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Beckington and Mells

Church Schools Federation

“The best we can be”

Wenlock class (year 3 & 4)

WELCOME TO WENLOCK CLASS

Welcome to Wenlock Class. The class teachers are Mrs Simons (Tuesday - Friday) and Mrs Gillon (Monday) and we are helped by Mrs Atkins (every morning) our school HLTA and Mrs Antell our ELSA.

 

We will update this page regularly with pictures of the children and information about what we are learning in Wenlock class.

Year 4 Leavers Week

CLASS OF 2020!

ENJOYING OUR NEW PLAY EQUIPMENT

Our Year 4 leavers have been lucky enough to be the first children to enjoy and experience our new climbing frame!

HAVING FUN CREATING GRAFFITI ART

We are having fun on the playground using big paint brushes to splat brightly coloured paint to create a pop art style for our memory boards!

WATER FUN!

We had some water fun with our teachers!

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE DAY AT BROKERS WOOD!

This week were lucky enough to enjoy a day at Brokers Wood participating in archery, high ropes, crate stacking and woodland wide games!

LEAVERS ASSEMBLY

Our final goodbye!

ROCKY ROAD COOKERY SESSION …COMING SOON!

Dear Wenlock Class,

 

I hope that you and your families are keeping well.

 

I hope also that you had a great time last Monday celebrating International Mud Day at home, playing with mud in your gardens as I know that the staff and the children had a great time together at school getting covered in mud!

 

We had a great time at school on Tuesday afternoon at our Bubble Sport Day afternoon so we also hope that you were able to use some of the ideas sent to you via email from Mrs Atkins to have your very own sports afternoon at home.

 

It was really lovely to see many of you at the Hoglet Theatre Zoom session on Friday and I hope that you enjoyed going on the adventure as much as we did! It was great to see you with your brothers and sisters having so much fun!

 

It was a great experience helping to celebrate the 72nd Anniversary of the NHS with my family yesterday, I hope you did too!

 

I also hope that you are keeping healthy and happy at home and you are able to do a little bit of learning and exercise every day. Remember the most important thing you can be doing is reading everyday!

 

We are all missing you at school and can’t wait to see you all very soon! One of the best ways we have been able to keep in contact during this time is through our regular Zoom sessions. It has been great fun playing games, chatting and catching up! It has been simply lovely seeing all your smiling faces! We are particularly looking forward to our final Zoom session this Friday because we are all going to be together cooking delicious Rocky Road.

See below for everything you are going to need:

 

Equipment:

18cm squared brownie tin with baking paper

saucepan

mixing bowl

saucepan

wooden spoon

freezer bag

rolling pin

table spoon

 

Ingredients:

200g digestive biscuits

135g butter or margarine

200g dark chocolate

2-3 tbsp golden syrup

100g mini marshmallows

Optional: nuts, popcorn, honeycombe (broken into pieces), raisins, dried cranberries or dried fruit

Take care and keep safe

Mrs Simons, Mrs Atkins and Mrs Gillon xxx

 

 

 

EVEN SUPERHEROES HAVE BAD DAYS!

 

Dear Parents and children, 

We hope you are all well and keeping safe with your families! On Friday, 3rd July we are going to have a very exciting, whole school zoom session with a lady called Gemma, who runs her own children's theatre company in York called 'Hoglets.' She named it Hoglets because baby hedgehogs are called Hoglets! Login details have been sent out on a separate parent mail.

 

Gemma is going to run a lovely Superhero Zoom session for us based on the story, 'Even Superheroes Have Bad Days!' This is a fantastic story and really relevant at the moment. You have all been fantastic superheroes by staying at home, keeping everyone safe and completing lots of home learning and super helpful chores! We know that some days are harder than others because even as Superheroes we all have bad days. The most important thing is how we manage our feelings on these more difficult days! The story tells this brilliantly and explains how Superheroes battle the urge to do harm and they dig deep down to their super best part, the strong super powers contained in their heart!

 

We have attached four English/Art lessons linked to this story so that your child/ren can become familiar with the plot before next Friday's zoom session. The sequence of lessons involves the children understanding what the Superheroes in the story could potentially do if they used their powers in the wrong way and then looking at how they dug deep and used their powers in the right way to help others. Children will also have the chance to create their own Superhero character with special powers and actions to go with these powers. We know some children have completed this already so they can use the same Superhero. We have also included an art lesson where children can make their own Superhero cuffs. This activity has been provided by Hoglets and we have attached the link in our planning and in the resource list below. Ella and Phoebe from Beckington have completed some brilliant Superhero cuffs. Here they are below. We love the lightning bolts!

 

 

 

Your child/ren can then dress up as their own Superhero for the zoom session and act out their special powers. This is of course optional and Gemma will only choose those children who put their hand up and want to share their Superhero name and special powers/actions. It is absolutely fine if your child/ren would prefer to just to sit and watch and wear their own clothes. These things are all very new to all of us and we appreciate that not all children will want to take part in this whole school session so please don't worry if this is the case. They are still Superheroes and like all Superheroes, they will be on their own Special Superhero mission saving planet Earth! 

