Monday 1st March 2021

Good morning Year 6 and welcome to your last (hopefully) week on remote learning! This time next week we will all be together again!

We look forward to seeing you all on Zoom at 9:05am

Today, you may have found out which secondary school you are going to – please let us know which school and how you feel about it.

We will be having a drop-in session at 10am. If you would like to talk about your secondary school, please come along.

Meeting ID: 989 7295 9052

Passcode:  6axS5V

Warm up activity (15 minutes)

Please complete this week’s retrieval quiz.

Retrieval Quiz


Reading (40 minutes)

Start by having a look over today’s vocabulary:

Disobedience – failure to obey rules.

Trudged – walk slowly with heavy steps. 

Stern – very strict.

Dismantled – take something to pieces.

Sulphurous – a chemical


Have a read of the next part of the text:


And so Tom found himself being sent off to do Gut-duty while all the other apprentices were busy celebrating the capture of Salthook. After a long, embarrassing lecture in Pomeroy’s office (“Disobedience, Natsworthy … Striking a senior Apprentice … What would your poor parents have thought?”) he trudged over to Tottenham Court Road station and waited for a down elevator.

When it came, it was crowded. The seats in the upper compartment were packed with arrogant-looking men and women from the Guild of Engineers, the most powerful of the four Great Guilds which ran London. They gave Tom the creeps, with their bald heads and those long white rubber coats they wore, so he stayed standing in the lower section, where the stern face of the Lord Mayor stared down at him from posters saying, Movement is Life – Help the Guild of Engineers keep London moving! Down and down went the elevator, stopping at all the familiar stations – Bakerloo, High Holborn, Low Holborn, Bethnal Green – and at every stop another crowd of people surged into car, squashing him against the back wall until it was almost a relief to reach the bottom and step out into the noise and bustle of the Gut.

The Gut was where London dismantled the towns it caught: a stinking sprawl of yards and factories between the Jaws and the central engine-rooms. Tom loathed it. It was always noisy, and it was staffed by workers from the lower tiers, who were dirty and frightening, and convicts from the Deep Gut Prisons, who were worse. The heat down there always gave him a headache and the sulphurous air made him sneeze and the flicker of the argon globes which lit the walkways hurt his eyes. But the Guild of Historians always made sure some of its staff were on hand when a town was being digested, and tonight he would have to join them and go about reminding the tough old foreman of the Gut that any books and antiques aboard the new catch were the rightful property of his Guild and that history was just as important as bricks and iron and coal.

He fought his way out of the elevator terminus and hurried towards the Guild of Historians’ warehouse, through tubular corridors lined with green ceramic tiles and across metal catwalks high above the fiery gulfs of the Digestion Yards. Far below him he could see Salthook being torn to pieces. It looked tiny now, dwarfed by the vastness of London. Big yellow dismantling machines were crawling around it on tracks and swinging above it on cranes and clambering over it on hydraulic spider-legs. Its wheels and axles had already been taken off, and work was starting on the chassis. Circular saws as big as Ferris wheels bit into the deck-plates, throwing up plumes of sparks. Great blasts of heat came billowing from furnaces and smelters, and before he had gone twenty paces Tom could feel the sweat starting to soak through the armpits of his black uniform tunic.

But when he finally reached the warehouse, things started to look a bit brighter. Salthook had not had a museum or a library, and the small heaps that had been salvaged from the town’s junk-shops were already being packed into crates for their journey up to Tier Two. If he was lucky he might be allowed to finish early and catch the end of the celebrations! He wondered which Guildsman was in charge tonight. If it was old Arkengarth or Dr Weymouth he was doomed – they always made you work your whole shift whether there was anything to do or not. If it was Potty Pewtertide or Miss Plym he might be all right …


Today, we are going to be completing a ‘thinking out loud’ activity of this text.

Watch the video below to remind yourself how.


Complete your own ‘Thinking out Loud’ about the whole text. Remember to take your time and really think about each part.


