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Leighton Primary School

Year 6 School Closure: Home Learning

In light of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), it is possible that some children may need to be kept at home at some point over the next few months.  If this should happen, there are some ideas on this page of ways to support your child while they are at home, so they can continue their education and not get bored!  

These packs have been sent home with children still well enough to be in school. If you have a child who is not currently in school, whilst we are still open, these can be collected from the school office.

If you have any questions about your child's education, please contact the Year 6 team using the following email address: year6@leightonprimary.net

Update: First of all, I hope everyone is well and healthy. Furthermore, I hope everyone is coping with managing the transition to learning in the home environment; we all appreciate that it is not easy, or straightforward and we are all currently making adjustments to our daily lives.

I would encourage you not to replicate the whole school day; instead, use 3 to 4 hours of the day to create some structure for learning.  It does not have to be just 'school work' the children can learn so much from being with you at home. You could do some of the following: baking and cooking with the children, which has maths and sciences links; let children help with the decorating and DIY projects (DT) (where it is safe to do so), if you have a garden or access to pots and soil, it is a great time to be growing plants and vegetables, this can enable children to be outside and learning more about nature ( https://www.rhs.org.uk/education-learning/gardening-children-schools/family-activities/grow-it ); watch a documentary together (BBC and David Attenborough productions are great for all to watch) then, create a quiz for each other (will parents or children win?); create a play or show for the household to watch together; create a new dance or song to share with others; could you child create a song and poster to encourage others to wash their hands correctly and there are a vast number of home science lessons children can complete with some adult supervision see https://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/blog/easy-cool-science-experiments-for-kids as a start.  The Internet is full of wonderful ways to inspire your children's education at home. There are fantastic ideas being posted each and everyday on social media, so it is worthwhile following some of these on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

I know it will not be easy at times, but please remember these are unprecedented times for us all, particularly for our children, so try to talk to them about what is going on and why it is so important that we all have to stay at home. Use the BBC and Newsround to help children understand the situation.  We will continue to update the website over the coming weeks and start to put new packs of learning together for the children and add further links to the website. 

Take care, 
Mr Corleys

End of March Update:

Hello Year 6!

I hope you are all keeping well and safe while you are away from school. Fingers crossed you have not spent every waking minute watching Tik-Tok memes; I'm sure you have all learnt 100s of new dance moves to show us when we are back Leighton - I can't wait! :)

These are strange times for us all and I know it is not easy. Hopefully, we will see you all again soon. We are all missing seeing you in school each day - even when you are talking non-stop about online gaming! We will be working over Easter on ways we can continue your learning at home and to how communicate with you all more often. After Easter, we will provide weekly and daily learning challenges. We appreciate not everyone will be able to complete all tasks and activities; just do the best you can.

Remember to try to keep up with your learning the best you can. We are really keen to hear and see what you have been learning about at home. Please use the email address: year6@leightonprimary.net It would be great to see some photos of the learning you have been doing at home. We will reply to your emails.

Like I've said previously, there are lots of wonderful websites that are updating daily with lots of way to learn each day.

David Walliams reads his stories online: https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com

Strictly’s Oti dance class: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC58aowNEXHHnflR_5YTtP4g

Myleene Klass music session: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ

Creative activities: https://www.thecreationstation.co.uk/

Maths: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/

English: https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/

Take care, have fun and please get in contact to share learning or ask questions year6@leightonprimary.net

Best wishes and Stay Safe!

Mr Corleys and the Year 6 Staff.

Some ideas to support home learning:

1:  Reading. The most important thing is for your child to continue reading books at their level, and books that they enjoy.  If you run out of books and are not able to get to a library, then you can register for free on the link below for access to online books. https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ You can then choose books at your child's book band level. I will allow children to borrow more than one book to take home. Please ensure children are reading across a range of text types and genres.

2: Writing.  Your child could write a diary each day about their day.  They could write an information text about something they are interested in (after finding out some information on websites) and organise their writing into sub-headings. It's a great time for children to be creative and apply all the writing skills they learnt in school. They could invent their own story, discussing their ideas and telling the story first and then writing it down. Or they could retell the story of a film or TV programme that they have watched. Creating poetry is a fantastic way for children to express their emotions and feelings.  http://www.pobble365.com/ (Comprehension and inspiration for writing activities) The literacy shed is full of innovative ways to get children writing https://www.literacyshed.com/home.html

 3: Maths. The children now have their own revision books at home, which they can use daily to work through the areas of maths expected for Year 6. Use, https://www.mathsisfun.com for a wide range of maths topics and questions.

Carol Vorderman Maths is now free for use at home sign up at the following website: https://www.themathsfactor.com/ 

Free Sign up : https://komodomath.com/

4: Wider Curriculum. The children can research their next science topic - Evolution and Inheritance. Children could find about Charles Darwin and the theory of Evolution. They could find out why we inherit certain characteristics from our parents and why we do not all look identical. How are all living organisms linked through evolution, adaptation and mutation? Why do certain animals survive better in different environments? Why do giraffes have such long necks? History: Our next topic is the ancient civilization of Maya. Take time to research and investigate this time in history. You could create some artwork linked to the topic or create a model of Mayan Temple. https://www.ducksters.com/history/maya/pyramids_and_architecture.php In Geography, we will be looking at how maps are used for different purposes and how maps are created. Children could create maps of their local area or a map to journey their travels to and from a given a point. https://www.rgs.org/schools/teaching-resources/map-skills/ In art, we looking the work of Antony Gormley http://www.antonygormley.com/ children could create their own sculptures. Children can use all their art skills to create a gallery of work.

PE: Joe Wicks in streaming a daily 30 minute YouTube routine for children to take part in. Just search on YouTube

The Premier League have uploaded a range of different activities to keep you busy while schools are closed:

https://plprimarystars.com/news/home-learning-activities-school-closures

Computer Programming: https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/  (creative computer programming)

Useful Websites:

Twinkl free access for 1 month:

Setting this up is really easy to do - go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS

You can access and print off lots of teaching resources from this website. 

Poetry writing ideas:

https://clpe.org.uk/poetryline

Year 6 Maths:

https://uk.ixl.com/math/year-6

A website full of videos and pages to support learning across a range of subjects:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize use the primary link.