Welcome to Leaders

Sleights’ oldest children are in Leaders. These are school Years 5 or 6. Children in Leaders are taught by Mrs Walker and are supported by Mrs Creek and Mr Everall.

Children in Leaders are between nine and eleven years old. Being a Leader means lots of responsibility, such as monitor jobs around the school. Leaders have their own building on the playground. 

Monday 13th July 2020

Good Morning Leaders

Can you believe it? – It’s the last week of term!!

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend and you are ready to join us for our final activities of the school year.

New Horizons – English
 
It is our last week of term which means that everyone’s mind will now be turning towards the next challenge on the horizon. 
 
For year 6, that will be the next step in their education and a change of school which, in turn, will mean a much bigger group of children.  For Year 5, that will be thinking about being the oldest children in school and possibly what school will look like in September.
 
I would like you to take this opportunity to look both forwards and back – think about all the good things and fun times over the last year and then think about the challenges you are looking forward to facing.
 
You could choose to discuss these or possible write them in a table or on two sides of a set of scales.
 
Money – Maths
 
Look on tapestry to help the Year 6 children work our how much each activity will cost per child.
 
Homophone Hunt
 
There are many homophones that can sometimes get confused.  Have a go at this game to help you investigate the correct spellings.
 

Thursday 9th July 2020

Good Morning Leaders

I hope you all had a good day yesterday,  At school, we spent the morning outside in the forest and caught up with our maths in the afternoon.
 
Today, we are hoping to see if our flowers and leaves have dried out that we collected and pressed last week. 🀞🏼
 
Why is the Sky Blue? – English
 
Have a look at the pages attached.  They have used flaps to hide information from the reader, which are used to tell you the answers to the questions.
 
Today, we are going to link our questions wit art work and have a go at re-creating a lift-the-flap item to record the answer to a question.  You could use any of the questions that you have previously written down.  The ones about an object will obviously work best if you can re-create the object in paper with a hidden flap.
 
Happy crafting!
 
Area of a Parallelogram – Maths
 
We had a go at the area of a triangle yesterday.  Today, we are going to investigate the area of a parallelogram.
 
 
Floristry Thursday 🌺
 
Today, we are going to have a look at the flowers and leaves that you left to dry from last week. 
 
If you find they are dried out enough, I would like you to make a piece of artwork from them.  You might want to use the pieces to make a picture of something (like the person attached) or just make an arrangement of your dried objects.
 

Wednesday 8th July 2020

Good Morning Leaders

I was sure the sun was going to put his hat on yesterday but I think he continued to hide throughout the day!!

I hope you have made some great plans to keep your ice cube frozen – take some time to collect the things that you have used in your design ready to make it at a later date.

Why is the Sky Blue? – English

You have probably heard the saying ‘that’s just the tip of the iceberg’ and possibly wondered what it means.

After looking at the page, what do you think this saying could mean?

We would think of people as icebergs with the tip representing all the visible things we can see straight away about someone with so many other things hidden underneath.

Today, think about someone you know well and think about them like an iceberg. What are the easily visible things which would represent the tip and what would be less visible and possibly hidden away that not everyone will see or know.

If you would like to, you could represent this with an annotated iceberg.

Area of Triangles – Maths

So far this week we have been looking at the area of 2d rectilinear shapes. Today, we are going to investigate finding the area of triangles.

Have a go at the questions below.

Sports – Get Moving

As we will be holding a virtual sports day next week I thought we would have a go at a fitness activity. A Samba carnival to invigorate us. πŸ₯

https://imoves.com/home-learning/1254

Tuesday 7th July 2020

Good Morning Leaders

I hope you enjoyed investigating constellations yesterday.  Did you manage to spot any of them last night?  It has been pretty cloudy recently so are much easier to spot in clear skies.  You might want to try some of the activities in the stargazing book over the holidays.
 
I love looking up at the sky on a clear night and star gazing. ⭐️
 
Why is the Sky Blue? – English
Today, I’d like you to spend some time investigating penguins and see how much more information you can find out about them.
 
