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Friday 3rd April 2020
Yay! It's the last day of term, so that means a half-day and non-school uniform (what do you mean you haven't been putting your school clothes on to do your work everyday? Honestly!). Just leave your 50p in the jar by the toaster.
What's the score for today?
You'll notice that I haven't mentioned the George Cross work - please hold on to this until after the Easter Holiday, we will pick this up and run with it then.
Get those hamstrings stretched and get in front of the telly!
Last one of these for a while, please select the correct one for you.
If you haven't got around to finishing this piece of art, please can you do so now.
When you have done that, please can you move on the final work of this week's sequence.
Next to art in galleries, there is usually a piece of writing (often by the artist, if they are still alive) explaining some of the thinking that went into their piece. Print off the PDF below (or copy it out) and consider why you made the choices that you did: - Explain the colour choices in your artwork - Have you included any symbols? What do they represent? - What were you thinking about when you drew the first section of your piece? - How does this link to the middle section? - What would you like someone viewing your painting to think about?
These activities are not compulsory, but have a go at some of them if you want.
Grasp the opportunity to spend the next couple of weeks with your families - you may never get a chance like this again - but please remember that your parents have things that they will need to do as well (like work from home which, even in an entirely empty house, is not the cushy number it sounds like), so be aware that they might need a bit of space themselves at times and try to do things to help without being asked. Clear up after meals, offer to do the washing up, KEEP YOUR ROOM TIDY, suggest that you push the vacuum cleaner around and DON'T BICKER WITH YOUR SIBLINGS!!!!!
Also, don't be like my children. There has been a single sock next to the sofa for the last day and a half, which they must have each walked past at least ten times now and yet none of them have picked up. It is becoming something of a battle of wills now and I try and communicate with them using telepathy every time I see one of them near it, but to no avail. I know that I could have picked it up myself, but that's not the point. Little things like that irritate parents so if you can spot them before they do become an irritation and act on it, then you will be doing a brilliant job.
One last thing, I'm going to be in school over part of Easter so, on the first week that you get back, you will find an entire week's work on the webpage. I have been told by Mrs Stocchetti that I am not allowed to look at my school emails either, so if you do send your work in during that week (April 20th - 24th) and I don't respond it is not because I'm not interested, it is just that I will have buried my laptop in the garden for that week. (Having said that, I might post a few science experiments because those aren't real work, they are fun!)
Anyway, have a brilliant break, albeit under weird circumstances. See you on the other side!!
*** BREAKING NEWS!! New science experiment online now ***
Thursday 2nd April 2020
Good morning everyone! Spelling test at 11am then? No, hang on, that was yesterday...
Back to the sensible stuff I suppose. You have four tasks today:
Spandex on? Check. Hamstrings stretched? Check. Let's go!
Thank you for continuing to send the maths work in - it's looking good, everyone.
Please can you read aloud to someone today for at least 20 minutes. My children have come up with a great wheeze for this one - they either Facetime or video call their Grandparents on WhatsApp and read to them. Bingo! You get to check in with your parents' folks and they get to talk to someone while they're stuck in the house. Give it a try.
Today, I would like pupils to create a piece of abstract art, entitled Forgiveness, based on the work that we have done so far this week in RE. I hope parents don't mind, but I have copied the instructions on to a PDF and would ask you to use your own discretion with regard to how closely you follow them; I appreciate that some of you may not have masses of art equipment at home, so please try and make do with what you do have. I'm really looking forward to seeing your results!
We didn't quite get round to filming a science experiment yesterday, partly because I spent most of the day chuckling to myself about the BRILLIANT April Fool I played on you all - you should have seen the looks on your faces! Priceless...
Anyway, normal service will be resumed today with a fantastic experiment suggested by GB, which dovetails extremely nicely where the last one left off. We also have another one from WC lined-up, so watch out for that over the next couple of days.
By the way, there are still up to 50 House Points on offer. No-one has claimed them yet - check out the text under yesterday's experiment for details (you might have to go to the YouTube page to see this).
