Year 6JT: Blog items

The Boy at the Back of the Class Chapter 24

Date: 20th May 2020 @ 9:31am

Good morning year 6. It looks like it is going to be a lovely day today; a perfect day to sit outside and listen to this chapter and answer the questions. This chapter is called 'The Interview' and I must apologise because I missed out a page when reading it. Click on the link below to listen to the chapter then click on the second link to get the missing page.

Now click here to read the missing page!


Can you summarise the chapter in 3 sentences?

What do you think will happen the following day after everyone has read the news article?

Story Adventure The House on Haunted Hill Part 10

Date: 19th May 2020 @ 3:09pm

Hi everyone! Well guess who answered first? Yes Maddison. Well done to Maddison for keeping up with our spooky story! 

She has decided to leave the room and try the left door. Sounds good to me- I didn't fancy the idea of drinking the Werewolf's blood! Yuck! 

Well here goes; off to the left now...

You choose the door on the left and walk into a bathroom. The stench of mould and decay is overpowering and you feel sick almost instantly. Your head starts pounding and you feel nauseous with the pain. You glance towards the sink and see a steady stream of cool, clean water pouring from the tap.

That may just ease the throbbing pain in your head.

Do you:

Drink some water

Stagger from the bathroom and open the right door?

What should we do? The water does sound very refreshing though.




Date: 19th May 2020 @ 11:16am

Good morning Year 6! I hope you managed to find something kind to do for someone yesterday - I cooked dinner for my sister and my housemate (I think they enjoyed it!) What kind thing will you do today? I might send a card to someone I've been missing and not seen for a while, just to let them know I'm thinking of them.

As always, today's learning is linked here:

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, today I thought I'd post some guidance on how you can be kind to yourselves while you are at home:

1. Focus on the things you enjoy
Why not try: 
creating things (e.g. drawing, painting, writing, crafting), playing games or puzzles, decorating, or spending time (safely) watching content you enjoy on social media or streaming sites.

2. Connect with others 
Why not try: different ways of keeping in touch to find the ones that work best (e.g. video-calls, quizzes or games with friends) in an amount that works for you.

3. Find your routine
Why not try
picking three things to do each day, breaking your day up into chunks, or planning regular mealtimes and bedtimes.  

4. Move your body
Why not try: 
a form of exercise that you already do, a new type of exercise, a stretch on the sofa, working out with a friend over video-chat, or a dance around your room!  (Yes Fortnite dances count as exercise!)

5. Focus on what you can control
There are a lot of confusing things happening at the moment, most of which are completely out of your control. Focus instead on what you can do, keep yourself busy, help around the house, complete some school work. It is important to also realise what you can't control and accept this.

6. Be realistic, you don't have to be super productive every day! 
There has been a huge amount of change to daily life, and it may not be realistic to expect yourself to be as productive as you were before. If you find yourself feeling a bit unmotivated, or like you haven’t got as much done in a day as you usually would, that’s okay. 
Try this: Write yourself a list of things you'd like to achieve this week. Rank them in order of importance. On the days you feel more motivated, aim for things at the top of the list. On days where you aren't feeling as producitve, fill your day with more creative or relaxing activities from the end of the list.

Hope this helps - I know I will be using this list to help me stay positive and kind to myself and others while I am at home!
Miss Kenwell

Wellbeing challenge 19.5.20

Date: 19th May 2020 @ 10:25am

Good morning,

I hope everyone is well and taking good care of their mental health this week. We are still looking at kindness today and how important kindness is to keep everyone happy and healthy. Today's challenge will hopefully help everyone to see that kindness is all around us and I bet there are things that others do for us (and that we do for others!) that we barely even think about.

Today we're going to draw a kindness heart.

First of all draw a large heart on a piece of paper. Then on the left hand side write all the things that people do for you that are kind, all in different colours. Then on the right hand side write all the kind things that you do for others in different colours. If you can't think of many then maybe have a think of things that you could do. The acts of kindness could be as simple as just smiling at someone or saying good morning.

Here is mine if you would like to steal some ideas!

If you would like to share your kindness hearts then as always please feel free to e-mail me on

Past challenges

Thanks to Mrs Iqbal who sent me her kind acts for the week!

Well done to the children that are still sending in their mask designs as well as their kindsness acts (one here has even made his mum a cup of tea and some biscuits!)


