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John Clifford Primary & Nursery School ‘Be your best. Celebrate success. Together we will be successful.’

Week Commencing 11.5.2020

Work to do at home this week




Over the Bank Holiday Weekend, some of you will have been celebrating VE day. Some families celebrated by having a socially distanced street party with their neighbours, there are some photos of some celebrations that have been shared on the JC blog pages.

This week we would like you to complete the VE day themed reading comprehension which can be accessed below. 



This week, we would like you to play the game 'Phonics Sounds Pairs' To play this, click on the following link and enter the code WP1574. This will take you to the game. There are different levels of this game starting at level 2 and up to level 5.

You can play all of the levels if you wish, but here you can see which level you should play based on your phonics groups.

Miss McDonnells Group - Level 2

Mrs Jacques Group - Level 3
Mrs Pounders Group - Level 4

Miss Garforths Group - Level 5

Remember to click on the 'Phonics' star to access Lalilo and the other exciting phonics games


This week in English we are going to be exploring our book of the week 'The Zoo Vet', finding out about what a Vets job is like and writing a non-chronological report about them

Follow the link below to access the story. 

Next, we would like you to answer some questions about the story. These are differentiated and you can see this by the stars at the bottom of the page.

Full Stops and Commas - 1 Star

Exclamation Marks and Question Marks - 2 Stars

Speech Marks and Ellipses - 3 Star

Once you have completed the questions, we would like you to read the 'Vet Information' document below. 

Then we would like you to watch this video about what its like to work at the vets - 

 Now we would like you to use all of that information you have gathered about vets and write a non-chrinological report about them. Remember, we wrote non-chronological reports about The Great Fire of London while we were still at school. 


Here is an example of a non-chronological report about minibeasts


If you have access to a printer then here are some documents where you can practice your handwriting. They include pencil control, letter formation and high frequency words.

Below these documents is a link to the Nelson Handwriting site which is the handwriting scheme we follow at school. By following this link you will find some practical activities you can do at home. 


This week we would like you to follow the White Rose Maths learning a home resources. This is the scheme of work we follow at school. There is more information for your parents about this on the 'Supporting Resources' page, you can find this at the top of the page.

There are 5 sessions in total, one for each day. Each session has a video lesson and some questions to answer afterwards. Record these answers in your Learning at home book. These sessions compliment the BBC Bitesize sessions which are available through BBC iPlayer, the red button and by following this link

This week we are exploring place value.


White Rose have launched a new 'Friday Challenge' this week - look out for that on Friday!

The Friday Challenge is aimed at the whole family working together. The questions appropriate for year 1 are questions 1 and 2 - questions 3-10 are aimed at children in higher years

Remember to record your work in your books and share it on the blog! 

Remember to also use your TTRockstars

and Numbots accounts to continue to practise your times tables and your knowledge of number. 


This week, we are going to continue our work on Animals. We have already looked at humans and how we are similar and different to each other and recapped the five senses. Last week we sorted animals into different groups. Can you remember the names of the groups?


This week we are going to be looking at, describing and comparing different animals bodies. We would like you to look through the Lesson Presentation and answers the questions throughout. Talk to a member of your family about how our bodies are different to the animals.


Once you have looked through the presentation we would like you to complete the tasks below.

Look closely at the animal on the sheet. What are the animals body parts called? Find the work for each body part on the word list and write a sentence to describe it. After that, chose an animal of your own to draw and describe.

Topic - History

This half term we are going to be looking at some significant people from history. 


In the light of the amazing work being done by our medical staff we thought we would think about how nurses have worked in the past and what they have done to develop nursing today. In this unit called 'Nurturing Nurses' we are going to look at the influential nurses Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell. We will be thinking about what makes a person significant, exploring and comparing the lives and work of these nurses and considers how these individuals have influenced nursing today.


This week, we would like you to look at the PowerPoint below which will give you some information about the nurse Edith Cavell. Once you have done this, we would like you think about what a typical day would have been like for Edith Cavell at the British Red Cross and act out some of the scenarios on the activity sheet with a family member. Think about what she would have been doing and saying. 

Next, we would like you to have a go at writing a diary entry for a day in the life of Edith Cavell. Think about what she might have done each day and how she might have felt. 

Topic - Geography


In Geography we are going to explore the human and physical features of the world around us. This week we would like you to look through the powerpoint below which introduces human and physical features of the environment. 

Once you have had a chance to become familiar with the human and physical features of the environment, we would like you to go for a walk around your local area and see if you can spot any human or physical features. We would like you to record them in a table like this in your books.  


Human Features Physical Features


Below are a range of Free online resources that you can take part in to stay fit and healthy whilst we are away from school. 


Oti Mabuse from 'Strictly Come Dancing' is hosting a Dance class for all the family at 11.30am every day on her Facebook LIVE.


Joe Wicks is hosting a PE lesson for the whole nation on his YouTube channel each morning at 9am.



This week see if you can do some work with your throwing and catching skills! Have a look at the link below for some ideas for improving your skills!


This week we are going to be learning about the percussion section of the orchestra. We have put some links to videos below where you can find out about the different instruments in the percussion family.


Here are some questions for you to think about. 

- Can you remember the names of the instruments in the percussion family?

- What material are they made of?

- How do you play them?

Once you have found out all about the Percussion Family in the orchestra. We wonder if you could make your own Percussion instrument at home! 

You can click on the link below to see some homemade instruments for inspiration

Ms Bamford is also uploading 'Music of the Week' to the website. You can find it by following the link below. Maybe you could listen to it when you are doing some of your work at home. 

Art and DT

This week we would like you to create an animal using junk modelling! You can use recyclable materials in your home to build your favourite animal. 


Here are some ideas!




Mr Mitchell is uploading PSHE work for each week. You can find this weeks by following the link

Take Care of My Community and My World


This week we would like you to use the JC Promise 'Take Care of My Community and My World' and help out around the house. You can do this by making your bed in the morning, helping to do the washing up, setting the table for dinner, putting your dirty clothes in the wash basket... The possibilities are endless! 



This half term, we are going to be looking at programmable toys. You may have some at home. If you don't then you can use the website below to programme a Beebot. Theres also lots of apps that you can download onto your tablets to do this too.



This week we would like you to access the BBC Bitesize resources for programmable toys. You can find these by following this link 


This includes some more games and some more information on programmable toys. 

If you need to practise controlling a Bee-Bot this video will show you how.

If you have a tablet, this app is a very good way of using your new computing skills to programme a Bee-Bot. You can travel through mazes on the app that get harder as you go along. Can you complete them all?

Theres also some more exciting computing work to complete on the following page