We will keep you updated via Marvellous Me and our usual school text messaging service. Please look above at the Home Learning Planners to see what you should be learning each day at home each week. Next week, w/b 25th May, would be half-term so there will be no home learning planner that week. The week after, w/b 1st June, Year 6 are returning to school. We hope to see you soon and please stay safe!
Get in touch!
Send us pictures, homework and anything exciting you have done, or a message to let us know how you are. Our class email address is:
Here are some useful links, some of which were already given in the packs:
Espresso - great for ALL areas - https://online.espresso.co.uk/espresso/login/Authn/UserPassword - the children know the school's generic username and password
BBC Bitesize - the BBC have updated their website by adding three new lessons each day covering all areas, do look on here! - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Times Tables Rock Stars - for times tables practise - https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student - each child has their own username and password
ThinkuKnow - a free online internet safety programme by the National Crime Agency (different activities every fortnight) -
White Rose Maths Curriculum - this is the curriculum we follow for maths so pick and choose the areas that you find most challenging but we would be covering ratio if at school - https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/schemes-of-learning/primary-sols/
Oxford Owl - free eBooks on this website for different ages/levels - https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=Age+9-11&level=&level_select=&book_type=&series=#
Staffordshire Library Service - free eBooks again - https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Libraries/Library-services/eLibrary/eLibrary.aspx
Twinkl - this website has a wealth of free resources for ALL areas that many teachers use regularly - https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub
BBC Learning Zone - this is used regularly by myself in the classroom and covers ALL areas - many children said that they missed learning French so they can do this here too - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4s0C9LC4YQs0ZJKQnNZgg6R/learning-zone-ages-7-11
Classroom Secrets - covers many areas and used widely by teachers - https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/
STEM learning - for free science and computing learning - https://www.stem.org.uk/home-learning/primary
National Literacy Trust - 'Family Zone' area that has lots of free, relevant resources - https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/9-12/
Premier League Primary Stars - free resources covering English, maths, P.E. and health & wellbeing - https://plprimarystars.com/news/home-learning-activities-school-closures?utm_campaign=1867544_homelearning_19.03.20&utm_medium=email&utm_source=edcoms&dm_i=3VTU,14108,344SYR,3WJHS,1
Education Quizzes - free online science, geography and history quizzes for KS2 -https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/science/
First News - read our online newspaper here that is written especially for Primary school children - https://schools.firstnews.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/04/FIRSTNEWS_722.pdf
Mathematics/English Mastery - free resources for maths and English - https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/free-resources
Third Space Maths Hub - free Year 6 maths games and activities when you sign-up - https://mathshub.thirdspacelearning.com/resources/1945/Year-6-Maths-Games-And-Activities-Pack?utm_campaign=05_04_2020_Games_Activity_Packs_Resource_MH&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Pardot&utm_content=text
Sumdog - free online spelling, reading and maths when you sign-up for an account - https://www.sumdog.com/parent/sign_up?_ga=2.215105107.533376493.1587382589-571526998.1587382589
The Reading Realm - online spooky stories to read with accompanying activities - https://thereadingrealm.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/The-Reading-Realm-Home-Learning-Pack-Spooky-Stories-1.pdf
Jigsaw Families at Home - some free resources covering the children's health, safety and wellbeing - https://families.jigsawpshe.com/stuck-at-home-1/
Phunky Foods - free resources about healthy eating that also contain some delicious recipes! - https://www.phunkyfoods.co.uk/home-learning/
Barefoot - free activities, missions and games to improve your computing skills - https://www.barefootcomputing.org/homelearning
Birmingham Museums - take virtual tours of the group of Birmingham Museums and look at the image galleries
NewsWise - learn how to spot fake news and how to make your own news!
Rising Stars - free and discounted resources that we also use in school
Luke Temple - a children's author who's offering a free copy of his book 'Mutating Mansion' and an activity pack
Pobble - ideas and resources for writing and non-screen activities that you can do at home
BookLife Publishing - free eBooks from a company who work closely with schools
HarperCollins Book Publishers - they have made an audio book free of charge - 'Skulduggery Pleasant' by Derek Landy
Staffordshire Police - activity pack about how to stay safe online
HeadStart Primary - free resources for English and maths from a company whose resources we use in school
Coronavirus Book - a free eBook discussing children's worries
Association for Science Education - science resources covering 'living things and their habitats'
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service - live broadcasts covering many aspects of safety each Wednesday at 10am
MoneySense - free activities, posters and videos to help children understand money
N.C.E.T.M. - a website to support parents with the teaching of maths from the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Maths
Testbase Link to Ratio Questions
These websites are being regularly updated so please visit them! Take care and keep busy
Victoria Community School are supporting Burton Albion with their
They aim to raise £10k, some of which will go to BACT to do the work they do and then also for them to give some to the wonderful Burton Hospital.
