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Summer 2 Term

 

Welcome back! This is the final term of the 2019/2020 school year - what a year it has been.  I hope you all had a lovely break over half term and have been enjoying this beautiful weather.  

 

This term will be slightly different as I will now be in school teaching infants.  Please be aware that apart from my usual 2.5 hours or planning and preparation time, I will be teaching in school for my usual contracted hours.  As such, I will mostly be responding to emails on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.  As much as possible, I will try to have all work up for the beginning of the week, which means you will need to scroll down to see each day.  Please continue to email me with what you have been doing - there have been so many examples of amazing work and I love sharing them on the Home Learning Photo Gallery.

Daily Tasks
I know these get repetitive put I would really encourage you to do them every day.  These are areas of the curriculum that have a massive knock-on effect on other areas, so for example if you are a confident reader you will be able to quickly read and understand a bit of text about history, geography or science.  You will also know more words to use in your writing and you will find spelling easier.  Times tables are another area that take up a lot of our learning time in school, so that should be the same at home too.  All children need to know up to 12 x 12 by the end of Y4, in order to manage Y5/6 work. 

 

Reading (20 minutes) – If you haven’t already finished them, I would read a bit of your colour banded book and a bit of your reading challenge book.  Try to read aloud to an adult a few times a week for 5 or 10 minutes).

 

Spelling (10 minutes on Tues, Wed, Thurs) – Practise your spelling words before you are tested on them on Friday. There are lots of fun activities in the Spelling Menu to give you ideas. 

 

Times Tables Rock Stars (10 minutes) – Use the Garage to practise and improve, then the Studio to try and log a high score.  By the end of Y4, you should be answering questions in under 6 seconds (this is how long you get in the government multiplication check test).   I can see lots of children have really improved their scores so well done!

 

Handwriting (10 minutes)  Look in the handwriting folder for this week's joins and complete about 5 or 6 of each in your handwriting book,  By the end of Y4, children should be consistently joining their handwriting in all their work; however this is achievable for the majority of children by the end of Y3 as well.  We are really focusing on ascenders and descenders (the bits of letters touching the top red line and bottom red line) as this is an area lots of children need to work on.  Please think about where letters sit on the line when writing in your English book too. 

 

 

Monday 1st June

 

Daily tasks as above.

 

Maths - We will be spending the next couple of weeks working on decimals and fractions.  There is separate work for Y3 and Y4/5; if Y3 children are very confident in the work they can try the Y4/5 tasks in addition to the Y3 ones, but it is important they work through the Y3 videos and activities to ensure they have a solid foundation of understanding.

 

Each day there is a video to watch and a worksheet to complete.  Answers have also been uploaded.  Don't worry about the Flashback at the beginning of the video - skip these for this week as I'm not sure how long you will take to do maths with having to watch a video too.  Please let me know at the end of the week roughly how long maths took you each day (remember if you start going over about 45 minutes just stop until the next day).

 

Spelling (20 minutes) - Copy out your new spelling words and ensure you know what every word means.  Look for the common spelling pattern in all of them.

 

EGPS (20 minutes) - There is some work on tense in the English folder.  It is up to you whether you complete this work on the sheet or in your English book.

 

Topic work - see Red Admirals page as this is set by Mrs Anderson.  This is the case every day.  All of Friday's work is set on the Red Admirals page,

 

 

Tuesday 2nd June

 

Daily tasks as above.

 

Maths (40 mins) - Video and worksheet.

 

English (40 mins) - See the little video in the English folder which explains today's task.  English work this week doesn't link to our new topic but will do next week.

 

 

Wednesday 3rd June

 

Daily tasks as above.

 

Maths (40 mins) - Video and worksheet.

 

English (40 mins) - For English today and tomorrow, you have a speaking task.  I would like you to give a 5 minute talk about your favourite sport - it could be a sport you play or a sport you watch.  You can choose the same sport as yesterday or a different one.  If you don't have any favourite sports, you will have to choose a sport to research.  You need to plan the information you want to include - perhaps the basic rules of the sport, equipment needed, what skills are important, why you enjoy it (if you do it), famous people who do the sport etc.  You can draw pictures or print some off to hold up and can use other props too if you like.  You will need to practise talking clearly and slowly.  If you are reading from a piece of paper, you will need to practise looking at your audience.  When you are prepared, you should perform your talk - please film it if you can but if not you can perform it to someone in your household.  

 

There is an example video in the English folder.  

 

Thursday 4th June

 

Daily tasks as above.

 

Maths (40 mins) - Video and worksheet.  Remember to let me know roughly how long it has taken you to complete this week's maths activities - thanks.

