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HOME LEARNING PACK
At St Mary’s, we are committed to providing the children with the best possible opportunities to learn, whether they are at home or at school. As such, we have provided a home learning pack for each child to work through in their time away from school. If you need to contact us or ask any questions regarding your child’s education, please email email@example.com stating your child’s name and year and it will be forwarded to your child’s class teacher. Thank you in advance for your support and rest assured that your child has the relevant resources to continue having an effective education.
NEW – HOME LEARNING PACK FROM 22/06/20
- This is an amazing online compilation of new short stories written by a wide selection of popular children’s authors, dedicated to Hospital staff and providing a positive message of hope at these challenging times.
HOME LEARNING HALL OF FAME
We are very excited to have received these wonderful photos of our Year 4 children learning at home. These superstars have been working hard to complete all of their activities, as well as designing and making sunglasses, drawing maps, conducting Science experiments, practising their times tables, writing letters, making lovely ‘stay safe’ and ‘stay healthy’ posters, designing and making a watering can, publishing their own ‘Happy News’, creating Art inspired by David Hockney and Jan Pienkowski, exercising, making a chicken pie, learning about Kenya, making an Easter hat, drawing, creating a family tree, an excellent E-Safety poster and some delicious looking home baking. We would love to see some more photos of Year 4 learning at home, so that we can add them to the Hall Of Fame; please send your pictures to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to helping with home learning packs, you can support your child by helping them to access these useful websites:
- IXL – this website allows the children to practise lots of mathematical and literacy skills. You will find your child’s username and password in your home learning pack:
- Busy Things – children can login to busy things to access a wide range of activities linked to all areas of the curriculum. You will find your child’s username and password in your home learning pack:
- Espresso – children can login to Espresso and access a wide range of games, activities and videos:
NEW from Espresso – click HERE to go on a Summer Adventure and explore our incredible world (use the Espresso login below when prompted
Username: student21406 Password: mary13
Other useful Websites for all children – no login details required
These websites are free for all and do not require you to login.
- BBC Bitesize – lots of activities available for all ages and subjects
- KS2 ENGLISH
- KS2 MATHS
- KS2 SCIENCE
- BBC Teach – video clips arranged by subjects
- Primary Homework Help – lots of useful information on different topics and learning areas
- Children University Manchester – Information and activities across the curriculum
- Oxford Owl – activities, games and information across the curriculum
- CBBC Games – games and activities for KS2 pupils
- BBC Newsround – news and current affairs for children, with games and activities
- Blue Peter Badges – a variety of activities for children
- DK Find Out – a variety of activities for children
- Story Time – Oliver Jeffers reading a book and discussing it
Audible – a wide range of free stories for children to listen to
Subject specific resources
- White Rose Maths – daily lessons with matching worksheets (and answers!) – please refer to the Home Learning Pack for which day to study each lesson on
- White Rose Maths – Problem of the day
Art and Design
- Tate Kids – Art and Design focused activities and games
- Science Museum Games and Apps – a selection of science-focused games and activities
- National Geographic Interactive Mapmaker – interactive atlas and online mapping tools
- National Geographic Kids – there are lots of nice activities and quizzes for primary aged children
- World Geography Games – games and quizzes for children
- Code Studio – excellent online coding courses and games
- Hour of Code activities – a selection of coding and programming activities
- Scratch – a free creative computer-programming platform
PE and sport activities at home – this document is full of great ideas to help you keep active at home. It includes links to many great websites with further activities and resources.
