If your KS2 child is feeling anxious about the current situation, it may help them to watch this video, from an education and neuroscience consultant, about understanding why we become anxious, and becoming a Neuro-Ninja.
Year 5 Home-learning: Week Commencing 6th July 2020
I have emailed PDFs of 5 different logical maths puzzles from Mathsphere. These particular puzzles test addition skills, knowledge of negative numbers, square & prime numbers, reflection and general problem solving. However, if you would prefer to select your own puzzles, please visit the mathsphere site here.
If you fancy a challenge, I have also set-up a Geometry task on MyMaths which quizzes you on different areas within Geometry, which have been covered relatively recently.
I have attached a PDF with a selection of 'Would you rather...' style questions to my email. These are all excellent points of discussion which the whole family can enjoy debating. It would be great if you could choose two or three of the questions that really grab you and write up your decision and your reasoning behind it. It might help to write a pros and cons list for each side of the scenario and decide which outweighs the other in benefits.
I have also set up a game of hangman which includes all of the Year 5 spelling words. (A helpful hint: it's always a good idea to start with the vowels, and E is the most common letter in the English language).
It would also be a great idea, if you have the time over the school holidays, to write a letter or email to Mrs Bird telling her all about you. This will help Mrs Bird to know what subjects you prefer, how you learn best, who your best friends are and some of your hobbies and interests. This would give Mrs Bird a heads-up about who you are and how best to teach you right from the get-go. You could send your email or photos of your letters to me first, or directly to Mrs Bird (by switching 'ruby' for 'diamond' in the email address).
D&T/RE: The 25th July is the feast day which celebrates St. James (the disciple who our school is named after). In France, St. James is known as Saint-Jacques and traditionally the French will eat a Coupe St. Jacques to honour him. A Coupe St. Jacques is essentially a sundae made from fresh fruits, sorbet and chocolate syrup. An easy and delicious way to pay homage to our school's patron saint :)
Put any mixture of fresh fruits in season in a glass. Pear, grapefruit, orange and dark grapes or strawberries make a delicious combination.
Spoon the lemon sorbet over the fruit. Top with a spoonful of chocolate syrup, if desired.
If you do make one of these, I would love to receive a picture of it!
End of Year: Usually, near the end of the year, we would have a school 'Talent Show'. If you have a talent that you would like to show off (especially if it is something you have picked up during the lockdown) feel free to send in a picture and/or photo of you demonstrating this.
Art: I have included two different art challenges which can be downloaded from this page. The first is an abstract mindfulness task which requires a great deal of concentration. Your task is to colour in the shapes without accidentally colouring one of the shapes the same colour as a shape it is touching.
Alternatively, I have attached a document showing halves of animal faces. Your task is to use your knowledge of symmetry to recreate the other side of the animal's face. Of course, you could be extra creative with this one, and give the animal a very distinctive, or perhaps even magical, new look...
Below is an outline for the Summer Term in Ruby Class. This is a somewhat idealised vision of the term that will occur if social distancing restrictions are sufficiently lifted. If we do remain in social isolation throughout this period of the school year, rest assured that I will do everything that I can in order to facilitate home-learning activities that best fit the opportunities they would otherwise have in a time of normality. — Mr Blenkiron
Our topic this term poses the question 'Why are rivers and canals so important?' Throughout this topic the children will learn about the nature of rivers; the ways that humans have used them to our advantage in the past and present; and will develop their geographical skills by consulting modern and historical maps, and by referring to the eight points of the compass. This topic will engage the children with their local heritage, with visits to and discussions surrounding the Shropshire Union Canal; phenomena and legends concerning local waterways and the technological feat of the Anderton Boat Lift. With this in mind, we hope to be able to visit Carding Mill Valley to complete a river study, but this will be contingent on restriction measures being lifted both in terms of us as a school and Carding Mill Valley's own policies moving forward.
Throughout the term we will continue to focus on consciously crafting our writing through the use of research, planning in a structured way, and through a constant process of proof-reading and editing. We will be using 'Journey to the River Sea' by Eva Ibbotson, a story built around the Amazon River, as a hook into our writing as well as a potent link to our topic. The children will also have the opportunity to write ghost-stories taking inspiration from the legends surrounding the Shropshire Union Canal, as well as recounts of trips and persuasive letters regarding water pollution.
In GPS, we will strengthen our understanding of different tenses and forms of verbs to clarify and give greater intention to our writing.
In Maths, we will begin this term by continuing to work on decimals and percentages, discussing how these relate to each other and the concept of fractions. This in turn will feed into the measurement and conversion work that they will also be grappling with this term alongside geometry.
In preparation for Year 6, we will be focusing on succinctly proving our answers with clear explanations and/or diagrams; analysing good and bad examples for justification and accurate mathematical terminology.
We will continue to focus on times-tables in CLIC in order to aid our general mathematical fluency in other areas.
This term in Science, Ruby Class will be learning about Living Things with a focus on the life-cycles of animals and the reproduction processes of plants. We will dissect a flower and produce observational sketches of its different parts, and compare the flora and fauna of the Amazon River with that of our native rivers.
In PE, the children will be focusing on improving their flexibility and agility through athletics with an eye towards the upcoming Town Sports competition. And, with a nod to our topic, the children will learn a few Riverdance moves.
Our main focus for RE will be considering how Easter celebrations links to the idea of reconciliation with God and discuss the idea of pilgrimage across different world religions.
Through art and D&T, in line with this term's topic, the children will be creating models to represent the different stages of a river using varied materials.
We will then study the art work of renowned pop-artist, David Hockney; using his varied techniques and creating the impression of perspective to create paintings and photographic art related to rivers and canals.
Appropriately, the children will also be focusing on techniques to create the impression of distorted reflection in water, painting river-dwellers admiring themselves.
Ruby Class will also work on improvisation and the difference between major and minor scales in music. They will put these new skills to use by composing a musical representation of the stages of the water cycle and will use their compositions as part of a campaign against water pollution.