Ayres

Year 6

Teacher, Mr Gane with Teaching Assistant, Mrs Hayes.

Class Updates

Friday 22nd May - Half Term

So that’s it for Home Learning on Google Classroom (GC) for a while, or is it…. we’ll have to see. As it stands, I’m looking forward to seeing you back at school on Monday 1st June – Hub 1 at 8.30am and Hub 3 at 8.50am. Please arrive on time.

As it’s Half Term I have closed GC and there is no need to worry about finishing off any work unless you want to. I do of course want you to keep reading and would love it if you would keep that Journal going – there will be time each day in class to continue this btw.

If you do want to try something while we are on our break, then take your pick form some of the ideas below and have a go. Why not try winning yourself a Blue Peter Badge.

Have a restful half term,

Mr Gane

Mental Health Matters

Critical thinking around world affairs for children aged 9 to 14 from The Economist

Blue Peter Badges

Crest Awards – Science awards you can complete from home.

Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Drama – mini home sessions

The Coolest Cardboard House EVER

Art – 10 min drawing lessons

Tinkercad – All kinds of making.

Blocky – Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Geography Games

Science

Free science lessons

Crash Course – Wide range of cool educational videos

Toy Theater

DK Find Out – Activities and quizzes

Wednesday 6th May - Google Classroom

Hi,

If you are looking for the Home Learning work, you are in the wrong place now; starting from today, all work will now be set on Google Classroom.

Full details on how to log in have been sent by Parent Mail, including a final remider last night, so please take a look and try logging on.

You will need your MyUSO username (slightly adapted) and password and ideally it is best to work on a computer/laptop using the Chrome internet browser, if possible – do read the Parent Mail carefully, which has all the information you will need.

Good luck and hope to see you online with the rest of the class soon.

Mr Gane

Tuesday 5th May - Home Learning

¡Buenos días!

Today is the last day that you will find the Home Learning posted here on our website, so remember tomorrow you will need to log on to Google Classroom, where you will find some work to do. I hope you had a go yesterday so you know how to work it.

We will try to follow our normal regime or everyday activities and daily tasks, but the is now a raised expectation that, without pushing you to the limits, the school does now expect you to be doing something every day and on Google Classroom we will be able to see who is doing what and when.

Don’t worry if you have technical issues, or if you ‘run out’ of screen-time, but please do try to complete the Maths and English work if you can. If you do have any problems, I will do what I can to help so keep in touch email it to: d.gane@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

Prayer for the Day

1 Peter 3:14

But even if you should suffer for doing what is right, how happy you are! Do not be afraid of anyone and do not worry.

Dear Lord,

Even though these words from St Peter may have been directed to your disciples suffering terrible persecution at the time, we can also suffer. This may be in ways that seem trivial to others, but are not to us; we know you care about all our worries and suffering. Struggling with being cooped up, struggling with a relationship with a family member or sibling at home and struggling with fear and anxiety over catching Covid 19. Help us to know that you know us inside us and help us to look to you.

Amen ​

…and so to work.

EVERYDAY TASKS

READING

I know I’m asking for at least two, 30 minutes sessions, but how long would you estimate that you actually spend reading every day? Why not track it for a few days in your Journal and let me know on Friday.

For Chapter 19 of BEETLE BOY; ‘Moving a Mountain’ click here and enjoy.

PE

It was PE with Joe, and his friend yesterday – do you have someone training alongside you, or have they finished so you do the here’s one he did earlier show?

JOURNAL

Benefit number 5 – ‘Reading old entries is illuminating.’

Our memories like to play tricks on us and sometimes we imagine things that didn’t happen and forget things that did – or the details anyway. We might tell ourselves it was a great holiday when in reality, we ate a lousy paella on the second night and spent two days in the bathroom with food poisoning. When you read back in a journal entry, it hits you: “Oh yeah, that’s how it really was.”

It’s also bizarre to read back on events you’d long forgotten like the time you thought no school would be the best thing in the world: but now?

So, today flick back a few pages and have a read, then try thinking about:

“How are things different now?”
“How might I have reacted in hindsight?”
“What would I say to my former self?”

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

Woah, that Humanities work yesterday must have been handy for your project. You can continue with that this week and put it all in to this – double bubble! Do continues to share photos, pictures or any work send an email to me at: d.gane@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

TODAY’S TASKS

ENGLISH

So, with two writing sessions and two editing sessions there should be a few things established in your quest story by now.

Hidden talents/secret background of your character

A villain that he/she may or may not have met yet

Reaching a final destination for the climax / battle

Interaction with a companion or friend P

A magical/powerful/talismanic object (at least referenced) such as a jewel, sword, tree/plant, ring, crown etc. In Mr Perry’s story it is the ‘Bow of Ithaca’ which Aryac has not quite reached yet, but it clearly has an important role.

Have a good read of part three of Aryac’s quest – The Battle (Climax). Then use these ‘sections’ as prompts to get your ideas flowing:

Section 1 – Preparation – Where is your character now, in a mountain, volcano, giant tree, fortress? Don’t tell us describe it so we work it out.  How are they feeling? Do they know what is required? Use your descriptive talents to bring to life the setting, describe the terrain, the object of power etc using the Success Criteria below.

Section 2 – Confrontation – In the story, Aryac has seen the ancient place and remains of his ancestor. He has realised who his ‘companion’ was and has a discussion with him. He also prepares himself for battle. Can you create a brief dialogue between characters? Is the villain human or a monster, perhaps a guardian of the object? Bring their character or – if a monster- features to life. Think; power, strength and five senses.

Section 3 – Fighting – In this section Aryac was initially outmatched. How can you bring the ‘danger’ to life? Is he/she feeling able? Is it a battle of strength, wits or magic? How will you bring your characters hidden strength to life? The journey led Aryac to his realisation. How have you done it?

Section 4 – Battle’s End – How will they win? Is it done mentally, with words or deeds? How can you bring in emotion? Fear, sacrifice (like Flint in the tale). What gives him/her that final burst of strength?

Good luck, write well and let it flow – you’ll be editing and up-levelling this tomorrow.

Success Criteria

* Use of correct rules for direct speech /dialogue
* Use powerful vocabulary in describing settings, feelings and character – think five senses (see, hear, smell, touch & taste)
* Avoid repeating words and phrases – find synonyms (don’t use have, got, did and other boring verbs)
* Include high level punctuation (use punctuation face) and conjunctions (moreover, nevertheless etc)
* SMARPOPS – include them all!

MATHS

Lesson 2 is to Compare and Order Fractions and again I will say DON’T RUSH, even though you might think you know this; do you best to get every single question right by really checking over your work, not just glancing at it and saying, “yeah, that’s right.” Be methodical, work systematically and check:

* Play the lesson video at least once or twice.
* Try the tasks on Activity worksheet.
* Then view/download the answers to check your work.
* And finally make corrections in green pen.

How are the 20 Mathletics questions going? Some will notice that I have reset a few activities to get you over the 85/100 ‘pass’ mark, which is why you might be re-doing previous work. Keep it up and remember if you want more, try LIVE Mathletics.

SPANISH

This week Mrs Pereira wants you to learn, all about Spanish schools and subjects. Watch the video to see Y6 at work in their classroom in Valencia then try answering the questions on the worksheet, which you can find a link to at the very bottom of her column.

Who’s doing a bit of Duolingo, it gets additive, doesn’t it?

MUSIC

We would love you to sing along to the famous song, ‘We’ll meet again’ which was probably the most popular song during World War 2, because on Friday as our country celebrates the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, she will be leading the nation in a singalong. It’s a really easy tune to learn so have a go and get the vocal chords ready for Friday. Believe it or not, the singer, Dame Vera Lynn is still alive and is now 103!

This clip shows Vera Lynn singing to troops in 1943 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5C4meGkNyc

This clip has the lyrics to sing along, get all the family involved – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJKMji2688M

That’s it today, our last Home Learning on the blog – see you all tomorrow in the Google Classroom!

Have a great day.

Mr Gane

Monday 4th May - Home Learning

¡Buenos días!

Hope you all had a good weekend and can now play all sorts of card games – did you see that at the end of Friday’s blog? A life skill, like chess (how’s that going Max, and anyone else who signed up), that will keep you brain in shape during ‘digital detox’ days. But this week we going big with digital as on Wednesday there will be no blog here as usual, but instead you will be asked to log in to Google Classroom, which will be our new way of communication for Home Learning. Mr Faith is sending a Parent Mail today with all the details about the switch over, so parents and carers will have to take a very careful read to set you up. When you are logged on there is a very mini task set, which you should complete, just to see if everything works. Getting used to this new ‘platform’ might be our Computing lesson this week! Good luck, and we’re all in this together.

Prayer for the Day

Philippians 4:6

Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart.

Dear Lord,

Sometimes, when troubles overwhelm us, it is hard to be thankful and to look at the blessings we have, rather than what we are missing, or what troubles we are experiencing. Let us always be grateful for what we have; loving family, our health, food, shelter and friends.

Amen.

…and so to work.

EVERYDAY TASKS

READING

No one is telling me how much reading they are doing… Does that mean that you are not even doing the minimum two, 30 minutes sessions….. interesting.

A whole (short) chapter of Beetle Boy from me today – enjoy.

PE

Remember, ‘mens sana in corpore sano!’ (a healthy mind in a healthy body). So get your 30 minute PE with Joe in at 9am or alternatively, here’s one he did earlier.

JOURNAL

Benefit 4 of Keeping a Journal is ‘Journal writing is an ancient practice,’ so you are in great company:

+ Pliny the Younger recorded the eruption of Vesuvius on Pompeii
+ Samuel Pepys keep note of the progress of the Fire of London
+ Captain Scott of the Antarctic wrote about his doomed quest.

And they did alright, well apart form the last one!

So, you are in historic times right now, so jot down your progress on the little things e.g. keepy uppy PBs, number of books you’ve read or cakes you’ve baked as well as the big things – the coronavirus. Try thing about:

“What painful lessons did I acquire this week?”
“How can I avoid repeating my mistakes?”
“What should I stop doing?”

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

So with your project well under way, why not review what you have done so far. Look at your plan. What’s gone well so far and what might you now change? Which parts have you found most interesting and therefore might do a bit more on – add more detail? Do you need to add a new section, if you’ve ‘come to the end’ already? Today’s Humanities work could possibly be included… BTW if you’ve been gardening, be careful!

TODAY’S TASKS

ENGLISH

Can you remember what you wrote for Part Two of your quest story last week; no, well today you are going to revisit it. I want you to compare your ‘Journey’ (Build-up) section of the story with the second instalment of the ‘The Guardian’ story. How is it shaping up?  Today is Editing Day, so look at the Success Criteria and get your green pen out. I strongly recommend reading it out loud and really listen to how it sounds – if you are not very good at being self-critical get someone else’s opinion.

Are you using ‘show not tell’? That means that if, for example, a character is tired, rather than just using words like ‘tired’ or ‘exhausted’, think about how you can ‘infer’ that information to the reader in a much more interesting way. Include description of body language such as what is happening to the characters ‘heavy legs’ or arms; think about what their heart is doing. What about other ways does being tired affect the body? Describe them, so the reader can build a picture in their head and come to their own conclusions.

Now make lots of changes to up-level this second part of your story – you have grown so much better at upskilling over the year progressed in school, now is the time once again to put those skills to good use.

Success Criteria

* Use of correct rules for direct speech /dialogue
* Use powerful vocabulary in describing settings, feelings and character – think five senses (see, hear, smell, touch & taste)
* Avoid repeating words and phrases – find synonyms (don’t use have, got, did and other boring verbs)
* Include high level punctuation (use punctuation face) and conjunctions (moreover, nevertheless etc)
* SMARPOPS – include them all!

MATHS

This week’s topic is Fractions and Lesson 1 is to ‘Simplify Fractions’. DON’T RUSH, even though you might think you know this, I can guarantee that even the best mathematicians will make mistakes, if you are not methodical, don’t work through each question systematically and check:

* Play the lesson video at least once or twice.
* Try the tasks on Activity worksheet.
* Then view/download the answers to check your work.
* And finally make corrections in green pen.

Great to see that most of you are completing your 20 Mathletics questions and getting good scores – keep it up. Is anyone having a go at the LIVE Mathletics and challenging other children from around the world?

HUMANITIES

Today, and this can be done over the week as well, I am asking you to create Fact Files on the key leaders during WW2. This is a real task for historians. Have a look at the lesson, just as I would show you on the interactive board, where you will also see some Information on Leaders from both ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ sources. You will see, as an example, extensive information on Hitler containing important clues as to how such an evil man became a world leader and what may have influenced him, making him turn out the way he did.  So, after you have had a look, I want you to complete the following task and as I mentioned earlier, you could include this as part of your project.

Task

You are to research the following leaders and find out key facts about them. The pictures of the leaders can be cut and pasted in to your Fact Files, if you are working on a computer, or they can be printed then stuck on to paper, if working ‘offline. Each Fact File must contain the following facts, and you are expected to find many more too:

* Dates of birth and death, including also when in power and their tiles.
* The country they had power over and which side in the war; when their war began
* Key information about their rise to power, style of rulership
* Important and influences on their character e.g. Hitler saw action on the front line as a corporal in WW1

So that’s it. DO PLEASE practise logging on to Google Classroom with your MyUSO user name plus @ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk stuck on the end e.g. dgane7.205@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk your password is the same. Have a go at the mini task set and perhaps leave a (sensible) message in the forum… we’ll talk about that later.

So finally, I’ve had some great examples of your Art from Friday sent through so keep emailing me whatever you’d like to show me plus your photos for the Yearbook: d.gane@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

Have a great day,

Mr Gane

Friday 1st May - Home Learning

¡Buenos días!

Friday and it’s ‘Stars of the Week’ assembly… take a look and see what Mr Schumm has to say. What I want to say is that you have all been fabulous and it was so, so hard just to choose two of you. So please don’t be disappointed that you weren’t sitting at the front this week, Mr Schumm says that there will be more ‘Stars of the Week’ assemblies, so do keep sending me in your work and letting me know how you’re doing.

Prayer for the Day

Matthew 6:34

So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for your promises to us. These are worrying enough times without adding fears to them. Please help us to remain sensible, pro-active in protecting ourselves from the virus and doing what we need to in our roles as student, teacher or key worker. Help us to trust that when we get through this stage of the virus we can move forward and not worry about what the future holds.

Amen.

…and so to work.

EVERYDAY TASKS

READING

So who’s do what on the reading front? Anyone started to track how much reading they are doing – I would be interested to know who is doing more than the minimum two, 30 minutes sessions.

It’s getting exciting now in ‘Beetle Boy’ the battle has begun.

PE

So, Oli is batting his little sister out of the way to do PE with Joe, is there anyone else? And if you’re up late, here’s one he did earlier.

JOURNAL

Benefit 3 of Keeping a Journal is ‘Journaling gets you into the habit of writing regularly.’

“I tear up so many first drafts, I’ll have to plant a small forest.”

Journal writing helps you get over the problem of a lousy first draft. Let me explain: you don’t have to worry about publication, criticisms or self-editing, your entries are just for you and you alone, so DON’T RIP ANYTHING UP or rub anything out!

As most of you will be new to keeping a journal, being honest on the blank page is tough. It takes time to develop a habit of writing entries regularly, which I hope you are getting in to by now. So, start by writing without too much expectation about your day. After all, who doesn’t like to talk about themselves!

Think and try answering these questions:

“What did I accomplish yesterday?”
“What would I like to accomplish this week?”
“What ideas are on my mind?”

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

Where do you get your facts from? Do you watch documentaries? Read non-fiction books? How have you planned your project? I have seen some wonderful examples of models already. Are you finding that part easier to do? How is your non-fiction book coming along? You must be coming along now. Let me know how you are doing and if you want any advice.

TODAY’S TASKS

ENGLISH

Back to writing afresh today after what I hope was a thorough edit and up-levelling yesterday.

So, here is Part Two of Mr Perry’s Quest story – Aryac’s Journey. What similarities do you notice about quest books/films that you have come into contact with? Some joke the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films are like tourism adverts for New Zealand because of all the wondrous mountains, rivers, forests and fields that the characters are seen journeying through. How does your character plan to travel to their destination?  Use these tips to help you.

Section 1

Starting the trek – How does your character feel at the start of their journey? Uncertain? Confident? Determined? What terrain will they be passing through? Does it start easy and get harder? Who is with them or do they start alone?

Section 2

Meeting new characters/companions – All fantasy characters have companions. You may have started with one or perhaps one they meet on the way? Aryac started with the ‘mystery man’ but also began to meet animals – which turned out to be his particular talent. This is a great chance to have brief but effective dialogue – remember the rules, especially ‘new speaker, new line.’

