Home Learning 2020-2021

***Reminder for anyone who is self-isolating***
 
Daily activities that correspond to what we are doing in school will be added to your child's online classroom (School 360 > Classroom) for them to complete while self-isolating.
Please let me know as soon as possible so that I can arrange this.
Home Learning Information
 
Spellings will be set and tested each Friday. Please encourage your child to practise these regularly – little and often is usually the most effective method for long-term learning.
 
Each Friday, your child will also be given a short home learning task to be completed before the following Friday.
 
As well as this, please practise times tables and number facts regularly with your child at home. By the end of year two, children are expected to know the number facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
 
We also have an online reading scheme for your child called Bug Club. Books will be allocated each week. As well as reading them, please encourage your child to complete the quizzes (click on the Bug Heads that appear on some of the pages). Guided Reading will take place in the classroom under the direction of the class teacher.
 
Many thanks,
 
Mr J
 
18th December 2020 - 8th January 2021
 
Mr Johnson's Christmas Homework (A.K.A. THE BEST HOMEWORK EVER)
 
Christmas is family time, so here are some ideas for homework for the Christmas holidays. Take your pick! How many can you do? Remember, the most important part of the homework is to have fun!
  1. Make a list of things you really want to learn or achieve next year.
  2. Draw a picture of Santa or Rudolph and hang it on your fridge.
  3. Tell some Christmas jokes to your family.
  4. Give someone a present.
  5. Play a board game.
  6. Have a dance party in the living room to your favourite songs.
  7. Can you make a snowman out of something different? Maybe lego or plasticine – the choice is yours!
  8. Can you write your own song or rap, and perform it to your family?
  9. Have a meal with your family and talk about your favourite memories of this year and the best things that happened to you.
  10. Write a letter to a friend or family member and pop it in the post!
  11. Birds can get very hungry at this time of year. Can you make a bird feeder out of a milk carton, box or bottle and hang it outside?
  12. Can you make a snow globe out of an empty container? What will you put inside?
  13. Have a family film night.
  14. Can you help to bake some biscuits or a cake?
  15. HAVE FUN!
Have a lovely Christmas everyone and I'll see you in the New Year!
 
Mr J
 
11th December - 18th December
 
Apologies, I forgot to publish this on Friday!
 
Spellings (Mrs Straughan's group)
The /sh/ and /ch/ sounds. 
 
wish
push
shop
shark
shape
 
rich
much
such
chip
chick
 
Spellings (Mr Johnson's group)
Red words!
 
old
cold
gold
hold
told
door
floor
find
mind
behind
 
Cheers!
 
Mr J
4th December - 11th December
 
Thank you for the super questions you sent in for your homework. They'll be used in our class quiz next week!
 
Spellings (Mrs Straughan's group)
This week's focus is the 'th' sound.
These words also have some other special friend sounds in them: 'nk', 'oo', 'ow', 'or' and 'ir'. Can you spot any of them? Also, keep an eye out for the 'y' that makes an /ee/ sound!
 
this
that
with
thank
tooth
then
they (this is a red word - be careful!)
throw
thorn
thirsty
 
Spellings (Mr Johnson's group)
The /j/ sound:
often spelt with 'g' before e, i and y
always spelt with 'j' before a, o and u
 
gem
giant
magic
giraffe
energy
jacket
jar
jog
join
adjust
 
Homework
There are two activities for you to try on Busy Things.
1. Ordering numbers (numerals and words) up to 20.
2. Ordering numbers (numerals and words) up to 99 (if you managed the first part, try this challenge).
 
Thanks!
Mr J
 
27th November - 4th December
 
Note for parents: your child should know which spelling group they are in. If they've forgotten, just drop me a message!
 
