Monday 6th April
morning everybody, hope you and all your family are staying well and staying at home. I went out shopping yesterday for the first time since school closed, and it was very strange to see the streets so deserted. Strange times.
Today should be the start of your Easter holidays. If you are feeling as though you want to keep working, remember that I planned fourteen days of learning in your packs. This is fourteen SCHOOL days, so should last you three weeks. You could get those lessons done. In addition, or alternatively, I set you these tasks: diary writing, Happy Duckling story, mapping your garden, Stop Start animation, Great Sutton Bake Off and Life Skills. If you’re at a loose end and want something to do, then that should give you plenty to choose from. If you can’t remember what these tasks were, exactly, scroll through the class pages to remind yourself.
But, it IS the holidays. So, if you’re feeling creative, how about making Chocolate Easter Nests, Easter cards, or an Easter Garden on a plate! With parental support, use Mr Google for ideas!
If you fancy a trip out...not allowed...why not make a virtual visit? Online, you can take a tour round Buckingham, Palace, The Natural History Museum, Chester Zoo and many other places of interest!
I’m going to be working hard at home, together, virtually, with the other staff, to make sure that on our return to school, our curriculum is even better and more exciting than before with lots of great experiences for you all. I’m also going to be giving you all a quick phone call in the next few days, to make sure you’re okay and so that we can talk about anything that might be worrying you. I’m looking forward Tohearing what you’ve all been up to and how you’re keeping busy.
It IS the holidays this week and next, so I won’t be writing every day, but if you have any worries or anything exciting that you want to share with me, please email and I will respond.
Have a very Happy Easter. Love from Mrs Garfoot. X
thank you so much for all the lovely pictures and super work you have been busily sending in. I’m so pleased that so many of you are keeping busy, and I’m keeping a record of your team points.
I have to keep reminding myself what day it is, do you? Well, it is FRIDAY! As the weekend is coming up, I don’t expect you to do school work....unless of course, you want to, and I’m going to try to get some garden jobs done. As it will be the weekend, I won’t be writing to you on this page until Monday, but if there is anything you are worried about or can’t wait to share with me, please use the email address and I promise I’ll get back to you.
Stay busy, and remember, be good! Love from Mrs Garfoot.x
I just wanted to say thank you for all your emails and photos that we keep receiving. It makes me smile and cheers me up to see how hard you are all working. Take care and stay safe, Miss Bell
Hi there H, wow, you’ve been busy today! Your work is amazing and I have added on your team points.
Hope you’ve had a good day. I think it’s going to be sunny this weekend, so you might get out in the garden. Qu’est animeaux a tu? J’ai un chien eg une chat. What have I got?
talk again soon, love from Mrs Garfoot.
Thursday 2nd April
Ive been having a look on Ed Shed and TTRockstars......come on you Lazybones’ ! You know who you are! I really don’t expect you to log on to these every day, but.....really? We can’t let the basics slip away, kids. Even 5 minutes on each?
Today...I expect you have jobs started but not finished. You could do some finishing off....getting even one job done can feel really good.
Now then....how’s about A Great Sutton Bake Off? I can give you some ideas, but of course this will depend on what you have available to use so please don’t whinge if you can’t make your first choice!
Recipes I often use are on the BBC Food website, or you might have cook books at home, so get researching!
Have a rummage in the cupboards to see what there is, first, but don’t use the last egg or last bit of sugar or butter without asking first!
Suggestions...Victoria sandwich ( it’s not a sandwich, it’s a cake), fat Free sponge (you don’t use it in the bath),shortbread, scones (fruity, plain,cheese or invent your own version),or go savoury and try potato cakes or loaded jacket potatoes, ....that’s also a life skill ticked...make a simple lunch.
You might need adult help with this, but YOU must do the clearing up! Ooh...another life skill ticked!
If you are able, upload pictures of your creations and Ill ask Miss Bell to put them in a Pic collage. If you can’t up load them, scoff them and get your folk to write a review! Result...someone else gets to write!
Try to have a great day, and I’ll write again soon. Love from Mrs Garfoot.
Good morning everybody. I hope you are all okay and keeping yourselves busy.
H, I got your work, thank you! Great to see you’re keeping so busy! 3 team points for your three pieces of work! I marked your comprehension and you did really well. Just have another look st question 3. What was it about HOW the witch looked that made the narrator leave? I’m pleased that you are obviously checking your success criteria and remembering to use all the punctuation you have been taught. Don’t forget, everybody, to use your grammar mats to help improve your writing.
What are you all planning to do today? Work from the timetable? Try one of the tasks? Ed shed or TT Rockstars? How did you like the duckling video on Literacy Shed?
