Friday 22nd May
Happy Friday everyone!
I hope you remembered to do your spelling test yesterday? Please send me your results for list 3 and any others you have completed this term.
Today we should have been having a visit from the Astrodome http://www.astrodome.tv/ in school, so I thought that today you could do some of your own research to do with Space.
Watch this clip about Tim Peake https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00n6nn9
then take a look at this website https://www.ducksters.com/science/venus.php to see what you can find out about Venus, which you can often see in the western sky at night.
Head over to NASA https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html to find out about the International Space Station and play some games.
Now decide what you would like to do - you could:
- find out more about Tim Peake
- do some space themed artwork
- make a model rocket
- find out about the planets in our solar system
- join BBC Terriffic Scientific rocket launching challenge (my personal favourite!) https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/terrific-scientific/KS2/zr63d6f - this is one to watch, even if you don't do the challenge!
I'd love to see what you decide to do. You may want to film the launch of your rocket if you decide to do the challenge?
Have a lovely half term.
Best wishes to you all
Thursday 21st May
First of all a plea from Mrs Short to Blue group Guided Readers - please can you return the copy of Goodnight Mister Tom that you took home in March to school? Just leave it in the reception (with your name, so we know who's brought it) whenever its convenient. Many thanks: this is Elliott, Oscar A, Scarlett, Lillie, Ruby, Hollie, Eddie.
watch the videos about Baptism: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zxd2hyc for a baby, then:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02mwy4d for a "Believer's baptism".
What are the differences and similarities between the two? How do they compare to Jesus' Baptism by John?
Read the powerpoint and complete the worksheet:
Well done to the following children for their AR quizzes this week:
Arthur (1 book) 3 points: Beaumont (9 books) 18 points; Scarlett (1 long book!) 10 points; Baptiste (3 books) 13 points. Keep reading everyone!
I have had some lovely work from Ruby and Howie today. You have all been working hard on your letters to Malala this week - well done.
Wednesday 20th May
I've been lucky to have the opportunity to chat to most of you on the phone this term and its been great to hear your voices and hear what you have been doing. As the school prepares to reopen for some children after half term I will be using my time in school today to prepare the classroom and resources - as you can imagine, there's lots to do. Please remember to email me your work as normal and send photos of what you've been doing when you're not busy with school work.
Keep practising on Duolingo, and if you'd like to try something different you can do a short project in French: have a look at these videos and choose one to follow. There is one for each year group, but I would suggest that you start with a year 3 or 4 project.
https://www.cavelanguages.co.uk/schemes-of-work (Scroll down to NEW Home Learning Lessons).
After half term we would have been doing Bikeability in Beech class. Whilst there is less traffic and the weather is fine, it might be a good time to brush up on your skills.
Most of you in year 5 will have already covered level 1, but its worth a quick reminder of what you need to do. Year 4 start with level 1:
Level 2 (year 5 usually take this in May):
Head over to the Bikeabilty for more information and some instructional videos. Stay safe!
https://bikeability.org.uk/bikeability-training/get-ready/ The drop down menu on the top left "Bikeability training" takes you to each course level.
This week we are looking at the people of the Rainforest - in particular a tribe called Awa who live in the Amazon Rainforest. Read through the National Geographic Society powerpoint and click on the links to watch some clips.
What do you think? Should areas of rainforest be protected for indiginous people or should loggers and farmers be allowed to continue to cut down forests?
Make a fact file about the Awa tribe - how are their lives similar and different to yours?
Use these websites to research further:
I know that some of you have been doing the comprehensions we sent home with you in March and have now finished them. I have found a new set on Classroom Secrets but they are in PDF format and very long documents - so here is one converted into Word for you. Some of the fonts are a bit strange, but have a go - you can take your time over this - do some each day.
Monday 18th May
Mental Health Awareness Week
Good morning Beech class, I hope you have had a good weekend? It's already the last week of term 5 and its Mental Health Awareness week. We have been hearing a lot about this in the media recently as we are all expriencing a very different type of learning and working. Please have a look at the Daily Acts Of Kindness sheet and see what you can do every day to stay positive and help those around you.
Science - Lifecycles documentary narration.
There's a lot to cover this week (you may want to spread this over a couple of weeks).
First, you will be looking at the parts of an egg (check it's OK with your parents first).
Next you are going to present a documentary about life cycles - using your knowledge from previous lessons and your own research into metamorphosis (look up caterpillars/butterflies; frogs) can you make your own wildlife documentary all about life cycles - how do different plants and animals differ? What is similar?
You may want to make this into a bit of a project and take some time with your research before making your own film. On your film you could show your geranium (rose etc) cutting to show how some plants reproduce, perhaps you planted some potatoes or strawberries to show asexual reproduction? My tomato seeds all germinated - did you have any luck with planting seeds? What type of reproduction is this?
To show examples of different animal life cycles you could show pictures of yourself as a baby and as you've grown (if you're lucky enough to have a pet you could use photos of him/her) and perhaps find a caterpillar in your garden to show how some animals have very different life cycles.
I look forward to seeing your work over the next few weeks.