Friday 25th September 2020
Another great week in Squirrel Class where we were able to enjoy the sunshine before the weather changed!
This week we have continued working hard in different areas of our learning. We have been practising our handwriting, had a spelling test, written descriptions and were rounding to the nearest ten in Maths. Our Wednesday PE lesson was our best yet! We played a great netball/basketball invasion game. This involved working on our throwing and catching, creating space and communication and team work skills.
We enjoyed a scavenger hunt over in the field looking for a whole selection of different things, working well with our partners. It was a good chance to work with somebody we may not have worked with before. Here are a few pictures from it to show you.
You have definitely all earned a rest this weekend!
Friday 18th September 2020
Congratulations Squirrel Class on such a great start back to school. You have settled so well, and been trying hard to concentrate and stay focused in your learning. You have all adapted to our new way of school life really well.
In Squirrel Class we have been busy writing and reading each day and working on different Maths activities too. These pictures below show us sharing our class book called ‘Dirty Bertie – Jackpot!’ We have really enjoyed sharing a class book, where we all have our own copy. Everyone has been following along, talking about the story, listening carefully and joining in with the reading too.
A great start to the new term Squirrels.
Monday 20th July 2020
Hello and good morning Squirrels! We have made it to the final couple of days of this school term! I will post a few final things if you would like them, but it is time for a rest and some summer fun!
You have all done really well and been amazing through this rather strange time! I hope that you have a great break and then will be ready for a fresh new school year.
These are today’s BBC Bitesize lessons…
Year 3 Revise Fractions
Year 4 Revising rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1,000.
During the summer it would be great if you could continue to practise your times tables. Keep them fresh in your mind so you don’t get too rusty!
Remember to try using your Nerf gun if you have fun to help you have fun whilst practising!
It would be amazing if you could continue reading and enjoying new books over the summer. Some libraries are back open now, so may be see if you could pop in to borrow some new books.
Take a photo of you reading in the most unusual place you can think of! Print your photo and bring it into school with you when you return in September. In Squirrels we will be creating a display with them!
Here are a few ideas!
Here are some Summer activities if you would like them. Don’t forget you can always look back through all the home learning things we have done too.
Send a postcard!
St Giles’Primary School
Halstead CO9 2RG
It would be great if you could send Squirrel class a postcard if you visit anywhere during the holidays. It will be lovely to see all the places you have been.
Have an awesome summer with your families. I look forward to seeing you all again in September!
Friday 17th July 2020
Hello Squirrels, It’s Friday already! Our last Friday of the summer term! I have just a little learning for you to think about before your weekend.
Try this Shape Quiz – see what you can remember!
There is a quiz for you to try today! You could have a try at the year above’s quiz too. I have included Year 5’s quiz too if you would like to try that!
If you would like more Maths activities I have included these for you to work through.
As we come to the end of this school year we should reflect on all the great things we have worked on and done together. You have worked so hard on so many things! Take time to think back…
September 2019 Our visit from the authors of Sam Wu, Katie and Kevin Tsang.
Recorders with Mr Munson
World Book Day 2020
March 2020 – Our visit to Saffron Walden Museum
Maybe you could complete one or both of these sheets to record your memories.
Have a great day and weekend! On Monday it will be my last squirrel post of the term, before our summer break.
Wednesday 15th July 2020
Hello and how are you today? Here we go with Wednesday’s ideas for your home and school learning.
Let’s start with Maths
Take a look at these 3d Shape power points.
Then try this activity… 3d_shapes_match
Take a look at what the nets are for 3D shapes. 3d-shapes-and-their-nets-powerpoint
Now see if you could make one!
The lessons from Tuesday and for today…
Year 3 (Tuesday 14th) Add and subtract capacity
Year 3 (Wednesday 15th) Pictograms
Year 4 (Tuesday 14th) Complete shapes using symmetry
Year 4 (Wednesday 15th) Describing position
We have been thinking about the importance of a balanced diet. We know that fruit should be a key part of what we eat each day.
Can you find a recipe to try that uses fruit. Some of the children from Year 3 and I were looking at different tasty ideas! Find a fruity recipe to try or perhaps you could create your own?!
Can you remember some examples of conjunctions?
Peru is the third largest country in the continent of South America, after Brazil and Argentina.
Take a look at this website to find out more.
Then see if you can answer the questions below!
Which languages are spoken in Peru?
What is the name of Peru’s capital city?
Which countries share their borders with Peru?
What is the name of a mountain range in Peru?
Now, can you find out three more interesting facts about the country of Peru?
Have a great day everyone!
Monday 13th July 2020
But don’t worry, we can do this together!
I hope you have had a brilliant weekend and are refreshed and ready for the new week ahead.
Let’s start today with…
Watch these videos to learn about the food needed by our bodies and see how our bodies get nutrients from the food we eat.
Take a look through this power point which explains about the different food groups and the things we need to consider when eating!
It is important we try to eat a balanced diet. Watch this video to find out more about exactly what that is.
Complete this plate showing examples of foods from the different food groups.
Then draw around a plate from the kitchen and draw a tasty meal of your choice on it. When you’ve finished take a look to see which of the food groups are represented in your meal.
How much do you know about nutrients in the food we eat and their functions? You might need to look back at the balance diet video and read the information given below it to complete this next task.
If you enjoy finding out about the Science behind what you eat, you might like to keep a diary over the week of everything you have eaten!
Today’s Maths lessons
Year 3 Comparing capacity
Year 4 Symmetry
Properties of 3D shapes
3D shapes have faces (sides), edges and vertices (corners).
A face is a flat or curved surface on a 3D shape. For example a cube has six faces, a cylinder has three and a sphere has just one.
An edge is where two faces meet. For example a cube has 12 edges, a cylinder has two and a sphere has none.
A vertex is a corner where edges meet. The plural is vertices. For example a cube has eight vertices, a cone has one vertex and a sphere has none.
Read this Power point to remind yourself of the properties of 3D shapes.
Watch this video… What are 3D shapes?
Take a look at this short video where you will see 3D shapes used in the model village at Legoland!
Now choose an activity or two to try, see what you can remember!
Test your knowledge of capital cities!
Can you remember the colours?
Have a fabulous week and see some of you very soon! Yippee!
Friday 10th July 2020
I hope you have had a good week. It was brilliant to catch up with more of you this week, I hope you enjoyed the day at school. There have been lots of activities for you to try this week, so I’ll just add a few things today.
Remember to take a look at this week’s spellings. For some of you, it’s time to look back over the half term’s spellings and practise the ones you have found most difficult.
Lets’s practise using a or an before a word.
I hope you are enjoying reading something at the moment. If not, see if you can find a new story or information book to read.
It would be great, if you could get in touch and tell me what you are reading and a little bit about it.
Today’s Bitesize Challenges
Year 3 https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zkmp2v4
Take a look at Mrs Morena’s shape challenge. May be you could make your own?
Take a look at Mrs Morena’s 2D Shape Art activity ideas. See if you can give one of the ideas a try!
Have a lovely weekend! I think the sunshine might even be coming out!
Wednesday 8th July 2020
Happy Wednesday to you alI! I hope you are having a brilliant week so far. It was lovely to see some more of you yesterday, I hope you enjoyed your day.
Let’s start with French today!
Your first job is to take a look again at naming colours and clothing in french.
Watch the Rainbow song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZWN2Uragvc
Take a look Colour-Word-Mat-French
Now check out this song which has clothes and colours in…
Then try these tasks to practise saying the clothing with its colour! This is new to lots of you so don’t worry if you are not sure, just have a bit of fun learning a few new words in french!
These are the latest lessons for you.
Well done if you have been keeping up with some of them.
Year 3 (Tuesday) Comparing mass
Year 3 (Wednesday) Add and subtract mass
Year 4 (Tuesday) Angles, comparing and ordering
Year 4 (Wednesday) Classifying triangles
Test out your 2D shape knowledge with this 2D Shape Quiz!
We are now moving on to learn about our digestive system, always popular! You eat a meal. And then a bit later… you do a poo! But what happens in between?
The human digestive system is a complex series of organs and glands that processes food. In order to use the food we eat as energy, our body has to break the food down into smaller molecules that it can process; it also has to get rid of waste.
Our body needs food to provide it with energy, vitamins, and minerals. However, in order to use food, we must first break it down into substances that the various organs and cells in our body can use. This is the job of our digestive system. The digestive system acts in stages to digest our food. Each stage is important and prepares the food for the next stage. The entire length of our digestive system is around 20 to 30 feet!
