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Wednesday 6th January

Today’s time table






























Maths fluency




English (diary writing)






Mr Gilbey reads…


Google Classroom call @ 09.25*



Google Classroom call @ 11.05 *




Google Classroom call @ 2.20*

(*) See the video below for how to log into your new Google Classroom account for these calls.



09.00 – 09.25

Maths fluency

With our first video call not until 9.20 I thought it would be a good idea to start today with 20 minutes working on our times table fluency.

As I have explained previously, becoming fluent in our times tables will help us in all areas of Maths.

Therefore, please follow the below link to the “Hit The Button” web site and practise your 4 times tables.

I appreciate we have only recently started working on the 4 times table, but don’t forget, you already know a lot of these.

For example, if you know your 2 times table you already know 2 x 4. Equally if you know your 5 times table, you already know 5 x 4. Also, using the trick we discussed before Christmas, you also know 10 x 4, and by just adding 4 more you also know 11 x 4.

Therefore open up Hit The Button, get comfortable and try to set your best score for me to beat.



09.25 – 10.15

Maths – Four Rule Operations

Google Classroom video call at 09.25am for the first 15 minutes.

Another basic skill that makes every area of Maths easier, is our knowledge of the Four Rules (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing).

Therefore today I am setting you 40 questions for you to try and answer as many as possible before the end of the lesson. Before Christmas you were amazing on this, so fingers crossed we can hit the ground running in 2021.

Some reminders for you…

Remember… layout layout layout! Ensure you have your ones, tens and hundreds in order and lined up correctly for the two numbers.

When adding, sometimes you might need to exchange 10 ones for one ten. If this is the case, PLEASE don’t forget the extra ten when adding up that column.

When subtracting, “if it’s bigger on the floor…..”

Some multiplications you may know from your times table knowledge. If not, you might need to use an array. For example, for 4 x 2, you would draw 4 circles across, 2 rows, and then count how many there are in total.

So 4 x 2 = 8.


For questions involving division, you need to consider which technique is best to use. For example, with numbers smaller than 30, I would consider using the sharing method. For example if the question is 28 divided by 4, I would draw 4 boxes, share the 28 across all four boxes then count how many is in each box. For numbers bigger than this, why not use the bus stop method.

For example, 488 divided by 2 would be solved using the below method…


Firstly you would calculate the number of times 2 goes into 4 (which is 2), then the number of times 2 goes into 8 (equals 4) and then the number of times 2 goes into 8 (which is again 4).

This means the answer is 244.



10.40 – 11.05

English Writing

On Monday, we discussed what a New Year’s Resolution is and had some time to think about what resolution we would like to set ourselves. You may remember my New Year’s resolution is to be more organised! Can you remember what you thought of?

This is your opportunity to write yours down in your English exercise book.

Why not use one or more of the below sentence starters…


This year I want to…

This year I need to…

This year I am going to start…

This year I am going to stop…

This year I am going to learn…


Your challenge here is to focus on your handwriting.

Please remember to use capital letters, finger spaces between words and take your time to generate your neatest handwriting!

If you thought of more than one, why not write all of them and use conjunctions to join them.

For example “I would also like to…”



11.05 – 12.00

English – diary of our home learning experience.

Google Classroom video call at 11.05am for the first 15 minutes.

Today I would like us to start writing a diary to cover what we do and how we feel during this period of home learning.

In this lesson, we will discuss the features of writing a diary and find some time to complete an entry for yesterday.

Features of a diary

  • It is written in the past tense (I walked, I ate)
  • It should include opinions as well as facts (how did you feel about something).
  • Use time connectives to link event (next, after that, then).
  • It is written in an informal style (can you remember any contracted words Mrs Potts taught you before Christmas?)


Using these features, I now want you to write a diary entry for yesterday. This should include both what you did and how you felt during the day.

For example, what did you think when you first heard you weren’t going into school? Were you happy? Were you excited to restart our remote learning journey again? Did you then complete yesterday’s tasks? In what order did you do them? What did you enjoy? Were you looking forward to seeing everyone again today during our video call?  



1.00pm – 1.20pm

Quiet Reading Time

After your lunch, it’s time for you to find yourself a nice comfortable spot (on a sofa or on some cushions on the floor or under your bed), settle down and have some quiet reading time with your book. Why not ask your adult to send me a picture on Class Dojo of you reading in your comfortable spot. Most imaginative reading spot wins some serious Dojos.



1.20pm – 2.20pm


This term we are starting a new topic of learning about the importance of nutrition and we will be introduced to the main body parts associated with the skeleton and muscles.

Today we are going to look at the importance of humans eating a balanced diet.

A balanced diet means eating something from each of the four food groups.

These are carbohydrates, proteins, fats and fibre.

It is essential we eat something from each category as each group gives us something else, from giving us energy to helping our body repair itself.

Please visit the below BBC Bitesize web page to learn about these four groups, what they do for our body, then use this knowledge to sort foods into the correct category.

After this, please attempt the quiz at the bottom of the page to show off what you have learnt.



2.20pm – 2.35pm

Mr Gilbey reads…

One of my favourite parts of our home learning in November was reading the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to you everyday. Well with the help of Mrs Potts we have secured a new class read which I hope you will all enjoy just as much.

Please dial into Google Classroom using the same process as the first two calls to find out what our new class read is, and listen in to our first reading of it.


If possible, why not ask your adult to send me some pictures via Class Dojo of your work. This could be your best score on Hit The Button, the Four Rule sums, your diary entry or your Science quiz.

I always enjoy seeing you and all your amazing work!


See you all at 9.25!