St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Wednesday 1st April 2020


Good morning Year 6,


Hope you are really well and thank you for all your work.  Well done to everyone who has tried out Sumdog and to those people who have emailed me, try out the Times Table Rockstars - it is meant to be really fun.  

So, year six - a week and a half in to Lockdown - I've heard from most of you now but will give the rest of you a call today to check you are managing to access the work.  There are some packs made up in the office to collect for anyone who is struggling to print out.  I've tried to make sure most tasks don't need printing though and the work can be written in your purple books.

Your new teachers at De Lisle have been in touch and I'll let them know how good you have been at home learning.  Keep sending your work in so I can show them examples of what you are doing and they can also look on this class page.

Scroll down the page to check you have completed most of the work so far.


To begin your day, join in with Joe Wick's workout and then look at this spelling list: write out the spellings, say what they mean and then put them into sentences: 1. graph 2. pheasant 3. phone 4. photo 5. physical 6. alphabet 7. dolphin 8. elephant 9. geography 10. microphone 11. pamphlet 12. sphere

(Did you know...? -ph words come from the Greek language)



Let yesterday's set of instructions be your cold task.  Edit yesterday's work and improve it.  Firstly, think about what a set of instructions looks like: can you find a set at home?  There is usually an introduction of what the instructions are for, followed by a list of what you need, to be able to follow the instructions (the ingredients or contents).  Next, comes the method - how to do what you are showing them to do.  Lastly, a conclusion with tips and a summary.  Now think again about your instructions and start again.  You can use some of your best bits of language and your ideas but some of your work was a bit short and there wasn't enough detail.  Write a full page.

  • Introduction
  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • Top tips
  • Summary and conclusion


Find below links to an explanation of what ratio means, a powerpoint with tasks and different tasks to choose from the Whiterose Maths scheme.  Answers are at the end.

Topic: last "lesson" on the Amazon: The Amazon River.  What can you find out about the river itself and the animals that live in and near to the river.  Make a double page spread, include Artwork.  See attachments below to help you.


How's your papier mache head looking?  I'll leave balloons in the office tomorrow for anyone who needs to pick one up.


Remember to read every day and record what you have read.  Also, please always date your work and add a title so we will be able to see what you have done when you get back to school.


Take care everyone,


Best wishes,


Mrs Abell

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3 Dojos for all work displayed and for everyone who has emailed me work - well done! Keep in touch! I love answering your emails at this email address:

Today's recipe: easy pizza


Recipe for Cooking with Kids: Pizza Faces



375 grams Plain Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon Caster Sugar
7 grams Dried Active Baking Yeast
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
225 milliliters

Warm Water (45 C)



Mix all the dry ingredients together.  Make a well (a hole) in the centre and pour in the warm water and olive oil.  Mix the ingredients together to make a soft dough.  Roll it out (you can use your hands to flatten it out) thinly in small or large rounds to make mini pizzas or one large pizza.

Spread some tomato sauce over your base and then decorate your pizza! You can use peppers, olives, cheese, onions, bits of ham.  Make smiley faces!

Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.


Tuesday 31st March 2020

Good morning year 6,

It was lovely to read all your work last night.  Your letters were very interesting and some of them extremely moving.  Thank you to everyone who is sending me work and especially to a few children in particular who are working very hard indeed.  It was good to hear from one or two people yesterday who I haven't heard from before now so really well done to those people also.  Three Dojos to everyone who sent me work yesterday. 

You need to email me to receive your password and login details to the Sumdog Maths games site and the Class Dojo page.  Sumdog is an interactive site where you can compete against your classmates.  Get in touch today those people who haven't yet please! 

This morning, for your first task, write down five things you could do today to help at home.  You are already a very blessed gift to your families but make today extra special and happy for everyone at home: what could you do? Think about it and write it down - plan when you are going to do these things.


For English - I've been meaning to do this for ages with you - not in these circumstances though - write a set of instructions.  Write a set of instructions on "How to Survive Isolation".  This will be a great opportunity to not only use humour but also, modal verbs (You should have all the requirements to... you could... you must... you will... you shall... you shouldn't... you can... you can't.. you shan't get this opportunity ever again...) bullet points and adverbs:

  • Don't...
  • Do...
  • Always...
  • Never...
  • Each day...
  • Every morning...
  • Before getting out of / into bed / your pyjamas...

