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We would love you to have a go at completing our daily home challenges. If you do, please feel free to tag the school on twitter to share your fantastic work and efforts with the teachers - @gilmourinfants

 

Oak National Academy

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-1

White Rose Maths Home Learning

 Videos https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/

(Please click on link below for worksheets)

 

 

Friday 17th July

Today is our last day of challenges; we hope that you have had as much fun as us! We cannot believe it is the end of term already and we are so proud of how well you have all adjusted in this unusual time. We have thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of the amazing work that you have been doing at home. We have missed each and every one of you and school hasn't been the same without all of your smiling faces! You are all amazing children and we are so proud of all that you have achieved in Year 1. Please continue to update us on what lovely things you get up to over the summer holidays, via Facebook and Twitter.

 

Please feel free to contact school if you have any further queries or concerns and continue to check the school website and Parent App which will be updated throughout. 

 

Year 1 of 2020, it has been a year we will never forget. We wish you all the love, luck and happiness in Year 2! Have a relaxing summer and take care of yourselves.

Lots of love from all the staff at Gilmour Infant School xxx

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

memories, year, ago, remember and favourite.

 

Today is spelling quiz day. See if someone can quiz you on your spellings and then try and write some of them into a sentence by yourself.

 

Phonics: Today we are looking at contractions.

This is where two words are merged together and the missing letter is replaced with an apostrophe.

 

Try to read these words:

 

I’m (I + am) , can’t (can + not) , we’re (we + are) , don’t (do + not)

 

Have a go at writing a sentence for each word.

e.g. I'm going to the zoo today with my Mum, Dad and sister.

 

Read: Today we would like you to choose a story book to read. It may be one that you have read before and really enjoy or it may be one from Bug Club.

Do you remember when you made fantastic story jars and brought them into school?

 

Once you have read the story see if you can make a story jar for this story. When it is finished you could use it as a lovely ornament for your home.

 

Talk: Using different natural materials such as twigs or stones create your own pattern. What would come next in your sequence? What would the 10th object be? Or the 20th? Look carefully at the pattern you are following. Does it go one stone, two twigs, one stone, to twigs or is it a different pattern?

 

Task: Listen to the story "Giraffes Can’t Dance".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZjsLK5vwNU&feature=youtu.be

Talk to someone about something you could not do at the start of Year 1, that you can do now. Think of something you would love to do by the time you leave Year 2. Make a list of 10 goals you would like to achieve. This could be to become better at a sport, to learn how to join up your handwriting, to become quicker at saying your times tables or even to learn a new skill. Write them down and put them somewhere you will always see them. Come back to them over the year and if you have achieved your goal, tick it off!

 

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

We hope you have a lovely, relaxing summer holiday.

With best wishes!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan, Mrs Ambrose, Mrs Gould, Mr Doran, Mrs Murray and Mrs Lekal.

xxx

 

Thursday 16th July

Good morning everybody!

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

memories, year, ago, remember and favourite.

 

Draw and colour a picture. Hide your spelling words inside your picture. Show your picture to someone and see it they can find your hidden words.

 

Phonics: Today we are looking at –ed and –ing words.

Remember that when you add ed to the end of a verb it is in the past tense, and when you add ing to the end of a verb it is what someone is doing now.

 

Have a go at adding ed and ing to these words:

fill, kill, pull, dull, loll, roll, yell, hunt, buzz, jump, camp, stamp, paint

 

Ask a grown up to act out one of the words in the list above. Can you guess what it is and then write the word in both the past tense and then the present tense? Then can you act out a word and help the adult to write it in the past tense and then the present tense? Do this with two more words each!

 

 

 

Read: Today we would like you to read a non-fiction book today. It can be from Bug Club or one that you have at home.

Write down any 10 key words in your book. Now put them into alphabetical order. Can you use a dictionary to find out what the words mean and write a sentence for each word.

 

Talk: Today we would like you to interview someone in your home or another member of your family! We would like you to find out about how things have changed from the past to now. You could ask them about school, toys, the city of Liverpool, clothes or anything you would like to find out about. 

Using a card cylinder, some paint and some silver foil make a microphone. You can decorate it however you want to.

Once you have made it, think of some questions you could ask to interview someone in your home. Write them down and practice asking them first. Remember to use a question mark at the end of each question.

 

 

Task: In art we looked at drawing portraits. We focused on carefully observing the different features of the person we were drawing. 

Today you are going to be an artist. Look at a picture of someone in your family. What colour hair do they have? Is it short or long? Don't forget their eyes, nose, mouth, ears, eye lashes, eyebrows and other features like glasses or freckles.

Draw a fantastic picture of them and then write some sentences to describe their features. Remember to use adjectives, capital letters, commas and full stops.

 

e.g. My mum has short, brown hair with shiny, blue glasses. 

 

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

We hope you have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

Wednesday 15th July

Good morning everybody!

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

memories, year, ago, remember and favourite.

 

Ask a grown up to spread jam, honey or chocolate spread all over a tray. Say the word first, then say each letter name of the word as you write it in the jam, honey or chocolate spread with your finger and then say the word again when you have finished.

Phonics: Today we are looking at  -tch(catch).

Remember that -tch usually comes straight after a single vowel letter.

 

Try to segment and blend these words:

catch, fetch, kitchen, latch, match, pitch, hatch, hutch, ditch, stitch, witch, scratchy

 

These words are exceptions: - such, much, rich, which

 

Why not click the link below and watch Mr Thorne learning the tch sound?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kibwDQpqtA4&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Read: Today, we would like you to choose a fiction book. It can be from Bug Club or one that you have at home.

Give the book that you read marks out of 10 and explain why you gave it that mark. Can you draw the beginning, middle and end of the story to retell it?

 

Talk: Nature Craft Challenge

Today we would like you to create a picture using natural materials.

Go for a walk with your family or even hunt in the garden for some items. Try to find sticks, stones, pebbles, flowers, leaves and feathers.

Once you have enough materials for your picture get creating!

You might want to make a picture of a house, an animal or even a portrait!

 

Task: My New Class Message in a Bottle

Today we would like you to write a letter to your new class teacher. Try to include lots of information about yourself. This could include your hobbies or interests, things that you are good at and things that you would like to get better at. You could even add some questions for your new teacher.

 

You could then roll up your letter and put it inside a bottle. You could use the template in the link below:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_nN24fxKGYYhEAIq0UDz_igInwZMM8VS/view?usp=sharing

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

We hope you have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Tuesday 14th July

Good morning everybody!

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

memories, year, ago remember and favourite.

 

Today you are going to write each letter of the word in the palm of your hand with your finger. Say each word aloud first, then say each letter name as you trace it onto the palm of your hand. Then say the word again aloud when you have finished. Can you do this again with your eyes shut?

Then write the word again on a piece of paper.

 

 

Phonics: Today we are looking at -ve   (have).

 

Remember the V sound is usually at the end of a word.

English words do not usually end in v, they have the “e” added.

 

Have a go at segmenting and blending these words:

 

love, live, give, have, active

gave, hive, dive, thrive (split digraph)

 

Can you write a question using some of the “ve” words? Remember to use question marks.

e.g. Can you give me a high five?

 

 

 

Read: We would like you to read a non-fiction book today. It can be from Bug Club or one that you have at home.

Find three interesting words in the text. Write down the meaning of each word and then use each one in a sentence of your own.

 

Talk: Egg drop challenge

You have 20 minutes to complete the challenge so set a timer.

Using the materials you have at home, you need to create a structure that will safely transport your egg when it is dropped. Once you have made your structure, take it in turns to drop the egg. You could try dropping it first by standing up. If your egg survives, you could then try it by safely standing on a chair. If you are feeling very brave, you could drop it from a window if a grown up tells you it is safe and possible.

 

What an egg-citing challenge!

Think carefully about the different materials you might choose to use. Why do you think that would be a good or bad material? 

 

Task: Think about things in Year 1 that have made you happy. It may be when you had fish fingers for lunch on Friday, when you painted pictures, when you played with your friends or when you wrote a fantastic story. Talk to someone in your home about the things that made you enjoy Year 1.

Draw a picture of all the things that you enjoyed in Year 1. Then think of some things that you really can’t wait to do when you join Year 2. It may be seeing your friends again or playing in the playground. Add these pictures to your "Being Happy" pictures.

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

We hope you have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Monday 13th July

Good morning everybody and welcome to our last week of home challenges!

We are so proud of you all and everything you have achieved - not just during your time with us at school but also over the last few months of learning under such unusual circumstances.

Well done to all of you (and your families), you are absolute superstars! 

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

memories, year, ago remember and favourite.

 

Sit next to a grown up. Read the first spelling word to the grown up. The grown up starts writing the spelling word by writing one letter. You then add the next letter. You take it in turns to write a letter until you have spelt the word. You then write the whole word on your own.

Then repeat this for the other words.

 

Can you then take it in turns to write a sentence about each word?

 

Phonics: We would like you to play “Buried Treasure” on Phonics Play today and revise all of phase 5 sounds. Choose which words are real and which are silly.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5/buried-treasure

 

 

Read: Today, we would like you to choose a story book. It can be from Bug Club or one that you have at home.

When you have finished reading the book talk to an adult about the main character. What do they like? How old do you think they are?

Then design and make a birthday card for that character.

 

 

Talk: Tree of Me

 

Today you are going to spend a little bit of time thinking about just how amazing you are. 

Cut out leaf shapes from coloured paper about the size of your hand. You can always colour in the leaves if you do not have any coloured paper. With a grown up make a hole in the top of each leaf and loop some string through each one. Put a branch/twig into a vase or jar. Talk with a grown up about what makes you so special. Write one thing that describes you on each leaf. You can draw pictures too. Describe yourself in the way a kind friend would. Hang the branches on the leaves.

You can always add more another day!

 

Task: 

This week we will be thinking about memories and also new beginnings.

 

Today we would like you to design a shield that tells someone all about you.

It could show what you are good at, what you love, and what you want to get even better at. You may want to draw your pet or even your favourite food.

You can use the link below or you may want to make your own shield:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vW14yBTOOce5hIpY44ZtuYDDMbbKYUsq/view?usp=sharing

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

We hope you have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Friday 10th July

Good morning everybody! 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 

July August September October November December

 

*Start with a capital letter for months of the year.

 

Today is spelling quiz day. See if someone can quiz you on your spellings and then try and write some of them into a sentence by yourself.

 

Phonics: Today we are looking at b and d and p and q.

 

Have a go at reading the words below:

bed, bead, birthday , beach, branch, bin, bring, bunch

dad, sad, dim, dip, din, did, and, pad, mad, down, dream

pig, pan, park, play, paint, punch, supper, plate

quiz, queen, quick, square, quack, quit, squirt, squid

 

Why not have a go at completing the confusing letter worksheet using the link below?

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EWbXjrPhH9ajQbDlfvQ0XHF2ttax0Vgh/view?usp=sharing

 

Read: Read a non-fiction book today. It can be from Bug Club or one that you have at home.

Make a bookmark about the book and decorate it by drawing and writing two new facts that you found out.

 

Talk: Create an obstacle course in your home or use some chalk and make a course outside.

Once you have made it think if you can you put some extra challenges on it? Maybe you could crawl under a row of chairs or jump in and out of a hoop?

Can you make each challenge worth a different number of points? Have a few goes. What was your best score?

Talk about how you got around the course. What movements did you have to complete? 

 

 

Task: Memory Box

 

Decorate a box and put in it things that you and your family have enjoyed together during your time at home together.

Write about your favourite things you have done together. Maybe you could write about any special films you have watched? Can you draw any games that you have loved to play?

Then can you use a ruler to measure the height and width of the box? How many cms is it? Can you find any boxes that are smaller than it or bigger than it around your house?

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Thursday 9th July

Good morning everybody! 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 

July August September October November December

 

*Start with a capital letter for months of the year.

 

Dotty spellings

Write your spelling words today using dots to write the letters. You could use either paint, felt pens, a bingo dabber or a pencil.

 

Phonics: Today we are looking at the digraphs ff, ll, ss, zz and ck. These digraphs are usually found at the end of a word. 

Have a go at segmenting and blending these words below:

sniff, cliff, huff, puff

pull, full, spill, mill, will

fizz, buzz, jazz

kick, sock, sack, dock, pick, sick, pack, ticket, pocket

 

Why not write a sentence using each of the digraphs? Here is my sentence...

When I was on a cliff I had to pull a ticket for a jazz show out of my pocket.

 

 

Read: Read a story book from home today. Turn off the lights, draw the curtains and read the story using a torch!

 

Talk: Fill a bowl with the same small objects such as small cereal pieces or Lego blocks. Draw around the hands of the people in your home and estimate (have a good guess) how many of the objects will fill the hand? Write down what your estimate was before you find out.

Count the pieces as you put them in. Did you estimate more or less than there was? Try again using the outline of another person’s hand. If the hand is bigger will you need more or less pieces?

 

 

Task: Set aside some time to sit with your family and look at your old photos. Can you see any of you as a baby? Can you see any that remind you of special people or special times? Think about all of the fun that your family has had together. Write a list of your favourite photos.

If you could capture any events whilst you have been in Year 1 on a camera, what would they be? Create your own photo album by drawing pictures and labelling your favourite moments in Year 1.

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Wednesday 8th July

Good morning everybody! 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 

July August September October November December

 

*Start with a capital letter for months of the year.

 

Write each word on a piece of paper which is resting on a Lego base or something else that is bumpy. Say the word first, then say each letter name of the word as you write it and then say the word again when you have finished.

 

Can you then write a sentence about each word?

 

Phonics: Today we are looking at the digraphs ng and nk.

Remember that a digraph is two letters making one sound.

Try and read the words below:

 

ring, bang, hang, sing, wing, gong, king, long, song, thing, swing, bring

bank, think, honk, sunk, pink, clink, sink, brink, blink, stink, link, tank, sank, blank, Frank, junk, trunk, bunk, honk

 

Why not click the link below and watch the Alphablocks learning ng?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoG2ETuIJZ0&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Read: Today we would like you to read a non-fiction book. It can be from Bug Club or one that you have at home.

 

Once you have read it, see if you can create a board game or card game about information in the text. Maybe you could find some facts about animals or vehicles and create your own version of top trumps. Another option is play snakes and ladders and place some facts that you have written around the board. If you land on a fact you have to read it.

 

Talk: Dream Design

 

Design your perfect bedroom or house. 

What would it have in it?

Make a list of all the different items and then describe your room to someone. Remember to use lots of adjectives!

 

Task: Think about if you ever visited somewhere and brought a souvenir back. Sometimes it is nice to have an object that reminds us of a particular place or a happy event. Have a search around your home for some souvenirs. Can you remember who you were with? Where you were? What made that time so special? 

Talk to the people in your home about these happy memories.

