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.

Amazing Author Visit with Virginia Clay

Author Visit

Year 5 & 6 had the absolute privilege of meeting a ‘real life author’ in school today. We were completely star struck as she entered the building and loved hearing all about her life story and how she came to write the novel Year 6 have used within their english lessons – linked with their Africa topic. Having read her book (Warrior Boy) about London Schoolboy Ben who is heading for Kenya to meet his Maasai family, it was a great delight to hear how we too can write great books like she has. A great relief to also hear that it took thirteen drafts before her book was ready for publishing; some chapters taking her even more drafts! It was also delightful to hear all about her life in Kenya which added further inspiration for the world that is around us.

We then had the luxury of a book signing session too so more of us can read her novel. Look out for the new book she is writing at the moment – hopefully due for publishing later this year!

Autumn I newsletter – Year 6

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.







Happy New year!  Goodbye 2020. Hello 2021.

It’s a little early however the laptop won’t be on later.

Happy New Year to you all!

2020 has not been the year many had planned, or hoped and it has had its difficulties. However, I think as a family (in our class and school) it has helped us to appreciate the things we have in life: good health, education and each other. #

I am excited for what 2021 will hold for each of us! Here’s to a 2021 that is filled with hard work, kindness, respect and most of all health! You have an important journey to make this year as you embark on your new journey to high school. What that journey will look like is down to you. There are 365 new pages…. let’s make them good ones!

Love Miss A x



Day 1 

Today we learnt about the jobs of people during the war such as: doctors, factory workers, railway worker and miners. We also learnt about rationing and held a debate to decide whether we, as people during the war, should ration. We decided there were reasons for and against this. We also wrote newspapers about our team names – who are all significant figures from World War II.

Day 2

Today was just as brilliant as yesterday. We learnt about Anderson shelters and morrisons shelters. We even made models to test out whether our Anderson designs were strong enough if a bomb was to land’ they all were! In the afternoon, we also did the Secret Mission (shhh!). We had to find out about or key figures that have been given to us as team names and we had to design really big posters for a presentation about them. We were really creative with our ideas and learnt lots!

Day 3 

Today we were secret spies. In these tasks, we learnt about the Morse Code and also had to write our own messages to our friends as if we were evacuees during the war. We also had a super morning going live to the National Archives to have a look at some of the artefacts from WWII. A wonderful lady told us all about propaganda and helped us to learn about the purpose of it so that we could then design our own propaganda posters, She was so impressed by everything we knew! We also spent the afternoon travelling back in time and wrote letters home to our parents as evacuee children. We have learnt so much about WWII so far this week!

Day 4 

Today we are stepping away from WWII and have a focus on university. We started the day by hot seating some of the adults working with us (even Miss Appleyard!) and found out what their experiences of university were. This then lead us into a challenge where we had lots of prospectus’ from different universities and we had to write a course for each letter of the alphabet. We found out there were some really interesting ones like zoology, graphic design and electronic engineering. Following this, we have considered what we would like to do in our future careers thinking about what course we might like to study, where we might like to go to university and also any societies we would like to join.

Day 5

During the morning, we learnt more about university. We learnt about campuses and even went on a virtual tour around Leeds University! We then followed this up with a live zoom call to 2 students who are currently studying at Leeds University. We were able to ask them questions and find out about what life is like as a student. The afternoon was a great finish to our week. We performed our group work from the Secret Mission, sharing everything we have learnt about our significant figure. We were really creative with this and had drama, singing and even some beat boxing and wrapping!

Finally, we graduated from our university degree course on WWII. We wore our cap and gowns and received our certificates.

We have had a brilliant week and take so much away from it. We are aiming high, being focussed and showing respect – always!


Message from Miss A 07-10-20

Hi everyone, I spoke with the IT department earlier and there seemed to be something wrong with the files I had uploaded. I have reuploaded the files now and they should open fine – they are doing on both my phone and my laptop. See you tomorrow. Miss A

Good morning Year 6 – 06/10/20

Hi everyone, we are finally coming to the end of our time at home. Don’t think I’ve ever felt so excited to get back into class with you all. Please make sure you are prepared for school tomorrow. Find some reminders below:

  • School starts at 8:40 – please make sure you’re in on time and not strolling in 20 minutes late having missed the morning challenge and part of your maths lesson.
  • Please also fetch with you the learning you have been doing at home if it is in paper copy. I have printed the RE and Geography learning of anyone who has sent me it through Google Classroom however I don’t have many! It will end up being extra home work this week if it’s not fetched in as we all must have those for our RE and curriculum books.
  • Fetch your packed lunch and water bottle just like you were doing before.
  • PE will be as normal so come to school in your PE kit with outdoor kit on and your shorts underneath should it be a hall session.
  • After school football is on as normal too.

