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12/06/2020

 

Good morning!

 

The end of another week. Does anyone else find it really difficult at the moment to keep track of what day it is? I was convinced it was Tuesday when I got up this morning. But then, my memory these days is a bit unreliable!

 

There is a new Kahoot quiz! Click on the link and enter the following game pin: 05559366. The quiz this week is 'ABC's Where am I?' At the moment Mrs Eades is winning - have a go and see if you can knock her off the top spot!

 

Have a wonderful weekend when it gets here. Hopefully the weather will be good and we'll be able to enjoy some sunshine. And, for all you football fans, the Premier League is back next week! Miss Flisher is very happy as it appears Liverpool are going to win the league. Still, they're not as good as Arsenal!

 

Take care of yourselves,

Mr Newman

11/06/2020

 

Good morning!

 

I hope you are all well. There is a new feature today on the class page. Mrs Hallihan, who is a very, very talented linguist, has designed some tres bien (very good) French lessons and has shared them with our class. Why not practise your French and send me a video clip of you speaking French?

There will be some other language lessons arriving on the page soon too.

 

Have a great day. Keep sending your work to herons@archbishopcourtenay.kent.sch.uk and let me know how you're getting on.

 

Keep safe,

Mr Newman

10.06.2020

 

Good morning all.

 

What a year 2020 is turning out to be. Pandemics, protests, the world seemingly turned upside down - we are living through a significant period of history. Today, why not have a think about what is happening all around us - could you create a piece of work about how it makes you feel or what you think about it all? It could be anything you want - art, a poem, a song, a piece of writing - you have the freedom to do anything! Please send me anything you do to herons@archbishopcourtenay.kent.sch.uk and it'll go on the website.

 

Work

The English work on Wonder can be found here

Year 6 Maths can be found here.

Year 5 Maths can be found here.

RE can be found here.

Science can be found here.

Some story writing starters can be found here.

Daily challenges can be found here.

 

I hope you are all well. Please stay safe and take care of yourselves.

 

Mr Newman

09.06.2020

Good morning!

 

I hope you are all well. Thank you for all emails showing all the work you have been doing - it's been lovely to see so many of you working hard!

 

If you are in Year 6, an email has been sent to your parents and carers asking whether or not you are returning to school next Monday. Whatever your decision, we will support you in any way we can and work will continue to be provided on the class web page. Please ask your parent or carer to reply to the email, or email herons@archbishopcourtenay.kent.sch.uk, or use the message box at the bottom of the blog page.

 

Have an incredible day!

 

Keep safe,

Mr Newman

08.05.2020

 

Good day to everyone!

 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. It is a pity the weather has turned slightly for the worse, but it's good to have a bit of cooler weather and some rain for a change.

 

English

English this week is continuing with Wonder, our class text. You can find the lessons here. Also, on the class English page, there are lots of story openers and ideas for you to write your own stories. Why not have a go at one of them? Remember, they don't have to be finished in one day, but can be done over the course of several days, or even weeks.

 

Maths

Follow the links on the class maths page for the maths work. Also, continue with Times Tables Rockstars and Mathletics.

 

Have a great day and a great week!

 

Mr Newman

5.6.2020

 

Happy Friday to you all!

 

The end of another week. I hope you are all well. 

 

There is a Kahoot! quiz available to play. This quiz is based on fun facts about the staff at ABC. It's a bit of fun, so why not have a go? Type Kahoot into your internet browser, enter the Game PIN: 02039267 and away you go. The deadline is 3pm today - good luck!

 

As ever, keep sending me work and questions and I will respond as soon as possible.

 

Have a lovely weekend when it gets here.

 

Take care,

Mr Newman

4.6.2020

Good morning all!

 

The sun has disappeared and, for the first time in what feels like forever, it feels chilly.

 

How are you getting on with the work? It feels like forever since we were in proper lessons and it may be some time before we ever get back to what we considered 'normal'. However, every day that passes is a day closer to normality.

