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Wednesday 3rd March 2021

 

Good morning everyone! Only three school days to go before you're with everyone else in the classroom and your parents let out an enormous sigh of relief...

 

Maths

 

I'm going to be working with Year 3 this morning - there will be no emergency video today, so just log in for a 9.15am start. See you there.

Year 4's work is a recap of work we've done over the last few days so, like Year 3, there will be no video. There might seem like there's quite a lot to do but please don't spend more than 50 minutes to an hour on the activities. I'll be around and available on Teams if anyone requires any help until 10am, so please feel free to get in touch. The same applies if anyone wants to go over their answers with me.

 

(On sheet 4, please can you only answer questions 1 - 9.)

English (10.45am)

 

We're going to be finishing our quest myths this morning. I'll have a quick chat with everyone at 10.45am before we get cracking.

Afternoon work

 

Spanish

 

 

Year 3: Hoy estás aprendiendo sobre tu familia.

Year 4: Algunas palabras en español son masculinas y otras femeninas. Averigua algunos de ellos aquí.

Music

 

Today, you are learning about the guitar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 2nd March 2021

 

Good morning everyone! Only 4 school days to go until we're all back together...

 

Maths

 

I'm with Year 4 today. I've got the Mini Rolls ready (I can eat more of them and not feel so sick), so see you at 9.15!

Year 3 are also looking at fractions. I'd like you to try two activities today - first, Finding a Quarter and then Recognising a Third.

I've also attached the answer sheets for this work so Year can check the accuracy of their work against these today.

English (10.45am)

 

After our brief interlude looking at the life of Marie Curie yesterday, we're back to writing our quest myths. Today, our hero will need to go on a quest to find the object that will defeat their enemy. Here is an example text:

Afternoon work

 

Science

 

We're thinking about electricity again today - specifically thinking about dangers of electricity in the home. As you know, electricity powers pretty-much everything in your house from your fridge to your TV (and don't forget the device that you're reading this on), but it can also be very dangerous too. In the picture below, how many dangers can you spot? Complete the attached table to list them all.

And don't forget...
Please email me your writing and science today. Thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 1st March 2021

 

Good morning everyone. This time next week, we'll all be in class together again. Exciting or what?

 

Anyway, for the last time ever (I really, really hope), here is Monday's Lockdown work.

 

Maths (9.15am)

 

I'm with Year 3 today and we're going to try and get through two activities this morning as we will be recapping on more fractions knowledge. The first activity is Find a Half and the second (which hopefully we will get to) is Recognise a Quarter.

Because Year will be working with me for the whole lesson, they will not need to send their work in. 

 

As discussed on Friday, Year 4 will be doing an arithmetic exercise today. The good news is, though, that I have worked out how to re-teach equivalent fractions in a way that will stick in all of your minds and that it involves Swiss rolls. Find out how tomorrow.

Please be aware that the answers are at the back of this document, so watch out for that before starting but please review your answers at the end to see how you got on.

 

English (10.45am)

 

According to Super Furry Animals in their single Hermann ♥'s Pauline "Marie Curie was Polish-born but French-bred", but who was Marie Curie? Fortunately, this reading comprehension will answer that question for you; unfortunately, you'll have to answer the rest of the questions yourselves.

 

As usual, we'll read through the text together and then reconvene at 11.30 to review our answers.

Afternoon work

 

PSHE (1.15pm)

 

Today we will be thinking about our achievements and areas of development in a session entitled "I am fantastic!" I would like to deliver an input for this at 1.15pm before Year 3 & 4 independently compete the task.

And don't forget...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 26th February 2021

 

Good morning everyone. Here's today's learning:

 

Maths

 

I'm working with Year 4 and we'll be trying to cover two areas today. We'll be looking at equivalent fractions again to begin with, followed by fractions greater than 1.

 

 

Year 3 are starting a new topic today and are looking at fractions. Like Year 4, I'd like Year 3 to attempt two tasks today - firstly 'Make equal parts' (video here), then 'Recognise a half' (video here).

English

 

The feedback that I've had about the breakout rooms yesterday has been positive, so I think we will try with this again because everyone seemed to enjoy this way of working.

 

Today, we will be writing the paragraph where the hero's quest is explained (perhaps at a village meeting or by a priest or oracle). What is it that the hero needs to retrieve the win the day? Where is it? How long and difficult will the journey be? These are just some of the things that we need to think about today.

Afternoon work

 

Something slightly different this afternoon - origami, the art of paper folding.

 

I've posted three designs below for you to have a go at, the trick here is patience and resilience - doing these might seem difficult to begin with but stick with it and the results will speak for themselves.

And don't forget...

 

Today's daily podcast - who won the Year 3/4 award this week?

And who is going to try Joe Wicks' Friday workout? You can find it here.

 

Please can Year 3 send me their maths and everyone send me their English. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 25th February 2021

 

Good morning everyone. Here's today's learning:

 

Maths

 

I'm working with Year 3 today. The emergency video is here, today's work is below:

There is also an extension task for Year 3, set in this video, if they complete the main task before the end of this morning's maths lesson.

Because they did so well yesterday, there are two tasks for Year 4 today.

 

The video for the first is here and the worksheet is below.

The video for the second activity is here and the worksheet is below.

English

 

Today, in English, we will be writing our second paragraph which will introduce the problem and the hero of our story. I will be giving a short input and going through a couple of example text, before asking the class to write this next paragraph of their stories.

 

An example text for guidance is below:

Afternoon work

 

Science

 

We are going to investigating electricity when we all return to school in just over a week. To get our minds warmed-up for this, please can you read the following text and answer the questions about how electricity is generated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 24th February 2021

 

Good morning everyone.

 

First off, an apology - I've managed to lock myself out of my email account so was unable to respond to emails yesterday; I will get this sorted today so I can reply to today's messages.

 

Also, please could I ask that all pupils stay in lessons until I say that it is time to leave - we had a couple of pupils who left before the lesson was over yesterday and I don't want them to miss out on anything for the remainder of the time before we get back together on March 8th. 

 

Maths

 

I'm working with Year 4 today; the emergency video is here, their work is below.

Year 3 are looking at perimeter today and, in a change to the usual routine, there will be two videos to watch. Please watch this video 'What is perimeter?' first, followed by this one, 'Measure perimeter'. Today's work is below.

English

 

I really enjoyed working with the children in class yesterday afternoon generating ideas for our stories and, hopefully, those of you at home enjoyed working on your overall plan and creating your hero as well. 

 

Today, we will be writing our opening paragraph which will set the scene and creating the atmosphere for our quest myth. I will be giving a short input and going through a couple of example text, before asking the class to write the opening paragraph to their stories.

 

Afternoon work

 

Spanish

 

Year 3, have you ever wondered what the Spanish word for socks is? Find out here:

Year 4, learn how to ask where the library is in Spanish here:

Music

 

Today, you will be finding out about the choir.

 

 

Please can everyone send me their opening paragraph today and Year 3 send me their maths. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 23rd February 2021

 

Good morning everyone!

 

On this day in history....

 

Well, I'm, a little annoyed that I didn't do this yesterday because February 22nd 1797 was the last time that an invading foreign army landed on mainland Britain, when French Revolutionary Forces landed near Fishguard in Wales.

 

If, like those of us who have been in school over the last few weeks, and you have been watching back-episodes of Horrible Histories then you will know that this invasion failed because those troops were anything but elite soldiers and got drunk on the night after they landed, subsequently surrendering to a group of women in traditional Welsh dress because they mistook their red shawls for the red tunics worn by British soldiers at the time.

