Welcome to Home Learning
It has been a strange build up to Science Week this year – the uncertainty of when schools would once again open their doors to all students, how and when the lockdown restrictions would be eased for us all and what the future looks like. So, we decided for our school’s ‘Science Week’ to be this week, to allow the children to settle back into school life last week. I hope that you can embrace Science at home, when possible, like we will be doing in school!
This week, every class in school we will be carrying out a range of activities that link to this year’s science theme ‘Innovating for the future’.
Early Years - Early Years will be carrying out some fun and exciting activities this week. One of the activities they will be carrying out is junk modelling and from this they will be building their own vehicle!
KS1 – One of the activities they will be completing in Key Stage One is thinking about what classrooms of the future will look like!
LKS2 – Years 3 and 4 will be getting creative and will be making their own ROBOBUGS!
UKS2 – Mars Day falls on Thursday this week, so keeping in with this theme, the children will be building their own cardboard rovers and will carry out races to see whose can travel the furthest.
Get creative and enter the British Science Association’s annual poster competition. You can make your poster about whatever version of ‘Innovating for the future’ you like and enter their UK-wide competition! You have until 30th April 2021 to submit your entries digitally (a photo of your hand-crafted poster is what will be needed) via online entry form. Still stuck for ideas? Have a look at last year’s competition winners here. There is an assortment of prizes to be won from a Primary science lab set to adventure books.
Mars Perseverance Rover
Some of you may have seen that on Thursday 25th February 2021, the Perseverance Rover touched down on Mars. The main aim of this mission is to seek signs of ancient life on the planet by collecting rock samples.
We are extremely lucky that we have a parent in our school, Dr Zoe Schnepp, who is a scientist at the University of Birmingham. She has put together a pack for every child in KS2.
The children will be using a magnifying class to examine rock samples in school and link this back to the ground-breaking work that is currently happening on Mars.
For more details about their mission on Mars, check out https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/ for a range of information along with some games for you to play.
We hope that the children enjoy the science activities that have been planned for them. If you carry out any further science work at home, please email them to their class teacher.
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Early Year's Home Learning - Week beginning 1st March 2021
Theme: Marvellous Machines
Hello Early Years!
We hope you are all keeping safe and well. This is the last week of our home learning before you are all back in school, which we are very excited about. The Phonics, Maths and Literacy PowerPoints have all been uploaded for the week for you to follow. Furthermore, we have also uploaded phase 2 and phase 3 floppy phonics songs so that you can recap previously taught sounds with your child.
Zoom meetings will still take place on a Tuesday and a Thursday afternoon at 2pm, these meetings will have a wellbeing focus and will give the children an opportunity to catch up and share a story together. However, if your child cannot attended these meetings, a pre-recorded story will be uploaded.
We will continue to attach the relevant learning activities to the website. Additionally, the resources within your child’s personalised learning pack will help to support their learning; alongside the weekly tasks that are set on purple mash, spelling and maths shed.
As always, we love seeing the work that you have been completing which you could email to us or upload it via Tapestry.
We miss you lots and hope to see you all again very soon.
This week in Phonics we are looking at the tricky word ‘my’ and the sounds ‘dge and ve’. Please see the attached video explaining the learning for each day.
This week in Literacy we are reading ‘Mrs Armitage on wheels’ by Quentin Blake. Please see the attached videos explaining the learning for each day.
In this unit, the focus is on the key language related to shape and space. Children start by using positional and directional language before moving on to describing and comparing 3D and 2D shapes. Children will be introduced to shapes and their properties with a focus on rolling and stacking with 3D shapes and viewing 2D shapes in different orientations.
- Please choose topic tasks that interest you and complete these weekly.
- Can you design your dream bicycle? What would it have on it? Would you have a place for your pet to sit like Mrs Armitage? Have a go at labelling it!
- Paper plate wheels – Can you hole punch the edge of a paper plate and weave string to make it look like a bicycle wheel?
- Look at some empty packages and boxes. What shape are they? Can
- The ‘Adding Machine’ – Can you create two long tubes and a pot at the bottom, place a number of objects down one tube and a different number down the other. What is the total? Can you write down the sum?
- Go on a walk. How many different types of machines can you spot? Was it a vehicle? Can you draw all of the different types of machines?
- Make a collection of small objects that are 3D shapes, such as a small ball, a toy building brick, a dice and a glue stick. Hide the objects in a bag and then put your hand in the bag to choose one of the objects. Describe the shape to an adult and see if they can guess the shape you are holding. Then they could describe a shape for you to guess!
- Go on a 3D shape hunt around your home. What 3D shapes can you find? See if you can find a sphere, a cube and a cuboid.
