Fox Class Y4/5
Friday 8th January 2021
Answer for today's comprehensions are at the bottom of this page.
Thursday 7th January 2021
Answers for today's Spelling and Grammar (unless you are doing the compound sentences task) can be found at the bottom of this page
Wednesday 6th January 2021
Go to the bottom of the page to find the powerpoints for maths today (multiplying X10, X100 and X1000)
Fox Class Autumn 1 2020 Update
Dear Parents and Carers,
Our children have really begun to settle into their new class and are coping extremely well with the COVID 19 safety measures, with hand washing and social distancing ongoing musts. Our learning sessions are becoming more extended, as the children’s ability to relax and focus increases. We are almost back up to full speed again already, while busily continuing to fill any learning gaps from the previous 6 months of the lock down period. Well done, Foxes! We have uploaded this term's curriculum overview onto the bottom of our class page for your information, in addition to sending a copy home with your child/ren on a double-sided page containing both of these documents.
The school is in the process of adopting an online home learning platform and you will very shortly be receiving details about how to join and use the programme. Until this new learning platform is in place, we are continuing with our existing 'offline' daily, home learning expectations:
- 15-20 mins reading and text discussion with an adult, recorded in Reading Record Book
- 15-20 mins number fact practice using TTRockstars
- 15 mins spelling practice of the current two-week spelling pattern being taught in school. Spelling is taught in class on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the spelling pattern home learning is taken home on Fridays.
Reading Record Books
Our child/ren have already brought home their new, 'updated' Reading Record Books . They are now packed with information and ways to help you support your child/ren with their reading:
- One page for each school week with a section to note down any new vocabulary learnt
- 50 recommended reads for Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5
- Details about how to go about supporting reading in the home
- An overview of the development of reading skills in school
- Questions to encourage reading and discussion when your child had chosen a book; before your child begins to resume reading a book and how to explore when your child has finished reading a book
- An opportunity to list books read during the term on the back cover
These Reading Record Books are monitored weekly in class and two children are chosen to be Reading Stars of the Week, as a result of demonstrating that they are reading regularly at home and at school and recording their reading activities. Please remember to the record each time you read with your child/ren and include any comments for the class teacher.
We are really looking forward to enjoying another busy and learning-packed term - watch this space for updates!
Mrs Laurie and Mrs Burningham
Friday 17th July 2020
Our final suggested activities before your well-earned summer holiday!
Reading and Writing
Imagine that you are one of the main characters in the book that you are currently reading or have read recently. Write a diary entry for (an imaginary) day in their life. Remember to include as much detail as possible about every-day routines/events and your chosen character’s feelings and reactions to their day.
Interpret and Predict
Design, draw and label a set of clothing for the main character/s in the book that you are currently reading.
What design might their T-shirt have on the front?
Thursday 16th July 2020
Visit this link on BBC Bitesize to learn about how the internet works:
Art and Design
Visit this link to learn how to draw using perspective.
We look forward to sharing your examples and attempts at perspective when we are all back in school together.
Wednesday 15th July 2020
This week’s spelling pattern is:
Adverbs - Suffixes ‘ly’ added to words ending in ‘y’, ‘le’ and ‘ic’
Have a go at one of the Twinkl spelling activities downloaded onto THE BOTTOM of our class page titled 15th July
Complete these activities that we have uploaded onto THE BOTTOM of the class page:
Year 4 WhiteRose Week 7 Home Learning
Hundredths as decimals https://vimeo.com/425565862
Divide 1 or 2-digits by 100 https://vimeo.com/425565990
Year 5 WhiteRose Week 7 Home Learning
Rounding decimals https://vimeo.com/425603173
Order and compare decimals https://vimeo.com/425603300
Tuesday 14th July
Hello All, it appears our website had a wobble yesterday and hid the suggested activity! So today, please can you complete yesterday's activity as below.
Monday 13th July
White Rose Maths - Find the maths worksheets uploaded at the bottom of the page, saved under 13th July Yr4/5 Worksheet. I have saved the answers as well.
Year 4 Video Link: https://vimeo.com/425565433
Year 5 Video Link: https://vimeo.com/425602384
Friday 10th July 2020
https://nrich.maths.org/12205 - Folding Flowers 1 and 2
Folding Flowers 1
Below is a picture of an unfolded piece of paper. Can you work out what shape is made when it’s folded up using the crease pattern shown? (**See bottom of problem for answer/example)
- Can you make one of these shapes with a new piece of paper?
- Now make several of the same shape from A4, A5 and A6 pieces of paper in two contrasting colours.
- Take a large and small shape made from your first colour and a medium shape made from your second colour.
- Make a pattern from your shapes, by laying them on top of each other, that fits both of these rules:You must be able to see at least part of each shape.All three shapes must fit inside the perimeter (outline) of the largest shape.
- Use a new large, medium and small shape to recreate the same pattern but in opposite colours from Challenge 1.
- Place these two patterns next to each other and continue to fold and add to your pattern until you’ve made a flower.
Can you predict how many of your original Challenge 1 pattern you will need?
We would love to see photos of your flowers!
If you enjoyed these challenges, why not have a go at Folding Flowers 2?
** Answer: Kite
Thursday 9th July 2020
Watch this amusing savannah story and tell someone what happened to get the events in the story clear in your mind.
Your task is either:
To tell the story from a meerkat's point of view. Remember that stories are told in the past tense and that time conjunctions (next, when, then, later, suddenly) are used to place and link events in time.
Example: One day, under the searing heat of the African sun, my trusty band of courageous meerkats and I carried out our daily check of the precious fruit we had been guarding with pride for many months, while it grew and ripened. Having checked all was well, we began our busy search for food. Meanwhile, a cunning vulture flapped down through the savannah heat waves and settled on the branch immediately above our prized treasure. This looked like trouble!
Create a commentary for the 'rugby' scene at the end of the film. Think about how commentaries contain the who, what, where, when and why to tell the viewer/audience exactly what is happening in the present tense.
Example: Slinky Joe, comes up craftily on the left, hurling himself like a human cannon ball at the vulture’s fearful talons and wraps himself around the precious fruit. Brilliant footwork from the meerkat team!
Wednesday 8th July
This week’s spelling pattern is:
Prefixes ‘super’, ‘anti’ and ‘auto’
Complete the Twinkl spelling pattern worksheets uploaded onto THE BOTTOM of our class page titled ‘8th July super anti auto prefixes’
WhiteRose Week 6 Home Learning
Complete the home learning sheets for your year group dated 8th July that we have uploaded onto THE BOTTOM of our class page.
