Welcome to Year 6

Hello everyone!

My name is Miss Appleyard and this will be my 8th year as an Upper Key stage 2 teacher at St Francis. I am the Year 6 teacher this year and really looking forward to it as I also taught this class in Year 5!

I have a passion for teaching and love seeing children learning new things about the world around them. My classroom is one filled with fun and excitement but also one where we work hard and each individual child reaches their potential.

My favourite part of the school day is reading time. I love picking up a good book and watching the children become engrossed in the story with huffs and puffs as we have to close it up until next time. I try to read as much as I can in my free time so that I am readily equipped to recommend my class new books to read and get lost within. ‘I do believe something very magical can happen when you open a new book’ J.K. Rowling.

A very warm welcome back to school!

We hope you had a wonderful holiday and are ready for a busy and exciting year ahead. A special welcome to new pupils, parents and staff to our school; we hope you will be very happy here.

I would like to say how pleased we all are to see the children again. This is a very special school and one where we all feel extremely privileged to work.

I’ve just finished reading the book we were reading before the Coronavirus meant school closed, The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson. I enjoyed it and am sure some of you will love to complete it once we’re back in school.

Amazon have lots of audio books (FREE) you can listen to at home. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Please have a look at our suggested reading lists for children in Year 6. These books are a range of bestselling picture books and longer texts to encourage both shared reading, individual reading and reading for pleasure.


Don’t forget if you would like some more help with your choices or to share your enthusiasm for reading our Reading Ambassadors and School Librarians are always on hand!

The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities

The Big List of Virtual Author Activities

Home Learning – Tuesday 6th October 2020 (Please check Year 6 Blog for an important message)

English – Writing – Creative writing piece today following on from yesterday’s first look into the Congo rainforest. Make it interesting. Focus on your ounctuation and adding detail through use of expanded noun phrases and complex sentences. I want to feel like I’m in your story. You may use yourself as the character or it could be an imaginative character. I’ll let you decide. Look forward to reading them. 🙂 

Story starter                                                       The House in the Rainforest

English – Reading – Chapter 6 of Crater Lake is finally here!! Hope you’re as excited as I was to read it. I have attached the chapter along with some retrieval questions. Just remember that retrieval questions always have the answer in the text – you just need to look for it. I’ve attached a sheet in case you want to type your answers into it and also the PowerPoint with the chapter on. 

Chapter 6 – Crater Lake                                   Retrieval

Maths – Problem solving & reasoning of multi-step problems – Following on from yesterday, have a go at the multi-step problems. Read the questions. Pick out the key words or numbers and don’t rush through otherwise you’ll make mistakes. 

Problem Solving & Reasoning                                      Teaching PowerPoint – Multi-step-problems




Home Learning – Monday 5th October 2020    (Please check Year 6 Blog for further information)

English – Writing 

Here’s some creative writing for you based upon ‘The House in the Rainforest’. There are some questions for you to answer first. You will need to use your imagination but also to do some research on the Congo Rainforest. This research and information will then help you when you come to improve the ‘Sick sentences’. I want to see excellent effort here. I need to be seeing Year 6 writers with all their punctuation in the correct place, spellings correct and developed well-structured sentences. Yes capital letters in Year 6 – can you believe it!!
Tomorrows lesson will follow with some further creative writing as I give you the story starter.

The House in the Rainforest

The House in the Rainforest.docx

Maths – Multi-step Addition & Subtraction Problems

Watch the video clip. This also ties in with the teaching PowerPoint. You can pause it at parts to have a go at the onscreen questions. The teacher will tell you the answers so that you can self assess that part of your learning. Follow this then with the worksheet. Please make sure you’re showing your working out.


Teaching Powerpoint – Multi-step-addition-and-subtraction-problems

Worksheet – Multi-step-addition-and-subtraction-problems




New spellings are on spelling shed – test next Wednesday on previous ones and new ones. Make sure you familiarise yourself with them and learn them. 

New assignments put onto Deeping Understanding and also some new ones on Quiz Shed. Please keep up. These are due in by next Wednesday. 

Home Learning – Friday 2nd October 2020

Good morning Year 6. Please send me a message through the Contact Your Teacher page and let me know how you are getting on with your learning. I will be making some calls from those I haven’t heard from or received any work from today as it’s really important that we keep up with the learning each day. If anyone is having any problems please let me know and I’ll do my best to help. Find below today’s learning.