Section 3

A challenge – All of the protagonists in these stories face challenges before the climax, so what does your character face? Remember not all ‘battles’ are fights with people. Do they need to cross a river or trek through a thick jungle or a swamp? How can you describe their feelings through body language and subtle clues? Are they hurting, tired or struggling? Is there where they begin to learn hidden talents?

Task

Write at least three paragraphs using the hints above and the Success Criteria below. As the end of this second part to your story, the character should be approaching final destination, maybe a mountain  top, cave, ruins or castle. The ‘battle’ / climax is part three, so don’t be tempted to race on yet.

Success Criteria

* Use of correct rules for direct speech /dialogue
* Use powerful vocabulary in describing settings, feelings and character – think five senses (see, hear, smell, touch & taste)
* Avoid repeating words and phrases – find synonyms (don’t use have, got, did and other boring verbs)
* Include high level punctuation (use punctuation face) and conjunctions (moreover, nevertheless etc)
* SMARPOPS – include them all!

MATHS

Lesson 5 and it’s the Friday Maths Challenges – these start off relatively straight forward but become more and more tricky, so don’t be too disheartened if you really can figure them out… unless you are in my Maths group!

It is so important in Maths to be methodical and work through each question systematically, so:

* Play the lesson video at least once or twice.
* Try the tasks on Activity worksheet.
* Then view/download the answers to check your work.
* And finally make corrections in green pen.

Then there is Mathletics and…

BONUS MATHS

Last day and all will be revealed – if you’ve done your Maths right! Here’s the Clue 4 Answer, so now there are just two suspects left… Here is the last clue standard level clue and the more the tricky one – Good luck once again. Don’t be tempted to look at the final answer until you are certain and have checked you answer – the police don’t want to arrest the wrong person.

ART

You can do some real learning by choosing one of the themes from Draw with Rob. Watch one of his videos and draw along, then try it again one your own and see how it looks. You can use his techniques to tweak and develop a similar style of your own.

Alternatively, last week I gave you a choice of three different options for Art and while the weather is not so great now, you could try one of the others but you’ll have to go back to last Friday’s blog to find out.

Sorry I forgot to add your examples of work yesterday, so here they are below now. Keep sending them in along with your photos to go with the Yearbook entry to: d.gane@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

And finally, birthday girl Biba, put me on to this great idea. Who’s heard of ‘Rummy’ or ‘Beggar My Neighbour’ these are card games, that are a bit more interesting than Snap or Uno. There are lots of them and people used to play cards at home much more than we do today, so why not have a go at learning a new card game this weekend. BTW Happy Birthday Biba and many thanks for the idea – say HB to Esme too.

Have a great weekend,

Mr Gane

   

 

 

 

Thursday 30th April - Home Learning

¡Buenos días!

How wonderful to see you all yesterday, who were you most delighted to see me or Mr Schumm, or Mrs Hayes? Be careful how you answer that. I don’t know what Mrs Walsh or Mr Perry were doing, gate-crashing our Zoom, perhaps they prefer you guys to that Y6 Stevenson lot… wouldn’t be surprised! Seriously, it was great to hear from you all, albeit very briefly, but I hope you enjoyed it and had fun – it was wonderful to see Moses and Theodora from New York!

Prayer for the Day

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Dear Lord,

You bring joy out of sorrow, courage out of fear, peace out of mourning and hope out of despair. Please help us stay strong at this time. Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Help us trust in you and be a source of comfort to our friends around us.

Amen

…and so to work.

EVERYDAY TASKS

READING

So who’s do what on the reading front? Anyone started to track how much reading they are doing – I would be interested to know who is doing more than the minimum two, 30 minutes sessions.

Well a few very positive responses so here’s the next part of  BEETLE BOY.

PE

Anybody there? So who is actually doing PE with Joe, is it just me and Joe now from Y6 Ayres? Who’s up for the late, here’s one he did earlier show?

JOURNAL

Benefit 2 of Keeping a Journal was; ‘Journal writing is like having a personal therapist’. Think…

Anger.               Jealousy.              Disappointment.

These emotions often surprise writers when keeping a journal because generally people think that  all is rosy in the garden, everything’s OK…. before sitting down to write. People can find negative thought patterns alarming at first but then realise it’s okay to leave negative thoughts on the page because nobody else will read them and it’s good to ‘get them out.’

Now many of you won’t have any negative thoughts, but many will to try thinking about these three questions as a prompt for your journal writing today:

* “Am I angry or upset, if so what about?”
* “What has disappointed me?”
* “Why do I feel that way?”

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

You had a glimpse of Oli’s Spitfire on the Zoom today and I think May is building one too. Malachi is working on his gas mask, which you saw, so who else is doing what. Send me in your ‘work in progress’ pictures – it might inspire some of those still…. ‘planning’ 😊

TODAY’S TASKS

ENGLISH

So how did you get on yesterday? Mr Perry wrote this story last year and he says “it was great to have a vision in my head on where it was going to end. The trick was to get there in the four ‘chapters’ and so I needed a clear plan.”

Task

Compare your story so far with the first part of a story ‘The Guardian’. How is it shaping up?  It is Editing Day so look at the Success Criteria from yesterday and get your green pen out. I suggest reading it out loud, listen to how it sounds – if you are not very good at being self-critical get someone else’s opinion. Now make lots of changes to up-level the opening of your story – you have grown so much better at upskilling over the year progressed in school, now is the time to put those skills to good use.

Success Criteria

* Use of correct rules for direct speech /dialogue

* Use powerful vocabulary in describing settings, feelings and character – think five senses (see, hear, smell, touch & taste)

* Avoid repeating words and phrases – find synonyms (don’t use have, got, did and other boring verbs)

* Include high level punctuation (use punctuation face) and conjunctions (moreover, nevertheless etc)

* SMARPOPS – include them all!

MATHS

Lesson 4 and it’s more ‘Problem Solving’ for Geometry: Property of Shapes again today. Same old instructions; use the methodical way below and work through each question systematically:

* Play the lesson video at least once or twice.
* Try the tasks on Activity worksheet.
* Then view/download the answers to check your work.
* And finally make corrections in green pen.

Then there is Mathletics and…

BONUS MATHS

How are you enjoying the Murder Mystery? Here’s the Clue 3 Answer. Did you get it right, have you eliminated the right three now?

So, on to Clue 4; here are the standard level clue and the more the tricky one – Good luck once again.

SCIENCE

Continuing our topic ‘Evolution & Inheritance’ today our LO is to identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways. Here’s the presentation that I would put up on the board, for you to read and work through first of all. It is a great shame that we can discuss the points raised as we would normally do in class, but sadly that’s where we are right now. Obviously if there is someone at home to chat about this with, grab that opportunity. So once you have taken in as much as you can, I’m letting you decide which of the worksheets you feel that you are capable of completing. Good luck.

COMPUTING

As I didn’t hear any complaints or any issues last week, we will continue from where we left off last week. So start by logging on to MyUSO, then find and click on J2Code, then when you see all of the different icons, find J2code (with </> symbols) and click on that too. Now you show be at on the page that has the year group lesson plans; click on the Y5/6 button.

Once again you should our Lessons 1, 2, 3 and Advanced, and I suggest today that you move on to Lesson 2 by clicking on the camera/video button to play the explanation for Lesson 2 – watch it the whole way through first before moving on. Once you have got an idea of what you have to do, go back and click on the pirate image and have a go!

If and when you finish the task, take it to the next stage by extending the scene – add more characters, change some, add more dialogue. Once again there is a lot you can do with this, so please do not move on to the next lessons.

I am getting examples of some super work, which you can see below, as well as your photos to go with the Yearbook entry – keep sending everything in to: d.gane@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

Have a great day,

Mr Gane

Wednesday 29th April - Home Learning

¡Buenos días!

So today is the big Zoom meeting at 1pm, not 11am as first planned, I’m hoping that you will all be logging on – it will be great to see each other again. Your Yearbook entries making very interesting reading, so if you haven’t yet sent yours in please do as soon as possible. Now I’m collecting photos to go with them so if you haven’t yet, do start looking for a good photo of yourself and email it to: d.gane@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

Prayer for the Day

Job 5:11

“Yes it is God who raises the humble and gives joy to all who mourn.”

Dear Lord,

Thank you that you have helped us recognise all those who serve others as a calling, such as doctors, nurses, teachers, paramedics etc. Help them never feel underappreciated again. Please be with those who have experienced loss at this time, loss of time with family, loss of income at work, loss of learning at school, but most especially loss of a loved one to this virus. Please help us to come through these experiences and see that light at the end of the tunnel.

Amen.

…and so to work.

EVERYDAY TASKS

READING

So who’s do what on the reading front? Anyone started to track how much reading they are doing – I would be interested to know who is doing more than the minimum two, 30 minutes sessions.

Looks like you are getting bored of BEETLE BOY, I can see that not many of you are listening to it now. Here’s the next chapter. Shall I keep going, or stop here?

PE

Anybody there? So who is actually doing PE with Joe, is it just me and Joe now from Y6 Ayres? Who’s up for the late, here’s one he did earlier show?

JOURNAL

From yesterday’s 7 Benefit of Keeping a Journal, the first one, ‘Journal writing helps you think things through’ might help people who, “I like to bite my nails, throw stress balls at the wall and overthink things, which isn’t a good use of time. I spend so much time in my head I forget where I am sometimes.”

So Journal writing help you wake up! Writing about your inner life is a useful practice for getting ideas out of your head and onto the blank page. Write about problems you’re having in being cooped up, or with certain family members, or losing out on things because of COVID-19. You can even use journaling to work on messy first drafts before turning them into posts that you might share later on.

Try these questions on for size:

“What went well yesterday?”
“What didn’t go well?”
“What could I have done better?”

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

It’s great to get your feedback on how you are getting on and I’ve seen some excellent pictures of models and emails telling me how you are doing, so keep at it. I hope by know you have thought about how you will present your written work. Think about the following aspects over the next few days. Remember too that we will make a display of all your work if and when we all get back to school, so elements to include in written work are:

* An eye catching front cover and back page
* Collated as a book in strong and resilient way (not just downloaded in a plastic cover)
* An introduction and conclusion written with your personal reflections
* Features of a non-fiction book including headings, sub-headings, bullet points, glossaries and chapter page
* Varieties of ways to present facts – illustrations, graphs, maps and timelines.

TODAY’S TASKS

ENGLISH

Do not forget to check out the book list from yesterday to inspire you in the work. Films, that are child friendly, or that maybe you could watch as a family, are also great to help you get story ideas.

So before we start, how did you get on with creating your own character yesterday? Have you got a picture of him/her in your head? Do you know how he/she thinks and feels? Right, before you start writing today, please read this first part of a story as an example to help you. It is called the ‘Guardian’. Is the main character anything like the one you planned yesterday?

Remember there are four sections of the whole story that you will be writing – Setting, Build-up, Climax and Resolution. Today you should focus just on Part One – Setting the Quest, which can be broken down into three sections as follows:

Section 1

Introduce the setting and character (village, forest, castle etc). Does your character know they have special gifts yet? What do they do? What is their role?

Section 2

There needs to be an interaction with someone or something which sets your character off on a journey – Maybe a link to a special element of ‘quest stories’, such as a lost sword, jewel, crown, ring etc that has magical properties. The villain maybe referenced here at some point too.

Section 3

Tell the reader how your character feels about being ‘chosen’. Set out what doubts, fears and element of disbelief they may have. Will they go alone, or do they have a friend, defender or companion? How do they come to the decision to go? What challenges do they face to leave such as protective foster parents or a village elder who does not believe them?

Task

Write the opening to your quest story, make a brief plan if you want. Think hard, use the Success Criteria, and get your ideas down on to paper. Don’t worry too much about spelling and grammar etc today as tomorrow’s English will be to edit and up-level today’s work. So splurge out the story, make it interesting and exciting.

Success Criteria

*Use of correct rules for direct speech /dialogue
* Use powerful vocabulary in describing settings, feelings and character – think five senses (see, hear, smell, touch & taste)
* Avoid repeating words and phrases – find synonyms (don’t use have, got, did and other boring verbs)
* Include high level punctuation (use punctuation face) and conjunctions (moreover, nevertheless etc)
* SMARPOPS – include them all!

MATHS

It’s Wednesday, so it must be Lesson 3 and today it’s ‘Problem Solving’ focused on Geometry: Property of Shapes. Same old instructions; use the methodical way below and work through each question systematically:

* Play the lesson video at least once or twice.
* Try the tasks on Activity worksheet.
* Then view/download the answers to check your work.
* And finally make corrections in green pen.

Don’t forget your 20 Mathletics questions and think about having a go at the LIVE Mathletics if you want more Maths!

BONUS MATHS

Here is Clue 2 Answer. How is the Murder Mystery going, have you eliminated the right two so far?

So, on to Clue 3; here are the standard level clue and the more the tricky one – Good luck once again.

RE

As I am sure you all know, 99-year-old war veteran, Captain Tom Moore completed 100 laps of his 25m back garden and has now raised over £29 million for the NHS. Captain Tom began raising funds to thank the NHS staff who helped him with treatment for cancer and a broken hip, he originally aimed to raise just £1000 but quickly passed his target! He 100 years old tomorrow and look at all his cards!

Question: How can one person make a big difference?

Talk to someone in your home about this. Talk about how sometimes it’s not the biggest actions that can have the biggest impact and that all of the things that we do affect the world around us! Captain Tom didn’t even leave his garden, yet managed to raise a lot of money and raise the spirits of the nation! Can you think of anything we can do at the moment to help others?

Watch this video which shows Captain Tom receiving a Pride of Britain Award.

Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who dedicated her life to helping others said, “If you cannot feed a hundred people, feed one.”

Talk about what you think she meant by this? Do you agree?

Reflection

However small we think our actions are, we can all contribute to help make a positive difference to the world around us. At some point, to someone or something, our actions matter!

Tasks

Task 1 – Write a letter or thank you card and send it to someone who has made a difference in your local community, this could be for a teacher, family member or neighbour.

Task 2 – Draw a picture of Captain Tom Moore completing his challenge.

That’s all for today, see you all at 1pm I hope.

Mr Gane

Tuesday 28th April - Home Learning

¡Buenos días!

Your Yearbook entries are amazing, I can see loads of very thoughtful writing, which will make the finished compilation really special. Well done to Siem, Basliel, Alicia, Casper, Daisy, Michael, Namra, Oli, May and Jackson who have now all emailed me theirs, which means that there are still eight of you I need to hear from. Namra has sent me in a photo too which will go on her Yearbook page – so start looking for a good photo of yourself and email it to: d.gane@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

Prayer for the Day

Romans 12:12

Let your hope keep you joyful , be patient in your troubles, pray at all times.

Lord,

Let us always have that word close to our hearts – hope. Help us to use that word to give us joy that you look after us, be patient that you will get us through this and  keep our eyes on you through prayer and trust.

Amen.

…and so to work.

EVERYDAY TASKS

READING

How did you like the Y6 Reading List yesterday – see anything you liked the look of? There are a few more recommendations (from Mr Perry) in the English section below, if you still need some. I know I’m asking for at least two, 30 minutes sessions, but how long would you estimate that you actually spend reading every day? Why not track it for a few days in your Journal and let me know on Friday.

The Rat Trap – Chapter 16 of BEETLE BOY. Just to let you know, I am now having to delete the first recordings I make for you, so do keep up to date if you are still listening.

PE

So who is actually doing PE with Joe, is it just me and Joe now from Y6 Ayres? Who’s up for the late, here’s one he did earlier show?

JOURNAL

Here are seven surprising benefits of writing a journal:

  1. Journal writing helps you think things through
  2. Journal writing is like having a personal therapist or personal trainer
  3. Journaling gets you into the habit of writing regularly
  4. Journal writing is an ancient practice
  5. Reading old entries is illuminating
  6. Journal writing helps you express gratitude
  7. Journalling helps you find ideas to write about

Keep it going, you won’t regret it.

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

Keep this ticking over and let’s have some updates – any thoughts or ideas you want to share, any photos or pictures, any questions. Send an email to me at: d.gane@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

TODAY’S TASKS

ENGLISH

We are starting a new piece of writing today – writing a fantasy story – which will be set over the next week and a half.  One day you will write a section and the following day you will devote to editing it, checking sentence starters, grammar and spellings, up-levelling it with more interesting vocabulary, high level conjunctions or complex sentences. There will be an exemplar of each of the four sections of the story – Setting, Build-up, Climax and Resolution – for you to look at and be inspired by. The first part will be on the blog here tomorrow, but for today, I would like you to think about the following books as inspiration for a story.

‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ by J. R R Tolkien

‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C.S Lewis

‘Eragorn’ by Christopher Paolini

‘Alice Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll

‘Artemis Fowl’ by Eoin Colfer

‘The Never Ending Story’ by Michael Ende

There are many, many more! Perhaps one of these novels can be your reading over the next week or so?

Task:

I want you to create a profile for your main character and others if you wish. You can illustrate the characters, label them and jot down notes. Here are a few prompts to get you thinking:

* Where their environment, which is often somewhere simple; a small village or deep in a forest.

* Who they are or what they do – again frequently it’s a lowly job a servant or apprentice to a trade such as a blacksmith or farmer.

* What race they are – Quest stories include all sorts of races in their worlds – goblins, elves, dwarves, centaurs, trolls and of course humans.

* Their hidden secrets or skills? – Often they do not realise they are the son/daughter of a lost king, a person with a hidden magical talent, natural skill with weapons or a lost race such as ‘Dragon Lords’.

MATHS

Lesson 2 in our Geometry: Property of Shapes topic and, after quadrilaterals yesterday, today it’s ‘Angles in Regular Polygons’. Use the methodical way below and work through each question systematically:

* Play the lesson video at least once or twice.
* Try the tasks on Activity worksheet.
* Then view/download the answers to check your work.
* And finally make corrections in green pen.

Well done for keeping up with your 20 Mathletics questions and have a go at the LIVE Mathletics if you want more Maths!

BONUS MATHS

Here is the answer to yesterday’s first clue – how did you get on? Did you eliminate the right person from the list of suspects? Great work if you did; where did you go wrong if you didn’t?

So on to clue two and here are the standard clue and the more the tricky one – Good luck.

If you missed the start of this Murder Mystery and want to have a go, all the information you need to start is on yesterday’s (Mon 26 April) blog.

SPANISH

Mrs Pereira’s wants to know, who likes paella? This week’s Spanish work is to watch how paella is made and learn more about Spanish food, then try answering the questions on the worksheet, which you can find a link to at the very bottom of her column. I can’t wait to see your menus!

Now what about Duolingo, who is still doing a bit of this each day? Are you on a streak?

MUSIC

Miss Rachel writes… “Hello everybody. I hope you are all well and singing along to your favourite music at home. Here is something a little bit different  that some of you may remember from a previous Arts Week. Firstly watch the video clip below the heading “Week one: Write a poem inspired by a journey with Simon Mole” which plays the music and explains what it is about. You may like to then watch the clip where Simon Mole helps you with a poetry challenge related to the music.

This link has a recording of the same music without any talking on it! (it is the second of the videos right at the bottom of the page) It also gives you some more information about the piece and the composer.

You may like to draw a picture that you imagine from the music or you may just like to listen!”

…and what about your instrument learning, are you doing even more practice than normal while you have the time; I hope so.

So, it’s the big catch up tomorrow, make sure you are ready for our Zoom meeting, on Wednesday 29th April at the NEW TIME 1pm (not 11am as first planned). Mr Schumm has hopefully got a surprise up his sleeve for you, fingers crossed, we’ll have to wait and see. Anyway, keep in touch (KIT) and email me any work you’d like me to see or share on the blog d.gane@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

Kind regards,

Mr Gane

Week 2 - Monday 27th April - Home Learning

¡Buenos días!

Hope you all had a good weekend and are back in the saddle and ready for another week of Home Learning. But before we start I want to thank; Florrie, Shaniya, Ryan, Biba, Malachi, Bethel, Masha, Alex and Max who have all sent me their entries for the Yearbook, well done and many thanks. Now this is the only piece of Home Learning that I did say you really did/do have to do, so please do email it over to as soon as you can so that we can get things moving with your Yearbook. If you are talking to your friends, please remind them, thanks. We need everyone in it. Start looking for a good photo of yourself that you would like to go on your page.

Prayer for the Day

Isaiah 43:2

When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you;
your troubles will not overwhelm you.
When you pass through fire, you will not be burned;
the hard trials that come will not hurt you.

Dear Lord,

Thank you again for these metaphors in your scripture that we hear again and again, which help us to relate to real life dangers and remind us that you will help us come through them. Thank you that you can keep our head above the water, can make the fire not burn us or save us from; Lions (like Daniel), giants (like David) and viruses. Please help us keep our eyes fixed firmly on you.

Amen

…and so to work.

EVERYDAY TASKS

READING

Have a look at this Y6 Reading List. Which books have you read already? Which have you been recommended and plan to read? Which do you like the look of – either by an author that you know and like, an intriguing title, or have you Googled a review. Grab this lockdown opportunity to read, read, read, remember at least two, 30 minutes sessions, please.

And here’s the end of Chapter 15 of BEETLE BOY for your delectation.

PE

Up, breakfast, showered, dressed, then it’s time for PE with Joe or alternatively, here’s one he did earlier. Remember, ‘mens sana in corpore sano!’

JOURNAL

‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ is the journal of a teenager, cooped up and unable to leave her apartment. Just a thought but if you can get your hands on a copy, reading this book might give you ideas on what to include in your journal – worth a look.

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

So with your project well under way, why not broaden your learning still further by reading some fiction based on WWII, it might give you new insights that will help you. Here are just a few suggestions:

Nina Bawden, Carrie’s War
John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – you should probably just check with mum and dad
The Diary of Anne Frank
Anne Holm, I am David
Judith Kerr, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Robert Leeson, Tom’s War
Michele Magorian, Goodnight Mr Tom – we watched the movie in class on the last day
Linda Newberry, Blitz Boys
Christne Nostlinger, Fly Away Home
Jill Paton Walsh, Dolphin Crossing
Robert Westall Blitzcat, The Machine Gunners

TODAY’S TASKS

ENGLISH

It’s another First News comprehension today, which you can download here. There are two articles followed by the questions, and then the answers. Read the stories then try to do as many of the questions as you can – DON’T look at the answers until the very end, when you are really happy that you have done the best you can – then check.

MATHS

Back to our Geometry: Property of Shapes topic with Lesson 1 – ‘Angles in special quadrilaterals’ today. Use the methodical way below and work through each question systematically:

* Play the lesson video at least once or twice.
* Try the tasks on Activity worksheet.
* Then view/download the answers to check your work.
* And finally make corrections in green pen.

Great to see that most of you are completing your 20 Mathletics questions and getting good scores – keep it up. Is anyone having a go at the LIVE Mathletics and challenging other children from around the world?

BONUS MATHS

In response to feedback, I’ve added a Murder Mystery as well this week, similar to the ones we have done in class, here’s the story. There are five clues as normal, but this time each clue eliminates just one of the six suspects, so you’ll get just one clue per day with that answer to that clue, the next day. All of the clues are based on measurement covering: time, speed, weight, area, perimeter, capacity, measuring length and scale. There are two levels of clue, so you get to choose either the standard level clue or the more tricky one. Good luck and do work with someone if you want to.

HUMANITIES

On ‘Busy Things’ today the task is to write a letter as though you are an evacuated child. Please use the resources provided on Busy Things that share experiences of a child leaving home, staying in foster parents houses, mixing with local children, who might not be happy that ‘strangers’ have entered their lives and of course the uncertainty of what is happening back in their homes in the cities.

I’ve had some great feedback from the Art you did on Friday; some wonderful creativity – email me whatever you did and I’ll put some more photos up tomorrow. Remember to keep in touch and to let me know how you’re getting on, send an email to: d.gane@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

    

Finally, what are you doing at 11am on Wednesday, this Wednesday 29th April? You probably know already but  Mr Schumm has organised a Y6 Ayres Zoom Meeting for you all, so be excited and be ready too!

Mr Gane

Friday 24th April - Home Learning

¡Buenos días!

It’s Friday, Friday, Friday! Last day of Home Learning for the week and I hope it’s all been good for you. It is really important to keep up with your school work and do as much of what I set as you can, although I know there might be issues with getting on the computer, screen time and even internet problems, so please don’t worry if you can’t do it all.

How’s the housework going??? Yes, housework. I do hope you’re not leaving it all to mum, and maybe dad too. I do hope that you are pulling your weight and helping around the house, even when you are not asked… Tidying your room is a must, but what about tidying the sitting room while mum’s cooking, or offering to unload the dishwasher, help with younger siblings by listening to them read. There are loads of ways to help and I’m sure some of you even have rotas, but just think about what else you might to do that would be helpful and then very quietly just do it.

Prayer for the Day

Proverbs 3: 5 -6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight”

Dear Lord,

Trust can be a wonderful word, but it can also be a challenging one. It can be hard for some to trust you in understanding these events and equally for some trusting you is the only way to go. Please help us to make the right choices in how we get through this virus. How we support each other, the NHS and our neighbour. Help us to trust that when we get through this we will be okay and we will continue on as strong as ever.

Amen

…and so to work.

EVERYDAY TASKS

READING

It’s been great to hear that you are reading, it is so vital to your education and now is the best time to read, when it’s just for fun, so keep up your two session of 30 minutes and you’ll be flying!

Meanwhile here the next bit of Beetle Boy.

PE

It’s the same again, PE with Joe at 9am or here’s one he did earlier. Somebody suggest something new….

JOURNAL

How could you adapt your Journal? Which elements are you missing? How can you make it interesting and fresh? Look at your style . Despite knowing we are doing the same things most days how are you putting those views across?

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

So looking back to the WWII Project instructions and hints from our first week of lockdown… How’s your project going? Do you have a timeline, how have you created it and are you adding to it as you go? What do you think were some of the key events of the World War? Which battles were integral to the war? Can you do some research a create a Top Ten of the most influential and devastating battles of the war. What have you found out about the ‘Battle of Britain’ and ‘Battle of Dunkirk’, both very important to our country’s future war effort.

TODAY’S TASKS

ENGLISH

Hopefully you have now got together all four paragraphs and they are the best four paragraphs that you have ever written in your life – no pressure. I do want to re-iterate that the Yearbook is an integral part of the Y6 St Stephen’s leaving experience and I do want everyone to be included, so need an entry from everyone, so we can all remember each other in years to come.  If you have not quite finished yet, then please do catch up over the weekend, but those of you who have been working on this all week, please have a final read over your work, put all four paragraphs in one document or email and then send it to me at d.gane@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

MATHS

I think these White Rose lessons are really good; what do you guys think? Our last session for the week is Challenges based, so scroll down to the Friday Maths Challenge and click on ‘Get the Challenges’ to see the questions sheet. It suggests that the most suitable questions for Y6 are Challenges 1 to 6, but there are more, so when you have done those, why not try to do as many as you can – get the family to help!

Then there is always Mathletics – two activities, 20 questions, followed by LIVE Mathletics for anyone who just can’t get enough!!

ART

Three options for Art today, or maybe even do the other two over the weekend?

Option 1 – Make use of the wonderful weather and have a relaxing art afternoon. Look up some famous paintings like the ‘Mona Lisa’, ‘Sunflowers’ by Van Gogh or something a bit less obvious and then if you have a garden or quiet place, why don’t you go and get a piece of paper and a pencil and ‘re-create’ it. Try and use sketching skills and shadings to draw the picture and then send it me your results.

Option 2 – Similar to the Option 1, but instead of drawing, try to recreate the picture in real life, using bits and pieces from around the house as props, scarves and hats, chairs and tables. Take a look here for some inspiration – I love number 4 by 4 Salvador Dali – Isolation. When you’ve done it, get someone to take a photo, email it in and I’ll create a gallery.

Option 3 – This is something that you could do to add to your daily Journal – Drawing from Lockdown. Think about what lockdown has meant for you and draw it, paint it, make a collage or create some representation that is meaningful to you.

So that’s it for the first week back after Easter, three more to go (I think) before it’s half term! How did you get on with the Computing yesterday, did all that J2Code learning come back to you? Here are a few images that I’ve been sent this week, keep them coming. And finally, big thanks to Oli, Maggie May x 2, Biba, Florrie and Alicia who really got in to the Amarillo spirit and sent in videos – extra points from Mr Schumm on the way and a pat on the head from me.

Have a super weekend,

Mr Gane

 

  

Thursday 23rd April - St George's Day

¡Buenos días!

Happy St George‘s day everyone, the patron saint of England and also… Did you know that William Shakespeare was born ‘on this day’ in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564? Although, the exact date of his birth is not recorded, it is most often celebrated around the world, today the 23rd April because his baptism is recorded in the Parish Register at Holy Trinity Church, on Wednesday 26th April. Spookily he also died on 23rd April – on his 52nd birthday. In truth, however, the exact date of Shakespeare’s death is also not actually known, but ‘assumed’ from a record of his burial two days later, on 25th April 1616, at the same church, where his grave remains. Anyone been up there to see it?

Prayer for the Day

1 Thessalonians 5:5

“You are children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness”.

Lord,

Thank you that you are our light in this darkness. We do not belong in the dark, but in your light. This virus may seem invincible, but we know in your promises you are far greater and we WILL see the light at the end of it. Help us to trust that, and to always know you have our back! Thank you for each other, for our friends, family and those who look after us.

Amen ​

…and so to work.

EVERYDAY TASKS

READING

Jacob tells me he has five books so far and on his sixth as well as reading ‘The 39 Steps’ with his dad. May, in the meantime, is reading ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’, which curiously, Max has now moved on to too, while Malachi has started to re-read all 13 books in the series ‘a series of unfortunate events’. Great stuff. Do keep up those two 30 minute sessions reading each day please and here is the next instalment of Beetle Boy.

PE

You know what to do… PE with Joe at 9am or here’s one he did earlier.

JOURNAL

So coming to the end of the first week of your last term at St Stephen’s, I’ve said it, how does that make you feel? You’ve been thinking about your time in Y6 for your English this week – your hopes and ambitions, your friendships – how is this lockdown effecting you? Look at the beautiful weather we have had this week; have you been stuck in doors or are you staying somewhere that means you get to play outside all day. Add in the little details too, that will make your Journal really interesting to look back on.

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

I’ve been hearing some great things about some of your WWII models, some of you are really getting in to it by the sounds of things. As well as the Spitfires, Malachi is making a Gas Mask which might come in handy walking down the Uxbridge Road right now! Keep progressing, enjoy your work and learn new things.

TODAY’S TASKS

ENGLISH

So you should be on your final paragraph today and I’m just going to leave you the headings, go back to yesterday’s blog if you want all of the details.

* Your highlight of the year

* Friendships

* Ambitions

* Home Schooling

Remember, I’m only interested in quality writing, so take your time to craft a brilliant paragraph today (four or five sentences). I am leaving the SC in below to remind you…

SUCCESS CRITERIA

* Write a plan for each of the four heading – jot down ideas and words/phrases that you might use

* Then, remember to write well, crafting each sentence to tell a compelling story

* Vary your sentence starters – use adverbials, -ing and -ed ending words

* Use exciting, descriptive vocabulary – avoid repetition and boring verbs like did, get, go/went

MATHS

Thursday is Day 4, so it must be Lesson 4 in our Geometry: Property of Shapes topic with today’s learning on ‘Angles in a Triangle – Missing Angles’. Please approach your work in the same methodical way and work through each question systematically:

* Play the lesson video at least once or twice.

* Try the tasks on Activity worksheet.

* Then view/download the answers to check your work.

* And finally make corrections in green pen.

Great to see that most of you are completing your 20 Mathletics questions and getting good scores – keep it up. Is anyone having a go at the LIVE Mathletics and challenging other children from around the world?

COMPUTING

Building on what you did last year, I would like you to start by logging on to MyUSO, then find and click on J2Code, then when you see all of the different icons, find J2code (with </> symbols) and click on that too. Now you show be at on the page that has the year group lesson plans; click on the Y5/6 button.

Now you should our Lessons 1, 2, 3 and Advanced, some of which you did last year. I suggest that to warm up, everybody starts with Lesson 1 by clicking on the camera/video button to play the explanation for Lesson 1 – watch it the whole way through first before moving on. Once you have got an idea of what you have to do, go back and click on the car image and have a go!

If and when you finish the task, take it to the next stage by changing the car park, creating larger spaces for trucks or motorbike parking areas. Then create different vehicles. There a lot you can do with this, so please do not move on the Lesson 2, we’ll do that next week. Good luck!

And that’s it for today. How did you get on with Miss Rachel’s Music yesterday? Did you learn how to sing ‘One and a million’ and perform it to the family???? There’s still time.

Have a great day,

Mr Gane

Wednesday 22nd April - Home Learning

¡Buenos días!

Wednesday, also known as hump day, because at lunchtime, you will be half way through the week and it’s all downhill until the weekend, when you can have two day’s off. Thanks to Sam, Oli, Jacob, Michael, Alicia and Shaniya too for checking in yesterday, it’s great to hear what you have been up to and known that you are enjoying some of the work I am setting you.

