SUMMER TERM 1
Welcome “back” to the summer term! We hope that you have managed to stay safe and healthy, and we are really looking forward to seeing you all again as soon as possible.
Please remember that for the time being until further notice we will only be contacting you - and will only be contactable - via the single school dedicated corona email address. The email address is:
Make sure you mark your email as "FAO Miss Louth" or "FAO Mr B" so it finds its way to us. If you want to add photographs, videos or pictures to the class website page please do attach them and send them on to us via email - we'd love to see them!
You will notice that at the top of the page we have set up several "sub-pages" where you will find all sorts of guidance to help you with your home learning, a long list of websites to look at for different activities, and a collection of some of the photos and videos we've seen so far - we'd love to add to these as soon as possible, so do send those emails...
Remember that as well as the paper home working packs, we are assigning work on Education City and Bug Club (accessed via the RM unify website), hosting Times Table Rock Stars tournaments, assigning music-learning schemes on Charanga Yuma music, and adding further tasks from time to time. All the children should have login and password details for these sites. If you haven't got logins or passwords, please contact your class teacher via the school Corona email address.
It was lovely to speak to so many of you last week, and to hear how well you have been getting on in difficult circumstances. We will be calling you again from time to time, to make sure that we keep in touch, but if you have any questions or problems, or anything that you want to share in the meantime, please do get in touch either by ringing the school or sending an email to the dedicated address above.
If you do have any questions or need help at any stage, please do contact us – we are continuing to work throughout the days and will be more than happy to assist in any way that we can!
Take care, and see you all soon...
Miss Louth and Mr Birtwhistle
YEAR 3 DANCE-OFF CHALLENGE!
Sandra Read (Sydney-Morgan's mum) managed to accidentally sign herself up for a parents' dance-off competition organised by Sydney's dance club. Completely typically, she smashed the opposition and won first prize with a brilliant rendition of Sydney's exam piece, the ballet Doll Dance. Being a thoroughly brilliant sport, she has sent us the videos and agreed that we can put them up on the website (see below - they are amazing).
But we don't want to leave it at that.
We are sure that there are some other amazing dancers out there amongst both children and grown-ups. We are now challenging all of you - big and small - to put together a vid of you completing a dance routine. You can choose the style and music yourselves - we'd be just as delighted to see some Street Dance as we would a Paso Doble - and decide what music and costume to go for (as long as they're safe for posting on here). Just share the completed video to the BatchleyCorona email address and we'll make sure they go up here in pride of place.
At the end of the half term, the teaching staff will have a discussion and choose winning entries for big people and small people, based on a completely arbitrary chat about which one has the greatest technical skill and which one makes us laugh the most. We will make sure that all entries are awarded some sort of prize, for being such amazing sports, and that they'll be archived at the end of the half-term holidays so they don't haunt you for ever.
Thank you everybody in advance - and Keeeeep Dancing!
JL & TB xx
Week commencing 27thApril 2020
We hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy, and managing to get some work done as well. Thank you for everyone who has been completing the home packs, as well as the different online activities we have set up for you to be getting on with. There is another Times Table Rock Star “Beat the Teachers” Challenge starting on Monday, so make sure you all get logged on so we make it as epic a battle as possible!
For those of you who want a more in-depth challenge for your work over the next couple of weeks, we would love it if you could start on an extended project. As we are all still in lockdown mode at the moment we thought it would be good to go travelling, even if it’s only in our imaginations. With this in mind, our extended project for this week is all about…
We would like you to pick an explorer and complete a series of tasks all about their discoveries. You can pick whoever you want, but we have a few suggestions:
Vasco Da Gama
You can find more ideas here:
When you have picked your explorer, try tackling the following tasks:
Create a biography of your explorer. When and where were they born? Where did they live? What did they do? What was their family like? What are they most famous for? When and how did they die? Think about what you would like to know about them, set yourself some research questions, then present your findings however you like – poster, fact file, bullet points or a full piece of writing. Make sure you include lots of key information!
Imagine you are a sailor on board your explorer’s ship. Try writing an account of their voyage, either as a letter or as a day-by-day diary. Remember you will be writing in the first person(“I did this, I did that”) and in the past tense, as you will be writing about things you have done already. Include description using all five senses – what can you see, hear, smell, taste and touch – and tell us how those things make you feel by describing your emotions. You can be gruesome if you want!
Create an authentic looking map of your voyage of discovery, making sure that you age it so that it really looks the part!
You don’t need to show the whole of your voyage, but maybe just a small map of one of the locations you visit (a map of Hispaniola for Columbus?).
Create a fact file about the country (or one of the countries) that your explorer visited. Think about all of the key information we included when we were creating our fact files for Eurovision, and focus on two or three aspects of those countries (tourism, culture, agriculture, government etc). We want to know about the country as it is today, not hundreds of years ago!
Find out what language (or languages) they speak in the country you are visiting, then learn the lingo! Learn some words and phrases, practice your pronunciation, then send us a video of you speaking those phrases and telling us what they mean. Try using the BBC Language website (on the RM Unify front screen) for inspiration if you are stuck.
Design and Technology:
Try designing, then building, a model of a sailing ship which will float in your bath or sink. Think about what materials you could use and how you could fix them together, and how you can make your ship look more realistic. Draw a design diagram, making sure you label it and create a list of your materials, then construct your ship. When you’ve finished, evaluate it, and think about how you could make it even better next time around.
Research an animal which is native to the country you are visiting. Draw and label an image of it, then tell us about it in more detail – where does it live, what does it eat - and what eats it? Can you draw a food chain showing how it fits in? What sort of animal is it and how is it classified?
The above list is only a series of suggestions but we think it might give your days a bit more focus and give the children a chance to really immerse themselves in their learning. There is no time limit for completion, but we will be posting another learning project in a couple of weeks. If you think of anything else that you would like to include, please let your imaginations run riot – and do make sure you email us photos, videos and electronic documents so that we can share them with everyone else as an inspiration to us all.
Take care everyone, and hopefully we’ll see you all very soon!
Miss Louth and Mr Birtwhistle