Here's one omy favourite new poems...
Benjamin Zephaniah - People Need People
There's a new film of a poem on TEAMS but it's too big to save on here!!!! How annoying!! I'll try to make sure I choose a really short poem for Wednesday... SORRY!! Here it is so you can read it.
Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face by Jack Prelutsky
Be glad your nose is on your face,
not pasted on some other place,
for if it were where it is not,
you might dislike your nose a lot.
Imagine if your precious nose
were sandwiched in between your toes,
that clearly would not be a treat,
for you'd be forced to smell your feet.
Your nose would be a source of dread
were it attached atop your head,
it soon would drive you to despair,
forever tickled by your hair.
Within your ear, your nose would be
an absolute catastrophe,
for when you were obliged to sneeze,
your brain would rattle from the breeze.
Your nose, instead, through thick and thin,
remains between your eyes and chin,
not pasted on some other place--
be glad your nose is on your face!
Let's write a class poem!!
By the end of this week, I would like a Gentian poem!! I want everyone to write a line for it. You could start - In Gentian we.... OR In our class we, .... OR At our school we... OR Our school is special because... OR I remember....
You can send your line or lines to me either by writing it and sending it to me or filmimg yourself saying it! If you film it, make sure we can hear you - no background noises!!
Here are some examples:
Our school is special from A to..... G!
We care about the little things
but most of all we care about each other.
We show and tell and laugh and clap.
I remember crying when we watched Goodnight Mr Tom
and laughing about chickeny things in Carrie's War!
Guided reading / Book club style optional activity
READ ALL OF THIS POST!! SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM! I'm going to pick Holes by Louis Sachar for our first book. You need to let me know if you want to join in by 5pm on Monday 4th May. Read all the way down to the bottom of this post before you decide. I will get the book to you if you want to join in.
Here's a description.
Stanley Yelnats' family has a history of bad luck, so when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre (which isn't green and doesn't have a lake) he is not surprised. Every day he and the other inmates are told to dig a hole, five foot wide by five foot deep, reporting anything they find. The evil warden claims that it is character building, but this is a lie and Stanley must dig up the truth.
If you want to join in this Guided Reading / Book Club event, let me know as soon as possible an I will get a copy of the book to you. This is completely optional!! You can let me know on Teams or by email. Mostly we will read and discuss. Sometimes, I might ask you to do some writing about it but that will be optional too!!
Here's an extraordinarily mature poem about NHS superheroes by Emme P:
Eyes blurry, I sit up, roused by the urgent, shrill, alarm clock,
Must dress swiftly, hardly any time,
I am needed at the hospital, immediately, no time to spare,
Before reaching the front door, I pause
It shows my reflection.
I do not recognize the disheveled, fatigued person stood before me.
This pandemic has changed me.
I am no longer the bright bouncy person,
I hardly feel human,
There is one thought concentrating my mind,
Willing my aching body to carry on.
I am saving lives.
Every day, I make a difference`.
That thought drives me on.
Through the times where I can hardly stand,
Through the times where I am desperate for help,
The times when I watch those weak, innocent lives diminish like a dying fire.
I cannot believe nor understand this crisis inflicted upon the world,
Those who were living once, now, no more,
I feel broken, lost, hopeless, I cannot keep going,
I am awoken from my piteous thoughts and I realize I must be at work,
To save those lives,
To keep going,
The keys jangle in the lock,
The ignition starts,
My mind races faster than the engine of my car,
Stop the car,
Secure my mask as I walk into the hospital,
Onto the ward,
Brief, muffled, conversation with another nurse, telling me whom I must attend to whilst pulling my gown over my head.
I hurry over to the patient she speaks of,
Checking their breathing.
The ventilator must save him,
I will it to so hard I think I must burst,
I cannot let this happen,
I am weighed down by a great sorrow,
Maybe he has family, children, loved ones,
I cannot let this happen,
Then, a cough.
The patient struggles and I help him.
With great effort, he gasps for air,
His eyes squint and he looks up, still writhing as he tries to breathe,
And what he does next, makes me feel ashamed that I cannot do the same,
When he is the ill, the sick, the dying,
And I am able, alive, not like him,
He looks at me.
Hope lights up the day.
Harry H wrote a poem about a garden...
Newly planted seeds begin to sprout out of the soil,
A squirrel darts along, to its home,
A bird builds its nest out of hard work and toil,
A robin, merely a few metres away,
So very small, yet also fully grown!
Two dogs, both trying to claim,
The biggest stick that they could find,
The cherry tree, filled with flowers like a lions mane,
The wysteria, it twists and turns, to the fence it binds.
I hope you are all safe and well and making the most of spending time with your families!
I’m writing to say hello and to remind you about learning! Don’t forget that all the learning is on TEAMS and I’m also putting it on the Gentian page of the school website so everyone should be able to access learning! There are lots and lots of free things out there like BBC bitesize but start with the learning we are sending you first. If you do any extras, tell me about that too – I’d love to hear about it.
This should be the final few weeks before SATs and I’m sad that we will not be doing them (mostly sad – bit relieved too...). I KNOW you all worked really hard and lots of you were looking forward to proving to yourself and to others what you could do. Don’t worry – we all know what great learners you are! You should all be super proud of the writing you do, the poetry you create, the maths you can do, the history knowledge you have, your fabulous artwork... You all have so many skills – amazing! You are also kind and caring people who know what is right and what is wrong. You are all Adventurous, Ethical, Connected and UNIQUE!
