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UKS2 Weekly Newsletter 22.06.2020

                                                                                                                        Monday 22nd June 2020

Hello Year 5/6 parents, carers and children,

Welcome to our 12th weekly newsletter. We’ve now been in lockdown for 92 days, however, the guidelines are changing regularly so some of you may now have some freedom to socially distance with people you haven’t seen for a long time.

As always, your teachers have been busy at home preparing home learning packs, ringing you all to see how you are and looking at getting lessons ready for those of you who are returning to school on the 29th June. School has been deep cleaned and classrooms set up especially for each learning ‘bubble’. Hygiene routines are all ready to go and 2m distance markings have been carefully placed around the school site. We are looking forward to seeing some of you face to face again, in a safe environment and have some fantastic, exciting lessons planned. If you are wondering what school might be like, there is a leaflet saved with today’s newsletter that we have shared before. You can also view it here:

When we aren’t doing school work, here are a few other things that some of us have been up to!
Miss Thornton’s dog, Louie, has finally been for a lockdown groom. She think he looks hilarious, what do you think? Miss Jones has been getting green fingered and has grown her very first tomato. Well done, Miss Jones! In between stormy and rainy weather, Mrs Naylor has been making the most of her local area and going on some lovely walks with her boys.


Activity Bingo

It can be hard to find the energy and motivation to exercise, when we are spending a lot of time at home and indoors, but it is important to stay active for both our physical and mental health. Why don’t you try some of these simple ideas for keeping active at home? Perhaps you can challenge someone else in your household and see who comes out on top!

Take One Picture

It has been a couple of weeks since we did a photo theme – Key Stage One have even got on board with the idea! It is nice to vary the work that we do at home so, this week, let’s have a go at some of the activities below.

Could you…create a water picture?

Perhaps you could draw a picture of a beach with the waves crashing onto the shore or maybe a tranquil pond with beautiful wildflowers and frogs perched on lily pads. You might like to simply recreate the image from the grid. Experiment with the resources you have at home: crayons, pencils, coloured tissue paper or paint.

Could you…create a tsunami map?

Plot on a world map the countries that have experienced a tsunami. Do you notice anything special?


Could you…finish the story?

It was that time again… our annual surfing trip to Devon. While my parents packed up the suitcases and loaded up the car for the long journey ahead, we chatted excitedly about what an incredible holiday this was going to be.

Not too long into the journey, the beautifully clear, blue sky became dark and ominous. All of a sudden, crashing towards the long line of traffic, was a colossal wave – not the kind you’d want to catch on a surf board either!

Desperately, people raced wildly out of their cars, running, screaming and panicking yet, as I looked to my left, I saw a man stood still like a statue.

Could you… look a little deeper?

The ocean is full of fantastic marine life. Could you sketch a picture of what the people in the cars might see through the waves?


The Tsunami


Questions to Talk About


Who do you think the man is and why is he there?

How do you think the people who are in the vehicles are feeling at this point and why?

If you were in one of those cars, what do you think you would do?

Historical Research
Could you… create a tsunami fact sheet?

Use the internet, books or even ask a knowledgeable family member to try and answer the questions below:

-What is a tsunami? What causes it?
-Are some countries more likely to suffer tsunamis? Why?
- How high can a tsunami wave be?
-What types of devastation can a tsunami cause?

What other amazing facts can you find out?


Could you…write your own water themed maths problem and solve it?

For example:
Abdul’s market stall sells freshly bottled water at 15p a bottle. He sells, on average, 92 bottles per day.

How much money will he make in 4 days?


Did you manage to break last week’s maths codebreaker? The answer was: We miss you. Stay safe.

Take care and enjoy spending time together!

The Year 5/6 Team