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Science fortnight!

Wow, what a busy 2 weeks we have had! Focusing our learning on science has been fun and we have really enjoyed ourselves.

Starting with an assembly led by the Science Boffins, we had a workshop that focused on making rockets. We were given time to design them and then had materials to create our own rocket based on our design. The best part was when we were challenged to send our rockets towards a target. At first we thought we would never be able to achieve the challenge set however, we soon figured out that the stronger the force, the higher it went!

Microorganisms was our focus for the fortnight, some of the vocabulary was quite tricky and we had to find out the definitions to help us use the words correctly. Some of the work we produced was informative and we learnt a lot. Information we found out was presented in the form of a non-chronological report. It was interesting to find out how Edward Jenner used cowpox to cure smallpox- we would never have believed this was possible!

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Over the 2 weeks, we carried out two investigations. The first experiment was about whether the amount of sugar affected the rate at which yeast would develop. For this experiment we added a mixture into bottles- the variable we changed was the amount of sugar. On the top of each bottle we placed a balloon and recorded the size of the circumference and watched to see how the mixtures affect the size of the balloon. We were surprised to find out that the more sugar, the bigger the balloon and this is because as the yeast eats the sugar, it releases a gas called carbon dioxide. The gas fills the bottle and then blows the balloon as more gas is created. We showed our results in a line graph and we were able to ask and answer questions using out results.

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The second investigation carried out was to look at whether different types of bread mould quicker than others. For this investigation were placed a variety of different breads into a chosen location and watched to see if anything changed. We are still waiting to see what happens however what we have noticed is that breads in darker, warmer places have moulded quicker than others. Moulds are microscopic plants, which contain spores that can germinate under favourable conditions which include warm temperatures.

What causes bread to mold?


An additional activity we carried out was to make our own balloon rocket using string, tape and a balloon! This was easy to set up and we all enjoyed it. We surprised by the speed at which the balloon flew across the string!


Science fortnight has been great fun and we have learnt a lot!





Spring 2


Welcome back to everyone in phase 5/6, we hope you have had a great half term and are ready to learn. Our new topic is why is Leeds famous? And we hope the children are looking forward to the activities that have been planned for them over the next few weeks.



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During this half term we will be exploring and investigating a range of different areas through our topic and our class book, Kensuke’s Kingdom.


In literacy we will be writing character descriptions based on the main characters in the book- this will link in well with World Book Day where children will dress up as their favourite characters! In addition to this, the children will be given opportunities for writing journalistic texts based on Michael’s disappearance and holiday brochures where the aim will be to persuade someone to visit a chosen location.
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In maths, we will be focussing initially on coordinates including plotting points to make shapes, translating and reflecting shapes- the children will really enjoy these activities are they are fun and practical. After this we will revisit fractions as this is an area we feel the children need more confidence with. The children will be given opportunities to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions in different ways.


Topic sessions will be based on Captain Cook; we will be looking at his life and writing a biography based on information we will find out. The children will also use maps to find out and look at the 3 voyages he made and how his discoveries expanded the British Empire.
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Science fortnight will be a 2 week period where the children will have the opportunity to explore science and take part in different investigations and experiments. Introduced by visitors, ‘The Science Boffins’ the children will spend time over the fortnight setting up investigations, monitoring and collecting information and presenting information to their peers.


Computing sessions will allow the children to research Captain Cook and navigate the internet safely and effectively.


We will be spending time this half time ensuring our year 6 children have opportunities to prepare for the coming tests. It is important for us that our children feel confident and so booster sessions both in and out of school time have been arranged. We hope your children are looking forward to showing what they can do!

Any questions or concerns, please speak to Mrs Donaldson, Mr Cookson or Mr O Connell.

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Welcome back, we all hope you have had a fantastic Christmas and are looking forward to getting back started.

This half term we will be looking at the topic of “Existing, endangered, extinct”.



We will be reading the book ‘Eye of the Wolf’ and using it to inspire our own writing.

In addition, we will be using our topic to inspire a discussion text, focussing on poaching, hunting, animals in captivity and preservation of endangered species.


Think: Is it right to keep animals in captivity?



