Morning, Schubert Dips,
This morning has been dreadful so far. Allow me to explain:
I have another day in school, which is great because I get to leave the house and see human beings. Real ones, mind. Not those fakey ones you see one the telly om Saturday nights. I was in with Mr Gosling yesterday and a small group of children and had a terrific day. So, imagine how my excitement suddenly turned into quite the opposite when, without warning, I shrank to the size of a Lego man. (Are Lego women actually a bit taller. Lilia has a couple of Lego Friends characters and I think they are. You go, lanky plastic girls!) Anyway, It was unusual being that small. It's never happened before that I can recall. Maybe when I was in Reception? Not sure. Now I know what you're thinking; this is just another tall tale, told at length with a sizeable amount of exaggeration. Well, ahem, you are so wrong my friends.
For a start, I was on my bed and getting down would have been like jumping of a skyscraper. I normally lift a few weights in the morning because I want to enter the World's Strongest next Christmas. That looked impossible. If I could get downstairs at all to eat breakfast, the Weetabix would have been the size of a boat, the milk bottle would have been the same as Blackpool Tower and the spoon would never have been able to fit in my mouth. (Excuse me...what was that, Paloma?)
Just when I was wondering how on Earth I was going to drive up the A1, a pigeon swooped in through an open window and guess what it did on my head? That's right. It sprinkled some magic restorative dust on me and everything was returned to how it should be - a totally normal and unfreaky 6'4".
For a while I was a tiny bit stressed, even a little scared and short of ideas for what to do so, thankfully, everything is tickety-boo again.
So, I'm in school now and ready to rock and roll.
Oh no! I think I left my window open. My house will be full of magic pigeons by tonight. Typical!
Before I go, I have a task. Mr Gosling has a new nickname. Can you guess what it is? (Normal behaviour terms apply)
Good morning, Thinkers.
It is a good day for me because I am in school, waiting to welcome a few children who can't be at home. It feels very strange without you and reminds me not to take being a teacher for granted. It's nowhere near as much fun trying to crack jokes to the wall, although the reaction is about the same!
Oliver, I hear, has been developing his own stand up routine in which he plays the character of a clown with a big bright curly wig, platform shoes and a squirty flower. Please ask him about it, everyone because I am sure he will want to share his hilarious slap-stick shenanigans with you.
There is a geography quiz for you to tackle on Classroom, which I hope you enjoy. I'll Czech to see if you've had a go later. I've go to Togo and set up in the Hall soon and don't want to go Russian about and I still need to Finnish this update.
Chloe told me that she is desperate to learn ways to help her parents with DIY skills, like fixing plugs, changing light bulbs and putting up shelving. Her mum told her that she knew exactly how she could help and sent her to the garage to find the tartan paint.
In our Topic work next term, we would have been looking at how human activity impacts on the God's beautiful world. You might recall looking at Borneo and the plight of the Orang-utans. I'd like you to do two things: Investigate Brazil. Find out anything you can about it. Then, look for the video where the albatross chicks are blown from their nests. It's a bit sad but I think it is very important. I bet William will find out loads of facts. Rebecca, I know that this will lead to a day of looking up baby animals, but that is ok.
Before I go, I must tell you what happened to me yesterday. I went for a jog in the evening after most people were snug in their houses watching Sunday night TV. All of sudden, a great big hole opened up in front of me and I slid down it. Grantham is not known for sink holes generally so I embraced it, feeling like a subterranean adventurer and pioneer. I was plunged into darkness but used my magnificent ears to find my way, relying on echolocation, rather like a bat does. It wasn't long before I found hidden treasure;of course, Grantham is famous for being a favourite overnight stopping place for pirates on their way to Cleethorpes market. There must have been 1000 gold doubloons down there, rubies, diamonds and jewel encrusted skulls, which was quite scary. But I'm not daft. You think I scooped all that up so that I could become rich? Not likely. When I was little, my brother told me that one day I'd find treasure at the bottom of a hole and I said, "I'm not falling for that!"
Have a super day and check out the Classroom page.
Psalm 31:23-24 Love the LORD, all you faithful followers of his! The LORD protects those who have integrity, but he pays back in full the one who acts arrogantly. Be strong and confident, all you who wait on the LORD!
Good morning all. (I'll whisper it because it is the weekend and I don't want to wake your parents up)
Thank you all for joining Classroom and I think our page is looking wonderful. It is excellent connecting with you and for you to be able to keep in touch with each other that way.
I believe that James has been busy researching ways to develop his rare coin collection, although I don't think you'll get Logan to fall for the trick of offering him magic beans in exchange for the ones he has. Nice try.
