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Home learning week 2

So, week 2 of home learning is now complete (take a look at how we got on in week one).
I have included a few website links that I have used this week and hope you will find them useful.
Emotions have been a lot closer to the surface for all of us this week so I took the decision to cancel any ‘work’ on Friday to give us all a break.
Luckily the weather has been nice enough to spend lots of time outside!

The plan versus the reality:
English: handwriting, spellings, write a meal review (end project 2)
I didn’t dare get them to review an actual meal I’d served! So they imagined they had visited the restaurants they’d designed last week
Maths: Mathletics, Times Table Rockstars, work out the cost of yesterday’s meals and calorie count
We just worked on the first two. Meanwhile Zach discovered a website that he is now obsessed with and plays on several times a day: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/addition-and-subtraction
Meal prep, lunch and relax
Project 3: human body a) major organs b) digestion c) respiration and circulation d) teeth e) eyes and ears f) fighting disease g) skin and bones *I anticipate we will cover 2-3 of these this week and return to it later on
We watched some videos to get us thinking about our bodies and how they work. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/biology-ks2-ks3-journey-through-the-digestive-system/zr33wty https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/science-ks2-how-our-circulatory-system-keeps-us-alive/zhf76v4 https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/science-ks2-how-do-muscles-and-bones-work/zfgtscw
Then Matthew and Anya labelled the bones of the body and the major organs.

PE with Joe
Once again, we split this every day with half in the morning and half at the end of the working day
English: project 1: write a story about a being in hospital, or being a germ, or a doctor shrunk to go inside a human body, or a coronavirus themed newspaper article
Matthew chose to write about coronavirus and Anya wrote a story about a girl breaking her arm and leg
Maths/Science: project 3: organ weight size comparison, try to find weight of different items e.g. 300g for a heart
OMG I never imagined that the kids would be SOOOOO excited about weighing items around the house. We were so involved I missed the Skype call with my mum and dad!

I used this site to find out average organ weight: https://www.sciencefocus.com/the-human-body/top-10-what-are-the-heaviest-organs-in-the-human-body/
Meal prep, lunch and relax
Project 3: human body (see Monday)
The kids began researching healthy living tips for their leaflet tomorrow
PE with Joe

English: project 3: write a leaflet with health tips
Maths: multiplication and division
Back to Mathletics and Times Tables Rockstars and that was a struggle!
Meal prep, lunch and relax
Project 3: human body (see Monday)
The children drew, labelled and described the process of digestion.
PE with Joe
English: spellings
Completed and I got the kids to finish up other things from earlier in the week.
Maths: Mathletics, time tables
Meal prep, lunch and relax
Project 4: café. Cookie and cake variations.
Matthew and Anya searched for recipes and copied them out. We talked about the similarities between the ingredients for cakes and biscuits and the differences in the process of baking them.
PE with Joe
English: project 4: menu (adjectives to describe food), write recipe
Maths: project 4: prices and costings for ingredients
Meal prep, lunch and relax
Project 2: café (see Thursday)
PE with Joe
This was the only part of the schedule we completed today. Instead we got lots of toys out, made brownies and shortbread (linked to our cafe project) and banned screen time entirely from 9am to 4pm even during breaks.


So as you can see, a much more varied week as we were more relaxed with our routine and sessions were shorter to try to keep some positivity.
I intend to do some spelling and times tables practice over  the two weeks of Easter holiday. How have you been getting on and what do you plan for Easter?

