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Week Beginning 11th January 2021

Monday 11th January

 

Reading

Remember to spend 20 minutes on Lexia. Here's today''s story. It's called The Colour Of Temper. Use the blog to let me know what you think of it. Give reasons for your opinion.

 

Clare had been sent to her room. She hadn't meant to get so angry but she hated homework. She just wanted it to go away and, before she knew it, she had ripped it into tiny pieces. Now she was crying behind her door feeling annoyed with herself. She could only think of bad things. Why was she so bad? Why was she the meanest girl in the world? Why was she so horrible? As she sat on her bed feeling more and more sad, she looked up at her bedroom door to check it was closed and noticed that its usual pink colour was draining out. She was confused. Was she dreaming? She looked around her room to see if anything else was losing its colour. Her bed was slowly changing from purple to white, her bedside table had already turned white and her teddies were not their usual rainbow of colours on the dressing table. She looked down at herself. As she watched, her toes became white, slowly the white travelled up her legs and over her body. She could feel tingling as the colour left her long hair. What was happening? Clare ran out of her bedroom shouting for her mum. The stairs were white, the hallway was white, the sofas were white, the dresser was white... mum was white!


Mum was happily cooking in the kitchen. She looked at Clare in surprise. "What's the matter?" she asked. "Why is everything white?" asked Clare. Mum looked confused. "What do you mean? Everything is normal." Clare looked at her mum in disbelief and ran outside. Everything she saw was white. The houses, the cars, the roads, the trees and birds. All white. It was like it was winter again. "Why had all the colour gone?" she thought, "Where had all the colour gone? Why could mum see the colours but Clare couldn't?" Clare decided to find out if some other people could see the colour. She looked around and saw the postman. He was smiling as he delivered the daily post. "What colour are your stamps today?" asked Clare. "They are red." Replied the postman. "He can see the colours." Thought Clare. Next, she tried the policeman that was searching for something along the road. "Have you seen my ginger cat?" Clare asked. "No! I've only seen white cats today. In fact, I've only seen white everything today." Clare thought the policeman looked annoyed. Clare realised that the happy people could see the colours but the upset people couldn't. She sprinted back home, straight into the kitchen where her mum was and gave her a big cuddle. "Sorry I got angry." cried Clare. Mum gave her a big cuddle back. Clare felt happy. She started to feel tingly. Clare looked up and around the room. All of the colour was being restored. "Mum, could you print me a copy of my homework please?"

 

Writing

 

Look at this picture and discuss the questions with someone at home. Write your answers in complete sentences.

 

What is this a picture of?

Who/what is the main focus of the painting?

Which people most interest you? Why?

What time period is the painting depicting? How do you know?

This painting has no title. What would you call it?

 

Maths

Complete lesson 5 (below) of the Addition & Subtraction unit. Your written work can be done on paper or as a reply to the blog post.

 

Handwriting

 

Use your best joined handwriting to practise these words from the Must Know list - calendar  caught  centre  century  certain

Spelling

Use this morning's handwriting words to practise spelling to build each word by adding one letter at a time.

 

Maths Fluency

How many times can you write out the 5x table in 5 minutes? Then TTRockstars and Numbots.

 

Computing

Coding - This is all about giving clear instructions to make something happe. If you can access the Internet, the best way to do this is to go to Purple Mash and check your 2Do list for a couple of coding activities – Fun With Fish and Bubbles.  If not, try writing out very clear instructions for making jam on toast.

 

That's all for today.

Remember to send me pictures of your learning!

 

Tuesday 12th January

Reading

Lexia (teacher's email: lexia@holdbrook.herts.sch.uk) for 20 minutes if you can. You can also read your own reading book too, preferably to an adult.

Today’s story is called The Ball & The Beast. It uses some great verbs. What are your three favourites?

The match wasn't going well. Leven's losing streak was continuing. Tabley United had scored a hat-trick, shot after shot, left, right, down the middle. Leven had a single goal, a lucky strike that bounced in off the post.