English – Writing – Find below a PowerPoint where I have written the start of my narrative. I would like you to write your own narrative and use mine as an example to guide you with my expectations. I would also like you to use parts of your setting description and also the mind map we completed on Wednesday. I look forward to reading some good quality writing.

Setting Description

Stranded – Friday 

Maths – Find here some further problem solving and reasoning tasks to build on your learning yesterday. I have left space at the side of the document in case you are able to attach your answers directly onto the sheet to send it back.

Inverse Operations

Geography – We started this back in school with you starting some of your research on Kenya. Please have a go now at doing this finished piece at home. Fetch it into school next week and we can attach it straight into your curriculum books. You are creating a fact card all about Kenya – this is the setting for our class novel Warrior Boy (that we will be starting really soon). I’ve attached the PowerPoint as a reminder of what we were looking at. If you are able to do this on the computer in terms of presenting it then send me it through the Contact Your Teacher Page, I will print it for you ready for your curriculum book.

Eastern Africa – Lesson 2



Home Learning – Thursday 1st October 2020

Good morning Year 6. I have now got around 14 of you on Google Classroom so far. I will try my best to ring round the rest of you today so that you have log ins and can start handing in work through it. It’s so much easier all round once you know how to do it. For those not yet on, please find below the learning for today. I have put an RE task on. Try and wait to complete this on Google Classroom as I’m going to print each of them for your RE books – so absolute best work!

Maths – Inverse (Addition and Subtraction) – Remember inverse is the opposite therefore the inverse of addition is subtraction and the inverse of subtraction is addition. Have a go at the teacher slide first of all. Use the video link alongside it. When it has a pause symbol, you pause the video and have a go at the questions. The lady teaching will then go through the answers. It’s really good if you are finding something more difficult as she explains step by step so you can be more confident with the worksheet.

Teaching Slides – Teacher Slides – Inverse Operation

Teaching Video Link – https://vimeo.com/456840063

Worksheet – Worksheet – Inverse Operations

Flashback 4 & Question of the Day – Flashback 4 & question of the day

English – Writing – Read the instructions on the teaching slides. They explain exactly what you need to do. I have provided a worksheet to show how you might set it out and for those who will be writing straight into the document on Google Classroom.

Teaching Slides – Stranded – Thursday

Worksheet – Stranded – Thursday worksheet

English – Reading – Have a go at the summary and prediction questions for Crater Lake, chapter 5. Make sure you answer in full sentences and give really clear answers/ explanations.

Summarise and Predict

RE – Sacrament of Marriage – This learning will go straight into your RE book. If you can try and do this on Google Classroom that would be brilliant as it will mean I can print it straight off to stick in. If not, maybe you could draw the little symbols and do subheadings to add your information and explanations underneath. Read the PowerPoint carefully and do some of your own research on the symbols of marriage if needed. Use a similar layout to the worksheet below and if doing it on paper please make sure you keep it nice and flat and not creased so it looks lovely for your RE book.

RE – Called to Serve – Marriage

Sacrament of Marriage

Good luck with today’s learning. Any questions, send me a message. 🙂


Home Learning – Wednesday 30th September 2020

Good morning Year 6. I managed to get 2 children onto Google Classroom yesterday. Nicky and Aiste, will you have a go at uploading some work for me today on Google Classroom and send me a message if you’re finding it tricky. I will try be ringing round some more of you today to see if we can have a go with it. If you don’t manage to do it, then please don’t worry but try your best. I am still uploading the same learning here as what is on Google Classroom so keep up with what we are doing. If you don’t keep up, you’re going to find it difficult when we’re back in school next week and moving onto new learning that builds on this week. Any problems, as always send me a message and I will either reply on the Year 6 blog or give you a ring. Super impressed by all those who have sent me learning so far – a treat lays in wait for our return – BIG THANKYOU for all your efforts. Now onto today’s learning…

Maths – Here’s some problem solving and reasoning tasks that link to addition and subtraction of numbers with 4 digits or more.

Addition and Subtraction

English – Writing -This will be a unit to take us over a few days – just as we would do in class. Today is all about building your ideas and vocabulary. Weave some metaphors and similes in there if you can too for the description. I will share some of those ideas tomorrow so that we can all magpie from each other so please make sure you contribute. I have attached in PowerPoint and PDF as some seem to struggle opening PowerPoint – both are the same document.



