Class 6

Welcome to Year 6

We wish you a warm welcome to Year 6, where our focus is on preparing our children for their future learning journey. We strongly believe in equipping our students with a ‘growth mind-set’, encouraging them to face all new challenges with an open mind and perseverance.

Year 6 is a special year for many reasons. We have a busy and exciting programme of events throughout the year, including our residential trip; some science lessons with a nearby secondary school; leading roles in our Harvest Festival and Christmas service and a performance worthy of a West-End stage in July.  We develop our learning through a range of exciting topics, and we thrive on challenges and work hard to develop our reasoning skills. We embrace all learning opportunities and prepare diligently for the Year 6 assessments in May.

The teaching team of Mr Duffin and Mrs Haffenden welcome any questions or inquiries that you may have; please feel free to contact James Duffin via email or the school office.

Year 6 Term 6 resources

 05_06_20 reading comprehension.pdfDownload
 05_06_20 maths problem.docxDownload
 04_06_20 whiterose questions.pdfDownload
 04_06_20 ring of fire worksheet.pdfDownload
 04_06_20 ring of fire ppt.pptDownload
 04_06_20 maths challenge .pdfDownload
 03_06_20 - whiterose maths questions.pdfDownload
 03_06_20 - formal letter success criteria .docxDownload
 03_06_01 - maths challenge .pdfDownload
 03_06_01 - how to draw a bird .pdfDownload
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Keyworkers, you are all amazing.  Thank you!

Year 6 used shape, colour and texture to create Kadinski inspired art.  

Friday 5th June 

HINT FOR MATHS ACTIVITY: think very carefully about how often each square in the grid is used as a 'ten' in the number and how often each is used as a 'one'. Each square has a different job. 




Good morning Year 6. It is nearly the weekend now! 


Thank you to those of you who have sent your letters through to me. I have loved reading them and feeling more connected to my fantastic Year 6 class. Please see you work for today below: 



Hopefully by now you have finished writing your letter. Today you are going to edit and improve your letter (use a different coloured writing pen if you have one!).

Things that I would like you think about very carefully:


1) Have you written everything in the correct place? (i.e. address)

2) Can you add in any extra information into your letter? Can you expand further on some points?

2) Spellings – use a dictionary to help you.

3) Homophones (no/know etc.)

4) Have your written in paragraphs

5) Does your letter make sense – read your letter aloud to check for missing words, overly repeated phrases etc.

6) Capital letters

7) Punctuation – have you used a wide range of punctuation correctly?

8) Up level words – use thesauruses to use Year 6 appropriate words.


Remember, a good writer needs to be a good editor.


If you have extra time,  I would like you to complete the reading comprehension in the file. 

1 star = mild 

2 stars = spicy 

3 stars = hot 


If you'd like an extra challenge you could write your own questions based on the text. 




Please see the attached file. 


MILD – Can you find one way of finding 100?

SPICY – Can you find four different ways of finding 100?

HOT – How many different ways can you find to make 100?

RED HOT CHILLI CHALLENGE – Can you make any rules that need to be followed to total 100? 


If you find this problem tricky, don't worry. I will post a hint in the afternoon! 



Use the research that you completed yesterday to use powerpoint to make a quiz about the ring of fire. Try to set around ten questions. You could give people multiple choice answers or true or false questions.

Try the quiz out on a family member!



Make sure you keep practising the song Mrs Haffenden sent before the half term holiday. 

Thursday 4th June 

 Good morning Year 6. I've really enjoyed seeing the your work that's been sent through so far this week. Two of you have challenged me to try and complete your circuits that you did today. I'm going to try my best to do them this morning! 



Yesterday you made a start with your formal letter to me. I have enjoyed reading the start of ones that have been sent in so far. I've heard about the fun activities that people have been doing in their gardens and that some of you are missing Park Run (me too!). I've also been asked lots of good questions so far. I look forward to seeing the finished products at the end of the week! 

Today you are going to finish your letter. Remember to use the checklist! 


Maths  - Whiterose online maths: Week 5, Lesson 4

Remember, the worksheet is available to download from this page, not the Whiterose website. 




Look through the power point on the Ring of Fire.

Complete the following tasks:

1) Label the diagram.

2) Research and write about some or all of these areas:

- Find out more about the Richter scale

- Find out more about the discovery of the Challenger Deep

- Find out more about how earthquakes are predicted

- Find out the difference between a tremor and an earthquake


You might want to use some of these websites to help you:

Wednesday 3rd June

 Good morning Year 6 - half way through our first week of Term 6 already! 



Today you are going to be writing the first half of your letter. Remember to think very carefully about the type of language you are using and how you set your letter out. The letter should be fairly formal (you’re not writing a chatty letter to a friend or writing a diary entry for yourself). However, it doesn’t need to be super formal (you’re not applying for a job…remember you are writing to someone you know). Remember to use your plan from yesterday and look back to the example from Monday if you need some help.

I have attached a Success Criteria in the resources folder to help you.

You will start the letter today and continue it tomorrow.


Maths  - Whiterose online maths: Week 5, Lesson 3

Remember, the worksheet is available to download from this page, not the Whiterose website.  


If you'd like an extra challenge I have also uploaded some trickier questions.. 



