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Fantastic Matisse work from HH!

Our first Matisse-inspired cut out has arrived! Well done EV (and family?) for creating this amazing, imaginative, cut out collage. It looks wonderful - hopefully an inspiration to the rest of us!

Science fun!

In the last science investigation, we looked at what solids can be mixed to produce a solution. Today we are going to focus on ways of separating solutions. Watch the video below to see what the Leverton dilemma is this week!

All mixed up!

So, Annie has mixed all the ingredients together when we didn’t want them to be! So how can we separate them? Here are some things that we could use for separating different mixtures of materials.

Magnet

Sieves (of different sizes)

Candle (or a different heat source)

Filter paper (kitchen roll or a thin material like muslin can replicate this)

Watch our next video to see what we decided to use.

Separating Mixtures

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Your challenge this week is slightly different! I would like you to try and replicate my separation task but also come up with some of your own!

Can you create a mixture that you could then separate using a magnet?

Can you create a mixture that you could separate using a filter?

Can you create a mixture that you could separate using a heat source? (Hint: think about the soluble solids from the last science session!)

I’ve provided you with a sheet that you can use to record your science work on for this week or, alternatively, you could use a different way of presenting your work – maybe a PowerPoint presentation on the different ways of separating mixtures or a short video demonstrating your work.

There is a link to a BBC video here which talks about some of the ways of separating mixtures.

Please share the work you produce using the Google Forms below.

Google form – feedback

Google from – work upload

All of these are examples of reversible changes as you can separate each part of the mixture. Can you think of any irreversible changes? Think about cooking!

- WEEK 4 -

Song on the Week

This week’s song comes from Music Leader Peter Taylor. Spending time reading during lockdown is a great way to pass the time.  So is singing! We hope you enjoy learning the song 'I like books' this week.   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f7DVD4y1Ok

Challenge of the Week

Caroline Hallam has come up with a short challenge for you this week - Rhythm vs Beat!  Click on the video below and join in! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUYUWBSTn0Y&feature=youtu.be

 

Signposts

JOIN SHEFFIELD MUSIC HUB’S VIRTUAL CHOIRS!

Today's signpost is an exciting one - for the first time since schools closed, you can now sign up as a new member of one of our choirs, completely free of charge! 

Festival Choir

Tuesdays 3.30pm-4.30pm  
Choir Leader - Laura Steelyard  
Age - Y3-Y6 
Price - No charge 

This is an exciting, safe space for children to get singing, moving and performing! Music Hub are working on songs for group recordings as well as making sure there is time to socialise and gel as a group. Each activity is fun, engaging and really easy to take part in so no experience is necessary. The current members have been excited about the new virtual challenges so we are really pleased we can take the next step of inviting new members to join us!  
For more information and to sign up click here

HH has sent us a video of his (and his cat's!) investigation into dissolving. Have a watch to see what he discovered.

HH Dissolving investigation

Our art project for this week is inspired by Henri Matisse's work "La Piscine" (The Swimming Pool"). He created the work using cut out shapes in limited colours. It filled a room - yours can, if you want it to, or use a single smaller piece of paper/card.

The document gives you background information and basic instructions and the YouTube video goes into more step-by-step details.

You will need coloured card or paper, scissors, glue or sticky tape and your imagination. We hope you enjoy creating your imaginary environment and please share your work with us using the Google Form. Be adventurous and have fun!

Henri Matisse cut outs

Great science work again from XS - thank you, I really enjoy seeing when children have had a go at tasks. XS did taste some of her new 'drinks' - some were tasty but she wouldn't recommend the salt water or coffee! Some really detailed observations XS - well done!

Music at Home 3


Week beginning 1st June
Here are the new resources from Sheffield Music for you to have a go at so that you can get singing and connect with music at home. You can click here to upload any photos or videos of you taking part in any of the activities - we'd love to hear from you!