Now, Mr Schumm is very excited because the comedian, Peter Kay is recreating one of his most favourite videos…. Amarillo, but the best bit is that he’s going to include all sorts of normal people like us in it. Take a look at the website and then persuade mum and dad to get involved, and do a better video than Alastair, Miss Marchant & Mr Schumm.

Prayer for the Day

Joel 1:3

‘Tell your children about it; they will tell their children, who in turn will tell the next generation.’

Dear Lord,

Thank you for the experiences and deeds of those who have gone on before us. From the men and women of the armed forces during the World Wars to the nurses, doctors and scientists who have revolutionised medical and technological practices and to the deeds of our own grandparents. Help others to remember us in years to come as people of strength, integrity and courage in these difficult times. Let us NEVER forget the NHS staff and all they are doing for us.

Amen

…and so to work.

EVERYDAY TASKS

READING

Max tells me that he’s reading ‘A Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy’ – anyone else read that? What are other people reading; any other recommendations?  Do keep up the two 30 minute sessions reading each day please and then find out what happened to Darkus…

PE

I was in school yesterday morning encouraging the keyworkers’ children to lunge and do burpees  during the 9am PE with Joe session – it was hard work! And for you late risers, here’s one he did earlier.

JOURNAL

It’s a go! Mr Schumm has agreed that we can photocopy ‘two or three’ of your journals so that he can keep them as part of the school’s history, which is amazing. So in 10, 20, 50 or 100 years’ time, children at St Stephen’s might be reading your thoughts, opinions, worries and feelings on this whole thing. Wow!

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

Masha tells me that she has nearly finished her written project and is now thinking about the 3D model. Oli and May are work separately in BIG model Spitfires. How are you getting on, anything you want to share, any pictures/photos? Remember, do only as much as you can or want to.

TODAY’S TASKS

ENGLISH

It’s Wednesday which should mean that you have two brilliantly written paragraphs done, with two still to go…

* Your highlight of the year: this might be PGL, but what part exactly and why – tell of a particular incident and make it interesting. It could be a sporting achievement – making a team or overcoming the odds to win. Again, tell a story that explains why and make it interesting.

* Friendships: Who have you got closer to this year and why has that happened. Why are you friends with these people, how do they make you feel? Who will you miss most when you leave St Stephen’s; friends, teachers and staff?

* Ambitions: What have you achieved this year that has surprised you? How did it happen? Who helped you and how do you feel about it now? What ambitions do you have for the rest of this year, and for high school and your future life? How has being at St Stephen’s helped you?

* Home Schooling: This will be unique to your year… Write a bit about your feelings during this time away from the St Stephen’s community; your teachers and friends. How has it been? How have you felt? Have you or your attitudes changed?

Remember, I want quality writing; take you time to craft a brilliant paragraph today (four or five sentences). I’m leaving the SC in below to remind you…

SUCCESS CRITERIA

* Write a plan for each of the four heading – jot down ideas and words/phrases that you might use

* Then, remember to write well, crafting each sentence to tell a compelling story

* Vary your sentence starters – use adverbials, -ing and -ed ending words

* Use exciting, descriptive vocabulary – avoid repetition and boring verbs like did, get, go/went

MATHS

Moving on with Geometry: Property of Shapes, Lesson 3 is on Angles in a Triangle – Special Cases. Please approach your work in the same methodical way and work through each question systematically:

* Play the lesson video at least once or twice.

* Try the tasks on Activity worksheet.

* Then view/download the answers to check your work.

* And finally make corrections in green pen.

Then there are your 20 Mathletics questions. These must be done on paper before you enter the answer and ‘submit’ – it’s NOT mental Maths.

Finally do have a go at the LIVE Mathletics and pit yourself against other children from around the world.

SCIENCE

Our new topic this term is Evolution & Inheritance and to kick things off, I would like you to get copies of a picture of yourself, then one of your mum & dad together, or granny and grandad together, which should be as recent as possible. Now, stick these copies on to a piece of paper and  make notes and comments underneath as to how alike you are – start purely with physical looks. Note down, what do you get from your mum or mum’s side of the family and what from your dad / dad’s side. Next think about your personalities and character traits, who do you resemble in that regard? Once you have you notes, please then write a paragraph describing yourself e.g. “I look a bit like my dad because we both have…, although our….. is different etc etc. However, I have very similar personality traits to my grandma; she is always…. ,which I also….”

You get the idea.

MUSIC

Miss Rachel has a lovely message for you on the website and then a great song for you to learn; One and a million. Click on the link and sing out loud!

And that’s it for Wednesday, good luck and keep in touch – let me know how you are getting on.

d.gane@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

Mr Gane

Tuesday 21st April - Home Learning

¡Buenos días!

Thanks to all who ‘registered’ yesterday, I heard from; Felix, Florrie, May, Max, Ryan, Casper, Maggie May, Biba, Daisy, Bethel, Jackson, Rebecca, Basliel, Alex, Rozerin, Namra, Siem, Denario, Masha, Malachi and Ao Chen. Well done to you all and thanks for all of your updates – it’s great to hear from you and see what you have been up to.

So that does mean that I am still waiting to hear from seven of you – you know who you are. Please ask you mum, dad, uncle, aunt or granny to send me just a short email to check in with me d.gane@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk; I would just like to know how you’re doing, thanks.

Prayer for the Day

Galatians 5:1

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery.”

Dear Lord,

Thank you that we live in a place normally untouched by natural disaster, have green spaces, running water, overflowing orchards of fruits and crops of cereals and vegetables. Although most of us are blessed to never experience slavery, we can be a slave to worry and anxiety. Help us to stay positive, strong and a calming influence to those around us.

Amen

…and so to work.

EVERYDAY TASKS

READING

So what are you reading and do you have any recommendations? Keep up the two 30 minute sessions please and then find out what Darkus did next

PE

I hope you are up and ready for PE with Joe at 9am, or do you go with here’s one he did earlier? Let me know.

JOURNAL

I am going to ask Mr Schumm if he will allow a few of you to photocopy your journals so that he can keep them as part of the school’s history, so that in 10, 20, 50 or 100 years’ time, children at the school then will be able to read them…. Who’s up for creating a bit of history?

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

So you have reviewed you plan, now you should have a good idea of what you are going to do next. Have fun!

TODAY’S TASKS

ENGLISH

I am hoping that you have now begun writing your entry for your Yearbook. I asked you to focus on one of the four headings yesterday, so today please move on to the next one.

* Your highlight of the year: this might be PGL, but what part exactly and why – tell of a particular incident and make it interesting. It could be a sporting achievement – making a team or overcoming the odds to win. Again, tell a story that explains why and make it interesting.

* Friendships: Who have you got closer to this year and why has that happened. Why are you friends with these people, how do they make you feel? Who will you miss most when you leave St Stephen’s; friends, teachers and staff.

* Ambitions: What have you achieved this year that has surprised you? How did it happen? Who helped you and how do you feel about it now? What ambitions do you have for the rest of this year, and for high school and your future life? How has being at St Stephen’s helped you?

* Home Schooling: This will be unique to your year… Write a bit about your feelings during this time away from the St Stephen’s community; your teachers and friends. How has it been? How have you felt? Have you or your attitudes changed?

Remember, I don’t want you to rush this work; take you time to write a brilliant paragraph each day (four or five sentences). I’m leaving the SC in below to remind you…

SUCCESS CRITERIA

* Write a plan for each of the four heading – jot down ideas and words/phrases that you might use
* Then, remember to write well, crafting each sentence to tell a compelling story
* Vary your sentence starters – use adverbials, -ing and -ed ending words
* Use exciting, descriptive vocabulary – avoid repetition and boring verbs like did, get, go/went

MATHS

How did you get on with the first session on Geometry: Property of Shapes yesterday? More of the same today with Lesson 2 – Angles in a Triangle.

* Play the lesson video at least once or twice.
* Try the tasks on Activity worksheet.
* Then view/download the answers to check your work.
* And finally make corrections in green pen.

Don’t forget your 20 Mathletics questions – did you have to catch up with work that wasn’t completed? Remember too that I will reset work if I think you should be doing better – there’s no escape, so keep focused! …And if you want more, there’s always LIVE! Mathletics.

SPANISH

Mrs Pereira has been very busy and there’s a message from her on this website which you can see if you click here. Then scroll down and on the right hand side you will see a link to a video clip about Hispanic artists, colour and parts of the body, which I have repeated below. Then we would like you to answer the questions that are on the worksheet – you don’t have to print it out, but can if you want to. Remember you can play the clip back several times if you need to.

Y5&6 Artists colours & body parts

Y5&Y6 worksheet

RE

I would like you to write a prayer that sums up your feelings at the moment and your thoughts about the virus and lockdown. Mr Perry posts a prayer every day on our website, which he sends to us teachers every morning and which I send out on Twitter to the whole world, which is there to give us a focus and a bit of encouragement for the day. So, as a class, I would like to compile a list of prayers from you over the next week or so which we will then try and share via Parent Mail, one the school’s website or even on Twitter.

CHESS (optional)

Can you play chess? If not, have a go, and if you can already, this is a great opportunity to develop your skills. Chess in Schools & Communities (CSC) has launched a campaign to get one million children playing chess in the UK during lockdown and has teamed up with ChessKid to offer 1 million free 3-month Gold Memberships. ChessKid is a website and app that gives you access to interactive lessons, instructional videos, thousands of puzzles, and a safe environment in which to play chess online, and… it’s open to every child of primary school age. Parents or carers need to sign up to register for your free account and then, off you go!

So that’s all for Tuesday, and if you weren’t able to ‘register’ yesterday, I do need to hear from you so please ask you mum, dad, uncle, aunt or granny to send me a short email just to check in with me d.gane@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk, thanks.

Mr Gane

Summer Term: Monday 20th April - Week 1 - Day 1

¡Buenos días!

Welcome back after the Easter holidays, if you can call them that…. Well it’s back to ‘Home Learning’ so brush off that timetable that you made and get your mindset back on doing some school work again. It’s pretty much the same format as before, with tasks that you should be doing each day and then some activities that mirror what we would have been doing in class.

Just before we start I would like to take the ‘register’, so am asking everyone to check in with me by sending a quick email to d.gane@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk. You don’t have to say much – unless you want to – be I do need to know that you are there and that you are looking at the blog. So please ask your adult to help you send this email today please.

Prayer for the Day

Romans 8:15

For the Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the Spirit makes you God’s children, and by the Spirit’s power we cry out to God, “Abba, Father!”

Dear Lord,

Thank you, that in You we need not fear, but can trust in You as we do our Father. Thank you that your Holy Spirit is sent to strengthen, comfort and bring hope and peace. Help us to always remember that, and to trust that You always have our best interests at heart.

Amen.

…and so to work.

EVERYDAY TASKS

READING

I am really hoping that you are powering your way through lots of books right now and have continued to do so over the Easter break. Remember it’s a minimum of at least two 30 minute sessions each and every day please (including the weekends).

So when you’ve done your reading, list to the next instalment of BEETLE BOY: Darkus is in the White Room with Novak…

PE

I have had no other suggestions from you guys, so as PE with Joe is so popular, and as he’s donating to the NHS, let’s stick with him for our daily physical jerks! Remember here’s one he did earlier for you sleepyheads so you don’t miss out.

JOURNAL

Now this journal must really be coming along. I really do hope that you are making an effort and jotting something – anything – down every day, it will be so worth it when you look back at this time. Have you commented on your Easter ‘holidays’, did it feel any different? And what about coming back to ‘school’, well Home Learning, with work set by me again – good / bad?

Success Criteria:

* Well written English, with powerful vocabulary – use SMARPOPS to help
* Vary your sentence starters and use complex sentences – relative clauses
* Use ‘Punctuation Face’ to ensure you include high-level punctuation

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

Why not take time today to review your Project? What was in your original plan? Have you perhaps expanded some areas/chapters that you have found most interesting? Where is your Project going? What are the ‘must haves’ and the ‘if there’s time’ bits. Have a think and update your plan. How’s the 3D model coming on – any update pictures for me? Include them in your email to me.

TODAY’S TASKS

ENGLISH – for the week

For the last few years, at the end of Y6, pupils have created a Yearbook celebrating all of their achievements, fun and games since September. This year is no different, so to prepare for putting the publication together, for your English this week, each person has to come up with memories under the following headings:

1. Your highlight of the year: this might be PGL, but what part exactly and why – tell of a particular incident and make it interesting. It could be a sporting achievement – making a team or overcoming the odds to win. Again, tell a story that explains why and make it interesting.

2. Friendships: Who have you got closer to this year and why has that happened. Why are you friends with these people, how do they make you feel? Who will you miss most when you leave St Stephen’s; friends, teachers and staff?

3. Ambitions: What have you achieved this year that has surprised you? How did it happen? Who helped you and how do you feel about it now? What ambitions do you have for the rest of this year, and for high school and your future life? How has being at St Stephen’s helped you?

4. Home Schooling: This will be unique to your year… Write a bit about your feelings during this time away from the St Stephen’s community; your teachers and friends. How has it been? How have you felt? Have you or your attitudes changed?

TASK

There is a lot to do here and I don’t want you to rush it. I want you to really think about each of the headings and write a short paragraph (four or five sentences) for each one. So do one today, one tomorrow, one on Wednesday and one on Thursday.

SUCCESS CRITERIA

* Write a plan for each of the four heading – jot down ideas and words/phrases that you might use
* Then, remember to write well, crafting each sentence to tell a compelling story
* Vary your sentence starters – use adverbials, -ing and -ed ending words
* Use exciting, descriptive vocabulary – avoid repetition and boring verbs like did, get, go/went

We will be using this when we get back to school, so it is important that everyone does it and does it well. This work will eventually be read by everyone’s mums and dads, grannies and grandads, aunts and uncles, family and friends, so make sure you do your very, very best work.

Do it on paper first and then on Friday, if possible, you can type it up (up-levelling further as you go) and then email it to me, otherwise we’ll type it up in class when we’re back.

MATHS

Back to our great friends at White Rose with learning this week on Geometry: Property of Shapes starting with Lesson 1 – Vertically Opposite Angles. It’s the same process as before; play the lesson video at least once or twice, before then trying the tasks on Activity worksheet. Do all of the Maths during on rough paper (unless you have a spare book) and don’t worry about keeping any of it. When you have had a good go, then view/download the answers to check and then you can even make corrections in green pen.

Don’t forget your 20 Mathletics questions – some of you have a bit of catching up to do – and there’s always LIVE! Mathletics – anyone had a go at that yet?

HUMANITIES

Today’s task on Busy Things (MyUSO) is around what would have been our Summer half term topic… World War II. So, for those of you who have been working hard on your projects, this work will be a doddle! Using the template and resources on the assigned topic, you need to summarise what WWII was, how it started and how it affected the whole world. Good luck!

And finally, I’m sure that you’ve all heard about the amazing Captain Tom Moore, who has raised millions of pounds for the NHS. Well he’s celebrating his 100th birthday on 30th April, so why not send him a 100th birthday card – his address is:

Captain Tom Moore
C/o Post Office Ltd
67 Bedford Road
Marston
Moretaine
Bedfordshire
MK43 0LA

So remember to let me know how you’re getting on, send an email to: d.gane@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

Mr Gane

Easter Holidays

Hi,

Just a quick note to say a BIG thank you for all of your prayers and ‘get well soon’ messages, which really did help me pull through. The virus took hold slowly and luckily for me, was quite mild, but it just kept on going, and going, and going and, although I do now feel much better, I do still need to build up my strength again. I, and we, must also thank Mr Perry for filling in for me, to support your continued Home Learning, a tricky job – many thanks, Mr P.

So now I’m back, you have two weeks ‘off’… however, I don’t want to leave you with nothing at all to do, as it remains very important that you do still keep your mind and body busy, so to start with please do keep up with the Everyday Tasks: PE, Reading, Journal and WWII Project. Then take your pick form some of the ideas below and have a go. Why not try winning yourself a Blue Peter Badge.

Have a great break,

Mr Gane

Celebrate Holy Week at home

Mental Health Matters

Critical thinking around world affairs for children aged 9 to 14 from The Economist

Blue Peter Badges

Crest Awards – Science awards you can complete from home.

Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Drama – mini home sessions

The Coolest Cardboard House EVER

Art – 10 min drawing lessons

Tinkercad – All kinds of making.

Blocky – Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Geography Games

Science

Free science lessons

Crash Course – Wide range of cool educational videos

Toy Theater

DK Find Out – Activities and quizzes

Home Working - Day 10 - Friday 3rd April

Friday 3rd April 2020

 

Hello there Year 6 Ayres,

 

Mr Gane is still not well,  so this is Mr Perry again. Please contact me if you have any problems. On the address in yesterdays blog.