Use the step-by-step guide in the resources folder to re-create your own drawing of a bird. Once you have your outline, you can add colour to it. Why not try out a few different ideas to add your own twist to them? You could draw some big and some small, add different shading, or use bright colours.


I'm sure lots of you have been following Joe Wicks and his fantastic online fitness classes. I want you to take inspiration from Joe Wicks to try and design your own circuit training! Pick around 10 (or more if you're feeling adventurous!) activities that you could do for around a minute each (put some breaks in too if you'd like). Think carefully about the order you do your activities; for example, will you be able to do a minute of star jumps after running on the spot for a minute? Why not test around your circuit training on some of your family? 

If it works well, think of ways to make it harder (for example, doing press ups with your feet on a step) If it's tricky, think of ways to make it easier (for example, doing press ups with your knees on the floor). 

Remember to write down your final ideas and send them in for me to try out! 


Take a few moments just to think quietly by yourself. What things are you grateful for most of all in your life right now? Think really carefully; try to think of just a few things (3-5) that you are really thankful for. 


Tuesday 2nd June

It was so lovely to hear from some of you yesterday - thank you for all of your lovely messages and sharing the great work you've been doing. Please see your work for today below: 



Yesterday we looked at what an example of what a good formal letter looks like. Today you are going to plan your letter to me.


I would like your letter to be four or five paragraphs long (you will write them across two days, so you have plenty of time).

Think carefully about what will go in each paragraph.

Below are some ideas for what you might what each paragraph to be about:

Paragraph 1: opening/asking questions 

Paragraph 2: important things that I missed whilst I was away from school

Paragraph 3: what you have been doing during Lockdown

Paragraph 4: what you have been doing over half term

Paragraph 5: how you are feeling about schools starting to open again/questions you might have about coming back to school

Paragraph 6: closing paragraph


These are just suggestions - feel free to write about your own ideas! 


I have attached a brainstorm template in the resources folder if you would like to use it.



Just a reminder to make sure you're reading for at least half an hour each day. Remember, this doesn't necessarily have to be a book; you could always try magazines, comics, e-books etc. if you are feeling a little bored of the books you have at home. I'm looking forward to hearing about the exciting stories that you have read! 


Maths  - Whiterose online maths: Week 5, Lesson 2.


If you'd like an extra challenge I have also uploaded some trickier questions. Remember to explain your answers when asked. 



In science you have been looking at the human body. Today you are going to look at the impact of exercise of the circulatory system.

Look at the graph in the resources.. It shows 3 children who have tracked their heartbeats on the playground.

Task: Write a paragraph for each explaining what each child could have been doing. Remember to add extra detail by referring to the graph (i.e. how much does the heart rate change and how quickly).


I will be in school again tomorrow, so will reply to any of your messages or e-mails as promptly as I can. 


Monday 1st June

Good Morning Year 6! It is Mr Duffin here. Welcome back to Term 6! It is really nice to be writing this message to you all. I look forward to seeing some of you next week. Please see your work for today below. Remember to message me on Dojo or e-mail me at if you have any questions. I am in school tomorrow but will do my best to get back to you as quickly as possible. 

Remember, this is just a recommendation. Do what you can. 



It’s been a long time since I’ve seen most of you; so now is our opportunity for a catch up! I can’t wait to hear about what you have been up to. This week you are going to be writing me a formal letter.Today you are going to be looking at an example of a formal letter. If you able to print out the letter I would like you to ‘box up’ each part of the letter and label the different parts. We have done this activity quite a few times in class. For example, you would need to box up the date and label it ‘Date of writing letter’. Also, think very carefully about where each part of the letter is on the page.

If you are unable to print the letter, please write your own success criteria based on what a good formal letter look like.

If you finish this task quickly, spend some extra time reading today. 


Maths Whiterose online learning: Week 5, Lesson 1.


If you want an extra challenge, I have put some extra questions in the resources folder too. Read the questions carefully, some of them are tricky. 




This week it is Child Safety week.

1) Go to the safety page on the First aid champions website.

Look at the photo and identify the dangers. Read the comments on each object and learn why it is dangerous. Go through the slides to answer the questions.

Remember that many of these objects should be used by an adult, or with the help of an adult. Keeping yourself safe is an important part of first aid. Avoiding accidents is step number one. Now look around your own home.

What dangers can you identify?

Reflect: How can you and your family work together to make things safer?


2) Look at the photo again. What kind of injuries could happen from these situations? Underneath the photo there is this activity: Now you’ve learned about the dangers in the kitchen, think about what first aid skills you might use to help someone who has:

- a burn

- bumped their head

- a cut that is bleeding a lot


Look at the first aid skills to explore what to do, or check what you have learned with the quizzes.

Reflect: Why is learning how to help important?


3) Think about some of the things in your home that might be dangerous. Imagine you are a safety inspector and it is your job to tell your family how they can stay safe. Draw a safety poster highlighting the dangers and the steps to take to avoid the dangers. 2


Mindfulness helps look after our mental health. Complete one of the attached mindfulness colouring sheets.


Friday 22nd May 2020                                                                                                                                                                                  What goes away as soon as you talk about it?

