### 6S: Practising and Achieving

13/10/2017 at 15:43

HOMEWORK:Learning Log:Begin to learn Flanders Field poem in preparation for poetry work in Autumn 2. Research into Farsley airfield,Maths:1000 points on Mathletics by Thursday 19th OctoberA message from school:The Collective Dairy are running a competition for schools to win a visit from the Brownlee brothers to run a 'Scootathlon', which is a mini-duathlon including some 'scooting' and some running. The competition is offering the event for up to 300 pupils and includes all the equipment necessary, so we'd love to get them to come and run the event for our Reception to Year 4 classes. All we need are your votes! Please visit http://www.thecollectivedairy.com/scootathlon/ and type in our school name to register your vote. The school with the most votes will win, so every vote really does matter! Apologies that Years 5 & 6 can't take part, but please help support us all the same to bring such an exciting event to Farsley Farfield. Voting closes on October 31st and you can only vote once so: get in quick; spread the word to family and friends; and then cross your fingers for us! In maths this week, the children have completed the 3 maths SAT papers from May 2017: one arithmetic paper and two problem solving and reasoning papers. The children have risen to the challenge of having the papers thrust in front of them with many children commenting that they're not as scary as they thought they would be. Completing past papers has two major results: it allows the teaching staff to see what children's learning targets should be as well as providing the children with some normalcy around the SATs papers. In literacy, the children have continued to read the story of Kensuke's Kingdom and have now read the first 8 chapters (80% of the book) as well as answering retrieval, inference and vocabulary questions. The children will complete the story of Kensuke's Kingdom next week as well as developing their reading skills using a text about tsunamis. The children have also begun to look at explanation texts. This began with the children identifying the key features of an explanation text before sorting text features into whether they would be found in an explanation text or not. Next week, the children will use their knowledge of explanation texts to write an explanation text about tsunamis... In geography, the children have continued their work on earthquakes and tectonic plates. The children watched a video before completing a tectonic plate jigsaw and explaining the meanings of convergent, divergent and transform movements of tectonic plates. One more week to go Year 6! You've had a fantastic half term: keep it up!

### Science this week

11/10/2017 at 12:23

This week in science we explored how classification and taxonomy applies to plant species. First, we spent some time in the wild flower garden looking at how the plants differed. We talked about which features made them different and how scientists might classify them. Then we returned to the classroom to complete our Garden Centre Challenge. Working in small groups, we classified a wide variety of plants with the aim of creating a clear, logical layout for a garden centre. The plants had to be with similar species and be given a name that applied to all the plants in the group.

### 6S go Instructing

06/10/2017 at 16:02

Homework:

Maths: Long Division. Due Friday 13th October.

Spelling: Adding suffixes to -fer words. Test on Friday 13th October.

Adding Vowel Suffixes to Words Ending in -fer PPT

We have had another wonderful week in 6S that began with the final group of children successfully completing their Level 2 in Bikeability.

In literacy this week, children have written and edited sets of instructions on how to survive on a desert island. After identifying the key features of a set of instructions (chronological order, imperative verbs, time adverbs, numbered/bullet points) the children were challenged to remember the different grammar points they have learnt this year which they would need to include as well: modal verbs, expanded noun phrases, sub-ordinating conjunctions (see previous blogs for more details!). The children then wrote a set of instructions setting out how to survive on a desert island.

In maths this week, children have looked at the formal method of long division with one divisor and then with two. I was really impressed with the children’s determination and perseverance in regards to this potentially tricky method. I hope the videos below help with the calculation homework that has been sent out this week.

In RE, children have begun to learn more about the Sikh religion. This week, the children looked at The Mool Mantar which is the first hymn composed by Guru Nanak. It is a statement of the core beliefs about God for Sikhs. After this, children wrote a basic statement of their own beliefs that weren’t necessarily about God but could have been about the world, themselves, their family and their hopes.

Have you seen our Star Wars Day blog? You haven’t? Well you should go and read that here before getting 1000 points on Mathletics!

### Sieve of Eratosthenes

02/10/2017 at 07:55

Watch the video below and complete the 100 Chart to find all the prime numbers.

### 6S go Bikeabilitying

29/09/2017 at 15:31

HOMEWORK:

Maths: Multiplication calculations. Due Friday 6th October.

Reading: Comprehension task. Due Friday 6th October.

Learning Log (continued from earlier on in week):

Towards the end of the half term, we shall be finding out about earthquakes as part of our learning in geography. Due in on Wednesday 4th October, we would like children to find out about the earthquake in Mexico on Tuesday 19th September, 2017. How did it happen? What is the impact? Why was there so much damage?

- Focus on specific vocabulary linked to earthquakes.
- You may present your findings any way you wish.
- Make your information clear and detailed.
- Use two pages. Keep it neat and well-organised.
- You may wish to stick in maps and pictures. Please write a caption or description to explain why you’ve used them.

Due in Wednesday 4th October.

6S have had a very successful week on their bicycles and have also managed to squeeze in some good learning too!

Each child will have completed at least two sessions of *Bikeability *training by the end of this week with one more group of children completing their cycling course on Monday. Thank you to all those children who came to school prepared with bicycles and helmets! The staff from *Cycle Leeds *have been impressed with behaviour, attitude and ability of the children (which is not a surprise!) and it seems we have succeeded in bringing through a cohort of children who are confident and able cyclists.

In maths, children have begun work on multiplication. It is extremely important that children know their multiplication facts for all times tables as this allows for calculations and problems to be solved efficiently and effectively. Well done to those children who do know all of their multiplication and division facts. Those children struggling will continue to benefit from accessing the activities on Mathletics as well as websites and games such as can be found here.

Children’s homework is to complete multiplication calculations and apply these calculations to solve problems. The national curriculum states that children in Year 6 should be able to:

*multiply multi-digit numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number using the formal written method of long multiplication*

A video on how to complete long multiplication can be found below.

Children have also investigated factors of numbers up to 50 to assist in identifying prime and square numbers too.

This child has stated that the numbers 6 and 28 are *perfect numbers*. What does she mean by this?

In literacy, In Key Stage Two, the children are learning about the *content domains* (decode, retrieve information, infer, predict, summarise, compare and contrast) that are the different aspects of reading that children are expected to complete. In the past, you may have heard children talking about *Reading Biscuits. *Due to to the introduction of the new curriculum, children are now beginning to relate different breeds of dog to the different content domains.

This week, children have continued studying Kensuke’s Kingdom and answered inference and deduction questions.

**Inference**: is an interpretation that goes beyond the literal information given.

**Deduction: **is an understanding based on the evidence given in the text.

Inference and Deduction KS2 PPT

Children have also thought about being stranded on an island and written a set of instructions to explain how to survive. Children were required to use expanded noun phrases, modal verbs and time adverbs (first, next, after that) in their writing. Next week, the children will look back at their work and make improvements via editing.

Thank you for reading this blog! Now go and get 1000 points on Mathletics!

### The Toxonomic Hierarchy – or grouping things!

27/09/2017 at 13:38

After classifying sweets last week, we began looking at classification in a much more scientific way this week. We looked at the scientific names for several creatures such as: Panthera leo= lion

Elephas maximus = Asian elephant

Daucas carota= carrot

We watched two videos about the taxonomic hierarchy – which is just a scientific word for grouping things! We learned a mnemonic to help us remember the stages of classification:

Dead Kings Play Cards On Fat Green Stools!

I wonder if your child can remember what the initial letters stand for in the taxonomic hierarchy?

We classified the puma, a house cat and a human in this way.