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Year 4

Mr Jennings - Friday 24th July 

 

For one final time, GOOD MORNING!

 

Here we are: the last day of school in what has been the oddest of years! If you would have told me back in January that this was going to happen, I would never have believed you. It’s been a true rollercoaster, with highs and lows, but I am so unbelievably proud of our collective perseverance, effort and sheer good will.

 

On March 23rd when we were told we had to stay at home, it would have been very easy to down tools and feel sorry for ourselves. However, the children at the Willows (especially the children in Year 3 and 4) don’t know what it means to down tools. To the best of your ability, you have continued trying to learn, grow and get as much out of this experience as possible. I think without your outstanding attitude to keep going, I would have struggled far more than I did. Seeing you throwing yourself into each and every activity was truly inspiring, and whilst you may have had lazier days, or bad days, on the whole you’ve done magnificently. Each and every one of you.

 

However, my memories of this year will not be solely based around lockdown and coronavirus. I had such a brilliant time before this all started! I could list off hundreds of tiny highlights, but it’s important to give a shout out to the best moments. Who could forget our Oscar worthy Plastic Pirates performance?! A true modern day classic that will go down in history. Then there was our discovery of the golden tickets which gave us special access to Mr Wonka’s chief chocolatier! I was also glad we managed to fit in our Roman school trip at the start of 2020 too. Who knew bashing shields with foam swords could be so much fun?! It was a great year before Covid, and I still think we’ve done a good job with what came after too!

 

For some of my Year 3s, I will be seeing you again next year, when we’ll get our teeth sunk into some new themes and new learning. I am very excited for what’s to come! If your attitude at home is anything like what you can do in school, then I am in for a tremendous year of teaching.

 

To my Year 4s, who will now be Year 5s, this is the end of the road for us! You’ve all been an absolute pleasure to have around and I can only say thank you. A teacher is nothing without pupils who want to learn and want to give their all, and you gave me everything and more. I am extremely proud to have taught so many of you this year. Don’t be strangers though! Still come and find me, and update me on the wacky world of Year 5.

 

Now, if you’ve come here looking for learning, you’re out of luck as there won’t be any. The last day of school should be a day of relaxation and fun, and if I can’t give that to you in school, then I’m definitely going to make sure you have the chance to experience it at home. So today, you are under strict instructions from yours truly to relax, have fun and reflect on what has been a massive job well done. No chores, no learning, no anything! For your last Seesaw posts of the year, just post a photograph of you doing exactly that. Feet up, drink in hand, smiling away. You’ve earned it!

 

I couldn’t have asked to have worked with a better group of 90 children than yourselves this year. You’re a credit to yourselves, your families, your teachers and the school itself. I hope you all have an amazing summer and I’ll see you all in some form in September.

 

Well done and thank you.

 

Mr Jennings :)

Friday 24th July 2020

Mr Codd

 

Well guys, we made it to the end of the school year! What a strange year it has been. We do however, all end the year with a strange bond. We made it through, both at school and at home, together. Now, just to get it in early, there are no home learning tasks today. None. You don’t have to do any work. Relax and enjoy the day. Teachers orders!

 

Normally on this day in school, I like to put aside some time for us all  to sit and reflect on the year together. We think and talk about all of the laughs, smiles, fun, hard work, achievements, friendships that we have made and kept, and of course the learning that we have covered! It’s one of my favourite moments of the year. We just sit, enjoy and reflect.

 

I spent some time today just sat on my own in the Pine classroom thinking about the year. About how impressed I was when you all came into my class back in September, or settled so well with Miss Horne and Mr Jennings. I thought about the ‘Golden Tickets’ we found, that led us on our magical chocolate journey! I remember being immediately impressed by Year 3 and 4’s togetherness, your willingness to learn and try new things. How helpful you all were, kind and polite too. I thought about us all marching through the streets of Chester, learning about Roman life…do you remember what we were chanting?!  (I’ll personally never forget some of you guys naming me ‘Doctor Death’ as I ‘fought’ with a foam sword in the gladiator arena. I believe you judged me to have lost as well. Thanks guys. Haha!) We later worked through our amazing ‘Plastic Pirates’ production…surely the best show that The Willows has ever seen… I still sing some of the songs occasionally.

 

It’s always a sad time for a teacher when the year ends, and we say goodbye to our classes, we spend so long together working on the learning journey through the year. This year however it is especially hard for your teachers, as we didn’t get a full year working with you.

 

I said it a lot on the home learning posts, and when you came in to visit, but you really are all my heroes. Every single one of you. The way you have dealt with the interruption to our year, and just got on with it shows me that you are well prepared for the challenges of year 4 and 5 next year. The work posted to Seesaw, or the hours you have put in developing your skills when we couldn’t see you to say well done, or support you, has been inspirational. I do however, think that you should spend just 5 minutes today thanking anyone who ‘took over’ from us, and helped you to learn at home. I said it on one of my learning posts, but your parents and helpers had this job put on them, and lots of them had to look after you, as well as do their own jobs, a very difficult task.

 

The last thing I want to say to you is thank you. Thank you for being your amazing selves, for making my classroom a place that I couldn’t wait to get into every day; such a happy and hard working environment. It’s also a huge thank you to all 90 of you, for keeping me going during the lockdown. Your Seesaw posts made me smile, gave me inspiration, and made me so proud to be your teacher.  

 

Now, remember that in September, you will all be back. I will see you all then, and I will keep a special eye on your progress into your next classes. (You can’t get away from me, or my bad jokes that easily!!!) For you Year 3’s, I’ll see some of you again in our learning next year. For those of you who are Year 4, its time for you to show Upper Key Stage 2 what you can do. You will be brilliant. September is only a few weeks away, and I can already imagine our school looking and sounding so vibrant with you all back here, working, playing and learning. I can’t wait for it.

 

I’ll look back on 2019-2020 as a year that I got to work with the most wonderful group of children. I hope you all have an amazing summer and a good rest. You have deserved it. See you in September.

 

Mr Codd

July 2020

Mr Jennings – Thursday 23rd July

 

Good morning!

 

2 MORE DAYS!

 

It was great to see some of you again last night on your last day in school as Year 4 pupils. The next time you come in, you’ll be a Year 5! Scary stuff!

 

Before we move into learning though, I just want to say thank you for the cards and presents I have received off some of you already. As a teacher, we never expect anything in return for what we do, but it always makes me smile when I read the messages you write in your cards and some of the effort you put into choosing your gifts. I am very grateful to be the teacher of so many wonderful children, so thank you again!

 

My gift, in return, are these learning activities. That’s a fair trade right?!

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

Yesterday I realised I had sent over the activity you were supposed to do today, on Monday. Oops!

 

Today we were supposed to finish our learning by translating some shapes on a coordinate grid. We have been building up to this over the past few sessions, and now should be able to translate a shape point by point across a grid. I have attached a PowerPoint that explains the translation of shapes a bit more below. My advice is to translate each point/corner of the shape you are working on across the grid one at a time, before then joining them all back together using a ruler.

 

Because of my Monday blunder, it now means you have two activities to choose from today! You can go back to the sheet I posted on Monday and scroll to the last two sheets if you haven’t done them already.

 

If you are one of the people who took advantage of my error and have already completed these sheets, I have attached an additional pack of sheets below which continues to focus on translating whole shapes. There are three levels of difficulty, so choose as appropriate.

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Literacy is an area that has definitely relaxed this week. Normally, I love this subject and thoroughly enjoy reading and writing, but after your prolonged effort with ‘Mission Possible’, I thought it was the right time to start winding down and take on some more relaxing challenges. You earned it!

 

So, today I have posted some riddles for you to work out. I love a good riddle, especially when I have to read it 10 times to work out what it even means. Try to get as many as you can without looking at the answers. After that, you could post your own riddle for me to answer on Seesaw. I guarantee I will get none of them!

 

Afternoon Challenge

As is tradition in my classroom at the end of the year, I always do a big ‘End of Year’ quiz! This normally recaps some of our learning throughout the year and also touches on some of the stuff that has been going on in the world from September through to July. Today I have created one, but since you love it so much, this time it is over on Kahoot.

 

For those who don't remember, Kahoot is an online system where you can play multiple choice quizzes about pretty much anything! Literally, anything! You get points for right answers, but bonus points for how quickly you can answer too. We did one earlier this year, just before lockdown, so hopefully you do remember the format once you see it. 

 

In order to play and access the quiz, someone in your house will need to create a FREE account, but once you’re in, follow these instructions to get playing:

  • Preferably use a computer/laptop to login. This is where the questions for the quiz will be displayed, so the easier to read the better. 
  • Login into your Kahoot account, click the discover button at the top of the page and search ‘pjennings24’. This is my account and will (hopefully!) show up all the Kahoots I have created.
  • You want to click play on the one that says ‘YEAR 3 AND 4 END OF YEAR QUIZ’.
  • Once you’ve done this, click the button that says ‘Teach’ and then select whether you want to play ‘Classic mode’ (one person on each team) or 'Team Mode' (more than one person on each team)
  • After this, a page with a long number should open. This is the GAME PIN and you’ll need this in order to play this specific quiz.
  • Anyone who wants to play will need a separate device that is not the computer/laptop the game pin is displayed on. This is where the questions will show up, so you won't be able to play on here! Phones, tablets, or another computer/laptop are all suitable to play on.
  • All players should visit this website (https://kahoot.it/) on their own device (or type in ‘play kahoot’ into Google) and type in the game pin from the screen. Once this is done, enter your name etc. and you should be good to go if you follow the instructions on screen. 
  • Somebody will need to control the laptop to make sure that the quiz moves forward, but no peeking at answers. I also advise you don’t play on your own; it’s far more fun and competitive if you find someone to play with you. All questions are multiple choice, so people can play and always just guess if unsure! I’d even say get the whole family involved; a perfect after dinner activity maybe? Just no arguing!

 

I hope this is clear enough for you! Apologies if not! If for whatever reason it doesn’t work, or it is proving too much hassle, then feel free to have the afternoon off. Fingers crossed it does work though as Kahoot truly is a hoot if done properly. If you manage to complete it, WITHOUT INTERNET HELP, post your scores on Seesaw for me to glance at. I'll be checking for who gets the highest...

 

Enjoy your day!

 

Mr Jennings :) 

 

Thursday's activities - Mr Jennings (23/7/20)

23rd July 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hey guys!

It’s Thursday and we are all set to go on another day of home learning. In fact our FINAL day of home learning. If you are managing to keep going on your tasks then well done!

It was so great to see the Year 4 children today. We spent so much time chatting that there was hardly any time for play. It was great to just spend time listening to you all once again. I could have genuinely sat chatting for hours with you all.

Today will be our final home learning post of the year. Wow. I just had a scroll through all that we have set and gone through together. Amazing effort from you home learners. Although today is the last day of set tasks, I really hope you will all head back to the website tomorrow, as I will post a message to you all rather than a task. It’s a small way where I feel like I get a chance to speak with you all. Tune in tomorrow for that.

Good luck with today’s tasks.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

I have spoken a lot to you guys over the last few weeks about the fact that you have made history over the last few months. Just like the Tudor’s, Roman’s, Victorian’s and Egyptians that we learn about in school, we are creating history too. I have kept a few things in a sort of ‘time capsule,’ during these strange times. One day I may show them to my grandchildren and tell them about these times! Today I challenge you to create something that shows your reflections of these times. It could be a diary entry to sum up what has happened over the last few months. It could be a poem (I know loads of you like the poems!) I’ve attached a Newspaper frame should you wish to create a newspaper report. This is such a worthwhile task….I promise you that if you keep it, you will look at it in the future. Keep it somewhere safe, and remember to mention the things that were a challenge, but also the good things that came of the time we had to spend at home!

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

I am so proud of all of the work that you have done in Numeracy, both in school and at home. Today I am going to set you a fun challenge…an emoji code breaking sheet! I know that lots of you may have exhausted printers in your house, so if you can’t print it out, then go online and have a go at some Numbots, Mathletics or timestables.co.uk. My hope is that you will all do at least something today on your last day of learning of the term!

 

Creative Challenge – End Of Year Quiz!

Mr Jennings has worked hard on a little surprise for you all. I can’t wait to see what he has come up with… I’ll say no more…just enjoy!

I’ll speak tomorrow, I hope that you tune in.

 

Mr Codd

Wednesday 22nd July 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hey everyone!

I hope you are all well and working slowly but surely through the weeks activities. We’re at Wednesday, so that’s half way through the week! Now, I know exactly what you are thinking. Only a few days left and you’re all worried that there might not be a joke before you leave for the summer?! Well fear not! I have one ready for you! (I couldn’t leave you without a joke for the summer could I?)

“A man was taken to hospital after eating daffodil bulbs. Doctors say he’s recovering and he’ll be out in the Spring.”

Haha! Not great that one is it? Ah well…I’ve got 5 weeks to get a new stock ready for September!

 

Have a good day everyone

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

I think you have all worked brilliantly on your maths tasks this year, both in school and at home. Today we will do some more learning based around Coordinates. See below for today’s tasks. I’ve attached a game of battleships for you to play! This may need to be printed out, so for those that can’t access a printer, there is an additional sheet too.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

I have been delighted with your work in reading studies this year. Reading is so important. It will help your spelling knowledge, understanding of punctuation, skills of comprehension of what you have read, and most importantly its fun, and you can learn lots! I have attached a final comprehension task today. These are great as you can read and complete them yourselves. My challenge to you today, is can you add good amounts of detail to any written answers and give reference to the text? This is an area in test situations where children always tend to lose marks, as they don’t include enough detail.

 

Creative Challenge – Science

Again, we have done a great job on our Science over the last few weeks. Today, I am posting a few practical fun activities for you to have a go at. Maybe have a browse through today, and choose one that you like the look of, (and also that you have the materials for!) Feel free to have a go at the other tasks over the summer, they’ll all be there if you would like to.

 

Have a great day guys.

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Literacy Task

Mr Jennings – Wednesday 22nd July

 

Hello!

 

3 more days left in this half term! I bet you guys are looking forward to a break now. Yes, you may have been at home for a while, but it’s certainly not been a holiday! You’ve been working non-stop and have certainly earned a proper rest! Hopefully you have nice plans for the summer and can fill me in on them when we come back in September, even if you have to shout them at me from a distance!

 

Yesterday was the last meeting with the Year 3s in school. We hope you have enjoyed these moments and found them useful for getting some form of school life back into your routine.  I enjoyed speaking to some of the children who have already been in my class, but also loved speaking to the children who will be coming to work with me in September. I already know everyone’s names, which is great, but I’m hoping to know even more over the course of next year. It’s going to be exciting!

 

Here are today’s learning tasks:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

Today I am going to give you free choice over on Mathletics. I am more than happy for you to choose your activities, as you will know what you maybe want to refresh before you head up to Year 5.

 

If you are looking for a specific challenge though, you could take on three activities: one you find easy, one you find a challenge and one you find difficult. Could you achieve 100% across all three challenges? Now that would be an achievement! If you are looking for something difficult, the problem solving section is notorious for causing children to think in more detail.

 

Good luck.

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Time to take it a bit easier today! With school almost over, sit back and crack on with this summer holidays cross word puzzle. How long can you go without asking someone at home for help? Some are tricky, I must say! Answers are attached, but NO PEEKING!

 

I have also attached a mammoth word search if you fancy it as well. It's a bit of beast, but I'm sure you're all up for it!

 

Science Challenge

The last science activity of the year! What has been your favourite so far?! I still go back to the ball bouncing on the very first week of lockdown. That was fun to watch. You all throw yourselves into each task so brilliantly. Let’s see if Mr Codd has one more experiment up his sleeve, hey? Check out his post for more!

 

I’m looking forward to welcoming the Year 4s into school later. It will be your last day in school as a Year 4 pupil! Year 5 is the big time, so make sure you come in ready to enjoy the silliness that is Year 4 one last time!

 

See you later!

Mr Jennings :)  

Tuesday 21st July 2020

 

Mr Codd

Hello one and all!

I hope you had a good start, to the last week of the year yesterday. I also hope you found time to have a look at Mrs Warren’s thought for the day. It contained one of my all-time favourite pictures, simply a picture that I think sums up ‘Summer.’ I use this picture when I do my usual ‘Summer’ themed assembly each year. I hope you may be starting to get some plans drawn up for your time off, I always think it’s a good idea to write down the things that you want to do, then you can look back at them and get excited! Your list might need to be slightly different this year, as we may be a bit limited as to where we can go, but get creative with your families and I’m sure you’ll have an amazing summer holiday.

I hope you enjoy today’s learning tasks.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

Today I am going to set you a poetry task. I am going to give you the choice of style of poem, but the theme must be centred around the end of the school year /school’s out / summer holidays. I know loads of you loved the acrostic poems we did a few times a while back. Some of them were so well put together and decorated, so you could do another one of those. You could choose a more traditional, 4 lines per verse poem, or maybe you could research what a ‘Haiku’ is, (we didn’t get chance to cover them this year…) and have a go at that. Try to keep the tone positive! I’d love to see examples on Seesaw.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

Today is our weekly chance to get online and practise our Numeracy skills. As the last few weeks, I would like you to put aside some time to go on the range of Numeracy websites that we have directed you to. Numbots, Mathletics, TimesTables.co.uk; and any others that you may know of. I would encourage you to make use of these to keep your skills sharp, should you wish to over the summer holidays. (No pressure from me though! A holiday should be a holiday! You’ve earned it!)

 

Creative Challenge – Wellness

I love a wellness task, What could be more important to looking after the most important person in your world?...You! I have no doubt that if you have managed to set aside time for some wellness, whether that be mental or physical over the last few weeks, then it will have helped you to get through the strange times of the past few months. Keep it up, and as with all of the tasks we have set, they will be available to go back over as and when you wish over the Summer holidays.

 

Good Luck today, and I’ll ‘speak’ to you again tomorrow.

Mr Codd

Mr Jennings – Tuesday 21st June

 

Good morning!

 

4 days to go! I hope that you enjoyed recapping your year in yesterday’s history challenge! We have had so many highlights, and I even I sat back and enjoyed discussing them yesterday in school. Let’s see if we can add in anymore before the end of the week.

 

Here are today’s learning challenges:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

Yesterday, you got used to moving between points and describing movements on a coordinate grid. Before we move onto translating (moving!) whole shapes, we’re going to translate points themselves, as this is essentially the key to translating a whole shape.

 

Today’s challenge is similar to yesterday’s, as you first need to record the coordinates for each point on the sheet. However, instead of moving from point to point, you will be given an instruction to translate the point to an entirely different position on the grid. Check it out and see how you get on! Hopefully not too hard for the last week at school!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

One thing I look forward to giving out at the end of the year are your school reports. For various reasons, this has not been possible this year, so I have come up with today’s activity to try and solve this!

 

Today you are going to write your OWN end of year report! That’s right, you are in control and will decide what to say about yourself. I’m sure you’ll be nice!

 

Whilst this will be fun, I think it will also be a good chance for you to reflect on the year and work out what has gone well and could go even better next year. What have you improved at this year? What has been your standout piece of work? Are there certain subjects where you have made massive improvements? The power is in your hands! Could you even attempt to write it in a teacher’s tone?

 

Wellness Challenge

There is no such thing as too much wellness! This is something we constantly need to work on. Check out Miss Horne’s post for another needed wellness boost!

 

Enjoy your day and I’ll see some of you later. Remember to bring a bag for your books!!!

 

Mr Jennings :)

 

20th July 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hello guys, I hope you had a good weekend!

Well, here we are. We have arrived at the final week of the whole school year. What a year it has been. I hope that you are still going with home learning tasks… if so, lets keep going right until the end! Did you know that a marathon is actually 26.2 miles? It feels like at times we have been running a marathon….a long journey, rewarding, tiring, which involved a lot of determination along the way. We are nearly at the finish line. Would a marathon runner not bother with the final 0.2 miles? Of course not! So I hope you guys can finish the year strong too! I hope you have a good week, at the end of it is your summer holiday and a well-earned rest. Good Luck with todays tasks!

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

Well, with your version of Mission Possible safely in the bag, we have completed our final piece of writing for the year. I hope you have enjoyed writing about ‘The Chocolate Room,’ ‘Persuasive Adverts,’ ‘Mission Possible’ and more! For today’s Literacy task, I want you to concentrate on a vital skill. It’s one that I feel gets forgotten about sometimes…Spelling! Have a look through the spelling corrections sheets. If you can’t print them, then just copy out the word, or even better the sentences!

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

For Numeracy today and through the week, I would like you to revise some of the concepts that you have worked on this year. I have attached a booklet with some of the things we have covered. There should be a Year 3 and a Year 4 version! You can cover as much or as little as you like, and I may post some more tasks in case you would like to have a go at these too. We’ll also have our Tuesday ‘Online Maths’ day.

Have a good day everyone.

 

Creative Challenge – History

Mr Jennings is setting the final History challenge of this year today. Head over to his post to find out what we will be getting up to.

 

Mr Codd

Mr Jennings – Monday 20th July

 

Good morning everyone!

 

5 days to go. Just 5! Of course, this isn’t the way I imagined the year ending. Normally, this week is one of the most exciting of the year, with lots of nice activities going on as we countdown to a deserved summer break. In an ideal world, I’d like you all to be back in school, but unfortunately it’s not possible. However, these strange circumstances aren’t going to dampen my mood. I have had a great time teaching all of you and I fully intend to end the year on a high!

 

Hopefully you enjoy our final learning activities of the week. Some subject tasks may still carry on as normal, whereas I may go in a direction with some others. I’m aiming for a nice blend of learning and fun! See below for today’s selection:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

Numeracy is the subject where I am going to carry on setting some new learning. This week will focus on TRANSLATION. No, this does not mean you will be able to switch fluently from one language to another – although I do wish I could teach you this too!

 

Translation, in maths, is the name for moving from one point to another on a coordinate grid. A lot of the time, translation involves moving shapes, but we’ll come onto this in a few days! Today we are going to start simple and just work on describing movements from one point to another.

 

Just like when reading coordinates, you describe the movement along the x axis first (left and right), before then describing the movements on the y axis (up and down). There are two sheets for you to choose from, although both are very similar, I would like you to complete the slightly longer second one as it also reinforces some of your coordinates learning from last week. You’re welcome!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Today is a fun writing activity. I hope you’re in the mood for a laugh and joke!

 

I would like you to write a poem today and it is called a CLERIHEW. They’re only 4 lines long, and they are typically funny rhyming poems about people you know. They could be famous, or it could be your best friend. Nobody is off limits!

 

I have attached a PowerPoint that explains what they are and how to write them below. On there are also examples of some clerihews I have written about certain people. You may be familiar with some of them!

 

Use these examples to inspire you to write 2-3 clerihews of your own. It can be about anybody you like, whether that be a friend or a hero of yours. Any clerihews involving your teachers will be greatly appreciated though, and if you can somehow find something that rhymes with my name, I will be amazed!

 

Good luck!

 

History Challenge

The only reason we know so much about history and the past, is because people have taken the time to record their experiences, whether that be in writing or on video. Once something has been recorded, only then it can be looked back upon and become a part of history that you, and other people can learn from. Today, I want you guys to look back on your past year at school and do some recording yourselves, and create a piece of history that you can hold onto for years to come.

 

Below, I have attached a year book filled with different pages that encourage you to document everything that has happened in your past year at school. This ranges from your favourite lessons, to reflecting on important moments, to your teachers and friends and what you remember so far. My last two classes have really enjoyed doing this, but their Year 3 and 4 experience wasn’t quite like yours. I am quite confident that you will never have another year at school like this one, which means what you record today will be a unique piece of history in 20-30 years time.

 

A large part of your year, particularly towards the end, has been spent at home, learning in an entirely different way and this will be important to note. However, just remember that you still had 7 months of school before the world turned upside down, and achieved lots in the classroom as well! So yes, acknowledge that Coronavirus has been a big part of the year, but also, don’t let it define it either! Think about our production, class assembly, themes, school trips and every lesson taught by your brilliant teachers too. There’s lots to look back on and lots to be proud of.

 

Of course this is quite a meaty booklet, so feel free to complete this in your own time. It might be a small project for you to complete over summer, who knows? Just enjoy celebrating your achievements and the good times you’ve had. I’m sure there are more to come!

 

Happy learning :) 

 

Mr Jennings

 

Friday 17th July 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hi, hello, bonjour, hola, Ola, Ciao and Guten Tag!

How are you guys? I hope you are all ok, and managing to get some work done on your tasks. I’m counting down the days until I see you all again next week, it’s a huge highlight of my week seeing you all. This will be our last visit….as it’s the last week! The next time you come back to school will be September! Talking about the end of the school year, we will set some ‘end of year’ tasks over the next week or so. Keep an eye out for our posts for more on this.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

With Mission Possible finished, and some great writing completed, I’m going to post you a picture, so that you can continue your writing practise. I have to say that I am so delighted that you have remembered so many of the features we have worked on this year, as I saw on your seesaw posts for Mission Possible.

You may recall that I posted pictures like today’s task a few weeks ago. I love today’s picture; so much mystery surrounds it. There are some great tasks on the document that I sent to you, so your task today is to have a go at those…however, as an alternative you could always write your own opening and build up. I would possibly say that the picture represents the beginning of the build-up for you, about to knock on, or enter the door. Perhaps the opening could be all about how you got to the door in the first place.

If you choose to do some creative writing, I’d like you to write the opening, but how can we leave it there?! I think a build-up section needs to be written too….what happens when you open / knock on the door? I can’t wait to find out…

You can choose, either have a go at the tasks on the document, or write your own opening and possibly build up.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

I hope  you are enjoying the coordinates tasks. Yesterdays was a tricky one I thought! However, if you just concentrated on each line of coordinates, and use different colours, it would have helped you to complete the picture. I’ve attached a powerpoint, task sheet and game for you to have a go at today! Enjoy!

 

Creative Challenge – Self Portrait.

For our record achievement books, we usually complete a few pieces each year. This gives us a brilliant reminder of our journey through school. (I know you all love looking at your art work from Nursery and Reception, and seeing how much you have developed your skills….well I hope you have!!) We’d like you to draw a self portrait. This can be full length of your whole body, or just head and shoulders. Remember it will be a reflection of your art skills and presentation at your current year group end, so please give the task some good attention, and care.

 

EXTRA NOTICE (PLEASE READ!)

At school, we have still got quite a lot of your books, some of which now need to go home. When you come into school for your meeting next week on Tuesday or Wednesday, please bring along a STRONG carrier bag so you can take these home

 

Hope you legends have a good day and a brilliant weekend.

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Literacy Task

Mr Jennings – Friday 17th July

 

Happy Friday!

 

Only one week left to go now! It seems so long ago that this all started, but also not that long ago too (if that makes sense?!). I think we’ve all done well so far in these circumstances and can hopefully enjoy our last week as Year 3s and 4s with a smile on our face and look back on the positives of this academic year.

Next week we’ll introduce some different challenges for you to complete, but for today, it’s more of the same! See below:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

It’s official. You have exhausted me of all the maths mysteries. I do not think anymore exist! Today is the last one you will complete this year, so make it count!

 

Behold… ‘The Mystery of the Pirate Captain’!

 

Arggghh ya ready kids?!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Have you ever heard of an escape room? Well if you haven’t, then you will have by the end of today!

 

An escape room is where you are locked inside a room and have to crack and solve clues to make sure you get out! Don’t worry, nobody’s locking you in a room today, but I want you to imagine you have been… inside a HAUNTED HOUSE!

 

Today’s activity will see you have to answer 10 clues in order to escape from this ‘imaginary, haunted’ room. All the clues are based around areas of spelling, punctuation and grammar. As this is quite a meaty activity, I am going to give you the whole weekend to break out of the room. I have attached the answers too to check whether you have completed this or not.

 

Good luck, and make sure you break out soon, or face being locked in… FOREVER!!!

 

Afternoon Challenge

One thing we normally do at this time of year is add work to your record of achievement book! Usually, we select a piece of numeracy, a piece of literacy and an updated self-portrait to go in there.

 

So today, firstly, we would like you to sieve back through your lockdown learning and choose a piece of numeracy and literacy work that you think is deserving of going in your record of achievement book. You can use the sheet directly (if you’ve kept it loose), photocopy your work (if you can!), take it out of your home learning book (if you can do so neatly), or you can copy it up again in neat. Please choose whatever is easiest for you. If you have found a piece of literacy you like from an extended piece of writing, like your stories, please don’t feel the need to copy out the whole thing, just choose your favourite section.

 

Once you’ve done this, then you can crack on with your self-portrait. This is hands down my favourite part of your record of achievement book, as I love to see how your drawings have changed from the infants, when maybe (just maybe!) you didn’t possess the artistic skills that you do now…

 

Here is a YouTube link that shows you how to draw a self-portrait in a more strategic and simple way. If you follow this, it should help you keep everything in proportion. No more wonky ears or eyes! Add some colour and make it worthy of the book! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXlO6ocidiY)

 

EXTRA NOTICE (PLEASE READ!)

At school, we have still got quite a lot of your books, some of which now need to go home. When you come into school for your meeting next week on Tuesday or Wednesday, please bring along a STRONG carrier bag so you can take these home and have a look through some of the great work you have completed this year. 

 

Enjoy your weekends! 

 

Mr Jennings :)

Mr Jennings – Thursday 16th July

 

Bonjour!

 

I bet I haven’t used that before!

 

I hope you’re all doing well as we approach the end of our penultimate week at school. As I expected, seeing the Year 4s was great yesterday. You were all so smiley and chatty, and I hope you can keep that up for our last meeting next week!

 

Until then, I’m going to keep supplying you with the learning you just love so much! Here are today’s challenges:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

Coordinates is quite a nice concept once you have grasped it. So today, let’s have some fun with it! Who wants to play Battleships?!

 

Battleships is a game of strategy that involves you and an opponent plotting different sized ships on a grid and calling out coordinates to try and sink each other’s ships.

 

Today I have attached the rules for the game as well as a blank grid for you to play on. Challenge somebody and go for glory! Feel free to take on Mr Codd's activity as an extra too, where you follow coordinates to draw a picture; a bit like dot-to-dot!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

This year you have all worked incredibly hard on your writing; from setting descriptions, to persuasive adverts, to spy stories! Every single time, even if it was tricky, you all gave it your best.

 

So now is the time to reflect on what we have done so far, particularly on how much NEW vocabulary you have learnt!

 

As I always say, words are great, but if you don’t keep using them, or seeing them, you forget what they mean, and I would hate for that to happen.

 

So, here it is, the big fat list of vocabulary you have learnt this year. Your challenge is to remember as many meanings of each word as possible, before eventually turning to a dictionary. This is not a test so don’t worry if you have forgotten some words. This doesn’t mean you have done anything wrong! Sometimes your brain just needs a reminder, and that’s why we’re doing this now.

 

If you like you could post your scores (before using a dictionary!)  on Seesaw for me to see. Whether this is one word, five words or ten, as long as you have learnt one new word, you have made some progress. Remember that!

 

Art Challenge

You guys could probably open a gallery with the amount of art you have completed now (actually quite a cool idea, maybe try it?)

 

Today is a chance to add another piece to your collection! Check out Miss Horne’s post for the details.

 

P.S Have you seen what Banksy has been up to in the news recently? He’s been painting on public transport… Maybe give it a glance and see what you think.

 

Check back into tomorrow when it’s Fridaaaaaaaaay!

 

Happy learning!

Mr Jennings :)

16th July 2020

Mr Codd

 

Gooooooood Moooooooooooorrrning!!

Hope that woke you all up!

I hope that you all had a good day yesterday, of course it was great to see the Year 4’s, who are looking absolutely 100% ready for Year 5! I can’t wait to see you all again next week, both year 3 and 4, for our final get together before the summer holidays. It feels strange to say ‘summer holidays’ this year don’t you think? However, that is exactly what you will deserve. A brilliant holiday. No work. None. Just great fun, laughs and maybe a little preparation for next September! More to come on that next week.

For now, it’s time to get stuck into today’s tasks!

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

I have loved seeing some of your versions of ‘Mission Possible’ on seesaw. It has been fantastic to see that you have remembered much of what we have learned in school so far this year in your stories. I think it’s time we went back to look at some SPAG work. I’ve attached a Year 3 and a Year 4 SPAG mat. If there is something that you come up against that you can’t remember or we haven’t covered too much yet, then you can search the internet if you have time for a refresh.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

I hope that you are enjoying the coordinates tasks and learning at the moment. Today I am setting you some fun challenges, both involving plotting coordinates and then joining the lines to make a mystery picture. Sounds intriguing right? I think I might have to insist on some colour to accompany the tasks today! Show me what you get on Seesaw!

 

Creative Challenge – Art

Only a couple of Art tasks left now. That makes me sad! I hope you have enjoyed the activities Miss Horne has set as much as I have over the last few weeks, they really have given us a chance to get creative…by now you’ll probably have a great little portfolio of art if you’ve had a go at a few of the tasks. Head over to Miss Horne’s post to see what we get up to today.

 

Have a good day superstars!

15th June 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hello!

I hope you guys are all ok. Another day down and another day closer to the summer holidays! It was great to see you Year 3’s coming back in yesterday for your second visit. I hope you had fun, it’s the turn of the Year 4’s later….can’t wait to see you!

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

Today we will continue with coordinates. I hope that you enjoyed working with them on Monday. I like how simple the rules are, ‘along the corridor and up the stairs’ is my favourite saying for making sure that you always to remember the horizontal reading first, before adding the vertical reading too. We also noted in school that the numbers are usually located on the line, so that finding the point where the two lines meet is easier. Have a look at today’s coordinates task.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

Well. We made it. We have reached the end of our study of ‘Mission Possible.’ I hope you have enjoyed still being able to write along the lines of our school studies of Talk 4 Writing Texts. It was so great to see so many of you saying that the task had been your favourite during your time away from school. I hope that you all had a good go at writing your own story version. Today I have set you a comprehension. Again, lots of you said last week that you enjoy these and they are certainly really important in terms of getting you practising your reading skills. I have allocated two different comprehension tasks, you can choose which one you’d like to have a go at.

 

Creative Challenge – Science

I hope that you enjoyed looking at ‘Food Chains’ last week, I find it fascinating to think about habitats and how if one small thing changed in a habitat, (so for example a certain animal ‘disappeared’ or became extinct,) it would seriously affect all of the animals that considered it their prey. This is just one reason why deforestation of the rainforests is such a serious issue. Have a look at today’s task all about…classifying animals.

Today I have attached a powerpoint as well as an activity sheet. The powerpoint shows a key for how to classify (decide what type) of animal it is. I love using these keys. I think you’ll find no problem with todays task. As a bonus for those who want to dig a bit deeper, I’ve attached an information document, which goes into more detail about how we sort animals into groups. (The key at the top of that document is amazing….have a look!) I like to play a game with this where I ask a friend to think of an animal and I ask them a question about it until I get the right type! It can amaze them as you work out that they were thinking of a giraffe...(for example!)

 

I hope you get on ok today with all of your tasks.

 

Mr Codd

Mr Jennings – Wednesday 15th July

 

Good morning all!

 

I wonder how many times I have written that now? I can’t remember writing anything else! Maybe a ‘hello’ every now and again. If any of you want a side project, you could check that out. Maybe even put it in a bar chart if you’re feeling adventurous. ‘The Greetings of Mr Jennings on the School Website During Lockdown’. It may just be the most boring bar chart ever created but I’d enjoy knowing the results!

 

Yesterday was another great visit to school for our Year 3s. After having so long away, we could talk to you for ages! Hopefully we can have our best meeting yet in the last week, next Tuesday. I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of Year 4 later. Fingers crossed with the weather!

Here are today’s tasks!

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

More Mathletics today. You’ll notice that I have set a coordinates activity for today, to recap our current learning. I have already noticed though that some of you are doing a great job and have already completed this, before I have even set it! Eager beavers!

 

The coordinates tasks are the only activities I have set though today, as I would then like you to take on two activities of your own choice that cover areas you think you need to revise, or areas you need to improve in.

 

For example, you may need to revisit Roman numerals to remind yourself of them, but might need extra work on fractions as you find them a bit tricky.

 

Just be aware that there are areas and topics that I haven’t taught fully this year (fractions and decimals) Feel free to challenge yourself and take them on, but don’t be disheartened if you find it hard or don’t understand either.

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

For all your hard work on your stories, today I’m going to reward you with something slightly more creative. Today I would like you to create a front and back cover for your story. This means you can finally give it a name and also write a blurb. The blurb is extremely important for a book as it is the first thing a person will read to decide whether they want to buy it. Can you persuade them to read along without giving away the best bits of drama?!

 

Take it easy and have fun!

 

Science Challenge

I was impressed with how much the children in school knew about food chains, so I am sure that you guys at home were already filled with knowledge about them too.

 

Head over to Mr Codd’s post to see how we move forward from here!

 

Happy learning!

Mr Jennings :)

Mr Jennings – Tuesday 14th July

 

Good morning everybody!

 

I’m looking forward to seeing some of you again later. Hopefully we’ll all manage to get outside this week and enjoy a run around the playground. Maybe have a think about games you could play at a distance before you come? This way you won’t spend ages standing around and thinking!

 

Here are today’s learning tasks:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

Yesterday hopefully solidified your understanding of coordinates. Today, we are going to combine our knowledge of coordinates, with our knowledge of shapes.

 

One of the targets in Year 4 is to fill in missing coordinates to complete a recognised shape. The first activity sheet I would like you to complete (choose between 1 and 3 star) will see a lot of the coordinates already plotted for you, which you need to add to. The second activity sheet asks you to do most of the work yourself and plot all the coordinates before adding in some of your own to complete the shape.

