21 April 2020: Home learning

Posted on Tuesday 21 April 2020 by Mr Roundtree

Good morning.

Are you back into the swing of things? Are you starting your day with a Joe Wicks workout? I’ve tried to do some PE every day and the Joe Wicks workouts are fun! Don’t forget, a routine or timetable can help you to organise your day.

Maths: Yesterday’s answers – Year 3 and Year 4.                     Today’s learning –Year 3 and Year 4.

Reading: Which poem did you choose yesterday? Can you still remember it? Looking at the poems from yesterday, which poem did you like the best and why? Did it rhyme? Did it have any nonsense words? Was it funny? Did it remind you of something that has happened to you? Which words made the poem exciting?

Write a paragraph explaining which poem is your favourite, using the prompts above to help you. (If you used a different poem, you could write about that one instead.)

Reading challenge – write your own poem. Could you make it rhyme, or make a nonsense poem? Don’t forget to email any poems in.

Writing:  Yesterday’s answers. Today we are going to write our own adverbs and adverbials. Watch the film clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhSDxp0oQK8  and then complete the questions using ideas from the clip. Use this information to write some sentences in your books using adverbials. Don’t forget to use your lovely handwriting and punctuation!


21 April 2020 : Home learning

Posted on Tuesday 21 April 2020 by Mrs Latham

Remember to read today and work on your spellings/times tables. The BBC Bitesize Daily lessons and resources are also excellent. You can watch them on your tv, tablet or laptop. A full menu of how to access can be found here. We use White Rose to aid our maths planning in school and they have lots of resources too https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/.


Look at the 3D shape mat.

List the shapes and write the properties of each one.

Pyramid – 5 faces, 5 vertices (corners)

Sphere – 1 face, 0 vertices

Challenge : find some objects around your house that are the 3D shapes

eg a book is a cuboid, a toilet roll is a cylinder, the roof of the house is a pyramid


Sing the alphabet song : https://youtu.be/jPVbJ-IaHIw

Go on a scavenger hunt around your house or garden. Try to find something beginning with each letter of the alphabet.

Challenge : write out the alphabet and the item you found beginning with that letter.

Topic – History

Have a look at the photos of the old toy. It belongs to one of the teachers.

Write 3 (or more) questions that you would like to find out about the bear. Eg When did you get it? How old is it? What did you call it?



20 April 2020: Home learning

Posted on Monday 20 April 2020 by Mr Roundtree

Good morning!
How are you all? We hope that you had a fabulous Easter break. How did you get on with the Easter challenges? Did you eat any chocolate or have an egg hunt? We’ve been eating plenty of chocolate and have also enjoyed the sunshine from the garden.  Let us know what you have been doing to keep busy by emailing us both. (Thank you to those that already have done so – we love to hear from you!) Send us any pictures that you might want featured in our class news.
Enjoy your learning activities for today – remember to read every day for at least twenty minutes and practise your times tables too.
Take care and stay safe!

Maths: Year 3 and Year 4

Reading: Read and perform  a poem.

Writing: Adverbs and adverbials. Watch the powerpoint to remind yourself about adverbs and adverbials. There is also a revision sheet if you need it. Now complete the activity from the sheet.

Spellings: This week’s list.

20 April 2020 : Home learning

Posted on Monday 20 April 2020 by Mrs Latham

Well, the Easter holidays are over. It may not have felt much different to the previous two weeks, but we hope you had some egg-cellent fun and enjoyed the sunshine. Here are your tasks for today. Each day we will set three main tasks.

We would also like you to read for at least twenty minutes per day – to yourself, your mum, dad, teddy or pets. It could be in two, 10 minute sessions.

Keep reading anything and everything. If you have run out of your own books to read, there is a fab online library of eBooks to read on https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/

Just register on the website, log in and choose what you want to read.

Each Monday, we will also upload a set of spellings for you to practise over the course of the week. Then on Friday, see if you can write them out without looking at them. Someone could test you if you want.

Y2s will also have a set of times table or division facts to learn too.

Weekly spellings :

Y1 : was we were where you your

Y2 : half hold hour improve kind last many mind money most

Times tables : times 10 and divide 10

You can contact your child’s teacher if you are not sure about any of the learning or want to send photos or messages about what you’re doing.

