It's the last week before half term - can you believe it? It's also Mental Health Awareness Week too so our afternoon activities reflect this and how important it is to keep thinking positively, be proud of the person that you are and to spend some time having fun. I especially look forward to seeing the photos of your castles and fortresses that you might design for DT! Our English work uses a traditional tale but in varying formats - see where your imagination might take you... Each year group has their usual maths to work through for the week and there are some reading comprehensions to have a go at if you wanted.
Keep up the hard work lovely Bullfinch and enjoy a rest week next week. Have a look in our photo gallery and see if you can spot your friends beavering away. This week, Rose has asked if she can set you all a riddle;
What am I?
Do you have any ideas? Email your answers in.
Bullfinch Home learning 11.5.20
How are all you lovely Bullfinch girls and boys? We're missing having you in school... You're all doing brilliantly, I know! Keep up all the hard work in all areas of your learning - remember there is so much to learn about our big, wide world so keep exploring all those things that interest you.
You have the English booklets to continue with this week. I'll add them below for you to use if you haven't printed it out. Keep up the daily reading and have a go at the online phonics too if you can. I've added a reading comprehension for those that want it - there are lots more available on Twinkl. I can send links if you can't find them.
Lots of you have found the Maths tough, especially in year 2 - it's tricky work! I want you to leave the unit we have been working on and move to the next one. It's all about time. Year 1 keep working through in order, you're on a new unit too though. I've added more of the teacher notes to the powerpoint so that your grown ups can help you more if you need it.
There are some other activities for you to have a go at and they are listed on the Curriculum Activities printout. All the links you need will be below too if you are able to print. Remember you can record your work in lots of ways if you don't want to use these.
Keep sharing photos of your learning with us, whatever it is - it's all valuable and we love seeing it!
Mrs Metcalfe and Mrs Crowe
Welcome to another week Bullfinch 4.5.20
This week we're thinking about VE Day - a special 75th anniversary this year!
It's a four day week this week, but you can spread the work out to best suit you and your family. Remember to make this home learning work for you and spend each day as you see fit. It's really important that you read each day, if nothing else. Did anyone do the reading comprehensions from last week? I'll add a few more in for year 1 - remember to match the stars for text and questions. Year 2 now have the Read theory and the Times Tables Rock Stars to work on, so let me know how it goes. Keep up with the online phonics too if you can - all this will help when we get back to school!
English has another booklet for each year group and accompanying notes to help spread it through the following fortnight. Maths has the slides as per usual and your books to work in at home. Year 1 have a different activity for Thursday so you can consolidate your learning and we'll move onto a new unit next week. There are some VE Day activities for other subjects - all can help with the celebrations too.
I've loved seeing your photos - I'll add a few more from this week. Are you having a special celebration for VE Day on Friday? Send your photos in if you do.
Remember that learning happens all around us - Someone who I hold in very high esteem told me once, 'that the day you stop learning is the day you stop living.' I'm still learning each and every day. There's so much going on around us - take it all in!
Keep up the good work Bullfinch - we're super proud of you all
Mrs Metcalfe and Mrs Crowe
Home Learning Week Beginning 27.4.20
Hello lovely Bullfinch - I hope you're all keeping well! Thank you for all the lovely photos from this past week. I'll add them below. Mrs Crowe and I love seeing them all.
I hope you're getting on OK with your home learning. Remember to just get on with those bits that you can. Any learning that you're doing will be of benefit and it can happen anywhere and everywhere!
English is a continuation of the project that started last week. I'll add it again to this week's printouts etc in case you need it. I've managed to lay the maths pages out differently in the Powerpoint - I hope this helps you all a little more. The extra activities for working on throughout the week in other subjects are attached and you'll find all the links you might need for that below.
Some people have asked for some handwriting practice sheets and some extra reading comprehensions, so I've added those too. It might be something different to try this week if you fancied it. Each of the three reading comprehensions are differentiated. At the bottom of each page is a star. 1 star is the easiest version, 3 stars the hardest. Make sure you match the stars with the text and the answer sheet - don't do all three versions of all three texts!
Keep up with the phonics if you can - Set 3 will suit most of you in Bullfinch. I've attached the timetable for the sounds each day and the link to find the Youtube channel.
I'm sure you're all doing brilliantly - keep sending in your photos and messages.
Welcome back to all of you in Bullfinch - we're missing seeing your smiley faces each day! I hope you've all had a good Easter break and have been relaxing with your families. It's been great seeing the photos you have been sending in via email. Keep them coming this week...
Here's the week's home learning - have a go at what you can, when you can. Please don't ever make it a battle to complete.I'm sure lots of other learning is happening every day anyway, so send me photos of that too!
English is an activity booklet to complete over the next two weeks - there is a word document that outlines what to do each day. The spider powerpoint might help with some activities.
Have a go at the spellings I've sent a link to (on Twinkl-look at term 3). Keep up with the online phonics too as it's all good practice. Remember to read every day, on your own or listen to a grown up read to you.
Maths is in a powerpoint document for each year. We're starting the new book C for recording.It's important to remember that the questions get harder as you progress through the practice book each day. It might be that your child only manages the first 2 questions - that's ok!
There are some other activities you might like to complete too for curriculum subjects. If you need a print out then they are below.
