MS NELSON & MRS JOYCE
Online Homework - Details to follow
Useful Web links for Year 6
BBC Bitesize is a fantastic site for practising all areas of the Primary Curriculum:
Topmarks is a great site for practising all areas of the English curriculum. By following this site, children can choose to work on their Spelling and Grammar, Punctuation, Writing (including Stories and Poetry) and Reading skills.
Woodlands Junior has many different activities for children and is particularly good for practising grammar and spelling:
All Maths revision and practice can be completed on Sumdog:
Below are some useful website links for the topics covered in Science for Year 6.
Sciencekids.co.nz is a useful way for your child to learn about light, reflections and shadows through games.
Topic – The Mayans
For useful information on the Mayans, you can visit these sites:
On the 1st of November 2018, Maple class traveled to The Chilton Open Air Museum to find out what it was like to be an evacuee in WW2. There were a number of experiences to do with domestic life, rationing, living in shelters and school life.
Meeting Mr. Tom
Mr. Tom is a fictional character from the book Goodnight Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian. He couldn’t pronounce words well (he would say electricity as electrikity) and he wouldn’t use Standard English. He didn’t like children very much; the only child he could tolerate was a polite one. Minutes within arriving, we had to do jobs for Mr. Tom: we polished shoes, brass coins and washed potatoes. After we finished our jobs, Mr. Tom gave us a tour of his house and told us about William, Sammy and his family who had perished. When he talked about his family, he looked upset, which might explain his attitude towards children.
Meeting Mr Tom made me feel sorry for evacuees because they had to do difficult jobs and live with strangers who might have treated then harshly.
Modern Mrs. Brant
Then we met Mrs. Brant. She was a rather modern woman for the 1940s. She talked to us about rationing and the WI (Women’s Institute). She gave us a brief tour of her house - so modern it had electricity and an indoor lavatory - before she asked us to wash her tea towels. Washing in the 1940s was a laborious endeavour. It required soaking, scrubbing onto wash-boards, followed by rinsing, wranging and finally using a special device called a mangle, which would rid the washing of the excess water.
Education in the 1940s
After lunch, we experienced what it was like to be a student in the 1940s. Evacuees learnt the 3Rs: reading, Writing and Arithmetic. We had an arithmetic lesson first. We answered calculations on a slate and wrote with a slate pencil (they were both made of rock). Miss Hartridge was very strict. She would tell people to stop talking even if she only heard a whisper! At the time, it was believed that your left hand was controlled by the devil. Therefore, there was no left handed writing or you would be caned. We were given fountain pens to write with and copybooks to write on. We needed to copy the letters and numbers onto the next line. Every ten seconds, the ink would run out so we dipped it into an ink well and carried on. This is what children in 1940s had to do.
If you ever thought your parents are strict and you’re unlucky, think about the evacuees. They were lucky to have one sweet on a Sunday and their parents, carers and teachers were much stricter than your parents.
Harleen (Pupil Maple class)