Thomas passed to Jimmy. Jimmy sprinted down the pitch, dodging the Tabley players until he was in front of their goalkeeper. Jimmy paused, choosing the spot, and the ball flew like an arrow into the bottom corner.

The crowd erupted, parents and teachers shouting and cheering. Even the Tabley parents clapped quietly. It was the noisiest that a Leven crowd had ever been.

That's what woke the beast.

He had been asleep under the grass for a hundred thousand years, snoring loudly (though everyone had thought the noise was traffic) as he dreamed delicious dreams. He unfolded his long, furry legs, blinked his eight owl-like eyes, and came roaring up through the half-way line, the ground cracking over his horrid head.

The crowd screamed and fled, abandoning coats and bags. The beast stretched out his humungous legs and clasped with his claws at everybody he could reach, shovelling them into his cave-like mouth, sharp teeth crunching and scrunching, saliva dribbling down his chin and splatting onto the wet, muddy ground.

The players for Leven and Tabley stood still, shocked at the horrible thing that had been beneath their boots.

None of them knew that a thousand years ago, parents had told children playing near the grass to 'Leave Alone', not to wake up the evil thing waiting under the mud. The children had told their own children and grandchildren to 'Leave Alone'. Eventually the boys and girls had just called it 'Leven' and everyone had forgotten about the beast.

It remembered the people. It remembered how they tasted.

Oliver moved first, whacking the ball into one of the beast's angry eyes. The eye shut, and the spidery thing turned to catch him. Tom from the Tabley team took the rebound, smacking the ball into one of its legs. Imogen back-heeled the ball into the beast's face again, and it snarled, revealing its dripping fangs. Tabley again, and Archer chipped the ball: it bounced over the beast's back and tapped its tail. The beast turned, confused. Jessica toe-tapped the ball hard, another leg gone. Ben, the Tabley goalkeeper, took a throw: another eye. The beast slowly stepped backwards.

It was the referee, Mr Beadnall, who finished it off, throwing his red and yellow cards straight at the beast's bottom, shouting "Get off my pitch, you beastly beast. There's a match going on!"

Now it was the beast's turn to flee: it wobbled back to the hole in the pitch and hurried inside, pulling the grass back in after it until there was no sign that it had ever been there.

Leven went on to lose the match on penalties, but they didn't mind. Afterwards, the school turned the grass into a cricket pitch, just to make sure the beast was never disturbed again.

Writing

Write a paragraph about this picture. Your paragraph should be 3 – 12 sentences long. Try to include plenty of adjectives and adverbs and vary the way you start your sentences.

Here’s an example:

I like the repetition in it. I also really like the vocabulary.

Chug. Chug. Chug. The enormous steam train pulled slowly into the station. It looked magnificent with the bright sunlight bouncing of its shiny body. Hustle and bustle. Chitter and chatter. The excited passengers couldn’t wait to board it. For this train was about to take them on the holiday of a lifetime.

 

Maths

Complete lesson 6 (below) of the Addition & Subtraction unit. Your written work can be done on paper or as a reply to the blog post.

 

Handwriting

Use your best joined handwriting to practise these words from the Must Know list

– circle   complete   consider   continue   decide

You can find examples of how to do this on Letter Join.

 

Spelling

Use this morning's handwriting words to practise spelling to build each word by adding one letter at a time.

 

Maths Fluency

How many times can you write out the 5x table in 5 minutes? Hopefully, you have got a few more than yesterday. If you can get onto the Internet today, spend some time on TTRockstars and Numbots.

 

Geography

This week, I want you to find out about mountains. Can you name some famous mountain ranges around the world and in the UK? Which range is Mount Everest in? What is the name of the tallest mountain in the UK? How tall is it? Which UK country is it in? Lots of artists have painted mountains. You could create your own mountain painting.

Well, that’s all for today. I hope you’ve manages to watch some of the CBBC programmes each morning. I really enjoyed Horrible Histories and Operation Ouch yesterday. I found out a fact I didn’t know about the Stone Age and saw an x-ray of two broken leg bones.

