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Of Mice and Men - chapter 1

Steinbeck introduces us to the two main protagonists - George Milton and Lennie Small.

Of Mice and Men - chapter 2

George and Lennie arrive at the ranch. We meet Candy and Crooks. We also see the harsh, brutal, racist attitudes of the time.

Of Mice and Men - chapter 3

In this chapter we see Lennie's raw, animal strength as he crushes Curley's hand.

Of Mice and Men - chapter 4

All the misfits come together in this chapter. Crooks and Lennie meet first, then Candy and finally Curley's wife. One of the most powerful, moving, brutal scenes in the novel.

Of Mice and Men - chapter 5

Lennie finds himself alone with Curley's wife and things go badly wrong.

Of Mice and Men - chapter 6

The novel ends with Steinbeck putting George in the worst position imaginable.

Wednesday 3rd June 2020

 

Hi to everyone in Rowan class,

 

It seems hard to believe that we haven’t been together for 11 weeks now. If you haven’t been in school during that time, then please click here and have a read through the sessions I delivered recently. As we start to move out of lockdown and more of you start coming in to school, hopefully these sessions will help you to start to make some sense out of the situation we are all living through.

 

English

This half term we are studying a wonderful novel called “Of Mice and Men.” I have recorded myself reading the book, including using my amazing American accent J. You will get a copy of the book in the post, so you can read along with me.

 

The book is set in America in the 1930s. It’s important that you learn what America was like back then because it will help you understand the plot and the characters. Activities are in the post and you should also watch these YouTube videos.

 

The Great Depression https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO2XTWnMTLw

Racism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSaq5d_2TEs

 

 

Think back to your work in Emmett Till. It's totally relevant to this book.

 

Think back to your work on Emmett Till. It's totally relevant to this book.

Maths

Use this website to keep your Maths skills sharp!

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/11-14-years/number

 

You’ve also got Purple Mash and Sumdog you can use.

                                                                    

Topic

This half term you are going to explore a range of topics, starting with the Black Lives Matter movement. What’s happening in America right now is linked to what you’re learning in English. Research these important names:

 

Trayvon Martin

 

 

 

 

Rodney King

 

 

Find out how these men are linked to the Black Lives Matter movement.

 

PSHE

Look after you mental health and well-being. Go outside every day. Get some fresh air. Have a look at this website too.

https://www.mindful.org/meditation/mindfulness-getting-started/

 

Be kind to yourselves and to other people. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all together very soon.

 

Best wishes,

 

Gary, Emma, Jade and everyone else at Arden Fields School.

 

22nd May 2020

Hi to everyone in Rowan class,

Hope that everyone is staying alert and doing the right thing. Which includes doing some school work at home. You will all be pleased to hear that I have calculated your grades for Maths and English. We are waiting to hear from the exam board about what to do next with them, but you should all be very pleased with your efforts!

English

You should have read the 19th century extracts by now. Understanding what life was like in the Victorian times will really help you to understand big ideas like poverty, the working conditions for lots of people, high death rates, workhouses and so on. Watch these videos to further your understanding:

Workhouses

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLAHMpaLey4

Poverty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhWciyJ-RbE

Maths

Use this website to keep your Maths skills sharp!

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/11-14-years/number

You’ve also got Purple Mash and Sumdog you can use.

The Stone Age

Watch this video and see if you can make a stone age tool of your own.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L87Wdt044b0

Send evidence of your learning in to school - admin7001@welearn365.com. Some students in Rowan have received VBucks for their work. If that’s not for you, get in touch and tell us what is!

Stay safe everyone.

Best wishes from Gary, Emma, Jade and everyone else at Arden Fields School.

29th April 2020

 

Hi to everyone in Rowan,

 

Here’s an updated list of learning activities for you. We will continue to send out work in the post but we want you to learn in different ways. In these rather strange times, learning online is becoming even more important. And you can access the school website through your phone, your PlayStation and your Xbox. So there really is nothing stopping you from clicking on some of these links.

 

 

Hopefully, you’ve started writing your own Lockdown Blog. Here’s the link again, just in case you haven’t started yet:

 

https://wordpress.com/create-blog/

 

All you need to do is write about what’s happening each day. Life is very strange for everyone at the moment. Try and capture some of your experiences and write them down. I’m sure we’ll all find them interesting to read when we are finally back together.

 

English

 

This half term you are going to study extracts from 19th Century Literature. I’ll send out the extracts and activities in the post. Life was very different in the 19th Century. To help you understand the texts, I want you to learn about life in Victorian England. Click on some of these links to develop your learning:

 

A Horrible History compilation on Vile Victorians - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVGaumifWkE

 

 

BBC Bitesize resources - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjd82hv

 

Click here for interactive resources - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?q=victorian

 

Click here to learn about life in Victorian slums:

https://www.pbs.org/show/victorian-slum-house/

 

19th Century Literature can be quite tricky to read. Back then, writer’s used very complicated language with reeeeeeeeaaaaaallly long sentences. You might want to ask a grown up to sit and read with you when the work arrives in the post.

 

Maths

 

Continue to practise your times tables. Click here for some interactive multiplication and division games:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/multiplication-and-division

 

 

We have been working on understanding the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages. Watch this video and learn how to calculate a percentage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWHx0RsRNzI

Then have a go yourself. See what’s in the kitchen cupboard. Calculate 50%, 10% and 5% of a tin of beans, a bag of sugar, a load of bread, a packet of crisps…

 

And have a go at these interactive percentage games:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?q=percentages

 

Topic

 

Our topic this half term is The Stone Age. Click here to watch the Horrible Histories Savage Stone Age:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDDlhCtIdQ4

 

Here is some information from the Bitesize website:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z82hsbk

 

And here is a virtual tour of Stone Age Britian:

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/history-and-stories/stonehenge360/

 

 

Life feels very strange right now. It’s important that you take care of yourself. Try to stay in a routine; go to bed at a reasonable time and do some school work every day; don’t overload your brain with things on the news. It can do more harm than good. Keep yourself busy and be kind to each other. Stay safe, stay at home and keep learning.

 

Best wishes,

 

Gary, Emma, Jade and everyone else at Arden Fields School.

 

Hi to all the students in Rowan class. This is your teacher, Gary, speaking J

 

I’d like you all to have a go at writing a blog. Use this link:

 

https://wordpress.com/create-blog/

 

All you need to do is write about what’s happening each day. Life is very strange for everyone at the moment. Try and capture some of your experiences and write them down. I’m sure we’ll all find them interesting to read when we are finally back together.

 

Take care, stay safe and stay at home.

 

Gary

Maths

Use these websites to revise your maths skills, starting with this fractions link:

 

https://www.mathsisfun.com/fractions-interactive.html

 

Then use this link to play some maths games

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/11-14-years/number

 

Visit Bitesize and choose your own topics

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zr99cqt

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zqhs34j

 

And finally, you could challenge yourself to do a mock maths test.

 

https://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/qualification-resources.html?subject=Mathematics&level=EntryLevel&pastpaper=true

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