Friday 22nd May 2020
Goodness gracious! It’s Friday! End of Term! Science today and collecting descriptive words in English. What a week it’s been! Time for one last lot of blog learning then a well-earned rest! Come on, let’s go Joe!
Click the link to the Department for Education's phonics lessons!
Soumya's and Mrs Finn’s group
watch the 10:00 am video for phase 3 & 4
All other groups, including Mr Hazelby’s
watch the 10.30 am video for phase 5
If videos, don’t play, you can still go to phonics play.co.uk to practise there!
GORILLA: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE WORDS AND PHRASES FROM THE STORY?
Find, Read and collect!
Read this part of the story from Gorilla:
I really like the phrase " tingling with excitement" because it gives me a feeling that Hannah is really looking forward to her present! It prepares us for something in the next part of the story because it helps us to have an idea of how Hannah is feeling! It's a very good description! So good I could draw a picture of it!
What picture would you draw to show someone "Tingling with excitement"?
Look through the power point of Gorilla again. Find phrases or words that you think make great adjectives or pictures. Explain a little about how you think they are used well in the story. Can you use them to draw a picture?
Math Warm Up!
Get Math fit by logging in to TT Rock Stars to practise your tables!
Problem-solving with the time! There are 4 questions below! Read carefully!
If you still need more, there are some arithmetic questions in the file below. Open, copy on paper and solve!
There are lots of questions to practice your addition, subtraction, multiplication and division!
You can print them off and do 4 a day or you can copy them from the open document onto paper to try.
Use objects to help you if you get stuck or draw the numbers as circles or squares to calculate.
Chocolate versus ice!
Melt some chocolate and ice. Have an adult to help you. Time how long each takes to melt. Draw or take photos of your investigation. Both are types of materials.
Does one melt quicker than the other? Why might this be?
Which one, based on your investigation, would you say could be better for building a house with? Or does it depend...?
Show what you found out, how you created your investigation and what you think in writing and drawings(diagrams) or photos.
Show a design for your house made from one of the materials you tested and label what its strengths and weaknesses are!
A Little Extra: Chocolate!
You will need White, dark and milk chocolate for this investigation.
END OF FRIDAY MAY 22nd LEARNING.
END OF TERM 5! A WEEK'S HOLIDAY! WELL DONE ON LEARNING SO MUCH THIS TERM!
Geography Skills: Gorilla!
Which countries in Africa can you find gorillas in?
Why are those countries ideal for gorilla families?
-think of the land and the climate: how do they help the gorillas live their lives?
What problems do gorillas have that are caused by humans?
How are some people helping them? Use maps, books, the internet to do some research and create a poster to show the answers you find!
English: An Animal Adventure!
Draw a comic cartoon of you on an adventure with your favourite animal! Use your imagination! Which animal would you go with? Where would you go? What exciting things would you do? Would you do anything funny? Include speech bubbles and sentences using but if so and because.
English: Write a thank you letter
Hannah had a wonderful time with the gorilla doing the things she really liked.
Imagine you were Hannah, Write a letter to the gorilla to say thank you for the adventure and explaining how you felt and the wonderful things you enjoyed.
What did you see, feel, hear, smell that made you happy? What memories will you keep forever about this night?
Today we’re going to be doing a number of activities and timing ourselves!
Choose 3 to 5 exercises from those shown here (you don’t have to do them all).
Start with 15 seconds-you might need someone to help you here to watch the time!
How many of each exercise can you do in 15 seconds? Count as you do them!
When you’re ready, you can see how many you can do in 30 seconds and then 1 minute!
Build up gradually and safely. Get ready, get set, go!
Look at the story map for Attack from Mars!
What has been included?
Draw a story map of the adventure Hannah and the gorilla have.
How will your story map of Gorilla improve on the ideas in the Mars storyboard?
Include 3 to 6 things that you think were important in the adventure and make sure they are in order! Here are some pictures from Gorilla you could use to start you off:
Make a Board game!
From chess to monopoly, board games have been popular for over 5,000 years-The Ancient Egyptians even had a board game called Senet! Now it’s your turn! What is the objective of the game? What do players have to do? Are there squares to help players or dangers to avoid? What will the playing pieces look like? Is it like a quest? Is there a riddle to solve? You as Games Master decide! Use your imagination and any materials you can find! If you get stuck, have a look at the video below for some ideas!
ENGLISH: GORILLA by ANTHONY BROWNE
Hannah had to say goodbye to the gorilla but she had a toy one which made her smile! She could’ve been disappointed!
Write about a time when you were disappointed. How did you make yourself feel better?
