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Year 6 Closure Home Learning

w/b Monday 13th July

And so we come to last week of term… of the year… and of Year 6 and your time at Primary School. It’s nothing like any of us had in mind when we started together in September, but as Mrs Reed said at the picnic last week, you will have a unique story to tell your children and grandchildren when they ask how you ended Primary school!

It was lovely to see so many of you for one last goodbye at the picnic, even if you did have to move your isolation hoops under the shelter of the trees when it started raining! Hopefully the weather didn’t dampen your enjoyment of the event.

 

We have 2 final lessons to conclude our Where in the world? topic.

Topic L7: Work through this PowerPoint to learn the definition of a desert, and some of the larger more well-known deserts in the world. It contains this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvsfr82/articles/zd4rmfr to a video reminder about using latitude and longitude coordinates to identify a location. You can then use the map on page 2 of the document to do the task on Slide 21 – shading in the listed deserts and recording their latitude and longitude coordinates in a key (by all means have a go at the task on page 1 of the map document  but it isn’t mine – I just wanted the map!)

 

Topic L8: Work through this PowerPoint to find out what is meant by the term ‘Third World’. It contains this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zt666sg/revision/6 to a video which summarises the difficulties faced by Developing Countries. You can then use this text and map to complete the task on Slide 11.

 

 

Art: Work through this PowerPoint to find out about the work of Dutch artist M.C Escher.

Task 1: Follow the instructions on the PowerPoint to create your own piece of tessellating art.

Task 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GiKeeWSf4s Watch this tutorial about creating tessellating patterns and then design your own tessellating piece of art. You could Google ‘simple tessellation tutorial – videos’ for some ideas to follow or get you started.

Computing: Linked to the tessellating art, if you have access to Scratch, use these projects to help you create repeating patterns:

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/97234746/

https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/297224/ (especially No.3 – tessellationtriangle)

Experiment with different regular polygons, line thickness and colour. Use the repeat function and nested loops to create your patterns.

You could also learn the language of Logo to create repeating patterns using these challenges: https://www.transum.org/software/Logo/

 

  • Continue with your Friendship magazine and share it with friends and family when you can safely meet up.
  • Get up to date with Mathletics.
  • Perform your bubble play, and the poems The Night Mail and Skimbleshanks.
  • Explore https://nrich.maths.org/ for maths games and challenges.
  • Keep reading!

Thank you all for a memorable year. Enjoy your summer break and good luck with your new starts in September. I hope you like the PowerPoint I put together using your contributions and some photos from the past!

 

w/b Monday 6th July

Fingers crossed for kind weather tomorrow for our leavers’ picnic! I have enjoyed seeing your photos and reading your Blisworth memories which I have started putting together into a commemorative PowerPoint.

If you are working towards a target number of words on Accelerated Reader, the Millionaire Club is closing at 9am on Monday 13th July. Therefore, to make your words count, you need to have finished all quizzes by then.

Mathletics tasks have been set and you should continue with daily reading practice.

 

SPAG Revision: Use this PowerPoint for the last set of daily tasks to practise spelling, punctuation, grammar and reading comprehension skills.

 

Topic L5: Work through this PowerPoint to find out about the importance of ports to UK trade and industry. It contains this link https://www.geographypods.com/map-skills.html to learn about Ordnance Survey symbols used on maps. There is also a video reminder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXuo_ocVMVU for how to read and record 6-figure grid references.

You can then use one or all of these maps to record the 6-figure grid references of the OS symbols used, add a sketch of the symbol and explain what it represents using these abbreviations and the 50 000 scale and 250 000 scale keys as a guide.

 

Topic L6: Look at the map of the world on Slide 1 of the PowerPoint and watch https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvsfr82/articles/zjk46v4 to learn about time zones. Use https://www.timeanddate.com/time/map/#!cities=124,1328 to find out the current time in cities around the world.

This link then gives you information about the busiest ports in the world: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/02/visualizing-the-world-s-busiest-ports

Use the data on Slide 3 of the PowerPoint to plot the top 20 ports on a time zone world map and add a key to record the number of hours each one is ahead of or behind GMT.

 

 R.E.: Work through this PowerPoint to summarise your knowledge and understanding of Humanism. Use these real-life scenarios to do the task on Slide 7; you could write a play script to show how a humanist would respond to each dilemma.

