New half term and a new month, so time for a new combined Science and Geography topic!
We are going on a tour of the Earth, looking at the six main environments:- rainforests, savannah, deserts, temperate and boreal forests, and the tundra and arctic. Each week we will look at the weather (rainfall, temperature, sunshine hours), the wildlife that lives there (animals, birds and insects), and the plants that are found. We will also be looking at how some of these are changing.
Think about how you want to record your information. Will this be a powerpoint, with a chapter each week? You could make lapbooks (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJEztgwUvv4), or hand write it and keep it in a folder. Maybe you will make a really detailed poster.
Today we start at the Equator (the imaginary line that runs around the Earth) and look at the rainforests. Guess why they are called that?
In English this week, we are reading Rainforest Calling. It is an exciting story, written in two styles, packed with information about the rainforest. Read the powerpoint about Guided Reading questions before and after each chapter. It sets you things to think about before reading and questions to answer afterwards. This tests your comprehension and makes you a better reader.
HALF TERM IDEAS
1. Make a pitfall trap to catch insects.
5. Check out the Earth Day Activities if you didn't do them last term.
NATIONAL FILM COMPETITIONS TO ENTER (all details available on the Film Club webpage)
1. STORYBOARD COMPETITION WITH INTO FILM
2. 100 WORD FILM REVIEW WITH INTO FILM
3. FILM REVIEW OF THE WEEK BY INTO FILM
4. FILM OF THE MONTH WITH INTO FILM
5. NATURE IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD (SEE LINK BELOW. WINNER GETS £300 OF FILMMAKING KIT)
PRESTON FILMS JUST FOR FUN
6. LOO ROLL 2 - THE SEQUEL (4 to 5 second clip to firstname.lastname@example.org. ) If you did it before but are desperate to have another go, we will try and fit your clip in.
See The Preston Loo Roll Challenge here https://www.prestonjmi.herts.sch.uk/films-made-by-students-1/
7. "We're Still learning" - Weird and wonderful things and ways you are learning - 4 to 5 sec clips to email@example.com. See clips for inspiration here https://www.prestonjmi.herts.sch.uk/were-still-learning-film-clips-send-yours-in-today/
8.PHOTO COMPETITION - Mon 25th May to Friday 29th May. First title released on the Photo Club webpage/star at 9am 25.5.20 and must be uploaded by 4pm that day. Open to the whole family, including older brothers and sisters and parents. Three categories are 1. Reception and KS1, 2. KS2 and 3. Everyone else!
9. Shadow puppet and theatre. Send in your films of your plays.
10. Any film you want to share with your friends. Must be a U certificate please!
SCAVENGER HUNT SET AT 1PM ( IF YOU FOUND THIS AFTER 1PM, TELL ME THE TIME YOU STARTED!)
1. A CLOTHES PEG
2. A STORY BOOK ABOUT AN ANIMAL
3. SOMETHING HEART SHAPED
4. A TOOTHBRUSH
5. A LEFT TRAINER
6. A FLOWER
7. A CUDDLY TOY
8. A SHOELACE NOT IN A SHOE!
9. A BOTTLE
10. A HAT
Send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org with your start time.
FUN FRIDAY AFTERNOON - ONE HOUR LEGO CHALLENGE - BUILD THE BEST THING YOU CAN IN ONE HOUR AND SEND IN THE PHOTO TO THE ABOVE EMAIL. PHOTOS WILL SHOWN ON THE WEBSITE.
Fun Friday afternoon time!
Lego Challenge - Best thing you can build in 1 hour at 2pm. Photos will go up to be judged by an independent judge!
This morning you could work on your fairy tale. Plan, write, edit, word process or illustrate it.
Check out the The Big Dreams On The Screen Storyboard Competition.
1. Listen to the "1. STORYBOARD COMPETITION" power point again (See link below this)
2. Watch the videos about how to make a good storyboards.
3. Make a mind map of all your BIG ideas for the future.
3. Either print off the storyboards or draw your own, using the ones below as a guide.
4.Think about adding things like camera angles.
5. You don't have to be good at drawing. You can draw stick people. Just make it clear.
6. Add notes about the lighting and dialogue (What they are saying).
7. Send it in to the competition.
Carry on your Hans Christian Andersen research watching more of his original fairy tales on the Fairytaler Youtube channel (link below)
Make a shadow puppet play and film it.
21.5.20 For those of you getting into shadow puppetry, try looking at the links below for ideas. The puppets do not have to be neat or painted. They just have to have a clean cut outline.
Spellings change today and you could find out about Eid, a special annual festival celebrated by Muslims, which will be this Saturday.
