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 School Closure beginning Monday 23rd March 

CHILDREN AND PARENTS watch this space for activities to support  learning at home. Remember - there are also useful sites on the internet that you can access. User names and passwords should be in the Bishop's Hull Book of Everything.

 

 

                                                                         

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Don't forget to look on the Forest School webpage for forest school type activities you can do in your home and garden.

Lots of them are 'off screen' ideas.

FILL YOUR BOOTS WITH BOOKS

READ!  READ!  READ!

Physical and mental well-being is so important to us all. During this time of isolation, here are some activities to help keep you fit and active.  Challenge yourself to do at least one a day.

Try out some fun dance moves and active games. It's free to subscribe  http://www.gonoodle.com/   

Jo Wicks 'The Body Coach' is offering workouts on youtube for children off school.

The NHS have suggested some 10 minute workouts  10-minute workouts - NHS

 

 

 

WEEK 2

I hope you are well. I'm missing you all. 

I thought I'd start the week with a few  jokes.

 

Q. Why did the bird go to prison?

A. It broke the law of gravity.

 

Q. How do you catch a unique bird?

Q. Unique up on it

Q. How do you catch a tame bird?

The tame way, unique up on it.

 

Well done everybody for working hard at home and keeping up with your school work. 

Monday 30th March

 READING COMPREHENSION

Please complete the  reading comprehension in your yellow book.

MATHS - NEGATIVE NUMBERS

Please complete the negative numbers work I have assigned on MyMaths.

I have noticed that some people have not completed MyMaths activities from last week. Don't worry ... but if you have lost your MyMaths  password, please phone the office and we will be able to find it for you. Below are some helpful maths videos.

D.T - BLUE TIT STUDY

Ask your parents if it is possible for you to make a bird feeder. Take some photos or draw the finished result. Don't forget to attach your feeders on branches in front of a window so you can watch the birds without disturbing them.

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Tuesday 31st March

Jack made these bird feeders to hang in his garden. smiley

 

MATHS  Daily 10 Mental Maths Challenge  - Top Marks

Try the multiplication, division, doubling and halving and fractions challenges (Level  5)

LITERACY

NOUNS V. VERBS

Complete the activities on  page 5 and 6. You will be asked to write sentences of your own. You must write a sentence using the key word as a noun. Then another sentence using  the key word as a verb. WRITE YOUR SENTENCES IN YOUR YELLOW BOOK. BE CREATIVE.

I took a bandage from the first aid kit. (noun)

"Please bandage his foot," said the doctor. (verb)

 

REMEMBER 

noun - nouns are the names of people, places and things. They are also the names of things you can't see e.g anger.

 

verbs - a verb is a doing or being word 

SCIENCE - BLUE TIT RESEARCH

I would like you to finish your research today and tomorrow. Record everything you find in your yellow book. 

I would like you to finish your blue tit research  by finding out  as much as you can about the breeding season. There's so much to find out:

  • How long do blue tits nest?
  • Eggs.
  • Incubation.
  • What do the babies eat?
  • When do they leave the nest?
  • How long do the parents look after the babies after they have fledged?

Have a look online.  The Woodland Trust, RSPB and the Wildlife Trusts have good online sites.

 

After your research, you will have a better idea of what will take place in our nest box.

I will continue to post videos and photos as events happen. Let's hope all goes well for our mother bird.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 1st April

MATHS 

Work has been set on MyMaths to help you to add and subtract fractions

There are some videos to watch below .

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LITERACY  - Click to find out how to play the 'Staircase Vocabulary Game'. Have fun. Why not play it with the whole family.

VOCABULARY CHALLENGE

SCIENCE

Finish your blue tit research

Thursday 2nd April

MATHS 

Daily 10   Repeat the challenge set on Tuesday. Can you improve your scores?

 

ENGLISH

Click on the link below to hear a Michael Morpurgo story.It is called ' Little Albatross' and it has some wonderful illustrations by Michael Foreman. I would like you to listen to the story and then write a review.

Remember to include a brief overview of the story and what you liked or didn't like about the book.  How did the book make you feel? It's also important to say if you would recommend it, and to whom.