Writing (40 minutes)

In today’s lesson, we are going to be recapping on what is meant by active and passive sentences.

What can you remember?

Here is an active sentence

The girl ran through the park with her running club.


Here is the same sentence but this time it is passive

The park was run through by the girl with her running club.

What do you notice?

Here are some definitions:

Active Voice

In an active sentence, the subject performs the action (the verb) to the object.


Passive Voice

In a passive sentence, the thing that would normally be the object gets turned into the subject through the use of the passive form of the verb. They often include a prepositional phrase starting with ‘by’.


Now work through the information and the tasks on the PowerPoint below.

Active and passive


Maths (1 hour 10 minutes)

Starter challenge:

This week, we are back to some Rapid Reasoning questions.

Here are today’s questions:

Main activity

This week, we are going to recap on our number skills and our knowledge of number facts.

Today we will be looking at:

  • Square numbers
  • Cube numbers
  • Prime numbers
  • Square roots

Section 1: Square numbers

When we are squaring a number or trying to find the square of a number there is a little 2 above the number e.g.

When we are squaring a number, we simply need to multiply the number by itself.

is the same as 3 x 3

= 9


Let’s have a look at another one:

is the same as 9 x 9

= 81


Now you have a go by completing the grid below.



Section 2: Cubed numbers

When we are cubing a number or trying to find the cube of a number, we use a little 3 above the number to show this i.e.

When we are cubing a number, we simply multiply the number by itself and then by itself again.

This is the same as 2 x 2 x 2.

We can help ourselves further by putting brackets around the first calculation:

(2 x 2) x 2 =

Then we solve the calculation remembering that we need to solve the brackets first:

(2 x 2) x 2 =

4 x 2 = 8

The answer is 8.

Let’s have a look at another example:

5 x 5 x 5 =

(5 x 5) x 5 =

25 x 5 = 125

The answer is 125

Now your turn:

Complete the table below:



Section 3: Prime Numbers

Prime numbers are numbers that can only be divided by themselves and the number 1 without leaving a remainder. You could also view is as numbers that only appear in the 1 times table and in their own times tables.

One example is:


7 can not be divided by anything apart from 1 and 7. If we divided it by anything else then it would leave a remainder.

7 also only appears in the 1 times table and the 7 times table.


Can you think of any other examples?


23 is another example. Does it appear in any times tables apart from 1 and 23?



Complete this Maths Mystery that is based on Prime numbers

Prime numbers 2


Section 4: Square Root

Watch this video first for an explanation

Now try these:


Independent Reading (20 minutes)

Spend the next 20 minutes reading a book of your own choice of catching up on chapters of The Explorer.


Spelling (20 minutes)

Complete the spelling mat all about the word achieve.

Spelling mat


Geography (1 hour 10 minutes)

Today’s question is:

What is ‘Global trade’?

First, think back to last week. Can you write down 5 facts that you learnt about trade last week?

Now have a look at this week’s vocabulary:

Consumable – something that you can eat or drink​.

Consumer – a person who buys goods or services for their own use​.


Task 1:

Have a look at the shopping list below:

Using the internet, can you research the origin of these items? Where does the UK import them from? Do we make these items here?

Think carefully because some items may include more than one ingredient.


Look at this famous quote from Martin Luther King JR.

“Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half of the world.”


Do you think this is true?

Does this surprise you?

Look at the following image which shows how many different countries are involved in the production of one type of biscuit

Is this surprising to you?

Why do you think we need the help of so many different countries?

Why can’t we grow it all here?

How do you think these items get to us?


Read the following newspaper article:

UK will need to import over half of its food within a generation, farmers warn

Rising population will hit UK’s self-sufficiency if government continues to ignore British food production, say NFU

More than half of the UK’s food will come from overseas within a generation, as a rising population and stalling farm productivity combine to erode what remains of the UK’s self-sufficiency, according to farming leaders.