20.5.20 We talked about how hard it was to get a gold Blue Peter badge. Today, the most recent receiver of a gold Blue Peter badge, has been given a knighthood. Sir Tom Moore is a Guiness World Record holder for raising the most amount of money for charity, by walking round his garden at the age of 99. He wanted to raise £1000 and currently has raised £33 million pounds. Now 100, Sir Tom Moore has even recorded a song with Michael Ball.
His message is, you are not alone and don't give up. Be kind to each other.
Check the daily timetable for today's English and Science ideas.
If you are struggling to think what you could do when you are bored or want to do something creative, try these Aardman animation crafting sessions. Aardman made Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep animations. They are really fun and run by the world's best animators!! What a great opportunity to learn.
Each week they have a new challenge and show children's work on their Youtube site. That could be your work up there next week!
19.5.20 Choo-choo! All aboard the learning train! Who invented the engine and the railways, I hear you ask?? You guessed it! Those inventive, industrious Victorians! Today we find out all about the first steam engines. Who exactly did invent the first engine? What were the Rainhill Trials? What did they think would happen if you travelled above 30mph?
There are powerpoints to read, videos to watch and sheets to complete should you desire. Or make a poster all about it. Remember Adam Hart Davis, the man who taught us all about the Romans...well he is back with news about the speed merchant Victorians!
English - Today's fairy tale is The Emperor's New Clothes. Try to read the ebook (under English star), then think about who the good and bad characters are. Not so easy on this story, as they are all a little silly. What was the moral of this story? As you think about it, you could retell it as a storyboard? Retell it to a member of your family?
Try adding words to the Victorian train poem below.
There are lots of activities on Mathletics, if you have chosen to do the shape work. There is also addition and subtraction, angles and interpreting data on graphs, which will be revision for work we have already covered. If you have lost your password, send an email. I have them all!
Week 5 18.5.20
Morning everyone! It is a fairy tale and puppet-astic week we are in for! Be prepared for scary stories, colourful characters and hopefully some happy endings!! We are starting with fairy tales written in the Victorian era, by Hans Christian Andersen. You might think you know the story of the Little Mermaid, but what was the real ending?
In art today we are looking at the wonderful world of puppets. There are loads of styles to choose from. You could retell a fairy tale!
Maths - White Rose are now repeating videos from Week 1. If you did not do those you could try them. To access the week 5 work and videos click their link for more work.
Please be careful about what you write in emails to each other. It is important to be kind and not say negative things to each other. Something you might think is funny, can sound really rude to the other person. They cannot see you smiling or read your body language, to know you are joking. So choose your words carefully and if in doubt, don’t say it! Stay positive and build each other up.
Just interested to know if anyone tried skipping. It is a brilliant aerobic work out favoured by many athletes. Do you know any skipping rhymes? You could film them and send them in.
Today is about finishing off any reports, or spellings, or reading comprehensions. If you have done all that, why not read a good book and tell your family why you love it.
This afternoon you could try YUMU music, the Noodle TV dance "Believer" , a French game, touch typing or a Crest award.
New today - Reading comprehension about Victorian Inventors (In History dated 14.5.20) and Victorian Sundays (see R.E. for resources and instructions).
Well done Year 3's for doing so well on the group meeting. It was good to see everyone looking so well.
13.5.20 This is National Nurse's Week. What a great time to remember the amazing work nurses everywhere are doing to save lives. You researched Florence Nightingale earlier. Watch the link about Mary Seacole. She was also influential in setting up nursing as a profession.
New today : Spellings and Science Invertebrate hunt.
Year 3's are meeting on Google Classroom at 1pm today. Bring something that made you happy or you are proud of, and a book or film title you could act out for charades!
12.5.20 Morning all! Today we are learning all about the Industrial Revolution. Did you know that before 1750, Britain was mainly farmland and villages. Then the steam engine was invented, which could power machines. The first factory ever built in the whole world was in Derbyshire. The Victorian Era covers the last half of the Industrial Revolution, and was a time of huge change.
Watch the videos, read the ppt in History and make a cartoon timeline to show what happened!
11.5.20 Morning everyone! Well we have some more fun things to try this week. Rich Victorian children were educated at home and had to be seen and not heard!!! Sound familiar? They had home tutors and played mainly with their siblings, but what did they play with?
We are writing reports this week (this can be hand written or a power point or word processed at the end). Choose from either researching Victorian Toys or Victorian Inventions. The Victorians were really clever. Their inventions changed the world. Read about how to write a report first in the English ppt. Then use the resources or the Art ppt for Toys, to find out some facts. Start with a spidergram or mind map to collect ideas.
In the Art ppt there are toys you can try to make and one of those is a puppet theatre to print out and colour. Check out Oliver's toy theatre which he made two weeks ago. Maybe you could make one?
Learn how to play marbles properly from the marbles ppt above. Loads of different games to try out. Which one is your favourite?
