The children have done really well at returning to school this term and I have been impressed by their attitudes towards their learning.
Going into the half term break, I would like to wish you all a restful week.
If you have been wondering what activities you could focus on with your child outside of school, may I suggest using any time that you have to focus on times tables, reading and spelling practice using Spelling Shed.
Below, you will find a times table grid that your child can practise completing. If they are struggling with any times table facts, encourage the use of counting on to help them. There is also a link to Hit The Button a few posts below that is the game that we use in class.
With reading, a few minutes each day really does help. Take time to discuss vocabulary, characters' actions and feelings along with summarising the main plot points whenever possible.
Spelling Shed is a great way of practising their spellings and I would love to see it being used more by Barn Owls children. It will be available during half term and, if you haven't already, this may be a good opportunity to familiarise yourselves with it.
As part of Anti-Bullying Week, the children have watched an online assembly and completed some activities about people they can speak to if they ever feel as if they are being bullied. They have also explored different forms of bullying and how they can get help if this ever happens to them.
Please feel free to watch the assembly together at home and discuss any of the issues further.
Please find below a link to a times table game called Hit The Button. The children have started playing it in school but any extra practice that they can do would be hugely beneficial.
Dear Parents and Carers,
We wanted to take this opportunity to welcome both the children and yourselves back to school. Myself (Mr Phillips), Mrs. Cousins and all of Barn Owls have had a great first full week back and have settled in really quickly – thank you for all of your support at home with this. We hope the children will enjoy their learning this term and we have a good number of interesting topics to fit in before Christmas.
Maths: Please see the attached termly overview PDF.
Literacy: Our starting writing topic is ‘Robots’. Within this, we will use a range of media starting with a short film entitled Girl and Robot (please see below) and moving onto the classic text, ‘The Iron Man’.
Spellings: Spellings will be issued on a Monday and the children will be tested on the following Monday. We will continue using an online approach to our spellings with a school subscription to Spelling Shed. A PDF is attached with instructions for how to log-in.
The children’s log-in details are stuck in their Home-Link Contact Books and we would like them to complete five minutes practice every day on a tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Their weekly spellings will also be listed in the same book and children will write their test scores there too. Printed out practice sheets are available for children who do not have access to the internet.
Science: In Science, we are studying Animals including Humans. Within this topic, we look at skeletal and muscular structures, food chains, nutrition and the digestive system.
Geography: During our Geography sessions, we will be studying mountains. This topic will include locating prominent mountains in the U.K and around the world, the main features of mountains and how they are formed.
History: October is Black History Month. We are taking a look at celebrated black people throughout history including Mary Seacole, Dr. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks.
P.E: This will take place on a Tuesday. Children are welcome to come to school in their P.E kits on this day.
As always, if you have anything that you would like to discuss, please make contact via the school office by email or phone. For daily messages e.g regarding home time arrangements, please write them in the Home-Link Contact Book.
Take care and all the best,
Mr Phillips and Mrs Cousins
Wednesday 3rd June
Hi Barn Owls, I hope you are all ok and have been enjoying this beautiful sunshine. I think it might be due to change today but my plants will be glad of some rain if we get some. Here's your next lot of activities to try. I always enjoy seeing photos of what you've been up to, so please send some in to the school office and they will send them on to me. This is a photo of Sandie looking very pleased with herself after she had been waddling round in the mud at the weekend!
Word Classes are the different groups of words that we use each time we speak or write. They include verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs and more. The activity below asks you to find different types of word class. If you are unsure about their meaning then use the helper mat and the links provided to revise your understanding.
There are 3 levels so please choose the one that you are most comfortable with.
Monday June 1st
Hello Barn Owls and welcome back to the last summer term. I hope that you have all had a good half term and been able to enjoy the lovely weather. I have been on some lovely walks, but had to go quite early so Sandie didn't get too hot.
Below are the activities for you to have a go at if you are able to. Don't forget to just do what you can and not to worry if you aren't able to complete it all. As always I would love to see photos of what you have been up to-work and fun!
Keep up the good work on Spelling Shed and Timestables Rockstars.
See if you can spot Sandie in this photo-she was finding the muddiest place she could while we were on our walk today!
Try one, some or all of the activities relating to the picture above.
This week, I thought you might like to try a new reading activity. Bookopoly is a board game where you move a counter around a board and land on different reading activities (which are similar to your reading journal activities) that you can complete based on the book you are currently reading.
You can play however you like but I would recommend playing the game over a number of days and complete at least 10 minutes worth of reading before you do so; then, you can also tick off another step on your reading challenge journey around the world. You can play this independently or with brothers, sisters or other family members by printing out the board, questions and Chance cards.
