Teacher – 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

weekly planner 010620 v2 Year 2 Term 3B Week 5 – Word Search Year 2 Term 3B Week 5 – Look Say Cover Write Check Handwriting Practice – Continuous Cursive

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.

Weekly overview WB 110520

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.

Weekly overview Mars Class wb 040520

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.

Home learning weekly overview wb 270420

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