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Women in War & The Christmas Truce

14/12/2017 at 12:24


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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RE in year 6 this term

13/12/2017 at 13:41


This term in RE Year 6 have been working on a unit called ‘What does it mean to be a Sikh?’

The children learned about the Mool Mantar and its importance, Guru Nanak and the other Gurus, The Guru Granth Sahib and the main symbols of Sikhism. The main idea was, not just to know about things, but to gain an understanding of Sikh beliefs and ways of life. This is at the heart of this rather than just remembering facts. E.g. knowing Sikh symbols is good but understanding their symbolism and how they make the person feel is most important. We could then relate this idea to different faiths and, indeed, to any feelings of belonging for you personally. Our visit to the Gurdwara was a fantastic experience which enabled the children to gain some of this deeper understanding.

We used writing, role play, pictures and art work to express our thoughts and ideas.

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Switchy Science

13/12/2017 at 13:40


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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The Gift of the Magi

08/12/2017 at 12:24


This week, we have been learning the story, The Gift of the Magi, written by American author O. Henry in 1905. It is a difficult story to read but the children have shown real determination and commitment to learning new vocabulary and deciphering the complex language. We had a wonderful “light bulb moment” when the twist at the end of the story was revealed. Everyone enjoyed the moral of the story about how the best gifts are given with love and sacrifice. Please ask your child to tell you the story.

Later in the week, we talked about adaptations of well-known stories and how important it is to be familiar with classics stories and recognise them when they pop up in other forms. We thoroughly enjoyed watching and discussing two modern adaptations of the story, Mickey Mouse and Sesame Street, and how they teach younger children about giving.

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Year 6 Guitarists

08/12/2017 at 12:16


This morning, we enjoyed a performance by two Year 6 guitarists. They played Silent Night beautifully for us.

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New science

06/12/2017 at 12:29


In year 4 the children did a comprehensive unit on electricity. In the next two weeks we are refreshing that knowledge.

Today we investigated making a simple circuit, making the light brighter and making it dimmer. During our investigations, we found some things didn’t work quite as expected!

When a circuit didn’t work we had to change different variables one at a time (wire, bulb, battery) to see what wasn’t working properly.

Someone found that using a bigger battery made the bulb dimmer! We concluded that this shouldn’t be right as a bigger battery must surely mean more power. We decided it must be because the bigger battery was much older and was running out of power. (The small batteries were brand new).

When making the bulb dimmer, we found that increasing the length of the wire or adding another bulb into the circuit worked as the power was being shared.

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