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24 Jun 2020

Hello Giants,

Hope you all had an amazing time in the sunshine last week! I've been very pleased to hear that lots of you have been enjoying being outdoors, exercising and teaching yourself new skills over the lockdown period.

I think you're going to have lots of fun with our work again this week. There's measuring, taking your imagination to Mars, colourful artwork and the chance to explore a real example of computer coding to look forward to this week. Enjoy :)

Have a lovely week!

Love Miss Daniel


Literacy: Exploring Tense

1. Learning Objective: To remember what past, present and future tenses are
This week, we'll be revising the idea of tense and using it to write our own pieces of work in a tense we haven't used before. Tense is basically the time that a sentence happens. We can change the verb (doing word) in a sentence to change the tense. It could be past (already happened), present (happening now) or future (going to happen). Please complete the BBC Bitesize session below to revise each tense and practise spotting different tenses in the quiz at the end!

BBC Bitesize - What are past, present and future tense?

2. Learning Objective: To know how to use the future tense

At school, we've done a lot of work in the past tense, like diaries and stories.This week, we'll be doing a piece of writing in the future tense - this is when you write about something that hasn't happened yet or is going to happen. Work through these slides to learn some sentence starters for the future tense and have a practise at using them:

Future Tense

3. Learning Objective: To write in the future tense consistently
As lockdown is slowly lifting, it's nice to start thinking about all the things we are looking forward to when it is completely over and our life goes back to normal. We are going to produce a piece of writing called 'The Perfect Day After Lockdown'. The task is to describe what you will do on the first day after lockdown to make it as perfect as it can be. Remember, it hasn't happened yet so all your sentences need to be in the future tense! Use the slides below for ideas, an example and some writing targets:

The Perfect Day After Lockdown

4. Extra Learning Tasks (optional)
- Continue to explore future tense by writing about what you would like to be when you're a grown-up!
- Remember, the idea of a perfect day is subjective - this means everyone has a different idea of what the perfect day is. Pick a few people to interview about their perfect day after lockdown using the questions from the slides. Then you could draw or write a few sentences about their perfect days - remember this time you'll probably use 'he', 'she' or their name instead of 'I'.


Maths – Measure
If you would like any additional input or activities for these Maths sessions, the content on the BBC Bitesize home learning website now matches up perfectly with the White Rose learning objectives (Monday on Bitesize is Lesson 1, Tuesday is Lesson 2, etc). 

* Everything should fit together again this week :) We hadn't covered mass and capacity at all in class yet as these topics come later in the year, so much of the learning will be brand new for the children. *

 Learning Objective: To measure mass in grams      (new learning)
Video (Lesson 1)     Worksheet      Answers

Key Learning/Tips
- If the scales are balanced then both sides are the same mass. Work out the side you CAN work out to figure out the other.
- If the arrow is pointing AT a number, easy peasy!
- If the arrow is BETWEEN a number, you need to figure out what the marks are. Remind children that scales often count up in 5s or 10s, so to test these out first to see if the numbers fit. 
- For Q6 (tricky), each follows on from the one before. Once you know the sphere's mass, label it onto all the spheres on the next row, etc. You need to add up what you have and ask the question 'how many more?' to make the same mass as the other side.

2. Learning Objective: To measure mass in kilograms      (new learning)
Video (Lesson 2)     Worksheet      Answers

Key Learning/Tips
- 1000g makes 1kg. We use kg to measure heavier things. 
- Be careful of the difference between 'how heavy?' and 'how much heavier?'
- For Q5b, think about whether it's more sensible to count forwards from 0, or backwards from 40 to get to the number you need (38).

3. Learning Objective: To compare volume     (new learning, easy peasy)
Video (Lesson 3)    Worksheet    Answers

Key Learning/Tips
- Volume means an amount of liquid. Capacity means how much liquid something can hold.
- Remember, capacity can be made bigger by making the container taller OR wider (think about a low-walled paddling pool compared to a 2L bottle of fizzy drink). Just because a container is taller, doesn't always mean it has a bigger capacity. The last question is a good chance to talk about this and there's an Optional Extra Activity to explore this further.

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

Key Learning/Tips
- We measure volume and capacity in millilitres (ml). A millilitre is a teeny drop of liquid!
- 1000ml makes 1 Litre. We use litres to measure larger amounts (we'll look at these next week).
- Work out what the marks on the scale count up in by trial and error: count up from the bottom in 2s, 5s, 10s etc to see what fits with the numbers that are already marked.
- Once you know what the scale counts in, you can work out missing ones by counting up from the nearest marked line. 
- For Q6, look at the big number 1000 at the top. We can't be counting in 2s, 5s etc as 1000 is way too big! Use this as a basis to discuss which other 'easy' number we could count in to reach 1000.

