CRENVER

Monday 6th July
Term 6 Week 6
 
Please find below the SPAG tasks and the maths worksheets for this week. The Y5 maths focuses on shape and the Y6 on angles. If you require a protractor, there are a number in the school office to borrow. As ever, the videos are available with excellent and thorough explanations on the White Rose website here: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/
 
This week, there will be 4 live literacy lessons at 11am on: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
There will be 3 live Guided Reading lessons at 1.20pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
 
It has been great to see everyone working away at home and I hope the children are finding the lessons useful in this format. 
If possible, it would be great if the work I set is completed through the Google Doc which I will attach to each 'assignment'. This means I can see their work easily and provide feedback comments directly. I understand this might not always be possible, however.
 
I look forward to seeing as many as you as possible virtually across the week.
 
Monday 29th June
Term 6 Week 5
 
It was great to see so many of you in the Google Meets last week (notwithstanding the technical issues on all sides!) and hopefully those for whom it did not work can join us this week! Please find the details of this week's home learning below, along with the timings of live lessons which fit in with it.
 
 
 
Literacy
We are looking at narrative poetry this week in Literacy. We have studied a fair few already this year and it is just about time to try writing our own.
There will be live lessons on Monday and Tuesday at 11am which will set everyone up to write their own narrative poem on Wednesday and Thursday with another live lesson on Friday at 11am to hear/see the debut performances!
If you are unable to make all the live lessons, the slides are below and I would suggest working through them for the days missed so that the full sequence is met.
I will also post the slides and accompanying work in Google Classroom, tied to the live lesson, as I did for the reading session last Friday.
 
Guided Reading
 
There will be live Guided Reading lessons on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday this week, all at 1.20. I will post the text and the slides in Google Classroom as we go. These lessons will be sequential, all focused on the narrative poem 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes (it's a long one!)
Again, if you are unable to make all the live lessons, I would suggest working on the specific days on the slides at home so you still follow the same sequence as everyone else.
 
Maths
I have posted the worksheets for the White Rose scheme below.
Y6 are revising ratio and scale factors.
Y5 are looking at angles. A protractor is needed for some of the Y5 work this week. You can find some online versions by searching for 'online protractor' but they are not always easy to use. There is a pile of protractors in the school office/entrance if you would like to drop in and pick one up for the week.
 
SPAG
There is a set of SPAG slides as usual with answers attached.
 
 
Monday 22nd June
 
Thank you to those who have already signed into the Google Classroom for Crenver; if you have any questions about the set up, please do ask. I will update you on the plan for the first live session once I have the timetable completed but it will come towards the end of the week and I look forward to 'seeing' as many as possible there! 
 
This week has two exciting 'extra-curricular' events: the Cornwall Virtual School Games and the Virtual Music Festival and full details can be found on the homepage of Class Dojo. I have not set any work specifically for Tuesday to encourage as many as possible to join in with the workshops in the music festival.
 
Term 6 Week 4 Home Learning
 
Literacy
 
This week, the children are focusing on several different, but linked, techniques in their narrative writing. The powerpoint guides through each day with examples to help.
 
Maths
 
The Y5 maths continues to look at decimals and completing calculations with decimal numbers.
The Y6 are looking at the areas and volumes of different 2D and 3D shapes.
 
Reading
A technical hitch! I will upload the reading tasks for the week when I am in school on Monday!
 
SPAG
 
I have reverted to the previous style of SPAG slides which allow the children to practise a range of skills learned this year.
 
 
Monday 15th June
Term 6 Week 3
 
Thank you to everyone who has sent in crosswords this week - I am slowly working my way through them but finding that crosswords made by children are infinitely harder than the ones in the newspapers if one does not play many video games!
I have seen some fantastic examples of writing from this week's literacy task as well; some really interesting and complex characters emerged from a bundle of objects and a few prompts so well done all!
 
I appreciate that taking pictures of the work can be a finickity but it is great for me to see and hear how the children are getting along with the home learning. It is possible to send typed documents which I can give some more detailed feedback too (especially good for written tasks) and documents can also be emailed to be. If at all possible, I would like to hear about each child each week (and we could arrange a phone call if you feel that would be more suitable or convenient) or see some of the work they have completed.
 
This week's home learning is attached below and, as ever, please do get in touch if you have any questions or queries.
 

Term 6 Week 3 (15th June)

Literacy

I have uploaded a powerpoint with this week’s literacy tasks, with specific tasks for each day. I have tried to include illustrative examples as much as possible but please do ask if you are unsure. There are references to a number of grammatical terms; remember that there is a SPAG knowledge organiser and the glossary from the National Curriculum uploaded to the website to use if needed.

