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Week 5 - 18.5.20




Spellings- This week we are going to start by looking at some root words and their meanings. Knowing the meaning/ history (etymology) of root words helps us to spell and understand a wider range of words. Look up the meaning of the root words below.



















Grammar-  This week our Grammar focus is about punctuation that helps to avoid ambiguity.Today I would like you to make a poster to show what you know about apostrophes already and use it to teach someone at home. See if you can show the difference between apostrophes for belonging (possessive apostrophes) and apostrophes for contraction (to show where letters are missing). You might even be able to give tips on when an apostrophe should go before and after the 's'. 


Reading- I really hope you are still managing to read everyday... REMEMBER “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go" Dr Seuss. Reading will also help you to continue developing your amazing writing skills and in September you will really impress you high school teachers. 


As well as continuing to make your own reading choices, I would like you to read chapter 5 of Kensuke's Kingdom. This chapter is very important as we are properly introduced to Kensuke and his relationship with Michael begins to develop. 


Writing- Last week we were working on the setting of our adventure story and the gradual introduction of another character. I would now like you to write a chapter where you, as the main character, and a new mysterious character actually meet. Remember although you, as the writer, needs to know this character's background story, the reader shouldn't have all this information revealed in one go- that way they will want to keep reading!




Spellings-  Use the root words from yesterday to make as many new words as you can. 


















Grammar- Use these two links to the BBC Bitesize webpages to fact check your poster and make any nes. After you have done this complete the quiz at the end of each webpage. (possessive apostrophes) (apostrophes for contraction). 


Reading- Answer the reading comprehension questions below about chapter 5. Remember to refer back to the book when answering  these questions. 


Writing- You will have worked out now that the problem for Micheal during his adventure is that he wants to eventually leave the island and be reunited with his parents. Added to this Kensuke seems reluctant to allow him to signal to any passing ships and get rescued. We will need to keep reading over the next few weeks to find out how this is resolved... although I know some of you won't have been able to wait! 

As you continue your adventure story, decide what the main problem/s are that your main character faces. Go back to your plan and check how you said the problem/s would be resolved and begin to move to the resolution as you continue to write. 



Spellings- Answer the questions in the Root Words: Multiple Choice Quiz found below. 


Grammar- Do you remember us talking about ambiguity when we were all back at school together? Do these sentences help to remind you?.... 'Lets eat Grandma' and 'Man eating shark'.  One of these sentences needs an apostrophe to make it less ambiguous and the other needs another form of KS2 punctuation. Write out each sentence and add the punctuation needed to make it less confusing by giving it just one meaning. 


Reading- I would like you to read chapter 6 of Kensuke's Kingdom. In this chapter, Michael does something to upset Kensuke. 


Writing- Use your plan and ideas from Kensuke's Kingdom to move towards the end of your story. 




Spellings- Create your own multiple choice quiz using the root words that you looked at in DAY 1 and DAY 2.... you can include other root words that you are familiar with too if you want. Aim for at least ten questions with four possible answers for each question. When you have finished, try your quiz out on a family member or use it as part of a video call with friends or family members not in your household (REMEMBER TO ASK PERMISSION FROM AN ADULT BEFORE MAKING A VIDEO CALL). 


Grammar- Write at least five of your own ambiguous sentences and show which forms of punctuation (e.g. apostrophe/ hyphen/ brackets) help to have them have one clear meaning. 


Reading- Answer the reading comprehension questions below about chapter 6. Remember to refer back to the book when answering the these questions. 


Writing- As you build up to the resolution of your story it should get more and more exciting/ dramatic. The very final chapter will include emotional reunions and conclude the whole story. The main character will reflect back on their experiences and life goes back to 'normal' for them. At this end point, you will also have revealed all the secrets about the mysterious Kensuke-like character . 




Spellings- Use today as an opportunity to show your parents how neat your handwriting is. Pick at least five of the words you have created this week and write a line of each one using neatly joined cursive handwriting. I have attached a sheet below to help you to do this. 


Grammar- Today's focus is commas and how they can change the meaning of a sentence and help you, as a writer, to make the meaning clear to your reader. I have added a selection of worksheets below to help you to explore the use of commas. The worksheets are graded in level of difficulty from one star (easier) to three stars (harder). Challenge yourself as much as possible and mark your work using the answer sheets after you have completed each activity. 


Reading- Today find somewhere comfortable and quiet (outside/ inside) and get stuck into your own reading book. Chat with a friend or family member about something that you are enjoying reading. Get your household members together to act out a key scene from Kensuke's Kingdom so far... you could even film your performance and add it to our blog. 


