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Gentian newspaper. First edition, hot off the press...

Hedgehog report and a story to entertain and inspire you!

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More hedgehog eating films!

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Hedgehog eating

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One more  - I just looked at this one.  Do you remember The Unforgotten Coat?  Well the author, Frank Cottrell Boyce is doing daily writing lessons.  They are on Instagram which you should not really be on ....  You'll have to ask your adults at home if you can go on it.  

 

I just watched his first lesson and I found out a lot...

1.  writers don't always wear socks...

2.  writers get their ideas BY writing...

3.  writing is messy - don't worry about making mistakes...

4.  Ian Fleming (who wrote the James Bond stories) wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!!

 

If anyone needs any more activities to do, watch Frank Cottrell Boyce's writing lessons and do some writing.  Send me your finished stories if you want to!

 

Frank Cottrell-Boyce - read aloud

Here are some links to some great writers and artists!

SF Said - Twitter Q&A's

 

Ed Vere - 'learn to draw'

 

Marcus Sedgwick - reading his book aloud

 

Michael Rosen - YouTube channel performing his poems and more

 

Rob Biddulph - draw along

 

I know there are lots of these around at the moment but I thought these ones are great and that you might like them, especially Marcus Sedgwick reading an entire book and Rob Biddulph - I want to see everyone drawing a sausage dog, especially you, Woody!  Let me know what you think.

 

Look how Finn has grown!

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Finn

Finn has settled in perfectly with Puppy Walker’s Bob and June. He has been welcomed by retired guide dog Meri, and thrived in his puppy classes – so far, he has picked up skills more quickly than the older pups!

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Some night photos of hedgehogs... There are some funny looking HEDGEHOGS in my garden!

Recognise this??

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Here are some funny examples of things we would like to banish. At the top of the list it would have to be THAT virus but these funny and silly examples might cheer you up! Siblings came high up on the list too!!

Chicken Pox

 

Hi everyone,  I just wanted to let you know that someone in Gentian has got chicken pox!  The early symptoms are a high temperature and aches and pains so you might think it is something more serious at first.  

 

If you think you are ill and you're not sure what it is, you will need to be super careful.  I know you will be.  Make sure you talk to your adults at home and tell them about the chicken pox in Gentian class.  Here is a link to help you get some info about chicken pox.

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/chickenpox/

 

It can take 1 to 3 weeks from the time you were exposed to chickenpox for the spots to start appearing so we were all at school for some of that time.  I expect MOST of you have already had chicken pox - it's not very nice.  Hopefully no-one else will get it.  

 

Get well soon to anyone who is feeling poorly at the moment.

 

Stay safe you people!!!

Sorry for any confusion - the learning this week, Maths, STEM and English is for the whole week.  You do NOT have to do it all today!!!  Remember to just do what you can!  Stay Safe!

Our Rainbow for hope and to cheer everyone up during strange times! (If your rainbow does not appear, please let me know...SORRY!!)

Dear Gentian,

Wow!  What a strange world we are in now.  It’s taking me a while to get used to living in a different way – I imagine you are finding it odd as well.  That means I am super impressed that so many of you have been able to keep up with the learning that I have been putting on Teams and on the website for you. 

I know that it’s not easy to keep working at home, especially when your whole family probably wants to use the computer at the same time!  I’m sure you are being patient and taking turns.  Feel free to use the SATs books you have at home (Maths and SPAG) and do a bit at a time.  Self check when you have finished.  Let me know what you have done.  I suggest you only do sections that we have already covered.  For example, we have NOT done any learning on ratio or averages so I wouldn’t try to do those sections yet.

Some people do not have a login for Teams so I will try to put all the home-learning here on the website as well as on Teams.  Also, Teams can be a bit tricky – I certainly don’t know how it all works!  One thing that you can do which would be really helpful – if you want to send me a message on Teams type this: @Caroline Smailes.  My name should appear in a different colour (blue, I think).  If you do that, I get an alert and I can find your message easily.  The other thing you can do is to send me an email: Caroline.Smailes@svsj.bwmat.org

Last week, I put a time limit on the different assignments.  Don’t panic if you see that a time limit has gone past.  If you are really ‘behind’ on the assignments, I think it would probably be a good idea to forget about those and just concentrate on the new ones as they come up.  I know everyone will do what they can. 

