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I cannot believe we have arrived at term 6 already! I’ve been at Weston for almost a whole year!
As we are still unsure when you guys will be returning to school, I will be putting together a new learning pack for each of you this week with lots of new worksheets, that will be sent out. This will include a new project similar to designing your own island and lots of science for this term’s topic of Animals including Humans, among others.
In the meantime, below is the work I would like you to do over the course of this week.
Don’t forget you can play Hit the Button, TTRockstars and Language Angels any time you like too! And as always, the Padlet is up and I continue to check it all day during the school week. Please say hi and let me know how you are.
We can see that you have been working so hard at home to complete your daily challenges. Each week on a Friday, we will be sending just 1 daily challenge for all 3 classes to complete together. You can complete these with whoever is in your home, inside or out, anything goes! Those of you who have brothers or sisters in the school, or at home, can play together, with or without your grown-ups to complete the challenges. These challenges may get a little loud or messy at times, but hopefully you will find them good fun!
We all look forward to seeing your pictures and videos on our class padlet pages.
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Term 6 Week 1
Week beginning 6 July
This week is Sports Week!! As we can’t have our usual Sports Day competition, it will be a little bit different this year. I have put together a collection of challenges for you to complete over the week. The attached document will explain each of the activities and what you need for each one. This is your chance to get competitive, to try and beat your own scores, others in your household and even those in your class. Remember to take lots of photos and videos to share on your class padlets so we can all see what a wonderful job you have all done! Let battle commence!! Enjoy and Good luck everyone!
Week beginning 29th June
Now we are into summer and the weather has been getting really warm, so make sure you are drinking lots of water to keep hydrated!
Monday: Scavenger hunt- If there are items that you do not have in your household, please get your adult to give you an alternative object to find within the 30 second time frame. Your adult can also find additional objects for you to find to make extra rounds. You can decide if you would like extra questions. Compete against others in your household to see who can get the most amount of points. Feel free to repeat the video or add on as many rounds as you like. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxeesc1SqFk
Tuesday: Scavenger hunt 2- The same rules apply as yesterday! If there are items that you do not have in your household, please get your adult to give you an alternative object to find within the 30 second time frame. Your adult can also find additional objects for you to find to make extra rounds. You can decide if you would like extra questions. Compete against others in your household to see who can get the most amount of points. Feel free to repeat the video or add on as many rounds as you like. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esGv66EzQJ8
Thursday: Training to be Superheros- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8IZfNrA17w
Superhero battle. Choose which move to do for each round. You can do this with a partner if you want to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HuFAkhPeKQ
Week Brginning 22nd June
Tuesday 23rd June is National Olympic Day, so this week you will be having a go at traditional games played from different Olympic nations. The 2020 Olympics was set to take part in Tokyo, Japan, so each day there will be a Japanese game and one from another country. There are a lot of countries that take part so I have selected a few. On Friday you will have a Friday Challenge which will get you outside and exploring nature.
Here is the official Tokyo 2020 video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENMhrEVa4XQ When it does get to take place, it’s going to be INCREDIBLE!
What can you find out about Japan? Here are some questions as a starting point. Share in some of the things you found out about the host nation in your class padlets.
|What is Japan’s national sport?||
How many active volcanoes are there in Japan?
What is a popular Japanese dish?
What popular Japanese activity means ‘empty orchestra’?
What does a traditional Japanese home have instead of walls?
What food is eaten almost every day in Japan?
What currency does Japan use?
Japan is one of the world’s biggest producer of what?
Traditionally, what do Japanese people sleep on at home?
What is one of Japan’s traditional dances?
How many islands make up Japan?
What is Japan’s traditional dress?
Japan: Tokyo 10 Listen Up.
If you are in a school bubble, use your jumper as a blindfold or close your eyes. Your partner should use clapping to help get them to a chosen final destination.