Did someone else help you?
Did you overcome the disappointment like Hannah?
Use First, then, next, after that and finally to start your sentences. Can you use if and because in any of them? Don’t forget to check: capital letters and full stops!
SCIENCE: The Three Little Pigs
Watch the story of the three little pigs.
What three materials did the pigs build their houses from?
Thinking about the properties of the materials they used, can you explain why they were poor or good choices for a house? Draw and label your own diagrams to show your explanation about each pig’s house and choice of materials.
What do you think the science tells us about the advice or moral of the story?
The 'Pets of ABC Kahoot Quiz' is now live until 3pm today!
To enter go to kahoot.it and enter the game PIN: .
When asked to put in your nickname please put your first name, initial of surname and then your class e.g. John F Nightingales.
Any entries without this type of nickname won't be accepted. One entry per person. Let's see if Chaffinches can win! Good luck.
We’re looking to the future! Our future and what we'd like it to be!
We’ve had a long time at home this term, haven't we?
It could be something simple like playing a game you love or visiting a place you've always wanted to go!
It could be what you're thinking about the summer or the autumn!
Write about or draw what you are looking forward to, your wishes, your hopes, your aspirations.
What would you like to see happen in the future? Is there anything you’d change?
Read the first 6 pages of Gorilla by Anthony Browne.
Write a description about Hannah. Use questions, who, what, where, when, how to help write the description:
What does she like doing? How do you know? How does she feel? Where does she live and what does this tell us about her?
Look at different images of the book Gorilla above.
What do you think the story is going to be about?
Write down your ideas.
Write any facts you know/can find out about Gorillas!
Monday 11th May 2020
Good Morning Everyone!
I hope you had a lovely weekend and VE day, well done to Rup Mok in year 3 who won the Kahoot quiz on Friday and there's a chance for all to take part this Friday! Details to follow! This week we're going to read Gorilla and look again at fractions. Check out the videos on how to make different kinds of puppets and try these out during the week! Phonics is at the usual time and place and we're starting with some exercise to get our hearts fit and our bodies healthy. Let's go Chaffinches!
Make up a striking game. Explain rules so others can try your game out.
Watch this striking fielding game called Chuck the chicken!
It’s an example of how you could invent your own striking and fielding game and write/ draw a set of instructions of how to play a game you’ve invented! You can make your game simple or complicated, for 2 players or more-you decide. Watch to see what you could include:
SCIENCE: What is the best material for the sole of a shoe?
There are many different types of shoe. Can you name the shoes in the picture and say what they are for?
What materials have been used?
Look at your shoes at home. What materials are they made from? Why do you think those materials were chosen?
Design a shoe for walking in the mountains.
What material will you need for the sole? What material for the upper part? Will you have laces on your shoe? What other materials might be useful to keep the walker safe?
Think about grip, comfort and durability.
Which materials would be unsuitable for this type of shoe? Give reasons.
History Toys: Compare the two boxes of crayons.
What similarities and differences do you notice?
Can you make a moving toy using junk modelling?
Below is a video which shows you how to make a moving car.
If you prefer, you can design a moving toy of your own and try and make that! Search the internet with an adult to find junk modelling ideas for a moving toy.
DOGGER: Dave was helped by different people in the story.
Write about a time that you helped someone or someone helped you with something difficult.
What did they help you with? How did they help you? How did you ask them? How were you feeling? Were you or they successful in helping? How did everyone feel in the end?
Use if, because, so, but, when to make your sentences interesting. Can you use adjectives and adverbs to make your recount more descriptive?
Investigation: How long can a toilet roll container hold water?
You will need:
Set up the investigation
1. Seal the toilet roll with at least four sheets thickness of
newspaper and tape.
2. Set it in the bowl.
3. Carefully pour water into the toilet roll using a cup and funnel.
4. Make a note of the time you started the investigation.
5.Take photos to record or
make a short description of what happens to the toilet roll over time.
Come back every 2 minutes to observe what happens and record.
6.After half an hour, explain what you think happened.
Is cardboard a good material for a cup? Why/ why not?
Thursday 30th April 2020
Happy Thursday Everyone! Today you've got phonics and print making!
Also some writing that involves designing a fancy dress costume and division questions on the 3s. Joe is here of course and there's oak academy and BBC Bitesize to look at too! Everything you need for an action-packed learning Thursday! Let's get going!
Thursday 30th April 2020
ENGLISH The Fancy Dress Parade! Imagine that you are there!
Design a costume for the fancy dress parade at the fair and write about the parade.