Year 1/2 – Miss Harker- katieharker@spherefederation.org


Warm up by singing the shapes song – https://youtu.be/WTeqUejf3D0

Go on a shape hunt. Look around your house see which 2D (flat) shapes you can see.

Draw the shapes from the song or shapes that you see.

Challenge : Write what you know about each shape.

Eg A square has 4 sides. It has 4 corners. The sides are straight and all the same length.


Read the instructions about how to make a fruit salad. Answer the questions in your home learning book.

Challenge : If you can, make your own fruit salad.

Topic – Science (observing nature)

Find three animals outside. Find out their name, write down where you saw them and draw or take a picture of them.

Do not pick them up!

Challenge : Find out/make up and write a fun fact about each one.

eg Blue Tit

I saw it in the tree in my back garden, singing.

Fun Fact : As they get older, their colouring gets brighter.

20th April 2020: Home Learning

Posted on Monday 20 April 2020 by Miss Beatson

Hello- I hope you’re all well. I’m really missing seeing you all and learning with you. Easter holidays have been very different but I hope you all managed to have some fun and enjoyed lots of chocolate! I have been running nearly every day (even though my half marathon has been cancelled) and I’ve been into Scholes Primary School to help look after some of the children who still need to go into school.

Home learning is starting again this week-each day at 9am. If you have any questions or would like to send me any pictures of your learning then email me at nataliebeatson@spherefederation.org

Today’s learning….

Today’s maths: adding fractions.

Remember that to add fractions you have to make the denominator the same. Think common multiples!

Year 5 learning

Year 6 learning

Year 5 and 6 maths challenge


Writing: homophones

Choose the correct homophone to put in each sentence.

draught/ draft

I am going to ______ a letter of apology.

Since Billy didn’t shut the door properly, his mum could feel a small ______.

wary/ weary

Finally, he looked down at his lap and let out a long ____ sigh.

The sailors watched the horizon anxiously, _____ of the approaching storm.

Can you speed write these words? How many times can you write each word in 1 minute?

Silly sentences

Write your own silly sentence for each of the homophones above.


This half term we would normally be starting a geography topic.

This week, we will recap on some of the knowledge we learnt in the last geography topic.

Today, can you name the rivers in the UK?

Complete this sheet and see if you can locate the rivers in the UK.


Easter Home Learning

Posted on Monday 06 April 2020 by Mr Catherall

As it’s the Easter holidays, we’re taking a break from the daily home learning tasks. Instead, here are a range of activities that you might like to try over the two weeks. The tasks are creative and are designed to allow children the opportunity to enjoy some different learning, perhaps alongside family members. A few key points…

  • The list will be the same across year groups, meaning if you’ve more than one child, they might work on it together in some way.
  • Some of the tasks can take a bit longer, like a mini-project, and others match Creative homework tasks.
  • You can encourage your child to do some or all of the activities – they’re all optional.
  • During this time, you can still email your child’s class teacher about the home learning, although they may not respond as quickly as they have been doing.
  • Teachers will return to daily home learning tasks on Monday 20 April.

Art Attack

Andy Goldsworthy is a British artist who creates art using things he can find in nature. The artwork shown here was created using different leaf types and creating a pattern. He creates his art outside as he likes the fact that it’s temporary and won’t be around for long!

Create your own piece of art using different materials you can find around your home or in the garden. You could even create some ‘rubbish art’ using only items that have been used and would be thrown away or recycled.

Take some photographs and send them to your teachers.


Create your own treasure hunt with cryptic clues for your family members to complete. Make the clues as tricky as you can. What could be the prize for the winning hunter? Maybe, this could tie in with a family Easter egg hunt.

Secret Message

Create your own invisible ink.

Using a spoon, mix water and lemon juice. Dip a cotton bud into the mixture and write a message onto the white paper. Wait for the juice to dry so your message becomes completely invisible. When you are ready to read your secret message or show it to someone else, heat the paper by holding it close to a light bulb – be careful: maybe ask an adult to do this part. As the mixture heats up, your message should reappear so people can read it again.

