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Afternoon Tasks

Friday 10th July

In this lesson, you will be learning about pulse in 3 and 4 time.

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Thursday 9th July

Today, you have got some PE to do - enjoy!

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Wednesday 8th July

In today's lesson, the Prime Minister has contracted COVID-19 through shaking hands during his official work. We must step up as his Deputy Prime Minister to lead the country by way of a formal public letter of guidance. The lesson works towards creating leaders - where we must think about how to provide the most relevant information in order that it influences people to act responsibly, collectively, and effectively. This guidance as a leader will help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, thereby saving lives!

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Tuesday 7th July

In today's lesson we are discussing different colours in music and how different pieces of music can make us feel different emotions.

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Monday 6th July

In this lesson, you will recap your alphabet and numbers from last week, then you are going to learn how to greet people and introduce yourselves in Spanish! You will learn how to say your name and age in Spanish. For this lesson, you just need your brain and your voice! But you might want a pen and paper handy in case you want to write anything down.

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Friday 3rd July

In this lesson, you will consider how many people there are on the planet, how this has changed, and where populations are distributed.

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Thursday 2nd July

In today's lesson, you will consider a key topic of Black Lives Matter given the recent case of George Floyd. The lesson is around creating hope for the future – a future that is not based on the colour of someone's skin but the content of their character.

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Wednesday 1st July

In this lesson you will sing and clap to the pulse and rhythm of a variety of different musical examples.

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Tuesday 30th June

In this lesson you are going to learn about where Spanish is spoken in the world and you are going to learn the Spanish alphabet as well as numbers 1-10. You will need some paper and a pen or pencil for this lesson.

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Monday 29th June

Today you are going to be learning about optical illusions and using shading to show form.

In this lesson you will look at an Optical Illusion artwork before creating our own. You will learn to shade in to show that an object is three-dimensional.

Click on the link to access Oak National Academy's lesson

Monday 22nd June

This week, I would like you to do some work linked to Sports Day. There are a selection of tasks for you to choose from below. I do not expect you to do all of these; choose the areas that you are particularly interested in. You can present you work in a format of your choice.

Medal Exploration Sheet

Sacks Exploration Sheet

Stopwatch Exploration Sheet

Track Exploration Sheet

Trainers Exploration Sheet


Monday 15th June

This week, I would like you to do some work based on science. There are a selection of tasks for you to choose from below. I do not expect you to do all of these; choose the areas that you are particularly interested in. You can present you work in a format of your choice.

Fossils Exploration Sheet

Lagoon Exploration Sheet

Magnet Exploration Sheet

Microscope Exploration Sheet

Light Bulb Exploration Sheet


Monday 8th June

This week, I would like you to do some work based on the human body. There are a selection of tasks for you to choose from below. I do not expect you to do all of these; choose the areas that you are particularly interested in. You can present you work in a format of your choice.

Blood Exploration Sheet

Brain Exploration Sheet

Eye Exploration Sheet

Heart Exploration Sheet

Skeleton Exploration Sheet


Monday 1st June

Did anyone spot the International Space Station (ISS) last week?

History has been made as a SpaceX rocket has sent two Nasa astronauts into space for the first time.

It has been nine years since astronauts last blasted off from American soil, Nasa stopped using their own space shuttles in 2011.

Now Nasa will use SpaceX, which is privately owned company, as a 'taxi' service to send people into space, rather than using their own rockets.

Click here to watch the Newsround footage

Over the next few days, I would like you to undertake some research on the ISS and have a go at some of the tasks on the choosing grid below. You can present this information in any way that you wish.

Click here to find out more about the ISS...


This half-term we will be learning about Greece/Ancient Greece. Each week you will be given a selection of activities to undertake during the course of that week. You may undertake these tasks in any order that you wish. Bear in mind that some will take longer than others to complete.

Click on the link below for this week's tasks.

There are also some links to other resources that you may find helpful.

I've been very impressed by the work that you have been doing linked to our Ancient Greece topic! Click on the link below for this week's selection...