 

KS2 Song of the Week 


This weeks' song comes from Music Vocal Leader Caroline Hallam. Caroline uses exciting warm ups, gets your brain working with ‘Alive Alert Awake’ and finishes with the uplifting piece 'I'm Gunna Shine'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahI58PZox-0

 

Challenge of the Week - Suitable for any age! 
Laura Steelyard is back with her challenge and this week it's Body Percussion! Create your own body percussion using a really simple step-by-step method. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG6cI-MCDqI

Science fun time!

Before half term, we were looking at materials that can be insulators. We are going to move on to looking at solids and liquids. This week it’s Annie that has a problem and it’s one of boredom. Watch the video below to see what the issue is.

Bitty drinks!

So we are going to try and create some different ‘drinks’ using solids from the kitchen cupboards to see if we can find any that don’t leave ‘bits’. OK, I’m not really sure we would want to drink them all but it was the best link in I could make! Watch the video on the bitesize link below to put this into scientific terms. You could try the two activities on this page after you have completed the experiment.

Have a chat with someone at home about how you could set up an investigation:

You could note down your ideas – maybe try using a plan similar to the one I have provided. Try to make a prediction about which solids will dissolve before you start. I’ve also given you some key scientific vocabulary that you will need in this topic.

 

Now have a watch of my video below so I can explain how I set up my investigation to be a fair test.

Dissolving investigation

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Have a go at carrying out your own investigation. Remember, you can use different solids depending on what you have at home. Record your results in a table similar to the one I have provided.

Can you recommend what sort of solids I could use to make a sediment-free drink based on your findings? One again, you could either write up just part of your investigation or write it up in a full report using the headings we have used in class:

Equipment

Method

Dependent Variable (One I will observe/ measure)

Independent variable (One I will change)

Control variables (to make the test fair)

Prediction

Results

Conclusion (my recommendation)

Alternatively, why not try making a short video presenting your findings? Whatever you chose, please share your work using the google form link provided below and then I can share any work sent in on the blog.

Dissolving Google Form

 

And here is a bit of fun for you to try at home. Is it a solid or a liquid? The explanation is on the PDF I have attached underneath the video.

 

Cornflour fun!

Oral story teling is a great way to boost your vocabulary and your imagination! This video is my daughter role playing and telling me a bedtime story using the pictures from one of her favourite books. Can you tell someone in your family a story this week? You can use the book that Eva is reading from (posted underneath), one of your own favourites, or you could make one up!

Tell a younger sibling, a parent or someone distanced from you over the internet. Stories can be a great way to stay in touch and feel close to people.

 

If you want to share your story, use this google form:

https://forms.gle/ZpyQVDMwhVq37mGeA

Wonderbear

Can you retell your favourite story?

Ever wondered how to make a lava lamp? Evie has - and here are the results of her investigation. She used resources that can be found in many kitchens. There's also a link to a YouTube video that shows you how to have a go yourself.

How To Make a Simple Lava Lamp At Home

Full Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLALQuK1NDrhmmfheHCLy-OkztpzrXuNt - - Want to try this project at home? Food Color: http://amzn.to/1JVA...

Inspired by the Tour de France 'land art', Evie F has had a go at producing a bicycle made entirely from found natural materials - it looks fantastic! Well done, Evie and thanks for sharing.

Apologies but I forgot to include a google form for any feedback from your creative tasks on The Tour de France. Please do use this one to send in any work that you have done and to tell me what you enjoyed from the creative tasks this week.

https://forms.gle/F3ABpnU7Ze4o1PU78

 

 

Music at Home 2

Here are this week’s resources from Sheffield Music Hub so that you can get singing and connect with music at home. You can click here to upload any photos or videos of you taking part in any of the activities - we'd love to hear from you!

 

Song of the Week

This video includes a fun warm up and step by step learning of the song 'Sing Together'. 