Wednesday 1st April 2020
Good morning everyone. What's on the agenda for today?
You know what to do - those House Points still haven't been claimed!
The maths that I have seen seems to be going really well - keep it up!
ONLINE SPELLING TEST
I've worked out a way of doing this, so I will be testing Year 3 and 4 on 25 of their Year 3 and 4 Statutory Spelling words at 11am. I will post a link for where you can find this at around 10.55am, so watch this space. You will need a pen or pencil and a sheet of paper, numbered from 1 to 25 in the margin for this activity.
Some of you sent your ideas about the NHS being awarded the George Cross once the current fandangle has passed (thank you for these!) and we're allowed to stand less than 2 metres apart (although, thinking about it, I might still keep this rule in place in class - remember kids, personal space is very important!). Anyway, all of the responses I have seen so far have been supportive of the idea, however what I'd like you to do today is to think of reasons why the NHS should NOT be awarded the George Cross. If we are going to try and persuade other people that this is a good idea, we need to be able to anticipate counter-arguments and be prepared for them - and there's no better way of being prepared than having thought of them already. Again, discuss these ideas with someone at home. I know some of you have parents who work within the NHS, it would be interesting to see if they could come up with ideas why they should not be honoured.
Mi nombre es Senor Chambers y vivo en Farnham. Tengo un hermano y una hermana. Tengo un perro, un gato y un pollo. Mi color favorito es el rojo. Hoy me gustaría que hiciera algo de trabajo para la señora Kerr. Por favor, siga el siguiente enlace para ver lo que tiene que hacer. Sí, he escrito esto en un servicio de traducción en línea, así que me disculpo si esto no tiene sentido.
I will shortly be emailing materials for this to parents as I am not sure about the copyright implications of posting MyHappyMinds materials on this webpage. Please keep an eye on your inbox this morning.
I will also be emailing letters with usernames and passwords for the new school blog in about 10 minutes. Keep an eye out for this one too.
Finally, don't forget to check out the science experiment below - if you try it, you MUST have an adult with you!!!!!!! - let me know your ideas and any suggestions for new experiments at the usual email address.
See you at 11am for the Spelling Test.
**** Science Update ****
What was extinguishing the flame yesterday? Watch the video to find out:
Tuesday 31st March 2020
Is there a "Pinch, Punch" for the last day of the month?
You have 4 activities today:
First person to get a shout-out wins +50 HP.
I neglected to mention yesterday that these sheets have the answers included, which is something that I discovered when I was working through the maths work that my 8 and 10 year olds had been set by their school. Whilst, obviously, we don't want children to see the answers before they start, it is a very useful tool to be able to review their work together and to ask them to try and figure out why they made any mistakes that they did - this type of instant feedback can really help cement learning on the spot and is more valuable than coming back to an activity a few hours down the line or even the next day. If you are able to do this, it would be brilliant.
Yesterday, we looked at the beginning of the Easter story with particular focus on Peter and Judas. I understand that a few of you had some technical issues when watching the movie yesterday - apologies for this, it worked fine when I tried it on Sunday, but I assume there was less demand for bandwith then than yesterday - and I hope these difficulties did not spoil the viewing experience too much.
You watched the film up to the point where Jesus was sentenced to death and I asked you to consider a few questions:
1. What did Judas do to betray Jesus?
2. What two things did Peter do to let Jesus down?
3. How would the actions of Judas and Peter (his best friends) have made Jesus feel?
4. Have you ever let anyone down?
The answers to these questions are:
1. Judas kissed Jesus so that the Jewish leaders knew who he was and could arrest him in the night. He also accepted money for his deed.
2. Peter failed to stay awake with Jesus as he was battling to come to terms with what was going to happen and praying to God; in addition to this he later denied knowing Jesus three times.
