I hope you are all well and are looking forward to the summer holidays. It all seems a little strange for those of us who haven’t been at school for a while especially as this is the last home learning pack. I’m hoping that we will all be able to meet up before too long to celebrate and commemorate your time at St Mary’s. As soon as something can be safely arranged we will let you know.
I hope you enjoyed the class Zoom meeting. Unfortunately, I have a number of meetings this week, so won’t be able to hold one this week. Hopefully, you will now be meeting up again with your friends before too long.
This is also the last home learning pack. Don’t forget, that if you find some of the work a little tricky or too easy, then you can always have a go at the work on another class page that is more appropriate for you.
Remember, if you have any comments on the work, want to send anything to me or just share work with your classmates then feel free to email me at
I hope you have enjoyed the work over the last few weeks. Have a good summer, and I look forward to seeing you again soon.
I see that Joe Wicks is only putting out video content a couple of times a week. That’s not a problem, as you can revisit any of the older sessions on his webpage.
Hopefully, you have had a chance to access Cornerstones. There is so much good material on there if you have run out of books. Pick the one that is most appropriate for your reading level.
I hope you managed to practise your spellings from last week. See if you can work through the spellings below. At the end of the week see if someone in the family can test you on them.
This week we will be looking at common words from the Year 6.
I hope you have been enjoying the White Rose Maths. Don’t forget, if you get stuck on any of it, BBC Bitesize is a good place to find help.
A little different for times tables this week. Just remember to count the zeros carefully.
BBC Bitesize continues to have some useful activities that are usually linked to punctuation and grammar. However, some of you might like the chance to do some story writing, so this week I’d like you to write a story linked to a picture.
A Dangerous Pet
Why has the Queen given her children a dragon?
Do you think it’s a wise decision?
What do you think the children will try and train their dragon to do?
Can you think of any strategies that the children might use to train their dragon?
Where do the children live?
Can you think of a good name for their kingdom?
Why do you think the children will need ‘all the help they can get’ when they come to rule?
Can you think of names for the children?
What is the boy feeding the dragon?
What do you think the girl is carrying?
Can you make a list of adjectives to describe the dragon?
Can you make a list of verbs to say what the dragon is doing?
Can you make a list of adverbs to describe how the dragon is eating?
Can you now write a sentence using a verb, an adverb and at least one adjectives?
The Queen had known that the gift she presented to her children on their 5th birthday was dangerous. She was prepared to take the risk of letting them own a pet dragon, however. One day, the twins would rule the kingdom together, and they would need all the help they could get. No-one could deny that a dragon was a powerful ally!
Before that day, though, the children had much work to do. They had to train their dragon!
Science – A healthy body: Drugs and alcohol
Before you start this week’s work you will need to have a talk with an adult in the family so they know what you are looking at and can discuss it with you.
I would like you to:
- Identify how drugs impact on the way the human body functions.
- Understand that certain drugs can be used for positive effect in the form of medicine.
- Create an aesthetic photo montage that shares a message.
- Understand the negative physical, social and emotional impact of drug misuse.
- Identify the effects of drugs on the human body.
- Create a print advert that explores the impact of drugs and alcohol on the human body.
First, explore the truths and myths about the effects of drugs and alcohol.
Discuss the answers with an adult and recognise that drugs are substances that cause chemical reactions in the body.
Match the definitions to the drug types: stimulants, hallucinogens, analgesics and depressants and look at the long term effects of each.
Remember that drugs are not just illegal substances, but some are also legal, e.g. alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine, and medical drugs used to relieve disease and illnesses (note that these are tested thoroughly before being used). Although medicinal drugs can have a positive impact on the body they need to be taken in the correct dose (overdosing can result in addiction or very negative effects), not in combination with other medicines unless directed to do so. People take recreational drugs, such as tobacco and alcohol, because they like the effects they have on their bodies, but they are addictive and about 114,000 people die every year as a result of smoking-related illnesses and that smoking during pregnancy is very dangerous (reduces the amount of O2 available to growing baby). The alcohol in drinks is ethanol, which is a depressant. Small amounts help people relax, but greater amounts lead to a loss of self-control. Alcohol can also damage the liver and brain and may cause weight gain. Of these two, smoking is the drug that has the most direct impact on the heart, but if you gain weight (alcohol) you are putting stress on your heart. ‘Play’ PSHE Drugs quiz and discuss the answers. Discuss with an adult the fact that there is a lot of pressure from peers (chn of their own age), and older teenagers to try smoking, alcohol and other drugs and it is sometimes difficult to say no. Watch the videos and share the drugs booklet (you will need to discuss this with an adult). Today you will be continuing your healthy bodies advertising campaign to create an artistic advert highlighting the dangers of drugs (including alcohol, cigarettes and medicine abuse) on the body.
Investigate the effects of drugs (incl: alcohol and tobacco) on the body, using the recommended reliable websites. This is to help inform the content of your advertising campaign. Drugs advert: Create an advertising campaign in the form of a photomontage to raise awareness of the impact that drugs have on the body. Your messages can be anything from the general negative effects on the body, to how to take medicines safely, to highlighting the impact of specific types of drugs. The message is entirely up to you but it must be a message that incorporates the ‘science’ of drugs in the form of a slogan (e.g. “just one couldn’t hurt… drugs can kill”).
Drugs, lifestyle, addiction, disease, medicine, alcohol, cigarettes, stimulant, depressant, analgesic, hallucinogen
The effects of drinking alcohol from www.bbc.co.uk
Teenage pressures: alcohol & cigarettes from www.bbc.co.uk
Drugs booklet, Hertfordshire Grid for Learning from www.thegrid.org.uk
Online quiz reinforcing ideas about medicines, legal and illegal drugs from www.educationquizzes.com
This week I’d like you to put together a ‘Mountain Exhibition’ about mountain ranges, their formation, famous mountain expeditions and the protection of mountain biodiversity.
- present information you have learnt using a variety of medium for an audience
- Self-assess the impact of your exhibition and work you have produced and evaluate their impact on an audience
As this is the final session I’d like you to present your ‘Mountain Exhibition’ to your family.
Remember all the work we have created so far: mountain models, world map, freeze-frame drama and photographs, ecotourism posters, endangered animal ppt.
To create your exhibition we need to show examples of all of these and create an exhibition room. This may be by creating information boards or display tables with models or posters on.
Think about which item you would like to present. For models – all mountain types must be displayed; a selection of PowerPoints that represent all animals researched; Mountain Models – a selection or even all could be displayed.
Before you present your display, remember that you will need to present your information in a professional manner and be available to answer any questions your audience may have.
Art ties in nicely with your science and topic work.
If you can, take a look at Scratch
Explore some of the tasks to familiarise yourself with how to use the programming software.
Remember, if you want to send any of your work through to me, I would really like to see it.