Friday, 28 January 2011

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 28.1.11

This week we have been learning about:

In Literacy: Poetry-Looking at examples of onomatopoeia and calligrams.  (Onomatopoeia is when the sound of aword is similar to the sound of the thing it describes .e.g. whoosh, crash, slurp)

In Numeracy- Ordering and comparing decimal numbers. Looking at what value each digit has in a number such as 3.25 or 4.18. We related to pounds and pence to aid understanding.
Identifying Human and Physical features within Chepstow.Sketching a map of the town centre, using a key to label on different buildings/locations.

Researching for group presentations about different planets in our Solar System, using books, posters and the internet.  

How to support your child at home:

Literacy-try and find different examples of onomatopoeia around the home, the kitchen and bathroom are good places to start. E.g flush, whoosh, drip.

Try writing differentwords in the style that reflects that particular word.(Calligrams) E.g. spooky, growth, push, pull, thin.


Numeracy- Try writing down five different numbers (witha decimal and two numbers after it, e.g. 6.75) and ordering them from smallest to largest. Some children went on further to matching decimal numbers to the equivalent fraction and percentage, so ¼ matching 0.25 and 25% and ¾ matching 0.75 and 75%.



Discovery- Have a look at any maps/atlases you may have at home, in particular look at the key and what symbols are used to represent things on a map. Copy some of these and bring them in for next Wednesday.


*Some children have written down some words to learn to spell in their reading diaries, please can you help them learn them. Many Thanks*



Thursday, 27 January 2011

Year 4 Home Learning W/E 28/1/11

This week we have been learning about:

Numeracy – Line Symmetry in 2D shapes.
Literacy – Poetic techniques.
Science – Why the sun appears to move in the sky and how shadows are formed.
Discovery – Places of significance in the life of Jesus.

How to support your child at home:

Use a ruler to draw a selection of polygons.
Which polygons have line symmetry?
Group the polygons according to the number of lines of symmetry they have.
Draw some colourful symmetrical patterns; make sure that the colours are symmetrical.

The following website may be useful in reviewing polygons and line symmetry:
The following website has some symmetry games:

Look in books or on the internet for examples of assonance, personification and onomatopoeia in poetry.
Write some examples of your own to show these techniques.

Investigate how shadows are created.
Use a torch to cast a shadow of an object.  Sketch the object and the shape of the shadow. 

Recall the places of Christian Pilgrimage that we discussed this week (e.g. Bethlehem and Nazareth).
Think about why Christians visit these places today.

Year 1 Home Learning W/E 28/1/11

This week we have been learning about:
Religion: Helping others.
Knowledge & Understanding: Forces of push, pull and gravity.
Welsh: Writing language pattterns.

You can help your child at home by:
Discussing who helps your child at home and in school. What do they do? Discuss how your child helps other people , in what way? Are there any christian and Hindu stories you can read to illustrate helping each other?

Knowledge & Understanding:Drop various size objects to the ground and time how long it takes for them to hit the ground. What do you notice?
Welsh: Practice oral asking for and accepting foods. Language pattern written in previous homework. The children are good at remebering.

Reception Home Learning W/E 28/1/11

We have been learning this week
Numeracy- Using vocabulary shorter than and taller than. Using metre rulers around the school to identify objects shorter or taller than a metre ruler.
Literacy- Writing short sentences using simple words. When we write sentences we have to remember to-
  • Use a capital letter at the beginning
  • Full stop at the end
  • Use short and tall letters
  • Finger spaces between each word
Knowledge and Understanding- To learn that some dry ingredients will mix with water and that when you add more water, the mixture becomes runnier.
How to help your child at home
Numeracy- If you have a tape measure or ruler at home, encourage your child to find things around the home that are taller and shorter than the ruler. Who is the tallest in the house? Who is the shortest? Perhaps encourage your child to order a set of objects according to height.
Literacy- Practise their sounds and blending. It is also important at this stage that they can quickly read and write their tricky words. If you read out a simple sentence, for eg. I like pop. Encourage your child to write this down from memory remembering the four rules of a good sentence. If this is too difficult, you write the sentence down and your child can copy underneath. Always get your child to read the completed sentence. This can then progress to- I like milk.  I like chips. Get them to bring their sentences in to show me.
Knowledge and Understanding- Discuss the change caused by mixing and cooking. Encourage your child to talk about the bossy words (verbs). Mix, sieve, roll.crack, cook, eat etc.

