A final message for Year 1

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Hello Year 1!

This will be my final post to you before the summer holiday. It seems so long since we were all together, but I am so happy to have been able to see so many of you at school despite everything! You have been so fantastic, following all the strange rules so well and coming in with big smiles on your faces every day. You are a real credit to the school and your parents. A huge well done is also due to those of you that have been at home (and your adults!) for all your hard work and support with your home learning. Thank you for all the photos you have been sending in. It has been so lovely to see what you have been getting up to.

You are going to have such a wonderful year in Year 2. You must all be very excited! Enjoy your summer and make sure you have lots of fun! I will see you in September!

Ms Coleman

Weekly Home Learning Tasks 

Maths – division by grouping

Ms Coleman needs 20 apples. There are 5 apples in each bag.

We know how many apples there are and the number in each group but we do not know how many groups there are.

How many bags of apples does Ms Coleman need altogether?

Try drawing 30 apples and grouping them in 5s.

Count in 5s to check how many apples there are altogether.

Mrs Briscoe needs 30 cakes for her new Year 2 class! The cakes come in packs of 2. How many packs does she need? Draw a picture and circle the groups of 2. Count in 2s to check how many cakes there are altogether.

Ask your adult to create some more problems like this for you that involve grouping in 2s, 5s or 10s. Draw yourself a picture and draw round the groups to help you solve the problem.

For an extra challenge try this problem:

How many different ways can you group 20 into equal groups?

 

Phonics – learning to read and spell contractions

Write the words it is with each letter on a small individual square of paper.

We don’t normally say it is. We shorten it to make it quicker to say – it’s.

Take the piece of paper with the i on it, scrumple it up, and squish the scrumpled piece of paper into an apostrophe shape, sticking it back where it was.

The other letters may need shuffling up a bit so there are no spaces because it is now one word instead of two.

Blend to read it as one new word.

Repeat with do not/don’t (notice the pronunciation change) and I will/I’ll.

The apostrophe goes back in the place where the letters were (not in the gap between the words). The apostrophe doesn’t represent any sound – just missing letters.

Play this game to rehearse reading contractions:

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/5/crater-creatures-countdown

 

English – letter writing

Have a go at writing a letter to Mrs Briscoe telling her all about yourself. Include some adjectives to describe your personality and how you might be feeling about moving up to Year 2. Could you include some questions for Mrs Briscoe about Year 2?

 

Art – create a stick sculpture

We’ve been getting creative with sticks this week at school. Can you make a stick sculpture on a walk or in your garden in the style of Andy Goldsworthy?

 

Activities to keep you going over summer!

Rehearse counting in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s forwards and backwards.

Revise number bonds to 10 and 20 (pairs of numbers that make 10 and 20 e.g. 0+10, 1+9 etc.) You could play this game here:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Keep your reading up – a little each day is best!

Try to complete the Summer Reading Challenge.  If you haven’t already done so you can register at http://www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk

Keep a diary – write a sentence or two each day and draw a picture to explain what you did. Don’t forget capital letters, finger spaces and a full stop! Try to form your letters in the cursive style, using a lead in, ‘here we go’ stroke. Find a booklet to practise your cursive letter formation here: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-l-526885-ks1-cursive-letter-formation-practice-activity-booklet

Keep working on the Year 1 ‘Common Exception Word’ list. You can start work on the Year 2 list if you know these already.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-l-5155-new-year-1-common-exception-words

Work on learning to tell the time. Make sure you are confident with o’clock and half past times before moving on to quarter past and quarter to. Ask your adults if you can start wearing a watch.  You can check the time regularly throughout the day. You could also play this game:

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/116/telling-the-time

Try to get outside every day. The Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild is officially over now, but you can still find lots of outdoor inspiration on their website.

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/

Be kind to the people at home with you.  Try to do something for someone else every day (tidy up without being asked, set the table, tell someone you love them)

Remember there are lots more activities on this website if you want to try them:

https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

Year 6 – Week 6

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Year 6 I cannot believe we are nearly at the end of our year together! I am getting quite emotional now! It has come around so quickly. Next week, we are going to have lots of fun together and make sure your last few days of primary school are truly special.

