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31st May

Hello Elm and Happy Birthday Anthony, today I have gone with Bright Blue especially for you. Having a lockdown birthday is very strange so I am sure you would all like to join in with a round of virtual Happy Birthday To You.

On This Day - In 1578, English explorer Martin Frobisher sailed from Harwich to Frobisher Bay in Canada. Over time he brought home1500 tons of 'gold ore'. After years of smelting, it was realized that the presumed gold was merely worthless iron pyrite (fool's gold) that was later used to pave streets in London, leading to the myth that the streets of London were paved with gold. Also on this day, The clock in the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament was started in 1859, however the bell (Big Ben) didn't sound on that day. It sounded for the first time a few weeks later on 11th July.

Today the Google Doodle is a slideshow celebrating Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands. The islands were first made famous as a source of inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theories of natural selection. Home to hundreds of unique species of plants and animals from green turtles to fur seals, the islands were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site on this date in 1978. 

The Galápagos archipelago, which straddles the equator some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, consists of 19 mostly uninhabited islands and countless islets, formed through volcanic and seismic activity over many millennia. Due to their unique geology and isolation, these Pacific islands are home to flora and fauna that can be found nowhere else on the planet, including the giant tortoise depicted first in today’s Doodle—the galápago is the largest living species of tortoise—along with the only penguin species that lives north of the Equator.

The islands are closely associated with British naturalist Charles Darwin, who arrived on the HMS Beagle in 1835 as part of a fateful journey around the world. Here, Darwin observed closely related but highly specialized species of wildlife, like finches with distinctive beaks specialized to their diets—memorialized today with the name “Darwin’s finches.” 

It took Darwin over 20 years after he first observed the islands’ marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies to synthesize his observations into his ground-breaking theories of natural selection, published in “On the Origin of Species” in 1859.The fundamentals of his work remain a cornerstone of biological science to this day.

30th May

Hello Elm Class, today is a Dark Violet day and I can't believe that May is nearly over.

On This Day - In 2019, EE switched on the UK's first high speed 5G mobile network service, with those in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester being the first to get the faster services. Prices for 5G - which required new handsets - started at £54 per month for 10 gigabytes of data. Huawei 5G phones were excluded from the launch, thanks to a recent US ban on American companies dealing with the Chinese owned Huawei. Recently 5G has become even more controversial , but why?

Today, the 30th May is Dia Nacional de la PapaNational Potato Day in Peru - the day each year to celebrate one of the most important food crops in the world.

The potato is the world’s fourth-largest food crop which has become a staple food in many parts of the world. Most people are so used to it that they rarely think about where it originated from. The potato was first domesticated in parts of modern-day Peru and Bolivia about 7,000–9,000 years ago and they provided the main energy source for the Inca Empire and were the staple food of most Pre-Columbian Mapuches. Its name derived from the Quechua word papa combined with Indian word batata.

The potato was introduced to Europe by the Spanish in the 16th century after they had conquered the Inca Empire. Since then, it has become one of the world’s most important field crops.

Andean potatoes are unlike any most people have ever seen. In a single field, you will find farms where 200 different species are cultivated. In fact there are 3,000 – 4,000 varieties of native potatoes altogether. The Andes farmers primarily produce important potato species: Rucki, Limena, Andigena, Pitiquina, and Chaucha. These potatoes are brilliant in colour and come in shades that range from deep purple to pale yellow. They come in all shapes and all sizes, each with a rich flavour. Because the farmer’s value tradition deeply, they generally do not use synthetic pesticides or fertilizers to produce their crop.

National Potato Day is a special day to pay homage to this important vegetable in Peruvian culture and the primary ingredient in many Peruvian dishes. It is a day to celebrate the potatoes different colours, shapes, tastes, and textures. Throughout the country, you will find many fairs and festivals celebrating the potato by offering various dishes and drinks. There are cooking classes and contests. Many restaurants in the big cities such as Lima offer special menus and beverages proudly using their native Peruvian potatoes as a prime ingredient.

Tom has created an excellent map showing the different climate zones across the USA and has also found some previous versions of the Stars and Stripes representing less states.

29th May

Good morning Elm Class, today we are back to Pumpkin

On This Day - The 29th May in 1871 was a Monday and is the day that Whit Monday became the first official Bank Holiday in Britain (have a look back at 25th May to find out more).

In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and his sherpa Tenzing Norgay, became the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest in the Himalayas. The news of the British expedition broke in Britain on Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Day, 2nd June. The Queen knighted Edmund Hillary later that year. Google celebrated this with a doodle in 2008.

Also today in 1977, Nigel Short, an 11 year old English schoolboy, qualified as the youngest ever competitor in a national chess championship. He had already beaten Viktor Korchnoi during an exhibition game.

Today, please make sure that you have either finished the current work that has been set or you have plans for how and when you will be able to finish it. Then have a lovely day and take care - especially in the sun.

28th May

Hi Elm Class, a Strong Blue day today.