 

Please remember to send in any photographs of your child/ren completing these activities with their flat teachers! We would love to see a sneaky peak of your Superhero characters and cuffs before next Friday!

 

Take care and keep safe!

Mrs Simons, Mrs Atkins and Mrs Gillon all look forward to seeing you next Friday, Superhero ready! X

Chris Evans reading the story, 'Even Superheroes Have Bad Days!'

A message for Wenlock Class - Monday 22nd June

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Snail Mail Challenge
       SAVE THE CHILDREN - DEN DAY

Dear Wenlock Class, 

I hope you are all well and keeping safe with your families!

 

It was so lovely to see so many of you in our Zoom sessions last week, Ms Gillon, Mrs Atkins and I really enjoyed playing the True and False game with you and catching up with what you are all doing.

We hope you have now received your surprise Snail Mail from us and that you will enjoy completing some of the different activities we have given you to try, with us there with you!

This week is a very exciting one because it includes one of our favourite days of the year! 

 

Calling all DEN BUILDERS!

 Wednesday 17th June marks Den Day 2020

(Although you could choose any day this week that is convenient)

 

This creative day inspired and created by the Save The Children charity encourages you as children to have fun, get creative and learn about the importance of shelter for children across the world as you build your own. So, it's easy... this Wednesday, we challenge you to build dens together at home, either outside in your gardens, garages or maybe even in a tent. Or inside using chairs, tables, sofas lots of blankets, pegs, string or elastic bands.

 

Once you have built your dens either with your parents, grandparents, brother and/or sisters or by yourself to create your own special one, you may wish to read stories to each other or a grown up in them. You could even read to one or all of your flat teachers. You may like to have your lunch in your den or play games in your den but most of all just have fun in your den!

As this is a special day it would be lovely if you could send in some photos of you building and enjoying your den on the day you decide to make it!

 

I have provided the link below for the Save The Children  website, which you and your parents may like to visit for more information or inspiration or to give a donation if you so wish. The money raised will help to change children's lives and make sure more children around the world have a safe place to sleep and play.

 

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/how-you-can-help/events-and-fundraising/den-day

 

So we hope you have a wonderful week at home enjoying your learning with your flat teachers and den building, we are missing you all but know that we will see you all again soon!

Take care and keep safe                                               

 

Mrs Gillon, Mrs Atkins and Mrs Simons x

 

 

 

A message for Wenlock Class

Friday 12th June

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HOME LEARNING

Our New Topic 

SUPERHEROES

 

Dear Parents,

It is unbelievable but we have reached the final term of the academic year and at the point Mrs Gillon, Mrs Atkins and myself would like to reiterate our thanks to you for all the support you have given to your child/ren during this unprecedented time, and the for the work you have completed with them so far. We recognise how all your circumstances are very different at home and how challenging home schooling can be, especially if you are working from home or you have more than one child. As such, we have all had to adapt to a new way of working. Please rest assured that any learning that you do with your child/ren is really valuable and will have a positive impact on them and their development.

Please find below a new set of learning opportunities and activities for you to explore and complete with your children at home.

Your child/ren’s wellbeing and happiness continues to be our priority, so if you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact the school and we will be happy to help in any way we can.

Take care and stay safe

Mrs Simons, Mrs Gillon and Mrs Atkins

A video launch for the new Everyday Heroes Topic

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Topic

As a staff we have put together new topic called SUPERHEROES! Again we feel this is a very relevant subject and one that you can explore at home. The topic map has several different focuses, to encourage the practise of many different skills including, Creating Heroes where the children are encouraged to be creative and use their imaginations, Helping Our Minds and Bodies which is included to help support your child/ren’s wellbeing at this time. In addition there are other focuses including Helping our Environment and Home Heroes where the children are encouraged to look after their environment and think of others. What we have provided are suggested activities, again please do not feel you must compete all of them but pick and choose the ones that you chid/ren are interested in or inspired by. Your child may also wish to think of some of their own ideas but it would be great if the activities you choose could cover all the areas. Please continue to send us photos and updates of your learning at home as we love seeing it.

Maths

 

This term we are going to be posting weekly maths lessons for the children to work through, that link to both White Rose Maths and Oak National Academy, we will also be posting links to the previous weeks lessons from BBC Bitesize. We would recommend working through one of the schemes with your child as the lesson orders vary slightly between the different online platforms. Please do not feel any pressure to rush through these as each weeks list of lessons will remain on the website so that your child can work through these at their own pace. We would also encourage the children to continue using Doodle Maths as this helps to maintain the numeracy skills that they have been learning in school.

 

Maths 

Week 6 resources: Year 3

 

Oak National Academy: 

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-3/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic: Measuring Mass and Capacity 

Week 11 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 11 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-3/

Maths 

Week 5 resources: Year 3

 

Oak National Academy: 

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-3/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic: Shape and Time

Week 10 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 10 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-3/

Maths 

Week 4 resources: Year 3

 

Oak National Academy: 

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-3/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic: Angles 

Week 9 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 9 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-3/

Maths 

Week 3 resources: Year 3

 

Oak National Academy: 

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-3/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic: Fractions

Week 8 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 8 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-3/

Maths 

Week 2 resources: Year 3

 

Oak National Academy: Topic: Fractions

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-3/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic: Equivalent Fractions

Week 7 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 7 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-3/

Maths 

Week 1 resources: Year 3

 

Oak National Academy: Topic: Fractions

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-3/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic: Decimals and Fractions

Week 6 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 6 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-3/

Maths 

Week 6 resources: Year 4

 

Oak National Academy: 

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-4/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic: Shape and angles

Week 11 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 11 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

Maths 

Week 5 resources: Year 4

 

Oak National Academy: 

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-4/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic: Statistics.