One Of Us Is Lying, by Shalini Boland


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Tia is a happily married mum of two but her daughter comes home and says some boys have been teasing her for having a murderer for a mum, and then she receives explicit photos of herself with a man she doesn’t even remember meeting. Kelly is a widow with two young sons, who wants to spread kindness and invites an abuse victim to stay in her home. Fiona is a business woman who is undergoing a tax audit but hides it from her controlling husband. What secrets are waiting to be uncovered?
In the prologue we see a woman discovering her husband’s suicide. Throughout the book we see a teenager who has been attacked by a teacher. How are these threads linked to the three women in the main plot?
The narrative is divided between the three central female characters. My sympathies expanded over the course of the book especially for Fiona when it became clear how afraid she is of her husband and how unhappy she is in her marriage. I felt least connected to Kelly as I couldn’t understand what would make her take in a stranger especially when her boys are so delicate due to the death of their father.
All three women feel that their local community is set against them and the insiduous nature of rumours and doubts is well written. To be honest, the ending was not very believable although it was enjoyable enough once you suspended your disbelief and approached it as fiction (which it obviously is!)
Overall, One of Us is Lying was an enjoyable psychological thriller, full of sinister suspicion and with an emotional pull that developed over the course of the book.

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Book Description: One of Us is Lying
Tia never harmed anyone. So why does someone want to destroy her?
Tia is walking home with her children, along the lakeside of their quiet, safe town, when she realises something is wrong with her five-year-old daughter, Rosie. She seems troubled, not at all her usual happy self.
But when Tia finally coaxes Rosie to open up, she wishes she hadn’t. Because her sweet daughter asks a question Tia never thought she’d hear.
‘Why did you kill someone?’
Tia knows how rumours spread around her small town. She just can’t understand who would have shared such a horrible story. Or why.
It can’t have anything to do with what happened. Only her two best friends really remember that…
Tia thought she could trust Fiona and Kelly with her life. They’ve been through so much together. But when she’s sent photos of herself that could tear her whole world apart, she starts to wonder. Someone is determined to punish her. But who? And will her friends stand by her, or will the past destroy all of their lives?
From the million-copy-bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Perfect Family, this absolutely addictive psychological thriller is guaranteed to make you gasp. If you loved Gone GirlThe Girl on the Train and Big Little Lies this book is for you.
author Shalini Boland
Author Bio:
Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and Jess their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer songwriter, but now she spends her days writing suspense thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).
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After The Accident, by Kerry Wilkinson

Nine years ago Geoffrey’s business partner Alan died after falling off a cliff on the Greek island of Galanikos. In the present day, Geoffrey is found injured at the bottom of the same cliffs. Were both men pushed and why…?
The narrative style of After the Accident is totally unique and brilliant. I wasn’t sure how it would work out at the start but it is absolutely fab! The narrative is delivered in an interview style with each character describing events in their own words and then others jumping in with their version which might agree or disagree. This led to humorous moments when people said one thing and were immediately contradicted. It was completely fascinating to read.
At the heart of this book is the mystery of who killed Alan and attempted to kill Geoffrey. But the answer can never be straightforward as we rely on skewed viewpoints and outright lies.
The whole book is character led as we explore possible motives and events through the perspectives of each person. Due to the style of narrative, there is little description but I didn’t feel that I was missing out as the way the characters decribe their surroundings and the others is sufficient (‘gluttonous turnip’!)
Geoffrey’s daughter Emma is the lead character. We discover that she has an awkward relationship with her family and has been in prison but we do not find out why until halfway through the book. We see how the other characters judge her and try to undermine her version of events.
After the Accident really is very cleverly written and soooo enjoyable. The style is unusual but is outstandingly effective. Amazing job Kerry!
Take a look at my reviews of Close To You and A Face in the Crowd.

Title:  After the Accident
Author: Kerry Wilkinson
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Google: http://bit.ly/2NwDPkr


