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Week 2 - 27.4.20



Spelling Bee

This should be fun. Spellings are boring if you are just going to sit and write them down in a book quietly. This week we are going to think about homophones, something which we have covered before. Homophones are words which sound the same but have a different meaning/ spelling. Here are some examples I’d like you to think about this week:


Cereal / Serial

Further / Father

Guest / Guessed

Passed / Past

Morning / Mourning


Use this time to check the definition of each of the words above. Think about what word class they belong to too e.g. noun, verb etc. Spend some time practising your spellings. Here are some examples of how:


Pyramid spellings – Write the words so you start with the first letter, then the next two…


Speed Spell – How many times can you write the word down in 60 seconds.


Spelling Bee – Find an adult to do a spelling bee. They will say the word, you repeat it and then spell it aloud and then the end by saying the letter (What a nice morning. The word is morning. Morning …. M – O – R – N – I – N –G…. Morning) Swap over so your parent has a turn too.


Sentence Building – Write your word in a sentence so you can show you understand how it would work within a context.


CHALLENGE: Find other examples of homophones which you might often struggle with in class. Begin to create a list which you can bring back to school with you in the future.



Active and passive voice was an area that many of us found tricky when we were still at school. Learning to recognise and use active and passive helps you to identify a writers intentions as well as improve your own writing. I would like you to have a go at this BBC Bitesize lesson all about this area of grammar Once we start writing our adventure stories we will think about how we can use the active and passive voice for effect.  



1) How are you getting on with your reflective diary? I would love to read some extracts if you would like to share them. Remember the Year 6 day to send in work to is a Thursday. 


What did you find out about the adventure genre and its main features? 

The adventure genre consists of books where the main character goes on an epic journey, either personally or geographically. Often they have a mission and face many obstacles on the way to achieving success... The adventure genre often pairs up with the action genre, since the long epic journeys have a lot of action in them. 


It is now time to plan your own adventure story. Remember to keep it simple by using your own experiences as a starting point e.g  use interesting places locally or abroad that you have travelled to as your settings; make the characters exaggerated versions of people you have met and the dilemma the main character faces could be one you have read about or faced yourself. Use the story planning mountain and headings to plan your stories ready to start writing next week. Reading chapters 1 and 2 of Kensukes Kingdom it should help you to think about how to introduce a character and their background. Chapter 2 is also a great example of how to introduce a huge change in a character's life and the beginning of a great geographical adventure.  


Did any of you spend a virtual night at the theatre watching 'Treasure Island' on National Theatre Live? The free stream of the performance has finished now; however, you may wish to prepare for studying Shakespeare at High School by watching Twelfth Night which is available until the 30th April. 



Read or reread chapters 1 and 2 of Kensuke's Kingdom. Answer the comprehension questions about these chapters. 

Keep reading another classic adventure story e.g. Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters, Swallows and Amazons. 

Get inspired by watching these animated adventure stories:


This week we are continuing with work on angles. Please access 'White rose mathematics home learning year 6' on the internet'. Children need to watch the videos and then complete the activity sheets.

For those children who did not finish last weeks work on angles you need to complete these first.

Lesson 1 - Vertically opposite angles

Lesson 2 - Angles in a triangle

Lesson 3 - Angles in a triangle special cases

Lesson 4 - Angles in a triangle missing angles 

This is revision as these concepts have been covered in class.

Lesson 5 - is the Friday Maths Challenge - this is not for the faint hearted and some of these questions are quite difficult. Please note that there is a mistake on challenge 10 the co-ordinates for point B should read (16,3). I have worked out the answers but please note there maybe other ways to solve the problems but hopefully we should get the same answers.

Extension tasks - level 4/5 angles, level 6 angles, angles and shapes cross word and /or wordsearch and missing angles puzzle.


In Science this week we are moving onto a new topic which is about Animals including Humans.
At the end of this lesson the you need to be able to:

1. Identify the components of blood e.g. red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma.

2. Be able to name the different blood groups.


Note for parents: Red blood cells are also called erythrocytes and white blood cells are called leukocytes.


Watch the following:
 BBC bite size – What is in your blood
What is blood and what does it do -
Components of the blood and their functions 
Blood groups antigen A & antigen B

Note for parents: there are 4 main blood groups A, B, AB and O these blood groups are determined by which antigens (proteins) are on the surface of the red blood cells. A has A antigen / B has B antigens/ AB has both A & B antigens and O has no antigens. Each main group is split into two groups dependent on the Rhesus factor (which is the presence or absence of a second protein on the surface of the red blood cells) so you have 8 groups A+/ A-/ B+/ B-/ AB+/ AB-/O+ & 0-. 

You could also conduct some of your own research. 


You need to produce a small information booklet or poster about the ‘components of your blood’ and the different blood types.
You need to provide information on the following:
•    Red blood cells
•    White blood cells
•    Platelets
•    Plasma
•    Blood groups

 The booklet/poster needs to have some kind of picture of each blood cell (e.g. red, white and platelets)– these could be your own sketches or pictures printed from the internet or you could draw the cells as cartoon type characters. (see the picture sheet).
Other information that could be included: The size of each cell/ the number of each type of cell in your body/the colour/structure etc.
Also you need to include information on what job each particular component of the blood does.
Information on blood groups.


Extension activity (optional) -  make a blood smoothie (see attached instruction document).



Geography - At the end of this lesson the children should understand how different types of mountains are formed.

Remember that rivers usually start as tiny streams running down mountain slopes.

Watch Key Stage 2: Mountains. Volcanoes and earthquakes (you only need to watch the section on mountains but can watch the bit about volcanoes and earthquakes if you are interested) to see how mountains are formed.
Also see:
Types of Mountains: 
•    Fold Mountains 
•    Fault block mountains 
•    Dome mountains 
•    Volcanic mountains
•    Plateau mountains


You need to draw a series of diagrams with labels of each type of mountain and write a sentence or two to explain how the different types of mountains are formed. 


ART - Our topic in Art this term is painting - more specifically landscape painting linked to the works of local artist John Constable.

As part of this topic we would like you to research the life and work of the artist John Constable and produce either a biography, a report or a fact file this can either be handwritten or you could use the computer to present your work.

We would then like you to produce a piece of your own work linked to a river scene. If you were luck enough to be able to go on a river walk last week and take some photographs you could use these. If not there are plenty of pictures of river scenes on the internet you could use for inspiration. Ideally your work should be a painting but if you do not have paints available please feel free to use any other medium e.g. coloured pencils, felt tips, food colouring etc.

COOKERY - With more time at home at the moment lots of people are doing more cooking. Holbrook primary school are currently going for our Food 4 Life award and the more pupils that do some cooking at home will help us work towards this. Mrs Johns has recommended some videos to watch which teach skills and techniques. The videos are on u tube see below:

Peeling fruit and veg:

The claw technique:

Preparing herbs and garlic: &feature=emb-logo

You may wish to try these recipes I have chosen however, if you have a really good recipe you would recommend then please email them to school and maybe we can share them with the rest of year 6.


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