Hedgehog Class Y3/4
Friday 3rd July 2020
At the bottom of the page is a PDF file dedicated to creative writing and how to use simple activities to help develop your already amazing writing. Please begin to work through this and I would love to see any examples of your work.
Science and English- It’s high time to create a Plastic Bag Free World!
Today is The International Plastic Bag Free Day and is a unique opportunity to spread the word that a plastic bag free world is possible and that sound environmental alternatives to single use plastic bags are available. I would like you to research alternatives to plastic that can be used, facts about the dangers of plastic in the modern world and how people can make a difference. You can do this through a poster, persuasive letter or report.
For a challenge I would like to see if you could invent something to help the world get rid of single use plastics and help the world heal. I can’t wait to see what your creative minds come up with.
Thursday 2nd July 2020
The sound collector
A stranger called this morning
Dressed all in black and grey
Put every sound into a bag
And carried them away
The whistling of the kettle
The turning of the lock
The purring of the kitten
The ticking of the clock
The popping of the toaster
The crunching of the flakes
When you spread the marmalade
The scraping noise it makes
The hissing of the frying pan
The ticking of the grill
The bubbling of the bathtub
As it starts to fill
The drumming of the raindrops
On the windowpane
When you do the washing-up
The gurgle of the drain
The crying of the baby
The squeaking of the chair
The swishing of the curtain
The creaking of the stair
A stranger called this morning
He didn't leave his name
Left us only silence
Life will never be the same
From All the Best – The Selected Poems of Roger McGough.
What sounds can you think of? What sounds would you collect? What are your favourite sounds? Remember to think about onomatopoeic words.
I would like you to create your own poem based upon the sound collector.
Wednesday 1st July 2020
Can you draw a picture showing why the sun is important to us?
She had finally done it. She had trapped the sun...
Please continue the story what happens next?
Art and Craft-
This super-easy playdough recipe is the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon inside. It's quick enough to hold a young child's attention and you only need a few storecupboard ingredients. Little hands can play with the results straightaway, so there's immediate gratification for all involved!
Makes 1 coloured ball
Prep 10 minutes
You will need
- 8 tbsp plain flour
- 2 tbsp table salt
- 60ml warm water
- food colouring
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
1. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil.
2. Pour the coloured water into the flour mix and bring together with a spoon.
3. Dust a work surface with a little flour and turn out the dough. Knead together for a few minutes to form a smooth, pliable dough. If you want a more intense colour you can work in a few extra drops of food colouring.
4. Store in a plastic sandwich bag (squeeze out the air) in the fridge to keep it fresh. You can make a batch of colours and give away as kids’ party bag favours or hold a playdough party for your child’s next birthday.
Tuesday 30th June 2020
Can you use similes or metaphors to describe the picture from yesterday?
You could focus on describing the following things:
Monday 29th June 2020
Question time! Catching the sun!
What has the woman used to catch the sun?
How has she managed to trap it?
What is she doing in the picture?
What will she do with the sun now?
Where do you think here home is?
What would happen to the earth if we were further away/closer to the sun?
Why do we need the sun?
How do humans use the sun?
How do plants use the sun?
What would happen if the sun died?
Maths- whiterose resources attached at the bottom of this page. Week 10. Please work through them supplementing with my minimaths and classroom secrets free resources.
Friday 26th June 2020
Before we had clocks and watches people used sundials to mark the passing of time.
A sundial measures time by the position of the sun and usually has markings for each hour of sunlight. Sundials have something in the centre which casts a shadow over the markings showing what the time is. There are lots of ways to make a simple sundial, you can draw around your shadow from the same central point at different times throughout the day, use stones or even just a simple straw or you can draw around your own shadow from the same spot.
What do you notice about how the shadow moves?
Does it always stay the same size?
Thursday 25th June 2020
the literacy shed free resources.
Setting descriptions are important to any tale. It adds detail, sets the mood, can introduce characters and make you want to know more. Using the video above I would like you to create a detailed setting description using descriptive language, fronted adverbials and expanded noun phrases and a range of sentence lengths.
Can you use senses in your description? The sound of the water, the smell of the trees, the heat of the fire etc.
Wednesday 24th June 2020.
Suggested activities- Science
This week is set to be a scorcher and it is very important to remember although the sun is lovely, it can also be dangerous. Due to this I would like you to create a sun safety poster;
- How can you keep safe in the sun?
- What are the dangers of the sun?
- What items can you use to help you stay protected?
After creating your poster I would like you to create a new device to help keep you cool. Could you create a swimming pool suit? Sunglasses that have fans attached and tv screens in the lenses? I can't wait to see what you create.
English- The time traveller uses a massive grandfather clock to allow him to travel in time. I think that would be hard work to carry around. I want you to suggest a new way for him to travel in time what could he use? How is it better?
Create an advert using descriptive and emotive language to promote your new time travel product.
Maths please continue to work through the whiterose home learning menu, supplementing
work is necessary.
Tuesday 23rd June 2020.
English- following on from yesterdays post about the time traveller I have a few more challenges for you;
Can you use a relative clause to add extra information to a simple sentence?
