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Thursday 4th 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

SPaG: Joining main clauses with semi-colons

If you want to join two main clauses together to make a sentence, you can use a co-ordinating conjunction, e.g. It’s raining and the sky is dark. Alternatively, you can use a semi-colon instead of a conjunction e.g. It’s raining; the sky is dark. You can’t use both together.

Please follow the video.

As stated in the video, please complete the challenge and then create 3 further examples of your own using semi-colons to separate main clauses.

LC: To describe, polish and consider features of my newly designed clock tower:

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.

Your task today: As tomorrow is Friday and it is our no technology day, I would like you to continue to work on your setting description for the clocktower which you started yesterday. I am going to give you a list of tasks which I would like you to work through in order.

  1. Ensure that your setting description is complete. There would be an expectation of at least 2 – 3 well-structured paragraphs.
  2. Purple polish what you have done by reading through your paragraphs word for word and using a different coloured pen to correct and improve.
  3. Using a key, (which you all know how to do) look for different elements within your paragraphs. Consider different sentence types, coordinating and subordinating conjunctions, different sentence openers, noun phrases, powerful verbs, examples of punctuation used, similes, metaphors and personification. There is a wide range of choices. Challenge yourself: can you find examples of active or passive voice.

I will keep my previous example of my setting description opener underneath to help you if needed:

Although the old clock tower had been there for centuries, that it still shone like newly polished glass was a mystery to all who laid their eyes upon it. Nobody knew how long it had been there mind you. Was the clock tower there first or the village? A mystery that retreats into the past further than living word.

Its spire was as white as chalk and its contrast with the clay covered road only furthered its beauty. Copper binding wrapped its trunk and a golden belt separated the clock tower from the clock’s nest itself. Proudly, the clock stood upon its nest, and with its shining cap it surveyed the village with an air of superiority and grandeur.

Clockwork Tower – Super slow writes! - Kingsleigh Primary School
Dear Parents/Carers, Please find below the Home Learning timetable. We have  structured it so that you and your child know what i
The Clock Tower - YouTube

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 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 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) (continued)

“Pretty simple really, Mum continued. “You sit on a horse, the horse is, shall we say, temperamental. Handlers who are holding the horse release it, the horse then, unhappy with his current circumstances, tries to throw you off. It’s quite exciting stuff”

“So in a nutshell,” says Brian, with a confused look spreading across his face. “Your plan is to remove the danger of the hungry foxes and replace it with crazed horses?”

“You’ll be wearing padding,” confirmed Mum reassuringly.

“Well whoopee-doo,” replied Brian. Sarcasm holds heavy emphasis within the life of a turkey and every opportunity is taken to slip some in where possible.

“Well don’t go then you spoilt, little turkey,” Mum was getting angry again. “All I am trying to do is remove you from this volatile situation that you find yourself in and replace it with what may be deemed as slightly dangerous, but at the same time an exciting opportunity. Why are you so ungrateful?”

“I just am!” shouted Brian. “Plus, I hate horses and I am not going to go along with you stupid plan. I would rather stay here and take my chances. I am still alive now, am I not? The turkey sheds are secure, are they not? I have family and friends around to help me and prevent issues do I not? Why do you want to send me off on my own into a semi-lonely and somewhat hazardous situation?”

“There is more to it,” responded Mum. “Maybe I haven’t made myself clear. Yes, it may be a tad dangerous. Yes, it may be a little bit lonely for a while. Yes, and may be avoiding our immediate problems is not the perfect way to handle this. However, what I may have forgotten to mention is that within the history of rodeo, there has been some stand out heroes. Heroes who have changed the coarse of the sport with their bravery, their grip and their strength. Also, following some detailed research of these heroes, it is very clear to the eye of the observer that not one of them, not a single one, has been a turkey.”

“So?” what does that matter?”

“What matters,” said Mum. “Is that this may make you a big hit with the ladies.”

“I’ll do it!” said Brian.


  1. What word does Mum use to describe the rodeo horses? (1 mark)
  2. What was replacing ‘hungry foxes’? (1 mark)
  3. What holds heavy emphasis in the lives of turkeys? (1 mark)
  4. What 3 reasons did Brian give to prove that he was fine staying on the farm ? (2 marks)
  5. How did Brian describe the possible move to Texas? (2 marks)
  6. What has there never been in the history of rodeo? (1 mark)
  7. What made Brian change his mind and decide that the USA was actually a good idea? (1 mark)

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: Solve two-step equations

Today we continue to look at Algebra. We are now looking at solving two-step equations. PLEASE 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 part-whole models plus solving and writing algebraic equations. 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:

Year 6 Quiz Afternoon

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


Meeting ID: 970 1340 5587
Passcode: uq1h9q

Please see below the link below to join our Year 6 on-line quiz on Kahoot. Please do your best, challenge your family and send me your scores. Most of all enjoy it!

You’ve been challenged to play a kahoot called “Year 6 General Knowledge Quiz”! Please see the link below


Story time

Balcony Picnic by Michelle Magorian

Up on the balcony, high in the air,

Drinking fizzy orange in an old deck chair,

The washing hangs above me, the traffic’s far below,

And mum is carrying sandwiches, but on tip-toe.

My little sister’s sleeping so its just mum and me,

And we’re having chocolate fingers for our picnic tea,

And sandwiches with jam, buns and sausage rolls,

And ice cream and jelly in yellow plastic bowls.

We mustn’t laugh too loud in case my sister wakes,

So we’re whispering very quietly, and eating fairy cakes,

Nobody can see us watching planes fly by,

Sitting here and eating our picnic in the sky.

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