Home Learning – Year 1

June 1st, Welcome Back!

And here it is!

To provide you with an idea about what you can expect to see on the week of June 1st, we have taken some photographs of the Year 1 classroom . Firstly, we cleared the classroom to enable it to be deeply cleaned..

 

 

 

We then added 8 tables back into the room. We used a 2m ruler to ensure each chair was at least 2m from any other chair. We have also measured to ensure that children can access the toilets and the door into and out of the classroom without breaching the 2m social distancing.

We know and feel that it important for the classroom to look like the classroom we know. We have considered this when organising the space using the same tables and chairs for Year 1 and have created displays using the wonderful home learning you have been sending in. I have really enjoyed putting up the display and smiling as I am reminded of the lovely moments you have had together over the past 8 weeks.

On each table, we have created an individual learning pack for each child filled with the tools they will need throughout the day. These packs will only be used by your child throughout the day and will be cleaned at the end of the day, put away in a box and will only be brought out on the next day your child is in school.

It’s really important that when we return that we feel there is a sense of togetherness. With this in mind, we have explored different ways to arrange seating to feel that we are together whilst socially distancing. One way we have looked at is sitting in a circle. This layout allows us to see each other and maintain the 2m rule.

I’m really excited to do some lovely activities with you and use our Year 1 space again! Some of the activities that are on my mind to do together include: clay sculpting, cooking, whole class reading, phonics games, big number writing, gardening with Mrs Bunce using the Courtyard space… We are going to have an amazing time.

 

If you have any questions, please continue to contact me through the website. I aim to ring everyone who is due to be coming in the day before your child is due to be in school. This will be to say hello and answer any questions you might have about the day.

I hope you have a fantastic Half Term break and I can’t wait to hopefully see you on the week of June 1st!

Take care

Miss Hall 🙂

 

Have a Fantastic Friday!

It’s Friday!

This is our last day before half term. After the half term, as you all know, we are ready to welcome back Year 1! We have been busy this week preparing the classroom ready for us to be back together. At the end of the day I will post a photo of the classroom onto the website so you can see what it will look like on June 1st. I’m very excited to see you all!

Onto today’s activities, here are some things you might enjoy doing together today:

Word of the day: route. What does it mean? Can you use it in a sentence?

So far this week we have explored maps we can draw, electronic maps and how we can read different maps. Today we are going to be thinking about labeling a map of somewhere familiar… How well do you know the school? Can you label all of the different rooms? Can you draw the route you take to get to the classroom? Are there different routes you could take? Use the Layout of the School document and see what you can remember!

Continue to use BugClub for reading and phonics activities.

Check in to BBC Bitesize for the Friday Challenges! https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zhvf382

I will post a further update about June 1st later this afternoon. Have a fantastic, fun Friday!

Miss Hall 🙂

Home Learning – Year 2

It’s Friday 22nd May- Jobs and Jokes day.

It’s Friday so I hope you have been talking to your adults at home to agree what jobs you can do around the house to be helpful.

Here’s a joke

Why did the man take a pencil to bed?

So he could draw his curtains.

If you spent some time this week looking at maps, know might be time to draw your own. Can you hide something somewhere in your house and then draw a map so other people can find it. It might be like a pirate treasure map!

What are you going to hide? Is it something you are going to make? where are you going to hide it? Are you going to hide it inside or outside/

What will your map look like? Can you make your map look like a pirate map?

 

 

Please keep doing your bug club. Reading is the most important skill we can develop as it allows us to get ideas from people we will never even meet. It is also a wonderful way to entertain ourselves as we can visit places, times and situations that we will never get to experience in real life.

Maths focus this week is reminding ourselves and keeping in practice with our calculating strategies. A set of straight forward calculation problems are here 2017 calculations.  If you choose to use these, please do not treat these as an activity for your child to do on their own, be comfortable sitting and talking with them about how they would work out the answers, get them to think about what they already know, what models they could think about to help them and how they could represent the problem in pictures and if they can come up with a story for the problem. I’ve attached a sheet we use in school to help structure those conversations.maths conversation sheet.

I’ve also attached a photograph of the working wall where all the things we have learned to do was on display to prompt memories. Get your children to tell you what is shows them.

Please keep reading the letters we are sending out about our plans for reopening. We really want you to get in touch and tell us what you think and feel so we can make sure the plans are the best they can be.

Stay safe and stay happy and we will all be back together soon.

