Year 6

Quote of the Week:

Friday 3rd April, 2020

Start of the Day

In your maths book, create a symmetrical pattern. Try to give it an Easter theme if you can! You can place your line of symmetry horizontally, vertically, or, if you want a challenge, diagonally. Here is an example:


Maths: Areas of Triangles and Parallelograms 

Remind yourself of the formula for calculating the area of triangle. There are two ways of imagining this: 

Either one of these will work. Sometimes it's easier to halve the base or height first, but in some cases it may be easier to multiply the height and base together first, and then halve it. 


Now think about how to find the area of a parallelogram. This is very similar to finding the area of a rectangle, but you need to make sure you know the vertical height: 

Using these formulae, now try to calculate the area of each colour on each flag: (not to scale)

Extension: now draw your own flag design that has two triangles and two parallelograms. Add your own measurements and then give the area of each shape. None of the shapes can have the same area!


English: Writing

Today you will be writing the final section of your story about Pompeii. This should be the most terrifying part - the volcano erupts and ultimately destroys the town!

Things to think about in your work:

  • Watch the video again from 1:39. This is when the volcano first starts to erupt. But from there, things gradually get worse. 
  • Think about the different effects and events that you can see in the video. What else would your character be witnessing? 
  • What would the sounds be like? What would people around you be saying?
  • Above all else, everything would have become incredibly dark as the eruption cloud blotted out the sunlight. What would this look like? Well, here is an unbelievable video of a man who was trapped in the Mt St Helens eruption. 
  • How would your character be feeling? What would they be thinking? 
  • Think about how the ash gradually began to fill the streets. By nightfall, most single-story buildings in Pompeii would have been buried.
  • A series of pyroclastic flows eventually obliterated the town early the next morning. Would your character have escaped by then?

Please send in your finished stories! There is an example of a story below for some ideas:

Computing: making music with Scratch!

Today we are going to revise using more than one sprite in Scratch to create a sort of virtual orchestra! There are three main steps to this task:

  • Step 1: Use 'when this sprite clicked' to create a clickable orchestra.
  • Step 2: Use 'when _______ key pressed' to create a keyboard orchestra.
  • Step 3: Use the 'Green Flag' command to create an automatic orchestra.

I have created a basic (and slightly blurry) video guide to help you get started below: 

Scratch Video Tutorial:

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Please send us examples of your work

Have you completed a piece of homework that you are particularly proud of? It could be a maths tasks, some English writing, your reading record, a piece of art - anything, really! Please email the school so that we can put it on the website!

Daniel's Volcano Project!

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And the video!

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Cameron tried out the volcano experiment below - why not give it a go? Well done Cameron!

Excellent Mt St Helens Volcano Research from Tom! Take a look below. Well done Tom!

Thursday 2nd April, 2020

Start of the Day


Read 20 pages of your reading book in an unusual location. Can you read outside? Under the stairs? In a den you have made? In the bath? Be creative! Remember to write the reading in your Reading Record.



Maths: Percentages of an amount


How far along the topic ladder can you go? Go from left to right.

Write each question and answer in your maths homework book.


  • 10% is always a good starting point. You can find 10% by dividing by 10.

  • Look for equivalent fractions to help you, for example 50% is equivalent to a half and 25% is equivalent to a quarter.



Extension: Write five of your own percentage questions and challenge someone at home to answer them. You will also need to calculate the answer so you can mark them as right or wrong!


English: Writing

It's now time to begin writing your story! Take a look at this video of a REAL volcano erupting in November last year. It might help you to imagine what it would be like in Pompeii to look up and see Vesuvius beginning its eruption! Click here.


Today, you should write the opening to your story. Here are some things you might want to include:


  • What is your character doing to begin with? Perhaps set the scene as a normal day?
  • Remember to describe your character and their actions, help set the scene in the readers mind
  • Do you need any dialogue? If so, refer to this website if you've forgot how to punctuate speech.
  • How will you begin to hint at the action that is coming. Remember, don't write too quickly! Build up the suspense and tension. Remember to also talk about character's feelings; would they be upset? Scared? Anxious? Unmoved?
  • Perhaps you could leave this first section on a cliffhanger - ready to complete tomorrow?
  • Aim for 3-4 paragraphs today. Feel to write more though!


