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Welcome to Year 6

Welcome to our Year 6 page. Here you will find important information about our Class routines, curriculum and general information. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.

Our Year 6 Staff:

Mr Hunter – Teacher

Mrs Wood – Teaching Assistant 

Week Beginning: 9th November 2020

What a busy week we have had here in Year 6!! We started the week with an exciting virtual author session with Ross MacKenzie. The children loved the session and we were able to complete some lovely writing inspired by his novel, The Nowhere Emporium.

On Wednesday, we paid our respects to the servicemen and women who have represented our country over the years with some remembrance activities. We wrote letters home in the style of a soldier from WW1 – the language and emotions used were amazing! During the afternoon, we used oil pastels to create poppies for a whole school display.

On Friday, we helped support Children in Need. All children came into school dressed in something that makes them happy and they contributed to a food collection for families within our local community. Lots of generous donations, thank you!

Word of the week for next week:

committee

Reminders:

Children are now able to access Reading Plus at home, the progress we are making is amazing. Three reading texts per week on there will help even further.

All children should arrive in school in their PE kits on PE days. It is important that a school jumper is worn alongside this. Remember, some PE sessions are outdoors, so please feel free to wear tracksuit bottoms.

Week Beginning: 2nd November 2020

I wanted to start by saying how proud I am of each and every one of your children for their positivity and resilience in managing to keep learning whilst isolating. You were our first class and we, as a school, couldn’t be happier with what you achieved. On to this week – it was brilliant to have everyone back and we have been busy, busy, busy since returning to learning in our classroom.

In English, we have been looking at a video known as the Piano. It is a lovely video that includes flashbacks and evokes lots of emotions and feelings. We have been exploring the main character in this video this week before writing a retell next week. Check out some of our short recounts of a memory with his wife (get your tissues ready)!

In maths, we have been developing our knowledge of addition and subtraction, we explored the written methods to use when completing these calculations before solving some multi-step problems.

Our topic sessions have been and introduction to World War 1 – we have lots of interested and enthusiastic children so I can’t wait to see where we take this topic.

What an amazing achievement it was with our Maths Fundraiser – thank you to all parents and families who have supported our children in school. Here are some photos of our children completing our challenge:

Reminders:
Year 6 photographs are Monday 9th November at 13:30.

Virtual Author Session – Tuesday 10th November morning session. If you would like to purchase one of Ross MacKenzie’s books, please return letters with the correct money by Wednesday 11th November.

Word of the Week:

cemetery

Well done Year 6!!

I just want to say a huge well done to everyone in Year 6! It has been another challenge thrown our way but I have been blown away with your levels of maturity and attitudes towards learning whilst being at home! Have a well-earned rest and I will see you all back in our classroom from November!

Take care,

Mr Hunter

Friday 23rd October

Morning Year 6 – happy HALF TERM FRIDAY!! I want to start by saying how proud I am of the maturity levels that you have all shown during this time of isolation. I am really pleased to have been able to interact with you all and look at some of the work you have been completing. Another day of tasks today before a well-earned rest. Please send your photographs and learning to: year6homeworknpa@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Maths:

Some written addition and subtraction today guys.

English:

Today we will be focusing on how the character of Macbeth changes across the play. The video below shares the next part of the radio version of Macbeth before discussing the character of Macbeth – children will generate adjectives appropriate to his character at different points.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-analyse-evidence-from-the-clip-6njkec

Reading:

Our reading session is slightly different today guys. We have the exciting opportunity to ask a published author some questions about their journey to becoming an author. Work with your parents to generate a range of questions you would like to ask Nizrana Farook. Her novel The Girl Who Stole and Elephant will be added to our class library from November and I can’t wait for some of you to read it. When you have completed the questions, I will be sending them to Nizrana and we can look at the answers when we are back in the class together.

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Nizrana  Farook, Aysha Kala, Nosy Crow: Audible Audiobooks

Halloween:

I know that quite a few of you are disappointed to be missing out of the Halloween themed day at school today so I thought we could bring spookiness to our homes. Try the Halloween Code Breaker below for an afternoon of fun.

Reading Plus:

I would love you all to spend the 30 minutes required on Reading Plus today. Please send me a message when you have completed your time.

Finally, have a great half term holiday guys. Stay safe and I look forward to seeing you all back in our class from 2nd November.

Mr Hunter

Thursday 22nd October

Hello guys, just the one getty up to go until half term! I really enjoyed reading some of your learning yesterday. Please send any learning to: year6homeworknpa@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Maths:

We are moving on today with our maths learning to focus on addition and subtraction We will start by completing some problems linked to both skills.

English:

In English, we will be taking some time to complete the survival guide that I sent out at the start of the week. I have attached the document and the PPT to support what each section could include. Please just hand write short paragraphs if you have no access to a computer to type it. When they are complete I will pull them together onto a webpage.

Reading:

Reading activities are attached below:

Geography:

All about the climate zones in geography today guys. I have loved how engaged in the learning around North America you have all been!

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-is-the-climate-like-in-parts-of-north-america-6nh3ee

Reading Plus:

Please spend 30 minutes on Reading Plus today. One or two of you levelled up yesterday so it would be great to see a few more today.

Have a great day guys,

Mr Hunter

Wednesday 21st October

Welcome back Year 6! Another day closer to the weekend and HALF TERM!! It was great to see so many pieces of work handed in yesterday – let’s keep that up until Friday! As always, please take some photographs and send these to: year6homeworknpa@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Maths:

Some excellent knowledge of rounding so far this week – well done! Today we will be moving onto negative numbers.