English – Reading – Chapter 5 of Crater Lake. Big thank you to those who sent me in their answers to yesterday’s questions. I only received a couple :-(. Please try to send some more in today. Really important you read and understand this chapter so that you know what has happened when we move onto chapter 6. That and we were really enjoying reading this in class. Again, I have added in PDF and PowerPoint just in case it won’t upload in one of the formats. Yesterday’s questions are still there if you didn’t get them done and I have also added another 4/5 for today.

Chapter 5 – Crater Lake




Home Learning – Tuesday 29th September 2020

Good morning Year 6. Had a great day of ringing round you all yesterday! I was super impressed by the amount of you that sent work through so please keep that up. I received from 13 of you yesterday. Let’s see if we can beat it today. I have also managed to get Google Classroom set up so I will give each of you a call again today to get you started on that. Do I have any volunteers to help me out first? You’d need to be able to have me on the phone but also access your ipad or laptop at the same time. Send me a message if you could be my helper for the trial run 🙂

Please find below your learning for today. Once we have got everyone onto Google Classroom, it means you can type straight into the worksheets and upload them straight back to me. So excited about this… can you tell? haha!

English – Grammar – Y6-Adverbs and adverbia;ls          Pupil worksheet – Adverbs fluency and reasoning – Pupil Copy

English Reading – Here is chapter 5 of Crater Lake. For those of you that like listening to me read the story, I have recorded myself reading the book. When you see the little icon that looks like a speaker, click it and you will hear my voice over. This my only be possible if you are able to download the file. If you’re doing it on a tablet, see if you can download Microsoft PowerPoint and it might just let you hear the recordings. Laptops will work easier for this. There are some comprehension questions on there for you to have a go at.

Chapter 5 – Crater Lake

Chapter 5 – Crater Lake

Maths – Recap: Add and Subtract numbers with more than 4 digits.

Maths PowerPoints (P.S. These PowerPoints are just for practice and what I would use in class so the answers are on here for you to check yourselves. Only send me the answers you have done from the worksheet below)-   Add-whole-numbers-with-more-than-4-digits-column-method                  Subtract-whole-numbers-with-more-than-4-digits

Video links if you need help (You might not need these if you re confident but if unsure they will be a good tool for you to get further help): Addition column method – https://vimeo.com/456839553     Subtraction column method –   https://vimeo.com/456839795

Maths worksheets – Add-whole-numbers-with-more-than-4-digits – WORKSHEET            Subtract-whole-numbers – WORKSHEET

Home Learning – Monday 28th September 2020

Maths – Find attached a pre unit maths quiz. We are now onto our new topic of addition and subtraction. I would really like to see what you can already do well and where you might need some extra help. If you can’t print the questions please don’t worry. You can write them on any bit of paper and send a picture through the Contact Your Teacher page so I can mark them. Do this by the end of today as it will help me to see where you need some extra support. 🙂

Start of unit maths quiz

English – The Writing Rainbow. We have just started using the Writing Rainbow in class. I would now like you to have a go at one of the Super Sentence Stacking Lessons. It is based upon the short film ‘Rooted’. I have attached the link below of where you can find the clip. The idea is that you choose a chunk from these options here. When you have chosen your chunk, you will write your sentences based on that chunk of the film. If it helps, use the same chunk as Jane (chunk 3).

Choose Your Chunk plot points Plot point 1: A beautiful park Time: 0:060:28 Plot point 2: A new arrival Time: 0:290:56 Plot point 3: Love blossoms Time: 0:571:26 Plot point 4: Longing for a hug Time: 1:271:55 Plot point 5: Shadows bond Time: 1:562:25 Plot point 6: Changing seasons Time:2:26 – 2:54 Plot point 7: Time passes… Time: 2:553:18 Plot point 8: Disaster strikes! Time: 3:194:00 Plot point 9: Together at last Time: 4:00 – end

Clip – Rooted – http://youtube.com/watch?v=IshQFFwW30U

Jane teaching Sentence Stacking – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igJz6lxmpOk&t=16s

Again, please send me the writing that you have done. If you need any help, I should be able to talk you through it when I call you this afternoon. I will pop on later to add some more learning but I just have to nip out now to collect one of my own children from school.







Into University – WWII Focus Week 

What an exciting week of immersion and learning for our World War II topic. You’ve all got stuck into the challenges you were faced with and have shown great attitudes and team work throughout. Here’s a small snapshot of what we’ve been up to. 


Monday started with a carousel of seminars: rationing, allies and axis, propaganda and World War II jobs. It was a great way to find out lots of new information and set us off for the week ahead. This then marked the beginning of the first Secret Mission (shhhh!). Each table was given a team name – of which would be their focus for the week – and they set to work researching who they were and the significance they had during the war. We had team Violette Szabo, Alan Turing, Billy Strachan and Noor Inayat Khan. 