Here are this week’s activities to keep your brains active!

English

Each day in school, we have been using a photograph to stimulate our ‘wow’ writing. This week, we used photographs of animals and the results were incredible! Below are some examples of the writing produced:

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Love. No-one in this cold, bitter world could stop them. Love. After a lifetime apart, they were together in their safe, little sanctuary. Love. An unspoken, unbroken bond carried them through the teeth-chattering snow, arm in arm, once again. Love. There was no one in the whole world they would rather be abandoned with. Love.

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Crawling through the gloom of night, he steps quietly, hoping not to be heard. He stops. Waits quietly, rubbing his carnivorous teeth together and not daring to blink at all. Out of nowhere, an unsuspecting creature enters the ambush site… Would it get out alive? In time?

You have amazed me with the short pieces of writing that you have produced and it is now time to challenge yourself even further. I would like you to become an author over the summer holidays! Create your own short chapter book about a creature of your choice. It could be an animal or an extraordinary character like Skellig. What adventures will your creature go on? You can email your work to admin@clitherow.herts.sch.uk  when you have finished, so that I can enjoy your writing one more time!

Maths
We have continued to revise fractions, decimals and percentages this week. Here are some activities for you to practise at home in order to develop your confidence:
Revise ordering fractions. Can you put these fractions in descending order?
1and3/6     1and1/12    1and2/3     1and3/4

Revise ordering fractions, decimals and percentages. Can you put these numbers in ascending order?
¼     30%      3/8      0.2      0.17

Revise converting fractions, decimals and percentages. Can you circle three numbers below that add up to 1?
1/4     0.5     10%     7/10     15%     0.2

Revise solving problems involving fractions and percentages.
At the sweet factory, 7200 sweets are made each hour. 5/9 of the sweets are lollipops. 20% of the sweets are gummy bears and the rest are chocolate bars. How many chocolate bars are manufactured each hour?

Topic
• How has Britain changed since the 1940s?
• How would you characterise each of these decades: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s?
• Which decade would you have liked to experience? Why?
• Interview someone about life when they were a child/teenager. Find out some interesting stories to tell me next week!

Remember to visit the following website for home learning packs over the summer holidays: https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

Have a fabulous summer and stay safe. Read lots!

Look out for a goodbye video message from me next week!
Mrs Davies

 

 

A message for Nursery

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Dear children,

I hope you are all safe and well. I can’t believe that we are nearly at the end of the school year! I hope you are all enjoying the home learning activities and here are a few more for you to try next week:

Share a story with an adult. Can you talk about what happened at the beginning of the story? How about the middle and end? Can you discuss the setting of the story? Did it take place in a forest or a farm? Was there more than one setting? Draw a picture of your favourite part of the story and give reasons why you like this part best.

Rhyming– Can you think of three words that rhyme with the following: dog, sun, red. They can be real words or made up ones! For example, dog rhymes with rog. Pick one set of rhyming words, what sounds can you hear in each word? For example, dog, d-o-g. Have a go and writing some of your rhyming words.

Order by size– Have a look in your garden or local park for some natural objects, for example leaves or sticks. Put three of them in order from smallest to biggest. This could also be done with books or pencils. Now try putting five objects in size order.

Kim’s Game– Choose five items from around your house. For example, a teddy bear, a wooden spoon, a roll or sellotape,  a toy car and a pair of scissors. Cover the items with a cloth or tea towel. Ask an adult to remove one of the objects while you close your eyes. Can you remember which object is missing? Swap roles and this time you remove one of the objects. Why not try this game with seven objects! Have fun!

Remember to look at the school website for more ideas. You can also visit this website for more home learning activities:
http://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

Best wishes,

Mr Shields and Mrs Hurley


This week in Reception…

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Hello Reception class.