 

However, having said that, February 23rd is a pretty monumental date in history because:

 

In 1455, Johannes Gutenberg printed the first of his Gutenberg Bibles; 

 

And, in 1954, the first mass vaccinations against polio began in the USA - eventually, these vaccinations would almost entirely eradicate polio worldwide. Fingers crossed for the Covid-19 jabs, eh?

 

Anyway...

 

Maths

 

I'm working with Year 3 this morning. The emergency video is here, their work is below.

If you finish that task early, have a go at this task. (By the way, 'mass' is another way of saying weight - there is a bit more to it than that, but it's one of those things I understand but can't explain without it becoming more confusing.)

 

I'd like Year 4 to have a go at a couple of activities today. The video input for the first is here, and the work is below.

And the video input for the second is here, and their work is below.

English (10.45am)

 

We will be spending the rest of the day thinking about our next piece of writing, which will be a quest story based on a Greek myth.

 

At 10.45am, we will be reading the story of Perseus and the Gorgon together, discussing the features, structures and traditions of myths.

After lunch, at 1.15pm, we will have a short input before this afternoon's main task which will be to map out the narrative arc of our quest story using the story mapping boxes below. 
I would also like Year 3 and 4 to start thinking about their main character, the person who we will follow through this quest from the initial problem through to the story's resolution, noting down some details about their character and appearance (see sheet below).
And don't forget...
And we will also be doing this this afternoon, why don't you give it a go?

PE With Joe 2021 | Monday 22nd Feb

Today, please can you send me your maths work but hang on to your English work for tomorrow. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 22nd February 2021

 

Crikey, where did that half-term go? Welcome back everyone, here we go for Spring Term part deux...

 

Maths

 

If I've read the timetable correctly, I'm with working with Year 4 this morning. The emergency video link is here, their work is below.

Year 3 are adding lengths this morning; their video link is here, their work is below.

English (10.45am)

 

For his birthday recently, my son asked for a few bird feeders to go in the garden, so we can't move for garden birds at home at the moment. This morning, we'll be finding out about some of the types of birds that we share our environment with. We'll read through the text together at 10.45am and regroup to review our answers at 11.30am.

Afternoon work

 

PSHE (1.15pm)

 

We'll be looking at healthy eating today and we'll be designing a party meal plan for Derek the Penguin's birthday party (to include a starter, main course and desert) using the Eatwell Guide as a guide.

I'd like to introduce this task to the whole class, so please can everyone log on to Teams for a short input at 1.15pm.

 

Class Catch-Up (2.15pm)

 

We haven't seen each other for a while and I'm sure that everyone has some news to share with each other. If anyone wants to share their news (or introduce us to various pets), please log on to Teams at 2.15pm.

 

Please can you send me the maths (if I didn't go over the answers with you in the lesson) and PSHE work from today.

 

And don't forget...

 

The Daily Podcast - podcasts for most of the week have been posted already, please watch today's.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 12th February 2021

 

At last, we've made it to the end of this half-term in school! Well done everyone, it's been a hard slog but we're finally there. As a reward for working so hard we're going to have a bit of fun today with a number of tasks based around the theme of Superheroes. Please post photos of your work on the blog so that everyone in school can enjoy them. 

 

Design your own Superhero

 

Design your own superhero - give them a name; design them a costume and logo; describe their superpowers; tell us about their secret identity; if they have a side-kick, describe them as well; if they carry a super-object (like Wonder Woman's lasso of truth, Daredevil's billy club, Batman's utility belt), tell us what it is.

 

Draw an annotated diagram of your superhero.

 

Write your own Superhero story

 

What sort of adventures does your superhero find themselves in? Either write a story about one of their adventures or create a storyboard about one. If you don't know what a storyboard is, there is a picture of one below (don't forget to include a title page).

Superhero Work-out

 

Exercise like a superhero, build a superhero obstacle course to practise your agility skills or join Danger mouse just for fun here

 

 

 

Super Sauce Activity

 

In 2000 in America, tomato ketchup was made in different colours with different superhero pictures. Needless to say it didn’t catch on!! Can you design your on bottle of sauce for your superhero? What colour would it be and how would you use it?

 

Pop Art

 

Make a list of comic strip words like  “POW”, “BOOM”, “SPLAT”, “WHACK” – draw them into colourful bursts in the style of Roy Lichtenstein's Pop Art.

Lego Challenge

 

Can you create a picture of your Superhero or their logo using only Lego (see below).

Stop-Motion Challenge

 

If you have the technology to do so at home, can you create a stop motion film about your Superhero saving the day?

 

Also, today is Chinese New Year - watch the following Worship about it.

Have a great half term! See you on Monday week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 11th February 2021

 

Good morning everyone.

 

Today's learning is:

 

Maths

 

I'll be working with Year 4 today. The emergency video link is here, the work is below. You will see that there is an extra task to do today - how many different ways can Year 4 arrange these shapes in order of size? (Don't just focus on height and width - are there other ways to do it too?)

I will be staying on Teams until 10am this morning. Please can anyone who has finished their work log back in before this time and I will be able to give them instant feedback. Thanks.

 

Year 3 are comparing lengths today; their emergency video is here, their work is below. You will see that there is an extra task to do today - how many different ways can Year 4 arrange these shapes in order of size? (Don't just focus on height and width - are there other ways to do it too?)

English

 

We will be publishing our newspaper reports today. I will talk to the class about what they need to look out for when they are doing this at the beginning of the lesson. There are a couple of templates below that will be needed today.

Afternoon work

 

This afternoon is the last afternoon available for us to finish off any outstanding Shackleton work, so please can Year 3 and 4 use this time to finish publishing their newspaper report, put the finishing touches to their Antarctic Art or even, if they haven't finished them yet, complete their Antarctic Cruise brochures and send them in.

 

If all this work has been completed and sent in, here's yesterday's Joe Wicks video. Enjoy!

PE With Joe 2021 | Wednesday 10th Feb

And don't forget...

If I don't go through your maths in the lesson, please can this be sent in along with the newspaper reports and any other outstanding work. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 10th February 2021

 

Good morning everyone.

 

Today in History (1) - Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were married 180 years ago today.

 

Today in History (2) - David Bowie made his first ever appearance as Ziggy Stardust 49 years ago today in the Toby Jug Pub in Tolworth.

 

Today in History (3) - Year 3/4 did maths, English, Spanish and music.

 

Maths

 

I'll be working with Year 3 today; the emergency video is here, today's work is below.

 

Year 4 are making shapes with given areas. The video is here, today's work is below.

English (10.45am)

 

We will be continuing to write our Ernest Shacklton newspaper reports today. I'd like to work with Year 4 during this lesson, after a short input for everyone in the class.

 

This is what Year 3 and I wrote on Monday:  

We will be carrying on from this point here today, giving a little bit of extra background information, witness quotations and the concluding paragraph summing up what will happen next. 

 

Afternoon work

 

Spanish

 

Buenas tardes Año 3. ¿Cómo estás? Hoy en español aprenderás sobre saludos.

Hola Año 4. Vas a aprender todo sobre los diferentes edificios que se encuentran en y aroud ciudades. ¿Has estado alguna vez en la biblioteca, el cine o la panadería? Lo descubrí en la lección de hoy.

Music

 

Today, you will be learning about another section of the orchestra. Strings, perhaps? Maybe percussion? It's percussion.

 

And don't forget...

 

The Daily Podcast:

Or our PE activities:
Finally, please can I see everyone's maths from today and Year 3's English. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 9th February 2021

 

Good morning everyone.

 

Today is Safer Internet Day, so we will be doing some work based around this very important area both in the morning and afternoon, which means that today's English lesson will be pushed-over to tomorrow. (I know that I said that I'd be working with the Year 4s today in English during yesterday's lesson, but that was me working on Monday-morning autopilot - apologies, Year 4, but we will have to work together on Wednesday.)

