YANGTZE CLASS Thursday 21st May 2020



Happy Birthday Zara! I’m sure everyone will join me in a quick singalong of happy birthday. Altogether…. Happy Birthday to you….

Here she is showing that anywhere can be a classroom during lockdown!

This is Percy’s brilliant final piece. To get the texture, he says: “I smashed up an old brick to get the stone effect and mixed it with pva and put it on a canvas then I painted men hunting deer.” Fantastic work, Percy. He also says that he has started a blog about Super Cars, which I’m sure you’ll want to have a look at.

Here is L busy making beads for her Stone Age necklace – we look forward to seeing the finished item, L!

Emily’s leaflet about Skara Brae is well-worth looking at; it is informative and engaging. Well done Emily.


Well done and thank you all for your fundraising and promises of support for buying the Year 6 Leavers hoodies. Thank you also to FOFSA who have agreed to help with any shortfall. 

It’s time to order.

Please choose your size and your colour and let me know. For most of us, the kid’s hoodie sizes will be appropriate, but each year we also buy some of the adult sizes. Consult with your parents and fill in the table.

Eg: JamesLime12/14

The Kids’ Hoodie sizes are

(you might want to think about having a bit of growing room).

The Adult Hoodie sizes are

Choose a colour

Ash, baby pink, berry, black, burgundy, candy, charcoal, cool grey, corn, dark grey, forest, fuschia, grey, kelly, lime, melange navy, melange royal, melange wine, nave, plum, powder blue, purple, red, royal and turquoise.To get a better idea of the colours, you should log on to the Yazzoo site here: https://personalised.clothing/product/cottonridge-w72k-kids-hoodie

If you are back in school on 1st June, please bring your sponsorship and contributions on that day, if not, send your money to school marked Y6Hoodies. Thank you.


What is a spaceman’s favourite chocolate?
A mars bar!

Why did the sun go to school?
To get brighter!

How do you know when the moon has enough to eat?
When it’s full.

What kind of music do planets sing?


YANGTZE CLASS Monday 18th – Friday 22nd May 2020



The Yangtze Star of the Week is Monty!

Well done Monty: I have been really impressed with your attitude to learning over the course of the lock-down. You have been independent, self-motivated, hard-working and dedicated. You have produced some wonderful work, kept up the standard we have come to expect from you, and tackled all the tasks with enthusiasm. On top of all that, you have found the time to be outside observing the local wildlife, you have commented on your friends blogs, and – to cap it all – you have won yourself a rocky road cake by winning a design-your-dream-cake competition. Well done Monty!


Thank you to all of you who sent me your newspaper reports and persuasive letters: I read a very interesting report about the Coronavirus written by Alwyn, and I was impressed with the persuasive letters written by Finley (who would like to be taken to Miami), Eva (who would like to be taken to see the pandas at Edinburgh Zoo) and Rafe (who would like to be excused from family walks and cycle rides!). I hope your letters convinced your parents, no matter what you were arguing for.  

I hope you enjoyed Mr Carr’s Science of Sound webinar yesterday – unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend as I was teaching at the Haven, but I’m sure it would have been excellent.

Thank you to all of you who promised money for the Year 6 Hoodies. I’m hoping we will be able to order these this week – I will be in touch.

S. had a really enjoyable craft day by the looks of things – here she is doing some decoupage.

And Finley’s moon phases diagram is really clearly drawn and explained. Well done. 


This week’s lessons are focused on instructions (Year 6) and diaries (Year 5). Please do send me examples of your finished pieces so that I can see how you have got on. Remember to let me know if you don’t want me to post them on the website.


This week you will be learning about averages. There are three different ways to find the average and the week’s lessons will take you through each of them. You will be conducting many of your own investigations and finding the average of your results. If you take photos of your work, please send them to me so that we can share them with others in the class. One of the investigations we carried out to find the mean average on Friday at the Haven was to test the flights of paper planes. It was great fun, so feel free to do the same.

This week, the big question is: What is the sun? I would like you to investigate the object at the heart of our solar system and then find out more about similar bodies in the galaxy and beyond. Draw your own star chart and go star-gazing – which constellations can you identify? Remember to keep working on your moon diaries too – these will be great if you can keep them going for a full month.


I am really pleased with the Blogs you created on Purple Mash – there are all sorts of things to read about, including facts about sloths, Harry Potter, blackbird updates, and much more. If you haven’t yet had a look, then log on, browse your friends’ and create one of your own. This week, I would like you to add links to other websites (sites that say something about you and your interests (eg: https://www.arsenal.com/ would be a great site to link to)). You can also try adding photos you’ve copied from the internet, and even some videos.


The big question we have been trying to answer last week and this week is: What was new about the New Stone Age? This week, I would like you to work on your leaflet that will answer this question and tell us about the Neolithic site Skara Brae. Please send me your finished examples.


