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Fractions and Remembrance

09/11/2018 at 15:38


Welcome back to the 6S blog! What a wonderful first week back we have had!

HOMEWORK: Due in Wednesday 21st November

  • Adding fractions and mixed numbers.
  • Learning words from the Year 5/6 Spelling List.
  • Research into Farsley Airfield.

In maths this week, we have continued work on adding and subtracting mixed numbers. The children have done excellently on this and are able to solve calculations involving mixed numbers quickly and correctly. The SATs arithmetic paper requires the children to solve mixed number calculations with different denominators and I am pleased with how well all the children have done with this so far. We have also recapped the long multiplication method; children have completed calculations and solved problems with confidence – very pleasing!

This month, we are also doing lots of bar problems as part of BarvemberCan you solve some of these problems? Problem 5 is always the trickiest!

In literacy, the children have impressed with their ability to learn a poem off by heart and arrange a performance of it. Videos of our performances of In Flanders Fields can be found below.


The children have also used a range of techniques to write a poem inspired by the below video.

Children listened to the video first before watching the animation. Children then used similes, metaphors, conjunctions and a range of short and long sentences to write a poem about the battles of the First World War. Children will develop their poetic writing techniques over the next few weeks.

Children have also learnt about the importance of Remembrance completing a range of activities (making poppies, creating decorative rocks, reading comprehensions) around the topic. All children are invited to attend the Remembrance Day memorial at Farsley Cenotaph on Sunday, November 11 at 1:00pm. I wonder how many of our rocks will have been found and taken to the cenotaph.


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Year 6 Remembers

09/11/2018 at 15:37


Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day, takes place on the 11th November each year. It marks the signing of the Armistice, an agreement, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month which signaled the end of the First World War. On Remembrance Sunday, across the country, ceremonies take place at war memorials, cenotaphs and churches where people are given the opportunity to lay wreaths or small wooden crosses. A poem is often read at the service reminding us of the fallen soldiers who will never grow old and must always be remembered. We remember particularly Captain Charles Butler, an RAF pilot from Farsley, and all those from the Farsley area who lost their life in the First World War which ended 100 years ago this year.

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.


When you go home, tell them of us and say:

For your tomorrow, we gave our today.

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First half-term. Tick.

26/10/2018 at 15:56


The end of the first half-term in Year 6; what a half-term it has been!


Adding fractions – due Monday 5th November

Learning the poem In Flanders Fields by John McRae and to research some information about the poet.


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.
In maths this week, children have worked on adding and subtracting improper fractions (where the numerator is larger than the denominator) and mixed numbers (whole numbers and fractions where the numerator can not be larger than the denominator.). I have been really impressed with children’s ability to do this this week. We shall do further work on this after half-term before exploring percentages and decimals.
In literacy this week, children have completed the story of Kensuke Kingdom. What an ending! Of course, this blog isn’t going to spoil it for people but I have been really impressed with how children have worked in their reading this half-term. They have developed their retrieval and inference skills as well as their ability to write longer answers to questions using evidence from the text to support their answers.
In geography, children have developed their understanding of earthquakes. Children have learnt all the different ways the tectonic plates can move that can cause earthquakes as well as how earthquakes can be extremely devastating.
In music this week, children completed learning the song I’ll Be There by the Jackson 5. A video of this performance will be available shortly.
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More Operations (mathematical ones) and Explanation Texts

12/10/2018 at 15:59


HOMEWORK – due in on Friday 19th October.

Maths: Calculations and calculations problems – remember BIDMAS!

Spelling: -fer words with suffixes. A spelling test will be administered on Friday 19th October.

In maths this week, children have continued their work on the four operations. The children were introduced to BIDMAS as an acronym to help remember which part of a calculation to do first. Children were then challenged to complete calculations with and without brackets. Later in the week, children were learning how to reason from known facts and make generalisations: I know 4 x 2 = 8 so 4 x 20 must be 80 and 4 x 0.2 must equal 0.8, for example. I was especially impressed that most children were able to solve the following problem:

Explain how you can use the number fact 5, 542 divided by 17 = 326 to find the answer to 18 x 326.

