Google video 2 – Exploring your Google G-Suite account

This is the 2nd video that gives you a very brief introduction to the features on your child’s Google account. If you are having issues logging in, here is a link to my first video.

This video aims to show you how to navigate around your Google account, highlighting apps that I think will be most useful to you. Have a go!

I’m aware that on an ipad it will look slightly different, and you will need to download the apps for Google Drive, Google Classroom, Google Docs etc – it should all work in much the same way though.

A quick tour of your Google account

Next video: Using Google Classroom.

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Google video 1 – Logging into your account

It’s really exciting to see more children accessing their learning through Google Classroom. However, we know that new things (especially technology!) can be daunting so i’ve put together some videos to guide you through the basics. As a well known song says, ‘let’s start at the very beginning’!

Logging into your Google account

Next video: Overview of apps including Google Classroom.

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Science Activity for All

I have been sent this wonderful Science activity for everyone to try. Please send photos of you completing this learning. I am looking forward to seeing you wear socks over your shoes and what you grow!

Germinating socks
This is a really simple enquiry which allows children to see germination in action and also shows
how successful plants are at dispersing their seeds.
What you need:
 An old pair of cotton socks
 Plastic bag
 Tape
 Put some old socks on top of shoes.
 Make the socks damp so that seeds will stick to them.
 Go on a seed walk around your garden or local area (following the government advice on
Covid-19). As you are trying to pick up seeds, walk underneath trees, around the edges of
bushes, on top of dandelions and weeds and try to pick up a good amount of mud.
 When the socks are looking suitably muddy, take them off and place them in a plastic bag.
 If the sock is too dry, add a little water to make sure it is damp.
 Tape the bag to a window in a sunny spot.
 Check back every day to see what is happening and record what you notice.
 Within a couple of days, you should be able to see some growth.

Brought to you by the Herts for Learning Primary Science team

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Giraffes Can’t Dance – A family reading project.

Here is a reading project you can undertake as a whole family, no matter how old everybody is, you can all join in together.

Before reading

We are going to listen to a story about a giraffe named Gerald, who gets teased because he is clumsy and unable to dance like the other animals. However, Gerald meets a special friend who helps him.

Talk with those around you or write down your ideas. When you have found something different and how have others have helped. How did you feel? How did someone else help? How did you feel once you had learned how to do something?

Listen to the story and as you listen, create a story map/journey recording what is happening. You might need to pause and listen a couple of times. Retell the story using your map.

After reading

What did Gerald have to do in order to become a dancer? How did he do this?

Is it important that everyone is able to do the same thing well? Why / why not?

Why do you think the author wrote this story?


Adjectives – create a mind map of all the words used to describe Gerald’s appearance and the way he moves. If you want to revise what adjectives are you can do that here. Compare the two types of adjectives and descriptive phrases.

Alliteration – listen to the story again and create a list of all the examples of alliteration you hear. You can revise what alliteration is here

Rhyming words – Listen to the story again and write the sets of rhyming words.

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