Remember, you can write your story however you wish, but we'd really like to see it when you finish it on Friday!



French: Revising how to Introduce Yourself

In the video clip below, an English boy called Ben Facetimes his friends in France:

French KS2: How to Introduce Yourself

How to Introduce Yourself in French

  1. Watch the clip once - most bits are repeated in English, and even if you don't understand the French parts, it's fun to infer what they mean!
  2. Watch the clip again - this time, pause the clip every time Ben says something in French, and try to repeat it a couple of times. You could do this every time the French children say something too, but you might find that a little too challenging as they talk quickly. 
  3. Now complete the comprehension questions below about the clip (copy these into Word/Notebook if you want to do it electronically)


Q1) Write down the names of three of Ben’s friends:


Q2) What does Ben find different about the way French people greet each other?


Q3) One of the friends says, “J’habite à Marseilles!” when Ben asks him where he lives.

What does this mean in English? 


Q4) How do you know that Ben is impressed with the men playing music in the street?


Q5) When Ben’s friend says, “Une glace s’il vous plaît,” what does s’il vous plaît mean?  Circle one:





Q6) Why does Ben say Une glace”, instead of Un glace”?  


Q7) Why is Ben embarrassed at the end of the clip?


Plenary: this useful website lists a variety of basic French phrases and greetings, along with audio files. How many of them do you recognise? Pick a selection of them to listen to and then repeat. As a general rule, try to listen three times before you try to speak it. Use your ears, not your eyes, as French spellings can be very deceiving! 

Wednesday 1st April, 2020

Start of the Day:


A new challenge has been set for you on! Use your login details to access it. 


Maths: TT Rockstars

Log on to TT Rockstars at and contribute to the Yea r6 total in the Year 5/Year 6 battle.

  • Can you score over 100 points?
  • Can you beat your score in any previous battle?
  • Can you help Year 6 beat Year 5?


Extension: Keep working until you can increase the amount of questions you can do in the set time. Challenge yourself!




English: Writing (planning)

Well done for completing the comprehension questions yesterday, answers are below in red. Now it's time for us to start considering some writing about the volcanic eruption in Pompeii. Re-watch the video posted on Monday to remind yourself of how terrifying it would have been.


Additionally, this website has a lot of information on it regarding the eruption of Mount Vesuvius: Click here. It helps you to understand better what life would have been like in Pompeii at the time, and will help you with your writing.


Your task today is to imagine you are living in the town of Pompeii just before the eruption; use the website above to help understand what life would have been like. You hear the volcano rumbling but think it is nothing, shaking it off as just some distant thunder. But as the day goes on, the rumbling gets louder, until finally, an eruption!


How will your character get out of the city? Where will they go?


Your task today is to plan your story. It should start at the beginning of the day (as the video does) and end with your character thankfully escaping! You can write your plan in your English Homework book or on a computer. Listed below are some things you may wish to consider in your story plan. A planning sheet (if you are able to print) can be found here.


Who is your character? What do they do?
Does your character have a family?
How will your character survive?
Will they meet anyone on the way? Will they help others?
What obstacles might they have to overcome? E.g. falling rubble
How will you make the writing suspenseful? E.g. short sentences for effect
What adjectives will you use to paint a picture in the reader’s mind?


English answers from yesterday:

1. blue, navy

2. sapphire, ruby, emerald

3. "like yellow pegs of evil", "like a steam train", "like a clamp", "as quick as a flash"

4. disorientated

5. The author has used a metaphor in their description of the beast as a 'terror'. 

6. dry

7. lure, tempt, seduce

8. Answers may vary, but could make reference to the impression of it being scary, mysterious, large, menacing and fast. Children should have quoted the use of adjectives e.g. "putrid breath" to support their answer.


History: Suffragettes

Watch this video clip at

Write the following questions in your book and answer them in as much detail as you can.

