Welcome to Year Six

Here you can find a collection of useful websites for our Year Six children. We will also be posting our Learning Log Projects for you to completee.

Year 6 Learning Log projects

Complete two tasks each week after the May half term break.

You decide how to present it in your Learning Log, and remember you can use more than 1 page for each project.

If you’d like to complete more tasks in this time, you absolutely can!

Summer 2

week Beginning 1st June

RE – Confirmation

On Saturday 6th June we would have come together as a school and parish family to share in the special sacrament of Confirmation. Your task this week, is to remember all the children who would have been making their Confirmation. You could make them a card to celebrate, write a prayer or find out more about this special sacrament.

Science – Light Investigation

What happens to the size of the shadow as the source of light moves farther away from the object? 

Design a fair test to gather evidence that can be used to answer this question.  Challenge: Try and write out the investigation using the format from class.  Include the following: question, hypothesis, independent variable (what you are changing), dependent variable (what you are measuring/observing), materials, procedures, data, graph and conclusion.

Topic – WW2

How did artists represent the war?

London Underground: the underground passenger railway system in London.

Sculpture: where materials are worked into 3D shapes. The shapes usually represent something – people, animals, emotions etc.

Sculptor: someone who creates sculptures

Blitz: the German bombing campaign during World War 2

Refuge: take shelter from danger

Henry Moore (1898-1986) was one of the 20th century’s great sculptors and one of Britain’s most famous artists ever. Check out this link to some great information about him and his artwork

On the night of the 11th of September 1940, Moore and his wife were coming home from a dinner party in central London. It was the fourth night of the Blitz. They got off at Belzise Park London Underground station where Moore saw an extraordinary scene. The platform was packed with the sleeping and huddled bodies of men, women and children who were taking unofficial refuge from the air raids above.

Moore decided to use chalk to represent what he saw. His drawings took on the forms he usually made in his sculptures.

 Task: if you have playdoh in the house you could create your own Moore sculpture. If you have a spare bar of soap, how about carving it into a sculpture (ask first!). You could use pencils or chalk to create your own sketches of people using the Underground station during the Blitz.

 

Week Beginning 8th June

RE – Belonging to the Church Community

If you have a Bible or can access a Bible online read Matthew 28: 16-20. Here we read the words given by the Risen Christ to his Apostles to go off and spread the Good News to all the people.

Task: Research some stories of different Apostles and find out where they travelled in the world to proclaim the Good News. Think about what it may have felt like to be one of these Apostles. Imagine writing from their viewpoint.

Science – Animals and their Habitats

Can you answer these questions?  You may use the Internet or books to help you.  There is an answer bank below.

  1. What are animals with a backbone called?
  2. Who developed the first standard classification system?
  3. Name two arachnids
  4. What is mould?
  5. Which class of animals feed milk to their young?
  6. Which invertebrates have a pair of antennae on their heads?
  7. Which vertebrates have scaly skin and use gills to breathe?
  8. What can micro-organisms be used to make?
  9. What are the characteristics of reptiles?
  10. What is special about invertebrates?
  11. What is special about prokaryotic cells?
  12. What class does the platypus belong?
  13. Are bacteria eukaryotic or prokaryotic?
  14. What was the name of the book in which Linneas published his classification system?
  15. Which vertebrates use gills to breathe when they are young, and lungs when they are adults?
  16. What is the scientific name for humans?
  17. Which phylum contains all the vertebrates?
  18. What is the name of the level above kingdom in the classification system?

Answer bank:

  • They do not have a nucleus.
  • Domain
  • Prokaryotic
  • Homo sapiens
  • Systema Naturae
  • Phylum chordata
  • Amphibians
  • A fungus
  • Insects
  • Fish
  • Mammals
  • Cheese, wine and bread
  • Cold blooded, hard scaly skin and lay eggs on land
  • Spiders and scorpians
  • Mammals
  • They don’t have a backbone
  • Carl Linnaeus
  • Vertebrates

Challenge: Try writing three of your own questions and answers.

Topic – WW2

Why did Britain need to storm the beaches of Normandy in 1944?

Allies: those countries who joined with Britain to fight against Hitler

To occupy: to take over and reside in a place, often by force

Siege: to surround somewhere in an attempt to capture it

D-Day: a term used in military planning to mean the actual day a major operation or event is to begin.

 By 1944 the war was going the Allies’ way. The German army was under siege from the east, west and Mediterranean. Meanwhile the Germans had built defences known as the Atlantic Wall to stop Britain attacking them.

Look at the map – the Atlantic wall is in yellow.

