that you may like to try too.
Extension activities: https://www.mathspad.co.uk/interactives/decimalsTool/decimalsTool.php
You have been working on your children’s picture book this week and now is the time to complete it! Think about your presentation and pictures – are they colourful? How many pages have you included? Go back through the resources from this week to help give you some final ideas to complete your story. If you have a younger sibling or family member, perhaps you could read it to them and see what they think?
Today you are going to do some map work! Draw a map of your local area and mark all its important features. Underline any natural features in green (e.g. rivers, hills, lakes), managed features (e.g. sports fields, gardens and parks) in yellow and constructed features (e.g. roads and bridges) in blue or using colours of your choice.
If you don’t have colours to hand don’t worry! You can simply use a pencil and annotate. There are two aproaches you can take to this task:
- Go outside and see if you can map out the area as you go! You don’t have to travel far and can simply make a map of a smaller area.
- You can use Google maps to help you see a wider and more accurate view of the area allowing you to create a larger map.
You can also visit the following link for some additional resources and activities:
Hello everyone, I hope you all had a good weekend! I will be sending out reports today so keep an eye out for them! Here are today’s tasks:
Firstly, I would like you to go to Times Tables Rock Stars and complete three sound checks and then a game mode of your choice. This would be a good time to do some Rock Slams too! Following on from this, I would then like you to visit:
This is a fun game that can also be played on paper very easily and with a partner. I would like you to play some rounds of this game and see if you can identify a strategy for winning. You’ll see that this game can be tricky to begin with! When you have worked out a strategy, I would like you write me a very short explanation.
This week we are going to be working on poetry. Have a watch of the video above to give you a reminder of some of the basics. You can then go to:
Watch the video and then complete the very short activity. I would then like you to have a go at creating one or more poems with a clear rhyme scheme. Make sure you write your rhyme scheme down and see what the effect of changing it is. You should also ensure your lines begin with a capital and are punctuated at the end.
There is another fantastic link below with some useful tips that will help you this week, have a read!
Today we are going to think about the effect that music can have on different film scenes. Many different composers create scores of music to accompany various scenes found in every type of film! John Williams is a personal favourite of mine and you would undoubtedly recognise many of his pieces if you heard them.
I would like you to find your favourite musical score in a film. It can be purely with an orchestra or it could also have singing and words in it too. You may even choose a film that is a musical itself. I would then like you to do the following:
- Draw part of the scene from the film.
- Can you describe the tempo of the music?
- Can you identify the composer?
- How many instruments can you identify?
- Why does the music suit the scene in the film? Is it tense? Climactic? Sorrowful?
- How does the music make you feel?
Good morning! I hope you’ve had a chance to look at your reports. Today we are going to start working with money in Maths, poetry in English and check in on your science experiments.
Money, money, money. Today I have two tasks for you to complete for me! To begin with, I would like you to simply complete the questions found on the White Rose page below:
Your next maths task is going to be directly linked to geography…
Today you are going to be writing some acrostic poems! These poems are a lot of fun and are relatively straightforward to create. Think about different things you could use for the topic of your acrostic poem(s). Have a look at the links below to get started:
Wide range of different examples with some trickier bits:
Some really good step by step guides:
Finally, a Bitesize video that can accompany this activity:
Is £1 equal to $1? If took £10 with me to South Africa, would I get 10 rand? These questions are important because they affect the way we use money around the world. A fancy word for money is ‘currency’ and this describes the system of money that each country uses.
However, not every currency is worth the same amount and sometimes the value of a currency can rise or fall with events that happen in the world. Some countries can even change their currency!
When we go on holiday, our English money won’t work across the world! We need to exchange our money to match that of the country we are visiting. This is going to link in with our maths this week…
I would like you to do the following today:
- Choose 10 different countries and write down their currency (and symbol)
- How much would £10 be worth in that currency? You can visit https://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/ to help you!
- Out of all of your currencies which one was worth the most?
- Can you find out about the currency we used in the UK 100 years ago? Did we only have pounds and pence? When did this change and why?
Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a good week so far. I will be posting a collection of your pictures at the end of the week – keep an eye out!
This week we are working with money. Today’s activities are based around the relationship of pence and pounds. These link directly with decimals and are a practical way of using them. I have attached both the fluency and reasoning tasks. You can do three questions of the fluency and three for the reasoning (you could always do more if you like!).
I have also attached a tricky challenge that you can work on as an extension:
Today I have an interesting challenge for you to try. You will need:
- A bag, box or container
- An assistant
- A blindfold
- Some items (chosen by your assistant)
Firstly, have your assitant fill the container with different items. They could be literally anything so be creative! Once you have your blindfold on, place your hand into the container and feel around. As you feel, describe the different textures and sensations – this is going to form the basis of your poem.
You could even include similes as part of your description e.g. cold as ice, as slimy as a snail etc.
Once you have your descriptions, put them into a poem! This can be written in free verse (meaning no rules or need for rhyming). You can always include rhyming if you wish! Below is a link you can visit to help you with free verse poetry:
This is a really cool and interesting experiment that you can try at home. It doesn’t take many resources! I don’t wish to spoil it so have a watch of the video and you can also check the link below:
You can always substitute the glitter for something else with small particles. Good luck!
Hello everyone! Today is essentially our last day of the week as tomorrow is a bank holiday. Friday will mark the 75th year since the end of WWII in Europe and is consequently a very special day! I will not be setting work on Friday, however I will give you some activities that you can do to learn about VE day and celebrate it!
You can choose as many or as few activities as you like from the list below. There are plenty here that you can do together with your family so get them involved too.
What is VE day?
Get yourself started by watching the clip found here:
You can then visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/48201749 to learn more!
If you have a printer at home or simply have some paper or card, you can create some bunting using the instructions found on the BBC website:
All the files and resources can be found here – good luck!
A great way to get a sense of how people felt during VE day is to read some of their stories. There are a collection of short accounts that you could read and discuss with a family member here:
The Nation’s Toast
Why don’t you think about a special drink you could make and get ready to celebrate VE day tomorrow! You can find out more information at: https://www.veday75.org/
“While the Pipers are playing Battle’s O’er, and the recorded speech by Prime Minister Churchill is being broadcast by the BBC into our homes at 3pm on the 8th May, we would still like to encourage the people of our great country and abroad to stand at 3pm within the safety of their living rooms, front or back gardens, outside their front doors or balconies if they have one, and undertake the Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW II, using the following words. “TO THOSE WHO GAVE SO MUCH, WE THANK YOU,” using this unique opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we can all enjoy the freedom we share today.“
I love using this website for getting ideas for different dishes. As you might expect, there are a range of different recipes (ranging in complexity) that you can bake! Why don’t you make something delicious to celebrate.
Can you make your own Union Jack? You all showed me some amazing creativity with your art from last week which I am looking forward to sharing!
See if you can create your own Union Jack in an interesting way! You could make it using paint, clothes, food, LEGO – anything! You could even make one in Minecraft as I know many of you enjoy playing. Get creative and have some fun!
A letter of thanks
Our world would be a very different place if the war had been lost. Many people made great sacrifices to defend our country and the rest of the world. If you could say something nice to them, what would you say?
You could write a letter to the people of the past who made our lives today possible. Many of them may not be around to read it, but if they were, I am sure they would appreciate it. Think about all of the freedoms you are grateful for! If you have an older relative, perhaps you could do something nice for them too!
Good morning everyone! I hope you had a great weekend and got to celebrate VE day with your families. I will be staggering your picture uploads across this week so keep an eye out! Today I’m going to be uploading 5 of the pieces from the Getty art challenge with more to come across the week…
A nice way to start this week! I would like you to get on TT Rockstars as we have had a break from our tables for some time. I would like you to really have a good look at your heat maps today, if we were still in school the test would only be a month away! Complete the following:
- 3 sound checks
- 1 garage
- 1 arena
- 1 rock slam!
A nice, easy task for you to get started this week. I would like you to visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z64q7nb
Complete the tasks found on the page! If you can’t print them, simply write down the nouns/pronouns on a seperate piece of paper.
