Cormorants Week 6: 8th Feb '21

Spring 1 2021 - Luminous Light & Spectacular Sound - Week 6 
(Monday 8th - Friday 12th 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. 


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.

GetEpic -
We have also recently started using another online ebook library - GetEpic. I posted a video on ClassDojo on Monday 8th February 2021 explains how to access and activate your childs free GetEpic account. This platform allows the children to search by their AR (Accelerated Reader) level, choose from a wide range comics and ebooks, complete qu
izes, and I can assign books linked to areas we are studying.

Monday 8th February 2021

Daily Reading - Today we will be focusing on our prediction/inference skills. Look at the front cover and blurb of our new guided reading text -

  1. What do you think the book will be about?
  2. What does it tell us about the character(s)?
  3. When and where do you think the book is set?
These questions are also avilable on Teams Assignments, you can type your answers and click submit when you are done.

English - Today we will be looking at this week's spelling pattern - words with the /k/ sound spelt ch.  The document below includes a game, in which a picture is revealed square by square and you can try to guess the word. For this reason there are lots of pages. Please do not print the document.  The activity to go with today's lesson is to practise this week's spellings. You will find some suggestions of ways to practise your spellings in the document at the top of the page.

Maths Today's maths will continue to work on area. 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. 

RE - Today we will be looking at the Muslim place of worshop - Mosque. Use this Oak Academy lesson to find out about all the features of a mosque: When you have completed the Oak Academy video lesson please log into Microsoft Teams and complete the Quiz I have set in the assignments section. The video contains the input and learning for this session, the Quiz assigned on teams is your required task for this lesson.
Here is another (2 minute) clip from the BBC website which shows the inside of a mosque and gives some more information, which you might find useful:

Tuesday 9th February 2021

Internet Safety Day - Today is National Internet Safety Day and with many of us spending more time online and using technology to keep in contact it would be great if you could spend a bit of time on this additional activity for today. Here is the first of 6 internet safety lesson videos looking at the SMART rules. This first video is approximately 13 minutes long and is most benefical when watched with an adult: we will continue to look at the these video lessons after 1/2 term (whether that is through remote learning or in the classroom).
The BBC are also broadcasting a 30 minute live lesson which will be available here from 11am:

Daily Reading - During today's daily reading session we will be reading chapter 2 of "Song for a whale" by Lynne Kelly. Chapter 2 can also be found on Microsoft Teams under the Files tab of the Cormorant Team section and on this morning's Class Dojo post. This will also be covered in our first live lesson of the day. Please make sure you have listened to/read along with Chapter 1 which I will post on Teams and Class Dojo after 3:30pm on Monday 8th February 2021.

English Today I would like you to use the documents below to find out about the Northern Lights. We will also discuss the aims of this lesson and the task in our first live lesson of the day. I have also assigned some books on The Northern Lights on our new GetEpic reading platform for those of you who have signed up - see the how to video posted on Class Dojo to find out how to sign up/in to your account.
Here is a very interesting, informative and useful video on the BBC website about the Northern lights:
Task - Make some notes or a poster with facts about the Northern Lights.

Maths - Today we will continue to develope our area knowledge. You will need some squared paper for today's lesson. Please let me know if you need me to send across a printable template for squred paper or you need to collect some squared paper. 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. 

Geography -  WALT: understand what life is like for the Inuit people and compare it to life in the UK. Using the document below find out about how the Inuit people live in the arctic. There is a video of traditional throat singing that can be viewed as part of this lesson, it can be accessed here: Please be aware that this link will take you to a clip on Youtube, adult supervision is recommended when accessing YouTube. 
How does their life differ from ours? The task for this lesson is explained on the last page of the document below - this should completed on the Teams assignments tab where possible.
This will be the focus of our live lesson at 2pm.

Wednesday 10th February 2021

Daily Reading - Please make sure you have listened to Chapters 1 - 3 (I will post a video of me reading chapter 3 on Class Dojo and on Microsoft Teams under the files tabs in the Cormorant Teams section). Today's task is to read Chapter 4 and reflect on the story so far. 

English - Today I would like you to think about what it would be like to see the Northern Light (Aurora borealis) for yourself. Think about:

  • What you might see?
  • How that might feel?
  • What might you hear? (for real or what you might imagine hearing when you see the northern lights)
  • How might you react to seeing the northern lights? Will you be mesmerised or would it make you hop and dance about with excitement?
  • How will you tell someone else about you experience?
Do all of this by making some notes. I have created a document in Microsoft Teams under assignments where you can record your ideas. Don't forget to submit your work when you are done.

Maths Today's maths will focus on comparing the areas of different rectilinear 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. 

Science -  WALT: recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes. I have attached a document below, read through the input pages and then have a go at the activities within the document.

Thursday 11th February 2021

Daily Reading - Today we will be reading Chapter 5 of "Song for a whale" by Lynne Kelly. We be reading Chapter 5 in our first live lesson today. Please make sure you have caught up with any of the chapters you may have missed out of the ones we have covered so far.

English - Today I would like you to write either a letter or diary entry of what it is like to see the northern lights. Think about all the descriptive language you can use to paint a picture in your readers mind.

Maths Today we will be completing our end of unit assessment. As we are now moving to more interactive learning using Teams I have set the assessment up as a quiz under Teams assignments. I will talk through how to access and complete the end of unit assesssment in our live lesson. If you are unable to access Teams please find the alternative below.

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. 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.

Friday 12th February 2021
Inset Day - Thank you for all your hard work this half term. I hope you have a restful and enjoyable half term break and look forward to seeing you all in live lessons next half term.