Year Six Home Learning Daily Update ***Tuesday 14th July 2020***

Good Morning Year 6,

Don’t forget to check out the Science activity for Year 6 this morning – it will appear after this post right here on the Year 6 Beavers Blog page.

Your daily timetable is below.

Have a good day everyone.

The Year 6 Team.

Tuesday 14th July 2020
9:30-10:15Maths 2do: Common factors, common multiples and prime numbers
Identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers.

White Rose Maths https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/  
Summer Term Week 10 lesson 2

There is a teacher demonstration and then a set of question to complete with answers provided to check once completed.    There is no requirement for this work to be uploaded/shared with teachers.
10:30 -11:15Comprehension 2do: Nightfall on the Somme – Chapter 6
Early morning on July the 1st 1916 and the British army get their orders. So, over the top, Neville and his mates, go, walking as ordered until they are shocked to the core.
11:15-12:00English 2do: The story continues
The chapter finishes with the soldiers boldly walking across the battlefield when Jack gets shot. What happens next? Continue the story.
1:00 – Onwards  Topic 2dos: Edith Cavell
Write about the life of Edith Cavell.
Here is a mind-map to help organise your ideas:

Don’t forget the Year 6 science activity for this week.

Arty Friday! Drawing with a rubber

Hello everyone! Today we are going to draw with, not a pencil…. but a rubber! Watch Brandon in this little clip below:

Start by doing a experimental page with different marks. Can you make lines? Circles? Squiggles? What happens if you draw back into the space?

All you need is a pencil, a rubber and something to draw on

Cover your paper with quick lines. Finn is drawing for you today.

Rub the pencil markings with a tissue to make it a bit more even.

Use the rubber to draw into the shaded area

Draw back into the white spaces with your pencil

Keep going back and forth between the rubber and the pencil until you are happy with your picture.

It’s a robot alien!

Remember to send me your pictures! l.bentley@beavers.hounslow.sch.uk


Arty Friday! Sound creatures

Watch this funny animation about some strange tiny creatures. What noises can you hear? How does each noise fit the appearance of the creature?

Hello everyone!

Today we are going to think about how artists use sound.

Can you make a lumpy noise? How would a squeaky sound look?

We’re going to draw some creatures by listening to some interesting noises! Click on the link here:


At the bottom of the page you will find some sounds to listen to while you draw your creatures. What kind of creature would make each sound? Do they sound long? Busy? Friendly?

Here are some creatures that we drew at my home while we listened to the noises:

After this you could….

  • Make your own strange noises for your siblings to draw creatures to
  • Record some interesting sound effects from around the house with a phone (and then use this to make a stop motion)
  • Create a comic strip where your creatures can star

Remember to send me your great pictures! l.bentley@beavers.hounslow.sch.uk


Arty Friday! Drawing large

Hello! Remember how we drew very small a few weeks ago? This time we are going to be drawing extra big.


Watch the children here drawing. They use very loose movements to create their drawings.

You will need: something to draw with and something to draw on. We have used an opened up cereal box and a pen.

Rosa is going to draw for you today. She is in Year 3.

Have a good look at your object. Start where you feel comfortable.

Add details.

Work your way around. Move your object to get a better look at it.

Use different marks to show texture. Rosa is using small dashes here.

Cross-hatching (little lines crossing each other) is good for showing darker areas and shade.

Use your pen or pencil on its side to get a dry effect.

Using the pen or pencil on its very tip will produce some very fine lines.

Finished! Now send it to:


Look out for your work in the newsletter!


Science Challenge!

This week’s science challenge 🙂

First lets warm our Science brains up! Click the link below and start guessing what you think the picture zoomed in lots of times is! You can get your adults to guess too! Slowly zoom out and see if you were right!!


Did you get it right? So your challenge this week is to find objects (that can get wet) around your house and fill a bath/sink/bucket/bowl with water and test if the items float or sink! Make a prediction before you test it!

Try an orange….. Then peel it and watch what happens!

Don’t forget to take photos of you and your experiment and send them to me – science@beavers.hounslow.sch.uk

Happy experimenting!!


Arty Friday! Mapping lockdown

Can you make a map of your time during lockdown?

Think back to places you have been in lockdown and what you see and hear there. You are going to make a map. Your map might show your room, your home, your street, or the park. You could map the sounds, the trees or funny things that happened.

You might want to map the places you had phone calls or zooms from; anything that reflects your experiences!

Have a look at these examples:

This map shows places the artist goes everyday. Where do you tend to go?
Here neighbours’ typical daily conversations are written down. What sounds do you hear every day?

Here’s a map I made of the places we went to in lockdown. We went to the same park, and nowhere else, every day for 2 months! So we got to know it really well. I used a black pen and watercolours for this.
This is by my son in Year 6. He said, ‘The Lego figures represent my grandparents and aunts. I put glasses over them because we can’t see them because of lockdown. The wool represents emails, zooms and postcards that they send me,’

This is by my son in nursery. He said, ‘The red is the kitchen. The white circle is me. This road goes to the park. Here is a cow that isn’t really there,’

You could use paper, paints, fabric, toys, or anything to be in your lockdown map. You could draw it in chalk on your pavement, or ice it on a cake!

See if you can persuade your family to do their own maps, or make one all together.

Looking forward to seeing your creations!