Year 6 Home Learning W/E 28/1/11

This week we have been learning about:
Literacy: Poetic devices
Numeracy: Changing between mixed and improper fractions
                  Recognising the values of numbers after a decimal point
                  Ordering decimals
Equilateral group have gone on to Pythagoras Theorem.
Science: Researching the planets to produce a multimedia presentation

How to support your child at home
Please carry out handwriting activity.
Please learn the following spellings for a test on Monday:
  • avoidance
  • monstrous
  • mathematics
  • conqueror
  • conspirator
  • assessor
  • counselled
  • dishevelled
  • jewellery
  • quarrelled
We will be learning about balanced arguments next week. The following website is a good introduction:

Numeracy: You can use Primary resources website activity: mixed numbers and improper fractions PPT.
Look at the prices in a catalogue. Discuss the values of each digit. Explain how tens are a tenth of a hundred and pennies are a hundredth. Have a go at ordering prices from smallest to largest and vice versa.
Science: Your child can practise placing hyperlinks and sound files on PowerPoint at home.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Year 2 Home Learning W/E 28/1/11

This week we have been learning about:


-       completing maths makes sense activities in adding, taking away, measuring and recording information.

Knowledge and understanding

-       using our sense to imagine what it might have been like in during the Great Fire of London.

-       looking at different objects and what they are made from. 


How to support your child at home:


I will be sending home a Maths Makes Sense game for you to play at home together on Friday.

Next week we will be working on learning our three times table – you can have a go at this and all the others we have been learning at


Discuss with your child what it might have been like during the Great Fire of London. Discuss what you might have smelled, seen, heard, tasted and felt.  Think of different adjectives to describe the different senses.  For example – The night air was thick with black, choking smoke.  


Following on from learning about materials and their properties have a look around your home and record how many different materials are used.  Make a tally chart to record this information and find out which is the most commonly used material in your home.  If possible you could help your child record this information on a bar chart.  I wonder which material is used the most!!

Year 3 Home Learning W/E 28/1/11

This week we have been learning:

Numeracy- to use known facts to solve money problems, revising doubling two digit numbers.

Discovery (Art)- to select a favourite local landscape and plan how to record it.

Discovery (Science)- to understand that the sun creates shadows when blocked by objects and that we can use the sun to help us tell the time.

At Home you can help by:

Numeracy- Whilst shoppping, count money to match amounts to items in the shop and work out how much change you should get. Can your child buy 2 drinks at 32p each? Knowing that 32p + 32p = 64p
: double 30p = 60p,  double 2p = 4p: 60p + 4p = 64p.  If possible it is really important to give your child these opportunities to solve real life situations as it has so much more meaning to them.

Discovery (Art)- Discuss with your child some of the favourite places they may have visited that they like, what makes it a special place? how could you record the special place using the medium of art to share it with others around them? encourage your child to think about techniques and effects that can help produce your final product.

Discovery (Science)- on a sunny day, help your child to understand how the earth moves during the day and allows the sun to rise and set. Get your child to record the position of the sun in the morning, lunchtime and evening. Do you have a sundial discuss how it acts as a clock powered by the sun.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 21/1/11

This week we have been learning about:

In Literacy: Building and developing a line of poetry- starting with a basic line and editing it to improve.
Starting to write their own poem about a classroom after school. Using similes, alliteration and personification.

In Numeracy- Calculator skills. (Using the four basic operations)
Dividing numbers by 4 and 8 by halving and halving again.
So 96/4= (96/2) 48, then 48/2=24.  

Discovery-(R.E) Finding out about the life of Desmond Tutu and how he cared for/helped others.

(Science) Explaining the daily and annual positional movements of the Sun, Earth and Moon.
Investigating the layers that make up the Earth and its crust.