- How about helping your adults with a car/bike/toy wash? How would we make sure the wheels are clean? Can you talk about the vehicles as your washing them?
Home Learning 1st March 2021
Welcome to the Year 1/2 home learning. We really hope you have been enjoying our Zoom sessions, in readiness for returning to school next week, please engage in as many as possible this week to build up a routine and keep the connection to the school. This will really help with a smooth transition back Please get in touch if you require any of the codes. As a reminder, there is no afternoon 'Live' Zoom story on a Friday as you wouldn't normally be in school, but don't forget to tune into STAR OF THE WEEK instead.
We would really like it if you were to email in any learning from the week. If you have any questions or if you need any of the logins for your child, we will be more than happy to share them again with you using the class email addresses below:
email@example.com (Mrs. DeMay)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Miss. Walker)
email@example.com (Mrs. Eaglefield & Mrs. Trevelyan)
Weekly Fitness Challenge
Have a go at the Plank Challenge. Can you hold the position for 60 seconds or more and achieve a gold medal. Have a try and inform your class teacher of your results. The information link you need is below. Have fun!
English: We continue with our story 'Lights over Cotton Rock' this week which is still available on the attached link through YouTube. This week we are beginning to adapt the story so that we are ready to write our own story next week about an alien encounter.
Monday 1st March 2021 Can I tell my own story aloud? Use your planner from last week.Tell your story aloud to a grown up at home or a brother or sister.Did they enjoy your story? Which part of your story did they like best? Why? Did they like the character you created? Why? Did they like your alien? What did they think of the words you used?Complete this ‘two stars and a wish’ evaluation sheet about your story. This will help you to make your story even better, ready for writing. Your first star should explain what your listener thought were the best things about your story and why. It could be your character, your vocabulary or the events in your story. Your second star should explain what your listener thought of your main character. What was it that they liked about your character? Why?Your wish should be one thing that your listener thinks would make your story even better. Could you put more detail into any of your sentences. Could you change any words to make them more effective.
Tuesday 2nd March 2021 Can I write a story beginning? Using the first two pictures from last week’s planner and the vocabulary that you planned, write sentences for the beginning of your story. The first section should be about how your character left the house and where they went. Your second section should be about where they sat and what they did while they waited for the alien. There are some sentence starters to help if you wish. Try to extend some of your sentences using conjunctions like ‘and’, ‘because’ or ‘that’.
Wednesday 3rd March 2021 Can I write a story middle? Using the next two pictures from last week’s planner and the vocabulary that you planned, write sentences for the middle of your story.You will need to describe the alien and the inside of the space ship. Use your very best ideas from previous learning. Try to extend some of your sentences using conjunctions like ‘and’, ‘because’ or ‘that’.
Thursday 4th March 2021 Can I write a story ending? Using the last two pictures from last week’s planner and the vocabulary that you planned, write sentences for the end of your story.You will need to describe what it was that your character saw their parents through. You will need to describe their feelings, how they ran out of the spaceship and finally when they all met up again. As always, try to extend some of your sentences using conjunctions like ‘and’, ‘because’ or ‘that’.
Friday 5th March 2021 Can I edit and improve my story? Today is a day to look back through your stories.Read them aloud to a grown up at home or a brother of sister. Edit your work means checking your spellings, your punctuation and your grammar (have you used the past tense all the way through). Improving your work means changing some words for even better ones, adding adjectives (especially if you have only used one) or adverbs Y2s, extending some sentences to give your reader more detail and create that really vivid picture in their mind. You could also create a front cover too with your title and your name as author.
Phonics & Spelling
Using the Oxford Owl Class Login Year 1 will be focusing on Book 27 within Floppy's Phonics.
Phonics Play now have many resources on their website, which you can access for free at home. There are lots of games/activities to have a go at. It would be helpful to focus on phase 5 sounds but work through the activities that you feel most confident with. The log in for home access is: username- jan21, password- home. We have attached the link to the website below.
Year 1 Phonics
Monday – Today is tricky word Monday! The tricky words we are looking at today are ‘asked’ and ‘out’. Look at both words, what similarities and differences can you see. Can you write a sentence for each word?
Tuesday – Today we are looking at /c/ making a /s/ sound in words such as ‘cycle’, ‘circus’ and ‘cylinder’. Read the words with an adult. Sound them out, for example ‘c-ir-c-u-s’ and add sound buttons. Which is the most common? /ce/, /cy/ or /ci/? Use the table provided to sort the words into the correct column. Cut up the words and place them back together. Have you spelt them correctly?
