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Week Beginning 18th January 2021

Monday 18th 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 and CBBC programmes.

 

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 World’s Most Clever Boy

                In a back garden in Kent behind some bushes and trees you could faintly hear hammering from inside a shed. All the neighbours were wondering what creation Mohammed would make next. His hands were working so fast, that no one could see them anymore, all they could see was a blur of nuts and bolts. His brain was working so fast that he couldn't even keep up with his own thinking. You see Mohammed (Mo to his friends) was an amazing creator, he had created the most extraordinary machines over the last ten years, in fact he was only ten. Every day he wore the same old dusty clothes as he went into the shed to build something to change the world, but he just wasn't sure what.

After a month of building, Mo stood there and looked at his creation, he didn't quite know what it was. It had two large wings, and a massive space to sit in with lots of controls. There was a weird machine inside that had two multicoloured triangles sticking out, a blue square with flashing lights and jiggly bits. Mo had no idea what it did, or why there was a small pipe coming out of the side. Mo thought "let's give it a go and see what it does".

Mo jumped in and started pressing buttons. Suddenly, it made a loud rumble and flew up and away. "Aha, it's a flying machine" realised Mo "but I still don't know what that weird machine in the corner is". He soon figured out how to steer his flying machine and went over the ocean to explore the world. This is when the doodlelliser (the weird machine in the corner) started to shake and whirr, suddenly it started to pick up bits of plastic from the ocean like a giant hoover cleaning up everyone's mess. "Whoah, that's amazing" thought Mo. He thought he had made the most amazing machine in the world, when all of a sudden, his magnificent machine started to shudder and out of the pipe flew a chocolate bar wrapped in purple and gold paper, with "Mo's Munchies" written on it.

Mo grabbed the bar, opened it and shoved it in his mouth. It was delicious. He thought I need to make more of these. As he flew around the world, his fantastic doodlelliser started sucking up plastic from the oceans and turned it into the most delicious chocolate. Mo started rewarding people who didn't use plastic by giving them his chocolates. Everyone wanted Mo's Munchies because they were so delicious, so people stopped using plastic. The Queen of England was so impressed with Mo saving the world's oceans that she made him a knight. His wish had come true, he had invented something to change the world.

After everyone stopped using plastic, the doodlelliser could no longer make Mo's Munchies, so Mo disappeared back into his shed to create his next world changing machine, but that's a story for another day.

 

I don’t think the title of this story very good. Can you think of a better one?

 

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?

This picture is in black and white. Is it more effective than colour? Explain.

How would you describe the trees?

How would you describe the road?

Maths

Complete lesson 10 (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 - experience  experiment  extreme  famous  favourite

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? If you can get onto the Internet today, spend some time on TTRockstars and Numbots.

 

Computing

You will need to access Purple Mash for this. There are three coding activities in our 2Dos – Air Traffic Control, Snail Race and Traffic. They are slightly more challenging that last week’s, so make sure you’ve completed those first. I’ll run through how to do them in our Zoom.

 

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. 

 

Tuesday 19th 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 Great Diamond Heist. It contains a lot of synonyms for ‘said’ Make a list of them and then use one in your own speech sentence. Remember your inverted commas.

KBBOOOMMM! "Mamma mia! There goes someone's potty!" exclaimed Dave. "I say old boy, I think that was our lavatory." Dave and Jerry returned home to witness their flat exploding and their toilet zooming over their heads. Italian Dave is a bear, brown and furry. Jerry is simply a watermelon. They are detectives.

Dave and Jerry stood staring at the smouldering ruins that was once their flat. Dave looked around at the chaos..."Jerry, I think this is a warning from The Cutlery Gang." The Cutlery Gang are three of London's biggest crooks. The head of the gang is Mr Loony Spoon and his two minions Mrs Knife Knickers and Mrs Fran Fork.

"That ought to keep those pesky detectives out of our business!" Mr Loony Spoon sneered . The passenger door on the van slammed shut as Mrs Fran Fork climbed in. "Yes they were getting a bit close to scuppering are plans for stealing the purple star, the world's biggest diamond," she said. Mr Loony Spoon started the van engine and the gang drove to their base to finalise their plans for stealing the diamond. Now that the detectives are on the way.

