Monday 1st June Y5/6 (wk8)

Before the half term break, Year 6 were in Verona, helping Mario to set up and run his pizzeria.

We are now going to travel westwards across Europe to our next destination…France. The land of cheese, wine, very tall towers and Le Tour de France, which is going to form the theme of our next mini project. (I do realise this is a sport and not usually one of my favourite things but I am going to push myself out of my comfort zone as so many of you like sport and cycling!)

The Tour de France is a very famous cycle race which takes place every year in France over a period of 3 weeks. Each day of cycling is called a ‘stage’ and there are some rest days as well, for the cyclists to recover. It is the world’s largest annual sporting event.

Daily English Task

Your first task is to discover a little more about the history of this famous annual sporting event. You can present your findings in any way that you choose – power point, cartoon strip, fact file, word document – it is up to you. Here are some videos to help you with your research but there is a lot of other information on the internet as well. Good luck – we look forward to sharing your learning.

(This video is full of good history details but don’t worry too much about peloton tactics and timings etc. unless you are especially interested).

Daily Maths Task: Averages (means) of road bike weights

Today we are going to use our maths skills to work out the average weights for different combinations of road bikes – see the table below.

Choose your level of difficulty   (Weight in kg 1 OR Weight in kg 2):

Road bike model Weight in kg 1 Weight in kg 2
Trek Domane SL5 15.72 16
Vitus Zenium CR 12.93 13
Specialized Roubaix Comp 11.84 12
Trek Emonda SL5 8.61 9
Cannondale Synapse 8.53 9
Colnago CLX 8.44 8
BMC Teammachine SLR02 8.27 8
Trek Madone SL6 7.24 7
Orange bike R9 RS 6.43 6
Cannondale Supersix 5.41 5

Your task is to select different combinations of road bikes (any number from 3 upwards) and calculate their average weight.  Remember that to calculate the average (mean) you need to:


E.g. 2+2+5+6+7+8 = 30             30 ( the total) ÷6 (the number of numbers I added up) = 5

The average (mean) = 5

Good luck everyone, tomorrow you are going to create your race team!

Quick Maths Challenge

Bear Grylls Challenge: Wind Speed Challenge

Your challenge is to design something that can measure the wind speed. For example, create an anemometer will help show you how fast the wind is going by spinning cups around. The faster the wind is moving the faster the cups will spin. You can measure the wind strength by comparing how many times the anemometer spins around every 10 seconds. Does it vary from place to place and day to day?BG-Wind-ChallengeDownload

ICT Link to an online activity: Fraction Matcher

An excellent fractions matching game at different levels of difficulty making it good for everyone. Go at your own pace and see how it goes. There is an option to play the games against the clock and also with mixed whole numbers and fractions. Start at level 1 and see how it goes. I enjoyed playing this game!

Message of the day:

“To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.”

Barbara Bush – American activist

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