Well one day until the start of the ‘holidays’. It is hard to think of the last few weeks being a holiday. Lots to take in, lots to adjust to and I am sure you are now really getting to know your family at this time. I hope you have found the bible verses and prayers uplifting these past few weeks. I will put one on the website every day during the Easter break.

 

Firstly I would like to point you toward a web page on the site called ‘Celebrating Easter at Home’ it has a few points about how we can celebrate Easter at home – especially as churches are closed at the moment as well. There are also some reflective and fun activities you could engage in at home.

 

Prayer for the Day

 

This cracking bible verse is actually Alistaires favourite one.

 

Isaiah 54 :10

“So the mountains shall depart. And the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall the covenant of peace be removed said the Lord that has mercy on you “

 

Dear Lord,

We can take great comfort from this verse, knowing that no matter what happens in the world , your love for us remains the same. Through disaster, through mourning, through good times and bad and of course through this virus your love and mercy for us will never change. Help us to always remember that and to trust in you.

 

Amen

 

…and so to work.

 

EVERYDAY TASKS

 

READING

 

Try and read something a little different today if you can. It is good to change genres sometimes, I try to read non-fiction between novels just to get a bit of perspective on things. Maybe you could download a National Geographic to look at nature, read work on a particular historical era or read a biography to look at real life. Have a think about what might interest you.

 

 

PE

This seems to be pretty popular, so we’ll stick with PE with Joe or here’s one he did earlier for this week. Although I have to say I think he works harder than those with a personal trainer in a park.

 

JOURNAL

How do you feel that Easter ‘holidays’ are beginning? Do you think you will feel different to these past few weeks or is now business as usual. Will you carry on doing work over Easter or have a break? If you have not completed as much work these past few weeks will you use this time to catch up a bit?

Success Criteria:

Well written English, with powerful vocabulary – use SMARPOPS to help

Vary your sentence starters and use complex sentences – relative clauses

Use ‘Punctuation Face’ to ensure you include high-level punctuation

 

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

Evaluate what you have done so far. What effect are you hoping to achieve? Is there a mixture of word processing, hand written, hand drawn and diagrams included? How are you laying it out and what do you ultimately want to achieve?

 

 

TODAY’S TASKS

 

ENGLISH

 

Have you received a letter yet, or sent your own, maybe you could begin a regular correspondence with someone. There is something about receiving personal cards or letters far more meaningful than a text or an email.  I always keep personal messages received since I started teaching nearly 15 years ago.

 

Think of some questions you could ask based on your reading lately. Can you think of retrieval questions, inference questions and questions on the structure of the text? Try them out on a sibling (you may have to adjust the questions if they are a lot older or younger than you). Then you answer the questions yourself to help you to mark.

 

MATHS

Mr Perry’s Group

I hope you have been collecting your data! I want you to choose at least two types of graph or chart to show the data. Do you know how to construct bar, star and even pie charts? Look at you data and construct the charts. Do not forget to label the axis.

 

As I have promised I am allocating a few topics that people scored lower than 60% on. If you are not sure how to do a task, look at the preview of them and it gives you the method.

 

Mr Ganes group

There are a number of activities continuing with statistics on matheletics for you to complete.

 

 

ART

As it is Friday , here is another art task for you, courtesy of Mr Cookson.

 

Use cross hatching to draw things!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Bmh-1ndxZs

 

That is it for now. Do not hesitate to contact me if you wish. This includes during the Easter holidays. Keep active , keep healthy and keep safe.

Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a blessed Easter, although I know I will be in touch before then.

 

 

Regards

Mr Perry

Home Working Day 9- Thursday 2nd April

Thursday 2nd April

 

Hello all,

 

This is Mr Perry here. Mr Gane is not feeling well at the moment so I am going to put the work on for you today. If you have any questions for the next couple of days please do not hesitate to contact me. Here is my email address.

 

a.perry@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

 

I hope you are all well and coping with the lockdown. We all hope we can be back together before the summer ends.

 

Prayer for the Day

 

Deuteronomy 33 vs 15

“With the choicest gifts of the ancient mountains and the fruitfulness of the everlasting hills”

 

Dear Lord,

Thank you for all you give us, thank you that we have food in our cupboards, parks to visit, toys to play in and interesting shows to watch on TV. Please help us to always be grateful and to think of those who are combating this situation without those things above – especially proper food and a roof over their heads. Please be with our friends and help us to look out for them and check in on them.

 

Amen

 

…and so to work.

 

EVERYDAY TASKS

 

READING

 

Was wonderful this year to watch so many of you reading classics like Little Women and the Agatha Christie books. What modern books do you think will join them? How is the book you are currently reading?

 

 

PE

I was tempted to video a PE lesson , but as that would not be pretty, I have decided to forgo that, so I think we will stick with, with PE with Joe .

 

JOURNAL

How are you getting on? Have a read back of your work and see just what we have been through these past few weeks already. Hard to belive we have only stopped being at school less than two weeks ago. It feels like longer! What do you think? In your journal spend a bit of time reflecting on how you have coped and what you feel now compared to what you may have felt when we first learned that schools were shutting.

 

Success Criteria:

Well written English, with powerful vocabulary – use SMARPOPS to help

Vary your sentence starters and use complex sentences – relative clauses

Use ‘Punctuation Face’ to ensure you include high-level punctuation

 

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

Are you doing any today? How will you make it stand out? What illustrations or diagrams could you include? Will you do any fact files on key historical figures such as the World Leaders or a famous general? What about other famous people like the singer Vera Lynn or heroes who were not soldiers but saved many lives such as those persecuted in Nazi held countries?

 

 

TODAY’S TASKS

 

ENGLISH

 

D & T and English Part 3

How is the planning for your cooking going on? Write a little piece of writing describing why you chose that particular dish. Do you think your family will like it? What potential problems could arise (besides burning it) and how will you combat them. Do you have a plan for setting the table and what else will you include in the meal?

 

MATHS

 

I have added a few statistics task for Mr Gane’s group to complete on matheletics.

 

On Mathletics, my Maths group will be continuing their work on statistics! I hope you have finished the tasks on matheletics and have ideas about how will you present the data from your little project. Keep collecting the data today and put it into a tally chart ready for Friday’s work.

 

I will NOT be adding new matheletics today but over the next few days before Easter I will re-assign and few tasks for you if you scored below a certain score. I would also request those that are behind would try and catch up. Those far behind you might want to do a few over the Easter holidays as well.

 

 

Take the next stage of your statistics project – look at your question and think of 20 or so people you will contact and over the next few days – with your parents’ permission- drop them a line to ask them the question and record the answers in a tally chart. Remember it is a simple question with five or so possible answers. Favourite pet, food , film genre etc

 

SCIENCE

Those who were in school the last week of term may remember a lesson on our respiratory and circulatory systems. I have assigned a sorting activity on MY USO ‘busy things’ on both these systems to label the correct parts of the body. If you were not here not to worry there are plenty of diagrams and illustrations available to look up on the internet to give you a few pointers.

 

COMPUTING  –

I know you have used ‘sketch up’ program before with Mr Gane (my class last year and Mr Gane’s this year). Use this link to download the program and have a play with it.

 

https://www.sketchup.com/try-sketchup

Have a great day and be back tomorrow.

 

Kind Regards

Mr Perry

Home Working - Day 8 - Wednesday 1st April

¡Buenos días!

ON THIS DAY

April Fools’ Day, also known as All Fools’ Day is not a national holiday, but its traditions are observed in many countries on 1 April. The day is observed by trying to play a practical joke on a victim who becomes known as an April Fool. The practical jokes range from simple to elaborate. Whatever the trick, the prankster usually ends it by yelling to his victim, “April Fool!”

April Fool’s day around the world

In Scotland, April Fool’s Day is celebrated over two days. Called Taily Day, The second day is devoted to pranks involving the buttocks. The “kick me” sign can be traced back to Taily Day.

Mexico’s equivalent to April Fool’s Day is on December 28th. Originally, the day was a sombre remembrance of the slaughter of the innocent children by King Herod, though over the years, it has evolved into a light-hearted commemoration involving pranks and tricks.

In France the April fool is known as ‘poisson d’avril’ (April fish). It is not known what exactly the fish refers to, but it may be related to the sun leaving Pieces (the fish) at the start of April. A part of the tradition in France was the placing of dead fish unknowingly on the backs of friends. Today, real fish have been replaced with fish-shaped paper shapes that children try to sneak onto the back of their friends’ shirts. Shops and bakeries also offer special fish-shaped sweets.

The Dutch have separate reasons for celebrating the 1st of April. In 1572, the Netherlands were under Spanish rule. On April 1, 1572 Dutch rebels seized the town of Den Briel. This marked the start of the general civil rising against the Spanish across the Netherlands. The Duke of Alba was the commander of the Spanish army at the time, and he could not prevent the uprising from gathering momentum. Bril is the Dutch word for glasses, so it was said that “Alba lost his glasses.” The Dutch commemorate this with jokes and humour on the first of April.

Have fun!

 

Prayer for the Day

Psalm 68:19

“Praise be to the Lord, to God our saviour, who daily bears our burdens.”

Dear Lord,

Please help us to keep trusting you as you help us get through each stage of these troubling times. Help us to put our lives in your hands day by day, week by week, month by month, ultimately trusting you that our future is in your loving care. Thank you again that we have loving families, food on our tables and roofs over our heads. Help us to never take these things for granted.

Amen

 

Your Wednesday ‘to do’ list.

 

EVERYDAY TASKS

PE

Are you are going for a run each day with mum, dad, brother, sister or somebody else; are you sticking with PE with Joe at 9am or have you found something else – if so, do share.

 

READING

I hope that you are really getting in to reading now (if you weren’t already)- keep up the two periods of 30 minutes a day whatever you do. Anyone try the FREE audiobooks?

 

JOURNAL

So what can you add since yesterday – a sentence or two. Think about feelings or perhaps frustrations.

 

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

Finished Chapter One? Then off you go on Chapter Two. ¡Poco a poco!

 

TODAY’S TASKS

ENGLISH

Today’s English comes in two parts; firstly a very straightforward punctuation activity on Busy Things via MyUSO where you need to simply sort the names and terms into two groups – punctuation or grammatical.

Part two, also on Busy Things, asks you to write instructions on how to prepare a main meal. After all the work people are doing to look after you right now, wouldn’t it be a great idea to offer to cook for them over the coming days? Think about what you might cook but read these helpful guidelines first.

 

  • Keep the meal simple, like a pasta dish, lasagne or vegetable meal
  • Make sure the ingredients are in the house or easily accessible over coming days
  • Finish the task on MyUSO or on paper
  • Agree a convenient time with your adults for when this is can be done
  • Let me know when you do it and how you get on – photos?

 

MATHS

Before you start your Maths today, you are going to need to find a protractor, otherwise it will be a bit tricky. Once you’ve found one, go to the Maths Learning and scroll down to Lesson 3 – Measure with a Protractor, and off you go.

There  are 20 more questions on Mathletics for your delight! Remember to use the ‘i’ or ‘?’ buttons which will show you how to do it and remember also that both Mr Perry and I are keeping an eye on how you are doing or not…

 

SPANISH

I know in Mrs Pereira’s lessons you are preparing an ‘All About Me’ presentation in Spanish, so today I would like you to use your learning on this so far to write a letter, another one, but of course this time in Spanish. In the olden days before the internet or even phones, letters were very important and many children used to have ‘Penpals’ who they wrote to, very often in other countries. So, I would like everyone to write a letter, no more than a page, in Spanish, introducing yourself to a Spanish boy or girl. Tell them a little about yourself, you likes and dislikes, favourite singer, football team, book, computer game, you get the picture. Do the very best you can and if you would like to actually send it to a Spanish Penpal, I’ll do my best to find you one. Drop me an email.

Still going with Duolingo once they’ve got you, it’s hard to escape – but great practice.

Sadly, I’m not on top form at the moment, so couldn’t record you the next part of Bettle Boy , fingers crossed for tomorrow.

Be good,

Mr Gane

Home Working - Day 7 - Tuesday 31st March

¡Buenos días!

The last day of March, so that must make tomorrow…

Have fun, work hard and do the right thing.

Prayer for the Day

Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I thought it was high time we used our Year 6 Bible verse, one that has given hope to millions around the world. Ultimately we may never always understand what goes on around us, but God has a plan for us and it is one that will prosper us and make us fruitful.

Dear Lord,

Thank you that you love us and have a plan for us. This virus is not of you, but you will help us to come out stronger afterwards. Please bless those who have already lost loved ones to this disease and those who are currently in fear of losing someone dear. Please surround them with your peace and with your love.

Amen

 

Now to our day ahead!

 

EVERYDAY TASKS

 

READING

At least two 30 minute sessions please, each and every day (including the weekends).

 

PE

PE with Joe or here’s one he did earlier

 

JOURNAL

How are you getting on with this journal? Don’t you want to start, and then once you do begin writing can’t stop, or are you finding it tough to find anything to write? Think about things you have enjoyed during the day, and why they amused you. Think about what you would be doing under normal circumstances and ‘compare and contrast’. Think about school, and how perhaps you took it for granted and now you don’t have it, how valuable it is to you. Will this period have an impact on how you appreciate school in future. How is your learning??

 

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

Little by little; step by step; day by day; inch by inch; bit by bit – I think you’ve got the message by now. 😊 Just add to what you have done so far, don’t worry too much if one day is just ‘research’ and not any writing or drawing etc, we’ve got plenty of time.

 

TODAY’S TASKS

 

ENGLISH

How is your book at the moment? What is the best part so far? As you read it today think about what makes it stand out. Write a fact file on your favourite character. Draw what you think he/ she looks like based on the descriptions of them in the book. Write an information set of paragraphs with sub headings that focus on their; appearance, character and special traits.

Success Criteria

Set the piece of work out in a professional manner – eg using sub headings and being clearly structured.

Use evidence from the text to support your opinions on the characters appearance and character.

Use SMARPOPS (if appropriate) and a Punctuation Face to up level your work.

 

MATHS

Week 2, Lesson 2, Step 7 on the Maths learning on Ratio with new learning today on Ratio & Proportion Problems. Play the lesson video at least once or twice, before then trying the tasks on Activity worksheet. When you have had a good go, then view/download the answers to check and then you can even make corrections in green pen.

On Mathletics I have been re-assigning some of you activities that you have already done…. “Why?” I have been asked. Well looking at some scores, the truth is that I think you should have done better – remember I don’t care who finishes first, it is ALWAYS the quality of the work that will impress me. If you really can’t get it after checking out the ‘i’ or ‘?’ help buttons, email me.

 

RE

Continuing our Easter theme and linking with our work on the Eucharist in class, the task set on ‘Busy Things’ focuses on the Last Supper. Using the program on ‘Busy Things’, if you can, write a description of the events of the night, include the words Jesus spoke (direct speech or reported) and then explain why we do what we do, during communion. MyUSO

 

MUSIC

Are you missing singing? Well on Tuesdays we normally do a bit of Music with Miss Rachel, but today we have a stand in… Mr Gareth Malone from the telly! Take a look at the YouTube lesson (Skip to 12 mins for the warm up) and have a go. Then if you want more why not sign up to Gareth Malone’s #GreatBritishHomeChorus: https://GarethMalone.lnk.to/GreatBrit… Don’t forget to Subscribe to our channel and click the notifications bell so you are notified for the next broadcast! Gareth will be back tomorrow at 17.30 (GMT).

And to finish; here’s the final part of Chapter 12 – Darkus meets Novak

Mr Gane

Home Working - Day 6 - Monday 30th March

¡Buenos días!

Well I hope you all survived the weekend OK. Mine was packed full of communications as I heard from May, Oli, Casper, Alicia, Max, Biba, Jackson, Daisy and Ryan, a lot from Ryan 😊 Thanks for sharing your poems, artwork and computing with me, I’m glad you all seem to be getting on with it so well.

Prayer for the Day

Numbers 23:22

God has brought them out of Egypt; He fights for them like a wild ox.

Strange verse you may think, but the Israelites were in slavery to the Pharaoh and Ancient Egyptians and if you know the story of Moses, you know he delivered them from that slavery and made them very strong and powerful… well this virus is our Pharaoh and we WILL be stronger afterwards.

Dear Lord,

Thank you that you saved your people again and again in the Bible and from all sorts of disasters, evil people and situations. Please continue to give us the strength to get through our Pharaoh and make us stronger afterwards. Stronger in our family life, friendships, our resolve and our relationship with you. Make us as strong as an ox!

Amen

 

…and so to work.

 

EVERYDAY TASKS

READING

At least two 30 minute sessions please, each and every day (including the weekends).

PE

This seems to be pretty popular, so we’ll stick with PE with Joe or here’s one he did earlier for this week.