Alternatively, you can play along with the Class Page game. Below you will see pictures of the Bookopoly board with a virtual counter. Today, I started our game on 'Go' and we rolled a '2' and have landed on 'Setting Square'. You can either roll a die of your own to choose the activity from the list or just choose whichever you would like to complete.
Friday 22nd May
Hello Barn Owls and welcome to the last day of term. That means that there won't be any work on here next week. You all deserve a rest after all the hard work that you have been doing this term. A special congratulations to everyone who has been working hard on their spellings this week-when I last looked, we were first on the leaderboard, with Harry having the highest score in the school! We also have Callum, Evie and Oli in the top 10 with Harley following close behind in the top 20. There should be a lot of top marks in your spelling test this week.Great work .
Sandie and I wish you all a great half term holiday.
Don't forget to complete the weekly maths Challenge. Each challenge question gets a bit more difficult, so see how many you and your family can do together!
Challenges 1 - 4 are suitable for year 4.
By today, some of you might be writing your own wishing tale which I am looking forward to reading. Don't worry if you haven't got that far.
Look at the Ancient Greece Pottery pdf and then use some of the supporting templates, plans and photos to help if you wish. If you do not have access to a flower pot, then you could make a 2D version using cardboard or paper - the photos below show some examples.
This doesn't relate to our new topic but it is quite fun! I found that it was less effective when the food colouring was watered down but still worked.
Wednesday 20th May
Good morning Barn Owls, I hope you are all enjoying the return of the lovely warm weather. I am having to remeber to water the flowers that I planted and I now have some pea, tomato and courgette plants which are growing nicely too. So far Sandie hasn't tried to eat any of them! Well done to everyone who has been on Spelling Shed already this week-we are now 2nd on the leader board which is fantastic!
How are you getting on with your shadow puppet theatres? I'm looking forward to seeing photos of what you have been able to do.
Monday 18th May
Good morning Barn Owls and welcome to Monday. I hope you have all had a good weekend. I have been looking after the moths, although one has died, we still have 2 left and one coccoon still to hatch. There are definitely eggs ready for the net batch of caterpillars as well. The eggs are really hard to photograph so you'll have to take my word for it! I will try and take some photos when I've collected them all and put them in a different container. The moths move around alot once it gets dark and Sandie hasn't been too sure what to make of them! She definitely prefers the sunshine.
Remember to keep up your spelling practice on Spelling Shed. At the moment Barn Owls are third in the school and our top ten spellers are Callum and Harry. Oli and Mia are following closely behind in the top 20. Can we get anymore Barn Owls in the top 20 this week?
If you wish to do more, complete the pdf for your wordlist below. Remember, we will remind you to ask someone to give you a spelling test on these words on Friday!
This week, your reading, writing and grammar work is all included in the document below. You can spread the work out over the rest of the week in whichever way works for you. Your science project is also something that you can work on during the week, so you can work out how best to fit the work in. The work on The King of the Fishes could be split in the following way:
Monday and Tuesday:
Pages 3-9. Reading and comprehension
Pages 10-13 Grammar
Thursday and Friday:
Page 14 to the end. Planning and writing your story.
This is only a suggestion so please don't worry if you don't get it all done.
Children's author and illustrator Rob Biddulph is attempting to break the world record for the largest online art lesson,supported by HarperCollins and global talent investor Entrepreneur First.
The challenge will see Biddulph teach participants to draw a blue whale, via his YouTube channel. To successfully break the world record, 10,000 unique users will need to join the lesson for half an hour.
The challenge was inspired by Biddulph's lockdown drawing video series #DrawWithRob, which has attracted over three million households.
Watch the clip below which explains his plan and the need to register.
Friday 15th May
Good morning Barn Owls. I hope you have all had a good week. I have enjoyed looking at all the pictures that you have been sending in of some fabulous work and the fun things that you are doing with your families, thank you.
Please find below a PDF showing you some examples of a type of poem called a clerihew. There are examples of clerihew poems based on superheroes. Try to write your own superhero clerihew poem or poems or, if you don't want to write about superheroes, why not try sports people or singers that you like.
Wednesday 13th May
Hello Barn Owls, here is your learning for the next 2 days. Please remember that you are not expected to do everything that is put up unless you and your grown ups are able to. You are all doing a great job of staying safe which is the most important thing.
I do love seeing the pictures of any work that you have been able to do but I also really enjoy seeing all the other things that you are getting to do with your time, although the delicious food photos do tend to make me a bit hungry! Sandie is always very interested in the food photos!
