Year 6 Archive

22nd May 2020

One more day until...

Half Term

I can't believe we've made it all the way through a whole half term since Easter!

Well done for everything you have achieved over the last six (strange!) weeks... It has been great to hear from you and see everything you have been doing at home!

Just one more set of tasks before we break for half term!

Quick Maths

English task

Today, we have a non-fiction text called ‘Untangle the web’ for you to read. It looks at cyber bullying, mobile phones and staying safe online. First, read through the text carefully and identify any vocabulary you find tricky - you can look these words up in a dictionary / Collins online dictionary, or even ask someone at home.

Once you are happy, you can scroll down the page to find the questions that accompany the text. There are 15 questions to have a go at – no need to print them or write the questions out though, just number them and write your answers in full sentences. For the questions that have a table or grid, you might want to draw those to make things clearer.

Click here to access the text and the questions.

Remember: If you haven't done the quiz for this week's spellings, log on to Purple Mash to have a go. We are not setting any new spellings this week as it's half term.

Maths task

To finish off this week before half term, we’ve got another Maths game for you to play. It is better with more than one person, but can also be played as a single player (see alternative below).

100 square

If the interactive version of the game doesn’t work for you, you can use a 100 square like the one above.

The first player chooses an even number that is less than 50, and crosses it out on the grid.

The second player chooses a number that is either a factor or multiple of the first number. Cross that number out.

For example:

  • Player 1 picks 32 to start, because it is even and less than 50
  • Player 2 picks 8, because it is a factor of 32
  • Player 1 picks 2, because it is a factor of 8
  • Player 2 picks 22, because it is a multiple of 2
  • etc…

The first person who is unable to cross out a number loses.

REMEMBER

  • A factor is a whole number which can be multiplied with another in order to make your number. For example: 3 is a factor of 12, because 3 x 4 = 12
  • A multiple is a number that is the result of the multiplication of your number with another number. For example: 24 is a multiple of 12, because 12 x 2 = 24

Alternative

If you do not have anyone at home to play with, challenge yourself to find the longest single unbroken chain of factors and multiples without re-using a number. Follow the same rules as above, so for example: 32 – 8 – 2 – 22 – ...

Other Curriculum Task - Computing

logo

Here is a video that gives you a few more tips on how to use logo.

Make sure you save what you have done so we can see!

21st May 2020

Good morning everyone, we hope you are fit and well. Hopefully you are feeling as positive as this chap?!

Happy chap

Here are the answers to yesterday's quiz - hope you got a solid score :-)

Let’s begin with some more mental arithmetic this morning:

Mental calculation: number bonds to 1000

520 + ? = 1000                                  630 + ? = 1000                                  365 + ? = 1000

515 + ? = 1000                                  409 + ? = 1000                                  83 + ? = 1000

11.7 + ? = 1000                                 785.5 + ? = 1000                              952.09 + ? = 1000

 

English task

Today you will need to begin by watching the full video clip of the short story of Alma.

Now you have seen the full story and the strange events that take place, you are ready to complete today’s task. We would like you to imagine you are the parent / carer of Alma and want you to create a ‘missing persons’ poster focussing on Alma herself. If you looked closely you might have noticed some blurry examples of these posters on the wall leading to the shop in the video clip.

Your poster should include information on the following areas:

  • who she is
  • where she lives (make it up – a small town in Spain is where the story is meant to be set)
  • when and where she was last seen
  • her appearance
  • what she was wearing and any distinguishing features (things that make her stand out e.g. a mole on her cheek, a scar on her arm etc)
  • an image showing Alma’s appearance
  • finish with an emotional appeal to help find her.

Before you begin, have a look at this example of what a missing persons’ poster might look like. You might want to use this template to help organise your poster or you can create your own.

Maths task

Take a look at these division calculations:

Division calculations

Sort them into two groups:

Mental or written method

Take your time sorting the calculations - try to think of the most helpful strategy; your first thought might not be your best thought!

Possible strategies:

  • times table facts then x10  or x100
  • remembering that ÷10 or ÷100 is all about place value (hundreds become tens, tens become ones…)
  • using a known fact to start from

Then, solve each calculation using the strategy you think will help most.

For those you have put in the second column, use the bus stop method. Mr Wilson wrote a helpful reminder of how that works here (scroll down past the multiplication methods...)

STRETCH:

Have a look at this interesting problem, lining up four 4s, and putting operation symbols between them.

So, for example: 4 = 60. And (4 4) 4 = 16.

But can you make 12?

What about the numbers between 0 and 10??

 

Other curriculum task - French

Bonjour tout le monde (Good morning everyone)!!

It's here: the moment you've all been waiting for... French with Mr Kench part 3!! Watch this video carefully, paying close attention to the twenty items that come past the screen. When they've all gone past, write down as many as you can remember seeing!! You can write them in English, but for an extra challenge try writing them in French!

Once you've finished, watch the video again and see which items you missed... Bet you can't remember them all!

 

20th May 2020

Welcome one and all to a wonderful Wednesday of wizardry (well... not quite wizardry but it sounded cool!)

Here's a tiger having a well-earned bath after completing another day's home learning:

tiger in a bath

Let’s begin with some more mental arithmetic this morning:

Mental calculation: doubling

double 36                                            double 49                                            double 127

double 2,036                                         double 1,567                                         double 10,029

double 23.6                                        double 659.9                                        double 35.26

English task

Today, we would like you to use the work you did yesterday on building up descriptive sentences to write a full description of the shop scene that Alma has before her. You should consider what Alma sees first and then work through the way she scans the room, and what she encounters. Have a look at the sentences you have already created and see where they could potentially fit into your writing today. If you feel you would prefer to write a completely new piece and just include some of the ideas from yesterday that is fine too.

If you are unsure of what your descriptive piece might look like then have a look at this example for some inspiration. Remember, it doesn’t matter if the events are not in the exact sequence they happen but they must still make a cohesive piece of writing.

Here is the video clip again just in case you want another look.

Maths task

Today we are going to have a look at some mental division strategies, in the same way that we have been thinking about multiplication over the last couple of weeks.

For a reminder about some helpful basic strategies, watch this video to get yourself started. If you are feeling pretty confident, skip straight ahead to this part of the video for an explanation of today's actual task.

The task itself can be found here.

Other curriculum task - General knowledge

Calling all quizzers… today we have a general knowledge quiz for you to get stuck into. This will include a range of questions that test your knowledge of different subjects, as well as your knowledge of your own school. Dive in to test yourself!

Answers will be revealed with Thursday’s home learning.

 

19th May 2020

Happy Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday everyone!! Thank you for the work you are all continuing to send in to us - it's great to see the hard work you're getting up to! If this bowtie-wearing, butterfly-loving pupper could see you, we're sure he would agree.

Before we start on today's tasks, have a go at some quick Maths to warm your brain up...

Quick Maths

 

English task

Today we would like to move on to the next part of the story and focus on creating descriptive language, phrases and sentences about what can be seen inside the shop. First, you will need to click here to watch the next part of the video.

Now you have seen this section of the film, you will have seen the inside of the shop and the amount of different points of interest there are.

  • To begin with, watch the clip again and make a note of all the common nouns (objects) you can see – try to find even the tiniest detail by pausing the video at various points.

 

  • Once you have your list, you need to select some of the objects and begin to write about them descriptively. We would like you to do this as this example demonstrates.

 

  • Have a go at describing as many different objects as you can in this way, but try to focus on the quality of your description, rather than the quantity.

Can you find details that no one else would think of and help to use interesting description to bring them to life? Remember, the reader isn’t watching the video so you have to plant the wonderful images in their minds!

Maths task

This morning you are going to be having a go at a Maths investigation called the “Largest Product problem”.

Click here for today’s task – if you want an extra challenge, don’t watch Mr Kenchington’s video below beforehand. REMEMBER, make a prediction of what you think will be the largest and smallest products before you do any calculating. Then, try to work systematically to check all possible options and make sure that you can be certain of having found them.

If you’re not sure where to start with this investigation and you need a hand, watch this video to see Mr Kenchington explore three example digits.

 

Other curriculum task – Geography

Following last week’s look at the different types of settlements that humans tend to live in, this week we are going to look at some of the primary ways that humans all around the world interact with one another: Trade and Economic Activity.

For starters, watch the video on this page and read the information there about exports, imports and the differences between them. When you’ve watched the video, have a go at the little quiz and test your knowledge!

After that, watch this second video to see how people decide what to sell and what to buy, and how that affects countries and their economies! Have a go at the quiz too, to check you’ve been listening!

Now it’s time for some of your own thoughts:

  • Think about our country of the United Kingdom. What do you think our top 5 exports are? And what about our top 5 imports?
  • Now think about other countries. Who do you think we export most of our goods to? And who do you think we import most of our goods from?

After you’ve written down your answers to these questions, see if you can do some research online to find out the real answers. Were your predictions correct?

STRETCH: we live in a world of connections to other people in other countries. How do you think that a global pandemic like the one we are experiencing might affect the UK’s economic activity?

 

18th May 2020

Day at the beach

Good morning everyone and welcome to another week of home learning! We hope you made the most of the good weather at the weekend (while keeping a safe distance!) Thank you also to everyone who sent in a recipe for our Community Cookbook - Mrs Walker has worked incredibly hard to put them all together into a beautifully presented book. You can find it on the website here!

Well done to all of you who had a go at our SATs quizzes. Here are the answers, as promised - how did you do?