Calculate fractions of a quantity https://vimeo.com/420682496
Calculate quantities https://vimeo.com/420690130
Year 5 WhiteRose Week 6 Home Learning
Fraction of an amount https://vimeo.com/420244399
Using fractions as operators https://vimeo.com/420244575
Tuesday 7th July
Read the following poem by Roger McGough. After you have read it, have a go at creating your own colour poem. Then you may like to create a piece of art work to express your poem. You art could show all the items you list, or a collection of all the colours you mentioned.
The Colour Collector
A stranger called this morning
Dressed all in black and grey
Put every colour into a bag
And carried them away
The goldenness of cornflakes,
The ivory of milk
The silverness of soup spoons,
The see-througness of silk
The greenness of tennis courts
When play has just begun
The orangeness of oranges
Glowing in the sun
The blueness of a dolphin
Nosing through the sea
The redness of the breast,
The yellowy blur of a bee
The creaminess of polar bears
Sliding on the floes
The little piggy pinkness
Of tiny tickly toes
The sky that smiled a rainbow
Now wears a leaden frown
Who’s sobbing in the circus tent?
Wizzo the monochrome clown
A stranger called this morning
He didn’t leave his name
We live now in the shadows
Life will never be the same
Monday 6th July
White Rose Maths - Find the maths worksheets uploaded at the bottom of the page, saved under 6th July Yr4/5 Worksheet. I have saved the answers as well.
Year 4 Video Link: https://vimeo.com/420682145
Year 5 Video Link: https://vimeo.com/420244176
Friday 3rd July 2020
Complete the BBC Bitesize activities included in the following link:
Complete a review of a book that you have read recently use the book review booklet document titled 3rd July 2020 that we have uploaded onto THE BOTTOM of our class page to help you.
Thursday 2nd July 2020
Enjoy and complete the activities contained in the Hampshire Music power point titled ‘2nd July 2020 Weekly Wonder Aquarium’ uploaded onto THE BOTTOM of our class page.
Wednesday 1st July 2020
Water Safety – RNLI home learning resources
Your suggested task is to design a water safety poster titled ‘Keeping Safe This Summer ‘.
To help you include as much useful information as possible, click on these links to learn more about keeping you and your families safe, especially at this time of year when warmer weather draws us towards our beaches, rivers and lakes to relax and have fun:
We have uploaded several PDFs onto THE BOTTOM of our class page dated 1st July 2020 that contain water safety information and worksheets for you to complete to help you to learn about and practise water safety thinking and actions.
Tuesday 30th June
Use the following link to explore food chains in different environments around the world.
Once you have explored the website, create a set of your own food chains. You can choose an environment you have explored on the webpage, or you can create one for an environment local to you.
Monday 29th June 2020
White Rose Maths - Find the maths worksheets uploaded at the bottom of the page, saved under 29th June Yr4/5 Worksheet. I have saved the answers as well.
Year 4 Video Link: https://vimeo.com/418164979
Year 5 Video Link: https://vimeo.com/418155222
Friday 26th June 2020
Complete the WhiteRose worksheets, titled 26th June Year 4 c/w answers uploaded to THE BOTTOM of our class page. Use these videos to help you.
Perimeter of rectilinear shapes
Area counting squares
Complete the WhiteRose worksheets, titled 26th June Year 5 c/w answers uploaded to THE BOTTOM of our class page. Use these videos to help you.
Convert between improper fractions & mixed numbers
Compare and order fractions
Personal Project - Study of a Major Artist
As part of your study, draw sketches imitating the style of your chosen artist and create colour swatches of the tones and shades that they liked to use. For example: Paul Klee , the Swiss graphic artist, started out as an impressionist artist who favoured using black and while in his earlier works. A visit to Tunisia brought about a huge change in his move to a wide range of colour and a development of the use of letters, numbers and rectangular shapes that resulted in the style he is now most recognised and remembered for.
Thursday 25th June
Hot from the Press
Try this Year 4 Myminimaths on the following link:
Try this Year 5 Myminimaths on the following link:
Tackle the 25th June Year 4 or Year 5 Literacy Shed Comprehension c_w answers uploaded onto THE BOTTOM of our class page.
Can you try and use your knowledge of our spelling pattern this week (prefixes un, dis, in) and root words to help you towards an understanding of the meaning of any new words that you come might come across?
Art – Colour Treasure Hunt
Go to this link here
to go on a 30-minute colourful treasure hunt walk through your neighborhood or around your house. Have fun and we look forward to sharing your fabulous creations when we are all back together again!
Wednesday 24th June 2020
Prefixes ‘un’, ‘dis’, ‘in’ – meaning ‘not’ or ‘opposite’
- What might ‘innate’ mean?
- Which of these descriptions is closest in meaning to the adjective ‘disingenuous’ ?
- Not clever or intelligent
- Not interested in
- Not sincere or candid
- Can you explain why the word ‘innocuous’ is a word from our spelling pattern? What does ‘innocuous’ mean
Complete the WhiteRose worksheets, titled 24th June Year 4 c/w answers, uploaded to THE BOTTOM of our class page. Use these videos to help you:
Multiplication and division problem solving Sheet: Correspondence problems
Perimeter of rectangles
Complete the WhiteRose worksheets, titled 24th June Year 5 c/w answers uploaded to THE BOTTOM of our class page. Use these videos to help you:
Area of rectangles
Tuesday 23rd June 2020
Today you are going to use art work to help you create a story!
Have a look at the following website: https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/make/paint-draw/create-surreal-story
You will also need to look at the worksheet I have uploaded at the bottom of the page - Tuesday 23rd June - Surreal Story
First, have a look at the ' get some surreal inspiration' tab on the website. Explore the pictures shown. Which do you like, why? You might like to share these with your family. What do you think each picture is showing?
Then, use the worksheet to create your own surreal character and create your own surreal universe. You might like to challenge yourself and write a story about your surreal character. Or you could create your own surreal artwork using inspiration from the pictures you looked at.
Monday 22nd June
IMPORTANT: FOR FOX CLASS ADULTS
Anecdotal evidence from teachers and the Hampshire Education Service indicates that children are returning to school with much lower levels of resilience than before. Please visit the Mentally Healthy Schools website here: https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/2047/coronavirus-toolkit-6-resilience.pdf
for activities you may like to carry out with your child to help them build and nurture resilience so they are ready for their return to school,when it comes.