Wednesday – Today we are continuing to look at the at /c/ making a /s/ sound in words such as ‘cycle’, ‘circus’ and ‘cylinder’. Match the /c/ words to their pictures. Can you write a silly sentence using our words from this week?
Thursday – Today we are looking at /sc/ making a /s/ sound in words such as ‘science’, ‘scissors’ and ‘scene’. Read the words with an adult. Sound them out, for example ‘sc-i-ss-or-s’ and add sound buttons. Cut up the words and mix up the letters. Can you remember how to spell the words from this week? Piece the letters back together.
Friday – Today we are continuing to look /sc/ making a /s/ sound in words such as ‘science’, ‘scissors’ and ‘scene’. Use the link provided to go on Phonics Play and play Buried Treasure. Fill in the missing letters and then match the words to their pictures.
Year 2 Spelling
Monday – Today we are looking at the sound /w/ and /qu/ make in words such as ‘want’ and ‘squash’. Cut out the main words and read them to an adult. What sounds can you hear. Have a go at Look, Say, Cover, Write. Did you remember how to spell the words correctly?
Tuesday – Today we are continuing to look at the sound /w/ and /qu/ make in words such as ‘want’ and ‘squash’. Look at the word cards from yesterday and have another go at reading them out loud to an adult. Now can you find the letters that are missing from each word? Which letters were missing?
Wednesday – Today we are looking at mnemonic sentences. These are sentences that help us remember how to spell certain words such as; because – big elephants can always understand small elephants. Read the mnemonic sentences that are provided. Can you come up with your own mnemonic sentence? Either using your own sentence or one provided, draw around the word to help you remember the sentence.
Thursday – Today we will be looking at the words ‘treasure’, ‘pressure’ and ‘measure’. Look at each word and think about how they have two syllables. The second syllable is the word ‘sure’. Have a go at clapping each word using a clap for each syllable. E.g.. trea-sure. No try pyramid writing each word.
Friday – Today we are looking at the homophones ‘knew’ and ‘new’. Both words sound the same but have different meanings. Talk to an adult and decide which word means what. Now can you fill in the gaps in the sentence using the correct homophone? Share your sentences with an adult or send them to your teacher.
Year 2 also have a range of challenging activities on Spelling Shed to work through.
This week we will be continuing our book, You Can’t Take an Elephant on The Bus! We are going to be reading up until page 20. The pages you will need are attached below- Encourage your child to recap what has already happened in the story. In addition, there are appropriate sheets to help you carry out the activities below too.
Monday – Using page 3, the page we looked at last week, can you colour the adjectives in red, nouns in green and verbs in blue?
Tuesday – Reading up to page 20, can you identify any patterns in the sentences? Is there a rhyming pattern? On a piece of paper, can you create your own rhyming words for a zebra and a bike? Or a snake and a car?
Wednesday – Use the sheet below to write two rhyming couplets that could be added to our book.
Thursday – Using your ideas from Tuesday, write your own sentences. You may also choose some of your own animals and settings to create your own sentences.
Friday – There is a range of questions for you to take a look at and answer all about what you have read this week. In school, we call this Focus Friday. This will be familiar to your child.
As World Book Day is on Thursday 4th of March, we have linked below the Scolastic website. Scholatic have also got a week full of activities on their website. Here you can find lots of books, author hosted events that you can watch, including draw alongs, and after school Book Club treats. It is free to register, all you need is an email address and use the password clubsandfairs.
Maths – Year 1
This week we are starting Unit 7, instead of using a Power Maths book we will be using worksheets which are linked below or are available in our paper pack from the school office.
Monday – Our new unit is all about adding numbers within 20. Today we will be adding numbers by counting on from a number within 20. To help you with this, I would like you to create or draw your own number line that goes from 0-20. It may also be helpful to draw a base 10. We will be solving some number problems and finding out if there are easier ways to work out our additions.
Tuesday – Today we will be adding a 2 digit number to a 1 digit number by adding the ones. Last week we began to look at our tens and ones and this week we will be using that new knowledge to help us with our word problems.
Wednesday – We will be finding number bonds to 20 today. Have a go at reciting your number bonds to 10, then compare them to your number bonds to 20. Are there any similarities? What strategies can we use to help us with our number bonds? There is a song linked below that may help you remember your number bonds to 20.
Thursday – Today we are going to be adding two 1 digit numbers that equal more than 10. We are going to be exploring different ways to work out our answers and see if there are any strategies we can use in our work. For example, 7+5, we know that 7+3 is a number bond to 10, can we use that knowledge to help us?