Now for today! Get your brains warmed up with some quick Maths:

Quick Maths 20200518

 

English task

This morning, we are going to add to our scene setting paragraph by writing the next part of the story, using the second video from which we picked out the key actions, as well as the smaller actions that might go unnoticed, last week. Hopefully you have a lovely long list of actions to choose from!

Use these actions to describe in detail the way in which Alma makes her way from the chalk board to the shop window, and what she does there.

Remember, our aim is to try to build suspense and create a spooky atmosphere for our reader, so that they are on the edge of their seat wanting to know what happens next. One way of doing this is to describe a character’s actions and reactions in detail.

Try and think about cohesion, too (our favourite word!):

  • Does your paragraph flow and make sense?
  • Does your reader know what you mean when you say things like “it”?
  • Can you avoid repeating yourself?
  • Can you use a mixture of sentence lengths and clause structures?

And, once again, even if you know exactly what happens after our clip ends, don’t rush onto any of that yet! For now, just describe this scene in as much detail as you can…

If you’re struggling to get started, we have written an example here. If you’ve started writing from an interesting perspective, like that of the doll maker perhaps, make sure you carry that on in this next section…

 

Maths task

We spent a lot of last week looking at different strategies for making multiplications easier. Watch this video for a recap of what some of those strategies are, as well as an additional strategy. If you are feeling confident about those multiplication strategies, skip ahead to the next video.

Today's task, which Mr Kenchington explains in this video, is all about using those strategies to decide which multiplications you might find easier or more difficult. When you've watched the video, you can find the task here.

Practicing this skill will be useful in the future for helping you assess which questions you can do quickly in your head and which questions you might need to use a written method for. Today, try not to use a written method (other than to check your answers), but rather look for the most helpful mental strategy.

 

Other curriculum task

Artists Assemble! Once again, we are calling on you to put your cartooning skills to the test!

Watch this video from Pete McKee, who talks you step by step through how to draw posters to say a massive “Thank You!” to some of those important people helping keep the country afloat during this strange time.

For an extra challenge, once you’ve done the ones he describes, maybe you could think about someone in your life who you would like to say “Thank You!” to, and see if you can adapt some of his techniques to help you draw your own poster for them!

 

15th May 2020

HF

We have decided to give you a bit more time to complete the SATs quizzes so we'll post the answers on Monday!

quick maths

English Task

We will be returning to see what happens to Alma next time but, as it's Friday, we have another reading activity for you.

Read through this text and answer the questions. Remember, you don't have to print it; you can just write your answers.

.What a stunt!

Spelling: Log on to purple mash to see your spellings for this week.

Maths Task

Today we have a couple of logic puzzles to have a look at.

For both of them you could draw them out or click on the links below to try them online.

Puzzle 1:

task 1

Can you arrange the 9 tiles so that no tiles of the same colour are next to each other?
There are lots of ways to solve this one... how many can you find!?

Make sure your solutions are different and not just rotated.

eg t1

Miss Stranks found four totally different ones - can you beat her!?

Here is the link if you want to try this online - it might be easier just to draw them.

Puzzle 2:

This looks similar but this time you cannot have any colour repeated in a row, column or diagonally.

t2

eg t2

Here is the link if you want to try this one online.

Other curriculum task - Computing

We are going to look at another two of the activities in logo. These particularly get you to practise changing colour and using different angles. Remember to 'hand in' before you log out!

You will find these two activities in your '2do's.

logo

14th May 2020

Good Morning! Here is a very happy frog...

happy frog

Well done to Rian who worked out the answer to question 4 of the reading quiz! We have a few people who have done very well on the chocolate round too... can anyone get them all!?

quick maths

 

English Task

Today, we are going to focus on the next short section of the Alma animation.

First, watch this clip a few times (it's only about 30 seconds) and write a list of all the different things Alma does.

Once you have your list, watch this video where Miss Stranks explains the main task for today.

Alma

 

Maths Task

This week, we have looked at a range of strategies that we can use for different multiplication calculations.

Task 1:
Take a look at these calculations:

Calculations

Sort them into two groups:

Table

Take your time sorting the calculations - try to think of the most helpful strategy; your first thought might not be your best thought!

Possible strategies:

  • times table facts then x10  or x100
  • using a known fact to start from
  • double one number and halve the other before calculating

Then, solve each calculation using the strategy you think will help most.

For those you have put in the second column, use gelosia or column multiplication.

Task 2 - Challenge!:

This took me a little while so keep trying!

task 2 challenge

 

Other curriculum task - French

Bonjour les enfants! (Good morning, children!)

Today we are going to think back to our session on "les salles de ta maison" - the rooms in your house! Start by having another watch of Mr Kenchington's video to remind yourself of some of those key words you might want to use.

When you've got a hang of the different rooms, design a picture or a plan of your house (or the house of your dreams, if you'd prefer!) and label it carefully with all of the room names. Mr Kenchington and Miss Stranks have made two quite different versions of their homes, so you can get an idea of the sort of thing we're looking for.

You can decorate it in any way you would like and, remember, if you are looking for a French word you don't know, check Mr Kenchington's video first (in case it was in there) or head to a translation website like Reverso.

Bonne chance! (Good luck!)

 

13th May 2020

Good morning! Thank you for all the work you've sent in so far this week - it's been great to see!

We hope you are enjoying the SATs games - we've had some very good entries. No-one has worked out question four in the book emoji quiz yet so see if you can be the first! Here is the link again.

Here is chapter 6 of our book.

charlie noon

quick maths

English task

This morning, we are going to watch the first part of the video from which our stills have come for the last two days.

Some of you may have seen this before and know where it is going – for the moment we are just going to be thinking about this introductory section. We want to try and write the best scene setting paragraphs we can.

Think about the vocabulary work that we did yesterday: try and use at least two of the words that you came up with for “walked” and for “fell” (and try not to use “walked” or “fell”!)

Try and think about cohesion, too (our favourite word!):

  • Does your paragraph flow and make sense?
  • Does your reader know what you mean when you say things like “it”?
  • Can you avoid repeating yourself?
  • Can you use a mixture of sentence lengths and clause structures?

Bearing all of this in mind, write a scene setting for this short film, describing in beautiful detail what has happened.

And, even if you think you know exactly what happens next, don’t rush onto any of that yet! For now, just set the scene in as much detail as you can…

If you’re struggling to get started, or if you are looking for an extra challenge, Miss Stranks and Mr Kenchington have written some example scene settings here.

 

Maths task

We are going to continue thinking about different strategies for multiplication.

Here is a video which introduces and explains today's tasks.

Now look at these activities. Complete at least two; you may want to try all three!

 

Other curriculum task - Music

Last week, you had the opportunity to have a play around on the Purple Mash program 2Sequence

This week, we want you to have another go, but this time thinking really carefully about some of these things:

  • Pulse - the natural beat that underpins every piece of music
  • Rhythms - repeated patterns of notes or sounds
  • Melody - a tune that plays above the pulse and rhythm

Mr Kenchington has made a video describing how he went about creating a short, simple piece of music using all of these elements. Let's see if you can make one that's even better!

 

12th May 2020

Hello! Welcome to Tuesday - hope you are all well!

Well done to all of these people who passed an AR quiz last week:

Sultan, Shannon, Luke, Charlie, Louise, Madison, Ruby, Navidha, Samuel F, Oscar, Josh B, Karina, Harry K and Rian!

great reading

Here is a photo of a two-headed rhino - or is it?!

rhinos

Anyway...let's get going!

To warm up our brains, here is some quick maths!

quick maths

English task

Yesterday you looked at some stills from a short animated video, which we will be watching later this week. You’ll have noticed that in them a girl is walking through a town, with snow falling around her.

We are going to be thinking about how our choice of words – specifically verbs – can affect the atmosphere in a piece of description.

There are often lots of different ways of saying a simple idea, like “walking”. It is important that we think about picking exactly the right one to create the effect we want.

Watch this video, where Mr Kenchington shows how he looks at multiple options for the same word, and then considers what effect different words might achieve.

When you have finished the video, use this document to help you practice writing down the effect that the different words have.

Maths task

We are going to be continuing to think about multiplication and different strategies that we can use.

Watch this video where Miss Stranks introduces and explains the task.

Then, have a go at these different tasks. Complete at least two - you may want to try all three.

Remember, go back to the video if you get stuck.

Other curriculum task - science

Over the next few science lessons, we are going to be thinking about inheritance and evolution.

Today, we are starting with inheritance - characteristics inherited by offspring from their parents.

Have a look at this information and complete the activities.

 

11th May 2020

good morning

Hello! Welcome to a new week - we hope you had a lovely bank holiday weekend!

Some of you will have realised that, if we were in school, it would actually be SATs week! To mark this, we have produced some 'lockdown SATs' for you to try - don't worry it's just a bit of fun!

Have a go at these 'tests' through the week (they're not really tests!) - you might want to get some other people in your house involved!

square numbers

English Task

This week, we will be starting a new topic in English.To start with, we have two images for you to look at. Spend some time noting down some ideas about these images using 'I notice, I wonder...' which you are experienced at doing now. Remember, it can help you to combine these to push your thinking further.

pic1

                                                                                                    I notice... I wonder

pic2

Now, have a look at the following 5 pictures. They are part of the first half of a story we are going to explore throughout the week.

5pics

What order do you think these five pictures should be in? Order them and then write a short description of the story that they tell.

STRETCH: Now have a go at putting the five pictures in a different order, to tell a different story.

