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YEAR 6 2020-2021

 A BIG WELCOME FROM MISS WALK, MISS BENNETT AND MRS GOGNA. 

 

Welcome back, Year 6, for the Spring term. While it might not be the start to 2021 that we had planned, I pray that you and your family are safe and well at home.

Below is a timetable for the week that we will be following. As you can see, it is very similar to our normal timetable back in school. I will post the lessons for the day first thing in the morning for you to complete at home. These lessons are the exact same lessons we are completing here in school. Please try to complete the lessons in the order I've set them and don't race ahead as you might miss out on some learning.

 When you've completed the tasks, please collect them together so that I can mark them and send you feedback on how you've done. I'll be in touch with your parents by email to discuss how we will go about this safely.

If you have any questions, you can email me on Y6@stteresa.bham.sch.uk .

I'm missing you loads so am really looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Stay safe, Year 6! 

Miss W  :-)

***UPDATE 18.1.21***

Printed copies of this week's learning tasks are available for collection from the office. When collecting this week's learning pack, please could you drop off completed work into the office (but not CGP workbooks as these will be needed for use throughout the week).   I shall mark work after it has been quarantined for an appropriate amount of time and will then send feedback to your child on how they have done.

Please call Mrs Connell to arrange a collection time.

THURSDAY 21ST JANUARY

TIMES TABLE ROCKSTARS - Click here for the link. Continue to practise in the Studio to improve your Rockstar status. Soon, very soon, I will be challenging you all to beat my score!

READING - Please complete pages 14 and 15 'Poems about Seasons' in your CGP Reading Comprehension book today. 

MATHS - The starter today is revising how we multiply and divide by 10/100/1000. Remember to use your place value grid to calculate. Then, we're continuing our learning about prime numbers. 

Click here for the teaching slides. Click here for today's task sheets (Ready/Steady/Go).

Answers to yesterday's CGP Short Division questions are at the end of the slides.

ENGLISH - Today, we are going to draft our setting description of the heath when Macbeth meets the witches and hears their prophecies. You should use your plan from yesterday's lesson to write, trying to incorporate all of the success criteria that are on the task sheet. Remember, your writing should be of the same quality that it would be here in school (no missing capital letters and full stops!!!!). We will bed editing and improving our drafts tomorrow.

Click here to watch the lesson. Click here for the task sheet with the success criteria.

SCIENCE - This week, we are learning about different mechanisms that can help a small force have a greater effect. Pulleys and levers transform small forces so they can move large things. Today we are going to try making a catapult, which is a type of lever. I've also included instructions on how to make a pulley so you can try that at home too if you can.

You may not have all of the equipment listed on the instructions to make a catapult so I have put together a slideshow of images below of catapults made with everyday items at home.

When you use your catapult, notice how the small force you use to push the arm down is transformed into a greater force when it propels the 'ammunition' up and forward.

Click here for the teaching slides. Click here for the instructions. 

WEDNESDAY 20TH JANUARY - Hi, Year 6! Hope you're all ok at home. We're almost halfway through the week! Keep going!

MATHS STARTER - Please complete pages 17, 18 and 19 Short Division in your CGP Arithmetic books to revise your division skills. Use your times table facts and regroup carefully. (I'll put the answers at the end of tomorrow's Maths Teaching Slides)

MATHS - Now we're really confident in finding factors of numbers, we're going to use that skill to help us work out prime numbers and composite (non-prime) numbers.  I've recorded myself explaining how to work out which numbers are which. Watch the video below.

Click here for today's task sheets (Ready/Steady/Go).

 

ENGLISH - In today's lesson, we are drawing together all our learning over the last week and a half in order to plan a setting description of the heath and the moment when Macbeth and Banquo meet the witches. First, we'll be brainstorming vocabulary, and then completing our usual plan to help sequence our paragraphs and writing. Remember - you can use ideas and sentences that you have developed in some of the lessons.

Click here to watch the lesson. Click here for the task sheet.

GEOGRAPHY - In our History lesson last week, we began to learn about the Early Islamic Empire and its central city, Baghdad. To help us understand which parts of the world came under the Empire, we're going to do some map work so that we understand the countries of the Middle East, which was where much of the empire covered.

Click here for the teaching slides. Click here for the map task sheet.

Click here for a word search with some of the important places in the Middle East.

PE - An extra PE day? Hooray, I hear you all cry! Click here for another Joe Wicks lesson.

TUESDAY 19TH JANUARY - Thank you to everyone who has dropped off or sent me their completed learning tasks. I'm looking forward to marking them when it's safe to do so!

READING - Please complete pages 4 and 5 'Holes' by Louise Sachar in your CGP Reading Comprehension book today. This is an extract taken from a fantastic book, with a lot of humour and a big mystery. I highly recommend you read it if you get the chance. It's one of my favourites!

