Welcome to Willow Class!
Monday 18th May 2020
Hello You Wondrous Willows,
We hope you are all well, welcome to the last week of term 5…
We have absolutely loved chatting to you on teams over the past couple of weeks and hope you have enjoyed sharing your work with us and the class.
This focus on Teams this week will be a English. We would love to see your writing from this week’s learning as well as other pieces you’ve been working on. This week we will run a longer ‘drop in’ session on Friday 22nd May from 10 – 11 a.m. Pop by anytime during this window to show us your work and catch up with your classmates.
Remember we still want to see any topic or maths you are proud of too, so upload away!
Missing you lots and looking forward to hearing from you all on teams!
Mrs Drummond (and Mr Port, Mrs Davies and Miss Noble!)
Last week you may have had a go at the Oak Academy Information Leaflet lessons which we set for you. This week’s task is to continue this thread of lessons with Lesson 4 and Lesson 5. This time you will be focusing on writing formally and writing your own information leaflet. If you didn’t get chance to do the first three lessons last week then you could go back and try those this week. We would love to see examples of your finished information leaflets and talk to you about how you got on with it in our Teams catch-up on Friday.
Remember to check the Writing Hub too for some creative writing opportunities.
First News Week 7 new edition available now.
Audible have released lots of free children’s audiobooks for you to enjoy. How lovely!
Instructions for accessing our E Platform can be found here. There are many books to choose from and they are available as digital or audio books.
The Poetry Zone is a great place to explore. You can even send your own poem in to be published!
Oxford Owl is an award-winning website to help support children’s learning, both at home
and at school. There is a free ebook library.
Look, cover, write, check: a wonderful website to assist with spelling
Thank you for your work on TTR last week: 15th out of over 100 schools in the county is an awesome effort! Well done! We’ve given you 3 lessons again with a bonus Year 7 lesson to try out as well. Your work on fractions is continuing. You’ll need a phone, tablet or laptop (headphones are optional), your maths book or some paper and a pencil. Remember, you can share anything maths related on Teams (screenshots, photos of work, photos of you doing work, websites you have discovered etc.).
This week your lessons are:
Optional Year 7 lesson: Dividing an amount into a given ration
Gareth Metcalfe’s lessons on his YouTube channel or website are still going on throughout the week, with a focus on reasoning. These are excellent and very important in terms of keeping the key learning going. They are live at 9 a.m. but you’ll be able to watch them anytime if this clashes with something else you are doing. It is a sequence of learning that builds on the previous day so please keep working on these.
Extra resources to keep the key skills going:
Numbots (you can use your TTR login to access this). This is a new resource for you to use whilst you are at home. There are ‘Story’ and ‘Challenge’ modes. The faster you are, the trickier it becomes! Explore and have fun.
Your task is to present your work on blood from last week. Below is a reminder of the task:
Have you ever thought about what our blood does for us? You can find out more by watching this video What’s in our blood?
There’s also a useful short video about what’s in our blood on this page: What’s blood?
Now do some research of your own about the human heart, circulatory system and blood. Choose ten of the most fascinating facts and keep them safe. You could always share your facts on Teams under the channel, Topic.
Next week, you will be presenting your information.
Maddie and Greg are back on Monday 11th May when they will be investigating oceans. Don’t forget that there are 28 shows you can go back to on Maddie’s Youtube channel. Maddie Moate science shows
How much do you know about the very first Modern Olympic Games?
This week’s History task is to research the first Modern Olympic Games. When was it? Where was it held? Which countries took part? Which sports were featured? And any other interesting facts you may come across!
You will need to make notes as you do your research, but it is up to you how you present this. You may wish to create a poster or fact file, or you could present your findings to your family or give a video presentation to post to Teams!
Open Google Earth. Choose a location from the list below and then answer the questions. You don’t need to record anything. This activity is best done as an exploration and a bit of fun!
London. Mount Everest Base Camp. Amazon Rainforest. Giant’s Causeway. Great Wall of China. Taj Mahal. New York City. Sahara Desert.
• Name the country and continent of this location.
• What activities can be accessed based on the physical characteristics of
this location? (For example, there are mountains for skiing, lakes for fishing,
• Describe the physical characteristics of this region. How are they similar or
different to the region in which you live?
• What natural hazards might pose a threat to this location? How can they be
There is no DT work this week.
Art this week links to PSHCE. ‘Friendship’ is this week’s Olympic value and so we would like you to create a piece of art that represents what ‘friendship’ means to you. You could paint, sketch, collage…. all three?! Its entirely up to you how you do this. If you’d like to share your art (we would love to see it!) then you can upload a picture to the Topic section of our Teams channel at any time. Enjoy!
There is no music set for this week.
We now have free access to premium coding on Tynker. There is also an app available.
I have created you all a username and password.
Username = willow followed by your initials. Mine would be willowdp
Password = 12345 (you can change this after you login but make sure you remember it!)
I have set a course for you to have a go at. It will help you learn to use the software and also revise some of the science we have looked at this year. The theme is the Solar System and Planet Earth. The tutorial on the left-hand side is a really useful guide to follow. Remember, when I login I can see the progress you have made so be prepared to show off your skills!
Remember to keep safe when you are online. Thinkuknow has some very useful reminders.
Purple Mash is an excellent site that we use regularly at school. You can login from home:
Password: Year6 (capital Y!)
At Scratch, you can create your own animation or game! All you need to do is sign up and login (if you can’t remember your password, create a new account). One of our governors has created a ‘how to’ guide on YouTube.
Sploder is great for making your own games but it runs on Flash and might not work on all your devices. Google Chrome is the most effective browser for Sploder.
I wonder if any of you are keen sports commentators? Choose one of the following clips below. Mute the video. Come up with your own version of the commentary. Record the audio on to a device. You could even upload it to Teams for us to listen to and we can work out which video you linked it to.
Personal, Social, Health, and Citizens Education
One of the three Olympic values is excellence. Last week, we thought about respect so now let’s consider excellence. What is excellence? If you aren’t sure, try looking up its definition in a dictionary or discuss it with an adult. Olympic athletes try to excel when they compete. What do we need to do to try to excel in a sport, hobby or other activity?
One thing you may have thought of is believing in yourself. It’s something that all top sports people need to develop. What does self belief mean? How do we develop it?
Have a chat with an adult about self belief. Share your ideas on the Topic channel on Teams. It will be lovely to compare ideas.
Revise your knowledge of the vocabulary for school activities by trying out these games. From the home screen, choose school. There are three topics to choose from – classroom objects, subjects and activities. French games
You can also watch this clip of Papo the parrot learning about routines in a French primary school. Try repeating all the French words and phrases he uses to help you learn them.French school day