Everyday Heroes 1: What makes a hero?

Task 1: Art skill focus

Choose a superhero.  We are going to trace a picture of them into the middle of your sheet of paper BUT  you cannot use black or pencil, you have to trace in the colour you can see.  So if your hero’s hair is blonde, trace their hair in yellow.  If their cape is red, trace their cape in red…of course, if you trace something black, use your black pencil!  Once you are done, shade in the colours.

Now, label the features and powers your superhero possesses.

Task 2:

Repeat the activity for someone in real life who you consider a hero.  It could be a family member, someone in the community, an emergency worker or even someone you see in the newspaper!

Label their heroic qualities, such as hard work or kindness onto the sheet.

Online art lesson

Zoom meeting ID:  93671558710
Password: art

We are going to have a go at adapting a nice piece of artwork I’ve seen online to our People who changed the World topic.

You will need:

paper

pencil

thin and thick black pens (black biro, handwriting pens, felt tips and even black paint all work fine)

 

It would also help if you have a picture of Dr Martin Luther King Jr Available to draw from.

 

The FINAL quiz

Please join us on zoom for our last Beat The Teachers quiz.  Remember to add your current year group infront of your name on zoom so I can sort you into groups easily please.  However, feel free to come up with a crazy nickname on Kahoot!

Zoom Meeting ID: 946 5718 5074

Password: quiz

 

Beat the teachers 4

This week, there is even more reason to try to win, as Mr Swallow is competing this time as well as the rest of the staff.  Don’t worry though, I have kept him far away from the questions and answers!

Here are our sections for this week:

  • Harry Potter
  • Football
  • Maths
  • Topic/History
  • Staff questions

Zoom meeting ID:  946 5718 5074

Password:  quiz

Log on from 1:15 onwards.

As usual, you will need to have a separate device to access the Kahoot app to join in with the quiz.

Good luck kids, Mrs Rees!

RH8: Ye Olde Vocabulary

Tomorrow, we are going to write a newspaper article about a recent robbery.  I will remind you about the features of a newspaper tomorrow but today we want to ensure that the language you choose is suitably old-fashioned and period correct.

Use a thesaurus as well as interviewing your family to find lots of period-correct alternatives for these words:  (I’ve done 1 for you)

  • thief (rouge, miscreant, near-do-well, outlaw, scoundrel, blaggard)
  • policeman
  • the merry men
  • money
  • rich person

Beat the teachers Quiz 3

The teachers won last week and earned their treat…can you turn the tables on them this week?  We have introduced a new category this week, due to popular demand:  “Fortnite” (the video game, for old people like me!)  With questions written and presented by our Year 6 children and Mrs Rees’s son, Eddie.  I’ve read them when I put the quiz together and didn’t know any of them…it doesn’t look good for the teachers!!!

Zoom meeting ID:  946 5718 5074

Password:  quiz

When you log into Zoom this time, please use your year group at the beginning of your name  (3 Mr Swallow).  We are going to do the chat first and the quiz afterwards this time, log on from 1:15 onwards.

As usual, you will need to have a separate device to access the Kahoot app to join in with the quiz.

Good luck kids!

Woodland crafts

As we are learning about Robin Hood, we decided to learn some woodland craft skills.

Our first project is a fun, colourful toadstool, carved from a stick or branch.  We used a technique called, “whittling” where you shave off little bits of wood at a time to get the shape you want.

It was challenging but fun.  the kids went from hardly being able to remove any wood to being expert carvers!  They really had to persevere when things were difficult and understand that it takes time to get something to be proud of.

Writing task: Lying in wait…

Yesterday, our task was to build up a bank of vocabulary and phrases for a forest setting.  My group in school and I visited the woods down Hay Green Lane.  We tried to use our different senses to listen, smell, see and hear the things around us to capture in our writing.  The kids came up with some fantastic phrases:

“bark like crocodile skin”

“The leaves rustled like a million green butterflies!

“shadows danced in the woods”

“the leaves and soil smell like old tea bags”

“holly leaves nibbled at my neck like tiny shark teeth”

 

These are all fantastic phrases for bringing our writing to life and building up an image for your reader.

 

Now, I would like you to use your vocabulary bank to help you write a short piece in which you are Robin (or one of his outlaws) lying in wait in Sherwood forest.  You have to stay very still so no one sees you.  This will give you the opportunity to tell us about the sounds and sensations you notice all around you as you wait.  It would be good to include some of the discomforts you are putting up with, in your hiding position (this sort of thing tends to be familiar to a reader…we’ve all scratched our face on a branch or been stung by a nettle!)

I would like you pice to end with the line;

“suddenly I heald my breath as the coach pulled into sight between the trees…”

RH6: Forest vocabulary

We are going to bring the forest to life for our readers. What matters, in descriptive writing, is capturing the details and sensations of being in a place.  Presenting your reader with sights, sounds, smells and feelings that they have felt themselves so they can place themselves in the situation you are describing.

What we do not want to do is TELL the reader how they are feeling, instead GIVE THEM CLUES and make them interpret them, themselves!

