Good morning !
I hope the sunshine that has greeted us this morning has brought a smile to your faces - it has mine! It should invite you outside into your gardens to try and find those mini beasts and bugs to photograph or draw ! I have 3 entries so far....all very good!
Thanks you to all of you, and especially your parents, for signing up the Google Classroom! 25 signups so far (not including Miss Newcombe and Mr Haigh) which is brilliant. I have said that if I get 100% attendance (ie: everyone signs up) there's 10 house points each! (I really am SO generous, after all!).
I have set you a writing task on Classroom assignments. It is to write a recipe. My idea came from the fact I have made my own bread yesterday as well as soup and a spicy bean and potato casserole. What could you make? What have you made? What would you like to make? Please write up a recipe (real or made up) but remember all the criteria we were looking at when we did our pancake one. I will be looking for quality vocabulary, as always!
If you need inspiration, head over to Amazon. They have released all children's books free to read until everyone is back to school so please see what you can find. If you need help with your latest assignment, read the BFG (one of my favourite books) for some of his revolting recipes - there is also a Roald Dahl book called Revolting Recipes if that helps you! I will award marks for the most revolting!
I have also added some links on here for WWF on you tube that are very interesting and full of learning about different geographical regions and the animals that live there. There are a good few hours of watching if my links work ok! If you are interested in drumming, I added a link on our Google Classroom to instagram where Taylor from the Foo Fighters is giving drumming lessons from his own home. Whether you are a budding drummer or not, it's an interesting watch and teaches rhythm and how drumming is the very beat of music and songs.
I sincerely hope you are all keeping safe, managing to do some exercise each day, whether that is Joe Wickes, gardening, walking your dogs with your family or doing star jumps for an hour! Until tomorrow budding chefs!
Good morning class 8 lovelies! I hope you all had a good weekend with your families and that there weren't any major fallings out! One good thing about having my children grown up and just looking after dogs is that we don't fall out any more :). The dogs, fortunately, do as they are told and never answer me back! They have been loving the longer walks that I've been able to do, too.
It's brilliant to see so many of you have managed to sign up to Google Classroom - thank you to your parents for sorting this out for you! It's been funny trying to work out who some of the owners of the sign ins are! I must thank Noah for his help trying to ensure Hayden managed to sign on.
I have already received two entries to my 'Art/Science Challenge'! Brilliant! Both are spiders however, one seems to be an alternative example to 'Still Life' art .....it is completely lifeless! Nonetheless, very close photography work so that I can count the hairs on its legs! I look forward to more landing in the classroom over the next couple of weeks.
The change in weather prompted me to wonder what all the different types of clouds we see are called? I know there are three main types with very complicated names - cirrus, cumulus and stratus - but how are they formed? What do the names mean? What are clouds made up from? I'm sure there is a couple of hours worth of research in there somewhere.....keep your eyes peeled in Classroom for this challenge to be set for you!
Finally, for today, please contact your friends to try and get everyone onto Google Classroom . We have 17 so far, but one of those is Mr Haigh! :D. I shall update again tomorrow - until then, stay home and stay safe please.
Also.......check out Chester Zoo! It's live streaming a tour around all its animal enclosures at 10am! I know its on Twitter and Instagram but not sure where else :)
Good morning Class 8 lovelies! How are you all? That may seem pointless question as you are not able to reply......not so! I have just set up a Google classroom for you to message me and where I can upload work (yay!) for you and you can return work to me. We can also send messages, ask questions, upload photos etc. I'd love it if the whole class could 'attend' our virtual classroom!
You (your parents) will need to set up a google account then go into Google classrooms and look for Class 8 LB. Your code to join is bgd6xgk. Please share this information with other children in the class if you think they might not have seen the messages I've been posting on here.
If there are no responders, I'll assume that I've done something wrong - here's hoping I haven't!
Yesterday was another beautiful day and apart from walking my dogs (which I do everyday of course) and some school work I decided it was a good day to plant some seeds. I have planted tomatoes, cauliflower, beetroot, rocket, lettuce (two varieties) and peas! Hopefully the overnight frost hasn't put paid to their survival already (most are covered over so fingers crossed). Have you been planting anything? Mowing the lawn? weeding (one of my favourite pastimes!)?
I am pleased to see that some of you are keeping up with the Purple Mash typing skills 2dos and are also completing some of the others I set. I set more grammar ones for you yesterday as well as one that asks you to do some research around Easter. I hope you find that interesting. You might have also watched Mr Buckeridge's excellent Easter assembly that is on here.
You will no doubt know that Joe Wickes has exercise videos every day at 9am and that David Walliams is reading his books at 11am every day. I wonder how many of you are listening in? There are also lots of art classes on You Tube that you can follow and learn new techniques. Remember to always ask your parents' or carers' permission please!
Ok, hope I receive some replies via our Google classroom today but either way, I will write again tomorrow.
Stay safe please!
Good morning my Class 8 lovelies!
it's got to be said, I'm quite missing you lovely lot (who would have believed it eh?)!
Luckily, there is plenty of ideas for work I can still give you or activities to fill your time (I'd SO hate for you to be bored or miss school TOO much!).