 

The key is to remember your properties of shapes. Remembering which sides should be equal will be especially important today, particularly with some of the harder quadrilaterals.

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Your story should now be finished!

 

I’ve been really impressed with the stuff on show on Seesaw. The effort has been brilliant and I hope you have enjoyed writing this type of story and are proud of yourself for finally completing this short project.

 

Today is the final step we take with any piece of writing, and that is editing. In a story there are lots of things to focus on (capital letters, full stops, apostrophes, speech, improving vocabulary). If you try to look for them all at the same time, you won’t ending up finding much; lots of your mistakes will slip through the cracks. The key is to focus on each area one at a time. For this I have come up with the idea of editing stations.

 

In school, I always liked to do this moving from table to table, with the idea being you ONLY look to edit one area of your writing at that station (e.g. speech punctuation). Whilst at that station, you do not look for anything else and must give all of your focus to what is asked of you on that station. Of course, with you guys at home, you could have editing rooms. Every time you go to a new room, you choose to edit/improve one specific area of your work.

 

The different areas I would like you to focus on are:

  • Capital letters and full stops (These mistakes pop up more often than you think!)
  • Commas after fronted adverbials
  • Apostrophes
  • Speech punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Uplevelling/improving vocabulary (Choosing better words to aid your description)

 

You could choose to edit in 6 different rooms here, or you could simply choose to sit at the table and do it. If you don't want to move around, just make sure you only look at one thing at a time AND DON’T RUSH! Everybody always assumes they make no errors with capital letters and full stops, but you would be amazed by how often I have to correct this type of stuff. Remember to read your writing aloud too so the mistakes can’t hide and you can detect any issues with sense.

 

If you give proper focus to each area you should end with a better version of your story and the best version you can possibly write.

 

Good luck.

 

Wellness Challenge

Head over to Miss Horne’s post for more information on this. Hope you enjoy!

 

Mr Jennings :)

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 14th July 2020

Mr Codd

 

Good morning one and all,

Wow, Tuesday has rolled around very quickly this week! It seems only a day or two ago that some of you came into school and today is that time again! Looking forward to seeing some of you later on and the rest of you tomorrow!

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task.

On Tuesday’s we get online and complete some Numeracy learning. The usual range of websites and activities are available, Numbots, Mathletics, TimesTables.co.uk, and any others that you may enjoy. (Make sure it develops your mathematical understanding rather than just ‘play games!’

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

We are almost there. Hopefully by now, you will have written 4 out of the 5 parts of your version of ‘Mission Possible.’ It’s time to bring the whole thing together. Now, the ending section can be really tricky, as we feel like we have got through the tricky situation with the characters, and the problem has been solved. However, a rushed ending can ruin the good work that you have put in beforehand. Lots of my ‘endings’ in school were so rushed, so please try and avoid the Mr Codd classic….’and they all went home for tea.’ Haha, I know that you can write a good ending, maybe even hinting at another mission to come for your heroes? Good luck, wrapping up the story.

 

Creative Challenge – Wellness

Miss Horne returns with a wellness challenge as usual on a Tuesday. Spend some time looking through her task. If you saw Mrs Warren’s thought for the day yesterday, this was all about the fact that ‘You Are Amazing!’ This is what wellness is all about, celebrating ourselves and taking care of our physical and mental wellbeing. Head to Miss Horne’s post to see what she has in store for us today.

 

Good Luck today guys, keep going!

Mr Codd

Monday 13th July 2020

Mr Codd

 

Happy Monday to one and all!

I hope you had a good weekend, and got up to lots of fun activities. Here we are, two weeks away from the summer holidays! I hope you have lots of fun planned for the summer, in fact as a separate mini task today, why not write down some things you’d love to do over the summer break, and share them with your parents! Bear in mind not all of them will be possible, for example; I asked Charlotte what she would like to do and she said ‘ride on a Unicorn…’ Haha, so I guess you need to be realistic.

(PS. anyone know where I could borrow a Unicorn?...)

 

I currently have Teamwork, Self Belief and Respect ticked off for school games badges from last weeks PE challenge. I have names noted and badges ready to award….I’ll try and get them ready for this week when you guys come in on Tuesday and Wednesday! Family handshakes, self-built obstacle courses and helping to keep your friends happy with a socially distanced meet-up have all impressed me so far, so if anyone wants a passion, determination or honesty badge, they are just waiting for you to show me you have earned them!

Good luck with your tasks today.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

I hope that you are getting on OK with your version of ‘Mission Possible.’ Some of our work in school has been amazing, as it has been at home with you guys. (Some of our bad guys’ characters names are particularly brilliant.) Today, we will work on the resolution…hopefully, you built up a fair amount of tension in the ‘problem section,’ and this will lead into the main characters solving the problem, in some form of heroic act today. As always, it doesn’t need a huge amount of writing, but it will set up the ending, where our hero characters will return to ‘normal life; after their adventure.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

Today we will move onto Coordinates. This subject is an absolute favourite of mine. A coordinate is usually used as a reference point on a map. Often a map will have a grid on it, and the lines that are on the grid will have a number or letter on the grid. The PowerPoint attached will help to explain.

A coordinate will have two numbers, or a letter and a number. The first number, or letter will be the number you read along the bottom of the grid, and the second will be the number up the side of the grid. It is almost always included in brackets like this.. (5,8) or maybe (A,5) have a look through the Powerpoint and task sheet to learn more.

 

Creative Challenge – History

Mr Jennings loves setting you the History challenges and I know that you love trying them out. I wonder which task you went for last week? I’d have gone for sport. As a Manchester United fan, there is so much history for us to look into with our club! I can’t believe that I only found this out last week, but the two greatest sides in world football were both formed in 1878. Exactly 100 years before I was born. Yes, Manchester United FC and Grimsby Town FC, both formed in 1878. Wow. One is the world’s most famous, and biggest club, and the other passed up a chance to sign me as a schoolboy. (I’m sure Grimsby Town still regret it to this day!…)

 

Ok, work time now. I hope you all have a good day. Work hard. Let’s do this!!

 

Mr Codd

Mr Jennings – Monday 13th July

 

Good morning!

 

I hope you all had a great weekend. Sunday was an especially nice day, so hopefully you managed to do something outdoors. I wanted to go to Knowsley Safari park, but it turns out it was very busy! In this ‘new world’, I have learned you need to book well in advance! Maybe next week!

 

Let’s get through this week first though! Here’s your learning tasks for today:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

As I mentioned on Friday, this week we will focus on coordinates. This is one of my favourite topics to teach, and today will be a relatively easy introduction.

 

A coordinate looks like this à (5,2). These numbers mark a specific point on a grid. This is explained more on the PowerPoint I have attached below. There are also example questions for you to take on which are similar to the activity sheet.

 

On the sheet itself, complete both sides. See how you get on with the challenge at the end. What is the biggest word you can spell?

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Today is the time to bring your story to a close. It’s time to write the ENDING!

 

Before you start writing, I want you to think about stories or films you have seen with a good ending. Why were they good? Did they end happily? Was it funny? Or did it end in even more drama…? I, personally, am a massive fan of the dramatic ending.

 

In your last section, your problem should have been resolved; your spies should have saved the day and should begin this next section back in their everyday lives. Your boxing up sheet says your story should end with them receiving a new mission, but could it end in another problem? What if one of your spies was kidnapped? What if someone has found out their secret and announces it to the world? (If you’ve seen the latest Spiderman movie, you’ll know what I mean!)

 

An ending has the power to determine whether a story is good or not. Just like bad openings, you can have bad endings. ‘It was all a dream..’ is one of my pet hates! Be creative and come up with something different, and I’m sure your story will be wrapped up nicely!

 

History Challenge

Over the past few weeks and months, you have come across so many important figures throughout history; people who have achieved some amazing things and are known across the world. You could even call a lot of them ’Historical Heroes’.

 

So this week I want you to focus on one last ‘Historical Hero’, and that person is YOU!

 

Throughout this whole pandemic, you guys have been outstanding, both in your attitude and your perseverance to just keep going. When other people look back through history in hundreds of years time, I hope there will be a mention of the children like you, both at home and at school, who have adapted so well and just kept going.

 

So today, I want you to treat yourself just like you have treated all of the other individuals you have come across in your history challenges. Look back over your life (all 7/8/9 years of it!) and show off who you are!

 

You could create a timeline of all your achievements in your life so far. You could create a Top Trump card of yourself, which highlight your best qualities. Create a PowerPoint all about you, or a word search filled with important words from your life. Basically, it’s up to you! Look back through all of the challenges so far and think about how best to tell the world about your life and your accomplishments. You all deserve your 15 minutes of fame!

 

I’m really looking forward to see what you come up with, and hopefully learning some things about you that I never knew before! I hope you enjoy it!

 

Check back in tomorrow, when some of you will be coming back into school again. Woop Woop!

Happy learning!

 

Mr Jennings :)

 

Monday's activities - Mr Jennings (13/7/20)

10th July 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hi!

Ok! I hope you guys are all well. I can’t believe its Friday again. The weeks seem to fly by, which in a small way is good as it means that we are nearly at the summer holidays, and then of course September and we will all be back together. It will be here before we know it. I hope you are all still going with the home challenges. Here are today’s;

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

I hope your story openings and build ups went well over the past couple of days. Your story should really be taking shape right now. It was great to hear how many of you, on your visits to school this week, said that Mission Possible had been your favourite task. I am so pleased so many of you are enjoying it. Today we will move onto my favourite part, but also a section that can be tricky to write. The Problem / Dilemma. This is where your characters encounter a problem. It could possibly be where the ‘bad guys’ appear, as in Mission Possible.

You need to write the problem section, but don’t start to solve it! Try and leave the paragraph with the ‘good guys’ in danger…almost a cliff hanger! We’ll get to solving it in the resolution section next week.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

The crime rate is really starting to lower now. I can’t imagine anyone would dare do anything wrong round here, when they know Year 3 and 4 are on the case!

Some people STILL think they can get away with it though! The cheek! Today is the case of ‘The Missing Tennis Racket’ (duh, duh duh!!!!)

Before you start though, I just want to draw your attention to two of the clues, as I haven’t quite taught you them yet.

Clue 5 is on coordinates, and this is something I am going to send home next week, so it will be good preparation. It is quite an easy concept to understand, so definitely have a go at this. I have attached a YouTube clip that explains this though for those of you who may be unsure.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eX4PZJjofI  (You only need to watch up to 3:20. You can beyond this if you like, but negative coordinates is not something that pops up in Year 4!!)

 

Clue 2 is all about converting measurements and this is particularly tricky. Of course, if you feel like you can do this, then crack on, but I am willing (for one time, and one time only!) to give you the answer to this clue for free!

 

If you want the free answer, scroll down a bit further. If you don’t then stop reading here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here it is --> Clue 2: The tennis skill of the player who finds the racket isn’t a slice or a serve.

 

Creative Challenge – PE

Today, I am relying on you to get creative.

I have lots of School Games Values badges in school just waiting to give away. Some of you may already have one, and I can assure you that they are very rare at the moment and very highly sought after! (I wonder if anyone in our school will collect all 6?)

All I will do today is remind you of what the 6 values are. The rest is up to you!

 

I want you to show a School Games Value, in a PE related post on Seesaw. You could design an obstacle course to show self belief, a game or fitness circuit to show passion, you may go on a bike ride and show determination, perhaps you and a sibling can play a game and show teamwork? How would you show respect, or honesty?

 

The choice of activity is completely up to you!

 

I will look on Seesaw for examples of good demonstration of values (make sure you mention the value you are showing in your post,) but will also keep a few badges back for those that don’t use Seesaw. Maybe you can tell me about your efforts when you come in next week, or even in September!

If you are feeling a bit tired today (and who can blame you…its Friday!) and you aren’t feeling too creative, then why not get up and get moving! You can go over any of the challenges posted on PE days over the last few weeks. There have been loads of activity cards)

 

I hope that there are a few tasks to keep you busy today.

Good luck and have a great weekend.

 

Mr Codd

Mr Jennings – Friday 10th July

 

Good morning!

 

It’s Friday again! I’m sure they come round faster every week! This means that we only have another two full weeks of learning left to complete before we get our summer holidays.

 

Next week, our learning will carry on as normal, but in that last week of term we may start to wind down and start to have a bit more fun with some of our activities. Until then though, just keep going! We’re all so proud of you and how much you have managed to accomplish over this time. You’re all ACE!

 

See below for this week’s final learning tasks:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

The crime rate is really starting to lower now. I can’t imagine anyone would dare do anything wrong round here, when they know Year 3 and 4 are on the case!

Some people STILL think they can get away with it though! The cheek! Today is the case of ‘The Missing Tennis Racket’ (duh, duh duh!!!!)

 

Before you start though, I just want to draw your attention to two of the clues, as I haven’t quite taught you them yet.

Clue 5 is on coordinates, and this is something I am going to send home next week, so it will be good preparation. It is quite an easy concept to understand, so definitely have a go at this. I have attached a YouTube clip that explains this though for those of you who may be unsure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eX4PZJjofI  (You only need to watch up to 3:20. You can beyond this if you like, but negative coordinates is not something that pops up in Year 4)

Clue 2 is all about converting measurements and this is particularly tricky. Of course, if you feel like you can do this, then crack on, but I am willing (for one time, and one time only!) to give you the answer to this clue for free!

If you want the free answer, scroll down a bit further. If you don’t then stop reading here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here it is --> Clue 2: The tennis skill of the player who finds the racket isn’t a slice or a serve.

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Today is your chance to write the resolution of your story. This is the part where your characters’ main problem is solved!

 

To be honest, this is the one part of Mission Possible I am not a big fan of. Pete and Polly escape from Roger and Reggie just by running away…

 

There was no action! No drama! At no point did it even look like Pete and Polly were going to get caught, and that is what I thought it was missing. Good writers dangle their heroes in front of danger, and make them escape by the skin of their teeth! Can you think of a good way to do this in your story? Could your spies use the gadget you designed to save them before it’s too late?!

 

I want you to have me on the edge of my seat today, so give it your all. But remember, this is not the ending. That will be on Monday. Keep checking your boxing up sheet and planning to make sure you aren’t going too far ahead and are including everything you need.

 

P.E Challenge

Before sending you over to Mr Codd’s post to check out today’s physical challenge, I just wanted to say how brilliant a job you guys did with our virtual Sports Day. I don’t know whether you have seen the results or not, but we did brilliantly!

 

Mr Codd and I were particularly proud of our gold medals for participation, which means we had more children take part in Year 3 and 4 than any other school in Trafford! What an achievement that is!

 

You guys really do love your sport, so I’m sure you’ll be keen to take on what Mr Codd has to offer today!

 

Enjoy your weekends, and I’ll see you all again next week!

 

Mr Jennings :)

8th July 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hi!

Well, what a couple of days. Having all of you back in school has been absolutely amazing. It finally feels like The Willows again now! I will think of all of your smiles and laughing faces throughout this week, until I get to see you again. I said it to you when you came in, but you are all officially my heroes. Your determination and positivity have been brilliant to see and I feel incredibly inspired by you all. Thank you for coming in, chatting to us, and being your amazing selves.

Now, lets get down to business…..today’s tasks! You’ll find them below.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group

I hope that you got on ok with your opening yesterday. I hope that you managed to introduce the characters, possibly a setting and the character’s secret powers. I can’t wait to see what you may have given them. Today we will work on writing the build-up. This can be a tricky section, as it can sometimes be brief. The aim in this section is to have the characters set out on their mission, after they receive it for the first time. I wonder what your characters will be asked to do? Try to add this to your opening for the story, and lead into the dilemma.

You can always look back through the Mission Possible booklet for inspiration, ideas or to revise the story. Will your characters be asked to search for another rare Japanese artefact? Maybe they need to get something back for the Queen?

I cant wait to see what you decide will happen.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

We are working on more symmetry today. Now, todays challenge involves us looking at a ‘mirror line’ they are the lines that divide the two sides in half. The task we have set has a few challenges of different difficulty. If you have time, I’d start at the beginning and go through them all! I have one simple piece of advice when working on symmetry cross a mirror line….it’s vital that you start at the mirror line and count the squares across. So if you look at a square shape, start at the mirror line and count across. Do this on both sides of the mirror line and you will have the same start point on both sides. (Sounds complicated doesn’t it?!) Just have a go. Often when you look at symmetrical patterns you can tell if they are completed correctly by taking a step back and looking at the picture!

 

Creative Challenge – Art

It’s art on our agenda today for our creative challenge. So many of you seem to love the art challenges. (Everyone loves art right?) Miss Horne has produced some super tasks over the last few weeks. Head to her post for details of today’s challenge.

 

Good luck on all of your tasks today.

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Numeracy Task

Mr Jennings – Thursday 9th July

 

Good morning!

 

Yesterday was another brilliant day as I got to see more children come back to school. I hope you enjoyed yourselves and are looking forward to coming in again over the next two weeks.  It may only be for an hour, but I really enjoy chatting and having a giggle with you all.

 

Some of you may have been with Miss Horne and me, whilst some of you may have been with Mr Codd. We will make sure that you have each teacher in your group at least once over the next three weeks, so don’t worry if you didn’t get much chance to speak to one of us. We want to make sure we see each one of you too!

 

Hopefully, you can now enjoy today’s learning with a big, fat grin on your face! See below:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

Today is our last day on symmetry and reflection. The specific focus for this task will be reflecting shapes in a mirror line.

 

As I mentioned earlier this week, a mirror line should show you an identical image, but it will be facing the other way around. This is why ambulances have ‘ambulance’ written the wrong way round on the front of them, as they know a driver’s mirrors will reverse the writing so it can be read properly!

 

When reflecting whole shapes, I always advise children to reflect a shape POINT BY POINT. For example, with a triangle, I would look at the top point and check how many squares it is away from the mirror line. On the other side of the mirror line, I will then count the same distance and plot my identical point. If you do this with the other two points too, then you should have a reflected image of a triangle.  

I find this method much better as you have a clear strategy, as opposed to just drawing what ‘looks right’.

 

For today’s activity I have posted three sheets, ranging from one star to three. Feel free to try the one star sheet, but I am very confident everybody can cope with the two and three star sheets!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Today I would like you to write the third section of your story: THE PROBLEM. This might be the best part of the story yet.

 

As your boxing up sheet will tell you, this is the part of the story where your heroes head out on their mission and encounter their major problem. In Mission Possible, this was when Pete and Polly headed to the river Thames, saw Roger and Reggie for the first time and grabbed the Yata no Kagami before being chased - which was their major problem! So today, you might have a bit to get through!

 

I expect you to describe the setting where you send your characters, especially if you have chosen somewhere creepy! Look back at the story, as this is something that is done really well. I love how they mention how the wind bit and how an uncomfortable mist slithered across the water.

 

Also, this will be the first time when you introduce your villains! Look back over the other character descriptions in the booklet and remind yourself of how to do this effectively. Yes describe what they look like, but focus on their actions too. How do they speak? How do they behave?

Remember the section will end with your problem (the chase?) about to start. The resolution (tomorrow) is where this will be solved!

 

Art Challenge

This week’s art challenge will see you using a skill you haven’t used yet... Check out Miss Horne’s post for the reveal!

 

Happy learning!

 

Mr Jennings :)

 

Thursday's activities - Mr Jennings (9/7/20)

8th July 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all ok! It was fantastic to see some of you at school yesterday! I hope that you had a good time in school. It was just like we had never been away. I didn’t realise how bad I was at connect 4 though, as we played in the canopy… Year 4, you are up this afternoon!  Looking forward to seeing some of you then!!

The Year 3’s said that they didn’t think my jokes were up to much. (I take your point….) however, todays joke is going to change all that. Oh yes, I’ve saved one of my best for today…

Q - ‘What do you call a Magician who has lost his magic?’

A – ‘Ian’

Might take you a minute to work it out, but when you get it I’m sure you’ll be at least half smirking…

I can’t believe that it’s Wednesday already, the days seem to fly by! Get set for today’s learning tasks;

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task -

I hope that you enjoyed some time online yesterday to get through your tasks. We are back to symmetry today. While symmetry can sometimes look like a simple concept, finding lines of symmetry in shape can be challenging! I hope you liked looking at symmetry in letters the other day. Someone in school mentioned that my surname is horizontally symmetrical when written in capital letters! How cool! Today we will look at symmetrical patterns, think carefully about how the pattern would be reflected in the mirror line.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task –

Well, we managed to get caught up yesterday, thanks for baring with us! We put together some great ideas for our story versions. I hope you feel the same too! Today, its time for a bit more planning, before we will attempt the opening to our story. It is important that you get a firm idea of the story map that we worked on the other day, hence the possible need for some more planning! You need a clear idea of characters, and what will happen in your story.

Once you have a clear idea, then it’s time to write the opening. I will be paying particular attention to how you begin your story. You do not need to write a huge amount, but don’t introduce the dilemma yet! Here are a few reminders of what we have worked on and what I’ll be looking for throughout your story. (Don’t worry if you don’t get it all in in the opening!)

  • A range of punctuation
  • Similes
  • Fronted adverbials (adverbs throughout)
  • Some brilliant adjectives

 

Mr Codd’s Science Task –

Today we will move away from our sound studies (Some of your parents may be breathing a sigh of relief, after some of the noise we have made over the last few weeks!)

We will look at ‘Food Chains’ today. Food chains are pretty simple, they often start with something small that doesn’t move very well (or quickly.) That will then be eaten by a slightly bigger animal, who is then hunted by a little bit bigger animal, and then they are hunted by a little bit bigger animal….(You get the idea!) Eventually, the biggest animal will have no predator that hunts it, and so it is likely to survive attacks.

 

Have a look at today’s Powerpoint and have a go at the worksheet.

 

Good luck as always,

 

Mr Codd

Mr Jennings – Wednesday 8th July

 

Good morning!

 

I just want to say how much I enjoyed seeing some of you in school yesterday (despite the weather!) It was brilliant to sit down and laugh again like normal! I am looking forward to doing the same with some of you in Year 4 later. Fingers crossed the rain stays away!

 

Here is some learning to keep you a bit busy until then:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

Today I have set some mathletics activities for you to complete. One is on symmetry, which should fit into our current learning, whilst the other two are on multiplying 3 numbers (revision) and factors, which is something we haven’t quite covered yet, but some of you may know already.

 

If you are not that confident, here is a YouTube link to explain what factors are: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ-T8z2-Zg4

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Some of you made a great start to your stories yesterday. I was pleased to see some unique openings too and no ‘One day…’

Today is your build up section, which should be the part of the story where your characters’ mission is revealed for the first time.

We discussed possible missions in school yesterday. Our best ideas were rescuing the Queen from kidnappers, and retrieving the stolen Premier League trophy. The key thing is to choose a mission that you find exciting yourself. If it doesn’t excite you, then it definitely won’t excite the person reading it!

 

Consider how your spies will receive their mission as well. Where will they be? How will they receive it? What will their reaction be if they get their message whilst in public?

 

Good luck!

 

Science Challenge 

After chatting with Mr Codd, we feel you guys have mastered sound, so this week we’re going to move onto something new. Check out his post to find out what this will be!

 

See some of you later!

 

Mr Jennings :) 

 

7th July 2020

Mr Codd

I hope you are all ok!

Today is the day that some of you finally get back to the place that you belong; back at school with your teachers, and friends! I can’t wait to see some of you, (and more of you tomorrow)….are you ready to have some fun? I hope you come in ready to talk to us about all that you have been up to! The countdown is on…

Ask your parents to look out for Mrs Warren’s weekly email later this week… it will contain information about results for Virtual School Sports Week! (I can’t reveal too much, but you will spot the Willows name on the bronze / silver / gold podiums!)

Good luck on today’s tasks;

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy task

I hope you started well on the planning section of our story yesterday?  At school however, we are a day behind you! (You guys are too quick for us…) We didn’t get the planning started today. Can you bear with us for a day, as we catch up? Please?...seriously…if you don’t let us catch up I’ll tell another joke…

Thought that might convince you! So, I want you to have a go at a comprehension today while we race to catch you up. I say it so often, but comprehension is such a vital skill to develop, and I haven’t set one for a while. Reading for enjoyment is key, but reading with understanding is equally important. Practise your skills with today’s comprehension task. I’ve chosen one of my top three favourite animals to learn about today….click my task to find out more!

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

Today I would like you to spend some time online working through your Mathletics tasks. If you have finished all of them, then practise your skills on other challenges on the Mathletics website. Remember, Numbots, and TimesTables.co.uk are available too. Simply, on a Tuesday, I like you to practise your maths skills online.

 

Creative Challenge – Wellness

It’s probably my favourite challenge of the week. Having some ‘set time’ to focus on wellbeing is something that I hope you all enjoy. It is so important to look after our physical and mental health. I always make time to ensure that I can exercise and spend time on my mental wellbeing. I hope you enjoy Miss Horne’s task. Head to her post to discover what we’ll be up to today!

 

Have a great day everyone,

 

Mr Codd

Mr Jennings – Tuesday 7th July

 

Good morning!

 

Today and tomorrow are going to be very exciting days in school as some of you will be FINALLY coming back into see us! We have been really looking forward to speaking to you all in person and having some fun again.

 

In the meantime, I have a smidge more learning for you to complete. Only two and half more weeks of term though!

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

Shapes one day, letters the next. Symmetry can cover lots of different areas. Today we are going to look into symmetrical patterns! Whenever you need to draw the other half of a pattern/shape, a mirror can always help, but often you don’t have one available, or aren’t given one, so we have to be able to cope without.

 

Have a go at the sheet below where you need to reflect the pattern across the mirror line. Remember, symmetry is an identical REFLECTION. Just like when you look in the mirror at home, it will be an identical image, but flipped. You can always see this when you are wearing a t shirt with writing on, and it reads the opposite way round in the mirror.

 

If you finish this quite quickly, I have also posted a ‘draw the other half’ activity for you. This is a bit trickier, but if you pay close attention to the details, you should be alright!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

You’ll notice that after page 32 in your Mission Possible booklets, there are no more activities. That means it is now time to actually write your story!

 

Of course, we don’t want you to write it all in one day. If you tried to do this, you’d get bored and most probably rush each section! So with this in mind, all we would like you to do today is to write the OPENING of your story.

 

Check the boxing up sheet; this is the part where you introduce your main characters, reveal their secret and how they became spies, as well as maybe mentioning some of the missions they have already completed. Make sure to use the original story for guidance. Are there lines you would like to magpie? Are there parts you don’t like that you want to change?

 

One thing I would make sure you do, is grab the reader in the first sentence. Definitely no ‘ONE DAY../ONE NIGHT etc.’ Could you start with speech? Could you start with a noise that immediately has the reader guessing? Could it be the beep of a spy watch? This is what I’ll be looking out for today in particular!

 

Feel free to post each part of your story on Seesaw daily, or in full when its complete. If going for a part each day, you could treat them all as chapters and give them a title. Some of you read your stories out last time, which I really enjoyed, so you can do this again if you wish!

 

Good luck and well done for continuing to work so hard on this!

 

Wellness Activity

I am sure that coming into school this week will do wonders for our wellness, but Miss Horne will have a more focused activity for us over on her page. Check it out!

 

Happy learning!

 

Mr Jennings :)

 

 

 

Mr Jennings - Monday 6th July 

 

Good morning!

 

I hope you enjoyed your weekends! Because of the unpredictable weather, I ended up watching a lot of football. When I say a lot, I might mean EVERY game… Do I regret it? Absolutely not! (Maybe apart from the last game :/)

 

But don’t you worry, I have still found time to sort some learning out for you. Aren’t I kind?!

 

Check it out below:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

Towards the end of last week, we made a start on symmetry. This can be quite a tricky concept to grasp, so we’re going to have another go at it today. Remember a line of symmetry divides a shape so that both halves are identical, mirror reflections of each other. You should be able to fold the shape down that line and both halves should fit on top of each other perfectly.

 

Symmetry can also be found in letters, and this is what today’s activity will focus on. Complete the worksheet attached, where you work through the alphabet and search for symmetry. Answers (and extra information) on PowerPoint.

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Today I would like you to finalise your ideas for your own spy story. Use your work from Friday and narrow down exactly what is going to happen in each part of your writing. The boxing up sheet should guide you. Try and keep it close to the original plot with Pete and Polly as this will be easier, but do experiment with certain things (e.g. what the spies are retrieving, where they need to go to retrieve it, how they escape). You don’t just want to rewrite the same thing.

 

If you have already come up with a final plan, as I have seen some of you have on Seesaw, then can you put that plan into a visual form and draw an image for each section of your story? I have attached a blank comic strip for you to use if needed.

 

History Challenge

Today for history, we are going to complete the REWIND challenge.

 

Over the past few weeks and months, you have had the chance to study so many amazing individuals throughout history, from various different fields and professions. There might have been weeks though where you were torn between two people, or you might have really enjoyed one week more than another and wish you could have done it again. This is why we are going to REWIND today.

 

You will notice I have re-posted every history challenge we have completed so far. This is your chance to go back and have another go at one of them, choosing whoever you would like to study from throughout history. Of course, you can use my ideas for guidance, but you have free choice to choose another sports person, monarch or musician etc. Pick your favourite activity too to present your learning.

 

If I had the choice again, I would definitely be looking in the sport and music categories. You can never know enough about sport, and there’s always a great song out there waiting to be discovered!

 

Happy learning!

Mr Jennings :)

 

Monday 6th July 2020

Mr Codd

 

Good Morning Everyone.

I hope you all had a great weekend.

Some of the posts on Seesaw were brilliant over the weekend. Honestly, your teachers love seeing them, so keep it up! Here we go on another week. Lots of you will be coming into school over the next couple of weeks; I hope you are excited as I am!! Honestly guys when you come in, you’ll see that not much has changed, the building is still the same of course, the classrooms still have some of your work on display, and my jokes are just as terrible as always….what else would you want haha?! So, excitement is what we hope you all feel, because that is exactly how your teachers feel about seeing you all again!

I should also say a huge well done to all of you that attempted the Virtual Sports Day activities last week. Apparently, a huge number of children across Trafford joined in. Today’s mini task is to think about which school games value sums you up best…..Honesty, Self Belief, Determination, Passion, Teamwork or Respect?

There are 3 weeks until we break up for summer. That’s 15 days of school. Can you challenge yourself to complete every task set until then? I know you can do it.

Good Luck

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

I have really enjoyed working on the different tasks in the talk for writing booklet over the last few weeks. As I have mentioned before, they are different to the ones we set you in school of course, but still great for getting you thinking about Literacy and story writing. Today we begin the planning journey. Depending on the task that you chose last week, this should be new to you. Look through pages 28, 29, 30 and 31. Before you gasp at the huge number of pages I have set you….DONT PANIC. Pages 28, 29 and 31 are all reading pages. They are so useful in giving you some ideas for your story, and you’ll not only get through them quickly, but also they will be invaluable to your ideas and planning process. Page 28 is a great reminder of how we structure our stories, while page 31 will inspire you if you are not feeling too creative. In short, try to get a little bit of a picture of what will happen in your story today. Sometimes being creative can be hard, so please do use the ideas on the pages. Even if you use the ideas given to you, you can make it your own with adjectives, adverbs, punctuation and a simile here and there. (I love the idea of the twins venturing to a cave!) Remember guys, just do whatever works for you.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

I love symmetry! It’s such a simple concept, but it can catch us out if we don’t consider shapes, symbols and pictures carefully. Remember the key to symmetry is to look at both sides. They have to be exactly the same. My television at home is perfect example. It appears completely symmetrical, but there is a brand name at the bottom, and that make it assymetrical. (Not symmetrical) Today we will look at symmetry in letters. I love this activity. A good tip with symmetry is to turn the symbol or shape upside down, around etc. then you will see all angles.

 

Creative Challenge – History

Mr Jennings takes charge of the History task as always on a Monday. After learning that I shared my birthday with a scientific genius last week, I cannot wait to see what we get up to today!

 

Have a great day everyone.

Mr Codd

Friday 3rd July 2020

Mr Codd

 

Happy Friday Everyone!

Here we are at the end of another week. I hope you’ve managed to work hard on some of your tasks and that you are looking forward to a restful weekend! Let me know on Seesaw if you get up to anything exciting. It was absolutely brilliant to see some Year 4’s on my zoom call yesterday. I think it’s safe to say we all had great fun! As you guys will hopefully know, we will be getting together at school soon, to meet up once again. I cannot tell you how excited I am about this. Honestly guys I am so, so happy that I get to see you all again. Until then, keep working hard on your tasks.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

We are almost at the planning stage of our own story based on ‘Mission Possible.’ You have certainly put some superb work into your work on the story recently. Today we will have a short break from working on the story to practise our writing skills, before we begin the planning stage next week! I have included two scene-setting pictures below. You may recall that we wrote some introductions to practise our general writings skills a while back. The same task applies today, simply write an introduction based on one of the pictures, you can choose which one, and try to remember to include all of the features we have worked on so far. (I always want to give you some hints on these pictures, but they would be my ideas and I prefer to see yours!)

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

Its Friday. So that must mean… Maths Mystery Day! You will know the routine of these tasks well by now. Solve each clue and use it to find the culprit. Today’s mystery involves concepts of Place Value, Word Problems, Bar Charts and Money. So, who is the culprit behind todays mystery of….The Missing Sacks on Sports Day!?

 

Creative Challenge – PE

Well done to everyone that has managed to have a go at the Virtual Sports Day activities this week. Trafford SSP will reveal some ‘results’ next week, so I will let you know when I find out more information. Today’s task is to complete and upload (if you can and want to…) your scores. If you have shown determination this week to get them all done already, then I have attached some more games for you to have a go at below. They are challenges from the ‘Youth Sport Trust.’ I have tried to include a range of tasks from gymnastics, to sports and problem solving / outdoor and adventurous. If the weather is not too good today, you can always move them over to the weekend. I hope you enjoy them.

 

Have a great weekend everyone.

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Literacy Task

Mr Jennings – Friday 3rd July

 

Happy Friday everybody!

 

Another week done and dusted. I hope you have some nice things planned for over the weekend to relax! Now we are able to go inside someone else’s house, hopefully you can get up to much more and spend more quality time with different friends and family.

 

Let’s squeeze one last bit of learning in though and give it all you’ve got!

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

What’s that? You love solving maths mysteries and are now becoming experts? Are you sure? You’ll definitely need to prove it with this one then! This one fits in nicely with our recent Sports Day activities too.

 

Are you ready for …. (prepares dramatic voice)

 

THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING SACKS ON SPORTS DAY?!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Some of your gadgets were ace yesterday! They would be useful for any spy, but I can imagine that they might be a smidge expensive…

It’s important that you now take this idea, and all of the other pieces of your work so far and start to plan out a story of your own. You’ll need to check out pages 28, 29 and 30 for this today. Page 28 is especially important as this is your BOXING UP sheet, which we all know is crucial for understanding what to write in each segment of your story. Look at this carefully, before then moving to page 30 to begin to plan your own story road, like the one on page 29.

 

You’ll notice there is another planning sheet in a few pages time, and that will be your FINAL plan. Page 30 is where I want you to gather as many different ideas as you can about what might happen in your story. It should very much be a rough piece of work, and not amazingly detailed.

 

My only piece of advice when planning is to keep it simple! Too often I see stories with too many characters or too many problems. If you follow the pattern and structure of the original story and mirror these types of events in your planning, you will produce a well-balanced piece of writing that is both easy to write, and easy for the reader to follow.

 

Physical Challenge

Hopefully, you have some energy left after your Sports Day exertions this week! I’m sure Mr Codd won’t push you too much harder… Check out his post to see whether he is going to go easy on you!

 

Enjoy your weekends and I’ll check back in with you all on here on Monday. Then, later in the week, I might actually get to finally see some of you… IN PERSON! WAHOOOOOOOOOOOO!

 

Take care!

 

Mr Jennings :)

Friday's activities - Mr Jennings (3/7/20)

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Mr Codd

 

Helllloooooooooo!

(Sorry about that, just fancied ‘jazzing up’ my morning greeting!) I hope all of you home learning superstars are ok today and enjoyed yesterday’s tasks. There were some great sound experiments on Seesaw, the rice moving was fascinating! Did you like the code activity in Literacy? I would have had some great fun with that. Now, a certain someone on Seesaw yesterday managed to remind me that I haven’t posted a joke in a while. I am so sorry for neglecting my awesome joke telling duties! What’s that you say? ‘Honestly Mr Codd, don’t worry about it, it’s not a problem, erm, we’ll be ok…’ and its kind that you don’t want me to have to go to the effort…but for you guys it’s a pleasure, so here goes…and I’ve added a bonus one too, because I really like you all. Don’t thank me!...

Q. What do you call a girl who stands inside goalposts and stops the ball rolling away?

A. Annette!

Q. Where do wasps go when they're not feeling well?

A. The waspital!

Wow, you’ll be laughing so hard at that you might not settle down to your work until this afternoon! Haha!

Once you’ve managed to calm down, enjoy todays tasks ;-)

Mr Codd

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

How much fun was yesterday’s code cracker?! (That’s a page that you can keep coming back to for more fun.) Maybe a code may appear in your story? (Now that would be a cool little twist…) Today is another cool task, that I think you are going to love. Today…. you will….design your own spy gadget!!! This is definitely a task that I would have loved doing when I was your age. I had written some examples of what you could do, but I’ve not added them, because I want you to be totally creative on this one! Design and label your gadget, with all of its features. The task mentions designing a poster, but this is completely optional.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

We have now completed our work on angles, and move onto Symmetry. Symmetry is a great subject to learn about, and another of my favourites!

