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22nd May 2020

Hi Cedar boys

We just wanted to say how fantastic you are doing when you are in school. It is brilliant to watch you being so sensible, building new friendships and observing socially distancing.

 

Remember to keep being as helpful as possible when you are at home and to try some of your home learning as often as you can. If you can, try to stay in a routine; go to bed at a reasonable time; try not to overload your brain with things on the news. You are all doing as much as you can to keep everyone healthy and happy around you.

 

Dan and Annie

 

Home Learning update

 You should all still have your work packs. There is lots of choice in these. Remember, you are not expected to complete all of this. Choose some tasks you will enjoy and do your best. At the same time their continues to be lots of online work you can attempt on www.sumdog.co.uk or www.welearn365.com/purplemash. Have a look at our previous posts for reminders of how to access these.

 

Remember, the more work you attempt the more rewards you can earn when we return to school fulltime.

 

Writing choice

 Here are some fun writing tasks you might like to attempt as part of your Home Learning: 

 

Mystery destination

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Look at the image.  What do you think this place is? A museum of delightful things, a factory, a hot-air balloon station? If you were approaching this building, what could you see? Write a description that tells your reader about the approach, the sights and sounds, what is in front of your, above you, in the sky? Think about how you can use your senses in your description. If you stayed here on holiday, what would it be like?  

Think about how you will divide the description into paragraphs. Think carefully about the adventurous vocabulary you could use. If they can, make use of an online thesaurus to help you.

Dream Sweet Shop

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Imagine you have visited the most wonderful sweet and chocolate shop in the world. What would be on the shelves? Design and draw 5 wonderful sweets or chocolates – consider shapes, sizes, colours and ingredients so that you have a variety. Create informative labels about the sweets explaining what is inside, what they are coated in, the flavours, the shape and size, the ingredients e.g. the most luxurious creamy caramel you have ever tasted.

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Imagine you have visited the most wonderful sweet and chocolate shop in the world. What would be on the shelves? Design and draw 5 wonderful sweets or chocolates – consider shapes, sizes, colours and ingredients so that you have a variety. Create informative labels about the sweets explaining what is inside, what they are coated in, the flavours, the shape and size, the ingredients e.g. the most luxurious creamy caramel you have ever tasted.

Creature Feature

Choose an animal that you might find in a zoo. You could explore Chester Zoo’s website to help you. https://www.chesterzoo.org/.  Do some research online and make some notes about your chosen creature.

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If you want you can also choose an animal that is mythical, like one of the Godzillas.

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Think about dividing your notes into sections, such as appearance, habitat, diet. Write a non-chronological report (information text) about your animal. Think about:

• What sections you need to have

 • How you are going to set it out

 • How you are going to make your information interesting to read

 • Who the text will be written for (children, adults, a zoo or wildlife park).

Rumbling Volcano

Imagine you were on a boat in a harbour looking back at an erupting volcano. You are safe but the sights and sounds you can hear are spectacular.

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Write a description of what is happening in first person explaining what you saw, heard, and felt as you watched what was happening. Think about the stages of the volcano – rumbling and smoking, the eruption, the lava flow and ash cloud… Use fronted adverbials to introduce each stage e.g. In the beginning, suddenly, within minutes, after the first signs of eruption.

Viking History

Complete some research about life in these times (on a computer or tablet if you have access to one). There are two options for this piece of learning. You could either:

a) Write a day in the life of a Viking. Consider everyday life, homes, food, jobs, warfare. You could create a labelled timeline to help you then write a first-person recount of your day. Use fronted adverbials to link it.

b) Create an informative quiz about life in those times. Use your facts and knowledge to write questions (and answers!). Test it out on a family member!

 

 Games to play

Write a set of instructions so that everyone in your family knows how to play your favourite game. This could be a board game, a computer game or a game you play in the garden.

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What do you need for this game? Make this clear. Write clear steps that everyone can follow with appropriate verbs and adverbs. 

Make a poster to show the benefits and positive features of your game. Use persuasive features to encourage people to play your game with you. You could use this to help Mr Rogers finally understand why Fortnite is so good!

Remember, the more work you attempt the more rewards you can earn when we return to school fulltime.

Have fun with these boys. See you all soon and stay safe.

Dan and Annie

28th April 2020

 

Hi everyone in Cedar. This is another message from Dan and Annie, your teachers.

 

Well done for everything you are continuing to do at this unusual time. You are not only making sure you stay healthy; you are helping to keep your family and friends safe as well.

 

We are talking to the people at home regularly and you are starting to spend some time in school. Remember to keep being as helpful as possible and to try some of your home learning as often as you can. We are very proud of you.

 

Stay safe and keep doing your best.

 

Dan and Annie

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Why don't you have a go at making your own costumes using materials you have at home? I am sure you can do better than me!

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As part of your home learning you could start to research or make items linked with our new topic of The Vikings.

