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Chiddingstone Church of England School

Educating for life in all its fullness - John 10:10

Year 6

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Term 4 Week 2  1/3/21

Note various Zoom Timetable changes this week

Well, Year 6, here we are at the last week of homeschooling and you've certainly managed this lock down superbly. Keep it up for just a few more days and then we'll be back (or almost back) to normal.

This Thursday is World Book Day and I have already sent home details of how I'd like us to celebrate. I hope that you've already started to think about the 'book room' that you'd like to create to represent your chosen title. Annoyingly for us, both Mr Rowland and I are on a course on Thursday when you will be sharing these in the Zoom meeting and so Mrs Streatfeild will be hosting this session and judging your entries. We will make sure you have her login details and password before the day. Note that you will all join together for this meeting but there will be two separate group sessions (hosted by Mr Rowland) on Friday instead.

You will also notice that we've also swapped around some of the other Zooms. Whilst our usual Monday introductory meeting will remain the same, Tuesday's Zoom will be hosted by Mr Rowland and you will be covering maths. I shall be with you on Wednesday instead to talk about Sky Hawk and the accompanying tasks. We have also had to move the drop-in meetings so do check the timetable carefully to see when these are scheduled.

Mrs Glover has asked that instead of the French Zoom on Monday afternoon, she would like you to revise your French animal vocabulary in preparation for your 'live' lesson next week and make sure that you're ready to wow her with your impressive recall. At the moment this is still showing as a Zoom lesson but will be amended tomorrow morning, so if you're printing off the timetable tonight pls cross it out.

Finally, do check out the Scholastic website which has some excellent activities throughout this week celebrating reading and books:

Actually, I am just adding a final finally - Tom has recorded a superb presentation all about Charles Darwin. I strongly encourage you to check it out.:


Mrs Haysom

Reading Resources including Sky Hawk activities and text for Wednesday's Zoom, World Book Day Comprehension with answers (three to choose from) and Pig Heart Boy chapter

GPS Resources. No spellings this week to allow time for World Book Day activities. GPS tasks have answered supplied. There is also an explanation of definite and indefinite articles to help with the determiners test.

TOPIC - Beak Investigation. There is also an Art activity plus accompanying PowerPoint. Please bring your (named) art into school on Monday 8th so we can display it.

Term 4 Week 1 22/2/21

Welcome back, Year 6.

This term we shall begin our new topic Darwin’s Delights, which will allow us to develop our knowledge of evolution and inheritance. We shall find out about living things and their habitats, DNA and Darwin’s theory of natural selection. Hope you like the sound of all this as much as we do.

Before we begin to list this week's tasks, I'd like to remind you of Year 5/6 Book Club which will be held Monday 22/2 at 4pm. You will need my Zoom login details and password to join. Hope to have plenty of you in the meeting.

I'd also like to mention that on Wednesday at 2pm Liz Pichon will be reading extracts from her new Tom Gates book as well as answering questions from fans. I will send home details of how to register and join the Scholastic Crowdcast event.

Lastly, I'd like to introduce a new class title, on which we will be basing a fair amount of our literacy, Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis. This is an exciting adventure story about children who are passionate about the natural world and how they use their friendships to safeguard a very special bird: Iris the osprey. 

I would still like us to complete Pig Heart Boy though, and so will be including a couple of chapters each week in the resources section for you to read, while Mr Rowland and I will continue to read some of the text aloud during Zoom calls.

Mrs Haysom



Reading Resources including Sky Hawk reading tasks and text to be completed for Tuesday's Zoom. There is also a reading comprehension on Charles Darwin, which will be useful for your writing task.

GPS and Spellings for Thursday's Zoom. Look at the Relative Clause PowerPoint and complete the worksheet. Links to the online spelling lessons are included in the spelling document.

PSHE (Powerpoint to be emailed out)

Online Computer Lessons Links

RE Term 4 Week 1 Resources

WEEK 6   8/2/21

Last week before a week's holiday. Do I hear you cheering, 'Hooray'? I wouldn't blame you. You have all worked so hard and deserve a week off. There won't be any work set so that you have a proper chance to recharge. However, if you find yourself at a loose end, then I thought some of you might enjoy these ten-minute challenges, which are set by bestselling authors and illustrators.

For this final week, we have done our best to be kind and not be too demanding work wise.

Blood Heart has been a very successful topic and we have been thrilled by your commitment to improving your knowledge of the heart and the circulatory system. Mrs Miles has found a quiz on Purple Mash, which she thought you may enjoy completing just to see how much you have learnt:

We are very much looking forward to the Zoom debate on Thursday afternoon. This will kick off at 2pm and will be hosted by Mr Rowland at school, so you will need to use his ID and password to join.  We have invited Year 5 and also Mrs Streatfeild so that you will have a decent-sized and unbiased audience. We shall ask them to vote at the end of the debate. Any parents who are free at this time are welcome to join too. Everyone who is speaking will have been selected by Monday afternoon, at the latest, so that they have a couple of days to practise their speech before Thursday. If you aren't selected this time, please don't be disappointed; the quality of your essays has been exceptionally high across the board so choosing people to speak has been really tough. We will endeavour to include another speech-making task in the next couple of terms so that more of you have the opportunity to show off your skills in this area. For now though, we'd like thank you all for putting so much effort into this rather challenging subject.

Mrs Haysom



Reading Tasks including Pig Heart Boy activities for Tuesday's Zoom, plus a second task for later in the week, which has answers provided.

Writing Task Options - choose one to be submitted by 4pm on Friday pls

OB's splendid blood-inspired art

WEEK 5 1/2/21 

This week we will be asking you to write your speeches for our Xenotransplantation debate, which will take place on Thursday 11th of February. Included in the writing resources are samples of previous Year 6 arguments along with an example debate script so that you can see the possible format. Your first job, of course, will be deciding which side you want to come down on.

If anyone has any questions or would like some support with writing their speech, then you would be very welcome to join the Literacy Drop in at 1.30 on Tuesday afternoon.

