Cormorants Week 5: 1st Feb '21

Spring 1 2021 - Luminous Light & Spectacular Sound - Week 5 
(Monday 1st - Friday 5th February 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.

Our topic this half term is ‘Luminous Light and Spectacular Sound’ which is largely science based, with links to other areas of the curriculum. Please use the topic and science knowledge organisers to help support you with any learning during this topic. As always, there is no expectation that you complete all the activities for the week. You don't need to print the activities off, you can complete them on a separate piece paper or in a notebook if you wish. 

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.

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. Please click on the link below and enter the username and password provided below.

 Free eBook library | Oxford Owl from Oxford University Press 

The login details are on a Class Story on Dojo dated Thursday 4th February 2021. I am also happy to message them out to you if requested.

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

Monday 1st February 2021

There are no live lessons today as I am on a course - however I have pre-recorded some lessons and uploaded them both below and to Microsoft Teams.

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 - There is a pre-recorded lesson which covers today's Daily Reading lesson. During the pre-recorded lesson we will reread Chapter 5 from Friday, explore what inference is and put our inference skills into action. Remember you can pause the video at any point - You should make sure you pause the video on the questions and have a go at them yourself before I discuss some possible answers. 

Due to copyright laws the pre-recorded video we can only have 1 chapter visible on the website at a time, I have removed today's video and put up the video for Tuesday, however both videos will remain on Microsoft Teams, as this is a closed network. 


English - Today's English focuses on this week's spelling pattern. We are using the prefix dis- to change the meaning of root words to a negative meaning. I have uploaded a document below which will work through some of the spellings. When you have worked through this document please practise your spellings, this can be in any way you choose (there are some suggestions in the document at the top of the page). 


Maths - Today's maths will continue to combine our new measures learning with our previous work on calculation methods, as we look at subtracting lengths.  I have attached the document as a pdf rather than Powerpoint as they work on all devices.. The activities can be completed on paper/in a notebook. There is no need to print the document. Please also remember there is no need to complete all or the questions, unless you want to of course, the chilli challenge levels are there to help guide you when choosing which activities to complete. 


RE WALT- understand How did the religion of Islam begin?
We start a new unit looking at the Religion Islam today. This unit matches up with the Oak Academy resources recommended by the Department for Education, so we will be using these over the next few weeks. Here is the link to today's lesson: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-did-the-religion-of-islam-begin-74vk2r?activity=video&step=1 


Cornwall Virtual School Games 2021- Mrs Haycock (our PE co-ordinator) has signed us up to the take part in the Cornwall Virtual School Games. There are challenges for each year Key stage (the 2 challenges for KS2 are in the PDF files which can be found both at the top of the page with the topic knowledge organisers and in today's resources below). Have a go at one of the challenges and send me your score. The teachers will add all the scores to our spreadsheet and submit this at the end of the week. You will notice this appears everyday on our learning this week - feel free to do this challenge whichever day suits you best. Although you only have to do one of the challenges you might decided to do both over the course of the week. Remember you can take each challenge more than once and just send me your best score. Score need to be submitted by lunchtime (12pm) on Friday. 

Tuesday 2nd February 2021

There are no live lessons today as I am on a course - however I have prerecorded some lessons and uploaded them both below and on to Microsoft Teams.

Daily Reading - There is a pre-recorded lesson for today's daily reading lesson below and on Microsoft Teams (they are both the same video so it is up to you how you access it). Please read chapter 6 of "Who was Thomas Alva Edison" by Margaret Frith. This is available on Class Dojo and Microsoft Teams in the Cormorant Class Team --> Files --> Cormorant Class Resources --> Week 5. 


English - Today we will begin writing our Narwhal text. Using the notes you made last Tuesday, your planning grid (from last Wednesday) and text map (from last Thursday) to help you remember all the information you want to include. I have also uploaded the information pack again, should you wish to refer back to it and I have uploaded my example planning grid which you are welcome to also use. Today I would like you to write only the first half of your Narwhal text, it can be tempting to rush into writing the whole text in one go, but it is useful to slow down. By slowing down our writing we can make sure we remember to:

  • Use capital letters and full stops correctly.
  • Include other types of punctuation e.g. commas for lists, apostrophes for contractions (don't, can't, shouldn't), question marks and exclamation marks.
  • Add detail and description to our writing.
  • Use conjunctions (e.g. and, so, but, because, therefore, meanwhile) to join ideas/simple sentences together. 
  • Use sub-titles/sub-headings and paragraphs correctly to organise our writing.
  • Include topic vocabulary.
  • Make sure we use past, present and future tense consistently. 
  • Use our phonics knowledge to break words down when spelling them. 

