Google Search
Google Translate

Year 6 - Eagle

Welcome to Eagle Class

To you all,

I am missing you all very much and hope to see many of you back in school soon! I hope that you are all staying safe and looking after your families at home. Please keep in touch using our class email - I will be checking this regularly and will do my best to reply as soon as I can. Also, keep an eye on this class page. I will be updating it regularly and will be trying to add things to make you smile too. 

Stay safe and look after those close to you.

Miss Bowling heart


The next few days are full of activities around books, with two FREE virtual book festivals happening:

  • Booktastic BookFest is our local virtual children's book festival. Details of the whole book festival and how to take part are below.  All of the events from the different authors will be available to watch on YouTube afterwards.
  • Hay Festival is a world-famous book festival which has also gone virtual this year.  Take a look here (or Google 'Hay Festival Programme for Schools.)  If you scroll down the page, you will find lots of authors, along with a note about which age group each event is aimed at.  If you have missed an author's event, you can still watch it on this page.  


CALLING ALL TOM GATES FANS!  Liz Pichon is taking part in the Hay Festival TODAY.  As it says on the image, 'This is your chance to meet Liz Pichon, the awesome illustrator/author of the Tom Gates series.  She'll introduce her new book about Tom and there'll be quizzes, readings and doodles from Liz.


PS - The teachers have been busy making some videos while we have been away from school, take a look!

- See if you can work out who's who!  WARNING - cute pictures are to be found in this: v=UYWFqIETQTQ 

- LATEST VIDEO!  The adults have been busy again and have made another video to make you smile:  Which type of person would you be?


For those of you who enjoyed singing 'You Can't Stop The Beat' from Hairspray in Singing Assembly, here is a fantastic performance by lots of perfomers who have been in the musical over the years, including the film versions:  I challenge you to watch this and not smile or start dancing!  A chapter a week of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is being read online.  The first chapter was read by Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter himself), and so far, other chapters have been read by Noma Dumezwemi (the original Hermoine in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts) and Stephen Fry (who narrated all of the Harry Potter audiobooks.)  You don't need a log in to watch this week's video, but you do if you would like to watch previous ones.  (It is free to register.)


The V&A (one of the big museums in London) want to make a collection of homemade signs and rainbow drawings that have been made during lockdown.  This is a great opportunity to have something that you have made on show in one of the country's leading museums.  There is more information here:

This competition is open for a month and all of the details can be found at the website above.  ECO Team, this might be of particular interest to you, although if you like motor racing, you may love this as well. 



The Envision Virgin Racing team have worked with Rob Biddulph (Draw with Rob) to launch a custom climate change livery design competition for children, where fans can learn how to draw the all-electric car through an instructional video and then create their own bespoke livery.



'The Book Of Hopes' is COMPLETELY FREE and is an extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Vashti Hardy, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Katherine Rundell, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.  The collection, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals.


You can read the book here





Bedford's book festival for children is going virtual.  This is the one that lots of us wanted to go to!  Here are the authors who have confirmed they will take part, as well as the details of when each one will be:


        Vashti Hardy                       Harriet Muncaster                  Steve Coles                             David Litchfield

    Author of Brightstorm,                     Author and illustrator of           Author of Astrosaurs, Young             Author of The Bear and the Piano

       Darkwhispers and                        the Isadora Moon series           James Bond novels, Cows                       SUNDAY 24TH MAY

              Wildspark                                 SUNDAY 24TH MAY          in Action, Astrosaurs Academy,                             11AM

  SATURDAY 23RD MAY                              1.30PM                       The Slime Squad and several 

               1.30PM                                                                                  original Doctor Who stories. 

                                                                                                SATURDAY 23RD MAY


      Kiran Millwood Hargrave 

   Author of The Girl of Ink and Stars,

  The Island at the End of Everything 

         and The Way Past Winter. 

             SUNDAY 24TH MAY




Anyone can watch the different authors on their YouTube channel:   

If you want to ask the authors questions, you will need to be signed in using a YouTube account.  Please ask an adult about this if it's something you'd like to do.  

