Update: 17.07.20

Good morning Mars Class,

You’ve done it!!! (well almost, we still have today’s learning to get through). Well done everyone, it’s been 116 days since lockdown began and the school shut its doors to pupils. In that time I have written 29,091 words on our class webpage! Since lockdown, parents have turned themselves into teachers and done a fantastic job of home-schooling their children and in the meantime school life (and normal life) has changed considerably.

It’s been a lovely end to the end term, with all year groups returning to school, albeit for only two days of week, giving children a chance to see one another before returning back in September.

As I won’t be getting the usual opportunity of a whole school assembly to say goodbye to children and parents I have written a letter, that I will be sending to parents, via e-mail and our class webpages, on Monday. I have been trying and will also try today to find the opportunity to say goodbye to parents at the school gate, at the end of the school day.

As a final maths (my favourite subject) lesson for term, I am going to direct you to BBC Bitesize, who have produced quizzes for both Years 2 & Year 3, which you can find on the links below (top link is for Year 2).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zryy6g8

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zwpn2v4

Have a fantastic final day of learning and make sure you celebrate the end of term in some other way, even if your end of term looks and feels very different to the usual end of term! After school, and our Friday staff quiz, I’m heading off to the North Norfolk Coast this evening, by bike, and hope to be enjoying a late evening swim with my family, before heading to our caravan!

Have a super Summer holiday and Norfolk being Norfolk, I’m sure I will see you all again at some point in the future,

Mr Roberts 🙂

Update: 16.07.20

Good morning Mars Class,

Today I am looking forward to spending the day with the fantastic Year 3s, who unlike the Year 2s, have are shortly going to be starting their holidays having only been back in school two days since the start of March! At lunchtime, they will also be having a picnic with Mrs Loades, who is very excited about teaching you next year (you are an amazing class after all!).

Please may I remind Year 3 non-returners that we have an end of term Year 3 Zoom meeting scheduled for 1.00 p.m. tomorrow. It would be lovely to see everybody there, so we can all say goodbye to one another before our Summer adventures begin!

The Zoom details are below:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/97800063367?pwd=am5FVzVVYzBFVEc1VUJjaURkOGd0Zz09

Meeting ID: 978 0006 3367

Password: Mars2020

As detailed yesterday, there is no Oak Academy learning scheduled for the week beginning 13th July, 2020. My apologies for this as we were not aware that they would not be producing any content for the final week of term. In yesterday’s update I provided the Year 2s/non-returners a schedule to follow for the remainder of this week. William has been enjoying solving some maths-related mysteries this week, and for those of you who may also want to join in I have uploaded two mysteries for you to solve yourself. Please send in your solutions if you manage to solve the mysteries! I would recommend the missing story end (dragon) problem for Year 2 and the missing sacks on Sports Day (something I have definitely missed this Summer term) for Year 3.

the-mystery-of-the-missing-story-ending-maths-mystery-game

the-mystery-of-the-missing-sacks-on-sports-day-maths-game

Thank you once again for all your hard work, parents and children, this term. You have done a fantastic job, and with just two school days to go until the end of term, you are very nearly there!

Have a great day,

Mr Roberts

Update: 15.07.20

Good morning Mars Class,

Yesterday, we enjoyed a final day with the Year 2s in school, complete with ice lollies, kindly supplied by the PTA, and much enjoyed after some P.E with Joe Wicks. I will be saying goodbye to parents and children via a letter at the end of the week, however I am trying to catch you all in person at the school gates, to say goodbye in person.

On Thursday, Mrs Loades will be making phone calls to children who are not returning to school this term. It will be a nice opportunity for the children to reconnect with Mrs Loades, and to ask any questions they may have about their transition to their new class.  Excitingly, the class will be expanding, with several of the Year 2s from Jupiter class, also joining the class.

The sun is shining this morning and it looks like it’s only going to get better as we head towards the weekend which is wonderful for us all. Hopefully you will all get the chance to visit the coast line over the holidays, I was in Sheringham on Saturday, and it was lovely to see so many people out, enjoying the sun, sand, and the greater freedom we now have. Do remember to look after your skin and keep applying the suntan lotion!

Unfortunately, Oak Academy has not provided us with lessons for the week beginning June 6th, however there are now 12 weeks of lessons now available so I would recommend taking a look at the website, and personalising your learning over the next three days (Year 2), to your own interests (Science? Geography? Music?). You may want to go lessons, in particular for English this week, for Week 3, the week beginning 4th May.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/schedule-by-year/year-2

I have also uploaded the worksheets and answers for a series of four time-based Maths lessons from WhiteRoseHub, along with the Friday Maths Challenge, which you may want to use at home.

Family-Challenge-Friday-10th-July-1 Y2-Week-12-Answers Y2-Week-12-Worksheets

Keep up the great work everyone, 3 more school days to go until the end of term!

Mr Roberts

Update: 14.07.20

Good morning Mars Class,

Almost unbelievably, today is the last school day (please continue with home learning for the rest of this week) for the Year 2s in Mars Class. After school came to an abrupt end in mid-March, it has been a very strange final four months of term, and today I look forward to spending time with the Year 2s, either in the classroom or via Zoom, reminiscing about our school year and  talking about our summer holidays and beyond. Year 3s, we will do the same on Friday, during your last day at school.

Yesterday the Year 2s also enjoyed a lovely sunny picnic with your new teacher for next year, Mrs Loades. Most of the class have been taught by Mrs Loades, in Year 1/Year 2, when she worked alongside Miss Moore, but it was lovely for the children to touch base before leaving for the summer. Mrs Loades will also be having a picnic with the Year 3s on Thursday lunchtime. If you’re not returning to school before the holidays and would like Mrs Loades to speak to you over Zoom/phone, she would be more than happy to get in contact. If you wish for me to arrange this please send me an e-mail before the end of the school day on Wednesday.

Today’s Year 2 Zoom invitiation

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 978 0006 3367
Password: Mars2020

I’m teaching today, however if you wish to discuss anything with me, I will respond to emails during my break and lunchtime, and be available to speak on the phone at the end of the day.

If you are yet to send me your class photograph contribution, I will allow some time to do this in school on Thursday, or you can e-mail me your own photograph to the school office e-mail address.

Have a great day,

Mr Roberts

Update: 13.07.20

Good morning Mars Class,

What a beautiful weekend, which in mind made up for the dreary, wet five days we had leading up to it. Most of my weekend was spent in North Norfolk in my caravan, on a very small campsite with the most stunning views. It is interesting that we spend our lives working to pay for houses and all the stuff we fill them with however we feel most relaxed when we get away from everything, to live simply…maybe there’s a lesson to be learned there?

The rain and weekend sun has been good for the garden, and it has certainly has been good for Jensen’s sunflower, that has now grown to an unbelievable 2 metres 32 cm. Wow, well done Jensen. This is still 40 cm short of the world’s tallest person, Robert Wadlow, who stood 2 m 82 cm tall!

In our final TTRockstars competition, it was a battle to the very last hour of the day, and through a huge effort in the final day, Ethan Blofeld took top hours, managing to catch and pass William by the smallest of margins (60 points). Their efforts (1,931 points and 1,869 points) were very impressive, as were the efforts of Callum Dougas-Hunt, Erin Blofeld (1,102 points) and Iris-Sofia Rawson-Parry (602 points). Click below to find out if you are certificate winner.

MVP Battle Certificates (4)

It’s our final week of term, as a result all children will be following the learning as set out on Oak Academy. For children in Year 3, On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, they will need to continue with the lessons scheduled on Oak Academy for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, for the week beginning 6th July. On Wednesday morning’s update I will provide details of what lessons the Year 2 children will need to follow for the remainder of their school week. For those working from home, I would suggest starting with lessons from Monday, week beginning 6th July.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/schedule-by-year/year-2

Have a great day of home learning and keep up the great work, 5 school days to go until the end of term!

Mr Roberts

 

 

Update: 10.07.20

Good morning Mars Class,

Wow, it’s Friday once again, and as we finish our last but one week of the term, I must say it has been a pleasure having the Year 3 children back in the classroom. The children have been doing lots of catching up about their lockdown lives and have really enjoyed playing with their friends, who for some they haven’t seen for almost 4 months!

Today, I have uploaded Part 1 (of 5) of our new class book, Treasure Island, it’s a classic story, which many of you may not have heard before. I hope you enjoy and keep an eye out on Monday for Part 2.

Well done to William, Ethan, Harvey, Iris, Miya, Chloe and Amelia for competing in this week’s whole school TTRockstars competition, where it’s still William in the lead being closely chased by Ethan, Iris and Callum Douglas-Hunt. However, with the rest of the day, until 3.00 p.m., ahead of us, who knows who will be the overall/year group winners. You will find out who are the winners in Monday’s update.

Thank you to everyone who have sent in photographs of their sunflowers, they have all printed out extra-large and are now decorating the school’s pathway. I’m sure you’ll agree with me, they look fantastic. It’s not too late to send in your sunflowers so if you would like to add yours to our display please send your photographs to the school office.

Today, we will again be having a zoom meeting, at 2.30 p.m. Join us for games and an opportunity to ask any questions. There will be time for everyone to show and tell something that they would like to share with the rest of their class.  To enter the meeting, you will need the information on the invitation that you will find below:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/97800063367?pwd=am5FVzVVYzBFVEc1VUJjaURkOGd0Zz09

Meeting ID: 978 0006 3367
Password: Mars2020

Keep working hard at home and have a wonderful weekend, which promises to be drier and warmer than the last few days we’ve endured,

Mr Roberts

Update: 09.07.20

Good morning Mars Class,

What awful weather it has been, although having enjoyed such wonderful weather throughout the majority of lockdown, it is quite forgivable and I’m sure the rain is much needed by the plants and crops who we also share our world with.

Below is a video (6 minutes long) with an update from myself. It was made last Friday, so some of what is said may now be outdated. I will be posting regular videos over the next few days, with me reading extracts from our new class book, Treasure Island.

Today, we will be welcoming back the last year groups (Years 3, 4 & 6) to return to school, and this has helped to create a real buzz around the school. There has also been a lot of positive news regarding arrangements for the next school year, starting in September, which looks like much more closely resembling the school life that children were used to prior to the spread of Covid-19. Details of this will be shared with parents in the weeks to come.

With Year 3s returning today, it means that there will not be any home learning packs for the final week of the term, as the whole school moves to using the Oak Academy curriculum. To support parents with navigating Oak Academy I created a tutorial video (see link below), this was originally designed for parents of Year 2 so parents of Year 3 children will need to follow the links to Year 3 instead. Today, we are going to be starting on Monday’s English and Maths lessons, for the week beginning 6th July, and on Friday we will be completing Tuesday’s lessons, which means on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, you will need to continue with the lessons scheduled on Oak Academy for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, of the week beginning 6th July. I will explain this to the Year 3 children on Friday before they return home.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/schedule-by-year/year-3

Whilst I am now teaching four days a week, I am always available to speak over the phone, all day on Wednesday or during my break/lunchtime or after school, so do please contact the school if you require any help, whether it is accessing the Oak Academy, or any other matter you wish to discuss.

In our TTRockstars competition, at the time of writing, it is still William leading the way, however Ethan B and Iris are chasing him all the way to the finish line and are only around 40 correct answers away from him. Everyone still has the opportunity to join in and participate, in fact it definitely isn’t too late for anyone to win this competition. Get logging in.

Have a great day of home learning and do please keep those photographs of what you have been doing coming in.

Mr Roberts

Update: Year 2 Home Learning

A reminder to parents that for the remainder of the week, Year 2 children will be following the Oak Academy curriculum.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/schedule-by-year/year-2

This week in English, we completed the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday lessons (Tuesday’s lesson was very short), for the week beginning 6th July, 2020, therefore I would recommend completing Thursday and Friday’s lessons over the next two days. On Friday, you could complete the Year 2 SPAG MAT attached below. In Maths, we completed the Monday and Tuesday lessons, for the week beginning 6th July, 2020, and would recommend continuing these sessions for the remainder of the week. As an alternative, you may want to use some of the home learning pack documents, that I uploaded on the class page last Friday, 03.07.20.

Year 2 SPAG Summer 2 Week 6

Class Quiz: 08.07.20

Due to an unforeseen circumstances we were unable to conduct our Tuesday quiz yesterday. As an alternative I have uploaded a quiz for all children to complete as part of their home learning. I have also uploaded the answers on a separate document for you to mark at home. Once you have completed your quiz please e-mail me, jroberts8nr5@nsix.org.uk, with your scores!

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Quiz 080720

 

Update: 08.07.20

Good morning Mars Class,

It has been a great start to the week for me, teaching the Year 2 bubble has been lovely, and with only 9 children in the bubble, it has been nice to spend a greater amount of time with each child, supporting them each with their learning.

The sunflower competition is heating up, this week we have received a photograph of Jensen’s mammoth, 2 metres 15 cm tall sunflower, which is now the tallest sunflower, ahead of Clark by just 6 cm.

In our TT Rockstars competition, it is still William leading the pack, having already gained an impressive 786 points. You still have three school days until the end of the competition, so get logging in and earning some points. You can do it!

The class photographs have continued to come in. Today, we have examples from Chloe and Ethan. Thank you to everyone for joining in, I can’t wait to see the final whole class photograph.

 

Today is the only day of the week I am not teaching and I will be making calls to all non-returning children (Y2 & Y3). I will be making the calls at around 11 a.m. and is an opportunity for me to give you updates, to see if there is anything I can do to support you at home and to answer any questions you may have.

I look forward to the Year 3s returning to school tomorrow, I will see you at the school gate, arriving for 9.10 a.m. We will be having a lovely day, with lots of time to catch up with school friends and an afternoon of art and music. Many of you may have grown out of their school uniform, especially school shoes, please don’t worry if for the last 2 weeks of term you have to wear trainers/jogging trousers.

Have a great day of home learning,

Mr Roberts

Update: 07.07.20

Good morning Mars Class,

Yesterday, in addition to the Year 6 children re-joining us at school, we also had an additional visitor (who remained outside the school gates), in respect of a journalist from the Eastern Daily Press, who took photographs and spoke to parents, about the school’s current high attendance rates, with over 90 of the school’s 115 pupils on roll attending school this week, which is significantly above the national average. It’s wonderful for the school to receive this positive press, do keep an eye out for the story, either in their newspaper or online, www.edp24.co.uk.

More and more class photographs have arrived over the weekend, today I am features the work of William and Abbie. Well done, these letters are bright and vibrant, Abbie has also cleverly made her letter look three dimensional (3D). In case you’ve forgotten what letter/numeral you need to create, I have attached the information on the hyperlink below.

Mars Class photograph

This week, the home learning packs only contain three days of home learning, due to the Year 3 children returning to school on Thursday. However, for those children/families that look forward to the Friday Maths Challenge, I have uploaded this week’s problems which you can find on the hyperlink below.

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If you’re able to join us for our class Zoom meeting, then we are meeting again today at 2.30 p.m. It will be a good opportunity for returning Year 3 children to ask any questions they may have about coming back to school and another chance for children to reconnect with one another.

Just follow the link below and take a note of the meeting password:

https://zoom.us/j/97800063367?pwd=am5FVzVVYzBFVEc1VUJjaURkOGd0Zz09

Meeting ID: 978 0006 3367

Password: Mars2020

Keep up your hard work everyone, you have just 9 school days left of the term, you can do it!

Mr Roberts

Update: 06.07.20

Good morning Mars Class,

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend, and enjoyed the warm, if not slightly blustery weather. I have been away in our caravan this weekend, near Holt, which is our first family trip of the year. We were surrounded by rolling hills, which reminded me of Derbyshire, not the flat Norfolk that we are familiar with around Norwich. Walking through Sheringham, it was lovely to see families out with other groups, and seeing life return to what is a bit closer to normal that the life we have got used to!

Today in school, the Year 6 children are returning, for what will be their final 2 weeks in primary school. It will be lovely to see them back, as well as the Year 3s & Year 4s, who are returning on Thursday.

It’s our final TTRockstars competition of the term, and this week it’s a whole school battle!! Certificates will be awarded to winners of each year group, I have had to set up the tournament as whole school boys vs girls, but this is just a technicality. The certificates for last week’s winners, Y2s beating Y3s, are available on the download below. Well done to everyone who participated.

MVP Battle Certificates (9)

If you are yet to pick up your home learning pack for this week, they are available from the school office.