E.g. The clock, which he carried with him everywhere, enabled him to travel through time.
The man was tired.
The clock was heavy.
The time traveller looked weary.
Imagine you have just travelled through time into the past or future. Draw or describe where you have just landed.
Monday 22nd June.
Happy Monday Hedgehogs I hope you all had a good weekend and are ready for another week of learning.
Today is World Rainforest Day.
I want you to create a piece of art to celebrate the amazing rainforests around the world and the divers beauty they have. Please send in any photos or drawings so we can create a class celebration of rainforests.
Whiterose week 9 - All sheets are attached at the bottom of the page. Please work through these and supplement with classroom secrets, twinkl and my mini maths free resources.
English- The time traveller.
Story starter- please continue the story.
The traveller plodded slowly across the long, cobbled bridge. Rain spat from the sky, pounding against the cold road, mist and cloud blocking any sunlight that could brighten the occasion.
He could feel the clock digging into his back as he walked. It went everywhere with him, or rather he went everywhere with it. The clock was the key to everything; the key to moving through time and space. It was what had allowed him to see everything that had been, and everything that had not yet come to pass.
Life as a time-traveller had its benefits, but it also took its toll…
Is there more past or future?
If you could travel back in time, would you change anything from your past?
If you could see into the future, what would you like to see yourself doing in 10 years time?
Why do you think the character is 'plodding' along? What does that tell you?
Friday 19th June
English - The lighthouse (the literacy shed)
Art and design
You probably have empty tissue boxes lying around the house already. When you're done, use the extra pom-poms to "feed" the monster. Turn it into a minute-to-win-it game by seeing how many pom-poms players can toss into the monster's mouth in 60 seconds.
Thursday 18th June
Your adverts really look like they are taking shape. In your advert you have mention fun activities, described the ideal setting and have asked enticing questions. There are still 2 more things to do;
- Be sure to make them want to come, can you tell them places are limited and they need to come soon? Have you used explanation marks to draw more attention to your advert?
- Publish your advert- I want to see pictures, interesting text, neat writing and a whole heap of fun activities.
please continue to work through whiterose home leaning and remember bbc bitesize, classroom secrets and my mini maths are all there to offer further challenges.
in school we are looking at the history of travel how things changed over time. I would like you to reaserch some different modes of transport from the past, and then I would like you to create a vehicle for the future that everyone will use in 100 years time.
Wednesday 17th June 2020
Whitewater is a beautiful place to work and go to school, we are surrounded by green countryside, fields, and farms. Many people would love to come to this school just because of its idyllic settings. Where are your schools based?
High up in the misty mountains, deep under the ocean, in icy caves or in the mystical skies. For English and your advert today, I would like you to create a setting worthy of your school and would make people want to visit.
please continue to follow whiterose maths daily.
Tuesday 16th June 2020
Adverts are used to grab your attention by offering you once in a lifetime opportunities or they have unique selling points (something no one else has). In order to make your school seem fantastic I need to know what amazing activities that your school offers. Do they offer flying lessons? Fire breathing lessons? Dragon history? Dragon races? Tremendous treasure hunts?
I want you to compose a list of fun activities and use descriptive sentences to engage me as the reader. Instead of just saying flying lessons could it be
You can watch the world fly by as you go soaring through the crystal-clear sky. Fly over the tallest mountains or swim at the bottom of the sapphire ocean.
Put a few drops of food colouring in a shallow bowl of milk, and they'll stay that way — as self-contained blobs. But add a little dish soap to a toothpick or a cotton bud and touch the food colouring, and the colours will swirl around on their own like magic.
I want you to try and explain how and why this happened? Is it to do with the liquids? The colours? The surface tension?
Please send in pictures of your experiment and your explanations
Monday 15th June 2020
This week I want you to focus on creating an advert for a new type of school. One example could be a dragon school what would you learn how to do? What would the school look like? Where would it be? your school can be any type of school you like.
For every advert you need a way of catching the readers attention, I would like you to name you school can you use alliteration? I would like you to design your own school emblem and lastly I would like you to write down questions to draw the reader in. e.g. Are you looking for adventure? Do you want to study in a world of magic and wonder? e.t.c
Maths- whiterose week 7.
At the bottom of the page are folders for year 3 and 4 containing worksheets for the week. Remember to be using timestables rockstars and my mini maths to supplement this.
Art- Please watch draw with Rob complete one picture and send it to the office so we can create something special.
Friday 12th June 2020
Draw with Rob Biddulph a famous illustrate who will show you how to draw one step at a time. We have been attempting a few in class and it is a lot of fun and really easy. Please choose one of the videos to watch and draw along with. After completing please describe your creature using adjectives and expanded noun phrases.
English- Please watch the video from the literacyshed.com below
What is the dreamgiver like? Describe him.
If you were to deliver a dream how would you do it?
Based on this create your own mystical creature who does a job that we never see.
What other links can you see from this story?
Thursday 11th June 2020
Suggested activities- Today I would like you to create a science experiment and try to explain how this experiment works.
What You Do:
- Fill the flask most of the way with vegetable oil.
- Fill the rest of the flask with water. ...
- Add a few drops of food colouring; your choice of colour. ...
