Stevenson

Year 6

Welcome to Year 6 Stevenson. Our teacher is Mr Perry and our TA is Mrs Walsh.

Class Updates

Mr Perry has moved!

Hi all,

 

As you should all be aware by now , learning has moved to google classroom. If you have not signed up yet or are completely unaware of this , your parents have been sent a number of mails giving you your passwords (which is the same as your My USO password with @ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk after it).

There is more interaction with me and you can hear about what your classmates are getting up to.

So I will see you over there !

Tuesday 5th May - Mr Perry Is Joining The Digital Revolution

Tuesday 5th May

 

Well hello there,

 

Here is a message to say hi.

Today is ‘G day’ minus one! We are almost there!

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. Well done for all those who have logged on. I have so far; Alf, Wilf. Naomi, Jess, Ronel, Teddy, Isa, Poppy, Jasmine and Charlie.  I hope to hear from the rest of you today.

 

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 it gives me an opportunity to mark the work submitted and for us to have class discussions on it. 

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: aperry@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

 

Prayer for the Day

 

1 Peter 3 vs 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 this may have been directed to your disciples suffering persecution, we can also suffer in ways that may seem trivial to us,  but are not and 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.

 

 

 

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 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

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: a.perry@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

 

TODAY’S TASKS

 

ENGLISH

Okay how are you doing? As you are not writing a book there should be a few things established 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 battle
  • Interaction with a companion or friend
  • A magical/powerful/talismatic object (at least referenced) such as a jewel. Sword, tree/plant, ring, crown etc . In my story it is the ‘Bow of Ithaca’ Aryac has not quite reached it 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 (mountain, volcano, giant tree, fortress etc)?  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 – The confrontation – In my 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 have a brief discussion? Is the villain human or a monster/ guardian of the object? Bring their character or- if a monster- features to life. Eg power, strength etc

 

Section 3 The Battle – 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 – Battles end – How will they win? Is it done mentally? With words or deeds? Can you bring in emotion? Fear, sacrifice (like Flint in my tale) What gives him/her that final burst of strength?

 

Now go back through your work? Are you satisfied? Have a break from it and we will come back to editing 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.

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SPANISH

his 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 Perry

Monday 4th May - The Digital Frontier

Monday 4th May

 

Good Morning,

 

Here is a little video to say hi.

 

https://youtu.be/CNPMbDUMKY4

 

I hope you had a great weekend, we have had a few blips with weather but I feel we can hardly complain. I had a lovely walk on Saturday and really took the time to appreciate the blessings of this world we have. The butterflies are out,  as are the flowers, the air seems a bit cleaner and the squirrels are blissfully unaware of the virus or all that it brings in our lives. Let us take this time to be thankful for all that we have.

 

However this week we are going to change our home learning system and go even more digital,  as on Wednesday there will be no blog here as usual, but instead you will be asked to log in to Google Classrooms, 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 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 vs 6

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

 

Dear Lord ,

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

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. Let me know what books you are reading and what you think of them. Have a look at this recommended Y6 Reading List

 

 

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 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

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? 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. 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.

Are you using ‘show not tell’ . Eg if the character is tired how are you showing that through body language rather than just using words like ‘tired’ or ‘exhausted’. Eg what is happening to the legs or the arms, how is their heart, what about other ways do being tired affect the body?

 

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, you might think you know this, but I can guarantee that even the best mathematicians will make mistakes if you are not methodical and don’t 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?

 

HUMANITIES

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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

 

 

Here are some of the main leaders.

Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, Benito Mussolini and Emperor Hirohito. There are other options in the PDF including Neville Chamberlin and Charles de Gaul

 

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. aperry23@stsephensce.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.

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

 

 

Mr Perry

Friday 1st May

Friday 1st May  

 

Morning all.

 

First of all a big big Happy Birthday to Esme and (of course Biba). Have a wonderful day and I am sure your mum will make it special. Drop her a line of you can. On that note if you have a birthday while we are away. Please drop me a line.

 

It is Friday! I hope you have caught the ‘Stars of the Week’ assembly. It is great that Mr Schumm always does his best to keep St Stephens’s life going. What a head teacher we have. Be sure to tune in to find out who won. It will be on the website as a video. Does not mean I have not been impressed with many children and their input but the two I have chosen were worthy winners.

More and more Year books coming in so keep them coming. Mrs Walsh gave a little feedback and suggests more personal reflections and humour. Hopefully we can add to them before July. Remember the journals will be filling a whole word-processed page and we do require them in the four paragraphs we suggested. A couple have come in just a paragraph or two.

 

I hope we can all catch up again soon and I do plan to do another video as I promised at some point.

 

Let’s get cracking then , but more importantly let us put our day over to God.

 

 

Prayer for the Day

 

Matthew 6 vs 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

I am loving my book at the moment, so keep reading.

 

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!’

 

So have you found any different work outs? What do you do for exercise? Morning is the best time for it , but I have bumped into students past and present on my walks in the afternoon. It seems Wormwood Scrubs is quite the place for exercise at the moment.

 

JOURNAL

 

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

 

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

Part two – The Journey

 

Here is part two of Aryac’s journey. Part Two of Mr Perry’s Quest story.  What similarities do you notice about the quest books/films you have come into contact with? Some joke the LOTR films are like tourism adverts from NZ because of all the mountains, rivers, forests and fields the characters walk in. 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 but who do they meet on the way? Aryac started with the ‘mystery man’ but also began to meet animals – his particular talent. This is a great chance to have brief but effective dialogue. Remember the rules? New speaker = New line.

 

Section 3

A challenge – All characters in these stories face challenges before the final climax, 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?

 

As this section ends you should be approaching final destination – be it mountain  top, cave, ruins or castle.  Do not be tempted to start the climatic battle here. Remember in many stories it is a big momemt that they reach the destination of the story , such as Frodo seeing Mount Doom in LOTR or  Bilbo seeing the Lonely Mountain in the Hobbit– let alone what happens after.

 

 

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

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.

 

 

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

 

 

Art

How did you do with last week’s work?  I hope it brought you light relief and was fun. Why don’t you try one of the other challenges that we were set. Here is the list again.

 

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.

 

Keep sending me those updates on year books, art and prayers. Remember my email address is a.perry@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk .

 

 

 

Kind Regards

Mr Perry

Thursday 30th April - Life, Films and Great Books

Thursday 30th April

 

Morning all.

 

I am getting more Year books sent in which is great and I am sorry Wilf I left you off the first list! Keep them coming and hopefully I will get more as the day progresses.

 

Remember it must be in four clear sections and please make it as personal and as interesting as you can. Hopefully we can add more to them as later in the ‘term’. Well while I started writing reports yesterday I had Lord of the Rings on in the background. I forgot how much I liked that film. Do you have family film times? What have you watched lately? As I may have said I also watch a film once a week ‘with’ my friends.

 

We all get treats in and watch in our own front rooms and chat throughout the film on text. Great fun! Maybe you could call some St Stephens friends and do the same thing? Get your popcorn in and each of you sit on your own sofas and watch the same film at the same time.

 

Prayer for the Day

 

Romans 15 vs 13

“ May God , the source of hope fill all you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow 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

Why don’t you read a section of your book and get someone in your house to ask you questions from the pages you have just read.

 

So remember 30 mins AT LEAST a couple of times a day. I love reading and am enjoying the extra time to do it. I hope you are as well.

 

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

 

From the last two days  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

 

Keep working on it. I got an email from someone yesterday who has changed their mind about their model. That is your right! The project comes from you! We give you guidelines but this is your baby so to speak and judging by the Greek projects in the autumn you know exactly what you are doing! So keep re-evaluating and if necessary make the changes you think are necessary.

 

TODAY’S TASKS

 

ENGLISH

So how did you get on yesterday? I wrote this story last year and 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. 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 (or open the document on the computer if you have word processed it make the changes you think is necessary. You have grown so much better at upskilling as the year progressed in school so 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.

 

 

Keep sending me those updates on year books, art and prayers. Remember my email address is a.perry@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk .

 

 

 

Kind Regards

Mr Perry

Wednesday 29th April - The Wonderful Captain Tom

Morning all.

 

Getting more and more year books sent, so thank you. At writing this I have 12 ; Ronel, Jessica, Nathan , Tommy, Esme, Alex , Alf, Coco, Isabelle, Raffy, Teddy and Naomi. How are you getting on? Does this lockdown seem ‘normal’ yet? It has now been almost as long as what we get for summer holidays – without the benefits I grant you!

Well I am taking encouragement from the Government updates that we will all get back at some point. A rumour is that it may be Year 6 first! Anyway I keep hoping and praying so on that note…

 

Prayer for the Day

 

Job 5 vs 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

How is your book reading going? Have you managed to start either one from the WW2 list from Mr Gane or the ‘fantasy ‘ list from me? I decided yesterday as it was raining so hard to start reading the Lord of the Rings again and I also started watching the films (who are old friends). I particularly like the extended versions ! That is over 11 hours of viewing sorted.

