Ideas for everyone: Week 4

Below are this week's new activities to access. As previously, there is no prescriptive set of activities for any individual child but a selection to choose from based on your child's needs and interests. You may already still have lots to do - that's fine - these new activities are here for if you want or need them.

Miss Campling, Mr Quilter and Mrs Haley continue to monitor the closure@greattotham.essex.sch.uk email address should you need support with your child's learning. Any concerns about your child's social and emotional health should be directed to Mrs Lawrence or Miss Cleghorn. 

We understand the children will want to keep in touch with their friends during this time and recognise how important it is. Could we ask that you recap e safety rules with the children and also remind them that any messages sent via social media should be kind. It can be easy for the children to forget when they are not face to face with people. You can support this through regularly monitoring the groups and apps your child is using. Please also refer to the ParentMail sent on Monday 6th April recapping e-safety rules and reporting. 

All children, no matter what their age and ability, should be reading and being read to, at least once a day. Why not make a 'Book of the day' and complete activities around it? 

There are many audiobooks available free online - we understand that 'Audible' has opened it's subcription as free. 

Internet based resources 

A wide variety of educational resource providers have kindly opened their websites with extended free trials to support families with school closures. Please select activities as appropriate for your child based on advice of target areas at the recent parents evening. 

Please note: we are led to believe these resources are free but we have not assessed each one individually - there is NO expectation from the school that any of these sites need to be accessed. The choice lies with you as a family, including knowing when free trials may end. These click-to-follow links are signposts to sites we are aware of but not explored; the appropriateness of each site needs to be assessed by an adult within the family.

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Printable resources for a wide variety of subject areas. 

Printable and online resources for maths and English. 

Online games and activities for a variety of subject areas. 

Games and resources for spelling. 

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Online platform for computer programming practice. 

The Reading Realm - App for Apple devices. Activities and games linked to texts. 

Free ebooks, reading activities and reading, English and maths activities and support. 

Free support with learning languages. 

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Wide variety of information, games and activities on a wide variety of topics. 

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Online maths games. 

Online times tables games. 

Read something new - find something out! Activities, games, quizzes and resources. 

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Online maths games. 

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10 minute game ideas to keep active. 

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Online maths and English games. 

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Some lovely activities for our young constructors. 

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Some lovely activities for our young constructors. 

Concerned with nature and the outdoors, this organisation offers outdoor, mindfulness and reflective activities.

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Wide range of activities, games, recommendations and ideas. 

Activities, ideas and book recommendations for different age groups. 

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BBC touch typing resource. 

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Wide variety of information, games and activities on a wide variety of topics. 

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Activities to support children's health and well-being at home. 

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Lots of online reading books - lots of different categories. Select a level on the top right hand corner. 

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

Websites and activities to have a look at

 

Phonics play is now free during the closure period using 

username: march20 password: home 

Have an explore!

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Mr Thorne does phonics - search him on YouTube, there are videos for lots of sounds. 

 

Watch the video on the British Council Kids website. 

 

Some of the animals have escaped from the circus. Create a poster to help find them and include their name, a description of what they look like, when were they were last seen and what is their favourite food is.

You could create an exciting adventure story about the circus. Who is your main character? What goes wrong and how do they fix it?

Imagine you are a performer at the circus. What would you be? An acrobat, a juggler, a clown, a magician or a ringmaster. Can you create an act to perform in front of your family?

 

Design your own clown hat. There are lots of examples online.

Create a puppet show and make your own circus characters        

 

 

Draw and then paint a picture of a clown.            Draw and paint a circus tent.

 

 

 

 

Can you blow up a balloon for the clowns with this exciting experiment?

                                                                              Can you make a balloon rocket?

Roll up, roll up! The circus is coming to town. Why not try some of our circus themed activities this week?

You could design a poster to tell people that the circus is visiting town.

What acts will they be able to see?

How much are the tickets? What time does the show start?

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Year 3

This week at school, the theme is ‘The Circus’. Here are some activities linked to this. In maths we are looking in more detail at fractions.

