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Long Division and Character Description

21/09/2018 at 15:45



Children have today completed a Year 3/4 spelling test. Spelling homework allows children to practise 10 words from this list they are still working on or 10 words from the Year 5/6 list of their choosing if children can spell all the words from the Year 3/4 list.

Maths homework allows children to develop their division skills. Children will need to use the short division and long division methods they have practised in class this week to correctly answer the questions.

Homework is due in on Friday 28th September. This week everyone completed their homework which is pleasing.

In maths this week, children have been on a journey of division. Starting the week with short division (the ‘bus stop’ method), children recapped their knowledge and used it to solve simple problems. The latter half of the week has been spent perfecting the long division method. The children have worked superbly this week and many seemed to have mastered the method. Lots of children have achieved either the meeting statement (dividing a 4 digit number by a 2 digit number) or the exceeding statement (dividing a 5 digit number by a 2 digit number) and this is especially pleasing. Please find some examples of work below.

In literacy, children developed their use of expanded noun phrases to create a character description of a character from the film Moana. Children also challenged themselves to to include adverbial phrases (providing more information about the verb) and conjunctions to extend their sentences.

In geography, children enjoyed learning about the Earth’s jigsaw or, more widely known as, the tectonic plates. Children were challenged to join the plates up to create a globe and then thought of which countries were more at risk to earthquakes than others.

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Three Operations and an awful lot of reading…

14/09/2018 at 15:49


Another excellent week 6S; I think we’re going to have a wonderful year.


Children will find, in their pink homework book, a reading comprehension and calculation questions. This homework should be completed and returned to school by Friday 21st September. 

Children who have not completed homework will need to do so during Friday playtime and lunch time.

In maths this week, children have developed their rounding skills and have found the difference between negative and positive integers. They have also refreshed their addition and subtraction skills as well as beginning to multiply 4 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers. Being able to do this is an expectation of the Year 6 curriculum.


In reading this week, the children have completed learning about the different content domains of reading: retrieval, inference, prediction, summarising, comparing and contrasting, commenting on author’s choice, and use of vocabulary. Children will continue to develop these skills over the course of the year.

In literacy, children have learnt all about expanded noun phrases including lots of grammatical terminology: determiners, adjectives, prepositional phrases, relative clauses – maybe your child could explain these terms to you. Using expanded noun phrases, the children then described different characters from Moana – I was impressed with the level of ambitious vocabulary in the children’s writing.

In geography, children recapped their knowledge of continents and oceans before mapping out Michael’s journey from the Solent to the Pacific Islands via a whole host of South Atlantic islands.

In music, children continued to learn I’ll Be There by the Jackson 5.

Have a wonderful weekend. Please remember the sailing trip on Monday. Children need to bring with them a full change of clothing (including shoes and underwear) as well as packed lunch and a drink. If children have a picnic blanket that can be brought with them to school, that also would be very useful.



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6S Complete Their First Week

07/09/2018 at 15:32


Welcome to the 6S weekly blog! You may have already read a post about how to use your planners!

A note to parents…

6S will be going sailing on Monday 17th September. We would really appreciate a parent volunteer or two who would need to be available for the whole day. Please could you email Mr Sharp (chris.sharp@farsleyfarfield.org.uk) if you are interested in volunteering on this trip. Thank you.

At the start of the blog, you will always find this week’s homework. Children should already be able to find their homework in their homework book. This week, however, there is no homework but I would like children to carry on revising words from the Year 3 and 4 spelling list and access Times Table Rockstars to keep practising those times tables!

In maths this week, children have begun their work on place value. Children have don some work with 7-digit-numbers: reading, writing, ordering and comparing. Having a strong understanding of place value really aids children with the rest of their work in maths and I am pleased to report that the class have really impressed me with how hard they have worked this week.


In RE, children have looked at the beginnings of Sikhism. They have watched a video of the story of Guru Nanak and have learned about the Mool Mantar. The Mool Mantar means ‘basic teaching’ and is found at the beginning of every section of the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh Scriptures). It is repeated each day during early morning prayer. Children challenged themselves to write their own teachings on how they thought people should live their lives.



In music, children have started learning their song for the first half-term: I’ll Be There by Jackson 5. Music will usually take place on a Tuesday afternoon; children who play an instrument are encouraged to bring theirs with them during these sessions.

A blog all about Star Wars Day can be found here!

Well done to all of 6S this week. Mr Sharp, Ms Barraclough, Mrs Elam and Mrs Harding have all been impressed with how hard the children have worked. Can they keep it up?

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How to Use Your Year 6 Weekly Planner

04/09/2018 at 21:50


The children in Year 6 are very excited about their new Year 6 planners!

These will now take the place of the Extreme Learning reading records and will also be used to keep track of homework and other important dates. Children must bring these to school everyday.

Parents/carers should sign the planners at the bottom of each day for any reading/maths activities that count towards Extreme Learning. The weekend activities can be written and signed in the “Notes” section on the bottom right.

Over the next few days, we would like the children to fill in the front information page with support from their parents/carers. They may also fill in the timetable and activities pages. There are copies of the weekly timetable at school which children may borrow to help them fill in the timetable page in their planner. They only need the “Week 1” page as our timetable stays the same each week.


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Year 6 Leavers’ Show

20/07/2018 at 16:01


How proud we all were of Year 6 on Wednesday evening! They spoke clearly, they acted brilliantly, they sang loudly and they made us laugh and cry. What a great performance!

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The Big Budget Project Concludes

20/07/2018 at 16:00


After a hectic hour-and-a-half this morning, the children completed a year of their Big Budget Project.

Children had already been randomly assigned different jobs with an annual salary range from around £15,000 to £29,000. They then were required to calculate lots of annual contributions: national insurance, pension, student loan, income tax – have I missed anything???

From this, children worked out their annual take-home-pay and then, subsequently, their monthly take-home-pay. Children used the internet to research rental properties, cars, utilities (gas, electric, water), broadband, council tax, TV packages and mobile phone contracts. They were challenged to create a food diary and then budget how much it would cost to buy all the food and drink they would need for a week.

We then simulated a year. Each month though, the children were hit with unexpected financial costs: domestic-product repairs, automobile breakdowns and the such-like. Many children were successful throughout the year and managed to save quite a bit of money. They had no dependants after all! Some children became entwined in debt and at the end of the ‘year’, reflected on where they could save money: cheaper cars, sharing houses, less-expensive food shops, maybe I shouldn’t get that dog after all…

I have been really impressed with the maturity and kindness of children. Lots of the class wanted to donate (not even lend!) money to other children! I hope they remember some of these budgeting skills as they get older. I am sure they will get more opportunities to develop their financial and budgeting skills in high school.

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