Francesca Monday - Wednesday
Kelly - Thursday - Friday
Teaching Assistants and 1:1 support
Heidi 1:1 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Peacocks Class Home – School Pack
In the event that your child or family needs to self-isolate and your child is not able to attend school, the Peacocks Class staff have put together a pack of resources for you to use at home with your child.
In class we follow a routine of:
Snack & outdoor play
Lunch & outdoor play
If you want to maintain your child’s routine, then you may wish to do something similar at home.
You may want to also use this time to teach your child a like skill such as cooking a special dish, learning how to sew get outside in the garden together, all life skills worth teaching.
Purple Mash – every child has their own log on – it was stuck in their diary a few weeks ago.
Education city – every child has their own log on – it was stuck in their diary a few weeks ago.
You can access age appropriate games for English, Phonics, Maths and Science.
Links to a variety of websites covering different subjects can be found on the Rocklands School website. Follow – Children – Kid’s Zone
Primary Resources - Free lessons plans, activity ideas and resources covering all subjects.
BBC Bitesize has lots of online learning with games to do for each subject and lesson ideas.
Twinkl are offering a month free subscription in light of the current situation affecting education. All you need to do is enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS. Falcon Class suggest that you save any resources that you download onto your own home computer hard drive. Twinkl covers all subjects. There are variety of sequenced lessons plans in different subjects that you can download, which will include the resources needed to support the lessons.
Top Marks has links to online education games for the following subjects; Early Years, English, Geography, History, Maths, Music, R.E and Science.
English, Reading & Phonics
Phonics Play have made it free to access a variety of phonics resources. The user name and password can be found on the link.
You do not need to leave the house to visit the nearest library. Sign up for an online account and download as many e-books as you can read! Just type in Staffordshire library ebooks into Google.
Oxford Owl has free online reading books for your child to read. There are also questions about the book for your child to answer.
At Rocklands School we follow Letter and Sounds to teach phonics. On the website there is a variety of resources and online games that range from phase 1 to phase 6.
Maths Worksheets 4 Kids has lots of free worksheets that you can download and print off.
Math Game Time can make learning more fun and engaging. When children play games, they can apply their math skills to new and unique scenarios while building logic and critical thinking skills. They also get a chance to practice math in a way that is fun and appeals to their interests.
Maths Worksheets 4 Kids also has Science worksheets that can be downloaded and printed off for free.
Mysterscience.com over a range of mini lessons to do which will spark discussions with mini clips and questions.
Little Bins Little Hands. Calling all junior scientists, engineers, explorers, inventors, and the like to dive into our INCREDIBLE list of best ever STEM projects for kids.
Science Kids. Enjoy fun science games for kids while learning more about science and technology. There's a range of free online activities to try with something for everyone whether you're interested in animals, plants, chemistry, biology, physics, space, magnets, electricity, forces, light, sounds, gases or other science related topics. Put yourself to the test by trying to complete as many of the interactive challenges as you can, the games start off easy but will be fully testing your technology skills and understanding of the science behind the game in no time.
Planeta 42 History games to explore and study the past and civilization progress. More than 40 online games to learn history, related to different historical subjects, that may be used for fun, interactive education.
Little Bins Little Hands. LEGO® is one of the most awesome and versatile play materials out there.
Play Geography. It’s so important to know the world we live in. But it’s so huge! There are so many countries, cities, flags, rivers, seas and more than 7 billions of people. There are lots of education games to play to learn about the world that we live in.
National association of teachers of religious education
Down Dog. Anyone who wants to do exercise at home can do so. Down Dog are making all of their apps - Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout - completely free until April 1st.
On YouTube you can find Joe Wicks Body Coach. There are a variety of 5 minute sessions aimed at primary school children.
On YouTube there is CosmicKids. On there you can find lots of different themed yoga videos.
Moovlee Yoga & Meditation
5 – a – day dances
PHSE - There is also a section called Cosmic Kids Zen Den. Here you can find a fun series of videos about mindfulness for children. The presenter Jaime makes mindfulness relevant for kids, helping them develop awareness of their emotions and sharing techniques for self-regulation.
Music - Singing Hands UK
List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions
Below is a link to a list of education companies offering free subscriptions. All you need to do is click the link and follow the instructions on that website to sign-up.
