Pick & Mix: Afternoon suggestions!

For your final week of Primary School, I have tried to come up with some useful, creative and entertaining challenges for you to choose from. You do not have to do everything. Choose those things that you will enjoy doing and that will help you have a lovely week:

Don’t forget our picnic is on Thursday afternoon! I really hope you can all come (but I do understand not everyone will be able to make it).

Challenge 1: Learn to tie a tie! This is Mrs Rowe’s preferred method!There is a slightly easier version (and the next video has helped several Rowe boys learn how to tie their tie!):

Challenge 2: Chocolate Bar Design (this challenge might take several days)

Design a new chocolate bar. Write a recipe which details all the ingredients.
Design the packaging for your chocolate bar.
Record a jingle to advertise your chocolate bar. Why not use Chrome Music Lab to help with this?
Create a video advert for your chocolate bar!

Challenge 3: Cookery Challenge

Learn how to cook a meal for your family. You will need to ask before you do this and will probably need an adult to supervise/help if you are cooking using the hob or the oven.
Share a picture of your meal.
I like to use BBC Good Food for recipe ideas.

Challenge 4: Learn how to make a friendship bracelet.

Challenge 5: Family Fun!
– go for a walk
– create a den in the garden and invite members of your family to join you for a natter
– play a boardgame together
– watch a film together
– take your family by surprising by tidying your own bedroom and a room that everyone uses (bathroom, living room, kitchen)

FINAL WEEK! Pick n’ Mix: Maths and English Suggestions

Well, it is your final week as Pontesbury Primary School pupils! What a strange year it has turned out to be. Whether you are working at home or in school, I want you to enjoy your last week as Year 6 pupils and to make the most of the time in a fun and creative way. As you know, we do not usually follow the ‘normal’ curriculum timetable during the last week of term. With this in mind, I am going to suggest a range of activities that you can do – it will be up to you and create a ‘pick n’ mix’ timetable from the suggestions below. As always, I would love to hear from you (email me) about what you are doing at home!

Suggestion 1: Mrs Garcia will be posting links to the White Rose Maths activities and answers for this week. You can do each daily lesson and the complete the task.
White Rose Maths

Suggestion 2: complete your Mary Webb maths transition booklet (or continue with it). Half an hour per day would be great!

Suggestion 3: complete some of the puzzles on the Nrich website. There are lots of brain teasers here for those of you who enjoy a challenge!

Suggestion 1: continue to use the Cressida Cowell Summer Camp videos for inspiration. There is such a wealth of wonderfully inspiring videos to choose from…I wonder which you will choose?

Suggestion 2: take on one of my daily writing challenges. I try and write something every day: it might be a diary entry, something for work (a website post, a letter) or just a short paragraph from my ‘things to write about’ book. I think that if you want to improve your writing, you have to do lots of writing!
Mon – pick a small object to be given one day to your great-grandchild. Write a letter to that child explaining why you have chosen this object.
Tues – tell a complete stranger about a beloved family tradition.
Wed – you are an astronaut. Describe your perfect day.
Thurs – write a poem about a tomato.
Fri – sitting in a single location for 20 minutes, take notes focusing exclusively on the sounds you can hear.

Suggestion 3: follow the BBC Daily Lesson ideas.
Mon – Analysing Texts
Tues – Analysing Myths
Wed – Exploring Legends
Thurs – Writing a Legend
Fri – Review and improve your legend.

Friday 10th July – English and Maths


It is the Friday challenge day! Click on the task below and see how many challenges you complete!
You could also spend half an hour working on your Mary Webb transition maths booklet.

It is Free Write Friday and to help inspire you, why not look at the Cressida Cowell Summer Camp videos for today. Friday’s theme is ‘Writing Masterclass’ but feel free to look back over the week’s videos for inspiration.

I have picked a couple of brilliant videos for you to look at here.

You know how much I love poetry and I particularly enjoyed the poetry day.This next video is Jason Reynolds reading the opening of one of his books – Ghost. This book is in our library just waiting for people to read it!

Finally, I have chosen a video about creating a sketch book and using it to turn doodles and rough sketches to more refined drawings:

Thursday 9th July – English and Maths

Your first task is to watch the White Rose video (lesson 4, wc 6th July) and complete the worksheet.

For more input on this lesson, work through the BBC Daily Lesson videos and quizzes.
Now, complete this task: Thurs Maths Ext

Today you have a very important task to do for English. I would like you to think back over your time at Pontesbury Primary school and complete the sentences on the sheet below. Please email me your responses!

Pontesbury Primary School Memories
An editable version of this document is on Google Classroom.

Pontesbury Food Share Project

Since early on in the lock down, Pontesbury community has organised a food share to support any individuals or families who might be struggling at this time. The food share has enough money to continue at the moment and they have asked us to share the information with all our parents.

The Details
The Community Food Share is based at the Congregational Church, Pontesbury and is open weekly.
You can come along with a shopping bag and top up your pantry or you can ask for a box to be made up and you can collect or ask someone to collect for you.

