Year 6 Home
Week beginning 01/06/20
Hello Year 6! I do hope that you were able to enjoy half-term despite the challenging circumstances in which we still find ourselves. You are all doing a fantastic job with your home-learning and in the way that you are coping with the situation - I feel very proud of you all.
Thank you to those of you who have submitted work over the last two weeks. I am sorry that I was unable to respond this time, but I will be able to do so again from this point. Remember, you can use the submit work page to send me anything you would like me to see. Also, if you have any difficulties with any of the work that has been set, please contact me in the usual way. I am here to help!
Please see the links below for this week’s work. The English and mathematics lessons are again based around the Oak National Academy website, which continues to provide high-quality resources for our use.
Good luck and stay safe.
This week, we are going to think about how humans survive in extremely cold locations.
Please research the following:
Where in the world is it very cold? (The coldest inhabited town is Oymyakon in Russia, but there are other cold places you might like to research.)
How do people live there?
What are their houses like?
What food do they eat?
What is their transport like?
This link may be of help but there will other websites and pages that will be helpful too as you'll discover as you research. Remember, always get the permission of an adult before using the internet and always keep our internet safety rules in mind.
Your task is to use your research to create a poster showing the various ways in which humans cope with living in extremely cold locations.
Click here for a link to the Oak National Academy lesson – 'What impact are humans likely to have on life in the future?' This lesson draws together our recent learning on evolution, adaptation and habitats and links nicely to the work we are doing in humanities at the moment too!
Music and Art
Click here to find the latest creative lesson from BBC Ten Pieces combining music listening and appreciation skills with art - you get to create your own 3D sculpture using items often found around the home!
Click here for a PSHE lesson in which you will take the Prime Minister's place as his deputy during the Corona Virus crisis! The focus of the lesson is on developing leadership skills.
Click here for some information on BBC Bitesize about Humanism. Watch the video and read the information. If there is an adult available to discuss this information with, talk to them about it. Think about your recent learning in science about evolution. How does this link to Humanism? Other questions to consider are: Is Humanism a religion? Is it possible to accept the theory of evolution and follow a religion in which a god or many gods are worshipped? If there is not an adult available to discuss this with you, why not jot down your thoughts and sent them to me using the submit work page? I'll get back to you about your ideas.
Week beginning 25/05/20
Thank you all for the hard work you have done with your home-learning over the last few weeks. I have been very impressed. I shall not be setting any additional work this week as it is now half-term and you deserve a break.
Of course, if there are any activities that have already been set and which you have not yet attempted, feel free to give them a go if you want to, but the most important thing to do this week is to spend time with your family and relax. I often use holidays to do more reading for pleasure - I know many of you will probably want to do the same. Remember, there are many good reads available on Myon.co.uk.
I am looking forward to seeing you before too long.
Stay safe and take care.
Week beginning 18/05/20
I hope that you are all well and that you enjoyed last week's home-learning. Do keep sending in your work; it's lovely to see and read. Remember, you can use the submit work page to send me anything you would like me to see.
You will very likely be called on the telephone by Miss Wood this week. I have emailed parents and carers to explain the reason for this.
Good luck and stay safe.
Building on last week's research work for our new humanities topic, ‘Frozen Kingdom – What would happen to our planet if there was another ice age?’, click here to view a web page containing some useful information. Either read it all, or scroll down to where it says, 'Life during the ice age'. Here you will find lots of information about animals that lived during the ice age. Your task is to research some of the animals (choose the ones that interest you the most). Using your recent learning in science, try to work out why these animals were well-adapted for life on planet Earth during this period. You can record your research and ideas however you like! For example, you may wish to make a PowerPoint presentation or create a poster on a piece of A4 paper.
Click here for a link to the Oak National Academy lesson – 'What impact have humans had on plants and animals?' This lesson looks at how humans have changed over time and uses the theory of evolution to explain these changes. You will then explore the impact that humans have had on some species of plants and animals.
Click on the word 'music' above for a super lesson on harmony singing. The warm-up to the lesson, which lasts for a couple of minutes, is based on a previously taught song that you don't know, but the new learning begins very quickly and is not related to this song, so don't worry.
In computing, we are going to continue our work on coding. Hopefully, you were able to work through last week's exercises and take a look at Scratch. If you didn't get chance, it might be worth looking back at last week's home-learning below and clicking on the links under 'computing' before moving on to this week's lesson. Click here to open a PowerPoint presentation with instructions to follow for this week's lesson. Enjoy!