The UK’s failure to produce more food will leave households more vulnerable to volatile prices and potential shortages, the National Farmers’ Union will say at its annual conference on Tuesday. The farming body will call on politicians to encourage new investment in farming, and develop a national plan for a higher degree of food self-sufficiency.

Meurig Raymond, president of the NFU, warned: “The stark choice for the next government is whether to trust the nation’s food security to volatile world markets or to back British farming and reverse the worrying trend in food production. I want to see a robust plan for increasing the productive potential of farming, stimulating investment and ensuring that the drive to increase British food production is at the heart of every government department.”

The NFU cited “poorly crafted regulation”, including EU and UK policies that have “over-emphasised environmental rather than production outcomes and complicated the business of farming”, and farmers having weak bargaining power with big retailers as key problems affecting agriculture.

Farming production is worth about £26bn a year, while the broader food industry accounts for about £103bn to the UK economy, more than the car and aerospace industries combined, and represents about 3.5m jobs.

According to projections by the NFU, on current trends the UK will reach a tipping point in about 25 years, beyond which a majority of our food will have to be imported, unless governments take strong action to improve food production and protect consumers from a future of relying on food bought from abroad.

Self-sufficiency in food in the UK has been eroded since the 1980s: about 60% of food currently consumed here is grown here, down from nearly 80% in the mid 1980s, even though more varieties of food previously thought of as exotic are now grown in the UK.

The problems created for British farmers when cheap imports flood the UK’s market have been illustrated in recent weeks. A glut of dairy products on international markets has sent prices to farmers plummeting, driving thousands out of business and threatening a future in which the UK has to import its fresh milk. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the government was creating opportunities for farmers. “We are helping the industry become more competitive, at home and abroad, by opening up record numbers of international food markets to export our produce, making it easier for our schools and hospitals to buy local, helping consumers to choose UK products through improved country-of-origin labelling, and investing in cutting-edge technology such as GPS-guided tractors.”

Taken from an article written in the Guardian newspaper

by Fiona Harvey. Tuesday 24 Feb 2015 06.01 GMT


Task 2:

Write an explanation that explains the following:

Why is global trade necessary?

Do you think global trade could cause conflict between countries? Why?


TT Rockstars

Make sure you take part in the last remote learning competition!


Story time

Enjoy the next chapter of The Explorer


Well done Year 6 – another fantastic day!

See you in the morning.

Miss Kinsella and Mrs Maruzza

30 thoughts on “Monday 1st March 2021

  • 1st March 2021 at 9:38 am

    So im kind of scared but REALLY excited because my brother is in this school and the last time i was in a school with him i was in year 1 and i’m probably going to see all my friends there but the down ward side is that i’m going to be leaving this school and i know that its not going to be easy for some and i hope i see the class that i’m with at that school okay i’m going to tell you my school that i’m going to next
    (Northampton Academy) and the posh way of saying it (N.A) i’m happy i picked this school so i’m going to try and make year 6 the best year before i leave primary .

    • 1st March 2021 at 10:04 am

      That is great to hear! I’m so pleased that you are happy!! We will make Year 6 the best year possible!

  • 1st March 2021 at 10:23 am

    “Where are you going?”,asked Shaun
    mortal engines

    • 1st March 2021 at 11:52 am

      Great work Aamirat. Have you answered the other questions?

  • 1st March 2021 at 10:23 am

    Square roots


    • 1st March 2021 at 1:07 pm

      Fantastic work! Well done Sadia!

  • 1st March 2021 at 10:29 am


  • 1st March 2021 at 11:07 am

    makes me fee like it about love
    After a long, embarrassing lecture in Pomeroy’s office
    it was embarrassing
    What would your poor parents have thought?
    their poor
    When it came, it was crowded. The seats in the upper compartment were packed with arrogant-looking men and women from the Guild of Engineers,
    there was a massive crowd like they are brobaly they are having a party

    • 1st March 2021 at 11:15 am

      Some good thoughts Alex – well done!

