15 July 2020: Home learning

Posted on Tuesday 14 July 2020 by Mr Roundtree

Happy Wednesday – you’ve two more get-ups until the summer holidays. Are you ready to be year 4s and year 5s?


School trip

Today, we’re leaving London and heading up to Scotland’s capital city: Edinburgh. We’re going to visit Edinburgh Zoo and have a look at their animal webcams to see what the animals are up to.

Our focus for today is reading. There are three reading comprehensions for you to choose from with varying abilities. 1 star being the easiest and 3 star being the hardest.

1 star – learn all about tigers.

2 star – learn all about koalas.

3 star  – learn all about elephants.


Living and Learning

Normally in school, we would be talking a lot about transition and moving up into a new year group. Half of you stay with your current teacher whilst the other half experience a new teacher.

Today, I would like you to develop a character profile of your superhero self, listing five superhero qualities and writing a unique fact about yourselves. As an extension, you can create a basic comic strip of your superhero self, describing your superhero qualities in basic story format.

If you would like a template to follow, there is one here.

This will be useful to show either Mrs Welsby and I, if you’re in year 3 currently, or Miss Beatson, if you’re in year 4 currently. Either save them for September or ask your grownup to email a copy to beckyrowley@spherefederation.org.


14 July 2020: Home learning

Posted on Monday 13 July 2020 by Mr Roundtree

How was the National History Museum yesterday? Did you enjoy it? I loved the dinosaur that is suspended in the centre of the museum. It looks huge!


School trip

Today, we’re staying in London but heading to The National Gallery’s Rooms and Galleries. Follow this link to their virtual tours to have a look around one of (or all three if you wish) their galleries. Your task for today is an art based task – choose your favourite picture and have a go at recreating it. You can choose to use pencils, felt tips or paint- whatever you have to hand at home. Send some pictures in of your fantastic artwork to beckyrowley@spherefederation.org .



Did you work out who the murderer at the movies was? Here are the answers for you to check.

Crime seems to be following you around, Year 3 and 4! Pinebridge Village prides itself on how beautifully kept the lawns and gardens are; especially
the lovely hanging baskets which adorn the many lamp posts throughout the village. Each spring, the mayor of the local town visits Pinebridge and praises the residents for the beauty of the many flowers and blossom trees.
However, a crime has been committed!

The day before the mayor’s visit, it has been discovered that all the hanging baskets along the High Street have been knocked down and the lovely flowers kicked along the pavements! As Chief Inspector, it is your job to make sure your team finds out who has vandalised the hanging baskets and bring them to justice.

The descriptions of people in the area were taken. Use their descriptions, solve the clues, and identify the scoundrel vandal!

14 July 2020 : Home learning

Posted on Monday 13 July 2020 by Mrs Latham


Odd and even numbers investigation

  • Write a number line from 1-20. Circle all the odd numbers in one colour and all the even numbers in another colour.
  • Count in 2s. Are the numbers odd or even? Describe the pattern.
  • Count in 5s. Are the numbers odd or even? Describe the pattern.
  • Add two even numbers. Is the answer odd or even? Try with some more even numbers. What do you notice?
  • Add two odd numbers. Is the answer odd or even? Try with some more even numbers. What do you notice?
  • Add an odd and an even number. Is the answer odd or even? Try with some more even numbers. What do you notice?


Read (or sing) the lyrics of the song again.

Look for these words in the song :

farewell (a way of saying goodbye)

glad (feeling happy)

clanging (a loud banging sound)

absurd (crazy, unbelievable)

regretfully (being sorry about something)

firmly (not changing your mind, being strict)

Challenge : Write each word in a sentence or when you are talking to someone.

Topic – staying safe online

Watch Episode 2 – Sharing Pictures


Talk about the message in the video.

14 July 2020: Home learning

Posted on Monday 13 July 2020 by Miss Beatson

Good morning!

Usually at this time of year, we would have been busy going on school trips. Unfortunately, we are unable to do this right now.

Have a look at this website where you can go on a virtual trip.

Then do one of the follow up activities suggested. Here are just a few:

  • Carry out a research project on a chosen place.
  • Create an information brochure for the place you have visited.
  • Write a recount describing your visit.
  • Create a poster advertising the place.
  • Write a review of your visit and give it a rating out of 5. What did you like/dislike? What was your favourite part? Would you recommend it to a friend? Why?
  • Create a quiz about the place you have visited. You could use Microsoft Forms, Google Forms, or just do this on paper.

13 July 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Sunday 12 July 2020 by Miss Beatson

Welcome to the final week of the school year- what a different year it has been!

Usually in the final week, we would be doing lots of transition activities to prepare you for the next school year. So, the home learning this week will focus on this rather than the set home learning we’ve been doing throughout the COVID-19 situation.

Today, I would like you to watch this clip and read the notes on how to draw a self-portrait. I also like this idea where you use the full length of the paper to draw half a portrait. Play around and get creative with your self- portrait!

Underneath your portrait, write a caption all about yourself.

Please email me your final drawings: nataliebeatson@spherefederation.org



13 July 2020: Home learning

Posted on Sunday 12 July 2020 by Mr Roundtree

Good morning, Year 3 and 4! It is the final week of the summer term. Its feels like it’s been a long long time since we’ve seen you all and enjoyed learning together in the classroom but, at the same time, it has flown by. For your final week of learning, we’re going to have a little bit of a different approach – we hope you enjoy the change and all the new things you’ll do!

School trip!

