During the Summer holidays, the nrich maths website are producing a challenge a day. These aren’t compulsory (you don’t have to do them); they are optional (you can choose to do them if you want). Have a look at them here:
Following this week’s visits by Coombeshead Academy staff to talk with our children about their transition to Coombeshead, we have managed to arrange visits from Newton Abbot College staff next week. Claire Cowan, KS3 Raising Achievement leader, will visit us on Wednesday and Thursday (8th & 9th July) with one of their Heads of House, to discuss transition with groups of children who attend our school on those days. Mr Hankin
It was great to meet Mrs Coulson and Mr Emanuel from Coombeshead Academy this week – we all said how it helped us know lots more about going to secondary school. They answered loads of our questions and made us feel excited about going to Coombeshead. They told us about the Induction day which will take place online this year, due to our current Covid situation. Future Coombeshead students will need to be ready to go online at 10am tomorrow – that’s Wednesday 1st July at 10am. They think it should last until lunchtime. You can just watch or you can join in at some points during the session. There are lots of important people to meet so enjoy it!
If your parents/carers can’t find the email from Coombeshead which was sent yesterday, you can follow the link here:
If you can’t follow it, copy and paste it into your address bar, like we did in class over the last couple of days. This is a really important part of the transition process so make sure you are ready just before 10am on Wednesday – that’s TOMORROW!
Each day this week, the children in Year 6 have had the opportunity to take part in a Zoom chat with Alex and Rachel from The Station, a youth club in town. Our children have been asking them all sorts of questions about their transition to secondary school and playing some fun games too. The centre leaders will be sending contact details in to school so your child can continue the fun via Zoom at home. Again, this will need your authorisation first, of course. The transition to secondary school can be quite a tricky journey, so the more opportunities your child has to talk to adults involved in the journey, the better.
Hi Parents/Carers – I hope you are well.
We have managed to arrange a Question and Answer session via Zoom with the Station Youth Centre in Newton Abbot. It will take place during your child’s day in school of the week commencing 22nd June and will give the opportunity to ask any questions about the transition to secondary school. In order for this to happen, you will need to give your consent by filling out an online form here:
The event should really help kick off our efforts to invest in the process of transition and all of the benefits this will bring your child.
Year 6 teacher
First of all – thank you! Thanks for making our first week back together so enjoyable. I had a great time seeing you all again and it sounds like you had a decent time too seeing your friends in school and having a bit of a laugh – oh and doing some learning too! Thank you for following the social distancing rules – I know it can be difficult but you did a great job of sitting apart in class, trying hard to not touch your face and washing your hands thoroughly before and after every transition. It’s tough, I know, but you did it! As a result, you kept yourself and others safe, so thank you and well done!
Thank you again for the attitude to learning you brought to school with you. It’s been tricky being away from school for 10 weeks so you’re bound to forget some things. It was such a great experience for me this week, seeing you lot as great learners recognise where your understanding was a little rusty, then face up to that challenge and accept the fact that you got something wrong and tell yourself that you noted the mistake and didn’t want to let it happen again. That’s what brilliant learners do! You are brilliant learners!
Whichever day you were in school this week with your small group, you did the same learning as the other children who came into school on different days. Home learning activities are the same for you all too. They are as follows:
Maths – the calculation sheet I handed out
Science – Animal classification profiles for two animals of your choice – just like the ones we looked at in class. Kingdom, phylum, class, order etc
History – research education and learning in Ancient Greece
Reading – The First News crossword and comprehension you were given.
Four learning activities for four remote learning days out of school. All of the remote learning opportunities were practised during your contact day in school then you took the activities home in a plastic wallet. Please make sure you have a go at them and bring them in with you next week on your contact day in school. If any parents of the small number of children who didn’t come in, would like a home learning pack for their child, just get in touch via telephone or email with our Office Team. There have been a couple of requests so far and I have made sure the learning pack was ready at the office when the parent/carer pulled up outside.