Spellings (Mrs Straughan's group)
The 'ng' and 'nk sounds 
sing
hang
long
thing
string
bank
sunk
wink
honk
think
 
Spellings (Mr Johnson's group)
The /j/ sound spelt with '-dge' and '-ge' at the end of words.
badge
edge
bridge
dodge
fudge
age
huge
change
charge
village
 
Homework
It's quiz time! Except, I'm not asking the questions - you are!
I'd like you to make a quiz to test me and the rest of the class.
The quiz can be about anything we've learnt when we've been doing our map work. Here's a reminder of what we've looked at so far:
  • The 4 countries of the UK
  • Their capital cities, flags and famous landmarks
  • The 7 continents of the world
  • The 5 oceans of the world
  • If you need a reminder about any of these, don't forget that there's a brilliant DK encyclopaedia in School 360
Your quiz should have at least 3 questions.
You need to send me the questions, but you need to know the answers for when we do the quiz in class!
As usual, you can send your homework in via e-mail (andrew.johnson@school360.co.uk) or our online classroom.
 
Have fun!
 
Mr J
20th November - 27th November
 
Spellings
The sound /s/ spelt 'c' before e, i and y.
 
race
face
ice
nice
cell
city
space
spicy
fancy
circle
 
Homework
Whilst learning about staying safe on the Internet, we have been talking about the importance of being nice to people online and face-to-face. This has led to a discussion about the qualities that make a good friend. For your homework this week I would like you to think of qualities that make someone a good friend and turn them into a list of ingredients for Friendship Soup!
Example:
1 cup of taking turns
2 tablespoons of kindness
 
Send your recipes to andrew.johnson@school360.co.uk (or submit them using Google Classroom, whichever your prefer). You can write them, type them or record them - it's up to you!
 
Here are some words that might help you:
13th November - 20th November 
 
Spellings
This week, we'll be looking at the sound /r/ spelt 'wr' at the beginning of words.
write
written
wrote
wrong
wrap
wrist
wreck
wrestle
wriggle
wren
 
Homework
Please try logging onto Bug Club and accessing the books. You should have been allocated a selection to choose from. Have a look around and try things out! If you have any problems, don't worry, just let me know and we can try to solve them together! This is a new system for us too, so please let us know how you get on.
 
Thanks!
 
Mr J
 
 
6th November - 13th November
 
Spellings
This week, we'll be looking at the sound /n/ spelt 'kn' and (less often) 'gn' at the beginning of words.
 
knock
know
knee
knit
knife
knight
 
gnat
gnaw
gnome
gnarled
 
Homework
We've been learning this week that addition and subtraction are opposites (inverse operations), which means that when we know one fact, we also know three more without having to do any calculating. For example, if we know that 7 + 3 = 10 we also know 3 + 7 = 10, 10 - 7 = 3 and 10 - 3 = 7. This is called a fact family. Choose some number sentences and see if you can work out the fact family.
Now, see if you can make some houses for your fact families to live in. You could make a gingerbread house, a lift-the-flap house, a haunted house or even a 3D house. Here are some ideas for you:
Please ask your grown up to e-mail me a picture of your work (andrew.johnson@school360.co.uk) or you can add it to the Classwork section of our online classroom if you prefer. Thanks!
16th October - 22nd October 2020
Well done for your work on Numbots this week. Certificates will be sent out when you collect a new robot.
Note for parents: This game has a proven track record at improving mathematical recall and understanding, so it's well worth playing for short blasts on a regular basis.
 
Spellings
This week, we are practising words ending in an /ee/ sound, but spelt with a 'y'. Please practise using LOOK, SAY, COVER, WRITE and CHECK.
 
very
happy
funny
party
family
dizzy
smelly
silly
jolly
sunny
 
Homework
I'd like you all to log on to our new online classroom.
  • Go to School360 and login (you should all have your details - don't panic if you can't find them, just send me an e-mail or ask me at school)
  • Click on Classroom
  • Click on Oak Class
When you're there, complete the Place Value Quiz in the Classwork section (you have to click submit when you get to the end of the quiz).
 
Thanks!
 
Mr J
 

9th October - 16th October 2020

Thank you once again for the homework completed and sent in last week.

Spellings

Over the next two weeks, we are looking at split vowel sounds (a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e). Please practise using LOOK, SAY, COVER, WRITE and CHECK.

made

came

these

complete

like

time

home

those

use

huge

Homework

This week, I’d like you to play on Numbots for a total of 15 minutes. You can play it all in one go if you like, or you can play it in shorter bursts (for example, play it 3 times for 5 minutes each time). Playing Numbots little and often will help you learn your number bonds and your addition and subtraction facts.