So remember 30 mins a couple of times a day. Let me know what you are reading.

 

Keep at it guys!

 

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

Remember to keep at it! Does not have to be long , but really important for you to keep getting those experiences and feelings down. Here again is the list of top tips.

 

 

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

I am starting to get some feedback daily from you in how you are getting on. Have seen some 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.

If by some reason we do not get back this term (and judging by the government reports I think we will at some point) . We will regardless make a display of all your work. Then when you visit as Year 7 students in the autumn term you can see you work on display.

Elements to include in written work.

  • An eye catching front and back page
  • Collated as a book in strong and resilient way (not just downloaded in a plastic cover).
  • An introduction and conclusion written in a personal way –with your personal reflections
  • Elements of a non-fiction book including 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 yesterday for inspiration. The films are child friendly too and may be films you could watch as a family to help you get some 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

Remember you are not writing a novel so you do need to get going so to speak.

Section 1

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

 

Section 2

They should have an interaction to set them on a journey – Maybe a link to special element of ‘quest stories’. Such as a lost sword, jewel, crown , ring etc with magical properties. The villain maybe referenced here at some point

 

 

Section 3

Feelings about being ‘chosen’. Doubts, fears and maybe an element of disbelief. 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.

 

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.

 

 

Remember to look at yesterday’s activities set by Mrs Peraira and Miss Rachel for Spanish and music.

 

Keep sending me those updates on year books, art and prayers. Remember my email address is a.perry@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk .

 

 

 

Kind Regards

Mr Perry

Tuesday 28th April - The Lion , The Hobbit and the Looking Glass

Tuesday  28th April

 

Morning all.

 

Thank you to all those who have been sending in various bits n pieces. At writing this (on Tuesday) I have received year book entries from Alf, Alex , Teddy, Jessica , Tommy , Isabelle, and those I saw yesterday, more emails are pinging away as I type ! Keep at it and I have been impressed with the other bits and pieces as well. I hope you all enjoyed looking at Ottilie’s painting.  Keep at it.

 

 

Prayer for the Day

 

 

Romans 12 vs 12

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

 

Dear 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

Do you have a favourite spot to read? Somewhere away from the madness of your siblings or the drone of the TV. I usually lay on my bed to read when at home. You all know where I love reading when not at home! As we say every day , you can never get enough of reading. In one day in the ‘Easter break’ I read a cracking book in just two days. Have you read any of the recommendations on the  blog from yesterday ? If so what were your favourites?

Keep at it guys!

 

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

Did you get a copy if Anne Frank? One of the most famous diarists in history. As I said yesterday , she was also cooped up and she was in fear of her life. Although this virus is very dangerous, she lived in constant fear of being shipped off by the Nazis, so must have been far tougher for her mentally.

I bumped into Raffy and his family when walking yesterday and his Dad also talked about the importance of a journal and had actually suggested to Raffy a week before we had set it, because it would be something amazing for Raffy to show to his grandchildren.  I know writing journals can be tough so here are some top tips from Mr Gane.

 

 

 

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

Like yesterday, have a look at some of these books to help you. As I have said to you – some of the best writing I have seen is based on historical events. What have you included in your project? Who would you have included in your ‘acknowledgments’ of resources used? Have you included any pieces writing on behalf of someone who went through the war? An evacuee, a child living in the blitz or a soldier on campaign?

 

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

 

We are starting a new piece of writing today – writing a fantasy story. This will be set over the next week and a half. We were going to do this at school, but of course the virus has changed that .

 

Over the next week or so we will have one day writing the section, with the next day devoted to editing and checking the spellings. To using all the skills you have learned at school such as ; up skilling vocabulary, checking sentence structure, adapting sentence starters and using high level conjunctions.

There will be an exemplar (example) of each of the four sections of the story – Setting, build up, battle and resolution.

The first part will be put up tomorrow, but for today I would like you to think about the following books for your 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 character profile for your character. You can illustrate the character, label it and make notes about them.

 

  • Where do they live? Usually they start simple in a village, woods, a servant or apprentice to a trade such as a blacksmith or farmer.

 

  • What race are they? Quest stories have all sorts of races in their world – goblins, elves, dwarves, centaurs, trolls and of course humans.

 

  • Do they have any 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.

 

 

My maths group have been set tasks on factors and multiples on matheletics. Do you remember what they are?

 

 

BONUS 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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Art From Friday

 

Keep the art coming in. Great to see Starry Night from Ottilie, the family tree from Coco and Alex’s car yesterday . My email

Is  a.perry@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kind Regards

Mr Perry

Monday 27th April

Monday 27th April

 

Morning all.

 

Hope you all had a good weekend and are back in the saddle and ready for another week of Home Learning. Thank you to Esme, Raffy, Jackson and Coco for your year book entries. I really need you to send me your entries so we can start to edit and upload them. We are WAY behind Mr Gane’s class who have sent in lots already so come on Stevenson let us see what you have! I have emailed most of you yesterday.

 

Keep those prayers coming in as well and – as mentioned later in blog – please let me know how you a have done with your art as well. I have added below a lovely picture by Ottilie and it would be lovely to get some of yours as well.

 

Prayer for the Day

 

Isaiah 43 vs 2 

“ When you pass through the deep waters , I will be with you ; your troubles will not overwhelm you. When  pass through the 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 we hear again and again . Helping us to relate to real life dangers and how 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.

 

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

Today’s task on Busy.

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 to 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.

 

 

 

 

Art From Friday

 

Please let me know what art you have done. Maybe you could send me an example. Please keep staying in touch. I would love to hear from you. Remember my email address is a.perry@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

 

Here is Ottilies ‘Starry Night ‘ ….better than Van Goughs!

Kind Regards

Mr Perry

Friday - The Day After Zoom

Friday 24th April

 

Hello all,

 

Was wonderful seeing you all yesterday? Made me realise how much I miss you all …well most of you! Just kidding, seriously though these forced separations make us realise what we miss when we are forced to with situations out of our control. I was glad though that Mr Schumm had a mute button. Was just imagining what it could have been like without one.

 

How are your prayers coming on? Do  not forget to send them in.

 

Prayer for the Day

 

Proverbs 3 vs 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

 

EVERYDAY TASKS

 

READING

Are you keeping to at least 30 mins a day and twice a day? Do you have a book you would recommend? I got a lovely email from Wilf yesterday and he could not recommend the following book enough. It is ‘The Lion’s Paw’ by Robb White about a boy who goes searching for his missing father who disappears after a boat trip. What about you?

 

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

How could you adapt your journal? What 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

 

Did you start a timeline? How have you created it? Are you adding to it as you go? What do you think were some of the key events of the World War? What battles were integral to the war? Have a look up and write a top ten of most influential and devastating battles of the war. In Britain’s case  I would say the ‘Battle of Britain’ and ‘Battle of Dunkirk’ were certainly very important to our 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 a.perry@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.

 

 

 

 

Have a great day.

 

Kind Regards

Mr Perry

Thursday 23rd April - Reading and Coffee!

Thursday 23rd April

 

Hello all,

 

Thank you to all those late registers’ yesterday I think I have heard from most of you now so thank you and glad to hear you are all safe and sound. I hope you are keeping up with all Mr Schumm’s school updates as well as reading these blogs.  When we hear from the government about any possible dates for opening you will be the first to know.

What do you think of this amazing weather? I mean we have eight months of cold and rain and as soon as we can’t properly enjoy the weather in terms of big BBQs, beaches and ice cream shops the sun comes out! Still we must be grateful as it is necessary to stay in and make the most of our walks and (if we have them) gardens.

 

How are your prayers coming on? Do  not forget to send them in.

 

Prayer for the Day

 

1 Thessalonians 5 vs 5

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

 

Dear Lord ,

Thank you that you are our light in this darkness. We do not belong in the dark , but the light.  This virus may seem unbeatable 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 ​

 

EVERYDAY TASKS

 

READING

Are you keeping to at least 30 mins a day and twice a day? So where is your favourite reading spots? Normally as I am sure you can appreciate for me it is at a café , preferably in a European country like Italy, Spain or France – or when in UK- at a lovely park coffee shop! Still I do like just sitting on my sofa with a film soundtrack playing in the background and a coffee at my side just chilling out with my history book.

 

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

Look back at when you have started. How have your feelings changed? How has your view on the lockdown and the virus in general changed? Maybe you could make reference to that in your journal today?

 

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

 

Have another look at your design. Do you know how big the object was in real life? What were the dimensions of a barrage balloon, spitfire or tank. Some of you may know about scale drawing in maths. Can you use a scale to create you model? Add the calculations to your design if it is that kind of model.