The Boy at the Back of the Class Chapter 23

Date: 19th May 2020 @ 9:35am

Good morning year 6. I hope you are all well and ready for our next chapter. This chapter is called 'Brendan-the-Bully and the Breaking News! What is he up to now?


What are Rollercoaster days?

Why did they have an emergency assembly?

What was the reason why there was a big fight?

What do you think happened to Mr Irons?

Climate Change Warriors

Date: 18th May 2020 @ 5:19pm

This week we are continuing our CC topic on Climate Change and now that we have researched some of the causes and problems of cimate change we are going to find out about some famous people who are striving hard to change the way we live and to protect our planet.

 Do you recognise these Climate Change Warriors?


Sir David Attenborough




DaDame me Jane Goodall


Greta Thunberg


 Sir David Attenborough     Dame Jane Goodall     Greta Thunberg

This week’s task is to choose at least one of these “Climate Change Heroes” and find out what they have to say about the challenges the world faces in dealing with climate change, how they have helped educate the world about these problems and what they suggest everyone can do to play their part.

 Again you can present your research in any format. Perhaps you could use your findings to create an “interview” with questions and answers from your favourite warrior. You could create a poster or fact-file, maybe even a news clip or voiceover to a nature clip expressing their views. 

Make sure you show what you have learned about your hero and why they are an important person to know about. I hope you have fun finding out about these inspirational people!

Story Adventure The House on Haunted Hill Part 9

Date: 18th May 2020 @ 1:02pm

Well here we go again...

Maddison was as quick as ever to answer and select what we should do next! She has chosen to 'Investigate the Dressing Table'. Is that what you would have done?

Well here we go; let's see what fate awaits us...

The dressing table is full of ornaments, books, bottles and miscellaneous trinkets. You pick up an elegant bottle and read the label, Werewolf’s Blood. You throw it back to the table, disgusting!

Do you ignore your disgust and drink some blood

Go for a lie down as you are feeling sleepy

Leave and try the left-hand door.

Who will decide what we should do next? Remember we are looking for a ruby heart!


Story Adventure The House on Haunted Hill Part 8

Date: 18th May 2020 @ 10:46am

Good morning year 6- We need to move on with our House on Haunted Hill Adventure. Click below to look at where we ended up on Friday and let's see who is the quickest to choose what we should do next.

What do you think we should do?

Lay down for a rest

Investigate the dressing table

Mental Health Awareness Week (18.05.20)

Date: 18th May 2020 @ 10:40am

Good morning Year 6, 

I hope you are ready for another week of creating and exploring! This week is special as it is Mental Health Awareness Week. 
I know we usually have lots of discussions in class about what Mental Health is, what it can look like and what we can do to help support our and others' Mental Health. This week will be no different!

Have a look at this video: 

The theme this year is 'kindness'. Obviously with everything going on at the moment, it is even more important to be kind to yourselves and to others.

As a challenge this week, we would love for you to carry out or reflect on an act of kindness.
If you can, take a photo or video (with permission!) and send it to us on Twitter (@year6ravensbur1) use the hashtags:


We're so excited to see what you get up to!
The Year 6 Team

Today's learning is all linked on the Padlet Page - Check it out here!

Wellbeing challenge 18.5.20

Date: 18th May 2020 @ 10:39am

Good morning everyone, its the start of a new week!

Thank you to everyone who has sent their amazing face mask designs, I've been blown away once again! Have a look below to see what you have all done.

This week it is Mental Health Awareness week so I will be posting some activities linked to this. Mental Health means looking after yourself to make sure that you are happy and healthy. The theme is kindness and involves being kind to yourself and others.

For today I've attached a little booklet for "The power of kindness" where you have to draw or write what kindness means to you and then write (or draw) 5 kind acts that you can do this week (it says month but I think we can squeeze them all into a week!) The acts of kindness can be either being kind to yourself or being kind to others. Perhaps a mix of both would be nice. If you can't print out the booklet then you can just type or write them out like I have :-).

Kindness to me means doing something nice to make somebody feel good and loved.