On This Day - In 1503, James IV of Scotland and Margaret Tudor (Henry VIII's sister) were married by Pope Alexander VI. A 'Treaty of Everlasting Peace' between Scotland and England was signed on that occasion. The everlasting peace lasted just ten years, followed by a real low point when Elizabeth I had her cousin, Mary Queen of Scotland executed.  

In 1967, Sir Francis Chichester arrived in Plymouth on his yacht, Gipsy Moth IV, after completing his solo voyage around the world. Then on the same day in 1990, 'The Maiden' arrived in Southampton, completing the Whitbread around-the-world yacht race. The first ever all-woman crew was skippered by Tracy Edwards.

I have had some more lovely examples of project work emailed over the last couple of days, see below. Please make sure that you are coming to the end of this project ready for the new one for the second half of the term next week. Also, today is the last episode for James and the Giant Peach so look out for the new serial, which I think Mrs Frost will start reading tomorrow.

Have a great day and don't forget to be kind.

Shea has drawn his own map of the USA to show different weather zones. Also some very interesting facts about his chosen tourist attractions

Aden has highlighted tourist attractions in four different locations across the USA

27th May

Hello Elm, today is a Strong Cyan sort of a day

On This Day - In 1679, Britain passed the Habeas Corpus Act which made it illegal to hold anyone in prison without a trial. It was important because it protected the peoples individual freedom from a state acting lawlessly.

Habeas Corpus is an Act of Parliament, still in force today, which ensures that no one can be imprisoned unlawfully. Literally translated, ‘habeas corpus’ means ‘you may have the body’ (if legal procedures are satisfied). This sounds like a strange phrase, but in medieval times it was the expression used to bring a prisoner into court. It later became used to fight against arbitrary detention by the authorities. 

The Magna Carta, which was signed by King John in 1215, stated that no one could be imprisoned unlawfully, and the first recorded use of this provision was in 1305, but Habeas Corpus as we know it today was not made law until 1679. Although the law is still in effect, Habeas Corpus has not been continually used since 1679. It was suspended in 1793 when there were concerns that the French Revolution might inspire rebellion in England. It was also suspended several times in the 20th century. Internment (detention without charge) was employed in World War I and II, and during many periods of the conflict in Northern Ireland in the later 20th century. Today, detention without charge is back on the political agenda in the debates surrounding anti-terror legislation.

26th May

Hello Elm, today is a Strong Red day.

On This Day - 

In 1940, at 18:57 the signal was received to start 'Operation Dynamo', the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force and other Allied troops from the French seaport of Dunkirk (Dunkerque) to England. 

The Second World War had begun in Western Europe on the 1st September 1939, when Germany invaded Poland. In Belgium and France there was a long winter of waiting as German and Allied forces, including the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), faced each other along the border defences. Then on 10 May 1940, two German armies moved eastward, leaving Dunkirk as the only place from which to escape.

Operation Dynamo was the rescue operation implemented by the Royal Navy. It was co-ordinated by Vice Admiral Bertram Ramsay and his small team in Dover Castle. Unfortunately, the Germans had put the main docks at Dunkirk – the best place from which to evacuate troops – out of action, leaving only the beaches to the north of the port, which were far from ideal. Even at high tide, a destroyer couldn’t approach within a mile of the shore, and troops had to be ferried out in small craft.

However, over the course of nine days, 338,226 men were rescued, thanks to the brave actions of the captains of the ‘Little Ships’, a 700-strong flotilla of pleasure boats, yachts, steamers, lifeboats, tugs and other small vessels which travelled east from England to lend assistance to the military. They did so by carrying troops from the beaches to waiting larger vessels.

The evacuation at Dunkirk was called a ‘miracle’ by Winston Churchill and the phrase “Dunkirk spirit” is now used whenever and wherever groups of people show courage and determination in a difficult or dangerous situations.

In 2015, a flotilla of the 'little ships' that evacuated Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk arrived in France after setting sail to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation.

The fleet of some 50 yachts, fishing boats and life boats set sail from Ramsgate in Kent for the French port, to recreate the 30 mile journey. Aboard the Princess Freda, a Thames passenger vessel that took part in the Dunkirk evacuations, were veterans Garth Wright, 95, from Plymouth, and Michael Bentall, 94, who came over from Canada for the anniversary. 

Ten years on from this day, in 1950, long queues appeared at garages and motorists tore their ration books into confetti after the end to petrol rationing - one of the many hardships faced by the nation both during and immediately after WWII. Now 80 years on we have been facing our own hardships and many have been referring to the need to have a "Dunkirk spirit". Well hopefully we too will soon be able to celebrate this time being over.

Hope you all have a good day and be kind to everyone around you.

25th May

Hello Elm, today is a beautiful Orange for a beautiful sunny day.

Today is the Spring Bank Holiday, also known as the Late May Bank holiday, but where does it come from?

On this day in 1871 The House of Commons passed the Bank Holiday Act, creating public holidays on Easter Monday, Whit Monday and Christmas Day: Whit Monday is the Monday after Pentecost, also known as Whitsun. The Banking and Financial Dealings Act of 1971, moved this bank holiday to the last Monday in May, as Whit Monday often fell at an awkward time, especially for schools!