Below is a link to the main campaign story it’s got a donation link and lots more information.
How can Victoria Community School help?
The challenge is to complete an activity that’s based around the numbers 2.6 or 26!
The 2.6 Challenge can be any activity you like – from running 2.6 miles to holding an online workout with 26 of your friends or running around the house for 2.6 minutes. You can even just donate £2.60, it really doesn’t matter, we just require your help.
Here’s some ideas for ways in which you can do your challenge:
To donate, please visit: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/twopointsixbact
When donating remember to say you are from Victoria Community School.
Remember to email your class teacher photos and a brief description of what you have been doing and how you have supported this charity.
Our class teacher is Miss Nicholson and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Annett and Mrs Burrows.
Mrs Keyworth-Edwards and Mrs Boast are our Booster Teachers.
We are all looking forward to the year ahead and working alongside you all.
There are 35 children in our class - 22 boys and 13 girls.
Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
As part of our British Values in Year 6, we will be learning about democracy by encouraging the children to make decisions together. One of the ways we will be doing this is by holding class votes. We vote for our School Council representatives and also vote for our Behaviour Ambassador each half term.
Mutual respect and tolerance of each other are part of the values underpinned in Year 6, and the importance of accepting, respecting and valuing the feelings and views of others is embedded in the day to day learning. We will be learning about similarities and differences, and how these should be celebrated. Children are always encouraged to develop their self-confidence and self-esteem, and to express their needs and opinions.
The children are taught the importance of having rules and routines in place within the school and classroom, and how they contribute to making our school a safe and happy environment. They are always encouraged to think about their actions and make good choices. Our Behaviour Ambassador will choose a weekly 'Behaviour Star' to celebrate this.
We will work together to help one another and to make Year 6 Sycamore a great class!
Timetable Monitor - Esha
Chair Monitors – Rehan and Sahil
Water Bottle Monitors – Alfiyah
Class Librarians - Junior and Malaika
School Council Representatives - Shokria and Awais
Sports' Council - Inaya and Luqman
Eco Warriors - Sehar and Denis
SmartBots - Konrad and Shahzeb
Livingstone: Lewis and Laibah
Edison: Abdullah and Hadya
Brunel: Awais and Inaya
Kingsley: Eshan and Alfiyah
We have our own School Council members that are responsible for attending meetings, making decisions and feeding back to their class.
Our Behaviour Ambassador for this half-term is Hadia.
Reader of the week: Shokria
Mathematician of the week: Dawar
Behaviour of the Week: Konrad
Team Tigers: Alfiyah, Shokria and Hadia
All children at Victoria Community School have homework, in Year 6 it just gets a little more demanding, preparing them for their transition to daily homework in Year 7 at High School. Homework books will be supplied to each child at the beginning of the year and I hope you will take good care of them and take pride in the work you put into them. You could cover them to keep them looking pristine!
The children are expected to read daily for 20 minutes as this will help them develop their understanding and fluency when reading longer texts. Their reading records are to be signed when parents/guardians/older siblings have listened to them read. We aim for each child to have read 100 books by the end of Year 6 so they can achieve their Gold Award Olympic Reader Certificate.
Spellings will be given out to learn on a weekly basis.
Most homework will be given out on a weekly basis, but there may be some other weeks when there are tasks to complete. Weekly homework will be given out on Thursdays, to be returned by the following Tuesday.
The homework will all relate to what your child is currently learning in class. This half-term, the children will be completing the following, in addition to their reading and spellings;
If you need help see any Year 6 member of staff on a Friday or a Monday break or lunchtime.
The children are welcome to complete their homework from 8.30am to 8.45am each day if they arrive at school during these times.
Management Time – Tuesday P.M. (covered by Mrs Deb Annett)
P.P.A. Time – Wednesday P.M. (covered by Mrs Deb Annett)
The children have half-termly maths targets to work on. In summer 1, the children should be practising divisibility rules. They usually complete three tests - one at the beginning, mid half-term and one at the end of the half-term. Hopefully, they make lots of progress!
Due to these uncertain times, I have attached the Key Instant Recall Facts (K.I.R.F.s) test below. Please practise this as part of your home learning!
The children have these Learning Walls in the front of their reading and writing books. They have to highlight when they have achieved that particular target. We aim to have them all achieved towards the end of the year!
