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Trip to Armley Mills

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!

Mrs Sykes

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Maths in 6S

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!

Mrs Sykes

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Which bird beak is the best?

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!

Nicola Sykes

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500 Words

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.

Mrs Sykes

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10/01/2020 at 16:31


This half term in 6S we will be learning about life, including variation, adaptation and evolution in living things; how life in Leeds has changed over time; and about the lives of significant historical figures.


In English we started off the term by thinking about our lives. After reading some of Going Solo – an autobiography written by Roald Dahl – the children retold anecdotes from their lives, trying to write in Roald Dahl’s style by using exaggeration and suspense. In grammar lessons, we have been learning to use the present perfect tense.


In science, we looked at pictures of different dogs and different humans to explore how living things vary. We discussed which traits are caused by inheritance, which are caused by our environment, and which are a combination of both. We then conducted a simple investigation into variation within our class. Here are some graphs showing what the children found out:


In maths we have been using coordinates in all four quadrants, translating shapes and rotating shapes. The children have really worked on their problem solving skills and are becoming much better at keeping calm, identifying what they already know and using this information to find a solution. Well done 6S!


This week the children have brought home some maths revision guides and question books to be worked on over the next two terms. Please read the attached letter which explains how they will be used and speak to me if you have any questions. This week the children have been set an ordering numbers task in maths and an apostrophes task in English. Please make sure the revision packs are brought back to school on Wednesday.

Children also have a learning log homework which involves speaking to a family member or close family friend about their life, in preparation for writing a biography about them at school. In previous years, children have produced some lovely writing following this task so please do support your child with their research and encourage them to complete it on time!

All homework this week is due on Wednesday 15th January.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Sykes

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Merry Christmas!

20/12/2019 at 16:02


Merry Christmas from 6S, who have been investigating how to alter the brightness of a bulb and finding out what happens when you add more than one bulb to a circuit.

We also did some writing about the Christmas Truce that took place in December 1914. Here is some writing from Jaya.

Thank you to everyone in 6S for a wonderful first term at Farsley Farfield. Thank you also for the kind cards and gifts I received this week.

Wishing you all a happy and restful holiday.

Mrs Sykes

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