Home Learning – Tuesday 2nd March 2021

Phonics: Our sound yesterday was the trigraph ‘ear’ – three letters together that make one sound. Have a look at the activities below, you can choose which one you want to complete to practise reading the ‘ear’ sound.

RWI practise reading ear

ear word search

t-l-53295-ear-phoneme-spotter-story-_ver_4

Literacy: This week the children’s aim is to create a new version of the book (Fancy Dress Jungle) about animals that live in a different habitat (e.g. Fancy Dress Ocean, Fancy Dress Desert, etc).

LO: As a writer, I will be able to make up a character for my story.

Refer to ‘How to write a story’ by Simon Cheshire pages 6 and 7 about imagination and why it is important.

Complete activity on page 8 and 9 (children to sketch the scene onto a piece of paper or use template). Have a look at each other’s sketches and discuss the importance of adjectives and imagination. Activity from book I’d like the children to make up a character/characters today. Read Making up a character and model completing this one together (the children will then invent their own character on the sheet below).

Activity: Now have a go at completing your own spider diagram about your made up character/characters. Character sheet

(Please note the name in the middle of the spider diagram is for your character’s made up name – not your own name) 🙂

Maths: Year 1: Subtracting length problems

Worksheet: https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Y1-Spring-Block-3-WO-Subtracting-lengths-2020.pdf

Year 2: Draw 2-D shapes

Worksheet: https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Y2-Spring-Block-3-WO4-Draw-2D-shapes-2019.pdf

Art: LO: As an Artist, I will be able to follow a step by step to draw a jungle animal.

Can you have a go at drawing your own jungle animal today? You can either draw from a picture you find or follow a step by step. I would love to see your drawings so please don’t forget to email them to me 🙂

Step by Step drawing Jungle animals

PE: Joe Wicks for some PE ideas:

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Cosmic Kids Yoga:

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Sam Cam Dance:

https://www.youtube.com/user/SamCamsCreations

Best Wishes

Mrs Edwards

Home Learning – Monday 1st March 2021

Good morning! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend 🙂

Phonics: This week we have two sounds to finish off our Set 3 sounds. When you return to school we will then spend our time recapping any sounds from Set 2 and Set 3 that we may still find a little tricky.

Today’s sound that we will focus on is ear – hear with your ear

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8Bf3zReelc

Literacy: LO: As a writer, I will be able to plan and write a diary entry.

A reminder of our story Fancy Dress Jungle if you want to hear it again – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi_3DABjYao&t=33s

Show teaching slides about writing diary entries – Diary Writing slides

Overview of what is covered on the slides – When you write a diary entry, you are writing about a day in the life of a real person or character. The diary entry needs to sound as if the person or character has written it, so it needs to be written from their point of view. It also needs to be exciting and interesting to read. To get this right, just follow a few easy steps…

  • Include date/time
  • Written in past tense
  • Use the words ‘I’, ‘my’, ‘we’ and ‘our’
  • Write as if you were there
  • Important events in order
  • Describe feelings
  • Use time linking words, e.g. ‘next’, ‘first’ and ‘then’
  • Talk about where events happened.

Activity: Plan and write a diary entry from the point of view of the pop star lion. Have a think about what the Lion could have got up to during the day. Use your imagination and write it as a diary entry.

If you need a little more support: Use this template – Diary template

Once you have finished your diary: Use the checklist to ensure you have included all of the diary features – Diary Writing Checklist

Maths: Year 1: Adding length problems

Worksheet: https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Y1-Spring-Block-3-WO-Adding-lengths-2020.pdf

Year 2: Count vertices on 2-D shapes

Worksheet: https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Y2-Spring-Block-3-WO3-Count-vertices-on-2D-shapes-2019.pdf

Geography: LO: As a Geographer, I will be able to identify some features and weather of Indian tropical seasonal forests.

Have a look through today’s teaching slides (Apologies again for the quality of these as I have to screen print them onto another document because they are too large to upload to the website). Screen Shots of Teaching Slides Lesson 2

Activity: Draw a picture of the Indian jungle during the dry season on the flap, and during the wet season underneath. Activity for Lesson 2

Have a good day!