Hey...who fancies trying to make a stop start animation, using toys, Lego or other things you have around the house? If you can’t do this because of technological problems, how about writing a play script or just verbally making one up, and put on a show for your family? You could use a plain towel or pillow case as a backdrop and roll out those soft toys!
Have fun, stay safe and why not try to tick off a Life Skill today?
Love from Mrs Garfoot.
Extra Activities linked to CGP reading comprehensions.
*What genre is the text? Explain how you know in as much detail as you are able.
*Re-write the text in a different genre. Eg.if it is a news report, write it as a short story. If it is a non chronological report, re-write it as a set of diary entries.
*Design a front cover for the book your text may have come from.
*Review the text. Did you enjoy it? Explain why. Would you recommend it? Explain your reasoning.
*Select three words from the text, which you like. Write a sentence for each word
just to clarify: The timetable and work were set when we were anticipating returning to school after Easter. Clearly, the goalposts have moved since then and to maintain everyone’s sanity and more to the point, well being, I have gradually made the expectations more fluid and open ended. So,
*if it suits you and your child/ren to keep the structure of the timetable for the first three weeks, as planned, then that’s fine. Some children find the structured approach comforting.
*if your child is struggling to meet the challenge of the structured home learning, then the tasks I am setting may suit them better.
*at times, the children may wish to dip in and out of the structured learning and the tasks I am setting, and this too is fine.
*please do not feel you need to up load every completed piece of work. To do this is time consuming for everyone and impossible for those children who have limited access to the internet. Completed work can be kept learning books and will be read on return to school.
*team points are awarded for completed work, whether this is electronically submitted or kept as a hard copy. I will endeavour to total up each child’s points soon after returning to school.
*the life skills challenges, put on class pages today, are yet another way in which children can. In a practical way, make good use of the time they have at their disposal at the moment. These suggestions are optional and of course, you can alter them to suit the age and ability of your child.
When the fourteen days planning is up, I will be setting the children a cross curricular topic which will be adaptable to their personal interests and will attempt to keep skills fresh. Then, we shall have to see how things are going and attempt to adapt accordingly.
These are unchartered waters and whilst wanting the children to continue with the basics such as calculation practise (abacus, Ed shed etc), reading and spelling, I am mindful of putting them under undue stress.Some of our children will be experiencing heightened anxiety, social isolation and may, unfortunately have to deal with devastating personal issues in the coming weeks or months.Parents have their own challenges to deal with, as do educators and we can all, only do our best. So, please be kind to yourselves, try not to worry and this will all eventually come to an end, and we can then move forward together. Kind regards, Mrs Garfoot.
Good afternoon, A and E. A, great work on David Attenborough! I enjoyed reading it very much.
I loved your song, E, well done! We all DO need someone to lean on at the moment, don’t we? Team points for you both. Keep up the good work! Talk soon, love from Mrs Garfoot.
Dear Parents / Carers,
hope things are going well.
I’m trying to put tasks onto the class page daily. These are alternatives to the planned learning, and not additional...I have no wish to overwhelm you or the children. I’m going to list ten Life Skills now, which you could encourage your child/ren to master during this strange time. Some will need adult intervention and or supervision to begin with and some children may be able to do these anyway, so if this is the case,you could set your own.
If you want to and are able to send photos of some of your child’s work, lovely, but if not,please don’t worry, just put finished work into their book or cardboard wallet ready for their return to school. If it is not practical to store till....whenever, just make a little note of their accomplishments in the back of their learning book as this will make their efforts feel even more valued.
Please feel free to email with any worries or queries and I will respond ASAP. Best wishes, Mrs Garfoot.
1. Make a sandwich. This includes preparing the filling, boiling, shelling and mixing egg, grating cheese etc. CARE with boiling water, use of grater, CAREFUL supervision and ABILITY appropriateness.
2.Prepare a simple meal for the family. Maybe jacket potatoes,fish fingers and chips, CARE hot oven, how to use oven gloves or oven cloth. Rehearse use, with cold trays first.
3.Strip and re-make a bed, including changing the duvet.
4.Load and start up the washing machine.
5.Hang out the washing...use pegs...don’t laugh, I’m going on personal experience here!
6.Load and unload the dishwasher, or wash and dry dishes.
8.Fasten laces on trainers or shoes
9.make a cup of tea or coffee. CAREFUL supervision with kettle
10.Put the shopping away. Fridge safety...raw meat/ fish on a plate at bottom of fridge away from cooked food etc.
Tuesday 31 st March.
Good morning everybody.
Who fancies some mapping whilst the sun is shining? Grab a piece of scrap paper and something to write with. If you have a safe garden, get outside and draw a plan view ( a birds eye view)sketch of the outside boundary of your garden. Now add on sheds, greenhouse, patio and any other fixed structures.