Friday – Today we will begin to deepen our understanding in adding two 1 digit numbers by bridging to 10. This is the strategy of using our number bonds to help us work out our additions. Using a base 10 can help us the most in this lesson.
Monday- We will be learning how to count the faces on 3D shapes. A face is a flat surface on any 3D shape. Have a go at finding some 3D shapes around the home and counting the faces. Have a look at the shape of each face. Eg. A cube has got square faces. You could also use the shapes on the 3D shape mat. Keep a note of the shapes you find, what they are called and how many faces they have. If you have your Power Maths practice book and would like to complete the tasks, the starting page is page 96.
Tuesday- We will be learning how to count the edges on 3D shapes. An edge is the line where two faces meet on any 3D shape. Have a go at finding some 3D shapes around the home and counting the edges. You could also use the shapes on the 3D shape mat. If you have your Power Maths practice book and would like to complete the tasks, the starting page is page 99.
Wednesday- We will be learning how to count the vertices on 3D shapes. Remember, a vertex is the accurate name for a corner. On a 3D shape, it is where 3 or more edges meet. Have a look at some of the 3D shapes you have found and have a go at counting the vertices. If you have your Power Maths practice book and would like to complete the tasks, the starting page is page 102.
Thursday- We will be learning how to sort 3D shapes. Have a go at finding some 3D shapes around the home and sorting them according to their properties. E.g. shapes with 6 or more faces, shapes with curved faces, shapes with 12 edges or more, etc. If you have your Power Maths practice book and would like to complete the tasks, the starting page is page 105.
Friday- We will be learning how to make symmetrical patterns with 3D shapes. A symmetrical pattern is where the pattern looks the same on the left as it does on the right. E.g. cone, cone, cube, cube, sphere, cube, cube, cone, cone. Can you make your own symmetrical pattern using 3D shapes? If you have your Power Maths practice book and would like to complete the tasks, the starting page is page 108.
For topic this week, KS1 pupils will be celebrating St. David’s Day & World Book Day alongside the final two Moon Zoom lessons.
Monday: Today is the 1st March and as part of our British Values we will be adding to what we already know about the patron Saint St David. Begin the session with the Cbeebies clip linked below. Together, discuss the things that people do within the Welsh community to celebrate St. David’s Day. After this, you have a choice of activities. You could sketch a picture of daffodil’s or decorate a Welsh Flag. (The flag template is attached below) In addition, you will find some Welsh song links from YouTube you could join in with. Your teachers, including Mr. Williams would really enjoy seeing video clips of these!
Tuesday: As we finish our Moon Zoom topic, we are exploring who has jobs in space. Together, work through the Oak Academy lesson ‘What kind of scientist’s study space’ (linked below) and pause and discuss questions together. After the lesson, recall the 5 steps you need to become an astronaut. Encourage your child to make a choice about the job they may choose in space if they could. There is a sheet to record this on.
Wednesday: In topic today, we will be exploring ‘Perseverance- the Mars Rover’. Begin with the YouTube news clip directly from NASA (linked below) and discuss the recent events from this February together. Once finished, take the opportunity to explore the interactive Rover section of the NASA website. (this is linked below on the home learning website) Your challenge is to label the Mars Rover on the topic sheet and using the NASA website to get additional information about the functions of the moving parts.
Thursday: Today is World Book Day! Lots of World Book Day activities are set within the World Book day Tab on our website. As part of topic today, watch the author Lauren Child’s masterclass on the World Book day Website (linked below). As you watch it, make notes on the sheet included. We also have a snippet of the book she talks about for you attached below. What do you think? Is this a book you would enjoy reading? In addition, using the link below, at 2pm Tamworth Library are doing a read-along story session for Years 1-2 via Youtube. Please send in anything to do with World Book Day to your child's class teacher, they would be delighted to see what you've been up to.
We hope you have a lovely week home learning and we cannot wait to see your child return to school next week.
Home Learning – Year 3 and 4 – Week Commencing 01/03/21
We are continuing in our Power Maths books this week. We are completing the Y4 Fraction Unit (1).
This week’s coverage;
• Fractions greater than 1- 1
• Fractions greater than 1 -2
• Adding Fraction
• Subtracting Fractions 1
• Subtracting Fractions 2
Please make sure you log on to TTRS and Maths shed as there are activities that Miss Villers and Miss Birtles have set. You have really impressed us with your times tables knowledge so we would like you to continue to practice all of your tables.
Please make sure you log onto the Year 4 Maths Zoom with Miss Villers from 9.15am – 10.15am.
