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w/b 27.4.20

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 in quadrilaterals which we started to look at in 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 daily Maths lessons covering a range of topics that should all be a good refresher for you. If you find that the Year 6 work isn't challenging enough then please look at the Year 7 and 8 work as well. - 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 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 Two - Make Do and Mend
  • 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. Write a missing person’s report for Sukie.
  2. Write the story of Olive thinking her mum was dead, and then her mother turning up, but from the perspective of another patient in the hospital.


Letters from the Lighthouse (Another teacher is reading Ch 2 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 2 - Make Do and Mend


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 life like in 1930s Britain? Was it different in Germany?


Task 1: See if you can do some family research. Do you have anyone in your family who served during the war (male/female) or is there anyone that you can speak to who lived during this time? Create a fact file sharing the information that you have learned.

[Mrs Blake and Miss Sadler will be doing the same and will share a little of their World War 2 family history with you next week]


We understand that Task 1 might not be possible for everyone so if you are unable to research your family history then please complete Task 2.


Task 2: What do you think 1930s Britain was like? Write a list of things you think might have existed at the time and what didn't.

Now watch this video of 1930s London what does this primary source tell you about life at the time? Can you tick anything off your list or add to it?
Now watch this video of Berlin (the capital city of Germany) was it different to London? 

**You don't need to watch all of the videos as they are quite long just enough to get an idea of what the cities and the people there might have looked like**


This week we are learning what makes the Buddha special as a historical enlightened person, not a God.  First read the story of ‘Siddhartha and the Swan’ (see attached pdf).  Then on 2publish I have set a 2do.  Write a summary of the story in the top box and then below write what qualities make him special and what people can learn from the story.  I have included lots of prompts to help you if you get stuck, but make sure you have read the story first.

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 website click on ‘Topics’ then click on ‘Home’.  This week focus on the two sections about family, 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.  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.


Building on last week's colour wheel I would like you to consider the many different shades of just 1 colour that exist. 

Try one of these options:

  • Find objects in your house that are the same colour and order them from lightest to darkest (a bit like a paint chart)
  • Create a picture or pattern that uses only one colour but different shades (you could use crayon, paint pencil or even a normal HB pencil). Consider what artistic techniques you need to use to achieve this.

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