ART

How about creating a piece of art inspired by the sea?  You could produce a collage using materials from around the house. You might like to experiment with environmental art in your garden using objects from the natural world . You might prefer to paint or draw. How about making something 3d connected with the sea or do some sewing and textile work. I know I have some extraordinarily good artists in our class. Go for it Morpurgolites!

Friday 3rd April

 

MATHS

Some work has been set on MyMaths 

Factors and Primes

LITERACY

Click on the link and watch the powerpoint.

The powerpoint explains how to make a 'Concertina' book. You have collected together lots of information about blue tits. I would like you to have a go at making the concertina book, and producing an information book about blue tits. The powerpoint will remind you about the features of non fiction. Make your book informative, include pictures and ensure it as attractive as possible. Have fun. This is something you could work on during the Easter two weeks. 

 

I didn't have any card at home so I used some cardboard packaging for my covers. If you haven't got ribbon, you could use string. I know some of you have been making friendship bracelets at school. This  weaving technique would be just as good as ribbon. It would look great too! Be inventive.

 

 

CONCERTINA BOOK

CONCERTINA BOOK 1
CONCERTINA BOOK 2
CONCERTINA BOOK 3
CONCERTINA BOOK 4
CONCERTINA BOOK 5
CONCERTINA BOOK 6
CONCERTINA BOOK 7
CONCERTINA BOOK 8
CONCERTINA BOOK 9
WEEK 1

LITERACY

 NOUNS v. VERBS     Complete the first two worksheets

MATHS

 Log on to MyMaths where you will find two tasks to complete. Work hard and keep your skills sharp.

'Fractions of Amounts' and  'Rounding to '10 and 100' 

ART 

Find something from the natural world that interests you. Look in your garden. It could be a leaf, stone or flower. Look closely and  complete a pencil sketch. Think about all the shading techniques we have learnt at school. Have fun.

Tuesday 24th March

LITERACY

Over the next three days, please write a detective story. Use the characters  that you invented in class. Here are some ideas for titles -  please  NO MURDERS!

Stolen

Dog-napped

The Case of the Missing Chocolate cake

The Hostage

You might even come up with an amazing title of your own.

 

MATHS

 Complete a couple of the calculation sheets in your Blue Maths Folder. Use a formal written method.

 

SCIENCE

There is great excitement in the Payne household. Blue tits are regular visitors to our garden.  You can imagine how delighted we were when we spotted  a pair of blue tits start to investigate our garden bird box on Sunday 1st March. Mr Payne has set up a camera so we can see what is going on inside, as well as outside, the  box. On 3rd March, the blue tits decided it was a safe place to nest build and lay their eggs.  I will keep you updated with photos and video clips.

 

I would like you to put on your 'nature loving' hats and start to research blue tits.  Today - can you use the internet to find out what makes an ideal home for a blue tit? Also, investigate their diet. What do blue tits like to eat? Present your information any way you want. 

 

We have a bird feeder in our garden. However, not every feeder has food in it . One section  has materials like dried grass, moss and sheep wool. Why do you think we have put this on the feeder? Can you see a bird taking some wool? The bird in the photo is a great tit not a blue tit.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday 25th March

LITERACY

Continue your detective story. Don't forget to check that you have used all of the necessary punctuation and paragraphs.

 

MATHS 

Complete two more calculation sheets from your Blue Maths Folder.

 

SCIENCE -BLUE TIT UPDATE 

Both blue tits have been in the nest. The male  is a less frequent visitor and never stays long.  After choosing our bird box, the female has been incredibly busy and has done most of the nest making work. She has carried nesting material in and has started to line the bottom of the box.

 

Today, please research what blue tits use to make their nests. How do they construct their nests? Where do they nest? What is their natural habitat? Where in the world can they be found?

 

Our female blue tit is very fussy about what she uses for her nest. Watch the videos below.

 

 

 

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Thursday 26th March

LITERACY

 Please finish your detective story. Don't forget to proof read and edit. 

 

MATHS

Complete two more  of your calculation sheets. Ensure that you have completed some  multiplication, division, addition and subtraction

 

ART

Please follow the online tutorial and draw a blue tit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW4yiba4450

 

Our  female blue tit, on day 6 of nest building, started to sleep in the box at night. 