 

Wednesday 13th January

 

Reading

Lexia (teacher's email: lexia@holdbrook.herts.sch.uk) for 20 minutes if you can. You can also read your own reading book too, preferably to an adult.

Today’s story is called The Dream. It’s a great story, but contains some punctuation errors. Can you spot 2 of them?

You know when you wake up and feel a bit strange? Well that was me last Monday when I woke up with the strangest feeling. It was a tingling, sparkling feeling that started in my big toes. I looked down in wonder at the tiniest pieces of the shiniest gold glitter dancing in unison up and down my sleepy legs.

It was as though I was waving a magic wand at myself and saying abracadabra. Only there was no magic wand and I hadn't said "abracadabra". At that moment a brilliant clinging sound chimed three times and the heavenly glitter started to dance off my legs, over to the opposite end of my room where it started to create the most opulent, solid gold door just in front of where my desk was.

I felt my body being forced and pushed towards the golden door. Without me realising, my shaking hand reached over and twisted the robust, gold handle. I peeked inside and could not believe my eyes.

I stepped inside a land made entirely out of gold. When I say made entirely out of gold, I mean made entirely out of gold. The trees stood like the statues you find in a temple and the leaves looked as delicate as a duckling's feather. The view all the way to the horizon was dazzling. My tummy started to rumble. "Breakfast time!" I whispered to myself. I wonder where I can find something to eat? At that moment a huge plate of my favourite spaghetti landed on a table right in front of me. A second later, the biggest mug of golden milk landed next to it. I walked over to the food, but felt sad as gold food was no use to me. It might look heavenly, but you can't eat it. I suddenly felt anxious. "How could I survive here? Gold looks beautiful, but it can't feed me. How will I survive here?." I looked back and the door to my bedroom was slowly closing. I was running as fast as I could, but it wasn't fast enough to reach the door in time. The seconds seemed like hours. It was very ironic that such a beautiful land can offer no life. My brain was trying to think of ways I could get home, but nothing came to mind.

The only solution I could find was to say "abracadabra". In a flash, I was back in my room, in my bed, my pyjamas on and my mum shaking my shoulders saying "wake up!"

Was the land of gold just a dream? It felt so real, surely it can't have been. I dragged myself out of bed and as I was walking downstairs for breakfast I felt something sharp in my slipper. It felt cold. I felt inside my shoe and to my astonishment pulled out a golden piece of precious gold spaghetti. But how did it get there?

Writing

Editing for spelling, punctuation and sense.

Here is a piece from Billionaire Boy by David Walliams. Re-write it, fixing my mistakes.

Spelling errors – 7

Punctuation errors – 3

Making sense errors – 4

Soon, father and sun moved out of poky flat and into enormous stately home. the house was so larg that it was visible from space. It took five minutes just too motor up the drive. Hundreds off newly-planted litle trees lined mile-long gravel drive. The house had had seven kitchens twelve sitting rooms, forty seven bedrooms and eighty nine bathrooms

 

Maths

Complete lesson 7 (below) of the Addition & Subtraction unit. Your written work can be done on paper or as a reply to the blog post.

 

Mrs Wordsmith

This week’s words are    windswept    pungent    sanguine   

What does each word mean?

Can you use each word in a sentence?

Can you find some synonyms for each word?

 

Maths Fluency

How many times can you write out the 5x table in 5 minutes? Hopefully, you have got even more than yesterday. If you can get onto the Internet today, spend some time on TTRockstars and Numbots.

 

Music

Listen to something different and tell me what you thought about it. Choose from one of these styles

Classical    Jazz    Delta Blues

Well, that’s all for today. I hope you’ve managed to watch some of the CBBC programmes each morning. What did you think about the stuff about Shakespeare yesterday?

 

Thursday 14th January

If you can access the Internet, have a look at today’s blog timetable by clicking on the link above. If not, here are today’s paper-based activities to do alongside your CGP books. Remember to watch CBBC too. Yesterday’s Bitesize was good to help with your computing and there were more broken bones on Operation Ouch.

