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Week commencing Monday 30th March 2020

Dear Year 6 and Parents

Science Evolution Lessons 1 and 2:
Our first lesson this week is Science. We are going to learn about Evolution as it would be a little tricky to continue with our Electricity learning!
Lesson 1: Your first lesson introduces you to the idea of inheritance and adaptation. Your task is to go through the lesson presentation to find out about what these words mean, but first print or write out what you currently know about some of the scientific words they are going to introduce you too. You could then look at these words again later in the week to see what you have learned and remembered! Then, you will need to look at the 'Inherited characteristics cards' and decide whether the characteristics were inherited or acquired. I have also included the answers on the presentation so that you can check at the end, so you will need to make sure you don't fly through the presentation without pausing to do the activity and watch the videos.
Lesson 2: The next lesson looks at how living things have 'adapted' to their environments over a long period of time. After going through the lesson presentation, your task is to match the living things with their environments and the adaptive traits using the 'Adaptive Traits' activity sheets. There are three levels from easier (one star) to the hardest task (three stars). Again, the answers are included.

To help you with this unit, I have included a link to BBC Bitesize which has lots of videos for you watch .

English Lesson 1:
This week, we are going to do some activities linked to the Harry Potter books. It doesn't matter if you haven't read them as all the resources are attached to our class page. The answers are included, but please just send to me copies of any writing which you have done. I can then give you some feedback. Although there may seem like quite a bit to cover for each lesson, please feel free to fit this around your own schedule, and if you can't manage it, then that's OK too. Just have a go at what you can, and enjoy whatever you are learning!

Maths Lesson 1:
To encourage your child's mathematical thinking and language, I have attached a link to the NRICH maths website run by Cambridge University. Their problems are used widely by many teachers and offer thought-provoking challenges.

This link will take to to a puzzle/game called 'Nice or Nasty'. It is a two-player game and all that you need is a pencil and some paper and a dice. If you don't have a dice, don't worry, as they have a 'virtual' dice/spinner linked to the page. Alternatively, most phones or tablets have 'virtual' dice or spinners or they can be easily downloaded. Another idea, would be to make your own! Once you've got to grips with the game, you can make changes to make it more challenging or 'nastier' as they suggest! It can also be developed for more players.

This game supports the understanding of place value and strategic thinking, as well as being very engaging. I would love to know how the children have found it.

A copy of the problem is also available as a download on our page.

Maths Lesson 2:
This lesson is all about developing your child's understanding about the different ways to pay for things, and knowing how to decide on the most appropriate method to use. This will help to develop your child's understanding of managing finances and will begin to prepare them for high school. There are various activities and videos, but the main activity will need some guidance from an adult who can answer questions about bank cards, bank accounts and how to pay for things. This should be a really good opportunity to share some life skills with your child. There are four attachments to look at which are included on the class page. I hope you enjoy sharing your wisdom!

Other fun stuff!
There are some other fun things to do which I thought you would like to try such as looking at animals using augmented reality in your own home! There are a number of links if you Google '3D animals' using your phone or tablet. Basically, you search for an animal in Google (for example a labrador), and when you scroll down, it asks if you would like to view it as 3D. On most phones or tablets (not mine as it's a bit old), you then get the option to view the animal in your setting. You just have to then wiggle your phone or tablet around a little bit and then, lo and behold, you can view the animal in your home! You can then make the animal larger or smaller, or move it around. I have had great fun with this as you can take a photo of yourself with the animal! I now have a photo of an emperor penguin in my kitchen and a pug, a macaw and a labrador in my lounge (they make noises, too). This links well with our new Science topic on Evolution and animals.

I would love to see any photos you take so I can share on our class page.

Another link you can try is where you can click on 'Live webcams' to view the animals, day or night. I have been enjoying watching the penguins jumping around their nesting area, and the panda having a sleep!

Free language courses for children:
You may be interested to know that Rosetta Stone Languages are currently offering three months of free language courses for children. Here is the link:

Good luck!

Mrs Bird

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