Spring Bank Holiday is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and many banks and businesses are closed, including the postal service. Stores may be open or closed, according to local custom. Public transport systems often run to a holiday timetable – obviously that is all a bit different this year.

Usually it is a pleasant day off work or school for many people. Some people choose to take a short trip or vacation. Others use the time to walk in the country, catch up with family and friends, visit garden centres or do home maintenance. However, in some parts of the United Kingdom, there are some customs associated with this day.

On Cooper's Hill in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, people race down a steep hill following a large round cheese. The hill is concave and has an incline of 1:1 in some places. The first person to cross the finishing line wins a Double Gloucester cheese weighing about 8lbs (around 3.5kg). The custom may have been started by the Romans or ancient Britons and be an ancient fertility rite or a way of guaranteeing the rights of the villagers to graze their livestock on the surrounding land. In some years, there have been a lot of injuries, causing the event to be cancelled a couple of times in recent years. In these years, the cheese was rolled down the hill, but nobody was allowed to chase it.

This year the Late Spring Bank Holiday falls on the earliest possible date – 25th May; let’s hope that next year when this bank holiday falls on the latest possible date – 31st May 2021 – we will be able to relax and celebrate in style.


Thank you to all of you who have already sent me work. Please keep sending and don't forget a few more short videos showing what you have been up to would be lovely.

Have a great day and don't forget to be kind.

A fantastic menu from four corners of the USA

22nd May

Hi Elm Class, today I have chosen Dark Cyan.

On This Day - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the medical doctor and writer, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1859.  Doyle was a prolific writer; best known for the character Sherlock Holmes who featured, along with Dr Watson, in four novels and more than fifty short stories – many of which were published in The Strand Magazine. His other works include fantasy and science fiction stories about Professor Challenger and humorous stories about the Napoleonic soldier Brigadier Gerard. In 1998, Northern Ireland voted 'Yes' to a new peace agreement designed to end 30 years of violence between Protestants and Catholics. Finally, one you most likely remember (history doesn’t only mean dates and events that happened before you were born!) In 2017 twenty two people were killed and more than 200 injured when a shrapnel-laden homemade bomb was detonated as people were leaving Manchester Arena following a concert by the American singer Ariana Grande. The youngest victim, Saffie Roussos, was just eight years old.

Today is the last day of this half term, so you should be coming to the end of your project about the USA and many of you have sent me some brilliant examples of what you have completed - please do keep doing this. Also well done to those of you who have also sent me your English, I am a bit behind with feedback, but it will come. For the half term break next week, I won't set any new work, however please make sure that you keep reading and also returning to previous MyMaths tasks to achieve that mystical 100%. I will however continue to update this page and be available via email. It would be good if more of you could send me some short video clips to share.

Moving forward, we are stepping back into the unknown. After half term, some of you might well be returning to school, some of you will be waiting a little longer. However, it is hopeful that we will all be safely back before the summer. Home learning will continue for those who are at home, with a new (and exciting) project.

Sadly it is not quite so sunny and warm today, in fact it is rather windy here in Ipswich, how is it at yours? However have a good day and stay safe.

21st May

Hello again Elm Class, today is a Dark Velvet sort of day.

On This Day - Today the weather forecast has suggested that there might be high/strong winds, in 1950, two people died and more were injured as violent storms and a tornado swept through counties around London. In 2015, at 8:00 am about 50 small boats that were involved in the evacuation of allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk in World War Two set sail from Ramsgate to mark the 75th anniversary of the rescue. The Dunkirk evacuation, codenamed 'Operation Dynamo' took place between 26th May and 4th June 1940 and saw hundreds of wooden fishing boats, pleasure yachts and lifeboats rescue 338,000 troops after they retreated from Nazi forces.

Well I never did get back to you yesterday so today there are two rather lovely googles to share with you. Yesterday the Google Doodle celebrated the birthday of native Hawaiian `ukulele player, singer-songwriter, and activist Israel “IZ™” Kamakawiwo`ole, in honour of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the U.S. Born in 1959, Israel Ka`ano`i Kamakawiwo`ole is perhaps best known for touching the world with his beloved rendition of “Over the Rainbow” and forever changing the face of Hawaiian music. You can hear this if you follow the link below the pictures.

Today is an interactive Doodle celebrating Zimbabwe’s national instrument, the mbira, as Zimbabwe’s Culture Week begins. The mbira is an African musical instrument, traditional to the Shona people of Zimbabwe. It consists of a wooden board with attached staggered metal tines, played by holding the instrument in the hands and plucking the tines with the thumbs, the right forefinger, and sometimes the left forefinger.
Follow the link in order to try your own hand at this instrument that has been played for over 1,000 years, while experiencing a story as told through the lens of a Zimbabwean girl who learns to play the mbira.

I hope you have all been enjoying the lovely weather, but haven't got too sun burnt! It is more difficult to focus on school work when it is sunny outside but please try to do a little most days and then send what you have done to me. I have had some lovely project work and I have shared some below - I also know that there is more to come so keep a look out. Also I have had a couple of examples of other things that you have been up to including a video clip. Fantastic, now I would love to see and share some more.