JOURNAL

As you start you second week off school, how are you feeling about it? Have your feelings changed since last week? It’s the Easter ‘holidays’ on Friday, what do you feel about that? Were you going away and have now had to cancel, or were you staying at home anyway? Have you been keeping a tally anything? Write it all down and here’s the Success Criteria again for you.

Success Criteria:

Well written English, with powerful vocabulary – use SMARPOPS to help

Vary your sentence starters and use complex sentences – relative clauses

Use ‘Punctuation Face’ to ensure you include high-level punctuation

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

Little by little; step by step; day by day; inch by inch; bit by bit – I think you’ve got the message by now. 😊 Just add to what you have done so far, don’t worry too much if one day is just ‘research’ and not any writing or drawing etc, we’ve got plenty of time.

 

TODAY’S TASKS

ENGLISH

I said that you would need the postal address for a friend – that’s a house/flat number, street name and the postcode too! I should imagine that you’ve guessed that the first English task of the week is to write a letter to a friend and post it to them if possible – no email, no text – old fashioned pen and paper, with an envelope and stamp. This was the only way for evacuee children to stay in touch with family and friends during the war, so the visit of the postman was a highlight of the day, bring joy or disappointment.

Your task is to write a letter to one of your friends, but make sure you have their address. Now, this is where your journal might come in useful, as you can go back and find something interesting to write from that, in your letter. It needs to be one whole A4 page (otherwise they will be disappointed) and try to include things that perhaps they don’t already know, in case you have already been chatting with them on the phone or FaceTime. Make it INTERESTING! Don’t write, “I’m bored,” tell them why you are bored – think about a letter that you would like to receive and keep under your pillow.

Success Criteria:

Write in the ‘First Person’; so I and We and informally too: so I’m, we’d, luv

Use paragraphs for structure, keeping different ideas, stories and times separate

Vary your sentence starters and use complex sentences – relative clauses

Remember to be kind, if you write something down then it could be there forever. Don’t be rude.

Once you get going, you might want to continue it, you never know.

 

MATHS

Same again this week, as you develop your Maths learning on Ratio by Calculating Scale Factors.

Play the lesson video at least once or twice, before then trying the tasks on Activity worksheet. Do all of the Maths during on rough paper (unless you have a spare book) and don’t worry about keeping any of it. When you have had a good go, then view/download the answers to check and then you can even make corrections in green pen.

Don’t forget your 20 Mathletics questions and there’s always LIVE! Mathletics – anyone had a go at that yet?

 

HUMANITIES

Continuing our Natural Resources topic, today’s task on Busy Things (MyUSO) is pretty straight forward, focusing on countries that produce and export bananas and pineapples. This might test your geography skills as you need to locate the countries on the map and pin them. See how many countries you can pin in the right place? What more can you find out about the banana trade?

 

BEETLE BOY: Last time Darkus had been spotted at Towering Heights – find what happens next.

 

That’s all guys. I’m at home like you tomorrow, but Mr Perry will be in school and greatly looking forward to being asked to perform in one of Mr Schumm and Alistair’s videos! I hope you’ve been enjoying them, showing once again what a wonderful community St Stephen’s is!

That’s all for now, have a great day.

Mr Gane

Home Working - Day 5 - Friday 27th March

¡Buenos días!

It’s Friday, Friday, Friday, so no school tomorrow, or at least no Home Working from me. However, that doesn’t mean that you stop reading, or working on your WWII project, or developing that talent, or trying that completely new thing. It is very important to keep busy, which obviously includes helping around the house – I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned that before, sorry mums. Be in contact too with family and friends, which I’m sure many of you are doing already anyway. That doesn’t mean face to face, but through email, FaceTime or perhaps even writing a letter… Make sure you have the postal address of a friend as you will need this next week! Good to hear from Ryan yesterday, he’s missing me (not) – if you want to drop me a line to let me know how it’s going email d.gane@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk Did you go out the applaud the NHS workers last night at 8pm?

Prayer for the Day

Proverbs 3:5

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

Dear Lord Jesus,

We cannot pretend to understand the events we are going through, but we can trust you. Please help us to keep our eyes on you throughout this time and to trust that you have us in the palm of your hand. Thank you for all your love for us, thank you for our families even if they drive us mad from time to time and thank you for the beautiful sunshine we have experienced these past few days.

Amen

…and so to work.

EVERYDAY TASKS

PE

Shall we stick with PE with Joe at 9am next week, or try something else?

READING

Who’s doing more than the minimum two half hours a day? Anyone tried the FREE audiobooks?

JOURNAL

One school week at home, so what’s changed? Are you feeling any different now than you were on Monday? Is the weekend going to be any different to the week? Have you missed your friends, school, lessons, clubs? What are you thinking about, next week… and then two weeks of Easter holidays? Compare and contrast – look back at what you wrote previous and comment on that. Remember to write well, using adventurous words, varying sentence starters etc etc.

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

Here’s another idiom for you to ponder… ‘Slowly, slowly catchy monkey’ or sometimes “Softly, softly, catchee monkey”. This is an old English proverb which means that if do not rush or if you avoid being too hasty, then eventually you will achieve your goal – in other words, be patient. So, keeping plugging away on your WWII project, doing a little every day and you’ll get there. Did you make a plan on what and how you are going to make for your 3D model? See ‘Home Working – Day 1’ if you need the download.

TODAY’S TASKS

ENGLISH

Your task today is to write a WWII themed poem and to assist you here’s an example about life at home during a night of the Blitz along with a reminder of some of the poetic writing features that you might use. There are some now ones, so do try those to push your learning. Here’s some general information about the Blitz that might give you some ideas about what the people went through – particularly in the major cities of Britain. You can of course include your poem in your WWII project, killing two birds with one stone, and email to me too, if you want.

MATHS

The last session of the week, Lesson 5 in the Maths learning on Ratio, is on Using Scale Factors, so scroll down to the end and off you go. Give me some feedback on these mini-sessions what do you think of them?

Twenty more Mathletics questions which means that you should have done 100 this week – be proud! Are the ‘i’ or ‘?’ buttons any help for you? Let me know.

MORE COMPUTING

Activity 2: First to A Million – What Happened Next?

Re-open the BIG PowerPoint from yesterday and now watch the ‘Character Films’, which show what Meg, Lucas, Tariq and Aleeya did next.

While you watch, write down the name of all the support services for young people which get mentioned.

After watching, think hard, then write down full answers these questions. When you are done, check what you have written and correct:

1.Which services can remove a nude image or video of an under 18 year old?

2.Where could Tariq get emotional support?

3.How did CEOP help Lucas?

Tell your parent/carer about what you have learned, either straight away or later on.

Optional extension task:

There is no ‘Character Film’ for Jamal. Write your own ending to Jamal’s story, or create a film script or storyboard.

ART

Mr Cookson has kindly found lots of interesting art for you to have a go at while you are working at home. Here’s a link to a very simple optical illusion that you can create. Try it and if you like it, find some more that you could do.

It’s the weekend tomorrow, so there’s no set homework but do keep reading and why not spend some time on your WWII Project. And finally, here’s the end of Chapter 11 in our class book, Beetle Boy.

Have fun, back Monday!

Mr Gane

Home Working - Day 4 - Thursday 26th March

¡Buenos días!

Day Four in the ‘Big Brother (Sister, Mum, Dog, Goldfish & All) House’ – has the novelty worn off yet? Are you missing me? 😊 Don’t worry, just one more day then it’s the weekend… err? On a serious note, I do hope you are OK and keeping yourselves occupied. Did you do that timetable? Is it useful, how’s it going? Let me know, I have heard from Oli & Masha so far email d.gane@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk. I nearly forgot, how was Duolingo – did you sign up and have a go? What did you think? And finally, any feedback on the White Rose Maths, is the video guy better than me?

Prayer for the Day

Hebrews 6:19

 We have this hope as an anchor for our lives. It is safe and sure, and goes through the curtain of the heavenly temple into the inner sanctuary.”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Like a ship in a storm nears an anchor to stop it drifting away so do we need you as an anchor to keep us from distress. Help us to trust that you will keep us safe and secure from the storm and help us to stay calm and peaceful.

Amen

 

…and so to work.

 

EVERYDAY TASKS

PE

Tell me how you are getting on, are you up for PE with Joe at 9am or do you go for one he did earlier? Did you know that Joe is being watched by children in more than 800,000 houses and flats around the country – and you’re one.

READING

I’m doing a lot more reading atm – I read the Michael Rosen book ‘The Missing’ yesterday which some of you read in class – a very powerful read… Keep up your good work, remember at least two periods of 30 minutes a day. Anyone tried the FREE audiobooks?

JOURNAL

After having a lot to write, I should imagine that it might be getting a bit more difficult to find things to write about now. Don’t worry, just jot down a few thoughts or try keeping a tally of how many times you’ve washed your hands or what you had for breakfast/lunch/dinner. Do try to write well though, using adventurous words, varying sentence starters – you know what to do. 😊

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

How can you improve or add to what you did yesterday? Have you found more information sources that will help you? Do you know what your 3D model will be? What do you need? Have you got it? Where will you get it from? Make a plan. See Day 1 if you need the download.

TODAY’S TASKS

ENGLISH

A bit shorter than yesterday’s you’ll be glad to know. I have assigned a determiner sorting activity for you on Busy Things on MyUSO, hopefully you remember what makes a determiner (hint – look for the noun) and to sort them into the different types. Good Luck.

MATHS

Lesson 4 in the Maths learning on Ratio is all about calculating ratio, so scroll down again and have a go. Play the lesson video at least once or twice, before then trying the tasks on Activity worksheet. Do all of your working on paper and don’t worry about keeping any of it. View/download the answers to check and make corrections in green pen. Keep working hard.

There  are 20 more questions on Mathletics for your delight! Remember to use the ‘i’ or ‘?’ buttons which will show you how to do it and remember also that both Mr Perry and I are keeping an eye on how you are doing or not…

SCIENCE

Take a look on Busy Things on MyUSO, again for some work on habitats which I thought looked quite interesting. There is an activity on rainforests around the world and their locations – so a bit of geography as well. Once you have done that please write a short description about the rainforests and why they have …well so much rain! Have fun.

COMPUTING

Mr Faith has asked that we all look again at Online Safety at Home with the following activity for 11 to 13 year olds – I felt the 8-10s was a bit ‘young’ for our Y6.

Watch First to a Million

Download the Presentation containing First to a million film 11-13s It’s a BIG file so it may take five minutes or more.

Open the PowerPoint and watch the film only. First to a Million is an interactive drama where you choose what happens next.

In the final scene of First to a Million Jamal looks to camera and says, “You were there, what do you think we should do?” Think hard, then write down full answers these questions. When you are done, check what you have written and correct:

1. How has each character been affected by what has happened? (Jamal, Meg, Tariq, Aleeya, Lucas)

2. What do you think each character should do next?

We will do more on this tomorrow so keep the big PowerPoint – don’t look at any more today.

And finally, take a listen to the Beetle Boy, Chapter 11 – Newton.

Keep your knees in front!

Mr Gane

Home Working - Day 3 - Wednesday 25th March

¡Buenos días!

So to Day Three, things are moving swiftly – I hope you are able to get out for a walk and some fresh air, it was such a lovely day yesterday. Do let me know what you’re up to and how you’re getting on email d.gane@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk.

Prayer for the Day

John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world there will be trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Today is Your day, and I want Your will to be done. So, whatever happens, hold my hand and let’s face it together.

Amen

 

Your Wednesday ‘to do’ list…

EVERYDAY TASKS

PE

Perhaps you are going for a run each day with mum, dad, brother, sister or somebody else, which would be fabulous, otherwise stick with the 9am PE with Joe or the one he did earlier. It’s so important to keep an active mind and body too.

READING

How’s the reading going? Are you getting really in to it now and doing more than your minimum two periods of 30 minutes a day? Remember to talk about what you have read, perhaps recount the story to someone – a brother or sister if you have one who will listen (and only if the book is appropriate, of course). How did you get on with the Busy Things task on your favourite book yesterday – were you able to access MyUSO? Let me know.

Why not take a look at these FREE audiobooks, but don’t tell Mr Schumm!

JOURNAL

Did you write about the Prime Minister’s announcement on TV that we must all stay at home? Who was watching it with you? Did you talk about it? How do you feel? Did you enjoy the sunshine yesterday and see the Spring blossoms? Remember to write well, use all of your senses as well as the ‘Success Criteria’ from Day 1.

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

Keep this ticking over, working on one chapter at a time building on your notes and information. Remember “there is only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time.” (Who said that?) Think about how you will present your project and you might also begin thinking about what your 3D model will be. See Day 1 if you need the download.

TODAY’S TASKS

ENGLISH

Today I would like you to do a bit of comprehension, so click on this First News link to view/download the articles. Read the text through first at least once and if there are words you are unsure about, try to figure out what they might mean from the context – have a guess – just like we do in class. Then look at the questions and write down your answers in full on paper; PLEASE try your hardest and check your work at the end. Have you actually answered the question being asked? Have you ‘used evidence from the text’ if asked? Once you have had a really good go, check out the answers and mark your work – how did you do?

MATHS

Go back again to the Maths learning on Ratio and, yes you’ve guessed it, scroll down to Lesson 3 – Introducing the Ratio Symbol. Same instructions again – play the lesson video at least once or twice, before then trying the tasks on Activity worksheet. Do all of your working on paper and don’t worry about keeping any of it. View/download the answers to check and make corrections in green pen. You know what you’re doing by now.

Well done to all of you who completed 20 questions yesterday, here are some more Mathletics -some of my class in Mr Perry’s group need to catch up! Remember to use the ‘i’ or ‘?’ buttons which will show you how to do it.

SPANISH

Duolingo is a great interactive way to learn a language or just to keep practising; I use it every now and then to keep up my Spanish. Ask mum or dad to help you create a FREE account and then chose Spanish and off you go – it’s really good.

Don’t forget, if there’s no tablet available or your ‘screen time’ is up, that you are also creating an ‘All About Me’ presentation in Spanish for Mrs Pereira, so try writing notes (in Spanish) ready for when you come back.

And finally, take a listen to the end of Chapter 10 – Beetle Mountain.

Keep your knees in front!

Mr Gane

Home Working - Day 2 - Tuesday 24th March

¡Buenos días!

So to Day Two, I hope yesterday went well and you managed to get some work done. Mr Perry has kindly offered to share with us a prayer and verse from scripture that we will start our days with from now on, so here’s our first…

Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart.

Dear Lord,

In times like this, it can be hard to believe you are in control; help us to have faith in you and have peace. We put our health and welfare in your loving hands. Thank you for all those dedicated people working daily to keep our supermarkets open, to deliver to those shops and especially thanks to the nurses, doctors and NHS staff who are working tirelessly to save lives. Help us to be strong and do what we have to do with a happy heart.

Amen

 

Now to our day ahead!

EVERYDAY TASKS

PE

How did you get on yesterday? Did the 9am PE with Joe work for you and your family or did you try the one he did earlier?

READING

Keep up the reading for at least two periods of 30 minutes – you know it makes sense. Then have a chat about what you have read; you can comment about this in your Journal. Let me know what books you are reading – email d.gane@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk. I have also posted a task in ‘Busy Things’ related to your favourite book, so you can try logging on to MyUSO, then go to Resources and find Busy Things. This and the Journal will be your English for Day 2.

JOURNAL

I do hope that you have started to keep a record of these extra-ordinary times – Hammersmith & Fulham Council closed all the parks on Sunday. Add to your journal – how did Day One go? What did you do? How did it feel? What are your thoughts for tomorrow, next week, Easter?

Remember to write well and use yesterday’s ‘Success Criteria’.

RE

See what Mr Perry has set for RE. Try using the MyUSO site and finding ‘Busy Things’ in Resources, even though both platforms are really busy right now, just keep trying to log on and hopefully you will get on in the end. You also might need to try different web-browsers if it appears not to be working; most sites seem to work OK using the old Internet Explorer, if Edge, Chrome or Firefox won’t let it work. If you’re using a MAC good luck to you.

MATHS

GO back to the Maths learning on Ratio from yesterday and find Lesson 2 – Ratio & Fractions. Same instructions again – play the lesson video at least once or twice, before then trying the tasks on Activity worksheet. Do all of the Maths during on rough paper (unless you have a spare book) and don’t worry about keeping any of it ☹. When you have had a good go, then view/download the answers to check and then you can even make corrections in green pen 😊 – if you have yours.

Well done to all of you who completed 20 questions yesterday, here are some more Mathletics, some of my class in Mr Perry’s group need to catch up! Remember to use the ‘i’ or ‘?’ buttons which will show you how to do it.

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

You should have an idea of what your project will focus on by now, so get some Chapter Headings sorted out and start a detailed plan, jotting ideas down about where you want to go with the project and potential content. See Day 1 if you need the download.

