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School Lane, Hathersage, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S32 1BZ


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Hathersage St. Michael's C of E (A) Primary School

Bretton Class Year 6 22 -23

Bretton Class is taught by Mrs Lightfoot and Mrs Wright. 

Bretton: Class Activities for Snow Day 10.3.23


Why not use our snow day to practise maths skills connected to the weather? You could do any or all of the following:

  • Go outside and measure the depth of drifts and places that are snow free. Should we measure in centimetres, millimetres or metres? Have a look at the weather reports and see what is the standard unit of measurement used.
  • Explore speed, distance and time by sledging. Set up a run on your favourite sledging hill. If you are able to measure its length between two clearly marked points, that is great. If not, create your own unit of measure – your boot! Walk heel to toe beside the run, then count the number of steps you take. Measure the length of your boot in centimetres and multiple this by the number of steps you took. If you divide by 100, you’ll get the length of your run in metres. Now you know the length of your run, you can time yourself with the stop watch facility on a digital device. You can now workout your sledging speed, by dividing the distance in metres by the time in seconds. Compare your speeds to the Olympic results. Think about ways of improving your speed.
  • Practise maths skills by baking or cooking. You may have to alter the amounts of each ingredient to accommodate the number of people in your household.
  • Play card games.



A snow day is a great day to catch up on your reading. Fill in your reading record if you have it at home. Open that new book that you haven’t started yet, snuggle down on the sofa and immerse yourself in a great book.

You can always practise for your spelling test too! You could even challenge yourself to learn spellings of snow-related vocabulary such as:  blizzard, avalanche, glacier, precipitation and temperature. Can any of you find out the definition of the word, meteorology?



If it is safe to do so and you have appropriate clothing, please be energetic and have lots of fun in the snow!



Whilst reading your book, why not listen to some music? It’s best to have instrumental music playing whilst reading as you don’t become distracted by the lyrics. If you have access to the internet, you can always listen to more of the piece we’re currently studying in the classroom – Verdi’s ‘Dies Irae’ from his Requiem. Can you remember the descending scale starting on the note, D, and then the offbeat shouts of, ‘Hey’? Perform it for your family and surprise them with your knowledge of latin. You’ll find it on BBC’s 10 pieces.

Lots of you have instruments at home. Take this opportunity to catch up on practice! In Bretton we have pupils who play the following instruments – recorder, piano, violin, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone and guitar. You can all be practising!


Have a great day!

Mrs Wright


Click here to view Bretton Welcome letter 2022