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Year 6 Wednesday 20th January

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


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


Meeting ID: 947 3479 2979

Passcode: 0Qg37p

Video input to English lesson:

SPaG: A successful writer will know when to move to a new paragraph. In fiction, the rules are that you should start a new paragraph when PERSON, PLACE, TIME or TOPIC has changed.

  • When you change the setting (PLACE) you begin a new paragraph.
  • When a new character (PERSON) is introduced.
  • When there is a change of speaker (PERSON).
  • When TIME moves backwards or forwards, you begin a new paragraph.
  • When a new event (TOPIC) happens, you begin a new paragraph.

Please look at the paragraph below and rewrite using the correct paragraphing:

‘Oh’ said Gem, looking down at her boots. She wasn’t sure what to do. She’d just killed a dragon, and now one was talking to her. Worse, it was one she couldn’t see. ‘Yes’ said the dragon, ‘It’s very different dealing with a dragon you can’t see, isn’t it? Are you feeling really brave, young knight? Would you like to try to kill me?’ Gem felt a blush rising up her cheeks. She felt horribly sweaty, and her armour was suddenly too tight. ‘No,’ she mumbled, ‘Look, I’m sorry, all right?’ ‘Sorry?’ asked the invisible dragon gently but very coldly. ‘Sorry isn’t going to bring my friend in the valley back is it? Tell me, what is it with you knights? What have dragons ever done to you? Why pick on us?’ ‘I don’t know,’ muttered Gem, tears coming unbidden to her eyes, ‘It’s just – well, I just don’t know.’

LC: To innovate a text: Today we finish innovating our traditional tale. I will place the ending to the text underneath and then I will model how I would adapt and improve the start of this piece. However please remember, you can do this better than me. Improve it with consideration to the character that you designed and make this traditional tale your own. Use those wonderful grammar skills you have at your disposal and make it an ending you can be proud of.


On the third day the messenger came back and told her, “I couldn’t find out a single new name but as I came upon a high mountain round the forest corner by the back of beyond, I saw a little house. In front of the house, a fire was burning and over the fire the funniest little man was leaping and hopping on one leg and crying, “Today I’ll bake, tomorrow I’ll brew, the next I’ll fetch the queen’s new child. Still no one knows it just the same, that Rumpelstiltskin is my name.”

You can imagine how glad the queen was when she heard the name and when soon afterwards the little man stepped in and asked, “Well, Lady Queen, what’s my name?” she at first pondered.

Then she asked first of all, “Is you name Tom?”


“Is your name Dick?”


“Might your name perhaps be Rumpelstiltskin?”

“The devil told you, the devil told you,” shrieked the little man and in his anger he stamped his right foot so deep into the earth that he sank down as far as his waist.  Then he seized his left foot with both hands in a rage and tore himself right down the middle into two.

How I could innovate:

A number of days later, a tired messenger returned to the palace and immediately sought the company of the queen. He sadly informed her, “I couldn’t find a single new name but as entered the Forbidden Forest and made my way along the edge of Dead Man’s corner, my eye was caught by a strange looking, slightly dishevelled cottage which I had never encountered before.”


Here are the spellings for this week:

Mr Emmerson’s Spelling Group: draft, draught, father, farther, guessed, guest, heard, herd, led, lead, conscious, controversy, convenience, correspond, criticise, curiosity, definite, desert, desperate, determined.
(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: co-ordinate, re-enter, co-operate, co-own, semi-skimmed, mother-in-law, cul-de-sac, free-for-all, left-handed, right-handed, eighteen-year-old

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

Spelling Activity

Mini spelling test: take 10 spellings and check how you are doing.

Then, split your page down the middle. Left hand / right hand. (You know the score) Ensure that you are making yourself aware of the spelling rules whilst you undertake this.

All of these spellings are on Spelling Shed under either Spring Week 3 Mrs Oakley or Spring Week 3 Mr Emmerson


Born on a Blue Day

This extract is from a book by Daniel Tammet called ‘Born on a Blue Day’. Daniel has savant syndrome and a form of Asperger’s Syndrome. This means he is incredibly intelligent and has an amazing memory but he often has trouble interacting and communicating with others.

I was born on 31st January 1979 – a Wednesday. I know it was a Wednesday because the date is blue in my mind and Wednesdays are always blue, like the number nine or the sound of loud voices arguing. I like my birth date because of the way I’m able to visualise most of the numbers in it as smooth and round shapes, similar to pebbles on a beach. That’s because they are prime numbers: 31, 19, 197, 97, 79 and 1979 are all divisible by themselves and one. I can recognise every prime up to 9973 by their pebble-like quality. It’s just the way my brain works.