Send them to me at: L.bentley@beavers.hounslow.sch.uk


Year Six Home Learning Daily Update ***Monday 15th June 2020***

Good Morning Year 6,

This week’s weekly activity is ‘Cooking’. Look at the post below and learn the to cook something for your family this week all by yourself (with help from an adult for the cooking process!)

It is also Musical Monday – please check out the activities set for you by Mr Paisios here: https://beaversprimary.wordpress.com/category/music/

Miss Antoniou will be contacting you throughout the week to join her and Miss Roberts on a Zoom video activity. Ask your parents and guardians to check their emails. She is really looking forward to seeing you all.

Below is your timetable for today. Don’t forget to start the day with a PE lesson with Joe Wicks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oz_9rb8LEg

The Year 6 Team.

Monday 15th June 2020
9:30-10:15Maths 2do: Probability
Answering question about probability.

White Rose Maths https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/
 Summer Term Week 8 lesson 1
Solve 2-step equations
There is a teacher demonstration and then a set of questions to complete with answers provided to check once completed.   The worksheet will follow this blog. There is no requirement for this work to be uploaded/shared with teachers.
10:30 -11:15Comprehension 2do: Secret Agent Grandpa– chapter 4
Mia and Grandad visit the secret spy base underneath the nursing home. Test your knowledge of the chapter with these five brain-busting questions.
11:15-12:00English 2do: Devastator 9000
Write a detailed product specification for the Devastator 9000, describing all of its special features.
1:00 – Onwards  Topic 2do: Tsunami 2respond
Respond to the emails from Anna. Can you give sensible advice?

Topic 2do: 2DIY 3D
Try out this game. Can you improve it?

Don’t forget there the Music Monday activities set by Mr Paisios: https://beaversprimary.wordpress.com/category/music/

And the weekly activity for Year 6 on the blog page about cooking.


Good morning everyone!

Please don’t forget to log in to Yumu with your existing username and password. You can access online music lessons and songs:



Username: p1224855

Password: indigo


Username: p1224907

Password: presto


Ebeneezer Sneezer

This is a fun song with silly words to help with our counting. Try both versions without dropping the stick! You can use any wooden spoon instead.



Ebeneezer Sneezer what a cookie man

Walks upon his elbows every chance he can

Dresses up in paper even when it pours

Whistles Yankee Doodle every time he snores!

Oh Ebeneezer what a man! YEAH!


Seated on the floor with one stick (or pencil or any other “stick like” object!)

Throughout the song the beat is tapped on the knee (alternating left and right).

With the stick the rhythm is tapped on the floor.

When there is a rest swap hands – the stick is passed into the hand that was keeping a beat and with the hand that had the stick, click fingers.

On the final line the pattern changes slightly in that there are two rests “Oh Ebeneezer what a man! (CHANGE) YEAH! (CHANGE)


Learn drumming, using saucepans and kitchen utensils

If you are at home, you can still learn to drum, using pots and pans from around the house and two wooden spoons.

In this video, Neil Urquhart teaches you how to set up a kit, and get started.





What is a scale?

Learn to sing / write a major scale

Explore what it looks like (notation), what it sounds like.




In my little garden

Key vocabulary: garden, grass, soil, plant, shoots, vegetables, seeds, flowers, water, rain, puddles, mud, wellies, contrary, grumble.



Cat invites the listeners to guess the sounds: rain, squelching of feet in puddles, splashing, tinkling bells.

Cat then invites the listeners to imagine that they are holding a bell and shaking it along to the sounds as they join in with ‘Mary, Mary, quite contrary.’


Mary, Mary, quite contrary

Mary, Mary, quite contrary

How does your garden grow?

With silver bells and cockle shells

And pretty maids all in a row.

Help children to keep in time with a steady beat as they shake their imaginary bells.

Cat encourages the children to pretend to water plants with their watering cans and to imagine that their plant is growing pea pods.

Final rhyme

Five little peas Five little peas

In a pea pod pressed, (curl fingers of one hand closed to make a pea pod shape)

One grew, two grew, (open up fingers one at a time)

And so did all the rest (uncurl all fingers)

They grew and grew (point fingers, hand and arm upwards)

And did not stop,

Until one day

The peapod popped! (clap hands together)

Cat repeats the rhyme and encourages the children to join in with some actions as they listen


Why was Mary contrary?

Why is it important to be helpful?

What would you have done if you were Mary?

Talk about being helpful.

Recap how did Mary help her mum?

What can you do to be helpful? At school? At home?

KS1 & KS2

SONG OF THE WEEK: ‘Start The Day With Exercise’




Arty Friday! Flying Fish…

Today we are going to make some flying fish! You will need:

  • an old sock
  • Something to tie things together (elastic bands, hairbands, string or wool)
  • a pen
  • Something to fill the sock, (rice, sand, cous cous, lentils etc)
  • Something to fly behind the fish (fabric, plastic bags, bubble wrap etc)

First fill your sock half-way with rice.

Now tie an elastic band, or string around your sock.

If you have some fabric, do a little snip…

This fabric used to be a white sheet, we dyed it with food colouring!

…and rip into long strips!

Tuck your strips into the elastic band

Add the fins by cutting some shorter pieces of fabric

Tie on the fins, or use another elastic band. Draw some eyes.

