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Blandford St Mary

Church of England Primary School

'Knowing we are loved, we learn and grow to be the best that we can be.'

11th-15th January Click here for work

Friday 15th January

If you look on the gallery, you will see 3 examples of the planning sheet for your writing that have been sent in.  Remember the more detail on your plan, the easier the writing will be.  You will be starting that writing on Monday as today we do RE instead of English.


As a reminder, you should be doing between 3 and 4 hours of schoolwork a day.  If I have set you too much or not enough, please email me.  Likewise if you want some more challenges in maths, please email me, but only if you have completed the Problem of the Day each day.


I have taken off the document with passwords for Charanga music for security.  If you didn't write it down, please email me for your password before next Thursday!


Spelling and Handwriting p


If you log into Letterjoin, either using this 


you will see a series of Dictation exercise.  Select the 3rd one, called What is Pink? 

You will have to listen, then write then check it.  We are focusing on spelling and handwriting speed.  Once finished you can click on the text and check your spelling and handwriting look like Letterjoin.


If you need it, the  logins are Blandford_6, then select tablet and use a capital L shape on the finger swipe. 

Spr6.2.5 - Fractions to decimals (1)

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There are writing tasks built into this lesson - don't skip them.  Do the written tasks and send them to me please.




You should be reading for 30 minutes a day, just as you would in school.  This should be a chapter book and the best time for this is after lunch, when we would have done Whole Class Guided Reading.

Spelling Shed for 30 minutes on Year 3 and 4 words please


We continue with our study of Georgia O'Keeffe which we started last Friday.  

Can you still remember the answer to  these questions:-


Where and when did she live?

What is she most famous for?

Name 3 different types of her paintings.

What type of art is this type of painting called?

The clip says "she focuses on elimination and emphasis".  What do you think that means in her art?


If you can't go back to the Art section of last Friday 8t January and rewatch the Youtube clip.


Start today by visiting the Tate gallery for kids here and learn about her paintings with skulls in:-




Now pick one of her famous paintings that are shown in the Tate Gallery kids section and try and copy it or create your own that mixes an animal skull with flowers (not human skulls).


PE with Joe Wicks 9am


Thursday 14th January 

Good morning all!   Firstly can I say a belated thankyou to all the parents who donated money for our Christmas party food at the end of last term.  That was only 4 weeks ago, but seems a lifetime ago.

You'll have seen in the gallery some of the work sent in.  Lots of you have really enjoyed the Science, which I'm pleased about.  


I am awarding House Points (don't worry I am keeping a tally) to May, Willow, Damien and Zac for getting over 75% in their spag work, to Willow, Hubert, Tristan, Olivia, Olivia-Rose and Finley for improving their levels on readtheory and to Harvey, Luca, Bailey and Hannah for English work.  Luca, Finley and Harvey also get a House Point for being Royal Bees on spelling shed on 11th January.


Today is a PE day so there will seem like less work: that's because you need to take at least 45 minutes of some kind of exercise.



Start with Fluent in Five, then watch today's video.


Spr6.2.4 - Decimals as fractions

This is "Spr6.2.4 - Decimals as fractions" by White Rose Maths on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

TT Rockstars - can you make it to Rock Hero?


I will be playing on TT Rockstars 11.30 to 11.50 if you want to challenge me.  My name is Yuki One.  I just need to go and revise 12 x 11, 8 x 9, and 7 x 8 first!

Today is planning day; tomorrow is writing day, but we know from experience that the writing will take more than a 45 minute session.  For today, make sure your plan is cram-packed full of detail IN NOTE FORM.  Use the activities already completed to fill out your plan: you already chose characters, settings, objects and dilemmas.  You have already though about showing not telling and what speech you could add.


Look at your toolkit work from the booklet while you plan.  The better your plan, the easier the writing will be.  This is ideas day!


Spelling Shed


I have set an assignment on Spelling Shed for you on the Yea 3/4 words, so you don't forget how to spell them.

Answers to Reading Comprehension from Tuesday - scroll to page 4

I know the link to Youtube will work for those at home.  If you are in school, Youtube may be filtered, so you will have to listen to the story when you get home. Sorry!  Trying to sort it out.



A few steps here for you to follow so that I can give you your own access to Charanga so that you can do the unit we would have been doing in school.


1.  Open the spreadsheet attached and find your name and password for Charanga.

2.  Log in to Charanga as a student

3.  Complete the assignment - Step 1 today.

4.  Let me know what you think.

Wednesday 13th January 2021



Start the day with Joe Wicks at 9am on CBBC/Youtube,



First start with some Mental Arithmetic online games - choose from any of the Maths Games you can find on our blog, such as Hit The Button.


Then watch the video below before you tackle the worksheet.



Spr6.2.3 - Division to solve problems

This is "Spr6.2.3 - Division to solve problems" by White Rose Maths on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.


Look at and read Activity 8 in the TfW booklet.  You are going to work through 5 steps as you work towards planning your story.


