Thursday, 17 February 2011

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 18.2.11

This week we have been learning about:


In Literacy- Writing poetry with a 'Welsh' theme. We tried to use lots of poetic techniques, such as alliteration, similes, personification and imagery.
In Numeracy-Finding areas of rectangles and compound shapes. (Two rectangles together)
Dance- Creating a duo dance that includes actions/movements of a 'Western Soldier' and an 'Eastern Warrior.'
Art/D.T- Creating a self portrait using 3D recycled materials.
How to support your child at home:

Numeracy- Draw out some shapes, that are made from a combination of two adjoining rectangles, add some measurements to the sides and work out the area, (See sheet that I have sent home for examples)

Also have a look at:


Next term we will be looking at biographies and auto-biographies in Literacy, over half term have a look at any you may have at home- what are the differences? Bring in any that are suitable. 


Discovery- find out about what types of shops/services were in Chepstow high street in the 1800's. What did they sell/provide? Have a look at the following directory site-


Year 3 Home learning W/E 17/2/11

This week we have been learning about:
Maths - Capacity, litres and millilitres. 2 times table.

Literacy - Welsh myths
Discovery - Chepstow
How to support your child at home:
Maths -We have been measuring liquids using litres and millilitres. Look at some of the bottles in your house. What do they contain and what is their capacity? If their capacity is measured in litres, what would it be in millilitres? We have been practising our 2 times tables. I am including  a link to a game that you can print out and play. It is great for practising 2 times tables. Please feel free to edit it. The numbers can be changed so that you could practise any times tables and you could even go beyond 12 x 2 to 20  x 2 et

Click on the link below for the maths game.
LIteracy - Next term we will be learning about Welsh myths. Ask your parents or grandparents if they know any Welsh myths. Can they tell it to you without a book? Can you find any on the internet or at the library? Once you have heard the story discuss whether the events are real? When did they take place? What does the word myth mean? Can you find any myths from other countries?

Discovery - We have started to learn about Chepstow. This term, we have looked at how to get there, where it is on the map of wales in comparsion to Monmouth, Trellech, Cardiff and Newport and much more. Next half term we will be going into a little more detail about the town itself; what and where is the traffic, what services/ shops are there and what  signs are there, of people who lived there in the past. During the half term, take a trip to Chepstow. Look at the hight street. Has it always looked this way? Who uses it and why? What shops and services are available? Is there a lot of traffic and what type of traffic is it? If you can, take some photos or pick up some tourist brochures.

Year 6 Home Learning

Year 6 Home learning            week ending 18/2/11



This week we have been learning about:


Literacy: Handwriting and writing poetry for St David's Day


Numeracy: Calculating area and perimeter of rectangles and irregular shapes



To help your child at home you can:


Literacy: Use the handwriting sheet to practice joins

                Practice the spellings provided below:

  • disagree
  • disqualify
  • disapprove
  • displease
  • dissatisfaction
  • dissolve
  • dispute
  • disperse
  • disposable
  • dismantle


Miss Foster's group:


enjoy,  employ, destroy, annoy, boil, spoil, choice, voice, noise and point


Numeracy: Measure the length and breadth of rooms in your house


You can repeat this with boxes or books and then calculate the area by multiplying length by breadth.



You can calculate the perimeter by adding all the sides up together.


You can use the area sheets provided to calculate compound shape area.




Don't forget to make those Welsh cakes, take your photograph and make that 3D sculpture for the Eisteddfod.

Year 4 Home Learning W/E 18.2.11

This week we have been learning about:


Numeracy – Finding multiples of 2,3,4,5 and 10

Literacy – Poems about Wales

Discovery – Watercolour paintings of Trellech in the style of Pat Yallup


How to support your child at home:




Practise all of the times tables that we have covered so far (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 11).

Can you find any common multiples in the times tables?

Can you explain these?


The following websites have some good games to help you to practise your times tables:




Keep a reading log of the book you read over half term.


You could include:

What the story is about

Your favourite character (with reasons)

Your favourite part (with reasons)

Predictions about what will happen next




After half term we will be moving on to study the planets in more detail.  Choose one of the planets and gather information about it using the internet and books.  You can share your interesting facts with the class after half term.




Year 2 Home Learning Sheet W/E 17/2/11

This week we have been learning about:


-       Finding right angles in 2d shapes

-       Measuring accurately using mm and cm


-       Writing acrostic poems about springtime



How to support your child at home:


Draw around different types of 2 d shapes and find out if they have any right angles using your right angle measure and mark them in using the correct symbol.  Make a table showing shapes which have right angles and shapes which have no right angles – see which has the most.

Please contiunue to help your child learn their tables, it really is making such a difference. We have been focussing on 2, 3, 5,  10, and 11 this term and already many of the children know these tables really well.  During half term you could continue to work on these tables and even think about moving onto 4 and 9 as some of the children will be ready to move onto these after half term.  There are lots of games on the internet to help your child remember their tables.  These websites maybe useful and fun.