Have a great day and look after your grown-ups

Hadyn has been busy with his USA project

Abbie has been going on a bike ride every week, here’s a map photo of a recent bike ride which was 11miles

Abbie has also taken her dogs for many walks - this one is around the river near her house.

Still image for this video

Aden has been learning to draw characters on YouTube.

20th May

I am sorry Elm Class but I am in meetings this morning but please come back later for today's news including some more examples of work and a video clip.

Take care 

19th May

Hello Elm Class, today I have gone with Strong Red.

On This Day - In 1499 Catherine of Aragon (aged 12) was married by proxy to Arthur Tudor, the Prince of Wales (aged 12). Sadly Prince Arthur died at the age of 16, so his father, King Henry VII arranged for Catherine of Aragon to then be married to Arthur's younger brother who ultimately became Henry VIII and we know all about his many wives.

More recently, another younger brother to an heir to the throne also got married when Prince Henry of Wales married Rachel Markel in 2018. You might be more familiar with the names that they use, Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. A lot has happened to this couple since their Royal wedding at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle just two years ago and they are currently living in the USA with their son having stepped away from official royal life. We wish them well.

Today’s Doodle celebrates the 111th birthday of British Humanitarian Sir Nicholas Winton, who organized the escape of over 600 children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia in the lead-up to World War II. 

Nicholas Winton was born Nicholas George Wertheim in London, England on this day in 1909. In 1938, with World War II looming over Europe, Winton was inspired to do something to help.

He set in motion a huge rescue effort to save primarily Jewish children from the threat of German occupation in present-day Czechia by transporting them to Britain. The dangerous operation required Winton and his collaborators to find homes for the children with British families, raise money, bribe officials, and even forge documents. In March 1939, the first train left Prague, and over the next few months, a total of 669 children were rescued to safety.

For nearly 50 years, the world knew nothing of what Winton had done – not even his wife.

That all changed in 1988, when she discovered documents in their attic referencing the daring rescues. In 2003, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for Services to Humanity. However, he always protested that he only did what anyone would have done had they witnessed the conditions in those refugee camps in 1939. He continued all his life to do charity work to help others and believed it was the most satisfying and meaningful way for anyone to spend their time. Nicholas Winton died in 2015aged 106 and his primary legacy is the 669 children rescued and their descendants: approximately 7000 people who are alive today because of that Kindertransport. Today, Winton’s story serves as a shining example of the power of selfless action to bring about incredible change.

Well done to those of you who have already sent me this week's grammar and spelling tasks, I will email you your feedback later today. Also thank you to those who have continued to send me project work, some examples of this you can see below. 

Today I will be setting new MyMaths tasks, however this doesn't mean that you can't return to previous tasks to improve your scores... aim for 100%. You will find your previous tasks in your Scores Tab on your homepage of your MyMaths. This is also where you check for your feedback. Lots of you are still giving up after one attempt, this means you are only "doing" maths not "learning" maths.

You will find answers to last weeks reading comprehension below. This week, Year 6 should work on the final pages of your Targeted Question Book - page 32: Change Your Journey to School. When you have completed this, please email me a copy or picture. Year 5 I will send you yours later today.

I am working in school again today so please bear with me if you are waiting for a response to an email or some feedback for work that you have sent me.

Have a great day and what about some more pictures ofr short videos to share!

Year 6 comprehension answers - Macbeth

Year 5 comprehension answers - The Milkmaid and her Pail

A brilliant set of Top Trump cards made by Tom

More fantastic Top Trump cards by Aden and a map of some of the physical features of the USA

18th May

Hello Elm Class, today is a Strong blue day.

On This Day -  In  1830, Briton Edwin Budding signed an agreement for his invention, the lawn mower, to go into mass production. His first customer was Regent's Park Zoo in London. The European Convention on Human Rights came into force in 1954. In 1991, chemist Helen Sharman from Sheffield was the first Briton to go into space, as a participant in a Soviet space mission. Finally, in 1914, AstraZeneca, a British multinational pharmaceutical and biologics company with operations in over 100 countries, rejected America company Pfizer's final offer of £63bn. Why is AstraZeneca so important to us today?

What a lovely weekend. Yesterday I went exploring along the bridle ways around Rushmere and Tuddenham - they are beautiful and I had know idea they were even there. I have now found a map so I can explore even more along the railway and down to the River Flynn next weekend. I have put some pictures of my walk below and it would be great to see pictures or maybe short videos of what you have been up to.

Below you will find this weeks new grammar and spellings which I will also email to you. Please make sure that you send me either a word document or a picture of your work when you have finished so that I can mark it. Also make sure that you have returned to last weeks MyMaths tasks to check that you have achieved 100% in each as I will be setting new ones alongside reading tomorrow. Finally it is good to see that many of you are doing well with you USA project but I would like to see some more work from some of you who haven't sent it to me yet. Below you will see some great research about the USA flag.