This week, we are trying something new.  There will be whole school learning for English, maths and a quest style project.  In addition, I will set some assignments for Gentian – mainly spelling and maths.  Do what you can – don’t panic.  I know that some people are racing through work and want more to do and some people can’t use a computer because the rest of the family need to use it.  Do what you can!  I understand!

Well done for all your home learning so far.  Keep it up.

 

Most importantly, stay safe and look after your family!

 

Kind regards, Caroline

Friday 26th March Read the next chunk of the story. (Look at the attachment - I hope it's clear enough to read...) Karim meets up with his friend Joni. They don't have much time together. After you have read the chunk, think carefully about what you will do when you are free to go out again. Write a list of 3 things you are looking forward to doing again. Write another list of 6 things you are enjoying doing now and how you are making the best of the strange times we are experiencing.

Friday 26th March Read the next chunk of the story.  (Look at the attachment - I hope it's clear enough to read...)  Karim meets up with his friend Joni.  They don't have much time together.    After you have read the chunk, think carefully about what you will do when you are free to go out again.  Write a list of 3 things you are looking forward to doing again.  Write another list of 6 things you are enjoying doing now and how you are making the best of the strange times we are experiencing.   1

Friday 27th March

 

Art task

 

Here are two extracts from local papers:

 

CHILDREN are putting up colourful pictures of rainbows in their windows in a bid to spread hope and happiness during the coronavirus pandemic.

And people have been playing games of I Spy a Rainbow while they are out taking their exercise.

 

Homes around the area have been displaying rainbows in their window to spread a bit of joy during the coronavirus lockdown.

In Milnthorpe many hand drawn posters and rainbows can be seen, thanking workers including, doctors, nurses and bin men.

One poster reads: “Thank you love from our family to yours, we are staying in for you.”

 

Your task is to create a rainbow - draw, paint, mosaic, write the word rainbow in different colours, make a rainbow cake!!  The choice is yours.  Whatever you create, I want to see it.  Send me a photo of it and I'll put it on our class page of the school website.  

 

Maths Task

 

Algebra

Don't forget: in algebra, a letter stands for a number. 

Task 1

If a = 5, b = 3 and c = 1, solve these equations.   Here's an example:  1.  3a + b = .........     3 x 5 (because a = 5) + b (b = 3) = ......   15 + 3 = 18

1.     3a + b =                                 2.   2b – c =                          3.   a + 3b =

4.   2b – 2c =                              5.   a – b – c =                                  6.   5b + 7c =

 

Challenge

Simplify these equations;

Example: a + a + a simplified is 3a.                  c +c – f   simplified is 2c – f

7.   h + h + h  + h =                                   8.   3 x f =                           9.   b + b + b =

10. g + g – g =                      11.   d + f + d + f =              

 

Extra Challenge

If X = 9, what is Y?

12.   X + Y = 13                                13.   Y + X = 18                                14.   2X + Y = 20     

15.   2X + Y = 25                              

 

This has been tried out - children and parents like it.  It comes with short films that explain some concepts.  I'm told it saves some family arguments!!

 

 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/

 

Messages for Thursday 26th March

 

There are 3 task on Teams - English, Maths and spelling.  I have also put English and Maths here.

 

Also, don't forget TT Rockstars and Purple Mash

Also...  Day 1 to 5 on Rapid Reasoning.

Also...  Read a book; go outside and enjoy the sunshine; tidy your room!!

 

Mrs Tyler says:   

 

On Young Voices Facebook page tomorrow at 11am Craig is doing an Elevenses With Craig. 

 

Look out for a music trial:  Charanga music...   Look on microsoft teams.

 

(Please can someone help to share info - there are 3 people in Gentian who do not have login details on Teams.  Please share any links with them on whatsapp etc.  Thank you!)

 

Miss Rossiter says:

 

There are activities on her website.  She says the activities are really good for ks1 and children in ks2 can find ways to make them more challenging or can do them with siblings etc.

https://www.sporting-world.net/blog-1

 

Let me know about anything you try and really enjoy!

 

Have a great day!!

 

English - here is all the English work so far.

Dear Gentian,

 

I hope you are all keeping safe and well.  I've been in school this week with Mrs Kettles and some children from all the classes - but only a few!

 

We are trying to balance doing some work, enjoying the sunshine and doing some relaxing activities like art.

 

I have tried to make sure you have some learning to do.  I put it on Microsoft teams first and then I also try to put it on here as well, if I can.

 

I can see that some people are doing everything!!  Brilliant!  Some people are doing some of the activities.  Well done!  Some people have done nothing as far as I can tell.....

