Juniper (Y6 am - Y5 & Y6 pm)

!!!ST JOHN'S RECORD BREAKER!!!
A record has been set for the longest ever daisy chain made here, at St John's!!!
(We may have forgotten to actually measure it but it took 30 seconds to film it from beginning to end!)
Welcome to Juniper Class
 
Class Teacher: Mrs Walker
Ably assisted by the wonderful Teaching Assistant: Mrs Lewis
 
Don't forget to send us photos and a short email about your home learning every Friday to put on our class page. Email them to:
 
 
juniper@st-johns-warminster.wilts.sch.uk
 
 

Home Learning Update!

 

Summer – Term 5 – Week 5 (18.05.20)

I hope you all had a good week last week. At least the sun did make a few appearances and the temperature started to rise a little. Long may this continue. As always, thank you to all of you who have emailed me to tell me about what you have been doing and the many photos of work, and other practical activities, that you have sent. Keep up the great work everyone! I will continue to update the website with your photos as I receive them.

Keep smiling Juniper Class, look after yourselves and be good to your family members!

 

Work for Week 5, Term 5 (18.05.20)

I have completed the timetable of activities for this week which you will find below. Again, I have linked some of the writing activities to one of the Roald Dahl books that we have read together at school this year. I hope you enjoy them. Make sure you have a go at all the activities and do what you can. For maths, please continue to follow the White Rose website lessons. You will notice that, from this week, the website link only provides access to the videos. I have saved the accompanying question and answer sheets in the usual way on our St. John’s website. Watch the video and then have a go at these questions. Remember, just have a go and try your best. You can always email me with any questions and I will do what I can to help you:

 

juniper@st-johns-warminster.wilts.sch.uk

 

History Topic Year 5 & Year 6

This term, Year 5 & Year 6 would have been working on the unit ‘Twentieth Century Conflict’. This unit includes learning about WWII. This week’s work is all about rationing. Mrs Wilson has kindly taken some photographs of the ration books used by members of her own family during the war. There are also photographs of some of their other wartime documents. Please follow the Powerpoint lesson presentation to guide you through the activities. Again, some of the activities ask you to talk to a partner. You could talk to someone at home or, if not, just think in your own head about the questions. Feel free to do any additional research of your own. Perhaps you could try one of the wartime recipes? I would love to hear about, or see any photos of, your fabulous work.

If you are looking for additional learning opportunities, the BBC Bitesize website offers a wide variety of online lessons. 
Home-Working Photos!
 
Thank you for sharing all of your hard work. Such fabulous photos. Well done everyone! 
 
 
 

Home Learning Update!

Summer – Term 5 – Week 4 (11.05.20)

Well, it feels very strange this week…we would have been doing our KS2 SATs at school! No doubt some of you might be breathing a sigh of relief whereas others might be disappointed not to be able to show off all of the skills that you have developed over the course of the year. No matter how we all might be feeling, it is a historic milestone. 2020 – the year without KS2 SATs. Again, thank you to all of you who have emailed me to tell me about what you have been doing and the many photos of work, and other practical activities, that you have sent. Keep up the great work everyone! I will continue to update the website with your photos as I receive them. It was wonderful to celebrate VE Day on Friday. As well as being my IT assistant, Mr Walker has also been doing some baking. Last week, he made some scones which we were able to enjoy for a VE Day afternoon tea sat outside in the garden. Did you celebrate VE Day?

I continue to feel quite lonely not seeing you all in Juniper Class but your photos and updates always brighten my day! I am continually looking forward to the day when we can return to school. Until then, keep smiling, look after yourselves and be good to your family members!

 

Work for Week 3, Term 5 (11.05.20)

I have completed the timetable of activities for this week which you will find below. For those who were able to take time out to enjoy the VE Day Bank Holiday, I have made sure that there is still an opportunity for you to write your own story based on ‘The Door’ unit. I have tried to link some of the writing activities to a couple of the Roald Dahl books that we have read together at school this year. I hope you enjoy them. Make sure you have a go at all the activities and do what you can. For maths, please continue to follow the White Rose website lessons. You will notice that, from this week, the website link only provides access to the videos. I have saved the accompanying question and answer sheets in the usual way on our St. John’s website. Watch the video and then have a go at these questions. Remember, just have a go and try your best. You can always email me with any questions and I will do what I can to help you:

 

juniper@st-johns-warminster.wilts.sch.uk

 

History Topic (11.05.20)

This term, Year 5 & Year 6 would have been working on the unit ‘Twentieth Century Conflict’. This unit includes learning about WWII. This week’s work is all about evacuees. Please follow the Powerpoint lesson presentation to guide you through the activities. Some of the activities ask you to talk to a partner. You could talk to someone at home or, if not, just think in your own head about the questions. Feel free to do any additional research of your own. Perhaps you could make a model of an evacuees suitcase or a model of a farm that an evacuee might have been sent to? I would love to hear about, or see any photos of, your fabulous work.