- Break an alka-seltzer tablet into a few small pieces, and drop them in the flask one at a time. (be sure to ask for your parents help and don't do it without them)
- Watch your lava lamp erupt into activity!
Create an Instrument
Try and create your own musical instrument from different items around your home or garden. Please make sure you have permission to take and use things first! You might, for example, choose a range of different objects of different sizes but made of the same material (i.e. glass) and ‘play’ them by striking them, shaking or blowing into them. Be inventive and have fun!
- What sound/s does your instrument make?
- Why does it sound the way it does?
- How does sound travel?
- Can you create a tune with your instrument and write down the tune using notation?
Wednesday 10th June 2020
suggested activities- continue with maths and English.
We are very lucky to be surrounded by beautiful nature and often there are times we don't take it for granted. I would like for you to use the beauty of nature to help in a art and DT project. I would like you to create a scene using things you can find in the natural world, and I need you to tell me why you chose those natural things and why you decided to create that scene. This an example for you to use as inspiration. Please send any pictures of complete ones in I would love to see your creativity.
You are all doing an amazing job please keep it up!! You are all fantastic stay safe.
Celebration of some of your work.
Holly created a fantastic poster to show everyone what respect means great work.
Ethan has completed a fantastic art project.
Eddie and Bertie have created super wanted posters for Robin Hood and the Sheriff.
Tuesday 9th June 2020
Please continue with English and maths suggested activities at the bottom of the page and videos on the whiterose home learning hub.
The new school value is respect, Albert Einstein once said “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” Which is an important message of everyone should be treated equally and respected no matter what they look like, where they come from and where they are going.
Respect can also be defined as 'a strong feeling of admiration or approval of somebody/something because of their qualities or achievements'
Why do you think that respect is an important value for us to practise and live by as a school and as individuals?
How can you show respect for others and the wider world? I would like you to produce a poster and paragraph showing people the importance of respect.
Monday 8th June 2020
Suggested activities- English ‘Lost’ at the bottom of the page is a PDF attached. This week I would like you to work through the activities. Day one look at the story starter and continue the story.
Maths - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-3/ week 6
please work through the daily activities, watching the videos and using the worksheets attached at the bottom of the page.
Jasmin's what make me specail work. Well done.
Finishing of our week of looking at Robin Hood I would like you to do one more task;
Create your own pack of Top Trumps for the characters Robin Hood
Remember to include on each card a brief but detailed description of the character and their backstory or background.
Example: Robin Hood
'Eager as ever to return to the forest with his band of merry men. Robin is determined to do whatever it takes to help as many people as possible. You will always find him practising his archery and perfecting his camouflage.
Scores/ratings should highlight themes, such as Accuracy, loyalty, cunning, stealth and bravery etc. I can’t wait to see some of them. Remember to make them colourful and eye catching.
I know some of you are finding lockdown still tough and working at home very strange, because of this is want you to draw an outline of yourself and fill it with what makes you special and everything you are thankful!
Have a great weekend Hedgehogs keep up the amazing work!
Jasmin's great wanted posters.
Abigail's dream bike and wanted poster.
Evan's great portal projector.
Thursday 4th June 2020
Suggested activities - Robin Hood the Outlaw. (English, Maths, Art and History)
Robin Hood was a lord, he owned his own manor, had many people working for him, he was rich, he fought in a war for his country, he always did what was right. This description of a man is not one you associate with someone who becomes an outlaw, breaking the law and living in a forest. For many people Robin Hood is a hero for others he is a villain.
I want you to create a wanted poster for Robin Hood, how much would you offer as a reward for catching him? Why should he be stopped? What powerful vocabulary will you use to paint Robin as a terrible criminal?
Can you also create a wanted poster for the Sheriff of Nottingham?
https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/ please continue with fractions and decimals 1 lesson 3 and 4
maths sheets attached at the bottom of the page.
History, Art and DT - Yesterday was world bicycle day I would like you to research the history of bicycle and how they have changed over time, have the wheels always been the same size? What are they made from? Who created the first bicycle? I would also like you to design your own dream bicycle and send a picture in of it.
Eddie's sunflower and great Robin Hood work.
Wednesday 3rd June
English persuasive writing- Is Robin Hood a hero or a villain?
To begin with I want you to find a definition for hero and villain. Secondly, I want you to write down the characteristics for both. Is a hero cruel and cowardly or are they courageous and brave?
In the tale of Robin Hood, he is matched up against the Sheriff of Nottingham portrayed as a terrible man. Do you believe Robin Hood to be the hero of the tale?
Can you be a Hero if you break the law? What do you need to do to become a Hero?
Are Heroes born or are they made?
Please write your ideas down and share them with me I would love to hear your responses.
Maths – https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-3/
Week 1 lesson 2 of equivalent fractions, encourage your children to use the fraction wall to help them and remember what ever happens to the denominator happens to the numerator.
week 1 lesson 1 and 2. Fractions, decimals and percentages, please work through the videos and worksheets attached to the link.
Tuesday 2nd June
Suggested activities- English - An introduction to Robin Hood and setting description can you carry it on?