Good morning - or evening if you're being organised and reading this on Thursday! This is my last day of setting your work and being your main port of call; Mr Duffin will be back leading class 6 after half term. I know he's looking forward to it and catching up with you.  I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching you all and supporting you through this unprecedented time. You have all been amazing and I am very lucky to have been trusted to take care of you. I am still very much a part of class 6 and contactable in the usual ways. By now you will know that the school will be welcoming you back on 10th June, albeit in bubbles, so I will see you even though I may not be with your bubble.  If you're not coming back and would like to keep in touch, send me an email, I love hearing from you.


 Watch the video by poet Joseph Coelho.

 Have a go at writing a poem about your life.  It might be about your home, your family, your garden, an event or something else, it's up to you.  Make it a shape poem like the lift example if you wish.

These are his tips for writing poetry:-

Observe your surroundings - the weather, your street, people

Notice the senses, can you hear or smell anything?

Write down your ideas - you might not use them all, it takes one good one to get going

Listen to how people speak, the sounds around you that could be a starting point for a poem

Think about your own feelings and emotions

 Use figurative language to bring your writing to life.


Reflections and Translation is in the resources folder.  A reflection is a geometric transformation resulting in a mirror image. In a reflection, a shape is flipped over a mirror line or line of reflection to face the opposite direction.  Look at the example - the shape looks like it has flipped.

When reading and plotting co-ordinates, remember x before y.  Point A is at (-4, -1) B = (-3,4)  C=(-1, 1)

The reflected co-ordinates are:- D= (4,-1)   E=(3,4)    F=(1.1)


Your own well-being is of utmost importance so this activity will give you a chance to think about yourself.  Be Kind to Yourself is in the resources folder.  Complete it and keep it to reflect on.

That's it from me.  Have a wonderful half term.  I'll see some of you in a couple of weeks.

 Mrs Haffenden

Thursday 21st May 2020                                                                                                                                                                   I can fill a room, but I take up no space. What am I? 

Hello! Two more sleeps until the weekend. I hope you're managing to stay positive and are supporting each other and your family members. Hopefully, you have seen Mrs Farr's letter regarding the school's plans to re-open.  Please make sure you let me know by tomorrow, 12pm if you're planning to join us on 10th June.


Yesterday you watched Pigeon Impossible (I hope you enjoyed it!) and wrote either a persuasive argument or a discussion.  Watch the video again and then do one of the following activities: 

-  Create a comic strip or picture board of the story.

-  Describe in detail Walter's high-tech briefcase.

-  Write a character description - Walter or the pigeon

-  Write another mission for Walter that is spoilt by a different animal.

-  Write a news report on the events, include interviews from key witnesses.


Translating on a grid - Translation is a term used in geometry to describe a function that moves an object a certain distance - usually up or down, left or right.  The object is not changed; it is not rotated, reflected or re-sized. In a translation, every point of the object must be moved in the same direction and for the same distance.


In this example, each vertex (corner) of the quadrilateral has moved 9 right and 4 up.  The shape has not changed in size, it has simply moved.

Have a go at the Translation activity in the resources folder. 


In the resources folder you'll find My Journey So Far.  Think about the time you have spent at primary school and write along the road about the events and experiences that have helped to make you amazing. Try and include something from each year group if you can remember! Include special people.

Look out tomorrow for a very special video featuring the Capel staff. If you haven't spoken to a friend in a while try to do it today.

Have a good day,

Mrs Haffenden

Wednesday 20th May 2020                                                                                                                                                           What goes up and down the stairs without moving? 

Good morning.  We've almost made it to half term, hang on in there, we'll be there before you know it! 


Watch the video, Pigeon Impossible in which Secret Agent Walter Beckett has a problem he could not have foreseen. When a pigeon gets trapped inside his high-tech briefcase all kinds of mayhem ensue. It made me laugh. Using the video as a basis for your ideas either:-


  1. Write a persuasive argument giving reasons why the catastrophes that happened were not the pigeon's fault.

A persuasive text is any text where the main purpose is to present a point of view and seeks to persuade a reader to agree with your point of view using            evidence.


  1. Write a discussion- Should we feed the pigeons in the street? Use the events of the video to support your ideas.

Discussion is a text which presents a problem. This problem is discussed from different points of view. It presents pro (for) and contra (against) opinion on a certain issue. The purpose is to present different opinions on a particular issue: for and against/positive and negative/good and bad.


Today I would like you to have a look at the Mean in relation to data.   The Mean is the sum of the numbers in a data set divided by the total number of values in the data set. The mean is also known as the average. The mean can be used to get an overall idea or picture of the data set. Mean is best used for a data set with numbers that are close together.

Have a go at answering the questions about the Mean; they're in the resources folder.  Can you create your own data sets and calculate the Mean?


Have a look at the Volcano Top Trump Card game in the resources folder.  Choose one volcano to research.  Find out these things about it and write in paragraphs. Include its height and eruption cycle in your information.

 How old it is

Its exact location

The type of volcano

How long its last eruption lasted

The impact it has on its surroundings - climate, land use, humans

 When you've finished you could play the game.


If you're at a loose end:-

Times Table Rock Stars

Log your activity for Tokyo 2020

Acts of kindness

Practice 'The Power in Me'

Read a book

Chill out!

Have a fab day, Mrs Haffenden

Tuesday 19th May 2020                                                                                                                                                                                  What goes up but never comes back down? 