 

Maths work today in my maths group is focused on ordering fractions, decimals and percentages and you can find the work here.

For Mrs Evans' maths group, your work is focused again on equivalent fractions. You can find the work here.

 

Let me know how you are all getting on.

 

Take care,

Mr Newman

3/6/2020

Good morning! I hope everyone is doing well.

 

On the English page, there is a link to Wonder, our book for this term, and three lessons to go with it. There is also a website full of story starters for you to write your own story.

 

If you are in my maths group, today's work is on equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages. See lesson 2 on the maths page under Term 6 Week 1: Fractions, decimals and percentages. There are video clips and websites available for any help you may need.

If you are in Mrs Evans' maths group, your work today is also based on equivalent fractions. You will find your work on the maths page under Fractions (click on Mrs Evans' maths group first).

If you are in Year Five, Miss Flisher has provided lots of work for you. If you click on Year 5 on the maths page you will be taken to the relevant place.

 

There is a science lesson based on classification on the science page, along with resources and hints and tips. There is a series of RE lessons on the RE page.

 

Please send me any work you complete, or if you need help I am here for you to ask. Just email herons@archbishopcourtenay.kent.sch.uk or use the message box at the bottom of this page.

 

Take care and have a great day,

Mr Newman

2/6/2020

Good morning all!

 

I'd like to signpost you to some new content on the class page this morning. There is a challenge of the day page, which is a link to a website that has a challenge for every day of the year.

 

On the English page, there is a new link to story writing. This will take you to a website with lots of different story starters for you to write a story of your choice. There is also a writer's checklist for you to use to help you in your writing. Illustrate your stories; maybe even turn it into a book - the choice is yours!

There is also a link to this term's work.

 

On the RE page there is a new page for this term's learning. We are still learning about Islam but this term there are specific lessons for you to enjoy.

 

Year 6 - your maths work has been uploaded to the maths page. Year 5 - your work is being uploaded today. Please get in touch if you need help, want to show me what you've been up to, or simply just want to talk. We're here to help in any way we can.

 

Have a great day,

Mr Newman

1/6/2020

Hello! Welcome to June and Term 6. I hope you had a relaxing, sun-filled break.

 

Work will continue to be added to the class web page. We are carrying on with World War Two for our topic, science is Living Things and there will be reading, writing, maths and art tasks and work to complete. Once Year Six are back in school we will be focusing a lot on transition to secondary school; see more information below.

 

For Year Six, we are gearing up for the transition to secondary school and will be providing lots of information and resources for your benefit. Please take time to have a look at what we provide; questions you might have may be answered on the transition page. If you have any questions, please email herons@archbishopcourtenay.kent.sch.uk or use the message box at the bottom of the blog page.

 

We are here if you need help, support or reassurance for anything.

Take care and be safe,

Mr Newman

22/05/2020

Good morning and welcome to the last day of Term 5!

 

Wasn't yesterday hot? I was in school and it was like a greenhouse in the corridors! I hope that if you went outside you were careful in the sun and stayed hydrated.

 

Thank you for the all the emails you have sent me this week. I'm sorry I haven't uploaded any of your amazing work to the web page yet but I will do in the next day or so.

 

Next term, we are carrying on with the Second World War topic. Our science topic is All Living Things and we will be carrying on with the White Rose maths work.

 

Have a lovely day and the most relaxing half term possible in these current circumstances.

 

Stay safe!

 

Mr Newman

20/05/2020

Good morning!

 

I hope you are well on this sunny morning. How are you getting on with the work?

It's supposed to be a scorcher today, so please make sure that if you go outside you keep safe from the sun and keep hydrated with enough water.

 

Here's a challenge for you all: have a go at cooking or baking something and send a picture to herons@archbishopcourtenay.kent.sch.uk - please remember to be safe!

 

I look forward to seeing what you make!