If you can't watch at the right time, check back on the page as I'm sure the recordings will be available to watch afterwards.

First News Digital Downloads

First News is a great newspaper designed for children your age and they are making some of their issues available to download digitally for free.  Here is the link if you want to download them yourselves.  We will also do this and save them here:


Now we are into the Summer Term, you can do things a bit differently if you want to.  Having said that, your learning is still VERY important as it will help you make the most of everything that you have achieved this year as well as preparing you for secondary school.  We have created a checklist, which shows how often you should aim to do different things every week.  You can do these in any order you like.






Day 1




SPaG activity

Times Table Practice

Maths activity

Aim to choose 3 of these a week.

Day 2


Word of the Week activity

Day 3


Writing activity

(Write and edit. 

This may take you more than 1 session.)

Day 4


Day 5


Reading Comprehension


What can I do for each activity?  There is so much to choose from, but please remember we have done this to provide you with variety, not because we expect you to use everything!  The important thing is that you find things that work for you.  Don’t be afraid to try something different though, it will keep it interesting.


BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons - These will cover English, Maths and at least one other area of 

                                                           learning every day.  Lessons will be available on the website, but there will also be content on BBC iPlayer and BBC

                                                           Red Button.

Oak National Academy -  This website includes daily online lessons that cover

                                                 English, Maths and at least one other area of learning.  

* Please note, we will check the focus of daily lessons each week and add them to that week's activities as soon as they are available.  If you want to try these online lessons, you may want to choose which ones to follow based on the area that they are covering. 


Reading - Read for pleasure for 20 to 30 minutes every day.  (This is the BEST thing you can do!)

                 - Log onto Read Theory.

                 - Follow one of the links on our class page to listen to an author read their book, or to watch an author masterclass on


Spelling - Choose 5 key words from your list and practise them until you know them.

                 - Use activities from our Year 6 Spelling Menu.

                 - Use Spooky Spellings or Spelling Frame.

                 - Use our Scrabble Spelling Tiles activity.  There is a copy of the activity to download.

                 - Create your own ‘Scribble Spellings’.  Take your pencil for a walk over the page, then fill each gap with the word you are trying to learn.  You

                    can use different colours every time you write the word.

SPaG Activity - Choose something from your revision resources to do.

                            - Follow one of the links in the Revision section of the class page.

                            - There are also Y6 SPaG lessons on 

Word of the Week Activity - We will put one of these up every week.  Can you learn to spell it?  Can you change the word by adding prefixes or

                                                       suffixes?  Can you put the different words you have created in sentences?

Writing Activity - We will put a different writing activity on the class page each week.

Reading Comprehension - Use your Reading revision resources, books or Read Theory.

                                                   - We will put a Reading Comprehension activity on the class page every week.

Times Table Practice - Practise the times tables you know you need to work on.

                                          - Use TTRockStars or Hit the Button.

Maths Activity - Choose something from your revision resources to do.

                             - Follow one of the links in the Revision section of the class page.

                             -  The daily lessons on here are excellent.

                             -  These daily lessons are also excellent.

                             - We will put an alternative Maths activity on the class page every week.

Other Activities - We will continue to post these on the class page.  Please choose 3 to complete each week.

Word of the Week Activity - w/b 18.5.20

Can you learn to spell this word?  How can you change the word by adding prefixes or suffixes?

Have a go at putting the different words you have created in sentences.  (Remember to keep your handwriting neat, joined and consistent.)


Writing Activities To Choose From - w/b 18.5.20 focus on 'Letter Writing' this week with lessons on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Remember, these can be accessed any day of the week.  They cover:

  - Healthcare hero thank you letter: similes, metaphors and hyperbole

  - Healthcare hero thank you letter: semi-colons and colons

  - Healthcare hero thank you letter: preparing and drafting

  - Healthcare hero thank you letter: writing a letter


* focus on 'Diary Entries' this week.  These are available

   all week and cover:

   - English lesson 3: Identifying features of diary entries.

