The expectation is that children will complete a minimum of 3 pieces of homework to bring into school by the end of each half term. They can be given to me at any time during this half term and the children will be able to share their work with the class. The worksheets are for parents to download or paper copies are available upon request. The suggestions that I put in the document box do not have to be followed, they are just ideas you can use or adapt. If you have any questions about the homework, please feel free to ask. Mrs McCulloch :-)
Grebes Class Parent Newsletter
Autumn Term:1 2020
Our Topics this Term:
All Living Things
Welcome to the Autumn Term! Grebes have settled back to school very well and have been busy with assessments and creating Tudor style self-portraits this week. Please feel free to chat to me about any concerns or queries you may have. Mrs McCulloch
Our Learning This Half Term:
We will be focusing on place value - looking at the value of each digit in a number. This involves being able to partition numbers into millions, ten thousands, thousands, hundreds, tens and ones, looking at decimal numbers and their value, ordering, rounding and multiplying and dividing by 10,100 and 1000. Mrs Derrett will be teaching statistics.
Our English lessons this term will begin with studying Treason, by Berlie Doherty. It is a historical novel set in Tudor times, which links with our History topic. We will be writing in character, writing diaries and also reports about Tudor life. Spellings will be set following our assessment and given out by Mrs Derrett every Thursday and tested the following week.
This term our topic is Animals Including Humans, which will include looking at changes in humans from birth to old age, learning about the circulatory system and the functions of the heart and blood vessels.
On-going Learning For The Term:
Key dates and routines to remember:
Useful Ways to Share Learning at Home:
Writing Stimulus - our letter as an example
1st July 2020 My letter of advice
I am so sorry to hear that you are having a difficult time at home during this painful lock down. I am sorry that Luke is also finding it hard. We are also finding lock down hard, there are days when I don't know what to do. Sometimes I feel like I could strangle Amy (not that I actually would) but it can be hard to calm her down.
I find going for a walk cheers us up, even when Amy is really grumpy and does not want to go.
I hope this helps and that you feel better soon,
Worship at Home – our school together-apart!
As a Church school we have been given some guidance and ideas from the diocese about collective worship activities for you to use at home as a family – the focus for this week is 'Candles’ which is a message about what significance lighting a candle at home or school means and how this relates to Jesus - please look at: https://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/education/christian-distinctiveness/collective-worship/covid-19-resources/school-at-home-worship-resources
For those of you who are running out of books to read, use the following link for free to access to some online reading books.
Reading Comprehension - Year 6
If you have followed The Oaks and already done these lessons, you can use their lessons set for this week instead.
LO: To be able to describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences
Remember: We classify things into groups and categories to help us stay organised, keep track of things and be able to compare different things. For example, similar foods are grouped together on supermarket shelves to make it easier for customers to find them. Different brands of jam sit on the same shelf so you can compare one to another and decide which you prefer. Scientists classify living things to help explain their relationships to each other and to be able to learn things about newly discovered organisms by noting their similarities to known organisms.
To remind yourself about different animal groups and how they are classified, do activity 1. If you are anything like me, you might have forgotten the common features of a mammal, so look it up if you are not sure.
Next I would like you to create your own classification charts of vertebrates and invertebrates. The power point will remind you of what they are.
Your chart could be in the form of a venn diagram, a flow chart, classification key or a table with 2 columns. You must label what vertebrates and invertebrates are, write headings and then either can write the names of the animal or draw them.
Worship at Home – our school together-apart!
As a Church school we have been given some guidance and ideas from the diocese about collective worship activities for you to use at home as a family – the focus for this week is 'We’re all in the same boat’ an important message about acknowledging that we are all finding difficulties in dealing with the current situation –the activities look at ways we can feel ‘together’ at: https://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/education/christian-distinctiveness/collective-worship/covid-19-resources/school-at-home-worship-resources
Worship at Home – our school together-apart!
As a Church school we have been given some guidance and ideas from the diocese about collective worship activities for you to use at home as a family – the focus for this week is 'Give Your Worries To God’ -please look at the 'Give Your Worries To God' activity and powerpoint slides at https://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/education/christian-distinctiveness/collective-worship/covid-19-resources
The link for our virtual Science trip:
Thank you for booking a VirtualSchoolTrip to see our Stronger by Design show.
