This week is a poetry focus in Literacy for both the easier and standard tasks. They are looking at using syllables to create different forms of poetry, Haiku and Renga. A thesaurus is a handy tool to use to find interesting synonyms for words. We tend to use thesaurus.com in class because words are shaded for their similarity to the original word (the darker the shade the closer the meaning). In keeping with the poetry theme our Guided Reading is the piece Leisure by W.B. Davies.
Our final Numeracy unit for the summer is mass and capacity (measuring weights and liquids). In school we use metric units of grams (g), kilograms (Kg), millilitres (ml) and litres (L). Be aware of this when using home equipment because you may have imperial units.
This week in Literacy the writing task is focussing on playing with words and inventing your own words. Elements of this task are challenging and so there is also an easier writing task. However I'll be putting up a tutorial on Monday night on ideas of how we in Year 3/4 might approach this task to create an interesting piece of writing. There is also mention of words used from Lewis Caroll's Jabberwocky poem, an example of which can be found in the video.
This week we shall be finishing our shape unit with a look at parallel lines and lines of symmetry. My advice for lines of symmetry is to get a small mirror to use or thin/tracing paper that can be flipped to see the symmetrical image.
This week for our environmental topic I would like you to research one of our most prolific environmentalists, David Attenborough. You could create a fact sheet about his life and work, a mini book, slideshow or video. However the main thing to focus on is how he has addressed and educated people on the issue of climate change over his career.
I love seeing the pictures of your learning that you send and thought I'd share a few of them that you've sent across. I really do hope that everyone is keeping safe and well. Remember we as a school are here for you and your family if you need us and you can drop me a message on SeeSaw anytime if there is anything you need, or even just for a catchup on all the things you've been up to!
This week in Literacy there is the usual writing (including easier version), SPAG, spelling and guided reading activities. Remember you can also get reading books from Oxford Owl and submit any work to me via SeeSaw.
This week we will be continuing our shape unit exploring lines more (perpendicular and parallel) and moving on to 3D shapes. Have a go at finding examples of the different 3D shapes around the home and in nature so that you can better visualise them.
You may still want to continue with the recycling arts challenge from the previous week. However...do you remember when we listened to The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky? We saw a version that played the music alongside images of erupting volcanoes and then you recreated them using paints? Well this week you're going to be doing something similar but with a different piece of music - The Firebird - (and not volcanoes) though funnily enough by the same composer.
The short clip gives you a sense of the music though you can find other versions online, and in this one it is about a fire bird destroying a forest and mother nature who tries to protect it.
Your challenge this week is to use the music to help influence your artwork. I've included a couple of examples below as ideas of how to capture the concept of climate change but if you wanted to take things in a different direction you are more than welcome to!
Following the success of last week's bubble task I've added new mindfulness activities for you to try.
Thank you to those of you that contact me re. the Summer Reading Challenge, I'll make sure to send out your codes. If you are still interested then let me know and I can create a password for you. Reading is a fundamental part of our school curriculum and it is incredibly important that your children continue to practice their reading and comprehension skills. A couple of parents have contacted me about their child moving up book bands, so if you feel that the level they are on is too easy use the 5-finger rule to assess their reading against the next level. If you're not sure (or to avoid family drama) then send me a quick video either by email or SeeSaw and I can do this for you - other parents have.
This week we will be moving on to our new topic of Properties of Shape including angles. Because this is a fairly quick unit I will be uploading the Y3 level work, then the Y4 as many children a) need the recap & b) are able to move through both. Lots of practice finding examples of the different angles around the home are great to further cement this knowledge as well as practising left and right turning in right angles.
In topic this week we shall be looking at what exactly climate change is. Attached is a PPT and PDF giving further details and you may want to then do your own research / look at images as this will feed into our creative arts task next week.
This week we're back looking at recycling, however there is lots of choice of what you could do this week (16 choices to be precise) and of course these can carry over into the following weeks.
Something a bit new this week that I thought might be fun and a good way as the lockdown continues to live in the now and focus on our own mental health. Each week there will be a couple of things to have a go at that you can do anywhere, at home and out and about.