Many years ago, in a time of uncertainty and mystery there was a man. A brave man who stood up against the evil threatening his beautiful country. He fought in the shadows, stealing from the rich to give to the poor. His realm was Sherwood Forest. This is the story of how one man stood up for what he believed in and toppled the Sheriff.
One beautiful day, a million pinpricks of light danced around the sapphire sky. Rugged, twisted trees lit up with the specks of pure gold that the sun was shining down. The forest lay silent, waiting to be awoken by the sounds of birds singing and the gentle breeze blowing….
How many different equivalent fractions can your children find?
Monday 1st June
Maths in the PDFs below is a file named Monday 1st June 2020 fractions, todays suggested activity will be looking at fractions and equivalent fractions. Please follow the link below to the Whiterose home learning website with a lesson on this to help your children.
summer term week 1.
English – Myths and legends, myths and legends are stories handed down throughout generations some are based on fact and some are pure fiction. We have already looked at the legend of Beowulf in history. One story that I use to love in school was the tale or Robin Hood, a heroic outlaw who stole from the rich to give to the poor, a man who did what was needed to help others less fortunate and a master of the bow and arrow. I would like you to research this character was he real? Where was he from? Who helped him in his crusade to help others?
When you are done, I would like to know if you were a part of Hood’s merry men what would your name be? Your special skill? What would you look like?
Friday 22nd May 2020
Suggested activities- following on from the rainbows I asked you to create yesterday Eddie created an amazing acrostic poem. I would like to see how many of you can create your own. Your poems I want to be based around you time in lockdown, it can be the word lockdown, rainbow, hope, covid, family, homeschool whatever word related to lockdown. Make it beautiful, colourful, and amazing.
Thursday 21st May 2020
Suggested activities- today I wanted a very interactive activity that we could all do as a class and hopefully share it with the rest of the school and community. I have been very cheeky and borrowed this from MR G’s page and I will make one of my own to share with you all.
The nation has been using the symbol of a rainbow to help us through this time, it symbolises hope in the darkness and that even though everything is stormy the sun will come and it will shine out the clearer.
Because of this I would like you to create a rainbow collage out of photographs. You must include the colour red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. I really want to see how many photos we can create and bring together to show our class and school will get through Covid-19.
Tilly has created two lovely rainbow pictures
Abigail has made an amazing rainbow picture
The rainbow is a promise
Of hope for you and me,
And though the clouds hang
Heavy and the sun we can not see
We know above the dark
Clouds that fill the storm sky
Hope’s rainbow will come shining through
When the clouds have drifted by.
Wednesday 20th May 2020
Many of you are doing a brilliant job on TTRS and I want you to keep it up. But I also want you to become more efficient mathematicians and identify patterns in times tables. E.g. There’s a clever trick you can use to find out if a number is in the 3 × table.
Add up the digits of the number you want to find out about - this is called finding the digit sum.
If the digit sum is 3, 6, or 9, then you know that it’s in the 3 × table.
Let’s look at 15.
The digits are 1 and 5. Add those together and you get 6. 1 + 5 = 6.
So, 15 is in the 3 × table.
Now let us look at a bigger number: 156.
The digits are 1, 5 and 6. Add 1 + 5 + 6 and you get 12.
Now add up the digits 1 and 2 and you get 3. So, 156 is in the 3 × table.
- Can you find patterns or sequences in the 2, 4 and 8 times tables?
- Can you find the pattern in the 3, 6 and 9 times tables?
- What is special about the 9s and 11s times tables?
- How do I know if a number is in the 2 times tables?
Mrs Jolliffe has been looking after our class hyacinth and wants to show you how much it has grown. How are your sunflowers? We would love to see them.
Attatched at the bottom of the page is a PDF for some science vidoes for plants please take a look.
Mrs Overton has found some Hedgehogs living in her garden. I wonder what it would be like to have them living in my garden.
Tuesday 19th May 2020
Suggested activities – English- fronted adverbials.
Adverbials are words or phrases that give more information to the sentence.
"I discovered fronted adverbials, earlier today."
'Earlier today' is the adverbial.
"Earlier today, I discovered fronted adverbials."
A fronted adverbial is when the adverbial word or phrase is moved to the front of the sentence, before the verb. So here, 'earlier today' is a fronted adverbial.
Fronted adverbials come in 5 categories: place, frequency, manner, time, and possibility.
- Place- above the clouds, below the sea, in the shadows, in the distance
- Frequency- daily, once in a blue moon, never before, occasionally
- Manner- bravely, as quick as a flash, in the blink of an eye, happily, slowly
- Time- yesterday, last year, as soon as she could, in the afternoon, Tuesday
- Possibility- nearly asleep, maybe, possibly, out of breath
Please use fronted adverbials to describe the picture below.
Monday 18th May 2020
Suggested activities- history Victorian life. Our topic if when we return to school is based around Victorian life. I would like you to research what life would have been like in Victorian times for children. What are the similarities and differences? What would school have been like?
Maths- make sure you carry on using times tables rock stars.
English and spelling- make sure you are still practising your year 3 and 4 common exception words.
