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Summer 2 Week 7

Summer 2 Week 7 Maths

Please find links to Reasoning questions based on Volume and Coordinates this week. None of the activities need printing and completing them on paper is absolutely fine. Please use the blue mark scheme tab to check your answers where necessary.

 

As always, continue to use BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons too if you would like to. The link is below and starts with some Maths challenges moving from KS2 to KS3.

Summer 2 Week 7 English

So this week, I came across a poem that I wanted to share with you all. The poem is on a PowerPoint linked below called, When Everyone Went Inside by Kyle Canfield. It is a beautiful poem that reflects on the time that we have all been at home more during lockdown and how the Earth responded to this time. And I hope you all enjoy it as much I do. The children should spend some time reading the poem and reflecting on it. It is full of figurative language and creates a beautiful mood and atmosphere. I would like the children to use the poem as inspiration to create their own version of When Everyone Went Inside. It could follow the same format and theme, or it could just provide inspiration for writing a poem about the children's own experience of lockdown. I would absolutely love to see what the children create.

 

The link to the BBC Bitesize daily English lessons is also provided below.

Summer 2 Week 7 - Transition to High School Activities

As the end of Year 6 is getting closer, I have uploaded some activities for the children to complete as a way to start looking towards their future at high school and reflect on the lovely times they've had at St. Andrew's. I can forward on any completed letters to their secondary teachers if they would like me to.

Summer 2 Week 7 - Art

As we have been celebrating our environment so much during Science these last few weeks and again in English this week, I thought that celebrating our natural world through Art would also be lovely this week. Art can be created using nearly any medium; artists use paint, clay, charcoal, and ink to create their works. Artists like Andy Goldsworthy, though, use materials that are a little more unexpected. Andy Goldsworthy is a renowned British artist who works with found natural elements, and his work has been inspiring children and adults alike all around the world! 

 

This week, the children can take inspiration from Andy Goldsworthy's art to make their own. They should use found materials - the goal is not to interrupt nature's processes by picking plants and flowers, but to use what you can find on the ground, like branches, thorns, leaves, etc. They can make any kind of art they want. Goldsworthy typically makes sculptures, but the children can create natural collages on the grass, weave branches and fallen bark, or follow the artist's example and create a rock sculpture.

 

Follow the link below to find out more, to see examples and do not forget to photograph it once it is completed - the art creation will change and this is an important factor of Goldsworthy's creations.

Summer 2 Week 6

Summer 2 Week 6 Maths

Please find links to Reasoning questions based on measurement this week. There are lots of activities linked below on calculating Area and Perimeter. None of the activities need printing. Where there are worksheets attached, completing them on paper is absolutely fine. And please use the blue mark scheme tab to check your answers where necessary for the uploaded Testbase questions.

 

As per usual, some of the tasks have stars on the bottom of the sheets. The more challenging the questions, the more stars there are at the bottom of the page. e.g. 1, 2 or 3 stars. Scroll through to find the answers.

 

As always, continue to use BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons too if you would like to. The link is below.

Summer 2 Week 6 English

Please find links to BBC Bitesize for this week's English task and also our English Reading task for the week. Reading, this week, is a cross curricular reading task that relates perfectly to our Environmental Science that we are continuing to work on. There is a link below to find the Reading Comprehension - Doorstep Wildlife. Scroll through the reading task where you will also find the answers. Like usual, the more stars at the bottom of the sheets, the more challenging the reading and questions are. None of this needs printing and can all be completed on paper.

Summer 2 Week 6 Science

As I explained last week, we will be continuing our Bee Project again this week, as it is a two week project. Some of these wonderful research projects have been sent through to me and I look forward to this continuing again this week. Bee-creative! 

Summer 2 Week 6 - PSHE 

 

This week, we are continuing some transition to high school work. This first week will consider any of the challenges and opportunities the children may have as they move on to their high schools. 

 

Linked below is a PowerPoint to work through and consider all of the questions and discussion points. On some slides, you will be referred to a couple of activity sheets. These sheets can be printed (see the links below) but it is not essential. All of the tasks can be completed on paper with no need to print at all.

 

Please also find attached a 'My School Year' activity. This will enable the children to reflect on their time in Year 6 and help them to think about all the fantastic memories they have. Again, this can be printed, or a similar format could be used to create their own version on paper. This could be used to plan a creative poster format of the task if the children wanted to or simply used as it is.

Summer 2 Week 6 - Art

So a little bit of optical illusion fun this week. Follow the two tutorials below to try drawing your hand as it appears to be coming off the page. One teaches you the step-by-step process and the other shows you another way to create the illusion using colour. I hope you enjoy it - I certainly did! I'm looking forward to seeing your creations.

The Bee Project by Harry 6BW

I was so delighted to receive this Science work today (Wednesday 1st July) and just had to share it with you all. How amazing is this?

 

Fantastic work Harry! I'm very proud of you. Well done!

The Bee Project by Alex (6BW) - more wonderful Science work to celebrate. Well done Alex

Summer 2 Week 5

 

Summer 2 Week 5 Maths

Please find links to Arithmetic questions on long multiplication and multiplying decimal numbers and Reasoning questions based on multiplication this week. None of the activities need printing. And please use the blue mark scheme tab to check your answers where necessary.

