Class 6 – Cedar
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Home Learning (19th March 2020)
Dear Year 6
How unusual is this? Doing your work from home rather than in school. Don’t worry though – Miss T has got you covered! Below I have listed all the information you need in order to have a go at the kind of learning we would be doing in class, but instead you are going to be doing it in the comfort of your own home! Please show this letter to your parents so you can work out together what you will be doing and when. I have included my personal recommendation for each subject, but it is down to you and your family to decide what will work best for you.
We are working a little bit differently to the other classes in our school as we have SATs this year. I don’t know whether these will still be held in May as planned, or if we may now do them a little later on in the year, but whenever we eventually do them, we want to feel prepared. Let’s keep working hard so that all the hard work we have already put into them doesn’t go to waste! The school have bought you some lovely shiny books which are yours to keep. You can write inside them (no black and white photocopies – yay!) and yes, you may use whatever pen you like! The answers are in the back of them all too, so you can mark your own work once you have finished.
However, as you know, we don’t just learn things for our SATs in Year 6. We do so many other subjects which have equal importance. I have given you a grid where you can choose to complete activities which may result in you coding, building, baking, digging, running, dancing…you name it! There are lots of exciting ideas there and many opportunities for you do something which doesn’t involve reading, writing or working out the answer to a maths question – use it as an opportunity to showcase your hidden talents.
The most important message I want to deliver to you is please don’t worry. You are all so fabulous and have nothing to worry about. I’ve got you covered! I am going to miss your smiles, your questions, your laughs, your dramas and your Cedar quirks…but I must admit, I think I will enjoy the peace and quiet! We will be back together again before you know it.
Take care and work hard for me and in return I promise to provide you with the most epic Friday raffle when we reunite.
Miss T x
Year 6 – working from home
Our class twitter page is @CedarClassY6 (it is free to make a twitter account if your parents don’t already have one).
https://ttrockstars.com/ - great for practising times tables
https://corbettmathsprimary.com/5-a-day/ - great for a ‘5 questions a day’ maths worksheet
https://corbettmathsprimary.com/content/ - great if there’s a particular aspect of maths you find hard – there are videos which explain how to work out the answer and booklets and answers to work through
https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/classroom-resources/problems/ - great if you want to have a go at a maths ‘problem of the day’
https://myminimaths.co.uk/year-6-arithmetic-practice-papers/ - great for practising arithmetic skills
https://spellingframe.co.uk/ - great for practising spellings
https://www.literacyshed.com/home.html - great for videos to inspire writing
http://www.pobble365.com/ - great for stunning images to inspire writing
Please practise spellings from the Y3/4 and Y5/6 statutory spelling sheets. These are printed in your pack and are available to download at the bottom of this page. There will also be spelling worksheets available on our class web page should you wish to use them.
Section 4 of the CGP Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling workbook also have spelling activities in them.
I recommend having a go at one spelling activity a day from the CGP book.
Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG)
Your mock SATs SPaG scores were amazing! Let’s keep revising all the knowledge and skills we have learnt. I bet some of your families won’t know how to change a sentence from the active to the passive voice like you can!
Section 1, 2 and 3 of your CGP Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling workbook have lots of activities to help you remember the key terminology and put your skills into practice.
I recommend having a go at one punctuation and grammar activity a day from the CGP book.
Please spend lots of time reading books you enjoy during your time at home. You may like to read to yourself in bed; to read to a sibling or family member on the sofa or to hear a story read to you. You may wish to read some age appropriate blogs online, a magazine from the shop, articles from the local newspaper with a parent, a recipe which you would like to try or a poem for fun – you choose!
The CGP reading targeted question book provides lots of reading comprehension challenges, similar to the ones you will find in your SATs. Work through these independently or with an adult. Perhaps an adult could read you the text aloud and you could then answer the questions like we do in class, or you could read the text aloud to them.
Miss T recommends: I recommend that you spend 20 minutes a day reading whatever you enjoy. I recommend having a go at one reading comprehension activity from the CGP book every other day. You might like to alternate this with a piece of writing. Remember, in your reading SATs, you get 20 minutes for each section of the paper. Why not challenge yourself to complete one of the comprehension activities from the book in 20 minutes?
In English, look at a model text and then use the structure of that text to write your own version. In your pack, I have given you the four model texts we have studied so far. You might like to write another suspense story, another piece of persuasive writing, another portal story or a newspaper article.
Fancy a little creativity? You might like to look on the two websites I listed on the ‘Great websites’ page which might inspire some creative writing or poetry. I’ve popped some lined paper into the pack in case you don’t have any at home.
I recommend that you complete a piece of writing every other day. You might like to alternate this with a reading comprehension activity.
There are lots of great websites listed on our class webpage and on the attached sheet for maths games and activities. Don’t forget about Times Table Rockstars!
The CGP Maths SATs question book is full of work similar to what we have been doing in class. I’ve popped some squared paper in your pack in case you want to use it for any working out.