So enjoy the remote learning activities, have a lovely weekend and I’ll see you again next week. Look after each other and keep yourselves safe,
Monday 18th May
First login to Discovery Education (Espresso) as usual then follow:
Key Stage Two – Geography – Maps & Mapping. Remember this page – it’s our basis for learning today.
Click on ‘What are Maps?’ then watch the video.
Next look at ‘What we can learn from maps’. Follow the colourful buttons on the right through the different activities and answer the questions.
Next return to the ‘Maps & Mapping’ page, click on ‘Create a Village Trail’ and watch all of the videos showing what another school did to create a map.
Finally Go back to the ‘Maps & Mapping’ title page and similar to the last activity, follow the ‘Making a town map’ link to see how other children constructed their map.
My Mam bought me a map when I was 11. I love that map – I’d be lost without it.
That’s it for today. More ‘mapping madness’ tomorrow…
Tuesday 19th May
Today’s website to look at is BBC Bitesize. Look at Key Stage Two Geography here:
then explore all of the links: mapping the world, latitude and longitude, time zones, maps and contours, keys and symbols.
Take your time – you will need these skills to apply to your learning for the rest of the week. Enjoy!
Did you know that the Police force in Yorkshire had all of their maps stolen? They are currently looking for Leeds…
Wednesday 20th May
First up today, have a look here:
Find your house, find our school, then follow your journey to school, noticing all of the landmarks along the way. Next find The Raleigh Estate where we spent time on residential (it’s over the river from the Royal Naval College near Dartmouth.) Find the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. Do you remember walking across Westminster Bridge when we visited there? Get used to seeing all of the symbols you learnt about yesterday. See how many symbols you can find on the map then check your understanding of them.
Next find some other locations that interest you – it could be the BBC Studios or a particular football stadium or even a place you like to visit with your family.
Can you see how the Ordnance Survey maps are different to other maps you have seen? What is the difference between Ordnance Survey maps and Google maps? What about the difference with Google Earth? Write your observations down…
Thursday 21st May
Today you are putting the learning from this week so far into practice. Think about your house and garden. You might have a ground floor, maybe even a garden or your family might live on a different floor, maybe a first floor flat. You may even have a house with more than one floor or storey. Today, choose a specific floor and map it. Using everything you have learnt this week, draw the map to an accurate scale. You will have to work out an appropriate scale first, considering the size of paper you have. Make it as accurate as possible – you will have to measure lots of objects – does anyone have a tape measure you can use to help you? Good luck!
Friday 22nd May
Today, take your mapping skills outside and map a public area. Maybe you want to map a walk you go on with a parent/carer. Maybe you take the dog for a walk somewhere – estimate some distances with your adult, record them then construct the map when you get home. How about Sandringham Park? There are enough different areas of the park to make it interesting. Just like yesterday, make it as accurate as you can. Obviously with bigger distances to measure today, it won’t be exact but use your maths skills to estimate distances then construct the map properly when you get back home.
It’s half term next week so no more activities from me for now. If you are looking for other things to keep you busy next week, make sure you continue reading and recording in your R&C book, continue to play Prodigy to practice your maths and revisit any of the numerous activities we have shared over the past six weeks or so. Missing you all and fingers crossed we can continue our learning together soon…
Morning all! DISCLAIMER! Don’t worry, before we start, you don’t have to touch a minibeast at all for this week’s activities! In fact, you can do the whole week’s learning from a completely safe distance!
Today’s learning is all about how we can group the range of different plants and animals there are on our amazing planet. Have a look here:
…and explore the questions in red to find out all about classification. Next, use the internet to find out what you can about Carl Linnaeus and present your biographical information into the booklet of lined paper (if you have any space left!) How much information can you find out about him?