Tourism is an important source of income for many countries across the world. In the modern world, we are able to travel faster and further than ever before! I would like you to have a look at the following PDF:
Now don’t panic! You don’t need to read every single one of the 63 pages! This is a travel brochure for Dubai and it has many interesting features. Pages 18, 22 and 99 are worth looking at (see the contents page at the start of the document).
This week you are going to be creating your own tourist brochure for your local area or place of your choice. You can think about areas you could photograph to add to your guide. Think of any place of significance! Your guide could include:
- Natural views e.g. the river
- Events that happen throughout the year
- Transport locations
….And anything else you think is important! When you get to go out, have a look around and snap some pictures! Good luck!
Today we are going to do a little more work on money, continue working on your tourist guides and have a look at some historical facts about the area you’ve chosen!
Today we are going to think about the concept of ‘change’. The amount that different items cost can vary greatly and we can’t always predict the exact combination of coins and notes we may need! We can essentially ‘overpay’ with a greater amount of money and have the shopkeeper refund us the difference between the cost of the item and the amount we overpayed by.
There are two approaches we can take to calculating change:
- We can count up from the cost of the item to the amount that we payed with, looking at the example above we can add 26p to £2.74 to make £3.00 and then add another £2.00 to make £5 this will make the change we need £2.26! You can check your answer by adding £2.26 (the change) and £2.74 (the cost) this will add to £5.00
- The other option is to simply subtract the cost of the item from the amount we payed with e.g. £5.00 – £2.74 using column subtraction and carrying giving us an answer of £2.26
You can visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zp8dmp3/articles/z2s6hv4 to find out more!
Explore the game and have a go at answering the questions. You can set the difficulty of the amount of change given to build your confidence!
English (ET16)/ Geography (GT4)
We are going to do a combination of English, Geography and History combined into one task today! Throughout the week, you are going to add different features to your brochure and today we are going to focus on the main attractions. I would like you to choose three (or more) of the attractions in your area and conduct some research on them:
- How long have they been there?
- What is special about them?
- Why were they added?
- Include any other interesting facts you can!
This will help us to talk about the history of the location you have chosen whilst also giving information about the attractions themselves. You might make some interesting discoveries.
On the first page of your tourist brochure, I would like you to add a map…
Find a map of the area you you are going to write about and include it in your brochure. Google Maps is a great choice for this so search for the location, click on the satellite button (see the red arrow) and zoom into the area you want to include.
To take a picture of the map, you can printscreen it. This is a fantastic guide on how to printscreen and it can be really useful for putting images into different projects:
You can then copy and paste the map into your brochure – good luck!
Thanks for your great work submissions this week! I’ve been seeing some superb work…
Lets get down to business… Today I would like you to play a game of shopkeepers! This will take a little bit of setup and someone to play with. Complete the following steps:
- Create a name for your shop
- Choose some items from around the house and give them prices (you can write down the prices on bits of paper and display them in front of each item)
- Create some money! Using paper (or other items), try and choose a variety of different coins and notes
- Now that you have setup your shop, distribute the money you’ve made between the shopper and shopkeeper
- Have the shopper purchase different items and practise giving them the correct change!
- You can write a few of your calculations down on a separate piece of paper
Today we will be continuing to work on your brochures. I would like you to add a good looking front cover and a separate section on the activities that are available to do in the area. Have a think about the different things that you could do in your chosen area. These could include things like:
- Areas to dine in
- Places to exercise in
- Historic tours
- Special buildings
Google Maps can be a great tool here as if you search the area, lots of pins will appear showing you some of the activities. Some of them even have a star rating system attached to them that you may wish to include!
A simple task today! I would like you to create some artwork based on the area in your brochure. Choose a place in your area to draw! It could be a building or landscape – the choice is yours! I don’t mind how you approach this task either, you could draw, paint, collage etc. I am looking forward to seeing what you all come up with – good luck!
Good morning everyone! Here are today’s tasks:
Some straightforward arithmetic work today! Have a go at solving some different money problems and questions to consolidate your learning.
