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Week Beginning 6th July 2020

This is the first of our Transition Weeks - look out for the special tasks we would like you to complete on paper and bring to your Transition Picnic for for your new teacher on Wednesday 15th July.

Maths: This week we will work on Unit 17.  We will be learning about volume and capacity.  Practice Book 5C can still be collected from the school office, if you are able to come in on your daily walk.  If you don't have the practice book then you can see the pages in the folders below and you can answer the questions in your green book.  All the textbook pages can also be found in the lesson folders, the Power Ups and Answer Sheets can be found underneath the daily folders.

Transition Task English: This week we will be trying some ‘faction’ writing, that’s writing that looks like an information text but has fictional content. We will be creating the ultimate guide for people who want to find out about the mystical cave elf and other mysterious creatures... You will be asked to bring the final written piece from this unit of work to the picnic to impress your new teacher with your amazing writing!

Please read for at least 15 minutes each day and talk to somebody about your book.  Your weekly spellings are listed below and these can also be practised on Spelling Shed. If you would like to do some extra English, there is an optional comprehension activity for you.

Transition Task: This week we would like you to create a special guidebook for your new teacher.  All you will need is some A4 paper and some pens and pencils. We know your new teacher will love finding out a bit more about you before September!

Topic: Our history topic will continue and this week we will be finding out how Mary Queen of Scots was subject to house arrest in England and learn about the Babington Plot. We will continue our sustainability mini-topic by thinking about the ways we produce energy.  This week's art lesson will look at the work of Henri Matisse and we will try a little bit of collage.  In Spanish you will be learning how to talk about your family and pets, and Dojo Challenge 13 is now available if you are looking for something fun, artistic and creative to try. It's all a recycling fashion based challenge inspired by an idea from the V & A museum. We also have some more Forest Schools activities for you to try all on the theme of leaves.

Science: This week we will continue our topic on light and we will be learning about reflection. We have some super practical activities for you to try where you can make a periscope or a camera obscura. If you want to make a periscope you will need two small mirrors. If that is not possible then you can make a camera obscura more easily as all you will need is a cardboard box and some tracing paper (or greaseproof paper).

Philosophy: Don't forget our Brainsqueezer question.  This is from Philosophy for Children and it is designed to help you start an interesting conversation at home.  Think about the question, talk to your family about it and see if you can come up with a good persuasive argument to support your idea.  Why not share it on your Dojo portfolio and we could have a virtual discussion!

PE: This week we have a new Derbyshire Games collection of daily challenges, and you can carry on with Miss Latham's Fitness classes too. If you haven't finished your Sock Olympics events, then you still have time to complete last week's challenges and submit your results on the form before 6pm on Wednesday 8th July. 

Transition Task  A Guide to Me!

Next week you will be meeting your new Y6 teacher at your Transition Picnic and we would like you to complete a special guidebook to help your new teacher to get to know you before September.  You will need 2 pieces of A4 paper and your neatest handwriting, we want them to be impressed with what they see! We would like you to bring this special guidebook with you to the picnic, so make sure you get it ready before next week.

Take the 2 pieces of A4 paper and fold them in half to create an A5 booklet with a front and back cover and 6 pages inside, like the one in the picture.


On the front cover we would like you to create your title page.  The title for your book is going to be All about ______________ (please fill this space with your full name).  Using your portrait skills from a few weeks ago, we would like you to draw a head and shoulders self-portrait on the front cover too.


Next we would like you to fill in some information on the inside pages. Altogether, there are 6 A5 blank pages inside your booklet and we would like you to use them to present some useful information about yourself for your new teacher to read.


Page 1: This is me 

Include information about yourself here.  When is your birthday? Do you have any hobbies? What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Do you have any pets? Are you left-handed (it might make a difference to where you need to sit in September, there's nothing worse than your writing elbow bumping into the person next to you!)

Page 2: Me at School

Include information about your school life here. Are you in any sports teams? What is your favourite subject and why? Is there a subject you are less keen on and why? What was your favourite memory of Y5? What achievements at school are you most proud of?

Page 3: My Reading

Include information about the types of things you have been reading. What types of books are your favourites? Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Do you have a favourite author? Is there a book you would like to recommend to your new teacher? 

Page 4: My Hopes

Include information about what you would like to achieve in Y6. What targets are you setting for yourself?Do you have your pen licence yet? Maybe you would like to complete the Honours Reading Passport? Are you planning on completing your MemRi quiz twice per week every week on Hegarty Maths? Would you like to get your TT Rockstars average time per question down to 1 second or less?

Page 5: I am wondering about...

Include information about anything that you have been wondering about and you would like your teacher to talk about in September on those first few days. It could be something you are feeling a little bit worried about, or maybe something that your are confused about.  If it is something very personal, it might be best to pop it in a little envelope so it's just between you and your teacher, but if it's a general question add it to this page. You will probably find you aren't the only person who would like to know the answer!

