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01 May 2020

Hello Giants!

Hope you've had another lovely week at home. The weather hasn't been quite so good but it's nice to see that you've still been having lots of fun and doing some wonderful things. I think you'll enjoy our English this week - it's finally time to write our own stories!! Can't wait to read them :)

Remember - if you've written a letter to Lucas, please send me it before Tuesday morning so Mrs Bassitt can pass them on!

Have a great week and keep up the amazing work.

Love Miss Daniel x

Literacy: Fantastic Mr Fox!

If you haven't already, please read the story up to the end of Chapter 15 as this is where we will begin from this week. If you do not have a copy, you can listen to the story here (the links at the side will take you to the next pages). 

1. Learning Objective: To understand how an author builds up tension
Read Chapter 16 - The Woman. In this chapter, Roald Dahl tries to make us feel scared that Mr Fox is going to get caught... Have you noticed how he describes everything the woman is doing really slowly and in lots of detail? The longer it lasts, the more nervous we feel! 

Write a list of phrases that Roald Dahl uses in this chapter to build tension (make you feel nervous they'll get caught). Two examples to get you started could be ''the woman paused, looking left to right" and "she stopped right in front of them". 

Extension 1 (optional): Can you think of some more phrases of your own that could build tension?

Extension 2 (optional): Can you rewrite the chapter using some of your own phrases?

2. Learning Objective: To write a book review of a longer story

Continue reading the story until the end. The last chapter is my favourite because Roald Dahl has a bit of a joke with the reader - he's laughing at the farmers because we know the animals aren't coming out, but the farmers don't! Have a think about what your favourite parts are and why. 

Write a book review for Fantastic Mr Fox. You can either fill in this template, or write one from scratch in your book like we do in class - these questions and sentence starters will help. Try break it up into paragraphs if you can!

3. Learning Objective: To write our own versions of a story
In this story, the humans get annoyed at the animals and make a plan to stop them...but the animals manage to outsmart them! Humans get annoyed by lots of animals don't they? Mice in the house, insects flying around their head, seagulls stealing ice cream, pets digging up plants in the garden... and so many more! 

Can you write your own story where the 'annoying' animals outsmart the humans? You might want to plan your story in drawings and notes first. You could draw out a storyboard on plain paper like we did for Diary of a Killer Cat, or use this template to help. Remember, stories usually start quite 'normal', build up to a big problem, then finish with the problem being solved (the resolution) and things settling down again. 

Example Story Plan (for ideas)              Writing Targets and Sentence Starters for Stories

4. Extra Learning Tasks (optional)
- Write your own menu for the animals' feast at the end of the story (or for your own dream feast)
- Write about what happens next to the farmers...

Maths – Length and Problem Solving
From this week, the White Rose Maths sheets should match up nicely with the BBC Bitesize resources. I will set the White Rose tasks on here, but please refer to the BBC Bitesize home learning website for extra videos, information and activities based on these lessons.

1. Learning Objective: To make addition and subtraction fact families     (old learning but represented in some unfamiliar ways)
Video (Lesson 1)    Worksheet      Answers

Key Learning/Tips
- (Q1) Number frames: first number is red, second number is yellow, total (answer) is all the counters together.
- (Q2+) Fact families need to use the same 3 numbers in every number sentence. These rules should help fill in the blanks:
- Addition: smaller number + other smaller number = biggest number
Subtraction: biggest number - smaller number = other smaller number
- Children can find it tricky when the '=' sign is at the start of the number sentence. Help them to spot the pattern in Q2: each number sentence can be recorded the 'normal' way first, then the next one is the same number sentence but the sides have been swapped round.
- Bar models: show how two smaller numbers are 'the same size' as the bigger number they make when you add them.

2. Learning Objective: To compare number sentences     (mostly old learning, challenging at the end)

Video (Lesson 2)      Worksheet      Answers

Key Learning/Tips
- (Q2) Bar models: colour first number one colour, second number a different colour to show they make the same total.
- (Q3) Similar idea, e.g. 9 counters in one colour and 3 in another colour. Complete first frame before putting counters in next frame.
- (Q4/5/6) Remember to work out each side's answer first, before deciding if you use < > or =
- (Q7) Remember '=' means you need the same answer on boths sides of it. Work out the side you CAN work out first (the one you have both numbers for, e.g. 4 + 1 in the first one) and then fill in the missing number that makes the other side the same.
- (Q8) Think about how 15 is just one more than 14... 