To learn and sing the full version click here.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h9IjljHPhY&feature=youtu.be#t=

 

Challenge of the Week
This week it is about composing lyrics. This explains your challenge of creating your own words for songs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU8wDiKTMes&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Signposts
Click here for lots of ideas on enjoying music at home. You can sing along with lots of well-known songs and have the chance to learn some new ones. There are also lots of ideas for musical activities at home for you to enjoy with your family.

I'm in school today and have been doing some painting with the children that are here so I thought I'd have a go at painting a landscape from the Tour De France. Can you tell which picture I used for inspiration?

I also had a go at the landscape around me and did a landscape painting of the Walkley playground, with the city of Sheffield stretching far out to the horizon. There are some spectatcular views all over Sheffield! I used oil pastel for objects that needed detail and a watercolour wash for the sky and playground. I like the effect, it's a bit abstract and a bit detailed. I'm looking forward to seeing any art work that you guys produce!

Here are this week's creative tasks, which all relate to the Tour de France, one of France's most famous and popular sporting events. Have a go at as many as you like...

Task 1

 

The Tour de France has four winners jerseys. These are; yellow for the overall winner; green for the fastest sprinter; polka dot for the best climber and white for the best young rider. Personally, I think the jerseys are a bit dull and could do with a revamp.

Can you design a better jersey? Choose one of the categories and redesign the jersey but try to represent the category that it represents.

Here are a couple of examples of jerseys that have more exciting designs for the β€˜best climber’ category.

Task 2

 

The Tour de France takes in some of the most spectacular scenery in France. The riders ride through the Alps, the largest mountain range in Europe as well as beautiful countryside and scenic villages.

Can you use the pictures provided or do a Google search for ‘Tour de France landscape’ and choose an image that you like and then paint a landscape painting, based on the image. 

 

Alternatively, go outside and paint a picture of the landscape that you can see. Who says that Sheffield isn’t as epic as the Alps?!?

Task 3

 

Spectators of the Tour de France often create large scale bicycles, which the helicopters film from a bird's eye perspective (taken from above).

Can you make a bicycle out of natural materials in your garden, or out of toys in your bedroom, or any other creative ideas you have, and take a picture from a bird’s eye point of view?

Task 4

 

Have a go at this game, in which you collaboratively draw a bike with the other players. Follow the instructions and have fun with your family! You can learn the words for the parts of a bike in French, too.

Fabulous science work from KB here! I'm pleased to see you have had a go at the investigation, recorded your results well and made a great recommendation.

Butterflies - the last episode!

It's great to have more science feedback today on the temperature investigations. I'm glad you're enjoying them XS and. yes. I agree RB - it is a bit tricky without a thermometer to distinguish between the temperatures. 

 

Music at Home!

Here are a selection of brand new resources prepared for you by the Sheffield Music Hub that we'd like to share so that you can get singing and connect with music at home! You can click here to upload any photos or videos of you taking part in any of the tasks - we'd love to hear from you!

 

Song of the Week

Click on the video to follow a fun warm up, similar to how we start our Thursday Sing Assemblies, to get you ready to sing.  Pete then teaches a section of a song called  'I have a Song to Sing' that you can join in with.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gtG-ZtKcAU&feature=youtu.be

 

If you'd like to sing along with the full version of 'I have a Song to Sing' it's available here.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpdQrp2is4A

 

 

Challenge of the Week - Mood Music
Do you remember the trip we went on to watch the amazing Halle Orchestra Concert at the City Hall? This challenge links to the theme of that concert - how music is linked to our mood and feelings.  For this, you will need some way of listening to music e.g. Spotify, YouTube, CD etc.  Your challenge is to find music that make you feel something.  Watch this video from Laura to find out more.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jihPJBvObdo&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Body Percussion

This video from Beat Goes On teaches how you can use your body to make rhythms and beats by using some really simple call and response techniques. Everyone in the house can do it! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4mZhv9HS-g


Signposts

  • There's a FREE online Music Festival presented by Music in the Round  taking place this Friday and Saturday (15th and 16th May).  Each day is filled with performances and talks and there are 2 amazing family events for you to take part in at home. Click here for more information.