 

PSHE: Taking ideas from the previous 4 sessions and your own creativity, you can now create a Friendship magazine using these ideas to get you started.

 

Maths: https://nrich.maths.org/ is a really fun place to find activities – look in the secondary section if you want an extra challenge! Countdown is a good starting point for arithmetic practice but have a look round and explore the ideas on offer linked to all areas of the maths curriculum.

 

Drama: We are finishing the writing of our plays this week so we can begin rehearsals ready for a socially distanced performance next week. What ‘stage’ (!) are you at with your play?

 

Project: You can choose from this selection of ideas linked to The Battle of Hastings for some history fun.

 

Challenge: I have another poem for you to learn by heart using this PowerPoint or the Word version. Can you spot the link with The Night Mail? Do you recognise the words? The poem was written by T.S. Eliot but features in an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical so you could sing it…

 

w/b Monday 29th June

I know it’s not easy working at home on your own but keep going: there are only 3 weeks of term left. Try to do a little school work each day to keep your reading, writing and maths skills ticking over and send me an email to let me know how you’re getting on.

I’m looking forward to seeing some of you again at our leavers’ picnic next week. I have received a few photos and memories so I hope everyone is going to contribute the PowerPoint as a keepsake of your time at Blisworth.

Mathletics tasks have been set and you should continue with daily reading practice.

 

SPAG Revision: Use this PowerPoint for a penultimate set of daily tasks to practise spelling, punctuation, grammar and reading comprehension skills.

 

Maths: Our last 3 sessions from Essential Maths are designed to conclude your Primary maths journey and prepare you to begin your Secondary journey as you move into Y7.

Task 1: What are you like as a mathematician?

Flower Fever Starter: Use the data in the bar chart to answer these questions. The answers are on Slide 2 of the PowerPoint.

Use the questions on this PowerPoint to think about what it means to be a mathematician. Use these skills cards for the task on Slide 2. Here is the tick list for the task on Slide 4 to establish what kind of mathematician you are.

We are going to fill in the My Mathematical Journey booklet across the 3 tasks: start with Page 1.

Challenge: Find a variety of ways of asking questions which make 8. Try to create examples that use all the different mathematical ideas that you know about. Challenge yourself to find ways of making 8 that you think no-one else will have thought of.

 

Task 2: Calculation strategy choices

Medicine Madness Starter: Use the recipe to answer these questions. The answers are on Slide 2 of the PowerPoint.

Use the PowerPoint to think about alternative approaches to this calculation: 2 + 4 + 6 + 8 + 80 = ?

Answer the questions on Slide 2 of the PowerPoint and think about what kind of mathematician you are as you fill in Page 2 of your My Mathematical Journey booklet.

There is also a challenge question on Slide 2 with some answers on Slide 3.

 

Task 3: Show connections

Starter: Follow the clues to find the mystery number.

If the answer is 3, what could the question be? Try to think of obvious and peculiar questions, and answers that no-one else would think of. Look at the PowerPoint for some example questions. Then answer the questions on Slide 3 before filling in Pages 3 and 4 of your My Mathematical Journey booklet.

Coded Hundred Square Challenge: If you are able to, this can be done as an interactive activity here https://nrich.maths.org/6554 where you can also print the challenge. I have also put it on this PowerPoint. There is more than one way of solving the problem!

 

Topic: Work through this PowerPoint to find out about the global supply chain.

You will need these activity cards and a blank world map (https://www.3dgeography.co.uk/blank-world-maps or https://12ee0b5a-abb3-9812-7a54-6dc8dc507f17.filesusr.com/ugd/5cd6ef_7ebe5a70d5684f118cbd0cc3e0ca5a8d.pdf) to complete the task. There is also a challenge involving Google Earth and a bonus task about the Fairtrade Organisation.

 

R.E.: Work through this PowerPoint to think about your core values and how the Humanist symbol represents their core values. You can then design a symbol that represents your own personal highest value and annotate it to explain the importance of its features.

 

PSHE: Our Friendship theme this week looks at the consequences of reacting angrily to a situation. Work through the PowerPoint to find out what happened to Majid last week when he didn’t follow your good advice… You can then create a similar consequences web for Elly to show how she might have reacted if she had stayed angry and the results of her actions.