  • What were the women campaigning for?

  • Why were the women unhappy with Mr Asquith?

  • Who was Emmeline Pankhurst?

  • Explain what you think she meant by women being ‘law makers’ not ‘law breakers’?

  • Why was Lady Bulwer-Lytton considered an unusual member of the suffragettes?

  • Summarise, in your own words, Emmeline Pankhurst’s main message to the crowds.

  • What was it about prison that made Lady Lytton confirm her desire to campaign for women’s rights?

  • Why were the suffragettes so focussed in their campaign?

  • ‘Worse, much worse, was to come’. What do you predict might be the next stage in the suffragette’s campaign?

TT Rockstars Battle: 6M WINS!!! 

6M wins! 6M WINS! The upset of the century! Daniel, Joe, Nada and Sam led an unbelievable final-hour charge to overcome Jack's heroic solo effort! 

  • "This is a proud moment for 6M. They may take our classrooms and school, but they will never take our FREEDOM!" - Mrs Messenger
  • "It's an extremely great victory, nearly as great as mine. But I never doubted 6M, I knew they would come back, they won bigly, strong class." - Donald Trump (via Twitter) 
  • "There are just no words. I'm just devastated. But well done 6M." - Mr Roddison
  • "Thanks guys(!)" - Jack H 

Tuesday 31st March, 2020

Start of the Day: 'Elevens' by David Walliams

Every day at 11 am, David Walliams is reading extracts from his books (click for link). Log-on to his website and enjoy the latest instalment. Then summarise the story to someone who did not listen to it. 


Maths: multiplying by two-digit numbers

Using a formal written method (in your homework book), calculate the answer to each question. Remember to put a placeholder (0) in the units place on the second line. Please show your working out for every calculation! 

  • Part 1:

Now create one of your own in this style!

  • Part 2:

Now create one of your own in this style!

  • Extension:


English: Reading (VIPERS)

Yesterday you should have attempted to do your DADWAVERS based on the volcanic eruption of Pompeii. Hopefully you created some useful language to use later this week. Today is all about seeing how an author has used language for effect.


You need to read the following text: The Unknown Forest


It's a description of a young girl running through a forest when she suddenly realises something is following her! The author uses a wide range of linguistic devices to engage the reader. Today's task focuses on the "V" of VIPERS - the Vocabulary. Below are some questions to answer in your English Homework book. If you struggle, try using a dictionary or thesaurus to help! The answers will be posted tomorrow!


1. "The now azure sky" What is a synonym of azure? (1 mark)

2. In paragraph two, find three adjectives which are used to describe colour. (1 mark)

3. In paragraph three, find where the author has used a simile. (1 mark)

4. "However, the disorientated beast was only temporarily distracted." In this sentence, which word is a synonym of confused? (1 mark)

5. "Behind her, the horrid terror took one final snap towards her, its feet clinging on to the edge of the cliff." Explain how the author has used a metaphor. (1 mark)

6. "As she landed onto the damp, saturated ground." Give an antonym of saturated (1 mark)

7. " odd attempt to hypnotize and entice any vulnerable being." Give a synonym of entice (1 mark)

8. What impression do you get of the 'monster'? Use evidence from the text, specifically the use of vocabulary, to justify your answer. (3 marks)


Science: Creating Circuits

This week we would like you to revise symbols for electrical components and answer some questions involving circuits.

  • Task 1: Visit this website and work through each mini-task to practise using the symbols and constructing virtual circuits. The program requires Flash so may not work on iOS-based systems. If it does not go to Task 2. 
  • Task 2: [Optional] Watch this video that talks through some of the symbols. At the end it also covers some simple circuit diagram. Some of the content here is KS3, so do not panic if there are parts you are not familiar with! laugh
  • Task 3: Have a go at answering the following test questions. I have uploaded them in Word and PDF format, so please download whichever form is most useful to you. Some of the questions will also require you to think back to our topic on light!

TT Rockstars Battle Update: 12 Hours Left!!! surprise

6M are making a late comeback! Can one-man-army Jack keep them at bay for another 12 hours, or will 6M snatch victory from the jaws of defeat!? 