 

Maths

 

Speaking of working with Year 4... The emergency video link is here and their work for today is below. 

Year 3 will be looking at equivalent lengths in metres and centimetres; the video link is here, today's work is below.

Safer Internet Day 2021 (10.45am)

 

Please can you make sure that you have watched this virtual assembly presented by the UK Safer Internet Centre before we begin at 10.45am. Thank you in advance for doing this. 

 

The activity we will be completing today is designed to encourage Year 3 and 4 to question the motives behind what they see online and people's motivations for publishing things on the internet. This session should last about an hour and, afterwards (either immmediately after the lesson or this afternoon), I would like the class to complete the activity below, matching jargon to the correct definitions and return it to me.

Afternoon work

 

This afternoon, we will be doing another task together focusing on Safer Internet Day 2021. Please can everyone log-in to Teams for a look at how to be a Safe Searcher for a 1.30pm start. This session should last no longer than 45 minutes - see you there!

 

And don't forget...

 

Well, you've already watched the virtual assembly so there's only the PE left:

Finally, please can you send me your maths from today. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 8th January 2021

 

Good morning, fingers crossed for a snow day, eh?

 

Maths

 

I'm going to be working with Year 3 today, beginning a new unit looking at measuring length and perimeter; the emergency video link is here, the work is below. Year 3s will ideally need a ruler for this activity and throughout this three-week unit.

Year 4 will be asking "What is area?" today. The video link for today's learning is here, the work is below.

English (10.45am)

 

We will be starting to write our newspaper report about Shackleton's arrival in Stromness today, working on the opening two paragraphs. We will be using the model of the work that we did last week as our guide and I will be working with Year 3 and one or two others after the whole-class input.

Afternoon work

 

PSHE

 

This afternoon, we will be doing some PSHE. This work is provided by Coram Life Education, who we use in school. Using the link I emailed to parents via Parentmail last week, please click on the link 'Activities for 7 to 9 year-olds' and we will be doing 'Activity 4 - None of Your Business'. The instructions are online and your child will need a little support for this activity.

 

Music

 

Today we will be looking at brass instruments. To watch the video, click on the mp4 link on this page. The link for the word search is here.

 

And don't forget...

Today, please can you send me everyone's maths work and Year 4's writing.

 

Apologies if I did not reply to everyone's emails on Friday but my home wi-fi gave up the ghost with 5 people trying to access it at once! That is also why the spellings weren't posted on Friday - they will be going up later this morning though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 5th January 2021

 

Good morning. Here's the last set of learning for the week.

 

Maths

 

I'll be working with Year 4 this morning; the emergency video link is here, their work is below.

In another change from the norm today, I'd like Year 3 to practise their arithmetic skills. These questions should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete and please don't make your child spend more than that time on this activity. Please be aware, the answer sheet is on the final sheet of the set because I don't know how to edit PDFs yet, so if you would like to review the answers with your child, please feel free to do so.

English (10.45am)

 

Today, we will be generating ideas about and planning our newspaper reports about Ernest Shackleton's arrival at Stromness. We will be reviewing the events and then thinking about how to organise our work. The planning sheet is below.

Afternoon work

 

Spellings

 

I will be testing Year 3 on this week's spellings at 1.10pm this afternoon and Year 4 at 1.20pm. I will post the spellings for next week later today.

 

Music

 

You haven't done music for a while - please follow this link to find out about the Woodwind family.

Please don't forget...

Today please can you send me everyone's maths work. 

 

Have a great weekend! See you on Monday. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STOP PRESS - FINAL EDITION OF CAT SAVES TODDLER NOW AVAILABLE!

Thursday 4th February 2021

 

Good morning everyone!

 

Just seven school days to go until half-term. I'm not sure who needs it most - pupils and teachers at school or pupils and parents at home! Thank you for your ongoing support during these strange times and I think we are all looking forward to a resumption of normality as soon as possible although, certainly form my point of view, Lockdown school is working better than it did last time around and this would not be the case were it not for the support we are getting from our parents at St Mark's, so thank you again.

 

Just one thing - when parents and pupils are looking at the day's work on this page please could you ensure that you scroll all the way to the bottom on that day's entry. This is for two reasons: first, it has become apparent that that there is a very, very small number of pupils who are not engaging with the afternoon tasks (and it is expected that they attempt to complete all of the work that is set); secondly, at the bottom of each day's posts, I explain which work I would like to be sent in via email and, if you are not reading this, then you may be creating extra, unnecessary work for yourself.

 

Anyway, on with the day.  

 

Maths 

 

I would like to talk to both groups today if at all possible, Year 3 at the usual time of 9.15am and Year 4 at 9.30am.

 

Year 3 and I will be talking about Tables in our final lesson on statistics for the time-being; the emergency video link is here, the work is below.

Year 4 and I will be looking at the bus-stop method of division at 9.30am (or as close to this time as possible, so if your child is not admitted to the Teams talk bang on 9.30am, please give us a little leeway). As this will be a 'live' session there will be no emergency video and the questions are below.

English (10.45am)

 

We will be finishing our Cat Saves Toddler newspaper report today and checking to see that we have included all of the features that we have discussed so far in class. These are:

  • A Headline
  • A byline
  • An introductory paragraph (including the 5Ws)
  • Information about the main events presented in chronological order
  • Written in the third person and in the past tense
  • Direct speech for quotations 
  • Formal language
  • A concluding paragraph to explain what might happen next (we will be doing this today)

 

Afternoon work

 

RE

 

This afternoon, we will be following on from last week's work one four figures from history who were inspired by their faith to change their world. Just to remind you, these people were:

 

William Wilberforce

Florence Nightingale

Martin Luther King Jr.

Mother Teresa

 

Today, I would like you look at the person that you researched last week and one other person from the list above, and I would like you to consider the following things:

 

  • Identify the CIRCLE values that each of the two people displayed in their lives
  • I would like you to identify any similarities in terms of personality and characteristics (i.e. were they both determined to achieve their goals or brave, etc.?)
  • How did they model the teachings of Jesus through their lives? (i.e. what did Jesus say about the poor and meek? Did your two chosen heroes follow these teachings?)
  • Have the stories of the two people you are looking at inspired or impressed you? Could you follow their lead and change the world?
  • What might you be willing to risk everything for? Is there anywhere that you would draw the line?

And finally...

 

Don't forget today's Daily Worship Podcast:

St Mark's School Daily Worship - Captain Sir Tom Moore

It's also Train-it Thursday:

Today, please can you send me: 

 

Year 4 maths work

Today's final paragraph of the newspaper report

RE work

 

The Year 3 maths answers are attached below. Please can pupils check their answers with you - if there are major misconceptions that need to be addressed in their work, please get in touch with me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Year 3/4 Endurance Art Gallery is now open.

Click below to view it - we are always looking for new commissions so please send them into the usual email address. In addition to this, our Endurance Diary library is also now open and we will be adding entries as we receive them.

Wednesday 3rd February 2021

 

Good morning everyone. Almost half-way throught the week now, only three days to go and counting...

 

Maths

 

I'm working with Year 4 today; the emergency video is here, their work is below.

A slight change for Year 3 today - you've got some greater depth work to do.

 

There are four activities below based on pictograms and bar-charts, please attempt these in order but spend no more than 15 minutes on each please. If you find your self struggling on one, move on to the next and get in touch with me by logging into the Teams address after 9.30am. 

 

Try them in the order given below and please remember to use a ruler for drawing straight lines.

English (10.45am)

 

Today we wil be completing a reading comprehension based on the Greek myth of Arachne. We will read through the text together at 10.45am and then review our answers at 11.30am. The text is below.