Topic Tasks Week Commencing 18.5.20


Topic Tasks Week Commencing 11.5.20


Topic Tasks Week Commencing 4.5.20


Topic Tasks Week Commencing 27.4.20

Useful Resources:

Greek Alphabet Resource Sheet


Topic Tasks Week Commencing 20.4.20

Useful Resources:

Greece Fact File

History Timeline

Greek Vases

Greek Vase Templates

Greek Gods and Goddesses

The Easter Break

I will not be setting any work for you to do over the next two weeks. Now it is time to relax and eat chocolate!

You may like to be creative during the Easter break. Why not have a go at some Easter related crafts. I always enjoyed making Easter baskets and decorating hard boiled eggs when I was younger.

You may wish to enter Mrs Allen's competition:

It's time for the egg-citing Birklands Easter Egg Decorating Competition!

Get an egg and get decorating. There is no theme, but prizes will awarded to the most creative ideas. When you have finished, take a picture of your egg-straordinary egg and send it to Mrs Allen at: mallen@birklandsschool.co.uk

Don't forget to include your full name and class.

The Prize: an Easter Egg of course! One winner for each class.

The closing date: Monday 20th April

If you wish to do some work, there are still activities that you can be accessing:

The First News section of our web page contains the most recent editions of the newspaper for you to enjoy.

You can access a range of ebooks via our 'Daily Reading' section.

You have unlimited access to SATs Companion and to TT Rockstars.

You can visit the 'links' section of our webpage for access to a range of activities, including 'The Great Indoors' with Bear Grylls.

Friday 3rd April

This afternoon's challenge is an arty one. I want to see your talents with a camera! I would like you to have a go at a technique called 'Flat Lay' photography (a style of photography that's taken directly above what is being photographed...like a bird's eye view). There are some examples below; you can also search the internet for inspiration (search Flat Lay photography).

Things to consider:

1. What will your 'background' be? This means what are you going to put your art on? A plate? A piece of wood? A table top? Solid backgrounds make for good photos.

2. What will you be photographing? Will you have a theme? Nature? Food? Random?

3. What title are you giving to your photo?

4. Make sure that your photo is taken directly over the art.

5. Make sure that you crop your photo if needed.

I can't wait to see how you get on with this year 6, so be sure to email me your efforts once you have finished the task. I'll add any that I receive to our online gallery.

Thursday 2nd April

This afternoon I'd like you to undertake a science investigation based around the idea of refraction...

Refraction is the bending of light as it passes from one 'medium' to another.

I'm sure that you'll enjoy this experiment; I'll look forward to seeing some photographs showing how you got on!

Reversing Arrows

1. Draw an arrow on a piece of paper and prop it up against something so it stands. Make sure that you pay attention to which way the arrow is pointing!

2. Put an empty, transparent (see through) glass in front of the arrow.

3. Fill the glass with water and watch what happens to the direction of the arrow!

Try writing backwards messages to reveal as you fill the glass!

Extra Challenge: Investigate if it still works with different sizes and shapes of glass.

The Science

During the experiment, the light travelled from the image, through the air, into the glass, and then out of the glass and into the air once more, before it reached our eyes. This means that the light bends once when it travelled through the glass into the water, and then it bends again when it travelled out of the glass and in to the air. As a result the light paths cross and the image appears to be flipped horizontally.

Wednesday 1st April

Today is April Fools' Day...

This afternoon, I would like you to conduct some research in to the origins of this day and how it is recognised across the world. I have included some links below to help you with this. You can present your findings in a fact file of your own, or maybe you would prefer to create a Powerpoint presentation.

April Fools' Powerpoint

April Fools' Fact File

Newsround Link

And now for some fun...

If you have access to an iphone (or similar) and have permission to download apps, why not have a go at using ChatterPix Kids? I'll send a couple of my creations through to your email so watch this space!

Tuesday 31st March

You may have noticed that I have added some new sections to our School Closure Page. Please spend some time looking at these.

Each day David Walliams is reading one of his stories free of charge! This is definitely worth taking advantage of.

Sound Advice Education are providing free music resources to you during this period of school closure. Why not click on the link and see what they have to offer?

A 'wellbeing' section has also been added to our webpage: it is really important to spend time reflecting on our emotions during this unprecedented time. On the page Mrs Coverley has set you the task of keeping a diary over the coming weeks. Why not give this a go starting today?

I have already received one entry for Mr Brightman's Book Trailer Competition. If you haven't had a look at this yet, spend some time today familiarising yourself with the task.