Monday 11th May
Good morning Barn Owls and welcome to another week of home learning. My excitement of the weekend was that two of the caterpillar cocoons have finally hatched!! There are now 2 very large moths in my kitchen. The photos aren't the best but I hope you can see how impressive they are.
Sandie isn't very impressed with the moths, she's far more interested in finding muddy water to walk in!!
Below are Monday and Tuesday's writing activities. Either choose one, some or all of the activities and have a go at completing them.
Friday 8th May
Hello Barn Owls, I can't quite believe that we have come to the end of another week! I hope you all enjoy the Bank Hoiday Weekend and if you celebrate VE Day it would be great to hear about what you did.
As today is a Bank Holiday, all your work is either related to VE Day or "fun" activities that you could try. Don't worry if you don't do any of these as today is not a school day - enjoy yourself with your family!
Your 'Draw-With-Rob' this week can be entered into a competition - why not have a go?
Wednesday 6th May
Hello Barn Owls and welcome to Wednesday. Here is your work for the next 2 days. Keep sending your photos of any work that you do as well as any other activities that you are doing. I really enjoy seeing so many photos of you smiling and having fun at home or on your walks.
Good morning Barn Owls, I hope you have all had a great weekend. I have been on muddy dog walks with Sandie but managed not to get wet. Sandie however got very wet because she decided to go for a swim in the river! I have also planted some seeds which I am hoping will grow into some lovely flowers which will attract bees.
As Friday 8th May is the 75th anniversary of VE Day, today's reading is on that topic. Find out why it is an important date in British History. This week, I will include at least one VE Day activity every time I put up work.
Complete either the 1, 2 or 3 star reading and questions. (By now, I'm sure you know which star is right for you - 1 is the easiest and 3 is the most challenging.)
Challenge 1 - see below
Challenge 2 - 47p
Challenge 3 - 11 cards
Challenge 4 - 2 jugs and 6 buckets, 6 jugs and 3 buckets, or 10 jugs
Challenge 5 - 120 degrees
Challenge 6 - Circle = 32, Triangle = 38 and Pentagon = 25
Challenge 7 - 5, 10, 5 (multiple other answers though)
Friday 1st May
Welocme to Friday and welcome to the month of May Barn Owls. This week I have loved looking at all the photos that you have been sending in. I really enjoy seeing what you have been up to and especially like seeing all your smiley faces. Sandie loves seeing you all too. Although in this photo, she looks more interested in the grass!!
Use the weblink below to create your self-portrait. Maybe you could add your friends around you drawing them in the same 'Draw with Rob' style.
This activity doesn't relate to any of our topics but Mr Phillips had a go at it this week with his son and daughter and found it quite fun. The alka-seltzer mentioned in the video can be replaced with any sort of effervescent tablets - we used the dissolvable Vitamin C tablets.
Wednesday 29th April
Good morning Barn Owls, I hope you are all ok and not to disappointed by the change in the weather. I'm going to have to get my raincoat, waterproof trousers and wellies out for Sandie's walks, but it will still be good to be get outside and enjoy the fresh air.
The Book of Hopes
Please find below a link to 'The Book of Hopes'. This is a completely free book for all children and families and includes short stories, poems, essays and pictures. It has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon, Jacqueline Wilson – and Katherine herself.
The collection, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals.
Challenge 1 - star = 10, heart = 17, triangle = 0
Challenge 2 - A pencil costs 8p
Challenge 3 - Amir’s number is 538, Donna’s number is 853
Challenge 4 - Perimeter = 64 cm
Challenge 5 - The length is 480 cm
Challenge 6 - The height of the last tower is 23.9 cm
Challenge 7 - The fraction shaded is ⅝
Monday 27th April
Hello Barn Owls and welcome back. I hope you have all had a great weekend and got to enjoy the sunshine. Sandie and I went for 2 lovely walks over the weekend. On one walk we had to very carefully walk through a herd of cows which were blocking the path!!
Please find below Monday's Literacy activities. Choose one, some or all of the activities to complete.
Well done on another week of great learning Barn Owls. The certificate is for you and everyone who has helped you with your work and sent in all the great photos of you hard at work and of you having fun in the sun, out on your daily walks and spending time with your family. I really enjoy seeing what you are all doing.
Sandie has been playing with her ball in the garden. The only problem is, when she gets the ball, she won't give it back!!
Puffin Books Podcast
Below is a link to the Puffin Books podcast episode "Under The Sea". It contains lots of facts about sea creatures and can be quite funny at times (and very silly too).