Children’s Workout / PE Lesson – every day at 9:00, Joe Wicks is presenting a half-hour exercise session for children on You Tube
PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
Newsround – CBBC Coronavirus news and advice for children
Risk Taker Activities – this resource challenges children with many activities that they can enjoy at home
Thoughts and feelings book Covid 19 – this booklet has lots of ideas to help you to support your child if they are feeling worried or anxious
Help and Support for Parents
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Please can you keep the school up to date with any concerns you have regarding your children’s mental health and wellbeing. If your child is finding it hard to cope with the changes to their lives, or a family member is ill or has died, please let us know. St Mary’s school are here to work with you to support our children’s emotional needs in any way that we can. Here are some links to places where families can find additional support:
Change 4 Life – this website is full of useful advice, healthy recipes and fun activities to keep you active at home
Every mind matters – mental health advice from the NHS including a section on looking after children during the coronavirus outbreak
Government guidance for parents and carers – supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing
Corona virus guide for children – this guide has been produced for Autistic children and offers a simple and visual guide to what is happening
How to wash your hands safely – BBC Newsround video
Children’s Commissioner – a guide for children and links to resources
Childhood Bereavement Network – support around dealing with the coronavirus pandemic for all children, specifically those that have experienced the death of someone important to them
Bereavement Services – this document summarises arrange of Bereavement Services for children
Supporting bereaved children – this document contains guidance and advice
Talking to your children about the news – advice and guidance to support parents in discussing Coronavirus news with children
E – Safety
Please continue to be aware of what your child is doing online, especially at this time when they may be spending extra time learning and socialising online. Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online includes:
Internet matters – support to keep children safe online
Net-aware – support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
Parent info – support to keep children safe online
Thinkuknow – advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
UK Safer Internet Centre – advice for parents and carers
Parent Top Tips Safe Online Corona – this is a handy poster from the London Grid for Learning which summarises E – Safety advice
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We thought about the types of food that would have been available for people living in the Iron Ages to eat. Next, we reflected on how they would have mostly eaten foods that they could grow and farm themselves. We made a modern day version of a Beef or Vegetable Stew with English Dumplings!
We had the BEST time and loved every minute of it!
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We went to meet a character called Mary Anning who was a female scientist. She was an English fossil collector who became famous for her discovery of an ancient reptile called an ichthyosaur (which means ‘fish lizard’). We had a go at comparing modern day skeleton bones to a fossil and worked together to determine which type of creature it had similarities to. We also learnt how a fossil was formed and then went to look at some real life fossil discoveries, including the ichthyosaur!
We also went to visit the Red Zone Gallery to find out more about natural hazards. We looked at a map of the world and noticed that volcanoes and earthquakes occur along the plate boundaries – fault lines. We then discovered more information about the causes of Volcanoes and Earthquakes and watched some real life clips of them. We even experienced how it feels when the Earth starts to shake!
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The Year 4 children were excited to visit Tate Britain art gallery to see their class photo in a special exhibition. It was amazing to see the photograph that was taken of the class last year when they were in Year 3 up on display for the world to see. It was even more fun to be able to be in an art gallery and be allowed to make lots of noise! The children then reflected on how their lives had already changed so much since Year 3 and enjoyed comparing all their new ‘favourites’ with their friends. After looking at their photo, the children visited the Turner gallery and spent some time choosing their favourite piece of art, which they then tried to copy. It was lovely to be able to relax in this gallery and look closely at some very impressive paintings.
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Year 4 are learning all about Egypt and the Ancient Egyptians. We have been finding out about the geography of the landscape and have been thinking how important the River Nile was and still is today. We are now beginning to think about where the Ancient Egyptians fit into the history of the world and worked together to put some key events onto a timeline. The Ancients Egyptians were around 5000 thousand years ago so we needed to go outside where we had more space. We decided that Miss Baxter’s foot represented 100 years – she had to walk a long way up the playground.
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This week, we have been learning about forces. Having explored Egypt on Google Maps, we wondered how the Ancient Egyptians were able to drag huge stone blocks across the desert to build the pyramids. We learnt that there would be lots of friction between the rocks and the ground when they were being dragged so we investigated which material would have made dragging these rocks easier. We used Newton Meters to measure the amount of force it takes to move big rocks across a range of different materials. We found out that smooth plastic caused the least resistance.
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This year, Year 4 have been discussing the importance of looking after our environment and have begun to make our school community a more eco-friendly place. We introduced paper and card recycling boxes in every classroom and have been keeping up to date with any news about how the waste we produced is damaging our environment. We were really disappointed to see how much rubbish we noticed in the river on the way to our Swimming lessons each week and really wanted to do something about it!
So, we went down to Ladywell Fields and got geared up in special waders and gloves, ready to help the community by removing rubbish from the river. We filled up lots of heavy duty sacks with the rubbish we found. We found lots of plastic, a towel, a shoe, cans, bottles and many more! We felt really happy to be helping out make our green spaces more attractive for our community but the most important thing was that we helped reduce a tiny about of rubbish that would probably eventually end up in our oceans!
Who knew that cleaning up rubbish could be so fun!