MUSIC

So if you made it this far, round off your day by checking out the Maths Raps which you’ll find on MyUSO in Resources. Pick a subject and go for it!

And to finish, our class book, ‘Beetle Boy’ was just getting exciting when we had to stop… click here if you want to hear the next instalment.

Keep smiling,

Mr Gane

Home Working - Day 1 - Monday 23rd March

¡Buenos días!

…and welcome to your first day of Home Learning. It is going to be strange not coming in to school and seeing your friends and me, for a while, but you know that it is an important thing that we must all do. I strongly recommend that you try to get up, have breakfast and get dressed (maybe not in your uniform) in the mornings as normal during the week so that you get your mindset ready for (some) work. With mum, dad or whoever looks after you, put together a rough timetable for yourself so you have an idea of how your day will go. Mr Perry and I will try to follow our school timetables, so there will be Humanities on Mondays, Computing on Thursdays etc. It is going to be a bit weird, but you will soon get into it.

Finally, as well as the school work we will be setting, why not try to really work hard on one of your talents – if you love drawing, do loads or try different styles; if you’re learning to play an instrument, practice lots so you blow away your teacher when you come back. If there is something that you don’t do right now, but have always secretly wished you could do, try it – now is the ideal time.

Good luck, work hard and “do the right thing!”

MONDAY

READING

Each and every day (including the weekends) I would like you to read for at least two periods of 30 minutes – as you know it is THE most important thing you learn to do at primary school. Then tell someone all about what you have read; get them to ask you questions about it.

PE

If you are reading this before 9am then why not try a bit of PE with Joe which you can do ‘live’ – or if you missed it and were still in bed, here’s one he did earlier.

ENGLISH

Pencils or pens at the ready to start your Journal of your experiences and feelings during this extra-ordinary time. How you do this is up to you; it might be in the form of a diary, a cartoon strip or some other creative manner. Start by recording the story so far… What has led us to the situation we’re in now? What have you been feeling? How does it feel on your first day ‘working from home’?

Success Criteria:

Well written English, with powerful vocabulary – use SMARPOPS to help

vary your sentence starters and use complex sentences – relative clauses

Use ‘Punctuation Face’ to ensure you include high-level punctuation

Do this work in your green Homework book if you have it, otherwise try finding something similar to keep your thoughts all in one place. If you do it on paper, make sure you number them each day.

MATHS

Here is a link to this week’s Maths learning on Ratio. Start with Lesson 1 only today (Lesson 2 tomorrow); play the lesson video at least once or twice, before then viewing (or downloading) and trying the tasks on Activity worksheet. Do all of the Maths during this time on rough paper (unless you have a spare book) and don’t worry about keeping any of it ☹. When you have had a good go, then view/download the answers to check and then you can even make corrections in green pen 😊 – if you have yours.

I will also set two activities each day on Mathletics, so that’s just 20 questions for you to complete. Remember all of your previous learning and remember also to use the ‘i’ or ‘?’ buttons which will show you how to do it. Good luck.

HUMANITIES

Click and download the details for the World War 2 Project – think ‘what went well’ for you on the Greek Project and what might have been ‘Even Better If’. Don’t overdo it – think and plan what you might do today, talk to someone about your ideas so you can start gathering your thoughts and make a plan. That’s your task today.

That’s all for now, have a great day.

Mr Gane

Friday 20th March

Well, what a funny old week – definitely an historic one – with schools closing across the UK for the first time in 80 years. At St Stephen’s we have, of course, tried to keep calm and carry on in a characteristically British manner, sticking with the same time table and structure that gives reassurance to the children, although they were somewhat taken aback when I announced a quick Maths assessment on Area, Perimeter & Volume yesterday and their regular weekly Spelling Test today too!

For the next two weeks, in the run up to the Easter holidays, there is an expectation that Y6 children will continue their learning at home and, to that end, it would be very sensible for you to try to structure their days. I suggest that you do create some kind of timetable, which the children can work to in this period of isolation. While we are still permitted, perhaps a walk (no bus or tube) to a park for a bit of exercise as a family (no friends), would tick the PE box. Mr Perry and I will be setting some Maths and English work to be completed each day, while Mr Schumm would like the children to keep a journal of their experiences and feelings during this extra-ordinary time. How they do this is up to them; it might be in the form of a diary, a cartoon strip or some other creative manner.

In addition to these daily staples, in Y6 we see the return of ‘The Project.’ Mr Perry really was joking when, after The Greek Project, he said the next one would be on World War Two, but in these changed circumstances, this really will now constitute part of the work that we expect the children to do while they are learning at home. Today in class, to kick off this Humanities topic that we had planned to start after Easter, the children watched the classic film, ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ with John Thaw, which follows the, sometimes, harrowing experiences of an evacuee. The children were gently guided through the film and discussed the topic at length afterwards as an introduction to the subject.

We will also be posting work on RE, Science, Computing, Art, Drama, Spanish and anything else that might come along that looks interesting, so please check in on this blog every day. It might sound like a lot, but taken in bite-sized chunks, it will be very do-able, keep them occupied and most importantly continue their all-round education. Obviously the amount of time that they spend in front of a screen should be managed, so work that can be downloaded and printed out might be in dispersed with say Mathletics or work set on the MyUSO platform – I’m sure you are already well on top of this.

So, signing off a tad early for Easter, I wish you all well – do please try to keep yourselves isolated and safe and follow the advice of the healthcare professionals.

See you soon and God bless.

Mr Gane

PS Mrs Pereira hopes that the children will grab this opportunity to read lots of books and she would like them to know that  she will be doing a weekly topic based story and quiz on the website here in ‘Library Corner’.

Update on home learning arrangements

Following the Government’s announcement yesterday, from Monday most children will not now be attending school. So, in order to ensure that their learning continues, I will be posting ‘directed work’ that I would like them to complete each day/week. This will begin on Monday 23rd March and continue until the end of the academic year (if needs be), with the usual breaks for holidays.

The work will be set online, and while some will require online access, other work should be completed in the traditional manner with pencil on paper. Obviously, if computing resources at home are limited and more than one child needs access, then putting a timetable in place would make a lot of sense and add structure to the long days ahead.

Pupils in today and tomorrow will be taking their Homework Book, and the various CGP Workbooks home later. If you are still in London, but your children are not attending school at present, their books will be at the office for you to collect if possible.

Do keep a constant check on the school’s website and the class blog page.

God bless.

 

Mr Gane

For Parents/Carers of children self-isolating

Dear Parents / Carers of children who are self-isolating,

If you and your family are self-isolating at this time, here are some links that you can follow to access some educational games and activities related to the work we do at St Stephen’s. We hope you find these useful:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn
https://www.primarygames.com/math.php
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/welcome-back/for-home
https://www.education.com/games/
https://uk.ixl.com/math/year-6
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f

If you would like to do any independent work following up on things we have learnt in class (write a story, make a poster, do some research etc) that is great and you can bring them in to share when you’re back again. These activities are not compulsory and obviously you need not do them if you are feeling ill!

Hopefully things will be back to normal soon, but if we are forced to close the school, we will be posting a more comprehensive educational programme of study on this web page and providing all children with their USO logins so that they can access more specific activities that we will set.

Mr Gane

Friday 13th March

On Friday morning, the classroom was turned in to a newsroom as the ‘hacks’ of Y6 Ayres pounded the laptop keys in an effort to ‘file’ their newspaper reports before their ‘Break Time’ publication deadline – the culmination of this week’s work in English. In addition to honing their journalistic skills, writing concise objective copy using direct as well as reported speech, the children also used Microsoft Publisher for the first time and also an online ‘read out loud’ tool to help their proofreading. Do make sure you ‘read all about it!’ come Parents’ Evening.

And speaking of things techy, yesterday’s Computing lesson extended the children’s learning further on robotics as they got to grips with the sensor function on the mBot. Using the mBlocks software, they programmed the machine to make a continuous noise while there was light hitting the sensor, but when covered (and the sensor could not detect any light) the noise stopped. They were then challenged to make the mBot move, but then stop automatically when it detected an obstacle – more work required next week. With ‘Buddy Reading’ and a massacre at Animal Farm too, Thursday was a busy day.

In Maths this week, my group started with a short assessment on our last topic, Converting Units, before kicking off new learning on Area & Perimeter. It was revision of angles for Mr Perry’s group as the children reviewed how to find missing angles in quadrilaterals and around a point too. See Mathletics for more!

Fittingly, the children worked with the amazing Mark from RAW Drama in a morning session today which was postponed from Arts Week. Dig into their bags tonight and take a look at some of the wonderful art work that they produced last week, and that was just what’s not on display at the Arts Café this afternoon.

Finally, I need to remind you that Mr Schumm has asked all parents and carers to attend a brief meeting at 6.30pm on Monday, so we can share with you issues with a children’s WhatsApp group that have recently come to light. See ParentMail for more details.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Gane

Friday 6th March - Arts' Week

Friday 6th March

After an introductory assembly, where Mr Cookson introduced the whole school to this year’s artist and painting, Arts’ Week kicked off for Y6 Ayres with an African drumming session with Miss Rachel. Then, to squeeze in a little bit of English this week, the children read a brief biography of Gustav Klimt before writing comprehensions for their peers to answer.

Then it was down to the serious business of art and their first activity, which was to use the information gathered at the weekend about their families to create an illustrated family tree inspired by Klimt’s 1909 ‘The Tree of Life’ – our Arts’ Week chosen painting. After lunch the whole school squeezed in to the main hall to enjoy a theatre production of Treasure Island, Captain Flint, Jim Hawkins and all.

We all learned the new skill of paper quilling on Tuesday hugely helped by Casper’s mum, Roz – what an involved and intricate process, with satisfyingly spectacular results, which will be on display at the Arts’ Café after school next Friday – don’t miss it!

It was to the Library and Mrs Pereira on Wednesday morning for more spiral themed art which combined creative writing too, before back to the classroom-come-studio for the main event. Wednesday was Sculpture Day and the children quickly set to work using 30cm lengths of malleable modelling wire to create their very own Tree of Life. They dextrously twisted and threaded the first 40 wires into a trunk before adding more, of varying colour, to extend the branches and twigs. Creating embossed metallic leaves, they added these to the tree before finally embedding the wire ’roots’ in to a clay based.

Picking up on their robotics learning from last week, on Thursday the children began by learning how to programme using mBlocks to make their mBots actually move. In the classroom they perfected their skills in programming given ‘inputs’ for their required ‘outputs’ i.e. programming which keyboard actions control on, off, speed and direction – technical stuff. After lunch they began using their new found coding skills in the main hall. With marker pens strapped to the back of their mBots, the children used their programming to ‘draw’ – moving the mBots across paper on the floor, leaving trails of ink as they moved. The finale, and what they will all remember, was the mBot race across the hall, with 14 robots weaving their way to the finish line – for the record Calvin & Basliel won the Grand Prix, Ike & Aochen’s machine was runner-up with May & Daisy coming in bronze medal position.

‘The Tree of Life’ is in fact just the middle section of Klimt’s triptych work and on Friday morning the children’s focus moved to the third section of the painting known as ‘The Embrace’. Using their cuddling images and inspired again by Klimt’s image, the children completed their own ‘The Hug’ collage creation which they thoroughly enjoyed.

After break it was time for a History lesson with Mr Schumm who explained to the children all about perhaps Klimt’s most famous work, the 1907 “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” also known as “Woman in Gold”. The class learned that the painting was commissioned in 1903 by Bloch-Bauer’s wealthy industrialist husband and remained in the family’s possession until it was seized by the Nazis during World War II. After the war it was displayed in the Austrian State Gallery until one of Bloch-Bauer’s nieces, Maria Altmann, made a claim against Austria for its return. It’s a great story, which ties in very well with our activities during Arts’ Week, the children’s next Humanities topic as well as their recent wider learning about ‘Rights’. Many of the children were quite moved seeing the hard facts brought to light which led to a good discussion; a wonderfully moving end to another inspiring week.

Enjoy your weekend – England v Wales.

Mr Gane

Friday 28th February

Back with a bump, albeit a bit of a wet soggy bump, sadly, but that doesn’t put us off our stride here at St Stephen’s – oh no. We were as busy as ever this week with an Ash Wednesday service in church followed by a ‘Health & Wellbeing’ focus, Eastern European Cultures’ Night on Thursday and a visiting robotics maestro too. More of that to follow.

Pronouns, specifically relative pronouns, was the exciting start to English for the children this week, which by now, everyone in the class has a very good understanding of and will undoubtedly be able to identify and underline come May. There was a focus on the 5Ws also this week as the children began a new topic – ‘Journalistic Writing’ – by scrutinising a Coronavirus leader in a newspaper to identify the essential features as well as the major aspects of content. They learned that news articles should be mostly ‘objective’ before writing a very ‘subjective’ recount in character as a witness/participant to a zoo-break, based on a clip from the movie Madagascar, which they loved. Mr Schumm was back in on Thursday as the children moved on to chapter 6 of ‘Animal Farm’ with great insight and excitement.

A short sharp focus on Converting Units of Measure tested my Maths group this week and it will be interesting to see who still knows their gallons from their ounces when we eventually get around to assessing their learning after ‘Arts Week’. Mr Perry’s group were looking finding missing angles in triangles, quadrilaterals as well as on a straight line and around a point. Thrilling stuff indeed.

It’s more geography this half-term in Humanities as the children get their teeth in to the Natural Resources we have here in the UK. Meanwhile in Computing they got their hands on real life robots and using the laptops, learned how to programme using mBlocks software and how to link to the mBots themselves. In this first lesson, they transferred their knowledge of Scratch to help them create sequences on three LED lights, varying frequencies and RGB colour combinations. After learning how to make them move next week, there is a plan to use them to create art…

I gave the children a small activity booklet about Lent on Shrove Tuesday (when we discussed Mardi Gras) in preparation for the start of Lent: Ash Wednesday. Felix and Alicia both read beautifully at the church service which this year I believe was particularly reverential. We are practising ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ now in class. Wednesday also saw our half-termly focus on Health & Wellbeing, as Y6 explored children’s rights from the 18th century to the modern day. They learned about Captain Thomas Coram, who by royal charter, founded one of England’s oldest children’s charities and established the Foundling Hospital in 1739. He was a champion of children and young people’s rights and helped to place their voices at the centre of everything we do. We also explored ‘The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child’ and each child was given a copy to wave at you in times of need. I did, however, also explain to them that with ‘rights’, come ‘responsibilities….

Finally, sandwiched between our library session with Mrs Pereira, in Art this afternoon, the children have begun thinking about a new competition this time to design a postage stamp. In celebration of the 200 years since the discovery of the Antarctic continent, the British Antarctic Territory have invited children to design a stamp, which they will do here in class. However, I have asked them to find some inspiration which might be found here https://britishantarcticterritory.org.uk/design-a-stamp-competition-discovering-antarctica/

…and speaking of art, next week is ‘Arts Week’ which is always a huge celebration here. There are loads of wonderful activities planned and to ensure things move along smoothly, I have asked each child to bring in a photo (that we will photocopy) or a photocopy of themselves in an embrace / hug with a close friend or relative, which they will use in a piece of work. We will also be using the names of relatives; mums and dads, granddads and grannies, perhaps great grandparents too, aunts and uncles, cousins and even Godparents too in the creation of an illustrated family tree – the more names the merrier.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Gane

Friday 14th February

Happy St Valentine’s Day and happy half term too! Can you believe that this marks the halfway point of the school year, which means… just three more half terms for your babies at St Stephen’s…. gulp!

After some frantic writing then typing then uploading, I can confirm that each and every child in the class has entered this year’s BBC 500 Words competition – with a certificate to prove it too. They have worked very hard in English this week; managing also to squeeze in two grammar lesson on the ‘expanded noun phrase’ and on regularly confused homophones – there, their and they’re.

Mr Perry’s Maths group have toiled on perimeter and area amongst other things, while my group finished off their topic on algebra with a short quiz, in which they all did very well indeed. We also managed to squeeze in an end of half term Maths Quiz, which is always fun… well I think so.

Two Humanities lessons and a quiz polished off our geography work on the UK and a final Science lesson and a quiz saw off our topic on Light – you see where I’m coming from.

Today was DT Day, which saw the children designing and building bridges, and not just any bridges…. suspension bridges no less. It was a complex and fiddly task which after a session in the morning spent designing, left the whole afternoon for construction. Results were amazing and I must say that there certainly are a good number of budding engineers in Y6 Ayres.

So, with Storm Denis having put the kibosh on my first ever trip to Liverpool this weekend, I will have time to reconstruct a new garden fence following Storm Ciara last weekend – weather permitting!

