Hi Year 6,

We have seen lots of you passing school on your daily exercise either walking, on bikes and on scooters – keep getting outside in this lovely weather – though that wind has been a bit chilly.

From how busy our email has been - it looks like it has been a really productive week – we have had portraits, sewing projects, songs rewritten with new lyrics and even a fully-working ATM machine! Keep sending in your achievements to year6@eastbierleyprimary.com  We’ve even had a family history, which is a really great thing to do as lots of your family might be available to talk to you when they might not normally be.

There are two people way ahead in Spelling Shed – OP and HM – well done you guys keep up the good work- let’s see if anyone can catch them up and get over 70 games!

The BBC has opened its online learning – loads of learning on there – go and have a go.

Sometimes, in unsettled times, some people may find it difficult to sleep.  One thing I do with my girls when they can’t sleep is for them to go through the alphabet in their head listing different good things – for example:

Alphabet of favourite places.

Alphabet of favourite holiday destinations.

Alphabet of favourite people.

Alphabet of favourite chocolate bars (not me obviously).

Alphabet of favourite songs.

Alphabet of favourite films

The choice is yours – sometimes you won’t be able to think of something for a letter – that’s fine – you can either skip it or hold that letter in your head to think of something at the end. Or be a bit creative – stuck on ‘P’ for favourite things to eat – packet of crisps, punnet of strawberries etc.

Take as many opportunities as you can to enjoy your time at home – try to get some learning done and send us your writing, pictures, crafts etc. and we’re really hoping we can get together again soon.

Take care all,

Miss Tipple, Mrs Moxon, 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 play on Times Table Rockstars. If your child works on Numbots in school they can access this with the same login.

Ask your child to show everything they know about decimal numbers and/or percentages on a piece of paper. This could be pictures, diagrams, explanations, methods etc. Get them to be as creative as they want to be.

Direct your child to play on Hit the Button - focus on times tables, division facts and squared numbers.

Encourage your children to compare decimal numbers on this game.

Arithmetic practise on Maths Frame.

Get your child to work on their reasoning and problem solving by practising past SATs questions that are broken down into topic areas and have videos linked to them that can be watched if needed. As these are older papers these are suitable for both years 5 and 6. Click on one of the topic areas listed to gain access to the questions.

Weekly Reading Tasks

Remind your child to continue to read a chapter from their home reading book or a book that they have borrowed from the library.

When they have completed the chapter, ask them to re-write this from the viewpoint of another character.

Explore the Highwayman Poem. Can they learn it by heart? Can they draw an alternative sketch to represent the Highwayman? Can they storyboard the poem (like a cartoon strip)?

Download ‘A Pinch of Magic’ from authorfy. Your child can then complete the questions on page 4.

Weekly Spelling Tasks

Encourage your child to practise the Year 5/ 6 Common Exception Words (see list)

Then ask your child to choose 5 Common Exception words. They can then write a synonym, antonym, the meaning and an example of how to use the word in a sentence.

Practise spellings on Spelling Shed

Your child may wish to create a word bank about an animal of their choice which includes verbs, adverbs and expanded noun phrases. They can use this for their poetry writing.

Get your child to proofread their writing from the day. They can use a dictionary to check the spelling of any words that they found challenging. This will also enable them to check that the meaning of the word is suitable for the sentence.

Weekly Writing Tasks

Write a diary entry/newspaper report summarising the events from the day/week.

Choose an animal of their choice and think about how it moves, what sounds it makes and the environment that it lives in. Your child can then write a poem based around these ideas. They can repeat this activity for different animals.

Animal’s hearts should be cut up for science experiments. Do you agree/disagree? Ask your child to write a discussion about this statement.

Write a playscript about something you have done at home – it could be something funny that’s happened, a about something fun they’ve done or something they’ve made or a virtual conversation with a friend or a relative. It doesn’t have to be a long script – but email it to year6@eastbierleyprimary.com so we can read it.

Learning Project - to be completed through the week

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about key animals they are interested in. Learning may focus on exploring the physical aspects of an animal, their habitat, categorising animals etc.

Animals and their Environment- Your child can describe how animals such as Emperor Penguins, chimpanzees and orcas have adapted to suit their environment. They can do this by writing a short summary after carrying out some research. After this, ask them to design a new wondrous animal that has evolved to suit its environment considering the environmental changes it has had to face over recent years.

Where Animals Originate From - Ask your child to locate on a world map where different animals originate from and research why they live in these environments. Things for them to consider when researching why they originally lived in these countries are:

Food sources




After doing this, ask them to think about how the animals they have selected have adapted so that they are able to live in the UK. Present your findings as a poster or in a PowerPoint presentation if they have access to a PC.

Life Cycles - Ask your child to research a mammal, an insect, an amphibian, a reptile and a bird. They can then choose one and draw the life cycle of an animal and label the diagram accordingly. How does the life cycle of the chosen animal differ to a human life cycle?

Animal Prints- Using a variety of media (this could be materials from around the house such as cloth, newspapers or magazines, felt, etc.), ask your child to create animal prints for a mammal, an insect, an amphibian, a reptile and a bird of their choice. After, they can create a collage of the animal prints they have made. They could always use a pencil or pen to sketch the animal prints!

The Life of Darwin- Who was Charles Darwin? Ask your child to research the scientist’s theory on evolution. Where are the Galapagos Islands? What species did and do still live there? What makes these animals unique and extraordinary? Write a biography about the life of Charles Darwin.

Animal Photography – Either from your window or in the garden, take photos of nature – animals,plants trees etc. We took time to watch a squirrel transport her babies from one nest to another.

Milk Carton Animals – create a penguin or an elephant using milk bottles. Thanks to Darrell Wakelam @DarrellWakelam for these great ideas.