Fittleworth C. E. Village School

Fittleworth C. E. Village School



Cedar Class

The Teacher in Cedar Class is:-   Mr Russell    

Summer Holiday Update!

Mr Russell is currently reading...

...Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve.

If I enjoy it enough, it may be appearing as one of our class texts this year!


The summer holidays are finally upon us and I would like to wish all of you a restful few weeks. I know each of you will have had a slightly different experience during these last 4 months and I can only hope that you have managed to stay positive and productive. 

Take a little time to rest, relax and enjoy some our reinstated freedom!

However! It is vitally important that you continue to do some basic home learning to keep your brains active over the holidays. It is a fact that you don't just stay as clever as you always were if you stop learning- you actually begin to get less clever the longer you don't learn! The brain is like a muscle. It will get bigger the more you use it!

1. Try to read every day! This may sound like a challenge but I cannot stress how beneficial reading is. Book shops are now open, as are charity shops (I managed to pick up two paperbacks for £1 this morning!). 

2. Keep practicing the Year 3/4 and 5/6 spelling lists. You can find links to these on the Home Learning page. 

3. Twinkl are running a 'Home Learning Hub' with a daily schedule and activities. As far as I can tell this is a *free* resource and you do not need to subscribe to Twinkl. Please email me at if you find this isn't the case!

Find it here:



A Message from Mr Russell for returning Year 6s:  Welcome Back!




Fancy sharing your 'Lockdown life story'?


Sky Academy Studios is challenging pupils to create a video to tell them their lockdown story and share how they’re feeling during the coronavirus pandemic.


You will need to create a short video (30 seconds - 2 minutes) bringing your ideas to life.

Using tech you can access at home, and the current lockdown as inspiration, you need to tell your story. 

This will provide a creative way to help you feel connected and stay positive during these challenging times.  

Using creativity and communication your story can be:

  • FACTUAL: News Report or Vlog
  • FICTIONAL: Creative stories 

There is a chance to win a free filming kit for our school. Some of the favourite/best entries may also be featured on Sky News FYI.


You can film it on a phone, tablet or laptop. There are lots of free apps you can download to help you edit your video and add different features. 


You will need to email Miss Porter ( your videos by 22nd June so she can upload them to Sky Acadamy Studios.


Click on the links to find out  more about what you need to do.


Sky Academy Studios #keep connected

Sky Skills Lockdown Story guidance


This is an optional activity.

Wednesday 8th July 2020

Please Visit the TRANSITION Page underneath the Home Learning Tab for today's transition activities and a video from me!


Monday 8th June 2020:

Just a quick update today! We now have access to White Rose Maths Home Learning resources again. These only vary slightly from the BBC Bitesize lessons, in that they offer a higher level of challenge.

The focus for today is Algebra - Find the Rule:

The corresponding worksheet can be found here: Find the Rule Questions

And the answers, here: Answers



Friday 5th June 2020:

Good morning! I hope that you have been keeping up with the work on BBC Bitesize this week. We should also have access to White Rose again next week so please check on this webpage for links to their learning if you prefer it. 

I obviously haven't been posting any other work this week, mainly because there are plenty of activities each day on Bitesize. However, if you think you would benefit from (or like) a further mini-topic work pack, then let me know. I am quite happy to do this for the remaining Year 6s, but I will only do it if you request it! From the feedback I've had in the past, often the Maths and Literacy tasks are enough each day. 

Enjoy your weekend, and I may well see some new faces on Monday!

-Mr Russell


Monday 1st June 2020:

Dear all, I hope you have enjoyed your break away, even if it didn't feel an awful lot different! I will be in school nearly every day now, teaching most of the Year 6s. As such, there will be some changes to the format of online learning. I am hoping this will only continue for a few weeks. However, as with all of this, only time will tell!

From today, I will be directing all Year 5s to Miss Porter's Ash page for their learning. Miss Porter will be covering the Year 5 curriculum for Literacy and Maths. On the occasions that any Topic-based work is posted up, the whole school is aligned on a single universal topic: The Oceans, and therefore loosely reflects what I will be covering in Cedar class. 

For those Year 6s who won't be joining us this week, I would ask that you follow the Maths and Literacy lessons on BBC BItesize:

Today you will be covering Converting Fractions into Percentages and learning to use Synonyms and Antonyms.



Friday 22nd May 2020:

Congratulations! You've nearly made it to half term! This will be the last day until June 1st where I expect you to do any work. I may still post up messages and information so please keep checking this page, but I will not be setting any work for the next week. Please enjoy your holiday, get outside and have some fun!


I have set you some fun 2Dos on PurpleMash today. If you finish the games, I'm happy for you to investigate some of the other games and activities on the Mathematics section.


All I would like you to do today is finish off your writing if you still haven't quite completed it. Once you've done that, I'd love you to decorate it, put your name on it and (if you are able) send me a picture via

Well done all of you! 


Choose one of the pictures from the colouring pack below and print it out. Select 15 words from previous spelling lists and write them somewhere on the picture THREE TIMES EACH. Then colour it in!

Summer Spelling Colouring Pack


To finish off our America-themed Topic, I'd like you to do something a little different. Find a picture of an American food staple (burgers, fries, hot-dog, chilli, ice cream sundae etc.) and create a piece of art around it. You could simple try to draw it, or you could try and make a 3D representation of it using paper, card, tissue paper, clay (if you have it). You might decide to paint it using big, bold colours or draw the individual ingredients needed to make it. What about raiding the cupboards in your house for things that look like a burger bun (an old sponge, cut to shape)? Or ketchup (red wool wound together)? Or a burger (an old Brillo pad)? How creative can you be? 

American Food Pictures

Thursday 21st May 2020:

Good morning all. I have just finished a book that I plan to use in class with the Year 6s when we return- it was truly powerful, exciting and moving. I can't wait for you to read it! I know the Year 5s will be disappointed that we will be continuing without them, but I can assure you that we will do some exciting things when you eventually return too. 