Watch What is the digestive system?
Watch How the Digestive System works
Read The Digestive System PowerPoint
If you have enjoyed learning about our digestive system, there are also two great websites to find out more…
Tasks to try…
Challenge! Can you draw and label your own diagram of the digestive system?
Lots to think about! Have a lovely day and keep in touch.
Monday 6th July 2020
Yes it’s Monday, a new week is here!
New week, new learning…
Let’s start with Maths
How did you get on with the Year 3 and 4 Maths problems I set on Friday? If you didn’t try any of them pick one or two to try! Or if you did complete some, why not pick another one to do.
Here are today’s BBC Bitesize lessons.
Year 3 Measuring mass in g and kg
Year 4 Identifying angles
Taking a look at 2D shapes
Which 2D shapes can you spot around you at the moment?
Can you guess what we might be thinking about in Science today?!
Yep, you’ve guessed it…teeth!
Humans get two sets of teeth in their lifetime, so we need to look after them well and make sure they don’t rot. Cleaning teeth, eating the right foods, and regular visits to the dentist help to keep our teeth and gums healthy.
Humans have three main types of teeth:
Incisors – Incisors help you bite off and chew.
Canines – These teeth are used for tearing and ripping food.
Molars – These help you crush and grind food.
Read the power point and watch these videos to find out more…
Here are some teeth activities I’d like you to take a look at!
Read the information and design a poster to encourage children to remind children about the importance of looking after their teeth.
We are all familiar with writing instructions for different things. Read through this power point to remind yourself of what is needed for them to be clear.
Your task is to write a step by step set of instructions that an alien could follow, if you were teaching it to clean its teeth!
That is plenty to choose from for today and tomorrow’s learning. Have a great week and see some of you very soon!
Friday 3rd July 2020
We have made it to Friday, yeehah!
There are just a few new ideas that you might like to try today.
I have added this link with a whole selection of Maths problems that you could try. Choose a couple of the problems to challenge your Maths brains!
Here are the lessons from Thursday and more Maths Challenges for Friday!
Year 3 (Thursday) Telling the time in Five minute Intervals
Year 3 (Friday) Maths challenges
Year 4 (Thursday) Interpreting Line Graphs
Year 4 (Friday) Maths challenges
Reading – Chapter 4 of the stories on Fiction Express are out today!
In Geography we have been beginning to learn about the continent of South America. Here is a reading comprehension to print out, choose the level that suits you best.
Mrs Morena’s Art ‘Statues as Landmarks’ Challenge!
That is plenty to keep you busy. If you are looking for more activities remember to use TTR to practise your timetables and look at Purple Mash for other fun activities in all different areas of the curriculum.
Looking forward and very excited to seeing more of you next week! Have a lovely weekend.
Wednesday 1st July 2020
Hi Squirrels and welcome to Wednesday!
We are in July, can you believe it?!
I hope you have been enjoying learning about our skeleton.
Can you name any of the bones in our skeleton?
Can you remember how many bones does an adult have?
Lets look at other important features of our bodies.
Watch these videos to find out about how our muscles work…
This next video shows how we need muscles for movement…
Read through this Power point carefully.
Now try this Skeleton and Muscles quiz and activity sheet and see how you get on.
Did you find out how many muscles do we have?
When using our bodies to do exercise what changes do you notice?
These are the lessons from Tuesday and for today.
Year 3 Tuesday(29th) Recognising 2D shapes
Year 3 Wednesday(1st) Recognising 3D shapes
Year 4 Tuesday(29th) Interpret Charts
Year 4 Wednesday(1st) Introducing Line graphs
Then as extra task you could try looking at this…
The continent of South America – lets see what we can find out…
This mountain is found in Venezuela and is the highest of the Pakaraima chain of Tepui plateaus in South America. Take a look at this video to check it out!
Imagine You are a rock climber!
Imagine you have just reached the top of the 400m cliff after hours of climbing, and weeks of hiking through rough terrain with heavy equipment to get to the base. As you have been climbing rocks and ice have been falling around you.
Why did you decide to climb this mountain?
What are you worried about?
What experience do you have of climbing?
What did your family think?
How many adjectives can you think of to describe what you are seeing on your climb and how you are feeling as you climb and reach the top!
Football in Brazil!
Brazil is in the continent of South America. Many people in the country of Brazil are mad about football!
Have a go at redesigning the football shirt worn by the Brazilian national team!
Use the colours of their flag: yellow and green, but include a pattern or symbol that shows something to do with Brazil e.g. The Rainforest, carnivals, landmarks…
You can use this template if that is helpful. Design-a-football-strip template
Have a great day and don’t forget to keep in touch.
Monday 29th June 2020
Good morning Squirrels! How are you this morning? I hope you have all had a lovely weekend and are ready for the new challenges ahead!
Take your time to read through the ideas and lessons. You can do them in any order and come back to some things throughout the week if there is too much. Remember, lots of the things you do can go into your workbook. Try to do something each day to keep those brains working and growing.
I have included the links from the lessons on Thursday and Friday last week, just in case you missed them and wanted to catch up.
Year 3 Thursday(25th) Parallel and perpendicular lines
Year 3 Friday(26th) Maths challenges
Year 3 Monday (29th) Drawing lines and shapes accurately
Year 4 Thursday(25th) Solving money problems
Year 4 Friday(26th) Maths challenges
Year 4 Monday(29th) Interpret charts
If you have already done these or would like another Maths activity, I have included an extra task. Year 4s, if you have completed today’s task you have already made a start on bar charts. This extra activity continues on from that. It is working from bar charts and you will need to use addition to help you solve the answers.
I know some of you have been back to the zoo for a visit, and lots of you love animals, so why not give this animal alliteration a go! Take a look at this power point and click on an animal to see the alliteration. What can you come up with instead?! You don’t have to do every letter of the alphabet as you would be there all day!
Choose a few of your favourite animals and see if you can create better alliteration for them. Let me know your best ones!
You have another new set of words to practise this week. Put each word into a sentence. Check that it makes sense and that you have used the correct spelling! Remember to underline the spelling word with a ruler.
Take a look at these ideas for new ways to practise your spelling words.
Last Friday the new story chapters came out from Fiction Express. If you haven’t already, take a look at these stories. This is a great facility if you are looking for new books to read.
Mayflower Stowaways is the newest Level 1 story.
Pandora’s Box is the newest Level 2 story.
This week, we are moving on from animal skeletons and we will be taking a look at our own bodies.
We will start by looking at our skeleton!
Watch this video to get you started on our Science learning, enjoy!
Then have a go at these activities below. This first link will help you to name some of the different bones, but you’ll only need to print page 1 out.
With this cut out task below, cut out the pieces to organise them before sticking them in your book!
With this task below, answer the questions in full sentences into your workbook.
If you would like to find out more information about your skeleton and hear a funny song click on this link below…
You could create a skeleton fact file with your favourite facts from this video.
Thinking About Our Fitness
It is important that we exercise regularly to keep ourselves healthy. I know lots of you started off well in lock down doing all sorts of exercise. Have you kept it going? I know I have found it tricky!
Have you got any good ideas to share with us all how you are exercising to keep fit?
Maybe you could create a fitness plan to share with us or your friends to try! Let me know what you come up with. I could try them out with the children I am working with at school! These cards might give you some ideas.
As we start to think about another continent in the world, we will be looking at South America. This Power point and video will get us started and give you a taster.
I hope you have a lovely week. Lets hope the sun continues to shine for us! Keep in touch and remember you can show things you have been doing on our class Padlet page. I hope to see you soon.
Wednesday 24th June 2020
Well, it’s Wednesday already! Are you enjoying the glorious sunshine? Phew! It has been hot hasn’t it!
Today let’s start with English…
You have done well so far when looking at alliteration in your writing. Can you explain what alliteration is to someone in your family?
Take a look through this simple Power point, then complete the final task. You will need to create alliterative phrases using some of your classmates names. It is important that any words used are positive and kind.
Perfect Paige’s purple pen or Clever Callum’s colourful caterpillar
You have a new set of words to practise each week. Put each word into a sentence. Some of you are working on more homophones, so check you have the spelling with the correct meaning in your sentence!
Take a look at these different ideas on this sheet below to help you think of other ways to practise your new words. Choose one or two to try out!