 

English (40 mins) - Complete your sport talk.  Please email a video to me if you can (you might need to compress the video to make it a smaller file).  Let me if you do not want it to go on the website.

 

Hello, again

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Hello from Mrs Poole

Thursday 21st May

 

Daily tasks as above.

 

Maths (50 mins)

Starter (10 mins) - Flashback

Main (40 mins) - Continue with telling the time activities.  Don't worry if you don't get close to completing them; there is a lot of variation in the level that children are at with this.  It would be really useful if you could let me know how you got on - thanks smiley

 

English (30 mins) - Complete your interview piece of writing.  I'd love to see these!

Wednesday 20th April

 

Daily tasks as above

 

English (30 mins) - See explanation in folder relating to further inverted commas work.

 

Maths (50 mins)

Starter (10 mins) - Flashback

Main (40 mins) - Continuing work on time, either telling the time or answering questions about analogue and digital clocks.  In January, all Y3/4 children could tell time to the nearest 5 minutes, though you might have forgotten if you haven't used it much since.  Most Y4s were confident with telling the time to the nearest minute, switching between analogue and digital, and using the 24 hour clock. You will need to decide which activity level to start on - start with something that you think you can already do then move on to harder activities.  The activities are for today and tomorrow and you should work for around 40 minutes each day then stop.

 

You might find this clock useful for reminding yourself about telling the time.

https://www.visnos.com/demos/clock.  It;s all about counting on or back in 5s!

 

Activity 1 - Telling time to the nearest 5 minutes (in the format 5 past 12 or 10 to 1, not 12:05 or 12:40)

 

Activity 2 - Telling time to the nearest minute (in the same format as above)

 

Activity 3 - Matching analogue and digital times

 

Activity 4 - 24 hour clock

 

Activity 5 - Durations of time questions 

 

Activity 6 - Start and finish time questions

 

Good luck! I would really like to hear how you got on with this on Thursday.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 19th May

 

Daily tasks as above.

 

English (40 mins) - We are doing more work on inverted commas (speech marks).  There is an explanation sheet and a sheet with the work, which should be completed in your English book.

 

Maths (40 mins)

Starter - Flashback

Main - more work on units of time.  Most Y3 should try Level 1 and most Y4/5 should try Level 2.

Monday 18th May

 

This is the last week before your half term break - this short half term has flown by!

 

Daily tasks as above.

 

Spelling (20 mins) - Copy out Week 5 words using Look, Cover, Write, Check, finding out the meaning of any unfamiliar words.

 

English (20 mins) - Prepositions sheet in English folder.  There is a reminder at the top about prepositions.

 

Maths (40 mins) 

Starter (10 mins) - Flashback

Main (30 mins) - Our next maths unit is Time and begins with understanding units of time.  I would encourage everyone to complete Level 1 and if you have time within your maths slot to attempt Level 2 - for most Y4/5 children this should be independent work, for Y3 children some or all of Level 2 will be achievable with adult support. 

Thursday 14th April

 

Daily tasks as above.

 

English (40 mins) – Finish writing the biography of your famous American.  I’d love to see these when they are done! I really enjoyed reading your letters from American cities and I hope you found the feedback useful.

 

Maths
Starter (10 mins) – Second Flashback on the document
Main (30 mins) – We have finished co-ordinates and translation now so are just having one day of revision on arithmetic before moving on to our next unit.  Most children should aim to complete both tasks for their year group in 30 minutes.  You should think about which calculation methods you know for finding answers quickly and accurately, but it’s up to you how you solve each problem as long as you can get to the answer.  We haven’t done a huge amount on decimals, so just remember if you are adding them using column addition then you need to line up the decimal points under one another, just as you line up the digits:

 

3.4 + 0.31 would look something like: 

     3  .  4   0

+    0  .  3   1

 =  3   .  7   1        

(But use your usual big equals sign in the final row like in normal column addition.  You can add in zeroes after your last digit if it helps you like I have with 3.4   If you think of the numbers as money - £3.40 and £0.31 – that can help too.)

Wednesday 13th April

 

Daily tasks as above.

 

English (40 mins) - Session 1 of 2 writing about your famous American.  Please read the guidance (uploaded on Monday) and use the features ticklist.

 

Maths (40 mins)

Starter - Flashback

Main - 2 x co-ordinate True or False questions.  Translation task 3.

Tuesday 12th April

 

Daily tasks as above.

 

English (40 mins) - finish researching your famous American, ready to start writing their life story tomorrow.

 

Maths (40 mins)

Starter - TTRS

Main - Translating shapes.  Explanation, work and answers in folder.

