Cormorants Week 8: 1st March

Spring 2 2021 - Week 8 - Under the Sea
(Monday 1st - Friday 5th March 2021)

At Mabe we like to be prepared for every eventuality so each week your child's learning will be uploaded in case a lockdown situation arises.

Under the Sea

Our topic this half term is ‘Under the Sea’ which is largely Geography based, with plenty of links to other areas of the curriculum. To provide continuity for Cormorant Class I have tried to make lots of links between this topic and our topic from last half term 'Luminous Light & Spectacular Sound'. The sound element of our science will now be covered this half term and has strong links with our guided reading text 'Song for a Whale' by Lynne Kelly. In maths we are moving on to look at Fractions. Please use the topic, science  and maths knowledge organisers below to help support you with any learning during this topic. There are additional resources to support pupils learning on our Cormorant Class bespoke support page which can be found here: https://mabe.eschools.co.uk/web/cormorants_bespoke_support/518447

Activities and Microsoft Teams

Most of the activities are designed to be completed on paper or in a notebook if perferred - they do not need to be printed. At the end of last half term we began moving to more Microsoft Teams based learning through the use of the assignments tool. These assignments can be completed and submitted directly to myself from Microsoft Teams. As part of our computing curriculum coverage this term the children will be working on creating, editing, and saving documents, Microsoft Teams provides the perfect platfrom for this. Wherever possible we ask that pupils use the assignments assigned in Microsoft Teams to complete and submit their learning as this will go towards developing their computing skills and should save some time also.

Live Lessons

We will continue to provide 20minutes live lesson inputs during remote learning:

  • Monday and Wednesday - 2 live lessons, 1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon.
  • Tuesday and Thursday - 3 live lessons, 2 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon.
  • Friday - 2 live lessons both in the morning as school remains closed to all pupils for the afternoon session.

Reading

It is important for the children to keep up with daily reading during lockdown. They are welcome to read any of their own books at home - these can be fiction, non-fiction, comics and/or magazines.

Reading Programmes: the art of reading for the OED | Oxford English  Dictionary

I have set up a Cormorant Class login to Oxford Owl to supplement the texts you have available at home. This will allow you to access a range of ebooks for all ages and levels. Oxford Owl is especially useful for pupils who follow the RWI phonics scheme in school as they provide RWI books at the correct level. Please click on the link below and enter the username and password - these can be found on our Cormorant Class Story on Dojo dated Thursday 4th February 2021.

 Free eBook library | Oxford Owl from Oxford University Press Picture

I have also set up an account for each member of the class to access GetEpic, another online book and comic library. These accounts need to be activated by a parent before they can be used, by completing the activation process you are consenting for your child to use the GetEpic site and resources. A video on how to do this can be found on posted dated 8th Feb on the Cormorant Class story, Class Dojo. The advantages of GetEpic are that; the children can search by their AR reader level (please let me know if you are unsure what this is), take a quiz when they have finished reading a book (I know lots of the children have been asking about quizes and are missing this), and I can assign topic related books to support their learning across the curriculum. 

 


Monday 1st March 2021

Today's live lessons are at 10:40am and 2pm.

PE – With Joe Wicks at 9am on his YouTube channel - this is completely optional but recommended to help start the week and warm up our bodies and brains. It is recommended that children take part in 1 - 2 hours of exercise a week. 


Daily Reading -  Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly, Chapter 13. Please make sure you have read/listened up to the end of Chapter 12 before our live lesson at 10:40am. A pdf copy of the chapter can also be found as an assignment on Teams.
Due to copyright laws any video recordings or copies of today's chapter will be posted on Class Dojo and Microsoft Teams, and will not be available on the website.


English - WALT: recognise and spell some homophones. We continue to look at homophones this week as we look at 5 more pairs of homophones. Remember a homophone is a word that sounds the same as other words but is spelt differently and has a different meaning e.g. scent and sent, rode and road, vain and vein. These form your spellings for this week. There are two activities on Teams for you to complete as part of this lesson - the first is to put the spelling words into sentences of your own and the second is a quiz where you will need to choose the correct word for each sentence.


Maths - WALT: recognise fractions on a number line greater than 1. Today we continue our work on fractions and are looking at fractions beyond 1. We will be using number lines in this lesson and so a ruler will be useful for this lesson. This will also be the focus of our live lesson at 2pm.


DT WALT: evaluate the features of existing products.
This term we are going to be doing a textiles based project in which we will design our own Under the sea themed soft toy. The first step in the design process is to evaluate the effectiveness of existing products, look at the materials they have used and begin to gather ideas. Using some of your soft toys at home complete the evaluation sheet on Teams. This lesson activity can be found in assignments on Microsoft Teams.

Tuesday 2nd March 2021

Today's live lessons are at 9:25am, 10:40am and 2pm.

Daily Reading - Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly, Chapter 15. This will be the focus of our live lesson at 9:25am. A pdf copy of the chapter can be found as an assignment on Teams.
Due to copyright laws any video recordings or copies of today's chapter will be posted on Class Dojo and Microsoft Teams, and will not be available on the website.


English 

SPAG starter (10-15mins) - WALT: identify past, present and future tense.
Remember:
Past tense - these things have already happened.
Present tense - these things are happening now.
Future tense - these are things that will happen in the future.
I have set up in Microsoft Teams assignments. Read each sentence and decide if it is past, present or future tense.

Main Lesson (30 - 45 minutes) - WALT: understand the structure of a piece of persuasive writing.
Draw a text map for our model text. Remember to clearly show where one paragraph ends and a new one begins. Practise the key points of the text. Text maps are much easier to draw by hand and so I have not set a Teams assignment for this. Please draw, photograph and upload to Dojo portfolio.We will discuss this together in our live lesson at 10:40am, please make sure you have some paper and pencil so that you can draw along during the lesson.


