Good Morning Owls,
First of all, thank you so very much to anyone who has emailed with photographs, kind words or just to make contact on our class email address. It's great to know you are all doing ok, keeping safe at home and doing some positive, purposeful activities during the long hours that we have available to us at the moment.
Secondly, today is Friday! Finish off any tasks you have begun, try a bit of mymaths (username: abbotts password: square142) visiting fractions, percentages and decimals in the Y5 or Y6 section. Write a letter or postcard to someone you know who is on their own and make the dinner for your family tonight (with adult support where needed)! Get out into your gardens if you can and keep smiling.
I am going to leave Wednesday's message up until next week - it contains some useful information. And I will put up some more learning on Sunday evening or Monday morning ready for the coming week.
Good Morning Owls Class. I have been wondering what you have been up to over the past few days and hope that you have managed to complete some of the tasks I uploaded below as well as getting out into your gardens to enjoy the beautiful sunshine and doing some exercise to keep you fit and healthy.
You will have received our class email address on Monday. I am struggling to access it at home but, with a bit of help from Mrs Wiggs, I should get on it today. She checked it for me yesterday and we talked through some queries you had over the phone. I think it is a good idea for me to answer some of those queries here so that any others of you who are unsure can hear the same messages.
Firstly, the home learning will work best if you make a timetable that works for you and your family. Unlike at school, our home settings are all different and we have to work around the differing demands we face. Each morning, I talk through with my own children what we are going to do and we decide when we will do each bit of our learning, when we will have breaks and any other things we will do together. This means that our day has purpose and we can look forward to the things we enjoy doing whilst achieving and challenging ourselves. A sample day in our house would look something like this:
8:00 - 8:30 am - mymaths
8:30 - 9:00 - Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 - Maths
9:30 - 10:15 - Plan and write a story from a picture
10:45 - 11:00 - Reading and follow-up activity
11:00 - 11:30 - Spelling
1:30 - 3:30 pm - Topic and Creative Activities
I cannot create a timetable for you because your parents/carers may have commitments and only be able to support you at specific times. When I am in work, our day looks completely different and I do much of the learning that needs support in the evening.
The English activities are for Year 5 AND Year 6. Having browsed many of the online tasks and activities, the Hamilton trust were by far the best - engaging and useful as well as being based around the Harry Potter books which are familiar to many and easy to access online if needed. The tasks lend themselves to both Y5 and Y6 in terms of engagement, content and the practising and application of skills. Let me know if I can help with anything further around this.
The topic matrix is for you to browse and pick out any appropriate activities you would like to do when you choose to do them. The activities should run over 2 weeks but may take you longer or they may be completed in a shorter time! It's up to you. If you send in any photographs to our class email address, I can put them up on our page so that everyone can see what you have been up to!
Mymaths is brilliant for some practice and application of a range of skills. Work through the fractions, decimals, percentages and algebra pages at your own pace - don't do too much and bore yourself! Set yourself, maybe, 2 of the menu headings to cover and do this twice or three times per week. Even if you think you are confident with an area, work through it anyway. It may show areas that you were not quite clear about and you can become really confident with building blocks which underpin learning across the mathematics curriculum.
In School Learning and Home Learning
If you are in the position where there is nobody in your house to look after you and you have to come into school, the learning you do at home is up to you. Any number, writing, art or topic learning will keep your brain ticking over and keep you engaged but I appreciate that you may have limited support at home. I will be thrilled if you complete any of the learning that you can do... and it will help you to keep up so that when things return to normal, you feel more on top of your learning.
During this unique and unusual gift of time at home that we have been given, do make time to do a broader range of activities such as cooking, gardening, star gazing or on-line physical activity such as The Body Coach work outs. Help out a bit around the house - my two children are now experts at changing their own bedding - you may not feel like it sometimes but it feels good to do something that helps to keep the house running smoothly. Doing these broader skills help us build skills and habits that we can utilise for the rest of our lives.
Thinking of you all and looking forward to hearing how you are getting on or seeing some of your work. I will be back on with a message on Friday. Stay safe by staying in your own homes and gardens at all times and keep smiling.
From Mrs White
I have put together a selection of activities that you can choose from about the Mayan's which I have uploaded below. Read them through and check the information sheets that go with them but, please note, some of these may not go on until tomorrow morning because I was unable to scan them on Friday evening. Apologies for this delay.
Over the coming 2 weeks, choose a selection of these to do during your week. I would aim for at least 3 per week but do more if you can!
Creative Activities: Ancient Civilisations: The Mayan's. Edit to add: Accompanying resources pack in case it is useful!
Additional documents about the Mayan's....thank you for sending these over for us to enjoy Mrs Hands!
Spring Learning Week 1 Maths: Written calculations using 5 digits and decimals