Grasshopper Home Learning

1/6/2020

Dear Grasshopper,

Well, we have arrived at the final half term of what has turned out to be a very odd school year indeed. I hope that you enjoyed your half term break and maybe some of you managed to get out into the sunshine safely.

The new timetable for this week is on google classroom and, as usual, three new tasks will be posted every day. Please make sure you are logging on if you do have access to a device. If you need help with passwords or there are any problems, ask your parents or carers to email us at year6@garfield.enfield.sch.uk but please remember that this is for parents and carers only – if pupils need to contact us they can do so using the stream in google classroom.

Mrs Siefert continues to provide us with music tasks. The song of the week is summer sounds song 4 Babthandaza.

Enfield Music Service continues to team up with Beat Goes On to provide daily body percussion sessions for Enfield pupils, and even if you’re not able to join them live at 10:30 each day, you can still check out the videos afterwards and have a go!

Monday 1st June – https://youtu.be/usR0xfzOIKs

Tuesday 2nd – https://youtu.be/Ahlr1WOK1HU

Wednesday 3rd – https://youtu.be/sHGoPWkSod8

Thursday 4th – https://youtu.be/1uOPMbniUU4

Friday 5th – https://youtu.be/SlVFxrxmEXs

Miss Siefert also has another task for you this week:

https://www.themusiclab.org/quizzes/melo

There is also a special message from Mrs Siefert and YOUNG VOICES:

Join in with Young Voices on Tuesday 2nd June at 2.30pm!!

https://www.youngvoices.co.uk/powerinme

If you need any help with google classroom you can visit their support site at:

https://support.google.com/edu/classroom#topic=6020277

and if this does not answer your questions, either tell us your problem on the google classroom stream or ask your parents and carers to email us at the year 6 address above.

Please note that we are aware of the ongoing problem with the automatic marking of tests on google classroom. We always check each individual test and post the correct score. You do not need to tell us about this.

This weeks timetable:

The BBC continue to post daily lessons on their website at:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

If you have completed your school work and would like more to do why not try them out.

The government has also set up some online learning at:

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/schedule/#schedule

This also has three lessons per day, English maths and one other, so you could have a look at this too if you want to.

Don’t forget to keep reading: if you have run out of books at home and can access a device then there is a wide range of free books to listen to at https://stories.audible.com/discovery.

Keep active – Joe Wicks continues his daily PE lessons on YouTube and you can do them at any time of the day. 

 

You can message us and each other on the stream on google classroom at any time.

 

Your art task this week is linked to the work of the Little Angel Theatre in Islington, a puppet theatre which puts on shows mainly aimed at families. They have posted some fabulous performances online that you can watch for free. Each show is no longer than ten minutes, so do watch them – they are great fun!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1b5hwVpvcg&feature=emb_rel_pause

(what does an anteater eat)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBJmp1c3XIQ

(have you seen my hat)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF7q37SfF4w

(this is not my hat)

 

This term we will continue our learning about the Maya. Your topic task this week is all about Maya food and some of it will be familiar to you, especially the tortillas and hot chocolate. You could try making your own tortillas – they are extremely easy! Watch this short video for a recipe, but remember to ask an adult for help when you cook the tortillas as working with hot pans can be dangerous

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFBNdidnx2g

 

The Maya made their hot chocolate in a very different way to us – you probably wouldn’t like it very much! The video link below is a combination of modern and ancient Maya methods and uses spices including chili. Give it a try if you are feeling adventurous! Remember to ask an adult for help before you start.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyHwwsY5_FU

Make sure that you are keeping up your reading at home. This week, I would like you to read a book and write a review of it. Make sure this is more than a couple of sentences! You should include whether or not you liked the book and explain why this was – give a few examples from the text. Say whether you would read another book by the same author (or if you already have). Why did you choose this book in the first place? What sort of readers would it appeal to? (Think about age and interest.) Share your review with someone in your home and encourage them to read the book and see if they agree with you!

 

 

Dear Grasshopper,

We have now reached the final week of the summer term and it is possible for all of us to get out a little more in the sunshine while staying safe with our families.

The new timetable for this week is on google classroom and, as usual, three new tasks will be posted every day. Please make sure you are logging on if you do have access to a device. If you need help with passwords or there are any problems, ask your parents or carers to email us at year6@garfield.enfield.sch.uk but please remember that this is for parents and carers only – if pupils need to contact us they can do so using the stream in google classroom.

