As we prepare to welcome the first groups of children back into school, we at Etherley Lane want to ensure that all of our children, whether they are continuing to learn at home or learning at school, continue to have the opportunity to access the same, high-quality learning experiences. We want to be as consistent as we possibly can be and, with this in mind, we are going to use Oak National Academy resources as our main tool for home and school learning. Oak National Academy is a collection of high-quality lessons and online resources, backed by the Government. Each online classroom on their website offers free access to video lessons, quizzes and worksheets.
From Monday 8th June, the Maths and English activities on each class page on our website that are usually uploaded will be replaced by the link to the relevant online classroom for your child’s year group. Each day, there will be a Maths and English activity provided that we would like your child to complete. Answers to activities will be provided during the activities and instant feedback is given after any given quizzes have been completed.
Where relevant, children may be also be asked to complete the Foundation activity each day. This could be linked to a particular topic or theme suitable for your child’s year group and these Foundation activities will replace the activity grids uploaded onto the class pages of the website every two weeks.
We feel that the introduction of Seesaw as a way of sharing learning and communicating with each other during this time has been extremely successful. We miss the children terribly and love that we are still able to be part of your children’s lives even though we cannot physically be with them. We will continue to use Seesaw the way that we do now; each week your child’s class teacher will set two activities for your child to complete. Your child’s class teacher will then give feedback on what they have done.
We really appreciate how hard you are all working during this time to support your children with their home learning and you are all doing an amazing job.
If you have any questions or queries regarding your child’s home learning, please do not hesitate to contact us using the main school email address.
Hi everyone, we hope you are all well and safe after the half term. It’s fair to say that we are missing you all so much and you are all very much in our minds.
As before the half term, we will be uploading activities and tasks every Friday for the following week on this page as well as adding activities on Seesaw – we love seeing what you have produced. Hearing and seeing you is very much inspiring us.
Keep going Y6.
Mrs Summerson and Mr Soulsby
Maths Week beginning 1st June.
As before watch the videos here and complete the daily tasks into your books.
Hi everyone. Half-term has fast come around so try to enjoy the week ahead. We have been so happy to see the variety of responses on Seesaw- they really make us laugh and smile. We message each other straightaway saying have you seen… it’s awesome! The way you have grabbed this way of completing tasks and activities makes us so proud to be your teachers – thank you.
Because we know you are loving Seesaw, there will still be activities over the half-term and we hope to see your video responses or photos or voice recordings of these.
Additionally, there is some Transition material for secondary school below for you to have a look at if you have any worries about it – it might help a lot.
Try to have a go at the Times Table Rock Stars challenge – we are!
Stay awesome and stay safe everyone
Your very proud teachers, Mrs Summerson and Mr Soulsby x
Year 6 Transition
Stepping Up – Y6 Transition Booklet This booklet will give your child the chance to think about some of the things they are looking forward to in secondary school. It will also give them a chance to think about and discuss the things that they may be worried about.
Nurture Resource Pack_ We are all adjusting to a new way of living and working. There have been huge changes which have taken place quickly and this can cause worry and uncertainty and leave children with lots of unanswered questions, including about their transition to secondary school. Feelings of loss or that things ‘aren’t fair’ may also be present for some children. This booklet provides activities and advice to support your child at home if they are feeling worried or anxious.
For more information head over to our Parents page – Year 6 Transition.
Calling all Rockstars!
Have you got what it takes to become a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title holder?
TTRockstars are inviting you to attempt a Guinness World Records title by answering as many times tables questions correctly as you can in one minute. Guinness World Records has created a new title – Highest score achieved on ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’ in one minute – and they are looking for players to aim for this special accolade! For more information on what you need to do, click this link:
It’s time to get rockin’ during lock-in!
Mrs Summerson and Mr Soulsby AKA Fruity Luttrell and Tess Lefler 😜🎵🎸🤘
Hi Year 6, we hope you are all well and have had a fantastic week.
We have been so impressed with the work you have been sending us on Seesaw, you are working so hard and are really making us smile. 😊 Your creativity and wonderful attitude are quite simply inspiring. We are bursting with pride to have the privilege of being your teachers. 😍
Your new activities are below (week 7) and we have also uploaded some new activities to Seesaw for you to have a go at. As always your answers for last week have been uploaded (in the week 6 section) including the answers to your SATS Lockdown paper – you did amazing!
