WRITING A STORY FOR YOUNG CHILDREN...
How are you getting on with having a go at writing a story for young children?
What subject have you chosen? It is a good idea to choose something that interests you..
I hope that you managed to have a look at the co-ordinates ppt. It should help you with today`s task - please see the two attachments.
I find food chains really fascinating. I wonder if you can have a go at creating your own.Take a look at the food chains worksheet.
When you are writing your short story, I want you to think about the fronted adverbials you can use. You need to put a comma after your fronted adverbial word or phrase (eg: After a while, Hesitantly, ).
Look at the attached worksheet to give you some ideas for fronted adverbials.
I have given you a lot of things to look at and think about today, but I want you to also be able to do something creative - especially while the sun is still shining.
I think there may be some rain on Wednesday. This will be good for the garden, but it may make it harder for you to go outside.
Get your sketch book and sketching pencils out. Choose a view or something very small to focus on and to draw carefully. Don`t forget your shading and observational skills. Stick your picture into your special book.
Also, please take opportunity to read outside in the sunshine.
Lastly, I hear that a Year 4 and a Year 5 girl have a birthday this week! I expect there have been a few others during the last few weeks, so if I have missed yours, here is a great big happy birthday to you. At least you don`t have to hear me singing!
Take care, keep safe.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT A FOOD CHAIN IS?
I hope that you have had a lovely half term break. I cannot believe how amazing the weather has been. I have been walking, riding my bike and I went swimming in the sea! It was freezing, but amazing. (I went to a really SAFE beach because the lifeguards are still doing their training.)
I know how hard it is for you all to be learning at home, but I am going to keep the blog going at full pace because I do not want you to miss out on important parts of your education. Please do what you can - it is a good opportunity for you to practise being independent. You can adapt things so that you get the most out of them. As long as you are learning, that is the main thing.
In maths, we are going to look at Directions and Movement (Co-ordinates) so I have attached a ppt to get you started.
In Science, we are going to look at food chains. I have attached some information and a sheet to get you going with this too.
In English, I want you to spend the next two weeks writing, redrafting and perfecting a short story for young children. If any of you are able to send your story to me, I would love to see it. I have received several pieces of work and photos from several members of the class. They can be sent to school by e mail and they will get through to me. I will reply to anyone who sends anything.
Lastly, (I know it is a lot today), could you take a look at this attachment on fronted adverbials. It will be useful to think about what fronted adverbials you will use in your story.
I am in school now every day, so you can contact me there. I may not be able to get to the phone until a bit later in the day, but let me know if you need anything.
I hope you are all healthy and well - I am missing you all.
LOOK AT THESE HEALTHY TEETH!
This person obviously really looked after their teeth as a child and into adulthood. Think about what we all need to do in order to keep our teeth as healthy as possible.
I have attached a ppt that talks a little about tooth decay and it also looks at how you would go about doing an experiment/investigation on teeth.
I would like you to use the sheet attached to record results for an experiment.
If you are able to get 6 eggs, ask your parents to hard boil them. (The shell of boiled eggs is very like the enamel of teeth.)
Put each egg into a different liquid (one of them water) and see what the liquid does to the egg shell. Some good choices are: coke, orange juice, vinegar and milk, but you can decide which you would like to do.
The ppt has a LOT of information - do not worry about reading every single part, but the important thing is that you are trying to think like a scientist. Think about what makes a "fair test." Do your containers contain the same amount of liquid? Did you start them off at the same time? Did you put them all in the same place? This would be quite a good experiment to do over the half term. Take a look at them each day. What do you learn from this investigation?
I am also attaching two sheets about symmetry. They say Year 4, but they are appropriate for Year 5 too.
Lastly. on Google type in: "booktrust owl babies" and you should be able to access a lovely audio/visual book by Martin Waddell.
If you have time, it would be great to try to write this story out, but with an animal of your choice. This will allow you to see how Martin Waddell went about writing his wonderful short story and it can be used as your first draft for your own "short story for young children." Goats, lions, elephants spring to mind, but you decide!
I will be in school today (Friday) from 1pm, so if you need to get hold of me, I will be there. Apologies for not being there today: my plans needed to change.
I have had some wonderful photos of a Year 5 boy doing lots of exciting things; a Year 4 girl`s amazing symmetry picture; messages from several of you by e mail or phone and I have heard about some really exciting learning going on for a Year 4 girl. I know you are all doing so much and we are thinking about you all.
Have a lovely half term holiday. I really hope the weather stays kind to us and that you can enjoy the great outdoors whilst feeling safe.
It is likely that I will be in school every day from June 1st so if you need to ring school, I should be there. If not, please email school and I will get in touch with you.
I will start a blog again on 1st June and it will continue every day just as we have been doing for the last 33 days.
Best wishes form the 45P Team.
SYMMETRY IN NATURE...