Mrs Siefert continues to provide us with music tasks (these are posted weekly on google classroom) and you can learn the song of the week, How Far I’ll Go, at:

https://www.singup.org/singupathome/empowering-inspiring

The online body percussion sessions continue this week.

LINKS TO JOIN US FOR WEEK 2:

Monday 18th

https://youtu.be/8I0HuUVXvG4

Tuesday 19th

https://youtu.be/31W6vg8oTWQ

Wednesday 20th

https://youtu.be/Ns-0vpeqs40

Thursday 21st

https://youtu.be/u7WcJTa3ELA

Friday 22nd

https://youtu.be/RgqY4qJDnbo

There is also a special message from Mrs Siefert and YOUNG VOICES:

EVERYONE CAN JOIN IN!!

Dance moves included!

On 2nd June 2020 – You are invited to pay tribute to all teachers, by joining together to sing “The Power in Me”, along with families and children from across the world and from the safety of your own homes. 

Sign up hereyoungvoices.co.uk/powerinme  

We also invite you to take part in the #PowerinMe Challenge. In the weeks leading up to the main event on 2nd June, you are encouraged to take part in the #PowerinMe Challenge online workshops. Keep an eye on our social feeds and website. 

If you missed David Lawrence teach the first half of the song – here is the workshop on YouTube:- https://youtu.be/ciZj77kO8c

If you need any help with google classroom you can visit their support site at:

https://support.google.com/edu/classroom#topic=6020277

and if this does not answer your questions, either tell us your problem on the google classroom stream or ask your parents and carers to email us at the year 6 address above.

Please note that we are aware of the ongoing problem with the automatic marking of tests on google classroom. We always check each individual test and post the correct score. You do not need to tell us about this.

This week’s timetable is:

The BBC continue to post daily lessons on their website at:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

If you have completed your school work and would like more to do why not try them out.

The government has also set up some online learning at:

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/schedule/#schedule

This also has three lessons per day, English maths and one other, so you could have a look at this too if you want to.

Don’t forget to keep reading (the free audible link is on google classroom) and exercising – PE with Joe is still goingstrong every day.

You can message us and each other on the stream on google classroom at any time.

Last week, I asked you to take part in the Getty Museum Challenge. I have only had one response to this fun task, so perhaps more of you will be submitting your recreations of famous painting this week. You can learn more by looking at the task from week 4 on google classroom or visiting:

This term we are learning about the Maya. Your topic task this week is all about Maya religion and you can find out about it by visiting these websites:

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/video/the-mayan-story-of-creation/

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and the theme is ‘Kindness’, something which is always important, but especially so in these strange times. You can find out more at:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52557800

If you like animals, have a look at the San Diego Zoo website:

https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/

 

There are lots of activities and webcams of some of the animals.

 

Remember, you don’t have to have access to a computer to keep yourself occupied. You could;

  • Do some junk modelling or drawing
  • Help with the housework
  • Help to plan and cook a meal (make sure you have adult supervision when cooking)
  • Spend some time just looking out of a window and seeing what is going on in the world
  • Read a book
  • Write a story

Whatever you do, enjoy the sunshine and spend time enjoying the company of your family.

11/5/2020

Dear Grasshopper,

We have reached week 4 of the summer term but at the moment it feels as if the weather thinks it is the winter term. I hope you are all staying safe with your families.

The new timetable for this week is on google classroom and, as usual, three new tasks will be posted every day. Please make sure you are logging on if you have access to a device. If you need help with passwords or there are any problems, ask your parents or carers to email us at year6@garfield.enfield.sch.uk but please remember that this is for parents and carers only – if pupils need to contact us they can do so using the stream in google classroom.

Miss Siefert continues to provide us with music tasks (these are posted weekly on google classroom) and you can learn the song of the week, as well as learning to Makaton sign, at:

https://www.singup.org/singupathome/song-of-the-week

Miss Siefert has also sent us this, which she highly recommends!

ONLINE BODY PERCUSSION SESSIONS FROM ENFIELD MUSIC SERVICE & BEAT GOES ON
Join us online at 10:30am every day and get ready to make some noise!
Enfield Music Service has teamed up with Beat Goes On to provide exclusive daily body percussion sessions for Enfield pupils!
LINKS TO JOIN US FOR WEEK 1:
Monday 11th
Tuesday 12th
Wednesday 13th
Thursday 14th
Friday 15th

If you need any help with google classroom you can visit their support site at:

https://support.google.com/edu/classroom#topic=6020277

and if this does not answer your questions, either tell us your problem on the google classroom stream or ask your parents and carers to email us at the year 6 address above.

