Home Learning – Friday 22nd May

Hello Sparrowhawks,

It’s Mrs Smith here again, well done you’ve made it to the end of half term – yippee! We really have been so proud of all your hard work and dedication with home learning. We know it can be quite tough and tricky sometimes but you have shown us such superb resilience and commitment to your studies. You have completed some fantastic maths, amazing literacy, outstanding artwork, mind boggling science and your projects have been incredible. I just wanted to say a huge well done and a big thumbs from us all.

As it is the last day of this short term and this week is Mental Health week, I thought today’s lessons could be based around the theme, Feel Good Friday!

Have a wonderful half term next week and I look forward to seeing what you have got up to when we get back.

Stay safe Sparrows

Mrs Smith

P.S Don’t forget to get practising for Gastrells Got Talent and email me your videos. I would like to see as many entries as possible from Sparrowhawks!


(More pictures to follow)

Today’s riddle

What belongs to you, but other people use it more than you?

Email your answers to rwalker@gastrells.gloucs.sch.uk

Well done to Hollie who was first to email in with the correct answer last week.

 Morning Activity

Namaste – To start off our Feel Good Friday I thought we could begin with a spot of Yoga. I know Cosmic Kids Yoga was a bit hit when I was in school a few weeks ago with the Key Worker children, so I would like you to spend the first 5 – 10 mins taking part in a Cosmic Yoga session.

I have found one called Jedi Strength and Focus, but I don’t really mind if you wish to do another Cosmic Yoga class.

The whole video is quite long, feel free to join in with all of it but if you just want to take part in the yoga session jump forward to 24 minutes and 25 seconds.


I don’t know if you can remember this far back but we had a fantastic PHSE lesson before lockdown, on what makes a healthy lifestyle? We spoke about how to be healthy both physically and mentally (remember things, like getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, drinking enough water, getting enough exercise, socialising with friends)

I would like you to do a little more research to remind yourself and design a poster to promote a healthy life style. I would like you to give details of your research in your poster, for example: how many hours sleep is recommended for your age and why is it is so important, what is included in a healthy diet? How many portions of fruit and veg you should have a day etc, please make it bright and cheerful and include pictures as well as text.

Fresh Air Ideas Garden Challenges

Being active is important for both your physical and mental health, I know the weather is not supposed to be quite as nice today but I think it is still going to be good enough to be outside (fingers crossed).

I have found these Garden challenges for you to take part in – you could do one or all four if you wish.

Fresh Air Garden Challenges

Reading Café

Last week’s reading café was a huge success, I hear lots of you enjoyed reading with a biscuit!! So I thought we could repeat the same activity today. Grab a book of your choice, get a drink and a snack (an occasional treat is fine!) and cosy down for 30 mins reading. Remember to talk about your book after with an adult or older sibling – you could tell them what happened in the section you just read, if you enjoyed it or not and why, what you think about the characters in the book and what you think might happen next?

Mindfulness Colouring

Sometimes it is good to sit quietly and take part in an activity where you don’t need to think too much and you can relax and let your mind be clear. I thought we could end the day on some mindfulness colouring – there are a selection of colourings for you to choose here. I particularly like the lion one, so I think I will have a go at colouring that one myself.

Mindfulness colouring


Home Learning – Thursday 21st May

Good morning Sparrowhawks,

Well done to everyone who joined us for the live writing padlet yesterday, the writing is getting better and better every week. I hope you all manged to enjoy today’s beautiful weather and spent time in the glorious sunshine.

This week I am spending lots of my time helping to prepare the school for some of the children returning after half term. Although I will be in school every day after half term I wanted to reassure you that I will still be setting activities for you everyday on the blog and here to help and support you with anything you need.

Today’s quote I think speaks for itself, so instead of explaining what it means to me, like I normally do, I thought I would set you a challenge. It would be great if over the next week you went out of your way to say 1 kind word (obviously you can say more than 1 if you wish) to someone either at home or via video call or txt. 

Have a great day and keep smiling!

Mr M


Maths – Equivalent Fractions – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zb8wqp3 (Activity 1 & 2)

Top Five Thursday – This has become one of my highlights of the week. This week we are going for your top 5 sports/ activities that you can play, take part in or watch. Of course I am happy for you to be as creative with this as you want and bend the rules if you need to.

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Science –  Please have a look at yesterday’s post for all of this week’s science experiments.

Art World Record -Today at 4:00pm-4:30pm

How great would it be to say that during lockdown you were part of a world record?

If you want to take part it is really important that you register on the website below, you will also find all other information there.


Home Learning – Wednesday 20th May

Hi Sparrowhawks,

I hope you are all well, I look forward to as many of you as possible all joining me for our third creative writing padlet from 9:30-10:30 this morning.