If you go for a walk today, you may have chance to spot many examples of symmetry in nature. Maths and shape combine strongly with nature - flowers that have the same numbers of petals, creatures and plants that are mirror images if cut in half, like this beautiful butterfly. We say this has vertical symmetry.
I would like you to look at the attached ppt. about symmetry and I want you to look for symmetry in your house and outside. It would be lovely if you could produce a piece of art work that is symmetrical. You can use pencil, colour, paint, collage - maybe make it 3D - whatever suits you.
In our science, I would like you to learn about teeth. The teeth in our mouths are symmetrical - one side of our mouth mirrors the other side.
Have a look at the ppt and try to complete the sheets on "comparing teeth" and "the names and function of our different teeth."
See if you can find out more about the teeth of your favourite animal - how do their teeth compare with human teeth? Why are they different or why are they similar?
Which animal has the weirdest teeth? Which animal has the largest teeth? Which living creature has the tiniest teeth? Do all animals have teeth?
Today, I received a great diary about the Amazon River written by a year 4 boy in our class. I am so pleased to hear that you are trying to write at home - I know it isn`t easy - but writing is a good way of expressing yourself and recording things that you are interested in.
It would be lovely to make a display at school of work you have done during this time at home. Could you please save your favourite piece to give to me when we are back at school - or sooner, if you can send it - and I will make a special 45P display of your work.
Today has been the hottest day of the year so far, I think. I wish that I had a paddling pool like my neighbours have! I had a hose pipe disaster today. I tried to water the 45P potatoes at the bottom of my garden and instead, I ended up with a very flooded kitchen. I am actually wishing that it will rain soon!
Take care everyone.
Please ask your parents to e mail the school if you would like me to catch up with you.
Nearly half term! Well done everyone..
2D AND 3D SHAPES ...
It is very useful to be able to name 2D and 3D shapes - artists, builders, designers and many more people need to understand the properties of these shapes in order to carry out parts of their job.
Try to learn the names of these shapes by the end of the week. You could try baking biscuits in different 2D shapes and have a go at creating the nets for 3D shapes out of paper or card.
Year 5s need to be able to tackle the attached sheets, but Y4s can also have a go at them. If it is too challenging, look at the word mats and learn the names of all the shapes and discuss their different properties. (How many faces or vertices? Can it be sliced through and keep its shape?)
Yesterday, I asked you to look more closely at the story "The Dragon Machine" by Helen Ward. It can be found on www.booktrust.org.uk.
Today, if you can access this, can you look at three other short stories: Oh No George" by Chris Haughton, "Hairy Maclary" by Lynley Dodd, and "Open Very Carefully" by Nicola Byrne.
I know these stories are for young children, but if we are going to write a story for young children, we need to think about how an author writes them.
BUT, we are never too old to enjoy a good story book and the language can be as rich as the language you would find in a book for older children.
Write a short review, giving your opinion about the four stories. You may include discussion about: which is your favourite and why; the writing styles used in order to gain the readers` attention; the storyline; how the illustrations grab your interest. You may not like all of the stories, but explain why you do not like them. Be precise. Be neat too - full punctuation required, please!
I was in school yesterday, but no one in 45P comes in so I haven`t managed to see any of you yet, but I did receive a lovely letter from a Year 4 girl in my class which made me laugh. I will be phoning her to test her on her x tables.
Take care everyone.
THE DRAGON MACHINE....
Yesterday, I was hoping that you may have been able to look at this audio/picture story written by Helen Ward on www.booktrust.
It is a magical story about a boy who feels like no one ever really notices him. One day, he is walking along and a group of dragons attach themselves to him! He has to build a dragon machine to take them back to their dragon world.
It is a short story and in our English lessons, we are going to be working on writing a short story for young children. You may like to start thinking about the subject matter for your own story and how you will illustrate it.
Today, I would like you to open the attachment (The Dragon Machine) and have a go at one or two of the tasks.
In maths, we are going to focus on 2D and 3D shapes and their characteristics. It is really important to learn the mathematical vocabulary, not just the names of shapes, but words like "horizontal," "perpendicular," "regular." There are many more. This powerpoint will help to explain all the different kinds of information you need to know. Please look through it and discuss it with an adult, if possible.
Mrs N, who used to do our Forest School and did Bikeability with the Year 4s, has asked me to let you all know that there are lots of good P.E. activities on the Arena website. If you type "Arena PE and outdoor learning" into Google, this should come up. This is just for your own interest and you can dip into it and try some of the challenges if you want to. No pressure.
I am so pleased to hear that many of you are really keeping up with your reading - well done.
I am going to be in school today (Tuesday), so if you want to catch up with me, you know where to contact me.
I have been ringing around and it has been lovely to catch up with you and your parents - if your parents want me to get in touch with you at home, please ask them to email the school to let me know and I will do my best to get in touch.
SCIENCE - ANIMALS, INCLUDING HUMANS...
