Thursday, 29 September 2011

Year 5 Home Learning W.E 30.9.11

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 30.9.11

This week we have been learning about:

 In Literacy- Revising punctuation- punctuating speech and using commas (we looked at commas in a list and commas to add a clause to a sentence.)

So: The girl, who was crying, ran out of the classroom. (Underlined=clause)

Maths­- 4 times table.

Converting mixed number fractions (1 ¼ =5/4) to improper fractions (top heavy fractions) and vice versa.


Writing a radio script for a radio show based on living and learning in 2011.

Football skills

Finding out about how the ear works and labelling the main parts


How to support your child at home:

Literacy: when reading with your child, discuss speech marks and the punctuation required. E.g. capital letter to start the speech, a comma or other punctuation mark to separate speech from non spoken words.

Have a look at:

Make up some sentences with clauses in them, bring them in so I can see them.


Practise the 3 and 4 times tables. See if you can improve how quickly you can recall them.

Try converting some fractions. So if you had 3 and 2/3. You would have 3 wholes (split into thirds) so 9 thirds altogether, add the 2 of the 2/3, so you would have 11/3. Draw the shapes out so you can count if needed.

4 and ¼ becomes 17/4 (4 x 4 and add the ¼ also, so 16 add 1 makes 17.)


Next week we will be investigating which materials are good insulators of sound, so perhaps you could start thinking about what the word 'insulator' means- can you think of any examples where it is helpful to muffle sounds.  

Year 1 home learning

Year 1 Home Learning Week Ending 30.9.11
This week we have been learning about:
Literacy - rhyming words
Numeracy - 2D shapes
Creative Development - creating repeated patterns
You can help your child at home:
Literacy - read rhyming poetry together and talk about the end of the words being the same sounds.
Numeracy - look at and name 2D shapes together  from squares up to hexagons and identify the number of sides each shape has.
Creative development - using the knowledge of 2D shapes, why not help your child to draw 2 shapes into a pattern. Maybe the shapes are in rows, or are back to back or upside down and the right way up.


Year 4 Home Learning W/E 30.9.11

This week we have been learning about:



Drawing complex shapes in horizontal and vertical mirror lines

Solving real life word problems



Planning and writing a recount



Sequencing important events during the Industrial Revolution



Investigating the pitch of a sound


How to support your child at home:




Continue to practise drawing the image of an object in vertical and horizontal mirror lines.  When you are confident with this, draw the image of an object in a diagonal mirror line.




Next week we will be looking at newspaper and magazine recounts.  Look at some newspapers and magazines over the weekend.  Identify the features of recounts and decide whether the article is based on fact or opinion.




This week you gathered information about Harvest and wrote an acrostic poem.  Use the internet to find out about Harvest in Africa and in particular Malawi, where Yankho School is situated.


In History you sequenced events in chronological order.  Create a timeline of your life so far, remembering to include important events in chronological order.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Read Write Inc – Sound of the week


Week beginning 26/9


Mrs Morgan igh

Mrs Evans – ay spellings

Mrs Davies –igh and ow

Miss Burrows/Mrs Pisacane

Mrs Miles – alphabetical order

Mrs Llewellyn – dog, big, the, I

Mrs Griffith – autobiographies

Mrs Peacock/Mrs Schartz -

Mrs Garbett – th ck


Word of the week:


Year Three W/E: 30th September 2011

This week we have been learning:
Discovery: that a wide range of colours can be seen
Mathematics: to construct and intepret bar graphs
The World This Week: to find news events from around the world.
You may like to help at home by:
Discovery: talk about how colour around us is made up from seven colours known as a spectrum. As can be seen in a rainbow. Identify the three primary colours. research how spectrums are created and how the three primary colours develop into the remainnig colours of the spectrum.
Mathematics: collect data at home and record in a simple bar graph. Discuss the data (favourite foods) which type is the most / least favourite. What is the difference between a and b?   
                    to revise the x2, x5 and x10 tables, for our daily times tables challenge
The World This Week: Each Friday we look at events from around the world and discussing them. Your child may like to research this prior to this time to bring in their own piece of 'news'. We use websites such as Newsround to help us lead our discussions.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Home learning Year 6 W/E 30/9/11

Home Learning Year 6

Week ending 30/9/2011

This week we have been looking at:

Literacy: Punctuating speech and writing an effective recount

Numeracy: Finding fractions of amounts, recognising equivalent fractions and reducing fractions to their simplest terms

Possible activities to help reinforce and apply this week's learning

Literacy – Please learn the following words for next Monday's spelling test:

  • circle
  • city
  • cinema
  • decimal
  • circus
  • bicycle
  • cylinder
  • mercy
  • fancy
  • cycle

Please use a dictionary to find their meanings and include them in sentences.

