We hope you are safe and well and coping with the current situation. Thank you for your support and patience over the last few days, this is indeed a testing time for all of us and we are working hard to organise the best ways for your children to continue their learning at home.
We will update the website regularly so that daily work is provided for the children to access at home. We will keep it as easy to administer and organise as possible, however, we do encourage you to email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need any assistance with anything. We are still working and available to support throughout the working day.
We will set a daily English activity, Maths and Foundation subject to be completed. We will also offer a range of other suggestions/activities/websites that should keep the children busy over the next few weeks, until we see them again.
Obviously, we are setting this work for your children to keep up with the education we would be delivering at school and do ask you to encourage your child by providing them with a quiet place to concentrate and work. We will provide explanations of how to carry out the activities and sometimes add videos to support the teaching.
Please try to create a daily timetable that the children can stick to, so they become familiar with the structure and therefore are able to do their best learning. We would suggest:
*30 minutes English set activity,
* 30 mins set Maths activity,
*20-30 minutes reading (as part of the day not just at night times),
* 20-30 minutes foundation subject (set activity)
*20 minutes physical activity – a couple of times a day,
10 minutes spelling (will be attached)
and 10 minutes times tables practice.
Other fun activities include: gardening, cooking, online dance/yoga/PE activities, TTRS (please make good use of this for Times Tables practice), art and craft activities. Our topic this term has been focusing on all things British, do expose them to your favourite British bands, singers, music, childhood films, tv show etc also. The children also benefit from being read to, even though many of the class are great readers ,they do love listening to stories , so, either share stories together or online stories ( there are great deals at the moment).
I’m sure you have plenty of things you would like to do with your children and make the most of this strange situation we find ourselves in. Please do keep in touch with us, we are here to support but also, we will miss seeing all the children every day and would love to hear from them and see what they are up to. Do encourage the children to email us, to say hello, and let tell us how they are doing. We would also love them to send us photos (or keep them for when back at school if easier) for an activity I have in mind for when we are back together again.
In the meantime, stay safe, keep in touch and tell the children how much we are going to miss them, and we can’t wait to get back to normal and see them again soon.
With best wishes
Mrs O’Rourke and Mrs Smith.
The children are working on individual projects about a chosen city in the United Kingdom. They brought home a folder last week with the work they have started so far.
Over the next two weeks - (Monday to Wednesday) their task is to research their city and make notes under the specific headings. Some of the headings include
If anybody has misplaced the note making sheet do email and I can send another when in school this week.
These notes should then be written up in best handwriting (on different pages - different sizes, with sub-headings) and then brought back to class in their folders so we can make them into display posters when back at school.
The work they should produce for their posters include:
I did show the children a number of different examples of the final posters at school, so they should be clear about what they are doing. Any problems, do email me.
This ongoing project should take up our 6 English lessons for the next two weeks.
Maths this week:
This week we are continuing our work on fractions and we are adding and subtracting mixed numbers. The children have done this with me last week so it should be revision for them. There are a number of steps for the children to remember, please ensure they work through slowly and follow the correct method, paying close attention to the actual operation in the sum – many children concentrated so hard on the method for converting the mixed numbers they didn’t realise if the sum was + or -.
The children have used this method before and can take short cuts if they are confident, they do not need to simplify at the end, however, due teach them to if they are ready.
The method steps are:
The children know this method and should all be able to work through. Please do use the highlighted language to support them. I can attach an example of the method in a photo via email if that helps. The children have used this method before and can take short cuts if they are confident, they do not need to simplify at the end, however, due teach them to if they are ready. For example 3 2/12 = 31/6.
Again, any questions do email, it’s really hard trying to explain like this.
I have attached a couple of work sheets – some with the same denominators, some with different and then some mixed numbers. The children do not need to complete them all however are welcome to – I have added more on purpose.
In class, I would give them 4/5 from each sheet in the order stated, as each sheet moves on a step, i.e same denominators, finding denominators, converting mixed numbers and finding denominators, aiming to complete the final sheet.
The first two sheets they can hopefully do quite fast, the last one is trickier. You judge how your child is getting on, email if needed, please don’t stress over anything.
On a Monday we do Geography and ICT. Today, for Geography I would continue with projects from this morning – or do extra this morning.
ICT – let the children have some choosing time, either coding – scratch or similar, we have recently made videos using photos – if you have photos stored on your computers, they could make videos, adding music, effects etc. We used Movie Maker at school, but a similar programme should work. TTRS, virtual tours from museums, your choice. Email your teacher!
On Tuesday, we do RE and PE.
RE we have been learning about Islam, we have learning about how Muslim children live their lives, it’s really interesting. Share a video, with the children and discuss it, talk about the sacrifices Muslim children make, do we do things like that? Do you think it would easy to live your life like that? What would be the challenges? What are your thoughts about how Muslim children live?
Discuss what they know about how Muslims pray (call to prayer, Mosques, shoes off, prayer mats, prayer mats face towards Mecca, etc).
Look at examples of prayer mats, the children then have an activity to design a prayer mat.
PE – whatever you can do!!
PE with Joe Wicks is online from today, Just Dance? Yoga? Garden sports?
As stated, I’m on email today, do message me, I’ll respond as quick as I can. Do want you can, most importantly have a nice day.
This the video for RE.
Please work through these spellings, we usually do these once a week, I would suggest you do 2 columns this week and 2 next. Encourage children to think about what the spellings mean, use dictionaries to find definitions and use thesauruses to find synonyms. Writing sentences with these spellings is handwriting practice also.
We are up to Week 3 ( children should have their spelling books to double check). Do 'test' them on last weeks words and move on to this weeks. Any way they can learn them, writing them out, rainbow writing, look, cover check.
Who is missing school? I am – it’s not as easy teaching my teaching own children (who want to play outside or on iPad all the time!) as it is you guys! I hope you had a good day yesterday and are enjoying today. I am adding some maths word problems for you to do. Keep the methods the same, read the problems carefully and see how you get on.
In the afternoon, we have been doing music, ask mums and dads of their favourite British singers, bands, music etc and go online and listen to the songs/watch the videos etc and see which you like – or don’t like.
We should also be doing French – this can be hard enough at School so whilst at home do a different activity.
I am uploading a simple recipe in case anybody feels like baking – Swifts I hope you could give it a go yourselves if you have the ingredients. Also, you may have heard/seen that children nationwide are creating/painting rainbows and putting them up in the windows, to boost morale and entertain others on walks. Why not give that a try if you haven’t already?
I’ll be in touch on the weekend with your work for next week, your English project will be ongoing. Mrs Smith will be setting work now for Thursday and Friday. Do stay in touch, with questions/ anything you have been doing.
Stay safe everybody.