Friday 15th May 2020
Keeping writing fit
Another suggested activity today is this useful link from the HIAS English Team for practising your gross and fine motor skills to keep writing fit. It contains several exercises that are really fun to do and get those muscles moving! The activities involve the parts of your body that help you to have the correct posture and core strength in order to write comfortably and effectively so it won't just be 20 minutes of finger wiggling! There are really useful moving images to show you how to complete the exercises too. Why not try this instead of a Joe Wicks workout today?!
Geography- I would like you to research your favourite place in the world. What makes it so special? Can you tell me about the natural and man made geography? What plants and animals are there? Create a fact file on the country.
Thursday 14th May 2020
I have added some links below for any children who wish to really challenge their understanding in Maths at a mastery level. All of these will start with Maths Mastery - they do not need to be printed. Answers can be found within the same link.
White Rose Home Learning - a fantastic resource with additional videos to support learning for EYFS up to Y8
Classroom Secrets Home Learning Pack - Year 3 and year 4
Twinkl home learning
Wednesday 13th May 2020
Suggested activities- English -Photo from https://www.pobble365.com/fairytale-ending/
Imagine you are standing on the edge of the clearing about to cross the field.
How do you feel?
How might you move towards the door?
Can you think of better verbs than walked?
I walked across the field towards to door.
Can you improve this sentence by adding a more powerful verb?
Can you improve it in any other ways?
Tuesday 12th May 2020
Suggested activities- With lockdown being extended for at least another three weeks it will give us all plenty of time to answer these questions. I would love to hear your responses and answers.
I want you to imagine you are the class teacher! What lessons would you teach? What rewards would you give the class? What would your class be called? What would your ideal class be like?
Design and Technology- I would like you to design and create a school uniform that you would like wear at school. You must justify your choices e.g. colours, badge, shape etc. Be sure to send pictures in for the class to see.
Monday 11th May 2020
Suggested activities- spelling, identify and correct the spelling mistakes in these sentences.
My brother thought it was too erlie to get up for school.
We are going swimming in cwarter of an hour.
The horse would not go fourweds, only backwards!
The girl stood in the senter of the circle.
It is good to do some exerrsize every day.
The weather was so exchreme. It was really windy.
Maths- as we have looked at before numbers and equations have a relationship, if I know that 2+8=10 then I also know the 20+80=100 and 200+800=1000. Can you show me as many related calculations for number bonds to 20 like the example above?
English and art- lockdown feels like it has been going on for an exceptionally long time I would like to know some of the things you have done, and I want you to remember this time. because of this I want you to create a comic strip for this week, one picture for everyday to remind you of what you have achieved!
***A reminder that on Friday there will not be any suggested tasks due to the
national bank holiday for VE Day***
Thursday 7th May 2020
Share memories about the 75th anniversay of VE Day
Tomorrow, Friday 8th May, our country is celebrating VE Day - Victory in Europe Day - marking the end of the Second World War seventy-five years ago. We will not be posting any learning activities or blog on VE Day because it is a national holiday.
However, a suggested activity for you today is to visit the link below sent to us by Rushmoor Borough Council. Explore some of the games and activities that are on offer, ranging from puzzles to online packs for learning about this time in our history and joining the celebrations from your home.
Some of you may be fortunate enough to have elderly relatives or have family friends who actually experienced the day. Why not get in contact (ask permission from an adult first) and learn about the day and that very special time at first hand?!
English task - brand new writing competition for children aged 5-13.
The competition is called 'A WRITE LAUGH' and the aim is simple - to write something that makes you (and us!) laugh. You'll find more rules and a downloadable / sharable poster below, but more information, writing tips, and a hilarious trailer with author, Guy Bass, can also be found https://authorfy.com/masterclasses/awritelaugh/
Wednesday 6th May 2020
6 is a very special number also known as a perfect number.
The factors of 6 are 1, 2, 3 and 6.
If we add the factors together other than 6 we get 6. 1+2+3=6.
Can you find any other numbers where this is possible?
I would also suggest that you get out in this lovely weather and go on a nature walk. Record what you see, what you hear and what you can feel. Can you draw a map of your journey or what the nature looked like?
Tuesday 5th May 2020
Junior Road Safety Officer (JRSO) Message
We hope that you are enjoying your daily exercise and remembering the Road Safety rules when you are out and about. Most importantly, you must wear a helmet when you are on your bike or scooter!
We would like you to have a go at the following activities:
- Write some DOs and DON'Ts of Road Safety. For example: DO get off your bikes and walk across when crossing a road. DON'T ride your bike across the road.
- Make up some fun, safe games or role plays for when you come back to school.
- Check out the Road Safety Update letter which was sent out to your parents, where you will find some detailed information about the stop motion animation competition and the Arility resource https://arility.com/.
We look forward to hearing your ideas!
Mrs Baronne and Mrs Jolliffe
Suggested activities- In todays blog post we are talking about travel and countries we would like to visit. For todays suggested activities I would like you to design your own mode of transport, or create a poster to advertise the country or research facts about your country of choice.
Monday 4th May 2020
Who is the Professor?
What potion is he making?
Why hasn’t he had any sleep?
What might the bottles and books on the table contain?
If you could make any magic potion, what would you make?
