Southfield Junior School

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English

Home Learning - Week Commencing 8th June 2020

Reading - “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”- Dr Zeus

  1. During your time at home read as much as you can! Whether it is a book, a comic, magazines, a newspaper or even recipes in your favourite cook book. We have some great ideas for you on our website to help you with your reading.  https://www.southfieldjuniorsch.co.uk/Reading/
  2. While you are reading, collect the words that interest you, find out what they mean or try to use them in a poem or story.

Writing

  1. ‘a’ or ‘an’

Usually, we put ‘a’ before words that start with a consonant and ‘an’ before words that start with a vowel.

Activity a.   Vowel search

Write out your alphabet and highlight all the vowels.

Have a look at these two sentences. Which sounds correct?

It was a unique painting.
It was an unique painting.

Although ‘unique’ starts with a vowel, the letter ‘u’ makes the ‘ysound (‘y’ as you know is a consonant), so ‘a’ is used instead of ‘an’.

Have a look at these two sentences. Which sounds correct?

It was a honest mistake.
It was an honest mistake.

Although ‘honest’ starts with a consonant, the letter ‘h’ makes the short ‘osound (‘o’ as you know, is a vowel) so ‘an’ is used instead of ‘a’.

      Activity b.   ‘a’ or ‘an’ hunt

  • - With a member of your family, collect five objects from around your house.
  • - Write a label for each object adding ‘a’ or ‘an’ in front of the word.
  • - Read them aloud – does it sound right?
  • - If you find you only have objects that need a label for ‘an’, see if you can find objects that need ‘a’

    Activity c.        Can you spot the ‘a’ or ‘an’ mistakes in the following Penguin Feeding Time passage?

Penguin Feeding Time CLICK HERE

    Activity d.     ‘a’ or ‘an’ word search

      How many words can you think of in two minutes that need ‘a’ or ‘an’ before them?

  • - give your self two minutes to find as many words that need ‘a’ before them
  • - give your self two minutes to find as many words that need ‘an’ before them
  • - have a competition with someone in your family, who can find the most in the time?
  • - Check together and correct any errors if you have made any.

Summary

What do we know about ‘a’ or ‘an’?

  • We use ‘a’ when the next word starts with a consonant sound.
  • We use ‘an’ when the next word starts with a vowel sound.
  • Say it aloud - does it sound right?

    For and Against

You are going to use the information you have collected from your topic work to think about any good points and not so good points for having zoos and wildlife parks.

Part 1 - Collect your evidence

  • - Divide a piece of paper in half
  • - Think about all the good things / effects that zoos and wildlife parks have / do and write these on one half of the paper
  • - Think about the not so good things / effects that zoos and wildlife parks have / do and write these on the other half of the paper
  • - Interview family and friends (remember you can do this by phone, zoom, facetime etc so it can be granny, grandpa, cousins, aunts, uncles etc, not just members of your immediate household) to find out what ideas and viewpoints they have and add these to your piece of paper. The more people you can speak to the greater the variety of ideas you will have.
  • - With all the views ideas you now have decide if you think zoos and wildlife parks are a good idea or not.

Part 2 - Imagine that the government are undecided on whether to close all zoos and wildlife parks.

  • - Using your sheet of ideas, write a persuasive letter to the government to either persuade them that it is a good idea to close them all or that it is not a good idea to close them all, explaining the reasons for whichever idea you have chosen.

Remember to;

  • Select reasons from your sheet that support your view
  • See if you can research any extra supporting facts for each reason
  • Stick to your opinion
  • Use paragraphs
  • Use emotive language
  • Use capital letters and full stops

Extra Challenge

  • - Have a debate - Ask one of your grown up to take up the opposite viewpoint and have a discussion with them, each of you using the views and ideas on the sheet to try to persuade the other that they have the correct viewpoint.

Spelling

These are your spellings from the Year 3/4 list for the next two weeks.

address

therefore

minute

occasion

history

early

complete

experience

weight

decide

Please choose the best method for you to learn these words or the tricky parts of them. Here is the list of methods we use in class to help you.

  1. Find the tricky part of the word and say it as it is written.
  2. Use pyramid writing
  3. Write, trace, copy and replicate
  4. Look, say, cover, write and check
  5. Draw around the word to show the shape

Home Learning - Week Commencing  18th May 2020

Reading - “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”- Dr Zeus

  • During your time at home read as much as you can! Whether it is a book, a comic, magazines, a newspaper or even recipes in your favourite cook book. We have some great ideas for you on our website to help you with your reading.  
    www.southfieldjuniorsch.co.uk/Reading/
  • While you are reading, collect the words that interest you, find out what they mean or try to use them in a poem or story.

Writing

  1. Word Mind Map. You will need a piece of paper and a pencil. In the middle of the paper write down an object or an animal. eg ‘bird’. (Remember your handwriting; ascenders and descenders!) Around the outside draw 4 small circles with the words nouns, verb, adverb and adjective in. Next, try to write as many words as you can that relate to your object- make sure that you put each word next to the correct word class – noun, verb, adverb or adjective. How many words can you think of in 5 minutes? Now write descriptive sentences about your object using the vocabulary you have thought of.
    Extra challenge – use your descriptive sentences to create an amazing paragraph.
    Example of a mind map Click here
  2. Noun and Verb game. You will need pencil, paper and a pair of scissors. Cut an A4 piece of paper into 8 equal pieces. On 4 of the cards write an interesting noun, on the other 4 cards write an interesting verb (that are not related to the nouns) once you have chosen your words perhaps you could use a thesaurus to upscale your choices. Shuffle the pile of nouns and place in a column one under each other on the table. Shuffle the pile of verb cards and place in another column, one next to each noun card. The challenge is to make a creative sentence using the noun and the verb combinations you have paired up.

