Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Year three week ending June 1st

Maths: times tables
Discovery: Australia in the olympics and Australian Olympians
How you can help your child:
 
Maths: Over the half term could you practise all times tables. Have a go chanting them forwards and backwards, testing yourselves in and out of order and of course use games on the internet or times tables apps. My favourite website: www.topmarks.co.uk ( go to games and then maths)
 
Discovery: Next half term our topic will be the olympics and we will be focussing on Australia in the Olympics. Find out how many Australian athletes are taking part in the olympicsthis year, how many medals did they win last time, what sports are they particularly good at and do they have any famous olympians? You will probably find out lots more interesting facts. Decide how to present your facts. Will you make a fact file, a project or present using powerpoint?
 
Could you ensure your child has goggles for swimming on Mondays.
Enjoy the half term!

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Year 1

Year 1 Home Learning Week Ending 1.5.12
We have been learning:
 
Assembly Practice
 
RE - the story of Moses
 
Numeracy - 10 times table
 
You can help your child at home:
 
Assembly Practice - please help your child to learn his/her lines. Concentrate on volume and expression. When the printer in school is working, we will be able to send whole scripts home , this will enable you to help your child say the lines at the correct time.
 
Costumes - again ,we can't send letters home at the moment so please look at the roles below. Your child will have told you which part they are playing as they brought their individual lines home.
 
Butcher - apron, hat ( as near to a butcher as possible)
Harp - golden dress
Jack - t-shirt and trousers or dungarees. A cap if you have one.
Jack's mother - skirt and top or dress and a headscarf
Giant's wife - skirt and top or dress and a headscarf
Giant - shirt, trousers, boots
Dancers - Francis, Wanda and Bella - ballet outfits ( they said they had these )
Narrators - a colourful top and trousers or skirt
 
Thankyou for your help.
 
RE - discuss the story of Moses and the Ten Commandments. Discuss some good rules you might have in your home.
 
Numeracy - practise the 10 times tables.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 25.5.12

This week we have been learning about:

 

Literacy- Letter Writing- informal letters

The correct use of there, their and they're

Maths­-

Ordering and rounding decimal numbers

 

Discovery-

Beginning research about a country that will be competing in the Olympic Games this summer

Finding out about the 3 torchbearers who carried the torch through Monmouth this week

Practising for our class assembly (Thurs June 14th @  9.15am)

Starting to look at solids, liquids and gases- sorting some of the properties of these three

Literacy-Next week we will be having a go at writing our own letter of complaint- could you think of something that you could complain about ready for this, i.e. a bad experience at a restaurant or a hotel, or something that you have bought that is faulty, or arrived late if you bought it online.

Maths-

Practise counting out some money, any change will do. When you have found the total, practise rounding this to nearest whole number or multiple of 10. For example, if you had 34p, the nearest multiple of 10 would be 30. If you had £1.34 the nearest whole pound would be £1.

For 37.8cm, 38cm would be the nearest whole number.

What would these numbers round to: a. 42.7 b.97.3 c.56.2 d. 11.6 e. 45.8 f. 92.5

Can you explain to someone else when you round up or down (remember high-five!)

Discovery:

Can you remember some of the properties of a solid, liquid and a gas. Which one(or two) for example, will flow easily along a pipe? Which becomes a solid once it has been frozen? Which can be compressed easily?

Next week we will be looking a bit more at the molecule structure of solids, liquids and gases and experimenting with condensation and evaporation- what can you find out about these?

 

 

Home Learning. W/E 24.5.12

This week we have been learning-

Literacy-

Numeracy- Using the language difference between for subtraction. Money
problems and giving change.

Knowledge and Understanding- To make a circuit using buzzers and motors.

How to help your child at home-

Literacy- Perhaps your child could write a letter to the Queen, asking
her to pop in to our Jubille Party. Can you write your address
independently? What do you need to include in the letter? What will
you include to encourage the Queen to come?

Numeracy- 6x tables. Using money and giving change. For eg. I buy 6
books at 9p each. Write the change from £1. I buy 2 packets of
biscuits at 98p each. Write the change from £1.

Knowledge and Understanding- Can your child research a paralympic
athelete. For eg. name, what sport they play, where they live, have
they won any previous medals are they competing in this years
olympics? etc

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Year 4 Home Learning W/E 25.5.12

This week we have been learning about:

 

Numeracy:

Using compasses to draw triangles

Calculating decimal terms within expressions

 

Literacy:

Writing letters to Team Great Britain

 

Discovery:

Using the third person to write about an Olympic athlete in Welsh

Thinking about ways in which the environment is cared for

 

How to support your child at home:

 

Numeracy:

Complete the following:

 

1.     3•1 x 2•4 + 2•2 x 5•3 - 2•1 x 4•2 + 3•2 x 3•1 =

2.     3•1 x 1•5 - 1•1 x 3•2 + 6•2 x 1•1 =

3.     4•4 x 2•3 + 2•2 x 5•3 - 2•5 x 4•2 =

4.     3•1 + 2•2 x 5•3 – 2 – 1 + 3•2 x 3•1 =

 

 

Literacy:

Write a short message of support to your chosen athlete from Team GB.