If you've had a go and are struggling for inspiration, have a look at these two suggestions and see if they give you any good ideas of your own!

Maths Task

Today we are looking a bit more in depth at the link between multiplication and addition.

Watch this video for an introduction and examples of the task.

Here is a file with three tasks - try to have a go at two of them; you might want to try all three.

Remember, go back to the video and re-watch the examples if you get stuck.

Other Curriculum Task - Geography

Settlements

Today, we are going to remind ourselves about different types of settlements.

What is the difference between a city, a town and a village?

Follow this link to watch two videos that explain; then, complete both of the tasks underneath the videos.

7th May 2020

Good Morning! Hope you are all well - it's good to see the sunshine back again!

Remember, tomorrow is a bank holiday so there will be no new tasks set - we will see you all again on Monday...

Here is the next chapter of our book. I've split it into two parts as it's quite a long chapter.

Cover

Chapter 5 part one           Chapter 5 part two

Let’s begin with some more mental arithmetic this morning:

Mental calculation: missing multiplication

10 x 11 = ?                                          135 = 9 x ?                                          12 x ? = 132

105 = 15 x ?                                       ? = 56 x 3                                            ? x 15 = 210

32 x ? = 352                                        220 = ? x 11                                       360 = 45 x ?

 

English Task

As we don't have lessons tomorrow, we are doing our reading task today.

This week it is all about VE day.

There are two versions; they are similar but one is slightly trickier - pick the one that will challenge you! Lots of you will be able to do the second task.

One star reading task             Two star reading task

Spelling: Don't forget to test yourself on last week's spellings if you haven't done them yet. Your new spellings are also on purple mash from today.

Maths task

Today, it’s time for a number problem that needs to be solved – it comes in the form of a game called ‘the 24 game’:

Using all four numbers 4, 6, 6 and 8, but using each number only once, there are over 60 different ways of getting the answer 24 by adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.

How many can you and your family find?

You might also want to consider thinking about BODMAS and how it could help you to find some different solutions.

e.g. 6 x 8 – 6 x 4

Click here for a quick BODMAS reminder, and good luck!

 

Other curriculum task - history

As it is the 75th anniversary tomorrow, we have put together a bank of activities to do with VE Day. Have a look through the pack and choose 2 or 3 you would like to have a go at. Remember, you don't have to print, just write or draw your own versions if you need to.

You might want to try some more of these activities over the bank holiday weekend too! Do show us what you get up to... we have seen some fabulous bunting already!

Activity Pack

ve day

 

6th May 2020

Good Morning! Welcome to Wednesday - hope you are all having a good week!

Don't forget, if you are planning to send a recipe in for the school recipe book, you need to send it to recipes@whiptonbarton.org by Monday.

Also, Miss Cordwell has added some activities to the 'More Wonderful Websites' section of this website to do with cycling - there's a great bike-floor-art activity you might like to take a look at! Click on 'home learning', 'more wonderful websites', then scroll all the way to the bottom to the 'Sustrans' section if you are interested...

Let’s begin with some more mental arithmetic this morning:

Mental calculation: number bonds to 1000

820 + ? = 1000                                  740 + ? = 1000                                  125 + ? = 1000

555 + ? = 1000                                  717 + ? = 1000                                  834 + ? = 1000

117 + ? = 1000                                  850.5 + ? = 1000                               432.5 + ? = 1000

 

Right, let's get going!

English Task

Today you are going to write your letter to Duncan!

You will need your plan from yesterday. If you find that you need some more ideas, here is the document from yesterday to help you.

Have a look at this video to see Miss Stranks demonstrate how to use your plan when writing your letter.

Remember those things which make letters of complaint effective:

  • Examples
  • Solutions
  • Strong adjectives and adverbs to make your point
    • This is totally unacceptable.
    • I am seriously concerned.
  • Paragraphs!!!
  • Range of punctuation - e.g. exclamation marks, brackets, dashes, semi-colons
  • Rhetorical questions (with question marks!)
  • Eye-catching layout and emphasis - e.g. capital letters, underlining etc

Maths task

Today we would like you to continue with your work on fractions, specifically finding fractions of amounts. First, have a look at this reminder which shows you how to go about finding a fraction of an amount.

Now you have refreshed your memory, choose from the 3 different activities below (just as you did yesterday). If you want to do one, two or even all three activities then feel free to do so.

star task

If you are doing the 3 star challenge, complete level 1 and 2 – make sure you explain your answers as fully as possible. If you need a bit of help then click here for some support.

Other curriculum task - Music

We thought it had been a long time since we've had a go at some music.

Follow this link to the BBC website to see a couple of short videos about duration and tempo and how this is important when combining different instruments.

There are a couple of videos and a quiz to try. After you have looked at these, log on to purple mash. In your '2Do's you will see a new programme called '2Sequence'. You can use this to create your own pieces of music. Explore what you can do and see what you come up with! Email us if you need to. 

2sequence

Don't forget to 'hand in' your compositions so we can see!

5th May 2020

Good Morning!

Thank you to those of you who managed to send a cartoon superhero to us - here is Mr Wilson's effort as promised:

Superballoon cartoon

We hope you are enjoying listening to 'The Longest Night of Charlie Noon'

Here is the next chapter...

Charlie Noon

 

Let’s begin with some more mental arithmetic this morning:

Mental calculation: halving

half  38 =                                            half 112 =                                           half 436 =

half 372 =                                           half 1682 =                                         half 9999 =

half 28.8 =                                          half 47.25 =                                       half 5.307 =

 

English Task

Today we are going to plan a new letter to Duncan from a crayon!

You will need to choose a new colour to write from - this could be one of the colours you came up with last week. Try to think of something unusual - maybe maroon, emerald, gold, or even rainbow!

Here is a document which gives you lots of ideas of the types of things you could say to Duncan.

Now plan your own letter:

Use the layout below to help you organise your ideas - remember, plan more than you think you'll need so you have plenty of ideas when you write your letter tomorrow!

Letter Plan

Maths task

Today’s task is all about adding and subtracting fractions with both equivalent and different denominators. First, have a look at this reminder of how to work with these different types of fractions. Remember to pause and re-watch the video where necessary.

Now you have re-familiarised yourself with this, choose from the 3 different activities below. If you want to do one, two or even all three activities then feel free to do so.

task

Complete level 1, 2 and 3 – make sure you explain your answers as fully as possible. If you need a bit of help then click here for some support.

SPARX maths (optional)

SPARX maths are now providing live online lessons for Year 6 pupils and so we would like to offer you the option of participating. All you need to do is follow the link below (sorry it’s so huge) and register with your name and email address. You will then have access to the live lesson page where you can click the large, green ‘JOIN’ button and you’re in. Be sure to ‘JOIN’ before the 11am start time or you might not be able to access the lesson. There are new lessons each day and you will receive lesson or webinar reminders in your email inbox with an updated link to that lesson.

Watch this video for more information about what the live sessions will look like and how ask / answer questions within a lesson.

Don’t feel you have to do this as well as the daily maths task – if you choose to complete the online lesson then just let your teacher know and that’ll be your maths for the day covered.

Registration link below:

https://sparxlivelessons.clickmeeting.com/sparx-live-lessons/register?utm_campaign=5%20hours%20campaign&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=86843380&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-90wArPgJ3bgQL8LCA2iLSkWooIQFucZ9FmC5bzjPhjP3z4d-gtWcL2SwjZfAFxnlLuVd9w1auWXXB5KyLB04Mre2r3xQ&_hsmi=86843380

Other Curriculum Task - History

On Friday this week, we have a bank holiday to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Over the next couple of days, we are going to be doing a few activities to find out more about it.

Let’s start by watching this video.

Make notes of key facts as you watch.

Now you have watched the video, try answering these questions based on what you heard and saw:

VE Day Questions

What's special about this year?

VE Day info

Can you design your own bunting to celebrate and remember VE day?

Here are some example designs...

Bunting

4th May 2020

Good Morning! Hope you have all had a good weekend and are ready to crack on with another week of home learning! It's been great to keep in touch and hear and see how you are getting on... We can't wait to see you all again!

We have added a new website to the links above which includes lots of interesting and weird news articles. Have a look at this video to see what it's all about.

Here is Chapter 3 of our new book:

Charlie Noon

Let’s fire up our maths brains with some more arithmetic:

Mental calculation: doubling

double 27 =                                       double 125 =                                     double 167 =

double 372 =                                     double 1463 =                                  double 9999 =

double 24.7 =                                   double 43.55 =                                 double 7.109 =

 

English Task

We are going to carry on thinking about 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. You may want to start by watching the video again to remind yourself of the story. Why not complete the AR quiz on the book too! Quiz number: 225529

Tomorrow, you will be planning your own letter to Duncan from a new crayon. To help us, today, we are going to look in more detail at Red Crayon’s letter and see if we can edit and improve it.

Here is the letter:

Red Crayon

Red Crayon being so angry and a bit rude could cause Duncan to ignore him! Can you re-write Red Crayon’s letter but include different tactics to try to convince Duncan.

You have the same problem – exhausted from being used so much

Same demand – want a rest

BUT... try to get Duncan more on your side.

Tactics you could try:

  • Start off friendly to get him on side
  • Include a compliment (e.g. ‘It’s great that you like using me so much but...’)
  • Offer solutions or suggest an alternative (e.g. ‘Maybe you could use Pink Crayon for hearts...’)
  • Rhetorical questions (e.g. ‘How would you feel if...?’)