It would be great if you could take time to check out the latest book on Fiction Express. If not, look back on the other books available for you to enjoy.
Some animals have a backbone, some do not. Can you remember what this is called? Back boned animals have a hard body frame inside them, called their skeleton.
Read through this informative Power point first.
Then watch this short video showing different examples of animal skeletons in a museum.
Take a look at these to find out more…
Choose different examples of animal skeletons to draw on plain paper if you have it.
Year 3 Tuesday Comparing angles
Year 3 Wednesday Describing lines
Year 4 Tuesday Compare and order amounts of money
Year 4 Wednesday Estimating money
Read the information and complete the activities to help you find out about computing viruses and malware.
As you work through, the final challenge is to play Dance Mat Typing to help you improve your typing speed and accuracy when using the computer keyboard.
Let me know how you get on. Keep in touch and when you can, post a few pictures on our class Padlet page to share with your classmates. It is great to see what you have all been doing.
This will be my last post for this week as we have an INSET day on Friday. If you are looking for more ideas, don’t forget to look on Purple Mash as there are loads of great games, things to learn and do on there.
Hope to see you soon.
Monday 22nd June 2020
Make Monday marvellous!
Come on Squirrels, Week 4 here we come!
Hope you have all had a lovely weekend.
Lets start with English…
Can you remember what alliteration means…?
Work through this lesson to practise using awesome, astonishing, amazing alliteration!
If you are enjoying working on alliteration, you could try these tasks too…
How quickly can you read these tongue twisters?!
Choose the level to print out that is best for you.
The BBC Bitesize Maths lessons have some different topics for you to try this week. If you have found fractions or decimals tricky take a look at these. You might enjoy them more! If you are enjoying Maths tasks, you could try Year 3 and Year 4 lessons!
Year 3 Turns and angles
Year 4 Making amounts of money
Today we will continue thinking about animals and their habitats. To start with watch this great video.
Choose an animal that you enjoy finding out about. Draw it or you could make a model of it.
Find four ways that your animal has adapted to their habitat, the environment which they live in.
As an example…
A Polar Bear in the Arctic
Its paws are round and webbed which is great for swimming and walking on the snow.
It has a sensitive nose which can smell food from far away.
Its thick, white coat blends in with the environment and helps to keep it warm.
Its fur repels water.
May be start by drawing the animal in the centre of your page. Then, write the four facts about how they adapt to their environment around the edge.
To find out more information about habitats you might enjoy exploring the website below. It is great and some super slide shows to look at. You’ll love the animal pictures on the rainforest habitat page!
Why don’t you try this habitats quiz?!
Let’s get cracking! We can do this! keep in touch and tell me how you are getting along.
Friday 19th June 2020
Wow, it is Friday again already!
How has your week gone?
We are all finding it tricky at times, but don’t worry we are all in this together. Keep smiling and trying to find your motivation to keep on going!
Don’t forget we are here to help you…
Let’s start with Music…
The Woodwind Family
Take a look at examples of different woodwind instruments.
We are learning about the woodwind family of instruments. Watch this video to see how woodwind instruments work and how they make all sorts of sounds.
Choose one of the woodwind instruments to find out more about.
You might like to do some relaxing musical instrument mindfulness colouring at the weekend.
Another video to to enjoy if you would like to listen to more woodwind instruments.
Take a look at Jamie Oliver’s ‘Get Kids Cooking’. If you have time, choose a recipe to try creating with your family. It would be great to share a picture of what you’ve made before you eat it!!
Who created these pieces of Art? Which country did the artist come from?
Alexandria… I think you might know!
Mrs Morena’s Art Sketch Book Project
Click below to see a message from Mrs Morena. Read her suggestions to help you begin to create your own sketch book. We know there are many super Squirrel artists so take a look at all of Mrs Morena’s lovely ideas and enjoy getting started!
The new Fiction Express chapters are out today. Take a look at the new story being written week by week. You can get in touch with the author and vote for what might come next in the story! If you prefer, you could look back at some of the other stories too that are complete and on the website too.
Take a look at Barefoot Computing and try one or two of their next mini missions!
We are on Decomposition – Breaking down into parts, but you could complete any of the challenges if you haven’t seen them before.
Or print them out to take a closer look…
Check out the Friday Maths Challenges
Come on… you can do it!!
If you would like to continue working on Statistics try these…
There are different ideas for you to think about today and from over the week. You don’t have to complete everything, but it is important to keep those brains ticking with some home learning each day!
Don’t forget… it is Father’s Day on Sunday!
Have a lovely weekend.
Wednesday 17th June 2020
Hello everyone. How are you today?
I thought you might like to see the display from our classroom showing lots of your letters and some examples of your amazing home learning!
How have you been getting on so far this week? In class, the children have been working hard on their non-chronological reports. They have been finding out about France, Spain and Sweden. Where did you chose to investigate?
I look forward to seeing your Lego flags. Don’t forget to send me a picture!
Countries A to Z
See if you can create an A to Z of countries. They can be from anywhere around the world.
For an added challenge, test your Geography knowledge…
Can you name any of the capital cities?
Can you say which continent you would find each country in?
Why not take a look at this website…
Each day you will find that a different street view appears to look at.
Use mapcrunch to ‘teleport’ to a random place in the world!
Just keep clicking on the green Go sign to visit random places!
Or… you can click on options to choose where you would like to go. Then click on a country, click go and you will get to see different views of different places around the world.
MapCrunch allows you to easily explore images captured by Google in over 27 countries. You will see spectacular scenery, busy cities and quiet back roads in the middle of nowhere. It is fun! The best views are added to the Gallery every day – be sure to check it out!
Which country have you been learning about this week???
Your Arty challenge is to find some examples of artists from that country. See if you can find four different artists and make a note of them in your workbook
Then choose one artist to look at more closely, studying examples of their work. You can look on Google images. If you can print out the picture. Have a go at your own version of the piece of work and when you have finished, put the original picture next to yours.
Today we will look at naming clothes in French!
Check out this song that will help you learn the names of items of clothing!
Try one of these sheets to name the items of clothing in French! The answers are there to check afterwards! If you don’t have a printer or even if you do, you could draw some items of clothing down the side of your workbook and label each item with the french vocabulary next to each picture.
Make an item of clothing from paper or material and label what it is in French! If we all did this, we could create a virtual washing line with our clothes on!
Here are the lessons from BBC Bitesize if you have been working through them.
Year 3 Subtracting fractions with the same denominator
Year 4 Ordering decimals
If you would like to work on some different Maths we will be taking a look at Statistics work. Read this PowerPoint and have a go at creating your own pictogram!
Practise using different homophones with some of these activities.
Good luck with the tasks you choose. Keep in touch and do ask if you get stuck!
Have a lovely day.
Monday 15th June 2020
Welcome to a new week of possibilities! Are you ready…?
You have a new set of words to work on this week. Practise and look at different ways that might help you get to know them better. With your words this week, see if you can put them into alphabetical order.
Homophones are words that sound the same, but have different meanings. Some of you have homophones to work on in your spelling lists. Watch this video below and then complete the task too.
Year 3 Ordering Fractions
Year 4 Writing Decimals
Try these Dentist timetable problems, see how you get on.
Take the Time Quiz too, if you have time!
How are you getting on with your times tables and division facts practise? Have any more of you tried using a nerf gun to help you firing at the answers?!!
Before half term we were thinking about the continent of Europe, and in particular the country of France.
This week take some time looking at countries that are in Europe and choose one that you don’t know much about. Your task is to write a non-chronological report on the country of your choice. I know you are all brilliant at setting out and creating these reports. If you need to jog your memory, read this PowerPoint to see how it is done!
You could use this template if you have a printer or just use it as a reminder to help you set out your report. Many of you won’t need this template and can write straight into your workbook. It would be great to include pictures and perhaps a fun ‘Did you know fact?’ too.
Whilst you are researching different countries you are sure to see the flag that represents each country. How many of them do you recognise already?
Take a look at this map showing many of the different flags.
See if you can identify the flags on this activity. Choose one page to try!
Your final challenge linked to the flags will need Lego if you have any!
Can you make any of the flags that you have been looking at using Lego?!
Lots to get you started on this week. I look forward to hearing from you all. Don’t forget that you can email me, write a letter or post your pictures to show us what you have been busy doing. Keep smiling and remember to get outside and enjoy the sunshine too.