 

Discovery:

Design a poster to encourage people look after the environment in and around Trellech.

 

Use the following sentence patterns to write about a famous person or a cartoon character:

 

Enw:

Mae e'n / hi'n byw yn..................                      

Mae e'n / hi'n ........ oed.                                   

Mae e'n / hi'n hoffi..............

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Home Learning Year 6
Week ending 25/5/12
This week we have been looking at:
Literacy: Spellings, Presentation research and Big Write
Numeracy: Multiplying and dividing decimals
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                       
estuary
carried
salary
worried
missionary
copied
revolutionary
supplied
contemporary
hurried
plenary
studied
secretary
tried
customary
denied
documentary
applied
solitary
married
 
Please use a dictionary to find their meanings and include them in sentences.
Use a thesaurus to look up synonyms of the words.
Please continue collecting information for a presentation on a favourite book. For example: about the author, the plot, why does your child like it? What is their favourite character and why? Give evidence from the book to support reasons. Please include quotes and extracts.
Numeracy – Please continue to practise all times tables at home as these are an integral part of your child's learning. When x by decimals ignore the decimal point and put back in at the end. Make sure you count how many numbers were after the decimal point in the question and that's where it will go! When ÷ by decimals line the decimal point up with its location in the question. E.g.
         1.2
8        9.6
Welsh: As a part of an upcoming oral assessment, your child needs to research a famous person and learn about them. They will be interviewed as if they are that person.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Year 1

Year 1 Home Learning Week Ending 18.5.12
This week we have been learning:
 
Numeracy: odds and evens
Literacy: letter writing
Knowledge & Understanding: detecting evidence of minibeasts
 
You can help your child at home:
Numeracy: using the pack of cards brought home you can play a game of 2 or more players. Turn over a card, identify if it is an odd or even number. If correct, keep the card and take turns like this. The first to make a set of cards from ace to king is the winner.
 
Literacy: help your child write a thankyou letter to somebody in the family. The children wrote to the organiser of the trip at Usk College using features of a letter such as adress, punctuation, I am writing to you because.....
 
Knowledge & Understanding: hunt around your garden for evidence of minibeasts. Make a tally chart. For example, how many chewed leaves were found, or eggs on leaves, spider webs, cocoons, wings found?
 
 
 
 

Friday, 18 May 2012

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 18.5.12

This week we have been learning about:

 

Literacy- Discussion texts- debating a point of view about the issue of junk food

Holding a debate- taking on the role of someone in the community- i.e. a Doctor, a youth worker, a fast food restaurant worker, a teacher, a teenager- we put ourselves in their shoes and thought about their point of view

Writing a balanced argument based on this issue

Maths­-

 

Rotation of shapes

Quarter turns and the relationship with angles i.e. 1 quarter turn= 90 degrees, 2 quarter turns= 180 degrees

 

Mental Maths-real life problems

 

X 9 tables

 

Discovery-

Finding out about the 2012 Olympic Torch; including its design, the history of the torch and its symbolism

Reading a story called Papa Pop in Welsh

Investigating which type of paper is the most absorbent

Looking at who will be carrying the Olympic torch through Monmouth and why they were nominated to do so

 

Maths-

Try drawing some 2D shapes and patterns- practise rotating them and drawing them in a new position. If it helps, cut out the shape and physically turn it. Practise using the vocabulary: clockwise and anti-clockwise, right angle, quarters...

We had daily practise this week of real life mental maths problems- such as:

1.    Tom has 4 CD towers, if each tower holds 35 CD's. How many CD's altogether?

2.    45 cars were in a car park, if 28 cars leave and then 31 cars enter, how many cars are now in the car park?

3.    2/5 of a class of 30 children have blue eyes, how many don't have blue eyes?

4.    Tea bags come in boxes of 60, how many tea bags would you have in 6 boxes?

Can you practise some at home- just make up any story/scenarios. Some children found these quite tricky- so the more you can do the better

Discovery:

Can you find out a little bit about solid, liquids and gases- can you think of some examples for each category- what properties do they have?

Practise some of the actions for our mascot dance

Next week we will be looking at bit more at the route of the torch- can you find out where it will be before and after Monmouth?