Happy Tuesday! Wow! Your Kadinski artwork was amazing.  Please send yours if you haven't done so already so that I can show them off on our web page.


Read chapter 7 to the end of the story. Then write as if you were Delta from the point in the story where she leaves the pack to find the boy.  Use this sentence as your opener: -

"Delta has gone back to the shelter," Alba croaks, too weary to lift her head, "to find the one that we've left behind."

 Include Delta's thoughts and feelings as she looks for him.  We know it's not a happy ending for Delta but you don’t need to go into too much detail.


In the resources folder you will find Circles 190520.  Here is some vocabulary you will need to know to be able to answer the questions. Make sure you understand the vocabulary before you tackle them.

Radius: The distance from the centre of the circle to its outer rim.

Diameter: A chord that passes through the centre of the circle

Circumference: The distance around the edge of a circle 

Centre: The point that is equally distant from every point on the circumference


Challenge: Draw circles that fit these descriptions: -

Tangent Circles: Two or more circles that intersect at one point.

Concentric Circles: Two or more circles that have the same centre, but different radii.

Congruent Circles: Two or more circles with the same radius, but different centres.



Up to 60% of the human adult body is water. Water has a number of essential functions to keep us going. Find out what these functions are and what they do in the human body.

How are you getting on with your Acts of Kindness?  Here's a lovely quote to remind you of why they are so important.

Enjoy the day, Mrs Haffenden

Monday 18th May 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                               What appears once in minute,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  twice in a moment but never in a thousand years?

Good morning and welcome to the last Monday before half term.  I completed my phone calls on Friday afternoon, I am very proud of each and every one of you for staying positive and making the most of the strange situation we are all in. Keep it up!


Read chapters 5 & 6 of The Pack of Pompeii.

Chapter 5

  1. Look at the sentence that begins 'The Mountain's fury. . . in paragraph 2. What type of figurative language is this?
  2. What are the great claw marks described in the passage?
  3. Define 'betrayed.'
  4. At the end of chapter 5 what is the new danger that awaits the characters?

Chapter 6

  1. Find and copy one word which means to 'gently push.'
  2. What does the word 'melee' mean?
  3. Why do you think the streets are less crowded?
  4. How do you think Livia felt when she saw Claudia and Alba?



Last week you created Pie Charts and then put data into a bar graph, a line graph and a tally.  Those of you that did The Mystery of the Cinema Suspects would have come across a clue to which the answer was Venn – as in Venn diagram.  A Venn diagram is a way to represent data that shows all possible logical relations between the different sets of information. A Venn diagram consists of multiple overlapping circles, each representing a set. Information that fits into both is placed where the circles overlap.  Any information that does not fit either circle is placed outside.

Create a Venn diagram to sort these numbers into two sets - Prime Numbers and Numbers greater than 30.

13   2   5   28   31   53   47   89   15   11   17    37   49   63   61

Think of your own data sets and put them into a Venn diagram.

If you’d like a meaty challenge go to


Art  - Wassily Kadinski

Read the fact sheet about Wassily Kadinski. He created abstract artwork using shape, colour and texture.  Look at the examples below, create your own Kadinski inspired piece.  Take your time and be creative with shape and colour.  If you have water-colour paints use them, otherwise wax crayon, pastels or pencils will be fine.

Have a good day,

Mrs Haffenden

Friday 15th May 2020                                                                             What type of house weighs the least?

 Happy Friday! It looks like it's going to be another lovely weekend. I really enjoyed chatting to some of you yesterday, you all sounded happy and positive. I'll be making more calls today so listen out for the phone ringing.


Read chapters 3 & 4 of The Pack of Pompeii. Please don't read any further.

Write a summary of the story so far.  Include:

  • the setting,
  • the main characters
  • characters feelings and actions
  • the theme of the story

Then predict what you think will happen next.  Support your thinking with evidence from the text.



A fun activity today; use a range of Maths skills to solve the Mystery of the Cinema Suspects.  There is quite a lot to print for this activity so if you can't print have a go at these instead. Click on the images to enlarge them.


Do some exercise and carry on with your Time Capsule and Acts of Kindness

Have a fab weekend,

Mrs Haffenden

Thursday 14th May 2020                I am a 6 letter word. Letters 6-5-2 spell out a drink. Letters 4-5-2-3 spell out a fruit. Letters 1-2-6 spell out a pet. Letters 3-2-6 

                                                                spell out a pest, which often gets eaten by 1-2-6. What am I?

 Good morning, we're nearly at the end of another week. You're all doing an amazing job in difficult circumstances so keep it up.  It's been great to see some of the other things you've been doing to keep yourselves busy; Harry made a tent with his brothers and slept in it, Will H made a Camera Obscura that actually works and Tia has been creating artwork to send to relatives that she can't see at the moment.


In the resources folder you will find an e-book called The Pack of Pompeii (there is a PDF version there too in case it doesn't work!) Hopefully, you found out that Pompeii is an ancient city located near Naples in Italy that was buried under pumice and ash in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79.

 Read Chapter 1 & 2 today.  Read questions 1-4 before you read then look out for the answers as you read. 

