Brancaster Brainboxes!


Hello Brancaster!  Welcome to week 3 of this new term. It was great to see so much work last week, if you did not manage to share work with me last week please try to this week. Thank you.

I hope that you are working your way through the lessons and activities suggested. Don’t hesitate to email and let me know if you need anything to support your learning. I look forward to seeing your completed work. As always, I can be contacted via the school office or on my email – a.sayer@gf.kwestacademy.com.

New activities on Education City can be found at https://go.educationcity.com/

Remember to log on to Tackling Tables and practise! Let me know how you get on – https://www.tacklingtables.co.uk/. I would like all of you to complete at least one Tackling Tables test this week, but like always, the more you do, the more likely you will receive the Tackling Tables star award!

Note: Tackling Tables test scores will not reach my account if you did not press the tick button at the end of the test – please remember to do this! You must all complete (get a score of 100) the blue level before you do any green or red level tests as they will not register to my account if you haven’t completed the blue first.

The new homework grid for this half-term is here: Year 3 and 4 Homework Grid Spring 1 Please try and complete one activity each week. Please email me your photos so we can celebrate together.

Suggested Timetable

8.45 – 9.00 – Times table or mental maths practise.

9.00 – 10.00 – Maths

10.00 – 10.15 – Have a break and a well-earned snack!

10.15 – 10.30 – Practise this week’s spellings

10.30 – 11.30 – English

11.30 – 12.00 – Reading comprehension or handwriting practise

LUNCH

Afternoons

Each day work on one of our other subjects – you could look at topic or science or explore the National Oak Academy – https://www.thenational.academy/ website where there are hundreds of lessons for you to ‘dip’ into.

Remember, your learning is your responsibility – work hard and don’t give up!

 

Monday

Maths

This week, you have a choice in which activity you want to do! We are still focussing on multiplication and division like last week, but you need to choose one of the follow activities to do:

National Oak Academy Lesson – Multiplication and Division Lesson 10

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/multiplying-3-digit-numbers-by-1-digit-numbers-6ctkjd

Power Maths Book – 9 Times Table

If you would like a copy to follow the lesson from the Power Maths book that we use in class, please email me and I will send you your child’s login details.

Spelling

This week, we will be looking at nouns with the suffix ‘ation’. Here are the words you need to learn:

information   adoration

sensation   preparation

education   location

exaggeration   concentration

imagination   organisation

Dictionary Detective – use a dictionary to look up the definition of your words and record them.

Grammar

Over the next two days, the grammar will be on Education City. We will be looking at speech.  First, you need to watch the learn screens before you can complete an activity/activity sheet. Then, please complete the activities afterwards.  For the activity, your aim is to get over 80% correct. Keep practising and see if you can get at least 80% of the questions correct. I will looking out for those keen learners!

English

Today, we are going to be introducing speech punctuation.

Watch https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zvftsbk to introduce speech punctuation.

Where is speech used in the story Kassim and the Greedy Dragon?

How to use speech punctuation: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvwwxnb/articles/ztcp97h

Then watch https://teachers.thenational.academy/lessons/punctuating-speech-correctly-crwp6c?from_query=speech+punctuation+KS2

Can you write your own warning sentence, using the correct speech punctuation?

Guided Reading

Continue with the Bill’s New Frock Chapter 3 reading from Friday.

Bill’s New Frock Text – Chapter 3

Bill’s New Frock Retrieval Questions

Bill’s New Frock Questions – Chapter 3

 

Tuesday

Maths

This week, you have a choice in which activity you want to do! We are still focussing on multiplication and division like last week, but you need to choose one of the follow activities to do:

National Oak Academy Lesson – Multiplication and Division Lesson 11

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/exploring-multiplication-strategies-6cwkgd

Power Maths Book – Multiplying and Dividing by 7

If you would like a copy to follow the lesson from the Power Maths book that we use in class, please email me and I will send you your child’s login details.

Spelling

Use the look, cover, write, check method to practice your spellings.

See Monday’s section for a copy of the spellings.

Grammar

Continue with the learning from Monday.

English 

Use the structure of Kassim and the dragon: Kassim and the Greedy Dragon Model Text (1) to begin to create your own warning story.

Using the boxing up grid, come up with an idea for your story, thinking of your own setting, for example, a castle or a forest. Don’t forget your adjectives. (look at the boxing up guide to help you – Boxing up Teacher Kassim (1) )

Guided Reading

This week, we are going to look at the story ‘Bill’s New Frock’ by Anne Fine. Over the next two days, read Chapter 4 of the story and answer the questions.