7.5.20 Tomorrow is 75th Anniversary of V.E. Day. So what does V.E. stand for? Why are we remembering it? V.E. stands for Victory in Europe and it marks the day that the Second World War stopped in Europe and Hitler's troops surrendered. To find out more look at the activities under the V.E. star above and choose from a whole range of activities.
Finish your Film Reviews and send them to Into Film's Review of the Week Competition. someone has to win it. Why should it not be you!
Well done to all the Year 4's who managed to make the class meeting today at 1pm. We were the first year group to trial it and we succeeded in seeing and hearing everyone. Next time we will try a quiz! Year 3's will meet next Wednesday at 1pm.
So the challenge set, for all those with longer hair then they would usually have, is to send in your mad hair photo!
Today is the launch of Harry's first adventure novel, which you can read below, (use the arrows to go forwards or backwards as needed). A thrilling, action-packed story full of suspense. No spoilers! You will have to read it! The author might even let you interview him, if you have his Google address! May be someone would like to review this for our class webpage. Use the same review outline as for a film. See also Oliver's review of "Star Wars - Rise of the Skywalker."
Any other budding authors with a tall tale to tell, send it in!
New today - Science - Sorting vertebrates (spine or backbone) and invertebrates (outer backbone)
Good morning, Class 2! Hopefully you have looked at Writing a Film Review Part 1, (under English star above), and will look at Part 2 today. Try writing out you review in rough today. Think about the paragraphs you want to write:
-An interesting introduction
- A brief summary of the beginning of the story with no spoilers!
-What you liked about the actors/story/set/costumes/camera work
-What you didn't like.
-Who you would recommend to watch it.
-A cool end sentence to make people want to watch it!
History today is all about Victorian Schools! Decide whether they are better than modern schools!
Check out Lola's clever letter from Queen Victoria complaining about the working conditions of child workers (see below).
Week 2 w/c 4.5 20
Good morning everyone! Some of you found the Google classroom on Friday. White Rose Week 3 maths is posted there and on the Daily Timetable (see star above). You are all becoming film reviewers this week and by the end of this week, you should have a Film Review to enter the Into Film Review of the Week Competition.
We are starting a new book bu Anna Sewell, called Black Beauty. It is a cartoon, read along version based on the original, with a soundtrack. It is full of drama and suspense and is still popular today. It was written in 1877 by Anna Sewell, who loved horses and wanted to expose how badly some horses were treated. In those days, horses were used for everything, instead of cars and lorries. They even pulled canal boats. Anna was the first person to write a book from the horse's point of view. It helps us see how the horse felt.
1.5.20 It's the first of the month!
Lots of Blue Peter badges rolling in, which has inspired today's writing task. If you haven't got one yet,or forgot to send it off, do not worry! Let's apply for another! Time to get a collection!
(If yours has arrived then remember to follow the instructions in your letter to apply online for an identity card. It is about the size of a credit card.That is what you use to prove you are owner of the badge! It will have your name, your photo and how long you can use the card on it. You should be able to use it until you are 16 years old.)
A pdf of the History Hackers - Victorian Venture is now available below for those struggling to get it.
Some super homemade films coming in. They will be put together in a Preston Learning At Home Film. Anyone tried filming their 4 second Loo Roll Challenge? Catch the loo roll from your right and throw it out to your left. Watch the clip below to see what I mean. It would be super if we could get the whole school involved! (see 29.4.20 link) It looks fun!
Welcome to the last day of April 2020. Remember....
"30 days has September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31, except for February alone. It has 28 days clear and 29 days each leap year!"
This year is one of those special leap years too.
Some of you were shocked by how hard poor Victorian children had to work. They slaved away for hours to be able to buy a scrap of food, and they all wanted was to be able to go to school to escape the poverty trap! Imagine that.
New today : Some tasty spellings! A song about food to learn and another to help you remember Victorian work facts! Some Mathletics assignments for those of you who love Mathletics.
Please return your Class 2 questionnaire, (you can do it online), about which topics you liked which you studied this year.
Also check out the Great Preston Loo Roll Challenge. What is the funniest way you could catch and throw the loo roll? Could you dress up or be doing something funny?
Morning everyone! Today you are going to find out all about how hard poor children had to work in Victorian times. It might shock you! If you have spare time, why not think about one of the film project ideas.
It would also be really helpful if you would take time to fill in the form below, which is about which topics you liked this year. Basically what did you love doing and what were you proud of? It can be downloaded, filled in online then attached to our class email. It really does not have to be long at all! It just helps to know what was fun and enjoyable!
So please check out the new Preston Fim Project next to the Photo Club star.
There are four national competitions you could enter, including drawing storyboards for a film about big dreams, writing film reviews and making your own live action or animated stories. It should be a lot of fun! Also make your own 20 second clip of how you are learning at home to be put into our Preston Learning At Home film. Make it the best 20 seconds possible. That could be a series of 3/4 second clips of different things you are doing, or pictures of your projects.
