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.
08/12/2017 at 12:16
This morning, we enjoyed a performance by two Year 6 guitarists. They played Silent Night beautifully for us.
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.
01/12/2017 at 15:50
Maths: Mathletics tasks on fractions.
Spelling: Year 5 and 6 Spelling list; -tious and -cious spellings from last week.
In maths, the children have worked on adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers. I have been extremely impressed with the effort of all the children this week; they have been able to convert fractions so they have common denominators, perform addition and subtraction operations before then simplifying the fraction once more! Some examples:
3/5 + 2/10 = 4/5
5 5/12 – 3 2/3 = 1 9/12 = 1 3/4.
Children have also been developing their algebra to solve problems such as:
Can you work out the value of e? Answers in the comments below please!
I have been really impressed with the enthusiasm in maths this week; I am looking forward to developing their fraction knowledge with multiplication and division next week!
In literacy, the children have produced pieces of writing inspired by Michael Morpurgo’s book War Horse with specific learning around finding a balance between narrative (description), action (when something happens) and dialogue (speech) within their writing. Children also identified different sections of dialogue, narrative and action with extracts from War Horse as well as others (including Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
30/11/2017 at 15:42
Farfield’s Year 6 are in the Yorkshire Evening Post today – Thursday 30th November, 2017
29/11/2017 at 12:36
This week we concluded our bread experiment to find out where the most microbes in our classroom are. The floor grew lots of microbes as we expected and now we understand why we are told not to eat something if it has fallen on the floor! We predicted that the teacher’s table would be worse than the child’s table as the child’s table gets cleaned every night whereas the teacher is usually at their desk when the cleaning is taking place and so gets cleaned less frequently! The football has some different microbes on it and it has been suggested that the children playing with it may want to wash their hands more frequently afterwards!
Compare these results with 6H on their blog page.