Message from Mrs. Evans.

All of the children have all brought home a very important letter – a short update about their progress at school this term. If you would like to ask any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at the following email account:

darwinclass@stokeontern.shropshire.sch.uk

The children have also brought home a CGP maths book. We will often be using this book for our maths homework from now on. The pages set for homework this week are listed on a sheet which is glued into the front of the book. The children have been asked to bring the completed work in on Monday. They have also brought some Latin home to translate – enjoy! 🙂

We have had a very productive week in Darwin class this week, I have been particularly impressed with the way that everyone has made progress with fractions. We are now adding and subtracting with mixed numbers and improper fractions – challenging stuff!

I hope that you all have a great weekend!

All the best,

Mrs. Evans.

 

Message for parents of pupils in Darwin class.

Pupils in Darwin class can return to school tomorrow, as long as they are not self-isolating due to there being a confirmed COVID-19 case in the family, or if a member of the family has symptoms and is waiting for test results, or the pupil has symptoms themselves.

As part of our approach to managing risk, we are required to have adequate ventilation in classrooms at all times. This means that we need to have some windows open, whatever the weather. As a result, as we move into winter, it may be a little ‘fresher’ than we are used to in class at times. Children may want to wear an extra t-shirt under their school shirt and they are encouraged to bring in a warm fleece/hoodie/sweater to wear in class. This can be any colour or style, as long as it is warm!

As not all key members of staff will be returning to school tomorrow, we will not be able to run the bus service until next week. We are anticipating that the bus will be running on Wednesday. We will confirm this as soon as we are able to.

I’d like to thank you all for your patience and understanding during these uncertain times. As a school, we are doing everything we can to minimise the disruption to our pupils’ education, whilst ensuring that it is safe for pupils to attend school. I really appreciate everyone’s efforts this week – thank-you and well done! 🙂

Mrs. E.

Thursday 19th November

Good morning!

For most of us in Darwin class, today is our last day of home schooling; I am very much looking forward to returning to ‘normal’ tomorrow!

I am not able to run a Zoom meeting today, as I am in a meeting all afternoon but I will check my Edmodo notifications and class email inbox as often as possible. Please get in touch if you need to ask anything; I will get back to you as soon as I am able to!

I really enjoyed yesterday’s online maths quiz and I was pleased that so many pupils were able to take part. If your child couldn’t attend and you would him/her to complete the quiz, the questions are below. If you would like the presentation which gives clues and answers, please email me on: darwinclass@stokeontern.shropshire.sch.uk and I will send it over to you.

Online maths quiz ZOOM Wed 18 Nov

 

This is today’s suggested time table:

 

Morning Work:

(Don’t forget to see if you can spot the sneaky mistake!)

 

English:

To write a paragraph about diet and habitat.

To write a conclusion.

Why not have a go at applying all that you have learned this week and write a non-chronological report about your favourite animal?

Don’t forget to spend some time learning your spellings for next Monday!

Click here for the spellings for Monday 23rd November

 

Maths:

Warm-up:

Try this interesting challenge to get your brain warmed up. It’s one of my favourites!

(You can copy the image into your yellow book or use the interactive version)

Today, we are going to look at comparing and ordering fractions with a focus on the numerator.

Main part of the lesson:

Worksheet: Compare-and-order-numerator  (If you can’t print the sheet out – explain to an adult what you would shade on question 2.)

Extra question:

 

Afternoon Lessons:

On Thursday afternoons, we usually have PE. Please use this time this afternoon to move around outside.

If you are unable to go outside, you could complete a Joe Wicks workout.

PE with Joe

 

Reading.

Please ensure that you spend at least half an hour reading.

 

I will see most of you in school tomorrow – I am very much looking forward to it!

(I have emailed work for the pupils who are still self isolating until next week – please contact me if you have not received an email with lesson activities and you require one: darwinclass@stokeontern.shropshire.sch.uk)

Wednesday 18th November

Good Morning!

We had a very small, select group join in with the maths catch-up on Zoom yesterday. I think it was useful for the children to have another look at some of the fraction work we have been doing over the past week. It has certainly helped me to assess where our focus needs to be when we return to school on Friday.

I have scheduled another catch-up Zoom session for this afternoon. The main focus of this will be a discussion about any issues the children have had with the work set today followed by a FUN maths quiz. The session will start at 2:30 and last for approximately 40 minutes.

I am looking forward to it!