On Thursday 3rd October, we all celebrated National Poetry Day and wrote poems about food. Lewis wrote a poem called 'The Cake Crusader' which we all loved! We chose that one to perform in front of the whole school the following day. Our voices and actions were fantastic! Read the poem below.
Vanilla, chocolate, I don’t mind,
They’re all delicious you will find.
Toppings; icing, cookies and cream,
You will find they’re all supreme!
Cake, carrot cake, creamy, carrot cake,
So much better than a moody shake.
Cake, coconut cake, there’s no end,
I will eat with my fab friend.
Suddenly my whole body froze,
The fantastic fragrance was jiggling up my nose.
I am the cake crusader,
I am an evil raider!
Vanilla, chocolate, I don’t mind,
They’re all delicious you will find.
Toppings; icing, cookies and cream,
You will find they’re all supreme!
Cake, cake, there’s no end,
They will eat YOU in the end!
November 2019 - Maths Open Session
On Thursday 28th November, Year 6 held their maths open session. Unfortunately, we only had two visitors but we hope that they found it useful! We attempted a few problem solving and reasoning activities from the White Rose curriculum. This was to complement our current work with adding and subtracting fractions.
During the second half of the spring term, a terrible crime took place in Sycamore's classroom! On Tuesday 3rd March, (sometime between 12.10 and 12.20pm) a cunning thief went into the classroom and stole Miss Nicholson's delicious doughnut that was part of her lunch! Understandably, she was distraught so she took extreme steps to try to catch the greedy criminal! Luckily, they were careless so left some crucial evidence behind.
http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Key-Stage-2.html covers all curriculum areas for you to develop your understanding.
And if you fancy challenging yourself a little further try http://nrich.maths.org/frontpage
Also I have found some Apps that might come in handy to help you revise and be ready for the SAT's in May. There are hundreds out there, a lot are free and I will keep updating with new ones as I find them.
Available for iPad, Android, or Kindle Fire KS2 Maths by Brian Harkins is a comprehensive revision tools, packed with over 500 SATs-type questions. Pupils can take a test in each of the maths topics, or a mix of each. Each test is random and easily customisable – with a summary at the end which gives an approximate NC level and score, which helps find areas of strength & areas for development. The app is priced at £2.99*
Available for iPad/iPhone, I am learning: KS2 Maths is an entertaining and engaging game based revision and assessment tool, supporting the revision process. The app merges interactive games with official curriculum content – and featuring 3500 unique questions, allowing you to see results to analyse gaps in learning or understanding. The app is priced at £1.49*
Built by Rising Stars for iPad/iPhone aimed for pupils working towards a Level 4 grading in Maths, ‘Achieve’ offers a tried and tested formula for raising attainment. There are over 200 interactive questions covering all of Level 4 Maths including: Number and algebra; Shape, space and measures; Handling data; Using and applying mathematics. The app is priced at £3.99.
DoodleMaths by EZ Education Limited is a free app for iPad but the full version is available as a £6.99 in-app purchase within the app, plus a £4.99 extra payment for each additional user. The app is built as a progressive development tool for pupils from 7-11, helping build on maths skills as they progress. Children are encouraged to use DoodleMaths for a few minutes daily and with over 6000 carefully-crafted questions covering the entire curriculum, the program makes it ideal for SATs or 11+ preparation and can be set to create weekly email reports to parents. The app can be trailed free for a week. This app is free, but in-app purchases are required to continue and progress.
KS2 SATs English, by Brian Harkins is a really useful app for iPad,Android, or Kindle Fire tablet devices. With over 400 SATs-type questions, pupils can take a test in four English topics: spelling, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary – or a mix of each. Each test is random and easily customisable – with a summary at the end which gives an approximate NC level and score, helping find areas of strength & areas for development.The app is priced £2.99*, and available by clicking on the app stores mentioned above.
I am learning Key Stage 2 English, for iPad / iPod merges interactive games with official curriculum content, featuring 2500 unique questions. The app covers all major topic areas and builds easy to use reports, allowing to focus learning with a powerful gap analysis. The app is priced at £1.49*.
Some schools like to check progression and understanding in Science for pupils aged 11, so KS2 Science by Brian Harkins is a valuable revision tool built for iPad, Android, or Kindle Fire.The app contains hundreds of SATs-type questions, pupils can take a test in each of the science topics, or a mixture of each. Each test is random and easily customisable – with a summary at the end which gives an approximate National Curriculum level and score, finding those areas of strength & areas for development. The app is priced at £2.99*
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=47 will explain things to you clearly and help you understand key terminology for the test.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/spelling_grammar/ Year 6 all know I like this website.