We have included an art activity this week. It is asking you to create a piece of art inspired by (but not created with!) blood. We'd love to see any of the pieces of which you're proud, so do email them in.

Mrs Haysom and Mr Rowland


Reading Resources including Pig Heart Boy tasks for Tuesday's Zoom, plus Leisure Poem with answers for you to mark yourself.

GPS Tasks and Spellings for Thursday's Zoom plus links to online spelling lessons. Subjunctive Form PowerPoint also added.

Topic Resources Week 5


Please find link to online music lesson on rhythm and pulse:

Week Four 25/1/21

Well, Year 6, here we are at Week 4 and you continue to engage with enthusiasm and commitment. Thank you.

We were delighted with the powerful smoking posters that you created - a few of which are displayed at the bottom of this week's entry.

Lots of you have said how much you have appreciated the timetable to guide you as to how to manage your time; therefore, we are including this again this week. Do remember it is just a guide though and you may, of course, complete activities in any order as long as you meet the set deadlines. Please make sure you find time for independent reading, tables and practising your spellings.

Alongside French and RE this week, we will be adding an extra afternoon meeting on Tuesday, where Mr Rowland will be dissecting a pig's heart and talking us through the parts and their functions as he goes. Your recent labelling activity will certainly help your understanding.

Please also note that the Literacy and Maths Drop-in Zoom meetings have swapped days.

Mrs Haysom

WRITING TASK Week 4 to be submitted on Friday F.A.O. Mrs Haysom

GPS RESOURCES Tasks and Spellings for Thursday's Zoom meeting

Smoking Posters from Week 3

Week 3 18/1/21

Hi everyone and welcome to Week 3's class page.


Thank you for the effort that you have put into the writing task last week. I still have a couple to feedback on, but once again, so far, the standard has been very high. It has made my marking task extremely pleasurable - I'm so proud that you are applying all of your knowledge and skills so successfully.


As you can see, we have created a suggested timetable for your weekly work which should make it easier for you to plan your week. Please look at the key at the bottom to show you which work is to be handed in and what should be done for each Zoom session. Just to stress though, that this is a suggested timetable only and you may do the work at a time that suits you, as long as it is ready for any stated deadline. You will also note that we have added some extra Zoom meetings. We are offering a 'Drop in' maths and literacy session. You are very welcome to pop into these if you have any questions about your maths or literacy set work and we will endeavour to assist. French and RE Zooms have also been added to your timetable. We wondered if when we split into smaller groups on Tues/Weds/Thurs and you are not in a lesson, this may be a good opportunity to practise your spellings, read your book or practise your tables.


As ever, please get in touch if you have any questions or need any support.


Before I get going with the set work, I would like to mention a few literary matters and recommend a couple of websites that you may find of interest.

This leads you to a link for a free online book The Story of Tracy Beaker. There is an introductory talk by the author and there are also some activities to go with the text.

 Georgie's mum has kindly drawn my attention to an online story writing workshop hosted by Emma Carroll - the author who wrote Letters From the Lighthouse. These sessions are live on Instagram on a Tuesday and Thursday at 10am . Here is the link:  They do clash with the some of the class Zoom meetings, but they can be watched on You Tube. This is the link to the first one I haven't actually watched it myself yet, but intend to do so and some of you keen writers may also want to check this out. 


Some of us have started our new Year 5/6 Book Club title, The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. This is such a gripping tale and if you haven't participated in book club before, I urge you to join us this time. I don't think you'll be disappointed.


Last, but not least, Miss Skinner has been busy recording and uploading stories to the school website. These can be located in Pupil Zone which leads you to the Video Resource section. I believe she is currently recording The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I think many of you may enjoy this.

Mrs Haysom 



Writing Task Instructions with links to relevant topic research - for Fri

GPS task and week's spellings for Thurs, inc. links to spelling online lessons



Morning everyone, I hope you had a lovely weekend. Someone at home should have also been sent a new MNP parent login for you to access the lessons. I would really like you to read through each of the “In Focus” tasks, understand how it was worked out and then go guided practice as that will help you with your work.

Arithmetic for Friday

Book 6B, Chapter 14, lesson 5-8


We will be working through a couple of the “In Focus” tasks on Wednesday so I suggest you hold off doing your MNP work until then. We will go through the arithmetic in Friday’s zoom. Please also continue to work on your times tables:


This week we will be looking at graphs and more specifically pie charts.


This week’s work: Book 6B, Chapter 14, Lessons 5-8. There are not too many questions in your text book but please make sure you measure/count accurately. Question 1 on Lesson 7 pie chart is slightly trickier as I believe it wants you to estimate the %, Mrs Pearson and I get stuck on it each year. If you would like to answer more questions then please use the “Guided Practice” online.


The answers are found on the MNP website. Please do email in at any point if you are struggling with anything or join the maths "drop-in".


Mr Rowland


1) Please find Heart Rate science experiment attached - This must be sent in by Thursday



I know what a musical bunch you are, so had intended to do a bit of drumming this term to fit in with the heart and its beating rhythm and, although this isn’t quite what I planned, I found this excellent link (above) to a drumming lesson which you may very well enjoy. This lesson is optional, but I think it seems great fun. 



An optional online science lesson on nicotine and alcohol, along with a quiz to test your knowledge.

Week 2 11/1/21



Morning everyone. I hope you had a lovely weekend. This week we will be returning to the Maths No Problem books. Hopefully you either have your Book B or someone is coming to collect it later today. Someone at home should have also been sent a new MNP parent login for you to access the lessons. I would really like you to read through each of the 'In Focus' tasks, understand how it was worked out and then go to guided practice as that will help you with your work.

We will be working through a couple of the 'In Focus' tasks on Wednesday, so I suggest you hold off doing your MNP work until then. Perhaps start with the arithmetic if  you want to get going sooner? We will go through the arithmetic in Friday’s zoom.

This week we will be looking at graphs and more specifically averages and means.

