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English & Maths Remote Learning (w.c. 1/2/21)

25 Jan 2021

Hello Giants,

We hope you've all been enjoying The Diary of a Killer Cat so far! This week, we're going to have fun getting into the character of Tuffy and do a bit of writing based on the book. We also have a new Maths topic which I think you will really enjoy!

We hope you are all still doing okay at home. We miss you all but it's great to see you every day on Zoom :) And we are LOVING hearing about the extra things you are getting up to like bike-riding, trampolining, craft projects and science experiments! Glad to hear you are finding time to have lots of fun - you deserve it as you are all doing so well.

Enjoy your learning!

Love Miss Daniel and Miss Richardson laugh


Your  'Personalised Learning' email will specify your child's reading level, and which Phonics programme would be best for them to follow at home. If they are making it 

Use Oxford Owl to access reading books at your child's book band: 

Oxford Owl e-Book Library   (You will need to register for a free account)

Follow one of these programmes daily for Phonics learning:

Set 2 Lessons-  Read Write Inc - Features daily videos on a new sound.

Set 3 Sounds - Read Write Inc - Features daily videos on a new sound

Investigating Alternative Spellings - PhonicsPlay - Scroll down to Phase 5c and work through the 'Investigating Alternative Spellings' activities at your own pace. I'd recommend one activity per day e.g. a Phoneme Spotter one day, Word Sort the next day, Best Bet the next day. You can log in for free at the moment using the username and password on the PhonicsPlay homepage.


English: The Diary of a Killer Cat

This week, we are going to read another chapter each day. For our writing, we'll pretend to be Tuffy and write some letters of apology for killing the animals. However, we already know that Tuffy is a bit sarcastic, so we'll add a twist to our letters by writing them in his unique tone of voice... Is he really sorry?

Task 1 (Monday) -  LO: To know the key parts of Tuffy's character voice
Zoom teaching input Monday 9:30am. When an author writes a book from a certain character's viewpoint, they have a tough job to make it sound EXACTLY like that character would speak. Today, we will investigate parts of the text to look at the key features of how Tuffy speaks, then have fun turning some 'boring sentences' into 'TUFFY SENTENCES' by using these features.    Lesson 1 - Tuffy Character Voice     Character Voice Worksheet   Chapter 4 Video Link

Task 2 (Tuesday) -  LO: To remember the key features of a letter
Zoom teaching input Tuesday 9:30am. In this lesson, we'll think back to when we have written letters before and remind ourselves how they're different to other texts. We'll learn what key features they have, and why they have them. Then, we will look at these in practice in an example 'Tuffy letter' and label it with as many of these key features as we can.    Lesson 2 - Key Features of a Letter        Example Letter to Label    Chapter 5 Video Link

Task 3 (Wednesday) -  LO: To plan an apology letter from Tuffy
Zoom teaching input during Class Novel session on Tuesday 2:45pm. Today, we will plan our own letters using a nice, simple planning template. We'll make sure we have an idea for each section of the letter, and also think about some ways to show that Tuffy doesn't really mean it...            Lesson 3 - Letter Planning     Planning Sheet       Chapter 6 Video Link

Task 4 (Thursday) -  LO: To write an apology letter in the voice of Tuffy
Zoom teaching input Thursday 9:30am. Today, we will be writing our letters in the style of Tuffy! On Zoom, we will work together on a whole close example, to give you some ideas. Remember to use your planning sheet to help you. I think we're going to have great fun doing these and I'm really excited to read them!    Lesson 4 -  Apology Letter      Letter Writing Frame   (if you want it)     Chapter 7 Video Link

Task 5 (Friday) -  LO: To spell contraction words with apostrophes
No Zoom input for this lesson. A 'contraction' is when 2 words join together to form a shorter word, e.g. can + not = can't. The apostrophe goes where the missing letters used to be. We describe it in class as: "two words smash into each other to make one word, but some of the letters fall out, so that's where we put the apostrophe". The children are usually good at knowing what the contraction will be when we give them the two words, they may just need help knowing which letters get dropped. This PowerPoint talks through all of the options  - read through carefully then choose an activity to complete :)  Contractions Cut and Stick (Easier)    Contractions Worksheet (Harder) 

Extra Learning Tasks (optional if you finish any activities in the week)

a) Can you write your own letter? Maybe you could write to a family member who you are missing. You could even post it :)

b) Have a go at re-writing Chapter 1 from a different character's viewpoint, e.g. in Ellie's voice.

c) Keep practising your sentence writing with the 'A Sentence A Day' challenge.