Afternoon work

 

Spanish

Geography / Art

 

Please use the rest of the afternoon to either finish your Geography work from last week and yesterday (The Antarctic cruise brochure) or your Endurance Art. Please send me a picture of your Art or a copy of your brochure by email.

 

And don't forget...

Today, please can Year 3 send me their maths. This is going to be my radio silence day, so the answers for Year 4's maths are below and we will be marking our reading comprehensions together at 11.30am.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come to Sunny St Mark's - a trip you'll never forget!

(Please only use this as a template as you'll be writing about Antarctica, not North Camp!)

Tuesday 2nd February 2021

 

Good morning everyone.

 

Maths

 

I will be working with Year 3 this morning and we will be looking at bar charts, so please can everyone have a ruler with them for this morning's session if at all possible. The emergency video link is here, today's work is below.

Year 4 will be looking at division with some remainders; their video is here, their work is below.

English (10.45am)

 

We will be looking at speech punctuation (again) in class today, before moving on to write the witness statements for our newspaper reports. I know that we seem to have covered speech punctuation quite a lot recently, but it is one of the most important part of writing in KS2 and, once you know how to do it properly, it will never leave you.

 

There will be an exercise to do before we move on to write the newspaper excerpts. 

Afternoon work

 

Geography (1.15pm)

 

We will be beginning to publish our Antarctic cruise travel brochure today, so you will need your planning sheets from last week. It is up to you how you choose to publish this work (you can do it on paper or electronically), but I would like to deliver a short input at 1.15pm for everyone.

 

PE

 

Slightly belatedly, in class we will be doing yesterday's Joe Wicks youtube PE session from about 2.15pm this afternoon. If you haven't done it yet, please join us!

 

 

PE With Joe 2021 | Monday 1st Feb

And don't forget...
Please can I see everyone's maths and the newspaper report excerpts that we write today. We will review the speech exercise in class. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underneath is the pararaph that we wrote in class as a group, detailing the events of the news story in chronological order and with some of the features that we discussed in class. How many of them have you used?

Monday 1st February 2021

 

Good morning everyone! Only two weeks to go to half-term!

 

Maths

 

I'm working with Year 4 this morning; the emergency video is here, the work is below.

Year 3 are interpreting pictograms today. Their video is here, their work is below.

English (10.45am)

 

We will be continuing to write our news report based upon the video of the cat that saved the little boy from a dog attack. Today, we will be writing the section that describes the events in chronological order; Year 3 and 4 will need the following sheet to help order their ideas in this session.

Afternoon work

 

PSHE

 

This afternoon, we will be doing some PSHE. This work is provided by Coram Life Education, who we use in school. Using the link I emailed to parents via Parentmail last week, please click on the link 'Activities for 7 to 9 year-olds' and we will be doing 'Activity 3 - Picture Wise'. The instructions are online, but your child may need a little support for this activity.

 

Spellings

 

I gave this week's spellings out on Friday. Please can pupils practise these, by writing them out at least 5 times each and, in addition, writing each word in a correctly punctuated sentence.

 

And don't forget...

Finally...

 

It is Children's Mental Health week. Below are a selection of daily activities for Year 3 and 4 to have a go at.

Today, please can everyone send me their maths and English work. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 29th January 2021

 

Good morning! We've made it to the end of another week, let's push on through to the weekend...

 

Maths

 

I'm talking to Year 3 today and we'll be looking at Pictograms. Last night, I looked at the Tally Charts work that was sent to me yesterday and, on the whole, it was very accurate, with the few mistakes being caused by a lack of concentration when counting the tallies; however, pictograms are usually clearer to interpret so I am expecting an even higher standard of work from Year 3s today.

 

Year 3's emergency video link is here; the worksheets are below.

Year 4 are looking at division today; the video link is here, the worksheets are below. 

English (10.45am)

 

CAT SAVES BOY NEWS REPORT

 

By now, you should have written the two-sentence opening paragraph to your news story which includes the 5Ws. Hopefully, it looks something like this one that we wrote together in class:

We will continue writing the Hero Cat news report next week. Today, we will be looking at whether statements are Fact or Opinion - I will be giving a short input to discuss the differences between the two, followed by a couple of activities for Year 3 and 4 to do.

Afternoon work:

 

Spellings

 

Please can Year 3 by ready for their spelling test at 1.10pm, with the numbers 1 to 1O written down the side of a piece of paper, and Year 4 be ready to go at 1.20pm. I have a few results to get back to people from last week, which I will do this morning.

 

New Spellings for next week:

Art

 

Hopefully, you started thinking about your next piece of Endurance / Antarctic art on Wednesday (if you were in class with me on Wednesday, we did something slightly different, so you need to think about this today). 

 

Please can you use this afternoon to make a start on your next piece of art - I am very excited to see what you can come up with and I know that some of you are thinking about using clay and other modelling materials for variety. Please don't feel that you need to finish today as we can continue to do this work next week. 

 

Just one thing - a few of you have sent me preliminary sketches of animals that you intend to do. Most of these are very good, but could I ask that, if you are going to sketch Antarctic animals, that you try and go for realism, so that means no enormous, cute-looking eyes please (unless you are drawing a colossal  squid but, even then, their eyes could not be described as cute, no matter how large they are).

 

And don't forget...

Today, for the first time since this lockdown has begun, I will be having a day of 'radio silence', which I understand Mrs Stocchetti has mentioned in newsletters recently. I will not be responding to emails about Maths and English work that are sent in today and have posted the answers for today's work in these subjects below. I would, however, be interested to see people's art, but might not comment on it straight away.

 

I realise that there are one or two emails from earlier in the week that I do not to respond to, so you may hear from me about these though.

 

Have a great weekend and see you later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 28th January 2021

 

Good morning everyone!  It was good to be back in school yesterday - I enjoyed it so much that I'm back in again today!

 

Maths

 

I will be working with Year 4 today. The emergency video is here, the work is below.

Excitingly, Year 3 is changing topic today and will be looking at statistics. Today's lesson is a recap on Tally charts; the video is here, the work is below.

English (10.45am)

 

Today, we are going to be watching a short video before writing an introductory paragraph based upon it. The video is entitled 'Hero cat save toddler from dog attack' and the title does appear a little alarming; there is some mild peril in the video, but it is very brief and the toddler in question is not harmed (you can tell this because he gets up and runs off at the end of the clip, apparently uninjured, and his mother leaves him to check that the dog has gone rather than staying with him).

 

If you would like to, please have a look at video beforehand and let me know if you feel that it is unsuitable for your child and I will try and find an alternate idea for your child to work on, but I have used this video many times previously across all KS2 year groups with no ill affects and I wouldn't use it here if I thought that it was inappropriate.

Hero Cat Saves Toddler From Dog Attack

Hero Cat Saves Toddler From Dog Attack

The planning sheet for today's work is here:

Afternoon work:

 

RE

 

Last week we looked at people we respected - this week we are looking at real-life heroes, people who were not satisfied with the world around them and used the power of their Christian faith to inspire them to make a difference and change the world for others. 

 

You have a choice of four heroes to choose from:

 

William Wilberforce

Florence Nightingale

Martin Luther King Jr.

Mother Teresa

 

Choose one of the people above by clicking on their name to find out more about each of them. Then, on the sheet below, I would like you to tell me what they thought needed changing in the World and how they changed it, how they would have been inspired by and responded to the Bible quotes underneath and then think of some questions to ask them if you could interview them.

Here are the quotations from the Bible for each Hero.

 

 

Wiliam Wiberforce:

 

Micah 6:8

No, the Lord has told us what is good. What he requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God.

 

Mark 12:30-31

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second most important commandment is this: ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment more important than these two.”

 

 

Florence Nightingale:

 

Matthew 25:35-40

I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.’ The righteous will then answer him, ‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you? When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!’

