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The Questioning of Queens

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The Plan Fails

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24.5.2020

 

Hi Kingfishers

 

I hope you are keeping safe and well and enjoying the bank holiday weekend. As per my message last week, I am not going to be setting any formal learning for this week, due to the fact it should be half term. However, I would still like you to keep up with your learning. I would like you to read every day, practice your times tables and your number bonds. I would also like you to do one of the crosswords and one of the spelling practice sheets set previously, and also one (per day) of the reading comprehensions attached below. I am going to attach a few other times tables and word activities for you to do, but these are just for fun.

 

Have a nice week, keep up with your learning and stay safe. I am missing you all and hope we will be together again soon.

 

Mr B 

Inside Iron Warrior Fort!

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Some Photos from Georgina

Jonas and Micah Trying Mr Black's Challenge

Story Time

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Mr Black's Weekly Challenge

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Sunday Afternoon Story Time

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17.5.2020

 

Hi Kingfishers

 

I hope that you are all safe, well and looking after one another. This is our last week of learning before what should have been (under normal circumstances) half term. I will be setting work for each day this week, but for next week I would like you to adopt the approach we would if it was half term, that is, just to read lots, practice times tables, play games and take a break from more formal learning.

 

Maths

How have you been getting on with perimeter? Did any of you measure around your garden or bedroom? This week I have set a few more perimeter tasks, including a challenge, then a couple of short, end of term assessments to see how we are doing. Do the tests on your own, then ask a parent or older sibling to go through it with you. One is on fractions and the other measurement. They are not very long, just a way of gauging how well you understand the topic. Also keep practicing your times tables using TT Rockstars. There has been an issue with the software, but that is now resolved and should be working fine.  

 

English

 

For English this week, I am going to set three days of grammar and punctuation tasks. Again, try them on your own, then ask a parent or older sibling to help you check them. The tasks involve prefixes and you can use a dictionary to help you. For the ‘Application Activity’, complete a minimum of ten of the words. On day four, please complete the fourth page of the spelling task (titled Spelling Practice). I am going to load some more of the short comprehension papers similar to last week; please spread these out through the week. Finally, for day five, complete one of the crosswords (remember that these are all words from the Year 3/4 spelling list), complete one of the comprehensions, then play a word game e.g. Scrabble. Remember it is important to spend time reading for pleasure every day.

 

Science

 

Did you manage to try the science experiment with shadows last week? What did you discover? Sorry that the sun seemed to disappear the minute I set you the task; I hope I did not jinx the weather! This week I would just like you to have some fun with shadows again. I am going to upload a document with the outline of minibeasts on it for you to make puppets. Cut them out and attach a stick to them. You can play with them, making shadows in the garden, or just stick them in the grass and watch the shadows move as the sun travels across the sky. Maybe you could draw your own animal or other object, cut it out and make shadows. Maybe you could create a shadow puppet play with characters and write a story to act out. Most importantly, have fun. I am also going to upload instructions on how to make shadow animals using your hands. Again, have fun.

 

Topic

 

For topic this week, I would like you to imagine you are a Roman Emperor. I would like you to write a short piece on some of the following (at least 4):

 

  • Tell me about yourself and your family.
  • Where do you live and what do you do?
  •  Do you enjoy being Emperor?
  •  What is life like where you live?
  •  What clothes do people wear?
  •  What food do people eat?
  •  What do people do for entertainment?
  •  What laws would you make or change?

 

 

Keep watching the website for examples of children’s work, updates and our class story.

 

Stay safe, be well and look after one another.

 

Best wishes

 

Mr B

 

Some photos from Tommy.

Year 4 - 18/05/2020

Dear Parents / Carers / Children,

I hope you are all enjoying the warmer weather and keeping safe and well.

This week in Maths, I have set you some work on geometry. Geometry is a branch of mathematics concerned with questions about shapes, size, positions and properties of shapes. Have a look at the different sheets below and complete as much as you can.

For English, I would like you to do some creative writing this week. Use the photos and pictures as stimuli to help you generate ideas. If you would rather do something completely different, then that's great.

Don't forget to use BBC Bitesize, Oak National Academy, Oxford Reading Buddy, TT Rockstars and Education City.

Keep active.

Mrs Leader

And some more (of our class story).......

