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World War One, Fractions and Y2 Reading Buddies

15/11/2019 at 18:54

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We’ve had a fantastic start to the new half term in 6S. The children have been really excited to learn about our new topic, The First World War, and have impressed me with their knowledge so far.

We began this topic by thinking about the causes of the war, working in groups to make timelines for each of the main countries that were involved and then comparing them. This involved teamwork, careful measuring and some maths to work out how long the timelines needed to be! The children were surprised by the number of contributing factors and they thought really carefully about the significance of each event on the timeline.

In English we have been reading a range of war poetry and writing our own letters and poems inspired by what we have read. The children have chosen some wonderful language to use and have really been able to create powerful, emotive images in their writing.

Here is a poem written by Joey:

In maths we have been using lots of practical resources to explore fractions. Today the children were asked to use Cuisenaire rods to make a person, and were then challenged to make another person exactly half the size of the first. This led to some great discussions about which rods we couldn’t find exactly half of and to lots of observations about the relationships between different coloured rods. I am confident that the children will be able to use this understanding when working on more abstract problems next week.

A proud moment for me today was taking 6S over to 2LA where we paired up as reading buddies. The children were all very enthusiastic, supportive partners to the Year 2 children and both classes got a lot out of the experience. We hope to find other opportunities to pair up and share our learning throughout the year.

Well done everyone for such a great start to the term.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Sykes

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Drama and Descriptive Writing

18/10/2019 at 19:06

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This week in 6S we have been working on descriptive writing. After reading some examples of character and setting descriptions, we watched a trailer for the film ‘Brave’. We then created mind maps of words and phrases we might use to describe the character and the setting, trying to really focus on the details and use our senses. The next day we used our mind maps to write our own descriptions. Jack brought in his ‘Descriptosaurus’, which is a wonderful book to help with creative writing and many children enjoyed using this to help them.

Next week we will use what we have learnt to write descriptions of a scene from Kensuke’s Kingdom. In preparation for this, we worked in groups to act out part of the story, really trying to think about the character of Kensuke and his feelings and motives.

In maths we have been focusing on prime numbers, square numbers, cube numbers and multiples. We have also been practising our methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The children worked really well on a team calculation challenge!

I have been very impressed with the Edward Jenner homework that we have shared so far. The children have been very enthusiastic and we have had some interesting discussions based on what the children found out. I am looking forward to sharing more writing, posters and presentations next week.

I also enjoyed my first Farfield harvest assembly today – complete with talking Big Daddy tomato! Thank you to those parents who were able to come along.

Homework

Maths homework this week is on prime numbers and is due on Wednesday 23rd October.

Spelling homework is on Spelling Shed and is adding suffixes to words ending in fer.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs Sykes

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This week in 6S

11/10/2019 at 18:22

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In 6S this week we have been thinking about factors and prime numbers. The children have found factor bugs a really helpful way to find all the factor pairs of a given number. They have enjoyed challenging themselves to find numbers with a large number of factors (Kobi even tried to draw a factor bug for 1,200,000!) and adding their findings to our working wall.

We have also been comparing different approaches to solving reasoning problems and working on explaining how we know the answer. Here are three children’s methods for solving the same problem:

In English, we have written explanation texts about how volcanoes are formed. This is a challenging text-type to write, but the children have worked hard and made the most of editing time to make improvements to their work.

Mould News!

We were very excited to find our first bits of mould on some of our pieces of bread this week. Table 3 so far seem to have grown the most mould on their piece of bread that was moist and kept in a dark location; however, nobody could rival Riley’s apple, which was left in his lunchbox all week and grew some very impressive mould!

Homework

Maths homework is on factors and is due on Wednesday 16th October.

Spelling homework is to complete the prefixes assignment on Spelling Shed. This should be completed by next Friday.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Sykes

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The mould was grown by 6S.

04/10/2019 at 17:02

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This week 6S have been busy setting up an investigation to find out how they can speed up the process of making a piece of bread go mouldy. Each group chose one variable to test, for example the amount of light, amount of warmth, amount of moisture or the topping on the bread. We now have pieces of bread all around the classroom and are eagerly awaiting the first mould spores to appear!

We also had fun learning about the active and passive voice and writing sentences using pictures as stimuli. Have a look at some of our sentences here (and try to spot a couple of marvellous mistakes!).

In maths we have been practising methods for division, including challenging ourselves to use the long division method. Although at first everyone thought this method looked very confusing, with a bit of perseverance many children are now finding this a really helpful method. We will continue to practise next week, so don’t worry if you don’t feel confident yet.

Homework

Maths homework this week is on division. The problems can be solved using short or long division (or any other informal methods). This is due on Wednesday 9th October.

Learning log homework is to research Edward Jenner. This is due on Wednesday 16th October.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone.

Mrs Sykes

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Microorganisms

27/09/2019 at 16:39

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Microorganisms

This week in 6S we have been thinking more about microorganisms and how they can be helpful as well as harmful. We know that microorganisms cause bread to rise, are used in the production of yoghurt and cheese, help break down waste, aid our digestion and clean sewage water. We wanted to find out the conditions that yeast, a type of fungus, needs to work well.

We set up investigations to find out whether cold, warm or hot water would be best, and to find out the optimum amount of sugar. We learnt the importance of changing one variable at a time when table 5 accidentally changed both variables. We observed either the height of the froth produced or the amount of carbon dioxide produced (using balloons).

We had some very exciting moments when the lids of the jars kept popping off on Table 1 and Table 2 and when Table 4’s yeast overflowed!

We found out that warm water and plenty of sugar caused the yeast to produce the most gas and rise the most. If the water was too hot, it killed the microorganisms.

In English this week, we have been writing and redrafting our instruction texts. We have worked on how to edit our own work and give feedback to someone else. We have particularly been focusing on our vocabulary choices and correct sentence punctuation.

In maths we have been practising our formal methods for addition, subtraction and multiplication. Next week we will be looking at division. It would be really useful for children to practise their times tables facts over the weekend.

Homework

Children have brought home some maths homework on negative numbers. Remember to think about the hot air balloon game we played to help solve the trickier problems!

Children also have some spellings to practise.

Well done on our improved Extreme Learning score of 95%. Let’s get it even higher next week!

Enjoy the weekend!

Mrs Sykes

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Sailing at Yeadon Tarn

20/09/2019 at 16:15

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On Thursday 6S had a fantastic day at Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre, Yeadon Tarn. This trip was part of our study of the book Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. It gave every child the opportunity to have a go at sailing and learn more about the different parts of a sailing boat. The children all did fantastically well and impressed the instructors with their sailing skills (and their willingness to get wet!).

As well as sailing, the children also carried out some activities to develop their understanding of the vocabulary and characters in the novel. The lakeside was the perfect place for some drama and teamwork. Imagining they had just been washed to shore, the children headed into the forest to first look for help, and then find food, water and shelter. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to do some learning outside of the classroom. The children now have lots of ideas about survival ready to use in some instruction writing next week.

In other curriculum news, we have been exploring rounding and negative numbers in maths this week, as well as finding out about different groups of vertebrates in science. In English we have been revising different word classes, including prepositions, determiners and modal verbs, and identifying the features of instruction texts.

Homework this week:

Children have brought home some maths homework on rounding and a reading activity. Homework should be returned by Thursday 23rd September.

Extreme Learning:

We had a slightly disappointing score of 91% this week. Please make sure to do your extreme learning and get your planners signed!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Sykes

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