Please note that we are aware of the ongoing problem with the automatic marking of tests on google classroom. We always check each individual test and post the correct score. You do not need to tell us about this.

This week’s timetable is:

The BBC continue to post daily lessons on their website at:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

If you have completed your school work and would like more to do why not try them out.

The government has also set up some online learning at:

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/schedule/#schedule

This also has three lessons per day, English maths and one other, so you could have a look at this too if you want to.

Don’t forget to keep reading (the free audible link is on google classroom) and exercising – PE with Joe is still going and his hand seems to be much better now.

You can message us and each other on the stream on google classroom at any time.

Last week, I asked you to write a letter to me telling me all about your experience of this time at home. I have not received many, so it would be lovely to get some more this week. You could tell me what you are doing, what other members of your household are doing, whether you are doing things together that you didn’t have time for before, what you are eating, how you are taking your exercise, how you feel about not being able to get out and about – anything at all! If you are observing Ramadan, you could tell me how that is going. This task has been posted on google classroom for those of you with access, but you could write it down and post it, or take a photograph and email it to us.

Schools continue to be closed and life is still not normal for most of us, so it is natural to be feeling anxious, sad or worried. There are lots of helpful short videos and pieces of advice on a huge variety of issues on the bbc bitesize site at:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/support

Have a look: you are bound to find something that will answer your questions or help you feel better. Just realising that there are lots of people feeling the same way as you can help: sometimes the scariest thing is thinking we are on our own.

You will see from the timetable that your art task this week is to take part in the Getty Museum Challenge. This invites you to reproduce a famous picture in your own home, using only things you happen to have available. You can read more about it at:

http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/getty-artworks-recreated-with-household-items-by-creative-geniuses-the-world-over/

Here are some of the recreations. Can you spot mine?

                                                                              Irises by Vincent Van Gogh

                                                                     Lot and His Daughters by Orazio Gentileschi

 

                                 he Laundress (La Blanchisseuse) by Jean-Baptiste Greuze

 

4/5/2020

Year 6 Summer 1 Curriculum newsletter Ancient Mayans

Year 6 Summer 1 Knowledge organiser Ancient Mayans

Dear Grasshopper,

We have reached week 3 of the summer term, and it looks like the rain is taking the week off (according to the weather forecast, so don’t blame me if they are wrong!) so we should be able to enjoy some better weather. I hope that those of you observing Ramadan are finding new ways to share this special time with your loved ones and wider faith community during this extraordinary time.

The new timetable for this week is on google classroom and, as usual, there new tasks will be posted every day. Please make sure you are logging on if you have access to a device. If you need help with passwords ask your parents or carers to email us at year6@garfield.enfield.sch.uk but please remember that this is for parents and carers only – if pupils need to contact us they can do so using the stream in google classroom.

We understand that some of you may have problems accessing a suitable device or with internet connection. So that we can help you, an important letter will be emailed to those of you we have heard from only a few times or not at all during this period of school closure. This letter will explain the options available to those who cannot access digital learning, so please look out for it.

Miss Siefert continues to provide us with music tasks (these are posted weekly on google classroom) and you can learn the song of the week, as well as joining in with the body percussion, at:

https://www.singup.org/singupathome/song-of-the-week

If you need any help with google classroom you can visit their support site at

https://support.google.com/edu/classroom#topic=6020277

This week’s timetable is:

The BBC continue to post daily lessons on their website at:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

If you have completed your school work and would like more to do why not try them out.

The government has also set up some online learning at:

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/schedule/#schedule

This also has three lessons per day, English maths and one other, so you could have a look at this too if you want to.

Don’t forget to keep reading (the free audible link is on google classroom) and exercising – PE with Joe is still going, even though he spent the weekend in hospital, so you have no excuse for not doing it! Fortunately, his wife, Rosie, is helping out.

You can message us and each other on the stream on google classroom at any time.

Last week I told you about a writing competition. This week, I would like you to write a letter to me telling me all about your experience of this time at home. You could tell me what you are doing, what other members of your household are doing, whether you are doing things together that you didn’t have time for before, what you are eating, how you are taking your exercise, how you feel about not being able to get out and about – anything at all! If you are observing Ramadan, you could tell me how that is going. This task will be posted on google classroom for those of you with access, or you could write it down and post it, or take a photograph and email it to us.