Home Learning Update!

 

Summer – Term 5 – Week 3 (04.05.20)

I hope you all had a good week last week. Sadly, the weather has been rather wet and miserable but I believe, from the forecasts that I have seen, that this next week is set to be drier with a re-appearance of the sun. Hooray! Thank you to all of you who have emailed me to tell me about what you have been doing and the many photos of work that you have sent. It is great to hear about, and see pictures of, so many of you also developing your practical skills such as baking, DIY, gardening and looking after wildlife. You really have been continuing to do a super job. Well done! Make sure you have a look at all of your fabulous photos below. I update them daily. I can’t wait to hear more about how you are getting on this week.

 

I am continuing to become more confident with updating the Juniper Class page. No ‘saving’ issues last week so my computer skills must be improving. I was even able to give some IT assistance to Mrs Wilson. (Yes, you did read that correctly…I was doing the assisting!) I was able to help her with a spreadsheet.

 

Well, Captain Tom Moore (now an honorary colonel) turned 100 during last week. His fund-raising has now reached the £30 million mark. Simply incredible! It was lovely to share his birthday celebrations on BBC Breakfast watching a fly-past by a Spitfire and a Hurricane. They did three circuits of his house. I was staggered by the site of the 140,000 birthday cards that he had been sent all on display and filling his local school’s hall.

 

It is still very lonely not seeing you all every day and I am continually looking forward to the day when we can return to school. Until then, keep smiling, look after yourselves and be good to your family members!

 

Work for Week 3, Term 5 (04.05.20)

I have completed the timetable of activities for this week which you will find below. The reading, writing and SPAG activities are not linked again this week. For the writing activity, you should continue to use the booklet that was emailed to you last week by Mrs Irvine. This week, you will be completing activities 6 – 10 this week as detailed in the timetable. The booklet contains a Sound Cloud link to an extract reading for Activity 6 (Monday). I have tested it and it worked for me so you should be able follow it. Parents: This link is to Sound Cloud so you may wish to supervise this link. Make sure you have a go at all the activities and do what you can. For maths, please continue to follow the White Rose website lessons. Watch the video and then have a go at the accompanying questions. You will see that they follow the format that we use in class. Remember, just have a go and try your best. You can always email me with any questions and I will do what I can to help you.

 

 

History Topic

 

This term, Year 5 & Year 6 would have been working on the unit ‘Twentieth Century Conflict’. This unit includes learning about WWII. As the nation will be celebrating VE Day on Friday of this week, I have taken this as our theme for this week. Hopefully, you will have some fun having a go at some of these activities:

 

  • VE Day Diary activity. I have also added a word mat as a prompt for the related vocabulary to help with this.

  • VE Day wordsearch.

  • VE Day teacup design.

  • VE Day medal design

     

    Feel free to do any additional research of your own. Perhaps you could make your own bunting to decorate your house or try out a WWII recipe for a VE Day tea party. I would love to hear about, or see any photos of, your fabulous work.

Home Learning Update!

 

Summer – Term 5 – Week 2 (27.04.20)

I hope you all had a good week last week. We are still so lucky to have had such dry, sunny weather. I hope you have all been able to enjoy it in your gardens. Thank you, again, to those children who have emailed and sent me photos of their work. You really have been doing a super job. Well done! I can’t wait to hear more about how you are getting on this week.

 

I am becoming more confident with updating the Juniper Class page. However, I must always remember to double check that I have actually clicked the ‘save changes’ button whenever I add anything to the website because, if I don’t, I then end up have to do everything again. (Thankfully, this has only happened once so far!) Keep your fingers crossed for me!

 

I am still captivated by the heart-warming story of the 99-year-old army veteran, Captain Tom Moore. He is still walking laps of his garden and has now raised over £27 million. He has also topped the charts this week with his charity single, You’ll Never Walk Alone, in which he sings along with star of stage and screen Michael Ball. Fancy topping the pop charts at the age of 100! (It is his 100th birthday this week - Thursday 30th April.) He has also broken the record for being the oldest person to have a number one song – beating the previous record held by Sir Tom Jones! Amazing!  

