Hello Year Six,

Hope you are all well.  Well, what a change in the weather - wind and rain and even a bit of hail in there too!  It is looking a bit better this week though.

I have been finding that my daughter has had a dip in motivation to do work recently - a bit of lockdown fatigue I think - this is only to be expected as it is hard to motivate yourself in these circumstances.  Just remember to take regular breaks and do lots of short sessions so that your concentration doesn’t wander.

Remember to keep in regular touch with your friends - I know lots of you are meeting for socially distanced chats as well as talking on WhatsApp and FaceTime. It’s nice to support each other through this.

Take care everyone,

Mrs Moxon, Miss Tipple, Mrs Baines and Mrs Webb


Any learning that you do at home, please take a picture and email it to us at year6@eastbierleyprimary.com or tweet us @eastbierleyPS

Weekly Maths Tasks

Get your child to test their times table knowledge by finding the products and factors in this game. Can they work through all of the levels? 
Play multiplication war with your child with a deck of cards. Flip two cards over and multiply. Whoever has the highest product keeps the cards. Ask your child what the inverse division fact would be. Use 3 cards as a challenge. 
Encourage your child to practise their column multiplication and short division with these missing digit games. Can your child make their own versions? 
Choose three or four countries and record the temperature over the course of a week for each of the countries in a table. Your child can draw a line graph showing each country's temperature each day across the week. You can find some guidance here to help. 
Give your child the digits 3, 7, 8, 0, 6 and ask them to make as many whole numbers as they can (e.g. 38,067). How can they be sure they have found all the potential numbers? After, give them five different digits and ask them to repeat. Do they find the same amount of potential numbers? If so, why could this be?  What is the best way to make sure all numbers have been found? Can they see a pattern? 

Weekly Reading Tasks

Encourage your child to read a section from a newspaper or from an online news website. Discuss with them what they have found out. Is the news taking place in another country?  
Click here for a reading activity about The Lost World. Challenge your child to read the text in 3 minutes and complete the questions.   
Ask your child to read an age-appropriate story from another culture. This could be from their own collection, Google Books or Oxford Owl 
Ask your child to summarise a book they’ve read this week in 100 words. Alternatively, they could summarise the main events in the form of a cartoon strip  

Has your child read JK Rowling’s The Ickabog yet? We are very fortunate she is uploading a chapter at a time so do take the opportunity to enjoy this story! They may want to connect with their friends on the phone and discuss the story - almost like a book club! You could try the questions in this document.

Weekly Spelling Tasks

Challenge your child to complete an alphabetical list of cities from around the world. Where possible, include capital cities.  

Find some interactive spelling games here 

Practise spelling cious / tious words here 

Can your child create their own wordsearch using cious / tious words for a family member? 

In school we are using able / ible words to name our new class social distancing bubbles (e.g. incredibubble is a play on the word ‘incredible’). Can you come up with some more ideas? What could you call your family bubble? 

Weekly Writing Tasks

Visit the Literacy Shed for this wonderful resource on The Blackhat or your child write a description about their ideal world.  

Your child can pick a city or country of their choice to find out about and create a travel leaflet all about it. Make sure that they include information on: weather, travel time, key tourist spots, accomodation and the local cuisine. I wonder if they could persuade us to visit! 
Listen to ZahraDiscuss what the story is about and how we know Zara is from a different country. Ask your child to rewrite the story of Zahra. 
Use the story of Zahra to ask your child to create an advert to support WaterAid. What persuasive language could they use? How could they make their advert eye-catching?  
Ask your child to create a poster which will assist younger children to learn about where the continents, particular countries and oceans of the world are. It must provide key facts and an imaginative layout/design to get children to learn where key places are around the world. 


STEM  Learning Opportunities

Engineering Around the World – Telescopes 

  • The James Webb telescope will be the largest, most powerful and complex space telescope ever built and launched into space in 2021. 
  •  The telescope will be launched into space using a rocket, this means it will have to be strong enough to withstand the vibrations during the launch. Use an egg to represent the telescope and design a rocket that will surround and protect the egg/telescope during the launch. 
  • For more information and ideas look here 

Additional Learning Resources

BBC Bitesize - Lots of videos and learning opportunities for all subjects.

Classroom Secrets Learning Packs - Reading, writing and maths activities for different ages.

Twinkl - Click on the link and sign up using your email address and creating a password. Use the offer code UKTWINKLHELPS.

White Rose Maths online maths lessons. Watch a lesson video and complete the worksheet (can be downloaded and completed digitally).

Times Table Rockstars and Numbots. Your child can access both of these programmes with their school logins. On Times Table Rockstars, children should aim to play Soundcheck for 20 minutes daily.

IXL online. Click here for Year 6. There are interactive games to play and guides for parents.

Mastery Mathematics Learning Packs. Take a look at the mastery mathematics home learning packs with a range of different activities and lessons

Y6 Talk for Writing Home-school Booklets are an excellent resource to support your child’s speaking and listening, reading and writing skills

Learning Project - to be completed through the week

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about countries and cities around the world. Learning may focus on different cultures and traditions, famous landmarks, food and clothing.   

  • Flags of the World- Flags are a national symbol for all countries. Cultures use different symbols and colours on their flags which are meaningful to them and represent their history and people. Ask your child to pick 5 countries and investigate their flags. What symbols and colours have they used? Why are these significant to this country? Can your child create a flag for the UK which they feel represents our culture, history and people? Share at #TheLearningProjects.
  • Tastes of the World- Children all around the world eat a variety of food and many of the foods we eat today are inspired by other countries. Can your child research and make a dish from another country which they have not tried before? They could find a recipe, source the ingredients via an online shop and follow the recipe to create a dish for the whole family. 
  • International Games- As part of the London 2012 Olympics a variety of countries were asked to name a traditional game which represented their culture and traditions. These can be seen here. Ask your child to research these games and take inspiration from them to design their own game. Encourage your child to think about how the game is played, how you win and what equipment is needed. Where possible, they should test their game and make any changes needed. Ask them to present their game through writing and pictures. These could be handwritten or digital.  
  • From Bradford to Johannesburg- Direct your child to think about what it would be like to live in another country. Do they think their life would be the same or completely different? Use the following clip to compare living in the UK city of Birmingham to Johannesburg. Ask your child to show the similarities and differences between their life and Nwabisa’s life in South Africa. They may wish to show this in a Venn diagram, table or a poster.   
  • Exploring the World- Throughout history many people have explored new places. You can find out about some of them here. Ask your child to pick an explorer from the list or one of their choice. They could map out the places that the explorer visited or they could create a piece of art inspired by the places they visited using digital images as support. They may wish to write a diary entry from the explorer’s point of view to share what they have seen and experienced. 

Topic work 

In class we have been looking at the artist Henri Rousseau and have been inspired to create our own artwork by him. We used watercolours. You could use felt tips and gently go over with a brush of water if you would like to create something similar at home. Please email us a copy if you have so we can print it out and display them!