Year 6 Purple Mash

Good morning
This is a message for the children.

Please remember to check our Purple Mash blog, daily. I try to make the blogs varied and fun. Remember, you can create your own blogs to share ideas and keep in touch with your friends.
Today, there is an experiment linked to our science topic – light and shadow. Enjoy!

Mrs Lambert

Oak National Academy

Firstly as we head into week 6, I want to say how amazing everyone is doing!

I wanted to let you know about a new national platform that might help you at home. The children can access it independently.

There is lessons each day to follow which contain some useful teaching videos and follows the structure that some secondary schools use for homework etc. It would be a good for learning and transition if your child could do the daily Maths and English lessons. If they want to do more on it, there is the option on the task menu.

I’ve had an explore of it and there is a lot of useful learning on it. As it is a new platform, it does have a few things that will hopefully be addressed as it is developed.

Please encourage your child to access this new platform Seesaw, Purple Mash, My Maths, TTRS and  Reading Plus.

Please do not get anxious about non-completion of any work, all of the tasks are offered to support you.

Family time, family walks, baking and playing games etc are all valuable-your child’s mental health must remain your priority.

Have a good week and please don’t hesitate to contact me  if I can help in anyway.




Year 6 Summer Topic ID

Who do you think you are? Are you an extrovert or an introvert, a singleton, a twin or even a triplet? Let’s discover what makes you, you! From your fingerprints and footprints, to your genes and DNA, everything is unique to you. So why do you look like Mum or Dad, or even Auntie Rose? Explore the world of human identity and how our unique features can be used to tell us apart from others or help to solve a crime! Write reports, adverts and poems all on the theme of identity and express your opinions, views and beliefs. Do you like the same things as others or are your tastes uniquely yours? Then it’s time for some detective work! In the case of the stolen handbag, use your knowledge and skills to solve the crime and identify the culprit. And remember to love being you! Why? Because there’s only one you: you’re one of a kind!
We wanted to ensure that you are all familiar with the expectations of home learning.

Daily Expectations:


Time table Rock Stars – Ensure you complete at least 3 soundchecks each session. (15 minutes)

Daily Online Maths lesson with Gareth Metcalfe Working out and notes can be in your home learning book.

Complete one task on My Maths or Purple Mash every day.


1 task from your Grammar OR spelling pack.

1 piece of English written work or reading task Remember to plan and draft your writing before producing your final version..

Half an hour of reading and vocabulary on Reading Plus.

Well done to all of those who have gained awards on reading plus. Keep up the great work.

Science or Topic:

We gave you the topic sheet (stuck in your home learning book) so you could complete one or two tasks from this sheet each week.

Science – This term’s science topic isLLight. Please complete the revision tasks from the BBC Bitesize website. Remember, you could create a spider diagram, drawings, notes or classification key to show your understanding of the topic.

We are checking online platforms daily to see how you are getting on. If you require any more work, or if you would like us to have a look at anything, email
Don’t forget to share your wonderful work on our Purple Mash Blog too. We love seeing what you’re up to.

We hope everyone had a great Easter and we are looking forward to seeing you soon.

If there is anything else you need help with please let us know.

Take care

Mrs Boddy, Mrs Lambert and Mrs Fowle

Home learning update: Introducing Seesaw Year 1-6

We hope you and your families are keeping safe and well at this time. Staff are working daily to provide you with learning opportunities and we would like to enhance what we offer further and try to help you as parents.


 We are introducing  Seesaw. Like lots of things, this is something new to us all and we would appreciate your support and patience with it. We understand that homeschooling alongside running the home and possibly working from home can be challenging. We just want you to have access to learning materials to use as best fits you and ultimately want the children to be safe and happy.


The first step: Could you please send your class teacher an email so they can send you your child’s unique home learning code.

When you have your unique code, you can log in on the seesaw app or online.


Year 6 Blog

We have set up a blog on Purple Mash for the whole class to communicate together. We’ d love you to share what you’ve been up to.
When you log into Purple Mash, choose the green sharing icon on the top and go into shared blogs. You will see the Year 6 blog. There is also a help icon if anyone needs further support.

Year 6 toilet roll challenge… message for children

Hi everyone
Hope you’ve had a great first week.

We’re missing you lots but it’s great to be receiving emails, posts and learning and seeing what you’ve been up to.