This week’s work: Book 6B, Chapter 14, Lessons 1-4

This week, I don’t want any maths work emailed in to me to mark, but please can you email in how you found this work once you have completed it. The answers can be found on the MNP website. Please do email in at any point if you are struggling with anything. I am in school this week so I may take a bit longer to respond although Mrs Pearson will be keeping an eye on the emails and will get back to you to offer assistance in the meantime.

Mr Rowland


A superb first week, Year 6. You have been responding very well in Zoom meetings and the work submitted has been of a high standard. Thank you.

This week our literacy continues to be based around Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman.


I suggest you begin with the reading task, which can be located in the Reading Resources section. Here you will find Chapter 3 of our novel and some activities based around this in the Week 2 Pig Heart Boy PowerPoint. You may already have Chapter 3 as it was attached to last week's reading, so check before you print it off again. I have recorded my own reading of the chapter, which you will find under the Reading Resources and you may well wish to listen to this before you read the chapter for yourself. My plan is for us to go through the notes that you have made in Tuesday's Zoom meeting so you will really need to get going with this today (Monday). You do not need to send the work in.

Some of you may want to check out the BBC series of Pig Heart Boy that Mrs Pearson found and kindly watched to check for suitability She has said that the makers have kept closely to the book and she really enjoyed it. Of course, you may prefer to wait and discover the plot as we read through the novel though.

There is also a topic based reading activity which is an information text and can be found in the  Reading Resources section. It is on the heart and the circulatory system. There are three different versions of this which increase in difficulty. I suggest you choose the one you feel is most appropriate for you. There are answers included for you to mark the task so you do not need to send this work in.

Do remember Year 5/6 Book Club which is tonight at 4pm. We will be chatting about I was a Rat by Philip Pullman. For those of you keen to get on to the next text for discussion, it will be The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

Finally, you might be interested to know that Mrs Skinner has recorded several chapters of a Secret Seven story which she has uploaded to the video resource section in pupil zone on this website. More chapters will be added later. Do have a listen.


This writing will be based around the final paragraphs of Chapter 2 of Pig Heart Boy. Chapter 2 can be found in the Reading Resources section of last week's class page. Details of the task can be found in the Writing Resources section below. I would like this work in for marking. It can be typed or hand written - whichever you prefer. Please would you submit it by Friday at 4pm. However, like last week, I am very happy to have it sooner.

For a couple of you who have said that they are struggling to email in the work, or have had to send in photos of written work, I am just messaging to point out that most Apple devices have a useful feature that enables you to scan in documents. I have included instructions below:

  1. Open Notes and select a note or create a new one.
  2. Tap the Camera button, then tap Scan Documents.
  3. Place your document in view of the camera.
  4. If your device is in Auto mode, your document will automatically scan. If you need to manually capture a scan, tap the Shutter button or one of the Volume buttons. Then drag the corners to adjust the scan to fit the page, then tap Keep Scan.
  5. Tap Save or add additional scans to the document.
  6. From here, you may forward the attachments to me via email.

 I hope this helps.  



A worksheet is attached below which will allow you to continue to practise the skills that you have acquired so far. You do not need to return this for marking as Mr Rowland will go through the answers with you on Thursday

Spellings: The –ible ending (rather than -able) is most common if a complete root word can’t be heard before it - possible/possibly, horrible/horribly, terrible/terribly, visible/visibly, incredible/incredibly. However, as usual there are exceptions and it can also sometimes occur when a complete word can be heard (e.g. sensible) sense/sensible/sensibly.

These words will be tested through a short dictation in Thursday's Zoom meeting.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Mrs Haysom


Pig Heart Boy- Chapter 3 (Part 1)

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Pig Heart Boy- Chapter 3 (Part 2)

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TOPIC Blood Heart


1) Watch this BBC clip on the heart and how it works and then look at the one on the circulatory system:


2) Please see below, in the resources section, a labelled diagram of the heart. Under this, there is another diagram that you should label yourself by copying the diagram. Then there is a further worksheet where you should have a go at labelling the parts of the heart from memory. It may well be helpful to colour this in with the appropriate colours. This does not need to be sent in, but I recommend that have a go at it as this information will be extremely useful as we continue to learn about the heart and its functions.


3) Below is a fantastic experiment you may want to try out to show how the heart and lungs work together. If you do give it a try, please send in a photo. It does need some equipment, but it will hopefully be bits you already have around the house.







This week we to would love to ensure that you keep active and moving. We have lovely countryside around us, why not run, walk or cycle? Perhaps you could even try some of the yoga that Mrs Sinclair taught us on Friday.



Dear Class 6


This week for French, have a go at writing a few sentences using the writing frame below.  Remember, in French, to say 'I am 10 years old or she is 12 years old' they say 'I have 10 years old or she has 10 years old'


If anyone has any questions, please do email me at


Mrs Glover



 RE for Year 6 week beginning 11/1/21

Our topic for this term is

ISLAM What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?


Please complete task 1 and go onto the task 2  if you have time.

This week our focus is on prayer;

1.Look at the following clips and note down all you can remember about Muslim prayer:

  • at home

  • Friday prayers at the mosque

  • Wudu or washing in preparation for prayer

  • Prayers at the mosque

2. As you think about this topic  what questions do you have as a result of your research?


Term 3


Happy new year to you all. We hope you have all had an excellent break and are feeling ready for the challenges of Term 3.

Before we begin to list the tasks for the week, we'd like to thank you and your families for the generous and thoughtful gifts that you gave us for Christmas. You are all extremely kind and the presents and vouchers were very much appreciated.

Now, here we go with the work:


Your reading work is largely based upon our class book Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman. I have attached the first few chapters in the resources section. You will need to have read the first two chapters (up to p.20) and also completed the activities on the PowerPoints named Lessons 1 and 2 ( also found in resources) before we meet in our reading-focused Zoom meeting on Thursday. Make sure you have this work with you in the session please along with the text.

This reading will also form the basis of your writing task for the week.


