COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS – School is closed except for a limited amount of children. Please use the ideas listed below to complete learning at home.
Important Notice: The following pages contain links to websites that we feel are supportive to the curriculum and safe but it must be noted that the contents of the websites are out of our control. Therefore, we recommend that parents check them before allowing children unsupervised access. Remember to stay safe online!
The Summer Reading Challenge has begun!
This year’s Summer Reading Challenge has been adapted because of the disruptions caused by Covid-19, and the impact it has had on schools and public libraries. To support parents and carers with reading at home, the Summer Reading Challenge has launched earlier than usual.
This year’s theme is the “SILLY SQUAD” – a celebration of funny books, celebration and laughter. The website will be completely free and there will be a place for children to rate and review their books, and as always, work towards their reading goal. Other special features include: video content, games, quizzes, digital and downloadable activities to encourage children to take part in the challenge, even though it will be from home.
Please join the St Georges team on the TopYa app created by School Games. Who can complete the skills? Who will get the most points? Linking to the principles of Competition this is not about Highest, Furthest, fastest or better skills. At this time participation is the reward. Points will be awarded for looking at the content and engaging with it and sharing video’s of their attempts. Please be assured that all video’s are checked and assured before posting so there is no poor content.
The special code for our school is: 24799
Responsible online safety: Children under 13 must have a registered parent account connected to their account.
Useful Websites – Twinkl is a great website that provides activity sheets for all ages. They are offering parents one month free membership. Sign up here https://www.twinkl.co.uk/offer with the code CVDTWINKLHELPS.
In addition to our St George’s learning ideas, the government has launched a teaching platform called Oak National Academy with virtual lessons. Though these are not covering the same topics as our usual curriculum, there are excellent programmes of learning to access each day delivered clearly by teachers from their homes.
Similarly, BBC Bitesize is producing a programme including range of learning activities such as videos, worksheets and advice for parents. There will also be daily programmes on iplayer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/group/p089nk5f
This half term our topic is ‘Seaside Holiday’s in the Past’
Learning Ideas for week beginning 6th July:
Please find below learning for our new topics this half term. We look forward to seeing what you’ve been doing when we get back to school! Stay safe everyone.
Please do remember to continue to practice your reading and phonics.
Our new story this week is ‘Billy’s Bucket’ by authors/illustrators Kez Grey and Gary Parsons. Watch it read aloud here:
> Lesson 1 LO: to ask questions and record using question marks
Starter: Once you have listened to the story, think about what kind of a book this is. Fiction or non fiction? Is it a fairy tale, an adventure, a magical story? What is your opinion of this book? Which part did you enjoy the most?
There are lots of things to be curious about in this story. When we want to find things out, we ask questions, using question words:
At the end of writing a question, instead of a full stop, put a question mark.
Activity: Write some questions to ask the characters in this book. You could ask Billy, Mum, Dad, the shop keeper… Try to practice using all the different question words. Don’t forget to still use capital letters to start. Here are a few examples.
How many animals are in your bucket today Billy?
Why does your shop only sell buckets and nothing else?
Where did the submarine go?
> Lesson 2/3 LO: to design your own magic bucket
Billy got a bucket for his birthday that had a magical sea inside! Imagine you got a magic bucket for your birthday! What kind of a place would be inside? It could be a habitat (jungle, desert, woodland, iceberg…), a place from around the world (Australia, Africa, South America…) or a place you have made up (Fairy-and-unicorn-land, The Planet of Aliens, Candy-World…) Enjoy using your imagination (just like Billy!)
Activity: Draw a picture of what it would look like inside the bucket. Add labels for what things are there (nouns) and describe what they are like (adjectives). Click here to download a template: Bucket template Or draw your own bucket!
Extension: write detailed sentences to describe what your magical place is like. Eg:
> Lesson 3 LO: to plan a new character:
Billy is a very imaginative character, created by authors/illustrators Kez Grey and Gary Parsons. He loves to explore the sea-world inside his bucket.
Activity: You are going to create your own character who would like to visit the world inside yourbucket. Your character needs: a name, an age, boy/girl, what they are interested in, a family, a picture of what they look like.
Will your character’s family believe there is really a whole world inside the bucket? What will they do with the bucket?