Mrs Edwards

Home Learning – Friday 26th February 2021

Phonics: Our new sound today is ire – “Fire! Fire!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c27IpQyzRKY&feature=youtu.be

Literacy: Today’s Literacy will consist of handwriting practise, spelling practise and a chance to do some free writing.

Free writing: Free writing is a chance for you to explore any writing you wish. You may want to write a story, a diary entry, a letter, a poem, anything you wish to write is perfect! I’d love to see what you have written today so please don’t forget to email me (squirrels@shawburystmarys.co.uk)!

Handwriting:

Today’s handwriting – Diagonal join to Set 1 and 2 letters: ig

Handwriting Sheet

Handwriting Extension

Spellings: This week’s focus is on the sounds oa, ew and ire, + numbers written as words: seven, eight and nine as an extra challenge.

1 Spelling sheet oa ew ire

Maths: Friday’s Maths lesson in class is an Arithmetic lesson. We usually start with a quick arithmetic test and then go through this together as a class. Please have a go at the test and then ask an adult to help you make any corrections if you need to.

Year 1: Year 1 Arithmetic Test Spring 2 Test 1

Year 2: Year 2 Arithmetic Test Spring 2 Test 1

RE: Our topic in RE is – Salvation – Why does Easter matter to Christians?

Today’s LO: As a Religious explorer, I will listen to stories of Holy Week and Easter from the Bible.

Discuss what our senses tell us about springtime, how spring differs from the other seasons, including the idea of new life. What signs tell us Easter is approaching? Record your ideas.

Easter is a festival that occurs in spring to remember a very important part of the Bible. Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Christians believe that Jesus is God come to Earth. The Easter story is one of sadness, followed by great happiness.

Watch video – https://vimeo.com/39716113 Stop regularly to discuss and check children’s understanding and to reassure them that although this is sad now, it becomes happy at the end.

Discuss with the children what they find sad about the stories they have heard. Look at lots of different colours and discuss which colours they think are happy and which colours they think are sad, e.g. yellow is a bright, happy colour and blue is a cold, sad colour. The children should be recognising yellow and orange as happy colours and blue and purple as sad colours.

Activity: Friday 26th February 2021

  1. Allow children time to fill in the first cross, with sad colours, the parts of the stories they find sad and discuss together.
  2. Now the children are to fill in the second cross, with happy colours, the parts of the stories that make them happy and discuss this together.

To end our lesson – video of Psalm Sunday https://vimeo.com/59691514

Golden Time: Enjoy the rest of your afternoon doing something of your own choice that brings you joy 🙂

Have a fantastic weekend Squirrels Class!

Mrs Edwards

World Book Day Zoom

Good evening,

Next week (Thursday 4th March 2021) is World Book Day. If you would like to dress up as your favourite book character and join us for a class zoom meeting, the link is below. Please don’t worry about finding a costume, you are more than welcome to still join our meeting dressed as you are, or you may fancy wearing your PJs! I really don’t mind, I’d just be happy to see you all! AND this will be the last zoom meeting before we are all reunited…how exciting 🙂

Topic: World Book Day Zoom Meeting
Time: Mar 4, 2021 11:00 AM London

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/92297150804?pwd=dTZyU0lZRHhkVFdjMWVPYzYzYUh1dz09

Meeting ID: 922 9715 0804
Passcode: hj6Fs0

Have a lovely evening!

Mrs Edwards

Home Learning – Thursday 25th February 2021

Phonics: We learned the new way of spelling the ‘ew’ sound yesterday. Have a look at the activities below, you can choose which one you want to complete to practise reading the ‘ew’ sound or complete both of them if you wish!

ew cut and stick activity

alternative spellings of ew

Literacy: LO: As a writer, I will be able to write descriptive sentences.

A copy of the teaching slides for today: Thursday teaching slides

Read a bad description out about a dress that you really liked from a shop e.g. “It was a great dress” – and ask your child to draw it on a piece of scrap paper.

Then read a good description out about a dress e.g. “It was the most beautiful dress, it was long, bright yellow and had tiny little daisy flowers all over it” – ask your child to draw it on a piece of scrap paper.

Discuss the importance of description and how much better the second description was to support your child’s drawing.

Look at a fancy dress costume from the story (examples on the teaching slides) and write a description of a chosen costume. Reinforce the importance of adjectives and if you use two adjectives in a row, put a comma in between (Year 2 need to know this).