Free Write Friday (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or any day).
Look at this website Pobble365 choose a picture that interests you. Write about the one that catches your imagination. To help you write an interesting account / story, there are some questions under each picture, examples of story starters, a sentence challenge activity at the bottom and a ‘sick’ (poorly) sentence for you to improve, and use, if you really want to stretch your brain. Talk to your grown up about your choice of picture, your ideas and vocabulary you would like to use. Remember to organise your ideas into paragraphs – you might want to plan what each paragraph will be about before you start. Think about your presentation including your handwriting remembering the size of your letters (ascenders and descenders). 

Spelling

These are your spellings from the Year 3/4 list for the next two weeks.

although

breathe

certain

disappear

experiment

forwards

height

knowledge

mention

potatoes

Please choose the best method for you to learn these words or the tricky parts of them. Here is the list of methods we use in class to help you.

  • Find the tricky part of the word and say it as it is written.
  • Use pyramid writing
  • Write, trace, copy and replicate
  • Look, say, cover, write and check
  • Draw around the word to show the shape

Spelling Challenges:
1. When you think you have learnt your spellings, put them into interesting sentences.
2. Use a dictionary to find the definition (meaning) of each word. Tell your grown up the definition of each word and how you knew how to find it in the dictionary.

English Home Learning - Week Commencing 4th May 2020

Reading - “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”- Dr Zeus

  • During your time at home read as much as you can! Whether it is a book, a comic, magazines, a newspaper or even recipes in your favourite cookbook. We have some great ideas for you on our website to help you with your reading.  
    www.southfieldjuniorsch.co.uk/Reading/
  • While you are reading, write down the words that interest you, or you aren’t sure of the meaning. Find out what they mean or try to use them in a poem or story.

Writing

1. Calligram. This term we have been learning about how to write calligram poems.

  • Choose a topic, game or object you like or enjoy. It could be playing football, cooking, dancing, dinosaurs, fossils, reading or your computer game.
  • Use these ideas to help you plan and write your own calligram about the topic you have chosen. Make a list of fantastic vocabulary about your chosen topic. Can you improve your vocabulary? Then put these words into simple similes.
  • Use all these ideas to plan your calligram and edit it.
  • Draw an outline of your chosen topic and then write your calligram inside, on or around it. Remember to change the shape, size or style of some important words.

2. Silly sentence word ladder Use a 4 rung ladder with a single word at the top. We started with frog. Change one letter of the word on each rung until you fill all the spaces.  When you have 5 words try and write a silly sentence that uses all (or as many) of the words that you can. Here is one we have done for you. We started with frog and ended with clan.

 Click here for the word ladders PDF

Our sentence is: “The frog, who was eating a flan, tried to flog the flag to his clan.” Try starting with these words: park, stick, bang. Can you try starting with some words of your own?  Use a dictionary if you are not sure if the words are ‘real’ when you change a letter.

3. Word of the day. Use the example grid below to help you investigate your spelling words from this week (you may not be able to fill every box for every word).

Click here for word of the day PDF

You can either print out and use the blank grid provided (on the last page) draw your own or just write it out as a list ie:-

Consonants - 7                        Digraphs – 0                                     A rule I can spot – Silent igh

Vowels – 3                                 Trigraphs – 1                                     Part of speech - adjective

Phonemes – 8                          Quadgraphs (4 letters) 0                 

Use it in a sentence – The chocolate cake was delightful.                     

Graphemes – 8                        Rhyme - Frightful

Syllables – 3                               Word inside - light

Spellings

These are your spellings from the Year 3/4 list for the next two weeks.

occasionally

different

thought

calendar

appear

bicycle

famous

guard

material

question

Please choose the best method for you to learn these words or the tricky parts of them. Here is the list of methods we use in class to help you.

  • Find the tricky part of the word and say it as it is written.
  • Use pyramid writing
  • Write, trace, copy and replicate
  • Look, say, cover, write and check
  • Draw around the word to show the shape

English Home Learning- Week Commencing 20th April

Reading - “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”- Dr Zeus

  • During your time at home read as much as you can! Whether it is a book, a comic, magazines, a newspaper or even recipes in your favourite cookbook. We have some great ideas for you on our website to help you with your reading.  https://www.southfieldjuniorsch.co.uk/Reading/
  • While you are reading, write down the words that interest you, or you aren’t sure of the meaning. Find out what they mean or try to use them in a poem or story.

Writing

This term we have been learning about how to write calligram poems.

  • Choose a topic, game or object you like or enjoy. It could be playing football, cooking, dancing, dinosaurs, fossils, reading or your computer game.
  • Use these ideas to help you plan and write your own calligram about the topic you have chosen. Make a list of fantastic vocabulary about your chosen topic. Can you improve your vocabulary? Then put these words into simple similes.
  • Use all these ideas to plan your calligram and edit it.
  • Draw an outline of your chosen topic and then write your calligram inside, on or around it. Remember to change the shape, size or style of some important words.

Spelling

These are your spellings from the Year 3/4 list for the next two weeks.

length

enough

natural

answer

regular

important

separate

learn

increase

position

Please choose the best method for you to learn these words or the tricky parts of them. Here is the list of methods we use in class to help you.

  • Find the tricky part of the word and say it as it is written.
  • Use pyramid writing
  • Write, trace, copy and replicate
  • Look, say, cover, write and check
  • Draw around the word to show the shape

Audible Stories 

If you would like to listen to stories whilst you are at home Audible now have lots of FREE audio books to listen to with your family.  

https://stories.audible.com/discovery

Spellings