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I hope that last week went well for you all and that the resources, links and guidance were of some help to you. As I have said before, not everything will suit your child and it is impossible to try and create a classroom environment in your home, however I hope that we can work together to help keep the children busy and to ensure the minimum disruption to their education.

Focussed guidance for week beginning Monday 30th March.


Mental Maths: Focus: To find a total if a percentage of that total is given 

Begin with easy calculations like

If 50% is 10 then 100% is 20 or if 25% is 4 then 100% is 16 or if 10% is 5 then 100% is 50.

Depending on your child's ability move up to more complex calculations like:

If 30% is 18 then 10% would be 6 then 100% would be 60 or if 75% is 60 then 25% would be 20 so 100% would be 80.





Children should be encouraged to read as much as possible for their own enjoyment. They should be given short tasks to complete which are all aimed at giving the children the opportunity to show their understanding. Suggested activities for this week include:

  • Children to create a new character for their story and describe what role this character would play and how they would affect the story.
  • Children to pretend to be one of the characters in their story and write to an "Agony Aunt" in regards to a problem they have related to the story. Children could then pretend to be the Agony Aunt writing back with some advice.
  • Children to describe the setting from their book, using their senses to describe what they would hear, see and smell if they were there.
  • Children to write a book review detailing things they like about their book and changes they would make.
  • Children to search for homophones in their book and when they have found one try and write down it's partner
  • ie; hare/hair



Children have been given their spelling lists for the next 6 weeks and they are saved in a word document below. Children should identify key sound and group together the spellings that use the same letter or letters to make that sound. Children should then discuss the words meaning and then write sentences to show their understanding of that meaning. This is also a good opportunity to revise some punctuation, so ask children to use commas for extra information in a sentence. Children should then spend 10 minutes each day revising spellings with a test being given on Friday.



This week the focus is on planning a story. I would like the children to complete a story planner and then story board the main points of their story. I have added some template planners and storyboards in the examples of work section below to help.It is very important that the children have planned and discussed their plan with you, before we write our story next week.The children should take their time to ensure they plan for ;

  •  A clear introduction, describing the main characters, the setting and hooking the reader.
  • A second paragraph which builds the tension
  • A third paragraph which has the main exciting event/problem/cliff hanger of the story
  • A fourth paragraph which resolves the main event
  • Finally a concluding paragraph which ties everything up.

I will challenge the children to write up their stories next week.




This week the focus is on Onomatopoeia words. These are words that sound like the actions they are describing ie: pop or splash.

I have added a Powerpoint, which is a great introduction for both you and the children, and a range of worksheets in the examples of work section below which should help you and your child with these fun words.



It is important that children continue to use the Lexia programme (3/4 20 minute sessions per week) were appropriate and to continue to assess their understanding of their reading books using the Accelerated Reader




The focus this week is on ordering fractions.

I have added an introductory Powerpoint in the examples of work section below which demonstrates the process involved and I have also added a range of worksheets (with answers included!) that should be appropriate for a range of abilities within the class.

The main learning point should be that if you are trying to order different fractions, you must make adjustments to ensure the bottom numbers are all the same ie:

Which is bigger 1/2 or 3/4?

Change the 1/2 to 2/4 and now it is clear to see that 3/4 is bigger than 2/4s.


Shape and Space:

The focus this week is on angles. I have added an introductory Powerpoint on different types of angles and a Powerpoint detailing different types of triangles and calculating their angles in the examples of work section below along with a range of worksheets (with answers) that should be appropriate for a range of abilities.

The first learning objective involves the children being able to identify different types of angles.

The second learning objective is for the children to be able to use their knowledge of the properties of different types of triangles to be able to work out missing angles.



















Mental maths targets

"Victory in Europe" Celebration Day

We met our new P1 'Buddies' today!