Whilst at home over the next few weeks, please keep busy with some of the suggested activities within the class booklet. Ensure you complete some Maths and English each day. I will be setting a daily task on this page - this might be taken from the booklet or maybe in the form of an activity from one of the suggested websites.
During this time, I think it would be a great idea to write your own diary about all that has happened. This historic world event will be looked back on in years to come and you could create a resource that your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will read in wonder. I know it may seem like a confusing time right now, but this will pass and things will go back to some kind of normal, but to make sure we never forget it, write your thoughts and feelings down to look back on.
Ideas for work over Easter
Friday 3rd April 2020
Hello Year 6, well today marks two weeks since you were last at school...can you believe it? Today, we should have been breaking up for the Easter holidays and looking forward to two weeks off school! My, how things have changed! I will not be setting any daily tasks for the two weeks of the 'Easter break', however, if you are interested, I have a Easter holiday booklet, which is full of interesting and more creative activities for you to attempt, also there is some french work that Madam Elena has suggested you could do. Otherwise, I will be back as usual, updating the website with your daily tasks from Monday 20th April.
English task for today - I hope you have enjoyed studying The Jabberwocky - at first this poem should have seemed completely incomprehensible. Now, however, after working through some of the set activities, you should have been able to translate the poem into modern day language.
Click on the names to find out how some of the children interpreted the poem:
Today, I would like you to draw an image of what you think the Jabberwocky looks like. Label it with description from the poem, for example, "eyes of flame".
Also, scroll down, on this page, to November 22nd 2019 to my previous class' year 6 assembly. They performed a puppet show of the Jabberwocky. Did you interpret it the same as the previous year 6 class?
Maths task for today - I would like you to complete the final task for your angles work, found on the WhiteRose page. Lesson 5 - Calculating angles . Complete the set activity found alongside the video to support.
Extension - try this sheet
If you didn't manage to try the NRICH challenges yesterday, have a go, if you have time today.
A further challenge could be to produce an information page, helping younger children to measure and calculate angles.
Thursday 2nd April 2020
Good morning Year 6, how did you find 'The Jabberwocky' yesterday? From the emails I received, I think some of you may have found the poem difficult to understand, but that is good, believe it or not! This is because today it is going to get easier.
Your daily tasks in English and Maths are as follows:
English - Today, you are going to continue with your work from yesterday. Hopefully, you read the poem, answered some questions about it and began to think about what some of the nonsense words might mean.
Here is an explanation of some of the key words found in the poem. Read it carefully and replace each nonsense word (that you can) with a modern version. For example:
Brillig - 4 o'clock - It was 4 in the afternoon
This sheet describes portmanteau words - these can be found within the poem, but what are they?
Hopefully now, you understand what the Jabberwocky is about. Using all of this information, I would like you to rewrite this poem but a modern version.
Maths - How did you find measuring and calculating angles yesterday? I hope that the WhiteRose webpage is useful to your learning. Refer to lesson 4 today - Introduce angles. Complete the accompanying activity and finish any activities not completed yesterday.
Wednesday 1st April 2020
Hello again Year 6.
Your English task today is to write a 4000 word essay on the chemical processes found within the water cycle.
Sorry, can you tell I have been stuck in the house for nearly two weeks now?!
How are you all? Did you enjoy your English task yesterday? I received some excellent examples and would like to share two of them:
Your daily tasks are:
English - Today, we are going to begin some work on the nonsense poem 'The Jabberwocky'.
1). Read The Jabberwocky poem What do you think it is about?
2). Now look again at this highlighted version of the poem. Answer the questions in the side column of the sheet.
3). Start to think about what you think the nonsense words found in the poem might mean. Fill in the sheet. Please use a dictionary if you have one, the internet might also help BUT try not to find a direct translation of the poem.
Tomorrow, you will replacing the nonsense words with more modern vocabulary before rewriting your own version,
Maths - Today, we are moving onto Angles, as part of our Shape unit.
Use the WhiteRose website to introduce this learning: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/ Lesson 3.Complete attached activity.
It would be great if you could practise using a protractor to measure angles BUT I will completely understand if you don't have one at home. You can still work on calculating angles using the key skills.