Last week, you were invited to take part in a Times Tables Rock Stars competition. This week, Miss Green is launching a maths poster competition! This poster will show how maths impacts your daily life and give different examples of how you use your maths skills at home! This could include using measuring equipment to weigh ingredients to bake a cake, using written addition and subtraction when creating a shopping list with a budget or counting how many different coloured cars pass the window! I am sure you will be able to find many other ways in which you use maths every day.

This competition begins on Monday 4th May and closes on Friday 15th May and is open for pupils of all ages, from Nursery up to Year 6. You could design your poster on the computer or hand draw it on a piece of paper. Please attach your entries to an email (a word document or a photograph of a hand drawn entry) and email them to year5@garfield.enfield.sch.uk. A winner will be selected from each year group and these will be announced on the Garfield website on Monday 18th May, along with the winning entries.

This week, there is also a special message for you from Mrs Walton:

Let’s celebrate V.E.75 Day together!

Next Friday, 8th May 2020, is a special day to remember. Why? Britain will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of V.E. Day when the guns fell silent at the end of WW2 in Europe. This is a chance to remember and say

“For those who gave so much, we thank you.”

Our veterans and soldiers are now helping us and supporting the NHS in the battle against the coronavirus virus. They are still risking their lives or providing amazing inspiration as the hero Captain Tom has done through fundraising.

So, what can we do to show our support and thanks next Friday? We’d like you to make bunting or a poster to display to celebrate V.E.75 Day.

Please take pictures and send them to our school. There is an excellent website to give you lots of ideas and information at bbc.co.uk/makeadifference.

Thank you,

Mrs Walton

This task is especially appropriate for us in year 6, as we studied WW2 in the autumn term and you should be able to remember many of the key events – some of you have been doing the quizzes on google classroom and showing just how much you have learned. I look forward to seeing your wonderful creations!

 

 

27/4/2020

Dear Grasshopper,

We are now in week 2 of our summer term. Many of you will be observing Ramadan, so Ramadan Kareem to all of you. I hope that you all continue to stay home and stay safe. The weather forecast is for rain this week so staying home will be much easier!

You will be receiving the curriculum newsletter and knowledge organiser for summer 1. There are lots of suggestions for things you can do at home to continue your learning so please make sure you have a look at them.

As usual, there are new tasks posted on google classroom every day. Please make sure you are logging on if you have access to a device. If you need help with passwords ask your parents or carers to email us at year6@garfield.enfield.sch.uk but please remember that this is for parents and carers only – if pupils need to contact us they can do so using the stream in google classroom.

Miss Siefert continues to provide us with music tasks (these are posted weekly on google classroom) and you can learn the song of the week at:

https://www.singup.org/singupathome/one-moment-one-people

If you need any help with google classroom you can visit their support site at

https://support.google.com/edu/classroom#topic=6020277

This week’s timetable is:

The BBC continue to post daily lessons on their website at:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

If you have completed your school work and would like more to do why not try them out.

The government has also set up some online learning at:

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/schedule/#schedule

This also has three lessons per day, English maths and one other, so you could have a look at this too if you want to.

Don’t forget to keep reading (the free audible link is on google classroom) and exercising – PE with Joe is still going and I managed it every day last week for the first time!

You can message us and each other on the stream on google classroom at any time.

Miss Green has organised another Times Tables Rock Stars challenge for us! The competition is between Grasshopper, Hellebore and Emerald and runs from today (Monday 27th April) to Friday 1st May. Emerald won last time, so come on Grasshopper – our honour is at stake! Don’t forget, if you have lost or forgotten your log-ins please either contact us through the google classroom stream or ask you parents to email us at the Year 6 address above. I will be checking the scores through the week so get playing!

Enfield Schools and Early Years’ Service is running a short story competition for children and young people aged between 5 and 13 years of age. This is a great opportunity for you to practise your writing skills. You will remember the success we had in the writing competition in year 5, when several of your stories were chosen for publication in a book. This time, the winning entries will be published in an online book. Let’s see if we can get even more winners! The theme of your story should be ‘community’. You might want to write about how your community is working together at this difficult time to support each other; you could write about your community in another country; you could write about how your community have supported you in the past or any number of other aspects of the theme – the choice is yours. Go to:

https://traded.enfield.gov.uk/thehub/enfield-learns-together/short-story-competition

where you will find lots of help, including a planner, some suggestions, a picture that might inspire you, rules and regulations and an entry form. Good luck!