Believe it or not, this was our last full week in Reception! It has been a very unusual end to the year. Look out for the letters, emails and tweets from school as there are messages from me for you to read.

I’ve been working with Miss Coleman and have told her all about you and how you learn. We talked about what you are good at and which areas you may need some more help with. She is looking forward to meeting you all in September.

This week we carried on learning about forests. We shared the story ‘Where the wild things are’ by Maurice Sendak and imagined who or what we may find on an expedition to the forest. Remember to send some photos, pictures, videos or letters into school to share your learning with me. Thank you very much for those I’ve had so far.

Remember to visit our page on the school website for more ideas. You can also visit this website for more home learning activities:
http://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

Keep safe and well…and remember to wash your hands.
Love, Mrs Cooper

In the meantime, here are some activities you can try at home over the next few weeks..

Sharing a story Read one of your favourite stories. Which words can you read? Which ones can you segment? Retell your story to someone else. Remember what happens at the beginning and in the middle and then at the end. Create a story map to help you remember what happens.

Exploring Get outside whatever the weather. What can you find in your garden or in the park on a sunny day? What can you find on a rainy day? Which things are the same and which are different? Create a list of the things you find.

Moving Create an obstacle course in the garden or at the park. Try to include different ways of moving such as jumping, hopping, crawling under or over, stretching and balancing. Maybe you can add a part where you throw or catch an object. Write a plan so a friend can try your obstacle course.

Being creative  What sounds can you hear when you are out and about? How can you make these sounds when you get back home? You could make an instrument or use equipment that you can find around the house. How about creating a collage, model or painting of what you see on your walk? Take a photo of it too.

Writing your name Keep practising writing your name. Remember to start with a capital letter and use lower case letters for the rest of your name. Why not try to write your surname too.

Tricky words How many tricky words can you read? Which ones can you spell? Have a go at using the tricky words in sentences.

Numbers and Numerals  How far can you count? Which numerals can you write? Try counting forwards and backwards. How about starting at a different number? Try counting from a teen number

Number facts How many different ways can you find to make 5? How about 10? Find some adding and some taking away number sentences. Which doubles can you remember? 1+1, 2+2, 3+3, 4+4, 5+5? How many more?

 

 

One Last Friday Blog for Year Four

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Year Four I cannot believe it is the last week of term next week. It seems so long since we’ve been together in school and I have really missed hearing all of your lovely songs and funny stories, as well as helping you with your brilliant learning. I know I set you the challenge of learning something new every day and following your interests at the start of the school closure. I can see, both from the pictures you have sent in and from our phone conversations,  that you have lived up to the challenge. Well done and thank you for being such a brilliant class!

I thoroughly enjoyed teaching all of you this year and I look forward to seeing you again in September. Even though I know I will not be with you all the time, I will only be next door and I will certainly come and say hello.

Have a lovely summer and take care.

Mrs Newham

 

Weekly Activities

Remember to look at https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

Find the Area

  1. Draw a rectangular shape on squared paper. You can find the area by counting the squares.

You can write a multiplication that shows the area of the shape.

Area 1

Now draw four more rectangles and do this for each one.

 

  1. Now look at this shape. Can you see that it is made out of two rectangles joined together?

area 2#

You could write two multiplications to show the area of this shape.

You might write:

5 groups of 2 and 4 groups of 2

5 x 2 and 4 x 2

Draw some more shapes similar to this one, but using different numbers of squares.

Write two base facts which show the area of the shape.

Holiday Dreams

Design your own holiday resort – think about the accommodation and the surrounding area. You might include a cinema or a spa at your holiday resort, or maybe you will be able to hire bikes.

Now write a brochure persuading people to stay there. Include a paragraph for each different section of your resort. Use expanded noun phrases to make your holiday resort sound attractive. Begin some sentences with conjunctions, like if, when, or after.

Archimboldo Collage

Look at this picture by the artist Archimboldo. Notice how he has used fruit in the portrait.

