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Welcome to Explorers class! 

Our teachers are Mrs Slamaker and Ms Meridith. 


Explorers Believe...

Everyone deserves respect - we treat others how we want to be treated.

Listening is a Super Power - we show great listening skills

Manners Matter - we put our hand up and respect others

We Learn Best in a Quiet and Calm environment - only one person talking at a time.

Words are Powerful - we use them to support each other.

Manners Matter - we help other people.

Friendship is Kindness  - we are kind to everyone and keep our hands to ourselves.


Monday  13th July 2020

It was great to see members of year 4 last week and we had fun acting out the Midsummer Night's Dream. I hope Explorers at home have been enjoying reading it too. This week has a Scrap Booking activity to help you remember all the great things you have been doing over lockdown learning and to write some personal thoughts which you will be able to look back on in the future.

We are now winding down towards the end of term, I hope you enjoy this last week of learning and I very much look forward to seeing you next year.

Best wishes from Mrs Slamaker

Additional Resources - Midsummer Night's Dream Story & Child friendly play script; to read not print as they are very large documents.

Scrap Booking Task & examples of scrap books.

Monday  6th July 2020

We have a great week planned! We will be exploring Midsummer Night's Dream, one of Shakespeare's best loved comedies and those of you able to come to school will be acting it out this week or next. Year 4's will have some transition work to do ready for entering year 5 and Year 3s will be doing theirs next week. Maths is uing all the skills you already have to carry out investigations. For topic work I have pulled together lots of art & exercise to keep our minds and bodies healthy. There will be group chats for Year 3 as they are not in this week.

Enjoy your week of learning - I've enjoyed planning it!

Best wishes from Mrs Slamaker

Monday  29th June 2020

Welcome to a very fun packed week. We are going to create ear defenders for children, take part in a Body Percussion exercise and begin to learn about Shakespeare. In Maths we will apply all that knowledge you have been building all through the year in a variety of activities.

I am missing you all, stay safe and I hope to see you before the year ends.

Best wishes from Mrs Slamaker

Monday  22nd June 2020

I hope you have had a lovely weekend Explorers. I have been busy investigating sound so we can have some interesting lessons this week. I will send an email to join a group chat on Friday so we can share the musical instruments we will be making.

Enjoy your week of learning

Best wishes from Mrs Slamaker

Monday  15th June 2020

Welcome to another lovely Monday morning Explorers. Not many of you joined our dance on Friday so this week I will do the class chats as before - look out for the email to link you in on Tuesday. 

We are continuing our journey through Africa with some research and an Art project. In English we will be writing our own Just So Stories - if you have chance listen to some more audio stories which are widely available on the internet. In maths we will be looking at decimal fractions.

I think I have put the week's resources on this page, however I will load the videos a few at a time as they then easier to view at a glance.

Any questions please contact me via email or telephone and I will endeavour to respond as soon as possible.

Missing all of you, and hope to see you you in the not too distant future.

Best Wishes Mrs Slamaker.


Monday 8th June 

Good morning all Explorers, I hope you have all successfully made your pencil case or mobile phone holder, thank you to those children that have shared their amazing designs and finished products.

We have some great activities this week. We will start the week by touring around the world identifying continents, then we will focus in on Africa. On Wellness Wednesday I am going to invite you to dance along with 'This Time for Africa' so that on Friday we can dance together in a Zoom meeting (fingers crossed!).

Maths is looking at fractions and we will be exploring one of Rudyard Kipling's Just So stories.

Have a great week, I know I will!

Monday 1st June

Welcome back lovely Explorers, I hope you have had an enjoyable week. I have been busy in my garden and planning work for this week. You should have received a pack through the post with some felt, thread and squared paper - you will need that for DT! Get your watches wound up (or check batteries)as we are reading time in maths and looking at nouns and pro-nouns in English. 

Have fun!

Reading Bingo

Nathan's great 2D shape work.