 

I have also linked some Multiplication word problems. The more challenging the questions, the more stars there are at the bottom of the page. e.g. 1, 2 or 3 stars. Scroll through to find the answers.

 

As always, continue to use BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons too if you would like to. The link is below.

Summer 2 Week 5 English

Please find links to BBC Bitesize for this week's English task and also our English Reading task for the week. Reading, this week, is taken from last year's SATS Reading Comprehension test. It is a cross curricular reading task that relates perfectly to our Science for this week (see further down the webpage). There is a link below to find the Reading Comprehension. Click on the 1 tab, along the side, for the Reading part and the 2 tab for the questions. Flick between the two for completing the questions, re-reading the text as much as possible to answer with accuracy. This is not to be completed in test conditions etc, it is just a perfect task for this week's cross-curricular Science work. Click on the blue mark scheme tab to check the answers.

Summer 2 Week 5 - Science

 

Why are bees so important to the world? Bees are vitally important for everyone. Honey bees make honey by mixing nectar with enzymes and by fanning the mixture with their wings to help the water to evaporate. They also make beeswax that we can use in cosmetics, candles and furniture polish. But, overall, they also do so much more... Bees, including honey bees and bumblebees, pollinate over 250,000 species of plants and more than 100 different crops, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and many of the foods that farm animals rely on. In all, they are responsible for pollinating around one-third of all the foods we eat. Without bees many plant crops would no longer exist, so no apples or strawberries to eat, no cotton t-shirts and a lot less food for farm animals.

Our Science work will run across this week and next week (Week 6) too. I would like you to carry out detailed research about bees and their importance for our planet’s future, then present your research in a way you find interesting. This could be a fact-file, a report, an information page, a PowerPoint, a video or any other way you would like to present your research. I know how creative you all are! You will have this week and next week to complete this task.

Our English Reading task this week, (see further up on the webpage) links to our Science and will also provide you with a lot of detailed information. I have also uploaded the STEM research pack called ‘Save Our Bees’ that could prove interesting to you. It is full of activities if you would like to carry any of them out, but more importantly, it is full of information towards this week’s research project. It also provides you with great links to other websites, to help you research from quality Science resources. You will also see YouTube videos linked on the webpage too.

Summer 2 Week 5 – Art

Zentangles

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. We call these patterns, tangles. ... These patterns are drawn on small pieces of paper called "tiles." We call them tiles because you can assemble them into mosaics.

 

Below are YouTube videos to show you how to start off with a beginners Zentangle tutorial and then moving on to a more advanced and much larger Zentangles.

 

Have fun and get ‘Zentangle’ creative!

Summer 2 Week 5 - PSHE 

 

This week, we are going to begin some transition to high school work. This first week will consider any of the children's worries and fears and attempt to help the children overcome any concerns that they may have by looking at solutions to help them.

 

Linked below is a PowerPoint to work through and consider all of the questions and discussion points. On some slides, you will be referred to a couple of activity sheets. These sheets can be printed (see the links below) but it is not essential. All of the tasks can be completed on paper with no need to print at all.

Summer 2 Week 4

Summer 2 Week 4 Maths

Please find links to Arithmetic questions on adding and subtracting decimal numbers and Reasoning questions based on money (linked to decimal addition and subtraction) and also some geometry work on Circles. None of the activities need printing. And please use the blue mark scheme tab to check your answers where necessary.

 

You will also see I have uploaded some PowerPoints and YouTube videos to go with the arithmetic and reasoning work this week, that should help support their learning, with a little bit of revision of some of the facts that they will need to complete their work.

 

As always, continue to use BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons too if you would like to. The link is below.

Summer 2 Week 4 English

Here you will find links to Monday's BBC Bitesize Lesson about writing comics and using ellipsis. There is also a link to the rest of the week's lessons which will be uploaded to the BBC site as the week progresses.

 

I have also uploaded a reading task based on Martin Luther King with the answers attached. You can choose if you would like to try the 1 star, 2 star or 3 star comprehension (see the stars at the bottom of the pages) - the more stars, the more challenging the reading task is. There is also a video of Martin Luther King's famous speech on the webpage. It is a very powerful watch and may give the children further background information and an insight into him before completing the reading tasks.

Martin Luther King.mp4

Still image for this video

Science Summer 2 Week 4

 

So this week we are continuing our Environmental Science Topic with a classification task. The children have done some research into Carl Linnaeus in the past and his devised system of classification. You will find links to videos below for the children to watch.

 

Remind the children of the time we made classification keys. Show them the one powerpoint slide with a couple of photographs on of the classification keys. We classified sweets. This week we will do the same task, with natural living things from outside.

 

The children go outside, with a bag/tray etc to catch their findings in. They shake bushes, trees, look under rocks etc and collect anything that falls or that they collect.

 

Now the classification key! They always start with a question, that requires a yes or no answer, and move the collected things down the branches until the branch goes no further and the item has been classified. They can complete a classification key on large paper, or it could be set out on the ground, using chalk maybe to write the initial question and the yes/no for the branches. The intitial question could be something as simple as - is it a leaf?

 

Anything can be sellotaped on to the paper, but obviously all living things must be returned to their natural habitat! I can't wait to hear how they go!