 

Keep safe and have a great day!

 

Mr Newman

19/05/2020

Good morning Herons!

 

It is beautiful day again, it definitely makes it easier in these circumstances when the weather is nice. How are you all?

I was in school yesterday. I saw Darcie and we made sunhats out of paper and card, decorating them with glitter, paint, feathers and other arty things. Why not create your own sunhats? They're very practical in this hot and sunny weather!

Please get in touch if you need help with anything or just want to let me know how you're doing.

 

Keep safe! Have a great day!

 

Mr Newman

18/05/2020

Hello, and welcome to another week!

 

It is technically the last week of term 5! I am in school today (Monday) so I am writing the blog on Sunday afternoon, so if you email me please be aware I won't be available today; I will answer as soon as possible.

 

This week, our English, writing and topic work is focused on the war itself and a very sobering part of history, the Holocaust. Please be aware that there are research tasks to do, but there is distressing content on the internet. Parents, it is advised that you supervise your children during these tasks. We have provided website suggestions on the planning document. These activities are to be found on the Second World War section of the class web page.

 

There are opportunities to write poems and songs this week, and some reading tasks based on the book Rose Blanche. These lessons are found on the English section of the class web page. There are science activities on the science page.

 

In maths, if you are in my maths group there is new learning, plus video clips, on the maths page under the tab 'Mr Newman's maths group'. If you are in Mrs Evans' group, there is new learning, along with video clips, on the Year Six page under 'Mrs Evans' group'.

 

Please get in touch if you need help or you want to show me what you've been up to. Keep safe and have a great week!

 

Mr Newman

15/05/2020

Good morning!

 

Today, Friday, why not try one of the science experiments on the class science page? These experiments are designed not only to be educational but also to have fun and inspire creativity - have a go and send me what you come up with. Please also send me any other pieces of work you have done. As ever, if you need help please don't hesitate to ask - either use the message box at the bottom of the blog or email herons@archbishopcourtenay.kent.sch.uk

 

Next week - unbelievably - is the last week of this term! Madness!

 

Have a great day and weekend when it gets here!

Stay safe.

 

Mr Newman

14/05/2020

Good afternoon Herons!

 

I'm sorry this post is later than usual - my son hasn't been very well today. Thankfully, he's perking up a bit now.

 

I hope you are all well. The weather has been cold recently, hasn't it? Unfortunately, we have had a bit of a nightmare with the tomatoes and now the sunflowers too. An animal - I don't know what but my number one suspect is a badger - has dug up and destroyed all but one of the sunflowers. It's a real shame as we were on course to have at least ten beautiful sunflowers. Sometimes these things happen - it's how nature works. I will now look after the remaining sunflower very, very carefully!

 

How is the work coming along? It would be great to hear from you to hear how you all are, as well as to see examples as your work.

 

Keep well and safe,

Mr Newman

13/05/2020

Good morning everyone!

 

I hope you're all doing well.

Remember, if you are in my maths group the work is now on the maths page under 'Mr Newman's maths group'. Please send me any work you have completed. There is also a new science experiment that you might enjoy on the science page.

 

I'm afraid the tomato plants haven't made it. They were dug up by a cat or a fox over the other night and so, unfortunately, there won't be any Heron tomatoes this year. However, the sunflowers are doing very well and growing quickly.

 

Lockdown is being eased in some areas today, although please remember that social distancing is still in place. Please keep safe!

 

Mr Newman

12/05/2020

Good morning!

 

I hope you are all doing well so far this week.

 

As you might be aware, White Rose Maths have stopped providing free worksheets for home learning. As a school, we have access to the worksheets so we will upload the week's worksheets to the class maths page. If you are in my maths group, I will upload the work to a page called 'Mr Newman's maths group'. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

 

Keep safe,

Mr Newman

11/05/2020

Hello Herons, and welcome to a new week!

I hope you are all well.