How did you get on with the P.E challenge yesterday? I certainly found this one to be harder than some of the others and I liked Louis’ suggestion of calling it the Plank Sock Time Challenge, what does everybody else think?

It has been lovely to see lots of pictures of the art and design tasks coming in, did you find that there was lots of hidden maths that you had to do?

I hope you have a great day.

Take care

Mr M

Creative Writing Padlet – Like last week please read the updated instructions below before we start the task at 9:30!

  • This week you will notice the format of the padlet is the same as last week, please keep a look out for my post as I will update all instructions on there.
  • The padlet should run easier if you click on the square with an arrow through it in the top right hand corner which will open the padlet in  new tab.
  • Rather than write a new post after every instruction just keep editing your original post, you do this by clicking on the three dots in the top right hand corner of your post.
  • Make sure you use your name as the title.
  • Please reread your writing before posting it and make sure you read feedback from me or Mrs Smith.

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SPaG -Using subordinate conjunctions – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z6kj2sg

(This sounds more confusing than it is) Spend time reading the instructions at the top and just have a go at completing activity 1.

Your Choice – Rather than setting a new project this week I know there are lots of you still putting the finishing touches to your work so please take the time today to finish.

If you have finished I have posted  our science activities a day early as well as a BBC bitesize lesson on mountains that you can have a go at if you would like.

BBC bitesize lesson on mountains – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zdqybdm



Home Learning – Tuesday 19th May

Hey Sparrowhawks!

I hope yesterday went well and you enjoyed designing and creating your own room. Today we will be focusing on maths and tomorrow our live writing padlet will be from 9:30-10:30am so please join us if you can. This week I have attached the photo and some questions for our creative writing at the bottom of this post for you to have a look at today and discuss before tomorrow.

I hope you saw yesterday’s blog post all about Gastrells Got Talent, it would be great for lots of you to be involved. Remember it can be any talent you want for example it could be a trick you have mastered on your scooter, a somersault on the trampoline or a song you have learnt to play or sing.

Have a great day!

Mr M


BBC Bitesize – simplifying fractions – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zfc98xs

Math puzzles

Magical Maths – You can try this out for yourself 1st then try it on your parents or siblings

  1.  Think of any number
  2.  Double it
  3.  Add on 6
  4.  Half it
  5.  Take away the number you first thought of
  6.  Tell them the answer they have is 3!

P.E – It’s time for a new sock challenge for you Sparrowhawks!

Have a look at the video below, try it for yourself, challenge your parents & siblings and then send me a video clip for our Friday montage.

Creative Writing – Have a look at the picture and discuss the questions below ahead of our live writing padlet tomorrow.

  • Where does the tunnel lead?
  • What is the source of the light?
  • Do you think the rabbit will go through?
  • Has it been through before?
  • How did it find out about the tunnel?


Home Learning – Monday 18th May

Good morning Sparrowhawks, 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. As we enter the eighth week of home learning I just wanted to let you know how proud I am off all of your hard work so far, I know at times it can be hard but you (and your parents) are doing a super job! 

This week we have lots of great activities planned, including a world record attempt (see below for more details), another P.E challenge tomorrow and a great piece of creative writing on Wednesday. Keep working hard on your ongoing projects and I look forward to seeing all of them once they are finished.

However you are feeling, I know you will absolutely love Mr & Mrs Payne’s Monday Morning Message below, I’ve watched it 3 times and I’m still laughing. 

I hope you have a great week, take care and keep smiling.

Mr M


Maths challenges on BBC Bitesize – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zntf382

(You can try all of these challenges but challenge 3 & 4 are aimed at Y4)

Tenths & hundredths – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zb98wty


Reading comprehension – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zrcnf4j

(Please focus on activity 1 & 2)

Art & Design

Making a 3D model of a room

Watch the video tutorial here – https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/design-and-technology-ks1-ks2-making-a-3d-model-of-a-room/zfr2d6f

Once you have made your model you can decorate it, make your own furniture and then send in a picture so I can share it with everyone later in the week.

Draw with Rob 

This Thursday we are going to be taking on a WORLD RECORD, you will need to ask your parents to help you to register you to count as part of the record  – https://www.artworldrecords.com/

If you have any more free time today you can have a go at drawing your own unicorn by following the Draw With Rob tutorial below.

Home Learning – Friday 15th May

Happy Friday Sparrowhawks!

Mrs Smith checking in on you all again at the end of another week of home learning!

I hope you are all well and happy?

I have had quite a busy week this week, finishing off a course that I started in March before we were in lock down and I have also taken up running!! I am not a very good runner but I have been following an app called couch to 5K which is helping me along the way! Have you learnt any new skills or developed new hobbies since you have been at home? I’m sure many of you have – I would love to hear about them.