Week 10 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 10 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

Maths 

Week 4 resources: Year 4

 

Oak National Academy: 

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-4/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic: Money

Week 9 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 9 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

Maths 

Week 3 resources: Year 4

 

Oak National Academy: 

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-4/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic: Decimals

Week 8 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 8 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

Maths 

Week 2 resources: Year 4

 

Oak National Academy: Topic: Area and Perimeter

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-4/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic: Decimals

Week 7 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 7 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

Maths 

Week 1 resources: Year 4

 

Oak National Academy: Topic: Area and Perimeter

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-4/maths#subjects

 

White Rose Maths: Topic: Fractions 

Week 6 - Worksheets (linked below)

Link to Supporting Video: Week 6 - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

Science

For this term we have decided to include some science learning as lots of you in Wenlock Class are very passionate about this subject and enjoy learning about and exploring the world around you. The subject we have chosen is Rocks because it is very interesting and is what we would have been learning about in school.

The science topics are completed over a two year rotation and are mixed between Year 3 and 4 learning. So this topic is for both the Year 3 and 4 children in the class.

If you are local to Mells you might even wish to visit the Quarry viewing platform in Mells not far from school and look at the vast expanse of the Quarry and the many layers of rock and maybe you might be lucky enough to witness and experience a blasting! (If it has reopened).

Each of the links for each lesson pack, that are below provide you with a teaching Power Point for each lesson, and some have Adult Guidance information. There are also a variety of activities for the children to complete to embed and reinforce their learning.

 

ROCKS TOPIC

Knowledge Organsier – Key knowledge and vocabulary for Rocks Topic.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/science-knowledge-organiser-rocks-year-3-t-sc-2549674

Lesson 1 – Types of Rock

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/tp2-s-074-planit-science-year-3-rocks-lesson-1-types-of-rocks-lesson-pack

 

Lesson 2 – Grouping Rocks

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/tp2-s-075-planit-science-year-3-rocks-lesson-2-grouping-rocks-lesson-pack

 

Lesson 3 – Fantastic Fossils Lesson Pack

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/tp2-s-076-planit-science-year-3-rocks-lesson-3-fantastic-fossils-lesson-pack

 

Lesson 4 – Mary Anning (A Famous Palaeontologist)

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/tp2-s-077-planit-science-year-3-rocks-lesson-4-mary-anning-lesson-pack

This pack has a comprehension for its activity. There are three so you need to choose the one that is the most appropriate to your child’s reading level.

 

Lesson 5 – Soil Formation

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/tp2-s-078-planit-science-year-3-rocks-lesson-5-soil-formation-lesson-pack

 

Lesson 6 – Investigating Soil Permeability

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/tp2-s-079-planit-science-year-3-rocks-lesson-6-investigating-soil-permeability-lesson-pack

This lesson involves an experiment using basic equipment including coffee filter paper, funnel, measuring jug, soil samples and water. The recording sheets are provided in the resources. Have fun!

Lesson 2 - Grouping Rocks (8.6.20)
Your ability to complete the properties of rocks activity sheet this week, will depend on what different types of rock you can find around your home and garden to be able to test them. You may have pumice stone, brick, chalk, coal, slate or flint. To test for hardness you can scratch the rock with a nail to see if it leaves a mark, if so it is soft. However, if you don't have any rocks to test, you can watch and learn about them in the power point.
This week included within the resources, is the lesson plan because it provides you with links for a video about Mary Anning, a palaeontologist vocabulary mat and a Mary Anning bordered paper for an additional diary writing activity. The main activity is a comprehension and within this document there are three comprehensions of increasing difficulty. So you will need to choose the text most appropriate for your child. All the answers are provided for each activity.

The creation of a mini compost bin is or course purely optional, but in case you would like to complete this activity I have included the unit overview as I provides you with a list of equipment you will need to create one. Even without making a mini compost bin you will learn lots about soil formation from the power point provided.

Phonics

Mrs Simons’ Group - Year 3 and 4

This term we will be providing one grammar lesson and two phonics activities every week. The grammar lessons have been made by a school of excellence for Literacy so their lessons are highly recommended. They can be found on Youtube so I am providing the link for each session. The phonics activities will continue to be from the Extra Practise Zone from RWI.

 

To login into the tasks provided your child will need to login into wwww.oxfordowl.co.uk

Click on the pink Class Login button (top right of the screen)

Enter their class name: mellsphonics

                 password: MrsSimons

Click on the Blue Zone: Read, Write Inc. Spelling

                                     Extra Practice Zone

 

Please click on Year group and then on Year 2/Primary 3 to get you to the correct activities.