I am going to direct you towards the BBC Bitesize page for today as the focus is on subtracting using fractions for Year 5

For the Year 6s, if you have been following BBC Bitesize all along then just look at their activity for today (which is converting between decimals and fractions) but otherwise, I'd like you to look at this lesson: which focuses on finding fractions of amounts.



Please use today as an opportunity to review your writing so far. If you haven't proof-read your work for errors, then do that first please. Your next step is to edit and improve your writing. Ask yourself these basic questions as you re-read your writing:

1. Have I included enough information and detail or does it feel a little 'empty'?

2. Are my sentences interesting or do they all sound similar (have I varied my language and sentence structure)?

3. Is my introductory paragraph or section clear? Does it tell the reader what the rest of my work is about? 

4. Do I have a good conclusion or ending? For example, if you've written a letter, do you finish with a final thought and a formal or informal goodbye? If you have written a story, does your story have an ending that ties up all the little pieces of story, or does it end suddenly without a full exaplnation of the events?

Reading Comprehension:

I miss reading Harry Potter. Maybe you do too?! Here is a short extract from the first book with a selection of three question sheets. The easiest questions can be found on Resource sheet 1, the hardest on Resource sheet 3 (all on the same document). Please only choose one sheet to complete!


Wednesday 20th May 2020:

Yet another beautiful day in West Sussex! As well as looking at today's work, please take a moment to look at some of the work sent in from your classmates below. I really love seeing what you produce and hearing about your activities away from school. I've had lovely emails from some of you talking about starting new musical instruments, dogs having puppies, riding your bikes in the woods, so thank you! 

Don't forget that Joe Wicks is still doing his 9am workout routines!


1. Start off your morning with this Fraction Builder game. We used this in class a few times so it should look familiar!

2. This is another fun fraction game from Nrich, this time matching fractions (similar to the game 'Pairs'). There are some guidelines underneath if you want to keep score!

3. Here are a few written activities to complete the maths for today:


Extension Task: If you finish all of the activities for today or want to challenge yourself, then have a go at this task. I would recommend doing this with an adult if you can, and as always there are 'Teacher's Resources' that your adult can look at first. Watch the video of Bryony folding her paper and then accept her challenge!



Day three of your free writing! You should be in full swing with your writing now. If you find it hard to get writing then there are some great (and fun) warm-up activities in this booklet. Some of them you will recognise from our lessons at school: Pie_Corbett_sentence_games.pdf


I'm also going to ask that you look at this before finishing writing for the day. I would always advise that you proof-read your work after you've written and this document will help to remind you of what your targets are as a Year5/6 writer: Beat-the-New-Curriculum-ITAF-Checklist.pdf

You should also check that your work makes sense. The best way to do this is to read it out loud and if you have the option, read it to a parent or get them to read it to you. 


As always, make sure you complete the wordsearch first!

Year 3/4 word list: Years-3---4-Spellings-C.pdf 

Year 5/6 word list: Years-5---6-Spellings-C.pdf



I've been sent yet more examples of your wonderful work! Well done to Georgina, Hattie, Alice, Harry and Ava, who have been creating some wonderful scrapbooks artwork, leaflets and infographics this week. Well done!



Tuesday 19th May 2020:


Try these fractions reasoning sheets today!

Year 5: Vertical_Format_-_Compare_and_Order_Fractions_Less_Than_1.pdf

Year 6: Vertical_Format_-_Compare_and_Order_Fractions.pdf


Hopefully you made a start on your free writing project yesterday. Once you have chosen your topic to write about, then you can start planning what to write. Gather as many ideas as you can! You could use one of the planning sheets I posted up yesterday, or you could do a simple mind map. 

The more ideas you have, the easier it is to start writing. The first sentence or two is always the hardest so practice what you want to say out loud first. Test it with an adult- tell them what you want to say. 

Here's a quick tip for the opening sentence:

1. Try to sum up what your work is about in this first sentence. It should be clear to the reader what your work is about from this very first sentence.

2. If you've chosen to write a story, this first sentence needs to hook the reader in. How can you make it exciting and interesting? Maybe pick up a few books you have around your house and see how they have started. 

Get writing! Remember, this is only a first draft so just focus on getting your ideas down onto the page.

Monday 18th May 2020:

Welcome back to another week Cedar! This may well be the last week away from school for the Year 6s as it seems we will be returning to school on the 1st of June. There will be more detail over the coming week.


We will continue with Fractions this week. Today is comparing and ordering fractions.

Compare Fractions Easiest:Comparing_Fractions.docx

Compare Fractions Year 5: FractionFeud.pdf

Ordering Fractions Year 6: ORDERING_FRACTIONS_2.docx

Extra Practice Sheet: Practice-Compare-and-Order-Fractions.pdf


This week I would like you to start and finish a piece of Free Writing. We have done this before in class so you should know what to expect. 

The basic guidelines:

1. You may choose to write about anything that interests you

2. You can write in whatever form you'd like, providing that you haven't done something similar before. This guide can help you structure your writing: Independent_Writing_Reference_Sheet.doc

3. You should spend FAR more time writing, and redrafting than 'researching'

Today should be spent deciding what you would like to write about, how you are going to write it and gathering ideas. If possible, try to avoid writing your drafts on the computer. This is a good opportunity to practice your handwriting. Doing a little research into your chosen topic is acceptable but you should be choosing something that you already have some knowledge of. 

Here is a collection of planning sheets for different types of writing: Writing_Graphic_Organizers.pdf 


Friday 15th May 2020:

It's Friday, again! Well done if you've still been busy this week and kept yourselves active. Here are the activities for today:


I have added some further fractions activities to your Purple Mash 2Do list. Please look at these first today. If you complete them, then take a look at the BBC Bitesize Lesson on Comparing and Ordering Fractions (Y5) and Adding Mixed Numbers (Y6):

Year 5:

Year 6:


If you have finished your work on an Amazonian endangered animal, then I would like you to have an arty afternoon. We usually finish this topic by creating a very large Rainforest layer collage/mural as a whole class. Obviously, we cannot do this, this year. However, you can still be creative and make a rainforest layer with things from around your house and garden. 