If you haven’t already done so, please send me a photo of your final pieces from last week. This week you will be making beads to create your own stone-age necklace.


In French, your task is to ask for and give directions in French. There are a few videos to watch to help you learn how to say, ‘go straight on’, ‘turn left,’ ‘turn right’ and other phrases. Use the map to give instructions to another family member. Bonne chance!


Please remember to send me a weekly email so that I know how you are getting on.


Knock, knock.

Who’s there?

Interrupting Cow.

Interrupting Cow, wh


Yangtze Class Stone Age Stories

The children in Yangtze Class have been writing stories full of suspense and tension with a Stone Age theme over the last two weeks. 

I’m sure you will enjoy reading them as much as I did, so here they are.

Happy reading.
Mr L

YANGTZE CLASS Monday 4th May 2020

May the fourth be with you.

DAY 19


Well done Rose: you are the Yangtze Star of the Week! 

I have been incredibly impressed with the way you have tackled each task. The work you have shared with me has been of a high standard and engaging and entertaining. Last week, I was really impressed with your Stone Age art work, and this week, I really enjoyed browsing the photos you have been posting on your new website. Well done and keep up the great effort! Mr Leicester


I must start by saying thank you to Eliza and her father for their fantastic Stone Age music demonstration on Friday morning. I thought that it was very powerful – music has a special way of connecting people together, even if those people lived thousands of years apart. I wonder if any of you made bull roarers following the demonstration. If you would like to post a video of you playing it, I’m sure we’d all love to see it.


You should all now have received emails with your log-ons to Purple Mash. This is our new online learning resource. It is full of great games, resources and applications that we will be using over the coming months and beyond. This week, I would like you to log on, have an explore, and then log onto the blog application. This is the app we will use to make the first of our blogs, before moving on to WordPress. (Although I know that some of you have already made a headstart with the WordPress site, which is fine.)


Thank you to all of you who helped us review the home-learning so far. From my point of view, I’ve been really impressed with how well you have all been doing in very difficult circumstances. It’s been lovely to have so many emails with all your work, photographs and other projects – I really feel as though we are still working as Yangtze Class, even though we aren’t in the same room. So well done all.

However, following the review, I would like to experiment with using some of the online resources that have been produced for children across the country. The Oak National Academy has been set up by the Department for Education to provide online lessons. Next week, I would like to make use of the Literacy resources (see your weekly planner). I would be very interested to know what you think of these sessions, so please email me towards the end of the week with your thoughts. If you like them, we will carry on; if you don’t, we can go back to the old way.


It seems as though the art has been a big hit this week. You’ve all enjoyed squishing, grinding, mixing and sieving a range of very unusual substances to create your paints. Here are the results:

Following Emily’s contribution yesterday, Hugh and Guy were keen to share with you their collection of prehistoric bones. Hugh is holding a mammoth shoulder bone that was trawled up from the bed of the North Sea by a great uncle. Guy is holding a deer’s jaw bone.

Today’s tasks are as follows:


Today is the final lesson on the Standing Stones story. I would like you to re-read your work in order to proof-read it (checking the spelling, punctuation and grammar), and to edit it to improve it. This is a really important part of the writing process: you are trying to read your work with your readers’ eyes and thinking about what you can do to make your writing more effective, more tense, more descriptive and more engaging! See the powerpoint slides to help you know what to do. Once you have completed this step, please send your stories to me so that I can enjoy them too.


Today you will be making nets of 3D objects and using your maths superpower of ‘IMAGINING’ to answer questions about nets.


The big question this week is: What tools did Stone Age people use? If you watched Mr Carr’s lesson on Friday you will already have some good ideas about the kinds of tools Stone Age people used, but I would also like you to conduct some research of your own. Use the slides to help.


What came after the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age?

The sausage!

YANGTZE CLASS Friday 1st May 2020

DAY 18


Remember Mr Carr’s Stone Age Music demonstration will be live on Facebook at 9.30am. I hope you can join us then. Simply type this link into your browser: https://www.facebook.com/BrittenOfficial/live/


I am really impressed with Emily G’s Stone Age art project. She found a piece of rock in the garden and used it as the canvas for her art work. The effect is really authentic. Well done Emily.


Here is Percy’s finished Stonehenge model. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that it is great work. Did you know that some of the stones that were used to make Stonehenge came all the way from the coast of Wales. How do you think Stone Age people managed to transport them over 100km to Salisbury Plain?


This is a picture of George’s enormous sun. The second photo shows the sun in the garden and the Earth and Moon on the other side of the field.  Brilliant work. 


Final news from the Home Front is from Emily W. Look at what she found on a walk around her local area! It is a vertebra from an Ichthyosaur – a type of marine reptile that lived in the shallow seas that covered Britain during the Triassic to the Cretaceous period (250 – 90million years ago). So, it is definitely worth keeping your eyes wide open as you walk around! 


Today’s tasks are as follows:


Today you will be completing your story. Make sure you use the lesson slides to help find a way to bring your story to a satisfying conclusion. I know that some of you have finished your stories already. If that is the case, move on to the last lesson which is all about proof-reading and editing your work. I would love to see the final versions of your stories once you have done this. Remember, if you would rather your work wasn’t shared on the website, let me know.


Today you will be finding out what the internal angles of other polygons total by using triangles.


Today, I would like you to complete a draft of your final piece and prepare the paper for your final piece, which we will be doing next week.


If you managed to raise any sponsorship for the Year 6 Hoodies, please let me know. So far, I have only heard from Rose who has raised a remarkable £25 by reading every day during the Easter holidays. Please send me your totals by the end of next week. Thank you. 


If you are keen, I have received details of a ‘Say, “Thank you!” to the NHS’ competition. There is a £50 voucher for the winning entry and lots of £25 vouchers for runners up in each region. You can find details here:https://www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/primary-schools/KS2-competition If you do choose to take part, remember to also send me a copy of your entry to share with the class.


I also received information about this free stop-motion software that you might want to look at and use. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon – make your own animations! https://email.cloudstopmotion.com/MTQ-6SEY5-AFGENPEAF1/cr.aspx If you make your own animation, please remember to post us the link so that we can all enjoy it.



Have a lovely weekend!Mr L

YANGTZE CLASS Wednesday 29th April 2020

DAY 16

Just a brief email, as you have all the resources for today.


Mr Carr, ably supported by a Stone Age helper (Eliza), will be giving his live Stone Age Music demonstration on Friday morning at 9.30 for about half an hour. I’m really grateful to him for volunteering to do this and I’m sure you’ll all join me in thanking him. In order to take part, simply copy this link into your browser: https://www.facebook.com/BrittenOfficial/live/

Today’s tasks are as follows:


Today is the day to start writing the story you have been planning. Remember to make use of the slides I have sent, and remember to try to use the skills you have been practising. You are trying to create atmosphere with your description – especially as the atmosphere changes as your character slips through time.


Today you will be using triangles to find out what the angles in quadrilaterals total.


Today I would like you to research the content you would like to include if you were to create a blog or a website all about yourself.


Thank you Percy for this one:

What do you call a blind dinosaur?

A Do-you-think-he-saurus. 

YANGTZE CLASS Tue 28th April

DAY 15


Hello everyone. 

I thought you would like to see Matilda’s home-made paints and the picture she painted with them. She has made a head-start on Friday’s art lesson – which you are welcome to do if it suits you. I’m impressed with how vivid the colours are. Well done Matilda.

Tomorrow’s tasks are as follows:


If you have done both the Stonehenge and the Stone Age comprehension tasks, then there is no guided reading task this morning. Today’s literacy task is to plan the story that you will write over the rest of the week. Use a boxed up plan to order the paragraphs.


Today you will be sorting quadrilaterals according to their properties.


Today you are going to try to answer the question: Is it true that Stone Age people were just simple hunter-gatherers, only interested in food and shelter? You will be taking on the role of an archaeologist to examine four key objects found at a Mesolithic site in Yorkshire called Star Carr. Alwyn has been looking at the number of stone circles in Cornwall – this map shows the huge number of them. There are Stone Age sites all over the UK, and each one we find changes our ideas about how these people lived their lives. 



Mr Carr – Eliza’s daddy – will be leading a live Stone Age Music session on Friday that you will be able to join in with. He will start by showing us some of the real stone-age artefacts from his collection, then he’ll show us examples of the kinds of instruments they would have had, before showing us how to make some of our own. Watch this space to find out more details.


Two of our favourite local institutions are struggling to survive in the current lock-down. They have launched a competition to help raise some much-needed funds. All you need to do is download the entry sheet and draw an animal. You can submit your entry for £1 and the proceeds go to the zoo. If you win, your class will win a trip to the zoo and your artwork will be transformed into a t-shirt. To find out more click here.


Thank you to Poppy and her family for this one:

What did one wall say to another?

I’ll meet you at the corner.

YANGTZE CLASS Mon 27th April


DAY 14 –                                


Thank you so much for all your messages last week – I was inundated with photos, work and messages on Friday. I am really pleased that you have all got back into the swing of things so well. What a busy week you all had.

I spent the day at Laxfield with some of the children of keyworkers. Here is the timeline Zara produced to show how long the Stone Age was.


I am sending all the tasks for the week today and a weekly overview so that you can see what is expected on each day.

Tomorrow’s tasks are as follows:


Read the Stone Age information and answer the questions.

Design a character for your story – see the Standing Stones powerpoint presentation.


Learn the names for different types of quadrilaterals and be able to describe them.


Learn the names for places in a town and play a kind of battleships game.


Thank you for the jokes. At last, some better ones!

Knock, Knock.

Who’s there?


Nana who?

Nana your business!

Thank you Finley.