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This week in Geography we are focusing on mapping a small area. First have a look at the PowerPoint about maps about the school. In school we will be drawing sketch maps of school, but if you are working from home you may find it easier to draw a map of your home - this could include your garden, if you have one. Can you create a key for your map to show different areas or things in your home.


Whilst this sketch map is detailed, if you look carefully you might get ideas for your own simpler sketch map. For example, you can see that pictures such as a coffee/ tea mug have been used for the staff room, and pictures of things such as leaves, flowers or fruit related to the class names have been used to show where the classes are.


Children start with a quick sketch as a warm up – quick sketch, drawing an object by observing it closely - this could be any small still life object like a key, marble, pen, hair clip, spoon, scissors or anything else small your might like to try and draw. Remember this is just to get our hands warmed up and help us be ready to observe and draw carefully.


Today we are focusing on drawing pencil sketch portraits - this means we will not be colouring them in, We will need to sit opposite the person we are going to draw - this could be a family member at home and we need to look closely. Use the face template to see how a face is split into sections and the eyes are in the mid-section. Model adding features and talk through what you are thinking and observing. Ensure a fun environment is created, no right or wrong, Just having a go. You may like to challenge yourself further and do a self portrait using a mirror to help you observe and look closely at yourself.



This week we are exploring programming and directing the Blue-Bot around a grid. The Bee-Bot and Blue-Bot apps are free and can be downloaded for iPads and Android devices using the links below, but if your device is not compatible you can always print the resources below and do it physically by  printing out the map and printing and cutting out the Blue-Bot robot character and saying whether it needs to go forwards, backwards, turn left, turn right, and Go to say when it starts. You may want to draw the arrows/ write your code as you go to check if it works.



If you have got access to the Blue-Bot app, make sure you use it in 'Explore' mode not 'Controller' as you will not have the Blue-Bot robot available, but can still use the app just on the screen. Download the map picture file onto your device and you can upload it to the Blue-Bot app by clicking on the map icon then the folder icon. You then have to make the grid 4 rows by 4 columns. You then drag the Blue-Bot onto the map on your screen and can use the arrow buttons to direct it around the screen, like you can see in the pictures above where the Blue-Bot has drawn a line to show the route it took.


Don't forget to take photos to show how you got on.


If you would like to explore further programming challenges don't forget you can use the Bee-Bot app which has lots of great levels and challenges ready for you!




At school we use the Charanga and Yumu scheme of work. Last year you should have received your username and password so you can access Yumu at home - if you are unable to find it please contact your child's class teacher who will be able to help you find it.

Log into the Yumu website at: and go to the assignments link as below:

You can have a look at two different lessons - 'Sparkle' and 'Rhythm in the Way We Walk'. Both of these lessons have an understanding music section which the children are familiar with and songs to learn and perform - perhaps you might want to video your child performing one of the songs!



This is your chance to have fun being active! Even if you are feeling well and self-isolating at home it is still possible to be active. Here are some suggestions.


If you still have your Real PE log in from last year you can log in to do REAL PE at home on There are lots of great activities for you to try.


Other activities to help you stay active include:


Cosmic Kids Yoga at:

PE with Joe Wicks the Body Coach at:

Future of Faringdon, Including all, Supporting everyone to grow