We will look at the ordering of numbers, ranging from 100,000’s to numbers with 2 decimal places. We will also look at differences between decimal numbers and explore negative numbers.

We will also look at ways of collecting, reporting and understanding data, with a specific focus on line graphs. In addition, children will explore algebra, finding pairs of numbers that can satisfy an equation with 2 unknowns.

Think: How could you represent the number sequence 4,7,10, 13 as an algebraic formula?


This Half-Term our Science focus will be “Existing, Endangered, Extinct”. We will be looking at the life cycles of plants and animals; scientific classification of all living things on the planet, with specific focus on animals and plants; the reproductive cycle. Children will be able to explain the many different ways we can classify animals, and the ways animals are different.

Think: How would you separate plants into different groups?


This half term we will use grid references, atlases and a range of maps to locate and explore the different environments and habitats of a range of animals. Then we will use this information to create an informative leaflet based on a chosen location, including information about the climate, location, population and features of the area.

Think: What animals are native to the UK?


Children will use sketch books to explore and observe animals and natural locations, with a focus on endangered animals. They will use a range of different techniques and skills to complete these studies.


Children will have the opportunity to access their Mathletics account using and applying their mental skills.

The children will also be using the internet to research and so we will ensure that the children know how to search safely and effectively.

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We hope you all enjoyed the half term break and are now ready for the fast approaching festive season! Although there is still an important amount of learning to do before we all get to enjoy the Christmas fun.


This half term we will be looking at War, and “How conflict has impacted on Leeds”.

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We will be reading the book ‘Friend or Foe’ by Michael Morpurgo and using it to inspire our own writing. We will be using images of the 2 world wars to inspire some poetry writing, descriptive and emotive writing as well as some factual reports.


Think: What were people on the battlefield feeling?




Children will spend time looking at fractions in a variety of different ways: Looking at fractions of quantities, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions and using the skills they have learnt to solve problems.

Phase 5/6 will also be looking at angles, measuring, estimating, comparing and drawing them accurately. To support our work on War, we will also look at rationing, linked to measures.


Think: What skills do we need to utilise to help us with fractions? Could you track the amount of food you eat each week and measure it and compare to war time?




Phase 5/6 will look at key events of WW2, and the timeline of the second world war. They will look at how children were affected by the war, and children who were evacuated from the cities. We will also look at how cities in the UK were impacted by the war, and the different countries involved on both the allied side and the axis side. In addition, we will spend time looking at important figures in the war and their roles and influence.


Think: Is there anyone you know who was affected by a conflict?



We will be using a range of equipment, materials and techniques to create images of the blitz, specifically using charcoal. We will be encouraging children to use their sketch book to record their observations and use them to review and revisit their ideas.


Think: Are there any images from the blitz that you have seen?



Our focus for this half term is light. They will learn to recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines and to use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye. They will be able to explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes. They will use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them. We will link these ideas to our topic by designing and making periscopes.

Welcome back everyone!


We hope you have all had a restful and enjoyable break and are happy to be back at school. This is an extremely important half term of learning, especially for those children in Year 6, as we continue to prepare for our SATs.


Have a look at these clues before scrolling down to see what we will be learning about this half term…


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Literacy: We will be basing much of our writing on our class book Millions. Some of the genres we are hoping to cover include: non chronological reports, argument texts, journalistic reports and diary entries which we hope will inspire our children to become confident writers.


Think: What would you do with a million pounds?



Numeracy: This half term we will investigating place value and the properties of number. We will also be working on the four operations for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  


Think:  We are always working on out times tables, which times tables facts can you recall quickly? Which facts do you need to practise at home?


Geography: We will be using a range of maps to locate and investigate places and rivers in Africa and looking at how they are used to trade and travel.


Think: What do you already know about Africa? Which countries make up Africa?


Design Technology: The children will be able to apply computing to program, monitor and control products, for this we will be using Probots which they children will really enjoy!


Think: How can we record our coding?


Science: This half term, we will be looking at properties of materials. We will be doing this through testing materials in circuits, separating materials and planning investigations.


Think: How can different materials be separated when mixed?