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Week beginning 04/05/2020

As many of you have seen in the news, the government has helped to create a great resource on Bitesize.


It will have a variety of different lessons with lots of great resources and lots of celebrities helping in their own respective fields. I am happy if you want to follow this instead of the work I will be putting on separately.


-I want to highlight these pieces of work, if you would rather carry out the work on Bitesize for that particular day, that is absolutely fine. 





Another resource is below:


The Oak Academy is a resource created by the government similar to BBC Bitesize.


It has daily lessons and has a teacher presenting the lesson and a variety of resources, If you have access to it, it's certainly a good resource to help!


Hope it helps,


Mr Bradley

Thursday 7th May





Please choose another task from the bottom of the page where Mrs Griffith has previously added the work.

Wednesday 6th May 


- ATTENTION - Please tell your parents, that over the next few days, I will be phoning your parents. It may appear as 'unknown' on your parent's mobile. This will be a similar catch up, to that which I did a couple of weeks ago around Easter time. Just to check how you are getting on with your work.





Choose another task from the list of English tasks that Mrs Griffith had set earlier this week.

Tuesday 5th May 




Continue English tasks, set by Mrs Griffith, they are below yesterday's work:




Monday 4th May -



May the 4th be with you!






Mrs Griffith has organised English this week and we are heading off for a cruise, but unfortunately, things aren't going to go well when two of us get swept overboard.  Despite attempts to rescue us, we find ourselves drifting away across the ocean and we are feared lost. Luckily for us, we are washed up on a desert island where we must try and survive. Your English work this week will be built upon your experiences on this desert island. The links will take you to a printable copy of the Castaway activity pack but it is also reproduced below. You will CHOOSE the activities you want to do. You are NOT expected to complete them all.


There are links to 3 activities below

1. The Castaway activity pack

2. The Castaway comprehension

3. Overboard - Survival kit 


Please read the instructions carefully and submit your English work to me:

Hi there, Year 6, Mrs Griffith here. For English this week, I have put together a Castaway adventure. There is text to follow which leads to some writing tasks. You should choose 1 or 2 each day so by the end of the week, you will have completed up to 10. Be realistic, you should be spending at least an hour each day so if the activity you choose only takes 15 minutes, please choose another short activity to complete as well.  There is also a comprehension task and a critical thinking activity called Survival Kit. Completing either of these will contribute to your weekly total. Please email your work directly to me :



On the 8th November 2008, two friends left Sydney on the SS Tropicana for a holiday cruise of the Pacific Islands. Unfortunately, a cyclone with winds of up to 180 kilometres per hour struck while the ship was still in open sea, a great distance from port. In the midst of the storm, the two friends panicked and after gathering together a few possessions, foolishly raced to the deck of the ship where waves over ten-metres-high battered the vessel. Only one member of the crew witnessed the freak wave that broke over the ship’s railing and carried the two passengers into the swirling sea. In a desperate attempt to save them, the seamen threw the two friends a life belt, which they caught. However, the strong current quickly carried them away and in the blinding rain they were soon swept out of sight. Lady Luck must have been smiling on our two friends, for they not only survived the hurricane, but wakened to find that they had been washed up on a small, but lush, uninhabited island.




LETTER WRITING:  Imagine that you are one of those two castaways.  Imagine you have just decided to take the cruise and you’d like to invite your friend to join you (so this is a few months BEFORE you get swept overboard.) Write a letter to your friend inviting them to come on the holiday cruise with you. Make sure you include all the details about the ship, what is being offered, how much it costs, where you are going and how long the cruise lasts. It needs to persuade your friend to come. Remember AFOREST techniques whilst keeping the letter fairly informal.


LOG BOOK WRITING : You are now onboard your holiday cruise liner. Write a section of the captain’s logbook for the cruise, include about four or five days, leading up to and covering the storm. You can include details like the date, the ship’s position, speed and direction, weather conditions, a port of call. This type of writing is called a Recount. It will be formal. The captain radios the information about his lost passengers and the news soon reaches Sydney. Look up what a captain’s contains if you are unsure


RADIO CONVERSATION: Script the radio conversation between the captain and the authorities in Sydney to inform them that two passengers have been swept overboard.