 

Here are just some of the areas you could explore:

 

  • Where did the Vikings come from?
  • Where did they invade and settle? How did they live?
  • How did Vikings dress and behave?
  • How were longships designed? Could you make your own model at home?
  • Learn about the beliefs of the Vikings, the god and goddesses, the Viking creation myth, the Norse nine worlds and Tree of Life.
  • What was a Viking Saga? 
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You are not expected to investigate all of these. The idea is to give you as much choice as possible. Me and Annie know you learn best when you explore topics which interest you, so pick your favourite topics and find out as much as you can. Remember, the more work you attempt the more rewards you can earn when we return to school fulltime.

 

English and Maths Home Learning

 

There is a lot of written work in the home learning packs that have been sent home. We have tried to make this as fun as possible and to give you lots of choice. You are not expected to do every piece of work so do not worry. When you complete your work, send it into school or bring it with you when you are next in. Remember, the more work you attempt the more rewards you can earn when we return to school.

 

You can also access English and Maths work through Purple mash and www.sumdog.com. I have set you work to do on both websites. You can also play any of the additional games which are on there. 

 

If you try any of these websites or some of the other suggestions on the school Home Learning Page, make sure you tell your families. They may even want to join in. Then when we phone home to find out how well you are doing you can get credit for how hard you are trying.

 

Stay safe.

 

Dan

2nd April 2020

 

Hi to all the students in Cedar class. This is a message from your teacher, Dan

                          

Me and Annie want you to know how proud of you we are!

 

The people at home are telling us how you are doing your best and staying safe. Remember to look after your families and help as much as you can at home. This is an unusual situation for everyone but it is an opportunity to enjoy some valuable family time.

 

We are missing you and are looking forward to welcoming you back to school, safe and well, as soon as possible.

 

Take care and stay safe.

 

Dan

 

Home Learning

 

It is important to stay safe at home and enjoy the family time. However, we also want you to keep learning and continue the good progress you have been making. The more work you attempt the more rewards you can earn when we return to school.

 

Me and Annie know how you learn best, through lots of play and interaction. Online learning can give you a lot of this. Have a look at the school website for some ideas.

 

We thought you might especially enjoy one of these online sessions.

 

If you try any of these sessions or some of the other suggestions on the school website make sure you tell your families. They may even want to join in. Then when we phone home to find out how well you are doing you can get credit for how hard you are trying. Remember, the more work you attempt the more rewards you can earn when we return to school.

 

 

English

 

There is a lot of English work in the home learning packs that have been sent home. You will get new packs regularly and you can choose which work you attempt. We have tried to make this as fun as possible and to give you lots of choice. You are not expected to do every piece of work so do not worry. We know it is hard working at home. We are finding it difficult as well. Just do your best, as always.

 

Remember, you can also access English work through Purple mash and www.sumdog.com. I have set you work to do on both websites. You can also play any of the additional games which are on there. 

 

You can access these the same way you have done in class.

 

To get access to Purple mash:

 

  1. Google www.welearn365.com
  2. Choose Arden Fields Academy on the dropdown.
  3. Enter your username and password, like you would when you log onto your computer at school.
  4. Click on the Purple Mash Icon.
  5. There is work set in the ‘’to do’’ section at the top of the screen.
  6. You can also play any of the additional games on there or explore other subjects like Maths, PSHE, History, ICT, Art, etc. Some PSHE activities have been set in your ‘’to do’’ section as well.

 

There are activities in the ‘’to do’’ section which involve you practicing different skills and answering questions. When you answer these questions, I will get an online notification. I can then mark this and send you some feedback on the computer.

 

The more work you attempt the more rewards you can earn when we return to school.

Tell your families you are working as well. They may want to help you or join in with some of the interactive games.

 

To get access to www.sumdog.com:

 

  1. Google sumdog.
  2. Enter your username, password and school code like you would in school. Remember the school code is – ardenfields.
  3. If you complete any of the work set in the English section you can earn up to 50 coins and I will get a notification when you complete it.
  4. You can also play any of the additional games on there or use the coins you earn to change your avatar, online house and garden.
  5. Remember, there are also Maths games and activities on there for you to explore.

 

If you are not able to remember some of your passwords we can give you them again.

 

Reading

 

There are a lot of online books available for you to read on:

 

  • Purple Mash/Serial Mash

 

We have read some of these in class and there are some tasks for you, linked to these books, in the ‘’to do’’ section.

 

Please feel free to enjoy any of the other books in Purple Mash. Remember to let your families know you are reading them. The more work you attempt the more rewards you can earn when we return to school.

 

You can also access free online books through:

 

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/

 

 

Maths

 

There is a lot of Maths work in the home learning packs that have been sent home. You will get new packs regularly and you can choose which work you attempt. As with English, you can also access work online through www.welearn365.com/PurpleMash  and www.sumdog.com. Remember, the more work you attempt the more rewards you can earn when we return to school.

 

You can also use one of the websites below and then choose the Maths skill you would like to practice.

 

http://www.ictgames.com/

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games

 

https://www.mathsisfun.com

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects

 

You will recognise some of these from our work in class. Remember to tell your families you are completing some Maths work, written or online. They may want to help you or join in with some of the interactive games.

 

Stay safe.

Dan

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