MATHS M/OClick here for today's M/O. We're practising our multiples skills from last week.

MATHS - We are continuing our learning on common factors today.  I've recorded myself explaining how to approach some of the different questions today. Watch the video below.

Click here for today's task sheets (Ready/Steady/Go).

ENGLISH - Our lesson today is going to help us to develop our range of sentence structures, so that we can use complex sentences in our writing. Complex sentences are important to add layers of information and detail. 

Click here to watch the lesson. Click here for the task sheet.

RE - Yesterday, we looked at the Prologue of St John's Gospel and learned how St John used lots of different names and images to represent Jesus in his gospel.

Today, we are going to explore images of Jesus in some famous artworks. 

Click here for the teaching slides. Click here for Task 1 Famous Images of Jesus. 

Click here for Task 2 Create your own image of Jesus.

TIMES TABLE ROCKSTARS - Click here for the link. Please complete 10 games in the Studio to get your Rockstar status.

MONDAY 18TH JANUARY - Morning, Year 6! I hope you've had a restful weekend. Shame we didn't get any snow though - I was looking forward to making some snow angels to share with you! :-(

MATHS STARTER - Please complete pages 13 and 14 Column multiplication in your CGP Arithmetic books to revise your multiplication skills. Use your times table facts and regroup carefully. (Answers are at the end of the Maths Teaching Slides)

MATHS - Today, we are moving on from multiples and learning about factors. We've touched on factors when we were learning to simplify fractions in Autumn term.

Click here for the teaching slides. Click here for today's task sheets (Ready/Steady/Go).

ENGLISH - Building on Friday's lesson where we developed our vocabulary for describing the weather, today we are going to generate descriptive phrases and sentences for the opening scene of Macbeth. There is also an opportunity for you to practise using the personification skills we worked on before Christmas.  

Click here to watch the lesson. Click here for the task sheet.

RE - In our last lesson, we learnt about the two versions of the nativity as told by St Luke and St Matthew. Today, we are turning to the Gospel of St John to see what he says about Jesus' early life. There are three short tasks in today's lesson.

Click here for the teaching slides. Click here for Task 1 Images of Jesus Quiz. Some are quite tricky - have a go! Answers are in tomorrow's lesson.

Click here for Task 2 Images in the Prologue of St John.

Click here for Task 3 Interpreting the Prologue of St John.

PE - Monday is always our PE day! Click here for a link to one of Joe Wicks' lessons.

FRIDAY 15TH JANUARY - Almost the weekend! Keep going!

MATHS STARTER - Please complete pages 4 and 5 Written subtraction in your CGP Arithmetic books to revise your subtraction skills. Line up the digits starting with the ones column. Regroup carefully.

MATHS - We are continuing our work on finding lowest common multiples and solving some problems involving them. Pay close attention to how I've set out my workings in the example questions. This is how you should try to set out your workings too. 

Click here for the information slides. Click here for today's task sheets (Ready/Steady/Go).

ENGLISH - Our lesson today focuses on developing our vocabulary associated with the weather. We've talked in class about how our word choices make a big impact on the mood and feeling that the reader feels. Today's vocabulary will help us to create a sense of chaos and impending doom when we begin our setting description writing next week.

Click here to watch the lesson. Click here for the task sheet.

HISTORY - This half term, we are learning about Early Islamic Civilisation. The Early Islamic World was a period of rapid expansion for both the Islamic Empire and the religion of Islam. While Europe was struggling in the Dark Ages, the Middle East was experiencing a time of peace, economic prosperity and scientific advances!

Click here for the information slides. Click here for Task 1 information sheet.

Click here for Task 2 sorting activity.

Year 6 enjoyed their Science challenges today. Well done to Ameria, who was the first to make a 'boat' that floated for 30 seconds. Once we all figured out the best shapes and thickness, lots of us made 'boats' that floated.  Well done to Kemai, who managed to hold 7 coins in his 'boat' before it sank!

FLOATING BOATS!

THURSDAY 14TH JANUARY - Morning, Year 6! I hope I didn't blow your brains with our Maths challenge yesterday. The children in school got very competitive over who would find a solution first. Just look at the concentration on their faces in the photos below. :-)

MATHS - Today, we are starting with an M/O on square and cube numbers before moving on to learn about multiples. This links into the work we did in Autumn term when we worked really hard on developing our multiplication and division skills. 

There are some information slides today with different types of fluency questions for you to practise before attempting your independent task. Pay close attention to how I've set out my workings in the example questions. This is how you should try to set out your workings too. 

Click here for the information slides. Click here for today's task sheets (Ready/Steady/Go).