Plan your set of instructions: language features: modal verbs, bullet points, adverbs and adverbial phrases, year 6 words and up-levelled vocabulary, colons before a list and semi-colons between two shorter related main clauses or to separate a list.

Have fun! Can't wait to read them.  Why not email the Loughborough Echo to see if they will publish your instructions as an article? I bet they would.


I've set a task on Sumdog but spend some time getting to know the website and enjoy the games.  Choose fractions and measurement and then move on to ratio.  I can see on the teacher dashboard how long you spend on the website - really well done to everyone who has logged on so far! Two Dojos each to all these people!

Please find below a fun ratio task for today.

I'm going to post this now Year 6.  Check back on our page because I'm going to put up a papier mache project to start later.  See if you can find a balloon around the house somewhere - I've got a few lying around somewhere  - I'll bring them into school and leave them in the office for you to collect if you can't find one.  Also, AG made bread yesterday which reminded me about that recipe from years ago - thank you Angelina -  I'll put up the bread recipe too and some pictures of your work from yesterday.

Take care, work hard, have fun and keep in touch,

Mrs Abell


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Tuesday afternoon Art project: Papier mache heads!

You will need: newspaper, tissue paper, magazines, scissors, glue or plain flour, warm water, a mixing bowl, a spoon and a balloon.
Step one: cut your paper into strips.  Whatever kind of paper you are using, cut it into strips or squares. 
Step two: make your mix.  You can pick between either flour or glue to make your mix.  If you are using flour, mix one level mug with the same amount of warm water. Mix your ingredients together until you get a paste with no lumps.
Step three: start your project.  If you haven't got a balloon, you could cover a plastic milk bottle or old plant pot instead although you might end up with a different shaped head.  Dip the strips into the mix and scrape off any access on the side of the bowl. Then lay the paper onto the surface of what you are covering and smooth it down to get rid of any bubbles. Add one layer of paper and then allow that to dry before adding another layer.  Keep adding lots of layers.  Once you leave your "head" to dry it will turn very hard and sturdy. Decorate and paint your head to make a sculpture of your own head - paint on your features and your hair or use wool or string.

Here is a finished example below - you can add extra paper to build up your nose and if you google papier mache heads, some people sculpt their faces too!  Have fun!

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Today's recipe: bread

500g granary, strong wholewheat or white bread flour (I used granary)
7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp clear honey

Tip the flour, yeast and salt into a large bowl and mix together with your hands. Stir 300ml hand-hot water with the oil and honey, then stir into the dry ingredients to make a soft dough.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 mins, until the dough no longer feels sticky, sprinkling with a little more flour if you need it.
Oil a 900g loaf tin and put the dough in the tin, pressing it in evenly. Put in a large plastic food bag and leave to rise for 1 hr, until the dough has risen to fill the tin and it no longer springs back when you press it with your finger.
Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.

Now for the best bit: what shapes can you make with your bread? Make your shapes fairly even sizes or they will need different amounts of time to cook.  Bake for between 15 and 20 minutes depending on how big your pieces of bread are but until the bread is risen and golden. Tip them out onto a cooling rack and tap the base of the bread to check it is cooked. It should sound hollow. Leave to cool.

I really like these bread piglets but you could make tortoises, hedgehogs or Easter bunnies!

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Year 6 Home Learning - well done Year 6 - two extra Dojos for all work displayed below: sorry if I don't include some from each of you.

Monday 30th March 2020

Good morning year 6,

Hope you have had a good weekend. 

It was great to read your work last night.  EDIT: YEAR 6: PARAGRAPHS :) ! I really enjoyed reading your R.E., English and topic work and looking at your robots - I will post some of the pictures later so you can see each others.  Thank you so much to everyone who has emailed some work so far.  The robots look magnificent! They really do look fun - can't wait to meet them.  Have you given your robot a name yet?  Keep emailing me at: - sorry - last week I missed out the uk bit at the end of the email address so that's why some people had difficulty emailing on Friday.  This is the correct address but there are now only one or two people who I still haven't heard from.  Please drop Mrs Davis and me an email today please - we want to know you are working, that you are well and enjoying the work too.