Monday 22nd June 2020
It is National Rainforest Day today.
Have a look at the following link https://worldrainforestday.org/ There will be a number of different live streams throughout the day you might like to watch with your family.
Explore the website and then pick one of the following to complete:
1) Design and create a poster to display some of the information you have found on the website.
2) Create a fact file about a rainforest plant of animal.
Friday 19th June 2020
Maths - Napier's Bones
Use this link here to go to Nrich.org to look at the problem online . We have uploaded an explanation onto THE BOTTOM of the class page of how to solve the questions called 19th June Napiers Bones hints and solutions.
- Can you work out 13 X 2 by using the diagonals to help you?
- What about 17 X 2?
- What are you beginning to notice about the sum of diagonals and your answers?
- Can you use Napier’s Bones to work out 13 X 6? Look at the hint on the answer page if you need help to get started.
- Can you use Napier's Bones to work out 24 X 6?
- How about 461 X 4?
When you are very confident you might like to attempt the final questions below. But first, if you can, challenge an adult to use Napier's Bones to answer some two-digit by one-digit questions that you pose!
- Now try 8931 x 6.
- Can you work out how you would use them to calculate the product of 3541 and 768?
Thursday 18th June 2020
English – Writing an alternative ending
- Think about a book, story or film that you know. If you can, recount the main events of the book/story/film to an adult or someone in your family.
- How does it end?
- How would you like the book/story/film to end?
- Make a note of the main events in your imagined ending to plan your text and include the time conjunctions that will place the events in time (next, then, later, after this, when, meanwhile)
- Don't forget to demarcate/mark fronted adverbials with commas. Example:
Quickly blowing out the candle, he hid behind the heavy curtains and waited.
- Write your alternative ending and read it aloud to someone.
Division Fluency Practice
Have a go at the Thursday 18th June Myminimaths document for your year group that we have uploaded to the BOTTOM of the documents on our class page.
Wednesday 17th June 2020
Spelling Week 3
Words with the /s/ sound spelt ‘sc’ (Latin in origin – for example science, descend, ascend).
How many words containing this 'sc' pattern can you find in your reading today? Do you know what ascend and descend mean?
Year 4 - Division
Have a go at one or both of the Year 4 White Rose activities (c/w answers) that we have uploaded onto THE TOP of the bottom of the page. So, these documents are at the top of the uploads today. Remember to watch the videos to help you.
17_6 Year 4 Lesson 3 - Divide 2-digits by 1-digit https://vimeo.com/413667986
17_6 Year 4 Lesson 4 - Divide 3-digits by 1-digit https://vimeo.com/413668726
Year 5 – Division and Perimeter
Have a go at one or both of the Year 4 White Rose activities (c/w answers) that we have uploaded onto THE TOP of the bottom of the page, as per the Year 4 documents. Remember to watch the videos to help you.
17_6 Year 5 Lesson 3 - Divide with remainders https://vimeo.com/413577975
17_6 Year 5 Lesson 4 - Calculate perimeter https://vimeo.com/413583070
Personal Project - Study of a major artist
Have you made a start on your study of a major artist yet? Now is a good time to begin. You might like to create a time line of the major events in your artist’s life over the next few days. We have uploaded an example of a time line at THE TOP of the documents list at the bottom of the page (called 'June 17th example of time'). This way you don't have to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the class page!
Remember to research your facts on reputable sites, such as BBC History and the Encyclopaedia Britannica, for example. Don't forget:
- Try and triangulate your information by checking facts from at least three different sources so that you can be sure that the information is accurate.
- Place + + or "" around the keywords of your search question to refine your search to these words only, such as +Leonardo Da Vinci artworks+ will bring up up results about artworks and +Leonardo Da Vinci life+ will give examples of sites containing biographical information about his life.
Tuesday 16th June
National Fudge Day!!
Today is National Fudge Day. Follow this link to explore some of the history around fudge.
On this page you will find a 'ditty' that the women who made the fudge used to sing. After you have researched the history of fudge have a go at writing your own ditty.
You may also like to try to make some fudge with your adults. Here is a link to a recipe https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/fudge_93112
You might like to take some pictures to share with us or write a review about how your fudge tasted.
Monday 15th June 2020
Please find today's maths sheets saved at the bottom of the page. They are saved under todays date. Answers have been uploaded as well.
Year 5 - https://vimeo.com/413573097 Video link
Year 4 - https://vimeo.com/413666970 Video link
Friday 12th June 2020
Have a go at completing Pages 1-9 of Y4-Unit King of Fishes T4Writing. Remember to ask an adult if you are becoming stuck and/or get in touch with us at school via the blog or email if you have any questions at all.
Have a go at completing Pages 1-11 of Y5-Maria-Rhizeb T4Writing. Remember to ask an adult if you are becoming stuck and/or get in touch with us at school via the blog or email if you have any questions at all.
PSHE / DT
A Box of Wishes
- First, draw or write wishes for the special people in your life. These might include special hopes and wishes for people who are close to you in your family or your dearest friends
- Next, design and make a box or special container that hints at the kind and loving thoughts that are inside
- Finally, if you feel comfortable to do so, share these treasures with the people involved
Thursday 11th June 2020
Year 4 - Money, WhiteRose Lesson 3 and Lesson 4
Have a go at one or both of the Year 4 White Rose activities (c/w answers) that we have uploaded onto the bottom of the page. Ask permission first and try and use real money to support your thinking and working out and watch the videos (see links below) to help you.
Y4 Lesson 3 Pounds and pence
Y4 Lesson 3 https://vimeo.com/405804568
Y4 Lesson 4 Ordering money
Y4 Lesson 4 https://vimeo.com/405804746
Year 5 – Adding and Subtracting Decimals, WhiteRose Lesson 3 and Lesson 4
Have a go at one or both of the Year 5 White Rose activities (c/w answers) that we have uploaded onto the bottom of the page. Watch the videos (see links below) to help you.
Y5 Lesson 3 Adding decimals with a different number of decimal places
Y5 Lesson 3 https://vimeo.com/405760679
Y5 Lesson 4 Subtracting decimals with a different number of decimal places
Y5 Lesson 4 https://vimeo.com/405760804
Wednesday 10th June
Hampshire Music - Notation
Go through the Powerpoint titled ‘KS2 Hampshire Music Read, Write and Remember Music – Notation’ at the bottom of our class page and complete the activities contained in the presentation. Have Fun!
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?
- Can you describe the sound it makes using musical vocabulary such as pitch and timbre?