1. Look at the 3rd slide on this powerpoint: rainforest_powerpoint.ppt

2. Choose one of the rainforest layers (you could do some extra research if you would like to but it isn't necessary)

3. Begin to collect anything that you could use to make a large 'collage' picture of that layer:


Leaves and twigs from around your garden can be used if you don't have access to any paints or other materials, like this picture above.

You don't even need any paper! If you lay the leaves carefully on a patio or other hard floor, you have a huge plain background to work with. You could even 'make' some animals to add into your collage. Again, you can send a photograph of the final piece to me at school via the office:

Thursday 14th May 2020:

Today would have marked the final day of the Year 6 SAT tests. I'm sure many of you feel fairly happy that you have not needed to take them! However, it is also perfectly normal to feel a slight nagging sense of disappointment. The act of practicing, rehearsing, preparing and finally testing ourselves is actually a very positive and important thing to do in life and helps us grow as individuals. These test are not necessarily  sit-down written papers; they come in all sorts of forms. This doesn't mean that we constantly compare ourselves to others though (this isn't a good or helpful thing to do). One of my favourite sayings is, 'Do not compare yourself to somebody else today, instead, compare yourself to who you were yesterday'. In this case, it does not matter too much as there will be many more tests in the future, with greater importance and meaning but if you do happen to feel a sense of disappointment this morning, then don't worry, this is normal. Try to be content in the knowledge that you all worked incredibly hard for the time you were given. Have a good day all of you. 


Thursday is Arithmetic day! Test yourself with a ~30min time limit:

Year 4: Y4-Arithmetic-Half-Test-1b.pdf (15 mins only)

Year 5: Y5-Arithmetic-Full-Test-2.pdf

Year 6: ArithmeticPaper2.pdf

The answers are included at the end of each paper. 


I am not going to post anything new today. I think you have plenty to be finishing off from the previous few days!

If you would like a short Spelling warm-up activity then try these 'silent letter' word games:




Wednesday 13th May 2020:

Hello everyone! Despite everything that is going on around us, it's still wonderful to wake up and see the sun beaming through the windows. It's currently 7:00am and I'm sitting in my office with the light warming the whole room.

Thank you to all of you who have sent me some feedback regarding your experiences at home. I've said it before, but it's worth repeating- if the maths I've set for any particular day is a little tricky then there is nothing wrong with looking at what Ms Porter has set for her class as it may be slightly simpler.


Having said that, I thought it would be nice to have a day where the Maths is a little more exploratory and a little more 'fun'! Some of you may have done this challenge last year, but its a good one to revisit.

Light the Lights Again

This activity ^^^ is very simple to understand. You have a series of lights and a box to input numbers. Some numbers will light one or more of the lights, some numbers won't light any. Some numbers will light ALL of the lights. 

First challenge: Which is the smallest number that will light all four lights?

Second Challenge: What is special about this number? You will need to try and work out the pattern or rule that turns each light on. So what numbers turn on the blue/red/yellow/green light and why? They are not random!

You could make a neat list each time you find a number that activates a particular light. Work systematically (so don't start with 1209 and then try 4 and then 103...). 

If you have a parent working with you, there are links to the answer, helpful hints and a 'teacher's resources' page with questions, hints and tips for getting the most out of this activity.

This is one of my favourite activities, so please enjoy it!


This activity is a great way to consolidate (recap/revise) work from earlier in the year. However, if you wish to finish your infographic from yesterday, then finish that first and do this activity tomorrow:

1. Find an endangered animal that lives in the Amazon Rainforest.

2. Draw it! Colour it! Paint it!

3. Research it! Why and how is it endangered? Try to find as many facts as you can and write a short paragraph. 

4. Research, draw and label its life cycle (if its a mammal, the life cycle will be very simple. If it's an amphibian, you know it will be more complicated). 

5. What does it eat? Where does it live (in a tree, on the ground, in a den, on the riverbed)? You could draw this information too, rather than write it.

6. Add anything else that you can think of!

Useful websites:

Tuesday 12th May 2020:

Good Morning again Cedar! I hope that this morning turns up with a little more warmth than yesterday! Can I please remind the Year 6s to send me their memories for the Leaver's Book? If you missed my post regarding it, please check Thursday 30th April for further details. I'd also be interested in any feedback regarding the tasks I am setting you. Are they too hard? Too easy? Over too quickly or taking all day to complete? This would really help me to make sure that I am setting appropriate work. If you are finding some of the work too tricky each day (particularly Maths), don't forget that Ms. Porter and Mrs. Blackwood are also setting Maths tasks each day that you may find easier. 



Year 5 Adding Fractions with Different Denominators WORKED EXAMPLES: Adding-fractions---using-diagrams-example.pdf

Year 5 Adding Fractions with Different Denominators: Adding-and-subtracting-fractions.pdf

Year 6 Adding and Subtracting Fractions: Add_Sub_Fractions_Pyramids.docx


I would like you to create another infographic (like we did for Tea in the Autumn term). This time, focus on the Amazon Rainforest. Infographics should only included factual information. What you include is up to you. However, I would recommend trying to find this information:

  • How large the Rainforest is
  • What the greatest threats to the Rainforest are
  • How much Carbon Dioxide it absorbs each year
  • How many species of animal live within the forest
  • How many people live within or on the fringes of the forest
  • Plus, any other information you can find!

Here are some useful videos to watch:

Here are some helpful websites to investigate:

Our Virtual Display Board:

I have been sent a lot of fantastic work from the last week. So well done! The America Travel Guides are better than I even hoped! Thank you to Kitty, Ava and Alice for their work:

Monday 11th May 2020:

Good morning and firstly, apologies that I am a little late in posting work for today. There is an update regarding the White Rose Maths if you have been using that these past few weeks. Unfortunately, from today, it is no longer free to use- although the teaching Powerpoints can still be viewed. The BBC Bitesize Home Learning is still mirroring the content however and in many cases uses White Rose activities. I would recommend swapping to this IF you wish to continue with their Summer scheme of learning. I will continue to post my own consolidation activities as well each day. 

BBC Daily Learning:


We will recap and revise Fractions this week with an emphasis on Adding and Subtracting.


