Sunday, 17 July 2011

Year 2 Home Learning W/E 15.7.11


This week we have been learning:

Maths – solving number problems through real stories

                 working out missing numbers in addition and subtraction sums.


Literacy – changing the charcaters in a well known story.


Maths – we have been looking at real stories involving additon and subtraction and working out the answer.  For example Abigail got 3 pencils and James gave her 5 more pencils. Then Gill needed two pencils from Abigail.  How many pencils are left?  First write the maths story 3 + 5 – 2, then work out the answer = 6 pencils.   Help your child and make up other real stories with addition and subtraction probelms to solve.

We have also been solving number problems with missing numbers where both sides of the sum need to be completed to work out the answer.  For example 15 +  __ = 35 – 9.  Work with your child to find the missing number.  Remind them that both sides of the = sign have the same answer (are equal), therefore we need to work out the side we know the digits for so 35-9 = 26.  We now know that we are making 26 so the missing number is 11, 15 + 11 = 26. 


Literacy – we have been changing the characters in the traditional story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and then writing our own story using our characters.  Read your child a traditional story and discuss what makes it traditional, look at the opening, the words and the ending of the story.  Then you could think of different characters to change the story.  Think about a 'goodie' and a 'baddie' for your story and use amazing adjectives to describe your characters.


Keep learning your lines for our graduation assembly – you are all invited to our ceremony on Tuesday 19th July 2011 at 9.30am


Friday, 15 July 2011

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 15.7.11

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 15.7.11

This week we have been learning about:

 In Literacy- Looking at the story of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. Thinking of interview questions for Goldilocks after her break in at the Bear's cottage. Designing 'Wanted' posters for Goldilocks, thinking about character descriptions. Drafting a newspaper report base on the story. Writing a modern version of the story.

Maths­- 12 and 24 clocks times. Calculating the difference between two times. Converting minutes to hours and vice versa.  


Looking at the difference between the diet of the rich and poor in Ancient Greece.

Water resistance- where it occurs.

Planning an investigation in science to see how shape of things can affect the speed that they travel through water.

 'How to support your child at home:

Maths- Use a radio or TV guide or sky planner to work out how many minutes different programmes last for. Look at both 12 and 24 clock times- can they convert between them. If possible, look at train or bus timetables, how long do specific journeys last for?

Try for a game on finding the difference between two times.


Talk about why boats and other objects/animals are designed to travel through water quickly- what is it about them that helps this?

What makes a canoe or kayak eventually come to a halt if you stop paddling?



Thursday, 14 July 2011

Year 4 Home Learning W/E 15.7.11

This week we have been learning about:



Converting between mm, cm and dm

Looking at 1D, 2D and 3D shapes

Identifying polyhedra


Literacy: Story writing


Science: Magnetism


Discovery: The Buddhist Eightfold Path


How to support your child at home:




Use a ruler to measure objects in millimetres.  Now convert that measurement into centimetres and millimetres.  How many decimetres is the object?


Example: 56mm = 5cm 6mm        25cm = 2dm 5cm


We also looked at 1D, 2D and 3D shapes.  Can you find examples of these around your house?  Can you find any polyhedra?




This week we looked at the features of a good story.  We came up with a class list of success criteria and used these in our Big Write.  Write a story of your own at home, using the features that we discussed.  Don't forget to check your work for VCOP.




We tested different objects to find out if they were magnetic.  We then went on to discuss everyday things that use magnets in order to work.  Have a look around your house for things that use magnets.



Thank you very much for your support with costumes and learning lines for our class assembly.  I was very proud of the children's performance this week.

Year 1 Home Learning

Year 1 Home Learning Week Ending 15.7.11
This week we have been learning about:
Literacy : traditional tales
Knowledge and Understanding : identifying features of a seaside
Creative Development :  design a fantasy fish
You can help your child at home:
Literacy: read more traditional tales at home. This week the children have concentrated on The Three Little Pigs and Red Riding Hood. Choose another story and place the characters in a modern setting. Talk or write the story in a town / city setting.
Knowledge and Understanding: draw your own seaside, give it your own name and draw in the features usually found at a seaside. The children have worked on this and so know to include things such as a pier and cafes.
Creative development: research various types of fish and sea animals in books or on the internet. Look at their shape, colour and fins and size.
Please remember to send your child's book and reading record into school. We are collecting them all in for our records and they will be given out next year, thankyou.

