20/03/2020 at 18:08
It’s been a strange week in 6S and a sad day today as we all said goodbye, uncertain about when we will see each other again. But despite this uncertainty, and the fact that we have been missing lots of our classmates this week, I have been really impressed with the positive attitudes of everyone in 6S. Children have gone out of their way to help and support each other and they have been patient and understanding when the adults have not had the answers to their questions. In English and science, the children have been writing information about animal adaptations and even designing their own new species to write about. In maths, the children have been working on using their knowledge of angles to find unknowns.
From Monday, we will be setting English and maths lessons on Google Classroom. Children who have not been at school this week will need to join three new classrooms. Please ask me if you need the codes.
Most children in Year 6 should be familiar with accessing Google Classroom and submitting work. This week we have had some extra practice with handing in work and responding to teacher feedback. If you have any questions about using Google Classroom, please let me know. To log on, just type Google Classroom into your browser and children can login using their school email address and the password that they normally use to log on to the Chromebooks. Some tasks can be completed on Google Classroom. Others will be completed in the home working books the children brought home with them this week (or in learning log books / maths homework books if you did not receive a home working book).
In addition to work on Google Classroom, there should be plenty of tasks to complete using Mathletics, Times Table Rockstars, Spelling Shed, your SATs workbooks and the SATs practice papers that were sent home. Try to read as much as possible as possible as well. Here is a suggested list of books for Year 6:
Keep your eye out for other things going on to help children while they are learning at home, for example Joe Wicks, the body coach, will be streaming daily PE lessons on his YouTube channel at 9am to help children stay active. Please post in the comments if you find any useful resources.
I’m really looking forward to seeing all your work on Google Classroom and helping you in any way I can. Please get in touch if you have any questions.
Mrs Sykes and everyone in 6S
13/03/2020 at 16:33
This half term, 6S have been reading The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. We have enjoyed exploring the imagery used in the poem, including the three powerful metaphors at the start that create a spooky, mysterious atmosphere. Here is some of our artwork showing these metaphors:
The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
And the highwayman came riding—
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.
The story told in The Highwayman is a love story, but one with a tragic ending. We thought carefully about the characters of The Highwayman, Bess and Tim and used the text to try to work out as much as we could about their personalities and feelings. The children then created freeze frames of a scene from the story. It was interesting that most people felt sympathy for The Highwayman, even though he was a thief.
The children have now produced some fantastic writing inspired by their reading – I hope to share some of these next week!
In science, we have been considering the evidence that fossils can provide about living things that lived millions of years ago, and their role in teaching us more about evolution. The children worked in teams as palaeontologists to uncover fossils and try to piece them together to work out what sort of animal they belonged to. The children changed their opinions several times throughout the process and did an excellent job of justifying their ideas and listening to each other. In fact, the first guess we had (from Finn) turned out to be the correct one: it was a type of saber-toothed cat called a xenosmilus. Well done everyone for working as a team!
This week’s homework is to complete the pages on ratio and the first practice reading test in the SATs books.
Have a lovely weekend!
02/03/2020 at 20:34
6S got off to a great start to the new half term with a very successful trip to Armley Mills – once the largest woollen mill in the world!
We began our day with a walk along the canal to help us think about the significance of water in the industrial revolution and to consider how and why Leeds has changed over time. The children asked Mr Harris some really good questions and we even enjoyed some sunshine along the way!
On arrival at the museum, we were shown around replicas of a mill-worker’s house and a mill master’s house. The children were surprised by the differences, particularly how basic the workers’ houses were. Everything in the home was functional, and families lived, cooked, ate and slept all in one room, as that was where the only source of heat was. In contrast, the master’s house was luxurious, colourful and decorative, with a piano to provide entertainment and evidence of other hobbies. We also had the opportunity to look round the rest of the museum.
After lunch, we got into character as mill children and were taught all about the different jobs that would have been done in a mill. The Gaffa was quite a formidable character who shouted commands and threatened us with his ‘encouragement stick’. Some children were given the role of overseers and they assigned people different jobs: fillers, scavengers, doffers and piecers. Each job was very dangerous in its own way and none sounded particularly appealing. We also learnt about the rules of the mill and how much of our wages we would lose if we were late to work or were not clean enough! Finally, we were shown the huge working loom and more dangers of the job were pointed out to us. We were shocked to learn how many people died every week in the mill. In the end, we were given the option of doing a day’s work or going back to school. Most (but not all!) children voted to go back to school! We felt lucky that we had that choice, whereas at the time of the Industrial Revolution, mill children would have had to choose between risking their lives working in the mill or risking their lives on the street.