Hopefully, you are following the Joe Wicks workout each morning on Youtube then begin each day with arithmetic, English and Maths as you would at school.   I'll post an arithmetic paper below: after all your hard work this year it would be sad if you got out of the habit of being totally brilliant at arithmetic.  


For English, you are going to plan and write an informal letter to someone who would love to hear from you: this could be a family member or someone who is on their own at the moment.  It could be a neighbour - someone you know or even don't know.  I was thinking that at the end of the week, we could all write a letter to someone nearby in a nursing home as they might be feeling a bit isolated at the moment if they aren't getting any visitors.  If you email the letters to me I can print them out and take them to a home.  I'm going to ring around today to see if any homes would like this and to get some names.  Anyway, today, write a letter in your purple books before writing it out on neat paper (rip some out of your book if you can't find any at home).  Post it through someone's letterbox or post it to your family member.  It will make their day.  Write at least two sides and make it chatty, interesting and fun - tell them what you are thinking, what you are worried about and what is happening at home and around you.  Tell them about your home learning and how that is going.  


After "break" - yes, have a normal break as you would at school - begin Maths.  We are beginning a ratio topic. Actually, I'll send you your learning journey this morning as normal.  It's a dragon activity - have fun!  Look up ratio on Sumdog (you need to email me so I can send  your login details - nearly everyone has year 6 - don't be left out!)


I'll post this afternoon's work once I've added this page so you can get started.


Take care everyone, stay safe,


Mrs Abell

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Here's the dragon ratio task: have a look at the powerpoint - do you see how you simplify ratios? The same way as simplifying fractions by finding the common factor.  The powerpoint doesn't quite work for home learning as you are asked to write down and compare each other's dragon measurements.  As you have time, you could always draw your own dragon colony or make up measurements for other dragons.  Choose a worksheet bronze, silver or gold.  Looking forward to seeing your dragons! About to post some work now...  

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Reasoning problem taken from the Nrich website, a Cambridge University Maths site for children and young people:

HAVE A GO!  Show your working out in your purple books - you can check your working out against other children your age if you google the problem on the Nrich website.  Good luck!  Three Dojos for everyone who has a try at it.

Toad in the Hole

Age 11 to 14 

  • Suppose you can buy Toad in the Hole for one person from a supermarket for £1. Would it be cheaper to make it yourself if you want to feed a family of three?  
  • Shopping list:
  • 400g sausages, £2
  • 1 litre vegetable oil, £1.45
  • 500g plain flour, 48p
  • 6 eggs, £1.46
  • 1 litre milk, 48p
  • Ingredients required to make Toad in the Hole for three people:
  • 400g sausages
  • 15ml vegetable oil
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 egg
  • 250ml milk

You may like to know that ...


Toad in the Hole is a traditional English dish, consisting of sausages in a batter, and served with gravy.

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Monday afternoon: reading comprehension and PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education).

Make a reading corner at home: find a cushion, choose a really good book, sit down for half an hour and read.  Think about what you are reading: what are the themes? What are the characters like? Who is the author and do you know their background? What is the story about? Why is it happening and where is it set? Ask yourself these questions and write a paragraph including a critical review of what you have read (include the theme, setting, characters and summary of the story so far).


Look at the English page on the website - Mrs Davis has added some links - click on one of the links and follow it.  Can you find an online reading quiz or reading comprehension?


Here are the PSHE objectives for this half term:

  1. I can research, discuss and debate topical issues, problems and events.
  2. I appreciate the range of national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the United Kingdom and the benefits of being a multi-      cultural natio
  3. I am aware of how the media present information and that the media can be both a positive and negative influence.
  4. I can critique how the media present information.
  5. I can discuss controversial issues in a mature manner, such as terrorism, migration and racism

Choose one of these objectives and write it as a title in your purple book. Research your objective - what can you find out about this issue? Write a debate about your chosen topic.  Illustrate your answer with a current image taken from the media.


Today's recipe: Chocolate Fudge Brownie

Here is a recipe that is taken from one of my children's recipe books and is the best chocolate brownie recipe I've ever found.  

Line a baking tray - I use a slightly bigger than A4 size rectangular shallow tray but I sometimes use a lasagna dish - if the dish is smaller, it just makes deeper pieces of brownie.


100g chocolate (dark chocolate makes the best brownie but Chloe doesn't like dark chocolate so she uses milk)

2 large eggs

125g butter softened (you can use margarine or oil instead)

275g sugar (...I know - it's A LOT of sugar...)