What do you think the Professor keeps in his pockets?
Science- How are your sunflowers coming along?
Can you write a set of instructions on how to grow and keep a plant.
Do you hae to look after all plants and flowers in the same way?
What is your favourite plant or flower?
School value for this half term - Friendship
Building on our blog the recipe for friendship what is friendship to you, how would you represent friendship in an image?
Is there a right answer? Have a look at the excellent Friendship activities under Home School Values of the new Religious Ethos section of the website. See below for more details.
New addition to Whitewater Website - Religious Ethos Page
Our religious ethos at Whitewater CofE Primary informs the character, culture, learning and life of our school. We are pleased to share how we live and breathe our beliefs on the ‘Religious Ethos Page’ that can now be found within the ‘Our School’ section of the Whitewater website. It includes useful information under the headings of School Prayers, Church Community, Collective Worship, Home School Values, R.E. Curriculum, Spirituality and The Big Freize.
Friday 1st May 2020
Suggested activities- during this time of lockdown my family and I have been doing a lot more cooking and baking. Yesterday was my brothers birthday and for desert we had some delicious chocolate brownies and it got me thinking.
We use maths a lot of the time and don’t realise it looking at this recipe I thought we could use some maths. This list of ingredients for 16 brownies can you tell me how much I would need to make 32? How much would I need to make 8? How many would I need for 160?
180g unsalted butter
150g dark chocolate
80g plain flour
40g cocoa powder
50g white chocolate
50g milk chocolate
3 large eggs
240g golden caster sugar
Thursday 30th April 2020
Suggested activity- A Giants Game.
Who is playing the game?
What game might they be playing?
What will happen now that the die has stopped?
Is there anybody else nearby who has witnessed the game?
Where have the giants come from? Is this their home?
Can you write your own story or carry on the story underneath? Remember to use expanded noun phrases and onomatopoeia. Once you have finished, I would like to see you decorate your story.
The enormous die crashed into the sand with a thud, but what number would it land on? The giants ran after it, craning their necks, bumping, and racing with one another to see what the outcome would be. As they frantically ran across the soft, sandy beach the ground shook violently, barely able to contain their mighty weight and their towering size. Finally, the die came to rest with a thud. One of the giants let out an almighty roar of delight that echoed for miles around…
England’s Biggest Assembly : Thursday 30th April at 10am
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will deliver a message of hope to school pupils across the country in the first assembly at Oak National Academy. The Archbishop’s address will be streamed through the Times Educational Supplement Website www.tes.com and will then remain available on the Oak National Academy website.
Do try and watch it live as if there are enough viewers, we might be part of a Guinness World Record!
Diocese of Winchester Education Resources
Please find PDFs below for the following activities
- How to make a family cross
- 'Breakfast at Dawn' painting by Mike Moyers and accompanied learning and key questions
- Stormzy song lyric challenge
- Standing Together - designing your own set of stamps with an interest of yours or special occasion
- Read up a storm - a selection of books that can be accessed for free online
- Picture Challenge - life in Rwanda
Wednesday 29th April 2020
Drums create the rhythm to a tune, making this instrument a key element in a tempo lesson. Whether you dance to the beat or sing along with the percussion, drums are a great guide. You can create drums at home by using everyday items like soup cans, Pringles containers, or even a tabletop! All you need is some kind of a drum stick to tap along with.
Thank you for Jas, Holly and Eddie for sending in their amazing work!
The Book of Hopes
Please follow the link below to read 'The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lock down' with a grown-up:
Tuesday 28th April 2020
Suggested activities- Maths and art.
Today feels like a completely different season and because of that I would like you to create a piece of art reflecting your favourite season or all 4 seasons. When completed please send to Mrs Fox in the office and I can upload them to the blog I would love to see some. Here are some of my examples.
Monday 27th April 2020
Suggested activities- today is international tell a story day because of this I have thought of a few activities.
- Retell your favourite story but you must change one thing about it.
- Create a poster for your favourite story to encourage others to read it.
- Write a story about lockdown how does it all end? What happens to the world?
Science - Before many of you broke up your science topic was plants. Tilly has already done this experiment and I think it is a great idea so I would like for you all to give it ago.
Colour changing flowers.
- Fill one or more cups with water half way.
- Add 10 drops of food colouring into each of the cups. Each cup should be a different colour.
- Carefully cut the end of each of the flower’s stem.
- Place each stem in a different coloured water cup.
- Wait one hour and observe your flowers’ petals.
- Wait one day and observe your flowers’ petals.
When completed I would love to see any photos.
Friday 24th April 2020
Make sure you are looking at our blog I would love to hear from more of you.
- lockdown playlist. Music is one of the best things we do as humans, music helps you feel emotions, makes you move or remind you of the first time you heard the song. I want you to think about your favourite song or a piece of music you have been listening to during lockdown and write why it is your favourite. Could you add a new verse to the song? Could you create a dance to the song? Could you draw a picture about it and the way it makes you feel?
- Time capsule- I want you and your family to create a coronavirus virus time capsule. In the PDFs below there are some great examples of what you can include. I want you to create it so we can remember this time and how much better life is because it has finished. I am going to do the same.