Maths - WALT: count in fractions. This will be the focus of our 3rd live lesson at 2pm. Please make sure you have a pencil/pen and some paper in front of you when you join the lesson.


Science WALT: exlore how sound travels.
Look through the main lesson document below. There is a practical activity to make a sting telephone for this you will need:
  • Some string
  • 2 paper/plastic cups - 2 yoghurt pots, cut off bottle bottoms or loo roll/kitchen roll inners with one end on each covered, will all also work.
Complete the missing word activity in assignments on Microsoft Teams.

Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Today's live lessons are at 10:40am and 2pm.

PE – With Joe Wicks at 9am on his YouTube channel - this is completely optional but recommended to help start the week and warm up our bodies and brains. It is recommended that children take part in 1 - 2 hours of exercise a week. 


Daily Reading - Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly, Chapter 16. A pdf copy of the chapter can be found as an assignment on Teams.
Due to copyright laws any video recordings or copies of today's chapter will be posted on Class Dojo and Microsoft Teams, and will not be available on the website.


English
SPAG starter (10-15mins) - WALT:
use the past and present perfect forms of verbs. Look through the introduction document below then complete the assignment on Teams.

Main Lesson (30 - 45 minutes) - WALT: identify the key arguements for a text. Today in our 10:40am live lesson we will be reading "Somebody swallowed Stanley" by Sarah Roberts. We will then use this text to inspire a piece of writing. Use the planning grid which I have posted as an assignments on Microsoft Teams.
You do not need to worry about writing the text in full, we are just planning it at this stage.


Maths - WALT:  idenitfy equivalent fractions (1). This is the first of 3 lessons looking at equivalent fractions. There are some practival activities included in today's lesson. I have included a fraction strip template to help get some of you started. This maths lesson will be the focus of our 2pm live lesson.


French WALT- say the month our birthday is in.
This is a pre-recorded video from the Oak Acdemy (this is a resource recommended by the Department for Education during remote learning).  https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/saying-the-month-your-birthday-is-in-6nk36r

You will find the end of lesson quiz as an assignment on Microsoft Teams - please complete it here at the end of the lesson rather than on the Oak Academy site.


Computing WALT- remember the position of letters on the keyboard. You may find this activity easier on a laptop than on a tablet. Sound is involved so headphones may be useful if you have them.  Over the next term we will continue to build up our typing skills. 
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr You will need to click Level 1 and within that Stage 1. 


Thursday 4th March 2021
World Book Day

Today's live lessons are at 9:25am, 10:40am and 2pm.

 

Daily Reading - Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly, Chapter 17. We will read and discuss this chapter together in our first live lesson at 9:25am. A pdf copy of the chapter can be found as an assignment on Teams.
Due to copyright laws any video recordings or copies of today's chapter will be posted on Class Dojo and Microsoft Teams, and will not be available on the website.


English
SPAG starter (10-15mins) - WALT: identify regular and irregular verbs 
Watch the video bwlow beore completing the short assignment on Teams - this should take no more than 5 minutes.

 

Main Lesson (30 - 45 minutes) - World Book Day. Please choose from the selection of activities in the World Book day pack. There is an expectation that you will complete at least one as today's English task and one as today's topics task. You should have completed a minimum of 2 of the activities from the pack by the end of today. You are of course welcome to do more if your wish. I have set up an assignment on Microsoft Teams, for you to record the activity of your choice, alternatively you can upload photos to your Dojo portfolio.


Maths - WALT: identify equivalent fractions (2). Today we look at lesson 2 of 3 on equivalent fractions.


 World Book Day - Choose from the selection of activities on the World Book day pack. There is an expectation that you will complete at least one as today's English task and one as today's topics task. You should have completed a minimum of 2 of the activities from the pack. You are of course welcome to do more if your wish. I have set up an assignment on Microsoft Teams, for you to record the activity of your choice, alternatively you can upload photos to your Dojo portfolio. 
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Friday 5th March 2021
St Pirans Day

Today's live lessons are at 9:25am and 10:40am.

PE – With Joe Wicks at 9am on his YouTube channel - this is completely optional but recommended to help start the week and warm up our bodies and brains. It is recommended that children take part in 1 - 2 hours of exercise a week. 


Daily Reading - Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly, Chapter 18. A pdf copy of the chapter can be found as an assignment on Teams.
Due to copyright laws any video recordings or copies of today's chapter will be posted on Class Dojo and Microsoft Teams, and will not be available on the website.


English
SPAG - WALT: change the tense of a sentence.
Please complete the assignment/quiz on Teams - this should take no more than 10 minutes.

Main Lesson (30 - 45 minutes) - Free Write Friday. There are many Cornish legends about giants, mermaids, Piskies, fairies and other magical creatures. Today for your free writing task I would like you to write a piece inspired by one of these creatures. Some ideas to get you started include:

  • A story about one of this magical creatures.
  • A diary entry about someone spotting one of these creatures.
  • Instructions on how to catch a creature of your choice or how to look after it.
  • A letter to a magical creature.
  • An information page all about a magical creature of your choice, remember to include things like appearance (e.g. colour, size, features), diet, where they live, any magical powers they have and more.

Please complete this activity on the Microsoft Teams assignment I have set up.


Maths - WALT: identify equivalent fractions (3). Today we look at our third and final lesson on equivalent fractions (for the time being, we will revisit this again over the term, do don't worry if you are not feeling 100% confident yet).
This maths lesson will be the focus of our live lesson at 10:40am on Microsoft Teams.


RE - St Pirans Day - I would like you retell the story of St Piran. You can be as creative as you like. You may decide to draw a comic, write a story, retell and record the story verbally, create some stop- animation using lego or record your own piece of drama. It is completely up to you.