3. Upset, disappointed, let-down and, for once, I might even let you use your old favourite, 'heart-broken'. However, I'm always a little confused about how we are expected to feel about Peter and Judas in the hours before Jesus was sentenced to death. Jesus predicted that they would act in the way that they did, he prophesised that they would do what they did and, in so doing, made their actions a necessary part of events; for example, if Jesus hadn't been betrayed by Judas, then he would not have been arrested and sentenced and, ultimately, would not have been able to rise on the third day, thus proving he was the Son of God. This is a theological debate for later down the line, but I always think that Judas has been treated rather unfairly for his role in the Passion. Anyway, as always, I digress.
4. Only you know the answer to this, but I imagine that the answer is "yes". All of us have let someone down at some point, whether intentionally or otherwise.
Before I ask you to watch the remainder of the film, I would like you to consider these following questions, which you can either think about with an adult or consider on your own:
When you have thought about these questions, I would like you to finish watching the movie. While you are watching the ending, I want you to think about how Peter would have felt as the events unfolded. Did he try to cover up what he had done to the other disciples? Did his betrayal and denial of Jesus keep popping back into his thoughts and making him feel bad inside?
Please watch the rest of the film:
Peter went on to work for Jesus, becoming the first Bishop of Rome and eventually being martyred by Nero.
He was able to do this because he was forgiven by Jesus and welcomed back into his friendship and love. How do you think he felt after talking to Jesus? How did he feel to be given a special job by Jesus? He must have felt that an enormous weight had been lifted from his shoulders. Perhaps he even felt 'clean' again.
One last task for today - I want you to go and find the toilet paper that you wrote down the thing that you wish that you hadn't done on yesterday. I also need you to find a glass and fill it two-thirds full with water.
What you are going to do next is a symbol of forgiveness and cleansing. Put your tissue in the water and watch how the words begin to run and can no longer be read, no longer seen. See how the toliet paper disintegrates. Once we have asked for forgiveness, our guilt disintegrates too.
When you are ready, take a short break and then move on to today's last task.
GEORGE CROSS WORK
Thank you to everyone who did such brilliant research on the George Cross.
As you will know, the George Cross is the second highest award that can be awarded in the UK "for acts of the greatest heroism or for the most conspicuous courage in circumstance of extreme danger", and sits behind only the Victoria Cross in terms of seniority. However, unlike the VC, the George Cross is awarded to those who have deisplayed extraordinary courage in civilian life, rather than in battle.
As well as being awarded to individuals, the George Cross has twice been awarded to organisations too: during the Second World War, it was collectively awarded to the island of Malta for showing enormous fortitude and bravery in the face of almost continuous assault from the Axis powers; and the Royal Ulster Constabulary was awarded the medal in 1999, shortly before it became the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Now, obviously, we are a little way off the end of the current unpleasantness but, when it is all over, would the NHS deserve to be awarded the George Cross for its outstanding dedication during this current crisis? Please discuss this idea with someone at home and we will think about what your conversations have resulted in tomorrow. I don't mind if you agree or disagree, but please can you think about the reasons for coming to the decisions that you have so we can dicuss them properly.
Finally, don't forget to try the experiment below. It's a good one today!
Monday 30th March 2020
Everyone coping with the clocks going forwards yesterday? I'm always confused when they go forwards, I wander around in a daze wondering what time it really is. I have to say, however, that I was very pleased that yesterday I didn't have to get up and get my daughter to rugby an hour earlier than usual. Anyhoo, on with today's work...
Bit of a different week this week, as we are going to be focusing on predominantly on Maths and RE, but there will be a couple of other tasks too.
Today's activities are:
Anyone had a shout out yet? It can't be long, surely!
The Hamilton Trust, whose schemes we use at school for much of our maths work, have started providing maths packs specifically designed for children and parents working at home. There will be new maths work each day with instructions, slides to read together and work for children to complete. If there are any issues with this work, please get in touch.
I hope the format that I used last week worked for everyone. This week's spelling tests are underneath. Normally, we do not set spellings over the Easter break, but if you would like to continue testing your child's spellings, please use the Year 3 and 4 Spellings List for a guide of the words they are expected to be able to spell by the end of the Year 4.