- Can you create a tune with your instrument and write down the tune using notation?
Tuesday 9th June 2020
World Ocean Day!
Yesterday was World Ocean Day, the start of a week to get us thinking about our Oceans.
Have a look at the following link to an online information booklet http://www.fao.org/3/a-i4224e.pdf
Then create a poster displaying some of the most interesting facts you have learnt from your reading . Share this with your family, you may like to research something you read a little further.
Tuesday 9th June 2020
Weekly Spelling Pattern
Words with the /i:/sound spelt ‘ei’ (usually after ‘c’ – for example, ceiling)
Please look at the bottom of our class page for Spelling Bank PDF examples and rules to help you learn this week's pattern.
Monday 8th June 2020
Maths sheets - please find todays maths worksheets at the bottom of the page.
The file names are - Monday 8th June Yr4/5 Worksheet. I have also uploaded the answers under Monday 8th June Yr4/5 Answers.
Friday 5th June 2020
'The Present' Video Comprehension
Use this link to watch the video:
Then answer the questions in the 'The Present Video Comprehension' uploaded onto our class page.
Revisiting and Consolidating Decimals
Have a go at one or both of the Year 4 White Rose activities (c/w answers) that we have uploaded onto the bottom of the page. Remember to use your place value knowledge to the right of the decimal point (tenths, hundredths, thousandths) and look at these video links to help you:
Have a go at one or both of the Year 5 White Rose activities (c/w answers) that we have uploaded onto the bottom of the page. Use these video links to help you:
- Complements to 1 https://vimeo.com/403248456
- Adding decimals across a whole https://vimeo.com/403248861
Thursday 4th June 2020
Just to remind you that a copy of our latest Y3/4/5 home learning letter to parents is on the bottom of our class page.
English – VE Day First News Comprehension
First, read the First News 725 edition covering the VE Day celebrations that took place on 8th May that we have uploaded onto the bottom of our class page. Note down any new words that you come across and check that you understand what they mean. If you can, talk with an adult about what you have read.
Then, have a go at completing the ‘First News Look Closer 725 ’ and ‘First News L2 Crossword 725’ activities that you will also find at the bottom of the class page.
Spelling words ending 'ous'
What words ending 'ous' (adjectives) did you come across when reading the VE Day First News?
Do you know the 3 'rules' yet for adding 'ous' to the root word?
We have uploaded an 'ous' spelling work and pattern sheet from Twinkl and Spelling Frame on the class page to help with your practice this week.
Wednesday 3rd June 2020
June Home Learning Update - Hot from the press!
Our Home Learning letter outlining expectations and resources for this new half term was sent out by parent mail yesterday. We have uploaded a copy of the letter onto the bottom of our class page for your information.
Create your own pack of Top Trumps for the characters of your favourite book, series of books or film.
Remember to include on each card a brief but detailed description of the character and their backstory or background.
'Eager as ever to return to school and her two best friends, Hermione is determined to study as many subjects as possible. How she will fit them all in to her school day is another matter entirely and a secret that she does not immediately share with her trusted allies Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.'
Scores/ratings should highlight themes, such as ‘magic’, ‘friendship’, ‘cunning’ or ‘wisdom’ in the Harry Potter series of books, for example. Try and include some detail about the score/rating , such as for Hermione strong magic skills due to her long hours of study at Hogwarts . Favourite spell - 'Wingardium Leviosa'
You might like to use the Top Trumps template uploaded onto the bottom of our class page to help you.
Tuesday 2nd June 2020
Maths Sheets - Please find the maths sheet for your year grouped saved at the bottom of the page. They are called ' Tuesday 2nd June Maths Yr (4 or 5) Workbook. Complete the worksheet then use the answers that are also at the bottom of the page ( Tuesday 2nd June - Yr (4 or 5) Answers to mark your work.
Monday 1st June 2020
Spelling Pattern of the Week Commencing 1st June 2020
Learn to spell words with the suffix 'ous'.
See the bottom of our class page for the suggested Year 4/5 8-week home learning spelling plan.
Design a Giant - Have a look at the picture of the BFG from the film version of Roald Dahl's book The BFG. Today you are going to design your own giant. They could be kind or helpful, like the BFG. Or they can have a more undesirable personality, you decide.
Draw your giant making sure you colour them in.
Then write one or two paragraphs to describe your giant to someone who has never seen them. Remember to use the writing techniques we have looked at, such as similes and metaphors. Use the senses to help structure your description. Include information on their personality.
To challenge yourself - think carefully about how you want to portray your giant. Make sure you are using language that conveys this message. Can you rewrite your paragraph using different choices of language to make your giant seem the exact opposite in personality and looks?
Friday 22nd May 2020
Geography – Maps, contours, keys and symbols and mapping the world
Look at the BBC Bitesize learning about maps in the link above. Using your own map, or the Ordnance Survey Key and the small (handmade) Rotherwick Parish map grid uploaded onto the bottom of our class page:
- Give someone verbal directions from one location to another on the map using Ordnance Survey references and position and direction vocabulary
- Create your own treasure map with instructions about how to locate the treasure using Ordnance Survey references and position and direction vocabulary, such as North, South, South East etc
- Have fun learning geography tackling quizzes and games using this link:https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/map-skills/compasses-and-directions
Thursday 21st May
As we often do during BooK Talk and Guided Reading in school, discuss and text mark this sentence with someone. As we do in class, note down all of your thoughts and questions that arise from you reading and thinking about this very short but intriguing text. For example, why was 'he' listening?
'He came out from under the root very slowly, peeping first one way and then another, listening.'
Inference and Deduction
Read this description carefully.
a) Then draw the character that you think that the text might be describing. You might like to label your drawing with all the precise details that you have noticed from the description.
He wore a short coat and waistcoat of mouse-skin with a strip of snake-skin round his middle; moleskin breeches tied in below the knee, but no shoes or stockings…He carried a hunting knife in his belt, made of hammered iron, part of an old hinge which he had found in the stream.
b) Write a brief wider description or explanation about the character that you imagine from the text
- Who do you think ‘he’ is?
- Where might ‘he’ live?
- What might ‘he’ live in and why?
Wednesday 20th May 2020
Have a go at these maths word problems at your own level of challenge (Challenge 1 = all of column 1; Challenge 2 = all of column 2 etc ). Remember to read the question carefully to establish the type of calculation/s (operation/s) that you are being asked to carry out and in what order to solve the problem.
These questions and the answers have been uploaded as a document at the bottom of our class page.