  • Concerteenies - Hosted by Polly Ives featuring Ensemble 360's violinist BENJAMIN NABARRO and cellist GEMMA ROSEFIELD - approx 25 minutes on Friday 15 May at 11am. 

Sir Scallywag and the Battle of Stinky Bottom - A recording from last year's production of this amazing show with a live commentary and chat with Polly Ives will be shown on Saturday 16 May at 11am.You can watch these events via the Music in the Round YouTube page here.

Another fab video from XS and Rexie the cat - very cute! XS tried paper, foil, plastic bag and tissue and found paper to be the best sound insulator.

Still image for this video

Love the video AG! Well I hope the ear defenders help drown out your mum's music - I can see why you want to! It sounds like you carried out a very fair test.

Still image for this video

Butterflies! - An exciting update from Mrs. Goff!

Great to see AG enjoying her science - you've made my day, I wasn't sure anyone had given it a go! Also XS enjoying producing some lovely art work.

INVESTIGATION TIME AGAIN!

Last week, we looked at thermal insulators and conductors. Thanks to all of you that helped me out – I know now which material of up is best to keep my drink hot and how to keep my ice cubes from melting longer. This week however, there’s another problem that we are experiencing as a family – I hope you can help me again. Watch the video below to find out what it is.

 

 

Too much noise!

I’ve had an idea about how I can solve my problem – I need a pair of these ear defenders:

But Amazon have run out. Not a problem – I’ve decided to make some for myself! I’ve made a start but I need your help to see what type of material would be best to block out the most noise – or, in scientific terms, which material is the best sound insulator.

Have a chat with someone at home about how you could set up an investigation:

You could note down your ideas – maybe try using a plan similar to the one I have provided. Try to make a prediction about which material will be the best before you start.

 

My plan

Now have a watch of my video below so I can explain how I set up my investigation. I’m trying to keep this as fair a test as I can, however, can you think of any flaws in my investigation? I did try using a decibel (the unit measure of sound) meter, but it was tricky to use and not very reliable.

Sound insulation investigation

Have a go at carrying out your own investigation. Remember, you can use different material depending on what you have at home. Record your results in a table similar to the one I have provided.

Can you recommend what sort of materials I should use based on your findings? One again, you could either write up just part of your investigation or write it up in a full report using the headings we have used in class:

Equipment

Method

Dependent Variable (One I will observe/ measure)

Independent variable (One I will change)

Control variables (to make the test fair)

Prediction

Results

Conclusion (my recommendation)

Alternatively, why not try making a short video presenting your findings? Whatever you chose, please share your work using the google form link provided below and then I can share any work sent in on the blog.

Sound Google Form

 

And finally, here is our solution to the problem!

The perfect solution!

Silhouette art

Miss Travis and her daughter Nina have been developing their art skills during lockdown. Below is a time lapse video of Nina creating a silhouette sunset scene. I know this is something that you would enjoy. You could either paint a similar scene, or, in keeping with our creative curriculum topic, maybe your scene could feature a French landmark at sunset! Please share any of the art work you produce using the google form below.

Art Google Form

Silhouette Sunset

Great science and creative work from XS!

Another amazing piece of art work from Robbie!

SCIENCE INVESTIGATION TIME!

Our new topic in science is all about materials in ‘Could you be the next CSI investigator?’. I have my fingers firmly crossed that we will get chance to do some of the more resource heavy investigations back in school during the summer term but time will tell. In the meantime, I thought I’d set you an investigation that you can have a go with at home. It involves the properties of different materials and you helping me solve some problems I’m having at the moment. Watch the video below to see what problems I’m experiencing!

Too hot too cold

I want your help year 5s.

  • What is the best way to keep my drink warm the longest in the cold weather?
  • How can I keep my ice cubes from melting too quickly in the hot weather?

Have a chat with someone at home about how you could set up an investigation:

  •  to see what type of material would keep my drink warmer for the longest time.
  • To see what materials you could use to keep my ice cubes solid for the longest time.