Gather approximately 10 sticks (or as many as you like). You will need a ball (or as used in the video, a ball of bags, or even lots of pairs of socks). Choose one person who has to try and collect all the sticks. Everyone else has to work together to hit that person below the waist. Whoever is successful in making contact then has to try and collect all the sticks. It can take more than one go to collect all the sticks. If you manage to collect them all without being hit, place them down on the floor and have another go- or as many goes as you like until you are hit. You get 1 point each time you pick them all up. Decide how many points is the target to win.
Non contact in school- individual stick per person. Play in pairs with one time keeper. Each child has 30 seconds to try and retrieve their stick. Their partner must do all they can to prevent them retrieving it. It is non contact so it is all about dodging. You can decide in your groups how many points you need in order to win! Make sure you keep changing around so that everyone gets a go at each element.
Japan: Tokyo Ten Kendama.
If you are in a school bubble, you could use a rolled up piece of paper or bring a sock ball from home. You will have to try this without a cup.
France: Un, deux, trois soleil- like grandmother’s footsteps. Mark out a length of at least 15-20 meters (depending on how much space you have. This is a little bit like the game what’s the time mr wolf. You have one person at one end who will shout Un, Deux, Trois, Soleil (Which means 1,2,3 Sun!). They will turn around and anyone caught moving will be sent to the start to try again. Everyone else must try and get to that person without being caught moving. They need to tag that person and run back to the start without being caught.
If you are in school, a non contact rule applies. Find a stick/stone as a marker and lay them out in line with the person shouting the instructions. You just need to get to your marker and then run back without being caught.
Petanque- This video explains how to play the game so you can have a go at home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSzQd0-g6so
If you are in a school bubble- have an individual pebble and aim towards a jack placed by the teacher.
Japan: TTT Active challenge play with no equipment
Anyone can do this as it requires no equipment
Spain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj5wslWkPdw Here are some traditional Spanish games for you to have a go at. You may recognise some of them. If you don’t have the equipment, you can improvise. For example The Frog- you can use whatever you like as a target to aim closest to. You can use sock balls or paper instead of balls for throwing activities.
If you are in a school bubble you will have to be selective about the activities you can try. Where possible try and improvise in a way that you don’t have to use any equipment.
Japan: Tokyo Ten Janken
Anyone can do this as it requires no equipment.
Caribbean: Goma- A game played with rubber bands where the object is to capture as many of the opponents' rubber bands as possible. Players stand facing a wall or other vertical flat surface and bounce their rubber bands off the wall. If a player's rubber band falls to the ground and overlaps any rubber bands currently on the ground, then the overlapped rubber bands are captured. Use as many rubber bands as you like.
The most popular game in the Caribbean is cricket. This can be played with 2 or more people. One person uses a bat/racket, pan or anything they can to shield their legs/feet from being hit. When the ball is thrown you need to hit the ball away. The more space you have, the better. If the batter is hit in the legs/feet they swap with the bowler. You can score by number of ball hit, the amount of time batting or you can create a space that the batter has to run between to score runs after after ball.
Week Beginning 15th June
Here are some challenges that will get you to test your body strength and your accuracy of throwing. They give you a good chance to compete against others in your household. You could create a leader board with those in your household for all these activities and see who has the most points by the end of the week.
Monday: Plank golf. You could use socks or crumple some paper if you don’t have a ball. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFZ97T9zC18
Tuesday: The strike zone- throwing activity. Use a sock ball or paper. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC0h00O0CGI
Wednesday: Backpack workout. Minimum of two rounds by repeating the video at least once. Do more rounds if you can. If it’s too easy, you can add weight to your bag. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mrt6uLRCDQ
Thursday: Frisbee golf- If you don’t have a Frisbee or a disc, you can us a cap. This can be done inside or outside. Try playing against a partner. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NG8nIRL0_8
Friday: Basket soccer. Depending on how much room you have, lay down 3 markers. They can be in a vertical or horizontal line. If you have more room, you may want to add more markers to kick from. Use a sock ball if you are inside, or a ball if you are outside. You can decide how long you want your time to be for the challenge. Then try and beat it. You can play against people in your household to see who can score the most points in the time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3cUVeX-Guc
Week Beginning 8th June
Try these new activities working on coordination, agility and strength. You can try all of these against others in your household.