The website address is play.numbots.com

You'll need to select School > Pupil then type Swansfield or NE66 1UL to find our school.

You should all have a copy of your username and password (this can also be used for Times Tables Rockstars).

If you have difficulty logging on or have lost your password, don’t panic - just let me know at school or drop me a message at andrew.johnson@school360.co.uk.

Thanks!

Mr J

 

2nd October - 9th October 2020
Note for grown-ups:
A huge thank you for the homework completed and sent in last week - we've had a lot of fun making Villain Top Trumps today and the children's creations will also be featuring in their writing next week. I'd also like to thank you for engaging so well with this new way of returning homework!
 
Spellings
This week, we are having a reminder of the sounds 'ir', 'ou' and 'oy'. Please practise using LOOK, SAY, COVER, WRITE and CHECK.
 
girl
bird
shirt
 
out
about
mouth
sound
 
boy
enjoy
annoy
 
Homework
This week, we've been looking at how to represent numbers using tens and ones. I'd like you to practise this at home. Find some small items that you have lots of (for example, beads, pencils, dry pasta, marbles, sticks or leaves). The items don't have to be identical.
Now, see if you can make these numbers with them.
26
31
18
You can make other numbers if you'd like to. Here's an example using pasta to represent 23. I used 2 mugs to make 2 groups of 10 and then added 3 individual pieces of pasta.
Please ask your grown-up to help you take a picture of your representations and send them to andrew.johnson@school360.co.uk by Friday 9th October. You can add a number sentence like mine, if you're feeling brave!
 
Thanks,
 
Mr J
 
25th September - 2nd October 2020
A big thank you for the homework completed last week - the children were able to talk (and write) confidently about the people they admire.
 
Spellings
This week, we are having a reminder of the sounds 'ar' and 'or'. Please practise using LOOK, SAY, COVER, WRITE and CHECK.
 
car
arm
park
start
garden
for
born
short
horse
morning
 
Homework
In the Traction Man stories that we've been reading, Traction Man's enemies are everyday household objects. Here are some of them - Wicked Professor Spade, The Poisonous Dishcloth and The Broom:

For your homework this week, I’d like you to create your own villain using an everyday household object. You can use anything you like (a vacuum cleaner, a sock, a scooter, a pan…) but check with your grown up first! Add whatever you need to them (drawings, buttons, feathers, googly eyes…) to turn them into a character. You’ll need to think of an awesome name and also write a short description. I chose some scissors and used paper and some Blu-Tack to turn them into The Evil Scissor Shark! Here’s my description: The Evil Scissor Shark likes to prowl the blue carpet looking for paper to snip into tiny pieces. Watch out, he’s got a sharp bite!

Here's the example we made in class together - The Sinister Spoon!
Please ask your grown-up to help you take a picture of your villain and send it to andrew.johnson@school360.co.uk before Friday 2nd October. You can either add your writing to your photo or type it into the e-mail. We’ll be using our villains as inspiration for some of our writing in class! 
 
Have fun!
 
Mr J

 

18th September - 25th September 2020
 
Spellings
This week, we will be having a reminder of the 'igh' sound. Please practise using LOOK, SAY, COVER, WRITE and CHECK.
 
high
sigh
right
bright
light
night
fright
tight
might
slightly
 
Homework
This week's homework is a short spoken homework. It might also help to develop memory skills! I would like you to think of three people who you admire (they can be real or fictional, but at least one has to be real) and give a reason why. You'll need to be able to tell the class your choices on Friday 25th September.
For example:
I admire my Mam for always giving excellent advice.
I admire my Dad for being a D.I.Y. master - he can make or fix almost anything!
I admire Han Solo for being rebellious but making the right choices in the end.
 
Thanks!
 
Mr J
 
11th September - 18th September 2020
 
We're going to build up slowly and just start with spellings (no homework) this week until we get into the routine! The spellings to learn are the days of the week. Don't worry if your child finds them tricky at first, just encourage them to have a go by using the method LOOK, SAY, COVER, WRITE, CHECK. Practising little and often is best and we'll also be learning them in school.
 
day
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
week
fortnight
 
Thanks!

Mr J