Click here to see a video about growth mindset and the importance of giving to others. Once you have watched the video, think about the idea of ‘paying it forward’. Does being kind make other people more likely to be kind too? If you can, talk to an adult in your home about this idea? You could make notes to record the ideas generated from your conversation. After that, list different ways in which we can give to others.
Week beginning 11/05/20
Another week has passed. I hope you and your families are well and that you were able to enjoy the bank holiday weekend as much as possible. I enjoyed speaking to you on the telephone last week and will call again soon.
Please see the links below for this week’s work. Remember, you do not have to complete all of it. I strongly recommend that you follow the English and mathematics lessons I have set and then complete as many of the other activities as you and your parents or carers feel is right for you.
As ever, please email me for help with any of the work I have set and do remember that you can use the submit work page to send me anything you would like me to see. I do get very excited when I receive work from you!
This term, our humanities topic is ‘Frozen Kingdom – What would happen to our planet if there was another ice age?’ The focus will mainly be on geography, but it will involve some prehistory too as we first learn about the various Ice Ages that our planet is believed to have gone through. Click here to find a Powerpoint presentation to give you some background knowledge about this fascinating period of history. You may also enjoy to watch this video to help build your knowledge.
Your task is to conduct some research about the Ice Age. Remember to check with an adult before going online. Whilst researching, think about the following questions: What is an Ice Age? When did the last Ice Age occur? How do we know about the last Ice Age? (What evidence is there?)
Click here for a link to the Oak National Academy lesson – Which organisms lived during each era of time? This lesson ties in really nicely with this week’s humanities work and will help to build your knowledge of the animal kingdom which will help you when we complete both the adaption and classification units we still have to complete.
Click on the word 'music' above for another fabulous lesson from BBC Ten Pieces. Do let me know if you need any help with this – I do like a bit of music as you know!
In computing, we are going to focus on coding.
Click here to recap on what is meant by an algorithm.
Click here to learn about debugging.
Click here to visit Scratch. If you haven’t already used Scratch, you’ll love it. It is a fantastic introduction to coding activities and it is free to use. You just need to create an account for yourself. There is a tutorial video on the website. Have a play this week and then next week, we can look at specific tasks building on this week’s learning.
Click here to learn more about Ramadan, a special time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and heightened devotion and worship for Muslims. The tasks given here are downloadable from Twinkl but don’t worry about printing them out if you don’t have printer. Instead, you could simply record your thoughts and ideas about Ramadan on a piece of paper.
Week beginning 04/05/20
I hope that you and your families are well and that you've had a good week. Thank you all (including your parents and carers) for the hard work you are doing with your home-learning. Please do continue to email if there is anything I can help you with. It has been lovely to see your work again this week. I am interested in seeing any of the work that you have completed and feel proud of, regardless of which subject it is. You may have noticed that Mr Fellows has added a 'submit work' page for each year group here on the hub. You might find it easier to upload your work to this page rather than emailing it. I look forward to speaking to you all this week when I call your parents.
This week's foundation subject work can be found below. I do not want you or your parents to feel overwhelmed by the amount of work being set here. I fully understand that learning at home is different to learning in school. If you can complete an hour of English, an hour of maths and some reading every day, then you are doing a super job! You may then wish to do a couple of the foundation subject lessons listed below - perhaps on a couple of the afternoons throughout the week. Remember, it's important to relax and to try to have as much fun with your family as is possible during this time.
See the link above to the Oak National Academy lesson - How did Hitler Rise to Power? We learnt about this in the Spring Term and this lesson will enable you to consolidate your knowledge and understanding of the important period in history.
Extra: On Friday of this week, we celebrate VE Day. Please click here for information about this significant event in history. Click here to hear Winston Churchill's famous speech announcing Germany's surrender. This week's writing challenge will be linked to this speech, so listen carefully!
See the link above to the Oak National Academy lesson - What are the different animal kingdoms? Moving away our unit on evolution and adaptation this week, this lesson will help you to begin understanding more about classification in the animal kingdom.
See the link above for another fabulous lesson from BBC Ten Pieces. The videos are excellent and although simple, there is a huge amount to learn here. I think the group clapping activity could become a lockdown family favourite! You are invite here to draw or make something to reflect what you feel or 'see' when you hear a given piece of music.