English:

Today we will be completing our piece of writing based on the setting of Macbeth. Watch the video to see some example sentences and a modelled piece before writing your own version. Judging by the sentences we have generated across the weeks we will have some lovely examples so I can’t wait to read them.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-write-the-setting-description-c8u34r

Reading:

Today we will be learning about a very special woman in American history – Rosa Parks. Please read the text and then answer the questions.

Geography:

It seems like the geography lessons were a big hit today so we will be going again with the rest of the scheme. Today, we will be focusing on how forestry, agriculture and mining are important to the continent as well as looking at the human characteristics.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-are-some-of-north-americas-most-important-human-characteristics-c8vk8r

Reading Plus:

There wasn’t as many of you accessing Reading Plus yesterday. Let’s try for 30 minutes today; there are lots of you who are close to levelling up. Let’s see if we can do so before half term.

Don’t forget, we also have our project to be getting on with. I can’t to pull them all together as one survival guide.

Take care guys,

Mr Hunter

Tuesday 20th October

Morning guys, it’s looking like a miserable day out there so hopefully we will cheer you up with your learning. As always, please send any completed work into: year6homeworknpa@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Maths:

Continuing on with rounding today guys, this is to a greater degree of accuracy. I was really impressed with the handed in work yesterday so I can’t wait to see what you achieve today.

English:

We are moving into a longer piece of writing in English today guys. We will begin by planning our setting description based on the heath in Macbeth.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-plan-the-setting-description-cmv66d

Reading:

Some interesting Halloween news today guys. As always, I have included the answers to the questions in the pack.

Geography:

Today we will be focusing on some new geography skills with a focus on North America. We will start with some map work before comparing the different regions of North America. Please complete the learning on paper and take photographs.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-are-north-americas-countries-and-physical-features-ctgked

Something special:

I am really excited to share this with you! Please read the document below about an award I would like to enter with our class. Deadline is 12pm Friday 23rd October. I have included the Working From Home sheet which explains everything you need to do. What is Isolation is the template to use for your piece of writing. Project ideas is the PPT that gives ideas for each section.

Reading Plus

Lots of you were able to access Reading Plus yesterday which was excellent. Same again today please, spend 30 minutes on the software if possible. Lots of you are really close to the next level so it would be amazing to hand out some awards tonight or tomorrow! Good luck!

Have a great day guys and I will speak to you all soon,

Mr Hunter

Monday 19th October

Good Morning Year 6!! I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend and managed to get some well-earned rest. We have 4 gettyups to go until half term guys, so let’s tackle this week with the same attitudes as we did last week. I have loved looking at all of your learning so far and I can’t wait to do so again today. As always, please send the work that you complete today to: year6homeworknpa@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

I will be in touch with all of you across this week to check how we are getting on and managing your home learning tasks. So, here we go again.

Maths:

Within maths this week, we will be consolidating the learning from last week, focusing on place value of larger numbers. Today, we will be rounding!! I have included a video, slides to help you and a worksheet to complete.

English:

In English this week, we will be continuing with our learning based around Macbeth – I enjoyed reading all of the lovely vocabulary generated in the last session. Today, we will be focusing on more complex sentence structures – adverbials and relative clauses. This is a great opportunity for you to explore these types of sentences before applying them to a piece of writing later in the week. The link is below, please complete your sentences on paper and send them to the above email.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-practise-writing-complex-sentences-69h3ed

Reading:

Continuing with the inference theme into the start of this week guys. I was impressed with how your answers developed across the week last week. Today, we will be focusing on a more detailed text with a larger number of questions. Take your time with it and I am sure you will do well. Answers are included…… no peaking!

Science:

We were really enjoying our Circulatory System unit of work at school so I thought we would continue with that today. We will be focusing on how oxygen travels around the body. I would like you to complete the passage and the table within the slides after the video.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-is-oxygen-transported-around-our-bodies-60vk6r

We couldn’t end a Monday without our usual PE lesson. Joe Wicks will be helping out again.

Have a great day Year 6 and as always, if you have issues please contact school. I am looking forward to seeing all of the learning that you have completed. Remember to send your learning in at the end of each day.

Homework Challenge – Isolation Home Learning

Hello Year 6 – well done for completing your first week in isolation and completing the learning across the week. I wanted to end the week with a homework task for Mrs Johnson.

Mrs Johnson has challenged you to complete a piece of writing based on your experiences of working from home so far. You should think about your feelings and how it has been working online. You should include how you have found the workload; how you have managed to work online safely; how you have felt emotionally; and how you have developed your confidence across the week.
The piece of writing could be in the form of a diary entry or blog post linked to the full week. I’m sure you will have some creative ways of presenting these but they could be complete on computer or handwritten. 

I can’t wait to read and send these on to Mrs Johnson, who will be wanting to display some within school. 

Deadline: Tuesday 20th October 2020 @ 5pm.

Send you completed work to: year6homeworknpa@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Friday 16th October

Who has that Friday feeling?!! I have had a really great couple of days looking at all of your home learning Year 6! I will be creating a post on here later today sharing everything you have been up to! As always, please send the work that you complete today to: year6homeworknpa@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Maths:

Moving on to comparing and ordering larger numbers today guys. From what I have seen this week, you are more than ready for this! As always, there is a video link, powerpoint slides and a worksheet.