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Some photos from Sophie

Some More of our Class Story

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Some photos of Georgina and her home learning.

Class Story

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Mr Black's Weekly Challenge 11.5

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10.5.2020

 

Hi Kingfishers

 

I hope that you are keeping safe and well, whilst making the most of this fine weather. I have received a number of emails and photos from you, showing me what you are up to, with what appears to be a nice mix of indoor and outdoor learning. Well done. I am going to set a variety of tasks for this week, which are outlined below:

 

Maths

I hope that you have mastered the fractions work, as we are now going to move on to something new, that being ‘perimeter’. I have discussed this with you in the past; can you remember what ‘perimeter’ is? Well, perimeter is the length or distance around a 2D shape. The shape might be a square or rectangle drawn on a piece of paper, or could be something larger such as a football pitch/netball court. For example, if you had a square with sides measuring 4cm, the perimeter would be 16cm (4+4+4+4). What would the perimeter of a rectangle be with sides of 5cm and 10 cm? (I will tell you the answer next week). Below you will find four days of work on perimeter; some work has different levels of difficulty so make sure you challenge yourself. Also make sure you don’t look at the answers until after you have answered the questions. On the last day, Friday, I would like you to try some practical measuring of perimeter; maybe you could measure the perimeter of your garden, or your dining room table, or your bedroom? Think carefully about which unit of measure you might use, for example, to measure the perimeter of your garden, would you use millimetres, centimetres or metres? 

 

English

 

For English this week, I am simply going to ask you to write a short story, with the emphasis being on short. The focus is on quality, not quantity. If you are handwriting, between half and one full A4 page, and if typing, a half to three quarters of a page. The story can be about anything of your choice, for example something that has happened to you over the past weeks, or a fictional story, or just a nonsense story; I don’t mind. Please focus on punctuation, making sure you have capital letters, full stops and commas in the correct places. Also, please follow how we work in class, writing a draft, checking for spellings and punctuation, editing, then making a final copy. Maybe a parent or older sibling can help you with the editing.

 

I am also going to load some short comprehension papers for you. Please try them all, one per day, and remember my tips on reading comprehension from last week. For spelling, please complete the third page of the spelling task I attached two weeks ago (titled Spelling Practice). Also, I am attaching a crossword pack, which has ten crosswords; please just do these one per week

 

Science

 

For science this week, with lots of sunny days at the moment, I would like you to carry out a little experiment. I would like you to take something outside in the morning (maybe a toy), place it on the ground in direct sunlight, then draw around its shadow with chalk. I would then like you to keep going back out, through the day, redrawing around the shadow. What do you notice and why is this happening? As a clue, light travels in a very specific way; can you research how? As a second challenge, could you find something that light might pass through and see what happens if you place this in sunlight; does it cast a shadow? Importantly, please remember never to look directly at the sun, it is very dangerous and can damage your eyes.

 

Topic

 

For topic this week, I would simply like you to do some sketching and labelling of something Roman. It might be a hillfort, a Roman soldier, jewellery or anything of your choice; I don’t mind. Maybe you could do some research and find something linked to Lincolnshire?

 

Remember, you can send me work by email if you want, and if you include parent’s permission I can put it on the web (you only need to do this once).

 

Stay safe, be well and look after one another.

 

Best wishes

 

Mr B

Year 4 Work 11/05/20

 

Hello everyone, 

 

Hope you are all staying safe and keeping well.

 

This week in Maths, we are looking at statistics. I have included worksheets for you to complete, however, if you would prefer to collect your own data and create your own graph, I would love to see what you have created. You could email me a photograph of your completed graph to: amy.leader@kltprimary.co.uk.

 

In English, I have included several sheets covering a range of activities. There is another guided reading activity, spot the spelling mistake and an up-levelling activity. Have a go and see how you get on.

 

Don't forget to take a look at BBC Bitesize and Oak National Academy for additional lessons and work.

 

Please try to read to an adult / carer daily, use TT Rockstars, Oxford Reading  Buddy and Education City.

 

Take Care, keep up the good work.

 

From, Mrs Leader  

Freya and her VE Day Newspaper Report

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Some fantastic work from Eleanor.

VE Day Fun

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A few photos from Ollie G

Some photos of Eleanor-Mai and her home learning.