This website will support your learning on how to use a protractor - https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t2-m-2087-how-to-use-a-protractor-display-powerpoint
If you have a protractor - complete this task
Tuesday 31st March 2020
How did you get on with yesterday's English work? If you are particularly proud of any of your writing, please don't hestitate to email them to me. I will happily read them. How do you feel about ratio and proportion? We should be moving on to scale factors tomorrow, but if you feel that you need more work on ratio, use the Classroom secrets and Twinkl links found underneath 'Monday 23rd March' on this page and find associated work to support your individual need.
English - produce a leaflet / information guide / non-chronological report on how to survive being quarantined. Try to use some year 5/6 spelling words with your writing. You should also use this time to complete some spelling activities (found in your pack).
Maths - Use the WhiteRose link (you may have used this on the 25th March) to support your scale factor learning: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/
You should focus on Lesson 1 - Calculating scale factors. Watch the lesson video and then complete the activity, in your exercise book. The answers can be found underneath for you to assess later.
If you want a challenge, there are multiple activities on the NRICH website on ratio and proportion - https://nrich.maths.org/9003
Monday 30th March 2020
Hello Year 6, I hope you had a lovely relaxing weekend. It snowed in Hemel Hempstead on Sunday, which was a surprise; I am hoping we get back to some nice weather this week!
I noticed that there has been some interesting activity on TTRockstars over the last week. It would seem lots of us have been working hard to increase our speed, Kristian, in particular, has continued to develop his excellent average speed. Well done everyone contributing - keep it up.
Your daily tasks today are as follows:
Use the image found on this webpage to create a passage of writing. https://www.onceuponapicture.co.uk/portfolio_page/said-the-stars/
Answer the questions found underneath the image to help you think deeply about what you could write about. I would also like you to refer to the Year 6 writing standards during this process, in order to help you produce the best piece of writing you can. Complete the first draft as freely as you can, then edit and improve with the support of the writing standards sheet.
Maths - Continue with your Ten for Ten booklet.
Please find attached continued work on Ratio and Proportion.
Friday 27th March 2020
Hello Year 6, thank you so much for your lovely emails yesterday - they all made me smile. It was so nice just to touch base with some of you, believe it or not I am missing you all. I will obviously not be setting work over the weekends, so these tasks are the last for this week. I want you to enjoy your weekend: relax, watch movies, read, talk, phone or video call loved ones and friends. On Monday, we will begin the week again with your daily tasks.
Today, your tasks are as follows:
English - Click on this link https://www.literacyshed.com/the-music-video-shed.html.
Find the 'Titanium' video (second one down). Watch the first minute and then stop. What has happened? What caused it? Why?
Now, watch the video to the end, making notes on what is happening throughout. Using your excellent descriptive writing skills, write a recount from the point of view of the boy.
Maths - Please complete pages in, what would normally be, your maths homework book. Complete sections A, B and C. If, for some reason, you did not take this book home, please click on the links 'Maths Knowledge organiser' for information and 'quiz' for completion in the Maths support section of this page (below). Please complete in your exercise book.
Thursday 26th March 2020
Good morning Year 6, how's it going? What have you been up to over the last few days? It does feel strange not seeing you all. The teachers at Ladbrooke are taking it in turns to go to work and teach the children coming in. I am not due in until the week after next, so I am at home, attempting to home school my two boys. Turns out Reception and Year 2 are massively different to Year 6, and maybe I should stick to Year 6!
I am sorry about the problems encountered yesterday with the maths website. I am hoping this doesn't happen again.
Today's daily tasks are:
English - If you are able to, please send me an email about how you are feeling and what you are doing. I promise to reply to each of you. If you cannot send an email, this should be in the form of a letter in your exercise book. You should also be practising your year 5/6 spelling words during this time.
I hope you are using this time to read as much as you can. Reading takes us away from our everyday lives and, right now, that is a something well-needed.
https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/ - David Walliams is reading one of his stories everyday for free.
https://stories.audible.com/start-listen - A choice of stories to listen to for free.
Maths - Below, in the entitled 'Maths support', you will find a document that contains an Arithmetic paper. It has errors. We have done something like this in class before. I would like you to go through the paper and correct it. You do not need to print this off, rather, complete it in your given exercise book. You shouldn't need the answers because you are essentially marking it!