Page 6: My Role Model

Include information about somebody you admire and think of as a role model.  What is it you admire about them? Why do you think these qualities are important? You could include a photo or a drawing of your role model here.


Remember to take pride in your booklet, this is one of the first pieces of your work that your new teacher will see, and first impressions count.  We know you will do an excellent job as you are all very impressive individuals!



This week we will be learning about what happened to Mary after she was forced to leave Scotland following the murder of her second husband. We will be learning why choosing what to do with Mary was such a difficult problem for her cousin, Elizabeth I, and learning about some of the plots and schemes that were happening at the time.  Work through the video lesson below, the PowerPoint is available should you wish to use it.  There are two activities during the video for you to have a go at, so don't forget to pause the video and complete the activity before moving on.  For the first, you will need a piece of paper or your green book, for the second you will need to look at the Code Cracking Sheet below. You don't have to print it out, as long as you can see it on a screen, you can work on paper to complete the activity.

There is also a Horrible Histories clip about this period in Mary's life for you to enjoy.

Mary Queen of Scots House arrest and trial

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Our focus artist for this week is Henri Matisse, a French artist who really loved colour and worked in a variety of media including sculpture, printmaking, collage and painting.  We will be working on collage, which is a piece of art made by sticking different materials onto a backing.  You will need some coloured paper for this week's task and a sheet of paper to use as a backing. If you don't have any coloured paper, you can make your own by colouring some white paper with your crayons or felt tips, or you could cut some coloured sections from old magazines. Don't forget to show us your fabulous creations on Dojo!


This week we will be thinking about the ways in which we produce energy.  We will be learning about how power has been generated in the past and the rise in the use of electricity throughout the industrial revolution that led to huge advancements in humans' capacity to power our world. We will learn about non-renewable and renewable energy and consider the pros and cons of fossil fuels. We will using bar graphs to investigate energy production in different countries around the world. You will need some paper or your geen books and something to write with.

Derbyshire Games Challenge

Click below for a fantastic set of Boccia challenges this week, there is a different one to complete every day. On Friday there is a competition to enter , the closing date is 9am on Friday 10th July and the instructions for entering are on the Friday Fun page - good luck if you decide to enter.  Don't worry about needing any specialist equipment, you can do all of this week's activities with some cardboard tubes or a chopping board, some balled up socks and some toilet roll tubes or empty plastic bottles.

Miss Latham's Fitness Classes

Miss Latham has two sets of fitness classes for you to try out here - get your parents to join in when they can! There are lots of different videos to choose from, this week I am concentrating on my boxing skills.  Click on the link below to join in. If you want to try Miss Latham's new Cardio Combat class, you must watch her introduction video first. Enjoy!

Dojo Challenge 13

This week's Dojo Challenge, challenge 13, is all about recycling.  It's inspired by the V and A museum in Dundee who are challenging us to start a fashion revolution -  reduce, reuse, recycle!  We would like you to try and design an outfit using only recycled materials! There are more details, some ideas and design sheets in the Dojo Challenge folder if you follow the link below.

We would love to see your designs, or maybe even the finished article if you manage to bring your design to life and actually manufacture it!

Forest Schools

This week we will be building a bug house from an empty tin can, you will need an adult to help you make sure your can does not have any sharp edges.  You can fill your bug house with all sorts of materials, woodlice and beetles will like bark, twigs and leaves.  Rolled paper tubes can be really helpful for solitary bees that will be looking to lay their eggs in tubes at this time of year.  You could put your bug houses in different places to attract different creatures.

We have attached some rather nice bug themed art you might like to try.

We are also setting you the challenge of going out to find some butterflies and caterpillars when you go out for a walk. We have a handy spotter's guide - let us know what you find!

Build a tin can bug house

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Last week's picture was a photo of the Spanish city of Madrid, can you work out which Spanish city we have a picture of this week? It might help if I told you it is in the south of Spain, was a Roman city, and that this photo is a picture of the inside of one of the most famous buildings in Spain, a Mosque dating back to 784AD. I will reveal the answer next week! 

This week in our Spanish lesson we will recap our previous learning and then learn how to name family members and pets.


Power Maths

This week we would like you to work on Unit 17.

Please use the folders below to access the Power Ups, the Power Maths Textbooks and view the Practice Book Pages. The Power Up Answers and the Practice Book Answer Sheets are available below. 

The video lessons below will help you with your understanding in this unit

Math Antics - Volume

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling's new book for children called The Ickabog is available on her website below.  The book is available for you to read on The Ickabog website and you can get there by following the link below.  There's also a competition for you to enter to send in illustrations for the chapters and the best ones will be used in the book when it is published.  The information about the competition is also on The Ickabog website.  Happy reading!

Transition Task English

This week we will be investigating the mythical cave elf and contributing a section for a book called ‘The Ultimate Guide to Elves and Sprites’. You will need to use your imagination to develop your ideas about the cave elf before moving on to create your own fantastic beast to include in the book.  You will notice that the first page of the booklet is asking us to make a donation to the NSPCC, you don’t need to do this as we have done it for you already. Also, don’t feel you need to print any of the booklet as all the work can be done on paper or in your green books while you view the pages on the screen. We are really looking forward to seeing what you have come up with! 