Maths

Y5: The week starts by finding percentages and comparing them with fractions and decimals before looking at adding numbers which include decimals.

Y6: A continuation of algebra to start the week and then learning how to convert different non-standard units.

For either year group, this link https://nrich.maths.org/1249 has a great game for practising finding equivalencies between percentages, fractions and decimals. The first level is reasonably straightforward but scroll down to find subsequent levels which get very tricky indeed!

SPAG

This week’s SPAG has a specific focus of parentheses with several explanatory slides and then questions to answer as well.

Reading

I have uploaded the one of the classic novel opening tasks for this week: the rather exceptional opening of ‘White Fang’. Personally, I think, as a novel opening, there are not many better!

Challenge

I asked the Y6 what they thought could be a good challenge this week and several of them suggested a construction challenge. 

So, with that in mind, the challenge this week is to build a vehicle. 

It can be made of absolutely anything (lego, recycling, leaves and sticks, mushrooms, leftover cereal, old socks…) and be any size, shape or design you wish but, generally, the stranger and more complicated the design the better! 

 
Monday 8th June
T6W2 Home Learning
 
Literacy
 
The uploaded powerpoint has a guide for each day across this week. The Y6 in school did a version of this last week and I shall share some examples of their excellent work as the week goes on. There are not really any 'right' answers but the children should be able to explain and justify why they have made certain decisions, using the basic evidence they are presented with.
As always, I would love to see any examples - particularly of their writing which 'shows' their reader the characters' personalities from Wednesday and Thursday.
 
 
Maths
 
Y5 focus on decimals this week. We covered parts of this before we broke up so hopefully there will be some lingering understanding.
 
Y6 are looking at algebra which is a really fun (yes, fun!) topic and perfectly suitable for Y5s as well if they want to have a crack!
 
SPAG
 
This week's SPAG work is slightly different as it focused around clauses, their structures and how to join and separate them. It is not split into 5 days so it might be useful to start the week with the SPAG which can then be referred to and used explicitly in the writing tasks. Alternatively, you might wish to complete the SPAG work after the writing pieces and then go back in to check the longer writing against what has been covered in SPAG. It is up to you!
 
Of course, if you need any support then do get in touch. 
 
Reading
 
There is a powerpoint which covers the first two chapters of the rather brilliant 'Orphans of the Tide' by Struan Murray. I have uploaded the extracts in separate word documents which are also available to read freely on the website link on the first slide of the powerpoint. 
 
The two chapters together are reasonably long and you might wish to take one at a time.
 
Challenge.
 
Create your own crossword!
Crosswords are a fantastic way to build vocabulary and understanding of word meanings but building your own is an even more intellectual task.
Decide on your answers and then devise clues for each one. You could use synonyms (ie: really happy/delighted) or use good facts you know (area of great volcanic activity/Ring of Fire).
 
I LOVE crosswords and I will attempt to solve everyone that you send back! I might even share them with the Y6s in class if they reach us before the end of the week!
 
 

Monday 1st June

Below you can find the home learning tasks for this week. I am back in school from Monday (I will see the Y6 on Wednesday!) so I will be less available during school hours each day to answer questions; however, I will ensure that I respond to any as quickly as I can. If you get stuck, (or run out of things to do!!) and I haven’t responded, I would again recommend Oak Academy and BBC Bitesize to tide you over.

For the Y6 children, the English work is not what we will be doing once you return on Wednesday but feel free to start it and it may be something you can finish off as we go along. The maths work is what we will work on from Wednesday so it would be great if you could tackle the Monday and Tuesday lessons so that we can pick up together on Wednesday.

I hope that you have managed to enjoy the half term this week; I am very much looking forward to seeing Y6 on Wednesday and I really hope that we can reunited with the Y5s soon too.

Home Learning T6W1

English

For English this week, I would like you to complete a non-chronological report (these are the sorts of texts you find in encyclopedias and often called simply ‘reports’).

You have a completely free choice as to what you want to write about so make it something that you are interested in or passionate about. You will need to research your chosen topic and plan it out carefully before you start writing.

You can present it in any way you want. You could write it in your book, you could make it into a poster, you could record it as a script for a video presentation; the possibilities are endless! I have included some examples of double-page spreads which we used earlier in the year (you need to look in the uploaded file for the pictures); these can be a great way to get a poster-style presentation but keep the presentation neat and tidy (if you have a double page left in your book!).

I have uploaded some useful resources to help you: a checklist of features to try to use; a planning sheet; some key vocabulary which you might use; some example reports to read. You do not have to use any of them but they are there if you wish to. I would LOVE to see the final results!

