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01.10.20

Muntjac Code breakers!

It’s been yet another busy week in Muntjac class. We have continued reading our class novel, Letters from the Lighthouse, studied more of our WW2 topic, learnt about the autumn equinox and the science behind why our seasons change and enjoyed a nature detectives walk on Monday where we searched for signs of Autumn. On Tuesday, Muntjacs learnt all about the importance of the (mainly female) WW2 code breakers of Bletchley Park, and enjoyed learning how to use something called a Ceaser Shift wheel to decode secret messages. Muntjacs were also fascinated by the size of the Colossus computer, which was developed at Bletchley Park, to help decipher the German Enigma code. We have also made a great start to our science learning on the circulatory system. All in all, a great week! 

This week’s home learning:

For homework this week, please solve these secret codes! (The children have been sent home with a paper copy of this).

Challenge – can you create your own secret code, and write a message to your friend?

Muntjacs WW2 Code Breaking

Have a great weekend everyone. Mr Eynon 

 


24.09.20

History detectives!

This week, Muntjacs have really enjoyed finding out more about the events of World War 2. On Friday, we held a history detectives session, where the children loved looking at real life artefacts from the war years. We talked about how different sources of evidence (such as letters, newspaper articles and photographs) can provide historians with clues to what it would have been like to have experienced the war first hand. Importantly, we learnt about how some sources of evidence can portray an element of bias. Lots of our learning this week has been based around children’s experiences of wartime, with a focus on the evacuation and kinder transport programs. 

Homework:

Homework this week is focused on understanding negative numbers in maths. The children will also bring home an optional homework grid with lots of creative ideas for projects based on WW2. Copies of the homework can be found below. Have a great weekend everyone! Mr Eynon 

Muntjac Spicy Negative numbers 24.09.20
Muntjac Mild Negative Numbers and Temperature 24.09.20
Optional topic homework Autumn 2020 WW2

 


17.09.20

A great start to the new academic year!

Well done for making such a positive start to the new year, Muntjacs. It has been so much fun having you all back at school, and you have adapted brilliantly to the new way of working and learning.

Last week, the children engaged brilliantly with our unit of work on Shakespeare, and it was good to see them enjoying the gory story of Macbeth! This week we have started our new theme of ‘Conflict’ and have been learning all about the events that led up to the outbreak of World War 2 in September 1939. Excitingly, we have also started our first class novel of the year, ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ by award wining children’s author Emma Carol.  

Homework this week is focused on reading letters from the lighthouse and practicing rounding numbers in maths. Have a good weekend everyone. 

Mr Eynon

 


Home Learning:

20.07.20

Well done Muntjacs!

We are very nearly at the end of the school year, and what a year it has been. When we started the year in September, I don’t think that anyone could have predicted how this year would end. I am incredibly proud of all of the hard work that you have put in over the past four months of lockdown. A huge well done to all of the parents and carers who have stepped into the role of teacher (as well as all of the other roles that you already have at home). I know it hasn’t been easy, and I am in awe of you all. 

5 a day maths:

Here is the website for your 5 a day maths. I don’t expect you to do this every day of the summer, taking a break and relaxing is really important. If you did want to try them occasionally throughout the summer holiday, here is the link

Today’s challenges:

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Hogwarts escape room!

Here is a great activity to try. Can you escape from Hogwarts?

Click here to try! Good luck. 

Writing:

Finish off this short story …

The boy leant to his left and swooped around another corner. He never felt more alive than when he was on his magic carpet.

Finding a straight stretch of road he urged the carpet to top speed, sending plumes of dust from the ground all around him. He quickly approached a woman dressed in black carrying a bowl of fruit…

Can you continue the story?

Can you write instructions about how to fly a magic carpet?

Click here to access Pobble 365 over the summer. 

Summer activity pack:

Here are some great activities to keep you busy and learning overt the summer …

Maths Highest Value Card Game

My Holiday Booklet

My Trip to the Seaside Scrapbook Writing Frame

Pirate Story Starter Worksheets

Pirate Story Writing Activity

Pirate Themed Hardtack Recipe Cards

Pirate Wordsearch

Seaside Sudoku

Summer Holiday Snapshots Writing Frame

Summer Holiday Write-Up Activity Sheet

Travel Brochure Template Editable

Year 6 Summer Activity Booklet – Answers

 

Year 6 Summer Activity Booklet

Year 6 Summer Themed Maths Booklet – Answers

Year 6 Summer Themed Maths Booklet – Questions

Thought for the day:

You have all shown a wonderful, positive growth mindset over the past few months. Keep it up over the summer everyone! 

Well done, stay safe and have a lovely summer break. I am so excited to welcome you back to Muntjac class in September! Mr Eynon 


17.07.20

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday – the last of the Summer Term. What a year it has been – I could not be prouder of the way that you have dealt with the last few months. Very well done Team Muntjac! 

5 a day maths

Here are your 5 a day maths challenges for today! 

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Friday Maths challenge:

Click here to try today’s quiz!

Short films to enjoy and think about!

https://www.literacyshed.com/dreamgiver.html 

Thought for the day

Good manners are crucial. How many times will you use these words today? 

 

Have a great Friday, keep working hard. Mr Eynon

 


15.07.20

A – Z of the school year and more …

Here is a great set of activities to keep you busy over the next few days. 

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Spot the mistakes!

Can you spot the spelling, grammar, punctuation mistakes in these pieces of writing?

Spot the mistakes and edit!

Can you spot the mistakes in these pictures?

What is wrong with these pictures?

Thought for the day:

Have a great day. Mr Eynon 

 


13.07.20

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Welcome to the penultimate week of school & home learning. Let’s make it a good one! 

Rapid reasoning

Read through this maths revision mat and then try some of the rapid reasoning questions!

Revision Mat

Rapid reasoning

5 a day maths

Here are your five a day maths challenges for today … Good luck! 

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DT – Shake things up!

This week’s project will be focused on the topic of Earthquake zones and strong structures! 

Today I would like you to find out about one of the biggest challenges in earthquake zones, such as California in the USA – creating buildings that can withstand the shake of an earthquake. How do engineers and architects design earthquake proof buildings? How did engineers in New Zealand re-build the city of Christchurch after their huge earthquake in February 2011?

This Bitesize website will help to recap your knowledge of Earthquakes. 

Parents / carers can find more ideas for this unit of work by clicking here

Art – Draw along

Just for fun, try drawing this flower using the tutorial below …

Thought for the day

What are your hopes for the future? Are you looking forward to the next year at school? I think it is going to be great

Have a great day everyone. Mr Eynon 


10.07.20

Happy Friday!

A bit of a different post today, with one (hopefully really exciting) project to try…

Design your own country project!

Today I would like you to design your very own country! 

Please work through this presentation to help guide your thinking. 

Design your own country presentation!

I really look forward to hearing about your vision for your perfect country. You could think about: 

  • The name of your country 
  • The location of your country 
  • The design of the flag 
  • Your motto 
  • Your national sport
  • The country’s favourite food 
  • The country’s favourite music 
  • The type of government that will run your country 
  • Your leader

08.07.20

Wellbeing Wednesday:

Today I would like you to take some time to think about what makes you really happy. Is it sport, being creative, spending time with your family, reading a great book or being active or learning to play an instrument? Spend some time indulging your passions today. Can you learn a new song on an instrument that you play, could you try a new recipe and make something delicious for your family, or could you take part in Joe Wicks’ workout to make you feel fit and healthy? Now is a really important time to look after ourselves and each other.

5 a day maths:

Here are your 5 a day maths challenges for Wednesday 8th July 2020. 

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Maths:

Start by trying these 16 questions from the number of the day website … (You can choose your own number and difficulty level)

Number of the day!

Next, here is a great set of questions that will hopefully help to jog your memory about some of the topics that we have covered in maths this year, including: place value, decimals, square numbers and squared roots. 

Muntjac Year 5 Maths questions

If you would like to try some more maths today, this website is a fantastic resource to try. It has lots of lesson videos and worksheets for Year 5 and 6 maths topics. 

English – The Jeffersons –  Story writing:

Finish off this short story …

When the Jefferson family were out, their house came alive with activity.

Every morning, when Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson headed off to work, and their two children ran along to the bus stop to catch their ride to school, the signal for ‘all clear’ would sound, and out of the woodwork the little people came…

Here is a worksheet to accompany this story … The_Jeffersons_House

Thought for the day: 

Enjoy your well being Wednesday. Mr Eynon

 


06.07.20

 

Maths – Angles

Read through this website and revise your knowledge of using a protractor to draw and measure angles …

Click here to learn about using a protractor

This PowerPoint will also help:

Using a protractor

What types of angles can you spot around your house (acute, right, obtuse or reflex angles)?

Angle Names Worksheet

English –  SPAG -Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar

Start by trying this mini SPAG test …

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Mini-SPAG-test-1-answers

Throughout the week try some of these grammar challenges …

Add a prefix to change the meaning

Apostrophe for omission or contraction

Choose the correct form of the verb

Choose the correct set of pronouns to complete these sentences

Circle all the adverbs in these sentences

Circle all the nouns in these sentences

Identify the article in a sentence

Identify the prepositions in the sentence

Identify the statement, command or question

Identify the word classes in the sentence

Insert the capitals and full stops in the passage

Insert the missing inverted commas

Reported speech into direct speech

Write a contraction to replace the words

Write the same word for both sentences

5 a day maths:

Here are your five a day maths challenges for today …

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Thoughts of the day:

I hope you all have a great start to your week. Mr Eynon 

 


03.07.20

History – Coming to England film:

Here is a great film that I would like you to watch about the ‘windrush generation’ – a group of people that came to the UK from the Caribbean in the 1960s. Once you have watched the story, you could write a diary entry as one of the main characters.  

Here is a great PowerPoint to read through to give you some context about the Windrush generation: 

What was the Windrush_ Lesson 1

Active July!

Just like we did in May and June, here is your active calendar to keep you busy, active and healthy in the month of July. Enjoy! 

Active July Calendar!

5 a day maths:

Here are your 5 a day maths worksheets to try today …

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Friday maths challenge:

Have a go at today’s maths challenge! 

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Celebrity supply teacher:

Today’s celebrity supply teachers are actresses Rachel Shenton and Maise Sly, who are teaching you all about BSl (british sign language). 

Click here to watch the lesson. 

British Sign Language:

If you would like to learn more British sign language, including the alphabet, here is a great video to help you… 

Thought of the day:

Here are some positive affirmations that you can say to yourself, to help keep your mindset on track! 

Have a good Friday and a lovely weekend everyone. I am really looking forward to seeing some of you at school next week! Mr Eynon 

 


01.07.20

Welcome to the month of July! What are you looking forward to this month?

