GENERAL INFORMATION - HOME LEARNING
Below you will find your daily work update - check your tasks carefully and contact me if you are stuck.
In addition to the tasks I set you I would like you to make sure you do the following things:
Friday 27th March 2020
We made it through week 1 of home learning.
Well done everyone for your hard work this week.
Please give your parents and carers a huge hug and a round of applause for being superstars and taking
care of your learning this week.
I miss you all, but I know you will continue to try
your best over the coming weeks.
So now it's weekend time!
No homework - just keep those rooms tidy and
help your parents out at home.
Have a great weekend and I will be here on Monday
morning with your next batch of learning.
MESSAGE FOR PARENTS:
Due to the amount of time your children are spending online at the moment, please could you find time to head over to the Think You Know website https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ and spend some time talking to your child about safety on the internet.
There are some really useful clips to watch here and it will open up the discussion about keeping safe online at this difficult time.
Friday 27th March 2020
Today’s tasks should be a bit of fun!
I would like you to check all of your online logins please, so login to the following over the course of today:
Also don’t forget to quiz on any books you have read!
Please read up to the end of Chapter 5. Create a bright and colourful image of Bixa (use the description in the book to help you – she is a colourful character!)
I know many of you have completed the sequel (part two) of your story already. If you haven’t please make sure you finish this today as we will be moving on to a new piece of writing next week. Make sure you have carefully edited your work and emailed it to me, or uploaded it to SharePoint.
1) Tidy your room.
2) See if you can do some baking today – send me a picture if you can!
Don’t forget – I would like to see some writing
from all of you before the weekend.
Thursday 26th March 2020
Happy Thursday everyone!
Below you will find your work for today... if you have things to finish off from earlier in the week, please feel free to do these during any spare time you have today and tomorrow.
Remember – this is where you tell me what a character is thinking or feeling through describing what they are doing or what they look like. For example –“ his eyes widened when he, once again, spotted the Gyrocopter” (eyes widended might suggest s/he was scared or surprised).
Have a great day!
Wednesday 25th March 2020
Hellooooo and welcome to Wednesday morning. Below you will find some learning for today:
Find a phrase on Page 21 that shows that Lucky is nervous.
What phrases on Page 21 show that Lucky’s mum has rushed him to the port?
What phrase on Page 23 shows shock?
Why’s Lucky looking for the crack in the sky?
Why is the officer shocked that Lucky has an astrolabe? Why was Lucky shocked when his mum twisted the officer’s arm?
Read up to ‘if only he knew how to work it’ on Page 26. Predict what happens next.
Explain why no one will fly Lucky and his mum off Phoenix
Summarise the events that have happened on Phoenix.
I want you to think about what happens next in 'Ruin'. We have already learnt so much about our character and his/her emotions and motives.
If you have not completed your narrative I want you to focus on getting it done by the end of the day on Thursday and then start to plan your sequel. Make sure you have edited your work carefully.
Below you will find a sheet asking you to add in 'parenthesis'.
We have covered this is class, but if you need a reminder, you can go to the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiZYvUCg8m61kONtD7raC5Q
where you will find a video clip reminding you all about parenthesis. You don't need to print the sheet out, you can simply copy it into your books adding in the parenthesis (and possibly some other punctuation I have missed!)
In the afternoon you can spend a bit more time on your powerpoint presentations or go out and help your parents/carers to tidy up the garden. Dig up some weeds, or help trim the hedges. Send me some pictures of you having fun in the garden.
You could also try out some spelling games. I'll pop a list of the 5/6 spelling words below for you.
Make sure you spend some time outside today, we are very lucky to have some lovely weather at the moment and we don't know how long it will last!
Have fun, be kind and stay safe
Tuesday 24th March 2020
Hello Swallows! Happy Tuesday!
Please find your work for today below:
Go out in the garden and make yourself a fitness circuit. Challenge your parents/brother/sister to join you. You could include skipping, jumping over obstacles, trampolining (if you have one), ball bounces, ball throws against the wall. Anything you can think of to get your heart pumping!
Take a sketch book outside and do a close up drawing of a plant or a flower. See if you can spot the following in a flower:
Monday 4th March 2020
Please find below your home learning for today:
1) Go to Corbett Maths and complete the 5-a-day for today. Check your answers and try to spot your mistakes if something goes wrong.