On 6th June 1944 the Allies launched Operation Overlord, to drive Germany out of the countries it had occupied. They tricked Germany into thinking the attack would come from somewhere else. We call that day D-Day.

Task: read the information on this website, and take the ten question quiz. 

Week Beginning 15th June

RE – Belonging to the Church Community

Last week, you started to explore the work of our Apostles. Many of the Apostles suffered death by martyrdom. Imagine how they felt willing to die for the message they were carrying.

Task: Choose one (or a few if you wish) Apostle and find out all about their life.

Science – Animals and their Habitats  

Choose a habitat from the list below or think of your own.  Find out the names of 10 to 20 animals and plants that live in this habitat.  Classify these organisms into the correct groups.

Habitats: Amazon rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, Patagonia, Galapagos Island, British woodland

Categories to classify: mammals, amphibians, fish, arachnids, echinoderms, molluscs, non-flowering plants, birds, reptiles, insects, annelids, crustacean, flowering plants

Topic – WW2

What was it like for soldiers during the D-Day landings?

Now you know more about the D-Day landings, watch this 9-minute video which shows you more about what it was like to take part.

The Royal British Legion website has lots of first-hand stories from people who took part in the D-Day landings. Read these to find out more.

Task: imagine you are storming the beaches of Normandy. You are in your amphibious craft getting ready to land. How do you feel? What can you see, hear, and smell? Write a monologue of your thoughts as you get ready to leave the vehicle and enter the water; your struggle through the waves; landing on the beach and beginning to fight. Each part should have a paragraph, full of your internal thoughts and description. It should be in present tense. The reader should feel like they are making this perilous journey with you. Refer to the Building Block poster to help you include lots of different writers’ techniques.

 

Week Beginning 22nd June

RE – Belonging to the Church Community

 The Bishop of Rome, the Pope, is the successor to St Peter.

Task: Explore the life of our Pope. Find out about his responsibilities, his motto and his coat of arms.

Science – Light

Refresh what you’ve learnt about light in Year 3 by visiting BBC Bite size Be sure to watch some of the related clips as well.

Then, create a one-page report about how we see things. Remember to use scientific vocabulary.

 Topic – WW2

How did life change for European Jews during WW2?

Collaborator: a person who works jointly on an activity

Judaism: the name of the religion of Jewish people.

Genocide: the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular nation or ethnic group.

Resistance: a term used to describe a group of people trying to resist invaders, usually in secret.

To prepare for the next task, read the information in this BBC Bitesize section about the Jewish faith and take the quiz at the bottom of the screen:.

The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah, was the World War II genocide of the European Jews. Between 1941 and 1945, across German-occupied Europe, Nazi Germany and its collaborators systematically murdered some six million Jews. This information on BBC Newsround helps to explain what happened.

Task: choose a book which has the Holocaust as a theme and read/listen to it. You could read the story of Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti by watching it being read on YouTube, or sign up with Audible and get 30 days of a free audio book, such as those below.

Week Beginning 29th June

PSHE – Transition

As you prepare to make your transition from primary to secondary school, take time to reflect on your hopes and dreams for the next chapters in your lives. What are you looking forward to? What are you worried about? Try and share these worries with family and talk about ways to help you overcome these worries. Make them become positives.

Science – Light

What is a periscope and how does it work?

This week’s task is to research, design and draw a diagram of your very own periscope, then use the diagram to explain how a periscope works.  Your learning from last week should help with this.

Are you stuck?  This page might help you.

Challenge: If you have the materials available, have a go at making the periscope.

 Topic – WW2

How did the Holocaust affect children?

Task: When you have finished one of the books, write a review of it on our class blog. Organise your writing into different sections, for example: brief summary of the book (no spoilers!), what you thought of the book, the best bit, the saddest part, the scariest event, favourite character – and you must explain why you thought this. You could also choose any descriptions you thought were particularly effective, or any building blocks you recognised. Finish your review with a summary of your views.

Week Beginning 6th July

Topic – WW2

What was the legacy left by Anne Frank’s Diary?

Annexe: a building joined to a main building

 

Who is this? Why would we care about the life of such a young girl?  Watch the video to find out.

What did you think when you heard about her? Imagine being hidden away for two years, scared of being discovered, not able to make much noise. Now take time to explore the Anne Frank Museum website and find out lots more about her.

Task: create a fact file about Anne Frank. Use a range of different ways to present non-fiction – use our non-fiction Building Block poster to help you include the right writers’ techniques. If you wish to create it electronically, why don’t you put it on our class blog?