This access is valid for one week, and will end at 11:59 pm on Sunday.
We hope you enjoy your trip!
The Team at Cambridge Science Centre
For our Year 6s – From Mrs McCulloch, Mrs Derrett, Mrs Hazleton, Mrs Baker and Miss Andrews
SAT’s week has arrived, though it’s not quite the same,
The tests that were printed this year never came,
The displays are still up; walls full of SPAG rules,
But Year 6 is very different, right now in schools.
For some of you; happiness, lots of relief,
For others, a sigh of pure disbelief,
That you worked so hard in advance of this week,
Expected and greater depth marks you did seek.
Place value, fractions, maths meeting drills,
Inference, retrieval, quiz taking skills,
Past tense, 3rd person, and all the SPAG terms,
Across the subjects of many you’ve learned.
Don’t worry, though the SATs won’t happen this term,
Remember tests don’t measure all you have learned,
Primary subjects are varied; you’ve always tried your best,
And many of those skills you have gained can’t be defined by a test.
So here at Tattingstone, you’ve made us so proud,
We sit here with pride and we shout this out loud….
“Year 6, you amaze us, you’ve come incredibly far…..
And we don’t need a test to see how amazing you are!”
I know some of you said that you couldn't see all the words on the PDF. That is because I had to upload it as a PDF instead of a power point. The file is too big for me to upload so here is the link
If you click on that link you will be able to download it your self.
This is work that you should be able to do independently. If you find the year 6 work too tricky, go to year 5. If the year 5 work is too tricky, then go to year 4.
Grebes’ Homework - Week Beginning 30.3.20
Hello Grebes! I hope you are all well and coped with your first week at home. Unfortunately, Bingley has struggled over the past few days; he wants to go back to work!
As for me, I carved my own wand this week! We’ve had a Harry Potter theme for our home learning but I’m hoping the HP fans in Grebes can spot which wand I based my design on?
I hope you have all been following Joe Wicks' workout in the mornings. We have and it is a good boost of energy to start the day with, although I must admit, I have been aching all over. Make sure you are getting some sort of exercise and I don't mean just exercising your thumbs playing games all day and night!
Maths Work for Year 6 - Calculating Scale Factors
If you go to the White Rose website (follow link below)
You can follow the lessons set for this week. There is a video you can follow and pause to answer the questions they give you and then there is work for you to do. You can also check your work by clicking on the answers. Later in the week there is a lesson about measuring angles. Now I'm guessing most of you haven't got protractors at home, but you could download a picture of one and trace over it using baking paper if you wanted to. Or miss that bit out and go onto calculating angles.
Maths Work for Year 5 - Decimals and percentages
Go onto the White Rose website using the link below:
You can follow the lessons set for this week. There are videos you can watch each day and pause to answer the questions they give you, then there is follow up work for you to do. You can then check your work by clicking on the answers.
English - SPAG
There is a mystery exercise to do - the answers are at the end of the document. Remember, if you can't remember what the grammatical term means, look it up on google for an explanation.
History - King Harold and The Battle of Hastings
Look at the power point attached and also the links to Newsround and Horrible Histories. You can also do your own further research. Then choose one or more of the tasks to complete below.
Create a comic strip about the return of the Vikings, Harold coming to the throne and the Battle of Hastings.
Write a newspaper report about the Battle of Hastings - include eye witness accounts (remember to use inverted commas and new line for new speaker).
Write a diary extract as King Harold, detailing your inner thoughts about the upcoming battle.
Write your own research report about the Battle of Hastings.
Newsround report on the Battle of Hastings
Horrible Histories clip
Draw part of the Bayeux Tapestry, or (if you have materials) you could try sewing part of the tapestry to create your own embroidery piece.
Science - To be able to recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.
Think of the context as a new ride at Thorpe Park. The ‘load’ could be the people inside a pod.
Set up a basic lever: place a hexagonal shaped pencil on the table and lay a ruler across it. Try to add masses on one end and then see how much force they need to push down on the other end to make the ruler horizontal. See picture below:
Pattern-seeking – How much force is required at when the fulcrum is in different place to lift a mass at the other end?
Label one end of the ruler with ‘L’ (load). Label the other end with a ‘F’ post-it for ‘force’. Place a rubber at the ‘L’ end. Place the fulcrum (pencil) under the middle of the rule. Add masses to the ‘F’ end of the ruler. Think about how much force (push) is required to lift the load to a horizontal position.
