Week beginning 29th June English, Maths, PSHE, Computing, Ancient Greece, Geography

We have come to the end of our spelling programme for the year and always spend the last few weeks revising.  Please use your green books to look back at each week's spellings so that you can work out what you need to practise.  At school I test the children on the Y3/4 or Y5/6 big spelling list and they highlight the words they spelt correctly.  I also choose a few spellings from each week's rule too.  The children all have individual ways in which they prefer to learn their spellings as they know what works well for them.  Some like to spell words backwards, some use a triangle method, others write the words three times.  We spend 20 minutes from Tuesday to Friday learning spellings.  I have included booklets from which you can print a couple of pages each week.  
Last week, we started our Paddington unit in which we watched Paddington land himself in all sorts of scrapes!  This week, we will be writing our own Paddington story. The author always followed a set plan when writing his stories:
1)  Paddington is going about his daily business in which he has decided to 'help' in some way.  E.g. he decides to cook or bake something, fix something, do a spot of gardening, shopping or cleaning.
2)  As Paddington is helping, something goes a little wrong.  E.g. Paddington trips over something, gets his furry paws stuck or he spills something.
3)  The situation gets worse as Paddington tries to fix it.  E.g. He gets in a complete tangle and knocks something over and makes somebody cross.
4)  Paddington is found by a family member and is in trouble but they all love him.
First, watch a couple of stories again or read the story following the links on last week's page. 
Next, write a rough plan following the pattern above.  What is Paddington trying to 'help' with? What goes wrong?  Who gets cross?  Who helps?  Keep your plan simple.
There is a new Paddington video above and a book of stories to listen to at bedtime if you like.
You may choose to type your story so that you can easily edit it and add pictures.
Begin by  writing a few paragraphs describing what Paddington is doing, thinking and feeling at the start of your story.  He often doesn't tell the family his plans as he is spontaneous and has a sudden new idea!  Build your story up slowly.
Then, write a few paragraphs in which Paddington starts to help and all is initially going well.
Something then goes wrong and Paddington tries to fix the problem but makes the situation worse.  Make sure you take your time explaining exactly how he gets himself into a bigger and bigger mess so that your reader finds it funny.
Eventually, Paddington starts calling for help or somebody arrives.  What will they say and do?  Think about their movements and how to show their feelings.
Lastly, finish your story with Paddington making amends.
  • paragraphs
  • speech rules
  • to begin sentences with '-ing' verbs.  E.g. Slowly, Paddington tried to lift his paw.
  • use commas after fronted advebials
  • Y5/6 use different punctuation efficiently:  ;,...!?-() and passive tense - the ladder was leaning towards the shed window.
I would love to read your stories so do send them in to publish on our website.  We will add the ones written by the children in school.
Each of the comprehensions below have three levels of difficulty for reading content and questions.  Stephen Hawking is aimed at Y5/6 and Icarus Y3/4.  The answers are at the end.  Just print the question sheet for one level.
We have finished the mental arithmetic tests so I have added an arithmetic paper instead.  There are some Maths revision packs to print this week if you have run out of homework book pages and need extra!  I can now give Sumdog coins as rewards so keep playing and try the Maths games using the link below.
PSHE - Black Lives Matter
The Government's Oak Academy Home Learning lessons have produced a set of lessons for KS2 PSHE.  Lesson 4 is about the Black Lives Matter movement.  The content is the same for all year groups.  As it is part of a series of lessons, the first part of the video refers to previous lessons but quickly moves on. There are further resources on the News page.
Computing - Scratch
We have probably done enough computing this term but I know lots of you enjoy the lessons.  At school, the children are using their skills to create and improve their own games.. be inventive!
If you enjoy using lessons from the Oak Academy, follow the link to the Oak Academy's Geography lesson about water.
Ancient Greece
Find out about Socrates!  Who was he and why is he important today?