As I said before, no SATs doesn’t mean no learning. You still need to be secondary school ready and this means different things. For example, it means having a habit of learning and trying to be disciplined about work. It also means being resourceful and adapting where necessary. I know it is very different learning from home and it can be very difficult. Try your best and do what you can. I realise it’s really hard when you can’t share your ideas with your classmates but you do have to share computers at home with brothers, sisters, mums and dads! If you can, challenge yourself to do a bit more! For example, in English if the instruction says write a sentence (or a paragraph) you know that I would expect a paragraph from Gentian children. Try to think about what we normally do in school. It doesn’t have to be that long and you don’t have to do it every time but from time to time, really try to show me AND yourself what you can do. As the song says: show me what you are made of!
The best place to submit work is on Microsoft TEAMS but I know this is not always easy. If it’s easier, you can email work to me: Caroline.email@example.com Or you can email me with questions or any other worries. If I’m in school (the adults are on a rota) I might not be able to answer until the end of the day. I know you all help each other out on TEAMS – you are brilliant! Thank you!
On TEAMS and on the website you should find all the work for each week. This week you will find:
English, Maths and a Computing Quest for the everyone. For Gentian there is also work for Spelling and two more maths activities. The Rapid Reasoning is for children who want extra work to do (yes, those children do exist!). The White Rose maths is NEW learning. There are short animations which explain the new learning (made by maths experts – White Rose). The first one is fairly gentle and talks through the basics of Ratio. At the end of the week, you should be able to do the ratio pages of your SATs book. Let me know if you do that work too.
Lastly, I have seen some photos of children over the last few weeks and every one that I’ve seen has changed already! I was thinking it would be nice to see what everyone looks like! Who has had a home hair cut? Who has grown taller? Who has let their hair grow wild?? If you want to, email a photo in to me and I’ll put a class gallery up on the website so you can all see each other!
Please email me if there is anything I can do to help with home learning.
Here's something that might interest some of you...
Every day at 11 o’clock David Walliams is reading a story:
The stories from the previous week are still available too.
LOOK UP - Photo Competition
Harry G has had an idea for a photo competition. The title is 'Look Up'. The idea is that you look up at trees, at buildings, at birds flying through the sky.... whatever gets your attention.
Take a photo and send it to me: firstname.lastname@example.org I will send them to Harry to judge but I won't let him know who has sent the photo - he will be able to judge them purely on the quality of the photo and what he likes about it. Have fun! Take a photo - it only takes a second! I will make sure there is a prize - whenever we get back together! The closing date is Friday 10th April at 4.30pm
There will be a special Easter edition of GOB. I am looking for quizzes and puzzles that will entertain people as well as the usual articles about what's in the news, challenges and art ideas.
There will also be RABBIT theme to the Easter edition!
Here's a brand new book that you can download for free! It's all about Coronavirus. You will recognise the artwork as it's done by Alex Scheffler - Room on a Broom, Gruffalo etc.
This book is really clear and helpful - I found out lots by reading it. Have a look! If you have younger brothers and sisters, you might want to read it to them - but ask your parents first. They'll probably want to have a look at it. There's some really sensible advice about being at home! Here's one top tip:
"If you are not at school, do your school work. It will help to keep your mind busy, so you won’t be bored. And then, when you go back to school, you will have learned a lot!"
Alex Scheffler has also been working on a series of drawings showing Julia Donaldson’s favourite characters following the Coronavirus guidelines: they have created the panels as a "light-hearted" way of spreading the message. They feature The Gruffalo, Stickman and The Smeds and The Smoos - all keeping a safe distance from one another. The characters are also seen helping the vulnerable with their shopping.
hope you are all safe and well and enjoying the weekend. There will be some Easter activities appearing tomorrow on Teams. (They are also here - scroll down!) The activities are optional.
There will NOT be any 'home-learning' over the Easter holidays!
I would like to keep the newspaper going, if people want to read it. I need YOU to write the articles though, otherwise it's not really a Gentian newspaper. If you want to write something but you're stuck for ideas, let me know and I'll email you something to write about. EMAIL IS BEST FOR ALL GOB related info.
I will also be setting the occasional challenge or competition. At the moment there is an art competition under way, called Inside / Outside - scroll down to see details. There is still time to enter - the competition closes tomorrow at 4pm.
If you've got any old cereal boxes or the type of thing, hold onto them as I'm going to try to set come challenges that involve reusing stuff you've got in the house - we can't just pop out to buy art materials at the moment, after all.....
Keep looking on here for activities and challenges and email me if you have any of your own that you'd like to share. Keep checking Teams too.
Happy Easter Holidays! Caroline
This is a brilliant story - read by the author himself! It's an adventure story about a time that hopefully will NEVER come....
The main character is fantastic - she's brave, feisty, resilient and ethical.
I think lots of you would like this book. Listen to a couple of chapters then let me know what you think:
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!
Here are some links to some great writers and artists!
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.
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.
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!!!
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 27th March
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.
Don't forget: in algebra, a letter stands for a number.
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 =
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 =
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!!
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.
Let me know about anything you try and really enjoy!
Have a great day!!
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.
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:
Also, find out the type of word eg noun, verb, adjective etc
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.
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):
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.
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
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?
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!!
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
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!
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...!