 

Please can you email me if you can not get onto Microsoft Teams.  You can always look at the work on here and then email me your work - some people are already doing this.  

Here's my email address:  Caroline.Smailes@svsj.bwmat.org

 

Please can you help each other - send a message to others on whatsapp telling everyone to look at Teams and to look here.

 

Wednesday's learning is:

1.  Spelling quiz on Teams

2.  English work on Teams and on website

3.  Maths work - do Day 2 and 3 of Rapid Reasoning (on here and on Teams)  Self check.  

4.  Test 4 in your SPAG book - self check 

 

Take care of yourselves and your families.  smileywink

Go on to Microsoft Teams to find a spelling activity (it will be out on Tuesday at 9am) or look at it here and email your answers to me.

 

Use a dictionary to find out the meaning of these words:

 

hermit

suburb

beacon

mutiny

contempt

crescendo

harmony

billowing

 

Also, find out the type of word eg noun, verb, adjective etc

Maths for Tues and Wed Do this work in your maths book and email the answers to me or look at Microsoft teams and post your answers there.

Maths To do this week - starting on Monday 23rd March

To do on:  Monday 23rd March  Read the following start to a novel:         

 

Karim sat on the edge of his bed, his head framed by the mass of football posters which covered the wall.  He was frowning at the piece of paper in his hand.  The ten best things I want to do (or be) in my life, he had written, by Karim.  Carefully he underlined it.   

  1. Champion footballer of the entire world (even I can dream)
  2. Extremely cool, popular and good-looking.
  3. The liberator of my country and a national hero
  4. Famous TV presenter or actor (famous, anyway)
  5. Best-ever creator of new computer game
  6. My own person, allowed to do what I like without parents and big brothers and teachers on my back all the time.
  7. Inventor of an acid formula to dissolve reinforced steel as used in tanks and helicopter gunships.
  8. Stronger than Joni and my other mates (this is not asking much).
  9. No bad injuries - ones that can't be healed.

He stopped and began to chew the end of his biro.  In the distance, the sound of an ambulance siren wailed through the afternoon air.  He tried writing again but number ten defeated him.  He read through what he'd written and sat for a while, tapping the end of the biro against the collar of his striped sweatshirt, then he took a fresh piece of paper. 

 

More quickly this time, he wrote:

 

The ten things I don't want to do (or be):

  1. Not a shopkeeper like Baba.
  2. Not a doctor, like Mama keeps saying .
  3. Not married.
  4. Not having to go to school.  At all.
  5. and so on.....

 

*******

 

Karim went to the window and stared down at the ground, five storeys below.  An empty plot lay next to the apartment block.  It had been flattened, ready for the builders to start work, but nothing had happened there so far.  Karim had made it his own, his personal football ground, the place where he played his special game.  

 

He could feel his legs twitching as he pressed his face against the cool glass.  With all his being, he longed to be down there, doing what he loved best, kicking the ball against the wall, losing himself in the rhythm of it.  There was no chance, none at all, that he'd be able to go outside and play his game...

 

Read the opening to a novel posted above.  Now answer these questions.

 

  1. Karim is stuck inside - not because of a virus.  Why do you think Karim has to stay inside?  (There are some tiny clues for this so don't worry if you don't know - have a guess.)
  2. Describe in a few sentences how Karim feels as he looks out at the place where he plays football - but cannot get to.
  3. Which verbs show you how Karim feels about playing football.
  4. Karim has older brothers.  Do you think they get on well together?  Can you find evidence to support your opinion?

Email your answers to me IF you do not have your login for Microsoft Teams.

[6:47 PM] Caroline Smailes

VIGO Year 6  To do on Monday 23rd March

Read the start of a novel in the reading section.

Write one list of 5 things you DO want to do (or be).

Write another list of 5 things you DO NOT want to do (or be).

 

Email your lists to me IF you do not have a Microsoft Team login

To do on Monday 23rd March


Spellings  

 

Each dash stands for a missing letter.  Try to work out what these words are:

 

L _ _ _ _ _ _    (another word for freedom)

_ _ t _ _ _   (Past, present, ...... )

V _ _ _ _      (very important)

O _ v _ _ _ _  (clear, easy to understand)

_ r _ _ _ _ _   (when you struggle with something or take part in a fight)

 

When you have worked out all the words, post them below.  Extra challenge: can you think of a synonym for each one?

