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Roman Enquiry Morning – Secret of the Skeletons

18/05/2017 at 07:57

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This morning, year 6 have been incredibly frustrated as they tried to work out the mystery of the skeletons found in York. They were introduced to the idea of speculation and the role it plays for historians and archaeologists. They were given evidence in the form of pictures and text to help them create theories that could explain who and what the skeletons were.

The children applied their knowledge of modal verbs and subordinate clauses to explain themselves clearly. Mrs Carney and I challenged the children’s theories to help them deepen their understanding of source analysis and interpretation.

Overall, the children were able to create their theories based on the evidence and began to understand that the need to change them when new evidence came to light – a very tricky task!

What was found in York? We don’t fully know but the most dominant theory is the 80 skeletons were the largest in tact gladiator graveyard.

 

 

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Peter Bunzl Author Visit

17/05/2017 at 11:41

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Following the Leeds Book Awards ceremony in the morning, shortlisted author, Peter Bunzl, came to visit Farsley Farfield on Tuesday afternoon. Our Year 5 & 6 children were joined by the Year 5 & 6 children from Farsley Springbank Primary School for this exciting event.

Click here to go to Peter Bunzl’s website.

Peter told us about his fantastic book, Cogheart, and his brand new book, Moonlocket, which has only just been published.

It was fascinating to hear how his interest in the Victorians, robotics and airships combined to create such fast-paced, gripping adventure stories. One of the main characters in his books is a robotic fox. With our own foxes at Farfield, Peter really captured our interest.

Peter Bunzl posted about his visit to Farfield on Twitter. Click here to go to his Twitter page. Look for our fox display and some photos of his visit.

Opportunities to meet and hear from published authors are so valuable for children as it encourages them to read and write and shows them what they can become in the future. A highlight of the day for me was watching one of our Year 6 children ask for her Extended Writing book to be autographed and then discuss her current story with Peter Bunzl – two authors sharing ideas and encouraging one another.

 

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Leeds Book Awards 2017

17/05/2017 at 11:27

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On Tuesday 16th May, a group of Year 6 children attended the Leeds Book Awards 2017 ceremony at Pudsey Civic Hall with 500 other children from schools around Leeds.

Click here to go to the Leeds Book Awards website.

Leading up to the ceremony, all of the children in attendance had been a part of book groups at their own schools. They read the six shortlisted books, discussed them as a group, wrote on-line reviews and voted for their favourite.

Five of the shortlisted authors were at the Leeds Book Awards ceremony to find out if their book was the winner. They were each interviewed with questions submitted by the children and told us all about how they got started as a writer, interesting facts about their lives (one of them was the creator of Bob the Builder!), their inspiration for writing and their top tips for the children as they become authors themselves. It was fascinating to hear from so many published authors.

Click here to read a blog post by Jo Cotterill, one of the shortlisted authors.

During the ceremony, the host read a very funny story and asked for volunteers from the audience to help him act it out. One of our wonderful Farfield children was chosen to get up on stage and play the part of …. leaves!

Finally, the winner was announced and we were thrilled that it was one of our favourites – Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock. We were excited to meet her and the other authors after the ceremony and have our books autographed.

 

 

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Post-SATs

12/05/2017 at 16:29

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Well 6T, we made it! SATs are done and you should be incredibly proud of yourselves. I know Mrs Hoyle, Mrs Harding, Miss Barraclough and I definitely are. You have been the definition of a growth mindset class this week and I am not surprised.

I hope you all took the letter home and read it – I meant every word!Dear 6T

Take a well earned rest, enjoy the hopefully nice weather and we shall see you next week!

Bring on Romans, residential and a really awesome end to your high school experience.

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New Topic – The Romans

11/05/2017 at 20:36

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Next week, we start our next topic of the year titled: What the Romans did for us.

What would you like to learn about?

Comment with requests and any great sources of information that you can find.

If you have any Roman books at home, hold on to them for now but we will make use of them later in the term.

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This week in maths – wb 2.5.17

05/05/2017 at 20:55

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Our focus this week has been to finish our work on geometry by recapping coordinates and symmetry. The children need to ensure they’re accurate as it’s a crucial part of geometry work. We have revised fractions including calculating and applying it into some problems.

 

This video should consolidate these skills:

Homework is to have a relaxing weekend!

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