1/2 teaspoon (tsp) of vanilla extract (we never bother - I don't have any)

50g self-raising flour

25g plain flour (sounds like a faff to me - just use 75g of the same flour)

2 tbsps. (tablespoons) of cocoa powder


  1. Put the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl over a pan of boiling water.  Let it melt slowly, stir it with a metal spoon once it is melted, then set it to one side.
  2. Put the sugar, margarine and vanilla into a bowl and beat with a wooden spoon.  Keep going until the mixture turns light and creamy.
  3. Add the eggs a little at a time  (it does take ages - it will start looking like scrambled eggs if you do it too quickly - if this happens just keep going - adding the flour is like magic).
  4. Sift the flour and the cocoa powder into the mixture then stir in gently.
  5. Add the melted chocolate, stir it all together then pour the mixture into your prepared tray.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, until there is a slight crust on top of your brownie.

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Saturday 28th March 2020

Morning Year 6!  Like the cat?

Hope you have a great weekend - I've got a fun idea to keep you busy but please remember to offer to help at home and be really kind to everyone.  I know my children are finding it tough not going out.   Life seems to have slowed down though don't you think?  Be mega nice and say a prayer.  Please say a prayer especially for everyone in our class - think of each person slowly and say a prayer for each person and then a prayer for yourself and your family, that God will watch over and be with each one of us always.  

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So, here's my idea for your weekend tasks:

To finish off our Maths unit on Measurement, make a robot friend!  You can bring them all in to school when we get back and we could have a competition to see which one is the best!


Step 1: Collect as many cubes and cuboids as you can from around the house: empty cereal boxes, shoe boxes.

Step 2: Using sellotape, stick your boxes together to build a 3D robot.

Step 3: Usingfelt-tips, paint, chalk, marker pens, or anything you have at home, decorate your robot.

Step 4: Now for the Maths bit: draw a  2D model of your robot in your purple books.

Step 5: Work out the perimeter and area of your 2D robot - remember it is a compound shape madeof different shapes,so divide it up into sections to make working out the area easier.

Step 6: Work out the volume of your 3D robot!

Perimeter = add up the lengths of each side - perimeter is the measurement of the outside of a shape

Area = multiply the length x the width or the base x the height (a=bh)

Volume = multiply the length x the width x the height (v=lwh)


Have fun year 6 and can't wait to meet your robots!


Take care and remember to be really kind to everyone at home - I know you are very good children who want to do the right thing.


Mrs Abell


P.S. Please find below some word problems for measurement.  Also, sorry for not replying yet to yesterday's emails - burning a hole in my conscience as we speak!

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Friday 27th March 2020


Good morning year 6 and hope you had a lovely day yesterday,


I walked to church this afternoon - it was closed but there is a large pot full of holy water outside the church doors with a little jug next to it and you can fill up a bottle with some of the water.  Fr Paul suggested we could all make our own little prayer space in our homes while we are unable to go to church.  I'm going to do that later today.  Send in a photograph of your prayer space and I'll post it here.


Thanks everso much to all the families who have emailed work so far.  Please make sure you use the correct email address so I can respond to you:


Once I receive an email from you, I'll send your logins to two websites: a Maths website called Sumdog (thank you Mr Mount for signing us all up!).  It is an interactive website where you can connect with your classmates and also I'll send a login to our Class Dojo.  This is so you can reward your hard work and creativity.


Today, make a rainbow and stick it on your front windows.  When you go out for a walk, you might start seeing them around - they are a symbol of hope that everyone will be well again soon and the Coronavirus will go away so we can all go back to normal.  We'll certainly really appreciate each other when we are back together - it will be a time for celebrating.


This morning, please finish your R.E. work then spend an hour on the Sumdog website: start with arithmetic and fractions revision.  I'm going to attach the word problems you've been getting in class - answers to follow!


This afternoon, bake some cakes and if you have finished all this week's work, make your own little prayer area and write a poem or a prayer about this week and what you have been up to and would like to pray about.  If you would like to cheer someone up, why not write a letter to a neighbour who might live alone or feel a bit isolated at the moment.


