Home Learning – Year 1

The Final Week!

Good morning Year 1s!

This is probably one of the last times I will be greeting you as Year 1s as in September we will be welcoming you back as Year 2s! Well done, you have all powered your way through to the final three days of our summer term. Those of you I have had the pleasure of seeing over the past few weeks, you have done a tremendous job and have adjusted to a somewhat unusual school routine brilliantly. Each of you have put 100% into your learning and can go into the summer feeling very proud of yourselves. Those of you I have not yet seen, I have loved hearing about and seeing some of the wonderful learning you have been doing at home! Well done to everyone (mummies, daddies, sisters, brothers, grandparent, relatives, friends… all included!) for facing a challenging situation with such positivity  which has given these past 4 months so many smiles and happy memories. I am so excited to see everyone together again in September, we are going to have a fantastic 6 weeks.

 

As we head into our final three days there are a few of things that I just wanted to remind you of…

Firstly, parent consultations are taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Those of you who have requested a meeting should have received a message with a time slot. The meeting will be an opportunity for us to say hello and have a catch up before we head into the summer holidays. Mrs Bunce will meet and greet you at the gate and guide you into our meeting space. Before and after each meeting, all tables and chairs will be cleaned. Please contact me via the website or by phone if you have any questions.

Keeping in contact. Just to remind you that we are here in school Monday to Wednesday this week if there is anything on your mind or anything you would like to talk about.

Finally, just drawing your attention to the change of children’s September return. Children will be returning on Tuesday 8th of September and will be returning to the Year 1 setting as Year 2s until the October half term. After the half term, they will be transitioning into the Year 2 setting.

 

So! Onto this week’s activities. This week I have not set a theme, but would invite you to reflect on some of the activities you have enjoyed the most this week. It has been really interesting with our time spent together in school to see some of your interests develop from “Chef” (you know who you are!), to the imaginative play trying to trap the Easter Bunny or making a bubble bath for a dragon.

Get talking to someone in your family. What have you enjoyed? Who have you enjoyed it with? What made it fun? Draw a picture in your Home Learning book of your favourite memories and answer the questions under your drawing.

 

Listen to “The Huge Bag of Worries” story. https://youtu.be/8QwEOSBjOt8 After you have listened to the story, talk together about…

What happens if we don’t listen to our feelings (worries, anger)?

What and who helped Jenny in the story?

Why it is better if we tell someone about our worries rather than bottling them up?

Reassure that although some feelings are really ‘big’, uncomfortable, difficult or unpleasant; there is no such thing as a bad feeling. They all ‘tell us’ something and need to be listened to.

 

Have a go at making your own “worry bag” together using any bag you have around the house or you might want to make and decorate one.

Explain that if you are upset or worried about someone or something you can write or draw it on a piece of paper and put it in the worry bag.

Use the  The Huge Bag of Worries sheet to draw a picture of what the worries might look like if they were worry monsters.

 

Please continue to Bugclub for daily reading and phonics games.

 

Please use Phonics Play to access the Grapheme Speed Trials (the car game) and Tricky Word trucks. Login is: march20    Password: home

 

Continue to access BBC Bitesize Maths Daily lessons at https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zhr8g7h

 

Get active! Can you use some things around your house to create your own obstacle course? Challenge someone in your family to complete your course. Time them to see how fast they can do it. Can you beat their time?

Please continue to share new words together. We love to hear about the new words you have discovered!

Finally, and most importantly, do the things that make you happy. Make time together quality by taking the time to listen and share your thinking.

 

I look forward to seeing some of you in parent consultations this week and to everyone else, I hope you have a fantastic summer. See you in September Almost Year 2s!

Miss Hall 🙂

Hello Year 1!

 

I hope that you have all had a fun week? Last week I enjoyed taking advantage of the warm weather spending lots of time in the outdoor doing quite a bit of water play from swimming in the sea, to our water bomb challenge with Thursday’s group!

 

This week the weather is meant to be more temperamental (that’s when the weather seems like it can’t make up its mind, going from sunny to cloudy and rainy), so Home Learning this week will hopefully provide you with some activities that can entertain you indoors.

 

This week we will be travelling into Space with our learning!

Words of the week:

What is a… planet

… star

… Moon

… Solar System

What makes them different?

What is a ‘constellation’?

 

The first thing I would like you to do is to think back to our Space learning in January. Talk to someone in your family about what you can remember. Here are some key words to support your thinking: Moon, astronauts, Neil Armstrong, gravity, orbit, Earth, Sun, planet, International Space Station.

 

Now ask the people in your family about their Space knowledge. Can they add to your Space knowledge?

