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School Closure

So we will be closed from Monday 23rd March 2020 for most of you.  So this is where I will be posting new challenges and learning opportunities and videos. Make the most of it.  Learn as much as you can. Be kind. Stay fit and healthy.  See you soon.  Mr Collins

Easter Holidays

So I'm not setting spellings or any other work that you have to do over the holidays.  I suggested below that you might want to make an information text about something that interests you but it is optional.

Below are some links to pages and ideas that you might want to try.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr C


1. Read the whole Easter story in you BIbles and retell it in writing, as a cartoon strip, or act it out with a variety of different toys (Action Man Jesus vs lego Pilate).

2. Use stop gap animation to retell the easter story (if you have that technology - see lego Easter story link on You Tube below).

3.Try some of the crafts on the link below.

4. Try the drop the egg challenge below (check with your parents first).

5.  Make an Easter card.

6.  Learn to blow an egg and decorate it.  Make several and turn them into a mobile (a hanging display not a phone!)

7. Research a simnel cake recipe and make one (find out what it represents).

8.  See if you can make the bouncy egg (check with your parents first!) in the link below.

Friday 3rd April

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Friday 3rd April - Last Day of Term!

Message from Mr Collins

It has been a very difficult time for the last two weeks and it will continue to be difficult for a while to come.  Be kind.  And if you can't think of ways to be kind and things to say that are kind, you're not thinking hard enough!  Remember, no one wants this situation and we all want it to be over.  The best way you can help is to keep your distance, wash your hands and think the best of other people.  They might be getting a little bit cross at the moment but everyone wants the best for you.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr Collins

PS I'd love to see even more of the work I set, sent to me over the holidays.



Write a conversation between a security guard and someone trying to buy 200 toilet rolls.  Imagine who else might get involved and how they might show their feelings through their body language.

If you think it might help, start a diary of everything you’ve done each day with how you are feeling included.  That way when you get to the end of the week and think you’ve done nothing, you can look back as see how much you have done.


Look at the puzzle and see if you can solve it.  There are some really tricky parts to it.  I've had to put it under all the work due to IT difficulties

Now try this:

Ben has five coins in his pocket.  How much money might he have? How many different answers could there be?


Using nothing but the things that you find in your garden, can you make a shelter for the creature you designed on Monday.  Think about what it might need to live and what it might need nearby.  Perhaps water and food, friends and shelter from the cold and rain.  Design it first and then when you’ve made it see how close to the design it was.  Test it for waterproofness and to see if it is windproof.  Write down any improvements that would be needed if you were to build the shelter again.


Easter Holiday Optional Work

Research a topic of your choice and make an information sheet which would be interesting for someone your age in another school.  You could make several and turn it into a book.

Maths puzzle

Maths puzzle 1

Don't forget to try and complete the 24 lent challenges.  You can then email photos of the sheets and details of what you've done to Jane Lewis who is from the Diocese and will send you a certificate if you've done them all.  Her email is jane.lewis@southwell.anglican.org 

She has asked us to ask you to contact her directly about this.

The sheet is attached below if you've lost yours.

A great way to work from home with kids! It works for me!

A great way to work from home with kids!  It works for me! 1

Some of your excellent work which has been emailed to me. I'm loving it.

Faye has taught her brother and sister the rainbow song

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Thursday 2nd April Experiment Day

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Sign of the day 3 for the price of one!

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Thursday 2nd April

Spellings / handwriting

Write out each of the words from your spellings, beautifully, ten times in your handwriting books

Science and Maths 

Can you follow the experiment in the video and work out the volume taken up by different objects.  Fill a jug or sauce pan to the very brim (do this outside or in a sink / your bath).  Place it in another tin / box.  Put an item in the water until it is fully submerged and water has poured into the lower box.  Measure the amount of liquid that has come out in ml.  1ml = 1cm3 so you can work out the volume of each object.  After you’ve done this a few times see if you can estimate the volume of an object before you put it into the water.  Remember to mop up afterwards and have towels to hand before you start!  See if you can record your results in a table or a graph.

