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Poetry Slam and Converting Measures

Friday 23rd February | Comments are off for this post


SPELLING: Children to continue to practise words from the Year 5/6 Spelling List. There will be a Spelling Bee Competition in the first week after Easter.

MATHS: Converting measures activities. Read p 62, 63, 64, 65 of red revision book. Complete p50 and p51 of white workbook.

LITERACY: Colons, semi-colons and dashes. Read p44 and p45 of purple revision book. Complete p51 and p52 of white workbook.

In maths this week, children have looked at converting measures and solving measurement problems. Children began the week learning about the metric system (g/kg, mm/cm/m/km, ml/l) and the importance of 10, 100 and 1000. After this, we refreshed our knowledge of some important measures. Children need to be able to recall basic measurement facts: 10mm in 1cm, 100cm in 1m, 1000m in 1km and similarly for ml and l and g and kg. Next week, children will learn how to convert from imperial system to the metric system as well as continuing to solve problems.

In literacy, children have worked on colons, semi-colons and dashes and used these to write complex sentences about Victorian mills. In reading, they have revisited the content domain dogs that help children focus on particular types of reading questions. There are 7 different content domain dogs:

  • Vocabulary Victor encourages children to identify other meanings for words in texts;
  • Rex the Retriever finds information straight from the text;
  • Inferencing Iggy is a reading detective and uses clues to help work out the answer;
  • Summarising Sheba asks children to summarise pieces of writing into shorter paragraphs or sentences;
  • Arlo the Author encourages children to think about why the author has used certain words or presented the text in a particular way;
  • Predicting Pip encourages children to think about what will happen next in the story and the possible consequences of a character’s actions;
  • Cassie the Commentator asks children to compare and contrast different characters, settings or themes within and across stories.

Children should also be aware of their reading target. Ask them at home and see if they can remember!

In history, Year 6 are continuing our work on Victorian England by looking a little closer to home: the children have begun to learn about Samuel Marsden who is a very important figure in the history of Farsley. Today, we were delighted to be welcomed by Reverend Paul Tudge at St John’s Church for a small talk about Samuel. The children also took time to visit the memorial garden created in Samuel Marsden’s memory. Whilst there, the children completed some research to find out more about his life. Next week, we shall be discussing whether Farsley should be proud of Samuel Marsden. What do you think so far?


Finally, thank you to all children in Year 6 who learnt their poem for the Poetry Slam. I was blown away by the quality of the performances on Thursday morning and all of 6S should be exceptionally proud of their performances.


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