 

Science: Use your notes from last week to write a biography of Aristotle and Carl Linnaeus, focusing on their work to create and develop the classification system we still use today to identify and group living things.

1: General introduction about why a classification system is needed.

2: Account of Aristotle’s foundation of a classification system.

3: Account of how Linnaeus built on Aristotle’s work.

4: Concluding paragraph about why the classification system is continually being developed.

Don’t try and write the whole piece in one go – take your time, re-read what you have written and edit carefully for sense, spellings and punctuation. Think about varied sentence structure and vocabulary but also remember:

  • Third person, past tense and formal (so no contractions)
  • Key events in their life in chronological order linked by time conjunctions
  • Full range of punctuation and adverbial phrases
  • Passive voice, relative pronouns and correct punctuation for quotes

 

Challenge: How is your bubble play coming along? Our school bubbles have both chosen a mystery – one involves a stolen diamond necklace and in the other one, someone has dognapped Daisy!

 

w/b Monday 22nd June

We had a letter in school last week from Megan saying she was sad to go but she has made some new friends and is back at school. She misses everybody and will always have memories of Blisworth. She thanked you for everything you did for her – she said you made her laugh, smile and cry (in a laughy way!)

Do please keep in touch with me – I enjoy hearing how you are getting on if you are not in school so keep going with the weekly emails!

After 3 weeks of daily bubble Spelling Bees, we had the final (socially distanced!) inter-Bubble Spelling Bee last Thursday: Eve and Carly from my bubble up against Caitlin and Isabel from Mrs Law’s bubble. It came down to a head to head between Carly and Caitlin. Well done to everyone for participating in our Spelling Bee and a special congratulations to Carly for being the winner on the day.

Mathletics tasks have been set and you should continue with daily reading practice. Take a look at the virtual Accelerated Reader Millionaire board which Miss Rees is going to update each week.

 

SPAG Revision: Use this PowerPoint for another set of daily tasks to practise spelling, punctuation, grammar and reading comprehension skills.

 

Theme Park: The time has come to find out how much profit your business venture has made! You will need your estimated child and adult numbers plus the ticket price for each age group; the number of each advertising option that you have paid for; and the figure for your two weeks of running costs.

Follow the PowerPoint and use the Annual Profits sheet to work though the steps to calculate the percentage increase on your profits of your chosen advertising options. You can then follow the instructions to calculate the profit increase month by month to find out your total profits for the first year of running your theme park. Whose will be the most successful?!

 

Topic: Work through this PowerPoint to find out about UK industry and what is meant by primary, secondary and tertiary industries. Use one of the given examples or an idea of your own to draw a flow chart showing the difference between the 3 types of industry.

You could then gather data about whether the jobs done by your family and other adults you know are primary, secondary or tertiary industries. The information could then be represented as a pie chart.

 

R.E.: Work through this PowerPoint to explore the beliefs of humanist thinkers. Read these cards about the non-existence of Gods; meaning of life; science; no purpose to the universe; reason; ethical decisions and think about key ideas/images that would be useful to explain the different areas of humanist beliefs. You can then create a poster to represent humanist beliefs as you understand them, thinking about the symbols, pictures and text that would effectively communicate humanist ideas to others.

 

PSHE: Our Friendship theme this week looks at making up after you have fallen out with someone. Work through the PowerPoint to think about strategies you could suggest when writing a reply to Majid with your suggestions for what he should do to build on his friend’s apology and resolve their conflict.

 

Science: To finish off our unit on classifying living things, we are going to look at the work of two people who were instrumental in establishing and developing the classification system we use today.

Task 1: Use this PowerPoint to make notes about the work of Aristotle, using the writing frame as a guide for the important information you need to record. Remember to check the meaning of any unfamiliar words.

Task 2: Use this PowerPoint and the linked video to make notes about the work of Carl Linnaeus, using the writing frame as a guide for the important information you need to record.

Task 3: Carry out research of your own to answer any questions that have occurred to you, or to find extra information that you think would be interesting to include in your writing. You might like to find out about any recent developments in the scientific classification of living things.

Task 4: The writing task will be part of next week’s learning so in preparation, think about a general opening and concluding paragraph, using these modelled examples as a starting point.