All the best

Mr F.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr F.

It’s Thursday 21st May- A Stay and Play day!

Hello All

Did anyone get down to Decoy park yesterday? If you did, I’m sorry I did not get to see you but I hope you had a lovely time. It was a glorious sunny day with lots to see.

This week is all about maps and so today you could look at a map of our town.

The trick to using the map is to ORIENTATE it. (orientate means to get the map pointing in the same direction as the things on the ground.) We can do this by finding something on the map that we know. The thick green line is the main road and might be a good thing to use.

Once you’ve done this, can you work out where our school is? Can you work out where you live?

Then, can you find the church where we all go together to celebrate. You could follow the roads we walk along. I’ll give you a clue. It’s got a cross on it.

How many other churches can you find? Can you work out what the other symbols might be? What do you think the thick black line is and what is the red dot?

What else can you find on the map? Can you find places you have been to? Can you discover new places you might like to go and explore? The hill fort at the top of the hill might be interesting.

Please keep doing your bug club. Reading is the most important skill we can develop as it allows us to get ideas from people we will never even meet. It is also a wonderful way to entertain ourselves as we can visit places, times and situations that we will never get to experience in real life.

Maths focus this week is reminding ourselves and keeping in practice with our calculating strategies. A set of straight forward calculation problems are here 2017 calculations.  If you choose to use these, please do not treat these as an activity for your child to do on their own, be comfortable sitting and talking with them about how they would work out the answers, get them to think about what they already know, what models they could think about to help them and how they could represent the problem in pictures and if they can come up with a story for the problem. I’ve attached a sheet we use in school to help structure those conversations.maths conversation sheet.

I’ve also attached a photograph of the working wall where all the things we have learned to do was on display to prompt memories. Get your children to tell you what is shows them.

Please keep reading the letters we are sending out about our plans for reopening. We really want you to get in touch and tell us what you think and feel so we can make sure the plans are the best they can be.

Stay safe and stay happy and we will all be back together soon.

All the best

Mr F.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr F.

Home Learning – Year 3/4 Base 1

Week beginning 18th May – Mad about Maps!

Hi everyone,

I hope you had a lovely weekend and that you had the opportunity to get out to enjoy some of the fine weather. Our focus this week is Geography and mapping in particular. We are calling this week ‘Mad about Maps!’

Mad about Maps!

On Monday and Tuesday, we will be learning about maps and the key mapping skills that you need to create your own maps. You will then have the opportunity to put these skills into practice on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Top Tip for the week!!!!

Remember you can access maps of our local area on Google Earth. These will be really useful.

Monday:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zbkw2hv

The link above will guide you to BBC Bitesize. There are three links that are really fun and useful. They are ‘Mapping the World’, ‘Maps’ and ‘Contours, Keys and Symbols’.

Behind each heading you will have a video to look at and a follow up activity to complete.

By doing these activities, it will set you up nicely for the rest of the week.

Tuesday:

On Discovery Education – Espresso – KS2 – Geography – Maps and Mapping. Once in ‘Maps and Mapping’, you will find four headings. First I suggest you take a look at ‘What are Maps?’ section to get an idea of what maps are all about. Then take a look at ‘Making a town map’ to see what is involved in mapping your local area and after, take a look at ‘Creating a Village Trail’.

https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/modules/t2_mapping/index.html

Wednesday:

Time 2 Think:

For a quick warm up activity, here is a birds-eye view of Buckland.

Map of Buckland  

Can you spot places around Buckland you know? Can you see the school? Can you spot Sandringham Park? Can you find the Co-op? What else can you find? Ask your parents/carers to help you. What can they find?

Main Activity:

Mapping template:

On Wednesday, I would like you to map a room in your house with a birds-eye view – looking down from the sky!

Remember to think about scale. Scale is how big things are in relation to another. An example of this would be to think about how big a wardrobe is comparison to a bedside table. Would these items be the same size in the map of a bedroom?

Normally the bedside table would be smaller so it should appear smaller in a map you make.

Thursday:

 We would invite you to get your walking shoes on as we would like you to take a walk and map your route using the key skills you have found out on Monday and Tuesday.

Friday:

For Friday’s activity we are suggesting that you make a journey to Sandringham Park to build on the skills you have been using on Wednesday and Thursday. Can you map the park using all of the map making skills you have been learning?

I hope you all stay safe and have a great week.