Add and Subtract Fractions with the same denominators (Easier): Adding-and-Subtracting-Missing-Fractions-Same-Denominator.pdf

Add and Subtract Fractions with different denominators (Harder): Adding-and-Subtracting-Missing-Fractions-Different-Denominator.pdf

If you find those hard, then you can start here instead: Adding_and_Subtracting_Fractions_Visual_LA.pdf


Reading Comprehension: Jimmy_and_the_Pharaoh_Story.pdf


Create a wordsearch using your spelling list: Blank_Wordsearch.doc


You may explore the quick 10-minute challenges from different authors here. Try to look for an author that you may have read before!

Watch this video from the Literacy Shed. There are a number of ideas underneath it for follow-up activities. I particularly like the idea of continuing the narrative and adding your own adventure but there are many different ideas and opportunities to write:


Friday 8th May 2020 - 75 Years since the war ended in Europe:

Today marks 75 years since Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allied forces. The sacrifice that my Grandfather's generation made is incalculable and whilst I hope that today you take a break from work, I would also encourage you to spend some time reflecting on today's date, May 8th: VE Day.

My own Grandfather, Ronald Russell, saw active duty towards the end of the war and spent a number of years in Germany after 1945 as part of the occupying force that tried to stabilise Germany. His 3 brothers also served in the war, most notably my Great Uncle Arthur 'Bubs' Russell, who died in 2010.  Bubs was the ABA schoolboy boxing champion of Great Britain in 1933, the Junior Champion in 1936 and pursued this and tennis into his later life.  Bubs became a sailor in the RNVR and served in HMS Largs from 1940 to 1943.  He was then commissioned and trained as a 'P' Party diving officer. This meant that he was in charge of clearing underwater bombs from ports so that ships and their vital supplies could reach their destination. He was later awarded an MBE for his bomb & mine disposal achievements in 1944/5.  After the war, he became a teacher. Bubs particularly enjoyed drama and reading. In fact, he once fell off a cliff whilst reading a paperback novel!

I'd like to say thank you to my Grandfather, Ron, his brothers -including Bubs- and all the other men and women who showed so much courage in the face of an almost impossible task.

If you would like to learn more about VE Day, then here are a few links for you to explore:

If you are planning your own party for today, then here are some fun VE Day Bunting templates to colour in:

Thursday 7th May 2020: 

I am writing this sitting in my comfy chair at school! I hope that you have been outside today as it is beautifully warm! Mrs Burnett and I were commenting on the complete lack of clouds today. Despite everything that is occurring around us (and to us), it is hard not to feel positive and happy when the sun is shining. Being outside is a brilliant way to pick yourself up if you feel down! I spent most of yesterday morning in the woods with my son (transporting branches to the small stream and throwing them in) and it really did make me feel better. The Science activity for today encourages you to get outside and investigate nature. I hope you enjoy it.


The White Rose Maths activities for this week cover elements of the curriculum that should be familiar to you all. I would highly recommend watching the videos and trying the activities. 

Year 4 (a multiplication recap if you are finding the activities difficult):

Year 5:

Year 6:


Continue with your tourist guide from Tuesday. If you have finished, or part-way through your writing, then these resources might help to edit and improve your work:



^^^This final link will take you to the Disneyland Paris Brochure. Look through it and compare it to your brochure.

  • Have you used similar language?
  • Are there any phrases or sentence starters that you particularly like? Magpie them!
  • How has the brochure made everything seem exciting and inviting through the language it uses? Does your brochure do the same? Again, magpie exciting vocabulary for your brochure. 
  • Finally, look at how it is laid out. Have you made good use of pictures and diagrams?

I do not expect you to re-write your brochure if you have already written it in 'best'. WHhat you could do is take sentences that you think could be improved and rewrite them in your 'Home Learning' books (these were the large exercise books I put in your original packs.). 


This lesson follows on from our work on Evolution and Inheritance in the Spring Term. Investigate the different ways that plants have adapted to their environments, particularly in the Rainforest.

A great starting point is this this video from the Eden Project:

This Powerpoint takes you through many other plant adaptations (you don't need to look at ALL of them!): Plant Adaptations

This photo pack provides additional photographs if needed: Plant Photo Pack

Parents, if you wish to follow a lesson plan, you can read this first: Plant-adaptations-lesson-plan RHS-Campaign-for-School-Gardening.pdf

The worksheet below should be used as the main activity once you have watched the video and discussed the photographs. You could even take this on your daily walk! Find 6 different plants outside, draw them and make some observational notes on how that plant is adapted to living in its environment.

Main Activity Worksheet

Wednesday 6th May 2020:

Good morning all of you. Thank you so much to those of you that have emailed in work for me to see. I am doing my best to round up the photographs to post on this page each week so you can share your lovely work. To start the day, why not look at our updated 'Assemblies' webpage (located under the Home Learning tab at the top of the page) which contains songs, readings and prayers to start off your day in a positive manner. 


You asked and I listened! After an email from one of you asking for some more Purple Mash activities, I have set you a number of 2Do activities related to Place Value. 

Please Log On to Purple Mash and give them a try!


Continue with your travel guides today please!

If you felt happy with the research you did yesterday, then try to create a first draft of your travel guide. Think about the following:

  • Who is going to read your guide? (If it's children, then make sure your language reflects this. However, if you wanted to inform adults too then don't make your language too childish). 
  • Can you use exciting language that would persuade someone to visit?
  • How will you make it interesting to read and look at?
  • Can you use some of your current spellings in your writing?

If you would like to do it on the computer, then here is a template you can use: three_fold_brochure.doc

Tuesday 5th May 2020:


We will stick with Place Value today in Maths and continue from the work set yesterday. If you didn't get a chance to do that work, then start there first! The activities today are more problem solving and challenges:

Easier Task 1: Y4_Place_Value_Value_of_a_digit_slides.docx

Easier Task 2: Y4_Place_Value_Value_of_a_digit_In_Depth_Question_.docx

Year 5: Year-5-Number-and-Place-Value-Counting-in-Powers-of-Ten-Maths-Mastery-Activities.pdf

Year 6/Trickier:Place_Value_Challenge_Cards_Twinkl.pdf

Challenge: Mastery---Y6-Read--Write-Order-Compare-to-ten-million-v3.pdf



Your task for the next 3 days is to create a tourist guide for a major American City (Northern or Southern America). 