We’re just organising a blog on purple mash so you can all chat to each other… I know how much you like to chat 😂. Watch this space!
We thought it would be a bit of fun if you could film yourself catching a toilet roll then do a move ( could be dance, gym, football trick, sports trick ) and then throw the toilet roll out of shot. If you catch it coming in from your right side and throw it out on your left side then it’s easier to put together.
There’s some examples of teams doing this on you tube.
If you want to take part, email them to me by Thursday evening…my address is in your home learning book.
Have fun and keep safe
Mrs Boddy

Maths for Year 3, 4, 5 and 6

As a Key Stage, we have decided to ask all children to participate in the ‘Daily Maths Lessons’ offered by Gareth Metcalfe.  Gareth is a very experienced primary Maths specialist teacher and consultant, who has worked alongside our school to develop maths teaching in school.

Gareth is offering online lessons everyday and today’s lesson is already uploaded.  We would like children to watch these videos, pause when they need to work out questions and put all of their working out in their home learning books.  It would be hugely beneficial to the children if you could sit with them while they complete the maths lesson.  We appreciate that you will all be extremely busy at the moment, but these lessons really do offer the second best alternative to being in school and learning with teachers.

The link for these lessons is:

Home Lessons



KS2 Eggshibition

Just a little message from the wonderful staff at Preston Park Museum. The whole of KS2 has designed and created their own egg to go on view over the easter holidays. Please follow the link to the museum website and enjoy all of the children’s hard work last week. 

All the staff and volunteers at Preston Park Museum send our thanks to you for taking part in the ‘Eggshibition’ 2020. Special thanks go to your staff for enabling your groups and school children to take part in producing this fantastic piece of community artwork.

As you are aware, many public institutions and organisations are closing this week until further notice and unfortunately the Museum has had to make the same decision.

Thankfully we managed to finish installing the ‘Eggshibition’ and some lucky members of the public got to see it in person on Tuesday and Wednesday!

We have taken lots of photographs and posted them on our facebook page so feel free to share any of these images on your own social media platforms, to share a bit of colour and joy.

Well done KS2 🙂

KS2 performance

Just a quick reminder that tonight’s performance begins at 6 pm, therefore, can we ask if all the children could be at school for 5:30 pm to get into their costumes.

Thank you

KS2 team

Automatic Training Mode on TTRS

With Automatic Training Mode (ATM) enabled, children will go through our pre-programmed levels when they play in the Garage or Arena. As well as saving you time, ATM will shorten the time it takes for your learner to become a Rock Star!


Over the years, we have accumulated billions of times tables answers from children around the world. From that data, we’ve formed a sophisticated understanding of how pupils internalise each multiplication and division fact and how they begin to understand the underlying concepts. We then deconstructed all the tables up to, and including, the 12s and reassembled them several times, until we created a highly effective sequence to learning the answers.

How does it work?

Learners play in the Garage or the Arena and begin with our first set of questions (1×10 up to 4×10). When they can answer at a rate of 20 per minute, we’ll introduce the next set of questions. As learners progress, ATM brings in commutativity, missing number questions and division facts. So the first 9 levels, look like this:

Level 1 : 1×10 to 4×10
Level 2 : 10×1 to 10×4
Level 3 : A mix of 1 and 2

Level 4 : 10×?=10 to 10×?=40
Level 5 : ?×10=10 to ?×10=40
Level 6 : A mix of 4 and 5

Level 7 : 10÷10 to 40÷10
Level 8 : 10÷1 to 40÷4
Level 9 : A mix of 7 and 8

Then the process repeats for 5×10 to 8×10 and once more for 9×10 to 12×10 before moving onto the next table and starting the process again.

Once they have a few tables under their belt, ATM combines them for a while, to consolidate recall, and then brings in a fresh table. The process repeats – all the while giving plenty of opportunity to revisit prior learning, by interleaving earlier tables and giving due weight to the facts we know learners struggle with the most – until your learner has become a Rock Star at all the tables!

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do learners start?

They start by playing a game called ‘Gig’. Gig games diagnose each learner’s abilities on the tables and then determines which table they need to practise first.

How do you move on a level?

By getting an average speed of 3 seconds or less per question, by answering at least 20 questions correctly a minute (i.e. 20 correct answers in a 1 minute game, 40 in 2 minutes, or 60 in 3 minute games).

If you have any other questions please ask a member of staff.