 

Challenge: Year 6 has not ended at all as we imagined it would at the start of your final year at Blisworth. One of the many things we have missed out on is the end of year play. In our Y6 bubbles, we are going to write a little play of our own to perform to each other on the field at a safe distance. You could do the same at home: write a play that has a character for each member of your household, any genre you like. Maybe you could include other people in your play if you are connected to them on Zoom or FaceTime? Think about props (we won’t be able to share objects in our bubbles but it will be easier for you at home!), costumes, sound effects… Be creative and have fun!

 

w/b Monday 15th June

Where has the beautiful sunshine gone?! I haven't been enjoying the cold and the rain but that’s British weather for you! At least the sun has been making an appearance again but possibly not for long...! 

If you didn’t email me last week, do please get in touch to let me know what you’re up to and how you’re getting on. I like to hear from everyone at least once a week.

Mathletics tasks have been set and you should continue with daily reading and spelling practice.

 

SPAG Revision: Use this PowerPoint for another set of daily tasks to practise spelling, punctuation, grammar and reading comprehension skills.

 

Theme Park: You should now have calculated your running costs for one week based on the number of each type of ride you have built, and the maintenance + staffing costs for each ride, along with the costs of the other amenities and attractions you have included. After subtracting your build costs and two weeks of running costs, you should have a final amount left from your £5 million busines loan which is the budget you now have for marketing and advertising. You should also have used the daily running cost as the basis for deciding on the prices of your adult and child tickets.

Task 1: Follow the PowerPoint to find out the different advertising options available, and consider the advantages and disadvantages of each one. You will also need to think about the persuasive features to include in your adverts to make your theme park stand out from the competition.

Task 2: Use the Marketing Budget sheet to decide which advertising methods are the most appropriate to reach your target market. Each option will have a different effect on your profits so choose wisely! Spend as much of your remaining budget as you can to maximise your profits – if you can afford it, you should buy more than one of your preferred methods. For example, £20,000 buys you 500 billboards, so if you want to double that, pay £40,000 and buy 1000 billboards to reach more people. Perhaps you will decide to pay for more issues of a newspaper or magazine and extra months of internet advertising.

Task 3: Use these templates to design your printed adverts/billboards/internet banner and write your scripts for a radio or TV advert.

Task 4: Take the opportunity for some free advertising using the information in this PowerPoint. Read this review of the Zero Gravity ride: what makes it effective? Which features could you include in a review of one of your rides? How could you make your review even better so that it stands out from the competition? Now write your own ride review.

 

Topic: Work through this PowerPoint to find out about UK exports – goods and services that we sell to other countries. Then you can represent the export data as a bar chart using the squared paper you took home with you or if you are able to, print a page of graph paper from http://www.mathsphere.co.uk/resources/MathSphereFreeGraphPaper.htm

You could then answer the challenge questions and represent the export data as a pie chart.

 

R.E.: Work through this PowerPoint to explore the ideas of humanist thinkers. Read these comprehension sheets and use the information to complete the Activity Sheet to show which ideas the various thinkers share. You should then have the information you need to take the Quiz at the end of the PowerPoint.

 

PSHE: Our Friendship theme this week looks at managing conflict – what is the best way to resolve arguments when we fall out with each other? Some things we say or do will inflame the situation (make it worse) so we need to think about actions that will cool the argument down. Work through this PowerPoint, clicking on e.g.  ‘Picture 1’ etc to reveal different scenarios for you to consider the cause of each conflict and how each person involved might be feeling. Think about things that make conflict worse or reduce it before perhaps learning some new ideas and approaches to try. You are then ready to be ‘Conflict Cop’ and explain how you would resolve each of the situations.

 

Project: Keep going with learning to recite The Night Mail, thinking about your performance voice – which words/syllables to emphasise, where to pause. Have you noticed that the rhythm of the words echoes the journey of the train?

 

w/b Monday 8th June

I hope you have all adjusted to planning your Home Learning week from a single set of tasks. Our bubble learning has gone well and this week we will be teaching Monday to Thursday all day. I know some of you are planning to join us next week so Mrs Law and I are looking forward to welcoming you to our bubbles!

