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Summer term - week 6/7/20

Literacy – today you should be watching the last part of ‘Mad about Minibeasts.’  If you have missed these there are 5 short videos of me reading the poems on the homework page entitled Mad about Minibeasts.

This week you are going to have a go at writing some minibeast poetry.

Monday/Tuesday – The first type of poetry you are going to have a go at is ACROSTIC poetry.  This is where you write the name of your minibeast down the side of your page and each letter starts the words/lines.

For example,          Wiggling

                            On the ground.

                            Rolling through the


As you can see it says WORM downwards and each letter begins the line.  A line can be a single work or a sentence (or part of one).  As this task is to be done over two days I expect you to have done at least 2 different minibeasts (although you can have a go at more if you want to).  I have included some readymade acrostic poetry sheets but you may want to pick a different minibeast.  

Wednesday/Thursday – Next we will have a go at writing a poem more in the style of the ones from ‘Mad about Minibeasts.’  Again you need to decide which minibeast you are going to base your poem on.

For example,       Worms

                             I wiggle along the ground,

                             Enjoying my time in the dirt.

                             I’m long and I’m thin and I live in the mud,

                             Don’t step on me or I’ll go squish.

As you can see this poem doesn’t rhyme (the ones in the poetry book do) but poetry doesn’t have to rhyme.  It can be very hard to make things rhyme, so remember it can but it doesn’t have to.  Again have a go at two different minibeast poems (they don’t have to be the same minibeasts as you chose for your acrostic poems).

Friday – Make sure all of your poems are completed.  They need to be beautifully written and decorated.  I look forward to seeing the finished work.


Phonics – Carry out at least 2 Education City activities per day.

Over the next few weeks we are going to revisit some of the digraphs that we learnt earlier this year.  I am going to assume that we are all confident with sh, ch, th, ng as these were the first digraphs that we learnt and so we have already practiced these a lot.

This week we are going to look at ur, ow, er, oi

See video to remind you of the pronunciation of the digraphs.

Can I please remind Mrs Bradley’s phonics group to complete the activities that she is setting for you, but as we are practising the digraphs you may like to have a go at some of these as well.

Monday – play the games ‘Pick a Picture’ and ‘Buried Treasure’ on phonics play. these games are free to use at the moment just use the user name march20 and the password home.  Click on resources – phase 3 – and then on the Pick a Picture game.  After you press start it will give you 3 options, pick phase 3 digraphs.  The ‘Buried Treasure’ game is just the same as Dragons Den.  Once you have clicked on the game it will again ask you which phase – phase 3 – and then ask which sound you want to look at.  Pick either ‘ur’, ‘ow’, ‘er’ or ‘oi’.  Play several times and then you can do all of the sounds.

Tuesday –  make a list of 5 ur words; 5 ow words; 5 er words and 5 oi words.  Just a little reminder about ur/er – ur usually goes at the beginning/middle of words and er usually goes at the end of words (although I know that this is not always the case).  It does not matter if these words are spelt correctly as long as you use the sound correctly.

Wednesday – We have now covered all of the tricky words that you would have looked at having a go at writing had you been in school.  So from now on we will just be writing sentences containing those tricky words for you to practise writing them.  I will keep the rest of the words quite simple as it is the tricky words that we will be concentrating on.  Get your mum/dad to check you spelling and then if you have made a mistake practice writing the word several times correctly, this will help you to remember it.  I have made all of the tricky words bold so that you know which ones we are working on.

He can be in the mud.                  No we are not in.

They can go to my van.               She was with me.

Thursday – We have now looked at all of the tricky words that you would have learnt had you been in school.  So today I have created a little video where I hold up each word and you have to have a go at reading it.  If you need to pause the video to think about each word that is fine, just ask your mum/dad to help you.  This will be just like the flash cards that you have in your pencil cases.  Keep practising these words until you can read them easily.

Friday – To continue to practice your cursive handwriting (see video),


Maths – carry out at least 2 Education City activities per day.

We are going to be using white rose maths where there are activities available which give you a task to carry out each day.

This week we are looking at ‘Capacity’.

Have a go at setting up a rain gauge in your garden.  Work out which day had the most rain and which day had the least?  Make a jug of juice and estimate how many glasses can be filled from it.

Capacity – take 3 different sized (empty) containers and estimate (guess) their order of capacity (from holds the least to holds the most).  There is a table for you to complete to show your guesses.  Compare their capacities by filling one with water and pouring the contents into the other.  Do this until you have worked out the final capacity order.  Write the results in your table.  Were you correct?

Carry out this activity several times with different containers.



This week I thought we could all have a go at moving like a minibeast.  After all a butterfly is going to move in a very different way to a caterpillar or a bee.  Do as many different minibeasts as you can.  If you record it as a video and download it onto the ILD I can try to guess which minibeast you are.  Don’t forget to tell me though or I won’t know if I was right!

I am also leaving on the list of activities from last week (sports week).  I know that some of you have done these but it may be that you didn’t get chance to do them all and let’s be honest the weather on Friday wasn’t really conducive to a sports day activity.

The NSSW ‘Sports week at home’ document (which I have taken the Monday – Thursday challenges from) is still available for you to download from our class page on the website (you will need the links for Thursday’s challenges).

MondaySpeed Bounce – How many times can you jump from side to side in 60 seconds?

            -  In the Box – How far away from the box can you get and still land your ball on target?

TuesdayCool Catcher – How many throws and catches can you do with a partner in 60 seconds?

WednesdaySwipe & Swap – How good are you at moving objects with different parts of your body?  Have a go.

       - Go for a bike ride – Challenge yourself to cycle further than you have.  Stay safe and take notice of your environment.  Always listen to the adult in charge.

ThursdayPartner Dance – find a partner and have fun.  Either copy the dance (find by clicking on this activity on the attached NSSW document) or choreograph your own.

               - Disney Dance Along – looking for inspiration then check out these Disney themed dances (click on this activity on the attached NSSW document).  Find a partner, pick your favourite Disney Dance, practice and perform.

Friday – create your own sports day different activities and races e.g. egg and spoon race; running races; hopping race; 3-legged race; skipping; dribbling a football.


Topic – Minibeasts

This week we are creating minibeasts out of salt dough.  Attached are the instructions on how to make the salt dough.  I have tried out this recipe and it does work, although I did need a little more water to make the dough stick together.  Basically if your dough is too wet add a little flour, if it is too dry then add a little water.  Once you have made your salt dough then you need to create some minibeasts.  Don’t make them too big/thick or they won’t dry.  Then put them on a baking tray (lined with baking paper) and put them in the oven to dry out – 3 hours on gas mark 2/150 C.  If the heat is too high, then your models will crack.  Ensure that your models have completely dried out and then once they are cool you can paint them.  After the paint has dried cover them with a layer of PVA glue, this will dry clear and will help to seal them so that no moisture can get into the dough.  I am sure that you will be able to make several different minibeasts with the dough you have made.

Then take a picture of them and put it onto the ILD.  Maybe you could create a little habitat for them to live int.

I have also included some minibeast songs/rhymes for you to have a go at.  Some are sung to tunes you will recognise and others are rhymes that you could have a go at making up a tune to go with them.  There are 4 songs (with backing tracks if you need them) and 3 rhymes for you to recite or you could make up your own tune to go with them.  You will find everything you need when you download the homework.

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