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Hello! We do hope that you are all well. If you have found yourself visiting this page, it is very likely that you are here to access your remote learning.

 

In these strange times, the new normal is that teachers speak to you through the wonderful world of the internet and your parents hand you your worksheets!

 

This term, we are learning about incredible inventions with specific focus on the Ancient Greeks. This handy knowledge organiser gives a bigger picture of the topic.

Research shows that our brains remember things more efficiently when we know this bigger picture and can see the way that all nuggets of knowledge within that subject area link. Making these links helps information move into our long-term memory. And it helps us to gain deeper understanding over time.

The other benefit of this knowledge organiser is that everything we are covering in this topic is really clear in this document. So, even if you miss a lesson, you can always find out what you need to know.

This unit of work is for 2 weeks of remote learning.

Each day, you should aim to complete: one formal maths lesson, and one formal English lesson.

 Aside from these more formal lessons, we recommend you spend some time every day reading your book, practising your times tables and practising your spellings. Rather than giving you a specific list of spellings for these two weeks, we would like you to pick 10 words from the your year group's common exception words list uploaded on the class page. Choose the words that you know you struggle with and try to learn them by the end of the 14 days. This way, the learning is catered to your specific needs.

Alongside maths and English lessons, you may also want to spend some time researching and creating project work based around our current topic (incredible inventions and the Ancient Greeks). Please see the knowledge organiser on the class page for more detail on this.

We are aware that some of you do not always have access to an electronic device. We also recognise that a balanced education is so much more than maths and English. So,, do take a look at the suggestions and ideas at the bottom of the class page for a more ideas for remote learning.

These units of work are for you if need to access remote learning because you are isolating at home for a shorter period of time but you are still well..

Each day, you should aim to complete: one maths lesson, one reading lesson and one writing lesson. The work will reflect what we are doing in class.

 

(this section of the website will be updated as and when the planning is needed)

 

Year 4 common exception spelling words

Year 5 common exception words

1. Read.

Reading independently during remote learning is one of the most effective ways to ensure our brain is being used and is taking in new knowledge and information.  Independent reading helps you grow your vocabulary, reading comprehension, verbal fluency, and general knowledge. Try to aim to read for at least half an hour during each school day whilst you are learning remotely.

2. Teach someone.

Teaching something you know improves your understanding of it. You can teach others what you've learned -- whether you learned it in the classroom or somewhere else. Teach a sibling. Teach a parent. Teach anyone willing to listen!

3. Start a passion project.

What are you passionate about? What would you usually spend hours of your own time doing -- even if no one asked you to do it?

The answer is likely the beginning of a passion project. This may be a project that you wouldn't be able to do -- or might not make time to do -- under normal circumstances. Identify passions. Pick one to pursue. Visualise a project. Outline the steps. Get started.

4. Learn a skill.

This is similar to a passion project -- yet different. The passion project is outcome-based. What project will you take on? The skill is more, well, skill-based. What skill can you get better at?

Learn an instrument. Practice a new language. Improve free-throw shooting. Skill development requires repetition. If you have the time, you can use it to create strong neural pathways in their brains. 

5. Ask someone questions.

No matter your home environment, you likely will have access to people. Everyone has a story to tell or something to teach. Put that to good use!

You can ask someone lots of questions. Ask about their lives. Ask about their jobs. Ask about important accomplishments. Ask about something they're good at.

6. Make something you're proud of.

Passion projects focus on enthusiasm. Developing a skill focuses on repetition and practice.

Now, here's something similar yet different: make something you're proud of. This focuses on time. Pick something you want to do. Take the time to make it just right. Draw or paint a picture. Create a Lego sculpture or an impressive Minecraft world. The only requirement: it has to meet your OWN standards.

7. Recall what you've learned.

We know that strengthening learning long-term could be as important as acquiring new learning. Thankfully, one of the most powerful ways to encode ideas in long-term memory doesn't require internet. It's called retrieval practice. 

It's the research-based idea that long-term memory is improved when we pull ideas out of our memory. Do a brain dump of ideas learned recently or a long time ago. It helps us remember them for the future. RetrievalPractice.org has lots of ideas for incorporating retrieval practice into learning. You could do brain dumps on specific topics (or more general ones). You could make lists, draw pictures, write freely, etc.

8. Reflect.

You learn a lot in school. But the impact isn't as great when you don't get to reflect on what you've learned. How does it fit with what you already know and believe? What will you do with it now that you know it?

9. Exercise.

Exercise won't teach you new content. But it primes the brain for thinking, and an exercise routine can make your brains more cognitively agile (ready to learn).

"To keep our brains at peak performance, our bodies need to work hard," writes John J. Ratey M.D. in Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. "If you had half an hour of exercise this morning, you're in the right frame of mind to sit still and focus on this paragraph, and your brain is far more equipped to remember it."

If exercise has those powerful benefits, then building an exercise routine into each day can make you better learners for the rest of your lives.

10. Be still.

Be alone. Be quiet. Your brain will thank you. Rebooting your brain means improved concentration, deep thought, and more effective problem solving.

We all spend so much time tied to technology. We watch videos. Listen to music. Send messages with friends and our brains are constantly on high alert. If you try create more healthy mindfulness habits, then your brains will be more primed to learn.

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