Take care year 6, it's been strange not seeing you this week but I think of you every day and look forward to seeing you again soon.  Those who haven't sent in any work yet, please email me today so I can send your login details.


Before you go, take a look at  some of the first pieces of work we received - really well done to all these people - 3 Dojos each to everyone who has sent in work so far.


Best wishes,


Mrs Abell


Today's recipe: Easy cup cakes


170g (6 oz) butter or margarine
170g (6 oz) sugar
3 eggs
170g (6 oz) self-raising flour


Sorry - the picture is refusing to paste but you could do with cup cakes cases for these.  Beat the butter and sugar, then add the eggs a little at a time.


Add the flour and fold in to the mixture. 


Put in the cases - you could just grease the muffin tin and put the mixture straight into the tin but I'm not sure they wouldn't stick.  Anyway, bake for about 12 minutes and eat plain or decorate as you like.


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Thursday 26th March 2020


Good morning year 6,


Hope you are all well and enjoying working from home.  Don't forget you can send your daily homework to Mrs Davis and me through this email address:


The R.E. homework attached below is for today and tomorrow, Learning Foci 3 and 4.  You are expected to spend at least two and a half hours on the tasks set plus an additional time for the painting or drawing.


For English, if you haven't already, complete the 2015 reading comprehension that was sent home with you.  If you have done this, edit one of your pieces of extended writing and improve it then write a final draft.  Look carefully at your spellings and check words that may be tricky to spell.


Have a look at this list of spellings before lunchtime: test yourself (or someone at home!):

antibody, census, edible, grammar, library, national, receive, personal, seasonal, sensational, incident, accident, agreeable, corrective

Do you know what these words all mean? Write them down in your purple books with meanings.  Draw and doodle to help you learn these spellings.  I'll start finding some tricky words for each day.


I'm going to post this in a minute but I'll edit it during the day to add a Science task and some photographs (sorry I didn't yesterday - I was in school and didn't have our class ipad with me).


Here's today's recipe:

Easy biscuits

Sorry the picture is huge and they look a bit odd but they get 109 5 star reviews!

2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking Powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
⅓ cup oil
⅔ cup milk


Mix all the ingredients up together - look at the measures (Maths!) and bake for about ten minutes.  I'm going to use gluten free flour and add some fruit.  If you haven't got any of the ingredients just swap for something you do have.


Science: Invertebrates

 Carrying on from this half term's topic on classifying living things, make your own classification chart for invertebrates.

To begin, draw images of invertebrates from the worksheet below and list their characteristics

Next, make your own classification chart as you did with vertebrates in class earlier in the term.

Use colour, make it beautiful!


Have a good day everyone and remember to go for a walk or get some exercise,


Take care,


Mrs Abell


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Test yourself on your times tables!

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Wednesday 25th March

Good morning year 6 and Happy Feast Day!

Today is the Feast of the Annunciation - the Patronal Feast Day of our Church, Saint Mary's of the Annunciation.  Join us this morning as we say an Our Father together at 11am with Pope Francis and Bishop Patrick.  We are livestreaming St Barnabas Cathedral to see if Bishop Patrick will be saying it live.  I'll post the prayer from Pope Francis and the Hail Holy Queen also.

Thank you to O and H for the photographs of their beautiful work and to A for her email.  Let me clarify what is expected of you:

Please do some exercise every day: join in with the Joe Wickes workout every morning and go outside for some fresh air.  Have breaktime and lunchtime each day as you would at school.

Begin with either English or Maths: I'll post some spellings too and add the English writing objectives which I posted yesterday but they seem to have disappeared! They were given out also at school during the last couple of days.

This afternoon, complete some topic work as we would usually do on Wednesday afternoons.  Tomorrow and Friday, I will post Science and R.E. as well as English and Maths according to our usual timetable of lessons.

Here is the email address to post your homework to and I will reply using this email address from now on: Please use this email address from now on and not the school office email address as it is being used for urgent emails only.


Please find below links to today's work.  I've just posted a grammar paper, put up the year 6 writing links and take a look at this picture called, "The Party" with the story starter.  Write a story then draw pictures to go with your story.  What images does this picture make you think of in your head?  Draw, paint, use colours - in your purple books please.