We are going to start looking at our science topic "Animals, including Humans" this week. Today, I want you to learn about a fascinating topic: the digestive system.
I have attached a ppt (which I hope you can download) and two sheets for you to look at. By the end of this lesson, you need to understand what happens when we eat food and to name the different parts of our digestive system.
In our English lessons, we are going to look at short stories for children. I have found a lovely short story called "The Dragon Machine" on www.book trust.
You should be able to find this quite easily on Google - but please check with your guardians/parents first.
Listen to the story and write a few sentences to remind yourself what the story is about. Also, write a short review of the story - I think you will like it. I love it!
A short maths task I would like you to do is to check how many 2D and 3D shapes you know the names of. Do you know what a hexagon is? Do you now what a triangular prism is? Do you know the terms: sides, edges, vertices and faces?
I hope you all had a nice weekend: you may have had opportunity to go to see the sea or travel just a little further from your home. Whatever you did, I hope that you got some exercise and had chance to relax.
Please take time to read too!
I will be in school at various points this week. If you want to get a message to me, please ring school and a message will get to me or contact school by e mail - and again, messages will be passed on to me.
These beautiful creatures can be found roaming the national parks of the U.S.A.
I know that they can swim long distances and have also heard that they can dive to the bottom of a deep lake to gather rich, lush grass that grows at the bottom. Find out if this is true and gather a few interesting facts about moose.
I am attaching the Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 spelling lists again. Please keep
working on these - work out how many you can spell now. You may need to ask someone in your household to test you on some of them.
I am also attaching the powerpoint that is the next step I want you to look at on Shape and Angles. You do not need to record the answers - just go through it, talk about it and think about the answers before you check if you are right.
Lastly, I am attaching a group of interesting adjectives. Can you look up the meaning of each one and then write 5 good sentences using each of the words.
The weekend is nearly here and you can have a break from school work. I think that the weather is going to be good, so hopefully, you will have chance to get out into the fresh air. Take time to be still and quiet and listen to all the sounds around you. I am not very good at identifying different birds from their songs, but I have heard some beautiful sounds from robins and sparrows. One of my favourite bird calls is that of the buzzard: t is very distinct. See if you get chance to hear this.
Please get out into the garden or into your den to read a book. I have bought a gigantic beanbag (which is like a bed) and I lie on it in the garden reading "The Silver Sword." That is one of my plans for the weekend.
Take care, keep nice and safe.
NORTH AMERICAN BISON...
This incredible animal thrives in Yellowstone National Park. Sometimes, it is referred to as a buffalo, but technically, it is a bison.
Have a look at the attached facts about bison and then pretend that you are a bison - a bison who can speak and write!
Write a letter to the humans saying why they should protect you and describe all the amazing things about your species.
I am also attaching a sheet about building a reading den. Have a go at making a nice, snug place where you can enjoy reading your favourite book. It doesn`t have to be huge or complicated - something that is easy to put together (and take apart again, if necessary) would work just as well.
There is a lot of information on the sheet - you do not need to go into all the detail, the main thing is to have fun creating your own special den. Then, test it out with your favourite story!
Yesterday`s maths was an introduction to shape and in particular, angles. Have a go at the sheet(s). I have attached a protractor that you can cut out - in case you do not have one at home. See if you can figure out how to use it to measure angles accurately. Why do we need to learn this skill? You could try to measure some different angles you see around the house.
I am going to be in school today (Thursday) so if you need to get a message to me, I should be able to get to the phone or get back to you.
I hope you are all keeping active and getting out for some exercise each day with your parents/guardians.
Think about all the things you have learned during lockdown, all the new things you have tried, different skills you have used.
We are all very proud of you.
Take care, keep safe.
And keep reading!!
SPECKLED WOOD BUTTERFLY...
This is what a speckled wood butterfly looks like. I saw a few more on my walk yesterday. It might be nice for some of you nature lovers to keep a note of wildlife you see on your walks and plants and flowers that you see growing in the hedegrows. I know that some of you have been doing a lot of gardening, so you are building up your knowledge of different flowers and vegetable plants, but also, you are learning some really important life skills.
Today, I would like you to look at this powerpoint, an introduction to our next maths topic on SHAPE. You don`t need to record, but please go through the ppt, discuss the contents and see if you can answer the questions and learn more about angles and degrees.
I would also like you to take a look at this grammar test which is given at the end of KS2. It will give you a good idea - especially the Year 5s- of the type of questions you may be asked.
Lastly, we are still learning about the U.S.A. Here are some facts about YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK. This is a really famous and special place in this enormous country. It contains amazing geographical landscape and incredible wildlife. Have a look at the facts and see if you can find out more yourself. What are the other main National Parks in the U.S.A?
Also, I would like you to find out what a geyser is and what type of widlife you would find there. Just pick one or two animals that really interest you.
I hope that you are all OK.
I am going to be in school all day on Thursday if you need to catch up with me.
Take care and keep safe.
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