Think about a happy memory you have from being in Year 1. Can you design or create a souvenir to remind you of that memory? Your favourite moment might be a story you read as a whole class or a game your played in P.E. What item reminds you of that time? One of my favourite moments was reading Gangsta Granny in class. I would design some jewellery or an outfit that Ben and his Granny might wear.  

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Tuesday 7th July

Good morning everybody! 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 

July August September October November December

 

*Start with a capital letter for months of the year.

 

Today try and write your spellings by using paint. Say the word first, then say each letter name of the word as you write it and then say the word again when you have finished.

 

Challenge: Can you write each word with your eyes closed?

 

Phonics: Today we are looking at the graphemes wh, ph and qu.

 

Remember that a digraph is two letters making one sound.

Have a go at reading the words below:

who, what, where, when, why, which, wheel

phonics, alphabet, dolphin, elephant, photo

quiz, queen, quick, square, quack, quit, squirt, squid

 

Why not try playing the roll and read game by clicking on the link below?

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rbbFFkVNGKwbbXHZ-RujuEoHcTT5yaYo/view?usp=sharing

 

 

Read: Today, we would like you to choose a story book. It can be from Bug Club or one that you have at home.

Once you have read it choose the favourite page that you read and create an illustration for it. Write two or three sentences about why it was your favourite page.

 

Talk: Today is World Chocolate Day!

 

Ask people in your home about their favourite chocolate bars. Why do they like them? What flavours are they? What do the wrappers look like?

Using the link below can you invent a design for a new chocolate bar?

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wCqfTvTTuaQZ7i33RFVFglg8ggTUlkpd/view?usp=sharing

Maybe you could read or watch some of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to give you some ideas.

 

Task: Memory Bottles

 

Click on the link below and listen to the story Memory Bottles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0fdDFPMBJI&feature=youtu.be

Ask a grown up that you live with to tell you about a favourite memory that they have. Help them to decorate a bottle and write their memory and put it into the bottle for them to keep.

Now think of your favourite memory from Year 1 and create your own memory botttle. Our favourite memory was when you all came into your new Year 1 classroom for the first day back in September! 

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Monday 6th July

Good morning everybody. We hope you had a lovely weekend! 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 

July August September October November December

 

*Start with a capital letter for months of the year.

 

Write out the spellings from last week on separate pieces of paper. Then copy the spellings from this week on separate pieces of paper. Shuffle and then put them back in order. Write on the paper the dates for birthdays in your family and a sentence or two about them.

 

Here is my sentence for May:

My mum’s birthday is on 12th May and she likes chocolate birthday cakes.

 

Phonics: We would like you to play “Dragon’s Den” on Phonics Play today and revise all of phase 5 sounds. Choose which words are real and which are silly.

 

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5/dragons-den

 

 

Read: Read a non-fiction book today. It can be from Bug Club or one that you have at home.

Before you read it, look at the title and think of some questions you would like to find answers for when reading the book. 

Write three different questions and see if you are able to find the answers. Remember to use question marks at the end of each question.

 

 

Talk: We should all be trying our best to recycle as many different everyday materials from our homes. What does recycling mean? Think about the different materials you recycle at home and in school? What do you have to do to recycle the materials?

Using only recycled materials can you make a sculpture of an animal or an insect? Find out three facts about your animal or insect and write them as sentences. 

 

Task: This week we will be thinking about memories.

 

Think about all of the lovely memories you have from Year 1. There might be something that you wish you could do again, or a funny memory.

Draw and cut out a circle. Divide the circle into 6 or 8 sections. Draw a picture of happy memories from Year 1.

I am going to draw World Book Day, Gilmour Bear Hunt, painting, playing Dodge ball, singing French songs and Breakfast with Santa in mine.

What will you draw?

 

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Friday 3rd July

Good morning everybody! 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 

January February March April May June

 

*Start with a capital letter for months of the year.

 

Today is spelling quiz day. See if someone can quiz you on your spellings and then try and write some of them into a sentence by yourself.  

 

Phonics: Today we are looking at the graphemes ar and oo.

 

Remember that digraphs are two letters making one sound. Have a go at segmenting and blending the words below:

 

bark, star, tart, start, car, card, cart, bar, hard, jar, park, market

tooth, boot, spoon, broom, zoo, hoof, zoom, cool, food, root, moon, rooftop

 

Today we would like you to play “Dragon’s Den” on PhonicsPlay using the link below:

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5/dragons-den

 

 

 

Read: Read a fiction book from Bug Club or one that you have at home.

Once you have read it, using speech bubbles and pictures of the characters, draw a conversation between two characters from the story you have been reading.

 

 

 

Talk: Watch a dance routine that you enjoy and practice it several times. You could follow along with Kidz Bop on the link below and learn a dance routine to Dance Monkey.

 Make a poster advertising your dance routine.

Later in the day can you perform it for the people in your home?

Maybe you could wear a costume as you perform?

Can you teach your routine to somebody?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JPVKD_UT-Q

 

Task: It's time to go to the movies!

Choose your favourite Disney film that you can watch at home.

Make a poster advertising when and where you will be watching the film.

Can you describe the film in a couple of sentences? Think about why someone should watch the film with you. What is good about it? Then decide how much a ticket for the film will be. Draw some tickets on paper and cut them out.

 

Every good film showing is only complete with drinks and snacks. Can you make a price list for a range of snacks? You may have popcorn, chocolate, sweets, fruit, juice, fizzy drinks and water all for sale at your movie. How much will each item cost?

 

When it's time for the movie, play shop and check everyone has the correct amount of money to buy a ticket and their snacks. 

 

Sit back, relax and enjoy the movie (don't forget to put any phones on silent!)

 

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

We wish you all a lovely weekend!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Thursday 2nd July

Good morning everybody! 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 

January February March April May June

 

*Start with a capital letter for months of the year.

 

Write your spelling words three times using a different coloured crayon or pen each timeThen, see which is the funniest sentence you can write using some of your spellings. 

 

Phonics: Today we are looking at the trigraphs ure, air and ear.  Have a go at segmenting and blending these words below:

cure, pure, sure

air, hair, chair, fair, pair, lair

ear, tear, fear, hear, dear, beard, gear, near, year, rear

 

Remember that trigraphs are three letters making one sound.

 

Have a look at the alphablocks learning the air trigraph:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TmXMkRAsjY&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Read: Choose a non-fiction book today, it can be one from home or you can search for one on Bug Club.

Once you have read it can you write 1 question, 2 interesting facts and 3 things you have learnt from the book?

 

 

Talk: Doubles

 

If you have two dice roll them and add the two digits together. Then double the number and write it as a number sentence.

So if you roll a 5 and a 1 you would write 6 + 6 = 12

Check your answer by putting 6 objects in front of a mirror and counting the number of objects you can see altogether including in the reflection.

 

Task: Today you are going to watch “Toy Story- You’ve Got a Friend in Me” sung with sign language.

 

Watch carefully and see if you can copy some of the actions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWyX8zSnz_A&feature=youtu.be

 

Think about your friends and who have you missed seeing and playing with. Make a list of all the things you can't wait to do together again. Some ideas maybe:

- go to the cinema

- have a sleepover together

- go to the swimming baths

- go for a pizza at Pizza Hut

- going to dance lessons

- going to Beavers or Rainbows together

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Wednesday 1st July

Good morning everybody! Welcome to July! 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 

January February March April May June

 

*Start with a capital letter for months of the year.

 

Copy each word onto a piece of paper. Shuffle the papers and put them face down in a pile. Take one piece of paper at a time and write a question with the word in it. Remember to use question marks at the end of each question. When you have finished ask someone your questions.

 

Here are some of my questions:

Does it snow in June?

Is it hot in January?

Which month comes before March?

 

Phonics: There are alternative spellings for the ou sound and we are looking at the digraph ou and the digraph ow. They make the same sound in these words. We have already covered these in school. Have a go at segmenting and blending these words below.

 

out, about, scout, round, sprout, mouth, around, sound, pound, found

owl, cow, clown, now, down, how, bow, pow, row, town, towel

 

Remember that digraphs are two letters making one sound.

 

Can you write a silly sentence with at least two ou words in and two ow words in?

 

Here’s mine:

The owl and the cow found a sprout in the town with a clown.

 

 

 

Read: Read a fiction book from Bug Club today.

 

Once you have read it, draw the main character in the book as a baby, a middle aged person and an older person. 

Underneath each picture write a sentence about what you think they might be doing at that point in their life, and explain why.

For example, if you drew Harry Potter you might draw him as a baby casting spells on his mum to feed him lots of tasty food.

 

 

Talk: Happy International Joke Day!

 

Ask everyone in your home to tell you their favourite joke.  Maybe you could ring someone up with a grown up and ask them?

Watch the clip below with some other funny jokes on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NMhWz16Jvk&feature=youtu.be

Write down your three favourite jokes and practice saying them. Then perform your jokes to your family.

 

Task: Watch the clip of the song “Under the Sea”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkusy4ylhiY&feature=youtu.be

 

Can you make your own Sebastian lobster? You could either use painted footprints and handprints or you could cut draw around them on paper and cut them out.

Challenge: Can find out some facts about lobsters and write them down?

 

 

We'd love to hear some of your fantastic jokes and any facts you find out about lobsters. Maybe you could record yourself and send it to us on Twitter or the Facebook page.

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Tuesday 30th June

Good morning everybody! 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 

January February March April May June

 

*Start with a capital letter for months of the year.

 

Box Clever

 

 

Use the link below to print the net of a cube, or you could use the inside of a cardboard box such as a cereal box.

http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/maths/pdfs/NTnetcube.pdf

Write a different word on each face of your shape.

Using different coloured pens or pencils write the word first, then say each letter name of the word as you write it and then say the word again when you have finished.

Roll your shape. Can you write a sentence with the word in that is on the top?

 

Phonics: Today we are looking at some alternative spellings. We are going to look at the or(e), aw and au word families. Have a go at segmenting and blending these words below.

 

torch, fork, sport, for, cork, sort, born, worn, fort, torn, cornet

sore, more, score, tore, before, wore, shore

claw, saw, raw, draw, yawn, crawl

author, dinosaur, August ,haunt, launch, haul, Paul

 

Watch Geraldine the Giraffe learn the au grapheme by watching:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOHDkQGhku4&feature=youtu.be

 

Then see her learn the aw grapheme:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xvdbR6g060&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Read: Read a non-fiction book today from Bug Club or one that you have at home. 

When you have read it write a list of things you learnt. Then make a quiz for your family.

 

Have fun seeing how many questions you get right! What could your winning prize be?

 

 

Talk: Talk to a grown up in your home about what you are having for dinner.

Can you make a menu to go on the table at dinner time? Draw pictures of the food and remember to include drinks. Can you add some prices to your menu? You could add £1, £2, £5 or £10. 

At tea time help a grown up to lay the table.

Just before tea time read your menu to your family and take the order. Can you add up the prices for each item? What is the total cost?

 

 

Task: Today you are going to think about Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

 

Can you read the story of Snow White, or maybe you can watch the film? Here is a clip of one of their songs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI0x0KYChq4

 

Write out the name of the dwarves on separate pieces of paper. Can you put them into alphabetical order?

After that write a few sentences describing each dwarf and what they look like?

 

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Monday 29th June

Good morning everybody! We hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing weekend. 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 

January February March April May June

 

*Start with a capital letter for months of the year.

 

Rice is nice.

Today try and write your spellings in rice (or lentils). Pour the rice with a grown up into a tray. Say the word first, then say each letter name of the word as you write it and then say the word again when you have finished.

 

Challenge: Can you write each word with your eyes closed?

 

Phonics: We would like you to play “Picnic on Pluto” on Phonics Play today and revise all of phase 5 sounds. Choose which words are real and which are silly.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5/picnic-on-pluto

 

Read: Today, I would like you to choose a story book. It can be from Bug Club or one that you have at home.

 

Once you have read it can you make a poster that advertises the book?

Why will people want to read it?

What makes this book stand out?

 

 

Talk: Can you make a zip wire for a toy?

 

Think what you will need for your zip line and how it will work.

Build your zip line and see if it works. How could it be even better?

Once you have finished it make a diagram of the zip line, label it and write out a set of instructions explaining how to make one. Think about...

- The materials you needed.

- The different steps you took to build it and it what order you did them.

 

Task: This week we will be thinking about Disney.

 

Click on the link below to listen to Let it Go from the film Frozen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0MK7qz13bU&feature=youtu.be

 

With a grown up try to make some paper snowflakes. Stick them on a window or a piece of paper when you have finished. What do you notice about them?

I notice that they are symmetrical. Go on a scavenger hunt around your house and see which other symmetrical objects you can find. You could even use a timer on a phone, iPad, tablet or ask Alexa to count down, to challenge you to find a different object in 1 minute.

 

 

We'd love to see what symmetrical items you can find. Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Friday 26th June

Good morning everybody! 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

*Always start the names of the days with a capital letter.

Today is spelling quiz day. See if someone can quiz you on your spellings and then try and write some of them into a sentence by yourself.

 

 

Phonics: Today we are looking at the graphemes ch, sh and th.

 

Remember that digraphs are two letters making one sound. Have a go at segmenting and blending the words below:

 

chin, chill, champ, crunch, lunch, chest, punch, chimp

ship, shell, shelf, rush, fresh, shrink, shed, fish

moth, path, bath, them, then, that, this, with, thick, think, thank

 

Once you have completed that why not watch the Alphablocks learning ch and sh?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ncQwQZJ47E&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Read: Choose a non-fiction book today, it can be one from home or you can search for one on Bug Club.

 

  Think about the key parts of the book. Can you act out one or more important parts? Maybe you could record yourself and make it into a film.

 

 

Talk: Send a card 

 

Think of a relative or a friend you may not have seen for a little while. Why not draw a beautiful card and write a little note inside for them?

Ask an adult to help you address the envelope and show you where to put the stamp.

 

Task: Make a dinosaur skeleton

 

Using straws, cotton buds or white pieces of paper or card make your own dinosaur skeleton.

On a separate piece of paper write the name of your dinosaur and three facts about it.

 

 

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend! Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

Thursday 25th June

Good morning everybody! We hope you are able to get outside and enjoy this lovely weather. 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

*Always start the names of the days with a capital letter.

Noughts and Crosses: Your challenge today is to play noughts and crosses using our spellings. Choose one word at a time for each grid and your partner chooses another word.

 

Phonics: Today we are looking at some alternative spellings. We are going to look at the er, ur and ir word families. Have a go at segmenting and blending these words below:

 

letter, ladder, winner, dinner, supper, hammer, boxer, better, summer

 church, burn, hurt, fur, burp, curl, surf, turn, turnip, curds

 girl, twirl, bird, third, shirt, first, thirst

 

Remember that digraphs are two letters making one sound.

 

Once you have completed that have a go at playing Picnic on Pluto on PhonicsPlay to revise all phase 5 sounds.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5/picnic-on-pluto

 

Read: Read a book from Bug Club today. Once you have read it, have a go at answering the questions about it. If you need help, remember that you can go back to the page to find the answer. Can you write two questions of your own about the book? Remember to use a question mark at the end of your question.