Who knew you could go on a school trip from the comfort of your own home. I know for Mrs Welsby and I, it is one of the highlights of the year so for today’s (hint hint for exciting things planned for the rest of the week) trip, we are off to the National History Museum in London! Don’t fall asleep on the coach ride there!

Have a look around the National History Museum’s virtual tour.  You can choose to visit all of the places or just one or two that interest you the most. When you’ve been to that place, write a fact file to show the information you have learnt from one of the sections. Try to include at least 5 facts.

If you want some more traditional learning, head to their learning and resources page and complete an activity from there.



Have you ever fancied being a detective? Well, today your challenge is to solve this murder at the movies! Officers have compiled a list of suspects in attendance at the cinema. You must use the list of cinema-goers and the clues (worked out by answering maths questions) to determined who has committed the terrible crime! The answers will be posted tomorrow.



13 July 2020 : Home learning

Posted on Sunday 12 July 2020 by Mrs Latham

Well, I really didn’t think we would be seeing in the final week of summer term 2020 like this. I am really sad to say goodbye to the Year 2 children. I have recorded a message for you : https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cYiXl257at

Children might be spending more time on iPads, tablets and computers over the summer, so our topic activities this week are all about staying safe online.

Weekly spellings :

Y1 : like, slide, nice, home, note, rule, tube, use

Y2 : there, their, here, hear, quite, quiet, see, sea, one, won

Times tables : Choose any times tables and division facts that you want to work on.


Watch the video about subtracting 2 two digit numbers, with an exchange : https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cYifbu5w6s

Have a go at these subtractions.

63 – 43 =

94 – 55 =

85 – 16 =

Challenge : What have I done wrong?

54 – 28 =

14 – 8 = 6

50 – 20 = 30

30 + 6 = 36


Sing along with the song, reading the words as you go or reading them afterwards : https://youtu.be/-nRU5RIDWXU

So long, farewell (from the Sound of Music)

There’s a sad sort of clanging
From the clock in the hall
And the bells in the steeple, too
And up in the nursery

An absurd little bird
Is popping out to say coo-coo
(Coo-coo, coo-coo)

coo-coo Regretfully they tell us
coo-coo But firmly they compel us
coo-coo To say goodbye
To you

So long, farewell
Auf wiedersehen, goodnight
I hate to go and leave this pretty sight
So long, farewell
auf Wiedersehen, adieu
Adieu, adieu
To you and you and you
So long, farewell
Au revoir, auf Wiedersehen
I’d like to stay
And taste my first champagne

So long, farewell
Auf Wiedersehen, goodbye
I leave and heave
A sigh and say goodbye
I’m glad to go
I cannot tell a lie
I flit, I float
I fleetly flee, I fly
The sun has gone
To bed and so must I
So long, farewell
auf Wiedersehen, goodbye


Topic – staying safe online

Watch Episode 1 : Watching videos https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/jessie-and-friends-videos/

Talk about what you do if you see something that you don’t like.

You can also access the storybooks by scrolling to the end of the page where you will find the PDF links.

10 July 2020 : Home learning

Posted on Thursday 09 July 2020 by Mrs Latham

Happy Friday!


Have a go using the vertical method for subtraction. Subtract the ones first and then the tens.


87 – ? = 54

? – 45 = 76


Watch the clip about mindfulness : https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/47243692

Read and follow the instructions about how to be mindful on paper :

Mindful Movement on Paper

Have you ever put pen to paper without having any particular idea in mind of what you want to draw? This is sometimes called ‘taking your pen for a walk’. Put your pen or pencil anywhere on a piece of paper and focus on your breathing as you move your pen around. There is no right or wrong way of doing this and you are not trying to create a specific image. After a little while, stop and see where your pen has travelled. Notice the shapes you have made. You can use different colours to fill in the shapes you have created – your very own mindfulness colouring design! Mindfulness activities can help us to feel calm, happy and relaxed. 


Play the listening game : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucuXAYMYttc

10 July 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Thursday 09 July 2020 by Miss Beatson

Happy Friday!

Y5/6 maths

Click on the link above for today’s starter.

Your learning today is about subtracting decimals with different decimal places.


It’s Friday and today I would like you to chill, relax and enjoy reading. It could be your own book, magazine, online article or anything else you find interesting to read.

Can you summarise (in writing or verbally) to someone in your household what you’ve read today?


Perfect your parenthesis by completing this activity.

Posted on Thursday 09 July 2020 by Mr Roundtree

It’s Friday!!



In this lesson, we will be building on our knowledge of scales for mass by introducing capacity and millilitres and litres.



For today’s reading session it is Love of reading.
In class, we’d usually have a Love of Reading session each week where we read something that we love. Adults use the time to read with children.
Today, I’d like you to…
● Get really comfy: wear some thick socks, a dressing gown or wooly jumper. Sit somewhere soft and relaxing.
● Turn all electronic devices off: TVs, radios, computers, phones, tablets, etc.
● Spend some quality time reading with each other. Read aloud, take it in turns, put on voices for characters, re-read things to improve how you’re reading them.
● Talk about what you’re reading. Which are the best bits? Why? Does it remind you of other things you’ve read or watched? Do you know anything about parts of it from other knowledge that you have? What do you think of the characters? What will happen next? Why do you think that?



In this lesson, we will recap our previous learning in Spanish and then learn how to answer the question ¿Dónde vives? and saying where we live in Spanish. For this lesson, you will need a pen and pencil and some paper, as well as another person or a cuddly toy to have a conversation with!