Draw and label your costume for the fair! What will you be? An animal? A pirate? A princess or an alien? Why did you choose this costume?
Use because, so, but in your sentences to explain your ideas.
What was the parade like? How did you and other people feel? What other things did you see and hear? How exciting was it? Did you win the fancy dress prize? You decide!
ART:Andy Warhol Print
Make your own version of a Warhol print!
You could base the print on a toy or your portrait!
Watch the video on how to make a simple mono-print and give it a go with your own toy or portrait design! Keep the design simple-remember you are printing, not drawing and colouring!
The Lost Toy
Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end. Write a story about a lost toy. Use adjectives and adverbs for description.
Include some speech and characters. Use your imagination!
How is the toy lost? How do the characters feel? What do they do? What happens? How do they find the toy?
PE: Watch the video about using different types of rackets and bats to strike a ball. Try them out for yourself!
Think about your performance: what did you do well and what could you improve?
Today in English, make a storyboard for Dogger’s story!
There is an example for you above to use if you want.
First, re-watch the Dogger story.
Then, prepare your story board.
You can decide on 6 events to record on your board but they must be in order or sequence as they were in the story!
Draw pictures and give each a title, include speech balloons for any of the characters to show their feelings. Try to think how you would feel in those parts of the story to help you. Write a sentence for each picture to describe what is happening.
Today watch the video about the prophet of Islam, Muhammed (Peace be upon him). Watch it as many times as you need to answer the questions and check your answers.
Find out: where and when he was born. Why do Muslims think he is important? What is the Qu'ran? How was he a good example of a Muslim? What can we tell from the video about what Muslims believe ?
DOGGER : Character Description
Write a character and appearance description for Dave, Bella or Joe – use adjectives & noun phrases.
What is the character like? What sort of person do you think they are? What evidence is there in the story for your ideas? What do they look like? Describe appearance and clothes!
A noun phrase is a descriptive phrase that has up to three adjectives separated by commas before a noun.
The girl with long, blonde, curly hair. Hair is a noun. Long, blonde, curly are all adjectives.
Halving or dividing by two is a very useful method for sharing things with another person! It’s fair.
Back in time! How are your toys different or similar to toys your parents or grand parents played with? Talk to an adult and find out! What did you think about their toys? Draw a poster to show any differences and similarities and add some sentences.
Friday 24th April 2020
Happy Friday Everyone!
I hope you enjoyed the St George and the Dragon story yesterday. If you want, draw a picture to put up on your wall about it or send it to me to put on the class page. You can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Today we have Phonics, Dogger, Math and science., but first let's do PE with Joe!
Dave's Diary or Bella's Diary
Re-watch Dogger. Choose a part of the story then write a diary entry either as if you were Dave or as if you were Bella. What are the key things that happened? How did you feel and what did you do? What did you say? What happened in the end? Use adjectives and adverbs (quickly, slowly) to describe things and but, so and because to connect your sentences and ideas.
Watch the video. Make notes: list the materials you see and their properties.
Think and discuss:Why are properties important? Why wouldn't you build a bridge out of rubber?
Thursday 23rd April 2020
Good Morning Chaffinches!
St George is the patron saint of England, a brave knight who fought a dragon!You can watch and read about his story in the link at the end!
In English today, plan a treasure hunt around the house! Take some photos of hiding one of your favourite toys somewhere in the house, then write clues to finding it! Use words like First, then, so, because and If in your clues to make your treasure hunter think! Try out your clues on an adult-can they find your toy?
ART and DT
This term is all about toys! We are looking at the work of Andy Warhol, a famous artist of the 1960's and 1970's, who was involved in Pop Art. You can watch a video about Pop Art below.
We will be looking at his work on Toys.Here are three examples of his work:
Things to do and think about:
Write down your thoughts about the pictures and keep these for later.
What type of toy can you see in each picture? How has the artist made the toy appear more exciting and lively? Why do you think he repeated each toy four times? How do the pictures make you feel?
Now have a go at copying one of the pictures and using your own colours.
Practise as many times with a pencil as you can.
Fact File on Andy Warhol
Research 5 facts about Andy Warhol then write a short fact file about him as a person and an artist.
Challenge: Name one way he was he different to artists who came before him in history?
Wednesday 22nd April 2020
Good Morning Chaffinches!
There are two new links for you to explore: one is to BBC Bitesize where you'll find videos, quizzes and games connected to all the subjects and the brand new Oak Academy Online, which has lessons for each year group! Find Year 1 or Year 2 to see which subjects they're showing daily.
As always, go to phonics play to practise your sounds!
Re-watch Dogger then look at these pictures and create two sets of speech bubbles for each one.