Please keep on sending in the class photographs (and other pieces of your home learning), we now have 10 photographs, however we do not every child to participate to make this work, so please put 15 minutes to one side over the next few days to get this done.

Have a great day of home learning,

Mr Roberts

Update: 03.07.20

Good morning Mars Class,

Is it really Friday already again? Tomorrow is another significant day in our journey through our Covid-19 lockdown life, and another massive step towards normality. There are many changes to what we can do and it is well worth taking a look at the government advice.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do-after-4-july

One of the things I’m sure you will be pleased about is the reopening of outdoor playgrounds. I’m awaiting confirmation, but one of the destinations I have missed during lockdown is High Lodge, Thetford Forest. The trails are already open, but for my children it’s the brilliant play equipment that they enjoy and not the 5-mile bike ride that Daddy forces them to do….funny that?!

In our final day of our TTRockstars competition it looks like the winner will once again be the Year 2s, who have a lead of nearly 2,000 points over the Year 3s, led by the amazing trio of William, Ethan and Amelia, who all have scores of over 600 points! Certificates will be available to download on Monday.

Thank you to Jensen who has sent his contribution to the whole school photograph (see below). If you can send these to me as soon as possible it would be most helpful.

Our home learning packs are now available for collection from the school office, as always please call the school in advance of collection, this will help us to ensure that we can have the pack available ready for you, avoiding any unnecessary time waiting /queues. The weekly planner and files for Maths, Guided Reading and English can all be downloaded in the Zip file link provided below.

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Mr Riley will be sending out information packs via e-mail to parents of all returning Year 3 children. This pack will contain everything you need to know prior to your child returning next Thursday. If you do not receive this pack, please contact the school office over the weekend/Monday, via e-mail, and we will get the information sent to you immediately.

Today we will be having another Zoom meeting, at 2.30 p.m. We will be playing a few games, with prizes for the winner and talking about our recent experiences. You will need to follow the link below, and will need the password

https://zoom.us/j/97800063367?pwd=am5FVzVVYzBFVEc1VUJjaURkOGd0Zz09

Meeting ID: 978 0006 3367

Password: Mars2020

Have a great day of home learning and a wonderful weekend,

Mr Roberts

Update: 02.07.20

Good afternoon Mars Class,

My apologies for the late update today, I had uploaded the information but unfortunately the webpage never updated and I only became aware of this at 1.40 p.m. today.

If you’ve been past the school gates recently you may have seen the wonderful sunflower art lining the walkway up to the school. Thank you to everyone who has sent in a copy of their sunflower art from home, it really is putting smiles on peoples’ faces. We also have an update from Clark, regarding his sunflower at home, which now stands at over 2 metres tall! Amazing growing Clark! It would be wonderful to hear how other children’s sunflowers are growing and find out if anyone else has been as successful as Clark.

Something else sunflower-related that put a smile on my face is the ‘wild’ sunflower that has grown out of nowhere next to our blue picnic bench outside our classroom. This was the area where we sowed our seeds back in the Spring term, and one seed obviously had other plans for his/her life and made an escape! See if you can spot the plant in my photograph below!

Yesterday, we also found out that the school are welcoming back Years 3, 4 & 6, these cohorts will all be returning to school on Thursday and Friday, for what will be the final two weeks of term before the Summer holidays commence!

On the 3rd day of our TTRockstars competition, Year 2 have maintained their lead (1,300 points) over Year 3, largely down to the Rock Legend, Baxter White (William)! The Year 3s, led by Harvey and Chloe, have two days to catch up! Get rocking!

Finally, if you haven’t yet completed your digit/letter for our class photograph, I have included the link below. I have been sent a perfect example of what I am hoping everyone can do, which once again is from Clark (you have been busy). He also sent me a photograph of his panda which I’m sure you’ll agree is brilliant!

Have a great day of home learning, next week’s packs for Year 3 will be available to collect and download from 8.30 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Mr Roberts

 

Update: 01.07.20

Good morning Mars Class,

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Zoom meeting yesterday, my apologies for the late start. I have referred to the question in the answers so that if you missed our Zoom meeting, parents can still have a go at doing the quiz with their children.

The answers to the quiz questions are as follows:

  1. The Great Fire of London started in London (1/2 mark), in a bakery (1/2 mark?), along Pudding Lane (1/2 mark).
  2. The opposite of transparent is opaque.
  3. A group of birds is called a flock.
  4. There are 48 hours in two days.
  5. There are 31 days in May.
  6. The four countries that make up the United Kingdom are England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  7. A herbivore is an animal that only eats vegetables.
  8. Bonjour is how you say hello in French.
  9. Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon.
  10. (I’m not sure if we squeezed this question in or not) Which famous building did Guy Fawkes try to blow up? (Houses of Parliament)

In our TTRockstars competition it’s Year 2 leading Year 3, 1,361 points vs 748 points. That’s only 60 correct answers that Year 2 are in front so Year 3 get logging in and see if you can close the gap today. Well done to William, Ethan, Chloe and Harvey for all scoring over 300 points already!

Yesterday, in the classroom, we all enjoyed a ~DrawwithRob session, drawing a gorilla. If you would like to have a go, then follow the link below. Please send us a photograph of your creations so that we can share it on the class page and I can add it to our class page.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Krab3DvgW_c&safe=active

I am looking forward to speaking to parents of Year 3 children today. Due to teaching the key workers class, I will be making calls during my lunchtime, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., and then at the end of the school day, from 2.30 p.m. If I fail to get to through to you, I will leave a message and will reattempt to call you on Thursday.

Have a great day of home learning, keep up the super work you have been doing!

Mr Roberts

 

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Update: 30.06.20

Good morning Mars Class,

What a relief the relatively cool weather was yesterday, although today it looks like it will be a little warmer and a good excuse to get outside for some fresh air (and possibly some exercise too).

Monday’s teaching day was another success, and whilst it is only 3 weeks until the end of the school term, the Year 2 children (and myself as well) are now getting back into the swing of things. It’s lovely to be teaching again and I do hope that we will be opening up to Year 3 in the near future.

As planned, I will be calling Year 3 parents on Wednesday, it will be a good opportunity to catch up on home learning, to discuss future plans for the school’s reopening and to see if there is anything I can do to support you through these last 3 weeks of term.

Don’t forget that this week our TTRockstars competition is a battle between Year 2 & Year 3. Year 3 have a headstart on the majority of Year 2, as 9 of our 12 Year 2 children are in school on Monday and Tuesday of this week, and we are currently unable to use computing equipment in school.

As always, can I encourage parents to send photographs of your child’s home learning to me, via e-mail. I always enjoy seeing what the children have been doing and I think it really helps to support motivation and to keep the children connected with the school (albeit only electronically).

Finally, today at 2.30 p.m. the class will again be meeting on Zoom, please have a piece of paper and a pencil already prepared so that we can once again play a quiz. Invitation details can be found below.

Have a great day of home learning,

Mr Roberts

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Update 29.06.20

Good morning Mars Class,

It’s hard to believe that this week we will be entering July, and our final three weeks of the Summer term. Whilst we have managed to maintain some aspects of school life, delivering a skeleton curriculum, there is so much more to school than this, and it is such a shame that this Summer we have not been able to enjoy events such as Midsummer Nights Madness, Sports Day, school residential trips, the Year 6 end of term production, leavers assembly etc., the list could go on!

Another aspect of school life, the end of year class photograph will also not take place. However, I would like to organise an alternative class photograph, using individual photographs taken at home. For the full details of how we are going to make this happen please click on the link provided below.

Mars Class photograph

You may have seen Mr Riley’s parents update on Friday; in which it was announced that I will be leaving Newton Flotman Primary School. Towards the end of this term, I will be writing a letter (and possibly sharing a video too) to parents/children in which I will say my goodbyes, but in the meantime I would like to say that I have had four wonderful years at this school, worked with a great team and been fortunate enough to have taught four brilliant classes. I will be sad to say goodbye to the school, however I felt it was a good time in my career to move on and explore new opportunities

Well done to everyone who competed in our TTRockstars competition last week. For now, Mars Class have the bragging rights over Mercury, after being convincing winners, 5,878 vs 1,605. Certificates can be found by clicking on the link below. Every cloud has a silver lining and it was Callum, in Year 5, who managed the highest points score, with 1,317 points. Other notables scores, all finishing in the Top Six, were:

MVP Battle Certificates (8)

Callum Douglas-Hunt 1317
Charlie Jones 1223
William Brown 1111
Naomi Jones 909
Ethan Blofeld 824
Amelia Dungar 730

 

This week our TTRockstar competition will again be a civil war, the mighty Year 2, winners of the previous battle, against Year 3. Will be see Year 3 logging on to make this a real battle? Time will tell.

If you are yet to collect your home learning packs for this week please do collect. For parents that are unable to collect today, I have uploaded most documents for the week in a Zip file, the link for which can be found within Friday’s update.

I am teaching our Year 2 cohort today and Tuesday, however if you need to contact me I will be responding to e-mails at the start and end of the school day, as well during lunchtime. I will be calling parents of all children (Y2 & Y3) who are yet to return to school, on Wednesday. Due to this being a teaching day, I will be making these calls between 12.00 p.m. – 1.00 p.m. and after 3.00 p.m. I will leave a message for any parents I am unable to contact and will try to make contact again on Thursday morning.

The digital file of this week’s weekly planner can be found below:

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Finally, we have two football pandas, from Chloe, whose panda is wearing the champions, Liverpool F.C’s kit, and William’s Chelsea’s (F.A Cup Semi-Finalists) panda.

Have a great day of home learning and keep going everyone, the end is in sight, you have a maximum 15 days of home learning to go!

Mr Roberts

Update: 26.06.20

Good morning Mars Class,

What another day of blisteringly hot weather, I was fortunate enough to leave school at a slightly earlier than usual time yesterday (4 p.m) and enjoyed the last few hours of the day on Winterton beach, engaging in some serious dam building, in which I took on the role of chief excavator, and a swim in the not so warm sea. Today the sun will continue to shine, albeit with a potential afternoon thunderstorm to clear the air!

Unfortunately, the school is not ready to receive children from Years 3, 4, and 6. As a result of this I will schedule calls to parents of children in Year 3 and Year 2 on Wednesday of next week, which may potentially bring an update on the school’s plan for bringing all children back to school before the end of term, which is now less than a month away. I am not teaching today, and if any parents would like to discuss school return or any other aspect of your child’s education, then please contact me either via the school office.

This week has seen more proposed changes to the lockdown restrictions, and in particular the distancing rules, which will have a big impact on the school, especially with regards to reintegrating the children back to school in September.

This week, in TTRockstars, Mars class are cruising to victory over Mercury class, even the heroics of Callum in Year 5 doesn’t look like it will be enough to stop the Mars Class army, led by Charlie Jones (1,000 points plus). As always, on Monday I will provide downloadable certificates for all the week’s winners.

Home learning packs for Year 3 children are now available for collection from the school office. Please contact the school office in advance so we can ensure your learning packs are ready for collection. I have also uploaded the majority of the files for next week on a Zip file, so you are also able to print off the documents from home.

We have a Zoom meeting at 2.30 p.m, it would be lovely to see the children there. The meeting will last no more than 30 minutes and will again involve a game of Bingo. In preparation for this you will need a pen and a piece of paper with a pre-drawn 8 square grid. The invitation details for this meeting can be found below.

Finally, we have our first Footballing Panda, from Chloe Anderson. Well done Chloe, if anyone has any other Pandas, or other learning you would like to share, please send your photographs to our office e-mail address.

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Have a well-deserved weekend everyone,

Mr Roberts

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Update: 25.06.20

Good morning Mars Class,

Apologies for the later than usual daily update.

Wow, just when you didn’t think it couldn’t get any hotter!! Last night, I enjoyed a first ever trip to the mill, in Bawburgh, where I enjoyed a relaxing (I even got to read a few pages of my book) evening down by the river with my children. It was another example of discovering a local nature spot during lockdown that I’ve never given much consideration to before, despite living in Norfolk for 40 years. You may want to go and try it out for yourselves during one of these blisteringly hot days, it’s a good alternative to a lengthy trip to the coast/Shotesham Ford.

This week the Year 2 children are moving their learning to Oak Academy, which is a collective whole school move for any cohorts that are returning to school. I will continue to upload the weekly planner on our class webpage, as some Year 2 parents may wish to engage in some of these lessons as well. I would really welcome parental feedback (via e-mail or phone) on this switch to Oak Academy, as with 3 weeks of home learning to go I want to ensure that children remain motivated and engaged, I can then share this feedback with Mr Riley to inform future decision making.

Home learning for children in Year 3 will continue to be available, and next week’s pack will be ready for collection from Friday morning, at 8.30 a.m.

In our TTRockstars competition Mars class are way ahead of Mercury class, with several members of the class attaining high individual scores. Well done to Ethan and William, who along with Naomi and Charlie, have got high scores. With two days to go let’s not rest on our laurels, and keep going!

In an addition to this week’s maths lessons, I have uploaded (see below) a separate a classic maths challenge that I always enjoy doing with my classes. If you do it, I would highly recommend getting some physical objects to represent the boat, man, wolf, goat and carrots, this helps children to visualise the problem more clearly. The answer to this problem will be revealed in a video message on Monday, next week.

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Keep up your great work Mars Class,

Mr Roberts

 

Update: 24.06.20

Good morning Mars Class,

Wow, what hot weather it has been this week, and in general what great weather we have enjoyed in the 3 months since lockdown was first announced. Although it’s not quite as hot as Spain (36 degrees Celsius), it certainly has made up a little for the disappointment of not being able to go away.

Yesterday’s announcements (regarding the easing of lockdown) from the government are another big step on our journey back to normality, and I for one am looking to going away in our caravan, now that holiday parks will be reopening, and even more importantly…looking forward to getting a much needed haircut!

This week’s reintroduction of Year 2 has gone very smoothly, it’s been lovely having children back in the classroom and I feel that they have benefitted most just from seeing their friends again and being in a different environment from home. I hope the parents of these children have also enjoyed some time away from their children, it’s been an incredibly intensive period for parents and as much as we all love our children, it can be mentally (and physically) exhausting parenting alongside supporting home learning. For all Year 2 children, you are now following the Oak Academy, instructions for which I have provided on a video tutorial (see Sunday’s update). We are yet to have details of Year 3 returning but as soon as I am aware I will be contacting parents to discuss the plans and their feelings about their child returning.

Well done to all those children, especially Charlie and Naomi, who have contributed to Mars class 1,000 point plus lead over Mercury class, in this week’s TTRockstars Battle of the Bands competition. Keep logging in and practising those times tables.

Today we have a photograph of Iris’s unicorn, and Mars Class Sunflowers, which I hope will bring a little joy to your day.

Have a great day of home learning,

Mr Roberts

Update: 23.06.20

Good morning Mars Class,

Wow, yesterday was a scorcher and today it is going to be ever warmer so make sure get plenty of sunscreen on before you head out to enjoy the sun.

Apologies for the lack of a digital weekly planner this week, I have now uploaded the document and you can view it by clicking on the link below.

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Thank you for the fantastic sunflower photographs that keep on coming through. I am printing these out in colour and enlarged to A3 and they should start appearing on our school gate from Wednesday of this week. If you have any photographs of any work, whether it is writing, guided reading, art of science, I would really appreciate seeing it and will always respond on the day, where possible, which I feel helps to add more of a sense of worth to the learning they are doing. Today we have photographs of Iris’ Wilbur and Clarke’s, Amelia’s and Mollie’s sunflowers.

Please remember that today, at 2.30 p.m. we have another Zoom meeting scheduled. It’s a great opportunity for the children to reconnect with class members and the school itself. The meeting details are as follows:

Mr Roberts is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: My Meeting

Time: Jun 23, 2020 02:30 PM Greenwich Mean Time

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Don’t forget this week it’s Mercury vs Mars class in our TT Rockstars competition, so get logging on and scoring those points.

Have a great day of home learning,

Mr Roberts

Update: 22.06.20

Good morning,

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend. I have enjoyed a Fathers Day weekend, going to Southwold where we did some crabbing along the harbour wall. If you’ve never done it before I would highly recommend it! £2 for a crabbing line, £1 for bacon and you’ve got yourself an afternoon of fun! We managed 23 crabs and took delight in catching every single one, from the smallest to the biggest.

The weather this week is going to be very hot, a good opportunity to get back in the paddling pools. Most children don’t enjoy putting it on, but remember to keep wearing sun lotion, even in a short period of time the sun can do quite a lot of damage and your skin is for life!!