As mentioned above, your writing task is based on the first couple of chapters of Pig Heart Boy (text to be found in Reading Resourcesso you will need to ensure that you have read these before commencing the work. Please find details for your writing task in the Writing Resources section, along with an example of a letter of complaint letter to help guide you as to the sort of thing you should be aiming for. This work is due in on Fri 8/1/21 at 4pm. The email address is


Please find a small test in the resources section that I hope will keep, your already strong, GPS skills ticking over. You will need this work to have been completed by Friday. You do not need to email it in as Mr Rowland will go through the answers in Friday's Zoom meeting.

Spellings are topic based words which are largely taken from the statutory word lists: physical, average, rhythm, breath, breathe, exercise, blood, group, medicine, regular, weight, height. These will be tested through a short dictation in Friday's Zoom meeting.


I hope this is all clear. If you have any questions, please do email in:

Work for other subjects can be found beneath the literacy resources.

Mrs Haysom


Pig Heart Boy Chapter 1

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Pig Heart Boy Chapter 2 Part 1

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Pig heart Boy Final part of Chapter 2

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This week we will be looking at three different areas. We will be discussing each of them during Wednesday’s zoom so you may want to wait until then to start the work. These are areas that we struggled with generally during the last set of assessments. There is also an arithmetic for you to do. The three worksheets and the arithmetic are compulsory and must be completed; there is also an extension if you wish to do more. Please could you email in the answers to the roman numeral sheet/answers, detailed below, by Thursday at the latest. We will go through the arithmetic answers during Friday’s zoom. 

  1. Roman numeral worksheet – There are many different questions that get progressively harder. Can you figure out the last question?
  2. Telling the time worksheet – Can you read the time on the analogue clock.

Extn – Can you convert each of those times into the 12 hour clock.

Extn – Can you draw clocks with 10:06, 12:48, 18:34 (focus on the hour hand too).

  1. 3D shapes worksheets – What are the properties of each shape?

Extn – Can you draw the nets of each shape?

Here are some additional links:


Below we have attached an idea to create a game based around our new topic "Blood Heart". This is quite a big piece of work and will take a long period of time to make and research the questions. It would be wonderful if you could send in any photos of your completed game. We have also attached a photo of the version Mrs Miles created this morning. If you are lacking some of the resources, then feel free to adapt or simply create a 20 question quiz. Please remember you must understand the questions that you are adding to your game/quiz.

French for Week 1

RE Week One

Year 6 Our topic for this term is

ISLAM What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?

 Please do items 1 and 2 and if time you may like to do item 3.

1. As a refresher on  Islam please look at ‘bitesize Muslim’

and answer the questions below and print off the map ( there are maps ready with the RE books for class teachers)

  • Make a timeline of world faiths putting Christianity in the centre ie


          BC                    Christianity                   AD

Judaism 1,900 BC

Christianity 4 AD

Hinduism 2,000 BC

Sikhism 1,500 AD

Islam 600 AD

NB These are only rough approximations to give you a sense of when Islam began in relation to other faiths!

I have used BC( Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini is Latin for "in the year of the Lord" referring to the birth of Jesus) but some people now put BCE( Before Common Era) or CE (Common Era) instead.

  • Use an atlas to find out where Islam began and mark it on your map. You might like to use a different colour to show the country where the Christian faith started.



  • What do Muslims believe about God ?
  • What do they believe about Mohammad?
  • How and when did Islam begin?
  • What is the name of their Holy Book?
  • Where do Muslims worship?


     3.What questions would you would like  answered as we study this topic?

Thursday 17th December

I have to start by saying well done for your superb contribution to the Nativity Service. I was watching from home and absolutely loved the music, the singing and the readings - I felt very proud. Great work from you all.

Monday’s Christmas Carol workshop was excellent (once Mr Rowland sorted the technology for us) and I saw some splendid acting skills that will certainly be put to good use when the summer production comes round (see a couple of pics below). I wonder if we could work Ebenezer Scrooge into the script. You could all play him very well! Bah! Humbug!

In comprehension this week, we worked on an extract from The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾. This is the first book in the series written by Sue Townsend. The book is written in a humorous diary style, and focuses on the worries and regrets of a teenager who believes himself to be an intellectual. Some of you said you’d really enjoyed the little bit we discussed and so I thought I’d mention the book here in case any of you want to read it over the holidays. Whilst, I’m thinking about books (I often am), here’s a little reminder to finish I was a Rat ready for our meeting at the start of next term and perhaps start our next title The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

You have worked exceptionally hard this term and deserve a good rest and some fun.

And so, as Tiny Tim said, "A Merry Christmas to us all; God bless us, every one!"


You do not need to go your usual GPS, Comprehension or Maths tests over the holidays. Instead, I would like you to produce a portrait of an author whose writing you enjoy. I know some of you love art and will enjoy using this opportunity to wow us with you excellent drawing/painting skills; however, for those of you who aren’t as keen, then you may prefer to make a collage portrait from paper, newsprint, ribbons etc. There are some really great ones online you could Google for inspiration. Another option might be to do a ‘half face’ portrait and again there are lots of good tutorials available online. Do whatever you fancy - I really don’t mind how you tackle the art aspect. You might want to mount your work on some card though to stop it getting damaged in transit - a cereal box would do.

On the other side of the card I would like you to explain the reason you have chosen this author.  

My explanation is attached so you can see the sort of thing I’m looking for. There will be prizes for the best entries. I intend to display your work around school as it may help others to choose a book or discover a new author.

Due first day back please.

Freeze Frames from our Christmas Carol Drama Workshop

Friday 11th December

Almost there, Year 6 - just three and a half days to go. I am really pleased to be back with you in class in what is such a fun and busy time of year.

We started the week by penning a piece of writing from the point of view of a lion being brought back to life by Aslan. I enjoyed your acting skills as well as your superb descriptions. We have completed our fractions topic with lessons on multiplying fractions, as well as dividing a fraction by a whole number. We know that finding a fraction of something is the same as saying multiply by. E.g. half of two thirds is the same as saying a half multiplied by two thirds.

To compete our topic ‘Frozen Kingdom’, we made a Polar regions based board game and by the time you view this I believe you will also have made your milk carton igloo - can’t wait to see the photos. I imagine they will be added here in due course. Here now - see below. Looks like you had a great time!