 

 

TODAY’S TASKS

 

ENGLISH

Now the fourth section. I do not know which order you have put them in, but I hope you have put in some examples of memories. Whether it is about a friend, achieving a goal, an ambition or your highlight. How can you put across this memory showing humour and passion?

 

  • 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

 

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.

 

In my group we are moving back to multiplying and dividing strategies and there are tasks on Mathletics on how to do this mentally (in your head). Do not forget to look at the guide section that tells you how to complete the task.

 

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!

 

Have a great day.

 

Kind Regards

Mr Perry

Wednesday 22nd April - Your Parents and You!

Wednesday 22nd April

 

Hello all,

 

Was lovely to hear from so many of you over the last few days and equally to speak to some of your parents yesterday as well. Has been wonderful as well hearing just some of what you have been getting up to and the skills you are doing from baking to skateboarding to learning Latin! Also am looking forward to seeing all the various tanks, planes etc you are creating as part of your World War Two project.

 

I hope you have begun your prayers for RE. As I said yesterday I hope to compile them and send them out to give a sense of hope, faith and peace. Speaking of prayers…

 

Prayer for the Day

 

Joel 1 vs 3

“ Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children , and their children to 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

 

EVERYDAY TASKS

 

READING

So what are you reading and do you have any recommendations? What could you say stands out about your book? I am reading a cracking novel about the rise of an Roman emperor called Vespasian. Did you know he was the one that had the  Colisseum built?

 

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

Someone said to me yesterday how their daughter was struggling with their journal as they were writing everyday how bored they were. I do understand this guys I really do but as we have said before I would really get to the heart of how you are feeling with each development. Who has been helping? Who is being driven mad by their family? Do you pay attention to the news and each new announcement?

 

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

One boy said yesterday that he (and a number of friends) were not sure that they ‘had’ to do a model. I would say think to the Greek project. It is a very similar format and regardless of when we all come I am intending to create a display of your wonderful work. So if you have not started the model yet perhaps you could design it first. How does it fit into your project? What corresponding work will you link it with?

 

TODAY’S TASKS

 

ENGLISH

You should now be moving on to the third section of the year book entry. I must emphasise again you must put across your character and every child must do an entry as getting a ‘Leavers Year Book’ is an essential element to moving on from St Stephens.

 

  • 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

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:

 

* 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

 

We would be beginning to look at Evolution in this term. I would like you to get a picture of just you then one of your mum and dad together -as recent as possible if you can. Stick them onto a piece of paper and under them make notes and comments as to how you are alike- physically at first. What do you get from your mum and what from your Dad?

Then write a short description about your personalities and character traits. Who do you resemble in that regard? Eg I look a bit like my mum, but have very similar personality traits as my dad.

 

I love chess so I thought I would leave this one up for you .

 

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!

 

 

Kind Regards

Mr Perry

 

Tuesday 21st April. The Road to Amari...St Stephens

Tuesday 21st April

 

¡Buenos días!

 

Thanks to all who ‘registered’ yesterday, at typing this I have heard from (or parents of ) Alex, Teddy, Alfie, Isabelle, Soraya, Poppy, Cos, Isa, Ronel, Wilf, Jessica,  Nathan, Sadmaan, Naomi, Elsie, Charlie, Raffy, Jackson and  Jasmine. If I have missed any on the list I apologise and I also read a few emails late last night so please forgive those I have not yet responded to. I am in school tomorrow and dreading Mr Schumms next musical concoction. I believe the school classic ‘Road to Amarillo’ is on the cards!

 

 

I am still waiting to hear from some of you…

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 a.perry@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk , thanks.

 

 

Prayer for the Day

 

Galations 5 vs 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 fields , 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

 

EVERYDAY TASKS

 

READING

So what are you reading and do you have any recommendations? Keep up the two 30 minute sessions please. Been great to hear what you have on your books shelves so keep at it.

 

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

For RE today I want you to write a prayer that sums up your feelings at the moment and your thoughts about the virus.

I post a prayer everyday on our website and I also post one every morning on our teachers text group to give us a focus and a bit of encouragement for the day. I would like to compile a list of prayers from you over the next week or so and will get them sent out via parent mail or upload to website next week.

 

 

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 a.perry@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk thanks.

 

Kind Regards

Mr Perry

 

Back to School! Monday 20th April

Hi all,

Welcome back after the Easter holidays, if you can call them that…. I hope you were able to celebrate in some fashion and did not eat too much chocolate…or if you did you saved some for me! I have had to get through the 30 cadbury’s creme eggs I usually buy for my classes at Easter . I thought of each and every one of you as I ate each egg!

Mr Schumm has asked through a parent mail if we could all hear from you so 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 a.perry@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk . You don’t have to say much – unless you want to – 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 vs 15

The spirit you received does not make you slaves , so that you live in fear again ; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to son and daughtership. And by him we cry, ‘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 have our best interests at heart.

Amen

 

…and so to work.

 

EVERYDAY TASKS

 

READING

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

 

PE

I have had no other suggestions for 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.

 

JOURNAL

Now this journal must really be coming along. I really do hope that you are making an effort and jotting something 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?

 

TODAY’S TASKS

 

ENGLISH

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>

 

  • The 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?

 

TASK

There is a lot to do here. 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

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 you do it and do it well. This work will 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.

 

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 and there’s always LIVE! Mathletics – anyone had a go at that yet?

 

HUMANITIES

Today’s task on Busy Things (MyUSO) . It is around what would have been our Summer 1 humanities topic which is …WW2.  For those who have been working hard on their project this should be a doddle! Using the template and resources on the assigned topic , summarise what World War 2 was , how it started and how it affected the whole world.

 

I will send you another video when I go into the school this week and I hope to hear from you all soon.

 

Kind Regards

Mr Perry

Thursday 16th April

Thursday 16th April

John 1 vs 4

“ In him was life and that life was the light of all mankind”

 

Dear Lord,

Thank you that in this season of Easter we remember the life you give us. Help us to have a new perspective on our lives and that of our friends and family. Thank you for the technologies available now to stay in touch with our loved ones, to work from home and to support, entertain and uplift those around us. Help us to stay positive, to look out for those who may be lonely or feeling down in these times.

 

Amen

Wednesday 15th April - Post Easter Egg Bunny day 3

Wednesday 15th April

Matthew 6 vs 25

“ Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what will eat or drink ; or about your body, what will you wear . Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes? “

 

Dear Lord,

I know we have said these things before but we these times really put things into perspective. Although it is okay to miss the shopping trips, the visits to restaurants or coffee shops help us to protect our lives and others by following the guidelines from the government and not be tempted to break the rules. Thank you for protecting us so far and help us to help others to stay safe and well.

Amen

Tuesday 14th April

Tuesday 14th April

Hi all I hope you have had a blessed Easter and were visited by the Easter bunny. I think the one that works in my area was self –isolating as I got only one small one. There was a bonus though, I did my shopping yesterday and the remaining eggs were on offer. I got two mini egg ones for just 25p each! Bargain. I was tempted to get more but declined as I would probably polish off in one session. You have seen myself and Mrs Walsh when we get our hands on chocolate! What have you been doing? Keeping well I hope? Anyway I hope you have been resting. We have one more week of no set work and will be back next Monday for more. Remember to catch up with old work and keep those journals going.

 

John 15 vs 13

“Greater Love has no one than this, to lay ones life for one’s friends. “

 

Dear Lord ,

Thank you again for the NHS and other groups who put themselves in harms way repeatedly for us. Please help everyone both in and out of government to never forget this. Thank you for those who have lost their lives in the NHS and please be with their families. Thank you who sacrifice and give to others in all ways not just when it is dangerous. Thank you for our teachers and friends of St Stephens, for people like Alistaire and Mr Schumm who bring a smile to our faces every day and brighten our lives in these times.

Amen.

Easter Saturday

Matthew 27 vs 65

“ Mary Magdelane and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb “

 

Dear Lord

As this virus continues to take its toll, we can sometimes sit (like Mary ) and wait for something to happen. These events are out of our control and so we wait for our ‘new life’ away from this virus. Please help it come soon and when it does give us a new lease of life and to never again take for granted the daily blessings we receive in friends, family, treats and interests.

Amen

 

Good Friday

John 3 vs 16

“ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life “

Dear Lord,

Thank you for what you did for us on that Friday 2000 years ago. Thank you that you know and understand the fear and anguish we can feel in these teams and that you yourself went through dreadful fear and anguish for us. Please bless us today as we remember your death today and prepare for the joy of Easter on Sunday. Continue to be with  all of us at St Stephens today as we particular miss friends and family around festival time.