This morning almost feels like the first day of term, with many of the Year 2s coming into school today and tomorrow. Many children will feel a mixture of excitement and anxiety during these days, which is perfectly normal, we all feel like this after a long break but as soon as you’re sat down in the classroom, seeing your classmates, those feelings just melt away. Hopefully we will be able to see some of the Year 3s returning soon.

In this week’s TT Rockstars competition we are once again going to battling it against our old foes, Mercury class (Year 4 & Year 5). If you’ve yet to compete in our competitions then try spending just 10 minutes today or tomorrow logging in and giving it a go. If you’ve lost your password please email the school and I will send you your log-in details via our text messaging service.

Thank you to Harvey, Abbie, Amelia, Clarke, Jensen, William and Miya, who joined us in our Zoom meeting on Friday, it was lovely to see you all and I really enjoyed our game of Bingo. Congratulations Amelia, who won the game and the star prize! We are going to attempt a class Zoom meeting on Tuesday, 2.30 p.m. I will give an update on how the Year 2s have found life back at school and read a story with the class.

Home Learning packs are available for all children in Year 3. Year 2 children will now be following the Oak Academy curriculum. Please view my video tutorial below to locate this week’s learning.

Have a great day of home learning, enjoy the sun.

Mr Roberts

Update: 21.06.20

Good evening,

Ahead of tomorrow morning’s update, please find below a short tutorial for parents of Year 2 children only, demonstrating how to access this week’s home learning, who will be following Oak Academy, for all of their learning for the remainder of this half-term.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/schedule-by-year/year-2

If you experience any problems or would like further support please contact the school and I will be more than happy to help.

Mr Roberts

Update: 19.06.20

 Good morning Mars Class,

It’s Friday once again and I’m sure you (parents and children) are all looking forward to a well-deserved weekend, which promises to be warm and sunny (and mostly dry!). After yesterday’s downpour, your garden will probably be flourishing, especially your sunflowers, so please go out and take another measurement and send it in to me. Has anyone got a taller sunflower than Clarke (1m 74cm)? On another note, if you have not yet seen the amazing poppy field on Ipswich Road/Mulbarton Road, opposite Tesco Hartford Bridge, then I would highly recommend taking a trip there this weekend. It’s the most stunning sight, a whole field of the most beautiful, bright red poppies. Unfortunately, this land will soon be built over so get there while you can.

This week football has returned and tonight, at 6.00 p.m., Norwich City, who have 9 games left to save themselves from relegation, will be playing in the first Premier League match ever to be screened on BBC. Come on you Yellows!

Before that, at 2.30 p.m., there is an opportunity to join in our Mars Class Zoom meeting, details of this meeting can be found in yesterday’s class update. I look forward to seeing you and don’t forget that there will be an opportunity for you if there is something that you would like to show and tell.

Unfortunately, as it was unavailable at the time of printing, there is no Friday Maths Challenge supplied in your home learning pack. In a change to my original plan I will now supply the challenge in next week’s Year 3 home learning packs and this week I would like you all to attempt the BBC football-related data challenges, which you will find by following the hyper-link(s) below:

Year 3: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zmtx8hv

Year 2: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zsvgn9q

On Monday and Tuesday of next week, some of our Year 2s will be returning back to school. Those parents whose children are returning should have now received information of timings and procedures/rules that need to be considered. If you have yet to receive this information, please contact the school office. Below there are two photographs, one showing the new classroom arrangement, each child have been provided with their own desk, which are all a minimum of 2-metres apart. The second photograph of our car park show the new railings that have been introduced as part of our one-way system into school. Please don’t worry, as there will be Mr Riley and Mrs Steer out at the front of school, on Monday morning, guiding children/families to where they need to go.

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Home learning packs for children in Year 3 are now available to collect from the school office. As in previous weeks, please call the school office ahead of collection so we can ensure that you pack is ready to be handed over to you.

For Year 2s not attending school next week I will post an update on Sunday evening with details of the learning for next week.

Have a great day of home learning,

Mr Roberts

Update: 18.06.20

Good morning Mars Class,

If you haven’t seen the weekly update from Mr Riley, then you may have missed the news that next week the school will be re-opening its doors to children in Year 2. For this reason, I have been calling parents of children in this year group to discuss their decision/thoughts and to answer questions they may have around classroom organisation and what we are doing as a school to keep everyone safe. Mr Riley is still hoping to have all year groups back in school before the end of term and he is continually reassessing the situation in school and furthers news will follow in Mr Riley’s weekly Wednesday updates.

As mentioned yesterday, we are now able to access Zoom in school and this Friday, at 2.30 p.m., there will be another opportunity to get together online. During our next get together there will be an opportunity for children to show and tell something of their choice (this could be anything e.g. a birthday present received during lockdown, a family pet or a piece of work that they are most proud of). The invitation details for this meeting are below:

Topic: My Meeting

Time: Jun 19, 2020 02:30 PM Greenwich Mean Time

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Yesterday in school, Mrs Neve and Mrs Morgan were busy backing and laminating the first sunflowers in preparation for our school gate display. If you have created a sunflower at home, could you please take a photograph of your design and send it to either myself or the school office. If possible, please take the photograph solely of the sunflower, so that it will appear as large as possible when printing it off!

We have some more fantastic work to share with the class. First we have Chloe’s clever optical illusion, Abbie’s Wilbur and then Jensen and Miya’s (black background) excellent sunflower art. Thank you once again for sending these to me.

Well done to Miya, Isabelle, William, Harvey, Amelia and Chloe who have been busy competing between themselves in this week’s Rockstars Rock Slam competition. It would be lovely to see more of you having a go at this, it’s quick and easy and a fun way to practise those times-tables.

I will be calling Year 3 parents today, from around 11.00 a.m. I look forward to catching up with you and seeing if I can help in anyway.

Have a great day of home learning,

Mr Roberts

Update: 17.06.20

Good morning Mars Class,

Thank you to everyone who was able to make yesterday’s Zoom meeting and my apologies to anyone who may have planned to join but was unable to. I had accidentally booked the meeting on Zoom for Monday, 4.30 p.m., so it is likely that the problems were my fault entirely…sorry! I have scheduled a second meeting on Friday, at 2.30 p.m. The meeting can accommodate the whole class and it would be lovely to see as many of you as possible. I hope to have a fun game of bingo with you so please make sure you have a pen and a piece of paper so you are ready to play.

Well done to those who have been involved in this week’s TTRockstars Rock Slam competitions, especially Amelia who remains unbeaten!

This week I will be trying to speak to Year 2 parents on Wednesday, around midday, and following that, speaking to parents of children in Year 3 on Thursday afternoon, from midday. It’s a great opportunity to discuss home learning and I hope to provide you with more details about the school’s plans for reopening.

The photographs have continued to pour in which have added much joy to my days…thank you. Today, we have photographs of Jensen’s sunflower drawing, Clarke’s amazing 174cm sunflower and some very clever photography and ‘knobbly knees’ optical illusion art work from Amelia (and her sister Mollie too!).

Have a super day of home learning, keep up your fantastic work!

Mr Roberts

Update: 16.06.20

Good evening Mars Class,

I am teaching tomorrow and as a result I have decided to post my daily update a little earlier than planned. If you haven’t seen the poster for the school’s Sunflower Project, then please take a look at yesterday’s update, we have been painting sunflowers at school today so it’s likely you will start seeing the first paintings go up on our school gate during the middle of the week. Make sure you send us photographs of your sunflowers so they can also be added to our display.

This week’s TTRockstars competition is a change and I am asking you to challenge a classmate(s) to a Rock Slam. Well done to Chloe and Isabelle for challenging so many people, I’m sure someone will take you on the challenge.

At school, we finally have permission to start using Zoom, which we hope will bring a multitude of benefits to the home learning that we are currently providing. My aim is to start providing a daily time at which members of the class can get together so I am able to talk to the children directly. As a test I have scheduled a meeting at the end of my teaching day, at 3.30 p.m., which I am inviting all parents/children to engage in. The invitation details for this meeting are as follows:

Topic: Mr Roberts Zoom Meeting Mars Class
Time: Jun 15, 2020 03:30 PM Greenwich Mean Time

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Finally, I have been receiving lots of e-mails today, including many photographs of your art/photography work. Below you can see a collection of fantastic Wilburs (produced respectively by Chloe, Miya, William and Jensen), along with a fantastic optical illusion produced by Harvey, and a giant banana being magically lifted by Miya!

Please do keep sending me examples of your art work, and any other work you are doing. I really do enjoy seeing what you are doing at home and am really impressed with the effort and the quality of work I am receiving.

Have a great day of home learning,

Mr Roberts

Update: 15.06.20

The Sunflower Project

Please take a look at the poster below for the school’s new sunflower project, in which we’re hoping to create a sunflower trail around the village, whilst also helping to make the community smile during this difficult period in our lives.

Sunflower project June 2020

Update: 15.06.20

Good morning Mars Class,

I hope you’ve had an enjoyable and relaxing weekend, and are ready to get your brain back in gear with home learning. I spent a wonderful afternoon/evening at Winterton-on-Sea on Saturday, I won’t use the word relaxing as I spent most of my time there building dams (which is always fun), jumping over waves, swimming and dune jumping (I was merely a spectator for this fun sport).

This week in TT Rockstars I have asked you to challenge a partner in your class. This is the first time we’ve attempted to do this but it should be a relatively straightforward process, just select Rock Slam then choose a fellow rock star from your class who you would like to challenge. The challenge will last up to Friday, at 3.00 p.m, at which time we’ll find out who the winners are.

In last weeks TT Rockstars competition, there was a phenomenal effort from a large number of children, in particular the Top 5 of Dallas, Baxter, Saphia, Mia and Robin, who all earned over 3,000 points. The overall winner was Dallas Kazaam, with a staggering 11,410 points, equivalent to 1,141 correct answers. Well done Dallas. Second place went to Baxter White, who also managed an amazing 9,769 points, nearly 1,000 correct answers. In third place overall, and first in Year 3, was Saphia Soto, with a fantastic 6,050 points. Well done to everyone who competed, this is good fun but also a great opportunity to practise and develop your times tables skills. Find out if you are winner by clicking on the certificate link below.

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Thank you also for the examples of your photography that was sent to me last week. I will try to include a selection of these, and other home learning work you have done, in my daily updates so keep on sending your work to me. Below are two photographs, the first is William’s, showing a good use of the zoom feature. The second photograph is an image of Harvey, who is holding a giant golf ball in his hands (what incredible strength).

Finally, please find below the home learning weekly planner for this week. If you have any troubles with resources or hyperlinks please do let me know. I am putting together home learning packs over a week in advance, due to this occasionally there may be issues that I am not aware of until notified by parents.

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I am teaching this week on Tuesday and Wednesday, and I am hoping to speak to all parents/children on Thursday. Speaking to a whole class individually can take a long time, so I will start making calls from 10.00 a.m, and hope to speak to parents of children in Year 2 & Year 3. If any parents would like help with home learning or discuss any matter I would be more than happy to speak before Thursday.

Have a great day of home learning,

Mr Roberts

Update: 12.06.20

Good morning Mars Class,

After last weekend’s rain, the good news is that this weekend the weather will be warm and sunny, a welcome relief that will give us all an opportunity to get outside and enjoy some freedom.

This week at school we have seen the successful reintroduction of children from reception and year 1. It has been lovely to see and hear the sounds of children back in school after such a long absence. Please keep an eye out for Mr Riley’s weekly Wednesday update, in which he provides details of the school’s future plans to reintroduce children.

In our TT Rockstars competition, we have one day left to go and it is Dallas Kazaam in first place with an amazing 7,271 points, followed by the brilliant Baxter White with 4,439 points. The competition ends at 3.00 p.m. today so keep going everyone.

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Thank you again for your photographs, today I have two wonderful photographs taken by Isabelle, one of which is a photograph using the zoom feature of a camera. Can you work out what the photograph is of? The second photograph, is an image with a forced perspective, can you see what Isabelle has cleverly managed to do?

We also have another piece of amazing optical illusion art, produced by Miya. Thank you Miya, I will be printing this out to add to my ever-growing classroom art display.

Home learning packs for next week will be available to collect from 8.30 a.m. this morning. If you could please call ahead so that the office can ensure that your pack is ready for collection without delay, avoiding any unnecessary queues.

Have a great day of home learning and an enjoyable, relaxing, well-deserved weekend,

Mr Roberts

Update: 11.06.20

Good morning Mars Class,

I hope you are all having a successful week, and you are firmly back in the home learning routine after half-term. Habit is so important to success, and creating a daily routine (habit) that works for you and your families, I think is one of the most important elements of successful home learning.  It’s only when you’ve established a habit that you truly realise it’s value.

Yesterday I received an e-mail from Clarke which contained a photograph of his excellent optical illusion art. I have uploaded it for you to enjoy and possibly, if you are yet to do it yourself, for inspiration as well. Great work Clarke. If you are sharing work with me via e-mail, please indicate your permission to share the work on our class webpage as it’s a lovely way of us keeping connected and adds an extra element of motivation to the work.

In our Times Table Rockstars Competition we have a new leader in the form of Dallas Kazaam, well done to those others that make up the Top Ten, for logging in and practising those times tables. You will find today’s leaderboard below:

leaderboard wall chart

After two days of teaching our key workers group, I will not be teaching today or Friday, if you wish to discuss home learning or feel that your child would benefit from a personal phone call, please contact the school office and I would happy to speak.

We are all getting through this one day at a time and after every day the light at the end of the tunnel is that little bit closer.

Keep up your excellent hard work and support (parents),

Mr Roberts

 

Update: 10.06.20

Good morning Mars Class,

You don’t realise how reliant you are on the internet until it stops working, and yesterday it seemed that the whole of Newton Flotman had little or no access, which I know would have made home learning difficult for some. I know this sort of difficultly, and other issues with resources, can make the process of home learning all the more difficult, and I apologise for any part I may have in adding to these woes.

In our TTRockstars Mars Class competition, it is Saphia Soto and Rogue Bauer, who are leading the contest, both with impressive scores already. However, there are 3 more days to go, so keep logging on and scoring those points, and you will soon be rising up the leaderboard. To find out where you are, just click on the leaderboard link below.

Leaderboard

Today, I am again teaching all day however I will continue to check e-mails (internet reliant) and will try to respond as soon as possible.

Every Wednesday, Mr Riley will give an update on school reopening, so please keep checking e-mails and our school website for the latest information. The government have admitted it may be difficult for schools to reopen to all children in primary schools before the end of the Summer term, however the school have yet to confirm their plans for other year groups and will release this information as and when it is able to.

Thank you once again to all children and parents for your continued support through this difficult period.

Mr Roberts

Update: 09.06.20

Good morning Mars Class,

Yesterday was an exciting day for the school as it welcome back a handful of children from Earth and Jupiter. There was lots to get used to including a new one way walking system to go in and out of school, one child desks and playing whilst social distancing.

Well done to everyone who logged on to TTRockstars, the system does not allow me to look at results after only one day so you will all have to wait until tomorrow’s update to see where you are on the leaderboard.

For today and tomorrow I will be teaching all day, as a result it means it may take a little longer than usual to respond to any e-mails, although I will be checking messages regularly throughout the day. Thank you for all the photographs of learning that I received, it’s wonderful to see you all being so industrious and keeping up your hard work at home after all this time! Keep it up! One of the amusing points of my day yesterday was watching a video of Harvey showing me his stickman animation, it was a fantastic effort and I can’t wait to share it with the class when you return.

If you’re yet to collect your home school learning packs you will now need to contact the office prior to collection so that Mrs Goodenough can make sure your pack is available ready for you.

Have a great day of home learning, and make sure you are getting plenty of fresh air and exercise.

Mr Roberts

Update: 08.06.20 (12.20 p.m.)

Below are the links to two useful documents relating to this week’s learning. The weekly planner contains all the hyperlinks for this week’s lessons, as well as an outline of all the learning for this week. In addition to this, there is also a PowerPoint document about forests, part of today’s science lesson, which contains a hyperlink to a useful video. My apologies for any difficulties with files this morning.

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Update: 08.06.20

Good morning Mars Class,

We have been so fortunate with regards to the hot, warm weather in lockdown, however this weekend has been very wet, and maybe, like me, you may have found yourself at a big of loose end this weekend. To counter our boredom at home, we have been busy baking cakes, making curried sweet potato soup (one of my favourites), playing Game of Life multiple times (again) and on Saturday we went for a very eventful walk on Saturday, in which we got caught in a torrential downpour, complete with hale, thunder and lightning! Despite being wet through, we couldn’t help but laugh and was a good reminder that when it’s raining, you don’t to stay in!