New today :
SCIENCE - Living Things and Their Habitats - Grouping Animals ppt (under Science)
Victorian Venture ebook Guided Reading Question ppt for each chapter (below)
History Hackers Victorian Venture ebook
Summer Term Week 2 (w/c 27.4.20)
New today - English biography writing project continued. All the resources you will need to know to be able write a biography, including links to videos and fact pages about the Charles Darwin and Florence Nightingale.
Maths - White Rose Week 2
Art - Loads of ideas for Victorian style art projects
Reading - Victorian Ventures ebook (see link in Reading Club)
Suggested Timetable in Daily Timetable
Happy Friday! Well done Jess for an awesome bee photo, which was the KS2 runner up! Today's new challenges include finding out about the Lake District, using Google Earth. Follow the instructions in the power point to do some virtual mountain climbing. Which mountain has the best view? Also, learn a silly song about the Victorians.
Check out the amazing "Nature" photos you took, which are on the Earth Day webpage. You can vote for your favourite and the votes will be announced at 4pm.
Just realised that today is St George's Day, the patron Saint of England. Feel free to leave the Beatrix Potter power point until tomorrow and get busy finding out who St George is!
NEW: ENGLISH (Click on the ENGLISH star above)
Beatrix Potter power point, with reading comprehension, activities and video links. If you finish that quickly, why not write a biography about Beatrix Potter?
Check out the Peter Rabbit ebook, colouring pages, and art ideas on today's timetable.
Spellings for Year 3 and Year 4! Watch the power point then choose an activity a day to learn your spellings. For example Monday - handwriting, Tuesday - word search, Wednesday -Look cover write check and sentences, Thursday - What word where? and Friday- spelling test.
21.4.20 Good morning everyone in Class 2! Every morning, new items will be mentioned here and then you will find the power points or worksheets by clicking the star above. It is usually best to do Maths and English in the morning, when you feel awake. Leave the other subjects for the afternoon. Why not take a half an hour quiet time every day to read a book of your choice? There is a suggested timetable, with links to your activities, if you would like to follow one. If you are finding it hard to concentrate, take a break and do something physical.
New today - Maths, English and History
BIG NEWS!! We start a brand new, fantastic History topic today! The Victorians! This is a really interesting time in history, so you will love it. There are so many dramatic changes to the way people lived and clever inventions. Each week there will be a power point with activities and challenges set, which should be completed by the Friday. Think about how you would like to collect your work for this project. Keep it together somehow, perhaps in a ring binder, exercise book, scrap book or a power point. Whatever works best for you!
15.4.20 Check out this interesting mould experiment by Eva and Amelia. The bread on the left was untouched, the middle piece was touched by washed hands and the piece on the right was touched with dirty, unwashed hands. The bread was then sealed inside ziplock bags and left to develop mould. Keep washing those hands everyone! If repeating this experiment make sure you seal it in a bag and don't touch the mould. Why not try pressing some flowers. Place inside a book and press with weights on top for about a week.
Today's photo title is "Play"
13.4.20 Today's photo competition title is "Circles". Check out the webpage for ideas or come up with your own.
The green Blue Peter badges are coming through. Hendrix got his during Science Week, and Herbie has just received his. This might be a good time to think about sending in for another Blue Peter badge. Check out their website for all of the other badges. There are 6 other badges you could apply for. How about sending in a picture, story or poem to get a blue badge?
Today's photo competition title is "portrait".If you are struggling for ideas, check out the power point on the Photo Competition page or our Art page.
9.4.20 Some excellent Europe projects developing and carefully coloured flags.
Photo competition is still running, if you want to vote or take part.
8.4.20 Good to see some of you are learning an instrument. Check out YUMU, with the password you were sent, if you want to learn recorder, guitar, singing or keyboards. Also check out the great photos you have been taking, on the Photo Competition site (go to Home Learning, then the start next to Storytelling). Today's title is "Different". Could that be old and new, hard and soft, metal and plastic, or an odd one out in a set? There are so many ways you could show this. If you don't want to take a photo, you could still vote.
7.4.20 Photo title = "Colour"
So many of you are getting busy gardening! Any good photos send them in.
Calling all Class 2 story writers. Send in any stories you would like to share with your classmates, for our new Story Club site. They could be based on our projects, such as a Dr Xargle style story, or one of the ideas you were developing in your Creative Writing books. Now is the perfect time to finish it off. You could hand write it, or practise touch typing and word process it. Illustrations would be fabulous too. If you are stuck for ideas, think of the game we played during Book Week, and pair up with someone, then keep swapping papers for each question (folding down your answer so they cannot see it), to get a random set of things to write a story about.
Use your random facts to write a proper story. Could you add more problems or characters to improve it?