 

A new science lesson is on the class science page - it is another creative project, this time designed to test your creativity, engineering skills, understanding of global climate and growing things. Have a go and send me your ideas!

 

Year 6 maths - all those in my group, continue to follow the White Rose scheme of learning. There are, in addition, some maths challenges and games on the class maths page. You will need to scroll down to near the bottom of the page until you find the tab 'Games and activities'. Don't be afraid to start with the easier ones just to get used to them.

If you are in Mrs Evans' group, I would like you to work on the 'Four operations problems' work, about halfway down the page. These problems will test your skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, but please don't panic - start slowly and take your time. In some of the problems, you may have to use more than one of the operations, so make sure you read the question carefully. As ever, send me or Mrs Evans a message if you are stuck. Also, please feel free to have a go at the games and activities mentioned above.

 

Year 5 maths - carry on with the work set on the Year 5 maths page. There are also some games, activities and challenges that will be available for you to try.

 

Thank you to all who have sent me messages, pictures and questions. It has been lovely and reassuring to see and hear how hard you are working and refusing to let this situation get in the way of your learning.

 

Take care and keep safe.

 

Mr Newman

07/05/20

 

Hello Herons

 

What a lovely warm day. It definitely feels like summer is on its way, although apparently the weather is set to get colder again by Sunday. I'm trying to get out for a walk every day - my son is getting better at walking and he comes with me, pointing at the cars and the trees.

 

Tomorrow, the 8th May, is VE Day. It is also a Bank Holiday. Therefore, I don't expect you to send me any work! Enjoy the day, whether you are celebrating VE Day or just having a relaxing day. Please remember, however, to keep within social distancing.

 

Keep well and safe,

 

Mr Newman

06/05/2020

Good afternoon Herons

 

How are you all? It's been a beautiful day; I took my son on a walk early this morning to get our exercise and we saw a deer in the woods.

 

I've attached pictures of the sunflowers and tomato plants. I'm afraid the tomatoes are not doing at all well. What do you think has gone wrong? What could I do to help them? Do some research and send me your suggestions in the message box at the bottom of the blog page!

 

As ever, keep safe and well.

 

Mr Newman

05/05/2020

Good morning!

 

I hope everyone is safe and well.

 

How is this week's work going so far? Check Goldfinches' class page to listen to the stories read by Mrs Evans (I am going to be reading a story soon too!).

 

As ever, keep sending emails and messages about how you're getting on, including pictures of the work you have been doing. It's been lovely to get messages asking for help about the work too so please, if you're stuck in any way, send me a message and I will reply as soon as I can. If you are determined to have a go yourself, however, check out BBC Bitesize - this website has learning on a huge range of topics and is very user-friendly.

 

Keep safe and well.

 

Mr Newman

01/05/2020

Good morning and welcome to May!

 

I hope you're all well Herons. I was in school yesterday so I do apologise for not replying to any emails.

It's a shame the weather isn't as good as it has been but at least the plants have some water. Speaking of plants, I'm attaching some new pictures of the sunflowers and tomatoes.

 

Thank you for all the emails of work - I have uploaded some to the web page and will continue to do so. Please email anything you have done to herons@archbishopcourtenay.kent.sch.uk and I will upload it.

 

Have a good day and a happy weekend when it gets here.

 

Mr Newman

 

 

 

29/04/2020

Good morning!

 

I hope you're all doing well and keeping safe. 

 

Thank you for all the emails with your work. I am working through them and uploading them to the site. Keep going and send me what you have been doing - it's lovely to see.

 

If you are in Year 6, secondary school is moving closer. We want to know how you're feeling about this and know if there is anything we can do to help. Please complete https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/S3HFHLY , a survey for us to know what help and support you might need for your transition to secondary school.

 

Have a great day!

Mr Newman

28/04/2020

Good morning!