Amen ​

Holy Week – Wednesday 8th April

 

Matthew 21 vs 2

“ Go to the village ahead of you and at once you will find a donkey tied there with her colt. Untie them and bring them to me”

What are you doing preparing for Easter?  Jesus had quite a week before his death and resurrection. Although he knew what was going to happen to him he got his disciples to prepare for their holy feast – Passover. He got a donkey for his entry into Jerusalem, he hired a room in the city and I am sure he sent his disciples into town to buy the ingredients for their meal.   What will you do? Are you looking at potential activities on the blog and website? Could you arrange something for your family such as making a desert, painting eggs with your siblings or making Easter cards.

 

Dear Lord ,

Please be with us as we prepare for Easter. Please help us to serve others as you did on Maundy Thursday, to reflect on your suffering for us on Good Friday, look forward with anticipation on Easter Saturday and celebrate with Joy on Easter Sunday. Help us to make our Easter special despite what is going on around us.

Amen

Holy Week Tuesday Prayer

Hebrews 11 vs 1

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. “

 

Dear Lord

Sometimes it is hard to see how and where things can get better, especially in these times. Help us to have confidence in you and that all is hand. Thank you for all you have done  to protect us and help us and our loved ones to stay fit and healthy. Help us to have faith that life can and will get back to normal soon.

 

Amen

Monday 6th April Morning Prayer

Monday 6th April

 

 

Matthhew 21 vs 21

Jesus replied “ Truly I tell you , if you have faith and do not doubt not only can you do what was done to the fig tree , but also you can say to this mountain , ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea and it will be done”

 

As Jesus says to us all , have faith and we can overcome anything! We can get through this and we will!

Dear Lord

Please help us to have faith to get through this isolation and to follow the government guidelines. Thank you for the recovery of those who have had the virus and please be with those that still have it. Please help

Easter Holidays and Continuing Daily Prayer

Saturday the 4th of April

 

Hi all,

 

Do not worry, no work will be set these next few weeks over Easter, but I would like to post a prayer most days over this time. It would be great if you could catch up here and there on any outstanding matheletics work set and keep your journals and WW2 project ticking over.

I have also posted some Easter activities that Mr Gane has found for you to do if you wish. We have all been finding ways to keep ourselves occupied these past few weeks as we have adjusted to these strange times and I hope you have got into a working routine. I try to walk once a day away from others to keep up a little exercise and I hope you have made use with what is around you.

 

As always be safe , be well and be blessed.

 

Kind regards

Mr Perry

 

Psalm 56 vs 3

 

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. “

 

Dear Lord ,

 

Thank you for our St Stephens’, friends , staff and community and how we have got through these past few weeks. For Alistaire and Mr Schumms funny blogs, for the staff that come into school to help the key workers, for the dedication of teachers working at home to support their classes. Help us to stay strong as times move on and to stay healthy. Please be with those who have the virus and those who will get it in the future and help our doctors, scientists and pharmicists come up soon with a vaccine. Thank you for Spring and the joy we can get from it and help us to look forward to Easter.

Amen.

 

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

Day 12 End of Term and Happy Easter

Friday 3rd April 2020

 

Hello there!

 

Here is a little video of me to say hello…from a special place.

 

 

https://youtu.be/l-a_nOVvPBw

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Kind Regards

Mr Perry

Day 11 Thursday 2nd April

Thursday 2nd April

 

Hello there!

How was April Fool’s day! I hope you were gentle!

 

Been lovely to hear from some of you , or your parents and I have been enjoying hearing what other things you have been up to. Not just the cracking poems , but also hearing about Alex’s cluedo game he is creating, Wilf and his brothers game hiding WW2 soldiers (had me scanning his photo for them) and the other messages I have received. Please keep them coming. I will try organise another message for Friday for you.

 

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

Day 10 April Fools Day

Wednesday  1st April

 

Hello there!

 

Well today is April Fool’s day ! Did you think of a joke? What was it?

 

April Fool’s day around the world

 

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!”

 

Thank you for the emails from Wilf, Alex and those mentioned previously. Thank you too for the poems sent by Alfie’s mum and the long peom I have been told to expect from Jessica. I hope all is well with you all. Keep on going guys? I will try and send another message to you by the end of the week.

 

Prayer for the Day

 

Psalm 68 vs 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

 

…and so to work.

 

EVERYDAY TASKS

 

READING

 

As always at least 30 minutes a day. How did you get on with your character profile? Did you find any more evidence in today’s reading? What do you expect him/her to do next?

 

 

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

Have you sent your letter? How are your family getting on? Do you have aunties, uncles cousins in another country? What is happening there with the virus? Do they have the same restrictions as us in the UK? Have you spoken to them? If not what do you think about the situation in other countries and how does it make you feel? Do you have any jokes in mind for April Fools day?

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

 

Part 1

Today you have a nice straightforward sorting activity on My USO on punctuation. You are to sort the names and terms into two groups – that which is punctuation and that which are grammatical terms.

 

D & T and English Part 2

I have put another task on My USO which asks you to write instructions on how to prepare a meal main course. After all the work your mum puts into looking after you, especially at this time, would it not be a great idea to then cook her (and your whole family ) this meal over the coming days? Here are some helpful guidelines.

  1. Keep the meal simple like a pasta dish, lasagne or vegetable meal
  2. Make sure the ingredients are in the house or easily accessible over coming days
  3. Finish the task on my USO or on other paper
  4. Set a time with your parents when this is can be done
  5. Let mem know when you do it

 

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.

 

On Mathletics, my Maths group will be continuing their work on statistics! There are activities set on reading bar and pie charts and general knowledge on reading statistics from yesterday (sorry they did not go on until 9.50 yesterday morning. I have also put a task on testing possible outcomes for today. These will be leading toward the subject of probability. As always look at the task first for instructions on what you need to do.

 

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

 

MR GANES GROUP

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.

 

 

That’s all for now, have a great day. Try not to think of any jokes you can play on your family tomorrow as it is April Fools Day . Oops did I remind you of that .

 

Kind Regards

Mr Perry

 

Day 9 Almost April Fools Day...

Tuesday 31st  March

 

Hello there!

 

Well here we again. How was your day yesterday? Did you get everything done? How is your project coming along? You must have a solid plan by now and you have all at least completed a poem J . Who did you write a letter for? Have you sent it yet or are you going to finish it today?

 

Prayer for the Day

 

Jeremiah 29 vs 11

“For I know the plans I have for you said the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you pland to give you a 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 can help us to come out stronger after. Please bless those who have already lost loved ones to this disease and those who are currently in fear in hospital that they may not  survive it. Please surround them with your peace and with your love.

 

Amen

 

…and so to work.

 

EVERYDAY TASKS

 

READING#

 

As always at least 30 minutes a day. Today’s English task will be based on your book and will be outlined below.

 

 

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

Has it now sunk it what we are living through? How do you feel now that the second week of isolation has begun and you are at home? Are you motivated to do the school work we are setting? What do you think of it? Who did you write a letter to yesterday and why did you choose them? 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

Have you chosen any different elements? What direction will that be? Remember keep adding to it. Do you have any elements that you can add to as you go such as important historical features like a map showing the world during different stages of the war and of course that important historical tool – a timeline.

 

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 quotes to back up your opinions on the characters appearance and character.
  • Use SMARPOPS (if appropriate ) and a Punctuation face to upskill your work.

 

MATHS

 

MESSAGE FOR MR GANES GROUP

 

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.

 

MY MATHS GROUP (MR PERRY)

 

On Mathletics, my Maths group will be continuing their work on statistics! There are activities set on reading bar and pie charts and general knowledge on reading statistics.

 

I want you to think about creating a statistics project for yourself  maybe you could question your family about favourite foods or types of TV show. Could you text friends and family to build up a base of data.  Eg today think of a question to ask (like favourite food) and give them five options to choose from. Then make a list of friends or family you could ask by text to get the data. Do not call them yet though. That is for  later in the week. .

 

 

RE

 

Continuing our Easter theme and linking with our work on the Eucharist in class , I have set a task on ‘Busy Things’ around the Last Supper. Using the program on ‘Busy Things’ write description of the events of the night, the words Jesus said and why we do what we do during communion.

 

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).

 

 

 

That’s all for now, have a great day. Try not to think of any jokes you can play on your family tomorrow as it is April Fools Day . Oops did I remind you of that J .

 

Kind Regards

Mr Perry

Day 8 Letters and Bananas

Monday 30th March

 

Morning all!

 

I hope you have had a wonderful weekend and looking for new games to invent, books to read and new ways to wind up your siblings! Seriously though I hope you are all well and adjusting to this new situation we find ourselves in.

Thank you for the mails from Jasmine and Teddy and Esme and Izzy for the wonderful poem you sent me about WW2 and I hope to hear from many more! I am very jealous now as Mr Gane has received nine emails!

 

Remember my email is aperry@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

 

Let us start as we always though with a verse from scripture and a prayer.

 

Prayer for the Day

 

Numbers 23. Vs 22

“God brought them out of Egypt ; they have the strength of 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 and we WILL be stronger after.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

On Mathletics, Mr Ganes Maths group are set two Activities on ratio to test your learning from last week – good luck!

