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Class 6H

 

Teacher: Mr Huntington in the mornings; Mrs Stembridge in the afternoons. 

Support Staff: Mrs Shaw and Miss Thomas

PPA Teachers (Tuesday afternoons): Mrs Green and Miss Devey

EMAIL: year6@torrisholme.lancs.sch.uk

 

We love seeing what you're up to. Here are some of the pictures that have been sent to the Year 6 email.

Year 6 Lockdown Video - here it is! 

https://torrisholme-community-primary-school.primarysite.media/media/for-all-our-amazing-year-6-children-thank-you-and-

 

Thank you to each and every single one of you for your wonderful contributions towards this amazing Year 6 lockdown video - it is sure to be remembered for a very long time. 

Rainy Days and Mondays

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and managed to get outside for a while. The next few days look a bit showery so I've got some ideas to keep you busy inside:

  •  for all of you artistic historians, there's a heraldry challenge below to design your own coat of arms;

  • In the book club, we're just about to discover who the murderer is. Catch up on Oxford Owl;

  • I've set new Mathletics tasks. There are 16 of  you using the website but no-one has achieved a silver certificate yet. I WILL email the latest certificates later today.

 

I have added more photos from last week's challenges. Feel free to send me any photos or work or ideas for the webpage to year6@torrisholme.lancs.sch.uk

Stay safe and dry, Mrs Stembridge wink

Heraldry

It’s a mark of honour to have your own coat of arms. A family crest tells everyone who you are and what’s important to you. So a lion shows that you’re brave and pens mean that you like writing.

I would like you to create your own coat of arms, showing what’s important to you. It might be family, computer games, baking, gardening – all of the things that you’ve chosen to fill your spare time with lately. It might be what you’ve accomplished in school and what you’re looking forward to in the future. This link has some ideas http://www.heraldryforkids.com/but feel free to add your own. 

You might want to research your family crest and what it means. See how far back your family name stretches or where it originates.

Email year6@torrisholme.lancs.sch.uk and I will share your crests on the class webpage. Have fun, Mrs Stembridge mail

Your Heraldic Shields

Arman's crest
Darceyjo's family history
Darceyjo's family crest

Year 6 Reminiscing 

Seeing the lockdown video and all of your SATs' week challenges has made me realise how much I miss you all and how much we've done together, even since January.

I was wondering, what are your favourite memories of Year 6 so far? It could be a piece of work that you're particularly proud of, a dance or piece of music that you performed, pretending to be WWII evacuees, being a play leader or anything else that happened in school. 

Have a look at the template below for inspiration.

Email me at year6@torrisholme.lancs.sch.uk and let's share the happy times together. Mrs Stembridge smiley

VE Day Celebrations

On Friday, countries around the world will celebrate VE Day. This is so important that the government moved the early May bank holiday to Friday, the 75th anniversary. I want you to find out why. Add to your World War 2 learning from before Christmas. You might find out:

  • how your family / street / town celebrated VE Day;

  • what people such as Colonel Tom, Dame Vera Lynn, Queen Elizabeth II or Winston Churchill did in WWII that makes them still famous today;

  • why we still commemorate these events 75 years later when fewer people remember them.

https://visitlancaster.org.uk/lancaster-at-home/celebrate-ve-day-at-home/ or https://exploremorecambebay.org.uk/morecambe-bay-at-home/celebrate-ve-day-at-home/ are great places to start for local history.

Take time over the next few days to do this in depth. Bonus points for beautiful handwriting and drawings (not just cut and paste). Let me know how you celebrated VE Day this year. Please email your work to year6@torrisholme.lancs.sch.uk and I'll put it on the class webpage next week. Have fun, Mrs Stembridge smiley

Tuesday Teaser - pirate cape

Another anagram for you today. Same rules as last week: find as many words as you can; only use each letter once in each new word; no proper nouns. There is one ten letter word to find and over a hundred smaller ones. See how many words you can think of in 10 minutes and let me know at year6@torrisholme.lancs.sch.uk 

Have fun, Mrs Stembridge enlightened

Thursday Thinker

How many words can you make using these letters?

mecomicaunt

Each new word can use all of the letters available, but only once. No proper nouns, please.

There is one 11 letter word. Its clue: do this when you have the answer!

Up to 15 words found: A great start! Keep going!

16-29 words: Can you rearrange some letters?

30-45 words: Think of rhyming words.

46+: Spelling Super Star!

Have fun and let me know how you get on. Mrs Stembridge enlightened

Arman and Darceyjo both did really well with this. How did you get on?

Wonderful Wednesday Weather 

Okay, who made it rain? Today's task has a watery, weather influence. I want to know why does it rain and where does the rain go to when it stops raining? You could:

  • find out about the water cycle and explain it on a poster;

  • make a model of the water cycle in a sealed bag or bottle;

  • write a forecast and video yourself predicting the weather;

  • investigate the sewage system and where dirty water goes;

  • use a world map to show how the jet stream brings our weather from abroad;

  • explore sayings like, "Red sky at night, shepherd's delight" really mean.

Have fun and be sure to send your work to year6@torrisholme.lancs.sch.uk saying if I can share it on here. Stay safe, Mrs Stembridge mail

Mathletics: 9 players, 7 bronze certifitcates! Don't miss out!

Your Weather Work

Darceyjo's Water Cycle

Happy Shakespeare Day – 23rd April

Today marks 404 years since William Shakespeare died and CBBC’s Horrible Histories have dedicated a whole day to him: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/curations/shakespeare!

Could you:

  • Make a Word Art with some of the language that the Bard invented;
  • Act out one of the famous scenes like The 3 Witches in Macbeth or the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet;
  • Learn and recite one of his sonnets (poems) such as Sonnet 18, Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
  • Listen to David Tennant on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, talk about playing Hamlet;
  • Explore the dedicated section on Purple Mash;
  • Visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z7d7gwx/articles/zrxwy9q  to find out lots more!

mailMake sure you email year6@torrisholme.lancs.sch.uk so I can share your work on the website.

Have fun, Mrs Stembridge 

Darceyjo's Shakespearen Word Art

Can You Unlock The Padlock?

Hi everyone!

 

Miss Devey here. I hope you are all safe and well! I miss seeing all of your smiling faces! 

Have a look at the challenge I've set above. Can you unlock the padlock by finding the correct code? Read all of the clues carefully.

When you think you've cracked it, drop your teachers an email using the year 6 email. I'll reveal the answer next week and do a congratulatory post for those who got it right. 

Good luck!

Summer Term home learning

Before school finished, we talked about how your learning now was about getting ready for Year 7. Please don't let all of your hard work this year go to waste.

 

Hopefully, you're still reading for the pleasure of it. If not, now is a great time to start. Re-read some old favourites or explore e-books through Oxford Owl or your Lancashire Library account. I will be emailing Mathletics passwords to you all and you already have a log in for the Diagnostic Questions website. Email if you need a reminder. Personally, we are using White Rose Maths Home Learning as a half hour, daily chunk of Maths. There's a video which explains each skill and a worksheet to practice on. We haven't printed out the worksheets, just talked them through and wrote on scrap paper when necessary.

 

If you can, practice the life skills that we all need: cooking, baking, using the washing machine, writing a menu and shopping list for the week. Be actively helpful around the home, rather than relying others. Try to get outside every day, staying safe at all times.

 

We would love to see and hear what you're up to so, please, email us using the Year 6 email address.

 

Stay safe,  Mrs Stembridge laugh

Active Maths Activities At Home - these are brilliant!! Complete all 10 activities to be rewarded with a home-made Active Maths certificate from - proof required via email winklaugh

https://www.aspire-sports.co.uk/sites/default/files/content/MATHS%20ON%20THE%20MOVE%20HOME%20CHALLENGE%20SHEET%205and6.pdf

HOMESCHOOLING MESSAGE FROM MR HUNTINGTON

 

During this period of homeschooling, the most important message I want to send is to stay safe and have as much quality time with the loved ones in your household. Please refer to our home learning newsletter for all suggested activities and resources for learning at home. However, I have simplified things below for those who would like my recommendations and TOP PICKS. Please email me [see above] with any questions, photos and videos of everything going on at home and please state who it is from :) 

 

PE, Health & Fitness

Of course PE, Health & Fitness comes first - start each day with a blast of exercise to stay active, healthy and fit from home! Get those endorphins released and feel good for the rest of the day. 

PE with Y6 - During our last day in school, some of the children in year 6 helped film some fitness workouts. A huge well done and thankyou! They are available here ... Year 6 Workouts

PE with Mr Huntington - I will also be posting fitness challenges on the Cross-Curricular Orienteering Facebook page here ... https://www.facebook.com/crosscurricularorienteering

PE with Joe Wick - Joe Wicks, The Body Coach, is doing daily online workouts at 9 AM on his YouTube channel here ... https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

 

Maths

www.corbettmathsprimary.com 

This website is my top pick because it has a teaching video, a set of questions and a set of answers for every essential area of maths. All the children have seen me using this in class as well so it will be familiar!

 

WHITE ROSE HOME LEARNING LESSONS - THESE ARE FANTASTIC AND ARE DEFINITELY WORTH DOING. Step by Step lesson presentations on objectives the children would've been covering in class if we were at school. There is a lesson for every day and you can go back to previous lessons if you have missed some :) Let me know how you get on - send pictures of your finished work or you completing a lesson. 

 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6

 

English

Reading comprehension 

Year 6 Comprehension Book 1 & 2 Bundle from cgpbooks.co.uk [link below]

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/primary-books/ks2/english/reading/e6cwb21-ks2-english-targeted-question-book-year?c=9516075 

This is my top pick for getting the children "thinking & discussing" what they're reading.

 

Reading for pleasure

www.oxfordowl.co.uk

The password and login for this website is 6HS

This is an online ebook website. An essential for reading a variety of texts during this period.

 

Also, my TOP PICKS from the Y6 hot books list [all available on Amazon]:

  • The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe by CS Lewis
  • Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
  • Once by Morris Gleitzman
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • Skelling by David Almond
  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein
  • Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

 

Spelling

Every spelling list and activity you'll need to master the year 5 and 6 spelling objectives can be found at https://www.spellzone.com/curriculum/national-curriculum/years-5-6.cfm 

 

Writing

Keep it simple and take a little and often approach... Keep a diary of events as they unfold – could your diary become a historical artefact in the future?

If you want to focus on writing skills, my TOP PICKS are below. Pick a skill and practise using the skill in lots of sentences. They can be as random as you like!

 

 

 

Calling all Year 5 and 6: Book Club

6H were about to start a new class novel so I thought that we could start a book club.

Each class was given an Oxford Owl log in so I've chosen a long list of 4 books to start with:

  • a gory murder mystery - Stories of Sherlock Holmes
  • a modern tale - Double Exposure
  • a perilous adventure story  - Treasure Island or
  • a comic strip version of The Secret Garden.

They are all under the Age Groups 9-11 dropdown list. Each book has an audio reader to help you with any unfamiliar words.

Vote for your favourite using our year6@torrisholme.lancs.sch.uk or via Facebook.  I look forward to reading with you.  Mrs Stembridge laugh

More Home Learning Activities 

Reading Comprehension, Maths, SPaG and other creative ideas 

 

  •  Free Literacy Shed Comprehension Pack - click on PDF below for various texts including comprehension questions and answers. 

 

  • Reading SATs Papers  https://www.satspapers.org.uk/Page.aspxTId=5      All past SATs papers can be found here including the reading texts, answer booklets and mark schemes.  

 

  •  Read a book and write a book review (just like the ones we have on display outside our classroom). Send your reviews to me via the class email and I will send your reviews to the authors and use them as book reviews online to encourage other people to read the book - I can't wait to hear about what you are reading and your thoughts on the books. 

Virtual Edinburgh Class Trip 

We are all really upset that our Edinburgh trip has had to be cancelled so I thought I would bring the activities to you instead. Here are the links to all the places we were going to visit. Each of them have fun activities and home learning tasks for you to do. 

 

You must, must, must check out the Edinburgh Zoo live web cams and watch the animals in action. I am sure this will inspire some wonderful creative writing opportunities: an information page about the animal; a poem about what the animal gets up to daily; a daily recount of events; a report about the animal you are watching; a news broadcast about the animal and much, much more. 

Also, maybe you could carry out some research into Edinburgh and create a tourist leaflet. 

 

Please send in any writing or other creative activities you do based around these Edinburgh links so we don't completely miss out on all the fun! 

https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/panda-cam/

 

https://www.dynamicearth.co.uk/learning/dynamicearthonline

 

https://www.camera-obscura.co.uk/attractions/rooftop-terrace

Year 6 Home Learning Letter. This is the letter that was sent home on Friday 20.3.2020 with suggestions and ideas for your child whilst they are not in school. Have fun and we are thinking of you all.

Year 6 Fun Maths Challenge!!

VIRUSES... THE SCIENCE

Dr Chip's Daily Dose of Science, Engineering & Computing

Hello, 6H and Happy Easter!  

 

I hope you're all well and not missing school too much. I am missing all of you and I'm sorry that we didn't get to finish the topics that we started.

 

Here's an Easter challenge to keep you entertained for a while. I want you to show me what Easter means to you. I know that we have some great writers (poetry, a letter to the people that you would usually spend Easter with) or you might prefer drawing, making a collage, baking, sewing, dancing, rapping.... Be creative, include siblings, parents, props, etc. If you send them to the Year 6 email address, I'll share them on here.

 

Stay safe and have fun,  Mrs Stembridge laugh

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter means...

At Torrisholme, we are continuously striving to develop ways to encourage our children to read for pleasure. We have created a ‘HOT BOOKS’ list of 30 up-to-date, age-appropriate texts, compiled from a range of suggested reading lists. This is not an exhaustive list of fabulous year group appropriate books but is more a fun challenge list for our children to explore texts written in a wide range of styles by a selection of current and popular children’s authors.

 

How many can your child read?

 

On your marks…

          get set…

                                and READ!

Autumn 2 Newsletter - Ancient Greece

Autumn 1 Newsletter - World War 2: Allies vs Axis

Year 6 spelling challenge

Year 5 and 6 spelling list

Africa Topic

Throughout this half term, Year 6 have been learning about Africa. We have used atlases and the internet to understand the geography of the continent: its mountains and rivers, the oceans that surround it and the different biomes in which the people, plants and animals live. Each child has researched a specific country and we have made comparisons between different communities across Africa. Taking inspiration from traditional African textiles, we have practiced weaving with paper and wool. Next half term, we will design and create a piece of fabric of our own. Having watched some African dancing, we worked in small groups to compose dances of our own, using drums to keep the beat. Each group gave and received positive feedback about the performances.

 

African Weaving

African Dance

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We used a performance by the Kokuma Dance Company as inspiration for our African dances. At each stage, the children watched each other's dances and gave positive feedback, which encouraged and gave ideas for improvement.

African Dance (continued)

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African Dance (continued)

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Investigating Ancient Greek Times Using Historical Sources

Evacuation Day

Reading Rockstars of the Week

Reading Rockstars of the Week

Reading Rockstars of the Week

Reading Rockstars of the Week

Reading Rockstars of the Week

Musical Madness!

In year 6, we have been learning by heart a famous song sang to the troops during the war. We have also been considering the musical terms we use describing and investigating songs. So far, we have identified the pulse and rhythm within songs whilst going wild with drumsticks! Take a look...

Reading Rockstars of the Week

Reading Rockstars of the Week


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