Have a go at writing an acrostic poem using your name or maybe your hobby like football.  Can you think of a different word for each letter?   You could also decorate your poem   If you need any help with ideas then try using this website for inspiration.

I would really like to see your poems after half term. 


Have a good half term and thank you for all your help and support this year.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Reception Home Learning W/E 18.2.11

This week we have been learning about-
Numeracy- Identifying long and short objects.
Literacy- Handwriting activities for St. David's Day. Finding interesting vocabulary in our story books. The children have loved this.
Knowledge and Understanding- Completing our unusual homes. Recording what materials were used and evaluating our final design.
How to help your child at home-
Numeracy- Identify short and long objects in and around the home. Also writing short and long.
Literacy- Reading exciting books regularly with your child. Try to emphasise interesting language. Also discuss various settings of a particular story.
Next term are topic will be Pirates. Please could you supply your child with a pirates costume in a labelled bag. This will be kept in school and the children will dress up frequently to complete pirate activities. Please to not buy anything special. The made up costumes always look fab. Ideas- cut off old jeans or skirt, pyjama top or t-shirt, head scarf etc. Please come and see me if you need help.

Eisteddfod Events

Its that time of year again and St David's Day is fast approaching. Our Eisteddfod will take place on Tuesday 1st March. We look forward to seeing your child in their traditional costume on the day, to help us with our celebrations. As part of the Eisteddfod we will be judging work that has been carried out at home and at school.
The categories for home are:
- Welsh Cakes
- Photography: 'A Postcard from Wales'.
                      This may include scenic shots or of your child in traditional costume
KS1 Art: A collage representing Wales
KS2 DT: To make a 3d Sculpture in their chosen medium entitled: 'A Gateway to Wales'. This will be small scale sculpture that would be sen as you enter Wales and travel into Monmouth.
Please could all entries be in school for judging on Monday 28th February. Welsh cakes to be in school on Tuesday 1st March for judging.
Many thanks for help and have fun
All Staff

Friday, 11 February 2011

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 11.2.11

This week we have been learning about:


In Literacy- Carrying on our study of author Jeremy Strong. Exploring themes within his style of writing.
In Numeracy- Finding perimeters (distance around shape) of different 2D shapes. Calculating the perimeter of regular and irregular shapes. (Regular meaning shapes that have all sides the same length)
Finding areas of rectangles, by using the formula length x breadth.
Discovery-(R.E) Finding out who Sister Frances Dominica was. Looking at Helen House and how this helps care for sick children and offers respite care for their families.
Dance- Creating a duo dance that includes actions/movements of a 'Western Soldier' and an 'Eastern Warrior.'
Thursday- Our Healthy Living Day, including a Pantomime and class workshop.
How to support your child at home:

Literacy-Have a look at and find out a bit more about the author and his work.

Next week we will be writing poetry based on Wales, so start having a think of some ideas that can be used, e.g. Welsh themes, famous Welsh people, things associated with Wales.   


Numeracy- Draw out some 2D shapes, using a ruler to measure their perimeter. Use times tables to calculate perimeter of different regular shapes, for example, if one side of a pentagon is 4cm, then to find the perimeter you multiply 4cm by 5 sides=20cm.

Have a look at:


On Monday children will be taking part in a 'Walkathon' to raise money for our partner school in Malawi. Please remember to bring in £1 for this and perhaps a change of shoes in case it is wet.



Year 4 Home Learning W/E 11.2.11

This week we have been learning about:


Numeracy – Investigations using times tables

Literacy – Recounts of our stay at Talybont

Discovery – Being healthy


How to support your child at home:




Practise the 3, 4 and 6 times tables ready for some mixed tables challenges next week.


The following website has some games and activities that may help you to practise your tables:




Write an acrostic poem using the word 'TALYBONT'.




Thursday was Healthy Living Day.

Being active every day has health benefits for our bodies and how we feel.  Can you list the benefits of being active?


See if you can find some examples of local landscapes painted by Pat Yallup.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Year 6 Home Learning          Week ending 11/2/11

This week we have been learning about:

Literacy: Argument and persuasion

Numeracy: Revision of work so far and division

Science: Carrying out an experiment and writing up results

Geography: grid referencing practice

How to support your child at home:

Literacy: Please carry out the handwriting sheet provided.

Please practice the following words for a test next Monday:

  • stretched
  • transformed
  • transported
  • uncoiled
  • carried
  • qualified
  • satisfied
  • illuminated
  • disappeared
  • shuddered

Those children in Miss Foster's spelling group can practice these words:

For, fork, storm, horse, born, sort, story, more, sore and storm


Numeracy: Please practice dividing numbers using the sheet given to your child.