Year 2: Children to choose 3 costumes to write 1 or 2 sentences to describe. Remember adjectives, and, but & because to extend your sentences.

Year 1: Children to choose one costume to write 1 or 2 sentences to describe. Remember capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and adjectives.

Maths: Year 1: Measure length (2)

Worksheet: https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Y1-Spring-Block-3-WO3-Measure-length-2-2019.pdf

Year 2: Count sides on 2-D shapes

Worksheet: https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Y2-Spring-Block-3-WO2-Count-sides-on-2D-shapes-2019.pdf

Music: Conjunct melodies

In this lesson we will explore conjunct musical movement by listening to, performing and composing a musical story.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/conjunct-melodies-6rvker

PSHE: Health hero!

In this lesson we will understand how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We will look closely at physical activity, rest, healthy eating and dental health. We will identify the benefits of these areas. Finally, you will create a video to instruct people in one of these areas.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/health-hero-c8w6ac

PE:

Joe Wicks for some PE ideas:

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Cosmic Kids Yoga:

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Best wishes!

Mrs Edwards

Home Learning – Wednesday 24th February 2021

Phonics: Today’s new sounds is ew – “chew the stew”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4ZBr95ETCE&feature=youtu.be

Literacy: LO: As a writer, I will be able to recognise and use rhyming words.

Re-read our story/listen to the story and look at sections of the book as you go along. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl2uxhhBJ8I

What do you recognise about the story? Underline/write down the rhyming words of the story and discuss these further. Can you think of other words that can rhyme? 

Parents please could you model how to start making a list of rhyming words found in the story. (Year 1: List is underneath each other (can use bullet points)/Year 2: Commas used in a list to separate items).

Activity: Year 2: Children to list rhyming words found in the story using commas between each rhyming word. Can they add another 2/3 words to rhyme? 

Example: sea and be, dress and guess, etc.

Year 1: Children to list rhyming words found in the story, one rhyming word under another using bullet points. Can they add another 2/3 words to rhyme?

Example: 

  • sea
  • be
  • dress
  • guess

Maths: Year 1: Measuring lengths (non-standard units)

Worksheet: https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Y1-Spring-Block-3-WO2-Measure-length-1-2019.pdf

Year 2: Recognise 2-D and 3-D shapes

Worksheet: https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Y2-Spring-Block-3-WO1-Recognise-2D-and-3D-shapes-2019.pdf

Science: Which materials are waterproof?

In this lesson, we will be learning about waterproof materials. We will test a variety of household materials and compare how absorbent each of them is. You will need a piece of paper and a pencil to complete today’s lesson. For our experiment, if you would like to take part, you will need: twigs or a piece of wood, a plastic bag or cup, a glass cup, cardboard or paper, and a pair of socks or piece of fabric. If you do not have these materials, you can watch the lesson and record your observations of the experiment.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/which-materials-are-waterproof-cmrpad

PE:

Joe Wicks for some PE ideas:

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Cosmic Kids Yoga:

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Stay safe everyone!

Mrs Edwards

Home Learning – Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Phonics: We learned the new way of spelling the ‘ow’ sound yesterday and learnt that we can also spell it ‘oa’. Have a look at the activities below, you can choose which one you want to complete to practise reading the ‘oa’ sound or complete all of them if you wish!

oa roll and read

alternative spellings for oa

alternative spellings for oa writing

Literacy: LO: As a reader, I will become familiar with the story ‘Fancy Dress Jungle’ by Nick Sharratt.

We have got a new, exciting story to read in Literacy called ‘Fancy Dress Jungle’ by Nick Sharratt. Here is a link to an online reading of the story:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi_3DABjYao&t=33s

 Read/Listen to the story and join in when you start to recognise the pattern.

Activity: Today in class we will be reading and acting out the story with partners. Have a go at remembering the story and act it out to someone at home (maybe you could ask a sibling or parent so act it out with you). This is so we become familiar with the story before we complete more activities the next 2 weeks.

Maths: Year 1: Compare lengths & heights

Worksheet: https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Y1-Spring-Block-3-WO1-Compare-lengths-and-heights-2019.pdf

Year 2: Block diagrams

Worksheet: https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Y2-Spring-Block-2-WO6-Block-diagrams-2019.pdf

Art: Look at different animals and the patterns of their skin/fur. Can you sketch a variety of camouflage patterns?