Tuesday 19th May 2020
Hampshire Music Service have provided a fantastic Powerpoint for you to follow at home. In the session you will learn to play parts of a song using a piano, keyboard or a virtual piano. Find the powerpoint at the bottom of the page, it is called 'Music Lesson Tuesday 19th May'
You must ask your adults for help to access, download and use the virtual piano.
Have fun making music!
Monday 18th May 2020
Scroll down to the uploaded documents at the bottom of the page.
With your adults help, download the Year 4 or 5 Maths Activity/Revision Workbook and work your way through the activities.
We have also uploaded the answers so you can mark your work when you have finished.
Complete as much of the booklet as you can but don't worry if you don't get all the way through it.
If you get stuck, just move onto the next question.
Friday 15th May 2020
Heartsmart During Closure
Today's suggested activities
The Invisible Man
Task Suggestion: Can you use this starter to write your own beginning to a thrilling story?
Just minutes before, everything had been completely normal. He had sat eating his breakfast at the kitchen table, as he did every day of his life.
It was only when he looked in the mirror that he realised something was wrong. For several seconds he had panicked, and a sick feeling grew in his stomach. His mouth felt dry and he started to sweat as he sprinted from room to room, trying in vain to find a reflection.
How could this have happened? Of all days, why did it have to be today? This was the most important day of his life. He had to find help…
The Invisible Man - Letter
- Why is today the most important day of his life? What is supposed to be happening?
- Who is ‘he’?
- What has happened to him?
- When did it happen?
- What caused him to finally realise what happened?
- How will he find help?
- Why is he wearing gloves?
- What will he do next?
Task Suggestion: Can you have a go at writing the content of the letter?
Adverbs describe how something is done. They make a sentence more interesting and informative by adding detail to the verb. For example:
The pen scribbled frantically across the page.
Task Suggestion: Can you add an adverb to the following sentences to add detail to the verb?
1)The man dashed from room to room.
2)He wrote on the paper.
3)He stared into the mirror.
4)His heart pumped inside his chest.
Can you add an adverbial phrase or clause, demarcated appropriately with commas, to add more detail to your sentences?
His mind racing wildly, the man dashed frantically from room to room.
He wrote nervously on the paper, while he sought to calm the incessant shaking of his gloved hands.
Thursday 14th May 2020
Local History Investigation
All of May is the Local and Community History month across the UK! The Historical Association, which is a charity registered and incorporated by the Royal Charter, supports education, enjoyment and the learning of history. Their mission is to “inspire, enable and encourage” people across all walks of life to get involved with history, and the Local and Community history month is one of their ways to do it. During May 2020, the Historical Association wants everyone to research and read, share information and raise awareness about the history of their communities and local areas.
So, today your suggested activity is to try and carry out a history study or investigation. Perhaps you have an historical site or building near your home (such as Tylney Hall in the picture), or know of one that you would like to learn more about. Your parents/carers/family may also have links to an historical setting or local historical event that they can share with you.
Record your findings using any of these possible formats:
- Recording – video and/or audio
- Non-chronological report
- Recount (of an historical event)
- Information leaflet
- Letter to a friend
We look forward to sharing what you find!
Wednesday 13th May 2020
Feelie Bag Fun
This activity requires at least 2 players and also works well with two teams. It is a fun way to practice your speaking and listening skills and is a good opportunity to recap and use precise, descriptive vocabulary. We have uploaded some shape vocabulary at the bottom of the class page to help you. Challenge yourself to use as many mathematical words as you can to earn bonus points! You could also challenge yourself to use precise adjectives, similes and metaphors if you want to use this game to practise English vocabulary and your descriptive skills.
Resources needed to play the game
- A small cloth bag that you cannot see through, such as an empty, drawstring shoe or P.E. bag.
- Several small objects from around the home that have been gathered up secretly without being seen by the players
Purpose of the game
A ‘Describer’ describes an object by placing a hand inside the bag, using only the sense of touch, to answer questions from the ‘Questioners', such as:
- Is the object 2-D or 3-D?
- How many vertices does it have?
- Is the object rough or smooth?
To earn a point for the team or themselves as an individual, Questioners have to work out what the object in the bag is based on the description given by the Describer. You can also earn bonus points for using a correct mathematical term or word or precise adjective etc.
The Describer must not say what the object is used for– if they know!
Tuesday 12th May 2020
Have a go at the following problem. You could find some coins to help you work this out.
Then have a go at solving Pascal's Triangle
Monday 11th May 2020
Poetry Writing - write yourself an acrostic poem from the word 'Lockdown'. Think about focusing on all the positive memories you have been making and all the things you have seen while on your walks or in your garden.
Don't forget to use interesting adjectives and similies and metaphors to make your poem more interesting.
When you finish, why don't you write it up neatly and decorate it so you can keep it to help you remember this time.
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?!
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?!
***Just a quick reminder that we will not be posting a daily blog or suggested daily activities this coming Friday 8th May. This bank holiday commemorates Victory in Europe Day, when our country celebrated the end of the Second World War***
Wednesday 6th May 2020
Stay Safe - JRSO
Mrs Joliffe and Mrs Baronne hope that you are enjoying your daily exercise - especially with this lovely weather - and remembering the important Road Safety rules when you are out on the streets. They asked us to remind you that when you are on your bikes, you must wear a helmet!
Your suggested activity for today is to write some rules, do’s and don'ts - for example , do get off your bikes and walk when crossing a road, rather than stay on your bikes to cross.
Can you make some fun safe games up or role play for when you come back to school or to share?
We look forward to hearing and sharing your ideas!
Last but not least, please check out the Road Safety Update letter from school which was sent out to your parents. You will find some detailed information there about the competition stop animation and the Arility resource https://arility.com/
Music To Our Ears – Revise and Recap!
The Hampshire Music Service have made two fantastic powerpoints as part of their ‘Stay Calm and Make’ programme, called ‘Discovering the Musical Dimensions’. Our other suggested activity for today is to view the slides that are packed with fun activities to revise and recap musical knowledge and understanding. Check out the virtual piano on for making your own music! We have uploaded both powerpoints onto the bottom of our class page.
Tuesday 5th May 2020
Have a look at the following number sentences. Use them to work out the final problem.
Tip: Think about patterns. You can use other operations to get the answer.
If: 2 + 2 = 44
3 + 3 = 96
4 + 4 = 168
5 + 5 = 2510
Then what is: 6 + 6 = ?
Monday 4th May 2020
The above link takes you to a recipe for home made vegetable paint. With your adults, make the paint. Powdered Sugar is also known as Icing Sugar.