Today is spelling test day. I can see that some of you have been practicing on Spelling Shed, well done. lLet me know how you get on with your test today.
Wednesday 22nd April.
Hello Barn Owls, here is your work for the next 2 days. Have a go at whatever you can and I look forward to seeing what you've been up to.
Monday 20th April
Hello there Barn Owls! Welcome back after your Easter break. I hope you all got to enjoy the weather and maybe a few Easter Eggs! Thank you again for all the fantastic pictures that you sent in before the holidays. It really is great to hear from you and see what you are getting up to. The pictures don't all have to be about the work you have been able to do-I am really enjoying seeing all the fun things that you have time to do with the people at home. Remember that the work set on here is for you to have a go at if you are able and if people at home are able to help you. Things that you can do on your own such as the Spelling Shed and Times Tables Rock Stars games plus some reading everyday are all great activities to keep your brain working.
Sandie has definitely been enjoying the lovely weather and we have been on some great walks, exploring lots of places near us that we haven't had the time to explore before. Sandie has also enjoyed lots of time lying in the sun although she hasn't quite worked out what the blanket is for!!
Literacy Task - The Magic Tree
Below is a PDF with the a number of activities linked to the picture entitled 'The Magic Tree'. Please complete either one, some or all of the related tasks.
Keep using the games in Spelling Shed to help you practise your new lists of words. If you wish to do more, complete the pdf for your wordlist below.
ICT - Scratch Coding
I thought it would be good to complete some coding as most of us are online at the moment. To do this, you will need to register and this requires an email address so you must make sure you complete this step with an adult who is happy to provide their email.
Each week, I will choose one of the tutorials from the 'Ideas' section and post some instructions to go along with it (these are available on the Scratch website itself when you click on the tutorial itself). Feel free to explore Scratch at your own pace.
Friday 3rd April
The last day of learning for a couple of weeks. You all deserve a rest, although I will miss hearing from you and seeing all the lovely things that you have been doing. I am keeping an eye on the leaderboards for the Spelling Shed and Times Tables Rock Stars, so keep going with those if you need something to do. Sandie has been a little bit lazy over the last two days-she's got far too used to us being at home more! Have a great Easter everyone .
Today is test day! Find someone to test you and, if you like, send your scores into me via the school office.
Wednesday 1st April.
Good morning Barn Owls,I hope you are all ok. Below is some more work for you to have a go at but please do not worry if you are finding it tricky to do some of it. The activities are there for you to do if you are able to do them and if your parents/carers are able to help you. The activities on the Spelling Shed and Times Tables Rock Stars are great fun and are activities that you could do by yourselves. Also keep up your reading and do some fun art activities as well. I would love to see more pictures of other things that you have been up to with your family. Sandie is a bit tired today because she went on a massive walk yesterday!
Writing Task - Treasure
First, watch the short film below and then have a look at the PDF document below for your writing task.
Find the section for the reading sheet you have chosen.
Arctic and Antarctic with David Attenborough:
If you have more time, you could make a table to compare the Arctic and Antarctic, looking at features such as: coldest recorded temperature, temperature in the summer, temperature in the winter, animals that live there, number of daylight hours, etc.
Try them with other members of your family. Do you share the same opinions?
If you have more time, you could draw a night-time jungle scene featuring the different animals on the sheet. Label/explain the special adaptations of each creature – e.g. the western tarsier’s huge eyes, the binturong’s prehensile tail etc.
Research other nocturnal animals that live closer to home. Have they spotted any nocturnal animals living in the world around them? How have they adapted to life at night?
Monday 30th March
Good morning Barn Owls. I hope you have had a good weekend. Sandie and I have been enjoying our daily walk and Sandie had a shower yesterday which she wasn't quite as happy about! Below is you work for the next couple of days. Remember just to do what you can, I'm not expecting you to do everything.
This competition closes on the 24th April 2020. For more information or to register and upload entries use this link:
It wouldn't be Friday without a celebration of how fabulous you all are, so this week I would like to give a certificate to everyone who has sent work in for me to have a look at, to everyone at home who is having a go at the learning that has been set and to your parents and carers who are helping you with your learning at home. Great work everyone
Friday 27th March
Hello Barn Owls and welcome to Friday's activities!
A few points:
Rob Biddulph, an author-illustrator, is posting draw - a- long videos every Tuesday and Thursday. Using the weblink below, scroll down the page and watch video clip 1: Gregosaurus. Then, draw your own version/s of a Gregosaurus. You could also try some of Draw-with-Rob's other videos. I look forward to seeing your drawings.