Summer 2 Week 4 RE

So this week, I would like the children to begin writing prayers about leaving St. Andrew's. The children usually complete this in time for the Leavers Church Service and read them there. So I would love it, if the children could write a prayer and send it to me as a photograph or as a very short video clip of them reading it out loud. I would love to collate them into a PowerPoint or something similar that I can share with all of Year 6 and the staff at St. Andrew's. The prayers can be about themselves, their friends, moving on to new schools, the staff, St. Andrew's as a school family and their families who have supported them throughout their primary education. I am sure the children will have lots of ideas of their own. Please can these prayers be sent to me by Friday 26th June.

You should have all received an email about National Sport's Week at home, which is taking place from 20-26 June. The week will give families, communities, schools and sports clubs the opportunity to take part in a series of virtual sporting challenges. Registering couldn’t be simpler. Just go to the website www.youthsporttrust.org/nssw and click on the link for parents. Please tweet about any of the activities or challenges you take part in during National Sport's Week.

Alex's Science Data Collection

I wanted to share this fantastic work with you. Last week, Alex carried out the Science investigation and collected daily data as part of the 'bird-spotting' task from Summer 2 Week 2. He has worked so hard. After collecting the data in a table, that he designed, he then presented the results in various types of charts and graphs! Well done Alex, this is fantastic! Another example of a fantastic #standrewsscientist

Alex's Science from Summer 2 Week 2 - Bird Spotting Data Collection

The Wave by Bailey

Summer 2 Week 3

Summer 2 Week 3 - English

 

Below are two links to BBC Bitseize English Lessons. The first link is for Monday's Lesson about analysing and performing poetry. The second link is the general link to the Year 6 BBC Bitseize Lesson pages - the lessons for each day will appear as they are uploaded by the BBC.

 

We have also attached two separate Reading comprehension activities with answers for parents to check.

 

Again, in order to support writing, we have uploaded two different grammar and punctuation activities that the children can complete. None of the resources need to be printed off and can be answered in notebooks directly from the screen.

Summer 2 Week 3 - Reading Activity 1 Superheroes

Summer 2 Week 3 - Reading Activity 2 Inference (answers attached below)

Summer 2 Week 3 Maths

Please find links to Arithmetic questions on dividing fractions and Reasoning questions based on angles on the class webpage. Neither activities need printing. Please use the blue mark scheme tab to check your answers.

 

I have also added a Lost in the Forest Maths challenge that the children might like. The children need to solve the maths clues before they can escape from the forest. I have uploaded the PowerPoint version of the challenge to follow slide by slide, which directs the children through each stage and tells them when they have escaped! I have also uploaded it as a PDF version if you would like to print the clues. The answers are also uploaded on the class webpage to check.

 

As always, continue to use BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons too if you would like to.

Summer 2 Week 3 Science

Dissecting Flowers – STEM Science Task

As we continue through our Environmental Science Unit, this week I would like you to carry out a dissecting flowers task. You will have done this in class before, so now we can carry on this learning at home and compare various types of flowers.

Firstly, watch the YouTube video – STEM Dissecting Flowers. Here, the video gives you ways of dissecting flowers and how to collect each part carefully. Like the video, you can collect each part on paper plates, or it is completely fine to collect each part on paper – either way is fine. As the video explains, you can collect each part in two different ways – collect the same part e.g. leaf, of each flower and collect them together on one plate. Or, you can collect every part of one flower on one plate. Remember, the flowers are extremely fragile, and dissection needs to be done very carefully, as demonstrated on the video.

I have attached an example of a dissected buttercup to help you.

Once you have done the practical part, carry out the Fact File Task. Do this task for each flower you have collected. This does not need to be printed out, and can be written up on paper.

Once you have carried out the Fact File Task for each flower, write up a conclusion comparing your dissected flowers, explaining similarities, differences and anything that might have surprised you.

Happy dissecting!

Summer 2 Week 3 Design Technology - Cookery

I have been hearing about some of you growing your own vegetables at home and also spending time baking in the kitchen. Developing these life-skills, has been so lovely to hear about and it is so good to hear of family enjoying these times together. So, I thought it might be nice to try out some cookery this week as part of home-learning. You will find a simple Vegetable Soup recipe uploaded to the page, which you can use as it is or amend if you would lie to. It involves only a few simple ingredients and explains step by step how to make the soup. Obviously, adult guidance will be needed for pans of hot water etc, but I am sure it is something Year 6 would enjoy doing. Feel free to share pictures of the homemade soup on Twitter!

Summer 2 Week 3 - RE 'Ideas about God'

 

Last week we asked the children to create a piece of art that showed all the different names that God is known as in the Old Testament.

In the New Testament, Jesus describes God in many different ways:

protector,

healer,

guide,

powerful,

majestic,

friend,

father,

trustworthy,

faithful,

 

Your task: For each word, write da prayer that uses these words or the root of each of these words.

e.g.

 

Dear God,

Protect my family from harm, like you protected Noah from the storm.

Heal the sick like you healed the Leper through your son Jesus. 

 

We'd love to read your finished prayers and be able to upload them to our class webpages.

Summer 2 Week 2

Summer 2 Week 2 - Standing up to Racism

 

In response to the current news surrounding the issue of racism, both in the USA and in our own country, we have added a presentation below that asks the children to think about prejudice and racist viewpoints. It comes from the FAs 'Show Racism the Red Card' initiative with questions for the children to answer or discuss.