Meanwhile, Dave and Jerry are talking about the gang. " Right we know that the gang are trying to steal the Purple Star, our problem is catching them," said Dave.

"What we need is a trap," answered Jerry.

That night, the Cutlery Gang drove their van slowly up to the entrance of the ancient sewers of London using a map they bought from a well known map robber called Beefy Benson. From the entrance to the sewers they could see the Tower of London, the home of the purple star.

"Right ," said Mr Loony Spoon as he pulled his balaclava over his head and adjusted his night vision goggles. "Let's go," he whispered gruffly. They moved slowly through the sewers, brushing away rat poo and spider webs. Creeping casually across the courtyard through the entrance of the tower they did not notice the eyes on the painting, someone was watching them. As they arrived at the volt Mrs Knife Knickers sprung into action with her trusty paperclip and picked the lock . The door swung open. The gang saw the Purple Star but to their surprise it was in the hands of Jerry the watermelon.

"What? How? We blew you up....." Mr Loony Spoon stuttered.

"Oh no, you simply blew our potty up!" laughed Jerry.

Jerry quickly rolled across the floor (he was a watermelon) and Dave slammed the door shut, trapping the gang inside.

Some months later............

"I love the beach, but the sand gets in my fur," said Dave.

"Yes selling the diamond and running away to South America was a great idea!"

 

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 my inspiration station to get you started:

shadowy   gnarled   curious   bare   stretching   reaching   silently   still   motionless   bright   unnerving   lonely   approaching   glaring   hovering  

 

Maths

Complete lesson 11 (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

– February   forward   fruit   grammar   group

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 2x 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 volcanos. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Draw a labelled diagram of the inside of a volcano.
  2. What / where is The Ring Of Fire?
  3. Find some pictures of volcanos erupting. They look particularly dramatic at night.

Well, that’s all for today. I hope you’ve manage to watch some of the CBBC programmes each morning. Operation Ouch was brilliant yesterday. I found out loads about nostrils and it ended with a very good reason NOT to wear earrings to school.

Wednesday 20th 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 Cameron The Chameleon. It’s a great story, with lots of carefully chosen vocabulary. The author has used lots of adverbs. Which ones can you identify? (CLUE: Adverbs often end in –ly.) Use some of them in your own sentences.

Cameron the chameleon was a funny creature who despised the fact that he inadvertently changed colour. Just last week in school, Cameron let out a little fart. All of his friends asked, "Who passed wind?" Everyone answered, "Not me!" including Cameron, although he turned from pink to dark purple with sparkling, yellow dots. It was immediately obvious it was Cameron. His friends pointed at him and laughed.

Embarrassed about the incident, Cameron hid in his tree under his favourite coloured leaf, avoiding the other animals. He kept on thinking, "Why do I change colour whenever I don't want to?" The leaves outside began to rustle, disturbing his deep thoughts. Cameron froze. Out of the blue, Bepsy - a butterfly - flew in his dwelling. "Hi, just on my evening flight. Why do you look so glum?" asked Bepsy sympathetically. "I am upset that I can't control my colours like the other chameleons," replied Cameron. He told Bepsy about what happened at school, noticing that her frown became deeper as he spoke.

After listening attentively to Cameron, Bepsy began to tell her own story, "Well, I was once a dull, brown caterpillar. I was really jealous of everyone else who had vibrant colours because they could express themselves freely. All I could do was eat, eat and eat out of frustration! Until one day, I emerged from my cocoon and found my wings painted yellow like my favourite Acacia flowers. Cameron, it is wonderful to be able to express yourself freely, especially as honestly as you do." Cameron's eyes danced around as he processed his friend's words. He had never thought that his ability to change colours was a privilege! That night, as the stars emerged to decorate the inky black sky, Cameron reflected quietly about the things he had learned that day.

The next morning, a glistening drop of dew splashed on his head. Cameron woke up feeling as fresh as if he had just emerged from a long, deep sleep. As he stretched carefully on his branch, he saw his magnificent turquoise blue reflection in the puddle beneath him. He took a closer look and knew things would be different from now on.