I will be trying to develop the class questionnaire idea on Classroom. If you are not able to access this site, nothing stops you from thinking of your own way to do this. Jessica, the questions don't necessarily have to be about sport but they can if you like. Is there a sport you don't like or are you the same as Mrs Crowson, who is lost without it. I think she used to compete in that sport where the competitors use a 3-mile bobsleigh course but slide down on their feet. It's before I knew her and she doesn't show off about it, so I could be wrong. You could write a diary entry for the (surprising) day in the life of a teacher that you know, perhaps describing what they would normally do during the holiday. I am trembling at the thought of what Thomas might come up with!
Check that link out for an example of a teacher who might surprise you. What an incredible person.
A strange thing happened to me last night: I turned into a cat for 30 minutes, (not including a paws in the space time continuum). It wasn't entirely unexpected because I'd been climbing onto the back of the sofa and sleeping a lot more than usual. Weirdly though, I grew a tail and whiskers, got covered in fur and lost the ability to talk in my human voice. It was scary but it gave me a chance to go out and climb some fences, which is one of my hobbies anyway. I imagined that i would be able to roam about unnoticed and enjoy the freedom of being a cat with nobody even noticing.
What would you do if you could safely leave the house for half an hour?
It all went wrong for me though because I hadn't realised that I was still 6'4" and that gave me away.
I scared an old lady in the street and, obviously, I'm not feline too good about that.
Have a lovely weekend.
I have to go now. I've got a delicious lactose free milk in a bowl to finish lapping at.
Just to reiterate, the code is :
I know some of you have found it tricky but there are others who have joined within the last hour so i know it's still working.
Hi New Kids on the Block!
Well done to all of you who have found your way to Classroom. It's great to be able to interact with you again and I hope this will be a safe, successful and happy place to post thoughts, feelings and work. I like how lots of you have personalised your profiles with pictures too. However, I wonder if anyone will ever be able to post a greater set of photos than those of Daisie's mum in her many teaching roles. Genius work!
I am very proud of the involvement many of you had with last night's applause for key workers. Did any of you expect that to have been so huge, impressive and emotional. It's wonderful how people can rise up in the face of adversity and remember others with care and compassion.
My plan is to look over the suggested work on here and put it together on Classroom in a more coherent way but only so that you can keep up to date with what learning is open to you. It is a way for you to show me what you've been up to. No, Ben. I don't mean a list of pranks you've performed on Callum!
I saw a very funny and simple thing on Pinterest: It looked like a roll similar to Sellotape and there were two cardboard feet attached opposite each other on lollipop sticks. When rolled, it looks like the feet walk. I wonder if you might like to research moving toys and automaton. There are loads of incredible YouTube clips and, for some of you, the book 'The invention of Hugo Cabret' by Brian Selznick might just become your new favourite read. It is utterly beautiful and there is even a film, simply called 'Hugo' from 2011. I can imagine Edward enjoying this and, along with his brother, making a life-like automaton to make breakfast every day.
So, who is still practising spelling? The best way is through reading, I'm sure and then writing too. If you post online, it's a good way to practise because, if you don't edit carefully, it takes no time at all before some smarty pants corrects you. It does make you look poperly thogh. Definately the wright thing to do, so their! Keziah has been busy on spelling big words, I hear. She has had her mum's medical dictionary out learning every exotic ailment and developing cures in her secret lab. I'm not making this up, honest. But her brothers don't like the idea of being her guinea pigs at the trial stages, Good luck boys.
I was abducted by aliens last night. (It happens) and I was taken back in time. Romans were in control of Europe and I saw an inscription that said ' XXVII-III-LVI.' What year was it and how far back did I go? Also, if you work this out, was there anything special about that year? Come on, Connie. This is right up your (Ermine) street. Quick march, now. 'Sinister, Dexter.'
I got home safely, albeit quite tired. Who can suggest a reason why the aliens decided to drop me back?
Righto, dancers. Take care and look for more of my twaddle soon.
Have a nice weekend and look after each other.
I am trying to set up google classroom so that you can communicate with me. Speak to your parents and see of you are able to register. If I managed it, you will be able to.
You need this code: 4ypgtr7
Good day, sons and daughters of the desert.
How are you all today?
I filled in a fun survey from my football group last night (the questions were about all sorts, including top players, the people who best represent the spirit of the group, the best goal etc). It got me wondering if you could think about your classmates and come up with a questionnaire about Class Ten. I imagine lots of you are starting to really miss your friends now and this could be fun. Ask your parents for help if you want to create a real survey on Survey Monkey and remember that small acts of kindness, like sharing a positive thought about someone, is good for you as well as them. I know Matilda could easily think of lovely things to say about everyone and Grace could keep writing forever about her friends.