Well done to everyone who took part in our TT Times tables competition last week and well done to the Year 5 duo of Robbie Hardy and Nikki Wiley, who between them managed to pull off a last day victory for their year group, beating Mars class 8,509 points to 7,359 points, you both are TT Legends! Please click on the link below to find out if you were one of the three most valuable players in both of the teams that competed.

For this week’s TT Rockstars competition, it is an individual battle to see who can get the most points in Mars class. I will be posting regular updates of the scoreboard so you can see which position you are in.

Back at school, the school have been busy preparing ready for the first children, in Earth and Jupiter (Y1 only) to return back to school. We hope that before the end of term, all children will have the opportunity to be back in class.

In this week’s story video, I am reading ‘On the way home’, an enjoyable story about how a girl grazed her knee. Later in the week, I will also post a video from the school to show and explain some of the changes that have been made to school in the recent weeks.

This week’s home learning packs are available to collect from the school office, please find below a digital version of the weekly planner, you may find this useful when needing to follow one of the hyperlinks to resources.

Keep sending me photographs of your work and have a great week of home learning!

Keep working hard, every bit of learning you do at home is important!

Mr Roberts

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Teacher – Mr Roberts

My apologies for the later than usual updat

Update: 05.06.20

Good morning Mars Class,

And in the blink of an eye it is Friday again, the weeks have rolled past so quickly, it is frightening to think that we are just over 6 weeks of schools away from the end of the Summer term….Wow! My apologies to any parents who I’ve yet to make contact with, it takes a long time to speak to every parent, and those who I have yet to call I will be attempting to speak to this afternoon. I want to be of much help to parents, if you need some advice regarding home learning or have got yourself in a pickle and you don’t know to successfully restart home learning then please contact the school and I will be happy to speak to you over the phone about where to go from here.

Your child’s education is important, and this period at home will have an impact on their progress if they are not engaged in daily learning, albeit much smaller amounts compared to a normal school day. Please remember, we are just trying to keep those key skills of reading, writing and maths, ticking over until we can get the children back into school, so every little bit of learning they can do at home will be of value to your child.

We still have a number of home learning packs to be collected from the school office. Please don’t worry if you’re only now getting started on this week’s resources, however I would recommend that you complete all the lessons in the order that they are arranged as the learning often builds on from the previous lesson’s learning. Learning packs for next week are also available for collection.

In our TT Battle of the Bands competition, despite the best efforts of Year 5’s Robby Hardy and Nikki Wiley, Mars class have extended their lead to nearly 1,300 points (130 correct questions). Keep trying your best and find out on Monday who won the battle and if you have a certificate winner.

English: Today’s Friday writing is the same as that detailed in this week’s weekly planner. As with previous Fridays, please complete your SPAG mat and test to see how well you have remembered this week’s spelling words.

Have a great day of home learning and a relaxing weekend. I’m looking forward to watching Onward with my family. After missing out on seeing it at the cinema, it is finally out to rent so I have my popcorn ready and can’t wait to sit down this evening for what looks like a really enjoyable film. 😉

Mr Roberts

Update: 04.06.20

Good morning Mars Class,

It was lovely speaking to parents of Year 3 yesterday, this afternoon I will be attempting to call parents of Year 2.

In our TT Battle of the Bands competition, despite the heroics of Year 5’s Robby Hardy (2,452 points), Mars Class now have a lead of 1,000 points, and with two days to go it looks like victory could be yours! But as ever, don’t stop until the very end of the tournament, at 3.00 p.m. on Friday.

Please find below a video of our very final chapter of our class book, The Adventures of Robin Hood.

English: Adverbs, words that describe verbs, are a great way of adding extra detail to your writing, however adverbs are underused as we don’t naturally use them in our everyday language. As a result, we forget to add them to our writing. For today’s writing task I would like you to 5 descriptive sentences about recent events in your own lives, making sure you include at least one adverb in each sentence. Try writing two adverbs together for extra impact! Try to make your sentence interesting and engaging to read and use the adverb mat (see link below) so that you use a wide variety of adverbs, possibly ones that you may not have used before. Here are some examples, using my own half-term experiences as a stimulus for ideas. Make sure you remember to punctuate your sentences with capital letters and full stops.

Enthusiastically, we pumped up our kayak in preparation for our voyage down our local river.

Safely, we quickly put on our life jackets so that we knew we would be safe if we fell into the murky river

Cautiously and nervously, my son, Noah, climbed on to the rope swing that swung wildly over the slowly flowing river.

Joyously, we gently and merrily paddled our way down the river towards the University.

We are all busy in school at the moment preparing classrooms for the return of children, there are lots to do and when children do return, things will look very different to before. To start off with, we have a small number of reception and Year 1 children returning next week. If you have any questions regarding school reopening then I would be happy discuss them with you over the phone.

Have a great day of learning,

Mr Roberts

Update: 03.06.20

Good morning Mars Class,

I hope you’ve all had a positive start to the half-term, and are finding a routine that works for you and your families. If you are yet to collect your home learning packs these are available from the school office, inside you will also find next week’s learning packs (inside a clear plastic pocket, these are available for everyone to collect) so be careful not to look at the wrong resources.

Today I will be making phone calls and I look forward to speaking to you. Thank you for the many e-mails I received yesterday, it was lovely reading about what you had been up to over your half-terms and seeing photographs of your sunflowers. If you could also send me measurements of your sunflower then we will start a competition to see whose sunflower grows the tallest! Clarke’s sunflower is currently 1.33m, so he is our current leader! The current world record is an amazing 9.17 metres!

In our Battle of the Bands competition, Mars class have a narrow lead over Year 5, 2,333 points vs 1,713 points. It’s been a team effort with lots of children contributing to our score. Well done especially to Mia Cutter, Robin Asaro, Jay Boy Reinhard, Saphia Soto, Dallas Kazaam and the ever-reliable Rogue Bauer! Keep it up.

English: For today’s writing task you are going to rewrite the expanded noun phrases that you wrote as part of yesterday’s half-term recount and you are going to up-level them, using synonyms (words with the same meaning) to replace the adjectives that you had originally used.

This is a great way to expand your vocabulary, we often just choose the first adjective that comes into our head! To do this you will need to either use a Thesaurus or you will need to use an online Thesaurus, such as https://www.thesaurus.com/.

If you don’t have enough expanded noun phrases, why not find a selections of nouns in your recount that you could improve by adding adjectives to turn it into an expanded noun phrase, but using the Thesaurus to up-level the adjective that you first think of.

Challenge: For an additional challenge, why not choose one expanded noun phrase and rewrite it using antonyms (words with the opposite meaning).

Here are some examples from my own half-term recount.

old army jeep = ancient armed forces jeep

steep sandy dunes = hilly gritty dunes

slow, relaxing 3-mile jog = leisurely, calm jog

Challenge

large, choppy waves = insignificant, smooth waves

Have a great day of home learning, keep up your hard work everyone.

Mr Roberts

Update: 02.06.20

Good morning Mars Class,

Today is the final day of sunshine for a few days so please make sure you get outside to make the most of the beautiful weather. Yesterday, at school we were in the school garden, watering the vegetable garden, and couldn’t believe just how much everything had grown and was flourishing. A little later I also received a photograph of Isabelle’s sunflower, which is now taller than she is! All from a tiny little seed, life is amazing. If anyone else has had success with growing their sunflower, then please send me photographs via our school office e-mail address.

Please find below a video containing the latest installment of our class book, The Adventures of Robin Hood. I have also attached an alternative spelling list and wordsearch for this week, as I understand some children may have received the same spellings as those provided in the final term of last half-term. There is also a digital copy of this week’s weekly planner, containing details of Friday’s learning, which was missing from the paper copy supplied in this week’s home learning packs. My apologies for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

For your English writing task today, I would like you to pick your very favourite experience from your half-term holidays and write a detailed recount of what you did. I would love to read about your half-term so why not either type out your work or send me a photograph of your writing. For an example have a look at my annotated example I have provided for you below. Try to use time adverbials, a number of expanded noun phrases (you are going to need these for tomorrow’s writing task), a list using commas, describe feelings and at least one adverb. You could start with the related sentence you wrote yesterday.

Last Saturday afternoon (time adverbial & adjective), May 30th, my family and I spent some time together on the beautiful, sandy beaches (expanded noun phrase) at Winterton-On-Sea.

It was the second day in a row that we visited the beach and my children were not excited (feelings) about having to go to the beach again, however (conjunction) as soon as they arrived, they were happy we had gone. At the entrance (preposition) to the dunes, the boys were thrilled because there was an old army jeep (expanded noun phrase) that had been restored, complete with a tripod-mounted metal machine gun and explosive hand grenades (expanded noun phrase), it was very cool! (exclamation mark). 

After (time adverbial) slowly (adverb) walking across the steep sandy dunes, we arrived on the beach, where there was a crisp, easterly wind that made us feel a lot cooler than we had felt back at home. Fortunately (adverb), at the edge of the beach (preposition) we found a massive sand fortress (expanded noun phrase) that had someone built before us and acted as a perfect shelter from the wind! 

Immediately (time adverbial) the boys began making additions to the shelter, digging a deep, circular (adjective) moat so (conjunction) that there was extra protection from the fierce crashing waves (expanded noun phrase) that were coming ever closer because (conjunction) it was nearly high tide.

Whilst (time adverbial) they were doing this, I went for a slow, relaxing 3-mile jog along the shore, it was lovely to see lots of families, enjoying the sunshine and a day out together by the seaside. Half-way through my run, feeling a little braver (feeling) than earlier, I decided to take the plunge and go for a swim in the icy waters. Whilst it was difficult to go in, once I was fully submerged, my body adjusted to the temperature and I enjoyed a beautiful, peaceful swim, although (conjunction) the large waves did make it quite exhausting!

Following that (time adverbial) I ran back to find the fortress complete with a row of perfectly-built, line of sand castles (expanded noun phrase). We then spent some time reading our books, watching the seals, playing bat and ball and hide and seek in the dunes (list using commas). Before we left we all decided to go into the sea for a final swim, even my wife decided to join us which is very rare indeed! 

It was such a wonderful afternoon. Have you ever been to Winterton-On-Sea? (question). It’s my favourite seaside destination (along with Sheringham), in Norfolk. we are so lucky to have the seaside virtually on our doorsteps, the natural world gives us so many things for us to enjoy and that’s why it is important that we look after this world for future generations to enjoy like we do now!

Mr Roberts

Have another great day of home learning,

Mr Roberts

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Update: 01.06.20

Good morning and welcome back Mars Class,

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful half-term, we were blessed with such fantastic weather! My half-term has been spent with a combination of writing end of school reports or heading off to somewhere where my family and I could enjoy the beautiful sunshine. I won’t tell you too many details of my holiday as it will feature in our English writing work this week.

With just one half term left until the end of our school term, it’s important that we continue the excellent learning that you have done since the start of the year, so get straight back into your home learning today and be resilient, starting is always the hardest part!

We are going to start the term off with a new Battle of the Bands competition, and this time it’s Mars Class (Y2 & Y3) vs the mighty Year 5, winners of last half-term’s battle against Year 3.

This week’s home learning packs, if you haven’t collected them already, are available to collect from the school office. However, due to changes caused by next week’s reopening of the school for Year R & Year 1, I am again going to be setting alternative English writing tasks to the ones detailed in the planner. For today, I would like you to write about your favourite 5 activities that you did during your holiday. Each sentence should start with a fronted time adverbial (e.g. Last Thursday, yesterday, in the morning) and then a brief overview of what/where/who, you could also try and include an expanded noun phrase (simply add an adjective to a noun). Don’t add too much detail as these sentences will act as the start of your paragraphs later in the week.  For example: Yesterday, my family and I spent the final day of our holiday on the beautiful, sandy beach at Winteron-On-Sea. You will need this list for tomorrow’s writing so keep it somewhere safe! I will provide details of English tasks through my daily updates.

After a long break, I am planning on calling all families this week, it will be a good opportunity to discuss any questions you may have regarding the reopening of the school and home learning this half-term.

I will be in school all this week, if you would like to speak to me in person outside the school office, or over the phone, I would be more than happy to speak. In addition to this, please keep sending in e-mails of your child’s learning, I will respond to all e-mails and it’s a great way to boost your child’s engagement and motivation in their learning.

Have a great day,

Mr Roberts

Update: 22.05.20

Well done to Year 2 for their fantastic efforts in our TT Battle of the Bands competition, beating Year 3 with a score of 2,905 points vs 735 points.  Congratulations to Baxter White, who managed to take top rocker honours with a score of 885 points! Find out if you are a certificate winner by clicking on the link below.
Please find below a link to our class riddles, on here you will find four superhero riddles, with four fantastic accompanying illustrations. Can you match the riddle to the illustration? Good luck and thank you to those children for sending me their riddles. I will reveal the answers after half-term.
Finally, please find below two videos. In the first video I am reading Chapters 3 & 4 from our class story, and in the second video, is a short video message thanking you for all your hard work this term and wishing you a well deserved half term holiday.
I look forward to hearing all about your half term holidays as part of our home learning writing when the term resumes on Monday, 1st June.
Take care, stay safe.
Mr Roberts
Update: 22.05.20
Good morning Mars Class,
You did it, well done (both children and parents) on getting through a whole half-term of home learning. Please enjoy your half-term and relax, so that you have plenty of energy and motivation to continue home learning at the start of the Summer term, on Monday 1st June, 2020.
Thank you to those who have sent your superhero riddles, I’ve really enjoyed reading these and seeing the accompanying pictures of your superheros, and in some cases, their cars too. If you have a superhero riddle you would still like to send me, please do so before the end of the school day as I will be making a video compilation to post on our class page at the end of the day.
Along with this video, I will also be posting a second video with the next installment of our class book, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and an end of half-term message from myself, so please look out for this later today (at midday).
In our TTRockstars Battle of the Bands competition, Year 2 are looking like being winners, with a healthy lead of over 1,000 points, led by the reliable Rogue Bauer (748 points). Certificates and full results will be uploaded at the end of the school day.
I have uploaded today’s Year 2 SPAG file (see link below), in case any parents do not have the paper copy in their folders.
Have a great last day of home learning and well-deserved half-term holiday,
Mr Roberts
Update: 21.05.20
Good morning Mars Class,
It is only two more home learning days to go until half term, and I’m sure you (and parents) are looking forward to having a well-deserved break! We’re not there yet so keep going, the finish line is in sight, gather up all the energy, discipline, resilience and perseverance you have left and complete these last two days of suggested activities. Every little bit of learning really does help and make a difference!
In our TTRockstars Battle of the Bands competition, Year 2 are now beating Year 3, 926 points vs 278 points, despite Year 3’s Robin Asaro, earning an amazing 200 points, well done!
Please remember, if you have any riddles from yesterday’s writing please e-mail a photograph of your work (along with an illustration of your superhero if you have one) and I will record a video of the riddles to share with the rest of the class.
Yesterday, Mr Riley informed parents of plans (see school homepage) for school reopening next half-term. As a result of this news I will be calling all Mars class parents during our first week back after half-term to explain details further and to answer any questions you may have.

Home learning packs for the first week back after half-term (week beginning 1st June, 2020) will be available for parents to collect from tomorrow morning, 8 a.m.

Have a great day,

Mr Roberts

Update: 20.05.20
Good morning Mars Class,
Today looks set to be the hottest day of the year, 23 degrees Celsius, which I hope you’re able to enjoy in some way. Last night, at 6 .30 p.m. it was still a clear blue sky and we enjoyed a lovely sunny walk down by the river, during which I was fortunate enough to see a water vole, a sweet-looking rodent, whose habitat are little excavated burrows in the banks of the river. Unbelievably, It was first time in my life I’ve seen a water vole, although I’ve probably walked by one 100s of times before. Apparently, I had just missed seeing a grass snake as well!
In our TTRockstars Battle of the Bands competition, Year 2 are beating Year 3, 481 points vs 160 points, with Baxter White, topping the charts with 211 points, well done! Keep it up Mars Class.
Today your English task is to write your own superhero riddle. To inspire you with this, I have recorded two of my own superhero riddles. Can you work out which superheros I am describing?