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Placing the final lantern against the twisted, ancient oak, he turned and appreciated his work. The night that was relished and cherished by all folk who lived in and around the mystical wood of Myr was here again. Surely this year would be a success. Surely the elves, fairies, dwarves and nightlillies would all turn up on time and enjoy a night of fun and festivities.

He could do no more now except sound the Horn of Anelina to signal the beginning of the party. Reaching down he suddenly froze! Reaching down he realised the space where the horn should be was empty. Then he spotted the note…

For Maths, cut out your word problems in the Measurement booklet I gave you.

Topic work for this afternoon: The Amazon: find twenty facts about the Amazon: draw pictures to go with your work.


When you go outside today, find five leaves. Can you name the trees or plants these belong to? Put the leaves between some kitchen roll and put them under the heaviest book you can find.  Leave them there to press them and after a week or two stick them and label them in your purple books.

What other signs of spring can you see outside? Draw and write about these.  Keep a journal (diary). Write or draw your day and write down the highlight of each day.


Take care everyone and keep in touch,

Mrs Abell


Today's recipe: gluten-free muffins

I made these yesterday and even though I didn't have any yoghurt, paper cases, enough oil or blueberries, they worked perfectly and were delicious! Instead I used frozen fruit from the freezer (mixed berries), milk for the yoghurt and I melted margarine for the oil. I sprayed some oil in a muffin tin and put the mixture straight into the tin.  I cooked them for about ten minutes.  They didn't last long!

75g oil
2 tbsp natural yogurt
100g caster sugar
1 egg
150g FREEE Self Raising White Flour
100g fresh blueberries


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Tuesday 24th March

Good morning year 6,

Hope you are well.  Thanks so much for the pictures sent in via the school office email address this morning - I'm printing out all pictures of work sent and would love to read your stories.  I'll keep adding Pobble pictures for you to write stories - use the year 6 objectives!  Anyone can access Pobble 365 - google it - there are pictures with story starters and questions to help you get going. 

Here's today's Pobble picture.  I loved the way OM planned his story yesterday - it was brilliant - have a Dojo! I'll set it up so you can all access your class Dojo page - I'll try anyway :)   He made a list of brilliant adverbial phrases, another of subordinate clauses,  a list of year 6 vocabulary and interesting words and planned his paragraphs. 

Remember to read fiction books  - can you access" Holes" online?  Pick out words and sentences you love that you can adapt for use in your own stories.  You are so good at writing - remember to email me your stories via the school email address: 

Here's a Pobble picture called "Toby" but you could choose any name you like.  Here's the suggested story starter: 

Toby poked his large, shaggy head out of his front door and sniffed. He loved the smell of the forest, especially first thing in the morning. He could almost taste the fresh, leafy goodness on his slobbering tongue as he dangled it out of his yawning mouth.

He could hear a rustling noise coming from nearby; one of the others was awake. You see, Toby wasn’t the only dog that lived in the forest…


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Write this story today please - can you write four pages? Use lots of description so the reader can see and feel the pictures in their head.  What are your characters like? What do they do to make us know what they are like? Have you got any Harry Potter stories at home?  If not you can google extracts for examples of descriptive writing.


Maths: you have sheets to sink a battleship but let me know when you need more: here's a good website for fun and challenging Maths activites - it's called Nrich:  here's today's challenge: 

Andrew decorated  20 biscuits to take to a party.

He lined them up and put icing on every second biscuit.

Then he put a cherry on every third biscuit.

Then he put a chocolate button on every fourth biscuit.

So there was nothing on the first biscuit.

How many other biscuits had no decoration? Did any biscuits get all three decorations?

Extension: Can you use an egg box to make your own fractions word or arithmetic problems? Cut it up / take photos / use any empty box (as long as you cut it up in equal pieces)
Lastly, before I post some photographs for today (happy memories time), here's a recipe:
Pancakes! So - they are really easy but the number one tip is to leave the batter in the fridge to "rest" for at least an hour or two before making the pancakes.  Then, get the fat in the pan really hot before putting in one large tablespoonful of mixture: WARNING: the first one is ALWAYS a disaster - give it to the dog - or taste test it yourself - once the pan is really hot it all works a treat.
300ml milk (do you remember how much that is in imperial?)
2 eggs
20g of sugar
pinch of salt
115g of plain flour
oil for the pan
Once you have mastered these, you'll be world famous in your family and will need to at least double the recipe.  Send photos!  New recipe tomorrow.
Before I go, keep in touch and take a look at the R.E. page on the website (well, in about half an hour - I'm going to update it now).  (Time: 9.44)
Say a decade of the rosary, pray for your family and your friends. Say a  prayer for Fr Paul, Fr Simon and Fr David and be really kind to everyone at home.
Take care and thinking of you all,
Mrs Abell