Vortumnus-Vertumno

Cut out lots of pictures of fruit from magazines or draw pictures or fruit and cut them out. When you have done this, you can arrange them to make your own self portrait.

Wildlife Challenge

Visit the wildlife trust website and choose one of the activities to do with your family, or use one of the spotter sheets to do your own wildlife hunt.

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wild-activities-families-and-schools

Spellings

scheme

chorus

choir

choral

chemist

chemistry

chemical

echo

character

science

scientist

scientific

scene

discipline

fascinate

crescent

 

And for the Summer Holidays…..

Have lots of fun in your summer holiday. If you’re looking for something to do, have a look at these ideas…..

 Check out https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/ for holiday learning packs.

 

Make sure you’ve signed up for the online reading challenge at https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

Read plenty of books you love so you can tell us all about them in September!

 

Practise your times tables on TT Rockstars.

 

Log into your Read Theory account to practise your reading skills.

 

Practise your handwriting

 

Learn the Year Three and Four spelling words that are in the middle of your reading diaries.

 

Write a letter introducing yourself to your new teacher.

 

Make a card or letter to say thank you to someone who has been looking after you.

Goodbye Year 2

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My last post to you Year 2.  I feel very sad that it is time to say goodbye.  It was very sad that our Year together ended in March but I know that you have been working hard at home and will be ready to begin Year 3 in September.

Over the next few weeks there are some important jobs for you to do;

Have fun! ( let’s hope we get some sunny weather and you are able to enjoy being outside)

Try to get outside everyday, look for changes in the weather, check the weather report each day.  Continue to look for the symbols you learned about last week. look for signs of changes in the seasons.  Are there changes to plants, trees or wildlife?

Keep reading – try to read at least one book each week and write a short book review about it.  What did you enjoy?  Is there anything you would change? Try to complete the Reading Challenge.  If you haven’t already done so you can register on http://www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk

Practise your writing – make sure you keep practising your handwriting so that it is neat and legible.  Try out using a pen.  You will need to bring your own pencil case to school next term so spend the summer getting your favourite equipment ready. You will need a pencil, some crayons,  an eraser, a pencil sharpener.  Make sure your pencil is a small zip style that will not take up too much space on your table.

Keep a journal – include some information about what you have done during the day and also your thoughts and feelings.  Try to use some interesting adjectives to describe what you have seen and how you are feeling. Draw some pictures in it.

Work on learning to tell the time.  I know you have all made a good start on this.  Ask your parents if you can start wearing a watch.  You can check the time regularly throughout the day. Time yourself doing tasks.

Be kind to the people at home with you.  Try to do something for someone else everyday (tidy up without being asked, set the table, tell someone you love them)

Final Week Tasks

For the final week of term time revise all the common exception words from Year 1 and 2 and make sure you can spell them all. Work on a few each day, try not to do the whole list at once.

the    you   once   eye   wild
today   your   ask   could   climb
of   they   friend   should   most
said   here   school   because   only
says   there   put   find   both
are   where   push   improve   old
were   love   pull   bath   father
was   come   house   behind   every
his   some   our   child   great
has   one   door   children   break
everybody   clothes   money   half   people
water   parents   Christmas   even   class
fast   water   again   sugar   who
whole   eye   after   pretty   plant

RE this week.  Read the Wednesday Word.  This week is all about listening.  Try to spend some quiet time really listening to your thoughts.  Say The “Our Father” and ask God to listen to your prayers.

For English remember to write your letter to Miss Marron.  Well done to those people who have already completed their letter and information leaflet. She is really enjoying learning more about you.  Write a letter to Year 1 telling them about being in Year 2 and what they can expect!

For Maths this week check out TT Rock Stars if you can if not please practise your tables

2s, 5s, 10s, 3s and 4s

Check out http://www.classroom secrets for extra activities.