I noticed yesterday, during my research for your tasks, that Carol Vorderman's website, which usually has a charge to use, is now free! Make the most of this, because it is a great website. You still have to register for free access BUT you won't have to pay - https://www.themathsfactor.com/
Wednesday 25th March 2020
Hello again Year 6. How many of you are completing a PE lesson with Joe Wicks every morning? I am doing it with my boys, which is hilarious, but it is important to try and stay active during this time at home. If you want to have a go, here's the link - https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
How did you get on with the Alma task yesterday? Did you improve it?
Your daily tasks today are:
English - Complete up to three tests from your Reading comprehension booklet and then from your Grammar booklet. If, from some reason, you did not receive these in your pack. Complete reading comprehension tasks found here - https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/year-6-school-closure-home-learning-resource-pack-t-e-2549915.
Maths - Using this website https://uk.ixl.com/ follow 'Year 6', 'Maths' and then 'Ratios and rates' (O.1 - O.7). Make sure you click on 'Learn with an example' as this will support your learning. Any work you might want to note down or questions you want to answer, can be done in your exercise book. Remember that we haven't covered this yet in class (it was suppoesed to be this week's work!). Good luck
***There appears to be a problem with this website. So, instead, use these websites to support you Ratio learning - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/ and https://kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk/. Sorry about that!
Tuesday 24th March 2020
Hello Year 6, I hope your first day studying at home went well. I had a couple of emails to ask about the Ten for Ten answer booklet. If you didn't recieve a booklet, please email me and I shall email a copy back to you. Do remember to add to your diary about your thoughts and feelings on the current situation - I promise when you re-read it in years to come, you'll be amazed.
Your daily tasks are as follows:
English - I would like you to look back at your Alma writing. You should have a copy of this in your packs. Knowing what you know now and being much better writers than at the beginning of Year 6, I would like you to re-write an improved version of your narrative.
Maths - Continue with Ten for Ten booklet. Also, see if you can increase your speed on TTRockstars.
Monday 23rd March 2020
Good morning Year 6. Please find below your daily tasks:
English - We finished reading Skellig last Thursday. Please write a book review, even if you didn't finish reading it.
For those of you who watched the DVD, tell me about the differences and similarities between the text and the film adaptation.
This should be done in the exercise book that was given with your pack
Maths - Begin your KS2 SAT Revision Ten for Ten booklet
The links below will take you straight to the Classroom Secrets and Twinkl websites - they have put together some excellent home learning packs.
English and Maths link - Classroom Secrets questions
English and Maths link - Classroom Secrets activities
Home Learning pack - twinkl resource packs
Look at this Arithmetic test - it has errors. Can you identify them? Can you correct them?
Not sure what book to read? Take a look at this suggested list of books you should read before you leave year 6
Use these images to inspire your writing. Click on an image and use the questions underneath to support your writing.
A visit from Spirit of the Wild – Wednesday 15th January 2020
Today, year 5 and 6 were lucky to receive a visit from Spirit of the Wild. As part of our topic, The Rainforests, the children were introduced to animals from this type of environment. Ben gave us lots of information about these animals, lots of which will come in very useful in future topic lessons.
Some of the children were picked to handle some of the exhibited animals, which included: The Amazonian yellow-thighed parrot, The hissing cockroach, A millipede, The Brazilian black spider, An African bullfrog, The red foot tortoise, A crested gecko, A boa constrictor, A fruit bat and a python.
All of the children were excellently behaved throughout the two hour session and learned lots about the rainforests and the animals that inhabit these parts of the world.
Our Spring term topic is the Rainforest. Please see, below, information to support you and your child through this topic:
On Wednesday 4th December, Year 5 and 6 visited the British Museum as part of our grand finale for our autumn topic - ancient Egypt.
We thoroughly enjoyed this visit as we were able to see so many Egyptian artefacts, including the Rosetta Stone, Mummies and examples of Hieroglyphics.
The children were all very well behaved throughout the day and were able to consolidate their learning from this very interesting topic.
Please read the following recounts from some of the children.
On Monday 14th October, Year 6 delivered their first school council meetings. In a change to previous years, groups of children went to each classroom and asked the questions for pupil voice. They were then able to feed back the responses from the children. Teachers commented that the year 6 counsellors were responsible and friendly with their groups. Well done year 6.