 

Over the remainder of the term, we will be uploading activities that will promote anti-racism, diversity and tolerance. We know that St Andrew's children are not racist -  we want them to have the strength of character to be actively anti-racist.

 

Remember one of our school mottos - Stand up for what is right even if you stand alone!

 

Please also find the Newsround report regarding recent issues that you might wish to share with your children as a way of discussing the matters.

Summer 2 Week 2 - Show Racism the Red Card Reading Activity powerpoint

Summer 2 Week 2 - English

 

Below are two links to BBC Bitseize English Lessons. The first link is for Monday's Lesson about the correct use of apostrophes. The second link is the general link to the Year 6 BBC Bitseize Lesson pages - the lessons for each day will appear as they are uploaded by the BBC.

 

We have also attached two separate Reading comprehension activities with answers for parents to check.

 

Again, in order to support writing, we have uploaded two different grammar and punctuation activities that the children can complete. None of the resources need to be printed off and can be answered in notebooks directly from the screen.

Summer 2 Week 2 - English - Non-fiction comprehension Life Cycles

Summer 2 Week 2 - English Fiction comprehension - Gelert the Faithful Hound

Summer 2 Week 2 Maths

Here are links to Arithmetic questions on multiplying fractions and Reasoning questions based on 3D shapes. Neither activities need printing. Please use the blue mark scheme tab to check your answers.

 

As always, continue to use BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons if you would like to too.

Science Summer 2 Week 2

I don't know if any of you have noticed the same as we have, but there seems to be a huge increase in the number of birds in our garden at the moment. Whether this is an environmental impact, or just that being at home more means I am noticing the birds more, but either way, the birds are always busy feasting on the treats we put out in the garden.

 

This week, I would like you to take some time out to notice the birds that are around us. Please find below, a PowerPoint to follow. This gives lots of information from the RSPB and directs you to articles to read. As you work through the PowerPoint,click on all the links to follow the reading and information. You will then be required to carry out a survey of the birds you spot. You might have a bird book at home to help you identify them, or if not, you can use the internet to identify the birds you see. You can do this in your garden, or maybe out on a socially distanced walk etc, but be sure to take a notebook with you and maybe some type of camera to photograph the birds so you can identify them when you return home. You can present your 'bird spotting survey' in anyway you choose, but I would love to hear about your findings. You might conduct a tally chart, a graph to represent the number of different types of birds see, a PowerPoint of your photographs, a table of results - however you show your findings is up to you.

 

Enjoy the task and remember to tweet #standrewsscientists

 

Happy bird spotting!

Summer 2 Week 2 - RE 'Ideas about God'

 

Last week, we asked the children to discuss their own ideas about God with the discussion questions that we uploaded as prompts.

 

For trhis week's task, we would like the children to create a collage or piece of art work that explores the many names that have been given to God, especially in the Old Testament. Belwo are some of the names with their Hebrew meaning.

 

Throughout the Bible, but particularly in the Old Testament, God is given many names:

Elohim – strong creator, Genesis 1:1

Yahweh – I am, Exodus

Elshaddei – God Almighty, Genesis 17:1-2

Jehovah Jireh – the Lord will provide, Genesis

 

The children can also link their ideas to what we learnt about God through studying the Story of Moses and the Exodus.

 

We would love to see some of their art work - please E-mail photographs etc to Mr R or Mrs Bell.

 

What do we learn about God from the names he is given?

Summer 2 Week 2 - Geography Topic

Trade, Sustainability and Globalisation

 

In the Summer 2 half term, we had intended to study the effects of Global Trade on the world and the world's resources.

Although we are not in school to teach this at present, we've found some really good lesson ideas and resources on the BBC Bitesize website. The first activity for this week will be looking at what trade is, on a local, national and international level.

 

Use the link below to access the activity at BBC Bitesize.

 

We have also uploaded a set of differentiated activity sheets asking the children to think about the goods that are imported and exported to and from the UK. The 3 star activity would require a printer as it involves making a bar chart graph of imports and exports.

Summer 2 Week 2 - Geography 'What goods are imported to or exported from the UK?'

Summer 2 Week 1

Summer 2 Week 1 - English

 

The children will be following the BBC Bitesize English Programme for Year 6 this week. The link for the first lesson - using synonyms and antonyms - is below. As the rest of the week's lessons are not yet uploaded to Bitesize yet, there is also a link to the Year 6 main page.

 

We have also attached two comprehension activities below with the answer scheme attached for parents. Again, these do not need to be printed off but can be read on-line and answered in note books.

Additionally, we have also added two Punctuation and Grammar activities for the children to complete to keep up their writing skills.

Summer 2 Week 1 - English Poetry comprehension Tyger by William Blake

Summer 2 Week 1 English - Comprehension Stephen Hawking

Summer 2 Week 1 Maths

 

Here are links to Arithmetic questions on adding and subtracting fractions and Reasoning questions based on 2D shapes. Neither activities need printing. Please use the blue mark scheme tab to check your answers.

 

As always, continue to use BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons if you would like to too.

Summer 2 Week 1 Science

So now we have completed our Year 6 Science topics, I always like to carry out some environment based projects in the last part of the Summer Term.