 

 

Talk: Today is Global Beatles Day. 

 

Ask someone that you live with to talk to you about The Beatles. Or maybe you can talk to an aunty, uncle or grandparent about them. Who were The Beatles? Where were they from? Why are they so famous? Find out what their favourite song by The Beatles is.

Listen to some songs together.

Find out some places in Liverpool that have been made famous by The Beatles. Draw your favourite place as you listen to some music by The Beatles.

 

Task: Dinosaur Land

 

Today you are going to create a land for your dinosaurs.

Get a large piece of paper or card and draw a land for dinosaurs. Will it have swamps, trees, caves, mountains or lakes?

Or you may want to make your dinosaur land outside in the garden using natural materials.

 

Write a sentence about each feature on your dinosaur land explaining how the dinosaurs may use it. For example...

My dinosaur land has tall, leafy trees so the dinosaurs can reach them to eat.

 

 

We'd love to see you dinosaur land or any facts you learn about the Beatles. Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Wednesday 24th June

Good morning everybody! We hope you are able to get outside and enjoy this lovely weather. 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

*Always start the names of the days with a capital letter.

Spelling scribble: Make a giant scribble on a piece of paper. Then use a different colour for each spelling and write it inside the scribble.

 

Phonics: There are alternative spellings for the ue sound and we are looking at the digraph ew and the split digraph u-e. They all make the same sound in these words. We have already covered these in school. Have a go at segmenting and blending these words below.

 

blue, clue, true = ‘oo’

rescue, Tuesday, = ‘you’

drew, threw, chew, blew, grew, flew, new, few

 June, rule, rude, cute, use, tube, tune  

 

Watch Geraldine the Giraffe learn the ue grapheme by watching:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCeE3B_tAq8&feature=youtu.be

 

Read: Choose a non-fiction book today, it can be one from home or you can search for one on Bug Club.

Can you make an illustrated glossary?

Remember, a glossary is like a dictionary, which explains what key words from the text means. Have a look at this one below for an example.

 

 

Talk: In our Science lessons we were thinking about materials.

 Can you think about which material you could use to make a waterproof tent for a teddy or a doll? How would you make it? What would you use to join it together? How would you stop it from collapsing?

Make the tent and pour a little water over it. Is it waterproof? Does it stay upright? How can you improve it?

 Draw a diagram of your tent and label it.

 

Task: This week are thinking about dinosaurs.

 

Dinosaur Trip!

Today you are going to explore The Natural History Museum in London!

You need a pencil and paper.

 

Click the link below to explore the museum. What interesting facts did you find out? Could you write a little fact book? You could choose three dinosaurs and write some amazing and interesting facts.

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/dinosaurs.html

 

See if you can draw a T-Rex like the one in the link below or you could draw one from a book or a toy or any other image. Take your time and think carefully about the steps.

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/how-to-draw-a-dinosaur.html

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Tuesday 23rd June

Good morning everybody! 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

*Always start the names of the days with a capital letter.

Rainbow Spellings: Today, write your spellings as a beautiful rainbow.

Say the word before you write it, then say each letter name as you write the word and then say the word again when you have finished it. Trace over the word using a different colour.

Use as many colours as you can!

Challenge…

Can you choose your favourite colour and write each word with your eyes shut?

 

 

Phonics: There are alternative spellings for the oa sound and we are looking at the digraph oa and the digraph oe and the split digraph o-e. They all make the same sound in these words. Have a go at segmenting and blending these words below. Once you have completed that, try writing some of them in sentences.

 goat, boat, float, toad, throat, soap, road, loaf, toast, oak, coat, foal

phone, lone, those, chose, hole, stole, pole, mole, home, bone

Joe, toe, toes, goes

 

 

Read: Today, I would like you to choose a story book. It can be from Bug Club or one that you have at home.

When you have finished reading click on the link below and play the game.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1H1EoxDXRHMrGcfkhkNs71FY9a70nBe7-/view?usp=sharing

If you cannot play this game why not make your own game about the book? Maybe you could write some quiz questions.

 

 

Talk: 5x tables

 

Have a go at practicing your 5 times tables. Remember to say the full multiplication, not just rote counting them. For example, 1 times 5 is 5, 2 times 5 is 10 etc.

 

Use this link to help you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KyDZ7f1RfE&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Task: This week we will be thinking about dinosaurs.

 

Today you are going to measure some dinosaurs.

Use the link below to print out some dinosaurs and see if you can measure them in cm using a ruler.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kIwiKMjezOwvbj5XtVb4mAlYj8Gqc_qH/view?usp=sharing

 

If you cannot print these out why not draw some dinosaurs and measure them? Or if you have toy dinosaurs you could always measure them.

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Monday 22nd June

Good morning everybody! We hope you had a lovely weekend celebrating Father's Day.

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

*Always start the names of the days with a capital letter.

Spelling Spider: Have eight pieces of paper or card (for the legs) and a circle.

Have cards with the days of the week written on, and shuffled in a face down pile. Turn the cards over one at a time and look at it, place it down and write the word on a leg, check that you have spelt it correctly. When you have finished write your name on the final leg. Put the days of the week in order and stick the legs onto the spider.

 

Phonics: We would like you to play “Buried Treasure” on Phonics Play today and revise all of phase 5 sounds. Choose which words are real and which are silly.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5/buried-treasure

 

Read: Read a non-fiction book today from Bug Club or one that you have at home.

When you have read it see if you can create a comic strip version of the book. Try to keep the key information in your comic strip.

 

 

Talk: Helping at home.

 

There are lots of busy jobs that people are doing in your home.

Have a think of some of the things that people do for you. Use a timer, and in 3 minutes write a list of as many jobs that you can think of that people do in your home for you.

Remember to say thank you.

Give your time, and think of a job that you could do to help in your home. Maybe you could tidy your room?

Maybe you could help to tidy the table after breakfast? Maybe you could help with 

the dusting?

 

Write a thank you note to someone in your home that helps you. Can you hide it for them to find later?

 

 

Task: This week we will be thinking about dinosaurs.

 

Today, can you invent your own dinosaur? Ask a grown up to help you find some pictures of different dinosaurs on the internet, in a book or look at your toy dinosaurs.

Write down your favourite three features of the different dinosaurs.

Can you then use your favourite features of the dinosaurs and make them into one dinosaur and label it?

Here's one that I invented.

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Friday 19th June

Good morning everybody! Fingers crossed this weather changes soon!

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 toy, place, teacher, key and liked

Today is spelling quiz day. See if someone can quiz you on your spellings and then try and write some of them into a sentence by yourself.

 

Phonics: Today we are looking at some alternative spellings for the igh sound, and we are looking at the trigraph igh, the digraph ie and the split vowel digraph i-e.

 

Have a go at segmenting and blending these words below:

 

night, fight, right, high, sigh, light, might, sight, tight

lie, tie, pie, cried, tried, dried, died

bike, five, like, life, wide, hide, hive, alive  

 

Once you have completed that have a go at playing Roll and Read. Grab some paper and have a go at making it yourself like below.

 

Read: Choose a fiction book from Bug Club and read it to someone in your house or with a friend on a video call if your parents allow you to. Before you finish the book, write down your predictions for the ending. Ask the person that you are reading to what they think will happen in the end. Give reasons for your answers. When you have finished the book, check back to see how accurate your predictions were.

 

 

Talk: Talk for a minute game!

 

Write down 8 words on different pieces of paper.

I am going to write down birthdays, pets, colours, the weather, toys, stories, celebrations and exercises.

Shuffle the cards and place them face down in a pile on the table. Take it in turns with 

someone to turn a card over and speak about the subject on the card for one minute. The game is over when all of the cards have been used.

You could ask someone to use their watch or a timer on their phone.

 

 

Task: Today we are thinking about sharing and following the rules.

When we play with our toys and games it is important that we remember to share and to play by the rules.

 

Think of a game that you like to play at home or create your own game.

Write out a list of the main rules of the game and read them to a person in your house. Explain to them why it is important to follow the rules of the game.

Then play the game together. Have fun!

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

Have a lovely day and weekend!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Thursday 18th June

Good morning everybody! Just a little reminder that these home challenges are a suggestion of activities to complete each day. You may decide to complete all the tasks each day or you may decide to pick one or two complete. Please do only complete what you can manage. 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 toy, place, teacher, key and liked

Treasure box.

Your challenge today is to make a treasure box, decorated with this week’s spellings. Cut some paper into strips (use different colours if you have any) and write each spelling on it two or three times, using a different coloured pen or pencil. Stick your strip onto a small box and then choose another spelling to write. Keep going until the box is covered. You could practice some spellings from last week as well. When you have finished you could use the box to put something special in.

 

Phonics: 

Today we are looking at some alternative spellings. We are going to look at the ee, ea, e-e,-y  and -ey (at end) word families. Have a go at segmenting and blending these words below:

weep, feet, jeep, week, deep

 read, pea, dream, teacher 

 theme, these, scene, complete, Steve, Eve

very, funny, family, easy, thirsty, mummy, sunny

 key, monkey, donkey, turkey, money, chimney

 

Once you have completed that have a go at playing Picnic on Pluto.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5/picnic-on-pluto

 

Read: Choose a non-fiction book today, it can be one from home or you can search for one on Bug Club. Read through 3 paragraphs in your book and make notes on the most important points. You can use bullet points to list your points.

 

 

Talk: Today is International Picnic Day!

 

Grab a blanket and pack your favourite picnic food. Ask a grown up to help you make some sandwiches. You could have a picnic outside in the garden or yard if the weather is good, or maybe you could have it in a place you have never had a picnic before? Who has ever had a picnic under a table or in their hall? 

I think I will build a den in my front room and have a picnic in there.

I will play eye spy at my picnic. What will you play?

 

 

Task: Home Cinema Day!

 

You could watch an episode of In The Night Garden or even choose a film about a toy such as Toy Story, The Lego Movie, My Little Pony or Disney Cars and settle down and enjoy the film!

 

When it is over could you think about a new character that you could invent for the programme or film? I watched Toy Story and decided to make “Spoony”, a character made from a wooden spoon!

You could design a toy and label your design. Can you write a few sentences about the toy that you have designed? You might even make your toy!

 

We hope you have a lovely day!

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Wednesday 17th June

Good morning everybody. We hope you enjoyed finding out about your favourite toy and designing a new one.

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 toy, place, teacher, key and liked

Flowery spellings!

Can you make a bunch of flowers with the spellings on them? Use different coloured pencils and papers to make the flowers. Stick them onto a straw, stick or whatever you can find! You could even make a vase with an old tub or bottle and decorate that with your spellings.

 

Phonics: There are alternative spellings for the ay sound and we are looking at the digraph ay, the digraph ai and the split digraph a-e. They all make the same sound in these words. Have a go at segmenting and blending these words below.

say, pay ,way, day, away, play, pray, stay 

paint, train, rain, snail, wait, aim, pain, sail, main, tail, trail, brain

cave, wave, snake, game, cape, maze, plane, plate

 

Once you have completed that pick one word from each of the lists and write a sentence with the three words in it. Here's my attempt...

There was a slithery, slimy snake and a slow, sluggish snail who got away from the garden. 

 

 

Read: Read a fiction book today from Bug Club or one that you have at home and then write about the main character in the story. Choose at least 5 words to describe his or her behaviour. Give an example for each one. E.g. Tim is clumsy when he drops the eggs.

 

You could use the ideas below for adjectives to describe your character.

 

Talk: Think about your favourite game that you have at home. Tell someone why it is such a great game. Can you explain the rules?

Play the game.

Can you design a poster to persuade other people to play the game?

 

 

Task: Adventure day for you and your toy!

Pack a bag with some things that you and your toy may need as you are off on an adventure. You may need your favourite story book, some paper and pencils, some string or anything else that can fit in your bag. Then make a den for you and your toy to enjoy watching and listening to the story of Dogger on the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNOYgRf5jes

Now you have listened to the story, can you create a lost toy poster? Don't forget to tell everybody the name of the toy, the type of toy it is, where it was last seen, if found who they should contact and a good description of what it looks like. Your poster may look similar to this one below or different.

 

We hope you have a lovely day!

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Tuesday 16th June

Good morning everybody. How much rain did your rain gauge catch yesterday? 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 toy, place, teacher, key and liked

Squirty spellings!

Today, fill an empty washing up liquid bottle, water pistol or squeezy bottle with water and squeeze each letter one at a time of the words you are learning to spell. Say the word before you squirt first eg:”toy” then say each letter name as you are squirting it, “t-o-y” then say the word again, “toy”.

Challenge: Can you squirt each of the words with your eyes shut, saying each letter as you do?

 

Phonics: There are alternative spellings for the oi sound and we are looking at the digraph oi and the digraph oy. They all make the same sound in these words. Have a go at segmenting and blending these words below. Once you have completed that, try writing some of them in sentences.

oil, joint, point, boil, coin, coil, soil, toil, quoit, poison, tinfoil

boy, joy, toy, enjoy, annoy

 

 

Read: Choose a non-fiction book today. You could read one of your own or search on Bug Club for one to have a read of.

Draw a diagram of something mentioned in your book and label it.

 

Remember to write all of your words from left to right wherever you write the label from.

Can you then write the words you used to label the picture onto separate pieces of card or paper and put them into alphabetical order?

 

Talk: Tower Challenge: Play with blocks like Lego or Jenga. 

Talk about the size, colour, shape, weight and the texture of them, and create patterns and structures. Can you guess how many blocks you could pile up without them falling down? Build them up to see if you were correct. Can you build three different sized towers? Can you use the words tallest and shortest when you talk about your towers?

 

 

 

Task: Today you are going to find out more about your favourite toy. 

Using books or the internet see if you can you find out more about the history of your toy. You could use some of these questions to help you:

- When and where it was first made?

- What materials was it made from?

- What materials is it made from now?

- Has it changed over time? How?

 

Then can you design and plan your own new toy or game? Can you label the materials it is made from and describe how it works? 

Can you write your answers in sentences? Remember to use a capital letter at the start of the sentence and a full stop at the end.

 

Have a great day!

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Monday 15th June

Good morning everybody. We hope you had a lovely weekend! Did you get to see or hear the amazing thunderstorm? 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 toy, place, teacher, key and liked

This week we are thinking about toys, so why don't you use your toys today to write your spellings?

 

I used my toy cars and then my lego to write some spellings different spellings.

Which toys will you use? Dinosaurs? Marbles? Lego blocks?

 

Phonics: We would like you to play “Picnic on Pluto” on Phonics Play today and revise all of Phase 5 sounds. Choose which words are real and which are silly.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5/picnic-on-pluto

 

Read: Read a fiction book today and think carefully about what you enjoyed about the book and how you think it could be made even better.