If you were unable to attend our parent's meeting yesterday (Monday 16th September), click here to see the powerpoint I shared.
I also shared some ways in which you can support your child at home, aside from homework. I hope you find it useful. Please click here to view this resource.
Termly Parent's Leaflets:
Please click here to view our Spring 2020 parent leaflet.
To find out about all we will be doing this year, click on the relevant termly overview
THURSDAY 20th JUNE
The day started with another little lie in followed by a frantic rush to get into breakfast on time. The children are discovering what happens when there are no mums and dads rushing around picking up clothes and organising stuff for them!
This morning, two groups set off on the coastal walk while the other groups went crate stacking and tunnelling. The coastal walk group went for a long walk along to the visitor centre before turning around and heading to the rock pools. The children spent a long while searching the pools looking for different creatures. They were very pleased to find some crabs and a few jellyfish. We even found a green leaf worm which most of us had never heard of.
Everybody in the other groups had a go at the tunnelling, even the ones who thought it would be something they wouldn’t be able to do. It was lovely to see the excitement on their faces as they overcame fears and to see how the children supported each other.
After lunch we had a celebration as it was a special day for one of our group (not that he wanted to celebrate!). We decided to have a special cake day to mark the occasion – after all any day is a good day for cake!
The afternoon brought Ringo Riding! There was a lot of excitement as the children were escorted to the Ringo location via a speedboat. The children paired up and had to decide on their first run whether to go at a slow or medium pace. Decisions made, they all took their turns being dragged around behind the speed boat amid the sound of screams and shouts of delight! The second run allowed them to be braver with the option of Red Hot Chilli Pepper Turbo speed! A lot of the children went for this option and thoroughly enjoyed it. Mrs Romain has got some great action photos!
Before the disco we had the fun job of clearing rooms and packing up ready for our return tomorrow. It is clear we have very different ideas of what clean and tidy means. I can honestly say that the only things I think that are coming back clean are the wash kits! I apologise now!
The disco bought fun and lots of dancing. It was lovely to see the children all dancing around. They got a bit emotional at the end as they realised that they were nearing the end of their time at Ladbrooke but we quickly reminded them that they still have four weeks and good friends will always stay in touch. They were all on a real high and it is lovely to see. Not sure we are in for an early night tonight but … memories are being made!
Night all – see you tomorrow!
WEDNESDAY 19th JUNE
After a great night’s sleep and a slightly later start to the day (yippee!), we began our day with a short trip to the paddle lake. We were about to put all our paddle practise to the test; would we make it around the lake or would we just go round and round in circles? It is always interesting listening to the children chatter on the coach You never quite know what they will say! Today we were entertained with the question … Does Potters Bar have a National Anthem?!!!
The rain was slowly falling as we put on our cagouls, helmets, buoyancy aids and paddles and headed to the edge of the lake. Waiting for us were 3 boats, a dragon boat, an inflatable boat and the Shiv Boat (named after Shivam as it was the same colour as his shorts!). The children took in in turns to go on each boat, having lots of fun and splashing each other in the process!
After lunch finally the sun began to shine as half of the group went on the coastal walk. Following a short ride back to Westward Ho!, the children were challenged to create the best sand sculpture they could – this resulted in the boys trying to dig the biggest hole – not quite the aim but they had fun! Next, they moved to the rock pools to see if they could find a range of different creatures. Multiple dead crabs later, most of the items on the list given had been found including a star fish, whelks and periwinkles.
The other half of the class were crate stacking and tunnelling. Crate stacking involved a lot of hugging as the children tried to stay upright on a stack of crates. The higher the stack got, the wobblier they became and the more the children had to hug each other to stop from falling. Eventually the inevitable happened and the crates fell leaving four children dangling in the air! After this, the children moved to the tunnels. Although not everyone’s cup of tea, a few intrepid explorers ventured in and explored the darkness!
This evening we have been pedal carting. Four carts speeding round the course cheered on by their team mates. If their pedal carting skills are an indication of what they will be like as drivers, please start saving for insurance now!
Now we have all settled in for the evening as we prepare for our final full day.