Thank you to those parents for their time in speaking to me this week, it’s wonderful to hear how you are all successfully getting through this period of lockdown. The weeks rolls by quickly, and I look forward to the children returning to school. On this note, Mr Riley, the school’s new headteacher, is hoping to inform parents of our plans to reopen, in an e-mail/letter that you will receive by the end of the school week.

Home learning packs for the first week back after half-term (week beginning 1st June, 2020) will be available for parents to collect from this Friday,

Have an awesome day,

Mr Roberts

Update: 19.05.20

Good morning Mars Class,

What a wonderful spell of weather we have to enjoy this week. I imagine for many of you it will mean getting the paddling pool out and having a cool dip!

Last week was Harvey’s birthday, and I’m sure, like me, you want to find out all about his special day. If you have any questions that you would like to ask him, then please e-mail the school office and I will send him a collection of your questions which he has promised he will respond to and which I will publish on our class page.

In case any parents had any confusions with their maths resources in this week’s home learning packs, we are currently following Week 4 of the White Rose Hub Home Learning resources. For each day there is a 15-minute video tutorial for your child to watch before moving on to do the worksheet provided in your packs. If you need any further help, please contact the school office.

For our final Battle of the Bands competition of this half-term, we are back to Year 2 Mars vs Year 3 Mars, so please log-in to score your band some points. Last week, it was the Mars Boys that came out as winners over Mars Girls. As always, there are several certificate winners for last week’s competitors, find out if you are a winner by clicking on the link below.

MVP Battle Certificates (2)

It was lovely to speak to parents of Year 3 children yesterday, if I wasn’t able to get in contact I will attempt to call tomorrow at midday.

Please keep sending in examples of your children’s work, it’s a great way to encourage and motivate your children with their learning.

Have a successful day of home learning,

Mr Roberts

Update: 18.05.20

Good morning Mars Class, I hope you’ve had an enjoyable weekend.

Since lockdown, I’ve played board games more than ever, they are such a great way to spend quality time with  your family (although I would be lying if I didn’t admit to the odd disagreement) and often they include some element of hidden learning (Maths, English, social skills etc.) . This weekend, I’ve played around 4 hours of The Game of Life, which is great fun, unpredictable and a brilliant way of practising some maths skills with my children. I would also recommend Scrabble, Monopoly, Scotland Yard and classic card games, such as Pontoon.

It was lovely to see people out in the parks this weekend, we went for a family bike ride down to the river and, in the absence of going to the beach, even enjoyed a spot of wild swimming.

This week of home learning is the final week before half-term, so keep working hard so that you can put the books, pens and paper, in your kitchens, dining rooms etc.., away and out of sight (home teachers need half-term holidays as well!).

Remember, where possible I would really enjoy receiving examples of your learning, by sending photographs to our school office, I will always reply with an e-mail response, which may help to motivate and encourage your children with their learning.

Home learning packs are available to collect from 8 a.m. this morning, and I will ensure that home learning packs for the week following half-term (week beginning Monday, 1st June) are available from this Friday, 22nd May, 2020, so you can be well-organised to restart home learning after half-term.

If you would like a digital version of this week’s planner please click on the link below, you may find this useful when needing to follow a hyperlink.

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Please find below a 6 minute video of of the first two chapters of this week’s class story, The Adventures of Robin Hood.

I am in school today, if you would like to discuss anything with me please don’t hesitate to call the school office.

Have a great day of home learning,

Mr Roberts

Update: 15.05.20

Good morning Mars Class,

It is Friday once again, the week has flashed past. Again, it looks like we are in for a long period of warm, dry weather, which means it will be a great opportunity to get outside and possibly do something that the new lockdown rules allow. I am looking forward to going to Eaton Park this weekend for a game of tennis with my family, one of the sports that are now permitted!
It is the final day of our TTRockstars competition, and the boys lead is now just over 2,000 points. Well done to Saphia Soto and Dallaz Kazaam, who have been trying their best to boost the girl’s score. I will update the class page on Monday morning, with the full results table to see where you scored against the class and of course, the certificates for those high scorers (girls and boys).
Don’t forget to collect your home learning packs, which will be available to collect from Monday morning, if required they will be available to collect today, however these will not contain the maths resources required, although I will also post these online.
Remember, if you would like to send me examples (photographs/short video clips) of your home learning, then please send them via email to our school office, office@newtonflotman.norfolk.sch.uk, and they will forward them straight to me.
I am working in school next week on Monday and Tuesday, please don’t hesitate to call if you wish to discuss any aspect of home learning or another matter regarding your child.
Have a great day of home learning and a wonderful weekend with your families,
Mr Roberts
Update: 14.05.20

Good morning Mars Class, thank you so much to all the parents and children who I managed to speak to yesterday, it was lovely to hear your positivity and support, despite the difficult situation we all find ourselves in. Next week, I look forward to speaking to all the Year 3 parents/children.

Last night, I enjoyed having the freedom to go to the local park to play football and basketball with my children, it’s amazing how much you appreciate doing the things that you used to take for granted. I can’t help but reflect on the similarity to the Julie Donaldson story, A Squash and a Squeeze. Why not listen to the story by following the link below and see if you can work out why I think this!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfCHyEh5ln0

Next week’s home learning packs will be available to collect again from Monday morning, at 8.00 a.m. It is also worth remembering that next week is the final week of this half-term, which is really quite difficult to believe!

Battle of the Bands update: The boys, led by Rogue Bauer, Tav Burger and Jay Boy Reinhard, have continued their awesome performance, with their lead over the girls now extending to over 2,000 points, despite the efforts of top girl, Lance Bones. It’s not over though until 3.00 p.m., on Friday afternoon, so keep trying your best everyone!

The activity sheet for today’s English task can be found on the link below.

comic story mountain

Please remember, I am back in school today so if there is anything you wish to discuss with me please call the school office and I will be happy to talk.

Have a great day,

Mr Roberts

Update: 13.05.20

Good morning Mars Class, it was so nice to see the sun shining yesterday and the blustery weather seems to have calmed (which makes a big difference to my evening bike rides). I’m sure all families will be struggling with some aspect of home learning. My family yesterday had finally settled back into their home learning routine, after the three-day bank holiday weekend had made it difficult for them to find the enthusiasm for home learning on Monday! Personally, I have found that establishing a consistent routine for the day, for example starting the school day at 9.00 a.m. with Joe Wicks, taking breaks at 10.30 a.m. and 12.00 p.m. before a final small task for the afternoon, has definitely helped my children adapt and accept home learning.

May I thank the parents for all their support in this tricky time, we will get through this together and we hope to have your children back in school when it is safe to do so. All the time, potential plans are being discussed and as soon as these are finalised we will share them with parents/carers.

Battle of the Bands update: A productive second day for both teams in this week’s Boys vs Girls Battle of the Bands competition, but the boys have expanded their lead to over 1,000 points, helped hugely by the awesome Tav Burger, who has 713 of his team’s 2,081 points. Come on girls, you can claw this back!

Please remember, I am in school today so if there is anything you wish to discuss with me please call the school office and I will be happy to talk.

Please find below the document needed to complete today’s English writing. My apologies for failing to include this in the original update.

Emergency Plan Activity Sheet

Have a wonderful day,

Mr Roberts

Update: 12.05.20

Good morning Mars Class, tomorrow and Thursday I will be in school and am looking forward to speaking to you over the phone, hearing about your lockdown experiences and helping you with any other queries or problems you may have.

Attached below is an amended weekly planner for this week, it is almost identical except for the English writing tasks. As a result, the writing this week will now focus on creating and writing an exciting, engaging superhero story. Also attached are documents for the superhero story, task introduction and activity sheet (print this document only) for today’s English.

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comic strip support activity Retelling a story introduction superhero story ebook pdf

Updated 9.15 a.m: comic strip activity writing inc example

Battle of the Bands update: A positive first for both teams in this week’s Boys vs Girls Battle of the Bands competition, with the boys enjoying a narrow lead of 628 points vs the girls 452 points. This is equal to 17 correct answers, so it is very close.

If you haven’t collect your home learning pack for this week then please come into the school office and collect your pack. Any remaining packs on Thursday, I will be attempting to drop off to your homes. To make sure I am not in contact directly with your packs or yourselves, I will be using gloves and delivering packs through your letter boxes.

I hope you are all keeping positive about home learning and the lockdown restrictions, with every day passed we are one day closer to greater freedom and returning back to school.

Keep smiling, Stay Safe,

Mr Roberts

Update: 10th May, 2020

Good evening Mars Class,

With a three day Bank Holiday weekend, I am posting my first entry for this week a little earlier than usual as I have been working at school today making sure that your learning packs are ready for collection tomorrow.

I hope you enjoyed the sunny weather on Friday and Saturday, as it seems that this week’s weather will not be quite so pleasant. With yesterday’s announcement that children are not to return to school for quite some time, we are reviewing the way we deliver home learning so our approach to this may change in the near future.

Please click on the link below to find my suggested timetable for home learning activities this week. We are trialling a different approach to English this week, using Oak Academy resources, an online virtual school set up following the closure of schools. I will be in school on Wednesday and Thursday this week, during which time I will be calling parents of Year 2 children (If anyone would like to contact me, for any reason, I would be more than happy to speak). During these conversations we value any feedback you may have about the resources used for/our approach to home learning. We want to ensure that home learning is working for every child.

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Well done to everyone who contributed to last week Battle of the Bands competitions, in which Year 2 beat Year 4, 3,101 vs 1,779, and Year 3 lost to Year 5, 930 vs 5,290. Well done especially to Rogue Bauer and Sophia Sota, who were the highest scorers in Year 2 & Year 3. There are many more certificates winners, click on the links below to find out if you are one of the.

MVP Battle Certificates (4)

MVP Battle Certificates (5)

This week, I have launched a new Battle of the Bands competition, and this week it’s Mars Class Boys against Mars Class Girls. I have been really impressed with the number of children practising their times tables using TTRockstars, if you feel that you need a new challenge please contact the school and I will add a new timestable for you to learn.

Please find below two videos of the final two chapters from our class book. Later in the week I will be posting another video with an update on school life.

 

Have a great week of home learning,

Mr Roberts

Update: 7th May, 2020

Good morning Mars Class,

I hope you have been enjoying the sunshine this week, it looks like it will continue to be warm over the bank holiday, until Sunday when it suddenly will get a lot colder so make the most of the good weather, where possible take your learning outside and make sure you are keeping active, whether it’s waking up with Joe Wicks or helping out in the garden.

Yesterday, I filmed the next two chapters of our class story, Around the World in 80 Days, which you will find below. My apologies for not quite being close enough to the camera whilst reading the story, unfortunately I am a one person film production team!

In our Battle of the Bands competitions, it is a very close battle between Year 2 and Year 4, with Year 2 enjoying a slender lead of just 90 points (9 correct answers) over Year 4. Well done to Rogue Bauer, who has earned 800 points this week. Unfortunately the Year 5 have extended their lead over Year 3, to over 3,000 points and looks like they are going to take the honours, although the battle doesn’t end until Friday, so keep going until then (3.00 p.m).

Remember Friday is a Bank Holiday, and the 75th anniversary since the country celebrated VE Day. Like many, we are celebrating this by decorating the front of our house, having a garden party on the front lawn and will be tuning in to hear the Queen. I hope you find some way of remembering this special important day in British history.

Please remember the school will be closed this Friday, learning packs for next week will be available for collection from 8.30 a.m., on Monday morning.

Have a great day of home learning,

Mr Roberts

Update: 6th May, 2020

Good morning Mars Class,

It was lovely to speak to so many of you yesterday, it sounds as if you are all making home learning work for yourselves and your family, which was wonderful to hear! If I didn’t get in contact, then I will be attempting to call next week, following our Bank Holiday Weekend. If you need to get in contact before then, please call or e-mail the school office and they will pass the problem on to myself.

It has been many weeks since you were last at school, and for many of you that may mean you are running out of books to read. We will be happy to provide you with books, which we can pass to you via our home learning pack system. If you would like us to help you with books, then please e-mail/call the school office.

Due to the long upcoming Bank Holiday weekend, home learning packs will be available to collect from Monday, 11th May, 2020. You should have plenty of learning materials to keep you going this week as I provided five days of materials for the four-day learning week so if you’re unable to collect your learning packs on Monday morning, please look at the suggested learning activities for Friday, on this week’s planning overview sheet.

Apologies for the difficulties regarding TTRockstars, these have all now been sorted and you are all now able to contribute to this week’s Battle of the Bands competition. The Year 2s are currently leading Years 4s, with a score of 648 to their 169. Unfortunately, Year 3 are still behind Year 5, 90 points to 848, and everyone will need to contribute if Year 3 are to claw their way back to victory.

Thank you to those children that sent in questions for this week’s interview with Mr Riley, the school’s new headteacher. Please click on the link below to hear his responses to your questions.

Have a great day of home learning,

Mr Roberts

Update: 05.05.20

Good morning Mars Class,

I hope you enjoyed the sun yesterday, I was working hard at school but managed to enjoy the last parts of the sunshine when I got home.

In our Battle of the Bands competition, Mercury’s Y4 & Y5 are beating Y2 & Y3 respectively, despite the efforts of Ray Franano (Y3), Saphia Soto (Y2) and Sunshine Vaughan (Y2) who, amongst others, have been trying their best to battle for their bands. We still have four days to go though, so keep practicing those times tables everyone!

This morning I will be making another collection of videos that I will be posting on our class page at the end of the school day, in these videos I will be speaking to Mr Riley, our new headteacher, asking some of the questions that you have sent me over the last week, and reading the next two chapters of our class book, Around the World in 80 Days.

Aside from that, many people have decided to celebrate this Friday’s V.E 75th Anniversary by having a garden party. This is a great way to remember this historic day for our country (and the whole world) and on the link below you will find lots of way you can dress up your front window/garden to join in with the celebrations. My family will be joining in the fun and get busy creating posters and putting up bunting.

https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/toolkit/

Remember to look at our weekly overview document in your home learning packs (and below) to find out what home learning ideas I have suggested for today.

Take care, have a great day,

Mr Roberts

Update: 04.05.20

Good morning Mars Class, I hope you enjoyed your weekend and, once again, made the most of the warm, dry conditions to get outside. My family and I, have been out exercising on our bikes, riding into the countryside. We are so fortunate to be surrounded by the beautiful Norfolk countryside, lockdown living in an inner city area must feel very different!

If you haven’t collected your home learning pack for this week then please come into the school office and collect your pack from reception. I am in school this week on Monday and Tuesday so if you wish to discuss anything about your child or home learning please call the school office and I would be happy to talk with you. If you didn’t receive a phone call from myself this week then I hope to call remaining parents/children when in school this week.

Battle of the Bands update: Wow, an amazing 8,720 points were scored altogether in last week’s Battle of the Bands competition, that’s 872 correct answers. Well done everybody who logged on and scored some points! However, there is a clear winner, Mars Year 2 with nearly double the points of Mars Year 3. Again, congratulations to Rogue Bauer, who scored an amazing 2,488 points, a truly legendary rocker! There are six certificates for this week’s winners, these are available by clicking on the link below.

MVP Battle Certificates (2)

New Battle of the Bands: This week’s competitions are Mars vs Mercury, with Year 2 taking on Year 4 and Year 3 taking on Year 5. Keep logging on for daily updates, the competition starts at 8.40 a.m. Monday morning and ends on Friday, at 3.00 p.m.

This week, I have provided your weekly overview, a suggested timetable of activities for the week, in your home learning packs.

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It’s a shorter working week than usual, owing to Friday’s Bank Holiday. Friday marks the 75th birthday of Victory in Europe Day. With Captain Tom’s recent 100th birthday, raising the profile of war heroes, it’s a great additional learning opportunity for your child to find out what this day is remembered for. I haven’t provided any materials, as some parents may not wish to discuss war with their children, however there are plenty of high quality learning resources available from trusted sources, such as the BBC.

Have a wonderful day,

Mr Roberts

Update 01.05.20

Good morning Mars Class, is is really the 1st of May? Time seems to pass differently when you are not in the normal routine of life. At times fast,and at other times more slowly, I have enjoyed not always rushing around after-school and at the weekends, taking my children to clubs and going to shops etc. I hope you too have found some benefits to life under lockdown.

I have made two brief videos, that you can view by clicking on the links below. It is quite intimidating (this week’s word investigation word) being filmed for upload onto the internet but I’m sure I will feel more comfortable with this the more it is done! I hope to upload more videos in the upcoming weeks.