Link to the meeting:

https://us05web.zoom.us/j/82463174076?pwd=djBJK1Z5YkRWaDlmSG9sTEEzZlFvQT09

Meeting ID: 824 6317 4076

The passcode will be sent via text message shortly after 9 am.

 

Today’s suggested timetable:

Morning Work:

Something a little different today. Somewhere on this ‘slide’ there is a mistake. Can you spot it?

Maths Morning Work:

 

Answers to yesterday’s punctuation work:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English:

Non-Chronological reports:

To edit a paragraph of a non-chronological report.

To plan the paragraph on habitat and diet.

 

Maths:

Warm-up:

Before you move on to the main part of the lesson, you need to remind yourself about the meanings of these mathematical symbols:

<     >     =

Click here to remind yourself.

Today’s main section is looking at comparing and ordering fractions with a focus on the denominator.

Worksheet: Compare-and-order-denominator (You don’t need to draw the ‘bar models’ in question 2, just explain to an adult what you would shade in and why.)

Remember, if the denominators are different you have to use your knowledge of equivalent fractions. For example, what would two thirds be as sixths? Have a go at the question below:

 

Afternoon Lessons:

Geography:

Our Geography study this half-term will be about the continent of Asia. This week, I would like you to complete the reading and activities on this webpage:

The World.

Once you have read all the information and completed the activities on the website, read through the following information. Study the maps carefully, we will be filling in blank maps when we return to school.

Asia lesson slides intro

 

Zoom catch-up.

2:30 work catch-up and maths quiz.

 

Reading.

Please spend at least half an hour reading, either silently to yourself or aloud to an adult.

 

Tuesday 17th November

Good Morning!

Here is today’s suggested timetable:

I have scheduled another Zoom slot to discuss any further issues with the maths work set this week. We spent some time yesterday looking at this. If you would like to spend a little longer working on mixed numbers and improper fractions, I have a different set of questions which we could look at together. We will also be able to discuss any issues you had with today’s maths.

Please only log on if you would like to discuss your maths/complete the extra work – we are not having a general chat and catch-up today – purely business!

The session will start at 2:30 and end at 3:00 (or whenever we feel that we have covered all the points you wish to discuss.)

The link for the meeting is:

https://us05web.zoom.us/j/82437916729?pwd=RGUvK1J2SkRWYXl2YUdsTFlqaURXUT09

The code to join the meeting will be sent via text message.

 

Morning Work:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please check and mark yesterday’s morning work:

 

 

English:

Non-Chronological Reports.

Plan a paragraph on appearance.

To write a paragraph about appearance.

Maths:

Main focus: Fractions on a number line.

Answer these questions first, to warm your brain up!

 

Main part of the lesson:

 

Activities/worksheets:

 

fractions on a number line

 

Afternoon Lessons:

RE (Religious Education).

This half-term we will be looking at celebrations of light.

Today, we are going to find out about Diwali.

Find out about Diwali here!

Once you have read all the information on the webpage, read the story of Rama & Sita so that you are ready for next week’s lesson.

Rama and Sita

 

Latin.

This week, you need to spend some time learning the key vocabulary for Chapter 2 of our Latin lessons. There will be a quiz when we return to school.

Once you have spent some time learning the words, write out a translation of the first part of the story we looked at last week:

 

Reading:

Please spend at least half-an hour reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 16th November

Good morning!

I hope that you had a good weekend and that you are ready to do some more home-schooling!

This is today’s suggested timetable:

 

I have scheduled a Zoom meeting for 2:30 for those pupils who want to drop in and say hello. The first half of the meeting will be dedicated to discussing any issues with school work. The rest of the time will be given over to allow the children to see and talk to each other (and to me!). Pupils can log into the meeting at any time during the session:

Please log in between 2:30 and  3:00 to discuss school work – any issues?

Please log in between 3:00 and 3:30 to chat about the weekend/say hello!

The link to the meeting is: https://us05web.zoom.us/j/83714865779?pwd=TzFvUmpuQmpxTmltZkI2YkI4SGlQQT09

Meeting ID:837 1486 5779

The passcode will be sent to you in a text message.

 

Morning Work:

Write these present tense words in the past tense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find the change:

Here are the answers to Friday’s morning work. You can mark your own work and complete your corrections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English:

Ask a grown-up to test you on the Oak National spellings (they are at the bottom of Friday’s lesson page). We will do our other spellings next Monday. Let me know your score by message on Edmodo or by email.

Non-Chronological Reports.

Session 1: Vocabulary. Words to do with eating.