Things to include:

1. The main attractions and interesting places to visit within the city

2. The best places to eat (with maybe a 'review' and mini menu)

3. Interesting or strange facts about the city

4. Where to stay, including prices

5. How to get around the city (San Francisco and Los Angeles both have historical tram systems)

6. Anything else you can think of!

I would recommend spending the first day doing some research and taking notes. (Use with a parent as it can be tricky to navigate around)

This is a great website that can be used to search for activities and locations in specific cities:

And another good website, although not quite so child-friendly to use:

Reading Comprehension:

Given that we are celebrating VE Day this week, the reading comprehension is themed around WW2.



Monday 4th May 2020:

Good morning and welcome back to another week! I hope the slightly grey weather didn't affect your weekend too much. There finally seems to be some rumblings about schools reopening which kindles hope that we will indeed be back in school again soon. Fingers crossed...

I have had one or two emails from parents concerned at the pace and workload that I set last week. If you were struggling to fit it all in, then I apologise! It is very difficult to know what kind of pace you are managing to keep up at home. Once again, please do not become fixated on pushing through tasks no matter what stress they may be putting on adults and children alike. Always take a break if it is becoming difficult and/or return to things another day! However, if possible, I would always recommend finishing work before moving onto something new. I am going to post a couple of fairly simple activities for today and nothing else except to encourage you all to return to any unfinished work from last week.

To recap, the key pieces I set you were:

1. The Amazon Survival Guide

2. An activity from your Independent Project

3. A Newspaper report based on the events in 'The Explorer' extract. 

4. Investigating the Human Circulatory System

5. Artwork based on the work of Diego Rivera

I would also recommend that you return to any Maths work that was unfinished. If you have finished everything, then here are a couple of short activities for today: 


Place Value Recap:

Year 5/Easier: Counting_Forwards_in_Powers_of_10.pdf

Year 6/Trickier: Numbers-To-Ten-Million.pdf

Problem Solving: Numbers-up-to-a-million.pdf


Crosswords and Wordsearches (Complete the wordsearch first as the words are used for the crossword!)

Year 5&6 Spelling List: Years_5___6_Spellings_B.pdf

Year 3&4 Spelling List: Years_3___4_Spellings_B.pdf

Don't forget that today would be a PE day, so get outside and get moving. I believe that Mr Joe Wicks may have injured himself -as I saw a photo of his hand looking like a party balloon- but don't let that stop you from doing some physical activity, even if it's practicing your keepy-uppies or handstands in the garden (I take no responsibility for injuries!). Stay safe! 




Well done to Ava and Alice for producing some beautiful pieces of work this week. Ava has written a wonderful Amazon survival diary and Alice has created a brilliant piece of artwork in the style of Beatriz Milhazes. Keep up the great work girls!



Friday 1st May 2020:


Try some word problems based on visiting a cafe today! You will need to look at the menu first, then attempt the problems! If you finish early then take a look at the cafe picture and make up some of your own problems to ask a parent or sibling. The picture is also a lovely reminder of sitting with friends and sharing a meal! There are no answers with this activity (sorry!) but if you have a calculator (or phone) then you can easily check your answers.

 1. Dave's Cafe Menu

 2. Dave's Cafe questions



Please continue with your Leaflet from yesterday. If you feel that you finished it, then think about what I would normally ask you to do:

1. Proof read to ensure it makes sense.

2. Check your spellings, in particular, any words that appear on your spelling lists. Reading your work backwards helps this process!

3. Use a thesaurus to improve your word choice. There are many online thesaurus if you don't have a paper copy at home.

4. Check your sentence structure. Have you varied the way you began your sentences? 'Magpieing' sentence starters can be a great way to overcome this! Can you identify any relative clauses, complex sentences, modal verbs?

5. If you can remember your personal targets that I set you earlier this year, now would be a good time to check those as well. 

This whole process should take at least 45 minutes. It isn't a quick skim read!


Have a go at investigating how the human circulatory system works:

Interactive Circulatory System:

Lesson Plan: Lesson-1-The-circulatory-system-lesson-plan

Activity: Lesson-1-The-circulatory-system-fill-in-the-blanks


Today, we are looking at another South American artist, Diego Rivera (married to Frida Kahlo). His work adorns some of the public spaces in the city of San Francisco and typical shows people and events linked to California. 

Here are some questions for you and a parent/carer/sibling to talk about: Diego_Rivera_Prompt_Questions.pdf

And a photopack with more of his work: Diego_Rivera_Photopack.pdf


Using bold, clear colours draw an important person. Your important person could be someone in your family,a scientist, a famous historical figure, a singer etc. You must be able to explain why that person is important or important to you. If some of you are able to send in photographs of your work, I can make an 'online' mural, just like Diego Rivera.



Thursday 30th April 2020:

For the attention of all Year 6s: We are still planning on creating a Leavers' Book for you all but obviously we would like your comments and memories! This document will outline what you should include in your comment: Year 6 Leavers' Book Comment

Can I also ask that if you have any recent photo's (maybe from your time away) that you send them in by email as we sadly won't have quite so many from school this year to draw upon.


Thursday morning's are often Arithmetic practice, so here are some Arithmetic papers for you to try today. Please remember that a few of the questions cover aspects that we have not discussed in class (multiplying and dividing fractions in particular). The full papers need ~30 minutes to complete and the Easier (Half Test) requires ~15 minutes.

Sherbet Lemon Group: Arithmetic Paper 1

Mint Humbug Group: Y5-Arithmetic-Full-Test-1

Easier Paper: Arithmetic-Half-Test-1a


Today's task is to create a 'Jungle Survival Leaflet'. In The Explorer, the story revolves around the children's ability to stay safe, fed and healthy whilst trying to find their way out of the jungle. A survival leaflet/book would have been very helpful!