So to start us off, I thought it might be nice to try growing some of our own vegetables using ‘kitchen scraps’ that we probably already have at home. Please do not go to expense or buy anything specific, but I would like us to see how successful we can be by growing vegetables from the vegetables we already have. This growing project will run over the next few weeks, and I will upload other environment based Science projects each week.

There are a number of fruits and vegetables that you can replant and grow yourself. So, I have attached a couple of website links below to start us all off. Here it provides so many ideas of vegetables that you can grow from scraps that you would normally throw away and also things to consider when growing vegetables. There are also some really useful video clips on the best conditions for growing some types of vegetables (ignore any of the discount adverts and please don’t buy into any expensive feeds or composts). I’m sure many of you are already growing vegetables at home at the moment, as we are all spending so much more time enjoying our gardens, but these ideas may give you a new way to grow and give you some new ideas. I certainly haven’t considered growing some of these vegetables before. Currently, I am growing tomatoes, cucumbers, mixed salad, rocket, radish, and lots of flowers from seeds and bulbs, but I have never grown from kitchen scraps. I’m looking forward to trying out these ideas with you all.

So, chose one, or as many ideas as you would like, from the ‘25 Foods You Can Re-Grow Yourself from Kitchen Scrapsand enjoy growing your own vegetables with your family. It would be great if you kept a record of your observations if you are able to. For example, how you started out, what you regularly did to look after your vegetable, any changes you notice over the weeks, when you first noticed root or leaf growth, when you moved your vegetable to a different container, what growing conditions you ensured were in place, the stages of growth and, hopefully, lots of success stories. Don’t forget to keep looking after your vegetables!

Please let me know how you get on by sharing photographs and observations with me either by email or on our school Twitter using #standrewsscientists

Happy growing Year 6!

Summer 2 June Fitness Challenge

Please find below a Fitness Challenge Calendar for June to help keep us all nice and active. Tweet any of your achievements - we'd love to hear how you get on!

Summer 2 Week 1 - RE Unit 'Ideas about God'

 

This half term, we will be asking the children to investigate their own ideas about God.

 

Try to spend a moment this week to discuss:

 

What words would you use to describe God?

What is the nature and character of God?

What does God look like?

Where does God live?

How can God be visible and yet invisible?

Where is God? How old is He?

What is God's name? What makes him happy? What makes him sad?

What does God do all day?

Does God really know and see everything? How do you know?

 

Ask the children where they got their ideas from. Was it from church, friends, relatives, school, collective worship, stories that they read?

The children can record their ideas on a mind map if they want to, but discussion is enough.

Do you want to grow a Rainbow?

Summer 1 Week 5 Science Challenge (a little extra challenge)

I thought some of you may really enjoy this investigation, with items that I'm sure you'll all have at home. Feel free to add your challenge to Twitter using the #standrewsscientists 

Here are some of the successful experiments so far. Well done to our wonderful #standrewsscientists in 6BW

Growing a Rainbow at home

Mental Health Awareness Week - The 7 Day Kindness Challenge

 

Please scroll further down the Class page for Summer 1 Week 5 Tasks

What would have been SATS WEEK 2020!

 

To all our Year 6's,

 

As SATS week arrives it is not quite the same,

The tests that were printed this year never came,

The displays all still up; walls full of Maths 'rules',

But Year 6 very different, at present, in schools.

 

For some of you, happiness, lots of relief,

For others a sigh of pure disbelief,

That you worked really hard in advance of this week,

Expected and Greater Depth marks you did seek.

 

Algebra, fractions, the times tables drills,

Inference, retrieval, in-depth reading skills,

Past present, progressive...and all the SPAG terms,

You've practised and mastered them over the years.

 

Fear not though, the SATS, yes, won't happen this term,

But remember tests don't measure everything you learn,

Primary subjects are varied; you've always tried your best,

And many of those skills that you've gained can't be defined by a test.

 

So, here at St Andrew's, you've made us so proud,

We sit here with pride and we shout this out loud...

"Year 6 you amaze us, you've come incredibly far...

And we don't need a test to see how amazing you are!"

Summer 1 Week - SATs Week

 

Welcome to what would have been 'SATs Week' for Year 6. It's strange to think that, in normal circumstances, Year 6 would have been: coming in early for bacon and sausage butties, or toast and jam; cramming some last minute revision in with their friends; sharpening their pencils (and their minds) and grabbling equipment; getting ready to prove to the rest of the world (we've always known) just how bright, intelligent and hard-working they are; and then, finally, celebrating with a 'Pyjama Day' on Friday. 

 

However, this year, this is not to be. Some of you will be disappointed that you can't show off the skills and knowledge you have learnt over the last years of school, and some will be so glad to avoid the stress and anxiety that tests can bring. We want you all to know that, had these tests taken place, you would have done us, your families and yourselves proud. We don't need test results to tell us how fantastic you are and what bright futures you all will have if you keep up the effort you showed this year. We're very proud of you Year 6.

 

 

Summer 1 Week 4 - SAT Papers

 

For those parents and children who would like to have a go at last years SAT papers, we have attached them below. Although the children have completed many practice papers this year, we were saving the 2019 Papers to do in a mock SAT week, leading up to the real thing so the children have never attempted these papers before.