I look forward to seeing all your smiling faces tomorrow! See you soon. Miss A x

Good morning Year 6 – 05-10-20

Hi everyone, hope you’ve had a lovey weekend. I switch off a little bit this weekend – after such a busy week getting you all sorted with the online learning, I was tired out! Don’t forget to check over on the page for the online learning for today. I haven’t put as much on as I would really like absolutely EVERYONE to go back and check that they have completed their RE piece on the Sacrament of Marriage and also the Geography piece which was the fact card about Kenya. Both of these pieces of work will be going straight into your RE/Curriculum books therefore I would like you to fetch them in on Wednesday please.

I cannot wait to get us back into the classroom on Wednesday doing what we do best – together enjoying some fun learning. I am super pleased and proud at how well most people have adapted and really grateful for how much lots of you have engaged with the learning I’ve given. I have attached below a super piece of work from Ikjot that she completed on Google Classroom. Please don’t copy (and I will know if you have) but use it for some inspiration on how you may set out yours. I have also added below, some example fact cards that might help you with the layout and information I’m expecting to receive. Id you can complete it on the computer in a Microsoft Word document that would be great (add text boxes and images to it) if not a nice piece of paper with great effort put in.

IKJOT – Sacrament of Marriage

Good morning Year 6 – 2-10-20

Hope you are all ok waking up bright and early to get started on your learning for today. I’m just heading out in the next 10 minutes to drop my own children at school. Once I get back, I’m also going to add some deepening understanding tasks and some Quiz sheds so please keep a look out later. Also going to start setting up Chapter 6 of Crater Lake on the PowerPoint so that we’re ready for a new chapter over the weekend. Love that book! Will also be back for some shout outs for learning as I’m receiving some really brilliant finished tasks!

Response to Learning – 02-10-20

Amanda – Very well done with your comprehension questions on Chapter 5 of Crater Lare. Your responses are really well written and clearly explain your point. I have added them below for anyone who many like to use them as  WAGOLL (what a good one look likes). Well done Amanda!

Nicky – Well done on all the learning you have sent me back. The maths was a little hard to read as when you converted it to a ,Microsoft Word it changed the layout. Not to worry though. Good work on the Flashback 4 and questions of the day. Just take a look at your fractions question where you needed to draw lines to fractions of equal value. Remember if you multiply the numerator by 4 then you need to do the same to the denominator. Only then is it an equivalent fraction . Great work on the writing below. Another little challenge for you, could you try to vary some of your sentence openers for me. Thank you for the colour coding too – made it so much easier to check you had all the senses there. 🙂 Keep it up.


AR – Brilliant work. I am super impressed by your effort. Thrilled with the RE piece you have done on the Sacrament of Marriage. It will look brill in your RE book and really shows your understanding of the Sacrament and the symbols that are used. Also really enjoyed reading the setting description you had done. The way you described the waves crashing against the sand. I can build up a clear image when I read your writing.

Ikjot – What a superb answers for that comprehension question! You listened to my help and really implemented it to produce a detailed response. Brilliant!

Muhammad – I just wanted to give you a shout out to say how pleased I am at how quickly you have picked up Google Classroom and how to use it and not only have you finished your work however you have also acted on any comments I have left when I’ve fed back too. Big well done!

Efosa, Emmanuel, Ikjot, Levi, Michael & Sada, Marlon, Aaron & Amanda– I am really pleased at how well you are working with Google Classroom. It is making it so much easier for me to be able to mark your learning and give you feedback. Treat on its way for you guys as I have spent so many hours this week on the phone speaking with children, then setting work and marking it so children have feedback and your cooperation with me has been much appreciated! The way you have been helping each other too is great to see! Keep it up guys.