Maths – Problem Solving

The final two weeks will include maths puzzles to get you really thinking!  Here’s this week’s:

Tea Cups

Aunt Jane had been to a jumble sale and bought a whole lot of cups and saucers – she’s having many visitors these days and felt that she needed some more. You are staying with her and when she arrives home you help her to unpack the cups and saucers.

There are four sets: a set of white, a set of red, a set of blue and a set of green. In each set there are four cups and four saucers. So there are sixteen cups and sixteen saucers altogether.

Just for the fun of it, you decide to mix them around a bit so that there are sixteen different-looking cup/saucer combinations laid out on the table in a very long line.

So, for example:

  1. a) there is a red cup on a green saucer but not another the same, although there is a green cup on a red saucer;
    b) there is a red cup on a red saucer but that’s the only one like it.

There are these sixteen different cup/saucer combinations on the table and you think about arranging them in a big square. Because there are sixteen, you realise that there are going to be four rows with four in each row (or if you like, four rows and four columns).

So here is the challenge to start off this investigation:

Place these sixteen different combinations of cup/saucer in this four by four arrangement with the following rules:-

1) In any row there must only be one cup of each colour;
2) In any row there must only be one saucer of each colour;
3) In any column there must only be one cup of each colour;
4) In any column there must be only one saucer of each colour.

Remember that these sixteen cup/saucers are all different so, for example, you CANNOT have a red cup on a green saucer somewhere and another red cup on a green saucer somewhere else.

There are a lot of different ways of approaching this challenge.

When you think you have completed it, check it through very carefully.  It’s even a good idea to get a friend who has seen the rules to check it also.

For possible approaches or to test your solution.

Week Beginning 13th July

PSHE – Transition

Although your Year 6 did not go as any of us would have planned or hoped for, I have faith that, through Christ, you will have taken something positive away from this experience and will use it to shape your future.  “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand.” (Isiah 41:10)

As you prepare to make your transition from primary to secondary school, take time to reflect on your journey so far at primary school. In this learning log task share all your memories of primary school. Think about how you will record them – you could make a time capsule of memories, write a diary or create a poster of your best memories.

Maths – Problem Solving

As promised- here’s the final maths puzzle to challenge you.

Reach 100

Here is a grid of four “boxes”:
You must choose four different digits from 1−9 and put one in each box. For example:

This gives four two-digit numbers:

52

(reading along the 1st row)

19

(reading along the 2nd row)

51

(reading down the left hand column)

29

(reading down the right hand column)

In this case their sum is 151.

Try a few examples of your own.
Is there a quick way to tell if the total is going to be even or odd?

Your challenge is to find four different digits that give four two-digit numbers which add to a total of 100.

How many ways can you find of doing it?

This problem is adapted from Make 200 from ‘Mathematical Challenges for Able Pupils Key Stages 1 and 2’, published by DfES. 

Summer 1

Week Beginning 27th April

RE – Easter 

Read the story of Thomas and the Resurrection – John 20: 1-29. Use your own Bible or an online Bible to locate the scripture passage. Once you have read it write a recount from Thomas’ viewpoint. How would he have felt? Why did he doubt?

 

Science – Evolution

In Science we were studying the evolution of humans.  How do you predict humans will look in a million years?  Will there be parts of the body that we no longer use?  Will we walk the same?

Draw a picture of your prediction then explain at least three significant changes to the human body.

WW2: Why did Britain need to win the Battle of Britain?

Invade: to enter a country by force with an army

After Hitler and his Nazi party successfully invaded France, they set their eyes on Britain – they wanted to invade us too. The new British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, knew that in order to stop an invasion, our warplanes would have to be put to work. He made a radio broadcast to the British people, to inspire courage and determination. Listen to the broadcast here. You can read the transcript of what he said at the same time.

Write your own speech. What would you have said to encourage the British people in this frightening time? You might want to mention what might happen if Britain failed, or won. Try to finish with an uplifting sentence like Churchill did.

Week Beginning 4th May

RE – Pentecost

In the Acts of the Apostles 2: 1-6 Jesus’ disciples received the Holy Spirit for the first time.

Create a piece of artwork to show what you see when you think of the Holy Spirit. Try researching current artwork online to help support you.

 

Science – Why Is Water Important To The Body?

Research says that children in year 6 should drink about 2 litres of water a day, but why is it water important to the body?

Create a poster which explains the benefits that water has on your body.  Be specific.  Include references to how it affects different parts of the body.  

WW2: What happened during the Battle of Britain?