You can still use bits from the original letter that you think are good, but try to include new ideas to help convince Duncan.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

 

Maths task

Today we are going to be reminding ourselves about equivalent fractions. “Equivalent” means that two fractions are the same size as each other, even though their numerator (top number) and denominator (bottom number) are different:

Fraction wall

If you multiply or divide the numerator and the denominator by the same amount, you have found an equivalent fraction.

For today's task, have a look at this file, which gives some examples of equivalent fractions and then asks you to have a go at sorting your own. Remember, you don't have to print this out - just draw your own table or write your answers down!

 

Other curriculum task - Art

The standard of the cartoon art work you all produced in our last art session was so good that we are going to have another go today. This time you will be creating cartoon characters that have weird and wonderful superpowers. First, you need to watch this video guide where artist Pete McKee will give you a step-by-step lesson on how to create these cool characters.

Now you have watched the video clip, have a go at recreating some of the characters, pausing the video if you need to have a closer look. Once you feel confident enough, why not have a go at creating your own characters? Don’t forget to colour them in using whatever you have at home: pencils, felt tip pens or even paints.

Just as before we would love you to send us examples of your amazing art (Mr Wilson has again promised to share some of his own creations tomorrow).

 

1st May 2020

Happy Friday! Well done for all the effort lots of you have put into your learning tasks this week. It's been great to see everything that you have been sending in.

Here is chapter 2 of our new book...

Charlie Noon

If you haven't seen chapter 1 yet, scroll down. Chapter 3 will be posted on Monday. 

Let’s fire up our maths brains with some more arithmetic before we get started:

Mental calculation: addition

250 + 89 =                                          746 + 145 =                                        1193 + 318 =

13.3 + 5.6 =                                       51.2 + 26.9 =                                     263.3 + 120.7 =

3.65 + 0.78 =                                     45.76 + 16.5 =                                  64.53 + 6.018 =

 

English Task

We will be returning to our crayons next week as we write our own letters! But, for now, we'd like you to try another reading task.

Open this document, read through the story and have a go at the questions.

Recorder Concert

Remember you don't need to print, just write your answers.

Spelling: Here is a grid to practise your spellings for this week. Remember, some of you will have been set different spellings, so make sure to check purple mash to see.

 

Maths Task

Your maths task today is the exciting game of ‘Hit the button’. We have played this in school before and it is great for sharpening those mental calculation skills. We would like you to spend 20-30 minutes playing on the different modes there are within the game: number bonds, doubles, halves, times tables, division facts and square numbers. Within each game mode, there are a number of different options available to adjust the difficulty – perfect for setting the right amount of challenge for your ability. We would also like you to make the most of this activity by selecting things you know you might find a little tricky – don’t just play the games you know you can do easily!

 

Other curriculum task - Science

Today we are going to recap some of the science you would have looked at in year 5 to do with the solar system.

Here is a link to a BBC lesson. There are a couple of videos to watch. Then three activities to complete.

You might find it helpful to make notes as you watch the videos.

If you cannot print the sheet, just write your answers for the final activity.

Solar System

 

30th April 2020

Morning everyone! I hope you enjoyed chapter 1 of The Longest Night of Charlie Noon! I will be posting chapter 2 tomorrow so, if you haven't listened to the first part yet, you still have time! Scroll down to find it.

Before we begin today, have a go at this arithmetic starter to get your mind into gear:

Mental calculation: subtraction

150 – 59 =                                          240 – 135 =                                        265 – 119 =

15.5 – 3.3 =                                       40.6 – 15.7 =                                     122.1 – 20.2 =

1.75 – 0.48 =                                     28.36 – 5.15 =                                  32.53 – 2.06 =

 

English Task

Today we are going to look at another letter of complaint and pick out some vocabulary that will help us make our 'crayon letters' more powerful!

First, read through this letter of complaint.

Here is some vocabulary I have picked from the letter, plus a couple of other words which could be useful.

Vocab and grid

Sort the words into columns depending how confident you feel using it in your writing. The example letter above may give you some clues...

Now, look at any words you have in 'red' or 'orange'. Use this online dictionary to help you to understand these words.

Main activity:

Write a sentence for each word showing that you understand what they mean and how they could be useful when writing 'as a crayon'!

Look at this document for some examples if you're not sure - but make sure you create your own sentences; use some of the ideas you came up with yesterday for the crayon's problems to help give you ideas.

 

Maths task

Today’s maths activity focuses on ‘finding the odd one out’ by reasoning around shapes and looking for similarities and differences. First, you need to watch this video clip which will explain what you have to do today and will go though some examples. Remember to pause the video to give you time to think and re-watch as many times as you need.

Now that you have watched the video hopefully you are ready to have a go at the activities. As always, don’t feel you have to print out the questions / task sheet just do what works best for.

 

Other curriculum task - French

Bonjour tout le monde! (which, as you all know by now, means good morning everyone)

This is it, the moment you've all been waiting for we're sure: the sequel to French with Mr Kench part 1 has arrived!! Have a look at this video and join Mr Kenchington as he goes on a bit of an adventure... If it helps, watch the video a few times or think about pausing it so that you can practice saying the words a few times. Try and get them sounding as French as you possibly can!

Once you've had a go with all of them, head to this website. We've used it before for food and drink - now we're using it for rooms in the house (there are a couple of extras that aren't in Mr Kenchington's video, but he doesn't have a basement and couldn't think of anything interesting to do in the hall...) Have a listen to the words as you did last time and then work your way through the activities.

And, for an added challenge, why not try doing one better than Mr Kenchington, like Cory did last time, and film yourself in one of the rooms of your house!!

Amusez-vous bien, les enfants!

 

29th April 2020

Hello! Happy Wednesday... hope you are all having a good week so far. It's been lovely to hear from lots of you - keep sharing your wonderful work.

Miss Stranks has added a couple of links to the website list above. This includes the Accelerated Reader link if you would like to quiz on any books that you have been reading at home. If you can't remember your login, let us know. We can even send certificates to you if you are clocking up the word count!

On the theme of reading, Miss Stranks has a new book:

Charlie Noon Cover

Click here to see a video of her reading the first chapter. We will upload new chapters regularly; let us know what you think may happen!

 

Before we get started today, let’s begin with some more arithmetic to shake out all those cobwebs:

Mental calculation: dividing by 10, 100 and 1,000

63 ÷ 10 =                                             23.5 ÷ 10 =                                          0.76 ÷ 10 =

872 ÷ 100 =                                         94.01 ÷ 100 =                                     910.2 ÷ 100 =

4521 ÷ 1000 =                                    1241.56 ÷ 1000 =                             100.05 ÷ 1000 =

 

English task

Our first activity today is to find as many synonyms as possible for different colours.

Look at this list:

Colours

How many different descriptions can you think of for each colour? You could organise this in columns or as spider diagrams.

Here is what I thought of for green:

Green synonyms

Can you think of any others? Do this for each of the colours in the list above.

Activity 2: Now, pick three of the ‘new colours’ you have thought of and think about what their problems could be if they were to write a letter to Duncan.

Look at this document if you need a few ideas – I am sure you can come up with more interesting ideas; use your imagination!

 

Maths task

Have a look at this number:

37,862,459

First off, let’s think about what some of these numbers represent:

  • What does the digit 5 represent?
  • The thousands in this number are represented by what digit?
  • What does the digit 7 represent?
  • The hundred thousands in this number are represented by what digit?

Now, what is 37,862,459 when it is rounded:

  • To the nearest 10?
  • To the nearest 100?
  • To the nearest 1,000?
  • To the nearest 100,000?

Mr Kenchington says:

               “When rounded to the nearest 10,000, the number equals 37,870,000!”

Do you agree with Mr Kenchington? Why – or why not??

Mr Wilson says:

               “When rounded to the nearest 1,000,000, the number equals 38,862,459!”

Do you agree with Mr Wilson? Why – or why not??

STRETCH:

Rounding extension

 

Other curriculum task - Geography

Your task today is to finish the country fact file you began last week. If you decided to complete the whole fact file last time then you can choose a new country for this week. Feel free to use the same template or create one of your own – here is the blank example if you wish to use it.

 

28th April 2020

Good morning Year 6, we hope you enjoyed yesterday’s home learning and are fit and ready for an exciting Tuesday. Firstly, did you manage to work out Monday’s riddle…?

‘How many letters are there in the English alphabet?’

Answer: 18 of course!  3 in ‘the’, 7 in ‘English,’ and 8 in ‘alphabet.’

 

Before we begin today, have a go at this arithmetic starter to get your mind into gear:

Mental calculation: multiplying by 10, 100 and 1,000

95 x 10 =                             125 x 10 =                          12.5 x 10 =

1.07 x 100 =                         12.8 x 100 =                      84.4 x 100 =

0.34 x 1000 =                    103.51 x 1000 =                 1.403 x 1000 =

 

English task

Hopefully, you all had a chance to watch the book being read yesterday. If not, watch it here.

Cover

Today, we are going to look in more detail at some of the letters from the crayons.

Have a look at this video which compares a couple of the letters and explains today's task.

Here is today's task - remember you don't have to print. Just write or type your answers.

 

Maths task

Answers to yesterday’s activities:

Task A: Harris has £9, Kim has £11, Zack has £4

Task B: Ben is 55kg, Jack is 45kg, Sam is 35kg

Extension: Steph and Alice must weigh the same: when weighed with Julie, the combined weights are the same (80kg). However, Julie may be lighter or heavier than 40kg (e.g. she may weigh 45kg and Steph and Alice could each weigh 35kg).