Response to messages – 30-09-20

Message for Ikjot: Hi Ikjot. Some of the documents on Google Classroom I will specifically set so that you can’t write on them or change them. Those are generally the ones that I would teach from and that you need to look through to learn from. However… I know the blank piece of paper that I have uploaded for Crater Lake isn’t particularly useful therefore I have now changed the PowerPoint so that you can edit straight onto it. Hope that helps 🙂

Message for ‘Some of the boys’: Thanks for the photo guys! Pleased to see lots of you are up and on with some work already – brilliant start and keep it up! Today’s learning is now on and I will be calling you all soon for a look at Google Classroom. I am good too, thank you for asking. Busy beavering away getting all the learning ready for the rest of the week and looking through the learning people are messaging me in. 🙂

Message for Aiste – Hi Aiste. Well done for getting onto Google Classroom. Yes – open the into Google Docs. On there you will be able to type your answers into the document. Then you click File and download and Microsoft Word/ PDF. This will then prompt you to save your work on your comouter. Save it and go back to google classroom into the assignment where you want to upload the work. On the right handside click create or add then click file. Upload the file you have saved, Then click ‘Turn in’. Looking forward to receiving something 🙂

Response to Learning – 30-09-20

Message for Aiste: Good morning Aiste. Just seen your message about editing work. When you click the file in Google Classroom it should open in a word document. Does this happen? If so you should be able to type straight into it. Then save the document in your laptop – somewhere where you can find it. That’s then when you upload it again and press ‘Turn In’. I’m about to pop some more learning on there. Let me know if you’ve any further problems and I’ll give you a call later.

Message for Amanda: Hi Amanda, I’ve tried tinging your mum a few times but I wondered if she was at work as I’ve been unable to get through. I will try again this morning. Is there a best time to call when you’re home in front of a laptop or iPad for me to talk you through it?

Message for Muhammad: Excellent work on adverbs. You have shown a really good understanding there. I’m going to pop on a writing challenge today. I wonder if you could have a go at including some adverbs or adverbial phrases in your writing. Please keep up the hard work. Have a go at Chapter 5 of Crater Lake too. Will pop some more questions on today for it.

Nati: Excellent chunk of writing. Really loved your final sentence it had some great feeling in it. Have a go at chapter 5 of Crater Lake and also take a look out for some more writing challenges today.

Response to learning – 30-09-20

Holly: That was a super piece of writing. I’ve added a picture here to help the others with some inspiration. I can see that you’ve used some of the FANTASTIC’s lenses to write through which has definitely added variety to your writing! I wonder if you could self edit. You are missing a couple of commas to break up some of your clauses – such as after fronted adverbials.

Dan: Pleased you’ve had a go at the comprehension questions for chapter 5 of Crater Lake. Here’s my answers. See how they compare to yours. I see you’ve left Q2 blank. Have a look at the question again and read the text. What do you think a tannoy system is? What is Miss Hoche using it for? Excellent maths work as well – keep it up! Super work on adverbs. Shows you clearly understand how to use them. I’m going to pop a new writing task on today. I wonder if you could use that to weave in some adverbs or adverbial phrases.

Medet: Great start with the chunk of writing you have done. Try to join some of your simple sentences using conjunctions so that you add interest to them and make them a little more complex. Don’t forget – always start with your main clause and build it from there. Popping another writing task on today. I’d love to see how you do with that one.

Blessing: I’ve received your learning last night. Was it the same images from the first piece you did on the maths quiz. I thought you’d already sent me those? Blessing, I will add Chapter 5 of crater lake as a PDF too and see if you can see it that way. Adding some more questions to it today too 🙂 Will also give you a call this aft once your mum is back from work and talk you through Google Classroom.

Ikjot: Super work on the chapter 5 Crater late questions!! How do you manage to do all the snipping? Your work is always super to check when I get it back! I’m going to call everyone today to try help them with Google Classroom – is there a best time to call? If so, which phone number? I seem unable to reach you on the phone as I’ve tried a few times. My number will come up as no caller ID or private when I ring. Added your excellent response to Q1 here. You hit the nail perfectly on the head! It is all seeming normal to them now because they’ve seen so many children looking and acting the same way!

Response to messages – 29/09/20

Message for Aiste: Good morning Aiste. Thank you for your message yesterday. Let me know what is a best time to call you today on your dad’s phone and I’ll try give you a ring. I’m on an online course from 1-3pm and also 3:45 to 5:45pm so would need to be around those times if possible. Speak soon.

Second message for Aiste: The online course is a teacher one for haha! You’re welcome to do it for me if you want though haha! Great I will ring you this evening then and be able to explain more then. Have a look at the online learning page. There is learning from yesterday and today. You can use the Contact Your Teacher page to either, take a photo of your work that you have done on a piece of paper and upload it to send it as a photo. Otherwise, type your answers into the message box and send that way. I am currently trying to get everyone on Google Classroom so we will be using that very soon which is much easier!