As he slowly made his way to the school, he could not help but smile. He greeted and waved at Mr. Kingfisher, Dr. Warthog, Mrs. Baboon and her children along the way. The fresh smell of orchids filled the morning air. As he approached the entrance of the school, Cameron was no longer intimidated. He confidently strode into the classroom, taking a seat at the very front, embracing his true colours for the very first time.

 

Writing

Editing for spelling and punctuation.

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

Spelling errors – 6

Punctuation errors – 5

being laughed at on his first day at scool was the last thing that Joe wanted. He’d had enuff of being laughed at when he was at St Cuthbert’s. However, the stitch was becoming more and more painfull with evry step It was as if it was burning a whole in his side. “how about I give you a fiver to come last? He sed.

 

Mrs Wordsmith

This week’s words are    diverse   conceited   bicker

word pairs: diverse population; diverse area; diverse backgrounds

word pairs: conceited person; conceited snob; conceited bully

word pairs: bicker noisily; bicker constantly; bicker continuously

 

What does each word mean?

Can you use each word in a sentence?

Can you find some synonyms for each word?

 

Maths

Complete lesson 12 (below) of the Addition & Subtraction unit. Your written work can be done on paper or as a reply to the blog post.

 

Maths Fluency

How many times can you write out the 2x 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

The online lesson is great today, but if you can’t access it, have a go at this instead. Think about the different notes that you know and create a tune. Write it out on a staff like this with four beats in each bar.

 

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 punctuation about Bitesize yesterday? Was it useful?

 

Thursday 21st January

It was great to see so many of you on Zoom yesterday – more than ever before. Make sure that you join us today at 11:30 for a special Zoom hosted by Miss Angeli. Check the special login details she has sent you. Remember you paper and pencils for our times tables quiz. See you at 11:30!

 

English

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 Tale Of the Jampire

                Down in the fateful dungeons the Grimlick family were beckoning words in pools of darkness, each of the group more frightful than the other, but one Little Grimlick was as normal as anyone. He had a pale face with a long nobly chin. The only thing unusual about little Grimlick was his silky clothing. He wore a cream colored shirt as plain as paper with a black velvety waist coat and dark lightweight trousers. Although his cloak had red sparks of light it was the only light that shone out of the motionless sky that held together in the dungeons. Of course the Grimlicks were a family of vampires!

One day Mr. and Mrs. Grimlick glided over to their pale boy with a dismantled smile on their faces.

"You're old" said Mrs. Grimlick.

"So?"

"So you are going to hunt" said his Father stubbornly.

Hunting. Little Grimlick hated hunting, it only seemed wrong to him so ever since the age of three he'd managed to find an excuse. The idea of sucking people's blood was just ghostly to Little Grimlick.

Just before the hunt Little Grimlick was pulled aside to his ungrateful parents.

"We're watching you."

So it became the time to go, and they leapt out the grotty window and in bat formation came hurtling up to the moon with the shining stars in the background.

Mr. Grimlick led the group of bats and finally he stopped.

"Now search!"

Little Grimlick soon found himself in a dozing house searching the kitchen rummaging around trying to find something to suck instead of human blood. JAM! That would do the trick! So, leaping with his luck, he crept up the stairs and into a bedroom where it was quiet and peaceful. Under a neon pink duvet a girl was sleeping.
The jam which Little Grimlick had pocketed from the kitchen was held tightly in his grasp and so he smudged it all over the helpless girl's neck as well as his own mouth.

Then after the deadly hunt the Grimlicks swooped back in a huddle of flesh eating monsters. While Mr. Grimlick led the pod, Little Grimlick trailed behind. Little Grimlick wished to tell someone about his hunt to make them understand hunting was bad and that's when he had an idea.

The next day, Little Grimlick tiptoed up to the cupboard. Everyone was asleep.
With that very same jar from the hunt he carefully placed it down on the shelf and went back to sleep.

As dawn rose the Grimlicks came downstairs to feed again.

"Is this your blood!" said his Father shocked. Little Grimlick crouched in fear.
"You didn't hunt after all did you, Little Grimlick?" His son crouched lower still.
Then a smile gradually plastered across his Father's face.

"IT'S DELICIOUS!"

Does this remind you of any of the stories we’ve read in class?

 

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 photograph?

How would you describe the sea?

How would you describe the buildings?

What sounds might you hear if you were here?

Would you like to be here? Explain.

 

Handwriting:

Use your best joined handwriting to practise these words from the Must Know list - guard  guide  heard  heart  height

 

Spelling:

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

 

Maths

Written Maths:

Complete lesson 13 (below) of the Addition & Subtraction unit. Your written work can be done on paper or as a reply to the blog post.

 

Maths Fluency:

How many times can you write out the 2x 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

We are starting a new unit of learning today – Light. Click here for lesson 1. If you are unable to access the lesson, answer these questions:

  1. Where does light come from? Name and draw at least three light sources.
  2. What does ‘dark’ mean? What is taken away when it becomes dark?

 

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 22nd January

I’m really pleased that you are all using TTRockstars and Numbots better now. I gave out lots of Dojos for both yesterday. Remember, you should do 15 mins of each, every day. Your comments about CBBC Learning have been interesting. I’m glad you are enjoying the programmes. I was enjoying watching Horrible Histories so much yesterday afternoon (iPlayer) that I was late for a Zoom meeting!

 

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 – Never Put A Dragon In Your Back Pocket

Hi, my name is Joe, I’m doing the gardening. Do you know what we can find under the ground? Nothing much in my garden. At that moment I think to myself What’s this? Some kind of egg? It was just a bit bigger than the eggs we have for breakfast, with a blue shell that had red blobs that looked like fireballs on it. Looks like a dragon egg to me. I rush inside, “Mum! I found an egg!”

“What…?” she replied

“Oh, don’t worry, it’s nothing!” I realised quickly that it might be better if Mum didn’t know about this. I looked around to find somewhere to hide it. From the corner of my eye I spied my school bag. No-one would bother with that. So, I quickly slipped the egg into the inside pocket and zipped it up!

The next day when I arrived at school, I couldn’t wait to tell my friends about my discovery. I shouldn’t have said so much – I didn’t realise that Ben Simpson, the school bully, overheard as he arrived for class, late as usual. At first he made out he wasn’t interested. “Dragons aren’t real,” he snapped. “You’re talking rubbish, Joe Sharp!” I knew it was a mistake letting him hear what I was saying. But he wouldn’t let go. He started asking all sorts of questions. They just kept coming. What a relief when the teacher arrived and the lesson got started! Even so, I was nervous about Ben and carefully slipped the egg into my pocket for safety.

After lunch, Ben charged up from behind me and shoved me in the back. “Show me that egg then, Sharp!” yelled Ben. “Not likely!” I shouted back, pulling away from him. In the chaos, I didn’t hear the little crack as a tiny dragon began to work his way out into the world. I didn’t notice the small red creature with a spiky blue pattern on his wings and with sharp teeth like little needles, ease his way out of the egg and into my pocket.

With that, Ben gritted his teeth and screamed, “What do you know about dragons? Don’t believe you’ve got one at all, Joe! Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!” At that second, he charged at me and we fell to the ground. I’m not sure when it happened, but somehow my new dragon friend transferred to Ben’s back pocket. Perhaps it was when we were rolling on the floor, or maybe he flew? Either way, when the teacher pulled us apart Ben was yelling madly, “Ow, that’s hot! I’m burning!” Flames burst out from Ben’s back pocket as my little dragon coughed and spluttered.

A quick squirt with the fire extinguisher sorted Ben out, and my little red dragon hopped back to me. As he sat in my pocket looking up at me, I could swear he muttered, “Da da”.

I smiled, “That’s what I know Ben – Never put a dragon in your back pocket!”

I really like the way that this author has varied the way that they have started their sentences. It makes the story interesting to read. Did you enjoy the story? Give reasons.

 

Writing

Write a paragraph based on this picture. Try to watch some reports of Storm Christoph to help you.

Handwriting

Use your best joined handwriting to practise these words from the Must Know list - history  imagine  important  increase  interest

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

Complete lesson 14 (below) of the Addition & Subtraction unit. Your written work can be done on paper or as a reply to the blog post.

 

Maths Fluency

How many times can you write out the 2x 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. Wrap up warm though, it’s quite chilly outside today. Alternatively, 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=l0k6XqfFEUo

 

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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