Symmetry is when a shape or object has two completely identical sides that are facing each other. A line of symmetry is the line that splits the two identical parts, each part being a mirror reflection of the other.

I have also posted a PowerPoint presentation to explain this too. Once you have watched/read through this explanation, have a look through the activities.

Firstly, there is a group of ‘Lines of Symmetry’ sheets, differing from 1 to 3 star difficulty, where you need to find all the lines of symmetry. The second activity is a sorting challenge, where you have to decide whether images are symmetrical, or asymmetrical.

As a bonus task, can you find real life examples of symmetry in your home? Is your TV symmetrical? Why might this one catch people out?

Creative Challenge – Art

I think we all start getting a bit tired by Thursday at the moment, so what better activity than some relaxing artwork. Miss Horne has another super activity for you today, and again a personal favourite of mine. (I say that a lot with our art studies don’t I?...I must love art!) Head to her post for today to find out what we are up to.

 

I’ve just realised that a lot of today’s tasks are ‘favourites’ of mine. I think it’s because I love teaching them and learning about them! I hope you love learning too.

 

Have a good day,

 

Mr Codd

 

 

Mr Jennings – Thursday 2nd July

 

Good morning!

 

Yesterday was brilliant as I finally got to have my Zoom chats with some of you! It had been around 4-5 weeks since our last one, so I was really pleased to see what you had been up to and just generally having a chat. We used to speak every single day, so it was different, but it’s definitely better than nothing!

 

Hopefully, I’ll be seeing some of you very soon when you come into school one day a week after school. It’s definitely something else to look forward to!

 

Anyways, here is today’s learning:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

We’ve finished our work on angles now, and will move onto symmetry. Do you know what this word means?

 

Symmetry is when a shape or object has two completely identical sides that are facing each other. A line of symmetry is the line that splits the two identical parts, each part being a mirror reflection of the other.

 

Here are some clips that will help you to understand:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJlhywRfvh8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFzktJNmnPU

 

I have also posted a PowerPoint presentation to explain this too. Once you have watched/read through this explanation, you have a few activities to complete.

 

Firstly, there is a group of ‘Lines of Symmetry’ sheets, differing from 1 to 3 star difficulty, where you need to find all the lines of symmetry. The second activity is a sorting challenge, where you have to decide whether images are symmetrical, or asymmetrical.

 

As a bonus, can you spot real life examples of symmetry in your home? Is your TV symmetrical? Why might this one catch people out?

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Another creative activity in your booklet today! Page 27 is all about designing your own spy gadget. This may come in handy when writing your story in the next few weeks, as it may get your spy heroes out of trouble!

 

Follow the instructions on the page for ideas about what you could design. Could it be a gadget that could help your spies make a quick getaway? Could it be a gadget that can grab an object (like the mirror) from a long distance away?

 

Whatever it is, make sure you draw and label it and can explain how it works. It also says you could design a poster advertising the gadget to other spies, but this is optional.

 

There is a web link on the page for you to watch for some inspiration. Spy Kids is full of great gadgets too. I remember them chewing on some electric gum that would paralyse their enemies! Blow me away with your creativity!

 

Art Challenge

George Seurat. That’s who this week’s focus artist is! Head over to see Miss Horne’s post for some extra details.

 

Happy learning!

 

Mr Jennings :)

 

Wednesday 1st July 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hello!

As always, I hope you are all ok. It was absolutely brilliant to see some of you Year 3 children on our zoom chat yesterday! I hope you enjoy your chats with the teachers, whoever you end up speaking to! We truly do love seeing you all, speaking to you, and hearing what you have been up to. We say it a lot, but we are very proud of you all.

I hope you enjoy todays tasks.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task.

We are getting very close to the stage where we look to plan our own story out. Before that, today’s challenge looks like being a lot of fun! Good spies should be skilled in code-breaking and code-making! Read page 26 very carefully, and look at the code at the top of the page. I would like you to create 10 mystery messages. This could be a sentence, or you could even get really creative and plan a ‘treasure hunt’ style activity. This would involve you writing a word to start the hunt for example…. (bathroom) and when they find that clue, direct them to somewhere else! (They will need to code-cracker sheet obviously as they go along) Will you give them a reward if they find all the clues?

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task.

Today we will end our work on angles. I hope that you feel that you have gained a good understanding of the different types. Today we will look at ordering angles according to size. We have talked about degrees in angles. This means that acute angles can be very small, or slightly larger…as long as they stay below a right angle, which is 90 degrees. The same with obtuse, they can be different sizes, but they must be larger than a right angle and less than 180 degress, which is a straight line.

If you complete todays worksheets, grab a piece of paper and try and draw your own series of angles. Can you order them correctly with your drawings? Maybe you could mix them up and ask someone in your house to label them with numbers in order?

 

Creative Challenge – Science

I hope you are enjoying investigating sound. I have seen some great examples of musical instruments and cup telephones over the last few weeks. Today I have posted a variety of tasks all about sound. Firstly, there is a game, which you can quickly draw out on plain paper if you do not have a printer. There is also a sound survey. You could take a careful walk around (make sure you ask an adult if you are going outside, or even better, ask them to come on a sound walk with you!) Finally, I’ve given you a mini sound experiment all about ‘Seeing Sound.’ You may need extra materials for this one, so feel free to have a go when you can collect them all! Plenty for you to get stuck into!

 

 

Have a good day everyone! Good luck with your tasks.

 

Mr Codd

Mr Jennings – Wednesday 1st July

 

Good morning!

 

I’m hoping you’re all alright. Have any of you started your Sports Day challenges yet?! Don’t worry if you haven’t, because you have until Friday. When you do though, remember to log them on the website Mr Codd posted, and show us on Seesaw too! I think I’m going to smash the wall catch. Hopefully a score in the high forties in the sixty-second-time limit! Can you beat me?! (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9ZPLZF2)

 

See below for today’s learning:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

It’s a Mathletics day today! Head on over to see some of the activities I have chosen. Some might be revision; others might be related to our current learning. Who knows?! Even I don’t as I type this out!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Page 26 might be the best page in the booklet! All good spies need to keep their information top secret, so it’s important that they come up with a coded system to prevent enemies learning anything important. This is what you’ll be working on today!

 

On page 26, you’ll notice in the table that each letter in the alphabet matches up to a completely different letter (e.g. a = z). This is your secret code system. It’s baffling, but brilliant!

 

I would like you to create ten codes of your own, making them harder as you go. They can be individual words or complete sentences. Have fun with this too! Could you place the codes around your house and make each one a clue about the place they will find the next code? (A bit like a treasure hunt!) There are lots of ways you can do it, so choose what’s best for you.

 

Science Challenge

It’s Wednesday, which means Mr Codd has something sound related in store for you. Head over to his post for the details? What can you remember so far? Could you warm up with some key word bingo?

 

Happy learning!

 

Mr Jennings :)

 

 

Tuesday 30th June 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hello everyone!

I hope you are ok, and managed to get some tasks done yesterday. Don’t worry too much if you didn’t. I hope you managed to find out some interesting facts about your birthday, I’m afraid that my birthday was quite uninspiring in terms of events…for example on the 14th March, the second highest ever snowfall in New York was recorded. Hmm. Told you it was uninspiring! However, I did find out that Albert Einstein shares the same birthday as me….and he was born 99 years before me! Now that’s pretty awesome. That makes 2 genuises born on the 14th March! Haha!

 

I hope that you enjoy today’s challenges. The weather forecast for today is set to be cloudy, so today might be a good day to get some virtual sports day events in!

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

Today we will look at ‘Speech.’ We covered this in my group just before we all went off from school. Please read through the page very carefully today. This page contains lots of important and useful teaching points about how to use ‘Speech Marks.’ You’ll find the task on pages 24 and 25. I wanted to also give you my occasional reminder that extra reading is so important, and is expected at the moment too. This is something you can do at any point of the day, but makes sure that you get it done!

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

Today is a Mathletics day. If you would prefer to use Numbots, timestables.co.uk or TTRS that is absolutely fine. I haven’t set any new tasks in Mathletics today, but I would like you to work on the tasks you already have allocated. If you find that you have completed them all, then you can choose areas that you would like to do some more work on. We are currently working on shape and space, including angles at the moment.

 

Creative Task – Wellness

Miss Horne has set today's Wellness task. Head over to her post for today to see what we will be up to.

 

Good luck on all of your tasks today! Keep working hard!

 

Mr Codd

Mr Jennings – Tuesday 30th June

 

Good morning!

 

It was a busy day on Seesaw yesterday! I am so impressed with how you are all STILL ploughing on and are STILL so determined to show off the hard work you have been putting in. Every day, I look forward to sitting down and just scrolling through it all! Keep it up!

Here are today’s tasks!

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

We are approaching the end of our work on angles now. Hopefully you are starting to become clearer on the difference between acute, right and obtuse angles. If you’re still a bit unsure, check out this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVuMULQjb3o

 

Today, you will need to put angles in order by size! Just because two angles maybe acute, or obtuse, doesn’t mean they are equal. They may be the same type, but might be different sizes and formed at different degrees.

 

I have attached three different activity sheets, ranging from 1 star to 3 star. As the sheets get harder, you will notice the angles might be harder to tell apart. Just remember, to look at the size of the angle, look at the space INBETWEEN the lines (semi-circle shape). Don’t look at the length of the lines that make up the angle; this means nothing when you talk about how big an angle is.

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Check out p.24 and 25 today. This is all based on speech marks, which is what we were working on right before lockdown! Can you remember all the pieces of punctuation needed? Page 24 should be a good refresher of what you need to include, and page 25 is a chance to put that knowledge to good use.

 

In my literacy group, we also spoke about how to make speech more EXCITING by using adverbs to describe how a person spoke, and mentioning what they were doing as they spoke. I think a lot of you could definitely include this in some of your sentences!

 

At the bottom of the sheet, it asks for some sentences of your own where one person speaks and another replies. Firstly, I would like you to do two examples of your own. They can be from the story, maybe with characters you don’t hear very much from (e.g. Cyril Secret) or you can choose whoever you like to speak (as long as the punctuation is good!)

 

Secondly, if two people are speaking, remember the rule: NEW SPEAKER, NEW LINE. If two people are speaking on the same line it can get confusing, so make sure that if you switch speaker, you are starting a new line to make it nice and clear.

 

Wellness Activity

Head over to Miss Horne’s post to find out how to keep on top of your wellness this week!

 

As always, we’re all incredibly proud of you and are looking forward to seeing you soon.

 

Enjoy your day!

 

Mr Jennings :)

 

 

Monday 29th June 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hello everyone!

 

I hope you had a great weekend. I always wonder what you guys got up to!

We are ready for another week. The summer holidays are starting to appear on the horizon! This week is very exciting for your teachers as we will be speaking to some of you on Zoom, we can’t wait! I hope you have your voices warmed up, with questions to ask and things you’ve been up to ready to tell us! This week is also ‘Virtual Sports Day.’ I hope that you can complete the challenges at some point and hopefully upload your scores. It would be so good to show Trafford School Sport Partnership just what Willows athletes are all about!

Here are your challenges;

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

I really feel like we are starting to get some good ideas together based on ‘Mission Possible’ now. I hope you do too. Of course this is a different way of working to what we are used to, but it’s still a good way of getting us all thinking about, and producing, some writing!

Today we would like you to complete page 23. Work carefully on this page as interesting verbs are so important to a fiction story.

It would be amazing if you gather 10 alternative verbs for each of the words, ‘run’ ‘said’ and ‘look.’ Those of you in my Literacy group will know that I glanced at the word ‘said’ on today’s page in horror. We all agreed that we really don’t like this word! You may recall all of the better alternatives that we used as a group back at school.

If you fancy a further challenge, you could try finding alternatives for other verbs, or even practise your writing with a few sentences using your improved verbs. You could even link it to Mission Possible, or your own characters that you created in the last couple of weeks.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

Today we will look in more detail at Angles. Angles are the ‘corners’ of shapes, where 2 lines meet. We have discussed this in my group at school occasionally, and you’ll recall that it was mentioned on last Friday’s Maths Mystery. Today I have set you a Powerpoint to look through. Make sure that you get a strong idea about the different types of angle, and then complete the worksheets.

As an extra challenge, I wondered if you could find some acute or obtuse angles around your house? Looking around as I type, my house is filled with right angles, but I can’t see too many acute or obtuse! Can you find any? Let me know on Seesaw!

 

 

Creative Challenge – History

Mr Jennings has set a fantastic History Challenge today. This could be one of my favourite creative challenges that we have had! I had to have a quick look myself, at my birthday! I’ll tell you my findings tomorrow... I wonder what you will find?! As always, the teachers will be taking to Seesaw eagerly to see what you have to tell us!

 

Have a good day,

 

Mr Codd

Mr Jennings – Monday 29th June

 

Good morning everybody!

 

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and found some time to maybe fit in some Sports Day practise?! I tried some of the challenges myself, and they’re tricky! Let’s just say balance is not one of my strong points…

 

I’m also really looking forward to my Zoom calls this week! We are all excited to see what news you have for us and to have a chit chat. Come with some questions prepared; nobody likes an awkward silence!

 

Now, into our fresh week of learning!

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

Today I would like you to focus on angles. An angle is the space between where two lines, or objects, meet. You have seen lots of talk about angles, both when we looked at triangles and quadrilaterals. It was also mentioned during the first clue of last week’s mystery challenge.

 

The aim of today is simply to be able to spot whether an angle is ACUTE or OBTUSE. That’s it!

 

I have attached two activities today, of different difficulty. The first sheet is simply identifying the angles, whereas the other asks you to identify the type of angle and then state whether it is greater or less than the other. You can choose which one you like, or do both if you want. Neither should be too taxing as we look to ease ourselves back into our learning!

 

Extension:

I’m always looking for ways to make maths more practical and physical. So today, if you want, I would like you to test me on my knowledge of angles. No, I don’t want you to show me angles, or draw them, I want you to make an angle using your body!

 

Can you make one example of each type of angle (acute, right, obtuse) and post it on Seesaw for me to tell the difference between?

 

You might need to stretch before each angle. I imagine an acute angle might prove the most challenging. How acute an angle can you make?!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Today I would like you to complete page 23 in your Mission Possible booklet. This activity focuses specifically on verbs (actions) and how to use them to add to the drama of your story.

 

Too often people choose the ‘basic’ verbs that contribute nothing to a piece of writing. Today we will go to war with these ‘basic’ verbs (run, said, look) and find far far far far far FAR better choices for our stories.

 

‘Run’ and ‘look’ might require some thesaurus work, but one of our homework challenges this year was ‘SAID IS DEAD!’ If you have a good memory, you might be able to fill in a lot of that column already.

 

Try and get 10 words in each column and think of different types of each verb that might crop up in the story. For example, if working on ‘said’, there will be moments when your characters will be speaking quietly, and others where they might be yelling, so have some words that fit all scenarios.

 

History Challenge

Having had a lot of birthdays in my family recently, it has got me thinking about a new slant on our challenge…

 

Of course your birthday is a great day because it is the day you arrived in this world, but have you ever wondered what else has happened on your birthday throughout history? There might have been somebody extremely famous who was also born on the same day? What if England won the World Cup in 1966 on your birthday?! Imagine how cool that would be!

 

So, with this in mind, I want you to scrawl through hundreds and thousands of years of history and work out what else has happened on your birthday. Some events might be huge, some might not be, but I’d be really intrigued to see what you find out.

 

A small scroll through the internet told me that Rupert Grint (RON WEASLEY!) was born on the same day as me, and that the 24th August was also made to be Kobe Bryant day in Los Angeles in 2016. It’s a shame I wasn’t born on August 1st – that’s Spiderman day apparently!

 

You can present your learning however you like today too. You could make a short video, design a poster or a timeline etc. What is the most creative way you could show off this information?

 

Once you’re finished, could you even look towards the future? What will happen on your birthday next year? In ten years’ time? And don’t just say yourself ‘eating birthday cake’…

 

Good luck and enjoy your day! 

 

Mr Jennings :)

Friday 26th June 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hi Everyone!

What a scorcher yesterday! I hope you all managed to stay cool. Here we are, at the end of another week of home learning, and you are nearly ready for the restful weekend. The news that I need to report to you today is that I had two incredible slices of pizza for my dinner. I sat on my own in the quiet classroom, thinking about you all, enjoying my pizza, with the sun streaming in. Perfect! I wonder what was best about your day?

Here we go with Friday’s tasks. As always let’s finish the week strong!

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

We will look at settings today, on pages 21-22. We have covered everything there is to study regarding the characters, and some of your short burst pieces of writing were super earlier in the week. Spend some time looking through the pages. We also look at adjectives in these pages. Adjectives are words that instantly improve sentences, giving the reader a better picture in their head of what is happening. They are so important to creative fictional writing, so make sure that you spend extra time concentrating on this.

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

Its Friday, so that must mean its…maths mystery day! You seem to love these challenges, and so do your teachers! A chance to exercise your maths skills while also becoming an expert detective? What’s not to like? I hope you like todays task.

Creative Challenge – PE

Today I am very excited to share a challenge with you. Our friends at Trafford School Sport Partnership (Trafford SSP), who help me to put on festivals, competitions and events for you, want to give Trafford Primary children, their ‘Sports Day.’

They have made a PowerPoint of challenges that I will ask the whole school to get involved in next week. (There will be a letter to all parents to follow, explaining everything)

The challenge is exactly the same for you guys at home, and for those children who are in school. We will all complete the same challenges. WE ARE TEAM WILLOWS!

For today I am giving you a sneak preview of the physical tasks. The PowerPoint below has all 6 challenges that you will need to complete next week.

What I would like you to do today, and maybe over the weekend is get training! Olympic athletes train for four years for their event. I’m just giving you a few days...sorry! However, training is key to any sporting discipline. Your challenge / task is to have a go at the 6 challenges, that’s all. It won’t necessarily be a competition, but we want as many Willows athletes to join in as possible!

There will be an opportunity for your parents to send in your scores next week to help towards our whole school total. This is going to be an in-school / out of school team Willows challenge!

Again, more to come over the next few days but for now…’Team Willows athletes, I call on you to show all of the school games values, and show Trafford what we are made of. We are strong, we are fast, we are TEAM WILLOWS!’

 

Have a great day, and weekend,

 

Mr Codd

Creative Challenge - PE - Virtual Sports Day!

Mr Codd's Numeracy Challenge - Maths Mystery

Mr Jennings – Friday 26th June

 

Happy Friday!

 

I can’t believe we’re almost in July, and that the last time I saw some of you was in March! It’s not easy only having half a class room, and I am missing you lots. However, I am very excited about our Zoom calls next week though. Come armed with your best jokes and stories!

 

Below are your final learning challenges for this week. Hopefully you are enjoying them, but feel free to request activities you have liked next week in your Zoom call with your teachers.

 

Here we go!

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

We end the week, as always, solving top tier crimes. This week is the ‘Mystery at the End of Term Play’. The world cannot go on until this is solved, I’m sure you’ll agree! Crack the case and expose the culprit for the naughty little thief they are.

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

To finish the week, I would like you to complete pages 21 and 22 in the Mission Possible booklet. Page 21 is quite straight forward and focuses on settings. As well as the activity on the page, could you search the internet and create a moodboard of different settings that would work well for a spy story? You can do this on a computer, print and cut them, or draw them if you don’t have access to a computer.

 

For page 22, you will focus on adjectives; something you are all very familiar with. The activity asks you to focus on describing the Yata No Kagami mirror and label it with descriptive vocabulary. Try to really push yourself here and aim for ambitious adjectives. Don’t settle for the unspectacular! Use a thesaurus to upgrade the words that immediately come into your mind. These are normally quite common and aren’t as effective. Feel free to use other techniques like similes if you would like.

 

P.E Challenge

I spoke to Mr Codd last night and he mentioned to me what he has in mind for your challenge today.

 

Two words: SPORTS DAY!

 

Head over to his post for more details on how we might actually be able to have a competitive, whole school sports day after all!

 

Check in with you next week.

Happy learning!

 

Mr Jennings  :)

Friday's activities - Mr Jennings (26/6/20)

Mr Jennings – Thursday 25th June

 

Good morning everybody!

 

Hopefully you didn’t melt yesterday. Today is going to be another sweaty one! I’m going to cut straight to it today and dive into your learning!

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

Today Mr Codd and I are going to test your knowledge of quadrilaterals!

 

Firstly, we have posted a game (with the best name!). Apologies that the instructions are a bit blurry, however they are really simple. You roll a die and whichever number you roll matches to a quadrilateral name. Find one on the game board and place a counter over it. The first to get 4 in a row diagonally, vertically or horizontally is the winner! Some quadrilaterals have more than one name, so this might give you more options!

After this, find two quadrilaterals worksheets. On one, you need to label the quadrilateral, and then answer true or false statements. The other more colourful sheet may need some more careful thought. My advice to you is to read the statements at the top very carefully!

 

You can do these in whichever order you prefer. The game might be a good warm up activity, or it might be a good reward for working hard on the other two challenges!

 

Mr Codd has already put all of these on his post, so head over there to get a look at both the sheets and game.

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Some of you did some great work on writing an evil character description yesterday. Hopefully this will help you come up with some creative ideas today.

 

In your booklets, I’d like you to complete page 20, which asks you to create your very own characters for a spy story of your own! You can choose to have one hero and one villain (which might help you as you can describe them in more detail) or you could choose to double up like the story does.

 

Fill in the character profiles and try to delve deep into your character’s personalities. These additional questions below might help you build a much better picture. Discuss them with somebody in your house.

 

  • What are/were your characters like at school?
  • What do they do on the weekends?
  • How do they get on with other people?
  • What is their favourite TV programme?
  • What would they eat for breakfast?

Some of these questions may seem silly, but believe me, they will help you to unlock a deep understanding of what you have in mind already.

Don’t forget to use your names from a couple of days ago too!

 

Art Challenge

When you think back to all the different artists we have focused on over the past months, it’s amazing how much we have seen and accomplished. Today that list is going to grow even more! Check out Miss Horne’s post and find a new way to express yourself.

 

Enjoy chilling in the sun!

 

Mr Jennings :)

Thursday 25th June 2020

Mr Codd

 

Good Morning all!

 

I hope you guys enjoyed the sunshine yesterday and didn’t feel too hot! It would have been a perfect day for getting the paddling pool and ice lollies out. Don’t worry too much if you didn’t get much done with our tasks yesterday, it can be hard to concentrate and focus in warm weather!

I hope you have a good time today with all of your learning. If you are managing to get any of the physical challenges done and your parents are on Twitter, then Trafford School Sports Partnership are looking to create a selfie board of home activities…you may get posted if you send a picture in!

Here are today’s tasks;

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

I hope that you found yesterday’s tasks ok. I loved reading the extracts. Today I would like you to design a front cover for the story ‘mission possible’ that we are continuing to work hard on. I’ll leave this up to you, but you might want to read the story again to refresh your memory and give you an idea of how to create your cover. I would also like you to write a short ‘blurb’ that would appear on the back of the book. We have discussed this in school before. A ‘blurb’ is a short paragraph that gives hints about what happens in the story, but doesn’t fully give away the drama to come. Here is an example:

‘A young girl is faced with a simple task, set by her mother. On any normal day, delivering a basket of goodies to her grandmother would be very uneventful. Today however, was going to be very different…’

Can you guess the story? (I read it aloud in my best movie trailer voice!) Good luck with your tasks, I’d love to see some covers and ‘blurb’s on Seesaw!

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

Today Mr Jennings and I are going to test your knowledge of Quadrilaterals! Firstly, we have posted a game. Apologies that the instructions are a bit blurry, however they are really simple. You roll a die and whichever number you roll matches to a quadrilateral name. Find one on the game board and place a counter over it. The first to get 4 in a row diagonally, vertically or horizontally is the winner! Some quadrilaterals have more than one name, so this might give you more options!

After this, find two quadrilaterals worksheets. On one, you need to label the quadrilateral, and then answer true or false statements. The other more colourful sheet may need some more careful thought. My advice to you is to read the statements at the top very carefully!

 

Creative Challenge – Art

The art activities are always a favourite of mine. With the weather set to be beautiful again today, head over to Miss Horne’s post and find a cool spot to get creative.

 

Good luck as always with your tasks!

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Numeracy Starter

Mr Codd's Numeracy Task

Mr Jennings – Wednesday 24th June

 

Good morning!

 

Today is supposed to an absolute scorcher! 28 degrees! Hopefully you can get a nice balance between your learning and some time outside. When you do go out, remember both your ice cream and sun cream. Just make sure not to mix them up…!

 

See below for today’s learning:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

Today is a Mathletics day. There will be some activities set that might relate to our current learning, but this is also a good day to revise some key topics we may not have seen in a while. Make sure you are keeping on top of your TTRS too, doing a little bit every day to keep those facts you worked so hard to remember earlier this year, fresh in your mind.

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Today, we would like you to use the learning you have done from the past two days to produce a short piece of writing.

 

Over the past two days, you have read some high quality descriptions of evil, villainous characters as they are first introduced into a story. You’ll notice that neither author just TOLD you that this character was evil/bad. They use the character’s behaviour and actions as well as their appearance to give the reader clues that this character is up to no good. As I always say, good writers always SHOW and do not just TELL.

 

So, today, using the description of Mr Hawthorn (page 18) and the character description on page 19 as good examples, we would like you to write your own description of Dodgy Rodger and Raucus Reggie as they enter the abandoned riverboat.

 

You’ll notice that there isn’t much said about the two villains at all, so you have a lot of freedom to SHOW the reader that these guys are not too pleasant. Think carefully about the actions and appearance. What might they be doing as they enter the boat that gives a clue to the reader? Do they do things in a violent way, like Mr Hawthorn slamming his briefcase down? Is there anything about how they look that shows they aren’t friendly people? Look back to the comment from Anthony Horowitz’s piece (p.19) and how he describes his character’s eyes for inspiration maybe! Even think of other villains from other books and movies. How could you tell they were not good characters before they even spoke?

 

A short paragraph should be what you aim for, although I know there are some of you who can get carried away! Just enjoy bringing Dodgy Roger and Raucous Reggie to life! 

 

Science Challenge

Check out Mr Codd’s post for some updates on our next challenge. Hopefully it will SOUND exciting…

 

Take care and enjoy the sun!

 

Mr Jennings :)

Wednesday 24th June 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hello Everyone!

 

I hope you had fun with your challenges yesterday! Apologies if you tried to get online to play Mathletics, we all had lots of tasks to get through and then had a technical problem when trying to go ‘live!’ We’ll hopefully try again another time.

Miss Horne, Mr Jennings and I were busy organising some Zoom meetings for you next week. These will take place with your register class teacher. Those of you who are not in school (at all) will have received an invitation to a Zoom Call next week via Seesaw (if you are not on Seesaw these should have been emailed to your parents). Please look out for this and let me know if you can attend it or not. If you have not received an invite but think you should have done, can you please let your class teacher know as soon as possible. It was brilliant to see you all last time, and I miss you all loads, so I cant wait to see you all again!

Today I’m going to remind you that this week is National School Sport Week. I hope you are managing to keep active! I’ve posted some more activities for you below to have a go at today from the Youth Sport Trust, and I’ll have some exciting news for you later this week on the subject of ‘sports’ so stay tuned…

Enjoy today’s tasks,

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

I’d like us to get back into a short burst of writing today. I know you may not have done too much writing over the last few weeks, but try and remember all of the features that we look for in our writing. A range of punctuation is important, adverbs and adjectives and conjunctions.

Using the description of Mr Hawthorn (page 18) and the character description on page 19 as good examples, write your own description of Dodgy Rodger and Raucous Reggie as they enter the abandoned riverboat. Think carefully about the actions and appearance and how this gives clues as to whether they are good characters or bad characters.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

We are continuing to investigate Quadrileterals today. How do you think your knowledge of them is? Can you recall lots of the features? Don’t worry if not, you can always refer back to the poster we added on Monday! Here are todays challenges, I hope that you have fun! If you had a go at this yesterday then, try and get on Mathletics or ‘times tables.co.uk’ and get some practise in for half an hour.

Activity 1 – Guess Who?

If you look back on the PowerPoint I sent on Monday, on one of the slides there is an activity where you are given clues about a quadrilateral, that you then need to guess. (E.g. I have 2 pairs of equal sides, I have 2 pairs of parallel sides… WHAT AM I?)

Today, I would like you to write your own sets of clues for each quadrilateral you studied earlier this week and test them out on someone else in your house. You’ll need to remind yourself of the properties of each shape beforehand before then trying to write at least 4 clues for each shape.

The key to writing good clues is to not reveal a key property that will be too obvious and give away the shape in the first few clues; leave it until the end!

Your challenge is to post your clues for one of your shapes on Seesaw for me to take on.

 

Activity 2 – Quadrilateral hunt

Once you’ve revised your properties of each quadrilateral with Activity 1, you can now have some fun with the quadrilateral hunt! This is how it works:

Around your house, we would like you to find as many real life examples of quadrilaterals as you can. Each quadrilateral you find will be worth a certain amount of points. Of course, the more common quadrilaterals (squares and rectangles) will be worth less, and the more obscure, rare ones (rhombus, trapezium etc.) will be worth more. Find the points scoring system below:

 

Rectangle – 1 point

Square – 2 points

Rhombus – 3 points

Kite – 4 points

Parallelogram – 5 points

Trapezium – 6 points

 

Collect as much as you can and tally up your points at the end. If you can’t pick it up (e.g. your TV), it doesn’t mean it can’t count. Maybe just take a photo of it!

By the end of the hunt, you might just end up finding loads of squares and rectangles, but it’s about who can find the most! I’ll be really intrigued to see if anyone can find a trapezium!

 

Creative Challenge – Science

I hope you enjoyed last week’s activity. I loved seeing some of your cup telephones last week on Seesaw! Today I have posted a musical science challenge. The sheet has lots of ideas for making some musical instruments, as well as some interesting links too. Think carefully about how the vibrations happen and what is going on to make the sound. I personally love the wind chime activity, although I know this may require some additional items being collected.

Now, having shakers / drums being played all day is not exactly every parents’ idea of a relaxing and peaceful day working with you all! So please limit playing them for everyone’s sake! On a serious note, lots of you will have parents that need to work from home so please remember this. Instruments to be played at times designated by parents.

 

Have a great day. I hope you get out in the sunshine and maybe have a go at some of the physical challenges!

 

Mr Codd

National School Sport Week - Youth Sport Trust Challenges

Creative Challenge - Science

Mr Jennings – Tuesday 22nd June

 

Good morning!

 

Hopefully your Mondays were productive and kicked you back into your learning routine! It’s really important to start the week as you mean to go on, so a strong Monday can make all the difference. So can a strong Tuesday, so here are today’s challenges:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

Yesterday, I saw a lot of you make a great start with your quadrilaterals. Hopefully you’ve stuck them somewhere in your house where you will see them a lot! Today, we’re going to deepen your understanding of their properties, as well as have some fun (if you’re up for it of course!)

 

Activity 1 – Guess Who?

If you look back on the PowerPoint I sent yesterday, on one of the slides there is an activity where you are given clues about a quadrilateral, that you then need to guess. (E.g. I have 2 pairs of equal sides, I have 2 pairs of parallel sides… WHAT AM I?)

 

Today, I would like you to write your own sets of clues for each quadrilateral you studied yesterday and test them out on someone else in your house. You’ll need to remind yourself of the properties of each shape beforehand before then trying to write at least 4 clues for each shape.

 

The key to writing good clues is to not reveal a key property that will be too obvious and give away the shape in the first few clues; leave it until the end!

 

Your challenge is to post your clues for one of your shapes on Seesaw for me to take on. I’ve been teaching these at school so anything less than 100% would be shameful on my part!

 

Activity 2 – Quadrilateral hunt

Once you’ve revised your properties of each quadrilateral with Activity 1, you can now have some fun with the quadrilateral hunt! This is how it works:

 

Around your house, we would like you to find as many real life examples of quadrilaterals as you can. Each quadrilateral you find will be worth a certain amount of points. Of course, the more common quadrilaterals (squares and rectangles) will be worth less, and the more obscure, rare ones (rhombus, trapezium etc.) will be worth more. Find the points scoring system below:

 

Rectangle – 1 point

Square – 2 points

Rhombus – 3 points

Kite – 4 points

Parallelogram – 5 points

Trapezium – 6 points

 

Collect as much as you can and tally up your points at the end. If you can’t pick it up (e.g. your TV), it doesn’t mean it can’t count. Maybe just take a photo of it!

 

By the end of the hunt, you might just end up finding loads of squares and rectangles, but it’s about who can find the most! I’ll be really intrigued to see if anyone can find a trapezium!

 

I’d love to know what your final scores were and see a photograph with what you gathered on your hunt. Just make sure to put everything back where you found it! I once stole all my mum’s drinks coasters once to use as Frisbees and lost them all in the garden. She definitely wasn’t too pleased, so don’t be like me and make sure you keep track of everything!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Today we would like you to focus on page 19 of the Mission Possible booklet. This is a comprehension style activity using an extract from ‘Never Say Die’ by Anthony Horowitz. Some of the concepts and vocabulary may prove a bit tricky, so it would be useful to talk through your understanding of what you read with an adult.

 

You will see the main focus of the activity is on character, in particular the mysterious lady who appears half way through the extract. She is described brilliantly in this piece as it gives huge clues as to the type of character she is.

 

I’d like you to answer the questions at the bottom of the page first, before then attempting to draw the image of the woman that has been created in your head. You could draw one picture of her, or you could do several versions, including close ups of her face, which is described in brilliant detail. You could also label these drawings with the parts of the text that helped create that image in your mind.

 

This is a great example of how to introduce a villain, so do make sure to complete the box at the bottom where you can magpie some of the best lines and ideas. Hopefully, this example will show you the kinds of physical and behavioural details that can be key to describing a character effectively.

 

Wellness Challenge

As always, Miss Horne has us covered here! You always put great effort and creativity into these activities, so I am hoping you have some energy left for today’s challenge. Head over to the Year 3 page for more info!

 

School Sport Week

This week is National School Sport Week. We usually celebrate this in school with a range of visitors and fun activities based around PE and School Sport. Obviously we can’t have this at the moment, but don’t worry all of the fun experiences will happen at some point when we all get back to school again!

 

Mr Codd has posted some ‘Rainbow Challenge Cards’ for you to have a go at, at home today. This will hopefully keep you moving during your time at home this week, and helps us to celebrate National School Sport Week! Look out for more challenges to come over the next week or so.

 

Enjoy your day!

 

Mr Jennings J

 

 

Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Mr Codd

 

Happy Tuesday one and all!

 

I hope you got back into the swing of work yesterday after the weekend.

This week is National School Sport Week. We usually celebrate this in school with a range of visitors and fun activities based around PE and School Sport. Obviously we can’t have this at the moment, but don’t worry all of the fun experiences will happen at some point when we all get back to school again!

I have posted some ‘Rainbow Challenge Cards’ for you to have a go at, at home today. This will hopefully keep you moving during your time at home this week, and helps us to celebrate National School Sport Week! Look out for more challenges to come over the next week or so.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

I hope you enjoyed having fun with the name generator activity yesterday! It was a real chance to be very creative with your work and know how the likes of David Walliams, find the creative process of writing stories! Today I’d like you to narrow down your character choices. Please complete pages 19 and 20. Creating a character profile is a brilliant way of getting to know your characters. JK Rowling for example always says that she felt like she knew Harry Potter personally before she wrote about him. Don’t worry if you change your mind about your characters at a later date, until you write your story you can always adapt! The pages today focus on your main characters, or the ‘good guys,’ but feel free to start thinking about your ‘bad guys’ too!

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

Today is a chance to get online and test out your Mathletics skills. Head over to the website to try out the activities. We will be completing our own challenges tomorrow in school, so if you complete yours and you are online between 11 – 12, you may be able to go in the ‘live’ and play against your friends!

 

Creative Challenge – Wellness

We have had some fantastic Wellness activities over the past few weeks. I love seeing what Miss Horne has been up to, and what you guys do to complete the challenges! Head over to Miss Horne’s post to see what she has in store for us today. (It’s one of my favourites!!)

 

Have a good day everyone, and good luck with the ‘Rainbow Challenges’ especially! Please let me know how you get on with them on Seesaw!

 

Mr Codd

Trafford School Sports Partnership - Rainbow Games Challenges

Monday 22nd June 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hello Guys!

Well it’s the start of a new week, and I hope you are all raring to go.

Yesterday of course was Father’s Day, I hope that you celebrated your Father’s if you could do so. My children were very excited to wake me up (FAR too early haha) and give me some lovely cards, and an awesome present. What is it you ask? A new Playstation? A pair of trainers? The keys to my own Ferarri? No. Because since I became a Dad I crave other items. Miraculously, my desires changed…I got a new toolbox! You’ll probably hear all about it over the next few weeks…

Anyway, I hope you had a good weekend in general. I managed to bump into one or two of the Lower Key Stage 2 children on Saturday, it was fantastic to see you, we are hoping we may have some more Zoom calls over the next couple of weeks so I can see some more of you again. Miss you all loads.

Here is today’s learning:

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

Last week we focused on three sided shapes; this week we will be focusing on those with 4 sides. These are called QUADRILATERALS. How many do you think you could name right now, before you even take on the activity?