Maths

With fractions this week look at how you can use sweets or other household objects to practise fraction work using the smarties worksheet. Try the other worksheets too to consolidate what you know about fractions.

English

                                                                                                                Writing prompt

Use the writing prompt to write a story about the circus/funfair. Roll dice to see what you must include in your story. Don’t forget the skills we have been using at school.

Why not just write the introduction and ensure you set the scene well with great character description and setting description using your senses.

 

 

 

 

Do you believe animals should be performing in a circus? Can you see it from both sides of the argument? Well let’s see, as you write a balanced couple of paragraphs about the pros and cons of animals performing in a circus.

Watch and Listen to Dr Seuss’ If I ran the circus.

Can you make up a small piece of rhyming work linked to a                                                    circus? In fact you could turn it into a poem perhaps?

 

Reading

Try this Roman Empire reading comprehension with three difficulty levels (1 star being less challenging and three star being more challenging).

            1 star - Qs and As                          2 star - Qs and As                           3 star - Qs and As

 

 

Science

Play this magnet game and try to decide which products would be                                        attracted to a magnet and which would not.

Look at the food label to see the level of nutrition in the products and the                          information that must be shown legally. Why not look at other items in your                     cupboard to see their nutritional value?

History

Have a look at the Roman Empire Invading Britain information and see if you can answer the quiz questions.

Computing

Another scratch game to try and make. Don’t forget to press pause after a few instructions to give you time to complete the tasks.

DT

Design your own circus based computer game. What is the purpose of the game, will it have many levels? What will the characters look like? How do you win? What do you have to do?

To complete this task you could draw some screenshots of the game and label these, maybe draw the main characters/baddies.

Could you then compile a set of instructions on what to do and how to play the game? Don’t forget those imperative (bossy) verbs and adverbs. 

 

Art

Complete week 5 on the Lowry work you have been doing. This should be the matchstick people part so soon you will be ready to complete your own master pieces.

Try this Andy Warhol inspired clown face piece of art. Colour it in but only vary a few colours or repeat the colours on different faces. Use the images/examples to give you some ideas.

 

PE

Begin to learn how to juggle with these co-ordination games:

 

 

Now try this juggling video. Remember it is easier with light weight hankies/small sheets of material first before moving onto balls.

Once you have mastered this,                                   Britney Spears, singing ‘Circus’

try these tips to help you get better.

 

 

 

Just for Fun

Lenny the Liar & Looking for Clues

Complete these activities that should test your observational skill – can you spot the clues?

Year 4

This week at school, the theme is ‘The Circus’. Here are some activities linked to this. In maths we are looking in more detail at fractions.

Maths

Maths will have a fraction focus this week. You will find some fraction sheets on MyMaths.co.uk which should be completed in the following order: fraction of amounts, fraction as operators, fractions as operators 2 and finding fractions. If unsure of the task, you can always look at the lesson section prior to completing the online homework. You will also see some resources below. A good website to use and explain how to find fractions of amounts using bars is as follows:

 

English

Use the writing prompt to write a story about the circus/funfair. Roll dice to see what you must include in your story. Don’t forget the skills we have been using at school.

Why not just write the introduction and ensure you set the scene well with great character description and setting description using your senses.

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Do you believe animals should be performing in a circus? Can you see it from both sides of the argument? Well let’s see, as you write a balanced couple of paragraphs about the pros and cons of animals performing in a circus.

Watch and Listen to Dr Seuss’ If I ran the circus.

Can you make up a small piece of rhyming work linked 

to a circus? In fact you could turn it into a poem perhaps?

 

Reading

Try this World War 2 reading comprehension with three difficulty levels (1 star being less challenging and three star being more challenging).

Science

Watch these clips about the digestive system, not for the squeamish or just before dinner I might add!

Can you write down the journey your food makes from the moment you eat it? List in order the parts of the body/organs your food has to travel through. Why not explain with a sentences or two what actually happens in these parts of your body as part of digestion. This would be a chance to practise quality sentences using adverbial fronted sentences and technical vocabulary.

Why not complete the worksheet too. 

History

Colour in the map of the world with the Allies and Axis information provided. There is also one to show which countries Hitler and the Nazi’s invaded during World War 2. 

