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Happy New Year

05/01/2018 at 16:08

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Happy New Year and welcome back to a new term in Year 6!

Thank you very much for the lovely gifts we received before the holiday. They are all very much appreciated and we have really enjoyed them during our break from school.

6H have come back to school raring to go and ready to work hard. We have hit the ground running this week and jumped straight into some quite difficult objectives.

In Literacy, we have been reading the classic text, “The Little Match Girl” by Hans Christian Anderson. This has helped us to reflect on how we can help the less fortunate and think about some new year resolutions. We have used the text to investigate more advanced punctuation such as semi-colons and colons then attempted to use these in our own sentences.

In History, we have come to the end of the First World War and the story of War Horse. We looked at the reasons behind Germany’s surrender and how victory came at a much greater price than expected.

Next week, we will begin our new topics of the Victorians and biography writing. This will also link to Science work on adaptations, evolution and the work of Charles Darwin – another well-known Victorian.

Homework:

  1. Reading Comprehension – Due Wednesday 17th January. Please go through the answers with your child and help him or her to correct any errors before bringing it back to school.
  2. Learning Log (Timeline task) – Due Friday 19th January. We will be using this task as the basis of a piece of independent writing so it is important that the timeline is detailed. We’ve asked the children to focus on a particular theme for their chosen person but to also include some details about their early life as well as comments about their legacy (how they will be remembered / how they have inspired others).
  3. Spelling – Please keep practising the Year 5/6 word list (and the Year 3/4 word list if it applies to your child). We will be having our next assessment on these words w/b 5th February.  Our class target words from the last assessment are: necessary, embarrass, twelfth, privilege & immediately. Please pay particular attention to these words. Our big Year 6 Spelling Bee will take place in early March so the Year 5/6 words definitely need to be learned by then.

SATs & Residential:

There will be a Year 6 parents’ meeting regarding SATs and residential on Wednesday 7th February 6:00-7:00 pm. We will be going through what will happen in the run-up to and during the test week and giving further details about the residential in June.

We are still keeping things fairly low-key with regards to SATs and talking about how the learning we do in preparation for the tests is much more important than the tests themselves as it helps to prepare the children for high school.

Letters have been sent home with the remaining balances to be paid for residential. If you have any queries, please speak with Mrs Hawkhead.

Pumps:

Some children seem to have lost one or both of their pumps. With the wet weather, it is very important that children wear shoes indoors. We may have a practice or real fire drill and need to leave the building quickly. This can result in very soggy socks! There is also the danger of a staple or other sharp object hurting feet if shoes are not worn. If your child does not have a complete pair of pumps (they know who they are!), please find some suitable shoes at home or purchase a pair of pumps as soon as possible. There are a number of single pumps in our lost property box which you or your child are welcome to dig through to try to find missing items.  Thank you.

Girls’ Football:

Mrs Harding would like the Girls’ Football Team to bring their boots for training on Monday please.

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Year 6 Climbing Tower 14th December 2017

15/12/2017 at 16:09

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Please enjoy these photos of Y6 accessing the climbing tower from Herd Farm yesterday. Mr Cooke

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6H/1GJ Reading Buddies

14/12/2017 at 12:29

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This morning, we enjoyed a very festive Reading Buddy session.  It is so lovely to see the younger and older children spending time together and sharing some wonderful books!

Merry Christmas from 6H & 1GJ!

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Women in War & The Christmas Truce

14/12/2017 at 12:24

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This morning, Year 6 enjoyed a visit from Clare at the Farsley Library. She came to do a special “pop-up” library session about women in war. The children worked in groups of 15 to learn how to access the Leeds Library computer system to search for resources and then were privileged to look at some very old books about World War One.

While half the class was working on the Leeds Library session, the other children took part in a lesson about the Christmas Truce in 1914. Click on the photo below to go to the Sainsbury’s Christmas advert from 2014 that depicts this special day.

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We spent time talking about how the soldiers might have felt on Christmas Eve in the trenches, why the truce happened and what it might have been like to go back to fighting afterwards.  The children had many insightful comments about hope, respect, love, trust and peace.

 

A message about holiday homework in Year 6:

We will not be sending any additional homework for the Christmas break. We hope the children will rest and enjoy themselves after a very busy term then come back recharged and ready to work hard in January.

Please keep reading regularly. The holidays are a great opportunity to really get stuck into a book. If you would like something else to do, practising spelling words and doing Mathletics are valuable activities.

We have sent home the results of our first Year 5/6 Spelling Words test. The children know which words they need to practise (6H – the words that are not highlighted / 6S – the highlighted/asterisked words). We will test them again at the end of January.

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Switchy Science

13/12/2017 at 13:38

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In our electricity work this week, the children were investigating making switches. They worked together to build different switches based on pictures they were given (but which didn’t reveal the whole circuit). There was lots of puzzlement and some mistakes were made, but this lead to more ultimate understanding which then fed into the next investigation. There were some valuable scientific conversations going on which were great to eavesdrop on!

Next term we begin a new unit of work on evolution and adaptation. We have a very exciting and educational visit booked. Look out for a letter about this early in the new year.

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More fractions!

13/12/2017 at 13:36

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Despite a few Christmassy things going on this week, we have managed to fit in lots of maths learning too! More specifically, multiplying fractions (by fractions, by whole numbers and by mixed numbers) and dividing fractions (by fractions and by whole numbers). The children have worked really hard, achieved highly and have been really positive about their achievements! What a wonderful note to end the year on!

We finished today with a dividing fractions puzzle – see below.

Have a relaxing break and here’s to more great learning in 2018!

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