This week in Literacy is the usual writing, guided reading, spelling and grammar tasks but there is also information about the Summer Reading Challenge run by Cornwall Education Library Service (ELS). A copy of the parent letter is attached and if you would like a digital library card in order to access these resources please let me or the school know by Friday so that I can send these out for next Monday.
This week in Numeracy you are going to be creating your own bar or line graph and interpreting the data. The videos show you how to do this using your computer or tablet but you can also draw them too.
Questions like what is the most/least popular, what was the total of all the data, why do you think that happened are good places to start when investigating data. Also look at last week's worksheets to get ideas of questions to answer.
This week it would be great to have a look at the World Ocean Day resources and find out what things are being done to protect our oceans and the creatures that live there. Below are some links to different activities and information to find our about ocean pollution, however the website has a wealth of resources looking at lots of different aspects to do with the ocean.
This week in Creative Arts, continuing with the cardboard box theme, is a cardboard box theatre. It would be great if you could combine some of what you've learned in Science either about deforestation or ocean pollution to create a short story or presentation.
I hope you are all well and have had a good half term break with your families. Here we are again with the home learning. Remember WhiteRoseMaths.com resources are now free to use for families too so check that out. Also if you go to https://www.babcockldp.co.uk/improving-schools-settings/english/home-learning and scroll down there are a wealth of websites offering free online books for you to access.
As you've sent me some great photos of yourselves working at home (please keep them coming) I thought I would respond in kind. Here are some of our gardening success' at Owen House, I'm especially proud of the tiny courgette and lettuces though the sunflowers look a little dehydrated and the watercress hasn't really grown much!
Keep safe and healthy - Miss Owen.
This week in Literacy there are two possible writing tasks, one of them being easier, either writing a message in a bottle or a diary entry about your Lockdown Life. There is the usual spelling and SPAG activity too.
If you are on a colour reading band you may also want to review your reading with your parents. Use the 5-finger rule that I've written about before and try the next band up then message me how you get on. Some of you moved up a book band before Easter and it would be great if you could do it again.
In Numeracy we are starting a new unit on Statistics and Data! This is quite a short one and good to have a go at creating your own graphs and tables at home. The worksheets give you a clue about how they should be set out but also have a look in your daily life about different sources of data e.g. Top Trumps Cards. You'll probably find more than you realise! There is enough work for each day for each year group. Next week we'll have a go at creating our own tables/graphs and analysing the data.
I've included pre-Year 3 work too so if you are finding it tricky try those activities first. You are of course also welcome to use the WhiteRose Home Learning week by week focus too.
And remember...keep practising those times tables.
This week in science we are going to start looking at the different types of climate change facing our world. The first topic is deforestation. I've attached a powerpoint as well as some examples of things around our home that we rely on the rainforest for on a new blog entry (I exceeded my usage oops). Have a read and a think about whether these are essential items and what alternatives could you think of for either creating them or what we could use instead.
Some of you shared photos and videos of your marble maze from last half term so in keeping with recycling old cereal boxes this week in creative arts why don't you have a go at some cereal box weaving - instead of ribbon you could use paper (even newspaper and magazines).
That half term sort of flew by and sort of didn't... Thank you to all of you who've been connecting with your home learning, even if I haven't heard from you. It seems you really liked the VE day tasks and I've put a few bits below that people have sent in. It's always good to see your learning, even if it isn't the tasks set.
I hope you all have a lovely break! Stay safe, stay healthy.
Miss Owen and the Lusty Glaze team.
As per usual there is the Babcock literacy activity, though this week I have included the KS1 task too for anyone finding the KS2 task tricky. It's all about changing your favourite book into a film (or your version if it has already been done) / reviewing your favourite book.
Also, I've put up the handwriting guide sheet that we do in class. Although we haven't been focussing on handwriting it might be nice to combine it with spelling. Using joined up handwriting can actually help with spellings as it helps form the muscle memory for how a word 'feels' being written. Have a look at the video to see how each letter is formed, you'll notice virtually all of them start from the bottom (a useful thing to remember).