Write a letter to the author of the book explaining what you liked about the book and how it could be even better. Can you tell the author your three favourite words in the book? Do you have any questions for the author?

 

Think carefully about how we wrote our letters when we were in class.

 

 Remember to use capital letters at the start of your sentence and full stops at the end of your sentence. If you write a question remember to use a question mark at the end of your question.

 

Talk: It is meant to rain this week, but how much rain will we have by Friday?

Can you measure how much rain we have this week using cm?

Use a pot, bucket or old plastic bottle, tape and a ruler and mark cm up the side of it to make a rain gauge. Ask an adult to help you if you need to cut anything. Think of a good place to put your rain gauge. Check it every day to see if it has collected any rain, and write down the amount of rain there has been each day in cm. Then empty it. On Friday add up all of the amounts to find out the total rainfall from Monday - Friday.

 

 

Task: This week we will be thinking about toys.

 

Get a large piece of paper or card and find as many different pictures of your favourite toys and stick them onto it. You could use :

- magazines, newspapers and catalogues (ask a grown up first)

- photos/pictures of some of your own toys

- photos/pictures of some of the toys that your family used to play with when they were children

- pictures of very old toys

- pictures from searching on the internet with a grown up helping you

- pictures you have drawn of toys.

 

What do you notice about all of these toys? Can you describe your favourite toy? 

 

Have a great day!

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Friday 12th June

Happy Friday everybody! Where has that week gone? 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 he's (he is)     hour     very     never      baby

Today is spelling quiz day. Ask an adult to test you on your spellings and see how many you get correct!

 

Phonics: Today we are looking at the alternative spellings for "or". We can use the phoneme or when we hear the sound in the middle of a word, such as fork. When we hear the sound at the end of the word we use ore as in more. There is an exception to the rule which is the word for.

Ask an adult to read these words out loud and you decide which "or" phoneme you are going to use to spell the word correctly. Make an "or" phonics card and an "ore" phonics card and place them down on paper. Use the correct card and write the correct letters either side of the cards to spell the word correctly. 

 

fork, sore, more, cord, cork, cornet, born, score, before, wore, worn, fort, for, shore, torn, tore, sort

 

Read: Choose a fiction book from home or from Bug Club. With your family at home or with a friend on a video call if your parents allow you to, you choose a character from the story and they pick a character from a story. Pretend to be the characters and ask each other questions. You could ask them what has happened to them or how they are feeling. Ask them what happens to them next once the story has finished. Do they go on another adventure? What is the adventure?  

 

Talk: Have a look at these Maths questions and see if you can find the answers. Talk about which strategies you used to help you find the answers.

 

 

Task: Using your storyboard or story map from yesterday, we would like you to write your underwater adventure story. Think about where your story begins, describe the setting and introduce your main character. Think about the adventure your character goes on and what problem they come across. How does you character solve the problem? Do they make friends with other characters? If so describe them and explain what they do. How does your story end?

When writing make sure you...

- Use capital letters and full stops.

- Use your neatest handwriting.

- Make sure you leave finger spaces between words.

- Use adjectives to describe.

 

Challenge  

Try to use speech marks when a character speaks (Doug said "I love that fish.")

Try to use a question mark to ask a question (Doug asked "What is your name?")

Try to use an exclamation mark to show excitement ("Wow!" shouted Doug.)

Try to use two adjectives to describe and put a comma between them (He saw a shiny, silver fish swim past him.)

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Thursday 11th June

Good morning everybody! 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 he's (he is)     hour     very     never      baby

Have a go at writing your spelling words in shaving foam, paint, glitter, sand or any other material. Get as creative as you can. 

 

Phonics: Today we are revisiting the -tch (catch) sound in words. Our rule is that it usually comes after a single vowel letter. For example in the word catch, the 'a' is the single vowel. There are some exceptions to this rule including rich and which.

 

Can you segment and blend these words and then practise writing them in a silly sentence for each one?

 

catch, fetch, kitchen, latch, match, pitch, hatch, hutch, ditch, stitch, witch, scratchy

 

Read: Pick a book from home or Bug Club. As you read your book, if you come across a word that you don't know what it means, write it down and then use a dictionary or you could ask Alexa or Siri to tell you what it means.

 

Talk: Throughout the day we all do different things at different times. Can you think about what time you get up in the morning? What time would you normally have breakfast? What time would you normally come to school? What time is lunch time? When would you leave school to go home or after school club? What time is dinner time? When do you have to go to bed? Start to have a look at the clock and see if you can talk about those times.

 

Task: We hope you had fun writing a diary for your underwater world. Today we would like you to create a storyboard or a story map using pictures and a sentence underneath. Think about the characters you created the other day and think about an adventure they are going to go on underwater. Split your page up into 6 or 8 sections to help you plan your story.

Think about...

Where is your story going to start off at? Are they going to swim to a magical under water world like Atlantis? Who do they meet along the way? What problem do they have? How is it solved? What happens at the end and where are they? 

 

We hope you enjoy planning your story.

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Wednesday 10th June

Good morning everybody! We hope you enjoyed thinking about an underwater character.

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 he's (he is)     hour     very     never      baby

Create a race to the stars grid with each word across the bottom of a piece of paper numbered. Roll a dice and whichever number it lands on you have to write that word. Keep going until you reach the top of the page with one word. 

 

Phonics: The next suffix rule we are looking at is adding the suffix -est to an adjective.

When we add it to an adjective it adds the most emphasise to the word. For example if we have the adjective grand and add the suffix -est, the adjective becomes grandest. 

 

Write each of these root words onto a separate piece of paper. Scrunch it up into a snowball. Put them all into a bag, give them a good mix then pick a word out. Look at the root word and then write it down with the suffix -est added.

fast, great, fresh, quick, thick, slick, old, cold, bold

 

Read: Choose a non-fiction book today. You could read one of your own or search for one on Bug Club to have a read of. Can you write down five new facts that you learnt about from your book? You could share your new facts with your family. 

 

Talk: In Geography we learnt all about the United Kingdom. What facts can you remember about it? Can you remember the countries and their capital cities? Can you remember some famous landmarks in those countries? You could make a booklet with a page for each country. 

 

Task: Today we want you to imagine you have been on a deep sea diving adventure. Listen to the story "Dougal's Deep-Sea Diary" on the link below. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULjWgbz1nDw

Can you write a diary entry and tell us what you got up to on your deep sea diving adventure? Think about what you saw and what order you saw them in. How did it make you feel? What happened first, next, after that and finally?

Use these prompts to help you.

 

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page to share your wonderful work. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Tuesday 9th June

Good morning everybody! We hope you enjoyed exploring under the sea yesterday.

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 he's (he is)     hour     very     never      baby

Get some large paper and write your spellings in bubble writing, curly writing, wavy writing and multi-coloured writing. 

 

Phonics: The next suffix rule we are looking at is adding the suffix -er to adjectives and verbs. 

When we add it to an adjective it adds more emphasise to the word. For example if we have the adjective grand and add the suffix -er, the adjective becomes grander. 

 

When we add the suffix to a verb it changes it from a verb to a noun. For example if we have the verb to jump and add the suffix -er, the verb becomes jumper.

 

Add the suffix to these adjectives and verbs and make a list of adjectives and nouns with them.

fast, walk, great, fresh, hunt, quick, thick, slick, old, cold, buzz, bold

 

Read: Have a read of a book from Bug Club today. One that you haven't read before. After you have read it, write a book review about it. You could create your own version or use the template below. What is the title of the book? What's the authors name? How many stars out of 5 would you give the book? What was your favourite part? 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-l-1069-book-review-writing-frame

 

Talk: During the period of lovely weather, many of us would have maybe headed to the sandy beaches to enjoy the sun. It made a lot of people sad to see that some people had left their rubbish on the beaches. We all know that we need to look after our beaches to ensure we keep them clean and safe for all the wonderful creatures that live in the sea. Have a think today about how we can look after our beaches. Could you create some posters to remind other people about what they should do to keep our beaches safe and clean?   

 

Task: We hope you enjoyed watching the video clip yesterday to help you gather some ideas of an underwater world which you could use in a story. Today we would like you to create some characters for your story. Think of all the different creatures that live in the sea and decide who may be your main characters. Have a go at describing them. Think about their appearance and personalities. What do they look like? Are they mean, horrible, kind or lovely? You could even cut them out and make them into puppets. 

 

Have fun!

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Monday 8th June

Good morning everybody! We hope you had a lovely weekend.

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 he's (he is)     hour     very     never      baby

Make spelling cards with each of these new words on and turn them all over so they are face down. Play some music and when it stops you have to pick a card up, look at it, turn it back over and spell the word out load. Then check if you were correct.

 

Phonics: We would like you to play 'Buried Treasure' on phonics play today and revise all of phase 5 sounds. Choose which words are real and which are silly.

https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5/buried-treasure

 

You could even have a go at making your own version of buried treasure or download the free resource from Twinkl with a free account at https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-l-705-phase-5-buried-treasure-phonics-game

 

Read: Read a story book today and then choose one of the main characters in it. We want you to become that character and write a diary entry for them. Think about what they have been up to and how they may be feeling. Remember you are writing this as if you are the character so you should be using "I did..." , "I feel..." or "I went..."

 

Talk: One of our Maths skills we should keep on practising all the time is our number bonds to 20. This is when we have two numbers that add up together to make 20. For example,

10 + 10 or 5 + 15. How many do you know? Use this song to help you remember them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6udqW6VhWg    

 

Task: This week we are going on an adventure underwater. Get your scuba diving gear ready and immerse yourself with all the creatures of the sea. Have a watch of this video below and look carefully at what you can see. We would like you to design an underwater world. You could draw or paint this underwater world with the different creatures and coral reefs. Can you label this with adjectives to describe the setting?

Watch this video below to give you some ideas. You could even watch "A Sharks Tale" or "Finding Nemo" to give you some other ideas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2BKd5e15Jc  

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

 

Have a lovely day!

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Friday 5th June

Morning everybody! Where has all that lovely sunshine gone? Hopefully it will be back soon.

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 I'll (I will)     We'll (We will)     found     mother      thought

Today is spelling quiz day. See if someone can quiz you on your spellings and then try and write some of them into a sentence by yourself.

 

Phonics: Today we are looking at adding the suffix -es to nouns and verbs that end in a -y. When we have a noun that ends in -y like 'baby' and we want to show there is more than one of them (plural), we must follow a rule.

The rule is... We change the y to an i and add -es.

So with 'baby' it becomes 'babies'.

We can also use this rule for verbs as well. For example 'carry' becomes 'carries'.

 

There is one exception to the rule! When making the word 'key' plural we just add -s. So it becomes 'keys'

 

Have a go at changing these root words and adding the suffix -es correctly. Remember to change the y to an i!

 

army, party, lady, welly, penny, nappy, marry, hurry, fly, cry

 

Read: Today we would like you to become a virtual story teller. If your parents will allow you, pick your favourite story to read and see if you can do a video chat with someone in your family or a friend and read them a story. They could even read one back to you. If you can't video chat, then choose someone in your house to read the story to. Think about the expression or voices of the character, especially when they are talking. 

 

Talk: In Science we looked at different animals and decided whether they were mammals, fish, amphibians, birds or reptiles. Think of your favourite animals and classify them under the correct category. How do you know they are part of that category? What features do they have?     

 

Task: We hope you enjoyed creating your comics for your superheroes. Don't forget you can finish them today. You could even write a second story with the same superhero but on a different adventure.

 

See if you can answer these Maths questions below.

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend! 

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Thursday 4th June

Good morning everybody. We hope you had a lovely day yesterday.

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 I'll (I will)     We'll (We will)     found     mother      thought

Create your own race to the stars game with these spellings and enjoy practising them.

 

Phonics: We can also add the suffixes -and -es to verbs. We can add these suffixes to say what he or she is doing. We don't add an apostrophe with these words. Our rule is we use the suffix -es if it sounds like "iz". Look at these root words below and make them plural by adding the correct suffix.

 

run, catch, watch, spend, thank, stitch, wash

 

Read: Choose a fiction book today to read. Can you retell the main events in the story? You could draw a story map to show the key parts in the story.

 

Talk: Today we want you to think about your friendships. We are all missing seeing our friends every day at school at the moment but we can all look forward to the moment we see them again. Think about what makes a good friend. Why is someone your friend or why are you a friend to someone else? What would you do if you saw your friend upset? How could you help them?  

 

Task: We should now have our superhero, a villain and a basic plan of a story. Today we want you to start to have a go at creating a story in a slightly different way. Instead of writing your story in sentences and paragraphs we would like you to have a go at telling the story like a comic book. Lots of our favourite Marvel and DC superhero stories come from comic books. You can see lots of examples of comics on this link below

https://www.marvelhq.com/comics  

 

When we create a comic we use lots of pictures drawn inside different parts of paper split up into rectangles. Each picture tells the next part of the story. You may write one sentence in a rectangle to explain what is happening in the picture. Then use speech bubbles to write what the characters are saying and you might use a thought bubble to tell the reader what the character is thinking. You could even create your own front cover. Your comic might be two, three, four or even five pages long. Have fun over the next two days creating your own comic book.

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

 

Have a lovely day! 

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Wednesday 3rd June

Good morning everybody. We hope you had a lovely day yesterday.

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 I'll (I will)     We'll (We will)     found     mother      thought

Add your spellings to a tricky word wall. Use a soft ball or a 'Nurf' toy to aim at one of the words. Whichever one it hits, you have to close your eyes and shout the spelling out.

 

Phonics: Today we are looking at suffixes -and -es. We can add these suffixes to nouns to make them plural (this means there is more than one of them). We don't add an apostrophe with these words. Our rule is we us the suffix -es if it sounds like "iz". Look at these root words below and make them plural by adding the correct suffix.

 

boy, bus, dog, girl, ball, rabbit, dish, sock, clock, wish, hand, pen

 

Read: Today have a read of a non-fiction book. Can you look for all the different features of a non-fiction text? Make a list of all the features. See if you can see the same features in two different non-fiction books.

 

Talk: Today have a talk with your family about all the different ways that you can look after yourselves. You could draw little pictures and label them or create a poster to show how you can look after yourself.  

 

Task: Now that you have a superhero and their evil enemy, we need to start to plan our story. There are a few things we need to think about when planning it. You could create a story planner with different boxes for each section below.

Have a think about...

Characters - Who are going to be the characters in your story? What are their names? Do they live a normal life with one name and then suddenly change into their superhero character?

SettingWhere does your character live and story take place? Is it a town, city or village? 

BeginningThink about the start of your story. Where is it going to be set? What will you talk about? How will you introduce your characters? 

Middle - What is going to be the problem your superhero needs to solve? What does their enemy do that they need to help with?

Ending - Most of the time the superhero will defeat their enemy. How does your superhero rescue the day? 

 

Please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

 

Have a lovely day! 