Please log onto TTRS as often as you can to improve your tables. Remember that certificates are awarded every Thursday for the most correct answers and the biggest improvers. Also there are new activities every week on Purple Mash. A really good website to use for some fun Maths Games is Topmarks (see link below)
Challenge yourself- How quickly can you say your 3x table? Get somebody at home to time you.
This week we will be continuing our work on measuring. It would be useful to have a ruler for these sessions. All lessons are from Power Maths.
- Equivalent Lengths (cm and mm)
- Comparing Lengths
- Adding and Subtracting Lengths
- Measuring Perimeter
Please log on to Spelling Shed and Purple Mash for the spelling activities.
This week the Y3/4 statutory words we are learning are Earth, fruit and heart.
Which spelling strategies are you going to choose to use to help learn these words?
- Look, say, cover, write, check
- Quickwrite – How many can times can you write each word in a minute?
- Pyramid words
- Box it up – Draw around the word making a clear distinction in the size of ascenders and descenders.
Last week we were introduced to the short film ‘Monkey Symphony.’ Over the course of the week we took a deep dive into the characters, their and thoughts and feelings and how they changed throughout the film.
This week we will using this learning to step into the shoes of one of the main characters in order to write a diary entry detailing the events of that day.
Please make sure you log onto the Year 4 Literacy/Reading Zoom with Miss Birtles from 10.30am – 11.30am.
This week we will be continuing to read the third chapter from Stig of the Dump, ‘It warms you twice.’
Throughout the week you will be set a range of activities to complete, including your compression style questions for Focus Friday.
Everyone Reads in Class (E.R.I.C) – Please continue to spend 15 minutes a day reading your own reading book. If you have finished please read a new book on your book band on Oxford Reading Tree (link below).
This is the final week of our Burps, Bottoms and Bile topic and Monday is one of our special Saints days: March 1st- St. David’s Day (Patron Saint of Wales).
Monday – Special St. David’s Day lesson. Devise a 'Who am I' quiz to defeat your teacher.
Tuesday – Play and evaluate some fitness board games.
Wednesday – Have a go at devising your own fitness board game.
Thursday – Make a poster evaluating our 'Burps, Bottoms and Bile' topic anto help inform and excite the Year 1/2 children about what they have to look forward to when it is their turn to do it.
Miss Villers – firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Birtles – email@example.com
Mr Moran - firstname.lastname@example.org
This Thursday is World Book Day and although we are not in school, we would still like to celebrate!
Therefore below is a link to the website Scholastic. Their week-long event programme is free to use – so if you register, then you can enjoy an array of wonderful authors and illustrators hosting 30-minute events, including draw-a-longs, writing workshops and a 4pm Book Club as an after-school treat.
To register all you need is a parent’s email address and the password clubsandfair
World Book Day Quiz
This year we have put together a World Book Day Quiz for you to enjoy at home with your family. Below is a video link to the quiz that you can watch. Feel free to pause the video at any time or replay certain questions.
There are also three different answer sheets (easy, medium and hard). Here is a description of the difference in difficulty for each answer sheet.
Easy Answer Sheet
Round 1: Name that book
Different teachers will read out a scene from a book. You need to write down the book title.
Round 2: Emoji Title
You need to work out the title of the book based on the emojis show.
Round 3: The Masked Reader
A teacher will read out a story. You need to name the teacher who read the book.
Round 4: Whose bag is that?
A teacher has been given a bag that belongs to a character from a book. You need to work out who the character is and the book they are from.
Medium Answer Sheet
Round 1: Name that book
Different teachers will read out a scene from a book. You need to write down the book title and author.
Round 2: Emoji Title
You need to work out the title of the book based on the emojis shown and the author that wrote the book.
Round 3: The Masked Reader
A teacher will read out a story. You need to name the teacher who is reading and the title of the book.
Round 4: Whose bag is that?
A teacher has been given a bag that belongs to a character from a book. You need to work out who the character is and the book they are from
Hard Answer Sheet
Round 1: Name that book
Different teachers will read out a scene from a book. You need to write down the book title and author. The book title needs to be the full name if it is a sequel. So for instance, not just Harry Potter but Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Round 2: Emoji Title
You need to work out the title of the book based on the emojis shown and the author that wrote the book. The book title needs to be the full name if it is a sequel. So for instance, not just Harry Potter but Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Round 3: The Masked Reader
A teacher will read out a story. You need to name the teacher who is reading, the title of the book and the author. The book title needs to be the full name if it is a sequel. So for instance, not just Harry Potter but Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Round 4: Whose bag is that?
A teacher has been given a bag that belongs to a character from a book. You need to work out who the character is, the book they are from and the author of the book. The book title needs to be the full name if it is a sequel. So for instance, not just Harry Potter but Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
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