English:

I really enjoyed reading some of your sentences based on the heath in Macbeth yesterday, so today we will be continuing with generating vocabulary. We will firstly focus on figurative language in the form of personification and similes before generating vocabulary based on the opening of Macbeth. Remember to just write your sentences on paper and take photographs for the above email address.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-generate-vocabulary-cmt62c

Reading:

We will continue with Iggy Inference for our reading task today. I was impressed with your inferences yesterday from the handed in pieces I have read. Remember to write in full sentences – I still had some of you starting with ‘because’!

Computing:

Continuing with the website theme today guys! You will focus on how trustworthy a site is from what you can see before evaluating your own webpage. If you haven’t managed to create your own webpage, please evaluate a page that you use.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/think-before-you-link-c9j6at

Later today, I will be setting you a challenge from Mrs Johnson; this can be completed as homework and handed back in on Tuesday 20th October – keep your eyes peeled later for when this is released on the blog.

Reading Plus:

Lots of you were able to access Reading Plus yesterday which was excellent. Same again today please, spend 30 minutes on the software if possible. Lots of you are really close to the next level so it would be amazing to hand out some awards tonight or tomorrow! Good luck!

Have a great day guys and I will check back in with you all at some point today.

Mr Hunter

Thursday 15th October

Morning Year 6 – well done for making it through to Thursday! I had a great day looking at all of your home learning yesterday and it has been lovely to interact with your parents as you are handing in your work so please continue to do so today! Please send the work that you complete today to: year6homeworknpa@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Maths:

Moving onto the biggest numbers today! You’ve all done brilliantly this week so we are going to be applying our knowledge to numbers up to 10million.

English:

In English today, we will continue to focus on the play Macbeth – we will be moving to the scene we are familiar with when Macbeth and Banquo meet the witches. Last week, we focused on the dialogue between the characters, today we will be focusing on describing the scene and building an atmosphere through our vocabulary choices. Please complete you writing on paper and send it to the above email address.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-develop-a-rich-understanding-of-words-associated-with-dark-and-rainy-weather-6mtp2r

Reading:

Today, we will be working with Iggy Inference in our reading lesson. I have attached a PowerPoint for you to have a look at first before completing the attached sheet. Remember, you could just write out your answers if you don’t have access to a printer.

Computing:

We will continue with web page designing in today’s lesson guys. Lots of interesting activities about breadcrumb trails that I am sure you will enjoy. Also, if you have been building your homepage on Google Sites, you will be able to add it during this lesson.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/follow-the-breadcrumbs-c4u36c

Reading Plus:

Lots of you were able to access Reading Plus yesterday which was excellent. Same again today please, spend 30 minutes on the software if possible. Lots of you are really close to the next level so it would be amazing to hand out some awards tonight or tomorrow! Good luck!

TT Rockstars:

You will have noticed that there is a competition ongoing between the whole of Key Stage 2. Please log on and spend 20 minutes or so developing your timetable skills.

Have a great day guys, I look forward to hearing from you all across today.

Take care,

Mr Hunter

Wednesday 14th October

Happy hump day Year 6! It was great to speak to some of your parents yesterday and find out how you are all getting on with your learning at home. I really enjoyed checking in on Reading Plus to see lots of messages from you guys. Please send the work that you complete today to: year6homeworknpa@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

IF YOU ARE HAVING ISSUES WITH ACCESSING LEARNING, PLEASE CONTACT SCHOOL THIS MORNING.

Maths:

We will be continuing on with place value learning this morning guys – I have been really impressed with how you’ve all managed to remember the learning from previous years. I am available all week to talk through any of the tasks that you are finding difficult – please contact school or the email address and I will help where I can. I did this a couple of times yesterday and it helped.

English:

English today will continue with the play Macbeth, with a focus on the vocabulary used in Act 1. If you wanted to, you could rewatch the video from the BBC Radio site before completing this lesson so that the plot is clear in your minds.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/english-ks2-macbeth-index/zkxcbdm

Within the lesson, you will recap some word class activities before having a go at analysing the vocabulary in the first Act. I can’t wait to see your interpretations of the language.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-analyse-the-opening-of-the-play-macbeth-c9h3cd

Reading:

A really interesting news article today guys! Girls Takeover – as always, read the text then answer the questions below. I have included the answers for you to check afterwards.

Computing:

In computing today, I would like to consider fair usage of the internet and resources that are out there. The video talks you through being able to use things safely before discussing what copyright is.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/copyright-or-copywrong-60tkgc

Reading Plus:

Lots of you were able to access Reading Plus yesterday which was excellent. Same again today please, spend 30 minutes on the software if possible. Lots of you are really close to the next level so it would be amazing to hand out some awards tonight or tomorrow! Good luck!

TT Rockstars:

You will have noticed that there is a competition ongoing between the whole of Key Stage 2. Please log on and spend 20 minutes or so developing your timetable skills.

Reading Books:

Yesterday, some of you sent in videos of you reading your reading books. It’s great that you are continuing to read these at home so please keep that up!

As previously mentioned, if any parents are having internet, device or software issues, please contact school as soon as possible and we will support in anyway possible. Children should be completing work and handing this in daily so please take photographs and send to the above email address.

Take care and a huge well done for tackling the learning so far this week,

Mr Hunter

Thank you for sending in your learning Year 6! It’s lovely to see that you’re all tackling this latest hurdle with great maturity! Here are some photos of your learning up to now. I will post more of these each day. If you are having issues with completing the learning, please contact school.

