Year 6 Home Learning Week Commencing 29th June

Great to see you here again year 6. Hope you enjoyed the sunshine and made the most of the time with your family.

We have again had many lovely conversations with the year 6 children working at home and with those in school. We have again updated information from the secondary schools and have identified any new information in a purple. Many of the secondary schools are reaching out to families through email, telephone calls or by sending letters containing joining information. Please let us know if you have not heard anything or have struggled to find the information on their website.

We will continue to make it clear, next to each subject, which lessons should be accessed at home and which we will teach in school.

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Stone Snake

As you will be aware, we are creating stone snakes on each campus.  Some of the children at school have painted pebbles to create the snakes and we are inviting all of you at home to produce a stone which can be added to our snake.

There are boxes available at the office on each campus for you to deliver your stone pebbles.  It would be wonderful if you could be a part of this.  Here are some photos for you so that you can see the snakes so far.  The top snake is slithering on the Bellinge campus at the lower one is hissing away at Ecton Brook.

Transition to Secondary Schools

We have continued to engage with the secondary schools to establish the most up to date information on transition for all of our year 6 pupils. As you can see below, secondary schools are using a range of ways to communicate with parents: from direct communications using emails and letters; by posting new information on their websites or blogs and through interactive, online transition days or activities. We have added more information below, highlighted in blue and purple , to hopefully give you current information from our various communications with the secondary schools.

  • Northampton Academy have a dedicated section of their website for year 6 to year 7 transition (see below). Key contacts for year 7 have now been added and links to important letters (letters relating to transition dated 5th May / 9th June and  leadership structure at Northampton Academy) They state that they are hoping to invite pupils in before the summer. They have now advised the following:
    • Our two-day virtual transition programme will take place on the 6th and 7th July. We will be delivering a series of live events to students. The programme will ensure that children and parents will receive additional information, provide the opportunity to meet staff virtually and get an insight to the curriculum we provide. There will be a live ‘Town Hall’ meeting in the evening with Mr Clyne (The Principal), where parents will have the opportunity to ask questions about the school and academic year. (The Academy will be writing to parents again to explain how to participate in the ‘Town Hall’ meeting).
      • Virtual Tour: Mr Clyne – Principal from September, gives students a visual guide of Northampton Academy to help familiarise and see key facilities. (Promoted to parents and link on website).
      • Summer School: We realise the importance of trying to get the students into the school and meet others from their tutor group before September. It is still our aim to run a summer school this year. This is reliant upon a number of external factors, as I’m sure you will understand – parents will be updated on the progress of this in due course.
  • Moulton School have also created a nice portal on their website dedicated for year 6 to year 7 transition (see below). This gives a helpful introduction to the school with information regarding transition such as uniform, transport, free school meals, attendance, lockers, etc along with online forms for parents and pupils to complete with contact info, medical needs, consents, music tuition requests etc. Children due to attend this school should have received a letter in April. They are also hoping to arrange a ‘virtual’ parent talk soon. Have a look at the welcome pack link for more information: https://welcome.moultonschool.co.uk/info
  • Wootton Park School have told us that pupils will be contacted individually and some one to one zoom meetings may have already taken place. They are holding a virtual transition day on July 6th which learners will be able to access at any time from that point. It will involve videos from the Principal, the head of year, the well-being team and the transition team. There will also be examples of Year 7 lessons from Maths, English, Science and Spanish. On transition day they will be launching their summer booklet, a series of academic activities with the school motto as its theme. They should have already offered and delivered Virtual 1:1 meetings for all learners and their parents between June 1st and June 22nd. When the learners return, they are going to set up drop in sessions from the beginning with the wellbeing team and their peer mentors, assuming a normal return to school. Have a look at the welcome pack link for more information: https://www.woottonparkschool.org.uk/uploaded/Transition/WPS_Learner_Welcome_Booklet_2020.pdf 
  • Western Favell Academy also have a dedicated section of their website which contains a virtual tour of the school. (see below). The website now also contains transition activities and and a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section. Transition days and evenings will not go ahead this year as originally planned.  They will communicate these changes on the academy website and when we receive any information, we will post this on their subsequent blog posts. Parents should have received (or will receive within the next week) a letter via email to share transition details. They have now added video introductions (from the principle, head of year and pastoral leader), welcome from their form tutors, welcome from current pupils and the day in the life of a year 7 child. The website also provides  links for forms (such as student details and consent forms), uniform information, guidance on attendance and transportation.
  • Kingthorpe College have a virtual tour (see link below). We await further information on any additional transfer details.
  • Northampton School for Boys have virtual iBooks for year 6 pupils and parents. We await further information on any additional transfer details. School is looking to organise a virtual event but details are to be communicated in due course. They have now included a virtual tour of the school and have parental information on the links at the bottom of the page (click on the link below)
  • Northampton School for Girls  have a dedicated page on their website for year 6 to 7 transition. We await further information on any additional transfer details. There will be no transition days this year and their main contact/communication will be through their Year 6 transition webpage. On the webpage there is a virtual tour, maps and they are going to be posting a ‘Transition Booklet’ in the coming weeks. 
  • Abbeyfield School have a dedicated section of their website, they have now added a revised induction booklet with information about the school and what the children will need. They are currently planning a ‘virtual transfer evening’ although this has not been finalised yet. They are going to be sending all of their new students a book and some activities – including details of activities on their website. They have included a pamphlet for both children and parents while each week they are adding weekly challenges and then showing the weekly responses online.
  • Northampton International Academy have information about the school on the website but we await further information regarding any transition arrangements.  They have recently added a video: introducing the head of the school and a virtual tour of the school building (click on the link for NIA below).
  • Weavers Academy have a dedicated section on the website for the year 6 and 7 transition with an informative video from Mr Mawby who normally organises their transfer from the primary to secondary school setting. They have also added transition activities for the children to complete, information for parents and information from each subject tutor.
  • Thomas Beckett have added a video to their website containing a message from the Head teacher, a guided tour and some experiences from the existing students. We have updated the link below so you can go directly to this page. They have advise packs of information have been sent out to parents and phone calls have taken place with a number of families. If you have any questions, contact their school office on 01604 493211 or email office@thomasbecket.org.uk 

