Maths - Recapping Basics
You do not have to stick with your own year group's lesson. If you are struggling, try the activities for the year group below, if you don't feel challenged, try the year group above.
Year 4: Multiply a 3-digit number by a 1 digit number
Year 5: Multiply up to 4 digits by 2 digits
Year 6: Compare and order fractions
On the optional worksheets, the difficulty is usually shown in the bottom corner of the page in a star.
D = Developing (mild)
E = Expected (spicy)
GD = Greater Depth (hot)
Optional Maths Worksheets
English - Grammar Starter
Year 4: Identifying when to use pronouns
Year 5: Expanded noun phrases
Year 6: Nouns and pronouns
English - Main Activity - Letter Writing
Read this article from BBC news:
Letter-writing: Connection in disconnected times
By Rosie Blunt BBC News 20 May 2020
While the coronavirus pandemic has presented challenges in all areas of our lives, the lack of human contact is one of the hardest. But for some, it has been a time to get creative about how we keep in touch and has prompted a return to a more traditional medium: letters.
As the lockdown was introduced in the Republic of Ireland in late March, the postal service, An Post, sent each household two free stamps and postcards to encourage people to write to each other. It has since reported an increase in non-business, person-to-person mail.
Riona Nolan, a 17-year-old student from County Carlow, used the opportunity to cut back on social media and instead put pen to paper.
"You have to really think about what you're going to write instead of just shooting a text with a few words in it," she says. Riona regularly exchanges letters with her friend, who lives just around the corner, and also writes to her grandmother.
Many people are using the lockdown to pick up a pen instead of just typing a text or email
Riona says it is a far more personal, authentic form of communication. It's also a welcome change from the bills and taxes that people usually receive through the letterbox.
But what does she write about when we are all stuck inside?
"I told her about how I was baking - I asked for any recipes she might have," says Riona. "I was talking about how much the weather has improved since lockdown.
"I said how much I miss her and I was telling her about all the things I can't wait to do when I see her again."
"Dear Future Self…"
Letters are not only a form of communication. They can act as a museum piece for the future, as I discovered while seeing out lockdown at my parents' house. On one rainy day I dug up a case of letters belonging to my grandmother, who died six years ago. The scrawled handwriting described historical events such as VE Day and the Queen's coronation but, most importantly, captured my granny at her most alive.
Reading these letters encouraged me to write my own letters to friends. I wrote to a friend from school who said she recognised my handwriting as soon as the envelope landed on the doormat, despite not having seen it in more than 15 years.
"I wanted to say thank you"
Before the lockdown kicked in in South Dakota, 11-year-old Emerson Weber already had what her dad Hugh called "a serious letter writing habit". She exchanges letters regularly with about a dozen of her friends, decorating the envelopes as if they are a piece of art.
"I write about my brother Finn and I share a joke at the end," she says. "I always include something I've been doing, or a piece of art and a bit of personal stuff. Something I saw that I liked. A little bit about my love for Taylor Swift."
During the pandemic, Emerson decided to use letters as a way to thank key workers - including her local postman, Doug.
"You may know me as the person that lives here that writes a lot of letters & decorated the envelopes," she said in her letter to Doug. "Well, I wanted to thank you for taking my letters and delivering them. You are very important to me. I make people happy with my letters, but you do too."
Doug showed the letter to his supervisor, who wrote to Emerson thanking her. She also shared the story in a regional newsletter.
Just days later, Doug arrived on Emerson's doorstep with two boxes of letters addressed to her from mail workers all around the country.
"They were very personal," says Emerson. "They included a joke or two, like I do. They told me about their families and where they work and what their job was in the postal service."
Hugh says this was more than people just wanting to write to Emerson. Writing letters made them feel seen, allowing them to share snapshots of their lives.
"I work alone in a small rural post office..."
"My kids all live far away..."
"Not a lot of people think about how hard we work…"
Emerson is half way through responding to the hundreds of letters she received, and since Hugh posted about her story on Twitter, she's been receiving even more.
Last week, she got an extra special one. When she opened the packaging, a tag read: "To Em. From Tay."
"Love, Your pen pal, Taylor"
Inside, there was a carefully decorated envelope and a letter from none other than her favourite singer, Taylor Swift, who said she had seen in Emerson's story "an innate sense of empathy, a curiosity about the feelings of strangers, and the drive to try to brighten someone's day". Swift also sent Emerson some special wax seals to help her secure her envelopes.
Emerson encourages everyone to write a letter to someone they care about or someone they're thankful for.
"It's the simple things," agrees Hugh. "The basics. The humanity. Connection."
I hope that reading this article has give you the motivation to write a letter! Here are some ideas for your letter:
- a thank-you letter to a key worker
- a catch-up letter to a friend
- a checking-in letter to a relative
Look at these pages will help you plan your letter:
Today, I just want you to PLAN your letter. We will write it tomorrow. Decide who you will write to and what you want to thank them for. Find their address.
English worksheets/printable versions
Year 6: MOUSE Online
This is the ICE transition lesson that you would usually have at school. It is a chance for students to explore what transition might mean for them and some space to sort out their thoughts and feelings about the change.
Year 4/5: Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue
Normally at this time we would receive a visit from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue. As this is not possible this year, they have provided us with a range of printable activities you can do at home.
Choose to either complete a Joe Wicks exercise or select a Go Noodle video on youtube.