Tuesday 13th October:

Welcome back Year 6, I hope that we are all well and looking forward to another day of home learning. It was great to see all of your learning from yesterday! Any work completed today should be sent to: year6homeworknpa@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Reading Plus:

All parents should now be able to access your log in details for Reading Plus – I would like you to spend at least 30 minutes on there today. You will notice that I have opened up the message boxes so you can send me a message when you have completed your 30 minutes. I am hoping to hand out more awards this week for levelling up!!

Maths:

We will be continuing with the place value learning this morning. There is a PowerPoint, video and worksheet below. Remember, if you don’t have access to a printer, this can just be completed on paper.

English:

The lesson today is based around Macbeth again but with a focus on some grammar learning. You will be working with past, present and future tenses. Watch the video below and complete the activities within. The answers are available at the end of the video.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-explore-using-the-simple-past-present-and-future-tense-c5h32d

Reading:

Below is a reading task linked to Prince William – the answers to the questions are on the third page – no peeking!!

Computing:

In computing, I would like you to look into the design of webpages. You will get the opportunity to discuss designs you like before having a go at designing your own. Remember, there is an introductory quiz and a post class quiz.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-would-you-lay-out-your-web-page-6djp2t

Want something extra?

TimesTable Rockstars – try to play this for around twenty minutes per day.

Reading Plus – I would like you to spend at least 30 minutes of Reading Plus.

I look forward to reading the work that your parents hand in – if you have any questions, please use the email address above or contact school.

Thank you and take care,

Mr Hunter

Monday 12th October:

Here we go then Year 6!! Our first morning of home learning this academic year! Today I will post a couple of lessons for you to be getting on with and I will be in contact with your parents through email to discuss log in details for Reading Plus etc. I would love to see some of the work that you have completed today so please get your parents to take photographs and send them to: year6homeworknpa@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Maths:

We will be looking at place value of numbers this week Year 6! First, we will recap any previous knowledge on numbers up to 1,000,000. Below you will see a PowerPoint, please follow these slides and watch the video to help you.

Please complete the worksheet on paper if you don’t have access to a printer.

English:

In English this week, we will be focusing on Macbeth again. We would have been completing some writing in school so I am hoping to build up to that point by the end of the week. Today, I would like you to focus on the history of Macbeth – the below lesson will take you on a recap of Shakespeare and then talk you through the history of the play. Please complete the mind map on paper and send it to the above email address.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-build-knowledge-of-the-historical-context-of-the-play-macbeth-6ngker

Reading:

I have attached a reading comprehension below. Please complete the 2 or 3 star activities.

Computing:

This afternoon I would like to have a go at a computing unit. The first session will focus on what makes a good website. There is a short quiz that I would like you to complete. Again, please send the completed answers to the above email address.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-makes-a-good-website-c9gkcc

PE:

It will be really important that we try to stay as active as possible during the next two weeks, so we will continue with PE on our usual days. PE with Joe is in the video below – I am sure you have seen these before, enjoy!

Please check back in tomorrow for some more learning! Take care Year 6, Mr Hunter and Mrs Wood!

Week Beginning: 5th October 2020

Welcome back to our blog! I know I said this las week but I must mention the progress that we are making so far this year. The children are willing to learn at all times and that is obvious in the outcomes in their books.

This week, we started focusing on Macbeth by William Shakespeare. We have been reading the adapted version alongside a radio version of the play. The children have been really enjoying the story so far and have explored some Shakespearean language. We have been exploring punctuating dialogue before re-writing a part of Act I, Scene III. I am looking forward to seeing what the children produce next week.

In maths, we have been focusing on written methods of multiplication and division. As a class, we are much more confident using the written methods for each and we are now focusing on developing our knowledge of multiplication and division facts.

On Friday, we helped raise awareness of Children’s Mental Health with Hello Yellow. All children dressed in bright or yellow colours and we took part in some activities linked to improving our mental health.

Our word of the week for next week is:

apparent

Reminders:

All children must come into school wearing PE kits on a Monday and Friday – a school jumper must be worn alongside the PE kit.

Children should be accessing TimesTable Rockstars daily – we will be taking part in a competition across school next week!

Please ask your child about our new rewards system in class – Class Dojo!

As always, any questions, please do not hesitate to ask

Mr Hunter

Week Beginning: 28th September 2020

Welcome back everyone, what a great week we have had in Year 6! I want to say a huge well done to all in the class; their attitudes to learning have been brilliant and we are definitely making progress in our catch up period in Autumn Term.

Within maths, we have been focusing on measures and converting a range of these. Lots of budding tradesmen and women in our class! In writing, we have been writing letters in the style of Stanley from Hole – keep your eyes peeled on Monday for our finished examples – will post them as an addition to the weekly blog.

Please ask your children about Reading Plus! We have just started an exciting new programme to support our reading fluency and comprehension skills. I will be in contact with you in the coming weeks to discuss this further.

Our word of the week for next week is:

amateur

Please practise reading and spelling this word as it will be a part of our spelling list for next week.

Reminders:

Applications for secondary schools is closing this week – please contact school if you are having any issues.

All children should be accessing TimesTable Rockstars daily – if they play 10 games per night (approx 12minutes) they will make stacks of progress!!

All children should bring in their reading books daily. This really supports their independence and allows us to read with a larger number every week.

Spellings are currently being generated from the Statutory Word List for Y5 and 6. Children have a copy of all of these words, I am setting them a personal challenge of being able to spell all of these by Christmas! Let’s see if we can do it!