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

Tuesday 2nd June

Good morning everybody. We hope you had a lovely day yesterday. We saw some fabulous superheroes with amazing super powers!

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 I'll (I will)     We'll (We will)     found     mother      thought

Use your spellings to write some silly sentences. Make them as funny as you can!

 

Phonics: Today we are looking at contracted words. A word is contracted when we take two separate words and merge them together and replace a missing letter with an apostrophe. Some contracted words are: I'm (I am), can't (can not), we're (we are) and don't (do not). Have a look around your house in books, magazines, recipes and see if you can find any other contracted words. Write them down and create a list.

 

Read: Today we would like you to log onto Bug Club and have a read of one of your books. Have a go at answering the questions as well and let's see how many you can answer correctly. Happy reading!

 

Talk: Since it has been sunny outside, I'm sure lots of you have been out for walks to the beach or park or have been spending time playing in your gardens or yards. When it's sunny outside we need to make sure we stay safe. Can you think of different ways you can stay safe when it's sunny outside? You could maybe make a poster for others to see and follow.

 

Task: We have seen some fantastic superheroes with amazing costumes and special powers. Every superhero has an arch enemy who they are trying to save the world from. Today design a character who is going to be the arch enemy to your superhero. They could have special powers or talents as well which might effect the powers of your superhero. Write some some sentences to describe your enemy and don't forget to use adjectives, capital letters and full stops. As a challenge, you could write two or three adjectives in one sentence separated by a comma.

E.g. My arch enemy is called Shark Fin and he has a thin, grey and sharp fin which he uses to poke his enemies. 

 

We would love to see your pictures and descriptions so please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

 

Have a lovely day! 

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Monday 1st June

Morning everybody! We hope you all had a lovely, relaxing half term holiday and made the most of the beautiful weather we have had!

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 I'll (I will)     We'll (We will)     found     mother      thought

Make your own flash cards with the spellings and use them throughout the week to help you learn them. 

 

Phonics: Before half term we looked at adding some suffixes to words. We added the suffix -est and -er. Can you think of any of the words which have those suffixes? If you have some chalk and your family allow you, write them down outside on the pavement to see if you can remember them.  

 

Read: Whilst it has been sunny over the last week, one of my favourite activities to do is to go to the park or the promenade and find a nice space on the ground with my book. Why don't you choose your favourite book, find a nice shady spot outside and enjoy reading your book. We'd love to see the most imaginative places outside to read that you can think of. So take a pic and tag us on twitter or on the Facebook group.

 

Talk: On Saturday, a space rocket took up two astranouts to the International Space Station. You may have seen it take off or fly across the sky at night. Would you like to go into space? What would you take up with you? What would you like to do up there or where would you want to visit in Space?

 

Task: This week we are going to be thinking about Superheroes! We all have our favourite hero with special powers to save the world. Today we want you to create a new superhero. We want you to draw you superhero and like all good superheroes, they have an outfit. Design your outfit and think about the special talent or powers your character may have. Can you label your superhero and then write a few sentences underneath using adjectives to describe what powers your superhero has and what they look like. Don't forget to use capital letters, full stops and commas between adjectives. 

 

We would love to see your superhero pictures and descriptions so please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

 

Have a lovely day! 

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Friday 22nd May

Morning everybody! It's Friday again, how the weeks are flying by!

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 sure     sugar     mind     child      whole

It's Friday so that means it's spelling quiz day! Ask someone in your family to test you on your spellings. It's really important that you can apply your spellings in a sentence. What's the funniest sentence you can write?

 

Phonics: Can you sing the alphabet? Have a go and make sure you know your letter names not just their sounds.

We can add the suffix -est to an adjective to make it the most. For example I can have the adjective grand in a sentence...

There was a grand ball.

and I can put the suffix -est on the end to make it... 

It was the grandest ball in the town.

 

Have a go at ending the suffix -est to these root words. Ask someone to say the word and see how quick you can write them down correctly. Who is the fastest?

fresh, quick, thick, slick, black, old, cold, bold

 

Read: When we read books we sometimes come across words that we have never seen or heard of before. We can use different strategies to help us read the word. We can chunk the word up into little bits, we can segment and blend, we can try alternative phonemes or we can hop, skip and jump over the word and read to the end of the sentence and then see if it makes sense. Try to use some of these strategies when reading a book today. Try to find 3 interesting words you have never heard of before and use a dictionary to find their meanings.

 

Talk: This week is mental health awareness week and it's really important that we talk to each other or to someone you trust if you are worried about something. Have a think about what worries you and share this with someone who you trust and then think about something that excites you or something you are looking forward to. 

 

Task: Mr Whelan and Mr Burke have set today's task for you and they would like you to create an obstacle course where you are showing off all the PE skills that you have practised with them this year. You have focused on developing you sprinting and jogging, and bouncing, throwing and catching a ball. You could also incorporate other skills such as dribbling, twisting, turning and jumping. Think carefully about which safe obstacles you might use. What could you crawl through? What might you have to bounce a ball in and out of? Do you have to go through a paddling pool? What do you need to duck under or jump over? Have fun exercising and enjoying the sun!

 

We would love to see your creative obstacle courses so please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

 

Have a lovely day! 

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Thursday 21st May

Good morning! We hope you have been enjoying the lovely sunshine we've been having. Let's hope it stays around for a bit longer!

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 sure     sugar     mind     child      whole

Have a go at musical spellings today. Write each word on a piece of paper, turn them over and spread them around the room. Play your music and when it stops, pick a word card up, look at it, turn it over and spell it out loud.

 

Phonics: There are also alternative spellings for the oa sound and we are looking at the digraph oa, the digraph oe and the split digraph o-e. They all make the same sound in these words. Have a go at segmenting and blending these words below. Once you have completed that, pick one word from each list and try to put them all into a sentence. See how many you can write! Here's my attempt...

Joe stole a loaf of bread from a toad and then dropped it on his toes and it rolled into a hole.

 

coat, load, goat, loaf, road, soap, oak, toad, foal

Joe, toe, toes, goes

phone, alone, those, chose, hole, stole, pole, mole, home, bone, stone

 

Read: Today we want you to find the funniest book you can. You could look at the covers of the books you have at home or read the blurb. There are lots of books to choose from on Bug Club if you want to find a funny book on there. Enjoy reading it and see if it was funny. What did you like about it? Which was the funniest part?

 

Talk: We have loved seeing and hearing about your inventions that you have been making. Today we want you to stand up and explain how it works to someone. Imagine you are on Dragons Den and you have to pitch your invention so you can get money to make lots of them. You could use the computing skills we practised at the start of the year when looking at taking pictures and videos to record yourself explaining or you could just stand and explain it to someone in your family.

 

Task: In our jigsaw lessons we would have been thinking about how we are good friends and can show kindness to each other. We would like you to create a poster about kindness today. There are many different ways we can show how to be kind. See how many you can think of and get creative designing your posters! 

 

If you do record yourself explaining how your invention works or if you create a kindness poster we would love to see them so please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

 

Have a lovely day! 

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Wednesday 20th May

Good morning everyone. We have loved speaking to you all so far this week and look forward to ringing more families over the next few days. Please do note that it will show as no caller ID when we ring. 

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 sure     sugar     mind     child      whole

Today have a go at creating your own wordsearch using your spellings. You could even include some of your spellings from previous weeks. You could create your own on paper or you could use a wordsearch creator like the one on the link below.

http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/WordSearchSetupForm.asp

 

Phonics: We are back looking at our alternative sounds today and we are looking at the trigraph igh, the digraph ie and the split digraph i-e. They all make the same sound in these words. Have a go at segmenting and blending these words below. Once you have completed that try writing some of them in sentences.

 

hight, light, might, night, right, sight, fight, tight

lie, pie, cried, tried, dried, died

bike, five, like, life, ride, side, wide, hide, hive, alive

 

Read: Choose a book from Bug Club today and have a go at answering the questions about it. Think carefully about what the question is asking you and look closely through the book to find the answer.

 

Talk: In Science we would have gone on a mini beast hunt around school to see how many different insects we could find and name. Today we would like you to go on a mini beast hunt around your house or at the park. See how many different insects you can find on the floor. Make a list of all the ones you found. Can you name them? You may need to look under the leaves, rocks, stones and in the dark, cool places.   

 

Task: We hope you are enjoying becoming inventors and thinking of a machine to help solve a problem. Yesterday you wrote some instructions for it and today we would like you to have a go at using different materials from around your house to make a model of it. Think carefully about the different parts of the machine you need. What could you use for buttons? Do you need any handles or switches? What material is going to be best to use? Do you need something strong or weak? Are you going to decorate it to make it shiny and colourful? What material would be best to do that? How are you going to stick it all together? Have fun bringing your invention to life!

 

We would love to see any of your work so please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

Stay safe and enjoy your day! 

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

Tuesday 19th May

Morning everyone! It was lovely to speak to lots of you over the phone yesterday to see how you all are. If you never received a phone call yesterday, all the teachers are making their way through the whole class throughout this week. Please do note that it will show as no caller ID when we ring. 

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 sure     sugar     mind     child      whole

Have a go at writing your spellings in bubble writing today. You can then colour and decorate your spellings as much as you want. You could do them like a rainbow or as a pattern of your three favourite colours. Get creative!

 

Phonics: Last week we had a go at adding suffixes to words. Today we are going to add the suffix -er. We can add the suffix to an adjective (describing word) and to the end of a verb (doing word/action). We don't have to change the root word, we can just add the suffix on the end. When we add it to a verb we change it from a verb into a noun. This is the name of an object, person or place.

So we can have the root word jump (verb) and add the suffix -er, to make a new word which is jumper. This is a name of an object so it becomes a noun.

Have a go adding -er to these root words and decide whether they are adjectives or nouns.

 

fresh, walk, quick, thick, slick, hunt, old, cold, buzz, bold

 

Read: Choose a story book today and after you have read the story make some puppets to retell it. You could make them out of old socks, straws, lollypop sticks or even you could use the free puppet pals app on iPad. Have fun retelling the story!

 

Talk: A key Maths skill to practise all the time is estimation. This is when we have a sensible guess before we count up. Have a look at the picture below and estimate (make a sensible guess) how many tomatoes you can see. How many yellow peppers do you think there are? Practise estimating things around your home. It could be books on a shelf; pencils in a pot; biscuits in a tin; forks in a drawer; pieces of fruit in a basket.

 

 

Task: Yesterday you had a go at designing a new machine or invention to help you solve a problem. Today we want you to write some instructions to tell us how to make your invention work. There are some things we need to remember when we write instructions. First we need to make a list of all the things you need. Then you need to write a sentence describing each step you need to take. Don't forget to number each step and to start with a 'time connective' such as first, then, next, after that, finally. Remember to write a bossy verb in each sentence to tell the user what action they need to do. Do they have to press, pull, push or twist buttons? Do they have to wait, run or jump? Have a go at writing some instructions for your invention.

 

We would love to see any of your work so please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

Stay safe and enjoy your day! 

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Monday 18th May

Good morning everyone! We hope you all had a lovely weekend. In the link above you will have access to the worksheets and answers for the White Rose Maths home learning tasks. There is a daily Maths video for the children to watch and then a worksheet to print out and complete based around the activity in the video. Answers are provided as well.

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 sure     sugar     mind     child      whole

Today we want you to play popcorn spellings! Write each of your spelling words on a piece of paper. Crumple each word up into a ball so it looks like a piece of popcorn. Place them all into a jug or cup. Jiggle them around and pick one out. Read it, crumple it back up and then spell it out load. Repeat with the other words.  

 

Phonics: Have a go at playing sentence substitution on phonics play below.

https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5/sentence-substitution-ph5a 

 

Read: Choose two story books today. Have a read of them both and think about what is similar and different about them. Could you make a list of the differences and similarities? Think about the characters, the settings and the plot.

 

Talk: Last week you had a go at practising your 5 times tables. Today we would like you to practise your 2 times tables. It is important that we learn the full multiplication and not just rote counting them. For example we should learn 1 times 2 is 2, 2 times 2 is 4, 3 times 2 is 6 etc. Have a watch of the video clip below to help you learn them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWcrmsDRmQw

 

Task: Wallace and Gromit are famous for their wonderful inventions. The "Snoozatron" helps Wallace get off to sleep at night. Have a watch of the "Snoozatron" in action in the video clip below. This week we are going to become inventors just like Wallace and Gromit! Today we would like you to design your own invention. Think about a machine that could help solve a problem. At the start of Year 1 we looked at captions and labels. Once you have drawn your design have a go at labelling the different parts of the machine. We will be doing some work around our inventions this week so keep those designs handy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGxRUglFFME

 

We would love to see your invention designs, so please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

Stay safe and enjoy your day! 

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Friday 15th May

Happy Friday everyone! The weeks seem to be flying by don't they! We hope you enjoy having a go at today's challenges and we wish you a lovely weekend.

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 today     even     inside     fly      laughed

Today is spelling quiz day! Ask someone to quiz you on your spellings and see how many you get correct. A challenge is for you to see if you can write all the spellings words within 1 sentence. Here is my attempt:

Today I laughed very loud as a fly flew inside my top and it even went down my trousers!

 

Phonics: Today we are looking at compound words. These are two separate words joined together to make one new word. Below are some examples. Ask someone to write the words on large paper and cut the compound word up into the two separate words. Mix them all up and see if you can put them back together.

football

playground

farmyard

bedroom

blackberry

sandpit

windmill

lunchbox

giftbox

 

Read: Choose one of your favourite books. Can you write a book review about the story? Try to convince someone else that they should read the book. What do you like about it? Why is it good? Whats the best bit about it? Who is the author? You could even film yourself telling everybody.

 

Talk: Have a go at practising your 5 times tables. Can you count up in 5s? Watch and sing along with the video below to help you recall your 5 times tables.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfRVYPcfecE

 

Task: We know you all love our dance lessons in class so today we want you to become a dance instructor and you are going to create a dance routine for others to follow. This is all based around our Computing skills we have been learning in school. First of all you need to decide on some dance moves that you are going to have in your routine. They could be simple moves like jump, spin, wave arms or more complex ones like the floss or dab. Create about 5 or 6 dance move cards and put them together in a sequence. When we put a sequence of instructions together this is called an algorithm. You could create multiple copies of your dance move cards so you can repeat your moves. Select your favourite song to dance along to and see your algorithm come alive as you dance away! We would love to see and share your dance routines so don't forget to tag us in on Twitter or Facebook.

This link will take you to some examples of dance move cards you could print off for some ideas before you design your own.

https://www.barefootcomputing.org/docs/default-source/at-home/dance_moves_supporting_worksheets.pdf?sfvrsn=754791ea_0

 

 

Have a lovely weekend! We would love to see all your wonderful work, so please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

Stay safe and enjoy your day! 

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Thursday 14th May

Good morning everybody! Give yourselves a pat on the back if you wrote a story yesterday. We know you put a lot of effort into writing them, so well done!