When reading with your child at home check for speech. What punctuation is used? Then practise writing own examples of speech, including the speaker and other words than said.

Numeracy – Please continue to practise all times tables at home as these are an integral part of your child's learning. Limited knowledge in this area prevents your child progressing in numeracy.

To find fractions of amounts find one part firstly. For example, when finding 2/3 of 90 find 1/3 to begin. So:

               1/3 of 90 = 90 ÷ 3

               1/3 of 90 = 30

Now multiply the  answer (30) by the top number of fraction which is 2.

So 30 x 2 = 60 and therefore 2/3 of 90 = 60

Year Two Home Iearning. W/E 30.9.11

This week we have been learning about-
Literacy- Being a magpie reader and stealing interesting sentences from reading books. For eg. The pebbles gleamed like silver coins. We are making a display of these interesting phrases or sentences.
Numeracy- Vertical additions and subtractions with up to 4-digit whole numbers. Drawing the minute and hour hand with a ruler to tell the time, to the quarter hour.
knowledge and Understanding- To use a tally chart to record the most popular morning snack of our class and also the staff.
How to help your child at home-
Literacy- When reading at home, especially with interesting stories, try to identify a really great sentence. The children are getting really good at this now when I read them a story. I've told them that we can steal it from a book and put it in our own writing to make it more interesting. If your child finds one at home, I would love to see it and add it to our display. 
Numeracy- 5 and 2 times tables.
Knowledge and Understanding- Begin to understand that vitamins are really good for our diet as they help us not to get colds and diseases. Also that we need fats but not too much. The children are becoming much more confident in using correctly the food group words-carbohydrate, fats, protein and vitamins.
Please can you make sure your child has a waterproof coat and wellingtons in school at all times. We are visiting the new Doctors' Surgery every week and it is very muddy and so far it has rained every week. Thank you.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 23.9.11

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 23.9.11


This week we have been learning about:

 In Literacy- Writing diary entries from the point of view of a character we have been studying. Using the laptops to type these up.

Maths­- The 4 times table.

Doubling and halving numbers.

Using a calculator accurately.


Exploring why our friends like us.

Looking at how sound travels. Exploring sound waves and how the ear works.

We looked at locating industrial towns of Wales using an atlas. We had a look at Google Earth to find Blaenavon.

Football skills-such as dribbling and kicking with accuracy.

We had a visit from a 'radio van,' which the children got to explore-including singing karaoke! Next week the children will be writing their own script for a radio show that they will be recording themselves.


How to support your child at home:

Literacy: Have a look at the following website about punctuation- we will be re capping basic punctuation next week.

Maths- Try doubling and halving numbers- we went on to 3 and 4 digit numbers. We looked at the value of each digit to help double or halve. So, 367- (300, 60 and 7 becomes 600+120+14= 734)

Try:  for a calculator activity.

Can you find out some information about the ironworks at Blaenavon- e.g. when did it open? What was produced there?

Next week the children will be writing a radio script all about 'A day in the life of a child at Trellech School in 2011.' E.g. what they do at school, what they eat and drink, how they learn, who their teachers are etc. I want them to also think about what is current to the year 2011- so for example, what are the latest films out, what music is in the charts at the moment, who is the Prime Minister, how much does a pint of milk cost etc.  Could they bring in any information ready for next week.

Year 3 Home learning week ending 23/9/11

This Week We have been learning to:

Discovery: The location of Blaenavon
Discovery: The events surrounding the building of the ironworks at Blaenavon
Maths: Completing simple addition and subtraction equations
           5 times tables
           recognising polygons and giving them their special names

You may like to help at home by:

Discovery: Blaenavon Ironworks were built at the beginning of the Industrial revolution. We have, therefore, looked at some of the changes that happened during this time and I have introduced the children to what life was like for victorian children. Use books or the internet to look at different jobs that children did during victorian time. Make a list and if you have time include any detail you might find on their working conditions. (The BBC schools history website is a great place to start).