A Poem from Freya.

A Poem from Freya. 1

Mr Black's Weekly Challenge

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3.5.2020

 

Hello Kingfishers

 

Well, it is hard to believe that we are already into May; I hope that you are working hard on your home learning. This post will outline the tasks for this week. Please remember that Friday is a Bank Holiday, commemorating 75 years since victory was achieved in Europe at the end of WWII. Therefore, I will only be setting work for 4 days; giving you a nice, long, weekend break. Also, despite Romans being our topic at the moment, for this week I am going to set that aside and we will focus on VE Day instead. Thank you to all of the children and parents who have sent work to me, I have enjoyed reading it and have uploaded some to the web page. So then Kingfishers, learning for this week:

 

Maths

How has the fractions work been going? Did anyone manage to calculate, as a fraction, some items from around your house? Let me know if you did. This week we are continuing with the same topic, though please keep practicing times tables, number bonds and general mental maths skills every day. Also, don’t forget the challenge I set for you to take on your parents at Countdown. Attached below are four fractions tasks to do, numbered for each day. Two of the tasks are differentiated, so be careful which work sheet you choose; challenge yourself! Obviously ask parents or older siblings for help if you need it. Further, parents can contact me via email if they have any questions. If you want to start with the easier task and then work through the more challenging problems, that is OK too.

 

English

 

For English this week, our focus will be VE Day. On Monday, I would like you to attempt the reading comprehension. It is important that you do this, as the knowledge you will acquire will help later in the week. There are different tasks, each with stars at the bottom of the pages. Choose your task as per the following:

 

Yellow group: *

Green and Blue groups: **

Pink group: ***

 

Think about how we do our reading comprehension in class. Read the text carefully twice through, then use a dictionary to find the meaning of any words you do not understand. Next, answer the questions, constantly referring back to the text. Write in full sentences. Finally, check your answers with an adult, who will have the answer sheet. Remember to keep the text, as it will be helpful for the next task.

 

For the remainder of the week, I would like you to write a short newspaper report about VE Day. Remember, we recently wrote a newspaper report about Beth, Frannie and Joe’s trip up the Magic Faraway Tree, so it should be fresh in your mind. I will attach an example of a newspaper report to help you, but think carefully about the features: title, formal, third person, past tense, an illustration and in chronological (time) order. Think carefully about how people might be feeling: it is the end of the war (which has been raging for six years), family will soon be coming home, rationing might soon end, no more bombs will be falling and people will be safe. How are people going to be feeling? What will the mood of your report be like? Might you include an interview with people on the street and ask how they are feeling? If you are not sure, just give it a go, you will be brilliant!

 

Science

 

Due to it being a short week, and with plenty of VE Day topic work to be doing, I am not going to set any Science for this week. However, aeroplanes played an important part of the victory in WWII. When an aeroplane flies, there are a number of forces (pushes and pulls) acting upon it. As a challenge activity, can you research what they might be? This is quite tricky, but fun if you enjoy science!

 

Topic

 

As I have already mentioned, topic work this week is VE Day. I am simply going to add a number of fun, creative activities for you to attempt over the week, though I am sure you could probably find some more if you searched on the web. Think about what an important day it was and how things changed after it. I am sure there will be lots of news reports about it on the TV; see what you can find out. Most of all, have fun.

 

Well that is your learning for this week guys. If you want, you can send me any work you have completed, or alternatively put it in a file to show me when we return to school. Also, there are lots of lessons on the BBC at the moment; why don’t you take a look if you haven’t already. Remember to watch for updates on our class webpage. In the meantime, I am missing you all and look forward to seeing you soon. 

 

Stay safe, be well and look after one another.

 

Best wishes

 

Mr B

3.5.2020

 

Hi Kingfishers

 

Please see below some of the wonderful work that Penny has been doing at home. Well done Penny.

 

Kind regards

 

Mr B

1.5.2020

 

Breaking News!

 

Congratulations to the Kingfisher Class, who have won the Oxford Reading Buddy challenge for this week. 

 

Well done Kingfishers, very proud, keep it up!

 

Mr B

1.5.2020

 

Good morning Kingfishers

 

Just thought I would add a few snippets of work children have been doing as part of their home learning. Please see below some photos of Amelia making a game that Roman children might play, Phoebe Crust and her 'Bug Hotel', and Jonas' work on parallel and perpendicular lines.

