Cherry & Chestnut Home Learning Summer Week 4

Dear Parents,

We are aware that some families may be finding Lockdown tricky.  The website below has lots of resources, films, stories and advice for both children and adults to support your health and wellbeing.

Dear Parents and Children,

We have been inundated and impressed with wonderful emails and examples of your work – well done! Here is the work for this week.  Please remember that we would like you to do a little Maths and English every day but the other subjects in the curriculum are optional.  You may find your own work or you may choose to do ours or you may choose to focus on other activities.  We are aware that some of the work in Year 5 and 6 can be tricky if you have not been in education for a long time and terminology and methods of working change over the years.  If you have any questions at all, we are happy to answer them and help in any way we can.

English –  (Feel free to continue with The Tempest too)

Task 1 – This task has a poetry focus. Watch the video in the link below of Joseph Coelho’s World Book Day Masterclass.

Joseph Coelho has provided an excerpt from his book, How to Write Poems.

Your task is to create a nature poem. You could create a leaf poem as described on the third page of the excerpt. Or you could create another type of poem mentioned in the video: for example, a list poem or a shape poem.

If you are up for a challenge, you could try writing a sonnet. Look at the last page of the excerpt to see the sonnet that Joseph Coelho wrote about daffodils. A sonnet has 14 lines with 10 syllables in each line. It also has a particular rhyme scheme – can you work out the rhyme scheme by looking at Coelho’s poem?

We’re looking forward to reading your poems!

Task 2 – Year 6 Spag Sats Booklet 4 – Pages 2-10 (You don’t have to print the whole booklet and we would suggest that you write your answers in your book and mark each page as you go along so that you learn from your mistakes.  This is all revision of punctuation rules this week and half of the page gives you a reminder of the rules to help)

Task 3 – Michael Morpurgo Reading Comprehension (We have heard that lots of you are reading some wonderful books at the moment and Michael Morpurgo’s books remain a firm favourite.  Here you can learn a little more about him and his books.)

You can either print the sheets out or write your answers in your book.  The answer sheet comes after each question sheet so that you can mark your own or get somebody to mark it for you.  If you get an answer wrong, make sure you look back to the text to work out why.

Choose your level * is the easiest, *** is the hardest and, of course, ** is in between the two.

Task 4 – Year 6 Spag Sats Booklet 4 – Pages 11- 17  (see advice for Task 2)

You can do the ten-minute test if you want to, of course, but it’s up to you. ?

Task 5 –  Create an information poster ‘How to help hedgehogs’ or create a poster persuading people to help hedgehogs.

It’s Hedgehog Awareness Week.  Unfortunately, hedgehogs are disappearing from our gardens and they desperately need our help.  We don’t want to lose our spiky friends!  Once your poster is finished, you could display it for others to see and, of course, email it to us!  Watch the video below or visit the website to learn some facts to help you. Clicking on ‘Home’ in blue takes you to Hedgehog Street.

Mrs Mitchell’s maths group – Well done to those of you who are all up to date with your maths homework and a special well done to those of you who are managing to do a lesson each day, just like we do in school. If you have finished one or two maths tasks, don’t forget to reward yourself with a game or two – just like we do in school. How about Measures Millionaire? We got to a million before school closed but can you still remember now?

This week’s work is all about handling data. We didn’t get to do much of this in school this year so I’ve included some very straight forward activities to hopefully remind you of the work you did in Year 5 and before. For the trickier stuff, please stop and take a look at matching lessons on MyMaths. Remember you can always go back to a homework task you found hard and improve on your score. As always, if you get really stuck please do email me and I will try to help.

And a riddle: Can you write down eight eights so that they add up to 1000? If you get really stuck on that, you might find the answer on  along with lots of other riddles to educate / irritate your parents!

Mrs Hall and Mrs Wheat’s group – Well done to those of you who are managing to do Maths every day.  Don’t forget the Mymaths – some of the work on there is really good practice.  Continue with White Rose (Summer Week 4) and the Mymaths tasks which we are setting and monitoring weekly.  You can watch the clips online and download the sheets from the website below.  Don’t forget has some great Maths clips too.  You might like to tackle the riddle in Mrs Mitchell’s last paragraph if you would like to educate/irritate your parents too!

Design and technology – Your DT challenge for this week, which is completely optional, is to build a Rube Goldberg machine.

A Rube Goldberg machine is a machine designed to perform a simple task in a very complicated way, using a series of chain reactions. You may have seen videos of these sorts of machines – here is a particularly impressive example!

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to design and build your own device that creates a mechanical chain reaction. It doesn’t have to have a specific purpose, although you are more than welcome to set one.

You can use just about any everyday objects that you choose, e.g. cardboard tubes, boxes, ramps, cups, marbles, balls, cars, dominoes, balloons, etc. You could make parts from Lego or K’nex, marble runs or car tracks. Be creative!

Your goal is to have at least 4 different parts to the chain reaction. If you are successful, we’d love for you to send us a video of your creation!


Lesson 3 – Making branching keys and classifying vertebrates.  Warning : This resource requires either Liquorice Allsorts or you can print the pictures off.  We know which we would prefer to use. ?


Watch each of the learning clips listed here and then take Quiz no. 1.  This is all revision of terminology you have learned at school during Music lessons. 

What are pulse and rhythm?  What are duration and tempo? What are melody and pitch?

What is harmony?  What is texture?


 To keep you hearing French vocabulary and pronunciation, there are 11 learning clips and stories for you to enjoy.

History – explore the website below to learn some more about Ancient Greece then using the Ancient Greek Alphabet poster, tackle the tasks on the Ancient Greek Alphabet worksheet.

It could be a wet week ahead which we all find harder to cope with during Lockdown.  Below are some ideas to help fill some time which practise and lots of the skills we learn at Primary School.

You are all living through an incredible moment in history.  In years from now, your children and grandchildren will want to know all about how you lived through Lockdown.  Here are two activities to help record this moment in time.

Create a Time Capsule

Time Capsule Activity Booklet

That’s it for this week, folks. Enjoy the week and keep in touch. We love to hear from you.