I have set two on Statistics. Remember to check how to do the problem before you start the tasks.  These tasks are focussed on finding the average. Do you remember the ‘Mean’, Mode and Median?

These tasks are focussed on finding the ‘Mean’ which means adding up the numbers and dividing by the amount of numbers there are.

 

HUMANITIES

Natural Resources –

This task looks at the biggest countries around the world that export bananas and pineapples and how many. You need to locate the countries on the map and pin them. See how many countries you can pin in the right place.

 

That is all guys. I will be in school tomorrow and dreading being asked to perform in one of Mr Schumm and Alistair’s videos! I hope you have been enjoying them, showing once again what a community St Stephen’s is !

 

Kind Regards

 

Mr Perry

 

 

 

 

Its The Weekend!

Dear all,

 

No do not worry I am not here with more work, but I thought I would continue our daily prayer every day. One thing I would truly encourage you to do is to think about the positives in life. The glorious weather we have at the moment, the start of Spring, that favourite book or quality time with family. As our bible verse suggests, think about the strength God gives us to get through this virus and where that strength comes from and what (and who) God provides us to do so.

Bible verse

Philippians 4 vs 13

‘I can do all this through him who gives us strength’

Dear Lord,

Thank you that you give us strength. You give us strength to do what we do, you give us strength to carry on with life despite its challenges. You give us strength through the love of our families, and through the support and friendship of our family and friends of our church, St Stephens and our neighbours. Please continue to be with us to help us draw hope and strength for the simple things around us that bring us joy, such as the beautiful sunshine, the stirrings of Spring, our pets, and our favourite past times we can still engage in and the new hobbies and games we have invented in our time at home during this outbreak.

 

Amen.

 

Stay strong , stay safe and take strength from our God and our loved ones.

 

Kind Regards

Mr Perry

Day 5 Hip Hip Horay It's Friday!

Hello all.

Here is another little video of me to say hello!

https://youtu.be/V8Mj04hRdSQ

Sorry it is not like the videos Mr Schumm has been posting but it is good to stay in touch, even if I am not very photogenic!

It’s Friday, Friday, Friday, so no school tomorrow, or at least no Home Working from me.

I am still waiting for some responses to my challenge. What did you think? Do not make me eat my buttons all by myself or I will eat them all slowly in front of you when we come back. I hope you have been getting stuck into your work. What ideas do you have for your WW2 project? I am expecting to see tanks the size of Trojan horses or a model of a Spitfire plane! Keep at it guys and keep active!

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!

A reminder below of my email address if you have any questions or just to let me know how you are getting on. Please write to me in case I get lonely . Three people have written to Mr Gane and I am very jealous! Tell me your ideas for your project and just how you are getting on in general.

aperry@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

 

Prayer for the Day

Proverbs 3 vs 5

“ Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your 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

Your Friday  ‘to do’ list…

EVERYDAY TASKS

PE

PE with Joe or the one he did earlier I know many people now tune in to this as a daily routine. I hope you are keeping active. This routine is a great way to start the day.

READING

Keep up that reading. I know for many of you that will not be a problem. Find yourself a quiet corner and get into that favourite book. Think about what the characters are like. Can you tell just by their actions what kind of person they are? What do you think will happen next? Write a few notes down on this as you read and then see if you are right. BTW saying Snow White will meet seven dwarfs or Poirot will have a cup of tea does not count – Poirot is always drinking tea!

 

JOURNAL

Are you following the governments’ instructions? How are you keeping distance to others? Have you been tempted to meet friends and how are you getting over not being able to have play dates? What are you eating at home and are you pitching in with the chores? Do you talk to your relatives you cannot see at the moment – especially grandparents?

Keep on top of your punctuation, grammar and sentence structure targets .

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

What have you done so far? What direction are you taking? Are you focussing on the make-up of the armies and key battles or on the life at home for civilians and children? What historical figures will you be including as well as the obvious ones like Winston Churchill and Hitler

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?

 

Both myself and Mr Gane are checking the Mathletics and well done to those of you are staying up to date and keeping yourself active on it. I will apply some subjects for my class about statistics. The important thing to remember is to check the data in the charts and graphs correctly and answer the questions.

 

 

 

 

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

Yes its Friday so it is art time! Have a look at this link on optical illusions supplied by our very own Mr Cookson

https://youtu.be/KnZQYXPJnXU

Look at the example and follow the steps to create your own optical illusion using a piece of paper and a black pen.

Again please keep at it and please drop me an email to tell me how you are doing.

God Bless and be back on Monday .

Mr Perry

Oh and please write to me!

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 Keeping Busy!

Hello all. Has it really only been four days?

How are you getting on with the activities?  Are you keeping yourself active? I hope you are keeping to government guidelines and staying in unless getting a little exercise with family. You will get used to it and I am sure it will get easier as time goes on. I am sitting here with my favourite snack (and coffee) while typing. Do you remember what my favourite snack is? Email me with your answer and if correct I will owe you a packet of chocolate buttons!

A reminder below of my email address if you have any questions or just to let me know how you are getting on.

aperry@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

 

Prayer for the Day

Hebrews 6 vs 19

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul , firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Like a ship in a storm needs 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

 

Your Thursday ‘to do’ list…

EVERYDAY TASKS

PE

PE with Joe or the one he did earlier I know many people now tune in to this as a daily routine. If you have not done this already it is great fun, hard work (in a good way) and really good to keep you fresh and alert.

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? Are you making the most of your free time at home?

As yesterday why not take a look at these FREE audiobooks, but don’t tell Mr Schumm! For those who are fans ( and I have seen many of you reading them) the Harry Potter books are now free on audio.  Stephen Fry almost as good as Mr Schumm.

 

 

 

 

JOURNAL

What are you doing for daily exercise? Have you invented games with your siblings? What do you when you pop out? Are you picking up on positive elements as well as all the doom and gloom? Such as the beautiful weather we have at the moment? More time with your parents ? Daily readings from Mr Schumm or blogs from Mr Perry!

Keep on top of your punctuation, grammar and sentence structure targets .

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

Keep this ticking over, working on one chapter at a time building on your notes and information. Use your family screen time to do a little research and then think about all those things you could do (art work wise) towards it after. Timelines, maps , propaganda posters are all options.

TODAY’S TASKS

ENGLISH

Today I have assigned a determiner sorting activity for you on My USO . This is seeing if you remember what makes a determiner and to sort them into the different types.

MATHS

Lesson 4 in the Maths learning on Ratio is all about calculating ration, 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.

 

Both myself and Mr Gane are checking the Mathletics and well done to those of you are staying up to date and keeping yourself active on it. I have applied two more Mathletics tasks for you to complete, both on 3d shapes and nets and would also like you to draw your own net of a shape, cut it out and see if you can put it together. Now there is a challenge!

SCIENCE

Going back to our habitats subject I thought I would something interesting on USO. 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.

 

Again please keep at it and please drop me an email to tell me how you are doing.

 

God Bless

Mr Perry

Wednesday Day 3 Buenos Dias

Hello all

I hope you are all well. How are you coping cooped up with your family? I am imagining myself at your age in close proximity with my brother for weeks at a time…okay let us not go there. Anyway I have to say I am missing you already. Well I am missing you a little. I miss the odd sneaky biscuit (or choc buttons) with Mrs Walsh and Miss Tami, I also miss those begging eyes for just one button. Yes I am talking to you. Any way on with the day.

Please email me with your parents email address and let me know how you are getting on. Remember it is

aperry@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,

This verse from scripture gives us hope Lord that you are bigger and better than anything this world can throw us. Help us to believe this and trust in you. Help us to show love and patience with our family and to use this time to really get to know each other.

Amen

 

Your Wednesday ‘to do’ list…

EVERYDAY TASKS

PE

PE with Joe or the one he did earlier is really taking off! I hope you are onboard. What a wonderful activity to organise for everyone. It’s so important to keep an active mind and body too. If you go out for a walk or run with your family stay with each other and do not mix with others,

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! For those who are fans ( and I have seen many of you reading them ) amazon have now made all subscriptions for childrens books free so why not listen to the audios. Stephen Fry almost as good as 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. Use your family screen time to do a little research and then think about all those things you could do (art work wise) towards it after. Timelines, maps , propaganda posters are all options.

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

 

Well done to all of you who completed 20 questions yesterday, here are some more Mathletics -some of my maths class definitely need to catch up! Remember to use the ‘i’ or ‘?’ buttons which will show you how to do it. I have not added questions today but I want all the children behind to catch up.

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.

 

Keep at it and please drop me an email to tell me how you are doing.