If you didn’t email me last week, do please get in touch to let me know what you’re up to and how you’re getting on. I like to hear from everyone at least once a week.

Mathletics tasks have been set and you should continue with daily reading and spelling practice.

SPAG Revision: Use this PowerPoint for this week’s set of daily tasks to practise spelling, punctuation, grammar and reading comprehension skills.

Theme Park: You should now have a final layout for your Theme Park with a name, 3 themed areas and all your rides, attractions and amenities.

The key information you need to move forward is the number of each type of ride and other attractions in your park, and the  ‘Under Spend’ figure on your budget sheet – this should be the total amount left from your £5 million business loan.

Task 1: Create a brochure to advertise your theme park to customers. Work through this PowerPoint to get your creativity flowing and use the final slide as a reminder of the features that are key to persuasion.

Task 2: Calculate the running costs for your theme park. Work through this PowerPoint to identify all the costs you need to consider. Use the estimated running costs sheet to work out the weekly cost to run each ride, amenity and attraction. This will then need to be doubled because you need money from your business loan to cover your running costs for two weeks before money from customers can be used to continue to pay your costs. After subtracting the Under Spend figure from your build sheet, you will have the amount you now have left from your £5 million loan.

Task 3: Making a profit! Work through this PowerPoint to find out what you need to think about when deciding your ticket prices. Use this sheet to try out a couple of entrance fee strategies and make a final decision about how much you will charge your customers.

Topic:  Work through this PowerPoint to learn about how UK trade has developed over the centuries from local to global. The images support the information in these comprehension texts: use the key facts and these maps to help with the timeline task on the final slide of the PowerPoint.

R.E.: Work through this PowerPoint to find out about some of the key figures in history who contributed to humanist ideas. Read these comprehension sheets to learn about their key ideas and then think about which ideas you agree with to complete the task on the final slide of the PowerPoint.

PSHE: Over the coming weeks, we are going to be thinking about how to make friends and keep friends; what to do if we fall out with friends and how to manage our anger when we get into arguments. We’re going to start by thinking about levels of friendship: use this PowerPoint to think about close friends and family, everyday friends and acquaintances you see occasionally. Then you can use the model on the final slide to create your Levels of Friendship diagram.

Project: In addition to continuing with the Viking-themed ideas from last week, I’d like you to try learning The Night Mail poem by W.H. Auden off by heart. We started it months ago – can you remember any of the first verse still?! You can use the PowerPoint or Word document for the words.

 

w/b Monday 1st June

I hope you have all had a good half term. Welcome back to our last 7 weeks together! Mrs Townsend got in touch with me during the week and asked me to pass on her best wishes  to you all; I replied to her email and thanked her for thinking of us at this strange time.

Now that school has re-opened and some children are joining me or Mrs Law in our classroom bubbles, Home Learning for those of you not coming in will be set once a week for the whole week. The tasks will broadly match the work that Mrs Law and I plan to do in the classroom.

Please continue with daily reading and spelling practice – we will be doing bubble Spelling Bees!

Mathletics tasks have been set for the week.

This week, Mrs Law and I are teaching our bubbles Monday to Thursday but mornings only so that we can establish, practise and get used to the new routines and procedures. Below are the tasks that we hope to do with our classroom bubbles this week so that you can join in at home.

SPAG Revision: The PowerPoint has 5 tasks, so one for each day, to practise different spelling, punctuation, grammar and reading comprehension activities.

Maths Project: We are going to design, build and run a theme park! You have a £5 million business loan and need to spend £4 million of that building your theme park on a plot of land. The PowerPoint outlines the project, tells you what your park MUST have, and gives you the prices of different rides, attractions and amenities for the park. You need to

  • Name your park
  • Create 3 themed areas
  • Build on every square of your plot – any unused squares must be paved (or used for a bin!)
  • Remember that every ride, amenity or facility must have a one-square border all the way round it unless it is at the edge of your plot

It is possible to spend exactly £4 million but get as close as you can to maximise your profits when you are up and running…

Don’t go over-budget: you will need £1 million of the business loan left for your start-up and running costs.

Use the budget sheet to keep track of your costs; it will probably take a few draft plans to create your ideal theme park but by the end of the week, you should have a final park design and a total build cost.