 

We have rain for the first time in ages. I've taken the opportunity to put the tomatoes and sunflowers outside to get some water - they're doing well (well, the sunflowers are, the tomatoes are a little bit feeble-looking). When it dries up I'll take some pictures and put them on the blog.

 

How are you all doing with the work? I'm looking forward to reading your evacuation stories - why not include some drawings to go with them?

 

As ever, please contact me at herons@archbishopcourtenay.kent.sch.uk or use the contact box at the bottom of the page if you need help or to let me know how you're doing.

 

Have a great day!

Mr Newman

27/04/2020

Good morning Herons!

 

I hope you are all well.

This week, all those in my maths group are working on angles. Please follow this link White Rose to find the learning. Those in Mrs Evans' group, check Goldfinches' class blog for the details.

 

In English, there is a reading task (on the class web page, check out the WW2 link) and the writing is focused on you writing your own evacuation story, using Friend or Foe for inspiration.

 

As ever, email herons@archbishopcourtenay.kent.sch.uk or use the message box at the bottom of the blog page if you need help or want to show me what you have done.

 

Keep safe!

Mr Newman

Hello Herons

Below is the link to our World War Two topic page. Keep an eye on this page as work will be uploaded every week. The first piece is ready and available for you to have a go at. Please contact me if you need help and email herons@archbishopcourtenay.kent.sch.uk with any work you complete so I can upload it to the class webpage.

Good luck!

Mr Newman

24/04/2020

 

Good morning Herons!

I hope you're all safe and well. What beautiful weather we are having at the moment. How are you all doing? Please email herons@archbishopcourtenay.kent.sch.uk if you need help or to let me know how you're getting on.

Keep safe,

Mr Newman

Sunflowers and tomatoes - 22/04/2020

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Hello Herons,

 

I hope you're well today. It's such lovely weather - the lockdown could be worse if the weather was terrible! As promised, I have taken some pictures of the tomatoes and sunflowers. I'm not sure if the tomatoes are going to produce anything but we shall see. At least the sunflowers are going well.

 

Thank you for all the emails you've been sending to herons@archbishopcourtenay.kent.sch.uk. It's good to hear from you and see what you've been up to.

 

Keep safe and well,

Mr Newman

Hello Herons!

 

Welcome to Term 5. I hope you had as good a Easter as possible in these strange times and managed to enjoy lots of chocolate. For the first time in over twenty years, my mum and dad didn't get me an Easter Egg!

 

From next week, a timetable for learning and English, maths and other learning will be uploaded to the class webpage. Please have a look and have a go at the tasks. Our topic is WW2 and it is an extremely interesting period of history to learn.

Also, BBC Bitesize has uploaded a huge amount of material and resources for learning at home. It has lots of videos, clips and interactive activities and I really recommend using it, particularly if you are finding something difficult to understand.

 

Plant update - the sunflowers are doing very well. The tomatoes are not doing so well and are not growing much at all. I will upload some pictures on to the blog tomorrow.

 

Please either email herons@archbishopcourtenay.kent.sch.uk or send a message in the box at the bottom of the class page if you need help, want to show what you have been up to or just to let me know how you are doing.

 

As ever, keep safe and well.

Mr Newman

Hello Herons.

 

I hope I find you safe and well.

 

Next term, our topic is World War Two. Now, I know we aren't at school at the moment, but we are going to be uploading work for each week on to the class pages, along with a suggested timetable of work. This will be happening after the Easter holiday. During the holiday, I won't be updating the blog but I will be checking the class email every day, so if you need anything please get in touch.

 

To get a head start on the new topic, why not start doing your own research? It would also be amazing if you could make your own Anderson Shelter, either as a model or life-sized! I will attach some information about them on the class page. Think about what materials you might need and how you might construct it. Take pictures of the process and email them to me so I can upload them to the blog.

 

Take care of yourselves and have a fabulous Easter.

Mr Newman

Tomato and sunflower update (day 10)

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Tomato and sunflower update (day 10) 3

Good morning Herons!

