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Tuesday 5th May 2020



  • Look over the boxing-it up notes you made for Macbeth, to remind you of the conversation Macbeth and Banquo have with the witches at the start of the story.
  • Look over yesterday's inverted comma notes.
  • Write your own version of the start of the story.  You must include correctly punctuated dialogue. 
  • Try not to look at the story itself.  If you get stuck,  you can re-read it, but make sure you don't copy it word for word.




Answers to yesterday's maths (all in degrees)

1)   315

2)   290

3)     95

4)     75

5)     98

6)     60

7)     42

8)      68

9)     19

10)    70

11)    95



Today's Maths


Go through the BBC website on Angles, Lines and Polygons  - linked below.


This is a GCSE site, but do not worry - this is all KS2 and KS3 material.  You will know much of it already, and the rest is manageable (albeit with some work on your part!)


Go through, making notes on the text and video.  That's it.  But don't forget the Feynman Technique, as always.  There are some practice questions, but I want you to go through those tomorrow, after looking through your notes once more. 



Carry on with Mrs Brook's art work from yesterday.  Today and tomorrow should be enough time to get it finished. 





Monday 4th May 2020



Read through the powerpoint presentation on inverted commas.  This is not all revision.  There are a couple of points, such as split dialogue which have not been covered before.  Make notes on this, and then use the Feynman Technique from week 1 of Home Learning to revise what you have.  

You will need to know these rules for tomorrow's work. 




Read through the maths powerpoint, making notes. 

Then have a go at the angles questions. 

This is all revision today, so should not be unfamiliar. 

For an extension, write your own questions with an answer sheet



Spend this week having a go at Mrs Brook's Art Challenge: you'll find it on the front page of the Home Learning section. 



Friday 1st May 2020

Today is a day of finishing off, and tying up loose ends.


  • Make sure your Macbeth pieces (both the writing and artwork) are complete.
  • Both your maths investigations should be written up.
  • If you still find yourself at a loose end, download the 1st May arithmetic test. As ever, the answers are provided for self-marking.


Next week, we shall be looking at writing dialogue in English and revising triangles' areas and internal angles in Maths, before going on to cover angles in the context of parallel lines. If you are really keen, you could research these over the weekend. 

1st May Arithmetic Test

Thursday 30th April 2020


Carry on with your Macbeth re-telling. If you have finished it, proofread and edit. 

If you have access to a voice recording app, on a smartphone or computer, read it out loud to yourself and play it back to yourself.

This is a good way of spotting errors which may otherwise pass you by. 




Have a go at the Magic Cross investigation on the Nrich website.

Again, you should make notes as you go, and write up your findings. 



Carry on with your Macbeth picture.  Make sure to add some colour if you can access  pencil crayons or felt-tip pens. 


Wednesday 29th April 2020



Using the boxing-up sheet from yesterday's work, I want you to retell the Macbeth story.  Only use the notes on your sheet - do not rely on the original text!


Before you start writing, give some thought to what makes a good story. 

Your story should be a minimum of 5 paragraphs.

More ambitious writers will want to add more detail, and will write more. 


It may be that this is a time-consuming task.  


Do not worry if it takes two or three sessions to complete.  All I ask is that it is completed by Monday 4th May. 



Complete the Reach 100 investigation, linked below.


I expect you to work systematically, making notes as you go.  Write up your investigation.  


If you are stuck on how to write up a maths investigation, have a look at some of the solutions on the Nrich website. 



Continue with your art work.  

If you have finished, have a look at the art challenge on the main Home Learning page. 




Latest pup-date for our sponsored puppy :).

Tuesday 28th April 2020




  • Re-read Macbeth (the hardest version you can cope with)
  • Use the Boxing it Up sheet to analyse the story, splitting it into its 5 sections.  Do this in note form, using as few word as possible.  
  • That is it for today's English  - you will be working further on the Macbeth story tomorrow, using your Boxing it Up sheet. 




Complete the Properties of Shape questions.  

One question (q8) requires a protractor.  If you do not have one, ignore this question. 




This task should last you the rest of the week. So please take your time with it. If you finish before time, have another go. On second (or third, or fourth ...) attempt, make a real effort to improve your work.  Consider detail in each figure, and also the background.


The art task is to draw the scene, at the start of the story, in which Macbeth and Banquo meet the three witches. 


Sheets for Tuesday 28th April 2020

Monday 27th April 2020



There are three versions of the English text: version 1 is the easiest to read, and 3 is the hardest.  All three are versions of Macbeth: it was Shakespeare's birthday this month, so I thought it fitting.


I want you to read the the text - most of you should be using text 3 , though feel free to use text 2 or text 1 if you need to. 


There are questions, and their answers, to go with each text.  Do attempt these, and check your answers: they will help you understand the text better. 


We shall do more work on the story of Macbeth during the rest of the week. 




Task 1: Download the place value sheets, and work through them.  The answers are provided.  If you find these difficult, please contact me.  


Task 2: : can you explain what square root means?  This is important for some maths I want to do later on in the term. 





Draw or paint  a picture of what you think one of the witches in Macbeth looked like.  



Friday 24th April 2020


Ramadan Mubarak to all.  

This will, I am sure, be a trying time for many of us.  Ramadan at home will doubtless have a different feel with communal activites halted and mosques shut.  But it is also an opportunity for those observing the month, as I know most of the school community will be, to explore religious practice in a slightly different way. In Sha Allah, we shall make it through to the end of the month with our spiritual senses a little keener and sharper, perhaps even keener and sharper than they would have been in a more routine Ramadan.

In any case, remember that even though the government has not yet opened schools, we are here for you. 

If there are any concerns you or your parents have, I (and any other teacher) can be contacted via the link on the Home Learning page. 

There is a mistake on today's work.  The link to the maths video is not working. So, follow the youtube link below! 


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

Bill Withers - Best You Can

Mr Jones here. Here is a song by Bill Withers, who passed away a week ago, for all of you who feel a little behind with the homework. He also wrote 'Lean on Me' which you all know. Listen and enjoy. Hope you're all having a great weekend :)

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. 

The Unfortunate Fate of the World's Greatest Un-restored Steinway

Gate crashing again... Rania, remember the £78,000 piano which you thought was tatty digital piano Mr Khalid and i were bringing in? This actually is one of those pianos from 1938. Sounds amazing and they're about to destroy it! :*(

Well worth a watch. This guy is such a good player and knows his stuff. (The piano behind him is also a Steinway concert grand... maybe £150,000?)

I hope you guys are all well. Miss you all.


Work for Thursday 16th April 2020