  • 1st March 2021 at 11:09 am

    I am really happy to go back to school because on the feiled
    There is an climing fram

    • 1st March 2021 at 11:14 am

      I am really looking forward to you all being back as well!

  • 1st March 2021 at 11:14 am

    2²= 2×2=4
    3²= 3×3=9
    4²= 4×4=16
    5²= 5×5=25
    6²=36 6×6
    8²=64 8×8
    9²=81 9×9
    10²=100 10×10

    3³= 3x3x3 =27
    4³= 4x4x4=64
    5³= 5x5x5 =125
    6³= 6x6x6 =216
    7³= 7x7x7=343
    8³= 8x8x8=512
    9³= 9x9x9=729
    10³= 10x10x10=1000

    Square root
    2= 4×4
    3= 10×10
    4= 5×5
    5= 9×9
    6= 1×1
    7= 12×12
    8= 3×3
    9= 2×2
    10= 7×7
    11= 6×6
    12= 8×8

    • 1st March 2021 at 1:08 pm

      Fantastic work! Well done Dan!

  • 1st March 2021 at 11:26 am

    Global trade is necessary because an example England and Africa England does not have the facility to grow some fruit that is really popular so we would have to trade with Africa for that food

    Global trade could cause conflict because global trade comes with a pride and what if somewhere can not pay that price

    • 1st March 2021 at 11:27 am

      Well done Aamirat. Are you surprised with how much food we import?

  • 1st March 2021 at 11:49 am

    the lawnmower was cutting the grass 2)the boy slid down the slide into the pool 3)the girl was reading a book 4)the boy was eating vegetables for lunch 5)the man was ready to score in tennis 6)the dog was chewing a bone 7)the lion was hunting for meat 8)the birds were chirping and singing in circles 9)the boy was doing his home work 10)the two people were playing a game. 1)the honey was being poured in a bowl 2) the girl was bouncing in the back garden 3)the spider was making a web in the corner of the house 4)the boy was washing his hands cause of covid 5)the man stole half a pizza while the girl was out side 6)a batch of cows were in the desert 7)the cow was in the barn 8)someone shatterd a window out side 9)the cat was purring in his bed 10)the group were playing games on a laptop at school

    • 1st March 2021 at 11:51 am

      Great work Declan. Do you understand active and passive?

  • 1st March 2021 at 11:49 am

    Valentine day
    It really about love because you care for your family if you get what I mean

    • 1st March 2021 at 11:51 am

      Did you read the rest of the text?

  • 1st March 2021 at 11:52 am

    1)11×11 2)2×8 3)10×10 4)5×5 5)1×81 6)1×1 7)12×12 8)3×3 9)2×2 10)1×49 11)6×6 12)1×64

    • 1st March 2021 at 1:09 pm

      Great work Declan but can you check numbers 2, 5, 10 and 12 please.

  • 1st March 2021 at 11:59 am

    1)china india 2)brazil 3)dorset england 4) southeast asia south pacific 5)england 6)scotland uk 7)venezualua brazil 8)canada 9)central asia england 10) england 11)england westom super mear 12)england 13) england 14)middle east

    • 1st March 2021 at 12:04 pm

      Well done Declan. Did this surprise you?

  • 1st March 2021 at 12:08 pm

    1. 1
    2. 4
    3. 9
    4. 4
    5. 25
    6. 36
    7. 49
    8. 64
    10. 100

    • 1st March 2021 at 1:12 pm

      Fantastic work! Well done Alex!

  • 1st March 2021 at 12:30 pm

    1. 0.993
    2. 6,468
    3. 11

    • 1st March 2021 at 1:14 pm

      Well done Zain. Check question 2 please.

  • 1st March 2021 at 12:48 pm

    4.dorset england.
    5.southeast asia south pacific.
    7.scotland uk.
    8.venezualua brazil.
    10.central asia england.
    12.england westom super mear.
    14.england middle east.

    • 1st March 2021 at 1:15 pm

      Well done Zain. Did this surprise you?


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