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w/b 11.5.20


This week on you will be recapping how to multiply and divide fractions and mixed numbers by a whole number. This is something that we have covered in class but will be very useful for you to practise. BBC Bitesize has videos to help you but if you are still struggling then White Rose Hub also has videos to support you in the activities set. 


Remember if you are not being challenged by the Year 6 work try Year 7 or Year 8 instead. - there are additional quickfire arithmetic style questions at different levels here.

English - Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll

Our English this half term is going to centre around a new book called Letters from the Lighthouse. It is a brilliant book full of intrigue that is set during World War 2 so fits in perfectly with our new History topic. I will add each chapter as an extract but have also included a list of places where you can find the book online for free. You don't have to do these tasks in any particular order and you can just listen to the book if that helps with your understanding of the story however they should be completed by the end of the week.


Tasks for this week:

  • Read Chapter Four - The Round-Up
  • Word Investigation - a Purple Mash activity finding the definition of key words for the chapter
  • Reading Comprehension - a Purple Mash quiz which checks your understanding of the chapter you have read
  • Writing Task (choose one option)
  1. Rewrite the Beano incident (page 40 onwards) from the perspective of Esther Jenkins.
  2. Rewrite the Beano incident (page 40 onwards) from the perspective of Cliff.


Letters from the Lighthouse (Another teacher is reading Ch 4 in this video)



Additional writing opportunities: - at 9:30am daily there is a live hour long lesson from experienced English teachers. Children can send in their own work and it may get posted on their blog. - Super Sentence Stacking with Jane Considine at 9:45am (she is very good and bases writing tasks around a short film) - a useful writing stimulus - there are different videos on here daily from a range of children's authors that set a writing challenge and offer hints and tips for how to get started.

Chapter 4 - The Round-Up


Have a go at one of these investigations. Try doing a different one each week and see what you discover.


This term we will be covering a new topic - World War 2. Each week you will be set a key question (which will be the focus of our learning and a way for you to check your understanding) as well as a small task - answer both either in your exercise books or you can email them on Purple Mash. Remember - if this is an area of particular interest for you then I would be very happy to receive any emails showing additional work or research that you have completed.


Key Question: What was the significance of the Blitz and why is it still remembered?


Watch this short video:


Task One: If you can get permission, make a mock up of a Morrison shelter in your house- perhaps by using blankets and a table, and see what it is like to spend some time in a cramped space.  (Make sure there is enough air to breathe.) Write a short diary entry as you imagine how it might have felt during the Blitz in a shelter.


Task Two: With an adult helper, stand outside your house or flat at night and look at how much light is escaping.   In the War this was not allowed as everyone had to obey the rules about the Blackout so that enemy bombers could not find their targets. What would you have to do to make sure that no light was showing?


Back in autumn term we looked at some of the things religions have in common. The Golden rule is the principle of treating others as you want to be treated. All religions, and Humanism, have a version of this rule.  Think about your beliefs and what you can do to treat yourself and others in the community well and help you and others be happy and complete the 2do that has been set for this week.


We can revise lots of French vocabulary with this fun website that says the words, shows pictures and has lots of games to help you remember the vocabulary.


This week, when you get onto the home page of website click on ‘Topics’ then click on ‘Numbers’.  This week focus on the sections ‘1-10 and ’11-20’ and ‘multiples of 10 to 100’. Go through the full tutorial or you will not know how to play the games.  The ‘en’ button reveals the phrase in English.  Please make sure you spend time on the website first before attempting the 2do quiz I set on Purple Mash.  Top tip: take notes! The website has clear lessons and lots of learning games; the quiz I set just allows me to check your learning.


This term we will be linking our work with our History and Science topics. We will try to make sure that these are activities that anyone can do at home and won't require lots of art materials.


This week I would like you to create your own picture with the theme 'The Blitz' to link in with our learning in History. You can use coloured paper, pens, pencil crayons, a painting app on your computer...the list is infinite!

  • Think carefully about your use of colour - are you going to use lots of different shades of red, orange and yellow?
  • Could you create an abstract picture in the style of Paul Klee?
  • Can you use real images of the Blitz to inspire your artwork?


I'm really looking forward to seeing your masterpieces!

ICT - Dance Mat Typing. This is a great skill to learn and very useful for when you start to type longer pieces of work. You will need a keyboard to complete this.



9:30am everyday Joe Wicks will be holding an online exercise class at the address below. - Oti Mabuse from Strictly Come Dancing is also offering dance lessons daily


Websites for audio books.

Websites for daily practice of timetables

Websites for daily spelling practice