 

The English Spelling Paper should be completed in conjunction with the sentences that are in the 'Administering the Spelling Paper' document. These sentences tell you which words to be spelt in a real context.

           Welcome to our 6BW web page, here you will        find lots of information and photographs about

what we have been up to and what we will be exploring this year.

Summer 1 History Topic

The Mayans

 

The Year 6 Topic for the Summer 1 half term is The Mayan Civilization of Central America.

 

In this exciting History Theme, we will be investigating:

 

How the Geography of Central America allowed for this rich civilization to prosper

How the Mayans developed a polytheistic society worshiping many Gods

How the Mayans developed an intricate number system

How European exploration in the 15th and 16th Centuries affected the Mayans

How Mayan writing tells us many things about their civilization

How the Mayans compared to the Ancient Greeks (studied in Autumn 1)

 

Under the current circumstances, most of the learning will be through independent research tasks and tasks uploaded to our class webpages. Please see the Knowledge Organizer to direct your studies at the present time. Task will be uploaded after the Easter Break.

Wall of Fame

Here is a selection of work from Year 6 children at our school during home-learning.

It has been wonderful to see such fantastic work and hear about how much the children are enjoying their learning at home. Well done to everyone.

 

Summer 1 Week 5 

 

Welcome to Summer 1 Week 5 - the last week of the first Summer half term.

 

Summer 1 Week 5 - English

 

We've attached a link below to take you through to the BBC Bitesize website with a weeks worth of English Lessons.

 

As well as that, we have uploaded a selection of different comprehension and reading activities and mark schemes for parents.

Summer 1 Week 5 Maths

Here are links to Arithmetic questions on negative numbers and Reasoning questions based on coordinates. Neither activities need printing. Please use the blue mark scheme tab to check your answers.

 

As always, continue to use BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons if you would like to too.

Summer 1 Week 5 - Science

This week, Science is based on some of the Scientists you have come across in the past few weeks. Please read the Frogs Legs Research Task 1 based on discoveries by Dr Luigi Galvani, and then the Frogs Legs Research Task 2 based on Alessandro Volta. Both research tasks are linked below. Once you have read the tasks, use the documents to help you answer the Science Comprehension questions. It is not a memory task, so therefore, you should keep referring to the research tasks when answering the questions. Make sure you answer in as much detail as possible, to show your full understanding. Answers can be completed on paper and no printing is required.

Summer 1 Week 5 - RE Freedom Poetry

 

During the last half term and this half term, we have been looking at the concept of freedom through the Exodus of the Jewish slaves from Egypt, led by Moses. The children investigated the story of Moses and the way that Jewish people now remember their release from slavery with the festival of Passover.

To finish off the Topic, we would like the children to compose a poem about the concept of freedom and what it means to them. The powerpoints below can be used to help generate ideas for this. Mr Robinson has composed his own poem that can be used to help.

We'd love to see your finished poetry so that we can add them to the class webpages.

Summer 1 Week 5 - History

 

Our history work for this week is a continuation of the write-up of the Mayan research project begun last week. We have already received some amazing presentations, reports and information posters and added them to the webpages for you to look at. If you are submitting a powerpoint presentation or a report for the website, please don't put your full name on it - your first name and class will be enough. We can't wait to see more of these.

Summer 1 Week 4 - English

Summer 1 Week 4 - English and History (combined task - approx 2 weeks)

 

After completing three weeks of independent research about the Ancient Maya, the children should now be in a position to draw all of their notes together. We would like them to do this over the next two weeks in a way that they would choose. They could:

 

  • Create a Powepoint presentation about the different areas of Maya Life
  • Create an information Leaflet / Poster about the Maya civilisation
  • Write a non-chronological report about the Maya civilisation
  • Write a series of diary entries as an explorer discovering Maya civilisation for the first time
  • Create a leaflet or presentation as an archaeologist / museum curator showing Mayan artefacts

 

In this, they should include: a title, a brief introduction about the Mayans (where and when they lived - a map maybe), sub-headings for each section (based on the areas of research) written text in a formal tone, pictures, diagrams (with labels) and a concluding paragraph (this could tell the reader what happened to the Mayans)

 

We have included a checklist below and examples of different texts that they could use as models for their writing. We would love to read or see some of their work once it is completed. It can always be e-mailed to Mr Robinson or Mrs Bell once done.

We look forward to seeing how much they have learnt.

Summer 1 Week 4 - English and History: Report example texts

Summer 1 Week 4 - Englsih and History: Report checklist and example text with grammar highlighted

Summer 1 Week 4 - Maths

Summer 1 Week 4 - Science

 

As part of each Science Unit, we always study a scientist linked to our unit. This week will be a research task to continue our Electricity unit of work.

 

In Summer 1 Week 1, you carried out a reading task which provided a brief history of electricity and looked at up to three scientists as part of the comprehension task. This week, I would like you to research Benjamin Franklin and one of his most important findings - that lightning was electrical.

 

Please use the YouTube link below, and make notes as you watch the clip. It details how he carried out his investigation. I have also uploaded a Fact File to read and make notes from. You may wish to watch other videos or carry out further research online about him and his other inventions. If that is the case, I would suggest that you include 'Benjamin Franklin for kids' in whatever you search for to ensure it is age appropriate. Please make sure you do this safely, with guidance from adults at home, especially when using YouTube. 

