This half-term our topic is ‘Street Detectives’.
Where should we go? This way or that way? Up to the local shops or down to the playing field?
Let’s find out about our local community, look at houses old and new and find out how streets have changed since our mums and dads were young. Perhaps your Grandma or Grandad went to your school or maybe they worked in the baker’s shop?
In this topic we will make maps and plans of the streets around us and when the Lord Mayor writes and asks us to help make our street a better place, it will be time to put our thinking caps on and have be ready with our paint brushes.
At the bottom of this page is a glossary of the vocabulary covered in this topic.
This week we will be focusing on adverts. The aim of this lesson is to ask questions to clarify understanding and learn new vocabulary. Ask children to work in pairs and produce a short list of questions to help them find out what is good and bad about a local resident. Children are to ask their parents these questions and grandparents these questions. Use a simple questionnaire format to record the answers. Children are to encourage parents to give reasons to their answers and explain their views.
The aim of the lesson is to listen and respond to views ad responses of others. Children are to maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments. Children share results of their questionnaires. Talk about how people responded, finding out if people strongly agree or disagree on the same topics. Compare any common likes or dislikes revealed with their own views. Work with a parent/peer/sibling to talk about the things they like and dislike about living in the area.
Extension- children could write a sentence or sentences to describe one thing they like and one thing they dislike about the local area, suggesting something that could be done to improve it.
The aim of this lesson is to discuss and clarify the meanings of words linking new meanings to known vocabulary. Look at leaflets and newspaper adverts about houses in the local area. Highlight adjectives used to describe them and share these to create a ‘word wall’ (which you can use next week when you write your own advert). Pick out sentences and phrases that refer to the local community such as ‘near to the local school’, ‘situated five minutes walk from the local park’, ‘close to local shops’, ‘on a bus route’ or ‘a quiet street’ etc.
After reading some adverts yesterday (Wednesdays lesson), encourage your child to think about how they might describe their own home in a sales advert. What features would they include? What aspects of the local environment would present their home positively? If your child doesn’t want to use their own home, they can imagine a house in a fantasy environment and sell that instead!
Grammar tasks- adjectives
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The aim of the lesson is to suggest ways of improving the local environment.
Visit your local park (as there are restrictions, you can use your garden for this activity), and identify useful tasks that would improve the environment such as litter picking, bulb and tree planting, weeding, clearing, painting and repairing. Plan a ‘Big Spring Clean’ day to tidy up the garden.
This will help children use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their garden/ park and the key human and physical features of its surround environment.
The aim of this lesson is to design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria.
Ask your child to make suggestions about how the local area could be improved, looking at photographic examples before drafting their ideas. Examples might include ‘No ball games, ‘Keep off the grass’ and ‘Clean up after your dog!’ Make a variety of signs that could be places around the local community to help people remember to take care of it. Draft a design, then create it using a range of materials, including card and pain. Don’t forget to take pictures when they are displayed.
The aim of this lesson is to master basic movements, including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.
Visit a local park and use the facilities or go for a jog along a pre-planned route.
Introduce the idea that plants are alive. How can we tell that plants are living things? Give your child time to discuss their ideas, and then to record their answers on a whiteboard or piece of paper. If they get stuck, encourage them to consider how we can tell that humans and other animals are living things, and draw similarities. Share ideas and discuss.
Watch the BBC learning clip (on the PowerPoint or copy and paste https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zyvs34j) to explore the life processes of plants.
You are a researcher! Look at pictures of shops in the past and compare them to shops today. Talk about how the old- fashioned baker’s shop differs from today’s giant supermarkets and make a list together of the differences. Ask your child for their opinions on the positive and negative effects of large supermarkets on small, independent retailers. Ask grandparents to get involved. Encourage children to write and draw about the things they found out.
Now, children are to imagine they lived a hundred years ago. Write sentences to describe a journey to the local shops. Think about how they would get there, what they would buy and which shops they might visit. Use this link to see a tour of Blists Hill Victorian Town. This will help your child understand what shops were really like!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqh0m_aOET0 If this link doesn’t work, just type ‘Blists Hill Victorian Town- Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire, UK’ in the Youtube search box.
Click on the link below to view an adjective word mat to write descriptions.
Use the adjective word to talk about which shop you prefer- past or present and why? Describe how you feel about when you walk into your preferred shop?
Now it’s time for the children to write their own recount. Look at the features and examples you looked at last week. Children are required to write a recount of their own experience in their favourite shop. Write about how you felt, who went with you, what were the people like that worked there, the things you bought etc. Don’t forget to use the adjective word mat to ensure it is a high quality piece of work. Also, don’t forget to use the correct punctuation and cursive handwriting!
Grammar task- nouns and noun phrases.
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Look at pictures and photographs of old and modern homes (Victorian homes and compare interestingly with more contemporary homes), identify differences, including materials from which they are built. Make drawings of old and new houses, adding captions and label to identify their features.
Encourage children to look for features such as, chimneys, date plaques, leaded windows, thatched roofs, wooden beams, roof shapes and front door designs. If possible, provide an old fashioned dolls’ house for children to play with.
Using maps of your local community, look closely to see if you can spot any recognisable features and landmarks, including parks, roads, streets and churches. Find out how to use a map key and locate some of the symbols on your own map.
Before using a map, show your child a selection of key symbols and talk about what they represent. You could devise a ‘Map Challenge’, asking children to find ten particular symbols on their map.
Draw your own shop. You include whatever you like and show ways you would want to make your customer happy. You might include animals, cakes, potions, magic, Disney characters at the door step, dresses and other clothes, your friends working with you, a massive chandelier? It’s up to you. I can’t wait to see these!
Interview a local resident or a shopkeeper (or dress up as one so that your child can interview you) who has been in the area for a while. Find out what they like and dislike and about change that have taken place in the area in their lifetime. Encourage your child to write five questions beginning with one of the 5‘s- who, what, when, where and why. For example, where are you from? You could record the interview, using your phone or a digital sound recorder.
Before you start this lesson, you need to first complete the Geography activity. Look back at the pictures from the Geography lesson and add descriptive captions. Use a thesauruses or search for synonyms/adjective word mats on the internet.
Create a display of photographs and captions entitled ‘Street Detectives; look what we found out on our ‘virtual’ expedition!’
Look at a variety of recounts on the Internet. Look out for the following:
- Orientation include Who, What, When, Where and Why.
- Sequence of event in order with time connectives.
- The event elaborates what happened.
- The title relates to the text.
- Text is written in past tense.
- Conclusion is written in past tense and how the author felt about the event.
Recap on the things the shopkeeper said (Monday’s lesson). Draw pictures and write sentences to describe what the visit told them about life in the area and how it has changed.
Daily Maths lessons from the BBC.
Geography – for Monday
Choose a street visited during your home-learning English expedition. Talk about what they liked about that street and describe more about what they saw there.
Think about the people who work in and help look after their local community. Make a list of all the different people they can think of and draw pictures of them. Describe what each of these people do and explain why their work is so important. This can include a shopkeeper, a lollipop person, a librarian, a police officer or a postman.
Make a mini model of a house, shop or other building from your own community, using a range of small boxes. Stick paper to box surfaces and draw features such as windows, bricks, tiles and doors using marker pens and felt tips. Alternatively, cut shapes from coloured papers and use for additional features, Make a table map with roads and green spaces and place their shops and homes on it. Takes pictures of these and email me via Purple Mash so that I can see your fantastic work!