 

When you a scientist and working out how people will travel in and spend time in Space, you encounter many problems. One of NASA’s big problems at the moment is a bit of a stinker… What will toilets on the Moon be like? Because there is a lot less gravity on the Moon, astronauts (and their poo!) floats. This is a problem that teams of scientists are working hard to solve. Can you design a toilet to be used on the Moon? How will it help the astronauts? https://www.space.com/nasa-moon-toilet-design-challenge.html?utm_source=notification

 

 

When working in Space, sometimes mistakes happen and astronaut leave behind ‘Junk’ in Space. As some of you may have seen, around a month ago SpaceX rocket launched into Space and the astronauts have since arrived at the International Space Station. From the Space Station, astronauts sometimes need to go on Space walks to fix things around the station. On one of the walks, one of the astronauts dropped his mirror and could not get it! The mirror is now orbiting the Earth. https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/nasa-space-spacewalk-mirror-astronaut-chris-cassidy-station-a9587811.html

 

Collect some of your own ‘Space Junk’ from around your home. This could be empty bottles, toilet roll tubes, sweet wrappers, bits of tin foil, lids, old newspaper… Can you use your ‘Space Junk’ to create your own Space art piece? I have included some ideas of what your art piece could look like below. I cannot wait to see your amazing creations!

As you are doing your Space learning make sure you keep asking questions and record your questions in your Home Learning book.

 

Continue to use the BBC Bitesize daily maths lessons.

 

Check out the https://nineplanets.org/tour/  and explore our Solar System. Look at the Night Sky section to see all of the constellations. Download  http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/tv/guides/bbc_stargazing_live_star_guide.pdf and if you can, go on your own star gazing trip. You might want to download the Star Chart app on your device to help you to spot the different constellations. Make sure you choose a clear night!

 

Go onto the Literacy Shed at https://www.literacyshed.com/the-sci—fi-shed.html#and watch “I lived on the Moon” short film. Talk together about what you would do if you travelled to a strange planet. What might you see? How would you feel? Record your thoughts in your Home Learning book. Don’t forget to use your alien grip and cursive writing.

 

Continue to use Bug Club for reading and phonics activities.

 

Continue to access BBC Bitesize for maths daily lessons. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zjpqqp3/year-1-and-p2-lessons

 

Check out Phonics Plays and take on the Tricky Word Trucks speed reading challenge! https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

 

 

Keep in touch and let me know how you get on with your Space learning this week.

 

Have a lovely week!

Miss Hall 🙂

Home Learning – Year 2

Our first day in our bubble!

Welcome back everyone!

It was amazing to be able to welcome the children back today. Being able to come back to familiar faces and a familiar environment made the new ways of doing things much easier to get to grips with. I feel really sorry for anyone (adult or child) who has gone back to a completely new way of doing things in new environments, without the support of familiar, trusted relationships to rely on.

The children have come back happy and eager to learn. There are no massive holes or gaps, the knowledge and skills they had has not collapsed, their skills and attributes as learners are still there, we just need to brush off a few cobwebs and remind ourselves of a few bits and pieces and we will be back up to speed in no time.

The hard work, thought and effort that you put into making the lock down experience a positive one for your children paid off. There has been no anxiousness around learning not being completed, just a sharing of the wonderful experiences your children had during their time with you. Well done to all of you for resisting the pressure to just ‘do as your told’ and having the courage and confidence to rely on your own trust and judgment and knowledge of what is best for your child.

So we are now in our bubble!

Today we thought and talked about how things constantly change and how we, as human beings, are able to manage those changes by utilising our super power of choice. We thought about the choices we need to make to keep our selves and others safe and happy in these changes.

We realised that saying “I can’t.” stops us from doing everything, but saying “I can if….” makes everything possible as long as we know what the ‘if’s need to be. That is our job over the coming weeks; to work out what those ‘if’s are that enable us all to be successful and build those into a working toolkit for us to use when we need it..

 

I can’t wait until tomorrow!

All the best

Mr F.

Nearly there!

Hello Everyone!

Its been great to hear that everyone is looking forward to coming back in for their day next week! We are going to have an amazing time together. Miss Wicks has got some very special activities planned for us to enjoy together during the day, but I will keep these as a surprise.

I’m really sorry I couldn’t make those phonecalls myself but I’m a bit tied up during the day running the key worker provision. If anyone does have any questions or comments about their day back, please just drop me an email and give me a ring and I will make sure I get back to you at the end of the day.

These days are all about ‘dusting off the cobwebs’, not about catching up or cramming in new things. We will be reminding ourselves who we are and what is important to us, sharing our experiences over this interesting time and just reminding ourselves of all the amazing learning we did before the school was asked to close.

