St. John's Catholic Primary School

Oldfield Lane, Bath, Avon, BA2 3NR

01225 303990

office@stjohns.bathnes.sch.uk

Shine, Celebrate and Grow!

Blackbirds

Class teacher: Mr T Simmons

Home Learning

We understand that this is an unsettling time and we hope having access to these ideas may help you create a sense of routine and support your child’s learning. Equally we are aware that people have caring commitments and that every family will be doing their best day by day and as such, not every activity may be completed.  If you would like to use them at home, some daily prayers can be found here: Morning Prayer Lunchtime Prayer End of the Day Prayer. Remember to check the Catholic Life Page for weekly Gospel Readings, reflections and activities.

This term, our topic is Window to Our World, each class will have a different European nation their learning will be based around. Blackbirds will be focusing on Hungary. Please see this term's Home Learning Menu here.

Year 6: Have questions about the transition to secondary school in September? Why not have a look at these book resources. 

Seesaw uploads

Well done to everyone who is continuing to post their home learning on Seesaw, I love looking through all the work you are doing. Try to aim to upload at least one piece per day so I can give you feedback. Don't forget to keep sharing your reading every Monday and posting it in the Seesaw activity.

Wednesday 15th June 2020

Reading:

Read from your own book or work on Read Theory for 15 minutes.

Writing/Science:

Using the information from here, draw a diagram, with explanations, about how water gets from the roots to the leaves of a plant.

Maths:

Watch this BBC Bitesize video about square and cubed numbers. Then do the quiz at the end.

Project:

Choose something from the Home Learning Menu.

Tuesday 14th July 2020

Reading:

Answer the question… Who is my favourite author? Why?

Writing:

Choose a poem that has something to do with our project country then try to memorise it and video yourself reciting it. Here's some hints and tips on how to memorise a poem.

Maths:

Have a go at this maths game.

Project:

Choose something from the Home Learning Menu.

Monday 13th July 2020

Reading:

Record yourself reading from your book for 5 minutes and upload it to Seesaw.

Writing:

Carry out some research about deforestation, you might want to start with the science activity first to give you some ideas, and then, create a video, a PowerPoint, or any other form of publishing to explain the dangers.

Maths:

Watch this video. How old is maths? Then create a timeline.

Science:

Using the research from today’s English lesson and this video, make a poster warning people of the dangers of deforestation.

 

Friday 10th July 2020

Reading:

Read a newspaper article either online or from a newspaper and make a mind maps of all the key features.

Writing:

Edit and improve your newspaper article from yesterday, perhaps use a different coloured pen like we do in school. Don’t forget your use of punctuation and vocabulary.

Maths:

Watch the video then have a go at calculating percentages.

Project:

Choose something from the Home Learning Menu.

Thursday 9th July 2020

Reading:

Read your book for 15 minutes or spend some time on ReadTheory

Writing:

Write a newspaper article explaining your new invention.

Maths:

Watch the video and have a go at the activities.

RE:

Look through the PowerPoint on the Sacrament of the Sick and use the final slide to draw each aspect of the Sacrament and write a sentence about each stage.

Wednesday 8th July  2020

Reading:

Choose 5 words from your book that you think are really interesting, find out what they mean and use them in a complex sentence.

Writing

Write a script for a  radio advert for your invention. Don’t forget to include a brand name and a jingle!

Maths:

Watch this BBC Bitesize video and answer the questions.

Project

Choose something from the Home Learning Menu.

Tuesday 7th July 2020

Reading:

Read your own book for 15 minutes. Write a short synopsis (summary) of what you have read.

Writing:

Create a labelled diagram of your own ‘mad’ invention. You could look at the inventions of Professor Brainstawm for inspiration.

This a potato peeler invented by the Professor.

Maths:

Activity 1: Some more addition and subtraction questions, try to do these, mentally.

Activity 2: Try these maths activities.

Topic

Choose something from the Home Learning Menu.

 

Monday 6th July  2020

Reading:

Record yourself reading from your book for 5 minutes and upload it to the Seesaw activity.