   - English lesson 4: Using informal language

   - English lesson 5: Writing a diary entry


* If you would rather, you can complete the activity that we had planned.  We would like to tell you that we can read the BBC's mind and that we knew they would do letter writing this week, but sadly we can't; it is a complete coincidence.  However, if you want to do this version of the activity, bear in mind that some of the BBC lessons might help you.

Reading Comprehension Activities To Choose From w/b 18.5.20

* Remember, you can use your Reading revision resources, revision books or Read Theory. 


* There is a Y6 Reading lesson on Friday this week, based on 'A Pocketful Of Stars' 

   by Aisha Bushby. 


* There are also two reading comprehension lessons based on diary entries on

   classroom/year-6/#schedule  These lessons are on Monday and Tuesday of the schedule.


   Please remember that these online lessons will be available all week, you do not have to do them on the day stated.


* If you'd rather, you could use these Literacy Shed Plus reading packs instead.  (There is a Y6 pack, and for those who find it a bit

   trickier, there is a Y5 one that you can look at.  If you need a different one, please email using the class email address at the top of

   the page and we will get you sorted out.)  There are 5 comprehension in each pack.  You only need to do one; we will be using this

   pack over the next few weeks.

Maths Activities To Choose From - w/b 18.5.20

You need to try to do a little bit of Maths each day.  To give you some variety, you can choose something from your revision resources, follow one of the daily lesson links, or use one of the links in the Revision section below.

Daily Lesson Links:  The focus of Maths lessons on both of the BBC and White Rose websites are now the

                                                                     same, although the lessons themselves are slightly different.  This week, Y6 lessons

                                                                     focus on decimals.  You can access all previous lessons as well.  This week's theme continues to work on developing a really good understanding of x

                                                                    and ÷.  You can access all previous lessons as well.  This week's lessons focus on 3D shapes and circles.  We were

                                                                                                                revising these just before lockdown.


If you want to do something different, you could try this perimeter challenge.  Remember, perimeter means the distance around the outside of a shape.    You could choose lots of different things at home to estimate and measure.  If you want to take this a step further, you could always try to work out the area of each shape too!

If you were still working on last week's booklets, you can do that too.  (If you need them emailing to you, please ask us.)


Finally, have you ever fancied having your own GUINNESS WORLD RECORD?  Well, now you can try on TTRockStars!  You can find more information here: .  We have put some information below and have also downloaded the letter about this.  Because this is for a proper world record, there are rules you have to follow and they are explained in the letter and on the website.  The closing date for entries is THURSDAY 4TH JUNE.  Please let us know if you enter and good luck!

'A Rocktastic HELLO from everyone at Times Tables Rock Stars HQ!!!

Have you got what it takes to become a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title holder?

We are inviting you to attempt a Guinness World Records title by answering as many times tables questions correctly as you can in one minute.

Guinness World Records has created a new title - Highest score achieved on ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’ in one minute - and we are looking for players to aim for this special accolade.'


Other Learning Opportunities - w/b 18.5.20


If you like the online lessons, you could always look and see what is being covered by:  Select 'Year 6'.  This week, lessons focus on: 

History - The Anglo-Saxons 

Geography - Natural Resources

Science - Magnets

Computing - What makes a good computer game?

Music - Dynamics and Tchaikovsky   Select 'Subject', 'Y6' then 'Foundation'  This week, lessons focus on:

Science - The impact humans have had on plants and animals.

History - How did anti-semitism rise in Germany in the 1930s?  What was the Holocaust?  (These lessons are about how Hitler

               persecuted the Jewish people.  These lessons are for children your age, but you may find some of what you learn upsetting

               if you choose to do them.  That is normal when you learn about something like this, but you do not have to do these

               and you can always stop at any point.  If you are upset, please talk to your adult or feel free to email us.)

Spanish - To be able to say how you are feeling in Spanish.

Music - To sing a harmony line above a melody.


Here's an extra one!  Luton Town contacted us to say that the EFL (English Football League) have launched their 'Joy of Moving Home School Festival'  It takes one afternoon and can involve the whole family.  All the information you need is in the document which you download.  There are also lots more activities to be found at .  Have fun!