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NEWS JUST IN

This evening, we were rather worried to spot this bird sitting in our blue tit tree. It is a top predator, capable of up to 50 kph in short bursts and is well adapted for hunting small birds.

Our blue tit was not in the nest box.

 

SPARROWHAWK

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SPARROWHAWK 2

The sparrowhawk was disturbed by a noise and it started to fly off. Suddenly, it changed direction and swooped into the garden. In a flash, it had chased and caught what we think was a robin. In the photo above, you can see it sat on the lawn. It has the robin underneath it. It flew off with the small bird in its talons looking forward to its dinner. 

 

Goodness me! Nature is incredible. If you observe carefully, you might see some amazing sights in your garden. 

Friday 27th March

SPELLING  

Please write a sentence for each word on your spelling list. Can you use parenthesis in some sentences? As you have been writing detective stories, perhaps your sentences could have a 'crime' theme.

e.g.  Sloames, who never failed to solve a case, was a marvellous detective. 

marvellous

sufficient

achieve

explanation

recommend

guarantee

immediately

 

 

SCIENCE - BLUE TIT RESEARCH

Now that you have drawn your beautiful blue tit, please label it.

Can you find out some more facts about blue tits?

size

weight

 wing span

As well as the sparrowhawk, which other animals are a threat to blue tits? 

 

 

 

 

 

MATHS

MyMaths - Complete the Improper Fraction and Mixed Number work

Work through the MyMaths lesson and also have a look at the video below. 

USE YOUR YELLOW BOOK FOR CALCULATIONS AND JOTTINGS. 

The blue tit box is looking quite cosy.

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This is how the nest looks at the moment.

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Sunday 29th March

This is the closest we have got to taking a photo of  the male and female in the nest box at the same time. The male whizzes in and whizzes out.

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The female is making herself comfortable before settling down to sleep. The male never sleeps in the nest.

DIP IN

Here is a collection of links across the curriculum covering different subjects and  stages of learning. This is a useful resource to help with your child's learning at home.

 

Welcome to Morpurgo Class

Mrs Payne and Miss Jennings

 

 

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Mrs Payne teaches on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; Miss Jennings teaches on a Thursday.

Mrs Wallis will be in class all week.

 

We have PE with Mrs Fielding each Wednesday. However, it is useful if PE kits are in school every day as there may be other occasions when a PE kit is needed.

 

Home Learning

 

READ!  READ!  READ!  Get hooked on books. Choose one you like and start by trying to  read for at least ten minutes every night. Try and build up your reading stamina so that each week you read for a little longer. The key is to choose something that you will enjoy. 

REMEMBER record your reading in your B H B of E.

 

Monday     

A reading comprehension task will be sent home on a Monday and should be handed in on the following Friday. Each child has a Home Learning Book in which to complete this work.

Friday 

A maths home learning task will be set every Friday and should be completed by the following Monday. Each child has a Home Learning folder for maths.

 

There is a Home Learning Box at the back of the class room where all finished home learning should be placed.

Spring Term

Wonderfully Made

Click here to find some of the things we are learning about this term.
2020 has got off to an active start. As well as their usual PE lessons, Mrs Fielding has introduced yoga this term.  The children have also  participated in a high energy afternoon of sports at Bridgwater and Taunton College. Many thanks to the staff and students who organised this event.

 

EMILY LOVES TO WRITE STORIES

 

"Looking at the sky, the clouds, the moon and the stars really does make me feel calm and hopeful...

Nature makes me feel humble and ready to face every day with courage. "   - Anne Frank

 

We are incredibly proud of Emily, who entered a creative writing competition set by the Anne Frank Trust. She wrote a short story based on the above quote from Anne Frank's diary. There were many entries. Although Emily did not win on this occasion, she was shortlisted. She attended an award ceremony at the Brewhouse Theatre  on 27th January where she received a book and certificate. Superb Emily!

 

 

 

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Awesome Art

Alberto Giacometti is a Swiss artist. He is famous for his sculptures of the human form. He sculpted thin, elongated bronze and plaster figures.  He once said he wasn't sculpting the human body at all but rather the shadow it casts.

We have made our own Giacometti-style sculptures using aluminium wire, wooden blocks, paper mache and acrylic paint.

