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Merry Christmas!

18/12/2020 at 16:53

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I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone in 6S for being so wonderful throughout the Autumn Term. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching you all and I am really excited by the progress I can see you making. I hope you all have a happy and restful Christmas.

I would also like to say a big thank you for the thoughtful gifts and cards I have received; they are very much appreciated.

In case you haven’t seen it yet, here is our fabulous Makaton Christmas performance!

Library Photo Challenge!

This week saw the reopening of our KS2 library with each class having the opportunity to visit and select a book of their choice to enjoy. We have invested in lots of new fiction and non-fiction books that cover a variety of topics and celebrate a range of authors. Thanks to the help of our fantastic librarians (including Erin and Aaminah from 6S), our library area has been updated with new displays and we hope that it will become a place that inspires our children to love reading. We would like to celebrate the relaunch of the library with a competition! Please capture a moment enjoying your new library book by taking a photograph and sending it into school. Are you somebody who snuggles up in a cosy corner with your book? Do you like to be at one with nature and read in a tree? We will be displaying all your photographs in the library and the most inspiring entry from each class will win a small prize. Happy reading! 

Who can make the brightest light?

As part of our science lesson on voltage, the children were challenged to change a circuit to make a bulb brighter. They enjoyed this task and were very successful! Children understood that the higher the voltage, the brighter the bulb, but they also came up with some great questions and made thoughtful observations as they worked – a class of excellent scientists!

There will be no homework over the holidays: just have a good time and have a rest!

Merry Christmas!

Mrs Sykes

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This week in 6S

11/12/2020 at 16:48

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It’s been another great week of learning in Year 6.

Science

On Monday, we took on the challenge of making our own switches to control a bulb in a circuit. We tried to make pressure switches, peg switches and slide switches. It was much harder than most children initially thought and it took quite a lot of perseverance, but nearly every pair got there in the end and managed to make a working switch! Along the way, we improved our understanding of how the components in a circuit connect together to allow the electrons to flow.

A slide switch
Another slide switch…
A pressure switch
And a peg switch!

Maths

In maths we have found out that multiplying fractions by fractions and dividing fractions by whole numbers isn’t as hard as it sounds! The children did really well at using pictorial representations to help with their understanding and then thinking about whether their answers seemed sensible.

Here is an array that can be used to multiply two fractions:

And here is a video that explains how to divide trickier fractions by whole numbers. Remember, if the numerator is divisible by the integer, it is really easy! e.g.

English

In English the children have produced some more beautiful writing based on the story of the Christmas truce. We watched the video below and thought about the characters, their feelings and motivation for their actions. The children have put themselves in the shoes of one of the soldiers involved and are writing letters home to tell a loved one about what happened. I’m looking forward to sharing some finished work next week.

Music

On Thursday, we filmed our performance of Silent Night in Makaton. The children were brilliant and managed to do it in one take! In the classroom, we had been practising with a few children on instruments, but unfortunately we couldn’t incorporate these into the ‘official’ film, so a couple of children did an extra performance today! We hope you enjoy!

Homework

  • Maths – Divide fractions by whole numbers sheet. There are also fraction tasks assigned on Diagnostic Questions and Mathletics.
  • Spelling – Words ending in -cial and -tial

Special Mentions today went to Joven and Nuraniya – well done!

You should have received an email today about a Christmas party next week as well as information about watching War Horse as part of our English work. Please get in touch if you have any questions about either of these.

Children have also been asked by Mrs Swindlehurst to bring in a clean glass jar for their R.E lesson on Wednesday, so that they can complete an advent activity. If you have a few spare jars, please send them in!

Thank you and have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Sykes

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A busy week in 6S

04/12/2020 at 16:57

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We’re starting to feel festive in 6S with the start of advent, some fairy lights, signing Silent Night (see below) and even a little bit of snow! But that hasn’t stopped us from working as hard as always this week.

We have had some particularly good writing in 6S this week, describing one of the battle scenes in War Horse from Topthorn’s point of view. The children worked really hard to use powerful vocabulary, structure their work clearly and vary their sentence openers. Lots of children are now really getting the hang of how to use semi-colons in their writing, which is very impressive.

Here are just a few examples of our work:

This week we also completed some practice SATs papers. I was really impressed with the children’s efforts and positive attitudes towards these. I will be sharing all the results with the children next week.

In other subjects, we started to find out about the role of aircraft in WW1 and we also completed some PSHE lessons on drug education, finding out what drugs are and discussing some of the effects drugs can have on the body. The children asked some great questions in these lessons and were very sensible.

Finally, we have been busy learning Silent Night in Makaton, which has been quite tricky but the children are doing really well. If you can, try to teach someone at home some of the signs! I’ll put the video on Google Classroom if I can.

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
‘Round yon virgin Mother and Child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight!
Glories stream from heaven afar;
Heavenly hosts sing Al-le-lu-ia!
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth

Special Mentions today went to Isaac, Rebecca and Amelie – well done to all three!

Homework this week is a spelling sheet on words ending in -ious and a maths task on multiplying fractions.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Mrs Sykes

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Making circuits

27/11/2020 at 16:57

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This week in science we started our electricity topic, which will build on the learning that the children did in Year 4. We started off with a true or false quiz to see what the children had remembered about circuits, and then we put our understanding to the test by constructing circuits using only a battery, a lamp and some tin foil. It took most pairs a while to figure out how to make their bulb light: they had to make sure that each component had two connection points to create a complete circuit. Once we managed to get the bulbs lit, the children tried to find as many different ways of doing it as they could. Everyone then started to get creative, realising that they could use other metal objects, like scissors and headphones to complete their circuit. There was some great scientific thinking going on, but I think we might need to start with a talk on electrical safety next week!

