Good morning everybody and welcome to the start of yet another week with us in lockdown. Never mind- things seem to be improving every day and restrictions seem to be easing quite quickly. Who knows, we could be back in school in two weeks. Until then, we still need to be completing some learning from home so here are today’s learning tasks, taken from the new learning pack that was available last week.

Maths – Locate the worksheet entitled ‘Puzzle page – Find the numbers’ (p127) in your pack.

Remember: find the ‘sum’ means add find the ‘product’ means multiply or times so…

Find the sum of 4 and 8 = 4+8 = 12 Find the product of 4 and 8 = 4 X 8 = 32

  • Answer the questions in Section A

  • Now have a go at Section B. Remember a Prime number is a number that is only divisible by itself and one – no other numbers will divide into it e.g.

13 a prime number…13 X1 but 27 a Prime number because 3 x 9 = 27 as well as 27 X 1

  • Why not Challenge yourself with Section C if you finish sections A and B?

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

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

  • Now answer these questions:

  1. Look at the paragraph beginning: ‘When the shouts…’

Why did Joseph prefer the end of his shifts in summertime compared to wintertime?

  1. Look at the paragraph beginning: ‘The first thing…’ to the paragraph ending: ‘…the two men.’

Why did Joseph keep his head down?

  1. Look at the paragraph beginning: ‘Mr Davy nodded…’

Why had Joseph been so engrossed in the conversation between George Smith and Mr Davy?

  1. Why did the government make it illegal for young children to work underground?

Give two reasons.

5. Look at the paragraph beginning: ‘Thank you, Sir…’ to the paragraph ending: ‘…to his mother.’

Why did Joseph change his mind about saving the sixpence?

Grammar -

  • Put these events in the order in which they happened in the story, numbering them from 1 to 5.

The Butty asked Joseph to hold Mr Davy’s horse.

Joseph emerged from the mineshaft, blinking into the daylight.

Joseph clung onto the reins as he was dragged roughly over the ground.

The horse, startled by a loud noise, tried to break free.

Joseph overheard a conversation about young children not being allowed to work underground.

Spelling –

  • Circle the correct spellings to complete the sentences below.

Knowing how observant/observent his mother was, Joseph was wondering what she would say about his bruises. Mr Davy was a decant/decent man; he gave Joseph a silver sixpence. Joseph felt hesitant/hesitent about telling his mother that he had been given a silver sixpence.

  • Use a dictionary to find the definition of each word and then use each one in a good Year 6 sentence

e.g. When asked to climb to the top of the terrifically tall trapeze tower, the usually loud and

confident boy was surprisingly hesitant.

  • Insert a colon in the correct place in the sentence below.

The Mines and Collieries Act banned certain groups of people from working underground women, girls, and boys under ten years old.

  • Add an adverbial of time to complete the sentence below. _____________________________________, Mr Davy handed him the reins, and the two men walked a few paces away to talk together.

  • Explain why the commas have been used in the sentence below.

Joseph kept his head down, holding his cap nervously in his hands, as he shuffled from foot to foot in front of the two men. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  • Which sentence is the most formal? Tick one.

Under tens mustn’t work underground.

If you are under ten, you are not allowed to work underground in coal mines.

Children under the age of ten years are prohibited from working underground in coal mines.

Children who are under ten years old shouldn’t work underground in coal mines.

Writing – Write a balanced argument discussing the question: ‘Should children be allowed to work in mines?’

Imagine it is 1843. Try and think of 3 reasons in favour of children going to work down the mines and 3 reasons against children working underground. Take some time to consider the question.

Would you think differently if you were;

a coal mine owner or the Government or a parent or a doctor

or a teacher or a grown-up worker or a child?

Try to include some facts and statistics to back up your arguments and include in your conclusion how you would answer the question…

‘Should children be allowed to work in mines?’

Decide whether your answer to the question is Yes or No.


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.

Stay safe - Mr. A.


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