Once you have collected your information, have a go at writing a fact sheet.
 
Volume – Maths
 
So far this week, we have looked at the area and perimeter of 2d shapes.  The area inside a 3d shape is known as it’s volume. Remember that volume is measured in a cubic measurement.
 
Have a go at answering the questions.
 
How can you keep warm and dry? – Science/ D&T
 
It’s time to be inventive!
 
Usually, things that keep you warm could also keep you cold (if you were already cold).  We are going to test this theory – Using what you might have found out about penguins,  I would like you to design something that would keep an ice cube frozen for as long as possible.
 
To make this a bit more tricky, I would also like you to make this waterproof so that the water does not escape once melted.
 
When designing your object remember to think about the properties of materials and the things that you will be able to get hold of.
 
Don’t forget to put some ice cubes in the fridge so they’ll be ready to test your invention.
 
 

Monday 6th July 2020

Good Morning Leaders

Happy Monday. πŸ˜€
 
I hope you have enjoyed your weekend and spent time with your families.   I know that there will have been some busy families this weekend with the re-opening of more shops and businesses alongside those who have worked all the way through.
Only two weeks left before the end of the summer term and there’s so much to fit in. We are going to spend some more time looking at questions that our book raises and investigating some of the answers.

Why is the Sky Blue?  – English

I thought we would stick with poetry for today.
 
Have a go at writing a shape poem based on the theme of stars.

Area and Perimeter – Maths

We have looked at both area and perimeter before in school.  Today, we are going to re-visit both of these.  Remember that area is the amount inside a shape and the perimeter is the measurement around the edge of a shape.
 
Have a go at answering the questions.
 

It’s Written in the Stars

Today, we are going to be thinking all about stars.  In our class reader, Who Let The God’s Out?, we have had lots of discussion about star signs and the zodiac.
 
There are constellations that represent these signs as well as other constellations.
 
I would like you to choose some constellations to investigate – you can present your ideas in any format.
 
I have also attached a Forestry England guide to stargazing which has some lovely information and ideas – this might be a good place to start. 
 

Friday 3rd July 2020

Good Morning Leaders
 
Wow, what a quick week that was – I’m, not quite sure where is disappeared!!  It’s Friday again which means that all children are at home today.  Have a look at the activities for today or you might want to take some time to finish something that you haven’t completed from other days of the week.
 
Let’s hope the sun shines for the weekend and the sky is blue. 🌞
 
Why is The Sky Blue? – English

Poetry

Choose one of the subjects that you have written questions about and have a go at writing a poem on the same theme.

You can choose any format of poetry you would like.

 
Mystery Tables – Maths
 
Can you crack the code to find out the mystery tables.
 
 
Can Fish Hear Things? – Science
 
 
This pages tells us all about the way fish can hear the vibrations of other fish and water features.
 
Today, I would like you to investigate a selection of different animals and find out about their hearing.
 
Can all animals hear?  Which can hear the best?  Can all animals hear the same sounds?

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Good Morning Leaders

I hope you have all had a good week so far.  Today we are gong to be spending quite a bit of time outside so let’s hope that the sun shines – or it stays dry at least. 🀞
 
After making a list of questions to find out about the world, we are going to be taking a closer look at the things around us and hopefully collecting things to be able to create something beautiful next week (once we have dried the things that we find).

Why is the Sky Blue? – English

As we are looking closely at nature today in all our areas of learning, I thought it might be nice to continue this theme in our writing.
I would like you to choose a somewhere to write a descriptive piece of writing about.  Preferably a view of a landscape or outdoor space.  Make sure that you use all your senses to describe what you see.
 
E.g. Like a lullaby, I could hear the tweet of ten tiny birds tittering in tune.
 
Look at this example and see you can use some of the different language styles we have re-visited recently.
If you can’t find a landscape, or the weather isn’t nice, you could always use an image from the internet or one you can remember.

Fibonacci Sequence – Maths

The Fibonacci Sequence is a series of numbers. The next number is found by adding up the two numbers before it.