We will be looking at letter writing in English next week- can you start looking at the types of letters people may write- i.e. what is their purpose? How are they set out?

Reception Home Learning W/E 18.05.12

This week we have been learning:
 
Literacy ~ how to write simple informal letters.
MMS ~ comparing tall and short and using appropriate language
           pairing objects according to patterns.
Science ~ what flowers need to grow.
 
Ideas to do at home together:
 
Literacy
If you have any letters at home show them to your child and discuss the layout, for example where does the address go or who is the letter for?  Have a go at writing a simple letter to invite a friend to tea or to play, bring them into school next week to show the class.
 
MMS
When you are out and about over the weekend look out for tall objects and short objects.  Use the words tallest or shortest to describe the objects.  Measure the height of each of the members of your family and mark them out on the ground using chalk or cut pieces of string to the correct height.  Ask your child to say who is the tallest and who is the shortest.  If you have used the string then ask your child to put them into height order independently.  The next activity might help you with your washing!  We have been washing and pairing up patterned socks this week.  When you are putting away the clean washing ask your child to match the socks into pairs, discuss any patterns which might be on the socks such as spots or strips.  Talk about how there are 2 items in a pair, can they think of other objects which come in pairs?
 
Science
Discuss with your child the things flowers need to grow and what would happen if we didn't provide these things.  This would be a good activity to do when watering the garden over the weekend.
 
We will be continuing to look at the layout of letters next week, if you have any examples of letters at home then please send them in with your child on Monday.
 

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Year Two. Home Learning. W/E 18.5.12

This week we have been learning-

Literacy- Using exciting words to describe a secret garden. Use of
interesting sentence openers.

Numeracy- Counting in tens and fives. Funny writing, (numbers).

Knowledge and Understanding- To know that electricity can be supplied
by batteries.

How to help your child at home-

Literacy- Next week we will be writing letters. So if you can discuss
with your child why we might write a letter or recieve one. Also if
your child could practise writing their own address together with the
postcode.

Numeracy- Funny writing. For eg. 75 is 6ty fifteen and 34 is 2ty
fourteen. Please could your child complete these sums in funny writing
and bring them in on Monday. 35, 67, 57, 79, 44, 68, 43, 95 and 97.

Knowledge and Understanding- Practise putting batteries into devices
to make them work. Is there a particular way you have to put them in
to make them work? Do batteries come in different sizes? Do some
appliances use batteries and electricity?

Year 4 Home Learning W/E18.5.12

This week we have been learning about:

 

Numeracy:

Finding equivalent fractions

Recognising terms within expressions

 

Literacy:

Writing letters of complaint

 

Discovery:

Pastel pictures of Olympic athletes

Researching Olympic athletes

 

How to support your child at home:

 

Numeracy:

Complete the following:

 

2  =  4  =    =     =  12

3             9    15    

 

Use this to help you to answer the following questions:

1.     2 of 6km =

3

 

2.     4 of 6km =

6

 

3.     2 of 15km =

3

 

4.     10 of 15km =

            15

 

Find the answers to the following:

 

1.     3 x 2 + 2 x 5 – 1 x 4 = 3 x 3 =

2.     2 x 2 + 3 x 5 + 2 x 4 – 1 x 3 =

3.     3 x 3 – 2 x 4 + 1 x 6 + 2 x 2 =

4.     4 x 4 – 3 x 1 + 2 x 2 – 5 x 1 – 3 x 1 =

 

Literacy:

This week you wrote letters to famous authors and sports players.  Can you think of someone else that you could write to in a similar style? 

 

Before you start, think about what you want to say to them and some questions that you could ask them about their work or their life.

 

Discovery:

Look at http://www.teamgb.com/ and create a profile for one of the athletes selected for Team GB.

Include their picture, name, age, where they are from, their sport, any medals that they have won and an interesting fact about them.

 

Class Assembly:

Please could you start sending in costumes for our assembly.

 

Commentators: black trousers, shirts and ties

Athletes: Traditional Greek costume (e.g. an old white sheet)

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Home Learning Year 6
Week ending 18/5/12
This week we have been looking at:
Literacy: Spellings, Presentation research and Big Write
Numeracy: Solving written problems
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                       
adversary
boundary
anniversary
burglary
complimentary
canary
February
diary
imaginary
February
January
January
necessary
library
ordinary
ordinary
temporary
primary
voluntary
secondary
 
Please use a dictionary to find their meanings and include them in sentences.
Use a thesaurus to look up synonyms of the words.
Please continue collecting information for a presentation on a favourite book. For example: about the author, the plot, why does your child like it? What is their favourite character and why? Give evidence from the book to support reasons. Please include quotes and extracts. Your child will be presenting this next half term.
Numeracy – Provide your child with written problems. Ask them to firstly recognise what it is they have to do then know how to do it.
Please continue to practise all times tables at home as these are an integral part of your child's learning.
Welsh: As a part of an upcoming written assessment, your child needs to research information on a place they may have visited in order to write a postcard in Welsh. It can include what they have seen, had to eat and drink and what the weather was like. Es I… ( I went), Ces I… ( I had), Gwelais I… ( I saw) and Roedd hi'n… (it was).
 

