Cormorants Week 7: 22nd February

Spring 2 2021 - Week 7 - Under the Sea
(Monday 22nd - Friday 26th 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.

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 22nd February 2021

Today's live lessons are at 9:40am 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 6. We will look at some new vocabulary and practise our inference skills today. Please make sure you have watched/listened to the video of chapter 6 before our discussion in our 2pm live lesson.
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. Today's English focuses on 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. great and grate, plain and plane. These form your spellings for this week.
Please complete the quiz on the meaning of this homophones on Microsoft Teams.


Maths - WALT: recognise unit and non-unit fractions. Today we begin a new unit in maths: fractions. Please remember this is the beginning of a brand-new unit and you are not expected to know about fractions or feel confident working with them, but that by the end of the unit they will all have more knowledge and feel more confident to. We start this unit looking at: Unit and non-unit fractions. This will be the focus of our live lesson at 9:40am.


RE WALT: understand the importance of special objects within Judaism.
We start a new unit looking at Judaism, more specifically the importance of festivals and family traditions within Judaism. Today we will be thinking about the significance of objects and learning the names of some special objects within Judaism. The lesson document below provides the lesson input. The lesson activities can be found in assignments on Microsoft Teams. The end of lesson quiz is a separate assignment on Teams as I am unable to combine the activities and quiz.


Tuesday 23rd February 2021

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

Daily Reading - Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly, Chapter 7. This will be the focus of our live lesson at 9:25am, in which we will read as much of the chapter as we can. I will post a video of chapter 8 on Class Dojo and Teams for you to enjoy before tomorrow's lesson.
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: recognise and spell some homophones. Building on the spelling work from yesterday I would like you to spend 10 - 15 minutes choosing some of your spelling words to write in sentences of your own.  Remember a homophone is a word that sounds the same as other words but is spelt differently and has a different meaning e.g. great and grate, plain and plane, so you will need to check you have the correct meaning for each spelling. Look back at yesterday's lesson if you are unsure.
Please complete type your sentences into the document I have set up in Microsoft Teams assignments. You need to do at least half of the words but may do more if you wish. 

Main Lesson (30 - 45 minutes) - WALT: write a persuasive piece of writing - COLD TASK. In school we follow the Talk for Writing approach to teaching writing. Each unit covers one text type and our first unit of this half term is a recap unit in which we revisit 'Persuasive Writing'. At the beginning of each unit we complete a 'COLD TASK' this gives the children the opportunity to show what they know about the text type so far and allows teachers to focus teaching on particular areas the children need most support with. At the end of the unit we complete a 'HOT TASK' and can then compare the two pieces to see how our writing has improved. I would like the children to write a persuasive piece for their cold write today. Think back to our 'Save the rainforest' pieces of writing. I don't want to restrict the children to a particular subject as they are likely to produce a higher quality of writing if they are interested in the topic they are writing about. Think about something you would really like to change to persuade someone (myself, Mrs Jenkin, the Prime Minister or The Queen) to change it, or try to change someone's mind about something e.g. art is better than football.
Some ideas could include:

  • Longer playtimes
  • No school uniform
  • School pets
  • Cats are better than dogs (or vice versa)
Please complete this on the Teams assignment page.

Maths - WALT: combine fractions to make a whole amount. This will be the focus of our 2nd live lesson at 10:40am. Please make sure you have a pencil/pen and some paper in front of you when you join the lesson.


Topic: Geography - WALT- recall the seven continents and name the five oceans of the world.
This lesson kicks of our 'Under the Sea' topic and will be the focus of our live lesson at 2pm.
The main document below includes the lesson input and then the activities have been set up as assignments on Teams. Using Teams will make it possible for the children to use their map skills and label the map without any need for printing.


Wednesday 24th February 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 8. Read this chapter in your own time during today, ahead of tomorrow's lesson. You can either do this independently or with a member of your family. I will also post a video of chapter 10 on Class Dojo and Teams for you to listen to after you have read chapter 9. Please make sure you have read/listened to both chapter 8 and 9 before tomorrow's lesson as we will be moving on to chapter 10.
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:
correctly use was or were. This week in the SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) elements of our lessons we are looking at standard English. The focus of today's SPAG element is the use of was or were. Please complete the assignment on Teams - this should take no more than 10 minutes.