 

 

Romans 15:1

We who are strong in the faith ought to help the weak to carry their burdens. We should not please ourselves.

 

 

Martin Luther King Jr:

 

Ephesians 4:32

Instead, be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ.

 

1 John 2:9-11

If we say that we are in the light, yet hate others, we are in the darkness to this very hour. If we love others, we live in the light, and so there is nothing in us that will cause someone else to sin. But if we hate others, we are in the darkness; we walk in it and do not know where we are going, because the darkness has made us blind.

 

Mother Teresa:

 

James 2:2-4

Suppose a rich man wearing a gold ring and fine clothes comes to your meeting, and a poor man in ragged clothes also comes. If you show more respect to the well-dressed man and say to him, “Have this best seat here,” but say to the poor man, “Stand over there, or sit here on the floor by my feet,” then you are guilty of creating distinctions among yourselves and of making judgments based on evil motives.

 

 

Proverbs 22:2

The rich and the poor have this in common: the Lord made them both.

And don't forget...

Today, please can Year 3 send me their maths and everyone send me their English.

 

Year 4's maths mark sheet is below - if they can review their own work today against the answers given, I would be grateful. However, if they need to get in touch with me if there are any misconceptions that need to be addressed or if they need clarification on any any points, then please encourage them to do so. Thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 27th January 2021

 

Good morning everyone. Halfway through the week already? How did that happen?

 

Maths

 

I will be working with Year 3 at 9.15am; the emergency video is here, the worksheets are below.

Year 4 will be looking at multiplying using the columnar method. The video is here, the worksheets are below. (The reason that the video refers to the rolls being mentioned yesterday is because we have skipped a recap lesson, which would have repeated some learning that I didn't think we needed to re-cover.)

English (10.45am)

 

Today we will be looking at the 5Ws in Newspaper introductions with an exercise which will ask Year 3 and 4 to identify them. I will talk to the class about the activity and remind them what they are looking for before sending them off to complete it.

 

Also, if anyone wants to show any Endurance models to the class, this would be a good opportunity to do so. Don't forget to send photos in to me so I can post them in the gallery.

Afternoon work

 

Spanish

 

Year 3 will be looking at food:

Year 4 are going to be telling the time:

Art

 

If you have not finished last Friday's Endurance art, then please use this lesson to do so.

 

If you have finished that piece of work, then please use this lesson to plan a new piece of work based on the Endurance expedition or the Antarctic in general. You can do anything: if you want to sculpt a model of Ernest Shackleton, then that is fine; if you want to draw a colony of Emperor penguins, brilliant; an icescape made from papier-mache and sponge would be amazing too.

 

The medium that you use is entirely up to you too; you can paint, sculpt, junk model, create a collage, whatever you want based on the materials that you have available at home.

 

Use today to plan and sketch your ideas, you will be starting this next piece of work on Friday. If you want to bounce any ideas off me, then please get in touch.

And finally...

 

If anyone wants a great example of how to complete yesterday's research sheet, here's a great example:

And don't forget...
Please can you send me today's Maths and English work, along with any outstanding Endurance diaries. Thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 26th January 2021

 

Good morning everyone.

 

As you will have seen, the Endurance Diary Library has opened and I will be adding to it as the day goes on. I have been really impressed by the diaries that I have seen so far and thank you to everyone for their fantastic ideas and hard work. However, I am still awaiting a few quite pieces of this work, so please ca these been sent in to the usual email address as soon as possible. Thank you in advance for this.

 

Maths

 

I am working with Year 4 at 9.15am today, looking at written methods of multiplication; the emergency video link is here; the worksheets are below.

Year 3 are going to be subtracting money today; their video link is here, their work is below.

English (10.45am)

 

We are going to be thinking about our next piece of writing today - a newspaper report describing Shackleton's arrival at Stromness on South Georgia.

 

Today, we will be looking at the features of newspaper reports. There are two documents below that we will be using during the lesson. The only one that must be printed for the lesson is the UFO exercise text; it might be useful but not essential to print the Peach text out for the lesson, I will leave that decision to you.

Afternoon work

 

Our final piece of Geography work based around Ernest Shackleton's Expedition this half term will be to write a travel brochure for an ocean cruise company retracing the Endurance crew's footsteps.  

 

This afternoon, I would like Year 3 and 4 to research some of the locations that Shackleton visited - the Weddell Sea, McMurdo Sound (this was the planned expedition's final destination which was not eventually reached), Elephant Island in the South Shetland Islands (not to be confused with Elephanta Island in India or Elephant Island off the coast of Gambia), South Georgia and Punta Arenas in Chile.

 

What would visitors to these regions see as they travelled around them? What would the sights be? What animals live there? Who lives in these places? What are the natural and man-made environments like?

 

I will do a short input for this lesson at 1.30pm this afternoon for those who would like it, the recording sheets are below. 

And don't forget...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 25th January 2021

 

Good morning everyone! As the snow melts, week 4 of lockdown school begins...

 

Maths

 

I will be talking to Year 3 at 9.15am this morning; the emergency video link is here, their worksheets are here.

Year 4 are going to be looking at efficient multiplication today; their video link is here, their worksheets are below.

English (10.45am)

 

Today, we'll be doing a reading comprehension exercise. As we've done before, we will read the text together and then take 25 to 30 minutes to answer the questions before reconvening at 11.30am to review the answers as a group.

 

(For question 9, instead of conducting the internet research into what the Government is doing about Plastic Pollution, please can pupils choose two action points from this list to explain to the rest of the class about how they can help tackle this issue.)

Afternoon work

 

PSHE

 

This afternoon, we will be doing some PSHE. This work is provided by Coram Life Education, who we use in school. Using the link I emailed to parents via Parentmail last week, please click on the link 'Activities for 7 to 9 year-olds' and we will be doing 'Activity 2 - Smoking Facts'. The instructions are online, but your child may need a little support for this activity.

 

Spellings

 

I gave this week's spellings out on Friday. Please can pupils practise these, by writing them out at least 5 times each and, in addition, writing each word in a correctly punctuated sentence.

 

And don't forget...

As we will be reviewing our reading answers in class, please can you send me today's Maths work only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Word Template for today's diary publishing lesson

 

Unfortunately, I am only able to produce this in Word, so apologies if you cannot use this template. It is not essential that this template is used, so if you cannot access it, please do not worry.

Friday 22nd January 2021

 

Good morning everyone! Well, we've made it to the end of a momentous week - when we started writing our diary entries on Monday the most powerful person on Earth was Donald Trump, as we come to publish them today the most powerful person on Earth is Joe Biden. What do you think will happen next week?

 

Anyway, back to the present...

 

Maths

 

I will be working with Year 4 today on Teams; we will be doing some Maths challenges so there will be nothing to print off, but they will need pens and paper.

 

Year 3 will be working on Pounds and Pence again. Because they did so well yesterday, I would like them to try two sets of work today; the video for 'Pounds and Pence' is here, the video for 'Convert Pounds and Pence' is here.

English (10.45am)

 

We will be publishing our diary entries today and I am hoping that we will be able to publish some of them on the website so the rest of the school (and even further beyond) can see what fantastic writers we are in Year 3/4. The three days of diary entries can be written-up by hand or (and this may be preferable is we are going to publish them) typed-up on a PC or tablet. I will give a very short input for everyone tomorrow and then everyone can get on with publishing what they have done.

 

Year 3 Spelling Test (1.10pm)

 

I will be testing the Year 3s on last week's spellings on Teams at 1.10pm. Please can they have the numbers one to ten written down the left-hand side of the page before we start.