Reception Home Learning. W/E 15.7.11

This week we have been learning about-
Literacy- Descriptions of settings and characters in the story of Little Red Riding Hood.
Numeracy- Collect information to make a block graph.
Knowledge and Understanding- Create a fair test to determine on which surface a car will travel the furthest.
Literacy- Ask your child to tell you what they saw in the forest. What can you hear? What can you smell? Write a sentence -In the forest I saw.......   In the forest I heard........  Encourage your child to use lots of adjectives.
Numeracy- Over the holidays, perhaps you could help your child to create a small survey when you have friends and family over. For example- favourite fruit. On a sheet of paper have displayed pictures of an apple, banana, strawberry and orange. Your child could then ask others and record which fruit was the most popular, least popular etc, 

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Year 3 Home learning week ending 8/7/11

Literacy - story features
Maths - To know that multiplication is the inverse of division and
subtraction is the inverse of addition
Project - WW2 Project/ presentation

How to support your child at home:

Literacy - Next week we will be looking at how to write a story. Could
the children find a short story they like, read it through and make a
short list of features that must be included in a good story. For
example interesting characters.

Maths - This week we have been looking at inverse operations and the
cummutative law. Ask your child to explain what these are and to give
you examples. Ask them questions such as: 13+7=20 give me two related
subtraction/take-away stories (sums). 5x3=15 give me two inverse
stories (sums).
(missing signs game)

Project - This week we have been carrying on with our presentations.
Could the children practise any parts/ speechs they have to make. If
they want to add anything to their project, next week is the last
chance to do so. If they need to bring in a costume or props (play
group) could they bring them in on Monday as we will be doing a dress
rehearsal on Tuesday.

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, 8 July 2011

Year 2 Home Learning W/E 8.7.11

This week we have been learning:

Maths                           ~reading implicit and explicit information from bar charts

                                      rounding up to the nearest 10 or 100

Knowledge and

Understanding               ~ using co-ordinates to find places on a map of the seaside.


How to support your child at home:

Maths ~ we have been discussing how to round up or down to the nearest 10 and 100.  If the number is below 5 then you round down to the nearest ten, so 23 would be 20 and if the number is 5 or above then you round up to the nearest 10, so 57 would be 60.  We have only been looking at whole numbers so far.  Have a go at the following websites, you may need to support your child with the reading if you try the BBC skills website but it is a really good activity to help your child with rounding. - choose the game rounding to nearest 10.


Knowledge and Understanding ~ we have been using the map and learning about co-ordinates this week.  Together we have been finding different places on the map and writing down the co-ordinates and then using co-ordiantes to find different places on the map.  Have a go at the following websites to learn more about co-ordinates.



Please help your child learn their words for our graduation, thank you.


The word of the week this week is anxious. Ask your child to write different sentences using the word correctly and bring them into school on Monday. 

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 8.7.11

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 8.7.11

This week we have been learning about:

 In Literacy- Using powerful adjectives to describe a picture.

Developing our skills of communication by having a debate about whether junk food should be banned.

Maths­- Re capping units of capacity and measurement. E.g. knowing that 1000ml=1l and converting between them.


Using 'Windows Movie Maker' to take pictures and create a short movie about a particular aspect of Ancient Greece.

Composing a short piece of music that reflects a battle scene.

In Welsh- Using the question and response to: Wyt ti'n mynd i'r...? (Are you going to...?) Ydw, dwi'n mynd ir...(Yes, I'm going to...)

These are the places we used: sinema, parc, canolfan siopa, canolfan hamdden, pwll nofio, llyfrgell and clwb pel-droed.