Yesterday, I spent the day putting together all of the home learning packs that are now available for collection from the school office. Please contact the school office if at any point you realise you are missing a document and I can print/e-mail the resource asap. Each pack is individual to a child which unfortunately makes error more likely.

TTRockstars update: With only 1 more day of rocking to go, it appears that it will once again by a Year 2 victory, with Rogue Bauer leading the way and amassing over 2,000 points, giving Year 2 4,466 points compared to Year 3’s 2,403. But it’s not over until the final whistle is blown at 3.00 p.m. today so there is still a chance for Year 3 to come back. Who will a hero for Year 3?

It should be dry today, with showers expected at 3.00 p.m. so make sure you get outside for some fresh air and exercise.

Have a great day of home learning and enjoy the weekend ahead.

Mr Roberts

Update 30.04.20

Good morning Mars Class, the weeks seem to fly by at the moment, I hope you are all managing to stay positive despite the restrictions we have at the moment. This is a rare, unique opportunity to spend a lot of time with your family so try to make the most of this moment and with every passing day we are one day closer to being back at school together.

In addition to today’s update, I will be posting a short video, in which I will be giving you an update of life at school during lockdown and reading the first chapter of our class story, Around the World in 80 Days.

Today, I will be busy at school assembling next week’s home learning packs, these will be available for collection from the school office, from 9.00 a.m. on Friday morning.

There are two more days left of this week’s Battle of the Bands competition, and it’ still very close between Year 3 (2,176) and Year 2 (2,942 points). Another rock legend, Lance Bones has emerged in Year 3, amassing over 600 points! Well done. Keep it up!

I am at school today, so please contact the school office if there is anything you wish to discuss with me, I would be more than happy to speak.

Take care, keep safe, stay positive.

Mr Roberts

Update 29.04.20

Good morning Mars Class, I hope you all managed to have a positive day yesterday despite it raining throughout the whole day. My family and I managed a countryside walk at 5 p.m. which definitely helped to raise everyone’s spirits. It’s amazing what physical activity and being outdoors in the fresh air and amongst nature can do for your physical and mental health, please do your best to get outside where possible.

This week I have been playing the traditional game of dominoes, and I’ve loved it! What looks like a simple game, requires strategy to outwit your opponents, similar to the card game, Uno. What games have you been playing? I would recommend Monopoly, Game of Life, Cluedo, Scotland Yard and Chess, as wonderful ways to spend time at home (without looking at a screen).

TTRockstars Update: After Day 2 of this week’s Battle of the Bands, it is Year 2 still in the lead, with 1,291 points versus Year 3’s 787 points. Well done again to Rogue Bauer, and also Saphia Soto (Y3), an emerging rock talent with 273 points for Year 3.

Have a great day of home learning,

Mr Roberts 

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Update 28.04.20

Good morning Mars Class, it seems almost odd to wake up to rain this morning, I can’t remember the last time it rained and whilst it may be not be great for people stuck at home under lockdown, the plants and wildlife will appreciate it I’m sure.

If you’re getting fed up with lockdown, think of those less fortunate than yourselves. In Spain, it was only this week, after 6 weeks of total lockdown, that children were allowed to leave their homes, which meant for those children in apartments, no going out at all.

Today’s activities are all detailed in our home weekly overview sheet (see link below). If you have any questions regarding these or wish to discuss another matter please either e-mail the school office or alternatively, if you can wait, I will be in school on Wednesday and Thursday this week, and will be available to speak on the phone.

TTRockstars Update: Once again it’s rock legend, Rogue Bauer, who is again leading the competition and putting Year 2 clearly into the lead. Year 2 have 892 points, Year 3 have 372 points. I will post an update daily to keep you informed.

Have a great day of home learning,

Mr Roberts

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Update 27.04.20

Good morning Mars Class, I hope you had a great weekend, I hope you’ve been enjoying the warm, sunny conditions in some way. This weekend I have been busy: we went for a lovely family walk, I played an excellent card game, called Pontoon, played the board game Risk, and did some fun illustration drawing which I thought you might like to try this week yourselves.

If you haven’t picked up your home learning packs already, they are available to collect from the school office and contain all you need for the week, however you will need to go online to access reading texts and maths tutorials.

Below you will a weekly overview, giving a suggested breakdown of the tasks you could complete each day. Remember, please don’t feel pressured to complete all work, every family’s situation is unique to them, aim to get your child engaged everyday in a little reading, writing and maths work, then do something creative on top.

This week, there will be another Battle of the Band competition, beginning Monday, at 8.40 a.m. and finishing on Friday, at 3.00 p.m. This week the competition is Mars Class only, once again Year 2 vs Year 3, I will announce the winners shortly after the competition has finished. After a close finish last week, I wonder whether Year 3 can close the gap with Year 2 and take victory.

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Please aim to check our class page every morning for further updates from the school.

Have a great day of home learning.

Battle of the Bands update

The winners are………Year 2!!!! Well done to everyone who has participated in the Battle of the Bands competition this week. I will be creating a new competition each week so keep a look out on our class page for further details. Special congratulations to Rogue Bauer and Tav Burger, both of whom were the most valuable players. See below if you are a certificate winner.

MVP Battle Certificates (1)

Update 24.04.20

Good morning Mars Class, I hope you are having a great week and have enjoyed the learning activities set this week. I have been enjoying two events in the night sky this week, the Lyrid meteor shower and the SpaceX Starlink satelites. With an adult, Google these events and find out why I stayed up  late to look at the night sky this week.

Home Learning Packs for next week are now ready for collection from the school office, so please come and collect them when it’s convenient for you to do so.

Please remember these are suggested activities, you may have alternative activities planned for your day of home learning or you may want to pick and choose the activities that suit your situation at home.

Maths

We are going to finish off Maths this week with two activities, recognising a quarter and finding a quarter of a number, Year 2 Lessons 4 & 5. I think should be able to whizz through these tasks, and you could always spend a little time competing in our Battle of the Bands TTRockstar competition, winners to be announced at the end of the school day.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

Spelling

This week you have been practising tricky spelling words, using the Mr Whoops’ Mistakes sheets. The end of the week is always a great opportunity to look at some words you got wrong (no more than 10) and practise spelling them correctly.

Writing

Have you completed your writing tasks this week? I had set a lot of writing tasks this week so it’s quite possible that you may not have completed every activity, if so go back and select a task that you would to complete/continue. Finished?

In the Autumn we wrote letters to Father Christmas and a fictional complaint letter to Caesar Augustus, complaining about the census in Bethlehem. Why not write a letter to someone who you can’t wait to see once lockdown has finished. It could be a relative (I can’t wait to see my Mum and Dad again) or a best friend, who you were used to seeing nearly every day. Once finished, you could send the letter in the post, or scan/photograph it and send it electronically.

History

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p089nn4k/bitesize-57-year-olds-week-1-1-maths-and-history

BBC have launch their Bitesize Home Learning Website this week, watch the video above and skip to 9 minutes 45 seconds, where you can enjoy Anita Rai reading a story, and then, continuing the space theme, find out more about the first man on the moon.

Have a wonderful weekend and log back into our website on Monday morning to find out what home learning activities I have planned for you. I will provide you with a timetable for the week that outlines activities for each day so that you know at the start of the week what work has been suggested for each day.

Stay safe,

Mr Roberts

Update 23.04.20

Good morning Mars Class, today is St. George’s day, an annual event celebrated on April 23rd every year. Hopefully after completing today’s reading task, you will know all about the story of St. George and how it is celebrated.

Maths

I hope you are enjoying the new White Rose Maths materials, I will review the success of these materials during telephone conversations to parents that I am planning to make at the end of next week.

For today’s maths, I would like you to access White Rose Maths, where you find Day 3, of their home learning lessons. I would once again like both year groups, to tackle the Year 2 task, finding half of a number. If you find this easy, or can show your parents you already feel confident with doing this then try a Year 3 lesson (lesson 3 if you have already completed Lessons 1 & 2), which focuses on comparing fractions using the equal to, more than & less than symbols (= > <).

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-3/

Reading

As with all of this week’s reading, there are differentiated versions of the text to allow all children to access a version matched to their reading ability. In your home learning packs you will find a set of questions to answer after reading the St. George’s Day reading text provided in the link below (see below or in your pack).

stgeorgesdayreading

Year 2 or less confident readers with 1 star questions should read pages 1-2, before attempting their questions.

Year 3 or more confident readers with 3 star questions should read pages 9-10, before attempting their questions.

Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar

Once again, continue revising those tricky spellings using the Mr Whoops’ Spelling Mistakes sheets (or for some attempt one page of key words provided on the handwriting sheets). Practise one page of spellings a day, using the spelling poster sheet to check you have written the correct spellings.

In addition to this, I would like you to attempt the questions on your Week 1 SPAG mat that you will find in your home learning packs. The questions may contain technical words (e.g. preposition, adverbs, noun etc.) that you (and your parents) are unsure of, to help you with this I have provided a glossary of these words below (see link).

SPAG glossary

Science

This term’s Science topic is Living Things in Their Habitats, today I would like you to explore your habitats in your local area, it could be in your garden or in a local woodland, if you are able to incorporate it into a family walk today, and complete the scavenger hunts provided below.

nature walk scavenger hunt

Have a great day of learning at home

Mr Roberts

Update 22.04.20

Good morning Mars Class, I hope you have all been enjoying the fine weather this week, make sure you are spending lots of time outdoors. It’s a great time of year to be doing gardening and with such quiet roads it’s a super opportunity to go out on a family bike ride.

At home and at school we have been busy planting a variety of small plants in our vegetable garden, this year in our home garden we are growing peas, courgettes, salad, raspberries and strawberries, I will keep you updated on their progress. Last term, you all planted sunflower seeds, I hope that they have survived and are growing taller and taller with every passing day. If you’re able to document their growth in your home learning book that would be wonderful, you could measure them weekly (using a tape measure) and calculate how much they have grown each week. Take photographs if possible so that they can be shared with the rest of the class when you return.

My apologies to parents for the contradictory messages with regarding home learning packs, unfortunately due to the need for quarantining I will now not be able to receive your home learning at the end of each week, however for collection each Friday (for the foreseeable future) I will be producing a home learning pack, containing a variety of activities, as well as updating the class page daily. I hope the combination of these ideas, along with your own activities at home, allow your child to engage in a reasonable amount (around 2-3 hours) of enjoyable learning that we hope will maintain, or even enhance, your child’s skills and knowledge.

Maths

Today I would like you to continue accessing White Rose Maths, where you find Day 2, of their home learning lessons. I would once again like both year groups, to tackle the Year 2 task, counting in fractions. If you find this easy, try Year 3 Lesson 2, which again looks at Equivalent Fractions.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-3/

On TTRockstars, I have launched a 3-day Battle of the Bands, this time the competition is between the mighty Mars Year 2 and the marvellous Mars Year 3s. Who will come out on top? You decide, so getting logging and earning some points. Certificates will be awarded to the top 3 performers for each year group The competition begins at 8.40 a.m. today, and will finish on Friday, at 3.00 p.m. I will be publishing details of the winning band shortly after the competition finishes.

Reading

Linked again to our topic, Around the World in 80 Days, I would like to read the following text all about the oceans of the world and then see if you can answer the related questions provided in your home learning pack. Once these are complete, see if you can complete your world map by labelling the oceans of the world.

oceans

Year 2 or less confident readers with 1 star questions should read pages 1-3, before attempting their questions.

Year 3 or more confident readers with 3 star questions should read pages 9-11, before attempting their questions.

Writing

The start of the Summer term marks a new beginning for the school in the form of our new headteacher, Mr Riley. Mr Riley can’t wait for you to all return to school so that he can meet you in person and begin a new chapter in the life of Newton Flotman Primary School. In the meantime, with your help, we are going to interview Mr Riley, so that you can find out a little more about him. To enable this, I would like today’s writing to be about creating a variety of interesting, open-ended questions (questions that can’t be answered with a single word answer) that I will sit down and ask him at the end of the week. The interview will be recorded and then uploaded on our class page so that you can’t find out the answers to your questions.

Tip: How & What are great ways to begin open-ended questions.

Spelling

Once again, continue revising those tricky spellings using the Mr Whoops’ Spelling Mistakes sheets (or for some attempt one page of key words provided on the handwriting sheets). Practise one page of spellings a day, using the spelling poster sheet to check you have written the correct spellings.

Computing

Your computing challenge today is linked to the writing task above. With your parent’s support  and permission (ideally using a parent/carers e-mail account), I would like you to create an email, containing your three best questions that you would like to ask Mr Riley. You will need to follow these instructions:

  • Create a new email.
  • Type the e-mail address office@newtonflotman.norfolk.sch.uk in the send bar.
  • Type your own name in the subject bar (so I know who sent the e-mail).
  • Type your questions into the message box.
  • Press send.

I look forward to receiving your questions, and finding out Mr Riley’s responses to them when we speak to him on Friday. The video should be available to watch, shortly after the end of the school day on Friday, 24th April.

Have a great day,

Mr Roberts

Update 21.04.20

Good morning Mars Class,

I hope you all had a wonderful day of home learning yesterday and that you quickly got back into the swing of home learning, after your 2 week Easter holiday. If you haven’t already picked up your home learning pack, then they are available to collect from the school office, anytime between 8.30 a.m. & 3.30 p.m. The home learning packs contain a variety of activities that are designed to be completed between now and Friday. Due to restrictions, I will not be requesting children’s learning back into school at the end of each week, however please keep it all together in a safe place so that the children can share their home learning experiences with their classmates when we are back at school in the future.

If you can do a little bit of reading, a little bit of writing and a little bit of maths everyday it will really help you when you do come back. Each day I will be putting up different activities for you to have a go at. So make sure you have a look on our class page every morning to check. If there is an activity that you cannot manage on each day don’t worry, if one day’s activity takes you a long time then that is great. Please do not feel pressured to do everything but do something!

Find below today’s activities.

Maths

We are going to be using White Rose Home Learning Online (Free resource) to help you with your maths learning. This week we are going to revise fractions. Each day you will be sent a useful teaching video and a worksheet. Please do not worry if you do not have a printer. You can still do most of the questions and write your answers in your maths book. Some of the questions may be a challenge but remember you can discuss the question with someone older and use some objects to group and count. We have learnt about fractions at school last term. Some of us found it tricky when learning about ¾ so this should be good revision. The video will help with the worksheet. The answers are also included on a separate link. The video always begins by asking 4 or 5 questions about some previous learning.

Although this resource is aimed at Year 2, I would recommend Year 3 children attempting this as well. Fractions are one of the most difficult areas of Maths so it always worth revising. If you find it easy, why not take a look at the Year 3 task (or beyond if you need an additional challenge), which looks at Equivalent fractions.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-3/

In your home learning packs there are also times table and number bond sheets, spend 5 minutes on these honing your skills or log-on to TTRockstars and practise them online.

Writing

I’m sure, like me, you have been amazed by the 99 year-old Captain Tom news story! He has raised more than 20 million pounds for the NHS so far, unbelievable! Today, I would like you to create a piece of writing linked to this news story. You could practise your newspaper report writing skills and write your own newspaper article about Tom, you could write Tom a letter to thank him for the wonderful fundraising he has done and to say happy 100th birthday or you could even make a fictional story about another exploit/adventure of Captain Tom. Take a look at the following for more details.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52277760

Reading

Reading is very important and can be done anytime. 20 minutes a day minimum would be ideal.

Linked to our topic, Around the World in 80 Days, read the following report about the continents of the world and then see if you can answer the continent questions, provided in your home learning pack.

continents reading comprehension

Year 2 or less confident readers with 1 star questions should read pages 1-3 before attempting their questions.

Year 3 or more confident readers with 3 star questions should read pages 12-15 before attempting their questions.

Spelling

You have been provided with a selection of spelling activities, to help you continue revising those tricky spellings that are useful in your writing. Practise one page of spellings a day, using the spelling poster sheet to check the correct spellings.

Topic

Following on from your reading about the continents of the world, I would like you to label and colour the continents of the world map, provided in your home learning packs. Don’t worry about labelling the oceans today, that will be tomorrow’s task, along with a reading task about oceans.

A great way to learn the continents of the world, and their order in size (from largest to smallest) is this catchy song. Ask Alexa (if you have an Alexa) to play The Seven Continents Song, or click on the link below. I promise you will be singing the song throughout the day!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6DSMZ8b3LE

Update 20.04.20

Welcome back Mars Class, despite the lockdown restrictions, I hope you and your families had a wonderful Easter holiday, we’ve been blessed with some fantastic weather, which has definitely made staying at home a little easier (although I yearn to go to the seaside for an ice cream and a long walk along the beach).

