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Monday 1st February 2021

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!

For your reading session from today until Thursday, to celebrate National Storytelling Week, you can take the opportunity to join a Zoom session at 10:30 and listen to me tell you a story (a story which will continue for 4 days) which I have written for you. Because you is all proper mint and I think you deserve you own piece of fiction! The story will also be presented underneath in the reading section but to listen to me and let me do the work for you may give it a different slant. I will then set a task following the story. Give it a go.

This week is Mental Health Week, we will be completing activities throughout the week and then on Friday we will be having a technology free day and celebrating Rainbow Day. Please check Marvellous Me to find out more information about this.


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


Meeting ID: 936 5872 0707
Passcode: iuW95h

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 solve a mystery:

A beautiful dancer spends all of her life stuck at the top of the clock tower.  She spins on her toes incessantly in order for the clock to work. 

One day she becomes curious about the world outside, especially the balloons that float past her window.  

As she steps into the outside world something has changed.  All the colour has gone from the world and everything is frozen in time. 

The only thing that can bring it to life is our beautiful dancer, powering the clock again.

Solve this mystery. Answer these questions.

  1. Who is this dancer?
  2. Why is she trapped within the tower?
  3. Who put her there?
  4. What is her purpose within the tower?
  5. Why when she stops does the colour leave the world?
  6. Who lives in the village?
  7. What is the name of the village?
  8. What is the name of the girl?

Answer these questions and make notes on your responses. Now write me a back story telling me about the girl, why she was there and who put her there. Use your responses to the questions above to guide your story. I would like to see you put full use to your independent writing skills by using a range of sentences, sentence openers, punctuation choices and a range of powerful noun phrases using exciting verbs and adjectives.

Let me provide you with an opening to mine which maybe you could use to guide your own:

Ruby can’t recall, how long she has been here but she remembers the day that she came. Quite clearly!

Horrifyingly, that memory returns to her nightmares most nights, penetrating her soul and disturbing her quiet slumber. She remembers the day the witch entered her parent’s cottage as clearly as she remembers what she had for breakfast this morning. How her parents died before her eyes, how a bright flash filled their warm country kitchen and how she woke in this tower with the witch standing over her ready to inform her of the duties that will encompass her life from now until eternity. Most importantly, that now, and forever, this imposing view of this elven village will be all she will need to know.


Here are the spellings for this week:

Mr Emmerson’s Spelling Group: stationary, stationery, steal, steel, wary, weary, whose, whose, existence, explanation, familiar, foreign, forty, frequently, identity, individual, interrupt, language, leisure, lightning
(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: government, development, different, moment, management, present, department, president, patient, movement, event, student, agreement, environment, treatment

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

Spelling Activity:

It’s Monday morning. Read the words, practise writing them down, make sure you understand their meanings (if not look them up in a dictionary) and then look at the number of syllables in each word. Our Spelling Test will be on Thursday this week so you will have to learn them even faster!

All of these spellings are on Spelling Shed under either Spring Week 5 Mrs Oakley or Spring Week 5 Mr Emmerson


Reading session for this week only:

Meeting ID: 981 3793 6051
Passcode: xm41V2

Brian Discovers Rodeo

Chapter 1: The Decision (The immediate danger, a new opportunity)

Brian was a turkey. At first glance, assuming you were well brushed up on turkey features and characteristics, you would not be able to separate this charming farm bird from any other run of the mill turkey. (Now, I have never met a turkey who runs a mill but rumours are that they are quite same-ish) However, this initial impression is only at first glance because in the world of turkeys it just so happened that Brian was very, very different. Very, very, very different. Very, very, very, very different. Very, very…well you get the message…he wasn’t the same. He was quirky! A quirky turkey.

Difference number 1: he was called Brian. This is a rare name for a turkey, so rare he may be the only one. You see, most turkeys are called Alan. No one seems to know why. It’s just one of God’s great mysteries! (Actually, probably not one of the greatest. There are bigger issues)

It just so happens that this name thing was a problem for Brian because (you are about to encounter another reasonable sized God mystery here) it appears that turkeys are a sucker for order. If you ever consider an alternative night out and decide to take yourself to a turkey gathering or special poultry event, one where food is served in a buffet style, it will become instantly apparent that the collection of food can only be tolerated in alphabetical order. In a world full of Alans, Brian tends to find these days difficult.


  1. This story is called ‘Brian Discovers Rodeo.’ What is rodeo?
  2. What are the two reasonable sized God mysteries that the story reveals?
  3. Why is Brian different to other turkeys?
  4. What problem does this cause him? Explain why.
  5. Can you think of any other problems the name issue may cause?
  6. What do you think the second problem might be? Explain your answer.
  7. Why do you think Brian’s Mum called him Brian when every other turkey in the world was called Alan?

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


Meeting ID: 921 7829 6497
Passcode: u9PLRP

Video Input to the maths lesson:

Maths Meeting:

Maths: LC: Algebra: Formulae

Today we continue to look at Algebra. We are now looking at formulae. 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 considering patterns, completing tables, formula and how algebra can be used in real life. 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:


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


Meeting ID: 970 1340 5587
Passcode: uq1h9q

In art this afternoon you are going to design and prepare your final piece of Romero Britto style art. I would like you to focus your piece around ‘Crime and Punishment’ and use what you have learnt within our history focus to consider an element of crime and punishment throughout history (remembering that we have looked at Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Tudor and considered later years by looking at Highwaymen) and design a piece of artwork that showcases your knowledge. Just to reinforce again that this will be represented in Romero Britto’s style. You may want to consider a crime, a form of punishment or even a method chosen to decide if a person is guilty. You decide!

Today is just about the design of your final piece. Next week you will put that design into practice and create it.

I will put some examples of Romero Britto’s art underneath to help prepare you for your design.

Story time

Say Something Nice by A. F. Harrold

Every now and then

say something nice.

Say it to a friend.

Say it to a teacher.

Say it to your sister

or brother,

your father or mother.

Say something nice like

“You remind me of flowers.”


“Your hair is like fresh bread.”


“I like sausages.”


“You’re better than asparagus.”


“I like you more than Simon.”

Just say something nice

to make them feel good.

The world is sometimes grey

and things go wrong

but a kind word.

and a smile, can turn it back around.

Say something nice like:

“That wasn’t a very good poem but I liked it when it stopped.”

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