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Monday 18th May 2020

Good morning, Mercury!


I hope you enjoyed your weekend and are looking forward to accessing our latest Remote Learning activities.


Please see, below, our remote learning tasks for today.


I am in school today, so please note I may not be able to respond quickly to emails.




Enjoy today’s Poetry Time at: and on facebook at 9am.


There is no Spelling Test, this week.


Year 4 (optional for Year 3):


The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson Snatched from her tent whilst camping with her family in the Himalayas, Lady Agatha is missing! Rumour has it that YETIS roam here. Has she been kidnapped by a terrifying monster? This week uses the opening extract from the story.

  • Read and enjoy Chapter 1 of the text (below), by reading the text with an adult, by reading a paragraph or page to each other, or independent reading.
  • Look at the vocabulary in the chapter. Find these words and discuss the meaning; natives, ruins, unearthly, mournful, loomed, foul, distraught, fearsome, sacred, studded.
  • Can you use the prefix or suffix to help you work out the meaning of some of the words?
  • Can you find any other new or exciting words? Discuss meanings of these words. Look up some of the new words you have found in a dictionary or by using Word Hippo at
  • Find some synonyms (words that mean the same or similar). Create a wordsearch or a crossword for the words that you have explored today for someone in your family to attempt.


Table 2 (optional for Year 3):


Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon. This week, you will be reading all about the antics of Horrid Henry!

  • Read together the opening chapter of one of the first stories about Horrid Henry (see below)
  • Discuss – How is Henry feeling about the dance class? Why doesn’t he want to go? What would he rather be doing? What do you think about Madame Tutu? What does Madame Tutu think of Henry’s dancing?
  • Support by watching the opening of the animated version of the same story up to 3:08 mins:  
  • Pretend you are Henry and write in role. Write a letter to Mum and Dad, pleading with them to stop taking you to the dance classes.
  • Discuss all the reasons you could include in the letter, e.g. you’d rather learn karate, Madame Tutu screeches at you, your friends at school will laugh when they see you as a raindrop, etc.
  • Use your discussion to help write your letter. You might want to use the introductory sentence and sentence starters below to help you:
  • Dear Mum and Dad,
  • I’m writing this letter to convince you that dance classes are not for me!
  • First of all, …
  • Another reason …
  • Also, …
  • Finally, …
  • Please say you’ll think about it!
  • Love Henry
  • Check all sentences for spelling and punctuation together.



This week we are going to be working on time on MyMaths.  Remember to work carefully through the slides on each lesson and have a go at the practise questions.


I have set plenty of tasks for you to complete throughout the week. Don’t worry if you don’t get through them all. Please let me know of any problems and we’ll try and sort them! Please don’t worry and just do your best.


REMINDER:  To log on you need to do the following:

  1. Visit
  2. Enter the school username salesbury and password cosine87
  3. Once logged in there is a box on the right where you will enter your own personal user name and password (as seen on the email attachment which your parents received). 
  4. You will then see the lessons that you need to log into. 
  5. Complete the online lesson first and work through each slide. 
  6. Once complete, then work through the online homework task.



Other Activities

Other activities you may choose to do today, could be:

‘In This Together’ was written by Jessica Slowen who is one of our regular Sing Together composers.  Here is a challenge for you – to record her song (either in a video or just your voice), send your recording back to me and I’ll make it into a big song with your voice/video and others from different schools! Here’s what to do: 

  1. Listen to the song a few times and then start to sing along using the words and the track on youtube.
  2. Start to sing the song using the words but singing to the backing track only.
  3. Ask an adult to help record you singing the song.  This can be a video or just an audio track (voice notes/whatsapp voice recorder, or equivalent should work easily on phones).

Try to have the track playing through some headphones so that I can just hear your voice.   We will put it together eventually!  You can have the track with the backing or the youtube video playing, it won’t matter if we can’t hear it  

  1. Send Mrs Fourie the video/audio file using either WeTransfer  or by whatsapp to 07971881576 or by email direct to  by 22 May 2020
  2. Please fill in and put the following sentence on the email:  I ___________________ (insert first name) from __________________ Primary School give permission for my recording (audio or video) to be used by Sing Together in the ‘In This Together’ Song.

I’m very much looking forward to hearing you again!

Any questions, please email Mrs Fourie on

In This Together (Melody Only).mp3