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19th May


I am moving away from the books this week and exploring 3D shapes. 

Task One

Watch the ppt on shapes.  At the end I would like the children to be able to identify the difference between 2D (flat) and 3D (fat) shapes.  After watching the ppt, the activity for the day is to spot 3D shapes around the home or when out walking.   I would like the children to begin to identify 3D shapes as normal objects rather than a plastic object (this is harder than you think!).  They will identify a box as a cuboid but not necessarily a house or fridge. 


Task Two

Today is about learning specific mathematical vocabulary including vertices (corners), faces and edges.   It will become apparent if the children remember their 2D shapes so if they have forgotten then these please do not continue the lesson but recap their features.  Without a sound grasp of 2D shapes, they will struggle to learn 3D.  Go on a shape hunt trying to collect as many different types of 3D shapes.  Put them on a table.  Then describe one.  It has 4 vertices and 6 faces.  2 of the faces are square and the other four are rectangular.  Can they find the shape?   Once they have done this a few times, see if they can describe one to you. 

Task Three

Complete shape properties table sheet. 

Task Four

Following from yesterday, please see sheet marked shape match properties – there are 2 levels the HA is a harder one with individual properties the children must cut out and the other sheet has all features for a particular shape.  Cut out the shapes either lay them out on the floor or hang / hide them around.  The children then have to match the description cards to the shapes. 


Task Five

Share the shape story sheet.  If they want to, they can make up their own one. 



This week, I would like the children to practise and develop their comprehension skills.  I know that many of you are already using the Collins Connect Big Cat Scheme so please continue.  Although farther up the school children are compliant in completing comprehension, I totally appreciate it can be tricky to motivate and 5 or 6 year old.  Therefore, although I am setting tasks, these can be interpreted any way that suits you and your child best.  If they do not wish to use my work then talk through a story of their own.  The aim this week, is to get them to re-read text to retrieve specific information (rather than guessing what they can remember), and to begin to think about questions they could ask.  The first task is a hard one as it really is to gauge how they can move forwards.  Some children may need help in reading the text, but all will need guidance on how to reread to actually find the answers; so many of them will try to answer without reverting back to the text. 

Task One

Share the reading comprehension.  Although not compulsory, getting the children to write their answers in full sentences is a great skill.  For those, that will struggle, a verbal answer is suffice.  The aim is the get them to keep going back to the text to answer.

Task Two

Share one of their own stories or chapter from a book.  Ask them questions similar to that done yesterday.  These can be at the end of each page or, (if a short story) at the end of the book.  Can they find the page where ……..?, how many characters were in the story?  Can they describe a character?    

Task Three

This time it is their turn.  They read something to you (or could be new or a familiar favourite).  Can they think of questions that they could ask someone?  

Task Four

Choose a challenging Collins Connect story of their choice (but in their ability).  Get them to create their own comprehension by writing 3-5 questions.  They could swap these with each other if they want to. T

Task Five

Writing task.  I would like them to write a list of the most amazing, memorable or fun things they have done during Lockdown.  Why did they enjoy them?  How do they feel? 



See plan.


This week there are two art activities and therefore I will not set Geography or History as I want to allow the children to explore and go as far as they wish with this.

We are going to look at two famous artists from the past -Van Gogh and Claud Monet.  Please go through the powerpoint presentations and complete the Van Gogh worksheet.  As you go through, please discuss the style, the content and how their work makes them feel.   Although Van Gogh was a very poor man when he was alive, can they find out out how much his most expensive painting was sold for?

 There is a two page Van Gogh work sheet to complete.  When they are drawing their dream, make sure that they do the background as well.  Many children just draw onto their white page without thinking about a background.  Impressionism is all about making the surroundings as important as the objects depicted on it (if any) and I would like the children to understand this and start to develop the skill of covering their entire page when doing art.  

I would like the children to spend time looking at various paintings from these artists discussing what they like and why and whose style they prefer. 

In class, we would recreate Van Gogh’s style using pastels, learning how to blend and smear and would each copy one sunflower.  I appreciate this cannot be done at home but rest assured the children will learn and experiment with pastels when we return to school. 

Allow them time to try and recreate pictures in one of the styles using any media they wish.  They always enjoy recreating the swirls and abstract depictions of Van Gogh but also enjoy the romanticism of impressionism (although harder to recreate).


As it is the last week of term, I would like the children to learn a new physical skill.  Some ideas could be: riding their bike, learning to skip, improving their accuracy scoring goals or target practise with a home-made bow and arrow or balancing whilst walking on fallen trees.  It could be gymnastic or dance based but it has to be something that they could not do (or hadn’t tried) beforehand.  Please do send photos over.