Friday 3rd April:
Happy Friday / Happy Holidays!
Yesterday I shared a link to a survey to gather some feedback on how you have found the last two weeks. It only takes a couple minutes and if you haven’t completed it yet, click here.
Create a paper aeroplane that will fly the stance of the hall/largest room in your house! There are lots of different designs, some more successful than others. Have a think about air resistance – how wide are the wings? Remember to test your your aeroplane out and if it doesn’t work, what changes could you make? There are lots of ideas online. I’m looking forward to seeing your best designs!
Finally, if you’re looking for a challenge during the Easter Holiday, look no further! Guiness World Records for Kids have a whole list of great challenges for you to try out at home.
Have a great break, and I’ll be back on here Tuesday 21st April.
Thursday 2nd April:
Question of the Day:
What gets the wet the more it gets dry?
(I’ll reveal the answer later this morning)
Thank you to everyone who has been sharing all their brilliant work with me. It’s the highlight of my day seeing what you are putting your efforts into. Be sure to check your emails today as I have sent you a couple questions I would like your input on.
As you know, the Easter Holidays start on Friday afternoon. Before you take a break from school, we would like your feedback! Please follow the below link to a survey which will ask you a few questions about your home learning. Your response will help us to make learning as fun and engaging as possible!
I thought I’d leave you with my favourite ‘quote of the moment’ which is even more important now!
Wednesday 1st April:
Good morning P7B, I can’t believe we are half way through the week already. Please continue pushing on to finish the tasks given to you in your home learning packs.
I am pleased to see that some of you have spent time practising a new skill, or trying something new! Yesterday I gave banana bread a go, Sofia has had a go making bread this week and Ruth has been mastering her use of water colours.
Here is Sofia’s bread recipe if you would like to give it a go…
•1/2 kg plain flour
•1 tsp sugar
•1 tsp salt
•1 tbsp dried yeast
•a drip of olive oil
• 1 cup warm water
1. Mix the water with the yeast, sugar, and olive oil and let it set for 20 min.
2. Add the flour, and salt to the mix.
3. Put the dough on a clean, flat surface with flour sprinkled on it.
4. Knead the dough until it is smooth and not sticky.
5. Form it into a ball, put it in a bowl and cover with a cloth for 30 min.
6. Take the dough out of the bowl and place it I to a pre-heated oven at 200 C. (Don’t forget to cut two slits in the bread before placing in the oven)
Ruth has been developing a new skill and is persevering with water colour paints. Keep going Ruth, these are great!
What would you like to try?
Tuesday 31st March:
Good morning P7B! How are we all? Wonderful? Excelling with school work? Mastered a new language? Great, I thought so…
Question of the Day:
What do you do with ripe bananas?
Make banana bread.
Introducing… Baking with Mr Morrison!
(catchier title suggestions welcome)
I would love it if you had a go following this, or maybe made something different. Ask an adult first!
I used Mary Berry’s recipe as a base, but had to substitute a few things!
You will need:
- 100g butter/baking spread
- 150g golden caster sugar (or similar!)
- 200g self-raising flour
- 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2 eggs
- 2 ripe bananas
This recipe serves 6 (ish!) and fills one large loaf tin
Ask an adult to set the oven to 180 degree/ 160 fan/ gas 4
Wipe down all your work tops with an antibacterial spray and wash your hands.
Step 1. Line the bottom with greaseproof paper, by drawing around the bottom then cutting out. The side of your tin should also be greased with some butter.
Step 2. Measure the butter, sugar, flour and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl.
Step 3. Peel both bananas then mash them using a fork. Crack two eggs into a cup (remove any bits of shell). Then add both of these to the bowl. (scroll slide show to see these steps)
Step 4: Use a whisk, or an electric whisk if you have one, until you form a smooth paste. Then transfer this into your baking tin.
Step 5: Bake for 30-40 minutes. You can check it is cooked by slipping a knife into the centre of the loaf and if it comes out without mixture on it, it’s cooked!
Step 6: Leave it to cool out of the tin then enjoy!
Let me know if you are able to give this one a go!
Monday 30th March:
Good morning P7B, I hope you’re ready for another week of home learning. By now I hope you have made a bit of a routine, making sure you are setting aside time for school activities.
What did you get up to this weekend? Did you make something, walk somewhere or play in the garden?
You should be working towards completing your activity grid before the Easter break. If you are looking for advice on what activities to complete, please let me know.