 

Well done guys, awesome work!

 

Mr B

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Week Beginning 4/5/2020

Year 4 Work

Dear Parents, Carers and Children.

Please find below new work for this week.

In Maths, the new topic for this week is Time. Look at the worksheets, but also try and be as practical as you can. Why not use the clocks around your house. Can you time how long it takes to complete an activity? Do some baking and work out how long it takes to prepare and make your recipe. What time does your favourite TV programme start? How long does it last? 

In English this week, I have set work on conjunctions. In grammar, a conjunction is a part of speech that connects words, phrases, or clauses. Coordinating conjunctions join independent clauses. They can stand alone as complete sentences. A subordinating conjunction on the other hand, has two functions: it joins and shows a relationship between the clauses it joins. A subordinating conjunction is used to add a subordinate clause to an independent clause.

In addition to the work provided on our class webpage, new online resources have been developed since we entered lockdown, and these have been approved by the government. There are lesson covering a range of subjects, for each year group, with new lessons being added each day. Please use the links below to access these lessons and websites. https://www.thenational.academyhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/Please also continue to use TT Rockstars, Oxford Reading Buddy and Education City.

Keep healthy and stay safe.

Look out for this week's challenge.

Mrs Leader

Mrs Leader’s Weekly Challenge 4/5/2020

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English - Reading Comprehension - Year 4 - 04/05/2020

Weekly Challenge

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Monday 27th April 2020

Year 4 Work.

Dear Parents / Carers, Children,

Please find below new work for this week.

In Maths, the new topic for this week is money. Look at the worksheets, but also try and be as practical as you can. Why not use real money. Can you play shops, make labels for different items members of your family could buy? Give them a set amount of money to spend. What can the buy? What change will they receive?  I have attached some fake money for you to print out and use if you do not have any to hand.

In English this week, I have set you some work on expanded noun phrases. Remember to use powerful adjectives. If you are struggling to think of any suitable replacements, you can always find synonyms in a thesaurus. Also, I have attached another reading comprehension for you to try.

In addition to the work provided on our class webpage, new online resources have been developed since we entered lockdown and these have been approved by the government. There are lesson covering a range of subjects, for each year group, with new lessons being added each day. Please use the links below to access these lessons and websites. 

https://www.thenational.academy

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/

Please also continue to use TT Rockstars, Oxford Reading Buddy and Education City. 

Parents, once again I have included some Step-by-Step guides for you to use if you are unsure about how to teach any of the subjects I have included for this week. Some sheets are differentiated, using the same organisation as last week.

Keep active. Get that heart pumping fast for 30 minutes each day.

Keep healthy and stay safe.

Look out for this week’s challenge.

Mrs Leader

26.4.2020

 

Hello Kingfishers

 

I hope that you are keeping safe and well. To ensure your home learning tasks are ready on time, I am uploading them today. However, please do not start them until tomorrow. Enjoy the weekend and the sunny weather, go out into the garden and have fun. I hope you enjoyed the tasks I set last week and had some success with them. Remember, if you want to, you can email me with any of the work you have completed, so that I can see how you are doing. Please also remember that regardless of the work that I set, reading for pleasure and practising the basics of times times and mental maths skills are vital, daily tasks. So, your learning for this week:

 

Maths

I hope that you have had some success with learning to tell the time. This is an ideal opportunity to learn a very important life skill and one that your parents can help you with. This week, we are moving onto the tricky subject of fractions. You did some work on this last year with Mrs Regan and I have covered some elements too, however it is still relatively new so you might need some help from parents. At the bottom of this post I am going to set four worksheets, which involve comparing, counting and recognising fractions. Work through one of these each day, Monday to Thursday. If you find that you do not quite understand what to do, ask a parent, carer or older sibling for help. On Friday, I would like you to carry out a practical activity around your home. Can you calculate, as a fraction, items that are in and around your home. For example, in your kitchen cupboard, if you have a total of 10 cans of food (soup, beans, spaghetti etc), what fraction of the cans are beans? You could calculate the fraction of fiction to non-fiction books on the shelf. Be imaginative, I would love to hear who can come up with the most unusual fraction! Remember, when considering fractions, the denominator (bottom number) is the total of all of the 'cans' and the numerator (top number) is the number of cans that are beans (or whichever you are identifying)! Anyway, have fun and I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