Light:

Watch this short film, and have a go at the challenges that follow … 

Light is a short, three and a half minutes, film about a young inventor called Charly and her robot assistant Bob-e.  The opening of the film sees Charly try and fail to produce a new eco-friendly generator.  It takes many attempts and a little help from Bob-E in order to get the machine running.

Learning challenges: 

  • Track the characters’ feelings through the story and use ‘show, don’t tell’ to describe them.
  • Describe Bob-e.
  • Design own robot helper.  Do they have any special features/tools.
  • Write dialogue between Charly and Bob-e
  • Create a diary/journal in role of Charly
  • Write a news report detailing the events from the point of view of someone who witnessed it but doesn’t know about Charly. 
  • Create a formal letter of complaint about Charly and her ‘strange’ helper from one of her neighbours. 

5 a day maths:

Here are your 5 a day maths challenges for Wednesday 1st July … how many colours can you complete today?

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You have completed so many 5 a day maths worksheets by now – can you make your own version and challenge somebody in your house to complete your 5 questions?

Maths – coordinates:

Watch this great video lesson on coordinates on a graph, and answer the questions that follow: 

Here are the questions to try: coordinates-pdf

And here are the answers to check your understanding: coordinates-answers

Play this game to practice your coordinates: https://www.teacherled.com/iresources/coordinates/showthecoordinate/

SATs challenge:

Try some questions from these past SATs papers:

English GPS questions

Mathematics paper 1

Climate change in the arctic:

Watch and enjoy these amazing national geographic videos …

Thought for the day: 

Have a good day. Stay safe. Mr Eynon 


29.06.20

Happy Monday!

Welcome to a new week, Muntjacs! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. 

5 a day maths:

Here are your 5 a day maths worksheets for today … 

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The Aviatrice:

The year is 1953 and Jacqueline Auriol, the daughter-in-law of the French president is strapped into her jet plan about to create history.  This 7-minute film, told in Jacqueline’s own words is told through a series of flashbacks describing the events which allowed her to become the first European female to break the sound barrier.  

Challenges:

  • Why do you think people want to do amazing things like break the speed barrier?
  • Do we know any other females who we would call heroes?
  • Who is your hero and why?
  • How does the film maker create different moods in the film?
  • Research Jacqueline Auriol and create a fact file about her life

Celebrity supply teacher:

Former politician and Strictly star Ed Balls takes a unique history class as he transforms himself into Alfred the Great and Elizabeth I to see who will be crowned mightiest of monarchs.

Watch the video here.

  • Which Monarch do you think was the greatest and why?

Writing – Dragon World:

Finish this short story … 

This was their favourite time of day to fly.

As the glowing, crimson sun dipped down below the vast horizon, retreating to allow night to take its place, the dragons took flight.

The sky looked beautiful: wisps of pillow-like clouds seemed to part in front of them as they flexed their powerful wings. Like sails from ancient ships, the wings beat in the dying embers of the sun’s fire, embracing what little warmth remained. Thousands of tiny scales that covered the beasts’ bodies glistened like rubies in the dazzling light.

As they reached full speed, leaving the world far beneath them, they almost grinned as they thought about where they were going. There would be others like them there. It would be paradise…

I look forward to reading your dragon story. 

Country focus – JAPAN:

Today I would like you to research the fascinating culture and tradition of Japan! This great National Geographic website will help. 

Thought for the day:

Have a good start to your week. Mr Eynon 

 


🌈 24.06.20 🌈

100 Books to read before you leave Year 6: 📚

Here is a great list of the top 100 children’s books to try and read before the end of your time in Muntjac class. How many can you tick off?

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Maths – Multiples, factors and primes:

Can you remember what multiples, factors and prime numbers are? If you cant, this maths dictionary will help you … Maths Dictionary

Next, try some of the questions from this resource: multiples-factors-primes-questions

5 a day maths:

Here are your 5 a day worksheets to try today … 

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Fossils and Adaption – Lesson 4 🌍

Here is the link to lesson 4 in our series of science lessons on adaption. Today’s lesson looks at what the fossil record has taught us about the history of organisms that have existed on our planet. We will learn what a geologist is and what they can tell us about the organisms that have lived during each geological era of time. For this lesson you will need a piece of paper, a pencil and a ruler.

Celebrity supply teacher – Katie Piper:

Here is a great video that explains some excellent ways to look after your health and wellbeing: 

Writing – Isolation short story: 🖋

How will you finish this short story … 

Many people from the mainland thought the Smiths were a strange family.

Sure, life out here on the island was very different. For a start, they didn’t get their groceries from a supermarket, or visit the local pizza restaurant on a Friday night for a treat!

The weather up here could often be quite dramatic, even frightening. They frequently felt like the world was against them, yet they somehow found a way to harness nature’s offerings.

It may be far from what most people would call ‘civilisation’, but it suited the Smiths just fine …

Here is a worksheet that accompanies the above story: isolation worksheet

Thought for the day: 🙏🏼

This will be my last post for the week, as Friday is a non-pupil day. You can choose to spend some time pursuing a hobby, relaxing, reading your favourite book, getting creative or active outside. If you would like to stick to your routine, remember that there are lots of fantastic resources out there to help you with your learning at home, including: white rose maths, corbett 5 a day maths, the celebrity supply teacher assemblies, numbots number of the day, Pobble 365, BBC Bitesize and the Oak National Academy. Have a good end to your week. Mr Eynon 😊

 


22.06.20

Good morning marvelous Muntjacs, welcome to a new week! Here are some activities to kick start your week of learning:

National school sports week at home 2020

The annual National School Sport Week campaign takes place in the last week of June every year to celebrate the important role of Physical Education and school sport in enhancing young people’s wellbeing.

This year, the Youth Sport Trust has teamed up with Sky Sports to run a national campaign which will aim to unite the country – families, schools, sport and businesses – in a celebration of the power of sport to bring people together, even during isolation.

Here are some ideas to get started, can you complete the rainbow?

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Sport Activities

And here are some school sports week activities to keep you active … 

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Claret and Blue Sports Day

On Friday 26th June West Ham Community Foundation will be hosting their very first Virtual Claret and Blue Sports Day! On the day they will be running 20 pre-recorded activities that will be hosted via their YouTube Channel, all of which will comply with current government guidelines utilising basic household equipment to get children active making the day as accessible for all as possible. They will also be releasing a wide range of cross curricular activities covering numeracy, literacy, PE and PSHE to get children ready for the big day on the 26th June. Click here to access their YouTube channel. 

Celebrity supply teacher – Dance

Continuing on with the theme of sport, today’s celebrity supply teacher is world-renowned dancer Dame Darcey Bussell. She teaches a special dance class and scores a perfect ten with an African dance that is fun and easy to try.

Click here to watch

Fossil and evolution lesson 3

Here is the link to lesson three of our unit on Fossils and evolution. 

In today’s lesson we are going to learn how living organisms are classified. We will learn about the 5 kingdoms and then we will focus on the animal kingdom. For this lesson you will need a pencil, a piece of paper and a ruler.

5 a day maths

Here are your 5 a day maths challenges for today …

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Maths revision:

Here are two great revision sheets which covers most of the maths that we have learnt in Muntjacs so far. Spend some time reading through them and completing some independent revision … 

Muntjac Maths overview

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iSee reasoning maths challenges

Try these brilliant maths challenges throughout this week: 

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Newsround

Catch up on what is going on in the world by watching today’s episode of Newsround. When you are finished, why not write your own report on one of the topics featured …

Click here to watch today’s Newsround

Thought for the day

Have a good start to your week everyone. Mr Eynon 

 


19.06.20

Happy Friday!

Well done for a great week Muntjacs. If you have had a really productive week, or you have struggled a bit with motivation, do try to be proud of all of your efforts. I know that home learning is not easy, as long as you are trying, then that’s the most important thing.

Challenge: 

. Write down three things that you have achieved this week, and three things that you would like to achieve next week.

Fossils and Adaption

For your second lesson on Fossils and Adaption, we are looking at how fossils could provide evidence for Darwin’s theory of evolution. 

Click here to access the less on the Oak National Academy website. 

Challenge: 

. Can you write a list of animals that you can think of that have successfully adapted to their environments, and how they have done so? For example Polar Bears have adapted to the snowy and cold environment that they live in by having white warm fur, which camouflages them in the white snow. They also have wide, grippy paws, which spreads out their weight across the surface of the ice and allows them to hunt successfully for their food. 

Celebrity Art Teacher – Colour

Today’s celebrity supply teacher is rock star and former art teacher, Ricky Wilson. Ricky talks about how colour in art can effect your mood and explains how the colour wheel helps us to understand which colours look good together. Ricky challenges you to create your own piece of art using two contrasting colours. Enjoy! 

Click here to watch Ricky’s art lesson.

Challenge:

. Who was Piet Mondrain? Can you create a piece of art in the style of Mondrain?

. Watch an episode of Art Ninja on BBC iPlayer and create your own masterpiece! 

Speak out stay safe NSPCC assembly

Here is a great video assembly from the NSPCC, featuring Ant and Dec and David Walliams about staying safe.

Parents may wish to watch the video in advance, as it touches on some sensitive, but very important issues. 

Challenge

. Create a mind map of all of the wonderful people that you have in your lives that you can talk to if you are upset. 

Myths and Legends

Spend some time reading through the Greek myth of Pandora’s Box. 

Click here to access the myth on a computer 

Click here if you are using a mobile apple or android device

Challenge: 

. Create a sketch that depicts the scene where Pandora opens the forbidden box. 

. Make a story board of events in the story. 

. What is the moral of the story?

. Complete some independent research into Ancient Greece. 

5 a day maths

Here are your 5 a day maths challenges for Friday 19th June …

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Friday Maths Challenge

Click here to access today’s challenge! Good luck! 

Thought for the day

Resilience and determination are two traits that you have all shown in abundance over the past few months. Give yourself a big pat on the back. We are all proud of each and every one of you! 

Have a wonderful weekend everybody. Stay safe and take care of each other. Mr Eynon 

 


17.06.20

Times tables practice

It is really important to keep practicing your tables regularly. Use this website to help you with your times tables recall: 

http://timestables.me.uk/

Remember that Times Tables Rock stars is also a great resource to use. Email me if you can’t remember your password! 

https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student

Online safety

I know that some of you will be spending more time online at the moment than you usually would. The internet is a wonderful, powerful and useful tool, and I know that we all enjoy using it to help us learn, keep in touch with friends and for entertainment. Of course it is really important that we all stay safe and happy when online. At school you have learnt about staying SHARP, ALERT, SECURE, KIND and BRAVE when using the internet. 