1 Animal Fur and Skin Camouflage Photos

PE: Joe Wicks for some PE ideas:

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Cosmic Kids Yoga:

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Sam Cam Dance:

https://www.youtube.com/user/SamCamsCreations

Have a good evening!

Mrs Edwards

Home Learning – Monday 22nd February 2021

Good morning Squirrels Class! I hope you have all had a fantastic half term holiday and managed to get some well earned rest.

Phonics:  Today’s sound that we will focus on is oa – “goat in a boat”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0KOrKQh3Ho

Literacy: Today’s LO: As a writer, I will be able to write a jungle poem.

Our new topic is ‘Take a Walk on the Wild Side’ (Jungles and Rainforests). This half term in Literacy we will focus mainly on poetry, with lots of other areas covered too. Today I’d like the children to do a cold write.

Cold Write – As it is the start of our new topic and the children are going to look at poetry in detail, I’d like them to independently write a poem about jungles. This needs to be done with very little support (support with spelling is fine). During this Literacy topic the children will be extending their learning about poetry e.g. rhyming words, structure, verses, etc so when they do their hot write in a few weeks, there will be progress evident 🙂

Activity: Write a poem about a jungle. This doesn’t need to be a really long poem but just to show me what you remember from the last time we did poems a few weeks ago.

Template for you poem if you’d like to use one: Jungle page border

Maths: Year 1: Count in 5s

Worksheet: https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Y1-Spring-Block-2-WO9-Count-in-5s-2019.pdf

Year 2: Interpret pictograms (2, 5 and 10)

Worksheet: https://resources.whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Y2-Spring-Block-2-WO5-Interpret-pictograms-2-5-and-10-2019.pdf

Geography: Today’s LO: As a Geographer, I will be able to locate jungles around the world and begin to describe them.

Please have a look through the teaching slides and information introducing our new topic ‘Take a Walk on the Wild Side’. I’m sorry about the quality of these slides, I’ve had to screen shot them several times before I could upload the file to the website as they were too big!

1) Teacher input slides

Activity: Look at Jungle Location Cards 1A, Worksheet 1A and a Jungle Flags card. The children are to read the statements describing the jungle locations, then draw and label the correct flags on the worksheet. 1) Activity

PE: Joe Wicks for some PE ideas:

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Cosmic Kids Yoga:

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Sam Cam Dance:

https://www.youtube.com/user/SamCamsCreations

Take care and stay safe!

Mrs Edwards

Half Term Competition

Having a sister that works at Samuel Wood means I get to know about an exciting competition that the children could do over half term! Please have a look at the information below if you’d like your child to enter (copied from their social media site).

I hope you are all having a lovely half term!

Kind regards

Mrs Edwards

As promised, we have ANOTHER half term competition for you!

This one requires a little more audience participation though…well from the kids at least!

What we want, is for them to design their DREAM house. We’re talking slides for stairs, swimming pool in the bathroom 🏊‍♀️ chocolate fountain in the kitchen 🍫, you get the picture.

So the prize:

▶️ A £25 gift voucher for Smyths

▶️ PLUS the winning drawing will feature as our cover picture

▶️ AND on our website

▶️ AND on display in all of our branches windows!

Designs need to be drawn LANDSCAPE please and emailed to shrewsbury@samuelwood.co.uk by Friday the 19th of February with the child’s name and age on it. The competition is open to ALL school aged children and the winner will be chosen by our Director’s.

Like and share so we can get as many wonderful entries as possible!

BEST OF LUCK 🍀

 

 

Happy Half Term!

Thank you so much to all children in Squirrels Class, whether you are at home or in school with me! You have been fantastic this half term, working really hard, showing how resilient you are and being an absolute pleasure to teach!

Thank you to all parents and carers for your continued support and sending emails of children’s work and general pictures (I love seeing what they have been up to and really enjoy receiving a smiley face)!

There is no homework set during half term – please just enjoy time together without the worry of school work and have a much needed rest…I know I will 🙂

Lots of love and best wishes,

Stay safe and keep smiling!

Mrs Edwards