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All pupils in Year 3 and 4 should continue to follow the Junior distance learning.

Friday 22nd May 2020

 

Good morning everyone. This is the last one of these message that I will be typing for a while, which seems a bit odd.

 

Other than pupils in Year 3 and 4 who are the children of Key Workers, I am not completely sure when we will be seeing each other at school again, but I am looking forward to seeing you all again. Hopefully, we will get to meet-up again before Summer, and I am sure that we will all receive details about this soon. In the meantime, take care of yourselves and your families, remember to give each other space (even if that can be difficult when at home) and talk to each other if anything is bothering you. You are a fantastic bunch and I am looking forward to talking with you soon face-to-face.

 

Anyway, what's on the agenda for today?

 

  • PE with Joe Wicks
  • Maths
  • RE
  • Art

 

Year 3 Maths:

Year 4 Maths:

RE Task for everyone:

 

Today's task will be thinking about Peter, but we will also be thinking about ourselves and how we feel about how people perceive our actions.

 

To start, please think about the other members of the class and say to yourself or someone at home 5 or 6 things that you like about them; for example, would might say, "I like it when someone asks me how my weekend has been."

 

Next, and this activity might be a little tougher, I would like you to think of a few things that might upset you; for example, you might say, "I am unhappy when people do not include me in games."

 

Before Pentecost, what aspects of his early character might Peter have struggled with? What things might have made him a hard person to get on with? Are there any aspects of your character that might sometimes make you a hard person to get on with? On two pieces of paper, write down things that people like about you and, on another, things that might make people sad (no-one needs to see this last piece of paper if you don't want to show it).

 

At Pentecost God the Holy Spirit came and changed Peter in ways he could never have imagined. He gained a new boldness and courage and vision. God the Holy Spirit came at that time with tongues of fire. Christians believe that God the Holy Spirit is still available today to transform lives.

 

Screw up the piece of paper that you wrote your 'negative' character traits on and throw it away (this is symbolic of the Holy Spirit descending upon you, changing you as it did Peter).

 

On a fresh piece of paper, draw a picture of yourself and write down the positive aspects of your character around it, the bits that people really appreciate. Stick it up in your bedroom, on your fridge or somewhere that you can see it if ever you are feeling a bit down to remind yourself what a fantastic person you are.

Art Task for everyone:

 

This might sound like an odd one, but today I would like you to draw a shoe. Any shoe. Choose one of yours, a parent's, a sibling's, any shoe and draw it as realistically as you can. Don't rush it, take your time and study that shoe, looking for details and shadows before drawing it. By the way, I want your drawing to fill the piece of paper that your are using - I don't want a really titchy picture that I would need a microscope to see.

 

As usual, post your pictures on the blog or email them to me.

Thursday 21st May 2020

 

Good morning. Before we start, here's a quick teaser for you: What kind of tree can you carry in your hand?

 

While you're figuring that one out, here's what's on today:

 

  • PE with Joe Wicks
  • Maths
  • RE
  • SPAG

 

Year 3 Maths:

Year 4 Maths:

RE Task for everyone:

 

Please can you complete the task you started yesterday. I'm looking forward to seeing those cartoons.

 

SPAG:

 

There is a Year 3, a Year 4 and, if you are feeling confident, a Year 5 SPAG exercise below. 

Wednesday 20th May 2020

 

Good morning everyone. It's Wednesday, so you'll be doing Spanish later, but what else is on the menu?

 

  • PE with Joe Wicks
  • Maths
  • RE
  • Spanish

 

Year 3 Maths:

Please remember to check MyMaths and TTRockstars as well if you have time.

 

Year 4 Maths:

Please remember to check MyMaths and TTRockstars as well if you have time.

 

RE Task for everyone:

 

This is going to be a fairly long task, so I would advise that it is carried over two days so that it is not rushed.

 

Yesterday, we reviewed some of the work that we did before Easter, focusing on how Peter was feeling at various points in the Easter story. Today, will will be turning to look at Pentecost. To remind you of what happened on Pentecost, watch this video:

The Holy Spirit Comes (Day of Pentecost)

When you have watched this clip, read through the bible passages on the attached sheets, discuss them with someone at home and mark on your graph from yesterday with this new information about how you think Peter is feeling at each stage.

 

Here are some questions that you might want to ask as you are considering these passages:

 

In what ways has Peter changed? Who/what might have caused this change? What do these scenes tell us about why Pentecost was important to Peter?

Finally, and this task will take you over into tomorrow, please create a cartoon strip showing the main points of the passages that you have read today. In each of the pictures, please can you include a thought bubble showing how Peter is feeling at each stage.

