13th July 2020

Hello Chestnuts,

I can't believe it's the last week of the Summer term and therefore the last time I shall be 'talking' to you until you return to school after the holidays - I have really missed you all and am really looking forward to catching up with you and hearing about all the things you have been getting up to during lock down ! 

I have two new sets of brain teasers for you this week on the topics of Vikings and Extreme Earth.

This week's extra English activity is a word puzzles challenge - enjoy!

This will be the last week of Maths lessons on the Home Learning Maths page.

For those of you who haven't returned to school I can't wait to see you in September ready for lots of exciting learning!

In the meantime, I have uploaded some Summer themed home learning packs for you to keep you busy during the Summer holidays. There are English and Maths activities for both year 5 and year 6.

It would also be really great if children in year 5 could keep yourselves busy by continuing to practise your times tables on TTRS (we don't want you to forget them or to get too slow at recalling the facts!).Also check that you can spell all the year 3 and 4 common exception words and if you haven't already, then make a start on learning the year 5 and 6 statutory spellings. This will be really helpful for when you return to school in the Autumn term.

Keep safe, keep smiling and enjoy the summer holiday!

Mrs Tully


Below there are some lovely art ideas to keep you going this week. 

Gods and goddesses were central to life in Ancient Greece. Can you find out about a favourite god or goddess and then design your own ... If you were a god or goddess what would you look like? What would be your expertise? Would you be the goddess of horses? The god of healing? Hmmmm, so many options. Think about all the things that are important to you and base your design around that. Take inspiration from the Ancient Greek gods and goddesses.

It can be quite confusing working who's who so here's an introduction:

Did you know that we know so much about life in Ancient Greece because of the amazing vases and pottery found by archaeologists. On the sides of the earthenware are beautiful depictions of everyday activities and beliefs so we have a fantastic idea about what people got up to. Can you design your own vase showing life in the UK or Slindon School today? What activities are important to include? If an archaeologist found your pot in 2,000 years time how will they know how we lived?

During the school closure, children in Chestnut class should continue with their usual home learning tasks:

  • Reading for half an hour daily;
  • Completing reading activities of your choice from the sheet in your home learning book;
  • Practising your times tables on TTRS;
  • Learning to spell the common exception words identified in your home learning book and any others you cannot spell yet;
  • Completing your Take-away-Task for this half term

Why not keep a diary (like Anne Frank) whilst, like her, you are unable to come to school.

You may also use any of the resources in the attached documents to keep you busy and learning!

If you wish, you may also look at the resources available for Acorns and Catkins classes if these are more suitable for you.

Year 6 children who chose to have SATs resource books to work through at home, keep using these.


An excellent resource can be found at: The From our blog section has Learning at Home Packs for Maths and English with daily lessons for each year group. These include learning reminders, practice sheets at different levels (mild=easier; hot=harder) and answers.