01 May 2020
Send me some pictures of your island maps! I can’t wait to see what you’ve created!
We’re going to do Lesson 2, Week 2 from White Rose today. It’s an important lesson about fractions of object. The American accent is a bit offputting but the explanation is really clear, so I like it.
Watch the video, please, and do the activity – remember the answers are available one the website too. No cheating though!
I LOVE science. When I was at school it was my favourite subject because I enjoyed learning about the world around me. Today, I’d like you to have a go at this light home learning from BBC Bitesize.
30 April 2020
Hi! I’m EXCITED about today’s learning, especially the English planning… I’m enjoying our Explorers topic and I hope you are too.
Today, we’re going to be really creative and plan the imagined islands that we started thinking about last week so that we can write about them soon. This is kind of an art lesson in a way, but it’s to help you think of ideas for writing. I really enjoyed creating my own island and I hope you do do!
Watch the video and create your own island!
There are lots of things you could put on your island:
- rivers, lakes, ponds
- cliffs, beaches and rocks on the shore
- woods, forests, trees
- hills, mountains, volcanoes, canyons and caves
- treehouses, huts, castles, towers and palaces
- other cool stuff!
Get as creative as you can and send me what you come up with! THIS IS EXCITING!
Some top tips:
- Draw really lightly to start with so that it’s easy to rub out. You can always go back over the lines more firmly when you’re happy with them.
- Make your island fill most of your page, leaving a little space around the outside for the ocean.
- Don’t draw things on your island that are too big or tiny – you want to fill it with 6 to 10 things, not 2 or 5000!
- You could make your first go just a practice – you might want to try a few versions with different shapes or things on them before you do a final version that is just right. Sometime getting things wrogn helps you realise how to get it right next time!
I hope the lesson on right angles went well – here are the answers.
Today, I’d like us to return to the White Rose home learning. Please do Lesson 1, Week 2, making sure that we select the right lesson.
Let’s see if you can use the contents page to know where to find information.
- What page should I look at to find Wales? (not ‘whales’ – they’re the creatures that swim in the sea!)
- What continent would I learn about on page 36?
- Where would you find more about the Arctic Ocean?
And my final question… What is an index page for? (p46-48 on here) If you have a book with one in, have a go at using it.
If you have an atlas, spend some time exploring it. If you don’t, then spend some time on Google Earth or Google Maps. Try to find somewhere…
- temperate (not too hot and not too cold)
29 April 2020
Hello kiddywinkles and tired parents! Happy Wednesday!
Here are the answers to yesterday.
Continuing from our learning about turns, today we’re going to learn about right angles.
Watch the video and answer these questions.
I hope you’re enjoying learning about the UK! Today, we’re going to learn about counties in England at the same time as thinking about directions, using the eight points of the compass.
28 April 2020
- John F Kennedy
- Apollo 11 = rocket, Columbia = command module, Eagle = lunar module
- Buzz Aldrin
- Took samples of lunar rock and dust, made notes and took photographs
- a telescopic arm
- 500 million people
We’re going to mix it up today, as promised, and do some new learning about angles instead of continuing with fractions. See how you get on!
Watch my video and answer the questions.
We’re reducing the number of writing tasks children are being given to do because it can be quite tricky at home to support children with this, but some children might like to write and not have ideas. If children want to write, we definitely don’t want to stop them! Some parents have asked for support with this so I’ve written a document to help:
On it, there are five ideas to things to write, including a story which has several videos to help explain it.
There is no expectation that children complete any of these – it’s just for ideas if people want them!
I’d love to read what you’ve written – please email me any you make.
27 April 2020
I hope you’re all well. Thanks to everyone that’s sending me things and for messages of support.
Your home learning for today:
I’ve recorded a little explanation for you here. Please read the text and answer the fact finding questions.
- Who was the President of the USA when people first landed on the moon?
- Margret Thatcher
- Donald Trump
- John F Kennedy
- Boris Johnson
- Match the name to the type of space technology by putting A, B, C in the right boxes.
A = lunar module
B = rocket
C = command module
3. Who was the second person to go onto the moon?
4. What three things did the astronauts do on the moon?
5. What did astronauts use to help the American flag fly without wind?
6. How many people viewed the moon landing?
Please bear in mind that the lessons I’m posting links to are sequential, so they’ll only make sense if they’re done in the right order. If you’ve missed one, instead of doing today’s learning, go back and do the one after what you’ve already done.
Today’s lesson is Lesson 5, Week 1 from White Rose – as ever, make sure you’re find the right lesson! Tomorrow we’ll do something different to change things up a bit.