 

I hope you're all well. Today, I would like to share some advice about what to do if you feel stuck or overwhelmed about what to do. I completely know how it feels when you have so much to do and you don't know where to start.

 

  1. Do not panic! Set yourself a time limit for each topic. For example, an hour of maths, an hour of writing and an hour of reading a day. Remember, you don't have to do these all at once.
  2. Set yourself breaks. Allow yourself to relax, exercise and have a rest.
  3. Give yourself a target. For example, writing a page, completing two pages of maths, reading a chapter of your book. It is important to set a target that isn't too easy but isn't too difficult either.
  4. If you are stuck on something there are a number of things you can do. You can email herons@archbishopcourtenay.kent.sch.uk and I will help in anyway I can. You can also find YouTube videos and Google search (BBC Bitesize is always useful for helping tips and hints). Also check the class web page.

 

Keep an eye on the class web page for ideas and email herons@archbishopcourtenay.kent.sch.uk for anything at all - help with the work, ideas, advice, letting me know how you are getting on.

 

A shout-out to Mya, who solved a very difficult maths problem and proved me wrong in the process!

 

Take care and stay safe,

Mr Newman

Hello Herons!

 

How are you all? Thank you for all those who have emailed me, either with questions or sending work you have done. It's been lovely to see all your efforts. Please email me at herons@archbishopcourtenay.kent.sch.uk for any questions, work examples or just to say hi and let me know how you're getting on.

 

I've uploaded some updates to the tomato and sunflowers we were growing in class. Because we're not in school all the time at the moment, I've brought them home and put each plant in it's own pot, to allow them to grow the best they can. Hopefully, there will be some tomatoes and sunflowers to upload in the not to distant future.

 

I've also set myself a PE challenge everyday. 100 burpees, 100 press ups, 100 sit ups and 100 squats. Why not set yourself a challenge too?

 

As ever, please keep safe.

 

Mr Newman

Tomato and sunflower update (day 8)

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Hello Herons,

 

I hope you're well. I was in school yesterday and worked with Eden and several KS1 children to clear the allotment of weeds and plant some flowers; there was a lot to do but everyone did a great job. The aim is to get the allotment looking beautiful and clear of weeds. There is still a long way to go, but the hardest thing about a difficult job is to start it and we have made a great start.

 

Back in term one or two we began a project to create our own theme parks - due to time we didn't get to finish them. I am going to attach the theme park project to our class page so you can have a proper go at it. Why not have a go at actually building it too? Send me pictures of your creations and I'll put them on the blog. I look forward to seeing your creations.

 

As ever, if you have any questions about the work or anything else, please send me an email and I will reply as soon as I can.

 

Keep well and safe,

 

Mr Newman

Hello Herons,

 

Welcome to day three! I hope you are all well and enjoying the lovely weather as best you can. A big thank you to all of you have emailed me to let me know how you are getting on - it makes me incredibly proud to hear how you having a real go at the work and not letting this situation overcome you (demonstrating excellent resilience and aspiration!).

 

The tomatoes and sunflowers are still growing - I'll upload some pictures tomorrow when I'm in school.

 

Take good care,

 

Mr Newman

Hello Herons,

 

I hope you are all safe and well. I've never done a blog before - I don't really know what is supposed to go into a blog so I'll just make it up as I go along.

 

It feels very strange. The weather is lovely and warm, things seem normal but of course, nothing is normal at all. That's alright though, at this time (11:50 at the time of writing) we should be in English, doing lots of lovely writing in class, instead you can write from home and email me to let me know how you're getting on. Here's our class email address: herons@archbishopcourtenay.kent.sch.uk  You can email with questions, work or ideas - do stay in touch.

 

Anyhow - stay safe and BE GOOD! Have a go at the work, which is on the class web page if you didn't get a pack in school on Friday. 

 

Take good care - work hard!

Mr Newman

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