ENGLISH - It's a busy, busy lesson today! We've got word classes grammar, the structure of plays followed by reading and seeing the opening scene of Macbeth. You will need to draw what you imagine the scene might have looked like and label it with the given vocabulary. I'm looking forward to seeing your creative skills!

Click here to watch the lesson. Click here for the task sheet.

READING - Guess what's in our CGP Comprehension book? One of the opening scenes in Macbeth! So, today please complete pages 30 and 31. How does this scene compare to the one we looked at in our English lesson?

SCIENCE - I have set you two practical challenges today exploring water resistance. Then, record and label a diagram of what you did. Enjoy!

Click here for the information slides.

WEDNESDAY 13TH JANUARY

MATHS STARTER - Please complete pages 1-3 Written addition in your CGP Arithmetic books to revise your addition skills. Line up the digits starting with the ones column. Regroup carefully.

MATHS  - Today, we have a challenge using square numbers, called Cycling Squares.

I have recorded a film of myself explaining and showing you how to tackle this task.

There are 3 video clips to watch.

The first film is a quick warm up of square numbers.

The second film is me working on an example question so that you can see some of my workings and thought processes. At the end of the film, it's your turn to try the practice question.

The third film shares the answer to the practice question and recaps the Steps to Success.

Fingers crossed you can get the films to work!

THE BIGGEST TIP I CAN GIVE YOU TODAY IS:

USE YOUR GROWTH MINDSET! DO NOT GIVE UP! YOU CAN DO IT! 


WARM UP!

EXPLANATION

SOLUTION TO THE PRACTICE QUESTION AND FINAL TOP TIPS!

There is a practice question so you can develop your trial and improvement strategies before tackling your independent challenge task.

OTHER TOP TIPS:

Write a list of square numbers out so that you don't have to keep remembering them.

Next to each number, make notes about which of the other numbers it can go with to make a square number.

Write down the square number each pair makes so you can check for calculation errors.

Use trial and improvement strategies. That is, try one pair of numbers then, if it doesn't work, use another grid on the page and learn from your mistake.

DO NOT RUB OUT WORKINGS OR YOU MIGHT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE AGAIN AND AGAIN BUT NOT REALISE!

Click here for the Practice question.

Click here for the Ready task sheets. Click here for the Steady/Go task sheet.

ENGLISH - Making sure our writing is in the correct verb tense is very important when writing stories. Otherwise, the reader can get confused when things have happened. Today's lesson focuses on our verbs.

Click here to watch the lesson. Click here for the task sheet.

ART - We are continuing to develop our drawing skills in the style of Stephen Wiltshire.

It's really important to pay close attention to the way he uses lines in his artwork so you can recreate them accurately. Are the lines close together or distant? Are they straight or curved? Has he used hatching, cross-hatching or stippling? How will you recreate it?

Click here to watch a video to remind yourself of the hatching techniques. 

Click here for Stephen's picture of Big Ben and the grid to help you. 

PE - I know how much you all love PE, so I've put a link to Joe Wicks' lesson for today, to keep you moving. Click here to enjoy! 

TUESDAY 12TH JANUARY

MATHS STARTER - Many of you have now collected your home learning pack from school so, please complete pages 10 and 11 in the CGP Arithmetic book to revise multiplication and division facts.

MATHS - Our learning about square and cube numbers continues today.

Click here for information slides with examples and practice questions to complete.

Click here for the task sheets. Select Ready, Steady or Go as usual.

ENGLISH - Today, our focus is on spelling rules: whether the 'c' in a word makes a hard sound (like cola) or a soft sound (like notice - the 's' phoneme).

Click here to watch the lesson. Click here for the word sorting sheet, like our usual spelling lessons.

RE - We are starting our new unit on Christmas today. Christmas? I hear you cry! That's done and dusted. Yes, we might have celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ, but we are going to learn much more about the Christmas story in the Gospels.

Click here for the information slides. Click here for the Bible readings you will need.

Click here for the task sheet.

READING - Many of you have now collected your work pack from school so, please complete pages 2 and 3 'An Interview with Nixie Labs' in the CGP Reading Comprehension book today. 

MONDAY 11TH JANUARY

MATHS - Today, we are learning about square and cube numbers.

Watch the explanation clips about square numbers and cube numbers.

Click here for today's task sheets. Select the level you usually work on in class (Ready/Steady/Go).

ENGLISH - For the next four weeks, we are going to be working on a unit from Oak Academy. Our text will be Macbeth by William Shakespeare.

Click here to watch the lesson. Click here for the task sheet.

PE - Monday is always our PE day! Click here for a link to one of Joe Wicks' lessons.

MUSIC - Click here to listen to our focus song for this half term: Dancing in the Street by Martha and the Vandellas. Use your careful listening and appraising skills to consider these questions.

What style of music is this song? What instruments can you hear?

How does the song make you feel? Do you like it? Why/why not?