 YOU ROCK 

During our music lessons, we have been studying the features of rock music. Classics such as 'Smoke on the Water' and 'Living on a Prayer' have been sung with gusto. The children have also enjoyed playing  percussion instruments.

Earlier this week, it was a real treat to invite Peter Burton along to one of our sessions. Pete is the lead guitarist in an excellent Taunton band called The Transporters. As well as describing what inspired him to learn the guitar, Pete  demonstrated the various sounds and effects that can be created. He played songs and was joined by our very own George, Finley and Will who had brought along their guitars.What a thoroughly enjoyable session with singing, dancing and now some children who are determined to learn the guitar and join a band! A big thanks to Pete.

 

Autumn Term

 

Royalty and Rebels

New research shows that the brain can be developed like a muscle. When we practice and learn new things, parts of our brain change and get larger a lot like muscles do when they exercise.

 

We have lots of exciting things to learn about. This term your brain will get stronger.

 

 

Click here to see some of the things we are learning about this term.

Harvest 2019

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Rehearsals

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Instructional Writing

Year 5 have been busy writing instructions.

 

Imagine your kitchen filled with the wonderful aroma of freshly baked bread. Imagine sinking your teeth into a crusty roll topped with golden butter. Does this sound heavenly?  Well ... these easy to follow instructions will enable you to create perfect bread rolls. Roll up your sleeves, put on your apron and get started today.

 

 

                           BOOK WEEK 2019

                                                  SUPERHEROES

What a  treat to experience Kev F Sutherland's Comic Art Masterclass.

Kev F's work includes writing  and drawing for The Beano, Marvel, Doctor Who and Red Dwarf.

We had enormous fun creating characters and comic strips, as well as picking up tips for our own drawing.

Huge thanks to Kev F for an inspiring morning.

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Half Term Home Learning

OUR LOCAL HISTORY STUDY

THE MONMOUTH REBELLION

We are incredibly fortunate to have the wonderful Museum of Somerset in walking distance from our school. On Friday 15th November, we spent an informative and interesting morning at the museum. Helped by the historian, Mr Flower, we learnt more about the Monmouth Rebellion. We reenacted parts of the story, looked at artifacts, documents and paintings in the Monmouth Gallery and even created our own Monmouth playing cards. Mr Flower said that our class were a great team as so many of us contributed to discussion. Thank-you Mr Flower for all your help. 

NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH

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On the 16th November, the superb Michael Morpurgo was sharing his new book 'Boy Giant Son of Gulliver' at Waterstones Bookshop in Exeter. Both Will and Finley travelled  down to Exeter to see Michael Morpurgo.  William actually had his photograph taken with the man himself! He also had his copy of Boy Giant signed! 

Several of the class now have their own copies of the book and follow along as Mrs Payne reads the story to the class at the end of the day. What a pleasure!

CHRISTMAS 2019

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a visit from Miss Harman who always has a joke to share. 

What comes before Part B?

Yes you've guessed it ... Part A

Morpurgo Class had a great 'Part A'.  We made some table decorations, played party games and, of course, sampled some delicious party treats. smiley

 

Espresso

 * Don't forget the espresso site can be used by you at home! *

       Your pupil username is student3792

       Your password clue is Christmas.

 

 

 

Can you use the internet safely? Try this quiz!

 

In Computing the children continue to consider how to keep themselves safe when working online or using their mobile phones. It is something that we believe is very important and the children regularly have time to reinforce their knowledge of the ways to ensure they stay safe and happy whilst enjoying time on the computers. An excellent site for both children and parents is the Think U Know site. The web address is www.thinkuknow.co.uk and it is well worth a visit.

 

Enjoy lots of activities and extend your learning by visiting Purple Mash.

Purple Mash is an ever growing online creative space especially for learners aged 3 - 11. This award winning site is filled with hundreds of fun educational activities in the form of projects, games, apps and tools. Being hosted online, you can access Purple Mash and your saved online files wherever you are and whenever you wish.

To log on from home, click on the purple log in tab

Next select the My school tab

Local authority is Somerset

School is Bishops Hull Primary

Now enter the Purple Mash username and password that you use in school. Clue your username and password are all about you.

Enjoy! 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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