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Home-Learning 15.6.2020


Taking place on Wednesday 17th June 2020, the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is a United Nations (UN) event to promote awareness of the desertification of the Earth's drylands and support efforts to combat this. The motto of this international day is "healthy land = healthy people." The theme for 2020 is 'Food. Feed. Fibre.' This is to remind us that over-consumption can lead to desertification and encourages us all to live more sustainably to help protect the planet.

What is desertification?
Desertification is the process of previously fertile land becoming degraded by drought, deforestation or being overly farmed.

This week I'd like you to focus on deforestation.

Clip on this link and watch the short video.

Draw and write (sentences or labels) to answer the following questions.

1. Why are trees being cut down and removed?
2. What happens to the wildlife that lives in a forest after the trees are cut down?
3. Why are trees important for humans?

Do Some Research.

1. Does deforestation happen in other parts of the world?
2. Write and draw about the facts you discover.

As always please upload photos or scans of work on Class Dojo

Miss Raughter.





Tomorrow we remember D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy. On June 6, 1944 the Allied Forces of Britain, America, Canada, and France attacked German forces on the coast of Normandy, France. With a huge force of over 150,000 soldiers, the Allies attacked and gained a victory that became the turning point for World War II in Europe. Use the Power Point to help teach your child about D-Day. Ask your child to write or draw and label a picture about D-Day. Upload a photo/copy of all work on Class Dojo, to share your home learning with me.

Take care, stay safe, Miss Raughter. (5.6.2020)




 Do you know it is food safety week?


What is Food Safety Week?

Food Safety Week is an annual event held to promote the importance of good food hygiene in the home. 

In 2020, the event will be held from the 4th of June until the 10th. 

Food Safety Week incorporates Food Safety Day, which is held on June 7th.





If you have a printer, you might want to print off the following sheets (sourced from Twinkl) related to Food Safety Week. There are many more on Twinkl.

I recommend printing off and playing the board game.  Children are learning lots of skills when playing games like this. There's opportunity for lots of learning, not just about the topic. Social skills like turn taking and winning gracefully and celebrating someone elses achievement when another person wins, and Maths skills like counting on, and moving forward and backward can all be developed. You can roll two dice and add the numbers or minus the smaller number from the greater number. Happy learning whilst having fun. 




Dear all, I hope you and your loved ones are well.  Some of you are coming back to school next week and it will be lovely to see you.  In the meantime and for those of you staying home I have a little project for you.  Parents and carers you might need to support your child's research for this project.  There is a lot to do and so you might want to take a different subject area to work through each day untill your child has completed the project.



My Favourite Toy.




  • What is your favourite toy? Draw a picture of your favourite toy.
  • How and when did you get it?
  • How do you play with your toy, how does it work? 
  • Do you play with it alone or do others play too?
  • Are there other toys you would like to go with your favourite toy?
  • Does your toy stay at home or do you bring it out with you?




  • Was your toy made by a company or someone you know? Name them.
  • Where was it made?
  • When was the first one made?
  • Do they make any other types of toys? Name them.
  • Can you tell me anything else about the company or person that made your toy?




  • What materials are used to make your toy?
  • Are there other toys made from the same materials?
  • Why do you think that material was used to make your toy?
  • Do you think there is an alternative material that could be used, and how would this improve your toy?
  • Does your toy need power? What is it?
  • How does it get the power it needs?




  • How many different materials are used to make the toy?
  • How many different colours can you see on the toy?
  • Is your toy big or small, tall or short, heavy or light? What are you comparing the toy to when making this judgement?
  • How often do you play with your toy?
  • How much does it cost to buy a toy like yours?
  • Do you think this is a lot or a little bit of money?  Why?
  • How long would a person have to work to earn enough money to buy a similar toy?  Explain your answer.




 Look at some different artists style of drawing or painting.  Here are some ideas of artists you can look for.

  • MONET.
  • KLIMT.

