School closure learning

At the moment, both our school website and the websites we have suggested for distance learning are experiencing high levels of traffic making them run very slowly. We are aware of this but, at the current moment can do very little to resolve the issues. Many parents are ringing the office and sending e-mails to the school office to ask for help with this. As you can appreciate, we only have a skeleton number staff within school  whose main priority is to care for those children within school at this time, however we can offer a few practical suggestions:

  1.        Although we have provided an outline timetable for your day, feel free to be flexible with this and move lessons around. This should make each website run quicker.
  2.        The MyMiniMaths website appears to be running slower than the other websites on offer. MathsBot (Also, linked on the school web pages) appears to be running much quicker so feel free to use that. Over time, we will add further resources to the school website so please keep an eye out for these.

3.      Questions related to learning can be directed to the year group specific e-mails where we will be able to support you :

Y3@huntersbar-jun.sheffield.sch.uk

Y4@huntersbar-jun.sheffield.sch.uk

Y5@huntersbar-jun.sheffield.sch.uk

Y6@huntersbar-jun.sheffield.sch.uk

 

As we are currently running on a minimum level of staffing within school, please can the school office only be contacted in the event of an emergency.

We understand that these are strange times and that everyone is trying their best to continue their children’s education. Please be assured that we will work as hard as possible to make sure all children are able to access the materials we have provided. Keep checking the year group pages on the website as the staff will continue to post videos to try to keep you entertained.

Look after each other.

The Staff at HBJ

Hello and welcome to the Y6 School Closure Learning Page. 

This page is your new virtual learning and communication HQ whilst the school is closed. 

On here you will find a range of different learning activities and things to do whilst you are not able to go to school. 

This page will also be a place for the adults at school to keep in touch with you. We will try to keep you entertained and educated however far away you are and hopefully we can continue to bring a smile to your face. Please know that we care about you and that we will do our very best to keep in touch by uploading videos and other media designed to make you smile. We'll upload them as frequently as possible and hopefully you'll get an interesting insight into what we're doing to keep going. You might see Mr Allen doing some fancy cooking, Mr Hurley talk about Tottenham or Mr Preston share a story of the latest hilarity from his son.

Take care of yourselves, your families and friends. Know that we are thinking of you and we know you will keep busy doing all the learning you can. Listen to your parents and carers, wash your hands and stay positive. 

We’ll be in touch soon!

Mr Preston, Mr Hurley, Mr Allen, Mrs Silvester, Mrs Khurram and Mr Fieldsend

 

Some of our Y6s talking about what they've been doing at home.

PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

From now on, photo and video updates from teachers, teaching assistants and pupils can be found on a separate page in your year group. This is so that we can keep this page focused on the learning you need to be doing at home. Make sure you check in with both this page and the new photo and video page so that you know what learning you need to be doing and to keep up to date with the latest videos and pics we send out. 

Take care everyone. 

This website has links to books to support learning, which can be bought from Amazon. We know many parents will be anxious about supporting their children in the right way, so whilst these resources are unfortunately not free, you can at least have the peace of mind that they are appropriate as they come from the National Curriculum website.
 
They might also alleviate some internet issues...!
 
This section of the page will be used for us to try and offer new/different activities as we come across them. Some of the activities on here may be scheduled events, however most sites will have a catch-up option if you are unable to make a specific time.
 
We will try to update this as much and as often as possible.
 
We can't verify the quality or suitability age-wise of all of these, however there may be some events here you might want to take advantage of:
 
Here's what various celebrities are offering you and your kids for free daily to help with their education while schools are closed:
 
9.00am - PE with Joe Wicks https://youtu.be/6v-a_dpwhro
 
10.00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman www.themathsfactor.com
 
11.00am - English with David Walliams https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
 
12.00pm - Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver) https://www.jamieoliver.com/feat…/category/get-kids-cooking/
 
 
1.30pm - Dance with Darcey Bussel https://twitter.com/diversedance…/status/1241098264373592065
 
2.00pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days) https://tv.historyhit.com/signup/package
 
4.00pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri) https://www.instagram.com/theocooks
 
Non-daily events include:
 
Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests https://cosmicshambles.com/stayathome/upcoming-schedule
 
9.30am Wednesday 25 March - Geography with Steve Backshall https://twitter.com/SteveBacksha…/status/1242058846941712385

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you are well during these difficult and unusual times. 

This page of the Hunter’s Bar Junior School website is designed to be your one stop shop for all schoolwork and learning whilst school is closed. Please use this page daily to access resources for home learning and to see if there are any updates on what children should be doing.

