Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Home Learning Year 6

Week ending 2/3/2012

This week we have been looking at:

Literacy: Oral story - telling and suffixes following short vowel sound and 'e' on the end.

Numeracy: Line graphs and calculating volume

Equilaterals: Line graphs and straight line graphs

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

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

Group 1                            

Group 2                       

Group 3
































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

Use a thesaurus to look up synonyms of words.

Words such as slap have a short vowel before the last consonant so double the consonant for 'ed' or 'ing' suffix. Therefore slap becomes slapped or slapping.

Words with 'e' on the end such as like keep the e with a suffix beginning with consonant. For example like becomes likely. Care becomes careful.

Numeracy – Please continue to practise all times tables at home as these are an integral part of your child's learning.

A useful website for interpreting and creating graphs is:

Volume -

Year Three: Week Ending: 2nd March 2012

This Week we have been learning:
Literacy: Self Questioning during Reading sessions
Art: to research the artist Josef Herman
Science: to predict which plants will grow in different environments, according to temperature
Maths: Reasoning- to solve word problems involving multiplication and division
You may like to help at home by:
Literacy: Whilst reading at home you may like to encourage your child generate their own questions before during and after reading. they may like to create their own clouds of wonder! In each cloud they would write 'I wonder.......'  
allow them time to reflect and answer their I wonder questions.
Art: to research Josef Herman and identify the techniques and style of his work to aid their own work in class
Science: We have been placing seeds around the school to see which will grow the most successfully according to the varying temperature. Your child may like to identify plant types that can grow in a selection of environments that vary in temperature,eg: Desert,  Polar and Rainforest. Discuss with your child the plants we find in our environment and why we would/ would not find in a contrasting environment.
Maths: We have been looking at word problems that need us to identify the maths story and select the appropriate operation of multiplication or division to answer the word question. For example:
Dan bought 9 tickets. They cost £2 each. How much did Dan spend on tickets?
(Dan did the 'the same things lots of times', so we must need to multiply....the maths story would be: 9x2=18. The word answer would be: Dan spent £18 on tickets).
There are 60 chairs in a school hall, set out in rows of 10 chairs. How many rows are there?
(we need to 'share' the chairs into rows, so we must need to divide - look and wonder and rows of chairs!
The maths story would be: 60÷10= 6. The word answer would be: There are 6 rows of chairs.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Reception Home Learning W/E 24.02.12

This week we have been learning about:
Literacy - Big Write: using adjective to describe how a giraffe moves.
MMS - sorting 2d shapes.
Science - thinking of words to describe different materials.
How to support your child at home.
Using a picture of a giraffe from the book or the internet ask your child to think of adjectives and wow words to describe the giraffe, for example tall, swishing tail, elegant, magestic then support your child by helping them put the words into a sentence.  This activity can be done verbally with your child or you could support them by helping them to write the sentence.  It would be great to see the sentences in school next week.
We have been encouraging the children to sort objects, especially shapes, into categories they have decided would be good for sorting.  The child thought of sorting by type, number of sides, curved or straight sides and more.  Collect a range of different objects from around the house, or garden if the sun is shinning, and ask your child to think of different ways of sorting the objects.  Talk with your child and find out their ideas for sorting the objects, encourage them to think about the size, shape, colour etc to help them with the sorting.
Next week we are completing an investigation focusing on reflection of light.  This week we looked at a range of different materials and thought of lots of words to describe the materials, what they looked like and what they felt like.  The children thought of some great words including rough, shiny, soft etc.  Look around your house and identify different fabrics an ask your child to think of words to describe them.  This will get your child thinking about the properties of materials and words they can relate to the materials.
As you may have seen in the newsletter next week is Fair Trade week.  If you have any packets, wrappers etc with the Fair Trade logo then please send them in with your child next week, thank you.

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 24.02.12


This week we have been learning about:

Literacy- Writing a personification poem about a classroom after the children have left at the end of the day. (personification is giving a human quality to a non living item/subject, e.g. the classroom was sleeping or breathing.)

Maths­- x3 times tables

Finding areas of rectangles.

Discovery- Looking at classifying animals and discussing a variety of animal habitats.

Gym- recapping different jumps and rolls.

Welsh- using Ble rwyt yi'n mynd? (Where are you going?) Dwi'n mynd i'r ( I'm going to...) We used parc, sinema, amgueddfa, pwll nofio, llyrgell, canolfan siopa and conolfan hamdden as possible responses.