We have made it to Friday which means it’s nearly the weekend! Yeehah!
Friday 12th June 2020
I hope that you have all had a great week. I have a few more things for you to think about if you are working at home today.
Take a look at these instruments that Mr Munson is playing!
Find out the name of each instrument and which instrument family it belongs to.
How are your tree house stories coming along? Did you think of a good ending to your story?
If you were at school, we would usually re-read our writing and edit it as we go along.
I would love to you to read back through your story and check it. You could use a green pen if you have one. If you haven’t written a story but have described each level, you could edit this writing instead.
Are there any simple spelling mistakes you can correct?
Do all sentences begin with a capital letter?
Does each sentence end with a full stop, question mark or maybe an exclamation mark?
Have you used a good selection of adjectives to describe characters or the setting?
Are there any sentences you could tweak/improve?
I look forward to seeing your stories including the edits. Remember that it is good to edit and check, that’s how we know we have done our best.
If you have a dictionary at home have a go at this BBC Bitesize lesson.
If you have been using Fiction Express the new titles are out today! See what new Fiction Express adventures there are.
If you haven’t, maybe take a look!
You will need your user name that I have emailed to your parent to get in.
The new stories this week.
Below are today’s Maths lessons. I know a few Squirrels in particular who these will appeal to today, as they are football related!
I have also included some more digital time tasks underneath if you would like to continue practising telling the time.
Year 3 Handling data in football
Year 4 Handling data in football
I would like you to continue to practise you french numbers to 20, simple greetings and colours too.
Choose the one of these sheets to complete, but no peeking at the answers to start with!
Take a look at this interesting ten minute assembly on the Assembly Padlet page. You will see some of the west end cast from the Lion King Musical and get to sing along with them too!
That is all for this week!
Have a lovely weekend and a good rest! Will be back again on Monday!
Wednesday 10th June 2020
Welcome to Wednesday Squirrels!
Well done with keeping on with your home learning, I know a lot of you are finding it tough to keep on going. We are thinking of you all and are always here if you want to email or ask us to give you a call.
Just like Dory says in the film ‘Finding Nemo’ just keep swimming!
She means keep going….
SQUIRREL CLASS you can do it…
How are you getting on with your tree house designs? Don’t forget to send me a picture, I’d love to see.
I know It’s hard to get started, but have a go at writing your own tree house story adventure. Who will be your main characters I wonder?
You don’t have to finish your story in one go, maybe break it up into beginning, middle and the ending.
Remember to practise this week’s spellings. What other ways can you think of to help you get to know the tricky words?
I have a few activities for you to help you get to know times on a digital clock. See how you get on? Do you have any digital clocks at home?
These are the BBC Bitesize Maths lessons for today.
Year 3 Equivalent Fractions and Simplifying
Year 4 Dividing numbers by 10
Musical instruments can be organised into different families.
Take a look at the strings family.
Find out about one of the stringed instruments.
This picture shows what Alice had started to find out about. You can use the border page too if you would like to record your information on that.
I know that there is plenty to keep you busy. Remember, you don’t have to do everything but it is important that you try to complete some learning each day.
Monday 8th June 2020
Hey! I hope you all had a great weekend and are feeling rested, ready for a new week. Let’s see if we can do a good amount of learning at home this week! I know it is hard sometimes to complete your tasks at home, but think of your friends all doing the same too!
I did set quite a few challenges last week so if you haven’t had a try at them, take a look at those first.
Have you designed and made your tree house?
Have you written a detailed description of each level in your tree house?
Have you got a book that are you are reading at the moment?
Have you been working on telling the time?
Have you been telling the time on analogue clocks like these?
How are you getting on with them?
Have you started any of our Science work?
Look back to do this first, before moving onto new Science tasks!
Wow, lots to think about already I know! So onto our new tasks…
You will find the start of one of Andy Griffiths’ Tree house books being read here. If you haven’t read these books before you may like to take a look!
This week I would love you to have a go at writing your own tree house adventure. Use the design of your tree house to be the main setting for your story, where your character’s adventure takes place!
When we write a story at school, we always plan it to help us think it through first. I have attached two different planning sheets if you would like to choose one or you could just create your own plan. It is worth doing one though, to help you when writing as your story develops.
Remember when planning and writing a story, you can do it in stages. You don’t have to finish it all in one day. Use your home learning time each day to add to it as you go along! Take a look at this story writing check list to help you.
I know lots of you love to doodle! So maybe as you write your story, you may like to add cool illustrations like you see in the Tree House books.
If you think that you will be using speech between characters in your story, it may be wise to work through the BBC lesson first.
Using Inverted commas in your writing.
Today’s Time Tasks
First, take a look at this Power point.
I know you had a clock to make last week, but this new one includes 5 minute intervals and may be really helpful to you as you work out more tricky times. See what you think!
You could choose one of these games to play. Take a look and choose the one best for you.
Spend time practising these times and try to use your clocks at home to help you. If they are too easy, work on different minutes past and to the hour.
Year 3 Equivalent Fractions
Year 4 Tenths
Did you make a ‘What am I?’ book featuring different animals in? If you haven’t that would be a great activity to complete. If you prefer, why not make it on a Power point instead.
This Jungle Animals power point above gives you examples, but see if you can include animals from each animal group in your book or power point.
Start to have a think about the different habitats that animals live in.
Take a look at this useful website to help you find out more. Choose one habitat to look into more. Create a fact page all about your chosen habitat and the animals that live in it.
I look forward to hearing from you. If you are having trouble with anything, do get in touch with me or perhaps each other!
Friday 5th June 2020
We have made it to Friday! Well done Squirrels, one more day until the weekend!
Some final challenges for you to try!
Thank you for your lovely letters, it was great to hear from you and get some arriving at school. Thank you! Have you practised this week’s spellings yet? If not, that is a job for today please!
I hope you have all found a good book to get stuck into now.
If not, come on…find an awesome book to enjoy!
I know that lots of you have enjoyed reading the different Tree House Storey books, written by Andy Griffiths. Some of you may have these at home. In these stories there are some amazing tree house designs with many fantastic levels!
First, design and plan your own tree house. Be creative! You can include all sorts of fun things on the different levels.
Then, make your tree house using things from your recycling! You might have to wait until you have collected the things you need!
Finally, write a description of what you will find on each level. Start a new paragraph for each level.
Take a look at William’s plan and description to help get your ideas started! Thank you William for letting me share these with everyone.
Time Word Problems
Pick the set of word problems that are right for you, see how you get on.
Then read the questions in these bubbles. See if you can answer five of the different questions! Questions on Bubbles
These are the Maths lessons for today.
Test your problem solving skills!
If you have a printer, you could print this game of Dominoes
Take a look at this Power point. Try making your own ‘What am I?’ book.
You might like to complete this task…or make a key of your own.
How are you getting on speaking French?!
Today we will practise saying colours in French. Take a look at these activities to help you.
Listen to this rainbow colours song in French!
Try this game on Crickweb to match the colours. The colour name will turn green if you get it right!
That is all for this week! I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Wednesday 3rd June 2020
Hi Squirrels How are you all? It has been lovely to start receiving your letters, keep them coming! I can’t wait to hear from you. Hope your week is going well so far. I am back at school now so I have seen a few Squirrels which has been nice.
I would love to hear about what you have been reading. If you haven’t read much, time to get cracking!
Choose yourself a great book!
Please write and tell me all about a book you have read. It could be fiction or non- fiction. Can you remember what that means??
You could choose a book review sheet to help you, but you don’t have to print them off. The blue link is probably the best one for you to use, but see what suits you. You could write about your book directly into your workbook.
It would be great if you could click on this link to practise using fronted adverbials in your writing. You have worked on them in class, see if you can remember! Let me know how you get on.
Year 3 Finding a fractions of an amount
Year 4 Finding a fraction of an amount
If you have been working on telling the time here are some sheets to try. There are different ones at different levels, start with o’clock and half past if you find telling the time tricky. There is a clock to cut out and make which you could use to help you show times. There are also some blank analogue clock faces to use for showing times too.
Lots of you have telling me how well you are getting on with learning your times tables and division facts. Fantastic to hear, well done. We will save the certificates for when you return to school so keep practising so you are test ready!!
In Geography I would like you to learn about weather and climate in the UK and around the world.