Maths - In today's maths we will begin to look at perimeter. You will find the pre-recorded lesson for this below and on Microsoft Teams. I have attached the document as a pdf rather than Powerpoint as they work on all devices. The activities can be completed on paper/in a notebook. There is no need to print the document. Please also remember there is no need to complete all or the questions, unless you want to of course, the chilli challenge levels are there to help guide you when choosing which activities to complete. 


Computing Today's computing lesson looks at the importance of setting times when using devices and why it is important to have device free times. Once you have worked through the slides attached, write some family rules to help you create device free moments within your day. There are ac couple of extra optional activities at the end which may help you to think a bit more about why some times are more important to keep device free than others. 


Cornwall Virtual School Games 2021- Mrs Haycock (our PE co-ordinator) has signed us up to the take part in the Cornwall Virtual School Games. There are challenges for each year Key stage (the 2 challenges for KS2 are in the PDF files which can be found both at the top of the page with the topic knowledge organisers and in today's resources below). Have a go at one of the challenges and send me your score. The teachers will add all the scores to our spreadsheet and submit this at the end of the week. You will notice this appears everyday on our learning this week - feel free to do this challenge whichever day suits you best. Although you only have to do one of the challenges you might decided to do both over the course of the week. Remember you can take each challenge more than once and just send me your best score. Score need to be submitted by lunchtime (12pm) on Friday. 


Wednesday 3rd February 2021
There will be two live lessons on Microsoft Teams at:
10:40am - 11am
2pm - 2:20pm

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 - Today we will be thinking about some of the vocabulary used in Chapter 6 of "Who was Thomas Alva Edison?" by Margaret Frith. See the activity below. Please do not print the activity. I would like the children should write the definitions and then choose the word to write beside it that matches. This will also provide the children with the opportunity to practise their handwriting. Remember you can always look back at the text, the file is still available on Class Dojo and Microsoft Teams (Cormorant Class Team --> Files --> Cormorant Class Resources --> Week 5).


English Today I would like you to finish writing your narwhal text. Remember to read back through what you have already written before starting your writing today. Also make sure you look back at your notes (from last Tuesday's lesson), planning gird (from last Wednesday's lesson) and text map (from last Thursday's lesson), all of these will help you with your writing. I have attached the information pack and my example planning grid in case either of these are helpful. Remember to:

  • Use capital letters and full stops correctly.
  • Include other types of punctuation e.g. commas for lists, apostrophes for contractions (don't, can't, shouldn't), question marks and exclamation marks.
  • Add detail and description to our writing.
  • Use conjunctions (e.g. and, so, but, because, therefore, meanwhile) to join ideas/simple sentences together. 
  • Use sub-titles/sub-headings and paragraphs correctly to organise our writing.
  • Include topic vocabulary.
  • Make sure we use past, present and future tense consistently. 
  • Use our phonics knowledge to break words down when spelling them. 

Maths Today's maths will focus on measuring perimeter. As you may not all have rulers at home this will involve using the squared paper on the screen. Each square represents 1cm. I have attached the document as a pdf rather than Powerpoint as they work on all devices. The activities can be completed on paper/in a notebook. There is no need to print the document. Please also remember there is no need to complete all or the questions, unless you want to of course, the chilli challenge levels are there to help guide you when choosing which activities to complete. 


Science - There are 2 parts to today's Science lesson.
Part 1 - using materials you have available at home make the shadow puppet you designed in last week's lesson. See if you can remember which materials are transparent, translucent and opaque. 
Part 2 - Using a light source such as a torch or lamp, use your shadow puppet to create a shadow on a wall or other flat surface. Experiment moving your shadow closer to, or further away from your light source. What do you notice about the shadow that is made? Draw a diagram/poster to explain what you see. Why do you think this is? 


Cornwall Virtual School Games 2021- Mrs Haycock (our PE co-ordinator) has signed us up to the take part in the Cornwall Virtual School Games. There are challenges for each year Key stage (the 2 challenges for KS2 are in the PDF files which can be found both at the top of the page with the topic knowledge organisers and in today's resources below). Have a go at one of the challenges and send me your score. The teachers will add all the scores to our spreadsheet and submit this at the end of the week. You will notice this appears everyday on our learning this week - feel free to do this challenge whichever day suits you best. Although you only have to do one of the challenges you might decided to do both over the course of the week. Remember you can take each challenge more than once and just send me your best score. Score need to be submitted by lunchtime (12pm) on Friday. 