Spanish Task for everyone:

 

Please follow the link below for today's work:

Tuesday 19th May 2020

 

Thank you for your pictures of your ideal classrooms - there were certainly some interesting ideas! - I am looking forward to seeing some more today.

 

We have a slightly different day today:

 

  • PE with Joe Wicks
  • Maths 
  • RE

 

Year 3 Maths:

Year 4 Maths:

RE task for everyone:

 

For the rest of the week, we will be thinking about Pentecost, which comes after Ascension Day, and is when the Holy Spirit visited Jesus' disciples before they went out and started spreading His message. Pentecost, also known as Whitsunday, is this Sunday.

 

Before we start, please think back to the work we did just before Easter when we thought about Peter - we are going to be thinking about him to day, so please can you see what you can remember about this work.

 

Please read through the following Bible passages and for each one please annotate on the attached graph how Peter would be feeling at each stage. 

 

The Bible passages that you need to read are:

 

• Matthew 4v18-20

• Matthew 8v14-17

• Matthew 14v13-21

• Matthew 14v22-33

• Matthew 16v13-18

• Matthew 17v1-8

• Matthew 26v36-41

• Matthew 26v69-75

• Matthew 27v45-50

• Matthew 28v1-10

• Matthew 28v16-20

 

If you do not have a Bible at home, I have attached the passages (these have come from the Good News translation). Please discuss what each passage means with someone at home so that you are confident with what is being said. Parents, I have attached an example graph to this page to give you an idea of what the outcome should be. Please do not worry that the graph mentions passages from Acts - we will be moving on to this tomorrow.

Monday 18th May 2020

 

Good morning. Amazingly, this is the last week before half-term. Where did the last few weeks go? It was great to see some of you and your fellow St Mark's pupils last week when I was in school and, hopefully, we will all get to see each other again in the relatively near future. In the meantime, don't forget to use the blog to keep in touch with each other and I am sure that you have your own ways of keeping in touch with each other too.

 

What are we doing today?

 

  • PE with Joe Wicks
  • Maths
  • English
  • DT

 

Year 3:

Year 4:

DT task for everyone:

 

When we come back to school, things are going to be a little different in class and hopefully people will start thinking about what needs to change in schools and classrooms around the country. Our school building is Victorian and the ways that we do things in class have not massively changed since this time either - now we have a chance to think about how to deliver education in the 21st (and possibly the 22nd) century. 

 

I would like you to create your ideal classroom (no X-Boxes or Playstations please!) from recyclable waste. Think about our classroom at the moment, what you like about it and what needs to change, before junk-modelling your design. Please can you label the features of your classroom and either email them to me or post them on the blog.

Friday 15th May 2020

 

As well as not being able to respond to emails, it seems that being back in school makes one forgetful as well, which is why I didn't post a video yesterday afternoon when I got home. (Well, I did remember, but it was at half past ten, when I woke with a start of the sofa and it was a bit too late to do anything then.) Hopefully, those of you doing the experiment at home will be able to check your own seeds, for the rest of you, I will tie a knot in my handkerchief to remind me to post a film later today.

 

What's happening today?

 

  • PE with Joe Wicks
  • Maths
  • English
  • Art

 

Year 3:

Year 4:

Art task for everyone:

 

It's a very simple task today. I would like you to choose the one thing that you own that you would choose if you only had only had two minutes to grab the most important thing you own from room (your X-Box or PlayStation does not count - apart from anything, you'd trip up over the cables).

 

Please take your time over this task - this is your most favoured possession you will be drawing (as important as Penguin, Aardvark and Mole are to my children) and worthy of your time and attention. Please email me your results or post them on the blog.

Thursday 14th May 2020

 

Good morning everyone. I'm afraid that I'm back in school for the next couple of days so please do not take it personally if I do not respond to emails as quickly as I'd like for the rest of the week.

 

On the agenda for today:

 

  • PE with Joe Wicks
  • Maths
  • English
  • Amazing Activity
  • Science

 

Year 3: 

Year 4:

Amazing activity for everyone:

 

When was the last time that you thought about how brilliant you are? Not for a while, I hear you say? Well, we'd better change that then, hadn't we?

Science:

 

When I get home, I will post a video showing how well the seeds are germinating. How are yours getting on?

Germination Experiment - Day 3

Another update from the airing cupboard, freezer and all points between.

Wednesday 13th May 2020

 

Good morning everyone. Well done to those of you who spotted my deliberate mistake yesterday when I got the date wrong. Apologies for that, time seems to be losing it's meaning a bit at the moment!

 

Anyway, what are we doing today?

