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The Pudsey Soldier

Friday 7th December | No comments yet

On Tuesday, we had a wonderful visit from Mrs Christine Throp of the Pudsey Civic Society. She has been researching a First World War soldier from Pudsey, George William Frederick Frankland. Frankland was 30 years old when he was conscripted to the Leeds Rifles West Yorkshire Regiment in April 2016. He wrote a letter home to his family every day for 5 months. Mrs Throp shared some of his letters with us and told us his story. It was so interesting to hear about a boy from Pudsey and his experiences of war. His letters were incredibly detailed and full of information about the provisions the soldiers were given and what day to day life was like. Frankland died at the Battle of the Somme on 3rd September 1916.

Rifleman George William Frederick Frankland Service N°: 4920
Aged 30 of the 1st/8th Bn. Leeds Rifles West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) died on Sep 3, 1916
Buried at Mill Road Cemetery, Thiepval III. A. 10. France. Eldest of 7.
Son of Charles and Emma, 15 Brayshaw Street behind Greenside, Moved to 84 Glenroyd Occupation Lane. Worked as a Railway Porter at Stanningley Station.

This week in Literacy, the class have had a chance to show off their story writing skills using DNA: dialgoue, narrative and action. We have reviewed the rules for speech punctutation and looked at how to create a balance of different sentence types. We’ve traveled quite a way through the book “War Horse” and have been amazed at incredible situations in which Joey, the horse, found himself.

In History, we have continued to find out about the use of aircraft during the First World War. The class has been particularly fascinated by the German zeppelins. The children may want to take a look at the following websites:

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Illustration of boy staring at zeppelin

A huge well done to the 10 children from Farfield who participated in the Leeds Schools Music Association Christmas concert at the Leeds Town Hall on Tuesday evening! It was a magnificant concert with hundreds of children from over 40 primary schools creating music together. It was a night they’ll never forget.

Last week, the class decided they wanted to collect donations for the Foodbank.  They set themselves a target of 50-60 items. Today, we were pleased to count up 100 items! We hope this will make a difference to families in need this Christmas time. Thank you so much for your support and for helping the children to give in this way.


  • **Big Push on Spelling**: Last week’s homework is about the -tious/-cious pattern. Children should check their answers in a dictionary or on-line. Children also need to learn the words on their Year 5/6 target list. Those who have Year 3/4 words to learn need to continue with that as well. – Spelling activity due Wednesday 12th December. 
  • Reading Comprehension: Comprehension work is due on Wednesday 19th December.
  • Times Table Rock Stars – Everyone is now able to log-on and should spend some time on this website at home each week. Try to improve the red areas on your heat-map.
  • Maths Homework: Due Tuesday 11th December 
  • Christmas Show Rehearsal: This year’s KS2 Christmas show is “Oliver”. Year 6 are responsible for leading the singing with strength and enthusiasm. Please encourage your child to practise some of the songs at home. Click on the links below for some music and lyrics to help.

Consider Yourself

You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two

Oom Pah Pah!

Food Glorious Food

I’d Do Anything

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