TUESDAY 18th JUNE
It was an early start this morning, but this was to be expected! Before 7am the children were up and ready to go! Needless to say, the adults were not as ready to go at this time!!!
After breakfast the children got themselves ready for surfing. The conditions were perfect as we arrived at Westward Ho! Twenty seven excited children, surf boards at the ready, set off across the beach to try their hand to body boarding and surfing. There were lots of squeals of delight as the children took to the waves! As well as a lot of falling off, we had a few successful attempts at standing up on the boards and this encouraged the children to keep going!
After a quick lunch, the children split into two groups. One group went off to complete the paddle practice and initiation exercises that the other half had completed yesterday and the others took part in Tree and Traverse. This basically meant, hoisting children into a tree before abseiling down, climbing Jacob's Ladder and crossing a small pond on a tightrope. Many of the children were proud of how well they had done on the climbing and how high they had gone! At one point a noisy seagul flew overhead - to which a child responded - was that a goat!!!! Sometimes words fail me!!!
The evening brought a walk down to Appledore. Once there, the first group were straight onto the boat ride whilst the others grabbed their crabbing lines and tried to entice a crab onto their lines! By the time all the children had completed the boat ride, we had eight lovely crabs in our bucket. As we released the crabs back into the sea, the children exchanged views on the 'Awesome' boat ride! Some, scared at the beginning , declared it the best ever!
We have now settled down for the evening. Twenty seven tired children and three tired teachers all hoping for a quiet night!
See you tomorrow!
MONDAY 17th JUNE
Well, after a smooth journey down to Knapp House, we are finally here. The sun is not quite shining but it is dry so we are not complaining. As soon as we arrived, the children were shown to their rooms and they were introduced to some of the instructors. The customary fire drill summoned the children to the assembling area and then they were off for a tour of the site.
The tour ended and it was time for the first activity - the assault course. Made up of several different rope challenges, the children had the opportunity to work as teams to try and get around the course as quickly as they could, with touching the ground. Looking around it was clear that this was not as easy as it appeared. At some points there were more children lying on the floor or tangled in cargo netting than anything else. At least there was a lot of laughter too!!!
After this activity, there was time for a quick group photo before the childen went for free time and some dinner. After dinner we split into two groups. One half went off to tackle the climbing and abseiling tower whilst the other half prepared for the canoeing session and took park in some initiative exercises. Many of the children surprised themsleves with how well they did in the climbing and abseiling, pushing themselves beyond what they thought they were capable of. The initiative exercises proved probematic and at one point we were concerned that 8 children and Mrs Corke would be permanantly tied together as they struggled to find a way to unattach themselves from a set of ropes. You'll be pleased to know they did eventually though!!!
It is now bed time (well it is supposed to be) all the children are in their rooms and it is beginning to quieten down. Fingers crossed we have a calm first night. See you all tomorrow for our next installment!
K-Nex Challenge April 30th 2019
Today, Year 5 and 6 participated in our annual K-Nex Challenge. The children were introduced to David, our technician, who introduced the task and judged the finished articles. The children worked together excellently to develop mechanical engineering skills, as well as teamwork, communication and problem solving in designing and creating their flying machines.
It was very close with the final scores, however our deserved winners were, Zac and Lena.
A huge 'well done' to all of the upper KS2 children, who were a credit to Ladbrooke School during the day.
Stansted Airport March 2019
On Thursday 7th March 2019, Year 5 and 6 went to Stansted Airport for the day.
This was part of our topic on Flight and the children were able to apply their learning on this subject to a number of activities that they participated in.
We were fortunate enough to have a talk by a working pilot, Matt, who told us what it was like to fly.
The children saw different aeroplanes taking off and landing. The pilots and passengers waved to us as they taxied to the terminal.
We then heard from a Ranger, Nick, who told us all about his different roles and responsibilities.
The children's excellent questioning and behaviour was commented on by several of the adults who helped us today.
Well done Year 5 and 6, we hope you had a great day.
Trip to the British Museum - November 15th
Today Year 5 and 6 were able to use their knowledge and understanding developed in our Topic work, as they explored the galleries at the British Museum. They participated in an excellent workshop, enabling them to see how Historians and Archaeologists find out about Greek life. All the children behaved brilliantly, as always.
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