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Home Learning Week 3

Year 6 Summer 1 – Week 1: Tuesday 21st April 2020


Welcome back to our official Summer term – Summer 1, week 1.


We hope you had a lovely Easter and have enjoyed this heaven-sent summer weather!  We are still missing you loads and can’t wait to see you all.  We really enjoyed making our Easter photo montage; it made us feel a little closer to you all!

We hope you are still keeping active and trying to do some form of physical activity each day – this weather has certainly helped!  If you don’t manage to get outside, there are some lovely family workouts on the internet, including Joe Wicks.  You can always look at doing the ones from previous weeks too!

We have put some new learning activities our class page for this week; any resources that you may need will be further down the page so look for any powerpoints or attachments on there.  In addition to the 10-minute tests, tables and spellings (please let us know your scores), there will be new maths, science and PSHE.  In addition, please continue with your Shakespeare research and the longer term projects like the Beatles and your Geography.

We would love to hear from you via our email address – keep us updated on your learning, feel free to ask questions and advice and please send us photographs of what you’ve been doing…we can’t wait to hear from you!


BBC Bitesize

Please have a look through the daily lessons from the BBC bitesize. There might be something you want to revise or consolidate so have a go at any of the lessons on there and let us know how you get on.



Spelling These are the spellings we would like you to learn this week.

Spelling pattern: Homophones and other words that are often confused.


morning          mourning;      compliment    complement

assent             ascent;            draft                draught


The important part of homophones is that you know which word belongs to which meaning.  We would like you to look these up in a dictionary and put them into a sentence.  Please send us your sentences as well as your scores.


The word ‘desert’ can be a verb and a noun.  Look it up in the dictionary and tell us what the meaning of the verb is and the meaning of the noun.  How is this different to the noun ‘dessert’?  Can you tell us?


Orange words:

Communicate; competition; conscious; controversy; correspond; criticise; curiosity (note that this is spelt differently to ‘curious’).




GPS 10-minute test – Summer term: work out 1 – the answers are in the back so please go through them with a parent or older sibling.


Grammar work:

Using a colon, semi colon and dash to mark the boundary between clauses.

We have completed a lot of work in class on this already but you can have a look at the PowerPoint and activity sheets in the resources section and then complete ‘Flora’s Trouble’ on Purple Mash which is in your 2dos.


Reading Try to aim for 30 mins per day.

If you would like to ask your children questions, the following question areas will help:

  • Give / explain the meaning of words in context;
  • retrieve and record information / identify key details from fiction and non-fiction;
  • summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph;
  • make inferences from the text / explain and justify inferences with evidence from the text;
  • predict what might happen from details stated and implied;
  • identify / explain how information / narrative content is related and contributes to meaning as a whole;
  • identify / explain how meaning is enhanced through choice of words and phrases;
  • make comparisons within the text.


As mentioned on our long term plan, we were going to read these children’s thrillers in class so feel free to read one, two or all of them.

I recently read ‘The Graveyard Book’ by Neil Gaiman.  A very intriguing book based on the premise of ‘The Jungle Book’.  Maybe have a read?  We have a copy of this book in our classroom now as we bought it from Waterstones recently. You might be able to find an ebook version online.

‘Room 13’ by Robert Swindells.  Email us to tell us what you think about the ending of this book.  Would you have ended it differently if you were an author? How?

Slightly more challenging: ‘Skellig’ by David Almond

This book is about a figure who is found in a garage of a house.  Is he human?  Interspersed with bits of poetry, this is a different kind of read.  What do they think Skellig is?  This is one of the Y6 recommended texts.

Even more challenging: ‘Mortlock’ by Jon Mayhew.

This award-winning book is a gothic novel set in Victorian England.  It is creepy and fabulous but has some complex ideas.  Quite a tricky read!


THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – A BIOGRAPHY.  Over the next few weeks, you will be researching Shakespeare’s life. Who was he?  When was he?  Where was he?  Why are we learning about him now? 

For this week and next, I would like you research his adult life.  This started in Stratford-upon-Avon and then moved to London.  Please watch the clips that we have put on this class webpage for you as they will really help (see below).

Week 1 (this week):

  • Who did he marry?  At what age?  How old was she?
  • Did they have any children?
  • When did he move to London?  Why did he move there? There are lots of differing ideas for this, can you find them?
  • What were the streets of London where he moved to like?  The smells?  The sounds? How did London contrast to Stratford-upon-Avon? 
  • What did he do for a job?


Week 2 (next week):

  • When did he become involved in the theatre?
  • Who did he meet that influenced his career?
  • How did his life change as he became more famous?
  • Did the sounds and smells change as he became richer?
  • Who did he meet through his fame?
  • What plays did he write?
  • Did he write anything else?


We would love to hear how you are getting on with his adult life.