Message for Holly: Don’t worry Holly. Just realised I could have posted the web address here for you to just click on it haha! I have tried another one and it is saying log in not found so I’m just waiting for a call back from our IT technician and then I’ll be able to help you further. Thank you for your help this morning.

Second message for Holly: Hi again Holly. I know the answers are on the PowerPoint. The PowerPoint is more for you to do some practice so the answers are there for you to be able to check how you’ve done and if you’ve got something wrong to have a look at where you might have gone wrong. I don’t want you to send me the answers this one. I just want you to send me your answers for the Worksheet I have given you. Hope that helps.

Response to further messages 28-09-20

Message for Blessing: Thank you Blessing for helping Medet out. I tried to ring her parents today but couldn’t get through. I will try her again tomorrow because I might be able to help her out with the tablet/ laptop until we’re back to school. Super impressed with your effort and kindness – keep it up!

Response from Miss A to today’s learning – 28-09-20

Blessing: Super impressed by the amount of effort I can see in your work. Makes me really pleased. You’ve done a fab job of the maths – I wonder if you could have a look back over Q6 and Q8 and see if you can spot your mistake. (Tip: remember there are 100cm in 1m), I only received up to Q10 on your maths Blessing and I received each photo about 5 times haha!

Alishbah: Excellent work today. Well done for doing the working out column too – just like we do in school :-). I wonder if you could take a look at Q8 and see where you have gone wrong. (Tip: remember there are 100cm in 1m). Well done with your writing too. On tomorrows, see if you can vary your sentence openers a little.

Cristina: Wow, I love your writing! As I was reading, it felt like there was such emotion coming through. 1 tip for you – check those main clauses. You’ve got a few main clauses that are joined by a comma which we know we can’t do. Connect them with either semi-colon if the ideas link together and the semi-colon could be replaced by and, or look to use a conjunction to join the two. Take a sentence now and show me your improvements. Excellent start though!

Ikjot: Hi Ikjot. Wow you kept my inbox busy haha! The page with the question mark on, sent to me 13 times haha! I have drawn a model for Q21 to try and show you how I would work the question out using bar models to visualise what’s happening. Hope it helps you to understand. Questions that you need to take a look at again: 4, 7 (only one option is correct), 9, 10, 12 and 17. Excellent effort! I tried ringing both numbers that we have for your mum and dad today but they didn’t answer. I will try again in the morning, if you don’t hear from me then it means I’ve not got through so I may need you to send me a message with their up to date number.

Muhammad: Hi Muhammad. Big well done for getting those maths answers to me! Excellent job of them too. Wondered if you could go back and check Q9 & 10. an you spot your mistakes? Will you try and have a go at the writing task I put on tomorrow too. 🙂

Finley: Hi Finley. Thank you for your answers, You’ve done brilliant. Just a few corrections to have a look at. Check Q1 and 2. Where have you gone wrong with them?

Arron: Hi Arron. Thanks so much for your work. Great effort with your maths. Take a look at Q7 on. Remember a prime number is a number only divisible by one and itself, Can 14 be a prime number? Why not? Also take a look at Q8. Your sentence was ok but it needed punctuating correctly. There was definitely less effort with that one than the maths. Wonder which subject you enjoy the most haha! Try a bit harder with the writing tomorrow 🙂

Efosa: Hi Efosa. Thank you for the maths you did send me. Couple of mistakes to look at if you could. Have a check of Q7 and 8. Can you spot your own mistakes?

Michael: Hi Michael. Thank you for your maths answers. You’ve done really just a few things to take a look at but it will help guide my teaching this week and the activities I set. Take a look at Q1, 7 and 8. Can you spot your own mistakes?

Holly: Thank you for sending me the close up shots as I really couldn’t read the full page one you sent. You must press so lightly with your pencil. Try to press a little harder and it will stop be needing a magnifying glass haha! You’ve done a fab job though! Take a look at Q1 and 8. Can you spot your own mistakes? Have a go at the english too tomorrow if you could. Keep up the hard work. Looking forward to using Google Classrooms which will make it all easier for us.