5. Extra Learning Tasks (optional)
- Play one of these games to practise measuring Volume and Mass:

Capacity Countdown         Reading Scales Quiz (volume in ml)       Mostly Postie (mass in g)     

-  Have a go at these NRich problem-solving tasks based on estimating and testing which containers have the biggest capacity. You'll need a range of containers from your house. Try to figure out which is the biggest/smallest without any measuring in ml! *HINT - Fill the one you think it the biggest/smallest and see how that water fits in the others*

Compare The Cups          Bottles 1           Bottles 2

- Set up a fun capacity relay race in your garden. Each team has a large container full of water at one end of the garden, and an empty container at the other end. Set a time limit and run between them to transfer the water across from the full container into the empty container (you could use small cups, your hands, or even design your own container). Measure the water at the end of the time - whoever has the most, wins!

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

Fluency 29.6.20 (2 new slides)         Parents' Guide to Methods  


Science: Making Links

Learning Objective: To design a home for a human being on Mars
A fun one this week! We are going to combine our knowledge of what living things need to survive with our knowledge of materials, to help us design a home that could support a human to live on Mars. We'll learn about what the problems are for living on Mars, and try to think of creative ways to solve them. Remember - even the top scientists haven't figured this one out yet, so there's no right or wrong answer, just have fun! Work through the activity using the links below:

1. Watch this video to find out what it's so hard for people to live on Mars...
2. Watch this video to remind yourself what humans need to survive.
3. Follow the steps on 'A Home On Mars' to complete the task. 

* Note for Parents*
The idea of this task is for children to apply their scientific knowledge to try and explore solutions to a very abstract and complex problem. Their knowledge is that of what humans need to survive, and their solutions will be thinking of ways to provide these in a hostile place. Don't worry if their ideas are not practical or entirely scientifically feasible - the task is about trying to develop the scientific mindset of thinking outside the box and generating ideas rather than just saying 'I don't know' or 'you can't do it' :) 

Extra Learning Tasks (optional)
- Use Google Mars to explore the surface of Mars and decide where you might put your building. You can see a simplified version of Google Mars here but it's better if you download the Google Earth app where you can see it in 3D and zoom in more. In the Google Earth app, look for the planet icon on the bar at the top, click it and select 'Mars'. 

Theme (Geography): The UK

Learning Objective: To know the 4 countries of the UK and their capital cities
We already know that the UK is made up of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. This week's task is to learn a bit more about each of these countries, including their capital cities. Have a look at these videos and information pages to find out some information and make notes. Make sure you have a few good facts for each country. You might want to think about: language, food/drink, famous people, landmarks, traditions, celebrations, flags.

UK Geography Song - A funny song about the 4 countries with lots of the information you need!
Kids Travel Guide: UK Facts - Lots of general facts about the UK as a whole
National Geographic: UK - General facts about the UK

Fun England Facts for Kids - Facts about England
National Geographic: Scotland - Facts about Scotland
Fun Wales Facts for Kids - Facts about Wales
Northern Ireland - Facts about Northern Ireland

Once you have lots of information about the 4 countries, we are going to present our information in a fun way!! Choose either:

a) Make a 'lift-the flap' poster about the UK by folding in the 4 corners of a square piece of paper and having one 'flap' for each country.  
b) Make a UK 'fortune teller' with the 4 countries on top and their capital cities and a 'fun fact' inside:  Instructions   Video Instructions 
c) Make a video to tell us all about the 4 countries.

Optional Extra Activities: 
- Create your own similar factfile for another country of your choice.
- Design your own 'traditional UK menu' using classic dishes from the 4 countries of the UK. You could even try to make some of the foods!


Learning Objective: To create an image in a cubist style
Last week, we looked at an artist called Paul Klee. He uses a style of art called cubism - this is when you create an image that is mostly made up of simple shapes. Sometimes the shapes come together to look like something real, sometimes they just make a nice pattern. The trickier idea of cubism is that you can show lots of different viewpoints of an object in one image - for example, front/back/side views, happy/sad emotions, different angles of a view. You can see lots of examples of cubist artwork here.

When you have looked at the examples, choose a video tutorial to watch and have a go at creating your own piece of cubist artwork! You could do it on your computer or with pen and paper. They don't have to exactly match the tutorial, these are just to give you an idea how to do it!

Cubism Patterns - How to make a colourful pattern with shapes
Cubism Picture - How to turn a simple picture into a cubist picture with lines (yours doesn't have to be a butterfly!)
Cubism Sea Creatures -  How to turn a picture into a cubist picture using shapes
Cubism Spiral Flowers - How to draw flowers in a cubist style
Cubist Animals With Mrs H - An online lesson on how to draw a cat in a cubist style



Learning Objective: To use computer code to program simple directions
Play the Blockly Maze game to put your Maths learning about directions to use. Drag and drop the instructions into the space on the right hand side to help your character find their way around the maze. Remember, when you turn him, always face the same way he's facing before you decide which way he needs to turn. When you run your program, it will show you what your instructions would look like in a real-lide coding language called Java!

Complete 2 activities from any of the following resource areas:

Youth Sport Trust - PE games and activities

Go Noodle Good Energy - Fun videos to exercise and dance along with

PE Planning: PE at Home - Lots of fun PE activities to do at home

Joe Wicks YouTube - A new 'PE With Joe' session added every day!

Harrogate School Sports Partnership - Lots of resources for home mindfulness and keeping active


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