25 September 2020
This week, our homework is Creative and is due in on Thursday 01 October.
During our After the Fall topic, we’ve had lessons on a variety of subjects:
- paper aeroplane making
- inferring people’s thoughts
- observational drawing
- pop art
- overcoming difficulties
Children should show us what they’ve learnt in a creative way. We’ve shared ideas in class, including creating a comic strip, writing a poem, recording a short video, drawing or writing a set of instructions.
18 September 2020
This week’s Talk Time homework is due in on Thursday 25th September 2020.
I know which of the 8Rs I need to improve this year.
We’d like children to think about the 8Rs for learning:
- being ready for learning
- being resilient
- take safe risks
- being resourceful
- being responsive
- being responsible
In class, we’ve discussed different ways to show each of these important aspects what makes a great learner. We’d now like children to reflect on which of these is most important for them this year. Do they need to remember their learning better? How could they do this? Do they need to be more confident to take safe risks like answering questions in class?
Top tips for Talk Time homework:
- turn off the games console, TV and radio
- sit down somewhere comfortable
- take it in turns to speak
- speak in full sentences
- make a few notes in your homework book to help you remember what you’ve said
- by ready to discuss in class
What are the Covid-19 symptoms?
In the Autumn term, it’s quite common for children to pick up a bug along the way – colds, for example. After a long period of isolation away from others, maybe this is even more likely if our immunity thresholds are lower. We’ve got quite a few children absent from school today, but not necessarily with Covid-19 symptoms.
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
It’s the cough symptom that might be trickiest. To help, do read the description: ‘this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours’.
A blocked or runny nose isn’t a symptom listed on the NHS website so we’d still expect this person to be in school.
There are two really important ways to protect your primary-aged child from Covid-19 (and other illnesses):
- wash your hands more often, and for longer – is your child doing this as a matter of routine at home?
- social distance – are you and everyone in your family aware of the rule of six?
11 September 2020
Please email me completed homework: [email protected]
This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect and is due in on Thursday 17th September.
I can edit squashed sentences.
This week, we’ve discussed that a ‘squashed sentence’ is when we have two sentences joined together incorrectly without punctuation or a conjunction. It’s wrong!
Mr Owen teaches in Y5 he likes grammar.
This should be…
Mr Owen teaches in Y5. He likes grammar. OR Mr Owen teaches in Y5 and he likes grammar.
(two sentences) (joined using a conjunction: and)
For your homework, we’d like children to correct the sentences they’ve been given so that there are no squashed sentences. You can either add full stops or conjunctions. There are some missing commas to find for bonus points.
If you’re looking for a challenge, think about what other punctuation might go between the sentences instead of a full stop.
Week 14: 16 July 2020: Home learning
Happy Friday, Y5!
It’s the last day of term and what a crazy year this has been!
Miss Wilson and I would just like to thank you all, both adults and children, for all your hard work – not just over this tricky lockdown period – but the entire year. It’s been a pleasure to work with each and every one of you.
Today is the final part to our Dragon’s Den task!
First up, your first task is to present your sales pitch to someone else at home or video it and send it to me. You’re presenting your product to the Dragons so really go for it! You’ve worked so hard!
- steady speed
- really sell your product
The final part to your Dragon’s Den is to make a prototype – a small model to show what it would really look like.
You can make your prototype out of any materials: play doh, newspaper, card… anything at all!
As always, send a picture of your finished article!
Week 14: 16 July 2020: Home learning
Today, we’re carrying on with your Dragon’s Den task.
The first part is market research. You need to have a discussion with someone else about your product design. Speak to someone face to face, call someone on the phone or chat over video call. You might ask the following questions or add your own.
- What do you think to the product’s look?
- What would you improve?
- What are the best features?
- Can any be improved?
- Do you think the price is reasonable?
- Would you buy this product?
- What are the overall strengths?
- What are overall areas to improve?
The more people you ask, the better your product will be.
The second part of today’s task is computing.
After taking on board feedback and making any necessary changes, you need to create a sales pitch to present to the Dragons tomorrow. You could do this on multiple posters, on PowerPoint or KeyNote. You might need to do some online research so make sure you’re making safe choices! You should present:
- the best features
- why your product is better than your rivals
- who it’s aimed at
- your market research results
- what it’s made of and why
- how much it would cost
- why you decided to make this product
Your presentation should last 5-10 minutes so you could prepare some flash cards with your speech on it, too.
As always, we’d love to see your inventions and products! Send us an email and we might even want to buy one!
Week 14: 15 July 2020: Home learning
Maths – LO: translation
Today’s topic task is a little bit different – the first part of a three day series of Dragon’s Den!
There are several stages that you need to go through covering a wide range of subjects and skills.
The first stage is Design and Technology.
You need to design a product. It can be anything – hover boots, a chair, jewellery, headphones… whatever you like! There are lots of sheets online that can help you structure this design process if you need one. Think about the following questions:
- What is your product for?
- Does it solve a problem?
- Who is it aimed at?
- What are its features?
- What is it made of?
- What size is it?
Week 14: 14 July 2020: Home learning
Drama – LO: responding to a stimulus
Use this BBC Bitesize lesson to learn the basics of using stimuli to develop ideas.
How could you link this learning to last week’s learning? What genre could your play be?
You need to complete both activities one and two. It’d be awesome if you filmed your efforts and send them to me on an email.
Week 14: 13 July 2020: Home learning
Week 13: 10 July 2020: Home learning
So we’ve reached the end of our penultimate week of the school year. It looks a lot different than we may have envisaged at the start of the year but your effort and attitude towards your learning remains just as impressive – well done everyone!
Maths – LO: reflection
Reading – LO: RIC or conveying character
Your task today is either a RIC from FirstNews, or you can choose to convey character from the short film ‘Catch it’ that we watched yesterday.
Click here for your RIC.
If you decide to convey character, you need to use the speech that you created for the different scenes yesterday and act them out! Feel free to change your speech slightly if you wish and remember we are conveying character – this means lots of expression in your voice, obvious body language between the characters and most of all, enjoy yourself!
You could choose members of your household to act out the scenes with you or you could do it yourself!
I’d love to see your attempts so please send them over if you get the chance.