History

In history we learnt about the role of the British Empire in WW1, particularly focusing on soldiers from India. We looked at lots of different images that were published during the war and tried to decide what the sources told us about the role of Sikh (and other Indian) soldiers and the attitudes of the British people towards them. Here is an example of some of the thoughts we had:

We also found out a bit about Jogendra Sen, the only Indian soldier to serve in the Leeds Pals.

Maths

In maths we have been adding and subtracting fractions using our knowledge of equivalent fractions to help us. This is a tricky skill to master but I was so impressed with the children’s determination and the way they helped each other. A lot of children made really excellent progress in these lessons. Here is a video that might help you if you would like some more practice.

Charlie has been really determined to solve this problem:

I wonder if anyone else can have a go at finding a solution?

In Flanders Fields

Well done to all the children who performed In Flanders Fields today, especially those children who had made a really good effort to learn all or part of the poem off by heart.

Homework:

  • Learning Log: Creative writing inspired by life in the trenches.
  • Maths: Add and subtract fractions.
  • Spelling: Spelling Shed assignment practising Year 5 / 6 words.

Our Extreme Learning score this week was 100% again – well done!!!

Special Mentions today went to Archie and Khushi 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Sykes

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Persuasive writing and victory for 6S!

20/11/2020 at 16:38

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This week in 6S we have been writing persuasive leaflets about the requisition of horses during WW1. It was an interesting challenge, because we know that many horses lost their lives during the war and had to live and work in awful conditions. For our writing, we had to focus on the positives and exaggerate some facts in order to persuade people, while being careful not to just lie. The children thought really carefully about different persuasive techniques and I was really impressed with their writing. Here are some examples of our work:

Maths

In maths, we have started our work on fractions. The children have done well with finding equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions, although some children are finding that their times table knowledge, in particular their ability to quickly find common factors, has been slowing them down. Do keep practising those multiplication facts and the related division facts. When converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions, the children were very confident and they zoomed through their maths work today!

Here is a video on simplifying fractions if anyone would like any more help:

Anti-bullying week

This week was anti-bullying week. The children had some great discussions about this topic and thought really carefully in particular about the roles of ‘reinforcers’ and ‘outsiders’. Most children said they would want to be a ‘defender’ and we talked about how we could do this while still keeping ourselves safe. The children made posters and wrote on a puzzle piece how they would play their part in being ‘United Against Bullying’.

This video is a slightly different version of one we watched in class: you might like to watch it with your child and talk about any feelings that they have. For children in Year 6, cyber bullying and the pressure to be involved with online activity is a particularly relevant issue, and one that we discussed at school.

Success for 6S!

There was much excitement in 6S this afternoon as we finally managed a score of 100% for our Extreme Learning, making us the KS2 winners for the week – well done everyone for working together and doing your part!

Special mentions today went to Erin and Alice – thank you both for all your hard work and positivity throughout the term.

Homework

  • Maths – BIDMAS (order of operations). Remember to work out anything in brackets first, then any squared or cubed numbers, then you multiply or divide, and finally you add or subtract.
  • Spelling – homophones – words that are still being commonly misspelled in our writing!

Your child has also brought home a tube of Smarties: the Smarties can be eaten, and then the container filled with as many 20p pieces as you can spare to raise money for the PSA.

Thank you everyone and have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Sykes

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Cycling and Chromebooks!

13/11/2020 at 16:36

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Congratulations to everyone in 6S for completing their Bikeability training over the last two weeks. Everyone seems to have really enjoyed the cycling sessions and there has been such a positive atmosphere in class throughout the week. Both cycling instructors spoke incredibly highly of the year group, praising every child for their positive attitudes, good listening and effort with their cycling. Well done for being such wonderful Farfield role models. Next week, each child will receive a badge and a certificate detailing the skills they have managed to demonstrate during their sessions.

In the classroom, we have enjoyed starting to use our new Chromebooks, which have already given us many more opportunities to support and extend our learning. We have practised our basic spelling and maths skills; applied our reasoning skills to quizzes and games; listened to audio clips and read information about WW1; worked in pairs to write correctly punctuated conversations; and some children have even made presentations and written stories when they have had a bit of extra time! Well done to everyone for being so responsible with looking after the new equipment.

Of course, we are not forgetting about all the wonderful learning that can be done without technology too: in other lessons we have been making poppies, writing speech punctuation, highlighting a text to answer retrieval questions, talking about the qualities of a good relationship, and (a 6S favourite) role-playing the life of Edward Jenner, who created the world’s first vaccine.

Maths

In maths, we have been working hard to consolidate our understanding of factors, multiples, prime numbers, squared numbers and BIDMAS (the order of operations).

Esha was in the lead for a long time in our factors and multiples game today, with a chain of 37 factors and multiples, but at the last minute she was overtaken by Ethan with a very impressive chain of 48! Head to https://nrich.maths.org/factorsandmultiples to see if you can beat Ethan’s score!

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What strategies did Ethan use to get his chain of 48?

The question below is one that a lot of children got wrong on a factors, multiples and primes quiz. Why do you think so many children thought the answer was C? Could you explain to them why D is the correct answer?

If anyone is struggling with any of these concepts in maths, don’t forget that the White Rose Maths website still has videos to support children with their learning at school and at home. Here is a video to help with prime numbers.

Homework

  • Maths – prime numbers – due 18th November.
  • Spelling – more homophones: think carefully about if the word is a noun or a verb to decide whether to use a c or an s – due 18th November.
  • Learning Log – learn the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ – due 25th November.

This week’s special mentions went to Alex and Kellen – well done!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Sykes

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