Monday 23rd March


Good morning year 6,


Hope you are keeping really well and trying not to go out except for some fresh air in the garden.   This morning the teachers who are in school joined in with the Joe Wickes keep fit workout - it's on youtube - google it and join in tomorrow morning.  We'll be doing it too! 

I'll post a photograph a day and thought we could start a class Art project.  Send in your work or email a picture of it and I'll display them in class and photograph them.  Enjoy your story writing and please find attached the year 6 writing objectives.  

Keep in touch and thinking of you all,


Take good care,


Mrs Abell




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Wednesday 18th March 2020

Dear Parents,

Hope you are really well and staying safe.  

Please take a look at the Cafod website for resources and a video on the work that is happening to try to save the Amazon rainforest.  Year 6 has been learning about South America and today began exploring understanding of the tropics of cancer and capricorn, the equator and the Amazon rainforest.  A workbook will be sent home tomorrow for the children to begin their home project on saving the Amazon and the climate crises. 

The children wrote letters on some of the issues of climate change last week to our MP for Loughborough, Jane Hunt and we are looking forward to her reply. 

I'll keep updating our class page with home learning ideas and fun projects for the children to research. The School recommends at least 1 hour of English and 1 hour of Maths daily. A reading session should be in addition to this. Each class page has the curriculum being studied, so children can look up the topics they are studying in class. Please check the class page daily for work, links or videos, which will be updated by class teachers. Please see the home learning pack below.

Take care and thank you for your support,

E. Abell and E. Davis

Dear Parents

Please find below the reading booklet for the reading comprehension paper which has been sent home with the Year 6 children. There is also a paper copy in school for them. 

We have also attached the grammar papers and the Maths reasoning paper - just in case the paper copies which the children have brought home with them get lost. 

This homework is SATs revision homework and does not have to be handed in until after the Easter holidays. In the event of a school closure, or if you are self-isolating at home, please also see the folder below for activities.

Many thanks

E. Abell and E. Davis

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 Grammar - Test 2.pdfDownload
 Grammar - Test.pdfDownload
 Reading Comprehension Answer Booklet (2015).pdfDownload
 Reading Comprehension Reading Booklet (2015).pdfDownload
 Y6 Maths Reasoning Paper 3 (2018).pdfDownload
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Sunday 1st March

Dear Parents,

Hope you have had all had a great weekend.  I've just failed miserably to upload some photographs from Friday afternoon's Games lesson - it was great fun - we played parachute games and everyone laughed a lot.  

Hope the children enjoyed this weekend's homework - making  a poster of all they know about fractions, decimals and percentages as well as finishing their portraits based on the style of Frida Kahlo.

I hope some of you might be able to make the R.E. presentation on Wednesday morning straight after the year 2 Liturgy.  After the workshop, there will be a chance to visit classrooms where children will be having R.E. lessons.  

It really isn't long until the SATs now and although it is normal timetable, there is a lot of intervention work happening - especially first thing in the morning.  Any child can come to the Wednesday afternoon arithmetic club from now on.  I'm going to start sending home test papers so you can see how your child is doing.  On the arithmetic paper everyone needs to be aiming for full marks (40/40) - it is perfectly possible as there are never any surprises and it really is just fractions, percentages, decimals and the four operations, including long multiplication and division.  Homework will all be based around these areas from now on.  We begin every afternoon with reading comprehension (SATs style) and every day they have reasoning and problem solving to do in Maths.  The two reasoning papers are out of 35 and children need to score at least 20/35 in each paper.  The pass mark in Maths is approximately 70/110 so if children score well on the arithmetic paper, they can afford to miss marks on the reasoning papers which tend to be trickier.  

Do, please feel free to come in any day after school for a chat about your child's progress,

Kind regards,

Yours faithfully,


 Timetable 2019 - 2020 year 6.docxDownload
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Sunday 2nd February 2020

Dear Parents,

Hope everyone is having a good weekend.  Please find below a Maths homework and a tenses homework to be handed in on Wednesday 5th February please.  It's the same spellings as last week for this week.