A small positive of the school closure is that you have more time to work on a different skill or hobby (albeit, indoors)
As I mentioned in my blog post from Thursday, I’m slowly getting the hang of tiling whilst having to spend more time at home. It would be great to hear which skills you have been developing or practising at home!
Mr Brewer even tells me he’s been working on his Spanish!
- Have you tried something new or practising an existing skill?
- Have you given up and started with a new skill, or persevered?
- Will you progress quickly or will it take a lot longer?
Good luck today and I look forward to hearing your answers!
Friday 27th March:
We’ve made it to Friday, and what a week it’s been!
I have loved seeing this in people’s windows on my daily walk/run. Sofia has made one (below). You might like to give it a go too and stick it in your window too.
Question of the Day
Often when you ask groups of young people/children what they would do if they have three wishes, there tends to be a similar trend. The wishes are normally something like this…
- a fast car, big mansion or another big fancy item
- not having to go to school every day
…so…would number 3 have ever featured on your wish list?
This has been a weird week and you’ve had a chance to test it out . I would like you to write a few sentences for someone (or even your past self) who would have had number 3 as a wish. What is it really like in reality? What do you miss doing each day? What are you enjoying doing every day that you couldn’t before?
From 12:25, it’s the weekend, take some time away from school work and try and do something different. Check back here on Monday for my update.
Have a lovely weekend! Mr Morrison
Thursday 26th March:
I have had some brilliant learning shared with me over the past few days. You are all truly demonstrating your determination, maturity and resilience with learning at home. I have also been very impressed by your great I.T. skills (watch out Mr Morley!) by sharing your hard work with me. Keep it up!
Question of the day
Last night I decided it was time for some D.I.Y and I tiled a part of my kitchen (I know…it’s amazing…I should become a professional tiler). I used quite a lot of different maths skills throughout this. What do you think some of those skills were and why did I need them?
Keep working away on your tasks, especially your reading tasks and look out for my email tomorrow morning. I am looking forward to reading your answers to my maths in action question.
Wednesday 25th March:
Woohoo! We’ve made it to Wednesday!
Congratulations on another brilliant day of work! What were you most proud of yesterday?
I am taking the Governments advice very seriously and kept my distance from this person….
…turns out it was just a wet suit drying…
Ahhh, Mr Morrison, it’s Wednesday and I don’t know what to do?
- Yesterday I sent all reading groups a specific email with a checklist of tasks to work your way through, have a careful read of that and make a start.
- How is your piece of writing coming along? Are you still editing, just starting or ready to share it with me?
- Today is the last day of the Sumdog challenge (I will announce the winner tomorrow morning) so why not give it a go today and see if you can be at the top of the leader board?
Did you know…
- The “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is believed to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language! What do you think?
Keep an out for your morning email. Any questions, you know how to reach me!
Tuesday 24th March:
What a tremendous effort yesterday. I heard from so many of you and was kept very busy replying to you all, I felt a bit like Mrs Matear!
I’d like you to have a think about;
a) what went well with your learning yesterday? Why?
b) what could have maybe gone better? Why?
c) How can you improve on that today?
“What should I do today?”
Good question! Have a think about what you did yesterday.
Did you perhaps do a first draft of a piece of writing, or read a new chapter of your reading book? Maybe you now have some editing to do, or answering some task map questions?
Maybe you’re ready to start a new challenge, make sure you complete Week 24, session 2 of Numeracy Ninjas (I will email you the answers in the morning). How about having a look on Top Marks, Education City or Sumdog?
Have a great day!
Monday 23rd March:
Good morning P7B
This is a first for us all, but we will get used to it.
I hope you have spent a little bit of time this weekend setting up a space where you can concentrate and work well. Here is a picture of my “classroom” for the time being.
How should I start my day?
Get up, get dressed, have something to eat and brush your teeth! Once you’ve done this you will feel much more ready to face the day.
“Ahh Mr Morrison, I don’t know where to start?”
Take a bit of time to plan out what your day/week might look like. Look at the letter in your learning pack for some help in planning your day. You might want to start your day with Joe Wick’s P.E. (9am) or your spelling grid, like you normally do. Once you’ve done this, pick a literacy activity to complete before your break. After break, you could focus on a numeracy activity.
Today, I would like you to try send me your desk/working area (If you are able to)
You know where I am if you need anything.