Bill’s New Frock Text – Chapter 4

Bill’s New Frock Retrieval Questions

Bill’s New Frock Questions – Chapter 4

 

Wednesday

Maths 

This week, you have a choice in which activity you want to do! We are still focussing on multiplication and division like last week, but you need to choose one of the follow activities to do:

National Oak Academy Lesson – Multiplication and Division Lesson 12

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/consolidating-multiplication-strategies-70w6ce

Power Maths Book – 7 Times Table

If you would like a copy to follow the lesson from the Power Maths book that we use in class, please email me and I will send you your child’s login details.

Spelling

See Monday’s section for this week’s spellings.

Write a silly sentence for each of your words.

Grammar

Most of you should have completed your Education City tasks and are ready for the next task! For the rest of the week, I want you to complete the following sheets. Try to spread these worksheets over the three days so it is easier for you. Please complete the following worksheets on speech marks:

Be the Teacher

Comic Strip Speech

Spot the Missing Speech Marks

English

Using your boxing up from yesterday, you are going to start writing the beginning of your story. Think carefully about the speech punctuation for your warning.

Have a look at the start of the Kassim  story and the start of my story to help. Look how I have kept the structure of the story, but changed some of the words. Now it is your turn to write the beginning:

Once upon a time, there was a poor boy called Kassim who lived on the edge

of a dark forest. Early one frosty morning, he woke up and began the walk to

school but his Mummy warned him, “Beware of the greedy dragon!” So, he

walked and he walked and he walked, jiggety-jog, jiggety-jog, jiggety-jog, till he came to a damp, dark cave.

 

Once there was an adventurous girl called Amy.  She loved to explore and discover new places. One bright sunny day, she packed her bag and got ready to set off. However, her Dad warned her, “Beware of the mountain path that leads to the waterfall.” Amy left her home and she skipped and she skipped and she skipped, skippity-skip, skippity-skip, skippity-skip, until she heard the water gushing from the waterfall.

 Guided Reading

Continue with Bill’s New Frock Chapter 4 reading from Tuesday.

 

Thursday

Maths

This week, you have a choice in which activity you want to do! We are still focussing on multiplication and division like last week, but you need to choose one of the follow activities to do:

National Oak Academy Lesson – Multiplication and Division Lesson 13

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/dividing-mentally-chj3gc

Power Maths Book – 11 and 12 Times Table

If you would like a copy to follow the lesson from the Power Maths book that we use in class, please email me and I will send you your child’s login details.

Spelling

See Monday’s section for this week’s spellings.

Alphabetical order – write your spellings in alphabetical order from A-Z, then from Z-A.

Grammar

Continue with the work from Wednesday.

English

Continue using your boxing up to write your own version of the next paragraph. To help you, I have put the next section of the Kassim story along with my version. What similes and metaphors can you think of to use?

The first time Kassim looked into the cave, he saw dark shadows shivering! The second time Kassim looked into the cave, he heard heavy footsteps shuffling!  The third time Kassim looked into the cave, he saw a pile of glittering jewels! A moment later, Kassim crept into the darkness and took not one, not two but three huge, diamonds that glowed like fire light!

Amy was beginning to feel as hot as a dragon’s fiery breath. She decided to dip her feet in the cool water. The first step she took, she could feel the crystal blue water rippling like a gentle breeze. The second step she took, she could feel a sudden sharp pain. As she looked down, she could see not one, not two, but three magnificent shells, glistening like twinkling stars. She picked them up and peered inside. There were beautiful pearls, perfectly formed like a full moon.

Guided Reading

This week, we are going to look at the story ‘Bill’s New Frock’ by Anne Fine. Over the next two days, read Chapter 5 of the story and answer the questions.

Bill’s New Frock Text – Chapter 5

Bill’s New Frock Retrieval Questions

Bill’s New Frock Questions – Chapter 5

 

Friday

Maths

This week, you have a choice in which activity you want to do! We are still focussing on multiplication and division like last week, but you need to choose one of the follow activities to do:

National Oak Academy Lesson – Multiplication and Division Lesson 14

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/dividing-using-knowledge-of-multiples-cmt3ed

Power Maths Book – We are now moving onto Power Maths Book B Unit 1, still focussing on multiplication and division. Problem Solving –  Addition and Multiplication

If you would like a copy to follow the lesson from the Power Maths book that we use in class, please email me and I will send you your child’s login details.

Spelling

See Monday’s section for this week’s spelling words.

Word Art – Practise doodling your spellings using different kinds of writing, for example, bubble writing, joined up and print.

Now ask an adult to test you on this week’s spellings and practice any you got wrong.

Grammar

Continue with the work from Wednesday.

English

We are continuing with the last part of our story. Continue using your boxing up to write your own version of the last paragraphs. To help you, I have put the next section of the Kassim story along with my version.

