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Dear Year 6 parents and children, 


A warm welcome from your new teacher, Mrs Rao. As Miss Johnston has now taken her maternity leave, I will be taking over for the summer term. I do hope you are all still staying safe and are looking forward to being able to return to school soon. Just like Miss Johnston, I will update this page on a weekly basis with new tasks to be completed at home. The list of links below to useful websites is still helpful and can help you continue your independent learning.


For parents/carers, I want to reassure you that, in Miss Johnston's absence, I am here if you need any help or support regarding your child's learning during these times. Please feel free to contact me via email at any time if you wish to discuss their progress or if you have any problems accessing any of the links and resources. Feel free to send over any pictures of the work your children have been doing as I would love to see what they are getting up to.


As I am currently unable to access my school email, please contact me via Mrs Sanderson's (Y5 teacher) email -


Mrs Rao

World Oceans Day Monday 8th June

'Innovation for a sustainable ocean'


On Earth, there’s more marine life than people. Our lives are linked to the oceans. Yet, humans across the globe are continuing to do things that harm marine life:

                                                    To care for ourselves we must care for the oceans.


It’s time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices. World Oceans Day 2020 takes place on Monday 8th June.

To take part in World Oceans Day  you can choose from the following tasks:

  1. Follow the link to the BBC Blue Planet Live Lesson: and watch the video. Then complete the online activity sheets (you can do these on paper):
  2. Go for a walk on the beach and create ephemeral art out of the natural things that you find - don't forget to take a photo.
  3. Create a marine animal out of recycled plastic - this could be a collage or a sculpture.
  4. Go to and sign the petition to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030.
  5. Go for a beach walk and write a poem about what you can smell, hear, taste and feel.
  6. Watch the video for World Oceans Day and create a poster to show how we can protect our oceans.
  7. Look at the PowerPoint presentation below and create an Amazing Oceans fact file.



Blue Planet PowerPoint for World Oceans Day 2020

Online learning – 08.06.2020 - 12.06.2020

Discovery learning -


Complete lesson 3 of Year 6 unit 6B.


Step 1. Login in – espresso then select Discovery Education/ coding (the top option)


Step 2: Complete all activities for lesson 3.

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Online Art

Follow the link to Tate Kids and create your own sound monster. The website takes you through exactly what you need to do:


Investigation to do at home - Grow your own Rainbow

Look at the PDF file below and have a go at 'Growing your own Rainbow'.

Online Reading - 'How to Skin a Bear'


Go to and read the first part of How to Skin a Bear, answering the teacher's questions as you go:





Complete the following activity sheets linked to Part 1 of 'How to Skin a Bear'


If your Reading Plus Login still works, please complete 3 x ½ hour sessions on Reading Plus this week. Use headphones if you have them available or choose a quiet place to work.


Step 1: Children will be asked to enter the site code.

Step 2: Log in with your personal log in.

Step 3: Complete comprehension tasks for 30 minutes (Approx. 2/3 texts)


All logins have been sent out with home learning packs




Step 1 – Login to your mathletics account.

Step 2 – Last week the task was to complete 'Harry's Bike Shop.' Only one pupil attempted and completed the task and therefore I am resetting it for everyone else. When you have completed it you then need to attempt 'Integer Number Sentences'.

Step 3 – Once tasks are complete you can access mathletics live.


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White Rose Maths

Home learning activities.


Step 1: Click on Summer Term - Week 6 to access this week's lessons.

Step 2: Complete one lesson per day starting with lesson 1 - Converting fractions to percentages.  Support can be found at



Don't worry if you do not have a printer... you can show your working out on paper!


White Rose are not providing worksheets for this weeks lessons but activities to support each task can be found at (lesson 1 = 1st June etc)



Click on the link below to access your writing task on BBC bitesize. This week's lesson is: Story writing: Character creation and complex sentences


Work through the lesson, videos and information and complete the activities up to and including activity 3. You can also access activity 2 and 3 below.

Activities to accompany English lesson on Creating characters and complex sentences.

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Character creation and complex sentences

Complex sentences

complex sentence uses a subordinate clause to add extra detail and usually starts with a subordinating conjunction.

George wanted to stay outside, despite the driving rain and wind.

Here, the subordinate clause despite the driving rain and wind does not make sense on its own and is adding extra information to the main clause.

A subordinate clause can go at the start, in the middle or at the end of a sentence.

Despite the driving wind and rain, George wanted to stay outside.

Developing a complex sentence

Simple sentences have just one main verb.

George was feeling excited. It was dark in the forest.

Compound sentences have more than one verb.

George was feeling excited and it was dark in the forest.

Complex sentences have subordinate clauses.

George was feeling excited, despite the darkness of the forest.

These sentences can help to describe the characters that you use in you stories and their actions.

Why spend time creating a character?

Every good story needs strong characters. There are six categories to think about when designing a character:

  • Physical Appearance:

What do they look like? Are they male or female? Do they have any special features like a scar?

Use lots of descriptive language (eg adjectives and similes) to help build an image of your character in the reader’s mind.

For example, the simile he had muscles like concrete blocks tells the reader that the character has huge muscles!

  • Job and skills:

Does your character’s job suit their appearance? Do they have skills that are important for your story, like x-ray vision?

  • Clothing:

What a character wears can reflect their personality and what they get up to in your story.

She is dressed from head to toe in stretchy black material that clings to her menacing muscles. This shows that the character is dangerous!

  • Name:

A simple name (eg Mrs Wilson) might mean your character’s special features are a surprise. A complex name (eg Helga Van-Schwarzenbrow) tells the reader more about the character!

  • Setting:

Does your character’s home or base reflect their personality and appearance?

  • Likes and dislikes:

What does your character like or enjoy? On the other hand, what are their weaknesses?

Make sure you work your way through the activities and links but remember that you have all week to complete everything.



Useful links and Websites


Mathletics -


Education City -


Times Tables Rock Stars -


Twinkl - 



BBC bitesize - www,

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