You could note down your ideas – maybe try using a plan for each experiment similar to the one I have provided.

 

Now watch the two videos to see how I set up my investigations. Could you try and carry out this investigation at home? Choose one if you don’t want to do both. If you don’t have a thermometer that’s fine – just use your observational skills. Also, you may have different materials at home – that’s fine too, it will make the class findings more interesting.

Hot drink investigation

Ice Cube Investigation

Record your results in a table, either noting measurements or observations. It could be similar to the one I have provided.

Can you recommend what sort of materials I should use based on your findings? The sort of materials that keep the keep the contents at a more constant temperature are known as thermal insulators. Those that allow the contents to change temperature are thermal conductors. It would be great to see some of your work. You could either write up just part of your investigation or write it up in a full report using the headings we have used in class:

Equipment

Method

Dependent Variable (One I will observe/ measure)

Independent variable (One I will change)

Control variables (to make the test fair)

Prediction

Results

Conclusion (my recommendation)

Alternatively, why not try making a short video presenting your findings? Whatever you chose, please share your work using the google form link provided below. Happy investigating!

Google form - science

 

VE Day Celebrations

As it is VE day on the 8th of May and it’s the 25 year anniversary this year (the reason for an early May Day Bank holiday) I thought it would be good to link some tasks to this celebration. Your guided reading this week is about VE day so you can find out more about it by reading the text and watching the short video clip both found on the literacy page.

For your creative task, I thought you could hold a VE celebration in your home! Maybe have a go at making a Wartime Recipe – I have attached a recipe book below and there sure are some interesting recipes! I’d love to see what you can create! Throughout World War 2, rationing and low food supplies meant that people had to be able to cook with the ingredients they had available so some of the recipes are a little different to what we might make now as they could only use what they could get in their rations. I have also provided a document which shows typical rations for a family. Makes us thankful for what we have now – I know some things are hard to get hold of (like flour!) but nothing like it was in war times. I want to see who makes the spam hash!

I’ve also attached some bunting you could colour and use to decorate your home (I’m sure you can draw some out if you don’t have a printer) and a YouTube video of wartime music to set the scene.

I can’t wait to see photos of any celebrations you have at home – please upload any photos on the Google feedback form below.

Google form

Update number 4 on Mrs. Goff's caterpillars! I've learned something new too - the difference between a cocoon and a chrysalis - have a read!

Ethan's model of the Eiffel Tower made from kebab skewers and play doh!

Beautifully presented science work by EW - well done!

Calling all young artists! It’s competition time!

Please click on this link to find out about the Bourlet Young Masters Art Prize in support of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust.

You need to act fast though – the deadline for submissions in this Friday 1st May. To enter, you need to ask a grown up to post a photo of your artwork on Instagram (see the website for more details).  You could create your artwork this week or post something you have already created. There are no restrictions on the subject and the image can be painted, drawn or scribbled using any kind of media. Use your imagination!

If you would like some inspiration you can look on the bitesize website.

If you enter the competition, please spend a minute to fill out this feedback form and share your work with us.
Thank you and good luck!

The landmarks of Paris - Art and DT

 

This week I thought it might be fun to get creative and create a visual representation of some well known Paris landmarks. There will be four tasks to choose from. Try to do at least one art and one DT, or have a go at all four. 

 

To get you started, watch this short video about some of the landmarks of Paris:

DT first:

 

Task 1: Junk Modelling - 

 

Use any recycling you have in the house to create a model of a famous french landmark. You could choose to make the glass pyramid of the louve using straws to create a 3D, squarebased, pyramid and then cover it in cling film to represent the glass. 

 

Here are some images I found of some famous London landmarks. Do you know what they are? 

I've recently been doing a bit of junk modelling myself, although not of landmarks. My children have definitely enjoyed the results though! 

