Online Learning w/c 23.03.2020

Good day, pupils and parents of Fuji, and welcome to the first installment of your online learning blog! This blog will be updated daily with resources, worksheets and...

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Good day, pupils and parents of Fuji, and welcome to the first installment of your online learning blog!

This blog will be updated daily with resources, worksheets and activities to support your learning in English, Maths, Guided Reading and Topic for this week. In addition, there will also be links to videos that support English and Maths – as well as a daily check in video from Miss Glenister. The links to these videos will be sent via WisePay each day.

Please find below a guide to help your children understand different aspects of remote learning and how to ensure their experience is as safe and secure as it can be…

10 Top Tips – Remote Learning For Children

…and also a guide for parents and carers that explains how you can support your children in getting the most out of their remote learning experience.

10 Top Tips – Remote Learning For Parents

 

English

This week you will be writing a balanced argument for the question: Are robots good or bad for our society?

Please note, in the first video I referred to a persuasive argument. In this instance, we are focusing on a BALANCED argument. Pardon my choice of vocabulary!

An argument text is a text written about a subject, where the writer is either ‘for’ or ‘against’ the subject. They highlight the pros and cons of subjects and come to a conclusion at the end, often to answer the debated question.

Features of an argument text:

  • Start with an introduction
  • Written in formal language
  • Connectives at the start of sentences and paragraphs give the writing a formal tone (In addition to this point… Furthermore… Another important fact is…)
  • Write in paragraphs
  • Often the writer’s viewpoint will be backed up by facts and research.
  • The aim of the writing is to persuade the reader to consider the writer’s point of view and perhaps sway them towards their opinion. Rhetorical questions may be used to help with this persuasion.

Monday 23rd March 2020

Activity: Create a two column table in your books, underneath the question Are robots good or bad for our society? Label one column “Good” and the other “Bad”. In each column, write a point e.g. “They do jobs to help make society more efficient, e.g. supermarket self-service checkouts” opposed to “With the development of more robots that can do human’s jobs, lots of people will become unemployed.”

Challenge: Use relative clauses in your writing.

Tuesday 24th March 2020

ActivityWrite a balanced argument for the question Are robots good or bad for our society? You should start with a paragraph for the introduction, then a paragraph using all of your points for good then a paragraph using all of your points for bad. Finally, you should end with a concluding paragraph where you make a decision on which side of the argument you agree with.

Challenge: For a more challenging piece of writing, don’t write one paragraph for good or one paragraph for bad. Instead, write a paragraph for each point in your planning and make the writing more of a discussion, e.g. On the one hand, robots are good as they can do jobs more efficiently than humans, for example, as supermarket self-checkout stations. On the other hand, if more and more robots are designed to do jobs that humans were previously doing, there will be more unemployment. This is bad because…

Resources:

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Activity: Present your balanced argument to a family member, using clear diction, projection and expression. Practice first and use your writing as a reference, instead of reading it monotonously from the page.

Challenge: To spice up your presentation you could: use flashcards, speak from memory, make a video like Ms Glenister’s or create a stop motion video with a voiceover reading out the points you are making.

Thursday 26th March 2020

Activity: Create a Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) board game to play with your family.

Challenge: Use at least 8 different grammar terminologies and write an introduction to your game, to entice people to play it.

Glossary of Grammar Terminology

Friday 27th March 2020

Activity: Finish your Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) board game and play it with your family.

Challenge: Use at least 8 different grammar terminologies and write an introduction to your game, to entice people to play it.

 

Maths

This week you will be making progress in your understanding of fractions.

Monday 23rd March 2020

Adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator.

Activity: Answer the questions here.

Challenge: Simplify the fractions to their lowest form. Convert improper fractions into mixed numbers.

23.03.2020 Maths ANSWERS

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers.

Activity: Answer the questions here.

Challenge: Create your own addition and subtraction problems with improper fractions and mixed numbers, using larger numbers.

24.03.2020 Maths ANSWERS

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Solving problems involving fractions.

Activity: Complete the fractions problems here.

Challenge: Write your own fractions word problems using items around the house. You could use: books, toys, stationary, photo frames, furniture (just remember to put everything back where you found it!)