 

 

Week 1 (1.6.20)

Grammar lesson Focus: Pronouns 1

Link: Pronouns 1

Phonics: RWI Extra Practice Zone

Page 6

1) Spell The Vowel –Focus: ee sound (e-e, ey, ei, ie)

2) Spell The Vowel –Focus: igh sound (igh, i-e, ie, i, y)

 

 

Week 2 (8.6.20)

Grammar lesson Focus: Conjunctions 1

Link: Conjunctions 1

Phonics: RWI Extra Practice Zone

1) Spell The Vowel –Focus: ow sound (ow, o-e, oa, o, oe)

2) Spell The Vowel –Focus: long oo sound (oo, u-e, ew, oe, ue, ou)

 

 

Week 3  (15.6.20)

Grammar lesson Focus: Apostrophes for Possession

Link: Apostrophes for Possession

Phonics: RWI Extra Practice Zone

1) Spell The Vowel –Focus: short oo sound (oo)

2) Spell The Vowel –Focus: ar sound (ar, a)

 

Week 4 (22.6.20)

Grammar lesson Focus: Pronouns 2

Link: Pronouns 2

Phonics: RWI Extra Practice Zone

1) Spell The Vowel –Focus:  or sound (or, oor, ore, aw)

2) Spell The Vowel –Focus: or sound (au, a, ar)

 

Week 5 (29.6.20)

Grammar lesson Focus: Inverted Commas 1

Link: Inverted Commas 1

Phonics: RWI Extra Practice Zone

Page 7

1) Spell The Vowel –Focus: air  sound (air, are, ear)

2) Spell The Vowel –Focus: ir sound (ir, ur, er, or)

 

 

Week 6 (6.7.20)

Grammar Activity Focus:

  1. Homophones Practice There, Their & They’re

     (see attached PDF below)

  1. Making Singular Nouns Plural (see attached PDF below)

Mrs Atkins’ Phonics Group Year 3 and 4

This term we will be providing one grammar lesson and two phonics activities every week. The grammar lessons have been made by a school of excellence for Literacy so their lessons are highly recommended. They can be found on Youtube so I am providing the link for each session.

The phonics activities for this term are based on a phonics assessment that Mrs Atkins completed with the children in her group just before the lock down. So the activities that have been set are focussing on the phonics, spellings and spelling patterns that the children need to practise.

Some of the spelling activities will take longer than one session (20-30 mins) for your child to master all the spellings included but just work at a comfortable pace for your child. There is no requirement to complete them all but we wanted to provide enough each week to cater for all abilities. You can of course complete the phonic activities in any order you wish but we have divided them into weeks to provide a guide for you.

  

 

 

Week 1 (1.6.20)

Grammar lesson Focus: Pronouns 1

Link: Pronouns 1

 

Phonics:

1) Roll A Word Spelling Game (see attached PDF below)

2) ‘-sion’, ‘-tion’ or ‘-cian’ Ending Sorting Activity

(see attached PDF below)

 

Week 2 (8.6.20)

Grammar lesson Focus: Conjunctions 1

Link: Conjunctions 1

 

Phonics:

1) Practice Prefixes: re, sun, inter (see attached PDF below)

2) Stage 5 and 6, Phase 4b The ‘tion’, ‘cian’, ‘sion’, ‘ssion’

   (see attached PDF below)

 

Week 3 (15.6.20)

Grammar lesson Focus: Apostrophes for Possession

Link: Apostrophes for Possession

Phonics:

    1) Prefix Pairs Game (see attached PDF below)

    2) Making Singular Nouns Plural (see attached PDF below)

 

Week 4 (22.6.20)

Grammar lesson Focus: Pronouns 2

Link: Pronouns 2

 

Phonics:

  1. Homophones Practice There, their & They’re

     (see attached PDF below)

    2) Continuous Cursive Handwriting Practice Sheet

         (see attached PDF below)

 

 

Week 5 (29.6.20)

Grammar lesson Focus: Inverted Commas 1

Link: Inverted Commas 1

 

Phonics:

  1. Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check (see attached PDF below)
  2. Work through the remaining Spell the Vowel Activities on the RWI Extra Practice Zone.

 

Week 6 (6.7.20)

Work through the remaining Spell the Vowel Activities on the RWI Extra Practice Zone.

 

 

New! Story writing ideas linked to short films!

 

Dear Parents,

 

To support your child with their writing at home, I have uploaded some teaching ideas linked to different short films. Each short film tells a story. The idea of using film to support writing is known as Visual Literacy. The images and sounds in a film (and in some cases a silent film) can really help to engage and enhance the quality of your child's writing by extending their range of vocabulary choices and developing empathy for characters. Children will also learn how music in a film helps to build up atmosphere and suspense. 

 

Within each lesson, I will give an example of how to use a certain sentence type/s that will support your child with their writing and which links with the setting/events in the story. These sentence types (Alan Peat) are very easy to use and once your child has built up a bank of them, they will have a significant impact on the quality of your child's writing. Some lessons will be more art based so children can engage with the story through the medium of art. I know we have a lot of very creative children in Wenlock Class!

 

For the first film (The Black Hat), I have attached the first five lessons which can be taught daily or over a period of time that is most suitable for you and your family. If your child needs extra time to complete a lesson then please continue the next day. Each lesson is about 45 minutes to an hour long. This learning is completely optional so please do as much or as little as you want. The mini lessons just provide a structure for those parents who would like something to follow with resources provided. I have taught all of these lessons in the past with my previous classes and the children have loved using film and art to support their writing.

 

Tip - Often the first few lessons involve watching the film for only a few seconds so the plot isn't given away immediately. This allows children time to think about the setting and write about it. Please follow the lesson plan as to how much of the film you should reveal to your child on the first day and subsequent days. 

 

I hope you enjoy following them! I would love to see your child's story writing/art work, so please send in so I can share their fantastic home learning with the rest of the class.

 

For those children who require a little more support with their writing, I have attached some lesson ideas and resources linked to the story 'Oi Dog!' This will give your child a good knowledge and understanding of 1Ad and 2Ad sentence types before beginning their learning based on 'The Black Hat.' 

 

Love Mrs Gillon X

 

 

 

 

Resources and Word Banks for 'Oi Dog!'

The film 'The Black Hat' by Maia Walczak (The Literacy Shed)

Hi Wenlock Class, 

Here is an something you might like to do over half term or during next term to keep in contacted and connected to your friends in Wenlock Class.

 

Have you heard of Snail Mail?

Snail Mail means the traditional way of handwriting letters and posting them through a letter box rather than sending an email or text message. It has been given this name because a snail is slow to move and the method of posting a letter takes much longer than sending a quick electronic message. 

 

However, Snail Mail can be much more exciting to send and receive and is a lovely act of kindness. Some Snail Mails might even include a surprise! 

 

                                                

 

 

 

During this time, we think it would be lovely if we could send something special to our friends using Snail Mail. This shows your friends that even though we can't be together we are still thinking of them and want to make them smile! 

 

Below are some different examples of Snail Mail that you could either put in a post box or drop through your friends letter box. 

 

Also attached is a video which tells the story, 'Snail Mail' by Samantha Berger. AA long, long time ago, before email and texting, the mail was delivered in a much slower way-it was called Snail Mail (because some thought it was delivered by a snail). Although it took much longer, everyone agreed that letters were a little more special when they were delivered by Snail Mail. They might be handwritten. They might include a drawing. They might even contain a surprise inside! 

Snail Mail by Samantha Berger

A message for Wenlock Class -Friday 22nd May

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A message for Wenlock Class - Saturday 16th May

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A message for Wenlock Class - Monday 11th May.

 

Dear Wenlock Class, 

 

Well I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend with your families. I especially hope you enjoyed celebrating VE Day on Friday and I have seen from lots of photos that I have received that you found many different ways to do this. Some of you made bunting, others had wonderful tea parties and some of you even made shelters and spent time cracking Morse Code. Whatever you did to celebrate this important historic day I hope you have created some special memories!

 

I made a Dorset Apple cake based on a war time recipe and made some scones for the first time! My family and I sat down to have a lovely afternoon tea of finger sandwiches, cake and scones with cream and jam which we enjoyed together. My older boys telephoned their grandparents and were told stories of what they could remember of VE Day and how their grandparents celebrated even though they were only very young at the time.

 

Mrs Gillon had a lovely time with her daughter Emma and husband they went to a social distancing street party on their road. Mrs Gillon made special VE day biscuits and bunting with her daughter and they all enjoyed some special war time music played live by their neighbours who are musicians!

 

So please keep sending in your photos of your VE Day celebrations and all the other activities you have been doing, as we very much enjoy receiving them to see how you are enjoying your selves at home.

 

Take care and keep safe

Love 

Mrs Simons & Mrs Gillon

A message for Wenlock Class-Thursday 30th April

 

Hello from Mrs Simons

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Home Learning

A message to Wenlock Class Friday  1st May.

 

VE DAY

Dear Parents, 

As I am sure you are aware it is the 75th Year Celebration of VE Day next Friday 8th May, celebrating the end of WW2 in Europe. As we are not able to celebrate this historic day with your children at school,  we thought we would create some fun activities for you to do with your children at home to celebrate this special historic day. So please take a look at the video and activity sheets with your children and choose some of the ideas you would like to try. These include craft ideas, baking, dressing up, playing music, dancing and playing games all with a 1940's theme. You could even have your own VE Day party and picnic at home!

 

By enjoying some of these activities together you will be creating some special memories with your children at home and we would like to capture some of these in a commemorative video of photos and videos you might like to send to us in school.

 

So happy VE day Wenlock Class, I hope you have a lovely time enjoying the activities with your families at home!

 

VE Day Celebration Introduction Video

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VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebration Activities

Launch of the Oak National Academy online classroom and resource hub.

 

Today the Government has launched the new 'Oak National Academy' which is an online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.

 

I have used the first reception Maths lesson today with my daughter Emma and it's amazing! I am not an Early Years Specialist so I am learning too! The teacher introduced herself on the video and she made the lesson very child-friendly and interactive with lots of movement! Time is given to find any simple resources needed and at the end of the lesson the teacher explains resources required for the following day. Emma loved it and surprisingly she was calling out and repeating what the teacher was saying and at one point said, 'Mrs Teacher, we've done it already!"