 

I hope you are enjoying the new book – The Nowhere Emporium. As I only had Stick Dog at home with me, I have been able to access ebooks from Wiltshire Libraries. If you are a member of the Warminster Library, this service is available FREE for all members. Just ask your parents to visit the Wiltshire Libraries website for more details. It is perfect for carrying on with your reading if you have run out of books at home.

 

It is very lonely not seeing you all every day and I am continually looking forward to the day when we can return to school. Until then, keep smiling, look after yourselves and be good to your family members!

 

Work for Week 2, Term 5 (27.04.20)

I have completed the timetable of activities for this week which you will find below. The reading, writing and SPAG activities are not linked this week. For the writing activity, you should receive an email from Mrs Irvine which will contain the activity booklet that will cover this 2 week unit. It has 10 activities in it but please complete activities 1 – 5 only this week as detailed in the timetable. The booklet contains links to readings of a poem for Activity 5 (Friday). I have tested them and they worked for me so you should be able follow them. Parents: One of the links is to a Youtube site so I would advise you to supervise this link. Make sure you have a go at all the activities and do what you can. For maths, please follow the White Rose website lessons. Monday and Tuesday start with the ‘Flashback 4’ questions. They are included in the daily videos. Watch the video and then have a go at the accompanying questions. You will see that they follow the format that we use in class. The lessons for Wednesday and Thursday go straight into the problem solving activities. Remember, just have a go and try your best. You can always email me with any questions and I will do what I can to help you.

 

History Topic for Year 5 & Year 6

This term, Year 5 & Year 6 would have been working on the unit ‘Twentieth Century Conflict’. This unit includes learning about WWII. The activities for this week are detailed below.

Read through the Lesson Powerpoint Presentation – The Outbreak of War. As you progress through the slides, you will see the activities. On slide 4, you are asked to think about what you already know about WWII and what you would like to find out about. You can record your ideas on the attached document - World War II KWL Grid. On slide 5 of the powerpoint, there is an audio link. If you highlight it and then click on it, it should take you to the BBC link that contains the speech. On slide 7, you will find the written activity. Read the Early World War II Information Sheet and then complete the Early World War II Events Timeline There are 3 ability levels – 1 star (easy), 2 stars (medium), 3 stars (challenge). Choose the one that is right for you. Slide 8 asks you to colour in the attached document – Colouring Map World War II – A4 – to show the Allies. Feel free to do any additional research of your own. I would love to hear about or see any photos of your fabulous work.

 
New Book!
 
Our next book is called The Nowhere Emporium written by Ross Mackenzie.
 
Blurb: When the mysterious Nowhere Emporium arrives in Glasgow, orphan Daniel Holmes stumbles upon it quite by accident. Before long, the 'shop from nowhere' - and its owner, Mr Silver - draw Daniel into a breathtaking world of magic and enchantment...
 
 
Topic Work Update!
 
For those of you who are looking for a little bit more topic work to keep yourselves busy, I have added below some documents about Brazilian carnival. There is an information document and also some Samba music files - the sound of Brazilian carnival (from Twinkl). You could do some of your own research on Brazilian carnivals or design your own carnival float, costume or mask.
 
DANCE CHALLENGE! Could you make up some of your own steps or moves that would go to the Samba rhythms? 

Home Learning Update!

 

Hello again everyone and welcome back to the Summer Term! I hope you all managed to have an enjoyable Easter with at least a few chocolate eggs to munch on. We certainly were very lucky with all of the warm, sunny weather that we have had over the last couple of weeks. I hope you managed to get out into your gardens to enjoy it or perhaps out on a walk or bike ride for your daily exercise. It made it slightly easier to pretend that I was on board the cruise ship that I was meant to be on albeit sitting out on the patio wasn’t quite the same! Well done to those children who had a go at the Easter competition. I saw some lovely entries.

 

I am now in charge of uploading my own updates, weekly timetables and story chapters onto the St. John’s website. So, if you are reading this, you will know that I have managed to do this successfully! My mum’s computer skills are now coming on a treat too. I no longer need to phone her prior to our Skype calls – she is able to answer them all by herself now. She is really quick at answering too.

 

I am sure some of you will have been watching the news during the Easter holidays. I have been captivated by the heart-warming story of the 99-year-old army veteran, Captain Tom Moore, who has raised over £20 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden ahead of his 100th birthday at the end of this month. What an amazing achievement! His words to the nation are an inspiration:

 

…the sun will shine on you again and the clouds will go away."

 

It is very strange to be starting the Summer Term at home. I am missing you all lots and it is sad not to be hearing all of your tales about what you got up to in the holidays. Continue to smile, look after yourselves and be good to your family members!