Plan Bee is the hive of ready-to-use primary resources for KS1 and KS2, including time-saving lesson plans and complete schemes of work. On the link you can find free home learning packs which include a range of resources that you can either print or transfer to your tablet so that children can draw/annotate on them. They also include instructions and advice for parents about how to use them.
YouTube – please be aware of the amount of time that your child spends on YouTube. Also please be aware of age restrictions of certain videos that are posted on YouTube.
We in the Peacocks Class hope that you find all of these resources helpful in keeping your child’s education active at home.
The Peacocks Class Team
This week we are travelling to the magical world of the Egyptians! We are flying back to Africa where we will discover the pyramids and ancient Egyptians!
The first people to settle on the banks of the River Nile were hunters and fishermen. They arrived there about 8,000 years ago. What a super long time ago that was! They quickly learned how to grow crops, raise animals, build villages and towns, build boats and navigate the mighty river.
At that time, there was no money, so they used to trade with their neighbors for goods and food. By 3000 B.C the Ancient Egyptian civilization was born. Initially the kingdoms of Upper and Lower Egypt were separate and around 3100 B.C. they came together under a powerful king.
Kings were later called pharaohs. These kings built massive temples, pyramids and other monuments, many of which you can still see today.
We will be doing lots of art work and research!
See Resources below for English, Topic and Maths. Follow White Rose maths.
This week we are following Anansi the spider man across the sea to the Caribbean. We will visit some of the islands there and find out about culture, landscape and animals that live there.
The Caribbean is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to its east and north, the coast of South America to its south, the coast of Central America to its southwest, and by the Gulf of Mexico to its northwest.
The West Indies is the name for the group of the islands of the Bahamas and the Antilles. The Antilles are divided into two groups: the larger Greater Antilles, on the north limit of the Caribbean Sea, and the Lesser Antilles, on the east and south.
Famous islands in the Caribbean include Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Hispaniola. The countries of Dominican Republic, and Haiti are on Hispaniola. There is also a lot of white sandy beaches and hot sun there.
To start the week we will travel to Jamaica and learn about famous sports people from the island including Usain Bolt the fastest man in the world. We will travel by boat to the island of Trinadad and learn about Soca music ( which is soul and calypso ), steel drums, famous carnivals and limbo, which originates there.
See are resources below for English and topic. Follow links for White rose and the worksheets below.
Since Ghana is near the Equator, the climate is very warm and tropical. The eastern coastal belt is warm and comparatively dry. South west corner is hot and humid. The north is hot and dry. Lake Volta (the world’s largest artificial lake) extends through eastern Ghana.
Most Ghanaians have access to primary and secondary education. Ghana has a 6-year primary school system. There are 6 public universities and 10 private universities.
Ghana has many natural resources. The main exports are gold, timber, cocoa, diamonds, and more. Ghana has one of the strongest economies in Africa.
We will explore the stories of Anansi the magic spider man that originate in Ghana and West Africa. Anansi is an Akan folktale character. He often takes the shape of a spider and is sometimes considered to be a god of all knowledge of stories. Taking the role of trickster, he is also one of the most important characters of West African, African American and Caribbean folklore. Spider tales are found extensively throughout West Africa, but the Anansi tales originating from Ghana are among the best-known, as Anansi's name comes from the word in the Akan language for "spider". They later spread to West Indies,
Next we will be travelling to Morocco and the beautiful Atlas mountains and discover the Berbers. We will look at the vibrant bustling city of Marrakesh .
Morocco is located on the African continent. The North African country borders the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Morocco borders three countries: Algeria and Spain via the two Spanish enclaves Ceuta and Melilla as well as Western Sahara.
Morocco is slightly bigger than California/USA or a bit smaller than twice the size of the UK.
The fertile coastal regions are bordered by the high Rif mountains in the North and the Atlas mountains that are separating the western coastal region from the Sahara desert.
This week Peacocks we will be studying Othello written by William Shakespear. This story was set in Turkey!
The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare around 1603. It was first performed on 1 November 1604 at Whitehall Palace in London. More recently, Othello was shown on Masterpiece Theater on PBS.