We would have had Pause Day this week and, on Thursday, had we been at school, Year 3 and 4 would have been leading the Easter worship at St Mark's Church in our Easter Service. Instead, this week we are going to be looking at the Easter story as part of our home-learning, reflecting on the experiences of Peter and Judas over the next couple of days before moving on to an art-based project later in the week.
Please work through the Peter and Judas Powerpoint/PDF, with a few considerations as you go along:
Slide 3: Children are asked to write down something that they wish they hadn't thought, said or done. Please ask them to do this on toilet paper (if it is not too valuable a commodity) using felt-tip pen. At the end of this section of work, I am going to ask them to dunk this into a glass of water and, as it breaks up, this will represent forgiveness. Please tell the children that they do not have to share what they have written if they do not want to.
Slide 4: The children will need to watch The Miracle Maker. This is available online at:
The film itself is a U certificate and is a mixture of stop-motion and animation. If your child wants to watch the film from the beginning then please let them, but they do need to watch the film from 46 minutes (the miracle of Lazarus) to 1 hour and 10 minutes in, when Jesus is sentenced to death. Those of you how know your bible, will know what happens to Malchus' ear in the Garden of Gethsemane - the more sensitive of our children might appreciate an adult with them for this part (1 hour 2 minutes).
As they are watching, please can your children consider:
1. What did Judas do to betray Jesus? (Kissed him so that the Jewish leaders knew who he was and could arrest him in the night. He accepted money for his deed.)
2. What two things did Peter do to let Jesus down? (a: Failed to stay awake with Jesus as he was battling to come to terms with what was going to happen, praying to God; b: denied knowing him 3 times).
3. How would the actions of Judas and Peter (his best friends) have made Jesus feel?
4. Have you ever let anyone down?
When they have watched the film and considered these questions, please ask them to remember what they have thought about and what you have discussed today for tomorrow's learning...
George Cross research
…when we will also be thinking about this task I asked you to do on Friday, so if you haven't done it yet, you still have time!
Friday 27th March 2020
Good morning everyone. Were you outside clapping the NHS last night? This might come as a complete surprise to you but I'm usually quite cynical about things like that, however I have to confess that I was very impressed by the turnout and the noise everyone was making.
I hope you have been listening to the daily podcasts to keep in touch with what's happening at school. There's a new one today, so have a listen a little later on.
Your actvities today are:
You know the drill by now! Get that blood pumping before...
As with last Friday, I am going to ask you to spend about 20 minutes on TT Rockstars - how are you getting on with the plan to shave a few milliseconds off those individual times?
There is also an Arithmetic Paper to do below - choose the right one for you! Once you have completed it, please check through the answers and if there are any mistakes, please spend a little while trying to identify where you tripped-up.
A couple of things for you to do today:
Firstly, thank you for the haikus that you emailed me yesterday. Some were really good and I could really visualise the scenes described in them because of the obvious care and precision that you took in choosing your language; others among you however (and I'm sure that some of you know who), how shall I put this, obviously didn't spend loads of time on this task and this does show in the results. Perhaps, if this latter statement applies to you, please can you have another look at your poem from yesterday and see if you can improve it.
Let's have less
children playing out
having lots of fun yippee
isn't springtime fun
verdant leaves sparkle
waving in the gentle breeze
sunlight dances bright
When you have edited and improved your haiku, please can you publish it on a piece of paper, illustrating around it with images from your poem.
Secondly, I would like you all to do a bit of research into the George Cross. What is it? What can you tell me about it? (Parents, you can probably see where I'm going with this, but please could you keep it under your hat at the moment? Thanks!)
You will remember that we did some watercolour paintings in class a couple of weeks ago. This afternoon, I would like you to revisit this activity and create a landscape picture of a scene from the Lake District. Find a suitable image on the internet and recreate it on paper - if you don't have paints, please use pencils to colour your picture in as felt tip pens don't always give a particularly good result on paper. Please email your results to me.
Finally, have a look at the video below and see if you can be more successful than we were!