Dear Parents and Children,
Thank you so much for all of the wonderful emails, poems, stories and photos of your activities that we have received this week. It is really lovely to hear from you and to know that you are all safe and well. It’s really good for us to see what you have been doing and it means we can give you feedback. It also helps us to judge which types of activities you are enjoying or finding difficult which helps us to plan more effectively. If you didn’t manage to email us last week, please do so this week as we like to know that you are safe and well. By the end of the week, we would like to have heard from every single child or their parent please.
Remember not all learning is done at school. There are so many life skills you can be learning at home during this time: sewing; baking; crocheting; knitting; learning to play a new instrument; cooking; learning a new type of dance or exercise, riding a book; gardening; new card and board games; loading a dishwasher (Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Hall’s children still need to learn this skill even though they are all adults!); dusting and polishing; vacuuming; washing your clothes and folding and putting them away yourself; map reading and there are many, many more. Why not set yourself a new target a day? To learn or practise a new life skill.
IMPORTANT REMINDER – try to keep your Maths and English skills strong by tackling a task every day but do not let this cause upset or anxiety (contact us if you have concerns). Foundation subjects are optional. We will only set 3 or 4 tasks per week as we do not want to overload you and we completely understand the constraints of working at home without teachers nearby. You are, of course, also free to use the many other resources available out there. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary is a really good online resource which children can often use unsupported. We are happy to answer questions and help by email.
English – This week for Home Learning, there are five individual tasks as below. However, if you have been using the Shakespeare or Talk 4 Writing resource from last week and would prefer to continue with those instead, please do so. Don’t forget to read regularly and use Fiction Express. If you would like to enter the writing competition, please email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Task 1 – Send your teacher an email and ensure you answer the following questions:
How are you keeping yourself entertained in Lockdown during the wet weather?
Has anything strange, funny or unusual happened in your house this week?
Which tasks have you done this week in English, Maths and other foundation subjects?
What was your favourite Home Learning task this week?
Which subjects do you like and dislike in school?
Which subjects do you think are your strongest and weakest and why?
What did you most enjoy in school this year?
What is your favourite memory of school this year ?
Which extra-curricular clubs (including music lessons) and/or teams did you take part in this year?
Ask your teacher a question that you would love to know the answer to. (No cheeky ones)
Task 2 – Year 6 Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Booklet Pages 3-8. Mark your own using the answer booklet.
Task 3 – Year 6 Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Booklet Pages 9- 15. As above
Task 4 – Reading Comprehension on Earthquakes (this links rather nicely with our current Geography topic).
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 5 – Use one of these pictures as an inspiration for a Big Write. You can write a story or a piece of descriptive writing focusing on the 5 senses. Over to you!
Mrs Mitchell’s Maths group – Well done to those of you who completed the work set on fractions. This week, the work is all about Geometry: the properties of shapes and angles and translation and rotation. Some of the tasks are quite straight forward and some of them less so – but please do attempt all of them. If you get stuck, please let me know. Remember you can always look on Mymaths for a lesson on the topic to help you and then try the task again. As before, I’ve removed tasks that you’ve successfully completed.
Mrs Hall’s Maths group – I’m hoping that everybody is coping well with White Rose but nobody has emailed this week to tell me how they are finding the tasks. I would really love some feedback as I want to be sure that you can all access it. One person said that they are having trouble printing the sheets. If that is the case, you can just write answers in your book.
This week, the White Rose work is revision of long multiplication, division and perimeter. Use this daily.
I will also set 5 MyMaths tasks.
Mrs Wheat’s Maths group – well done to those of you who have completed all tasks set this week and don’t forget to contact me if anything troubles you. The work is all on fractions: simplifying, comparing and ordering and adding and subtracting. I will also set Mymaths tasks for you.
History – Next Friday, 8th May is the 75th anniversary of VE Day. As we have been studying World War II in History this year, we were planning to end the topic with a party. However, it’s now over to you to have your own party. There are lots of suggestions at https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/
There, you can listen to the recollections of a veteran of VE Day as well get suggestions on how to decorate your house, prepare suitable food and there is even a music play list. The website has a template for pre-made bunting to print off to put in your window, or you might prefer to make your own. Don’t forget to send us a photo!
At 2.45pm BBC One will broadcast Sir Winston Churchill’s famous victory speech in which he addressed the nation to announce the end of the war in Europe, which he made from 10 Downing Street on 8 May 1945. Throughout the day there are a whole range of programmes to help you learn! Here’s a guide to help you plan your day:
If you can’t have a party, maybe you would prefer to imagine that you were there in 1945 and write about your experiences of VE day. Were you at a party yourself? How did you celebrate? What did you see, eat, drink? Did you feel any sadness on that day or was it just pure happiness?
If you are more of an artist, could you draw or paint a picture from one of the scenes you saw on the website or television programme?
R.E. – We will be looking at the concepts of justice and freedom.
- Start by writing down what you think these words mean. Now look up the definitions of these words and compare these with your thoughts.
- Read through the Powerpoint which can be downloaded below: What is freedom?
You should be able to answer these questions. Write your answers in your book.
1.Who was Moses?
2.What are the Ten Commandments?
3.What do world religions say about the concept of freedom?
- Write a short summary of the story of Moses in your home learning book or summarise the views of different world religions’ concepts of freedom.
- Lesson 2 Vertebrates. Work your way through the slides and follow the links to the BBC Bitesize clips and other learning clips.
- Using Slide 6, answer the questions about an animal of your choice (in your book), maybe a pet or an animal that you are interested in.
- You could then create a poster about your chosen animal including all of the relevant information and a picture. Again, feel free to send us your finished work.