This week, if you want, can be about brushing up on those skills, in preparation for our getting back together.

Spend some time talking and reminding yourself about the following skills- a don’t worry if they have become a bit rusty, that is absolutely OK!

Practice your handwriting by writing our special sentence- The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. Remind your self how you hold a pencil (remember your alien mouths!) and start every letter on the line.

Can you use models to make 2 digit numbers? Can you work out what two digit numbers are shown by a model.  Why is 36 < 63?

Practise your core body exercises- Can you hold the hedgehog, superman, table and plank for 30 seconds each?

Can you draw models for each of the 1 digit plus 1 digit number bonds like 3 + 5 =    or   5 + 6 =.

This should all be things that are familiar, and if they are not now, they will be after our day together.

Take care, not long now.

All the best

Mr F.

Home Learning – Year 3/4 Base 1

Suggested Summer Activities

Hi all,

With summer fast approaching, we are nearing the end to what has been a very different year in school. We have all learned how to learn in different ways and we have all learned lots of new skills. So, for being so resilient, brave and brilliant, you should be ever so proud of what you have all done over the past number of weeks. Remember, you are great learners and have so much new life experience to share as a result of the past couple of months we have not been in school. I can’t wait to hear all about it when we return to school.

In the meantime, here are some suggestions for learning to keep in touch with learning over the summer holidays. If you could keep in touch with times tables, spelling (high frequency spelling list and year 3 and 4 spelling list) and handwriting it would be beneficial. Remember we have signed you up to Prodigy Maths which is a great resource to keep maths skills on the boil. All pupil’s have login details which were sent home in the learning packs children received in when they came into school. If you need a password, please get in touch before Wednesday and I can get it to you.

high frequency words

Year 3 and 4 Statutory List

Maths at Home Times – Table games and Strategies

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NRich maths resources online are producing some fun maths games to keep our brains ticking over during the summer. Here is a link to the website. Today (Monday 20th) is the first day!

https://nrich.maths.org/summer-primary-posters

 

Have a great summer everyone…….

Take care, stay safe and have fun!

Me Whitty

Free Fun Online Timestables Resource

Hi all,

I was doing a little research into times tables resources online and I came across this one. It’s called ‘Maths Chase’ and looks to be a fun way to learn and to test out our times tables knowledge.

In year 3 and year 4 there is a big focus on getting to grips with times tables, not just knowing them but to be able to recall them quickly. To support this over the summer months would be of enormous benefit  as we have discussed in class when introducing you to Prodigy Maths.

The link to the ‘Maths Chase’ website is below. It is free and does not require any sign up or login details. Have a look and see what you think. It looks to be a fun interactive tool to support your times tables learning.

https://www.mathschase.com/

I hope you are all safe and well.

Best wishes,

Mr Whitty

Home Learning – Year 3/4 Base 2

Suggested Summer Activities

Hi all,

With summer fast approaching, we are nearing the end to what has been a very different year in school. We have all learned how to learn in different ways and we have all learned lots of new skills. So, for being so resilient, brave and brilliant, you should be ever so proud of what you have all done over the past number of weeks. Remember, you are great learners and have so much new life experience to share as a result of the past couple of months we have not been in school. I can’t wait to hear all about it when we return to school.

In the meantime, here are some suggestions for learning to keep in touch with learning over the summer holidays. If you could keep in touch with times tables, spelling (high frequency spelling list and year 3 and 4 spelling list) and handwriting it would be beneficial. Remember we have signed you up to Prodigy Maths which is a great resource to keep maths skills on the boil. All pupil’s have login details which were sent home in the learning packs children received in when they came into school. If you need a password, please get in touch before Wednesday and I can get it to you.

high frequency words

Year 3 and 4 Statutory List

Maths at Home Times – Table games and Strategies

The-Entire-Alphabet

NRich maths resources online are producing some fun maths games to keep our brains ticking over during the summer. Here is a link to the website. Today (Monday 20th) is the first day!

https://nrich.maths.org/summer-primary-posters

 

Have a great summer everyone…….

Take care, stay safe and have fun!

Me Whitty

Free Fun Online Timestables Resource

Hi all,

I was doing a little research into times tables resources online and I came across this one. It’s called ‘Maths Chase’ and looks to be a fun way to learn and to test out our times tables knowledge.

In year 3 and year 4 there is a big focus on getting to grips with times tables, not just knowing them but to be able to recall them quickly. To support this over the summer months would be of enormous benefit  as we have discussed in class when introducing you to Prodigy Maths.

The link to the ‘Maths Chase’ website is below. It is free and does not require any sign up or login details. Have a look and see what you think. It looks to be a fun interactive tool to support your times tables learning.

https://www.mathschase.com/

I hope you are all safe and well.