Today we are going to be continuing to add to our brochures! By this point, if you have been working on it each day you should have the bulk of it completed. Today we are going to think about places to stay! If we ever go on holiday, we can’t pack our houses and take them with us. We need to find somewhere to sleep at night. My personal favourite website is Air BnB which always has amazing apartments in city centers across the world…
In your brochure I would like you to include a section on ‘Places to Stay’. There are loads of different ways you might stay in a place. You can go onto Google Maps, zoom in on your area and search ‘accommodation’ for a list of places. Air BnB is a great, real life website you can also use to look up your area which you can find here: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/.
Here are the sorts of places you might look for:
- BnBs (Bed and Breakfast)
- Caravan parks
It’s important to fill our time at the moment and to keep busy. Compiling music playlists can be a great way to do this and you can make some fantastic discoveries. Here is what I would like you to do:
- Create a list (or playlist) of up to 10 songs or musical pieces that you haven’t heard before
- You can dig through your family’s CDs (if they have any) and listen to some of the different tracks – your parents may even want to share some of their favourites with you
- You can download the SHAZAM app (it’s really good) and listen to different radio stations – when a song pops up that you like, hit the Shazam button and it will detect the name of the song for you!
- Your playlist can simply be a list of songs on paper or if you’re feeling fancy, you could create a Spotify, Amazon or iTunes playlist and screenshot it
Good morning everyone! I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend. My apologies for the technical hitch on Friday, I hope your parents recieved the email I sent out from school with Friday’s tasks. I will be uploading more pictures tomorrow (including some of my own) once I’ve gone through your tasks from last week.
This week is going to be a little different from usual. We recently gained access to the premium White Rose resources which link well with the content covered during school. Let me know how you find them!
If you haven’t guessed already, we are going to be working with Time this week. Time can be a tricky area to cover, some people find it really easy and others find it hard! I remember when I was in primary school I really struggled with telling the time so don’t panic if you find it tricky! You can also answer the questions on paper if you don’t have access to a printer.
Here are some links to get you started:
You are going to want to try to do this task before we begin our film work this week. You are going to need to have a camera you can use (ideally a phone). Often we watch films and television shows very passively, this means that we simply enjoy the experience without looking at it in a great amount of depth.
This week we are going to be actively watching films and analysing them. This is a really great way of gaining a new level of appreciation for television, film and the huge amount of work that goes into these projects.
Camera angles and shots are very important in films as they set the tone of the different scenes we are watching. Today you are going to learn about some of these…
Visit the following website:
Have a look at some of the different shots and angles that are used. I would like you to choose a subject (this could be a person, toy, object) and have a go at taking pictures at different angles you’ve seen in the article linked above. Try and go for about 6 different shots and then stick them into a word document and label the shots you’ve gone for!
Here is another link you may be interested in:
Finally, there is a brilliant article on Empire that covers a huge range of different camera angles and shots from a range of different film clips (however these do range in age rating). If you want to find it, simply google ‘Empire Film Studies 101: 30 Camera Shots’ and you can choose any clips you are happy to share but please make sure you vet these yourself if you choose to look at this resource. This is by no means essential!
It’s movie time! This week we are going to be learning about films and are going to be building up to a review at the end of the week.
Today I would like you to choose a film to watch – make sure it is one your really like! I would strongly advise doing this on an online streaming platform like Netflix/Disney+/Amazon as it will help you to take screenshots later in the week.
Once you have chosen your film, I would like you to get a notepad or some paper to take some notes as you’re watching your chosen film. You don’t need to write mountains of notes as you can always rewatch the film at another time. Here are some things you may wish to take some short notes on:
- Acting performances – Which actors/characters are your favourite and why? Were there any poor performances?
- Music – How is music used to enhance the film? Were there any particular pieces you enjoyed?
- Scenes – Which parts of the movie were your favourite and why?
- Camerawork – If you are confident, can you identify some of the different camera shots used in the film? You might write something along the lines of: Establishing shot of Hogwarts, Closeup of Harry, Arial shot of the Hogwarts Express etc.