Learning Together at Home: 19.05.20

Hello everyone! 😊 I hope you all had a lovely long weekend.

I believe most people have managed to log into our class Teams now, well done. This week I would like you to upload a piece of writing for feedback from me. It could be last week’s writing task (describing a monster) or it could be this week’s writing (posted tomorrow). You can upload it to the ‘Files’ section in the folder labelled ‘Writing for feedback‘. Please do so by Thursday afternoon and I will aim to send feedback by the following Monday morning.

Please keep the General channel for learning and use the Playground channel to chat with each other. I will be online to answer an questions or just to chat to from 1-2pm today and from 10-11am on Thursday. Please don’t worry if it doesn’t work for you to be online at either of those times as I will be looking at the Teams regularly throughout the week. You can of course still email as usual via: admin@buckstone.edin.sch.uk

Happy Birthday to Abigail for yesterday! I hope you had a lovely day 😊

Literacy: reading

For reading this week I have created a document with a set of tasks that can be completed over the course of the week at a pace that works for your child. They do not need to be completed all at once. I would recommend completing at least 2 tasks from each colour, but you could also complete all the tasks if you are feeling eager. I have done some adjusting in the Blue Eagles/Green Turtles/Yellow Pikachus document so you have some new choices of learning tasks. I have also renamed it Fiction Reading Comprehension Grid.

I believe the reading books sent home will now be all finished, so you will need to move to reading a book of your choosing. This could be any book that you are interested in although I would recommend sticking to fiction for the comprehension tasks. If you are reading a longer chapter book, make sure you are spending some time reading it aloud to a grown up with plenty of expression (you do not need to read the whole book aloud). Try to spend some time discussing the book as well. You could use the questions from the Fiction Reading Comprehension Grid to help or the reading comprehension questions sent home in your packs. I have attached a photo below in case you need them again. This may be slightly different to the one sent home in packs but I don’t appear to have a copy of that one myself at home!

Parents, if you are looking to continue with the graded reading books I would recommend creating a (free) Oxford Owl account which has a collection of free ebooks. Orange Charzards and Red Dragons I have created a reading comprehension grid for you based on one of the books available on Oxford Owl. The book is a little different from the usual Biff, Chip and Kipper adventure which is why it is the same book for both groups.

Orange Charzards and Red Dragons – Alien Adventures

Fiction Reading Comprehension Grid (for use with any fiction book):

Orange Charzards and Red Dragons here is your document:

Literacy: spelling

This week our spelling words are about adding ed as a suffix (ending) to a word. Sometimes in our writing we try to spell them id (as in looked) or t (as in lookt). If a word has an ed on the end it means we are talking about something that happened in the past. For example: yesterday, I played outside. This video explains more:

Word listChallenge list

Add 2 more words to your list that you need to work on. These could be tricky words that you have found difficult over the last few weeks or it could be 2 words from the common words lists sent home in your pack. I have attached a photo of the common words list in case you are needing it again:

Check any unknown words in the dictionary or by asking someone at home what they mean. Practice your spelling list at least once using one of the suggested ways on your Spelling Homework Grid.

Maths: division

Daily 10 on Topmarks – choose a level of challenge that is appropriate for you within Division

Two new challenges have launched on Sumdog this week – one to develop your division skills and one to revise time. They will end at 5pm on Friday.

Last week we started to explore division. This week we are going to expand and develop our understanding by looking at two other strategies we can use to help us solve division problems. Before we start our new learning, let’s check that we understood last week’s learning. Use items, draw a picture or use an array to help you solve these problems:

  1. I have 15 cookies and I want to share them equally between 5 children. How many cookies will each child get?
  2. Adil has 6 notebooks. He shares them equally between himself, Luca and Valentina. How many notebooks do they each have?
  3. I have 18 pens. I put them into equal groups of 2. How many groups will I have?
  4. Andy has 9 chocolate bars. He puts them into equal groups of 3. How many groups does he have?
  5. Sally buys 12 apples. She wants to share them equally between herself and four friends. Will this be possible? Why or why not?

If you would like to practise division by sharing and making equal groups further, I suggest you spend some time on Snappy Maths or Doggy Division. You could also complete these worksheets to help develop your understanding:

Today we are going to look at how we can use a number line as a strategy to help us solve division calculations. Watch this video for an explanation of the number line strategy:

In the above video the frog jumps backwards. But you could also start at 0 and jump up as is suggested in this video:


Have a go at this example, then scroll down to see if your answer matches mine:

Can you match these division calculations (sentences) to the correct number line?

Your answers should be: 1. 10 ÷ 2 = 5   2. 12 ÷ 3 = 4   3. 32 ÷ 4 = 8   4. 12 ÷ 6 = 2   5. 30 ÷ 5 = 6

Can you identify the correct division calculation (sentence) for each of these number lines?

Your answers should be: 1. b   2. d   3. a   4. c

When you are feeling confident that you understand this strategy, try some of these examples in your jotter (only download the answers when you have finished).

  1. 12 ÷ 4 =
  2. 10 ÷ 2 =
  3. 8 ÷ 2 =
  4. 15 ÷ 3 =
  5. 18 ÷ 9 =
  6. 20 ÷ 5 =
  7. 20 ÷ 4 =
  8. 14 ÷ 2 =
  9. 16 ÷ 4 =
  10. 18 ÷ 6 =

Further written consolidation activities:




Extra challenge

Some of you started to use empty number lines as a strategy to help you solve larger addition and subtraction calculations. You can also use an empty number line to help you solve larger division calculations. Watch this video for an explanation (focus on 1:34 to 3:32):

Then have a go at solving these calculations:

  1. 80 ÷ 4 =
  2. 36 ÷ 2 =
  3. 54 ÷ 3 =
  4. 92 ÷ 4 =
  5. 120 ÷ 8 =
  6. 91 ÷ 7 =
  7. 72 ÷ 3 =
  8. 95 ÷ 5 =
  9. 112 ÷ 4 =
  10. 156 ÷ 6 =

If you are looking for some more activities to be doing around the house, here is an extra home learning grid that focuses on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths) activities.

See you tomorrow Clever Cats!