Hello across the internet to all Freemantle Year 6 pupils,
I hope you're all safe and well - I imagine it's as weird for you as it is for me not being in school at the moment! What's most important now is that you're keeping safe and happy at home.
On Friday, some of you asked about how much learning you would miss with school being closed for a while. Fortunately for you at this stage in the year, we've actually learned almost everything in the Year 6 curriculum. You'll be missing out on revision in school, but the good news is revision is a very personal and independent thing and you can do it very effectively at home. The CGP revision packs that you've been given are the same revision packs you'd be using now, as homework, if you were still in school.
Many of you were absent on Friday when the revision packs were handed out, so today I've written some tips on how to use them effectively. In short, they're just like your homework books.
For CGP revision activities (reading, GPS and, in future, maths):
Each topic starts with a brief explanation (e.g. an explanation of what nouns are) followed by some practice questions, just like the homework books. If possible, you should be working independently at home, drawing on what we've learned in class. If you're so stuck that you can't answer any of the questions without help, try some of these ideas:
I've made sure that everything I've asked you to revise comes from what you've already been taught in Years 3 to 6.
In writing, you were asked to write a short suspense extract and were given an example written by a Year 6 pupil last year to read as a model to give you ideas of what you could write about. This activity is about your creativity though - so be imaginative. There are no right or wrong answers!
You have all written a story in the style of this week's writing when we wrote tales of fear earlier this year. The task is designed so that you can choose the level of challenge for you, just like we do in school with our learning outcomes that have three levels of challenge (from simply writing about what the character can see and hear in the house at night down to, for those of you who feel more confident with your writing, incorporating personification and 'tricks' to build suspense).
We write independently in school most days; your writing tasks are designed to give you a similar opportunity to practise writing through familiar activities. Please approach these as an opportunity to be creative - like I've said, there are no right or wrong answers in your written work and no new 'learning', just opportunities to showcase what you can do.
This should be independent and is what we'd be doing in class right now anyway as we work towards your writing grades.
How can I do more to help myself?
I know on Friday some of you were worried about missing out on a part of your education. I understand that completely; however, since the moment we met at the end of Year 5, I've always said there is one thing you can do that will have more of a positive effect on your education than any CGP book, any writing activity, any homework I set, any amount of TTRS or practising spellings, one thing that has been proven by experts again and again to have a gigantic positive effect on your education and make you more successful at school...
This is true now more than ever. If you want to do more to make sure that you carry on learning, to increase your success at school, use this time at home to read as much as possible. You will gain so much from reading; research shows that people who read more are more successful at school across almost all subjects, not just in English. It's great for your mind, great for your emotions and great for your learning!
Here is the Freemantle reading list again: BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS!
I hope that you've found the revision tasks so far helpful. Remember that I've put ideas for additional things you could be doing, if you want to do more, in the packs but that using this time to keep in touch with friends (without leaving home) and relax is also very important.
I'll continue to update this page with new information during your time away from school and with new timetables of work every Monday.
For now, here I am trying to learn to work from home with Hugo (who doesn't like working but does like getting in the way, playing and pooping)...