Learning Together at Home: 14.05.20

Hello everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your slightly different version of Sports Day yesterday. I am looking forward to seeing some photos of the circus skills you learnt!

Well done to everyone who has made it onto Teams. This week our focus was making sure everyone can log in and start to get used to using the online platform. From next week I am hoping that you will be able to start using it to upload learning for feedback from me.

A wee note about Teams; Miss Martin and I were very sad to see some unkind comments. Please remember to be kind to each other and keep your comments positive. If we see any other negative comments, then we will need to disable individual accounts. We are sorry to have to say this but it is really important that we all remember how to use Teams responsibly and respectfully. A quick reminder as well that you can use the ‘Playground’ channel to chat to each other but please keep the ‘General’ channel for learning questions.

I would love to see some more photos (either on Teams or via email) of what you have been doing this week so I can share them on tomorrow’s blog.

Last week’s chapters (9-11) of Really Weird Removals.com will be coming down tomorrow.

Literacy: reading

Hopefully you have managed to complete some of the reading comprehension tasks from the grids posted on Monday, aiming for at least two tasks of each colour. If you haven’t, keep going. If you have, read this short text and answer the comprehension questions in your jotter using full sentences and quality answers.

Spend at least 15 minutes reading some of a book (any book) out loud to an adult. Remember to read for pleasure as well, just like we do during BEAR time in school!

Literacy: spelling

Think about your spelling words. Do you need more practice? Are you ready to show you know them by applying them in a new context or by finding the mistakes? Or are you looking to extend your learning?

Practice your spelling words using one of the suggestions on your spelling homework grid.

Apply your understanding by creating pictures to illustrate the meaning of each word.

Correct these mistakes:

Extend your learning by using the letters of one of your spelling words to make as many other words as you can (for example: slide – side, lie, lied, lid). Repeat with at least 5 of your words.

Use this grid to find other suggestions for how to extend your learning:

Maths: division

So far this week we have looked at some different strategies to help us solve division calculations. We sorted items into equal groups and equal shares on Monday. We used a visual strategy (arrays) to help us on Tuesday. Today we are going to work on strengthening our understanding of division by developing our reasoning skills. What I am aiming for you to do is to be able to explain your thinking or the strategy you used. You may need some objects you can move to help you solve calculations. You will also need the help of a grown-up.

Parents, often I assess understanding by asking the children to talk about and explain their thinking when solving problems. If possible, it would be most beneficial if you could discuss today’s maths lesson with your child as they are completing it. Today’s activities come with questions that you could be asking your child to help them explain but also broaden their thinking.

Let’s start with a couple of warm-up questions:

Hopefully you noticed that there are 2 equal groups of 10 not 10 groups of 2.

Have a go at solving this problem then look at how I solved it to see if your answers matched mine:

Try the problem again but this time there are 16 counters. What if there were 25? How could you use your times tables facts to help you?

When you are ready, work through some of the activities below. You can use your items (just like I used paperclips and plums on Monday), draw pictures or use arrays to help you work out the answers.

Parents, you could add more examples but change the numbers if you feel that your child needs to strengthen their understanding. You do not need to complete all the activities but do what works for your child. I would recommend starting with the ‘make equal groups – grouping’ and ‘make equal groups – sharing’ activities first. There are also answers you can download.

A word of warning – the ‘deeper’ level card asks the child to think about greater than or less than which we have not covered in class.

I can see that some of you are finding dividing by 2, 5 and 10 very straightforward on Sumdog so here are some more challenging problem-solving activities to work through:

Art: flowers

You have been learning about Plants and flowers as part of your science topic for this term. A few weeks ago, I asked you to experiment with drawing flowers. Today I’m asking you to have a go at making origami flowers.

You could try using either of these apps to help you:



Or watch some of these YouTube guides:

RME will be coming in a separate blog post.

See you tomorrow Clever Cats!