Check with your parents first!  Don't use anything electronic or precious or things that will get damaged by water!



Rehearse the song from Monday’s video link or the rainbow song


Write 5 sentences which contain relative clauses like the highlighted sections below. (Add extra information about a noun)

Jacob, who was always blowing up major public buildings, was unusually late for school.

Ella-Mai, who had lived her whole life disguised as a woolly mammoth, took off the outfit because cave men kept chasing her.

Write 5 sentences which contain non-finite clauses like the highlighted sections below. (Start with a verb)

Cowering under the duvet, Mr Collins hoped the fairies wouldn’t come in the night and steal any more of his hair.

Loading her rifle, Faye looked forward to seeing Mr Collins again.

Remember your commas and make them as funny as you can without being rude!

Week 2 Wednesday

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Week 2 Wednesday


Make your spellings into beautiful shapes and stick them round your room


Check and edit your stories.  Make sure that you’ve included some non-finite clauses, relative clauses and adverbial clauses.  Check your spelling and punctuation, especially capital letters, full stops and commas.


Test yourself and see if you can be even faster with your flash cards from Tuesday

What would happen if you multiplied all the numbers by 10 or 100?  For example: 7 X 8 = 56 so 70 X 80 = 5600 and 700 X 800 = 560000. Write all the calculations and their division facts that are linked to them e.g. 70 X 80 =5600,    80 X 70 = 5600, 5600 ÷ 70 = 80 and 5600 ÷ 80 = 70


Rehearse the song from Monday’s video link or the rainbow song

Tuesday 31st March

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Sign of the day

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Tuesday 31st March


Watch the some of the video and read the version of one of Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So Stories” ( see the link below)

They give made up reasons for how animals got certain features like long necks and noses.  They often have amoral attached about have certain characteristics or about actions that are silly.

Can you write a story about the creatures that you made yesterday and how they got one of their features?  You can edit and finish these off tomorrow



Make some flash cards for the times tables that you find hard e.g. 7 x8 = 56.  Write the calculation on one side and the answer on the other. Place them calculation side up. Say a calculation and turn it over to see if you got it right.  How fast can you do all of them correctly?  Keep trying until you can do at least 10 that you didn’t know before.


Metamorphosis - animals that change shape

Can you find the right information from the power point and the sheets to fill in the gaps on the second sheets (don't print it out if you can help it and yes there are different levels of sheet with basically the same information on them so just copy out the information that you need to do one set into your books) 

Monday 30th March and Bethany does a better video message than me!

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Monday 30th March - A song from Mr Collins and Bethany

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Week 2

Monday 30th March

Thought of the week

Do slugs deserve to eat?

RE/ English

  1. Read the whole story in Mark chapters 14-15 of the Bible of the crucifixion.  If you can’t find a Bible, you can just google the reference.
  2. Make a list of all the main characters e.g. Judas, crowds, Pharisees, Jesus, Pilate, the Disciples.
  3. Talk to someone about why Jesus died e.g.  Was it because he was nailed to a cross?  Was it because Judas betrayed him and if so why did Judas do that?  Was it because the Pharisees hated him because he was becoming more popular than them? Was it because his disciples gave up on him?  Was it because Pilate was scared of the crowd and worried that they would riot and he would be sacked as the governor by the Romans?  If Jesus was God, why didn’t he just come down from the cross?  If he wasn’t God, why didn’t he just say “I’m not really God, I’m sorry this is all a big joke” and get let off?
  4. Why do you think Christians believe that Jesus died?
  5. If an alien had arrived on the planet at Easter, how would you explain why Jesus died to it? Write an explanation of who was responsible for the death of Jesus for the alien.


Ask a grown up to test you on last week’s spellings and copy this week’s spellings out for handwriting

Group A: blacken, brighten, flatten, lengthen, mistaken, straighten, shorten, thicken, tighten, toughen Group B: ostentatious, oblivious, orchestrate, orang-utan 


Draw out a 100 square starting at 1 and going to 10 on the top row then 11 to 20 on the second row.