Monday 18th May

Welcome to another wonderful week of home learning. I hope you all had fun with the science last week and we have 1 more experiment before a quick quiz on Tuesday. This week we are exploring shapes in maths and perfecting our paragraphs in English. At the end of the week I have put in a couple of art topics for you to enjoy.

It was lovely to see so many of you on Friday and we will organise our meeting for Friday again this week.

I trust that you are all well, keep on smiling

best wishes from Mrs Slamaker

Monday 11th May

Hello again Explorers.

I hope you have had a great weekend and are ready for some more fab learning. This week we are going to look at Data and Statistics which means gathering information and displaying it as graphs and pictograms. We are also going to investigate how solids become liquids and liquids become gas, building on your knowledge of the water cycle. As always, it is great to see your work, and just to let you know I am finding it easier to open pictures to look at them. I hope you are enjoying the Wellness Wednesday activities, take care of your selves and each other.

Best Wishes Mrs Slamaker.

Monday 4th May

Happy Monday all you lovely Explorers.

I am so glad so many of you joined me for a chat and brought something to show. This week we are going to investigate the river journey in more detail and learn some key vocabulary. We are also going to use our multiplication knowledge to solve word problems and explore ways of sharing and dividing.

Every one seems to be getting into the flow of using the resources - just a reminder then:

There is a video every day (sometimes 2) explaining the tasks.

The resources and work sheets are on this page to print out or work from.

The work often builds on previous day's work so if it looks complicated, go back a day.


Do not feel you need to do everything - this is to give you ideas and to keep our brains active. It is most important that you have chill time and above all do not stress over the work - we are all just doing the best we can.

Hoping to see you all soon, best wishes from Mrs Slamaker.

Watch Mrs Slamaker read 'The Big Bag of Worries' here:



Monday 27th April

Welcome to another week of home learning Explorers. I am so glad so many of you joined me for a chat on Friday. Most of you have said the videos have helped you so I will continue to do a brief clip to show the learning for each day. You are welcome to pick and choose your activities however, be aware that the English, Maths and Topic work will build on the previous days learning. Thank you so much for sharing some of your work, I have enjoyed reading it.

I hope you are enjoying some special time with your family,

take care and stay safe, best wishes from Mrs Slamaker.

Monday 20th April

Good morning Explorers,

here is your learning for this week. Each day I will add a video to help you and more resources when needed.

In Maths this week we will be looking at measure, in English we will do more about speech and in Science we will be investigating the Water Cycle.

Maisy's up to date with the first day's work done - great work Maisy

Easter Monday

Hello Explorers,

I hope you had a lovely Easter Day.

We are missing you and I am sure there are people you are missing too. I have added this assembly song which I hope will make you smile.

The activities this week are designed to help you think of all the good things in your life and to value those you have around you. I hope you enjoy them.

Missing your smiley faces, Mrs Slamaker

Happy Easter Everyone!

As it is now the Easter Holidays I am not setting a full week of activities. However, some of you may have finished all the activities in your packs and be wondering what to do next. I have put together some ideas linked to our RE work and some fun activities to plan an Easter Hunt with your family. I will do a plan like this for the 2nd week as well before we start our new topic and return to maths and English focus as well. Obviously you should keep reading every day and practicing your times tables and maths skills by helping order items by weight and size after shopping, cooking or sharing your eggs with others. Wishing you all a super Easter weekend (I’m pretty sure the Easter Bunny is a keyworker and will be working as usual!).

Missing your smiley faces, Mrs Slamaker

There is a short video to help you plan your Easter hunt in the video resource centre - GOOD LUCK!

Easter Holiday Activities

4 Times Table Hunt - use this worksheet for a fun times table hunt!

Monday March 30th 2020

Hi there Explorers

I hope you are all well and finding plenty to do at home. I have added a shadow investigation to this page today for you to have a go at - it will take 2 days as you need to collect your data and then tell me what you found out.

