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w/b 20.4.20

Maths  - there are 5 lessons with support videos and tasks to complete which you can pick and choose from. This week there is a focus on angles which should be a recap for many of you as we covered this topic in the Spring Term. Please remember that if you would like a challenge there is nothing to stop you from trying the Year 7 and 8 work that is set for the week. - there are additional problems of the day here if you want to try some quick problem solving. - 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 have added Ch1 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 One - Keep Calm and Carry On
  • Word Investigation - a Purple Mash activity finding the definition of key words for the first chapter
  • Reading Comprehension - a Purple Mash quiz which checks your understanding of the chapter you have read
  • Writing Task (choose one option)
  1. Imagine you own the cinema. Write a guide for evacuating the cinema, in the event of an air raid.   
  2. Watch this clip from the movie ‘Hook’.  Imagine you are living during WW2 and having to eat the same awful food every night. Write a short story about sitting at the table and being served the bad food, but then imagining it was an utter feast. Make sure to use lots of descriptive devices.


Letters from the Lighthouse (Another teacher is reading Ch1 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 1 - Keep Calm and Carry On



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: If the First World War was so horrific, why did Britain go to war again just 20 years later?


Watch this video:


Task: Read the document attached showing the FOR and AGAINST arguments for appeasement. Do you think that ignoring Hitler was the best thing to do? What would you have done if you were the Prime Minister?


History Task



This half term Year 6 are learning about Buddhism-What does it mean to be a Buddhist?  Can we all be enlightened?  Buddhists are people who follow the teachings of The Buddha. This week, read the story about The Buddha and answer the questions in the files below (the answers are also included so you can check your work).


RE lesson



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 the website click on ‘Topics’ then click on ‘Activity’.  There are four sections, go through the full tutorial or you will not know how to play the games.  The ‘en’ button reveals the phrase in English.

After you have finished this there is a quiz on Purple Mash for you to complete.



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 we would like you to create a colour wheel using objects found around your home. If you can, take a photo and email it in to school.

If you are unsure how to create a colour wheel watch this video -


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