Today, in our geography learning, I’d like you to learn some of the UK’s major rivers and the seas that surround us.
24 April 2020
Who did something new yesterday? Drop me an email with a photo!
I hope you’re getting on ok with the home learning tasks. I’m getting more efficient with the way I’m doing them, and gradually more adventurous too… Today I’ve got a couple of short videos for you to watch.
Today we’ve got a new poem, some questions and an activity to do.
Please do Lesson 4, Week One about tenths on White Rose home learning. Make sure you’re looking at the right lesson. We’ll mix it up and do something different soon, but for now, it’s useful to keep learning about fractions.
We’re reducing the amount of writing home learning that we’re giving children, but I’ve got a lesson here for you to watch and have a go at. It’s the most ‘teaching’ I’ve done in a video, I’m interested to hear how you’ve found it. Parents – is this helpful? How did it go?
(I did it in one take, so I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself.)
Have a good day!
23 April 2020
Hi everyone and welcome to your home learning for 23 April.
Answers from today’s questions:
- a swish
- a tooth
- hungry (that’s why their stomach is rumbling!)
- a spark
- fashioned means created
For your next task, I’d like you to read The Magic Box aloud again, watch this video and answer the questions below.
- Are there any in this poem that rhyme?
- Find examples where there poet has deliberately chosen words for their alliteration.
- Find three words that you or someone in your class might not be familiar with. Find their meaning and write a new sentence with each of them in. Send some to me: [email protected]
- Think of two pairs of things that normally go together, as I’ve explained in the video and swap them.
What’s the strangest combination you can find? Send me your best!
How did your learning go on making a whole? If you’re finding things tricky or too easy, please get in touch and I’ll try to help.
Please complete Lesson 3, Week 1 on White Rose home learning.
Let’s try something new! We’ve been doing lots of geography, so it’s time for something different. Please have a go at the BBC home learning music lesson for 23rd April, watching the clip, having a go at the interactive resource and activities 1 and 2. If you want to sing along to a different song for activity 2, that’s fine!
If you’re enjoying music, activity 3 on that page takes you to loads more interesting things to have a go at.
22 April 2020
I hope you all had a good night’s sleep. Thanks for those of you that have emailed to show me some of your work – it’s lovely to hear from you and see how you’re getting on.
Read The Magic Box poem again from yesterday. I love it!
We’re going to answer some questions about it. Some of these questions are fact finding ones that need you to find information in the text. I’ve done a short video explaining how we can find information quickly and reliably.
When you’re answering these questions, it’s a good idea to…
- Identify the key word in the question.
- Scan for the initial letter.
- Read around the word.
- Answer the question.
We don’t want to rely on memory for this. That’s important because when texts get longer if impossible to remember everything, and even if we thought we could remember it, our memory is often quite unreliable.
For example, if the question was, What was the colour of the water from Lake Lucerne? (not Lucerene – my mistake!)
- Identify the key word in the question – I could go for water because it seems important.
- Scan for the initial letter. The first letter of water is w, so that’s what I look quickly for.
- Read around the word. So, read the line that the word water is on.
- Answer the question. The answer is the ‘bluest’.
Answer the following questions:
- What sound does the sari make?
- What does the tongue touch?
- How is the snowman feeling?
- What jumps from the electric fish?
- What is the word ‘fashioned’ closest to in meaning?
stylish created cold
Create three or more of your own for someone else to answer.
In the post below from yesterday, I clarified that it was Lesson 1, Week 1 that I would like children to have a go at from White Rose home learning. Apologies again to anyone that’s caused confusion for. You can find the answers for the questions on that page.
I predict that the question you might have found most tricky was question 5. Am I right? Here’s an explanation of how to do it.
Today, I’d like you to do Lesson 2, Week 1: Making the whole. The link automatically reverts back to Week 3, so you’ll need to find the right one.
Here’s the answers for yesterday’s learning.
Today, please complete this: 2. Geography Counties
21 April 2020
Home learning corrections
I’ve messed up twice with today’s learning. Sorry! It’s a learning curve.
It seems I’ve got a faulty version of Kit Wright’s poem… On my version it reads Lake Lucerene and there are other versions like this on the internet, but most of versions have Lake Lucerne, which I believe is the correct version. If you’ve been trying to find out where it is, you might find this easier! Sorry for the confusion and sorry to Kit Wright for getting it wrong.
Thanks to a parent for flagging this one up. In my home learning video, I show you Lesson 1 in Week 1, but when you click on the link I posted, it takes you straight to Week 3. Children will need to do Week 1, Lesson 1 first and will have found Week 3 hard without the learning to build up to it.
It’s my fault for not making this clearer in what I’d written – sorry!