( Which translate to: park, cinema, museum, swimming pool, shopping centre and leisure centre. )


How to support your child at home:

Literacy- We shared lots of ideas about what a classroom is like at the end of the day, e.g. writing scrawled on the whiteboard, PE kits being abandoned on the floor, buzz of the hoover cleaning up the pencil shavings on the floor etc. We took an idea and tried to include personification, so perhaps the hoover eating up the mess or the football boot feeling lonely. We also used alliteration and similes too- ask your child what these mean.

Spellings- we looked at ed, and ex words, such as exaggerate, education, explanation, explaining.  

Maths- Following on from finding perimeters of shapes, we looked at finding areas of rectangles this week. We used the formula length x breadth to work them out. We used measurements such as cm squared and m squared. Try some out, such as what would be the area of a 5cm by 7cm rectangle. Or if the area is 63cm squared and one of the lengths was 7cm, what would be the other length?

Have a look at:

Discovery- We looked at a range of images of habitats, such as, woodland, urban, deep sea/ocean, pond etc and discussed what sort of living things we would expect to find there. Some children went on to give reasons as to why animals are suited to these habitats. We will be looking at terms such as prey and predator next week, do you know what these mean?

Practise our welsh question and answer, can you teach someone else the pattern?

If you have any food/drink items with the 'fair trade' logo on, could you bring them in next week?  


Year 2 Home Learning

This week we have been learning about-
Literacy- How miniibeasts move.
Numeracy- 2, 3 and 4 x tables. Number bonds to 10 and beyond.
How to help your child at home-
Literacy- If you have any minibeast poems at home, could you write them down or bring in the poetry book. The children are absolutely loving writing poetry at the moment! I am encouraging them to read aloud to an audience with expression. Can you write some intersting words about how spiders move?
Numeracy- Practise their tables. Ask number questions- What goes with 20 to make 45? What goes with 5 to make 100? I have taught the children to count in tens rather than individual numbers.
Knowledge and Understanding- Think about the animals and plants that we might find around the school. Where do you think the most minibeasts will be found?

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Year 4 Home Learning W/E 24.2.12

This week we have been learning about:



Adding and subtracting numbers with two decimal places

Drawing a pair of axes



Using information to develop ideas about a person

Building a character profile



Looking at shape, pattern and the difference between colour and the absence of colour

Learning our Welsh poem for the Eisteddfod


How to support your child at home:



Practise adding and subtracting the following numbers using the vertical method:


1.     36•78 + 12•81 =

2.     36•78 - 12•81 =

3.     43•54 + 51•72 =

4.     43•54 - 51•72 =

5.     38•54 - 11•71 =

6.     38•54 + 11•71 =


Be careful with tricky columns.



Produce another 'WANTED' poster for Twm Sion Cati.  This time try to write about the kind of person he was.  Here are some words that may help you: highwayman, trickster, thief, mischievous.



Next week in Art, we will be looking at patterns and tessellating shapes.  See if you can find any examples of tessellating shapes around your house or in your garden (e.g. paving slabs, brickwork, tiles).  You could sketch some of these or even take a few digital photographs.


Continue to practise our class poem with the actions.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Year three week beginning 20/2/12

This week we have been learning to:

Maths: 4 and 6 times tables
Music: researching music that could be used in a Trellech FM
programme about rainforests.
Literacy: reading and discussing Welsh myths

You may like to help at home by:

Maths: This week we have been working out/ chanting our 4 and 6 times
tables. We started by counting in 4s and 6s and then we used this
knowledge to work out the times tables. Help your child by counting in
4s and 6s using lego etc to help if necessary. Chant these tables when
you go out on walks, in the car etc.

Music: We will be planning and recording group presentations about
rainforests to go on Trellech FM. We have started to research songs
which could relate to rainforests. Can you find any more songs or
music which you could play in this programme. Look for music about the
jungle, rainforest animals or perhaps south American music. What
information do you want to use inbetween each song? How could you make
it interesting for the listener? Bring in any thoughts or information
you find to share with your group.

Literacy: This half term we will be looking at welsh myths. If you
have any welsh myths at home ask a parent to read one to you.
Otherwise go to the library where they should have a few. Can you
identify the beginning (introduction of characters), the middle (the
problem) and the end (the resolution of the problem). Discuss the
story . Could you resolve the problem in a different way. Can you
think of any WOW words to describe the characters?
Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Year 1

Year 1 Home Learning 10.2.12
This week we have been learning:
Literacy - writing a short story.
Numeracy - number bonds.
Knowledge and Understanding - who lived and worked in a castle.
You can help your child at home:
Literacy - read short stories together such as traditional tales. Talk about how they start: Once upon a time, One day etc. The children wrote a story story starting like this with added adjectives such as: Once upon a busy sunny day etc. Help your child to write a story maybe about a Queen Bee in her hive.
Numeracy - the children have brought home a number bond sheet where they have to find pairs of numbers that add to make 10. Your child can use fingers to help count on or any objects. Help your child to become confident in knowing these number pairs.
K & U - read books and look on line to discuss what chores people who worked in a castle, had to carry out.
Have a lovely half-term.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Year 2 Home Learning W/E 10.2.12

This week we have been learning about-
Literacy- Use of similes.