 

Virtual Tour

Internet Safety (This activity is to completed at home)

  • Discuss their answers, using the answer sheet located at the bottom of the blog post.

Activity 1: Positive and negative attention

  • This week’s activity is going to explore different types of attention. Have a think about the meaning of the word ‘attention’ (where
    someone takes notice of you). Sometimes people get attention for doing positive things (e.g. helping a friend; putting effort into a piece of work) but sometimes people might do negative things to get attention. Can they think of any examples?
  • When someone gives somebody else attention, this can also be positive (e.g. saying well done) or negative (e.g. making a
    mean comment, paying them too much attention, or trying to put pressure or persuade them to do something they might not want to do).
  • Read the task on p.2 , then complete the activity.

  • Discuss your answers with your parents using p.4 to help you (see the answers at the bottom of the blog past). Explain why it is so  important to tell a trusted adult if you experience negative attention online or if anything worries or upsets you.

Activity 2: Battle of the Bands: Selfie’s livestreamed show

 

Reading

You can continue to use the Scholastic Virtual Reading Library online allowing you to access lots of different books on their website.

The Scholastic Reading Pro website (https://educator-slz03.scholasticlearningzone.com/slz-portal/#/login3/GBR2VCR) please find enclosed the login details below.

Enter your username and password (remember that they are case sensitive)
Username: (first three letters of the pupil’s first name followed by first three letters of surname) All lowercase
For example: Harry Potter would be Username: harpot
Password: password1

If you have any issues accessing the website, please contact the school at enquiries@ectonbrook.org.uk .

English

This week we will be using the lesson 1 our reading lessons in school and lessons 3, 4 and 5 for our literacy lessons in school. Mrs Willett’s and Mr Whitfield’s class will be also completing lesson 2 in Class while Mr Wild’s class will complete this at home.

All returning children do not need to start the English work until they have had their lessons in school. 

This week we will be working towards an explanation text.

These include some comprehension tasks, exploration of the features and an opportunity to write your own.

Lesson 1– Reading Comprehension focussing on summary – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/reading-focus-summary

Lesson 2 – Reading Comprehension focussing on summary – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/reading-focus-summary-ea06ec

Lesson 3 – Identifying key structural elements and grammatical features when writing an explanation – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/writing-focus-identify-the-key-features-594152

Lesson 4 – Punctuation for Parenthesis – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/writing-focus-punctuation-for-parenthesis

Lesson 5 – Writing an explanation – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/writing-focus-write-an-explanation

Maths

Your child will be expected to complete a five day week in Maths. Children that are continuing to home-school will access the resources in the same way they have been.