 

English

 

For English this week, I would like you to write a diary of daily events and activities. Normally a diary would be written in the evening, just before bedtime, however I would like you to write yours about the day before. So, on Monday you would write about Sunday, on Tuesday write about Monday etc. I would only like you to do this for three days and they can be any three days of your choice. If you are doing something really interesting during the week, make sure you write about that day. If you choose to type your work, you could send it to me at my email address. Remember that when writing a diary, the vocabulary will be very informal with lots of contraction/omission use, for example words like 'can't', 'would've', or 'shouldn't'. You could also include how you are feeling about being at home and not in school, or new routines that you are experiencing with the current situation. For the other two days, I am going to attach some spelling and grammar/punctuation worksheets at the bottom of this post.

 

Science

 

In Science we have been learning all about the human body, in particular the skeleton. The next lessons, had we been in school, would have been about the muscles of the body and how these work alongside the bones. We did touch on this briefly; I wonder what you can remember? Again, at the bottom of this post I am going to add some worksheets for you to try. These involve some practical activities too. What you have to do is predict which muscles you will use and circle these on the picture of the human body. Next, carry out the activity and think about which muscles you are using. There are three sheets for each task, one easier, one slightly more tricky and then the third which involves some writing of your thoughts. Choose which you would like to do, but try to challenge yourself. As a further challenge, maybe you could try some different activities, e.g. kicking a football, throwing and catching a ball, some ballet or gymnastics moves. You could try to predict which muscles you think you will use beforehand, then see if you were correct. I am also going to copy a link to a short video on muscles for you to watch, hopefully it will work! Again, if you take any photos, maybe carrying out one of the activities, you could email them to me and I could put them up on the website.   

 

Topic

 

Finally, our topic work learning about the Romans. For this week, I would like you to create a fun game that Roman children might have been able to play. Please remember that they would have had limited resources (no electricity, no televisions or video games!). The game would need to be played outside using just basic items that they might be able to find or make. Again, you could take a photo of yourself playing the game and send it to me if you wish. Please make sure you get the permission of an adult before doing this.

 

Well folks, I think that is everything for now. Please try to keep up with your home learning and I would love to hear from you with examples of what you are doing, any questions you might have or just a general update as to how you are. These are tricky times and although we would not normally communicate by email, it is fine to do so at the moment (with your parents' permission).

 

Stay safe, be well and look after one another.

 

Best wishes

 

Mr B

Message For Parents/Carers

 

Hi parents and carers 

 

Just a quick message about the work for this week. The maths worksheets below are set in order as I would like the children to attempt them. There are sheets for four days, with the fifth day as a practical activity, as per my instructions above. You will notice that there are more than four sheets, this is due to them being differentiated depending on the children's ability (the sheets are identified with stars at the bottom, one star being the least challenging). I am happy for them to choose which activity to try, as long as they are challenging themselves. It is similar with the Science and some of the spelling and grammar activities. The spelling activity I have added has six papers, please do not do them all this week. I would only expect the children to complete one sheet each week. 

 

If you have any questions about any of the work set for this week, please email me. Most importantly, please only do what is working and if it isn't, stop and do something else. 

 

Kind regards

 

Mr B

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24.4.2020

 

Hi again Kingfishers.

 

Please see below a few photos of some of our children having fun and getting creative; well done guys.

 

Mr B

Creative fun

24.4.2020

 

Hi Kingfishers

 

Just a quick note to say apologies for not uploading a video as some of the other teachers have done. I have recorded a message for you, but I am having issues with my computer at home. As soon as I can resolve the problem, I will get it uploaded. Stay safe and have a super weekend.

 

Mr B

Summer Term - Ideas for Home Learning

 

Breaking News! BBC Bitesize daily lessons. You'll find daily lessons for home schooling in Maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science, History, Geography and more!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons 

 

Dear parents / carers

 

Welcome back to what should have been the start of our summer term together in school. I hope that you have had an enjoyable Easter break and taken on board our suggestions of not attempting too much school work over this time. The weather has been great and I hope that you have been taking the opportunity to get outside, have fun, play games and explore the garden.