Now colour in all of the 3 times table in one colour then all of the 6 times table in another colour.  Write a sentence about what the pattern is and why it works.

Next add the 9 times table in a third colour and see if you can write a sentence about this pattern.

If you’re feeling brave, write out all the square numbers under 100 in order e.g. 1X1 = 1, 2X2 = 4, 3X3 = 9 and so on.

Write me a sentence about what the pattern is between each of the square numbers.  (We looked at it briefly before Christmas)


Learn to sign this song.  There will be another one next week!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLlok1av4x4 either copy and paste this or follow the link below.

It’s I can’t help falling in love with you.  With Makaton you have to sing it and sign it which is why some of the signs might look wrong put are in fact used correctly for meaning.

You could also learn the rainbow song above but that's not quite as clear as when Bethany rehearsed it!


Try and make an animal out of things you can find outside in the garden.  There are some ideas below.  Then make a monster from similar things.  Take a photo.  We will use it tomorrow.

Basic leaf animals - your monsters will be better than this I'm sure.

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Day 5 Friday 27th March

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Sign of the day

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There is a picture below of hedgehog cakes.  You’ve been off school for one week and home learning is really starting to take off.  Email me and tell me which of the hedgehog cakes best represents how you feel and why.  Ask other people in your house which one they feel most like and why.


Today’s Maths is to get onto “Sum Dog” and “Times Tables Rock Stars” and beat you previous best score.  Then try and make sure that we beat Mr Seaton.


We’ve not done a lot of writing this week so I’d like you to have a go at this:

Can you write a debate (like the one we did about capital punishment last term).  Remember to put forward different views and why they might be right or wrong.  Start by introducing your topic and finish by saying what you think is the right thing.  Can you use words and phrases like: on the other hand, however, some people think, I disagree because.  Think about Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs.  In both these stories the wolves are seen as the baddies. But wolves need to eat.  Wolves eat meat.  They have to; it’s what they evolved to do.  Is it reasonable to expect wolves to go veggie?  So the debate I’d like you to write down in 100 – 200 words is: “Are wolves really bad or just following their natural instincts and is there another way of life they could take?”


James has done some research and found out this:

The reason snot is green it's because your body makes special proteins called lysosomes, containing cells called phagocytes, (which the book says comes from Latin, but it's actually Greek!) for eating-cells, one of these bacteria busting proteins that has the green colour.  Snot changes colour to brown or black once it's out of your nose because water evaporates into the air, and the phagocytes die and the green proteins begin to break up removing the green colour from the bogey!


I don't understand all of these words but I get the main idea.  I wonder if you could find out an interesting science fact too.


Have fun.

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Day 4 Thursday 26th March

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Sign of the day

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Good morning once again.

Read your own reading book today for at least 15 minutes.  If you’ve not got a grown up to read it to, read to an older brother or sister.  If you’ve not got one of those, read to your pet rabbit but make sure you ask it questions about the text to make sure it was listening.

Have a go at the maths sheets about percentages, decimals and fractions.  It’s the same format as the day before.

Keep up with your bird spotting.

Find the meaning of each of the words from this week’s spellings and write them out.  There is a link between some of them (and no it’s not that they begin with ‘o’!)

Don’t forget to let me know which law you’d change, I’ve only heard from three of you about that.

If you’ve still got time try catching up with some of the things you’ve missed from the first three days of this week.

Day 3 Wednesday 25th March

Good morning,

Below is today’s work.  I’m getting more emails from you and that’s great.  Well done.

Some great quizzes and some of the facts were really interesting.

I hope you are all managing to share the computers / tablets / phones with brothers and sister.  Remember it’s hard for them too.


Today please:

Do the Maths sheets and percentages, fractions and decimals just like previous days (don’t worry about printing them out; that will cost way too much).  Just copy the answers into your books and then mark them against the answers at the bottom of the document.

Have a go at Times Tables Rock Stars – Someone must be able to beat Mr Seaton!

