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w/b 4.5.20


After this week there will no longer be any worksheets available for free at

however the videos will still be available. The topic areas covered here are now the same as on

All the areas covered on these sites will not be new so should be a good refresher, 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. - 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 Three - Mothers: Send Them Out Of London
  • 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 script between a mother or father (or both) and their children, where they tell them they have to evacuate. Make sure the parents explain fully, are sensitive, and answer all the children’s questions sensitively.
  2. It is the night before Olive and Cliff leave. Write a short diary entry from the perspective of Olive, Cliff and their mother, conveying the different emotions they would be feeling.


Letters from the Lighthouse (Another teacher is reading Ch 3 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 3 - Mothers: Send Them Out Of London


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: Why was it necessary for children to be evacuated and what was evacuation really like?


Watch these short videos: 



Task: Read the Evacuee Points of View document. Consider how different town and country life must have been at the time. Did everyone have a positive experience? Why do you think this? Do you think the children would have told their parents if they had had a horrible time? Why?


***Please remember that this Friday is a Bank Holiday. The May Day has been moved from a Monday purely because Friday 8th May is the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. Can you find out what VE Day is?***

History Task


Further to new DEMAT guidance we will be putting the Buddhism topic on hold until all children can participate.  Therefore this week we will be reinforcing and revisiting some concepts touched upon in previous terms. This week we are looking at Humanism, which we touched upon back in Autumn term.   On Purple Mash read and watch the slideshow set as a 2do ‘An introduction to Humanism.’  Then sort the statements in the second 2do into what humanists do and do not believe.


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 sections ‘Home- rooms in the house’ and ‘Home- helping at home’. 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 we are going to look at the 20th century artist Paul Klee who used colour in an interesting way. I would like you to look at his painting "Castle and Sun" and try to recreate it in your own way. This can be done with any medium that you choose: paint, pencil, crayon, lego, squares of coloured paper. Experiment with using blocks of colour to create an abstract image. 

Paul Klee - Castle and Sun

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