 

Next week's spellings are: gardener, gardening, limited, limiting, offered, offering, benefited, benefiting, focused, focusing

 

Year 4 Spelling Test (1.20pm)

 

I will be testing the Year 4s on last week's spellings on Teams at 1.20pm - for those of you who remember the last time I did an online spelling test, please be assured that this one will be genuine. Please can the Year 4s have the numbers one to ten written down the left-hand side of the page before we start.

 

Next week's spellings are: cereal, serial, check, cheque, through, threw, draft, draught, stares, stairs

 

Art (1.30pm)

 

Another quick input to show everyone what I would like them to achieve with their Antarctic Artwork. As I mentioned earlier in the week, I am looking for a colourful background depicting the Aurora Australis on a monochrome representation of the Endurance trapped in the pack-ice. 

 

I have knocked-up a very rough dummy picture so give some idea of what I am hoping for to try and get those creative juices flowing before the lesson.

This piece of art will be carried over to next Friday (and possibly even the Friday after that), so please do not feel the need to rush it today - take your time and enjoy it. 

 

We will leave the Teams channel open if anyone would like to join us and share how they are getting on as the afternoon (and the art) progresses.

 

Finally, don't forget...

 

The Daily Podcast:

...and it's (Dr.) FeelGood Friday: 

Please can parents send me Year 3 Maths and everyone's English work.

 

Thank you and have a great weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 21st January 2021

 

Good morning everyone. First off, apologies for the slight ambiguity of what I wrote in the English section yesterday, when I wrote that I would be available for those who needed help - this was meant as me saying that I would be available after the input for the whole class, rather than suggesting that the Teams lesson was optional.

 

Please can everyone login to every English lesson as we have to take a register and report non-attendance to the office. Thanks.

 

Maths

 

Slight change today - I would to see both Year Groups today please. 

 

Year 3, at 9.15am, will be looking at money (this is a bit of a recap session to see what they remember from last year); emergency video links (two or them) are here and here; their worksheets are below.

Please could I see Year 4 at 9.35am. We will be doing more more on factors and all they will need for this session is something to write with (the darker the better so I can see it on the screen) and something pieces of paper to write on.

 

If they fancy having a go on TT Rockstars while they are waiting, please feel free to do so.

 

English (10.45am)

 

We are going to be editing our diaries today, so please can you have this week's work available for this session. I am hoping to work with groups in breakout rooms during this session, so Year 3 and 4 may need to be logged on for longer than usual for this session. 

 

History (1.15pm)

 

I know that this is unusual, but please can everyone attend a quick input for history this afternoon at 1.15pm so I can explain today's task. We will be creating a timeline of Ernest Shackleton's life for which, ideally, everyone will need 2 or 3 A4 sheets laid out in landscape orientation in a row or 2 A3 pieces of paper.

 

They will also need the sheet below. Please can the boxes be cut out so that they can be stuck on the timeline when we've made it.

 

And don't forget...

 

The Daily Podcast:

And it is Train-it Thursday:
Today, please can you send me Year 3's Maths work and photos of everyone's history timelines. We are going to be publishing our diary entries tomorrow, so please hang fire on sending English to me until tomorrow, because that will give me something nice to read over the weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 20th January 2021

 

Good morning everyone. Halfway through the week already? Where does the time go?

 

Maths

 

This morning I will be working with Year 4 at 9.15am; here is the emergency video link in case Teams fails, the worksheets are below.

Year 3 are doing a piece of work called "How many ways" - the video is here and the worksheets are below. If anyone is having trouble with this work, I will be available on Teams from about 9.30 onwards to discuss it with them.

English (10.45 am)

 

Today, we will be writing out final diary entry as a crew member of the Endurance. The work that both Year 3 and Year 4 has done over the last couple of days has been fantastic and I have posted an example of someone's work as an example of what I would like everyone to aspire to. The planning sheet that I did with a few of you on Friday for the last day's diary entry is below but, if you have your own, then please use that as I would love to see what ideas you have come up with.

 

I will be around this morning to work with anyone who needs it in either year group.

Spanish

 

Senora Kerr was very impressed with the work that she saw last week, here is this week's work:

Art

 

In our art project for the remainder of this half-term, we will be creating an image of the Antarctic at night. In the foreground of this picture will be the Endurance, trapped in the ice, and in the background will be the Aurora Australis (or Southern Lights).

 

Today, I would like you to research the Aurora Australis - What is it? Why does it occur? How often does it occur? - find a picture of it online and attempt to sketch it with whatever art resources you have at home.

 

Please don't feel that you have to buy any special resources for this activity, if you haven't got any pens, pencils, paints, etc., is there anything else you could use to create the colours? Could you, for example, cut out parts of pictures from magazine that have similar colours and use them?

 

There are some images of the Aurora Australis below:

And don't forget...

 

The Daily Podcast:

It's also Well-Being Wednesday:

Just to confirm what I would like to see today, please could everyone send me their Maths today (unless you work with me after the input, in which case I will have known what you have done). We will be editing our English tomorrow, so we can discuss that then.

 

Hang on to your art until our next Art session, when I will be asking you to share your work with the others in the class via Teams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 19th January 2021

 

Good morning everyone.

 

Maths

 

I'll be with Year 3s at 9.15am looking at scaling; the emergency video just in case I drop out of Teams again is here, the worksheet is below.

Year 4 will be looking at how to multiply three numbers together; their explanatory video is here, their worksheets are below.

English (10.45 am)

 

We're going to be continuing with our diaries based on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. I will give a short input to everyone at 10.45 am, then I would like to work with the Year 4s today on the second day's diary entry. 

 

As I will be working with the Year 4s, I will not need to see their work today; however, please can the Year 3s only send me their work from today's lesson as soon as they have finished it. Thanks.

If you have time this morning, please don't forget the daily podcast:

Afternoon work:

 

RE: How Have Christians Changed the World?

 

In the first session of this block, in which we will be discussing how a Christian faith has inspired people to try and change things in the world, often at great personal cost, I would like Year 3 and 4 to ask themselves who their hero is.

 

When they have done this, I would like them to draw (or create a collage of) their hero and annotate it to explain why that people inspires them and how this hero might influence other people's behaviour. Please can you discuss what attributes make a hero, as we will be talking about this next week in our RE session.

 

I would love to see your hero art, so please send this into me.

 

Finally, it's Try-it Tuesday:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 18th January 2021

 

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had peaceful and relaxing weekends, because it's Monday again which can only mean one thing - Week 3 of Lockdown School has just begun!!!

 

Maths

 

I'm talking to Year 4 today at 9.15am (we're looking at multiplication and division again); the worksheets are below, the emergency video link in case you can't see my screen on Teams is here.

Year 3, will be continuing to look at dividing two digit numbers by one digit numbers. The video link for today's works is here, the worksheets are below.

English (10.45 am)

 

We will be beginning to write-up our diary entries today, starting with the diary entry for Friday 15th January 1915. (As I was typing that out, it suddenly struck me that it was the 106th anniversary of the Endurance being trapped in the Antarctic pack-ice last Friday, on Friday 15th January 2021. Spooky or just a coincidence? You decide... (It was definitely just a coincidence.)) 

 

Anyway, before we do that I would like to talk to everyone about Fronted Adverbials, which we will be using to make our writing more interesting. There will be an accompanying Powerpoint, which I have copied below, just in case Teams is playing up.

I would like to work with all of Year 3 after the input about fronted adverbials, so I would like Year 4s to write their first diary entry independently. Everyone will need their planning sheets from Friday for today's work.

 

Because I will be working with Year 3, I will only need Year 4's work emailed to me after the lesson.

Afternoon work

 

PSHE

 

This afternoon, we will be doing some PSHE. This work is provided by Coram Life Education, who we use in school. I will email the link to parents via Parentmail; when it is open, please click on the link 'Activities for 7 to 9 year-olds' and we will be doing 'Activity 1 - Human Body User's Manual'. The instructions are online, but your child may need a little support for this activity.