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 today     even     inside     fly      laughed

Create your own Race to the stars board today using this week's spellings. See how many you can spell correct!

 

Phonics: Today we are looking at some alternative spellings. We are going to look at the ew, ue, u-e and oo word families. 

 

When we look at the "ew" digraph it can make two different sounds in words. It can be "you" and "oo". Have a watch of "Mr Thorne does phonics" in the clip below to listen carefully to the two different sounds.

new and few = "you"

grew, flew, drew, threw, chew, blew = "oo"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJL84QOnGIA

 

The "ue" digraph can also make the same two sounds as well in words. Again watch Mr Thorne in this clip below to spot the two sounds.

blue, clue, true = "oo"

rescue, Tuesday = "you"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtbWNyyctzU

 

When we have the split digraph "u-e" it can also make the "oo" and "you" sounds in words. Watch the Mr Thorne Clip below for some examples.

cute, June, use, tube, tune = "you"

rule, rude "oo"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQXnqp8g9WM

 

Finally we have just the "oo" digraph. Have another watch of Mr Thorne as he goes through some examples of the "oo" digraph in words.

boot, zoom, cool, food, moon = "oo"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfMKV_9agiY 

 

Read: Read one of your books from home or from Bug Club and see how many of the different words we have seen in the phonics clips with Mr Thorne, you can spot. Make a list of the them all.

 

Talk: On Tuesday it was International Nurses day and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. What do you know about Florence Nightingale? Why is she a significant person in our lives? What special things did she do? We also look at Mary Seacole and how special and significant she is. See if you can remember some facts about them or do some research to find out. What was similar and different about them? Have a look at the National Trust website below.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/florence-nightingales-story-and-nursing-legacy-at-our-places

 

Task: Have a go at playing this great Maths game of "I spy.." at home. All you need is a deck of cards and remove all the face cards.

If you don't have a pack of cards at home you could either make your own or print out some from this website.

http://www.supercoloring.com/sites/default/files/fif/pdf/2017/09/deck-of-playing-cards-with-silhouettes-printable-template-paper-craft.pdf

 

We would love to see all your wonderful work, so please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

Stay safe and enjoy your day! 

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Wednesday 13th May

Hello everybody! We hope you had an enjoyable day yesterday finding out some amazing facts about Jungle animals. Well done!

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 today     even     inside     fly      laughed

Go on a word hunt in a story book, recipe book, instructions and see if you can find your spelling words for this week.

 

Phonics: Today we are looking at the suffix -ing. We can put this suffix at the end of a verb and it tells us what someone is doing. For example our root word is pull and if we add the suffix -ing onto the root word we make pulling. Below are some more examples. Using the suffix -ing from today, write down each word below on a separate piece of paper. One word on one piece of paper. Spread them down on the floor face down. Play some music, when the music stops you have to pick the paper up, read the word and then do an action to show what it is. Once you have done that play the music again and carry on until all the words have been complete.

pulling

rolling

yelling

hunting

buzzing

jumping

camping

stamping

painting

 

Read: Read a book from Bug Club today. Once you have read it have a go at answering the questions about it. If you need some help you can go back to the page to find the answer.

 

Talk: 

 

Task: Today we want you to write a story all about an adventure in the jungle. Using the animal you found out about yesterday as a character, think about how a girl or a boy goes on an adventure with the animal. You will need to think carefully about each part of the story. You need a beginning where you describe where you are, introduce your main character and explain how they meet your animal. Then in the middle you need a problem to solve. Think about what might happen to them in the jungle. Who might they meet and what might go wrong? Think carefully about how you are going to solve the problem. Is anyone going to come and help you or do you manage to solve the problem yourself? Finally you need an ending. What is going to happen to your main character and the animal? Do they go back home? How do they leave each other? Is it a sad or happy ending? Once you have written your story you could do what lots of authors are doing at the moment and film yourself retelling your story to everyone. Remember to use lots of expression and be nice and clear.

 

We would love to see all your wonderful work, so please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

Stay safe and enjoy your day! 

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

Tuesday 12th May

Good morning everybody! We hope you enjoyed becoming weather presenters yesterday. We know how hard you are all working and are really proud of you all. Thank you to those who shared videos of your weather reports. They were all fantastic! 

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 today     even     inside     fly      laughed

Write each word down with large letters. Chop up the individual letters and mix them all up. Ask someone to say one of your spellings and see if you can put the letters back together to spell the word.  

 

Phonics: Today we are looking at the suffix -ed. A suffix goes at the end of a root word and can make it into the past tense. For example our root word is fill and if we add the suffix -ed onto the root word we make filled. Here are some more examples. Have a go at segmenting and blending the words first and then having a go at quick writing them onto flash cards. You could have a go at writing them into sentences.

pulled

rolled

yelled

hunted

buzzed

jumped

camped

stamped

painted

 

Read: Choose a book from home or Bug Club and have a think about the front cover before you read it. What does it show you? What are you going to read about? After you have read your story see if you can re-enact and create the front cover of the book and take a photo of it. How similar can you get to creating the front cover in real life?

 

Talk: We all have our favourite story we love to read. Have a think about your favourite story. Can you explain why it is your favourite story? Ask someone else what their favourite story is and why they love it. Maybe you could share with each other your favourite stories and enjoy reading them together.

 

Task: We loved seeing your wonderful paintings and drawings based on the artist Henri Rousseau the other week. We found out that he loved to paint jungle scenes. Today we would like you to do some research and find out some facts about any jungle animal. You could create a jungle animal fact file. Try to carefully draw a picture of your animal and then see if you can write some interesting facts about them. Don't forget to press lightly with a pencil when drawing in case you need to rub it out and think about all the shading techniques we talked about in Art when colouring in.  

 

We would love to see all your wonderful work, so please feel free to tag us on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

Stay safe and enjoy your day! 

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Monday 11th May

We hope you had a lovely bank holiday weekend and enjoyed the wonderful weather and the VE day celebrations. We loved seeing your exercise videos and are sure Joe Wicks would be very impressed!

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 today     even     inside     fly      laughed

Using each of the words write a silly sentence for each one.  

 

Phonics: Today have a go at playing Dragons Den on phonics play on the link below. Revise all Phase 5 sounds on the game.

https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5/dragons-den

 

Read: Choose a non-fiction book from home or Bug Club. Have a think about the book and its features. Use the contents page and go to a page that interests you. What will you find out about on this page? Did you find anything interesting on it? Are there any diagrams or pictures? What do they tell you?

 

Talk: Today we want to think about adding and finding some missing numbers. I start with 8 sweets and end up with 12 sweets, how many more sweets did I find? I start at the number 8 and count on until I get to 12. I counted on 4 so I found 4 sweets. My missing number was 4. Have a go at finding these missing numbers in your head:

I start with 5 teddy bears. I now have 15. How many did I find?

I start with 9 bouncy balls. I now have 16 balls. How many did I find?

I started with 4 cakes and baked some more. In total I have 11 cakes. How many more cakes did I bake?

I start by jumping 7 times on my trampoline. In total I jump 19 times. How many more times did I jump?

 

Challenge

Ben stacks 6 boxes on top of each other. His Dad stacks some more on top. He now has 17 boxes in a tower in total. Ben thinks his Dad put 12 more boxes on top. Is Ben right? How do you know? 

 

Task: Have a look at the weather outside today. What is different and what is similar to yesterday and the previous few days? Add this in to your weather diary. One way we can find out about the weather is by watching a weather report. They use a weather map and tell us what the temperature will be and whether it will be sunny, cloudy or raining by using symbols. Have a go at creating your own weather report and become a weather presenter. You could draw a big map of the UK and label the different places and the weather. Maybe you could record yourself and share it on Twitter or Facebook. 

Have a watch of the BBC weather report below to give you some ideas.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast-video/21416743

 

We would love to see all your wonderful work on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

Stay safe! 

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Thursday 7th May

Morning everybody! Well it looks like it's going to be another beautiful day today. 

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 great     break     steak     floor      poor

Have a go at making your own game of "Race to the Stars" with your spellings today. Remember to write the words across the bottom and number them 1-5. If you roll a 6 you pick a word and have to write it in a sentence. 

 

Phonics: Today we are revisiting some alternative spellings for the "ay" digraph. There are three digraphs that make the same sound that we have covered already in school. They are: ai   ay   a-e

Below is a list of words with these alternative spellings. Ask an adult to write these down and say them to you one at a time. You decide which digraph you have to use and try and spell it correct. Have a quick look at the words before you begin and say them aloud to help you. See how many you can spell correctly.

wait           pay         snake

gail          away       lake

pain          stay      spade

drain        relay        plate

 

Read: Pick a book from home or from Bug Club, find a cosy place to read it and enjoy! Afterwards think about the ending of the story. Was it a happy ending or sad ending? What happened to the main character? If you could change the ending, how would you make it different? 

 

Talk: Have a think about what is your favourite type of exercise. This could be riding a bike, running, swimming, doing an exercise routine like Joe Wicks. Have a go at creating your own exercise class for people to follow. This could be a routine where you have to do star jumps, sprinting on the spot, side steps or any other exercises you can think of. See if you can record it and share it for your families to follow or even share it on the school twitter and facebook pages to challenge your teachers to have a go at it!

 

Task: Tomorrow is VE Day and even though we are in lockdown, BBC Radio are asking people to still mark the occasion. Have a watch of the video below to find out about why we celebrate VE day and then you can create some bunting which you could hang up in your house to commemorate the occasion on Friday. You could even make your own paper spitfire planes. Have a think about the dates of VE day and see if you can put them onto a timeline.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-ve-day/z7xtmfr

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/bring-the-noise/colour-in-for-ve-day-75/zjfdjhv

 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-2548139-union-jack-template-display-bunting

 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t2-t-803-simple-ww2-spitfire-glider-activity-paper-craft

 

We would love to see all your wonderful work on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

Stay safe! 

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Wednesday 6th May

Good morning everybody! It was lovely to see some of your Bubble stories yesterday. You went on some amazing adventures!

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 great     break     steak     floor      poor

Make your own flash cards with the spellings by writing each word on a seperate piece of paper. Put them face down on the floor. See if you can roll a ball to land on one of the words. Whichever one it lands on you have to pick it up, look at it, place it back down and then write the word down on another piece of paper. Check if you have spelt it correct. After that roll again and try to pick a different word.

 

Phonics: Today we are revisiting the digraphs qu   wh   ph

Can you search around your house for words that have those digraphs in them? See how many you can find and take a photo with them. Here are some ideas for you:

liquid           whistle          photo

 quilt            wheel           phone

 

Read: Choose one of the Bug Club books that you haven't read before. You may notice that some of your books may have been updated to the next book level. This will happen automatically now but only once the comprehension questions have been answered with 80% accuracy from your current book band. Have a go at answering the comprehension questions on your chosen book. If you get some wrong, go back to the book, re-read and have another go at answering it.

 

Talk: Today we would like you to find out about some history. We can talk to parents, aunties, uncles, granparents, great grandparents to find out about things from their life as a child. Think of 5 questions you would like to ask them about their childhood. You could ask them about how holidays are different, favourite toys they played with or what school was like. You could conduct an interview with them over the phone or video chat. 

 

Task: On a large piece of paper write the numbers 0-20 in any order filling the whole page. With two dice roll them and see which two numbers they land on. Now can you write the 4 number facts that are associated with those numbers? 

For example... I roll my two dice and they land on the numbers 7 and 9. I can write 4 facts about those numbers. Two addition facts and two subtraction facts. They are:

7+9 = 16

9+7 = 16

16-9 =7

16-7 =9

 

Keep rolling the two dice and seeing how many facts you can write. For a challenge you may decide to write 4 more facts so you have 8 facts in total. Using the same numbers they could be:

16 = 7+9

16 = 9+7

7 = 16-9

9 = 16-7

 

If you can and it's possible please do share all your wonderful work on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

Stay safe! 

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Tuesday 5th May

Good morning everybody! Thank you for sharing all your hard with us on our social media platforms. Please note that we have been making sure everyone has books on Bug Club ready for you to access. Once your child has finished reading the books and answered the questions on the allocated book band they will be automatically allocated new books. Please ensure you child is reading the current books comfortably at a reasonable pace before moving on.

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 great     break     steak     floor      poor

Keep practising your spellings. Maybe write them up on a large pieces of paper and stick them up in your bedroom so every time you walk into your room you can have a quick practise spelling them out loud. 

 

Phonics: Today we are going to introduce compound wordsThese are words which are two words joined together to have a new meaning. Here a few examples:

foot + ball = football

play + ground = playground

sand + pit = sandpit

 

Read: Have a think of any other compound words or have a look in story books, recipe books, magazines and see if you can create a book of compound words.

 

Talk: In Science, at the start of the year, we went for a plant and tree walk around our wonderful school grounds. We learnt the names of lots of different plants and trees and looked at the flowers and leaves that were on them. Can you remember any of them? If you have a garden or even when you go out for your daily exercise see if you can recognise and name any trees or plants that you see. You could even do an observational drawing of one of them and label the different parts.  

 

Task: Watch this video clip below. It is a little girl who finds a bottle of bubbles at the beach. She is swept up by a bubble and taken on an amazing adventure. Could you write your own story of being swept up by a bubble? You could go high into the sky like this little girl or you could be taken deep under the sea. Have a watch and think about all the lovely things you can see. Remember to give lots of details and description to bring your story alive! It needs to have a beginning with a setting, a middle where your chosen character does something on an adventure and an ending where you character makes it back to the beginning.

https://www.literacyshed.com/bubbles.html

 

If you can and it's possible please do share all your wonderful work on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

Stay safe! 

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Monday 4th May

Good morning everybody! We hope you had a lovely weekend.

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Spellings: Your spellings for this week are...

 great     break     steak     floor      poor

Have a go at writing a sentence for each word and see if you can put them into alphabetical order. You could maybe use a dictionary to find the meaning for each word and make your own index page.

 

Phonics: Have a got at playing buried treasure on the website below. Practise all your phase 5 phonic sounds which we have covered in class already. 

https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5

 

Read: Have a read of a fiction book today. Maybe pick a story you've not read before or ask someone to choose one for you. Afterwards think about the setting of the story. Is there just one setting or more? Can you use some adjectives to describe them?

 

Talk: In our music lessons we have listened to different genres of music. We've listened to reggae, latin and pop. Ask a parent, grandparent, aunty, uncle or anyone what their favourite piece of music is. Have a listen to it and think about whether you like it or not. What do you like about it or what don't you like about it? What's your favourite piece of music? Can you find the pulse of the beat? You could learn the lyrics to the song and sing it. 

 

Task: Count from 0 all the way up to 100 and then all the way back down to 0. Now can you make your own 100 square like this one below?

Can you work out using your own 100 square what my mistakes are and correct them?

