‘Every child counts, every moment matters’

Year 6 2019 - 2020

Miss Connolly

Y6 class teacher, Computing and Pupil Premium lead.

Hello Year 6 and families!

I have really enjoyed seeing you all again and am looking forward to Tuesday and Wednesday already. Please remember to fill in your Britannia memories by clicking on the links I have sent to mums and dads.

Here is your home learning this week for English, Maths and Curriculum, week commencing Monday 6th July 2020. This is the last push now! There are only TWO weeks to go until the summer holidays. Think how far you have come! Enjoy and keep smiling! Remember, you are doing a great job. If you are finding anything tricky, take a deep breath and go and take a break! Do something that you enjoy doing! Don't forget to let me know what you're up to! Send me some photos please :-) My email is: s.connolly@britannia.lancs.sch.uk. Thank you to everyone who sent me some fantastic work last week! Keep working hard. 

Disclaimer: If you can't click on any links, just copy and paste or type them into the address bar at the top of your internet browser.

You can continue to follow a timetable similar to the one below:

Please make sure that you keep reading and practising spellings too! Every day.


^^^ This is a really good website for Spelling. All of the rules that you need to know are broken down with examples of words that follow the rule (and exceptions!) for you to practise. You can also keep practising the statutory Y5 and 6 words that you need to be able to spell by the end of your time at Britannia. Check you can spell the Y1, 2, 3 and 4 ones too if you fancy an additional challenge!

Here is a copy of this week's First News for you to read too: First News wc 6th July 2020

Transition wc 6th July 2020

If we were in school, we would be doing lots of work to prepare for high school!

I want you to start having a go at some of these different activities (ignore that the date says 29th June):

Transition wc 6th July 2020

You could have a go at these ones too:

Moving On Up wc 6th July 2020

Moving On Up wc 6th July 2020 2 (This is a resource pack to help you with some of the activities above)


If you are going to Whitworth High (LW,  OA, JF and KA), they have created this video for you!


HN: Here is some information for you about your new school :) https://www.thehyndburnacademy.org.uk/academy-life/information/year-6-transition

AB, GG, NB, HW, RS, MH AND PRD:  Here is some information for you all from Todmorden:

Tod Transition Booklet

Tod Class Charts Instructions     <------- Look at this one as there are some transition activities for you to complete!

EG, NZ and FM: Here is some information for you all from BRGS:


Mrs Porteous 'All About Me' example

'All About Me' - This one is for you to fill in!

JB, PB, HD, MH, TH, JJ, AL, BR, ER, OS, CT and OT Here is some information for you from TVLA: 

TVLA Transition

English WC 6th July 2020

Dear Y6 children, Parents and Carers,

Focus Theme: Space (Part Two). Discover what it takes to become an astronaut, the exciting space explorations lined up for 2020 and beyond, and delve into the fictitious planet, Pandora. When following links online, parents should be monitoring that children are remaining on that page only and are keeping safe online. Y5 and 6's home learning unit is the same again this week. The reading and activities set will meet the needs of both year groups whilst still providing challenge.

Happy learning and I look forward to seeing the fantastic learning that you have been doing. Keep working hard. Remember, by the end of the week, I need to see what you have been up to either by email, on our discussion page or as a scrapbook in your homework area. Miss Connolly 🙂 

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5

Explore how to become an astronaut by reading these texts, making notes as you read each one.

Usborne Official Astronaut's Handbook

Page 5 'How to Become a Cool Astronaut' from:

Cool Astronomy 50 facts for children of all ages

Spacekids website: Ever wondered what it takes to become an astronaut: https://www.spacekids.co.uk/astronauts

Imagine you have been asked to design a short guide / leaflet for NASA titled ‘How to Become an Astronaut’. The guide is for children aged around 9-11 to inform them of what it takes to become an astronaut.

Using what you have read, create your leaflet/guide. You may wish to include these features:

- Instructional writing – use the 2nd person You to write your guide ‘If you’re thinking of becoming an astronaut… You will need…’

- Rhetorical questions as sub-headings, such as ‘What will you need?’

- Clear diagrams / labelled pictures to support your information

- Presentational features such as bullet points/ numbering to order your information.








Find out about the history-making SpaceX rocket which has just landed at the International Space Station – making notes as you read:

BBC Newsround – SpaceX docks to ISS: NASA astronauts land safely and make history: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52526849

 Imagine Newsround have asked you to do a TV news bulletin for their show about the SpaceX rocket landing. Write a news report script about the landing. To help when writing your news script, think about including these points:

- Introduce yourself and explain what your news is, in a short summary sentence ‘Good evening, my name is… Tonight’s main news is…’

- Stick to the key facts – making your news as clear as possible.