Numeracy- Finding the missing number when the answer is known.

Knowledge and Understanding- To know that many materials change when
they are heated.

How to help your child at home.
Literacy- We have written some fab poetry this term. The children have
really worked hard to use descriptive language and use of similes.
Perhaps in the holidays you could encourage your child to describe
somewhere you have visited or what the weather looks and feels like.
For eg. The clouds were bursting with snowflakes. The cars skidded
frantically around the corner. (These are sentences from the childrens

Numeracy- Perhaps you could do some sums like these- ---+2=10. ---+4=20. etc.
Encourage them to point to number 2 and see how many jumps to make 10.

Knowledge and Understanding- When cooking perhaps you could ask your
child what will happen to a particular ingredient. What happens to an
egg when you boil it? What happens to toast after you have put it in
the toaster? Get them to use as many descriptive words as possible.

Next term we will be studying minibeasts so if you have anything that
is particular interesting, please could you bring it in. Thank you for
all the interesting dinosaur books and artefacts that you have brought
in to enhance our topic. Have a great half term and thank you for your

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 10.2.12

This week we have been learning about:

Literacy- Personification Poems

Maths­- x7 times tables

Finding perimeters of shapes.

Discovery- Finding out how different animals are adapted to their environments.

Creating a branching diagram to sort and classify animals/insects.

Looking at mechanisms, including levers, linkages and pivots.


How to support your child at home:

Literacy- We looked at a poem called 'Last night I saw the city breathing' by Andrew Fusek Peters. It's a personification poem, which means that non-human objects are given human characteristics, e.g. the trees put on a show for their audience, the shadows danced cheek to cheek, the buildings' laughed. Try thinking of some ideas for your own personification poem, ready for after half term. Perhaps it could be about a city/village or a snowy out door  scene?

Spellings- we looked at di and de words, such as division, dividing, describe, determine, deception, deceive.  

Maths-We looked at the perimeter of rectangles to start, and soon worked out that to find the perimeter of a rectangle, like any shape, you have to add up the lengths of each side. So for a 5 by 7 rectangle, the perimeter will be 5 + 5 + 7 + 7= 24. We soon then looked at hexagons, octagons and some irregular shapes. We had some fun trying to work out lengths for a rectangle once they knew the perimeter. So if the perimeter was 28cm, the rectangle lengths could be 10 by 4, (10+10+4+4) or 9 by 5 (9+9+5+5). Try finding the rectangle lengths for perimeters of 16, 24 and 36.

Have a look at:

Discovery-We looked at how animals have adapted to their environments over time, for example, a polar bear has large paws for walking over ice, has a layer of fat under their thick fur to keep warm and are white to blend in with their surroundings to avoid being spotted by predators.

Choose an animal of your choice and see if you can carry out some research into their adaption. Bring in any pictures/notes you may do after half term.

This website looks fun to look at:

We started to look at some simple mechanisms, including some everyday objects that use them, for example a push bike, a flush within a toilet, pair of scissors, cork screw, tin opener,door handle etc. We discussed how moving one part caused something else to turn/twist/rotate/move etc. We started to use terms such as pivot and levers. Have a look around your home, can you see any other mechanisms in action? Draw them or write them down and bring them in after half term.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Year 4 Home Learning W/E 10.2.12

This week we have been learning about:



Investigating fractions that are less than, equal to and greater than a half



Using dictionaries and glossaries

Using synonyms, antonyms and homophones



Working in groups to present information about Hajj



Investigating where woodlice prefer to live

Reflecting upon the results of our investigation


How to support your child at home:



Write the numbers 1-10 on a piece of scrap paper.  Choose two numbers to make a fraction (remember to put the biggest number on the bottom and the smallest number on the top).  Is the fraction you have made less than, equal to or greater than a half?  Keep making fractions until you have used all of the numbers once.



Create a glossary about a topic that is of interest to you.  Make sure that you include relevant topic words and arrange them in alphabetical order.