Have a great weekend and I look forward to sharing our learning with you all next week!

Mr Hunter

Week Beginning: 21st September 2020

Welcome back to our blog – we’ve had such a busy week this week! I am so impressed with the attitudes of all children and we are making great progress in our writing and maths.

Within our topic, we have been focusing on the Maya Civilisation and we have been able to read and write their numbers confidently and we even looked into the style of writing the Maya people would have used.

In maths, we have tackled some fractions learning from last year! We have managed to crack equivalent fractions and we are now much more confident comparing fractions! I would love it if the children could spend a little more time of TimesTable Rockstars over the coming weeks in order to really fly through our tables knowledge!

In writing, we have been writing non-chronological reports based on Yellow-Spotted Lizards (ask your children!!). Please check out some of our examples below:

Reminders:

Applications are now live for secondary school places – we recommend that parents complete their applications sooner rather than later.

Children should be accessing Times Table Rockstars daily – this is a perfect way to improve their times table knowledge.

Week Beginning: 14th September 2020

What a busy week we have had in Year 6 this week!! We started the week by looking at some formal and informal language in our English lessons – we loved exploring vocabulary choices for a more formal text type!

In maths, we have been focusing on angles and developing what we had learned in Year 5. We are aware of all of the angle names and we can find missing angles in straight lines and around a point.

In our afternoon sessions, we focused on a unit of art based on sketching. Check out our sketching inspired by the American artist, Adonna Khare.

Welcome Back!

Hello everyone and welcome back to school; we have had an excellent week settling in to the changes that have been made and children will certainly agree that everything seems pretty normal around school! We have started this week by discussing the challenges ahead and how we would be able to manage our feelings during these – I have been particularly impressed with the maturity levels already!

A few reminders about our new school routines:

Children can arrive from 8:45 for a 9am start – all children will be temperature checked on entry.

We must remind parents that there is a one-way system that must be adhered to in school and, where possible, we are asking that only one adult collects children.

PE: Our PE days are Monday and Friday – we have made the decision that all children can come into school in their PE kits for the PE days. If it is a chilly day, children can wear tracksuit bottoms.

We are looking forward to an exciting and learning-filled year! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Thanks,

Mr Hunter and Mrs Wood

Week Beginning: 29th June 2020

Hello everyone, I hope all of you home learners are doing well and managing to access learning from this blog. I will be aiming to contact you all this week to discuss how you are getting on and answer any questions about transition.

Maths:

Maths this week will focus on Ratio, as usual, all resources are available through the White Rose Maths website.

Transition:

I hope that you have all recieved your welcome packs from the secondary school that you will be attending. I have posted links below of some activities that you could complete to support with this if need be. The Biddick transition pack includes welcomes from Head of Year and a tour of the school building.

http://www.biddickschoolsportscollege.com/parents/transition/

Included within the above link are letters to parents and some activities for you to try whilst being at home.

Art Competition:

You may have seen on Facebook that we will be hosting an art competition this week – I do hope we have some amazing entries from Year 6. Below is all of the information you will need.

Week Beginning: 22nd June 2020

Hello everyone, welcome back to our weekly class blog! It has been great to see some of you back at school with us. Although there is still some of you working from home, we will be completing similar tasks across the weeks.

English:

This week in English we will be focusing on Limericks and Clerihews before moving on to a National Writing Challenge on Wednesday. On Friday, we will be taking part in a book club based on a famous William Shakespeare text. Please see the below links for these tasks.

Monday: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zpb3trd

Wednesday: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zw4q4xs

Thursday: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zb39vwx

Friday: I will post this link as soon as it is live on the BBC website.

Maths:

This week in maths we will be recapping area and perimeter.

Monday: Area and perimeter of rectilinear shapes

Tuesday: Area of triangles

Wednesday: Area of parallelograms

Thursday: Volume of cuboids

Friday: White Rose Challenge – last week Grace won the challenge in class!

As always, tasks and videos can be found here: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/

Other ‘stuff’:

This week, you should receive a welcome pack from your chosen secondary school. Within this, there will be stacks of activities that will support the transition to secondary school. We will be looking at these in school and I will post our worksheets and tasks when we complete them.

Next week, I will be contacting all parents just to have a little catch up at how we are getting on with home learning etc. I look forward to speaking to all parents/carers.

Class of 2020: It dawned on me last week that we will be unable to have our usual class of 2020 photographs for our Y6 leavers. With this in mind, I will be contacting parents to discuss an alternative that we will be creating in school and with the support of those of you still working at home. Keep your eyes peeled on Facebook for further information.

Take care,

Mr Hunter

Week Beginning: 15th June 2020

Welcome back everyone, I have started this week with great excitement to see some of you return to school from Wednesday. Myself and Mrs Wood can’t wait to greet you on Wednesday morning. Although some of you are returning to school, I will continue to update the class blog weekly. Don’t worry those of you at home, it will be similar to what we will be doing in class.

Maths:

We will be continuing the theme of algebra this week and moving onto some more challenging concepts. Please follow the below link for lessons this week – all of the resources are attached. It even includes some answers for your parents!

Monday: Forming and solving two step equations

Tuesday: Using substition

Wednesday: Converting metric measures

Thursday/Friday: White Rose Challenges

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zncsscw/year-6-and-p7-lessons

Week Beginning: 8th June 2020

Welcome back everyone – let’s hope we have some more sunshine this week! Some more lovely tasks for you to be getting on with.