 

Spellings

 

We haven't had a spelling test yet this term, so there's no time like the present to remedy that. Here are Year 3 and Year 4's spellings for this week, they will be tested online on Friday afternoon. Please can Year 3 and 4 practise these spellings, by writing them out at least 5 times. I will be posting other spelling activities as the week progresses.

 

Year 3 - words with a short i sound spelt with a 'y': 

 

myth, gym, Egypt, pyramid, mystery, hymn, system, symbol, lyric, typical

 

Year 4 - homophones and near-homophones:

 

accept, except, affect, effect, aloud, allowed, weather, whether, whose, who's

And don't forget...

 

The Daily Podcast:

It's Move-It Monday:

Finally, just to confirm, please can parents send me today's maths work for both year groups and the English work for Year 4 only when it has been completed.

 

Thanks again,

 

Mr Chambers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 15th January 2021

 

Good morning everyone. Thank goodness it's Friday, eh?

 

Maths

 

I'll be talking to Year 3 today, who will be looking at division again. Their worksheets are below, as are the emergency Powerpoint slides and PDF version.

Year 4 are looking at perimeter for the last time for a while. Their video input is here, their worksheet for today is below. 

English (10.45am)

 

As I said in my Parentmail message to parents yesterday, I had slightly unrealistic expectations for what the class could achieve in the given lesson time so we will be continuing with this again today.

 

Just to clarify, the aim of this short block of writing is that the class will produce three separate diary entries (and will need to plan each day on a different planning sheet - these were posted yesterday). 

 

The first day's entry will be recounting the day the Endurance became trapped in the ice (Friday 15th January 1915). It started with the crew, having been at sea for months, believing they only had one day's sailing left before they landed on Antarctica and ended with the ship trapped in ice and drifting in the wrong direction. (This is the work we did as a group online).

 

The second day's entry (and we are going to use a little bit of artistic licence here) will be recalling a typical day on board Endurance. What jobs would the crew need to do? Would the dogs need to be fed, groomed, cleaned-out? What would life in the living quarters be like? Cramped, claustrophobic, smelly probably (think of lots of unwashed men in unwashed clothes living, eating and sleeping in the same small part of the ship, lots of whom smoked, which just added to it the general fug). Then, to top it all, a conversation is overheard in which Shackleton is heard saying that the Endurance will eventually be crushed by the ice - how would the crew feel as the realisation of this sinks in?

 

The third day's entry (and, again, we will be using a bit of artistic licence here) covers the day that the hull of Endurance is finally crushed and the crew abandons ship (this took place on Wednesday 27th October and is covered on pages 11-12 of the PDF posted yesterday). In reality, the events on page 11 took place over a number of days, but we will merge some of these days together for the sake of this piece of writing. How would the crew be feeling as they unloaded the stores and equipment on to the ice from the what had been relative safety of the Endurance? What would they see as the stood on the pack-ice, having drifted over 1000 miles over 281 days since becoming stuck? How would they be feeling as they faced the prospect of pitching camp on the barren ice that night? How would "The Boss" be trying to keep everyone's spirits up?

 

I will go through this again with everyone today and hopefully we will be able to start writing on Monday.

Afternoon work

 

I have been shown how to broadcast sound over Teams so, if anyone wants to join me at 1.15pm, we will be watching the videos I showed but had to do my own narrations for yesterday, before completing our glacier facts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draft plan from today's English:

Thursday 14th January 2021

 

Good morning everyone, I hope you are all well. There will be a slight change to how we are doing things today - we will be completing Maths, English, and Project as usual, but I only be asking you to send me today's Maths work to look at.

 

If it is at all possible, please could this be sent over to me as soon as it is completed, so I can look at it and get back to you if there are any misconceptions that need to be addressed. I realise that this is not possible for everyone, but I did receive a number of emails containing pupils' work after 10pm yesterday evening and it is not practical for me to look at work at that time of night. Thank you in advance for this.

 

Maths

 

I'm talking to Year 4 this morning at 9.15am. Their worksheets and Powerpoint (in case the internet gets clogged-up) are below.

(I have just edited these files because I erroneously labelled the PowerPoint file as the PDF and vice versa - apologies for my initial mistake.)
Year 3 (who incidentally did brilliantly yesterday) are going to be looking at dividing 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers today. The video link is here, their worksheet is below.

English (10.45am)

 

Today we will be doing some planning for a diary entry we will be writing tomorrow, so I do not need to see today's work. I will discuss what needs to be done during the inputs on Teams, but everyone will need three of these sheets for today's work.

 

Year 3/4 will also need to be able to see the PDF excerpts from the book Ice Trap! below. (We will only need to look at pages 9 to 12 today.)

 

Afternoon work

 

This afternoon we will be looking at glaciers. When Shackleton and his crew arrived in the Antarctic, they would have seen two different types of ice - the ice-floes that where soon to trap the Endurance and, further away and on land, glaciers. But what is a glacier?

 

I would like you to research what glaciers are, how they are formed and how they have shaped the landscape, presenting your findings to me in a manner of your own choosing - PowerPoint, poster, written fact-file, whatever you want. I have posted some helpful links below but, as this is a moderately complex concept, I will be delivering an online input via Teams at 1.15pm this afternoon (this is not a compulsory Teams meeting, but it might help everyone to discuss their ideas with the rest of the class before cracking-on with their work). I hope to see some of you there.

 

Don't worry if this work isn't completed today, we will be continuing with it tomorrow.

Other activities for today

 

Don't forget to check-out today's Daily Podcast:

It's also Train-It Thursday:
Just quick recap, I only need to see today's Maths work via email. Please hold on to today's English work for tomorrow, likewise for the Glacier facts as we will be continuing with these tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 13th January 2021

 

Good morning. I'll be joining the rest of you in working from home today; let's hope that I get on as well as you all have - you've certainly set the bar pretty high though!

 

Anyway, without much further ado...

 

Maths

 

I'm talking to Year 3 at 9.15am this morning about multiplying 2-digit by 1-digit numbers (this time we'll be exchanging or carrying over into the next column). The worksheet and slides (just in case my screen sharing doesn't work) are below.

Meanwhile, Year 4 are looking at measuring perimeter on a grid; the video link is here, the worksheets are below.
Perhaps, when you have completed these tasks, you might want to slow down for a minute or two and reflect on things. How about listening to today's Daily Podcast at this point?

English (10.45am)

 

Today, we are going to start looking at diary entries, We will watch a Powerpoint together and then I will ask you to imagine that you are a cat, dog, rabbit, whatever that is someone's pet and write a diary entry for a typical day in their life.

 

I'll explain more when we talk later and the idea is that this piece will be a warm-up piece as we work towards writing diary entries from the point-of-view of some of the crew of the Endurance.

Afternoon work

 

Spanish

 

There are two activities here: Year 4 need to match the weather conditions to the pictures; Year 3, you are going have to match the colours to the pictures and complete the crossword.

PE

 

It's Well-being Wednesday. Please follow the link below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pog: Chapter 1

Why was mum in Ipswich? What was in the trees? How did mum finally arrive? Where is Pog?

Chapter One of "Pog" by Padraig Kenny - it might not make sense if you haven't heard the prologue, so scroll down the Year 3/4 Remote Learning Page for yesterday's (non-YouTube) installment.

I'll only be keeping this video online for a few days because I don't want to get into trouble with the copyright police, so listen while you have the chance!

Tuesday 12th January 2021

 

Good morning everyone. Here's today's work.

 

Maths

 

I'll be working with Year 4 this morning at 9.15am, looking at measuring perimeter.

 

I know that there have been one or two issues with people being unable to the shared screen when I'm presenting to the class. If this is the case, please try turning off your camera and microphone or, if this doesn't work, try logging out and back in again.

