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
Year 6 Lockdown Video - here it is!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay safe and dry, Mrs Stembridge
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 email@example.com and I will share your crests on the class webpage. Have fun, Mrs Stembridge
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll put it on the class webpage next week. Have fun, Mrs Stembridge
Arman and Darceyjo both did really well with this. How did you get on?
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!
Make sure you email email@example.com so I can share your work on the website.
Have fun, Mrs Stembridge
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.
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
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
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
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.
Year 6 Comprehension Book 1 & 2 Bundle from cgpbooks.co.uk [link below]
This is my top pick for getting the children "thinking & discussing" what they're reading.
Reading for pleasure
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]:
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
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!
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook. I look forward to reading with you. Mrs Stembridge
Reading Comprehension, Maths, SPaG and other creative ideas
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!
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
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…
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.
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...