Why are flowers important?

Year 5 have started a new topic in science looking at how plants reproduce and why they are important. We explored the school grounds looking at the different types of plants and trees we have, concentrating on the ones with flowers.

Then, we hid seeds (raisins) in the meadow to see how they might be distributed by the wind and animals. We will be going back down to the meadow later in the week to see what has happened to them.

We also planted a sunflower seed in biodegradable bags ready to plant at home. We will be measuring them each week to see who has the tallest sunflower by the end of the summer term.

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Carols Around the Tree

December would usually see the hall full of children, staff and parents, enjoying a Christmas musical extravaganza in the shape of our annual concert, Carols Around the Tree. Unfortunately, we are unable to gather together this Christmas but that didn’t stop Miss Ashby! She has worked tirelessly to coordinate the staff and children to create a virtual Carols Around the Tree. Please click on Christmas Tree below to enjoy the show.

 

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Elmer

For today’s activity, I’ve been inspired by one of my favourite book characters – Elmer! Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is a children’s picture book series by the British author David McKee. Elmer is often used to celebrate diversity so in a time when we can’t be in school, why not create your very own Elmer to bring us together!

You will need:

  • a cleaned out plastic milk container – a 4 pint one is perfect – and an adult to cut the bottle to the right shape
  • coloured paper cut into small squares
  • PVA glue
  • patience

Don’t forget, email your Elmers to website@cannonpark.coventry.sch.uk

Here is another rainbow, which was sent in recently:

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Superheroes

Being World Autism Awareness Week, we mustn’t forget that we are all special; we all have things which make us different, unique, special.

For today’s activity, think about what makes you special. What are you good at? What qualities do you have? Are you kind? Do you always think about others before yourself? Which of our school values do you really demonstrate every day? Create a cartoon character of yourself as a superhero. If you want to extend the activity, create a comic book about your new superhero. I have attached a comic book frame below for you to download and print off, or use as a guide if you use plain paper or your exercise book. Please email a photo of your superheroes to website@cannonpark.coventry.sch.uk

 

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World Autism Week

This week, we celebrate World Autism Week, with World Autism Day on Thursday. Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. Please click on the image below to find out more:

At home this week, maybe you could create an informative poster to raise awareness of Autism.

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Newspapers

Good morning, Cannon Park! I hope you all feeling well and you had a lovely weekend. This is our second week of learning at home. By now, you might be in more of a routine to help structure you day and you might be getting a little more used to that routine. However, your new routine won’t last forever – we will be back at school before you know it!

One thing that I’m doing more than usual at the moment is reading the news. In school, we subscribe to First News, which is a newspaper written especially for children. Fortunately, they are creating free access to their products for a limited period of time, to help parents and children during school closures.

First News is a weekly newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds that aims to get children talking about the news in an easy to understand and non-threatening way. They cover issues which are relevant to children and which specifically affect them. Inside you’ll find a mix of world news and UK news, but also loads of fun stuff, such as entertainment, games, animals, sport and puzzles.

News is all around us and children pick up on news wherever they go. But not all news is bad and they passionately believe there are lots of positive stories out there. They love to cover the nice news too and celebrate what is good about the world.

For today’s activity, why not encourage your child to read through First News. Following this, they could:

  • write their own newspaper article about current events
  • create a short news report to film like CBBC Newsround
  • share a ‘good news’ story with a family member to spread positive news

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