Tuesday was even more exciting than our first day at Into University. We had a visit to Lotherton Hall where we transported back into the times of WWII. We dressed up as evacuees and as well as a tour around the house – which was owned by the Gascoigne family during WWII – we experienced an air ride siren and evacuated into the onsite chapel where we sung war time songs to keep our minds occupied on the bombings that may have occurred outside. We had lessons in first aid so that we were well equipped to help the injured soldiers and had lessons in Morse code. 


On Wednesday, we continued the Secret Mission (shhhhh!!). We spent some time working on presenting our information and each group produced a rather large creative poster to display it. We then spent some time working with our group on how to present and each of us decided on creative ways to do this: songs, raps, poems etc. 


Today we found out some really useful information about our prospects of being able to attend university. We had a Zoom call with a student currently studying at Leeds University. It was really useful to be able to ask her questions about life as a student including where she lives, what groups she’s a part of and her aspirations for future employment. Following this, we thought about our own aspirations for the future and Miss Appleyard is very impressed with how high our aspirations are! In the midst we have future doctors, architects, teacher, business managers and surgeons to name a few! 


As said by many, Friday was the best day of the week. This marked graduation day and we all passed our History course with honours! We have had such a fantastic week and it has been lovely to see the children working so closely together, being mindful of each others thoughts and opinions and produce some A* work! 


Welcome back Year 6!

Welcome back year 6 – your final year of primary school – and what a great start to the half term with our first 2 days back. It was lovely to see you all bounce back through that door, so excited and eager to learn. I could tell you were all so keen to be back together as a group and I genuinely look forward to seeing you all go from strength to strength this year. We need to work hard but I can promise you that we are in for a great year! You’ve settled nicely into our new routines too.

Some key things to remember:

  • PE is on Wednesday afternoons. You need to come to school in your correct PE kit (black joggers, shorts, white tshirt, plain black jacket and dark trainers).
  • You can contact me through the ‘Contact Your Teacher’ page that is above on the little tabs. Please remember to tell your parents this is here too. It will send me a direct email so that I contact them back or send a text if needed.

See you all tomorrow.



    What is Google Classroom?

    Google Classroom is a collaboration tool for teachers and pupils. Miss Appleyard and Miss O’Hara have created an online classroom and invited your child to the class. As well as using Google Classroom to complete tasks within school – we will create and assign homework tasks via Google Classroom too! Your child has their own username and password – they can access Google Classroom via the internet on any device.

    Sign in for the first time

    1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Go to Classroom.Click Go to Classroom
    2. Enter the email address for your Classroom account and click Next.Click Next
    3. Enter your password and click Next.Click Next
    4. If there is a welcome message, review it and click Accept.
    5. If you’re using a G Suite for Education account, click I’m A Student or I’m A Teacher.
      Note: Users with personal Google Accounts won’t see this option.Pick your role
    6. Click Get Started.
      Click Get Started

    Your screen will then look like this:








    Click to join Year 6 and you will then view this screen:










    If you look near the top of your screen, you will have 3 subheadings: Stream, Classwork and People. If you click ‘Classwork’, it will you show all of the learning I have set for you.






    Click the assignment you want to get started on, to find this page….









    On this screen, you will see a little message or some instructions from me to help guide you with the task and my expectations. Below that you can see I have added a PowerPoint to this assignment for you to have a look at to help with your learning. You might also see here some links to videos for you to watch or other activities that might be useful.

    On the right handside of the page, you can see there’s a word document there or a PDF. This is the worksheet that I want you to record your answers on. Click it and it should download into a word document. If it downloads as a PDF that you can’t write on, either click the ‘Open with Google Docs’.





    If your work opens in Google Docs…

    If it opens with Google Docs your page will now display like the image below. You can type into this document and draw diagrams etc just as you would do in a normal document. When you have finished your work, click file in the top left corner and then download. It will give you the option to download as a Microsoft Word or a PDF. Either of those are fine.









    Once you have saved the document, go back to your Google Classroom into the assignment you have just completed and saved. To hand your work in you need to click ‘Add or Create’ on the right handside above where it says ‘Turn in’. Add the document you have just saved by clicking file and finding the file. It will then upload onto the right handside and you can click ‘Turn In’. Your learning will now be sent to me for me to mark and give you feedback. 🙂






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