It is important to get back into learning mode, I appreciate it can be difficult to learn at home, but it’s important to keep working hard so that when you return to school, you will be in a good position to continue our curriculum from where we left off.

Home learning packs: Summer 1, Week 1

Throughout the Summer term, until you return to school, I will be producing weekly home learning packs, to collect from the school reception office, that contain all the necessary resources for you to complete the daily activities that I will be setting. The first pack will be available to collect from Monday, 20th April, at 9.00 a.m. Every Friday, I will be asking you to return your completed home learning pack back to school, whilst providing you an opportunity to collect a new home learning pack for the week ahead.

Home Learning for Monday, 20.04.20

Remember to keep active, it’s important to look after your body and mind, so how are you going to engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity today? Our family are really enjoying starting the day with Joe Wicks, a fun way to start the day, get your body moving, and get your mind engaged and ready to learn. We are also enjoying a long, end of day walk in the countryside, our daily target is to take 12,000 steps!

Reading

Today’s reading is about the amazing Mark Beaumont, who cycled around (circumnavigated) the world in less than 80 days. There are two files, each with 3 different levels of difficulty, choose the most appropriate reading for your child. Answers to questions follow each set of questions.

Around the World in 80 Days Year 2

Around the World in 80 Days Year 3

Maths

Today’s math involves using applying a variety of learning from what you have learnt this year to solve one of three mathmatical puzzles (links below).

Year 2 Challenge

Year 3 Challenge

Brain-teaser Challenge (extra tricky)

Writing

Today’s challenge is to practise your diary writing skills by writing a fictional diary entry, titled ‘My perfect day after lockdown), about what you did during your day if there were no lockdown restrictions. First you will need to plan your diary, why not discuss your ideas with your family during breakfast this morning, I’m sure you all have lots of ideas. I would like to publish these on our class website, to share with the whole class, so make them detailed, neatly written and entertaining to read. See below a poster containing some useful diary writing tips that you need to consider when writing your diary.

diary writing poster

Personal Challenge

A new term is a perfect opportunity to set yourself a personal challenge that you can aim to complete. Just like Mark Beaumont planning to cycle around the world, it is important to think about what you want to achieve, what difficulties you may face, who can help you to achieve your goals and how you are going to measure your success. What would you like to get better at this term? Handwriting? Spellings? Timestables? Your own ideas? Choose a challenge and start planning how you are going to success using the document below.

Personal Goal Setting Challenge Activity Sheet

Computing

This is a project that you can work on throughout the week and is designed to develop your coding skills, using Scratch. If you are new to Scratch, you may want to start with the ‘Getting Started’ challenge, but if you’re familiar with Scratch (especially those of you who may have gone to Mr John’s Coding Club), then you may want to choose a more difficult challenge. Just watch the video tutorial, and then see if you can create your own code.

Scratch Coding Project

Update 02.04.20 @ 9.30 a.m

TTRockstars: Battle of the Bands

What a close tournament, over 4,000 times table questions were answered and just 43 correct answers separated the winners from the losers, but there can only be one winner……drum roll…..and the winner is……THE BOYS!!

 

A great team effort for the boys, with the top 7 boys all scoring over 1,000 points, Enrique Wolf top scoring boy with 4,159 points. Unfortunately not even the heroic efforts of Carla Rock, with over 17,000 points, that’s 1,700 correct answers, could win it for the girls, but a fantastic effort nevertheless. Find certificates attached below, plus 1 house point for every 1,000 points scored!

MVP Battle Certificates

Update 01.04.20 @ 6.25 a.m

Good morning, I am looking forward to speaking to you all today, on what is the final day of term, however with lockdown likely to continue deep into the Easter holidays, I will be keeping the class page updated with suggested home activities. In addition to this, I will be publishing a series of home videos, in which I will be reading a chapter from the story of Around the World in Eighty Days, a classic story written in 1873, 147 years ago!

Writing

Today, it’s time to write your Rotten Romans information poster, using the research you did yesterday. Remember, your information text will need to use paragraphs to organise your writing into different areas (each with its own subheading) and a ‘Fun Facts’ box.

This is your checklist for the features or ‘ingredients’ you will need to include in your writing:

1) A title

2) Subheadings (a different title for each section or paragraph)

3) Past tense (when writing about something in the past, like Romans)

4) Facts not opinion (truth not made up!)

5) Interesting information others would want to know

6) Sentences which use conjunctions to add extra information

7) Illustrations/pictures, often with labels + Sometimes…a ‘Did you know?’ or ‘Fun Facts’ box with bullet points

Today try to write paragraphs 1 and 2, along with a diagram and labels. Tomorrow, you can finish by, writing paragraphs 3 & 4, and a fact box.

Remember each paragraph should have a subheading which explains what the paragraph is about. Each paragraph should be about something area of the subject you have researched. I have attached a slide to remind you of all things to think about when writing to get the best result you can.

INSERT LINK

Reading

This task can be done over the Easter holidays – keep on reading! Can you write a book review based on something you have read whilst home learning? Tell us what the book is about, did you like it? Why? Why not? Who would you recommend this book to?

If you haven’t already, I would recommend taking a look at the Norfolk Library Online Catalogue, where you find a huge selection of Ebooks and Audiobooks, all free of charge!

https://norfolk.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/OPAC/GEN?HOMEPRMS=OVPARAMS

 

Maths

Continue with your TTRockstars Battle of the Bands challenge. Who will win? Boys or Girls? I will announce the winners in each year group, at the end of the school day, at 3.10 p.m.

Roman Numerals

Finishing off our topic on the Romans, today you have a Roman Numerals challenge. A great way to learn Roman Numerals is to learn and sing along with this brilliant, memorable video. Beware, you could be singing the song all day long!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1UmAgekzbs

To help, you may also want to use the information contained on this poster

Creative

Last week, we used Anthony Browne’s book, The Tunnel, to inspire adventure writing. Today, I would like you to listen/watch another of Anthony Browne’s stories, Silly Billy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd-dDvsHl60

We all have worries, why not create your own worry doll, https://www.accessart.org.uk/worrydolls/, I like the dolls made from Y-shaped sticks the most. Remember to take photographs and add them to your home learning scrap books.

Worry dolls are handmade dolls, most often made in Guatemala from wire, wool and small pieces of fabric. The dolls are often tiny. Traditionally, the dolls are given to children to help them with their worries. Children will share their concerns with the dolls and then place them under their pillows where the worries will go away

The Access Art website is brilliant for all sorts of creative ideas – you can check these out on their website by clicking on Covid – 19 for a drop down list then follow the link to resources and advice for parents.

Finally

Remember today is the 1st of April, also known as April Fools Day. To find out why this day is celebrated, go to https://www.ducksters.com/holidays/april_fools_day.php. Remember you have until midday, 12.00 p.m., to fool somebody you know!!

Update 01.04.20

Good morning, I am looking forward to speaking to you all today, on what is the final day of term, however with lockdown likely to continue deep into the Easter holidays, I will be keeping the class page updated with suggested home activities. In addition to this, I will be publishing a series of home videos, in which I will be reading a chapter from the story of Around the World in Eighty Days, a classic story written in 1873, 147 years ago!

Writing

Today, it’s time to write your Rotten Romans information poster, using the research you did yesterday. Remember, your information text will need to use paragraphs to organise your writing into different areas (each with its own subheading) and a ‘Fun Facts’ box.

This is your checklist for the features or ‘ingredients’ you will need to include in your writing:

1) A title

2) Subheadings (a different title for each section or paragraph)

3) Past tense (when writing about something in the past, like Romans)

4) Facts not opinion (truth not made up!)

5) Interesting information others would want to know

6) Sentences which use conjunctions to add extra information

7) Illustrations/pictures, often with labels + Sometimes…a ‘Did you know?’ or ‘Fun Facts’ box with bullet points

Today try to write paragraphs 1 and 2, along with a diagram and labels. Tomorrow, you can finish by, writing paragraphs 3 & 4, and a fact box.

Remember each paragraph should have a subheading which explains what the paragraph is about. Each paragraph should be about something area of the subject you have researched.

 

Reading

This task can be done over the Easter holidays – keep on reading! Can you write a book review based on something you have read whilst home learning? Tell us what the book is about, did you like it? Why? Why not? Who would you recommend this book to?

If you haven’t already, I would recommend taking a look at the Norfolk Library Online Catalogue, where you find a huge selection of Ebooks and Audiobooks, all free of charge!

https://norfolk.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/OPAC/GEN?HOMEPRMS=OVPARAMS

 

Maths

Continue with your TTRockstars Battle of the Bands challenge. Who will win? Boys or Girls? I will announce the winners in each year group, at the end of the school day, at 3.10 p.m.

Roman Numerals

Finishing off our topic on the Romans, today you have a Roman Numerals mosaic challenge (see link below). A great way to learn Roman Numerals is to learn and sing along with this brilliant, memorable video. Beware, you could be singing the song all day long!

roman numerals mosaic challenge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1UmAgekzbs

To help, you may also want to use the information contained on this poster.

roman numerals poster

Creative

Last week, we used Anthony Browne’s book, The Tunnel, to inspire adventure writing. Today, I would like you to listen/watch another of Anthony Browne’s stories, Silly Billy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd-dDvsHl60

We all have worries, why not create your own worry doll, https://www.accessart.org.uk/worrydolls/, I like the dolls made from Y-shaped sticks the most. Remember to take photographs and add them to your home learning scrap books.

Worry dolls are handmade dolls, most often made in Guatemala from wire, wool and small pieces of fabric. The dolls are often tiny. Traditionally, the dolls are given to children to help them with their worries. Children will share their concerns with the dolls and then place them under their pillows where the worries will go away

The Access Art website is brilliant for all sorts of creative ideas – you can check these out on their website by clicking on Covid – 19 for a drop down list then follow the link to resources and advice for parents.

Finally

Remember today is the 1st of April, also known as April Fools Day. To find out why this day is celebrated, go to https://www.ducksters.com/holidays/april_fools_day.php. Remember you have until midday, 12.00 p.m., to fool somebody you know!!

Update 31.03.20 @ 9.45 a.m

My apologies for the delayed entry today, and brief entry yesterday, I have been experiencing some technological issues, around passwords, that have only just been resolved.

I hope you are all still smiling, and you have all now found a way of making home-learning work for you and your families. Having my own children at home, I am able to empathise with the challenges you may have and I hope that the suggested activities I am setting have been enjoyable and interesting.

We are aiming to have an online learning platform, and a more cohesive, structured approach to e-learning up and running for children in the Summer term. This will allow daily interaction with children, and the ability to mark children’s work at the end of each school day, which should make learning more effective and motivate the children to complete suggested activities.

Please remember to keep up those important daily habits of reading and practising spellings. Spending a lot of time at home, is an ideal opportunity for your child to become more fluent at reading and to develop their accuracy in spelling tricky common words. When your child is starting to feel a little bored, test them out of 10 words from the common tricky word list, or get them to grab a book and enjoy some quiet time reading.

Phone calls to families, 01.04.20

Tomorrow is officially the final day of term, although the school will continue to be open for key worker parents, who have no other option but to send their children into school. I will be at school tomorrow and will be attempting to call all families, between the hours of 9.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. I would like to speak to the children, find out what activities they have been doing, and it will also be an opportunity to answer any questions you parents may have.

English: Information Texts

An excellent way to bring our Rotten Romans topic to an end is to produce your own information report about something Roman. Unfortunately, there is too much to discover about the Romans that we can’t possibly fit it all into our school learning time. Today it’s time to start researching information for your Roman-themed information text. You could choose from ‘Roman inventions, ‘What the Roman’s did for fun’, ‘The Roman Army’, or maybe you have an idea of your own. A suitable website, that is full of information about the Romans is http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/Romans.html

 

Your information text will need 4 paragraphs with different areas (subheadings) and a ‘Fun Facts’ box (make sure you use bullet points), so make sure you choose an area which has lots to find out about. You can research using the internet or any Roman books you might have at home. If you are using the internet, adding ‘KS2 safe search’ to your search wording will help make sure you find the right kind of information. Today, focus on taking notes about what you find out. These don’t need to be whole sentences, just the main points. There is an example I have done on the file attached below, to show you how you might organise your notes. Mine is on the computer but you can write yours in your home learning scrap books. Tomorrow’s writing task will be to publish your poster, converting your notes into full, detailed sentences about your chosen research topic. I can’t wait to discover what you decided to learn about.

Maths

Yesterday, I launched a whole-school Times Table competition, Boys vs Girls, that ends tomorrow at 3.00 p.m. As it currently stands (9.45 a.m.), the boys are winning, despite the excellent work of Carla Rock, who has already amassed over 3,000 points for the girls! Let’s see if everyone is Mars class can each earn their team a minimum of 500 points (50 correct answers) today!

Y3 Maths

Maths: Multiplication

Today, Year 3 let’s try the full ‘grid method of multiplication’. Year 2 practise using arrays to calculate the answers to Challenges 1 & 2, you could extend your learning by writing the whole fact family out for each question. E.g. If you know 3 x 2 = 6, then you also know 2 x 3 = 6 and 6 divided by 3 = 2 and also 6 divided by 2 = 3.

Example of array

The video below gives a good explanation of how to do the multiplication grid method.

Today, practise your multiplication by choosing the challenge that seems right for you.

 

Challenge 1 (Y2 & Y3): Solve these calculations by drawing arrays in rows and columns

1) 4 x 5 =              2) 7 x 3 =              3) 6 x 5 =

4) 3 x 6 =              5) 8 x 4 =              6) 5 x 6 =

 

 

Challenge 2 (Y2 & Y3): Solve these calculations using arrays or the grid method shown in the video.

1) 13 x 5 =           2) 16 x 4 =           3) 14 x 5 =

4) 17 x 3 =           5) 12 x 9 =           6) 15 x 6 =

 

Challenge 3 (Y3) : Solve these calculations using the grid method shown in the video

(Tip: Use your small number knowledge to multiply the number in the 10s column but, if you make it

ten times smaller, don’t forget to make your answer ten times bigger again)

.

2) 26 x 3 =           2) 21 x 4 =           3) 22 x 6 =

4) 35 x 5 =           5) 38 x 6 =           6) 35 x 7 =

Symmetrical Lego butterflies

Why not simultaneously practise maths skills and be creative by designing your own symmetrical Lego butterfly? Decide on a vertical line of symmetry in the middle of a Lego base plate, and then get started on creating your own symmetrical design. Make it bright and colourful and when you’ve finished place it in your front window for others to admire. Remember to take a photograph and add it to your home-learning scrapbook.

 

 

Music: You would usually have music on a Tuesday afternoon. If you are already learning an instrument, this would be a good time for you to practise (During lockdown I’ve been learning how to play the guitar, which I will begin to share with you once we start enabling video messaging). If not, why not turn your body into a drum like with this body drumming video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9LLMRC8UmM

Update (30.03.20 @ 9.00 a.m)

Good morning Mars Class, I hope you had a lovely weekend with your family. Did you find getting and being ready for learning more difficult today? That will be because the clocks went forward on Sunday morning, and your body will take to adjust. Have you ever wondered why? Click on the following link, https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/37645854

Geography

As part of our upcoming topic, Around the World in 80 Days, investigate one of the famous landmarks around the world. Create an informative poster about your chosen landmark, answer questions such as where is it, how was it used, when was it created and other interesting facts. Keep in your scrapbook so it can be shared with your classmates in the future.

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020/mar/30/10-best-virtual-tour-worlds-most-famous-landmarks

Writing

As well as a landmark, you could also create a non-fiction report about one of the animals that may have featured in your home zoo, an activity I suggested on Friday. Create a poster about your chosen animal, presenting interesting facts, such as information about the habitat in which it lives, it’s size and weight, lifespan, gestation period (you may need to find out what gestation means) and other things of interest.

Maths

TT Rockstars: Battle of the Bands: Boys vs Girls

Over the next 3 days, finishing at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, 1st April (the final day of term), every point you score on TT Rockstars will contribute to a whole school Battle of the Bands competition. The winners of which will be announced on the school website. There will be individual certificates for the highest scoring boy or girl in each year group. Start practising your times tables now!