How to support your child at home:

Numeracy- Choose any even numbers, either two or three digit. Divide by 4 by halving and halving again. Investigate how many times you would need to keep halving a number to find out its division by 8 or 16.
Have a go at :
Discovery- Find out about any other famous people who have devoted their lives to helping others, perhaps Nelson Mandela or Sister Frances. What qualities do these people have in common?
Discuss how long it takes for the Earth to spin on its axis, around the sun etc. Have a look at:
Find out some facts about the Earths layers, for example what are they made up of? What temperature are they? 
*Year 5 will not be starting swimming this term as stated in the school calendar, as the pool at Monmouth Leisure Centre is closing for refurbishment. We do not know yet when this is due to re-open. *

Year 4 Home Learning W/E 21/1/11

This week we have been learning about:

Numeracy – Measuring capacity in millilitres, litres and pints and measuring area in cm²
Literacy – Poetry
Discovery - Chepstow

How to support your child at home:

Numeracy: Estimate the capacities of a number of containers.  Measure the capacities to see how close your estimates were.Draw some rectangles of different sizes and estimate their areas.  Measure the sides and calculate the areas in cm².The following website may be useful:

Literacy:Find some poems in books or on the internet.  Look for the features that we have discussed this week:
Powerful verbs

Discovery: Research Chepstow using maps and noting the human (man-made) and physical (natural) features of the area.  Can you find out the population of Chepstow? How has Chepstow changed over time?

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Year 6 Home Learning W/E 21/1/11

This week we have been learning about:
Numeracy - Partitioning and standard method of multiplication. Those in Equilateral Group also looked at the area of triangles and compound shapes.
Literacy - Personification
Science - the orbits of Earth and the moon
R.E - rules and why we need them

How to support your child at home:
Numeracy: Practice splitting up numbers into units, tens & 100's. For example 159 x 6 = 6 x 9 = 54, 6 x 50 = 300 and 6 x 100 = 600. Then add up the numbers. So 54 +300 = 600 = 954
A good website to practice your standard long multiplication is:
and use Long Multiplication (How to) (Rosie Iribas)
Equilaterals Group can also look at the features of circles and find out how to calculate the area

Literacy: Could you please practice these spellings for a test on monday:

  • business
  • cemetry
  • foreign
  • colonel
  • guarantee
  • mathematician
  • poisonous
  • bewildered
  • boisterous
  • attendance
R.E: Find out what the ten commandments are.
Science: research the phases of the moon and how the moon affects the Earth
Personification: look for poems in the library or on the internet for examples of personification poems.

Year 1 Home Learning W/E 21/1/11

This week we have been learning asbout :
Forces in Science and perimeter in Maths.

You can support your child at home :
by sending in a kite with your child to investigate forces in Science ( if you have one already, the children can share if not).
Make a shape with 10cm long sticks. This length of stick is called a decimetre.
Then count how many decimetre sticks have made the shape. This is called finding the perimeter of the shape.

Reception Home Learning W/E 21/1/11

This week we have been learning:
Numeracy: Addition of 2 and 3 numbers. Writing a number story- 7+2+2=11 3+3+2=8, 2+2+2=6 etc. We read the maths story together. For eg. seven add two add two equals eleven.
Literacy: Blending fluently to read new words. Writing from memory tricky words that they might find in their reading book. For eg. for, my, said, you, the, me etc. Discuss who an author and illustrator are.
Knowledge and Understanding: Sorting materials according to their properties. Experimenting with various materials to see if the shape can be changed through squashing, pulling, rolling and bending. 
How to help your child at home:
Numeracy: Encourage your child to do some addition sums as above. Use objects to help complete the sums. Reinforce the signs-equals and addition.
Literacy: Encourage your child to observe the punctuation in their reading books. We have talked about a full stop and an exclamation mark. We are beginning to write short sentences using the sounds we have learnt, together with tricky words.
Knowledge and Understanding: Continue to discuss what various objects are made of. When you are cooking encourage your child to describe what is happening to the potatoes (they will get softer due to the heat). What happens to an egg when it is cooked?

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Year 2 Home Learning W/E 21/1/11

This week we have been learning about:

Maths - measuring accurately using mm from point A to point B.
Knowledge and understanding – sorting man-made materials and naturally occurring materials using the terms translucent, opaque and transparent.
Art – making observational drawings of tudor houses

How to support your child at home:
Maths – draw different length lines on a piece of paper and label the start A and the end B for each line.  With your child use a ruler to measure the length of each line in mm.  Remind your child that A must be lined up with 0mm on the ruler carefully.  Read the length of the line where it stops at B from the ruler and write the length down next to the line, ensuring they write mm after to show the measurement. 
This week we have also been learning our 11 times tables – you can have a go at this and all the others we have been learning at
K&U – think of some different types of materials and discuss if they are man made or if they occur naturally and sort into two groups.  Think about the different materials in each group and what they are made of.  The following website has a fun activity to try
Art – find different pictures of tudor houses and make detailed observational drawings showing the different types of materials used, the patterns shown on the front of the houses and the shapes of the beams.  Use the internet and find out what materials where used to build the houses at the time of the Great Fire of London.
History – find out what you know about the Great Fire of London by completing this quiz – its lots of fun to do.