Then then try moving the fulcrum (pencil underneath) to a different to find out what affect this has on the amount of force required to lift the load to a horizontal position.
You could then try this out in the garden by using different materials you may have lying around, like a wooden plank and a brick for the fulcrum. You could use a teddy as your load and see what mass (number of stones?) it takes to lever the plank to horizontal position, or even to fire it to the end of the garden? Think about the angle it would follow though, you don't want to lose your teddy in next door's garden! Move your fulcrum - what affect does this have?
Just to remind all of you that you must not go into each other's TT Rockstars accounts. Respect each other please.
Isolation Wk 1: Grebes’ Tasks
Hello lovely Grebes children and parents! I hope you are all keeping safe and well at home. It was lovely to sit outside in the garden this afternoon, in the sunshine. It gave me a much needed boost of vitamin D. I was also chuffed to beat Amelie in a game of table tennis too! Bingley is unfortunately not self-isolating enough. He was particularly whiffy last night but look at his adorable face; how can I isolate him from the lounge?
Work for you to tackle this week:
Year 5 Maths – remember that 3 decimal places means 3 digits after the decimal point so: 4.678
These are the 3 decimal places.
English – Keep reading!
Reading comprehension – don’t moan! I know who you are!!
Eg. The witches’ hats were crooked.
If the plural noun doesn’t end in s, then add ‘s.
Eg. The children’s socks were decidedly whiffy in Grebes Class.
History – Research and then create a power point about crime and punishment in Anglo-Saxon and Viking times (hold onto your fingers and toes). Compare their punishments with the punishments given today in the UK.
There are lots of clips of Horrible Histories (Vikings) on You Tube; I couldn’t find any specific to punishments, but they are full of facts and funny to watch.
Science – There are a number of activities I will put up, which you can choose depending on what materials you have at home.
Learning Objective: To be able to recognise that some mechanisms, including pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.
The context could be pulleys on a crane.
Discuss when they have seen pulleys. Pictures can be found on the following website:
Establish with your child that pulleys allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.
Challenge your child to find out how much mass must be placed in the top cup to make the one at the bottom lift off the ground. They can begin with no pulley by simply placing the string over the wooden pole. They can then try one and then two pulleys.
You can record in a table the amount of mass added to make the tub lift next to the number of pulleys.
Context – discuss the gears that can be found on bikes. Have a look at your own bike.
You could have a go at making these gears from stiff cardboard. You would need to be accurate when cutting out the teeth. Then pin through the centre onto a base board.
1. Put one axle in each of the small gears.
2. Find or make a mark on one tooth on each gear.
3. Use the stickers to label one gear as the driver, ‘D’, and one as the follower, ‘F’. The driver will move the follower.
4. Put these two gears on a base board with the marked teeth touching.
5. Turn the driver one complete time around in a clockwise direction. Watch the follower as you do. Record how many times the follower turns and in what direction.
6. Now put another gear between the driver and the follower as in the second picture above. Turn the driver as in step 5 and record what happens to the follower.
Repeat this procedure with two gears between the driver and follower.
Explore – How can you change the direction of turn and the speed of the gears?
This Lego website above shows how to build a range of gear combinations. You could try to re-create some of these. There are some downloadable worksheets but they look quite challenging.
So, enjoy your week as much as you can, don't forget to also go on Doodle Maths and Times Tables Rockstars. Lastly, do as you are told and behave! From, Mrs McCulloch.
P.S I can't believe I am missing you lot!
The expectation is that children will complete a minimum of 3 pieces to bring into school by the end of each half term. Worksheets will be put on class pages of the website for parents to download or paper copies available upon request.
In addition, please see ‘My Activity Passport’ on our school website with ideas about additional activities you and your family can take part in over the term.
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From April 2018, there will be a whole school newsletter sent out on a monthly basis. Each class will contribute to this newsletter. It can be found in "whole school newsletters".
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SPELLINGS to be tested WEDNESDAY April 12
Children know their group but may take additional test if they wish.
Spellings- Every WEDNESDAY
Homework must be in by Wednesday each week
Children must be reading a minimum of 20 minutes, at least 5 days/week.