Thursday 4th February 2021
There will be three live lessons on Microsoft Teams today at:
9:25am- 9:45am - English and Daily Reading
(Please make sure you have the first draft of your narwhal text in front of you.)
10:40am - 11am - Maths
2pm - 2:20pm - Wellbeing Activity
(You will need a pencil, some plain paper and some colouring pencils or pens if you have them.)

Daily Reading - Today we will be reading the final chapter - Chapter 7 of "Who was Thomas Alva Edison?" by Margaret Frith. This will be posted on Class Dojo on Thursday morning. It will also be the focus of the first of our 3 live lessons today.


English - Today I would like you to have a look at the success criteria I have uploaded below. Look through your writing and see which features you have included and which you may need to work on. Today is about editing and improving your writing. Editing is an important skill. All writers write a first draft to get their ideas on paper and then return to edit it several times before they send it off to be looked at by an editor at a publishing company. (It is said that J.K.Rowling wrote over 15 drafts of the first Harry Potter book before it was published.) 


Maths - Today we move on from measuring the perimeter of shapes to calculating the area of rectangular shapes. I have attached the document as a pdf rather than Powerpoint as they work on all devices. The activities can be completed on paper/in a notebook. There is no need to print the document. Please also remember there is no need to complete all or the questions, unless you want to of course, the chilli challenge levels are there to help guide you when choosing which activities to complete. 


Music - Today we will continue our music unit - understanding pulse and rhythm through Oak Academy (recommended for remote learning by the Department for Education). Please click the link below to access the lesson. The video will play as you click through the lesson and you can join in the activities as they play on the video. https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/exploring-4-beats-in-a-bar-cgwk2t You have covered some of this with Miss Allen (our music specialist from Penryn College), so today’s lesson will build on what we practised with her in the first half of the Autumn Term.


Cornwall Virtual School Games 2021- Mrs Haycock (our PE co-ordinator) has signed us up to the take part in the Cornwall Virtual School Games. There are challenges for each year Key stage (the 2 challenges for KS2 are in the PDF files which can be found both at the top of the page with the topic knowledge organisers and in today's resources below). Have a go at one of the challenges and send me your score. The teachers will add all the scores to our spreadsheet and submit this at the end of the week. You will notice this appears everyday on our learning this week - feel free to do this challenge whichever day suits you best. Although you only have to do one of the challenges you might decided to do both over the course of the week. Remember you can take each challenge more than once and just send me your best score. Score need to be submitted by lunchtime (12pm) on Friday. 


Friday 5th February 2021
There will be two live lessons on Microsoft Teams today at:
9:25am- 9:45am 
10:40am - 11am 

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.  ( I know we have a live lesson at 9:25am, but you may want to start with Joe Wick live at 9am or come back and watch it on repeat later.)


Daily Reading - Today I would like the children to think about what they have learnt about Thomas Alva Edison during our time reading about him. Please create a single page with facts and information about Thomas Edison. I would also like to hear what you think about him, what kind of person do you think he was?


English - Today's English task is Free Write Friday. For this week's Free Write Friday I would like you to design your own invention (it could be a completely original idea or a new and improved version of something that already exists). I would like you to then use your invention as your inspiration for today's writing task. Remember the idea of Free Write Friday is to have the opportunity be inspired, to use, be creative, and have fun writing. You can choose any text type you like, from stories to comic strips, letters to information pages. Some ideas to get you started:

  • instructions explaining how to use your invention
  • a poster persuading people to buy your invention
  • a story about how your invention came to be invented 
  • an explanation of why your invention is so important. 

Maths Today we are moving on to look at the area of shapes. I have attached the document as a pdf rather than Powerpoint as they work on all devices. The activities can be completed on paper/in a notebook. There is no need to print the document. Please also remember there is no need to complete all or the questions, unless you want to of course, the chilli challenge levels are there to help guide you when choosing which activities to complete. 


Cornwall Virtual School Games 2021- Mrs Haycock (our PE co-ordinator) has signed us up to the take part in the Cornwall Virtual School Games. There are challenges for each year Key stage (the 2 challenges for KS2 are in the PDF files which can be found both at the top of the page with the topic knowledge organisers and in today's resources below). Have a go at one of the challenges and send me your score. The teachers will add all the scores to our spreadsheet and submit this at the end of the week. You will notice this appears everyday on our learning this week - feel free to do this challenge whichever day suits you best. Although you only have to do one of the challenges you might decided to do both over the course of the week. Remember you can take each challenge more than once and just send me your best score. Score need to be submitted by lunchtime (12pm) today.