Once you have made your paints, create a Pattern Painting using blocks of colour. Have a look at the pictures below for inspiration.
If you don't fancy making the paints you could use any ready mixed paints, or colouring pencils you have at home.
Friday 1st May 2020
Our whole-school value for this first half of the summer term is ‘Friendship’. Bearing this in mind, our suggested activity today is that you try and live/show this value in some way.
You could choose to make a poster about what this value means to you, or make some form of sculpture or model.
You could make contact with someone. It might be that you write a letter to a friend or member of your family that you have not seen or heard from for a while, or perhaps send an email or make a telephone call (make sure you have permission from an adult).
Have a look at the ‘Friendship Home School Values Sheet’ on the Religious Ethos section of the website too for some fun friendship activities. Just a few suggestions of how you could shed a few rays of friendship sunshine today!
Thursday 30th April 2020
Write out the ingredients for your favourite recipe. If you do not have a recipe to hand, use the sample recipe below.
- What if you had to make the recipe for twice as many people/servings ?
- What if you had to make the recipe for half the number of servings?
- What if there were a) 100 or b) 1000 servings needed? How much of each ingredient would you need in each instance?
Remember to record all your working out and to use number facts that you already know to help you solve these real-life maths problems. There is a multiplication square at the bottom of the class page to support you with this.
Sample recipe – Serves 10 people:
- 200g caster sugar
- 200g softened butter
- 4 beaten eggs
- 200g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp milk
Hot from the Press - Activities from the Diocese of Winchester!
We have uploaded a PDF of a range of fantastic activities that we have received from the Diocese that we think many of you will enjoy doing and taking part in over the coming weeks. They range from song lyrics to learning about Rwanda in Africa. Go for it!
Wednesday 29th April 2020
A little recap and practice using verbs and adverbs by writing 5 super sentences.
Verbs are doing, being, having and action words, such as:
he is happy
he had six sheep
she was waving
As you might have noticed, verbs can contain more than one word – was waving
Adverbs describe how, when, where and to what extent the doing, being, having and action is, has or will be taking place, for example:
- she slept deeply;
- he is curiously happy;
- he fortunately had six sheep;
- she was waving excitedly.
Adverbs are placed close to the verb they are describing.
Your suggested task today is to first gather your own word bank by listing between 5 and 10 of the verbs and between 5 and 10 of the adverbs from one paragraph or page from a book, magazine or newspaper that you are reading or have read.
Then, use at least 5 of the verbs and 5 of the adverbs to write 5 super sentences of your own.
Your sentences can be about anything you like. Silly sentences can be very amusing to read and can still contain high quality language and accurate punctuation. Example:
She grabbed frantically at the writhing spaghetti monster, that slithered silently over the smooth work-surface.
Share your sentences with an adult. You could also challenge yourself to edit and correct your spelling and punctuation independently, remembering to begin at the end of your sentences to check for spelling errors and look for those words that 'just do not look right’.
At the bottom of our class page, we have uploaded verb, adverb, noun and adjective mats to help you.
Tuesday 28th April
Design a three course menu for your family to enjoy.
You might want to research ideas for your menu. You could use the CBBC Master Chef website: https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/fundraising/be-the-masterchef/recipes/
Once you have decided what you are going to cook, design the presentation of each dish. Draw your ideas and label. Then pick one of you dishes and write your own set of instructions.
You could then cook one or more of your dishes with an adult and serve it to your family one day.
If you want to challenge yourself, ask a member of your family to pick two or three ingredients, that you have in the cupboards, that you have to use in your dish.
Monday 27th April
Nature Watch - You are going to survey the type and number of birds you see today then present your findings.
Step 1: Research the type of birds you might find in our back gardens or which you may see while on your walk.
Step 2: Create a table to help you record what type of birds you see and how many of them you see. Think about the different types of table we have looked at in maths and science lessons eg. A tally chart.
Step 3: Set yourself a time limit for collecting your data then head out into your garden or out on your family walk and look out for birds. Use your table to note down the types and numbers of birds you see.
Step 4: Present your data in a graph of your choice. If you want to challenge yourself, write a short paragraph explaining why you used the type of graph you did and share this with your adult, would they have used a different type of chart? Why? Again, think about the types of graph we have looked at in maths and science lessons. eg. bar graphs, line graphs etc.
Friday 24th April 2020
Make your own time capsule of memories during your time at home staying safe from the Corona virus. We have also uploaded a printable version at the bottom of our class page that Mrs Miles kindly found for us. This may take you several days to do over the next few weeks and will be a lasting souvenir of this unusual period in your life. So take your time and try not to rush it.
If you are making your own, you might like to include:
- Pictures or drawings of your friends, family and any pets
- An 'all about me' page with details about your hobbies and interests
- Interviews with your family including their thoughts and feelings about being in lock-down
- A journal detailing what you have been doing during your time at home
- A letter from you and/or your family to whomever might find your time capsule
If you do decide to bury or put it somewhere safe, remember to make a note or map of where it is hidden!
Thursday 23rd April 2020.
Create a report about St George's famous fight against a fierce dragon in order to save a maiden from certain death. You might like do this in the form of a cartoon strip, newspaper report and/or poster. We have uploaded onto the bottom of our class page a newspaper template, a newspaper report checklist and a short powerpoint of facts about the story of St George and the dragon to help you. You could use some of the time connectives and conjunctions from Monday 21st April' suggested task to place events from the story in time order.
P.S. The latest Y3/4/5 home learning letter sent out by parent mail has also been added to the bottom of our class page.
Wednesday 22nd April 2020
A farmer has been asked to plant 10 trees in five rows so that each row contains 4 trees. How does he do it?
Tip: Make yourself 10 trees, you could use counters or even draw yourself your own trees!
Tip: Think shapes! Could a tree be in more than one row?
NEW - ELSA Page
Don't forget to have a look at our new ELSA page which has lots of fantastic activates to help support you and your family.
Tuesday 21st April 2020
Design and/or make a real or imaginary hat for your favourite book character.
Monday 20th April 2020
Our current situation with learning from home is like nothing we have experienced before and we feel you should make yourself something to keep to help you remember this time and all the fantastic things you did.
Your task is to write yourself a diary entry to summarise your Easter Holiday. You may like to include pictures or drawings to add detail to your work.
Don't forget to use your time connectives to help you order your writing. There is a list uploaded at the bottom of the page to help you with these.