Computing

 

Another scratch game to try and make. Don’t forget to press pause after a few instructions to give you time to complete the tasks.

DT

Design your own circus based computer game. What is the purpose of the game, will it have many levels? What will the characters look like? How do you win? What do you have to do?

To complete this task you could draw some screenshots of the game and label these, maybe draw the main characters/baddies.

Could you then compile a set of instructions on what to do and how to play the game? Don’t forget those imperative (bossy) verbs and adverbs.

 

 

Art

Complete week 5 on the Lowry work you have been doing. This should be the matchstick people part so soon you will be ready to complete your own master pieces.

Try this Andy Warhol inspired clown face piece of art. Colour it in but only vary a few colours or repeat the colours on different faces. Use the images/examples to give you some ideas.

 

PE

Begin to learn how to juggle with these co-ordination games:

Now try this juggling video. Remember it is easier with light weight hankies/small sheets of material first before moving onto balls.

Once you have mastered this,                                    Britney Spears, singing ‘Circus’

try these tips to help you get better.

 

Just for Fun

Alien Planet & Weather Forecast

Complete these activities that should test your creativity – have fun and go wild with your ideas.

Year 5 and 6 Circus themed activities 

This week in school, the children are finding out about circuses.  You may like to try some of the activities below:

1)  Use the website link to access information about the circus.  Create an information text about the circus.  You could search for images and other information to make your work more memorable.  You could focus your text in an area of your own interest e.g. the history of circuses, the acts, the animals etc.

2)  Diary of a circus performer – complete the task, making your writing as imaginative and engaging as possible.  Remember to use a personal, informal style when writing.    Remember to use different sentence openers and advanced punctuation.

3)  Use the pictures and examples of circus posters to design your own poster to advertise your own circus.  What acts would you have?  What words and vocabulary could you use to make the circus sound appealing and to make people want to visit it?

4) Complete the circus comprehension activity.

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Year 5 

English:

Read/listen up to chapter eleven from Alice in Wonderland - A lobster quadrille

Lewis Carroll wrote many poems in his Alice books.  Here is one example:

 

 

 

 

 

Activity 1:  Highlight the rhymes in this verse and count the number of syllables in each line.  If you want to extend your learning, you could use the other verses if you have access to them.

 

Activity 2:  Generate ideas for your own rhyming poem.  Start by making a list of words that rhyme with hat and mouse.

Activity 3:  Write your poem.  Try and make your poem funny or absurd in the way that Lewis Carroll does, he particularly liked puns.

 

Rivers:  Read the poems in ‘River of rhymes’ and then complete some or all of the following activity ideas:

The river

  • How does this poet feel about the river?

  • Find the rhyming words and explain the rhyme pattern. Look at the repetition of the phrase ‘The river’. Why does the poet repeat this phrase?

  • Can you explain the meaning of ‘dawdles’? Why did the poet choose this word?

Who?

  • Why has Charles Causley written this poem as a list of questions?

  • Why did he use the word ‘quivering’ to describe the stream?

  • List clues about the boy’s identity. The final line solves the mystery. Can you explain it?

Fisherman Chant

  • How does the fisherman feel about the river?

  • Why does the poet describe it as both ‘life giver’ and ‘life taker’?

City River

  • This is a kenning (remember from Y4).  This form of poetry describes a subject without directly saying what it is, rather like riddles. It often consists of pairs of words, and dates from Anglo-Saxon times, when warriors described their weapons in this way.

  • Discuss each line. Why did the poet choose the words nudger, winder, slapper?

Ideas for writing

  • Discuss the words/phrases used in the poems to describe rivers.  What adjectives and adjectival phrases you add to these? How would you describe the way a river moves, sounds, appears in different weather? Use these ideas to write new river poems. Can you create a river shape poem?

 

 

Spelling

 

Try these spelling games

Maths

 

This week, there is a focus on decimals and their link with fractions.  Try to complete the activities below.

