Autumn 1 recap
Badger class have had a really successful first term back and have impressed all of us with their thirst for learning and enthusiasm. This term we have been learning all about Space! We have been researching the different planets and Neil Armstrong. We have written letters, newspaper reports and biographies which have been displayed around school. In maths the children have been working on the four calculations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and the children's knowledge and confidence is definitely improving. This week we planted daffodils which were kindly donated by South Witham Garden Nursery, a new business in South Witham. As we had raised awareness for mental health last week, by supporting the charity Young Minds, it was brilliant to hear the children discussing how much they enjoyed this calming activity and how excited they were to take their plant pots home.
Next term we are looking forward to continuing our Space topic! We will be adding amazing artwork to our wonderful sketch books with Mrs Costello and Mrs Kataiwai, baking some space themed food and learning all about fractions in maths.
Have a wonderful half term Badgers and well done for an excellent start to the year.
This term our topic in Badger Class is 'Out Of This World'. Check out this BBC link which is full of fun activities all about Space!
A Poem for Year 6 children - class of 2020 🌈
Today is the day that SATs would have started,
The classroom set up and the tables parted,
The rules on the board, the display walls all covered,
Your workbooks away, out of sight in the cupboard,
Instead you are home, you’re doing your bit,
Protecting your families from getting sick,
It’s important right now, we’re in lockdown you see,
Being apart of world history,
You’ve all worked so hard, you should be so proud,
You’ve practised your SPAG and times tables out loud,
You’ve learnt algebra to the Nth degree,
And now the tests, they will no longer be,
Some may be sad that they can’t take the tests,
“Hip hip hooray,” I’ve no doubt said the rest,
Whilst the tests are on hold and you stay home this term,
Remember that tests can’t measure everything you learn,
And I don’t need SATs results to tell me,
How hard you have worked, it’s easy to see,
'Lockdown' Year 6, let me shout it out loud,
You’ve made all your teachers so very proud,
So please continue to learn, fill that brain up full,
And remember, we think you’re all wonderful! 💕
Stuck on a maths calculation? No problem!
Just go to the Classroom Secrets YouTube videos and watch the step by step explanations. For example:
In your home learning books you have two arithmetic and reasoning tests which you stuck in. If you need any support with these or any calculations on MyMaths, Classroom Secrets have created a variety of videos to help you.
Love Science and investigations?
The education team at Anglian Water offering a suite of 12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) based lessons online that can be accessed by your children at home at no charge. The first 6 are available now and the remaining 6 will be live on 22nd May 2020.
Water is essential to all life. The aim of the lessons is to help pupils think about water; how it is vital to life; what we need it for; where it comes from and how we can all use water wisely.
The lessons will (for the most part) follow a similar format:
Today in school we created cards for the children's parents and other key workers. We cut out a heart shape in a piece of card and then created a collage using tissue paper inside a laminate pouch. Once we had created our collages I laminated them for the children and they stuck them on the inside of the front of their cards. After writing a lovely message our cards were ready and we were very proud of them!
A message from Young Voices
During a time when it is even more important to come together and sing, we will be bringing a little of that YV magic into your homes with our twice weekly #YVatHOME. Join in the online fun, music and movement sessions, that your children, parents and teachers can access and enjoy from your safe place.
Young Voices is a worldwide organisation and our friends in America and other countries across the world will be inspiring new projects whilst we stay safe in our homes, please watch this space and tune in to #YVatHOME on our social channels and on the Young Voices website for all updates.
Monopoly fitness game
Check out this handmade Monopoly fitness game for you to play with your families. Create your own chance cards such as 'Have a thumb war with a family member, if you win move forward one space'. Stay safe, healthy and smiling and have lots of fun! Remember to keep taking lots of pictures of your home learning to send in via email or using the school Facebook page.
WOW! Free maths resources!
Parents, you can now register for free on 'The Third Space Maths'. This website offers free maths resources. The most popular resources are the 'Times table practise packs', 'Code Crackers' and '100 arithmetic questions for Year 5/6'. These resources will keep our hard working Badgers busy for hours!
Just follow the instructions in the PDF below:
Hello my Brilliant Badgers,
I hope you’re all safe and well and are enjoying your time at home. It’s so strange not seeing you every day and I miss you all very very much. I’ve really enjoyed seeing some of your home learning and putting the pictures on our class page. It’s amazing seeing how creative you all are and I’ve been particularly impressed with your artwork.
When I’m not in school working, I have been creating some colourful spelling posters for our classroom. I used different felt tips to make them as bright as possible. I have also been enjoying my one walk a day in the sunshine and seeing the beautiful nature near my house. When I went for a walk, I saw five different types of birds and discovered three more allotments full of fresh growing vegetables! It’s been a great time to get some gardening done and people have clearly been very busy. Have you discovered anything new near your house?