Take a look at this lesson below…
Vertebrates or Invertebrates
Read these power points…
Have a go at answering these questions…
Watch this short video…
Now see if you can write a definition of vertebrate and invertebrate explaining what they mean. Then, it would be great if you could draw a selection of animals for each.
You can use this grid to sort them if that is helpful.
This is Mrs Morena’s Arty challenge for you. Click on the link below. Take a look!
You could show your work on our Padlet page.
Lots to think about today. Keep smiling! Try your best and look forward to hearing from you all soon. We would love to see more of you posting things you have been working on, on our Padlet page if you can!
Monday 1st June 2020
Welcome back Squirrels!
I hope you have all had a lovely week and managed to get outside to enjoy the lovely weather.
It is now time to get our heads back into learning, we can do it! It is really important that we try to encourage each other when we are finding it difficult to get focused again. Ask if you can chat with your Squirrel classmates, then you can talk through things we are doing together.
A lot of us have kept in touch with friends and family by sending them an email or even better, a letter through the post. I have loved getting your letters and emails earlier in the term, so my task for you to is to write and post a new letter to me at school. I will be there and would love to hear from you. I would like you to tell me about what you have been doing lately, particularly in the half term week.
Check out this power point below to remind you of how to set out a letter…
I hope you have been using the time to enjoy reading lots of different books. It is great to hear that some of you have been getting to know Fiction Express and reading books on there too. I will be asking you on Wednesday to tell me a bit more about what you have been busy reading.
I have emailed your new spelling lists for this new half term. I know, I am too kind! There is a set to practise each week as we would at school. I would also like to you to write a sentence for each word when you are practising them, like we do in class.
I would like you to have a think about telling the time. If you are able to print at home, print off the first three pages of this Time Assessment below. Go through it and see which times you are able to tell. Don’t worry if it is difficult for you. The idea is that it will help you and your family see which times you need to work on.
As you continue to work at home, follow the daily BBC Bitesize Maths lessons. If you find your year group’s tasks too tough, it is OK to try out the year group below. Here are today’s lessons.
Year 3 Fractions on a number line
Year 4 Adding Fractions
In Science we will start by learning about living things and their habitats.
Your first task is to watch this fab video. Get comfortable as it lasts about eight minutes!
I wonder how much you can remember?
Watch this power point next and then have a go at sorting animals into the correct sets. If you don’t have a printer you could draw or write the groups from the task. Choose some of these tasks to work on.
You could use this prompt sheet to help you if you are not sure.
There is lots to get you started today, good luck!
I look forward to hearing from you all soon.
Friday 22nd May 2020
It’s the end of another busy week. Hope you have all had some time to enjoy the glorious sunshine. It is nearly half term, so this will be the last post for a week. You might like to have a well deserved rest!
Whilst in Europe we have been visiting France. Take a look at this video all about living in Paris.
La Tour Eiffel
Paris is full of museums and historical monuments and buildings. We couldn’t visit France without going up the Eiffel Tower! It is an extremely famous landmark in the capital city of Paris.
Maybe you could design your own fact file with the Eiffel Tower drawn in the middle of your page like this one. Choose your favourite facts to add around the edge.
Using Google Earth see if you can see the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre in Paris, France.
Type where you would like to see in the search box next to the magnifying glass.
Click on the + or – to zoom in or out, getting closer or further away
Click on the dice and you could end up visiting anywhere!
You have an unusual challenge with this! Build a model of the Eiffel Tower using…
pasta spaghetti and marshmallows!
This sheet may be of interest and help, so take a look before you begin our challenge!
The Oceans, Plastics and Pollution
If you would like some activities to work on over the next week, why not have a think about our amazing oceans and how we can look after them.
Watch this video clip – Oceans of the World
Try this quiz…
Here are the answers!
Ocean plastics can harm marine life. Animals can become entangled in fishing nets and plastic rings. Plastic is also accidentally eaten by many species, including sea turtles, which may mistake plastic bags for jelly fish.
Every one of us can do something to stop plastics pollution. Here are a few ideas:
1 Avoid plastic where possible, for example buy cotton buds made with card instead of plastic.
2 Use a reusable bottle for your drinks.
3 Say no to plastic bags and drinking straws.
4 Invest in reusable containers and mugs.
5 Buy unpackaged food and grow your own.
6 Stop using wet wipes.
7 Don’t buy balloons for parties, or release balloons into the sky – decorate with more natural materials instead!
8 Wear clothes made with natural fibres.
9 Try to avoid glitter, or only use eco-friendly glitter in school.
10 Talk to friends and family about how much plastic they use.
11 Don’t use products with microbeads in them (common ingredients to look out for in the ingredients list are polyethylene and polypropylene).
12 Pick up litter.
13 Never flush plastics down the toilet.
To recycle as much as we can too.
Lots to think about!
Design a poster featuring some of these ideas to promote using less plastic.
Complete this Plastic diary
Over a week, keep a ‘plastic diary’ recording how much single plastic you use.
Ask someone in your family to take a seat in the ‘hot seat’!
They must take one of these role play character cards from the people of a seaside town and read the information. They can tell you who they are. See if you can come up with some questions for the different people! This activity helps you to look at a range of different perspectives on the issue of plastic pollution in the seas.
Now, it’s time to…
There is lots to think about here with plenty to keep you busy if you need it. However make sure you have a fantastic week and have a rest from home learning too. Don’t forget to take a pictures of some of the cool things you get up to. I hope you all have a lovely week and look forward to hearing from you all again soon.
Wednesday 20th May 2020
Welcome to a wonderful sunny Wednesday!
It’s a lovely day for a trip so we are going to visit the famous french museum called the Louvre today! There is some information here for you to read about it, then why not take a tour around the Louvre! See what you think!
It would be good if you could create your own fact file on the Louvre or another famous place or landmark in France.
(Click on the left hand side to take a peek in the galleries inside the museum)
The Louvre is one of the world’s most visited museums. Take a good look at it!
Perhaps you could find out how many rhombus and triangular shaped glass windows there are?
Try this triangle challenge! It might help to cut the triangles out of paper to try this challenge.
Next you could find out about the different types of triangles by watching these videos.
Then why not try this activity to see what you can remember…
You could also draw examples of these different types of triangles into your workbook. Remember to label them and use a ruler!
The BBC Bitesize lessons for today…
Year 3 Unit and non-unit fractions
Year 4 Equivalent Fractions
Why not watch this cool Science video?! It might remind you of our visit to Saffron Walden Museum!
Have you taken a look at Barefoot Computing website yet?
If not, why don’t you take a look!
My recommendation is to go to their Mini Missions. This week I would like you to try one or more of their Evaluation – making judgement activities. Click on this link and it takes you directly to them!
I would like you to take a look on our Squirrel Home Learning Padlet Page.
You will find a new art activity from Mrs Morena to try. Take a look and find out your next arty challenge! We would like you to look at the work of the french painter Henri Rousseau.
Lots to think about! Wishing you a very lovely day.
Monday 18th May 2020
Welcome to a new week everyone!
Hope you are all ready for a week of sunshine and fun.
It is exciting to be able to take so many interesting trips around the world, right from our own homes! We have been getting to know more about countries from the different continents.
There are so many countries to explore!
I hope you enjoyed learning about Scotland last week. We will continue thinking about the continent of Europe. Below you will find a map showing the countries in Europe. Take a look.
I would like you to either…
colour the countries in Europe on this map below, if you are able to print
or list the countries in Europe
(for more of a challenge can you list them in alphabetical order!)
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.
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.
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…
Why not choose one of these other bike related activities?
(You won’t need to use all the labels!)
(There are different levels of this task attached, and answers so no peeking!)
How did you get on learning the numbers to 20 in French?
Take a look at this great video to help you practise speaking some simple french greetings!
Practise having a simple conversation in french with people in your family. May be you could ring other family members up and practise on them! See if they can tell what you are saying to them, they will be impressed!
Try to learn these phrases in French:
Good morning/Good evening/Goodnight
My name is…
What is your name?
I am…years old.
How old are you?
How are you?
I am fine thank you.
This will help you. first-conversations-in-french
Take a look at this video of a girl chatting about living in Paris in France during the lock-down.
English – writing
Write your own diary of a day in lock-down in your house!
Lots of you have been working hard on different Maths activities at home, including learning your times tables. Keep going, you are doing brilliantly.
Today’s BBC Bitesize lessons are…
I think this should be enough to get you started this week!