Instead of doing a long multiplication for the latter calculation, children knew the inverse of the first calculation and then simply added 326. Children have also done some work on multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.

In literacy, children have completed comprehension questions on Chapter 6 from Kensuke’s Kingdom using their retrieval and inference skills to do so. Children have also identified subordinating and coordinating conjunctions using the acronyms A WHITE BUS and FANBOYS to help distinguish between the different types. Children have also identified the key features of explanation texts in preparation for some writing about earthquakes next week.

In PSHE, children started thinking about what it means to stay out later. The lesson was particularly interesting as the children were taken through a hypothetical situation of walking past a group of strangers whilst on your own: lots of the children imagined the group of strangers to be extremely similar and there were often negative descriptions of the group. We discussed the word stereotyping and in further sessions, we shall talk more about keeping safe when out and about.

In science, children developed their classification skills and applied them to plants and trees to help design a garden centre. In music, children continued to learn the song I’ll Be There and develop their compositions. Next week, these compositions will become formal scores of music – exciting!


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The First Practice and Meeting Kensuke

05/10/2018 at 15:36



MATHS: Some consolidation work around calculating intervals across zero. Due in Friday 12th October.

READING: Either an extract from Treasure Island or a non-fiction reading activity on garden birds. Due in Friday 12th October.

This week, the children have completed their first set of practice SATs. The children have completed a Maths SAT (made up of 3 papers), Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (made up of a grammar paper and a spelling test) and a Reading SAT (just one paper but three different texts). The purpose of completing practice SATs is to allow children to become familiar with the different types of questions that will be asked of them as well as getting used to working quickly to a set time. The children will be kept updated with their scores across the course of the year and this is something that will be shared with parents in upcoming parents meetings. Each paper (apart from reading) was marked with the children

We have continued with Times Table Rockstars. Please encourage your child to keep practising; the children who know their times tables are clearly those who are practising the most. 10 minutes a night is absolutely fine and login information is written into each child’s planner.

This week in reading, children have read Chapter 5 and have finally met the mysterious Kensuke. Children used the text to create posters of Kensuke where they listed vocabulary used to describe Kensuke and predicted what Kensuke’s life may have been like up to this point.

In RE, children have looked at the importance of the Guru Granth Sahib (the Sikh holy book) and in music, children have continued to learn the song I’ll Be There. Children have impressed with their compositions so far; next week, they will use formal notation to write their compositions. Look out for these being shared!

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Different types of numbers and some wonderful writing!

28/09/2018 at 15:37


Another wonderful week in 6S!

Homework is due on Friday 5th October.

Maths: Finding factors of numbers.

Spelling: Learning words with the suffix able/ible. There will be a test on these words on Friday 5th October.

In maths this week, children have looked at different types of numbers: factors, multiples, prime, square and cube numbers. Children impressed with their ability to work systematically as well as reason and problem solve. Children were challenged to create rhymes and songs to help them recall prime and square numbers which is an expectation of the Year 6 curriculum. I particularly enjoyed this rhyme to learn prime numbers:

2, 3, meet me at the tree.

5, 7, meet me at eleven.

13, 15 just be a queen,

Don’t forget the number 19.

In literacy, children have written a set of instructions including a wide range of literary techniques: time adverbs, conjunctions, semi-colons and expanded noun phrases. I have been especially impressed with the quality of the writing in class as well as children’s ability to work towards writing targets and success criteria.

In music, children continued to learn the song I’ll Be There and next week they shall use glockenspiels to write their own instrumental parts. In RE, children looked at the 10 Gurus of Sikhism and wrote a paragraph about their favourite one using some of the literary techniques mentioned earlier on. In geography, children looked at the effect of different kinds of tectonic plate movement: collision, subduction, separation and sliding.


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