Home Learning KS2
From this week new Home Learning will be accessible on the school website. Each Friday there will be new learning added including weekly Maths, Reading, Spelling and Writing tasks and a learning project for the children to work through. There will also be a paper Home Learning pack produced for those who are unable to access the internet and these will be available for parents to pick up from school on a Friday morning if required. Mrs Fernandez will be available to discuss any issues that you may encounter with the Home Learning on the following Monday/Tuesday of each week.
April 20th: Letter from Mrs Batey
Hello again everyone,
I hope you have all had a lovely Easter time with your families and friends. I have a feeling that chocolate has featured heavily in all our diets this week! It has been great seeing how the sunshine is helping to lift people’s spirits- it helps us to see things in a more positive light. The Thursday night clapping is really helping to strengthen communities – I’ve even heard of dancing/singing/ and pan bashing in our villages, so why not teach everyone to sing ’Ode to Joy ’Young Voices style. That would be amazing! One of the most wonderful things I’ve seen this week is the remarkable achievement of Captain Tom Moore, walking round his garden to raise funds for the NHS- what a feat of resilience and determination! But it also prompted me to do a bit of research – what is the NHS, when and why did it start? That’s the way good learning begins: think of a question on a subject which interests you such as ‘How has the tractor developed, What is the RAF and what does it do, How has fashion changed over time, and then present it in a way for others to read. Don’t forget too that you are currently making history- in years to come your grandchildren will ask what you did during the time of Covid 19. How wonderful it would be for them for you to take out your own journal/log where you have made notes, photos, drawings, articles from newspapers! I’m sure it will be on the history National Curriculum by then.
I have been spending my time in the sunshine reading, ‘Who Let the Gods Out?’ by Maz Evans (one of our summer term books). In it, it says, ‘All the best stuff you learn outside school’ so make the most of every bit of time you have to plant those seeds and watch them grow, learn to cook simple meals for your family, create dens, develop your sketching/craft skills using online tutorials – we’d love to hear about the things you are doing. And if you’re looking forward to getting back into your ‘classroom’, don’t forget that BBC Bitesize began its new programmes yesterday.
CLOVER CLASS 2019-2020
Welcome to the world of books!
This term our learning takes us on a journey of discovery, exploring the world of humans and animals.
Our ‘main’ class text is
‘The Island at the End of Everything’, by Kiran Millwood Hargrave,
where we will learn about the realities faced on a leper colony in the Philippines. It will cause us to question whether segregating people was the right thing to do. We will also explore the symbolism of the butterfly with the text, visiting ‘Tropical Butterfly World’ in Sheffield to experience the beauty of the butterfly first-hand.
We will examine this book in whole-class reading, looking at the ways that characters are portrayed and at the kinds of vocabulary used to engage the reader.
We also look at the discoveries of Charles Darwin, John James Audubon and Rosalind Franklin though the texts:
learning about adaptation and evolution. We travel with Darwin to the Galapagos Islands, looking at the features of the landscape, such as volcanoes, which have helped created environments for living things
Art takes its inspiration from the text: ‘The Lost Words’ and the artist Jackie Morris. We will explore a range of painting techniques inspired by the text, developing our skills in our sketch books and then creating our own version of the book, which will incorporate writing as well as art.
Visits and experiences this term will include:
- Y6 Construction Day- a day where we learn about the variety of jobs in the world of work
- K’NEX Challenge- where we will use construction materials to create our own car
In Clover class, we read independently, but it's nice if you will let us read to you at home too. We like to discuss what we have read, looking closely at how an author gives clues about the characters in the book.
In our reading logs, we record:
- book title and author
- vocabulary and phrases which we can use in our independent writing
- thoughts about the characters and how they act- we can find quotes to back this up and record those.
The expectation is that we read every night.
Our spelling logs have 3 main areas of focus.
- We will be working on a particular letter string and so there will be lists of words which we are expected to learn independently. We can use Spelling Shed to support us with learning these words- there will always be an assignment set using that letter pattern
- Personal words- these are words which individual pupils spell incorrectly and so need to practise further. There may be a personal list on Spelling Shed set up to practise these words further
- Y3/4 and Y5/6 lists. These words are examples of the kinds of words which the government recommends that pupils should be able to spell. They are words which we are expected to use in our independent writing.
We learn spelling in different ways so you will see us trying out different techniques such as mnemonics and colours for letter strings. We will always use joined handwriting for our spellings and write them starting with a small letter.
Time Tables Practice
We use Times Tables Rock Stars to practice our multiplication tables.
Multiplication tables are linked to so many area of mathematical learning such as fractions, percentages and ratio, so it is crucial we know all of our tables as well as their related division fact.