Next week, we will have the nativity/carol service. With this in mind, Mrs Streatfeild is very keen you use the weekend to ensure you are all word perfect on the songs (see below).

Last, but not least, well done to this week's winners of HTAs: GD, MW and EE. Congratulations also to our Star of the week: OB.


Mrs Streatfeild would like you to learn the lyrics to all three songs for the upcoming carol service over the weekend (they're attached) and be able write 'O Holy night' out from memory for her on Monday morning. As you are being asked to do this, I will not be setting literacy homework this weekend apart from your usual reading pls. Mrs P will still be checking the reading diaries on Monday so please ensure yours is up to date.

The maths homework this week is Set A arithmetic test on pages 16 and 17  and the knitting nightmare puzzle on page 18.

Making and playing our Polar regions board games plus 'The Igloo'


Friday 4/12/20

After many of you mentioned mastering fractions as a target in your family meetings, we have spent the week attempting to build your confidence in this area. We have covered comparing fractions by giving common denominators, as well as using these 'common bottoms' to help us add and subtract fractions. I think everyone feels more assured than they did at the start of the week.

In literacy, we have begun work on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and talked about how Aslan parallels Jesus Christ. We have also completed a comprehension on Dickens's A Christmas Carol in preparation for our drama workshop on December 14th. If you have the chance to watch a film version of a Christmas Carol at home before this date, you will no doubt find it quite beneficial as well as enjoyable.

In topic work we have studied Inuit art and created our own (what I understand to be rather splendid) Inuit influenced paintings.

Do remember the class book club title: I was a Rat by Philip Pullman. I shall speak to Miss Wright and set a date for when we can meet to discuss. 

Congratulations to Georgie, Ava and Luke who received Head teacher awards and Matilda who received Star of the Week.

Very much looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Mrs. H


Comprehension: Set A, Test 4

GPS: Set B, Test 3

Maths: Set A, Test 5

Spellings: words with the /k/ sound spelt ch (Greek in origin) scheme, chorus, chemist, echo, character. Also, Words with the /ʃ/ sound spelt ch (mostly French in origin) chef, chalet, machine, brochure.

Reading: Please read at least five times at home. One of these reads should be aloud to an adult. Please ask them to sign your diary to confirm that all of this has been completed and if they could add a comment about how your reading is coming on, then this would be helpful. As you read aloud look out for pronouns and point these out to the person you're reading to.




Inuit Art

Friday 27th November 


Dated March 1912, a letter, which was found in Scott's tent when his team's remains were discovered in 1913, is addressed "To my widow". In it, he accepts that death is near but says he and his companions are "full of good health and vigour". We used this as inspiration to help us imagine what he would say to his wife and composed our own, often rather moving, letters home. Our research homework from last weekend provided useful background information for this task.

Maths involved using our division skills to solve complex word problems and also recapping BIDMAS. See Mr Rowland’s message below, which includes links to a useful website that will help you practise your skills.

Topic work has involved research into the Polar oceans and an investigation into how animals keep warm in such extreme  temperatures. (Mr R assures me that he will be uploading some pics of this later - I shall look out for them.) 

Finally, congratulations to:

Star of week: WSM

HTAs: GM and LE. 


Comprehension, GPS and Maths tests for Weds as usual.

Reading: Please read aloud to an adult and ask them to write a comment about your reading and how they feel you're progressing. Please ask them to sign your diary too to confirm that you have also done four other reading sessions (either aloud or to yourself) for homework during the course of the week. When you're reading, look out for a few examples of pronouns in the text and write them, including the sentences or phrases in which they appear, in your reading diary. Extra house points will be given for this.

Spellings: Silent letters - doubt, island, lamb, solemn, thistle, knight, knock, know, knee, gnat, gnaw.

Also describe, disappear, difficult and different from the statutory list.

Why do wales have blubber?


Hi Year 6, quite a few of you spoke about this in your presentations. We tried a few more questions on Monday. Here is a useful link that I fund that may help you. In Year 6, you will not see questions with over 6-digits in them.

Try the questions yourself and then perhaps someone at home could make some up for you.

Bring anything in that you have done.

Mr Rowland


Friday 20/11/20

You have coped extremely well with the Zoom lessons this week, Year 6. Thank you all for your cooperation.

We still have got through a good chunk of work especially in our topic lessons. We have compared the geographical features of the Arctic and Antarctica and also learnt about how at some times of the year, the poles are in near-constant daylight, known as polar day, or midnight sun; whereas, at other times, the poles are in near-constant darkness, known as polar night. Next week, we plan to do some writing about Polar explorers and so your homework is some reading that you will need to do in preparation for this (see below). In Literacy, we have begun work on the subjunctive form - a verb form, or mood used to express things that could or should happen (but are often unlikely to). It is used to express wishes, hopes, commands, demands or suggestions. For example: I wish I were taller, or I wish it were Saturday. In Maths lessons, we have found out about factors and prime numbers and also begun to work on formal methods of dividing.

I have read you excerpts of the new book club title 'I was a Rat' by Philip Pullman, and I hope that now you've heard some of it that plenty of you will be tempted to read it too.


No Comprehension or GPS this week. Instead, please read the information that I sent home about Robert Falcon Scott. I would like you to write a paragraph summarising what you have found out from the text. This may be neatly handwritten (on lined paper) or typed, and should be brought into school on Monday as you will need it for the lesson. You may also email it in to the office if you have typed it but don't have access to a printer. Please remember to include your name on your work. I have attached the reading for you, just in case...(see below)

Maths: The next test in your booklet - for Weds pls. 

Reading: Five reads as usual  - one of these to an adult at home. Remember to ask them to complete some detail about your reading and also sign the diary. The diary will need to be brought in for checking on Monday pls.

Spellings: Some homophones, many of which will be helpful in your writing task next week.

weary - tired, wary - cautious, stationary - not moving, stationery - paper, envelopes etc, principle - basic truth or belief, principal - most important person, morning - before noon, mourning - grieving for someone, past - referring to a previous time, passed - I passed him in the road.