 

Topic - just a reminder that Mrs Anderson plans topic work and it can all be accessed from the Topic folder on the Red Admirals page.  She puts up 3-4 tasks at the start of every week. You can see photos of some children's completed topic work in the Home Learning Photo Gallery folder at the top of this page.  

Monday 11th April 

 

Daily tasks as above.


Spelling (20 mins) – Look at Week 4 for new words.  Copy into spelling book using Look, Cover, Write, Check and make sure you find out the meaning of any new words.


English (20 mins) – You can begin this task today and carry on tomorrow. It’s all about researching a famous American, ready to begin a writing task later in the week.  Details for this research are in the English folder, along with the writing task so you know what you're going to be aiming for.


Maths (40 mins)

Starter - TTRS
Main  - Pages 1-3 of the Shape Translation document (answers on the same document).  There is an explanation at the start, but you are counting the squares from Point A to Point B, to see how far the shape has moved ('been translated') on the co-ordinate grid.  Make sure you always start at Point A - this is where people tend to go wrong!

 

 

Thursday 7th April

Just a little reminder that tomorrow is a Bank Holiday so there won't be any work set on the Red Admirals page (or Fire Ants page for those with siblings in infants).

 

Daily tasks as above.

 

English (40 mins) – Inverted commas work to prepare for writing a biography next week.  See explanation, work and answers in English folder.

 

Maths (40 mins)
Starter – TTRS
Main – We are using co-ordinate grids to draw the missing point of a shape.  The work is all on one document, but is labelled with stars for difficulty.  You need to decide which difficulty level to do, but most children should manage ** or ***.  Aim to complete 4-6 cards.  If you don’t have a printer, you will need to draw the grids in your maths book so aim for 3-4.  This task is also good revision of 2D shape names – I have uploaded a 2D shape mat with many of the shapes on it which you can refer to if necessary.   

Wednesday 6th April

 

Daily tasks as above.

 

English (40 mins) - Reading comprehension relating to the Georgia O'Keeffe text.

 

Maths (40 mins) - 

Starter - TTRS

Main - Moving on to some fun co-ordinates work today.  It's all explained on the sheet, but there are either online games to play OR a worksheet to complete.  

Tuesday 5th April

 

Daily tasks as above.

 

English (40 mins) - We are starting a new unit of work on biographies, texts written about a person's life.  Read the fact sheet about Gillian O'Keeffe, an American artist, and have a go at the related EGPS questions.

 

Maths (40 mins) - 

Starter - TTRS

Main activity - More work on negative numbers today to follow on from the BBC work yesterday.  There are 2 sheets in the maths folder.  Everyone should try the first sheet, and those who whiz through it should move onto the Challenge work.  Y3 children might find it helpful to have a number line in front on them with the numbers -20 to 20, which you should be able to make pretty quickly or find online.  Y4/5 children should aim to work without a number line.

Monday 4th April

 

Hope you all had a lovely weekend.  This is our fifth week of distance learning! Keep up your hard work, because you really are doing a super job.  I've contacted a few of your parents about dojos if you've hit a treat number so hopefully you've had a little reward! We're not that far off 3000 as a class so let's keep going...

 

Daily tasks as above.

 

Spelling (20 mins) - Look at Week 3 for your new words and copy out into your Spelling book using Look, Cover, Write, Check. Make sure you check the meaning of any words you don't know.

 

English (20 mins) - There's a quick alphabetical order task to try, relating to dictionary use.

 

Maths (40 mins)

Starter: There are no Flashbacks this week as I would really encourage you to get on Times Tables Rockstars.  Remember you are aiming for under 6 seconds a question.  Our current class champion is Jamie G! Well done Jamie, a real achievement for a Y3.  If you prefer a more traditional way to practise times tables, you can generate questions here: 

http://www.timestables.me.uk/printable-pdf-quiz-generator.htm

As a minimum, Y3s should be doing times and divide (inverse) of 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 8s, and 10s.  After this, you can add in 11s, 6s, 7s, 9s, 12s.  

Y4/5 should be working on all tables.

 

Main activity: We have one more BBC lesson to try for the moment.  Feedback from last week was positive from the few children I heard from.  If you feel strongly either way about these lessons let me know.  As I said last week, they can only be used now and again as we have already covered much of the content and also they don't go into detail over several days.

 

It is work on negative numbers: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zkmv382.  You might not get all the activities done but give some of them a try.

 

 

 

 

Thursday 30th April 

 

Last day of April - how did that happen?! 

 

Daily tasks as above.

English - 
If you need to finish your letter, please do that today.  Don't worry about completing the task below. Thank you to children who have sent their finished letters to me already, I've been really impressed and have enjoyed reading them.  I hope you've found my feedback useful.