Writing:

Read through the reading comprehension and answer the questions.

Maths:

Activity 1: Place value subtraction.

Activity 2: Addition practice.

Activity 3: Create a word problem, linked to the four operations, for a friend to try. We will put them together as an activity later in the week.

Science

Watch this video and then make a poster explaining how living things are grouped.

 

Friday 3rd July 2020

Reading:

Read from your own book and then choose 10 words or phrases that are brilliant at describing, then write your own sentence around them. Try to make a complex sentence.

Writing:

Complete the punctuation challenge cards. Answers can be found here.

Maths:

Activity 1: Try these multiplication questions.

Activity 2: Now have a go at the Mastery Checkpoint.

Activity 3: Using factors to multiply.

Project

Choose something from the Home Learning Menu.

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Reading:

Read from your own book or work on Read Theory for 15 minutes.

Writing:

Prepare an opening speech for a debate, you can either be for or against the statement: the internet makes the world a better place.

Record your speech and post it on Seesaw. You can read these tips to help you prepare.

Maths:

Activity 1: Find out how tall Selina would be.

Activity 2: Create a scale model of a room, use the resource sheet to give you the dimensions of pieces of furniture.

Project:

Choose something from the Home Learning Menu.

Wednesday 1st July 2020

Reading:

Read from your own book or work on Read Theory for 15 minutes. Write a short explanation about what has happened in your extract that you have just read and share it on Seesaw.

Writing:

Using the Amazing Inventions eBook, reread Screen 7, including the interactive pop-ups.

Can you think of any other examples of how not having the internet might affect your lives?

Would there be any advantages to not having the internet?

Look at this template and think about the statement:

‘The internet has made the world a better place’.

Fill in your ideas on the template.

Maths:

Activity 1: Fill in the times table grid.

Activity 2: Timetable activity.

Activity 3: Timetable Abacus page.

RE:

For the next three weeks we are looking at the Sacraments. Look at the words of Pope Francis on the sheet and have a go at answering the questions below (if you do not have a Bible at home you can use an online one).

Tuesday 30th June 2020

Reading:

Read from your own book or work on Read Theory for 15 minutes.

Writing:

Using the Amazing Inventions eBook you have been allocated on ActivLearn, read the ‘Good and Bad’ section on Screen 8.

Are there any other inventions you can think of that have their down sides? What are they?

Choose an invention and write down the pros and cons of it.

Maths:

Activity 1: Counting back, fill in the sheet.

Activity 2: Complete the questions about the graph on the information sheet.

Activity 3: Complete the Mastery Checkpoint.

Activity 4: Complete the Abacus page about line graphs.

Project

Choose something from the Home Learning Menu.

Monday 29th June 2020

Reading:

Record yourself reading from your book for 5 minutes and share it on the Seesaw activity.

Writing:

Try this ‘Animals on the Move’ comprehension practice.

Maths:

Activity 1: Adding numbers to make 100.

Activity 2: Watch this BBC Bitesize video about square and cubed numbers. Then do the quiz at the end.

Science:

Have a look at this link, then draw a diagram, with explanations, about how water gets from the roots to the leaves of a plant.

Friday 26th June 2020 - Sports Day!

It's Virtual Sports Day, lots of you have been practicing your events ready for the big day. Look through Mr Rouse's instructional videos on Seesaw and then share you scores and maybe a short video of you doing your favourite activity. Can you beat the Year 6's scores as they compete in school?

Thursday 25th  June 2020

Reading:

Read your own book for 15 minutes or use Read Theory.

Writing:

Read Screen 5 and 6 of ‘Amazing Inventions’. Choose one of the inventions and write a list, using bullet points, that explains why this is a great invention.

Maths:

Activity 1: You have been allocated an activity on ActiveLearn.

Activity 2: You have been allocated a mastery checkpoint on ActiveLearn. It is also attached.

Activity 3: See the attached Abacus page on percentage word problems.

RE:

Watch the link and then answer the question: Do you think Catholics should be confirmed? Make sure you give evidence to support your answer.