Challenges:

. Play the Hinterland game by clicking here 

. Design a poster to teach the children in Squirrels class how to stay safe online 

. Plan and produce a short film about staying safe online! You could enter this competition 

Remember that there are lots of different adults that you can talk to if you are worried about something that has happened online. Parents, teachers, older siblings and grandparents – we are all here to help. 

There are lots of other great online safety resources here.

Science – New topic – Fossils and Animals over time

For our new science topic, we are travelling back into history, to a time when dinosaurs walked the Earth. Today we will be learning about the scientific theory of evolution, and we will be using the oak national academy resource to guide us.

Here is the link to today’s lesson 

There is a quiz to test your knowledge to start with, and then a video lesson to work through. 

Extra challenges:

. Who was Charles Darwin? Create a fact file or biography all about him.

. Can you find any locations around the world named after Darwin?

. Research the amazing Galapagos islands, a place that Darwin loved and carried out lots of his work. 

Secondary school transition

For those Year 6 children who are going to Hedingham, or the Year 5’s who are planning on going there, please have a look at this excellent video tour of the school. 

Now watch this great video activity by Mr Nash, Assistant Headteacher at Hedingham School. 

Celebrity supply teacher

Here is a great video of former professional footballer and presenter Gary Linekar teaching you some basic words and phrases in Spanish! 

5 a day maths

Here are your 5 a day maths challenges for today: 

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SATs challenge

Try some questions from these maths SATs papers:

SATs arithmetic paper 1

SATs reasoning paper 2

Thought for the day

Here are some thoughts on how to be a responsible digital citizen (someone who uses the internet wisely). How will you use the interent to spread joy and positivity today?

Have a good day. Mr Eynon 

 


15.06.20

Welcome to a new week. I hope you all had a lovely weekend and enjoyed some time outside in the sunshine.  Let’s do this Muntjacs! 

Project Equator – our last stop – INDONESIA

For the last stop of Project Equator, we are stopping off in the continent of Asia, in the worlds largest island nation- Indonesia

Challenges:

  • How many islands make up the country of Indonesia?
  • What animals live in Indonesia?
  • Can you name some volcanoes in Indonesia?
  • What makes Indonesia susceptible to Earthquakes?
  • What does the word archipelago mean?
  • What countries does Indonesia share a border with?
  • What is the capital city?
  • What currency is used?
  • What is the climate like?
  • Draw or sketch a Komodo dragon! 

This excellent education pack produced by the British Council has lots and lots of great educational ideas to try today on the Theme of Indonesia: indonesia_educational_pack

Next, watch this video with lots of facts all about Indonesia. It takes you on a musical tour of the country! (I can’t see the song making it to number one anytime soon, but it is full of information!). 

5 a day maths

Here are your 5 day maths challenges for today:

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Writing – Surf story – The wave

One of the most popular sports in Indonesia is surfing. Read and complete this short story …

Some people love living dangerously. For some people, the thrill of a near miss is what they crave their whole lives; the moment of panic that rises up from the pit of your stomach like your blood has turned to ice, but then washes over you like blissfully warm water as the danger passes.

This was one of those moments. You could hear the sharp intake of breath as the crest of the fifty metre wave frothed and foamed like the mouth of an angry Kraken. There were only seconds left to wait…

What happens next? 

There is a worksheet with some more questions based on this story here

Joe Wicks and celebrity supply teacher

I know that lots of you enjoy working out with Joe Wicks every morning. If you haven’t tried it, why not tune in at 9am today, or have a go at any of the past workouts on his YouTube channel. 

Today’s celebrity supply teacher is former Footballer Gary Linekar and he is teaching you how to count to ten in Spanish. Watch at 09:25 on CBBC or Iplayer

Comprehension from songs – George Ezra

Here is a great feel good song from George Ezra.

Listen to the song, read the lyrics and answer the questions! 

Questions

1) Find and copy one word that means ‘to believe firmly’. (1 mark)

2) Find and copy one word that means ‘likely to do something’. (1 mark)

3) Find and copy a group of words that mean ‘to consider too much’. (1 mark)

4) Why were they dreaming ‘about the lottery’? Use evidence to support your answer. (2 marks)

5) ‘ocean full of change’ – what impression does this give you of America? (1 mark)

6) How would the characters in the song had acted had they won the lottery? Use evidence to support your answer. (2 marks)

7) How do you think the singer feels about the future? Give two examples with evidence. (3 marks)

The lyrics are here. Enjoy! 

SATs challenge

Try some of the questions from this SPAG SATs paper…

English GPS Paper 1 questions

Thought for the day

Today’s quote comes from Albert Einstein. Have you tried anything new recently?

Have a good day. Stay positive, be kind. Mr Eynon 


12.06.20

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday wonderful Muntjacs. I hope you have all had a good week? Don’t forget to email me with a quick update with what you have been up to, it’s always great to hear from you! 

Project equator – Kiribati

Today we are continuing our journey around the equator, from Brazil across the South Pacific Ocean to the tiny group of islands known as Kiribati. 

Kiribati (pronounced “KiriBASS”) is a country in the Pacific Ocean. It has 33 atolls, groups of tiny islands. The country is near the equator. Its capital is South Tarawa, on the Tarawa atoll.

Kiribati used to be called the Gilbert Islands. In 1892, the Gilbert Islands became a British protectorate with the Ellice Islands (nowadays known as Tuvalu), together called Gilbert and Ellice Islands. Kiribati became an independent republic in 1979.

Kiribati is one of the poorest nations in the Pacific Ocean. It has few natural resourcesTourism is an important industry.

Kiribati became independent from the UK in 1979.

The official languages of Kiribati are English and Gilbertese.

Below are some images of the islands:

Challenges:

  • How do you think climate change and rising sea levels will effect the islands?
  • Can you create a mosaic, painting or collage of the islands brilliant flag?
  • Research Kiribati armour. This website will help. Can you design or make your own set of armour?

Celebrity Teacher – Story writing

Today I would like you to watch this video with celebrity supply teacher, former pop star and author Geri Horner. She talks about her suggestions on how to make your writing stand out and be really enjoyable to read.

Your writing challenge for today is to write a children’s story. It could be for really young children and include lots illustrations, rhyme and funny words, or it could be a longer text for children of your own age. The setting, plot and characters are all up to you, however, I would like you to include some kind of problem or dilemma that needs to be solved. Think about the type of stories that you enjoy reading. I’m excited to read your children’s stories. 

Reading – The Ickabog by JK Rowling:

JK Rowling is currently writing and publishing a brand new book. You can read the start of the book on her website here. Enjoy! 

5 a day maths:

Here are your 5 a day maths challenges or today:

Bronze

Silver

Gold

Platinum

Friday maths challenge:

Try these maths challenges from Premier league Primary Stars … 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/znd9ydm 

SATs challenge:

Have a go at a few questions from each of these Year 6 SATs papers:

Arithmetic

Reasoning

Thought for the day:

What great stories have you read recently? You could share some of the great books that you have read on Padlet or maybe even write a book review. 

Have a great Friday and a lovely weekend everyone. 

Mr Eynon 


10.06.20

Hi from Year 6! 👋

Well done for a great start to the week everyone, both those that are at school at those that are home learning. You are all doing so well. The Year 6’s who are back at school wanted to say hi to everyone and to let you know that they are thinking of you all. 

Project equator – Brazil

Today we continue our journey around the equator and are heading across the south Atlantic Ocean, from Sao Tome and Principe, to BRAZIL! Brazil is a huge, vibrant and colourful country with a rich history. 

First of all, try this reading comprehension all about Brazil … 

Brazil Comprehension

Challenges:

1) Can you name a maior city in Brazil?

2) Can you name a well known river in Brazil?

3) What is the climate like in Brazil?

4) What is the capital city of Brazil? What is the name of the famous monument in the capital city?

5) What is a favela? What would it be like to live in one?

6) What is the Rio carnival?

7) When were the Olympics and Football World Cup held in Brazil?

8) What famous footballers are from Brazil?

9) What does ‘ordem e progresso’ mean on the Brazilian flag?

Deforestation:🌍

The majority of the Amazon rain forest is located in Brazil. It is a hugely important, diverse and fragile ecosystem that is unfortunately being destroyed by deforestation

Challenge:

Writing task – The Tunnel 🖋

Finish this short story …

She had been tracking the deer. Her parents had taught her how.

One hour before, finding the hoof prints in the soft earth, she had followed the trail of broken twigs and occasional nibbled leaf until she had located it. Creeping slowly and quietly, not making even the slightest sound, she remained undetected.

She had stumbled across the mysterious circles in a clearing in the forest, and watched as the deer approached them. With a slight twitch of its ears, the deer stepped indifferently through the first circle, and vanished. Completely vanished.

The girl let out a gasp, and walked towards the circles to investigate…

I look forward to reading your stories! 

Maths – area of compound shapes:

For your maths learning today, I would like you to calculate the area of compound shapes. 

First, recap what area means by watching this video below:

This video recaps how to find the area of compound shapes (the video gets harder as it goes on, and shows you how to find the area of trickier shapes)

Next, try these compound area questions. Remember to split the shapes into two, and then add both areas up. Show your answers in cm2. 

NEW! (apologies of the confusion with the other worksheet, it seemed to not format correctly when uploading) Here is a new compound area worksheet to try! … 

Compound shapes area – NEW!

5 a day:

Here are your five a day maths challenges for today:

Bronze

Silver

Gold

Platinum

Thought of the day: 

Have a great Wednesday. Mr Eynon


08.06.20

World Oceans Day!

Good morning and welcome to a new week of home learning and to the second week back at school for some of our Year 6 pupils. Today is a special day, as it world oceans day – a day to celebrate and join together to do our bit to help protect our planet’s beautiful and important ocean environments. 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, but these oceans are under threat from global warming and plastic pollution. 

This year, Premier League Primary Stars have teamed up with Sky Ocean Rescue to produce some great resources that we are going to be using for our learning today. To begin, watch the video below to hear about why it is so important that we protect the ocean ecosystem. 

Next, I would like you to think about what you can do to help make our oceans cleaner and healthier. Fill out this family pledge sheet with your ocean promise …

Ocean Rescue Family Pledge

Once you have made your pledge, try this quiz to test your knowledge of the problem of plastics in our oceans:

Ocean Rescue Quiz

Once you have tried the quiz, have a look at the images in the following document. How many examples of single use plastics can you see?

