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15 Apr 2020

Hello Giants!

I hope you have all had a lovely Easter holiday! I’m so pleased that the sun has been shining and we’ve had lots of chances to get outside and play in the garden or go for nice walks. Hope you enjoyed some of the Easter activities and had a really nice time with your family. Make sure your grown-ups keep an eye on their emails so you know when our next chat will be – I can’t wait to see you all!

This week, it is ‘back to school’ which feels very strange since we’re still at home. I know you’re all going to make us really proud by getting back into school mode and being really good for your families. We’re starting lots of new topics this week and there’s loads of fun learning for you to do. Looking forward to seeing your lovely work. 

Have a fabulous week 😊

Love Miss Daniel x

* UPDATE * - Free First Aid Classes for Children

If you are interested, Mini First Aid are offering free online children's First Aid sessions during the lockdown. The first of 6 live sessions will be shown at 11.00am on Thursday 23rd April via our central Facebook page at www.facebook.com/minifirstaid. The sessions will run for 15-20 minutes with content from the "Kids" classes which we teach to Key Stage 2 children, but it should also be fine for KS1 children to watch alongside their parent or siblings. 

* UPDATE * Wednesday 22nd April: Earth Day
So today is Earth Day and I know that our Giants children are very passionate about looking after the planet. There's lots of fun Earth Day related activities on this website if they want to do something to recognise the day :)

Literacy: Fantastic Mr Fox!

For our class novel work, you will need access to a copy of Fantastic Mr Fox, as stated on the letter that went out before Easter. If you do not have a copy, you can listen to the story here. Please remember class novel texts are above the average reading level of the class, so children may need a little help with reading or knowing the meaning of some words.

1. Learning Objective: To use the front cover to predict what might happen in a story
Look at the different front covers of Fantastic Mr Fox. Write a short paragraph in your book to say what you think might happen in the story and why you think this (if you already know the story, you could imagine what else the story could have been about). When you’re done, read the blurb on the next page. Do you still think the same or has your prediction changed?

2. Learning Objective: To understand what characters think of each other

Read Chapters 1 and 2 of the story. Mr Fox is always stealing his food from the farm! He probably thinks he’s pretty smart, but I bet the farmers think differently... Draw a line down the middle of your page to make a table. Write ‘Mr Fox’ at the top of one column and ‘The Farmers’ at the top of the other.  Sort the adjectives on page 4 of this activity booklet: which words show what Mr Fox thinks about himself and which do the farmers think of Mr Fox? There are some new words in here so please ask your grown-ups if you don’t understand any of the words 😊

Extension 1Can you add some more words of your own?

Extension 2: Pretend to be Mr Fox or the farmers and get your family to ask you the interview questions for your character on page 1 of the activity booklet. Remember to answer in first person (e.g. I, we). Have fun getting into character!

3. Learning Objective: To see an event from different viewpoints
- Draw a simple picture of Mr Fox in your book. Next to him, write down what he might say about stealing the animals from the farm. Then do the same for the 3 farmers, thinking about how their view of it might be different and what their character voices might be like (e.g. how they speak, which words they use). You might want to act these out with your family first! Here’s an example if you’re stuck (it’s like we did for Diary of a Killer Cat).

- Then, write a letter from the farmers to try and convince the readers that they’re the good guys and Mr Fox is actually the bad guy! It might look a bit like this

Red (Easy): Check your own capitals, use exclamations and questions, write some longer sentences.
Amber (Middle): Use short sentences for power, use adverbs (usually end in ‘ly’), remember to write in first person.
Green (Hard):  Use a mix of sentence starters to make it more interesting, use paragraphs.

4. Extra Learning Tasks (optional)
- Invent a fourth farmer and write a Roald Dahl style description of them.
- Make a ‘wanted’ poster for Mr Fox to help the farmers catch him!

Now please read and enjoy the story up until Chapter 9… and we will continue from there next week 😊

Maths – Fractions and Length
For Maths, the school will now be following the White Rose home learning scheme. This 12 week programme been specifically designed to work alongside BBC Bitesize resources (from week 3) in order to ensure children are prepared for the next school year. It will consist of revision of key concepts and new learning that is important to be prepared for Year 3. Each lesson has a video for children to watch that begins with 4 revision questions, then explains key concepts with a worksheet to complete alongside it. If you do not have a printer to print the worksheets, please just write the question number in your book and record the answer. For questions where this can't be done (e.g. questions where answers are pictures to tick or colour), it's fine to just get the children to do it orally and tell you the answers - we understand that not all questions can be translated into a book easily so please don't worry, the learning and discussion is more important than what's written down on the page :) 

1. Learning Objective: To find three quarters     (revision)
Video (Lesson 1)       Worksheet      Answers

Key Learning
- Fractions are when we have 'equal parts of a whole'. It only counts if the parts are all equal!
- 2 equal parts are 'halves', 3 equal parts are 'thirds' and 4 equal parts are 'quarters' (remember "quar rhymes with 4!")
- The bottom part of a fraction (denominator) tells you how many equal parts we have altogether.
- The top part (numerator) tells us how many of those equal parts we have coloured/selected etc. 
- For three quarters, we have made 4 equal parts and then selected/coloured 3 of them.