Further to Mr Watson’s letter, we recommend that children might want to follow a similar timetable to the one they are familiar with at school. 

 

Maths

For their daily maths, we are recommending that children access https://myminimaths.co.uk/year-6-mini-maths/

This website provides daily tasks on a range of different maths topics along with some instructional YouTube videos. We are suggesting that children work through the pages in order. Children might need to do more than one day’s worth of activities on each actual day. 

On top of this, we recommend children use https://mathsbot.com/questionGenerator to generate questions on topics they have already covered so far this year. These topics are all number-based and include the following: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, difference, factors, doubling and fractions. 

Obviously, children can and should continue to access TimesTable Rockstars as usual. https://ttrockstars.com/

 

English

For their daily English sessions, children should first and foremost spend 30 minutes reading their book. If at all possible, some of this time should be spent reading with an adult or older sibling who can support them and question them about their reading to check understanding. 

Further to this, children should visit http://www.pobble365.com/

This website gives children a daily image which is the inspiration for a range of English-based activities. The website provides a story starter for children to continue, some reading questions, some sentence work and an art activity (the art could form part of their afternoon theme or topic work).  

In addition to this, children may wish to keep a diary of their time off. They could record what they have done each day, how they have kept fit, what they have enjoyed and how they are feeling. 

 

Theme and Topic

For their theme and topic sessions, we would like children to visit the following BBC Bitesize websites. A good guide of how much to do would be to take one curriculum area each day. E.g. Science on a Monday, Art on a Tuesday, Geography Wednesday, Science Thursday, Art Friday etc.

 

Science

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z2pfb9q - look specifically at the Y6 topics covered so far this year. These topics include the following: 

  • Adaptation, Evolution and Inheritance.
  • and, the entire working Scientifically section.
In addition to this, they may also want to revise last year's content:
  • Materials – changing materials, solids liquids and gases, how to identify materials 
  • Forces and motion – what is a force, friction and resistance, what is gravity, what is buoyancy
  • Light and dark
  • The circulatory system

 

Geography

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zbkw2hv

Children can explore 

  • Maps
  • Contours, keys and symbols
  • Let's explore the Galapagos Islands 
  • Weather and Climate
  • Biomes
  • Oceans
  • Rivers
  • Trade
  • Sustainability and Plastics

Some of this will be a recap of previous learning from this year, other parts will be brand new to children.

 

History

There are a couple of interesting artefacts on here related to wartime: http://www.teachinghistory100.org/browse/curriculum/12/

There are also some lesson and activity ideas to support the information.

 

This website has links to many, varied WW2 artefacts and memorabilia as well: https://www.europeana.eu/en/search?page=1&qf=COUNTRY%3A%22United%20Kingdom%22&query=world%20war%202&view=grid

 

We will aim to keep posting new places to go for more History resources.

 

Modern Foreign Languages

Children can keep their foreign language skills sharp be practising French here…

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2french.html

and Spanish here…

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2spanish.html

 

Art

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/ztjqtfr/resources/1

Children can choose from a range of activities that link to our pencil sketching work which we have been carrying out during our art sessions at school. 

They may also like to use the following web page to inspire them to create some more pieces of art in the style of Picasso - http://www.picassohead.com/

 

Check out the Mindfulness and Physical Activity page to help keep yourself both mentally and physically healthy during the school closure. This link is elsewhere on the website but Joe Wicks is streaming a live Youtube workout at 9am every morning: a great start to the day. https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

 

We appreciate that every home is different and we will all have a varied capacity to support our children with their learning away from school. This is not intended to place any undue pressure on you at an already anxious time. It is simply an attempt to give you some structure and advice that may help. It could also prove useful in the argument against, “Well school hasn’t said I have to do any learning so I can play on my Xbox all day…”

The Year 6 team will endeavour to update this page frequently to keep in touch with the children and provide any updates about learning at home if they are required or the above information changes. 

If you have any queries about the home-learning or resources please email y6@huntersbar-jun.sheffield.sch.uk. For all other queries and questions please contact enquiries@huntersbar-jun.sheffield.sch.uk as usual.

At this difficult and unprecedented time, the whole Year 6 team sends our very best wishes to you all. To reiterate Mr Watson’s message from the previous letter, we would urge you all to help each other as much as possible and especially to look out for the most vulnerable in our community. We are sure that the Hunter’s Bar community will rise to the current challenge and become stronger for it. As always, we are here to help if we can. 

Take care of each other and stay safe. We’ll be in touch again soon.

The Year 6 Team.

Mr Preston, Mr Hurley, Mr Allen, Mrs Silvester, Mrs Khurram and Mr Fieldsend.