Ocean Rescue Spot The SUP

Challenges:

  • How many tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year? What effect does this have on the animals that live in the sea? What effect does it have on humans?
  • What is climate change? What effect would rising sea levels have on humans?
  • What is your favorite sea animal or creature? Write a description of it using amazing descriptive vocabulary (adjectives, adverbs, similes, metaphors)
  • Can you find out the name of all of the different seas and oceans of the world?
  • What is ‘challenger deep?’ 
  • Approximately how much of the planet’s oceans have been explored?

Watch the video below by famous broadcaster and climate change activist Sir David Attenborough:

This brilliant Google Treks Website has an excellent overview of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia:


Writing task – Shipwreck

Finish off this short story ...

Three weeks. That is how long the ship had been like this; empty, abandoned, alone…

Now, all was still. All was calm. The ship lay there, as if in a peaceful slumber, gently rocking like a baby’s cradle in the tranquil bay. The sea barely moved. It was covered in a thin layer of wispy mist that sat on top of the water like a comforting blanket, gently illuminated by the fading sunlight.

A bird landed gently on the mast of the lonely ship, pleased to have found a resting place after a long journey.

Everything seemed to have turned blood-red. The sun looked down on the bay from his position in the sky, soon to go to sleep himself, casting a crimson light over the clouds and the milky water in the bay.

What had happened here? Why was it so peaceful? Had it always been so?

Can you tell the story of the shipwreck, describing how it happened? Think about where the crew are now…Are they safe or in danger?

You could write the story from the perspective of one of the crew, or you could write as the bird sitting on the mast.

This worksheet has more tasks and challenge related to the shipwreck story: Shipwreck story

I look forward to reading your stories!


5 a day maths:

Here are your 5 day maths challenges for today:

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Thought for the day:

What do you think this quote means? How might we benefit from trying difficult things?

Have a great Monday team Muntjacs! Mr Eynon 



05.06.20

Happy Friday!

Well done for a good week Muntjacs. It has been great to receive so many lovely emails from you this week. The Year 6’s who are at school with me have also had a fantastic first week back and have shown a brilliant, mature and sensible attitude to the new way of learning. Everyone should give themselves a big pat on the back for how well you are continuing to adapt to the unusual situation we all find ourselves in. Keep up the good work everyone! 👏

Project Equator! 🌍

As we continue our journey around the equator, today we are focusing on one of the smallest countries on the equatorial line. São Tomé and Príncipe is a small volcanic African island nation on the west coast of Africa, made up of two islands. It features large volcanoes, dense, lush jungle and beautiful clear turquoise water on its coastline. 

Challenge:
  • What language is predominantly spoken there? What other countries in the world speak this language?
  • What is the main religion on the islands?
  • What is the main industry on the islands?
  • What is education like on the islands? Do many children attend secondary school?
  • Create a tourist brochure for the islands – use persuasive and descriptive language to try and encourage people to visit. 
  • Would you like to visit São Tomé and Príncipe? Why / why not?
  • Plan a journey to the islands using this website.

Friday maths challenge!

Here’s your Friday maths! Questions 1 – 6 are ideal for Years 5 and 6, after that they get quite tricky! 

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5 a day maths:

Here are your 5 a day maths challenges for Friday 5th June: 

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Change challenges:

Here are some great ideas to try at home on the topic of change

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Brain teasers – Riddles:

Just for fun, try and solve these riddles …

Name three consecutive days of the week, without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Staurday and Sunday. 

What five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

What has many keys but can’t open any doors?

What belongs to you, but other people use it more than you?

What was the highest mountain on Earth, before Mount Everest was discovered?

Sophie’s mum has four children – April, May, June and ____ What’s the name of her fourth child?

What has a face and two hands but no arms or legs?

What gets wetter as it dries?

Click here for the answers! 

Thought for the day:

Try writing a gratitude diary. What are you grateful for today?

Have a lovely weekend. Mr Eynon

 


03.06.20

Project Equator!

Well done for all of your brilliant work on project equator so far! Today I would like you to focus on the country of Kenya, which sits on the equator. 


Challenge:

  • What is the population of Kenya?
  • What is the Masai Mara? What is the climate like there? What animals live on the Masai Mara? Can you sketch a picture of the landscape?
  • What currency do they use in Kenya?
  • Can you draw and colour in the flag? 
  • How do you think life is different in Kenya to life in the UK?
  • The Eastern coast of Kenya borders the Indian Ocean. What can you find out about this amazing ocean?

This national geographic website will help you. This PowerPoint also has some useful pictures: Kenya PPT

Art – African masks:

In many communities in Africa, masks are an important ritual and ceremonial part of their culture. For your art lesson today, I would like you to research their significance and history, create a project page all about them, then design and if possible make your own mask! You could use cardboard, paper, or even nature items that you can find outside. 

This PowerPoint has some good designs to give you some inspiration: African Masks

5 a day maths:

Here are your 5 a day maths challenges for today:

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Silver June 3rd

Gold June 3rd

Platinum June 3rd

Civil rights research:

Today I would like you to look into, research and discuss one of these influential leaders:

Mahatma Gandhi

Rosa Parks 

Martin Luther King 

Mother Teresa

Nelson Mandela 

Barrack and Michelle Obama 

Malala Yousafzai

This website will help you. 

  • What do they all have in common? 
  • Have their aims and missions been achieved?
  • What could we do to help?

Thought for the day:

Have a lovely Wednesday everyone. Mr Eynon 


01.06.20

Welcome back!

I hope you all had a lovely half term break and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Today is the first day of Summer 2 and also the day that we welcome back a few of our Year 6 children to school. They will be doing the same challenges as below, so we may be apart, but we are all working together on the same tasks. Have a great day team Muntjacs! 

Space X and NASA blast off!

On Sunday, two astronauts from Space X made history as their rocket docked with the International Space Station (ISS).US astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have docked with, and entered, the ISS. Their Dragon capsule – supplied and operated by the private SpaceX company – attached to the bow section of the orbiting space lab 422km above China. This was the first rocket launched from America in almost ten years, as NASA no longer has a rocket program. 

Here is a great video of the mission. You don’t need to watch it all – skip to 3 hours 50 minutes to see the astronauts arrive on board the ISS. 

The founder of Space X is a successful entrepreneur named Elon Musk, who also started the electric car company Tesla. 

Challenges:

  • What does the word entrepreneur mean? Can you find any other examples of entrepreneurs?
  • If you could create any business, what would it be? What would its unique selling point be? You could design a logo or poster that promotes your new business idea.
  • If you could pay to go to space, would you go? You could write a story about your mission into space. 
  • What do you think it would feel like to be inside the ISS? You could draw a picture of the astronauts floating inside, or looking through a window back towards planet earth. 
  • Can you spot the ISS fly over your house at night? This website will help: https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/ 

Project Equator!

Our new geograpy topic for the next few weeks is called Project Equator! We will be taking a virtual trip around the equator, and finding out about all of the different and diverse countries that can be found along the way.

Have a look through this PowerPoint that explains all about the ‘lines’ that we use to identify places around the world:

Equators, hemispheres and tropics PPT

Challenges:

  • Can you find 3 different countries which are located on the equator? Choose one of them and create a fact file about it. 
  • What other geographical lines are on planet Earth?
  • What is the biggest and smallest country (by area) that is on the equator?
  • Why do you think that the countries close to the equator experience such hot weather?
  • What hemisphere is the UK in?
  • What season are countries in the Southern Hemisphere experiencing now?

Harry Potter Project:

Here is a great Harry Potter project created by a very clever teacher called Miss Nuttall, who kindly shared this with me and I thought that some of you might enjoy it. There are 11 tasks to try. I look forward to seeing your wizard inspired work! 

Harry Potter Project

5 a day maths:

Here are your 5 a day maths worksheets for today:

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Silver

Gold

Platinum

Rapid reasoning:

Please try one of these rapid reasoning challenges each day this week.

Rapid Reasoning – Year 5 – Week 1

Rapid_Reasoning_Year 6_Week 1

Thought of the day:

Have a think about this question … What makes you, you?

Challenge:

  • Draw or paint a self portrait of yourself. Use a mirror or picture to help you out. 
  • Write down ten kind words which describe YOU! 

Have a great day everyone.

Mr Eynon 

 


22.05.20

Happy Friday!

Good morning Muntjacs. Welcome to Friday and the last day of Summer 1. Next week is May half term, so this will be my last post until Monday 1st June, the day when potentially some of our Year 6 children may be returning to school. I hope you all have a lovely, relaxed week next week and enjoy some time outside in the sunshine. 

Country focus for the week – France!

Well done for all of the work that you have been putting into our topic on France this week. It has been great to see your Monet inspired paintings and your french language work. Today we are going to be focusing on French architecture (buildings, monuments and infrastructure). 

Your task is to choose a famous landmark in France, and create a fact file about it. You could research: the architect, year built, reason why it was built, time taken to build, number of visitors per year, size, historical significance and location.  After that, sketch a drawing of the building, look for similar buildings around the world, or you could even use it as a setting to write an adventure story. 

Here are some examples of prominent French architecture:

The Eiffel Tower, The Arc De Triomphe, The Milau Viaduct, The Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, The Palace of Versailles (which famous treaty was signed here) or the more modern Lois Vuitton Foundation, The Arab World Institute or even The Channel Tunnel (tunnel sous la Manche). 

Challenge:
  • The Arch to Arc Triathlon runs between which two British and French landmarks? What is the total distance? How many people have completed this epic challenge?
  • What currency do they use in France? What currency did they use in the past?
  • When will the summer Olympic Games next be help in France? (If they stick to the current schedule) How old will you be?
  • What is the french national motto?

Maths challenge Friday:

Here are your tricky maths challenges for today! Remember they get harder as you work through them. Good luck. 

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Here are the answers for when you finish … 

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5 a day maths:

Your 5 a day maths challenges for Friday 22nd May:

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Silver

Gold

Platinum

Online resources:

Don’t forget that there are lots of fantastic home learning resources online. Here is the list which I produced at the start of lock down. I hope it helps! 

Mr Eynon online resources for home learning

Comprehension:

For your comprehension today, I would like you to listen to this motivational song by British singer Emile Sande. Read the lyrics and answer the questions that follow … 

Questions:

Here are the lyrics to help you answer these questions

1) ‘You’ve got the words to change a nation’ – what does the writer mean by this phrase?

2) What does it mean if you are ‘biting your tongue’? 

3) In the song the singer appears to be singing to someone – in the first stanza, what does the singer say their problem is? Why do you think they are like this? (There is no right or wrong answer with this second question).

4) ‘You’ve got a heart as loud as lightning//So why let your voice be tamed?//Maybe we’re a little different//There’s no need to be ashamed’ – Find and copy one word that means ‘to be controlled’. 

