It is hard to believe that we are now in July. I am really missing seeing everybody at school but I am hopeful that I will see some of you in the coming weeks for your transition sessions. As always, it is great to hear from some of you and I have even managed to see a few of you when dropping off your siblings at school, which is lovely.
Please remember that lots of people are finding this time at home difficult and have struggled to work from home; you are not the only one. Only do what feels right for you from these packs.
It would be great for you to create a poster, outlining everything you have learnt in SPaG in KS2 so far (Year 3, 4 and 5). You will be surprised by how much has been covered and all the new grammatical terms you have learned. This can be presented in any way you like but I would love to see example of each area. I will outline some examples below.
Prepositions- across, below, above etc.
Possessive apostrophes- Miss Randall’s bunny rabbit dug a hole in the garden.
Fronted adverbials- Suddenly, one cold morning, etc.
Once again, I will be adding the Talk for Writing home learning packs for year 4 and 5 for your English activities this week. I hope you are enjoying these and finding them manageable.
This week, I will be giving you work based on time. This is something that my class had not covered at school this year but they would have done work on this topic in previous years. There are many useful videos that I will link below to help you.
A skill that children develop in years 4, 5 and 6, is using grid references on maps. I have added a 4 figure and 6-figure grid reference work sheet for you to work through. Remember, you must go along the corridor and up the stairs.
I have added a daily activity to get you thinking this week; it is something a little bit different but I hope it will give you a few minutes to reflect. Spend a few minutes thinking about the answer to the question being asked. Get creative, write your answer down and decorate it.
To help motivate your children for the last few weeks of term we have set up a home learning challenge. This is totally optional but we thought it might be useful for some of you. Here’s how it works:
Decide on daily home learning challenges for your child, this could be a certain number of tasks or an amount of time e.g. for a Reception child it could be to do the daily phonics lesson and one other task , or for an older child it could be to do 2 hours of home learning.
Use the attached reward chart to add smiley faces for each home learning challenge your child completes. There are six boxes for each day but you might not need all of these if you decided on a smaller number of daily challenges. If you decide on a time challenge (e.g. two hours per day) they could get a smiley face for each half hour of home learning successfully completed.
If your child completes their task for the week upload a photo of the completed chart onto Tapestry and they will receive a certificate and a small reward in the post.
If your child completes a chart for the rest of term (3 weeks) they will receive a prize at the end.
I hope lots of you took advantage of the glorious weather last week and spent some time in the sunshine. At school, the year 6s made their own obstacle course as a ‘mini sports day’, which we really enjoyed- maybe you could give this a go at home and get the family involved.
This week, I would like you to revise relative clauses. This is something that all the year 4s and 5s have covered multiple times so you should be able to do this without any problems. If you do need a reminder (parents too) I will add the link to the relative clause dance that we enjoy doing in class J
I know lots of people found the last two weeks of fraction work hard, it is a tricky subject with lots of objectives to cover so please don’t feel disheartened. I am hoping you will enjoy this maths topic a little more- data handling. We have covered data collection, bar charts, pictograms, line graphs and time charts. Therefore, I will add work that covers many of these areas for you to pick what suits you best.
In school, we collected our own data and made a variety of charts to represent it. Maybe you could give this a go at home.
Some people have mentioned that they are missing their art lesson and would like some ideas of creative things they can do at home. I have added a document that gives you a few projects and clips to explore all about ‘jungle leaves’ and Henri Rousseau (which I think some of you might have learnt about with Mrs D in year 3).
I hope everybody is doing well. Apologies for the issues with the website last week and accessing the home learning packs, I’m hoping it will more straight forward this time and you can all view the files. Once again, it has been great to hear from some of you this week and see how you have been getting on. Please continue to share on Tapestry.
I have had quite a few parents get in touch this week to say that they are finding it hard to motivate their child to do the work and they are finding ‘home learning’ tough. Please know that you are not the only ones feeling like this, it is an incredibly tricky time and it does seem this is lasting a long time. It is normal to feel concerned that your child is falling behind but you are all doing such a fantastic job and coping so well. Being there to talk to your child is the best thing you can be doing, so please try not to fret about fractions or fronted adverbials; they will be topics that are revisited when we can welcome your children back to school safely. This time to spend with your children is precious and it will mean more to them in the long term that you are there to listen to their concerns and worries.
This week, I would like you to revise prepositions. A preposition is a placing word. I have added the BBC Bitsize link, where you can watch a short clip to revise this topic: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwwp8mn/articles/zw38srd. There is a worksheet where you need to write some sentences relating to the picture.
I said I would not upload any new maths work for this week, as I uploaded rather a lot last week. However, if you have been really busy and completed it all, here is a little challenge to keep you occupied. Please do not forget to practice your times tables using TTRockstars.
In both class 4 and 5, we have done lots of work this year thinking about the effects climate change is having on our world. ‘Berkeley Vale Climate Action Network’, have been in contact with Mrs Cooke, to ask if our children would create artwork, prose and poems about the ‘green’ activities and experiences you might have had during lockdown.
These activities might have been taking more walks in the local green spaces, having more time to observe birds and insects in the garden, growing vegetables or family bike rides.
They are hoping to make a colourful collage of work, which will be displayed, around the local area. Work can be left in the foyer at school or sent to Mrs Cooke, with name, age, class and Slimbridge Primary School on the back.
I hope you have all had a good week, we are all really missing you at school but I have been really impressed by all the work you have been completing at home. I love reading your Tapestry posts and hearing all about what you have been getting up to you.
I have added a basic capital letter worksheet for you to work through and correct, as this is often something that we forget to do in our classwork. See if you can spot all the mistakes.
This week, the school’s focus for writing is persuasion. When we write to persuade we are trying to get somebody else to agree with us, if we were at school, we might have a vote on a matter and then have a debate for each side of the argument to present why something should or should not happen.
Once we had done this, we would write a letter to persuade the targeted audience to try to convince them to see our point. So this is your task for this week. I am giving you some kind of writer’s choice here for you to decide what you would like to write your letter about but I will also add some ideas that you could use if you are finding it more difficult. If you would prefer to write an advert or review of something instead of a letter, than please feel free to do so.
Year 5s, you may remember last year that we wrote persuasive letters to get Mrs Cooke to employ you to be TAs last year; you outlined all your skills that would make you perfect for the job- Year 4s, maybe you would like to give this a go!
In Maths this week, all the classes will be completing work on 3D shapes including:
Shapes is a tricky topic to work on without resources. To work out the volume of a shape at school, we start by making the shapes using sugar cubes (or plastic blocks) to visually see the shape and count the cubes. Therefore, if you were able to do this at home, it would be helpful. Similarly, it may be useful to make the shapes of the nets first.
If you finish all the activities, maybe you could go on a 3D shape hunt around your house.
Spend some time researching Greek pottery and see if you can come up with your own design. I have added some photos as a starting point and a few templates that you could use for your own piece of pottery.
When we were at school, we completed lots of activities (in both classes) all about food. The activity I have given you for this week is to create plates of foods you like (J’aime) and foods you don’t like (Je n’aime pas)- you may remember the names of more foods that the ones I have added, which is great and add those in too.