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Dear Children,


It seems we will not be seeing each other for some time. 


That is unfortunate - I had so much more I wanted to do with you.  


But just because we are not in a school does not mean that learning can't take place!


Use your time to learn valuable lessons from your family: I know there is plenty they can teach you, from cooking to sewing, from languages to DIY.  


In any case, I am here for you.  Monday to Friday, learning tasks will be set, and uploaded to the Home Learning section of the school website.  You should try your very hardest at these, but remember that you are not alone.  If you need help (or just want to check-in, say hello and give me your news),  you and your parents can email me using the link on the Home Learning section. And don't worry if you don't have  a printer, just  write your answers on a sheet of paper, or in an exercise book. 


The packs you were given for SATs revision can be still be made use of - have a go at a paper, or a few pages of one of the books, now and then  - in an idle moment.  Constant revision of this sort will do you good. 


I am already missing you, but look forward to hearing from you.  I trust we shall see each other in healthier times.  


My prayers are with you. Please remember me in yours.




Mr Basit Khalid

Monday 23rd March 2020


Remember to ask for help if you need it in any way: either from someone at home, or me (I am only an email away). 




1.  Read a  book of your choice for at least 30 continuous minutes.  


2.  Read the text on the circulatory system.  Discuss it with someone: you should be able to summarise its main points.  If you don't  know the meanings of the words in purple, look them up. Make notes while you work: even if you  never look at them again, the simple act of note-making will help you learn and remember the material. 

We will continue working on this text for several days. 




Starter :   Mr Khalid buys 6 books for £7.98 each, a pack of 100 Jaffa Cakes for £3.11, and a pack of 50  Earl Grey teabags for £2.67. 

(a) How much has he spent altogether?   

(b) If he pays with the exact amount of money, what is the smallest number of notes and coins he could use? 


Main   Watch the video on factors, and complete the sheets.  For the Bugs sheet, you have to write a different factor on each foot .  So, for the bug labelled 6, I will write the factors 1, 2, 3 and 6 in its feet, because these are the four factors of 6.  

This topic links  well to simplifying fractions, which we will also revise this week .


Dessert: Do you know how to find the HCF (Highest Common Factor) of a set of numbers?  For example, what is the Highest Common Factor of 24 and 70?  If you don't know, try and find out for tomorrow. 




In our final week at school, we learned about how music can be used to influence mood, and  I mentioned how music therapy was used during the time of the Ottoman Empire (which lasted from 1299 to 1923), especially in the city of Edirne.

Find out what you can about the city of Edirne.  Your research can concentrate on either modern Edirne, or its history.   

This task is to last you all week.  Allow yourself the freedom to approach this how you will - through writing, art or whatever. 

If, during your research, you come across something you do not understand, take it as an opportunity to do further research.  Do not give up! 

Tuesday 24th March 2020


General Comments: remember you are at home,and are not restricted by school timetables.  You and your parents can work to whatever schedule suits you.  Some of you may feel happier working for up to  60 minutes at a time, while others will be better off working for 30  minutes at a time.  In general, it is better to work in short bursts of about half an hour, followed by 10 to 15 minute breaks.

In any case, as long as you get the work done, it is fine. 

And while at home, don't forget the work we did on the four pillars of health.  Remember to move, relax, eat and sleep well. 



Today's session is really about study skills, and how to internalise information.  This will be of vital importance in Y7 and beyond.


 1.  30 minutes reading

2. Watch the video on the Feynman Technique (

3.  Use the Feynman Technique to learn the information on the Circulatory System sheet. 

4. Remember that this does not have to be done all in one sitting. 

Tomorrow's lesson will be based on some questions on the text.  I shall want you to see how many questions you can answer without referring to the text! 




The answers to yesterday's maths can be downloaded below. 



A rectangle has a length of 30cm and a width of 0.7 metres. 

(a)What is its area?  Give the answer twice: once in centimetres squared, and once in metres squared. 

(b) If I double the length and width of the rectangle, what is its area now? Give the answer in metres squared only. 


Main: to find the HCF (Highest Common Factor)  of sets of numbers

This part of the lesson relies on understanding last lesson's mathematics.  If you do not understand yesterday's maths, ask for help. 


Look at the definition of common: if something is common to two or more objects or groups, it is possessed by all of them.  


For example: The USA and the UK share a common language.


So, if two numbers have a common factor, it means that there is a factor shared by those numbers.

 For example, 3 is a factor of 6 AND a factor of 12.  So, 3 is a COMMON FACTOR of 6 and 12.


Two numbers may have more than one common factor.  

The HCF, or highest common factor, is exactly that: the biggest of the common factors that some numbers have. (If you research this online, you may come across some American videos.  Be mindful that Americans use the term GCF, or greatest common factor.)


Here is how to find the HCF of two numbers:


1. List all the factors of the first number.

2. List all the factors of the second number.

3. Underline any numbers which are in both lists - these are the common factors.

4. Circle the largest of these underlined numbers - this is the HCF, or highest common factor.  


Watch the HCF video below, to see how it is done. The teacher in the video misses out step 3 above; you should use step 3 if you find it useful. 



Now you now how to find the HCF, complete the question sheet. 




(i) Can you find the HCF of a set of three numbers?  The technique is the same, but simply takes longer.

(ii) Can you research any other ways of finding the HCF?  When I was a child, my father taught me to find the HCF using division. I think this method is still common in India and Pakistan.  Can you find the HCF of 18 and 40 using division? 



Research Task

How is your research going?  What have you found out about  Edirne? It would be good if your work included some artwork representing some of Edirne's beautiful Ottoman-era buildings. 



Wednesday 25th March 2020


Remember to read every day from now on, for 30 minutes. Without a reminder!

And remember to keep active.  Get some exercise!



Answer the following questions on the Circulatory System. Try to do this from memory if you can. This will, obviously, be easier if you have applied the Feynman Technique to the text. 


Q1.  What two circuits make up the circulatory system?  What is the function of each?


Q2. What is the size of the heart, according to the text?


Q3. What four substances make up the blood?  What is the function of each one?


Q4.What is the name of the protein which carries oxygen in the blood? 


Q5.  Why do veins appear blue? 


Q6. What is the aorta? 



The next session will be concerned with detailing the features of an explanation text. If you are really keen, you could try researching these features.





What is 70% of 780?


If 70% of a number is 1700, what is the number?




Watch the video on simplifying fractions, and then tackle the sheet.  The video is American, and he refers to the HCF as the "Greatest Common Fraction".

The answers are provided, so you can check your own work.  But do not be tempted to cheat yourself!

If you need help, ask! 




The next session is on the LCM.  Research this. 



Research Task


Carry on with the Edirne research. 

Simplifying Fractions To simplify a fraction, divide the top and bottom by the highest number that can divide into both number...

Simplifying Fractions Worksheet


Thursday 26th March 2020




Follow this link to Joe Wicks's PE with Joe Youtube playlist.


This will provide you with 30 mins of exercise every morning at 0900.  Get your parents to join in with you! It's fun. 



Follow the link below  to a document which details today's work.  Note that there are 4 pages to this document.