Here is a website to get you started with some ideas:

And this video is a good way to remind yourself of the kind of environment you would find yourself in:

Try to include items that you would take with you on your trip (similar to our Darwin work in the Spring term) and a numbered list of hints and tips to help survive and find your way out of the jungle. 

Finally, make sure that your leaflet includes lots of diagrams, pictures and maybe even a map!

Things to consider:

What could you eat?

Where can you find drinkable water?

How could you work out which way to travel?

What can you do to protect yourself from the rain?

What can you do to protect yourself from dangerous creatures?

What other dangers are there (hint: the sun)?

If you get REALLY stuck, you can have a look at this Jungle Survival booklet that I've put together: How_to_Survive_in_the_Amazon_Rainforest

Spelling Activity:

Correct the Spellings Year 5&6 Spelling list: Activity_Sheet_Questions.pdf

Correct the Spellings Year 5&6 Answers: Activity_Sheet_Answers.pdf

Correct the Spellings Year 3&4 Spelling PACK: Activities.pdf

Correct the Spellings Year 3&4 Spelling PACK Answers: Answers.pdf


Not a task for today but a virtual display board instead! In preparation for some Art tomorrow, here are some beautiful pieces of artwork inspired by American artists. These were created by Kitty. Well done Kitty!

Wednesday 29th April 2020:


Every day at 9:30, Pie Corbett is hosting a radio Literacy Show with activities for children to practise their literacy skills:

Talk for Writing have also released some resources to help teach writing at home: 

Year 5:

Year 6:

Year 6 Greater Depth:


We are recapping negative numbers today! 

Year 5: Negative-numbers.pdf

Year 6: Y6---Negative-numbers.pdf

Fun revision/discussion activity for negative numbers that isn't too tricky:


Wednesday afternoons would usually be set aside for Topic work so return to your Independent Project pack and either finish a piece of work or start something new from it. My personal pick would be to investigate the building of the American Railroads. It was a very dramatic period in American history, full of danger, challenge, treachery and excitement.

Here's a few links to help you:


Tuesday 28th April 2020:

Good morning Cedar! How many times did I remind you to come in each morning and get settled down into a task at ten to nine? How lovely would it be to do that now? So settle into your day with either a fun spelling activity or your current reading book for 15 minutes. Better still, have a cup of tea or glass of orange squash next to you.


Here's a fun investigation for you to do. We WILL all get to enjoy holidays again, so why not plan your next one?

Camping Cost Harder

Camping Cost Easier


Time for a some punctuation and grammar practice! Recap your knowledge on subordinating conjunctions, as well as simple and complex sentences:




Today, you would usually sing in the afternoon. Here are a few music-based ideas for you to do this afternoon. No need for instruments! 

Task 1: Explore some new music! I challenge you to find something you like from a genre you have never listened to before! Jazz, folk, dubstep, classical, blues, gospel... there's a lot of music out there! All you need is a music streaming site to get going: Apple, Spotify, Youtube etc. If you use Youtube, please do this with an adult. Not all music videos are suitable for all ages! 

A few to get you started:

Modern Blues/Easy Listening -  John Mayer

Classical/Modern Piano - Nils Frahm

Korean Pop - BTS

80s Pop - Simple Minds

Country and Western - Blake Shelton

Acoustic Rock/Metal - Insomnium

Task 2: Why not have a go a creating some of your own music again using the online music sequencer?


Monday 27th April 2020: 


Make sure that you catch Joe Wicks this morning at 9am! His morning exercise routines really help to start your day in the best possible way! Joe Wicks - The Body Coach


White Rose Maths have released a 'Family' challenge pack. These problems start fairly simple and then become harder and harder. How far can you get, Year 5s and 6s? White Rose Family Challenge


 Write a short news article or newspaper report based on the Explorer extract and the disappearance of the aeroplane and its passengers and pilot. It might help to re-read the extract again first.

Here is a short news article with a similar event: Bermuda_Triangle_News_Story.docx

Newspaper Article Checklist: Features of a Newspaper Checklist


'Pyramid' write your spelling words for this week. Here's a reminder of what they should look like. Make sure you use your spelling list though! 


Friday 24th April 2020:

Yay, it's Friday! I hope you do feel that way-it means you've been working hard and staying productive this week. I was in school yesterday, which was lovely but it reminded me of all the brilliant, inspired work that we produced last term. I have every finger and toe crossed that we can come back soon and be creative and enthusiastic again. I haven't mentioned your 'diaries' recently. If you have been writing them all this time, then well done. I really do think that some diaries recording this time will become historically important. I truly miss you all!


Year 5 Addition and Subtraction 'Reasoning': Year 5 Add and Subtract Reasoning

Year 6 Addition and Subtraction Problem Solving: Year 6 Mastery Problems

'Big and Small Maths Activity: Big-and-small.pdf

Big and Small Answer: Big-and-small---answer.pdf

Reading Comprehension/Literacy Activities:

Make sure you have read the opening extract from Katherine Rundell's 'The Explorer' (yesterday's task) found on Authorfy. Authorfy also offer a whole scheme of work to accompany this text. Sadly, we don't all have a copy of the book! However, the first page has a wealth of fun ideas and  some good reading comprehension questions (questions 1-6) to answer once you've read the extract. Find it here:

Writing Activity:

Return to your Tintin description from Wednesday. Read the part of it that describes the museum itself to an adult or older sibling (this might be most or all of your writing if you spread your description out). Ask them to draw the museum using your description. Look at their picture- does it look how you wanted it to look? Possible next activities:

1. Draw the museum yourself and then rewrite the description based on your drawing.

2. Mind map exciting adjectives and nouns that you want to include (we did a lot of work on 'expanded noun phrases' in class) before rewriting it.

3. Watch the video introduction again and try to pick up on certain items you see in the video that you didn't include in your writing. Rewrite your description!


Look at the work of Joaquin Torres Garcia. His artwork is (deceptively) simple and made up of lots of different 'flat-looking' symbols. I could imagine there are many ways you could mimic his work at home:

1. Draw a 'symbol' picture using pencils/crayons/chalk

2. Paint a symbol picture!

3. Print one using a carefully cut potato?!

What should YOUR symbols be? Try thinking of something you really like and draw/make a simple symbol to represent it. 

