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Friday 12th June 2020

Hello Sycamore Class!

I was sent so much brilliant work yesterday- well done to you all! Have a look at yesterday’s page to see all of the pictures.

It’s the last day of the school week, so a lovely weekend ahead of us. Hopefully the weather will be a bit better. If not, it’s helping all of the lovely plants you’ve planted to grow!


Active Start

Did you try the indoor PE activity today? The weather today is supposed to be a little bit better so I’ve set a task you could do inside or outside. For today’s activity, all you need is an area you can walk around. This could be a route around the house, or garden. Choose your route, then start by walking around it by walking heel-to-toe (so tiny steps with no spaces between them). Once you’ve done that once, experiment with different ways of walking. This could be:  side stepping, hopping all the way around on one foot and then the other, tiptoes, one big step then one small step etc. How many different ways can you think of?


Don’t forget, you could also do a daily workout with Joe Wicks, dance class with Oti Mabuse or Cosmic Yoga Kids.


Daily Jobs

Please try and do a little bit of each of these tasks every day:

  • Read for at least 20 minutes. Choose somewhere comfortable with your favourite book! Don’t forget, you can also read magazines, internet articles, read online using your Bug Club/ Active Learn login. If you have younger brothers or sisters you could read them a story too.

You can also access book-band level books on the Oxford Owl Website:

  • Practise your spellings- choose 5 from the list in your pack. Use ‘Look, say, cover, write, check’ to practise them, like we do in class.
  • Practise your times tables. You could do this by writing them down, playing ‘hit the button’ (or other online games on Active Learn), make up a song or rhyme to go with the times tables you’re practising.



Firstly, here are the answers to the challenges I set yesterday. I’ve doubled the numbers 6 times, but you might have gone further!

  1. Double 5 is 10, double 10 is 20, double 20 is 40, double 40 is 80, double 80 is 160, double 160 is 320
  2. Double 7 is 14, double 14 is 28, double 28 is 56, double 56 is 112, double 112 is 224, double 224 is 448
  3. Double 4 is 8, double 8 is 16, double 16 is 32, double 32 is 64, double 64 is 128, double 128 is 256
  4. Double 3 is 6, double 6 is 12, double 12 is 24, double 24 is 48, double 48 is 96, double 96 is 192
  5. Double 11 is 22, double 22 is 44, double 44 is 88, double 88 is 176, double 176 is 352, double 352 is 704
  6. Double 9 is 18, double 18 is 36, double 36 is 72, double 72 is 144, double 144 is 288, double 288 is 576
  7. Double 15 is 30, double 30 is 60, double 60 is 120, double 120 is 240, double 240 is 480, double 480 is 960
  8. Double 6 is 12, double 12 is 24, double 24 is 48, double 48 is 96, double 96 is 192, double 192 is 384



Following on from yesterday’s doubling, today we’re going to do the inverse, so halve numbers. To halve a number, you need to divide it by 2. So half of 10 is 5 (because 10 divided by 2 is 5). Half of 8 is 4. What is half of 20?

Some numbers are easy to halve, and can be done in our heads. Others are more challenging and we’ll need to do some calculations to solve them. The easiest way to do this is by partitioning. So for example, if you were halving 24, you can partition it into 20 and 4. Half of 20 is 10, half of 4 is 2. 10 + 2 = 12, so half of 24 is 12. Sometimes, you might get an answer that has a decimal (half).

Here is a video to explain a little bit more:


In your maths book, write today’s date. Choose a challenge level and then halve these numbers:




























Eg 1) half of 10 is 5.


Now I’d like you to meet the halving caterpillar.



Here are the rules for making your own caterpillar:

  • Start on the segment next to the caterpillars head. Choose a 2 digit number.
  • If a number is odd (has a 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 in the units column), add 1 and write the answer in the next segment.
  • If the number is even (has a 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 in the units column), then halve the number and write it in the next segment.
  • Keep going until you reach 1


Here’s another example



Try starting on different 2-digit numbers and see how you get on. What is the longest caterpillar you can make? Can you make a caterpillar that has more than 10 body segments?



Firstly, here are the answers to yesterday’s contractions. You  should have included each of these in a sentence:


  1. She’ll
  2. Didn’t
  3. Haven’t
  4. Would’ve
  5. Couldn’t
  6. He’ll
  7. Hasn’t 
  8. I’m
  9. Should’ve
  10. Wasn’t



It’s Friday spellings day. The words we’re going to look at creating adverbs using the suffix (ending) -ly. Unlike last week (when there was no change to the root word), today’s examples all have the ‘y’ removed from the root word. For example, with ‘happy’, you have to remove the ‘y’ and add ‘ly’ to make ‘happily’.

Read through the words in your list below. Do you know what each of them means? Look them up in a dictionary if you’re not sure


Miss H’s group

Mrs M and Ms L’s groups
















  1. Practise each of your spellings. Today I want you to make your work colourful! This should help you to remember the spelling patterns. Use some coloured pencils or pens. Here are some ideas on how you could do this:

hey hey hey    (write the words in different colours)

they they they     (write each letter in a different colour)

grey grey grey     (create a pattern with your colours)


  1. Can you find each of the words on the word search?

3. Choose 4 words and write a sentence for each. Make sure you spell the words correctly. Try to make your sentences interesting, for example by including a fronted adverbial.  


Sing Up song of the week:


I completely agree with Mrs Crosswell’s comments from Monday- this weeks song is a brilliant song if you need a bit of cheering it. It always makes me smile.


If you were singing a new version of the song, as you, and not Baloo the bear, what necessities would you list? What couldn’t you live without? Perhaps fundamental ones for survival such as food, water, shelter, clothing? What about objects, like toys, books, and games? How about the things that can’t be bought, like hugs, laughter, and time with your loved ones? What couldn’t you be without? Perhaps it’s your oldest toy, favourite food, or photos of loved ones. Has lockdown made you re-consider what your bare necessities are? On reflection, maybe the things that you thought you really needed are in fact not what you thought they’d be! Make a list of your bare necessities.



Fun time Friday

This afternoon, I want you to use your list of ‘bare necessities’ to create a piece of artwork. You could decide to draw, paint, or take a series of photos of you and your bare necessities, or do something totally different.  Your artwork could be based on material things as well as events, people, places, and moments. Try to think creatively. You could even change the words to the song and record yourself singing your version.  



Well done for finishing your home learning tasks. You are now ready for the weekend. I hope you have something nice planned. Maybe building a den, or doing some cooking? I'd love to hear about it. 

Mrs Monsey 

We will be welcoming back more pupils returning to school from Monday 29th June with 2 bubbles of Year 1 and Year 5.............We will now have 45% of our pupils back in school but have run out of rooms and staff!.............The school continues to remain open as usual to vulnerable children and children of key workers in Years 2-4 (places are limited) - to book a place please contact the school office via or use the contact form on this website .............Take a look at our Noticeboard to see the activities the children in school have been getting up to.....................Please see the class pages on this website for home based learning activities each day...........................Would you like to work at Millfield? ...Check out our vacancies in the 'About Us' section...........