Friday 13/11/20

It was good to catch up with you and your parents during consultations this week. I hope Mr Rowland and I made it clear how much we are enjoying teaching you all this year, as well as how proud we are of your pleasing progress. Keep it up!

In class, we have researched icebergs and compiled explanation texts that involved laying out the writing in a way that would assist the reader in obtaining the information that they require. We incorporated a glossary to explain any technical/specialist words. We have also done a good deal of reading about the Arctic and Antarctica and made a table that allowed us to compare them both. We then used the information to answer questions about the regions.

In maths, we have worked on negative numbers, which helped us to understand the extreme temperatures of the North and South Poles and also worked on finding common multiples. 

We had great fun today coming to school dressed as our sporting heroes and thoroughly enjoyed the Joe Wicks workout (see attached pics).


Reading as usual. Please read at least five times - one of these reads should be aloud to an adult at home. Please ask them to sign your diary and also add a comment about what you've read and how you're getting on. Make sure your diary is in for Monday.

Comprehension, GPS and Maths tests: please complete the next tests in your book and bring in for Wednesday at the latest.

Spellings: The ‘i before e except after c’ rule applies to words where the sound spelt by ei is /i:/ deceive, conceive, receive, perceive, ceiling. Also statutory list words:  opportunity, environment, explanation, definitely. Finally, the word 'happened' as it is often being spelt without the final 'e' in your writing. These words will be tested through a dictation on Monday 23rd.


Joe Wicks Workout Pics

Term 2  Friday 6/11/20

Welcome back, Year 6. We've hit the ground running and already achieved quite a bit. We kicked off our new topic 'Frozen Kingdom' by researching the sinking of RMS Titanic and subsequently wrote newspaper articles recounting the events of the 15th of April 1912. Our literacy focus was to include both direct and reported speech, both of which you all managed very successfully. Well done. I am looking forward to seeing some of this work displayed on our topic board. Next week, we will go on to investigate icebergs and look for reasons why the captain of the Titanic may not have fully appreciated the danger ahead.

Maths lessons have covered calculating the area of triangles and parallelograms, as well as consolidating our long multiplication skills.

It was great to see so many of you at the Year 5/6 Book Club. Miss Wright and I will let you know the new title by next week.

Congratulations to this week’s Star of the Week: GG. He has been awarded it for a consistent and concerted effort to improve his handwriting.

HTAs have been given to: SB, OB and TS for their splendid efforts in producing the Titanic newspaper articles. 


You have now been given Comprehension and Maths homework books, as well as your usual GPS one.

Please complete the following by next Wednesday:

GPS Set A puzzle on page 19. Please leave out the spelling test.

Comprehension Set A, Test 1 A Walk in the Park

Maths Set A, Test 1

Reading at home five times per week as usual and record these reads in your diary. Please ensure you read aloud to an adult at least once. Please ask them to add any comments and then sign your diary. You must make sure that you have your diary in school for Monday for checking.

Spellings: -cial is common after a vowel letter and -tial after a consonant. 

official, special, artificial, partial, confidential, essential. Also statutory list words: average and temperature.

These words will be tested through a dictation on 16/11.

Lastly, please remember to be sure that you have a working pen in school plus a refill or two. 





Wednesday’s Zoom Orchestra Practice

Friday 16th October

Well Year 6, we’re finally here - it’s half term! You have worked so terribly hard since our return in September and achieved so much that you thoroughly deserve a rest for the next fortnight.

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s evacuee day - Mr Rowland has promised to send me some pics, which I will upload later - now there. See below.

Next term, our topic will be Frozen Kingdom which will teach us all about the characteristics and features of polar regions, including the North and South Poles, and will also include a detailed exploration of the environmental factors that shape and influence them - can’t wait! 

A final reminder of our our book club which will be held in the classroom on the first day back straight after school - we will be discussing The Middler by Kirsty Applebaum. Do bring a healthy snack to keep you going. 

Lastly, congratulations to Molly who is this week’s Star of the Week and also to George G for winning the reading raffle.


Please ensure that you have at least one working pen ready for Term 2. I have now given out all of my emergency supply. The Frixion pens are excellent as you can edit with them easily; however, they don’t tend to last long so investing in a refill pack is a sensible move. 

GPS: Test 4 ready for the first Wednesday back pls.

Spellings: Revision of last term’s words. They can be found as an attachment on last week’s class page. We will have a test on the first day back. 

Reading: Pls ensure that you have read a minimum of five times and added details of all of these reads into your diary. Please make sure one of these reads is to an adult at home. They need to sign your diary to confirm this has happened. Mrs Pearson will check all diaries on the first morning back so you must have it with you. I didn’t enjoy having to keep several of you in at break last week for not completing this task / not having your diary in school and really don’t want to have to repeat it so please do make sure that you’re organised in Term 2.

Finally, most of you have parent consultations soon after we return and we would like you to make a PowerPoint in anticipation of these meetings. You should produce three slides: one for literacy, one for maths and one for another area of school life that you would like to speak about. Please tell us what you think has gone well in each subject and also detail what you would like to work on in Term 2 - this will form the basis of our target setting. Please email this to the school office once completed and before Wednesday 4th. Should you not have access to a computer, then you may hand write and bring into school.


Evacuee Day

Forest School

Forest finds

Still image for this video

Harvest Festival Highlights

Friday 9/10/20

Almost there, Year 6  - just next week to go and then you will get the break that you so deserve after the hard work of the past few weeks.

Harvest Festival went extremely well and you all sung beautifully, Thank you to those of you who also took on extra musical roles and to those who delivered readings and prayers. We were terribly impressed!

In class, most of you have now completed your diary entries and done so to a very high standard, whilst some of you have begun a play script retelling an imaginary evacuation scene. We have worked on identifying determiners -  words that go before nouns and identifies them in further detail e.g. a, the, many, one, my, their. Do make a point of spotting them when you are reading.

