Friday, 29 June 2012

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 29.6.12

This week we have been learning about:


Literacy- Spellings- words containing the a_e sound, so desperate, separate, exaggerate, persuade...

Writing an episode in the style of author Jeremy Strong

Big Write- Using interesting openers to begin our sentences


x9 tables

Converting units of measures, including ml and l.

Reading a variety of scales and estimating capacities of containers

Converting units of time



Starting to look at some of the different venues of the Olympic events, both within and outside London

Planning a 'fair test' investigation to find out what factors can speed up evaporation

Composing and performing a group piece of music to represent the journey of a rain drop-thinking about the water cycle

How to help your child at home:

Maths- Keep practising your x9 tables

Look at some containers around the home (bottles, tins etc) can you estimate how many millilitres they hold? Try converting this into litres, and if they are big bottles, try converting them from litres into millilitres

Order these units from smallest to biggest: 300ml, 0.8l, 0.25l, ¾ of a litre, 3l

Practise converting different units of time, for example, how many seconds in 3 minutes? How many hours in 3 days? The number of days in 6 weeks? How many minutes is 400 seconds? Try to learn the number of days in each month.


Can you choose an Olympic venue (either in or out of London, find out where exactly it is and what events will be being held there this summer?

Year Two Home Learning W/E 29.6.12

This week we have been learning-

Literacy- Using paragraphs to write a letter.

Numeracy- Know that half of a number can be found by dividing by 2.
Know that doubling and halving are inverses.

Knowledge and Understanding- Begin to understand how to carry out an
investigation so that it is fair.

How to help your child at home-

Literacy- Help your child to write their address, including their postcode.
Also if you are writing to Mr or Mrs, you finish the letter with Yours
sincerely. Ask your child what a paragraph is and why they are used?
Can you encourage your child to write two paragraphs about Sports Day.
Try to use an interesting sentence opener and some wow words.

Numeracy- Comlete some half sums. For eg. 30 divided by 2. 80
divided by 2 etc.
Can you comlete the inverse of these sums. For eg. 15x2=30 and 40x2=80 etc.

Year three home learning week ending 29/6/12

Maths: quick recall of number facts
Discovery: database of olympic countries
Maths: In order to work out vertical addition and subtraction quickly, the children need to know, rather than work out, number facts involving one and two digit numbers. For example they need to be able to instantly say that 6+3 equals 9 or 11 + 8 equals 19. This can be practised in many ways. You can question you child while in the car, on a walk or around the dinner table. You could write some  20 sums for them and time them. Can they beat their time each day? (This is a little like their times tables challenges). There are many good, free games on the internet - my favourite site is
Discovery: Next week  we are going to start a database of interesting facts about participating olympic countries. The children will each be given a country and will come home with a record card to complete. Could you help your child to research their country and find the answers to the questions. We will then use this information to create databases and spreadsheets. Have a think this weekend about how databases and spreadsheets are used. Why do we use them? What country would you choose? What questions would you put on the record card?

Swimming : Could everyone remember to bring goggles and to tie long hair back please.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Year 6 homework

Home Learning Year 6
Week ending 29/6/12
This week we have been looking at:
Literacy: Spellings and Oral presentations
Numeracy: Using calculators to solve 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                       
Please use a dictionary to find their meanings and include them in sentences.
Use a thesaurus to look up synonyms of the words.
Continue to practice oral presentations if you haven't carried them out yet.
Numeracy – practice using the calculator for a range of questions.
Leaver's assembly – learn lines from the script and song lyrics.
Read Write Inc - Sounds of the Week
Week ending 29.6.12
Mrs Cotton - ow, oo
Mrs Evans - ow, oo
Mrs Miles - Recap SS3
Mrs Morgan - or, oor, ore
Mrs Llewellyn - 'or shut the door'
Mrs Garbett - ear 
Mrs Pisacane/Miss Burrows - ear, ire
Mrs Davies - ou, ar, i-e, o-e, u-e, a-e
Word of the week:
inspiration/ inspired