Have a great summer Year 2, I have really enjoyed being your teacher. You were always ready to work hard and we had a lot of fun along the way.  We still don’t know who stole those cookies do we?  You are ready for Year 3 and will have a great time next year.  I have been working with Miss Marron and have told her about you.  She is really excited to meet you properly. I hope we will have a chance to catch up and find out all about the things you have been up to.

God Bless you and your wonderful families!

Mrs Briscoe

 

 

 

 

 

A final message for Year 3 …

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Hello Year 3, 

A final message from me with some learning ideas for next week and over the summer! 

Maths – I hope you all enjoyed visiting my burger bar last week! This week set up a shop – it could sell food, clothes or toys (whatever you like!) You can set your prices and think about how much change you would give your customers from £5, £10 or £20.

 Do you have any promotion deals e.g. buy one get one free or if you buy two items you get a discount? 

 What would happen if the price of everything went up by 50p or £2?
What would happen if you had a sale and the price of everything went down?  

 You could make a price list and a banner for your shop using your colours!! 

 

R.E. – Look at the Wednesday word – think about why listening is so important (helps us learn, keep out of danger, hear instructions, listen to one another) What could happen if you don’t listen?  

Spellings – review your spellings from the past few weeks. Could you make a mini dictionary with the spelling and meaning of new words you have learnt? 


Writing – The past few weeks you have been writing some letters to other people. I have met with Mrs Newham and she is very excited to have you as part of her class. You could write her a letter to tell her all about you, your likes and dislikes and what you might be looking forward to or be feeling nervous about! Some of you might remember doing that for me this time last year. 

Over the summer break you could:

– Practise your times tables on Times Table Rockstars – Well done to Emilia, Amelia L and Jonathan who have been active in the past 7 days! 

– Look at your spellings (Ready to wow Mrs Newham in Year 4)

– Take part in the summer reading challenge here –  

 https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/ 

– Be active – dance, jump, skip! 

– Write a journal every day – what have you done each day? What are you looking forward to 

– Practise your handwriting!! 

– Look at https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/ 

– Be kind, help others and think about your actions! 

– Spend some time outside every day 

– Talk to your family and friends as much as you can

– Spend some time preparing for year four – you need a small pencil case with essentials!  

– Be the best that you can be! 

Most importantly remember to enjoy yourself, relax and rest ready for September! 

Thank you so much for all your hard work this year, you all wowed me every day and I have loved teaching you. You will make a fantastic Year Fours and I can’t wait to hear about how well you are doing! You are all amazing and can achieve the most incredible things – just make sure you keep up the hard work! 

Miss Marron  

Goodbye Year 5!

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Hello Year 5!

We’ve finally made it to the last week of Year 5! It’s been a long term hasn’t it?! Well done for all your hard work – you’ve definitely earned your Summer holidays!

1) ENGLISH

We’ve been telling Mrs Davies all about you and how hard you work. We thought it would be a good idea to write her a letter to introduce yourself! You could include what you like/dislike, what you are good at, what you might need help with and what you are looking forward to. Perhaps you could tell her your favourite thing you have done during ‘Lockdown’.  You can add any extra details you wish. Remember to use paragraphs and some wonderful vocabulary and sentence structure to impress her! You can either send it via email or bring it in September. Best Handwriting!

Practise the next 10 words from the Year 5/6 Statutory Spellings list in your reading diary.

2) MATHS

Solve this problem:

Please Please Please keep up with your reading and times tables over the Summer!
 
Have a fun-filled Summer holiday and we can’t wait to see you all next door in September!


Mrs Mather and Mrs Vincenti-Morrison

Year 1 Home Learning

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Hello Year 1!

Here are some activities for you to complete if you are at home next week. If you would like some more tasks, please take a look at the website below:

https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

Maths – sharing into equal groups

Use 10 small objects you have at home (Lego or pasta pieces would work well).

Share them equally, one by one between you and someone else. Sharing equally into 2 groups is the same as finding half. Half of 10 is 5. So each person will have 5 pieces of Lego.

Try sharing the pieces one-by-one into 5 groups. How do you know the pieces have been shared equally? There should be 2 pieces in each group.

