Welcome back to remote learning! We hope everyone had a restful Easter break. Following feedback, we have adapted our remote learning approach again. We have tried to ensure there is a good mix of activities that do not all require the computer. We hope you find this easier to manage at home. Please give feedback to us about what is working and what isn’t so that we can continue to adapt to suit your needs.
I wonder how many of you have done some maths over the Easter break. Have a think, Maths isn’t just about pages of calculations, the skills that are taught in school are life skills, they are skills that you can apply to day-to-day living, skills that help you with everyday activities. Many of you have undoubtedly been playing on your consoles – possibly against friends; how do you know you’re winning? How do you know if you’ve enough credits to buy a certain upgrade? MATHS!
Some of you may have been helping out in the kitchen, using recipes to bake cakes and other tasty things, how do you know how much of each ingredient to use? How do you measure the quantity of each ingredient? MATHS!
This week we will be looking at ratio.
If you cook, make scale models, read maps, look out for the best offer in the supermarkets, want to know how long a journey will take you or simply share out your sweets – you will use ratio! MATHS!
Below are links to a range of activities for the week. Mr Southwell’s video lesson can be found on the Exeter website, it can also found on Dojo.
Stay safe and happy learning.
This week I’ve set up a Rockstar's Battle between Year 5 too.
Link to main page for the week – Main link for daily 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 letter to a character from the book. Again, this has been set as a 2do on PurpleMash.
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 join in with Jane Considine’s daily writing lessons. These are fantastic and follow the same approach we do in school. These take place at 9:45 each day but the video remains on her YouTube channel so children can take part at a time convenient to your family. When they are writing their chunk, 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. When your child has written their paragraph for the day, send it over to their teacher so they can give feedback if required. Don’t forget to tell us which skills they have tried to include so we can check they are in there.
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 focussing on using semi-colons, colons and dashes to mark the boundaries between independent clauses. They will need to watch Miss Morris’ grammar video (this has been uploaded onto Dojo) and go through the PowerPoint below to ensure they understand the difference. They should then complete the game on PurpleMash to help consolidate their knowledge. The game has been set as a 2do on PurpleMash. Finally, they will need to complete the worksheet below. This can be done by printing the sheet off or simply copying the questions into your exercise book. We would recommend completing the grammar over a number of days rather than trying to do it all at once.
As this is the first week of a new term, we would like the children to revise the spelling rules we have learned so far. They should create a poster or leaflet explaining all he different rules for adding suffixes to root words. Encourage them to think about when they need to drop a letter, swap a letter or double a letter and when the root word just stays the same. When you have created your poster, and sent a photo to your teacher, there is a quiz on PurpleMash to test your knowledge; this has been set as a 2do.
In curriculum, the children will be learning all about Mexico. To introduce this topic, we would like them to watch this video which introduces Mexico and then have a look at Mexico on Google earth and a map; they might also like to explore Mexico on streetview. When they have examined Mexico, they should make a note of the different features they can see (rivers, forests, buildings, coastlines, roads) and sort these into physical and human features.
In science, the children are going to be learning about plants. For their work this week, have a look in your garden or around your local area on your daily exercise (remember to stay 2 metres away from everyone and only go out with people you live with) at the different plants you can see. Ask children to make a note of the different plants (it would be good to take photos of them). When they have a selection of different plants watch this video which explains how plants are classified. They should then have a go at classifying the plants they have seen. They can present this in any way they wish. When they have finished, please send a photo to their teacher on ClassDojo.
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!