Teachers: Mrs James (Monday, Tuesday)
Mrs Moodie (Wednesday, Thursday)
Mrs White (Friday)
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We would welcome your comments, feedback or questions.
The link below takes you to a project called 'Destination September': an online package for you to work on over the summer break to make sure that you are ready for your new class in September.
It is entirely optional but we hope that you'll try it.
There are no passwords to contend with - it simply sits on the SNMAT website.
We have set up individual accounts (for all children in 2D) with 'Classroom Secrets Kids' and sent you an email with your username and password.
Once logged on, you have been set three 12 week units (on reading, maths and grammar) to complete at home. There are also other games and activities available.
This interactive site allows us to set homework and see what children have completed and when. We plan to use this site for setting homework when we return in September.
Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Find this week's home learning using the links below:
Hope everyone is well and keeping safe. The school feels very, very different at the moment - with nothing on the walls, a maximum of 10 tables per classroom and most classes have between 2 children and 8 in them. The playground is split into 2, as is the field and each classroom takes their break at different times or in different areas of the school. Unfortunately, this means that children can't play with their friends from other classes. Children are not allowed to walk along the corridors as they have to stay 'inside their bubble' and lunch is eaten in the classroom rather than the hall or library. In the classrooms, children are following the home learning plans and are being given time to access the learning they have been set by their class teacher. It just feels strange without you all being here.
However, on a positive note, the weather is still lovely which means lots of time in the garden!
I know that we have set a 'rainforest project' for you to work on at home but I have also found some things in First News which may interest you.
Summer Home Learning
Invent a new species for the rainforest; how will it adapt itself for it's environment? What will it look like? What will it eat? What will help it to survive? Does it have any special characteristics? How do they help species? Is it predatory - if so, what does it hunt?
For the rest of the summer term (or until you come back to school ), we would love you to do the following learning - and let us know all about it!
Above all, help others where you can, help out around the house (including keeping your bedroom tidy!), contact us if you need ANYTHING at all (however small), keep smiling and KEEP SAFE!
We all miss you all very much.
English and Maths
Please continue to:
There are also many facts needed for maths to revise (in your reading diary).
Also, don't forget:
To link with our topic, there is a reading comprehension on the poem 'The Tyger' (Blake).
Don't forget; in poetry, you may need to read the text several times to 'crack the code'.
Make a topic book with information, diagrams, photos, drawings and answers to the following questions.
What lives in a rainforest?
Rainforests and us
Hope that you all had a lovely Easter and enjoyed the lovely weather!
The new challenge this week which is called 'The 7 Day Photo (or drawing ) Challenge'.
Take a photo or do a drawing on the following themes and send them to us via our e-mail addresses. The themes can be interpreted in any way you like and we really hope that you will take part.
Day 1: 5pm
Day 2: What makes you smile?
Day 3: Close up
Day 4: Someone or something you love
Day 5: Sky
Day 6: Pattern
Day 7: Family
Another thing we wanted to let you know about were the updates on our class page in connection with PHSCE and Internet Safety. Take a look.
Hope that you are staying safe and that your families are well.
Here are some activities you could do at home:
We are aware that during these big life changes, with children spending their time at home, they may be accessing the internet more frequently than before; through internet searches, games and apps. Whilst this can be safe, if age-appropriate and overseen/approved by an adult, we want to ensure everyone remains safe, and so have put together some advice and resources to follow and explore.
8 steps to keep your child safe online this month
1. Explore together: Ask your child to show you their favourite websites and apps and what they do on them. Listen, show interest and encourage them to teach you the basics of the site or app.
2. Chat little and often about online safety: If you’re introducing them to new learning websites and apps while school is closed, take the opportunity to talk to them about how to stay safe on these services and in general. Ask if anything ever worries them while they’re online. Make sure they know that if they ever feel worried, they can get help by talking to you or another adult they trust.
3. Help your child identify trusted adults who can help them if they are worried: This includes you and other adults at home, as well as adults from wider family, school or other support services who they are able to contact at this time. Encourage them to draw a picture or write a list of their trusted adults.
4. Be non-judgemental: Explain that you would never blame them for anything that might happen online, and you will always give them calm, loving support.
5. Supervise their online activity: Keep the devices your child uses in communal areas of the house such as in the living room or kitchen where an adult is able to supervise. Children of this age should not access the internet unsupervised in private spaces, such as alone in a bedroom or bathroom.