  • "I can't watch! It's too tense!!!" - Mrs Sharratt
  • "Who needs the Premier League when you have this battle going on!?" - Ms Malcolm
  • "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more." - King Henry (Act 3 Scene 1) 

Monday 30th March, 2020

Start of the Day: Times Tables Snap!

Create a set of cards for a particular times table. You could choose more than one if you want a challenge. Play snap with another person in the house. You could also play pairs, where you have to turn over the card and find the matching pair.


Too much work creating your own cards? Don't worry, here is a pre-made set you can download: 


Log onto TT Rockstars and contribute to the Year 6 total in the Year 5 / Year 6 battle! 

  • Can you score over 100 points?
  • Can you beat your score from the previous battle?
  • Can you help Year 6 beat Year 5?
  • Extension: can you reduce your average time to under 1 second? We will report back on who the fastest Year 6 of all was! 



Two weeks ago we started our topic on Volcanoes! We began to study these incredible forces of nature and considered what it would be like to live near them. This week, we will do some writing about volcanoes!


So for today, here's what you need to do. Watch this video: click here!


It's a terrifying CGI recreation of what it might have been like to live in Pompeii during a volcanic eruption. Now, using a DADWAVERS grid, complete each segment as we would in class. Remember, if you can't print off, write the DADWAVERS in your English Homework book!


You will be writing a story later in the week, so your DADWAVERS should be based around what you imagine it might be like to live in Pompeii during the eruption. How would they feel? What things could they see? What sounds would there be? Use the DADWAVERS grid to frame your ideas!


Here is a copy of the grid: click here



Topic: RE 

With Easter Sunday approaching in two weeks' time, we would like you to revise the key details of the Easter story, as described in the Bible. Here are a selection of links you should look at: 

  • What is Easter - this BBC page gives you an overview of some of the key days in Holy Week and what their names mean. 
  • The Easter Story - this website contains a simplified version of the Easter story, which you should read carefully. 
    • (Extract from the Bible (NIV) - [optional / challenging] you may wish to read one of the accounts from the Bible, in this case the book of Matthew. Most of the events take place in the Chapters Matthew 26 and Matthew 27.)

Once you feel you understand the story, we would like you to produce a storyboard re-telling it visually (with captions). You may wish to design your own storyboard in your book book or on paper, but here is a template you could print out if you prefer: 

Image of crucifix on a hill with sunbeams

Mathletics Champions!

Congratulations to the following children who achieved bronze certificates for their participation and effort over the past week. 😊 😊 😊


yes Isabelle T (3590 points)yes 

yesDaniel G (2448 points)yes

yesMillie J (2290 points)yes

yesTom P (1860 points)yes

yes Nada A (1770 points)yes


Well done to the following children who have completed some of the tasks on Class Notebook:












Well done everyone!!! Let us know if we forgot to mention you! For the time being new work will be set on the Year 6 website instead, but you can still complete the tasks electronically using Class Notebook. smiley

TT Rockstars Battle Update

6R have taken an early lead, largely thanks to the heroics of Hux! But everything is to play for in the next few days!!! It's going down at the Planetarium! Take part and support your class NOW! laugh

Quote of the Week:

Monday 23rd - Friday 27th March, 2020 (Week 5) 

Did you miss any activities or resources from this week? If so, you can download them all as a Word document or PDF below: laugh

Y6 Home Working Packyes

Below is a copy of our Y6 Home Working Pack. It contains a range of suggested learning activities for each subject, as well as a selection of useful links. Children should have been given a copy of this document in their home working folder (which were handed-out last week). 

RM Unify

Follow the link at the bottom right of the screen to access your RM Unify account quickly:

Class Notebook

Below are links to the English and Maths Class Notebooks. In order to log into them you will need to enter your full email address:

For example:

Your password will still be the same. 

Scale Drawings of Birmingham

As part of our geography topic, on Friday Year 6 produced some fantastic scale-drawings of famous buildings from around Birmingham and the rest of the world. Architects in the making!