Discovery: Using google maps or a paper map, find Blaenavon and then where you live. Take note of any rivers running nearby and the proximity of the Brecon Beacons. Can you work out how far Blaenavon is from your house? Bring 

Maths: This week we completed some simple equations such as 4 + ? = 9 and 10 - ? = 8. The children were very quick to pick this up and we were able to do  harder equations as the lesson progressed.  Practise answering similar equations. If your child gets stuck remind them that the 9 represents 9 cups and the 4 + ? represents 9 cups as well. "Same value different appearance". You could use objects such as cups or lego bricks to help.
In year 3, the children have less time to complete their daily times tables challenge. At this stage we are encouraging them to learn the answers by rote not just to be able to work out the answers quickly.
Ask the children to describe a polygon. Then look at various polygons and see if they can give them their 'special name'. (equilateral triangle, isoceles triangle, right-angled triangle, square and rectangle). Ask your child to have a go at drawing the shapes using a ruler.

Just a reminder that PE in Year Three is a Monday and Friday, your child will need PE kit for both sessions including outdoor footwear

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Year 6 Home Learning

This week we have been learning about:
Literacy - commas for clauses and recounts
Numeracy - using multiplication facts, doubling and halving and solving money problems
Topic - researching the lives of child workers
Science - how does sound travel and how we can affect the pitch of sound
Possible activities to reinforce and apply this week's learning:
Literacy -
Please practise the following words, look up meanings and include in sentences for a test on monday.
  • through
  • enough
  • tough
  • roughage
  • although
  • dough
  • furlough
  • though
  • thorough
  • borough
Practise sentences with clauses and include commas for extra information. For example:
''The policeman ran down the road after the crooks.'' can become:
''The policeman, who was sweating profusely, ran down the road afterthe crooks.''
Numeracy - Please practise times tables at home from x2 to x10 as this will help your child throughout the year in mathematics. By year 6 they should know them all in and out of order.
Give your child problems involving money in everyday situations.
Topic - carry out research on the roles of miners and coal masters. How did their lives differ?
Science - What can they find out about ear muffs and head phones? What materials are best for insulating sound?

Year 1 Home Learning

Year 1 Week Ending 23.9.11
This week we have been learning:
Knowledge & Understanding - using sense of smell and taste to identify fruits.
 - using a time line to sort pictures on the theme of transport.
Numeracy - adding and taking away 2 numbers.
You can help your child at home:
Knowledge and understanding - play a game using a blind fold and touch / taste various fruits and other foods. Can you identify the food? Use adjectives to describe the sensations, such as bitter, sweet, acidic and so on.
Numeracy - write out a number sentence such as   3-2=
Your child can then use objects such as cups to gather the 3 cups and then take away the 2 cups. The children know special actions for taking away , adding and equals. They will show you. Do the same with some simple additions.
Handwriting - please help your child to write these letters in the correct way: c and o.

Year 4 Home Learning W/E 23.9.11

This week we have been learning about:



Recognising the reflection (image) of an object in a mirror line



Writing autobiographies



Sequencing important events in the 18th and 19th Centuries



Thinking about how we hear sounds


How to support your child at home:




This week you identified the reflection of an 'object' in a mirror line as the 'image'.  Draw a pattern (object) and a mirror line (AB).  Draw the reflected pattern (image).  You could add colour to your pattern, making sure that the line AB is still a line of symmetry!




This week you wrote autobiographies using all of the features that you learnt about.  If your autobiography was to be published, what would the title be and what would the front cover of the book look like?  Design your own front cover for your autobiography. 


Use the internet to research your favourite singer or football player.  When you have gathered enough information, write a short biography about the person.  Remember to use third person.




This week you learnt about hearing sounds and looked at the structure of the ear.  You used the British sign language website to spell out short sentences to each other.  Look at the following website to learn some signs for single words:


Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Read Write Inc – Sound of the week

Week ending 23/9


Mrs Morgan –  igh

Mrs Evans – ay spellings

Mrs Davies –igh and ow

Miss Burrows/Mrs Pisacane –

Mrs Miles – use of speech marks

Mrs Llewellyn – dog, big, the, I

Mrs Griffith – autobiographies

Mrs Peacock/Mrs Schartz -

Mrs Garbett – ch sh


Word of the week:


Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Year 2 Home Learning. W/E 23.9.11

