UPDATE: Year 6 now have a Padlet page. Please use this to post any of your home learning, whether it is Maths, or Geography, cooking or art! We want to see what you have been up to and you can also use it to let each other know what you have been up to!
We now have set up lots of different ways to keep in touch during the school closure, which we are really happy about! Isn’t technology amazing?! We would like to clarify how each platform is best used, so that you are not feeling confused or overwhelmed.
Class Page on school website: Currently, the class website will be used to post new assignments and documents you may need in order to complete activities during home learning. This page will be updated weekly every Monday, to start a fresh week with some new ideas.
Padlet: This week, we have shared some work we have been emailed. Keep this page up to date with photos of you doing crafts, art, baking or even a written paragraph about what you have done. This will be a good way for you to keep in contact with your classmates and see how you are all occupying yourselves. Please make sure you also write name on your post so we know who has posted it.
Email: Please e-mail us with any thoughts/worries/queries. Also email us any work which you would like us to give feedback on. Thank you to everyone who has already emailed us work – we have really enjoyed reading through your work and hearing how you are getting along with things.
We hope you are all well and keeping safe. As most of you will be at home for the foreseeable future and the situation is subject to change at any time, we have organised resources for children to work on from home so that they may continue their learning. Please keep any work in a folder which we can share when we are all back in school as normal.
We are hoping that you are having a productive and positive learning experience at home. We know this is a change of routine and possibly a difficult adjustment, but we are still here for you so get in touch if you need anything or any support with your new routine or help with work which you may be finding difficult. We are excited to see all the wonderful work you have been completing at home - for now, please make sure to e-mail through any work you have completed so far so we can offer feedback and praise! We will keep you updated on how we hope to communicate with you further over the next few days.
We are so proud of how well you have coped with this situation, and we know that you will do everything you can do stay safe and happy at home with your families. Your routine will be different from school and this is ok. waking up at a sensible time, getting dressed, having breakfast and taking regular breaks will help with home learning. Try to set yourself a timetable for the day, and know when it is a good time to finish school work. If you can, stay in touch with one another too.
Keep active, keep motivated and keep positive!
If there are any problems or questions, please email us and we will try to get back to you when possible, but please understand that this may not be immediate.
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Reading comprehension will be a great activity to practice at home. If at all possible, it would be great if an adult/older relative or friend could go through the answers with the children after they have completed all questions. This will help the children understand their mistakes and therefore improve their reading skills. The mark scheme is attached as a separate document. Some of these comprehensions may be tricky, but just do the best that you can do. Try to give yourself a time limit, but do not panic if it takes you longer. The more you practice, the more confident you will feel. Everybody has something to work on, so we just have to persevere and show resilience to get better. Think to yourself: is there a pattern with questions you find tricky? Then try to work hard to improve these question types. Happy reading!
English - Writing
In class, we have been reading The Arrival by Shaun Tan. Using Mai-Ling's escape story from her imprisonment as inspiration, your next task is to write your own narrative of a refugee who is forced to flee from their home country. Use the planning sheet below to help you to create your own character - think about how they may have suffered, why they want to flee from their home country? What could be happening in the country? Where do they want to go? Also, think about how you might describe your character. You can then use the planning sheet to help you write your narrative. Send through your plans for us to look at before you start writing and we can give you some helpful pointers.
For a more structured mathematics lesson, below is a link for a website (White Rose). The site updates daily and has a video every day to explain what the task is as well as a worksheet including several questions. This would be really beneficial to get into the habit of completing everyday and shouldn't take too long!
Children should be using Times Table Rock Stars daily to keep their arithmetic skills up to scratch - Miss Warmington and Mr Brown have been very impressed to see that most of you have been going on to the site daily - keep up the hard work! (26/3/20) Remember to practice formal written methods for each different arithmetic skill - there are some practice questions attached below to keep everything we have learnt fresh in your mind! I have also completed an arithmetic paper - can you find and correct my mistakes? The Ten for Ten questions provide daily arithmetic and reasoning questions -these shouldn't take too long to complete. Give them a go.
You could also incorporate maths into your daily routine by doing some simple number problems - e.g. sudoku, open-ended investigations. Hopefully, children will also be revising all of the key skills and problem solving which we have been learning throughout the year; for example, using fractions to solve worded problems, solving algebraic expressions. There are some examples below. Also, have a look at the Always, Sometimes, Never - can you investigate whether these statements are always, sometimes or never true?
You might like to test yourself by doing the pub quiz of different maths questions - you could even organise a group video call to complete it at the same time and take part in a little competition if you are feeling competitive!
PLEASE NOTE: These activities do not need to be completed in just one week. There are enough activities here for you to complete one a day for the next few weeks to keep your maths brains in gear!
Hopefully, you have now completed your travel brochure for the Galapagos Islands. Your next task for Topic is to use the internet to research the journey which Charles Darwin took whilst onboard the HMS Beagle. Using the blank map (provided below) and your research from the internet, plot the voyage of the HMS Beagle, showing where it stopped.
Once you completed this, use this information as well as what you have already learnt throughout the topic, to write a biography about Charles Darwin's life. There is an example biography below to help you when writing the biography. Make sure you include the following information:
This is a FREE program that enables children to learn how to code. We use it regularly in school- it is very popular with the children!
This is a 3D drawing and modelling program that we use in school to deliver the Year 6 computing curriculum. At the moment, they are offering pupils the ability to use it at home (until 30th June) but you do need a Google email address or Microsoft email address to log in.