There is no cost and no questions we are here to help.

You can contact the school or text/ring these numbers 07940988951/07906359167 to arrange to collect food from the food share project.

Wednesday 8th July – English and Maths

Today’s maths focus is angles in various quadrilaterals.
Begin with the White Rose Lesson 3 revision and then complete the task.
White Rose Video Link
Task: Lesson-3-Angles-in-special-quadrilaterals

For more input and extension work on this area of maths, please watch the BBC Daily Lesson and then complete this task: Angles in shapes extension

For today’s work, we are going to dip into Cressida Cowell’s creativity summer camp. Today’s focus is on poetry. Click on the link below and pick two videos to watch that appeal to you.
Cressida Cowell’s Summer Camp

Your challenge is now to write a poem on the theme of friendship. You could write a haiku, a kenning, an acrostic or your own free verse style of poem.



Kennings are like riddles and are a type of poem. Kennings are commonly used in poetry for effect. They describe something without saying what it is. Each line in a kenning poem has only two words. These words are joined using a hyphen. The two words are usually a noun and a verb or a noun and a noun. This two-word phrase is used instead of a one-word noun.

Kennings were originally used in Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon poems. We use kennings in our everyday language, such as ‘sky-scraper’ for a very tall building. Kennings describe what a person, idea or object is or does.

Kenning Poem examples:

Winter kenning:

United Arab Emirates kenning:

If you are creating a noun + a noun phrase, try adding -er to the second noun, e.g. cheese-eater.
If you are creating a noun + a verb phrase, your verb may end in -ing, e.g. milkshake-drinking.

Year 6 Leavers Celebration

We would like to invite all our Year 6s to share in an event to mark the end of this year. We know that many of their key milestones have been missed due to Coronavirus, but we would like to make sure they have a chance to carry out some of the traditions!

Date: Thurs 16th July, 1 – 2pm
Venue: the ball playground (and the field)!

We would like all the children to bring their packed lunch and a picnic blanket to sit on. We will make space for everyone to sit with suitable space in between them. If parents would like to join us (a maximum of two adults per family) you are very welcome, but we ask you to maintain social distancing between yourselves and other families.

1. Picnic and chat!
2. Book and shirt signing – obviously we can’t organise this in the normal way, so we will provide a table per child for them to put out a shirt for signing (pale colours are best) and we will put out their autograph book. Children will need to bring their own pen for signing and we will provide hand sanitiser for people to clean their hands before and after signing everything.
3. A farewell talk.
4. Ice-creams!

Picnic Plans

Firstly, we would like to offer heartfelt thanks to our wonderful school community. The support and understanding that our parents have shown during this incredibly difficult time has been enormously appreciated. We are all really sad that this pandemic has not allowed us to bring all the children back into school before the summer holidays but we do want to mark the end of this memorable year.

We would like to offer all our children the chance to come into school for an open-air picnic in the last week of term. Parents are welcome to join us with younger siblings. We will need parents to supervise their own children at all times and to maintain social distancing from other families and staff. We want this to be a happy time but we need everyone to recognise that children can’t run about to play as they would usually. This will be an opportunity to say goodbye to their teacher from this year and to meet up – albeit in a socially distanced way – with their classmates. 

Our plans are dependent on the weather being pleasant enough for the children to sit outside. If we have to change or cancel our plans we will notify you by text. 

When are the picnics?
Picnic times: 12.30 – 1.15

Mon 13th July – Y4 (room 6) and Y2 (room 3)
Tues 14th July- Y1 (room 5)
Wed 15th July – Y3 (room 2), YR (room 4) and Y5 (room 7)

Thurs 16th July – Y6 (room 8) – this picnic will begin at 1pm and will last until 2pm to enable some of our end of year traditions to take place. More details will be shared with the Year 6 children and parents on the Room 8 page.

Key Information:

  • all the picnics will take place outside and children will need to bring their own packed lunch with them.
  • children may bring a picnic blanket to sit on.
  • children currently attending school in a key worker bubble will also attend the picnic but will sit in a slightly different – adjacent – area outside. 
  • if your child attends key worker care but wouldn’t usually attend on the day of their picnic, you may bring them to join the picnic and they will need to sit with you and maintain social distancing from other children and families. 
  • we will ask the children to sit with a suitable space between them. 
  • access to school toilets will be very limited and can only be used in an emergency – we would be very grateful if families could support us by making sure children have gone to the toilet and washed their hands before arriving at school.
  • adults dropping off and collecting children are asked to maintain a suitable distance between themselves and others.

Arriving for the picnic

When you arrive at school you will need to follow the signs to walk your child around to their picnic area on the school field. Parents are welcome to attend with their child but will be responsible for maintaining social distancing from staff and other families. 

Collecting your child from the picnic

When it is time to collect your child we would like you to walk around school to collect your child from their picnic space and make your way (in an anti-clockwise route) around the school and back out through the staff car park.