Welcome to Heroic Hammerheads class page!
Year 5/6 Miss Hollett
Hi there Heroic Hammerheads,
I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed some quality time with your family! I downloaded Disney Plus on Friday afternoon - so I've spent half of my weekend reading and half watching some Disney classics (Lady and the Tramp is my favourite, what is yours?) Hope you're feeling ready for your second week of learning at home! If there is anything that you are really unsure about (after having a good go), don't worry because we'll go over any misunderstandings when we are back at school! Remember that this is completely new for us all, so we can only do our best
I have created a timetable below to put in place for school days - this is just an idea, you can adapt it or not use it at all. I will be setting different tasks per weekday for you to complete at home, and these will be available from 9am each day. I would love it if you kept a diary of any extra activities that you get up to over the upcoming weeks. Remember you don’t need to do ‘school work’ all the time. Spending time with your family and making wonderful memories are just as important.
Hope to see you all very soon and miss you already! Miss Hollett, Mrs Lenham and Mrs Hartley x
In Heroic Hammerheads, we are enthusiastic learners of sign language and we usually finish our school day with what we call 'Sign of the Day', led by one of our wonderful children. Recently, I have spotted an amazing opportunity for children to learn British Sign Language (BSL) for a little contribution of £3 (this is significantly reduced from the standard price of £25). Once the course has been completed, children are awarded a certificate accredited by CPD. Use this link to take a further look!
At 11am, David Walliams will be reading a story a day from The World's Worst Children!
Rob Biddulph, an author and illustrator, is doing draw along videos on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10am. He was the official World Book Day Illustrator for 2019 and 2020. You may recognize some of his drawings.
The Happy Newspaper
Every single day there are people helping others and doing incredible things in all corners of the planet and the majority of them aren't celebrated, but we think they deserve to be recognised! The Happy Newspaper aims to bring a refreshing twist on what we typically know as 'news', reporting on positive changes and truly inspiring people. I have attached an activity pack from them, including lots of lovely quotes, take a look below!
Can you watch the webcams of the animals and write about them? Maybe create an information leaflet? Write a poem? A story? If you want to you could send your work in the post to Edinburgh Zoo, they may add it to their displays in the Zoo when they are back open. Make sure you ask an adult before sending any work to the Zoo!
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The Royal Zooological Society of Scotland have some great links with some lovely activities:
Reading together and reading on your own for pleasure will be the best thing you can do for the next few weeks. Reading can take you off to a new world, it will build your imagination and give you so many ideas for writing stories. I will be more than happy if you enjoy your books outside in the garden or on the sofa if it is raining
Mrs Hartley has been visiting the woods during her daily exercise and has made some amazing stone towers. Mrs Lenham has been painting and cleaning, whilst also taking her dog for walks
Every morning at Long Row, children in KS2 watch newsround. Newsround keeps children up to date with the world around them – creating opportunities to talk about the news with children.
With the schools closed and with us all spending more time at home, it's more important than ever that we keep moving and stay healthy and positive. Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised, and more optimistic. The workouts with Joe will be fun and suitable for all ages and even the adults can get involved. You don't need any equipment, so just tune into Joe's YouTube channel at 9am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout.
Other useful links for exercise and PE are:
Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st March - so this week we're going to be planning and writing our newspaper reports all about the use of plastic and plastic pollution. Remember an important part of doing your bit and changing the world for the better is to be interested, informed and reflective. Using the information sheets, research, comprehensions and posters you created last week - I want you to use the planning format that I have attached below to start thinking about what you will include in your report! Hopefully you have a newspaper name and pictures from Friday too!
Wednesday 1st April - I would like you to write the first draft of your first and second paragraphs of your newspaper report! Remember in your draft you're free to make mistakes, improve and up-level. Keep stopping and reading it to yourself to check accuracy. Use the online dictionary and thesaurus to improve your range of vocabulary. Keep referring back to your toolkit for the features. The first paragraph not only tells what the story is about, it also invites the reader to read further. It should answer the classic 5 W's and a H questions of journalism:
What happened? What could happen?
Who did it? Who did it happen to? Who else was involved?
Where did it happen? Where else will be impacted?
When did it happen? When is it going to happen?
Why did it happen? Why will your reader care?
How did it happen? How does it work?