Year 3 Home Learning W/E 21/1/11

This week we have been learning about:
Maths - Adding near multiples of 10 to 2 digit numbers. eg 21 + 35,  42 + 67
             8 times table
Geography - We have drawn a map of the journey from Trellech to Chepstow.
Art - We have recreated a painting of a local landscape by Pat Yallup
How to support your child at home:
Maths - Practise counting in 10's from different starting points such as 11, 12 , 15 etc
This can be done anywhere; in the car, on a walk.  Then using a hundred square give your child additions with one number being a near multiple of 10 (eg 21,32,41)  Once they are confident doing this, you can extend it by adding three numbers or asking your child to do it without the hundred square. ( They might try adding first the hundreds and then the units, in their head or on paper.)  We have started 8 times table this week. To reinforce this try some games on the internet: (table shooter) or there is a great free app to download onto iphones, ipods etc (explore maths times tables)
Geography - Draw a map of your journey from home to Chepstow. Include any villages, towns you go through , any rivers you cross and a key. Don't forget to bring it in so we can look at it in class and display it on our homework board.
Art - In art next week we will be sketching and painting our favourite local landscapes. Take a photo or make a sketch of your favourite landscape near home and bring it into school. We will then use the photo or sketch to create our own landscape painting in the style of Pat Yallup.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Home Learning W/E 14/1/11 - Read, Write Inc Group Sounds

Mrs Cotton - ew chew the stew, oa goat in a boat
Mrs Davies - oo poo at the zoo, oo look at a book
Mrs Evans - revising previous sounds and writing capital letters correctly
Miss Burrows - oi spoil the boy, oy toy for a boy
Mrs Peacock - shape poetry and calligrams

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 14/1/11

This week we have been learning about:

In Literacy: Studying a poem called 'Last Night, I Saw The City Breathing' by Andrew Fusek Peters.
Identifying similes, alliteration and personification.

In Numeracy- multiplying by 5 and 50, by multiplying by 10 and 100 then halving the numbers.
SO- 57 x 10= 570
570/2 = 250 + 35= 285

Multiplying two digit numbers such as 4 x 46, by using brackets to identify the tens and units
So- 4 x 46=  (4 x 40) + (4 x 6)
160 + 24= 184

Discovery-(R.E) Discussing why we help and care for others- in what ways do we help others? What attributes does a good carer possess?  Developing empathy for others.

(Geography) Identifying Human and Physical features of a place. Human- such as roads, bridges, farms, ports. Physical features- valley, forest, mountain, river, lake.

How to support your child at home:
Literacy- Have a look at any poem/poetry books you may have at home. Can you find any examples of similes, alliteration or personification in them. (The children know what these terms mean!)

Numeracy- Roll a dice to generate a one digit number and then a two digit number, using the bracket method (as described above) to practise multiplying, Perhaps 3 x 54, 4 x 26
Discovery- Try describing the location of Chepstow, using geographical language to describe, such as its position within Wales or Monmouthshire, human features(things that humans have built), physical features(natural features), population and settlements.

Year 1 Home Learning W/B 14/1/11

This week we have been learning about:
 2D shapes and how many sides they have.
Triangle, square, rectangle, pentagon.

How to support your child at home:
1) Draw the shapes and together name the shapes.
2) Ask your child how many sides it has.
3) Measure a side of each shape with a ruler to see how many centimetres it is.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Year 6 Home Learning W/B 14/1/11

This week we have been learning about:
Literacy - similes, metaphor and onomatopoeia
Numeracy - converting measurements of length, weight and capacity
                  solving problems including length, weight and capacity
Geography - Geographical features
How to support your child at home:
Practice writing out sentences using similes, metaphor and onomatopoiea
Look at items of food and discuss their weights. Practice converting the weights.
Estimate the lengths of objects at home and measure them. Practice converting between units of length.
Estimate capacities with a variety of containers and liquid then measure. Practice converting between units of capacity.
Useful website:
Look at paper maps or those on line and discuss the features such as road numbers, hills, etc.