 Choose an artist and write or ask and adult to write for you, explaining what it is that you like about this artists style of work.  It might be the bright colours, the use of different materials, humour or anything else that comes to mind when you are looking at the artists work.

  • Draw your toy in the style of your chosen artist.  If you make a mistake or you are not happy with the result, draw it again, colour it in.  Don't through away work that you are not happy with, keep it as a reminder of how you have improved your work.




  • Write or draw a story about you and your toy.  Your toy might come alive and go on an adventure, a holiday, shopping or a family outing with you.  Your toy might help you complete a mission or save the day.  You might stay home and be transported to another universe.  Ask an adult for ideas if you are stuck.  
  • Write an acrostic poem about your toy.  Write the name of your toy vertically and begin each line with a word or phrase beginning with the letter at the start of the line.  Google have some good examples, take a look before writing your poem.


I look forward to seeing your projects when you return to school.  


Good luck

Miss Raughter.

  Please read the important message below.  

  It is taken from Mrs Mordey's message  

 to all parents and carers,  

  13th May 2020.  


Further to my message on Monday I would like to get your views on when you may wish for your child to start returning to school. I have created a Survey Monkey questionnaire which should only take about 5 minutes to complete. The questions are the same but to make it easier for me to analyse I have done one for each school - please follow the link below for your school.
Please share the link with any parent you know does not access Class DoJo - it is also available on the school websites.

Forest Oak School




Looking for something different to do

with your child? 

The BBC are adding videos and fun things to learn every weekday.

Have you seen the latest Forest-Oak/Merstone staff video? 


Use the below link to see all Forest-Oak videos.


Why not subscribe to Forest-Oak YouTube

and keep up with the latest videos from pupils and staff.

Looking after children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak.


Knowing what to say and do during these times of uncertainty is a little unsettling for most, it can be even more so if you have young children asking questions and becoming bored. 

Public Health England has published some useful advice. 

Use this link to access the advice.

Good morning parents.

I would like your help to gather your child's words and sentences, about their feelings & thoughts about the current situation, changes and return to school (whenever that will be).

These words and sentences will be used by Leanne, our music therapist, to create some lyrics for a school song.

This is part of a larger therapeutic wellbeing project for pupils.

Please message me by Friday, through ClassDojo messages, with your child's words and sentences, so I can make a class collection before forwarding onto Leanne.

Thank you

Miss Raughter.



When at school, staff and pupils in Class 4/5 take time out from learning to care for our bodies and minds.
We often do this by taking part in a movement break similar to this one

I love this song and love joining in with the children.

We follow this with a calming activity, like mindful breathing similar to that in the next link

Be kind to yourself, stay safe, be happy.







 Friday 1st May 2020 


 Good morning 

 Happy May 1st! 


 Please look in the rainbow tab for this week's home learning. 


 If you haven't already done so, please sign up to Class Dojo. 

 If you have not received an email abouut Class Dojo, 

 please contact school and provide us with your current email address. 




Good morning everyone,

I have put together a few simple steps, in the file below, for logging your child onto their Class Dojo, using the web. Using the app is a little different, but these steps might still help.


It will be great to see as many children as possible logging on

and accessing their own portfolio on Class Dojo


If you are successful in logging your child on, please leave something in your child's portfolio and I will reply. Open the file to see the steps.
Stay safe, Miss Raughter.

Class Dojo Student Login Instructions.

Hello 4/5


I hope you and your loved ones are well.  4/5 Class staff are missing not being at school with you all, but staying home is what we all need to do to stay safe during the current situation.


If you haven't already, please access 'Class Dojo' online.  You have all been sent an email about Class Dojo (If you've not received an email PLEASE CONTACT SCHOOL AND PROVIDE US WITH AN UP TO DATE EMAIL ADDRESS, so that we can invite you to join.  You'll find it's an easy way to contact me directly, to ask questions, for advice, share learning and much more.  I will do my best to respond ASAP during school hours.  No pressure, we just want to be there to support you and your child during these unprecedented times.


Take care, stay safe,


Miss Raughter.



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