Please can you make sure that you do your final piece of writing on paper as this task is your transition task and you need to bring it along to the Transition Picnic next Wednesday.


In our very first light lesson we talked about how we only see objects because light reflects off them and into our eyes. If you look around your house, can you see any objects or materials in the room that act as mirrors to light rays? What we mean by this is any object or material that reflects light so well that an image appears on it.

What do you notice about all these surfaces that act as mirrors?

You should see that they are very smooth and very shiny, although only flat surfaces will make a clear image.

Smooth, shiny surfaces are the best reflectors.

If you have a roll of aluminium foil (and an adult says you can use some) take a flat piece and look at your face in it. It might be easier of someone holds it up for you.  The image won't be perfect, but you should be able to recognise yourself.  Now scrunch up the foil, not too tightly, and un-scrunch it again.  Look at your reflection in the foil again. You should notice that there is no longer a recognisable reflection.


Now answer these questions in your green books.

  1. How do light rays travel?
  2. How would you describe the foil before it was scrunched up?
  3. Look carefully at the foil now. Is it still smooth?
  4. Is the foil still shiny?
  5. Can you remember why we see objects?

When light hits the smooth surface of the aluminium foil it bounces back at the same angle and an image can be seen. When light hits the scrunched-up aluminium foil it bounces off in all directions so a clear image doesn’t form.

Now watch the video.

What is a reflection?

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Now answer these questions in your books.  If you need to watch the film again, that's fine.

  1. Which materials in the film were mentioned as being poor reflectors?
  2. Why don’t surfaces like slate, concrete and wood make good mirrors?
  3. Why don’t surfaces like sand, leather and stone make good mirrors?
  4. What do we mean by scattered light?

When light strikes a mirror, or similarly smooth and shiny surface, it is reflected back at the same angle. When light hits a rough surface it is scattered in different directions. We can see an image reflected in a smooth surface because of the way the light reflects off it.

The brain interprets the light rays reflecting off a mirror as coming from a point behind the mirror. This means that an object 1m in front of the mirror would appear to be 1m behind the mirror. 


Not all reflectors are mirrors that give a clear image, there are lots of reflective surfaces used in safety equipment, like those in the picture below.

Now watch the video about how reflection is used in another safety device called cats' eyes.

Cats' Eyes

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Sometimes reflection can have unintended consequences.  Watch this video to show what can happen when reflection causes rays of light to be focused in one area.

What happens next?

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A London skyscraper known as the Walkie Talkie because of its distinctive shape quickly earned a new nickname - the Walkie Scorchie because it's concave (curved inwards like the bowl of a spoon) caused light rays to be concentrated in one place. On the ground it got hot enough to melt parts of cars, set fire to carpets and even fry eggs!  The building has had to be fitted with sunshades to keep people on the ground safe from the extreme temperatures it creates on the ground.

This picture shows workmen fitting the sunshades to the front of the building.

UK building melts cars!

Making a Periscope

A periscope is a device that uses mirrors or prisms to allow the user to see around corners or over the top of things. Periscopes are used in submarines as they allow people to see what is happening on or above the surface when they are underwater.

DIY Juice Carton Periscopes

Making a Camera Obscura

The camera obscura is a simple model of how the eye works. The pinhole represents the opening at the front of the eye, called the pupil, and the projection pane represents the retina, on which light is focused. When light is reflected by an object and enters the pinhole, it creates an upside down image on the projection pane. In human sight, this information is then sent to the brain, which flips the image the right way up.

You will need:

  • cardboard box
  • ruler
  • pen
  • black card (or card painted black)
  • tracing paper 
  • tape
  1. Use a pen to poke a pinhole in the centre of one of the smaller sides of the cardboard box.
  2. On the opposite side, use a ruler and a felt tip pen to mark out a thin rectangle. Cut this out to create a small viewing window.
  3. Cut the black card so that it fits inside the box widthways, with its edges touching the sides.
  4. Use the ruler and pencil to mark a rectangle on the black card, around two centimetres in from the edge on all sides. Cut out the inner rectangle to create a basic frame.
  5. Cut out a piece of parchment or tracing paper, large enough to cover the space in the middle of the black card. Secure the parchment paper in place using glue or sticky tape. This creates a projection pane.
  6. Insert the projection pane and replace the lid to make the inside of the box as dark as possible
  7. Note: you may need to adjust the position of the pane to get a sharp image.

Review Your Learning

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Spot the difference

When humans landed on the Moon in 1969 we left behind some mirrors – discover why.

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Extra Science for the Super Keen

Can you draw a design for your own safety device or invention that uses reflective materials?  It could be for drivers reflecting car headlights, or cyclists reflecting their bike lights, in fact it could be for anyone who needs to move around in the dark and see, or be seen...

Extra Comprehension for the Super Keen