2) Complete the maths questions attached below in your blue book.
3) Read Chapter 1 of Phoenix and answer the following VIPERS questions:
What is a constellation?
Find a phrase on Page 7 that shows that Lucky isn’t very strong.
How old might Lucky be? How do you know?
At the end of the chapter, predict what caused the sheet to burn? At the end of the chapter, predict what the V shape is.
What do they see in the sky?
Summarise this chapter in a few sentences.
6) Watch the clip of 'Ruin' again up until our character destroys the two missiles and then spots the drone appear again.
Read the attached description of this part of the clip. Highlight, or write in your books the writing features used. Think about what you like about the text.
You are going to write your own version of the opening part of this narrative. I would like you to write from the perspective of the main character describing the following:
I would like you to draft this first section of the narrative up until he runs away from the sound of the drone. Please include:
Please type up your narrative in SharePoint so that I can give you some feedback.
Please do some research on plastic pollution and start to create a PowerPoint to demonstrate your learning. This will be an on-going project for two weeks, I will be checking in regularly to see how you are getting on with it.
I also want you to make the most of this wonderful sunshine... go outside in the garden and play. Help your parents in the garden or learn how to mow the grass.
Please help your parents at home by doing some chores - the washing up, tidying your bedroom etc. - without them having to nag you all the time. Keep busy and help each other. Show kindness. Everyone will find the next few weeks challenging, so let's all work together and help each other.
I am on the end of the email if you need any help with this.
Saturday 21st March 2020
Our YouTube channel is up and running! Take a look:
Friday 20th March 2020
Good morning Swallows
If you are at home today I would really love it if you could write a letter to our friends at Motcombe Grange. Like you, they are isolated at the moment and are unable to have visits from friends and family. Write to them, tell them about yourself, make them smile by telling them a funny joke - I know they will love hearing from you. You could also send them a picture of you enjoying a home activity. Let's do what we can to brighten up someone else's day today.
I'll be in touch later with logins for read theory and your new email address logins - it should be really easy to keep in touch once we are all up and running.
Thursday 19th March 2020
Good morning Swallows parents
Today I have given those children still at school a new login to a website called 'Read Theory'. As of next week I will be asking them to complete one comprehension activity each day. If your child is currently self-isolating I will send home login details before Monday via text. Please look out for this text and ask your child to login and complete the initial assessment.
Those of you currently at home and well, please ensure you visit the following websites daily:
https://readtheory.org/ (login to follow)
Also make sure you continue to quiz on any books read whilst at home (you can do this during school hours:
For writing practice please to to:
Here you will find some great story starters and ideas for writing.
I sincerely hope you are all keeping well and healthy during these difficult times. Please do email the school office if you have any questions and I would be happy to reply.
Many thanks and best wishes to you all.
Tuesday 17th March 2020
Dear Swallows Parents/Carers,
Due to the cancellation of parents evening this week, I will be sending home your child's targets for the summer term and some information regarding their reading progress. This was information I was planning to share with you at parents evening.
If you currently have your child/children at home self-isolating I will be posting some information below which may be of use to you, however, my priority will be teaching pupils who remain on site. Please do check the website regularly for updates. Also check the 'home learning' section of the website (under parents) where you will find some useful links to online learning.
In the event of the school closing, I will be posting daily activities for your child to complete in their blue writing journals - which were sent home last week.
Thank you so much for your continued support during this challenging and uncertain time.
If you child is currently self-isolating at home, please find some ideas for home learning below:
1) Watch 'Ruin' again (you tube). Write a character description based on what we know about the character.
Use complex sentences and rich description to describe this mysterious character. Make sure you include all of our Year 5 writing features and use ISPACE openers.
2) Visit Corbett Maths Primary and complete a '5-a-day'
3) Make up some mathematical word problems using the 4 operations. Test your parents to see if they can solve your problem... don't forget you need to create an answer sheet too!
4) Read. Just read. Curl up on the sofa and get lost in your book. Why not complete a reading challenge too and tick off one from your list!
Welcome to the Spring Term in
Please find our curriculum knowledge organiser below which will give you further information about the curriculum coverage this term.
