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8th June

Dear Parents,
This week, I will be in school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 
This week we will focus on repeating patterns and symmetry.  There is so much that can be done with this subject so if you feel like doing your own activities then please do – the tasks I have listed below are simple and easy to recreate at home.  
Task One
Share the repeating patterns ppt and complete the art task at the end. 
Task Two Start with this activity to introduce children to repeating and how it can be changed.  In class we would also have out peg boards and shapes.  
EXTENSION page has a few different repeating pattern activities for the children to choose from.
Task Three
This task introduces that numbers can also be in a pattern.  Count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.  Explain that this is a pattern as they go up in the same amount each time (repeating). Share the sheet with the children.  As an extension can they create their own number repeating pattern.  
Task Four
Watch the video.  Discuss what symmetry is and where we can see it.  Walk around and identify lines of symmetry (patio doors, windows, chair etc).  Draw some in their books.  Finish off by painting half a page and doing the simple fold and press to create a symmetrical picture.
Task Five
In their exercise books draw a largish square with a line down the middle.  Using coloured pens or pencils, the children begin to create a pattern on one side by colouring in squares.  They do not need to fill the whole space.  Hold a small mirror on the central line to see what it would look like symmetrically.  Then carefully copy the pattern onto the other side.  Remember they will need to count how many squares away from the central line a particular colour is.  Fold along the line to check they are colouring the right space.
I am allowing an extra two days this week to complete their “Hunt” books as I appreciate that these involved quite a bit of writing and drawing for the children.  The remaining tasks this week include a spelling recap task and a creative writing task on Friday. 
Task One and Two
Finish off your “Hunt” books.  Can they read it with expression.  Have they used great adjectives and repeating phrases.  Maybe share with your friends via a facetime chat. 
Task Three and Four
The ppt is to recap ‘wh, ph and kn’ sound.  It is fairly long but divided into three sections.  Each section starts with a warm-up activity, recaps the sound and then ends with a link to a game..   
Tasks Five
Share the video.  This will be a Big Write task and so each child’s work will be totally led by them.  They watch the clip and then can write their own thing.  It could be as straightforward as retelling the story, or they could go off in any direction they wish.  They might want to write about how she came to be in the clock, an adventure she goes on.  Underneath the video are links and ideas to help you but ultimately, a Big Write task is all about them owning and doing whatever they want.  With this in mind, it does still need to be productive and a fair amount of writing produced, so no sitting there for an hour to get a few lines done.  As a rule, the most able children can write 2 A4 sides, the least ¾ of a page.  They do these tasks entirely independently with no help at all.  Only at the end, when they read it back will it occasionally be necessary to scribe down what it was they had written. Encourage them to keep re-reading it for sense and give time at the end to check full-stops.  
The Battle of Hastings.  Share the ppt and complete the sheet about who they think should be the next King. The sheet is titled when “Edward the Confessor died” and there are two differentiated sheets.  Choose the one which is more suitable for your child.  
In line with our study of the Bayeaux Tapestry, we would learn how to sew using binka and tapestry threads.  The children would have a small rectangle and we would practise a variety of stitches, including running stitch, back stitch and cross-stitch. The children would then over the next few weeks produce their own little sampler, like the image below.  If there is space in the middle the children would stitch their initials.  Obviously, I appreciate that most of you will not have these resources at home however, if you have large needles and thread or just hole-punching through a cereal box will allow them to experiment threading and the different effects they can produce. Indeed, even weaving natural materials, like bark or leaves can help develop these skills.  This task will take a few weeks (especially if you have the binka) as it requires a long time and a huge amount of patience!  Be warned!! 
Art – Remains as last weeks
Over the next two weeks the children will learn about shades and tints.  We would begin by exploring a range of the colour mix paint charts that can be picked up from DIY stores however, this will be difficult during lockdown.  The children will learn that by adding white or black to a colour the shade will change.  There are two tasks to complete.  For the first activity you will need strips of thin wasi or masking tape.  Get the children to section off a piece of paper, criss-crossing the tape over the page.  Choose one colour only and paint one of the sections.  Then add a spoonful of white, mix and paint another section.  Keep adding spoonfuls of white until all sections are painted.  Once it is almost dry, carefully remove the tape to reveal your shade picture.  Then try it again, but this time add a small spoon of black each time. 
The second task is researching the artist Paul Klee as one of his famous paintings is the castle (which we will look at next week).  Share the ppt and print the colouring page (both on last week’s attachments).  Using their shade and tint skills, paint the picture using only one colour.  
We are learning the colours in French.  Can they create a French colour pattern. – this is the Rainbow song in French.
See attached plan.