Hello Tawny Owls,
I hope you all had a nice half term. Did anyone have a go at the half term challenge? As you know, I like anything chocolatey, so Ollie and I made some chocolate space buns. If you scroll down you will see that Ollie enjoyed them! If you made any cakes or had a go at building a rocket please email me a photo so I can add it to our page.
For our home learning this week we are continuing with the space theme. Did anyone stay up to see the SpaceX rocket on Saturday night? Let me know if you did, what did you see?! We are setting you a English/Topic task which will be uploaded soon and we will still be doing the White Rose maths. There are also new Education City activities for you to complete.
I hope you are all well. Stay safe.
This week we are combining our English and Topic work with a couple of writing tasks. We are carrying on with our look at space and we are going to focus on rocket launches.
We would like you to think about how you would feel if you were about to take off in a space shuttle. Maddox’s grandad explained how he felt in his video message, so do have a listen if you haven’t already. Below I’ve included a link to a space shuttle launch. Watch it carefully. Why do you think there are helicopters in the sky beforehand? Why are there crowds of people? Listen to the countdown and enjoy the space shuttle blasting off. It’s an amazing sight! For this work, please break it down over two days or sessions. In session 1, watch the video and create a word bank of different adjectives describing how you might be feeling. I know if it was me I would be feeling a lot of different emotions. I think the main one would be fear, but I would be very excited too! In session 2, watch the video again and then use your word bank to write as if you were the astronaut about to take off. Explain how you are feeling and why. Try to use the adjectives you’ve thought of and conjunctions like and or because to make your sentences nice and strong.
Here is the link to the space shuttle launch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnoNITE-CLc
Our 2nd writing task is similar to the first one but gives you a chance to take your writing a little bit further. In 2012 a man called Felix Baumgartner broke the record for the longest freefall in history. To do this, he went up to the edge of space in a capsule lifted by a balloon and jumped back to Earth! Watch the video to see how high he gets! Do you remember in Maddox’s grandad’s video that he says he wanted to become a spaceman when he was a little boy? Felix Baumgartner was the same in that he had always dreamed of breaking skydiving records. For the task, watch the video of Felix Baumgartner in his capsule and making his jump. Then, using the word bank that you made for the shuttle launch, write about how you are feeling. You can also write about how the earth looks from space and how it feels to be living out your dreams! If you want to you can add how it feels to be falling back to Earth. At one point Mr Baumgartner is spinning around very quickly, what would that have been like? Look at the way he just steps out of the capsule and falls towards Earth. I don’t think I would have been brave enough to do it!
Here’s the link for the Felix Baumgartner video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYw4meRWGd4
After this, we would like you to take a session to read your work and edit it. This is what we would call purple pen work at school. Can you make it better? Did you forget any capital letters? Can you think of a better adjective? Can you add a conjunction?
We can’t wait to read your amazing writing. Have fun with it!
Lots of you have been telling me you have been reading at home, this is brilliant! Keep it up. A little bit of reading every day will really help your learning. There will be phonics activities for you every week on Education city so that you keep using all those Phase 3 and Phase 5 sounds that you have learnt. Please try and complete these activities if you can.
This website is free at the moment. The oxford press are the company that created Biff, Chip and Kipper books among others, so this is a great resource. All the books are levelled and at your child's ability.
Writing needs to have a purpose, so maybe writing a letter to us each week would be fun for you; or creating your own book; or as some of you are brilliant at knowing every fact ever about dinosaurs and animals make a poster about your favourite animal; or a power point; or even write a script and then record yourself and send it to me...you could be a news reporter!
Find something that you enjoy doing and I look forward to seeing any writing that you do. I have been sent some lovely letters and some brilliant fact sheets. Well done Tawny Owls!
Follow this link to find your maths. We are now on Week 6. This week you are learning about measuring mass, capacity and volume. The worksheets are no longer free on the website, however, as we use and follow White Rose in school we already have a subscription so from now on you will find the worksheets on here (see documents below.) Please do still go to the website first as they still have the videos to help teach the maths concepts.
I'm very excited to say that Mr Suckling has received the video for you from Maddox's grandad! Maddox's grandad answers your questions and gives us a real insight into life in space. It's very interesting and quite amazing. Maybe one day it will be YOU telling children about YOUR visits to space!
The first 15 minutes of the video should play when you click the link. To watch the whole video you will need to download it using Dropbox.
SPACE WEBSITES AND INFORMATION