Well, what we would like you to do today is to go through the PowerPoint attached below and see for yourself all the different types of quadrilaterals. Some you will be very familiar with and others you may have never heard of before. Once you have gone through this, we would like you to draw each type of quadrilateral for yourself, as big as you like, colour it in and record all of its key properties (e.g. how many equal sides, right angles etc.) This is quite a simple task, but by drawing each shape, we hope you will have to think more carefully about what makes each quadrilateral unique. The colours will help you to tell them apart too!

Once you’ve done this, you then need to put each shape in a place around your house, somewhere where you are going to see them a lot. This will ensure that you get constant reminders of the names and properties wherever you go! Make sure you check with your parents where you put your diagrams! This week will be full of quadrilateral work, so if you are constantly reading about them, you’re going to find this useful.

When reading through some of the quadrilaterals’ properties, you may come across PARALLEL AND PERPENDICULAR lines. I have attached an activity sheet that will help with your understanding of these terms. There is also this YouTube clip here which helps to explain quite clearly (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUBVEyzxn7s)

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

Today we would like you to complete pages 16, 17 and 18. We are going to ask you to get your creative thinking caps on! Over these pages you will learn about what it takes to create a good character name. A good story always has characters with great names. A name should tell you a lot about what somebody is like, before they have even spoken. The choice of words, or even the choice of letters and sounds can form your impression of a character. So, see what you can come up with for both heroes and villains and share the best with us on Seesaw.

 

Creative Challenge – History

I had a chat with Mr Jennings about today History task late last week, and I have to say I’m really excited today’s activity. I know a few interesting facts about a few very famous companies and some of them are amazing. It’s so interesting to know about how they started! I hope you enjoy it too. See Mr Jennings post to find out what we are up to.

 

Good luck with all of your tasks today,

 

Mr Codd

Mr Jennings – Monday 22nd June

 

Hello!

 

I hope you enjoyed your weekend and that you are all feeling safe and well. I also hope that you managed to enjoy a nice Father’s day with your families and that you spoiled your Dads as best you could.

 

It was my Dad’s birthday on Saturday and then, of course, he had Father’s day on Sunday. It’s my Mum’s birthday this Sunday too! Pray for my wallet…

 

Anyways, here are today’s learning challenges:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

Last week we focused on three sided shapes; this week we will be focusing on those with 4 sides. These are called QUADRILATERALS. How many do you think you could name right now, before you even take on the activity?

 

Well, what we would like you to do today is to go through the PowerPoint attached below and see for yourself all the different types of quadrilaterals. Some you will be very familiar with and others you may have never heard of before. Once you have gone through this, we would like you to draw each type of quadrilateral for yourself, as big as you like, colour it in and record all of its key properties (e.g. how many equal sides, right angles etc.) This is quite a simple task, but by drawing each shape, we hope you will have to think more carefully about what makes each quadrilateral unique. The colours will help you to tell them apart too!

 

Once you’ve done this, you then need to stick each shape in a place around your house where you are going to see them a lot. This week will be full of quadrilateral work, so if you are constantly reading about them, you’re going to find this useful. For example, I would stick my shapes on the fridge and my Xbox, as there they would definitely get a lot of attention! Make sure you check where to stick them (and how!) with a parent first though.

 

When reading through some of the quadrilaterals’ properties, you may come across PARALLEL AND PERPENDICULAR lines. I have attached an activity sheet that will help with your understanding of these terms. There is also this YouTube clip here which helps to explain quite clearly (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUBVEyzxn7s)

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Today we would like you to complete pages 16, 17 and 18, and they might be my favourite activities so far as you get to be creative. Over these pages you will learn about what it takes to create a good character name. A good story always has characters with great names. A name should tell you a lot about what somebody is like, before they have even spoken. The choice of words, or even the choice of letters and sounds can form your impression of a character. So, see what you can come up with for both heroes and villains and share the best with me on Seesaw.

 

 

History Challenge

For this week’s history challenge, I have decided to go in a slightly different direction. You have done a great job focusing on significant historical figures, but for a change this week, we will be looking at significant brands/companies that you all know well!

Every day you probably see or hear about these companies, but never think about how they started and how they got to be as big as they are now. So that is the aim of today’s activity!

 

There are a range of activities to choose from this week that are different to normal. Some activities, you will notice, have an asterisk (*) underneath them; these are the more creative challenges. If you decide to take on one of these, make sure you are doing some research too and gather between 5-10 key facts about your company also, focusing on their history and what they were like in the past.

 

Good luck!

 

Happy learning!

 

Mr Jennings :) 

19th June 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hello!

Its Friday! That hopefully means another week gone by where you have managed to complete some school tasks. It also means pizza for me tonight! Friday night, as you will know is ‘Party Night’ in Mr Codd’s house! I hope you have time to relax over the weekend and do lots of things that you enjoy, before we get back to our learning on Monday. It’s so important to dedicate time in the week for this.

 

I miss you, and I think about you all every day. This morning I sat in the classroom for five minutes and pictured you all in your places, chatting to your friends, or asking me a question that either made me laugh, made me proud to be your teacher, or, (very occasionally of course,) made me have to Google the answer! Whether we are at home or at school, we’re still a team. A good thought to remember throughout today.

 

Good luck with all of your tasks.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

There are many reasons to look forward to Friday, as I mentioned above. Another reason however is our ‘Maths Mystery Fridays!’ Today we present ‘The Mystery of the Cloakroom Chaos…’ It’s not new learning, but great revision for what we have already done. I should also advise that you see Mr Jennings post for today, as he has posted a couple of cool triangles activities for us all.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

I hope you are enjoying the story we are working on at the minute. I know that it can be quite challenging to go over the learning of the story structure a lot in the beginning, but it is such an important part of the process before we get round to writing our own version.

Today, we move onto the next pages in your booklet working up until page 15. This will see you focus on each of the main characters in the story. Fill in each character profile as accurately as you can, using as many of the details from the text as you can. If there are some parts of the profile that aren’t mentioned in the story, then you have the freedom to use your imagination and make up your own facts about each character. This could be really interesting as you add your own twist on the character! (I’d love to see some ideas on Seesaw…I cannot tell you how much you all used to inspire and amaze me with your ideas back in school!)

You could add extra sections like ‘where do they live’ to your character profiles if you wish. Thinking about all of these different questions will give you a really deep understanding of who each character is.

 

Creative Challenge – PE

As you know my coordinator role in school is Physical Education. I am so passionate about you all keeping physically fit and healthy! Today I am going to set you some more physical challenges. After todays washout weather-wise, I’m not sure what the weather will be like today but hopefully you can do them at some point, maybe even over the weekend.

 

I have set some challenges to try, but if anyone wants an additional task, then I call on all of you budding sports enthusiasts to design a fitness workout or obstacle course. The routine or course should try and use equipment we have in school (cones, hoops, ropes, spots, balls etc) It would be great to see it designed on paper, and loaded up to Seesaw if possible. I have a small list of people waiting for school games badges when we get back to school. Maybe you could add your name to that list?

 

Have a good day everyone,

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Numeracy Task

Mr Jennings – Friday 19th June

 

It’s Friday!

 

That means you’ve managed to complete another week’s learning successfully. At the end of the week, I think it is always good to reflect on what you have done, otherwise your brain will just let all of the information you’ve packed in there slip away! What are three facts/pieces of information you won’t forget from this week? Surely the ‘ugly duckling’ scalene triangle must be one of them?!

 

Anyways, whilst it’s important to look back, let’s look forward! Here are today’s challenges:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

I’ve enjoyed setting some new numeracy learning this week; hopefully you have embraced triangles to the fullest! It has SHAPED up to be a great week! Here are some fun triangle based activities you could take on as an extra this weekend if you wish:

 

TRIANGLE SPLAT

Shoot the correct triangles in a limited amount of time. What will your high score be?!

https://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/geometry/shapeshoot/triangles_shoot.htm

 

HOW MANY TRIANGLES CAN YOU SEE?

Check out the picture I have posted below. How many triangles can you find? I'm confident you won't see them all! Answers can be found here: https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/math/a30706968/viral-triangle-brain-teaser-solved/

 

Right, now for the ACTUAL activity…

 

This week we have another maths mystery for you: ‘The Mystery of the Cloakroom Chaos’! Whilst this is not new learning as we have been doing, these mysteries are great revision of things already covered and it allows a bit of a break between our new learning from week to week. On Monday, we will be back on the shape train! So until then, focus on cracking this case!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

Hopefully the story is starting to become more embedded in your memory. Normally, we recite these stories using actions to help us remember the plot. At our best, we have been able to recite FULL stories, just like this one. How much of it can you remember now? Lots? Not much? If you can’t remember that much, can you think why this is? Could you even make your own story map/actions to help?

 

Today, we move onto the next pages in your booklet working up until page 15. This will see you focus on each of the main characters in the story. Fill in each character profile as accurately as you can, using as many of the details from the text as you can. If there are some parts of the profile that aren’t mentioned in the story, then you have the freedom to use your imagination and make up your own facts about each character. For example, in my head, Dodgy Roger lives in his mum’s cellar and smells of baked beans!

 

You could add extra sections like ‘where do they live’ to your character profiles if you wish. Thinking about all of these different questions will give you a really deep understanding of who each character is.

 

I have noticed some of you on Seesaw going ahead in the booklet, and this is absolutely fine to work at your own pace. Just make sure that you aren’t losing a good recall of the text by moving a bit faster!

 

P.E Challenge

This week Mr Codd might need to be creative and think of some indoor P.E! This terrible weather isn’t helping us stay active. Head over to his post to see how he intends to overcome the conditions.

 

Enjoy your weekend everybody! Speak to you very soon!

 

Mr Jennings :)

How many triangles can you see?

Thursday 18th June 2020

Mr Codd

 

Good Morning Everyone!

 

Another day done, and hopefully another successful day of home learning for you all. Seesaw continues to be such a great thing for all of your teachers to have a look at. The things you post are superb; a fantastic mix of great effort on home learning as well as fun things you may have been up to! Please keep posting the pictures and articles.

 

I’ll leave you to get on with today’s tasks which you can find below.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

I really hope you are continuing to immerse yourself in the story we are working on. Remember that we usually do a story map to help us to learn the story off by heart so that we can use the structure. While we can’t do this at the minute, it’s really important to try and complete the tasks. You could even draw your own story map to help you remember! (We could use some of your good examples for inspiration when we use this story in a couple of years’ time!) Today I would like you to revisit yesterday’s task, specifically the vocabulary challenge. Choose 3 of the words that you found most challenging and write 2 different sentences including them. This is a great way to learn new vocabulary, with the view of using it in the future. The option is there to do more, but I do not expect you to do this!

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

I hope you are enjoying learning about triangles this week. I always find Shape to be an interesting subject to study, especially triangles! Don’t forget you can revise properties of triangles by revisiting Mr Jennings post from yesterday, and looking through the Powerpoint if you need a quick reminder. (always useful!)

Today I have set you a ‘Types of Triangles’ sheet, as well as a task that requires you to label the triangles, (and also challenges you to draw lines of symmetry in them!) We haven’t covered symmetry yet, we hopefully will soon, so don’t worry too much about doing this.  I completely understand that some of you may not have a printer, but you can always replicate the triangles with drawings, or come up with your own labelling system in your home learning books. The key point is to practise your skills. Apparently knowledge of triangles often appears as a sneaky question in the year 6 SAT’s, so if you saw Mrs Warrens post today about ‘preparing for the future,’ you’ll be ready for anything!

 

Creative Challenge – Art

I hope you enjoyed learning about the mysterious Banksy last week. He certainly provides lots of discussion points! Miss Horne is back again with an art task for you today. It’s time to head over to her post and get creative!

 

Have a good day everyone, and work hard! It’s almost the weekend!

Mr Codd

Mr Jennings – Thursday 18th June

 

Good morning!

 

I hope you’re well! I’m sure you’re all just as excited as I am that football is back in our lives (or not…!) I’m writing this before any of the games kick off, so I’m in a relatively good mood. If City lose tonight though, it might be a different matter…

 

Football got me wondering though about other things that you might be missing, or have missed during lockdown. Are any of you thinking about something in particular? Hopefully you will get to see/do it soon!

 

Let’s crack on with today’s learning though, shall we?!

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

Today, we are going to complete a bit more triangle work. Depending on how you found Tuesday’s activity, you have a choice between two challenges today.

 

If you think you need a bit more work on just identifying triangles, then complete one of (or both) of the practice sheets below.

 

If you felt confident about telling the triangles apart, then feel free to take on the second sheet, which is aimed more at developing a deeper understanding of each type of triangle.

 

If you need a bit of reminder of which triangle is which, check out the clip below. This will be stuck in your head all day long. Sorry parents!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQUTVgT9RXY

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Yesterday, you completed the vocabulary activity on p.10. It is one thing to read and recognise a word, but you show you truly understand it when you then use it in your own writing. So, with this in mind, I would like you to choose the words you were most unfamiliar with (a maximum of 3 - don’t do more or you won’t remember them!) and write two sentences for each word to show its meaning. This will mean 6 sentences in total. This may not take long, and the sentences don’t need to be long and beautiful, it just needs to MAKE SENSE!

 

Do make sure to push yourself though, and don’t just go for the words you already knew!

 

Or, if you had a good idea about most of them, then choose the ones you were unsure with: the ones you wouldn’t bet your house on, as I like to say!

Hopefully, after this you can add these words to your vocabulary and begin to use them more regularly.

 

Art Challenge

Another week, another artist. Hopefully the identity of this week’s artist is known! Head over to Miss Horne’s page for the big reveal!

 

It’s almost Friday now, keep it up! We're all so proud of you and miss you lots!

 

Happy learning!

 

Mr Jennings :)

Wednesday 17th June 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all ok, and keeping going with all of your home learning. The weather was a bit dull yesterday wasn’t it? We almost swam out of school yesterday! Ah well, let’s hope the sunshine comes back soon!

So, Tonight’s bedtime question to me, delivered by Alex, was:

‘Would you rather be an Eagle or a Lion?’

What a question. I don’t know where it came from, but I’m throwing it over to you. So before you start on today’s tasks, have a good think about it!

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task.

This half term, we will try and set some new learning. These will be concepts that we haven’t covered before in school, and so I will try very hard to provide PowerPoints or other help that will introduce the activities to you. I know that lots of you have parents that are busy working at home, so if you can read through the support carefully and have a go yourself that would be great. This will reflect the learning that Mr Jennings and I are covering in class. Miss Horne will post unrelated revision lesson posts every day, so if anything isn’t clear on the new learning, there will always be something new to have a go at, as well as the extra activities posted at the top of the class pages, and Mathletics and Numbots! Phew! Lots for you to get stuck into.

 

Today, I would like you to head to Mr Jennings post from yesterday (Tuesday 16th June 2020) There is a wealth of activities all based around Triangles! We are looking at Shape over the next few days. Use the lesson PowerPoint. I know that some of you might have decided to get stuck into this yesterday, so there should be more Mathletics posted for you if you have completed this already.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

I hope that you are enjoying Mission:Possible. We continued to work on this yesterday, as I hope you did. I thought some of the questions were quite tricky, particularly the True and False section! Today we’d like you to work on Page 9 and 10. This is a story mountain and ordering events, to really get a good idea of the story content and structure.

 

Creative Challenge – Science

We’re back on Science today. I hope you enjoyed beginning our ‘Sound’ learning last week. If you managed to look through the Powerpoint then you will have seen how sound travels. Some of you may have seen some thunder and lightning this week. This is a brilliant example of light traveling faster than sound!

Today, I have attached a Powerpoint to help you learn all about one of the most famous Scientists of all time…Alexander Graham Bell. Does the name ring any ‘bells?’ (Sorry) I won’t say anymore except that you will gain a great insight into how we know so much about sound in modern times. A true Science hero!

I have also attached a home learning Science sheet. This has got a couple of cool little experiments, including the famous ‘Paper Cup and String Telephone!’ It would be great if you could have a go at this over the next week or so. (I understand that you may not have all the materials to hand right now.) We have already had a go at the spoon and string one on a home learning task, so your knowledge of vibrations should already be ‘sound’ (haha…anyone get that one?)

 

Have a good day everyone!

 

Mr Codd

Mr Jennings – Wednesday 17th June

 

Good morning!

 

As always, I hope you are well! Today, I think I am just going to jump straight into telling you what your learning tasks are! Here we go!

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

Today, I have set you 3 activities on Mathletics. One of them will be some revision of your triangle work from yesterday, and the other two will be about telling the time. There is some 24-hour time in there which we haven’t quite covered yet, but just have a go. We may come back to this over the next few weeks!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zwTu1-GzAA Here is a clip that may help with 24-hour time.

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

This is now day three of our work on Mission Possible. How much of the story can you remember? Are there any key sentences, or phrases, that stick in your head? This will be the test of how well you are reading!

 

Today, I would like you to complete pages 9 and 10 in the booklet, which will help you understand the structure of the story as well as some of the tricky vocabulary! Don’t just look at the words on their own though! Remember, you need to use the sentence they are in, or maybe the sentence/paragraph before or after to help you have an educated guess.

 

Science Challenge

Last week, we made great strides in our understanding of Sound. What can you remember from last week? Hit facts back and forth with someone else in your house to help you revise what we did.

 

Hopefully, we can build on this further today and learn something new! Check out Mr Codd’s post for more details!

 

Enjoy your day!

Mr Jennings

 

 

Tuesday 16th June 2020

Mr Codd

 

Good Morning one and all!

(I realised today that some of you might not do your work in the morning, so good afternoon, if that applies to you!)

I hope you are all well and that your families are too. Virtual hands up now…who looked after, helped and celebrated your ‘home school teachers’ yesterday?... (I really hope you did.) Remember, it’s hard for your helpers to try and fit in with the ways that you learn. You could liken it to me going and having a go at brain surgery, or being a skateboard champion, or perhaps joining Little Mix and performing at The Manchester Arena. (What a thought haha!) Basically, it’s hard to do. I hope you are working as a team in your home learning.

So we are all set to go on another day of learning. I’m going to get the capital letters out now and say KEEP GOING. You probably don’t even realise the wonderful effort that you are putting into your learning at the moment, or the determination that you are showing. You are all amazing!

I miss you all loads. Good luck with your learning today.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

Yesterday you read over the story Mission Possible for the first time and gave your thoughts on it. You all have the booklet now, so if your parents want to have a quick look in advance at what you might need to do over the next few days and weeks, the resource is there. You can even have a sneak peek at what we might be up to, to prepare yourselves and start thinking!

I loved this story, I finished it and couldn’t believe so much had happened in only three pages! Today, we would like you to read through the story again (aloud as this helps you understand the drama!) before then moving on to complete pages 7 and 8. This is an activity I like to call ‘Liar, Liar’, where you need to find proof from the text to show that you understand the story and can spot lies from a mile away! Finding evidence is a key reading skill that we all need to master, so this should be great practice.

These activities may seem simple now, but their aim is to help you memorise as much of the text as possible. And this isn’t just the plot, but the language and sentences structures too! Getting a clear understanding of the story will be so vital when we come to do some writing of our own.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

Today is Mathletics challenge day. You may find that the tasks we set are revision of things you have done before, or we may even send tasks that you have done before for another go. If this happens don’t worry, you haven’t done anything wrong! Once we begin work on a new theme, we will try and reflect this in the Mathletics tasks.

 

Creative Challenge – Wellness

Miss Horne is here again with the Wellness Activity. I’ve mentioned it before, but it is my favourite activity of the week. It’s so important to stop and focus on your wellbeing. Doing so today will hopefully set you up to finish the week strong!

 

Have a good day everyone.

 

Mr Codd

Mr Jennings – Tuesday 16th June

 

Good morning!

 

I saw some great learning yesterday from so many of you. My fingers were steaming after replying to so many of you on Seesaw. It is really pleasing that you keep in touch with us all, and we can celebrate some of the excellent work you continue to do! See below for what today has in store:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

Firstly, well done to everyone who took on yesterday’s ‘Shopping List’ challenge. I was quite annoyed at myself though as I didn’t seem to explain the final challenges properly! I wasn’t asking for the most expensive/cheapest items on MY list, as that was a bit too simple!

 

I was asking, if you could buy ANY food item from a shop, what is the most expensive/cheapest you could buy? This means you can think of anything! The best answer we had yesterday was ‘zucchini’.

 

I’d love for you all to have another go, because I know some of you love competition, and I let you down with my explanation. You don’t have to though, as this is a bit of an extra to the task I am about to explain.

 

As some of you will now be at home for much longer than first planned, like I said last week, we will be looking to now steer away from some of the activities that were repeated over last half term. Some of them may come back every now and again, but mainly we will now be focusing on some new learning.

 

I have looked at some of the topics we haven’t covered this year and have decided to send home the ones that aren’t too taxing, beginning with shape. As this is a new concept, you may need to use the resources we provide to help yourself learn the information before you take on the activities. All we ask you to do is have a go and try your best. If you find this is a bit tricky to do on your own, then you could always substitute this for another teacher’s maths activity, go on to Mathletics or access one of the extra resources at the top of the page. Any maths is better than no maths!

 

So with this in mind, today we will begin by focusing on triangles. Before you focus on this though, as a bit of a starter activity, can you complete the ‘Name the 2D shape’ sheet I have attached below. Don’t worry if you don’t know them all and you leave some blank, you don’t need to research them. As we complete our learning, you can fill in your missing spaces after each lesson! Be careful though, as even though some shapes may look the same, none of them are!

 

Following this, flick through the attached PowerPoint on different types of triangles (yes, there are different types – can you guess which one I call the ‘ugly duckling’?) before completing a choice of the worksheets provided. You can either complete the 1 and 2 star ‘Comparing Triangle’ sheets, or if you prefer something a bit more practical, you can complete the ‘Sorting Triangles’ sheets, which requires you to cut and stick.

 

Extension: How many types of triangle could you make using the people in your house?! Is there only one?

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Yesterday you read over the story Mission Possible for the first time and gave your thoughts on it. Today, we would like you to read through the story again (aloud as this helps you understand the drama!) before then moving on to complete pages 7 and 8. This is an activity I like to call ‘Liar, Liar’, where you need to find proof from the text to show that you understand the story and can spot lies from a mile away! Finding evidence is a key reading skill that we all need to master, so this should be great practice.

 

These activities may seem simple now, but their aim is to help you memorise as much of the text as possible. And this isn’t just the plot, but the language and sentences structures too!

 

Feel free to post some of the questions you may write on page 8 for me on Seesaw! I would hope I know the story as well as you do, although I know some of you would love to catch me out…

 

Wellness Activity

Hopefully you are focusing on your wellness a bit every day, but Tuesday is the day to give it even more attention. Head over to Miss Horne’s post to see how she plans on helping you focus on it today!

 

Happy learning!

 

Mr Jennings :) 

Monday 15th June 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hello Everyone,

 

I hope you had a good weekend! We are all set to go for another week of learning. By now, you will all have covered a huge amount of work at home. I had a thought today that while NHS workers have rightfully been applauded for their incredible work, and the country has shown huge appreciation for other key workers, there are a group of people who also deserve a huge round of applause. That’s right, your home teachers!

 

Remember today, to thank who ever helps you, or keeps an eye on your learning at home. They have had to learn how be a teacher very quickly…and they are doing a great job!

 

I hope you enjoy today’s learning tasks.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

Today we are going to revise some of the fractions work that we covered earlier in the year. I think you’ll find today’s task quite straightforward if you can stick to the rules of adding fractions. A little reminder is that the Numerator is added together and this will change, but the denominator stays the same number. Which is which? Well I hope you can remember from our work in school! (If not…the internet is a brilliant invention haha!)

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

As I mentioned last week, you will now start to see some changes to the learning activity schedule I got into place last half term. In Literacy, I used to set you a variety of different activities that changed on a day to day basis. Some of these challenges may still pop up from time to time, but mostly we will now be asking you to work through a new Talk For Writing home-learning pack that revolves around a story called: ‘Mission Possible’. (Sounds cool already, I know!)

Most days, we will ask you to work through this activity booklet, and will direct you to work up to a certain point/page. Our hope is that we can now work towards something, and build up our learning on a day to day basis. And don’t worry, in school we will be following the exact same booklet and working up to the exact same point! Perfectly in sync!

Talk For Writing have released a variety of story packs like this that were created specifically for home learning. This means that these are activities that you can complete at home, without needing the detailed input of a teacher or school. The work book will explain all the activities in detail and if you follow these instructions, you should make good progress through the challenges.

So, today, to kick things off, all we would like you to do is read the story (pages 3-5) and complete the activities on page 6, where you are just reacting to what you have read. Nice and easy!

Of course you could race ahead and do more, but these activities are designed to be short and repetitive. I think you will benefit from doing a little every day, and continually interacting with the story, as opposed to doing lots every now and again. Our main aim is to embed the story and memorise as much of it as possible.

Unlike Mr Jennings, who was but a boy when Spy Kids was released, I didn’t see it until recently! It’s such a fun film though! So, after you’ve done today’s activities, maybe you can go and watch it, or go and find some clips on YouTube. It will help your imagination and potentially give you ideas for future activities!

 

Creative Challenge – History

Mr Jennings has set today’s History challenge. History in general is an amazing subject to study. We can learn so much about modern life through the Historical events and people who have helped to shape the world we live in today. I’m looking forward to seeing what Mr Jennings has in store for us.

 

Good luck with all of your tasks today.

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Numeracy Task - 15th June 2020

Mr Codd's Literacy Task - 15th June 2020

Mr Jennings – Monday 15th June

 

Good morning!

 

A brand new week brings with it some fresh opportunities to learn something new. But you won’t remember what you learn if you don’t look back and reflect on it! When you get the chance, flick through your home learning book and remind yourselves of the things you’ve learnt. Did you remember all of it? What had you forgotten? How will you remember it better now?

You better leave some room in your brain for some new information though. Here are today’s tasks!

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

Today, I am going to be setting you something I like to call the ‘Shopping List’ challenge. This might be something that pops up every now and again, and similar to your activities towards the end of last week, it will really focus on your ability to add MENTALLY. Too often we become very reliant on writing down our numbers and using the column method, when really, we need to be able to work in our head too!

So, here’s how it works! I want you to imagine every letter of the alphabet is worth an amount of money. This all depends on where that letter comes in the alphabet. For example, the letter ‘a’ = 1p the letter ‘b’ = 2p and the letter ‘z’ would be worth 26p. You may want to write out all your letters and their values to help you remember them!

 

Once you’ve worked this out, it is your job to look at the shopping list I have provided, with a variety of items, and work out how much they cost based on the letters they contain.

 

For example, bread costs 2p+18p+5p+1p+4p=30p.

 

Here is my list from this weekend:

  • Bag
  • Egg
  • Ham
  • Tea
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Bacon
  • Banana
  • Pizza
  • Mushrooms

 

COMPETITION: There are some great extra activities to take on with this list, and I am challenging you to compete with everybody else to find out:

 

What is the most expensive item you could buy?

What is the cheapest item you could buy?

 

Only choose one of the questions as your challenge and then post your answer on Seesaw. I will announce the winner in tomorrow’s post! Good luck!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

As I mentioned last week, you will now start to see some changes to the learning activity schedule I got into place last half term. In literacy, I used to set you a variety of different activities that changed on a day to day basis. Some of these challenges may still pop up from time to time, but mostly we will now be asking you to work through a new Talk For Writing home-learning pack that revolves around a story called: ‘Mission Possible’. (Sounds cool already, I know!)

 

Most days, we will ask you to work through this activity booklet, and will direct you to work up to a certain point/page. Our hope is that we can now work towards something, and build up our learning on a day to day basis. And don’t worry, in school we will be following the exact same booklet and working up to the exact same point! Perfectly in sync!

 

Talk For Writing have released a variety of story packs like this that were created specifically for home learning. This means that these are activities that you can complete at home, without needing the detailed input of a teacher or school. The work book will explain all the activities in detail and if you follow these instructions, you should make good progress through the challenges.

 

So, today, to kick things off, all we would like you to do is read the story (pages 3-5) and complete the activities on page 6, where you are just reacting to what you have read. Nice and easy!

 

Of course you could race ahead and do more, but these activities are designed to be short and repetitive. I think you will benefit from doing a little every day, and continually interacting with the story, as opposed to doing lots every now and again. Our main aim is to embed the story and memorise as much of it as possible.

 

I do hope you enjoy the story as it reminds me of one of my favourite films when I was growing up: Spy Kids! So, after you’ve done today’s activities, maybe you can go and watch it, or go and find some clips on YouTube. It will help your imagination and potentially give you ideas for future activities!

 

History Challenge

As you will be aware, currently there has been a lot of attention on the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement all across the world. This is in response to the racism that continues to harm and disadvantage many black people in many different countries.

 

In order to help this cause, one of the most important things we can do is learn and educate ourselves on the events of the past. Only through improving our understanding of racism and how it has developed over time, can we then begin to erase it from our societies and provide an even platform for people of all backgrounds to live happy and successful lives.

 

So, with this in mind, this week’s historical figures are all individuals who have made important contributions to the black community’s fight for equality. Can you find out why they were so important in helping black people fight for justice?

 

As always, do your research and then feel free to represent your learning in your own way. (See attached document below)

 

Mr Jennings :)

Friday 12th June 2020

Mr Codd

 

Happy Friday everyone!

I hope you have had a good week of learning, I’m sure you are ready for a rest this weekend! If ever there was an example of me struggling to know what day it is, then yesterday was it, where I believe I said it was the 10th June...sorry it was the 11th. I think I’ve got todays date right!...Haha!

Let’s finish the week well with one more day of learning. The Seesaw posts keep rolling in and its great to sit at dinner time and have a look at what you’ve all been up to!

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Challenge –

Today we have set you the usual weekly Maths Mystery Challenge. We know these are a favourite, and today Mr Jennings and I have set a challenge. We will be busy working on it in school too. We haven’t covered much on area which is in todays task, but this one is simple…. count the squares! You may need some help on the equivalent fractions, but Mr Codd’s group covered some of this a few weeks ago. Good luck super sleuths, I have every faith in you to find the culprit!

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Challenge –

I hope you made a good start of your own ‘Sound Collector’ poem planning yesterday. Today is the day to write your finished poem. I would advise that you start with copying Roger McGough’s opening verse to get you going and then it’s up to you! You might find it useful to use the ‘of the’ in between your sound and your noun. (so, ‘The crunching of the flakes, the gurgle of the drain.’)

Don’t feel the need to stick strictly to McGough’s structure. Just have some fun!

 

Creative Challenge – PE

I have set you some physical challenges today. You might remember we mentioned that we wanted you to keep active a while back, but we didn’t set any specific challenges. I’ve attached some challenge cards for you to have a go at. Feel free to refer back to them when you can and want to. As always I’d love to see some examples on Seesaw. We need to make sure our future Willows athletes are in tip top condition when you all return to action!

 

Before you begin your physical challenges, I wonder how many of you saw that Manchester United and England footballer, Marcus Rashford, has done a stretch and move session on CBBC? I would encourage all of you to have a go his workout and I’ve posted the link below. Marcus can be considered as somewhat of a hero during our time away from school. He has raised millions of pounds to help children in need, making sure that they have enough to eat. He has even learned sign language, so he can go to a school for deaf children and judge a poetry competition, after our lockdown. I think fans of any football club would congratulate this kind of generous effort!

 

Marcus Rashford CBBC Workout - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000jycy/celebrity-supply-teacher-series-1-3-marcus-rashford-pe

 

Well done for keeping going this week. That’s one week done of the last half term of the year! Have a great weekend and I’ll speak to you again next week.

 

Mr Codd

Mr Jennings - Friday 12th June 

 

Happy Friday!

 

One week down already! I can’t quite believe it! You’ve all done such a brilliant job so far and have hit the ground running with your learning. It’s a real shame about some of the weather we have been having, but hopefully those cheesy grins you all have are still beaming and you are keeping yourselves busy inside.

 

These are your final learning tasks for the week now. Next week, we hope to have some different challenges that will maybe link together a bit better on a day to day basis. But for now, enjoy these tasks:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

On the Zoom chats, a lot of you mentioned how you enjoy the maths mysteries, so here is another one for you. As always, feel free to do it over a period of time. You don’t need to solve the mystery today!

 

This week is… THE MYSTERY AT THE SWIMMING BATHS (duh, duh duh!)

 

Can you crack the case?

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Hopefully you had a good go at thinking about all the sounds you find in the different rooms in your house yesterday. Today you are going to use those ideas to write your own version of the Sound Collector by Roger McGough you read yesterday.

 

You can borrow both his first and last verse (unless you can think of your own, which would absolutely blow me away!) and then write four verses in between, with each verse focusing on the sounds that would be stolen from each room in your house.

 

I have attached a Willows edition of the Sound Collector that we are working on at school. You will notice that there is a bit of rhyming in there. As you know poems don’t NEED to rhyme, but it helps them flow if they do. How many of your verses can you make rhyme?

 

I’d like everyone to attempt to make at least one verse rhyme, but if you fancy a real challenge (which I know some of you do!) then can all of your verses include rhyming couplets?

 

Write your poem up in neat, decorate it with some nice pictures and post it on Seesaw for me to read! I’m sure they’ll be great.

 

P.E challenge

Today, Mr Codd has a fitness based challenge for you all to tackle. Head over to his page to check out what he has in store for you!

 

Enjoy your weekend, and check back in on Monday for some history!

 

Mr Jennings :)

 

Thursday 10th June 2020

Mr Codd

 

Morning all!

I hope you got on ok with the tasks yesterday. Did you like the science learning? I hope so, it’s a little bit technical but next time you see some lightning and thunder, you’ll all know why you see the flash of lightning first!

Keep going with the home learning guys, you are doing so well. I hope by now you have managed to get into some form of routine, don’t forget to keep moving, and thinking about your general wellbeing. If anyone can send any Seesaw posts of physical activity that would be great (just so I know you are all still keeping active!)

Anyway, here are todays tasks, I hope that you enjoy them!

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

I have decided to split your writing task this week across two days. Today will be the planning stage and tomorrow the writing up! That should give you plenty of time to focus on planning some good ideas today. The subject links well with yesterday’s science topic too!

Today I would like you to read the poem ‘The Sound Collector’ by Roger McGough. It’s one of my favourite poems, and I have attached a document with the poem written down, and a link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIL0kgnxJIo) of the poet reading it out himself. (I think he does it brilliantly!)

For today’s task, all you need to do is split your page into four sections. This will represent four rooms of your house. You could even choose the garden! If you look at McGough’s poem he uses Onomatopoeia to write his verses. This is where the poet or author uses the actual sound that the object makes. For example, Roger McGough says ‘the gurgle of the drain.’ This is much better than ‘the noise of the drain.’ Try to use super sound words in your planning.

Each room or garden will form one verse of your poem tomorrow. You can copy McGoughs opening and ending verse if you like, or change them! More to come on that tomorrow. Don’t focus on rhyming too much, just getting some brilliant onomatopoeia into your planning.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

Today I have attached some word problems. They are great for practising your general skills. You need to read, and work out the maths that needs to be done! Think carefully, sometimes you will need to read the problem again. I’ve attached 2 sheets, choose which you’d like to do! Good Luck!

 

Creative Challenge – Art

Today’s art challenge has an element of ‘mystery’ about it. It features a modern day ‘Pop’ artist. Head to Miss Horne’s page to find out more.

 

I hope you have a good day guys, keep working hard. I miss you all.

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Literacy Resource

Mr Jennings - Thursday 11th June

 

Good morning!

 

Another day of learning done, and I hope it is starting to feel normal again! I’m still getting used to being back at school, but it’s not been easy. A 6am alarm is something I haven’t heard in a long long time! But now we’re back up and running, I feel productive again and am getting much more out of my days.

 

Speaking of which, let’s crack on with today’s learning tasks!

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

Hopefully you completed your Mathletics activities yesterday, and also found an opportunity to get onto TTRS too. It is still really important that you practise your times tables daily to keep them fresh in your mind!

 

Today, I have found a challenge that will help you to practise your mental arithmetic. These are called addition pyramids. In this two pairs of numbers add together to make the number above. There is an example at the top of the sheet I have posted below.

 

I would like you to complete either one or two sections depending on your confidence. If you take on A, you could definitely have a go at B. If you race through B, then C is probably well within your ability.

 

Try to focus on using mental methods for addition as opposed to going straight to the column method. We won’t always have paper to write a column down, so it is important to keep your mental strategies fresh in your mind!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

I have decided to tie our literacy for the next two days in with the science you completed yesterday afternoon!

Today I would like you to read the poem ‘The Sound Collector’ by Roger McGough. I have attached a document with the poem written down, and a link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIL0kgnxJIo) of the poet reading it out himself.

 

Tomorrow (Friday), I would like you to write your own version of the poem, about the sounds that would be stolen from your house. But today, you are going to plan this out and think through those sounds carefully.

 

I would like you to split your page in four, choose four rooms from your house and think of as many sounds as you can that you might find, or hear, in that room. Each room tomorrow will form one verse of your poem. The more you write down, the more choices you will have when you come to write your poem tomorrow, so don’t limit yourself!

 

However, I want you to work like Roger McGough and use something called ONOMATOPOEIA. This is where you write down the exact noise an object makes, as opposed to just saying ‘the sound of the toaster’. Think about what sound it makes specifically! I have attached two YouTube clips that explains onomatopoeia for you here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIL0kgnxJIo/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAYGa3Lvlq0

 

Also, for a bit of fun afterwards, here is a guess the sound quiz from YouTube that I always do when I teach this in school. How many can you get right? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZsssS_I_2Y)

 

Art Challenge

I have had a peek at what Miss Horne has planned for our art study today. This person is a very famous artist, yet nobody even knows who they are! Do you think you might know who it is? Head over to the Year 3 page to have a look!