5) What does the singer mean by ‘we’re singing away the blues’?

6) What do think ‘airplay’ is?

7) In the song the singer says that ‘we’re finally finding our voices’ – what do you think this means? And, what do you think made this happen?

8) Do you think that this song has a message, if so what is it?

9) Thinking challenge – What things make us fearful? And, what do they all have in common?

English:

Watch this brilliant animated story called ‘The Catch’:

Create an emotions graph tracking the ups and downs of the boys emotions through the events in the story. 

    – Waiting with anticipation for the first catch 
    – The distress caused by seeing the injured fox
    – Anger at the fox stealing the fish 
    – Chasing the fox
    – Surprise and excitement at seeing the giant fish 
    – Trying to catch it 
    – The catch at the end 

Here is a brilliant activity pack to accompany the film:

The Catch KS2 Activity Pack

You can find more thought provoking stories to inspire writing and discussion at literacyshed.com 

Just for fun:

Why not try making kinetic sand over the half term? It only uses a few ingredients (Fine sand, washing up liquid, food colouring, corn flour and water). There is a recipe to follow here

Thought of the day:

Have a wonderful half term break.

Please could all Year 6 parents email the school office (admin@sgasa.uk) by the end of today, to let us know if you are planning on sending your child to school or not on 1st June. Attendance is optional.  Let us know 🙂

Take care everyone. Mr Eynon 


20.05.20

Country focus for the week – France!

Bonjour! Well done for all of the research and great projects that you have started on the topic of France. I have been very impressed by everything that you have completed so far. To start today’s geography and french combined lesson, let’s start by taking a tour of the capital of France, Paris. 

This PowerPoint will take you on a tour of Paris and show you the names of all of the famous sights!

French Paris Tour

This video will teach you how to say some basic French greetings. Year 6 you may remember it, it is very catchy! 

Now you have toured Paris and  taken in the sights, you are getting a little hungry, so decide to stop for something to eat. This PowerPoint will help you with being able to order your food in French. 

French food

You enjoyed a lovely french meal and have just realised you have no idea what time it is – but how do you ask what time it is in French? Have a look through the next PowerPoint to help you! 

Telling the time in French

Now you feel like you need to burn off that delicious french feast you had at lunchtime, and feel like playing some sport. This next (and final!) PowerPoint shows you the french name for a variety of different sports: 

Sports in French

I hope you enjoyed your virtual tour of Paris. If you would like to learn more french, the app duolingo is fantastic. 

Challenge:

  • What is the name of the tallest mountain in Europe? Which countries does it border? Can you draw a picture of the mountain?
  • What different jerseys (tops) do the cyclist win in the Tour De France? Can you draw one of them, or design your own?
  • Last year’s winner of the Tour De France was from Columbia. What was his name? What can you find out about the country of Columbia?
  • Test your knowledge of French with this great ‘Who wants to be a millionaire?’ PowerPoint game: French millionaire

5 a day maths:

Here are your 5 a day maths challenges for today:

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Fluent in Five maths:

Here are your ‘fluent in five’ maths challenges for this week:

Fluent in Five – Year 5 – Week 4

Fluent in Five – Year 6 – Week 4

Challenge:

Art – Monet:

Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) is a famous impressionist artist from France. Here are some of his most famous paintings. Can you create a fact file all about Monet? Include pictures, facts and sketches and think about your artistic presentation. 

Our new classroom layout:

Here are a few pictures of our new layout in Muntjac class, for when and if, Year 6 return next month. You will get lots of space, and a desk and stationery all to yourself. There will also be other changes around school, to keep everyone safe and healthy. (In these pictures some of the chairs face inwards, this has now been changed, so they all face the same way). Any questions – just ask! muntjacclass@sgasa.uk

Thought for the day:

Here are two quotes to think about today from Nelson Mandela.

Challenge:

  • Can you find out more information about the former South African president and human rights activist?

Have a great Wednesday everyone. 

Mr Eynon 


18.05.20

Happy Monday!

Good morning Muntjacs and welcome to a brand new week! I hope you all had a lovely sunny weekend and are ready for a busy week of learning.

Mental Health Week 2020

We all know how important it is to keep our body healthy and strong. It is also just as important to keep our minds active, healthy and well. This week, we are going to be learning about different ways to look after our mental health and keep us all feeling happy and positive. To start with, here is a good way to calm down when you are feeling worried or anxious – focus on your breathing. These videos may help to make you feel calm: (you might recognise them from when Jane led our mindfulness session before we went to Kingswood):

Next, I would like you to explore the idea of mindfulness a bit further. Read through this PowerPoint that explains more about what it is and why it can be really helpful:

Mindfulness for Mental Health Lesson Presentation

If you have an adult at home that would like to find out more, you could read through this guided meditation together: 

Breath and Thoughts Guided Meditation

White Rose Maths lessons:

White Rose daily maths lessons can be found here: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ They are fantastic lessons and well worth having a look at. This week, Year 5 will be studying mixed number fractions, and Year 6 decimals and integers. 

Here are the worksheets to accompany the daily lessons:

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5 a day maths:

Here are your 5 a day maths worksheets to try today:

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Writing:

Today I would like you to write a letter to yourself!

Write about your experiences over the past few months. What have you enjoyed? What have you found hard? What have you learnt? What do you want to remember about this time? After you have written your letter, you can put it somewhere safe, and it’s not to be opened until 18th May 2021 – exactly one year from now! I think it will be very interesting to see how things have changed between now and then. Enjoy your letter writing! 

Geography – France:

This week our focus is on the country of France. Some of you may have visited there with your families. France is a large country in Europe.

Watch this video to find out more:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zyhp34j/articles/zhw7vk7

 

In this video we find out about the world’s most famous cycling race called The Tour de France.

Take a look at this website which has lots of great facts about it:

It’s here….the 2020 Tour de France kids guide

After you have looked at the website can you write down your top five facts that you have found out. If you are able to, you can print one of these pages below to write your facts on…

Lined bike border

Why not choose one of these other bike related activities?

Design-your-dream-bicycle

label-a-bike

(You won’t need to use all the labels!)

Tour-de-france-coordinates-differentiated-activity-sheets

(There are different levels of this task attached, and answers so no peeking!)

Thought of the day:

This week, following on from our focus on Mental Health, I would like you to focus on gratitude and thankfulness. Before you go to bed each night, think of three things that you are grateful for. They don’t have to be big things. For example: I am grateful for my family, I am grateful to have good friends, I am grateful that today was sunny. Have good day everyone!

Mr Eynon 

 


15.05.20

International Day of Families:

 

Happy Friday, marvelous Muntjacs! I hope you have all had a great week.

Today is International Day of Families. Held on 15th May every year, the International Day of Families was established by the United Nations in 1993 as a way to raise awareness of issues faced by families throughout the world.

The UN also uses the International Day of Families as a way to recognise that family structures have undergone many changes due to social, economical and demographic factors. The annual event provides a way to highlight the important role that families hold in communities and raises issues that may affect families. It also celebrates the fact that families come in all different forms, shapes and sizes and that is what makes each one unique and special.

Try asking your adults at home if you can create a family tree of your relatives:

My Family tree

You could also write about your family, including your different family members and pets. This nice paper could help, or you can do this on any paper or in your writing books! I look forward to reading your writing about your lovely families. 

My family writing template

Maths:

It’s been great to see many of you giving these daily challenges a try.

Here are your 5 a day maths workouts for today! 

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Silver

Gold

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Number of the day:

Number of the day Friday

White Rose Maths lessons:

Here is the entire set of White Rose Maths worksheets for this week:

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Y6-Week-4-Worksheets

Maths challenge Friday:

Here are your Friday maths challenges for today! Remember they get harder as you work through them. The questions at the end are for secondary pupils, so do not worry if you can’t manage them.

Friday maths challenge 1

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Oak National academy and BBC Bitesize:

Don’t forget that Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize both have fantastic daily lessons and resources that you can access at home! 

Thought for the day:

Have a lovely weekend everyone. Mr Eynon 

 


13.05.20

National Numeracy Day!

Today is National Numeracy Day – a day to celebrate all things maths related, and to highlight the importance of maths as a crucial life skill. I have set lots of maths challenges for you to try today, but please do not feel as though you have to complete them all!

Here are some maths resources and challenges that have been developed to help celebrate National Numeracy Day, that you could try:

Year 5 national numeracy day activities

Year 6 national numeracy day activities

Head to the national numeracy day website to see a full schedule of virtual events that are taking place today! 

5 a day maths:

Here are your 5 a day maths worksheets to try today:

Bronze-may-13

Silver-may-13

Gold-may-13

Platinum-may-13

Fluent in five maths:

Here are your fluent in five arithmetic challenges to try. How quickly can you complete the five questions?

Fluent in Five – Year 5 – Week 3

Fluent in Five – Year 6 – Week 3

White Rose Maths:

Today’s daily lesson on White Rose Maths is focused on equivalent fractions for Year 5 and multiplying fractions for Year 6. Give the lessons a try here:

Click here today’s Year 5 lesson and here is the accompanying worksheet: Lesson-2-Equivalent-fractions-2019

Click here for today’s Year 6 lesson and here is the accompanying worksheet: Lesson-2-Multiply-fractions-by-fractions-2019

Here are the answers:

Year 5: Lesson-2-Answers-Equivalent-fractions-2019

Year 6: Lesson-2-Answers-Multiply-fractions-by-fractions-2019

Writing challenge:

Story starter! Finish this short story …

The engine screamed as the wheels spun round. His heart pounded. Tim knew that he only had seconds to act.

There was a long, moss-covered log wedged underneath the jeep, preventing it from moving. The wheels continued to spin pointlessly, smoke starting to billow out from underneath the bonnet.

A terrifying roar filled his ears, and he knew the monster was right behind him. He could feel the ground shake beneath him as its gigantic feet collided with the ground. He knew what would happen if it caught him, and muttered a prayer beneath his breath.

Tim suddenly found himself lunging forward. He realised that the wheels must finally have found some traction, and he breathed out with relief as he sped off onto the path once again; the wheels of the jeep content to be chewing up the firm gravel once again.

The chase was back on, and the T-Rex let out another blood-chilling roar, determined not to let its prey escape…

I look forward to seeing how you finish off the Jurassic story! 

Physical challenge: Juggling!

Today I would like you to try and learn a new skill – juggling three items! You could use balls, fruit, or try starting with three flannels – sounds crazy, but it will be much easier! Good luck! Post your pictures or videos to Padlet so we can all see how you are getting on. This video has some useful tips and tricks that will help:

Thought of the day:

Have a good Wednesday everybody. Mr Eynon

 


11.05.20

Welcome to a new week!