Think back to when you wrote about your special place.  Imagine you are there now and write a short postcard to your friend.  Tell them what it is like there, what you have been doing and how you feel.



Our woodlice investigation was successful!  Most groups found that the woodlice preferred to live on the damp wood.  One group found more woodlice on the cold stones.  We discussed possible reasons for this.  We learnt that woodlice lose water through their cuticle and came to the conclusion that they needed a moist, damp place to live for this reason.


After half term we will be looking at how other animals are suited and adapted to living in their environments. 


Choose an animal and find out how it is adapted to living in its environment.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Read Write Inc – Sound of the week


Week beginning 6.2.12


Mrs Cotton – reinforce s.s.l

Mrs Evans

Mrs Morgan 

Mrs Davies –spelling words with igh, eg. Tonight, slight

Miss Burrows/Mrs Pisacane – ee, air

Mrs Miles – er, ur, ir

Mrs Llewellyn

Mrs Peacock/Mrs Schartz – ow, oa, o-e, o

Mrs Garbett – – oo (zoo) oo (look)


Word of the week:


Year Three. Home Learning w/e: 10th February 2012

This week we have been learning to:
Welsh: know the name of characters and where they hide in the garden. (prepositions)
RE: to understand why Chrisitans visit Churches and Jews visit Synagogues (special places)
Numeracy: calculate answers to word problems using multiplication and division maths stories.
You may like to help at home by:
Welsh: talk about the characters Wil Wiwer, Beni Broga, Mali Malwoden, Dai Draenog, Gwyn Gwdihw, Cen Cwningen ac Ceri Crwban
           discuss where they hide: yn y goeden- in the tree
                                               yn y goedwig- in the woods
                                               wrth y wal- by the wall
                                               yn y twll- in the hole
                                               o dan y dail- under the leaves
                                               ar ben y goeden- on top of the trees
RE: research a synagogue and a church and produce a simple report about why these buildings are important to Jews and Christians.
Numeracy: identifying the maths story in a real life story.
E.g: Ali bought 8 tickets. They cost £5 each. How much did Ali spend on tickets? read the real life story, clarify the question. look at the explicit information... there are 8 tickets and the tickets cost £5 each We are asked how much.....? Its implicit we are being asked about pounds, the real life story is about pounds (£). All the tickets are the same price. Its doing the same thing lots of times... (8x5=)
Thankyou for your continued support this half term, we wish you a good break.
Forthcoming events: St Davids Day (March 1st) Children to wear traditional dress, please.
                              Class Assembly (March 28th) This will have a rainforest theme.... we will send more information regarding specific costumes/ resources after half term.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 3.2.12


This week we have been learning about:

Literacy- Planning, writing and evaluating a report based on a particular animal.

Maths­- x7 times tables

Describing properties of 3D shapes- using faces (sides), edges and vertices to classify shapes. We looked at common 3D shapes such as cube, cuboid, sphere, cone, cylinder, pyramids(square based and triangular based) and prisms (triangular like a Toblerone, pentagonal, hexagonal etc)

Reading and plotting co-ordinate points on a grid. Using vocabulary such as: horizontal, vertical, axis, plot, point, origin.

Discovery- We found out about the animal kingdom and how it is split into different groups- we discussed the five vertebrate groups- bird, fish, reptile, amphibian and mammal. We used the internet to find out what the characteristics are for each group, e.g. mammals have hair, give birth to their young and feed them milk.

We looked at sorting/branching diagrams to classify different animals.

Learning some new positions/movements in gymnastics- camel walking,


How to support your child at home:

Literacy- Look at some non-fiction books that you may have at home, can you identify some of the features of reports that we looked at this week? Maybe the title, subheadings, diagrams/pictures, use of technical/topical words, bullet points for quick facts etc.

Maths- Look out for some objects around your home, can you identify what 3D shape they are? (Food packaging is always useful for this.) Describe their properties, so how many faces, edges and vertices do they have?

Have a look at:

Perhaps you could draw a 5 by 5 grid, label the axis and plot some points on it. Could you try 2 quadrants or even four (using negative numbers)?  Write down the points you plot, remember to use brackets and that the x axis number comes before the y.


Can you find out what groups invertebrates are divided into- what are the characteristics of each group? Could you try creating a branching diagram to classify the three groups? Remember how we did the one in class.

Perhaps you can practise some of our new gymnastic movements at home? Think about control and your body tension. 

