Good morning everyone. I hope you have had a good week.

Here are the learning tasks for today.

Maths –

  • Using the same booklet as yesterday, turn to page 26 and have a go at the 6 multi step maths problems. Once you have completed this task, have a go at writing a couple of your own problems for someone else to attempt. You must of course know the answer to the questions you are setting to check the final answers.

  • Now turn to page 20 and look at the Prime numbers page. Look at the clues in the speech bubbles at the bottom of the page to help you before you try and complete the task

Comprehension - Log onto purple mash and find the 2 dos about our new chosen text: ‘Pit Boys.’

  • Read the second chapter of the book and answer the online multiple choice questions.

  • Now answer these questions:

  1. Look at the paragraph beginning: ‘Joseph hugged his…’

Find and copy one word meaning felt around clumsily.

  1. Look at the paragraph beginning: ‘Joseph hugged his…’ to the paragraph ending: ‘…the boy recoil.’

Why did Joseph squeal so loudly?

  1. Look at the paragraph beginning: ‘He barged at…’ to the paragraph ending: ‘…Joseph more clearly.’

Why do you think that the boy asked Joseph whether he was made of glass?

  1. Look at the paragraph beginning: ‘Joseph was such…’ to the paragraph ending: ‘…ground for Alfie.

Why was William so keen for his brother Alfie to learn to read and write?

  1. Describe the change in William’s attitude towards Joseph during this chapter.


  • Complete the sentence below by adding an expanded noun phrase.

Joseph was a ________________________________________________ boy.

  • Use the past perfect form of the verbs in brackets to complete the sentences below.

(write) (speak)

The coroner _____________ in ink on some important-looking papers. The minister _____________ to William’s


mother. William ___________________ in awe.

  • Now underline the relative clause in the sentence below.

The boy turned to the thruster who was crouching at the other end of the coal tub.

  • Put ‘A’ or ‘P’ at the end of each sentence to show whether it is written in the active or the passive voice.

The door was shoved open by William.

The boy pulled a face.

William let go of his arm, pushing him roughly out of the way.


  • Circle the correct spellings to complete the sentences below.

William’s coal tub was stationary/stationery while he had stern words with Joseph. The drafts/draughts in the coal mine helped to stop dangerous gases building up. Joseph’s actions had a bad affect/effect on William’s wages.

  • Use a dictionary to find out the definition of each of the three words and then use each of the words in a good year 6 sentence.

Writing – Write a comparison of a day in the life of a ‘hurrier’ with that of a modern day school pupil.

Try to include:

A typical morning routine for William (the Hurrier) and you. What does he have to do before arriving at the coal mine? What do you have to do before arriving at school?

Compare his food during the day (meals and snacks) to that of a modern day child.

How does William’s home life compare to that of a modern child? Does he have more responsibilities than a modern day child?

Does William have any free time or hobbies? How does this compare with a child of today?

Reading - As always, find yourself a quiet corner where you won’t be disturbed, and read a book of your choice for at least 20 minutes.

Have a great weekend

Stay safe - Mr. A.


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