The children should now have their next set of Rainbow spelling after being tested in January. Please make sure that they are practising them regularly so that they are confident to move up during the next round. If they (or you at home) feel that they are ready to move onto the next colour, they can collect it from class - just make sure to keep revisiting the previous colours and the spellings on the back.
Accelerated Reader should be starting next week (separate information will be given about this) In the mean time, children should still read out loud as often as possible and should read for at least 30 minutes three times a week. The more you can talk to them about their book, the better: What has happened? Can you summarise the book? Were there any interesting words? How do you think the story is going?
Children in Key Stage 2 should know all of their multiplication tables (and related division facts) and be able to recall them quickly and accurately. There are some easy to use websites, apps and books which can help increase this knowledge but simply asking them to recite them, write them out or answer quick-fire questions (really easy to do on the move too!) We are also completing fortnightly arithmetic tests to check their understanding. These papers should be being brought home so that children can concentrate on improving one question type per week. Redo the question, alter the digits, find the errors to see if they can improve their knowledge.
Home Learning Activities:
Here are some suggested activities which the children could complete but any other additional learning at home is welcome so please encourage them to bring in what they have discovered or created.
Over the next 3 weeks we will be learning about 'Properties of Materials' as our science topic.
This topic will cover:
- What everyday items are made of and why.
- What materials are: transparent, magnetic, conductors of heat/electricity
- Mixing and separating materials using different methods.
Reversible and irreversible change - If you do something to an object (heat/pressure/cold) can the material return to its original state.
Activities at home may need to be supervised by an adult - especially when mixing as there could be some adverse reactions! SO BE CAREFUL!
- Look at how solids and liquids react to each other and why.
- Do a project on different uses of a certain material.
- Experiment with magnets
- Create a PowerPoint on materials
- Watch some videos showing chemical reactions! (Nice and safe!)
Take a video of you mixing and reacting materials.
- Look at the reactions during baking/cooking - make observations about the changes.
The children's Saxon house project
Homework to complete a science experiment at home
Above are examples of the homework brought in by the children.