Think about what the characters are saying and how they might be feeling when their talking. What questions might they be asking?
Counting in 2's
Practise your understanding of the 2's with these questions
Dear Children and Parents,
Open the weekly overview to see what we're doing this week and when!
Have a good day!
Tuesday 21st April 2020
Good Morning Everyone!
Yesterday we started reading Dogger, our class book.
Have a re-watch but this time watch to the end.
Scroll down and use the link after the questions.
Dave really loved Dogger, didn't he?
Today, think about a toy that you really love or loved. It could be a toy from when you were very little or a toy you have now. What did you love about the toy? What games did you play with it? Did you share the toy with anyone else? What did it look like? Feel like? Why was it special?
Yesterday we designed a Lost poster for Dogger, today draw and write about your favourite toy and what it means to you.
Log on FREE to phonics play and head to the Tricky Trucks in phase 4 to practise your tricky words.
Try and write down and spell words you remember. Use 3 of the words you remember in sentences, Don't forget capital letters and full stops!
Math: practise your times tables on TT Rockstars 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s are priority!
4s and 7s a challenge!
Tomorrow we will start arithmetic.
RE this term is all about Islam, and the key question we will be discussing and thinking about is:
Who is Muslim and what do they believe?
Watch and re-watch the animation about the five pillars of Islam. When you are ready, show what you have learnt about the 5 pillars. You can use drawings, words and sentences. You could present what you've learnt as a comic strip! Deep Thinking Question: Why do you think they are called pillars?
Monday 20th April 2020
Have a look at our book for this term, times tables practice with TT Rockstars and our Science.
Lots of activities to do! Have fun learning!
Every term, we look at and read a book that connects to our topic.
Look at the cover of the book and discuss with an adult, here are some questions to help you:
What do you think the book is about?
Who or what is Dogger?
What can you say about how the little boy feels and why? What might happen in the story?
Click the link to watch and listen to the story. Play the video up to the point where Dave realizes Dogger is lost.
Help! Lost Toy!
Can you help Dave get Dogger back by creating a poster?
You'll need to have a title: LOST and then a picture and description of Dogger.
You could say why Dave wants him back and where and when he was lost, too. If he's found, how will the person get in contact with Dave?
Times Tables Practice: Focus on 2s, 3s and 5s. If you want a challenge: 4s and 7s. You'll need your login!
Our science this term is connected with materials! Remember Term 1? Here's a fun activity to get you started:
Make a materials chart with different materials from around the house and garden!
How many can you find and collect?
You could draw the materials, colour and label them or you could find them and stick them on your chart with cello tape!
Or make a scrapbook for your science!
When you've collected your different materials, write the names and 1 property of each next to them. You could do this in bubble writing to make it really creative and stand out!
Have a great day!
3rd April 2020
Although you've all probably started early!
For the next two weeks, enjoy the break. Look back through the resources on the blog from these last few weeks, there's plenty here to practice-maybe try another level of question or repeat a science activity-practice makes perfect.
Have a look under the other headings on the page for extra resources. Or try the Hamilton pack.
I've included today some more work on money and fractions to help you consolidate these and a link to some science investigations in TWINKL.
The Roald Dahl comparisons is a reading with some excellent practice questions. You could do your own heroes and villains writing or posters comparing your favourites!
Whatever you decide to do, have a lovely Easter break and enjoy the spring season!
All the best
2nd April 2020
Today I thought I'd share a really popular resource to help you improve your phonics. It's a website that has lots of fun activities and games to help you sound out words and improve your reading and writing skills.
There are lots of levels to practice and explore and it's something you can use everyday! Some of the games you can play with someone else so make sure you have an adult to join in!
For something creative, try watching this tutorial on making an origami frog and using the template provided. Again, an adult can help and if you make two frogs, you could try racing them! Origami is a fun way to train your fingers and that's good for writing! It takes practice so keep trying if at first you don't succeed. If it goes wrong-just think and look: what went wrong? What do you need to do to make it better?
You can do it!
Math today is a set of questions to find out what you know about measurements and what you need to revise or learn. Take it slowly. Read the questions carefully before answering and check with an adult if unsure or get them to sign up for Teachers TV at the link below. Search for a lesson to help you!
Have a great day learning!
1st April 2020
Happy April Fools Day Chaffinches!
You can read all about the history of this old tradition using the link below. Take ideas you like to make a comic strip or a poster about April Fool. You could even try making a timeline of some of the ideas showing the years they became traditions. What traditions do you celebrate?