RE: Our new unit is on Humanism. We will start by looking at Worldviews; work through the PowerPoint, thinking about the different views and ideas put forward. Think about what influences your worldview – where do your ideas come from and what influences the decisions you make? Complete the writing task to help you reflect on the questions asked.

Project: Since Mrs Law and I only have 4 mornings in class this week, we won’t have time to start our Where in the World topic so I thought I would take you back to the Autumn Term for a project you can dip into when you have time over the coming weeks: enjoy some more time with the Vikings in Rule Britannia.

I will still respond to your emails so do keep in touch and send me a weekly update of how you’re getting on.

Friday 22nd May

So we have reached the end of our virtual stay-at-home Isle of Wight experience. I’m sorry we couldn’t do the real thing but I hope you had some fun.

A few final activities and tasks to end the week:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdHdiQ19-84 Take a tour of The Needles by boat around Alum Bay.

 

http://www.amazonworld.co.uk/meet_the_animals.htm Meet the animals at Amazon World.

https://www.chesterzoo.org/virtual-zoo-2/ Amazon World are not doing virtual feeding time but follow this link to Chester Zoo and watch their live feeds and videos of feeding time for their animals.

  • Write the feeding time script for an animal of your choice – or better still, your pet(s)!
  • Share facts about the specific animal you are feeding, plus facts about their breed/species/group of animals based on your scientific knowledge from our Natural World science topic

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjP_0a__8rY and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M52a9sc-7Hc to see Action Stations at Portsmouth Dockyard

  • Create your own Ninja Warrior assault course: can you move from one side of a room to the other without touching the floor? How about all the way round your house?
  • Set up an outdoor course in the garden: can you get all the way round without touching the ground? What’s your best time? Challenge family members to beat your time.

 

Weekly Challenge: Hold a celebratory ceremony for your Tidiest Bedroom winner

 

Have a lovely Half Term! I'm so excited about the possibility of school re-opening and I'm all set to see some of you back in the classroom after half term so fingers crossed that happens; for those of you not joining me in person, I'll be back on here on Monday 1st June.

 

Wednesday 20th May

So it would take 28.925 hours to walk the 115.7 miles from Blisworth Primary School to Portsmouth Harbour – or 11.57 hours to cycle!

Read about the history of Osborne House in this pdf – there is a YouTube link on page 8 for this drone footage of the house https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvIvvyb7C7k

Create a guidebook for a tour of your house and gardens:

  • Include a floor plan and garden layout to help visitors navigate their way round
  • Do you know the date your house was built? Previous inhabitants?
  • Write about the history or significance of items of furniture, ornaments, pictures, photos…
  • Add a biography for each of the current inhabitants

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dvi2hHxihS4 Watch the video of the Waiting On Hand and Foot experience ‘below stairs’ at Osborne House with housekeeper Mrs Pilkington

You could be the servant for your family for the day:

  • Make all the beds
  • Polish all the shoes
  • Help prepare a meal, set the table and clear away afterwards
  • Wash and dry up by hand – no dishwasher in Victorian times!
  • Write a diary entry for your Day in the Life of a Servant

 

https://www.modelvillagegodshill.co.uk/ Have a look at the photos of Godshill model village

Creative: Make a model of your home for a model village using whatever materials you like – recycling junk, Lego, clay, plasticine, salt dough, cardboard, Minecraft…

 

I hope you are logging lots of Virtual School Games participation points to get Blisworth to the top of the leader board!

 

Monday 18th May

Welcome to the last week of Home Learning before Half Term. You can use this week to complete any unfinished tasks, or tasks you haven’t had a chance to do yet; practise your Spelling Bee words; get up to date with Mathletics; continue to read every day.

However, as we should have been off to the Isle of Wight this week, I’ve tried to come up with some different task ideas to help recreate the experience from home…

https://www.theaa.com/route-planner/route Find out how many miles it is from Blisworth to Portsmouth Harbour to catch the ferry.

  • How long would it take to walk there at an average speed of 4 mph?
  • What about cycling at an average speed of 10 mph?
  • Write a book of rules for games you can play on a long journey: your version of I Spy, games using the number plates you see… be creative!

 

https://www.haven-falconry.co.uk/ Have a look at the photo gallery – there are some stunning shots of birds of prey.