Main Lesson (30 - 45 minutes) - WALT: explore the meaning of new vocabulary. Today we will be looking at the new vocabulary for this unit. At the beginning of the unit we complete a vocabulary grids to show whether we have; not heard the word before, heard it but are not sure of the meaning, or heard it and know what it means and can use it in a sentence. We then spend the remainder of the lesson exploring the meaning of as many of the new words as possible. This is todays main English task and can be found in assignments on Microsoft Teams.

Please do not worry if you do not get all of this done today, you should aim to spend 30 - 45 minutes on this main lesson task, this would be normal amount of time we would spend on this task in school. This lesson will be the focus of our 10:40am live lesson.


Maths - WALT: identify and represent tenths. Today we move on to look at tenths. When an object, shape or amount is divided into 10 equal pieces we say that it has been split into tenths. Each piece/part = 1/10. This maths lesson will be the focus of our 2pm live lesson.


French WALT- pronounce the months of the year.
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-months-cmv66c?step=2&activity=video

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.


Thursday 25th February 2021

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

 

Daily Reading - We will be reading Chapter 10 of Song for a whale in our live lesson at 9:25am. Please make sur eyou have read/listened to chapters 8 and 9 before joining the lesson. For those unable to join the lesson a pdf copy of the chapter will be available on class Dojo and 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: correctly use saw or seen.
This week in the SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) elements of our lessons we are looking at standard English. The focus of today's SPAG element is the use of saw or seen. Please complete the assignment on Teams - this should take no more than 10 minutes.

Main Lesson (30 - 45 minutes) - WALT: identify the purpose and main features of persuasive writing. Today we will take our first look at our model text. We will be thinking about the purpose of the text, the audience it is aimed at and the features that make up the text. The model text can be found below and the related task can be found as an assignment on Microsoft Teams. This English lesson will be the focus of our 10:40am live lesson.


Maths - WALT: count in tenths. Today we move on to counting in tenths. When an object, shape or amount is divided into 10 equal pieces we say that it has been split into tenths. Each piece/part = 1/10. 2 pieces/parts = 2/10, 3 pieces/parts = 3/10 and so on. 1 whole = 10/10. If I have one whole cake and one piece (where the cake has been cut into tenths then I will have 11/10 or 1 (whole) and 1/10.


Science WALT- identify how sounds are made.
Today we will begin our new unit on Sound. The lesson input can be found in the document below and the activity can be found and completed on Microsoft Teams. This will be the focus of our live lesson at 2pm today.


Friday 26th February 2021

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 12. Please read today's chapter in your own time during today, ahead of tomorrow's lesson. You can either do this independently or with a member of your family.
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: use did and done correctly.
This week in the SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) elements of our lessons we are looking at standard English. The focus of today's SPAG element is the use of did or done. Please complete the assignment/quiz on Teams - this should take no more than 10 minutes.  This SPAG lesson will be the focus of our live lesson at 9:25am on Microsoft Teams.

Main Lesson (30 - 45 minutes) - WALT: write an explanation text. In place of this week's free writing task I would like the children to complete a 'HOT TASK' based on our last writing unit. When we are in school this would be done 1 - 2 weeks after the end of the unit and the half term holidays often provide a perfect stop gap. I have attached the checklist we used during our explanation text writing unit to help remind you of some of the features to include. Your explanation text can be about anything you choose, if there is something (animal, event, machine or person e.g. koalas, the northern lights, cars, Thomas Edison) you have learnt a lot about and are interested in you can use this for your writing.
Please complete this activity on the Microsoft Teams assignment I have set up.


Maths - WALT: identify and represent tenths as decimals. Today we are going to be looking at how tenths can be represented as decimal numbers, this is our first lesson using decimal numbers this academic year and is something we will revisit over the course of the unit.
The number system we use works on base 10. This means that once we have 10 ones, we move to the next place to become 1 ten.
10 ones = 1 ten
10 tens = 1hundred
10 hundreds = 1 thousand.
When we divide 1 whole (or 1 one) into 10 pieces we get 1 tenth which is written as 0.1. 0 ones and 1 tenth.
This maths lesson will be the focus of our live lesson at 10:40am on Microsoft Teams.


Music WALT- explore different styles of music.
In school we would usually use a Cornish scheme of work called Charanga. They have recently made some of their units available for pupils working at home and so I have set each child up with a login to access this. Work your way through the activities and earn points. There is an expectation for pupils to complete a minimum of 2-3 of the activities, including: the listen and appraise section, a warm-up game challenge and one other section of your choice. If you have any queries about logins please send me a message on Dojo.