Thursday 23rd April 2020
Suggested activity- As it is St George's day today and he fought a Dragon, I would like you to create your own mythical creature. You can do this by drawing a picture and describing it, you can create a fact file about them, create top trump cards or write your own myth or legend tale about them. When you are done I would love to see them, email them to the school office and I will be able to put up any work onto our class blog.
Wednesday 22nd April 2020
Suggested activity- maths sheets first one is a problem that I would like you to solve using your understanding of place value and number bonds.
Throughout the school year we worked on using mathematical language and problem-solving skills, for the next maths activity I want you to create a guess who game. For example,
- I am thinking of a number which is a multiple of 2
- it is also a multiple of 12
- the second digit is double the first digit, what am I?
my number is 24 can you and your parents come up with your own guess who questions for numbers or shapes. There is a example sheet at the bottom of the page.
Reading- on Twinkl there are some fantastic resources including eBooks we read one in class called ‘The Curse of Cogston House’. I would like you to find an eBook you would like to read over the coming weeks or some reading comprehensions to be completed.
ELSA activities - these activities now have their own web page under the class learning pages. These will remain on the site throughout the school closure and after it too as they have been so well received from children and adults.
Tuesday 21st April 2020
secret code. Can you solve my hidden message in this picture? Once you have completed it can you create your own secret alphabet? Can you parents solve your secret messages?
Hampshire School Library Service Reading Challenge
Hampshire SLS would like to encourage all pupils to read during Home Learning. Why not take part in their #ReadAtHome challenge?
They are asking children to read 6 books (although you can read more if you wish) and submit a short review for each title here. If you run out of books at home, why not try the great range of titles on the SLS ePlatform?
Once completed you can download a certificate, which will be made available shortly!
Monday 20th April 2020
Hello and welcome back. This current situation with learning from home is something we have never experienced it is a time of uncertainty but it will end. To help you in the future I want you to start keeping a diary writing down everything you have done so far in lock down, what you did in the Easter holidays and what you are now doing everyday. This will be a great reminder for when things get hard, you will be able to look back on your diary to remind yourself that even the darkest days will end and the sun will shine bright.
You may like to include pictures or drawings to add detail to your work. Remember to use time conjunctions, fronted adverbials and write in the first person.
Friday 3rd April update
Today is the end of another chapter in our school year. This half term has been the strangest time in my teaching career, and it has made me realise how special a job I have and how remarkable my class is. The Easter holidays will be one o the strangest holidays you will have but I want you to still have a break, make sure you spend time with your family, play outside, write to your friends and most importantly don’t worry about work. This time is a special time of the year and I hope you make the most of it. I am not sure when, but I will see you all soon. Take care, happy Easter.
From Mr Ralph.
Suggested activities- create an Easter card or egg collage out of things you find inside and outside in your garden. Why have you chosen to design it in that way? What is your favourite part about your design? Who will you give it to, or will you keep it for yourself?
Thursday 2nd April update
Good morning everyone!
Another beautiful day to be active and learn. I am making the most of this opportunity going for runs, doing my own PE lessons, drawing and painting and working hard in my garden. I hope you are all doing the same and having a great time at home with your family.
Image taken from https://www.literacyshed.com/the-images-shed.html
- Where is it from?
- Why is it so small?
- Are there more like him?
- Where does he live?
- How will you look after it?
- Will you keep it a secret or tell someone?
- What is it called?
- Is it magic? What magic can it do?
Maths- choose a 1 or 2 digit number and multiply it by 10, 100 and 1000 what is the pattern you notice? Use your place value grids to help you.
Have a great day Hedgehogs
Wednesday 1st April update.
Good morning Hedgehogs and happy April fools day.
It felt like March was one of the longest months ever and it would never end so very happy April. As many of you know it is April fools day but I don't know much about it and I would like you to research it. When did it start? What do people do on April fools day? Does every where celebrate it? etc. Once you have finished your research I would like you to write a short story about April fools day imagining your were in school.
Maths- Timetables rock stars- well done the data is looking much better we are now up to 72% of you using it and getting lots correct. We need to keep it up and see if we can get even closer to that magic 100%.
I hope many of you are working on your common exception words and handwriting.
Have a great day
Tuesday 31st March - Home/School Whitewater E-Safety
Just a reminder about our E-Safety rules to use at home as we do in school to keep children and adults safe online. Whitewater E-Safety poster is attached below.
Tuesday 31st March update.
Good afternoon Hedgehogs, another day is another chance to learn something new. During this period of self isolation I want you to learn a new skill it can be anything from learning how to flip, learning a song or dance or even becoming an artist. It is important to make the most of this time and I am excited to see what new things my class learn.
Reading - I would like you to write a book review about one of the books you have read. Remember to tell me about the key points, why you liked it or didn't like it, what was your favourite part etc.
Maths- please work on your timetables remembering that its not just multiplication but division facts.
Imagine you woke up one morning to find an astronaut on your doorstep asking you for help. What do you do? What do they need? Where could you go?
Have another great day.
Monday 30th March update.