 

  • PE with Joe Wicks
  • Maths
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Science

 

Year 3:

Year 4:

Spanish task for everyone:

 

Espero que recuerdes cuál es la palabra para calcetines en español porque la vas a necesitar hoy.

Science:

 

I realise that I've been running late posting these videos for the last couple of days so, with this in mind, I will be posting today's update video at 2pm. 

Germination Experiment - Day 2

Have the seeds started germinating? The suspense is palpable! Did you get a shout out? Email me at the usual address to share your ideas. (Sorry to HW, whose...

Tuesday 12th May 2020

 

As I was typing that date out I suddenly thought to myself, "11th May? That's someone's birthday," but I can't, for the life of me, remember who. So, if it is your birthday today, Happy Birthday.

 

Thank you to those of you who watched the germination video yesterday and I hope that some of you are able to join in at home. It is absolutely no problem if you can't, just watch the videos and join in that way. Perhaps some of you could email me with your suggestions and predictions about which seeds will germinate and which won't, and whether some will germinate better than others. Just a quick reminder to those of you who have forgotten what 'germination' means, it is the process by which a seed produces roots and shoots, and it requires warmth, moisture and oxygen to take place.

 

If you haven't yet, please have a look at the video below before 1pm or so this afternoon, when I will be having a look at progress and posting another video.

 

Anyway, what's happening today? 

 

  • PE with Joe Wicks
  • Maths
  • English
  • Science

 

Year 3:

Year 4:

Germination Experiment- Day 1

Here is the first of our sequence of video experiments about how seeds germinate under different circumstances. Come back tomorrow to see how we are getting on.

Monday 11th May 2020

 

Good morning everyone, I hope that you were all able to enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend. Friday and Saturday were pretty spectacular weather-wise and then it got pretty cold and blowy here on Sunday, so much so that we almost considered putting the heating on in the evening. Almost. And then we remembered it was May, so we remained cold out of principle.

 

"What do we have planned for today, Mr Chambers?" I hear you cry. Funny you should ask that because...

 

  • PE with Joe Wicks
  • Maths (including an arithmetic test to be done at any point this week)
  • English
  • Science

 

When you download the English and Maths work today, you will notice that it might say 'Day 5', rather than 'Day 1'. This is because we are a week behind on Hamilton Maths and English, so today you will be finishing last week's work and tomorrow you will start a four-day unit which will take you to Friday.

 

Year 3:

Year 4:

Science task for everyone:

 

Hopefully, you might have had a chance to get your hands on some seeds, but don't worry if you haven't. I am planning to post a video on this page explaining what to do and, for those of you who don't have seeds, showing you what our experiment involves. (It won't be like the April Fool one, honest!) Watch this space from about 12.30pm onwards.

 

When you come to do the experiment, you will need some shallow trays/saucers/yoghurt pots/whatever you can get your hands on, cotton wool or toilet roll and a measuring jug with some water in, as well as your seeds, but I'll show you what to do tomorrow.

Thursday 7th May 2020

 

Hello everyone! Yay! It's Thursday! And, this week, Thursday means the last day of the week because tomorrow is a Bank Holiday.

 

"Why is tomorow a Bank Holiday, Mr Chambers?" I hear you cry. Well, this year the early May bank holiday is not celebrating International Workers Day as usual, but it has been moved to the end of the week to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Because of this, I will be asking you to do a little bit of work about VE Day today; this is partly because it is very important to know about our collective history regardless of whether you were there to see it or not, and partly because I asked my two youngest children today what VE Day was all about and one of them replied, "I dunno," and the other one muttered something about the end of the war but didn't go much further than that, so I would like you to be more knowledgeable about the past than them. (Don't worry, they will be learning about it too!) 

 

So, today you have four tasks:

 

  • PE with Joe Wicks
  • Maths
  • English
  • VE Day work

 

Year 3:

Year 4:

VE Day tasks for everyone:

 

There is a Powerpoint (or PDF) which gives a brief overview of VE Day, followed by a Reading Comprehension exercise on VE Day. For the latter, I would suggest that less confident readers in Year 3 try the one star work, more confident Year 3 and less confident Year 4 readers try the two star sheets and the more confident Year 4 readers try the three star sheets.

 

If you have time left over, there is a Spitfire glider to make. (Although it's always the Spitfire, isn't it? The Hawker Hurricane was the aeroplane that won the Battle of Britain (and thus ensuring that Britain was able to fight on to VE Day) and was preferred by most RAF pilots, so if you would like to make a Hurricane glider instead, please give it a go.) Here is a piture of one:

Wednesday 6th May

 

Good morning everyone! The sun is shining so it would be a shame to be stuck inside all day and it's the penultimate day of the week because Friday is a Bank Holiday (Bank Holiday Friday? Strange times indeed!) so let's get cracking.