Today I am off to school, which is a very strange place without you. Hopefully not too much longer now. Have a good day everyone and don't forget to be kind to all of your family.

Great research about the USA flag by Joseph

15th May

Morning Elm Class, it's Carrot today.

On This Day - Birthdays! Zara Phillips, daughter of Anne, the Princess Royal and Mark Phillips was born in 1981. Who are these people and where do they feature in the Royal family tree?

Also born on this day was the Scottish tennis player Sir Andrew Barron Murray OBE . He was born in Glasgow in 1987, but grew up in Dunblane. In 2011, Murray became only the seventh player in the Open Era to reach the semi-finals of all four Grand Slam tournaments in one year. On 7th July 2013 he won his first Wimbledon title and ended Britain's 77-year wait for a men's champion, with a straight-sets victory over world number one Novak Djokovic. 

Well done to prize winners yesterday - so today prizes are available to those of you who can tell me about Zara Phillips. Yesterday I also enjoyed seeing lots more of your work, some of which is shared below, and I don't know about you but I would love to have a meal at Charlie's Diner.

Today, make sure that you have reached 100% on as many MyMaths tasks as possible and remember to send my your project work completed so far.

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.

Charlie's Diner - it made me hungry just reading the menu!

Another excellent set of Top Trump cards I love the "amazingness" rating, well done Nes.

14th May

Good Morning Elm, today is Dark Violet as I don't think we have had it for a while. Today is one of those days which is an anniversary for so many things, it is difficult to know what to select, however I have chosen three, which are all relevant to us in different ways - I wonder whether you can give me reasons for each.

On This Day - Thomas Gainsborough, English painter and founder of the English School of portrait and landscape painting, was born in Sudbury Suffolk in 1727. Along with his rival Sir Joshua Reynolds, he is considered one of the most important British artists of the second half of the 18th century. In 1796, Edward Jenner became the first British physician to carry out a successful vaccination; on an eight year old boy against smallpox. His pioneering work laid the foundation for modern immunology techniques, which will hopefully bring us a vaccination against Covid 19 soon. The children's charity the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, was launched in London in 1889. Liverpool businessman Thomas Agnew had visited the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and was so impressed that he returned to England determined to provide similar help. In 1895 Queen Victoria became its first Royal Patron but it did not change its title to 'Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children' or similar, as the acronym NSPCC was already well established.

There might well be a small, edible prize for anyone who can send me sensible suggestions for my selection!

It is lovely to see how well some of you are getting on with your USA project and there are some examples of your work below. However it would be good if more of you could send me documents or pictures of work you have completed - I haven't seen anything from some of you. Also please send me your spelling and grammar work so that I have something to mark - you know how much I love marking! 

With that, please have a great day and stay safe.

Ptolemy and Daisy-Belle continue to work hard on their USA projects

13th May

Hello Elm, it is a Dark Cyan sort of day today.

On This Day - In 1607, Captain John Smith landed on the coast of Virginia and began the first permanent English settlement in the New World, calling it Jamestown, in honour of King James I of England (Virginia itself had been named in honour of Queen Elizabeth 1). The Royal Flying Corps, (now known as the Royal Air Force), was established in 1912, just nine years after the Wright brothers mad made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft.    

Also, in 1957, the BBC began its regular television programmes for schools - now we are working online in our "virtual" school!

I am now going to have a look at your MyMaths and leave feedback for those tasks completed. You should then go back and have further attempts at tasks that you haven't yet got 100% for. Don't forget to email for help if you are stuck.

Also, please send documents or pictures of your USA project so far.

Have a good day and look after each other

12th May

Good Morning Elm Class, today we are Strong Blue for International Nursed Day. Does anyone know why it is International Nurses Day today?

On This Day - Florence Nightingale was born 200 years ago today (1820). She was a British social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale came to prominence while serving as a manager and trainer of nurses during the Crimean War, in which she organised care for wounded soldiers. She gave nursing a favourable reputation and became an icon of Victorian culture, especially in the persona of "The Lady with the Lamp" making rounds of wounded soldiers at night. Nightingale went on to lay the foundation of professional nursing with the establishment of her nursing school at St Thomas' Hospital in London. It was the first secular nursing school in the world, and is now part of King's College London. In 2008 Google dedicated this doodle to celebrate her life.

The Coronation of George VI (Queen Elizabeth’s farther) took place in 1937. The BBC televised the procession in its first ever outside broadcast. Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon became queen consort and was later known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, to avoid confusion with her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II. In 1945, the first of the 'Thomas the Tank Engine' series by the Rev. Wilbert Awdry was published. It was entitled 'The Three Railway Engines' and featured Edward, Gordon and Henry. The book quickly sold the initial print run of 22,500 copies and there were a further two print runs by the end of the year.

I hope you are all getting on well with your school work this week, I can see that many of you have completed the last set of MyMaths tasks and more of you are now persevering and returning to tasks to get the required 100% - well done. I will be setting the next group of tasks later this morning. Year 6, you should now have completed White Fang and you will find the answers below. This week you should work on Macbeth on page 30 of your Targeted Question Book. Thank you Year 5 to those of you who sent me your answers to The Story of Helen Keller, for the rest of you you will also find the answers below. This week you have another comprehension - The Milkmaid and her Pail, which I will send to you via email. 