Updates on places to look to help you with your learning or to give you a break

There are new things popping up all of the time, but these are some of the ones we thought you'd like.  Some of these websites have always been there, but many of them are being offered by companies that schools use, by authors and illustrators or by other groups and they are all FREE.  A huge thank you to all of them! 

(There is no expectation that you look at them all, they are simply here to give you lots of choice.)


Whatever you are looking at online, please always think about e-safety.  If you are not sure about something, always tell an adult.


Maths:   For those of you who like really tricky origami related to Maths.  You can click on one of the shapes and download the net to print out and try.


English: is a daily radio Literacy programme aimed at families and schools. It is interactive so your work is published during and after the show. Each day there are spelling, grammar and vocabulary games, followed by creative writing and responding to reading. The show features a poet of the day and author of the week.  A wonderful website, which you can sign up to for free.  You can watch videos from some of the most popular authors at the moment and also access all of the resources normally available in schools.  Kid's Poems and Stories with Michael Rosen.  Michael Rosen is brilliant and funny.  There are lots of poems, songs and jokes on his YouTube channel.  Check it out! The Book Trust YouTube channel has loads of videos from authors and illustrators to watch. David Walliams is releasing a free audio story every day, for the next 30 days.  Click on the link to listen. Hawk’s favourite author has a special webpage for learning at home.  So far, there is a video about what Arthur and Maudie Brightstorm might do if they were learning at home.  There is also a fantastic Lego challenge to try.  Welcome to the world of Tom Gates!  A perfect website for those of you who love these books.  Piers Torday, author of ‘The Last Wild’ had made videos to give you a different way of starting a story. He has also read 'The Last Wild' online and you can watch every chapter here. is the website for younger readers of Neil Gaiman’s books.  Neil Gaiman is the author of books such as Coraline, Fortunately the Milk and The Graveyard Book.  You can watch him reading The Graveyard Book or find different activities to do on this site. Until the end of May, two Roy of the Rovers books are free to download as ebooks.  Great for any football fans.  Tom Palmer is the author of children’s books such as the Football Academy series as well as Armistice Runner.  His website has a new ‘Home Learning’ section which includes free chapters from his books, videos of him reading from his books and lots of other activities. Audible have made lots of stories absolutely free to listen to.  J K Rowling has set up a special website while you are all at home called 'Wizarding World'.  This gives you access to lots of information and activities about Harry Potter and looks great.  Watch authors from Hay Festival Programme for Schools filmed over the last 3 years. There are 55 fun filled and inspiring events to choose from including Ade Adepitan, David Baddiel Gemma Cairney, Eoin Colfer, Julian Clary and Andy Stanton.


Science: Eureka is an amazing children’s museum and they are now making videos to watch at home including Professor Pumpernickle’s Laboratory and lots of ‘how to’ videos.  If you are interested in Space, this could be for you.  They have live Q&A sessions with astronauts as well as other videos.  You could ask a parent to follow ‘The Armchair Astronaut’ on Facebook as this page often advertises the Q&A sessions. Chester Zoo do a virtual open day on most weeks.  This is great because the keepers not only show you the animals, but also talk about them as if you were actually having a day out at the zoo. Techniquest were doing short, daily demonstrations from their museum.  Due to everyone being asked to stay at home, these may now stop, but the two they have done are great.  One shows you how to make your own lava lamp, and the other shows how a bowling ball can be lifted up by a vacuum cleaner!  Edinburgh Zoo have put some of their webcams online so you can watch the animals!


PE / Sport:  Joe Wicks' daily workout!  Oti Mabusse's daily dance lessons.  Team Talk – Football based resources from the FA to do at home. The Premier League Primary Stars programme now has a Home Learning section.. If you love your football, this could be for you.  Diversity have made their dance tutorials free.  An adult will need to sign up for you to access these.