Alternatively, the same result can be achieved by writing the message on white paper with a white candle or crayon. Then, paint over the message using coloured paint to reveal the writing.

For a challenge, come up with your own way of making invisible ink and try it out on your family.

‘Board’ Silly

Design and create your own board game for you and your family to play – perhaps play some existing board games first to research ideas.

There are a few key things to think about:

  • What will your theme be?
  • Will there be any ‘snakes’ or ‘ladders’ style elements?
  • Do you need to make a dice using a cube net?
  • Will there be any extra challenges or forfeits if you land on certain numbers?

Enjoy your games!


Extreme Reading

Reading is a great way to relax and learn about the world around us; also, reading regularly can help us to stay happy and healthy. This challenge is all about making reading even more fun. We’d love to know how many places you can read in. Try to read in a different place each day. Take photos or draw a picture of you doing it, if you can.

You could read…

  • in a den that you’ve made
  • up a tree
  • under the bed/table
  • to the dog/cat
  • looking in a mirror

Stay safe and send your class teacher some pictures.

Come Dine/Bake with Me

Have your very own family ‘Come Dine With Me’ experience. Each family member could cook a meal or a course and then you must score each other out of ten. Similarly, each family member could bake something and you could all have a tasting after where you give points (like on Great British Bake Off). You don’t have to work on your own – you could help an adult.

Who will win?

Den Building

Who doesn’t love making a den? Either in your house, or in your garden, spend time building a den and enjoy some time relaxing in it – if there’s more than one of you, you could make it a competition. Use whatever materials you can find and see how creative you can get.

You could also read in it and combine this challenge with the ‘Extreme Reading’ one.

Get Ya Body Movin’

Staying physically active plays a crucial role in keeping us happy and healthy; it boosts our mental and emotional health, too. This task has three options – all of which are designed to get people moving during the holidays. You could include your family as well.

Option A: Create your own ‘Ninja Warrior’ style challenges in the garden or your house. Try to include a range of activities that include jumping, balancing, stretching, climbing and, if you’re feeling brave, water. The adults in your family will love a water challenge.

Option B: Create your own Joe Wicks style workout video. You could do it with your family or film yourself and send it to your friends. You might like to check out Joe Wicks’ YouTube channel for inspiration.

Option C: Choose your favourite song and create your own ‘Wake Up Shake Up’ (WUSU) dance routine. Again, you could lead this for your family to join in or film yourself and send it to friends or other family members. This’ll be a great way to get everyone dancing.

03 April 2020: Home learning

Posted on Friday 03 April 2020 by Mr Roundtree

Happy Friday!

Did many of you clap the wonderful NHS workers at 8pm last night? I’m sure I heard some of you from my front door!

Here are the answers to yesterday’s maths for Year 3 and Year 4.


All complete your weekly times tables check. https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check Make sure your record your score on the sheet so that you can work on the ones you have struggled with.

Year 3 – find your addition and subtracting packs. Complete the “subtracting 2 digit numbers from 3 digit numbers – with exchanging” page. Remember to be careful where you place you numbers.
Year 4 – find your addition and subtraction packs. Complete the “Around the world flights” page. You can jot down your working either on the page or in your home learning books.


Today’s activity is a challenge using your reading book.


Ask an adult to choose 10 words from this week’s spelling list and test you on them. Can you get them all correct?


In history lessons this half-term, we have answered all of the following questions.

  • When did the Romans successfully invade Britain?
  • Who was the emperor during the first successful invasion?
  • Why did the Romans invade Britain?
  • Was Boudicca a Roman or a Celt?
  • What was the name of Boudicca’s tribe?
  • How did Boudicca die?

Answer these questions in your book. If there are any questions you can’t remember the answer to, why not use one of the links below to remind you? (They are fun to watch, even if you remember the answers!)




Now, can you make a poster to show off some of the wonderful knowledge that you’ve learnt in this topic? You could use some of the answers to the questions above or other things you’ve remembered. If you email a picture of your poster, then I’ll post it on Class News!

Have a lovely weekend.

(On Monday, we will post some activities that you might like to do over the Easter break.)