Have a good day and please email me me if you have any work to show me or questions to ask - take care.

Year 6 comprehension answers - White Fang

Year 5 comprehension answers -The Story of Helen Keller

Hadyn has been building: a treehouse in the garden and on a smaller scale a model of his Fantasy Island

11th May

Hi Elm, today is a Dark Emerald sort of day.

On This Day - British Prime Minister Spencer Percival was assassinated in the House of Commons in 1812; apparently he was mistaken by his killer, bankrupt broker John Bellingham, for someone else. He is the only Prime Minister in Britain to have been assassinated. In 1820, HMS Beagle was launched to take Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage to test his theories on evolution. Finally in 1967, Britain, Ireland and Denmark officially applied to join the EEC.

I hope you have had a great weekend. How did you celebrate VE Day 75? It would be great to see some pictures. Today is the first day of what should have been SATs week. Year 6, you had been working so hard for this since September and I know that you would have been brilliant, but never mind. As for SATs breakfasts, it was strange yesterday not having to buy all the food, but I had a cooked breakfast this morning anyway!

This morning I have emailed you your new grammar and spellings for the week and I will also post them below. Please send me either a word document or a picture of your work when you have finished so that I can mark it. Also please keep sending me your project work - you will find some more examples of work that I have received below.

I will give answers to last weeks reading comprehensions and set new ones tomorrow and this weeks new MyMaths tasks. Can I remind you that you should return to tasks more than once in order to get 100%.

Have a good day and look after everyone in your home

Some great USA research by Aden

A beautifully presented Mind-map by Joseph - take a look

Ptolemy has also been working hard, not only on his USA project but also helping with the third birth for our class while the school has been closed - this time a calf

10th May

Hi Elm Class, just a quick Pumpkin message today.

In the USA, Canada and some other countries around the World it is Mothers Day. In these countries Google has released an interactive doodle to create your own Mothers Day card. It isn't on our Google but if you follow the link below, you can have a go.

8th May

Good Morning Elm, definitely Strong Red today

On This Day - David Attenborough, English naturalist and broadcaster was born in 1926.

In 1945, the UK celebrated VE Day (Victory in Europe Day. After five years, eight months, and five days of massive devastation, the end of the European phase of World War II was celebrated. Victory in Europe was commemorated with celebrations all around the world in recognition of the unconditional surrender of all German forces, which was signed in Reims, France, the previous day. Today marks the 75th anniversary.

Victory in Europe (VE) Day on the 8th May 1945 saw Britain and its Allies formally accept Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender after almost six years of war. On the previous day (7th May), the formal act of military surrender had been signed by Germany, ending World War Two in Europe. In Britain, Winston Churchill then declared the 8th May a public holiday. At 3pm on the 8th crowds gathered on Whitehall to hear Prime Minister Winston speak. Churchill announced on the radio that the war in Europe had come to an end, following Germany's surrender the day before.
Spontaneous celebrations broke out across the country; people held parties, danced and sang in the streets.

At Buckingham Palace, King George VI and the Royal Family appeared on the balcony. Legend has it that the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, and her sister Princess Margaret, ventured out later with a group of friends to experience the excitement in London.

For many though, the celebrations were bitter-sweet. People mourned their lost friends and loved ones, while others were still engaged in combat, as the war in the Far East continued.

Today, towns and cities around England had planned parades and street parties to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. The government had moved the traditional Early May Bank Holiday from the 4th May to 8th May this year to allow for a range of celebrations across the UK, including a veterans' procession. But social distancing measures in place due to the coronavirus pandemic means that all public gatherings have been cancelled. However, some events have been adapted so that they can still take place. Britons have been asked to decorate their homes in red, white and blue, to have a 'stay at home street party', while socially-distanced wreath-laying, a two-minute silence, a re-broadcast of Winston Churchill's speech and an address from the Queen are among the national events taking place. There will also be a limited flypast.

At 2:45pm solo buglers, trumpeters and cornet players have been invited to play the Last Post from their homes, then at 3pm, as Churchill's speech is broadcast, people will be invited to stand up and raise a glass in a national toast, saying: "To those who gave so much, we thank you".

The Queen's pre-recorded address will be broadcast on BBC One at the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address 75 years ago. It will be her second televised message during the coronavirus outbreak after a rare speech to the nation last month.

7th May

Hello Elm, Carrot today.

On This Day - After nearly 6 years Germany signed an unconditional surrender in a small school in Rheims (France) in 1945. General Jodl, German Army Chief of Staff, signed his name on documents that formally ended the war in Europe. In 2014 an international league table (Better Life Index) showed that people in Britain were 24 per cent more likely to go out of their way to help a stranger than the average inhabitant of the world’s other leading industrial countries - I think that this has truly been demonstrated over the last few weeks.