 

God Bless

Mr Perry

Day 2 Of School At Home

Hi Year 6,

Here is a little message from me.

https://youtu.be/zkYEL9ptDtU

I hope you are keeping yourselves busy and not driving your parents mad. So stop swinging on your chairs, stop doodling on your paper, stop fiddling with your pencil case, put your book down when I am talking to you and take the skittles out of your mouth. You know who I am talking to J. Here is your daily update and task list.

I thought I would start our day 2 again with a prayer and a verse from scripture.

Philippians 4 vs 6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving , present your requests to God.

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 people working daily to keep our supermarkets open, to deliver to those shops and especially to the nurses, doctors and NHS staff who are working tirelessly to save lives.

Amen

Now to our day ahead!

Firstly due to the very unusual circumstances the whole country is finding themselves in some of the on-line learning sites are experiencing problems due to the sheer volume of people logging on. Please make the most of your time and think about those other tasks that do not require screen time.

I hope you found our advice yesterday helpful. Remember again the importance of keeping your minds as well as your bodies active, so with that in mind we will always have the link to PE with Joe posted on the blog. It may not be Alistaire but it will be fun.

Yesterday Mr Gane and I posted the criteria and guidelines for the World War 2 project, which I hope you have read and are getting ideas. I am sure your creative brains are already working overdrive. After your Greek projects in the autumn you have big boots to fill!

Mr Gane was very keen yesterday for you to keep your talents flourishing so please keep up your art, story writing, D & T and any other talents you have. Drive your parents mad (within reason J)  with your trumpet or violin, sing to your heart’s content in your shower and do keepie uppies with a tennis ball in your garden. This virus will not beat us!

TUESDAY

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. This should be every day virus or no virus. Let me know what books you are reading. I have also posted a task in ‘Busy Things’ related to your favourite book.

 

 

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

Day 2 of your journal.

Talk about your feelings. How are you getting on with your siblings? Are you going stir crazy at home and do you have new shows you enjoy? What do you think about the government orders around socialising and public venues etc. Get all those feelings down.

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 have also set two activities on Mathletics again, 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.

RE

I have put an RE task for the week on ‘Busy Things’ available through your USO log ins. This is the RE task for the week so I have put a weekly time limit on it. I will put a new task for RE every Monday.

World War Two project

Now might be the time to start planning and jotting ideas down about where you want to go with the project and potential content.

That’s all for now, have a great day.

Mr Perry

Home Working - Day 1 - Monday 23rd March

Hi all,

Firstly if you have only just logged on . What has kept you 🙂 ?

Due to the very unusual circumstances the whole country is finding themselves in some of the on-line learning sites are experiencing problems due to the sheer volume of people logging on. Please make the most of your time and think about those other tasks that do not require screen time.

In these troubled times I thought I would start our days with a prayer and a verse from scripture.

1 Peter 5 vs 7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Dear Lord ,

Thank you for all you do for us. Help us to know you have us in your palm and will protect us and care for us as you promised us in the bible.

Amen

Good morning,

…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.  Remember to follow the instructions by your parents and  the government, they are for our benefit and that of our loved ones. We will get through this and see each other soon.

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 Gane 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 Perry

School Closure And Online Learning During The Covid 19 Pandemic

Dear Parents
I do not think I am just stating the obvious when I say these are unprecedented times. The events of the last few weeks and the situation we now find ourselves in brings to mind World War II. We find ourselves reminded of the incredible resilience and collective mentality that the people of our country demonstrated when dealing with the hardships and the stresses and strains that the war put on the nation. That I am sure is exactly how we will all behave now.
I will be posting a blog daily during term time and leaving instructions for tasks for the children to complete. If they have not been in school these past few days, the children will have their login details sent to you via Parentmail.
I have spoken to the children about these coming weeks: of the importance of keeping their minds active, especially if there is cause to self-isolate but also when the Government implements a lockdown. I am, of course, not trying to tell you how to manage your family in these times, but here are a few tips to help the children organise themselves for their learning.
1. Create a working timetable with their siblings if necessary regarding screen time.
2. Create their own time table of when they will work through the tasks we set them. I believe it is important to keep to a schedule similar to that of school.
The children will be set tasks daily that follow the format below.
• Writing a journal entry every day. As Mr Schumm said in assembly, these could be invaluable in years to come about this event in history.
• Regular reading time
• Mathletics (or other maths websites).
• A foundation subject set online (Science, History, Re or Geography).
• World War II project (see below).
World War II Project
This will be set in a similar way to the Greek project from the autumn term. We will be showing the film Goodnight Mr Tom today and World War II is one of our curriculum topics for the summer term. More details on this will be set on Monday. Just to reassure you, the expectations on this will not be the same as the Greek project, but we do think this will be a great opportunity. To be fair when I mentioned this in class early in the week I got a very positive response from the children (well most of them).
The school may have shut its gates, but we are still here for you. I will be available on the school email below and please feel free to email me anytime and I will get back as quickly as I can. Please tell me how you are getting on and I will keep you all in my prayers. No-one knows when these measures will end and it is possible that the next time your children go to school they will be at high school. That does make me sad and I pray that we are all back here at some point next term. However, Mr Schumm has already said that if this isn’t possible, the children will come back for a day in September to say a proper goodbye.
My email is a.perry@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk
I want to assure you that you are all in my thoughts and prayers and I look forward to when we see each other again. You and all our St Stephen’s family are truly special!
God Bless
Mr Perry

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 Perry

Update And Advice For Parents 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 set by us.
Thank you for your continued support,
Mr Perry and Mr Gane

Art, Art Everywhere...

Dear Parents

I hope you all managed to pop in to the arts café this afternoon. I am very proud of Year Six’s contribution and I’m sure that the other classes have created some equally fabulous work.

In English the children have written, edited and published a news story based on a clip from the film Madagascar. They have written excellent, professional articles that have included great quotes, technical vocabulary and a headline. I think we have a few budding journalists in the making.

In science we are looking at the human body and how it functions. This week we discussed why we need a healthy diet and how we achieve that by focusing on the five main food groups. I think it did cause the children to re-evaluate elements on their own dietary habits. The focus in Geography has been the use of natural resources and we have been be linking this topic it every day issues such as the rising cost of petrol. We discussed how natural resources take a long time to harvest and yet are consumed very quickly. No wonder our heating bills always seem to ris! That reminds me, I need to check my meter.

Parents’ evening is coming up. Please make sure you sign up as it is really important that I see you to discuss your child’s progress and the ways in which you can support their learning over the next few weeks. SATs are an unfortunate reality for every child in Year 6 and as a school we do want the children to do the best that they can.

As I write this, I know the boys’ football team is in Reading (at the Majeski Stadium no less) representing our school and QPR football club in a tournament organised by the English Football League. I am sure they will do us proud although I have informed the team that unless they score at least two goals (each) they will get lots of extra homework!  Seriously though what a fantastic effort from the boys ably managed by Alastair.

A final thought on the Coronavirus which is rightly (and upsettingly) dominating our news feeds. Mr Schumm will keep you updated regarding any changes to the school day. Similarly, we will let you know as soon as possible as and when trips are cancelled (such as the re-scheduled Grandparents day) but otherwise we will keep going as usual. I pray we all remain healthy and safe and would advise you all to follow the guidance issued by the school and the Department of Health regarding hygiene and procedures.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

High Schools, Trees and Life

Dear Parents

Well what a week! Life seems to be slowing down as everyone waits to see what will happen with the next stage of the Coronavirus outbreak… everywhere that is except St Stephen’s!

I am of course referring to Arts Week – which has been jam-packed with events organised by our wonderful arts coordinator Mr Cookson and our assistant head Miss Bell. We have had additional History lessons, Art classes, a theatre production and of course World Book Day. This year’s painting is Gustav Klimpt’s ‘The Tree of life’. ’ We started the week by discussing the context of the painting and thinking about the imagery around Klimpt’s ‘Tree of Life’. Then the children sketched their own version of the painting. We researched myths and stories about a tree of life and I was stunned to learn just how many stories there are. Civilisations including the Ancient Greek, Chinese, Mayan, Scandinavia (Old Norse), Assyrian, Ancient Egyptian and South Pacific and religions including Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity all have stories pertaining to a tree of life. The children wrapped this session up by describing their own ideas for a story about such a tree.

On Tuesday, a touring theatre company gave us a very entertaining and colourful production of ‘Treasure Island’. Then today we had an art class with Elsie’s mum Miss Louisa, a history lesson on the painting taught by Mr Schumm and a creative writing class taught by Mrs Pereira! The highlight of week for me though was the creation of a 3d model of Klimp’s ‘Tree of Life’ made with different coloured wire, clay and coloured paper. The final effects are most impressive!

Thursday was World Book Day and once again I was blown away by the effort that the children had gone to in making some of the costumes. This year we had among others: Cruella De Vil, Little Women, SpongeBob SquarePants, A Viking, a very dapper Hercule Poirot and what seemed like thousands of St Trinian’s girls! The worthy winners of our class however were a very impressive ‘Balrog’ from Lord of the Rings and ‘Magnus Crome’ from Mortal Engines.  What an effort!