 

Today’s maths task is really fun and interesting and will get your family involved too! You will first need to watch a video clip which explains how today’s activity works. The clip begins with a broken calculator starter task (you have seen this task in school before) where you have to solve a problem but two of the keys on the calculator are broken. Then, the main is all about listening, drawing and explaining - watch the video to see how it works.

There are two sets of shapes: set A and set B - one for you and one for a partner. These shapes are quite challenging so you might want to begin by drawing your own simple versions and testing them out with your partner. Then have a go at the examples once you are more confident.

If you have lots of people at home then you could challenge them see who is the best at explaining / drawing and create a bit of healthy competition… optional of course!

 

Other curriculum task - Computing

We are going to have another look at the 'Logo' programme today which you should find in your '2Do's on Purple Mash.

2Logo

We are going to be trying to draw different shapes and create some patterns.

Look at this video for some tips but feel free to try your own ideas too!

 

27th April 2020

Good morning Year 6 and welcome to another exciting week of home learning. Last week was really positive and it has been great fun looking at all the examples of work you have been sending through to us.

Why don’t we begin the day with a riddle to get your brains warmed up…?

How many letters are there in the English alphabet?

English task

This week, we are going to be beginning a new series in English, focused around some interesting colouring pencils. For starters, take a look at this front cover (we’ve hidden the title so that it doesn’t give anything away yet):

The Day the Crayons Quit cover

 

Spend some time noting down some ideas about this front cover, using the “I notice, I wonder” process that we often use at school. Don’t forget that you can often combine these to push your thinking a little bit further.

Once you’ve considered the front cover, use your thoughts to make some predictions: what could this book be about? What makes you think so? Back up your suggestion with evidence from what you’ve noticed! Make sure you write your predictions down…

After you’ve made your predictions, you can watch this video of the book being read.

What do you think: were your predictions close? Absolutely right? Nowhere near??

 

Maths task

Today, you are going to be looking at how to link the ideas from your shape puzzle tasks from last week to problems involving words. First, you will need to watch this video clip and listen carefully to the explanation of how to work through some example problems. You might want to watch the clip a few times and pause it in different places to give you time to think.

Now you have seen the video and hopefully understand how to work though this type of problem, have a go at these examples on your own. If you can’t print then just write out your own version on paper and add your solution.

If you complete this task and want an extra challenge then follow this link and have a go at the extension problem which is a bit trickier to solve. You can see all the answers at the beginning of tomorrow’s maths task.

 

Other curriculum task - History

Last week, you made a start on this collection of activities about the life and death of King Tutankhamun, one of the most famous pharaohs in history. These included a word search for Egyptian weapons, a Tutankhamun quiz and a section on using hieroglyphs – of which we’ve seen some very nice examples.

Now have a go at the two or three other activities that you didn’t do the first time round!

Tutankhamun

 

24th April 2020

Hello everyone, it’s Friday again and it has been a great week of home learning! We have received some excellent examples of work: creative writing, considered mathematics and crazy cartoons to mention some. Well done and keep up the fabulous effort!

Before we get started, see if you can spot all the differences in today’s scene:

Spot the difference 2

English task

Today, we have a fact or fiction text which looks at the world-famous mystery of the Yeti for you to explore. First, read through the text carefully and identify any vocabulary you find tricky - you can look these words up in a dictionary / Collins online dictionary, or even ask someone at home.

Once you are happy, you can scroll down the page to find the questions that accompany the text. There are 15 questions to have a go at – no need to print them or write the questions out though, just number them and write your answers in full sentences. For the questions that have a table or grid, you might want to draw those to make things clearer. Click here to access the text and the questions.

Spelling task

For the spelling task this week we would like you to first access the ‘look, cover, write, check’ sheet and use this to practise (up to 5 times). Once you are happy you have a good understanding of how each word is spelled then go to your Purple mash 2Do section and take the quiz. You might want to spread this task throughout the week and aim to complete the quiz by Thursday 30th April.

6S - If you are normally in Mrs Wareham's spelling group, you have different spellings. Log on to Purple Mash to see what you have been set. 

 

Maths task

For today’s Maths, we have found an interesting strategy game called Got It! It’s a bit like the game 21, that some of you may be familiar with (Mr Kenchington’s class certainly are!)

In this version of the game, however, you are trying to get 23, instead of avoiding it. You can also add 1, 2, 3 or 4 to your running total (rather than just 1 or 2).

Once again, this game is best if you have someone that you can play with, but if no one’s free then you can try the tablet version which allows you to play against the computer. This version also allows you to change other settings, including the total you are aiming for and the biggest number you are allowed to add on any go (so you could even set it up to play classic 21 if you wanted!)

If you’re feeling really strategic, we’d love it if you could find a way to win every time if you start. Mr Kenchington knows how to do it and is currently feeling very smug. Just don’t let the computer go first…

 

Other curriculum task - Art/Design

Inspired by the world of the film ‘Ruin’ that we have been watching for the last couple of weeks in English, we would like you to use the program 2Design&Make to design an imaginary building or location. It could be your character’s hideout, where they are trying to escape to, or just one of the many skyscrapers that have been totally ruined by the vegetation.

Log on to Purple Mash and you should find ‘2Design&Make’ in your 2Dos. From there you can select the house model to work from. Mr Kenchington has put together a video showing you how to get started and suggesting a couple of interesting tools that you might not be familiar with and want to try using.

Feel free to explore the program and be as creative as you can! Once again, don’t feel that you have to rush to finish it within the usual 30 minutes – you can spend longer on this or come back to it over the weekend. We are very excited to see what ruins you come up with!

 

23rd April 2020

A very good morning to you all and we hope you managed to enjoy some sunshine yesterday?

Did you complete the spot the difference activity… there were 10 to find: blue chicken, black chick, bumble bee, butterfly, ladybird, pitchfork, chicken with a green tail, sun, black cow spots and finally a missing windmill sail.

Before you get stuck in to today’s home learning, here is Mr Wilson’s cartoon as promised!

chicken cartoon masterpiece

 

English task

Today, quite simply, we would like you to carry on using your storyboard to write what you think happens once the film ‘Ruin’ comes to an end. Keep also making the most of the things you’ve already written, including your scene setting and your character profile, to help you make it as detailed and engaging as possible.

Make sure you also remember to include the sorts of strategies that we often talk about at school, to help you hook your reader, keep them interested and paint a clear picture in their minds:

  • Adverbial phrases (describing how, when and where actions take place)
  • Expanded noun phrases (describing nouns in vibrant detail)
  • Interesting, engaging vocabulary

Once you’ve finished writing your story, have a read back over it to make sure you’re happy that everything makes sense. And please don’t forget to send it in to us! We’re very excited to see what all the work on ‘Ruin’ over the last couple of weeks has led to!

 

Maths task

Here are the answers to yesterday’s shape puzzles:

Puzzle A: Star = 11 Pentagon = 2   Oval = 5 Diamond = 2   Circle = 4

Puzzle B: Star = 27 Pentagon = 13   Oval = 25 Diamond = 15   Circle = 5

Puzzle extension: Semi-circle = 5   Square = 7   Circle = 3

Before we were all sent into lockdown, you were making great progress with your arithmetic knowledge and we would like to refresh some of those skills today. We would like you to use formal written methods of multiplication and division to solve a range of calculations. You can use your preferred method when multiplying (Gelosia or short multiplication) and short division (bus stop) when dividing. Click here for a quick reminder of how these methods work.

Now choose one of the following sets of calculations and have a go – remember to show your written workings for each question.

Set A                                                              Set B                                                                      Set C

  1. 13 x 3 =                                                1. 231 x 4 =                                                         1. 231 x 9 =
  2. 22 x 5 =                                                2. 328 x 5 =                                                         2. 328 x 15 =
  3. 14 x 6 =                                                3. 147 x 9 =                                                         3. 147 x 23 =
  4. 104 x 4 =                                              4. 515 x 11 =                                                       4. 1,047 x 53 =

 

  1. 35 ÷ 3 =                                                1. 129 ÷ 3 =                                                         1. 519 ÷ 3 =
  2. 65 ÷ 5 =                                                2. 655 ÷ 5 =                                                         2. 655 ÷ 4 =
  3. 126 ÷ 3 =                                              3. 435 ÷ 3 =                                                         3. 1,435 ÷ 12 =
  4. 126 ÷ 6 =                                              4. 666 ÷ 5 =                                                         4. 2,366 ÷ 21 =

 

Other curriculum task - French

After having looked last week at the French words for some different types of food and drink, we would now like you to see if you can put together the list of ingredients you would need to make your most delicious dinner! Mr Kenchington’s ideal meal includes:

  • Starter: vegetable spring rolls
  • Main: steak and chips
  • Pudding: apple crumble

There are some words there that it should be possible to find in Mr Kenchington’s video: carrots for the spring rolls, potatoes for the chips and apples for the crumble, for example. But if you find that your perfect plate includes ingredients that you don’t know the word for, see if you can use an online translation dictionary like Reverso to help you. And if you’re really stuck, you can always ask Mr Kenchington…

We look forward to seeing what you list for a lip-licking lunch! And don’t forget the legumes.