 

I am looking forward to seeing how you get on with all three activities today. There’s some great stuff on offer! Enjoy!

 

Mr Jennings :) 

Thursday's activities - Mr Jennings (11/6/20)

The Sound Collector

Wednesday 10th June 2020

Mr Codd

 

Good morning everyone!

I hope you enjoyed your day of learning yesterday. I was back in school yesterday and its safe to say its not the same without all of you there with me. We are all thinking about you. It is great however, to keep up with all of your learning on Seesaw! The worry dolls were fantastic, and lots of you got straight back into your Literacy and Numeracy too. Keep it up!

 

I have a joke for you today. I’m coming around to the fact that they actually may not be as funny as I think they are...but I will continue to persevere…’What is a pirate’s favourite letter of the alphabet? He likes an R, but most of all he loves the C… (Yes actually they aren’t great are they?)

 

Anyway, on with today’s tasks. Good luck!

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

I have set a comprehension task today. As you may know, The Wimbledon Tennis Championships were due to take place in June, as they do every year. We won’t be able to watch this year obviously, but I thought you might enjoy learning about the competition in today’s comprehension task. If you have the equipment, why not get outside if the weather is good and hit a few balls after you have finished?! Choose a comprehension text, (I’d recommend the 2 or 3 star one)

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

Today I have set some challenges for you on Mathletics. We should have been starting to learn about Money in recent weeks, so I have set you some money challenges. These are very important skills to learn about, as you will use them a lot in your lives! Try not to worry too much if they get a bit tricky, just do your best.

 

Creative Challenge – Science.

This half term we would have been looking at Sound in our Science studies. I am hoping we might still be able to get some cool experiments done this half term! For today I would like you to learn about sound and vibrations through the Powerpoint attached below. After that, I’d like you to create a Mind Map all about sound. You should be well used to these as we do them at the beginning of a theme often to see what we know and what we’d like to know! I know that some of you like to colour code your mind maps with bubbles around your facts and what you’d like to know. Please feel free to decorate your mind maps too! (Virtual high fives for good examples on seesaw!)

 

If you have forgotten how to do a mind map its simple. You put the word ‘SOUND’ in the middle of the page and put a bubble or border around the word. Then around the word, sound’ you write words and short sentences explaining what you know or want to know! Simple!

 

I hope you enjoy all of your tasks today.

 

Mr Codd

Creative Challenge - Science

Mr Jennings – Wednesday 10th June

 

Good morning!

 

I hope you got through your first day back at home learning ok! I am back at school now, and it is strange to have so many of you not here. We’re all thinking about you!

 

It was also great to see so many of you throw yourself back into your home learning tasks too. I’ve enjoyed coming home and having a bit of a break whilst replying to some of your posts. The worry dolls some of you made look great!

 

See below for today’s challenges, and keep up yesterday’s effort and enthusiasm!

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy activity

Today I have set some activities on Mathletics for you to take on involving statistics and data. Be careful though; whilst some of the questions may start off easy, they quickly change!

You may also come across some new vocabulary in some of the activities (e.g. range), so be prepared to have a google of what they might mean.

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy activity

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zkfvgwx

 

For your Literacy today, I am going to tap into the bank of excellent resources BBC Bitesize have been providing on their website. They create new lessons every day in each subject. Today I have decided to use one of their recent lessons on how to use BRACKETS.

 

Brackets are things we seem to recognise, but never totally understand why they are used, or how to use them properly. Follow along on the link above, watch the clips and complete the series of short activities that will hopefully help you understand them better!

 

Science activity

For more detail on today’s science, head over to Mr Codd’s page to check out what he has planned for you!

 

I’ll check back in with you all tomorrow! Happy learning :)

 

Mr Jennings

 

Tuesday 9th June

Mr Codd

 

Hi Everyone!

 

It’s so good to be back getting in touch with you all again with some learning tasks. I hope you had a restful half term and are ready for the final half term of the school year. Quite simply, you have been brilliant this year, so let’s not let up on the effort now!

 

Today I was in school doing some work. When I returned home there was a lovely sign from my children in the garden saying ‘Daddy we missed you’…I thought it was amazing until they ran through the gate spraying me with water pistols…I was so surprised that I fell backwards over the neighbour’s fence. Great. They did insist that they missed me though! (You can stop laughing at the thought of it now!)

Miss Horne, Mr Jennings and myself loved our Zoom chats with you all. To hear all of the amazing things that you had been up to, as well as seeing you all happy was brilliant! The range of activities that you have posted to Seesaw have also been wonderful. You are all so creative! (but we already knew that…) Please keep the seesaw pictures coming. We really do enjoy looking at them.

 

As you will know, some of you will return to school today, while some of you will continue to learn from home. As we tried to mention on the zoom calls, you will all complete the same learning activities based on the tasks we put on the school website.

This half term you may see some changes in the tasks we set. For example, you may see certain subjects posted on different days, or some brand new activities introduced for you to get stuck into. We like to freshen things up now and again! Please remember that all three of your teachers will post Numeracy and Literacy activities. You can complete any of these three activities (or more if you really want to!)

 

That’s all for today, speak tomorrow…

 

Mr Codd

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Activity

Today is a ‘finding all possibilities’ problem. So many of you liked these last half term, and I have to admit they are a personal favourite! I hope you enjoy today’s challenge. Don’t forget all of the systematic skills that you learned last half term.

Mr Codd’s Literacy Activity

Your teachers are currently looking some different types of activities that you might enjoy working on in Literacy. More on that next week. For this week, we will get back in the swing of things with some familiar activities. Today I have set you a SPAG mat activity. I hope that it will sharpen your skills after a two-week rest!

Wellness Activity

Miss Horne is back with another super Wellness activity. I always look forward to these and I really like this one, as it brings back memories of something that I remember my Sister having when I was younger. Head over to Miss Horne’s post for today’s task!

 

Enjoy today’s tasks and I’ll see some of you on Seesaw…

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Numeracy Task

Mr Jennings - Tuesday 9th June 

 

Hello everybody!

 

It feels good to be writing to you all again! I hope you all enjoyed your two week half term and have given your brains a welcome rest and are re-energised, ready to kick start our final half term of the school year.

 

Me, Mr Codd and Miss Horne thoroughly enjoyed our Zoom calls with you all last week. It’s been nice writing to you all on Seesaw, but actually seeing you and chatting with you was far better! We enjoyed hearing your lockdown highlights and what you’ve been up to. The best part was that there were so many smiling faces, even now, after over 10 weeks! You’re a special bunch of kids, with incredible motivation.

 

As you know, some of you will be coming back to school today, whilst some of you will continue your learning from home. However, as we mentioned on our Zoom calls, you will all be completing the same tasks from the school website. As always, you have the choice from any numeracy/literacy activity from any teacher, and can then use the extra resources at the top for an extension if you would like.

 

This week’s activities will follow the same pattern that we had established before the half term break, just whilst we bed both ourselves back into routine. Next week might see a few changes in our activities, just to keep things fresh! We’re looking forward to starting again! See below for today’s challenges:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Activity

The return of 4 number showdown! This was something mentioned in the Zoom chats as an activity that you seem to enjoy, so I am more than happy to keep supplying them! I may introduce some other mental maths challenges as the weeks pass by so we have a few to switch between, but for today we will head back in with this. Are you going to come back on top of your game? Or will you be a bit rusty?!

 

If you need a reminder of the rules, I have attached them into the numeracy block at the top of the Year 3 and 4 page!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Activity

Towards the end of the last half term, we would have completed our end of year assessments. Whilst they were never very popular with the children (can’t think why!) I always thought they were a fantastic chance to show how far you had come and show off what you learnt.

 

Don’t worry, I’m not going to set you a test!

 

However, I have found some sample comprehension activities that are very similar to the type you would have seen on these tests. There are only 10 questions on the Year 4 section. Feel free to take on both the Year 2 and Year 6 samples if you want to as well!

 

*I have tried to attach them to the website, but the file is apparently too large. Here is the web link: https://www.risingstars-uk.com/media/Rising-Stars/Series%20Images/Reading%20Comprehension%20Tests/28229-reading-comphrension-sampler.pdf

 

 

Wellness Activity

There will be a bit of a reshuffle with one of your activities today, as we will now be doing our wellness activity on a Tuesday and science on a Wednesday.

 

I know this isn’t how we have done things normally (and I am gutted we have lost that lovely alliterative title), but this is just a minor switch to match up with our newer timetables at school.

 

I think today’s activities will be useful as we need to rediscover that motivation to continue with our learning and get some routine back into our lives. I am a firm believer that however you think something will be; that is what it will be. Some of you have heard me say on many occasions that ‘if you think it’s going to be boring, it will be!’ I think the same applies to home learning, and also learning at school. It is exactly what you make of it!

 

This is something I learned from the poem ‘Thinking’ by Walter D. Wintle. I have attached a web link to the poem to read, as well as a YouTube clip to listen to it being read to you.

 

https://yourwealthymind.com/thinking-walter-wintle/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlidrTpH0IE

 

So, before you head over to see Miss Horne’s wellness activity on her page, as a bonus, read through this poem and see what you think the message is. How can this be applied to you learning at home or at school? Could this poem be useful to you in another area of your life? How could this poem help improve your wellness and state of mind?

 

Enjoy your learning today, and keep me updated on Seesaw!

 

Mr Jennings :)

Tuesday's activities - Mr Jennings (9/6/20)

Friday 22nd May 2020

Mr Codd

 

Happy Friday everyone!

I hope you are all ok, and enjoyed another day in the sunshine.

So, we have made it to the end of a half term of home schooling (see it wasn’t too bad was it?!) I’m sure that you have had successes and failures, fun, laughs and frustrations over the last half term, but remember that that is exactly what you would have had back at school! That is all part of learning wherever you are.

One of my favourite sayings is ‘try to turn every negative into a positive.’ While you may face the negative of missing your friends, routines, (teachers of course!) and your school environment, we can appreciate the positives of time with our families, the determination we have to keep learning even when things are challenging, a chance to get out in the sunshine and connect with friends and family in different ways.

So, as some of you will know, I sometimes read you some of the stories I wrote when I was in year 1…I think we all agree that they are epic pieces of work…haha! I do that so that we can have some fun, but it’s also great to remember times gone by for myself. One day you will look back at this tricky time and tell people younger than you about the history that you made. They will be amazed about the time when you had a half term of learning at home, (and it only rained once…that’s the bit they might not believe!)

You are all amazing. We are so proud to be your teachers, and we miss you so much, but do you know what? We are all ok and doing fine, mainly because we know that you guys have got this, and you’ll all be being your amazing selves. Keep it up!

 

After today, we won’t be posting daily activities for the Whitsun half term holiday. However, there are plenty of things on the class pages for you to have a go at if you would like. There are the extra resources at the top of the class pages, and you can go back over any of your three teachers posts. However, a holiday is a holiday for a reason. To relax, do the things you enjoy, learn something completely different to the skills we teach you in school. Do as much, or as little, as you can or want to.

 

Your teachers will pop onto Seesaw to see what you’ve been up to, and we would love to see your holiday activities! We won’t check it every day, but we will see what you have been up to. I will keep looking out for the school games values being displayed in your activities, so show me what you can do.

Wow, what a speech….I better get on with your learning activities;

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group –

It’s Maths Mystery day today. You know how to go about these challenges. You may need to get some extra help on one or two of the tasks in the challenge today, but as always I trust my super detectives will find the culprit!

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group –

So, I hope you enjoyed the ‘mystery building’ picture yesterday. I can’t wait to get on seesaw tonight and see some examples of your writing. Today you have choice for your writing. You can either;

  1. Continue with your ‘mystery building’ writing. Add a build-up or a dilemma section. I know lots of you enjoy these picture challenges.
  2. Write an acrostic poem. Earlier in the half term so many of you posted amazing acrostics, beautifully decorated. I know they were a favourite. I’ll set you the word ‘Grateful’ for today, but as its Friday, if you want to choose your own word…then go for it!

 

Creative Challenge – Mental Health Awareness Week

Have you heard of Random Acts of Kindness (RAK)? A ‘Random Act of Kindness’ is a small gesture which shows thoughtfulness and kindness towards others. They don’t need to be huge gifts or presents but can be as simple as smiling at some one. When you carry out a random act of kindness, you expect no reward apart from the idea that someday someone might offer you an act of kindness too! Research shows that helping others can be beneficial to our own mental health. It can reduce stress, improve our emotional wellbeing and even benefit our physical health.

Today I would like you to think about a Random Act of Kindness that you could do. I have attached some ideas for you in the picture below. Some of the ideas may be tricky to do whilst social distancing so please make sure you think carefully about the ideas you would like to complete. You could always come up with your own Random Act of Kindness!

 

Enjoy the tasks guys, have a great two weeks off. See you soon.

 

Mr Codd

Mental Health Awareness Week Challenge

Mr Jennings – Friday 22nd May

 

Good morning!

 

It’s Friday and that means it is the last day of half term. We have now officially spent a whole half term at home! It still sounds crazy saying that, and whilst it’s not been easy all the time, I hope it has helped us all to appreciate just how important a place school is.

 

Sometimes we can often take school for granted, and in your head a half term off sounds lovely, but really we need school to give us that structure in our lives. I have certainly come out of this with a greater appreciation for my job and how awesome a place school can be, and I hope you have too!

 

Now, with it being the end of half term, after today’s activities, we won’t be setting any new work over the next two weeks for you to complete. However, this doesn’t mean there aren’t things out there to complete if you would like. There are still all the resources at the top of both class pages, and you may have a chance to scroll back through some of the posts and catch up on some challenges you never got the chance to take on. The main thing is to still ensure you have a break and that you keep your mental health and wellness at the top of your priority list. If you want a full two weeks off because you’ve been working incredibly hard, then go for it! You’ve got to do as much as you feel you can.

Every day, I am still blown away by your effort, creativity, enthusiasm and sheer will to make the most of this experience. You have been incredible and have handled this situation to the best of your ability, and that is all any of us can ask of you. I am so proud to say that I am your teacher!

 

The next (and last!) half term of the year will begin on Monday 8th June, so check back in then for your home learning activities to start again. All the teachers will still be keeping an eye out on Seesaw, and although we won’t be checking it every day as we have done for the past half term, we would still love it if you shared your holiday activities with us! We can’t help being a bit nosey!

 

Apologies for the essay! Now, see below for your final activities of the half term:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

This is your final case of the half term detectives. I’m not sure how many more crimes will be committed when the criminals know how successful you are at catching them! So, make this one count!

 

Today is the mystery of… THE SPOILED PARTY BAGS!

 

I am a particular fan of some of the suspects’ names; Simon Conga sounds like a real party animal!#

 

Good luck!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

Today’s literacy task has a bit of an arty flavour to it, as I would like you to create something called a calligram, also known as a word picture!

 

A calligram is a picture or an image that has been created completely out of words related to that picture. I have attached some examples below to show you exactly what they look like, and there are loads more on Google images too.

 

For your task, I would like you to think of an object that symbolises lock down and then create it using adjectives that describe your lockdown experience. It could be any words that relate to lockdown really, if you wish!

 

So, for example, when I think of an object to symbolise lockdown, in my head, I think of a toilet roll! I would then think of a list of ‘lockdown’ words, be it adjectives or nouns, and then use them to create the image itself.

 

Other objects you might choose to create out of words might be a laptop, because it is how we’ve all been communicating, or you might choose the sun, or an ice cream, because we’ve had such nice weather! All of you might think of something different!

 

To help you, check out these YouTube links below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWBTUfZJ8ps

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd0SVcWtRpY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kovvx-IldZQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBNLfQWn_R8 (Not an object, but very cool anyways!)

 

They show you how to start the whole process and how to use different fonts or sizes of writing to make sure all of your words work together to form a solid image. You could even use coloured pens/pencils if you wish, which is something the videos don’t do!

 

Don’t think you have to come up with a never-ending list of words either. You may have a list of 20 and keep repeating them to fill up the space. You don’t need 100 different words! All I want you to do is have a good go! Don’t think they have to come out like those on the YouTube clips. They can be small, or MASSIVE, or whatever you want; it’s all about doing your best and having fun!

 

Mental Health Challenge

Have you heard of Random Acts of Kindness (RAK)? A ‘Random Act of Kindness’ is a small gesture which shows thoughtfulness and kindness towards others. They don’t need to be huge gifts or presents but can be as simple as smiling at some one. When you carry out a random act of kindness, you expect no reward apart from the idea that someday someone might offer you an act of kindness too! Research shows that helping others can be beneficial to our own mental health. It can reduce stress, improve our emotional wellbeing and even benefit our physical health.

 

Today I would like you to think about a Random Act of Kindness that you could do. I have attached some ideas for you in the picture below. Some of the ideas may be tricky to do whilst social distancing so please make sure you think carefully about the ideas you would like to complete. You could always come up with your own Random Act of Kindness!

 

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay smiling.

Enjoy your two weeks!

 

Mr Jennings :) 

Acts of Kindness

Friday's activities - Mr Jennings (22/5/20)

Mr Jennings – Thursday 21st May

 

Good morning everybody!

 

I hope you all enjoyed the sun to the fullest yesterday. At one point, my phone said it was 28 degrees! I would have enjoyed it more, but I burn like a peach. Being a true City fan, I don’t think the full red look suits me very well, so I enjoy the heat from a shady spot whilst silently glaring at the people who step out in the sun for 5 minutes and catch a tan. They’ve got the luck those people!

 

Anyways, my tan envy will stop there as I reveal today’s learning challenges below:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

Today I am going to set you a Sudoku challenge. Have you ever played this before? It is a game where you need to fill in the grid puzzle so that every row across, every column down and every 3 by 3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. The catch is that no number can appear in any row, column or box more than once! This makes more sense when you can see the grid!

I have attached quite a few medium level puzzles for you to take on with answers attached too. You can either attempt one and stop if it’s not your thing, or you can do as many as you like! This is all about just having a go.

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

For today’s task, I want you to write a letter… to yourself.

 

This task is called ‘Dear future me’, and it involves you writing to yourself in 20, 30, 40, maybe even 50 years’ time! Your job is simple: tell future you exactly what lockdown is like and what you have been doing. It is natural that after so long you’ll forget just how strange and unprecedented these last few months have been, so to document what you’ve done in a letter is a great way to remember.

 

You could ask yourself whether you remember certain events or you could mention your favourite day, how you’ve been feeling, your favourite activities etc. Maybe write about the things you don’t want to forget! There really is no right or wrong to this, it’s completely up to you. It can be as long or as short as you like.

 

This is a time in your life that will go down in history, so write something that future you would want to read. You are your own audience! Maybe even talk about a certain teacher and how brilliant (or awful!) he is...

 

Once you’ve written it, keep it and put it somewhere safe. You may not think so now, but in years to come, it will be more valuable and interesting than you think!

 

Mental Health Challenge

Connections to our loved ones are so important, particularly at a time like this when we may find it hard to see the special people in our lives. Today I would like you to take some time out to contact someone you care about. You could phone them, spend some time video chatting or even write them a letter (I love receiving letters – there’s something a bit special about getting a nice note in the post). All it would take is 5/ 10 minutes of your time and it would really make someone’s day!

 

Happy learning!

Virtual high five to you all for being awesome!

 

Mr Jennings :) 

Thursday's activities - Mr Jennings (21/5/20)

Thursday 21st May 2020

Mr Codd

 

Happy Thursday!

I hope you enjoyed the scorching weather yesterday! The paddling pool made its 2020 debut in our back garden and much fun was had. (I think I enjoyed it the most according to my family?!) I’m going to put the children to bed soon, then get on Seesaw and see what you all got up to! I’m looking forward to seeing your work and play efforts today!

We have arrived at Thursday, and I hope you are enjoying the ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ Challenges. I’ve loved seeing them so far.

I hope you enjoy today’s challenges.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group –

Today’s task is a writing task. I know that lots of you enjoy receiving the picture and having fun with your imagination. As I only ask you to concentrate on the opening, and maybe build up, I really do hope to see a range of interesting adjectives and adverbs (fronted adverbials!), punctuation and similes.

For today’s task, I want you to imagine that you love in a house with a rather wild garden. At the end of the garden is lots of overgrown bushes, trees etc. During our lockdown you decide to clear it away and find the small building in the picture. Think about these questions;

How long has it been there?

How can you describe it?

Who lives there?

Will you go in, and what might you find?

I cant wait to see what you come up with!

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group –

Today I have given you a maths game to play! You’ll still be working on your skills, but you get to do it in game form! It’s a win-win! I’ve set you some multiplication games today. They include boards to practise the x3,x4 and x6 tables, with the division inverses too. Play one, or all three! If you can’t print the sheet, try and play and recall where you are at (No cheating!)

 

Creative Challenge – Mental Health Awareness Week.

Connections to our loved ones are so important, particularly at a time like this when we may find it hard to see the special people in our lives. Today I would like you to take some time out to contact someone you care about. You could phone them, spend some time video chatting or even write them a letter (I love receiving letters – there’s something a bit special about getting a nice note in the post). All it would take is 5/ 10 minutes of your time and it would really make someone’s day!

 

Good luck with all of your challenges today.

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Literacy Resource - 21st May 2020

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hey!

I hope you all had another good day yesterday and enjoyed ANOTHER day of nice weather. I promise I’ll try and stop talking about the weather soon…(it has been amazing though hasn’t it? haha)

We are another day closer to the end of our half term, and you are all nearly ready for a holiday. I want you all to give it one last massive go at finishing the half term strong. My challenge to you is to complete all of the tasks we set for your groups before the end of the week. I know you can do it.

Here are today's tasks;

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group –

Today I have set you a comprehension task. I know lots of you like the comprehensions from the posts that I see on Seesaw. They are such good practise of our fluent reading, understanding, looking carefully at the text and writing in full sentences. Today we will see what you can recall and also read about – The Romans!

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group –

Head over to the Mathletics website today for your challenges. I’ve set you some work to practise the things we have learned about in class this year.

 

Creative Challenge – Mental Health Challenge

This activity is called ‘Fab Five’. You will need a piece of paper and some pens/ pencils.

Today I want you to think of things that you are thankful for. I want you to try to think of things that aren’t material, for example, it could be love from a particular person, time spent with someone special or a friendship you have.

On your piece of paper, draw around your hand. In each finger write (or draw) one thing you are thankful for having in your life. In the palm of your hand, draw something that represents your personality or write your name. Put your finished piece of work somewhere where you can see it. Try to look at it often as a reminder to be thankful.

 

I tried this tonight, but apparently according to my wife, ‘Pizza’ isn’t allowed on each finger. Good job I’ve got more options! I absolutely think that you guys would be one of my choices. I am so grateful to be your teacher. I miss you all, and think about how you all are every day.

 

Good luck with your tasks today,

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Literacy Resource - 20th May 2020

Romans Questions and Answers - 20th May 2020

Mr Jennings – Wednesday 20th May

 

Happy Wednesday everybody!

 

As always, I hope you’re keeping your spirits up and enjoying the time with your families. It’s supposed to be a hot one today, so make sure you get the ice cream and sunglasses at the ready!

 

See below for today’s learning:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

Today’s activity is a personal favourite of mine. I’ve been waiting for the right time to send it out to you, and I think today is the day!

 

On the attached sheet is one of your times tables written out in full. The only problem is that all of the digits have been replaced by pictures. There are currently no digits or numbers on the page.  Your job is to work out what digit each picture represents, to help you crack which times table has been covered up.

 

Once you’ve figured it out, could you write down how you did it, or make notes about which pictures were key to you cracking the code? If it’s easier to film yourself talking about it, then do that!

 

The sheet has more instructions if you’re still not sure what I’m talking about!

 

Good luck!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

Leading on from yesterday’s enhanced maths challenge, this week I have also decided to take ‘Unscrambled’ to a whole new level.

 

I have chosen to scramble a…

 

 12 LETTER WORD this week!

T P P C E R I A A O N I

 

If you can crack this, you can call yourself a champion!

And with more letters, surely you can get more of the smaller words too!

 

Mental Health Challenge

This activity is called ‘Fab Five’. You will need a piece of paper and some pens/ pencils.

 

Today I want you to think of things that you are thankful for. I want you to try to think of things that aren’t material, for example, it could be love from a particular person, time spent with someone special or a friendship you have.

On your piece of paper, draw around your hand. In each finger write (or draw) one thing you are thankful for having in your life. In the palm of your hand, draw something that represents your personality or write your name. Put your finished piece of work somewhere where you can see it. Try to look at it often as a reminder to be thankful.

 

Don’t be like me and try to write McDonalds on each finger! There’s more to life than chips!

 

Anyways, enjoy your day and speak to you tomorrow!

 

Mr Jennings :)

Wednesday's activities - Mr Jennings (20/5/20)

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Mr Codd

Hello to all of you superstars,

 

Well, where do I begin with the obstacle courses? Absolutely amazing! I’m sat here with aching knees and arms (no its not because I’m old before you throw out that comment!!) It’s purely because I had a go at so many of your challenges…..ok?...ok,  it’s because I’m old.  I hope you had fun, a laugh and of course felt better afterwards!

Enjoy today’s challenges.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group –

On Tuesday’s we look at SPAG. See today’s challenge below. We will work on Conjunctions again. Have a look through the sheets. We haven’t discussed the different types of conjunctions but if you have a good read, I think you’ll be able to work them out. Try out any of the sheets. Today is a good time to remind you to have a look at the log ins for Bug Club and SPAG.com, as well as the resources that we added to the top of the page last week.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group –

It might just be my favourite Numeracy Challenge of the week…Finding all Possibilities. I hope that by now you have developed a system for working on these challenges. Remember to work in a systematic way. Today’s challenge is tricky. As a clue I’ll say try and name your knights! The ‘four knights challenge’ at the bottom is for those feeling brave! Good luck with today’s task.

 

Mental Health Awareness Week

#postivepostitday

Today is going to be a ‘Positive Post It Day’. You need to have a stash of post it notes or small slips of paper that you could display somewhere (you could pin them to a notice board or use magnets to stick them to the fridge). Discuss what you like about other people and yourself (think about all those different positive qualities you/they have). Write at least two of these ideas down on the notes – one to yourself and one to someone else. If you are using sticky notes, you can stick them anywhere and everywhere; on a wall, on a door, on a table etc. The idea is that the positive notes will be in areas that will be seen. At the end of the day, discuss how being positive has affected you. Was it difficult to think of a positive about someone else? Was it difficult to think of a positive about yourself? This is an activity that can be repeated throughout the week. It’s important to look back at all these little positive notes from time to time.

(A little note: This activity was started by a lady called Caitlin Haacke who lives in Canada. She decided to take a stand against bullying and spread a little positivity. You can follow other peoples ‘Positive Post It Days’ by searching the hashtag on social media. Make sure you ask a grown up to help you search the hashtag.)

 

I have to say, I absolutely love today’s Mental Health Awareness Challenge. The power of making other people feel good should be something that we are grateful and happy to have. I have found that saying good things to other people is an amazing way of feeling great yourself, but also could make another person feel fantastic.

 

Keep being amazing.

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Numeracy Resource - 19th May 2020

Mr Jennings – Tuesday 19th May

 

Good morning everybody!

 

Some of your obstacle courses yesterday were bonkers, but brilliant! You all put in so much thought to them, and you completed them with the same effort and motivation you throw at any task. As always, it makes me proud to say I teach you all. You’re all ace!

 

Now, see below for today’s learning:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

As this is the final Tuesday of half term, I have decided to make a change to 4 number showdown.

For one time only, today is …. 5 NUMBER SHOWDOWN!

You must use the 4 numbers on your sheet, but I will let you choose your own fifth number.

This time, you must go up to 50 (!) instead of 30.

Who likes a challenge?

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

Today’s reading task focuses on someone you should all be familiar with by now: Captain Tom Moore. When looking back on lockdown, his contributions to the NHS will be one of the highlights. He has written himself down in history, and even has reading tasks written on him now. That’s when you know you’ve made it! There are three levels of difficulty to this challenge, so choose as appropriate.

 

Mental Health Activity

#postivepostitday

 

Today is going to be a ‘Positive Post It Day’. You need to have a stash of post it notes or small slips of paper that you could display somewhere (you could pin them to a notice board or use magnets to stick them to the fridge). Discuss what you like about other people and yourself (think about all those different positive qualities you/they have). Write at least two of these ideas down on the notes – one to yourself and one to someone else. If you are using sticky notes, you can stick them anywhere and everywhere; on a wall, on a door, on a table etc. The idea is that the positive notes will be in areas that will be seen. At the end of the day, discuss how being positive has affected you. Was it difficult to think of a positive about someone else? Was it difficult to think of a positive about yourself? This is an activity that can be repeated throughout the week. It’s important to look back at all these little positive notes from time to time.

 

(A little note: This activity was started by a lady called Caitlin Haacke who lives in Canada. She decided to take a stand against bullying and spread a little positivity. You can follow other peoples ‘Positive Post It Days’ by searching the hashtag on social media. Make sure you ask a grown up to help you search the hashtag.)

If you want to find out more about ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’, you can visit the Mental Health Foundation Website:

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

 

Enjoy your day, guys!

 

Mr Jennings :)

Monday 18th May 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hello Everyone,

I hope you had a great weekend and you are looking forward to the last week of the ‘half term?’ That’s right, we have almost done a whole half term of home learning! You’ve all done an amazing job, however many tasks you have managed to complete! I think the time has flown by, and that’s a good thing, as we will hopefully be back to school together before long.

This week is ‘Mental Health Awareness Week,’ we will have a focus on this in our creative challenges. More to come on that later. For now, let’s all get focused on a last big effort to get the tasks done!

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group

Today’s Literacy task has a Spelling Focus. I’d like you to choose 10 words from the Year 3 and 4 Spelling list below and try to learn them this week. You could even give yourself a quick test on Friday. I’d like you to write them in a sentence in your home learning books today. You will be able to refer to the spelling list over the next couple of weeks if you want to give yourself more challenges, or just keep your skills sharp!

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group

Today, we are going to revise some of the work we have already covered this year. We will look at Place Value. We looked at this way back at the beginning of the year, but I’m sure you’ll all be able to follow the instructions and get the job done. If you manage to complete it all, why not play our dice roll place value game with someone at home? (Those of you in my group at the beginning of the year will recall this one. Roll the dice and place the number in the column…TH H T U, the highest number wins!)

 

Creative Challenge – Mental Health Week – Physical Activity.

As I mentioned above, this week is ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ in the UK. Our creative challenges will focus on this. Looking after our mental health is very important. As you will all know, I take charge of Physical Education (PE!) at The Willows, and you will also know how passionate I am about the benefits of movement and being active for all of our school community. Physical exercise does so much for us. It can help give us discipline, develop friendships through team work, create a focus for us, not to mention the happy chemicals that exercise gives our brains!

We wanted to kick start the week in Lower Key Stage 2 with a physical focus, and we hope that you will continue to be active throughout the week. I have to say that one of the most common posts on Seesaw over the past few weeks, has been some of the physical activities that you have been doing. Fantastic!

I thought today would be a good day to remind you of the ‘School Games Values’ that the school sport crew and I try to encourage in your work and play. I’ve attached them below. Try to show all of the qualities this week in all that you do, but especially in your physical work. I’ll be looking out for references to them on Seesaw. We have wristbands and badges to give out to anyone who can display outstanding examples of the values! I’ll be watching! Please keep physical activity at the forefront of your day over the next few weeks.

So for today’s challenge, I would like you to create a family obstacle course!

The idea is to get moving, but have fun too. There is no competition here, (we can get back into all that when we get back to school!) I want to see movement, smiles, encouragement and laughs (Maybe Mum and Dad struggling to balance a beach ball on their nose or something like that…. you get the idea…haha!)

We had great fun doing this in my house over the weekend, drawing a chalk obstacle course on the path outside our house. My children told their friends about it, in a YouTube-style Blog and we were amazed when their friends’ came round to our house to have a go! (we cheered them on from the window…) The great thing about this activity is that you really can come up with anything, and use any equipment / items to help! Our course was so simple and needed no extra equipment, it was made up of hopscotch, star jumps etc. I was devastated however to see that the last activity was to ‘do the floss’ (I mean…. how do you do it?!) Maybe you can post a blog style video explaining your course on Seesaw and inspire my family’s next challenge! This activity has a rulebook. However, there is only one rule in it;

Smile, be kind and have fun!

 

As the theme for ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ is Kindness, I simply want you to encourage. Cheer for anyone doing their best in this activity, help them if they struggle on something. Saying well done, can go a long way. One of my favourite things to remind you all of in school in that you have an incredible power to make someone feel amazing with the things that you say.

 

I hope you enjoy today’s challenges. I know that I can’t see you, and I can’t talk to you directly, but I really am so proud of you all, and I miss you all loads. I’ll use mental health week to have a focus on looking after myself, and I really hope you and your families will too.

 

Mr Codd

School Games Values

Mr Jennings – Monday 18th May

 

Good morning!

 

It feels crazy saying this, but this is now our last week of half term! We’ve come so far during this period of lockdown, and hopefully you’ve enjoyed your learning as much as you can! I just wanted to use this moment to get you to reflect on all the activities you have completed so far. Can you pick a top 5? Or can you choose your favourite activity from every subject we have focused on? Share them with me on Seesaw!

 

Hopefully, there is still room for some new activities to crack that Top 5. See below for today’s learning:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

Following last week’s brief work with bar charts, I thought I would continue to focus on statistics for today’s activities. Bar charts are just one example of displaying data and information. I hope that you will become familiar with other methods through the task I have set you today!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

This week’s ‘Word of the Week’ is JADED.

With this word, I would like you to:

-              Find and record the definition.

-              Find two synonyms of this word (different words but same meaning)

-              Find two antonyms (words that mean the opposite)

-              Write two different sentences including the word to show you know what it means and how to use it.

 

It was good to see some of you linking some of your word of the week activities together in last week’s challenge. Is it even possible to use ALL of your words of the week?! Can you do the impossible?!

 

Mental Health Activity

This week is Mental Health awareness week. So, as opposed to our normal creative challenges, we will be setting a challenge each day that will hopefully help you to focus on this. Today, we wanted to make a strong start and begin with something sporty! Head over to Mr Codd’s post to see what he has cooked up!

 

Enjoy your day, guys!

 

Mr Jennings :) 

Monday's activities - Mr Jennings (18/5/20)

Friday 15th May 2020

Mr Codd

 

Ciao e buongiorno!

 

Yes that’s right, its Friday, the end of another week of learning at home (and lots of fun I hope!) and so I’ve said ‘good morning’ in another language from around the world, as today is our Geography focus in ‘Creative challenge.’ Maybe you can work out what language it is?

I’ve also neglected my joke telling duties. Huge apologies for that. Here’s one of my favourites… ‘Why did the pupils eat their home school work?...because their teacher told them it was piece of cake!’ Hahaha. Hopefully you find today’s tasks a ‘piece of cake.’ But, please, don’t eat them.

I hope you are continuing to enjoy all the sunshine we are having. I can’t quite believe how nice it has been! Let’s hope it continues into the weekend so that you can all enjoy it, as you have a weekend off work. Let’s go for it today guys…one last big effort for the week!

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group –

Ahar me hearties! It’s Friday so that means a maths mystery! So, lets sail on a maths adventure ye’ salty bunch o’ sea dogs!...ahem… Sorry. I was getting carried away there, but that’s a major clue as to the topic of today’s challenge! I know lots of you enjoy these maths mysteries. (One or two of you have become quite the experts, as I have seen on seesaw!) Good luck with today’s challenge… it gives me fond memories of our epic production this year!

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group –

Yesterday I set you the writing challenge based on the forest picture. This was a two-day task. I have loved seeing some of your story openings on Seesaw. It has been wonderful to see that you haven’t forgotten all of the features we have worked so hard on this year so far.  Today I’d like you to extend the story into a build-up, or maybe even a dilemma. If you feel that you have done as much as you can / want to with this one, then don’t forget the range of extra tasks posted at the top of the page.

 

Creative Challenge – Geography

Mr Jennings is in charge of today’s creative challenge, and he’s got some super activities in store. I had great fun with my children looking at Google Earth yesterday, showing them the way that we drive to certain places, and also mapping out a cycle route for the weekend. I hope you enjoy learning about our world with this week’s task.

 

Good luck with all of your challenges!

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Numeracy Resource - 15th May 2020

Mr Jennings – Friday 15th May

 

It’s Friday!

 

Another school week down and you’re all still managing to keep up your high standards. The work I see every day on Seesaw is awesome, and the enthusiasm you are all still showing is truly admirable. One more set of learning tasks, and then you can have a relaxed weekend. Hopefully you’ll all be outside a bit more now after some of our lockdown restrictions were eased! See below for today’s challenges, and have a nice weekend!

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

You guys have solved that many mysteries so far, you’re going to have to start asking for a wage! This week is the case of ‘The Missing Glue Sticks’. The teachers at school often try and solve this mystery on a daily basis so see if you can fare any better!

 

As always, this is quite a meaty task, so feel free to do a bit every day until you finish it!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

Today I have set you another short writing task. It involves…..DIAMONDS! See the attached document below for full instructions on the task.

 

Geography Challenge

When learning about geography, people often think it is all about countries and knowing where everything is. Well, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s more to it than that!

 

Geography is the study of the earth and its people, including the many different physical features you can find on the planet’s surface. This week, I have decided to focus on my favourite physical feature: the volcano!

