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Poetry Slam and Converting Measures

23/02/2018 at 15:59



SPELLING: Children to continue to practise words from the Year 5/6 Spelling List. There will be a Spelling Bee Competition in the first week after Easter.

MATHS: Converting measures activities. Read p 62, 63, 64, 65 of red revision book. Complete p50 and p51 of white workbook.

LITERACY: Colons, semi-colons and dashes. Read p44 and p45 of purple revision book. Complete p51 and p52 of white workbook.

In maths this week, children have looked at converting measures and solving measurement problems. Children began the week learning about the metric system (g/kg, mm/cm/m/km, ml/l) and the importance of 10, 100 and 1000. After this, we refreshed our knowledge of some important measures. Children need to be able to recall basic measurement facts: 10mm in 1cm, 100cm in 1m, 1000m in 1km and similarly for ml and l and g and kg. Next week, children will learn how to convert from imperial system to the metric system as well as continuing to solve problems.

In literacy, children have worked on colons, semi-colons and dashes and used these to write complex sentences about Victorian mills. In reading, they have revisited the content domain dogs that help children focus on particular types of reading questions. There are 7 different content domain dogs:

  • Vocabulary Victor encourages children to identify other meanings for words in texts;
  • Rex the Retriever finds information straight from the text;
  • Inferencing Iggy is a reading detective and uses clues to help work out the answer;
  • Summarising Sheba asks children to summarise pieces of writing into shorter paragraphs or sentences;
  • Arlo the Author encourages children to think about why the author has used certain words or presented the text in a particular way;
  • Predicting Pip encourages children to think about what will happen next in the story and the possible consequences of a character’s actions;
  • Cassie the Commentator asks children to compare and contrast different characters, settings or themes within and across stories.

Children should also be aware of their reading target. Ask them at home and see if they can remember!

In history, Year 6 are continuing our work on Victorian England by looking a little closer to home: the children have begun to learn about Samuel Marsden who is a very important figure in the history of Farsley. Today, we were delighted to be welcomed by Reverend Paul Tudge at St John’s Church for a small talk about Samuel. The children also took time to visit the memorial garden created in Samuel Marsden’s memory. Whilst there, the children completed some research to find out more about his life. Next week, we shall be discussing whether Farsley should be proud of Samuel Marsden. What do you think so far?


Finally, thank you to all children in Year 6 who learnt their poem for the Poetry Slam. I was blown away by the quality of the performances on Thursday morning and all of 6S should be exceptionally proud of their performances.


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Human Evolution

21/02/2018 at 12:50


This week in science we looked at the evolution of humans and we compared humans to some of our ancestors, looking at similarities and differences in physical appearance and in skeletons. The children looked very carefully and did a great job! We then discussed how scientists are making new discoveries as they research different aspects of DNA further. We finished with a quiz test which tested us on the percentage of DNA that we share with other living things. We guessed correctly that we share 98.8% DNA with a chimpanzee but we were astonished to discover that we share 50% DNA with a banana!


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Grammar Game

19/02/2018 at 08:05




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Where did Spring 1 go?

09/02/2018 at 15:34


Another week done and another half term down; where is this year going?


Children to practise words from the Year 5 and 6 Spelling List. This list is in the children’s planners and children have indicated in some way the words that they still need to spell. To be working at the expected standard in writing in Year 6, children should be able to spell most of these words; we have decided that around 75% of the words equates as most. There will be a Year 6 Spelling Bee in March based on these words.

Children have also been sent home with maths and English revision and workbooks. Children will need to bring all 4 books with them to school every day as they may be required for lessons in school. Children are reminded that they do not write in the red maths or purple English revision book. They should do their work in the white workbooks.

Poetry Slam: THURSDAY FEBRUARY 22nd – PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE NEW DATE. Children should have a poem at home to practise and learn off by heart.

Maths homework: read pages 2 and 3 from the red revision book; complete pages 6 and 7 from the workbook.

English homework: read page 2 from the purple revision book; complete page 7 from the workbook.

Children should mark their own work with an adult wherever possible. Answers can be found at the back of the workbooks.



In maths this week, children have worked on algebra. This has involved satisfying equations:

2a + b = 12. a = ?? b = ??

Children have also identified patterns in sequences and worked out an algebraic expression to find the nth term. They were asked to solve the following problem:

A sequence starts with 5, 8, 11. What is happening in the sequence? What number would be next? What would be 100th in the sequence?

Children worked to find the expression n = 3n + 2 (3 x 1 + 2 = 5, 3 x 2 + 2 = 8, 3 x 3 +2 = 11) and then discovered the 100th term would be 302.

In literacy this week, children have completed their biographies and 500 word stories. Children have been working against their writing targets as well as against the expectations for the end of Year 6 which can be found here.

Please have a restful week off. We hope you enjoy a well deserved holiday!

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07/02/2018 at 14:48


After learning about Charles Darwin last week, we went on to look at the evidence for evolution by studying fossils. The children had four activities to complete:

Activity 1 – Fossilisation process cards

Put the statements in the correct order for the fossilisation process and match them with the correct pictures.

Activity 2 – Fossil evidence for evolution

Look very carefully at the fossil pictures and the living relative of the turbot. When looking careful, we noticed that the living relative has a much rounder body, some extra bones and the tail and fins are smaller.

Activity 3– Real fossils pack

The children were archaeologists. They searched through the sand to find fossils then had to name them, sketch them and find out some facts. One thing we found out was that Crinoids are ancient marine animals that appeared 300 million years before dinosaurs!

Activity 4 – reading

There were three different books to read, some of which were story books and one which was a fact book. We found out lots of interesting things including that the word fossil comes from the Latin word fossilis, which means ‘dug up’.

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Victorian Britain

02/02/2018 at 13:15


Follow the link to find out more about the Victorians:

Victorian Britain



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