It has been another week of lockdown and home learning – I hope you’ve enjoyed the tasks you have been set. It has been so lovely to see some of your work and talk to you about the things you have been getting up to. It is so pleasing and positive that so many of you are still keeping in touch to ask for help and sending us your finished work – please keep up the hard work. Don’t forget to watch the videos we upload onto Class Dojo as well, as these will really help with your learning.
This week we will be continuing to look at algebra.
There are White Rose links and IXL links this week as some of you are finding it hard to print out work, do one or the other or both if you’re feeling super motivated. For the White Rose worksheets, you will need to download them below.
Link to main page for the week 7 weekly videos.
In order to be successful Year Six readers, children must be able to read complicated texts accurately and fluently, making sense of what they have read and using all of this to answer comprehension questions. The main way this can be achieved at home is through regular reading. Try and choose books that interest your child and encourage them to think about the meaning of what they have read. There are also a number of games you can play to improve reading skills. Try and have a go at a different one each day.
For reading this week, we would like children to continue with story from Audible that they chose before the holidays (these are all currently free). We recommend White Fang by Jack London but they can choose anything that interests them. Children should listen to around 15-20 minutes each day and then write a newspaper article based on an event from their book on PurpleMash. They should try and include all of the features of a newspaper and focus on ensuring their writing is formal.
In writing, the children need to be able to write for a range of purposes. When doing this, they should use a range of punctuation accurately and for effect. So far, we have learned how to:
- Use and punctuate direct speech (BBC Bitesize Music Video)
- Use parentheses (brackets, dashes and commas) to mark extra information (BBC Bitesize)
- Use semi colons to separate two, similar independent clauses (BBC Bitesize)
- Use a colon to introduce a list (Music Video)
- Use hyphens to avoid ambiguity (BBC Bitesize)
Children also need to ensure that their writing is interesting and detailed. To support this, children have so far learned to:
- Use subordinate conjunctions to write complex sentences (Music Video BBC Bitesize)
- Use relative clauses to add detail to nouns (BBC Bitesize)
- Use a range of interesting adverbials (Twinkl)
- Use the passive voice where appropriate (BBC Bitesize)
- Use personification (Music Video)
- Use pathetic fallacy
- Use metaphors and similes (BBC Bitesize)
This week, we would like children to watch a section of this video each day and then retell that part of the story, including that day’s W.I.L.F.. They should also try and ‘deepen the moment’ each day by using other skills we have learned – the more skills the better!
Watch: 00:00 – 00:27
W.I.L.F.: pathetic fallacy, adverbials, show not tell
Watch: 00:27 – 00:45
W.I.L.F.: personification, complex sentence, dialogue
Watch: 00:27 – 01:21
W.I.L.F.: a sound sentence, semi-colon, simile
Watch: 01:21 – 01:58
W.I.L.F.: relative clause, metaphor, an action sentence
Watch the remainder of the video and write the end independently. Try to include as many Y6 skills as you can.
When they are writing, try and encourage them to include as many ‘deepen the moments’ as they can as this will help ensure that their writing meets the Y6 standards.
In school, we do writing each day from 11:40 – 12:45. Don’t worry if they have forgotten how to use a skill as the links suggested will explain what to do.
We have now covered all of the Y6 grammar objectives in school but it is important you don’t forget anything. Try and keep going over everything we have learned, using:
BBC Bitesize: This is useful if you are struggling with a particular area of grammar or punctuation; it has fun videos and explanations to help you understand.
Trapped-Punctuation: Three punctuation games where you need to punctuated paragraphs and sentences to gain the Key of Freedom to escape from the tower.
Word Types: This site is quite a challenge as you have to spot different types of words, like prepositions and adverbs in action and highlight them.
For their learning this week, children will be learning how to use commas to avoid ambiguity. They should watch this video and then write a selection of their own sentences indicating how the comma makes the meaning clear. Once children feel confident with this, they should complete the game on PurpleMash.
For spelling this week, we will be focussing on words ending in –ant. Children should play a selection of these games to help them practise spelling the words and then revise them in a ‘look, cover, write and check’ style. Once they feel confident with their spellings, they should complete the quiz on PurpleMash to test their knowledge.
In curriculum, the children will be learning all about the Ancient Maya. Last week, the children created a factfile all about the Ancient Maya; this week, we would like them to focus their research around something the Ancient Maya are very famous for: chocolate! Children should create a timeline showing the history of chocolate from its invention to the modern chocolate we know today. They can present this in any way they wish.
In science, the children are continuing to look at the human circulatory system. This week, they will be learning all about the impact exercise has on pulse rate. Children should start by measuring their own pulse rate. Once they have done this, they should record the results in a table. Explain to children that this their resting pulse rate – the number of times their heart beats per minute when they are resting. Children should then complete 10 minutes of high intensity exercise and measure their pulse rate again immediately afterwards. They should then measure their pulse rate at 2-minute intervals for 10 minutes and record their results in a table, like the one below:
What do children notice about their pulse rate? Why do they think this happens?
We know a number of you have been in joining with Joe Wick’s daily workouts. These are a fantastic way to start the day and very much recommended!
In order to support their transition to secondary school in September, we are asking children to complete a different activity based on their secondary school each week. For this week, we would like children to find out what the uniform will look like at their new secondary school. They should then have a go at drawing themselves in their new uniform.