So, yesterday I went on a cycle ride as my daily exercise - 22 miles in total! I didn't realise my legs had it in them as not been on a cycle ride that length for a very long time. It gave me the opportunity to observe even more wildlife and made me think that, if you and your family have bikes, you could also combine exercise and nature watching. I managed to see lots of sparrows, a robin, blackbirds, crows, rooks, lots of pigeons, a chaffinch, blue tit, dunnock, magpies and heard a woodpecker. I also saw another painted lady, more bees (some masonry bees that were busy around an old cottage I passed) as well as a couple of dragonflies, flies and lots of tiny insects that were really attracted to my high viz jacket and helmet (got to stay safe out there!).
My ride prompted me to wonder if any of you know the difference between a crow and a rook? A bumble bee, masonry bee and a honey bee? (Did you also know there are about 250 species of bee in this country!). Do you know (can you find out) what a dunnock is? How many different kinds of woodpecker there are? Finches? Why do you think bugs and insects are attracted to a high viz jacket? Why do you only ever see a male and female blackbird together, never two male or two female? So many questions.....
I have seen that Ms Crowson has managed to establish a connection with her class through Purple Mash email. I'm going to have a look at that and see if I can do the same. I am pleased to see that many of you are trying out the typing and doing your multiplication tables - please keep going on those! I plan to set some grammar today so keep your eyes peeled for more 2dos!
Take care and stay safe until I check in on you again tomorrow please :)
Good morning all!
As I started to write today's message, I suddenly thought how funny it would be if absolutely no-one is reading them! At least when I write messages, I don't have to repeat myself as I do in class :) .
I'm hoping most of you managed to get into the garden yesterday? It's a great place to be in this sunshine, whether to exercise, do gardening (which is a great form of exercise too!) or observing nature. If you are finding and counting bugs of all varieties, try and identify them too so that you can name them when you photograph or draw them. There are lots of online websites that will help you with identification. You could also find out how many different species of worm, beetle or fly there are too.
Yesterday, I saw my first butterflies though they were on my walk and a little way away but I believe they were Painted Ladies. It was lovely to see them fluttering in the hedgerows and settling on the newly flowering dandelions. I also saw my first bees....
There are lots of spring flowers bursting into bloom at present. I've seen cowslips, primroses, cornflowers, crocus, daisies, dandelions, hyacinths and many more that I am unable to name. Again, great opportunities for you to become a botanist (studiers of plants) at home and to practise your photography or drawing skills. Maybe you could create a collage of drawings of different flowers and plants? Remember to think where the sun as the source of light is shining from and add some shading to reflect that.
In the home, you could be helpful to your parents by tidying your room (properly!), offering to help cook lunch or tea/dinner or even better, washing up!
Whatever you do today, please make sure to exercise your brain and your body as both need this if they are to function properly.
Stay safe and more tomorrow!
Good morning Class 8!
I'm sorry I didn't manage to message you yesterday but my internet was SO slow! I will, however, try and message you as many days as I possibly can.
I hope you have all had a chance to look at the Twinkl resources and/or Purple Mash? There are 2dos set for you to learn Touch typing; although the school closing is not what any of us would have hoped for, it does present you with an opportunity to learn a new and really useful skill! Please spend some time, if you are able to access a PC or laptop, to have a go.
There are also maths 2dos set for each week and you know how to access all of the spelling activities. Maybe your parents could give you a spelling test every Friday? I'd hate for you to miss out on those!
Those children who were in last Friday will know that there are plenty of grammar resources on Purple Mash too. Please would you all try and complete as many of these as you are able to do. I will set some as 2dos too but you can't practise too much, believe me!
I believe there may be the opportunity to have an almost 'virtual classroom' in the near future. It will be easier then to set you work and for you to 'hand it in'. As soon as I know more, I shall let you know.
In the meantime, as well as the above work, please get outside into the garden. There are many science opportunities for you there such as counting bugs and mini beasts and comparing habitats (please do not remove any mini beasts from their homes, though!). You could also think about planting seeds and vegetables if your parents have seeds. The garden also provides opportunities for artwork and photography including macro work (that's where you get really close to whatever it is you are drawing or photographing). I will give out prizes when we get back to school for the best photograph and drawing of any wildlife, plant or animal!
Until my next update (hopefully tomorrow), stay safe and keep occupied!
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. 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.
2. For daily maths practice:
Any of the Y4 units for maths and English on Purple Mash. At this stage, they are all relevant.
3. Y3/4 spellings - there is a document attached below, it would be great to practise these spellings with your child.
4. As you are aware, the children have been learning all about WWII and it would be great if they could complete some research or a small project to supplement the learning they have been doing in school. They could focus on Rationing, the Blitz, Evacuation or an area that they are interested in. How they present their work is very open and could include: writing, artwork, a blog, a video etc.
5. Artwork - What a great opportunity to get out in the garden and practise those sketching skills.
I shall also set some Purple Mash 2Dos that can be done at any time up the end of the Easter holidays - these will be available from tomorrow and will be updated regularly.
If you are unable to access these online activities, please ring or email and I will send some paper copies home.