Parents: there is a tutorial on this page which may be helpful.
Another great website which children can use to help them understand coding using HTML. There are tutorials on the website, and we had a go using it on Friday. Take pictures of working code and share them with us!
Join Joe Wicks every day for a home workout aimed at children!
Monday - Friday 9am on YouTube
“Starting Monday 23rd March I'm going to be hosting a free workout aimed at kids LIVE on my YouTube channel.
With the schools closed and with us all spending more time at home, it's more important than ever that we keep moving and stay healthy and positive.
Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised, and more optimistic.
The workouts will be fun and suitable for all ages and even adults can get involved.
You don't need any equipment, just tune in to my YouTube channel at 9am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout.
Lots of love, Joe x”
Quick and Easy Fitness
Additionally, there are a range of fun exercise activities in this booklet. Can you challenge yourself to beat your personal best each day?
Another great musical activity is to listen and appraise music. You can do this with any type of music - maybe ask adults at home for a suggestion of a song they love which you might not have heard of.
As you listen to it: what instruments can you hear? What is the tone of the music? Can you find the beat?
Or you can try listening to music and drawing a story board for what you think is going on. This is a great activity to do with classical or instrumental music. Get a piece of paper and as the music plays, picture what scene is taking place. Is it suspenseful/scary/exciting/slow/calming? What story is this composition trying to tell? Draw it!
Here is a starting point for classical music: https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/best-classical-music-beginners/
Every Thursday, The National Theatre will be streaming a family-friendly performance for free. It will be streamed through YouTube Live under the banner of National Theatre at Home.
This is a great opportunity to watch fantastic productions from home. You can watch it at 7pm each Thursday, or you can catch up when it is convenient for you - each show will be available for one week, when it will then be replaced by the next play.
The initial programme is:
April 2 ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ by Richard Bean, starring James Corden.
April 9 ‘Jane Eyre’, adapted by Sally Cookson.
April 16 ‘Treasure Island’, adapted by Bryony Lavery.
April 23 ‘Twelfth Night’ by William Shakespeare, starring Tamsin Greig.
More information is available from:
Museums and Galleries
There are many museums and art galleries who have opened their collections to the public online. You can look at exhibitions, take virtual tours or download resources. Here are a few (there are many more available!):
Our very own BMAG (Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery)
https://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/blog/posts/bringing-the-museums-to-you-explore-birmingham-museums-online - Including the Staffordshire Hoard!
Britain's extensive collections held in The British Museum, London
https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection - Take a tour of the collections
https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/ - Explore the history of the world in selected objects
Travel to Paris to see The Louvre
Visit Washington's Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Google Arts and Culture has curated collections from many museums, too:
https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en - View all available options.
https://artsandculture.google.com/entity/pergamon/m05tcm?hl=en - Pergamon was an important Greek city, have a look at some statues, art and artefacts from ancient Greece.
https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/van-gogh-museum?hl=en - Enjoy some of Vincent Van Gogh's beautiful and unique paintings, drawings and letters from Amsterdam.
If you are on Twitter, you can also follow the hashtag #MuseumMomentofZen to find peaceful, calming, beautiful pieces of art from hundreds of institutions. Discover artists, artwork and styles you may never have experienced before!
Learn more about the amazing animals which live in places around the world. If you enjoy watching a certain animal in its natural habitat, try to research more about them or create a fact file or a poster all about them.
Watch some live video streams of wildlife from a range of countries, habitats and environments. This one is from Kenya, but beneath this video is a wider selection:
Scroll down to select the animal you would like to view from the live cameras:
Take a look inside the homes of a range of birds with these great nesting cameras:
Welcome to Year 6
Miss Warmington and Mr Brown
Ms Malik, Mrs Gurney and Miss Flint
Mr Jarret and Mrs James
Welcome back! We hope that you all had a wonderful break over Half Term. Spring Term is a very busy and important term for our Year 6 children and we have so much to look forward to this half-term! We will also start preparations for the SATs assessments, which Year 6 will take in the Summer Term.
Half Termly Topics
• Autumn 1- Tomorrow’s World
• Autumn 2- Frozen Kingdom
• Spring 1- A Child’s War
• Spring 2 - Darwin's Delights
• Summer 1 - Darwin's Delights
Summer 2- Lake District & Moving On
This half term we will begin our topic:
This half term we will enjoy learning about Darwin, his theories and all about the Galapagos Islands. In geography/history, we will enjoy learning about Darwin's life, creating a comic style story board about his adventures. We will also make comparisons between Isabela Island in the Galapagos and a British island, looking particularly closely at human and physical features.
'Refugees' poem by Brian Bilston
'The Arrival' by Shaun Tan
This half term, we will begin to practise some past SATs papers, and then we will revise any aspects we find challenging.
We will also be covering these National Curriculum aspects:
Try reading online with EPIC. You will be able to choose from fiction, non fiction, audio books and videos. This is free until at least 30.06.2020
On a laptop/desktop/Chromebook
Log in to https://www.getepic.com/students
Log in with the class code: sjv1325
Select your name from the list and start reading.
Download the EPIC app
Select "Have an account? Log in"
Students & Educators
Log in with class code sjv1325
select your name from the list
If you have any problems logging in, or you cannot see your child's name on the list, email Mrs Rigby
To find books suitable for your child's age, click in the search bar and search for a subject/title, then use the first tab on the left, 'AGE' underneath 'ALL' to filter results for the age you are looking for.
I hope this helps,
Mrs R x