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Year 3 and 4 went to St Mary’s Church to find out how the Christian message has survived for over 2000 years.
We learnt about the history of Jesus by looking at the stained glass windows. Father Steffan what the Pentecost was and told us that it happened after Jesus’ ascension. We thought about what qualities the apostles needed in order to go out and spread God’s word and reflected on the Fruit of the Spirit.
Father Steffan then gave us some of the history of the church and showed us how the message is still spread today, using bible readings and sermons (teaching) and pictures. We also learnt that when a bishop confirms someone, Christians believe that the Bishop passes the Holy Spirit on and then tells them to, ‘Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.’
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Today, Year 3 and 4 visited the Jewish Synagogue to deepen our understanding of the roots of Judaism and to find out more about how Jewish people worship. It was fascinating to hear about some of the similarities and differences between the Christian and Jewish Faith. We learnt that men and women sit in different places during worship and that it is only the men that have to pray three times a day. We were shown the Torah and found out about how it is beautifully handwritten in Hebrew. We then shared some reflections of how the Jewish people were persecuted during the Holocaust and shared some refreshments together.
It was great to put all of our previous learning about Judaism into perspective and link our current learning about persecution in Christianity to the more recent victims of religious persecution.
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Thursday 20th June
Year Four had a fantastic day on the Heath representing St Mary’s in an interschool cricket festival! Having spent last term working with the Platform Cricket coaches, Year Four have been developing their cricket skills and game play. We took three teams to the festival to battle for first place. All of our teams played fantastically using their collaboration and communication skills. We are very proud that Team A won all their games and went on to win the tournament, bringing home some medals for our school. We loved it!
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In Year Four, we had a brilliant day carrying out investigations and learning about different journeys in science. We showed lots of perseverance and collaboration skills when we acted like structural engineers and built a structure out of straws and tape. Next, we investigated the differences in the distance a sneeze travels when using a hand or tissue in front of our mouths.
After lunch we developed our knowledge of pollution in different environment and thought about how we an help to reduce the impact of pollution.
Finally, we made poo! This was brilliant fun because we learnt all about the journey of food through our bodies. It was disgusting!!
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Year 3 and 4 went o a trip to the Hindu Temple in Lewisham. They learned about Hindu religious concepts, traditions and culture.
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We had an amazing day being Anglo Saxons and Vikings. We went into battle and made a shield wall where we roared at each other across the room. We played a game where we raced across the sea to raid England and learnt all about how we got the names of the days of the week from the old Anglo Saxon and Viking gods.
It was awesome to handle real (but blunt) weapons that would have been used including swords, axes and spears. After break, we became archaeologists and investigated some strange objects and guessed what we thought they were made of and used for. We even got to see how the Vikings would have made fire by creating a spark from flint and steel.
In the afternoon, we learnt how Viking’s used many strategies to navigate the seas and learnt how to row in a Longship. We also played a game where we had to sneak up on the monks (who were actually Miss Baxter and Miss Brown) in Lindisfarne and execute them. It was really funny but luckily they came back to life. We had fun learning about what the Anglo Saxons and Viking ate and how they would have performed a burial when someone important died. They would actually burn them on boats at sea and servants would be sacrificed to travel with their masters to Valhalla (their version of heaven).
A brilliant day we will always remember!
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We had a fantastic time going to Greenwich to learn lots more about who the Vikings were. We learnt that they were brilliant at making boats. They had different types of boats that they used for invasion and trading. Vikings were brilliant traders and we had a go at choosing items to trade with our workshop leader. It was also really funny seeing some of our classmates getting dressed up as Vikings too! The museum has so much to see and do. If you have some time you should pop in and have a look. It’s free!
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Year 4 had a fantastic time visiting Father Steffan at St Mary’s Church last week. They explored the different ways in which the Christian message has survived for over 2000 years. They learnt about Pentecost, Fruit of the Spirit, the work of the Apostles and the work of the church today. Today the church uses pictures, bible readings and sermons to spread God’s word and how confirmation helps to keep this message spreading.
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Year 4 were very lucky to visit the London Symphony Orchestra at St John’s and learn how to put together two very different types of music. One used a very old and traditional Gamelan Orchestra, whereas the other used modern technology (Garage Band) to mix their own beats. The children didn’t stop smiling and can’t wait to receive their music on CD!