Maths – Statistics

We are beginning a new unit this week and it's one that the children always enjoy - statistics! This week, we will be learning all about tallies and pictograms, and giving children some activities to collect their own data on Zoom. I'll miss the usual playtime buzz of children insisting upon bringing paper and pens out into the playground to conduct surveys over the next few weeks!! :)

Task 1 (Monday) - LO: To make tally charts

No Zoom input for this lesson so use the video :)     Video      Worksheet      Answers  

Key Learning/Tips
- Practise counting in 5s lots before beginning work on tallies! Remember multiples of five always end in 5 or 0.
- Make sure everytime you draw the diagonal line, you are saying a multiple of 5. Otherwise you've not counted carefully.
- One trick is to whisper all of the numbers, then SHOUT the number when you draw the diagonal line. You should hear the pattern of counting in 5s in all of the numbers that you shout.

Task 2 (Tuesday) - LO: To create our own tally charts

Zoom teaching input Tuesday 11:00 - go straight to video activity if you can't make it.     Video Activity     
Today on Zoom, we will practise drawing tally charts and collecting data together - please bring a pencil and paper! When we are done, your task is to use the Video Activity above and follow the instructions on the video to practise creating a range of different tally charts. You can draw them yourself from scratch, or you can use these templates if that's a bit tricky.  

Key Learning/Tips
- Remember to use a ruler when you draw your own tally charts.
- You might decide to draw a 'Total' column at the end where you can record the number next to the tally. 


Task 3 (Wednesday) - LO: To draw pictograms 1:1
No Zoom input for this lesson so use the video :)     Video    Worksheet      Answers

Key Learning/Tips
- 1:1 simply means that, on the pictogram, 1 picture represents 1 object.
- Make sure all of the symbols you draw are the same size so you can compare numbers easily.
- When converting from tally to pictogram, it's easier if you count the tallies and write the numbers at the side first.


Task 4 (Thursday) - LO: To interpret pictograms 1:1
No Zoom input for this lesson so use the video :)     Video    Worksheet      Answers

Key Learning/Tips
- It's sensible to record the numbers next to each pictogram before you start answering questions. then you don't have to keep recounting if you forget. 
- Be careful with 'how many more' questions as children often mix these up with 'how many'. For 'how many more', cover up the ones that are the same in both groups, then count the extra ones (the ones which are 'more'). 
- Q4 is hard and needs a lot of connected thought. If children are struggling, give them a clue by telling them to look at melon and grape first then working from there. They may want to practise on separate paper before completing it on the sheet :)

Task 5 (Friday) - LO: To put our own data onto a pictogram
Zoom teaching input Friday 9:30am.  Today on Zoom, we will conduct a survey to find out what everyone's favourite colour is. We will create a tally chart during the Zoom and share it on the this link immediately after the lesson (children in the Zoom will be able to record the tally themselves during the session if they'd prefer). Then, use or copy this pictogram template to record the data we have collected. As an extension, you may want to answer these questions about our class data. 

Key Learning/Tips
- You can choose any symbol you like for the pictogram (e.g. a spot, a paint splat), but make sure it's the same for each colour. 
- You can change the colour of the symbol to match each colour though!
- A key learning point is that the total number of ALL colours on the chart should match the number of people that we asked, as there is one choice for each person. 

Extra Learning Tasks (optional if you finish any activities in the week!)

a) Practise answering questions about tallies: Eye Colour Tallies Worksheet

b) Practise converting tallies into pictograms then answering questions: Pet Survey    Counting Fruit  

c) If you'd like to collect some data of your own at home, here's some blank templates:  Blank Tally Chart   Blank Pictogram

d) Solve a set of Fluency number sentences at a level you're confident with (choose Red, Amber, Green or GO - or more if you want!)     Fluency 1.2.21         Parents' Guide to Methods 


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