Finally, I’m sure you have discovered these titles by now: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species
What are they? What do they mean? Look at the first letter of each word and come up with a way of remembering the order they go in. Here’s mine:
King Philip Can Only Fry Green Sausages.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is an amazing organisation. They help look after the birds we have in this country and provide essential information to people who want to do the same. Have a look here:
It’s a bird identifier. Guess what I am suggesting you do? Yes… identify the birds in your garden. See how many birds you can find today – it may be from your bedroom window or in your garden (if you have one) or even on a walk if you go out with a parent/carer for your daily exercise. They can join in too because toucan play this game (oh dear.) Record all of the species of bird you find. Who can see the most species? Have fun…
Design your own classification key to identify different types of sweet. Choose your favourite sweets (about 10?) then start recognising the differences between them. Does each one have something unusual or special about it? That’s what you could use to help someone identify which one you are talking about. Do they fit into groups? Which groups could you put them in?Look at this key about minibeasts to give you some ideas of what it could look like:
Design your classification key for your sweets then get someone at home to try it out…
Yesterday you designed a classification key for your favourite sweets. Today let’s take our learning outside into your garden or local outside space with a parent. We are going to find minibeasts and classify them. Look for around ten different creatures, identify them and sketch them (or take a photo – smile please!), recording their key identifying features (number of legs, wings, appearance, habitat and so on.) Design a classification key that will help someone to identify a minibeast they were uncertain of. I hope the weather is okay for you today! From talking to others on the ‘phone over the past few weeks, most people have been having a go at the activities but not necessarily on the day they are set for – that’s perfectly fine! You could save this activity for a sunny day…
You met some new friends yesterday – your minibeast neighbours! What was the most unusual minibeast you found? Were you particularly fascinated by any of them? Today we are going to find out everything we can about one of the minibeasts. Remember this information? kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species. Use it as a basis to start investigating your creature. Which kingdom, phylum, class etc does it belong to? What is its binomial latin name? What is a binomial name? Find out! Sketch your creature. Label all of it’s features that make it different from its cousins. What are the features that set it apart, that make it able to be classified separately to other minibeasts? Remember our learning about each of us being unique – well your minibeast certainly is! Collect all of your information about your tiny friend in your lined booklet.
This week we are learning about keeping healthy by thinking about the food we eat and the exercise we enjoy. These have a major influence on how we feel and on the amounts of energy we have at our disposal throughout the day. This in turn has a huge effect on how prepared we are for play and learning.
Keeping track of what we eat.
Have a look at the Eatwell Guide published by the British Nutrition Foundation here:
It gives lots of interesting information about the balance of different kinds of food we need to keep healthy: Proteins, carbohydrates, dairy, fruit & veg.
Design a food diary to keep a record of what you eat each day this week. Record everything you eat – snacks and meals and everything! You WILL be surprised, I promise! Next to each food, find out which food group it belongs to – is it mainly a source of protein, carbohydrate, dairy, fruit & vegetable or mainly sugary? I’m going to do it too – I need to watch out for those sneaky snacks and biscuits though! As well as the food you eat each day, make sure you have a column on your food diary for exercise accomplished each day too. What kind of exercise was it, how long did you do it for? If you have a fancy watch or ‘phone app, you can note down how many calories you burnt off by exercising too! Hey try this:
You need to tell them your height, weight and age (13 minimum) for it to work – it calculates how many calories you burnt off with the exercise activity you did.
Update your food diary… honestly! Don’t miss anything out!
Food investigation – Where does our food come from?
Investigate ten food items that you regularly eat to see where they come from in the world. Banana, chicken nuggets, pizza… there are big concerns about ‘food miles’ where a type of food could be bought locally but supermarkets transport it from miles away, harming the environment by driving it to a store near you in a lorry. The lorry harms the environment by emitting pollution into the atmosphere. I know it’s usually cheaper in a supermarket but go on and prove it – how much does that food item cost in the local shop and how much does it cost in a big supermarket? Is it more expensive to buy fruit and vegetables in a supermarket or in a greengrocer’s? Find out by comparing prices you find online. Record next to the price, the distance the food has travelled – look it up on the supermarket website – it should tell you where the product comes from.
