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Summer Term 2 – Week 3

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope 6G had a great time in school last week. It was fab to see so many friends back again! It’s 6W’s turn to be back in school this week. As was the case last week, the tasks listed in this post will be the same tasks that the children in school will be accessing.

This week we will continue our topic on ‘coasts’. Our English over the next 2 weeks will now look at a picture book called Flotsam. It is an entirely wordless book, with detailed pictures that tell a surreal story. We will attach the book for children to look at when at home.

For our wider curriculum activities, whilst at home, we ask that the children select activities that they wish to complete from the grid at the bottom of this letter. We will not specify a day for these activities. Please note that the Geography activities form part of a series of lessons that build over the course of the half term.



Task 1 – SPAG – Use this link to revise using semicolons.

Task 2 – Let’s look at the front cover of Flotsam (the image at the top of this page). What can you see? Does it look like a normal fish eye? Do you know what flotsam means? Try and find out a definition.

Task 3 – Use this booklet to start reading the first part of Flotsam. Take your time to look carefully at each page in detail. There are lots of things to notice and find! If you have younger siblings, you may enjoy sharing the story with them.

Task 4 – It looks like there are some weird things happening in the ocean from the camera’s photos. Choose 3 of the underwater photos (the robot fish, the octopus family, puffafish balloon, turtle city, alien scene or starfish islands) and create some ‘I see, I think, I wonder’ sentences. For example, with the octopus family photo, I can see an octopus reading a story. I think the fish on the sofa are listening too. I wonder where the family got their furniture! Be careful with the ‘I see’ – it should be something you know for sure, not something you’re guessing or inferring.


Summer Week 7 – This week is all about algebra. Today’s lesson focuses on finding a rule.

Learning Video     |      Worksheet      |      Lesson 1 Answers

If you would like more maths to do, complete this optional extra task.



Task 1 – SPAG – Read this document to revise what a determiner is.

Task 2 – Let’s look at the next part of the story. Remember to look closely at each photo to try and see all the detail.

Task 3 – Think about these questions: what seems to have happened to the camera in the past? Who are all the people in the photos? Who do you think was the first person to throw the camera into the water? Why did they do that? What do you think the boy should do next?

Task 4 –  Each of the children shown in the book have found the underwater camera, but at different times in history. Let’s explore the different children and who they might be. Choose one of the photos of the children who have found the camera and write a paragraph explaining who they are. You might want to use these questions as prompts to help you.

  • What is their name?
  • When were they born?
  • Where do they live?
  • When did they find the camera? How old were they when they found it?
  • Why had they come to the beach that day?


Summer Week 7 – This week is all about algebra. Today’s lesson focuses on forming expressions.

Learning Video     |      Worksheet      |      Lesson 2 Answers

If you would like more maths to do, complete this optional extra task.



Task 1 – SPAG – Use this link to look at using passive and active verbs.

Task 2 – There was a real-life Flotsam camera! Read this newspaper article and answer the comprehension questions.

Task 3 – Read the final part of the Flotsam story.

Task 4 – The story ends with a hint towards another child finding the camera and seeing the new photographs. This child is going to be our focus for the remainder of the week. Like we did yesterday, let’s create a backstory for this child. Where does she live? Is she on holiday, or does she live by the sea? Why is she on the beach that day?

Task 5 – We can assume that the boy in the story put in new film before throwing the camera into the water. What weird and wonderful snapshots of the world underwater might the camera have taken this time? Create 3 photograph scenes of your own, either by drawing or by describing them. Remember, they can be unrealistic!


Summer Week 7 – This week is all about algebra. Today’s lesson focuses on substitution.

Learning Video       |        Worksheet        |      Lesson 3 Answers

If you would like more maths to do, complete this optional extra task.



Task 1 – SPAG – Try this SPAG mat and see how well you did. Are there any areas of SPAG that you are finding tricky or need to revise?
OOPS! Please note that the answer given for the first question is not correct. The object of the sentence is the ground, not the hovering spaceship!