NEWSPAPER: Design the front page of a Sydney newspaper. The main story is about the two passengers lost overboard. Include headlines, report, photographs (drawn) of the missing persons. This type of writing is called a report. People in Australia are outraged to hear that two people could be lost at sea during a cruise on an ocean liner. This moves the same newspaper to write an editorial calling for stricter safety measures and closer supervision of passengers on commercial ships.


LETTER TO THE NEWSPAPER: Write a letter to the editor concerning stricter safety measures and closer supervision of passengers on commercial ships.  This writing will use persuasive techniques to impress upon your readers that more needs so be done to ensure passenger safety.


INTERVIEW : Script a radio in interview with the parents of the castaways. You can select the medium for presentation (radio, TV, newspaper, magazine). This type of writing is a playscript.

Meanwhile, our friends are making the best of their new home. They find that there is fresh, running water on the island and plentiful supplies of coconuts and other edible fruits. There are birds and small animals and the lagoons are alive with many varieties of fish and other sea creatures. There are also palms and bamboo and many exotic flowers growing on the island. Our castaways soon set to work, making hunting implements, cooking facilities, shelter and clothing. NB. The castaways brought with them pen knives, a notebook and pencil and some items of clothing.


INVENTIONS: Here are a list of the inventions made by the castaways as they had very little when they arrived on the island. They have had to be resourceful and creative in order to use things they find on the island to create/invent the things they need.  Choose at least one in each group and explain how it is made. Include a labelled diagram of each one. This is an EXPLANATION text.

  • Hunting Devices - spears, hooks, traps
  • Housing - tree house, hut
  • Furniture - bed, chairs, table
  • Cooking devices - cup and plates, cutlery, pans
  • Clothing - skins, feathers
  • Rescue devices - boats, rafts, fire signals, stones on the beach
  • Cosmetic devices - combs, toothbrushes, shavers, make-up, sunburn cream
  • Time-recording - calendars, sundials.


Combing the beaches, you find several empty bottles, complete with tops. You decide that a note in a bottle might just reach civilisation and a search might be organised.



MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE:  Write a S.O.S. note, asking for help, to go in the bottle. Be sure to include your identity, the approximate location of the island and any other information that could aid your rescue.


You have found that there are many difficulty tasks that must be mastered. Some of these are: making a fire without matches, spearing a fish, building a raft. Your friend is very slow at catching on to these skills.


INSTRUCTIONS: Give your friend exact instructions as to how to do any one of these things. Set your instructions out as if you were writing a handyman’s manual. Use precise words and do not forget the details. Remember to use imperative verbs (Slice, Cut, Mix) and sequencing conjunctions (Firstly, Next)


Once you get the knack of doing these things, you decide life would be more bearable if you sometimes did something extravagant.


MENUS: Write a menu for a meal that you might prepare on the island. Set it out like a restaurant menu. Some words you might use are: hors d’oeuvres, aperitif, entree, dessert. Remember, all the foods you serve on your menu need to be found on the island and from the sea.


After six months on the island, and despite all the adjustments you have made, you are still not happy. For a start, some strange and frightening things are happening. You find weird footprints in the sand and many bizarre noises disturb your sleep. Monsters? Cannibals?


DIARY : Write a part of your diary, telling of some strange event that happens to you on the island. Remember to write informally in first person and make good use of parenthesis to talk to your diary.



One day you find a map in a cave on the island. It is obviously very old and seems to be marking a spot where treasure is buried.



MAPS : Draw the map of your island and label it carefully. Create some appropriate names for the features……. Skull Peak, Turtle Lagoon etc. Write a description of the island using expanded noun phrases, ISPACE openers and amazing adjectives.

Write the DIARY entry that records what happens when you follow the maps instructions. What do you find?


After two years on the island, you are finally rescued by a ship that sails close enough to the island to see your signal.



Rescued! Write the conversation/ dialogue (not a script) between the captain of the ship and yourself as you are rescued. Use inverted commas and reporting clauses

(“I am SO glad to be rescued,” I explained excitedly.)


DREAMS : What is the first thing you do when you reach dry land? Why? Write a couple of paragraphs to explain.


BEST SELLER: You decide you want to record your experiences in a novel which soon becomes a best seller.  WRITE YOUR STORY!