 

22nd April 2020

Good morning year 6

I hope you are well and ready to tackle some more interesting home learning tasks? Did you manage to spot Wally in yesterday's image? He was strolling around (just right of centre towards the top of the image) like Gregg Wallace, inspecting the cakes and no doubt gobbling a few of them up!

Before we start... can you 'spot the difference'...?

Spot the difference

 

English task

Now that you have finished watching the film ‘Ruin’, and have come up with a storyboard for how the story would continue based on your character profile, you are going to actually write this continued story, turning your storyboard into a series of paragraphs.

This video explains the task and models how you might turn a section of your storyboard into a full paragraph, with reference to the other things you have already written. You may want to use information from your scene setting and from your character profile, as well as from your storyboard, so make sure you have all of these nearby!

Lastly, make sure you remember to include the sorts of strategies that we often talk about at school, to help you hook your reader, keep them interested and paint a clear picture in their minds:

  • Adverbial phrases (describing how, when and where actions take place)
  • Expanded noun phrases (describing nouns in vibrant detail)
  • Interesting, engaging vocabulary

REMEMBER: don’t rush! We would encourage you to focus on just two, or possibly three, of your storyboard sections today, to make sure that you give them plenty of thought and allow yourself time to make your paragraphs as good as possible. You can carry on working on the rest of your story tomorrow.

 

Maths task

Here are the answers to yesterday’s shape puzzles:

Puzzle A: square = 10 rectangle = 7 parallelogram = 9

Puzzle B: parallelogram = 7 triangle = 0 rectangle = 6

Puzzle C: star = 8 circle = 9 rectangle =10

Today’s maths task follows on from the work we looked at yesterday on shape puzzles - we received lots of great examples of work and you seemed to really enjoy the task, which is great! As with yesterday’s activity, you first need to watch this video clip which explains the task and how to solve the puzzles. The beginning of the video has a great warm up involving subtraction so have a go at that too.

Now you have watched the clip, have a go at the activities explained at the end. Try part A and B, and if you are confident then why not have a go at the extra puzzle? The answers to the puzzles will be available tomorrow.

Keep challenging yourselves and always remember… struggle and frustration is all part of learning and is completely normal. Don’t give up and you will find the solutions!

 

Other curriculum task - Art

Prepare yourselves to be amazed at the fantastic art work you will be able to produce after watching today’s cartoon tutorial! Click on this link to watch Pete McKee teach you how to draw some weird and wonderful cartoon animals. Have a go, and don’t forget to colour them in if you have pencils, felt-tips or paints (shade in pencil if you that’s all you have).

I know we ask you to send us examples of your work almost every day, however we would really love to see some of the cartoons you come up with today – Mr Wilson has even promised he will post his very best efforts on Thursday for you all to admire!

 

21st April 2020

Good morning Year 6

For everyone desperately waiting for an update on Batman, there’s not much to tell – he’s asleep (again).

Batman sleeping

 

As for Wally, did you find where he was? He was hiding right near the centre of the picture, just to the right of a red and yellow parasol and below a man who has clearly not been applying his sun cream properly. Stay safe, people!

Now how about here, during this visit to a cake factory (a place where we would very happily get as lost as he has…):

Where's Wally cake factory

 

English task

The time has come, finally, and we know a lot of you have been waiting to do this for a while. Re-watch the film ‘Ruin’, that we have been considering for the last week, but this time you can watch it all the way to the end. Try and remember some of your predictions from Friday’s activity: were you correct? Does our protagonist survive the chase?

Now look back over the character profile that you made yesterday, which hopefully answered questions like who this person is and why they are in this ruined city in the first place.

Having finished the video, we would like you to make a storyboard setting out what you think happens to your character after the end of this video. What do they need to do now? Where do they go next? How does the chase and the end of the video affect their mission according to your profile?

For your storyboard, split a page into a grid of between 4 and 6 squares, as we have done in class in the past (remember the activity we did for I Believe in Unicorns, as well as in our music lessons). For each square, draw a simple picture of the next key piece of action in the story and write a caption that summarises what is going on. You will use this to help you remember where you want your story to go when you eventually write it.

If you are struggling to remember what a storyboard looks like, have a look at this example from Mr Kenchington (it's a little tricky for him to try and draw on his computer, so he's used pictures from the film, but you can draw yours!)

 

Maths task

How did you get on yesterday? Those of us working in school took quite some time but eventually managed to find the route which added up to 100. 

Here it is:

Maze 100

Today we are going to be looking at some shape puzzles and trying to find the missing number values of these different shapes. First, you will need to watch this video clip (ignore the date on the video) and listen carefully to the explanation of how to complete the puzzles. You might want to watch the clip a few times and pause it in different places to give you time to think.

Now you have seen the video and hopefully understand how to solve this type of puzzle, have a go at the following puzzles on your own. No need to worry about printing, just draw out your own version on paper or write your solution out.

Shape puzzle task 1

If you complete this task and want an extra challenge then follow this link and create some of your own puzzle grids and solve them yourself, or even challenge someone at home to solve them!

Answers to the puzzles will be available tomorrow.

 

Other curriculum task - Geography

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the news we see on the television and online is often about different countries around the world, as well as the U.K. With this in mind, we thought that finding out more information about these countries and improving our geographical knowledge couldn’t come at a better time. We would like you to have a go at creating a fact-file about a country of your choice, building on previous knowledge and discovering new key facts and information.

Have a look at these examples of what your fact-file could look like. You could use books you might have at home, or the internet to find out the information you need (remember to look at more the one source to ensure you have the most factual information available).

Today, you will only need to complete the first section and the flag – we will be adding in the other sections later in the week. You can use this blank fact-file or create your own hand-written one if you’d prefer.

 

20th April 2020

Welcome back everyone - we hope you had an enjoyable weather, despite the slight turn in the weekend, and particularly that you liked our Whipton Barton Joke Book. If you haven't seen it yet, have a look on the Facebook page or scroll down below today's learning. Speaking of which...

Before you went away for the weekend, we had a sneaky brain teaser about a trip to St Ives:

As I was going to St. Ives,

I met a man with seven wives,

Each wife had seven sacks,

Each sack had seven cats,

Each cat had seven kits:

Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,

How many were there going to St. Ives?

Did any of you get it? The answer is... that, of course, only one person was going to St Ives: ME! While I was on my way there, so I hadn't got there yet, I met a man (who had numerous wives, cats and kittens), but none of them are on their way to St Ives!!

Instead of a riddle, and since you can't currently go to the beach yourself, see if you can find our famous friend Wally hiding in this picture:

Where's Wally at the beach

 

And now for something completely different...

 

English task

We have spent a while now considering the world around our protagonist (that means the main character), but we've not yet thought about the protagonist themselves! Who are they? Where have they come from? Why are they now here in this ruined city; are they looking for something or someone? Why are they being chased; are they dangerous or just in danger?

All of these questions, and more, are vitally important to answer if you want to write a good, detailed story, that engages your reader and takes them with you on the journey.

Today, we would like you to have a go filling out a "Person of Interest" file, as if this main character had been being observed for some time. This will get you to think about the answers to all those questions you have about them. We have created a blank file for you to use, or you can make your own document - make sure it includes as much information as you can think of, so that you can really picture this character and understand where they are coming from and why they are doing what they are doing!

Remember, you are not trying to come up with multiple different reasons for this character to be in the city: you need to pick one reason and stick with it, so that you can write a clearer, more cohesive story when it comes to putting everything together.

If you're unsure what one of these might look like, here's a detailed example to show you the sort of thing you might work towards.

 

Maths task

We are going to start the week with a maths puzzle all about this maze:

Maze 100

Watch this short video which explains the challenge.

Here is a reminder of the task.

If you want to print some mazes, you can use this page. However, you don't need to print anything out. You can solve the problem just by writing down the numbers on your 'route'.

Good luck - we will post the solution tomorrow!

 

Other curriculum task  - History

As part of our ancient Egypt topic last term, we found out about the life and death of Tutankhamun. 

Have a look at this collection of activities and pick 2 or 3 to have a go at. How much can you remember about the famous pharaoh?

Tut

 

Something for the weekend...

Have you seen the virtual joke book that the staff have created to make you laugh? We hope you enjoy it! :)

17th April 2020

Good morning everyone and well done for making it to Friday!

We are starting to get the beginnings of some really interesting stories emerging from the English lessons, so thank you to everyone who has sent bits to us. Don’t forget to stay in touch and let us know if you’re having any issues with any of the learning!

Yesterday’s riddle seemed a little the wrong way round:

I'm tall when I'm young and short when I'm old. What am I?

Did any of you get it? The answer was: a candle (or indeed a pencil)!

As for today, see if you can get your heads around this:

As I was going to St. Ives,

I met a man with seven wives,

Each wife had seven sacks,

Each sack had seven cats,

Each cat had seven kits:

Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,

How many were there going to St. Ives?

Now, to work. And hopefully it’ll be a little easier for you than it has been for Mr Kenchington:

Mr K and Batman

 

English task

Today, we are going to watch some more of the story we have been working on all week. Look at this video which takes our character a little further.

You may want to watch it a couple of times to take in the details. 

Now, look at this sheet and have a go at the questions. You could write your ideas or discuss them with someone else at home.

As it's Friday, we've also got some spellings for you! You will need to log in to Purple Mash and look in your 2Do's to see what you have as different people will have different spellings. You can try these whenever you like through the week but make sure you've had a go before next Friday! You can try them more than once if you need to.

 

Maths task

We are ending the week by returning to think about angles. 

