Year 6

The Reading "Advent" Calendar Challenge!


December 8th


For today's challenge, we would like you to talk to someone at home about a book that they have read and would recommend for you to read!


It might be a recent book they have chosen, or one that they remember from their own childhood. Why do you think they recommended that book? What is special about it to them? What genre is it? Is it by a famous author?


Over the next month, try and read the book yourself and see if it's as magical to you as it is to them!


December 7th


We've looked a lot in school recently at using brackets for parenthesis (or when using a relative clause). Your task for today is to find an example of brackets in the book your are reading OR in another text that you have available e.g. a newspaper or set of instructions.


How have the brackets been used? Is it simply brackets for parenthesis, or do they begin with a relative pronoun such as whose or where?


Remember - write down any examples you find, in your reading record!


December 6th

What's the genre?

Think about the current book you are reading - what is the genre? Is it an action/adventure? A Science-Fiction? A comedy?


What kind of features show you that the book you are reading is of that particular genre? E.g. what kind of action or suspense is in an adventure novel?


What is your favourite genre of book? Why?


Finally, is there a genre of book you have never read!? Why do you think this is?




Various studies have shown that turning subtitles on when watching TV, film or playing computer games is incredibly beneficial to your reading!


Your challenge for today (and for this week) is really very simple; we would like you to turn the subtitles on when you are doing any of the following activities:

- Watching television such as programmes on normal TV or shows on Netflix etc. Be aware, shows that are live often have subtitles which are delayed, which can be a little confusing! You can usually turn on subtitles on some YouTube channels, but these can be a little temperamental. They can be found in the settings and are listed as CC (Closed Captions)

- Films. Almost all films on TV, DVD or streaming services will allow you to turn on subtitles in the options.

- Computer Games. If you are playing the story mode of a computer game, the vast majority of titles will allow you to turn on English subtitles; have a try!


Best of luck. If you like having subtitles on, keep them switched on for a while and you will definitely improve your vocabulary! Think about it, if you watch a television programme for an hour, you'll have been reading for the entirety of that hour... while watching TV! It's a no brainer!


December 4th

Questions, questions, questions

Think about the book you are currently reading - or have just finished.


What questions might you ask the author? How do you think they would answer?


Develop 5 questions you might ask. We'll discuss some of your questions in Friday's Class Assembly time.


December 3rd

Out Loud!

Your challenge today is to read a paragraph (or more!) writing out to someone else. It might be at home to a family member or in school to a friend. You might want to read part of your non-chronological report you're writing, or an extract from your current reading book. 


Try to think about how you will project your voice (volume) and add feeling (intonation) to what you say!


December 2nd


Your challenge today is to find and read a set of instructions. You could look at instructions in terms of a recipe (e.g. a cake) or maybe how to use a product in your house (e.g. the TV).


When you've read your instructions. See whether you can find the following three features in the text:

1. Imperative (bossy) verbs. These should be used to direct the user to do something.

2. Use of the Second Person e.g. you

3. Colons or a bullet-pointed list. This one might be a little harder as some instructions won't use these features.


Let us know in school if you find a really good example of some instructions!


December 1st

Film Review!

Your task today is to find a review of a film (either online or in a newspaper or magazine) you have either watched before or one that you really want to watch!


One you've watched before:

- Do you agree with the reviewer? Do they share the same opinion with you?

- Has reading the review made you want to watch the film again?


One you've not watched yet:

- Do you think the reviewer likes the film?

- Has it made you want to watch the film even more or less?


Revision links:


Below are a list of links that may help with revision. Feel free to use as necessary:


English: - General revision with games - Excellent website that will help with all areas of reading and grammar - Some free parts of the books that are very useful (pertaining to grammar) - A 'poster' that you could print off to remind you of aspects of grammar - Common spelling patterns that should be embedded by Year 6


Maths: - Every child should have their login to use the website. Remember to move the level up and also complete the 'lessons' - A huge amount of games to make maths fun, use the categories at the top of the page to select what you need help on - For help with Mental Maths this is one of the best websites you can use - If you need help reading digital and analogue clocks, this website should be useful. - Great general revision tool - Very good general revision website - While aimed at adults, some of this website may be useful for Year 6.