I'll let you know the results of my survey and whether or not I am voted for best OG!
Did you listen to David Walliams yesterday? Grubby Gertrude reminded me of what I was like, growing up in York and never leaving the playing field. I noticed that his website has loads of activities, some of which might be entertaining for you. Have a listen today to see what he is reading; you'll need to be out of that bed though, Vlad! How's your vlog, Vlad? I say 'your vlog'. I know it's really your dad's dog's vlog. Either way, keep it going. Sounds pawsome! Come on...I've only just started.
I wonder if anyone else has tried recording themselves reading their own books. Maybe you could imagine (as I do) that there is a world reading out loud championship with points scored for fluency, expression and style. You could even send these to any relatives who might be desperate to hear from you. I'm sure you have the creativity to find a way to do this. That does not mean shouting out of the window, Jess, and hoping that your relatives in the north can hear you!
We would have been using protractors to measure angles so, if you happen to have one, try drawing some and getting the practice in. Also, a while ago we had a go at using compasses, just to get the hang of it. Again, if you have one, try creating some incredible circle art. Look up how mathematicians understand the parts of a circle and see if you can find a range of measurements to label yours. Daniel, get your mum to make you a lovely chocolate cake and measure the radius of the tins. Tell her it's important maths and your teacher says so, then take the cake to your room and enjoy this excellent learning.
I know Archie has done some really interesting writing about his village, explaining why it is such a wonderful place to live. Brilliant idea, that any of you could do. Henrietta has been expressing her own creative genius with model making and I was so happy to see her looking well.
Faye tass, people! (see what I did there?)
How are you all coping? I hope you are managing to survive without my terrible stories and attempts to be funny. (I know, Lucas. You are right. I don't play for laughs; I play for frowns.)
I heard that David Walliams is reading from his series 'World's Worst Children' at 11.00 (I think). Go to his website or twitter page and have a listen. I have never read these before because I assume I already know most of the children he is talking about.
So, well done, Perry. You are now in charge of cooking tea in your house, I understand. Bet your mum cannot wait for her chocolate spread and beans tonight. Keep up the good work. Be inspired by Perry's good example, everyone else. Pick up a cook book today. Gino does a good one. He seems to only ever use tomato, mozzarella, basil and lemon but creates a different dish each time. Get in the kitchen today, remembering hygiene rules and help your parents out. You get a great reward at the end and might develop further hidden talents.
After some exercise, have a look outside. Find a quiet place and sit and LOOK and LISTEN. I was enjoying trying to find the robin in the trees yesterday. It was singing and I had to look for ages to find it. Take a picture and go on www.rspb.co.uk to identify any sightings. Use listening skills to identify different calls and songs. Did you know that crows are classed as songbirds? Keep a sketch book and do this a lot. Think how Jane Goodall became the leading expert in Chimpanzees, simply by learning to observe carefully.
You see Ryleigh, I am actually encouraging you to stare out of the window! What a transformation.
Obviously, there are loads of ways to develop data handling skills by looking outside. If you can contact each other, agree on a nature watch, gather some data and share it with each other to produce tally charts and graphs. Compare these over several days/weeks and see if there are any changes. I watched a peacock butterfly with Connor at school yesterday and Skye noticed a cabbage white. As the weather warms, the numbers could change. Try taking the temperature each day and comparing the number of sightings. What might that tell you? Yes Rossi, it means it is a good time for an ice cream.
I know you are being sensible and keeping routines but if any of you are still awake when it gets dark, the night sky is incredible at the moment. Try and name constellations, just for fun. I am dreadful at this but find by knowing a couple of names, it makes you sound dead smart!
'Have you seen Ursa Major tonight, Dave?'
'No. What film is she in, Mick?'
Go on, put me to shame and tell me all about it when I see you next.
Stay safe and happy and I'll send more of these ramblings tomorrow.
Hello Superheroes! I understand that some difficulties are being presented (passive form) by internet problems. Don't despair: I have some ideas for you to try and, although it is not ready just yet, we are working hard to bring a new way of home/school learning which will be more interactive so we can communicate regularly. (Hopefully!)