Have a look at this video which explains what we are doing today.

The video is in two parts. Watch the first part, then pause the video and complete these questions. Watch the second part of the video, then try these questions.

 

Other curriculum task - Art/Design

By now, you should have encountered the gyrocopter that has begun chasing our hero in the film Ruin. No one knows where exactly it comes from, nor quite why it is chasing him, but clearly it’s dangerous.

Inspired by this, and by the new worlds you are creating in your own writing, we would like you to design your own flying machine that might chase the main character in your story. You can feel free to:

  • Draw your flying machine
  • Label it, if you would like to be really clear in describing its capabilities
  • Make your machine out of Lego (or any other materials you have available)
  • Or find any other creative way of designing your machine!

Be as creative and imaginative as you can be! And don’t feel like you have to complete this within the half an hour we usually set for this task – take your time, be careful and detailed, feel free to work at it over the weekend! We would love to see your finished products and may even see if we can share some of the best examples here on the school website!

If you need a little more inspiration, we’ve put together some different examples of flying machines.

 

16th April 2020

Hello year 6! It's been lovely to hear from some of you and catch up with how you are and what you've been up to... If you haven't been in contact yet, do email us we would love to hear from you, even if it's just to say hello! 

How did you get on with yesterday's riddle? It's one of Ms Stranks' favourites!

If you need a reminder, here it is:

A cowboy rode into town on Friday. He stayed in town for three days and rode out on Friday.

How was that possible?

Answer: His horse was called Friday!

Well done to all of you who sent in the correct answer - we had some very speedy responses (you know who you are!)

Today's riddle:

I'm tall when I'm young and short when I'm old. What am I?

If you would like to send in a riddle for us to use one day that would be great!

Anyway, let's crack on...

 

English Task

Today we are going to be using the feather maps you created yesterday to write a short paragraph setting the scene of the video. You may want to watch the video again to remind yourself of the details and atmosphere. Here is the link.

We have created a more detailed feather map using lots of the ideas some of you sent in yesterday (thanks!). You may like to use this with your own if you feel like you need some more ideas.

This document shows a couple of examples of how you might use your feather map to create a paragraph.

Most of you should be able to give this a good go using the feather maps and examples to help you.

These techniques will help you:

  • -ing and -ed clause openers
  • Noun phrases expanded with
    • strong adjectives
    • relative clauses
  • Short sentences for impact and longer sentences for detail
  • Powerful verbs
  • Similes or metaphors

However, if you are someone who finds writing particularly tricky, you can use this sheet to help you organise your sentences.

We're really looking forward to seeing your best efforts!

 

Maths Task

Today we’ve found an interesting game for you to have a go at; Mr Kenchington explains how to play it here.

Remember that if you have someone else to play against that is ideal, but that if you can’t find anyone then you don’t need to worry – it’s possible to play the game against a computer by using the “Seeing Squares interactivity” link.

STRETCH: can you find a strategy that always allows you to win the game if you go first? Make sure you let us know how you did it!

 

Other curriculum task - French

Bonjour tout le monde! That means, “Good morning everyone”, just in case you weren’t sure.

Today we’d like you to watch this video and have a go at listening to some food-related words and repeating them in your best French accent (remember to shrug your shoulders and pout your lip like Mr Kenchington always seems to…) You may want to pause the video each time, to give yourself some time practicing the words, or go back and listen to the words repeated a few times to help yourself out.

When you’ve listened to the video as many times as you need to, have a go at this short worksheet and see if you can link all of the pictures with the right French words!

Alternatively (or additionally), if you fancy having a go at showing Mr Kenchington how it’s really done, film yourself with an item of food, saying its name in French, and send it in to us – we’d love to hear how you get on!

 

15th April 2020

Good morning everyone!

We hope the first day getting back into learning from home wasn’t too stressful – once you get back into the rhythm of things, we’re sure you’ll find all sorts of exciting things to be doing with your day.

Yesterday’s riddle, which a few of you got, was:

What goes both up and down, without ever moving?

The answer was: a staircase!

Now for another little brainteaser:

A cowboy rode into town on Friday. He stayed in town for three days and rode out on Friday.

How was that possible?

Thank you to those of you who’ve continued to send in examples of your work. Remember to e-mail us if you have any questions about your work during the day. We’re checking our e-mails regularly and will do our best to get back to you quickly!

 

English task

Continuing on from yesterday’s pictures, we are going to start thinking about how we could describe this new world. We will be using feather maps to help us focus on different areas and what we can describe.

Imagine you have been exploring for a long time, looking to find this city. You have made your way through thick jungle and emerge on the side of a cliff. Looking out, you see the city in front of you stretching into the distance. What is the first thing that hits your senses?

  • What can you see as you scan the area?
  • What can you hear when you stop to listen?
  • What do you feel on your skin, under your hands, beneath your feet?
  • What new things do you smell and taste?
  • How does it make you feel and what are your first thoughts?

Watch this video to see the first part of this story that focuses on the setting. You will need to watch it several times so you can focus on the different areas. Pause the video as you fill in your feather map. You may want to focus on one section of the feather map each time you watch the video.

Miss Stranks has made a video, modelling how she filled out her feather map if you need a reminder.

We will be using these feather maps tomorrow to help us write so make sure you have plenty of ideas!

Remember, your first idea can probably be improved!

 

Maths task

Carrying on from yesterday’s exercises on angles, thinking about angles in a quarter, half and three-quarter turn, we are going to be looking at using some of that information to help us calculate angles. On the same website, under “Week 2” and in “Lesson 5 – Calculating angles”, watch the video. IMPORTANT: remember that the video starts with a flashback that includes questions we’re not really thinking about today. Feel free to skip this and start the video at 1:01, unless you feel like challenging yourself to have a go at those first questions!

Once you’ve watched the video, have a go at this activity sheet, completing questions 1-5. We know that most of you won’t have a protractor at home, so don’t worry about doing those questions that ask you to measure any angles. But, if the question says work out the angle, you can use other information to help you solve it, without having to do any measuring.

STRETCH: questions 6-8 are a little trickier. Have a go at these if you fancy a challenge!

 

Other curriculum task - Computing

We are going to be continuing using the ‘Logo’ programme on Purple Mash. You will need to log in and look in your ‘2Do’ folder. You will have two logo activities set: The Minotaur’s Maze and The River Rapids. Don’t forget to ‘hand in’ what you have done before you log out.

Logo

Here is a video if you would like to see a quick introduction to the challenges.

14th April 2020

Good morning, everyone, and welcome back!

We hope you've had a lovely Easter break, had a great rest and been able to make it outside to make the most of the beautiful weather (whilst staying safely at an appropriate distance from others, of course!). Thank you to all of you who've carried on sending pictures to us of what you've been getting up to - we love hearing from you!

First things first - the answer to our pre-Easter riddle:

What has hands but doesn't clap?

The answer was, of course: a clock!

And today's riddle:

What goes both up and down, without ever moving?

Now, to business...

 

English task

This week, we will be starting a new topic in English. To start with, we have two images for you to look at. Spend some time noting down some ideas about these images using 'I notice, I wonder...' Remember, it can help you to combine these to push your thinking further.

Have a look at this video if you need a bit of help to get started.

I notice, I wonder

Now, have a look at the following five pictures. They are part of the opening to a story that we are going to explore in more detail later this week. 

Ruin opening 1Ruin opening 2Ruin opening 3Ruin opening 4Ruin opening 5

What order do you think these five pictures should be in? Order them and then write a short description of the story that they tell.

STRETCH: Now have a go at putting the five pictures in a different order, to tell a different story.

If you've had a go and are struggling for inspiration, have a look at these two suggestions and see if they give you any good ideas of your own!

 

Maths task

We are going to be using a few activities on this website. Under "Week 2", look for "Lesson 4 - Introduce Angles" and watch the video there. IMPORTANT: the video starts with some material that we aren't thinking about today. You are welcome to skip that and start watching the video from 1:04 (unless you really want to have a go at the first bit!!)

Once you've watched the video, have a go at this activity sheet. The questions on the first page are a re-cap of things you have already looked at. If you feel confident with the first few, work through them quickly in your head before going onto questions 4, 5 and 6 on the second page.

STRETCH: Questions 7 and 8 are a little trickier than the others. Have a look at these two if you feel like you want to stretch yourself!

 

Other curriculum task - Science

Today you are going to take part in a scientific investigation all about heart rate that will get you active and make you think about how your body works.

The investigation will test how your heart rate (pulse) changes when you perform different types of exercise – click here to find out what you need to do. You can record your results in this table or draw your own version on paper.

It would be great to see some photos or video clips of you having a go at this if you are able to send some.

 

27th March 2020

Good morning everyone!

Well done for making it through your first week of school from home. It's been great to see all the different things you've been getting up to - both the learning and the other activities - to keep yourselves busy. Please do carry on sending us stuff! Also, well done to all of you who worked out the answer to yesterday's riddle:

What gets wetter the more it dries?

The answer was definitely: a towel!

And, for today:

What has hands but doesn't clap???

Answers will appear after the holidays. Other than that, have a go at the tasks below and, if you need a bit of encouragement, here's a message from Miss Stranks, Mr Wilson and Mr Kenchington for each class!

Have a great day and an excellent Easter break - see you on the other side!

 

English Task

To finish our week, we are going to return to Flotsam. Watch the video again here if you need to.

We would like you to imagine you are the boy in the story and you are going to write a letter to a friend or family member about your day and what you discovered.

