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The Pudsey Soldier

07/12/2018 at 18:42

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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.

Homework:

  • **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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FDP

04/12/2018 at 17:31

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This week in maths we have been working on FDP – fractions, decimals and percentages – and understanding the equivalences between them. We have mostly been working on ways to convert one to the other and back again.

Homework is a Christmas times tables activity (or alternatively prime, square and cube numbers).

 

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Brightening things up in science

04/12/2018 at 17:27

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In year 4 the children did a comprehensive unit on electricity. In the next two weeks we are refreshing that knowledge.

Today we investigated making a simple circuit, making the light brighter and making it dimmer. During our investigations, we found some things didn’t work quite as expected!

When a circuit didn’t work we had to change different variables one at a time (wire, bulb, battery) to see what wasn’t working properly.

Someone found that using a bigger battery made the bulb dimmer! We concluded that this shouldn’t be right as a bigger battery must surely mean more power. We decided it must be because the bigger battery was much older and was running out of power. (The small batteries were brand new).

When making the bulb dimmer, we found that increasing the length of the wire or adding another bulb into the circuit worked as the power was being shared.

 

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War Horse

30/11/2018 at 19:26

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This week we started our unit on the book, “War Horse” by Michael Morpurgo. We will be combining the book and the film to take us through the story. This is a narrative unit, so we will be looking at story writing techniques and all of the punctuation and grammar that goes with it. This week, we focused on “DNA” – dialogue, narrative and action. We talked about how to combine these three types of writing to create a balanced, well-paced story.

The children who attended the Show Time Club performance of “War Horse” on Sunday afternoon will have a lot of background knowledge to draw on. If other children would like to borrow a copy of the book to read ahead, they are very welcome.

In Reading, we have been thinking a lot about the different content domains (reading skills) that we need to know in Year 6. Some new friends have moved into 6H to help us remember the strategies for each skill. Rex the Retriever and other cuddly, soft pups represent each of the content domains and make the learning a bit more fun.

Aurora World 31294 Mini Flopsie Golden Retriever Plush Toy

We are having a very big push on SPELLING at the moment. Today, everyone took home a target list from the Year 5/6 statutory spelling list. Please make sure your child practises these words regularly. We are also continuing to learn the Year 6 patterns. This week it’s -tious/-cious. If your child also has catch-up Spelling for the Year 3/4 statutory words (given at Parents’ Evening), please ensure they are working on those as well.  Spelling is absolutely key to reaching the expected standard in Year 6 Writing.

In History, we started our work on “The War in the Sky”. This links directly to our Farsley Airfield. Today we learned about the three main types of aircraft: reconnaisance, bombers and fighters.  It was wonderful to be able to look out our classroom window and imagine the B.E.2 reconnaisance planes taking off and landing on the field. We’ve started another book called “Flying Ace” which is the story of a young man who joins the Royal Flying Corps in 1915 and ends up as a pilot over France.  It’s very exciting!

Last week, the class finished their war poems. They are absolutely fantastic – so thoughtful and well-written. I have managed to find a writing competition for them. On Wednesday, we typed them and completed our entry forms before posting them off to “The Solstice Prize for Young Writers.” The deadline is today (Friday 30th November) and the results are announced on the day of the Winter Solstice – Friday 21st December. Please click here to go to the competition website.

As the beginning of December approaches, we have been chatting about all the lovely things at this time of year. Many children are looking forward to a chocolate Advent calendar or other special treats. We’ve also been talking about how not every family in Leeds can afford these treats or even just a weekly food shop. The class decided that, before they start to enjoy their own treats, they would like to give something to those who do not have enough. They have set themselves a target of collecting 50-60 items for the local Food Bank. If they would like to contribute, please help your child to bring in their items by Friday 7th December. You may wish to encourage them to earn some money to purchase their donation or use their pocket money. Ideas for donations include non-perishable food items, sweets, small toiletries and baby items. Click on the logo below to go to the local Food Bank website.

Leeds North & West Foodbank Logo

Homework:

  • **Big Push on Spelling**: This 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 5th 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 4th 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

 

We hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

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Winter’s Arrived

25/11/2018 at 11:01

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There’s been a nip in the air this week as the weather turns cooler. The children in 6H have proven themselves to be as hardy as ever, enjoying their playtimes and outdoor PE!