Just giving Sparrowhawks the heads up a little! We will be launching our Gastrells has talent competition next week – how exciting. All the details will be available next week but start having a think about what you might do if you were to take part.

Have a wonderful weekend – it looks like it is going to be another lovely sunny one.

Stay safe

Mrs Smith

P.S Mr Muskett has add some videos and pictures from this week below

Today’s riddle

What has to be broken before you can use it?

Email your answers to rwalker@gastrells.gloucs.sch.uk (this is the correct email this week – oops!). Well done to Keira who has been the quickest to give the answer to the last 2 riddles.


I would like you to write a letter to your future self, reminding yourself of all the things that have happened over this period of lock down. This may include the sort of rules we have had to encounter over the past few months,  how long you have been home learning, what you have enjoyed, what you haven’t enjoyed, what you have missed, what you are looking forward to, any new things you have tried, what your new teacher is like! Who the Prime Minster is! What things society can learn from lock down etc.

Remember that the letter is to yourself, so it can be written in informal language but please pay special attention to your handwriting, capital letters in correct places and punctuation.

Perhaps your parents could put this away and you can re-read this next year sometime, I look forward to reading your thoughts.

Your choice project

Please spend some time today on your choice project that Mr Muskett set you earlier on in the week.

Sparrowhawks Wordsearch

I know we are all missing our friends from Gastrells, so I have created a wordsearch with all the names of Sparowhawks class pupils and teachers. It made me smile when I completed it, so I am hoping it will do the same for you too.

Remember that you words can be horizontal, diagonal, vertical and they can also be backwards! It’s quite tricky but have a go and see if you can find all your class mates.


Reading Cafe

I know how you all loved the reading cafe (I think it was the biscuits that did it!!) so I thought you could create your own mini reading cafe at home. Chose a book of any genre, grab a drink ( water, squash, milk etc), choose a snack  (this is the most important part!) find a cosy spot and snuggle down and read for 30 mins on your own. After the 30 mins is up, I would like you to read or discuss your book with an adult or older sibling.

Show your appreciation to your parents!

We all know how hard you have been working at home but your parents are also working extremely hard to support you. I thought it would be lovely if you did some thing kind and helpful to show your appreciation to your parents or carers. This could be something like: making your own bed, tidying up your toys, make them a drink and snack, give them a shoulder massage!! The choice is yours.


A huge well done to everyone who took part in the Gloucestershire TTRS Competition, the results are below.

  • Gastrells answered an amazing 124,806 times tables correctly
  • Overall Gastrells finished an impressive 16th and 1st in Stroud
  • Goshawks won the school competition at Gastrells and finished 11th overall, we weren’t far behind in 34th, this is brilliant considering there were over 500 classes that took part.
  • Alex, Eliane and Hollie (WAHOO!) make up our top 3 but a huge well done to Corey and Keesha who also made it into the top 10.
  • Incredibly Alex and Eliane finish 24th and 36th overall this was out of approximately 12,000 children!

Home Learning – Thursday 14th May

Good morning Sparrowhawks,

A huge well done to everyone who took part in the writing padlet yesterday morning, it was fantastic to read all of your work, make sure you have a look and read any feedback left by me or Mrs Smith. Well done also to everyone who has been working hard on TTRS, have a look at the results below….

  • Gastrells are now 23rd overall 
  • Goshawks are the 22nd class and we are not far behind in 33rd (Out of over 500 classes this is amazing)
  • Alex, Eliane and Hollie make up our top 3, well done also to Keesha and Seren who also make our top 10.

Thank you to everyone who has shared what they will be learning about for their project, there are lots of exciting ideas and I can’t wait to see the finished work.

As it’s Thursday, you have a Top 5 to look forward to below but I have also included another of my favourite quotes which you may have seen before. I particularly like this quote as it reminds me of the importance of reading but also how it has the power to transport you into different countries, worlds and periods of history.

I hope you all have a great day.

Mr M

English Kahoot

Today I thought we would have another go on Kahoot with the focus being on SPaG. Here is the link and below I have posted the instruction from last time. – https://create.kahoot.it/share/sparrowhawks-spag-quiz/8eeea43e-377b-41c2-9514-828e004b04c3

  1. Click on ‘Play’ then ‘Challenge’ then ‘Create’ then ‘Done’
  2. Now you will need to click on start playing then type in your name and press submit.
  3. You are ready to play


It’s the last day of our TTRS battle, lets see if we can overtake Goshawks.


Like I have done in previous weeks, I’ve posted 3 experiments below to try at home. ADULT SUPERVISON REQUIRED for the underwater candle.


Top Five Thursday

This week’s top five is your top five favourite subjects at school, like before I have asked all the staff at Gastrells to share there’s too, have a think and add yours to the padlet below.

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