 - You may wish to include quotes from the astronauts which can be found in the article.

 - Give a closing statement to end your bulletin ‘I’m … and this has been tonight’s news. Goodnight.’

To get an idea of how Newsround currently present the news, watch the show here:

CBBC Newsround: Watch Newsround - https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/news/watch_newsround

As you are writing your script, make sure you practise reading it aloud. Ask a member of your family to listen to you read – they may be able to help make suggestions for how you can edit/improve your report. Once you have written your script, set up your ‘news area’ and perform it to a family member. If possible, you may want to record your news report to send to your teacher!



Explore and make notes about the planet Mars by watching and reading these sources:

Watch: Mars 101 – National Geographic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8pnmwOXhoY  (Note: contains American spellings).

Read: NASA Space Place - All About Mars:


NASA plans to have people land on Mars in the next ten years.

Explore which spacecraft might get them there and what it would be like to travel to Mars by watching and reading these sources:

Watch: Orion: Journey to Mars – How Will We Get to Mars? Space Week Live Channel 4:


Read: National Geographic Kids: Mars Mission


Click here:

Mission to Mars pg 1

Mission to Mars pg 2

Based on all you have read and watched about Mars and the mission to land there, create a poster with interesting facts and information which might appear in a space magazine.

If you would like support with the layout of your poster, you may wish to look at this poster all about space facts:

6 Out Of This World Space Facts poster



Explore the fictitious planet ‘Pandora’ from the film Avatar by watching the clip below. (Note: Although Avatar has a 12 certificate, this extract is age appropriate). Pandora Discovered: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBGDmin_38E&t=11s

After watching once, watch again – this time making notes about the planet as you watch. You may find pausing the clip at these times helpful to write down your notes:

-0:00 – 0:56 mins

-0:56 – 2:04 mins

-2:04 – 3:33 mins

-3:33 – end.

Based on the notes you have written, create a page, which might appear in a travel brochure, advertising a space trip to Pandora.

When writing your advertisement, consider these points:

- Have you included an enticing title which will draw the reader in?

- Begin with an opening paragraph which gives an overview of Pandora and why they might want to visit.

- Include short sub-sections which describe what they might see if they took the trip.

- Don’t forget to use persuasive features, such as: appealing adjectives to describe the attractions, rhetorical questions, imperative verbs, e.g. ‘grab a ticket’ ‘book now’, facts and figures about Pandora.

Remember to keep checking through your work for spelling and punctuation.






Re-watch the Pandora video from yesterday’s session. As you are watching, imagine you are an astronaut about to embark on a journey to Pandora. Make a note of the parts you would love to explore and also the places/things which you would be nervous to encounter.

Pandora Discovered: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBGDmin_38E&t=11s  (Note: Although Avatar has a 12 certificate, this extract is age appropriate).

After watching, now imagine you have just spent your first day in Pandora. Write a diary/ blog about your experiences – using the notes you gathered to help you.

Before writing your diary/blog entry, plan out each section/paragraph – you may wish to use this format to support you:

Section   /   Thoughts & Feelings for each section

Spaceship journey to Pandora

Landing on Pandora / first impressions

First place visited (taken from your notes)

Second place visited / meeting creature from Pandora (taken from your notes)

Closing paragraph – where are you now? How do you feel about tomorrow?

Keep reading through your diary/blog as you write to check it makes sense. Remember to check for spelling and punctuation too!








Additional activities:

If you enjoyed this week, why not try some of these additional activities?

• Explore these resources to discover more about life as an astronaut, SpaceX and space exploration in 2020:

- National Geographic Kids: Life as an Astronaut Primary Resource: https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/primary-resource/life-as-an-astronaut-primary-resource/ (To access this resource, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the PDF button below ‘download primary resource’. This will download a zip file containing Astronaut Interview inside).

- CBBC Newsround: 2020: What’s happening in space this year? https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/50643314 

- Kiddle: SpaceX facts for kids: https://kids.kiddle.co/SpaceX

- With an adult, explore Find Starlink – this website provides live information about when and where the SpaceX Starlink satellites will be visible where you live: https://findstarlink.com/

- NASA Space Place – The Mars Rovers: Perseverance: https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/mars-2020/en/

• Hooked on space? Explore these websites and resources!

- National Geographic Kids (a collection of resources all themed around space): https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/?s=space&post_type=

- BBC Bitesize – KS2: Earth and Space: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zkbbkqt

- NASA Space Place - Solar System: https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/menu/solar-system/

Alternatively, you can click on the pdf document here for the week's plan: English wc 6th July 2020

Maths WC 6th July 2020

For all Maths this week, please click on the following bar on the White Rose website. 