In maths, we are now working on perimeter (the distance around a 2D shape) and have been calculating sides that have been left unlabelled. We have also looked at area -  the term used to define the amount of space taken up by a 2D shape or surface. We usually measure area in square units : cm²  or m² depending on which is appropriate. Some of you were amused when I chose the wrong measurement form and asked you to work out the area of a garden in cm and kindly pointed out my error!

Next week, you can all look forward to Friday when you will be enjoying a day involving activities linked to our topic - WWII. Mr Rowland will send details separately so that you all know what to expect.

Congratulations to Lily - our Star of the Week and to Amy who won the reading raffle.


GPS: Test 3 for Wednesday please.

Spellings: please revise all of the words that you have learnt so far this term ready for a test the first Monday we are back. The words are attached.

Reading: Please read a minimum of five times and at least once aloud to an adult. Remember to ask them to sign your diary to confirm this has happened. Mrs Pearson will check diaries as usual on Monday morning so you must ensure that you have them in school


Spelling words for revision over half term

Friday 2nd of October 2020

This week we had a big focus on relative clauses - both identifying them and using them ourselves in our own writing. We published our superbly descriptive lighthouse stories and have now begun diary entries that involve us imagining that we are the character in our class story who has been evacuated to Devon to get away from the air raids that were happening in London.

Congratuatlions to those who received head teacher awards for their writing: MC, TH, SB, LT and MF.

AD also deserves congratulaitons, as an extract of her 'Bomb Story' is featured in the parish magazine this month - do look out for it.

We have completed all forms of measurement in maths and used our new skills to help us solve word problems. We have also pretty much mastered BIDMAS - the correct order to complete an equation when there are different operations required.

Next Wednesday, we shall conduct our socially distanced Harvest Festival up on the AstroTurf. This service will be recorded so that it can be enjoyed by parents later. Fingers crossed for dry weather.

Star of week: OB

Reading Raffle winner: MW

Do make sure you all have coats and a change of shoes in school so that we can be outside of break and lunch as much as possible in these more autumnal weather conditions.



Homework 2/10/20

GPS: Please complete the second test in your book and bring in for Weds 7/10.

Spellings: This week the spellings words are focusing on endings which sound like / əs/ ʃ spelt –cious or –tious. Not many common words end like this. If the root word ends in –ce, the /ʃ/ sound is usually spelt as c – e.g. vice – vicious, grace – gracious, space – spacious, malice – malicious. Exception: anxious.

sound like / əs/ ʃ spelt –cious or –tious

vicious, precious, conscious, delicious, malicious, suspicious, ambitious, cautious, fictitious, infectious, nutritious - also anxious.

Cued Spellings:

weather   whether

peace   piece

here   hear

brake   break

missed   mist

A selection of these words will be tested on Monday 12/10/20

Reading: Please ensure that you have read at least five times at home – once to an adult. Also ensure that your diaries are in school, fully completed and signed by Monday 5/10. Look out for embedded relative clauses. An embedded clause is a  clause used in the middle of another clause. These ones will start with a relative pronoun e.g who, which etc and are usually marked by commas. See if you can point out one or two to your parents and then record them in your diaries. There will be house points for any found.

Maths: I know you are all working very hard at the moment, I have attached a blank Times Tables grid for you to fill in. This will assist you in the next chapter of the Singapore book. This section is all about multiplication and division. Times tables recall is essesntial.


TB's presentation of her grandfather's medals and log book.

Friday 25/9/20

A superb effort with your Lighthouse stories, Year 6. I so enjoyed reading them all - you made my marking task a pleasure!

We have continued to work on compound adjectives, both identifying and using them in our work and have developed our confidence with punctuation generally. I am seeing far fewer run-on (notice the hyphen!) sentences now. 

In maths, we have extended our understanding of measurement and most of you are now comfortable in converting units of length and weight.

Topic wise, we enjoyed hearing about Tilly B's pilot great-grandfather, who was almost certainly the youngest person to win a military OBE at twenty-three years of age. We also enjoyed seeing his military medals and being shown his flying log book. 
Please see the pics above.

Thank you to those of you who volunteered to be a ‘leading light’ for Mrs.Braid. She’s has now drawn the names from a hat and those picked were: Sophia B, Georgina, Ava S and Tilda. Your first responsibility will be to deliver a short reading for the Harvest Festival. Mr Rowland should have handed these to you today to give you time to practise. 

Lastly, well done to all of you for your handwriting/typing projects that you completed over the summer and for continuing to work to develop this skill in class.

Winners are as follows: 

Florence - Overall winner

George G - Most improved

George A - Best typist

Ava S - Highly commended 

There is a small gift for each of you waiting at school, which I shall give to you on Monday.

Congratulations are also due to this week’s Star of the Week: Ava W.



More -ous words. A final ‘e’ of the root word must be kept if the /dʒ/ sound of ‘g’ is to be kept - courageous, outrageous. If there is an /i:/ sound before the –ous ending, it is usually spelt as i but a few words have e - serious, obvious, curious hideous, spontaneous, courteous.

Cued Spelling: were, where, wear, we're, when, what, who, whose, who's, how.

These words will be tested through a dictation on 5/10/20.

GPS books

You have all been given a GPS book to take home. It consists of a collection of short tests. Please complete the first one and bring it into school no later than Weds 30/9/20. Here are a few helpful hints: 

1) Remember subordinate clauses can be placed at the start of a sentence.

2) Adverbs tell you more about the verb, but they don't always end in 'ly'. 


Please read at least five times (once to an adult) and make sure that all of these reads are recorded in your reading diary. This must be in school signed and ready for checking on a Monday morning. Thank you.

Tables - please continue to work on recall speed.


Friday 18/9/20

This week, the class started their Year Six duties with the head boy and head girl speeches. All of them spoke very well and had some brilliant ideas. I'm sure they have told you the results already!

During our maths lessons, the class have continued to work on their place value up to 1 million and started rounding. They also completed some arithmetic questions. 

In literacy lessons, the class finished off a speech about their favourite activity or something that they enjoy. The also wrote a fact file on Winston Churchill. During their reading sessions, the children were focusing on their inference skills.

