Welcome back to the summer term! At the moment, it certainly doesn’t look like we were expecting it to be, but nonetheless, we will do our best to give you activities to keep you learning and help you prepare for your transition to high school. It is really important that you keep up your basic skills ready for this.
Here’s a reminder of the tasks we would like you to be doing daily:
Times Tables – TT Rockstars or any practice that helps you develop and retain fluency.
Reading – Read for 20 minutes every day. Why not hear some authors talk about their books?
Log on to Discovery Education . Click on Key Stage Two. Go on to Book Club and discover some new authors to try.
If you have a younger brother or sister, make their day by reading to them.
Don’t forget you can still access:
Audible Stories – 100s of kids’ audiobooks for free. Just click, stream and listen:
Spelling – In addition to the recommendations below, also on Espresso go to English 2 – Spellings (Upper). There is also a Statutory Word List to practise key spellings on. Choose a sheet to download and try.
On Twinkl. There are lists for Year 3 and 4 words and Year 5 and 6 words.
Go on to Spelling list Year 3 and 4 for lists and word searches.
Spelling list Year 5 and 6 for list of spellings and crosswords using these spellings.
Physical Activity – Don’t forget that at school you have a run around twice a day during break and lunch. It’s up to you what activity you do at home but it is important to keep a routine going. Rather than setting PE for you each week, try to join in with the Joe Wicks live school workout sessions. It will happen each day on You Tube at 9 a.m. You don’t need any equipment or kit – just get moving – it will be a great way to start your day – and you’ll be doing it with hundreds of other children around the country!
How to join in Joe Wicks Body Coach PE lessons for kids
Go to The Body Coach TV on YouTube and simply join in the 30 minute workout from 9am.
English and Maths
To give your child a set of fully planned and accessible tasks to do at home, we are recommending Hamilton Trust’s website. They have a daily lesson for both English and Maths for Year 6.
There are five lessons for each subject.
The Hamilton plan for English features a very well-known poem – The HIghwayman and some useful grammar work on tenses and punctuation which picks up on some of the class targets following on from their recent Best Writes.
For extension work in English, go to: https://twinkl.col.uk/resource/t2-e-1828-using-semi-colons-colons-and-dashes-differentiated-activity-sheet
There are a selection of differentiated sheets to continue working on these punctuation marks.
For a bit of extension work in Maths, go to https://nrich.maths.org/9028 where you will find a series of investigations based round area and perimeter. The number of stars beside each one indicates the level of difficulty. Choose one or two and have a go, remember to try working logically and recording your ideas as you go.
I have added some Study Ladder tasks for mental maths – have a go at these – while they are not particularly difficult, it’s all about keeping the speed of your mental maths calculations up. Think of it as mathematical sprints!
Don’t forget, you still need to complete an English lesson today – although we do four lessons normally at school, two of these are long lessons so they are the equivalent of 5 hour-long lessons!
This term we are due to be exploring light so I thought you might enjoy these postcard challenges – you should be able to try most of them just using things we normally have at home.
You should be able to open this by using right click, selecting Adobe Document Object and then Open. This give you all the various activities.
I loved the “pouring light” one! Whilst these are all good fun to do, there is serious science behind each one – make sure you read about why the phenomenon you are observing is happening.
In your Study Ladder account, you will find a tutorial about how rainbows are made – please have a look at this.
One of the activities for science was about making a rainbow – so let’s carry on with this idea… You may have seen that people have been putting pictures of rainbows in their windows. This is because the rainbow is a symbol of hope. This week, why don’t you be as creative as you can in making a rainbow to display for others to see. You could use collage (I know how great you are at this!) What about trying to find petals of all the colours and taking a photo of a petal rainbow? A rainbow of socks? … make it amazing, involve your family – you could send an image to someone else in your family who you can’t see at the moment. When we get back to school, it would be lovely to have a rainbow display to put up.