I've also included today some practice with plurals. These are nouns for more than one e.g 1 child, 2 children. Children is the plural form of Child as there is more than one! There are different levels for you to try from easy to tricky! If you're not sure, use the website to remind you!
For maths , we are going to start looking at measurement. Today it's about length and centimetres,
How many centimetres are there in a metre?
Work through the power point first before answering the levels of questions.
Finally, something creative with art. A landscape is a place, This video will take you through the steps needed to create one of your own. Remember! Practice! Practice! Practice!
Have fun and a great day!
31st March 2020
Good Morning Chaffinches!
Soon Christians across the world will be celebrating Easter and the big question for RE this term is:
Why does Easter matter to Christians?
Take a look at these 7 different Christian countries and have a look how Easter is celebrated there:
Find a map of the world and find the countries here. Are they close to each other or far apart?
What things did you find surprising about their Easter traditions?
As an activity, you could write about 2 of them showing how they are different.
Watch the Easter story about Jesus in Jerusalem for the Passover:
Think carefully, what is it about the story that is so important for Christians today that they celebrate it the world over?
Which parts of the story are sad and which are hopeful?
Have a go at making an Easter basket using these videos. You’ll need paper/card and scissors. Don’t forget a ruler!
Monday 30th March 2020
A very good morning to you all and how are you?
First up: your 9 am PE training with Joe to get you wide awake and ready for the day!
Next you could practice some multiplication and division with the power point and the sets of questions. The questions range from easy to more challenging. Don’t try to do them all in the same day! Get something to write with and some paper to record your answers for the power point.
English today is all about using because and that to join sentences and make them more interesting-a simple and effective way to improve your writing! Use the power point and the questions just like the math. Can you think of interesting sentences of your own? Maybe about videos, TV you’ve seen or books you’ve read?
Finally, for science, some videos about animal habitats to watch.
You could make a list of important habitat words and draw pictures for them as posters.
You could design one of the habitats using cardboard, paints and junk you find around the house.
You could create your own animal and its habitat! What does your animal look like? What things does it have in its habitat to eat? To make a home?
You could see if you can find other information in videos or articles about different habitats. What interesting facts can you find?
Don’t forget to share via e-mail any of the things you’ve been doing in the last week and keep checking the class pages for more!
Have a great day!
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Happy Friday Everyone! The Weekend is here!
Today I've put on some spellings for you to practice, just like you would in class!
I've also put some ideas to help you learn your spellings, so give some of those a try-remember a little and often for these-it is better to take time on one or two words than all of them at once when writing them in sentences!
There's a power point about a famous explorer Francis Drake to look at as part of history. Look at it closely and note down main dates and important things he did then use that information to design an information poster about him. You could find out more by researching on the internet.
The inference practice is a little detective work-look at the things in the bin and see if you can work out anything about the owner. Discuss your ideas with an adult and write down your best ones before you look at the answers!
I've included a little science project to try at the weekend if you can find the ingredients, Take pictures of your project as you do it. What surprised you? What did you enjoy?
There's a geography booklet too. Look on google earth and add cities and names of countries to the maps.
Choose one European country and see what you can find out about it.
Above all, eat well and keep fit and healthy! Keep looking at Joe Wicks for fitness exercises and help your parents around the house. Even if the weather's dull, try and get out in the fresh air with your family for a walk. Have a lovely weekend and I'll be back on Monday!
A very happy Thursday morning to everyone!
Have a look at these learning ideas: you've got fractions challenges, a few practices with apostrophes for contractions such as I've and She's and a set of instructions on how to make Rocky Road!
Make sure you share this last one with an adult as their help will be needed! You could even write your own set of instructions for a recipe or activity you like!
And of course there is the link to Joe Wicks' PE channel for kids which starts at 9 am.
It's important to practice and learn but don't forget to take breaks too and get outside to enjoy the spring, especially if the weather is fine!
Have a good day and happy learning!
Good Morning Everyone!
Hope everyone is keeping well and looking at the resources on the class page-there's lots to try and links to help you keep learning!
Click the link below for some yoga! Good for your body and relaxing and you can do it in your living room!
Give it a go!
Don't forget that I'm able to answer questions from 9 am until 11 am Monday to Friday on the chaffinch e-mail or if you want to share any work you've done that you're proud of.
Keep learning and visiting the Chaffinch page,
Good Morning Chaffinches!
I've put some links on your class page to help you with your learning and will be adding more this week.
Don't forget that you can e-mail me with any questions about your learning at: email@example.com.
I will be online to answer from 9 am to 11 am if you have a question.
Have a lovely day and do try out some of the links I've sent!