This week we have learnt about-
Literacy- Use of interesting verbs to extend sentences.
Numeracy- Write the 12-hour time in figures to the quarter hour, eg. 5:45.
Knowledge and Understanding- Recording what we have eaten and which food groups they belong to.
How to help your child at home-
Literacy- Can you make this sentence more interesting- The children played in the park. The Emperor wore his clothes.
Numeracy- Counting in 5's around the clock. Continue to read the time- o'clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past. Begin to read 5:15 and 5:45 etc.
Knowledge and Understanding- To begin to understand that protein helps us grow and keeps our skin and hair healthy. Carbohydrates give us energy.
Please could you make sure your child has a waterproof coat and wellingtons in school. Thank you.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Home learning

This week we have been looking at:
Literacy - the use of commas for lists
Numeracy - Column method for addition, subtraction & multiplication
Rounding to nearest whole number, tenth & hundredth
Possible activities to reinforce and apply this week's learning:
Practise making lists of things found around the home`to ensure the correct use of commas.
Look at this website to help with the features of recounts:
Could your child learn these words below for a spelling test on monday morning. Also use them within sentences and look up their meanings.


wrought,drought, bough, plough


Practise addition and subtraction in the formal column method:

123 156

+ 39 - 45

When rounding decimal numbers to whole numbers look at the tenths column and if numbers are 5 and above round up. If 4 and below round down. For example:

45.8 becomes 46 45.4 becomes 45

When rounding to tenths look at hundredths column and the same rule applies:

45.85 becomes 45.9 45.83 becomes 45.8

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 16.9.11

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 16.9.11

This week we have been learning about:

 In Literacy- Studying a modern re-telling of a mythical story. Looking at the character and how is portrayed. Choosing alternate words for the word 'walked. Writing a diary from the point of the view of Billy, the main character.  

Maths­- Recognising division as the inverse of multiplication. Dividing with remainders.  


Investigating how sounds are produced and vibrations. We used a tuning fork and how that creates a vibration when struck. We also investigated how glass milk bottles filled with different amounts of water can produce different sounds.

We looked at the life of Desmond Tutu and how he campaigned for equal rights. We discussed how his belief in God underpinned his actions.

We started to look at what Wales was like pre-Industrial Revolution, we found out that people mostly farmed and how big changes in the way fields were owned and run, drove people to head for towns to find work.


How to support your child at home:

Literacy: Could you try walking in the different ways we brainstormed (e.g. ambled, strolled, shuffled, strutted, stomped, marched, etc.) How does that effect the personality/feelings of characters?

Maths- We looked at counting in multiples of different numbers, so for 3- 3, 6. 9. 12. 15 and so on. We re caped that once you knew that 6 x 3=18, then 18/3=6 and 18/6=3. We also looked at diving with remainders, so if 21 sweets were divided between 4 people, then they would have 5 each and be one left over. Try some of these sums.


Find out what you can about how our ear works and what happens when a sound enters our ear. Can you see any examples of objects vibrating around the home that create different sounds?

We discussed that some towns, for example Newport and Blaenavon grew rapidly during the early 19th century- can you find out why? Bring in any information you can find out ready for next Wednesday.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Year 4 Home Learning W/E 16.9.11

This week we have been learning about:



Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fifths

Finding fractions of amounts

Negative numbers




Looking at the features of autobiographies

Planning an autobiography



Blaenavon and its global importance



Understanding that sounds are made when objects vibrate


How to support your child at home:




Practise adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fifths.

Use negative numbers to write addition and subtraction maths stories.




This week we continued to look at the features of autobiographies.  We talked about the factual information that we could include in our own autobiographies.  We started to plan our autobiographies.  Use your planning sheet to gather any additional information to use next week. 


Here are some things that you may want to find out:


Birth (date, time and place etc)

Family (parents, grandparents, siblings etc)

Important events (first day at school, a special holiday, your first pet, moving house etc)

Your hopes for the future (what you want to be when you grow up etc)




We located the South Wales Coalfields and Blaenavon on a map of Wales.  We talked about why Blaenavon and South Wales were globally important.  We looked at some posters such as 'South Wales Coals for every heating requirement' and 'South Wales Coals, The World's Best'.  Can you think of your own slogan and make a similar poster?


This week in music we listened to and explored rhythmic patterns.  Can you make up your own ostinato using body percussion?




We investigated sound vibrations using elastic bands, rulers, drums and pasta and tuning forks.  We could see the vibrations and hear the sound.