See the link above for a recipe for cheese and potato pie. This activity must not be attempted without the presence of an adult. An adult will need to supervise your use of kitchen knives and other utensils. If an adult is available to help you, why not cook tea for your household one night his week? Cheese and potato pie was the first meal I cooked as a child - I can still remember the excitement of bringing it home from school for my family to eat!
See the link above for a really fun art lesson based around optical illusions. Enjoy!
Week beginning 27/04/20
I hope you've had a safe and enjoyable weekend. I also hope that you've had some time away from school work over the last two days. Thank you to those of you who have sent work to me via email - it's so lovely to see what you have been doing. I am interested in all of your work, so if, for example, you have tried the perspective drawing task I directed you to last week and are feeling proud of what you have achieved, please email me a photo!
This week, we will again use the Oak National Academy lessons as the bedrock of our learning. I have been pleased to receive such positive feedback from you about these lessons so far. Please see the maths and English pages here for more information about this week's core subject learning.
Luckily, the Oak National Academy foundation lessons this week are focusing on precisely the work we would have been doing in school had we still been there at this point! I've listed plenty of foundation lesson ideas below. You may not have time to complete them all and that is fine. I would recommend that you do your maths and English lessons in the morning and then pick and choose from the lessons below if you want to do additional work on any of the afternoons. I have not listed anything specific for PE as I am aware that the majority of you are using the daily Joe Wicks sessions to get some exercise.
See the link above (Monday's foundation lesson) - Was the Treaty of Versailles fair?
As you will remember, we did a lot of work about the Treaty of Versailles in our humanities lessons in the Spring Term. This lesson will provide an opportunity to revise and consolidate that learning before we move on to our Summer Term humanities topic.
See the link above (Wednesday's foundation lesson) - How do fossils provide evidence for evolution?
This lesson will build on the science work I set last week on Education City. If you haven't completed that work yet, don't worry, just take your time and do that first.
Building on last week's lesson, the link above takes you to another video on perspective drawing to consolidate your understanding. Once you've watched the video, click on this link to learn about a famous painting called The Scream by Edvard Munch. It is an interesting painting and you will notice that it uses perspective. I would like you to have a go at re-creating the picture as a sketch using what you have learnt about perspective drawing. If you have paint at home and want to paint it after you have sketched it, go ahead!
Use the link above to continue the work you may have started last week. If you manage to complete a poem, I'd love to read it!
Use the link above to watch a video featuring children talking about anger. Use the ideas raised in this clip as a starting point to discuss with an adult at home (if possible) different types of anger. If not, you could jot down your own thoughts and ideas about this. Think about when it is right or reasonable to feel angry in certain situations. Then think about and jot down your own anger triggers. Now have a think about appropriate ways to deal with different types and levels of anger. Think about this week's art lesson on The Scream by Edvard Munch. Are there any links between what you've been asked to think about in this PSHE lesson and the emotions expressed in the painting?
Week beginning 20/04/20
I hope you have been able to enjoy Easter despite the circumstances that we all find ourselves living through at the present time.
Thank you all for making such a super effort with the home-learning activities you have been set so far.
Following the announcement that the lock-down will now continue for at least three more weeks, I will be setting focused activities for you to complete at home each day. On Sunday, the Education Secretary announced the launch of the Oak National Academy, which is an online bank of lessons and resources that you can access during this period. The resources are of high quality and I shall direct you to specific lessons each day. In addition, I may also direct you to other external websites (e.g. Education City) where I will have found or prepared additional activities for you. You may also find PDFs and other documents uploaded to this blog to help you with your home-learning.
I understand that working from home can be difficult, which is why I am so impressed with how well you have all been coping with this challenge so far. I am not expecting you to study all day long at home; I don't think that is realistic. As such, I will direct you to two or three - usually hour long - targeted activities each day and then suggest additional activities that can be completed as and when throughout each week.
If you need my help with any of the activities between my fortnightly phone calls, please don't hesitate to email me and I will either respond via email or by calling you.
Use the link above to see this week's activities on Education City.
Use the link above to explore a piece of music and then write a poem based on it (there is help provided every step of the way through this excellent BBC Ten Pieces lesson outline).
Have a go at one point perspective drawing, using the link above - you'll love it!