While you are at home, why not try beating a world record? You can find out more here:

https://kids.guinnessworldrecords.com/activities/try-this-at-home/

Some of them will not be practical at the moment – I don’t advise unravelling any toilet rolls right now! – but some are easy to try such as blowing a pea as far as you can or balancing 500ml bottles on your finger. I rather like the look of eating Smarties or M&Ms with chopsticks – blindfolded! You only have to manage more than 20 in one minute to beat the record…

At a time when we are all together in one place far more than usual, it is a good idea to have some time to yourself every day. Find a corner, a room or some outside space where you can be alone and just spend a few moments reading, imagining, meditating, praying – whatever you feel like doing. A few moments of calm and peace will set you up for the day.

     

 

20/4/2020

Dear Grasshopper,

Welcome back to the new term – not quite how it should be, but it is the start of the summer term nonetheless! I hope you and your families have stayed home and stayed safe during the Easter break. There will be new tasks for you posted on google classroom daily. You should all know your passwords by now, but if you have forgotten them please ask your parents and carers to email the year 6 team (remember, the email is for parents and carers only). Miss Pawson did several ICT lessons at the beginning of spring 2 reminding you how to use google classroom so you should all be familiar with it. If you cannot remember how it works there is a step by step explanation of how to use it at:

https://support.google.com/edu/classroom#topic=6020277

There will be new work posted daily on google classroom (a maths task, an English task and a topic/science task) so make sure you log on daily to complete it. This week you will be given:

daily maths lessons plus an end of week quiz

reading comprehensions

grammar tasks

a science quiz

a WW2 quiz

topic work about the Maya

a music task from Miss Siefert

Many of you will have seen BBC bitesize videos – we use them a lot in school. There are now daily lessons on their website at:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

If you have completed your school work and would like more to do why not try them out.

The government has also set up some online learning at:

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/schedule/#schedule

This also has three lessons per day, English maths and one other, so you could have a look at this too if you want to.

Don’t forget to keep reading (the free audible link is on google classroom) and exercising – PE with Joe is definitely easier when I do it regularly!

You can message us and each other on the stream on google classroom at any time.

As well as these tasks you can help around the house. Why not plan and cook a meal yourself? (Make sure you have adult supervision while you cook, though.) You could practise your maths skills by sticking to a budget; even if you do not shop online you can look up the cost of the items you will need and adjust your recipe accordingly.

Ask someone in your family to teach you to do something! Everyone has a skill, whether it is practical like sewing, knitting, carpentry; educational like working with fractions or long multiplication or just fun like juggling, doing magic or playing an instrument. Find out what the

members of your family can do and teach each other!

You could also create some amazing art using objects from around your house – nothing needs to be used up or damaged so you can put it all back afterwards – make sure you take a photo as a record first, though. Look at these examples for inspiration:

           

     

They all use found items: clothes, paper, leaves, stones, candles, dog biscuits, plates, cardboard boxes – you name it they are in it somewhere! These are on a very large scale but yours don’t need to be – make them to fit the space you have. You can watch these ones being made on a programme called Art Attack using the links below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3of1k6I3ja4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrNPw7w2t1Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Dsb_r8qDss

 

 

31st March 2020

Dear parents/carers if you have any problems or queries regarding home learning sent, we have now set up an email that is directed to your class teacher or if you want to send in pictures of work that you have been doing please email: Year6@garfield.enfield.sch.uk

 

30th March 2020

Dear Grasshopper,

Hello to all of you who haven’t logged on to google classroom! Please try to do this as we can communicate with each other easily there and you can get help with any problems you may be having. I hope that you are all well and helping out at home. I know that things feel rather odd at the moment but make the most of spending time with your family. Don’t forget that Joe Wicks is doing a daily exercise class that all the family can join in with – I have been doing it most days. You don’t have to do it at 9 o’clock, you can access it at any time of the day. Encourage all your family to join in!

Tasks for the week

English: make sure you are working on your space story in your homework pack or online. Complete the plan first then read it over to make sure your story makes sense with no sudden jumps from one event to the next.

Maths: you have daily tasks in your pack or online. Make sure you are logging on to Times Tables Rock Stars regularly to practise your tables.

Reading: complete the comprehension tasks in your packs or online. There is company called Audible who are making audio books available free for children so go on to their site to listen. There is a link to this on our Grasshopper google classroom page. If you can access Bug Club, please make sure you read any comments given and improve your answers to the questions.

Topic: make sure you complete the animal and electricity tasks from your pack. Make sure you are not just cutting and pasting from the internet – make the work your own. You need to do more than just a couple of lines!

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