Good afternoon everyone! Hopefully you’re all back into the swing of learning together at home now 😊 Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any queries or for further clarifications for material being posted on the blog, I am here to help. I will be deleting last week’s chapters of Really Weird Removals.com on Friday so if you haven’t had a chance to watch/listen to chapters 1-3 please do so before Friday.
Yesterday I asked you to create your own spelling list of at least 10 words for the week to focus on. The words should be words you have found tricky from previous weeks or should come from the common word lists sent home in the packs on the last day of term.
Practise your list at least once using one of the suggestions from the Spelling Homework grid.
Spend at least 15 minutes reading some of your reading book out loud to an adult. Keep working on some of the comprehension activities posted yesterday.
Remember to read for pleasure as well, just like we do during BEAR time in school!
In class we have been exploring the writing process. We listened to authors talk about how they create a story and identified that all authors:
- come up with ideas (they may go for a walk for inspiration)
- write their first draft
- edit and improve their writing
- publish their work
For this week’s writing lesson, I would like you to focus on the editing step of the writing process.
Your story can be about anything you like. If you have an idea already, get writing. If you would like some inspiration, watch this short film: https://www.literacyshed.com/imagination.html. You could write the story of the film (what happens in it?), you could write about one idea from the film or you could write a story about what you think happens next.
Here are some questions about the film that might help you think of a story to write:
- What is happening in the film?
- Who is the person at the start?
- Why is everything grey at the start?
- How does colour appear? Why does the colour appear? Who makes it appear?
- Look for the car that turns into a butterfly, what happens to it next?
Once you have a story you are happy with, read it out loud to hear how it sounds. Then start to edit and improve your story. You don’t need to write it all again but, add words or change words to make it more interesting and descriptive for the reader. Think about using:
- A variety of sentence openers
- A variety of connectives
- WOW words that add description
- Similes – the car was as colourful as a rainbow
- A range of punctuation ! ?
Pro-tip: sometimes authors will come back and edit their stories hours or even days later. You do not need to do all the editing and writing all at once! When your story is as good as it can be possibly be, you could ‘publish’ it by sending it to me.
Spend some time practising your core numeracy skills:
Start by thinking about different ways to make a number. Here is an example of some of the different ways to make 15:
You can only use 2 numbers (so no 1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1 to make 8). How many ways can you make:
Mild: 12 30
Hot: 18 42
Spicy: 27 49
Daily 10 on Topmarks:
Mild: Level 2 – partitioning – tens and ones
Hot: Level 3 – partitioning – up to 999
Spicy: Level 4 – partitioning – up to 9,999
Spend some time on Sumdog completing the two challenges set for this week but also playing some of the other maths games.
Maths: reading co-ordinates
Yesterday we looked at giving and following directions using language like left, right, forwards, backwards, half and quarter turns as well as clockwise and anti-clockwise.
We are going to move on to look at how we can use grids to help us give directions. This is essential if we want to know how to read maps. Can you see the grids in these maps?
Today we are going to focus on reading grids to find information. This video gives a basic introduction:
If I said the dog was in 4, would you be able to find it? No, I could mean A4, B4, C4, D4 or E4. It is very important that you include the letter AND the number.
Practice reading co-ordinate grids by playing either battleships or capture the alien:
When you are feeling confident, have a go at completing this worksheet:
ICT: word processing skills
In class we looked at some of the things you can do in Word. As well as typing we were learning how to save a file to a location so that we could open it and keep working on it again.
Before the holidays I asked you to experiment in Word to see if you could:
- Change the size and font of your typing.
- Change the colour of one of your typing.
- Undo a change using the undo button (not by backspacing).
- Save your document to a file giving it an appropriate name.
- Challenge: insert three different shapes into your Word document. Make them three different colours.
If you haven’t had the chance to do the above, have a go now.
If you have done it, here are some extra tasks:
- Type at least 3 sentences. Make the first sentence Comic Sans, size 12. Make the second sentence Jokerman, size 20 and blue. Make the third sentence Segoe Script, size 48 and red. Which is the easiest to read? Why?
- Make a list with bulletpoints (like this one)
- Experiment with making some words in your sentences bold¸ italics or underlined.
- Give your typing a title and make it sit in the centre of the page.
- Challenge: change the background colour of the page and insert a picture.
You could also spend some time practising your typing skills on Dance Mat Typing.
See you tomorrow!