Remember to catch the attention of your reader by using powerful language!
TRAFFIC is expected to soar during the next decade, bringing gridlock to the cities roads!!
In a dramatic series of events...
Remember your paragraphs should not be too long, otherwise you may lose the attention of your reader. Short sentences can often have a very powerful impact!
Thursday 2nd April - I want you to evaluate and edit what you have written so far. Remember - assessing the effectiveness of your own and others' writing is an important part of year 5/6. Ensure that you proofread for spelling and punctuation errors. Propose any changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning! If you have done this already and you're happy, you can start your final draft!! Collate all the work you have done up until this point to help you
Friday 3rd April - finishing off your final draft of your newspaper report all about the use of plastic and plastic pollution. Make it eye-catching with colourful captions and bold lettering! Once you have finished please save them, as I am so excited to take a look when we are back at school! You could even ask a parent/carer to email a picture into the school office email for me! I'd love to see what you have created
Monday 30th March - this lesson I would like you to have a go at subtracting fractions with 'unlike' denominators. It is very similar to what you were doing last week with adding fractions. You need to change the denominators so that they're the same (LCD) and then simply subtract the numerators. Use this video to help refresh your memory and then have a go at the questions that I have attached below! Adults - I have linked the answers below the questions (on the same page) for you to check afterwards. Good luck; let's have another amazing week!!
Tuesday 31st March - carrying on from yesterday, today I would like you to continue practising subtracting fractions! Remember - you're doing a great job Watch this video first to remind yourself of how to work it out. Afterwards, I would like you to start the White Rose worksheet I have attached below, you don't need to complete it all today, you can save some questions till tomorrow if you wish!
Wednesday 1st April - I would like you to recap your previous learning surrounding finding fractions of amounts, quantities and measures. Watch this video first to recap. All you need to remember is to divide by the denominator (bottom) and times by the numerator (top) - easy peasy lemon squeezy! Have a go at the questions linked below under today's date.
Thursday 2nd April - carrying on from the day before, you are going to continue finding fractions of amounts! Don't forget - divide by the denominator (bottom) and times by the numerator (top). Watch this video to refresh your memory and then have a go at the White Rose questions I have attached below! Remember you don't need to print the worksheet, you can just write your answers down on paper.
Friday 3rd April - today I would like you to finish off your work of finding fractions of amounts! I would like you to calculate the amount of British money, and then select the largest amount! The worksheet is attached below! Have a good go - that's all I can ask for give yourself credit for all your hard work.
Don't forget to go on TTRockstars too! I recommend 15-20 minutes per day.
Useful links to support your learning - simply hover your mouse over the heading!
The White Rose Maths Team have prepared a series of five brand new maths lessons for each year group from Years 1-8. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully.
Children in year 5/6 are familiar with doing 5 in 5’s at the start of every maths lesson and they are available on this website for free! You can also access videos for learning, worksheets, study cards, quizzes and practice papers.
Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice! Each child has their own personal login details (username and password in their home school diary). They should be going on frequently to keep their times table recall excellent!
Twinkl have a fantastic range of KS2 resources for each subject, including worksheets, PowerPoints, display resources, fact files and much more. There are collections of online resources arranged by age group and subject area to make it really easy to find activities suitable for your child.
Mrs Mactivity specialise in high quality, thoughtful learning activities and resources that match national curriculum objectives and help children make progress.
BBC bitesize have lots of really great resources and videos for children to use, including grammar, punctuation, spelling, reading and maths.
You can click on the link above and sign up to Code Club (with parent permission). This will allow you to continue coding and use scratch 2 or scratch 3 at home. Challenge your family and each other to play games with one another!
Use a range resources to find out about Mexico - You can choose how to display your findings: Make a leaflet / non-chronological report / poem / write a story / factfile / mindmap / information text about everything you find out
When watching the videos or reading the information, consider making notes first based on the following themes and questions, before producing your 'final piece':
Topic - Mexico: Week 2 Lesson 2
Who were the Maya?
Read through the information on the PowerPoint, then make your own 'lesson' to teach a member of your family.
This could mean you make your own posters, your own worksheets or even your own PowerPoint.
Which family member will you choose to teach? I hope your lesson goes well!
Outdoor nature activities recommended by Mrs Hartley: