WELCOME TO YEAR 6
Our teachers are Mr Speakes and Mr Arnold, our teaching assistant is Miss Chorley.
Mr Speakes and Mr Arnold can be contacted on:
Good morning Year 6.
We hope you are all doing well and are still looking forward to the Easter break! Feel free to continue working through your curriculum packs if you want to but please do not continue working in your CGP books as we will send out the next activities after Easter has technically finished. You can always be practising your spellings and times tables or complete activities on Sam Learning and Language Angels.
As it is a Friday, you have a written task but you obviously have a lot longer to complete this. Please complete it to the best of your ability and really take your time. We suggest taking rest breaks after every paragraph. Your task is to create your own superhero and write a persuasive letter to myself and Mr Speakes explaining why yours is the best/most powerful. If might be nice to draw your superhero first…we would love to see some pictures of them if you do this J Below is a list of things (success criteria) to ensure your writing is the best it can be:
· Neatest handwriting
· Ambitious vocabulary choices and punctuation choices
· Variety of sentence starters and linking words
· Dear Mr Arnold and Mr Speakes,
· Remember to finish your letter with who it is from!
· Emotive language
· Rhetorical questions
· Made up facts and statistics
· First person
· Present tense
We recommend planning out each section of your letter before writing it. Carefully think about what you want your superhero to save – could your superhero cure the coronavirus? Remember to be consistently using persuasive techniques such as: facts and figures, flattery, rhetorical questions, exaggeration/hyperbole, powerful verbs and adjectives and lots of emotive language! Below is a suggested structure to help you with your writing:
Introduction – Begin with flattery (to myself and Mr Speakes), then explain why you are writing…briefly mention your superhero and direct up to look at the picture you have drawn.
Paragraph 1: Choose two or three of your superhero’s characteristics and explain why they are so amazing. Try to link them to superheroes we already have now.
Paragraph 2: Choose two or three more of your superhero’s characteristics and explain why they are so amazing. Try to link them to superheroes we already have now.
Paragraph 3 (extension paragraph): Explain why it is your superhero that this world ultimately needs…what is the main reason? What is the main selling factor of your superhero? Why should we choose yours as the greatest?
Conclusion: Final few sentences summarising your arguments and stating how you know we will make the right choice!
We hope the success criteria and the sequence of ideas above really helps your writing. Maybe look at a persuasive letter or two online whilst you are planning your writing to help familiarise yourself with the structure.
Attached in this document is a half term overview for what would have been Summer 1. It says about our topic: Mayan Mayhem, so over the Easter break, and/or beyond that, you may want to complete a detailed homework project based on the Mayan Civilisation. This could include interesting facts, a model replica of Chichen Itza, a PowerPoint presentation, some drawings and so on. Please send over any pictures of last half term’s homework projects if you completed them and still want to share them with us or your classmates online and subsequently, once you have completed any activities for your Mayan homework project, please share those with us too! We look forward to seeing them J
Finally, listed below are a range of fun activities you may want to complete over the Easter break (your homework projects could be completed after Easter if you want to prioritise these activities).
1. Time Capsule project
These are very strange times in which we find ourselves. School closures. Lockdown. Self-isolation. Social-distancing. How will this this be remembered in the future? How will historians know what happened and what it was like to live through such a unique world event?
Your challenge is to create a time capsule to explain to future generations what it was like to live through the Covid-19 2020 pandemic.
Here are some idea of things you might like to include but they are only suggestions, feel free to improvise:
• A drawing/photograph of your family
• Letter (or video) to your future-self explaining the current situation and how it feels to be you at the moment.
• Diary entry
• Hand/foot print
• Favourite family recipe
• Family tree
• Floor plan of your home
• “All about me” section-hair colour, eye colour, height, favourite book, favourite food, favourite TV programme, hobbies, unique skills, favourite joke…
• Research a list of current statistics- price of a bottle of milk, top movie, top song, highest paid sport star…
2. My Museum project
Why do we have museums? What do we put into them and why? If you could run your own museum, what would you choose to celebrate and display? You are going to be a “curator” and create your own museum. This can take any form you like. Here are a few ideas to choose from but you can do your own thing if you prefer!
RESEARCH PROJECT on something you find interesting and that you think other people would like to learn about too. This could be the history of a person, place or club, the story of children’s toys, books, games, television, a look at a specific period of history (Tudors, Romans, World War, a particular decade..) or the development of something over the years such as train travel, fashion, cars, schools… anything really! The possibilities are endless!
AN EXHIBIT of one item that you think worthy of having its story told. It could be something that is important to you or your family, perhaps something that has been kept over the years and handed down. How will you display it? You will need to explore its history and explain why it is important to you.
A POEM, PICTURE OR SHORT STORY inspired by the title “My Museum”.
A “MINI” MUSEUM. You could make a model of a museum gallery complete with mini exhibits, photos, pictures or recordings. Don’t forget to explain what you are putting in and why.
3. What is your favourite book? Who is the author and who is the illustrator? What is it about? Why do you love it so much? Who would you recommend it to and why do you think they would love it so much? What star rating would you give it?
With all this time we have to spend inside at the moment, it’s a great time to dig out a book that you haven’t read for ages! Bored of all your books? There are plenty of places you can listen to audiobooks free online or you could write a review of one of the books a teacher has read to you in class or on Facebook.
4. Put on a chef’s hat and create an edible rainbow!
As we see rainbows of hope popping up in people’s windows, school gates and in the media we thought we’d continue this in the kitchen. What rainbow inspired dishes can you create? These can be sweet or savoury. They could fit the design brief because of their colour, shape or arrangement on the plate. Haven’t got any food colouring or colourful fruit or veg? No problem! What about spelling out the word “rainbow” instead? I know that your parents normally tell you not to play with your food, but I’m sure they can make an exception just this once…? ;)
We appreciate that this is a really lengthy email, so if you have any problems or questions about the work that we have set then please use our e-mail addresses to contact us. We will try to respond as soon as we can. Have a great first week of Easter; we will send out another email at the end of next week!
As always, keep safe, keep smiling and stay at home.
We miss you all.
Mr Arnold and Mr Speakes
Year 6 Timetable of learning during school closure – Week 2
Mindful Colouring Pages
This half term our topic is Darwin's Delight. Over the course of the next six weeks the children will have the opportunity to learn about Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution and explore some of his amazing adventures (such as his trip to the Galapagos Islands). This is directly linked to Science as we will be looking at how living organisms adapt and evolve by inheriting dominant genes.
Previously, our topic was A Child's War. We loved learning about World War Two and cannot wait to show off what we learned in our class assembly. Here are some photos of our amazing trip to The Linconsfield Centre:
Spelling, punctuation and grammar games that you could play at home
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