  1. What animals are said to be acting strangely?
  2. What is meant by 'two legs?'
  3. Why did the dogs stare at the ground?
  4. What does Livia decide at the end of chapter 2?

 Answer 5- 10 in writing: (look back at the text)

  1. Why does Claudia limp?
  2. What is indicated by Claudia's ears being flattened against her head?
  3. What is suggested by the actions of the horses at the end of chapter 1?
  4. In the third paragraph of chapter 2, what is suggested by the words violent urgency?
  5. Find an example of personification in chapter 2, fourth paragraph.
  6. What do you learn about Livia's character in chapter 2? Support your answers with evidence from the text.


Data can be presented in a variety of ways. Using the data that you gathered (made up!) for your pie chart yesterday, present it in the following ways:


                                                                                                     Bar Chart                       Line Graph                     Tally

Remember to label them and give each one a title, use colour.

Which do you think is the most effective to show your results, why? Does it depend on the audience? 


Daily Acts of Kindness is in the resources folder - you can do one or more of these today and then tick off others as you achieve them. How do you feel when you are kind to others? How does it feel when others are kind to you?


Have fun, Mrs Haffenden

Wednesday 13th May 2020                                                                                                                                           What can travel around the world while staying in a corner?

Good morning.  I have received a few key worker posters but would like some more so that the web page post doesn't look too sparse!  Please send them to me on Dojo or email, thanks.


Tenses - use the table to help you put verbs into different tenses.  Write a sentence (like in the examples) to show how the verb is used in the different tenses. Ensure your punctuation is correct.

Choose from these or think of your own: - Cook, Read, Sing, Laugh, Walk.


Create you own Pie Chart with information about different types of films. Here are the film types: Comedy, Crime, Sci- Fi, Thriller, Animation and Romance.  Survey 30, 60 or 100 people to find out what their favourite is (make this up, I know it will be too tricky to actually do it.) Then put the information into a pie chart.  Create your own questions - at least 5 - e.g. how many people in total prefer animation?  What percentage like Drama? Then answer them.


Watch the PowerPoint about Volcanoes, take notes if you can. Open the Parts of a Volcano sheet - you don't need to print it. Copy the image and label it. Then write down some interesting facts from the PowerPoint.  In English tomorrow we will be starting to use a story about the famous city of Pompeii.  Find out what happened there.

If you haven't been on Times Tables Rock Stars recently, have a go today.  It's important to keep those multiplying facts fresh as they are used in a lot of the Maths you do.  That's it for today.


Mrs Haffenden

Tuesday 12th May 2020                                                                                                                                    If I have one, I don’t share it. If I share it, I don’t have one. What is it?

Apparently May 12th is Limerick Day when we celebrate one of the most child-friendly forms of poetry ever. The Limerick was popularised by Edward Lear in his first "Book of Nonsense" in 1846. Many of these types of poems are comical, or in Lear's case, they were considered "nonsensical literature." If you fancy having a go at writing one for fun, follow the link and read the tips.

Here's my attempt - you can do better! 

There once was a great year six,

Who were stuck in a bit of a fix.

They had to stay home

And learn all alone,

But were desperate to get out and mix!


How did you get on with SPaG bingo? Today you could write a letter to your future self about the situation you are in at the moment to put with your time capsule pieces that you started working on last week. Use the checklist to ensure that you include all the elements that make a letter informal. Write in a 'chatty' style. Write in detail and make a neat copy for your capsule.


Yesterday you had a go at using Pie Charts to answer questions about quantities.  If you still need practice, choose another from the same resource. See if you can work out what fraction of the pie chart is represented by the different amounts.  If you're feeling confident, have a go at the Pie Chart Challenge.  Both are in the resources folder. 


You now know that the heart pumps blood around the body to deliver oxygen and essential nutrients to the body cells and remove waste. Did you know that blood is made up of different components? Do some research to find out about the job that each component does.  Here's an illustration to help you get started.

I hope you had a go at Power in Me, the song we're all learning.  

Have a good day, Mrs Haffenden

Monday 11th May 2020                                                                                                                                                                                     What is harder to catch the faster you run?

 Good morning class 6.  I hope you managed to have some down time and make the most of the good weather we've had this weekend. Here's a big shout out to Maddie for solving the riddle everyday.  She even sent me one when I didn't put one up! 


I'm aware that you have done a lot of writing recently so today I would like you to read your reading book and play SPaG bingo!  The grid is in the resources folder. As you read, look for the SPaG features and cross them off!  Let me know how you get on.


You are going to look at Pie Charts.  A Pie Chart presents information visually.  It's a circular diagram that shows data as 'slices' - or sectors of a circle like this. The circle represents the 'whole.' The bigger the 'slice' the more data it represents.


The sectors can represent a quantity, fraction or percentage of the whole or degrees (of a circle) of the whole. 

Have a go at Children's Favourite Animal (Mild) or Children's Favourite Season (Spicy) - in the Resources Folder.


Extension - calculate the numbers as fractions, percentages and degrees of the circle.



Make a poster to say thank you to all our key workers.  Make sure it's colourful and all spellings are correct.  I'd like to put them on the website. 


Hopefully you saw Mrs Farr's newsletter and the link to the song we're all going to learn so that we can sing together when we return to school.  Here's the link so give it go today.


Have a good day.