 And try the division activities on the following website:

Science: If you have word Excel at home take time to try and create graphs using the functions on the toolbars.

Geography: If you have maps at home, look at the numbers that are found across the bottom and running down the side. To find a location read along the bottom firstly then up. For example a church maybe at grid reference 2356 (23 across the bottom then 56 is up) Practice looking for places in the grids with a given grid number.  This is a useful website:


Year 1 Home Learning

Year 1 Week Ending 11.2.11
This week we have beeen learning:
Knowledge & Understanding - comparing a modern day circus to a Roman day circus.
 - some appliances need electricity to work.
Creative Development - colour mixing with water colour paints to create an animal picture.
How to help your child at home:
Knowledge & Understanding - Use this link to help your child research about a Roman circus
-look around your house for electrical applainces and make a list of those which need mains electricity to operate and those which need batteries
 - use this link to help your child learn about electricity



Creative Development  - help your child to mix colours to create others with  paint at home.


If you have any kitchen roll tubes or any envelopes from junk mail we would be very grateful for them in our class so that the children can make and write with them, thankyou.



Wednesday, 9 February 2011

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

This week we have been learning about:


-       Finding right angles

-       Discovering properties of 2d shapes independently.

Knowledge and Understanding

-       Solids, liquids and gases and some of their simple properties

Religious Education

-       The Chinese New Year – the Year of the Rabbit.

How to support your child at home:


Make a right angle measure using a piece of paper and then go hunting for right angles around the house.  How many can you find?  Can you draw the object and make in the right angle correctly on the object using the right angle symbol?

Revisit names and properites of 2d shapes discussing number of sides, corner, etc with your child.  Ask questions like can you name a four sided shape?  How many sides does a pentagon have? Look around the house and find objects which look like a square, rectangle and discuss their properties.  Have a go at this website where you have to rotate the shape to fit the case.


Knowledge and Understanding

disucss what is a liquid and what is a solid.  Are all solids the same?  Are all liquids the same?  Think of different words to describe liquids and solids.  We have also been looking at changing solids into liquids and liquids into solids.  For example melting chocolate into a liquid and then making it a solid again by putting it in the fridge. Have a go at the following website to help understand the changes.

(Although this is for older children yr 2s can investigate which materials turn from solids into liquids.)


Religious Education

Children have been learning about the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rabbit.  They have been finding out what year they were born in including which animal sign they are, making lucky envelopes and designing Chinese fans.  They have also had fun playing the games on the following website.

Year 1 Week ending 4.2.11

Year 1 Week ending 4.2.11
This week we have been learning:
Numeracy - adding tens, hundreds and thousands.
Creative Development - creating animal pictures.
How to help your child at home:
Numeracy - make 2 cards out of paper and write  ' 00 hundred'  on one card and  '000 thousand' on the other. Place the cards face down.
Roll a dice to generate a number  then turn over a card to read a whole number, e.g 2 000.
Help your child to read and say the number and copy it down on a piece of paper.
Roll the dice again to generate qa number but keep the same card and then add the two whole numbers together. e.g 2 000 + 3 000= 5000. Help your child to write this number sentence.
Creative Development - the children are learning to use water colour paints and so are learning the skill of mixing colours. Here is a great game which, although is an on-line game, it really does help in the process of learning how colours can be adjusted by mixing with others.

Reception Home Learning. W/E 11.2.11

This week we have been learning:
Numeracy- Correct formation of numbers. Dividing (sharing).
Literacy- Writing short sentences. Using descriptive language to describe an object. For  eg, The soft, smooth, wrinkly, velvet hat. The cold, dark, damp, misty forest. etc.
Knowledge and Understanding- Planning our creative homes. Deciding the different materials that we need to make our homes. Discuss the people who live in our home.
How to help your child at home-
Numeracy- Continue with correct number formation. Sharing objects equally. For eg. Can you count 10 biscuits? If you share these biscuits with me, how many do we each have? Repeat with other objects and numbers.
Literacy- Write a simple sentence- I have a red hat. I have a black hat. Support your child to think of an adjective to include in this sentence that you could write down and they copy. Encourage your child to read their sentence back to you.
Knowledge and Understanding- Identify and name the different people who visit our home. Encourage your child to think of friends and people such as deliveries etc.

Year Three Week Ending: 11th February 2011

Welsh Culture- We have been discussing our Welsh Culture in preparation for St David's Day, creating poems, artwork and musical pieces.


Numeracy- We have been learning about the four compass directions.


Discovery- Healthy Eating Day. We held a healthy day on Thursday when we discussed the importance of a healthy diet and fitness.


How you can help at home:


Welsh- Choose a famous Welsh person to research and discuss. If possible find a photograph of the person and record some information that you can present to the class as part of our Eisteddfod celebrations.