I look forward to learning about some of the famous landmarks in France with you, later in the week.
Don’t forget to keep in touch.
Au revoir mes amis!
Friday 15th May 2020
Good morning everyone! Happy Friday to you all!
These are some of the things you might like to take a look at today or when you are next doing your home learning.
Take a look at this map of the British Isles which shows you all flags for each country. You could have a go at drawing them.
How did you get on finding out some different towns and cities around the UK?
Take a look at this map on the link below. How many of these towns or cities did you find?
I thought it would be fun to find out a bit more about the country of Scotland.
Watch this video, it will tell you lots of great information!
This is also a useful website to visit too…
Here are some questions for you to answer…
Which is the highest mountain in Scotland?
What is the national symbol for Scotland?
What is the capital city of Scotland?
What is the largest city in Scotland?
Name a river in Scotland.
Which famous wizarding school is thought to be located in the highlands of Scotland?
How did you get on? Did you find all the answers?!
I have chosen a few different activity ideas linked to Scotland for you to choose from.
The Legend of the Loch Ness Monster
In Scotland there is a well known legend of a monster that lives in Loch Ness. It is known as Nessie or the Loch Ness Monster. Do you think it is true?!
To answer...Loch Ness Monster comprehension
Maybe you might like to create a story that has you going on an adventure with the Loch Ness Monster!
Why not build a model of the Loch Ness Monster!
If you would like something relaxing why not try these…
If you would like a puzzle challenge…
If you enjoy baking, why not try making these Scottish Oat Cakes…
Take a look at these photos of important places around Scotland. Which would you most like to visit? See what you can find out about it.
Friday is challenge day so take a look at these Maths Challenges and see how you get on!
Something to read or watch…
If you have been enjoying reading The Pampered Prince or The Last Guardian, the new chapters are out today!
Don’t forget to visit Mr Munson’s Music page and try one of his latest Music challenges!
Thank you for visiting our Squirrel page, I hope you can choose some of the activities to try. I would love to see pictures of some of your learning on our Padlet page, don’t forget to post!
You can keep in touch by email too, I love hearing from you all.
Wednesday 13th May 2020
Hello again Squirrels, hope you are all well and having a good week so far.
Today is National Numeracy Day which is to help raise awareness about the importance of numbers in our every day lives. It is also to encourage people that are not so keen on Maths!
They have given some activities that you might like to try.
Year 3 Activities for ages 7 to 8
Year 4 Activities for ages 8 to 9
Take a look at their website for other things to watch and learn about today. https://numeracyday.com/
The BBC Bitesize continue with their Maths lessons for you to keep those Maths brains ticking!
Year 3 Dividing a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zbkdjhv
Year 4 Finding the perimeter of a rectilinear shape
I hope you have had a chance to work on some times tables! Some of you have been using this time at home to get lots of practise in, so you will feel more confident with some of your times tables now. Good work! (and keep going!)
Take a look at one of our Squirrels practising his times tables!
The Book of Hopes
Whilst we have all been at home there has been a new book created for children. It is free to read online at the moment so click on the link below and take a look!
It has a massive collection of pictures, stories and poems from over 110 children’s writers and illustrators including Michael Morpurgo, Lauren Child, Francesca Simon, Jacqueline Wilson and many more.
Over these last few weeks we have made a good start at finding out about countries in different continents. We are going to take a look at the continent of Europe next, beginning with the United Kingdom and in particular Scotland.
Your first task is to get to know the UK map. Many of you know the countries already, but we will take a look at some towns and cities too.
If you are able to print, use this UK map to label the countries on. (if you don’t have a printer, you might be able to draw a rough outline of it copying from this document)
Then see if you can find the city of Edinburgh in Scotland and add that on. After that, find out a selection of other major cities or towns across the UK and label them on the map too.
On Friday, I will add a map on our Squirrel page with cities on to match with those that you have found.
Try hard to write the names neatly and a sensible size, so they are clear to read on your map!
You might enjoy visiting Edinburgh Zoo! Click on this link to visit and watch the live filming of some of their amazing animals.
Let me know if you see anything interesting! Maybe if you enjoy Art activities, you could sketch the animals you see.
Why not try this Science learning today, that links with animals. Find out about Vertebrates and Invertebrates.
There is lots to keep you busy here! Try what you can and let me know if you get stuck or how you are getting along. As always I look forward to hearing from you and seeing your learning on our Padlet page.
Monday 11th May 2020
Welcome back to our next week of home learning. I hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend in the sunshine.
Although we have come to an end of our learning about the Egyptians for now, I thought you might enjoy watching this virtual exhibition tour.
The exhibition has recently been in London, but this gives us all a glimpse of all the amazing artifacts. Take a look by clicking on the link below.
Underneath the video it gives you information about many of the artifacts that were found in the tomb and shown in this exhibition.
Can you write a list of at least ten of the objects shown in the exhibition. Then, choose one to find out more about and perhaps you could draw a picture of it too.
Follow this link and learn about writing a recount. We have done this before at school, so you may remember what to do. Try the activities given. When it comes to activity 3, you may prefer to write a recount of what you have been up to for the bank holiday weekend instead. It doesn’t have to be too long!
These are today’s BBC Bitesize Maths lessons learning about Multiplication. You can look on both year groups activities to see which would be best for you to try.
Since we have been working from home, we haven’t been able to practise our times tables together like we normally do. I would like you to think about the times tables you are working on and practise them, but also go back to those you know and check those too!
If you are able to print at home you may like to use some of these to practise on…
You might also like to play this game to practise the x3, x4 and x8.
You all know the game Hit the Button which is good fun and a great way to test your speed! There are some other games to try too!
Do you or anyone in your home own a nerf gun?!
If the answer is yes, it may be able to help you with your times table practise!!
First, choose a times table you need to work on and write all the multiples out on pieces of card or paper. So for example 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36.
Then, spread them out on the wall all over the place. (with an adult’s permission!)
Next, ask someone to shout out a calculation like 8 x 3.
Finally, fire the nerf gun at the answer!
Why not give this a go? As you become more confident, the person calling out the calculations can get quicker!
It would be great to see some pictures of you playing this!!
OK so get practising!
Remember to drop me an email to let me know what you have been up to this week.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Thursday 7th May 2020
This is the last Squirrel Class post for this week. You may already have things planned with your family which is great. It is VE Day tomorrow which is a bank holiday so you have a three day weekend! If you would like to find out more about VE Day and what it means here is a PowerPoint to read through with your family.
Click on the link below.
As you go through the Power Point you will find ideas for different activities you might like to do.
Design a poster to remind everyone to be kind to each other.
Learn the word for PEACE in different languages.
Learn some steps from the Lindy Hop dance which was popular in war time!
Plan a VE Day party menu.
Try making a war time recipe or some lemonade with your family.
Or try these, click on them to find out more!
Hope you enjoy trying some of these and have fun with your family this weekend. Don’t forget to let me know how your week has been and what you have been up to. Look forward to hearing from you.
Wednesday 6th May 2020
Bonjour Squirrels! How did you get on counting in French?
Use this picture to help you create a story. You can use the story starter below to give you ideas and help you get started or you could start with your own ideas, it’s up to you! You might like to write or draw your ideas for the beginning, middle and ending first, like we do at school.
You don’t have to write it all in one go, perhaps start by writing a great start to the story and then stop. Then continue on the next day. Good luck!
Brian had often bought things from the market that had turned out to be the most outrageous, disappointing fakes.
He had presumed that the magic biscuits would have been exactly the same. How wrong he had been..
Keep on writing…….
There are some other activities to try, linked to this picture if you would like to try one or two. Click on the link below to see them. You might like to print one out so you have a copy of the picture.
Some of you have made a start on working with money which is great. Take a look at the Year 3 lesson from BBC Bitesize today, which works on subtracting money and complete the activities.
If you would like to try some money challenges with smaller amounts click on this link below instead.
For Year 4 there are also Division activities on the BBC Bitesize learning page today if you prefer.
Going back to BBC Bitesize they have some great Science learning about what plants need to live.
Click here to go straight to it.
This Friday the country will be celebrating VE(Victory in Europe) Day. If you would like to learn more about what this means you can watch this video.
There will be another post tomorrow to keep you thinking over the bank holiday weekend. Have a good day.