Mrs Haffenden

Thursday 7th May 2020                                                                                                                                                                        Which letter of the alphabet has the most water?

Hello! It's a very special long weekend so have tomorrow off! I hope you are all coping with the situation we are all in and making the most of the time with your family.  I made a video yesterday and put it in Class Story on Dojo, check it out if you haven't already.



If you only planned yesterday, write your piece today.  Watch the video again to refresh your memory.

If you have finished writing, make sure you read it back today and edit carefully.

 If you have done everything, have a go at the SPaG Hunt that is in the resources folder.

Maths Week 2 Lesson 5 today - Calculate Angles.


Extra Challenge: The formula for calculating the interior angles of a shape is (S-2) x 180 (number of sides - 2 multiplied by 180)

For example - Equilateral triangle = (3-2) x 180 = 1 x 180 = 180◦

                       The sum of the interior angles = 180◦

                       180 ÷ 3 = 60◦

 (The degrees symbol - ◦ is higher up - I can't do it on my laptop!)

 Use the formula to calculate the sum of the interior angles of these regular polygons and the size of each angle within the shape.


Tomorrow marks the 75th anniversary of VE day. Watch the PowerPoint, (in the resources folder) it will remind you about VE day and why we celebrate it. I have put some different activities in the resources folder for you to choose what you would like to do. They are numbered 1 - 10 so are on the first pages in the folder. Do at least two of them but feel free to do more or all of them if you wish.

PE - An exciting challenge!

The Tokyo 2020 Games may not be happening this year but you can still get active, stay connected and win prizes with Travel to Tokyo, Team GB and Paralympics GB’s official, free programme for children aged 5-11 and their families.


Your school team is waiting for you to join in the fun. Get active and beat your goals together.


Here’s how to log your physical activity:


  1. Visit
  2. Click on families
  3. Click on Find School > Enter our School Post code - TN12 6RP and Capel Primary will appear on a drop down menu > Click Submit
  4. Scroll down slightly and click on Log Activity
  5. Select your Class Team from the drop down and input your daily activity below using the questions in the green boxes. Remember Teams that get active will be entered into weekly prize draws.
  6. Click on Submit at the bottom of the page to submit your daily activity! It’s that simple!


N.B: There is an opportunity to sign up for the weekly newsletter at the bottom of the page. You do not need to input this information.


Let me know if you have any questions about this challenge!


On Mrs Farr's newsletter you will find a link to a song that we are all going to learn.  Have a go over the weekend; I think you'll like it. Have a fab weekend, see you back here on Monday.


Mrs Haffenden


Wednesday 6th May 2020                                                                                                                                                                         What instrument can you hear but never see?

 Good morning, two more days until the bank holiday weekend! It was lovely to hear from a few more of you yesterday. I hope you're managing to stay in touch with each other. 


By now, you will have watched the whole video and know what happens.   Today, you are going to write as if you are the boy. Use his emotions through the story to help the reader understand his feelings and show whether he comprehends what is happening. You might like to create a detailed plan today and write tomorrow. Remember to 'show' rather than 'tell.' Refer back to the editing checklist that you used last week to ensure that you're applying all your year 6 writing skills.


Click on the link, scroll down and click on WEEK 2, then either Lesson 3 - Measure with a Protractor or if you don't have a protractor Lesson 4 - Introduce Angles.

Can you let me know how you're getting on with the video lessons and the activities?


The Circulatory system comprises the heart, blood and blood vessels- arteries, veins and capillaries.   Click on the link and read the information.


Answer these questions:

What is the circulatory system responsible for?

What does the heart do?

How many chambers are in the heart?

How many times, on average, does the heart beat during your lifetime?

What does blood carry around the body?

Explain what happens to your heart when you exercise. - Prove it! How did you prove it?

True or False? -  The heart never rests.


Look at the gallery - copy the picture of the heart and label it. Why is part of the picture red and part blue?


Carry on with your Time Capsule tasks. Have you done a good deed or an act or kindness recently?  Let me know what you've done and how it made you feel.


Have a good day,

Mrs Haffenden

Tuesday 5th May 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                      What has teeth but cannot chew?

Happy Tuesday everybody! How are you all? I haven't heard from many of you in a while so please do get in touch just to say 'hi' so that I know you're okay.


Yesterday you watched the first part of the Titanium video and wrote about it using 'show' not 'tell'.  Today, I'd like you to watch the whole video.  This time, focus on the main character, the boy.  Watch him carefully - how is he presented at the start, how does this change and compare with how he is at the end?  For example: At the beginning, the boy appears to be confused.  I know this because. . .

Talk about his appearance, his facial expressions, the way he moves, his actions etc.

 Use the Compare and Contrast Toolkit to help you organise your ideas.


Click on the link, scroll down and click on WEEK 2, then Lesson 2 - Ratio and Proportion.

Extra challenge: Create your own word problems involving ratio then challenge someone in your family to solve them.


I'd like you to do some research into mountains.  Find out about the different types of mountains and how they are formed.  Include illustrations, don't forget to label them.                 

      Mountain types;







Here is a link for tips re home learning and technology, and staying safe online for you to have a look at: 

Carry on with your time  capsule work, read, exercise, and be kind.

That's it for today, have a good one. 