Task 2 – Today we’re going to create the sequel to Flotsam – you might call it Jetsam (look up the definition!). Our story is going to focus on the girl who found the camera. We’re going to write the story today, before adding lots of illustrations to our work tomorrow. As you’re writing, you might want to think about leaving room for your illustrations as you go. The story is going to be in the third person (we won’t be using ‘I’ or ‘my’), be in the past tense and should follow the following structure:

  • Start by introducing the girl in the story – introduce who she is and why she is at the beach that day. Use your work from yesterday to help you.
  • Describe the girl seeing the camera on the beach and finding it. Include how she would feel and any questions she may have from seeing the camera for the first time.
  • Describe what she does next – does she show anybody? Or does she go straight to get the film developed?
  • Describe the photographs that she sees of the underwater world. Make sure you use lots of adjectives to really bring the photographs to life with your description!
  • What does the girl do next? Finish your story either with the girl throwing the camera into the water, or slightly later with somebody else finding the washed up camera, ready for a threequel!


Summer Week 7 – This week is all about algebra. Today’s lesson focuses on solving one-step equations.

Learning Video         |        Worksheet       |      Lesson 4 Answers

If you would like more maths to do, complete this optional extra task.



Task 1 – SPAG – Spellings! Today let’s look at adding a suffix to words that end in ‘-fer’. Complete the challenges on this sheet. It does not need to be printed – you can complete them on a separate piece of paper.

Task 2 – Re-read your story from yesterday. Check it is all in the past tense and that you have remembered to stay in third person. Also, check your punctuation – have you included any commas where they should be full stops? Have you managed to include a hyphen, semi-colon or colon? If you need to, finish writing any parts of your story or edit any parts you’re not happy with.

Task 3 – Show your description of the photographs the girl finds to someone else. See if they can draw what you have described, using only your description. Have they drawn what you had imagined? Or is there some extra detail that might be needed in your story to help them?

Task 4 – Let’s illustrate! Flotsam is full of amazingly detailed pictures that allow each reader to explore the book differently. We’re going to add lots of illustrations to our stories. Spend the today drawing your illustrations. We’d love to see some of your illustrations too – send photos of them to office@abbeyroad.notts.sch.uk so we can see your creativity!


It’s time for another Quick-Fire Friday! Use the websites below or you can complete the questions on this worksheet to practice your calculation skills.

Times Tables Rockstars: https://play.ttrockstars.com/

Hit the Button: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Daily 10: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10

Quickulations: https://www.transum.org/Software/SW/Quickulations/

Wider Curriculum

Subject Task
Geography Coasts Lesson 3

Last week we learned the names of various coastal features. This week, use this document to learn how these features are formed.

Then choose two of the three worksheets below to complete. All you need to do it sort the captions into the correct order to show how each coastal feature is formed. Then create images to go with each caption, like a comic strip.

  1. Worksheet – bays and headlands
  2. Worksheet – beaches and dunes
  3. Worksheet – caves arches stacks and stumps
Science Exercise, the heart and muscles

This week, complete the next two sections of our website: ‘Sporting Activities’ and ‘The muscles’

Computing Coding


Animate your own adventure game using the link above. Follow the video for help along the way.

P.S.H.E. Being Me Lesson 3

This week we are looking at ‘Wants and Needs’. It will build on the work looked at last week, but it is recapped in this week’s lesson too. Use this booklet to explore your own wants and needs.

Art Printing an underwater scene

This week we are going to explore using different objects for printing. Underwater scenes can be very lively in colour and calming to look at. There are even artists who paint underwater! Read this and create your own underwater scene. If you are unable to print, you can choose how you want to create your art. It could be a collage using snippings from magazines or newspapers.

P.E. As mentioned in previous weeks, it is important to do 60 mins of physical activity each day. This can take any form you wish, but Notts School Games Organisers are now publishing weekly PE ideas which we would like all the children to have a go at. The new plan for each week will be published on our school website at this link.  Click on the most recent link (at the bottom of the list).
Please choose the ideas that are relevant to your child’s age.
Spanish Saying how you feel

Use this lesson from Oak National Academy to practice your Spanish skills.