I know this has been a big week for everyone in Year 6 across the borough as parents and children have found out which high school they will be going to next year. I know this can cause all sorts of stresses – for some in terms of which school to accept and for others accepting they have been   allocated a school that isn’t their first choice. For those of you in the latter category, I hope you find peace this weekend knowing that there will be other options in terms of waiting lists and appeals. Congratulations to those that got the schools that they wanted and I pray that all the children have a wonderful high school experience.

On a medical note, I would recommend that you try not to get stressed or anxious about the outbreak of the Coronavirus but that instead you take all the necessary measures to stay healthy and follow the guidelines set out by the government and the school.

What a fun filled week. I think I need to go home, make a cup of tea and plan some Maths and English just so we can all relax a bit!

Please see the website for the homework I have set this week which must be done for Monday in preparation for a lesson by a visiting author.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

Close Second for Girl's Football Team

Dear Parents

Welcome back! I hope you had an excellent half term.

In English we are looking at recounts and newspaper reports. We started by looking at a fun clip from the film Madagascar and a newspaper article I had written on the events in the clip. The children have been using the article to discuss the feature of a newspaper report and they will write their own after Arts Week. There is a big push this half-term on editing and upskilling our work. This involves developing and improving our range of vocabulary, re-evaluating our sentence starters to keep them varied, and checking our spelling and punctuation.

We have begun new subjects in both humanities and science looking at very apt and important topics such as ‘Natural Resources’ and a ‘Healthy Body’. In RE we have been continuing to look at the Christian Church – particularly the wider Anglican Church and are beginning – in groups – to plan our own collective worship to share with the school. As RE leader I just love the idea of the children leading each other in sharing their faith and I look forward to seeing what they will come up with.

Next week is Arts Week and we have a packed timetable once again. On Thursday we will celebrate World Book Day and the children will all dress up as a character from one of their favourite books. I look forward to seeing what they come up with and we all wait with baited breath to see who Mr Schumm will appear as this year. His reputation precedes him!

Massive congratulations to the Girl’s Football Team, which on Wednesday came a close second in the annual borough football tournament – just missing out on a place in the Youth Games. I know the school swimming squad are training hard for the borough swimming gala as well so I am looking forward to hearing about their accomplishments too.

Lastly, thank you to everyone involved in the amazing ‘Eastern European Night’ last night which was a hugely enjoyable evening and raised yet more money for the school. It is wonderful we have these nights that share our respective cultures with each other and they are always great fun.

A few important notices to finish.

I know we always seem to be asking for money, but please can you make sure you have paid for the Year 6 trip to France in June – and Mr Schumm has requested that, if possible, you donate a little toward our May trip to Whitby (via Parent Mail). Our ethos is to give the children the best education through having as many experiences as we can and our residential trips are always a great success and greatly enjoyed by all.

Have a lovely weekend and see you next week.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

We All Love DT Day

Dear Parents

Half-term is here! Bring on the coffee and the walks …and the cleaning!

Today my room was awash in masking tape, cardboard, string and glue guns! No it was not an annual clean out but our half termly D & T day. The children designed and worked in groups to build a suspension bridge measuring approximately 150cms. They are certainly a lot more talented than me! Most of the bridges withstood the test and there were some wonderful examples of engineering.

I heard the Cabaret last night was a storming success. To be fair with all the hard work the parents put into this school I expected nothing less. As I understand it Mr Schumm was his normal unassuming self and tried to stay out of the limelight as much as possible… Yeah right!

The children have worked really hard on a writing piece in English. As I mentioned last Friday – the children have written a story set in either the past, future or present and most chose the past. I am proud of them. It was wonderful watching them plan, draft, edit and publish a piece from start to finish showing great writing skills. I look forward to marking them.

I have set some homework for the holidays – some maths revision (on Mathletics), a comprehension and a practice grammar paper. It will take longer than the usual weekend homework so I would suggest that they don’t leave it until next Sunday!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and restful half-term and I look forward to seeing you in a week.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

Budding BBC Script Writers

Dear Parents

This week has been a relatively quiet one by St Stephen’s standards. I am sure that will change next week though when we can look forward to the all-singing, all-dancing cabaret show. I am sure that it will come as no surprise to learn that Mr Schumm is once again teaming up with our musical theatre specialist Miss Whiting. I am also sure that the night will be a rip-roaring success and I hope to see lots of you there on Thursday evening.

In English, the children have been planning a story which can be inspired by history, informed by the present or set in the future. I was a little smug – I have to say – when most of them chose the past! My own speciality. The children are all entering a 500 word creative writing competition run by the BBC which is providing a fantastic opportunity for them to hone their writing skills. The children have been asked to focus on how to connect with their readers as well as planning their ending carefully. I wish all of them good luck!

In Science we have continued to look at light and to investigate how it changes direction by observing how it is effected when it hits different surfaces. We discovered that those surfaces which reflect light the most can be used to direct light to reach a target. Aside from the odd shining of a torch in my eye, the work went down very well.

Our lessons in RE have been thought provoking as we have looked at Christian traditions of worship and how these traditions are similar not only across different denominations but also across different faiths. The children have been very upfront about their personal feelings and beliefs.

Today was coding day and the children have been creating their own algorithms. Their partners then had to translate these algorithms to produce a shape. There was some very interesting results, but ultimately the children learnt the importance of giving accurate instructions as well as practicing their problem solving skills. Great fun was had by all.

Finally, I would like to give a gentle reminder regarding the fees that are due now for the trip to France in June.

Have a lovely weekend.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

 

Fantastic Football Feats

Dear Parents

Half-term is on the snow-capped horizon; my coffee intake is rising; and my resolve to eat healthily has fallen dramatically. It must be almost February!

Assessment week has gone well and the children have all worked incredibly hard. In Maths they completed an arithmetic paper and two reasoning papers. I haven’t finished marking them yet but it looks like most of the children have improved on their previous score, which is hugely encouraging.

In English, they sat an English comprehension paper, a grammar paper and took a spelling test and again the results are very positive. Please do remind the children that there are still three months to go before the SATs tests which is plenty of time to revise topics and pick up speed! If there are any areas in English or Maths that they would like help with, they should bring this up in the booster classes. Generally though, everyone is working hard and I am pleased with their efforts.

In Science we have been looking at how ‘we see’. No this is not some deep psychological theory on life but quite literally …how we see! We have studied the eye and its components and the children have identified the different parts and drawn and described an eye in their books – perhaps we have some doctors in the making! We have also looked at the role of light in how we see and learnt that it travels in a straight-line. The children then conducted their own experiment working out how they could get rays of light to bend using a mirror.

In Geography we have been using atlases to locate counties, cities and towns. We have been learning what differentiates a city from a town and individually the children have done a case study on a town of their choice studies highlighting its history and its landmarks.

Extra-curricular activities have been plentiful. Last week the boy’s football team won the EFL Utilita Cup and will now go on the represent QPR in the Southern Regional finals in Bristol. If they win that then Wembley beckons!  What an achievement.  Following on from their success, the girl’s football team then won a borough tournament which brought them one step closer to representing Hammersmith & Fulham at the London Youth Games. The day ended with a nail biting penalty shootout which we won thanks to the heroics of our goalie Elsie and the scoring prowess of the rest of the girls: Isabelle, Izzy, and Jasmine from our class. Thank you once again to the wonderful coaching provided by Alastair and Clare.

Finally, some of Year 6’s singing talent was on show this afternoon with a number of our students   singing in a service at St Paul’s Cathedral. Mr Schumm and I accompanied the rest of the school choir to watch them and to enjoy a wonderful service celebrating the C of E schools in London.

Have a lovely weekend.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

Boosters are Back

Dear Parents

The boosters have started well with some excellent learning shown already. As we have stated these are to help the children achieve their learning objectives and are not just about excelling in SATs.

We have another assessment week starting on Monday when we will be looking to see how the children are progressing. I am sure that all their hard work will be reflected in their scores.

There have been couple of issues with homework. Learning weekly spelling and keeping up to date with our Matheletics programme will make a big difference to the children’s progress. These elements of homework are compulsory and it is incredibly important they both are completed on a weekly basis.  Your help with ensuring this happens would be very much appreciated.

In Maths my group have been looking at measure and conversion. Like percentages this is a skill which will be incredibly useful in real life and so we have been focusing on solving word problems in topics that they might encounter at home such as cooking. Mathletics homework this week is based on this.

I’m delighted to tell you that we have a date for our trip to the Imperial War Museum and you will be getting a parent mail about it soon.

A massive thank you to the Rev Denis, Rev Phil and Pastor Rueben who came to talk to us about how and why they were called to their roles in church and how they practice the liturgy in their own tradition. It was very interesting and the children all learnt a great deal.

