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In Their Footsteps Gallery – First World War Museum Trip

01/12/2016 at 16:33

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This morning, 6T went to Leeds City Museum to look around the temporary gallery – In Their Footsteps – which is all about Leeds in the First World War. The children worked through some really challenging questions including those written by me to really stretch their understanding:

  • Having viewed the gallery, what questions would you like to ask or areas to research further?
  • If you had been old enough to serve in the Leeds Pals, would you have signed up voluntarily or waited until you were forced? Why?
  • Having looked around the gallery, do you think it was a good idea that the pals regiments were formed? Why?

 

Another school were in the gallery at the same time as us and their staff commented on how polite, calm and focused the children were as they learned about the topic.

 

The children were awesome!

 

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Barnbow Factory

30/11/2016 at 09:13

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How was Leeds involved in the First World War?

What happened in Leeds during the First World War?

What does this memorial commemorate?

 

The Barnbow factory is part of the story of Leeds in the First World War. Explore it using the links below:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnbow

 

http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofBritain/barnbow-lasses/

 

Photos

 

http://www.barwickinelmethistoricalsociety.com/4746.html

 

What do you think about the ladies that worked in Barnbow?

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This weeks in maths – Fractions vs Decimal Fractions – 21.11.16

25/11/2016 at 16:29

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This week in maths, we have continued to improve our understanding of fractions and specifically how they relate to division and decimal fractions.

 

The children looked at the relationship between the two ideas and how they can be used in similar ways and continued to develop their problem solving skills. The children are going to continue to develop these skills as they are useful in many other subjects and indeed life skills.

 

This nrich problem was a really good example of this and the children really showed growth mindsets while approaching it:

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The large rectangle above is divided into a series of smaller quadrilaterals and triangles. Each of the shapes is a fractional part of the large rectangle.

Can you untangle what fractional part is represented by each of the ten numbered shapes?

Homework is some testbase questions to complete of varying difficulties. If your child isn’t sure how to answer a question, please put a star next to to it to make me aware so we can focus class time on it.

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This week in English – 21.11.16

25/11/2016 at 16:17

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This week, we have started reading Warhorse by Michael Morpurgo. The children were introduced to the main characters:

  • Joey – Colt horse
  • Zoey – Old farm horse
  • Father – A rather unpleasant man, who drinks too much
  • Mother
  • Albert – A seemingly nice young man

They analysed chapter 1 and had the chance to ask, and have answered, any questions they have to deepen their understanding.

 

In addition to this, the writing focus was on use of expanded noun phrases to really stretch the length and quality of description. This was then turned into a descriptive paragraph about Albert’s opinion of Joey, the horse and the way the two interact.

 

A key skill for year 6 and the children have made really good strides forward in their editing skills and this is something I’d like to see in their homework and learning logs.

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Gurdwara visit

21/11/2016 at 14:05

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In our Religious Education lessons in Year 6 we have been studying a unit entitled ‘What does it mean to be a Sikh?’ Our aim is always to gain an understanding of different religions, fostering a respectful and tolerant attitude towards all.

Last week, we visited the Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara on Leeds Road. We were met by Surinder and made to feel very welcome. We were asked to remove our shoes and cover our heads as a mark of respect. We then went into the vast hall area where the focal point is the beautiful canopy around the Guru Granth Sahib (holy book).

Surinder explained all about how the book is treated and how Sikh people worship. She also gave us a real sense of what it means to be a Sikh. Afterwards, we visited the Langhar kitchen where we were offered food which was plentiful!

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This week in English – 14.11.16

19/11/2016 at 10:07

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Writing our own poetry was a really difficult task. The children approached it with real positivity and produced some really beautiful work.

 

Our key discussions were:

  • The importance of a clear theme or message
  • The need to choose words carefully for impact
  • The need to use the theme and language choices to emote feelings in the reader

 

Learning Log homework is to prepare their own poem for a performance to the rest of the class.

 

Next week, we are moving on to Warhorse by Michael Morpurgo.

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