### Decimals, P.E.E-ing and a Victorian Farm

###### Friday 19th January | 2 comments

**Homework: **

**Maths:** Ordering numbers written to 2 and 3 decimal places.

**Spelling:** Continue to practise words from the Year 5 and 6 spelling list

**Learning Log:** Biography timeline of a friend/relative – due in on Wednesday 24th February

**500 Words:** Children will hopefully have come home with a story mountain plan and a letter explaining the 500 Word story competition. Children to write and email a story that is as close to 500 words as possible. Children without access to email may hand-write their work and type it up during school time.

A great week back: I have even managed to overcome a technical difficulty to post a blog! Apologies for the 6S absence recently!

In maths this week, children have been looking at decimal numbers. We started by completing division calculations and making our answers written to two decimal places (with tenths and hundredths). After this, we used our knowledge of division, decimals and money to solve problems such as:

*Playdoh is sold in two different shops. Shop A sells four pots of Playdoh for £7.68. Shop B sells three pots of Playdoh for £5.79. Which shop has the better deal?*

*A box of chocolates costs 4 times as much as a chocolate bar. Together they cost £7.55. How much does each item cost? How much more does the box of chocolates cost?*

Children have also rounded decimals to the nearest tenth and hundredth and converted fractions and decimals of tenths and hundredths. Next week, children will calculate fraction and decimal equivalents before beginning to look at percentages.

In literacy this week, children have been using point, evidence and explanation to answer questions from Oliver Twist. Answering questions this way is an expectation in Year 6 and I am pleased that many children are making a point to answer a question before finding evidence from the text to back up their point. Children have also looked at adverbs and been encouraged to use them in their writing.

In history, children have continued to look at the Victorians. After seeing how Leeds has changed from how the area might have looked 2000 years ago to the modern day, children this week saw how many people were still living in the countryside at the start of Queen Victoria’s rein. Children investigated how different factors (push factors: reasons why people left the countryside; pull factors: reasons why people wanted to go to the city) influenced people’s decisions to leave their life in rural England and make the move to the cities. Next week, children will research how the cities of England were after such an influx of people from the countryside.

Can’t wait to read some of the 500 word stories. One of the winning stories last year (a quirky take on Red Riding Hood) was amazing!!

Is there anyway you can show the class an old map of Farsley? There were many Victorian back to backs squeezed into the area where the flats are now….I assume for mill workers. So many properties in such a small area. I’m sure many families sharing a loo at the end of the street..urgh! I believe they were demolished after the war.