 

Now we are returning into formal school term time, I will be setting work each week in Maths, English, Science and topic. However, please remember to not attempt to work for six hours every day as we would in school; it is simply unsustainable. I would expect approximately 40 minutes in each of the subjects above, with some spelling practice and lots of reading for pleasure interspersed throughout the day. Even then, Science and topic can be alternated daily, meaning the children will be completing approximately 3 hours of learning. Also remember to take breaks between lessons and play lots of games like chess, Scrabble, Monopoly, cards, darts, dominoes, crosswords etc. So, learning for this week:

 

Maths

Having had the Easter break, this week I would like the children to consolidate some previous learning. Tuesday and Wednesday I would like you to set them some 3 digit column addition, subtraction and multiplication, as per the examples in the original home learning pack. If possible, please use squared paper and ensure they are keeping their columns accurate.

For the remainder of the week, I would like the children to revisit the topic of 'time', which I set before the holiday. Please use Twinkl again for examples of resources, but I will attach some below to help too. Obviously keep practising number bonds and times tables as much as possible. I hope that the children are still using TT Rockstars, as this is a very useful resource.

 

English (combined with topic)

For English this week I would like you to create a report on an aspect of Roman life. You can choose the subject, but a few examples for you to consider might include: education, rich vs poor, food and diet, clothes, housing and architecture or leisure. This activity will combine with topic and the first thing you will need to do (once you have chosen a subject) is carry out some research. Once you have created a bullet point list of facts. write these into a draft of your report, then ask an adult or older sibling to help you edit, just like we would in class. Finally, write up a 'best' copy of your report. You might want to include a picture, which you can either draw yourself or print from the internet. Think carefully about the features of how you will write the report: formal, third person, factual, specific vocabulary linked to the topic, headings and possibly sub-headings.   

 

Science

Just before we had to take our current safety measures, we were learning about the skeletal system. So, this week I would like you to try to recall and label a skeleton. I will attach a resource below for you to use. As an extension task, I would also like you to label the joints, can you remember what they were called and how this allowed certain movements of the limbs?

 

So folks, that is it for this week. Once I have saved this block, I will attach the resources below. I am also going to add the Year3/4 spelling list (and a crossword), which the children can use to practice their spellings daily; simply work through them ten at a time. Finally, as of this morning we have set up the system which gives me access to school emails at home. If you need any guidance regarding home learning, please drop me an email; I will try to help if I can. My email is: john.black@kltprimary.co.uk

 

Take care, keep safe and look after each other. I hope that we will be seeing each other very soon.

 

Mr B

  

Easter - Home Learning Ideas, Week 2

 

Dear children, parents and carers

 

Happy Easter! I hope you are all well and keeping safe at home. I am missing seeing you all in school and hope that we can return to some sort of normality soon. Regarding learning over the Easter break. Please just stick with the basics, play games and have fun (as per my post from last week. 

 

Take care

 

Mr B

Easter - Home Learning Ideas

 

Dear children, parents and carers

 

Again, I hope you are all keeping safe and well at home. Firstly, please accept my appologies for not yet adding the documents I mentioned in my last post, I couldn't find one of them and still can't! I have however, found an alternative, which should help when you are supporting your child's reading comprehension. It contains a list of generic questions that you can ask your child during reading sessions and is fairly self-expanatory. I will add the three documents I mentioned last time at the bottom of this update.

 

Regarding our home learning, you will probably realise that had we have been in 'normal' times, we would now be on the Easter break. This is important, as I would like you to ease back on the home learning you are doing during this period. I would like you to imagine this is a normal break, where the only activities expected would be daily reading, mental maths (e.g. TT Rockstars) and spellings. In addition to this, card and board games, exploring outside and fun Easter activities should complete any learning expected. Referring once again to 'Twinkl', if you access the website and simply type 'Easter activities' into the search box, literally dozens of resources will appear. These include craft, English (such as word searches) and maths activities. Further, Mrs Leader has linked some activities below for the Year 4s, but these should be suitable for all. Mrs Gravil has also added some fun links to the new web site page, titled 'Home Learning Links'; please use this too. Most importantly, please remember to have fun whilst you learn and if something is not working, then try something different. Finally, if I can be of any assistance, you can contact me via the enquiries email at school. I do not have daily access to this at the moment (we are working on it), however the emails are monitored and will reach me within a few days at the most.