 Thursday 23rd April 2020:

Good morning all of you! I've had a steady trickle of emails from some of you on Purple Mash but this is a quick reminder that you can still contact me on PM. I'm happy to answer questions about work, hear about your day or just see a friendly 'hello'. Stay in contact please! 

Maths Activity:

Y5 Addition and Subtraction Recap: Addition_and_Subtraction_Practise__Prove__Problem_Solve_Y5.docx

Y5 Addition and Subtraction Recap (Easier): Add and Subtract Easier

Y6: Look at the work pack from yesterday and complete the first few  pages of Addition and Subtraction questions or move onto the next section.

Challenging Add and Subtract with Missing Numbers (Recap): Addition_and_Subtraction_Mastery_Year_6.pptx

And here's a helpful video with me explaining how to solve one of those missing number problems if you get stuck: Mr Russell's Missing Numbers

Literacy: Log on to Authorfy and navigate to Katherine Rundell's page. You can download an extract from her book 'The Explorer' which is set in South America. Your task for today is to read it!

Spelling Activity: Find a creative way to write your words out. You could cut out individual letters from magazines (this could take a while, so perhaps limit yourself to just making 2-3 words this way!); Make them using Scrabble tiles  or fridge magnets; If you have a sandpit, you could write them in the sand (or make them using gravel) or even write them in chalk on your patio or garden wall. If you take some photographs, make sure to send them to the office email address!


Wednesday 22nd April 2020:

Maths Activity:

Four Operations (Y6) and Multiplication (Y5) Recap Activities:

Year 5: Multiply-2-digit-by-2-digit.pdf

Year 5 Problems: /Multiply-2-digit-by-2-digit---problems.pdf

Year 6: Year-6-Autumn-Term-Block-2-Four-Operations-Fluency.pdf

If you find these challenging, then you could always start here instead: Arrays--repeated-addition-and-calculations.pdf

Reading Comprehension:


Spelling Activities (Complete the wordsearch first as the crossword answers are taken from it):

Year 3&4 Spelling Wordsearch and Crossword

Year 5&6 Spelling Wordsearch and Crossword

Writing Task:

Make sure you have watched the Tintin story from Monday first. The Opening scene of 'Tintin and the Broken Ear' is set late one night in a museum. Rewrite the opening of the story. You could tell the story from third person or you could write it from the first-person perspective, either as the thief or the caretaker. Make sure that you think carefully about describing the setting and atmosphere. Remember that the reader starts with a 'blank room' in their head!


Tuesday 21st April 2020:

Apologies that there has been no work set for Cedar today. Unforeseen circumstances meant that I could not post anything. I hope that the Independent Project Activity has been keeping you all busy! Wednesday's work will go up shortly.

-Mr Russell

Monday 20th April 2020:

 Good morning everyone and welcome back! I hope you have all managed to enjoy the Easter break, being outside and pursuing some of your own projects at home. We still find ourselves closed for the foreseeable future. As much as I hold out hope that we may well yet be back for a half term, it is clear that the majority of this first  summer half term will definitely be spent at home away from school. This half term would have been action-packed (normally with SATs,  Year 6 residential and play auditions) and I can't promise that our online learning will be as involved or exciting, but I will do my best!

Our mini Topic this term is 'The Amazing Americas'. The topic is broad enough that you all should find something to excite you, whether it is the film-industry in California, the history of the gold-seeking pioneers and travellers, the very current debate surrounding the Amazon rainforest and global warming, or a love of hamburger and fries. Please find my 'Topic Map' here. This is a very loose overview of ideas that link in with this Topic:


I have uploaded a weekly timetable should you like to follow it, and I will try to loosely follow it as well, tailoring specific days and activities. 



Today's Activities: 


Use the White Rose Home Learning Packs available here:


Week 1 for Year 6 is all focused on Angles, for Year 5s, they are studying Decimals.

We will be following the White Rose planning for this term, so keep using this website and resources please. 


Sign up to Authorfy- it's free and contains a wealth of resources to use. I will try to direct you to specific resources in the coming days.

Watch Tintin and the Broken Ear (set in South America) here:

I will set you some work relating to Tintin over this week. 

Spellings: Find your Spelling Lists here. You are on the final page of each document now!:

Jets Spelling List

Wizards Spelling List

Hornets Spelling List

Blazers Spelling List



Spring Term Closure

Saturday 4th April 2020:

Sorry this update is a day late! I have recorded the second part of Harry Potter Chapter 15 - The Forbidden Forest. This means you can have a go at Task D from Thursday: Drawing an accurate picture of one of the creatures from the forest. 

To reiterate what has been said on the school newsletter email, I won't be posting work on here for the next couple of weeks but I will continue to upload the remaining two chapters of Harry Potter. I will also monitor Purple Mash and ensure that any emails you send to each other are approved. Please try to enjoy your Easter holiday! Fingers crossed that we will be able to return to school at some point during the summer term.

Thursday 2nd April 2020:

Harry Potter Chapter 15 (Part 1) is here!

Questions/Tasks to consider when you are listening: 

a. How does the author show the reader that Harry and Hermione realise that they've done something wrong after the were caught by Filch?

b. Write a list of 5 key events from Chapter 15. Try to summarize each one.

c. Write down 10 words that you are unsure about and discuss them at home.

d. Using the descriptions of the creatures in the forest, try to draw an accurate picture of one of them (you'll need to wait for Part 2 for this activity).

Chapter 15 - Part 2 will follow tomorrow!


Writing Task: Log in to Purple Mash. I have set up a collaborative writing project entitled 'Why dragons should not be kept as pets'. This is a group project and can be edited and continued by anyone. I am able to see who writes what (and who deletes what) so think carefully about what you write. It is in the style of a persuasive newspaper article that continues from a piece of work we started at school. If you remember, we looked at a real article about a large wild cat that had escaped from a home in England. I have started writing an introduction so you could add something to that, or just add some ideas or sentences of your own that could become part of the finished piece. Get writing!