Good morning to all Muntjac children and parents, and welcome to week three of the summer term. I hope you all enjoyed the VE day bank holiday weekend.

This week would have been SATs week for our Year 6 children. For many the news that SATs are cancelled this year will be a reason to feel relieved, for some this may be tinged with disappointment. However, what is certain, is that we do not need an exam to know how exceptional you all are! 

Just for fun, and to mark what would have been an important week for our Year 6 chidren, I would like you to try these ‘Silly SATs papers’! They include topical, funny questions about this period of time. Good luck and enjoy! 

Muntjac’s Silly SATs – Grammar

Muntjac’s Silly SATs – Reading

Muntjac’s Silly SATs – Reasoning


Reading – How to NOT go to school!

For your reading I would like you to read this funny book about home learning and lockdown, by the very clever primary teacher Mike Forde. It is a funny take on this strange situation that we all find ourselves in, and I think that you will all really enjoy it. Mike wrote the book to entertain all of the children who are not at school during this time, and also to raise vital funds for the NHS. You can find out more about the book by clicking here, and you can download and read the book by clicking here.

Sticking with the theme of Silly SATs papers, why not try this reading paper based on the brilliant story that you have just read:

Muntjacs Silly SATs How not to go to school reading paper


5 a day maths!

Here are your 5 a day maths worksheets for today:

Bronze

Silver

Gold

Platinum


Don’t forget about your daily challenges for May!

Keep active throughout May calendar

Writing every day, throughout the month of May

May daily Maths Masters


Writing – A pitch like no other!

For today’s writing lesson, I would like you to think about the image above. 

  • What do you think of this setting?
  • Is this a good place to play football? Why/why not?
  • What are the pros? Cons?
  • Who do you think created this pitch?
  • Which half/side do you think has the advantage?
  • If you were playing here, how would you adapt to this pitch?
  • Why do you think this pitch was built here?

I would like you to write a powerful description of this setting. Imagine what the pitch would be like on a match day, what could you see and hear? How could you describe the towering cliffs? What team would be proud to call this pitch home?

Extra challenge:

If you use a bit of imagination, this image looks a bit like a famous location called Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains in Peru. Can you research Peru, the Andes and Machu Picchu?


Science – Earth and Space!

For your science lesson today we are focusing on planet Earth. I would like you to research tectonic plates and an area of the world called the ‘Ring of Fire’. You could make a poster, presentation, piece of writing or mind map about what you find out! 

These presentations and resources will help:

Tectonic-Plates-Powerpoint-Presentation

The Ring of Fire Information PowerPoint

Ring of Fire make a booklet resource

Nat Geo Ring of Fire

Extra challenge:

  • Can you find out what the word Pangea means?
  • Can you use a world map to explain what it was?

Thought for the day:

Here are some positive affirmations to say to yourself. I hope they help to kick start your week in a positive way. 

Mr Eynon

 

 


07.05.20

Design a VE day medal:

Soldiers who served in WW2 were awarded a campaign medal to say thank you for their service and to prove that they had fought for their country. An example of one of these medals is shown below:

Why not try designing your very own VE day medal, to award to soldiers who helped the allies win the second world war! If you ask Mr Munson very nicely, I am sure that he wouldn’t mind sharing a picture on Padlet of the medals that he was awarded for his service during his time in the military (just don’t suggest that he’s old enough to have served in WW2!) 

This worksheet will help:

Design a VE Day medal

Here is a fantastic website with lots of VE day information, stories and resources produced by the British Legion.

VE Day Introduction KS2 – PC

Challenge:

Who was the reigning King during WW2?

What jobs did Queen Elizabeth II do during WW2?

What famous aircraft or tanks were used in the conflict?

As a historian, it is important to look at history from a variety of viewpoints. How do you think VE day would have felt for a German soldier?

Comprehension:

We are going to do something a bit different for our comprehension practice today. I would like you to listen to the song below by Rita Ora and answer the comprehension questions to check your understanding! 

Here is a link to the full lyrics. 

Questions:

1) Find and copy a group of three words that mean ‘happens quickly’.

2) What is a synonym for ‘vacation’?

3) Find and copy a group of words from the song that describe how the singer wants to be somewhere where she is unknown. 

4) ‘The singer wants to run away’ – Find evidence to support this statement. 

If you would like to try a more conventional reading comprehension task, please have a go at this Moon themed comprehension activity: 

The Moon Reading Comprehension

Challenge: 

Maths:

First, try this ‘number of the day’ activity and show me everything that you know about this number:

https://mathsstarters.net/numoftheday/ 

Next, calculate these tricky addition and subtraction challenges (there are 25, you don’t have to complete them all!)

Addition and subtraction challenges

Remember you can always access the 5 a day maths resources here: https://corbettmathsprimary.com/5-a-day/ 

Challenge:

Flower Moon:

Who managed to spot the Flower Moon last night? I would love to see your pictures on Padlet! Here are a few pictures from around the UK of what it looked like, in case you missed it. 

Challenge:

Tom says: “Earth orbits around the Moon every 28 days in a circular motion.” 

Explain why Tom is not correct. 

Thought for the day:

Well done for all of your hard work this week. It has been great to catch up with some of you on the phone, and to hear from so many of you via email and on Padlet. I am so impressed with all of the great things that you have been up to. Keep up the good work, Muntjacs! 

Have a wonderful bank holiday weekend. Mr Eynon 


06.05.20

Fantastic VE day work:

Well done for all of your brilliant VE day work that you have completed so far. It has been such a pleasure reading your emotive and descriptive diary entries as a WW2 soldier. Please do keep sending these in, as I really enjoy reading them. 

Here is a great video from BBC Teach, explaining a little bit more about VE day and the end of World War Two:

Challenge questions:

  • How did Queen Elizabeth (at that time she was known as Princess Elizabeth) celebrate VE day?
  • What was VJ day?
  • When was it celebrated?

Memories of a soldier – Writing task:

For today’s writing task I would like you to finish this very short story starter:

George had not worn his uniform for many years. Now that he finally did, the memories all came flooding back to him…

Consider these questions …

What could he see on his uniform that made these memories reappear (badges, medals, patches, cuts in the fabric)? Could he be ‘virtually’ transported back to a time in history, perhaps WW2? Try and use the all 5 senses when you are describing his vivid memories of war time.  I look forward to reading how you choose to finish George’s story. 

There is a worksheet with other challenges based on this story here:

Memories of a soldier story

Challenge:

  • Can you use a simile or metaphor to add interest to your description? 
  • Try and use an outside inside (OI) sentence to describe George. E.g. On the outside George looked old and frail, but on the inside he was brave and courageous.

Today’s Maths:

For your maths learning today, I would like you to try these mixed maths activities, that include a whole host of different topics which we have covered at school (the answers are on the second page, for you to check your work once you have finished).

Year 5 task 1

Year 5 task 2

Year 6 task 1

Year 6 task 2

Extra Challenge:

Science – Flower Moon

Following on from your excellent work on the first Moon landings and the phases of the Moon last week, I would like you to research something special that is happening in the sky over the next few days. It’s called a ‘Flower Moon’ (it won’t look like a flower, but it gets in name from the blooming flowers at this point in Spring) and it is the last chance to see a ‘super moon’ in 2020. Super moons occur when the Moon is at it’s closest point to Earth, as it orbits around us.

Have a look in the sky tonight and enjoy the flower moon in all it’s glory! You might even like to paint or draw a picture of what you see. 

Extra challenge:

  • Can you research the definition of the word ‘perigee’?
  • How far away is the Moon from Earth during May?
  • Can you find out the astrological names for the other full Moons of 2020?

DT – Patriotic bunting and Dundee cake:

If you feel like holding your very own 75th anniversary of VE day celebration this Friday, why not get prepared for the festivities by making some patriotic red, white and blue bunting? You could make these from cutting triangular pieces of paper, or if you have the materials, you could also attempt sewing your own bunting.

Alternatively, if baking is more your thing, then why not try making Winston Churchill’s favourite sweet treat – Dundee cake. Thank you to Edward Maguire for this great idea! Click here for the recipe.

Thought of the day:

Find out the meaning of the words pessimist and optimist. Which one will you choose to be today?

Enjoy your day! There will be another post tomorrow with optional tasks that will keep you thinking over the bank holiday weekend. Mr Eynon 

 


04.05.20

VE Day celebrations: 

Good morning marvelous Muntjacs and welcome to a new week.

This week is a special one, as on Friday the country will celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) day. This was the day when Allied forces celebrated the surrender of Nazi Germany and their hard fought success in World War Two.  After six years of war, this must have been a very special moment. Here is a picture of crowds in London celebrating and showing the ‘V’ for victory sign, made popular by the then Prime Minister Winston Churchill. 

  1. Read through this PowerPoint to learn more about the significance of VE Day, there is a quiz to try at the end:

VE Day PowerPoint

2. Now you know more about the celebrations on VE day and the end of World War Two, try this reading comprehension activity:

VE day differentiated reading comprehension

3. This article from Newsround also has lots of fantastic information to read.

Writing task – diary entry

For your English task today, I would like you to imagine that you are a soldier fighting on the front lines of WW2. You have just heard the amazing news over your radio that the enemy have surrendered and that the war has been won! Consider these questions …

How do you feel at that moment? Do you believe the news? Does it make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? How are you celebrating with your comrades? What are you most looking forward to about the war being over? Do you feel proud to have played your part?

I would like you to write a diary entry in your writing books (or you could use this template if you have a printer: VE Day Diary Writing Template) imagining that you are sitting down at the end of the day on Tuesday 8th May 1945 and writing your diary. Try and use excellent language to describe your emotions.

I look forward to reading your diary entries! 

5 a day Maths

Here are your 5 a day maths worksheets for today:

Bronze 4th May

Silver 4th May

Gold 4th May

Platinum 4th May

‘Fluent in Five’ maths

For your maths over the next few days, please complete these week 2 Fluent in Five maths challenges:

Fluent in Five – Year 5 – Week 2

Fluent in Five – Year 6 – Week 2

Thought for the day:

Try saying these positive words to yourself a few times throughout the day …

Have a good day everyone.

Mr Eynon

 


01.05.20

Welcome to May!

May is officially here. The days are getting longer, the temperatures warmer and summer is just around the corner. For the month of May, I have got three different sets of activities for everyday of the month for you to try. One daily calendar has a physical activity to do, one has a maths challenge and one is focused on writing. For the writing challenges you are given a character, setting or plot, and you can use this as inspiration to write. You could write a story, a poem, a diary entry or a newspaper article – it is up to you! You can pick and choose which ones you would like to do, and you are not expected to do them all!