The 5 things I am going to do are:

1. Make my husband some cups of tea

2. Send a friend a little message through the post to cheer them up.

3. Phone my mum for a chat.

4. Have a nice relaxing foot spa while I watch one of my favourite films (for me)

5. Buy myself a litle treat while I'm out shopping, maybe some nice chocolate! (also for me!)

As always, please let me know what your ideas are by e- mailing

Mrs Glover

Past challenges

Look at all these fantastic face masks! :-D



The Boy at the Back of the class Chapter 22

Date: 18th May 2020 @ 10:29am

Good morning year 6. I hope you are all well and had a lovely weekend. I've been planting some bedding plants in my garden-something I've never done before. I can't wait to see how they turn out. 

The story today is a very long chapter so you may want to listen in two halves. The children are back in school the next day and you are about to find out what happened to them. I hope you enjoy it.


Why do you think the children's parents made them promise not to look at any newspapers that day?

Why do you think there were two police officers in the head's office?

How do you think Ahmet was feeling at the end of the chapter and use evidence to explain why?

The Boy at the Back of the Class Chapter 21

Date: 15th May 2020 @ 10:30am

Good morning year 6- can you believe we are on chapter 21 already. If you have missed any just go back on the blog to look for any chapters you may have missed. This chapter gave a lot away about the narrator of the story. Did you pick up on the clues yesterday?

Today I would like you to write down as much as you know about the narrator so far. Are they a boy or a girl? What do they look like? What are they interested in? Who do they like? What sort of character traits do they have? Brave for example. Remember to give evidence from the text to support your answer where possible. 

You might need to look back at other chapters to help you remember everything about them. I will award 5 house points for the person who responds with the most detailed description. 

Send your work to...

Year 6 @ Ravensbury



Date: 15th May 2020 @ 10:18am

The end of another week Year 6! This one feels like it has absolutely flown - I hope you have been managing to keep yourselves busy and entertained!
Thank you so much to everyone who has been sending us in work that you have completed - we love to see it!

As always, today's work is on our Padlet Page -

Some of you are starting to really get through the packs we have sent home - well done! 
If you are looking for extra activities to keep you busy (as well as completing the work on the Padlet Page!), have a look at these websites:

Spag -
Education City -
Oak Academy -
TTRockstars -
BBC Bitesize -

Please don't forget to try some different activities such as:

Science investigations:
Spanish: (I've been practising this!)

If you can think of any other activities you've enjoyed doing, please let us know! We're always looking for new ideas!

That's it for today, stay safe!
Miss Kenwell

Wellbeing challenge 15.5.20

Date: 15th May 2020 @ 10:15am

Good morning and happy Friday! End of the week already! Fingers crossed we get some sun this weekend.

My last wellbeing challenge of the week is a creative one in case you want to spend some time on it over the weekend.

I’d like you to design your own face mask. As we know, face masks are being worn by many people at the moment to keep help them safe. If you had to wear one, what would you like it to look like? You can have whatever you want on it and make it as crazy as you like!

I’ve attached a template if you would like to use it but don’t worry if you don’t have a printer, you can just draw one like I drew mine! Here is mine for you to have a look at, now if only I could sew…

Please send me your designs as I’d love to see them!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Glover

Past challenges

Thank you to Heer who sent me this joke:

There were two boys who were going to school and they were late.The teacher asked why they were late.One said I was looking for my money that i lost. The teacher asked the other boy why he was late.He said I put my foot on his money.

and to Tomasz for these jokes:

What is a pirate's favourite letter?


What do you call an alligator in a vest?

An investigator!

and to Theodosia for sending me a lovely video of her telling me jokes such as:

What do you get if you cross a tiger with a porcupine?

A slow poke!


Story Adventure The House on Haunted Hill Part 8

Date: 15th May 2020 @ 9:44am

Good morning year 6. I hope you are looking forward to seeing where our adventure will take us next. The left or the right door? We had two responses yesterday-one person chose to go through the right door and the other chose to go through the left door! The person who sent their answer first was Maddison at 1:15pm and she said we should go through the right door first. Well done to Heer for responding but you were beaten to it.

Here we go...

As you open the door on your right, you realise you are entering the master bedroom. A grand four-poster bed sits in the centre of the room. Surprisingly, the dust in this room is not as bad as everywhere else and it appears remarkably clean. A faint smell of lavender drifts from the bed and you feel relaxed and sleepy.

In one corner of the room, there is a dressing table full of bottles and books. The smell is getting stronger and you feel even more tired, the bed looks so comfortable, maybe a small rest wouldn’t do any harm.