     

Maths

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

Y5: It is more work on fractions this week, multiplying fractions by whole numbers and finding fractions of amounts. Fractions as a concept can be difficult so I cannot recommend enough that the children follow the supporting videos to see the methods and explanations in action.

If it is a struggle, it may well be worth going back over previous weeks’ lessons which cover more of the basics of fractions to ensure that the key ideas of finding equivalencies and ordering fractions are solid.

Y6: It is finding equivalencies between fractions, decimals and percentages this week. Previous weeks have addressed the separate parts of this and could be worth looking at again if your child finds the equivalencies difficult.

**I will use this week’s lessons once the Y6 children return on Wednesday. It would be handy (although not essential) if they work through the lessons for Monday and Tuesday at home.**

SPAG

I have uploaded the slides with answers as usual. Please remember that there is a SPAG Knowledge Organiser and the National Curriculum glossary of SPAG terms towards the bottom of the class page which can help with any vocabulary you may not be familiar with.

Reading

I have uploaded a reading task based around Stig of the Dump; there is a short extract, some questions and a writing task. For some reason, it is a 2 page document and the first page is blank so you can skip straight to page 2!

 

Challenge

This is a great one! Can you draw a complete face without taking your pencil off the page at all? This is called continuous line drawing and is a lot harder than it sounds. Start with a face but what else can you attempt? There are some examples below (you need to look in the uploaded document for the pictures).

Monday 18th May
 
I have uploaded the resources for this week's home learning below and I hope you find them useful. Please do get in touch via Class Dojo to let me know how you get on; whether it is celebrating something excellent or helping with tricky SPAG or Maths problems I am here to help. 
Likewise, if you have any questions or concerns, please do ask.
 
I have not yet found a more efficient way to upload the maths worksheets so I apologise for the long list of downloadables. Remember that the instructional videos are still hosted on the White Rose website.
Y5 lessons start with Adding and Subtracting fractions.
Y6 lessons start with multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.
 

T5W6 Home Learning

Maths
https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

Please remember that the video links are still hosted on the above website but that the worksheets and answers can be downloaded below.

Both year groups are covering skills which we have studied this year but that many found challenging. Please do get in touch if you have any questions as you work through the week and, if it becomes too much of a challenge, then please do not worry about forcing the issue. As always, calculation practice (methods available in links above) and mastering all the times tables up to 12x12 are excellent back-ups which will have a huge impact too.

Literacy

This week, I would like the children to focus on setting descriptions and use some lessons from BBC Bitesize to practice some important skills which can help. I have provided links to the lessons and a suggested order, thinking that one lesson could be completed each day with the final writing tasks on Thursday and Friday. I have chosen two contrasting settings to describe in detail to test out the skills. Of course, you are free to move faster or slower at this and to skip sections of the BBC Bitesize lessons if they are not needed.

Monday: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zbkwqp3
Tuesday: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zn26hbk
Wednesday: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zbd7mfr
Thursday: Use the skills learned from these lessons to write a detailed setting description about this picture: https://www.onceuponapicture.co.uk/portfolio_page/life-of-pi/
Friday: A contrasting setting to describe today: https://www.onceuponapicture.co.uk/portfolio_page/lighthouse-town/

Reading

There are two reading sessions uploaded for this week, both linked to last week’s in different ways. One is an extract from ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders’ and the other from ‘You can save the planet: 101 ways you can make a difference’.

SPAG

I have uploaded another set of slides with answers which cover key SPAG requirements covered so far this year. Please remember that there is a SPAG Knowledge Organiser and the National Curriculum glossary document further down the page which could help with definitions.

Science

Our most recent science topic was on forces and as a little reminder, I have uploaded a file with a number of different pictures and the definition of some of forces we learned about. I would like the children to label the pictures (either by printing and labeling or by sketching them) with the different forces which are acting upon the objects.

The BBC bitesize website has videos and explanations if support is needed (it is starting to seem like a long time ago we covered this!).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/znmmn39

Challenge

I have been enjoying the results of your arty challenges so much that I decided to set another. Here is ‘Recycled Robot’ by artist Darrell Wakelam which is based on the Iron Man. Can you either make your own recycled robot or an original creation made from the recycling lying around your house? More ideas from Darrell can be found on his website here: https://www.darrellwakelam.com/

Week of Monday 11th May
 
It would have been SATs week for the Y6 this week and I must admit it feels very strange not to be going through the usual emotions and preparations this weekend! On the one hand, it is a shame that the Y6 will not get to show off all that they know in the formal way but I am sure they are quite glad that they aren't sitting test paper next week. The weather is always brilliant in SATs week too!
 