Luftwaffe: the German air force, (literally means air weapon)

RAF: the Royal Air Force, Britain’s collection of planes

Dogfight: a fight between fighter planes in which they fly close to one another and move very fast

In 1940 Hitler gave order for Operation Sealion, the operation to try and invade Britain. He first sent the Luftwaffe to try and defeat the RAF, before beginning a planned sea and airborne invasion of Britain. The Battle of Britain is the name commonly given to this. Watch this short film which explains what happened.

On the 14th of July 1940, the Battle of Britain raged on. As violent dogfights occurred over the English Channel, BBC reporter Charles Gardner reported on an encounter between three RAF Hurricanes and over 40 Luftwaffe aircraft. Listen to the commentary here.

Task: Write your own commentary of a ‘dogfight’ between the RAF and the Luftwaffe. Try to describe in present tense for your listeners what is happening, using clear description. Practise your commentary on someone – can they imagine what is happening from your words only?

Week Beginning 11th May

RE – Pentecost

Find out about the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit – Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of God. Create a poster or report of your findings. How can you use these gifts in your own lives? 

Science – Exercise 

This week your challenge is to investigate how exercise affects heart rate.  For this activity you will need to know how to check your heart rate. To check your pulse at your wrist, place two fingers between the bone and the tendon over your radial artery — which is located on the thumb side of your wrist. When you feel your pulse, count the number of beats in 15 seconds. Multiply this number by 4 to calculate your beats a minute.

To get ready for the activity, ensure that you have a timer, sheet of paper for recording your results and a place in which you can hop in place.

First, get your resting heart rate by taking your heart rate before you do any exercise. (0 seconds of hopping.)

Next, perform 30 seconds of hopping in place.  Take your heart rate immediately after and record this.

Allow your heart rate to get back to your resting heart rate before doing the next step.

Now, perform 60 seconds of hopping in place.  Take your heart rate and record.

Continue the above steps, gathering data for 30 seconds, 60 seconds, 90 seconds and 180 seconds.

Once your data is collected, create a line graph of the data.  What conclusions can you make about how exercise affects your heart rate? 

WW2 – Why did the Germans try to destroy Coventry?

Coventry suffered during the Blitz of 1940. Find the definition of the word Blitz then watch this report from 2010 on the 70th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz about what happened.

Task: Find out why the German Luftwaffe targeted Coventry.

Week Beginning 18th May

RE – Pentecost

Find out about the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit – Joy, Peace, Patience, Gentleness, Self-Control, Love, Kindness, Goodness and Faithfulness. Create a poster or report of your findings. How can you use these fruits in your own lives?

 Science

You have been exploring the human body the past couple of weeks- looking at the effects water has on the body as well as how exercise affects your heart.  To conclude these lessons, your task is to make a Top 10 Tips list of how children can keep healthy during quarantine.  This should include a variety of ideas – don’t just focus on diet or exercise. Include all aspects of a child’s life, thinking of your own experiences.  Be creative!

 

WW2 – Peace and Reconciliation

Coventry is now the city of Peace and Reconciliation. Investigate Coventry University’s website, which gives lots of information about how the city responded to the Blitz. Scroll down to the Let’s Be Friends project too. 

Take a look at the Litany of Reconciliation which is prayed every week in Coventry Cathedral 

Task: Write your own litany of forgiveness and reconciliation. Collect a vocabulary bank, and a list of ideas before creating your prayer.

Interesting Websites

Oak National Academy

Oak National Academy is a new collection of high-quality lessons and online resources. Backed by the Government, it has been created in response to the coronavirus lockdown.

 Visit the website

Machu Picchu

Learn more about South America and the Inca’s with this virtual tour of the world famous Machu Picchu ruins.

 Visit the website

Bitesize

Year 5 lessons for different subjects in the curriculum.

 Visit the website

Maddie Moates

Maddie Moate’s is a CBeebies presenter and Science communicator. She is Live on Twitter at 11am looking at science that can be done at home.

 Visit the website

Sir Linkalot

Sir Linkalot is on a quest to make ”I can’t spell” a thing of the past. Helping students of any age with spelling, punctuation, and grammar based on linking (SPAGBOL). 

 Visit the website

Virtual Museum Tours

Find out about a wide range of historical periods through the objects they left behind by going on a virtual tour of some of the most famous museums in the world.

 Visit the website

Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz is doing his bit for all of those children who are stuck at home by reading from his new Alex Rider book Nightshade.

Visit the website

Let's Go Live

All episodes are scheduled on YouTube with all the things that you will need for each episodes mystery makes. 

Visit the website

Blue Peter

This is a great collection of resources to help get your creative talents blooming. There are author writing tips, who to read next, Blue Peter Book Awards, story dice challenge, author chats, story challenge with Matt Haig, Cressida Cowell and more…

 Visit the website