Friday, 15 April 2011

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 15.4.11

This week we have been learning about:

 In Literacy- starting to look at non-chronological reports. We studied one report about a super size squid called Kracken. We identified some features of reports-for example, they are written in the present tense and in the 3rd person; they contain lots of subject specific vocabulary and that they have sub headings to separate information.

Discovery-

Visiting Chepstow

Carrying out an investigation into how our pulse rate is affected by exercise.

Re capping this terms learning.

How to support your child at home:

Discovery-

During our trip to Chepstow on Thursday, we ran out of time to complete a street survey. So I have given the children these to complete over the Easter break- they shouldn't take longer than about 10 minutes! If they could bring these in on the Wednesday we start back so we can look at the results.

Next term the children decided they would like to study 'Ancient Greece' as our topic. This will cover: leaders and fighters, children and families, artists and athletes and believers and thinkers. If you have any books or items at home the children could start finding out some information ready for the start of term.

Have a lovely Easter.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Y1 Home Learning Week Ending 15.4.11

This week we have been learning about:
 
Numeracy - vertical addition
 
Forest School - looking for evidence of mammals
 
How to support your child at home :
 
Numeracy - write out double digit additions vertically and add the units first, then the tens. Encourage your child to use a ruler and place the numbers in exactly the right column underneath each other. Use objects to help additions. Some children will be able to add 3 and 4 digit numbers together. We are not going over the number 9 yet in the additions so we are not carrying over a ten.
e.g  342
     +635
     -------
     -------
 
Forest School - search the garden or a woods with your child looking for evidence of mammals by searching for: chewed fir cones, holes in ground, holes in hedge rows, poo, damage to plants, strong smell ( fox ),nests, chewed feathers. Help your child to keep a tally chart of the number of each evidence found.
 
Literacy - keep reading the words sent home in record books and reading any books. Have a lovely Easter break.

Reception Home Learning. W/E 15.4.11

This week we have been learning about-
 
Numeracy- Identifying numbers that come before or after a number. Recognising next door neighbour numbers.
 
Literacy- Using their sounds that they have previously learnt to write simple sentences.
 
Knowledge and Understanding- The Easter story.
 
How to help your child at home-
 
Numeracy- Ask your child, what number comer after 9, before 8? What two numbers are before and after 7? etc.
 
Literacy- Recap speed sounds learnt so far. Read fluently the words in their sound books. Keep up with the tricky words in their reading diaries.
 
Have a great Easter.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Read Write Inc Sounds week ending 15.04.11

Misss Foster - unusual plurals (knife - knives) and vowel endings (clap - clapping).
Mrs Cotton - recapping speed sounds three.
Mrs Garbett - recapping speed sounds two.
Mrs Evans - i - e
Mirs Fawsett - ai, eigh, aigh.
Mrs Davies - oo
Miss Burrows / Mrs Pisacane - air (that's not fair) and are (care and share).
Mrs Schartz / Mrs Peacock - quest myths.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Year 2 Home Learning W.E 15.4.11

This week we have been learning:

R.E. – the Easter Story.

Maths – reading bar charts to find out information.

Science – looking a life cycles of different animals.

 

How to support your child at home:

R.E. – remind your child of the Easter Story and the events which happen in the run up to Easter and in the days after Easter.  The children have been using this resource to extend their learning, have a look together and complete the activities about The Easter Story and Easter Today.

http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/vtc/ngfl/re/b-dag/ngfl-container/re-unit2-en.html

 

Maths – we have been using bar charts to find out information, for example who ate the most sandwiches or how many sandwiches were eaten altogether.  Have a go at this website and help your child find information from the charts. (The charts are in hard and very hard activities in the menu)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks1bitesize/numeracy/data/index.shtml

 

Science – we have been looking at the life cycles of different animals including butterflies and frogs. 

These website have some great activites and are full of fantastic facts too.

http://www.kidsbutterfly.org/life-cycle

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals

 

After Easter our topic will be the Seaside.  If you have any photographs, books or any other items about the seaside or the history of the seaside then please send them in after the holidays so we can use them in class.  Thank you.

 

The word of the week this week is catastrophe. 

 

Have a fantastic Easter holidays and thank you for all your help and support again this term.