FRIDAY 8.1.2021 - Hi, Year 6! Hope you get out in the snow today!

MATHS - Today, we are practising our bus stop method division skills.

Click here for the activity sheet.

Complete each calculation carefully.

There will be two possible answers given. Follow the instructions for the correct answer by drawing that part or colouring the part on or around the circle.

Check out the examples of others we've done in school this week below.

ENGLISH - Today, we are writing the final version of our rap poems about one of the grown ups in school. Check you have some of the features of rap poetry: rhyme, repetition, rhythm, slang.

Then, practise performing it in a rap style!

Email me your poems or any performances that you can record and I will share them with the class here on our web page.

ART - Today, complete your picture of New York Taxis by Stephen Wiltshire from Wednesday's lesson. When you've finished, be sure to send me a photo to go on the class web page.

Check out Year 6's performances of their rap poems about some of the adults in school. 

They are awesome!

    Here's Year 6 working on their artwork.

    Just look at that concentration!

Year 6 enjoying a snowball fight!

THURSDAY 7.1.2021 - Morning, Year 6!

MATHS - Today, we are revising our rounding skills.

Remember to look carefully at the significant digit to help you round.

5 and above round up, 0-4 round down.

Eg. 3467 rounded to the nearest 10 - look at the ones column.  It becomes 3470.

Eg. 3467 rounded to the nearest 1000 - look at the hundreds column. It becomes 3000.

Click here for the activity sheet.

There are 24 pieces of a jigsaw. Cut them out.

Solve each rounding question. Match it to the jigsaw piece that has that answer.

What shape does the finished jigsaw make?

ENGLISH - Today, we are going to create a mindmap of ideas to help us write our own rap poem. We will also begin drafting our poems.

Click here for the information slides with an example poem written by Miss W.

Click here for the mind map planning sheet or you can just use some paper of your own.

SCIENCE - We are continuing with our forces topic from Autumn term and today, we have a practical mini-investigation to complete. Don't worry - you don't need too many resources for it!

Click here for the information slides, which includes some of our learning from Autumn term to help refresh our memories.

Click here for the activity sheet to complete for your mini-investigation. Don't worry if you can't print it - you can draw a diagram and record your results in a table on a piece of paper instead.

Year 6 completing their Rounding jigsaws this morning!

We enjoyed a practical Science lesson today. We hope you did at home too!

 

WEDNESDAY 6.1.2021

MATHS - Today, we are practising our column multiplication skills.

Click here for the activity sheet.

Complete each calculation carefully.

There will be two possible answers given. Follow the instructions for the correct answer by drawing that part or colouring the part on or around the circle.

Check out the examples of the one we did in school yesterday below.

ENGLISH - This week, we are going to learn more about someone we read and talked about when we learnt about biographies in the Autumn term.

One of my favourite poets. BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH. Your first task this week is to explore some of his poetry.

Read the Powerpoint information, which includes a task sheet, by clicking here.

Follow the links below to read some of his poems and watch him perform. I can't decide whether my favourite poem is Talkin' Turkeys or Dis Poetry or I love my mother or ....

The British

I love my mother

Talking Turkeys

Dis Poetry

Who's Who  and  Clever Trevor

More poems by Benjamin

ART - We are continuing our work on the artist Stephen Wiltshire. Today, we are going to recreate one of his works, New York Taxis, using a grid to help us break the picture into small manageable parts.

Click on the links to the videos about shading and perspective to refresh your memory of the techniques we learnt in Autumn term.

Click here for the picture of New York Taxis and grid to help you.

Check out Year 6's fantastic arty Maths work from yesterday, when they worked on their related multiplication and division facts!

AUTUMN

PRACTISE YOUR MATHS FACTS WITH THESE FUN GAMES:

HIT THE BUTTON helps you practise your number bonds, halves, doubles, times tables and division facts. A great website!!!

 

YEAREALLENJOYEGAMES DAY!!

  

HOMEWORK FOR 11/12/2020

This week, your task is to watch two short films and create storyboards for them both.

Click here for the Passing Tides film about Linh's journey from Vietnam to Britain.

Click here for the film about the legend of the Wawel Dragon.

 

We started our Science topic of Lifecycles this week, by learning about the parts of a flower and then dissecting a lily and an alstroemeria to see if all flowers have the same parts.

 

This week, we have been reading 'Exclamation Mark', which is a story about a lonely exclamation mark who feels like it doesn't fit in with the other punctuation marks. But after meeting question mark, he learns his 'super power' and that it's great to be unique. We then wrote our own version for different punctuation marks and shared them with each other.

Homework is due in by Wednesday each week.

Children will receive three tasks: Maths, English and Spellings.

Year 6, it is your responsibility to make sure homework is completed and submitted on time.  Miss W :-)