Today’s Google Stay At Home and Play interactive game was first seen on 11th August 2017 to celebrate the 44th anniversary of the birth of Hip Hop. The Doodle features a custom logo graphic, interactive turntables on which users can mix samples from legendary tracks, and a serving of Hip Hop history - with an emphasis on its founding pioneers. Find out how it all started back in 1973, then learn how mix your own versions.

Thank you to those who have sent work and pictures this week, below you can see Jacob's Fantasy Island project, and well done to those of you who are persevering with your MyMaths. Keep going and hopefully on Sunday we might get some news to tell us how long before we can all get back to school. In the meantime it would be lovely to say hello to each other. A few weeks ago, Aden sent a short video showing his keepie uppie skills; I thought it would be brilliant if more of you could send me short videos showing something you have been up to so we can share them on our Class Page. Please keep them short, 10-15 seconds would be ideal. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Have a good day and hopefully "see" you soon.

Jacob's Fantasy Island is called Isle of Shortbottom, named after its owner!

6th May

Hi Elm Class, I am feeling Strong Blue for today.

On This Day - Roger Bannister, a 25 year old British medical student, became the first man to run a mile in less than four minute (at the Iffley Road Sports Ground, Oxford), in 1954. His time was 3 minute 59.4 seconds. In 1994 the Queen and France's President Francois Mitterrand formally opened the Channel Tunnel during two elaborate ceremonies in France and Britain.

Today is another birthday in the Royal Family. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the son of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex was born in 2019. A great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II, he is seventh in the line of succession to the British throne.

As Archie descends from the British royal family on his father's side and from the American working and middle classes on his mother's side, he is a citizen both of the United Kingdom and of the United States. He is also heir apparent to his father's Dukedom of Sussex, Earldom of Dumbarton, and Barony of Kilkeel. There was the option of using Prince Harry's subsidiary title of Earl of Dumbarton, as a courtesy, but Meghan and Harry decided instead that he would be styled as Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, in accordance with their wish that he grow up as a private citizen.

I remember today's Google Stay At Home and Play interactive game - Halloween - originally released on 31st October 2016. It follows freshman feline Momo on her mission to rescue her school of magic – the Magic Cat Academy – and restore peace. Help her cast out mischievous spirits by swiping in the shape of the symbols above the ghosts’ heads. And you’d better pounce fast—the ghost that stole the master spell-book is getting away!

What a lovely sunny day it is, tempting to spend it all in the garden, but I will do all my school work first and look at all of yours. I have had one more piece of USA project - see below - but I am looking forward to some more. Did you look at the Story Time on the Home Learning page last night - it only took about 15 tries to get the whole story in one go and I still made a mistake at the end! I am sure I will get better with practise! 

Well have a good day and don't get sun burnt.

Ptolemy has been finding out how extreme the weather is across the USA

5th May 

Hello Elm Class, today I am going with Dark Velvet.

On This Day - In 1930, British aviator Amy Johnson took off from Croydon Airport in her Gypsy Moth plane 'Jason'. She became the first woman to fly solo to Australia, arriving on 24th May. Also on this day in 1967, the first ever all-British satellite, Ariel 3, was successfully launched into orbit from the United States.

Today’s Google Stay At Home and Play interactive game was originally released in North America, some South American countries and some European countries – but not the UK - on 9th December 2019. It celebrates the traditional Mexican card game, Lotería! Originating in Italy in the 15th century, Lotería first moved to Spain before reaching Mexico in 1769. The rules are similar to bingo in that players mark spots on a tabla, or board, with a token (traditionally a raw bean) and attempt to fill it before all other players. Have a go if you can, it is a multiplayer experience and I think you will enjoy it. It will also introduce you to some Spanish.

Yesterday I spent the day at school with children from Eyke and St Mary's, it was very strange being in the classroom without you but it is beginning to sound like we should all be able to come back to school quite soon - fingers crossed. When I got home I had a lovely surprise as so many of you had emailed me pictures of your work some examples of which you will see below ( I am not going to put everybody's English grammar on here as they are all fairly similar, however I will send you all individual feedback).

Today I will finish giving feedback to your MyMaths tasks and set some new ones - don't forget that you are aiming for 100%. Also I will sort reading comprehension for Year 5. For Year 6 the answers to I Can Jump Puddles are below and you should now complete White Fang on page 28.

Finally have you looked on the Home Learning page yet? You will find it in the Children's tab before the class pages. On this page you will find Miss Fairweather reading a favourite story. It is my turn today so have a guess as to which story I might choose - I'll give you a clue, it is one of my big books. At the moment we are going to reading picture books, but I am sure you will enjoy them, however I am going to talk to Mrs Frost (although she doesn't know this yet) to think about how we can share a book more suitable for KS2.

Have a good and as always look after yourselves and those around you.

Year 6 comprehension answers - I Can Jump Puddles

Nes has made a great start to his USA project

Aden has also completed his mid map showing what he already knows about the USA

Charlie has been particularly creative with his mind map

Ptolemy has not only named the countries of North America, but has also identified where they are. He has also included detail on his mind map - these are also all great places to visit Ptolemy.