If you’ve got a pale sock, you could draw scales, or any kind of pattern.

Your fish is ready to fly! The fish on the left has a tail made of plastic bag strips, bubble wrap and a bit of kitchen cloth.

Now take out to the park and throw!

How far can you get yours to travel?

Send me some pictures of your fish! l.bentley@beavers.hounslow.sch.uk


Tuesday 9th June 2020

Magandang umaga, year 4! (that’s good morning in Fillipino!)

Today we look at tenths and hundredths a little closer, practice separating information with commas, and learn some cool things about VOLUME!

Good luck, remember if you get stuck, you can leave comments on your 2dos when you hand them in, or post in the Purple Mash shared blog.

Oxford Owl login details – be sure to use the “My Class Login” at the top of the Oxford Owl web page. Link below in schedule.
Today’s reading book – accessible on Oxford Owl
8:50-9:00Share timetable and daily activities with your family. Remember you may have to share your device.
Start the day right!
PE with Joe Wicks
Tenths and hundredths

Follow this link for another lesson on tenth and hundredths:


Work through the 3 slideshows (the answers are on the final slides) and then have a go answering the questions on the activities. Some of the questions require you to print the sheets – if you don’t have a printer, just try to work out the answer and write it down somewhere. On both the activities, the answers are at the bottom for you to self-mark, or have a look if you get stuck.

There’s nothing wrong with checking an answer if you’re stuck, but if you do, be sure to consider why the answer is what it is – try to see it in the question.

Chilli Challenge

I have set a timetables test as a Purple Mash 2do. It’s very similar to TT rockstars, and will record your score out of 25 questions. Practice on TT rockstars first! See which spice level you can get yourself to:

Mild – 15/25 (or less)

Hot! – Between 15 and 20/25

Ghost Chilli!!! – 25/25

Bring the FIRE!!!
10:15 – 10:30
1.      Eat a piece of fruit or vegetable (one of your 5-a-day)
2.      Watch Newsround https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/news/watch_newsround
3.      Talk to someone about what you have just watched.
10:30 -11:15 am
Go to Oxford Owl (login details above – make sure you use the my class login at the top of the web page). Go to:

My Bookshelf –> Oxford level 5 –> What’s that noise?

Read the book, then answer the following questions on the Purple Mash 2do for Reading:

1) What is the loudest animal in the world?

2) What do you think the people who lived near Krakatoa may have felt when it erupted?

3) Birds which live in cities such as London are typically 30% louder than the same type of bird living in the countryside. Why do you think that is?
11:15- 12.00
Grammar Tuesday!

I’d like to go over commas again today, since we can never have too much practice! Go to:

..and watch the video. Pay close attention to what she says about separating information in a sentence, and listen to how she pauses when she reads over a comma.
Have a go on the activity beneath the video, then do the Purple Mash 2do for English. I’ve given you some sentences that require commas – you’re job is to rewrite them and put commas where you think they ought to go. Look at my example below:

The trumpet blew the flags were unfurled and the army moved out.
–> The trumpet blew, the flags were unfurled, and the army moved out.

Notice how much easier the second sentence is to read?
12:00-12:15Mindfulness activity on https://www.gonoodle.com/
You can choose any activity you like. Sign up for a free account
12:15-1:15Lunch-be healthy and help prepare your lunch.
1:15-1:30Spelling Shed
and TT rockstars
See you in Arena at 1:30. Tell all of your friends to be ready.
1:30 onwardScience Tuesday – Sound

For this lesson, you’ll need to think about the book What’s That Noise, which you read above for reading.

First, watch this video about how loud sounds differ from quiet sounds.


Pretty cool, right? Now, do you remember how the loudness of a sound was measured?
That’s right, in decibels. The book gave you some examples of sounds, and what their decibel level was. On the Purple Mash 2do, I’d like you to do some research, and make a handy decibel comparison list (the first example has been done for you on the 2do.)

You’ll need to open up Google and then type in Decibel level + whatever decibel level you’re searching for. eg.

Decibel level 50″ will give you some examples of things that are that loud. I’ve put a picture below this schedule so you can see what I mean.
NOTE: Decibels is sometimes shortened to dB (see below)
What your research for science will look like.

Monday 8th June 2020

Barka da asuba, year 4! (That’s good morning in Hausa, one of Nigeria’s several languages!).

We hope you enjoyed the cool break over the the weekend.

Oxford Owl login details
Today’s reading book
Share timetable and daily activities with your family. Remember you may have to share your device.
Start the day right!
PE with Joe Wicks
Follow this link to start this week’s math topic; tenths and hundredths


Watch the videos, print the worksheet or look at it and use pen and paper to answer the questions, then try your hand at the Rabbit game.

Chilli Challenge:

Look at the Purple Mash 2do titled Chilli Challenge – it’s a number bonds game that has three levels of difficulty to choose from. You control a snake, and you must eat the next number in the sequence at the top of the screen. Good luck! It’s harder than it looks, you need to think fast!
10:15 – 10:30
1.      Eat a piece of fruit or vegetable (one of your 5-a-day)
2.      Watch Newsround https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/news/watch_newsround
3.      Talk to someone about what you have just watched.
10:30 -11:15 am
Go to Oxford Owl (login details above) and choose:

My bookshelf –> Oxford level 11 –> “Real Heroes”.

