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Star Wars Day – Episode 5 – Independent Writing

29/09/2016 at 20:37


After a fun filled morning, the children decided on one of four writing tasks to rehearse their passive voice writing skills:

  • A mission report from Poe’s mission on Jakku.
  • A report about the Ewok battle on Endor.
  • A report about Han Solo’s escape from the Star Destroyers.
  • An explanation about how an X-wing fighter works.


These videos gave the children ideas about the narrative they are writing about:

Battle on Endor (start at 1:07):

Escape from the Star Destroyers:

Work samples to follow…

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Natural Disaster – What is under the surface of the Earth?

29/09/2016 at 20:00


In Geography, we have begun to learn all about what lies beneath the surface of our planet? We made predictions about what is beneath the ground we stand on.

Most children decided it was a mixture of solids, liquids and gases.

Take a look at the diagram below for what we currently understand to be true:

We theorised that the inner layers were metal because of the Earth’s magnetic field and metal being magnetic.


Videos to help remember some information – what can you learn from the song?


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Star Wars Day 2016

29/09/2016 at 19:36


What a day we’ve had! All of the Year 6 children were fantastic participants in our Star Wars themed grammar day. Those who chose to dress up looked brilliant. Thank you to the parents and carers who helped with costumes. The home-made costumes were so creative!




Our day was split into 5 sessions, all based on using Active and Passive Voice in sentences. The children worked very hard and learned a lot.

We started the day with everyone together in the hall to identify the subject/verb/object in sentences and to learn how to change active sentences to passive. The children worked in small groups to create interesting sentences based on their costumes and practised moving the subjects and objects around to change the sentence type.

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At 9:30, we split into three groups of about 20 children each. The groups participated in three 45 minute sessions.

  1. Making decisions about active and passive with Mrs Heap.

2. Sorting active and passive sentences and practising changing active to passive and passive to active with Mrs Carney.

3. An active/passive card game and improving sentences with Mr Tiffany.

The final activity was a writing challenge. The children were given 4 writing prompts to choose from including an Ewok story, describing one of Poe’s adventures, explaining how an X-Wing is built and describing how Han Solo escaped from the Star Destroyer.  They needed to use at least 5 passive sentences in their writing. Here are some of 6CH’s pieces. 6T will be finishing off theirs tomorrow. Can you spot the passive sentences?

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Kensuke’s Kingdom – an island description

27/09/2016 at 16:11


This week, we are going to continue developing our descriptive writing skills by writing a recount based around the moment Michael arrives on the island after being shipwrecked.


These pictures give a flavour of what island life might be like including some of the flora and fauna hat he may find:


This is a video of a man walking around a tropical island – I wonder what stands out?


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Roman Numerals

22/09/2016 at 10:27


This week in maths, we have continued to develop our understanding of place value and we looked at Roman Numerals, which are slightly different to the normal Hindu Arabic system. There is no 0. The children revised the basic values and then completed one of two tricky tasks:

  • A tarsia puzzle that required the children to convert between numbers and numerals.
  • Reinforce the understanding of place value by reading and writing progressively larger numbers as numerals.


There was some fantastic team work going on and a really great growth mindset.



Games to play:

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6T – Sailing on Yeadon Tarn

16/09/2016 at 14:22



This, morning 6T went sailing on Yeadon Tarn as part of our English work on Kensuke’s Kingdom. I think it safe to say we had a different experience of sailing and the children got to experience what being on a sail powered boat is really like. They took turns to steer the boat and lay on the bow. They worked really hard to remember all of the nautical language and this will prove really useful when they are trying to imagine what it was like for Michael and his family as they sailed the oceans of the world. Their behaviour was excellent and, once again, proved what excellent role models and citizens Farfield children are.


They took part in three activities:

  • Water Poetry
  • Sailing and language and experience being on the water
  • Imagining what it would be like to be washed up on an island



The children worked with two instructors from the Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre. They had the opportunity to raise the sail, steer the boat and learn all of the vocabulary linked to sailing. Everyone was very brave, had a lot of fun and no one fell in!

The Sailing Centre offers after school lessons (Thursday evenings for beginners) as well as school holiday day camps. Click on this link to visit their website for more information –  Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre



To develop vocabulary, the children wrote some fantastic Water Shape Poems about their experiences on the water. We concentrated on being as descriptive as possible and including an abstract noun to help us communicate a theme or big idea with our readers. The children chose to write their poems in the shape of waves, sailboats and even swans.


A Recipe for Survival


In preparation for our study of the book Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo, the children participated in a drama workshop. They imagined they had just been shipwrecked on a deserted island. They had only a few hours before dark to make sure their basic needs were met. The children explored their “island” and found ways to provide for food, water, shelter and warmth.  They even ran into a few monkeys up in the trees! They then turned their experience into a piece of writing entitled “A Recipe for Survival.” They used all of their instruction/recipe writing skills to create a very interesting piece. The session ended with Mr Cooke reading to the children from Kensuke’s Kingdom in their beautiful outdoor classroom. They were able to understand some of the trickier parts of the story at a far deeper level than they ever would back at school.

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