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

WE have been learning about:

Maths: negative numbers and fair swaps
Discovery: Olympic values and Welsh olympians
Literacy: Show and Tell
How you can help your child:
Maths: This week we continued calculating maths stories using negative numbers. A couple of weeks ago we introduced the concept using piles of earth (to represent positive numbers) and holes  or missing piles of earth (representing negative numbers). This week we looked at what would happen if we filled a hole with a pile of earth. Level ground therefore equalled zero and we could 'fair swap' zero for a negative one ( a hole) and one (pile of earth). We also discussed other fair swaps such a swapping 5 fifths for a whole. What other 'fair swaps' can you think of? Make a list.

Discovery: We looked at the olympic values focussing on friendship, respect and excellence. using the get set website complete the values game that we started this week.  http://getset.london2012.com/en/resources/7-11/games-1-1/7-11-know-your-values

Literacy: Alot of children in the class are eager to bring in show and tell. In order to make it a worth while activity for all the class, we have been discussing how to improve both our speaking and listening skills. We discussed planning and practising what to say beforehand and how to present to an audience. We also looked at what makes a good listener. Could you prepare a show and tell for the coming weeks either about our topic, the olympics, or about a trip you went on.  
Dont forget swimming starts on Monday. Could all children be in school by 8.50 so we can leave promptly at 9.00.
Have a good weekend.  

   
 
 

Friday, 11 May 2012

Reception Home Learning W/E 11.05.12

This week we have been learning
 
Literacy ~ using captial letters and full stops in our sentences
MMS ~ writing addition and subtraction sums
K&S ~ naming the parts of a flower
 
Activities to try out at home
 
Literacy
Using the ditty sheets sent home in your child's sound folder read out a sentence and ask them to write it down using a captial letter at the start and a full stop at the end.  If your child is unsure of what the capital letter should look like then you could model it for them and then discuss how it is different or the same as the small letter.  When reading a bed time story ask your child to look out for different types of punctation in a paragraph, can they find a full stop, capital letter or question mark in the text you have read.  It is also great to discuss punctuation when reading their home reading books.  We have also discussed the use of capital letters for names of people and places.
 
MMS
Using the playing cards sent home select the ones with numbers 2 to 6 and turn them upside down in  pile.  Make some simple cards with +, - and = to use in the sums.  Ask your child to turn over the top card and place on the table.  On a piece of paper ask your child to write down the number, then show them one of the sign cards for example +, write this next to the number.  Ask your child to turn over another card from the number pile and write it down.  Show your child another sign card, and write this down and repeat by writing down a number card.  Now use the = card to show the end of the sum.  Using some objects such as button act out the sum you have written down and find out the answer.  Repeat the above using different numbers and sign cards.
 
Knowledge and Understanding
If the weather is fine this weekend then head into the garden and take a look at the different flowers.  Ask your child if they can name the different parts of the flower such as the petal, stem, leaf.  If you are planting any flowers this weekend then show your child the roots and discuss what they are for.  Your child could draw a picture of one of the flowers and then label it to bring into school to show.
 

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Year 4 Home Learning W/E 11.5.12

This week we have been learning about:

 

Numeracy:

Rounding decimal fractions to the nearest whole number

 

Literacy:

Using connectives to improve sentences

Acrostic poems about the Olympics

 

Discovery:

Looking at the work of Andy Warhol

Researching daily life in ancient Greece

Learning the Olympic Mascot Dance

Designing an Olympic mascot

 

Science:

Testing the strength of different carrier bags

 

How to support your child at home:

 

Numeracy:

Round the following numbers to the nearest whole number:

 

1.     15.2 = 15          6.  87.5

2.     64.7                  7.  52.4

3.     34.8                  8.  62.3

4.     91.3                  9.  55.6

5.     26.9                  10.  41.1

 

Literacy:

Practise writing sentences using interesting connectives.

Choose an Olympic sport and write an acrostic poem.

 

Discovery

 

In preparation for next week, find out about the legend of Hercules and the Olympic Games.

 

Please continue to learn your words for our class assembly.