Do you:

Lay down for a rest

Investigate the dressing table

Two choices today. Let's see who will answer the quickest. 

Year 6 @ Ravensbury


Story Adventure The House on Haunted Hill Part 7

Date: 14th May 2020 @ 1:07pm

Well, well, here we are again-back at the house on Haunted Hill! I'm still a bit spooked by the mirror story yesterday. Maddison has decided that she thinks we should climb the stairs so that is what we shall do next.

Here we go...

You grip the dusty banister and climb the spiral staircase, an open window above you spills light to the stairs and eerie shadows dance all around you. The sooner you can leave, the better you think to yourself.

As you arrive at the top of the stairs, you see two doors. You must choose one.

Do you:

Open the left door

Open the right door

The one thing I am loving about this adventure is the fab vocabulary that is used to describe the settings. (eerie shadows dance...)

So now you are given two choices- what will you choose to do? It is a risk but remember we need to find that Ruby Heart!

I wonder who will Tweet or email the answer first?

Wellbeing challenge number 14.5.20

Date: 14th May 2020 @ 10:21am

Good morning everyone,

I've had a request to make the font on my blog a little easier to read so that some of the younger children can have a go at reading it themselves which is a fantastic idea, so hopefully this will be a bit easier to read!

I hope people enjoyed yesterdays challenge, I know that some people did the Jason Manford quiz at 1.30 so if anyone didn't get the chance to watch Friday the turtle or had any problems accessing the Facebook live video then here it is on YouTube today:

Today's challenge is one that will hopefully make you and others around you smile. I want you to tell someone a joke! In fact, I think you should try and make as many people laugh as possible! Laughing is very good for both your health and wellbeing and it's certainly one of my favourite things to do, especially if I'm feeling a bit sad.

If you don't know any jokes then have a look at these:

Here are some that I like!

What do elves learn in school?

The elf-abet.

Why didn’t the skeleton go to the dance?

He had no body to dance with.

Please e-mail me on with your best jokes or any stories of making people laugh.

Mrs Glover

Past challenges

Thanks to everyone who has sent me pictures of them doing a few of the past challenges, here are a few of them!


The Boy at the Back of the Class Chapter 20

Date: 14th May 2020 @ 9:56am

Good morning year 6. Another super, sunny morning. It was very tricky reading this morning as it was so bright in my living room and there is a noisy engineer in my kitchen attempting to fix my oven! It was very hard to concentrate especially at this very exciting part of the story.

Here we go...

Did you pick up on the HUGE clue at the start of the chapter? Please Tweet it to us or email it at

Now I would like you to summarise that chapter in just THREE short sentences! Try just to focus on the three main things that happened in this chapter. E.g. What happened to Tom and the narrator? Who they met? How did it end?

What do you think will happen when Tom and the narrator get home to their parents?

Good morning Year 6!

Date: 14th May 2020 @ 9:38am

Good morning Year 6, 

 I hope you are all doing well. Here is today's maths task. 

Remember to check into padlet to check out lots of other activities and links for reading, writing , maths , well-being, connected curriculum learning and music. Lots of you are finding it easier to see all your activities at once like a timetable.

Have a lovely day!

Story Adventure The House on Haunted Hill Part 7

Date: 13th May 2020 @ 4:34pm

Well we have a response from Haya! Are you ready?

She has selected...

Examine the mirror

You warily walk towards the mirror noting as you get closer the sheer size of it. It has to be the largest mirror you’ve ever seen, twice your height and four times your width at least.

The ornate golden frame looks chipped and worn and you wipe the surface with your hand removing dust and cobwebs. Your reflection looks back at you eerily, then smiles.

Your reflection’s hand snakes out and pulls you closer to the mirror. You try to resist but your opposite is much stronger. It pulls you into the frame and you feel a sucking sensation as you are pulled into the mirror itself. A sudden snap cracks and then you are face to face with your reflection once more, only this time you have switched places.

You try to grab the mirror creature but your hand smacks solidly against the glass, you are trapped inside the mirror!

Your reflection smiles, waves and strolls away. You are stuck, forever!


How spooky was that? It made a shiver go right down my spine just imagining that happening to me!

​​​​​​Not to worry we will go back to the hall and choose another path to follow to find the ruby heart! We are now left with two choices...