Read up to page 11, and answer the following questions on the Purple Mash 2do:

1) What did Emily Davison think was unfair?

2) Many people thought she and others fighting for women’s rights were wrong – why might they have thought that?

3) Does Emily Davison’s campaign for women’s right make you think of anything happening in the world right now?

11:15- 12.00
For English today, I’d like you to think about Emily Davison (see the book above!) and how she might have argued for women’s rights. Then I’d like you to recall the three main aspects of making an argument:

Ethos – convincing your audience that you know what you’re talking about
Logos – Giving your audience logical reasons for your argument
Paths – Grabbing your audience by their emotions.

Then, I’d like you to choose one of the following statements, and write a 3-paragraph argument for it in the Purple Mash 2Do. Use the headings 1. Ethos, 2. Logos, and 3. Pathos. You can make an argument for something else if you wish. See my example below (yours doesn’t need to be as long, but try your best!)

1. We should only need to go to school 4 days a week.

2. Adults should never lie to children


Ethos). As a teacher, I’ve spent many years teaching a 5 day school week, and as a thoughtful, forward thinking person, I have weighed it’s effectiveness against research that I have read from several other countries where they have successfully reduced the amount of time students spend at school. As a teacher armed with research and experience, I have come to the conclusion that a 4 day week as better for students all round.

Logos). We all know the brain is a muscle. Like any muscle, like your arms or your legs, it needs rest as well as exercise in order to grow stronger. After exercising the brain vigorously for 4 days straight, I posit that it needs at least a 3 day rest. Would you lift weights with your arms for 5 days in a row? Of course you wouldn’t; you would damage your muscles! The brain is no different, and requires more downtime than the 5 day week allows. Other countries such as Finland have reduced the amount of time students spend at school, and they get better results. Likewise, some companies only make their employees work 4 days a week, and they get better work out of them. Why shouldn’t schools in the U.K. be the same?

Pathos). If schools were reduced to 4 days a week, it stands to reason that most adult jobs would reduced, too – otherwise, how would parents look after their kids? Wouldn’t adults and children alike enjoy having that extra day of rest? And if the results all round were better than they were before, we wouldn’t need to feel guilty or lazy about it.

12:00-12:15Mindfulness activity on https://www.gonoodle.com/
You can choose any activity you like. Sign up for a free account
12:15-1:15Lunch-be healthy and help prepare your lunch.
1:15-1:30Spelling Shed
and TT rockstars
See you in Arena at 1:30. Tell all of your friends to be ready.
1:30 onwardMusic Monday!

Check out the music activity that Mr. Paisios has set for you!


Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all well and are enjoying your music activities.


You can access online music lessons and songs that are age appropriate:

The link below will take you to the Login page:


Use the following login details:

KS1 Online Lessons

Username Password
p1224855 indigo

This is what the KS1 home screen looks like:

KS2 Online Lessons

Username Password
p1224907 presto

This is what KS2 home screen looks like:


I am inviting you on a virtual journey behind the scenes at the

                  ROYAL OPERA HOUSE!

What you’ll need…

Find a space in your home – no matter how big or small.

Time guideline: 30 minutes

Step One

Learn how a dance is made. Discover how music can inspire movement.



Can you spot the answers to these questions?

What is the name of the big glass structure at the Royal Opera House?

What is a ‘motif’?

What words would you use to describe the two pieces of music you hear?

Which was your favourite piece of music?

Step Two

Now you need to get yourselves ready for the fun ahead.

Close your eyes (no peeking!) and imagine what your name looks like when it’s spelled out on a piece of paper.

What shapes do the letters of your name make? Curves, lines, circles and loops?

Open your eyes and spell your name in the space in front of you with your finger, making the letters as big as possible!

Can you try to spell your name with your nose? How about writing your name with lots of different body parts, like your elbow or your big toe?

Remember to make the movements as big as possible, and then try to make them as small as possible.

Now it’s time to try out your name dance to some of your favourite music.

Step Three

Next, think about who you are…

Are you happy, lively, bouncy, quiet, calm, friendly, bold, sporty, shy?

Pick four words that describe ‘YOU’, or, alternatively, think of four things that you like to do.

Create a movement for each of the words you have chosen, and see if you can link them together.

Think about what kind of music you would like your ‘me’ dance to be performed to? Would it be slow and soft, or fast and noisy?

Now find a grown up, sibling or friend in your house – they’re going to be your audience!

It’s time to perform your unique ‘me’ dance!

Can your audience guess what words you’ve picked to describe yourself?

What I have learned…

  • How to create and perform a short dance motif based on the theme of ‘me’ DANCE/PE
  • How to use adjectives to describe myself and my chosen piece of music LITERACY

                       Lesson 3 – RHYTHM!

The secret is simplicity in rhythm.

How does something simple grow in music to become something so grand?

Learn to play or clap/walk and notate rhythm of the second movement of Beethoven 7.

Write words to the rhythm of the second movement of Beethoven 7.




Listen and Play – Minibeasts



Listen all around

Listen for the sounds

Listen, listen, listen.

Listen all around

Listen for the sounds

Listen, listen, listen.

Please encourage children to join in with and learn the words of ”Listen all around” featured at the beginning and end of the programme.

You could make up appropriate actions.

Listening for individual sounds:

Now that children are orientated to the setting, discriminating individual sounds should be easier.

Cat then provides a ‘voiced’ version of the sound (eg snake: sssssssss).

Use these voiced versions later when talking about the programme.

KS1 & KS2






Arty Friday! Drawing small

Hello everyone!

Thanks to everyone who has been sending in their pictures this week. It is so lovely to see your art. This week we are going to be drawing very small things.

Watch this to get some ideas of small things you could collect, and ways to draw them! High School children drew these things, but I think you’ll do really well too.

The first thing to do, is to hunt around your house for tiny objects.

Small parts of toys, pasta, cereal, nails, buttons, beads…. anything at all!

Scatter them on your page and then draw…

You can draw them the same size as the objects, or slightly bigger if that helps. I find drawing them the same size allows you to compare, so makes your drawing more accurate.

Look carefully!

Look at your object, then your picture, the your object, then your picture. Your eyes should be like ping pong balls! Can you add texture and shadow?

Spend no more than a few minutes on each object

Here the spring is not quite right, I’m going to draw a few more things, and come back to this later!

Try to forget what your object really is!

I tried to focus on just drawing the lines and shadows, otherwise, if I had pasta on the brain, I might have just drawn a squiggle.

Show your family your pictures, encourage them to have a go too. You could make a mini book of your tiny drawings, or even the world’s smallest art gallery. How about drawing a collection of just blue things you found, or things beginning with p?

Do send me any of your drawings: l.bentley@beavers.hounslow.sch.uk


JK Rowling needs your illustrations!

A message to all Beavers children from her Royal Harry Potterness: JK Rowling:

“The idea for The Ickabog came to me while I was still writing Harry Potter. I wrote it for my two children, but put it in the attic and forgot about it. Recently I thought it would be a good idea to publish it online. And an even better idea; to ask you children to illustrate it!”

JK Rowling will be posting a chapter (or two, or three) every weekday between 26th May and 10th July on The Ickabog website.


About The Ickabog Illustration Competition 

J.K. Rowling is publishing an original story, The Ickabog (the “Story”), online here, in instalments over seven weeks and is inviting children to help her by illustrating the Story. A new instalment of the Story and illustration themes to go with it will be revealed daily, Monday to Friday, throughout the course of the seven weeks, so do stay tuned.

The first chapters are available to read online now, and the first illustration themes have been revealed here. Entries to the competition will open on Friday 29th May 2020 and the competition will close at 6pm BST on Friday 17th July 2020. 

34 winning illustrations will be selected to bring the serialised story to the printed page when it is published in full, which is intended for November 2020. Good luck!

The Prize

This is your chance for your child’s illustration to be featured in The Ickabog. If you are one of the lucky winners, you will also receive a copy of the published Book (the “Book”), signed by the author herself. But that’s not all. We’ll give £500 (or the equivalent in your local currency) worth of Hachette children’s books to a school or public library of your choice.

We would love to see your illustrations too, so do email them to l.bentley@beavers.hounslow.sch.uk so we can showcase your great ideas.


Year Six Weekly Science activity ***Tuesday 19th May 2020***

Good Morning Year 6,

Today, and every Tuesday, we will be posting some science learning followed by an activity for you to do at home with materials you should have in the house.

This week’s Activity: Making clouds

Don’t you just love looking at clouds in the sky? I sure do!

But how do they get there?

A cloud is formed when water vapor condenses into water droplets that attach to particles (of dust, pollen, smoke, etc.) in the air. When billions of these water droplets join together, they form a cloud.

How to make a cloud in a jar using hairspray

For this method, you will need the following materials:

  1. A jar with lid
  2. About 1/3 cup hot water
  3. Ice
  4. Hairspray

Start by pouring the hot water into the jar. Swirl it around a bit to warm up the sides of the jar.

Turn the lid upside down and place it on the top of the jar. Place several ice cubes onto the lid, and allow it to rest on the top of the jar for about 20 seconds.

Remove the lid, quickly spray a bit of hairspray into the jar, and then replace the lid with the ice still on top. Watch the cloud form.

When you see a good amount of condensation form, remove the lid and watch the “cloud” escape into the air.

How does it work?

When you add the warm water to the jar, some of it turns to water vapor. The water vapor rises to the top of the jar where it comes into contact with cold air, thanks to the ice cubes on top. Water vapor condenses when it cools down. However, a cloud can only form if the water vapor has something to condense on to. In nature, water vapor may condense onto dust particles, air pollution, pollen, volcanic ash, etc. In the case of this activity, the water vapor condensed onto the hairspray.

Remember to always ask an adult if you can use any of these materials and tell them what you are about to do. Even better, ask the adult to do it with you!!

Take a photo and email it to our science email: science@beavers.hounslow.sch.uk


Arty Friday: Mini books!

Imagine a book so small it might have been borrowed from the Hounslow Library for Hamsters. So small a spider might have written it. .

The British Library (very important place with 25 million books in it, 600 of which are teeny tiny) would like you to create a miniature book and share it with them.

Here is Axel Sheffler (illustrator of The Gruffulo) showing the mini book he has made:

Here is Jacqueline Wilson’s tiny book about her toy rabbit (If you’ve read The Suitcase Kid, you might recognise it!)

Your book could be a story, a poem, a book of maps, a nature book, your autobiography, anything you like! It could be mainly writing, it could have illustrations or both. It could be tiny or truly microscopic!

You can make your miniature book in any way you like. All you really need is a piece of paper and a pen, but you can get as fancy as you like.

Here is a great step by step guide to get you started:


We can’t wait to see what miniature marvels you create! Take a photo of your books and send them to me at: l.bentley@beavers.hounslow.sch.uk

I will showcase the best on here, in the newsletter and send them to the British Library!

Year One Spelling Shed Competition

Good afternoon Year One,

Wow! This is your last afternoon as Year 1 and our last Spelling Shed competition of Year 1!

We hope you have had a lovely last week of being in Year 1.

Drumroll.!!! Drumroll!!!! The winners of our last Year one Spelling Shed competition are ….. Lemon class! Well done Lemon class and to all the other Year 1 classes!

Well done to every single one of you who has logged onto Spelling Shed or practised their spelling at home. We are all so proud of your hard work in what has been a strange year! It has been great to see so many of you logging onto Spelling Shed.

Remember to keep practising your spellings throughout the holidays so that you are ready for Year 2! Your Year 2 teachers know that you love logging onto Spelling Shed!

Have a great, fun and safe summer holiday! 🙂

Year 1 2019-2020 signing off!!!!


Nursery- Friday 17th July

Morning Nursery,

We have come to the end of the academic year and it’s time for the summer holidays!

Thank you for all your hard work and for teaching your child from home during this difficult time.

Please continue to spend time with your child sharing books, recognising numbers, cooking, being active and having lots of fun.

Keep smiling and stay safe. We hope you have the best summer break you can have during these strange times.

Take lots of care- we will miss you all next year!

Year 3 Daily Routine- Friday 17th July

Hello year 3,

The end of the term is finally here! Congratulations you have finished year 3! I know it has been different as we haven’t spent much time at school, but we are all really proud of you. We want you all to have an enjoyable and safe summer before you return to school September as year 4!

The year 3 team 😊

8:50-9:00                                                   Share timetable and daily activities
9:00-9:30 – Musical MovementYou can also sign up free to GoNoodle. The children love dancing around the classroom so why not try it at home! https://www.gonoodle.com/
9:30-10:15- MathsMaths Challenge Friday! Click on the link below to try and work out these number challenges. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zkmp2v4   If the above is too hard for you, try the link below. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z7gp7yc
10:15-10:30- BreakEat a piece of fruit (one of your 5-a-day) Watch Newsround https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/news/watch_newsround
10:30-11:15- ReadingToday, you will be reading chapter 5 and 6 of our story and answering the comprehension questions after.
11:15-12:15 -EnglishToday, you will be reading about Sir Chris Hoy and writing some facts about him. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zt36wnb
12:15-1:15 -Lunch TimeMake yourself a tasty healthy lunch for you and your family. Or help someone who is making your lunch.
1:15- onwards 
 Art-  Take a look at Ms Bentley’s Art page for your art activity today.  

Year 2 Home Learning – Friday 17th July 2020

Last Day of School Messages to Naugatuck Public Schools Family | Naugatuck,  CT Patch

Dear Year 2

It has been a very strange year, but you have shown us how brave you all are, being able to cope with what is happening right now. Since September, you have grown so much and even though we cannot say goodbye properly, all the teachers would like to tell you how proud of you we all are. When September arrives, you will be ready for any new challenges that come your way.

Thank you for all the lovely times we have spent together, experiencing new things and learning lots. We know your future will be bright in year 3 and we look forward to hearing all about it.

Keep up the good work and never stop being the best that you can be!

Have a lovely summer and look after each other. Shine like the stars you are!

Lots of warm wishes

Your Year 2 teachers 😊

Today is your last day in Year 2, therefore it is also your last day of home learning.

It is important that you spend some time with your families during the summer break and focus on what makes you really happy.

Summer Holiday Activity: BRAVE Happiness Box

Over the summer holiday, we would like you to think about all the things that make you happy. It might be a piece of music, a soft toy, a book, a drawing, a photograph or anything that makes you happy. A Happiness Box can be as large or small, as round or square, as you want it to be.

When you feel a little low you can look inside your happiness box and find little treasures that bring your lovely smile back. What might be in a Happiness Box? 

Please find details on ‘how to’ in our school newsletter.

Here are today’s home learning activities:

Suggested activities for each day can be done in any orderFriday 17th July 2020
45 mins

Pippi Longstocking, Lindgren, Astrid, Good Condition Book, ISBN 0192752049

Read and listen to a short extract of Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren.


Now complete these two activities:

First read “Activity 1: Extract 1” and answer the questions below:

How would you describe Pippi to somebody who has not read the book?

Can you find any evidence of her character in the extract?

Now read “Activity 2: Extract 2“.

Why did Tommy and Anika think Pippi looked strange?
45 mins

Summer Term Week 6- Lesson 3, Grouping

Once you have watched the lesson, download and complete the sheet below.


Please check your work against the answers below:

Curriculum Activity
45 mins

LE - Teddy Bear Picnic | Used in blog SA Learn more about Vi… | Flickr

Today is the last day of the school year and usually we celebrate by having a party. As we are not at school at the moment, what better way to celebrate than having a picnic?

You may be able to have a socially distanced picnic with some of your school friends (with your adult’s permission of course) or have an indoor one with your family or favourite toys!

When preparing your picnic think about:

Which healthy vegetables will you be taking? Don’t forget to wash and chop them before packing!

What delicious fillings will you be putting inside your sandwich? Look at the link below on how to make a sandwich.

Or you might like to make a wrap:
Rainbow Lunch Recipes - Eats Amazing | Wraps recipes healthy, Wrap recipes,  Food

What will you be packing as a treat? Here is a recipe for yummy chocolate chip cookies to inspire you!

As always when cooking and handling sharp knives, make sure your grown ups are helping you! And finally don’t forget to pack a bottle of ice-cold water!

Once your picnic basket is ready, go and enjoy it either with your friends, family or your favourite toys under the sunshine!
Creative afternoon activityIt’s Arty Friday!

Please see the Art page of the school blog to find out what fantastic activities Ms. Bentley has prepared for you!

Other Useful WebsitesReading
All school subjects
Puzzle of the Day:

Can you find 10 differences between these two pictures?

Reception Home Learning- Friday 17th July

Good morning all,

We have come to the end of the academic year and it’s time for the summer holidays! This will be the last home learning blog post for the near future and fingers crossed, the school can return to more normality in September!

Thank you for all of your hard work and ability to adapt to teaching your child from home during these strange times- it was tough but hopefully, we are nearing the end!

Please continue to read, write and practice number work with your child during the summer holidays and get them ready for year 1 learning as much as possible. Most importantly, have fun, keep positive and stay safe. We hope you have the best summer break you can have during these strange times.

Take care- we will miss you all next year!

Friday 17th July 2020
Let’s get active


Let’s move and have fun together!

Have a go at some of the 10 minutes shake up physical activities- choose your favourite https://www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups

Writing time Practice name writing with your child. Extend to write their surname where appropriate.

Watch the tricky word song. (phase 2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0 or (phase 3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R087lYrRpgY

Afterward, practice writing some of the tricky words. How many can you write correctly? Remember tricky words cannot be sounded out- don’t let them trick you! Challenge your child to write a tricky word in a sentence!

 Mathematics time Join in with the final interactive teaching session in this sequence. Review your learning about shapes!   https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/revision-and-practise
Phonics time Join in with the final interactive teaching session in this sequence based around Supertato!  https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-write-sentences-from-the-story-part-2 finish retelling your short story! If your child is not a confident writer, you could scribe as they retell the story.
Let’s get creative! Create a wanted poster to catch the Evil Pea from the story Supertato! Draw him and write why he is wanted!

Have a look at the whole school arty Friday idea here:


We would love to see you get involved!

Year 1 Last day of Home Learning! Friday 17th July 2020

Good morning Year 1,

Wow, that is the last time we can call you YEAR 1! After today you will be YEAR 2! How exciting!

We really hope you have enjoyed the last week of activities and thinking about your time in Year 1. We are so proud of you and all the hard work you did this year. It has been so much fun teaching you, learning with you and getting to know each and every one of you.

Thank you for making this year so special for your teachers. We will miss you over the break but look forward to greeting you back to school in September with big smiles as you start Year 2.

Have a safe and happy summer break!

From all of us in Year 1.

Suggested activities for each day, can be done in any orderFriday 17th July 2020
9:00-9:10Start the day right!Movement Break with GoNoodle! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ9q4U2P3ighttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fCxzcKOVR0
Reading20 minsLog in to Oxford Owl using your class log in: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/?selLanguage=en&mode=hub 
Choose age 5-6 years old.Read a book of your choice
. Can you retell the story to somebody in your family? 
What was your favourite part? Why? 
Who were the characters in the story? 
Where was the story set?
 Can you think of a different ending to the story? 
Remember to register for the summer reading challenge.
This year, you will join the silly squad and read a lot of funny books. Visit your library to find the books!
Click on the link below to find recommended books
To register for the challenge. Click on the web link below and get your parents to register you for the challenge.
When you complete the challenge, you will receive a certificate. How exciting!!! Keep reading!!!!!
15 minutes
Our Last Fun Friday Phonics of Year 1!

We are going to play –  Guess the tricky word! 
On scrap pieces of paper or even better on a sticky note, you are going to pick a small selection (10) of tricky words  from the list below (1 on each scrap paper or sticky note):
Then keep a list of the words you chose so you can cross off words as you guess! Next you can write them on sticky notes or smaller pieces of paper individually so you can pick 1 at a time. Keeping this list in front of you, you are going to shuffle the paper or sticky notes and leave them face down so you can not see the word. 
You will pick up 1 word and stick it to your forehead. Make sure you do not peek! You can either; ask your partner to give you clues so you can guess the word OR ask questions yourself to solve for the word on stuck on your forehead. 
Involve as many people in the game as you can, get reading and give some great clues! 
Here are some example questions you might ask: 
How many letters are in my tricky word? – remember to cross off the words that have more or less letters then your word does so you don’t guess it. 
Does the word on my head start with….. sound? – again cross of any words you can from the clues to narrow it down. 
Does it have a letter ___ anywhere in the word? – get rid of any words that don’t fit the description. 
Is it a noun?
Have fun and good luck!! 🙂
Word of the Week: school
10 mins
Can you practice writing the word school?Can you use school in a sentence? Can you write school in cursive?
Maths or English
45 mins (alternate days)
This week’s English activities will be based on the story ‘Last Day Blues’ by Julie Danneburg’
You can use your story if you have a copy at home or you can watch it here on
Today is our last English lesson of Year 1!
So, we thought you deserved to have some fun for all your hard work this year! We have been impressed with your amazing writing in English this year. Well done! 
On a piece of paper, can you design a thank you card for your Year 1 teachers or your friends? Remember to include a message inside e.g Thank you for helping me in my learning this year.I will miss you!  Or, you could write a message to your friend e.g. Have a lovely summer holiday and thank you for being a good friend.
Also, remember to write From, (your name)
Here are some ideas to help you.

Mild challenge- Using a piece of paper make a card for your teacher or a friend and write ‘Thank you’ on the front of  your card. Remember to start with To …, and write the message Thank you inside. End your card with From,

Warm challenge – Using a piece of paper make a card and to your teacher or friend and  write ‘Thank you’ on the front card. Remember to start with To …, and write the message e.g. Thank you for all your help or You are an amazing and kind teacher  inside. End your card with From,. Challenge yourself to include adjectives.

Spicy challenge – Using a piece of paper make a card and write ‘Thank you’ at the front card. Remember to start with To …,  include a message e.g. Thank you for being an awesome teacher and for helping me with my learning. If you would like a further challenge, write an acrostic poem with your teacher’s or friend’s  name inside your card. For example, here is an Acrostic poem Miss Joseph.

Intelligent teacher
So cool
Sweet, kind teacher

Jokes are good
Our Year 1 teacher always
Sings a lot
Enjoys reading
Please email your cards to your year one teacher! We would love to see them!
Curriculum activity
45 mins 
PE– Try some of these 60 second challenges. Let us know how you got on on the Purple Mash blog!
Creative Activity
Arty Friday activity Please have a look on our Beaver’s Blog for our Friday fun Art activity! Remember to upload to the Purple Mash blog so we can all see your amazing art!

Other optional websites to visit

https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/ Phonics and early reading

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ Maths





Thursday 16th July

Good morning Year 4,

It was lovely to see so many of you on Zoom yesterday.  It was a wonderful way to end the year.  Those of you in Lavender class who were on Zoom yesterday, I have posted the story map below today’s timetable (Maisy 1 & 2) and set the write up on purple mash.

Good luck

8:50-9:00 Share timetable and daily activities with your family.  Remember that you may need to share a device so be polite and patient.

Start the day right!

PE with Joe Wicks.




Click onto the website below and follow this lesson on translation (shapes moving on a grid)


Watch the video and take notes if you need to.  Download the worksheet – just click on the link below, you don’t need any login details.


Complete the worksheet: movement on a grid

Answers are here.  Check them once you have finished.  How did you do?


10:15 – 10:30


Eat a piece of fruit (one of your 5-a-day)

Watch Newsround https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/news/watch_newsround

Talk to someone about what you have just watched.

10:30 -11:15


Today we would like you to return to the Oxford Owl website to read a great Anthology.   An anthology is a collection of text.   I have posted an image of the front cover of Anthology 1 below.

Lavender 4


Lilac 4


Purple 4


Please read until the end of the book entitled Anthology 1

After reading The Day of the Dog (page35) have a go at writing a diary from the point of view of another household pet, a fish, rabbit or cat.  Set it out just like the text example.

11:15- 12:00


Click on the link below to learn about creating a comic strip


12:00 – 12:15 Mindfulness activity on https://www.gonoodle.com/

You can choose any activity you like. Sign up for a free account

12:15-1:15 Lunch-be healthy!
1:15 – 1:30 TTRockstars and Spelling Shed


1:30 onwards Geography

Complete the quiz on earthquakes, set on Purple Mash


Maisy 1

Maisy 2

Year Six Home Learning Daily Update ***Thursday 16th July 2020***

Good Morning Year 6,

Well this is the last Beavers Blog for Year 6 for this academic year. It has been a strange journey for you all this year but the time we did spend together was amazing and we are so glad that you have been part of the Year 6 adventures. Well done to those of you who have attended the daily zoom classes – it has been so nice to be able to work with you every day.

There won’t be any Purple Mash work set for you over the summer holidays but you will still be able to use the resources until September.

Please visit the Beavers facebook page to see the goodbye message from all the staff in Year 6.

Take care and stay safe  and we hope to see you all again some time in the not so distant future.

We wish you the very best of luck – The Year 6 Team.

Thursday 16th July 2020
9:30-10:15Maths 2do:~Timetables
Read the flight departure boards carefully in order to answer the questions.
Here is a link to help you: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/maths-ks2-using-timetables/zn2hy9q

White Rose Maths
Summer Term Week 12 lesson 4 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/

There is a teacher demonstration and then a set of questions to complete with answers provided to check once completed.    There is no requirement for this work to be uploaded/shared with teachers.
10:30 -11:15As we have completed the last story, Nightfall on the Somme, there will be no reading today.
11:15-12:00English 2do: Mickey’s miserable day
Write an entry in Mickey’s diary.
1:00 – Onwards   Topic 2do: Volcanoes
Write an informative account about volcanoes.
Here is a link to help you: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z849q6f/articles/zd9cxyc

Topic 2do: Volcano quiz
Can you answer these questions?