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Week Commencing 22nd June

Hi there everyone,


I hope that you are all well and have had a good weekend.  Yet another week has gone by – where has the time gone to? 

This week, the topic focus is about environments.  There are some excellent ideas of different activities to do.  If you have your own idea though, go for it.


For those children who are going to John Port, you will by now know of your form tutor.  If anybody has any questions about transition to any secondary school, please email me at the Parent Contact link and I will try my best to answer them.  There is another transition unit of work to look through this week which will be very useful.  Also, on John Port’s transition page, there is a Science transition booklet to have a look at.  This is not compulsory to do at all, but you may like to have a go at the science experiments in them if you have time.


Many thanks to everyone who has already sent me videos of their Amarillo clips.  These are really good and it looks like you all had fun making them.  If anyone has not emailed their video clips to me, please could you do this through the Parent Contact link by this Friday?


This week, I have also included some resources about road safety which link to moving up to secondary school.  We had planned to do a unit of work in school about this but due to the virus, I have uploaded these resources to do at home instead.  I would strongly encourage you to watch each of the powerpoints and the videos which are in the presentations, ideally with an adult so you can talk about them.


Finally, please keep in contact about any work that you have been doing – either from the home learning page or something that you have done yourself.  Send me an email through the Parent Contact link on the website and I will aim to reply to you within 24 hours.


Stay safe and I look forward to seeing your Amarillo videos later this week.


Best wishes,


Mr Rodgers 


This week, there is just one unit to work through from the transition project: - ‘Bounce backability’.  Read through the presentation and make notes using the workbook which can be found on the home learning page from Week Commencing 1st June.


For those children who are going to John Port Spencer Academy, the school have added more information about transition on their website and you should also now have been informed about who your form tutor is.  All of the transition tasks are optional and a Science transition task has been added to their website if you would like to do it.  If possible though, please complete the English transition task and drop this into school as this will be used by the English department next year. 



The focus for this week's English work is based on playscripts.  The lessons below can all be found on the BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons page - the link for this can be found below.


Monday – Comics 

Tuesday – Analysing playscripts 

Wednesday – National Writing Day lesson 

Thursday – Romeo and Juliet 

Friday – Reading lesson – Macbeth retold by Marcia Williams


The comprehensions for this week can be found below.  They are about Alan Turing, a man who was helped with the Enigma codes during the war and a comprehension about inventing red and yellow cards in football. 




Watch Newsround and discuss what is happening in the wider world using the link below.  


Alternatively, summarise the events from a chapter of your book. You could bullet point what happened, create a comic strip or present the information in your own creative way.  Note down any unfamiliar words from the chapter you have read. Explore the meanings of these words by using a dictionary.




Write a persuasive letter to your headteacher about the importance of recycling at school. Research the impact of recycling using books or the internet to find facts and statistics to support your argument. 


Write a biography about David Attenborough. Include information about his life, how he has helped the environment and the positive impact he has had on global changes. 


The spellings for this week are ‘Week 30 Spellings’ on Spelling Shed, focusing on adverbs which relate to different levels of determination.  The resources for these can be found below.  Have a go on Spelling Shed for 10 minutes each day to try and get as many spelling points as possible. 



The focus for this week in Maths is shape.  All of the links to the lessons are on the BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons website and the resources for these can be found below.


Monday  - Area and perimeter of rectilinear shapes 

Tuesday – Calculate the area of triangles 

Wednesday – Calculate the area of parallelograms 

Thursday – Calculate, estimate and compare the volume of cubes 

Friday – Challenge of the week 


Alternatively, watch the I See Reasoning online Maths videos which also can be found below. 


The Maths Mystery Puzzle this week is called “The Mystery of the Cinema Suspects”.  Another fun mystery to solve which covers a variety of mathematical topics.


How about trying out The Daily Ten?  This is a link to daily arithmetic for different areas of maths. Work on level 4, 5 and 6 activities and practise something you find difficult.  The link to this is found below.




Can you increase your speed and status on TTRockstars?  Can you arrange to have an ‘Arena’ battle with someone from our class?  The current fastest ‘Rock Hero’ is Jessicka Strummer’ who has a studio speed of 0.83 seconds.  Can you beat this score in the ‘Studio’ game? 


Mental Maths Puzzles


Also this week, I have included over 40 mental maths puzzles for you to try.  Have a go at these over the next few weeks (i.e. one each day).  These can be done either against the clock (timed) or without a countdown timer.  Click on the powerpoint link below to try them.


Road Safety Resources
This half term, we had planned to carry out road safety lessons to be delivered by the county council.  Unfortunately, due to the virus, these will now not take place.  However, we have been sent all of the resources and I have added them to the link below.  Please take time to look through these resources and videos with an adult and discuss how you can plan a safe route to the school bus for when you go to secondary school in September.



Learning Project


This week the Learning Project is titled: Environments.


The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about the environment. Learning may focus on changes to different environments, the impact of humans on environments, climate change etc.


Activities for you to choose from throughout the week:


Endangered Species


The tiger, Amur leopard, orangutan, sea turtle and the Sumatran elephant are some of the most endangered animals on the planet. Ask your child to choose an animal and describe how it has evolved to suit its habitat. Now ask them to consider how their chosen animal may need to adapt due to the current environment and human threat it faces. Create an informative leaflet about the threat the animal faces and what humans can do to minimise these threats.




Encourage your child to choose an item within the house that they do not really use anymore - this could be an old item of clothing, accessory or household item - and upcycle it to make a new item that they will use. Ask them to evaluate the

product and identify any areas that they could improve if they were to make it again. They may even want to write a set of instructions so that other people can upcycle the same item too. When looking for ideas on the internet I found plant pots, button art




and even pop bottle flip flops!!



Have fun and don’t forget to send us photos of your creations.



Protecting our Oceans


Marine life faces a number of threats including plastic pollution, tourism, habitat destruction and overfishing. How can we make a difference now? Discuss this question with your child and ask them to sketch an image representing the impact society is having on today’s oceans using a drawing material of their choice. Afterwards, they may wish to sketch an image of an ideal ocean environment. Encourage them to use websites and books to find out what makes the best environment for marine life to flourish (you may wish to direct them to the Great Barrier Reef and its significance).



Do People Intentionally Damage an Area?


Ask your child to imagine that a new park, housing development, restaurant or other structure is being built on green land near their home. How might this be positive for the environment? How might this be negative for the environment? Create a poster that explains the pros and cons of this new development. Consider wildlife, air and noise pollution and jobs.


Making music


Listen to this song

Can you write your own song to teach people about looking after the world? Maybe you could sing it to the tune of your favourite song?

Record your song and share it with your family. We would love to hear it too!




Have a go at these Outdoor and Adventurous Activities and / or the lessons from Derby County Community Trust.