Well done on all of you completing your first week of home learning. It is a very different type of learning but I am certain all of you are doing great things, I can't wait for you to come back and show me how much you have learned. I hope you had a good but different weekend spending time with your family and remembering how lucky we all are.
How is your sunflower coming along?
In this time of self isolation and staying inside I want you to think of your favourite place in the world. Can you draw it? Describe it? Create a poster to encourage people to visit it when everyone is feeling better.
Have a brilliant day and a fantastic week 2.
I am proud of all of you and feel blessed to call you my class!
From Mr Ralph
Friday 27th March update
Happy Friday Hedgehogs, YOU MADE IT! First week of home learning completed and I can't wait to see all of your work when you return to school, I am sure you have done and amazing job. During this uncertain time it is very easy to see the negatives, to feel a bit lost and maybe even lonely because of this I want you to use a jar, a box or any container to create a Pick me up jar. Everyday I want you to write one or more positive things that happened throughout the day. Any time you feel a bit down you can use this jar to cheer you up.
TTRS update - Well done for everyone who is using timestables rockstars, unfortunately there are only 52% of you using it. By the end of next week I will be checking again to see how high we can get that percentage. You are all doing well with your maths in school and I want you to keep it up.
https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ This is a fantastic website with lessons and resources please use it.
What does this picture make you think about? Where is it? How did someone get there? How was the hole created?
Write a letter as if you were in the cave.
Well done for all of your hardwork parents and children, stay safe and well togther.
Thursday 26th March update
Good morning Hedgehogs I hope you will have another great day of learning and becoming mini Mr Ralphs. The weather has been so nice recently, I hope you are making the most of it and keeping active you could even show your parents one of our PE lessons and see if they can keep up!
Todays tasks are maths and english. I want you to show your parents your understanding of number and the relationship between addition and subtraction, multiplication and division.
Maths - My answer is 48 how many different questions could there be? Write down as many addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts which would give you the answer 48.
English - If you had your own island what would you call it? What is on your island? What would you do on it?
Have a great day from Mr Ralph.
Wednesday 25th March update
Good afternoon, another day of sunshine to keep our spirits up, I hope everyone is doing well. We are halfway through our first week of home learning. I am sure you are all doing a great job and are continuing to work hard and having fun with your families.
Todays task I have written an introduction to a story and I need you to continue and illustrate it.
The Rainforest. The majestic and mysterious rainforest which holds many secrets and has done for an eternity, stands proud on the edge of the world. In this magical place time seems to stand still. Days last for what feels like weeks and nights last months. Tall, twisted trees reach the sapphire blue sky and bowing, bendy branches stretch as far as the eye can see. Crystal clear rivers roar like thundering waterfalls as they meander through the ancient forest. Giant boulders lay silent as emerald moss grows slowly on them. Sunlight streams through the grand trees like streams of pure gold lighting everything in its path. During the day the forest is just like any other forest but at night is when the magic is revealed....
Tuesday 24th March update
Dear Hedgehog class. Today marks the second day of home learning, a very new experience for everyone involved. I hope you and your families are all safe and well during this difficult time. During this year you have all achieved a lot and it is very strange being at school without having my fantastic class here. Remember that you are stronger, braver and smarter than you know keep up the good work, continue to learn and stay active.
Task for the day If you were given five wishes, what would you wish for and why?
Home Learning Update 19th March 2020
Children who were in school today have all received hard copies of their Home Learning for the next few weeks. Below, adults can find digital copies of the 2 letters sent home today and all the activity sheets that were included inside your child's Home Learning book. Please keep checking the website and Parentmail for updates. I wish you and your families the very best during this challenging time. Stay safe and well.
In Class 3 we have enjoyed a very busy Autumn half term and I am extremely proud of how well the children are all doing. Our children performed part of 'The Wind in The Willows' when Toad, Rat and Mole have a serious caravanning accident and read a resulting powerful letter of complaint to the Riverbank MP, Sir Ralph Rat, about the terrible incident. Our children have created fantastic leaflets encouraging people to come and visit the Remarkable Riverbank. They all showed great examples of descriptive language and amazing alliteration.
In history the children have been learning about the Amazing Anglo-Saxons and Vicious Vikings. They have learned about the different ways in which the Anglo-Saxons an Vikings lived, the Kings, the way religion changed over time and the different Gods they prayed to. The children also studied the artefacts these civilisations left behind and were fantastic detectives. Friday the 13th of December we all enjoyed a fantastic Anglo-Saxon day! This brought the history topic to an interesting and exciting conclusion.
In RE the children have been learning about the Creation story and our responsibilities as stewards to look after God’s wonderful creation. They all came up with great ideas of how to look after our planet and how we need to look after everyone in it as well. They have also learned about The Holy Trinity and how the three aspects of God impact on Christians lives.
In maths the children have been working hard on developing their understanding of number and place value and relating this to their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. This term our maths lessons have followed the following format; fluency, reasoning and problem solving. The children will first demonstrate they can answer a questions, then give reasons to their answer and then use those facts to solve problems building upon their knowledge. We have been looking at number patterns and related facts e.g. 2x5=10 so they know 20x5=100 and 20x50=1000.
It has been a great first term and I am excited for the rest of the year.