Write out 10 sentences, each one with a word from this week’s spellings in it.

Have a go at today’s 60 second read (you can take longer if you need to).

Finally, I’ve attached a bird spotting sheet.  Maybe you can make a tally chart over the next week of how many of each type of bird you can see and turn it into a bar chart when you have finished.  I’d love to see a photo of the graphs.  And I know there are no penguins on the sheet, so don’t try to tell me that you saw some, even in Colwick!

Day 3 Wednesday March 25th

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Sign of the day

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Day 2 Tuesday 24th March

Good morning.  I hope you all managed to find and follow Joe Wicks with his broken wrist.  Do you think he should get a badge for resilience?!

Try and do it every day.  If 9.00am doesn't work for you, apparently you can watch it when he's finished and play it back later.
Today's work is below the next two videos. 

I was trying to record Grandpa's Great Escape to finish reading it to you but the website won't cope with video's over 2 minutes so you'll have to get your own copy, borrow one or wait until we are back at school together.

I'm looking forward to your emails!


Tuesday 24th March

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Sign of the day 2

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Today’s activities are:

  1. Use your handwriting books to write out each of your spellings beautifully ten times
  2. I’ve added some more fractions, percentages and decimals sheets the same as yesterday.  Do email me to let me know how you got on.  Your parents have my email address.
  3. Try to research some Easter facts and make a quiz to test your family over tea time.  See if some of your questions can be about Easter in other countries.  See if you can do proper research and not just googling “Easter Quiz”.  Include your best Easter fact in the email.
  4. Read the 60 second read comprehension and answer the questions in your purple books.  The answers are on there too so you can check them out when you’ve finished!
  5. Now try to do something kind for someone in your house without them ever knowing it was you!


First Day of Home Learning!

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Monday 23rd March 2020

Happy Monday morning!laugh

Thanks for getting out of bed and coming to the website.  If you can, try to do some exercise, make sure you've eaten a sensible breakfast, brushed your teeth and made your bed.  There is a link above to Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) on You Tube.  He is doing a 30 minute PE lesson every day during the school closure on his You Tube channel.  I've also put a link to the pilates clip that we did last term if you'd rather do that or if you are really pushed for time there is a link to a pilates You Tube  abs workout that is only about 15  minutes.


First things first:

1. Make sure that you have read your reading book for at least 15 minutes today.

2. Ask a grown up to test you on last week's spellings. Group A: criticise, advertise, capitalise, finalise, equalise, fertilise, terrorise, socialise, visualise, vandalise, to, too, two.  Group B: ophthalmoscope, ophthalmologist, ophthalmology, ophthalmic, opportunism   

3. Copy this week's spellings on some paper and decorate them beautifully then stick them around your room so that you see them lots and learn them just by seeing them around.  Group A: amplify, solidify, signify, falsify, glorify, notify, testify, purify, intensify, classify (can you spot what word groups they are from and what word groups they were before they had -ify added to them?  What is the rule for words that ended y before the -ify was added? Group B: orientation, orienteering, ornithology, ornithologist, orthodontist

4.  I've put two power points and their linked worksheets below.  One is about right for most of you and the other is a bit easier.  Work through the power point and then select one of the sheets at your level. If there is a D in a star at the bottom, that is the easiest, E in a star is where most of you are working and GD in a star is the harder stuff that you might want to challenge yourself with.  The answers are also there so you can ask an adult to see how you got on.  You can copy bits into your new purple books rather than printing bits out.

5. If you've still got time, I'm going to add a power point about Tim Peake linked to what we were learning about space.  See what great facts you can find out and impress someone with.


Also there are a whole lot of programmes about ancient China (not necessarily Shang Dynasty) on PBS America (Freeview Channel 91) this week (Monday to Thursday).  I don't know how suitable they are for children but why not ask your responsible adult if you can check the programmes out with them if they have time.

We harvested pumpkins and parsnips before turning them into soup and cooking them, along with home made bread twists over a fire in the woodland.

Year 5/6 word list for spellings