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
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!
Other Subject Areas
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!
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...