You need to make some choices about the key bits of your story.  I have attached a template for Activity 8 but you can also make notes without using it.  The main thing is to do the thinking.   After Activity 8 you are going to draw your setting for Activity 9 - this could be like a book cover or a picture that would go with your story.  


I definitely want to see these! and then some Reading after/before lunch.

I have set work on  

Computing and PSHE

Tuesday 12th January




Start by marking your Fluent in 5 and Number of the Day from yesterday.  


From today onwards these will be on the blog on the same day, so that you can mark them immediately, just like we do in the classroom.


Then watch the video for today's maths.

Maths - Divide decimals by integers video

This is "Spr6.2.2 - Divide decimals by integers" by White Rose Maths on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

English - Please do Activity Six and Seven

For Activity Six, please copy out the sentence that is the most effective and explain which bits of the toolkit (look back at yesterday if you can't remember) make it the best one.  This is a short activity.


For Activity Seven, this is 10 minutes of concentrated short-burst writing.  Set your timer - I would expect at least half a page from most people. 


Then CHECK it!!!!   Get your blue pen out and edit as you would in school.


That should have taken you about 30 minutes.    Your next task is to do the Reading Comprehension paper on Lasers.  This will take 20-25 minutes.

Reading Comprehension Paper on Lasers

Spelling Shed (20 minutes) and Read Theory (20 minutes)



Science today is the 2nd lesson in the topic “Humans and Animals over time”.   Watch the Oak National Academy lesson and join in the tasks during the lesson. 


After you have done this, I would like you to do 2 things to consolidate your understanding.


1.  Drawing me a picture strip of how fossils are formed and annotate this with what happens at each stage

2.  Then explaining in words in a paragraph how fossils are formed, what fossils can tell us about evolution (change over time) and why we don’t have fossils for everything that has lived in the past.

Good morning Year 6 and welcome to Week 2 of Lockdown#2


Last week it was wonderful to see 23 of you on digital platforms and I received work from 14 of you.  Try and send me at least one piece of work by the end of the week.  This will keep you motivated and then I can give you some feedback.  We are all going to draw on the resilience and self-motivation we've learnt about last term.  It's tough, but we will be together again this term sometime!


This morning we have a class Zoom at 11am, when I am going to talk about our English unit, set you all a challenge and then Mrs Dolman is going to read the start of The Last Wild.


The Zoom link is here:  make sure that you are not in your bedroom and that your name, not your parent's name appears on your computer screen.  If I don't recognise you, I can't admit you from the waiting room.


Topic: Year 6 Weekly zoom teaching
Time: Jan 11, 2021 11:00 AM London

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 814 0065 0715
Passcode: Hb8V7h


We continue with Sandy Cove, using some of the elements of it to practise suspense writing.  The end of the unit will be writing our own suspense story.

I have put 2 activities on for today, and an extension task on the end of Activity 4.


Activity 3: Using your Suspense Toolkit

We’ve used toolkits last term.  Now is the time to analyse Sandy Cove in more detail to see which tools in our toolkit are being used.   Try and find at least one example for each item on the left of the table and write it in the right hand column.


To try and scare you, the writer could use

Example in Sandy  Cove


Showing not telling, eg “Rahul gripped Joe’s arms.”





Short, snappy sentences, eg “They froze”.





Speech that moves the action on





Empty words/nouns, eg, “somebody/it”





Threatening noises or animal sounds eg, put MC in the dark/alone





Make weather/settlng reflect the mood





Reveal a worrying though using a question









Activity 4 Show-not-tell practice

This is a great tool to use for characterisation.  We don’t want to tell the reader how the character is feeling; we want to show them by what is happening to their body, how they are talking, how they are moving or how they treat people.  Try and write down 2 or 3 ideas for each of the other emotions below.


For example:  



Joe was scared

Joe froze

The hair on the back of his nec stood up

Joe’s heart raced.

He whispered to Rahul, breathing rapidly between each word.

Rahul was exhausted







Rahul was shy






Extension:   Joe was self-conscious








Adventure at Sandy Cove

Activity 3 & 4 to print out if needed

Spelling & spelling test

Here are the new spellings to learn for 18th January.

Practise the new spellings by writing a line of each for handwriting practice..  Then use the words in context (create a sentence using each one correctly).


Then go onto spelling shed and do the spelling test on last week's spelling words.  If you can't get onto Spelling shed, ask your grown-up or sibling to test you on last week's words.


Spr6.2.1 - Multiply decimals by integers

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TTRS - 20 minutes please today



There is an Oak National Academy lesson on Ancient Greece, which will introduce you to the geography and society structure of Ancient Greece.   Listen to the end of the lesson and then do the quiz.


There is so much more to this unit and you are going to start by finding out about The Trojan Horse.

Research the myth of The Trojan Horse and then retell it, either in your own words, as a story, or as a story map, or as a cartoon strip.  Then send it in to me.