Robin Home Learning: 16.7.20

Good morning Robins. I hope you enjoyed your home learning yesterday, practising how to describe a story setting, in preparation for writing an amazing story today!

Your ‘White Rose Maths’ lessons continue with more work on time and today you will be comparing durations of time.  (See separate blog.)

Today, your BBC Bitesize English lesson will prepare you to plan and write that amazing story. First, watch a video to find out what an author does and the importance of planning a story before writing it. Afterwards, watch a further video with Frank planning his spooky story. For the first activity, test your knowledge of what authors do by answering four questions in a short quiz. You will then move on to creating a story plan by using a grid to collect the information. Before creating your grid, decide on the type of story that you wish to write, for example, fairy or adventure story. Use the headings: Story, Characters, Story Setting, What Will Happen In Your Story and How Will The Story End. Make sure that there are three characters in your story. Once you have a plan, you are ready to write. However, to give you a little more guidance, watch a short video, which contains some advice from real authors. Now it is time to get started, but take note of the following tips:
Your story should be interesting;
Make sure you use sentence punctuation;
The sentences should make sense:
Use describing words to make your writing more interesting;
Include some joining words, such as and, if and because.
Make sure you have some breaks while you are writing and, once finished, share your story with your family and friends.

Your third lesson is about Dance and you will be focusing on ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet and snowflake symmetry. The aim is to create a dance inspired by the symmetry of the dancing snowflakes in this ballet. Remember, a symmetrical shape is one which is the same on both sides. There are two films, which first explore the magical tricks in ‘The Nutcracker’, such as the growing Christmas tree, and then The Royal Ballet transform into magical snowflakes, whilst dancing the Waltz of the Snowflakes. Both films are interesting, especially seeing behind the scenes in the first video. While watching the second film, select four of the movements, or shapes, which you particularly like. For the activities, you will need a clear empty space. Lots of movements in dance are symmetrical, so begin by creating four magical symmetrical snowflake shapes. Afterwards, create an asymmetrical snowflake shape, which is not the same on both sides. Create a spiral movement that magically transforms you into an asymmetrical snowflake shape. Finally, there is a further video to watch, showing a new dancer who is about to dance The Nutcracker.

Here is the link to the BBC Bitesize lessons.

The first two lessons will keep you quite busy today – Maths and writing your amazing story, so today’s extra activities are both practical.

Here are the art activities to make a handprint mermaid or a CD fish!

I hope you have a lovely day and I look forward to reading your amazing stories.