Monday 4th May 2020
Hello everyone, how are you all doing? Here we are, another Monday morning. Let’s do some learning together…
Try setting up your own shop, making some price labels for different toys or things in the house. If you have someone that will join in with you, that would be great!
Take turns in choosing a couple of items to buy, add the prices up and then see if you can find the right amount with the coins. For a challenge you might like to work out what your change would be if paying with a £1, £2, £5 or £10.
These first two tasks below are for you if you need a little practise to recognise the coins.
Try this sheet below to practise adding coins. You can do lots more of this with your own shop and playing with coins at home. If they are easy for you, you can make the totals bigger with the amounts you make at home. Send me some pictures of your shopping!
The Year 3 work on BBC Bite size and White Rose have money tasks to try too. You can all take a look at either of these.
For year 4 there are also Multiplication activities if you prefer on the BBC Bitesize Home Learning page.
On Wednesday I will be setting you a story writing challenge! So, for today or tomorrow it would be good if you take a look on the BBC Bitesize learning for today. If you look at the Year 3 you can practise using Inverted commas for speech which you might include in a story.
On the Year 4 page you can practise using paragraphs which are also very helpful to understand when you are writing a story!
Finally for today I thought you might like to practise your french speaking skills!
Practise counting to 20 in french. I know there a couple of you who are confident with this already, perhaps you can learn to count a little higher! I remember that this funny song made you smile, so hope you enjoy watching it again!
Then if you would like to complete some activities take a look at these links below…
Go to our Squirrel Learning Page to see some lovely printing ideas from Mrs Morena to choose from, they look great.
There is plenty to keep you busy!
Have a lovely day and I look forward to hearing from you. If you would like to send me a clip of you counting to 20 in French that would be brilliant!
Friday 1st May 2020
In the news…
I hope you have all had a good week. I wonder if any of you have watched any news? You may have seen reports about the amazing Captain Tom Moore who celebrated his 100th birthday this week.
Today’s task is to find out about his fantastic fundraising and complete the activities linked to his story.
How can one person make a big difference?
There is some information to read first, followed by some things to watch and things to think and talk about with your family too. Then complete the two tasks given which are a letter and a picture. Click on these links below to find out more.
Lots of you have enjoyed completing the Science activities on BBC Bitesize so if that is you, you might like to follow it up on Purple Mash.
You will need to go to the Purple Mash website and log in. If you are looking for our school on there, the postcode is CO9 2RG. Then when you’re into the Home page click on Science, then click on Materials.
There are different activities to choose from, pick a couple to try. Remember if you have a printer, you can print your activities out too.
If not, why don’t you take a look!
My recommendation is to go to their Mini Missions. This week I would like you to try one or more of their Abstraction activities. Click on this link and it takes you directly to them!
On the BBC Bitesize learning today they have some great Music activities learning about Pulse and Rhythm. You have talked about this with Mr Munson so have a head start with these. Enjoy!
It is up to you how many activities you complete each day. If you are enjoying your home leaning there are also a mixture of Maths challenges for Friday and some Reading activities from the story The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy to try too.
Let me know how you get on! Keep in touch, I love hearing from you and remember you can email me at email@example.com
Have a lovely weekend.
Wednesday 29th April 2020
Good morning Squirrels on this wonderful Wednesday morning!
I hope you are all doing well and keeping busy.
Firstly, I would like to take a look at the BBC Bitesize daily lessons today as they are great and cover a great mixture of learning every day. Always look on this website if you are looking for things to learn and do. Today there is Maths – addition and subtraction methods, English – using apostrophes which is helpful to practise and Science – States of Matter which is really good fun.
I would like you to spend some time looking and enjoying the Music Page on Padlet. If you haven’t seen it already, there are challenges from Mr Munson and Music work from children that they have posted, it’s brilliant. I would like you to complete the Composer of the Week challenges and let me know what you find out. It would be great if you could put your answers on the Music page too as I know Mr Munson would love to see what you have been learning as well.
Click on this link and it will take you straight to it…
Today I would like to to take a look at a website called Fiction Express. I will be emailing your parents a username and password for you to access this website so you can read its books! Every few weeks the website starts a new book and allows you to read the first chapter. You and the other children reading it can vote for what you want to happen next! Then, every Friday the author puts the next chapter up for you to read. Each book has five chapters. Take a look!
There are also lots of quizzes to try too. This week there is a new book to read so get on there quick and take a look! There are also many other books for you to read that are complete already too.
You can watch this video which explains how it works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0U6rb4HaJY&list=PLaKxDIitGalkbNF7Zv1864O6jNrPs8ZaF&index=9
This is the link to get you to the website Fiction Express, click on Log in. https://en.fictionexpress.com/
There is lots to get on with here so what are you waiting for, get cracking!
I will be emailing you your Fiction Express information shortly!
Keep in touch
Monday 27th April 2020
Hello again Squirrels!
Hope you have all had a lovely weekend. It is Monday again so take a look at some of my suggestions for your home learning this week.
Check out the BBC Bitesize lessons for this week to see what you can try. They have a Year 3 and Year 4 timetable and you can dip into either of these and do any of the activities.
Year 4 https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/z63tt39/year-4-and-p5-lessons/1
Today there is some History to find out about, some addition in Maths and some useful English work to practise. Let me know how you get on.
I have also attached an extra Maths task here to click on. There are some Fractions work that we would have tried when we were at school, see how you get on.
I had asked you to be finding out about a country in the continent of North America. Well done to those of you that have started this, I’ve seen some great fact finding going on. I would also like you to find out about one man-made landmark and one natural landmark from this continent. You could also draw or paint the landmarks of your choice too. You could choose from these…
The Mississippi River
Good luck! There is lots to keep you busy, along with any of the other tasks you haven’t had a chance to look at or try. Thank you for all your letters and emails too, it is great to hear from you all.
Friday 24th April 2020
Where has this week gone?! I can’t believe it is Friday already.
I hope you have all had a happy week.
How did you get on finding out about George and the Dragon?
I have seen some super dragon pictures, well done!
A-Z… Did you manage to find something for every letter when you were
New challenges for Friday!
See how you get on and just do what you can…
There is a great website called Barefoot Computing which gives activity ideas to develop your computing skills. Each week we can try some of their activities.
This week I would like to go to their Mini Missions. I would like you to begin with Algorithms – Making steps and rules
Choose one or more of the suggested activities on this page. Click the link to find out more…
BBC Bitesize Daily Learning
If you haven’t seen it already the BBC are providing loads of helpful and fun lessons and activities. They have a selection to look at over the week. Take a look at what has been shown for this week.
Choose and complete some from this week if you haven’t already.
My suggestion would be the English for today. It is all about the poem that we have enjoyed together before called Please Mrs Butler! Do you remember it? At school we tried to write our own verses with our names in! Take a look and read it aloud to your family.
There is lots here to keep you busy. I will also be emailing out a new set of spellings to look at, sorry!! Look at the first set and try to put each word into its own sentence, just like we do at school.
Get in touch on our Squirrel Class email if you want to tell me anything or have a question.
I have seen loads of tasty home baking going on. So, if you haven’t already, maybe help to bake a tasty treat or see if you can help to prepare one of your family’s meals.
It’s nearly the weekend, so don’t forget it is important to relax, rest and enjoy the sunshine too!
Wednesday 22nd April 2020
Good morning everyone, hope you are all enjoying the beautiful sunshine. It has been lovely to start getting your letters, thank you. Keep them coming!
Don’t forget to try creating an A to Z of things you see on your walk too!
Tomorrow is St George’s Day so our tasks for today are with this in mind!
First it would be good to watch this power point that tells you all about it. Click on this link to read the Power Point. Saint-georges-day-information-powerpoint
Then watch the famous story of George and the dragon by clicking on this link. https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/short-stories/george-and-the-dragon
New activities to complete
Retell the story of George and the Dragon in your own words. You might like to add some small images/drawings throughout your story. Remember to include lots of amazing adjectives and try to start your sentences in different ways.
Make a dragon picture using things from nature such as sticks, stones, feathers, grass etc. Share a picture of this on our Padlet page or you can email it to me if you prefer.
Design and draw your own dragon, add labels to show its different features such as wings, fire breathing etc!
Choose one or two pages from these dragon logic puzzles to complete.dragon-logic-puzzles
Complete this word search, then you can check your answers.st-georges-day-word-search
Hope you enjoy doing these. Let me know how you get on.