Best wishes,

Mr Whitty

Home Learning – Year 5

Through the holidays and beyond…

Hello all, it is nearly time for the Summer Holidays! I cannot imagine how strange that must feel for you all having been out of school for so long already now.

I would really like to encourage you to relax and enjoy the time off…it is highly unlikely to happen again! There are many lovely mindfulness activities on https://www.cosmickids.com/mindfulness-activities-kids/ (I know the yoga seems young but last week I had every year 5 and 6 child from the Key Worker Provision pretending to be on their surfboards with me!)

Key skills that will best set you up for September are:

Maths

  • Knowledge of number bonds to add and subtract quickly and efficiently.
  • Times tables – Fluency in times tables will mean no use of fingers, counting or adding on and being able to name the times tables a particular number is in e.g. knowing that 40 is in the 4s, 10, 5s and 8s.

Writing

  • Handwriting – can you read all of your cursive handwriting? Will I be able to?!
  • Spelling – get practising with the 5/6 words list to ensure you know the meaning of each word and can spell them accurately.

Reading

  • The BEST thing you can do over the holidays is to read daily. I am looking forwards to hearing about the authors you have enjoyed (the creators of Fortnite and Roblox are not considered an author in my mind!). I will be particularly impressed if you can compare books written by the same author. If you are not currently reading an actual book each day, please start doing so! It will help your reading, writing, talking and understanding of language and is just so important!

Enjoy and keep staying safe,

Miss Shopland

Sports Week

Happy Monday all!

I hope you have had a lovely weekend and enjoyed the glorious weather!

This week’s theme is sports. Therefore, I challenge you to make up a new sport/game/activity each day…

Monday: We will be designing an obstacle course in the garden when I get home from work (Arthur is loving climbing at the moment!).

Tuesday: We will be making a target game by drawing targets on the wall (with chalk!!) to see who can get the highest score with 5 throws of a bean bag.

Wednesday: Could be a variation of a water fight…

Thursday: Tennis with saucepans and a ping pong ball (we don’t have any tennis balls left after a recent visit from Stanley!)

Friday: Something beach-related if the weather continues to be so lush. Who can build 5 sandcastles first? Who can find the most crabs? The possibilities are endless…

Literacy tasks for the week:

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The task sheet is titled Complete the speech and the video explanation can be found here:

https://plprimarystars.com/news/friday-family-challenge?utm_campaign=1937942_HL%20Sunday%20email%2012.07.20&utm_medium=email&utm_source=edcoms&dm_i=3VTU,15JBQ,3Z12CF,430Y5,1

Tuesday: Create your own comic strip based on a game/activity you have completed with your family.

Wednesday: Create your own supermove! PLPSSuperMoversSuperCelebration_Challenge

https://plprimarystars.com/home-learning/super-movers-celebration (to watch the video links).

Thursday: Create a mind map describing the feelings you experience when you win or achieve well in a sport/game/activity.

Friday: Think about what is required to win or achieve well in a sport/game/activity. These could be physical things e.g. trainers or emotional things such as resilience and confidence.

Maths tasks for the week:

Your aim is to ensure that you are fluent in all of your times tables before returning to year 6 in September! The best way to ensure this is to practice for just a few minutes EVERY DAY. Times tables are the key to success in many areas of maths and will help you to feel confident in maths lessons, especially when learning new skills and methods.

Here are 5 days of 5 minute times tables tests – these are in the same format as the speedy times table we complete in class. It is up to you whether you see how many you can complete in 5 minutes or see how long it takes you to complete them all. The answers are on the second page…no cheating!

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Topmarks maths website has some excellent times tables games as does timestables.co.uk

I also love using chalk outside to practice my times tables when the weather is nice. This is definitely one to get parents involved with – maybe you could get to squirt someone with a water pistol each time you get a correct answer? 

Give me a call or an email if you need anything, I look forwards to seeing lots of you at the parent meetings next week, 

Miss Shopland

 

 

 

Home Learning – Year 6

Holiday Maths Challenges from NRICH

Hi all,

During the Summer holidays, the nrich maths website are producing a challenge a day. These aren’t compulsory (you don’t have to do them); they are optional (you can choose to do them if you want). Have a look at them here:

https://nrich.maths.org/summer-primary-posters

Newton Abbot College Transition

Following this week’s visits by Coombeshead Academy staff to talk with our children about their transition to Coombeshead, we have managed to arrange visits from Newton Abbot College staff next week. Claire Cowan, KS3 Raising Achievement leader, will visit us on Wednesday and Thursday (8th & 9th July) with one of their Heads of House, to discuss transition with groups of children who attend our school on those days. Mr Hankin