Keep active throughout May calendar

Writing every day, throughout the month of May

May daily Maths Masters

Captain Tom Moore – A fundraising hero!

I’m sure that lots of you have heard the heartwarming story of 100 year old army veteran Captain Tom Moore, who has raised over £32 million pounds for the NHS. He has really shown the difference that one individual can make, and what a huge difference he has made to the morale of this country. Below is an activity based on Captain (now an honorary Colonel) Tom’s amazing achievements. 

Picture News Special Resource – Captain Tom Moore 2020

Captain Tom Moore Resource – April 2020

Mission to the Moon – Newspaper reports

Thank you for sending me your wonderful newspaper reports based on the moon landings. Well done for using the 5W’s (who, what, when, where, why) in your introduction and for using columns and picture with captions to set out your front page. 

Below is an amazing picture that Fletcher sent me of a newspaper that his Granddad kept from the day that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon in July 1969. This is a great historical source of evidence. Thank you to Fletcher for sharing this with us.

For your science learning today, I would like to to research the phases of the Moon. Start by looking at these two short PowerPoints: 

Phases of the moon 1

Phases_of_the_moon 2

Once you have completed your research, try this worksheet:

Phases-of-the-Moon-Labeling-Worksheet

5 a day Maths

Here are your 5 a day maths worksheets for today:

Bronze 1st May

Silver 1st May

Gold 1st May

Platinum 1st May

Thought of the day:

Mr Eynon


29.04.20

‘Fluent in Five’ maths

For your maths over the next few days, please complete these Fluent in Five maths challenges:

Muntjacs Fluent in Five – Year 5 – Week 1

Muntjacs Fluent in Five – Year 6 – Week 1

5 a day Maths

Continuing the theme of keeping your maths fluent, quick and sharp, here are your 5 a day maths worksheets for today:

Bronze April 29th

Silver April 29th

Gold April 29th

Platinum April 29th

Once you have finished, you can see how you got on by checking your answers here. 

Mission to the Moon – Newspaper report

Well done to everyone who has sent me their excellent research into the moon landings and their brilliant scale models of the Solar System. Today, I would like you to write a newspaper report on the moon landings. Imagine you are a journalist in 1969, reporting on the momentous occasion. 

This is how the newspapers at the time reported the first Moon landing:

Here is an excellent example that Harry M has already written – great work Harry:

Harrys-Moon-Landing-Newspaper-Report

Here is another good example:

Moon landing newspaper general example

Now watch these fun videos about daily life in space from the International Space Station (ISS):

Reading comprehension – All about Space

Here are three great reading comprehension activities about the first astronauts to land on the Moon. I hope you enjoy reading them and answering the questions:

Mild – Neil Armstrong Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity

Medium – Michael Collins Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity

Spicy – Neil Armstrong Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity

I look forward to reading your answers!

As an extra challenge can you find out …

  1. Who or what was the first living thing from Earth that was sent into space?
  2. What is the name of the first astronaut to go into space and where was he from?
  3. Who was the first British astronaut?
  4. Are there any astronauts currently in space?

Thought for the day:

Mr Eynon


27.04.20

5 a day Maths

Good morning Muntjacs, welcome to a new week of home learning. This week we will continue with our new Earth and Space theme, learn more about the history of space exploration, continue to develop our fluency in maths and also work on more story writing skills. 

Here are your 5 a day maths worksheets for today:

Bronze 27th April

Silver 27th April

Gold 27th April

Platinum 27th April

Once you have finished, you can see how you did by checking your answers here. 

Earth and Space – Mission to the Moon!

Well done for making a great start to our new science focus – Earth and Space. Did anyone manage to spot the Starlink satellites over the weekend? For your science work over the next few days, I would like you to explore one of mankind’s most significant achievements – man landing on the surface of the Moon in July 1969. 

Firstly, read through this PowerPoint presentation which contains lots of information about the Moon landing:

Moon Landing PowerPoint

Next, complete some of your own research into the moon landing, these questions will help:

  • How far away is the Moon from Earth?
  • Which american president made the decision to send astronauts to the Moon?
  • Why did America choose to attempt to land on the Moon?
  • What was the cold war?
  • Who was the ‘space race’ between?
  • Did the astronauts travel to the moon and back in one rocket or did they have different modules to help them achieve their mission?
  • We all remember the name Neil Armstrong, but who were the two other astronauts chosen by NASA to fly to the Moon?
  • What was Neil Armstrong’s famous first words when he first stepped foot on the surface of the moon? What do you think they mean?
  • How long did it take the astronauts to reach the Moon, from Earth? Did everything go to plan on their mission?
  • Who has been to the moon since that first mission? When was the last time this happened?

Now, watch these two excellent videos, which show clearly what it was like for the astronauts to land on the Moon.

On Wednesday, your task will be to write a newspaper report about the first Moon landing. You could start to think about and plan this, so you are ready to write. 

Story writing – Out of control!

For your English learning over the next few days, finish this short story …

The driver glared at the sight in front of him. He simply couldn’t believe his eyes!

The blizzard continued to swirl all around them, making it even more difficult to steer. He knew he had to act quickly, or else it would be too late.

The distracting whirling and clanking of machinery all around him didn’t help to settle his nerves, but he knew he had to wrestle control of his emotions: his next move was to be a defining one…

Now think about these questions:

What vehicle is the driver operating?

What might he have seen in front of him?

What is the weather like outside?

Is there anyone else depending on the driver to salvage the situation?

What happens to your body when you start to panic?

Have you ever panicked? How did you overcome the feeling?

Here is a worksheet with some more challenges to do with this story: Out of control worksheet

I look forward to reading your stories! 

Thought of the day:

Mr Eynon


24.04.20

Maths Challenge Friday!

Good morning, Muntjacs. Well done for a good first week of home learning for the summer term. It has been great to read so many emails from you and also to catch up with some of you on the phone. For your maths today, I would like you to try these tricky maths problem solving challenges. They get harder as you work through them!

Maths Challenge Friday 24th


Five a Day Maths:

Here are your five a day maths challenges to try today.

Bronze April 24th

Silver April 24th

Gold April 24th

Platinum April 24th

Click here when you have finished, to check your answers.


New Science Topic – Earth and Space

For our science learning over the next three weeks we will be exploring the topic of Earth and Space! For today’s lesson, I would like you to try and create a scaled down model of the size and distance between the Earth and the Sun. Here some ideas for your science learning:

  • How many times bigger is the Sun than Planet Earth?
  • How far is the Earth from the Sun?
  • How could you represent this? Think about using different size balls, fruit, toys or a drawing. 
  • Could you add in the other planets and make a scaled down model of the entire solar system?
  • Can you create a fact file about your favourite planet?
  • What mnemonic do you know to learn the order of the planets?
  • What is special about the planet Pluto?
  • Can you spot any of Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites in the sky tonight at around 20:55? (I have been looking for the past few nights, without any luck!) EDITThank you to Mrs Green who sent me this great website to help with spotting the satellites: https://findstarlink.com

Have a look through this excellent pack from the European Space Agency. We will be using this over the next few weeks.

ESA Space Pack for Primary

Page 12 of this pack from NASA may also help:

NASA Solar_System_Size

Thought of the day:

Mr Eynon


22.04.20

Five a Day Maths:

Here are today’s five a day maths challenges for you to try:

Bronze 22nd April

Silver 22nd April

Gold 22nd April

Platinum 22nd April

Don’t forget that five a day maths is a fantastic resource to help develop and maintain your maths skills. There are four levels of challenges for every day of the year. As we did at school, I would love to see you trying one of the challenges everyday (Monday – Friday). You can find them here

World Earth Day 2020

Today is World Earth Day and this year’s theme is climate action! Although this is a tricky time for many people, one of the positive outcomes has been that people are travelling less. Therefore, less air traffic and fewer cars on the road has meant that the earth has had a break from the normal high levels of pollution. However, there is still more to be done!

For your home learning today, I would like you to choose some activities from the ideas below:

  • Go on a short walk with the grownups in your family and see how much litter you can safely collect in your community (please ensure good hygiene rules are followed when completing this one)
  • Create a persuasive poster encouraging people to look after our planet and our oceans
  • Write a letter to your local MP to ask them about their plans to help the environment after the coronavirus situation settles down 
  • If you have access to a computer, create a PowerPoint about the climate crisis and what you think can be done to help 
  • If you have a garden, do some gardening and plant some seeds
  • Make a bullet pointed list of ways that your household could help the environment (use less water, recycle more materials, turn the lights off in rooms not in use etc.) 
  •  Re-purpose materials from around your house into new items; make jewelery, bags or plant pots
  • Draw or paint what you want a sustainable future to look like. Write a creative story about what that world is like
  • Gather nature items from outside, and use them to create a piece of art work
  • Make and decorate a new plant-based cookbook for your family to use
  • Research and write a biography of a climate hero that we learnt about at school, such as David Attenborough, Greta Thunberg or Lesein Mutunkei (a footballer from Kenya who plants a tree for every goal he scores!)

I look forward to seeing your climate work and ideas on how to ensure a more sustainable, positive future for our planet! As always, please email these to me (muntjacclass@sgasa.uk) or post them on our Padlet page.

Reading comprehension:

I know that lots of you are making the best of having more free time and are reading lots at home which is great. Our normal expectation of reading at least five times a week still applies. Now might be a good chance to read a new book, try a new author or even re-read a book that you’ve enjoyed in the past.

To keep your comprehension and understanding skills sharp, please read today’s comprehension activity (a short story about a shark attack and a non-fiction information text on tiger sharks) and answer the questions at the end in your writing book. 

SHARK ATTACK Reading comprehension

Thought of the day:

Mr Eynon


20.04.20

Welcome to the Summer Term!

Good morning and welcome to the summer term. I hope you all had a fantastic Easter break and that you were able to enjoy the beautiful weather. 

Although this will undoubtedly be a summer term like none that we have experienced in the past, I think we have all now settled into our new way of learning at home and I am determined to make this term a positive and productive one for us all. 


Something to make you smile:

Click here to watch our new staff video – we hope it makes you smile! 


Chocolate projects:

It has been great to see so many of you working hard on your Chocolate projects. I hope that you have enjoyed learning about the history, significance and production of chocolate and how this has changed over many hundreds of years. Please do keep sending my your projects to muntjacclass@sgasa.uk and posting them to our Padlet page. 