REMEMBER – search the internet safely – search using ‘ks2’ or ‘for kids’.  Here are some links that you may find useful:



  1. Maths 10-minute test – Summer term: work out 1 – the answers are in the back so please go through them with a parent or older sibling. Please do not just leave gaps if you don’t understand – use your revision guides or ask a parent for help.


  1. 7 x tables: please learn these – multiplication facts and division facts.  You should also be able to apply them to place value questions i.e. 6 x 8 = 48; 6 x 8000 = 48000; 0.6 x 8 = 4.8 etc.


  1. 2D Shape: We have moved our topics around slightly to fit in with the White Rose Home Learning Information.  Please follow this link where you will find video clips for you have your child to watch which explains the small steps in learning for 2D shape (vertically opposite angles) and activity sheets for your child to complete. The questions on the sheets vary so please leave out any of the more challenging questions and come back to them at the end. You don’t need to print the activity sheets; you can always just write the answers on a piece of paper. Please follow the link below to White Rose Home Learning: Summer term week 1: vertically opposite angles.


More activities linked to this can be found in the documents section.


  1. Classroom Secret Kids: Please complete the games below:  (remember that a composite number is any number which is divisible by another number as well as itself and 1 i.e. any number which is NOT a prime number.


  1. SumDog: Complete the activities allocated on there – Volume and Area of shapes.


  1. PurpleMash: We have set you some maths ‘2dos’ which are:


                                      Types of angles

                                      Angles in triangles

                                      Estimating angles


History – Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world.


Here are some of the most famous battles and wars of Ancient Greece:


    • The Trojan War (circa 1200 BCE) In Greek mythology, the Trojan War was waged against the city of Troy by the Greeks after Paris of Troy took Helen from her husband Menelaus, king of Sparta. The war is one of the most important events in Greek mythology and has been narrated through many works of Greek literature, most notably Homer's Iliad.


    • The Battle of Marathon. The Battle of Marathon took place in 490 BC, during the first Persian invasion of Greece. It was fought between the citizens of Athens, aided by Plataea, and a Persian force commanded by Datis and Artaphernes. The battle was the culmination of the first attempt by Persia, under King Darius I, to subjugate (dominate and control) Greece. The Greek army decisively defeated the more numerous Persians, marking a turning point in the Greco-Persian Wars – famous as, normally, Persia won!


    • 1. The Peloponnesian War (431–404 BC) was an ancient Greek war fought by the Delian League led by Athens, against the Peloponnesian League led by Sparta.



We have already learnt about the Trojan War but can you find out about the other two: The Battle of marathon and The Peloponnesian War. 


We have attached a powerpoint about both The Battle of Marathon and the Trojan War (to remind you).  We have also included a link to a 14 minute Youtube video about The Peloponnesian War.  This video is by an American teacher called Mr Shay.  His speech is a bit slow but stick with it, as it is full of very good information.  In school, we use several sources so it is too much to put on the Internet, so this is the best one.  We love the way he says, “The Peloponnesian Warrrrrrr…. Dah dah dah…”. This is quite complex as it happened over a number of years.  Watch this video and try to work out the main events in order.


Once you have looked at all the information, we would like you to create a comic strip of one of the battles/ wars highlighting key events and the order in which they happened.  Just have a go!



You have a longer project which you might be completed or you might be working on it still. We would also like you to use the ‘British Science Week booklet’ (In the resources section) and complete the activities on p.9 – Journey to Antarctica. You will also need to read the fact sheet on p.10.


Science: This week we would like you to use Purple Mash and research a famous scientist who had an important impact on the world. We are unable to set this as a ‘2do’ task so you will need to go to ‘home’ and then click on ‘Science’. Then go to topics and click on ‘scientists’. You can choose any of the scientists on the page to research. If you save your work in your folder on Purple Mash, we will be able to read it.

We have also set you a ‘Women in Science Quiz’ to complete but this has been attached as a 2Do.

Music: A new topic will be included at a later date.


PSHE: Identity, Society and Democracy - Human Rights

LESSON ONE: Children will learn about people who have moved from other places (including the experience of refugees).

With an adult, watch the two real stories below:

  1. Can you find out what migration means?
  2. Can you find out what the term refugee means?  Can you identify the reasons why people move from one place to another?  Do you understand that refugees may have to leave their home country, due to persecution or war?  Think back to your work on refugees from Year 4, what do you think are some of the challenges of moving and settling in a new place are for refugees?

The reason for teaching this is so that children are able to empathise with the experiences and challenges moving and settling in new place might bring.

Next week: we will learn about human rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.


RE: A new topic will be included at a later date.


PE: Joe Wicks will also be doing a daily PE lesson for all children daily at 9.00am on Youtube.

Try to remember any yoga stretches that we did and how to practise your mindfulness when stretching.


30 Day Lego Challenge!

On the Home Learning Hub you will find a copy of the 30 Day Lego Challenge. Have a go and email us some photos of your own creations!