For example:

You are in a dark, dank forest with huge, mossy trees. It is raining hard and only the fact that you are hidden amongst the trees is stopping you getting soaked.  (It’s not bad but you don’t feel as if you are there!

Instead, try:

As your eyes begin to adjust to the gloom, you begin to pick out some of the sounds and smells around you.  The deep, occasional creak of think, heavy branches.  The quick, sharp rattle of twigs clattering lazily together and the soft, rising & falling rustle of a million leaves in the trees above you.  The earth smells rich and mossy in contrast to the fresh scent of pine in the air.  You turn up your lincoln green collar and duck further back into the hollow in which you are hidden just in time to avoid the pitter-patter of raindrops falling all around you.    (These are all smells and sounds your reader will have experienced before so they will easily be able to picture the scene)

Your challenge:

Go and visit a wooded area.  You are soaking up the sounds and smells around you.  What can you hear, see and feel?  You could take photos and write notes around them.  You could record video or record your ideas on book creator.  What can you compare the sounds to? Get your family to join in, the more ideas, the better.  Do adults have clever vocabulary you can learn?  Do they know little sayings that help paint a picture?  What we want is for you to have a rich selection of vocabulary and ideas from which you can select from in your writing task tomorrow.

White Rose Maths- Money Week 9

Here are the instructional videos for the week:

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Lesson 1:  Pounds & pence

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Lesson 2:  Ordering Money

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Lesson 3:  Estimating

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Lesson 4:  Money Problems

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Lesson 4 Answers – Four operations

RH5: Top Trumps Cards

Design yourself a set of Top Trumps cards for the heroes and villains from Robin Hood!

You can:

  • Choose the style of art you would like to use, Disney, realistic, serious, silly?
  • Choose the categories, are you going to score the characters on strength, speed, height, cunning, goodness/evilness?  What other categories can you think of?
  • Score, will you give them points out of 5, 10 or even 100?  The choice is yours.

Scribble art

At home this weekend, Grace and I worked on a big scribble picture.  To begin with, we drew a VERY simple and very light pencil outline of Robin Hood on a big piece of paper.  You can make loads of mistakes and redo bits without rubbing out as no one will ever see them! (You don’t have to be a good drawer)

The only bit we put a lot of effort into was the face, especially the eye area.

Add black felt tip carefully to show details such as pupils, eyebrows and even some eye lashes.  We added a beard and moustache as we though it fitted the scribble style we were going to use.

 

Then comes the fun bit!  Scribble!!!  Keep going over your sketch lines, use different shades of the same colour.  You don’t need to be too careful but try to make your scribbles for parts of the picture go in the same direction…we did the shade lines on the face the same direction, we kept going over the hood with different greens.

Finally, add a background by drawing 100s of scribble leaves. Scribble them in light green and scribble in the gaps in dark green. Do really thick scribble when you get close to your character to make him stand out. You can even add secret words and messages into the leaves…

There you have it, a scribble picture…they look best when you do them really big and then view them from far away or take a photo.  Share yours with us so we can see your skills!


 

RH4: Tales about Robin Hood

Here is a version of the Robin Hood legend that you read along with…

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Here are a few comprehension activities to further develop your knowledge of the story and the characters.

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Vocabulary Focus

  1. delicate and light in a way that seems to be otherworldly.
  2. to wrap up, cover or surround completely.
  3. inhabited
  4. Outside of the law – someone who has broken the law, especially one who has escaped.
  5. That they are walking slowly because they are tired.
  6. lurking

R – a few steps

V – flurry, erupted

E – They are carrying bows, they are walking long distances, they fight with a staff, there is a bridge tax

I – he is resigned to his fate – he feels like he will have to fight him now.

S – He stops people crossing the bridge unless they pay him.  If they do not pay then he robs them.

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Spelling more homophones

Spelling more homophones

Homophones are words that are spelled differently and have different meanings, but are pronounced in the same, or almost the same, way. They are often confused in children’s writing. We have covered this before but I want to revisit it as I’ve added in a few new pairs of words…

accept/except, affect/effect, ball/bawl, berry/bury, brake/break, fair/fare, grate/great, groan/grown, here/hear, heel/heal/he’ll, knot/not, mail/male, main/mane, meat/meet, medal/meddle, missed/mist, peace/piece, plain/plane, rain/rein/reign, scene/seen, weather/whether, whose/who’s

Highwayman art in school

We used our home-made ink to follow Mr Swallow’s video tutorial.  Today, now they are dry, we added charcoal highlights to make some bits stand out!

They look amazing…

WANTED!

We would like you to design a wanted poster for at least one of Robin’s Merry Men.

Your poster should, of course,  include a sketch of the character but the main part of the poster should be:

  • a physical description of the character
  • some reasons that they are “wanted”.  What have they done?  How have they helped Robin?
  • appropriate vocabulary, your poster should sound ‘ye olde’ (old) through the old fashioned vocabulary you use

Remember!  This is a wanted poster for a criminal!  You are not on their side, you want them to be caught and arrested for their crimes so make them sound bad!