 

You have four tasks today:

 

  • PE with Joe Wicks
  • Maths
  • English
  • Espanol

 

Year 3:

Year 4:

Tarea española para todos:

 

¿Alguna vez has querido saber cuál es la palabra española para calcetines? ¡Hoy es tu día de suerte!

Tuesday 5th May 2020

 

Good morning everyone. Before I tell you what today holds, next week I'd like us all to be able to do an experiment at home so, if at all possible, please could you ask your parents if they might be able to order a packet of cress seeds in their next online shop. It will be absolutley no problem if they cannot (and I certainly don't want them to go out and make any unnecessary journeys if you don't already have any at home), as I will be doing the experiment too and will be filming it at home, but if you can do the experiment in tandem with us, then that would be great. 

 

Anyway, back to today. You have four tasks today: 

 

  • PE with Joe Wicks
  • Maths
  • English
  • Science

 

Year 3:

One or two parents got in touch yesterday to say that the English task wasn't clear so, in a nutshell, Year 3 will be reading another report and reviewing the features of reports again today. They will then be playing some games on CBeebies and writing a report on these, using the features they have been looking at.
Year 4:

Science Task for Everyone:

 

In order to germinate successfully and grow into a plant, seeds need three things: moisture, warmth and oxygen. Have a look at the BBC Bitesize clip and the Powerpoint about germination and then have a think about how we can conduct our experiment next week about growing seeds at home. Where could we keep the seeds? Could some go in the fridge? Some in the airing cupboard? Some in the freezer even? Could some have no water, some have too much? These are just some ideas - see what you can come up with yourselves. Jot your ideas down on a cloud diagram like the one in the Powerpoint.

Monday 4th May 2020

 

Happy Star Wars Day! By complete coincidence, I stumbled across Star Wars - The Original Radio Drama on the Apple Podcasts app yesterday - it's an interesting take on the series, even if Obi-Wan's voice is too American. Mark Hamill is in it though, as is Anthony Daniels. If you can't find it on your podcast provider, you can access it here. (Warning: Episode 8 is a little edgy. Parents might want to listen to it first to check whether they think it is suitable!)

 

Anyway, back to work. You have four tasks today:

 

  • PE with Joe Wicks
  • Maths
  • English
  • Science

 

There is also an arithmetic test - you can do that at any point this week. I will post spellings tomorrow.

 

Year 3:

Year 4:

Science task for everyone:

 

Today, you are going to be introduced to Mrs Nerg (not a real person, but an acrostic to help you remember the 7 characteristics shared by all living organisms). Please read through the Powerpoint or PDF to see what each letter stands for, and then complete the Comparing living and non-living things sheet. When you have done that, and if you have time, please go around the house (or garden, if you have access to one) and ask Is it alive or not alive? Pick at least 4 animals, plants or other objects and see for yourself if they fulfil the Mrs Nerg criteria.

Friday 1st May 2020

 

So, it's been a month since that brilliant April Fool's gag I played on you all (I'll let you into a little secret - it even got a few parents too!). A month, eh? Crikey. Doesn't time fly?

 

Right, so today you have four tasks:

 

  • PE with Joe Wicks (I'm still aching after yesterday, to be honest)
  • Maths
  • English
  • Art

 

Year 3:

Year 4:

Art task for everyone:

 

Look out of the window or, if you are lucky enough to have one, go out into the garden and look at the plant life out there. This time of year is fantastic - there is new growth and colour everywhere. 

 

Pick a tree (or a couple of trees) and draw it. Take your time, don't rush, carefully look at the textures of the leaves and try and replicate them on your paper. Trees are 3-dimensional, your paper is not - how are you going to get across the impression of depth in your art? Look at the colours of the leaves, are they all the same colour?

 

As I was typing that last sentence, I looked out of the window and saw the sun shining on the oak tree with have in our garden (it's a small oak, honest, we don't live in a mansion) and took a photo of it. Here it is (cleverly framed so you cannot see the utter mess in the rest of my garden):

Looking at the photograph, you can see that the leaves on the left hand side, where the sun is shining on them, appear lighter and brighter than the ones on the right; but even on the right, the leaves are different colours because there are patches of shade. In your piece of art, please try and replicate the various areas of shade and colour - please do not just pick a green pencil and colour the whole tree in with it!

 

Today, please could you take a photo of your art and post it on the School Blog page. I look forward to seeing your efforts later!

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