 

It is definitely worth looking at and it might be that you alternate between White Rose and the Maths lessons available on Oak Academy or your child might prefer one over the other so perhaps take their lead as to their preferred one. There are also other subject areas like Art and Science that your child might like to dip into and spend time exploring and discovering new exciting things. 

 

The Oak National Academy can be accessed here:

 

Let us know how you find this new resource!

Love Mrs Gillon and Mrs Simons

 HOME LEARNING

Dear Parents,

Today is the day that we launch our new home learning activities to hopefully keep you busy and entertained over the coming weeks after your Easter break.

 

Topic

This term the teachers at Mells School have all got together to create a whole school topic called Keeping Healthy, Keeping Happy. This learning is all about keeping our bodies and minds happy and healthy through these strange times in a fun and practical way. We felt that this is a relevant subject at the moment and one that you can explore easily at home.

The topic map is divided into different areas such as The Body, Food and Well Being etc. These are just suggested activities and like the usual home learning, please pick and chose the ones that your children is interested in or inspired by. Please do not feel you need to complete all of them! You could also invent some other related activities of your own but try to pick activities from all of the different areas in the topic map so your learning is varied.

We hope you enjoy this new learning over the coming weeks and we look forward to receiving some photos of you completing some of the different activities, you have chosen to do. We are especially looking forward to seeing your growing sunflowers as part of our competition. So get planting!

 

Maths

This terms Maths home learning is an online resource from White Rose Maths, the maths scheme that we follow in school. Please use the link below (these will also be on the class page on the website) to take you to the correct page for your child’s year group.  Please start with week 1 lessons, followed by week 2 before moving onto Summer week 1.

The lessons are split into separate weeks, with 5 lessons in each week (one for each day of the normal school week). The lessons comprise of an explanation video and a worksheet (this will need to be downloaded and printed) and an answer booklet for parents so that they can mark work and also see the answer to each question. Some of the lessons will contain a ‘flash back 4’ activity, this is a list of 4 questions that relate to the children’s previous learning and needs to be completed at the start of the lessons where they appear. But don’t worry if you can’t answer them all! The video is designed so that the children watch a part before completing the relevant question on the worksheet, so that they complete each question at a time.

The lessons have been designed to follow on from each other so please complete them in the order provided on the website. The lessons should take no more than 1 hour, which is the usual length of your child’s maths lesson.

If your child struggles with a particular lesson then please feel free to repeat this with them the following day if they are still struggling then please let the teachers know and we will put together some additional activities for your child to work through.

Please stick your completed worksheets into a folder or plastic wallet and put your name on each sheet along with the date completed.

The starting topics for each year group are listed below:

 

Year 3: Fractions –tenths, Fractions as a set of objects, Equivalent Fractions, Fraction Problem Solving.

Link: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-3/

 

Year 4:  Fractions – tenths and hundredths, Division, Decimals, Halves and Quarters, Money.

Link: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

 

Please remember also to continue make use of all the other internet based learning opportunities we have made available for your children including Doodle Maths, Doodle English and Doodle Spelling. As well as Nessy to help with phonics and TT Rockstars to help your child practise their times tables, which is also now offering free subscription to all parents during this time. Also try to complete some reading everyday and this is a particularly lovely time to be able to regularly, not only read with your child but to them!

 

During this time at home with your children our main concern is that they are healthy and happy as this is the only way they can successfully learn. So if you have any worries or concerns do not hesitate to contact Mrs Gillon of myself via the school email address as we are always available for help and support.

 

Kind Regards and look after each other,

Mrs Simons and Mrs Gillon

 

 

 

 

 

Phonics for Mrs Simons Group

Dear Parents,

To ensure that your child can continue to progress with their spelling, punctuation and grammar I have created a user name and password to enable them to be able to access the Oxford Owl, Read Write, Inc resources that we use in school. The new area on the website that has been created for Home Learning is called the Extra Practice Zone.

I have also uploaded an information sheet for parents below to explain how to navigate the Oxford Owl website. It also gives a brief explanation of the activities and a glossary of SPaG terminology many of which the children are familiar with from their class work. 

To login into the tasks provided your child will need to login into wwww.oxfordowl.co.uk

Click on the pink Class Login button (top right of the screen)

Enter their class name: mellsphonics

                 password: MrsSimons

Click on the Blue Zone: Read, Write Inc. Spelling

                                     Extra Practice Zone

Following the recommendations of RWI the children can complete three activities a week:

Please click on Year group and then on Year 2/Primary 3 to get you to the correct activities

Week 1 (Wk beginning 20/4/20)

Your child can choose to complete

The first three activities:

  1. Sounds the Same (Focus: identify the correct homophone)
  2. Swap, Double or Drop (Decide whether to swap, double or drop the last letter of the root word before you add the suffix)
  3. Rule Breakers (For each question an explanation of the spelling rule being practised is given on the right side of the screen)

 

Week 2 (Wk beginning 27/4/20)

Then next three activities:

1) Playing with Plurals (Focus: The correct spelling of plurals)

2) Word Endings (Children to choose the correct ending of the given word from a drop down menu)

3) Spell The Root (children to spell the root word from given suffix)

 

e Books

Once you have signed into the Extra Practice Zone you will also have access to lots of e books which you can enjoy reading with your child. You can filter your search through appropriate ages, themes and series which will enable your child to practise their phonics and recognition of spelling rules and patterns. So happy reading!