  • Research the history of falconry
  • Create fact files for British birds of prey
  • Make a birds of prey Top Trumps game (using this template if you wish); categories could include wing span, top flying speed, eye sight distance, beak/talon length, maximum weight of prey…

 

Creative: Use recycled materials to make an indoor or garden 10 pin bowling game and have a family competition.

 

Weekly challenge: The hotels often hold a ‘Tidiest Bedroom’ competition for the week of our stay, with a prize awarded to the winning room on Friday morning. Set up a tidiest bedroom competition for your family:

  • Agree the daily marking criteria e.g. bed made, clear floor, curtains open, lights off, clothes away, cupboard drawers and wardrobe doors closed…
  • Design a Monday – Friday tick list for each participant with the items to be checked.
  • Hold a daily room inspection at an agreed time – give each participant a daily score and calculate the total at the end of the week to find your ultimate Tidy Champion (Will they get a prize? A medal? A certificate?)
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And finally… a PE challenge from Miss Bick and Mr Elliott who have registered Blisworth in the 'virtual school games'. Every Monday, Northamptonshire Sport launch three sporting challenges themed around a particular sport for you and your family to try at home. The activities use little to no sports specific equipment and they are completely free to join in with.

As you take part, your family will need to log your activities on Northamptonshire Sport’s website: https://www.northamptonshiresport.org/school-games

For every activity logged, Blisworth receives a Virtual School Games Participation Point. At the end of the week (Sunday evening), the school with the most points in one of 4 different categories is crowned the Virtual School Games Champions in that sport. For the individuals, they are also awarding some spot prizes to those who demonstrate one of the School Games values. The focus is very much around being active rather than scoring the highest or best score. Please try to help Blisworth become a Virtual School Games Champion!

 

Friday 15th May

If I haven’t heard from you this week, do please drop me a line just to let me know you are out there somewhere doing something!

Maths: Sequences and algebra

Starter: Stackable cups

Work through the PowerPoint to see how the pattern in a sequence can be represented by an algebra formula.

Answer the two questions on Slide 7 – answers on Slide 8.

Today’s Challenge on Slide 7 is to build a sequence of your own that matches the formula 3 + 3n

 

English: Write or type, and illustrate, the final draft of your disaster-themed narrative. Give it a title and start with a blurb: what could you say to entice the reader to choose your story for a good read?

This link might give you some help and inspiration for your illustrations: https://www.bl.uk/childrens-books

 

Science: Put all your information about the living things in your local area into a nature guide with:

  • a title page
  • contents (in the order they appear)
  • numbered pages of information with sub-headings, sketches and scientific information
  • index (in alphabetical order)

 

Weekly Challenge: Do please share your own illustrations for ‘Guess the country’. These are the answers to Monday’s grid – how did you get on? How many did you need help with?!

 

Remember to keep up with daily reading and spelling practice.

 

Wednesday update! Some of you may have discovered that Third Space Learning have once again not got their answers right! For the correct answers to the Length of Day starter, look at my updated PowerPoint!

 

Wednesday 13th May

I hope you’re having a good week. Do please send me a quick email to let me know how you’re getting on, especially if I didn’t hear from you last week.

Maths: Building sequences

Starter: Fill in the table to calculate the length of day from sunrise to sunset for each month through the year. Answers on this PowerPoint.

Work through the PowerPoint to see how patterns in a sequence help to write a general rule.

Answer the questions about the pattern on Slide 4 – answers on Slide 5

Today’s Dominoes Challenge is on Slide 4 – answers on Slide 6

 

English: Edit and redraft your disaster-themed narrative:

  • Check for missing punctuation – full stops and capital letters; commas that should be a semi-colon; clauses that can be linked with a colon; extra information to add in brackets; new line for speech; comma before/after speech marks unless it’s the beginning/end of the sentence (when a full stop is needed)
  • Have you remembered paragraphs – and checked they start in a variety of ways?
  • Any repeated words that you can replace with a synonym for variety? (Use an online thesaurus for ideas)
  • Adverbial phrases to show when/where/why/how something happens
  • Consistent past tense unless a character is speaking and present or future tense is appropriate
  • Can any active sentences be rewritten using passive voice for variety?
  • Do you have modal verbs to show possibility or certainty?
  • Have you used noun phrases to enhance the description? the bedraggled dog under the uprooted tree trunk

 

Science: Research scientific information about each living thing on the list you made of what you found in your garden and/or on your walk.