Monday: Coin challenge: what level can you make it to? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_SafllVZyc
Tuesday: Pass 11: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJQeXoGSPtA You can try by kicking, throwing underarm or throwing overarm.
Wednesday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHFnd4KmMhE Bottle flip challenge- 3 squats, 2 bottle flips- (1 point each time your bottle lands upright). How many can you do in 1 minute? Challenge someone in your household. You can also swap the squats and try with press ups, sit ups, star jumps, lunges or another skill of your choice. Increase the time if you like or see if you can beat your score in 1 minute.
Thursday: Work on your coordination by trying these juggling/throwing skills. There are a few options of what you can use for this. If you want to challenge yourself, use a ball or rolled up pair of socks. Who can juggle using 3 balls (pairs of socks)? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4h9J6pXE8A
Friday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIhA-gs-SgY Plank challenge. How tall can you make your tower without it collapsing or you ending your plank?
Week Beginning 1st June
This week you will be doing some tennis challenges. Don’t worry if you don’t have a tennis racket. Some options are: Use a shoe, book, your hand, hockey stick or cricket bat. If you don’t have a tennis ball, you could use a pair of socks. If you are using socks, why don’t you try using a saucepan. If you are not able to get outside, use a sponge ball or a pair of socks inside.
Monday: Set a target. Using either balls, socks or shuttlecocks, see how many you can land in the target. You can try throwing, or hitting in with a tennis racket. If it’s too hard, move closer to the target. To make it harder, stand further away. You could play against a partner to see 1) who can land the most on the target. 2) Who can get all of theirs into the target first. 3) Who can hit the target from the furthest away.
Tuesday: With a partner, see how many hits you can do, using a tennis racket and tennis ball, without dropping it. If you don’t have a partner, use a wall to hit the ball against. To make it easier, let the ball bounce before you hit it again. To make it harder, don’t let the ball bounce at all. If you don’t have a tennis racket, use a shoe, your hand or a book. Alternatively, you could use a pair of socks and a saucepan.
Wednesday: Using shuttlecocks/socks aim to sink the oppositions ship. You could use a towel as a target and lay it on the floor. Stand roughly 5m apart, behind your towels. Agree how many socks/shuttlecocks are needed to sink their ship. Once you have thrown all your arrows, a point is awarded to the winner if the ship is sunk. You could also use a tennis racket to hit the socks at the target. Reset- and go again. If neither ship is sunk, reset and go again. Decide between you how many points you need to win.
Thursday: How many hit ups can you do using your tennis racket without it falling on the floor? See if you can alternate between using both sides of the racket. Set a time limit i.e. 30 seconds (it can be more or less) to see how many you can do in that time. Try hitting the ball down as many times as you can too. You could see if you can beat someone else in your household. If you really want to challenge yourself, see how many hits could can do on the side of the racket- This is trickier than it looks!
Friday: Create a ‘net’ by making a line on the floor using whatever you can find. If you already have a net, then you can use that. Make the playing area as big as you like. You will need a partner so that you can hit the ball over the ‘net’ to your partner. See if you can get a rally going. How many times can you hit the ball over the next in a row as a pair?
Week Beginning 18th May
Some more challenges for you this week. Watch the videos as they will tell you how each activity works. You can do them as many times as you like.
Monday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJY7kDJJrp0 How many times can you complete it without putting your foot down?
Tuesday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzWyMWAEfk4 How many jumps can you get in 20 seconds? Why not make it 30 seconds or more?
Wednesday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA4XN3Pynig How many did you complete? Why don’t you works your way up to find out the longest amount of time you can manage without stopping.
Thursday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNrkzkckZN4 How many star jumps can you do in 20 seconds? What is the most you can do without stopping?
Friday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfSl3G0p4u0 How many throws does it take for you to knock over the tower? How many can you get in a row?
Week Beginning 11th May
Some more challenges for you this week. Watch the videos as they will tell you how each activity works. You can do them as many times as you like.