Mrs Haffenden

Monday 4th May 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                      What has words but never speaks? 

Good morning.  Here we are again for another day of home learning.  I have been really impressed with the effort you have made with the tasks I have set. If you haven't yet sent me any examples of your work, please do.  You don’t have to send everything, but if you have something you would like to share or would like some feedback on, do send it on Dojo or email.


Click on the link for the video of Titanium by David Guetta featuring Sia.  Only watch up to 1:03 - It's important that you stop there; you will watch the rest tomorrow.  As you watch, note the setting, look closely at the main character.  What has happened and why? You will probably need to watch more than once. 

Using the SHOW NOT TELL technique, write a description of what you have watched.

If I were to 'tell' I might start with: The room was a mess, the boy got up and looked around. - This is not very interesting - my reader won't want to read on. However, if I 'show' it might start like this: The boy's hands slipped slowly from his head to the floor. As he uncoiled his body he surveyed the destruction that surrounded him.  Much more interesting and hopefully my reader will want to know more. Feel free to use this opener to get you started - but I know you can do better!



Click on the link, scroll down and click on WEEK 2, then Lesson 1 - Calculating Scale Factors. Watch the video and complete the activity.  You can check your answers too and make any corrections. 

If you want to practice all your maths skills, you will find Arithmetic and Reasoning 3 with today's date in the resources folder. Do a few questions so that you spread them out across the week. 

(Future) History

In the future, you and your family will look back on this period of time and share your memories.  It won't last forever and will be seen as a major event in world history. In the resources folder you will find Time Capsule Activity Book.  This week, work your way through the activities and keep them. There will be other activities to add next week.


Keep in touch, Mrs Haffenden


Friday 1st May 2020

It’s Friday, it's the first of the month and that can mean only one thing. . .  it’s a new Gary! I’ll be honest, it’s not my favourite picture of him – too much beard - but it’s good to have a change! You've worked hard this week so nothing too taxing today.  


Create a word search or crossword with these commonly misspelled words or choose some of your own that you need to practice. Make sure you use the words that are spelt correctly! Can you use each one in a sentence or short paragraph to show that you know the meanings?


Keep working through the lessons on Ratio.  If you’ve finished, here’s an activity for you to apply your knowledge. Don't forget there are plenty of websites you can visit if you'd like to do more. If you haven't practiced your times tables recently, do some today.


Here’s a rainbow heart that we made in school yesterday using paint and cotton buds.  If you look closely you’ll see that the solid colour is made of dots.  This is called Pointillism.  The technique was developed by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac in 1886.

You’ll find a blank heart in the resources folder.  Have a go at creating your own Pointillism rainbow heart. You could use paint, pencil, felt pen, chalk or wax crayons. Remember to build up the colour with dots. Cut it out and put it in a window.

Well done for everything you have achieved this week.  Keep smiling, have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

 Mrs Haffenden

Thursday 30th April 2020                                                                                                                                                                        You can serve me but can't eat me. What am I?

Good morning. I hope you are keeping well. Please know that you are all doing a great job in a difficult situation.  If you're struggling, please get in touch;  I'm here to help.  I can see that you found the editing process useful to improve your writing.  I have really enjoyed reading the stories I have seen so far. You have used the story openers creatively and shown off your writing skills brilliantly.  Keep up the hard work. I'm in school again today so please be patient if I don't respond to your messages straight away.


If you are still writing or have to edit your narrative, carry on with that today.

Look at the information about homophone, homographs and homonyms.

Create a table for each one with examples of how they are used.  Here are a few to get you started:





It’s their turn to tidy up.

I told them they’re tidying.

Tidy up over there.




Let’s go to the pool.

You can come too.

The two of us will go.




The park is close.

The council have to close the park.



I think I’ll read a book.

I’ve already read that one




The decision was fair.

I decided not to go to the fair.



I need a new suit.

That really suits you.



Click on the link to access White Rose home learning.  Click on Week 1 and watch the Lesson 1Using Ratio Language video.  Then complete the activity.  Feel free to print out the resources but you don’t have to.  Today and tomorrow, work your way through the week 1 videos and activities.


So far you have looked at the layers of the Earth and completed a Transcript of the Earth reading activity.  Today I would like you to read through the Tectonic Plates PowerPoint. This will show you how the continents were formed. Take notes and write a summary. Then complete the Continents activity. 


I now put the date after the name of the resources so that you can find them easily in the folder.


Here’s a reminder of some other sites that you can access.

Additional optional Literacy resources -

Additional optional Maths resources -

Maths with Carol Vorderman -

BBC Bitesize are now releasing daily lessons that you might be interested in -

 'Oxford Owl' -gives you access to free books

Twinkl resources for all areas can be found using the password UKtwinklhelps

'Real PE' - The login details for which I have sent to you in a message via Dojo

Joe Wicks PE lessons

Cooking with Jamie Oliver

Newsround - keeping up to date with global news


Have a good day, Mrs Haffenden

Wednesday 29th April 2020                                                                                                                                                                                   Why did class 6 eat their homework?

Hello! I am in school today so might not respond to your messages as quickly as I have been.  I will get back to you as soon as I can. Don't forget to let me know your size and colour choice for the leaver's hoodie.