Mr Whitty

Watch this space for some extra fun!

Week beginning 11th May – Glorious Gardens and Captivating Creatures!

Glorious Gardens and Captivating Creatures!

Wow! What a weekend of celebration. On Friday, we marked Victory in Europe Day – VE Day. I hope you had the opportunity to celebrate with your family.

For this week’s suggested activities we want you to go to get out into your gardens or outside spaces only if you can. If you can’t, don’t worry, there will be plenty that you can do online or at your kitchen table.

Glorious Gardens and Captivating Creatures!

Monday:

Minibeasts Research

Have a look at the video on minibeasts to learn more about them. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z6882hv/articles/z9fkwmn

There are two further activities if you scroll down further, a fill the gap activity and a quiz.

Tuesday:

Designing a Bug Hotel

https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-your-garden/garden-activities/build-a-bug-hotel/

Little hiding places can be hard for wildlife to find in some gardens, and what better use for all your garden or household waste and odds and ends? Build your bug hotel (also known as a wildlife hotel) and it could shelter anything from hedgehogs to toads, solitary bees to bumblebees, and ladybirds to woodlice.

With wildlife spaces in decline, this is an excellent way to provide life’s little beasts with a safe and comfy shelter.

Wednesday:

Design your own minibeast.

 How might they help the environment?

What might it look like?

Has it any unique features or characteristics?

Can you draw it and label it?

Thursday:

Today we would like you to learn a little bit more about plants. I know you did a little bit about plants earlier this year. Maybe you could use the resources from today to refresh your knowledge. Bethany and I have been doing a little over the weekend. We had so much fun! We planted a strawberry plant, a tomato plant, some spinach and a plant called livingstone. The plants were donated to us by our neighbour who did not need them anymore.

Livingstone:

There are a number of videos about plants for you to watch and activities to do.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zy66fg8

Research three plants or trees of your choice.

Some ways you might like to present this might include: PowerPoint; poster, booklet, bookmark; photo diary; drawings or diagrams.

https://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/plants.html

https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/modules/s2_plant_life/index.html?source=subject-Science-KS2-Science-Resource%20types

Friday:

Today, we would like you to become a spy for the day. You are on a mission to investigate how many different types of bird come into your outside space. For this activity you don’t need to be able to go outside, you just need to be eagle-eyed. Birds don’t hang around so maybe you could use a phone or tablet to take a photo of it so you can refer to it later.

On the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) website, there is a bird identifier tool which is really handy and easy to use. See link below. How many different types of birds enter your garden space?

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/identify-a-bird/

 

Bonus Challenge

If you are feeling up for it, have a go at designing your own garden or keeping a garden diary.

Please remember to have fun and to take care.

I look forward to hear from you soon.

Mr Whitty

 

Home Learning – Year 3/4 Base 2

Week beginning 18th May – Mad about Maps!

Hi everyone,

I hope you had a lovely weekend and that you had the opportunity to get out to enjoy some of the fine weather. Our focus this week is Geography and mapping in particular. We are calling this week ‘Mad about Maps!’

Mad about Maps!

On Monday and Tuesday, we will be learning about maps and the key mapping skills that you need to create your own maps. You will then have the opportunity to put these skills into practice on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Top Tip for the week!!!!

Remember you can access maps of our local area on Google Earth. These will be really useful.

Monday:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zbkw2hv

The link above will guide you to BBC Bitesize. There are three links that are really fun and useful. They are ‘Mapping the World’, ‘Maps’ and ‘Contours, Keys and Symbols’.

Behind each heading you will have a video to look at and a follow up activity to complete.

By doing these activities, it will set you up nicely for the rest of the week.

Tuesday:

On Discovery Education – Espresso – KS2 – Geography – Maps and Mapping. Once in ‘Maps and Mapping’, you will find four headings. First I suggest you take a look at ‘What are Maps?’ section to get an idea of what maps are all about. Then take a look at ‘Making a town map’ to see what is involved in mapping your local area and after, take a look at ‘Creating a Village Trail’.

https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/modules/t2_mapping/index.html

Wednesday:

Time 2 Think:

For a quick warm up activity, here is a birds-eye view of Buckland.

Map of Buckland  

Can you spot places around Buckland you know? Can you see the school? Can you spot Sandringham Park? Can you find the Co-op? What else can you find? Ask your parents/carers to help you. What can they find?