Open the door 

Climb the stairs  


Wellbeing challenge 13.5.20

Date: 13th May 2020 @ 10:39am

Good morning everyone,

I'm sorry I didn't post a wellbeing challenge yesterday but I was in school! I meant to do it the night before but then forgot and had an early night ready for school yesterday, oops! Sorry about that but I'm back today and have a choice of 2 for you to do to make up for it.

You've been very creative lately (please see the past challenges below!) so I'm giving you something a bit different today. One is i you would like to relax and one is if you would like to have a bit of fun.

The first challenge is to do Jason Manford's comedy kids quiz at 1.30pm today, available from the following YouTube link. If you can't do it at 1.30 then it will be up for a few days after. and if you want more then have a look on his YouTube channel for past quizzes!

The second challenge is also at 1.30pm although I think you can watch it later if you're not free then! The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth are doing Turtle Time! A live video of their Green Sea Turtle who is called Friday. I always find watching sea animals very relaxing so you could watch it, learn some facts about turtles and then have a go at drawing the turtle. Ths live video will be on facebook so you'll have to ask an adult to log in to their account if they have one.

Please e-mail me to let me know how you did in the quiz or any facts or pictures you have of the turtle!

Mrs Glover

Past Challenges

I've been blown away by the effort you've gone to with these challenges (people have even dressed up!) and every time I get emails with pictures of your challenges it really cheers me up so thank you! Here are some pictures I've received over the last couple of days, thanks to everyone who's sent me one!

The Boy at the Back of the Class Chapter 19

Date: 13th May 2020 @ 10:18am

Good morning year 6, you are going to be on the edge of your seat sharing chapter 19 today!

Wasn't it exciting! The narrator really has shown how badly they want to get their letter to the Queen. 


Why was it so busy at the palace when they arrived?

How were the crowd feeling? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.

Find and Copy two words on page 210 which suggests the policemen were approaching the narrator and standing over him.

Story Adventure The House on Haunted Hill Part 7

Date: 13th May 2020 @ 9:38am

Good morning year 6. The sun is shining on us but definitely not on the Haunted House! I hope you are ready to climb the stairs and see what awaits us. 

Here goes...

At the top of the cellar stairs is a trap door, you open it and climb through into a hall. It is gloomy and just as dusty as the cellar but not as musty.

The hallway is dim but the bright moonlight offers enough visibility. Thick cobwebs hang everywhere and the house is cold, really cold. You see a door to your right, a large dusty mirror to your left and a large spiral staircase. Do you:

Open the door 

Climb the stairs  

Examine the mirror

Well now there are 3 options to choose from!

Who will be the first to choose where we should go next? I can't wait to see what will happen next!


Story Adventure The House on Haunted Hill Part 6

Date: 12th May 2020 @ 2:38pm

Well Maddison beat everyone to it once again! That's three times in a row-come on the rest of year 6. Maddison wants us to 'Open the Filthy Cupboard' so that is what we shall do.

You open the cupboard and peer inside, nothing but dust and large, thick cobwebs. You go to close it and see something glinting in the corner underneath a thick layer of grime.

You reach for it and pull free a small golden key. Happy with your find, you pocket it and climb the stairs to the house.

Climb stairs

Wow we have a key! Well done Maddison; a good choice.

Tomorrow we will begin with climbing the stairs!


Climate Change in Lockdown

Date: 12th May 2020 @ 11:22am

This week’s Connected Curriculum task is to research how these strange times are having an effect on reducing pollution in some of the world’s busiest cities.

Lockdowns around the world to slow the spread of coronavirus have had an unintended consequence …

In many cities the air has become cleaner as people stay at home and travel rates have reduced significantly.

Residents in some cities have also begun to notice animals turning up in strange places and at unusual times : has anybody seen the goats spotted in a town in Wales?


Your challenge this week is to reseach and present in any way you wish: a mind-map, fact file, poster or ppt etc how pollution has reduced and resulted in changes to cities, water and adventuring animals in silent towns and cities.

How do you think people and cities could maintain some of these changes after lockdown ends to help prevent climate change?

I have also attached a wordsearch with useful vocabulary for you to use during this topic. You may also find it useful to go back to task 1 and have a look at Charlie's brilliant ppt! 

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