 

Please find below the next three weeks of Phonics for Mrs Simons' group.

 

Week 3 (Wk beginning 4/5/20)

The next three activities:

  1. Odd Rhyme Out (Children to identify the odd word out depending on the sounds in the words)

Then go to page 5 after the Year 6 activities you will find several Spell the vowel activities which the children can work through.

2) Spell The Vowel – Focus: a sound

3) Spell The Vowel –Focus: e sound (e, ea)

 

Week 4 (Wk beginning 11/5/20)

The next three activities:

1) Spell The Vowel –Focus: i sound ( i, y)

2) Spell The Vowel –Focus: o sound (o, a)

3) Spell The Vowel –Focus: u sound (u, o, ou)

 

Week 5 (Wk beginning 18/5/20)

The next three activities:

1) Spell The Vowel –Focus: ay sound (ay, a-e, ai, a)

2) Spell The Vowel –Focus: ay sound (aigh, eigh, ei,ey)

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3) Spell The Vowel –Focus: ee sound (ee, ea, e, y)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phonics for Mrs Atkins' Group

As above...

To login into the tasks provided your child will need to login into wwww.oxfordowl.co.uk

Click on the pink Class Login button (top right of the screen)

Enter their class name: mellsphonics34

                 password: MrsAtkins

Click on the Blue Zone: Read, Write Inc. Spelling

                                     Extra Practice Zone

Following the recommendations of RWI the children can complete three activities a week:

Please click on Year group and then on Year 4/Primary 5 to get you to the correct activities.

 

Week 1 (Wk beginning 20/4/20)

Your child can choose to complete:

The first three activities:

1)   Sounds the Same (Focus: identify the correct homophone)

2)   Swap, Double or Drop (Decide whether to swap, double or drop the last letter of the root word before you add the suffix)

3)  Rule Breakers (For each question an explanation of the spelling rule being practised is given on the right side of the screen)

 

Week 2 (Wk beginning 27/4/20)

Then next three activities:

1) Playing with Plurals (Focus: The correct spelling of plurals)

2) Word Endings (Children to choose the correct ending of the given word from a drop down menu)

3) Spell The Root (children to spell the root word from given suffix)

 

e Books

Once you have signed into the Extra Practice Zone you will also have access to lots of e books which you can enjoy reading with your child. You can filter your search through appropriate ages, themes and series which will enable your child to practise their phonics and recognition of spelling rules and patterns. So happy reading!

 

Please find below the next three weeks of Phonics work for Mrs Atkins' group:

 

Week 3 (Wk beginning 4/5/20)

The first three activities:

  1. Odd Rhyme Out (Children to identify the odd word out depending on the sounds in the words)

Then go to page 5 after the Year 6 activities you will find several Spell the Vowel activities which the children can work through.

2) Spell The Vowel – Focus: a sound

3) Spell The Vowel –Focus: e sound (e, ea)

 

Week 4 (Wk beginning 11/5/20)

The next three activities:

1) Spell The Vowel –Focus: i sound ( i, y)

2) Spell The Vowel –Focus: o sound (o, a)

3) Spell The Vowel –Focus: u sound (u, o, ou)

 

Week 5 (Wk beginning 18/5/20)

The next three activities:

1) Spell The Vowel –Focus: ay sound (ay, a-e, ai, a)

2) Spell The Vowel –Focus: ay sound (aigh, eigh, ei,ey)

Page 6

3) Spell The Vowel –Focus: ee sound (ee, ea, e, y)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extra Practice Zone Information Booklet for Parents

We hope that you all enjoyed the Easter Weekend and had lots of fun with your families in the sunshine.

More importantly we hope the Easter Bunny was able to visit you all!

Some of you have started to send in some photos of the work you have been doing and the exciting activities you have been enjoying with your families.

Here's what your class mates have been up to.

 

Well done to Beau and his brother Luca for helping to tidy and clean the war memorial in Mells! What a wonderful thoughtful and repectful thing to do!
Alfie and Archie have been reading new books they got for their birthday, as well as practising their drawing. They have been watching programmes about VE Day also been cracking Morse Code messages to celebrate this special day. 
Reggie and his brother Jago have been celebrating Star Wars Day on May 4th by doing a Star Wars wake and shake!
Reggie has been busy this week learning about the Battle of Hastings and used a globe to find Norway and Normandy!

Alfie has been enjoying the White Rose Maths and daily Doodles. He has been helping in the kitchen and has chopped the fruit for dinner. As well as this, he has also done some junk modelling out in the garden in the sunshine.

Alfie has also had challenges sent by Cubs too, one of which is a den building sleep out, which he did on Saturday night. On Friday Alfie and his sister Amelie made a cinema!