Week Beginning 4th May
This week you will be doing some yoga. This will help you to focus on your breathing and help you to be able to feel calm. This may be quite new for you all so if you find it tricky, don’t worry because the more you practice, the easier it will get. You can always repeat the videos if you need to.
Week Beginning 27th April
You have two Bingo cards to complete this week. By completing all the challenges, you achieve a gold medal. Can you become a double gold medalist? On the map there are lots of activities for you to complete. Don’t worry, you don’t have to complete them all in one go- you can split them over the 5 days. Alternatively, you can make them harder by increasing the time you spend on each activity or increase the number you want to complete.
Week Beginning 20th April
Welcome back, I hope you have all managed to enjoy the Easter break whilst staying at home. I have some more virtual PE challenges for you. Make sure you stretch first as we have practiced during PE lessons. You could even use some of the warm up stretches from the Joe Wicks workouts. You can do the same for your cool down, you here is the reminder of the cool down stretches video. In the summer term, we practice our athletics, so this is your chance to practice some of those skills that will help you. If you are able to get outside to do these, then please do so. Remember to keep drinking plenty of water, eat lots of fruits and vegetables and most importantly, stay safe.
Monday: Shuttle run. Set 2 markers roughly 5-10m apart (depending on how much space you have). How may times can you run between the markers? Why not try 30 seconds to start off with. To make it harder you can run for longer periods of time- you could increase by 5-10 seconds each time. You could try racing against someone in your household to see if you can run quicker than them. You should be doing this task for a minimum of 10 minutes.
Tuesday: Long jump. As we have practiced in lesson time, see how far you can jump starting with 2 feet and landing on 2 feet. Use a marker/line as a starting point. Who can jump furthest in your household? Try using a run up. Does that make any difference to how far you can jump? What about starting on 1 foot and landing on 2, without a run up. Set two markers roughly 10meters apart. What is the fewest number of jumps it takes you to get to the other marker? You should be doing this task for a minimum of 10 minutes.
Wednesday: Triple jump- remember to think of this as a hop, step and jump. Break them down to each individual skill if you need to. Start still by a marker and remember you must finish the jump on 2 feet. Does the distance change if you take a run up? What about starting the hop on the opposite foot? Who can jump the furthest in your household? Set a distance of 10m, or however much space you have, and see how many standing triple jump moves it takes to get from one marker to the other. You should be doing this task for a minimum of 10 minutes.
Thursday: Skips. Don’t worry if you don’t have a skipping ropes, you can use the action of arms out doing small circles. For those of you who are not very confident with skipping, don’t run away!! Here is a basic tutorial which explains that you can use your skipping rope out to the side to get the timings of your jumps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVctfW2OCyQ
There is no pressure for you to be able to string hundreds of jumps together, it is about keeping moving and working on the technique of when to jump. For those of you who are more confident, have an experiment using two footed jumps, hopping on one leg, changing legs, or running with it across your outside space- this being particularly useful for sports day races. Equally, if you don’t have a skipping rope, feel free to practice the different techniques anyway. You should be doing this task for a minimum of 10 minutes.
Friday: Star jumps. How many star jumps can you do in a row? Set yourself a target number to complete in 30 seconds. Then try to beat your score. Now make the time longer. What is the longest time you keep jumping for? I wonder if anyone can do more than 50 or even 100 in a row! Find your favourite music and do star jumps in time to the beat. Maybe you have a few songs you could use. If you want to challenge yourselves even more, you can make your star jumps into explosive star jumps by bending your knees and springing up into a star shape. See how many you can do of those!
Joe Wicks will still be doing his workouts so feel free to do those as well as or instead of these challenges. Just remember to keep moving!
Hello everyone! I’ve really missed teaching you all over the last few weeks. It’s the Easter Holidays now, but it doesn’t mean you can’t stay active.