Remember you don’t need to print everything out and work at your own pace. Make sure you take some time to relax and enjoy the time with your families.
Take care, stay safe and keep giggling.
Mrs Summerson and Mr Soulsby. X
Watch the videos from Summer Week 5 here and complete the activities. Remember that it’s all revision and practice to keep your maths ticking over. I hope you’re enjoying it as much as Fin.
Hi Year 6, we hope you have had another brilliant week.
We understand that you might have mixed feelings about the upcoming week as you would have been starting your SATs journey. With that in mind, we don’t want you to think about what you would have been doing but to focus on what you are doing and everything that you have already achieved. 😊
You are all at home staying safe which is incredibly important. You are completing work that we have set you without us being there. You are learning new skills every day and making people smile. You have very quickly adapted to a way of life that none of us have ever experienced before. You’re enjoying quality time with your families and are literally making history.
Can you remember when you arrived in Y6 in September and we asked you what a relative clause was? There was complete and utter silence! 😂 Do you remember when we introduced you to your very first early bird activity? You all looked at us as if we were crazy because you thought you were never going to be able to do it. 😂 This is only two examples; we could go on and on.
The point we are trying to make is WOW! Look how far you have come in such a short space of time. If everything had gone according to plan, we have no doubt that you would have done absolutely amazing in your SATs – how could you not have? You worked so hard! However, Y6 you already have done amazing and have achieved wonderful things. Words cannot fully express how proud we are of you! 😍
Your new activities are below (week 6) including a SATs lockdown paper with a twist which we hope you will enjoy.
Miss you lots, keep going and keep smiling – you’re awesome!
Mrs Summerson and Mr Soulsby. X
Watch the videos from Summer Week 4 here and complete the activities. It’s worth bearing in mind we have covered this learning in class so treat this as recapping and revising what we’ve already done. Good luck.
Hi Year 6,
What have you been up to this week? Whatever it was we hope you’ve had an amazing time. We really enjoyed creating our video for you all. It has been uploaded to our brand-new Facebook page and we hope you all enjoyed it too.
As you know Mrs Summerson is incredibly clumsy and she had a slight mishap this week! Out on her daily walk she was too busy looking at some beautiful flowers and trying to work out what they were. Unfortunately, as she wasn’t watching where she was going, she suddenly heard a squelch! Yes, you’ve guessed it, she’d stepped straight into a huge pile of cow pat – yuck! She’s not sure if her trainers are ever going to see the light of day again. Whoops!
Your new activities (week 5) are below. As well as these, there are two tasks for you to have a go at on Seesaw. Hopefully, we can see and read how you have done with them.
We miss you lots and lots and lots.
Have a brilliant week, stay safe and take care.
Mrs Summerson and Mr Soulsby. x
Watch the videos from Summer Week 3 here and complete the daily activities. Remember, they don’t need printing out. You could complete them in the exercise book you were given.
Hi Year 6,
We hope you have all had a good week and have been able to enjoy some of the glorious sunshine we’ve been having. Remember all of the work that we set you on our website doesn’t need to be printed out, you can use the exercise book we gave you or just ordinary paper. Just work through it at your own pace and try to complete as much of it as you can. Don’t worry if you don’t complete all of it, your priority is to keep safe and enjoy the time with your family.
Your new activities (week 4) are below.
Take care of yourselves and keep smiling.
Mrs Summerson and Mr Soulsby x
Watch the videos from Summer Week 2 here and then complete the activities. I’ve been doing them with Finley and we both enjoyed it – I hope you are too.
Hi Year 6, we hope you have all had a lovely Easter and had lots of fun with your families. We also hope you have had lots of Easter eggs (hopefully not as many as Mr Soulsby though!) As you know Mrs Summerson doesn’t like chocolate in the slightest so she hasn’t had any at all – if you believe that, you’ll believe anything! Ha, ha!
Please find below your next lot of activities.
We miss you lots and lots and hope to see you soon. Until then stay safe, take care and stay awesome!
Look at the Summer 1 Week 1 Maths here and complete the activities.