Activity 1: Decimals up to 2DP

Activity 2: Decimals as fractions

Activity 3: Decimals as fractions 2

Activity 4: Understanding thousandths

Activity 5: Thousandths as decimals

Use My Maths to help you revise – go to the library – number – decimals and look for Y5 lessons.  You could even try the homework activities for fun!

NRich has an interactive matching game for fractions, decimals and percentages.


Don’t forget to keep improving your times tables recall.

Geography: Revising river work

Try these activity sheets to see if you can remember what you learnt about the key features of rivers.

Rivers glossary – to help you remember the vocabulary

River matching terms to pictures

Rivers – describing features

Rivers – describe a river’s journey

River wildlife – look at the poster and see which of the animals and plants you can identify.  Search online for some more information.  Create a mini-factfile.

Art

Draw or paint some of the plants and animals that can be found in and around a river habitat.

 

Music

Activity 1

Watch the learning live lesson about the building blocks of composing.

 

Activity 2:  Create your own composition to describe the journey of a river.  You could record your ideas as a graphic score.  You might have to be quite creative in the types of instruments you use (you could try making your own shakers or simple wind/stringed instruments if you have resources). 

 

Computing

Continue to practise your typing skills using dance mat – be strict – try to perfect touch typing.

 

PE

Use the fitness challenge cards to create your own circuit activity to help keep you fit.  You could try 40seconds of activity with 20 second rest.  If you want to challenge yourself more, you could repeat the circuit.

Lifeskills:  How many positives? It’s is important to appreciate the good things (not material goods) in life for our well-being.  Complete the sheet to focus on what is positive for you.

 

 

French

 

Complete the activity sheet about parts of the face.

Easter egg colour by number

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Year 6

English

The Quest of Medusa’s Head – read the story and answer the questions.  Once you have finished, the final question asks you to write the next adventure.  You may want to do some research to find out more about the adventures of Perseus to give you some more ideas.  Think about the type of monster he might meet (you could use the one you designed last week).  What words and phrases will you use to make your writing engaging?

Spelling

Words with the short ‘i’sound – spelt y

Spelling, punctuation and grammar – complete the determiners, conjunctions and prepositions sheet.  There are two levels – choose which one you feel most confident to complete

 

Maths

 

This week, we will have a focus on ratio and proportion, revising the work from school.

Activity 1: Calculating ratio

Activity 2: Using scale factors

Activity 3: Calculating scale factors

Activity 4: Ratio and proportion problem solving

Activity 5: Ratio problem solving – this one is a bit trickier. 

Use My Maths – library – number – ratio to find lesson examples and you could even try the homework just for fun!

NRich has some good activities here to continue building your understanding of ratio and proportion through problem solving.  Try some of the following:

 

Jumping problem                    Fraction fascination                          In the money

Orange juice                            Rectangle tangle                               Pumpkin pie problem

 

Science

 

Some activities linked to our work on microorganisms.

Activity 1:  Watch the video clip.  There has been a lot in the news recently about the importance of washing your hands.  Design an information poster to advise people how to wash their hands properly and explain why this is important.

 

Activity 2:

Read the information and then take the quiz.

History

                                      Use the website link to access the reading room and listen to the story of                                            Persephone.

                                      You could then try some of the activities on the accompanying ideas sheet.

 

 

 

Music

Activity 1:

Watch the learning live lesson about the building blocks of composing.

 

Activity 2:  Create your own composition to accompany either the story of The Quest for Medusa’s Head or for the story of Persephone.  You could record your ideas as a graphic score.  You might have to be quite creative in the types of instruments you use (you could try making your own shakers or simple wind/stringed instruments if you have resources). 

 

Computing

Continue to practise your typing skills using dance mat – be strict – try to perfect touch typing.

 

PE

Use the fitness challenge cards to create your own circuit activity to help keep you fit.  You could try 40 seconds of activity with 20 seconds rest.  If you want to challenge yourself more, you could repeat the circuit.

Lifeskills:  How many positives? It’s is important to appreciate the good things (not material goods) in life for our well-being.  Complete the sheet to focus on what is positive for you.

 

French

Complete the sheet to practise your learning on the verb JOUER

Easter egg colour by number

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