At the start of the play Othello, a general in the army, promotes Cassio to lieutenant. Iago, his ensign, is angry and jealous, so he plots against Cassio by making him look bad and making Othello uncertain about keeping him as his lieutenant. Some of the things he does are to get him drunk and have a fight with someone else from the army. He also tells Othello that his wife, Desdemona, is cheating on him with Cassio. Cassio is demoted and Iago is promoted to lieutenant. Othello kills Desdemona and is then told by Iago's wife, Emilia, that Iago plotted against him. He goes after Iago, and injures him but does not kill him. He then kills himself next to his wife after telling Emilia to say sorry to Cassio for what he has done.
We will be travelling to Turkey where this play is set. Lets look at the beautiful capital city of Istanbul. We will be looking at religion, architecture, food,traditional Turkish music and instruments as well as art work! We will be look at current issues and discuss prejudice and racism.
See resources below
- Continue to use white rose maths see link below and resources
This week Peacocks we are going to be travelling to the beautiful country of Italy. We are going to e reading and studying William Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET.Romeo and Juliet is a play written by William Shakespeare. It is set in Italy and is about the love between two young people from noble families that are enemies. Romeo and Juliet has always been one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. It has been adapted to opera, ballet, television productions, and movies. We shall start off in Pisa, move on to Monticatini, continue on our travels to Florence and Rome and finish off in Venice. Lets look at Catholicism and the Pope and the Vatican City. The Vatican city boasts some of the most jaw dropping beautiful buildings and artwork in the World!
- Story of Romeo and Juliet - Plots and twists
- Characters/ Descriptions
- Plays and speech
- Retell ( See resources below)
- Leaning tower of Pisa
- Vatican City
- Art work of Leonardo and Raphael.
Continue to follow the White Rose Mathematics and follow the link below.
We hope you had a lovely half term holiday Peacocks and Welcome back. This half term we will be reading the work of William Shakespeare. At the end of our travels we shall end in his birth place which is Stratford. This week we will be travelling across to Greece on our road trip where his play ' A Midsummer's Night Dream' is set. We will be looking at the characters and the interesting plot. As well as this we will be learning about the country Greece and about the ancient civilization of the Minoans.The Minoan civilization was a civilization on Crete. It began in the Bronze Age between 3000 and 2700 BC. It lasted until about 1450 BC. The Minoan civilization is famous for its sea trading and well-planned cities Lets take a look at the Gods and Goddesses they worshipped. What is it like in Greece now? What do people eat? We will look at where the Olympics started and the similarities and differences to today.
- Study A Misummers NIght dream
Fact files on Greece
Powerpoint on Greece and the Ancient Greeks
Research the gods. (See resources below)
In Mathematics we are continuing to follow white rose. Please see Worksheets and links below.
This week were are flying back to England with the BFG and Sophie! We are going to learn about the different giants and dreams! We will discover the Jurassic coast and the famous Mary Anning. We know there are lots of budding Palaeontologists in Peacocks class. So lets learn about the amazing creatures from the past. Lets get researching and look at different types of rocks. Later on in the week we are going to travel to London and look at the royal family. Lets research the history of the monarchy, Henry the eight , Queen Victoria etc. We shall research Joseph Mallord William Turner and create some romantic landscapes! He was know contemporarily as William turner. He was an English Romantic painter, printmaker and water colourist. He is know for his expressive colourisations and imagination landscapes! We shall be listening to the classical music of the amazing composer Edward Elgar. Lets listen to some relaxing music as we learn about our emotions and different strategies to help us cope with our emotions.
-We are reading the BFG so lets use our creative writing and write some character descriptions.
- Reading comprehension
- A letter to the queen.
- Dream ideas
- setting descriptions
- adjectives work
- We shall be looking and following the white rose planning. See worksheets below.
- It is the end of Ramadam for Muslims. We are looking at Eid and how Muslims celebrate. ( see resources below)
This week Peacocks will be travelling with James and the Giant Peach to California,
We shall start off at the famous Yosemite national park. Lets look at the landscape and the animals that live there. Next we will take a flying visit to San Francisco and the golden gate bridge, the trams and Alcatraz! After we shall travel south to Monterey and the famous aquarium ( one of the largest in the world.) Finally we will finish our journey and take a look at Hollywood and take a look at the walk of fame, Chinese theatre and the famous studios.
- Look at different landscapes and animals habitats
- Research the history of California and take a look at the gold rush!
-Research san Francisco - the landscape/ transport/ Golden gate and Alcatraz.
- Study the work of Andy Warhol. Look at the famous Marilyn Monroe art work and create your own.
-Lets take a look inside the Aquarium in Monterey.
- Lets write some stories
- Fact files
-Follow the link to white rose.
This week we will be travelling with 'James and the Giant Peach' to New York in America. If you haven't read this books now is your chance take a look. There is also a film which is great! Step in to the shoes of James and travel on the peach to New York. We will be travelling around America with James over the next two weeks. Take a look at our twitter page too!
In English we will be looking at:
- Comprehension questions
- Letters home
- Diary Entries.
- Take a tour around new York, central park, Brooklyn bridge, Times square, Empire State building, The statue of liberty.
- Can you make a Powerpoint about new York with lots of interesting facts.
- Create a brochure/ poster for a travel company for people who are visiting new York.
- Paint a skyline at night.
- Lets look at the work of Jean Michel Basquit. Can you create your own in a similar style?
-We are going to be listening to the music of George Gershwin. Follow the link below.
- Why not get baking and make a New York cheesecake!
- Peacocks love the Guggenheim museum take a look at the virtual tour and discover the work of Kandinsky and Matisse. Why not look at the American history museum. See links below.
- In R.E we will be looking at the Eid. ( See links below)
We are continuing to follow the white Rose Maths. Remember to keep practising your times tables , doubles and halves of numbers and number bonds to 10 and 20.
Home Learning - Week Commencing 27/04/2020
This week we are going to be looking at the Roald Dahl story ' The Witches '. We are going to be:
- writing character descriptions of witches
- story retell
- comprehension questions.
- Posters about how to recognise a witch.
- Diary entry about what happened when you came across the witches.
- Letter to friend telling them about your adventures.
See planning below.
In maths we are going to continue to follow the white rose planning.
See link below.
In topic we are going to travel to Norway. This is where Roald Dahl's parents are from and also 'THE GRAND HIGH WITCH'
- Discover Norway. What is it like there? What is the capital city? Learn about the lakes and the beautiful NORTHERN LIGHTS!.
- What is the landscape like? What is the style of the houses
- What do people in Norway eat?
- Look into the history - Research the Vikings.
- We will looking at the artwork of Edvard Munch - Create your own art work in the same style.
- Listen to the classical composer Edvard Grieg.
- DT - Can you design and make a bed small enough for a mouse.
- In R.E we will be looking at the 9th month of the Islamic calendar which is Ramadam and what this means for muslims.
Home learning week commencing 20/04/2020.
Welcome back Peacocks. We hope you had a lovely Easter!
This term our topic is called 'Road Trip'. We will be studying different countries, artists and music. We will be looking at different authors such as Roald Dahl and William Shakespeare.
Over the next few weeks we will focus on Roald Dahl and one of our favourite stories ' THE WITCHES'. If you haven't already started reading it then now is your chance! Start reading the first chapters. ( find a copy of the text below.) Next week we will be doing work around this book and also where his parents were from and THE GRAND HIGH WITCH!
- This week in English/ Topic we are going to focus on Roald Dahl's life and where he was from- Wales.
- Write a biography about Roald Dahl- research the author and make a fact file.
- Comprehension questions
- Learn about where he was from ( Wales) . Use the links and worksheets to help you.
- make maps and label them, discover different landmarks in Wales, What is the capital city?
- Study the work of Gwen John. Create your own self portraits or why not paint your family and even pets!
- Listen to the music of Ken Jenkins and Catrin Finch. ( look at the powerpoints) , Create your own music and look at timbre, rhythm pitch. You could even make your own musical instrument! - find powerpoints on twinkl.
- Look at the famous Eisteddfod music festival that takes place in Wales in July. See powerpoint below.
This week in maths follow the links to white rose. See word document below for links.
In maths this week we shall be looking at angels ( year 6), and adding decimals ( year 5.) As well as fractions in year 3,2.
Please choose the appropriate year for your child.
We are looking forward to seeing all your hard work Peacocks!
The Peacocks team would like to say well done to everyone these last two weeks. You have all worked so hard. Everyone deserves a break - children, parents and school staff as well .Therefore lesson ideas and activities will be taking a break but will start again on the 20th April - Happy Easter everyone!.
Check out our twitter page. Here you will find out what we have been up to each week!
Spring Term 2019