 

Once again, please stay safe and try to find a happy balance with your home learning. We differentiate multiple times in the classroom as the children are all individuals; this is why not everything we put on here will work for everyone. 

 

Kind regards

 

Mr B

Week 2 - Home Learning Ideas

 

Dear children, parents and carers

As per Mrs Gravil’s letter regarding children’s learning during this very tricky time, this is the update for Year 3 children in Kingfisher Class. That said, please remember that as per my original letter, the homework pack sent home was not designed to be completed in one week. The activities should be spread out, with just short sessions of Maths, English and Science / topic work each day. The Maths activities, such as column addition, subtraction and multiplication, can also be extended by simply writing your own problems. These tasks are in addition to the essentials of reading, mental maths (e.g. TT Rockstars), free writing and spelling practice. If the children do complete some free writing, please spend some time checking this with them for punctuation and grammatical errors. Please also remember that games such as Scrabble, Monopoly, Shut the Box, darts (great for mental maths) and card games can be fun whilst learning at the same time. I would also like to remind you to refer to the cover letter I sent home with children last week, which has an extensive list of practical activities for them to try and which should last them for some weeks to come. I will attach the letter to our web page in case you have misplaced it. Finally, if you have not yet taken up the free offer made by the educational website ‘Twinkl’, I would urge you to do so now. It will not last for ever and provides a wealth of learning opportunities and resources, some of which I will refer to below.

In addition to the above, below is a list of further activities you might like to try:

 

Maths

The upcoming topics we would have been covering in class included ‘time’ and ‘measuring distances using mm and cm’.  If you access ‘Twinkl’ and type ‘Year 3 Time’ into the search box, it will provide a number of resources which your child can work through. Please remember that they will not yet have covered this in class, so might need some support. Similarly, if you search for ‘Year 3 measuring in centimetres’, you should find a pack of work entitled ‘PlanIt Maths Y3 Measurement Lesson Pack Length’. There are lots of resources here for the children to work through, including some practical activities (be careful as the answer sheets are included; make sure you don’t give them to the children!). Further, just using a ruler or tape measure to go around the house or garden, estimating then measuring objects is a fun activity and can be turned into a game to see who can estimate the nearest measurement – not that I am competitive of course!

 

English

For English this week, I would like the children to really focus on reading and their comprehension of the text. This cannot be done in isolation, but requires an adult or older sibling to question them about the text after they have read it. Later in the week (hopefully tomorrow) I will also add a question sheet of ‘openers’ to the webpage for you to use. This simply gives ideas for how to phrase the opening of a question which will work with most texts. Further, I will add a fun reading/writing activity resource for the children to use with the book they are currently reading. They have used a similar one in class and should know what to do. In addition, again there are lots of reading comprehension resources on Twinkl.

 

Topic

For topic / general learning, please continue to refer to the list of activities I sent home last week. I have also added a list of websites you might like to visit, some of which broadcast live support each day.

9.00am - PE with Joe Wicks https://buff.ly/2QJlQcl

10.00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman https://buff.ly/2Jdxeck

11.00am - English with David Walliams https://buff.ly/3abEIby

12.00pm - Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver) https://buff.ly/39b3cAw

1.00pm - Music with Myleene Klass https://buff.ly/2vM9Z5W

1.30pm - Dance with Darcey Bussel https://twitter.com/diversedancemix/status/1241098264373592065

2.00pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days) https://tv.historyhit.com/signup/package

4.00pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri) https://www.instagram.com/theocooks

 

General well-being

As Mrs Gravil has mentioned quite extensively in her letter, the mental well-being and happiness of the children and their families is our number one priority. In these very tricky, unprecedented times, we must ensure, above all else, that we remain mentally and emotionally well. Please attempt to help the children with their academic learning, however if you try something and it is not working, try something else. Board games are great fun and nine times out of ten involve academic learning of some kind. Being outside in the garden, whether you are playing football, cricket or rounders, playing catch, watching the wildlife, bug hunting or counting and identifying how many birds are in the garden, all count as elements of learning and will help with general well-being, for everyone in the family.