Re: Sounds of the week

Read Write Inc - Sounds of the Week

Week ending 11.5.12

Mrs Cotton - ow, oo

Mrs Evans - ow, oo

Mrs Miles - Recap SS3
Mrs Morgan - or, oor, ore
Mrs Llewellyn - 'or shut the door'

Mrs Garbett - ear

Mrs Pisacane/Miss Burrows - ear, ire

Mrs Davies - ou, ar, i-e, o-e, u-e, a-e

Word of the week:

inspiration/ inspired

Year 4 Home Learning W/E 29.6.12

This week we have been learning about:



Calculating algebraic maths stories

Multiplying TU x TU



Describing fantasy settings



Using Excel to create line graphs

Testing the viscosity of different liquids


How to support your child at home:



Calculate the following algebraic maths stories:

1. 6x + 2x + 2y + 1y =

2. 5y + 2x – 3y =

3. 2x + 3y – 1x =

4. 10x + 3y – 3x + 2y =

5. 4y + 3x - 1x =


Calculate the following using the grid method:

1. 45 X 23 =

2. 14 x 15 =

3. 46 x 22=

4. 26 x 17 =

5. 34 x 26 =



Begin to think about a main character for your fantasy story. Draw a picture of your character and label it. Write a few sentences to describe your character. Don't forget to use interesting vocabulary!



Research the Olympic and Paralympic values.



Next week we will be learning about reversible and irreversible changes. Find out the difference between the two and see if you can find some examples.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Year 1

Home Learning Year 1 Week Ending 22.6.12
This week we have been learning:
Numeracy - time & prisms
Literacy - creating an Olympic mascot
Creative development- water colours and the effects created with salt
You can help your child at home:
Numeracy - the children have been learning that the short hand counts in ones and the long hand counts in fives. Please help your child to count in fives starting at zero and counting up to sixty. Use the number square to help and then show how you can also do it looking at the circular face of the clock.
Literacy - discuss wuth your child, sports that will take part in the Olympics and help them to describe the sports. This will help them in next week's Big Write.
Oracy - We are starting a type of 'Show & Tell' where pupils will prepare, at home, a short presentation on a subject of their choosing. It could be a talk about their favourite pet, sport, hobby or an interesting artefact. It could include a powerpoint presentation, pictures or just talking. It should last about 3 minutes and the class will be able to ask a few questions of the speaker.
Finally, a big thankyou to all our wonderful children who remembered their lines and performed them so well! Also, a big thankyou to you parents, for helping them at home and for the great costumes!

Friday, 22 June 2012

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 22.6.12

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 22.06.12

This week we have been learning about:

Literacy- Writing a diary entry as if we were an athlete at the 2012 Olympics


X7/x9 tables

Looking at the relationship between fractions, percentages and decimals

Finding percentages of amounts, e.g. 10% of 120 or 50% of 200

Using a calculator to find percentages



Investigating evaporation and condensation

Taking part in some Paralympic sports

Starting to research into a Paralympic sport-ready to produce a fact-file about it

Creating perspective landscape/city scenes, using chalks/pastels 

Preparing for our Sports Day

How to help your child at home:

Maths- Keep practising your x9 tables

Find some percentages of different amounts- try 25% of 160, 40% of 200, 75% of £340. Remember to link percentages to fractions, so if you are finding 25%, remember that is the same as finding ¼.

Look at some food packaging that may have, if there was 20% extra free-can you work out how much that is?

If you are out shopping, look at some sale items- if there is a discount- can you work out much you would save? What if a pair of shoes should be £80, but had 20% off? How much will they now cost?


Look at home over the weekend to see where you can find examples of condensation and evaporation in action- remember these for next week to share with us all

Can you think ready for next week's science- what changes can be reversed and what sort of changes are irreversible- think about cooking/heating/cooling. Be ready to share some examples-can you reverse bread being toasted? An egg being fried? Water being frozen?






Year Two Home learning. W/E 22.6.12

This week we have learning about-

Literacy- Writing a diary entry, pretending to be someone famous.

Numeracy- Giving change froma £1. Number problems. Inverse of multiplication.

Knowledge and Understanding- Researching the Ancient Olympic Games.