 

If your problems persist, I while be very happy to talk to you after I have delivered the input to the rest of the class; alternatively, I have also attached today's Year 4 slides below (although watch out because the PDF version will give you the the answers to the questions on the slides straight away).

The video link for Year 3's Maths work for today (multiplying 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers) can be found here. The worksheet for today is below.

English (whole class, 10.45am)

 

Today, we will be looking at the life of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, the man whose expedition beat Captain Scott's attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole. We will read the text together and go through the questions at 10.45am and then the class will have 30 minutes to complete the reading comprehension task (questions 1-10 only). 

 

I would like to review the answers together at 11.30am so, if at all possible, please could your child be back on Teams so we can talk through the answers together. (If your child is able to do this, it will save you having to send this work through to me because we will have marked it together.)

Afternoon Work

 

This afternoon, we will be doing some PSHE work looking at Positivity. It is very easy to forget things to be positive about when you are unable to see and interact with your friends, so complete one of the sheets (I'd suggest either of the top two) by drawing and annotating things that make you feel happy and positive.

Please also try to do some PE today. It's Try-It Tuesday - follow the link to find out which task to do today:

We will be adding the next chapter of 'Pog' later too, so look out for that.

 

See you later this morning!

 

 

 

 

 

Class Book - We have decided to postpone "A Tiger Too Many" for a while and are instead going try reading Pog by Padraig Kenny. 

Today, we read the Prologue. Watch the video below to listen along.

Pog - Blurb and Prologue.mp4

Still image for this video

Monday 11th January 2021

 

Good morning everyone. I hope you are all well and raring to go this morning.

 

Maths

 

I'll be talking to Year 3 at 9.15am this morning; we'll be discussing related calculations (which is a way of saying that if you know what 3 x 4 is, you can calculate 3 x 40) and the worksheet is below.

After their fantastic work adding lengths on Friday, Year 4 will be doing the inverse today and subtracting lengths from one another. The video input is here, the worksheet for this lesson is below.

English (10.45am)

 

We will be revisiting an area that Year 3 looked at last week today (so they should be brilliant at it), looking at punctuating direct speech in our writing in today's online lesson.

 

There are two sheets (one for each year group) below.

Project Work (afternoon)

 

This afternoon, I would like you to do some work at home researching the differences and similarities between this planet's two polar regions, the Arctic and the Antarctic, presenting your findings in a Venn diagram. I will do a quick input on this at 1.15pm for anyone who needs a bit of help, otherwise label the left circle 'The Arctic' and the right circle 'The Antarctic'. Anything that is unique to each region goes in that region's circle, anything that they share goes in the segment in the middle. 

 

Where on the Venn diagram would penguins go? What about polar bears? 

 

We will reconvene on Teams at 2.15pm to compare our answers, for those who want to do so.

Friday 8th January 2021

Well, yesterday was fun, wasn't it? Apologies for the slightly chaotic online delivery but I have been able to download the correct version of Teams now, so I will be able to see more than just one person at a time. I will also be able to share my screen so you won't have to squint at the classroom interactive whiteboard. Fingers crossed for today, eh?

 

Anyway, speaking of which...

 

Maths:

 

I will be speaking to Year 4s tomorrow at 9.15am about adding different lengths together. The Year 4s' worksheet is below.

The input for the Year 3 maths lesson is here: Comparing statements

Their worksheet is below.

English (10.45am):

We looked at main and subordinate clauses yesterday, today we will be looking at subordinating conjunctions - the words that we use to link these clauses. 

 

I will be delivering the input to everyone on Teams, the worksheet they need is below.

 

Afternoon Activity:

It's Lockdown. It's Friday afternoon. That can only mean one thing - it's Lockdown Friday Art!

 

Today I would like you to sketch a couple of pictures using only a pencil and paper. You will be working from monochrome pictures so there will be no need for any colours other than various hues of grey (sorry gel-pen fans!). 

 

Below are two pictures that I would like you to reproduce: The first shows the Endurance trapped in the pack-ice on the ice-floe; the second shows some of Shackleton's crew dragging a life-boat across the ice as part of a plan that almost led to a mutiny! The originals are below:

Here are some of our attempts from class - unfortunately they quality has been slightly affected when they were scanned - but can you do better? 

I will be signing into Teams on the usual link at 1.30pm tomorrow afternoon to talk to anyone who would like a bit of help/encouragement, or who just wants to see what everyone else is up to. No pressure - it is entirely up to you if you sign in.

 

See you then, perhaps. If not, have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

Thursday 7th January 2021

 

Right, so the brave new world of remote, online teaching begins today. There are bound to be some hiccups along the way and it's the first time that any of us have done anything like this, so let's see how we get on. Parents, if you have any observations about how things could be improved, please contact me via email or through the school office.

 

First off, it's Maths at 9.15am. I'll be delivering an online input for Year 3 via Teams, Year 4 your input will be available via the video here: Kilometres (spoiler alert - it's not my voice!).

 

Year 3, see you on Teams!

 

Please have the lesson resources below printed and ready to go when the lesson begins.

It might be useful to have some blank paper available too for calculations.

At 10.45am, we move on to English where we will be looking at main and subordinate clauses. I will be delivering the input for everyone via teams, but if anyone wants to get ahead of the game there is a useful explanation of what main and subordinate clauses are on the BBC Bitesize website.

 

As with Maths, it would be useful if you could have the lesson resources downloaded before the input begins. (For this lesson, Years 3 and 4 will be using the same sheets.)

Afternoon work:

This afternoon, I would like you to complete a poster showing me some of the animals that Ernest Shackleton and his crew might have seen (and eaten) on their expedition. I don't need masses of detail for each animal, perhaps a sketch of five animals maximum, accompanied by their name and a one sentence fact about them - for example, "Emperor Penguins can dive to a depth of 550 metres and hold their breath for up to 22 minutes."

 

I'm assuming that you all have access to the internet if you can read this, so either conduct some online research or use the sheet I posted on Tuesday to help you come up with some ideas. You can decide what to call your poster and how to lay it out. Please photograph or scan your completed posters and email them to me.

 

Between 2.25pm and 2.55pm, we will be doing some exercise in school. You can join us (in spirit at least) by doing some yourself at home - watch an old Joe Wicks video or perhaps ask your folks if you can time your daily exercise around this time so you can go for a walk, a jog or ride your bike with someone at home.

 

 

 

Teaser trailer

It's lockdown again, so it can only mean one thing...

(N.B. No eggs were harmed in the making of this video.)

That link again: https://youtu.be/Qi8VB_8PjSM

It was lovely to see you all yesterday, but here we go again...

 

You will find work here for each day. Remember to log into TEAMs at the agreed times for our daily live lessons. The class email address is up and running, ready for you to return work to Mr Chambers. I am looking forward to seeing what you get up to at home.

 

See you on the other side!

Emergency 48hr learning pack for Tuesday and Wednesday (5th and 6th January 2021)

Maths:

Each year group has three revision booklets reviewing the areas we worked on last term, namely Place Value, Addition & Subtraction and Multiplication and Division. Please select the appropriate work for your child.

 

Please note, these booklets have an answer sheet at the back of them - please can you bear this in mind when asking your child to complete these tasks.

English:

You will recognise the format of these units from Lockdown last time around - please by assured though that we will only be using these while we adapt our existing plans ready for delivery on Thursday.

 

Each year group has two different tasks to be completed over the next couple of days.

Project - ICE TRAP

Our project work this half term will be looking at Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Transatlantic Expedition of 1914 to 1917. Please can you have a read through the following documents (some are duplicated for those of you unable to open Powerpoint) as a bit of background research before completing the reading comprehension task.

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