Corona Virus Closure - Week 9(18th May)

Well done to Erin, who is our Star of the Week! You made us an amazing spider stage! 
 We'd just like to start by saying a massive thank you to all our families that have supported our home learning whilst being in strange times during lockdown, and during this half term! We have really enjoyed all the pictures you have sent in and seeing what fabulous learning has been taken place at home. 
Just a reminder that it is half term next week therefore there will not be a blog uploaded for home learning activities on Monday. We would however like you to have lots of fun and join in with Swansfield Art Competition! Mrs Smith (in Willow class) has created a leaflet, this is attached below, with all the categories and information on that you will need. We are having our own school art competition as Alnwick in bloom has been cancelled this year, due to COVID 19. All entries to be emailed to Mrs Smith ( by Wednesday the 3rd of June. 
1) watch video one of the story What the Ladybird Heard.
The ladybird herself has visited Mrs Horne-Smith....she needs our help to recall the route around the farm so that she can help the police to capture Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh?!  Can you draw, paint, make or act out a map so we can help her?  Remember you will have to use your positional language to describe to the police exactly where to go - do they need to go around the hen's pen? Under the gate, next to the cow shed? Draw on your map skills that we have often used in Pear class to hide treasure using arrows to show the direction and make sure the route is easy to read, the ladybird really wants to help the police!
2)We need to make sure that Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh do not return to the farm! In order to help the ladybird and the other animals on the farm can you make a trap for the robbers? It would need to capture them and keep them contained! What could you use and how would it work? Think back to how spiders weave their webs to trap their prey... or could you use water? Or slime even....the possibilities are endless. 
3) Can you create a farm scene and label each of the habitats of the animals such as pond for the duck, paddock for the horses. This can be made from junk modelling, using toys you already have, playdough models, food items, natural materials or in any way your imagination takes you! Remember, it is very important when you are labelling that you use your sounds, red and green words and finger spaces between words.
Extension: Could you consider what smells there may be surrounding each habitat and what you might see?
4) I wonder if we could create a class telephone so that although we are not together at the moment, it is a way for us to speak to each other (and it would also come in handy for the ladybird to communicate with the animals on the farm during the plan). All you will need are two polystyrene cups and some string. Tie a knot at each end of the cups and voila! You could go one step further and make your phone the jazziest in Pear class! What message would you like to send to your Pear class friends or to Miss Whitlow and I? Could you play with a member of your family and see if they can guess the correct animal noise that you are making through the phone to them? Remember, the ladybird in the story says never a word. Could you practise speaking really quietly through your phone and changing the sound of your voice until you are speaking very loudly?
*See my message to Pear class - quickly, pick up the other end of you phone...
 Letter Sounds:

Our sound of the week is: ‘oo’ and the rhyme that goes with this is ‘oo, poo at the zoo?' (yucky!)

 I'm going to give you three challenges to do this week with your new letter sound ‘oo’.

 Challenge 1: I'd like you to think of as many different 'simple' words as you can that have the sound ‘ow’ in them and tell your grown up - have a go at writing these down (who can be adventurous? - how are you going to write your sound and words down this week? 

 Challenge 2: Can you have a go at sounding out and reading these words below? The words all have ‘oo’ in them (don't worry if you get stuck, a grown up will help you). Once you've read the words can you underline our new sound in each word? You may like to do this in a different colour, to make our new sound stand out.








 Challenge 3: Your grown up needs to read out this sentence to you. Your job is then to have a go at writing it down. Who can use Fred fingers and finger spaces? Watch out for those tricky red words! Remember our new sounds this week 'oo'. 


The sentence to have a go at writing down is:  ‘The moon is bright.

Challenge sentence: 'She is in a sad mood'

 This week in our number work we are saying with adding and subtraction! Many children enjoyed making the boat and creating their own imaginative stories but we didn't have many number calculations written down! 
So from this our first challenge is to create a mini beast hotel (if you made one last week, you can use this) I'd then like you to draw and make or use figure mini beasts (if you have them) and add them together! I've also attached a mini beasts sheet for you to print and cut out if you have access to a printer. 
Once you've had a few turns of adding the mini beasts into the hotel I'd then like you to write down the addition stories. 
If you started with 8 ladybirds in your hotel, and 5 worms join. How many do we have altogether? 
We would write this down like this 8 + 5 = 13. 
Second challenge: Still staying with the mini beast hotel I'd now like you to take away some of the mini beasts! 

Key Questions: 

How many mini beasts did we have at the start?

How many mini beasts flew / crawled away?

How many are left now in the hotel enjoying the soil and dirt?

Children may need to count backwards or use their number bond knowledge. 

 Make sure to write down your calculations! 


1)For our minibeast topic last week, we started to think about the habitats that minibeasts like ladybirds would choose to live in. Can you take a picture of three of your favourite minibeasts whilst on your walks/draw a picture of them and use my factfile to write down one fact about each of them and tell me what their habitat is like? You will need a grown up to help you read this text, it is what is known as a non-fiction text as it is not a made up story(fiction) and is writing that includes information. 
2) Minibeasts are all very different. In order to think about their similarities and differences we can produce a Venn diagram. This is a visual way for us to see the data that we collect. In the past in Pear class we have done this for shapes. In this case we looked at shapes with curved sides in one circle and shapes with straight sides on the other. These two circles then overlapped and certain shapes sat in the middle as they had both straight and curved sides like a cone for example. I wonder if you can create a venn diagram for minibeasts with wings and minibeasts with  legs ... do some minibeasts have both? You can use the worksheet provided or simply draw two big ovverlapping circles using a large bowl on either paper or your chalk board and draw the different minibeasts that you have discovered like ladybirds, bees, spiders etc.
3) Can you create your very own minibeast game of tic tak toe? I have done this with ladybirds and bumblebees but you can turn your stones into two different sets of minibeasts if you would like. All you need is some stones (possible to find when out walking), some paint and some sticks or chalk. Remember if you are keeping these stones outside you will have to coat them with protective varnish to keep the paint from running. I often use modge podge for this as it is very child friendly. Please see pictures for ideas. It is very similar to noughts and crosses. The first person with three of their minibeasts in a row is the winner!
Shape, space and measure
This week we are going to be thinking about half past the hour. Remember 'if it points to the top it is o clock and if it points to the bottom it is half past'
1) watch the telling the time to the half hour power point. If it is half past the hour it is also 30 minutes past the hour.
Can you draw three clocks with the following times...
1.30, 2.30 and 6.30?
2)Can you set an alarm for thirty minutes? How many things can you do in that time? Does it seem like a long amount of time? As you do some activities throughout the day can you predict if they will take more or less time than this half an hour. For example, having your tea, getting ready for bed or your daily walk. 
3)Can you make a plan for your day. This will help to separate your day into time sections and will improve your sense of how long activities take and how many hours are in a day.
For example:
Get up at nine o clock....(we parents wish!)
Have breakfast at half past nine.
Try to follow the times you set on your timetable as much as you can.
4) can you play the telling the time game I have attached if you have a printer, or another game would be to play Tic Tac Toe with clocks. simply draw and cut your time on a clock face: eg. nine o clock,  whilst the person you are playing may draw a clock face with half past six on for example. Whoever gets a row of their clock face and shouts out the time is the winner!
 We hope you all have a very enjoyable half term. Remember the Swansfield Art Competition, we would love a winner for the Early Years category to come from Pear Class! 
Stay safe and well. 
Miss Whitlow, Mrs Horne-Smith and all the Pear Class Team 
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