Hi Year 6, hope you are all well and keeping yourself safe and busy. We have set a few activities for you to try and complete over the Easter holidays that we hope you will enjoy. Don’t forget to keep challenging us on Times Tables Rock Stars. There is only one person that has beaten Mrs Summerson so far (she will never get over it but is secretly pleased) with a huge score of 51!
However, Mr Soulsby is also challenging Mrs Summerson – he will beat her eventually!
We miss you lots! Take care and stay awesome!
Please find below activities for our Y6 children to access whilst our school is closed. This area will be updated regularly with new activities so please keep checking in. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Y6 don’t forget you can also challenge each other on Times Tables Rock Stars and of course feel free to challenge us too!
Take care and stay awesome!
School Closure Reading and Phonics Support
Please click here to view our Reading and Phonics page, which will provide information and support on how you can help your child continue to practise their reading skills during this period of closure. To access Accelerated Reader click here. To access myON, which has thousands of free books that you can read on screen, click here.
Virtual Tours and Trips
Since we cannot take you on any educational visits to explore and deepen your understanding of the world at the moment, let us bring some new and interesting places to you! Below you will find links to a range of interesting national and global places that you can explore without leaving your home. Enjoy!
Welcome to Year 6
In Year 6, we work as a team to help the children celebrate their time in primary school and prepare them for the transition to secondary school.
By the end of Year 6, we want our children to be respectful, independent, resilient, aspirational and light-hearted.
Hello I am Mr Soulsby and I have been at Etherley Lane Primary School since 2017, and this is my 17th year as a teacher. Currently, I am Key Stage 2 lead along with being one of the Y6 teachers. Mrs Summerson and I are a great team and I love working with her, but it is my mission to beat her at Times Table Rock Stars – at the moment, I’m not!
When I was at primary school, I loved all my teachers and can remember them all – they inspired me to want to be a teacher. I love being a teacher at Etherley Lane Primary School and I believe that all children have the ability to succeed given the correct nurturing, teaching and encouragement to be successful.
Outside of school, I love watching football with my 11 year old son, Finley – we were Newcastle season ticket holders but are on a hiatus and currently watching Spennymoor Town. My daughter, Isla, is 13, and I love watching her compete in dancing competitions. I absolutely love music and films and I taught myself how to play guitar so you’ll often find me picking out a tune and listening to music. Additionally, I go to the cinema to see the latest Marvel, DC and Star Wars films. You’ll also find me pounding the streets as I try to keep fit for the latest half marathon I have entered.
I love seeing children being successful and achieving as a result of their hard work – it always makes me smile. Hopefully, you’ll see me smiling around the school.
Hello, I am Mrs Summerson and I am one of the Y6 teachers. I have taught at our school since 2011 and in that time I have had the privilege of teaching all years groups across Key Stage 2. From a very early age I knew that I wanted to be a primary school teacher. The dream started when my parents bought me a blackboard; I would spend hours teaching my teddy bears! I am extremely passionate about teaching and ensuring that every child reaches their full potential. I strive to make lessons fun and creative to inspire the children that I teach and absolutely love ‘that lightbulb moment’ when they understand.
In my spare time I love nothing more than spending time with my family and friends. I am a keen traveller and have been fortunate enough to visit lots of different countries. I thoroughly enjoy watching Marvel and Disney films and I am a huge Harry Potter fan! I am always giggling and I’m sure you’ll hear me around school.
Hi, I’m Mrs Thompson and I support in year 6. I have worked at Etherley Lane since 2012 and started in year 1 before spending the past 3 years in year 6. I enjoy working with the children and seeing them progress and mature over their time at Etherley Lane. My aim is for children to achieve their best in every lesson.
Outside of school I am a busy mum of twin boys. They make sure that I don’t get much time to sit down but when I do I like nothing better than relaxing with a cup of tea and a good book!
Hello, I’m Mrs Yates and I’ve been working as a Teaching Assistant at Etherley Lane Primary School since 2014. I have experience of working in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, I am currently supporting in Year 6. I have high expectations of all pupils and I’m very passionate in inspiring young minds to achieve.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband and our three children. Most weekends you will find me stood in a muddy field supporting both my son’s sports – rugby and football.
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