2. Learning Objective: To count in fractions     (new learning - quite tricky for Y2)
Video (Lesson 2)      Worksheet      Answers

*UPDATE* This work is very challenging so here's some guidance for how to explain the questions if that's helpful. 

Key Learning
- When we count up in fractions, the bottom part (denominator) stays the same and the top part changes.
- Remember how many of each fraction makes a whole, e.g. when we have 4 quarters, that's the same as 1 whole.
- When you have made a whole, you can either keep counting up in fractions, or convert to a whole then begin fractions again (e.g. after 4/4 you can either say 5/4 or "1 and 1/4"). This is hard so please don't panic if these questions are challenging. 

3. Learning Objective: To measure length in cm     (revision)
Video (Lesson 3)      Worksheet      Answers

Key Learning
- We use cm to measure length, width or height. It is about the size of your fingertip.
- Remember 100cm = 1m
- We would use cm if we are measuring something quite small.
- Remember to make sure the equipment you have is measuring in cm and you have the correct side.
- Always make sure you start the edge of your object on the 0 mark (be careful, this is not always at the very edge of the ruler).

4. Learning Objective: To measure length in m    (new learning)
Video (Lesson 4)      Worksheet      Answers

Key Learning
- 1m is about the same as if you stretch your arms right out! It's useful to have an image in your head of what 1m looks like.
- We use 'm' to measure things that are too big to measure in 'cm' - things that are larger than 1m!
- If something is bigger than 1m but not quite 2m, you can mix metres and centimetres to make your measurement closer, e.g. "1 metre and 32cm". This would be the same as 132cm because it's 100cm plus an extra 32cm. For an extension, you could convert the 'm and cm' answers (questions 2, 3 and 5) into just cm. 

5. Extra Learning Tasks (optional revision)
- Revise counting and place value by completing any of the Maths sessions on BBC Bitesize Home Learning. We did these topics at the start of the year so it should just be a refresher.! The Friday Maths Challenges are very tricky so head to those if you want to really work your brain!

- Find the missing numbers from the hundred square to help remember your ten more and ten less work. Remember – going across is counting in ones, going down is counting in tens!   Easy       Hard

Science: Plants

Learning Objective: To know why plants are important to our diets and lives
Read this information about parts of plants that we eat. Then choose one activity to complete (or more if you want to!):

1. Parts of a Plant We Eat – Print or copy this tree in your book. Sort the food items on the next page into the correct category to show which part of a plant it comes from.

2. Plants in my Meals – Draw 3 plates of food in your book: breakfast, dinner and tea. Label the foods which have come from plants with their name and a short sentence to say where they have come from.

3. Plants in the Home - Read this information (you may need a parent to help with some words). Go on a hunt around your house to see how many things you can find that have been made using plants. Present this however you like - you could make a poster, a table, or a model!

Theme (History): Key Figures

Learning Objective: To know the important events in the life of Florence Nightingale
Watch this video on Florence Nightingale and have a look at these important event cards. Draw a timeline in your book by drawing a long line with a ruler (you may want to go across 2 pages) and putting on these dates: 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890, 1900 and 1910. Choose the 5 events in her life that you think were the most important and label these events in the right place on your timeline with a sentence and a picture. You can do more than 5 if you wish!  

Key Learning Points
- Florence Nightingale nursed soldiers during the Crimean War.
- She made very important changes to nursing, like making sure hospitals were clean and nurses were trained well.
- She was very dedicated to her job and checked on soldiers every night with her lamp. People called her ‘The Lady With The Lamp’.

Optional Extra Activities: 
- Print out the set of important event cards, jumble them up and try to put them back in the right order.
- Learn to draw Florence Nightingale.
- Enjoy the Horrible Histories ‘Formidable Florence’ song, or the whole episode on Florence Nightingale.

Optional Geography Revision:
As we're doing a History topic this half term, you may want to use the Bitesize sessions to keep revising Geography. This week's session is a great revision of The UK with interactive games and activities. 

Art: Paper Lanterns

Florence Nightingale was known as ‘The Lady With The Lamp’. Can you make your own paper lantern using one of these tutorials? Decorate it however you like!

Simple Paper Lantern: You only need paper for this one! You can use glue or Sellotape if you don’t have a stapler.

Baking Paper Decorated Lantern: This one is easier to decorate. It could be done with tracing paper or thin A4 paper if you don’t have baking paper.


Watch this video and see if you can follow the rhythm using the musical symbols called crotchets and quavers. Remember, a crotchet is one sound and a quaver is 2 quick sounds. You could sing them, clap them, or use an instrument if you have one! Then can you write your own rhythm using 4 notes? Write it for yourself or for someone in your family to follow.  


Complete at least 2 sessions from these resource areas or the ones of our ‘Useful Websites’ page:

Join in with Joe Wicks for PE lessons at 9am each morning on YouTube! Link: Joe Wicks PE Lessons

Choose a fun dance/movement video from Go Noodle! Go Noodle Good Energy!

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