25.03.2020 Maths ANSWERS

Thursday 26th March 2020

Comparing fractions, decimals and percentages.

Activity: Complete the problems here.

Challenge: After completing the activity questions, try this fraction problem.

26.03.2020 Maths ANSWERS

Friday 27th March 2020

Create a Quiz of the Week to show your learning from our fractions topic. Make sure to include at least two questions for each part of the topic and aim for at least 20 questions in total:

  • Adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator
  • Simplifying fractions to their simplest form
  • Finding equivalent fractions
  • Converting between improper fractions & mixed numbers
  • Fractions problems
  • Equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages

First, draft your quiz in your home learning book with the answers. Then publish it without the answers and give it to a family member to complete. Your quiz can be written or interactive; you can draw on the activities you’ve done so far this week or take inspiration from Ms Glenister’s videos.

 

Reading

This is the perfect moment to explore lots of different books and read for pleasure. Please find below some links where you can listen to authors reading a large selection of books.

  • Storyline Online
  • Audible (currently free)
  • Oliver Jeffers’s will read one of his books every day. Readings will take place at 6pm UK time and are broadcast via Instagram Stories. All broadcasts have been recorded and will also be added to Jeffers’ website

Our Guided Reading text this week is a poetry piece called Artificial Intelligence.

Monday 23rd March 2020

Activity: Use a dictionary and thesaurus (online if necessary) to complete the vocabulary worksheet.

Challenge: Create your own sentences using these words accurately.

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Activity: Using evidence from the guided reading text, make a list of skills that AI teaches humans, that it can’t do itself.

Challenge: Do you think it’s important that AI can do the skill it’s teaching? Explain your answer, using evidence from the text.

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Activity: There are a lot of opposites in this poem. What message do you think the poet is trying to send about technology? Why do you think that?

Challenge: How does this message make you feel? Why?

Thursday 26th March 2020

Activity: Write your own poem about a subject of your choice, keeping to the poet’s repetitive style.

Challenge: Identify the poetic devices you have used, e.g. repetition; simile; personification.

 

Handwriting

Our handwriting focus is week was practising sloped writing for speed: tial.

Monday 23rd March 2020

Activity: Our spelling words today are partial, impartial, potential. Write out these words, two lines of each.

Challenge: Use these words in a sentence.

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Activity: Our spelling words today are essential, confidential, substantial. Write out these words, two lines of each.

Challenge: Use these words in a sentence.

Friday 27th March 2020

Activity: Write a short story or poem using the spelling words from this week.

Challenge: In addition to using these words, use an additional synonym or antonym (opposite meaning) for each word in your writing.

If you’re struggling to think of ideas, authors are setting daily writing challenges on this website daily. You could draw on their daily challenge for inspiration!

 

Science

During Gardening with Ms Glenister on Wednesday 25th March 2020 you were introduced to the term Photosynthesis. This is the process plants use to make food from sunlight.

  • Plants are producers that make food from simple chemicals. This process is called Photosynthesis.
  • Green plants do not absorb food from the soil. They use water and carbon dioxide from their environment to make glucose (sugar) and oxygen.
  • The sun provides the light energy that is required for the process. Green chlorophyll in chloroplasts (green plant cells in leaves) absorbs the light energy needed for the process.

Activity: Complete the activities found here.

Challenge: Design a poster explaining what photosynthesis is, using diagrams to reinforce your explanation. The information on the activity sheet will help you.

25.03.2020 Photosynthesis Activity ANSWERS

If you would like to do more science-themed activities, Club SciKidz will be posting online science and cookery sessions every day for you to watch and draw inspiration from.

 

French

This week you will be recapping the vocabulary for fruits in French, covered in Year 4. Along with the video emailed out on Tuesday 24th March 2020, please find below accompanying vocabulary lists and a wordsearch activity.

Fruits vocabulary (French)

Fruits wordsearch (French)

 

Art

Mark Kistler is hosting a live drawing session every weekday at 5pm.

Rob Biddulph is also hosting a Draw-A-Long every Tuesday and Thursday.

 

Mindfulness

Free 30-day mindfulness challenge for families.