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

Week Commencing 18.5.2020



This week we would like you to read the extract uploaded below and answer the questions about the text. This extract is all about Kangaroos and how they got their tails.



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 IZ1682. 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 'Quiet!' by Paul Bright and looking at similes.

First, we would like you to recap knowledge about verbs and nouns by completing the activity below.

Next, we would like you to watch the following video to remind you about similes. We have used similes before in our work last half-term about the famous London landmarks. Can you remember any that you included in your postcard? 


Once you have completed the questions, we would like you to listen to the story again. We want you to listen to the description of the animals and create your own similes based on these. For example, 

Miss Garforth is chattering like a chimp. 

Record your similes in your learning at home books.


Here is a video to help you to think of some similies about the animals in the book.

Now we would like you to complete the task below. 
Can you come up with some similes for these animals?
Now that you are simile experts, we would like you to apply your new knowledge and create a rainbow poem! You can use the template uploaded below or you can copy the sentence starters into your books. 

If you want to you can write this up neatly, decorate it and publish it in your window.


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 revisiting measurement and 3D shapes.

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


Year 1 - Week 5 - Lesson 2 - Measure length (1)


Year 1 - Week 5 - Lesson 3 - Measure length (2)

Year 1 - Week 5 - Recognise and name 3-D shapes

Remember to also use your TTRockstars

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



This week, we would like you to consolidate your learning of animals and their bodies by creating a 'Bizarre Beast'.

The activity sheet uploaded below gives you a list of features to include on your animal. Can you work with a family member to give each other others 'must haves' for your Bizarre Beast? Who can make the most unusual animal. Make sure to share them on the class blogs!  


Remember, you don't have to use the sheet on the website, you can always draw your animal straight into your books.

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  are going to be comparing the nurses that we have learnt about so far. Can you remember there names? Make a list of the nurses we have learnt about this half term.

After you've done that. We would like you to look at the PowerPoint below which will explain what it means to compare things to eachother. 

Once you have looked through the PowerPoint we would like you to complete the sorting activity uploaded below. 

Topic - Geography


Last week, we introduced human and physical features of the environment and you made a list of the human and physical features around your locality. 

This week we would like you to sort the features into two groups, human features and physical features.


You can use the images uploaded bellow, print them out and stick them in or write them as a list in your books.