Thank you again for all the brilliant examples of home learning from last week - I always enjoy looking at them. Please remember that the deadline for the nature writing competition in Sunday evening (10th) at midnight and that you need to complete the permission form to go along with it. There have been some amazing pieces of work and it would be a real shame if they didn't get submitted. All information can be found here: https://www.365dayswild.com/could-you-be-the-next-top-nature-writer/
 
I have uploaded the resources for the week ahead under the post and copied in the instructions below. There are more files to download from the website this week due to the changes in the maths (see below) so apologies for that but there isn't an easier way for me to put them up.
 

T5W5 Home Learning

Maths
https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

Slight change to the maths for this week. The guided videos are still on the White Rose website as always; however the worksheets are now only available to premium subscribers. The good news is that Crowan is a premium subscriber so we still have access! I will post the worksheets and answer sheets on the class page of the school website for download.

It does not say on the worksheets which is for Y5 or Y6 so I have listed the topics here and the lessons do appear in the same uploaded blocks to follow.

Year 5: Area and fractions.
Year 6: Multiplying and dividing fractions.

Literacy

For this week, I would like the children to keep a daily diary of their lives.  I was tipped off by a parent about this website http://www.massobs.org.uk/write-for-us/12th-may which is a project to chronicle the lives of as many people as possible across the UK on a single day: the 12th of May. It started on the 12th of May on 1937 on the day of George VI’s coronation. If you would like your child to contribute specifically towards this project, and have their writing archived for the study of future generations, you could type and email Wednesday’s entry to the email listed on the website or complete the template I have uploaded and post it (they will be accepting responses for a while so no need to make a ‘non-essential’ trip to the post box!).

For each entry, your child should consider:

  • What they have done that day,
  • What the other people in the household have been doing,
  • The weather,
  • Anything different or specific to that particular day,
  • How this period of life is different to usual because of the school closure and what that means for/to them.

Reading

I have uploaded a reading session based on Greta Thunberg for this week. The text is reasonably complicated; when we would read a text like this in class I would do the bulk of the reading aloud so please feel free to read the text to your child if needed.

SPAG

There is another set of SPAG slides to keep up some of the key skills learned this year.

Challenge

I have discovered a brilliant set of draw-a-long videos by the illustrator and author Rob Biddulph in which he teaches, step by step, how to draw some of his creations. They are so good, even I managed to draw them! Choose a couple and let me know how you got on.

http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob

Monday 4th May
 
I have attached the resources for this week below as usual and copied in the text of the general plan here as well. 
I am working at our Wendron Hub this week and therefore will most likely not be able to reply to messages etc during the day but I shall ensure I check in regularly in case there are any questions.
Thank you to everyone that has sent something across to me this week - believe it or not I do actually miss seeing all this work every day!
 

T5W4 Home Learning

Maths
https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

Y5: The first 3 lessons from White Rose this week focus on multiplication and division methods and you child may well not need to do these if they are confident in the long multiplication and short division. I would suggest lesson 4 would be useful to revise perimeter and that they then tackle the Y6 content on fractions (everybody’s favourite!).

Y6:
Use the White Rose home learning sessions to revise the important parts of fractions (yay!).

Literacy

1) Poem: There is a clock on the church in my village which always tells the wrong time. I have written the first 6 lines of a poem about it; can you finish it off? It can be as long, as silly and as strange as you like but I would like you to stick to the structure of rhyming couplets: that is, each pair of lines should rhyme as the first section shows.

There is a clock in my village that tells the wrong time,

When it is half past three it says a quarter to nine.

It means that the villagers have no idea what to do,

When they go out at seven thirty but the clock says half past two.

They start eating their breakfast when they should be asleep,

And when it’s time to go to work they are off counting sheep!

2) I have uploaded two more reading sessions with links to texts: one on Greek gods and heroes and one which another general short history of the Greeks. The extracts are from www.lovereading4kids.co.uk which is an absolutely brilliant site which offers recommendations, lists and free extracts. You do need to create a free account to access the extracts but it is well worth it.

3) The deadline for the nature stories was extended until the 10th of May (Sunday) so your child may wish to continue polishing and editing this idea.

SPAG

I have uploaded another set of slides for SPAG revision. I’ve only done 4 as Friday is *technically* a bank holiday! Please remember the glossary from the National Curriculum and the Knowledge Organiser are further down on the class page if you need any explanations.

Challenge

I saw this on the internet and thought it was brilliant. Can you use everyday objects which are lying around your house to create some interesting art work? There are some examples in the word document (definitely not drawn by me!) to inspire you – all you need is paper, a pencil and ‘a thing’!