Try sharing equally with many different examples. You could use your toys, sweets or even slices of pizza!

Try this online lesson about building arrays. You could try building one with your Lego or pasta pieces to make them easier to count:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/znwwg7h

Please don’t forget to keep practising your counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and keep rehearsing your number bonds to 10 and 20 (pairs of numbers that make 10 and 20 e.g. 0+10, 1+9 etc.) You could play this game here:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Phonics – learning to spell common exception words

Work through the common exception (tricky) words for Year 1 and make sure you know how to spell them all, ready for Year 2. Remember to spend some time looking closely at each word to work out which parts don’t look the way we would expect them too!

You can find a list of the Year 1 common exception words here:

Can you write a sentence with each word? Don’t forget capital letters, finger spaces and full stops, question or exclamation marks!

Music – make a musical instrument

We learned about wind, percussion and string instruments at school this week and had a go at junk modelling some of our own. Use your instrument to play along to your favourite songs. Can you hear the beat and play your instrument in time with the music?

Computing – algorithms

You use code to tell a computer what to do. Before you write code you need an algorithm.

An algorithm is a list of rules to follow in order to solve a problem.

Algorithms need to have their steps in the right order. Think about an algorithm for getting dressed in the morning. What if you put on your coat before your jumper? Your jumper would be on top of your coat and that would be silly! When you write an algorithm the order of the instructions is very important.

Find out more about algorithms by watching this video:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z3tbwmn/articles/z3whpv4

Can you write an algorithm for someone at home to follow? It could be an algorithm explaining how to brush your teeth, to get dressed or even how to make your favourite sandwich!

Have a great weekend!

Ms Coleman

Year Four’s Weekly Message

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Hello again Year Four!

I cannot believe that it is nearly the end of term! It is so strange to think that if we were in class we would be getting ready to do lots of fun end of term activities and I am very upset that this year we are missing out on all those lovely things we can normally do together.

This week I have some more activities for you to do. Don’t forget to have a look at https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

Mrs Newham

Year Four Home Learning Activities

Negative Number Journeys.

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Have a look at this diagram of a building. What can you do if you visit each level? Which would be your favourite level to visit?

Now for a question….

Hattie was in the cinema. She collected her car from Level -3 and then drove out at street level.

In total, how many levels did she travel through?

What calculation, or calculations, could represent her journey?

Make up some of your own problems and write a calculation or calculations to go with them.

Rosa Parks

Watch the clip of Rosa Parks.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks1-ks2-rosa-parks/z7rtvk7

Re-tell her story in your own words, explaining why her actions were important. Don’t forget to include beautiful drawings to illustrate her story. Use different paragraphs for each part of the story. Don’t forget to use adverbials to add extra detail.

Create Your Own Abstract Art.

Visit http://www.fiona-rae.com/ and look at some of the paintings by the artist Fiona Rae. Look at the titles of the paintings and choose one to look at carefully.  

Think about how the picture makes you feel and whether the colours affect your emotions as you look at the picture.

Draw a picture of the view from your window, and then draw or paint another picture of the same view, this time using shapes to represent objects, rather than drawing the objects as you see them.

Think about the colours you use and how this will make people feel when they look at the picture.

Eco Warriors

Think about the areas you see when you go for a walk, or maybe an area in your garden, and consider the wildlife that lives there. Sketch the different creatures or plants that you can see.

Now you are going to design your own wildlife area.

  1. Think about the different animals you would like to visit your area and write a list.
  2. Write a list of what you will grow in your wildlife area to encourage those animals to visit. For example, you might plant particular plants, or include dark damp places to encourage snails, which in turn will encourage birds to come and eat them. You might include a mini pond, as water is important for all animals.
  3. Draw a plan of your wildlife area and label the different features and why you have chosen them.

Spellings for this week

microscope
microbe
micron
microphone
minibeast
minibus
minicab
miniature
minimum
minimise
little
minor
small
tiny
petite
minute