Children going to school on the 29th of June will complete lessons.1 to 3 whilst they are in school and lessons 4 and 5 at home

Children going to school on the 2nd of July will complete lesson. 1 to 2 whilst they are in school and lessons 3, 4 and 5 at home.

All returning children do not need to start the Maths work until they have had their lessons in school. 

This week you will continue to look again at percentages, fractions and decimals; look at how to calculate mean and interpret line graphs

Lesson 1– Understand percentages – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/understand-percentages

Lesson 2–  Equivalences between fractions, decimals and percentages – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/equivalences-between-fdp

Lesson 3–  Problems with percentages of amounts – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/problems-with-percentages-of-amounts

Lesson 4– Interpret mean as an average – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/interpret-mean-as-an-average

Lesson 5– Interpret line graphs – https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/interpret-line-graphs

Science – What impact have humans had on plants and animals? (To be completed in school)

In this lesson, we will look at how humans have changed over time and use the theory of evolution to explain these changes. Learning how to make and use tools, shelter, fire and language has enabled humans to spread all over the world. We will start to look at the impact that humans have had on some species of plants and animals. You will need a piece of paper and a pencil for this lesson.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-impact-have-humans-had-on-plants-and-animals

History –The kingdom of Benin (To be completed at home)

Learn about the kingdom of Benin and the Edo people.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos examining the kingdom of Benin
  • two activities to build knowledge and understanding

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zgkwr2p

Geography – Florida (To be completed in school by Mr Whitfield’s class and Mrs Willett’s class. At home by Mrs Wild’s class)

Learn about the state of Florida in the USA including its location, climate and industries.

This lesson includes:

  • one animation about Florida
  • three activities to build your knowledge
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zvybp4j

Internet Safety – Answers 

Activity 1: Positive and Negative Attention

 

 

3 thoughts on “Year 6 Home Learning Week Commencing 29th June

  • 30th June 2020 at 1:44 pm
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    I enjoyed creating the power point presentation on the life cycle

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    • 2nd July 2020 at 12:54 pm
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      You included some great detail and used the parenthesis lesson to change the range of sentences used. Well done Andra. Mr Whitfield

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  • 30th June 2020 at 3:50 pm
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    Frogs

    Frogs have smooth, slimy skin and can breathe in water and on land. Frogs usually live around water so they can reproduce. Frogs are found in most environments. The normal age of death for a frog is 10-12 years. Around 2019 there was 4810 different kind of frogs.

    Appearance

    Frogs start off as a small egg with around 4000 other eggs around it. The frog then slowly forms a long tail and grows much larger. After that stage has been completed, the frog then gains a longer but thinner tail and two back legs. Then few weeks later, it gains two front legs and gains a green colour on its back and its tail gets a little smaller but thicker which now makes it a froglet. On this next step their eyes, tongue and legs grow much bigger and now the frog’s body is green and patches of black.

    Diet and predators

    Small to medium frogs (tadpoles) eat insects like flies, months and dragonflies. Larger frogs (froglets) eat worms and grasshopper and adult frogs eat way bigger animals like mice, small snakes and baby turtles. Frogs have many predators because frogs make attractive meals for a vast array of wildlife so they are vulnerable to the predators on the ground, underwater and in the sky. Their predators include small mammals, lizards, snakes, water shrew, otters and some type of birds.

    Special ability/defence

    Most rainforest frogs have pads of sticky hair on their fingers and toes as well as a loose sticky skin on their bellies. Some can camouflage to make their predator harder to find them and sometimes play dead so the predator won’t have any interest in it. In order to protect themselves, some frogs use bright colour to warn predators they are dangerous and even poisonous. Many frogs secrete a poison when they are attacked that makes the predator spit them out before any damage is done. Some frogs use sounds such as extreme bellowing or screaming to scare off predators.

    Habitat

    Frogs are seen almost everywhere; they exist in rainforests, forests and caves; they can also be seen in deserts and on hilltops. The best places for frogs are places that are mucky and have a lot of bugs. Frogs being amphibians, begin their lives in water, moving onto lands in their adulthood. Having said that, there are various species of frogs that don’t follow the cycle – some are adapted to live on trees, while some spend their whole lives in the water throughout.

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