Term 5 4.5.20 Optional English, Maths, Foundation subject learning resources

Dear Rhino Class

Welcome to week 3 of Term 5. Here are some additional home learning reources.

                   I have been thinking about your writing and how we can keep doing this while not at school.

Here is one option: Flash Fiction Friday at https://grimmandco.co.uk/activities/flashficfri/

When: new writing challenges are posted every Friday morning.

Deadline: each Sunday 5pm

Length: 60 words maximum

Enter: upload a video / audio recording or type and email to: grimmapothecary@gmail.com  making sure you use #flashficfri hashtag to your posts. 

Inspiration: a weekly video by an author to set the challenge. This week is by LD Lapinski - she wrote Strange Worlds Traveller - check her out at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNvbnkt42BySKYZeNQxpi0TCwEMfDvoLg

Don't forget to send a copy of your story to me using your email on Purple Mash. Good Luck!

               Last week I uploaded a timetable for Year 5s and Year 6s with 3 lessons per day. English (in a sequence), Maths (in a sequence) and 5 separate foundation subject lessons. These are planned and taught by other primary school teachers, so are the closest resource that I have found to what it would be like in school - I highly recommend this resource. You could use this website as your daily lessons and dip in to the other resources or just treat these as dip-ins too. Year 5 Monday to Friday week 3: https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-5#schedule
Year 6 Monday to Friday week
3: https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-6#schedule

               Don't forget you should be doing 3 hours a day. An hour of maths, an hour of English (reading, spelling, writing) and an hour of foundation learning (home learning project or the daily suggestions I make). You have loads of resources to use: our class website (this website weekly update / other resources on our website), the Rhino Class weekly email letter (via the office), Conquer Maths (the termly tasks and reaching platinum on each strand in maths), Times Tables Rock Stars, Purple Mash, Curriculum Visions, Letter Join, Spell Zone, Oxford Owls e-reading and coming this week - Cracking Comprehension.  It's really great that you have so much to choose from - pick and choose - mix it up so that you don't get bored with one resource. 

                      As a whole school - we had a challenge to send an email using Purple Mash. I have also set you some optional tasks on Purple Mash (2Dos tab): an online safety course Stranger (you'll receive and send some emails giving advice to someone in class); an email from King Alfred (please do reply to him / answer his question and wait for his 2nd email too); a spelling test; a spelling dictation test and coming to your 2Dos tab on Wednesday, Impulsive Communications (another online safety course). I have left some voice recordings on work completed and awarded rewards - check these out.

                                It has been so great to chat to so many of you with our 'Talk-at-Ten' calls. Something that has come to my attention is our mental well-being. I would like to remind you about some the resources available.

When the going gets tough, it may be helpful to refer to the Keys to Happiness https://www.actionforhappiness.org/10-keys;especially No. 5 Keep Learning New Things and No. 8 Focus on what’s good. Young Minds have online resources on speaking to your child about the Corona Virus, or for them to use themselves: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/. Finally MIND also have online resources on how to take care of your mental wellbeing https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/wellbeing/wellbeing/

                      I am also going to set you 2 writing tasks on well-being for the following two weeks (week 4 & 5). Look out for these in our Friday Rhino Class email update. Of course these are optional - but I do recommend them if you have found things a little tricky at times.


Finally - if you are missing assemblies - why not join a virtual one. This Thursday 7th at 11am (repeated weekly). THis week it is on HOPE. https://www.thenational.academy/assembly

Take care everyone and enjoy your week.

Mrs Mottram kiss









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