Under a cloudless Mediterranean sky, two families wheel their suitcases past swaying palm trees towards their hotel to grab a spot by the pool. But behind the smiles, someone is hiding a terrible secret…
I never wanted to come on this trip. I thought the accident had torn us apart forever, but then my mother called out of the blue, wanting to make amends. So here we are, two families on a beautiful island, sipping sangria like nothing ever happened.
My parents’ oldest friend, Daniel, was invited too – I’ve never trusted him, and now he brings up my past mistake every chance he gets. And why does his son, Victor, keep disappearing off on his own?
Even my brother’s here, with his twins. It’s amazing to see my nieces playing happily in the pool. After what happened at home, it still hurts me to be around the girls, but more so that my brother doesn’t trust me alone with them.
Despite everything, it’s going surprisingly well – everyone forcing a smile at the dinner table, laughing at the twins’ antics – until the night my father is attacked on the beach, left for dead on the sand.
As always, all fingers point to me, but this time I know for certain that I’m innocent. And if I’m not guilty, someone else on this holiday is…
A unique and totally gripping psychological thriller that will have fans of T.M. Logan and The Girl on the Train racing through the pages late into the night.
Previously titled Seven Days in July.
Author Bio:
Kerry Wilkinson has had No.1 bestsellers in the UK, Canada, South Africa and Singapore, as well as top-five books in Australia. He has also written two top-20 thrillers in the United States.
As well as his million-selling Jessica Daniel series, Kerry has written the Silver Blackthorn trilogy – a fantasy-adventure serial for young adults – a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus numerous standalone novels. He has been published around the world in more than a dozen languages.
Originally from the county of Somerset, Kerry has spent far too long living in the north of England, picking up words like ‘barm’ and ‘ginnel’.
When he’s short of ideas, he rides his bike or bakes cakes. When he’s not, he writes it all down.
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The Garden of Lost Memories, by Ruby Hummingbird


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My heart has only just recovered form Ruby Hummingbird’s last book, The Wish List of Albie Young. I was a little worried that there was no way the author could follow up such a book but, goodness me, she has!
The Garden of Lost Memories is the tale of an unlikely friendship between a woman in her 60s and her 10 year old neighbour. Elsie lives alone following the death of her mother. She has a set routine and limited social interaction. But when Billy and his mum run away from his abusive dad and move in next door, Elsie offers to help babysit Billy to allow his mum to work.
Working together in the garden, Billy finds an old biscuit tin with secrets that have been buried for decades. This sparks a series of adventures, hope and tears…
The Garden of Lost Memories is a highly emotional book to read. Both main characters are desperate to be loved and accepted, making this book so human and every reader will be able to relate to them.
The sadness of Elsie and Billy is shown through the dual perspective narrative and makes us identify with both characters equally. Despite dealing with big subjects like grief and domestic abuse, this is a gentle and warm book to read so they are handled subtly and sensitively.
The bullying and unhappiness at being separated from his dad is so raw and powerful, heartbreaking for anyone to read but especially for a mum imagining her own child in that situation. Equally, I can understand the quiet loneliness of loss and a life only half lived as Elsie has experienced.
Ultimately this is a book of hope: that life can change, that love can endure and that the heart can mend.
Beautifully written, achingly emotional and simply brilliant.

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Book Description: The Garden of Lost Memories
Just because you feel ordinary doesn’t mean you aren’t extraordinary to someone else.
Sixty-two-year-old Elsie knows what she likes. Custard creams at four o’clock, jigsaw puzzles with a thousand pieces, her ivy-covered, lavender-scented garden.
Ten-year-old Billy would rather spend his Saturdays kicking a ball, or watching TV, or anything really, other than being babysat by his grumpy neighbour Elsie and being force fed custard creams.
If it was up to them, they’d have nothing to do with each other. Unfortunately, you can’t choose who you live next door to.
But there is always more to people than meets the eye…
Elsie doesn’t know that Billy’s afraid to go to school now, or why his mother woke him up in the middle of the night with an urgent shake, bags already packed, ready to flee their home.
Billy doesn’t know that the rusting red tin he finds buried in Elsie’s treasured garden is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode her carefully organised life. And that when he digs it up, he is unearthing a secret that has lain dormant for twenty-eight years…
This moving tale is for anyone who has ever felt the pang of loneliness, or worried that their broken heart might never be the same again. Fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Keeper of Lost Things and The Library of Lost and Found will fall head over heels for this life-affirming novel that shows us that if you’re willing to take a risk, happiness is only ever a heartbeat away.
author Ruby Hummingbird
Author Bio:
Ruby Hummingbird is a novelist based in the English countryside. She loves nothing more than writing uplifting and heartwarming fiction that gets her readers reaching for the tissues. When she isn’t storytelling, she can be found tending to her beloved sunflowers or sipping on hazelnut lattes.
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