Have a look at this document to see some examples from Mr Wilson and Miss Stranks.

Remember to use the features of a letter!

You might want to look at this planning sheet to help you jot down a few ideas before you start. You don’t need to print it; just use it to help you think about what to include.

 

Maths Task

Today, we are going to recap the work we did a few weeks ago on ratio. First, you will need to have a look at this video clip which will give a brief explanation of the language of ratio and how we can apply it –  there are a number of clips here so make sure you choose the very first one called ‘Lesson 1 Using ratio language’. You might want to watch the clip a few times depending on how confident you feel.

Now that you’ve watched the video, you can open the activity sheet and have a go at the task. Don’t worry about having to print the activity out, simply complete it on paper and number the questions accordingly. The questions do get trickier as the activity progresses, so have a go at as many questions as you can manage.

If you can, feel free to send us any examples of your completed task or any questions you might have relating to the work – keep up the hard work mathematicians :-)

 

Other Curriculum Task - French

We thought we would end the week with a bit of French!

Here is a video showing you the website we are going to be using.

Click the image below to take you to the website.

 

French website

 

26th March 2020

Hello everyone! How did you get on with the riddle yesterday!?

What's full of holes but still holds water?

A Sponge!                 

Here is today's...

What becomes wetter the more it dries?

Answer tomorrow - no googling!

Also, here are the answers to yesterday's science quiz on circulation.

Right, let's get going!

English task

So, you have been thinking about and exploring ideas linked to the seaside and the different experiences people can have there. For today’s task you are going to imagine yourself in a place far from the comforts of the seaside… in fact you are stranded on a desert island! Luckily, you have a large wooden crate with enough room to fit 10 essential survival items inside.

Your task is to carefully select these 10 items and explain the reasons for your choices using sentences that contain a range of conjunctions – have a look at these examples to point you in the right direction. You might want to consider the challenges you could face on a desert island and which of your chosen items could help to solve them. Just remember, the things you choose must be able to fit into a ‘large’ wooden crate that you could realistically carry / drag along the sand, so no choosing a fancy jet-ski to cruise home to safety! Have a look at these items if you need some inspiration.

Survival items

We look forward to receiving some of your survival pack ideas. Who amongst you is the ultimate survivor… the next Bear Grylls?!

Maths Task

Today we are going to be looking at magic squares!

Have a look at this video to get you started…

You will probably need a few attempts to find a solution that works – my tip would be, don’t rub out just start again otherwise you could end up trying the same thing you’ve already done without realising!

Other Curriculum Task - History

Today, we are going to be continuing our learning on ancient Egyptians! We thought we would start with a story so take a look at this video.

The story talks about Ra, the Sun God. We are going to learn some more about the different gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt. Take a look at this website for some information. Create a list of your top 10 facts as you read through - you may even want to turn these into a fact file about one or two of the gods.

When you have finished, log in to purple mash. In your '2do's, you will see a game based on Egyptian gods. See how you get on - it is a timed game so why not challenge someone else at home to see if they can beat your time! Good luck :-)

25th March 2020

Morning Year 6! Welcome to Wednesday! Hope you are all well and keeping busy. Thanks again for sending us some of the work you have been doing - we now almost have a whole herd of elephants! 

I've also spent a bit of time looking through some of the books on Bug Club; here is a quick video with a couple of recommendations.

Here's a short riddle to get your brains going today...

What's full of holes but still holds water?

We'll post the answer tomorrow... anyway, on with the day!

English Task

You’ve now spent some time looking at and learning some seaside poetry, and you should know the story of “Flotsam” pretty well. Today, we’d like you to have a go at writing your own poem about the seaside, inspired by everything you’ve looked at so far.

Have a look at this document for some ideas about different types of poems you might want to try using, or come up with your own style if you’d prefer. If you decide to choose a shape poem, why not try a mermaid, a star fish or even an ice-cream cone. Acrostic poems can be fun too and remember you don’t have to just stick to the word ‘seaside’. If you have another word that is linked to all things beachy then feel free to be creative!

 

Maths Task

Today, we’d like you to have a go at this problem, involving square numbers. For a reminder about what square numbers are and how they apply to this problem, click here for a little explanation from Mr Kenchington.

Rather than using the numbers on the website for now, we’d like you to try putting the following eight numbers in a circle, so that each pair of numbers next to one another adds up to a square number:

  • 3, 6, 10, 13, 15, 21, 28, 36

You may need to test out a few different options before you find the one that works!

Optional extension

If you breezed through that problem, try this trickier set of numbers:

  • 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 28, 30, 34

 

Other Curriculum Task - Science

Have a look at these three images:

odd one out

Which do you think is the odd one out? Why?

Can you find different possible reasons?

Try and find as many as you can… Make a list and share it with us if you are able – it’s lovely to see what you have been up to!

When you have completed your list look at this document.

Here is a video that explains more.

When you have watched the video, try this quick quiz – the answers are all in the video so watch it again if you’re unsure…

 

24th March 2020

Morning all!

Thank you to all of you who have been sending in bits and pieces of what you've worked on - we've really enjoyed hearing from you! Don't hesitate to get in touch with any of us if you have any questions or issues - we're always here to help!

Stay safe

Miss Stranks, Mr Wilson and Mr Kenchington

 

English Task

Sticking to the theme of “Flotsam”, here are a couple of poems about the seaside that we have found. They detail the different experiences that the writer has had on the beach, both good and bad!

Seaside poem 1 Seaside poem 2

Choose your favourite and see if you can practice reading it so that you know it off by heart. Perhaps you could add actions to help you remember each line? Perform it to someone at home and ask them to take a picture of you doing it – or even film it (but don’t worry if you can’t)!

Optional extra

We’ve also had some really good bits of writing sent in, carrying the story of Flotsam on a bit further. If you’ve been inspired by the pictures and would like to carry your story on to completion, we’d be very pleased to see what you come up with!

 

Maths Task

Have a look at this video and work your way through the introduction and practice questions he suggests. Remember to pause it if you need time to answer anything, or go back to the start and watch things again if you’re uncertain.

Now have a go at the task following the video. If you feel confident with what you’ve just done, continue on and watch this second video and task.

 

Other Curriculum Task - Art

Have a look at this live webcam footage from Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa.

Using this helpful step-by-step guide, have a go at drawing your own elephant. If you want, you could even try to draw the elephant in some of its surroundings, inspired by the park.

We’ve already got a couple of examples from Oscar and from Miss Stranks that we did at school yesterday.

From experience, we recommend changing Step 6, as it makes things a little more complicated than they need to be! Complete the first part of the step by rubbing out the overlapping lines of the front legs, but then, just try drawing in the back legs using the picture in Step 7 as an example.

Make sure you send us your finished masterpieces! Maybe if we get enough of them we can create our own wildlife park in the shared area. I’m sure the chickens would fit right in…

 

23rd March 2020

Good morning lovely Year 6s!

Welcome to your first day of learning from home! Below you'll find a series of tasks to have a go at during the day. You might want to use the timetable above to help you space things out carefully, but we hope you find them all engaging and interesting. We'd love to see what you get up to, so if you're able to send us a copy or a picture of your work, or even just a little paragraph about what you've been up to, we'd be really pleased to hear from you. Also, don't hesitate to get in touch with any of us if you have any questions or issues - we're always here to help!

Most of all, stay safe and well!

Miss Stranks, Mr Wilson and Mr Kenchington

 

English Task

Here is a link to the video of “Flotsam” by David Wiesner that we have been using in class. You might want to watch it a couple of times to remind yourself of the whole story.

Now look specifically at the four pictures below and have a go at writing this section of the story.

Boy holds up canisterBoy leaves beachBoy runs down roadBoy reaches shop

Key vocabulary:

  • canister
  • curiosity
  • determined
  • develop
  • examining
  • film
  • inquisitive
  • intrigued
  • investigate                                                                 

Useful techniques:

  • adverbs/adverbials: think "who?", "when?", "how?" etc.
  • -ing and -ed adverbial openers
  • specific vocabulary
  • describe the boy's emotions and reactions
  • descriptive noun phrases
  • rhetorical questions

 

 

You can also look at this document to see what Mr Kenchington and Ms Stranks came up with.

 

Maths Task

Have a go at this problem.

If it helps you to have some concrete resources to work with, think about cutting up 20 small pieces of paper and writing each of the numbers on them.

If you are struggling to get started, have a look at Ms Stranks giving it a first attempt. She's also made a deliberate mistake, to check you're watching carefully, so make sure you e-mail her if you spot it!

If you’re still unsure, think about some of these key questions:

  • If all the cards were in just one pile, what would that add up to?
  • Knowing that I need six piles with equal totals (not equal numbers of cards), how can I work out what each pile should add up to?
  • Now that I know what the total of each pile should be, I can think about different ways of getting there.

 

Other Curriculum Task - Computing

Log in to Purple Mash. You should find the program “2Logo” in your 2Dos.

In this program, you can give commands to a pen, which then draws on the page. On the right-hand side are the codes for different commands. Try typing “fd 5” into the command bar under the drawing board and press “enter” to see what happens.

You can also turn the arrow by using “rt” (right) and “lt” (left) as well as a number for the angle that you want the pen to turn. Try typing “rt 90” into the command bar and press “enter” to see what happens.

Have a go at using the different commands to draw your own picture.

When you have finished and exit the program, make sure you “hand it in” when Purple Mash asks you to, so that we can see what you’ve done!