Have a go at making your own string telephone using these instructions:

Year 1 Home Learning

Year 1 Home Learning Week Ending 16.9.11
This week we have been learning:
Literacy: Extending sentences with adjectives.
Numeracy:Adding 3 digit numbers, number ordering.
Knowledge & Understanding: About how mail was transported in the past.
You can help your child at home:
Literacy: Discuss the sentence below and which adjectives you could insert into the sentence and then help your child to write it on paper.
Numeracy:Continue to give your child 3 single digit numbers to add together. use objects to help them count. Mix up numbers from 1 to 50. Let your child write them in the correct order. A fun game is on the website below: go to the number ordering game.

Knowledge & Understanding: Find out about the postal service in years gone by on the internet or in books.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Read Write Inc – sound of the week

Week ending 16/9


Mrs Morgan – ay, ee, igh

Mrs Evans – ay

Mrs Davies -igh

Miss Burrows/Mrs Pisacane – ee, ay

Mrs Fawsitt -

Mrs Miles – able, ible, ending words

Mrs Llewellyn – dog, big, the, I

Mrs Griffith -

Mrs Peacock/Mrs Schartz -

Mrs Cotton -

Mrs Garbett – ch, sh

Miss Foster- ible, ibly, able, ably


Word of the week:


Home Learning Year Three: w/e 16th September 2011

This Week We have been learning to:
Discovery: understand that the sun is a light source and how shadows are produced
Welsh: to revise our work from Year Two, recalling our name, age, where we live ... in Welsh
Art: to create patterns using one shape and one colour whilst investigating how we can change the shade of the colour to produce impact and effect.
You may like to help at home by:
Discovery: look at shadows produced by the sun, identify the object that has blocked the sunlight, does the shadow change during the day?
Welsh: to use phrases at home such as: 
Beth yw d'enw di?   What is your name?
.......... ydw i           I'm .....
Ble rwyt ti'n byw?    Where do you live?
Dwy'n byw yn.....    I live in.....
Faint ydy dy oed di?  How old are you?
Dw'in saith oed        I am seven years old
Art: if looking at colour around you may like to discuss how the shades are made lighter and darker and the reason this helps the impact in the painting.
If feeling brave you may like to create some masterpieces at home 
Just a reminder that PE in Year Three is a Monday and Friday, your child will need PE kit for both sessions including outdoor footwear
All the children have settled really well into their new year group, thankyou for your support

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Year Two Home Learning. W/E-16.9.11

This week we have been learning about-
Literacy- Using their imagination and knowledge of powerful words to describe exciting pictures.
Numeracy- Draw the hands on an analogue clock face and read the time to the quarter hour.
Knowledge and Understanding-
Begin to use the terms protein, carbohydrate, fibre, fats and vitamins when planning a healthy menu.
How you can help your child at home-
Literacy- Discuss or write a list of words to describe how you or an amimal might move. For eg. The king swaggered around his palace. The seagull swooped into the bubbling sea etc. I will then display them in the classroom to use in our writing.
Numeracy- Encourage your child to tell you the correct time- 0' clock and quarter to and quarter past times.
Knowledge and Understanding-
Perhaps around the tea table you could ask your child to verbally tell you which food groups their meal comes from. Why is protein important? Why are carbohydrates important?

Friday, 9 September 2011

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 9.9.11


This week we have been learning about:

 In Literacy- Answering questions about a text.

Synonyms- thinking of more exciting and adventurous words for said, big, small, bad, good, sad and happy.

Maths­-Place value of numbers- knowing the value of each digit in large numbers. e.g. in 631 700-knowing the 3 represents 30 000. Writing large numbers in words and digits.

Using the < and > symbol to compare numbers.


Looking at sound sources and thinking about how different sounds are made. We discussed how instruments are usually strung or plucked, blown into or hit/struck to create their sound.

Using to pastels/chalk to create a self portrait.

Using Microsoft Word to create a profile about ourselves- inserting pictures and editing text.


How to support your child at home:

Literacy: Choose some common words such as 'warm' or 'nice' and think of some more interesting and exciting words for them. E.g. warm- hot, scorching, sizzling…or angry- furious, cross, outraged...  

Maths- Try writing out sets of four numbers, that are close in value, e.g. 3487, 3874, 3847, 3478. Order them from smallest to largest. Then use the symbols < and > to show which is greater. So, 3487 > 3478. Try with different numbers. 


Think of the sounds that you may hear around the home/garden/street. How are they generated? Play 'guess the sound' game (like we did in class on the interactive white board)- can somebody at home guess what the sound is.

*Can you start collecting yoghurt pots and plastic drink bottles at home and bring them in- we'll be using them in science over the next few weeks.*