Animals: number of young; average size; lifespan; diet; habitat; habits

Plants: features (colour, shape, size of petals/leaves/trunks/stems/roots); habitats; growing season

 

Remember to keep up with daily reading and spelling practice.

 

Monday 11th May

Welcome to another week of Home Learning. I hope you enjoyed the sunshine of the Bank Holiday weekend. I’m looking forward to your weekly email – it’s lovely to hear what you’re getting up to.

Maths: Pie charts and line graphs

Starter: Holiday cost

Work through the PowerPoint to think about which sets of data are appropriate to represent in a pie chart – some data is better as a line graph. You can also practise changing fractions into a percentage.

Answer Question 1 on Slide 3 – answer on Slide 4.

Today’s Challenge is to draw 2 line graphs of your own: use the data on Slide 3 for Question 2 and this set of data for Question 3.

 

English: Use your story plan to write your disaster-themed narrative. Remember, an engaging story combines action, dialogue and setting to move the story forward.

Characters shouldn’t just say something – they need to say it in a particular way to show their emotions, or while they are doing something that is important to the action of the story.

For the reader to feel part of the action, they need to be able to visualise what is happening, how, when and where so your description needs to be clear and effective with reference to all the senses.

Use powerful verbs and adverbs – they don’t just ‘go’: clamber, scramble, hurry, creep, tentatively step…

Don’t just ‘get’: grab, snatch

They don’t ‘have to’ do something: it’s imperative, vital, essential, there was no option/choice but to…

This week’s task is to spend the time writing, editing and redrafting your story – there will be no more English tasks this week.

 

Science: Now that you know how living things are classified, I’d like you to create a nature guide for your area. Start by going into your garden and/or for a walk and make a list of the name of every living thing you see.

Then group your living things:

  • Plants will be algae; moss and liverwort; ferns and horsetails; conifers; or flowering plants (Lichen is a fungi and grass is a flowering plant!)
  • Animals will be vertebrates (bird, mammal, fish, reptile or amphibian) or invertebrates (arthropod, arachnid, mollusc, annelid or insect)
  • You might find a micro-organism! (fungus, bacteria or Protista) 

You many need to do some research to correctly classify some of your listed living things to make sure everything is in the right group; be a scientist and find proof to justify your decisions - don't just guess!

 

Project: Here are some more task ideas for our Natural Disasters topic: Disasters' Destruction.

 

Weekly Challenge: Can you work out the country represented by each of these illustrations? Thanks to Megan and her aunt for this activity!

Extra challenge: can you come up with  pictures of your own for any other countries? Share them with me and I’ll pass them on to see if anyone can guess your country!

 

Remember to keep up with daily reading and spelling practice. In addition, Mathletics tasks have been set as usual for a Monday.

 

Thursday 7th May

Last set of learning tasks before the VE Day anniversary Bank Holiday tomorrow. If I haven’t heard from you this week, do please drop me a line just to let me know you are out there somewhere doing something!

Maths: Using estimation to check that answers are reasonable

Starter: Cycling Calculations

Work through the PowerPoint to revise using estimation to help consider whether the answer to a calculation seems reasonable.

Answer the three questions on Slide 3 – answers on Slide 4.

Today’s Challenge is to play Countdown: https://nrich.maths.org/6499

 

English: Make sure your story plan is ready to write your narrative next week.

 

French: Use the tutorial to help you learn how to describe the weather in French. Then play the game.

https://www.french-games.net/frenchlessons?topic=World%20-%20weather&level=primary

 

Remember to keep up with daily reading and spelling practice.

 

Weekly Challenge: Do please share photos of your VE Day anniversary celebrations with me at y6homelearning@blisworth.northants.sch.uk Have a lovely Bank Holiday Friday and see you on here again next week!

 

Wednesday 6th May

So glad the sunshine is back! I hope you’re having a good week.

Maths: Avoiding common errors when calculating mentally

Starter: Fireworks Fun

Work through the PowerPoint to be the teacher and spot the calculation errors.

Answer the two questions and try the Challenge on Slide 7 – answers on Slide 8.

 

English: Conti