4th May

Star Wars Day - May the 4th be with you

Hello Elm, Back to Pumpkin today

On This Day - In 1675, King Charles II ordered the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory. It played a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation and is best known as the location of 0 degrees longitude, which has determined mapping co-ordinates since that time.

When the Conservative Party won the general election in 1979, Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first woman prime minister.
Today's Google Stay At Home and Play doodle was first released on 22nd January 2016 to celebrate Wilbur Lincoln Scoville. Scoville was a chemist, award-winning researcher, professor of pharmacology and the second vice-chairman of the American Pharmaceutical Association. Although people had known about the tongue-burning, tear-inducing qualities of peppers long before Columbus reached the Americas, It was Wilbur Scoville, however, who developed a scale to measure a pepper's “heat” – the Scoville Scale. See what you can discover about the different “heat” of peppers and then use the ice-cream to “cool” it down.

Below you will find this weeks grammar and spelling. For the spelling, please write a sentence for each word using it correctly. Both of these can be done either on the computer or by copying and completing them on paper, you can print them out as worksheets if you wish, but you don't have to. Again please send them to me when you have finished - I only had one last week!.

Today is the last day for last weeks MyMaths and reading, so make sure that you have completed all of these. I will set new MyMaths tomorrow and post the answers to "I Can Jump Puddles (Year 6). Year 5, your new reading comprehension tasks will be posted tomorrow.

Also below you can see Joseph's American menu, although I think I will stick to Kentucky Fried Chicken rather than Oklahoma Fried Rattlesnake!

Have a good day and take care.

Joseph has thought about a tasty menu for exploring the USA

2nd May

Hi Elm Class, today is Dark Emerald.

I don't always write on here at the weekends but today is a bit special.

On This Day - Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was born in 2015. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge is the second child and only daughter of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. She will be celebrating her 5th birthday alongside her brothers Prince George and Prince Louis, and their parents at their home - Anmer Hall, Norfolk - where they have been isolating amid the crisis. Charlotte is, from birth, a princess of the United Kingdom with the title "Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge".

Charlotte is fourth in the line of succession to the British throne, after her grandfather, father, and elder brother. Due to the implementation of the Perth Agreement, which replaced male-preference primogeniture with absolute primogeniture, she did not move down the line of succession when her younger brother, Prince Louis of Cambridge, was born on 23 April 2018; this makes her the first elder sister of a British prince to be ranked above him in the line of succession.

In honour of her fifth birthday her parents have released four new photos of their daughter. These were taken in April by the Duchess on the Sandringham estate, where the family helped to pack up and deliver food packages for isolated pensioners.

Also, yesterday afternoon, three people sent me pictures of their Fantasy Island projects that I wanted to share with you - see below.

I hope you have a good weekend, I am planning to plant my hanging baskets and do some other gardening, bake a cake and finish decorating the spare bedroom (well help Mr Cutting with that actually!).

Abbie's Fantasy Island - Air Balloon Island sounds like a magical place

Snowdrop Island, is a fascinating mix of extreme temperature - an interesting Fantasy Island Shea!

Shea has also made a bee to go with his Earth Day Bee poster

Erin your Fantasy Island - Brooke's Amazing Animal Island - might be the perfect place for you to relax and eat your birthday cake

1st May

Morning Elm, Vivid Yellow today for the first day of May - summer is coming!

May Day - originally a Roman festival which began on 28th April and lasted several days to mark the commencement of summer. In England, middle and lower classes would gather flowers - ‘go a maying’ - and the prettiest village maid was crowned Queen of the May, celebrated with dancing around the maypole. In this country we don't have a May Day holiday as such, however the spring bank holiday on the first Monday in May was created in 1978. This year however the spring bank holiday has been moved Friday 8th May to commemorate 75th anniversary of VE day.

On This Day - The Act of Union in 1707 joined the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain. In 1840, the first British Penny Black stamp went on sale. Invented by Rowland Hill, it was the world’s first adhesive postage stamp and it became valid for postage on 6th May.

Today's Google Stay At Home and Play doodle is one of my favourites! It first appeared on 10th June 2018 and celebrates the humble garden gnome. Gnome figures first appeared in 13th-century Anatolia and re-emerged in 16th-century Italy. The common garden gnome originated in 19th-century Germany from the mining area of Thuringia, where legend has it they protect gardens and bring good luck. In today’s interactive Doodle, you’ll learn a bit more about how the humble gnome is made. Then, you’ll enlist a group of gnomes to help you decorate a garden of your own!

It is good to see that you are beginning to make a good start on your USA project. As I have said before, you should try to complete two or three of the Learning Objectives each week so that you can spend time on your own research for the final task. It will be great to share your work when we get back to school, but in the mean time, please keep sending documents or pictures of the work that you have done so far. Below you will find some more examples of work that people have sent me.

I hope you have a good day and a lovely weekend. Make sure you are keeping safe and looking after your grown-ups.

Aden has named all the countries that make up North America and found the flag for each one - well done.

Aden's comic strip story for Orpheus and Eurydice