 

34, 35, 36, 38, 39

 

98, 97, 96, 95, 93

 

78, 79, 18, 81, 82

 

54, 55, 65, 57, 58

 

83, 82, 18, 79, 78

 

64, 65, 67, 68, 70

 

 

Thank you for sharing your wonderful work on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

Stay safe! 

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Friday 1st May

Good morning everybody, today is a day we have all been looking forward to it's Pyjamarama Day! This is a special day to celebrate reading and have lots of fun (whilst staying in your PJs all day!) Take a look at some of the wonderful activities that are available on the Pyjamarama website. There are videos to watch from authors and illustrators and a timetable telling you what is happening throughout the day. Please do get involved! The website is https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/pyjamarama/pyjamarama-festival/

 

Today's challenges are:

Spellings: Mrs     Mr     move     prove      improve

Friday is always are spelling quiz day! Ask someone in your family to quiz you on this weeks spelling and see how many you can get correct without looking. Maybe you might get a little treat if you can get them all right. Sorry parents!

 

Phonics: As well as the alternative spellings for "ee" that we looked at yesterday we have also learnt about the split digraph "e-e". Here are a few examples of split digraph         e-e words. Can you find these words in books, magazines, newspapers or instruction booklets? See if you can find these words or any other split digraph e-e words.

these, scene, theme, complete, scheme, evening, Chinese, concrete, athlete, extreme

 

Read: Today choose one of your books from home, get comfy with your PJ's on with a nice cup of hot chocolate and enjoy reading with your family. Maybe you could read one story to the grown ups and they could read one to you? Where is the cosiest place to read at home? Find somewhere to snuggle in, take a picture and share it with us on the Gilmour PA Facebook page or on Twitter. We think Year 1 can find the best places to read!

 

Talk: Can you practise your number bonds today? Write down on seperate pieces of paper the numbers 0-20. Turn all the number cards face down. Pick one up and you then have to say the number bond you add to that number to make 20. For example... You pick up 5... you would say 15. See how many different number bonds you can think of.

If you wanted a challenge you could do your number bonds to 100! Use number cards 0,10,20,30,40,50,60,70,80,90 and 100. You pick up 20 you say 80. That is tricky.

 

Task: During this time at home we are missing our friends and family and we know you must be to. One way we can keep in touch with our friends and family is by writing a letter, sending them a card or even a post card. Write a letter to one of your friends or member of your family who you miss seeing. 

Remember when we wrote a letter to the Bear in the Bear Hunt story? Think about how you start and end your letter and think of some questions you might like to ask. You never know they might write back to you! Don't forget your question marks at the end of your question. We'd love to see your letters and your super neat handwriting!

 

Thank you for sharing your wonderful work on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. It always puts a smile on our faces. 

Stay safe and have a lovely weekend! 

 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Thursday 30th April

Morning everyone! We hope you enjoyed making your own version of Rousseau paintings. It was lovely to see them on twitter and facebook. Keep sending them in!

 

Today's challenges are:

Spellings: Mrs     Mr     move     prove      improve

Try to make your own version of "Race to the Stars". All you need is some paper and a dice to roll. Write each spelling word across the bottom of your page. Give each word a number 1-5. Roll the dice and see which word you have to write out. If you roll a 6 pick a word and write it in a sentence. Keep going until you have written one word 10 times.

 

Phonics: We have already learnt alternative spellings of "ee" in school and today we want to revisit this. When we hear the long "ee" sound in the middle of the word, we can either use "feet", "beat" or "field". Use the words below to create your own flash cards. One of Mr Fidler's favourite phonics games to play requires lots of running and energy. Place your phonics cards at one end of a path, garden or room. Start at the opposite end and run towards your phonics flash cards. Pick up a card, read it and put it back at the bottom of the pile. Run back to where you started and see if you can remember how to spell the word. Write it down super neat and ask someone to check it for you. If it's correct run back to the flash cards, pick the next word and continue until you have done all the words. See how fast you can correctly write each word!

ee words                    -ea words            ie words

feel                             heat                 field 

weep                           dream                shield

sweep                          cream                relief

street                           each                thief

sleep                           teach                chief

tweet                           cheat               believe

 

 

Read: A verb is the name we give to a word that is an action. Such as run, jump, walk, hide. Either from a book from Bug Club or one of your own books at home, can you become a verb detective? Make a list and see how many different verbs you can find.

 

Talk: Yesterday you had a look at some of Henri Rousseau's paintings. Think about all the paintings that you saw and decide which one is your favourite. Can you say why it is your favourite? What can you see in it? How is it similar or different to other paintings you have seen from other artists?

 

Task: Thinking back to when we were making equal groups and putting them next to each other in columns and rows we were making what is known as an array. There are many examples of arrays in real life such as a tray to bake cakes.

I can say that this array has got 4 columns with 3 spaces in it. Or I can say it has got 3 rows with 4 spaces in it. So the sums I can write are 3+3+3+3 = 12 or 4+4+4 = 12 

 

Have a look around your house and see if you can find any other real life examples of arrays. You may find them in egg boxes, boxes of chocolate, a vine of tomatoes, lego pieces or you could make your own arrays out of toys or objects. Maybe get lots of balls and place them into an array. Or an array of teddy bears. Once you have found the array or made one. Have a go at writing the description of the array and then the sums with the answers.

 

We are so proud of everyone and how hard you are all working. Please don't forget to keep sharing your wonderful work on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

Stay safe! 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Wednesday 29th April

Good morning everybody! Well done to you all for all the hard work you are doing.

Today's challenges are:

Spellings: Mrs     Mr     move     prove      improve

Write each word on a piece of paper. Turn them all over and mixed them all up. Pick up any card, read it and put it back face down. Now write a sentence remembering how the word is spelt. Repeat with the remaining cards. 

 

Phonics: Often when you hear the "ee" sound at the end of the word we use -ey or -y. To learn the correct use we have to learn the word families they belong to. Try playing phonics splat by writing these words on pieces of paper and sticking them to the wall. One word is shouted and the first person to splat the word wins. You could even use a water pistol or a nerf toy to hit the words if you have one. 

-y words                    -ey words

steady                        key

happy                        turkey

family                        monkey

thirsty                       chimney

hungry                       donkey

scary                         money

 

 

Read: Choose one of your favourite story books and sit in your comfiest seat to enjoy reading the story. Can you choose one character from the story and draw a picture of them? Around the outside think of some adjectives to describe them. Under your picture use your adjectives to write a few sentences about the character. 

 

Talk: Have a look at today's weather. How is it different to the weather from the weekend or from last week? Talk about it and then add it to your weather diary.

 

Task: In art this half term we would be looking at the famous artist Henri Rousseau. One of the things he loved to paint were jungles. Have a look at some of his paintings on the link below and see if you can create your own version of his jungle paintings. If you don't have paints you could use coloured pencils, felt tips or even cut up and stick different pieces of coloured paper or card. What animals will you put into your picture?

https://kids.kiddle.co/Henri_Rousseau

 

Don't forget to keep sharing your wonderful work on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

Stay safe! 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Tuesday 28th April

Good morning everybody! Well done to you all for all the hard work you are doing.

Today's challenges are:

Spellings: Mrs     Mr     move     prove      improve

Talk about the meaning of each word. Now write another super sentence for each word. Remember to start each sentence with a capital letter and end with a full stop.

 

Read: Today we want you to become a phoneme detective. We want you to look for words that have the -nk digraph at the end of words. An example is bank. Watch the video clip below to help you say the -nk sound correctly. How many words can you spot in your book today? Can you write a list of them?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_c8RCjU8_g    

 

Talk: Last week we asked you to think about hot and cold places around the world. Where would you prefer to visit? Do you prefer hot places or cold places and why do you prefer it? Have a chat with your family about it.

 

Task: Well done for making equal groups yesterday. Today we want to think about adding equal groups together to find a total. We want to focus on counting equal groups of 2, 5, and 10.

For example. If I had 3 bikes and I counted their wheels, I would have 3 equal groups of 2. So it would be 2+2+2 = 6. I could write the sentence "There are 3 groups with 2 wheels which is equal to 6." Another example could be if I had 4 bags of apples with 5 apples in each bag. It would be 5+5+5+5 = 20 and I could write the sentence "There are 4 groups with 5 apples which is equal to 20". 

Have a go at adding your own equal groups together to find a total. Make sure the groups are equal though!

 

Challenge question:

 

We are really proud of all the children and how hard they are working. Please continue to share your work on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

Stay safe! 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Monday 27th April

Morning everybody! We hope you had a lovely weekend. This week we are adding some spellings for you to practise at home.

Today's challenges are:

Spellings: Mrs     Mr     move     prove      improve

Talk about the meaning of each word. Now write a super sentence for each word. Remember to start each sentence with a capital letter and end with a full stop.

 

Read: Choose a book today from home or Bug Club. Can you become a tricky word detective? Can you find any of our spelling words in your book? See how many times you can find the words.  

 

Talk: Think about the word "improve". What would you like to improve at? Have a talk with your family and think about two or three targets you would like to set yourself. This could be to improve at a dance move, a sport such as running, spelling, your handwriting. There are lots of things. What do you need to do to improve at it? Maybe make a list and tick it off once you have achieved it.

 

Task: When we multiply we think about making equal groups. This means that we have to have the same amount in each group. So if I had four pots of pencils I would have to make sure I have an equal amount in each pot. So to make them equal I could put 5 pencils in each pot. They can be different types of pencils as long as I have 5 pencils. So I would have 4 equal groups of 5. 

Can you use objects at home to make these equal groups? You could use pencils, buttons, cubes, lego pieces etc.

1. 4 equal groups of 5.

2. 5 equal groups of 2.

3. 6 equal groups of 5.

4. 10 equal groups of 2.

5. 2 equal groups of 7.

Challenge questions: Could you show me what 4 equal groups could look like? You choose what amount to put into each group as long as it is equal. Now can you show me what 3 unequal groups could look like? Again you choose the amount of objects as long as there are 3 unequal groups.

 

We are really proud of all the children and how hard they are working. Please continue to share your work on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

Stay safe! 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Friday 24th April

Good morning everybody! We hope you enjoyed our weighing investigation and you found some small objects that were heavier than bigger objects. If your family let you, today you could help to bake some cakes using scales to carefully weigh out the correct amount of ingredients.

Today's challenges are:

 

Read: Today we would like you to choose a book you haven't read before, either on Bug Club or one from home. Have a read of the blurb on the back of the book before reading it. Before you start reading, make a prediction about what you may read about.  

 

Talk: Can you double numbers and find a half of a numbers? If you have got two dice roll them, add the two digits together and double the number or halve the number. If you haven't got dice, maybe your Mum or Dad could say a number between 1 and 12 and you double it or halve it. 

 

Task: We would like you to do some Geography research today. Can you find the names of different hot and cold areas around the world? You could use a world map and colour hot areas red, cold areas blue and mild areas yellow. You can download a blank world map with continents from the link below:

http://www.georgethegeographer.co.uk/Base_maps/World_b&w_conamed.jpg

 

We are really proud of all the children and how hard they are working. Please continue to share your work on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

Stay safe! 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Thursday 23rd April

Hello everyone! We hope you are all staying safe and remembering to keep active at home. If you are still completing Joe Wicks' PE lessons each day, well done! If you haven't given them a go yet, maybe have a go today.

Today's challenges are:

 

Read: We want you to log on to Bug Club and access one of the books that has been set for you. It's really important that we understand what we are reading so have a go at answering the questions that go with the book you choose on Bug Club.

If you have forgotten your usernames or passwords for Bug Club either let us know on the school twitter or the Gilmour PA facebook page and we can sort that for you.   

 

Talk: Keeping with our materials theme from Science, have a look around your house for objects and see if you can name the material they been made from. Why do you think it is made from that material? Could the object be made from a different material? 

 

Task: In Maths we would have been measuring weight. When we are measuring weight we are thinking about the mass of an object. Can you compare the weight of different objects around your house? Find some objects and hold them and decide whether it's heavy or light. Then hold two, one in each hand. Which one is heavier? Which one is lighter? Now here is your challenge... Are larger objects always heavier than smaller objects? See if you can find any small objects around your house that are heavier than an object that is bigger in size. Have fun investigating!  

 

We are really proud of all the children and how hard they are working. Please continue to share your work on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. 

Stay safe! 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Wednesday 22nd April

Good morning everybody! We hope you are enjoying this wonderful weather at the moment. We saw some fantastic weather diaries yesterday so don't forget to keep adding to them. 

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Read: Today we want you to read a different type of text instead of a book. You could maybe read a comic, a magazine or a recipe book. What features of the text do you see? How is it similar or different to things you have read before?   

 

Talk: We always want to keep our basic maths skills fresh in our head by practising as much as we can. Can you chant out your times tables today? Have a go at your 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Ask your family to quiz you on them once you think you have mastered them. There are lots of songs on Kids Youtube to help you learn them. If you want a challenge you could learn your 3 and 4 times tables afterwards.

 

Task: In Science we would be investigating different materials and their properties. We would like you to take part in an investigation to see which is the best material to fix a broken umbrella. Imagine the umbrella has a hole in it and you need to add some material. Remember an umbrella stops rain by repelling water and not soaking it in. Can you experiment with different materials to see which materials repel water and which materials soak in and let water through? Try paper, plastic, cardboard, wood, cotton, cellophane or any other material you can find around your house. You could create a table to show off your results and then decide which material you think is best to repair the umbrella.

 

Please continue to share your work on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. We really are enjoying seeing all the wonderful work and are proud for how hard the children are working.

Stay safe! 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Tuesday 21st April

Morning everyone! We loved reading your stories yesterday and the different adventures you went on holding on to that balloon. There was lots of fantastic description and imagination. Well done!

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Read: Find that special place you enjoying reading and choose a new book that you haven't read before to enjoy. Can you retell the story to your family? Try drawing little pictures of the story on separate pieces of paper and asking someone to mix them up. Can you put them back into the correct order? 

 

Talk: Let's think of some rhyming words today. Play a game by picking one word and then seeing who can think of and say the most words that rhyme with it. You could start off by finding words that rhyme with the word "write".

 

Task: In Geography this term we would have been thinking about the weather and how it changes. Start to create your own weather diary that you can keep and bring into school to show. For each day you could draw a picture of the weather and write down a couple of sentences to describe it. You could say if it's sunny, cloudy, raining, windy and if it's hot, warm, mild or cold. Design a front cover to make it your own special weather diary. 

 

Please continue to share your work on twitter @gilmourinfants or on the Gilmour PA Facebook page. We really are enjoying seeing all the wonderful work and are proud for how hard the children are working.

Stay safe! 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Monday 20th April

Good morning everyone! We hope you had a lovely weekend.

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Read: Today we want you to go on a book hunt. Can you find books in your house or on Bug Club that have a prince or princess; a dinosaur; a castle; a pirate and a boy or a girl? Have a read of them and then rank them in order of your favourite to least favourite.