You can continue with the Joe Wicks workouts on his YouTube channel, (I will keep doing them too!), or you can redo some of the other activities that I have set over the last couple of weeks. You might have found other ways to keep yourselves moving too, which is wonderful. Keep those going if you can! Remember to keep drinking lots of water, and getting plenty of fruits and vegetables into your diet so that you can continue to stay healthy.
Stay safe and enjoy the break.
Week beginning Monday 30th March
Well done to everyone who managed to complete a challenge every day last week. If you managed to complete all of Joe Wicks videos, amazing effort as I know he worked you all very hard. If you managed to complete my shorter challenges, again, super effort to make sure you are keeping moving everyday. You are all Sports Stars! Joe Wicks is continuing his live challenges so here is a reminder of the link to his YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1 Keep moving everyone, you are all doing a wonderful job!
Remember, keeping healthy isn’t just about exercise, but about your diet too. Make sure you are thinking about what you are eating and drinking. Remember to get your 5 a day of fruit and vegetables and drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated. You will feel so much better for it! As a side challenge, maybe you could take a photo or draw a picture of a healthy meal you have had this week and share it in your class padlet. It would be a good opportunity to share ideas with each other, to find out what you like and don’t like. Maybe you might come across a healthy food that you have not tried before that you could try.
Stay safe everyone, keep washing your hands and keep moving!
Monday: Kids work out beginner 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_A_HjHZxfI
Tuesday: Can you spell your name and complete the exercise for each letter? What about your middle name and surname or people in your family? See Alphabet Exercises below.
Wednesday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc1Ag9m7XQo Originally these were shorter challenges. This video is longer but feel free to just do a smaller section if it is too much. As with the Joe Wicks videos, you can break it down and start with 10 minutes and gradually build up by 5 minutes every day.
Thursday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc1Ag9m7XQo The same rules apply as yesterday.
Friday: Can you spell your name and complete the exercise for each letter? What about your middle name and surname or people in your family? See if you can do more than Tuesday- does it feel any easier this time?
A 25 jumping jacks
B 15 sit ups
C 10 press ups
D 20 squats
E Run as fast as you can on the spot for 20 seconds
F 30 high knees
G 30 second plank
H 10 sit ups
I 15 press ups
J 25 squats
K 1 minute plank
L 20 high knees
M 20 jumping jacks
N 5 press ups
O 20 squats
P run as fast as you can on the spot for 10 seconds
Q 5 sit ups
R 10 jumping jacks
S 12 sit ups
T 12 press ups
U 25 squats
V run as fast as you can on the spot for 15 seconds
W 45 second plank
X 35 jumping jacks
Y 30 high knees
Z 7 sit ups
Remember that it’s important to cool down after each challenge. Here is a reminder of last week’s cool down stretches.
Week beginning Monday 23rd March
This week, Joe Wicks the Body Coach is doing live workouts for children at 9am each day from Monday to Friday. Here is the link to his youtube channel so that you can follow them at home. You will be doing some of his other workout challenges during this week too! https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
We want you to keep active in your time at home, so have a go at each of these Active 8 Workouts. These are HIIT workouts (High Intensity Interval Training) and are a great way to get lots of exercise in just a few minutes. Each workout is 8 minutes long and will get your heart beating faster. Your mission is to complete a video each day. If you want to challenge yourself, you can repeat the videos as many times as you like or retry the videos from the other days. If you are finding it more challenging, pause the video if you need extra time to recover in between each exercise. The more you practice, the easier it gets. Have fun and keep moving!
Don’t forget to warm up first! Complete this video before each of the Active Workouts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_swUGtEpazY
Remember that it’s important to cool down after each challenge. Follow this video for your stretches. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gMuN6m1Gso
Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping well and staying active. Unfortunately we are not able to go swimming at the moment, however this week is Drowning Prevention Week so I thought it would be nice to at least think about swimming and water safety. There are some activities here that you may like to do, either print off, do in your books or on plain paper.
When you are out and about near rivers, lakes or at the beach or playing in paddling pools, remember to follow the Water Safety Code to keep yourself and others safe around water.
Mrs Rous, Swimming Teacher
World Book Day 5 March
Today we enjoyed celebrating World Book Day in our pyjamas with a drink of hot chocolate!