Maths:

White Rose will be brining our maths lessons this week – ALGEBRA!!

whiterose.com/homelearning

English:

Slightly different in English this week. We have some reading and research activities. I’ve attached the sheets below and answers are included in the documents.

Topic:

It’s around about this time when we would be discussing our futures and looking forward to the challenges we have ahead of us. With this in mind, I would like you to consider which jobs you want to work as when you are older. The sheets attached will break down the tasks for you.

We are looking forward to welcoming some of you back to school next week – we will be opening on Wednesday 17th June to Year 6 children. Further information can be found in the whole school blog section.

Week Beginning: 1st June 2020

Can you believe it is June already?! I hope everyone had a relaxing half term and enjoyed plenty of sunshine! As always, a few things to keep you all busy this week.

English:

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-6/english#subjects

Access the above link for our English lessons this week – all about newspapers! A perfect time to be focusing on news with everything that is going on in the world!

Lesson 1: Fact Retrieval

Lesson 2: Reading and locating key information

Lesson 3: Identifying features of a text

Lesson 4: Using direct speech to write quotes

Lesson 5: Writing a newspaper article

It would be excellent to see some of the learning taking place this week – email new.penshaw@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Something a little different?

Want to try some new art skills? We have three lessons on how to add visual texture and creating optical illusions this week. If you have time there are three lessons linked to pulse and rhythm. All lessons can be found here: https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-6/foundation#subjects

Maths:

I thought a little bit of revision on the topics already covered would be excellent for you all this week. Use the link below to find 15 lessons based on fractions and problem solving – I am not expecting you to complete all 15 but I thought it would be great for you to take ownership of your learning and choose the lessons you need further support on. Any questions, please contact school.

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-6/maths#subjects

Week Beginning: 18th May 2020

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a great, relaxing weekend despite the limited sunshine! As always, please see below for the tasks available this week.

Maths:

Visit: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/ for all of the lessons this week.

Lesson 5: Challenge day Friday – use the above link to find the challenge on Friday.

A step back in time:

A history lesson for you guys this week.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z4b8jhv

Use the above link to access some learning linked to Henry VIII. There is a brilliant video to watch before completing a quiz based on his life.

English:

I have read some really interesting news stories this week and I thought you would love to read them.

Spelling:

It would be great to hear how you have been managing with your home learning! If you have anything to share or any questions please send them to: new.penshaw@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Take care!

COVID-19 UPDATE

Please see the letter below regarding a potential reopening of school for your year group.

Week Beginning: 11th May 2020

Welcome back to our weekly blog, I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend in the sunshine! I hope you enjoy some of the tasks we have planned for this week.

English:

We will be following the Oak Academy English lessons this week. Use the link below to access the sessions.

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-6/english#subjects

Lesson 1 and 2: These lessons will be linked to reading around instructions

Lesson 3: Identifying the features of an instruction text

Lesson 4: Varying sentence openers

Lesson 5: Writing Instructions

Something a little different?

After something a little different this week? Why not try out the history lesson based on Tutankhamun? Use the link below to find out more.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zr2tnrd

Maths:

More fractions this week guys!! All to be found at:

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/

Lesson 1: Multiplying fractions by whole numbers

Lesson 2: Multiplying fractions by fractions

Lesson 3: Dividing fractions by integers

Lesson 4: Finding fractions of amounts

Designing PPE!
Nissan are calling for children to make pictures which will be printed on PPE equipment that they are making for Key Workers!
Your task: Design an image to be printed on PPE equipment, include your first name only, your school and your age. This could be a rainbow, smiling faces, anything that you think will make key workers happy!

Week Beginning: 4th May 2020

Happy Monday everyone! It would have been a 4 day week this week!! I have provided you with a range of interesting tasks to be going ahead with – please come back on Wednesday to see a special VE Day activity!

English:

For our English lessons this week, I would love us to take part in the Oak Academy sequence. The lessons will be based around information leaflets.

Lesson 1: Reading activity to keep our brains ticking over!

Lesson 2: Identifying key features

Lesson 3: Levels of Formality

Lesson 4: Writing an information leaflet

All lessons are available at this link: https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-6

Spellings:

Spellings for this week can be found below:

Maths:

One of my favourite weeks this week for maths: FRACTIONS! As usual, all links and videos can be found here:

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/

Lesson 1: Simplify Fractions

Lesson 2: Compare and Order Fractions

Lesson 3: Add and Subtract Fractions

Lesson 4: Mixed Addition and Subtraction of Fractions

Lesson 5: Friday Challenge – see below for more details!!

Wanting a little extra work?

BBC Bitesize
Some amazing lessons available this week! There is a great trade and economy lesson that I think you will all find really useful! Why not give it a go?

Audible
Audible is a website filled with a range of audio books. Recently, they have started to offer children’s books for free. On the site, there are a range of books to listen to, from Harry Potter to Kid Normal. How amazing! Take a look https://stories.audible.com/discovery

Anyone up for a maths challenge?

This week I will be completing the White Rose Maths Challenge on Friday and I would love for guys to take part too. Check out our Facebook page for more details later in the week.

I’d love to see some of the learning you are all getting up to! Please email what you have completed to: new.penshaw@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Week Beginning: 27th April 2020

Hello again everyone – I’m pleased to see that the sun is shining still!! Mrs Johnson has set everyone the challenge of posting images of some home learning this week – I can’t wait to see all of your photos and videos!