Hope everyone received the letter that was sent home on Friday about the Warning Zone trip on Tuesday.  I'll attach it below.  Please could any remaining payments be made for this visit before Tuesday (£12 for this trip).  The most important part of the letter is to let you know that we have to leave promptly at 8.30am on Tuesday as the day begins at 9.30 and we have to get into Leicester where the Warning Zone is situated.  We'll meet in the hall from 8.15am.  Children need a warm coat - apparently, it can get quite cold in the centre - a packed lunch, drink and snack.  We'll be back in time for the usual end of the day.

Plans have now been finalised for the residential visit to the Briars in Crich and the final cost is £123 per child.  Payments can now be made via ParentPay.  There will be a parents information evening nearer the time when medical forms will be distributed and collected in, an itinerary will be shared with everyone and  room allocations decided.  Exciting times ahead!

Preparations are well underway for the SATs tests and children are working hard.  Please do come in after school to talk about your child's progress.  I'll start sending home practice papers so you can see how they are getting on and areas we are still working on.

Have a good week and look forward to seeing you again soon,

Kind regards,



 Reasoning paper practice homework.docxDownload
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 Tenses homework.pdfDownload
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Sunday 26th January

Dear Parents,

Please find below this weekend's Maths homework - the 2017 Maths SATs arithmetic paper.  Also spellings we are concentrating on for this week are -fer words.  We are still focussing on words ending in -cial, -tial, -cious, -tious also.

We had a great week last week - despite plenty of distraction from the new ramp being built outside our classroom.  The children have been really good at getting on with their work despite the presence of diggers digging outside our window!  They seemed to quieten down after lunch (the diggers not the children). 

Thursday afternoon is always Science with the grammar school boys who are Science A level students so informative but great fun too.  The children have been investigating electrical circuits, adding longer wires, more bulbs, more cells and using open or closed switches. For the next three weeks we're going to be carrying out investigations to practice "Working Scientifically".  If you are ever free on a Thursday afternoon, you have an open invite and are very welcome to come in and join in.

If your child has practice SATs books, could they start using these please - especially for Grammar and Arithmetic practice.  It is expected that everyone reads for half an hour a day - a book at age-related expectation - in other words, not too easy!

Thank you for your continued support,

Kind regards,


Spelling list:


 2017_key_stage_2_mathematics_paper_1_arithmetic (1).pdfDownload
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Saturday 18th January 2020

Dear Parents,

I've just added the R.E. Sources homework - most of the children have handed it in but I had computer problems yesterday and couldn't print it out for those who needed it still.   Thank you for supporting your children with their homework and many thanks again for coming to Parents Evening.  It was very good to talk to you.  Come in again anytime to find out about your child's progress. 

If you have any revision books, please could they get started on those - especially, looking at grammar and arithmetic.  There is an expectation in year 6 that they are reading for at least half an hour everyday and this will greatly help with their comprehension ability as well as their writing.  It is easy to tell from their writing the children who read - reading makes a huge difference to how well children achieve.  Please do look at the Book Trust website for reading ideas within age groups and also on what to choose for them to read according to the types of books they like.


The arithmetic paper two is this weekend's homework alongside some spelling sheets that were sent home yesterday.

Thank you to everyone who has returned the reply slip for the trip to the Warning Zone on the 4th February and the residential trip to the Briars between the 8th and 10th June.  We are pleased to confirm that we have agreed some funding for one of the days so the cost of the trip will be £140 for the three days.  Please get in touch to discuss any concerns you may have.  There will be medical consent forms sent out and an information evening nearer the time.

There is swimming until February half term.


Yours sincerely,


E. Abell

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 Sources Explore R.E. Homework.docxDownload
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 Long term plan year 6.docxDownload
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 Year 6 English Grammar and Punctuation Test 1.pdfDownload
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 Timetable 2019 - 2020.docxDownload
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 Arithmetic - place value.docxDownload
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Year 6 Curriculum Information

Here you will find the end of year expectations in Reading, Writing and Maths for Year 6 pupils.

Please see link to DfE exemplars of Year 6 Writing at the National Expected Standard

 End of Year Expectations Year 6.pdfDownload
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