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Thursday 4th June 2020

Good Morning, Sycamore Class!

I can’t believe it’s June already! During half term, I spent lots of time in the garden and looking after the horses, as well as going for lots of walks with Eli and my husband. I’ve really missed seeing you all in class, so it’s been great to see so many messages and lots of your work. Well done.


Active Start

The weather has been brilliant so far, but today it’s not supposed to be as nice. As well as our usual options (Joe Wicks, Oti Mabuse, Cosmic Kids Yoga, creating an indoor obstacle course), I’ve also found another indoor idea for today. Make sure you check with an adult first and do this in a space where you’re not going to break anything! You will need a ball and a book.

Indoor PE

Start by balancing the ball on your book using two hands, then see how many bounces you can do. Keep your eyes on the ball and count how many bounces without the ball dropping. Try to improve your highest score. You could make this harder or easier by changing the size of the ball, or book!



Daily Jobs

  • Read for at least 20 minutes. Choose somewhere comfortable with your favourite book! Maybe on the sofa, in your garden or in a den?

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.   

  • Practise your spellings- choose 5 from the list in your pack. Use ‘Look, say, cover, write, check’ to practice 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.



Before half term, we were thinking about the place value of numbers. Today we’re going to use the place value to round numbers. We haven’t done much of this so far this year, but I’m confident that you’ll get the hang of it really quickly.


We’ll start by rounding to the nearest ten. This means looking at the digit in the units column and deciding whether to round it up to the next 10, or down to the next 10.


If you look at the number on a number line, rounding basically means jumping back or forwards to the closest 10 (so 10, 20, 30, etc). The trickiest examples are when the number ends in a 5; these numbers are always rounded up.


So in the example below,  12 is rounded down, to 10. 66 is rounded up, to 70.


There is a great rhyme to help us remember whether to round up or down. 0-4 slide to the floor, so round down. 5-9 climb the vine, so round up.


Look at the examples below.


Number in the units column

Use the rhyme to help

Round up or down?

Nearest 10



Zero to Four, slide to the floor!

Round down to the nearest 10




Five to Nine, climb the vine!

Round up to the next 10




Five to Nine, climb the vine!

Round up to the next 10




Zero to Four, slide to the floor!

Round down to the nearest 10




Five to Nine, climb the vine!

Round up to the next 10



Now it’s your turn. Choose a challenge level and write your answers neatly in your maths book.




  1. 17
  2. 22
  3. 13
  4. 61
  5. 48
  6. 29
  7. 45
  8. 42
  9. 97
  10. 83


  1. 139
  2. 323
  3. 198
  4. 355
  5. 413
  6. 202
  7. 896
  8. 745
  9. 435
  10.  909

Challenge yourself by choosing 5 numbers below 1000 and deciding if they need to be rounded up, or down.


Eg. 1) 17 rounded up to 20


Clue: all of your answers will end in a 0!




Before half term, I set you a challenge to use positive apostrophes. I know it has been a long while, but here are the answers:


  1. I gave Paul’s book to the teacher.
  2. I waved to my friend’s children when I saw them walking along.
  3. I always visit my mum’s house when I have time.
  4. The three boys’ shoes were very muddy.
  5. My family’s favourite game is Monopoly
  6. The horses’ tails needed a good brush.
  7. My sister’s hair is much darker than mine.


Today, we are looking at using commas in different ways. Have a look through this power point


We use commas:


  • To separate items in a list;

In my fruit bowl, I have bananas, satsumas and kiwis.


  • To separate extra information in a sentence;

The boy, who was only eight, won the award for best actor.


  • Between clauses;

I was feeling really tired, so I got up and went to bed.


  • To show direct speech after a clause;

Tommy shouted, “Help me please, I’m stuck in here!”


  • After fronted adverbials.

Fortunately, the next bus came five minutes later.



Please write out these sentences in your writing book, putting a comma in the correct place. Aim for neat writing which is clear and joined! Remember to put a date and a title!


  1. The wrapping paper had blue white red and yellow stripes. (Hint: 2 commas for a list)
  2. The shard the tallest building in Britain is located in London. (Hint: 2 commas for extra information)
  3. The candle was burning brightly but I could see it was about to go out. (Hint: 1 comma for breaking up a sentence)
  4.  Thomas smiled warmly and said “Good afternoon.” (Hint: 1 comma to show speech)
  5. Dramatically the song finished with a bang! (Hint: 1 comma for a fronted adverbial)


Science- Plants


How are your seeds and plants getting on? We now have some lovely looking lettuce, and some tiny chilli plants growing too. Our sunflowers haven’t grown very much yet but I’m hoping they’ll shoot up soon. Check on your seeds and add to your seed diaries.


Today we are going to think about what plans need in order to live, and be healthy. Start by having a look at this clip:,their%20own%20food%20through%20photosynthesis.


Now we are going to set up a plant investigation. I have put all of the information on the power point below, with some ideas on simple investigations you could do at home. I’m hoping you all have the resources to do one of these.


However, if you can’t do any of them, spend some time with an adult researching what plants need to survive instead. This is a good starting point:


Keep a note of any changes you see throughout the weekend beginning of next week. We will compare our findings next week.


I hope you’ve had a brilliant day of home learning. As always, I’d love to see what you have done today, so send me an email if you can!

Mrs Monsey 

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