Wednesday 24th June 2020

Reading:

You have been allocated the eBook 'Amazing Inventions' read through Screens 1,2 and 3.

Writing:

After reading Screens 1, 2 and 3 of the eBook, imagine that the steam train has just been invented, what difference would it have made to people’s lives?  Create a poster to explain how lives changed.

Maths:

Activity 1: You have been allocated a game for today on ActiveLearn. Finding 1/7 of a number. ( QM.5.213)

Activity 2: Play the Bingo game allocated on Abacus/ ActiveLearn (5.29a or b or c)

Project:

Choose something from the Home Learning Menu.

 

Tuesday 23rd  June 2020

Reading:

Read through the eBook that you have been allocated. Don’t forget to look at the additional information in the hidden pages.

Writing:

You have been allocated a new text in Active learning called ‘Amazing Inventions’. Think about, what makes an invention great? Imagine a world without electricity. Write a paragraph about what that would be like.

Maths:

Activity 1: Convert these gram weights into kilograms.

Activity 2: Look at the clothes and their discounts and work out their new prices.

Activity 3: Abacus textbook page, answers can be found here.

RE:

Watch this video about confirmation. Think about how confirmation helps Catholics respond to God’s call. Write a paragraph explaining your ideas.

PE:

Don't forget to keep practicing your sports for Sports Day! 

Monday 22nd June 2020

Reading:

Video yourself reading for 5 minutes and post it on Seesaw, you could use the reading comprehension task.

Writing:

Complete this Ultimate Explorers comprehension sheet.

Maths:

Activity 1: Find the factors. Answers are here.

Activity 2: Create a number line and then plot these points:   0·1, 0·5, 0·9, 0·25, 0·75, then the fractions 1/4 and 3/4.

Activity 3: Complete the maths sheet from the text book. Answers are included please mark.

Activity 4: You have been allocated two activities on Active learn. There is a fluency activity (adding two numbers) and a game for this week (Bingo).

 Science:

Watch this BBC video about plants. Complete the game and the quiz that follow.

 

Friday 19th  June 2020

Reading:

Read your own book for 15 minutes then write a short paragraph explaining what has happened in the extract.

Writing:

Revisit your story and edit it. Check out if you have used, paragraphs, direct speech, ellipses, dashes, colons and semi colons. Have you used amazing vocabulary? How is your spelling? Is your handwriting fabulous? You could illustrate your story for publication.

Maths:

Activity 1: Calculating the volume of a cube.

Activity 2: Mastery checkpoint.

Activity 3: Driving test.

Project

Choose something from the Home Learning Menu.

 

Thursday 18th  June 2020

Reading:

Read to an adult, your younger sibling or older sibling for 15 minutes. You could choose Read theory if you like.

Writing

Using your plan retell Minnow's story. Use ambitious vocabulary and sentence structures to create an opening that draws in the reader. Don’t forget amazing punctuation and handwriting.

Maths:

Activity 1: Reducing fractions to the simplest form.

Activity 2: Finding the volume of a cuboid.

Activity 3: Finding the length of the sides of a cuboid when you know the volume.

RE:

Use this PowerPoint to create a poster focusing on the five key parts of a Confirmation, then share on Seesaw.

Wednesday 17th  June 2020

Reading:

Read your own book for 15 minutes then write a short paragraph explaining what has happened in the extract.

Writing:

Read pages 22 to 28 of Salamanders Dream (allocated to you through ActivLearn). Then use the story planner to plan retelling Minnows story.

Maths:

Activity 1: Find the difference between the values on the pairs of stars.

Activity 2: Rounding the numbers to the nearest 1000.

Activity 3: Finding the area and the perimeter.

Activity 4: Missing lengths of shapes.

EXT: Fancy a challenge? Try the Mastery Checkpoint.

Answers can be found here.

Science/Project:

Choose something from the Home Learning Menu.

Music: 

Why not try out Mrs Smith's 'World Music Bingo'! The activity can be found on our class Seesaw page.

 

Tuesday 16th June 2020

Reading:

Read to an adult, your younger sibling or older sibling for 15 minutes. You could choose Read theory if you like.