How to help your child at home-

Literacy- Writing a diary for what they have done on the weekend.

Numeracy- Recognising that when we are working out money problems, you
use a subtraction sum. Inverse of multiplication. For eg. 9x3=27. The
inverse is- 27 divided by 9 and 27 divided by 3. etc

Knowledge and Understanding- Can you research an amazing fact about
the Ancient Olympics.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Year 4 Home Learning W/E 21.6.12

This week we have been learning about:



Measuring angles

Calculating maths stories with negative numbers

Calculating algebraic maths stories



Looking at the intensity of adjectives



Using Excel to create bar graphs

Using internet search engines to research ST. Francis

Designing Olympic medals for London 2012


How to support your child at home:



Calculate the following:

1. 6x + 2x =

2. 3x + 3x – 2x =

3. 12x ÷ 3x =

4. 10x – 3x =

5. 2x – 1x   x  3x =


Write some of your own to calculate.

Remember that when we divide we think about piles, so the answer is the number of piles and doesn't have 'x' in it.



Use a thesaurus to find synonyms for big and small.

Make a list of 4-5 words for each then place them on a scale of increasing intensity.

Choose some words of your own and do the same.



This week we created bar graphs to show the number of medals won by the top five countries in a previous Olympic Games.


Next week we will be constructing line graphs in Excel to show the number of medals won by Britain in past Olympic Games. Find out how many medals Great Britain won (in total) in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. We will use this data to construct a line graph next week.



Next week we will be learning about reversible and irreversible changes. Find out the difference between the two and see if you can find some examples.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Year Three: Week Ending- 22nd June 2012

This Week we have been learning:
Numeracy: to solve word problems involving division
Discovery: The Paralympics
Welsh: to know the names of the body and ask what's the matter...
You may like to help at home by:
Numeracy: Help your child identify the relationship between multiplication and division. If the maths story reads: 14÷2= 7 then 7x2=14
                      they have also been learning to record this type of maths story with remainders... 7÷2= 3 r1 or 3 1/2
                      Your child has related to these type of maths stories to real life word problems such as ' there are 7 chair are placed into piles, there are 2 chairs in each pile.  
                      How many piles of chairs?
Discovery: We had an exciting day on Wednesday learning about the Paralympics. Please find out about the different sports that are taking place during the Paralympics and competitor that will represent Great Britain and Australia during the games.
Welsh: Discuss in Welsh 'Beth s'yn bod?' what's the matter
                Mae  ..... tost da fi
                pen- head
                bola- stomach
                dent- tooth
                 cefn- back
                 trwyn- nose
                 clyst- ear
                 bys- ear
                 ceg- mouth
Your child may like to write a simple comic strip based on the book Wil Wiwer that we have been looking at in class

Friday, 15 June 2012

Reception Home Learning W/E 15.06.12

This week we have been learning
Literacy - adding describing words to our sentences
MMS - recognising and using 1/2 cups
Acitivities to do at home with your child
Think of a character from a favourite story, for example the wolf from the story of The Three Little Pigs and think of interesting describing words for your character.  You could draw the character and then write the describing words around the character. Have a go at writing some describing sentences too.  Bring into school on Monday to show the class.
We have been learning about 1/2 cups this week and how 2 lots of 1/2 cups make 1 whole cup.  Use any opportunity at home to introduce the word half with your child this weekend.  For example if you are having an apple cut it in half, if you are having pizza for tea cut it in half and show your child.  See if they can remember how to write 1/2 and then have a go at writing some simple sums 1 + 1/2 = 1 1/2, they may need support for this. 
Thank you for helping your children learn their parts for our class assembly, please continue to help them over the weekend, especially to say them loudly and clearly.  If you haven't sent in your child's costume then please could you send it into school next week, thank you. 

Year 5 Home Learning W/E 15.6.12

This week we have been learning about:


Literacy- finding out about the author Jeremy Strong and looking at some of his books.

Big Write- writing an acceptance speech as an Olympic athlete after winning a gold medal at London 2012.


X7 tables

Using a calculator to solve inverse sums

Introduction to expressing % as a fraction of 100.