 

Update (27.03.20 @ 7.30 a.m)

Good morning Mars Class, welcome to your fifth day of home learning. I hope you are all well and are approaching home learning with a positive attitude. As well as the suggested activities that I have provided, please make sure you keep up the daily habit of reading, practising spellings and working on number skills (using home learning packs/times tables packs/Numbots/TT Rockstars).

Remember to keep up your 60 minutes of physical activity everyday. If you haven’t tried a Joe Wick’s workout yet, please do, they are a great way to start the day and to get your body moving. Warning: Parents you may ache/not move quite so freely afterwards! No pain, no gain. 🙂

You may have been in bed last night, but at 8 p.m. you may heard a lot of clapping and whooping. This was people around the country showing their appreciation (and respect) for all the NHS workers, who are on the front line battling coronavirus. Thank you. 

Writing

If you haven’t already, listen to David Walliams’ Elevenese, in which he reads a story/extract of one of his excellent books. On Wednesday, he read an extract from World’s Worst Children 2, about a character known as Grubby Getrude. If you’re not familiar with this series of books, it contains a mini-story about a character with a negative personality trait (e.g. boasting, a blubberer, a nit-picker etc…). I would like you to create a fictional character of your own, often the name of the character uses alliteration (the same sound at the start of both the name and the descriptive word, e.g. Grubby Gertrude), and write a mini story about them that results in a disastrous/awful outcome for your character, because of their negative personality trait. My son has created his character, based on himself, called Know-it-all Noah. What’s your character going to be called? What is so awful about him/her?

Maths

Find below a fantastic collection of maths challenges. They problems are designed to develop your problem solving and reasoning skills, so you will need to use your mathematical thinking skills to tackle each problem. They are designed to be completed in any order, so pick one that intrigues you. The document includes 3 sections, for Years 1 & 2, Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6, select the level of difficulty that suits your child.

nns_mathchallenge008300_all

Creative (Geography)

A great idea for in and around the home. As part of next term’s topic, Around the World in 80 Days, why not create your own household zoo, containing animals from around the world. Try to think of 2 common native animals from each continent of the world, then using a mobile phone (with permission from your parent), Google each animal. If you scroll down, Google will offer you the opportunity to ‘Meet a life-sized _______ up close’. Click on this, and then your chosen animal should appear, using your phone’s camera function, somewhere quite close to you. Take the photos so that you can print them out for your home-learning scrapbook. Here are some examples!

Have a great day of home learning.

Update (26.03.20 @ 9.30 a.m.)

Good morning Mars Class, we have again been blessed with another warm, sunny day so do use this opportunity to take your learning outside where possible.

Maths

The Maths Factor website, recommended yesterday, is now able to take sign ups. It’s easy to set up an account for your child, and will provide your child with age-relevant maths exercises, for when you have completed/as an alternative to the activities provided in the home learning packs.

https://www.themathsfactor.com/subscribe/

P.E

The Daily Mile: Why not try to run or walk a daily mile during this time of home learning. It’s a great way to exercise outside of the home and one of the few permitted reasons to be venturing outside of your home. Use a stopwatch to record the time taken and see how your times improve during this period of home learning.

Writing

Following on from The Tunnel story writing ideas suggested yesterday, why not create an interesting creature, that your character might end up meeting at some point on their journey (in the woods). Are they friendly? Perhaps they might help your character in the resolution part of your story. For inspiration, watch the following Youtube clip.

Computing

Turtle Academy Coding: Revisit our coding learning from earlier this term, and develop your programming/coding skills, to guide the onscreen turtle sprite.

https://turtleacademy.com//lessons

Digital Art

This term, as part of our Romans topic we have been designing our own mosaics. Unfortunately, at school all children did not get to create their own digital Roman mosaic, so this time at home represents a great opportunity to have a go.

Roman Mosaic maker

Science

Following on from the tree identification task set yesterday, why not see if you can find a flower in bloom, and see if you can identify all the features of flowers, as shown on the diagram uploaded below.

partsofaplant

Creative

When the sun stops shining, you may start to run out of activities to do in the home. Why not try the Lego 30-day challenge. Click on the link below, where you will find a new Lego challenge to complete everyday.

Lego30daychallenge

Update (25.03.20 @ 9.45 a.m.)

Spelling support

To support your child’s learning at home, we are now able to offer ALL children (Reception to Year 5) access to Nessy Reading Spelling program. This is an intelligent, adaptive spelling tuition website, that will self-adjust to your child’s individual spelling needs. It is best used with headphones, so that you child can hear the words/sounds/instructions without any external interference. To log-in your child will need to go to the following website, www.nessy.com, type in the school’s secret word, tallestpasty, click on login and begin to type in their surname. After the first few letters of their surname, the system usually provides a suggested name for you to click on. I would recommend daily use of this website at home for 15 minutes. If you have any questions or have difficulty logging in please contact the school office and I will do my best to resolve problems asap.

Mr Roberts

Update (25.03.20 @ 8.20 a.m.)

Good morning everybody, I hope that after 3 days of home-learning, you are settling into a rhythm or pattern that suits your home environment. We have been blessed with some fantastic weather this week, although next week looks colder and windier, so adjust your learning activities accordingly. I hope to shortly begin uploading videos that I hope will be of use to you and your child. I will be in school on Friday, and would be happy to discuss any concerns/queries about home-learning with you over the phone. If you could call between 8.00 & 9.00 a.m. or 12.00 p.m. – 1.00 p.m. I can ensure that I am available. Wishing you all good health. Take care.

Mr Roberts

Science

This term Mars class have been learning all about plants and trees. Have you ever identified the trees/plants in your own garden/on your road? Why not use the excellent Woodlands Trust (click here) website, which uses clues and features to identify the trees in and around your home environment.

Writing

In addition to keeping a home-learning diary, your child may want to engage in some creative writing. You could try writing a rhyming poem about home-learning. Another suggestion would be continuing to write their adventure story, inspired by Anthony Browne’s The Tunnel. In class, the children have been learning about the features of adventure stories, and had began to write their story introductions, introducing their story’s main characters and setting. See links below for resources to support you with this.

The Tunnel Powerpoint1 story checklist storymountain

The Maths Factor

Carol Vorderman’s ‘The Maths Factor’, an online maths tutoring website is offering free access for the foreseeable future, due to huge demand the website is not currently allowing sign-ups but keep looking for when it becomes available.

https://www.themathsfactor.com/

Maths in your home environment

In addition to exercises in the supplied home packs (see updates 24.03.20), there is plenty of real world maths you can do with your child. Cooking at home is always a great way for child to experience measures, in particular weight (weighing ingredients) and capacity (measuring liquids). I appreciate what you make will depend on available ingredients, so I will not make any suggestions, but whatever you decide upon, consider how you could adjust the recipe to add in additional maths (e.g. make it for half or double the suggested amount of people so you have to recalculate the ingredients).

Continuing the theme of measures, does your child know what the recommended social distancing of 2 metres looks like? Find a tape measure, chalk and get your child to draw a circle around a central point on the floor. Ask your child to convert the measurement in centimetres or millimetres, using their knowledge of 1 metre = 100 cm and 1cm = 10mm.

David Walliams Story Time

Tune in daily at 11 a.m. for an enjoyable daily story telling session with the excellent David Walliams.

David Walliams Storytelling

Elevenses with The World of David Walliams

 

Times tables packs

Please click on the link below to download year specific times table packs for your children. There is a parental guidance document to help you with supporting your child effectively.

Ultimate-Times-Tables-Tests-Year-1 Ultimate-Times-Tables-Tests-Year-2 Ultimate-Times-Tables-Tests-Year-3 Ultimate-Times-Tables-Tests-Year-4 Ultimate-Times-Tables-Tests-Year-5 Ultimate-Times-Tables-Tests-Year-6

Times Tables Pack Parent Guide

Update (24.03.20 @ 11.00 a.m.)

Please follow the link below for Norfolk Council guidance on home-learning.

Guidance for home learning

Home-learning packs are now available to collect either from the school office or by following the links below. If you wish to collect from school, to save unnecessary printing costs, we have a limited number of paper copies. To help, could you please contact the school prior to your arrival so we can ensure there is a pack ready for when you arrive. I have provided links to the Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 packs, so you can access resources that are appropriate to your child’s ability. It may be that you wish to mix and match activities from a variety of the packs. In the packs available at school, I have not printed out the guidance/answers resource, please use the electronic document provided in the link below. These are suggested activities, and can be supplemented with other activities, those detailed below, on this class page, or ideas created/gathered by yourselves.

https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

Stay active – every morning at 9am Joe Wicks is doing a PE session for children on Youtube. 

Following the recent announcement of the closure of schools, beginning Monday, 23rd March, 2020, the class page will now be used to share news and links to learning resources that will help support your child’s home-learning, until they return back to school.

Update (24.03.20 @ 7.30 a.m.)

Good morning, with last night’s news of the national lockdown, it will be more important than ever to find ways to remain physically active whilst being at home.

P.E

Why not try the Primary Best Challenge, that is attached, record your performances and try to beat your best in every activity.

Personal best challenges week 1

Art

You may have heard about the rainbow art, appearing in house windows across the country. Using whatever media you may have, poster paints/felt-tips etc, create a bright, colourful rainbow, along with a positive message, and display it proudly in your house window. Sometimes it’s the simple things in life, that can make a positive difference to people’s lives.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-51988671

Class learning packs

Tomorrow’s update will include downloads for a new pack of home-learning resources, that will provide your child with a variety of learning activities up until the end of term, Wednesday, 1st April. These will be available to collect from our school reception area, if you are unable to print at home.

Update (23.03.20 @ 7.00 a.m.)

Home-learning scrapbook

This week create a home-learning scrapbook with your child that they can use to document their learning activities. When your child returns to school, we hope to create a wonderful exhibition of home-learning scrapbooks,  an opportunity for the children to share with what they have done with their classmates. If you would like to collect a school exercise book from the school office, we would be happy to provide you with one.

Twinkl.co.uk is a fantastic website, that a huge number of teachers in the UK use to plan, resource and teach lessons. They are currently providing free-access to some fantastic home-learning resources, which are age-specific, and cover the key areas of the curriculum. On there, you will find a suggested weekly timetable of learning activities, and more resources that you will ever need.

Computing

A wonderful ICT-based home learning activity that can be done at home is stop-go animation, a technique used in films such as Lego Batman Movie and Farmageddon (Aardvark films). Just download an app on either a mobile phone or tablet device, decide what type of animation you would like to make (e.g. Lego (my favourite), Playdough etc..) and get creative. Youtube has many examples of home-produced stop-go animation projects. If you would like to share what you have done with the class please send the file (MP4) to our school’s office email address. Here are a list of the recommended apps, I personally have used Clayframes, which is simple and easy to use.

  • Lapse It • Time Lapse & Stop Motion Camera.
  • I Can Animate.
  • Zing StikBot Studio.
  • iMotion (iOS)
  • Frameographer (iOS)
  • iStopMotion for iPad.
  • PicPac (Android)
  • Clayframes (Android)

Art

This week’s weather looks bright and sunny, it’a a great opportunity to get outside for some fresh air and physical activity and produce some natural art. There are countless things you can do, but for some good ideas why not look at artfulparent.com

Update (22.03.20 @ 3.45 p.m.) for week commencing Monday, 23rd March, 2020

Please find below suggestions for a variety of activities that your child can engage in during this time of home-learning. I will be updating this page daily at 3.45 p.m. Fresh updates will be highlighted and in bold so that you can clearly see where updates have been added.

We are not asking parents/carers to ‘be a teacher’, and there is no requirement for a full school day, 8.40 am – 3.00 pm, of academic learning. During the day, we recommend around 90 minutes of more formal, structured learning, and enriching the day with a rich variety of activities, these could be activities based on materials/suggestions that we have provided via home-learning packs or have provided details of/links to our school website.

We are not attempting to move the children on through the National Curriculum, as we would have planned to, so core subject activities have been chosen so that children can revise areas of learning that they have already been taught during the current school year.

This time at home, whilst being very restrictive, also presents an opportunity for your child to engage in activities that can’t usually be carried out at school, e.g. because of the time of day/staff to pupil ratio requirements.

Education isn’t only about English and Maths, there are many other subjects that we study: French (Y3), History, Geography, Computing, Art, Design and Technology, Science and Religious Education.

Reading

Children should try to read every day for 30 minutes (2 x 15 minutes), try to read together (if possible), sharing/enjoying the book, discussing the story and any unusual/uncommon words. Checkout the Norfolk Online Library Catalogue, which offers a large variety of free downloadable E-books/audiobooks. Audible are also offering a good selection of free audiobooks.

Audible stories link

Norfolk library of e-books

Mathematics

Children should try to log-in to either/both Numbots or/and TimesTable Rockstars (see home-learning packs for log-in details), every day for 20 minutes and practise those key number facts and times tables. It is helpful to support your child with this, helping them to answer unknown facts. We try to do this by explain what they do know. E.g. 11 x 4 is the same as 10 lots of 4 + 1 more lot of 4. By knowing, and therefore using the facts related to 2, 5 & 10 lots of most numbers, children can calculate unknown facts. Telling the time is notoriously difficult for children, Year 2 and Year 3 children are expected to be read an analogue clock, to the nearest 5 minutes and minute respectively. In Year 1, children learn to recognise times at quarter and half past the hour.

Flash website for helping to teach time

Additional time-based website

Spellings

Children should revise 5 tricky words from the lists up-loaded below. Every day, find 5 words that your child can not confidently spell and practise spelling it. Just like our weekly words, try the look, cover, write approach, discuss what the tricky part of the word is (most tricky words are not spelt as they sound). I have up-loaded two documents, Year 1 & 2 Tricky words and Year 3 & 4 Statutory spelling, I would recommend both years going through the Year 1 & 2 words first, as there are always words in this list that Year 3s still struggle to spell accurately.

year3andyear4spelling words

spellingsyear1and2

Writing

This time at home is an excellent opportunity for children to keep a diary/scrapbook all about their home-learning experiences. In the Autumn term, children spent 3 weeks learning how to write a diary, writing from the eyes of a Victorian child working in a workhouse (based on our Gressenhall experiences). I will upload a ‘Features of diary’ poster to remind children of the different elements of diary writing.

diarywritingposter

Physical Activity

The World Health Organisation recommend 60 minutes a day of physical activity. There are many things you could do to keep your child (and yourself) physically active during this time at home.

A countryside walk (I love running along the nearby public footpath (just over the railway line) that takes you to Long Road, Mulbarton).

Bike ride (the road from Newton Flotman to Newton Greenways, via Church Road, is very quiet, and mostly traffic-free)

Football, basketball, tennis, gymnastics and dancing are all great activities for the garden or local recreation field.

If you find yourself home-bound, then Joe Wicks, thebodycoach, is offering free daily 30 minutes workouts for children.

thebodycoach PE lessons link

Les Mills are also offering adults a huge number of free workouts that you may be able to do together at home.

Les Mills workouts link

Music

Why not use this time at home to give your child the opportunity to learn to play an instrument. This weekend, I have come across two online-based music tutorial websites offering free long-term subscriptions. I’m sure more opportunities to follow.

Piano and keyboard lessons link

Guitar lessons link

Art

Suggestions to be uploaded soon.

History

Suggestions to be uploaded soon.

Geography

Next term our topic is Around the World in 80 days. It would be wonderful if you could read the story with your child, there are lots of different versions to suit reading ability, I recommend a version produced by Usborne Books.

Why not find out about one of the seven natural wonders of the world or one of the eight wonders of the world, or even try to build a model of one from empty food packaging, papier mache or Lego.

Non-curriculum based ideas

Please see the files below, from both The National Trust and The Scout Group, which contains some brilliant suggestions for children to do in and outside of the home.

Cubs-Badge-Pack-non-group-specific

National Trust 50 Things to Do list

Week beginning Monday, 23rd March, 2020

This week, home-learning packs were sent home to parents alongside this week’s maths and spelling homework, 17.03.20. This pack provides your child with a variety of learning tasks that your child can complete at home. There should be enough learning opportunities in these packs, along with other suggest resources to support your child’s learning until the Easter holidays, beginning Thursday, 2nd April, 2020.

We appreciate that some families may not have access to a printer, and to overcome this potential problem all future additional home learning packs for children in Mars class, will be available to collect from the school office (during the usual school opening times).

More details of new home-learning resources will be uploaded on to this class page, and sent via school email, as and when they are made available.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss learning directly with myself , I am available to speak during usual school opening hours, 8.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m., by calling the school’s office number on ( 01508) 470379.

Curriculum Brochure Mars Spring 2020