 

Talk: Talk about the books that you have just found. Once you have put them in order of your most to least favourite, can you explain why you have chosen to put them in that order?

 

Task: Imagine that you have hung on to a large balloon, taken off into the sky and then landed on a new island. Can you write a story of the adventures you get up to? Think about all the scenery around you, the creatures you may meet and any other characters that might help you on your adventure. Have fun letting your imagination go wild! 

 

We'd love to read your stories so don't forget to share your work on Twitter, @gilmourinfants 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Friday 17th April

Good morning everybody! We hope you are all well and safe.

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Read: Choose a fiction book to read today. During our guided reading sessions we have been thinking about expression. When you see a character speaking in your book you will see speech marks. When you come across that try to read out loud with expression. Can you create a voice for that character?

 

Talk: Keeping healthy is so important during these times. Can you think about all the different ways you are keeping yourself healthy? Is there something new that you would like to try? This could be a new piece of fruit or vegetable that you have never tried or it could be trying yoga. Have a think of how you could keep yourself healthy.

 

Task: Before we broke up in Science we were looking at different types of animals. We looked at vertebrates. Can you remember what these animals have? We then looked at different groups of animals such as fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Choose one type of animal and see if you can create a poster for it. You could draw examples of that type of animal and write down some facts that you know. Is it warm or cold blooded? Does it lay eggs? Where does it live? Make your posters as big and as creative as you can think of.

 

Don't forget to share your work on Twitter, @gilmourinfants 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Home Challenge 16 - Thursday 16th April

Morning everyone! We hope you came up with some wishes yesterday and looking forward to completing them when it's safe to do so. Are you still taking part in the Joe Wicks PE sessions? We are and hopefully it's helping after eating lots of those Easter eggs!

 

Today's challenges are:

 

Read: Have a read of a non-fiction book. Can you identify the different features? The headings, introduction, captions, index page, glossary, contents and titles. Have a go at creating your own glossary of key words that are in the book. Don't forget to put it into alphabetical order!  

 

Talk: In Science we would have been looking at materials. Can you identify items made out of a variety of different materials such as wood, metal, plastic, paper, cardboard etc? This could be in the house or outside when you are getting some exercise. Have a think and talk about why the object is made out of that material.  

 

Task: Today we want you to think about division. When we divide a number we are sharing it equally. So if I wanted to share 10 sweets between 5 teddy bears I would give each one of my teddy bears one sweet each at a time until I have no more left. I would count up how many sweets each bear has and that is my answer. Can you practise division? You could share different amounts of sweets, coins, counters, marbles or any item between your teddy bears, dolls or toys. Have a go and see what answers you get. 

 

Don't forget to share your work on Twitter, @gilmourinfants 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Home Challenge 15 - Wednesday 15th April

Good morning everyone! We loved seeing all the different models you made from the various materials. Thank you for sharing them with us!

Today's challenges are:

 

Read: We want you to pick a fiction book today from home or from Bug Club and to think about the story and how it ends. If you were going to write another version of the story what would you change? Would you have different characters or the same? Where would it be set? Have a go designing a new front cover for the different version of the story. 

 

Talk: We know there must be lots of things you can't wait to do again when it's safe. Why don't you share these ideas with your family? You could create a special box or jar and every time you come up with an idea of what you'd like to do, pop it into your wish jar and when the time comes, you can pick out your wish and see if you are able to complete it.  

 

Task: It was fantastic to see you enjoy measuring the capacity of different containers before Easter. Today we want to see if you can measure height and length of objects. You could use a ruler or a tape measure and measure in cm's the height or length of various items around the house. Can you order them from shortest to longest or shortest to tallest?

 

Have fun measuring! Don't forget to share your work on Twitter, @gilmourinfants 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Home Challenge 14 - Tuesday 14th April

Welcome back to our daily challenges. We hope you had a lovely, safe and relaxing Easter weekend.  

Today's challenges are:

 

Read: Choose one of your favourite books and see if you can design some clues to go with it. You could make a story sack or a book in a jar and put different items in for your family to guess what the story is. We'd love to see what you come up with. 

 

Talk: Have a think about all the different things you did over the Easter weekend. You could share your favourite parts of the weekend with a family member or if possible, with the help of your family, you could ring or video call a friend and catch up with them and share your news together. 

 

Task: We bet you have been eating lots of your treats from the Easter Bunny and you'll have lots of material left over. In Science this term we would be looking at different materials and comparing them. You could use different materials to make a junk model. Think about the properties of each material. Is it strong? Can it bend? Is it rigid or flexible? Is it waterproof or would it not be good to test on water? Have fun experimenting with different materials to create your own model.

 

We'd love to see all your models so don't forget to share your work on Twitter, @gilmourinfants 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Home Challenge 13

Today's challenge is:

Thursday 9th April

 

This will be the last Easter challenge for this week.  We will be back with the daily challenges on Tuesday 14th April.  Today's activity involves all the family.  We hope you have lots of fun! 

  

Task: Today we challenge you to create your very own Easter Egg Hunt.  Make a variety of paper Easter eggs and hide them around your house, upstairs, downstairs or in the garden/yard.  Write some clues for your family to follow that will help them to find all the paper eggs you have hidden. 

Maybe you could draw a special Easter certificate for the person who finds all the paper Eggs.  

Have fun together completing your very own Easter Egg Hunt!

We would like to wish all our families a very happy Easter.  We hope the Easter Bunny brings lots of chocolate for you all to enjoy.  Keep safe and we will be back on Tuesday with lots more challenges for you all to enjoy. 

Happy Easter!    

 

Home Challenge 12

Today's challenge is:

Wednesday 8th April

 

It was lovely to see all your unique Easter Bonnets yesterday, they were amazing.  We hope you all had lots of fun making them.

 

Task: Today we challenge you to design, make and decorate a variety of paper Easter eggs.  Maybe use the eggs to decorate your windows for people to spot on their daily walk. If you are out on your daily walk see if you can spot any egg designs in your neighbours windows. Have fun, drawing, colouring, cutting, gluing and sticking!     

 

Home Challenge 11

Today's challenge is:

Tuesday 7th April

 

Well done to all the families who designed their own Easter baskets.  We hope you had lots of fun.  It seems the Easter Bunny is going to be very busy filling them at the weekend. 

 

Task: Today we challenge you to make an Easter Bonnet.  Can you turn an old hat, cap or empty box into a  unique Easter Bonnet?    Don't forget to decorate them and make them bright and colourful.   

 

We look forward to seeing your completed creations.  

 

Home Challenge 10

Today's challenge is:

Monday 6th April

 

Good Morning to you all.  Although this week is officially the  Easter Holidays we thought it would be nice to set a daily creative challenge for you all to enjoy.  Remember to have fun and stay active each day.  We also recommend logging on to Bug Club each day to read the books that your teacher has allocated you.  

 

Task: Today make your very own Easter Basket to leave out for the Easter Bunny.  You could use boxes and tubs that are ready to be recycled!  Cut, bend, glue, paint and draw to assemble and decorate your Easter basket.  

 

Don't forget to post your completed creations on twitter or Facebook for your teachers to see.  

 

Have fun being creative and getting messy. 

 

 

 

Home Challenge 9 - Friday 3rd April

It was lovely to see lots of you completing the challenges yesterday. We are really proud of you all!  

Today's challenges are:

 

Read: Choose a non-fiction book to read today. This could be from a collection at home or from Bug Club. Using some of the facts or new information that you have learnt, you could create a fact sheet including different interesting facts and maybe some diagrams to go with it that you could label.  

 

Talk: It's nearly Easter. As part of the National Curriculum, we look at the Easter story. Have a think about the Easter story and discuss Palm Sunday. In class we were going to make some palm leaves and act out the story. Maybe you could make your own palm leaves at home. 

 

Task: Everyone has their favourite story. Mr Fidler's favourite is Funnybones! We would love for you to create a book review of your favourite story. It could include the names of the main characters, a few sentences explaining what the book is about, how many stars you would give it, your favourite part and why it is your favourite part. Don't forget to include a picture!

 

We'd love to read your book reviews so don't forget to share your work on Twitter, @gilmourinfants 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Home Challenge 8 - Thursday 2nd April

Morning everybody! We hope you are all safe and well.

Today's challenges are:

 

Read: Choose a book from home or Bug Club. Think about the different characters in the story. Can you make some puppets for each character? You could even add some of your own characters to the story to change it slightly.   

 

Talk: Using your puppets you could perform a puppet show retelling the story. You could perform this in front of your family. You could create and sell tickets to the show. See if they can recognise the story without you telling them what it is. 

 

Task: Today we want you to think about measurements. Can you find 5 different sized containers and order them in size of capacity. Have a go at guessing the order first before using a measuring jug to measure how much liquid each container can hold. To help you measure, with the help of an adult, try putting a few drops of food colouring into the water to make it easier to read. You can label each container with its capacity.  

 

Don't forget to share any of your work on Twitter, @gilmourinfants 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Home Challenge 7 - Wednesday 1st April

All of the teachers are trying to keep as active as possible at the moment. We hope you are too. There are no challenges for you to do today... only kidding! April Fools laugh

Today's challenges are:

 

Read: We want you to choose a fiction book today and enjoy reading it in your reading den. Have a think about the story and see if it is similar to any other stories that you have read. Is the setting the same? Are they the same characters? Can you think of any differences?    

 

Talk: Recite your 2, 5 and 10 times tables to someone at home. You could sing them to a tune. Have a look on Youtube, there are lots of times tables songs to help become fluent. You could challenge yourself to learn the 3 times tables. Can you chant them forwards and backwards?

 

Task: Have a think about what you did yesterday at home. Could you start to write a diary? You could write about what games you played, what you ate or where you went and what saw on your daily exercise outside. Remember to use your connectives First, Then, Next, After that and Finally. Once you've started your diary you could add an entry in each day. This will be something you can keep and look back at in the future.  

 

We'd love to see your work so don't forget to share any of your work on Twitter, @gilmourinfants 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Home Challenge 6 - Tuesday 31st March

Well done to everyone who completed yesterday's challenges. We hope you are staying fit and active during this time. If you haven't tried a Joe Wicks workout yet, today could be the day you do, or why not try a Go Noodle session on Youtube.

Today's challenges are:

 

Read: Choose a book from home or from Bug Club. Can you become split digraph detectives? Once you have read through your book once, go back through it and make a list of all the words that have a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e and u-e.  

 

Talk: Today we want you to think about what you are thankful for. Talk with your families about something you want to say thank you for and who you may want to thank. You could even make them a card or write them a letter. This could be for your family, friend or whoever you want to say thank you to. 

 

Task: Before Christmas we looked at maps, symbols, keys, plans and routes in Geography. Today we want to see what you can remember. You could either draw a plan of one of your rooms, designing symbols for different objects and then putting them into a key. Or if you go for a walk, cycle or run with your family for your daily exercise, you could draw a map showing the route you took, drawing the key features that you went past.  

 

We'd love to see your work so don't forget to share any of your work on Twitter, @gilmourinfants 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Home Challenge 5 - Monday 30th March

We hope you had a lovely weekend and are staying healthy and safe.

Today's challenges are:

 

Read: Use your imagination and enjoy creating a reading den. Choose a fiction book and think about the characters in the story. You could write a letter to one of the characters. Think about three questions you would like to ask the character. Remember to use a question mark (?) instead of a full stop. 

 

Talk: If you go for a family walk or even just standing outside, have a look around you and see if you can identify any of the trees or plants that you walk past. Could you make a tally chart of all the different types of plants or trees you walk past? 

 

Task: We want to see some amazing spring flower pictures. Choose a plant or flower that you would like to draw and carefully colour it in. You could use paints, crayons, felt tips or colouring pencils. 

 

Don't forget to share any of your work on Twitter, @gilmourinfants, we would love to see your pictures! 

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Home Challenge 4 - Friday 27th March

We hope you are enjoying these challenges. Maybe you could try to learn something new today, such as learning a magic trick. Don't forget to tag the school on Twitter to show us what you've ben doing! Today's challenges are:

 

Read: Pick a book off bug club or from home that you've not read before. Before you read it, have a quick look through the book and make a prediction about it. What do you think is going to happen in it? Who do you think are the main characters?  How do you think it's going to end?

 

Talk: Have a think about a goal you might want to set yourself. This could be to learn a new skill such as being able to draw an animal or how to bake a certain cake. Share your goal with your family and think about the steps you need to take to achieve it.

 

Task: Can you write a set of instructions? The instructions could be for a game to you like to play, how to make your favourite sandwich or cake, or it could be for building a model. Remember the key features of the instructions. Make sure they have a "What you need" section with bullet points and the different steps you need to follow with sentence starters such as 'First', 'Then' or 'Next'. Don't forget those bossy verbs and adverbs to describe the action.

 

Enjoy!

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Home Challenge 3 - Thursday 25th March

If you have given some of these challenges a go well done! Don't forget we'd love to see your fantastic work by tagging the school on twitter. Today's challenges are:

 

Read: Choose a story book, whether that's one of your own or one from Bug Club. Can you draw a story map to re-tell the story? Remember to think about the characters, settings and the beginning, middle and end.

 

Talk: Have a look outside the window and think about all the different signs of Spring that you can see. Think about how it is different to winter, autumn and summer.

 

Task: Try to create a treasure map around your house. This could be inside and outside or just inside. Ask whoever is looking after you to create some Maths sums that if you answer correctly you can swap for a clue to help you find the treasure. 

 

Let's see how imaginative you can be with your maps!

Have fun!

Mr Fidler, Mrs Keenan and Mrs Ambrose

 

Home Challenge 2 - Wednesday 24th March

Well done to those who completed yesterday's challenge. We loved seeing your pictures on twitter. Keep them coming!

 

Read: Choose your favourite book and find the most unusual place to sit, read and enjoy it. Don't forget to get a picture taken and tag us in on twitter!

 

Talk: Stand outside and use your senses and think about all the things you can hear, see, touch, taste and smell.

 

Task: Can you use your senses and what you experienced outside to create a Spring acrostic poem? 

 

We can't wait to read some of your poems. Have fun!

Mr Fidler

 

 

Home Challenge 1 - Tuesday 24th March

Hi everyone! I hope you are all keeping safe at home and active. Have you joined the nation and had a go at Joe Wicks’ PE sessions yet?

 

Read: Please log onto Bug Club and read a non-fiction book. Can you write down three facts that you have learnt once you have read it?

 

Talk: Some of you may be enjoying this time away from school to play on iPads, tablets or games consoles. Have a think about how you stay safe when using these and who you can talk to if something upsets you.

 

Task: Go on a 3D shape hunt around your house! Find and sort real life objects according to their shape. Can you find objects that are cubes, spheres, cuboids, cylinders, pyramids and cones?

 

It would be great to see all the things that you find on Twitter!

Enjoy!

Mr Fidler 

 

 

 

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