Message to parents 10.7.20
It has been wonderful to be able to spend time in school with my new class this week and I do hope that the children have taken advantage of the opportunity to spend time in school with Mrs Chapman during our Meet the Teacher Days. I am sure this will make returning in September easier for the children.
As a result of my being in school full time since Monday, I will no longer be monitoring work. If you have any concerns you are still welcome to email me via the class email but please be aware that due to full time teaching commitments this my not be checked frequently. If you have an urgent concern please contact the school office. Phone calls to parents are now no longer being made for the same reasons.
As a school we are still committed to online learning so, as a solution, I am directing parents to BBC Skillswise. This is an excellent resource which provides age appropriate daily lessons across all subjects. The tab at the top of the BBC Skillswise website page directs you to daily lessons.
Thank you for your continued support and I hope that you all have a good summer holiday.
Lessons for week beginning 18.5.20
Please continue to follow the White Rose below. Access is slightly different now. The videos are via the link and I have attached the worksheets separately.
Reading and writing - I have again set English via Purple Mash. There is a further 4 chapters of a book called 'The Porchester Park Project' to read on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and activities to complete. Please don't fee; that you have to complete all the activites on the days they are set and you can continue with this into the half term if it remains unfinished. If your child wants extra work there are activities which can be printed from the Purple Mash home page under Serial Mash. Just look for the story and follow the links for each chapter.
Writing- Before half term I would like the children to complete a book review of a book they have read since being at home. I have set a 2do on Purple Mash if they want to use that template. There is also a book review to complete on Thursday 'The Porchester Park Project' book.
PSHCE - please continue with this if possible
I have set a diary template on Purple Mash (or the children can create their own on paper). I would like them to keep a daily diary this week. I would like to know how they are feeling during this strange time and some good and bad things about being at home and not at school. We have looked at diary writing in class so the children should know that it needs to be personal and include emotions and feelings.
Read for at least 30 minutes daily. After each reading session, write 3 questions you could ask someone to answer about what you have read.
Spellings - please test your child on this week's spellings and I have attached next week's for them to learn for next Monday
Please continue to work on the following......
In Science this term we will be looking at plants and to get the children started with this it would be good for them to think about what conditions plants need for them to grow well. If you are already growing things at home you can use these or you can plant seeds found around you. For example there are a lot of dandelion clocks around at the moment or you could simply plant an apple or some tomato seeds straight from the fridge and see what happens. Keep a diary to record what happens to your seed/seeds over the next 3 weeks. You can draw them, making careful observations each time, or even measure carefully in mms to see how much they grow. You could even try and draw a bar chart to show this.
I have added a link to a video about seed dispersal which I would like the children to watch before completing an activity to show what they have learned on Purple Mash,
Science work from previous weeks...…
Last week I asked the children to watch the following link from Bitesize below and I have set a 2do for them to record what has happened to their plants they are growing at home. If your child has already done this on paper or in their Purple Books please don't feel that they need to do this again. They can however use the 2do if they want to.
I have also asked the children to find out more about the plants they are growing. How tall will they get? Are they edible? Are they native to the UK? They can let me know what they have found out via email on Purple Mash.
It is not too late to do a 2do on Purple Mash where the children can create a poster to show the conditions plants need to grow (they can also complete this in another format and email to me). Before completing the poster please watch the BBC Skillswise lesson I have attached a link for below. Make sure you include all the information in your poster.
Ideas to keep active
Joe Wicks AKA 'The Body Coach' is broadcasting a 9am PE lesson every weekday and we have enjoyed Cosmic Yoga this week in school of which there are many more online. Please see links below. Please also see the links under PE on Silver End School Website.
Any questions, please email and I will try and reply as promptly as possible between the hours stated. Have fun!
I wanted the children to concentrate on grammar and reading last week. There was a writing task as part of PSHCE detailed below.
Grammar - I have added 3 activities to Purple Mash, 'Consonant or Vowel', 'Avoiding Said' and 'Harry's Party'. All 3 activities will review grammar they had recently been taught in class.
I have also left the grammar activity sent through Purple Mash last week (Mark wants chicken) if the children want more practice.
Reading- This is a fun comprehension lesson set by BBC Skillswise where quiz presenter Rachel Riley helps the children to learn to summarise information and make predictions through the story 'The Worst Witch' - see link below. We have looked at how to summarise and make predictions in class before so this will be good practise.
We continued to on speech punctuation the week before that. I have attached below a worksheet for the children to complete and I would then like them to turn the comic strip into writing using speech and description. If your child wants an extra challenge they could write their own comic strip first and then convert it into speech. Please remember it is the correct use of inverted commas (speech punctuation) I am looking for.
I set a 2do through Purple Mash which the children can use to create their comic strip and to change this into writing. They could also write in their purple books or attach as a document to be mailed to me.
Message from Mrs Williams......
I’m sure you are all well aware that it is VE day on Friday. Thought I would just send you this link to We’ll Meet Again sung by Vera Lyn.
There is going to be a live sing a long with Dame Vera on Friday so if you want to encourage your children to learn the song then they can join in, I know lots of places are having socially distanced street parties so it should be fun.
In the Spring Term we will be reading The Rings of Doom by Rosalind Kervan. This book is set in Iceland, a land of ice and fire. We will be looking at descriptive language and linking this book to our Connected Curriculum work on volcanoes and earthquakes.
Later in the term we will be using an animated story to explore narrative and newspaper reports.
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