 

Reading

Lexia (teacher's email: lexia@holdbrook.herts.sch.uk) for 20 minutes if you can. You can also read your own reading book too, preferably to an adult.

Today’s Story – Orion Goes On Holiday

                Some call them Guardian Angels. Some call them Lucky Stars. They live in a parallel universe which runs 1 second ahead of us. They are always watching us, always protecting us. You know that feeling when you trip up but somehow keep your balance? That's them. Or when you turn around too quickly and almost bump into something? Them again.

One of these protectors was named Orion. He looked after a boy named Joe, who loved playing football, video games and riding his bike. Orion felt bored and jealous and wanted to do all the things Joe did. He wanted to travel the world instead of watching Joe and his silly family travel everywhere.

Orion made a plan to visit Earth, but his best friend Vega told him it was against the rules. Orion didn't listen. He stood at the mirror and thought of all the places he wanted to visit on Earth. He concentrated on visions of all the things he wanted to do. Then he stepped forward into the mirror and got swirled into a whirlpool of time and space. When he opened his eyes, he was in the men's changing room of Sports Direct!

He dashed out into the town square and shouted with happiness! He had made it to Earth! He wanted to feast on French fries in Paris, tuck into a full English breakfast in London and plough into pizza and pasta in Rome. He could go to the top of tallest tower in New York, climb the magical mountains in Snowdonia and swim in the deepest oceans of Madagascar.

But there was a problem. He was so excited to visit Earth that he forgot about young Joe. Joe had already tripped over his shoelaces twice that day and was feeling more clumsy than usual. He was out on his bike when a fluffy cat ran out in front of him and he slammed his brakes hard, falling over the front handlebars. He cut his knees and his arms and felt really sad. Normally Orion would have been there to help him swerve around the cat, but Orion was too busy.

He was on Earth eating a deliciously greasy burger and washing it down with a gooey pink milkshake. He burped really loudly and smiled to himself. Then he looked out of the cafe window in horror. There, sitting sadly on the pavement outside was Joe, the boy he should have been protecting. Suddenly Vega appeared out of nowhere and yelled at Orion for not doing his job. "Leave me alone, I'm on holiday" said Orion. Vega took Orion by the arm and led him to where Joe was sitting. "Look, he's covered in bumps and bruises because you left him unprotected".

Orion was ashamed. He had been lazy and left his post. He promised to never leave Joe alone for the rest of his life. And if you look up to the night sky before bedtime, you can check that Orion kept his promise.

What examples of repetition can you find in this story?

 

Writing

Look at this picture and discuss the questions with someone at home. Write your answers in complete sentences.

 

What is this a picture of?

Where and when is it set?

Which part interests you most? Why?

What is the clue that he is looking at?

What might have happened already in the story?

What might happen next?

 

Maths

Complete lesson 8 (below) of the Addition & Subtraction unit. Your written work can be done on paper or as a reply to the blog post.

 

Handwriting

Use your best joined handwriting to practise these words from the Must Know list - describe  different  difficult  disappear  early

You can find examples of how to do this on Letter Join.

 

Spelling

Use this morning's handwriting words to practise spelling to build each word by adding one letter at a time.

 

Maths Fluency

How many times can you write out the 10x table in 5 minutes? You must be getting really speedy by now. If you can get onto the Internet today, spend some time on TTRockstars and Numbots.

 

Science

From watching Operation Ouch this week, what can you tell me about broken bones? How can a doctor identify a break? What might they do to help the break heal? Which bones did children break in the programmes – name at least three?

 

That’s all for today.

 

There will be Dojo points available for completing tasks. To show me that you've completed a task, you need to post your work as a reply to the blog or post a photo of any written work. 

Friday 15th January

Here’s today’s learning ideas. I was really impressed with your thoughts about yesterday’s picture and am looking forward to reading your imaginative writing about it today. You thought about a crime scene, clues, detectives and criminals. You mentioned the woodland setting in the background, the water and the intriguing house. I can’t wait to hear more!

