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. 

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. 

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 ?‍? 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: 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. 

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!! ?

I’m not sure you will be needing your sun cream on your walks today but possibly a raincoat and umbrella. ☔️

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 ‘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.
You can present your information however you wish.


Friday 26th June 2020

Good Morning Leaders

It’s Friday!!
Another week has flown by and we have been blessed with some beautiful weather.  Many people are now beginning to return to work, so make sure that you spend time with your family this weekend doing something together.
Happy weekend.
Rain Before Rainbows – English
Our page of the book today talks about friends who are courageous and kind.  You might be missing some of your friends, or you may have had chance to see them from a distance.  I think we have all missed people who are important to us and are looking forward to when we can see them all again.
Today, I’d like you to think about what would make your ideal friend.  You will need to think about the personality traits that you are looking for – remember, we are all different and everyone likes different things.
I’d like you to have a go at drawing up an advert for your ideal friend today.  This could be in the form of a poster, piece of writing or maybe just a list of all the requirements, a little like an ingredients list for a recipe.
Graphs – Maths
Today, we are going to look at a conversion chart.  This type of line graph goes up in a straight line, allowing you to convert from one measure to another.
Use the conversion graph to help you answer the questions.
A Night Under the Stars

There is a picture at the end of our book, when she is full of hope for a new day dawning.

She has spent the night under a beautiful canopy construction and fairy lights, allowing the stars to shine through.

Today, I thought you might like to make your own canopy/den and possibly (if the weather and your parents allow) you might like to spend a night out under the stars. ⭐️?

I would love to see your creations.

Thursday 25th June 2020

Good Morning Leaders

Yet another beautiful day – please make sure you put on your sun cream and hats if you are outside. ??

Rain Before Rainbows – English

Today, I would like you to complete a piece of descriptive writing to go with the picture that you completed yesterday. Remember to choose your words wisely, using powerful vocabulary to build a picture in the reader’s mind.

Graphs – Maths

Today, we are going to look at pie charts. Remember these show a portion of a whole (like slices of a cake).

Have a look at the graph and then have a go at answering the questions.

Seed Dispersal – Science

‘Sowing and planting. Root before shoot. Stem before flower.
Leaf before fruit.’

When plants get to the end of their flowering cycle you may have heard the term ‘gone to seed’ this means that they have finished flowering and they are beginning to produce seeds to make new plants and flowers. These seeds travel in a number of ways.

Today, I’d like you to investigate the different ways seeds can be dispersed. You might want to begin by watching the clip below.


Good Morning Leaders
The sunshine continues to shine – remember your sun cream if you are going outside. ?
As things begin to get busier, it is important to keep taking some time to do lovely things with our families, noticing the new flowers, the changes in our environment and the wildlife that has come out of hiding before it disappears back to somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of humans.
On your walk today, see if you can spot anything different that you may not have spotted before.
Happy spotting. ?

Rain Before Rainbows – English

We have looked at both the illustrations and characters from the story.
For the next two days, we are going to use the information we have found to create our own image and piece of writing.
Think of a situation or emotion that you would like to portray.  Today, you are going to do an illustration of that and, if you upload a copy of this, I will try and guess the scenario you are trying to portray.
Tomorrow, we will complete the piece of writing to go with it.
Graphs – Maths
Today, we will be looking at a line graph.  Remember how this is different to a bar graph and what the line represents.
What types of information will be represented in a line graph rather than a bar graph?
Have a look at the line graph and have a go at answering the questions.

Inheritance – Science

We have looked at different animals and yesterday, we looked at the fox, one of the characters from our book.  Today, we are going to explore inheritance and how animals pass on their features to their offspring.
You will need the following items for the practical investigation in this lesson :
glue, string and a variety of materials you can find around the house like a paper plate, cardboard, foil, brown paper, baking paper.
Follow the link and choose the video ‘Inheritance’ – remember you can watch this as many times as you need to.

Tuesday 22nd June 2020

Good Morning Leaders
A beautiful start to the week – let’s hope it continues.??
I hope you enjoyed looking closely at the illustrations of the book yesterday.  Today we are going to concentrate on the characters – remember to look at the finer details of each picture to give you clues. ?
Rain Before Rainbows – English
After investigating the colours of the pages yesterday, today we are going to investigate the characters.
Have a look through the pictures and see what you can find out about the character in the story.  Can you tell how she is feeling?  Does the character(s) change throughout the story?  Why does this happen?
Graphs – Maths
Today, we are going to look at bar chart.  Answer the questions using the graph.
Nocturnal Animals – Science
The little girl in ‘Rain Before Rainbows’ has a companion who is a fox.  Foxes are mainly a nocturnal animal although some can be seen during the day.
Today, I’d like you to firstly define what a nocturnal animal is and then find out as much as you can about foxes.  You can present this information any way you would like.  You might want to create a poster, top trump card, fact file or something completely different.
Once you have found the information- why do you think the author has chosen a fox to be a character with the little girl?



Monday 22nd June 2020

Good Morning Leaders

Hello Monday and a new week of learning.

It was nice to see the return of some sunshine over the weekend so I hope you all managed to enjoy some time outdoors with your families. I always think a bit of sunshine makes us feel brighter and ready for the challenges a new week will offer.

Last week, we looked at lots of the words in Rain Before Rainbows and, this week, we are going to concentrate on the illustrations – they can often tell a story all by themselves.

We are also going to be looking at lots of different types of graphs, reminding ourselves how to read them.

A busy week ahead – happy learning everyone.

Rain Before Rainbows – English

Today, I would like you to have a look at the pages of a book’. You may notice that this it not a complete copy of each page but a smaller section of the page that does not show any words or characters.

I have put the pictures into a specific order. Looking at these pictures, what do you think this tells you about the story or the mood that the author is trying to create as the story moves through?

Are there certain pictures that draw you in more than others? Why do you think this is?

Maths – Graphs

Today, I would like you to have a look at a pictogram and line graph and have a go at answering the questions.

Mood Colours – Art

After looking at your English learning, you will probably have understood the difference that colour can make on how something makes you think or feel. Some of this might be to express a time of day or to express a type of mood.

Today I would like you to choose an object, landscape or picture to re-create multiple times. You may decide to try a range of colour schemes or different amounts of light.

If the weather allows, you might want to do this at different times during the day which should give you a different aspect as the sun rises and sets. (You could even take a photograph to help you see the difference if you would like. ?)

Friday 19th June 2020

It’s Friday again already!!

This week seems to have flown quickly by. I hope you are all ready for a lovely weekend. You might want to try out your forest school knots making a den in your garden over the weekend to either enjoy in the sunshine or hide under in the rain. ?

It would be great to see your creations – happy den making.


English – Rain Before Rainbows 

‘A rope to hold on to.’

Today,I’d like you to have a go at a short piece of descriptive writing. Imagine you are a character in story. This could be any story you can imagine and you are up to the part where you need a rope to hold on to. Continue the story to tell me where you are, what you are doing and why you need the rope?


Maths – Ratio

This is the last set of ratio and proportion questions before moving onto a different topic next week.

See how many you can get.


Forest School

Another line from Rain Before Rainbows – ‘A rope to hold on to.’

There are a number of knots that we can learn to help us in forest schools – some of which are very useful in den building to help secure a tarpaulin.

Find yourself a piece of rope or you could even use a shoelace (remember to put it back in the shoe afterwards) and see if you can have a go at learning these knots.