Tuesday 14th April 2020
I trust that this finds you all well, rested and that you have had a joyful Easter. I hope the Easter bunny had the chance to visit all of your homes last Sunday. I know for one we had a very excited little lady in our house!
It’s great to be back. I have missed our online interactions over the past two weeks. Thank you to all of you who have been in touch over the Easter period, those who have shared well wishes and indeed learning. I will back in touch with you as soon as I can.
Can I just say, what an amazing community we have in Base 1! I find it heartening and inspiring how you have supported your child’s learning in the face of such strange and difficult circumstances over the past while. I know just how challenging this is. My partner Jenny and I are on the very same journey as you are on in terms of supporting our own child’s learning, balancing this with other demands such as work or caring for other vulnerable persons within our households. I fully understand these challenges but I also know what a rewarding experience it is. It is with all of this in mind that I have developed our next steps in providing learning provision for the following period of time.
Something new to do or explore
The next area of science we will be looking at is light and shadow.
The link provided will allow you to find a set of questions to base some research around. This can be done as an online activity or by setting up a real world experience. What shadows do you see in and around your home? Can you draw them or take pictures of them?
This project is expect to be completed over the next week in multiple sessions rather than a single session. Just remember it is an investigation so have fun using the questions as prompts for investigation.
I hope you have all logged onto Discovery Education. If not and you are having difficulties, please email the school and the message will be passed on to me. I will get back to you with a solution as soon as I can.
On the front of the learning packs received towards the end of the week, there was a username and password for a resource called ‘Discovery Education’. On Discover Education you will find lots of different resources to support your child’s learning. Check out the section ‘Espresso’ – ‘KS2’.
I hope you have been able to log into Discovery Education. Today, I would like you to do the following activities.
Once in the section KS2, please go to ‘English’ – ‘Grammar and punctuation’ – ‘punctuation’ – ‘Using headings and subheadings’ – Watch the video. Have a go at the quizzes and activity afterwards.
Have fun learning and happy exploring….
If you click on one of the four operations (+ – X ÷), it will bring you to a screen with lots of different activities. You can then choose for yourself the level of challenge you wish to have.
Mental Maths Train is a maths game which focuses on the essential vocabulary of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It can help children to understand what type of calculation they have to do when faced with word problems.
It is a multiple choice game that is suitable for children from 5 to 11 years of age. Mental Maths Train is also good for consolidation of times tables knowledge.
For the best experience press the full-screen icon in the top right corner of the game. As with all of our games, Mental Maths Train is tablet friendly and it works well on an interactive whiteboard.
Things to continue with
David Walliams Book Reading
David Walliams is reading one of his World’s Worst Children stories every day at 11am. Check out his website – https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/ to tune in.
I have uploaded some handwriting/spelling resources. It includes the Year 3 and 4 statutory spelling list, along with another list of words we use every day called High Frequency Words or HFW spelling list. You do not have to use the spelling and the handwriting resources together but it works well using both together. The best thing to do is to only choose about 5 or 6 spellings at any one time and focus on those until they are learned rather than trying to learn too many at once.
Keep learning your times table. All the hard work is paying off!!! (https://www.timestables.co.uk/multiplication-tables-check/)
Keep going with Bug Club. I have updated everyone’s Bug Club account. Your login details are in the front of your home and school contact books on page, Wc 30th September 2019. I will be allocating activities on Bug Club for you to complete over the next while.
If you are following Joe Wicks – Well done – We did it as a family today and my goodness we were so tired by the end. We were doing it on catch up as we could not do it at 9am. So, if you miss the one at 9am, Joe saves the session to his Youtube channel so it can be accessed anytime.
Dancing with Oti Mabuse is live on her Facebook page where you can learn a dance routine. This goes live at 11.30am each day.
Have a great day.