 

Reading

Lexia (teacher's email: lexia@holdbrook.herts.sch.uk) for 20 minutes if you can. You can also read your own reading book too, preferably to an adult.

 

Today’s Story – The Knight Who Loved To Knit

When Bob asked me to cover for him at the castle, he said it would be an easy gig, no major dramas. "Nothing ever 'appens round 'ere at this castle. Old Queen Quigley will be busy admirin' her sagging reflection in one of her many mirrors!" His words were believable. "You'll be knittin' and chillin', as much as you like. Never understood your obsession wiv it. Whoever heard of a knittin' knight?!"
So you can imagine that butterfly feeling of terror in my tummy, when a shrill, but frail voice called for me. "Knight! Get up here this instant."
I raced up the stairs, two at a time and nervously stood in the doorway. An overly made-up female figure appeared, exclaiming in disgust, "I haven't seen you before. Ugh! Agency staff. Anyway, get that awful dragon out of my bed. I'm the Queen, don't you know? I'm exceedingly wealthy..." she snorted crassly. "I'm also very beautiful" she continued unabashed, elongating her vowels, and reminding me of my visit to Australia. With that, she scurried out of the room, fluttering her long, artificial eyelashes.
What the flippin' 'eck am I going to do with this dragon? I mused, whispering "Don't hurt me!" The dragon turned towards me and I spied his knife-like claws.
Finally, the dragon spoke, somewhat surprisingly, in a Welsh accent. "Why does everyone think that us dragons are evil?" his soft voice sing-songed. "I blame those legends, but goodness, I wish you wouldn't stereotype us ALL. I'm freezing cold and I'm not going anywhere. This is the most glorious bed my scales have ever touched. Satin sheets, velvet pillows - he gave a sigh and melted back into what did look like an amazingly comfortable bed.
As he did so, an idea popped into my head like one of those storybook lightbulb moments! "Give me a second mate." I ran downstairs, as fast as a cheetah, threw my helmet off and grabbed my balls of wool, beginning to knit. All those years of practice, and my hands knew exactly what to do, my mind working quickly to resize dimensions. I thrust the finished product towards the dragon, no longer afraid of this jovial chap, who wiggled into what seemed to be a perfect fit.
A dragon in a onesie. What a site!
Grinning, he said "Thank you for listening to me, and my needs. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only challenging stereotypes. A knight who can knit. Multitalented! We are both misfits, you and me. I think we'd make a great pair. Together, we could be something different that can change how the world looks at things, especially us "boys".
We made it our mission and duty, to travel the world, to find all the other misfits and show the world, that every animal and human has a power and plea, but you can only find it if you are prepared to be kind, curious and creative in your thinking.

 

There are some really effective verbs in this story. Which are your three favourites?

 

Writing

Write a short story based on this picture. Try to include some dialogue. Make your story at least three paragraphs long.

Maths

Complete lesson 9 (below) of the Addition & Subtraction unit. Your written work can be done on paper or as a reply to the blog post.

 

Handwriting

Use your best joined handwriting to practise these words from the Must Know list - earth  eight  eighth  enough  exercise

You can find examples of how to do this on Letter Join.

 

Spelling

Use this morning's handwriting words to practise spelling to build each word by adding one letter at a time.

 

Maths Fluency

How many times can you write out the 10x table in 5 minutes? Hopefully, this is the most you’ve ever done. If you can get onto the Internet today, spend at least 15 mins on on TTRockstars and Numbots.

 

PE

You have two options today. Firstly, you could go for a walk in the Lea Valley, keeping your 2m distance from others. Or if the weather is still horrible (it’s raining as I am writing this) you could do PE with Joe Wicks. Here’s the link to Wednesday’s workout and there will be a new one available this morning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnOtrnh80hs

 

Have a great weekend everyone. You can do some learning if you want to, but I am happy for you to rest, play and have fun.

 

There will be Dojo points available for completing tasks. To show me that you've completed a task, you need to post your work as a reply to the blog or post a photo of any written work. 

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