Main Activity:

Mapping template:

On Wednesday, I would like you to map a room in your house with a birds-eye view – looking down from the sky!

Remember to think about scale. Scale is how big things are in relation to another. An example of this would be to think about how big a wardrobe is comparison to a bedside table. Would these items be the same size in the map of a bedroom?

Normally the bedside table would be smaller so it should appear smaller in a map you make.

Thursday:

 We would invite you to get your walking shoes on as we would like you to take a walk and map your route using the key skills you have found out on Monday and Tuesday.

Friday:

For Friday’s activity we are suggesting that you make a journey to Sandringham Park to build on the skills you have been using on Wednesday and Thursday. Can you map the park using all of the map making skills you have been learning?

I hope you all stay safe and have a great week.

Mr Whitty

Watch this space for some extra fun!

Week beginning 11th May – Glorious Gardens and Captivating Creatures!

Glorious Gardens and Captivating Creatures!

Wow! What a weekend of celebration. On Friday, we marked Victory in Europe Day – VE Day. I hope you had the opportunity to celebrate with your family.

For this week’s suggested activities we want you to go to get out into your gardens or outside spaces only if you can. If you can’t, don’t worry, there will be plenty that you can do online or at your kitchen table.

Glorious Gardens and Captivating Creatures!

Monday:

Minibeasts Research

Have a look at the video on minibeasts to learn more about them. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z6882hv/articles/z9fkwmn

There are two further activities if you scroll down further, a fill the gap activity and a quiz.

Tuesday:

Designing a Bug Hotel

https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-your-garden/garden-activities/build-a-bug-hotel/

Little hiding places can be hard for wildlife to find in some gardens, and what better use for all your garden or household waste and odds and ends? Build your bug hotel (also known as a wildlife hotel) and it could shelter anything from hedgehogs to toads, solitary bees to bumblebees, and ladybirds to woodlice.

With wildlife spaces in decline, this is an excellent way to provide life’s little beasts with a safe and comfy shelter.

Wednesday:

Design your own minibeast.

 How might they help the environment?

What might it look like?

Has it any unique features or characteristics?

Can you draw it and label it?

Thursday:

Today we would like you to learn a little bit more about plants. I know you did a little bit about plants earlier this year. Maybe you could use the resources from today to refresh your knowledge. Bethany and I have been doing a little over the weekend. We had so much fun! We planted a strawberry plant, a tomato plant, some spinach and a plant called livingstone. The plants were donated to us by our neighbour who did not need them anymore.

Livingstone:

There are a number of videos about plants for you to watch and activities to do.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zy66fg8

Research three plants or trees of your choice.

Some ways you might like to present this might include: PowerPoint; poster, booklet, bookmark; photo diary; drawings or diagrams.

https://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/plants.html

https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/modules/s2_plant_life/index.html?source=subject-Science-KS2-Science-Resource%20types

Friday:

Today, we would like you to become a spy for the day. You are on a mission to investigate how many different types of bird come into your outside space. For this activity you don’t need to be able to go outside, you just need to be eagle-eyed. Birds don’t hang around so maybe you could use a phone or tablet to take a photo of it so you can refer to it later.

On the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) website, there is a bird identifier tool which is really handy and easy to use. See link below. How many different types of birds enter your garden space?

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/identify-a-bird/

 

Bonus Challenge

If you are feeling up for it, have a go at designing your own garden or keeping a garden diary.

Please remember to have fun and to take care.

I look forward to hear from you soon.

Mr Whitty

 

Home Learning – Year 5

Let’s see what is in the sea!

Good morning again

School feels very different today with our new one-way system through the gates and social distancing reminders in place.

This week’s theme is all about the sea….I will post maths, literacy and one other activity for you to complete each day alongside your reading comments in your contact books.

Maths:

https://central.espresso.co.uk/espresso/modules/m2_area/index.html?source=subject-Maths-KS2-Maths-Resource%20types

Start by watching the video on the perimeter. This is good because it explains what the perimeter is, how to measure it and how to calculate missing measurements.

Once you have watched the video, complete the ‘around the outside’ task that is on the right-hand side of your screen.

Challenge 1

Literacy: 

Use a map/atlas or the internet to research and label the seas around the world on the map: Seas around the world

Extension – which sea is the warmest? Why?

Grammar: Word scramble

Reading: Please ensure you are reading at least 4 times per week and recording your entries into your contact books.