(cinema, park, shopping centre, leisure centre, swimming pool, library and football club)

'How to support your child at home:

Literacy-Look at some interesting pictures, either from books or from the internet, think of a list of adjectives to describe them. Try putting some of the adjectives into a sentence. Bring in the picture and words if you can.

Maths- Have a look at different containers or measuring utensils you have at home, try reading the scales. Have a look in your cupboards at home, if the units on tins or bottles are in litres, try converting them into ml.

Have a look at:

There are lots of games here for practising telling the time, which we'll be looking at next week.  


Practise the using our Welsh question and answer. (See above) Look out for any signs if you are out and about at the weekend, either place names or town or city names.

Thank you so much for your help in preparing for our assembly, all the children looked fantastic in their costumes and performed really well on the day. I was so proud of them.



Reception Home Learning. W/E 8.7.11

This week we have been learning about-
Literacy- Writing an ending to the story of Billy Goats Gruff.
Numeracy- Before and after numbers.
Knowledge and Understanding- Measuring the distance of how far a car will travel on a particular surface. Were your predictions correct?
How to help your child at home-
Literacy- When you read a traditional fairy tale to your child, encourage them to use descriptive language. We have talked about pinching interesting words from books and writing them in our own stories. You would be amazed how good they are at this.
Numeracy- Ask your child- What comes after 10, before 8 etc. Continue with other numbers up to 20?

Year 4 Home Learning W/E 8.7.11

This week we have been learning about:


Numeracy: Subtraction using columns


Literacy: Describing settings and scenes


Discovery: Endangered animals


How to support your child at home:




Practise subtracting four digit numbers using the column method.  Practise making the impossible possible using funny counting.




This week we described a number of scenes using interesting adjectives and wow words.  Think of your favourite place.  Write a short description of the place, including what you can see, smell, hear, touch and even taste!  Remember to use interesting vocabulary.




This week we learnt about the endangered orang-utan.  Use the internet to find out about another endangered animal.


Can you build the perfect habitat for one of the world's most endangered mammals?


Can you keep the rare sand lizard alive?

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Year 6 Home Learning week ending 8th July

This week we have looked at:


Literacy –Revision of letter writing

                                                  Numeracy – Real life problem solving
                 Possible activities to reinforce and apply this week's learning at home…


Practise these spellings at home for a test on Monday 11th July.

Please write out sentences to include these words and find their meanings.

modifying, modified, modification, mortify, mortified, mortification, varying, varied, variation and luscious

Use:  and look at examples of persuasive text in readiness for next week.

Numeracy – This week we have used collating and presenting data skills based on a 'Design a cool area in school' project. We have looked at bar graphs and pie charts. Practice creating own pie charts using angles to represent segments of the pie.

You can carry out an imaginary survey of favourite programmes from a given list. Choose 20 people to survey.

Gather information and write down. Now imagine 5 people chose News Nigh. To create the graph divide the 20 by 360 (this number is the 360˚ of the circle). This will give you the angle of 18˚ per choice in the survey. Times that by how many people liked each programme. In this case 5 liked News Night so 5 x 18 =90. This becomes 90˚ on your chart.

Use a compass and protractor to help you construct your pie charts.

Here is a useful site:

Also make up questions for your child when shopping or around the house. For example when you fill up with petrol ask them how much would it cost to fill the tank if it needed 6 litres at £1.39. Or find out the area of the garden using a measuring tape.


Please practice 8 times tables.

Year 6 leavers' concert is not long now so please bring in props and costumes.


Saturday, 2 July 2011

Year 1 Home Learning

Year 1 Home Learning Week Ending 1.7.11
This week we have been learning about:
Knowledge & Understanding - survey work
Physical Development - ball skills
You can help your child at home:
Knowledge & Understanding -  ask all the members of the family where their favourite place to visit is. Record in a table and then jot down T if is a town, C if it is in the countryside and S if it is at the seaside.
Physical Development - Your child can throw a bouncy ball against a wall, underarm with 2 hands and practise catching. Make sure you move in front of the ball to catch it.