The Hampshire Music Service has provided a fantastic collection of Musical Easter Activities which you may like to look at over the break. We have uploaded the 'Easter Music' document at the bottom of the page.
Easter Holidays Update from the Winchester Diocese
Winchester Diocese has sent us this link to resources that 'can be used at home, and are fun and meaningful activities to complement the curriculum work that so many parents are committing to engage with their children who aren’t at school.'
These resources include:
- Palm Sunday - A resource for discussing Palm Sunday with children and encouraging them to reflect on its meaning.
- Picture Challenge Week 2 - An excellent resource for exploring Easter with children.
- Invitation to Pray with the World - Compassion UK is a charity that supports vulnerable children all over the world, and they are calling for us all to pray at this time.
- Divine Chocolate National Poetry Competition – with some great prizes!
We have uploaded these resources at the bottom of our class page - have fun using them!
There will be no Suggested Activities uploaded over the Easter Holiday because we do not expect you to be completing school work.
However, if you are looking for something to do, you might like to get creative and make some Easter Cards. The link below has some lovely ideas.
But most importantly, take time to relax and have fun!
Mrs Burningham & Mrs Laurie
Friday 3rd April
Well, today marks the end of a very strange term. As we head into the Easter Holidays we want you all to know how proud we are of you all, and how we miss you all. Over the next two weeks spend time with your families, relax and have some fun. The Summer Term won't begin in the normal way but we will still be here and we have some exciting things planned, so watch this space. Keep active and don't eat too much chocolate!
Below is today's suggested activity, we hope you find it interesting and fun!
Pick a few of the common exception words you have been learning (lists can be found at the bottom of the page) and learn to spell them using British Sign Language. Involve your family, see if they can guess what word you are spelling.
If you would like a challenge see if you can learn to spell your full name.
Thursday 2nd April
Good Morning Everyone!
Another beautiful bright blue sky sprang into view as the curtains were pulled back this morning. We wonder if the sky you all can see is so brilliantly blue too!
Today's Task Suggestions:
English: Write a paragraph or two to describe the picture below.
Tips: Don't forget to use all the descriptive devices we have looked at so far; alliteration, similes, metaphors, noun phrases.
If you find it hard to start writing, try creating 4 sentences to tell the reader what you can see, hear, touch and smell.
If you'd like a challenge, try to add a sinister atmosphere to your writing through your choice of language.
Don't forget to share your description with someone at home.
Maths: Target 300!
How many different ways can you make the number 300 using the four operations (add, subtract, multiply, divide)?
Wednesday 1st April 2nd Update
A kind parent sent this prime number problem in that they thought the class might enjoy. We have uploaded the solution at the bottom of the class page.
Wednesday 1st April Update
Thank you for all your email updates. It sounds like the great sunflower race is definitely on ! We can sense some keen competition in some households - you've got to be in it to win it. It is said that singing also helps plants to grow...:).
Topic update - Hopefully you are working hard on your personal projects. Like on Monday's update, today's brain teaser might help you with this.
Maths update - Piet Mondrian the artist (1872-1944) is perhaps best known for his compositions using only vertical and horizontal lines at 90° angles, primary colours and sometimes greys or black against a white background.
Mondrian's painting 'Komposition' is an interesting exploration of simple fractions. You will find a copy at the bottom of the class page, together with a fraction wall.
Try investigating and exploring the maths in the picture by cutting out all of the pieces. Then perhaps look for:
- Those that are ¼ of the red square;
- Those that are half the yellow oblong;
- Those that are 1/8 of the red square and so on.
As you do this, compare the fractions and find how many of the quarters/halves/eighths will make the whole, or a half and quarter as appropriate.
- Can you make your own picture in the style of Mondrian using other fraction denominators?
- What understanding of number facts/patterns will you need to use to do this?
- Will it be possible to make a picture that is a mixture of different fraction denominators?
- Can you explain and prove your thinking?
Brain teaser -
If you could interview your favourite character from history, such as Queen Victoria for example, which 10 questions would you ask and why?
Have fun and stay healthy!
Mrs Laurie and Mrs Burningham
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
A lovely sunny day to help keep us all cheerful and hopefully well.
Maths update - well done to all of you who are taking the time to use this opportunity to learn those number facts that you find tricky. 59% of the class now using TTRockstars. Keep at at - knowing these basic maths building bricks will help with all your maths learning:) Try this BBC Bitesize link to recap our learning about factors and prime numbers: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zfq7hyc
Brain teaser for today:
This is a famous painting by De la Tour (1630) called 'The Fortune Teller'.
Who might these people be?
Where are they and what is happening?
Sunflower progress - if you can, take pictures or draw the progress of your sunflower in readiness for sharing when you get back to school. This sunny weather will certainly help its progress.
Have fun and stay healthy!
Mrs Laurie and Mrs Burningham
Monday 30th March 2nd Update
Please look at the bottom of our Class page for more useful ELSA support information and activities kindly prepared by Mrs Miles.
Monday 30th March Update
Week 2 - and lots to do!
English update - We have downloaded this month's free resources from First News - 2 comprehensions, 2 puzzles and 2 quizzes c/w the PDF of the newspaper itself. The activities are slightly different, so choose your own level of difficulty (Level 1 or Level 2). Many of you really enjoy reading this newspaper in school, so hopefully you will enjoy the challenges that the newspaper has set for you.
Topic - We were visited on 13th Feb by some very interesting rain forest and savannah creatures and we have attached 3 pages of pictures and some facts about the animals. You may wish to use some of this information in your 'Equal and Opposite' presentation about the learning you have done so far in geography this term.
Maths brain teasers for today :
Puzzle 1 : Puzzle 2:
Challenge - can you create your own balancing number sentences or equations?
Have fun and stay healthy!
Mrs Laurie and Mrs Burningham
Friday 27th March Update
Well done - we have managed our first week! Mrs Miles has found a really useful powerpoint (see the bottom of our Class page) that answers thoughts, questions and worries that you might have if you, or your family, now know someone who has been diagnosed as having the Coronavirus.
TT Rockstars update - Go team Fox ! 56% of the class now accessing TTRockstars. Keep going up towards that 100%...
Myminimaths update - There is a daily practice for each learning strand/area - see below in white on grey background 'Adding using formal written methods ' , Mon, Tue'. Clicking on the day of the week will give you 4 questions practising addition ,then 4 questions using the 4 operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) complete with answers. The yellow circle icons containing a blue 'i' are 'intelligent questioning' questions and give the opportunity for you to problem solve and reason, once you are secure with a method, such as addition. The red and white forward arrow icon are direct links to video tutorials explaining and showing methods. Have fun!