Look what fun Edwin has been having doing lots of gardening and science!
Reggie has been having fun doing maths with Lego!
Alfie and Archie have been busy having fun at home too!
More pictures of Beau having fun out and about with his brother Luca!
Here is some more learning and exciting activities from Alfie!
Look What Reggie and his brother have been doing!
Beau's Exciting Adventures At Home!

Some amazing adventures Wyn and great outdoor learning at home!

Happy Easter Holidays Wenlock Class!

Easter Arts and Crafts

If you would like to do some Easter Arts and Crafts over the next couple of weeks, then Mrs Simons and I would love to see them and share them on this page. We are going to post different ideas and links so keep an eye out Wenlock Class! Take care and keep safe.

Mrs Simons and Mrs Gillon X

 

 

Dear Parents and Children,

 

As we approach the Easter Weekend, I would like to wish you all a very special time together. In these challenging times, I think it is important to reflect on the positives and that we are all lucky to have loving families and friends, who although we may not be able to physically meet with, we are able to keep in touch by various means. It is also a time when we can really appreciate the natural beauty around us which has been made all the more amazing by the wonderful sunny weather we have experienced over the past few weeks. If like myself and my family you have been enjoying the outdoors, you will have probably discovered many different walks and bridleways that you didn’t even know existed before.

 

Hopefully, you have all had the opportunity to get creative over the last few weeks as well as completing some of the tasks which Mrs Gillon and I have set. Please do not feel you have to complete everything in the learning pack as everyone works differently. Hopefully, you will have found a daily structure that works for you and your family! If nothing else, I hope you have enjoyed Doodling with Maths, English and Spelling. Don’t worry if you have found any of it tricky, just keep trying and you will get there in the end! One of the things I have been learning to do at home is to upload posts on the website! Even teacher's learn too!

 

Remember, as it is the holiday period there is no pressure to do anything but here are a few ideas you might like to try next week or in the weeks ahead. Choose ideas that you feel most inspired by. 

Memory Boxes

 

This is an idea I created many years ago in my first school when I worked with Reception children but I think it works for all age groups and seems particularly relevant now.

 

Find a shoe box or similar cardboard box with a lid. Paint and decorate your box in any way you would like to personalise it. Feature your name in the design. Then place items in the box that are special to you from the time you have spent at home with your family. It could be a feather you found on a walk, something special you have made at home, pictures of special people or something you have done such as baking, gardening, exercising etc. This could also include photographs recording special events for example: celebrating a birthday at home. It would be lovely for you to bring this special memory box into school to share with everyone when we come back together again.

Wishes Jar

 

Find a jar with a lid at home. It could be a jam jar, a pasta jar or something similar! Then in a quiet moment, write down on a piece of paper something that you would like to do once our time at home has finished. It only needs to be something small like have an ice cream at the park, visit Grandma/Grandad and give her/him a hug, go swimming with my family, make a cake and take it round to my Grandma/Grandad to have with a cup of tea.

 

Then you can watch the jar fill up with lots of special things you would like to do, that you can look forward to. Then, when this time is over you can slowly work through all these little pleasures that you will appreciate all the more!

 

 

 

Nerf Gun Game

 

This idea is one that I have borrowed but I love it because it is so versatile and could be adapted in many ways. It involves Nerf guns and an educational focus. So you could use this game to learn your times tables. You choose a times table you want to practice, write the answers onto post it notes and stick them all over a wall. Then ask an adult to call out different times tables eg 2x3, 3x5, 7x3, 4x,3....

Then when you find the answer on the wall you shoot at it! If you haven’t got Nerf Guns you could take this game outside and use tennis or similar balls to throw at the answers.

You could use this game to read new words, practise mental maths, number bonds or division.

You could write the separate letters of the alphabet on post it notes and use them to fire at, in order to practise your spellings!

 

Well we hope you have a lovely Easter weekend and look after yourselves.

If you have any questions over the coming weeks please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Gillon or myself through the school office email as all correspondence is passed onto us.

 

Please also keep sending in your pictures of the things you have been doing at home as we love to see them and as my skills improve I will try to do the same!

 

Take care and keep safe

Mrs Gillon and Mrs Simons xx

Mrs Simons has been very busy at home with her family. Can you spot what they've been up to?

Miss Gould (from Beckington) has been very busy in her garden and she has made an AMAZING BUG HOTEL! Can you spot the real bugs from the silly bugs?

Do you feel inspired to make your own Bug Hotel?

 

Miss Gould used old ivy branches, flat pebbles, acrylic gloss paints, a permanent black marker for the details and gold paint to reflect light from the sun. Think back to our Science lesson on reflection and how light is reflected from different light sources! The sun is a very important source of light!

Mrs Gillon

Brass Lessons

At the end of this term the children performed in an open lesson to their parents to the show the skills they have developed during their music lessons this term with Mr Bertie.

Dance Sessions

This term we were lucky to have a specialist dance teacher to work with the children creating a dance based on Native Americans which we performed in our class assembly this term.

Forest School

The children in Wenlock are lucky enough to visit All Hallows for forest school this term.  Here are some photographs of the children enjoying the sessions with the activities around our topic of Native Americans

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