Have a go at these questions and then follow the link to find out some interesting facts about the Fibonacci sequence, which is often found in nature.

https://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers/fibonacci-sequence.html 

Challenge – see If you can spot the Fibonacci sequence in nature – take a photograph and upload it.

Collecting Flora and Fauna – Science/Art

Whilst out investigating nature for evidence of the Fibonacci sequence, see if you can collect some flowers and leaves that we are going to try and press.

There are a number of different ways that you can dry flowers but here is one recommended by the Natural History Museum.

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/how-to-press-flowers.html 

You will need : a newspaper and some heavy books

Wednesday 1st July 2020

Good Morning Leaders

Welcome to July – the last month of the summer term.
 
The school year has flown by this year with the surprise school closure although it has been amazing to be able to keep in touch with you all through your uploads and talking to your families.  It has been fantastic to learn so many things about you all; the masses of green-fingered gardeners 🌱, the budding musicians 🎼 and the Masterchefs πŸ‘©β€πŸ³ in the making to name a few.
 
Let’s see how many more fantastic things we can share over this month.

Why is the Sky Blue – English

How many people are there in the world? Is there anyone else just like me?

In English today, we are going to listen to a song: https://youtu.be/uOgNeea8wRU and think about the lyrics.
What do you think the song writer is talking about from the lyrics used. Are there any other meanings to the phrases and verses other than the literal meaning?

Exactly like we would in guided reading, choose parts of the song to explain and evidence your answers.

Square and Cube Numbers – Maths

Now that we have investigated both square and cube numbers, the next questions ask you about both so make sure that you read the questions carefully.

Is There Anyone Else Just Like Me? – Art

We are going to continue our theme from English about different people and have a go at drawing faces today. This is something that lots of people find quite tricky to get right so you might want to watch the clip first to have a go at drawing a face. Remember you can stop the clip and have a go alongside if you would like, working step-by-step.

https://youtu.be/TqjbaNlTjP0 

One you have had a go at drawing a face, I would like you to have a go at completing a face like the attached pictures, showing multiple people on one face.

Tuesday 30th June 2020

Good Morning Leaders

What a change in the weather!! πŸ’¦

I’m not sure you will be needing your sun cream on your walks today but possibly a raincoat and umbrella. β˜”οΈ

Why is the Sky Blue? – English

You should now have a list of questions from yesterday that you would like to know the answers to.

Today, I would like you to concentrate on question words and see if you can write a question beginning with as many different ones as you can think of. Why is probably one you have used most often in yesterday’s list.

Happy questioning.

Cube Numbers – Maths

Now that we have reminded ourselves about square numbers, I’d like you to look at cube numbers, making a 3 dimensional cube.

Have a go at the questions attached.

 

Follow Me Facts

Over the course of the week, I would like you to make a follow me card game.

The cards are a little bit like dominoes with 2 sides, one side will have a question and the other side will have an answer. The question on the final card will be answered on the first card so that they make a loop. (Have a look at the picture attached).

Each question that you fins the answer to this week will become part of your game.

 

Monday 29th June 2020

Good Morning Leaders
 
What a whirlwind weekend.  There was definitely rain before rainbows this weekend, multiples of both!!  How many rainbows did you see?
We are going to continue to think about the world around us this week, investigating the answers to questions you may have.  There are so many amazing things out there which may make you wonder how things happen.  The more questions you have the better this week.
Find questions that quiz you.
 
Why is the Sky Blue? – English
 
Our text this week is β€˜Why is the Sky Blue?’ which is full of real questions about the world around us.

Before we take a look inside the book, I would like you to make a list of questions about the world around you that you would like to know the answer to.

We will look further inside the book tomorrow.

Square Numbers – Maths

We have looked at square numbers in class, have a go at these questions to remind you. 

Why is the Sky Blue? – Science

I’d would like you to have a go at investigating the answer to this question.  You might already have an idea or you may like to start by watching the clips below.
 
https://youtu.be/dSUfpMXRriM
 
You can present your information however you wish.