 

Work for Week 1, Term 5 (20.04.20)

I have completed a timetable of activities for this week which you will find below. The reading, writing and SPAG activities are all linked to the poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes which is what we would have been looking at together in class. Parents, the language is quite challenging and it is a little gruesome in places so it would be good to sit with your child to go through it together first. But please just have a go and do what you can. Make sure you look at the ‘Activity Cards’ for each day first as these tell you what each activity is and which of the resources you need for each one. There are some comprehension prompt sheets to help you with the vocabulary and themes in the poem if you do get really stuck. For maths, please follow the White Rose website lessons. Each day starts with the ‘Flashback 4’ questions that you will be familiar with. They are included in the daily videos. Watch the video and then have a go at the accompanying questions. You will see that they follow the format that we use in class. Remember, just have a go and try your best. You can always email me with any questions and I will do what I can to help you.

 

 

Home Learning Update!

 Hello everyone! Well, it is the second week of our ‘Learning at Home’. I hope you have been giving some of the activities that I set for you a go. I have received some lovely emailed pictures of what you have been up to. Well done to those children who have been busy getting very creative! It would be great to receive some more.

 I have been busy learning how to do lots of new things on my laptop. (You know what my computer skills are like!) Everything seems to take me twice as long but I feel that I am making some progress. I am certainly having to persevere and try, try, try again. I am even teaching my mum some new computer skills – although it is quite tricky trying to instruct her over the phone. She has finally managed to download Skype so it is lovely to be able to see her now! (Even if I still have to ring her telephone first to help her answer my Skype call!) I hope you are making the most of the dry weather and enjoying your garden or getting out on a daily exercise walk. If not, do give Oti’s Dance Class for Kids a go on her YouTube channel. She has had some more great themes: Aladdin and Oliver.

 Keep smiling, look after yourselves and be good to your family members! 

Welcome to Juniper Class

 

Class Teacher: Mrs Walker

Ably assisted by the wonderful Teaching Assistant: Mrs Lewis

 

 

Year 6

 

Home Learning Update!

 

Thinking of you all at the moment…it is very quiet just being at home without seeing you all. Make sure you are being kind to your family members and having a go at some of the tasks that I have set to keep your school-learning going.

 

To keep you active, why not try Joe Wicks’ PE lessons or Oti Mabuse’s Dance Class for Kids on their YouTube channels. On Wednesday, Oti had a Shrek theme. Great fun! (There always has to be a link to Strictly Come Dancing somehow! )

 

Our usual morning routine:

 

In Juniper Class, we start the day with morning activities of free writing or Maths. We use http://www.pobble365.com as a stimulus for our writing.

 

Reading

Between 9 and 9:30, we would usually complete our Bug Club activities. These include expanding our vocabulary range in preparation for reading the variety of texts, discussing what we have read, answering retrieval (‘right there’) questions, followed by inference (thinking about what we have read) questions. These involve being clue detectives to read between the lines for a deeper understanding of what the author is trying to tell us. It is really important that we can give evidence from the text to support our ideas. So do please read every day and discuss what you are reading with an adult, including finding out the meaning of new words when you come across them.

 

Maths

This term, we have a jam-packed six weeks of learning all about algebra, converting measures (metric and imperial), area, perimeter, volume, ratio and statistics.

 

Have a look on here for some fun activities to do:

https://nrich.maths.org/

 

Click on Primary Pupils, then click on Topics (top right of screen). This will then take you to a list of topics to select from. When you click on a topic, there is a number of activities to choose from, including the suggested age range the activity is aimed at. Have fun!

 

Writing

This term, we are writing our own sets of instructions and persuasive letters - you may want to have a go at writing some new ones whilst you are at home! What other weird and wonderful creatures could you invent this time? Perhaps you could then persuade the grown-ups in your household to acquire one?

 

Handwriting

All letters must be of the correct size and positioned accurately. Joins must be clear. Remember, people who don’t know your handwriting style, must be able to read it easily.

 

Year 5 & Year 6

 

Afternoons

Afternoons in Juniper class is when all of our interesting topic work takes place.

This term we have been learning about Brazil in Geography. This is the perfect topic to continue to research at home. See the activities that I have set on the ‘Parents’ Home Learning section of our website.

 

In Science this term, we were just about to start learning about life cycles. Why not try researching the life cycle of a plant, a butterfly, or bird or mammal. Perhaps you could draw it, paint it or even make a 3D model? With the beautiful, sunny weather that we are currently enjoying, you could keep an eye out in your garden for the signs of nature coming back to life after its winter sleep. Which parts of the life cycle of plants or animals can you spot?

 

Mrs Walker reads Stick Dog
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Mrs Walker reads:
 
The Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie
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