 

This is a bit of an experiment so please let me know if you particularly enjoy or don't enjoy the lesson.  These are BBC lessons that you can follow through - they have activities for you to do as you scroll down the page.  The BBC page generally covers a lot of things you have already learned but if you like the lessons there might be one or two we can do.  Both lessons are related to adverbs.

 

Y3:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zbn492p
Y4/5:   https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zv73bdm

 

Maths - Don't worry about the Flashback today (not least because I accidentally uploaded one of the files with the answers already on it!)

 

As above, this is an experiment using the BBC page.  This is a Y4 lesson but is relevant for Y3-5.  I would skip Activity 3 and come back to it at the end if you are keen.  

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zjf492p

 

Please let me know your thoughts! We have covered most of the maths on the BBC page already but there is the odd lesson we could do if you enjoy it.

 

Wednesday 29th April

 

Daily tasks as above.

 

English - finish letter

 

Maths - Flashback and .next level of tables work

Tuesday 28th April

 

Daily tasks as above.

 

English (35 mins) - Read over the Extended Writing document.  It explains about the letter you should write today and tomorrow.  You are aiming for about 25 minutes of concentrated writing time. 

 

Maths (35 mins) - Today's work is about finding out information from tables.  There is a Level 1, 2 and 3.  Choose either Level 1 or 2 to start on today and you can move onto the following level tomorrow.  You will probably find this easier to get your head around than the bar graphs work.

Monday 27th April

 

Daily tasks as above.

 

Spelling (10 minutes) - Copy out Week 2 words into your spelling book using Look, Cover, Write, Check.

 

English (20 minutes) - Complete last week's research task, ready to begin writing a letter about an American city you have 'visited' tomorrow.

 

Maths (40 minutes) -

Starter - Flashback Week 1 Day 3 (There is also an extra file for parents with some annotation around the answers explaining more about how we teach the concepts in school - hope it is of some help). 

 

Main activity Drawing a bar chart today - it's all explained on a sheet in the maths folder.

Church School

As a Church School we have a regular acts of Collective Worship where we come together to think and reflect, sing and are invited to pray. Please take a look at this message from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. You might want even want to light a candle before you watch this.

 

https://www.tes.com/news/watch-archbishop-canterbury-leads-national-assembly (Welb'y's address starts 6 minutes in).

Hello once more

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Making a fool of myself this week. I'd love some videos of you lot making fools of yourselves to put up!

Me again!

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Hello from Mrs Poole

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An explanation of corona virus for children, illustrated by Axel Sheffler who usually draws for Julia Donaldson:

https://nosycrowcoronavirus.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/Coronavirus-ABookForChildren.pdf

Thursday 23rd April

 

Daily tasks as above.

 

English (35 minutes) - Today's work is a research-based task.  You can carry this work over into Monday (or tomorrow if you have time) so it doesn't all need to be done today.  There's a sheet in the English file which explains everything.

 

Maths (35 minutes) - 

Starter activity - Flashback Week 1 Day 2

Main activity - Continuous data bar graphs today.  There is separate work labelled Y3 and Y4/5, although you can decide which is best for your ability (there isn't a huge amount between them).

Wednesday 22nd April

 

Daily tasks as above.

 

English (35 mins) - Reading comprehension based on the letter you read yesterday.  Write the long date and LO, and answer in full sentences.  Most Y3 children should use the file with sentence starters to help them; most Y4/5s should be able to answer the questions without sentence starters.  I'd be interested to hear how long this task took you.  Answers are on a separate document.

 

Maths (35 mins) - 

Starter - Flashback Week 1 Day 1 (we've not gone backwards, it's week 1 of a new term)

Main activity - Today and tomorrow we are looking at bar charts, before drawing our own bar charts on Monday.  There is an explanation file and separate work for Y3 and Y4/5.  

Tuesday 21st April

 

Don't forget the daily tasks above. 
English (40 mins) - We're starting some work on letters.  Read the explanation and questions document. You will also need the Letter from California document for this work. (Both in the English folder, along with answers),

 

Maths (30 mins) - 

Starter - Flashback Week 11 Day 5

Main activity Drawing your own pictogram.  Explanation in the maths folder.

 

Monday 20th April

Spelling (30 minutes) – Write out Week 1 spelling words in your spelling book using Look, Cover, Write, Check.  Check you know what all the words mean.  Now in your English book, use each one in a sentence.  Remember, if it doesn’t have a capital letter and full stop/question mark/exclamation mark it’s not a sentence! Make sure you write the long date and the title Spelling above your work.

