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This week in English – WB 20.3.17

24/03/2017 at 16:22


This week in English, we have turned the events at the start of The Highwayman into a newspaper report based around the poem before the soldiers arrived. We looked at indirect and direct speech and the use of passive voice.


Next week, we are going to turn our attention to the tragic death of Bess at the hands of the redcoats. We are going to write persuasive letters from the point of view of the Landlord (her father) to ask for justice. Then, finish this topic with a courtroom debate to decide who, if anyone, is guilty of the murder of Bess.


Examples of work to follow!



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This week in maths – WB 20.3.17

24/03/2017 at 16:07


This week, we have been improving our understanding of algebra involving equations and sequences. The children have used a combination of working backwards and the bar model to solve increasingly complex equations e.g. 4y + 17 = 45 so y = ???


They also learned about using algebra to express a linear sequence and the idea of the nth term – using algebra to calculate the value of any term in the sequence. This was initially tricky but most of the children have grasped that successfully and we will be reinforcing as part of next week.


Next week:

  • Finishing algebra
  • Introducing ration and proportion in a range of contexts



Either a maths arithmetic or reasoning paper to solve – no more than 30 minutes should be spent on this. If you require help from your revision guide or an adult, that’s fine but please indicate on the question.

Link for paper (number 2)

Link for paper (number 2)


It would also be useful to read the section on ration and proportion in your revision books and answer the questions.

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The Highwayman – Newspaper reports

18/03/2017 at 16:00


As part of our work on The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes, we are exploring the idea of highwaymen terrorising people travelling the roads of England in the 18th century. We collaboratively created the character of Terry Allen, crime reporter, with his own personality to help the children write from different perspectives.


Our background information went:

In 1759, on the road from London to York a cold-blooded killer and thief has been robbing and killing people with a pistol and rapier. People are shocked at the level of violence being displayed by this terrifying and malicious man.


Terry Allen, crime correspondent, is sent to investigate. Terry has a reputation as a journalist that’s sly, devious and can drift away from the complete truth. He stands tall, thin and crooked with a dark, navy-blue velvet cloak draped over both shoulders.


The children then worked in groups to ask the other characters questions and think about the answers they may have given.


Next week, we are going to write the newspaper stories about the actions of this terrible villain – the highwayman!


Can’t remember much about newspapers? Take a look here for some games that will remind you of their key features.



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This week in maths WB 13.3.17

17/03/2017 at 16:07


This week, we have finished our work on measures with a focus on perimeter, area and volume. The children are getting much more adept at answering multi-step problems by breaking them into steps carefully.

An area we are going to work on is checking our work carefully in the time we are given.

Next week – Algebra! Please read pages 50-60 in preparation.

This video may help with some forthcoming work on ratio:

Homework is some testbase questions related to volume. If you lose your copy, a spare is below including the answers – you can mark the questions yourself if you wish.
volume answers

volume questions.rtf

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Farsley Farfield Spelling Bee

12/03/2017 at 09:00


On Friday morning, four children competed in the final of the Farfield Spelling Bee. The competition was fierce in the opening rounds and all the children that made it through the opening rounds in each class.

In the final, the children competed in written, verbal and the incredible difficult missing word rounds. All of the children worked really hard and it was another example of a great year group working hard to achieve together.

This is not the end; spelling is an important skill and we’ve got to keep on working hard to be the best spellers we can be!

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Narrative Poetry – The Highwayman

10/03/2017 at 15:43


Next week, we are going to be studying the Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. Here is an animated version of the poem.


Think about:

  • Rhythm
  • Figurative language
  • Emotive events or phrases


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