Numeracy- using a compass, identify key features, landmarks around or near your home. You may also like to complete the following activity:

Where you will be able to check your knowledge of compass directions and map work.


Discovery: Help your child to understand the importance of having a balanced diet and taking part in exercise. Following on from our work in school can you encourage to carry out 'their pledge' that they made on Thursday, many thanks!

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Home learning

Year 6 Home Learning   W/E 4th February 2011


This week we have been learning about


Literacy: Persuasive and argument text


Numeracy: Reading and plotting co-ordinates in four quadrants

                   Drawing reflections of 2D shapes in four quadrants

                    Translating shapes

                    Rotating shapes


How to support  your child at home:



Literacy: Please carry out the handwriting exercise on the sheet provided


Please practice the following words for a test on Monday:


  • absorbed
  • camped
  • delivered
  • designed
  • developed
  • disturbed
  • echoed
  • finished
  • rehearsed
  • remained


Those pupils in Miss Foster's spellings group to practice:


girl, skirt, shirt, dirt, bird, third, first, whirl, twirl and squirm



Use the website below to help your child's understanding of how argument texts are written:





Use this web site:

And choose 'Zap the alien' activity to help read & plot co-ordinates



Pupils can use graph paper to practice drawing four quadrant grids and have a go at translating and rotating shapes.

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 4.2.11

This week we have been learning about:

In Literacy: Exploring the work of the author Jeremy Strong, finding out about the style in which he writes. Using drama to empathise with characters. 

In Numeracy: Revising names and properties of common 3D shapes. Looking at what shapes are made from different nets. Using co-ordinates to identify locations on a grid/map. 
Discovery:Learning the order of the planets from the sun and beginning to understand how vast our solar system is. Presenting in groups information they have found out about particular planets. 
Looking at some of the work by Italian artist Giuseppe Archimboldo, including his style of art.  
How to support your child at home:

Literacy- Have a look at and find out a bit more about the author and his work. Find out the names of some of his books. What sort of style does he use? We are creating a 'Jeremy Strong corner' in class so bring in anything you have/find out about him.


Numeracy- Have a look at items/objects around the home that are 3D shapes, e.g. cereal boxes (cuboid), ball (sphere). Ask the children to name the mathematical shape and describe its properties. We have been looking at vertices (corners), faces (sides) and edges.   For example a cube has 6 faces, 12 edges and 8 vertices.

Create a treasure map by drawing out a grid and labelling the axis, we used the terms horizontal and vertical. Create a route for someone to follow using directional language. Play battleships if you have the game at home, or make up your own.  


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



Year 4 Home Learning W/E 4.2.11

This week we have been learning about:


Numeracy – Position and direction using the eight points of a compass

Literacy – Kennings and clerihews

Discovery – Asking geographical questions


How to support your child at home:




Draw a treasure map.  Write directions to the treasure using the eight compass points.  Ask someone to find your buried treasure!


If you have a compass you could find and record the direction of different things from your house e.g. 'The shop is North west'.


The following website has a game that will help you to practise using the eight points of the compass:




Choose a subject for a kenning and write one to bring to school on Monday. 

If you leave the title off, the rest of the class can guess the subject of your kenning!


Write a clerihew about your favourite celebrity.  Can you make it funny?




This week you wrote a list of geographical questions about Chepstow under the following headings:





Patterns and Processes

Geographical features and issues


Using the internet and books, can you find any answers to the questions you wrote?

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Year 2 Home Learning W/E 4/2/11

This week we have been learning about:


-       Measuring using different equipment including metre rulers, rulers and tape measures

Knowledge and understanding

-       Writing a simple diary entry for the day of the Great Fire of London.

-       Understanding that some materials change when heated and can not be changed back.


How to support your child at home:


Look around your house and outside and find a select of different items to measure.  Discuss with your child which would be the best equipment to use to measure the object, for example would you choose to measure a pen with a metre ruler?  Choose the best equipment to measure the different items and have fun measuring them together.  Remind your child it is important to write down the measurement you have used, for example mm, cm or m. select the cm section and read the measurement correctly.



We have been learning about Samuel Pepys and his diary of the Great Fire of London, discussing the importance of his diaries in relation to what we know today about the fire.  We have also been having a go at writing our own diary entries for the day the fire started.  Have a look at the following website to learn more about Samuel Pepys and the code he wrote his diary in.  You could also imagine you were there at the time of the fire and write a short diary entry discribing what was happening around you.



We have been learning about solids, liquids and gases and how things are able to change from one state to another through heating and cooling.  This week we looked at how materials changed when heated and whether we were able to change it back again. We made toast and discussed the changes and decided we couldn't take it back to bread after it had been heated. Think about materials which change when they are heated and can not be changed back again – irreversible changes. Can you think of any more examples of this?