And now for this afternoon's challenge...

Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to find something in your house that begins with every letter of the alphabet. However, they must all fit on one dinner plate!

Good luck! I can't wait to hear how you all get on (photos please) and yes, I'll have a go to!

Monday 30th March

Mr Brightman has launched a competition today: to create your own Book Trailer. Click on 'Mr Brightman's Book Trailer Competition' link on the School Closure list on our web page for more details.

This afternoon, I would like you to familiarise yourself with the Adobe Spark programme. Experiment with the features and create something of your choosing if you wish to.


Friday 27th March

A Wishing Jar

Here is something that you may want to set up for you and your family...

Each time you, or one of your family members, wishes that they could do something, go somewhere, treat themselves, see someone they love, visit a new place or invite someone to visit , write it down on a piece of paper and pop it in the jar!

When our lives return to normal, you will have a 'bucket list' which you will be able to work through. In turn, you will be more grateful than ever for the little things that we often take for granted. Until then, enjoy watching your jar fill up with your wishes to look forward to!

This afternoon, you may choose from one of the tasks below:

Option 1: European Flags

Can you identify which country each flag belongs to? For an extra challenge, find out the name of each country's capital city.

Option 2: Zentangles

This is probably the first time you’ve come across this style of art, so your first challenge is to simply practise some patterns.
Create a grid of 8 squares on a piece of plain A4 paper. In each square, create any patterns you like. Use your imagination or Google ‘zentangle patterns’ to get some inspiration.
Draw your patterns in pencil first and then go over the lines with a black pen. You can use a pencil to add shading.

Here is an example...

Happy zentangling!

Thursday 26th March

This afternoon, I would like you to undertake some work relating to Her Majesty The Queen. Click on the link below and select three (you may do more if you wish) of the tasks that you would like to complete.

Her Majesty The Queen

Story Time

Finish you day by listening to David Walliams reading a story from his book 'The World's Worst Children'. Click on the link below to access this.

Grubby Gertrude

Wednesday 25th March

This afternoon, I would like to you do some work based on the anonymous graffiti artist, Banksy.

Begin by reading through the information presented on the PowerPoint and the fact file.

Banksy Powerpoint Link

Banksy Fact File Link


1. Study images of Banksy's artwork and think about the message behind each one.

2. What do you think about Banksy's graffiti?

3. Try and find out the answers to the following:

4. Extension task:

Have a go at creating your own graffiti 'tag'. Here are some examples.

I'd love to see some of your creations, so why not take a photo of yours and email it to me later!

Tuesday 24th March

This afternoon I would like you to undertake some work relating to microorganisms. Begin by watching the video (see link below).

Then carry out some independent research (using the Researchify link) relating to how microorganisms can be both helpful and harmful.

Present this information in an end product of your choice. This could be a fact file, a poster, a summary, a report or you could even use your Microsoft Office account to create a powerpoint.

Microorganisms Video Link


Monday 23rd March

March is Women's History Month, and while the contribution of women should be an important feature in all history teaching, it grants us a further opportunity to celebrate women's history. This month also gives us a chance to highlight significant female figures from different historical periods, such as Sarah Forbes Bonetta, Grace O'Malley and Florence Nightingale.

This afternoon, I would like you to watch the following video clip about Florence Nightingale and then complete some tasks based on what you have found out.

Video Link

Click to complete the quiz

Now I would like you to spend some time exploring the information on the Florence Nightingale Museum webpage. Click on the link below to access this.

Florence Nightingale Museum Link

What impression do you have of Florence? Use evidence from what you have read to support your answer.

Next I would like you to read about The Crimean War.

The Crimean War Link

The Charge of the Light Brigade is an 1854 narrative poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson about the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. He was the poet laureate of the United Kingdom at the time of the writing of the poem.

Finish this afternoon by reading the poem and reflecting on Alfred's use of language and figurative techniques.

Charge Of The Light Brigade - Poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson

HALF a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
'Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns! ' he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

'Forward, the Light Brigade! '
Was there a man dismay'd?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Some one had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash'd all their sabres bare,
Flash'd as they turn'd in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wonder'd:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro' the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reel'd from the sabre-stroke
Shatter'd and sunder'd.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro' the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder'd.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!

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