Welcome to Morpurgo Class
I'm Mrs Payne and I teach Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Miss Jennings teaches on Thursday, and Mrs Wallis is with us all week. Along with 32 rather
wonderful children, we are Morpurgo Class.
Since the coronavirus lockdown in March, life has been very difficult for us all. Jack Turner, a former pupil of Bishop's Hull School, is currently studying film and media at college. He has put his time to good use by creating a short film about the pandemic. Click here if you would like to watch it. You will see some familiar local faces. Well done Jack.
CLICK BELOW TO FIND YOUR HOME LEARNING
Emily, I saw this photo and thought of you.
I thought you might appreciate this joke Lenny.
This one is for you Charlotte and Jess G.
CALLING ALL MORPURGOLITES!
Flex those fingers. Put your creative writing hats on. Would you like to enter this competition?
Did you know that Mr Turner could jump so high?
Let's do some skipping!
Some of the children, who are currently in school, have been perfecting their skipping skills. Skipping is used by many sports men and women as a way of keeping fit. It improves coordination, stamina and muscle tone.
We have been learning some traditional rhymes and songs. Mr Turner explained that the same skipping rhymes are also sung in New Zealand.
The children have become skipping experts. When you come back to school, they will be wearing a 'Skipping Consultant' badge. Our consultants will be happy to teach you some skipping games to play at break time.
You will spot some familiar faces if you go to Bishop's Hull TV and watch the skipping video. You might even see Mr Turner.
Lloyd's written a poem. It will make you smile.
Click here and Lloyd will read it to you.
THE PHOTO PROJECT IS COMPLETE! FIND THE VIDEO ON BISHOP’S HULL TV.
A BIG THANK-YOU TO MRS DAVID AND MRS PERKS
Mrs David has worked hard to present all the 'learning from home' photos as a video. Listen out for Mrs Perks super poem as you watch.
If you would like to continue sending photos of the school work you have completed at home, please do so. I will add them to the slideshow below. Please email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and write 'Morpurgo' in the subject box.
We are going to explore the world!
Click on Espresso where you will find a quiz for each day. A short video will take you to a new place.There is a question to answer at the end of each video. Have fun exploring.
Click below for the Discovery Education link. Remember to use your espresso login - student3792 and the password hint is at the bottom of this page.
How about trying something new?
In my family, Samuel Payne was at primary school when he started learning how to play the guitar. During this period of isolation, he has been recording some music. Click on the link if you would like to listen to him playing and singing a song by the Foo Fighters.
Imagine what you might be able to do when you're older. Most people succeed because they are determined. Whatever you want to do never give up, even if at first you fail. Remember... F.A.I.L. means FIRST ATTEMPT IN LEARNING.
Parents you will find that a new page has been added to our website. It is all about wellbeing. Here is the link to our Wellbeing Page.
This morning (Thursday 9th April) our blue-tit laid her first egg.
It is now the start of an exhausting time for her. She will lay one egg a day until her clutch is complete. She has been plucking away the feathers on her abdomen to create a bare patch. This is called her brood patch. It helps her to incubate the eggs. She will sit on the eggs for about two weeks. How many eggs do you think she will lay? Click on the pictures to enlarge them.
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.
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
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
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.
Tuesday 31st March
Jack, Ellie and Poppy have made bird feeders.
MATHS Daily 10 Mental Maths Challenge - Top Marks
Try the multiplication, division, doubling and halving and fractions challenges (Level 5)
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)
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:
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
Work has been set on MyMaths to help you to add and subtract fractions
There are some videos to watch below .
LITERACY - Click to find out how to play the 'Staircase Vocabulary Game'. Have fun. Why not play it with the whole family.
Finish your blue tit research
Thursday 2nd April
Daily 10 Repeat the challenge set on Tuesday. Can you improve your scores?
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.
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
Some work has been set on MyMaths
Factors and Primes
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.
NOUNS v. VERBS Complete the first two worksheets
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'
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
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!
The Case of the Missing Chocolate cake
You might even come up with an amazing title of your own.
Complete a couple of the calculation sheets in your Blue Maths Folder. Use a formal written method.
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.
Wednesday 25th March
Continue your detective story. Don't forget to check that you have used all of the necessary punctuation and paragraphs.
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.
Thursday 26th March
Please finish your detective story. Don't forget to proof read and edit.
Complete two more of your calculation sheets. Ensure that you have completed some multiplication, division, addition and subtraction
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
As well as the sparrowhawk, which other animals are a threat to blue tits?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
OUR LOCAL HISTORY STUDY
THE MONMOUTH REBELLION
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 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.