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Friday 29th January 2021

Child Directed TimeChild Directed Time
Story Time
Please try to follow the timetable as closely as you possibly can.

Please could I encourage all parents and children to ask if you would like your reading books changed as this can be easily arranged. Also, would it be possible to please send photos of your children’s reading records on a Monday or Friday to show evidence that you/your child has read 3 times that week. We want you to get credit for your achievements!


Invite to Join Year 6 English Drop-in Zoom Meeting (09:30)


Meeting ID: 999 2881 6013
Passcode: aQuF3N

Video input to English lesson:

SPaG: Active and passive

Please watch the video above to guide your SPaG lesson today.

Active Voice

In an active sentence, the subject performs the action (the verb) to the object.

Passive Voice

In a passive sentence, the thing that would normally be the object gets turned into the subject through the use of the passive form of the verb. They often include a prepositional phrase starting with ‘by’.

LC: To write a letter to a child in 2030:

This week we are trying something different and joining the children of 2020 in a letter writing activity linked to a book by P.G.Bell called ‘The Train to Impossible Places’ . The purpose of the project is to write a letter to a child in 2030, telling them how 2020 was for you, considering the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact.

What was 2020 like for you? What was different? Did you learn new things?

One day the letter you write might help children in the future learn about how coronavirus impacted children today, just like letters from important historical moments many years ago (such as World War I and World War II) tell us what life was like then.

A selection of the letters will be chosen by The Postal Museum to be included in an exhibition, both online and hopefully in real life too!

So this is what I would like you to do today:

Today you are going to write a letter to a child in 2030 as directed above. I will direct you further with this in the video. Please take your time, follow the guidance and let this be letter that will entertain, inform and one that you can be proud of.

There is a template below but you don’t have to use it if you choose not to. It is just there for you if you would prefer that.


Here are the spellings for this week:

Mr Emmerson’s Spelling Group: morning, mourning, past, passed, precede, proceed, principal, principle, profit, prophet, develop, dictionary, disastrous, embarrass, environment, equip, equipped, equipment, especially, excellent
(There are a number of homophones in these spellings so please ensure that you use the correct definition for the correct spelling)

Mrs Oakley’s Spelling Group: morning, mourning, past, passed, precede, proceed, principal, principle, profit, prophet, develop, dictionary, disastrous, embarrass, environment, equip, equipped, equipment, especially, excellent

Focus on the spellings from your group and complete the following activities:

Spelling Activity:

It’s Friday! It is time to test yourself. Be honest and if there is somebody there to test you well even better.
Do a spelling test (don’t forget 1 minute revish) and don’t get any wrong!!! Just do your best and send me in
your scores.

All of these spellings are on Spelling Shed under either Spring Week 4 Mrs Oakley or Spring Week 4 Mr Emmerson


Queen Victoria’s Diary

Early in the morning on the 20th June 1837, King William IV of Great Britain died. He was succeeded by his niece, Victoria, who was just 18 years old. Queen Victoria went on to reign for 63 years. In this extract from her diary, Victoria describes the morning she became Queen.

Tuesday 20th June 1837

I was awoke at 6 o’clock by Mamma, who told me that the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Conyngham were here and wished to see me. I got out of bed and went into my sitting-room (only in my dressing grown), and alone, and saw them. Lord Conyngham (the Lord Chamberlin) who acquainted me that my poor Uncle, the King, was no more, and had expired at 12 minutes p.2 this morning and consequently that I am the Queen. Lord Conyngham knelt down and kissed my hand, at the same time delivering to me the official announcement of the poor King’s demise. The archbishop then told me that the Queen was desirous that he should come and tell me the details of the last moments of my poor, good Uncle; he said that he had directed his mind to religion and had died in a perfectly, happy quiet state of mind and was quite prepared for his death. He added that the King’s sufferings at the last were not great but that there was a good deal of uneasiness. Lord Conyngham , whom I charged to express my feelings of condolence and sorrow to the poor Queen, returned directly to Windsor. I then went to my room and dressed. Since it has pleased Providence to place me in this station, I shall do my utmost to fulfil my duty towards my country; I am very young and perhaps in many, though not all things, inexperienced, but I am sure, that very few have more real good will and more real desire to do what is fit and right than I have.

At 9 came Lord Melbourne , whom I saw in my room, and of course quite alone as I shall always do all my ministers. He kissed my hand and I then acquainted him that it had long been my intention to retain him and the rest of the present Ministry at the head of affairs and that it could not be in better hands than his…He then read to me the Declaration which I was to read to the Council, which he wrote himself and which is a very fine one. I then talked with him some little time longer after which he left me…I like him very much and feel confidence in him. He is a very straightforward, honest, clever and good man. I then wrote a letter to the Queen.

Questions: (Please make sure that you are aware of the mark weight for each question. If the question gives you 2 marks, it is either looking for 2 different points or 1 point with reference to text to explain your answer)

  1. What does the word ‘expired’ mean? Check your answer in a dictionary. (1 mark)
  2. Which verb could be used instead of ‘acquainted’? (1 mark)
  3. Why did the Archbishop of Canterbury come to see Victoria? (1 mark)
  4. What does Victoria mean by ‘this station’? (1 mark)
  5. What qualities does Victoria have that she thinks will make her a good Queen? (2 marks)
  6. What is Victoria’s opinion of Lord Melbourne? Explain your answer with evidence from the text. (2 marks)
  7. How do you think Victoria felt when she heard that she was Queen? Explain your answer. (2 marks)

Join Year 6 Maths Drop-in Zoom Meeting (11:30)


Meeting ID: 984 8243 0346
Passcode: Kx4NGj

Video Input to the maths lesson:

Maths Meeting:

Maths: LC: Algebra: Substitution

Today we continue to look at Algebra. We are now looking at substitution. This again is not a particularly easy day and you may need to use the video as a revision form. The video will DEFINITELY help to guide you and explain further so please watch it carefully and return to it as many times as is needed.

You will be looking at substitution, values of algebraic expressions, explanation, comparison of expressions and table completion. Please ensure that you are comfortable with the focus today and ensure that if you need help not to struggle but instead pop into the Zoom session. It may be just a little thing needed to push you forward.

Challenge questions:

Child Directed Time

Join Year 6 Afternoon Drop-in Zoom Meeting (2:00)


Meeting ID: 965 7061 0837
Passcode: EKX5kf

An easy afternoon for you all and as promised and one that is fully deserved. This is child directed time which you know is controlled by you.

Be Creative! This time is directed by you so please use it to create something which you can be proud of. This is entirely up to you. Whether you cook a meal or bake a cake, create a game or write a story, improve your keepie-uppies or teach yourself something you didn’t know before this time. It is up to you but please ensure that you feedback and tell me what you have been up to and what the results were.
Then enjoy your weekend!

Story time

A Way to the Stars by David Almond

Let’s make a picture book together. Here are the words.

Now do the pictures. Or just imagine the pictures.

Or have a sleep and dream the pictures.

The boy wanted to find a way to the stars.

His pals just laughed.

In your dreams! They said.

But his dad said he would help.

They had some food.

They had a think.

They made a ladder.

Up they went.


They built a tower.

Up they went.


They built a rocket.

Up they went.


And then a trampoline. A pair of wings. A pogo stick. A cannon!

Up! Up! Up! Up!

No! No! No! No!


What a mess! What a laugh!

They had some food.

They had a think.

They built a shed.

So beautiful.

They went inside.

So very dark.

They painted moons. They painted stars. They painted galaxies.

So very beautiful and bright.

They fell asleep.

They had their dreams.



Up! Up! Up! Up!

Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!

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