Emergency on Planet Earth!
Our topic this term is all about our amazing world.
We will be learning about Earth and Space in science over the first
half term and then in the second half of term we
will be looking at the environment and the impact of
pollution on our beautiful planet.
Half Term Space Projects
This morning we shared the first of our space projects - what an array of wonderful space products we had!!
From super solar system cookies and cakes to space orrerys!
Watch this space for more projects as they come in!
We had a great morning learning all about water filtration. WE were lucky to have been visited by people from Merck who helped us to experiment and explore filtration. We all donned lab coats and safety goggles for a fully interactive experience!
Green Screen TV Programmes
We had an amazing time using green screen technology to create TV programmes to explain how we get night and day. We have really enjoyed using green screen technology and editing apps to help create or programmes. Watch this space for our episodes to appear!!
We have been enjoying ‘Cosmic’ By Frank Cottrell-Boyce in class this term. We have loved getting to know Liam who is the main protagonist of the book. Liam is an unusual character and has managed to get himself into several predicaments. We wanted to get in touch with the author to ask some questions and so took to Twitter to find out more...
Trip to St Peter's Church
We had a wonderful trip to St Peter's Church today, singing carols alongside lots of other local schools. We ended a wonderful morning with hot chocolate and doughnuts! Perfect!
Following a delay with our minibus we ended up walking down to The Abbey School where we had fun in their playground and in their ICT suite where we had a chance to practice our Scratch skills!
We had a fun filled maths investigation session this week. We explored perimeter and solved various perimeter problems. We have decided maths is so much fun!
Reading in Swallows
I am loving the way the children are expanding their reading choices. They are beginning to choose some really challenging (and fun) texts and it is great to see such a wide variety of reading materials appearing in the classroom.
Well done Swallows, I am super proud of you!
Friendship Week 2019
At the beginning of the week we all secretly took a name out of a hat. We then became a 'Secret Angel' for that person. Our mission was to show kindness to our person but not let them guess we were their 'Angel'. This meant we had to cover up our kindness by also being kind to others.
We recorded who we thought was our 'Angel' and also recorded other random acts of kindness we had witnessed over the week (photos to follow).
We disclosed who we were being a secret angel to on Wednesday and talked about all of the wonderful acts of kindness we had been doing all week.
It was wonderful to find out about all the special things you had been doing for each other over the week. We talked at length about kindness and how we can look after each others wellbeing with kind words and actions.
We have been exploring reversible and irreversible changes in science. We added mentos to diet Coke and stood back to watch the reaction. It really was very impressive!
We then created our own reactions by adding vinegar to bicarbonate of soda in a lunch bag. We quickly sealed the bag and waited for them to pop!
Our experiment didn't quite go to plan, so we considered which variable we would have to change when we repeat our experiment. Watch this space for the results!
Creating our Viking Banners and Sigils
We have been working really hard planning, preparing and making our Viking banners. We were really lucky to have Mrs Coates from Shaftesbury School join us along with several sewing machines! We also had a few parent helpers who joined us for our sewing afternoon.
All of the children took their 'Sewing Machine Driving Tests' and all passed with very few collisions! It was great fun and we are all feeling super confident to sew the hems on our banners.
We also practised our embroidery skills to prepare for creating the detail of our sigils.
We have been thinking about this question in class over the past two weeks. We have thought about why the Vikings invaded England and considered if they deserve their reputation of barbaric murderers. The children enjoyed practising their debating skills as a whole class, before putting their new debating vocabulary to the test in a written discussion text about the Vikings. A few examples are shared below.
In the first two weeks we have been enjoying finding our way around our new topic:
We are studying the story of Beowulf in English and deciding how we can create our own 'Defeating the Monster' tale.
We have been hot seating as the main characters King Hrothgar and Beowulf and thinking about how the characters are feeling.
We have written a narrative poem using rhyme.
Week Beginning 16th September
Look out for two letters coming home this week about some trips we have planned this half term, please return them as soon as possible.
We are expecting to find out the dates for our two 'Taster Days' up at Shaftesbury High School - this is a fabulous opportunity for your child to experience a morning in secondary school and even if your child is not planning to attend Shaftesbury, I thoroughly recommend that they come with us.