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Farsley Local History Project

05/10/2016 at 21:12


About 18 months ago, Mrs Heap, Mrs Carney & Mrs Hoyle’s class took part in a Farsley Local History Project with historians Matthew Bellwood and Alison Andrews. We spent the day with them learning about the history of Farsley, looking at old maps, talking about important people and places in Farsley and creating a Farsley Monopoly game. That game is still a favourite in our Dojo Time cupboard.  One of the most important parts of the day was the opportunity to share stories about Farsley with Matthew and Alison.

You can look at the original blog post from our day with Matthew and Alison here: http://ff5h.primaryblogger.co.uk/history/stories-of-farsley/


This morning, we had some very exciting visitors. Matthew and Alison came to see us with the book they have created based on the stories they collected during the summer of 2015.  We were thrilled to see that some of the stories we shared with them are in the book, including a story about Nile Wilson.


The book is in the form of a colouring book with short stories and black and white drawings. It is full of fascinating stories and facts about Farsley.

One of the most important things we learned from this project is the value of oral history and personal stories. Everyone has something to share and a story to tell.

Every child in Year 6 will be given a copy of the Farsley book. We will send them home soon with their next Learning Log task. The task will involve reading the stories in the book and finding out about another story from Farsley’s past (or a nearby area). This will be a wonderful starting point for our own local history study that will take place after Christmas.

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Star Wars Day – Episode 5 – Independent Writing

29/09/2016 at 20:37


After a fun filled morning, the children decided on one of four writing tasks to rehearse their passive voice writing skills:

  • A mission report from Poe’s mission on Jakku.
  • A report about the Ewok battle on Endor.
  • A report about Han Solo’s escape from the Star Destroyers.
  • An explanation about how an X-wing fighter works.


These videos gave the children ideas about the narrative they are writing about:

Battle on Endor (start at 1:07):

Escape from the Star Destroyers:

Work samples to follow…

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Natural Disaster – What is under the surface of the Earth?

29/09/2016 at 20:00


In Geography, we have begun to learn all about what lies beneath the surface of our planet? We made predictions about what is beneath the ground we stand on.

Most children decided it was a mixture of solids, liquids and gases.

Take a look at the diagram below for what we currently understand to be true:

We theorised that the inner layers were metal because of the Earth’s magnetic field and metal being magnetic.


Videos to help remember some information – what can you learn from the song?


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Star Wars Day 2016

29/09/2016 at 19:36


What a day we’ve had! All of the Year 6 children were fantastic participants in our Star Wars themed grammar day. Those who chose to dress up looked brilliant. Thank you to the parents and carers who helped with costumes. The home-made costumes were so creative!




Our day was split into 5 sessions, all based on using Active and Passive Voice in sentences. The children worked very hard and learned a lot.

We started the day with everyone together in the hall to identify the subject/verb/object in sentences and to learn how to change active sentences to passive. The children worked in small groups to create interesting sentences based on their costumes and practised moving the subjects and objects around to change the sentence type.

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At 9:30, we split into three groups of about 20 children each. The groups participated in three 45 minute sessions.

  1. Making decisions about active and passive with Mrs Heap.

2. Sorting active and passive sentences and practising changing active to passive and passive to active with Mrs Carney.

3. An active/passive card game and improving sentences with Mr Tiffany.

The final activity was a writing challenge. The children were given 4 writing prompts to choose from including an Ewok story, describing one of Poe’s adventures, explaining how an X-Wing is built and describing how Han Solo escaped from the Star Destroyer.  They needed to use at least 5 passive sentences in their writing. Here are some of 6CH’s pieces. 6T will be finishing off theirs tomorrow. Can you spot the passive sentences?

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Kensuke’s Kingdom – an island description

27/09/2016 at 16:11


This week, we are going to continue developing our descriptive writing skills by writing a recount based around the moment Michael arrives on the island after being shipwrecked.


These pictures give a flavour of what island life might be like including some of the flora and fauna hat he may find:


This is a video of a man walking around a tropical island – I wonder what stands out?


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Roman Numerals

22/09/2016 at 10:27


This week in maths, we have continued to develop our understanding of place value and we looked at Roman Numerals, which are slightly different to the normal Hindu Arabic system. There is no 0. The children revised the basic values and then completed one of two tricky tasks:

  • A tarsia puzzle that required the children to convert between numbers and numerals.
  • Reinforce the understanding of place value by reading and writing progressively larger numbers as numerals.


There was some fantastic team work going on and a really great growth mindset.



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