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This week in maths – WB 23.2.17

23/02/2017 at 10:14


This week, we have introduced a new activity for the start of lessons called myminimaths that will improve our maths fluency – speed and accuracy while calculating.


We have also looked through the 2016 paper that we sat before half term and identified the two different types of mistake:

  • Silly, where the mistake was easily avoided – e.g. 6 + 3 = 8 or doing an addition when the question was a subtraction.
  • Misunderstanding, where the mistake was from a lack of understanding or missing some information – e.g. the algebra questions.


Finally, we revised percentages and how to find a % of a number and the value of equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages. It is important to be able to recall these quickly:


Image result for fraction decimal percent chart

1/3 and 2/3 – are recurring numbers when represented as a decimal.



  1. Read pages 62 – 65 of the Revision book.
  2. Create a poster that shows the conversions for metric units of measurement:
    – Distance – cm, m, km (also km to miles).

– Capacity – ml, l

– Mass (weight) – g, kg, ton


Success Criteria:

  • It would be great to see you include images that match the units of measurement e.g. bag of sugar for grams.
  • Include the key measurement conversions – cm to m, m to km etc.
  • Clear structure and layout.

Other notes:

  • You may use the computer or work by hand.
  • Adding colour is great – if you don’t have any at home, let me know and we can arrange for you to do that part in school.
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Mr Tiffany exploring the Battlefields of the First World War

11/02/2017 at 13:53


This week, as I’m sure some you know, I’m going to Ypres in Belgium to explore the battlefields of the First World War with Steve. Both he and I are interested to know any questions you have that we can answer while there.

Think about:

  • what the battlefields look like
  • what the soldiers would have experienced
  • the trenches and what it’d be like to live in the trenches


We will answer as many as we can while there and support with as many pictures as I can take!


Day 1:

We went to visit Lijssenthoek cemetery today – from these photos, what do you think it was and why?

How many nationalities do you think are represented?

Why does N. Spindler stand out? Look really closely at the enlarged photo!


This evening, I had one of the greatest honours of my entire life. I laid a wreath on the Menin Gate on behalf of the children of Farsley Farfield with students from Leeds Trinity University and the University of Cumbria.


Day 2:

Today has been incredibly emotional for me; we visited several sites that represented some really tragic parts of the war: Hill 60, Passendale museum, Tyne Cot memorial, St Julien and Langemark.


Hill 60 and The Bluff:


Passchendaele Museum:


Tyne Cot:

This is the largest Commonwealth Cemetery in Belgium and there are 11,000 graves and another 34,000 men named on a memorial for the missing. The poppies you made in December were laid by a student from either the University of Cumbria or Leeds Trinity University on your behalf after hearing a bit about you.


How do these photos make you feel?

Any I wonder moments?


St. Julien:

This monument marks the point where the first gas attack was carried out. The troops that were stationed there initially fled from the poison and left a hole in the defences; Canadian troops came to reinforce the area and the monument is in their honour.


What do you think of it?

Do you think such a simple statue reflects their brave acts?



What makes this so different to the other monuments and cemeteries?

Do you think it honours the soldiers’ sacrifice?

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This week in maths, WB 3.2.17

10/02/2017 at 09:59


This week in maths, we have been completing the 2016 maths SAT papers as a measure of progress so far and to identify areas we need to work on. The children worked so incredibly hard and should be really proud of their efforts.

The scores for the first two papers have been shared with the children, but, given it was completed on Friday, paper 3’s scores will be shared during the first week back. Parents will find out about scores and areas to develop during parents’ evening.

Holiday homework is a pack that each child has been sent home with.
They need to complete a minimum of 3 tasks that are on the maths section of the sheet.

Online tasks to complete:

Online sudoku – answers provided

mathisfun puzzles – a range of puzzles to attempt


Copies of sheets sent home:

4 x 4 sudoku

6 x 6 sudoku

Multiplication wordsearch

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500 Words Stories

09/02/2017 at 14:02


In English, we have been editing and improving our 500 word stories. We have published them this afternoon and you can read examples below.

We’d be really grateful if you could read them and comment on what you like and what you think the writer could improve – do this by clicking reply on that comment.

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The week ahead – WB 7.2.17

05/02/2017 at 16:23


This week, we are going to be taking some practice SATS to identify how much progress we have made so far this year and gaps we need to fill over the next half-term. I know that some people will feel nervous and a bit apprehensive but … hopefully this video will help you understand why tests like this are nothing to worry about:

Feel free to comment with any thoughts or ideas for us to think about related to tests and how to achieve your best in them.

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel

01/02/2017 at 21:54


As part of our work on biography writing, we have been learning about Brunel, who is a significant British engineer that designed many bridges, tunnels and ships. This also ties into our topic work around the Industrial Revolution and Victorian era.


We are going to use this source to create notes about the different phases of Brunel’s life.


After this, we are going to be turning these notes into engaging paragraphs and a complete biography of Brunel.


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