 

Maths (40 minutes)

Starter activity – Flashback Week 11 Day 4.  Don’t forget to write down the time on the clock shown in the corner of the page.
Main activity - We are moving on to a unit of work on Statistics.  That’s a fancy way of saying that for the next couple of weeks we’ll be learning about pictograms and bar charts.  

Easter Activities

 

There will be no English or Maths work over the fortnight Easter break, as usually you would be off from school.  Please, please keep up your reading though!

 

Our new topic will be all about the USA.  Mrs Anderson will be adding some activities relating to this on the Red Admirals page but you could also...

 

 - See if you can learn to recite the names of US states in alphabetical order.  I learned this in primary school and it has been surprisingly useful information throughout my life! Send me a video if you manage it!

 

- Use this website to get your head around how big or small US states are compared to the UK: https://www.mylifeelsewhere.com/country-size-comparison

 

 - Use Google Earth to explore the USA, visiting places you have heard of like New York City or Los Angeles.  I prefer it in 2D and used a laptop; I'm not sure how user friendly it is on other devices.  While you're at it, find Rowsley too! It's a fascinating tool.  https://www.google.co.uk/intl/en_uk/earth/ 

 

Thursday 2nd April

 

Another week nearly done.  Just a wee reminder to look on the Red Admirals page for tomorrow's work. 

 

Reading (20 minutes) – If you’re at the stage of needing a reading challenge quiz, we can email these to you. 
 

Times tables (15 minutes) – Go on TTRS and join your team in battle! Years 3 and 6 versus Years 4 and 5.
 

Handwriting (5 minutes) – p and b joins this week. 
About 6 of each: ap  ab   ep    eb    up    ub (please check the example so you know you’re joining them correctly).

 

Spelling (10 minutes) – Practise your spelling words using an activity from the Spelling Menu.


English – LO: We are using it and it’s correctly.

To finish our apostrophe work, we’re looking at its and it’s

It’s is short for it is or it has. 

Its is a plural possessive pronoun (like their and our, or the single possessive pronouns his and her)

There is a powerpoint explanation (also saved in PDF format) as well as an activity sheet (same work for everyone). 
 

Maths (25 minutes)
   Starter activity –
Flashback Week 11 Day 3.
   Main activity – Magic square investigation.  All the instructions are on the sheet.  Hope you enjoy this one!    

 

 

 

Wednesday 1st April

 

What's special about 1st April? 

 

Reading (20 minutes) – If you’re at the stage of needing a reading challenge quiz, we can email these to you. 

 

Times tables (15 minutes) – Go on TTRS and join your team in battle! Years 3 and 6 versus Years 4 and 5.  

 

Handwriting (5 minutes) – p and b joins this week. 
About 6 of each: pl   bl   pr   br   ip   ib (please check the example so you know you’re joining them correctly).

 

Spelling (10 minutes) – Practise your spelling words using one of the activities from the spelling menu. 

 

English – LO: We are using apostrophes to show possession.

Moving on to apostrophes for possession today. Plural possessive apostrophes are something we’ve not covered yet this year and which Y3 children probably haven’t come across yet (not on KS1 curriculum) but we have done work on the singular possessive.

 

There’s a good explanation here, with a game at the end:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvwwxnb/articles/zx9ydxs

 

There is also a Powerpoint which you can access if you have Microsoft Office (because it is interactive, I won’t save it as a PDF as it will just be confusing) as well as a parent guide.

I’d recommend all children start with the Singular Possession task.  If they get about 5 in a row right, move on.

 

Then try the ‘Singular or Plural?’ activity. If you don’t have a printer, you could make a table in your English book and record your answers that way. (Y3 children and those who find English trickier might like to stop here.)

 

The final activity is an apostrophe board game.  If you don’t want to play it as a game, you can simply add the apostrophe to the correct place in the sentences (if you don’t have a printer you can either just talk this through or record answers in your book.  There is an answer key on the document).

 

If we weren’t all confined to our homes, you could then look out for misplaced or missing apostrophes in signs all around you! They are everywhere.  Perhaps you might spot some in leaflets, magazines and emails.  Let me know if you do. 

 

Maths (25 minutes)
  Starter activity – Flashback Week 11 Day 2.
   Main activity – Carry on with the word problems from yesterday. I’ve had quite a bit of positive feedback about this task and how well children are getting on which is absolutely brilliant. Everyone who wants to should give Level 3 a go as all children, including Y3s, have the calculations skills to do it.
  

 

Tuesday 31st March

 

Last day of March - how did that come round so fast?! Loving all your emails with examples of work, please keep them coming and let me know how you're finding the work.