Children brought in their favourite books to share with the others and we spent a fantastic afternoon reading with friends. A highlight was Ms. Reynolds showing us her copy of Winnie the Pooh which was almost 100 years old!
Each child also received a new book. Birch class are thoroughly enjoying theirs and shared their thoughts on what we’ve read so far with other schools in our LAAT family via the wonder of technology.
Jo Squirrel Monday 20th January
This afternoon we had a visit from Jo ‘squirrel’ from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue. She taught us many fantastic things about keeping safe in the event of a fire including; showing us a fire alarm and the sound it makes, how to test a door to see if it’s too hot and how to crawl under the smoke when trying to escape. Each child was given a leaflet to take home as a prompt for discussion with parents as to their own evacuation procedure at home should anything happen.
Birch class all then had a go at ‘stop, drop and roll’; the procedure they should use in the event that their clothing catches fire.
A really fun and informative afternoon.
Update 15 January
The children are enjoying getting their creative juices flowing, planning their own myths and designing fantastical creatures, using lots of fabulous language in their descriptions. We are all enjoying our class book ‘Sabriel’. It is the story of a girl caught between the Old Kingdom of magic and the land in which she lives. Will she follow in her father’s footsteps and become a necromancer?
To encourage their independent reading and help them move closer to our 1000 book reading challenge target, I will be putting posters up in the classroom with recommended reads (see below). Please look at these with your children for ideas, copies of the books will be in school for them to borrow.
In PE they are having great fun learning a group dance and breaking into groups to choreograph their own sections. I can’t wait to see the finished product!
Maths Challenge 22 November
In maths on Friday, I set Birch class a challenge: Could they use their perseverance, determination and logical thinking to solve increasingly difficult Teddy Town planning problems? They chose who to work with and came up with their own strategies with a lot of trial and error involved! I was super impressed with their efforts, it was a great fun session. Well done everyone!
Mosque Visit 22 November
On Wednesday we took a trip to Lincoln. We visited Lincoln Central Mosque and Cultural Centre where Imam Patel gave us a warm welcome and explained all about his beautiful building and how they worship. It was spectacular, the children were engaged and asked thoughtful questions.
After lunch we took a walk around Lincoln Cathedral. We were all blown away by the scale of the building and detail of the outside carving.
Collective Worship 15 November
On Friday 15th November, Birch class led our collective worship. They showcased the learning they did last term; “What was the impact of the Roman invasion of Great Britain?”.
It was lovely to hear the children talking so knowledgeably about the topic, presenting their research and explaining their opinions in answering this question. Please have a look at the video showing some of their great work.
Clay Busts Friday 1st November
This afternoon we ended our topic “The Roman invasion of Britain’ by finishing our clay busts. We got rather messy but it was great fun sculpting each other. We’d practised our clay skills earlier in the week including cross hatching and using slip to attach pieces together.
French Games 4 October
This afternoon, some of the class played games in French to help us remember the months of the year. We got very competitive!
Outdoor Learning 4 October
During outdoor learning this week, we created people collages using what we could find around the school field. We thought carefully about the pattern, textures and shapes of what we found in order to use them most effectively in our collages.
Column Addition 25 September
In maths, we have begun looking at column addition. When using the place value counters we could clearly see that if we had more than 10 of a particular value, we need to exchange upwards as we knew we could only have a single digit in each column.
Drawing Techniques 25 September
We have begun to explore different drawing techniques today with a focus on shading. We investigated different ways to make a mark on the page and how, by making those marks closer together, we could make it appear light or dark. We then began experimenting with different pencils to see the effect.
First day back 4 September
It has been a very exciting first day back as we have a new classroom! Mrs Jesson and Mrs Sullivan worked hard over the holidays to create a lovely environment in which we hope our eldest pupils will flourish. After exploring the displays and catching up on our holiday news, Birch class worked together to create their class charter, setting out how they would like to work together; respecting ,valuing and encouraging each other to all achieve their best.