 

Monday 27th April
 
Please find below the tasks for this week's home learning. I have copied the text from the word document into the post in case anyone has trouble opening it. The files needed will be underneath this post.
 
I hope that everyone is finding this useful, accessible and not too overwhelming. I have not had a great deal of questions or queries so far; I hope this is because everything is working smoothly but please, please do contact me on Class Dojo if you have any questions at all about any of the home learning or, indeed, anything else to do with your child's learning and progress.
 
Enjoy this week and let's hope the rain doesn't actually arrive!

T5W3 Home Learning

The structure for this week is a bit different as I wanted to incorporate some of the topic that we would have been learning about if we were at school. Our topic would have been Ancient Greece and therefore I have uploaded a series of reading sessions which are all focused around this period. The powerpoint file is divided into 7 sections which link to the BBC Bitesize website sections and follows the style of the reading sessions we would do in class. There are a number of extra clips and interactive sections on each page which I would definitely recommend checking out; however you do not need these to answer the questions.

Here is some guidance on how to use this.

  •          If necessary, read the text with your child. Perhaps take it turn to read a paragraph or you could read it first and then they attempt it. Even if your child struggles to read this out loud, they will be able to answer the questions if they hear the text and are supported through it.
  •          Answers could be discussed with you rather than written down. If they are written down (especially if child is working on this independently) they should be written in full sentences. No answers starting with because (or yes/no because)!
  •          You might want to work a section at a time rather than trying to complete the whole thing in one sitting.
  •          I will post answers later in the week for questions which have one clear answer (such as the Quick Quiz and Vocabulary questions).
  •          Please feel free to send across any longer answers for me to look at.

Writing

As a writing task this week, there is an excellent competition that closes on Friday at midnight. It has a 500 word limit and is focused all around nature with some really excellent prizes at stake! The link for all the information is here: https://www.365dayswild.com/could-you-be-the-next-top-nature-writer/

Planning resources I have uploaded in previous weeks could be useful and I would love to see any initial drafts to provide feedback and advice before they are sent off.

Maths

Again I recommend using the White Rose Home Learning schemes here: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

It would make sense to continue following the plans in the order in which they are published; this would mean using Summer Term Week 2 plans this week. However, it makes sense to work at your child’s pace and it might make more sense to finish off previous weeks’ lessons rather than starting a new week.

Please do ask for advice if you are unsure about what would be best for your child.

SPAG

I have uploaded another series of SPAG slides with answers.

Weekly Challenge

Another scavenger hunt!

Can you make a rainbow from items found around your house?
Have you got something for each colour in a rainbow?

You get a bonus point if you can arrange them into a rainbow shape!

Monday 20th April
 
Please find below the plan and resources for the home learning this week. I have put guidance in for literacy, maths and SPAG. As ever, use as much or as little of this as you wish. If nothing else, keep your children reading aloud as much as possible and practise the times tables up to 12x12.
 
Thank you for sharing all the great things going on last week (hopefully I remembered to share them all on the Dojo page - apologies if I missed any)!
 
I will share more useful things when I find them - feel free to share anything that you think others might find useful too.
 
You may have seen the the BBC has published lessons and activities which can be accessed online or through the red button on the TV. I have not linked anything explicitly to this scheme but, again, please feel free to use that instead of this if you wish. All practice is good practice!
 
Thanks, stay well and please get in touch on Class Dojo with any questions.
 
Tuesday 14th April
 
A very strange 'welcome back' to Term 5. I hope that you have all found some way to enjoy the beautiful weather over the past weeks and are feeling well.
I also hope that your child's report found its way to you; please let me know if you haven't yet received it.
 
Below, I have attached a document outlining the learning tasks for this week (don't miss the challenge that is on the second page) and any resources that you might want/need to complete them.
I would definitely recommend downloading the KS2 SPAG Knowledge Organiser as it will come in really handy, along with the SPAG glossary which I posted a couple of weeks ago.
 
Please use as much or as little of this as you wish as we all appreciate that 'homeschooling' in the current climate is challenging and that some of you may not be able to attempt these tasks. That is completely understandable.
 
I would love to see any work that the children complete, whether the stories, the maths or their SPAG (and definitely any entries for the challenge!) and I will be able to answer your questions and complete examples for any who need it.
 
Key things which should be practised as much as possible are the multiplication tables up to 12x12 and reading aloud daily. Moreover, I am about to finish a book so if any of the children have some reviews or recommendations for my next read I would be very interested indeed!
 
Thank you, stay well and please do not hesitate to contact me on Class Dojo if you have any questions or concerns.