 

This week there are 3 mini activities related to volcanoes that I would like you to complete:

 

1. Start by learning the basics. Can you answer these three questions?

  • What is a volcano?
  • What makes them erupt?
  • (In as simple terms as possible) How do volcanoes form?

 

2. Now you hopefully know a bit more about volcanoes, can you locate some of the world’s most famous ones on a map? Which ones are still active? Are any dormant? What does dormant even mean?! See the worksheet attached, where there are three sheets of varying difficulty.

 

This website (https://www.3dgeography.co.uk/what-is-a-volcano) might be useful for both parts 1 and 2 of today’s challenge. There are some really cool videos on there too!

 

3. Once you’ve done all of the harder stuff, now you get to have a bit more fun. Let’s make an eruption occur! This website provides you with the instructions on how you can replicate the reaction that occurs inside of a volcano. (http://www.sciencefun.org/kidszone/experiments/how-to-make-a-volcano/)

 

Follow the instructions, and hopefully (fingers crossed) have a BLAST!

 

Feel free to attempt the extra experiments listed at the bottom too. How will different would your results be?

 

Happy learning! 

 

Mr Jennings :) 

 

Thursday 14th May 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hi Everyone!

 

I hope you are all ok. The Seesaw pictures continue to amaze and excite all of your teachers. We really do love seeing what you’ve been up to. Some of my favourite things to see are your creative use of your time with your families; whether that is a walk, some craft activities, or just doing something that makes you laugh and smile. It’s so important to do these things at this time.

Personally, I’m taking inspiration from your physical activities. We use lots of them here at home, but I’m also taking notes for our PE sessions for when we get back to school!

I hope you enjoy today’s tasks.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group

As always on Thursday’s I set you a short piece of writing. This really doesn’t have to be a huge piece. I always like to read a well put together opening. I like giving you a picture, as it lets you be creative and let your mind wander. Remember, you cannot be wrong! I love seeing amazing adjectives, fronted adverbials, similes, and a range of punctuation. A cliff hanger is always good too! I’m going to leave this image with you for the next two days. You may even get and opening and a build-up written. I hope you enjoy the picture!

How did the character arrive here?

What sounds, smells and sights does the character see?

What may be lurking among the trees?

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group

Today’s challenge is all about word problems. These are great to practise as they put maths into real life contexts, and that, really, is why we learn maths in the first place! We can use our skills in our lives. It's fractions again today, and so just remember the tricks we use for finding fractions of amounts. I mentioned these in a post over the last week or so, so revisit that if you need a reminder. Good Luck!

 

Creative Challenge – Art

Miss Horne’s art challenges always provide a chance for us to relax, and get really creative with some interesting artistic study. I know that you’ll enjoy what she has in store for us on her post today. I have a few favourite artists, and we are lucky enough to be able to study their art work in school. Today we have one of my absolute favourites. I know you’ll enjoy this one…

 

Good luck with all of your learning tasks.

 

Mr Codd

 

Mr Codd's Numeracy Resource - 14th May 2020

Mr Codd's Literacy Resource - 14th May 2020

Mr Jennings - Thursday 14th May 

 

Happy Thursday!

 

I’m going to start by saying how great it is to see some of you already using some of the extra resources we have attached to the top of each class page. They are there for your enjoyment as a way for you to fill time. I may even print myself out some multiplication mosaics for myself when I next go into school. I still need to be the quickest one in the room with my times tables; I can’t have any of you taking my title now can I?!

 

Whatever you choose to do, whether that be literacy, numeracy or another activity, just make sure that you have a nice balance of everything. Some days you feel better than others, so never force yourself to do too much. The key right now is our wellbeing!

 

And that concludes my life coaching for today! See below for today’s challenges

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

Today’s challenge is one that I wanted to set you last week as it was linked to our historical music theme. As I thought it would be quite fun, we’re going to do it anyways!

 

The main focus will be on collecting data in a tally chart, before then recording this in the form of a bar chart. The question we will be answering, is ‘Which song repeats the same word most frequently?’

 

Below, I am going to list some songs and next to them, in brackets, I will note down a key word that is repeated quite a lot throughout the track. It is your job to listen to the song (as many times as you need) and record how many times you hear the key word in the form of a tally chart. You could get the whole family involved and compare your results for accuracy. Of course you could just check the lyrics, but where’s the fun in that?!

 

Once you are happy you have the right number, can you then transform this information into a bar chart, to visually show the difference between all the songs?

 

I have attached a PowerPoint that explains all the types of graphs and charts you can create. You could even choose to show your data in something that isn’t a bar chart if you like. I have also attached a worksheet if you would like the table already drawn, but it would be good practise if you are brave enough to start from scratch!

 

Here are the songs, and key words I would like you to listen out for:

Diamonds by Rihanna (Key Word = Diamond)

Let’s Dance by David Bowie (Key Word = Dance)

Get Lucky by Daft Punk (Key Word = Lucky)

Lady (Hear Me Tonight) by Lola’s Theme (Key Word = Lady)

Shotgun by George Ezra (Key Word = Someone)

 

There are some absolute bops in here, so I advise having a dance to each song first before you eventually settle down to listen. It’d be too hard for me to do for sure! Good luck and happy listening!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

Normally, I would set a short writing task today. But given that my numeracy could take a decent amount of time, I have decided to opt for a simpler activity.

 

Please complete the ‘Commonly Confused Words’ sheet attached below. You can do both if you like, but I am only asking you to focus on the sheet that focuses on Where/Wear/Were/We’re.

 

These are words that get muddled up a lot, so this should be a good refresher for you all!

 

Art Challenge

As I type this now, I have just discovered who Miss Horne has chosen as this week’s artist in focus! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Jackson Pollock’s art, so this week should be ace. His work looks messy, but it is a brilliant mess! I think that’s why I love it so much: it’s something that anyone can have a go at. One of my favourite album’s art work is inspired by Jackson Pollock’s style (posted below), so I am really intrigued to see what you can come up with! As Miss Horne says though, it is really important you ask permission before you start splattering everything in sight with paint.

 

Be careful and have FUN! Still missing you all loads!

 

Mr Jennings :)

Jackson Pollock

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Mr Codd

 

Good morning all!

Apart from the drizzly weather, I hope you are all feeling good and keeping your spirits high!

Before we get into your learning tasks for today, I just wanted to draw your attention to some extra resources that have been added to the top of the Year 3 and Year 4 class pages. Some of you are working exceptionally hard at home, and I know that there are those of you who would like some different activities to complete in order to fill up some time throughout the day.

At the top of each class page, you will find a mixture of resources, both literacy and numeracy based, that are mostly appropriate for both year groups (some of the numeracy is year group specific, so do read the documents carefully!) These will include arithmetic practice, word searches, cross words, puzzles and colouring mosaics. Our aim is to find activities that will not only support your learning, but those that you will find enjoyable too.

As always, these activities are NOT COMPULSORY; they are just an extra should you want to complete them. In these difficult circumstances, we only expect you to complete as much as you can.

To round off, I also just wanted to point out that if you ever want to take on another teacher’s activity as an alternative, or as an extra challenge for the day, then that is completely fine too. You have the choice of three maths and literacy challenges per day, and you can make a choice about which is more suitable for you.

You’re all doing a brilliant, brilliant job and we are proud of every single one of you! Keep doing what you’re doing and we hope to see you soon. See below for today’s activities:

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group

Wednesdays bring us a Mathletics focus. I have set you some challenge on the website, and I have to say that I love having a look through the week at how you have all been getting on. So much effort is going into the tasks set, from across Year 3 and 4. Keep it up!

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group

Today’s task is a comprehension activity. See the task attached below. As always, choose the level you want to complete. I’ve chosen a topic about someone that you should all be familiar with. He was the main reason that we had Willy Wonka’s ‘Chief Chocolatier Visit us in school way back before Christmas! It’s Roald Dahl!

‘Creative Challenge – Wellness Wednesday

Miss Horne has prepared today’s Wellness Challenge. My family always enjoy seeing what we will do for the Wellness Challenges and today is another fantastic task. As usual, head over to Miss Horne’s post for the details.

 

Enjoy todays activities, and try to remember that it’s ok if you find any of them tricky, or you are struggling to get ‘stuck into them.’ You really are all doing amazingly well, and your teachers are incredibly proud of you all.

 Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Literacy Resource - 13th May 2020

Mr Jennings – Wednesday 13th May

 

Good morning all!

 

Apart from the drizzly weather, I hope you are all feeling good and keeping your spirits high!

 

Before we get into your learning tasks for today, I just wanted to draw your attention to some extra resources that have been added to the top of the Year 3 and Year 4 class pages. Some of you are working exceptionally hard at home, and I know that there are those of you who would like some different activities to complete in order to fill up some time throughout the day.

 

At the top of each class page, you will find a mixture of resources, both literacy and numeracy based, that are mostly appropriate for both year groups (some of the numeracy is year group specific, so do read the documents carefully!) These will include arithmetic practice, word searches, cross words, puzzles and colouring mosaics. Our aim is to find activities that will not only support your learning, but those that you will find enjoyable too.

 

As always, these activities are NOT COMPULSORY; they are just an extra should you want to complete them. In these difficult circumstances, we only expect you to complete as much as you can.

 

To round off, I also just wanted to point out that if you ever want to take on another teacher’s activity as an alternative, or as an extra challenge for the day, then that is completely fine too. You have the choice of three maths and literacy challenges per day, and you can make a choice about which is more suitable for you.

 

You’re all doing a brilliant, brilliant job and we are proud of every single one of you! Keep doing what you’re doing and we hope to see you soon. See below for today’s activities:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

I have another puzzle for you today. It involves counters, a grid and is a bit similar to Connect 4 (kind of…) See below for the full challenge!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

Last week’s scrambled up word was POLLUTION. A current positive of the situation is that we are seeing less of this! Now, see below for your next ‘Unscrambled’ challenge. You know the task by now!

R E C N G U E A O

Wellness Challenge

Check out Miss Horne’s post for today’s wellness challenge. They become more and more important with every week that passes by!

 

Enjoy your day!

Mr Jennings :)

Wednesday's activities - Mr Jennings

Mr Jennings – Tuesday 12th May

 

Good morning all!

 

Another day, another set of tasks! As always, my main hope is that you are all safe, healthy and haven’t forgotten what I look like! I’m exactly the same except my hair is just getting longer now, and I have even started cutting parts of it myself… It’s fair to say I’m right to be a teacher and not a barber!

 

Anyways, enough of that, because who really cares?! See below for today’s learning:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

Please take on another 4 number showdown this week. Has anybody got all 30 in under 10 minutes before?!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

Please complete the 60 second read activity I have attached below! Could you write some of your own questions for someone else in your house to test their comprehension?

 

Science Challenge

Can you really top making your own lava lamp? There’s only one way to find out! Check out Mr Codd’s post to see what he has planned for your creative science challenge this week.

 

Check back in with you tomorrow! Have a great day!

 

Mr Jennings

Tuesday's activities - Mr Jennings (12/5/20)

Tuesday 12th May 2020

Mr Codd

 

Good Morning Year 3 and 4!

I hope you got on ok with your learning tasks yesterday. It was great to have a look on Seesaw and see all of the amazing things you had been up to. There were some brilliant pictures of VE day activities, and lots of other interesting things you had been up to. You are all giving me lots of ideas to keep Charlotte and Alex amused and entertained at home! We are going to have so much to talk about when we get back to school aren’t we?!

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group

Today we have some SPAG work. Keeping our knowledge of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar is important. I have attached a couple of SPAG mats for you to have a go at today. You can choose the year 3 or 4 mats. Don't worry if you are not too sure on some of the vocabulary or tasks. Just a have  ago at what you can. 

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group

Today is our usual ‘finding all possibilities’ challenge. I hope that over the last few weeks you have got a systematic way to work to get all the possibilities. Keep working like this to solve the challenges. If you complete today's task, as an extra challenge, could you work out what would happen if a fourth jewel was added? Imagine they now had a Sapphire as well!

 

Creative Challenge – Science

I always look forward to Tuesday’s and our Science challenges! Have you ever thought about the sounds around us? I think we take most of them for granted! Some sounds we couldn’t do without, and are vital to our lives (ambulance sirens for example) others are pleasant sounds like our favourite music, and some are unpleasant…for example right now I can hear my children arguing over Lego! Argh! I’ve attached a simple practical experiment for you to have a go at today. As well as a Youtube video to explain more about the vibrations that cause sounds. (I’ve given our usual Science Bloggers the week off this week!)

I’ve attached a really simple extra experiment for you to have a go at if you’d like, but you can also find so many other Sound experiments on the internet. Feel free to find one of your own! If you do, make sure you upload to Seesaw so I can see what you did!

Make sure that you take care and be careful with any experiment involving sound and hearing! Our ears are very sensitive, and can easily be damaged!

 

Have a good day, and keep working hard and smiling.

 

Mr Codd

 

Mr Codd's Numeracy Resource - 12th May 2020

Mr Codd's Science Challenge - 12th May 2020

Mr Codd's Extra Science Challenge - 12th May 2020

Mr Jennings – Monday 11th May

 

Good morning!

 

I hope you all had a lovely, long weekend! We had great weather for most of it, so I hope you were getting some quality time outside (from a safe distance of course!) VE day was a great occasion and I enjoyed seeing some of your decorations and activities on Seesaw. It was good for us to be able to celebrate a happier time, and I am sure we will have a similar celebration when we get through this ordeal. I’m saving some of my best dance moves for you all!

 

See below for today’s activities and enjoy your day!

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

Today’s activity is a negative number task. You have to accompany Denis the Delivery man on his rounds and keep track of what he is delivering and to which floor. There are 3 levels of difficulty to choose from, I advise taking on either the two or three star sheets. Answers are attached below the sheet you complete.

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

This week’s ‘Word of the Week’ is a long one. I would like you to focus on the word TREACHEROUS

With this word, I would like you to:

-              Find and record the definition.

-              Find two synonyms of this word (different words but same meaning)

-              Find two antonyms (words that mean the opposite)

-              Write two different sentences including the word to show you know what it means and how to use it.

 

BONUS CHALLENGE: In your sentences, see how many other words of the week you can fit in also. If you don’t start using them, you’ll forget what they all mean!

 

History Challenge

This week’s history challenge centers around FAMOUS INVENTORS from throughout history. Some of these people you may have encountered at the start of our Roman’s theme when we discussed what it meant to be revolutionary. Do you remember what that means?

 

As always, I have selected 8 people for you to choose from, and left you the ‘your choice’ option too. My advice is to find out what each of the people in the table invented, before making your choice. How many of the names do you know already?

 

If you want to focus on somebody else, that’s totally fine. If you really love something, just think about who invented it, and you’ve got yourself someone to research!

 

Like last week, some of the activities have changed, but some remain the same. I enjoy seeing you all complete such a variety of tasks that show off your strengths and creative ideas. I am looking forward to seeing what you can come up with.

 

Enjoy your learning, and I’ll check back in with you all tomorrow!

 

Mr Jennings :)

 

 

Monday 11th May 2020

Mr Codd

 

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend and are raring to go for another week of home learning. As I said to you in class, you have worked so hard since September to improve all of your skills, so try hard not to give up now, and keep going on your learning tasks! I always find getting up and getting things done early means that I have the rest of the day to myself! Do you like to work like that?

I hope you spent some time outside over the weekend in the warm sunshine. We had about 20 minutes of rain on Sunday night and I couldn’t work out what the sound of it was...it’s been so long since we had any really, how often do we say that?!

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group

Today we will go over some more of the fractions work that we were completing the last time we were together in school. Today we will work on fractions. Have a look at the sheets attached below. You might remember that when we worked out a fraction of an amount, lots of you used your knowledge of the times tables. Some of you liked to draw out circles and share the large number amongst those circles (we said sweets at a party!) then work out how many were in one group. Sometimes you’d need to count more than one group….so if you needed to find 2 / 3 of 15, you’d count how many in two out of three groups.

I’ve attached various sheets. I do not expect you to do them all. I know it’s now a while since we covered these areas, and so I want you to have a go at a sheet or two that you feel comfortable with.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group

Today’s challenge is a spelling task. As usual on Monday, refer back to the spelling booklet that I posted on Monday 20th April 2020. Scroll down on the class pages to find the worksheet. I’d like you to complete pages 8,9,12 and 13 today. Try to do at least 2 of these pages.

 

Creative Challenge – History

Mr Jennings is setting the creative challenge today and it’s another great chance to learn about History. History was very much in the news over the weekend with the 75th anniversary of VE day. Did you and your families manage to celebrate? Did you discuss VE day? I hope you managed to, if you did please let us know on Seesaw!

 

Good luck with all of your learning challenges today.

 

Mr Codd

Thursday 7th May 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hello Guys.

I hope you are all ok. I’ve just turned my laptop on to post todays challenges having put my children to bed. Charlotte’s question as she went to sleep was ‘Daddy, was Elsa from ‘Frozen’ ever chased around by a T-Rex?’ Haha!! How could I answer that?

Well, its Thursday already; I think the weeks are going so quickly, which is a good thing as we are on the way to being back at school. I enjoyed your jokes for Mr Jennings…and yes, I have pinched lots of them for future use…

I know we’ve been off for a while, but today I had a think about us all playing on the field on the last day before we left school, and taking the picture on the playground of us all together. I don’t think it seems too long ago? I’m going to give you a reminder to keep going strong today, and that we are all living through History! Keep trying hard on your home learning tasks. You will have an incredible story to tell people in future about these times!

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group –

Today is a writing task for you all. I loved reading your ‘Wishing Jar’ pieces last week. I’ve attached another picture to inspire you this week. I have to say I love this picture… so much in fact that I might have a go myself! I’d like you to write an opening, based on the picture. Remember to include as many of the skills that we learned in class as possible. (Good adjectives, a range of punctuation, similes, fronted adverbials, comma’s in a list) You can of course write more. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Who is the character?

How did they end up here?

Where are they? What can they see?

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group –

Today’s maths challenge is word problems. They are great to practise as they give us so many skills that we can use in everyday life. Find todays challenges attached below. There are 3 pages of challenges, choose whichever you’d like to complete.

 

Creative Challenge – Art

I love Miss Horne’s art challenges, there’s always a new artist to discover and it gives us a chance to try different art techniques. Head to Miss Horne’s post and prepare to get creative!

 

We won’t post any learning challenges tomorrow, as it’s a bank holiday. So your teachers want you to enjoy the time. Chill out, play games, do anything you want to do. (How many of your teachers ever tell you that? Make the most of it!)

Speak to you on Monday,

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Literacy Resource - 7th May 2020

Mr Jennings – Thursday 7th May

 

Good morning!

 

I hope you’re all keeping well. First, I must start by acknowledging the awesome video that the Year 3’s put together on Seesaw! The theme song, dancing, cartwheels, ball skills and guitar playing were all brilliant and just reminded me of how phenomenal every single one of you are. Me, Mr Codd and Miss Horne are all so lucky to be your teachers. We are all thinking of you!

 

On top of this, there were some great jokes posted yesterday; I had a nice chuckle! My favourite was:

 

Why was the football field wet on a sunny day?

The players dribbled all over it!

 

I’m definitely adding that to my teacher’s joke book. I’m sure Mr Codd wouldn’t mind that one either!

 

Anyways, it’s that time of the week where I remind you of the fantastic job you are all still doing. It’s been such a long time now! No matter how much you are getting done in a day, keeping going is hard enough. As always, I am so ridiculously proud of every single one of you and I am counting down the days until we can all see each other at school again!

 

As Friday is a Bank Holiday, we won’t be setting any work for you, so the day is yours to do as you please! Enjoy the weather, reset and I’ll check back in with you on Monday! See below for the final activities for this week:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

I have decided to bump forward our Friday ‘Whodunnit’ challenge to Thursday just so you have the option of completing some work over the weekend if you wish! This week you must solve… the mystery of the missing football cup! Liverpool fans have been puzzled by this one for a while now… ;)

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

I’ve decided to link this week’s short writing task to the music challenge I set you on Monday. Today, I would like you to plan a music festival, filled with a mixture of musical artists. Think Glastonbury, but bigger and better!

 

You could use some of the artists you learnt about on Monday, and include some of your favourite artists from the present day! Don’t forget to think about what else might be at the festival too (fairground rides, food stalls etc.) there’s normally a lot more than just music going on. If it would help you to draw it out, go for it!

 

Once you have a good idea of what your festival will look like (and be called!) I would like you to tap back into your persuasive powers we worked on earlier this year and attempt to write a short persuasive radio advert for your event.

 

Even though we focused on writing persuasively about food, you were all so brilliant that you can definitely adapt your ideas to a festival. I have attached some of the resources we used, including the original text, boxing up text and toolkit, to support you. They might not fit perfectly with the piece you will write, but they will hopefully give you a starting point!

 

Remember, a radio advert cannot be that long otherwise you will lose the listener’s attention. It’s all about quality, NOT quantity!

 

Art Challenge

I like this week’s choice of artist. He has a fantastic name! Check out Miss Horne’s post for more details on his work and how you could experiment with it this week.

 

Have a lovely weekend and keep smiling!

 

Mr Jennings :)

Wednesday 6th May 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all ok. I’ve realised that my jokes are probably causing you to laugh too much, and so, perhaps not concentrate on your learning tasks. (They are so funny aren’t they?...aren’t they?) So I thought I’d pose you a riddle today….no cheating! So, ‘What dries, the more it gets wet?’ Let me know on Seesaw if you can work it out!

Ok, so after Year 4 delivered an epic video last week, the Year 3’s have risen to the challenge too, with an incredible video of their own that all of your teachers watched on Seesaw. We thought it was amazing and every time one of you popped on screen, a huge smile came across my face. I loved it! Mr Jennings, Miss Horne and I say it a lot, but we really are all very proud to be able to call ourselves your teachers. Thank you for keeping us smiling, we can’t wait to see you all again.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group –

It’s reading comprehension practise today. I hope that you will enjoy learning about VE Day. It is the 75th anniversary of VE Day this Friday. You will learn more about this on today’s task. Choose your challenge, but the three star challenge is tricky!

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group –

Wednesday is Mathletics day, so head to the website to complete todays challenges.

 

Creative Challenge – Wellness Wednesday

I really look forward to Wednesday, as Miss Horne sets us a fantastic Wellness activity. Try your best to set aside some quiet time to complete todays task.

 

Have a good day everyone,

 

Mr Codd

Mr Jennings – Wednesday 6th May

 

Happy Wednesday!

 

I needed a pick me up today, so I started looking up ‘terrible jokes’ on the internet. I wasn’t surprised to see that I recognised, and had told the majority of them over my past 3 years at school. However, this one was new to me and I loved it!

 

‘How does the moon cut his hair?’

 

‘Eclipse it!’

 

Shocking, I know, but we all need a pick me up every now and again! With this in mind, as an added challenge today (if you like), I would like you to post the best short (age appropriate!) joke you can find onto Seesaw. I will judge all that are sent in and announce which one made me chuckle the most tomorrow!

 

Now, see below for the real learning!

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

Two more puzzles for you today! One of them is more maths based and the other will require you to work with four coins. Mysterious I know! Click on the documents attached to reveal all!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

Another Wednesday, another ‘Unscrambled’ challenge! Last week’s word was community. Can you figure out this week’s big word, and make ten smaller words, from the letters below:

 

U N P L O O L I T

 

Good luck!

 

Wellness Challenge

As always, Miss Horne does a great job setting you up with some lovely wellness challenges to complete, so check out her post to see what you can accomplish today.

 

Enjoy your day!

 

Mr Jennings :) 

 

 

 

Wednesday's activities - Mr Jennings (6/5/20)

Tuesday 5th May 2020

 

Mr Codd

 

Good Morning guys,

I hope you are all ok. I loved seeing all of your musical challenges yesterday. Music is a great way to lift your spirits and feel happy…. right now I am listening to some amazing 1990’s tunes. (No comments about my age thank you!) Some of you will have parents that will agree with me, that the music was superb in the 1990’s! Actually there’s a little challenge for you. Get a parent to play you a favourite song from their youth. The rules are you can score the song however you like out of 10, but you have to listen to the whole song. Maybe you could play them one of your favourites and see what they think!

 

Keep smiling everyone, you made our classrooms light up with your smiles, and seeing you on Seesaw keeps me smiling too.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group –

I love todays challenge! It’s another ‘finding all possibilities’ problem. I saw some truly inventive ways of working last week’s problem out. If you have got into the routine of working in a systematic way then you should be fine today. Good Luck!

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group –

Today we will complete some SPAG work. Have a look at the attached sheet based on ‘conjunctions.’ Have a go at the 1 or 2 star sheets as some revision of SPAG work that we have covered in class.

 

Creative Challenge – Science

Today’s Science video clip is brought to you by one of my favourite Scientists…Mary Anning! You may know a bit about her already. She found out some incredible things about our planet by searching for fossils. Now, I know we can’t get out to search for fossils, but I know that some animals were fossilised in volcanic eruptions with the lava fossilising them. I thought over the next few days we could have a go at making our own Lava Lamp! (A favourite experiment of mine..)Follow the instructions on the ‘ScienceBob’ link. You will need adult supervision on this experiment, when using the fizzy tablets.

 

Good luck with all of your challenges today. I’d like to give you all a quick reminder of the log ins and passwords you have for online learning. Please keep logging on to these when you can.

 

Have a great day!

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Numeracy Resource - 5th May 2020

Mr Codd's Science Resources - 5th May 2020

Mr Jennings – Tuesday 5th May

 

Good morning!

 

I can’t believe I missed the chance to begin yesterday with ‘May the fourth be with you.’ I was really disappointed with myself. Maybe next year I’ll finally remember!

 

As always though, I hope you’re well and are keeping spirits high. I hope yesterday’s musical challenge helped with this; there has already been some great work on show!

 

See below for today’s learning challenges.

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

4 number showdown was tricky last week! A lot of you did discover that having all even numbers does impact on your ability to make the majority of the odd answers. This week we’re back to having a mix, and I’m setting the challenge of getting 25 answers in 5 minutes. Who’s up for it?!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

Another 60 second read this week. It’s called ‘One Tiny Mistake’. Before you read it, what do you think it might be about?

 

Science Challenge

Our resident Willows’ scientist, Mr Codd, will have all the information about your science challenge for you this week. Check out his post for the details.

 

Enjoy your day everyone!

 

Mr Jennings :)

Tuesday's activities - Mr Jennings (5/5/20)

Monday 4th May 2020

Mr Codd

 

Good morning one and all!

I hope you are all ok and had a good weekend, getting out and about when you could to enjoy the sunshine. We enjoyed a bike ride on Sunday, and all felt so tired after it!

Make sure you have a look at Miss Horne’s amazing rainbow artwork in her post today. It looks fantastic! I hope you are all managing to have a go at a few fun things of your choice too!

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group –

Today is a spelling focus, and I’d like you to refer back to the booklet that I attached on Monday 20th April 2020 (Statutory Spelling List – Year 3 and 4 Activity Book) The resource is still below, if you scroll down to my post from that date. I would like you to complete four pages today, scroll down to pages 3,4,17 and 18.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group –

On Monday’s we revise some of the work we have covered in school so far this year. Today we will look at fractions of amounts. We thought of this as a total (say 16) then we looked at what fraction had been shaded (for example 6) so we would say 6/16ths had been shaded. The sheet is usually printed out, but you can still complete the task by counting the amounts that have been or need to be shaded in your workbook. (The circular diagrams may be tricky to draw, so see if you can find another way of representing your answer!)

 

Creative Challenge – History

Mr Jennings has set the History challenge today. Head over to his post to find out what we will be up to!

 

I hope you are ready for another week of learning. I think that all of your teachers keep saying it, but we really are another week closer to being back at school! Keep working hard, and uploading your tasks (and other activities) to Seesaw when you can.

 

Good luck with your tasks and remember…May the 4th be with you….always… (Star Wars joke there!)

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Numeracy Resource - 4th May 2020

Mr Jennings – Monday 4th May

 

Happy Monday!

 

Welcome to a brand new week. I hope you all had a nice weekend and found time to get up to a range of different activities. It’s time to kick the week of with a bang though with some new learning activities. See below:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

Today I am going to kick you off with some word problems revision. These are multi-step problems, and will at some point involve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. There are 3 sheets of varying difficulty, so choose the one that best suits you. Maybe do half of one sheet and half of another? It’s totally up to you!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

For this week’s ‘Word of the Week’ challenge, I would like you to focus on the word: YEARN/YEARNING

With this word, I would like you to:

-              Find and record the definition.

-              Find two synonyms of this word (different words but same meaning)

-              Find two antonyms (words that mean the opposite)

-              Write two different sentences including the word to show you know what it means and how to use it.

 

History Challenge

This might be my favourite history challenge yet! As you all know, I am a massive sports fan, but I also love music. If you ever see me pottering around before or after school, you’ll notice I always have my earphones in!

 

This is why this challenge excites me, because there are so many artists and musicians you could learn about. I have put 8 of my own choices in there, but could have added so many more, many of them from Manchester alone!

 

You’ll notice that I have changed quite a few of the choices you had in the second table where you decide how you will record your learning. Some of them are definitely more ‘creative’ this week, and could prove to be amazing if you really go for them! I had to recreate an album cover as part of a family quiz this week and haven’t laughed so hard (or been as proud of myself!) for a long time, so it definitely could be worth it. With some of the more creative activities though, I do advise still doing a bit of research too and recording some key facts. This is still a great learning opportunity, and it would be great to have a mix of fun whilst also learning something new.

 

Of course, if you were looking forward to one of the options I have taken out of the table for this week, you could always choose this as the ‘your choice’ option too.

 

I am actually really excited to see what you can come up with. I know some of you love the spotlight, so this is your big chance!

 

Happy learning and enjoy yourselves!

 

Mr Jennings :)

 

Friday 1st May 2020

Mr Codd

 

Happy Friday Everyone!

I hope you are ready for your last learning tasks of the week, before a rest this weekend.

I have to say well done on completing MoveMoreMarch for us. Some of the movements I have seen on Seesaw have been so amazing. Some of you have made it a personal mission to complete the challenge on your own, so thank you so much for your efforts! It’s safe to say that Team Willows smashed this challenge. Well done!

Well done too, to those of you that had a go at my PE leader challenge yesterday. Some of you put me to shame with your speed bounces! Enjoy today’s tasks.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Challenge – Today I am setting you a short piece of writing, based on the picture below. I’d like you to imagine that in your time currently spent at home, you come across the ‘wishing jar’ below. I’d like you to write about finding the jar. Do you try it? Do you tell anyone? What will you do with it? Remember I am only looking for a short paragraph, probably the opening, and you can leave it on a cliff-hanger if you like! Try and use the skills that we have learned in school so far.

 

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Challenge – It’s Maths Mystery Day today, and I know that this is a favourite of some of you! The usual rules apply, try and solve the clues to the mystery and see who didn’t do it before you work out who did do it, do you think you can do it? Maybe you already did it? Haha! (that’s almost a tongue twister!) Today's challenge is all based on the fractions work we studied last half term. Good luck finding today’s culprit.

 

Creative Challenge – Geography.

All of the lower key stage 2 teachers have been so pleased to see how much you have enjoyed learning about the world over the past couple of weeks. This week we will continue to learn about the world as a whole, before we might take a more focused look at regions or countries next week.

I’ve included a map quiz this week. All you have is the outline of the countries map. You can use globes, atlases, maps or Google Earth to try and name them!

I’ve also included a link which has some online ‘World Geography Games.’ Feel free to have a bit of an explore and play some of them. (I had a go at the ‘name the regions of Spain’ game and I don’t mind reporting that I was terrible! I had to guess most of the regions!) Hope you enjoy learning a bit more about our world and other countries….you never know, we may ask you to grab your virtual passport and take a trip to a specific country next week!

 

Have a good day, and a great weekend!

 

Mr Codd

Creative Challenge - Geography - 1st May 2020

Geography Games Link

Mr Codd's Literacy Resource - Friday 1st May 2020

Mr Jennings – Friday 1st May

 

Good morning!

 

It’s Friday already! This week may have been a bit harder than the rest given you’ve probably had a few more ‘wet playtimes’ than in the past 4 weeks (it’s literally pouring down as I right this!) But, this is my weekly reminder that you are all doing an amazing job. Every single day, you’re all doing the best you can in the current situation, and that’s all I, or any of the other teachers, can ask for. We're really proud of you! See below for this week’s final learning challenges:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

Another crime. Many suspects. Only one criminal.

This week’s mystery has been influenced by some of the great abandoned cinema stories I have been reading from my Literacy group. Can you solve ‘The Murder at the Movies?’

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

I have set a grammar activity on SPAG.com for you to complete today. The questions will cover a variety of things we have completed this year. Head over there and do your best!

 

Geography Challenge

Mr Codd will be handling this week’s Geography challenge, so check out his post for more information!

 

I will be back on Monday with my musical history challenge.This might be my favourite one yet, so stay tuned and enjoy your weekend!

 

Happy learning!

 

Mr Jennings  :) 

 

Friday's activities - Mr Jennings (1/5/20)

Mr Jennings – Thursday 30th April

 

Good morning!

 

I hope you enjoyed your activities for Wednesday and managed to get outside towards the end of the day when the sun decided to join us again! Hopefully some sun is being saved for us for when we all get back together! Every day down is one day closer; stay positive! See below for today’s activities:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

Hopefully you enjoyed yesterday’s puzzles! Today I would like you to play a game, and if you have a sibling in Year 6, you may have seen it already! It’s called PIG, and it will focus on your skills of addition mainly. See the attached sheet with the rules below. Play a few games, maybe take on every person in your household and have a league table? Who will be the BIGGEST PIG?!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

Today I will be setting you a short writing task. See the sheet attached below for more detailed instructions.

 

Art Challenge

This week’s artist in focus is Henri Matisse. What a great choice by Miss Horne! Head over to the Year 3 page for more details!

 

Happy learning!

 

Mr Jennings :) 

 

Thursday's activities - Mr Jennings (30/4/20)

30th April 2020

Mr Codd

 

Good Morning everyone!

Well, here we are for another day. However, today isn’t just a normal day! Firstly, it’s the final day of our extension of ‘MoveMoreMarch,’ the Marathon challenge to move for 15 minutes every day, that we started in school and amazingly, so many of you have contributed to finishing while we are at home. So many videos and pictures have appeared on Seesaw, and I will let Trafford School Sport Partnership know how well you have all done. Today is the last day…we just need to see some 15 minute bursts of activity, and we are over that marathon line.

 

While we are speaking about Trafford School Sport Partnership, I have been encouraging you to get your parents to follow them on Twitter (@TraffordSSP) Every day a sports leader from schools in Trafford have been posting challenges for you to get involved in. Today, you may see a very familiar face setting you the challenge! If you are able to post a picture or video with your challenge, you may be in with a chance of winning a medal or school games badge. I’d love to see your efforts on Seesaw too. Here’s an extra challenge…today is the 100th birthday of the incredible Captain Tom Moore. (I know you’ll know who that is) My question is….’What links today's sports challenge to Captain Tom Moore?’ No clues!

Enjoy your learning today, and bring on the challenges!

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Challenge –

Over the last couple of days, I had a thought about the amount of heroes we have seen coming through at this strange time. I’ve had many heroes over the years, sporting heroes, musician heroes, people who do amazing things for other people, and of course my Mum and Dad. I used to write to some of my heroes just to let them know how much they inspired me, but also because I liked getting a reply and sometimes an autograph or a picture! I thought, that with a hero in Captain Tom Moore having his 100th birthday today, and with it being a writing day, that we could use this as inspiration and write a letter to one of our heroes. It doesn’t matter who it is! You can sometimes find addresses to send post to them online, but you don’t have to of course! (I understand that getting stamps or envelopes, and then attending the post office might be difficult at this time, but you can keep your letter until it’s safe to purchase what you need to send it!) It will be good practise in letter writing, even though we haven’t covered this yet in class. Who will you choose? I’d love to know. Let me know on Seesaw!

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Challenge –

We are back to word problems today for Numeracy. You know the drill with these. Read carefully, work out however you like and record your answer. There are three challenge sheets, so have a look and try to give yourself a challenge. 

 

Creative Challenge – Art.

Miss Horne has, once again, prepared an art activity for you all to have a go at. Hot on the heels of last week’s Mondrian work, I can’t wait to see what you get up to this week.

 

I’m excited about our learning challenges today. Let’s do this!

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd - 29th April 2020

 

Hello Year 3 and 4,

Well, I can’t quite believe we have arrived at Wednesday already! The learning tasks you post on Seesaw are fantastic as ever, and the extra effort on things like Miss Horne’s Morse Code Challenge and your determination to show me your physical activity for ‘MoveMoreMarch’ are amazing to see. I hope you enjoy today’s tasks.

Now. I have to finish by mentioning a quite brilliant video that some of you made, that Mrs Warren shared with your teachers yesterday. IT. WAS. AMAZING! We loved watching it and I can’t tell you how happy we were to see you all. (some of you were clearly influenced by the lower key stage 2 teachers dance moves I see….is that a good or bad thing?...I’ll let you decide!)

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group – Today we are back to a comprehension task. Simple. Read the text and answer the questions in as much detail as you can. Why not put some music on today, as you complete the challenge! I always find my favourite music gets me focused and working harder…and if not, well, it’s just good fun! Today I thought you would quite like to learn more about Fossils. Choose the text and questions you would like to have a go at.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group – On Wednesdays I set some Mathletics work. Have a go at the challenges as always and try to get a ‘gold bar.’ While you are online, have a go at the ‘live’ area, as well as making the most of Numbots to practise your skills.