Task 2: Spaghetti Modelling

 

This one can be lots of fun, if you have patience! See if you can make the Eiffel Tower out of Spaghetti and marsh mellows! We tried this at home and it was sticky but we got really competitive about who could build the tallest tower! It really gets the problem solving part of your brain ticking! 

Spaghetti Eiffel Tower

Onto art: 

 

Task 3: observational drawing

 

Paris is very famous for its art and is home to countless street artists who draw beautiful sketches of the city. Sketch one of the landmarks of Paris. Make sure that you use what we have learned about perspective in your drawing. you can sketch in black and white or use some colour. 

The landmarks of Paris

Task 4: Pointilism 

 

The technique of pointilism was created by French artist George Seurat. Watch the short video to learn the technique and then have a go using the technique to represent one of the landmarks you read about in guided reading. 

Pointillist paintings by George Seurat

An update on Mr.s Goff's caterpillars - I can't believe how quickly they are changing!

Evie has continued to be creative, producing this acrostic poem about the new time capsule. If you're feeling inspired, why not have a go yourself. Think about words that could inspire you - 'sunshine', 'home', 'family', etc. When you're done, send it in and we will share it!

Evie has been really busy using Scratch to create games. Here are some images of the coding she has created. Looks like a fun game!

Life Cycles

As you will see further down this page, Mrs. Goff is rearing some butterflies at home. This made me think of an activity related to our science topic. I was wondering if you could create something to teach younger children about the life cycle of an animal in particular an animal which changes during its life cycle (metamorphosis) such as a butterfly or frog. This might be in the form of a poster (you could use a life cycle diagram such as the outline I've posted below), a comic strip or a short story - my daughter has a story book like this called 'Tales With Big Endings' of 'The Hungry Caterpillar' is also an example. 

I've provided a link below to a fabulous website that gives lots of information about different animals which you can use for research.

I can't wait to see your creative work! Remember you can share your work using the enquiries email address.

Life cycle diagram

Some fantastic science work produced by TS -thank you so much for sharing!

A science update from Mrs Goff to tie in with our life cycles work

Bonjour, Skywalkers! Easter is still a recent memory - you may even have some chocolate left? I've certainly saved a bit! As we begin our virtual journey around France and the French-influenced world, I thought it would be good to discover how the French celebrate Easter. Take a look at this web page; www.euroclub-schools.org and follow the instructions on the attached quiz sheet. Look out for those flying bells!

Science - Jane Goodall

 

We had one session left in our science unit 'Does all life start as an egg?' and it's one that you can easily access at home as it involves researching and presenting your findings.

 

The job of a natural scientist is a really important one as they shape our knowledge and understanding of plants and animals. Animal behaviourists spend their time studying the behaviour of animals. They watch every part of their lives including sleeping, feeding, interactions with others, playing, fighting, shelter finding, learning and reactions to things in their environments. They help us to understand everything about how the animals live and spend their time. 

 

There are lots of animal behaviourists that you may have heard of and even seen some of their programmes (use the link below if you want to watch a programme about animals) such as David Attenborough, Steve Iriwn and Steve Backshall but we wanted to focus on the historic work of Jane Goodall. 

 

TASK: Follow the two web links below which link to videos that will tell you about the life and works of Jane Goodall. There is also a PowerPoint about her work. Make some summary notes from the videos and the PowerPoint. Using these notes you could either:

- Produce an information poster about Jane Goodall and her work -  make it eye catching but include facts

- Produce a written non-chronological report about Jane Goodall and her work. Remember to use sub headings to organise your information. 

 

I think you will be inspired by her work. Please share any work you produce using the enquiries@ email address - I would love to see it!

Have a go at making some hot cross buns!

Here's a video explaining how to follow a recipe and make a batch of hot cross buns ready for Easter. Let me know how you get on!

The recipe...

Making Hot Cross Buns with Mr G

Following a recipe to make hot cross buns

Try some of these active ideas to keep you moving. There are ideas for both indoors and outdoors.

Easter learning log - we wrote this before this week - which task gives this away?!

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