I am also adding a subtraction maths video on the virtual learning section to remind you of the methods we have been using. After that you can use the maths problem sheets to calculate some subtraction question answers.

Keep well and stay safe

Mrs Slamaker

Dear Explorers,

If you are currently at home but not unwell you might have chance to carry out your history research project. 

1st - choose what you would like to study over time (think about the toys we have been investigating).

2nd - choose 3 dates in history which you would like to use to compare how your object has changed over time.

3rd - use the project sheets to help you plan.

Further research prompt sheets will be added later. You will be presenting your research to the class.

In class we compared 3 toys from 1950, 1990 and 2020 to show how they had changed.

You can choose any artefact or group of objects - some choices might be armour & weapons through the ages; art, a specific toy, trains, boats, buildings or clothes.

You need 3 definite dates to link your research together.

Hi Explorers

I have added a Shadow Investigation for you to set up at home and record. Do it on a sunny day so you get the best results.

Good Luck!

Explorers - Home Learning

 Read Daily for at least 20 minutes. This can be independent or with a parent.
 Write a Book Review for each book you read. Challenge: Can you compare it to
another book you have read by the same author? Or compare it to another book by
a different author?
 Practice your handwriting
 Writing: Use the books you are reading as inspiration. Write a story in the same
genre-ie Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, Comedy etc
 Keep an ‘Isolation Diary’-make sure you include pictures of what you got up to and
tell your reader how you are feeling.
 Write a recipe for something you have cooked / made / baked at home.
 Addition and Subtraction – Practise using the formal methods for addition and
subtraction – remember to line the numbers up in the correct columns.
 Multiplication and Division – Use TT Rockstars to practice your multiplication tables.
Also, find a recipe that you would like to make-imagine making enough to feed 10
people-how much of each ingredient would you need? Then imagine you are only
making enough for 2 people-can you divide the ingredients?

Wider Curriculum
PE – Use Youtube videos of Yoga and Workouts if you cannot leave the house. If you can go
out, go walking and look for all the signs of nature around you!
History – Fashion Through the Ages. Research this topic and create a Power-point on your
Google Drive that show how fashions have changed over time.
Science – Research Space. Create a Google Doc that has as many exciting facts about Space
as you can find! You will be able to share these when you come back to school!

Please also use the Home Learning Twinkle Packs to support your learning.

Investigating the Solar System

This week has got all of Explorers thinking about their own learning. In history we have investigated and examined toys from the past and will be setting our own historic research in a project showing 'Changes over Time'. In science we have been using scale models of fruit and spheres to develop our understanding of the diameter of planets and their distance from the sun; this BBC clip shows what we did (for us 1 sheet of paper =m 100million Km).
In addition Explorers have been getting to know the new chrome books and have used them to research their own planet.
In maths we have carried out some Nrich investigations into fractions which have been a lot of fun and in English we have used non-fiction texts about the planet to develop our comprehension skills.

Explorers re-enact Holi festival.

Week 5

This week Explorers have been writing their own newsletters which they will be publishing next week. They have written amazing recounts of their Chinese New Year Day which took place on the 24th January. They are still perfecting their dragon dances and now have some extra inspiration from the ‘Fame’ performance they went to see on Thursday.

The Petersfield School put on a performance at the Theatre Royal in Portsmouth. ‘The performance was romantic but tearful,’ said Eloise a year 4 pupil. In science and DT the brilliant pupils are making their own burglar alarm to stop Mr Andrews from taking chocolate cake!

Lastly, in maths the pupils are looking at telling the time, parents can help a lot with this life skill by encouraging their child to use clocks at home. In addition, Eliza and Nathan joined Mrs Duedun in taking your contributions to the food bank.



Did You Know….

Fu Hao was a great chief in China. She was known as an elegant but powerful lady of the Shang Dynasty. After she had died, her children made a beautiful chest for her. Luckily no one looted her tomb, so we know a lot about her and the Shang Dynasty.

By Eloise