 If you have finished writing your story I would like you to do your edit.  It's important to revisit what you have written to ensure that you correct mistakes and improve. Use the list below and work through your writing a paragraph at a time.  If you haven't finished yet don't worry; do your edit when you're ready.

 Editing checklist

Sense - sentences make sense

Tense - is consistent

Paragraphs - written in paragraphs that link, ideas flow

Sentences - complex - main and subordinate or relative clause, simple, compound, short

Punctuation -    .   ,   ;   :   '   "  "  !  ?  . . .

Story builds and resolves

Character/s - described - show not tell, their thinking, actions and dialogue

Setting - clear description, imagery, senses

Capital letters - proper nouns, places, months of the year, days of the week, 'I'


Dialogue - new speaker new line, correct punctuation

Apostrophes - used correctly to show possession/contraction


Over the last few days you have revisited fractions using the four operations.  You are now ready for a challenge! In the resources folder you will find 'Fractions Challenge 290420.' Apply all your skills to the task of renovating an empty room to become a year 6 common room.

 Or if you'd rather practice your arithmetic skills you could have a go at the ArithmeticPaper290420, also in the resources folder.


We are all spending more time online at the moment and it's important to stay safe.  Here's a reminder.


Solve the internet safety crossword.  It's in the resources folder.  You might like to create a poster to put up at home to remind you about the importance of using the internet safely.

Mrs Haffenden

Tuesday 28th April 2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Why are fish so smart?

Good morning.  I hope you are all okay and managing to occupy your time at home.  I'd really like to know what you're doing to keep busy so drop me an email and include photographs.  I'd like to share your additional home learning achievements on our class page.


By now you should have chosen a story opener and created a plan.  Today you are going to start writing your story.  When writing, see if you can get these elements in to show off all your year 6 writing skills.

  • Adverbials for cohesion within and to link paragraphs - see Cohesion mat in resources
  • Figurative language - metaphors, similes, personification, alliteration, hyperbole, repetition
  • Discerning vocabulary choices
  • Description that creates imagery - use the senses
  • A range of sentence types including main clauses, subordinate clauses, relative clauses, short sentences for effect
  • Modal verbs
  • Dialogue - punctuated correctly

Take your time and remember to stop and read out loud regularly. Tomorrow you will do a thorough edit.


Dividing fractions; not as tricky as it might sound if you remember - Keep me, change me, turn me upside down.

Give these a go.


We all know that some foods taste better than others but what gives us the ability to experience all these unique flavours?

Try this:

You will need:

  •  A piece of peeled potato
  • A  piece of peeled apple (same shape as the potato so you can't tell the difference)

(Ask someone to prepare these for you and to do step 1 of the method.)


  1. Close your eyes and mix up the piece of potato and the piece of apple so you don't know which is which.
  2. Hold your nose and eat each piece, can you tell the difference?


Read the next part AFTER you have done the experiment!

The science

Your sense of taste can recognize salty, sweet, bitter and sour but when combined with your sense of smell you can recognise many other individual 'tastes'. Take away your smell (and sight) and you limit your brains ability to tell the difference between certain foods.

 Compare other foods. Can you relate this to when you have a cold?

 Have a fab day, keep in touch.

Mrs Haffenden

Congratulations Mrs Farr! One whole year as our amazing Head teacher. Thank you for everything you do for our school.

In these unusual times there are still things to be thankful for.  Take a look at our acrostic poems.

Just look at how creative year 6 are.  These amazing pieces of artwork were inspired by a piece called Plastic Matters by Jill Townsley.

READ ALL ABOUT IT!  Class 6 have written newspaper reports.  They choose their own topic.  Captain Tom was a popular choice!

Home learning's not just about Maths and English;Year 6 have created their own home school badges, sketched and painted flowers and made cakes after choosing a favourite recipe to answer questions involving mass.

We have been focusing our History around The Maya this term - learning about their lifestyle, farming methods, religion, diet and the structure of their society. We are now going to explore their region in more geographical detail . We will think about landscape, land use and elements of map making too. 

This term Year 6 are learning to cook! They have already had two sessions with Cooking Pioneers, learning to prepare and make French Toast and creating a Vegetable and Bean Chilli. During the sessions, they are developing their knowledge of kitchen safety, including safe cutting skills. They are exploring healthy eating options and considering the nutritional value of foods too.

For their final week they made American Pancakes. They were delicious and creative! Thank You to Cooking Pioneers for teaching us how to cook and what to cook to stay healthy.


Year 6 have had a busy start to the year! They have been engrossed with Goodnight Mr Tom in guided reading and have produced some fantastic writing based on War Horse in English. In maths they have really embedded their understanding of place value and the four operations and have used the bar model to help them show their understanding. In science they have been learning all about evolution and inheritance, whilst in history they have studied World War II

Some of the Year 6 children were lucky enough to attend a STEM day at Kent College where they were involved in workshops with Microsoft, Amazon and Lego. What a fantastic opportunity! 

We enjoyed sharing stories with Reception class. 

We enjoyed sharing the donations  from school with local residents in the village. The warm smiles on their faces made our day! 

Year 6 opened Capel Cafe to earn money towards their residential in June.  They made tasty treats to sell, created posters to advertise the event and served drinks.  They showed fantastic organisational and team work skills.

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