Don’t include footballs etc which can be easily moved, but hutches etc are fine. Now ask an adult or sibling to help you to measure the sides of the structures ( be very careful near glass), and the perimeter of the garden and mark the lengths on your plan.
Now get inside and grab your maths book. Choose a suitable scale depending on the size of your garden and draw the perimeter of the garden. If the drawing looks tiny, change the scale. If you can’t get it on the page, change the scale. You may ask an adult to help if you wish.
Next, keeping to the scale, draw on the structures you sketched. Label with the actual lengths. Write what scale you used, for example, 1square =1metre. Now you have a plan of your garden!
If you’re enjoying yourself and feel creative, copy the perimeter only, of your garden onto a new page and imagine you are designing this space JUST For You!
What would you put in? No expense spared! Fishing pond? Paddling pool? Football nets and a mimi pitch? Vegetable plots? It’s up to you. Use colour to enhance your work, (prefrerably not felt tips as they will go through your paper).
This task can either be as well as time-tabled learning, and yesterday’s task, or instead of. You might fancy doing this, but not today and that’ okay too.
please try just to read daily, go on Ed shed spelling and to rockstars and keep yourself busy. Be kind and try to be really good. Talk again soon, love from Mrs Garfoot.
Monday 30 th March
Hi A and I ! You’ve both been busy! Well done. Please don’t slog away all day...pick and choose your tasks and try to get in your Joe Wickes, or similar. A, three points for finishing the comprehensions. Well done! I, three points for the pillars of Islam! Great job!
Talk soon. Love, Mrs Garfoot.
Monday 30th March.
Dear parents/ Carers, hope everything is going well so far.
There are one or two things I feel I should clarify as I don’t want to add to your load at this time.
The learning pack should have come with a suggested timetable. The timings are suggested, and by no means mandatory. They are intended to give a little structure but please don’t feel you have to stick rigidly to them. Talking to my own family, it is clear that some children are keen to get on with work and others are struggling to get or stay, motivated. Please feel free to go with the flow.
i added a new task today which some children may have found more interesting so if your child wanted to get started on that, that’s great, but I don’t ever expect them to sit for hours each day.
If you are unable to email work, please don’t worry. I can assure you that I will look at each workbook carefully on our return to school, and team points will be awarded. I am keeping a team point record for children who have submitted work, as a motivation, so everyone will have the opportunity to earn points. Please don’t feel you have to email all your child’s work. You have enough to do. A favourite piece or little message about how they are getting on, once a week will be fine.
As time goes by, I may set the children a project, which can be personalised to their own interests which will be open ended, to relieve pressure on them, and you. Difficult times. Please concentrate on staying well and hopefully this horrible situation will soon be resolved.
My very best wishes to you all, Mrs Garfoot.
hi, I, what a great mask! You are SO creative! Team point!
have a look at this weeks task...I think you’ll love it! You have to read the last bit first, but I think mum will be able to help you make sense of it!
Keep smiling and I’ll write again soon. Love, Mrs Garfoot.
Challenge 4 continued.
Sorry, don’t know what went wrong there!
Choose one scene which you could make, in which you can show different moving parts. It can be part of your narrative, or a stand alone task.
Have lots of fun! I’d love to see your creations!
Be good, stay safe. Love from Mrs Garfoot.
Good morning everybody.
if you’re feeling a bit fed up, I have a great idea for your home learning today! You can do it as a literacy/art/dot/ict task, either alongside your existing learning pack or instead of, depending on the challenge level and how long it takes you to complete.
First, log on to Literacy Shed, Great Animations, and select The Happy Duckling. Watch the video.
Challenge 1. Re-tell the story as a written narrative.
Challenge 2. Re-tell the story in picture book form or graphic novel. Remember to use speech bubbles and captions. I want to see exclamation and question marks as well as CAPITALS FOR NAMES.
Challenge 3. Two parts. First, as Challenge 2 but using card, (scrap from cereal packets, old birthday cards etc will be fine) make some stick puppets to accompany your story. Make some backdrops from anything you have. Again, clean card from food packaging, or plain paper if you have it will do. Be creative. Perform your play for your family.
Challenge 4. As Challenge 2. Then research how to make moving pictures and have a go at making your own
moving pictures. Look carefully at the different types of moving scenery in the video. Choose one scene
Wow, H! You’ve been busy! What great work! Super maths, brilliant competition....I think I know the answer...could really do with a cruise! I loved your sci fi story. Well written. I’m so proud of all you’ve been doing. You mustn’t worry if mum and dad don’t email your work straight away; I’m sure they are extremely busy at the moment. 3 team points, one for each piece of work.