I have a rare condition known as savant syndrome, little known before its portrayal by Dustin Hoffman in the Oscar-winning Rain Man. Like Hoffman’s character, Raymond Babbitt, I have an almost obsessive need for order and routine, which affects virtually every aspect of my life. For example, I eat exactly 45grams of porridge for breakfast each morning; I weigh the bowl with an electronic scale to make sure. Then I count the number of items of clothes I’m wearing before I leave my house. I get anxious if I can’t drink my cups of tea at the same time each day. Whenever I become too stressed and I can’t breath properly, I close my eyes and count. Thinking of numbers helps me to become calm again.

Numbers are my friends and they are always around me. Each one is unique and has its own personality. Eleven is friendly and five is loud, whereas four is both shy and quiet – it’s my favourite number, perhaps because it reminds me of myself. Some are big – 23, 667, 1179 – while others are small: 6, 13, 581. Some are beautiful, like 333, and some are ugly, like 289. To me, every number is special.

No matter where I go or what I’m doing, numbers are never far from my thoughts. In an interview with chat show host David Letterman in New York, I told David he looked like the number 117 – tall and lanky. Later outside, in the appropriately named Times Square, I gazed up at the towering sky scrapers and felt surrounded by nines – the number I most associate with feelings of immensity.

Scientists call my visual, emotional experience of numbers synaesthesia, a rare neurological mixing of the senses, which most commonly results in the ability to see alphabetical letters and /or numbers in colour. Mine is an unusual,and complex type, through which I see numbers as shapes, colours, textures and motions. The number one, for example, is brilliant and bright white, like someone shining a torch beam into my eyes. Five is a clap of thunder or the sound of waves crashing against rocks. Thirty-seven is bumpy like porridge, while eighty-nine reminds me of falling snow.


  1. What is a prime number? How is Daniel able to recognise them?
  2. Describe Daniel’s morning routine. What happens if he doesn’t follow his regular routine?
  3. Find two examples of personification in this passage.
  4. Why does Daniel describe Times Square as being ‘numerically named’?
  5. What does Daniel mean when he says he, “felt surrounded by nines”?
  6. What do you think it would be like to live with savant syndrome?

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


Meeting ID: 991 3730 3016

Passcode: i4hgzJ

Video Input to the maths lesson:

Maths Meeting:

5421 – 512 = 81 x 100 = 80 000 – 300 =

316 x 7 = 7.402 + 0.02 =

Maths: LC: To solve word problems which include percentage.

Today we continue to look at word problems to find a percentage for a part of a whole and the percentage of a quantity. These word problems will include discount, service charges and annual interest. (Please watch the video for guidance on how we solve and answer these questions)

  1. Mr Bell bought a sofa that cost £820. In addition he had to pay a delivery charge of 5% on £820. How much delivery charge did Mr Bell pay?
  2. Mrs Lee and her family had a meal that cost £90. In addition, they paid a 10% service charge. a) How much service charge did they pay? b) How much did they pay for the meal in total?
  3. Mr Jackson bought a television set that cost £920. In addition, he insured it for 5% of the price. How much did he pay for the television set?
  4. Mr Green went for dinner with his friends. The dinner cost £240. In addition, they paid a 15% tip. How much did they pay for the dinner in total?
  5. The usual price of a computer was £650. Miss Thompson bought the computer and was given a discount of 5%. How much did Miss Thompson pay for the computer?

Challenge questions:

  1. 35 students went to a theme park. Each ticket cost £15 and they were each given a student discount of 15%. How much did they pay for the tickets in total?
  2. Lucy’s parents put £95 000 in a savings account. The interest rate is 5.5% per year. How much interest did they get after 1 year?
  3. Sam’s parents have put £185 000 in a savings account. The account has an interest rate of 6% per year. How much money will they have in the account after 1 year?

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


Meeting ID: 998 6146 9500

Passcode: y2GkUs

Video input for History:

Story time

Care of Exotic Pets. Number 1. The Axolott at Bedtime by Catherine Johnson

Never give your axolotl chocolatl in a botl. Serve it in a tiny eggcup, not too cold and not too hotl. Make him sip it very slowly, not too much, never a lotl. After all, he’s just sleepy, snuggly, bedtime axolotl.

Then tuck him – very gently – in his hand-carved wooden cotl. Turn the light out, seven thirty, never late, on the dotl. Sing him songs of salamanders, give it everything you’ve gotl. As there’s nothing like a tune to serenade your axolotl.

Brush his gills out on the pillow, never mind the whys or whatl. Once he’s deeply all a-slumber, sweetly snoring, off you trotl. Think of him, snug in his dreamland, flying kites or sailing yachtl. Then you’ll sighyou’ve done your duty, time to clean the pans and potl. Come tomorrow he’ll be one fresh, keen as mustard axolotl.

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