Home Learning Week Beginning 30th March 2020
I've attached the whole week's learning in one go so you can work at your pace with your child and make it work for you. Please remember this isn't a list of work that MUST be done with your child, just some ideas of modified lessons that would have been carried out at school this week. To that end, there is so much more available online if you want more for your child. Please remember that each family is different - it's so easy to feel you're lacking when you scroll through people's newsfeeds etc. You're doing what's right for your family and your children! It's what I keep telling myself!
Enjoy the week - I'll keep checking in on emails each day and help where I can. I've asked for some photos to be sent in this week if you can. I'll try and upload on here for you all to see...
Maths year 1 and 2
I've put each year group into a powerpoint with the introductory slides and then the page to work on in maths books. Year 1 have a few printable sheets if you have a printer, as they've come to the end of a unit.
English Year 1 and 2
The week overview is for Reception, year 1 and year 2. Please find the printouts where appropriate. If you have no printer then work can be carried out in their exercise books. The reading comprehension for Thursday is differentiated by stars. Decide which text to read and answer by matching 1, 2 or 3 stars. Remember phonics is online each day at 10.30 and saves for 24 hours to watch at your leisure. I look forward to seeing your works of art with your Minibeast creations if you can take a photo and send it!
I hope you've had as good a week as can be expected in the circumstances. Some of you might have found your rhythm and realised what works for you... Others might still be finding their way as to what works each day. I know I am with my boys!
Use the bits that work for you. Find extras along the way. Most importantly though, do what works for you and your family during this time. Don't underestimate the value in something as simple as sharing a book or a film together.
English today is a little spelling and grammar activity.
Maths continues with our respective units.
Phonics at 10.30 - these stay online for 24 hours if you can't make the set time when it goes live.
See you next week.
You can print off the English to complete, or look at it online and complete it in your exercise books. Remember the long date if you do this. How creative and imaginative can you be with your writing?
Maths has the usual slides and you can record in your maths books.
Don't forget to tune into phonics at 10.30 - have a go at writing today's sound and words in your book.
Keep enjoying this sunshine and get outside in your gardens or private spaces as much as you can.
Good morning all,
I hope you're all keeping well and are still smiling! Mrs Gan has added a link below to some songs we all know. We love singing in Bullfinch so keep doing it. You might be able to find our song about 'The Tongue' from the link provided. Important words to remember in that. Can you teach someone in you family our 'Cuckoo' song? Can you get all the way up to 10 cuckoos?
Today, there's a writing activity thinking about sentences. You can choose which one to do.
The reading comprehension questions are differentiated by little stars. 1 star is the easiest and 3 stars is the trickiest - decide together which you want to do as you don't have to answer them all. These can be done verbally if you don't want to print it all out, or you could record the answers in your exercise book.
Maths has the two usual pages to discuss before going onto the recording in your book. Both units can easily be covered in a practical way by the children, so don't feel you have to always complete the questions.
Phonics as before - tune in at 10.30 for set 3 sounds
Daily Phonics - tune in at 10.30 on YouTube for set 3 sounds
Details for finding the right site are under yesterday's home learning
Please find below activities for our first day of online learning in Bullfinch Class. This is a period of transition for us all and I want the children to remain as happy and joyful as they possibly can be. Please, please don't think that this all needs to happen in some set timetable. Do what works for you and your child, but be prepared for the days when you all might struggle to feel like you have achieved anything between you.
The weekly activities that I have set this week should be simple enough to be accessed independently by your child. Some might need more help than others, but see how they get on. The maths input slides are best if discussed with you first before they go on to work in their books. The English activity might be something that they decide to do a little of each day as they settle into this new way of learning. Phonics will give you the link for a daily online programme you can use with your child.
Have a go and let's see what works. If you can continue to read with your child each day and keep them in a happy and safe environment then you're doing the right thing. We're all going to be managing our day to day lives differently so do what works for you.
Any problems then please do make contact via the email details outlined in the letter from Mrs Vanstone.
In English we have been looking at the story of Beegu by Alexis Deacon. Beegu was an alien who crash landed on earth and needed to find some friends. We have been exploring lots of ideas from this text and will continue to do so over the coming weeks.
We are using the story structure to imitate and innovate and the children have been hard at work learning our own version of the story. Perhaps we will post a video on here once it's finished!
In order to write our own space story we have brought our own little alien characters to life. They are a work in progress but enjoy the photos of them being created. We followed instructions to make salt dough, moulded it into our character and then painted it. Ask your child about their super power or special alien skills...
In science we have been learning about materials. We were detectives and took our clipboards out around school to see what different materials we could find. We will be thinking more about the properties of these in the next few weeks.
We carried out an experiment to find out if we could change the shape of a solid. We chose chocolate and ice!
The children made a prediction and we worked as a class to see how we could alter the shape of a cube of chocolate and a cube of ice. Of course, we thought it best if we ate as we experimented and tried a solid chunk of chocolate and then had a finger dip once it had melted. Some of us even started to think about reversible and irreversible change!
We have had a busy start to the term! Our topic of space has seen us encounter some strange things... We had to be detectives and see if we could work out how on earth a UFO crash landed in our playground - the mystery is still unsolved!