*Next week is our last session of swimming, so remember your swimming kit and come into school from 8.50am.*

Year 1

Year 1 Home Learning Week Ending 3.2.12
This week we have been learning:
Numeracy: grouping
Literacy: writing reports
Cultural Diversity: Chinese New Year
You can help your child at home:
Numeracy: set out 6 cups , count them and then put them into piles of 2 cups. How many cups are there? 6 cups. How many piles are there? 3 piles. Talk about how there are the same number of cups both times but they have a different appearance.
Try with other numbers such as 4 cups / 8 cups / 10 cups. Only put them into piles of 2 cups.
(This is a stepping stone to multiplications and divisions later on; we want the children to understand that there is the same value but a different appearance.)
Literacy: read reference books and pick out features such as a simple title to tell what the text is about, and others such as sub-titles, facts, diagrams, capitals and full stops.
Cultural Diversity: read about the Chinese New Year and find out what sign you are, such as a tiger / rat etc.

Year 3 week beg 30.1.12

This week we have been learning to:
Maths:    add and subtract fractions
              drawing axis and plot points
Music:   creating compositions inspired by the rainforest
Literacy: write a non-chronological report on a rainforest animal

 You may like to help at home by:
Maths: This week we have been drawing the x and y axis on graph paper and plotting points using co-ordinates. Using paper with sqaures 1cm long (you can find this on the internet - google images)
draw the x axis and label from 1 - 8 and the y axis labeling 1-8. Once you have done this, plot the following points: A(1,1) B(7,1)  C(1,4)  Using a ruler, carefully join the points to make a shape. Measure each side of the shape in cms and in mms. Describe and name the shape with as much as detail as possible.   
Music: This week we have been creating a composition inspired by the rainforest. We thought carefully about the story and the instruments we would use. We then had to decide how we would use the instruments to create a variation in texture. For example if there was a storm in the forest would we just use one instrument or all 7? Would the dynamics be loud or quiet and would the pace of the music change? can you create your own piece of music using all these elements. Ask your parents or siblings to help by playing some of the instruments. If you don't have instruments you can use your voice or parts of your body to create different sounds. If you have lessons on a musical instrument have a go using your instrument . For example can you make the sound of rain on the piano, or the wind blowing through the trees on your guitar. Think about other ways of playing your instrument such as tapping the wood of the guitar.

Literacy: This week we have researched an animal and written a report on it. We have made sure that we included all the important elements such as title, subtitle, lots of interesting facts, labelled pictures and have written it in the 3rd person. Choose something you enjoy such as a hobby and write a report including all these important elements. You can do it on computer, record it on video or audio or write it on paper. It is up to you!
                      Have a good weekend!

Year 4 Home Learning W/E 3.2.12

This week we have been learning about:



Reviewing what we have learnt so far this term



Identifying and using the features of a report to create a brochure about Trellech



Presenting information in bar graphs and pie charts



Planning an investigation to find out which habitat woodlice prefer


How to support your child at home:



Practise adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing nixed numbers:


1.     ¼ x 2 + 1 ¼ x 3 =

2.     ½ x 3 – ¼ x 2 =

3.     1/5 x 2 + 1/5 x 3 =

4.     1/10 x 7 – 1/10 x 3 =      (Can you write this answer as a decimal?)

5.     1/7 x 3 + 1 1/7 x 1=

6.     1 ¼ ÷ ¼ =

7.     3 1/5 ÷ 2/5 =



Use the features of a report to create an information leaflet about a place that you have visited.  Include some pictures to make your leaflet stand out.  We will share these in class next week.



Collect some data from your family (e.g. favourite colour or food).  Give them a few options to choose from and make a tally chart.  Use the information collected to produce a simple bar graph, either using Excel or on paper.



Look for some woodlice in your garden.  Where are they found?  Think about why they are found there and what their habitat provides for them.  Why do you think woodlice prefer certain conditions over others?  Next week we will be investigating this further.


If you find any woodlice in your garden, please could you carefully collect a few on Monday evening and bring them to school on Tuesday morning.  Please make sure that they are in an old container (maybe a butter tub or something similar) which has air holes.   We will release them back into their natural habitat as soon as we have finished our investigation.


If it is too frosty and you can't find any woodlice, we will carry out our investigation after half term!

Read Write Inc – Sound of the week

Week beginning 30.1

Mrs Morgan spell ou words, igh, ie

Mrs Evans – ir

Mrs Davies –igh, or, ay, ee

Miss Burrows/Mrs Pisacane – ay

Mrs Cotton – ng, nk and blending

Mrs Miles – writing a report

Mrs Llewellyn – ck and sh sounds

Mrs Griffith – ow, oo

Mrs Peacock/Mrs Schartz – ow, oa, o-e, o

Mrs Garbett


Word of the week: