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Tuesday 23rd February


Make a gentle start to the day and have a go with our new yoga sequence (see yesterday), enjoy using mindful breathing and then repeat today's affirmation three times - 

I am a good problem solver.

In maths today you will be problem solving as part of the shape puzzle.  You problem solve lots of times a day - undoing tricky knots on our laces, working out if you have time to play a game on your tablet before tea, working out if it safe to go fast down the stairs. Lots and lots of thinking.  So today, if something isn't easy and you don't know how to do it - say to yourself I am a good problem solver and believe in yourself.  Because you are great!



Handwriting - This week we will be having three daily handwriting lessons, focusing on the a join.  Some of the joins you have learned before, so we are recapping them.  As usual, we will be practising two letter joins, a word that has that join in and a sentence using those joins.  A copy of the joins we are doing can be found below.  If you want an extra challenge, find more words containing the joins and have a go at writing them out careful.  Join the lesson by watching Mrs Graham's Handwriting video.

Main Lesson - Thinking about the features that we sorted yesterday, we will now focus on just non-fiction - a text all about The Lowry.  (You can listen to the BBC short video about The Lowry here). In Mrs Graham's video you will recap the features of non fiction books and texts and then use this knowledge to label The Lowry text - you could write a key - red means sub titles, or write 'sub titles' and draw a line to one as Mrs Graham did in the video. OR if you are not able to print off the text, write one example of each - Sub Heading - L S Lowry.  Caption - Lowry's hat.  



Begin today's lesson by playing the following shape puzzle game

Then play Miss Balfe's video where she will explain how the two worksheets attached can be completed. The first worksheet is on sides of 2D shapes and the second worksheet is on vertices of 2D shapes following on from our learning in yesterday's maths lesson. Use Miss Balfe's video to go through the answers and if there are any questions you are struggling to answer independently, use the video to work them out together as Miss Balfe discusses each question and answer. 



Today, we are going to look at the 5 colours which L.S Lowry used in all of his paintings. I wonder why he only ever used 5 colours? Now this is strange, Mrs Hodgson can see more than 5 colours in his paintings… so can you help me to understand why he only ever used 5?

Watch Mrs Hodgson’s video to discover why he only ever used 5 colours and which 5 colours he used. Mrs Hodgson will explain your activity and model mixing some paints. Your activity today is to paint (or draw) a seascape in the style of L.S Lowry using those 5 colours to create the perfect shade of colour for your picture.



15 minute, short activity.
This half term for Design and Technology our focus is on sliders. We are going to practise making a simple slider today. This will be part of an afternoon’s project later this half term.


Watch the video on Oak Academy to talk about key words for mechanisms and what a mechanism is. The video will also talk you through step by step, how to make a simple slider. You won’t need any split pins, as it suggests, for this activity as they are used to create a different mechanism which we are not focussing on. Watch the video from the beginning up to 15 minutes and 15 seconds where they finish the simple slider.


You can decorate your slider afterwards if you wish but is not necessary as this is just a little practise although if you want to decorate then please feel free. There are some templates below or you can add anything you like to the end of your slider stick to make it look like that object/person is moving side to side.


This is just a quick practise for when we make a more complicated slider in a few weeks’ time.

(You can carry on the video to make the simple lever if you wish to and if you have some split pins at home, but this is not essential.)