 

Creative Challenge – Wellness Wednesday

Miss Horne is here once again to take over the Wellness Wednesday Challenge. I always look forward to this one, I hope you do too. See Miss Horne’s post for today’s task.

 

Have fun with your learning, and family time today. Speak to you tomorrow.

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Literacy Resource - 29th April 2020

Mr Jennings – Wednesday 29th April

 

Happy Wednesday!

 

Before I say anything else, it is IMPOSSIBLE not to mention the video you guys have put together. It left me beaming, speechless and emotional, but PROUD more than anything else. It is an absolute privilege to have you guys in my classroom and I’m so glad my sense of humour has rubbed off on some of you! Seeing you all smiling and coming together as a group absolutely made my day! So I wanted to say a massive thank you and send you all a virtual hug/high five/fist bump/dab (choose as appropriate). You are ACE! See below for today’s learning:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

Today I have some more puzzles for you! The first puzzle is more mathematical (and will require some real thought!), and the second is more like a quiz! The answers are attached, but why peek when it will feel so good to get the right answer on your own?!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

Well done to those of you who solved last week’s ‘Unscrambled’ challenge. The word was EMOTIONAL.

 

Here is another 9 letter word jumbled up nicely for you:   U  O  T  M  C  I  Y  M  N  

 

As always, try to find 10 smaller words (although I have seen people come up with loads more!) Then try to establish what the BIG word is!

 

Wellness Challenge

The power of the sun on our mood is huge. A sunny day can automatically make you feel happier and more productive. Unfortunately, the sun disappeared yesterday, and there is supposed to be a bit of rain today too, which means it is all the more important to focus on our well being today. Check out Miss Horne’s post to see what she has planned!

 

Premier League Kids’ Quiz

Before I go, I just wanted to let some of you know about something I came across online the other day. As you all know, I am a huge Manchester City fan, but I’m also a massive football fan in general. So, due to the lack of football to watch, on Sunday I took part in the official Premier League pub quiz on the Premier League YouTube channel (because what else do I have to do on a Sunday night?)

 

Anyways, whilst taking part (and doing brilliantly, might I add!), the host mentioned that there was a quiz for children at 10:30 am EVERY Thursday, live on the same YouTube channel! Some of you might think it will clash with your learning, but don’t worry, this is when the quiz is live. You can take part later on as they upload the quiz as a video too!

 

So, if you fancy yourself as a bit of a football trivia expert, this is something I would definitely check out! If you aren’t into football, then just forget every single word I have just said!

 

Once more, well done on your video! I’m off to watch it for the FIFTH time now! Happy learning!

 

Mr Jennings :)

Wednesday's activities - Mr Jennings (29/4/20)

Mr Jennings – Tuesday 28th April

 

Good morning!

 

As always, I hope you’re well and staying motivated. I’ve seen some excellent history work already from yesterday! See below for today’s learning:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

4 number showdown ROUND 3! This week I have given you a group full of even numbers. Does this make a difference? Can you still make all 30 numbers?

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

I have decided to throwback to our Roman’s theme for this week’s 60 second read. Please answer questions in as much detail as you can!

 

Science Challenge

Mr Codd always has something creative up his sleeve! Check out his post to see what he’s cooked up for this week’s science activity!

 

Short and sweet with today's instructions. Happy learning! 

 

Mr Jennings :)

 

Tuesday's activities - Mr Jennings (28/4/20)

28th April 2020

Mr Codd

 

Hello all!

I hope that you are well, and looking forward to today’s challenges. I imagine that it might be getting hard to get up and get on with your tasks in your temporary classrooms, but remember it’s so important to keep practising your skills, so try your best to keep it going. I’m sending virtual high fives and thumbs up to you all! Here are today’s learning tasks.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group

Today we have a SPAG focus. In our story writing earlier this year, we learnt about how effective fronted adverbials could be. I have attached some sheets and I would like you to have a go at one or two sheets of your choice, writing answers in your books. (choose the practise sheets rather than the ‘write your own story’ sheet.)

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group

I have been so impressed with your inventive ways to show your working on our ‘solving all possibilities’ problems over the last couple of weeks. Here is another and I love todays task. I’m going to challenge my family at home with it. It is tricky, but once you get going, and if you work systematically, then you’ll be fine. (Also, check out the fact about playing cards in the instructions at the beginning! Amazing!!) Don’t worry about the box at the bottom, you don’t need to work on that. My top tip is…. Find all the possible ways when only putting 1 in the first box…

 

Creative Challenge – Science.

Its Tuesday….so you know what that means! Science challenge!  This week we will look at the work of Alhazen. Never heard of him? You’ll know all about him after today’s lesson! I hope you enjoy SEEING what he has to tell us. Again, this is on my own personal learning agenda tomorrow. Good Luck!

 

Finally, the range of physical activities that you are all doing is incredible! I’ve seen; Yoga, Trampolining, Walking, Football, Gymnastics, Running and much more. We are going to smash this challenge to bits Team Willows! I am very proud of you all!

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Literacy Resource - 28th April 2020

Mr Codd's Numeracy Resource - 28th April 2020

Creative Challenge - Science

Monday 27th April 2020

MR CODD

Good Morning Guys!

Happy Monday! I hope you are well rested after the weekend and ready to go with another week of learning. I know you all logged on hoping eagerly for a joke to begin the week. Well you won’t be disappointed with this one... ‘Why do dragons sleep during the day?’ …. ‘So they can fight knights!’ Haha! (Actually that’s not great is it? Ah well, better luck next time.) You can find your learning tasks below. I hope you have another good week, keep the Seesaw photos and video clips coming.

I set you a task last week, to try and finish the MoveMoreMarch challenge we started in school last half term. I cannot believe all of the amazing activities you have been doing. Keep it up! We need to keep going until the end of April. Talking about movement, Trafford School Sport Partnership have a Twitter page that your parents can follow - @TraffordSSP. They are posting lots of ideas for physical challenges, including PE leaders from schools across Trafford setting physical challenges. If you ask your parents to follow them on Twitter, you may see a familiar face this week…

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task –

Today is a spelling focus, and I’d like you to refer back to the booklet that I attached last Monday 20th April 2020 (Statutory Spelling List – Year 3 and 4 Activity Book) The resource is still below, if you scroll down to my post from that date. I would like you to complete another two pages today, scroll down to pages 2 and 19. Complete the pages in your workbook.

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task –

For today’s task, we are going back to revise subtraction. We did so well at this in class, remembering that we sometimes need to ‘borrow from next door’ if we can’t take the bottom digit away from the top digit. Hopefully, you’ll recall how we did these in class. If you feel really confident with these, try adding digits at the beginning and end to make a 5-digit number. Can you still do it?

Creative Challenge – History

Mr Jennings has set todays History activity. I love these creative challenges, and today’s is another interesting one. I hope that you enjoy it.

 

Good luck with all of your tasks form today. As always, I’d love to see how you have got on, on Seesaw!

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Numeracy Resource - Monday 27th April 2020

Mr Jennings - Monday 27th April 

 

Happy Monday!

 

I hope you have had a lovely weekend and have taken the time to do a bit of everything you enjoy! I wish I could update you on my activities, but they’re not that entertaining! I still wear a cap most days and I think that will be continuing for a while to come considering someone told me the horror story that barbers won’t be open for ANOTHER 6 MONTHS!!! Still no McDonald’s either!!!

 

In all seriousness though, the only thing that TRULY matters right now is that we all stay safe indoors and focus on our health and well being. Everything else can wait! Just imagine how good that first McDonald’s will be knowing I waited longer than I ever have before! Anyways, to stop me drooling, I’m going to tell you about today’s tasks!

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

More revision for you today! This time I have chosen for you to revise over Roman Numerals. There are 3 sheets attached. Please complete TWO of them, according to how confident you are.

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

For this week’s ‘Word of the Week’ challenge, I would like you to focus on the word:  AMBIGUOUS

 

With this word, I would like you to:

-              Find and record the definition.

-              Find two synonyms of this word (different words but same meaning)

-              Find two antonyms (words that mean the opposite)

-              Write two different sentences including the word to show you know what it means and how to use it.

 

On a separate note, if any of you have finished your stories, I would love to read some on Seesaw. Feel free to even read it aloud if you wish!

 

History Challenge

You all did a great job researching famous sports people from throughout history last week. I was pleased to see people sticking to some of the athletes on the grid, but was also pleased with some of your own choices too!

 

This week’s focus is FAMOUS BRITISH MONARCHS (Kings and Queens). I have come up with 8 monarchs of my own for you to research, and of course left you with the option of choosing your own. The activities are the same as last week, although I would advise doing a different one this time to keep it interesting for yourself!

 

Tune back in next week when we will be focusing on FAMOUS MUSICIANS throughout history! A favourite of mine!

 

Happy learning!

 

Mr Jennings :)

Friday 24th April 2020

Hola y buenos días!

I thought that since today’s creative challenge was Geography, that I’d give you a ‘good morning’ message in another language! Any ideas what language, and what it says? Maybe let me know on Seesaw? I think I may have put the wrong date on yesterday’s tasks! Apologies! (I’m losing track of the days at the minute…I had better remember today's date though…it’s my Mums birthday! Yes I will make sure I ring her before you ask…) Hope you are all well. Let’s all have one last big push of work for the week before a weekend off!

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group – Today's task is a writing task. I have posted an image below. That’s it, the story is then up to your imagination. You cannot be wrong remember! You can decide on how much you write, but remember our stories from ‘Talk for writing’ were always short, with an opening, build up, dilemma, resolution and ending. You could write a whole story over the weekend / into next week, or if you just want to set the scene with an opening and build up full of super punctuation and adjectives and adverbs, and leave it there then great! You all know I love a cliffhanger…

Think about the following questions to help you:

Where is this?

Where does it go to?

How did you arrive here?

What can you see, hear, feel, smell, touch?

What are the different huts, which will you choose? Why?

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group – Another Maths Mystery is on the cards today. You can find it below. I love this one, purely because it’s so true for every teacher – ‘The Mystery of the Missing Glue Sticks!’ We run out in class so quickly! (I think you hide them all from me….)

 

Creative Challenge – Geography -

Mr Jennings is taking over the Geography task today. Head to his post to find out what we are going to learn about our world today! I’ll definitely try this one out at home with my children!

 

I realised today that, that is another week gone, and that means that it’s another week we are closer in being together, and back at school. I have been amazed at how many of you have taken up the challenge of getting our Move More March marathon challenge completed. We are absolutely going to do it. I have tweeted Trafford School Sport Partnership and they are so impressed we are finishing it…I’ll be asking for an athlete visitor to reward you all when we get back to school. Have a good weekend.

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Literacy Resource - 24th April 2020

Mr Jennings - Friday 24th April 

 

Happy Friday!

 

Another week down and we’re now close to being off for the same amount of time we would normally be in the Summer. It’s not quite the same, I think we’ll all agree, but we can only make the most of our time. Our aim is to come out of this healthy and happy; anything else is a bonus! Keep going, because you’re doing great! See below for today’s learning:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

This week’s ‘Whodunnit’ challenge revolves around the mystery of the melting ice creams. I’m sure this may be a problem some of you have experienced recently! Having looked through the clues myself, I do recognise that there are parts of tasks that I may not have taught yet (e.g. equivalent fractions). My advice for these parts is to just have a go and ask for help if you need. YouTube can be a helpful resource too in this type of scenario!

Good luck detectives!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

Today’s task is a continuation of yesterday, as I would like you to carry on adding to your short story.

 

Sometimes people find stories hard to write because they aren’t thinking about who they want to read it. Give yourself an audience and write your story for somebody! That might be me, your parents, your sibling or your friends. Keep that person in your head and I promise you will find the process easier. I know I am looking forward to seeing where your imagination takes you!

 

Geography Challenge

Last week, you did a great job learning about the continents and oceans. Let’s not even talk about the flags and how hard you made them….

 

This week, hopefully you’re going to be able to refer to some of that knowledge as you learn all about the 7 wonders of the world! Have you ever heard of these? Have you ever been to any of them?

 

Firstly, before I continue, I must clarify that there are actually three groups of ‘7 wonders’:

  • The 7 wonders of the ancient world
  • The 7 wonders of the modern world
  • The 7 wonders of the natural world

Today, I would like you to find out what all 21 of these wonders are (ancient, modern and natural) record which continent they are on, which country they are found in and which ocean is closest to them. A big task, I know!

 

However, once you’ve done this you can reward yourself by going to visit them! Yes, visit them! I would like you to choose one group of wonders, (ancient, modern or natural) and hop on Google Earth to go and explore them and the surrounding area.

 

To make it feel like you’re really there, why not dress up in the clothes you think you would need to wear in order to go and visit them? I mean, yes, it’s a silly idea, and you may have to wear 7 different outfits in a short period of time, but anything to pass the time, right?! Any photographs of you dressed up, or explaining why you chose a particular set of clothes, would be brilliant to see on Seesaw!

 

As a bonus activity, should you wish to take it on, you could:

  1. Decide upon the ULTIMATE 7 wonders of the world list. Can you narrow down all 21 of the wonders you have found out about into just one list of 7, with a short explanation as to why each wonder has made the cut?

 

  1. Decide upon your own 7 wonders of the world. These could be absolutely anything! If you want to steal from the other lists, you could, but you can have 7 completely brand new wonders if you wish! This would be really interesting for me, Miss Horne and Mr Codd to read!

 

To help your decision making, here is a list of the 21 nominees for the 7 modern wonders of the world that were voted for in 2007 (https://world.new7wonders.com/wonders/ )

 

Happy exploring and have lovely weekend!

 

Mr Jennings

 

Friday's activities - Mr Jennings (24/4/20)

Mr Codd – 22nd April 2020

 

Happy Thursday everyone!

 

I hope you are all ok. I think it’s safe to say that the exercise tally rocketed yesterday, to achieve another day along our ‘Move More March!’ (now called All Active April) Lets try and get another one done today.

 

As I’ve seen on Seesaw, you are all doing so well with your tasks, and also having fun and some relaxation time at home. I want to remind you today to be kind and helpful to everyone in your house during this time. It’s a strange situation for everyone so let’s make sure we help each other! When we were back at school I used to talk to you a lot about our classes as teams, we have to work to help each other. Now, temporarily, your household has become a team. Keep working together.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group – There will be another writing challenge along tomorrow, but after the incredible acrostic poems I saw on Seesaw last week, I thought we could have one more go at some. (lots of you certainly seemed to enjoy having a go at them last week!) This week, I am leaving the word up to you! Be creative, be inventive, be thoughtful….and have fun. Don’t forget to decorate them. I am really looking forward to sitting down and reading them all tomorrow.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group – Today we will investigate word problems. I love working on word problems, because they ask us to use maths skills just like we would in real life. Choose a sheet that you feel happy working with and get cracking! (the third sheet is a challenge!) Good Luck.

 

Creative Challenge – Art

Miss Horne is taking charge of the creative challenge once again today. I do love art, and so Thursday’s are a day I always look forward to. Why not put on some music today, relax and get creative! I’ve had a quick look and Miss Horne has chosen one of my favourite artists, so enjoy…

 

Good luck with all of your tasks. You really are doing a great job of them so keep going! 8 days to complete for MoveMoreMarch too, so get those activities in!

 

Speak to you tomorrow.

Mr Codd

Mr Jennings - Thursday 23rd April 

 

Good morning!

 

I hope you’re all feeling good and are sticking to a balanced routine at home. Just remember, every day that goes by is one day closer to getting back to school and having fun again! See below for today’s activities:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

Yesterday’s problem went down well. Here is the answer to the problem:

Two women go across. One comes back.
One man goes across. One woman comes back.
Two women go across. One comes back.
One man goes across. One woman comes back.
Two women go across.

Today I am going to give you a choice of two problems. One involves numbers, addition and strategy, whilst the other is purely about logic and strategy. Feel free to tackle both, or just choose the one you prefer. Both sheets have the answers right underneath the problems, so don’t scroll too far!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

Today I am going to set you an activity that will cover both today and tomorrow, as well as your weekend if you so wish.

For your task, I would like you to write me a short story. That story will all be based around one picture. I must say that I love this image, purely because I think it could make an amazing story! I have attached a PowerPoint below that will provide more information, including a potential plot line for the story as well as what you might want to include to hit a high standard. I must stress that I am not expecting pages upon pages of writing. Good writers focus on quality, not quantity!

 

The reason I have given you today, tomorrow and the weekend (if you choose) is that is gives you the chance to tackle this in small, manageable chunks. In school, we would typically write a story across the space of 4-5 days in 30 minute blocks, and that is what I think would work best here.  If you would prefer to try and get it done in two days, working for a bit longer and then having the weekend off, then by all means go for it. However, I think to produce something of a good standard, you have to work efficiently and in short bursts, when you are focused!

 

When they are finished, I would love to hear some dramatic readings on Seesaw if you feel up to the task. This is a spooky image, and it would require a spooky story teller!

 

Art Challenge

Last week’s Kandinsky work was great. It was amazing how so many of you were creative in recreating one of his famous pieces. I am a huge admirer of art and certain artists, so I am excited to see Miss Horne’s choice for this week. Anyone who uses lots of colour, that’s all I’m hoping for. Head over to her page to check out your task!

 

Happy learning!

 

Mr Jennings :) 

Mr Codd – 22nd April 2020

 

Morning Everyone!

I hope you got on ok with your learning challenges yesterday.

I have another mini challenge today separate from your learning! Can you remember back in school when we tried to complete a marathon of 26 miles ( A mile a day) before the end of March? It was called ‘Move More March,’ and the picture of the Pine class poster is below. We tried to do a GoNoodle / 5 a day / daily mile to complete it. We could have won an athlete visitor to school for our efforts. Well, my favourite school games value is Determination, and I wondered if we could finish the challenge?! Even though the Manchester Marathon won’t take place this year, I am a firm believer in starting what you finish.

So my challenge to you all is to move for 15 minutes and show me on Seesaw (picture or short video clip.) This could be a run on the spot, a walk around the garden, follow a 5 a day routine etc. We are 9 days away from finishing on the map, and there are 9 days left in April so, let’s do it! Weekends count too, so I will be looking out for your movement over the weekends as well. One uploaded activity a day to Seesaw from you guys will count. More would be even better! I am going to email Trafford School Sport Partnership to tell them that we are going to try and finish it! Let’s show all of the school games values and get it done! Come on Team Willows, we can do this!

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group

Today I would like you to have a go at the comprehension I have attached below. It’s all about the London Marathon! Perfect for today’s special Physical Challenge! It’s so important to understand what you have read, so make sure that you read carefully and answer in full sentences. Choose whichever challenge you feel most comfortable with. 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group

Today I have set some task on Mathletics tasks for you to complete. Once you are done, try to spend some time online playing in the ‘live’ areas. Don’t forget Numbots is available too.

Creative Challenge

Miss Horne has set her usual Wellness Wednesday task today. I’m looking forward to finding out what it is. I always do the tasks with my children and we love spending a bit of time simply looking after our own Wellbeing. Enjoy todays challenge!

 

Good Luck with all of your challenges today. Please remember that they are all important!

Speak to you tomorrow!

Mr Codd

Move More March Poster

Mr Jennings – Wednesday 22nd April

 

Good morning everybody!

 

Before I set your activities for today, I just want to begin by reminding you of how much of an excellent job you’re all doing. This is all starting to seem like the norm now, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop congratulating yourselves for adapting so brilliantly to learning from home! Some days you’ll find it hard, as we all do, but just keep going. We’re in this together and we’re all doing an amazing job. I’m proud of every single one of you! With that in mind, it’s time for you to smash today’s learning tasks! See below:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

Today I am going to set you a logic problem to solve (posted below). This means it won’t actually involve numbers and maths, but it will severely test your brain. I love this one, so let me know how it can be done! I will post the answer tomorrow so you can check your theories.

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

Last week was your first go at the ‘Unscrambled’ challenge. Well done to those of you who managed to figure out that the word was ‘apartment’. Can’t think of what gave me the idea to choose that word?

 

Anyways, here are this week’s nine letters:   L    T    E    O   O    M     I    A   N 

 

Can you make ten smaller words and then work out the bigger word?

 

Wellness Wednesday Challenge

I love Wednesday’s as it is a scheduled time for working on our well-being. I’m looking forward to seeing what Miss Horne has planned this week. Head over to the Year 3 page for more information!

 

Keep being brilliant everybody. Happy learning!

 

Mr Jennings :) 

 

Wednesday's activities - Mr Jennings (22/4/20)

Mr Codd – 21st April 2020

 

Hello!

As always I hope you are all ok, continuing to enjoy the weather and work hard on your learning tasks. It’s been great to see lots of you on SeeSaw learning in lots of different, creative ways, in addition to the tasks that your teachers have set.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Task

Today I would like you to work on some SPAG work (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) I have included 2 SPAG Mats below, 2 for year 3 and two for year 4. Have a go at, at least one of the mats in your workbook. As you scrill down the task sheets get a bit more complex. go for the sheet you feel most comfortable with (Don’t worry if you aren’t too sure of some of the terms, you can research these on the internet.)

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Task

Today I have set you another ‘finding all possibilities’ problem, like Emma’s firework task last week. You can find it below. Read it carefully and draw diagrams if you need to!

 

Creative Challenge – Science

I hope you enjoyed learning from Sir Isaac Newton last week. Your experiments kept me entertained on Seesaw! This week we will stay with the topic of forces and investigate another famous scientist who worked on the theories behind gravity, and push and pull forces. Galileo Galilei.

As last week, watch the video below to hear some of his theories and then have a go at the simple experiment. All you need is a rubber band and a small toy car. (other small toys will work if you can’t find a toy car!) Find a smooth surface.

Simply find a flat surface, like a dining room table, and have one person stretch a rubber band around their fingers (as seen in the picture below) then push the toy car back against the rubber band and let go. Who can get the car to stop closest to the end of the table without it falling off? Can you experiment with different objects? Could you record your results in a table? How could you accurately measure who was closest to the edge of the table? How would you make your experiment fair? Maybe you could write the task up as a scientific report, or create some dictionary definitions of the key words? There are so many forces at play here; push, pull, friction and gravity.

It’s great fun, but if you use your scientific knowledge of forces, then you will become a master at it!

Creative Challenge - Science

Mr Codd's Numeracy Resource - 21st April 2020

Mr Jennings - Tuesday 21st April 

 

Good morning!

 

As always, I hope you and your family are well! Before I reveal today’s tasks, I just wanted to point you in the direction of the BBC Bitesize website (https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize). Starting yesterday, they set up a home learning scheme whereby some very famous faces will be teaching different subjects from across the curriculum. David Attenborough is teaching geography, Brian Cox is talking science, Danny Dyer is covering Henry VIII and some bloke called Sergio Aguero is teaching how to count in Spanish! Even if these aren’t necessarily things we would cover in school, I think it is a great opportunity for you all. There are also traditional schemes of work to follow too, so there is plenty to keep you busy! I have attached an article which explains the BBC scheme in more detail here:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52344078

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

Another 4 number showdown for you all today! If you need a reminder of the rules, head back to last week’s post. Anything over 20 in five minutes is a great effort. Use the rest of the half an hour to fill in any blanks.

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

Once a week, I will set you a 60 second read activity. It should not take long to read, but do not think this makes it easy. There are a few questions to answer once you have read it; make sure you read them carefully and answer in detail.

 

Science Challenge

Some of your science learning from last week was great to see. I can’t believe how high the smaller ball bounced when on top of the larger one! I am just as excited you to see what Mr Codd has planned for you this week. Check out his latest post for the details!

 

Let me know how you enjoy BBC Bitesize. Any selfies with Sergio will go down very well! Happy learning!

 

Mr Jennings :) 

Mr Codd – Monday 20th April 2020

 

Good Morning Year 3 and 4!

 

I hope you all had a restful weekend? I realised, over the weekend, that I hadn’t sent you a joke recently! Apologies for that. I know you’ll all be waiting patiently, maybe desperately for one, so here we go: ‘How do you stop an astronaut’s baby from crying? You rocket!’ Haha! When you’ve stopped laughing at the joke (it may take a while, I know…) then have a go at today’s learning tasks.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group

Today's activity has a spelling focus. You can find today's tasks on the attachment below. You will need to refer back to this over the next few weeks, as we will try and complete 2 pages every Monday. For today I would like you to complete the first two pages in your home learning book. (If you look at the bottom its actually pages 20 and 1!) You can try and write the words out three or four times, then write your sentences in your book too.

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group

Today we will revise some of the column addition work that we covered earlier this year. Remember that we looked at how to ‘carry over’ to the column on the left if the addition crosses 10. I would hope that some of you could add an extra 3 digit number of your choice, to the sums. This would give you 3 lots of 3 digit numbers.

 

Creative Challenge – History

Mr Jennings has set today's History session, and I have to say I can’t wait to have a go at it myself! Head over to Mr Jennings post for today to find out what we’ll be up to.

 

Finally, thanks to everyone who has sent in pictures on the SeeSaw website/App. It has been amazing to see you all, and the tasks that you have completed. (the flags kept me entertained for hours!) Please keep sending in your pictures; your teachers are really enjoying seeing you and commenting on them all.

Have a great day!

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Literacy Resource - 20th April 2020

Mr Codd's Numeracy Resource - 20th April 2020

Mr Jennings - Monday 20th April 

 

Happy Monday!

 

I hope you have all had a nice weekend. I thought I jinxed the weather with what I said on Friday, but luckily the sun came back out on Sunday! I hope you guys are enjoying it as much as possible in your gardens. I cannot deny that I am jealous of you all! See below for today’s activities:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

Mondays will see me posting some arithmetic work or revision of topics we have already covered. Today the focus is multiplying three numbers together. Whilst this has never been an explicit lesson, it has popped up many a time in our arithmetic tests, so it is definitely useful to revisit.

 

I have attached both some varied fluency and problem solving sheets for you to complete. If possible, try to complete one from each set. If you only manage to complete one sheet in 30 minutes, then that is ok. Only take on both sheets if you’re especially speedy. Everybody should be attempting the expected (E) sheets or greater depth (GD).

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

For this week’s ‘Word of the Week’ challenge, I would like you to focus on the word:  HAVEN.

With this word, I would like you to:

  • Find and record the definition.
  • Find two synonyms of this word (different words but same meaning)
  • Find two antonyms (words that mean the opposite)
  • Write two different sentences including the word to show you know what it means and how to use it.

If anybody took on the tally challenge last week and enjoyed it, feel free to take it on again. Repeated use of a word is the only way your brain remembers it!

 

History Challenge

Every Monday, I will be setting you a history challenge focusing on a variety of key people from throughout history. Each week, there will be a different theme and this week’s is HISTORIC SPORTSPEOPLE.

 

There will always be a variety of options available, both in terms of the historical figures you can choose and the activities you can complete to show off your learning. The sheet attached below will show you your sporty options for this week, and will also provide further instructions on what you need to do.

 

I have tried to incorporate a range of sports and sportspeople in this week’s activity, however, I do feel guilty for leaving so many incredible names off the list. There is genuinely a huge amount of people you could choose to study, from a multitude of sports! I haven’t even mentioned cricket or swimming! Many of the names that I have chosen you may not have heard of, but that is the point. I want you to move out of your comfort zone!

 

I am looking forward to seeing your choices and am hoping that I can learn something from this as well as you! Happy learning!

 

Mr Jennings :) 

Mr Codd 17th April 2020

 

Good morning all!

 

I hope, as always, that you are all staying safe and well. Firstly, can I say how much I loved seeing your ‘Sunshine’ acrostic poems yesterday on the SeeSaw App. Colourful and inventive! I loved seeing some of your Kandinsky artwork too. I hope you all had fun on your challenges yesterday. See below for today’s activities.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group

Next week, I will set you a slightly longer piece of writing, to have a go at over two days. You can write as much as you like on the task. More on that next week. For today, try out the Adjective word search attached below. Adjectives are a brilliant way of livening up your writing!

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group

Todays numeracy challenge is a mystery! (That’s not to say I don’t know what it is…of course I do!) I have attached a Maths Mystery. We have done similar tasks back in school, and the task consists of several pages that help you to narrow down the culprit in the mystery. My advice is to read it carefully! This is not a task that I would expect you to complete in a day, but I am setting it on a Friday so you have the weekend to perhaps finish it off. Maybe you could reveal answers on SeeSaw?! Answers are attached so no peeping!

 

Creative Challenge – Geography

We are all well aware that we are on a ‘lockdown’ at the moment and travelling far isn’t really an option.  However, Roald Amundsen didn’t let adversity stop him from being the first person to race to the South Pole! Amelia Earhart didn’t put her plans to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean on hold because she was worried out the sturdiness of her aeroplane! Did Francis Drake and Christopher Columbus let the rough choppy seas of the world put their adventurous plans on hold? No! and neither will we! (I hope that sounded dramatic and inspiring….)

Over the next few weeks we will be using some resources to explore the world from our homes. You will find GoogleEarth, atlases, and maps most useful in the tasks we will set you. For today we will start big and investigate the whole Earth itself! See below for your challenges;

 

Using Google, maps or atlases find out how many continents there are in the world. Write them down. (extra challenge…. how many countries make up each continent? Which is the biggest continent in terms of countries? Which is the smallest? Can you come up with any other facts?)

Can you name the five oceans of the world?

Write your answers in your workbooks. I have attached some resources, but you can use any resources you want to.

 

Final Challenge – Our Earth is made up of many countries. Each country has a flag, and this is a very important symbol of that country. Your task is to draw and colour a flag from any country in the world. If you can, post a picture of your flag on the SeeSaw app and Mr Jennings, Miss Horne or I will try and comment on which country we think it is. (You can go easy on us….or give us a proper Friday challenge! Just so you know….we may have to Google it, haha!))

Mr Codd's Numeracy Resources - 17th April 2020

Mr Codd's Literacy Resources - 17th April 2020

MR JENNINGS - Friday 17th April 

 

Good morning!

 

I can’t believe it’s Friday already and another week of lockdown has come and gone. At least the sun’s out for you all still! Long may that continue! See below for the final assignments for this week:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

 

Every Friday, I am excited to be setting you the ‘Whodunnit’ challenge. Firstly, I must acknowledge that ‘Whodunnit’ is not an actual word, and it is in fact short for ‘Who has done it?’. I am aware it is not perfect standard English, but once a week, we’ll let it slide!

 

This challenge will involve you working out maths based clues and ruling out suspects to work out who committed a particular crime. This week you must solve ‘The Mystery of the Easter Bunny Costume’. A horrific crime I am sure you will agree! The activity may take longer than the 30 minutes I would expect of you, but I am setting it on a Friday so you could maybe finish clues off over the weekend if you would like. The answers are attached at the bottom of the document. No peeking though! Good luck detectives!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

 

Today I would like you to focus on prepositions. There are three types of prepositions, but today I want you to focus on the most common type, which is location. I have attached a sheet which give examples of prepositions and different examples of prepositions of location.

 

Your task is to take 5 photographs that show off 5 different prepositions of location and write a sentence to accompany each one. For example, you could take a photograph of you BESIDE a tree, or NEXT TO your dog. These are really simple examples, of course. I would love to see some unorthodox photos. Can you be doing something, or position yourself somewhere that will make me laugh?  Just promise me that you won’t go ON the roof!

 

Post some of your snaps on Seesaw so I can take a look! The weirder the better!

 

Geography Challenge

 

I know that a lot of people, myself included, are taking part in lots of quizzes with their family and friends at the moment. So, I am confident in claiming that general knowledge has become more valuable than it has ever been. Check out Mr Codd’s post on this page where he's going to set you a task to improve your Geography general knowledge. I may even take it on myself! I’ll be back on Monday to set you the first of my History challenges!

 

Enjoy your weekend, eat lots of ice cream and keep smiling!

 

Miss you all!

 

Mr Jennings :) 

Friday's activities - Mr Jennings (17/4/20)

MR CODD

Thursday 16th April 2020.

Hello! Just sending out Thursday’s learning tasks for you all to get stuck into! By now, you will hopefully know that we have an exciting new way of communicating with each other, via the SeeSaw website / app that Mr Byrne has set up for us. I’ve loved seeing some of your work already, and seeing some of you guys doing it! It made me smile a lot to see some of you again. Keep posting your work, I will visit the site when I get chance and try and leave some comments. Don’t worry if you don’t see an immediate reply, I will see your activities at some point, I promise! If you haven’t had a go yet, it would be lovely to see what you’ve been up to.  

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group

Today I want you to get creative with your writing! (I know I keep going on about it, but how amazing has the weather been?!) With that in mind, I would like you to write an acrostic poem, simply titled…SUNSHINE. For an acrostic poem we simply write the letters of the word down the side of the page of your workbook. Then we come up with some poetry lines that start with each letter. So for example in our sunshine poem, S – could be…..’Sunny days always make us smile.’ I have included a template to help you with the layout below. You don’t have to make your poem rhyme. I would love to see your poems on SeeSaw! (Don’t forget to decorate them!)

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group

Today I would like you to have a go at some word problems involving addition and subtraction. We looked at these concepts earlier in the year. When you are working on word problems it is very important to read the question carefully. Look for the important information (these are often the numbers mentioned in the problem) Then try to think of what you need to do to solve the problem. Look out for words that can mean the same as others! For example, subtraction word problems may often have the words ‘take away,’ ‘less than,’ or ‘fewer.’

There are two separate challenges below. Have a look at both and see which set of questions you would most like to have a go at. There are also some challenge cards attached if you’d like to have a go at them too. No pressure though!

 

Creative Challenge – Art

I hope you enjoyed Miss Horne’s Wellbeing activity on Wednesday. Miss Horne has also set up today’s art activity. Head to her post on the year 3 page and enjoy a relaxing art session!

 

Good luck with all of your tasks today.

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd;s Literacy Resource - Acrostic poem template example - 16th April 2020

MR JENNINGS - Thursday 16th April 

 

Hello all!

 

It has been great interacting with some of you on the Seesaw app over the past couple of days! I have enjoyed watching you getting on with your learning with smiles on your faces. I hope to see some new posts over the next few days so I can chat with more of you and see how hard you’ve been working! Now, see below for today’s learning:

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group  

Today I would like you to log onto Mathletics where I have set you a tricky challenge involving shapes and numbers. Your job is to work out what the value of each shape is and use this to complete the total value of each column and row. My tip is to start on the row/column that is full of one shape and use division to help you. That’s all I will say. Good luck!

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

Around Christmas time, you wrote poems with Mrs Howells about winter called cinquains. It is a five line poem with different syllables and requirements needed on each line. Today I would like you to write another! I have attached a rough structure sheet below to help, as well as some examples. The title of your poem, and Line 1, should be ‘Lockdown’. Think about all of the things you have been doing in your house and some of the things that have been going on outside too. Can you put a positive spin on a difficult situation?

 

Creative Challenge – Art

Miss Horne has been busy recently and has also sorted out an art activity for you. Head over to her page to see what she has in store for you!

 

Happy learning!

 

Mr Jennings :)

 

Thursday's activities - Mr Jennings (16/4/20)

MR CODD – 15th April 2020

 

Hi Everyone,

Once again, I hope you are all well! I am sure you will all have had a chance to watch the video that the teachers made for you all? If not you’re missing a treat! You can see it on the top part of the ‘class pages ‘part of the website. I’d love to know what you thought of it…more about that tomorrow…

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group – Today I have set you a comprehension reading activity. The task is all about Garden Birds. I thought it might be appropriate as we are all at home and maybe can see lots of these birds around at the moment! You can all have a go at this one. Read the text and answer the questions in your workbook. You can choose the level of text and questions (No peeping at the answers though!)

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group – Today’s Numeracy work can be found on Mathletics, where I have set you all some mental addition and subtraction challenges. Once finished, why not stay online and have a go at some of the other tasks and online games, all practise is good practise!

 

Wellness Wednesday – Miss Horne has set the Wellness Wednesday task today. You can find it on the year 3 class page. Try your best to set aside some time for this today, looking after our own wellbeing is very important, especially at this time.

 

Have a great day everyone!

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Literacy Resource - 15th April 2020

MR JENNINGS

 

Wednesday 15th April

 

Good morning!

 

I hope you enjoyed the clip the teachers put together for you. That toilet roll took me ages to draw! If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s at the top of the class pages’ section of the website. You’re in for a treat! Watch it at least twice before you crack on with the activities below!

 

Numeracy

Today I have attached a code breaking addition and subtraction sheet. Use the emojis to work out the numbers and then complete the calculation. I think everybody should be attempting the 3-star sheet here! If you have time, use the inverse operation to check your answers.

 

Literacy

On Wednesdays, I will set you a task called ‘Unscrambled’. I will have taken a 9 letter word and jumbled up the letters. Your task is simple:

  1. Make 10 smaller words using the letters in the mixed up word.
  2. Figure out what the BIG word is!

Here are your letters:    T R A A M T E P N

I will reveal the answer next Wednesday when I set you your next ‘Unscrambled’ task!

 

Wellness Wednesday

It is really important to think about our health and well being during these times. Head over to Miss Horne's post on the Year 3 class page to see the wellness activity we would like you to complete today. 

 

Happy learning! 