 

Once you have researched his invention, you can present your information in any way you choose. This could be: an imaginary interview with Franklin, which make take the form of a video or script; a display page all about his invention with written information and diagrams; you may choose to create a PowerPoint or even a video clip to teach younger viewers. I'm sure you will have lots of imaginative ways!to present what you learn about him.

 

Whatever way you present your information, I would love to hear about it. You may even wish to present this on our school Twitter account with the link #standrewsscientists to share it with all of our staff and pupils. We can't wait to hear all about it! 

Summer 1 Week 3 - Special Commemoration VE Day

 

As this Friday is a celebration of the end of the War in Europe in 1945 (VE Day), and the children studied WWII this year, we thought it would be nice to offer some activities that families could get involved in this week. Below is a link to different VE Day activities. Happy VE Day!

English Heritage Pack - Celebrating VE Day at home (recipes, dances, song lyrics and posters)

Summer 1 Week 3 - English

 

After continuing to receive positive feedback about the BBC Bitesize Lessons,  we would like the children to continue with these this week. So far, only Monday's lesson has been uploaded onto the BBC website - the objective of the lesson is to analyse how setting descriptions are designed to illustrate the context of the story. Lessons for the rest of the week will be found by following the links below on a daily basis.

 

We have also added a link to the brilliant spelling website - Spelling frame below so that children can practise spellings right through from early phonics to Year 5/6 statutory words.

 

For Reading Practice, follow the link below to this week's comprehension. I've attached the answers to this also so that parents can check work if they would like to.

Summer 1 Week 3 - Reading comprehension

Summer 1 Week 3 Maths
Summer 1 Week 3 Science - Volts

For Science this week, we would usually be building circuits and investigating voltage. Instead, I have tried to find home-learning alternatives that you might enjoy. There are no separate activity sheets this week. All tasks are virtual/online activities to allow you the the opportunity to build circuits in various ways. Click on the online task links below. I hope you all enjoy!

Science Summer 1 Week 3 - Further Home-learning ideas you might like to try tweet if you can on the school Twitter account using the link #standrewsscientists

  • Discuss what it would be like without electricity. Why not have an electricity-free evening or day and explore alternative ways to light a room, cook food or entertain yourselves?
  • If you have an electricity meter or monitor look at this with an adult and discuss how it changes at various times in the day. (This could be especially interesting if you have a smart meter)
  • Build some squishy circuits with playdough! (Obviously this is only possible if you have the equipment at home)This TED Talk video link below explains how to turn your kitchen into an electrical engineering lab. 

Summer 1 Week 3 - History

 

This week, we would like the children to continue with their research into Ancient Mayan life. This will be the conclusion of the children's research and next week we will be asking them to begin creating their own information text or presentation about the Maya. Follow the three links below to continue with BBC Bitesize research and, of course, feel free to find and use other websites and video clips to add to your research (don't forget to make notes to support your writing or presentation next week) 

 

  • What games did the Maya play?
  • Why was farming so important to the Maya?
  • What did the Ancient Maya believe in?

 

We can't wait to see your completed information texts or presentations.

Summer 1 Week 3 - RE

 

Before school was closed, the children were learning about Moses and the reasons why Jewish people celebrate the festival of Passover. They had explored the life of Moses up to the point where God spoke to him and told him to return to Egypt to release the Jewish people from slavery under Pharaoh. They know that Moses is a special and significant person in the Jewish faith and the Exodus of the slaves from Egypt was significant and is remembered still today. The children also know how Moses convinced Pharaoh to release the slaves and that God helped him by sending plagues down on Egypt. The final plague was when the Angel of Death was set by God on to the Egyptians, killing many of them. The Jewish people were not visited by this Angel and it passed over their homes - this is why it is called Passover.

 

This week, we would like the children to complete some more work on this theme by exploring how Passover is celebrated and the significance of the foods that are served in the Passover (Pesach) celebration every year. The link below will take the children to a series of video clips about Passover and the foods that are served on a Seder Plate.

 

I have also included a link to an interactive game that the children can play, matching the items on the Seder Plate to their significance and meaning to Jewish people at Passover.

Summer 1 Week 2

 

Good Morning Year 6 and welcome to our second week of the first summer half term. Hope you are all safe and well and doing lots of things at home to help your parents around the house. It was lovely to hear from so many of you last week and find out what fun and interesting things you are doing to keep busy and maintain your learning. We received photographs, video clips and messages from so many of you and that really brightened up our week - we'd love that to continue on at least a weekly basis from now on.

 

Our English this week will be based in BBC Bitesize again as it seemed to work well last week. At the moment, only Monday's lesson has been published on-line (the link is below) but lessons will come up daily so keep checking every day.

 

We have prepared Maths work for you looking at data in its different forms.

 

In science we will continue to investigate electrical circuits and how they are represented in picture form and in History we would like you to continue researching the Ancient Maya in order to create a fun, fact-filled information text in a few weeks time. 

 

Take care and enjoy your week.

 

Love from all of us in Year 6

Summer 1 Week 2 English

Summer 1 Week 2 English - Comprehension Task

Summer 1 Week 2 - SPAG Mini test (answers attached)

Summer 1 Week 2 - History

 

This week we're looking at artefacts left behind by the Ancient Mayans and then thinking about what might have happened to this once great Ancient Civilisation. The children should continue adding to their notes in preparation for creating a Mayan information text in future weeks.