I recommend having a go at one page from Section 1 OR Section 2 and one page from Section 3, 4, 5, 6 OR 7 each day. This will keep both your arithmetic and reasoning skills ticking over. Don’t forget, we haven’t yet covered statistics or ratio in class, so you may wish to leave these or ask an adult for some help if you need it.
Structuring your day
You might like to structure your day a little like we do at school. You could complete some English and maths activities in the morning, followed by some of the following during the afternoon.
I recommend having a go at one of the ideas below, or one of your own ideas which perhaps links to one of our topics, each day.
Our Current topic:
Continue to research more about the life of children in Victorian Britain.
Research another aspect of Victorian history – Queen Victoria? The Industrial Revolution? Food and drink? London in the Victorian times?
Write a diary entry, job advert, newspaper article, piece of persuasive writing set during the time period.
Create a piece of artwork inspired by an image you’ve found of life in the Victorian times.
Our Current topic:
Make a list of appliances which run on mains electricity and objects which use batteries. You could also look at the voltage (v) of different electrical appliances in your home.
Find out who invented electricity, how lightning is formed, how electric cars work etc.
Write a balanced argument – is the world a better place with or without electricity?
Create a timetable for a day where you aren’t using any electricity.
Our Current topic:
Create a powerpoint or poster about a hobby or interest you have.
Visit https://code.org/learn to complete some free coding challenges.
Go onto PurpleMash and have a look at the ‘2Dos’ I have set for you.
Go onto PurpleMash and continue to work through the ‘2 Code’ challenges or carry on writing your blog.
Download a free ‘Stop Animation’ app and create your own animation
What’s your favourite book?
When I was little, my favourite book was ‘The tiger who came to tea’. I remember dressing up as the little girl Sophie for World Book Day. Later in primary school I loved reading books by Jacqueline Wilson. I also remember reading ‘Naughts and Crosses’ by Malorie Blackman in Year 7 and to this day it still remains one of my all time favourites.
What’s your favourite hobby?
I love baking! When I was growing up, my mum and I would bake together every Sunday and whenever I went to visit my Nanny or Granny I would bake with them too. I’m not very good at doing fancy icing and making cakes look pretty or professional, but I am good at ensuring they taste yummy!
What has been your most exciting adventure?When I was 18 I packed a bag and travelled to New Zealand for a month on my own. I travelled the North Island and spent a week volunteering in a primary school in Auckland. One of the highlights of the trip was waking up at the crack of dawn and being dropped off by a boat in the middle of the sea to swim with dolphins!
Tell us about a job you did before you were a teacher….
Whilst I was studying for my A Levels and during university I worked in Boots. I really enjoyed it. I loved chatting to the customers and helping them. It helped me to become a more confident person and also resulted in me making lots of new friends who I am still in touch with now.
What’s your most inspirational thought?
I am a very cheerful and smiley person and so each day, I try to make the staff and children at school smile and laugh. I think being positive, optimistic and kind is so important in life. I love the quote ‘spread kindness like confetti’. I think that everybody should aim to spread kindness everywhere they go.
Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)
Cedar Class Twitter Feed
Stop Motion – Hopefully when we get back (with Mr Taylor)
Stop motion is an animated filmmaking technique in which objects are physically manipulated in small increments between individually photographed frames so that they will appear to exhibit independent motion or change when the series of frames is played back.
Current class read
The Boy at the Back of the Class
"It is a heart-tugging book which takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions, including sadness, shock and much more..."
It has impacted my thoughts on refugees in a good way. It has made me realise that refugees are just like you and me.
When I listen to Miss Thornton reading this book to us, I think, is this really happening to other people in our world?
This book has really made me empathise and consider that people in our world think differently and that everyone lives and has experienced different things which you can't just see by looking at them.
Everybody is hooked on this book, but because I have already read it, I have been struggling not to share the stories amazing secrets.
Year 6 – Reading List
Carrie’s War, Nina Bawden
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Judith Kerr
Forgotten Voices of the Second World War, Max Arthur
The Diamond of Drury Lane, Julia Golding
Framed, Frank Cottrell Boyce
Homecoming, Cynthia Voigt
Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman
Knife Edge, Malorie Blackman
Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾, Sue Townsend
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
Mortal Engines, Philip Reeve
Clockwork, Philip Pullman
Dragon Keeper, Carole Wilkinson
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
Peter Pan, J M Barrie
Wizard of Oz, F Baum
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling
The Railway, Children E Nesbit
The Borrowers, M Norton
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
Alex Rider series, Anthony Horowitz
My Story series, Various authors
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Ed. Otto H Frank
Boy Overboard, Morris Gleitzman
Sabriel, Garth Nix
Rooftoppers, Katherine Rundell
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
The Nowhere Emporium, Ross Mackenzie
Who Let The Gods Out, Maz Evans
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear, Kieran Larwood
George, Alex Gino
Holes, Louis Sacher
Cogheart, Peter Bunzl