 

In Literacy, we have come to the end of our War Poetry unit. The children have each written a poem with a clear theme and using many of the poetic techniques we have revised. Can you identify examples of alliteration, personfication, simile or metaphor? Each child chose his/her style, voice, audience, theme, rhyming pattern and structure then worked very hard to write a poem that reads smoothly and leaves the reader with a lasting message. We will be publishing our poems this coming week so everyone may enjoy them. Will we be more in the style of Wilfred Owen, John McCrae or Rupert Brooke?

 

In History, we were fascinated to find out about the “War at Sea”. We found out about the blockades and German U-boats as well as the Battle of Jutland. The children worked very hard to listen, discuss, make notes and write their own theories about why events happened. I was very impressed with them!

Farsley Christmas Lights Switch-On

The Farsley Christmas Lights are being switched-on on Wednesday 28th November on Town Street. This year we are very excited that Farsley Farfield’s Charlie Heap (6S) has been asked to switch-on the lights after her success as a runner-up in the Leeds Children’s Mayor election. It would be wonderful if lots of Farfield children could come out to support her. Farfield children traditionally meet near the Library to parade down together. I will update this post when I know the exact details.

Homework:

  • Spelling: ce/se Homophones – Spelling activity due Wednesday 28th November
  • Reading Comprehension: Comprehension work is due on Wednesday 5th 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 27th November – Mathletics activities on fractions
  • 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. Clips from the class film are available on You Tube. Songs to practise include “Consider Yourself”, “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two”, “Food Glorious Food” and “Oliver!”.
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Life in the Trenches

15/11/2018 at 10:04

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I have been very proud of the children in 6H for their mature, respectful attitude towards the many commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Last Friday, all of Year 6 did a brilliant job of leading Key Stage 2 in an assembly of Remembrance including a recitation of “In Flanders Fields”; information about Farsley’s own WW1 pilot, Charles Butler; the Last Post; two minutes silence; and traditional readings. It was also fantastic to hear about all of the events the children attended over the weekend.  Thank you to parents & carers for supporting the children and taking them to these events.

 

This week, we have been challenged by two classic war poems: “Dulce et Decorum est” by Wilfred Owen (verse one only) and “The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke.  Again, the class has shown maturity in discussing the meaning and themes of these tricky poems. Next week, we will be writing our own poems using many of the techniques we have seen in our studies this week.

 

In History, we looked at trench warfare. What was it and what was it like for soldiers? The children are becoming very knowledgeable about the “Schlieffan Plan” and how alliances had a direct impact on how the first months of the war progressed. They may wish to spend more time looking at the BBC Schools website we used in class. Click on the photograph below to reach the website.

Two soldiers in flooded trench

In numeracy we have been carrying on with our work on fractions. The focus this week was finding common denominators and finding common numerators to be able to order fractions.

Primary Maths Challenge:

On Thursday morning, some of our best Year 6 mathematicians represented our school at the national Primary Maths Challenge. Co-op Academy Priesthorpe hosted the event for our local area. The children were given the opportunity to complete the national challenge test then took part in fun but challenging Maths activities with other very able Year 6 mathematicians from the Pudsey area.

Science:

This week we looked at the bread experiment and made observations about the micro-organisms we could see. Interestingly, Mr Harris’ desk has no visible mould growing…yet! Worryingly the class stationary seems to be the front runner. We are all very excited to see what next week will grow, I mean show!

 

Homework:

  • Learning Log: Due Wednesday 21st November.
    • Find out about the First World War Farsley Airfield that was located on our school grounds.
  • Spelling: ce/se Homophones – Spelling activity due Wednesday 28th November
  • Reading Comprehension: Comprehension work is due on Wednesday 21st November.
  • 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 Thursday 22nd November – Finding common denominators in order to subtract fractions
  • 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. Clips from the class film are available on You Tube. Songs to practise include “Consider Yourself”, “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two”, “Food Glorious Food” and “Oliver!”.

A letter has been sent home about the quality of Learning Log homework in 6H. Please take some time to go through completed homework with your child and ask them to consider if it shows evidence of thought, care, effort and pride.

Year 6 homework should always:

– fill the pages given (usually two pages)

– be neatly presented

– have all spelling checked

– have every sentence correctly punctuated with capital letters and full stops

– have correct capital letters on proper nouns (e.g. names of people, places, institutions (universities, hospitals etc), titles of books/poems)

– include a drawing, diagram, photograph or design in presentation

 

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