6. Talk about how their online actions affect others: If your child is engaging with others online, remind them to consider how someone else might feel before they post or share something. If they are considering sharing a photo/video of somebody else, they should always ask permission first.
7. Use ‘SafeSearch’: Most web search engines will have a ‘SafeSearch’ function, which will allow you to limit the content your child can access whilst online. Look out for the ‘Settings’ button on your web browser homepage, which is often shaped like a small cog.
8. Parental controls: Use the parental controls available on your home broadband and all internet enabled devices in your home. You can find out more about how to use parental controls by visiting your broadband provider’s website.
For more information on how to keep your child safe online, please click on the following link for age-appropriate resources: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/support-tools/home-activity-worksheets
Fun activities and resources!
At school, we follow the Coram SCARF approach to PSHE and Online Safety. In response to the Covid-19 crisis, and increased internet usage, Coram have updated their website to include a free hub for parents and children: https://www.coramlifeeducation.org.uk/
This site includes lots of friendly, helpful advice for parents, as well as fun links and resources for children too; including a daily diary from Harold the giraffe who is a regular visitor to our school PSHE lessons!
In addition to the links and activities above, on the 15th April, Coram are also going to be releasing fortnightly home-learning packs for the children, focusing on their physical and emotional health and how we can look after this, particularly at this time of uncertainty and anxiety. These packs be added to the class webpage every two weeks as they get updated online so please check back here regularly!
We hope the above information is helpful, and you share it with your child(ren) as staying safe in every way is our priority for all at the moment! If you have any worries or concerns regarding the information, or your child's internet use, please contact Mrs James, Mrs Moodie or Mrs Oldfield.
Hope that this e-mail finds you all fit and well and managing to stay safe? Just wanted to get in touch and tell you a few things that might help relieve boredom!
Firstly, I hope that you have all enjoyed the Chocolate project? We would have done some things about chocolate in connection to our Mexico topic. If you want to share the stories you have written, by all means send them to me at my school e-mail if you can.
Some of your parents have also requested login details for SUMDOG and there is work on there for you to do if you want to. There are also activities on Activelearn and if you haven't already tried them, there are games which are again designed to help you practice the things we have done in class. On this page, I have put a list of 100 activities/challenges for you to have a go at; you don't have to do them all and they can be done in any order. Get your mums and dads involved in some of them - some are silly and will make you laugh!
I have also thought of another challenge for you. I was really disappointed that we did not get to do Egg rolling this year; however, even though we didn't do it, I thought we could all decorate an egg (if your parents have managed to find one in the shops and if they allow you to use it!) in the theme of 'Lockdown Superheroes'. I would really love it if you could send me photos of your decorated eggs and then I will put them on our class page. The last date for sending me photos will be Tuesday 14th April. Hope to get some amazing ones!
Please stay safe and keep smiling!
While you are not at school, if you need any help with understanding something from your 'Chocolate' topic, or if you need more things to do, just get an adult to send me a message; this can be anything you may need - however small it may feel to you.
Please continue to:
There are also many facts needed for maths to revise (in your reading diary).
Also, don't forget:
Mr Robinson has had a FANTASTIC idea - keep a diary recording day to day life. This is all going to be a huge part of history!
He has also found lots of websites that will keep you busy and learning...
A few reminders...
WORLD BOOK DAY
Our book will be:
Lara Williamson Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy
My name is Adam Butters. I live on planet Earth, I like eating spaghetti hoops and I've decided I'm going to be a SUPERHERO. Everyone loves superheroes, they solve problems and make people happy, and that's good because my mum needs cheering up. Also, I've found out that before I was adopted my real mum called me ACE. So now I've just got to prove to the world that's what I am. One mission at a time... Hilarious, heart-warming and heart-breaking in equal measure, this is a story about the power in all of us to be extraordinary.
Ideas for dressing up:
Please, do not go to any expense: use the money to buy a book!
This is a boy who imagines himself as a hero, so a painted on 'hero mask' or a cape made out of any spare bits of material (an old sheet?) would be great!