Do enjoy your half-term.

Mr Gane

Friday 7th February

What a wonderful thing technology is when the children can learn and be inspired by the likes of Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Charlie Higson and Francesca Simon, which they were on Monday morning as they watched the BBC 500 Words Live Lesson. This kicked off our week’s English lessons as the children picked up some great story writing advice and top tips from these hugely popular authors and BBC 500 Words Judges, before they brainstormed their own fantastic story ideas. After planning and drafting their stories, the children then began the (long) process of editing and up-levelling their stories while typing them up. I will ensure that each one is submitted to the completion, then it will be fingers crossed to see if anyone has made it through to the final and presentations in June. Good luck too to Mrs Pereira, who this year is a judge!

Continuing the technology theme, Friday was Coding Day here at St Stephen’s and Y6 Ayres took part in the ‘Hour of Code’ activities as well as learning about algorithms in an ‘unplugged’ lesson; thank you to Mr Faith and Miss Billington for organising everything. The pupils in my Maths group might have liked a bit of technological assistance this week as they learned about function machines, expressions, equations and formulae in the algebra topic – high level thinking all round.

I was reminded during Humanities on Monday of the quite quaint movie, “The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain”, which is the story of an English cartographer informing the residents of a Welsh village that their local “mountain” was only a “hill” because it was a few feet short of the required height. It came to mind as the children learned about various mountain ranges in the UK as they used first atlases then iPads to investigate the ‘elevation’ of the highest peaks in the kingdom. After gathering their data they presented in in the form of bar charts in true cross curricular style, which leads me nicely to Science.

Casting shade – in the most literal sense (not to be confused with the ‘urban dictionary’ definition) – was the order of the day in Science this week as the children investigated shadows. They devised an investigation to measure how the length of a shadow varied depending on its distance from a light source; lots of torches, glue sticks and scrabbling on the floor. Keeping it a ‘fair test’ was key, so they ensured that there was only one ‘variable’ and gathered some impressively consistent results. I do like science.

Rugby, on the other hand, has its good days and bad, so with last weekend’s dismal result firmly behind us, let’s see how we deal with the mighty Scots this weekend. (Of course I’ll be wearing my Irish shirt when it comes to the other match of the weekend).

One week to go!

Mr Gane

Friday 31st January - St John Bosco

I’m sure the children will be delighted that this week is over as we have been focused very much on the SATs tests, doing a mock run through of all six papers. Actually, on the whole, the children are quite ‘up’ for it and in general tend even to enjoy the challenge of beating their PBs; seeing the fruits of all of their hard work in hard statistical terms. I can’t praise them enough for all of their wonderful efforts and keep reminding them of the lush green pastures of the post SATs era that comes after mid-May.

Science, Humanities, Spanish, Music, PE, Gymnastics and ‘Animal Farm’ with Mr Schumm all continued unencumbered by the on-going assessments and on Friday the children were treated to an additional one-off Drama session, thanks to Miss Kelly’s Y3 being out on a trip! The Choir, including Basliel, Biba, Maggie and Masha, missed this end of the week treat as they were performing at St Paul’s Cathedral accompanied by Miss Rachel, Mr Schumm and Mr Perry.

Finally, I must say a big well done to May, Y6 Ayres’ sole representative in the school team whose masterful display of footballing prowess on Thursday saw them battle to reach the finals and a chance to represent Hammersmith & Fulham at the London Youth Games. They went through all of their matches in heats with clean sheets, which includes a dramatic penalty shootout. Fingers crossed for the finals.

The Six Nations is back – have a great weekend; I will.

Mr Gane

Friday 24th January

With Booster Classes for most children after school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, it was an even fuller week than normal for Y6 Ayres. These classes are designed to assist individual pupils fulfil their potential in the SATs tests in May, helping them to make it over the ‘working above expectation’ or exceeding mark that the government sets for them. The lessons are very focused on the types of SATs questions that the children already know and ‘love’, and designed literally to boost their confidence so as they are as relaxed and familiar with the tests when they come.

Maths for my group this week saw the children rattle through work on percentages, not only finding percentages of amounts, but also working backwards to find original amounts from a given percentage. For the children in Mr Perry’s class who have already covered this, their focus was on Measure; looking at units of measure and conversion to and from metres to kilometres for example, as well as reading measures from scales.

A modern retelling of the Perseus myth was our starting point in English this week, as the children completed a comprehension on Perce, Danni and King P. Demonstrating further their understanding of the story in its mixed ’traditional’, ‘fantastical’ and ‘realistic’ genres, the children first planned then wrote their own ending to the story in a genre of their choice, which they greatly enjoyed. They are always urged to show off their English writing skills in all of their creative writing, with this week’s focus being on the inclusion of colons and semi-colons, taken from Monday’s lesson on grammar.

The children learned more about light in Science this week specifically that the light they see travels in a straight lines. They discussed how light can be reflected using mirrors and, after a bit of theory on the law for reflection (the angle of incidence equals the angle of reflection) they had lots of fun in a darkened classroom shining torches on to mirrors, testing their predictions. Learning in Humanities focused on county lines (maybe I should say borders) with the children investigating just where County Durham, Surrey and Lincolnshire are in the UK, amongst others. BTW they could all pinpoint Devon and Cornwall for some reason.

RE on Thursday saw the whole of Y6 gather in our church as we continue our learning about the Liturgy of the Church of England. Mr Perry had arranged for Rev Denis, joined by Phil Hoyle (a Pioneer Vicar) and Ruben Hunter (A Free Church Minister) to talk about how the liturgy is interpreted in their services. Using questions prepared in our last RE lesson, the children then bombarded them with a barrage of very well considered questions; recording their responses. It was a super opportunity to get answers to those tricky questions that you have always wanted to ask. Sadly Biba, Basliel, Maggie and Masha missed this as they were rehearsing at St Paul’s Cathedral as part of a special School Choir event that will take place next Friday.

So to Friday, and with the Word Learning (spelling) test, library book day as well as Mr Schumm’s English lesson, there is a lot to remember and to get through. There’s often a sports match of some sort too, and today was no different with Ike, Jackson, Malachi and Ryan, as the backbone of the School Football Team, vying to win selection to represent QPR in the EFL Cup. ….Breaking News… THEY DID IT, beating 20 or so local wannabes, and will represent QPR in the regional finals in Bristol – the last stop before Wembley!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have a super last weekend of January.

Mr Gane

Friday 17th January

The children kicked off the week with their very last ‘trip’ on the LifeBus, a wonderful opportunity for honing their life skills run by Coram Life Education. In preparation for life after the safety here at St Stephen’s the children discussed good decision making in a few hypothetical scenarios that they may be faced with at secondary school. Dare I say that children with older siblings seemed the most savvy.

The Indoor Athletics Team, which included May, Ike, Malachi, Ryan & Shaniya, took part in the Hammersmith & Fulham Sportshall Tournament on Tuesday morning tournament, playing against 18 other local primaries. Pushed hard by St John’s in Fulham, they squeaked through by just 4 points, and now go on to represent the borough at the London Youth Games. Well done indeed.

It’s been a big week in Science too with Mrs McGregor back in residence. Your children spent either a morning or afternoon exploring the research opportunities of space – the final frontier. See the website – in due course – for more details, but in the meantime, for the real keen beans, take a look at this amazing competition that you might want to try.

Meanwhile, back in the classroom, those that were here and not out at high school interviews, managed in English to plan, write and edit to up-level their very own sea monster poem based on Stevenson’s ‘The Kraken’, before ending the week this morning with a comprehension based on the 3,182 line, devilishly hard to understand, Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf – they didn’t read it all!

The children working with me in Maths completed their focused work on decimals with all bar a handful of them scoring 95% or 100% in the end of unit assessment, which is truly amazing. Mr Perry’s group continue their work on fractions and percentages of amounts as they continue to hone their SATs busting skills.

We began a new geography unit in Humanities, which will focus on both the physical and political geography of the UK, while in Science we took a closer look at the eye – a cross-section in fact. Then on Thursday, the moment they had all been waiting for, Mr Schumm was back (chalk in hand) explaining the intricacies of George Orwell’s allegorical master piece, ‘Animal Farm’, which he will continue for a few weeks up to Easter.

So that’s it for another busy week at St Stephen’s, I do hope you have a peaceful weekend and, in case you missed my ramblings on social media, it’s repeated below.

Kind regards,

Mr Gane

 

Social Media in the News Today

As the children in Y6 turn 11 and right after Christmas, it might not be unusual for them to be the proud new owners of shiny, very inviting smartphones, personally, though admittedly it was a few years ago now, I managed to hold off opening this particular Pandora’s Box for my three children until the September of their respect Y7s – each to their own.

However, it appears that many of your children are already taking their first tentative steps into this mine strewn world, so with the help of SaferInternet I thought I would share a few snippets of information, beginning with the age limits set for users by various social media platforms. It wasn’t until I checked the SaferInternet website that I realised that WhatsApp announced a change to their terms and conditions for users based in Europe last April and that users of its app now need to be over 16…

Nearly all other social media services require users to be at least 13 years of age to access and use their services. This includes Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Tik Toc (Musical.ly) and Skype. Whilst there is no age restriction for watching videos on YouTube, users need to be 13 or older to have their own YouTube account (enabling them to subscribe to other channels, like videos, post comments, share their own content and flag inappropriate content).

Set Ground Rules Early

Forgive me if I’m being too preachy, but I really do think it is worth saying that as a parent, I cannot recommend strongly enough the benefit of setting the strict ground rules for use of web devices now, before it’s too late.

At the age of 10/11, you can, and should, rightly be in full control of your children’s access to the internet. Not allowing, phones/iPads etc in bedrooms is the ideal, but children of this age should certainly not be taking them to bed to be woken by incoming WhatsApp messages at 3am! Believe me, setting an early precedent for devices to be left outside the bedroom at bedtime, will reap huge dividends during teenage years. Also at this age, you should control your child’s password, checking on what they are doing and who they are interacting with.

Finally, I have spoken briefly to my class on this subject and suggest that, if you haven’t already, you sit down and talk with your child about their phone usage, before you lose the upper-hand. Do have a good look at the SaferInternet website first, there is loads of great information and advice.

Friday 10th January

It was only four days, but felt like five, as we got off to another flying start here. With Alastair on the Kick London annual retreat, I was in the playground (along with Mrs Walsh) to take Tuesday’s PE session, which was a joy; I remember now how much I miss taking PE. With lots of children coming and going all week for 11+ tests, we had just enough for two netball squads and played a rolling game for the best part of an hour in the very light drizzle, which the children enjoyed, after their first Music lesson of the year and Spanish too.

Paul and Fiona were keen to meet up with the class for Gymnastics on Wednesday morning before we really got stuck into Maths, English and Science – our new topic being ‘Seeing the Light’. This should not be confused with Thursdays RE lesson, the first in our focus this half term on the Liturgy of the Church of England. The children tested their knowledge of the various objects used at a typical Sunday service, then examined a couple of ‘Order of Services’ before we discussed as a class the key elements of Sunday Mass, which was most enlightening.

Starting our new English Poetry unit, the children analysed Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s classic, The Kraken (1830) – with the help of a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ clip – familiarising themselves with some of the more obscure vocabulary used. The following day, using their creative writing techniques, they went to town describing the creature in grisly detail, which of course they loved; lots of slime. On Friday they went through a comprehension paper…. They’ll be lots more of that this term!

My Maths group (what there has been of them this week) has worked on Decimals to three places, looking at all four maths operations – see Mathletics for more of the same. Mr Perry’s class have been finding fractions of amounts and well as the inverse; finding the initial whole amount from a given fractional amount i.e. If ½ is 5, what is one whole.

Thanks to all who made it along yesterday evening, I hope the details about the post-SATs trip to Whitby was interesting and the SATs briefing, informative. As discussed, details about your child’s SATs Booster classes will be with you shortly – English on Tuesdays and Maths on Wednesdays (3.30-4.30pm).

That’s it from me for week one, have a great weekend.

Mr Gane

Friday 20th December

It’s always a funny old week at school, the last before Christmas and this year is no exception.

In class the children have been doing lots of ‘finishing off’, which has included their learning about the advertising of Christmas in RE as well as work on circuits in Science. Then there was the inevitable comprehensions in English and a few friendly Maths tests followed by Mr Gane’s End of Term Maths Quiz, so with all the regulars running right up to the wire too, the children enjoyed Computing, Drama, Gym, Spanish and PE as well this week.

It was Music, however, that dominated; with the children enjoying two practice sessions with Miss Rachel, a rehearsal for Miss Bell and then a whole run-through of the ‘Carols by Candlelight’ service in the church on Thursday morning and again in the afternoon. So, with so much hard work put in by the children it was wonderful to see so many of you at the church last night – weren’t your children wonderful! Undoubtedly the best in my view…. but it’s not a competition. What better way to start the Christmas break.

God bless and best wishes for a restful Christmas and a peaceful 2020.

Mr Gane

 

The Daunt Books Children’s Short Story Competition.

Further to Mrs Pereira’s email on the matter I would strongly recommend that all children have a shot at this. The children can let their imaginations flow as there are no restrictions on genre, the only proviso is that the story must be all your child’s own work and must be between 300 and 1500 words.

How do I submit?

You should email your story as an attachment to l.pereira@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk by Friday 20th February. Please put your child’s name, age and class as the email title and on the story attached.

E.g.: Mr Gane – class Y6 Ayres (Age 34) Please also make sure that the stories are typed, double-spaced and single sided. A copy of the children’s stories will be kept in a special folder in the Library for all to read and results will be announced in April 2020 and winning stories will be published in during summer term.

Good luck.

Friday 6th December

Roald Dahl’s Matilda proved to be the ideal inspiration this week as the children planned, wrote and edited a persuasive letter to the Education Secretary in an effort to oust the demon Miss Trunchbull as headteacher at Crunchem Hall. They are getting to be a dab hand now at reeling off letters packed full of very persuasive arguments and counter-arguments delivered with just the right intensity of emotion. Super skills that I can see being put into action for real sooner rather than later.

My Maths group came to the end of their fractions focus with a look at dividing using Bar Models as well as KFC, and finding fractions of amounts – they celebrated with not just one, but two end of unit tests. Oh, and they’ll be some for homework too. Mr Perry’s group meanwhile have been looking at calculating fractions for all four operations; then learning how to simplify answers and how to convert improper fractions in to mixed numbers. It has been a challenging topic for a number of children in the class but Mr Perry reports that they have all worked really hard to get to grips with all the different methods they need to remember.   

The run up to Christmas is always a busy time for the School Choir (including Florrie, Masha, Maggie, Basliel, Biba, Felix) which began its seasonal recitals at a well-known local mall, entering the annual Westfield Christmas Carol Competition on Wednesday afternoon. With some angelic solos and tender choral carols, they had a great time performing bringing joy to all around as well as a runners-up cheque as a gift for Mr Schumm! Well done Miss Rachel.

A dark Thursday afternoon was the ideal time for the children to continue their investigation into simple circuits. Itching to get their hands on the assorted wires, batteries and lightbulbs, the children first learned how the power in batteries in measured in volts and that by adding more batteries to a circuit, the voltage is increased. They also learned that components such as bulbs are designed to work on certain voltages and will ‘blow’ if supplied with too much power! Armed with this new knowledge, the children carried out a number of investigations recording the circuits they made each time by drawing circuit diagrams in their books.

In Computing, the children are getting to grips now with ‘SketchUp’ the 3D design software as they learned about specific features that allowed them to create a house and add a chimney. Next week they will build a new, more refined house as they develop their knowledge and understanding of the tool  

I’ll end with ’The Greek Project’ which was truly overwhelming – the sheer amount of effort that everyone has put into them, the authenticity and individuality of each and every one, has blown away all who have visited our classroom gallery today. I recognise that it has been a long journey and one that I appreciate not everyone will have enjoyed. However I hope that you have all gained something from the experience. There is so much to appreciate and as I look around the room I can see a couple of Pandora’s Boxes, a selection of Greek armour, weapons and a shield, a Parthenon or two, an Acropolis, Monasteries of Meteora, a Mount Olympus mosaic, Medusa, a centaur, Icarus’ wings, lots of authentic looking pottery, a Golden Fleece and some beautiful Greek clothing! And this was just my own class! There were equally amazing examples in Mr Perry’s class and prizes will be awarded over the next week or so – although I know that the judges are finding it very difficult to pick the winners. The inter-year group popular vote went to Ryan and Daisy – two standout creations among their peers, well done. Congratulations to all the children and probably to some of you parents too!

Enjoy your project-free weekend.

Kind Regards,

Mr Gane

Homework

Homework:

No weekend homework is set.

See the blog (left) for details on the directed work for Home Learning while the school is closed.