Well done everyone in Year 6 for a great day!
14/02/2020 at 16:58
It seems like we have been doing a lot of maths in 6S this week! As well as completing some maths assessments, the children have been continuing to develop their understanding of percentages using bar models and Numicon patterns.
We have also been developing our fluency skills through a variety of maths games. We played the factors and multiples game competitively first, and then some children chose to work cooperatively to create long chains of factors and multiples. Wyatt is our top-scorer so far with a chain of 46! Follow the link to see if you can beat his score at home.
Note about our trip to Armley Mills:
We have made a slight change to our itinerary for our trip to Armley Mills on Tuesday 25th February. As well as visiting the mill itself, we will be including a short walk to help us think about the impact of the rivers and canals on life in Leeds. So that we can fit everything in, we are asking children to arrive at school at 8:30am on the day of the trip so that we can depart school at 8:40am. You should have received an email home about this. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this – I am really looking forward to an exciting day out to learn more about this topic.
Thank you to everyone in 6S for your hard work and happy faces this half term. Have a wonderful week off!
24/01/2020 at 16:32
This week in science, 6S thought more about the ways that animals are well-suited to the environment in which they live, and how a change in environment can lead to evolution of a species over time.
We tested out different bird ‘beaks’ to find out how effective they were at picking up different bits of ‘food’. Overall we found out that the spoon-beaked birds and the tweezer-beaked birds were more successful at gathering food. The scissor-beaked birds and skewer-beaked birds struggled with some foods, like marbles, but did manage to pick up food like raisins and pasta.
The children enjoyed this investigation and were able to use the results to think about what could happen to our birds if they really did exist.
“If the scissor-beaked birds lived on an island of marbles, they might die.” (Lewis)
“Some might die, but some might survive.” (Harry)
“They could fly to a new island.” (Sam)
“They might evolve.” (Wyatt)
We talked about how a species might evolve over time. For example, if some scissor-beaked birds happened to have slightly flatter or more curved blades, these birds would be more likely to successfully collect food and survive. They would be more likely to reproduce and pass on their flatter, more curved beaks to their offspring. In this way, the species could evolve so that eventually all scissor-beaked birds had flatter, more curved beaks.
What sort of tool do you think would make the best bird beak? Which birds do you know that have different types of beak?
The children have been doing really well this week writing their biographies. We had some impressive Learning Log homework where the children found out more about their special people – thank you to everyone who has supported their child with this at home. Hopefully the biographies will be ready to be read at parents’ evening next week!
In maths this week we have been multiplying and dividing decimals by integers (whole numbers). The children seem to have enjoyed this and shown a lot of confidence.
Homework this week is to complete the following sections of the SATs workbooks:
- Colons, semi-colons and dashes
- Adding extra information
- Multiplying and dividing with decimals (advanced only)
- Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 & 1000 (standard only)
- Order of operations
Each task is only one or two pages, and most children have reported that they have found this a manageable amount to complete so far. If for any reason your child is struggling to complete a task, please do not worry. We mark the books in school and I am very happy to go over things with individual children or to give children extra time to complete tasks if they need it. Homework is due on Wednesday 29th.
Finally, your child should have brought your allocated parents’ evening appointment time home with them today. Please check and let me know if you have not been given an appointment and would like one.
Thank you very much and have a lovely weekend!
17/01/2020 at 16:40
This week we took part in the BBC’s 500 Words live lesson, introducing their 500 word story competition. The children were really inspired by the lesson, which prompted lots of discussion about inspiration for stories using the past, present and future. We even had a brief moment of misspelled fame!
For learning log homework over the next few weeks, we are asking all children to write their own 500 word story. Follow this link if you would like to read and listen to examples of last year’s entries and winners.
Elsewhere in the curriculum, we have been discussing the impact of the Industrial Revolution on country and city life in the UK during Victorian times and have been looking at picture sources to find information.
In maths we have been recapping knowledge of decimals, including multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. We have also been exploring different ways that decimal numbers can be partitioned.
Homework this week is to complete the sections on rounding, commas and inverted commas (speech marks) in the SATs question books. Completed books should be brought to school on Wednesday 22nd January.
Thank you and hope you all have a great weekend.