Enjoy the beautiful sunshine and remember to keep washing your hands!

Miss Shopland

Mad about Maps!

Good morning all!

This week we have gone mad for maps for your suggested activities. This week is a geography theme with a specific focus on maps. As always, these are suggested activities and I will upload some additional maths, writing and reading tasks at the bottom of the page too.

 

Monday:

Log onto espresso education and type maps into the search bar. Make sure you click on the KS2  link for maps and mapping!

There are four videos to watch and activities to complete that will guide you through what a map is and how they are used, finishing with ‘creating a village trail’.

Tuesday:

Have a look at BBC Bitesize, https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvsfr82/articles/zdk46v4 KS2 Maps topic. You can watch the first videos to re-cap on what maps are, why and how they are used or move straight on to looking at the contours, keys and symbols:

Have a go at the quiz after watching the video.

On your daily walk today – can you spot anything that should be represented on a map?

Today you could also have a go at creating a scale drawing of your bedroom, from a birds-eye view. How you do this is entirely up to you – pencils and rulers, lego, minecraft….

 

Wednesday

Have a look at your estate on Google Earth or on the document: Map of Buckland 

Can you locate your house? Our school? Your friend’s house? The park? St Luke’s Church? Anything else?

Make notes of where you go on your daily walk today – can you then map the route you took on Google Earth?

Can you use what you learned from Monday to make your own village trail map of your journey?

 

Thursday

Following the learning you have been doing about maps and looking at maps of the area, could you plan a route for your daily walk today? To be accurate, you will need to use your village trail from yesterday of map of the area to draw out a trail to follow.

Challenge yourself to record where any landmarks or amenities are to see how accurate your map drawing skills have become.

 

Friday

Test your symbols learning:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvsfr82/articles/zd4rmfr

Follow the BBC Bitesize link to learn about latitude and longitude. Then have a go at the quiz at after the video.

Can you find the co-ordinates of your estate on Google Earth?

Have a look at the National Geographic website. https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/at-home

Scroll down to the colour a world map with flags activity. This activity requires quite a bit of printing but could be a brilliant task to complete together or over a few days. There are 9 pages to print, which join together to make a large map of the world with all of the flags around it.

As always, if you have any questions please contact me through the upload part of the website (you can just email a question!) or contact us at school.

Keep safe and enjoy the sunshine!

Miss Shopland

 

Home Learning – Year 6

Week beginning 18/05/20 – Mad about Maps!

Monday 18th May

First login to Discovery Education (Espresso) as usual then follow:

Key Stage Two – Geography – Maps & Mapping. Remember this page – it’s our basis for learning today.

Click on ‘What are Maps?’ then watch the video.

Next look at ‘What we can learn from maps’. Follow the colourful buttons on the right through the different activities and answer the questions.

Next return to the ‘Maps & Mapping’ page, click on ‘Create a Village Trail’ and watch all of the videos showing what another school did to create a map.

Finally Go back to the ‘Maps & Mapping’ title page and similar to the last activity, follow the ‘Making a town map’ link to see how other children constructed their map.

My Mam bought me a map when I was 11. I love that map – I’d be lost without it.

That’s it for today. More ‘mapping madness’ tomorrow…

Tuesday 19th May

Today’s website to look at is BBC Bitesize. Look at Key Stage Two Geography here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zbkw2hv

then explore all of the links: mapping the world, latitude and longitude, time zones, maps and contours, keys and symbols.

Take your time – you will need these skills to apply to your learning for the rest of the week. Enjoy!

Did you know that the Police force in Yorkshire had all of their maps stolen? They are currently looking for Leeds…

Wednesday 20th May

First up today, have a look here:

https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/

Find your house, find our school, then follow your journey to school, noticing all of the landmarks along the way. Next find The Raleigh Estate where we spent time on residential (it’s over the river from the Royal Naval College near Dartmouth.) Find the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. Do you remember walking across Westminster Bridge when we visited there? Get used to seeing all of the symbols you learnt about yesterday. See how many symbols you can find on the map then check your understanding of them.

Next find some other locations that interest you – it could be the BBC Studios or a particular football stadium or even a place you like to visit with your family.

