Welcome to the Eagles
Please see the files below for resources required for this coming week. In addition, there are tasks on SATs Companion and Purple Mash. TTRS battles and weekly assignments will continue to be set throughout the lockdown.
While our learning has to be remote we understand that it is not always possible to attend all the Zoom sessions. Please attend those you can and do not worry about those you can't.
200 Million Minutes
We are taking part in the 200 Million Minutes Reading Challenge – a global reading initiative from education charity Achievement for All. Beginning on World Book Day (Thursday 4th March 2021) children and young people from early years settings, schools, colleges, parents, carers, libraries, businesses and community groups from around the world will try to collectively read for 200 million minutes! All reading counts towards our minutes: paperbacks, magazines, comics, plays, newspapers, picture books and e-books are all great and it includes independent reading, reading in groups and reading with an adult. Children and young people participating in the 200 Million Minutes Reading Challenge can note their reading time on the bookmarks which will be given out by their class teachers. Best of all, certificates will be awarded for each milestone your child reaches, and the school could even win some prizes too!
Look out for further information coming shortly about how you can purchase your leaver's hoody!
World Book Day - 4th March
On Thursday, it is World Book Day and there are number of book-related activities planned for the day. Your first task is to create a book cover or character from a toilet roll tube. See the ideas below for inspiration and be as creative as you like! You need to bring these to our session after lunch to share with the class.
You are going to create a Graffiti tag like in the picture below. This should take you between 2-3 hours to complete, if done well and to a high standard. Please do not rush this and only send it in once you have fully completed it.
The 100 Challenge
In memory of Sir Captain Tom Moore, you might like to take part in The 100 Challenge. This is how it works, complete anything 100 times and share your pictures or videos of you doing them with us. It could be: run 100 laps of your garden, pick up 100 pieces of litter, draw 100 pictures, read 100 books, spot 100 living things, do 100 calculations, etc. The list is endless and you can do anything you like...as long as it's 100 times!
Thank you to Isla for this beautiful drawing of Sir Captain Tom Moore which is now on the school gate as part of a wider art project.
February Reading Challenge
Sadly, it has come to the end of our February reading challenge and you should have created your own certificate to commemorate your efforts. Please email me your completed grids for house tokens to be awarded accordingly. We have a new challenge for March which begins on World Book Day; all will be revealed then!
For students joining Sharnbrook Academy in Year 7 in September 2021, induction days will be held on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th July2021.
Five free games to enhance and develop your vocabulary are available from Vocabulary Ninja: Synonym Stars, World of Words, Magic Verbs, Sentence Samurai and Vocab Lab. Click here to be taken to the website.
Whilst libraries are closed and access to books in school is limited you may like to listen to some fantastic stories being read by their fabulous authors and illustrators. Click here to find out more!
There is a slight change to this week as we only have 3 lessons left of our current Fractions, Decimals and Percentages unit. There will be a live lesson on Tuesday to introduce Ratio and two lessons next week which will be pre-recorded (Wed/Fri). On Monday, choose a couple of maths topic on SATs Companion to revise. When you return to school on the 8th March, we will begin our new unit.
We are continuing our short unit linked to Harry Potter. This week, we will continue to work on formal and informal language and writing both formally and informally. Please complete the 'Joe Biden' reading comprehension task on Tuesday; there are 3 levels of difficulty so choose the appropriate level which for most of you is 2-star or 3-star (the answers are at the end of each section for that level). On Thursday, we will be completing a variety of World Book Day Activities.
Please click here to be redirected to the MFL page for further information about Zoom lessons for French and Spanish. Madame Greogori will be in touch with details for her lessons in due course too.
You should now have completed your research for the STEM 'Create-an-Insect' Competition which links to British Science Week that runs from the 5th-14th March. This week, you will be constructing your insects from just 4 sheets of A4 paper (white/coloured). You are not allowed to use the following: glue, tape, paperclips, staples, etc. A help sheet on how to construct your insect will be added to the files on Friday morning as you only have 1 hour to practise your paper folding techniques and produce your insect for it to be fair for everyone as it is a competition. You must email me a photo of your completed insect for judging by no later than 3pm on Friday 5th March. There will be one winner from KS1 and one from KS2 entered into the competition - will it be you? Good luck!
All children must complete the Fitness 5 Primary Challenge this term as per the text sent out on 22/01/21. There are optional activities for dance and basketball which can be completed too. You will find more information on the PE page or in the files below.
PE with Joe Wicks is every Mon, Wed and Fri at 9am. Those in school on these days are advised to wear PE kit.
You need to maintain your fitness levels, and should be completing at least 2 hours of physical activity each week. In addition to Joe Wicks, you will be sent details on some street dance lessons to complete. There are lots of ideas on our PE page for other activities you could do - click here.
In addition to Times Tables Rock Stars, we also have the prestigious '144 Club' that the children are attempting to gain entry to. Each week they have 4 minutes to complete a paper-based multiplication grid consisting of 144 calculations; if successful they will earn themselves a specially-commissioned badge and house token. Not only are children encouraged to complete the grid but also to improve their time each week. Stars are also awarded for children who improve on their previous scores so they are only ever competing with themselves. If your child wishes to practise completing the grid at home, you will find it in the files below.
Added to the files is a document called 'Questions to Support your Child's Reading' which contains lots of different questions that you can use to prompt discussions about the books they are reading. In KS2, we use the acronym VIPERS to refer to each of the comprehension domains: Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Retrieve and Summarise. By asking these types of questions, you will be supporting the teaching and learning taking place in school.
Epic! Books for Kids
We have signed up to Epic! Books for Kids which provides a wide range of digital books for free. Click here to login using the Class Code tzc0236 and begin reading books linked to our current science topic: Light.
To encourage a love of reading, the children in Eagles can earn loyalty stamps for every book they have read. After they have read 6 books and filled their loyalty cards, they will be entered into a prize draw to win a new book from me. A winner will be selected at random at the end of each half term. Well done to Sophie on being our second winner!
15-20 minutes (minimum) of reading daily (to be recorded in the diary and signed at the end of each week by a grown up); regular practise on Spelling Shed (minimum of 3 games) including the 'Look-Cover-Write' sheets (these will be tested on a Thursday); Times Tables Rock Stars 5 minutes daily; plus SATs Companion (English and maths) as well as other tasks as and when set including Purple Mash.
Please see the files below for a knowledge organiser linked to our new topic Extreme Earth in Geography. In addition, I have added one for the Year 6 grammar terms that the children need to know too. It would be really useful to download and/or print a copy for your child to refer to at home as they help to explain key concepts topic vocabulary that they need to be familiar with. A copy is kept in their books too.
Miss Kaplan - Teacher (CKaplan@sharnbrookprimary.beds.sch.uk)
Mrs Nash – Teaching Assistant