Writing- Spend today editing and improving your finished story. Ask someone to help you check the grammar, spelling and punctuation. Can you improve your use of commas, apostrophes, hyphens to make the meaning clear? 


This week we are going to be revisiting decimals. Videos to support the children's learning are available on the internet just type in  'White Rose Home Learning Year 6' and then select week 5 w/c 18/5/20.

Day 1 - Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 & 1000 

Day 2 - Multiplying decimals by integers

Day 3 - Dividing decimals by integers

Day 4 - Decimals as fractions

Day 5 is the Friday Challenge - there is no video available for this.


Please see the activity sheets below.

Please note that for Day 2 I have included 2 activity sheets: the easier one is multiplying by a single digit integer and the harder sheet is multiplying by a two digit integer.

Extension activities: are decimal calculations and money



At the end of this lesson children should:

  • recognise the impact that exercise has on the way their body functions
  • should be able to record their results in a scientific/mathematical format


For Science this week I want you to examine the amount and types of exercise that keep a child and adult body healthy.

Firstly take a look at 


Use the website to help you answer these questions:

1. Why is exercise important for both children and adults: how does it help the body?

2. How much exercise does a child need each week?

3. How does the amount of exercise you take in a week compare to the amount of exercise you should take? Are you doing more or less?

4. What types of exercise do children need to do?

5. How does the amount of exercise a child needs to do compare to the amount of exercise an adult should do?


Now I would like you to test out the effect of exercise on your heart. This would be much easier and much more fun if you could involve other members of your family.


  1. Take you resting pulse rate and record this.
  2. Choose 5 different exercises – (e.g. jogging on the spot, sit ups, burpees, star jumps etc.)
  3. Decide on how long you are going to do each exercise for (e.g. 2 minutes)
  4. Make a prediction – which exercise do you think is the most effective e.g. which one is going to make you pulse increase the most? (the higher you pulse the harder your heart is working).
  5. Start by doing the first exercise, as soon as the time is up (e.g. 2 minutes or whatever time you decide on) take your pulse and record this.
  6. You now need to wait for your pulse to return to the resting pulse rate you took at the beginning of the test before doing the next exercise.
  7. Repeat with each exercise you have chosen.


Things to think about:


  • This needs to be a fair test so you can only change one variable e.g. the type of exercise you are doing- everything else needs to be kept the same.
  • How are you going to record your results in a scientific format?
  • If you have some graph paper or squared paper you could create a bar chart to present you results.


You now need to write a conclusion which should include your results e.g. which exercise was the best/why that exercise was the best and then relate it back to your prediction e.g. were you right or wrong.


Ext:  Create an information booklet for an adult on exercise. This could tell them how much exercise they need to do, how often and the types of exercise they should do. You could include pictures. This could be done on paper and pictures hand drawn or it could be produced on the computer. Allow all the adults in your household to read your information leaflet.


At the end of these lessons children should understand:

  • Why historically people decided to build settlements near rivers
  • Why rivers are important for trade and tourism

In these 2 lessons we are going to find out why rivers are important for trade and tourism.


Lesson 1:


You need to do some research to find answers to the following questions:


  1. Why did settlers build settlements near rivers?


Useful website:


    2. What do the following words mean? Look them up in a dictionary, or on the internet, write a definition for each.

  • Trade
  • Imports
  • Exports


    3. Why does the United Kingdom import goods?

    4. Why does the United Kingdom export goods?

    5. What are the 5 main ports in the United Kingdom? 


Look at the following website: information to see which countries the ships that use the Port of Felixstowe come from.


Write a paragraph to summarise what you have found out and to explain why rivers are important for trade.


Ext: Find out about Fair trade, what it is? Who does it help?


Lesson 2:

Rivers are also important for tourism.


Answer these questions:

1. What is tourism?

2.Why is tourism important for the United Kingdom?


Choose a river: this could be a river anywhere in the world or it could also be a river in the UK or a local river e.g. Stour, Deben or Orwell. You will need to do some research and then create an advertisement to promote your river as a tourist destination. Tell people why the should visit. You could include natural resources e.g. waterfalls, wildlife, sports, leisure activities and famous landmarks on or near the river. 

Your advertisement could be a written description, a picture or a poster, a short video or a brochure. Remember to include persuasive language in order to convince people to visit.


Don't forget to have a look at Mrs O'dells Cooking challenge this week.

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