Replies to messages from children 28-09-20

Message for Holly: Hi Holly, I’ve tried to ring both your mum and dads mobile numbers – that we have on file at school- but neither phones are connecting. Could you please message me with a phone number that I can ring you on and I will talk through the online learning with you. 🙂

Message for Aiman: Hi Aiman. Thanks for getting straight on with it and having a look – that’s a fab start! I’m not sure how it displays for you but you shouldn’t really need to zoom into anything. Can you see the maths questions? If you write your answers on a piece of paper, you can send them through to me in a photograph on the contact your teacher page. Hope that helps a bit. If not, send me a message and I’ll give you a ring. With Into University, obviously we are now unable to go this week however I will make sure I rearrange it for some time later in the year so you won’t miss out. 🙂

Message for Blessing: Hi Blessing, thank you for your message. I’ve tried to call mum but there’s no answer and dad’s phone is saying it’s unavailable. If there is another number I can call on please send me it in a message. If not, I’ll try mums phone again later. To send me your work, you can either do it on a piece of paper and take a photo. You then attach a file which will include the photo. This then sends to my email inbox. If you can’t do that, then you can type your answers and sentences into the message box on the Contact Your Teacher page and send it that way. Hope that helps.

Message for Marlon: Hi Marlon. You don’t be able to write straight onto the worksheet. However you can write your answers on a piece of paper and send me it back through the Contact Your Teacher page. If that won’t work then type your answers into the message box on the Contact Your Teacher page. We are trying to set up Google Classrooms which will make this all a lot easier.

Message for Nati: Hi Nati – hoping you see this. If anyone is in touch with him would you point him in the direction of this message please. Do your writing on a piece of paper and send me your sentences (either through attaching the picture in the Contact Your Teacher page. Or typing your sentences into the message box on the Contact Your Teacher page. Hope that helps. We will have Google Classroom soon and then hopefully this will be much easier!

Message from Miss A 28-09-20

Good morning Year 6. You have all heard the news that we are staying home for a little while again to keep safe. I want as much as possible for lessons to continue as normal. I will be giving each of you a phone call later today to talk you through a few things so that we can make sure we keep up to date. I will ensure there is a Home Learning tab near to where you find this blog and the ‘Contact Your Teacher’ page. On there, I will upload learning daily and I will be expecting to receive replies and finished work to check over, We can’t afford more time out of learning so I’m going to do my upmost to keep us going remotely but I need your help to do that too. By around 11am. I should have all of todays learning on the Home Learning tab so please go check it out. Take care and I will speak to you all really soon. Love Miss A


Message from Miss A 27-09-20

Message for Dan: Don’t worry Dan. I can see from this side that you have completed all 4 :). Good lad and well done that’s a good percentage too!


Message for Amanda – Hi Amanda, here’s your log in details. Please let me know, via message, as soon as you’ve wrote them down and I will delete my message here. Username: Amanda-White334 Pass: raysipice

Message for Holly: Hi Holly. Finish the quiz sheds that I have allocated for you ready for tomorrow. 🙂

Message for Blessing: Hi Blessing. Finish the quiz sheds that I have allocated for you ready for tomorrow. 🙂

Message from Miss A 22-09-20

Message for Cristine – I have managed to log in as you using that password. Your username is Cristi45

Message from Miss A 20-09-20

Afternoon everyone. Hope you’ve all had a great weekend and are feeling nicely relaxed ready for a busy week ahead.

Message for Rehaan – I cannot leave both your username and password here as that will mean everyone has your details to log in. Get it from me tomorrow and you’ll have to do some catching up tomorrow after school – what are you like?! Sure you left your packed lunch box in school too.

Message for Dan – Really pleased you’ve enjoyed the homework. Into the full swing next week with reading homework too 🙂 All learning is great preparation and I hope it has helped you feel more comfortable with the maths and grammar we’ve been doing. Your results on all of them have been fantastic! Keep it up!

Excellent work so far for those that have been onto Deepening Understanding. Getting some good results. Some are a little shakey – make sure you’re reading the questions and taking some time (not rushing through!)

Super impressed with these 🙂





Message from Miss A – 19-09-20

Hi everyone. Thank you to those that have messaged me about spellings. I had added the wrong class to them – oops! I have done it now and you should be able to access them. Please let me know if there’s any other problems. Have a great weekend! 🙂


Welcome back Year 6!

Welcome back year 6 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).
  • Try to remember a plastic bag to take all your old books home – we can clear some space for all our new books then.
  • If anyone has a copy of Warrior Boy, it would be fantastic for us to have some extra copies to share around.
  • 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 (Monday 14th September). 🙂



    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. 🙂