Writing

Using the Ugly Bug sheet write a story using the pictures.

Maths:

Activity 1) Convert the weights

Activity 2) Find the area of the leaves

Activity 3) Find the area of composite shapes

RE:

Watch this video about confirmation. Then write a paragraph explaining why you think a young Catholic would choose to become confirmed.

 

Monday 15th June 2020

Reading:

Video yourself reading for 5 minutes aloud then post it on the Seesaw activity.

Writing:

Read this section of ‘Oranges in No Mans Land’, the full story should be shared with you on ActivLearn, read p.43-46 and then answer the questions. Then summarise this part of the story. 

Maths:

Activity 1) Plot the points on a grid, then describe the shape you have.

Activity 2) Calculate the area and perimeter of these shapes. Describe the properties of the shapes.

Activity 3) Finding the factors of 80.

Science:

Watch this clip. Then draw a diagram and label the parts of a flower.

PE:

Why not try 'Yoga with Arrianne'!

 Dear Parents/Carers,

 

If you were not able to attend the parent maths workshop this week please click here to see a copy.

 

Welcome to our Blackbirds class page, where we will post key information to help you, along with news and photos of what we have been doing in school.

 

Mr Simmons

 

Thursday 5th March - World Book Day 

The Year 5's all turned up in costume to celebrate the books we love. Can you recognise which characters they are dressed up as?

 

The Whole school read 'The Secret of Black Rock' by Joe Todd-Stanton. We then based our day on activities related to this. The Year 5's worked in groups to write their own Sea Shanties and they each performed them. Here are some pictures of them practising theirs: 

Here is one of the songs for you to listen to:

TERM 4

Welcome back. Spring is on the way (hopefully)! Please see the information for this term below:

Term 4 - Termly letter to parents

Term 4 - Curriculum Overview

A Drop in the Ocean Homework Menu

 

 

TERM 3

Term 3 Letter to Parents and Carers

Term 3 Curriculum Overview

Crack the Code Homework Menu

 

 

Please also see the new expectations for spellings homework and a jargon buster to help you if you need it. 

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Monday 13th January 

Today we all walked into Bath to take part in the Bath Plastics Summit. One pupil from our class gave a talk on how his family has been reducing their plastic usage and gave pointers on the changes that we can all make. 

                   

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Thursday 19th December

Wow! We had a fantastic Christmas Talent Show today. Well done to the winning Ukulele team.

            

        


 

Wednesday 6th November

This week, we were lucky enough to have some visitors from a local Bath-based space group who came in to school with their telescopes. We were able to create our own Galilean telescopes, draw some pictures of the moon and have a look through the amazing telescopes that they brought in. Unfortunately it was to cloudy to look at the stars so we had to look over to Lansdown instead.

               

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TERM 2

Letter to Parents

Curriculum overview

Homework menu

 

HOMEWORK HELP

Some parents have asked for information about websites that can help them to support their children during homework.

The below website has maths, science and English help all split by year group and clear explanations with examples:

https://www.theschoolrun.com

 

 

Thursday 3rd October - Y5 Kilve Trip Parent's Meeting

Thank you to all those that came along to the Kilve Parent's Meeting, for those of you who weren't able to attend please see the PowerPoint  with key information at the top of this page.

Wednesday 2nd October - Bath Literature Festival

Today we all walked into town to take part in the Bath Literature Festival. We went to meet Caroline Lawrence, the author of 'The Time Travel Diaries' and lots of other books. She told us lots of funny things about Roman times and she also told us about her writing process - the 7 steps!

      

Friday 20th September - Bristol Museum Visit

Today we enjoyed a visit to Bristol Museum where we all took part in Ancient Egyptian Workshops and looked at artifacts to find out more about the ways Ancient Egyptians lived.

TERM 1

Letter to Parents

Curriculum overview

Homework menu

 

HOMEWORK HELP

Some parents have asked for information about websites that can help them to support their children during homework.

The below website has maths, science and English help all split by year group and clear explanations with examples:

https://www.theschoolrun.com