Members of the choir have been practising very hard for the service next week at St Paul’s Cathedral and are looking forward to attending with Mr Schumm, Miss Rachel and myself next Friday.

Have a brilliant weekend.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

English with Mr Schumm

Dear Parents

As interviews start to come in for those children sitting the 11 plus, we continue to wish them the best of luck. Those that have interviews should just be their wonderful chatty selves and I’m sure that they will excel.

In Maths we have continued to look at percentages and fractions and word problems associated with themse topics. Towards the end of the week we moved on to the conversion of measure. This will continue into next week.

At St Stephen’s only do we have the support of specialist teachers such as Miss Rachel for music, Mrs Peraira for Spanish and Alastair for sport, but this year we also have the privilege of Miss Billington teaching the class computing. Guess which class I teach RE to in the meantime?

We are also incredibly lucky to have the joy of Mr Schumm teaching the class creative writing. Together they are reading and analysing the classic novel Animal Farm by George Orwell. I remember doing that one in high school! Quite apt in our politically challenging times. The children thoroughly enjoyed their first session yesterday and at the end of the lesson, after Mr Schumm left, it was lovely to hear them enthusiastically debating what they thought would happen next.

Science workshops have been running all week during which our Scientist-in-Residence Mrs McGregor has been tecahing  Year 5 and 6 about space. The children have been conducting their own experiments and have created a space research station which hopefully some of you came to see after school today.

Finally, a quick word on Boosters.  These kick off next week and we very much hope to have your support – these extra classes will be incredibly useful for SATs but are also designed to encourage your children to be the best they can be.  We have another assessment  week coming up soon which will provide a opportunity for the children to show me how much they have learnt!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

Happy New Year

 

Dear Parents

Happy New Year and welcome back – I hope you have all had a lovely and restful break. It’s hard to believe but we are creeping towards the half-way mark. Time does go by quickly as we get older!

In Maths we have been looking at percentages and fractions. We have been discussing how important this knowledge is in life and how we use percentages every day, for example when we go shopping in the sales. Next week I will be giving them some word problems so that they can work out how much I can save on a shirt from Debenhams when there’s a 30% reduction!

In RE we have been looking at how Christian worship uses liturgy and how it can differ in different churches. We discussed who uses liturgy, which hymns are sung, and how we feel when we walk into church. As we move forward we will be looking at the ways in which Communion is celebrated and how icons and symbols are used in church. We will also look at the way we worship as a school through assemblies and church services.

In English we have started looking at poetry and we have been studying ‘The Kraken’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson. The children have started by breaking down the tough language within the poem to get to the meaning behind the prose.  They have come up with descriptive words and phrases to describe the Kraken and have used these to portray their own interpretation of this mythical creature. Next week they will be writing their own poem based on the Kraken.

I would like to take this opportunity to say good luck to all the children who have been taking 11 plus exams this week. I understand that this can be a stressful time for everyone and I sincerely hope that all their hard work pays off. The children have been very calm in class and have worked hard to catch up with work they have missed. I am proud of them all!

I very much enjoyed marking the Greek projects. I have been particularly impressed with the layout and the unique content. It has been wonderful reading about Greek myths such as ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’ and ‘Daedalus and Icarus’, battles and battle formations, Greek fashion and Greek theatre. It is a great feeling to learn from one’s students!

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

Friday 20th December

Dear Parents

Well it is quite unbelievable that we are already a third of the way through the academic year!

Thank you to all of you who came to our ‘Carols by Candlelight’ concert last night; I am sure you’ll agree the children sang and performed beautifully. It brought a tear to my eye! Well done to Year 6   for singing ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ so tunefully and to those that learnt lines and read in church so clearly and confidently. The solos were wonderful and the grand finale was full of passion and humour (thank you Miss Bell).

I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching your children this term. They are a fantastic and lively class and I’m loving getting to know them. We have worked hard this term but we have also had a lot of fun.  A few highlights which stand out for me are PGL, our brilliant class assembly on spreading hope, the D & T days and of course the wonderful Greek projects.  We’ve also been lucky enough to enjoy trips to the Lyric Theatre and the British Museum.

I have said it before and I will say it again. Your children are blessed to have a school like St Stephen’s but more importantly St Stephen’s is blessed to have them!

Thank you so much for all the Christmas gifts, you have all been so generous and it is hugely appreciated. Mrs Walsh and Miss Tami has also asked me to thank you on their behalf.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and fruitful New Year. I hope you all have a lovely and restful break and look forward to seeing you in January.

God Bless you all.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

As well as the homework we have set (see the website) there is also the optional choice to enter into a writing competition. Please see below.

The Daunt Books Children’s Short Story Competition.

All your child’s own work and must be between 1500 words.

You should email your story as an attachment to l.pereira@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.ukth 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 the winning stories will be published in during summer term.

Step back to Ancient Greece

Dear Parents

Well the term is now winding down… what I mean by ‘winding down’ is that it is getting even busier! The children are in and out of class so frequently that it is hard to know who is where! On Thursday lunchtime the choir took part in a Christmas carol singing competition in Westfield – Miss Rachel said they were amazing and as a result were runners up, winning £200 for the school. Apparently the soloists were wonderful.  

Speaking of singing … it was wonderful to see the dress rehearsal of the nativity. The class was wonderfully enthusiastic seeing their buddies perform – particularly when the cows got up to sing! On a similar note the children have been asked to learn the words for the carol they will be singing at the Carols by Candlelight service at the end of term and a few children have been asked to do readings as well.   

In my Maths class we have been continuing our work on fractions. We have been looking at calculating fractions for all four operations and 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 and they have all worked really hard to get to grips with all the different methods they need to remember.   

As I am sure you are all aware, this class is very adept at arguing – and for once this skill came in very handy! In English this week, the children put pen to paper and wrote a letter to the Mayor of London asking him to either legalise graffiti or to come down stronger on those that currently ignore the law. The children were asked to include (and negate) counter points to show that they have understood the reasoning behind both sides of the debate. They then used this knowledge to independently plan, write and edit a letter to the Education Secretary asking for Miss Trunchball (From Roald Dahl’s Matilda) to be removed from her post as headmistress of Cruncham Hall. I have nearly finished marking their efforts and they have done an amazing job.

Speaking of research…’The Greek Projects’! I have been overwhelmed by the obvious effort that everyone has put into them – and by the authenticity and individuality of each and every one. 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 Pandora’s Box, a selection of Greek armour and weapons, a Parthenon an Acropolis, a Greek Trireme, Icarus wings, a labyrinth complete with Minotaur helmet,  lots of authentic looking pottery, a Trojan horse and some beautiful Greek clothing! And this was just my own class! There were equally amazing examples in Mr Gane’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. I can honestly say this will be the hardest set of projects that I have ever had to judge and I hope you managed to see them today. Congratulations to all the children and probably to some of the parents!

Kind Regards

Alex Perry  

Look out he's behind you!

Dear Parents.

It has been another busy week with lots happening in Year 6 at St Stephen’s. The children have been working incredibly hard in my Maths group to master the method for long division before moving on to fractions. It’s not easy and some of the class has struggled with the concept. For those individuals, I have suggested that they write the times table for the number they are dividing by in a column in their workings. For example if the sum is 8765 ÷ 45 then the children should spend a few moments writing out their 45 times table. This method has really helped children in the past and I thoroughly recommend it to all the children who find mental maths difficult.   

As I am sure you are all aware, this class is very adept at arguing – and for once this skill came in very handy! In English this week, the children put pen to paper and wrote a letter to the Mayor of London asking him to either legalise graffiti or to come down stronger on those that currently ignore the law. The children were asked to include (and negate) counter points to show that they have understood the reasoning behind both sides of the debate. I have yet to mark the letters, but looking over shoulders and based on input in lessons this week, I am expecting some persuasive and eloquent arguments.  Well done!

Sport matches have been coming thick and fast over the last couple of weeks, with many of the children out at events including football, tag rugby, netball and dodgeball (coming up next week). It is wonderful that there are so many opportunities for children at St Stephen’s and I know Clare and Alastair work tirelessly to find events to include as many children as possible. Thank you again to our marvellous sports teachers.    

On Thursday, we went to The Lyric Theatre to see this year’s pantomime Cinderella. It is usually excellent fun…I say usually because three years ago I was asked to come on stage at the end and dance with the Dame. I can’t help but worry that I might get picked on again, so my enjoyment of pantomimes has been ruined and unfortunately I was a nervous wreck for the duration of the performance!  However, it was a great show and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  

As a little act of pre-Christmas cheer, I have decided not to give the children homework this week. I suggest that they use this now free-time to work on their Greek Projects which are due in two weeks. Please remind the children that they do have Matheletics which must be completed by Monday.

Have a brilliant weekend.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry   

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.