Finally, on a personal note from me and linked to the paragraph above, please all keep yourselves well. Play and have fun, trying to learn as you go, but with emphasis on the FUN. I hope to see everyone back in school as soon as we can.

Take care

Mr B

Year 4 - Week beginning 20/04/20

Dear Parents / Carers / Children,

I hope you are all keeping well and staying safe at home.

I have updated the webpage below with additional work. As previously mentioned, please do as little or as much as you feel appropriate.

Parents, I have included a section for you, with Step-by-Step Guides for the areas being covered in Maths and English. I hope you find these useful in assisting your child with the work set. Some pieces of work are differentiated. If a piece of work has 1 star at the bottom, or is classified as level 1, this is an entry level piece of work. Level 2 / 2 stars, in slightly harder, this then moves on to level 3 / 3 stars. Please consider your child and their own individual needs, when selecting which piece of work you would like your child to attempt.
In addition to the work provided on our class webpage, new online resources have been developed since we entered lockdown and these have been approved by the government. There are lesson covering a range of subjects, for each year group, with new lessons being added each day. Please use the links below to access these lesson and websites. 

https://www.thenational.academy

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/

Please also continue to use TT Rockstars, Oxford Reading Buddy and Education City. 

If you have any queries or additional requirements, please feel free to email me: amy.leader@kltprimary.co.uk. I will endeavour to answer any questions / queries as soon as possible.

In addition to Maths and English, I can not stress enough how important it is to keep fit and healthy. Please continue to try and do at least 30 minutes of physical activity each and every day. Being physical active means getting your heart rate elevated and raised.

If you have any pictures of work you have completed, or if your child is learning in practical ways, please do email the photos to me and with your permission, I will upload  them onto the  class webpages. It would be lovely to see what you have all been getting up to.

Keep healthy. Stay Safe.

Kind Regards

Mrs Leader

Mrs Leader’s Challenge 20/04/20

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Children, I have set you a challenge for this week. Watch the video to see what it is.
Have fun!
Mrs Leader
amy.leader@kltprimary.co.uk

Letter for Year 4 parents regarding Home Learning 30.03.20

English Work 30.03.20 Year 4

Things to Do at Home - School Closure March 2020

 

Dear Parents / carers

Please see below some links to activities which children can access whilst at home. Along with the learning pack, these are designed to keep the children engaged and learning during this tricky time. I do not expect the children to be using these all of the time, but they should be attempting to cover some Maths, English and topic activities (from their homework sheet) each day. Please remember they can access TT Rockstars, the Oxford Reading Buddy and Education City from home too. Reading, mental maths games and spelling practice are crucial, daily activities. Also please be aware that the teaching website Twinkl, has given parents free access for 1 month as part of their offer to support parents at home.

The log on code is :- UKTWINKLHELPS

 

  • Dynamo Lots of fun activities to do at home.

 

Science

For science, I would simply like the children to participate in fun, practical activities. If you type 'fun science activities for kids' into your browser, you will find lots of websites with many 'kitchen cupboard science' activities for them to do. A couple of these websites are linked below, though there are many more:

 

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/

https://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/blog/easy-cool-science-experiments-for-kids

https://www.scienceforkidsclub.com/

 

 

 

 

12.9.2019

 

Dear parents / carers

 

Welcome to the new academic year in the Kingfisher class. By now, you should have received a letter highlighting our themes, topics and routines for the term, however it is attached below so that it is available for you to peruse at any time. Further, a letter has been sent via ParentPay regarding a very exciting trip the children will be undertaking in early October to the Jorvik Viking Centre in York. Please can I ask that you let us know as soon as possible if your child will be coming along.

 

I look forward to meeting you at our first parents' evening in October, but if you have any queries in the meantime, please contact me via the school office.

 

Kind regards

 

Mr Black  

Jorvik Trip

Beware the Vikings!

12.2.2020

 

Dear parents / carers

 

Please see attached below our latest class newsletter.

 

Kind regards

 

Mr Black 

 

 

12.2.2020

 

Dear parents / carers

 

In Science, the children have been learning all about plants. Today, they carried out an interesting experiment, involving dissecting flowers and identifying their individual parts. Please see some photos below of the children hard at work.

 

Kind regards

 

Mr Black  

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