All worksheets and answer sheets can be found below in the daily timetable or in 'files to download' at the bottom of the page.

Points to note:

  • We havem't look at this in Year 6. Think about what you know from Y5.
  • When writing in your exercise book, write the title of the lesson and which lesson and week it is.
  • Don’t get bogged down with drawings! They don’t have to be exact.
  • Please don’t race ahead as each day’s lesson is more than enough and builds up knowledge and understanding in small steps.
  • Please take photos to show me of your child's home learning or of their exercise book so I can see how they are doing. Email is fine: s.connolly@britannia.lancs.sch.uk or they can upload it to our Y6 discussion page on the website. They could also create a scrapbook in their homework area on the website.
  • Please practise basic Maths skills too such as counting, times tables, telling the time, conversions etc. There are some useful ideas on the original Maths grid that I sent home with your children.
  • Here is another website: https://corbettmathsprimary.com/content/ with lots of videos to explain different Maths topics if you need to refresh your brain! 
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  • Complete Friday challenges.
  • Complete Arithmetic test. 

Additional practice: Area and Perimeter Additional

Here is Friday's Arithmetic test: Arithmetic Friday 10th July 2020

Friday Challenges/Answers: 



Alternatively, you can click on the pdf here for the weekly plan: Maths wc 6th July 2020

Curriculum WC 6th July 2020

Please do a different Curriculum activity every day! Let me know what you've been up to. Enjoy :) 



Get creative using Scratch or Scratch JR! It’s absolutely up to you how you do this but I want you to create something using Scratch or Scratch JR to say thank you to the NHS and other keyworkers!

PSHE: Transition Tuesdays

1) As you move to secondary school, it is important that to think about your hopes but also your concerns. Using an outline of a face, draw the aspects of secondary life that you are looking forward to e.g. clubs, lessons; what they are nervous about e.g. homework, friends and areas that they have thoughts and questions about e.g. Who will be my teacher? Where will I eat lunch?

• 2) Find out about what the behaviour expectations are at your new school. What are the rules you need to follow? What expectations will different teachers have of you? What are the consequences if you do not follow these expectations? Etc.



Time for some Spanish wooohooo! ‘Describing what there is where you live.’

• Click on this link. https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-be-able-to-describe-what-there-is-in-your-town-or-city-in-spanish-89c42d

In this lesson, we will recap our previous learning, then learn how to say different places in a town or city. For today's lesson, you will need some paper and a pen or pencil.

• Click on ‘Start lesson’.

• Watch the videos (it’s an ACTUAL Spanish teacher!) and complete the activities. Press the big green button that says ‘next activity’ to move on.

• I hope you enjoy this because I know that you were all really excited to learn Spanish. 

• Remember GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) should be as perfect as it would be in your written work at school!



Create some mindmaps or present in a creative way: What sort of things are we sorry for? Why do we say sorry? Why is it important to say sorry? Note your ideas down.

• What is ‘purpose’? Different people that you are familiar with may feel that they have different purposes to their lives. Have the personal beliefs of any of these people influenced the way that they live their lives and the relationships that they have? • What do people believe happens after death? How might this affect their sense of purpose?



Free Time Fridays: DT: Food

Mexican time! You have been asked to create some food around a Mexican theme. Enjoy :-)

Alternatively, click on the PDF here to download the curriculum plan for the week: Curriculum wc 6th July 2020

All of these files can also be downloaded in the 'files to download' section (green) at the bottom of the page.

Get Moving!

For some different PE activities, follow the link here: https://lancashireschoolgames.co.uk/year-3-6-spar-lancashire-school-games-activity-timetable/. You can click on the four different areas: Move! Learn! Challenge! and Play! and have a go at some of the activities. Why not have a go at the Stay at Home Heroes challenge too?

Reading Books Online and RWI Spelling Activities

Oxford Owl - Log on for online reading books and spelling activities  https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

Click on My Class Login at the top of the page and enter the details below:

Username: Y6BritanniaMissC      Password:  Britannia

Click on either ‘My Bookshelf’ or ‘Spelling Extra Practice Zone’.  Select the age group 9-11 in the Reading section or Year 6 in the Spelling section.  Then choose the book or activity. 

Useful Websites

Some useful websites can be found here: Useful Websites

Files to Download

Year 6: News items

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Snow White Panto, by Miss Connolly

PDSA Assembly, by Miss Connolly

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