Year 4 Home Learning W/E 15.4.11

This week we have been learning about:

 

Numeracy: Revising the names and properties of 2D shapes

Literacy: Newspaper recounts of Robin and Will's rescue mission

Discovery:

Music for All

KS2 visit to Chepstow

Space compositions

Reviewing what we have learnt this term

 

How to support your child at home:

 

Numeracy:

 

This week we revised the names and properties of 2D shapes.  We used online games to sort shapes in Carroll and Venn diagrams.  See how many 2D shapes you can name.  How many sides has each shape got?  Is it regular or irregular?  Does it have any right angles?  Does it have any line symmetry?  A tip for finding line symmetry is to cut out the shape and fold it to see if both sides are exactly the same. 

 

The following link will take you to the games we played in class this week:

 

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/shape.htm#Shapes

 

We started to practise the 12 times table this week.  Please practise over the holidays ready for another week of challenges after Easter.

 

Literacy:

 

This week we looked at newspaper recounts.  Using the techniques we discussed, write a newspaper recount about something you do over the holidays.  Remember a masthead and a headline.

 

Discovery:

 

Next term we will be studying Rainforests.  If you have any books or information at home that you think may be useful please bring them in at the start of the new term.  You can also begin to do some background research into rainforests using the internet or books from the library.

Year 6 Homelearning

Year 6 Home Learning     Week ending 15th April 2011

This week we have been learning about:

Numeracy: Division and long division

We are going to be studying World War Two as a topic next term

How you can help your child at home:

Literacy: Please could your child practice their handwriting joins by spelling words including the first five joins beginning with 'k', using the sheet provided (please keep this at home until completed). Could they also practice the following spellings for a test next Monday and understand their meanings:

occupant, dependant, tenant, dominant, resident, recent, frequent, student, intelligent

superintendent

For the children who go to Miss Foster for spellings, please practice words with a short vowel and double consonants  such as flap becomes flapping, slim becomes slimming, begin - beginning, and get – getting.

Numeracy:

Practice dividing numbers using:             2 1 3r5

                                                                7          1496

7 doesn't go into 1 so try 14. Yes it goes twice so place a 2 above the 4 not the 1. Then 7 goes into 9 once with 2 left over. Put the 1 above the 9 and carry the two and this will go next to the 6 to make 26 ( I know it's not there but it's hard to put that here without making a mess, sorry). 7 goes into 26 three times so place a 3 above the 6. There are 5 remaining.

Then try dividing two digit numbers. Use the following website to help your child:

http://www.kidsnumbers.com/long-division.php

Literacy/History/Geography:

Could your child begin to collect information on the cause of WW2; the start of the war; the countries involved, world leaders, the bombing of Britain and the other main events.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Read, Write Inc sounds w/e 08/04/11

Mrs Cotton - Revising speed sounds 3
Miss Burrows / Mrs Pisacane - ew (chew the stew), tion
Mrs Schartz / Mrs Peacock - Writing a quest myth, ensuring that it has a beginning, middle and end.
Miss Foster - unusual plurals and vowel endings.
Mrs Davies - oo (poo at the zoo)
Mrs Evans - a-e
Mrs Fawsitt- ow (blow the snow), ou (shout it out)


 

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Year 4 Home Learning W/E 8.4.11

This week we have been learning about:

 

Numeracy: Negative numbers and reading timetables

Literacy: The legend of Robin Hood

Discovery:

Royal Wedding Menus

Space presentation by Dr. Moseley

Sketching animals in the style of Pat Yallup

 

How to support your child at home:

 

Numeracy:

 

This week we have used number lines to help us to recognise negative numbers.  We have looked at thermometers and discussed negative temperatures in °C.

 

We played the following game in class:

 

http://nrich.maths.org/content/id/5898/TugWar2.swf

 

The following website may also be useful:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/numbers/wholenumbers/whatarenumbers/negativenumbers/game.shtml

 

We also looked at time tables and discussed the length of different bus journeys.  If you have a TV magazine at home, record the names, times and durations of your favourite programmes.

 

Literacy:

 

This week we worked in groups to write and record TV interviews.  We interviewed Robin Hood about his rescue mission.  Use your interviewing techniques to interview somebody at home.  You could interview them about their favourite television programme or their hobbies.

 

Discovery:

 

This week we were visited by Dr. Moseley from Monmouth School.  He talked to us about the solar system.  We looked at the planets, stars and much more using a 3D space simulation called Celestia, which is free to download.  You can use this to explore space, the Earth and other planets as well as moons, satellites, stars and even black holes!

 

As a follow up to our brochures, we are planning to make a radio advert to encourage people to visit Chepstow.  Think about what you would include in your advert (e.g. Chepstow Castle, the Museum etc).  What would you say to encourage people to visit these places?