Maths:

We will continue with the White Rose Hub documents and home learning tasks – this week we are focusing on angles and then a spot of problem solving. As always, resources are at the link below:

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/

English:

Who has been inspired by Captain Tom? I certainly have! This week I would like you to read around his story and complete a comprehension task. The answers are included in the link below – NO CHEATING GUYS!

Spelling:

Spellings are at the below links.

Wanting a little extra work?

Oak National Academy
A new online classroom has been created by teachers to support children learning at home. The website provides high quality resources, which are updated weekly, and link to many areas of the curriculum. If this is of interest take a look at https://www.thenational.academy/

Audible
Audible is a website filled with a range of audio books. Recently, they have started to offer children’s books for free. On the site, there are a range of books to listen to, from Harry Potter to Kid Normal. How amazing! Take a look https://stories.audible.com/discovery

Anyone up for a maths challenge?

Have a go at the below maths challenge, I would love to see the work you are completing! Email: new.penshaw@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

Wednesday 22nd April:

Hello again everyone, I have been spending some time this afternoon looking at the BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons website and I am really impressed with some of the activities and I wanted to share one activity from tomorrow that I think will be really useful for you all!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zj2grj6 – Wellbeing Task

The above link will take you to a webpage with videos and advice on all things moving onto secondary school. The videos look at the main differences between primary and secondary school and I think it would be great for you to watch these and have a go at the linked tasks on the page. Take care and stay safe!

Mr Hunter

Week Beginning: 20th April 2020

Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to our home learning blogs following a sunshine-filled Easter Holidays! We hope that everyone has enjoyed some of the lovely sunshine and that we are remaining as active as possible whilst staying at home! Throughout this week, I will be pointing you in the direction of a range of key resources and home learning tasks that have been released to support both children and parents. I have spent this morning looking at some of the excellent materials out there and I can’t wait for you guys to try some of these this week. Also, if you want to share some of your learning with us please email: new.penshaw@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk

English: For our English lesson this week we will be focusing on newspaper articles and we will hopefully have a go at writing one by the end of the week. Choose lesson 3 on the below link to read an extract from Harry Potter before locating the key facts.

Maths: Everyone loves a spot of fractions revision right?! Well today you’re in for a treat, we will be expressing fractions in a range of ways. Follow the videos on Lesson 2 before completing the quiz to test your knowledge – there is lots of help on the videos within the lesson so don’t panic!

History: Who wants to take a trip down memory lane? Choose Lesson 1 on the link below to access a history lesson based around World War 1 – let’s see what we can remember from our learning throughout November!

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-6/#schedule

The link has 3 lessons that I have mentioned above – the lessons can be accessed easily through mobile phones, tablets, laptops and computers. You don’t even need a printer to take part!!

Want to try something else?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylesson – an alternative set of lessons from BBC Bitesize

https://whiterosemaths.com/ – the week has been updated with a new concept for you to try.

Remember to continue to follow Government advice and we all hope that we are back together learning within our school soon! Take care and enjoy the sunshine while we have it!!

Week Beginning 30th March:

Happy Monday everyone! Just a brief update with some more engaging tasks and opportunities for learning whilst at home this week.

Spelling: want to brush up on some of the spelling words and rules that we have learned this year? Try these out this week:

Maths: every day this week White Rose Maths will be hosting a live lesson from 10am (still plenty of time for a lie in!). Use the link below to access home learning – each lesson will consist of a video tutorial of the concept, some worksheet tasks (these can be done in the books you went home with) and the answers to all problems! White Rose are even holding competitions on social media for those of you who would like to enter.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/

The focus for the rest of the week is calculating scale factors and then building onto measure angles! Enjoy!

Computing: for those of you who have access to iPads, tablets or computers at home, why not log onto PurpleMash? I have set a ‘Todo’ for you all and i would love to see what you have been up to with your computing learning so don’t forget to hand these in.

If you don’t know your username and password, email the school and we will send this back.

English: did anyone join in with the applause for the NHS last week? It was amazing to see! I’ve attached a daily newsletter from Twinkl below all about it, attached to the document is a comprehension that you could complete in your workbooks.

Reminders:

Joe Wicks will be hosting PE lessons every morning from 9am.

David Walliams is reading different stories from 11am on his Facebook page.

Check back here regularly to see what new learning you could be doing.

And most of all, stay at home where possible and stay safe!

Mr Hunter 🙂

Week Beginning 23rd March:

Just a quick update for all you ‘home learners’! There are lots of activities to be completed on White Rose Maths – they are even teaching a daily lesson at 10am if you wanted to test your maths ability.

I am sure many of you will have already watched these, but Joe Wicks is holding a live PE lesson every morning from 9am! Why don’t you get up early and burn off some energy for the day ahead?

If you are wanting to take a journey down memory lane, there will be a live history lesson held on the below link

https://facebook.com/events/s/live-history-lesson-from-secre/682955445790269/?ti=as

I hope this will all help you remain busy and keep those brains ticking over!

Remember to stay at home where possible and take care!

Mr Hunter

Science Week: 9th – 13th March 2020

What a fun-filled, scientific week we have had here at New Penshaw Academy! The week started on Monday with an initial investigation into refraction! The children were amazed at how an arrow appeared to change direction when placed behind a transparent glass of water!

Later in the week, we held a family learning morning where we took part in the creation of bird feeders to use within our environment. All children had great fun but we did make a bit of a mess in the classroom!