This week I made carrot and bacon soup. It was so yummy and I really enjoyed making it from scratch. It was very easy to make so I’ve attached the recipe on our class page, in case you wanted to have a go too. Whilst making it, I put on the song ‘Dance Monkey’ which reminds me of you, especially when you all dance to it during TT Rockstars. I have also been reading ‘The Twits’, one of my favourite Roald Dahl books before going to bed and have been taking part in Joe Wicks’ PE lessons each morning. The Spiderman move is so funny and I can’t wait to incorporate that into our PE warm ups!
I know that it’s strange not being in school and seeing your friends and teachers but it will be worth it in the end. I want you all to know that I am proud of your achievements so far this year and I can’t wait to see you all again. Keep practicing what we’ve taught in school and checking Education City and MyMaths, but most importantly keep smiling, being creative, having fun and spending time with your families. And remember to…
Check out MrMcGrammar on Youtube:
Tune in to his live lessons every Wednesday and Friday at 11:30am.
Wow! This clever Badger has been finding out about the civil war, corona virus and the evolution of the planet. This is a great time to find out about new things and take the time to really explore new areas of learning. Well done!
Yummy carrot soup recipe- recipe requires adult supervision
Here is the soup recipe I used at home. It was delicious and I would recommend it.
During the cold weather yesterday, I've been keeping busy by making some new spelling posters for our classroom. Each poster will go on the washing line so that we can use them when we're writing.
Challenge: Can you create your own spelling revision posters in your home learning books? See if you can make them colourful and exciting so they stand out. Perhaps you could create a character to go with each one?
Free White Rose Maths
Keep practising all those wonderful maths skills on this free online platform. They have included weekly activities and the answers so you can complete and mark them in your Home Learning Books.
Chester Zoo are hosting a live video of all their animal enclosures. Check it out!
Google-Chester Zoo Live event and go on to their Facebook page:
Just some of the animals featured will be red pandas at 10am, Rothschild's giraffes at 11am, Asian elephants at midday and butterflies at 1pm
Then you can catch up with the Sun bears at 2pm, the Sumatran tigers at 2.30pm, the Humboldt penguins at 2.45pm and the aquarium at 4pm
Badger's home learning
Well this Badger has been very busy indeed! I think you'll have lots of orders when we get back to school, it looks scrumptious! Well done!
Free comprehension activities
Check out these free comprehension activities on Vocabulary Ninja! Remember to send any photos of your fabulous work into Mrs Hill; we always enjoy recognising your amazing achievements.
Check out these live learning links! This timetable breaks up the day into different activities children can join in with online. I particularly liked the 'Body Beats body percussion online lessons'! Have fun!
Check out this amazing artwork! Why not have a go with your family at home? Badgers, we'd love to see your pictures to put on our class page. Please send them over to the office or Mrs Hill and enjoy being creative.
I have uploaded 6 activities for Badger Class on Education City. Once I can see that they have completed them I will upload new pieces of work. I have added fun interactive games which can be played on an iPad and phone.
A special well done to; Freddie, Molly, Isabel, Maisy, Scarlett, Jennifer, Amy and Jessica for completing lots of tasks!
Warning Zone activity pack
Here are lots of activities sent over from the Warning Zone! The Warning Zone is a Leicester based charity dedicated to teaching life-skills and safeguarding children. Check out this activity pack Badgers to help you learn some important life skills.
Make sure you check out the Wildlife Trust website in this lovely weather! They have lots of fun activities you can do with your families in the sun! I loved the Hedgehog and bird house ideas!
This week Year 6 went to the Warning Zone in Leicester with Miss Jackson and Mrs Harrington. They participated in many life skill zones including, E-safety, road safety and water safety. We took part in a number of activities and discussions of how we would deal with certain situations. By playing guess who and cyber phishing we learnt to tell a trusted adult if there is something wrong and always have our privacy settings on our devices to keep us safe online. We learnt about the effects of drugs and alcohol and could see how difficult it was to complete simple tasks by trying on special visors which demonstrated the effect of alcohol. We also realised how important it is to frequently check the fire alarms and smoke detectors in our houses as we were shocked by the damage that occurred in the kitchen due to fire!
We have been incredibly busy during our first week after half term conquering division questions in Maths. Year 5 continued to develop their skills using short division and Year 6 were introduced to long division. Miss Jackson even let us write on the tables so that we could easily edit our work and make out writing as large as we needed!
We have shown brilliant resilience and determination!
In Badger Class we have been learning about electricity. We worked in pairs to make a simple circuit. It was so fun and we showed great teamwork! In a series circuit, if a lamp breaks or a component is disconnected, the circuit is broken and all the components stop working. We could prove this by taking a component out of our circuits and seeing the bulb turn off. The current is the same everywhere in a series circuit. It does not matter where you put the ammeter, it will give you the same reading. We can't wait until our next science lesson!
Roald Dahl Day
Today was Roald Dahl Day and many brave children in Badger Class decided to try some Snozzcumber!
Roald Dahl writes in his book the BFG:
'Big ears or not, the BFG needs to eat. Since he doesn’t want to eat “human beans,” he must settle for an “icky-poo” vegetable called the “snozzcumber.”'
Here are some of their reactions to the vegetable!