 

Mr Jennings :)

 

Wednesday's Activities - Mr Jennings (15/4/20)

Tuesday 14th April 2020

MR CODD

 

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all ok, and are staying healthy, safe and happy. I also hope you had a great Easter. (I wonder how many of you have any eggs left?!) The weather has continued to be great which has been fantastic. My only disappointment is that I haven’t been able to share the sunny days with you; hopefully that time will be soon! Are you all ready to get stuck into some learning again? Of course you are! Here are today’s instructions;

 

Everyday, I would like you to complete 20 minutes of reading, from any reading resource you have access to at home, including Bug Club, or personal reading books or magazines. This is really important! You should also complete 15 minutes of Numbots or TTRS. Finally, you need to make sure you stay active. (Use Joe Wicks, 5-a-day Fitness or you could use some of the ideas that the teachers set before Easter…. or just be creative!) I won’t post these activities daily from now on, but I will expect you to do them as part of your new home routines.

 

Over the next few weeks, I am going to try to stick to a rough structure so you know the kinds of activities you will be expected to complete each day. The idea behind the teachers’ activities this half term is that you have fun and exercise your brain!

Each day I will set you a Literacy and Numeracy activity to complete as well as a ‘creative’ activity. We will try and base these activities around a particular topic so that it is similar to the way we learn at school.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group– To start us off today, I have attached the Year 3 and 4 Statutory Spelling List. We will do some spelling activities over the next few weeks, so this will be useful to go back to. Today’s task is simple. Choose 5 words (they can be from either list) and challenge yourself to learn them. You could have some fun with them (push ups as you spell out the word, or see how many times you can get the word into a conversation…. this is even better when they don’t know you are trying to do it!)

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group– Today I have included a ‘finding all possibilities’ Numeracy puzzle. You can find it attached below. (Emma’s Fireworks) Have a go at solving the problems in your work book. If you answer the problems correctly, as an extension, can you find out what numbers from 1-25 can be made with 3 and 4 star fireworks? (e.g – 8 can be made with a 2 lots of 4 star rockets!) Can all numbers above 3 be made?

 

Year 3 and 4 Science – Today’s foundation session is Science. I though for this half term we could enjoy learning about some of the most famous scientists throughout history! I will try and post a fact page or video clip about the scientist (Just to read / watch and enjoy!) and maybe a mini practical activity for you to try based on some of that particular scientists work or discoveries! This week…one of my favourite scientists ever…..ladies and gentlemen…..SIR ISAAC NEWTON!!! Watch the video clip and have a go at the experiments investigating gravity.

 

You may notice over the coming weeks that we may go over some previous learning, and hopefully you’ll notice that we will follow a pattern with our learning (for example, you can expect Science as a foundation subject on a Tuesday) I won’t write in as much detail to explain in as much detail over the coming days. This post will always be available for you to look back on if you forget anything!

 

Good luck with today’s tasks, I’m hoping that we will be able to see each other very soon.

 

Mr Codd

Mr Codd's Numeracy Resources - 14th April 2020

Mr Codd's Literacy Resources - 14th April 2020

Mr Codd's Science Resources - 14th April 2020

MR JENNINGS

 

Tuesday 14th April 

 

Good morning all!

 

As always, I hope you're safe and well, and had a lovely Easter. Hopefully you have some eggs left! I miss all of you massively! It turns out you lot may be the only people who find me funny! Now, I trust that you’re all ready for a bit more home learning because you’re all just SO keen! See below for today’s instructions.

 

1) Everyday, you should be completing the following: a physical activity, 20 mins of reading and 15 minutes on one of TTRS or Numbots. I will no longer be posting asking you to do these specifically; it is something I expect to be happening anyways. Unwritten tasks, if you will!

 

2) Numeracy – Today I would like you to take on an activity I like to call ‘4 number showdown’. Some of you will have already completed this with me on Mondays if you came swimming. To those unfamiliar with the activity, this is a challenge whereby I give you four single-digit numbers and you must use them to make the answers 1 – 30. You can use all four of the operations (+ -  x ÷) but can only use each number once per calculation. If you would like to use all four numbers in the calculation, that is fine, as long as you don’t repeat any of them.

 

There may be numbers that you can’t get and that is fine. You should only spend a maximum of 30 minutes on this activity. If you want a real challenge, set a timer for 5 minutes and see how many you can get. Anything above 20 in that time is good going! I have attached a sheet with some examples at the top to help you. Send me proof if you ever get all 30 and I’ll give you a virtual high five!

 

3) At the start of every school week, I will be setting you a ‘Word of the Week’ challenge. It’s great fun to not know words and we can definitely use this time to expand our vocabulary.

 

This week’s word is: TRANQUIL. With this word, I would like you to:

 

  • Find two synonyms of this word (words that are different to tranquil, but mean the same thing)
  • Find two antonyms (words that mean the opposite of tranquil)
  • Write two different sentences including the word to show you know what it means and how to use it.
  • As a bonus challenge, you could set up a tally chart in your house and see how many times you can say the word tranquil in NORMAL conversation around the house. Maybe have a competition with your family?!

 

4)  Today’s foundation activity is Science. Head over to Mr Codd’s post to check out what he has in store for you!

 

5) Finally, I have attached a few extra resources for those of you who would like to complete a bit more learning. There is a spelling booklet with all of the Year 3 and 4 statutory spellings on them, as well as some spelling word searches. You could set yourself five/ten words a week to learn, or just focus on the ones you don’t know. It’s completely up to you.

 

I have also attached a ‘Multiplication and Division’ work pack for you. This was the last topic we completed whilst at school, and includes a range of easy and challenging problems.

 

I must stress that NEITHER OF THESE ACTIVITIES ARE COMPULSORY. You do not have to do them if you do not want. As long as you take on the daily numeracy, literacy and foundation challenges, you’re doing a great job.

 

As the weeks go on, you may notice a lot of the activities repeating. I am trying to get into a routine of certain types of activities on certain days so you know what it is coming up (E.g. The first day of every week is ‘Word of the Week’). As there will be a lot of repetition, I won’t be writing in as much detail to explain as I have done today, or the next few days. If you forget what you need to do for an activity, just scroll back to the original post and re-read!

 

Looking forward to hearing from some of you soon. Happy learning and take care!

 

Mr Jennings :) 

 

Thursday 9th April 2020

 

Hi Everyone, 

 

Just sending you all a quick message once again. I hope that you are all enjoying your Easter holidays and getting up to some fun in the sunshine. there seems to be lots of things to watch, see and do around at the moment, so i am sure that you are keeping busy! I also hope that you and your families are all well and making the most of the opportunity to spend some time together, where and when you can. 

 

It has been nice to see one or two of you out and about on your daily exercise as I have traveled to and from school. (lots of people seem to be paying a visit to the school gates to see the amazing rainbow hand print design on the entrance doors!) 

 

I have been really busy at home; the days seem to fly by!  Yesterday i managed to do Joe Wicks, as well as get out for a run in the sunshine. Alex has continued to work on his goal count. It now stands at 728....with a few more to come today I'm sure! Charlotte made some cards for her best friends yesterday, which she will give to them when she gets back to Nursery. She decorated them with everything she could find...I have never seen so many 'Frozen' character stickers in my life...

 

I'll leave you with a classic challenge. A tongue twister. 'How much wood, would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?' You'll all have heard it before, (I am actually the champion at this, so bring on the challenges when you get back to school!!) Who can become the champion in your house?

 

Right, time for Joe Wicks in ten minutes, so ill say bye for now. I'll be back to post some home learning tasks on Tuesday 14th April. Until then, stay safe and well, and keep smiling!

 

Mr Codd

Wednesday 8th April 

 

Good morning! 

 

Another week has gone by since I posted last and it seems to have gone quickly! As always, the first thing I want to say is that I hope you and your families are safe, well and happy. It's hard not seeing you all, but we keep going! 

 

Before I update you on the status of my hair and my push-up programme (if you really care!), I wanted to mention how amazing it was to see so many rainbows in windows as I walked to and from school yesterday. I'm not too sure how many of them were drawn by children at our school, but I just thought it was brilliant to see so much positivity at a time where it would be quite easy to be down. If you haven't done one yet, or you want to leave a message in the window that I might see, give it a go! It really cheered me up!

 

Right, now for the important stuff:

 

1) My hair - Within a week my hair seems to have got much longer. I have now started wearing a cap a lot more around the house, and this might be my tactic for the forseeable future. I will fight the shaving of my head for as long as I can though!

 

2) The one finger push-up - It is done. Completed. Accomplished. Achieved. Stay tuned for a potential video at some point next week. You won't believe it when you see it!

 

And that's about it! I'm sure we are all doing similar things at home, and I hope you are taking the chances you get to go out into the sun if and when you can, whether that be playing in your garden, or going for a nice walk outside. Some of you may still be doing some learning of your own, but I will remind you that your home learning will begin again next week on Tuesday 14th April. That's when you should check back in to see what I have in mind for you!

 

Speaking of learning, I will leave you with a tricky maths based challenge that I saw on the internet. Complete it on your own or work with your parents! I have seen it catch A LOT of people out! Look at the pictures carefully; that's my only piece of advice! I will post it as a separate image below this. 

 

Good luck, stay safe and stay home!

 

Mr Jennings :) 

 

 

 

 

Maths Challenge!

Wednesday 1st April 2020. 

 

Hi Everyone!

 

Just thought I'd send a quick message to you all out there, to say hello and let you know what I've been up to! I hope you are all well, and of course keeping active and exercising your brains too. What's that you're all thinking? You miss my jokes?....and you're desperate for another one? Well...if you insist....'How do you plan a space party?'....'PLANET EARLY' hahahaha!

 

As you can imagine, I've been kept very busy by my two children. Today for example, has been a combination of recreating the Olympics in the back garden with Alex, (you should try it!) as well as standing in goal as he smashed (according to him...) 300 goals past me. Then it was inside for some yoga with Charlotte....we just sat on the floor and closed our eyes for a bit, and then the session finished with her painting my nails a lovely pink colour. 

 

I've done Joe Wicks PE Workout everyday, some days twice! I hope you are keeping moving a lot, its so good for you in so many ways. 

 

I'll leave you with two ideas for things you could have a go at during the holidays, based on things we have done in our house over the last few days;

 

Yesterday, Alex asked me what the worlds tallest building was. We used this as an opportunity for some research, and found it was the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai. (828 metres!) we made a fact file about it, then imagined it laid down flat on the floor, and used our daily exercise to run the distance to actually see how high it was, as if we were running up it to the top! Then we ran back down. Try it out with a parent! You wont believe how tall it is, especially if you can do it on a nice long road. (Make sure you practise social distancing!)

 

Secondly, and simply, try and include 3 random acts of kindness in each day. This needs no explanation, you're all brilliant at it anyway.

 

As always, its strange 'talking' to you, without you laughing, listening and questioning the things we discuss. I hope that you are all well, and i cant wait to hear all your news when i get the chance to see you all again! 

 

See you soon, 

 

Mr Codd

 

Wednesday 1st April

 

GOOD MORNING!

 

I hope you are all feeling good, eating well and keeping energised. I hope you're finding time to sit down and do nothing at points too! I'm just posting on here to check in with you all, although it is odd speaking to you and hearing nothing back! I just imagine that you read what I say and immediately erupt into a ginormous fit of laughter. It's what normally happens in the classroom, so I think it's only fair to assume you still find me funny. It's only been a week and a half; you don't lose it!

 

Anyways, I'm going to update you on everything that I've been up to:

 

1) I have still not shaved my head. My hair is currently in a good place right now and I don't want to upset it. I'm more interested to see how I would look with long hair than just be bald. I'm sure I'll see enough of that sight in later years.

 

2) I am practising my push ups every day. I have currently managed to get down to a one handed push-up. I never managed to come back up mind, but don't worry, by next week, it WILL be one finger. You have my word. 

 

3) Apart from that, I'm trying to balance my time well. I'm reading every day, playing a bit of Xbox and watching some series on TV. I also downloaded Tik Tok... it's actually not that bad! I'm not sure I can do all that dancing though. But hey, I have time on my hands, you never know!

 

4) Generally though, I'm missing my job. Teaching is hard, but the best part is you guys. I know we all say it, but we genuinely cannot wait to get back in and be with you all again. That's right, I can do soppy as well as funny!

 

Anyways, I hope you keep going and keep smiling. A smile can go a long way for you, and even further for others.

 

I'll be back next Wednesday to talk rubbish once more. 

 

See you all soon! 

 

Mr Jennings :)

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 27th March 2020

MR CODD

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! I hope you got on ok with your learning challenges today. This will be the last time I set you some learning challenges, before Easter. I want to say to you that you have EARNED a rest this holiday. We have worked so hard this term, since Christmas, and achieved so much. You need to make sure you have a rest. All of the activities, set by all three of your teachers will be available over the holidays should you wish to have a look, and you have a spare half an hour, but remember a holiday is called a holiday for a reason…to have a good rest! Mr Jennings, Miss Horne and I will be posting things occasionally over the holidays, just to say hello, on these pages so keep looking at the website!

 

Mr Codd’s Reading Group – Today’s reading challenge is to go on bug club and complete some books that have been set for you on there. As we go through the Easter Holidays, it is very important to keep reading. If you have a spare 30 minutes, you can write your own comprehension questions, create character profiles, book reviews (would you recommend the book etc) While we won’t set tasks throughout the Easter holidays, reading is a subject where you can do your own learning! Please make sure you keep up with your reading.

 

Mr Codd’s Writing Group – I hope you have managed to get some writing done based on ‘Back In Time’ (Our Roman version!) Wherever you are up to, opening, build up or dilemma, it would be a shame to stop now, wouldn’t it? Haha. So, next we look at a resolution and ending. The resolution is where the character gets in the most danger and escapes just in time. The ending is where everything returns to normal. Maybe the character has some explaining to do? Remember, I’m not there to guide you through, so please, just enjoy the opportunity to write and don’t worry too much about the features! Use our model text to help you.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group – We have worked so well on fractions this half term. Today will be the last challenges I will set on this topic. You will find a PowerPoint that you can look through based on Fractions of amounts which we covered a couple of weeks ago. This work covers both Year 3 and 4 objectives, but its sensible to try and go through as much as you can, regardless of the year group you are in. Also below are some Varied Fluency and Problem Solving Sheets. Feel free to have a go at as many questions as you can over the next couple of weeks. Answer in your home learning book.

 

Mr Codd’s Physical Challenge – I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s 5,4,3,2,1 challenge…I got soundly beaten by my two children, who didn’t understand that throwing the ball at Daddy’s face at 100 miles an hour wasn’t part of the game…..argh! Haha! Today I would like you to Have a look at the A-Z sheet attached below. You can create all sorts of games with this…be creative! Making names of family etc is always good (I SHOULD INSIST THAT IN THE INTERESTS OF SAFETY, THAT YOU REPLACE ‘M’ WITH ANOTHER ACTIVITY….NO SOMERSAULTS PLEASE...I DO WANT TO SEE YOU ALL INJURY FREE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!) If anyone can complete ‘MR CODD IS AWESOME’ in moves then surely house points will be in order when we get back to school…

 

Miss Horne’s Art Challenge -

Using whatever materials you have (e.g. paint, felt tips, coloured pencil crayons, collage, pencil, crayons, chalk etc.) create a portrait of someone who lives in your house. You could research a famous artist (such as Van Gogh) and create a portrait in the same style. See Miss Horne’s ‘Portraits PowerPoint’ to give you some ideas.

 

Ok, so well done, that’s a week done, went quick didn’t it?! A week closer to us all being together learning and having fun again! Work hard today, and make sure you rest over the Holidays. I’ll send you a message next week…. Look out for it!

Mr Codd's Physical Challenge - Friday 27th March 2020

MR JENNINGS

 

Friday 27th March

 

Friday is here! Well done everybody on getting through this very different and difficult week. Sometimes it’s hard working at school, but to sit down at home and crack on with learning - where you could easily get distracted- is an even bigger accomplishment. I am proud of you for all sticking at it! One more lot of learning today and then we will be taking a two week break from work for Easter. However, that doesn’t mean me, Mr Codd or Miss Horne will be silent for 2 weeks. Oh no! Check back in every Wednesday for an update on what I am up to. There may even be an update on my one finger press-up. Mrs Warren will also be posting her ‘Thought for the Day’ regularly on her blog throughout the break, so there are lots of reasons to stay tuned! Enjoy today’s tasks!

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

1) 10 minutes of Numbots. Is anybody close to diamond yet?!

2) I thought we could finish off area with more of a practical activity today. I would like you to find the area of the following things around your house:

  • A TV
  • A phone or tablet
  • Your favourite book
  • Your kitchen table (if rectangular)
  • A room of your choice (e.g bedroom, living room)

 

You may need a large ruler or a tape measure for some of the items, and I will allow you to use a calculator for the multiplication if your length and width are BOTH more than one-digit numbers.

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

On our last day of work before Easter, I want us to think positively about coming back to school. So today I want you to write a poem entitled: ‘When I get back to school’. I have attached a sheet with the rough structure of the poem, but I would like every verse to begin with the sentence, ‘When I get back to school’. Tell me what you are going to do when you get back. Think of your friends, teachers, playtimes, lessons etc. It might be things you miss or it might be something you want to do differently! We’ll be back in no time!

 

Reading Challenge

Head over to Bug Club and work through a book of your choice.

 

Physical Challenge

‘A sticky, sticky waffle!’ – Follow the link for a classic Go Noodle routine. Could you even make up your own actions? Make up your own verse maybe? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNL6RwymoNg

 

Art Challenge

Using whatever materials you have (e.g. paint, felt tips, coloured pencil crayons, collage, pencil, crayons, chalk etc.) create a portrait of someone who lives in your house. You could research a famous artist (such as Van Gogh) and create a portrait in the same style. I have attached a Portraits PowerPoint to give you some ideas.

 

Again, great job on a first week of home learning. I can't wait to be stood back in front of you all making a fool of myself! Talk soon :) 

 

 

 

Friday's activities - Mr Jennings (27/3/20)

MR JENNINGS

 

Thursday 26th March 

 

Another day down, another day closer to seeing you guys! I hope you’re having a good balance of work and play and taking an interest in all the challenges circulating on the internet at the minute. Whilst I’m not too keen on shaving my head like half of the men in the country seem to be doing (it is early days though, give it a couple of weeks), I am interested by some of the challenges out there. Whilst I was impressed by Mr Byrne’s toilet roll challenge over on his page, I have a different goal: to complete the one finger press-up. That’s right. ONE FINGER! If technology is my friend over the next few days, hopefully I will be able to provide you with video evidence of this amazing feat should I achieve it. In the meantime, I’ll give you a few more home-learning tasks to crack on with…

 

Mr Jennings’ Numeracy Group

  1. Spend 15 minutes on TTRS, again spending time in the ‘Garage’ and ‘Soundcheck’ area. Keep recording your scores for the ‘Soundcheck’ area. Your aim is to just be one question better or one second faster!

 

  1. If you think you are a master of area, then you may be ready to take on today’s challenge. Today, you will be asked to find the area of rectilinear shapes, as opposed to simple squares and rectangles. In addition, there will be NO squares to count either! You’ll have to come up with a new strategy to take this on. I think it is the hardest task I have set you so far! (My tip is to maybe split the shapes up into smaller ones you know how to work with.)

 

 

Mr Jennings’ Literacy Group

Today I am going to set you a writing task. Earlier in the year, we completed a great setting description of the Chocolate Room, and today I am going to ask you to write another one for me. I have attached a sheet below with a variety of different settings for you to describe, but this time I would like you to make ME the main character. Imagine I arrive in this setting, explore and look around, before then leaving your writing on a cliff hanger… The key thing to remember when describing a setting is that you should be able to close your eyes and know where everything is and how it looks, feels, smells etc. I have attached the toolkit from earlier in the year and some tools will be useful, but others may not be. You guys know I love writing so I would like to read these when you come back in. The aim is to either scare me, or make me laugh!

 

Science Challenge

Head over to Mr Codd’s post to check out today’s science challenge. The pepper and soap experiment is a great one that I know you will enjoy!

 

Reading Challenge

For today’s reading challenge, I need you ALL to do something for me. As I don’t have access to a garden in my apartment, I am really missing out on grabbing a good book and reading outside. So, on my behalf, throw on your best pair of shades, lie down on the grass, read a few chapters and make up for my lost time!

 

Physical Challenge

I know so many of you have been doing the Joe Wicks workouts in the morning, so this is for those of you who haven’t tried it yet. You can either catch it live at 9am on his YouTube channel, or later in the day. Enjoy the sweat!

 

And before I go, I just want to make sure that you are checking out Mrs Warren’s blog on the website too, where she will post her ‘Thought for the Day’. Considering we have so much time on our hands, sometimes proper thinking can be forgotten. Take the time to read it over and think about something meaningful, and not just what you’re going to have for tea! J

 

 

Thursday 26th March 2020.

MR CODD

Hi Guys!! Well, another beautiful day of sunshine. I had a laugh to myself today about how many times we looked out of the window in the classroom through the winter and saw rainy skies, and I promised you the sun would arrive one day….and it has! Can’t wait to share a sunny day with you all. I hope you are all ok, and your learning tasks are still going well.

 

Mr Codd’s Reading Group – Today I would like you to read a book, either a whole short story, or a chapter of a book. Share it with a parent or grown up, and read a page each. Who can add the best expression?

 

Mr Codd’s Writing Group – Today I would like you to continue with our new story, based on ‘Back In Time.’ Remember, I uploaded the story yesterday, and asked you to write a short opening. It would be a shame to leave it there, (even though you know I love a good cliff-hanger!) Today I would like you to write the build-up, and dilemma section, in your home learning book. Remember;

Build Up Section – this is where the character will realise they are in a different time; the Historical clues will help here. What would they see from Roman times? How would they feel?

Dilemma – This section is where danger presents itself. What could happen to alarm or scare our character? Think about the kinds of dangers that may have been around in Roman times!

Please spend some more time reading ‘Back In Time’ to remind you of the adjectives, adverbs, punctuation and similes you should be used to using by now.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group – Begin todays lesson by choosing a times table from; x4,x6,x8. How many times can you write the whole times table for that number up to x12 in 5 minutes? Set a timer…you’ll be surprised at how fast the time goes! This is a favourite game of ours in our Numeracy group. Challenge yourself if you’d like by changing the times table each time!

For your main lesson, please complete the activities on fractions set on Mathletics. Tomorrow will be our last session on Fractions. You have done brilliantly so far!

 

Mr Codd’s Physical Challenge – Today I am setting one of my favourites, and an activity you’ll probably remember from my PE lessons…5,4,3,2,1..BLAST OFF! So, grab a ball, any size, even a scrunched up bit of paper will do. Stand 2 metres apart (a sensible distance I feel!) Then throw the ball / paper to a partner. You do 5 throws without dropping the ball, and then swap places, then 4 throws and catches and swap places….and so on until you do 1…and swap and shout BLAST OFF! If its easy, then challenge yourselves. Can you throw and catch with one hand? Your weaker hand? Throw and turn around? The possibilities are endless.

 

Mr Codd’s Science Activity – Of course, at the moment, we all know how important it is to wash our hands. Some of you may remember the mini experiment we did in my class a while back with glitter? (I put glitter on my hands and we shook hands around the class….the glitter spread from hand to hand to show how easy it is for germs to spread!) How did we get the glitter off? By washing our hands thoroughly! My children at home have been asking me lots of questions about why they need to wash their hands so much and so tomorrow while you try this experiment, I will do it with them too! It will involve Pepper! (Powdered pepper is best) Imagine that the pepper flakes are germs…

Find the attached experiment sheet, and carry it out. There are suggestions for trying other liquids in the water too.

For those of you that are budding Scientists….(I know a lot of you are!) Perhaps you might like to write your findings up as a science report as an optional task?

 

Lastly, a quick reminder that Mrs Warren has a page / area for posting at the bottom of our ‘class pages’ area on the website. Make sure you try and have a look at what she is posting! Speak to you tomorrow.

Mr Codd's Science Experiment 26th March 2020

Wednesday 25th March 2020.

MR CODD

Hi everyone. I know that you have probably only just stopped laughing at yesterday’s fantastic joke, so I won’t distract you with another one! It was another sunny day yesterday, and again I hope you got some time outside in the fresh air, as well as finding your learning tasks ok. I am of course missing you all, and I’m counting down the days until I see you again. Fingers crossed its soon!

 

Mr Codd’s Reading Group – We have assigned Bug Club books, and you all took home your tried and tested passwords last week. Today I would like you to choose a book or two from your allocation and have a read. Don’t forget to tap on the bug icons to reveal questions about what you have just read.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group – Time to get writing! Back in school we had been working hard on the ‘Back in Time’ Text. This was a time travel story (I’ve posted it below so you can remind yourselves) We had just got to ‘boxing up’ the story and discussing our own ideas. Today I would like you to write the opening to a story about a similar tale of time travel, but the character will travel back to Ancient Rome! You can use our model story to guide you as closely as you wish. Don’t forget correct punctuation, similes, fronted adverbials, historical clues and adjectives and adverbs to interest the reader. Remember it’s just the opening today. Use the model text to see what it should look like. How will your character travel back in time? Where will they be at the beginning of the story? Will you start with some speech?

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group – I had a quick look on the Mathletics website earlier and I was delighted that so many of you had had a go at the tasks posted earlier this week. Not only this, you had done brilliantly on your tasks! I have assigned more tasks based on our fractions theme today, so you should be able to access them. Don’t forget a daily dose of 15 minutes on TTRS or timetables.co.uk will be a great mental starter!

 

Mr Codd’s Physical Challenge – I hope you have been inspired by Joe Wicks YouTube challenges. (We are trying so hard to get a ‘Willows Shout Out’ for you all!! Keep doing the routines and listening out…) Today I want you to become your very own Joe Wicks! Create an 8 exercise ‘circuit’ of routines and teach it to your family, you could even film it just like the man himself! (You can even use Joe Wicks ideas for your routine) Remember its 30 seconds activity and then rest for 30 seconds. Write down your plan, maybe with diagrams. When we get back to school I will use the best ones in some of our PE lessons!

 

Wellness Wednesday Activity – While we have a Wellness Wednesday on the first Wednesday of every half term in school, we thought that it would be good to have one every week while we are off. This week’s focus is ‘Gratitude.’ While things are a bit difficult for us at the moment, I always say to you in school that we should try and find a positive in every challenging situation! The sheet below will ask you to create your own gratitude jar, to focus your thoughts on the things that you can do, despite the current challenging situation.

 

Good Luck with your tasks as always, I’ll be in touch tomorrow!

MR JENNINGS 

 

Wednesday 25th March 

 

Good morning! 

 

I hope you're all well and still smiling! See below for today's learning tasks :)  

 

Mr Jennings' Numeracy Group

1) Choose your favourite song right now and see if you can write out all of your times tables, in order, before the song ends. Your aim, just like our normal TTRS sessions, is to do it as quickly as you can. Can you challenge someone else in your household? Loser does 100 star jumps! 

 

2) A bit more area work today, building up to two trickier tasks for tomorrow and Friday! Please complete the sheet attached below, where you may need to do a bit more drawing of shapes than the past two days.

 

Mr Jennings' Literacy Group

I'm using these first few days to recap topics we have already covered in Literacy. Today is one of my personal favourites: the apostrophe. I like the apostrophe so much because I like spotting the many occasions where professional companies use it incorrectly on their signs. Please complete the expected sheet attached below (questions start at 4a and end at 6b), and spot those mistakes!

 

Wellness Wednesday Activity

We normally only have a ‘Wellness Wednesday’ once a half term, but I thought while we are not in school we would have one every week. This weeks focus is gratitude, which is particularly important at this time when we are living a bit of a different lifestyle! See the sheet below which will challenge you to create your own gratitude jar. Hopefully it will allow you to focus on the things you still have and can still do, despite this difficult situation. 

 

Reading Challenge 

Hop onto Bug Club and read one book of your choice. 

 

Physical Challenge

Throw and catch a ball 20 times with each person in your house WITHOUT dropping it! If you drop it, go right back to the start. If you want a proper challenge, throw and catch with your weaker hand.  

 

 

Wednesday's activities - Mr Jennings (25/3/20)

MR CODD

TUESDAY 24th March 2020

Hi Everyone!

I hope you had a good day yesterday, and that you managed to find all of the online learning tasks ok?

Your tasks for today are below. I know that you’ll be missing my hilarious jokes already… so here’s one to get your day off to a good start. ‘how do you make an octopus laugh? With ten-tickles!’ Haha!  (Ten-tickles? Tentacles?....OK I thought it was funny) Good luck with your tasks today.

 

Mr Codd’s Literacy Group – I hope you managed to get some sentences written with our ‘direct speech’ focus yesterday. Today I have included a link below to a document. There are 10 sentences each with a verb missing. Choose a verb from the word bank, and write the sentence in your book, with correct punctuation! Feel free to change the sentences, but just make sure they are punctuated correctly! (The answers, or suggestions are at the bottom of the document….no peeping!)

 

Mr Codd’s Reading Group – Today I would like you to read personally again. 20/30 minutes. Just enjoy reading a book of your choice. Feel free to talk to an adult about what you have read, characters, events etc. Find a sunny, or cosy spot in your house, relax and read.

 

Mr Codd’s Numeracy Group –

Spend 15 minutes on TTRS. As Yesterday.

Today we are going to demonstrate fractions of amounts using items from around the house (if you can find them!) You could use rice grains, dried pasta, marbles, sweets etc. for example show 3/8 of 24. When we worked on fractions of amounts we constantly used the idea of sweets….so 24 sweets shared by 8 groups. We shared them out and then counted how many in 3 of those groups. So 3/8 of 24 is 9.

Can you demonstrate the following fractions using items from around the house? If you can, explain how you do this to a parent or helper.

2/4 of 20             3/4 of 16             6/8 of 32             1/7 of 35             3/10 of 60           1/3 of 15

1/3 of 30             1/9 of 36             4/5 of 20             2/3 of 21             5/6 of 30             6/7 of 28

Challenge – I am reading a book which is 55 pages long. I have read 1/5 of it. How many pages have I got left to read?

 

Mr Codd’s Physical Challenge – For today’s physical challenge I want you to incorporate the alphabet! (This will feature in more challenges over the coming days…) Today I want you to think of a physical activity for every letter of the alphabet, and mime a sport or physical activity beginning with that letter for 30 seconds! See if someone in your house can guess them all. You have to carry out the mime for 30 seconds, as energetically as possible, before a guess is allowed. (For example, as I type this I am Ballet Dancing…so that’s B!… Good Luck with X!)

PSHE Challenge:

Kindness is something we can show at all times. By being kind we can strengthen our relationships and build new ones. It can help us feel happier too and releases happy chemicals within our body. This week’s PSHE challenge is to ask someone in your house if they need help. It could be as simple as helping to wash the pots or tidy up around the house.  You could even help your siblings with their home learning! Kindness makes our world a happy and caring place to live in. Let’s show kindness to others and help them feel good.

 

Good luck with your tasks for today. Remember that Miss Horne and Mr Jennings are uploading daily tasks too, and there are learning packs at the bottom of the class pages, so if you want extra you can always find more.

Mr Codd's Literacy - Punctuating direct speech 24th March 2020

MR JENNINGS

 

Tuesday 24th March 

 

Good morning! 

 

I hope your first day of home learning was successful. I managed to get one last McDonalds meal before it shut, so I count my day as somewhat successful too! Please see below for today's tasks. Missing you all already! 

 

Mr Jennings' Numeracy Group

Well done to all of you yesterday who completed your Mathletics activities. It was great to see so many of you record scores of 100%! You are developing a strong grasp of this topic. Now for today!

 

1) Set a timer for ten minutes and see how many levels you can complete on Numbots!

 

2) Leading on from yesterday, and with Easter in mind, I have set you the challenge of finding the area of some chocolate boxes! (Sheet attached below) Complete either the 2 or 3 star worksheet (as well as the written questions) depending on the level of challenge you want. Answers are attached for checking, but no peeking! 

 

Mr Jennings' Literacy Group

Please log on to SPAG.com (see your log in slip in your home learning book) and complete the test set on fronted adverbials and standard english (gangster grammar!) 

 

Reading Challenge

Today, I would like you to take part in reading tennis. Sit down with a book with somebody in your house and take it in turns to read pages with each other. Who can be more entertaining and dramatic? I can think of some of you who'll have that in the bag!

 

Physical Challenge 

Complete a Go Noodle activity. You can either head over to the official website (gonoodle.com) and create a FREE account, or you can head over to YouTube, where a variety of routines are posted for free. Your challenge is to rope your parents into doing a routine, all videos welcome!

 

Here is my recommended routine. A new class favourite! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hl5dRW4E9hc 

 

PSHE Challenge

Kindness is something we can show at all times. By being kind we can strengthen our relationships and build new ones. It can help us feel happier too and releases happy chemicals within our body. This week’s PSHE challenge is to ask someone in your house if they need help. It could be as simple as helping to wash the pots or tidy up around the house.  You could even help your siblings with their home learning! Kindness makes our world a happy and caring place to live in. Let’s show kindness to others and help them feel good.

Tuesday's activities - Mr Jennings (24/3/20)

MR CODD

 

Monday 23rd March 2020

 

Hi Everyone!

I hope you had a good weekend. The sun was shining! Here are your very first home learning tasks. Remember to work hard on them, as if you were in our classrooms. Don’t feel that you have to do them all at once, make sure you take breaks in between.

 

Mr Codd's Literacy Group – My Year 3 Literacy group have had some SPAG.COM work set for them. Log in and you should be able to find the tasks. You will need to complete the tasks before doing anything else. For my Year 4’s I would like you to do some sentences in your ‘home learning books.’ Write out a page of sentences, that contain direct speech. You need to remember to include inverted commas, and use other punctuation within the inverted commas! (remember to use alternatives to ‘said!’)

e.g – ‘I can’t believe the sun is shining again!’ exclaimed mum.

 

Mr Codd's Reading Group– Find a book that you enjoy and simply read for enjoyment today. Find a quiet place and settle down for 20 minutes.

 

Mr Codd's Numeracy Group – I have set my Numeracy group, (Both Year 3 and 4) some Mathletics challenges for day 1. These are related to fractions. Also, Log into TTRS and complete activities from the ‘garage’ and sound check area. This is the multiplication check area of the site.

 

Physical Challenge – Joe Wicks is giving his first ever YouTube ‘PE lesson’ this morning at 9am. Your task is to find it online and give it a go! You can have a go at any of the lower key stage 2 teachers’ physical challenges….or all of them!

 

Theme – History

Recently we have been learning about Roman structures (Aqueduct, basilica, bathhouse) However, arguably the most famous Roman structure still standing is Hadrian’s Wall. Can you use the internet to help you answer these 5 questions about it? Try to write answers in your own words as much as you can! (Useful to Google: ‘Hadrian’s Wall KS2)

•          What is Hadrian’s Wall?

•          Where is Hadrian’s wall? (Where does it start and end too!)

•          When was it built?/How long did it take to build?

•          Why was Hadrian’s Wall built?

•          How impressive do you think it is out of 10? Give a reason for your answer.

 

Good luck with your tasks. Remember, if you find them a bit too tricky, or you aren’t sure what to do, do something else based on that subject instead! As long as you do something. We are thinking about you all, and we will be back in touch with your learning tasks tomorrow morning!

Mr Codd.

Mr Jennings

Monday 23/3/20

 

Hello to all!

 

I hope you’re feeling well and have kept yourselves busy inside! I’m currently stocking up on some good books to read and trying hard not to cry because I have no football to watch! :(

 

Whatever you get up to though, it’s important that you get a balance of everything! Read, watch TV, play some board games (Frustration is a personal favourite of mine!), and most of all, enjoy spending time with your family. 

 

Below are the home learning tasks for today. Enjoy!

 

Mr Jennings' Numeracy Group

1) Log in to TTRS and complete at least one session on the 'Garage' and the 'Soundcheck' area. Record your 'Soundcheck' score in your home learning book and track your progress over time!

 

2) Log in to Mathletics and complete the three activities assigned. They are all to do with area, which is what we spent last week learning about. Remember, area is the space INSIDE a shape! 

 

3) If you are looking for extra learning tasks, I have attached a home learning numeracy pack that you can work through. However, this is NOT a requirement. This is only if you would like to complete more. 

 

Mr Jennings' Literacy Group

 

I have posted a document below which is your activity today. It will test your knowledge of word classes (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs). Please complete the third sheet (the beetle). You won’t be able to colour the words in unfortunately; however, you could bust out your pencil case and write the nouns/adjectives/verbs and adverbs in that colour? Maybe make a nice mind map? Alternatively, you could just write them underneath a heading if you like! (Answers attached to check afterwards)

 

Theme – History (Same for all of Y3/4)

Recently we have been learning about Roman structures (Aqueduct, basilica, bathhouse) However, arguably the most famous Roman structure still standing is Hadrian’s Wall. Can you use the internet to help you answer these 5 questions about it? Try to write answers in your own words as much as you can! (Useful to Google: ‘Hadrian’s Wall KS2)

  • What is Hadrian’s Wall?
  • Where is Hadrian’s wall? (Where does it start and end too!)
  • When was it built?/How long did it take to build?
  • Why was Hadrian’s Wall built?
  • How impressive do you think it is out of 10? Give a reason for your answer.

 

Reading challenge

Find the quietest place in the house and read for 20 minutes. Feel free to attempt Miss Horne or Mr Codd's activity if you prefer!

 

Physical challenge:

Can you do 20 push ups in all of the rooms in your house?! (You can go on your knees if it is easier!) Again, if you would prefer Miss Horne or Mr Codd's activity, feel free. 

 

Keep taking regular breaks, none of these activities should take you ages! 

 

Best of luck, and enjoy your day! 

 

Mr Jennings :)

 

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