Can you see how the Ordnance Survey maps are different to other maps you have seen? What is the difference between Ordnance Survey maps and Google maps? What about the difference with Google Earth? Write your observations down…

Thursday 21st May

Today you are putting the learning from this week so far into practice. Think about your house and garden. You might have a ground floor, maybe even a garden or your family might live on a different floor, maybe a first floor flat. You may even have a house with more than one floor or storey. Today, choose a specific floor and map it. Using everything you have learnt this week, draw the map to an accurate scale. You will have to work out an appropriate scale first, considering the size of paper you have. Make it as accurate as possible – you will have to measure lots of objects – does anyone have a tape measure you can use to help you? Good luck!

Friday 22nd May

Today, take your mapping skills outside and map a public area. Maybe you want to map a walk you go on with a parent/carer. Maybe you take the dog for a walk somewhere – estimate some distances with your adult, record them then construct the map when you get home. How about Sandringham Park? There are enough different areas of the park to make it interesting. Just like yesterday, make it as accurate as you can. Obviously with bigger distances to measure today, it won’t be exact but use your maths skills to estimate distances then construct the map properly when you get back home.

It’s half term next week so no more activities from me for now. If you are looking for other things to keep you busy next week, make sure you continue reading and recording in your R&C book, continue to play Prodigy to practice your maths and revisit any of the numerous activities we have shared over the past six weeks or so. Missing you all and fingers crossed we can continue our learning together soon…

Mr Hankin

Week beginning 11/05/20 – Glorious Gardens and Captivating Creatures!

Morning all! DISCLAIMER! Don’t worry, before we start, you don’t have to touch a minibeast at all for this week’s activities! In fact, you can do the whole week’s learning from a completely safe distance!

Monday 11/05/20

Today’s learning is all about how we can group the range of different plants and animals there are on our amazing planet. Have a look here:

http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/thezone/animals/animalid/index.htm

…and explore the questions in red to find out all about classification. Next, use the internet to find out what you can about Carl Linnaeus and present your biographical information into the booklet of lined paper (if you have any space left!) How much information can you find out about him?

Finally, I’m sure you have discovered these titles by now: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species

What are they? What do they mean? Look at the first letter of each word and come up with a way of remembering the order they go in. Here’s mine:

King Philip Can Only Fry Green Sausages.

Enjoy it!

Tuesday 12/05/20

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is an amazing organisation. They help look after the birds we have in this country and provide essential information to people who want to do the same. Have a look here:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/identify-a-bird/

It’s a bird identifier. Guess what I am suggesting you do? Yes… identify the birds in your garden. See how many birds you can find today – it may be from your bedroom window or in your garden (if you have one) or even on a walk if you go out with a parent/carer for your daily exercise. They can join in too because toucan play this game (oh dear.) Record all of the species of bird you find. Who can see the most species? Have fun…

Wednesday 13/05/20

Design your own classification key to identify different types of sweet. Choose your favourite sweets (about 10?) then start recognising the differences between them. Does each one have something unusual or special about it? That’s what you could use to help someone identify which one you are talking about. Do they fit into groups? Which groups could you put them in?Look at this key about minibeasts to give you some ideas of what it could look like:

https://www.schoolsofkingedwardvi.co.uk/ks2-science-year-4-1a-living-things-classification/

Design your classification key for your sweets then get someone at home to try it out…

Thursday 14/05/20

Yesterday you designed a classification key for your favourite sweets. Today let’s take our learning outside into your garden or local outside space with a parent. We are going to find minibeasts and classify them. Look for around ten different creatures, identify them and sketch them (or take a photo – smile please!), recording their key identifying features (number of legs, wings, appearance, habitat and so on.) Design a classification key that will help someone to identify a minibeast they were uncertain of. I hope the weather is okay for you today! From talking to others on the ‘phone over the past few weeks, most people have been having a go at the activities but not necessarily on the day they are set for – that’s perfectly fine! You could save this activity for a sunny day…

Friday 15/05/20

You met some new friends yesterday – your minibeast neighbours! What was the most unusual minibeast you found? Were you particularly fascinated by any of them? Today we are going to find out everything we can about one of the minibeasts. Remember this information? kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species. Use it as a basis to start investigating your creature. Which kingdom, phylum, class etc does it belong to? What is its binomial latin name? What is a binomial name? Find out! Sketch your creature. Label all of it’s features that make it different from its cousins. What are the features that set it apart, that make it able to be classified separately to other minibeasts? Remember our learning about each of us being unique – well your minibeast certainly is! Collect all of your information about your tiny friend in your lined booklet.

Enjoy!