 

Reading (20 minutes) – You’re a clever bunch - you know what to do by now, right?!

 

Times tables (15 minutes) – Go on TTRS and join your team in battle! Years 3 and 6 versus Years 4 and 5.  

 

Handwriting (5 minutes) – p and b joins this week. 
About 6 of each: po   bo   ba   pa    bu   pu  (please check the example so you know you’re joining them correctly).

 

Spelling (15 minutes)
Practise your spelling words using one of the activities from the Spelling Menu 

 

English (30 minutes) – This week we are going to do some EGPS work focusing on apostrophe usage as this is something that often comes up in our writing as needing a bit of practice.  Today the focus is apostrophes for omission (parents, this is the language used in the national curriculum and SATS, I'm not making it unnecessarily complicated!) and then we'll be moving on to apostrophes for possession.  Explanation and work is on the sheet as well as some extra activities.  I'd suggest Y3 start on Level 1 and Y4 start on Level 2 and see how far you get in the 30 minutes but it's up to you, Y4 children might like to try Level 1 for revision.

 

Maths (35 minutes)
  Starter activity –
Flashback Week 11 Day 1. Don't forget to write down the time that the clock in the corner shows!  
   Main activity – We are sticking with the four operations (+, -, x, ÷) but moving on to two-step problems.  You will need to do two calculations to solve each problem.  Please show the calculation you have done even if you have worked it out in your head! You will make fewer mistakes if you do and it's good practice for when you are older and doing tests.  

 

LO: We are answering two-step word problems

 

Confident Y3s and Y4/5 should start on Level 2 and work up, everyone else should start on Level 1.  This work will continue into tomorrow so you might like to do one level each day.

Monday 30th March

 

Good morning everyone! I hope you had a lovely weekend.  Last week of 'school' before the holidays! 

 

Reading (20 minutes) – You’re a clever bunch - you know what to do by now, right?!

 

Times tables (15 minutes) – Go on TTRS and join your team in battle! Years 3 and 6 versus Years 4 and 5.  

 

Handwriting (5 minutes) – p and b joins this week. 
About 6 of each: p   b   be   pe    bi   pi  (please check the example so you know you’re joining them correctly).

 

Spelling (25 minutes)
Look at your group’s spelling words. 
Write the short date and copy them into your spelling book.
Look up or find out the meaning of any words you don’t know.  
Practise your words in your spelling book using Look, Cover, Write, Check (Look at a word, cover it up so you can’t see it, write it in your spelling book, check you got it right). 

 

English – No separate English today.  Use this time to catch up on anything you didn’t get to last week, to have a good look at the Spelling Menu and decide what tasks you’ll be doing later this week, or do something else you useful!

 

Maths (25 minutes)
  Starter activity –
Flashback day 5.  I've saved the documents in two formats.  The PDF contains all the Flashbacks (and answers) for this week.  If you prefer the powerpoint, I've left that up as well.
   Main activity – Carry on with the word problems from Thursday.  

Thursday 26th March

 

Last Honey Bees day of the week! Tomorrow you need to have a look at the Red Admirals page.  Thanks for all the super work that has been emailed to me - every single thing made me smile.  It's lovely to know you're all working so hard.  

 

Reading (20 minutes) – read your colour banded book for 10 minutes and then your reading challenge book for 10 minutes.  You might like to split this up so you read at two different points in the day.  If possible, for one of your books read aloud to an adult.

 

 

Times tables (15 minutes) – Go on Times Tables Rockstars (TTRS) and spend 10 minutes in the Garage working up through the levels.  Then spend 5 minutes in the Studio.

 

Handwriting (5 minutes) – Write the short date in your handwriting book. Use your handwriting book to practise more s joins.  I’m sorry if I confused you yesterday, I muddled the Wednesday and Thursday photos of joins up when I saved the so please do the ones you haven’t done yet! This will be either sc, sa, so, sq, sr, sp   or   st, sl, sh, sk, sm, sn.

 

Spelling (10 minutes) – Choose an activity from the spelling menu.

 

English (35 minutes) –
Learning objective: We are answering questions about what we have read.  


Bronze Age reading comprehension (complete in your English book – just write your answers to the questions, don’t copy the questions down).    Remember to answer in full sentences as we do in school.  Use the question to help you form these sentences.

 

E.g. What is the average age a honey bee will live to?

      The average age a honey bee will live to is

 

The answers are included in the file.  There are 3 levels of questions: *, ** and *** (look at the bottom of the page).  Children on reading levels Red, Orange or Green should do * and have an adult read it to them, answering the questions with an adult's support.  Children on reading levels Gold, White, Lime and Brown should do *. Everyone else should do **.  If you're still going after about 40 minutes, stop there even if you didn't answer all the questions.

