Friday, 27 April 2012

Reception Home Learning W/E 27.04.12

This week we having been learning about:
MMS - sequencing and positional language
Creative - the work of Clarice Cliff
How to support your child at home:
When you are out and about during the weekend look around for situations where you can use positional language.  For example when waiting at the traffic lights discuss what colour car is first in the line, 2nd, 3rd etc. You could also arrange different types of toys in a line and ask your child to move them according to your instructions.  For example put the doll first and then put the car next to the doll.  Encourage your child to give you instructions to move the toys using the correct language.
We have been looking at the designs created by Clarice Cliff and having a go at drawing her designs ourselves.  Use the internet and select a design together and have a go at recreating the design using the correct colours, felt tip pens or paint is good for this.  Discuss the bold patterns and designs and see if you can find a favourite together.
Usk trip on Thursday
Some parents have asked about wearing school uniform for the trip on Thursday  to Usk College.  Children are able to wear jeans or tracksuit bottoms if you wish although they must wear their school jumpers.  Please send in a raincoat on that day for your child, thank you.

Year Three. Home Learning Week Ending: 27th April 2012

This week we have been learning to..
Science: investigate the properties of materials
Discovery: to find out our understanding of the Olympics
The World this Week: to read about the preparations for the Queens Diamond Jubilee
You may like to help at home by
Science: investigating the property of different materials. Your child may like further develop an investigation we carried out in class, finding out which materials were the most absorbent.
Discovery: we have written down what we already know about the Olympics and what we would like to know. Your child may wish to continue this research at home and bring their findings to share with their peers. They can present them in the form they prefer.
TWTW: We read about the Queens visit to Wales today and decided we would track her journey and celebrations in preparation for  the celebrations in June. You may like to help your child research, read , watch any news items which would contribute to our 'record' of this celebration
Many thanks

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 27.4.12

This week we have been learning about:

Literacy- Studying a play-script called 'Father's Day.' Empathising with the characters of the play.

Discussing when scripts are used, e.g. reporting, drama, radio-broadcasting...

Looking at words with a 'ch' spelling in that make a 'k' sound, e.g chemist, chaos, rather than 'ch' for chip or church.  Learn the spellings for Monday- chaotic, stomach, technical, architect, parachute, machine.



X 8 tables

Multiplying by1 and 2 digit numbers. Knowing the place value of each digit in 3 digit numbers.  


Finding out about the Paralympics in P.E- we wore blindfolds and used a ball with a bell in it to see what it was like not being able to see when playing a game of football. We discussed how it made us feel.

Classifying materials in science. We looked at a range of materials and discussed their properties. We used words such as flexible, rough, shiny, absorbent and reflective.

Reading a Welsh passage about a boy/girl and identifying language that we know.

Finding out about the Ancient Greek Olympics.

Using Excel on the computer.

Designing a new 2012 Olympic logo.

How to support your child at home:



We carried out sums such as:


                                                           X 5

                                                            20 (5x4)

                                                           350 (5x70)

                                                      2000 (5x400)

                                                      2370 (The total of the three answers added up)


Try some of your own at home, bring any in on Monday, I'd love to see them.



Have a look at what materials you have around your home- can you list some objects and what they are made from, what properties dos each material have?  Bring in any ideas next week.

We are going to be studying the Olympics as a topic this term, so start finding out what you can about the Olympics and Paralympics values? Can you find out what the words actually mean? Can you find out what the 5 Olympic rings and their colours represent?

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Home Learning W/E 27.4.12

This week we have been learning about-
Numeracy- 3x and 4x tables. Vertical subtraction with tricky columns.

Literacy- Memory games eg. I went to the forest and I
saw......Sequencing activities.

Knowledge and Understanding- Planning a fair test to determine which
colour minibeasts are attracted to.

How to help your child

Numeracy- Practise times tables. Vertical subtraction and addition.

Literacy- Using alliteration to describe fruit. The children could
bring in a few sentences in their best handwriting.

Knowledge and Understanding- Research the Olympics.