Tuesday 31st March 2020 and Wednesday 1st April 2020:

I deliberately haven't posted a suggested 'timetable' for you all because I am aware that every household will be different during this period. However, here is a very simple idea of how you could spend the next couple of days. Feel free to rearrange some activities or spend more/less time on each. 

Maths Activity: Here are some measuring activities to do at home. You can do them without printing them off. All you need is some blank or squared paper: 

Length, Distance and Height Questions

Length, Distance and Height Answers

Writing Activity: Write a short biography of a famous scientist. There is a great list here which will help you do some research:

Reading Activity: If you haven't already attempted it, try the reading comprehension on p.47 of your work packs. Either that or set aside 30 minutes in your day to read your current story book. Find somewhere quiet and comfortable (with lots of cushions!). I always like to take a cup of tea with me when I read as well. Finally, make sure there are no electronic devices nearby.

History/Science: I really like the activity on p.3 of your packs. Leonardo Da Vinci was a particularly gifted scientist whose work extends into stories, films and art. Try using the following website to research him:

Possible Activities related to Da Vinci:

1. Try recreating some of his famous inventions (A parachute connected to a lego figure or plastic soldier would be a perfect place to start. Bin bags and string work quite well!):

2. Da Vinci was credited with designing one of the first automated 'robots'. Have a go at creating your own robot here:


Monday 30th March 2020:

Today would be a good day to refresh your memory when it comes to your spelling lists. Find some coloured pencils, felt tips or crayons and have a go at creating a Wordle using as many of your spelling words as possible. Don't forget that each word should be written in an interesting way! Large, small, bubble, curly, jagged- make your handwriting interesting! 

My second activity for the day is a real challenge which also practices using the formal multiplication method:

Parents can look at the 'Solution' page while you have a go at solving it!

Harry Potter Read-along: Chapter 14- Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback: 

Friday 27th March 2020:

Good morning! It's Friday! I hope you are all staying well and getting some fresh air. We've just done some #PEwithJoe this morning. If you are unaware of this, then visit Youtube for a daily dose of PE and exercise; Joe Wicks is offering live PE sessions every weekday morning at 9:00am. You can catch up on this week's sessions here:

I have approved any outstanding emails and blog posts on Purple Mash and given you all feedback on your Galapagos Island work. It's really lovely receiving messages from you all, so please keep them coming!

In addition to this, I have set 3 new 2do tasks as well. The first one is a collaborative database activity. We did a few of these last term so it should be familiar. Remember, you are all working together on this one. The task is simple: Find two countries that are not already on the database, one must start with the same letter as your first name. The second country should start with the same letter as your surname. Open the database on Purple Mash and add them! Try to find the correct flag too! However, make sure that nobody else has already added your chosen countries! We can't have 3 Japans or 4 Indias! 

The last couple of activities on PM are a Perimeter game and an Area game. Get practicing!

UPDATE: A few of you have contacted me regarding answers for the Literacy Progress Test 1 (p69-71). Here they are:



Thursday 26th March 2020:

Good morning everyone! On page 45 of your home learning packs is a fun revision task that has a Harry Potter theme. Choose 8 words from the large grid and try to write a definition (meaning) for each word. Can you also work out what word class each word is? Is the word a noun, verb, adjective or something else? Once you've completed the task, you could always try to write a short passage/ story using as many of the words as possible. Keep it Harry Potter themed!


Wednesday 25th March 2020:

Well done to those of you who have completed the Galapagos Island postcard task on Purple Mash. I have marked them and left you a little feedback. I won't be able to approve any more emails or post comments until later today as I am not at school this morning. However you should all find that your messages from the last couple of days have been approved. Today, why not try practicing some subtraction from your packs? Your parents could give you some larger numbers too. Remember that Year 6s should be able to subtract numbers up to 7 digits long!

Tuesday 24th March 2020:

Happy Birthday to Mr Russell! It's a rather lonely birthday for me though- I'd much rather be at school with all of you! As a birthday gift to all of you, I've set a 2Do Science activity on Purple Mash. It's very similar to the writing we started in class: imagine you are Darwin stepping foot onto the Galapagos Islands for the very first time. Write a journal entry for that first day. You may complete it at any time this week.


Monday 23rd March 2020:

Hello! And welcome to the first day away from school. I'm going to remind you all that you can (and should) still be practicing your spellings at home. If you cannot find your spelling lists, then I am going to add them to our home learning page. I have included a number of blank wordsearch templates in your pack which you can use, plus, don't forget fun activities like pyramid words, using different colours to write your spelling words out and 'choo-choo' words. 


Friday 20th March 2020:

Today is the final day of this term, and from Monday, many of you will be learning from home. Please be advised that Home Learning Packs will be coming home in bags today. From Monday 23rd, I will be offering guidance and daily updates on this page. 


Dear parents, it is with great sadness that we bid (temporary) goodbye to many of you. I had desperately hoped we would manage to keep the school open until the Easter Holiday, but sadly, this will not be the case. Friday 20th March will be our last day in school for quite a while. Rest assured that I am completely committed to keeping in touch with the children and assisting them to learn at home as best as they can. My aim will be to send a large pack of activities home on Friday for them to complete over the course of the next few weeks. In tandem with this, I hope to keep this page updated on a daily basis, with guidance, further ideas and clarification on certain tasks. 

They will be able to communicate with me via the Purple Mash internal email system, and indeed with each other (monitored and moderated by myself). This should give them an avenue to ask questions, receive feedback and retain some element of normality. Work completed on Purple Mash can also be collated and presented on our 2Blog entitled, 'Spring 2020 Shutdown Blog'.

My first, but considerable hope is that the children continue to read at home, practice their spellings and keep a diary of this once-in-a-lifetime event. This is something that can be done indefinitely, regardless of the length of closure we might face. Let us also hope that the weather is kind to us and that gardens and open spaces can be accessed to keep our minds and bodies healthy and fit.

I wish you all a sad farewell and hope to see you as soon as possible.

-Mr Russell