Home learning:

Today we are keeping things simple and hoping to reignite your brain power after a break over Easter! To start with, I would like you to complete the story below, using your very best cursive handwriting (you could do a slow write), fantastic vocabulary and accurate and impressive punctuation (e.g. ; : ! , -). 

The Mirror In the Attic

She had found it lying alone, deserted, abandoned in the attic. After making the discovery, Anna had gazed and marvelled at it for some time. Where had it come from? Why had no dust settled upon it, as it had done over everything else that resided in her attic? A layer of the thick dust blanketed the attic floor, and as the sunlight glared through the attic windows, the dust particles yet to settle were illuminated as they hovered in the stuffy air. Yet, the mirror looked flawless, untouched by age, not a finger print in sight.

Anna propped the mirror up against one of the thick, timber beams that jutted from the attic floor. Settling down into a comfortable position, she tentatively placed a finger against the glass…

Click here for more activities relating to this story

For your maths, I would like you to work through this arithmetic workbook:

Arithmetic Workbook

This will help to remind you of the strategies we have learnt for mental and written calculations, and keep your maths fluent and sharp!  

Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize lessons:

Today sees the launch of two exciting new resources to help you learn from home. The first is the Oak National Academy, a new online school which has daily English, Maths and Foundation lessons for each year group. Click on the links below to have a look at today’s lessons and to familiarise yourself with the website:

Year 5

Year 6

BBC Bitesize are also delivering daily lessons on the TV, red button and online at:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

Thought for today:

Mr Eynon

 


03.04.20

Well done!

Hello Muntjac pupils and parents. Well done for a great week. I love how so many of you have engaged so enthusiastically with our new chocolate theme! You have now completed two weeks of learning at home and I am so proud of how you have embraced this new way of learning and living.

I have been thrilled with how both parents, carers and children have shown such dedication, creativity and adaptability during this time. It is a completely new way of thinking, working and learning, and it has come with its fair share of challenges. Well done and thank you everyone for your all of your efforts. Times like these really do show the strength of our community at St. Giles’. 

This will be my last post on the website until after the Easter Break, my next update will be when home learning is scheduled to return on Monday 20th April. However, during this time I will still be replying to emails (muntjacclass@sgasa.uk), and looking at our Padlet pages. Additionally, if your family needs any support or guidance from Jane (jane@sgasa.uk) or Mrs Felton (kfelton@sgasa.uk) they will continue to be available via email.

Please do continue to be in contact as much as possible, we all love to hear from you!

ChocolateMuntjac’s Easter project

Over the Easter holidays, I would like you to complete your chocolate projects!

Click here for chocolate Easter project ideas!

If you would like to follow a set sequence of lessons, then the plan below should be helpful…

  • Start by reading through this PowerPoint, which describes the history of chocolate, starting with the Aztecs:

History of chocolate for Muntjacs

  • Next, discover the secrets of how chocolate is made:

The History of Chocolate Timeline

  • Now explore this timeline of how chocolate has changed over the years, and create a fact file or poster showing what you have learnt:

History of chocolate timeline poster

  • You should now have a good understanding of the way chocolate was first made, it’s importance to the Aztecs and Mayans and a good idea of how it changed and eventually became a popular food all over the world. Now we are going to look turn our attention to the science behind why chocolate melts in our mouth. Explore this PowerPoint and see if you can scientifically describe the processes of boiling, condensing, freezing and melting?

Changing states

  • Now we are going to get creative and entrepreneurial! Can you create your very own Fair Trade chocolate company? You will need to design a logo, create a brand name, decide on your unique selling point (why would someone choose to buy your chocolate bar?), a price, flavour and wrapper design. You could even create a marketing video advert for your new Fair Trade chocolate product. 

  • Many of us associate Easter with chocolate eggs, and new life. However, it is also important that we remember the true meaning behind why we celebrate the Christian festival of Easter. Read through this beautifully illustrated version of the Easter Story and create an illustrated story board of the main events and teachings:

The Easter Story PowerPoint

 

 I can’t wait to see your Chocolate projects. Have a wonderful Easter time. Below is another positive affirmation to keep your mindset on track.

Stay positive, stay home, stay in touch. 

Mr Eynon


01.04.20

Good morning, Muntjacs! Welcome to April. Did any of you play an April Fools trick on your family this morning?

I was really pleased to have read a few of your excellent Spring poems. I was especially impressed with how some of you used alliteration, personification, similes and metaphors to bring your poem to life. Please could you all send me a picture of your poem when they are completed, or alternatively, you could upload them to our Padlet page

Here is a link to today’s decimals lesson on White Rose Maths:

Year 5 

Year 6

New Theme CHOCOLATE!

Our learning over the next few weeks is going to be focused around a topic which I am sure will be popular with you all – chocolate!

We are going to be learning about the history of chocolate, it’s origins in South America, how it is produced, the importance of Fair Trade, the darker side of chocolate production, the first chocolate bar and how we can enjoy chocolate as part of a healthy, balanced diet. 

Your first task is to research the early history of chocolate in South America. You could find out about:

  • How did the Mayans and Aztecs discover how to use cacao seeds?
  • What form chocolate was first enjoyed in?
  • What does Mesoamerica mean?
  • Who was Motezuma the second?
  • Has chocolate ever been more valuable than gold?
  • Who brought chocolate to Europe?
  • Who created the first solid chocolate bar?
  • What role did chocolate play in World War Two?

I look forward to seeing your research! Here are some websites that may help:

Kidz World 

Bedtime History on YouTube

BBC Bitesize

Mr Eynon 

 


30.03.20

Today’s task is focused on poetry.

With the daffodils growing, the days getting longer and warmer, Spring time is officially here! I would like you to try and capture some of the elements that make Spring such a fantastic season (Easter celebrations, daffodils, sunshine, new life, lambs, bunnies, Mother’s Day and longer, brighter days) in a Spring themed poem. You could choose to make your poem rhyme, create an acrostic poem or even a shape poem. 

Here is my favorite poem by the important British Poet, William Wordsworth. It’s a poem inspired by the Lake District, where Wordsworth lived and got much of his inspiration from for his poetry:

Remember to set out your poem in verses, using accurate spelling and punctuation. You could also decorate your poem with some Spring themed illustrations. 

Here a few examples to give you some ideas:

I look forward to reading your poems!

Mr Eynon 

 

 

 


27.03.20

Fantastic letters!

Well done for all of your fantastic letters which you have sent me, and more importantly to the hard working NHS and care staff. I have been particularly impressed by the fantastic language that you have used and the lighthearted, friendly tone of your letters. I’m sure they will leave the readers feeling uplifted and supported will put many smiles on the faces of some very busy people.

At school we would say that you’re being brilliant courage advocates for our christian spirit, school vision and wider community. Well done for spreading the joy! 


Padlets galore!

We now have a Padlet page not only for our class, but also for sport, music and assemblies. Click below to have a look, add your comments and join in with these fantastic online learning communities. 

Click here for music

Click here for sports 

Click here for assemblies 


Maths lessons for next week:

For your maths lessons next week, I would like you to take part in these short online lessons delivered by White Rose Maths. Each quick lesson has a three minute video and an activity to complete afterwards. These will really help to keep your maths sharp!

Click the links below to access the daily lessons: 

Year 5 click here 

Year 6 click here


Thought of the day:

Here is a nice positive affirmation to start your weekend, like the ones that we used to read in class. You have completed your first week of home learning and I’m incredibly proud of how you have risen to the challenge. 

Have a wonderful, sunny weekend. Stay safe and stay in touch. 

Mr Eynon 


25.03.20

It looks like all of you have had a really busy and productive start to your first week of learning from home. It has been so wonderful to see how you are all collaborating and sharing ideas on our Padlet page –  what a great learning community you have all created. I will be updating this website page every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please do check back regularly for more updates, challenges and tasks.

Click Here to access our Padlet and add your update. 

Here are digital copies of your home learning packs:

Year 5 Home Learning Pack

Year-6-Home-Learning-Pack

Ten-for-Ten-KS2-Maths-Practice-Booklet – EXTRA SUPPORT

Ten-for-Ten-KS2-Maths-Practice-Booklet – EXPECTED Standard

Mr Eynon’s online resources for home learning 

Here is an EXTRA pack of tricky Ten for Ten Maths questions to keep you focused:

EXTRA PACK Ten-for-Ten-KS2-Maths-Practice-Booklet – GREATER DEPTH STANDARD


Letter writing:

For today’s task, I would like you to write a detailed, thoughtful and correctly structured letter. You have two choices as to who you write your letter to:

  1. You could write to say a big thank you to our amazing NHS and care staff, who are very busy keeping everyone safe at the moment. 
  2. A friendly letter to an elderly resident at a care home. This would really brighten their day and let them know that we are thinking about them. 

Your letter could include bright colorful pictures, positive messages of encouragement, a nice poem or funny jokes to put a smile on their face. Click here for a good Bitesize article that explains how to write a formal letter. Either post your letter in an envelope, or send them an email! Please remember to post a picture of your letter to Padlet or email me a copy to the muntjacclass@sgasa.uk email. 

Here are some addresses of local hospitals:

Here are some addresses of local care homes:


Thought of the day:


23.03.20

Well done for all of your brilliant posts on our Padlet page. It has been great to see so many people posting and commenting. I love the organised time tables, tidy desks and creative ideas. Keep posting and emailing to let me know what you are up to: 

Here is the link to our Padlet page:

https://padlet.com/muntjacclass/sry6t7o2qs0j

You should have plenty of work to keep you busy over the next few weeks (your learning packs, Ten for Ten, CGP books, TTR, Purple Mash and your optional bridge project). 


A Virtual trip to the Zoo:

This week, I thought you could go on a virtual school trip to the Zoo! Try the links below to take a trip around the world …

Take a trip to Scotland’s Edinburgh Zoo and see the Pandas, Penguins and Tigers:

https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/penguin-cam/

Head ‘down under’ to see the Lions, Giraffes and Zebras at Australia Zoo:

https://www.zoo.org.au/animal-house/

Visit America’s west coast and take a look at the animals at San Diego Zoo:

https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams

See the penguins swimming underwater at London Zoo:

https://www.zsl.org/file/live-penguin-webcam-underwater 

See the elephants at Dublin Zoo in Ireland:

https://www.dublinzoo.ie/animals/animal-webcams/ 

Peek at the farm animals at Foly Frarm in Pembrokeshire:

https://www.folly-farm.co.uk/webcams/barn-webcam/ 

Why not create a poster, fact file, power point or leaflet about one of the animals that you spotted! You can email me a picture of these or post them on Padlet. (Remember that some of these Zoos are overseas and in a different time zone, so you may have to check back on the link at another time to see them in daylight!).

Mr Eynon