In numeracy this week the Y4's will finish their decimals unit, looking at how to make a whole, halves and quarters as decimals while Y3's will be practising methods of multiplication which I'll be doing a video for on Monday.
Some parents have asked me about times tables/multiplication and how to get better at them and the simple answer is...practice. A few weeks ago I put up a mental maths document with ideas including a whole section on learning the times tables, have a look if you're struggling for ideas.
Methods of multiplication https://youtu.be/1nSJ6jRI2ms
This week in science there is a plants and flowers scavenger hunt. You can play this at home or when you go out. There are also some spare boxes for you to include your own plants/flowers that you find.
This week in creative arts there are a couple of things to try. First is a cereal box maze, and the second is a reflective task about your week, how you're feeling and what you've accomplished. I can imagine it is sometimes hard to think about the success' you've had being home every day and this may be a good opportunity to think about that, or talk it through with your family.
This week for Literacy your challenge is to design or, if you’re already lucky enough to have it, share a sketch of your perfect place to relax with a good book. Build it! (perhaps out of Lego or a box) Then... relax with a good book! Create an advertisement to ‘sell’ your spot to your classmates and children your age from other schools.
There is also the usual Guided Reading (which is differentiated) and spellings. Remember you can always answer questions about your own book by choosing some questions from the VIPERS bookmark that was uploaded a few weeks ago.
For Numeracy this week Year 4's will be continuing with their decimals work, looking at hundredths and dividing by 100, while Year 3's it would be nice if you can revisit methods of addition and subtraction. There are pictures below for the various steps we take and I'll be doing a video tutorial about it on Monday night. These skills are an essential part of our maths learning and need constantly revisiting. You can also check out the White Rose Week 5 work if you wish - the print outs that I put up weekly are now free to access for parents too.
This week in Science we shall be looking at pollination and how that is a vital part of plant growth and reproduction. It also fits into our environment topic because without bees the production of crops (the food we eat) suffers. I've put a website link below if you're interested in finding out more about bees and how vital they are!
This week why not try creating some recycled bottle flowers. There are two types you could do - one that involves fire and one that doesn't. In the website link they use acrylic paint but you can use permanent pen if you have them. This is something that a child in my class did a few years ago for Remembrance Day; creating a recycled poppy display, and it might be nice for you to try too.
This Friday is the bank holiday celebrating 75 years since VE day of World War Two, and as such our literacy and topic activities reflect this. As always there is an element of choice with the different elements of the learning and I hope that you find something that interests you.
This week in Literacy there is the usual spelling list and a differentiated Guided Reading task (3 stars = most challenging), there is also a document that offers lots of different activities/questions regarding VE day and you may wish to choose some of those to have a go at. I've also attached a copy of Winston Churchill's (the Prime Minister at the time) victory speech for you to read. I thought it might be a nice idea to imagine that it is the first day back to school after "lockdown" and you have been asked to deliver a motivational speech to the school in assembly. What would you say? What elements from Mr Churchill's speech could you amend/borrow? What bits would you not include and why? You can write down your speech or perhaps record a version and pop it on your Seesaw learning journal.
In Numeracy this week Y3's will be looking at ordering, comparing & +/- fractions. Some of you may have already looked at this on the White Rose home learning or completed the Y4 equivalent a few weeks ago. If not, I'll be putting my usual tutorials up on Monday night for you to have a look at.
Y4's will be focussing on dividing a number by 10. You can find this in Week 1 of the White Rose home learning or alternatively tune in on Monday night where I'll explain further.
Numeracy tutorial codes:
Year 4 https://youtu.be/kyt57FyJ5Ek
Year 3 https://youtu.be/ccuDAf-Bo00
This week in topic there is a WW2 recipe book so that you can see some of the foods that people ate and what ingredients they may (or may not) have used. You may also want to create some bunting or flags for yourself, during VE day 1945 people held parties in the streets and decorated them. Below is a little more about the event although there is an abundance of information out there about WW2 for you to find out about if you wish.
As an aside; in my house on Friday we are going to be hosting our own little celebration with afternoon tea, party dresses, music and (of course) homemade cake. If you and your family do anything similar please feel free to send in your pictures via SeeSaw and we can add them to the website next week.
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