> Lesson 4 and 5 LO: to create a story board or story map
For the next few days, we are going to be using your bucket ideas for your own version of the story, ready to write next week. Remember to use your new character and your new setting for what will be in the bucket! Don’t worry about sentences; just use pictures and labels or speech bubbles for now.
Here is an idea for how to order the events in your story:
Activity: The synagogue and the people, stories, songs and special items in it are incredibly precious to the Jewish community. Now consider what is precious to you and your family/community.
Fold a piece of paper to make 4 boxes. Draw a picture in each box as you reflect on each of these 4 questions:
Box 1 – Where is a place you feel safe, loved or close to God?
Box 2 – Which book or story is most important to you or teaches a good lesson?
Box 3 – Who is a person you can trust to guide you and teach you how to live well?
Box 4 – Do you have a song or special item that is very precious to you or your family?
I hope thinking about these things has helped you understand the significance for Jews of going to the synagogue.
Year 2 LO: to understand the significance of light in the festival of Hannukah.
Starter: turn off all the lights (including screens!) and shut the curtains/blinds. What can’t you do with the lights off? How does it feel with no light in the room? Did you know that if there was no light in the world, nothing would survive? All life needs light to survive.
If you have a candle, with an adult’s help, light it and reflect. How long do you think it would burn for? Would it last all week?
This week we are thinking about another important Jewish festival – Hannukah, the festival of light.
Watch the story of Hannukah here:
Hannukah celebrates the Macabees (Jewish) defeating the Greek invading army, cleaning up the Temple and the miracle of oil burning for 8 whole days! The lights burning in the temple on the menorah and the Ner Tamid represent God’s presence with his people and is a symbol of God never changing or going away. That’s why the miracle of the oil burning so long was special.
Watch this video to see things from the perspective of a boy and learn about the dreidel:
See if you can sing along following the words as they turn purple:
Here is a video of a little girl in Russia singing ‘I just can’t wait to be king’ in a competition! Do you think you would be brave enough to sing in front of an audience? Why not try singing to your family or friends? Be brave and enjoy yourself!
PSHE – Changing Me
Lesson 6: LO: To reflect on what has happened this year.
This year has been quite unusual! A lot of you will have finished the school year months earlier than normal.
Let’s take some time to reflect on the good things that happened this year. What positive memories do you have?
What was your favourite topic? book?
What did you achieve? What did you improve in?
Were there any class activities or trips you particularly enjoyed?
Did you make any new friends?
Task: Choose one of the templates from below. You could draw pictures or write about your memories.
To complete this week’s activity you will need to click on JIT 5
Use JITPaint to design a beach bag. Think about what materials you have at home. You could make it out of old clothes, fabric or even paper. You might even have a spare tote bag at home you could decorate.
Draw and label your design.
Vocabulary- Identify/classify/observe/life cycle.
Lesson 7- LO: To understand all living things have a life cycle.
What can you do now that a baby hasn’t learnt to do?
What can a adult do that you can’t yet?
Take a look at the life cycle of a frog- Click here
ACTIVITY- Download the activity HERE and order the life cycle of a frog.
Challenge- Can you draw and label other life cycles?
Don’t forget to add to your new wonder wall….
Visit StemScopes Science to access modules and assignments set. https://app.uk.3p.stemscopes.science/ If you do not have your log in or have issues logging in please email the school office on email@example.com and your child’s log in will be sent to you.
Joe Wicks has announced he will start online PE lessons to help keep children fit and healthy during the school shutdown. The UK-based fitness influencer, who is known as The Body Coach, will be holding free 30-minute classes every weekday to help children keep active during a live workout called ‘PE with Joe’. This starts at 9.00am on Monday 23rd March.
We have been contacted by staff at Lewisham Hospital & Queen Elizabeth Hospital Woolwich to help them make their staff break rooms more cheerful for the NHS staff at this time. If you would like to help, draw a lovely picture with a message of thanks, your name, age and school name. Your parent/carer can send a photo or scan of your picture to the school office on firstname.lastname@example.org. We will print & laminate them to give to the hospitals. Thank you!
NSPCC – Mental health and wellbeing
Children and young people may be worried about the impact of coronavirus, social distancing or self-isolation.
Childline provides a range of online tools that young people might find helpful while school is closed: