St John's C of E Primary School


Friday 3rd July


Morning Year 6!

Before I explain the work for today, I just want to remind you about a couple of things. 

1) Reports will be coming out next week on Parentmail. 

2) Please bring ALL BOOKS back to school - there is a box outside the school gates. 

3) Come and collect your exercise books (Learning journal, Maths etc) on Tuesday 12 - 2pm (6S) or Friday 12 - 2pm (6W). 


Activity 1: Reading - Bitesize Daily Book Club: The Extraordinary Life of Katherine Johnson by Devika Jina


Activity 2: DT - Scales of production


Activity 3: Science - Fossils with David Attenborough


Create a fact file explaining the different types of fossils. 


Activity 3: Spellings - the 'ough' sound


Once you are done, ask you parents or your brother or sister to test you. 


Activity 4: English - Alliteration


Write some super sentences that include alliteration. 


Activity 5: Art - Drawing for Kids


Create a beautiful piece of art work. Pick what you would like to draw and follow the tutorial. 

Thursday 2nd July 

Secondary school websites 


Can you find your secondary school from the list below? When you have. explore their website and familiarise yourself with your new school. 


Hall Green












Kings Heath Boys


Wheelers Lane Boys!welcome/home


King Edwards Camp Hill Girls 


King Edwards Camp Hill Boys


King Edwards Handsworth


King Edwards Five Ways


Selly Park Girls school


Morning Year 6, 


How are you all? Hope you are all having a wonderful day!


Activity 1: Find your secondary school above and find out the answer to the following questions.

1) What day do you start school?

2) What does your uniform look like?

3) When does school start?

4) When is break and lunch?

5) Which clubs would you like to join?

6) What does the head teacher look like and what is their name?


Activity 2: Maths - Solving problems involving ratio


Activity 3: English - Create a leaflet and use semi-colons


Activity 4: German - Learn the days, months and time


Activity 5: Science - Make sure you know everything you can about the respiratory system, as you will need it next week.


Make a poster or PowerPoint to explain how the lungs work - you will need this information next week. 

- What is the respiratory system?

- How does it work?

- Can you label the lungs?

- How does exercise effect our respiratory system?

- What happens to the oxygen that we breathe in?

Wednesday 1st July 


Good morning year 6 - can you believe we are now into the month of July and the final few weeks before the summer holidays! Here are today's learning links. Don't forget if you save some work onto BGFL and show us what you've been doing, we can mark it and give you points for your effort. 


Activity One -  Maths 

Scale Factors 


Learn how to enlarge shapes using your knowledge of multiplication and division


Activity Two - English 

How to write poetry 

Get inspired to write poetry of your own.


Activity Three - Science 


Learn about Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution


Activity Four - Geography 

Learn about the Galápagos Islands including their location, environment, dramatic landscape and amazing wildlife.


Activity Five - Spanish 

Learn about telling the time in Spanish and your daily routine


Activity Six - SPAG 

Revision of nouns


Activity Seven - Art and Craft club 

How to make origami from Japan




Tuesday 30th June 


Good morning year 6. Well the weather has certainly changed this week hasn't it.  if you're feeling bored, why not try some of the following activities? 


Activity one 


Represent and calculate ratio


Activity Two 


The Big Read - 'Journey to the River Sea'

Learn how to summarise a character and write a character description



Activity Three


Floating and Sinking


Activity Four 


Tropical Storms - Learn what they are and what causes them



Activity Five 

Art - drawing


Activity Six 


Teenage Pressures - Body Image 


Find out more about the pressures teenagers may face with body image and the pressure to look a certain way


Activity Seven 

Art Club 

Learn how to make sculptures from tin foil





Monday 29th June 


Good morning year 6. We hope you are all well and keeping busy at home. Below are today's learning links for you to have a look at. Don't forget - if you send us your work on BGFL we can see it and mark it. We are adding stars for children who are continuing to work at home and we are so impressed with the dedication of lots of you who have continued to hand in work every single day! That really is amazing! 


Activity One



Use parenthesis when writing instructions


Activity Two


Revise solving ratio problems


Activity Three


Learn about the different types of volcanoes and the causes and effects of volcanic eruptions


Activity Four 


Learn about coding and different ways you can use coding correctly


Activity Five 


Learn how to write songs


Activity Six 


Learn about the structure of the earth and how it is broken down


Activity Seven 


Learn how to name family members and pets in Spanish




Friday 26th June

Good morning Year 6!

Hope you are all well and that you have some lovely plans for the weekend. 


Activity one: English - Macbeth

Once you've watched the videos, summarise the play in 100 words. 


Activity two: What was life like for the Ancient Egyptians?


Activity three: What happened to the Ancient Egyptians?


Activity four: Farming and the River Nile


Activity five: Using all of the information, can you create a beautiful poster explaining the importance of the River NIle?

You might want to include: 

- Key facts (How long is it? What countries does it flow through?)

- How does it help farming?

- Animals in the River Nile

Thursday 25th June



The sun is shinning again and it is meant to be about 30 degrees today - what a treat! When you go out, make sure you have sun cream on and take a hat with you. Today, we are going to go on a tour through Ancient Egypt!


Activity one: An introduction to Ancient Egypt


Activity two: What remains of Ancient Egypt?


Activity 3: Combine all the information into a poster, PowerPoint or fact file. 

Think about doing your own research too. What could your different sections be about? Is it going to be formal or informal? Pictures? 


Activity 4: 360 video tour of a tomb

Watch the video, but also click on the screen and move it - you can see all around you!


Activity 5: Travel down the Nile

Experience what it would be like to travel down the River Nile.

Good morning Year 6, 


How are you all? Please send Mrs Hughes or Mrs Wale an email to update us on everything you have been up to. 


Activity one: GO OUTSIDE! It is meant to be a scorcher today. 

Get creative outside. Use mud, sticks, leaves and stones to create a picture. Here is some inspiration:


Activity two: English - Diary entries


Activity three: Science - Dissolving particles


Activity four: Food Technology - Bite Back

Have a look at some of the recipes and have a go at making some of them. Remember, always check with your parents first.


Activity five: Geography - Population


Tuesday 23rd June 


Good morning year 6. Here are today's learning links for you. 


Activity One 


Learn all about play scripts and how to perform them.

Activity Two 


How do you know if you can trust a website? Can you believe everything you read online?



Activity Three 

Maths - Learn how to calculate the area of a triangle



Activity Four 

Geography - Florida 

Learn all about Florida, including its location, climate and industries.


Activity Five 

Art - Creative crafts 

How to make a wind whirler for your garden


Activity Six 


Explain what happens to particles during dissolving.


Activity Seven 


Do YOU want to become a hero?

In today’s lesson, we will be looking at some of the heroes in the NHS who have worked tirelessly to protect us. So many doctors and nurses have come out of retirement to help – we need a new generation to support our wonderful NHS.




Monday 22nd  June 


Good morning year 6.

We hope you are all well and looking forward to the sunny weather this week. It was so lovely to see so many of you in school last week. If you haven't already done a memory or message for the year 6 leavers book, please can you contact us with it. We are going to be calling the children we haven't heard from this week, so you can tell us your messages. 

Here are today's learning links. 


Activity One


Black Lives Matter 


In today's lesson, we visit a key topic of Black Lives Matter given the recent case of George Floyd. The lesson is around creating hope for the future – a future that is not based on the colour of someone's skin but the content of their character.



Activity Two 

Geography - 'Where are all the people?'


In this lesson, we will be starting a new topic all about population! We will consider how many people there are on the planet, how this has changed, and where populations are distributed.

Activity Three

Spanish - To be able to say what is in your town or city In Spanish


In this lesson we will recap our previous learning, then learn how to say different places in a town or city. For this lesson you will need a pen and paper.


Activity Four 

Art - Juan Miro and Automatic Drawing

In this lesson, we will learn about automatic drawing and create our own abstract artwork.


Activity Five 

English - Writing a story



Activity Six 

RE - What is Hinduism?

Learn all about the origins of Hinduism and what Hindus believe in this lesson.


Activity Seven 

History - Who was Mary Anning?


Morning Year 6!


Hope you are all well and are looking forward to a more sunny weekend. Please please please reply to Mrs Shingadia with a Leavers message if you haven't already. 


Activity 1: Book Club


Watch the videos and then answer the questions. 


Activity 2: REALLY IMPORTANT - How to trust what you read online.


Activity 3: A Geography lesson with David Attenborough


Choose a couple of videos to watch and then write a summary or create a poster. 


Activity 4: REALLY IMPORTANT George Floyd Protests - misleading images and videos that have been shared on social media


Activity 5: What is harmony?

Thursday 18th June


Well what a wet and rainy day it is today! If you haven't checked out the videos on Flipgrid yet, do so... even if you don't want to post a video yourself you can see them from teachers and other children:


Activity 1: Write a mnemonic for all things St John's, e.g.

Successful - even though we didn't do SATs, we are so successful.




Hudson Evans - I loved doing PE with Mr HE!




These are just suggestions and you would obviously need to fill in the other ones. Send it to me once you're done. 


Activity 2: Watch these Espresso videos about Transition


Activity 3: Writing a narrative poem - maybe it could be about your time at St John's


Activity 4: DT Anthropometrics and ergonomic


Activity 5: Science - How do Humans Impact the Planet?

Wednesday 17th June 


Good morning year 6 and have you seen this?

It's called flipgrid and you can leave video messages for everyone at St Johns to see. You have to log on through Microsoft Teams and then you watch the videos or record your own video for us all to see. Have a go at recording a message today telling everyone what you have been up to over the lock down and what you're most proud of.  


Activity One 


Click on the flipgrid link (see above) and watch the videos by Mrs Seymour. Ms Lyne and Mrs Kirby. Find out what they have been up to during lock down. Then record your own short video telling us what you have been doing. Don't forget to include something that you are proud of. We can't wait to see them!


Activity Two

Science 'The Circulatory System' 

Learn about the circulatory system and why it is so important.

This guide includes:

  • two videos on the circulatory system and how it works.
  • three videos looking at the parts of the circulatory system individually.
  • two activities to build upon your knowledge of the circulatory system.


Activity Three

English - Poetry

Home learning focus

Learn how to write limericks and clerihews.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos

  • three activities


Extra challenge - Can you write a limerick about a St Johns teacher that we could include in the memory book ?


Activity Four 

Spanish - Learning how to talk about free time, sports and hobbies


Activity Five 

Art - Exciting paintings 


Learn the basics of exciting paintings.

This lesson includes:

  • three video clips demonstrating different famous artists and their exciting paintings

  • three activities to try at home







Tuesday 16th June 


Good morning year 6. If you haven't already done so, please can you fill in the following questionaire for us. You only need to fill it in if you are returning to school. Click on the link below;


Here are today's learning links- 


Activity One 


Some of the best memories of childhood are the silly ones that make you giggle. Can you create an amusing comic strip of funny moments from your time at St Johns. Use thought and speech bubbles to show what is being said and bring your comic to life. If you cannot recall a funny moment, then maybe choose significant moments from your time at St Johns like, class collective worships, PGL trip or special days and events that you really enjoyed.  You could illustrate meeting your best friend or taking part in sports day. 

If you can send us a photo of your comic, we may be able to use it in the memory book. 


Activity Two 


Not only is it important to value your past experiences and memories, it is also important to plan new goals for the future. Can you create a 'bucket list' of things you would like to achieve in the first year of secondary school. This could include things like, making new friends, taking the bus to school by yourself for the first time, 


Activity Three 

Spanish - How to describe the weather in Spanish


Activity Four 

Art - The circle challenge


Activity Five 

Geography - Learn all about the Alps


Activity Six 

Science - Reversible and irreversible changes






Monday 15th June 


Good morning year 6 and we would like to welcome back some of 6S who will be returning to school today for the first time in a long time! Good luck to those children - we hope you have a great day. For those of you who are staying at home, we will still be continuing to update the learning links on a daily basis and you can still contact us through teams and email as normal. 


Here are today's activities - 


Activity One 

Natasha's story 

(This activity is a continuation of the Black Lives Matter work that was posted on Friday. You will need to have read Natasha's story before you complete it.) 


Now you have read Natasha’s story, choose one of these activities:


  - Imagine you were one of her friends writing a letter to your M.P. (Member of Parliament) persuading him or her to let Natasha and her family stay in Britain.


Here are some sentence starters that might help.


Dear ___________________,


I am writing to you because _________________________________________


If Natasha and her family have to return to their home country, ______________________________


You should let this family stay in Britain so that ______________________________________


Yours sincerely,




or you could, 

· Make a card for Natasha to show her that you care about her.


· Make a poster that persuades people Natasha and her family should stay in Britain.


This week, as part of our transition work,  we will be thinking about what makes us all special and unique. It will give you a chance to reflect on what your strengths and weaknesses are and where your talents lie. 


Activity Two 


What makes you special? What qualities do you possess that make you unique? Write down the five most important ones that you have. Now ask your parent to write down five qualities about you too. Come together and see what you've both put. Are they all the same? Are there any differences?

Now pick your three best qualities and write down why you chose them.


Activity Three 


Think about the five qualities that best describe you. Can you create a piece of artwork in the shape of a star to represent your own star qualities? You could make the outline of the star using the words you picked to describe yourself. Put your name on it and send us a photo of your creation if you can.


Activity Four 

If you feel you are not very good at anything, maybe you have low self-esteem. Have a read of what self- esteem is and how you can raise your own self- esteem in the following link -



Friday 12th June 2020


Black Lives Matter


Good morning Year 6!

I am sure you have seen on the news that there have been protests after George Ffoyd's (a black man) death. He was killed by the police in the USA. Here is a link which shows what has been happening:


At St John's we believe that we are all equal, no matter what your skin colour is. The work for today is to help you reflect on what racism is and how we can fight it. 


Activity 1: 

A protest is when lots of people gather together to show they don’t like something and want it to change. Recently, lots of people have been protesting in our country and around the world for the opposite reason. They are protesting because black and brown people are often treated unfairly in our society and people don’t think this is right.


Create a banner that you could take to a protest. It could say something like...

Black and white unite!

Freedom to learn together.

We are all part of the human family.

There are some pictures below. 


Activity 2: Let Natasha Stay

Picture 1

Read the above text and then answer the questions: 

1. Why was Natasha upset?


2. Where did Natasha come from?


3. Why did her family have to leave their home country and come to Britain?



Picture 1

4. Natasha’s friend, Shamima, said, “I think this country should welcome people of all cultures, particularly if they are escaping from danger at home.”


Do you agree with her? Why or why not?

Picture 1

5. Why do you think the government changed their minds and let Natasha and her family stay in Britain?


6. If you were Natasha, how would it feel to have all your friends supporting you?


Activity 3: Something Inside So Strong


Listen to this song and while you listen, have a think about these questions.


  • What do you think is the message of this song?
  • How might these words be encouraging to someone facing racism?
  • What is something you can do to help stop racism?


Can you find any other songs that have important messages about racism?

Thursday 11th June 


Good morning year 6. Today's activities are all about problem solving. Below are some challenges a child may face when they go to secondary school. Think about how they could solve each one and write a letter to them giving advice on what to do. Remember, if you save your work on BGFL we will be able to read it too.


Problem 1 

I've got two really good friends who don't like each other. One keeps inviting me to things and leaving the other one out. It's getting awkward and I don't know what to do. Can you help me please?


Problem 2 

I got a hot dinner in the canteen and when I got to the counter to pay, I realised that I'd forgotten to put money on my dinner card. What should I do?


Problem 3 

My teacher has paired me up with a child I don't get on with, who expects me to do all the work for them. They are really popular and I'm worried that if I say anything, I will get picked on. I also don't want to get bad grades. What should I do? 

Problem 4

My friend added me to a group chat and there are some unkind comments about another child in my year group on there. I don't want to get involved but I'm worried about that child. What should I do?


Problem 5 

The friend who I usually walk home with is off sick. I don't have anyone to walk home with and I'm really worried about being by myself. What should I do?


All of the above problems are quite common problems that you may encounter in secondary school. So it's important to think about how could solve them. 






Wednesday 10th June 

Good morning year 6. If you haven't had a chance to look already, please find attached below a list of local secondary schools. Have a look at the one you will be going to and see if you can find a virtual tour of the school. Does your school have a list of clubs and which ones would you like to attend? Take the time to find out as much as you can about your new school. 


Hall Green












Kings Heath Boys


Wheelers Lane Boys!welcome/home


King Edwards Camp Hill Girls 


King Edwards Camp Hill Boys


King Edwards Five Ways


Selly Park Girls school

Here are some more activities you could do today to help you prepare for life at secondary school:


Activity 1 


Making friends at secondary school

You might be attending a secondary school that none of your friends are attending. Even if you are, your friends might not be in the same classes or on the same timetable as you. Therefore, you will need to make some new friends.

Watch this short video to gather some ideas on the best way to make friends or speak to family members about how they made friends when they went to secondary school (this could be parents, older siblings, aunties/uncles etc). Make a top tips poster on the best way to make new friends.

How to make friends


Activity 2 

Getting to know your new teachers 

At your new secondary school, you will have different members of staff for each lesson. It is important that you begin to see these teachers as safe adults and consider who you will go to with problems


Research your new school website (see the links above) and find out which teachers are in different departments.

Write a list of which teachers teach which subjects and who is the head of year 7. Think about which teacher you might go to if you have forgotten homework, if  you have concerns over a friendship group, if someone is being unkind to you, and if you are finding a piece of work difficult. What is the name of your schools headteacher and deputy head?  Is there a member of staff there who job is pastoral care? (That means they are employed as someone who you can go to with a problem, if you are scared or worried and they will help you out.) 


Activity 3 

Staying safe online


What online platforms do you use; this could be games, social media or websites?  How do you know it’s safe and what do you do online to keep safe? Social media and technology will come into your lives more as you grow up and it is really important to use them wisely as this may impact at school and in the future if you do not..

Can you create a set of guidelines to make sure that you stay safe online?


Even better, you could make a short 2 minute video about how to stay safe online and enter this competition - see the link below for more details. (Competition closes on the 22nd June so you have to be quick!)


Tuesday 9th June


Good morning year 6. Today's learning links will be focusing on preparing you for your transition to secondary school and how to organise yourself. If you haven't yet looked at yesterday's work, you can find those activities below. Please take a look - there are some great videos featuring common worries about starting secondary school. If you have any questions or worries, please do not hesitate to contact any of us year 6 staff. Have a good day!



Activity 1

Plan your route

Starting secondary school is a time where organisation and independence can flourish; a good routine is essential for this. Can you plan your morning routine (from waking up to arriving at school) and then plan your evening routine too (from leaving school to going to bed). Remember to think carefully about how long each activity will take and what times of the day you will be able to complete hobbies such as reading or after school clubs.

Think about what time you will need to arrive at school and then work out how long it will take you to get there. What time in the morning will you have to get up to give yourself enough time to eat breakfast and get ready? 


How long do you think you might need to complete homework every night? 


Draw a timetable of what your day might look like. Remember, if you save it on BGFL we can see it too.




Activity 2

What should I take to school?


Lots of new and different equipment is needed for secondary school. Create a shopping list which includes all of the equipment you will need; consider specific lessons such as P.E and Food Technology. Use their new school’s website for support. Can you draw the everyday items needed. Will you need different equipment on different days? What should you not take with you?


Activity 3 

How will I get to my new school?


Travelling to and from secondary school requires careful planning and organisation. How will you get to your new school? Will you walk or ride your bicycle? Take the bus? Or travel in the car?

Can you plan your  journey to school and your journey home from school. What time will you need to leave the house to arrive at school on time? Which route will you take? Will you meet any friends en route? Do you need to take anything with them e.g. a bus pass or a bicycle helmet? These websites may help you plan your journey:


How to stay safe on your bike:


Activity 4

How to tie a tie!

Your new uniform may include a proper school tie. Practise how to your tie by watching this tutorial. Once you've mastered it, can you write a set of instructions for someone else teaching them how to tie theirs?



Activity 5 

Create a 'Memory Jar' of your time at St Johns 


You may wish to reminisce about your memories of primary school in the future. Capture these memories in a fun way by creating a ‘Memory Jar’. Using coloured paper write down your favourite memories. You can use different colours to show different categories of memory e.g blue for friendship, yellow for teachers, red for favourite lessons, green for school trips. Use a jam jar or a plastic bottle to collect your memories; you could even personalise their jar with decoration.




Activity 6 

Secondary school websites 


Can you find your secondary school from the list below? When you have. explore their website and familiarise yourself with your new school. 


Hall Green












Kings Heath Boys


Wheelers Lane Boys!welcome/home


King Edwards Camp Hill Girls 


King Edwards Camp Hill Boys


King Edwards Five Ways


Selly Park Girls school



Please note - Let us Know if we have missed your secondary school and we will add it on. 

Video for parents 

Parents share the worries they had before their child started secondary school and give tips and advice on how you can overcome those same concerns.

Monday 8th June 


Good morning year 6. Over the next few weeks we will be thinking about your transition to secondary school. 

Transition means the process of change and moving onto secondary school is a big change for all of you.


Every year in year 6, we spend a few weeks thinking about the changes to come and we try to help prepare and support you as best we can to make this transition smoothly. Of course, nothing could have prepared us for the pandemic and all its effects but whether you're continuing to work from home, or possibly thinking of returning to school in the coming weeks, we will try are best to help get you ready for your new schools. 


So this week, all of the learning activities will be linked to transition. We will still set the White Rose Hub Maths assignments everyday, as we know so many of you enjoy completing them, but we will also be setting other assignments linked with your transition to secondary school. It really is in your best interests to complete as many of these as you can. Any problems or issues- then please do not hesitate to email any of us year 6 staff. 



Here are today's activities: 





Favourite Memories 


Starting secondary school is a time for your to say farewell to current teachers and classmates and hello to many new faces. It is important for you to look back and remember some of your favourite memories from your time at St Johns. Can you create a drawing of your special memory and frame it in a photo frame? You may choose to draw a favourite lesson, a funny moment with friends, a school trip, your  favourite teacher or a job role you were proud of. You could  choose to decorate the photo frame provided or to craft your own using card.

Here is a video link with some ideas for photo frames you could use around your photo.


Please note - we would REALLY love for you to send us your pictures so that we can create a memory book. If you could take a photo of your picture and email it to us with a sentence explaining why it is your favourite memory, we can include it. 

What's the difference? 


The thought of going to secondary school for the first time can be quite scary. There are so many things that are different. But there are also many things that are the same as primary school too. 

Get a piece of paper and divide it into two columns. 

Write down similarities in one column and differences in the other. Compile a list of all the things that will be the same and different about the school day in your new school. Think about - the journey to school, lessons, teachers, lunchtimes and friends.  If you complete this on BGFL  we can see it too.

Conduct an interview


Interview someone about how they coped with some of the changes they faced at secondary school. This could be a family member in your household or a neighbour/relative that has been to secondary school (please ensure that you either use technology or follow social distancing guidelines). Think about what questions you could ask

e.g. how did you make new friends?

What did you do if you got lost?

What did you do if you forgot your PE kit/forgot to do your homework?

Common worries about starting secondary school 

The link below takes you to some videos all about the common worries every child has about starting secondary school. It's great because it gives real life examples and ways in which the children overcame their problems and fears.

A video for parents 

Ask your parents to sit down and watch this video. It talks about how best they can support you with your move to secondary school . Don't give them a choice - tell them the teacher says they have to!!

Will I lose my old friends?


Losing old friends is always a worry when you move from primary to secondary school but it doesn’t need to happen. Students from CBBC’s Our school explain how they stayed in contact with their friends, from taking time to meet up outside school to introducing your new friends to your old ones

Click on the link below to find out ways you can stay in touch with your friends:

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone 

If you have been enjoying listening to the different celebrities reading a chapter of Harry Potter here are the links to each chapter. 



Please note - you now have to set up a personal account to watch the videos. 

Ask your parents if they can set up an account using their own email address. 

 Other activities you could try

* spend 5 minutes everyday on


* spend 20 minutes 3 or 4 times a week on


* get active with Joe Wicks, everyday at 9am:


* chill out and listen to a story on

Year 5 and 6 spelling word list