Music:   Music for Bedford Borough (all the Music teachers who come in and do things like Samba) have set up a great website with loads of different things to do on it.  The Sing Up teacher is even doing online Sing Up sessions, a bit like Gareth Malone!  The Sing Up website is not exactly the same as what you did in Y3, but it uses the same idea.  There is a song a week with a video to help you learn it, a lyric sheet and lots of activity ideas to do around the song.


Other:  Rob Biddulph, an author and illustrator, is creating draw-a-long videos so you can learn how to draw some of his characters.  You can also share your drawings with him online if you want to (and your adults give you permission.)


BBC iPlayer – Go to the ‘Family Favourites’ section.  The BBC are adding more content all of the time, including programmes you may not have seen and all of the amazing Science and Nature programmes we have sometimes used in school.  This includes the David Attenborough programmes!  If you are watching on an internet-connected TV, click on the monster-shaped ‘children’ button to access this.


Remember that your learning is not just about SATs.  It is about the learning you do now, leading to the learning you do in the future.  It is about what you have done in the past, helping you now.  It is about being ready for Secondary School and your life after that.  This means that your learning and revision while most of us are at home is still really important.


You should all have your revision packs now.  If you are at home and are well enough to learn and revise, please do so.  If you are not feeling so well, take a break, focus on getting better and look after yourself. 


We have two very simple rules about revision:

  1. Revision and practice is important, but so is relaxing and having fun.
  2. Think about what you need to spend some extra time on.  It is best to revise things you are not sure about so that you make the most of your time.  If it’s too hard, don’t worry, you can ask us when we get back or ask an adult to email us. 


Revision tasks to choose from:

You could use sections of your revision books to work on if this will help you.

Look at the homework for the week on the class page as we will still be posting this.  You could do this in your homework books.

‘Ten for Ten Easter Practice Booklet’ – 10 minutes Maths practice.  Each day includes arithmetic and reasoning questions.

’10-4-10 English Reading Booklet’ – 10 minutes Reading comprehension practice.

’10-4-10 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Booklet’ – 10 minutes SPaG practice.

Y3/4 and Y5/6 Spellings – You know which spellings you are trying to learn.  Practice a few each day to improve how many you know.  (These spelling lists are on your class page.)

Reading – Reading something that you enjoy as often as you can.

              - Log onto Read Theory for some extra practice.

Useful websites – There are lots of these on this class page.


Here are some useful websites which may help you with your English revision:


Read Theory - This is perfect for practising your reading comprehension.


Trapped (Nouns and Adjectives) - Can you escape from the forbidden chamber?


Trapped (Punctuation) -  Three punctuation games where you need to punctuate paragraphs and sentences to gain the Key of Freedom to escape from the tower. Are you up for the challenge?


Prefixes and Suffixes - A game where you need to choose prefixes and suffixes to make new words.


Antonym Splat - Can you find all of the antonyms (opposites) in this game?


BBC Bitesize - A great website.  Choose an area to look at; there are videos, explanations and short quizzes to help you.


Punctuation and Grammar Knowledge Organiser


This has lots of useful information on it which you can use to help you when you are revising.

Here is an image of it, you can download it below and we have also given you a copy in your revision pack.


Spellings in Year 6


Whichever spellings you are working on, this website is really useful:

You can click on the year groups you want to.  Scroll down towards the bottom of the page to practise the words from our word lists.


Another useful website is:

You can click on the year groups you want to, then click on the books in the background to select different words.


Below are the spellings that the children should know by the end of year 6.


Year 3/4 spellings:

















































































































Year 5/6 spellings:





























































immediate (ly)





































sincere (ly)









Year 6 Spelling Menu

Maths in Year 6

Here are some useful websites which the children can use at home to help them with their Maths:



This is a great website that children can use to practice their times tables!


My Maths - This is not just for homework! You can log on and access lots of lessons and activities as well as games. The lessons are particularly useful as they explain what you need to do and give you examples to try.


Corbett Maths Primary - A fantastic website. Many of the resources can be printed, but could also be looked at on screen with practise being done on paper.

5-a-day: 5 questions to practise every day at different levels. Perfect for practising those important, basic skills as well as other areas of Year 6 Maths.