Mrs Morena has also added a lovely Art activity on our Padlet page today for you to try.
Click here to see it
Look forward to hearing from you soon.
Monday 20th April 2020
Welcome back Squirrels to our Home Learning updates. Hope you are all keeping well. Don’t forget you can drop me an email to let me know how you are getting on and what you have been up to! I love hearing from you.
Have any of you seen beautiful bluebells like these on your walks?
Now after having a nice rest, we have all got to jump into action again!
Lots of you have been working hard on some of the challenges set, so well done. I have enjoyed seeing the pictures of lots of your completed activities.
Hopefully you have used some of your time to enjoy reading some super books. Today I am attaching two information texts for you to click on to read and answer the questions on. If you can print them out that would be good, but don’t worry if not. If there are words that are tricky, do ask an adult at home to go through them with you.
Go online to White Rose Home learning and click on the Year 3 and/or the Year 4 daily lessons and activities.
Daily Exercise Task!
If you are able to go on a walk on some days with members of your family I would like you to make an A to Z list of things you see when you are out. You don’t have to spot them all on the same day, you can keep adding to your list until the end of the week.
So for example…
A I saw some ants.
B I saw some blue bells
C I saw some cows blocking the footpath!
You get the idea. Let me know what you find!
Your task is to write me a letter, either on email to firstname.lastname@example.org or you could post one to the school (check on the website for the school address on its contact page) to let me know how you are doing and what you have done during the Easter holidays.
Click on the link to see this Power point for reminders how to set out your letter correctly. I look forward to hearing from you.
Many of you have taken time to look at a country in the continent of Africa. Don’t worry if you haven’t, you can always go back to previous activities.
This week I would like us to think about the continent of North America which has 23 different countries in it. Choose one country to research and find out about. Use your facts to create a fact file. This can be written in your red exercise book.
I hope this will help you to get you back into the swing of school/home learning. I will post some new ideas and activities again soon.
Friday 3rd April 2020
Hi Squirrels, another busy week! There has been so much fantastic learning going on. Wow, from marvelous Maths in the garden, awesome Artwork, beautiful baking, dazzling dance routines, interesting information writing and so much more!!
You are welcome to take a rest now! But if you would like to do more, this is my final post for now until our home learning continues on Monday 20th April. I will still be answering emails (email@example.com) and checking up on our Padlet (Squirrel Home Learning) page to see what you have been up to.
As a school we were about to start a Bridges Design and Technology project so you can do this at home instead. Keep me posted with how you get on.
Your first task is to look at different types of bridges. You can do this by looking at the PowerPoint below…
Perhaps you could start by drawing an example of each type of bridge. You could do this in your workbook.
Then take a look at these different bridges from around the world.
Can you tell which types of bridges they are? Have you been to any of them? You could draw or paint a picture of your favourite bridge.
Design and Technology Challenge –
Choose a type of bridge to recreate. Build your own bridge! Think about what you will use to make a bridge and how you could join the materials together. (Paper, cardboard, recycling, Lego etc!) You might like to look on the Muntjac Padlet pages to see some they have already been working on. Take a look at this PowerPoint below which thinks about different ways of joining materials, but you might choose your own methods. It depends what you have at home that you can use!
When it is finished you could test its strength by placing a toy car or other object on it. Then perhaps try writing a set of instructions for others to follow if they wanted to try building your design. Don’t forget to post pictures of your bridge too!
I have added a PowerPoint for you to think about Easter over the break. Look out for Mrs Morena’s Easter task on our Padlet page too.
I hope you all have a Happy Easter and as restful time as you can.
Will be thinking of you all and especially our NHS workers at this time.
Thursday 2nd April 2020
Hello Squirrels, hope you’re all having a good week. The sun is still shining which is great!
This morning I am setting you all a Geography challenge to start on.
You have got a copy of the world map in your pack but I have also put a link below for a labelled world map if you are able to print it out.
First can you name all of the different continents?
We are going to start by looking at the continent of Africa. We had already started looking at the country Egypt together. List six other countries in Africa. Then, choose one of the countries to find out more information about. Create a fact file in your work book. See what you can find out – capital city, language spoken, traditional food eaten there, money used, the flag, key landmarks etc…
Watch this Lonely Planet video to start you off….
Which African country will you choose?
You could also take a look at the website kids world travel guide.com – Africa facts for some super facts to help too.
Art – decorating stones
When I was walking the other day I noticed a girl keep stopping to put something down. As I walked along I noticed she was putting down stones that she had painted. I saw a lovely ladybird design and then a beautiful rainbow picture on another. This really made me smile and I thought how that would give people a treat as they passed them.
See if you have any stones or pebbles around and some paint or pens that you could use.Perhaps you could decorate a stone and leave it for someone to enjoy if you go for a walk with your family. May be you’ll spot some that other people have made!
It is brilliant seeing all the work and pictures you have been adding each day on our Padlet page, keep it up as it is great for us all to share together. Well done if you have also completed Mr Riccio and Mr Munson’s challenges too or added to the Assembly page, really impressive! Don’t forget to show some of your work on our Squirrel Home Learning Page or you can drop me an email if you have any questions or to let me know how you are doing.
Monday 30th March 2020
Happy Monday everyone!
Hope you are all well and have a had good rest over the weekend.
I have some new suggestions for the new week ahead for you to try and will add some other ideas later in the week.
I know that lots of you are loving reading books by David Walliams so why not listen to David Walliams himself! He is reading one of his books each day at 11!
Follow this link to listen to him doing today’s reading…
Click the link below to see the services offered by the Essex Library Service…
Click the link below to listen to poems and stories with the author Michael Rosen…
With all this lovely reading I am sure you are all doing, I would like you to write a book review this week. I have attached three templates for a book review that you can look at or print out and use. The best thing though, would be to write a review of a book that you’ve read in your work book. Remember to include the name of the book, the author/illustrator, the main characters, what the story is about, your favourite parts, any funny parts, if you would recommend it and to who.
Some of you might like to keep a diary of what you are up to at the moment. You don’t have to write an entry for every day!
Remember to try out the lessons on White Rose – follow the link below
There are a few activities below to look at and print out if you are able to…
Your job this week is to find out about different jobs in the time of the Egyptians. You could create a non-chronological report or fact file in your work book. Look at the Power point and video clips below to help you. You might be able to find other information too.
I hope you enjoy trying some of these and I look forward to hearing all about it on our Squirrel Class Learning Page!
For this you can follow the link below
Just a few reminders for when posting on the Learning Page to help everyone stay safe online –
- Don’t use the children’s full names
- It’s recommended that you don’t post full pictures of the children, although this is up to you.
- Always be kind
- Do not share the link outside our school community or on social media.
Friday 27th March 2020
Good morning everyone, hope you are all well. If you are communicating with any of your Squirrel classmates can you check they know how to find this class page too, thank you.
Here are two new links for you to follow and enjoy!
Mr Munson’s Music Page – click below
Mr Riccio’s PE Page – click below
Thursday 26th March 2020
Good afternoon Squirrels! Hope you are all well.
I have got a great website for you to explore, it’s full of great information.
Click the link below…
You could start by clicking on the History Page. Go to the Egyptians and try the quiz!
Then take a look at different times in History and perhaps choose a couple to investigate. Think about the order in which they happened. Then have a go at making your own timeline of History, putting some of the times on it.
You could upload a picture of it on the Squirrel Class Home Learning Page for us to see.
For a school assembly link see below…
Wednesday 25th March 2020
Today I need your help to show what you have been doing at home!
Please use our Squirrel Class Home Learning Page to add pictures, photos, messages, videos and anything else you would like to show me.
Please follow this link below…
Tuesday 24th March 2020
Hope you are all well, just a reminder about your home learning pack. There is lots in there to keep you busy! You can complete it in any order and record anything you need to in your red workbook. If there is something you are unsure off, don’t worry leave that for now. If you prefer to go online with your learning, the Egyptian activities will be good for this. TTR, Hit the Button on Top Marks and Purple Mash are great resources to use at home too. Purple mash has activities for lots of different areas of learning.
Maths learning at White Rose – You can follow the link below to access lots of Maths lessons and activities. You can continue with our Fractions work, but there will be other activities too. Click on your year group, but if you find the tasks too tricky just click on the year group below yours.
Here is the link…
Hello to all Squirrels!
I hope you are all keeping well. Watch this space for ideas for your home learning over the coming weeks.