Summer 1 Week 2 Maths

Summer 1 Week 2 Science - Circuits and Symbols

(printing is not necessary - all activity sheets can be drawn and completed on paper)

Summer 1 Week 2 - PE

Summer 1 Week 1 - English and History Tasks

Good Morning Year 6 and Parents, 

 

English Tasks

Below, you will find a link to a whole weeks worth of English activities on the BBC Bitesize website. It has video tutorials, quizzes and then a task that can be completed. The tasks do not need to be printed off and can be completed on paper. 

 

Monday - identify and use nouns and pronouns

Tuesday - understand verbs and modal verbs

Wednesday - identify and use active and passive voice

Thursday - use adjectives to make writing more descriptive

Friday - Reading 'To be a cat' by Matt Haig

 

History Tasks

 

Our new History Topic starts this week - The Mayan Civilisation

Below, you will find a link to a set of Mayan resources, again on BBC Bitesize.

 

This week, I would like the children to look at the first 2 sub-headings:

An introduction to the Ancient Maya

What was life like for the Ancient Maya

 

Whilst they are doing this, they can collect information in note form from the various video clips, ready to create an information text about Ancient Maya as the Topic progresses. The children should group their information under appropriate sub-headings and extra research can be carried out on the other website links below.

 

 

Obviously, as always, the tasks do not have to be completed and returned for marking, but are suggested activities to give the children a structure to their day, maintain their learning as best as possible and refresh key skills.

 

There are lots of other activities also available on Bitesize too; we encourage you to explore the site fully.

Design a Mayan Mask - Powerpoint document

Summer 1 Week 1 Wellbeing Journal - Daily activities (can be completed on paper without printing)

Summer 1 Week 1 - Yoga (a PowerPoint presentation to follow) - just add your own relaxing music to it and enjoy

Year 6 Summer 1 Curriculum Map - The Mayans Theme

Staying Safe On-line

 

Due to the current situation, many of our children and families are spending more time than ever before on-line. Due to this, we thought it would be an appropriate time to raise awareness of ways that you and your children can stay safe on-line whilst enjoying and making the most of the wealth of resources available. Please, take some time to use the websites below to ensure that the internet and social media are being used with care.

 

Thanks

 

Home-School Learning Week Commencing 30/3/20

 

Hi Year 6 and Families,

 

We hope you and all your families are doing well and are looking after each other. What a long week last week was, but we hope you are all enjoying lots of family time and finding lots of ways to keep yourselves active, busy and entertained.

 

Throughout this week, we'll add a variety of Maths and English Activities. There will also be ideas for some home Science research or practical tasks, which you could all enjoy as a family, if you would like to. Where possible, we will add video footage, tutorials or PowerPoints that can be viewed first, to support some of the activities. So keep a look out on the class pages for anything popping up throughout the week. If answers are required, we will do our best to put mark schemes on, so you can check over your work and see how well you did as well as ways to improve further.

 

But remember, as well as any academic activities we upload, we also want you to concentrate on your well-being and if we see any links, activities or online learning that we think you might enjoy as a way to relax or learn different types of skills, then we'll post the ideas on here.

 

We are missing you all very much, but wish you and all your families love and best wishes as we start another week.

 

Year 6 Team 

 

 

WW2 Reading Comprehension - full book. Complete on paper, no printing required

30 Day Photography Challenge - some creative photography fun

Daily Live Activities and Lessons - What's going on online?

Year 6 Home School Learning Activities for the next few weeks...

We know that things are a little unsure at the moment but, in order to keep as much normality as possible for our children, we will be using the class web-pages to set work that they can complete at home. Please check daily for tasks that we are setting. We will also be E-mailing parents to let you know of any other tasks that the children can get on with to enhance their learning. As well as this, we feel that it is important to remember that there are lots of other activities that the children could be getting on with that are not normally part of a school day - take this opportunity to let the children do these things:

  • Make dens in the house or garden
  • Get lots of exercise by cycling or walking
  • Cook or Bake together
  • Get out the old board games that have been gathering dust in the cupboard (better still: make your own)
  • Plant some seeds in the garden 
  • Learn a foreign language on-line
  • Draw and paint 
  • Cuddle up and watch a film together
  • We're sure you can think of many more...

 

Look after each other. Keep in touch if you need any support or advice. Love from Year 6 Staff

Home-School Learning Update

 

Slight change to Home-School Learning Activities next week

As of Monday, all home-school learning tasks for Year 6 will be put on the 6R web-page. This is just to make it a little easier to manage the tasks that we will be asking the children to complete.

 

Thanks 

Year 6 Staff

Mrs Bell and Mrs Russell's Spelling Group - Spring 2 Spellings

Mr Robinson's Spelling Group - Spring 2 Spellings

Year 6 Spring 2 Curriculum Map - WWII (cont...)

Harris Burdick - Suspense Writing prompts

SATs Briefing to Parents Presentation

World War II - Knowledge Organiser

Spring 1st Half Term - Mr Robinson Spelling Group

Autumn 2nd Half Term - Curriculum Map

Meet the Teacher PPT 2019-2020

History: Exploring the battle between Athenian and Persian armies

RE: Journey of life

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