We worked with a local artist on Monday afternoon to produce an 'African landscape' picture.

We started to look at how solids and liquids can change between each other, and what these processes are, this week we looked a little at melting and freezing.

Creating perspective landscape pieces.

How to help your child at home:


Try some inverse sums- we looked at simple one to start:  3 + ___ = 5. So with a calculator, we did 5 – 3 to find the missing answer. We talked about + and – being opposites and x and / being opposites (inverse)

Some children found this concept quite tricky, so some practise at home would be useful,

Try: 10 + ___ = 53,      97 - ___ = 48,     612+ __ = 983 etc. Then try some with a x or / in the sum.

Try relating some percentages to fractions, e.g. 50% being ½ and 25% being ¼ etc. The sooner they can recognise these relationships, the easier they will find next week's maths.


When you are cooking this weekend, see what solids/liquids can change state, e.g/ melting butter or cheese, or freezing water etc. Discuss what happens. Start to use the terms reversible and irreversible.

Thank you so much for providing costumes and helping your child to learn their lines. They all performed brilliantly and I was so proud of them all on Thursday morning, as I'm sure you were too. 





Year Two Home Learning W/E 15.6.12

This week we have been learning about-

Literacy- Using imagery to describe how you would feel as an Olympic
champion. Creating a report about a paralympic.

Numeracy- Giving change from a £1. Writing the maths story and the
real story. Identifying odd and even numbers above 9.

How to help your child at home-

Literacy- Could you help your child at home to create bank of
sentences that could be used to write a poem about the Olympic journey
of an athelete. For eg. The fast and furious runner sped frantiacally
across the track. I ran and ran until my lungs were about to burst. My
legs wobbled like jelly as I collapsed at the finishing line.

Numeracy- Can you encourage your child to pretend to buy something and
then work out how much change they should have from a £1? Can you then
write the corresponding sum. Its easier to change the £1 to 100p.

If you have any Greek art or pictures, could you please show your
child so they can then describe what they see.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Sounds of the week

Read Write Inc - Sounds of the Week

Week ending 15.6.12

Mrs Cotton - igh oo

Mrs Evans - igh oo

Mrs Miles - ur, er, ir
Mrs Morgan - ay

Mrs Llewellyn - Revise SS2

Mrs Gerhardt - Revise SS3 up to u_e

Mrs Davies - aw and a_e, i-e, u-e and o-e

Word of the week:


Year 4 Home Learning W/E15.6.12

This week we have been learning about:



Calculating with negative numbers



Thinking about the features of imaginary settings

Using descriptive language to write about an imaginary setting



Matching Olympic countries to their flags

Persuading people to look after the environment

Investigating floating and sinking



How to support your child at home:




Calculate the following:


1.    2 - ¯1 =

2.    ¯2 + 1=

3.    2 + ¯1 =

4.    1 - ¯2 =

5.    1 + ¯2 =

6.    4 - ¯2 =

7.    ¯4 – 2 =

8.    ¯3 – 2 =


Remember that ¯1 + 1 = 0




This week we described Max's room as it became a forest.

Write a short paragraph about your own room turning into an imaginary land.

Think about you five senses (what you can see, hear, feel, taste and smell).

Remember to use wow words to make your writing exciting.




Next week we will be constructing bar graphs to show the number of medals won by countries in past Olympic Games. Choose a date and place from the list of Modern Olympic Games and find out which countries came first, second and third that year. Find out how many gold, silver and bronze medals each of the three countries won that year. This information will help you in class next week.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Year three week beginning 11th June 2012

Maths: times tables
Discovery: Art for Africa
Handwriting : 
Maths: Practise your 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: ( go to games and then maths)
Discovery: Jenny taught us about distance in art and how objects that are in the distance are drawn smaller. Thinking back to the work we did on African landscapes, can you draw a picture of a local landscape? THink about the colours you will start with. Where will the horizon go? What objects will you put in the foreground and what in the distance?
Handwriting: We have worked hard to join our handwriting this year. Choose your favourite poem and write it up remembering to join your letters correctly.