Brain teaser for today:
Draw and describe your dream bedroom.
You could choose to do this in the form of a detailed, labelled diagram; a labelled diagram with a written description; or a powerpoint or video recording.
Have fun and stay healthy!
Mrs Laurie and Mrs Burningham
Thursday 26th March Update
Myminimaths update - The first page, when you get to 'Year 4', is very long. You need to scroll down the page, past different sections of information, to find the daily activities. There is a document at the bottom of this Fox Class Y4/5 page that helps to navigate this very useful site. Myminimaths provides video tutorials in addition to daily activities and challenges c/w answers. Have a go!
TTrockstars update - Only 44% of Fox Class have accessed your TTrockstars account this week. We can do better than that! I am looking forward to our active users reaching closer to 100% by the beginning of next week and your correct response times improving as a result of some much-needed practice :)
It has been very strange seeing several of you only from a distance walking, on your bikes or out for a run (very impressive!) in and around the village. It's good to know that you are still able to be active while keeping yourselves safe. If you are unable to go outside, the PE teacher and body coach, Joe Wickes, is live streaming PE sessions for children every day. The link for yesterday's sessions is:
Remember to get permission from an adult before trying to use this link.
Brain teaser for today - you might want to use the space-themed writing template in the class documents below:
You are on Moon Base 1. Write a postcard or letter to your home on Earth.
Remember to describe what the weather is like, your daily routine and how you are feeling .
Have fun and stay healthy!
Mrs Laurie and Mrs Burningham
Wednesday 25th March Update
Half way through our first week with each day bringing new challenges. Our brain teaser for today:
You can invite three book or nursery rhyme characters for tea.
Who would you choose and why?
As the weather is still being so kind to us, perhaps you may have the opportunity to complete some 'hoop' art outside. Make a small circle (approx 1m diameter) using a hoop or skipping rope, or natural objects such as pebbles/stones and fallen twigs and sticks. Create a picture inside your shape using organic, natural objects - please do not pick flowers or leaves. Always check with an adult that the things you have collected are safe to use. Take a photo of your creation or draw it to include in your Home Learning book.
Have fun and stay healthy!
Mrs Laurie and Mrs Burningham
Tuesday 24th March Update
Another day of warm sunshine to help keep us all cheerful. Mrs Miles found some lovely window-art that some of you may like to have a go at completing. Please see the bottom of our class page for details of this activity.
Have you remembered to water your sunflower seed since bringing your 'love grows' plant pot home? Remember to keep the pot on a sunny windowsill to make the most of the warm sunshine to help germinate the seeds.
Brain teaser for today:
What could be in this wrapped parcel? Where has it come from?
Have fun and stay healthy!
Mrs Laurie and Mrs Burningham
Monday 23rd March Update
Day one of a very new way of learning for us all. Websites such as TTRockstars have been really struggling today to keep up with all you keen mathematicians that are getting to grips with your daily home learning routine. Well done! Your logins do work - just keep trying. Remember there are copies of all the home learning activities at the bottom of this class page, together with some very useful links to ELSA resources. We do hope you get the chance to spend some time out in the glorious sunshine today. If not, try this little brain teaser:
You find a message in a bottle. What does the message say?
Have fun and stay healthy!
Mrs Laurie and Mrs Burningham
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. We wish you all the very best in these trying times and please keep checking the website and Parentmail for updates.
Spring Term Update 2020
Before the half term break, our children hugely enjoyed being visited by a host of tropical rain forest and savannah biome animals including a chameleon, a tarantula, a very cheeky meerkat and an impressive Burmese python , called Severus. We are continuing our topic theme of 'Equal and Opposite' and are now turning our thinking towards human geography in the rain forest. We will be considering human settlement and resources through the sustainable global development goals of good health & wellbeing (goal 3) , gender equality (goal 5) and reducing inequalities (goal 10).
Autumn Term Update 2019
We have enjoyed a very busy Autumn 1 half term and were extremely proud to present our learning last week in the Class 4 Assembly. 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. Pupils also explained through role play how the Grampian Mountains were formed and the impact of the Scottish landscape on the lives of the ancient Picts and Scots. The class then showed their interesting attempts to draw in the style of Michelangelo, achieved by drawing on paper placed on the underside of their tables! We then finished our performance by reciting an amusing French nonsense poem, ' Une araignee sur le plancher', about a boot-knitting spider and her unusual friends. Well done, Class 4!
Next half term, in the run up to Christmas, we are looking forward to learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. To bring this history topic to an interesting and exciting conclusion, we are really pleased to announce that Class 4 and Class 3 will be taking part in Anglo- Saxon workshops here in school on Friday 13th December. This does coincide with the annual 'Christmas Jumper ' day. Fear not! Children in Class 4 and Class 3 will still be taking part in this and can wear their special Christmas sweaters with pride. The day is not a 'dress up as an Anglo-Saxon day' and children are not expected to come to school dressed as Anglo-Saxons.
Summer Term Update 2019
This term we are looking forward to the summer and beginning our learning about Stewardship as part of 'Working Together to protect God's World and to serve the Common Good'. We will also be exploring the rise and fall of great civilisations, such as the Ancient Greeks and linking this with our study of rivers and coasts. In English, our initial focus will be on how authors tell stories in poetry and our mathematics will be linked to our learning in Art involving pattern in its different forms.
We are also looking forward to working with the Lowde Foundation and Sign 2 Sing to promote sign language and increase our skills as singers. Our learning and efforts will culminate in a live singing and signing performance at 6:30pm on Saturday 6th July in Hazeley Bottom at the Heart of Gold Charity Ball. We will be in contact in the first week of term with details about how you can support our children to take part in this fantastic musical opportunity.
Spring Term Update 2019
We have enjoyed 3 busy weeks now in Class 4 and our history learning about the Romans is well underway with the children soon to begin designing and assembling their Roman vehicles during our DT sessions. We are still planning our linked offsite trip and will be in contact shortly with details regarding the proposed venue and date for our visit.
The whole of KS2 enjoyed an amazing afternoon of music On Thursday 23rd January with the Philharmonia orchestra at the Anvil for 'Orchestra Unwrapped'. The performance was led by the composer of 'Leon And The Space Between', Mr Paul Rissman. He narrated the story and children sang with him conducting. It was a fantastic opportunity that the children really enjoyed and one that will be remembered by many for a life time.