How were your weekends? What did you get up to? Did you try any of the new PE activities and challenges?
Why not head over to the Purple Mash blog and let us know what you did?
Mental Health Awareness Week
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. It is really important that we look after our mental health, especially during these difficult times.
This year's theme is kindness.
Kindness is defined by doing something towards yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference. Being kind can reduce stress, improve our emotional wellbeing and even benefit our physical health. It has been proven that the more we do to help others, the more we help ourselves in the future.
Throughout the week we are going to be use Kindness Cups to provide an opportunity to recognise the children, teachers, parents, carers and other individuals who have made a positive difference through their kindness at this challenging time. We will have a blog post running on our class Purple Mash blog where you can nominate people who you think deserve a Kindness Cup. We're really looking forward to hearing your reasons and seeing what you say.
In addition to this, all our wellbeing activities this week are all linked to kindness, have a look at today's below.
English - Writing
Watch the film again from last week.
What do you think of Sherman’s flying machine?
Write a description of the machine. Just like last week’s description of the workshop, imagine you are describing it to someone who can’t see it themselves. You really need to think about all its different parts and explain how they work and what they look like.
Share you descriptions with everyone else on the Wing It blog on Purple Mash.
English - Reading
This week, we are going to start a new story. Over the course of the week, we're going to read the first chapter of Ivan the Terrible. It is a book by Anne Fine. Each day we will read some of the chapter and answer questions related to the text.
The minute she spotted me, Mrs Blaizely’s eyes lit up as if she were planning to eat me. “Ah, Boris!”
I screeched to a halt in the corridor. “Yes, Mrs Blaizely?”
“You speak Russian, don’t you?”
“Yes,” I agreed. (No getting round that one with a mother called Galina Stepanova Rezotsky.)
“Right, then,” she told me. “I think you’re very probably the man for this job. Please come with me.”
I followed her into her office. It says Mrs Elise Blaizely on the door, and her name’s put in every spelling test we have in our first year in school, till everyone gets it right.
There, waiting, was a boy my age. I’d seen him earlier at the school gates. His mother had been pointing at the sign that says Welcome to St Edmund’s and he’d been trying to drag her away. You couldn’t blame him. It’s horrible starting at a new school halfway through term when everyone else knows everyone already. I’d had to do it myself, so when I saw him tugging at his mother’s sleeve, I’d felt quite sorry for him.
Now he stood next to Mrs Blaizely, clutching what looked like a very stylish red leather-bound lunch box.
She pushed him forward gently. “Boris,” she said. “Meet Ivan. Ivan, meet Boris.”
“Hi,” I said.
“Dobya dan,” said Ivan.
“You see the problem?” Mrs Blaizely said. “He speaks no English.”
I nodded (though I was thinking there probably wasn’t a boy our age on the planet who hadn’t seen enough adverts and films to make a stab at saying “Hi”).
Last week, we looked at tenths and how these can be written as a fraction as well as a decimal. We used a place value grid to help us understand the value of each digit.
This week, we are going to be learning more about hundredths and how we can write them as a fraction and a decimal. We looked at them a little bit when we were partitioning last week, so hopefully they aren’t too scary and new.
Watch this video (At the beginning the blue worm says he’s a unit worm, we don’t use the word unit anymore we say ones. So the blue worm is a ones worm):
Remember: A hundredth is ten times smaller than a tenth. Ten hundredths make one tenth.
Question 2 (This question involves partitioning, we looked at this last week so if you're confused, why not look at your work from then to help you?)
CHALLENGE Question 5 (Can you explain your reasoning?)
This week we have another experiment for our science task.
Below are a set of instructions from the Science Museum explaining how you can investigate making speakers.
It would be great to see some photos of your investigations and to hear how you get on.
Carry on working hard, stay safe and keep in touch. It would be great if by the end of the week we could receive an email or Purple Mash message from every child in the class!
Ruth and Emily