After another busy week, we hope you are all well. It was really lovely to hear from some of our children that have not returned to school and we will be phoning more over the next week.
As before, we will continue to use lessons from this platform within the classroom and the days you are not in school, you will carry on using the subsequent or identified lessons at home. We will make this clear on each subject which lessons to access at home and which we will deliver in school.
Transition to Secondary Schools
Due to the current pandemic, many secondary schools will not be providing the conventional transfer opportunities for our year 6 children. A number of them have released some further information on their websites or blogs. We thought we would share these here for you. Click on the picture to access their websites below for more information. Please find below some additional information we have received directly from the following schools.
Northampton Academy have a dedicated section of their website for year 6 to year 7 transition (see below). They state that they are hoping to invite pupils in before the summer.
Moulton School have also created a nice portal on their website dedicated for year 6 to year 7 transition (see below). This gives a helpful introduction to the school. Children due to attend this school should have received a letter in April. They are also hoping to arrange a ‘virtual’ parent talk soon.
Wootton Park School have told us that pupils will be contacted individually and some one to one zoom meetings may have already taken place.
- Western Favell Academy also have a dedicated section of their website which contains a virtual tour of the school. (see below). Transition days and evenings will not go ahead this year as originally planned. They will communicate these changes on the academy website and when we receive any information, we will post this on our subsequent blog posts.
- Kingthorpe College have a virtual tour (see link below). We await further information on any additional transfer details.
- Northampton School for Boys have virtual iBooks for year 6 pupils and parents. We await further information on any additional transfer details.
- Northampton School for Girls have a dedicated page on their website for year 6 to 7 transition. We await further information on any additional transfer details.
- Abbeyfield School have a dedicated section of their website, but some information located within their induction booklet will need updating in line with changes to transition for this year.
- Northampton International Academy have information about the school on the website but we await further information regarding any transition arrangements.
- Weavers Academy have dedicated section on the website for the year 6 and 7 transition with an informative video from Mr Mawby who normally organises their transfer from the primary to secondary school setting.
- For Thomas Beckett we have just attached the link to their website but there is currently no information relating to transition. Once we receive any further information we will let you know.
Internet Safety (This activity is to completed at home)
- Discuss their answers, using the answer sheet located at the bottom of the blog post.
Activity 1: Watch Play Like Share, Episode 3
- Watch Episode 3: ‘They have fans, but we have friends!’ with your child at www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/watch/.
- Use the following questions to chat about the cartoon:
o What did you like about this episode? What was your favourite bit?
o What did Magnus offer Ellie?
o Who was pretending to be Magnus? Why?
- Show your child the ‘Who’s Magnus’ worksheet on p2 and read the task with them.
- Ask them to write down the things that made Alfie suspicious (not so sure) about Magnus and discuss their answers.
- Talk about what advice they could give to Alfie about what he could do next. Discuss the importance of telling a trusted adult if they have any suspicions or experience any warning signs that something might not be quite right when they are talking to someone online.
Activity 2: Can you help Grandpa George?
- Ask your child what they remember about Episode 3 of Play Like Share.
o How did Selfie use technology to help them take part in the band competition?
- Show children the ‘Grandpa George’ worksheet on p3 and read the task with them.
- Ask children to write down ideas about how Grandpa could use the tablet to solve his problems. Encourage them to be inventive as possible.
- Ask your child to explain their plan to you. Also use this as an opportunity to explore the different ways you and your child use technology positively e.g. to keep in touch with friends and family, to learn from home.
You can continue to use the Scholastic Virtual Reading Library online allowing you to access lots of different books on their website.
The Scholastic Reading Pro website (https://educator-slz03.scholasticlearningzone.com/slz-portal/#/login3/GBR2VCR) please find enclosed the login details below.
Enter your username and password (remember that they are case sensitive)
Username: (first three letters of the pupil’s first name followed by first three letters of surname) All lowercase
For example: Harry Potter would be Username: harpot
If you have any issues accessing the website, please contact the school at firstname.lastname@example.org .
This week we will be using the lesson 1 our reading lessons in school and lessons 3, 4 and 5 for our literacy lessons in school. Mr Whitfield’s class and Mrs Willett’s class will be also completing lesson 2 in Class while Mr Wild’s class will complete this at home.
All returning children do not need to start the English work until they have had their lessons in school.
This week we will be working towards a Character Description.
These include some comprehension tasks, exploration of the features and an opportunity to write your own.
Lesson 1– ‘Normal Kid’ Reading Comprehension focussing on comparison – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/reading-focus-comparison
Lesson 2 – ‘Normal Kid’ Reading Comprehension focussing on prediction – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/reading-focus-prediction
Lesson 3 – Identifying key structural elements and grammatical features when writing a character description – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/writing-focus-identify-the-key-features/
Lesson 4 – Using Colons and Semi-colons – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/writing-focus-using-colons-and-semi-colons
Lesson 5 – Describing a character – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/writing-focus-describing-a-character
Your child will be expected to complete a five day week in Maths. Children that are continuing to home-school will access the resources in the same way they have been.
Children going to school on the 15st of June will complete lesson 1 to 3 whilst they are in school and lessons 4 and 5 at home
Children going to school on the 18th of June will complete lessons . 1 to 2 whilst they are in school and lessons 3, 4 and 5 at home.
All returning children do not need to start the Maths work until they have had their lessons in school.
This week you will continue to look at coordinates and applying this learning to 3D shapes.
Lesson 1– To generate and describe linear number sequences – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-generate-and-describe-linear-number-sequences
Lesson 2– To use, read and write standard units of length, mass and volume – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-use-read-and-write-standard-units-of-length-mass-and-volume
Lesson 3– To convert between standard units of length – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-convert-between-standard-units-of-length
Lesson 4– To solve problems involving conversions of length – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-solve-problems-involving-conversion-of-length
Lesson 5– To calculate the are of parallelograms and triangles – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-calculate-the-area-of-parallelograms-and-triangles
Science – What are the different animal kingdoms? (To be completed in school)
In today’s lesson we are going to learn how living organisms are classified. We will learn about the 5 kingdoms and then we will focus on the animal kingdom. For this lesson you will need a pencil, a piece of paper and a ruler.
History – Anglo-Saxon art and culture (To be completed at home)
Learn about art and culture in the Anglo-Saxon times.
This lessons includes:
- one video exploring the Anglo-Saxons
- one video examining Anglo-Saxon art and culture
- two activities to build knowledge and understanding
Geography – The Alps (To be completed in school by Mr Whitfield’s class and Mrs Willett’s class. At home by Mrs Wild’s class)
Learn about the Alps including their weather, climate, animals and tourist industry.
This lesson includes:
- one animation about the Alps
- one short film showing views of the Alps
- one child-led short film about life in the Allgäu region of Bavaria in Germany
- three activities to build your knowledge
Internet Safety – Answers
Activity 1: Watch Play Like Share, Episode 3
o What did Magnus offer Ellie? [Magnus offered Ellie time to record music
in a recording studio.]
o Who was pretending to be Magnus? Why? [Megan pretended to be Magnus so that Selfie would miss the competition.]
Activity 2: Can you help Grandpa George?
o How did Selfie use technology to help them take part in the band competition? [Broadcast their song to friends, put a poster on their group profile page, asked all their friends to learn the words to their song, Ellie and Sam appeared via video.]