Read write Inc - sounds of the week

Read Write Inc - Sound of the Week
Week beginning 23.4.12
Mrs Cotton - ay/SS1
Mrs Evans - ay/ee
Mrs Miles - oo, ew, ue, u_e
Mrs Llewellyn - igh, ow
Miss Burrows/Mrs Piscane - ow, ai
Mrs Garbett - Revise SS3 so far and u_e
Mrs Davies - ar
Word of the week:

Year 4 Home Learning W/E 27.4.12

This week we have been learning about:



Finding percentages of numbers

Using compasses to draw triangles



The features of formal and informal letters

Writing letters to our friends



Recording what we know and what we want to find out about the Olympics

Using atlases to locate Greece



Sorting materials according to their properties

Dissolving experiments


How to support your child at home:



Look at the example and then use the 'zoom' and 'zonk' method to find the following percentages:


5% of 200 = 10


5% = 5/100


'Zoom' 200 cups to the maths table.

'Zonk' the cups into groups of 100 cups (2 groups).

Replace each group of 100 cups with 5 cups.

How many cups have you got on the maths table?


2 groups of 5 = 5 x 2

                      = 10


1.     1% of 400 =

2.     10% of 300 =

3.     4% of 400 =

4.     6% of 500 =

5.     5% of 600 =

6.     20% of 300 =

7.     50% of 600 =

8.     100% of 400 =



Use the features that we talked about this week to write a letter to a friend.  You could imagine that you are inviting them to a party or telling them all about a holiday.


In preparation for next week, think about how formal letters are different to the letters you have been writing this week.  Think about when and why you may need to write a formal letter.




This week we talked about the ancient Olympic Games in 776BC.  Can you work out how long ago that was and what AD stands for?


Next week we will be comparing ancient and modern maps of Greece.  Use the internet and/or books to find out about ancient Greece and the lives of the people living there.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Year 1

Year 1 Home Learning Week Ending 26.4.12
This week we have been learning:
Creative Development - evaluations
Numeracy - subtractions
Literacy - identifying speech marks
How you can help your child at home:
Creative Development - discuss your child's puppet with them , talking about the strong / weak points
Numeracy - write out 3 digit subtractions such as
- 012
Literacy - read a story together and discuss which words the character actually says and touch the speech marks. Discuss how speech marks only go around what is actually said.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Year three week ending 5.4.12

WE have been learning about:

Maths: recall number facts instantly

Art/ Discovery: origami

Music: Concert

How you can help your child:

Maths: In order to work out word problems and long addition and subtraction as quickly as possible, there are some number facts which the children need to be able to recall instantly. ie without the need to work them out. We are working on instantly recalling 2, 5,10, 11 times tables and once they can recall these starting to  include the 3 and 6 times tables. Help your child to practise them by counting in 2's, 5's, 10's etc and then by using times tables games on the internet (see the link below) or random testing during the day.
Being able to instantly recall addition and subtraction of single digit numbers is a very useful skill. Again quick tests when you have the opportunity or internet games from websites (such as the one above) can help the children achieve this.

Art / Discovery: We have had alot of fun making paper aeroplanes and origami flowers this week. This activity can help to develop many skills such as fine motor skills, co-ordination, following instructions and concentration. At home encourage your child to have a go either by following the instructions below or choosing their own model to make on the following website.  You dont need to buy proper origami paper - just cut down an A4 piece of paper to make a square. (aeroplanes usually need A4 paper). Don't forget to bring in your creations to school.

Music: On Tuesday we were lucky enough to watch the 'Music for all' concert performed by the Gwent music support service staff. It was a wonderful concert with a wide variety of music showcased including  some exciting jazz played by their big band. We will be looking at Big bands during our music sessions next term and even trying to play some jazz ourselves. During the holidays try to find out some information about Big bands. What can you find out about their history? Where did they originate? What type of music do they play? What instruments are in a big band? Are there amy famous big bands?

Have a relaxing holiday!

Year 4 Home Learning W/E 5.4.12

This week we have been learning about:



Finding symmetry in 2D shapes



Writing myths



The Easter story

Recalling what we have learnt this term


How to support your child at home:



Look around your house for 2D shapes.  Can you find any lines of symmetry in them?  Make a table to record the name of the shape and the number of lines of symmetry that it has.


Look for symmetry in nature.  If you are out walking over the holidays, see what symmetrical patterns you can spot (e.g. leaves and butterflies).



Keep a reading diary over the holidays.  This could be for you Home Reader or another book.  Each time you read, write a few lines about the story and the characters.


Write a book review, including the following:

·         Title

·         Author

·         Illustrator

·         What you liked about the book

·         Your favourite part

·         Your favourite character

·         Whether you would recommend it to a friend


You could also create an alternative front cover for the book.



Next term we will be learning about the Olympics.  Think about what you would like to find out.  Write your ideas down so that you can share them with the class after the holidays.  Look out for news stories about London 2012 as the games get closer.