Videos: Videos to explain how to tackle different skills, followed by questions to answer.

Worksheets: These link to the videos mentioned above.

Quizzes: Link to Kahoot quizzes.


My Mini Maths - This is a really useful website which can be used every day, or can be used to focus on areas which you would like to practise more. Many areas include videos to watch and there are always questions to have a go at answering.

This part of My Mini Maths is particularly helpful when you are revising for the Arithmetic paper.  You can select the types of questions you find tricky, watch a video to help you, then try lots of examples of that type of question:


IXL - A fantastic website.  You can pick an area to work on, look at examples or explanations and also answer some example questions. To use the website for free, you are limited to a certain number of questions, but it's definitely worth looking at every now and then.


BBC Bitesize - A great website.  Again, you can choose an area to look at. There are videos, explanations and short quizzes to help you.


Topmarks - You can search for games that link to specific areas of Maths. Look out for the age range underneath all games; it will give you a good idea of how useful it is.


Maths Is Fun - This site is really good at explaining things and gives you practice questions at the bottom of each page.


Online Maths Dictionary -


Maths Knowledge Organiser


This has lots of useful facts on it.  You can use it to help you when you are revising and you can also try to learn the facts.  They will help you to answer lots of questions. 

Here is an image of it, you can download it below and we have also given you a copy in your revision pack.

How to multiply a decimal by a whole number


How to find a fraction of an amount

How to find a % of an amount

Converting Measurements

This is the image we used in our Maths lessons which we all found useful:

Reading in Year 6

In Year 6, we want you to LOVE reading and read books which you ENJOY reading and WANT to read.  We have lots of brilliant books in the classroom and there are also great books within the school which you can borrow.

Remember to record the books that you have read on your personal 'Reading Bookshelf' sheet, recommend books to others that you have really enjoyed and ask an adult to photocopy the spine of the book to add to our 'Reading Pile'.


Parents and carers: we encourage the children to bring books home; even those available in the classroom.  We do however ask the children to look after these books and return them once they have finished, as many of them have been bought specifically for the class.

Where do we read?

Here are some of the interesting and inventive places we have been reading!  These photos are really making us smiley .  

We'd love to see even more photos.  You can either bring your photo in, or email it to to with the subject ‘Y6 Reading Challenge’ so that it gets sent to us.


Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3



Image result for pobble


Pobble allows all children to become published authors! Children from all over the world can read and comment on your child's work if it is uploaded to pobble. In Eagle class we think it is great, but if you would like any further information then please come and speak to us. If you haven't already, please give permission for your child's work to be published so that they have the opportunity to become a published author!


These children have already had their work published this year:

* Laura and Isaiah for their letters to Shackleton, applying to be a member of the crew

*Rameen and Olivia for their 'Pack Ice' poems

* Jahiya and Bianka for their non-chronological reports about the Arctic and Antarctica

* Olivia and Maddie for their Titanic writing; considering how the 1st Class and 3rd Class passengers differed

*Alessandra for her diary entry about the Titanic sinking


If your work is yet to be published, keep working hard! All of Eagle Class are fantastic writers and you will become a published author this year smiley

What we've been up to!

Polar Explorer Day

On Thursday 31st October, Simon (a polar explorer) came in to talk to Year 6 all about the Polar Regions. He has been on many expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica and the children found out lots about our Topic! (Exploration and Discovery).

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7
Picture 8

Sportshall Athletics Competition


Eagle class had great fun at the athletics competition on 6.12.19. They did Balliol School proud; well done!

A message from Mrs Gamlen (our Samba teacher):

I would like to thank and congratulate again all of Year 6 for a fantastic 6 weeks of Samba! Their behaviour and dedication to the project was fantastic and I thought they did a great concert – really working well as a team with each person doing their best! I really enjoyed it!

Picture 1

General Class Information


Class teacher: Miss Bowling

PPA Cover Teacher: Mrs Banks

Other adults in Eagle Class: Mrs Banks, Miss Flynn

PE - Monday (outdoors) and Thursday (indoors)