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...!