Unfortunately, something else was alive inside the cave! Something very large. Something very hungry. It was the Greedy Dragon. It had teeth like daggers and claws like knives!

It shivered in the shadows, shuffled its wings and snorted its fiery breath. Kassim screamed and he ran and he ran and he ran, jiggety-jog, jiggety-jog, jiggety-jog, with the dragon shivering and shuffling along behind him, snorting its fiery breath. Sooner rather than later, Kassim arrived home, just in the nick of time, with his coat tails singed behind him but in his hand he held, not one, not two but three glittering stones like giant seeds of greed!

 

Unfortunately, a magpie, perched on a tree close by, also spotted the shiny objects in Amy’s hand. It began to spread its feathery wings and open its tunnel beak.

All of a sudden, it swooped down. Amy jumped in fear and began to run as fast as a cheetah, skippity-skip, skippity-skip, skippity-skip. The magpie flew close behind, squawking loudly in her ears. In no time at all, Amy reached her home, closed her door and crouched on the stone floor. She undid her tightly clasped hands, showing not on, not two, but three precious pearls.

Read your whole story. What is good about it? How do you think the story could be improved? Don’t forget to email your story to me – a.sayer@gf.kwestacademy.com. Next week, we will be doing out Hot Task, so you can show how you can make your writing even better.

Guided Reading

Continue with Bill’s New Frock Chapter 5 reading from Thursday.

 

Science

We are continuing to look at teeth. Watch this short Youtube clip and the have a go at drawing a cross section of tooth. Can you label the different parts of the tooth? Then, write a short explanation about each part of the tooth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auUhbV2McSI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHo_kbOgFcw

Make some salt dough or use model magic or plasticine and make a model of your different teeth in a jaw. Make sure you show the incisors, canines, pre-molars, molars and wisdom teeth. Look in a mirror to see the size and shape of your teeth.

Activity sheet: T2-S-379-Teeth-Labelling-Worksheet_ver_2

 

Topic

Watch https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvsfr82/articles/zdk46v4

This week we are looking at the eight points of a compass.

Mapping the World – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvsfr82/articles/znm7vk7

Think about China and where we would find it on a world map.

Look at this power point and learn the eight points of a compass. Compass points (1)

Starting at Great Britain can you direct me through compass points and countries to China.

E.g. From London, travel East to the Netherlands, carry on East to Germany.

Now have a go at this worksheet on compass points. Compass-Directions-Worksheet_ver_3

 

Art

This week, I would like you to think about how you could model a dragon’s eye. If you have a marble at home, you could use this as the eye and build up the scales around using plasticine, clay or salt dough.

Once your dragon eye is dry, you can paint it using one colour with different tones.

Have a look at a couple here for some inspiration: dragon eyes

This powerpoint may also help you: DRAGON EYES

 

Computing

Last week, you learnt about the importance of getting the algorithm (instructions) correct so that the output of the device (your parents) was correct. This week, you are going to do this with a computer programme called ‘Light Bots’. Watch this video so you understand the basics of Light Bots:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8x25cgCS6YI

Now try it for yourself. Follow the link below to get onto Light Bots, click play, then click ‘Basics’. Play through all the stages of the basic’s levels. The aim of the challenge is to get your bot to light up all the yellow squares. Have fun!

https://lightbot.com/flash.html

https://lightbot.com/LightbotSolns.pdf – Answers for parents

  

Music

Follow this Big Sing lesson, in preparation for a performance later in the year.

Click onto here for the moves and body percussion for ‘Better Tomorrow’:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHd5FkDdkx8&feature=youtu.be

“The content of the videos is subject to copyright owned by The BIG Sing and as such may not be copied or shared with any other establishment without the express written permission of The BIG Sing.”

 

P.E

For PE this week, children can choose an activity they want to do. This could be going on the trampoline, playing football, dancing or something calm like yoga. Here are some places where you could access some PE activities:

Just Dance – Search this on YouTube – you will find lots of videos your child could dance to

Cosmic Yoga – https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Joe Wicks – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

 

 Finally, a note and invitation from our local library to you all:

Storywriter’s Club

Story Writer’s Club is a friendly, fun Zoom group for 7-11 year-olds who enjoy bringing their stories to life on the page.

Sessions will recommence on Thursdays at 4.15pm; they will start on 21st January and run for 4 weeks until February half term, with the last one being Feb 11th.

Come along to share ideas or discover new ones and meet other people who enjoy creating too. To find out more, please email libraries.iconnect@norfolk.gov.uk.

 

I hope you all have a fab week of learning! As always, I look forward to seeing all of your lovely work, particularly your stories this week!

Best Wishes,

Miss Sayer and the Brancaster team

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