Session 2: Writing: To write the opening of a non-chronological report.

 

Maths:

Maths warm-up – to get you thinking!

Last week, we looked at equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions and changing improper fractions to mixed numbers. Today, we are going to look at changing mixed numbers into improper fractions:

Lesson 

Activities. Mixed numbers to improper fractions worksheet.

Challenge question:

 

Science:

Darwin Science – Earth and Space

This term, we are looking at ‘Earth and Space’ as our topic in Science. So far, we have compared the movements of the Earth, Moon and Sun relative to each other, as well as finding out about the different planets in our solar system.

We have learned that the Earth rotates on its axis (the invisible line that runs top to bottom through it) once every 24 hours. It is this rotation that causes day and night.

Click on the link to BBC Bitesize below (‘The Earth class clips’) and watch the two videos listed: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwccwmn/resources/1

1. Day and night

2. How do we get day and night?

Once you have watched these videos, complete the following work. (You can draw your own version of the picture in your book/on paper):

When you have completed that task, click back on the link to BBC Bitesize below (The Earth class clips) and watch the two videos listed: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwccwmn/resources/1

1. Earth’s orbit of the sun

2. Day and night in the world’s most northerly city

Once you have watched these videos, write out these statements using the correct red word in each case:

Zoom Meeting.

Please sign-in between 2:30 and 3:00 if you want to discuss your school work.

Please sign-in between 3:00 and 3:30 if you want a general chat and to say hello!

The link is at the top of this page and the passcode has been sent to your parents in a text message.

 

Reading.

Please set aside some time to read silently to yourself, or aloud to an adult.

 

 

Lessons for Friday 13th November.

Good morning!

I have scheduled a ‘catch-up’ meeting on Zoom, for the pupils of Darwin class, this afternoon at 2pm. This is a chance for the pupils to talk to me about the work they have been doing at home or just to say hello! I will be online from 2 pm until 2:40 pm.

The details for the meeting are below. A special code is needed to join the meeting, which I will send to you via text. Fingers crossed that it all goes smoothly and there are no major technical hitches!

Zoom meeting link:

https://us05web.zoom.us/j/84200212347?pwd=WWo2QkpkUnJ5N3o0WmdtV3R0REhwUT09

Meeting ID: 842 0021 2347 (The meeting code will be sent to you via text message this morning.)

Today’s Suggested Timetable:

Morning Work:

Please punctuate the following correctly:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Complete the following maths work:

 

Here are the answers for yesterday’s morning work. You can mark your own work and complete any corrections which have to be made:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English. Non-Chronological Reports.

In today’s English lesson, we are going to continue looking at non-chronological reports. Please complete the following sessions:

Punctuation focus. 

Gathering information.

When you have completed these sessions, you should be ready to go on to plan and write your report next week.

 

Maths. Simplifying fractions.

Today’s maths is a recap and review of simplifying fractions followed by a main focus on mixed numbers and improper fractions.

Please complete this warm-up activity first:

(You don’t need to print this off, you can write the calculations down: 7 x 4 = , 7 x 9 =. etc.,)

Watch this short video to remind you about how to simplify fractions. It may be worth looking at yesterday’s work again after you have watched this, especially if you found some of the questions tricky.

Simplifying fractions.

On Wednesday, we started to look at mixed numbers and improper fractions. Here is lesson to watch and some questions to answer. You don’t need to print the sheet off, just write the answers down. (You may need a ruler to draw your own ‘bars’, or you may feel that you don’t need to do the shading to answer the questions.)

Improper fractions to mixed numbers.

Improper-to-mixed-numbers-Worksheet

Extra challenge question:

 

Afternoon Lessons:

Art:

In art, we have been looking at how line can be used in different ways. Today’s lesson is an introduction on how to use lines to create perspective.

Creating perspective.

Once you have watched the clip through, have a go at a drawing of your own using lines to create perspective.

 

2:00 – 2:40 p.m. Online Catch-up Meeting:

Please use the link at the top of this page to join the online meeting. A special code has been sent by text message. You will need this code to get into the meeting. Don’t worry if you miss the meeting or have technical issues; we will try again early next week!

Hopefully, I will see you online!

Reading.

Please set aside some time to read either silently, to yourself, or aloud to an adult.

Homework:

Check through Thursday’s & Friday’s work and complete any tasks that you didn’t have time to finish. If you would like more homework, please let me know and I will send you some!

Learn the spellings from yesterday’s English lesson. A grown-up can test you on Monday morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Evans.