 

Maths (35 minutes)
  Starter activity –
Flashback day 4.
   Main activity –
   Learning objective: We are using the 4 operations to answer word problems.
   In your maths book, answer the word problems by using the 4 operations (+, x, -, ÷).  Don't forget to use written methods like column addition or bus stop division when needed.
   This work will continue into Monday.  Y3 start on either Level 1 or Level 2.  If Y4 children are finding their work very, very difficult, they can try the Y3 task from Level 2.  

Wednesday 24th March

 

Here we are again! I hope you've been managing the tasks I've set.  Let me know how you're getting on.  I've seen a wonderful haiku from one of the Y3s about cave hyenas which gets a Dojo and I'll add on Dojos tonight for anyone who has been on TTRS.   

 

You'll see the work below is starting to follow a pattern.  We cover a huge range of learning in school but ultimately getting the basics right is essential and takes lots of practice over time.  

 

Reading (20 minutes) – read your colour banded book for 10 minutes and then your reading challenge book for 10 minutes.  You might like to split this up so you read at two different points in the day.  If possible, for one of your books read aloud to an adult.

 

Times tables (15 minutes) – Go on Times Tables Rockstars (TTRS) and spend 10 minutes in the Garage working up through the levels.  Then spend 5 minutes in the Studio.

 

Handwriting (5 minutes) – Write the short date in your handwriting book. Use your handwriting book to practise the following (about 6 of each): sc, sa, so, sq, sr, sp (example under English work). 

 

Spelling (10 minutes) – Choose an activity from the spelling menu.

 

English (35 minutes) – Carry on with yesterday’s task (haikus).

 

Maths (35 minutes)
  Starter activity –
Flashback day 3.
   Main activity – Carry on with yesterday’s task (calculation/division).

You are probably well aware of these already but a couple of useful links in case you need more entertainment:

 

https://stories.audible.com/discovery - free audio books

 

https://www.storylineonline.net/ - story books read aloud by famous people

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ - Joe Wickes daily live online PE lesson, 9am.  You can watch it after the live broadcast too.

Tuesday 24th March 

 

We survived the first day! Hooray.  Today's work is explained below.  As a guide, English and Maths should take about 2 hours and Topic (on the Red Admirals page) around 1 hour.  You are not expected to answer every question for every task - the class covers a wide range of abilities so some children will need to do more than others.  Use the timings as a guide and stop when you think you have given a task your best go for a sensible length of time. Oh, and well done anyone who spotted the deliberate mistake in the Challenge section of the Y4 maths work wink Many more of those to look forward to I'm sure!  

 

Reading (20 minutes) – read your colour banded book for 10 minutes and then your reading challenge book for 10 minutes.  You might like to split this up so you read at two different points in the day.  If possible, for one of your books read aloud to an adult.

 

Times tables (15 minutes) – Go on Times Tables Rockstars (TTRS) and spend 10 minutes in the Garage working up through the levels.  Then spend 5 minutes in the Studio.

 

Handwriting (5 minutes) – Write the short date in your handwriting book (don’t start a new page or you will finish your book very quickly!). Use your handwriting book to practise the following (about 6 of each): gs, ys, ps, bs, ds, fs (example under English work). 

 

Spelling (10 minutes) -
Look at yesterday’s spelling words.
Use the spelling menu to practise your words in an interesting way.  You can do this in your little spelling book, in your English book (neatly! Write Spelling and the date at the top) or on a piece of scrap paper.   

 

English (35 minutes) – see attached sheet on haikus.  This work will take two days.

 

Maths (35 minutes)
   Starter activity -
Write the short date in your maths book and the title: Flashback.   Have a go at the Day 2 activity.
   Main activity – Y3 have
 sheets with learning objective and questions.  Complete in your maths book.   This work will carry into tomorrow.
   Y4/5 see sheet with learning objective and questions.  Start on either Level 1 or Level 2.   Most children have used this method before.  If you have not, or need a reminder, as well as the example on the sheet  you can have a look here:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-is-the-bus-stop-method-for-division

 

Complete in your maths book.  This work will carry on into tomorrow.

 

Monday 23rd March 

 

Good morning everyone! Hope you had a nice weekend.  Here are your learning tasks for today.  Everyone is in a different situation with when adults can help them, but if you can I'd suggest you get your work out of the way this morning so you can relax this afternoon knowing it's all done.

 

I will also attach the below as a Word document in case you want to print it off and tick things off.  Tasks can be completed in any order and timings are just a guide.  