Have a good weekend and I’ll write again soon. Love, Mrs Garfoot
TO ALL CLASS 3. work completed and in your books will earn team points on return to school so don’t worry if you are not able to email everything in. X
Hi, P, what a lovely thing to do for Mary! I bet your beautiful picture really cheered her up. I’m pleased to hear you are keeping up with your reading and have a little reading partner. Another Team Point, for your thoughtful deed.
Hello, I, what a great story! Greedy Koala! You did a great job with your speech punctuation and excellent use of vocabulary...I’m very impressed! Team point for you too, on my special list.
Thank you both for sending your work. I look forward to reading more.
I’m missing all of you, too, but hopefully it won’t be too long before we can be together again.
Be kind to everybody, and keep trying hard to be extra good.
Love from Mrs Garfoot.
well, today brings an end to your first week of Home Learning. I hope it is going well so far. Keeping up with a schedule is really difficult, I know, and I don’t expect all of you will have completed all of your first weeks’s work, and that’s okay.
if you find it really difficult to keep motivated, at least try to do some reading each day, and have a rummage through your learning pack to see if anything appeals to you. It really doesn’t matter if you do things out of order.
From Monday, I’m going to take a bit of a different approach. You all love literacy shed videos, so I’ll give you one a day to watch, they’re mostly short and entertaining, and I’ll ask you for comments about the films. You can record your responses in your Home Learning book. Remember, responses are your opinions so can never be wrong! You might want to discuss them with parents or siblings. I’ve other things up my sleeve for maths and science so watch this space! Have a good weekend! Be good! Love from Mrs Garfoot.
Hi, P, thank you for showing me the great maths you did yesterday. You are amazing!
I’m glad you are enjoying the sunshine and are able to get out into the garden with your sister.
It’s lovely that mum is finding different things for you to do but although it is important to try to do some learning, the most important thing is that you all keep well and have some fun.
Keep sending me pictures of your learning! Team point on my special list! Love, Mrs Garfoot.
Wednesday, 25th March
Morning, everyone! Hope you're all well and ready for some home learning today?
Those of you who have designed your World Cruise competition, don't forget to ask an adult to help you to email it across to either myself or Miss Bell on our school email addresses and we will upload it to the Class Pages so your friends can see your work.
If you can't email work to us, don't worry; pop it into your Home Learning book and we'll have a look when we return to school.
Today, I'd like you to begin to write a science fiction narrative. It can be about space, robots, time-travelling or anything else which has a science theme. Try to use topical vocabulary and include some dialogue to add extra interest. You can either hand write it, word-process it (you can use spell-check), or present it as a graphic novel if you're feeling artistic!
Don't worry if you don't get it finished today-our timings are flexible at the moment,but try to remember your non-negotiables.
Here they are to remind you:
Y4: capital letters, full-stops, question and exclamation marks, paragraphs, fronted adverbials
Y5: all above plus:commas to mark clauses and after fronted adverbials, brackets for parenthesis
Y6: all above plus:pairs of dashes or commas for parenthesis, varied sentence structure,passive voice
If you're not sure of any of these, look on your Grammar Mat, A3 copied sheet in your pack.
If you need inspiration, have a look on The Literacy Shed, (The Sci-Fi Shed).
Bye for now, Mrs Garfoot.
Good Morning everyone. Hope you had a lovely birthday, Harry!
Whose Big Day is next!
Well, things are changing all the time arent they.Its getting trickier to get out and about but try to fill your days and time will pass better. I am thinking of you all.
You are all making history so this could be the time to start a diary or journal. Its a way of recording events in a historical sense, but would also be a bit of a outlet for your thoughts and feelings. Why not present some days as a graphic novel
Try to do a bit of your learning pack. You can now get on TT Rockstars...why not challenge your parents
There are some great free audio books on the class pages...have a look. Peruse the websites Ive put on and finally see if you can spot all the punctuation mistakes I've made today
Bye for now,
Hello, everyone. I hope you all had a lovely Mothers Day weekend.
I expect you've been busy with your learning packs...ahem....don't work TOO hard!
I will be adding extra bits onto the class pages to keep you busy, so keep checking in, please. If you've not already done so, there are some really fun ideas on the WOW Science site, so have a look.
Remember, you can ask parents to mark your maths for you or check your own with a calculator.
Try to keep busy, and get a little exercise. Joe Wicks has some fun workout ideas on the website.Be good, and remember that these are strange times for adults too, so make a big effort to be extra good.
Bye for now, Mrs Garfoot.
This term Class 3 will be learning about our local history and geography.
History - local history, including the Pilgrim Father's and their journeys
Science - electricity
Geography - local studies, field trips (West Burton Power Station, Scrooby and Babworth)
RE - Christianity
Art - Portraits, artists
Music - Charanga music program