Now this is the story all about how
My life got flipped, turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there
I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel-Air
In West Philadelphia born and raised
On the playground is where I spent most of my days
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool
And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school
When a couple of guys, who we're up to no good
Started making trouble in my neighbourhood
I got in one little fight and my mom got scared
And said, you're moving with your aunty and uncle in Bel-Air
I begged and pleaded with her day after day
But she packed my suitcase and sent me on my way
She gave me a kiss and then she gave me my ticket
I put my walkman on and said, I might as well kick it
First class, yo this is bad
Drinking orange juice out of a champagne glass
Is this what the people of Bel-Air are livin' like?
Hmm, this might be alright
I whistled for a cab and when it came near
The license plate said fresh, and had a dice in the mirror
If anything I could say that this cab was rare
But I thought, nah, forget it, yo holmes to Bel-Air
I pulled up to a house about seven or eight
And I yelled to the cabby yo, holmes smell you later
Looked at my kingdom, I was finally there
To sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel-Air
Congratulations to our 2D creative stars: Harley, Oliver, Ollie, Reilly, Katie and Ava!
Come and have a look at our fantastic work or 'curl up with a book' in our reading corner....
In the spring term, our topic is on Mexico. The topic will be cross-curricular (including geography, history, art, technology and English) and will focus on the following areas: using maps and atlases to investigate Mexico; understanding how the physical geography of Mexico impacts on human geography (in terms of settlements), land use and tourism and making comparisons between Mexico and the UK. After half term, the children will move on to study the history of the Mayan civilisation.
In art, the classes will investigate Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and use sketch books to record and develop ideas. They will choose one idea to develop further- using skills in charcoal and/ or pen and watercolour. The children will then go on to investigate ‘The Day of the Dead’. They will create sketches and select one to create an annotated rod puppet design.
In R.E., we will be looking at ‘beliefs in action in the world’ and exploring how religions and beliefs respond to global issues of human rights, fairness, social justice and the importance of the environment. In PSCHE, the topic is ‘health and relationships’ - including how to stay safe when using phones and digital networks. Year 5 and 6 will be taught separately for these sessions.
In science, the children will investigate ‘light and how we see things’. They will name light sources and know that light appears to travel in straight lines. We will explore the eye structure and how it works. The children will carry out a full investigation on shadows (changing one factor while keeping others the same, making predictions, taking measurements and recording and presenting results).
Within the topic, each child will be given opportunities to use ICT to create animations using the Scratch programme; consolidate their understanding of online safety and use the internet to research topics.
We would greatly appreciate your support with weekly spelling and reading homework - which is to read at home at least three times per week. If your child is a fluent reader, they can read independently and get an adult to sign their diary to confirm this. Your child will get a green card for each week that he/ she does so and also get a square filled in on their ‘Reading Challenge’ sheet (see reading diary).
If you are able to help in any way with any of the above areas of learning, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are also always available if you wish to discuss any aspect of school life.
Battle of Britain
Our focus for the autumn term is based on our history work on ‘The Battle of Britain’ (and its significance as a turning point in British history). Linked to this, in R.E, the children will study the Holocaust and Judaism. In English, the children will write a newspaper ‘war’ report. After half term, they will learn about Anne Frank – writing a diary and a biography of her life. In art, the classes will study the work of Paul Nash (who was an official war artist). They will use sketch books to record images of WW2 and Nash’s work – creating a mood board and developing skills in pencil drawing. They will then work in the medium of pen and watercolour – creating a composition on the theme of ‘Battle of Britain’. In technology, they will design an air raid shelter, which will (hopefully) be strong enough to pass the ‘egg and water’ test! As part of this topic, after half term, we will be visiting The Holocaust Museum. In music, we will be learning traditional Music Hall songs.
In science, the children will describe how living things are classified into broad groups, according to common observable characteristics based on similarities and differences. Pupils will work scientifically by devising classification systems and keys to identify some animals and plants in the immediate environment. They will research animals and plants in other habitats and decide where they belong in the classification system. Pupils will also find out about the significance of the work of scientists such as Carl Linnaeus, a pioneer of classification.
We would greatly appreciate your support with weekly spelling, reading and times tables - reading at home at least three times a week. Your child will get a green card for each week that he/she does so – and a square marked off on their ‘reading pin’ challenge. They will also receive green cards for improvements to times tables scores and for getting full marks on spelling tests. If you are able to help in any way with any of the above areas of learning, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always available if you wish to discuss any aspect of school life.