Our topic time consisted of making a model Hawker Hurricane which turned into quite a epic modelling event. This was part of our Roald Dahl Day as he was a Hurricane Pilot in WW2. 

The class finished the week with a lovely game of cricket in the sunshine on the sportsfield. 



Please ensure that you have a working pen in school by Monday.

Spelling W/C 21/9/20 suffix -ous

Sometimes the root word is obvious and the usual rules apply for adding suffixes beginning with vowel letters.

poisonous, dangerous, mountainous, famous, various

Sometimes there is no obvious root word:  

tremendous, enormous, jealous

 –our is changed to –or before –ous is added:

humorous, glamorous, vigorous

These words will be tested on 28/9/20

Cued spellers have also been working on the following: two, too, to and their, there and they’re. More practice of these at home would be beneficial. In fact, it would be useful for everyone to revise these words as they are sometimes muddled in your writing.


When you are reading this week, please look out for hyphenated adjective words in your reading books e.g. sugar-free. Make a note of any words you come across in your reading diary pls. You diaries will be checked on Monday as usual. Please make sure that you have read at least five times, including once to an adult at home, and then get your reading diaries signed.


Please can all children spend some time on their times tables to make sure they are as sharp as they can be.


Curriculum Handout 2020

 Friday 11/9/20

Hello Class 6, 

Another successful week back in the classroom. You have completed all of your assessments, which Mr Rowland and I will use to help inform our planning so that we know exactly what we need to be covering in our lessons.

We are excited that we will be delivering our head girl/boy speeches next Thursday and Friday over Zoom. Please see below (in the homework section) for instructions on preparing your speech over the weekend.


Another reminder that we will be reading The Middler by Kirsty Appelbaum as our Year 5/6 book club title.

Eleven-year-old Maggie lives in Fennis Wick, enclosed and protected from the outside world by a boundary, beyond which the Quiet War rages and the dirty, dangerous wanderers roam.

Her brother Jed is an eldest, revered and special. A hero. Her younger brother is Trig – everyone loves Trig. But Maggie’s just a middler; invisible and left behind. Then, one hot September day, she meets Una, a hungry wanderer girl in need of help, and everything Maggie has ever known gets turned on its head.

Narrated expertly and often hilariously by Maggie, we experience the trials and frustrations of being the forgotten middle child, the child with no voice, even in her own family.

This is a gripping story of forbidden friendship, loyalty and betrayal and ideal for those who enjoyed A Place called Perfect. It would be lovely if most of you would join Miss Wright and me when we meet to discuss it at the end of term (over Zoom).


Next Thursday is Roald Dahl Day. You do not need to dress up, but there will be craft activities and other Roald Dahl inspired lessons in the classroom.



Please would you prepare your head girl/boy speeches over the weekend.

You need to begin by thinking about the qualities that you possess that would make you a suitable leader and then think about what you would do to make the school even better if you were voted in. Remember not to promise the unmanageable, such as giving every class a pet giraffe!

Last year, our head girl suggested a Onesy Wednesday fund raising day, which was very popular and raised a considerable amount for the school.

Please bring in, or email us, the speech for Monday.

Your speeches should be no longer than 1 minute to prevent the younger children becoming restless, so practise at home (ideally in front of an audience) to check it’s about the right length. You may use a prop or two if you so wish.

This website may be useful:


Spellings: If the root word ends with –ic, –ally is added rather than just –ly, except in the word publicly - basically, frantically, dramatically, automatically, comically, drastically.These will be tested through a dictation on the morning of Monday 21/9/20.

This week the words that we have been practising are: hostile, awkward, obstinate, marvellous, spectacular, aggressive. These will be tested this coming Monday – 14th Sept.


Finally, remember to bring in your reading diaries on Monday for checking. You will need to have read a minimum of five times, and one of these reads needs to have been to an adult at home. Please ask them to sign to confirm this has happened. You will then be issued with a raffle ticket and entered into the draw to win a book.

Friday 4th September

Friday 4/9/20

It’s so good to have you all back again. Mr Rowland and I have really enjoyed the last few days and hope that you have too.


The topic this term is entitled A Child’s War and focuses on the cause and effect of WWII, as well as the significant events and people of this period of history. It will hopefully help us to imagine what it was like to be a child at the time. 


We have started our class book: Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll. The first chapter included a scene where there was an air raid; this prompted us to find out about the Blitz and inspired the creation of our excellent display board (see above). 


We have announced our first book club title of the year: The Middler by Kirsty Applebaum. We shall meet to discuss our thoughts on it at the end of term via Zoom, in order that Miss Wright and Year 5 can also join us. I shall send details nearer the time.

Here’s a flavour of the story to whet your appetites:

Eleven-year-old Maggie lives in Fennis Wick, enclosed and protected from the outside world by a boundary, beyond which the Quiet War rages and the dirty, dangerous wanderers roam.
Her brother Jed is an eldest, revered and special. A hero. Her younger brother is Trig – everyone loves Trig. But Maggie’s just a middler; invisible and left behind. Then, one hot September day, she meets Una, a hungry wanderer girl in need of help, and everything Maggie has ever known gets turned on its head.
Narrated expertly and often hilariously by Maggie, we experience the trials and frustrations of being the forgotten middle child, the child with no voice, even in her own family.
This is a gripping story of forbidden friendship, loyalty and betrayal. I hope many of you will give it a go.


Hopefully, by the time you read this, Mr Rowland will have attached a class timetable below, so that you know what will be happening each day and can plan accordingly.


Enjoy your weekends.

Mrs Haysom


Homework Friday 4/9/20

Literacy and maths homework will begin next week.

Our reading raffle will be pulled on Monday. Usually you will be expected to read a minimum of five times each week for at least fifteen minutes each time, and as it is important you you still read aloud, one of these reads needs to be to an adult at home. However, as we have only had a short week, I would ask that you read a minimum of three times - once to an adult. Please ask a parent to confirm that you have competed these reads by signing your reading diaries, or, if you are still waiting to be given one, 

a piece of paper will suffice. This confirmation needs to be with you on Monday please, and, in return, you will be entered into our weekly raffle to win a book.