The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Term 5 

We hope that you are all safe and well and making the most of your home learning experiences.

This term, our topic is flight. You will find below a number of links to a variety of activities and resources. There are a number of practical activities that can be completed and, should you wish to share them, we would love to see how you have been getting on and share your ideas on our website and social media. Any photos/videos that you have can be sent to m.haney@villageacademy.co.uk Please note that if your videos have identifiable people in them, you will also need to include permission for the clips to be used on our website and social media platforms.

To begin with, we have a paper plane challenge for you, the details of which can be found here.

Once you have become masters of aeroplane design, have a look at the resources and activities available at: https://www.sciencekids.co.nz/lessonplans/flight.html

Here is an experiment for you to try: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn39g-7BBTk What do you think is happening? How does it work?

The history of flight is not only full of technological advances, but also of pioneering characters who have paved the way for our modern world of transport and communication. Have a look at the following links to discover more about these amazing individuals.

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Sir-George-Cayley

http://www.lilienthal-museum.de/olma/eotto.htm

http://www.wright-brothers.org/History_Wing/Wright_Story/Wright_Story_Intro/Wright_Story_Intro.htm

https://nzhistory.govt.nz/culture/richard-pearse

https://www.ameliaearhart.com/

https://www.leonardodavinci.net/flyingmachine.jsp
http://amyjohnsonartstrust.co.uk/her-life/

Using information from the websites, can you construct a timeline showing the achievements of these people?

How do you think that these people would have felt about flying? Choose one of these characters and write a poem about their experiences.

You will also find presentations on lighter-than-air craft here and heavier-than-air craft here.

All of your hard work on flight has, I’m sure, made you hungry! As scientists this term, we are investigating the human digestive system; what happens to our food when we eat it?

This first link will guide you through the different parts of your body that process our food: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z27kng8

Secondly, you can build your own digestive system and even make your own poo! https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf339j6/articles/zrm48mn

As budding computer experts, try practicing your coding skills. Here are two activities for you to try:

https://lightbot.com/flash.html

http://www.crunchzilla.com/code-monster

Having developed our flying skills, it would be useful if we could find our way from one place to another using maps. Below, you will find a number of games and resources to help you discover how to read a map.

https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone This website will provide you with a variety of activities to help with your map reading skills.

THIS activity will develop your use of coordinates.

Remember, we'd love to see how you're getting on, so send us pictures and videos of your activities.

 

World Book day 

Well done everyone we are all amazing super heroes.

 

A message from Mr. Kundu – Term 3

Welcome back after a well-earned break. We hope that you all enjoyed a peaceful Christmas and we would like to wish you all a very happy new year.

Our Topic this term will be investigating myths and legends, along with discovering what life would have been like in ancient Greece.

 English this term will begin by looking at the story of Odysseus and using this to develop our writing of stories, letters and reports.

Spellings will be tested on a weekly basis every Friday. 

Spelling lists will be issued weekly on the ‘Week Ahead’ sheet, which can be found here.

Spelling test scores will also be included on the ‘Week Ahead’ sheet that is sent home on Fridays.

It is important for you to see your child’s spellings, not only to see how much they scored, but also to see the progress in their writing, and perhaps spot some writing problems they are having and possibly help them at home. 

Maths will begin with further developing our strategies for addition and subtraction before moving on to multiplication and division.

There will be a times table set every week for learning or revision, which will be tested every Friday. The results for this will also be published on the ‘Week Ahead’ sheet. As I am sure you are now aware, the school has started using Times Table Rockstars. This is an exciting and competitive way for your children to progress with learning their tables. Used regularly, this is an invaluable tool in developing your child's knowledge of their times tables.

There will be a piece of either Maths or English homework set each week as well.  This will be set on a Friday and is due back in on the following Wednesday. Homework will always come back marked. This homework is designed to consolidate some of the learning from class.

There is also a list of Key Instant Recall Facts we would expect a Year 3 or 4 child to be learning - find it here. Please have a look and use them to support your child at home.

P.E will continue on a Mondays and Wednesdays. Please ensure kit is labelled and present, ready for the lesson.  If you are unsure of the correct kit, you can find the list here. Sport is central to our curriculum and Andy does a fantastic job of teaching the key skills the children need.

Rethea Coles will also be continuing dance with us on a Friday and we will also enjoy Music lessons on Wednesday afternoons. 

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the Trolls team.

8th November 2019 - Trip to see Invicta at Whitstable Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18th November 2019 - Outdoors learning day

 Today we went to the woods. This is our first winter session. Once we got over being cold, we enjoyed a range of activities including making fat balls, stick men, hot chocolate and collages. Of course we also climbed trees and made dens!  

 19th September 2019 - Outdoor learning day

 Along with the rest of the school, Trolls class had a fabulous day in the woods, learning a variety of new skills. These included: knots; shelter construction; fire lighting and creative rope work. We're already looking forward to our next outdoor adventure!