All tasks should be completed in pencil.  In maths, always write the short date (i.e. 23.3.20) and put one number in each box.  In English, write the long date (i.e. Monday 23rd March) and use your neatest handwriting.  All Y4 children should join their handwriting; all Y3s should be working towards this.

 

Reading (20 minutes) – read your colour banded book for 10 minutes and then your reading challenge book for 10 minutes.  You might like to split this up so you read at two different points in the day.  If possible, for one of your books read aloud to an adult.

 

Times tables (15 minutes) – Go on Times Tables Rockstars (TTRS) and spend 10 minutes in the Garage working up through the levels.  Then spend 5 minutes in the Studio. Why not record your starting Garage level and Studio score in your Maths book.  Then look back at it in a few weeks and see how much you’ve improved!   

 

Handwriting (5 minutes) – Write the short date in your handwriting book. Use your handwriting book to practise the following (about 6 of each): s, es, is, ts, ls, ss.  There is a photograph in the English section for guidance.

 

Spelling (15 minutes) -
Look at your group’s spelling words (see English page). 
Write the short date and copy them into your spelling book.
Highlight or underline the spelling pattern that is common to all the words (not Woolly Rhinos group). 
Look up or find out the meaning of any words you don’t know.  
Practise your words in your spelling book using Look, Cover, Write, Check (Look at a word, cover it up so you can’t see it, write it in your spelling book, check you got it right). 

 

English (30 minutes) – Write the long date in your English book and the learning objective (LO): We are using there, their and they’re correctly.   In your book, copy each sentence from the sheet (see English page), filling in the missing word. Y4 should also write a sentence of their own for each spelling.  

 

Use there when you are talking about where something is (e.g. It’s over there).
Use their to show something belongs to someone (It’s their coat).
Use they’re as a shortening of they are (They’re not able to come to school at the moment)

 

You might also like the silly video here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zqhpk2p/articles/z3cxrwx and the little quiz that follows it.

 

Maths (35 minutes)
   Starter activity -
Write the short date in your maths book and the title: Flashback.   Have a go at the Day 1 activity.
   Main activity – Now write the LO: We are dividing numbers.  In your book, complete the work on the sheets (see Maths page).     

 

 

  

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT HOME LEARNING - PLEASE READ 

 

Where and when will work for my child be set?
Work will be set following the same routine as in school.  As a part-time teacher, I will set English and Maths tasks for Y3/4 children to complete Monday-Thursday. This work will be on the class page of the website.  For Friday work and topic tasks, children will need to follow the work set on the Red Admirals page.  I imagine I will upload work for a couple of days at a time but as this is all new, it will be a case of trial and improvement at first.

 

Which tasks should my child do?
Sometimes all children will be set the same task – this is more often the case in English than in maths.  For these tasks, the standard of work produced will be different for an older, more able child to a child who finds learning more difficult.  Other tasks will be set by year group and the vast majority of children should attempt the task for their year group.  When they have completed it, they might like to try the work for the year above for a challenge (for Y5/6 work, see the Red Admirals page).  Some children will need to complete the work for a year, or more, below.  If you are not sure whether your child falls into this category, please email me.  Children are in spelling groups and will be reminded of their group before school closes.  Again, if you are not sure of your child’s group please email me.    

 

How much work should my child be doing?
Children will be given work to complete every weekday and I will try to provide guidance for roughly how long to spend on each task.  If a child is working with close supervision from an adult, they will complete their work much more quickly than in the usual school day, which has to allow for plenty of tidying up time etc.  If you or your child gets upset, as parents sometimes tell me happens with homework, it is time to stop and come back to it later!

 

Do I need to submit my child’s work to you?
It is unworkable and unnecessary to submit all your child’s completed work.  I would encourage you to mark your child’s work in ink; children particularly enjoy seeing ticks on their work as they are completing it.  If you are concerned about the work your child has produced or would like to celebrate a particular effort, please email it to me (a photograph of it is fine).  Please indicate if you would be happy for great work to be shared on the class page.   

 

How can I make sure my child doesn’t fall behind?
This is a new and challenging situation for us all and whatever happens, we will work hard with your children when they are back in school to ensure gaps in their learning are filled.  In the meantime, if children can focus on many of the basic aspects of the Y3/4 curriculum, this will allow us, upon our return, to concentrate on the areas of the curriculum that are more easily taught in school.  In English, work will focus on basic grammar, handwriting and spelling.  In maths, nearly all children should be capable of learning all their times tables up to 12 x 12 and becoming proficient in the four operations (add, subtract, multiply, divide).   If children complete the tasks set, they should be in a strong position when we return to school.

 

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