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 8.4.11

This week we have been learning about:

 

 In Literacy- Studying a story called 'Dragon Slayer' written by Gill Howell. Using skills of inference and deduction to gather information about characters from the story. Using drama to rein act the story and show empathy towards characters.   

In Numeracy-Revising this terms learning in maths.

Properties of numbers- odd and even, multiples, factors, prime numbers, square numbers.

Discovery-

Using the pattern Beth ydy di hobi di? (What is your hobby?) Fy hob i ydy (My hobby is...)

Create a tourist leaflet/brochure about Chepstow using Microsoft Publisher.   

 

How to support your child at home:

Numeracy- Discuss what the terms: factors, multiples, square and prime numbers mean. Give an example of each.

Try writing down a few examples of each- e.g. what are the factors of 36, 48 and 64?

What are the first five multiples of 3, 5 and 12? What multiples are common to both 3 and 9?

Carry on the sequence of square numbers...1, 4, 9, 16...  

Discovery-

This week we made our Royal wedding invites which look brilliant!

We had a visit from a local astronomer Dr Molesley who took the children on a virtual tour of space and let them look through his special telescopes.

Next week we will be investigating which supermarket bag is the strongest and how our pulse rate is affected by exercise? So perhaps they could begin thinking of ideas of how we can test these questions.  

Year Six Home Learning

Year 6 Home Learning     Week ending 8th April 2011

This week we have been learning about:

Literacy: Changing present tense verbs to past tense

Numeracy: Calculating time differences across the world

                     Solving problems involving time

How you can help your child at home:

Literacy: Please could your child practice their handwriting joins by spelling words including the first five joins beginning with 'h ', using the sheet provided (please keep this at home until completed). Could they also practice the following spellings for a test next Monday and understand their meanings:

  • different
  • known
  • swimming
  • between
  • important
  • produce
  • encourage
  • highly
  • height
  • weight

For the children who go to Miss Foster for spellings, please practice words with a short vowel and double consonants  such as flap becomes flapping, slim becomes slimming, begin - beginning, and get – getting.

Numeracy: Use world time zone map and information on the internet to find out the times in other countries.  You can also revise telling the time and converting between analogue and digital.

 For activities on telling time use:

http://www.teachingtime.co.uk/

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/measures.htm

For solving Time problems use:

http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/maths/pdfs/timeprobs.pdf

 

 

 

Home Learning Year 1 Week Ending 8.4.11

Year 1 Home Learning W/E  8.4.11
 
We have been learning about:
 
Forest School - evidence of minibeasts
 
Numeracy - weights
 
You can help your child at home:
 
Forest School - look for evidence of minibeasts in your garden and keep a tally chart of the evidence such as : chewed leaves, spiders' webs, wings, shells, eggs
 
Numeracy - use 1kg weights such as bags of sugar / rice etc and add together the kilograms and write the total weight: 2kg.
 
Knowledge and Understanding - look in books and websites to discuss the meaning of Easter.

Reception Home Learning W/E 8.4.11

This week we have been learning about-
 
Numeracy- Correct formation of numbers, order of numbers and addition.
 
Literacy- Recap speed sounds and blending.
 
Knowledge and Understanding- Begin to understand why we celebrate Easter.
Following a map around the village and identifying the various local landmarks.
 
How to help your child at home-
 
Numeracy- Turn a set of number cards upside down so that the numbers are not displayed. Take it in turns with your child to choose a card and place it down on the floor. Then take it in turns to chose another and put it in the correct place.
 
Literacy- Ask your child to write a simple sentence that you have given them. It could even be a sentence from their book. Remind them of the rules that make a good sentence. Capital letter at the beginning, full stop at the end, tall, short letters and finger spaces.
 
Knowledge and Understanding- Discuss the new life in Spring- the lambs, chicks, flowers etc. Ask your child the places they visited on our treasure hunt? Which was you favourite? Where did you find the treasure?

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Year 2 Home Learning W.E. 8.4.11

This week we have been learning about:

Maths – drawing lines accurately and then measuring with a ruler in mm.

Science – finding out about the number of seeds in different types of fruit.

Handwriting – writing with tall, short and long letters.

 

 

How to support your child at home:

Maths – using a ruler draw a number of different length lines on a piece of paper.  Ask your child to measure the line carefully with a ruler and record the length in mm.  Challenge your child to convert the mm into cm, check the answers together.  Ask your child to draw straight lines with the ruler to a specific mm, for example draw a line 34mm long.  Check the lines together to see how accurate the drawing is. 