Week Beginning: 2nd March 2020

We’ve been so busy here this week! We have had visitors in school and been on our own exploration day at Eden Camp – see photos below.

On Thursday, we had a visit from a theatre company as part of our World Book Day celebrations. We had a whistle stop tour of the life of William Shakespeare before focusing on his final play The Tempest. The children explored the key events of the play before getting to know the protagonist, Prospero in a little more detail.

Eden Camp Visit – 4th March 2020

What an amazing day we had at Eden Camp! We were able to experience World War 2 in the year 2020 at Eden Camp; the children explored ‘The Blitz’ where we were able to walk through an air raid (the sounds and smells were completely mind blowing).

Check out the pictures from our day below:

Week Beginning: 24.2.2020 – Blitz n Pieces

Such a positive week this week in Year 6! The learning has been focused around a key part of World War 2 – The Blitz. The children read publications and posters linked to remaining safe during and preparing for an air raid. When complete, we wrote procedural texts advising how to remain safe during an air raid within the Blitz period.

Within our maths learning, we have been focusing on the language of ratio. At first, we found this challenging but with a positive mindset, we have managed to crack this and we are now ready to solve problems involving ratio and proportion.

Week Beginning: 10.2.2020 – All of the Lights!

I am so pleased with the attitudes to learning from Year 6 this week!! We started the week by continuing with our celebration of Charles Dickens. We read an extract from his original A Christmas Carol and discussed how he portrayed the character Scrooge – the children approached the tricky vocabulary with an amazing attitude and they were pleased to see that some of his chosen phrases are still used to this day.

In maths, we have moved onto focusing on converting a variety of measures. We have made great progress within this concept this week and everyone has managed to attempt some tricky problems when fluent in converting. Next week, we will be moving onto ratio!!

In science this week, we started our new unit of Light! The children had some excellent prior knowledge of light and shadows and used this within our first session when we looked at how light rays travel. Later in the week, we looked at reflections and angles of reflection and incidence! We definitely have some budding scientists in class! Remember to check back next week to see our periscopes made from cereal boxes.

Reminders:

Reply slips for Eden Camp visit are due Friday 14th February

Monday 24th February is an INSET day and school is closed to all children. Children return to school on Tuesday 25th February following half term.

Week Beginning: 3.2.2020

Can you believe it is February already?! Yet another busy week for Year 6 this week – full of positivity and enthusiasm! The week started with an assembly from Mrs Flood outlining the key focus for this week: Children’s Mental Health Week. The children have approached this week with such a positive and respectful mindset.

We started on Tuesday by learning something NEW – in our case, we have been learning to play the cup song using plastic cups. We will be performing these during our assembly on Friday! On an afternoon we have been taking part in mindfulness breaks; ours included relaxation. We listened to some classical music whilst controlling our breathing.

In English lessons, we have been focusing on the famous author Charles Dickens (it’s his birthday on Friday). We completed some lovely double-page spread fact files before having a closer look at some of his famous work – can you believe some of his stories had over 1000 pages?!

In maths, we started ALGEBRA!!! The children have been so positive towards this and have started to apply their knowledge into some tricky problems. I’m so impressed with the way they tackle challenging mathematical concepts!!

Reminders:

SATs morning booster clubs are up and running – Monday – Friday 8:15-8:45

Letters and parental contributions for Eden Camp visit are due Friday 14th February

Week Beginning: 27.1.2020

Year 6 have been working so hard this week and we want to start by saying how proud we are of the efforts of all children!! Let’s keep it up! The week started with our English learning where we have been writing a balanced argument based on the question: should children have been evacuated during World War 2? Check back next week to see these displayed within the classroom.

Within Maths, we have been developing our knowledge of percentages and their relationship to decimals and fractions. We have focused on converting a percentage from a decimal and vice versa. The children are becoming much more confident!

Within our art lessons we have developed our knowledge of the famous artist Joseph Turner. The children looked into his life before focusing on his art work. Check out our studies below!

Reminders:

SATs breakfast clubs will be ongoing next week: Monday – Friday 8:15 – 8:45 (all children welcome)

A letter regarding our visit to Eden Camp (4.3.20) will be sent out this week.

Week Beginning 20.1.2020

What a busy week we have had! The week started with a celebration of religions around the world with a key focus on weddings. The children completed some research based on the given religions before writing an information leaflet aimed at parents. They loved finding out about the different traditions.

On Monday afternoon, we focused on the Mehndi tradition and completed our own designs linked to the images we focused on. On Thursday, the whole school focused on the text ‘Only One You’, each class looked at the key morals and will be contributing towards a whole school display within the foyer. Photos will be revealed when it is complete!

Reminders:

SATs morning clubs are now up and running and we are seeing lots of faces each morning. It is very important that your children try to attend as many of these as possible.

Parents Evening will be held next week on Monday and Wednesday – please see your class teacher for appointment times.

All children MUST have a PE kit each week – it is important they are changing into their kits for the sessions.

Week Beginning 7.1.2020

Welcome to 2020! Year 6 have had a great start to the decade this week with the key focus being based around World War 2. We started the week with an introduction to the war and the experiences some children had – searching for Anderson Shelters and having to live with air-raids.

Within maths, the children have worked tirelessly to develop their knowledge of decimals and I am so proud of their achievements this week – let’s keep it up throughout January and into the summer term. Within English lessons, the children have been forming their own opinions on the topic of evacuation. We have some really strong views and I am looking forward to reading the persuasive letters that we will write next week. Be sure to check back to see some snippets of these.