Gentian from Maisie. Bright, colourful and heart-warming!

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Have you been outside today? It's lovely out there! How many of these plants can you identify? They're all in my garden. What have you got growing in your garden?

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Hi Gentian,  Has anyone started reading a new book today?  Have you finished one?  Have you discovered a new author that you like or found out a fascinating new fact?  Share any comments about what you have been reading on Microsoft Teams.  I saw this and thought some of you might be interested: 

 

Good news for those stuck at home in isolation: Audible is making hundreds of titles available for free during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The audiobook platform has said that, for as long as schools are closed, anyone can listen to a vast selection of its titles.   Here's the link: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

 

If you listen to any that you think others might like, share your recommendations on Microsoft Teams.  ALSO - don't forget to go out into your gardens and enjoy the sunshine!!

 

Caroline smiley

Dear Gentian,

It was very strange saying goodbye to everyone today.  No-one knows how long it will be before we can all be back together again learning, and being friends and making a mess and all the normal things we should be doing -  even the normal annoying-each-other type stuff.

Until then, you all need to know some important things.  Firstly the nagging stuff.  You have all worked super hard this year and you have shown me and your families what you can do.  No SATs doesn’t mean no learning.  You still need to be ready for your next step – going on to your secondary school.  Keep learning at home.  Keep working on spellings and use TT Rock stars to get really fast at your tables and keep reading, reading, reading.  Also write stuff!!  You are all amazing writers and you all have your different styles of writing that you are great at.  Don’t stop writing and don’t forget your BASICS!!!  Keep an eye on the website for more tasks and try to stick to a timetable of doing a bit every day during the week and then having a relaxing weekend with your family. 

Now the cheesy stuff...  You are ALL fabulous people.  You are adventurous, connected, ethical and very definitely UNIQUE!  You have all been, at one time or another, great ambassadors for our school.  And you will continue to be. 

Remember to be good friends.  Stay in touch with each other – especially the people who were not able to be in school for the last couple of days.  They will be really missing you – more than most.  Don’t forget, “We find out what we’re made of when we are called to help our friends in need.”

Let’s hope we are back at school soon so that we can get back to normal!  In the meantime, take care of yourselves and your families.  Be good friends to each other – I know you will be!  Remember:  "By endurance we conquer."

You can email me if you need to – anytime.

Kind regards, Caroline

Creating a forest from recyclable materials...

A ground dwelling praying mantis! Origami style!!

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World Book Day! Look at all these wonderful characters! Inspired to read something new? I certainly am!

@gretathunberg

@GretaThunberg

We joined your Climate Protest, Greta!  In our own way!  Our zero carbon protest took place outside our school today and we certainly got lots of attention from motorists going past!

Climate Protest - Save our World!

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Climate Protest - We can all make a difference!

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Signs of Spring photo competition. Well done, Gentian - fab photos which have certainly brightened up the corridor!

500 Words

 

Lots of Gentian children took the opportunity to enter the 500 Word short story writing competition.

 

They worked really hard at home (over half term!) and helped each other to edit and improve their work.  Some children even entered at the last minute after being inspired by their classmates.

 

We submitted the stories online today.

 

Well done to all those who entered!  Now we just have to wait and see...!

Tony and Gaynor came to visit. After assembly, Ava read a good book to Gaynor!

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Young Voices - what a brilliant day!

We sent Christmas cards to lunch club guests - apparently they were very well received. Thank you to Charlie and Bodie for delivering!

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We sent Christmas cards to lunch club guests - apparently they were very well received.  Thank you to Charlie and Bodie for delivering! 2
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Our World War Two Museum

SATs meeting info

Rationing! What could you make with rationed food?

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Our Visit to Cranmore

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Special visitors from World War two! This week we welcomed two visitors, Rudi and Jill, to our classroom. They told us first-hand tales of life during World War Two. Rudi grew up in a village in Germany and Jill was evacuated from London. What stories they told!

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Helping out at Lunch Club - always proud of our kind helpers who brighten up the day of others!

Indian Dancing with Anjali!

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Printing Club with special, hand-made printing blocks from India. Thank you, Anjali!

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ITV came to visit... They must have heard the children at St Vigor and St John Church School are mature, thoughtful, articulate, welcoming.... Well done, Gentian for careful listening and in-depth learning today about important issues to with screen time and social media. You were all great ambassadors!

Tea Dancing with Mrs Tyler

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We've gone back in time... September 1939...


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