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Friday 19th June 2020

Hello Sycamore Class!


Brilliant work yesterday, as always! I know we keep saying it but you really are doing amazingly with your home learning, and so are your parents. Be proud of yourselves because we know it’s not easy.


If any of you have been listening to the Harry Potter online readings, they’ve now reached the chapter ‘Quidditch’, which is very exciting!


Active Start

Did you try joining in with ‘Jumpstart Jonny’ yesterday? I thought he was brilliant. If you didn’t do it yesterday, give it a go today! If you did try it yesterday, go back again today and see if you can remember more of the moves and keep up with Jumpstart Jonny!


Alternatively, there is also 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.  


(using arrays)


(using the grid method)


(using the grid method)

4 x 5 = 20

3 x 10 = 30

5 x 8 =40

6 x 3 = 18

8 x 4 = 32

12 x 3 = 36

9 x 4 = 36

8 x 6 = 48

12 x 5 = 60

15 x 2 = 30

12 x 2 = 24

15 x 6 = 90

25 x 2 = 50

16 x 3 = 48

14 x 5 = 70

12 x 8 = 96

18 x 9 = 162

15 x 6 = 90

13 x 9 = 117

24 x 5 = 120

18 x 9 = 162

15 x 7 = 105

25 x 3 =75

22 x 5 = 110


I hope you’re feeling a bit more confident with your multiplication using the grid method. Today we’re going to carry on practising with some more examples. The more we practise, the more confident we get. It also means we can remember the steps better.


Please, please contact me if you’re having problems with the grid method. It’s much better to ask me for help than get in a muddle.


Here is the power point from yesterday, just in case it might help you.



(Please draw arrays in your books for these questions)


(Please use the grid method to calculate these answers)


(Please use the grid method to calculate these answers)

8 x 6 =

9 x 3 =

12 x 4 =

4 x 9 =

6 x 7 =

7 x 5 =

11 x 2 =

8 x 5

14 x 5 =

15 x 4 =

18 x 2 =

15 x 6 =

23 x 5 =

26 x 3 =

16 x 5 =

15 x 8 =

28 x 5 =

18 x 6 =

23 x 9 =

31 x 6 =

28 x 8 =

15 x 9 =

55 x 3 =

45 x 6 =



It’s Friday spellings day. The words we’re going to look at today are words that have a letter ‘y’ making an ‘i’ sound.


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 and Mrs M’s groups

Ms L’s group





















This week, I’d like you to practise these spellings by playing some online games.

  1. If you can get onto the internet on a laptop or tablet, go to
  2. Enter your wordlist code:
    • Miss H and Mrs M’s group- enter the code 40803
    • Ms L’s group- enter the code 40802

This will bring up your wordlist, as above.

  1. Click on ‘Spelling Tiles’ and it will give you some games to play, using the words from the list.
  2. Once you’re confident, you can test yourself


If you can’t get onto the internet to play games, practise the words as we have done in previous weeks (use Look, say, cover, write, check). You could use rainbow writing, scribble spellings, time how many times you can write each word in 2 minutes.



Singing time:

Today there a big event taking place, called ‘The Virtual Sing, 2020!’  


This is an event that happens each year across the country where a selection of children, from schools who have entered, meet up for a huge sing along. This year it's still on, but with a twist- it's going viral. 


I have emailed your login details and information to your adult. Please log in a join in! Let me know if you’re having any problems with this. It would be fantastic to have lots of Sycamore class joining in- I know that Harriet was really enjoying the songs yesterday.



Fun time Friday- Art work

This afternoon, I want you create some artwork using the ‘Pointillism’ style. This is a form of painting where tiny dots are used to create the picture. Here are some examples:





Can you see how they have mixed the colours of dots to make different shades? For example in the hills of the last picture, they’ve mixed dark green, light green and then faded into yellow as they’ve moved down the hill.


Today I’d like you to create some artwork using this Pointillism style. As our current science topic is ‘plants’ and theme is ‘The Broads’, I thought you could use these for inspiration and create some artwork based on one of these themes. You could use paint, crayons or felt tips to create your artwork.


I would suggest lightly sketching the outline of your picture first, before ‘colouring it in’ using dots to create the different shades of colour.


It’s probably worth having a practise on some scrap paper first to test out the style before you begin.



Answers to yesterday’s plant pollination questions:

  1. The flower petals’ bright colours and fragrant scents attract an insect.
  2. The insect arrives on the flower to collect nectar. This is a sweet liquid which makes perfect insect food.
  3. As the insect is gathering the nectar, it rubs against the anthers which rub pollen onto the insect.
  4. When the insect gets hungry again, it gets attracted to another flower’s bright colours and fragrant scent, the insect feeds on the nectar in this new flower, the pollen stuck to the insect from the first flower rubs off onto the female parts of the second flower (the stigma)
  5. Part of this pollen travels down the style and then into the ovary.
  6. The tiny piece of pollen joins on to an ovule in the ovary. The plant has now been fertilized.
  7. The ovary of the flower turns into seeds which will then be dispersed so that the new plants will be able to grow somewhere else.


Well done for finishing your home learning tasks- you are now ready for the weekend. I hope you've got something nice planned. We are hoping the weather will improve so that we can have a BBQ! 

Mrs Monsey 

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