 

 

Science – when eating different types of fruit think about how many seeds there are inside.  Does it have lots of little seeds like a kiwi fruit or one big stone like a mango?  If you eat any interesting fruit with seeds in tape them to a piece of paper and then send them into school next week.  We have been looking at some seeds but would really like to see any unusual ones.

 

Handwriting – we have been carrying out handwriting activities over the last few weeks and the children's handwriting skills are really starting to improve.  Ask your child to write down a simple sentence, it is best to use lined paper if possible, and encourage your child to ensure their letters are the correct size and formation.  Do the long letters go below the line, are the tall letters straight and tall?  Repeat this activity a number of times using encouragement.  You could also remind your child to use capital letters, full stops and finger spaces to write a fantastic sentence.

 

 

We are now having a word of the week.  This week our word is perplexed. We have been learning the meaning of the word and also trying to use the word during each day.  Please encourage your child to use this word over the weekend whenever possible.

Year 3 Home learning week ending 8th April

Maths - 4 x tables
             weighing objects in grams using balances and scales
 
Discovery - planning a soundtrack for our ffotostory
 
Art - We have been portraying feelings through art
 

How to support your child at home:
  
Maths - This week we have been estimating the weight of objects, weighing them and comparing their weights. We have used weights with balances and have weighed ingredients to make easter nests. Ask your child to look in the food cupboard and find the packages with the weight of the product printed on. How much does it weigh? Can they check it using the kitchen scales? Can they find something that weighs more/ less?
Give your child 5 objects . Ask them to estimate what each object weighs and put them order from lightest to heaviest. Then, get them to check their estimations using a kitchen scale.
 
Discovery - We have been planning the soundtrack for our ffotostory. The groups have looked carefully at each picture, discussed what is happening and what feeling they want to portray through the music or sounds. Whilst the children are watching t.v. ask them to focus on the music. What feeling is the composer trying to portray and how is he doing it? Is he using a change in dynamics, specific instruments or is he using a certain speed? Wildlife programmes are particularly good as there is always a huge variety of emotions being portrayed.
 
Art - In our personal and social work, we have been talking about our worries and portraying them through drawings. On Monday we will be talking about how to relax. Ask your child how they relax and why they think they need to relax. ASk them to  portray relaxation or peace in a drawing or through any medium they wish.
 
Have a great weekend!

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Year 1 week ending 1.4.11

Year 1 Home Learning
 
This week we have been learning:
 
Science- identifying plants found in local environment
 
DT-making human cannons
 
To help your child at home:
 
Science - children could identify the names of plants found in their garden. You could also help your child to pick a plant and stick it to a peice of paper and label the petals, roots, stem etc.. 
 
DT - you could look on You Tube at water bottle rockets  and see how they are made.
 
This week we have been busy practising for the class assembly and making Mother's Day gifts. Thankyou for your help in aiding your child to learn their lines and have a relaxing Sunday!

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 1/4/11

This week we have been learning about:

 

 In Literacy- Finishing our mythical stories- peer assessing them- deciding if a partners work has the required elements needed for a good story.

Beginning to look at stories from other cultures- scanning texts for information.

 

In Numeracy-Problem solving- carrying out an investigation into rugby scores throughout a match. Practising our times tables. Solving mental maths problems.

 

Discovery-

Writing a paragraph to describe ourselves in Welsh-

Starting to create a tourist leaflet/brochure about Chepstow using Microsoft Publisher.

On Wednesday we had a speaker from Welsh Water visit and present a workshop about ways to save water in our school and home. We learnt how many litres of water we use for everyday tasks such as flushing the toilet, using a washing machine or a dish washer. The children took part in some fun activities and games based around this theme.

 

How to support your child at home:

 

Literacy- Use newspapers or magazines or your reading books to practise scanning and skimming texts to locate and retrieve information- we discussed how this skill is important when trying to find something specific in a text rather than reading to understand it.

 

Numeracy- Keep practising times tables- there are some fun games to consolidate this at:

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/

Practise some mental maths questions such as 1. what is half of 94? 2. The temperature is -2 and rises by 8 degrees, what is the new temperature? Six pens cost £1.50 what is the cost of one pen? What is eight squared? How many degrees in two right angles?

 

 Discovery-

Discuss ways in which you could save water around the house-can they remember any of the ways in which it may be possible to do this? (E.g. only filling the kettle up for the amount of water actually needed, taking a shower rather than a bath, making sure the washing machine is full before being switched on etc.)

 

Next week we will be designing an invitation for the Royal wedding in April. Could they find out what information is needed on a wedding invitation? If you have any current or old wedding invitations at home we could look at, could you send them in- Many Thanks.