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Week Beginning 1st June

Hello Oaks,

We hope you and your families are all well and have enjoyed a wonderfully sunny and relaxing half term.

This week some of your home learning will be set via Oak Academy online learning. The lessons you will complete are made by qualified and experienced teachers.

Each lesson will be delivered via a video which will contain activities to practise learning along the way. There may also be extra activities to do when the video has ended, this will help you to embed and further practise your skills. These activities will be in the 'next activity' tab in the bottom right hand corner.

We hope you enjoy this new form of home learning and find the lessons both inspiring and informative.

As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Take care

Mrs Ruggiero & Mrs Penniall x


As from this week, we will be setting two extended English lessons to complete, ideally on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Both lessons are suitable for both year 5 and year 6 as they contain a variety of elements, so that you can complete as much of them as you can - but please do not put yourselves under any pressure to complete them all.


Both lessons are based on a famous poem, 'Macavity' written by TS Elliot.. In the first session you can look at the illustrations that accompany the poem and answer questions about them. You can listen to TS Eliot reading the poem and practise reading it yourselves. You can make predictions about the poem, research tricky vocabulary and have the option to write some definitions.


In the second lesson, you can fill in some missing blank words about the poem and have fun writing a Police Custody Report for the culprit and his crimes! You then have the option of learning some of the poem by heart and tips on how to do that.


If any of you want any more English activities to complete, there is an optional third lesson linked to this poem in which you can read a playscript all about the courtroom trial of 'Macavity', look at the features of a playscript and get the chance to write your own playscript. Please email me on if you would like me to forward this lesson to you. Most importantly have fun learning about this famous cat!


The lessons and videos are split into Year 5 and Year 6. Please select your year group below to access the work. 



'Lights, camera, action!'

This week you will be creating another short segment of film to add to the one you have already made about the heart. You will be thinking about what we do to keep our bodies healthy.

Once again there are tasks to get your families involved.  

Please have a look at the plan and follow each of the activities set out for you to do. Again use your Active Learn log in details to access any screens or videos that you need.

Please feel free to send me any of your completed film segments in whatever form you choose to do them. I'll then add some to the website.


I hope that you have all been making the most of this glorious weather by doing lots of exercise at home? Looking forward to hearing what you have all been doing. I have found my daily exercise to have been so important to me these last couple of months. I have started running again first thing in the morning and have been rewarded with sights of monkjack, hares and an orchestra of birdsong! I have also been doing  Pilates every week which helps with my core strength and lots of rural walks from home. 

Whatever you are doing I hope you are enjoying it. If you fancy a change here is this week's Virtual School Games Challenge which is an Athletics/Pentathlon themed Challenge with activities that you can easily do at home. Enjoy! Love from Mrs P x


This week you will be learning about all the different types of volcanoes and how they are formed. The powerpoint is very interesting, particularly the map at the end which shows the areas of volcanic activity around the world. There is then a variety of activities to choose from: from drawing a picture of an erupting volcano to making to writing a poem about volcanoes. 


Watch out for new activities next week!