3. Learning Objective: To understand how number facts are related     (applying old learning to new learning)
Video (Lesson 3)      Worksheet      Answers

Key Learning/Tips
- (Q1) In class, we call base 10 'Diene' (pronounced "deen") or 'tens and ones'. Ask the children to draw both number sentences "in tens and ones" and that should make more sense to them.
- (Q2) Remember to think about whether to count in ones or in tens!
- (Q3/5) Look at the pattern! The second number sentence in each pair is the same, just the numbers are 10 times bigger!
- (Q4) Same idea: the second model has numbers that are ten times bigger.
- (Q6) Is every number 10 times bigger in Dexter's number sentence or has he done something wrong?

4. Learning Objective: To add and subtract ones    (old learning, easy peasy!)
Video (Lesson 4)      Worksheet      Answers

Key Learning/Tips
- (Q2) Number tracks: use the numbers that are there to figure out which way we're counting.
- (Q4/5) When the missing number is at the start, we read the question aloud as "what is" e.g. d) "What is 1 + 61?"
- (Q6) Two ways we can check: are both sides of '=' the same answer? And remember, we can add in any order but we can't take away in any order.

5. Extra Learning Tasks (optional)
- Play the number families interactive game.
- Practise your 2s, 5s and 10s with a colour by number.

- Solve a set of questions from our Fluency list (choose Red, Amber, Green or GO - or more if you want!)

Fluency 4.5.20  (2 new slides)         Parents' Guide to Methods  

Children should be confident with at least one method for each question on the level they choose. You probably won't need the Parents' Guide, but it's there in case children get stuck and you need to know how they're used to doing it in school. The methods for each operation are in the order we taught them in school, with each method building upon knowledge from the previous method. The children know that it is okay to use whichever method they feel most comfortable with - there's no need to try and teach them the harder ones, as 'Fluency' sessions are all about building up confidence and speed with methods they already know :) 

Science: Plants

Learning Objective: To know what a plant needs to grow
Watch this video about what a plant needs to survive. This video gives you extra information if you want to learn more. 

Use what you have learnt to write a set of instructions on how to grow a plant. Make sure your instructions include: planting your seed in good soil, putting it in a light and airy place, watering your plant and giving it time and space to grow.  You might want to use these pictures to help you get your ideas in order.

Optional: If you are able to, this would be the perfect time to start growing your own plant at home. Follow your own instructions and see if they work!

Theme (History)

We are having a week off our Florence Nightingale work to take some time to learn all about VE Day (8th May). On this day in 1945, our Prime Minister (Winston Churchill) announced that World War 2 was over, and the country had HUGE celebrations. It was a very special day as it meant the end of a horrible war that lasted for 6 years. It's extra special this year as it's the 75th anniversary.

Please read this information about VE Day. You may also want to watch this video (please note - the video is meant for Key Stage 2 so I would recommend parents view the video first to decide if you want to show it, I would recommend stopping at 2:15 before it begins talking about VJ Day). Then choose an activity:

a) Pretend you are Winston Churchill and write a speech to tell the people that the war is over!

b) Design a VE Day medal using these instructions.

c) Pretend you are in a street party on VE Day 1945 and write a postcard to tell somebody all about the amazing celebrations! You could write it in your book or use this template. Don't forget a picture for your postcard!

Optional:  If you want to learn more, this 20 minute online lesson is brilliant and shows how the celebrations varied for different people. There's also lots of activities available if you'd like to have your own celebrations at home:

Parents' Guide - How to Celebrate VE Day in Lockdown

BBC- Making Bunting 

VE Day Craft Ideas on Pinterest



A just-for-fun task this week! Can you make a model or a really good picture of your favourite book character? You can use any material you like, but try to put lots of effort into it and make it amazing! We can use these to decorate the book corner when we are back in school! :)


Enjoy the 'Body Percussion' lesson on BBC Bitesize. Pick any of the activities you like :) 

If you've been enjoying learning the musical notes, you can also carry on with Lesson 3. This time, we learn the symbol for a 'rest' - a note that shows we need to be silent for a beat.


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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