3 April 2020 : Home learning

Posted on Friday 03 April 2020 by Mrs Latham

Happy Friday everyone. Hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s learning. You could ask someone to give you a little spelling test/times table test on this week’s lists. Also, remember to read for 20 minutes today.


Maths fluency is like becoming fluent in reading – it involves lots of practising. Have a go at the fluency questions below. Some you might be able to do in your head or you might prefer to draw it or use equipment (or fingers). Write the questions and answers in your home learning book.


Go on a noun hunt around your house. Write a list of the nouns you find eg spoon, dog, garden.


Challenge: Put those words into sentences. Remember your ‘must dos’.

Topic – Science

We were due to do a science investigation about floating and sinking. You could have a go at home though! Find some toys or items from around your house. Check with as adult that it is ok to put them in water. Then predict whether each item will float or sink. Check if your prediction was correct by putting the items in a bowl or container of water (or you could do it at bath time if you’re allowed).

Draw or write lists of the items that float and the items that sink. What do you think that is?

03 April 2020

Posted on Friday 03 April 2020 by Miss Beatson

You’ve made it to the end of the second week and it’s been lovely to hear from some of you throughout the week. Over the next two weeks, you will be able to choose from a selection of activities rather than completing different tasks set each day. This is because it is the Easter holidays, although it will probably feel slightly different to your normal Easter break. If you would like to send me any pictures of your learning or anything fun you’ve been getting up to, then it would be great to hear from you. Here is a reminder of my email address: nataliebeatson@spherefederation.org .

Have a look on the Newsround  website to find out ‘how to BOSS being stuck at home’.

Answers to yesterday’s learning:

Year 5 answers

Year 6 answers 

Maths task

Today’s learning is multiplication problems. The answers are at the bottom of the sheet so you can mark your answers.

Year 5

Year 6

Writing task:

Grammar revision all about pronouns. The answers are at the end of the document.

Reading task:

First News

Today, there are no set comprehension questions; I would simply like you to enjoy reading. However, if you like, you could complete one (or more) of the following tasks…

  1. Read the paper with someone in your house and discuss the articles you’ve read.
  2. Do the same as above but with a friend from school over the phone.
  3. Respond creatively to one of the articles you’ve read (a bit like a creative homework).
  4. Interview someone in your house, or someone over the phone, and write your own news article about what you find out.


02 April 2020: Home learning

Posted on Thursday 02 April 2020 by Mr Roundtree

Happy Thursday!

Remember to keep sending us pictures of your learning and any other activities you’re doing at home.

Send it to both teachers so we can both have a look.



Here are the answers to yesterday’s learning for year 3 and year 4.


Year 3 – find your addition and subtracting packs. Complete the “subtracting 2 digit numbers from 3 digit numbers – no exchanging” page. Remember to be careful where you place your numbers. Keep the ones under the ones column and tens under the tens column.

Year 4 – find your addition and subtraction packs. Complete the “Using inverse operations to check addition and subtraction calculations” page. Pretend you are Mrs Rowley or Mrs Welsby and mark the maths learning. Are the answers right or wrong? Can you find where they have gone wrong if the answer is wrong?


Find out all about the ‘Wooden Allfather‘ in today’s reading activity.


After Jesus was arrested, he was taken to be tried.  Peter was the leader of the disciples — the most confident, and perhaps the one you might
expect to stick with Jesus at his arrest. But after Jesus’ arrest, Peter denied Jesus three times – just like Jesus predicted.

33 Peter said, “All the other followers may lose their faith because of you. But I will never lose my faith.” 34 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth. Tonight you will say you don’t know me. You will say this three times before the rooster crows.” 35 But Peter said, “I will never say that I don’t know you! I will even die with you!” And all the other followers said the same thing. Matthew 26: 33-35.

Have a look at this video of Peter denying Jesus.

Tell an imaginary story about yourself. Use your dramatic side! Your best friend has just ignored you in the supermarket, as if they didn’t know you. Next, someone came up to them and said, ‘You are friends with him/her, aren’t you?’ and they looked at you and said, ‘I’ve no idea who they are!’ and walked off. Explain how you felt. How would the pupils feel? You could write this as a story or you could draw a comic strip and speech bubbles – the choice is yours!