Year 4 Home Learning W/B 14/1/11

This week we've been learning about:

Numeracy – Methods of subtraction
Literacy – Comparing and contrasting poems with the same theme
Discovery: Science – The Earth, Sun and Moon

How to support your child at home:

Numeracy: Practise subtracting 2 digit numbers using the counting on method.  Encourage your child to record each stage of their workings to avoid making mistakes.

The following website has an interactive game to help your child practise subtracting:

Literacy: Have a go at writing your own four-line wind poem that follows an ABAB
rhyming pattern.

Discovery: We have started exploring space in our Science sessions.  So far we have looked
at the Earth, Sun and Moon. Use the internet and books to find information to share with the
class.  The following link may be useful:

Think about some special places that people might visit and consider why they do so.

Year 2 Home Learning W/B 14/01/11

This week in school we have been learning about: 
 Knowledge and Understanding ~  investigating materials and their properties.

                                                ~  learning about the start of the Great Fire of London.

 Maths Makes Sense                 ~  telling the time using; o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to

At home you may wish to help your child by:
Knowledge and Understanding ~ gather together a selection of different objects made with a variety of different materials.  Look at the objects with your children and ask questions relating to the materials the objects are made from. For example can you bend it, stretch it, see through it? Think about why certain objects are made from specific materials, for example why is a window made from glass and not wood?  Why don't we have shoes made from stone?  
Knowledge and Understanding ~ continuing on from last week the children have been discovering more about the Great Fire of London and how it started.  Ask you child what they can remember about the start of the fire and why the fire spread so quickly.  Help them create a simple time line showing when the fire started and the events which happened after the fire.
Maths Makes Sense ~  together continue to reinforce telling the time to o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to.  Encourage your child to place the minute hand and hour hand correctly on the clock face when telling the time.  You could encourage them to tell you the time at different intervals throughout the day using different clocks around your house.  Have a go at this activity together.
We have been revisiting our 2, 5 and 10 times tables this week ~ please help by continuing to reinforce this learning at home.  Thank you.
RWI sounds for this week.
Mrs Cotton - ew chew the stew, oa goat in a boat
Mrs Davies - oo poo at the zoo, oo look at a book
Mrs Evans - revising previous sounds and writing capital letters correctly
Miss Burrows - oi spoil the boy, oy toy for a boy
Mrs Peacock - shape poetry and calligrams


Year 3 Home Learning W/E 14/1/11

This Week in School We Have Been Learning:
Discovery: Science- Earth And Space
To Know that Shadows are formed when objects block light from the sun.
Numeracy: To recognise the use of £ and p notatation. Add and subtract multiples of 10.
Discovery: Design Technology
To identify the main structures and joining techniques to create a mobile.
At home you may wish to help your child by:
Discovery : Science
Create shadows in the daylight, discuss its direction, size etc. what other things can we use to create shadows. 
During the coming weeks we will be looking at the appearance of the curved path of the sun and how the movement of the earth creates this. Any resources your child can share with us in school would be gratefully received.
Numeracy: When shopping add items together the items to find the total or use items off a till receipt, ensuring the correct notation is used. Try to ensure your child places each value in order underneath each other to ensure the correct total is achieved. You may wish to try the following to find totals of money:          
Discovery:  Talk to your child about what a mobile is and what it needs to be able to do, discuss suitable materials and how
we can use techniques to ensure it is strong. During the term we will be producing a mobile based on our theme of earth and space.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Reception Home Learning W/E 14/1/11

This week we have been learning:
Numeracy- Counting in steps of two, addition of 2 and 3 numbers and finding the missing number in a sequence.
Literacy- Recap sounds and blending. Read words made up of sounds already learnt.
Knowledge and Understanding- Identify various materials around the school. For eg. the shed is made of wood, the table is made of plastic.
How to help your child at home:
Numeracy - Encourage your child to help you sort out the socks in pairs. Then count how many pairs you have. Lay out number cards 1-10 in the wrong order. Help you child to sequence them.
Literacy- Encourage your child to write down some of the word time words. Support your child to form letters correctly.
Knowledge and Understanding- Encourage your child to describe various materials around the house. For eg- the cold, rigid, fork. The fluffy, spongy cushion etc.