Hello,

This week’s theme is all about words. Your understanding of vocabulary is important (often vital) in everything you do, from chatting with your neighbour to reading instructions on an online game, to completing maths tasks.

Monday

Literacy

Go to: https://authorfy.com/10minutechallenges/

Watch the National Writing Day 1 10 minute challenge set by Laura Dockrill. Laura’s theme is choice and voice and focusses on writing about a memory you have of a special day. You could then share your memory in our Zoom call if you want to!

Spelling: Find the definition and synonyms of unidentified.

When you are confident about what the word means, learn to spell it! (Pyramids, word bubbles, coloured in, chunk it up, in a sentence, look – cover-write-check)

Maths: Have a go at a speedy times table. I recommend practising the times tables you are not yet completely confident at before starting the grid. It is entirely up to you whether you do it with a timer or until you have completed it, we work best in different ways!

Topmarks maths has (in my opinion) the best online times tables activities.

Reading: If you have not been reading consistently (at least every other day) you really need to find a book to get into. Reading is THE MOST VALUABLE thing you can be doing at home right now and can be completed just about anywhere and just about any time. I would love to see the books you are currently reading in our next zoom chat.

Tuesday

Literacy: Sticking with the focus of words for this week’s learning suggestions…How about keeping a notebook and pen handy today to record all of the new words you hear across your day? These could be from the television, family members, online…you name it!

If you are not coming across many new words, maybe you could drop some into your conversations and see who notices?! If you are going to try this, here are some suggestions for you:

Relinquished

Plethora

Devoured

Dwindle

Simultaneously

Impeding

Grammar and spelling: Ensure you know what the unusual words you have heard/read today mean. Can you think of a synonym to test your understanding?

Then learn to spell the word 😉 

Reading: Please read – that’s it! Find a book you enjoy and get lost in reading.

Maths: I am unable to upload any maths activities for you at the moment due to issues with our website so please keep practising your Times Tables and using Prodigy (I have set some new assessment questions on there to track your progress!)

The challenge is to overtake the current leader on the leadership board…

Wednesday

Literacy: Here are some new words to think about today:

Jubilant

Flail

Profound

Contemplate

Participate

Can you drop them into a conversation?

Can you learn to spell them?

Do you know what they mean? Do you know the antithesis?

Maths: More times tables practice, please!

Reading: I highly recommend The Indigo Flamingo (Page 342 in the Book of Hopes) due to the rather amusing ending!

How about listening to David Walliams today?

Thursday

Maths: Nrich task https://nrich.maths.org/223/index

The Puzzling sweet shop

This task requires you to apply your 2,3,5 and 7 X tables to find all of the possible combinations. Think about the word systematic when thinking of all the different combinations.

Literacy: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar

Then click on the Points of View Newspaper Article activity. The website then takes you through an activity where you consider how the language used affects the reader (similar to the reading activity from last Thursday). Warning: The website is interactive so it took a little longer than usual to load when I tried it again today.

Spellings:  Choose 10 words at random from the 5/6 spelling list and test a family member! Remember to be kind to your parents!

Reading: Choose three stories/poems/extracts to read from the book of hopes and decide which one you liked the most and why. https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/9-12/book-hopes/

You know the drill by now; contact me if you need ANYTHING!

Miss Shopland