Update your food diary.
Today’s focus – Drinks.
What do you drink? Do you drink water, hot drinks, fizzy drinks or energy drinks? Investigate the amount of sugar that is in a range of drinks – you could do this in a table. What kind of drink is it and what percentage of it is sugar?
Design a poster for primary school children about the dangers of fizzy drinks and energy drinks. What would your advice to them be? We can still have fizzy drinks but there is a better time of day to have them. We need to make sure we are hydrated too: include advice on drinking enough water and the effect of different drinks on our teeth. How can you look after your teeth?
Update your food diary
What happens with the food you don’t eat? Can we reduce food waste? What could you do with it? I have always fancied having a pig as a pet but my partner won’t let me have one. My pig would eat all of the leftovers from our meals so it would be good for the environment! What happens to the food you leave or throw out? Where does it go? Do you have a compost bin? How could that help reduce waste? Remember: reduce, reuse, recycle! Plan a strategy for your household – what are your next steps to make sure you deal with leftovers in a more environmentally-friendly way? If you plan to have a compost bin, find out how it works – what mixture of things need to go in there? Can I just put food leftovers in there or do I need other items too?
It’s a Bank Holiday today so no activities from me, other than to update your food and exercise diary. Enjoy your day everyone and meet you back here next week…
Hi all! I hope you enjoyed last week’s music focus. This week we have an overall focus on invention and design but we will be suggesting other activities for you to have a go at alongside this main project. Make sure you’re still reading and playing Prodigy to practise maths skills. More importantly though, remember to spend time with your family – go for a walk, play a game, share an activity and HAVE FUN TOGETHER!
So… What is an invention? I’ve been having a think and I reckon a good description would be ‘a workable solution to an existing problem.’ An invention doesn’t have to have an engine or whirring wheels and pistons. It could be something small and insignificant. The main thing is that it has an improving effect on people’s lives – it makes a job easier!
Monday 27th April
Here are ten famous inventions. Choose 5 of them, research them and find out a bit about each one. You could think about the following questions:
Who invented it? When?
How did they invent it? Was it deliberate or an accident?
What was the problem that existed before the invention?
How successful was the inventor to begin with? Did the invention work straight away?
What was the original invention like? Big, slow, not very efficient?
How long did it take to develop the invention to a stage where it could be used in everyday life?
Tuesday 28th April
Use Espresso to find out about inventions – type ‘invention’ into the search bar in Discovery Education Espresso and away you go! Just read, explore and discover!
Wednesday 29th April
Find out about an invention of your choice. Which invention of the last two days really interested you? Maybe it wasn’t one of those and you want to find out about a different one you haven’t read about yet. It’s up to you! Research the inventor and their invention in lots of detail. Collect your information in your lined booklet.
Thursday 30th April
Now it’s time to create! Think about a problem in your own life. Something that is inefficient or takes a bit too long to do. Every time you do it, you think ‘oh no, not that again – it’s a real pain!’
Design your own invention to make this area of your life a bit easier to manage. Your design can be as true to life or as fantastical as you would like to make it. Draw your design, label it, write some detail about how it will work around your diagram. Where are the problems with your design? Can you come up with a way of ironing out these problems so your invention works more efficiently?
Friday 1st May
Convince your parents through a Dragon’s Den type presentation that your invention is a good idea, that it will indeed work and that it could save other people lots of time in their lives too. If it will, your invention will be worth investing in because it could make someone a lot of money! Here is a clip to watch, where an inventor presents their own idea to the Dragon’s Den team:
Good luck and remember to let me know how you get on – did they invest in your idea? Good luck and be convincing by including lots of detail. Think of the questions they might ask before they ask them and make sure you respond to them in advance…