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Times Tables Heroes!
Times Tables Rock Stars is a brilliant and great fun way to keep practising your tables while we are not together at school. Remember to find your login in your home learning pack (along with your Doodle login). https://ttrockstars.com
We have some real Times Tables champions in our class already – well done to those children who have been going for it! It’s never too late to start though – why not give it a try today and go from being a Wannabe to a Breakthrough Artist and before you know it, you’ll be a Rock Hero!!
Mrs Sherlock had a go at practising her times tables using a fortune teller – a great way to quiz yourself or family members in between TT Rock Stars sessions!
They’re easy and fun to make at home – give it a go for the times tables you’re finding particularly tricky to crack! Follow these step-by-step instructions to help: https://www.wikihow.com/Fold-a-Fortune-Teller
Remember, you can also access the Super Movers videos that we all love so much at school to practise the times tables you are finding tricky (and to have a good dance and sing along!): https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/times-table-collection/z4vv6v4
Keeping Active in May
As we enter the new month of May, we have a really fun sports challenge for you to have a go at! Can you complete an active challenge each day in May?
Please see the attached pdf at the bottom of the page.
We can't wait to see any photos or videos of any challenges that you choose to try! Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Sherlock has had a go at the challenge from 2nd May: 'Create your own obstacle course.' We hope that it gives you some ideas for an obstacle course of your own!
Ms Richardson has a PE challenge for you
Watch the video below and then the instructions are underneath
Number 1 – on the run
Number 2 – sole of shoe
Number 3 – on your knee
Number 4 – on the floor
Number 5 – ‘staying alive’
Number 6 – show me some tricks
Number 7 – up to Heaven
Number 8 – swap with a mate
Number 9 – stand on a line
Number 10 – do it all again
Can you repeat in the same order?
Can you mix up the order?
Can your family join in if you shout the numbers and they shout what to do and video it?
“Reading gives us somewhere to go when we have to stay where we are.” Mason Cooley
While we have a little more time at home than usual, lots of us are really enjoying more time to read and listen to stories and poems. Have you read any brilliant books or poems in the last few weeks?
Mrs Sherlock has found one of her favourite poems of all time to share with you here – Chocolate Cake by Michael Rosen. We hope that you enjoy it!
There are lots of brilliant places to find stories and poems to listen to for free. Why not give one of these a try?
Everyday, David Walliams is releasing a short story to listen to for free at home. They are extremely funny! https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
Audible is releasing some audio books for free: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Amazon are also offering some free e-books for Kindles.
The World Book Day website has lots of free audio books and extracts of books to try: https://www.worldbookday.com/world-of-stories/
Epic is an American website offering a free 30 day trial to read many popular books online: https://www.getepic.com/
SCIENCE IS FUN!
Professor Brainstorm has visited school several times in recent years, each time dazzling us with his scientific knowledge and exciting science experiments! He has contacted school to share some fabulous scientific exploration that you can try with everyday objects at home. He also explains how and why each experiment works too!
Take a look at his website and have a go yourselves – they’re lots of fun!!
Mrs Sherlock raided her recycling and tried one of the experiments, the Laughing Chicken Experiment, at home. Take a look at this video to see what she discovered!
Maybe you might like to have a go at this experiment too and email in your findings to school?
So what can we learn and how does this experiment work?
Professor Brainstorm explains:
- As you pull on string, your fingers tend to stick and slip - rather than sliding smoothly down the string.
- This means that the bottom of the yogurt pot gets pulled down a little, then springs back up, then gets pulled down again, and so on.
- So the bottom of the yogurt pot vibrates. (All of this happens very quickly, and the movements of the bottom of the yogurt pot are very small - so you can’t actually see it vibrating.)
- As the bottom of the yogurt pot vibrates, it makes the air inside the yogurt pot vibrate as well.
- These vibrations travel through the air to your ears - which is how you hear the sound.
- Usually small sound sources make high-pitched ‘squeaky’ sounds, whereas large ones make a sound with a lower pitch. So you would expect the smallest yogurt pots to make sounds with a high pitch and larger ones to make lower sounds. (However, this isn’t always the case with a Laughing Chicken - because the pitch of the sound also depends on the thickness of the base of the yogurt pot, the tension in the string, and several other factors.)
- You may also notice that the smallest yogurt pots make a quiet sound, whereas the largest ones make louder sounds. This is because the larger ones contain more air - and making more air vibrate increases the volume of the sound.