Today, I'd like you to pay tribute to anyone you think is being especially brave at the moment. I'm thinking of those key workers who are taking personal risks to help others and keep the country going. Maybe you even know someone who is going the extra mile, like a determined long distance runner, and they could be in your thoughts. You could write a figurative piece about them, using your creative vocabulary or do a formal discussion about the importance of recognising their contribution, particularly when we eventually return to a safer time. Write a prayer or a poem, post it online somewhere if you can or just spare a thought. Now Ellie, it's fine to stop before you write 18 pages. Ted, if you must draw a picture of an NHS worker, try to avoid dressing them in a heavy metal T-shirt. That might scare the patients.
I hope you have looked at Joe Wicks at 9.00am and had a go. I can't be the only one in prime condition! Tom, I expect at least a thousand press ups from you today.
The maths that we would have looked at next includes the brilliant stuff involving geometry. Coordinates, how to construct different types of triangles, nets of 3D shapes, symmetry, as well as calculations involving metric and imperial measures. There are lots of websites with ideas to work through. Joel! Did you just call me a square?
Finally, you might be aware of a vulnerable person living near to you. I am not encouraging you to visit anyone but, when you go for some exercise later, you might post a letter or card through their door reminding them that they are not alone. Kindness and service are very important but please discuss this with your parents and carers first. Were you to leave the house without anyone's knowledge, this could cause unnecessary worry, as well as being ill-advised.
Be safe and look out for further updates.
Paloma. I think it's lovely of you that you keep making cups of tea for everyone. Well done. Keep it up.
(Go on: identify as many different language features as you can from today's post and laugh at me if I have made any mistakes.) Their won't be any, of course.
Morning Class 10. Are you missing me? Pardon, Jack. What was that?
Make sure you are singing every day; you know the tunes we all like.
Have a look at www.whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ for some good online resources.
It's a beautiful day for going outside into the garden and breathing the fresh air, listening to the birds and being inspired to be creative.
Now, Olivia. You need to help your Mum with the dishwasher and Dougie; I expect those football boots to be cleaned, not just thrown in the corner, smelling like a rotting turnip,
Keep reading every day and remember the best words and phrases that you come across to build your word power. Keep it savoury though, Amelia!
In the event of children staying at home during normal school time I am offering the following advice and guidance to help them to keep working.
Please find below a link to Twinkl website as they are offering free activities for parents to access at home:
Once logged on, you should see a link for home education resources that are year group specific.
In addition to this the following are also suggested:
1. 'What have we learnt from World War II?'
This is our main question for our topic work this term and the children can do project based work relating to the question.
They can be as creative as they like: make models, do artwork, write a blog using Purple Mash (our current unit of study in ICT), write a story, make a fact book, present a news report in the old Pathe style, try cooking using rationing etc.
They could take pictures of their work and send them to the school email address for me to see. This is intended as a very open task for children to enjoy and be inspired by.
2. Read for pleasure. This means there is no expectation to write comprehension questions and answers but children may wish to let me know what they are reading. Again, this can be reported on their Purple Mash Blog. We have experienced great fun on World Book Day recently and the children can revisit any activities they enjoyed, be that art work, rewriting extracts as play scripts and acting scenes out, reading using expression etc.
I have been sharing great poems with the class lately and they might want to find some of their own. In the past, classes have done some excellent creative work from poems such as Tam O' Shanter, The Listeners or If. Get drawing and painting, including all the detail and imagination.
Equally, children love looking at Michael Rosen performance poetry online. I recommend 'No breathing in Class'.
3. For daily maths practice:
Any of the Y6 units for maths and English on Purple Mash. At this stage, they are all relevant. Some aspects of geometry are yet to be revised and this might be a good place to start with any online studying.
I will endeavour to send materials home too.
4. Y5/6 spellings (I'll attach these, although they can easily be found here or any google search for images.
5. Artwork - What a great opportunity to get out in the garden and practise those sketching skills.
I fully understand that this may be problematic for some people and have no wish to add undue worry to my class in relation to that week in May! The children in Y6 are a talented bunch and need stimulation so hopefully this is helpful and appropriate.
Above all, stay safe and well and I will see you all once any kind of normality resumes.
Hello Class Ten.
I hope you enjoyed the long break and are now ready to return to school to see your friends and to embark upon the final leg of your journey at Long Bennington. I am very excited about seeing you all tomorrow and have lots of interesting things for us to learn about, together. You will have the opportunity to take on extra responsibilities in school, there will be new people to meet and fun to be had. You will amaze yourselves with your learning and grow into even more fabulous citizens throughout Year 6. All you need to do is be here with your open mind and open hearts.
Do not forget to bring PE things in case you need them without prior warning. Be ready for anything because this year will be utterly terrific.
See you soon,