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A Week of War Horse

14/12/2018 at 15:31


What a fantastic week of writing in Year 6: I have been impressed with the children’s use of vocabulary and punctuation to create pieces of writing that have depicted different scenes from the story so far.

By the end of Year 6, children working at the expected standard should be able to use colons, semi-colons and dashes correctly in their writing; those children aiming for greater depth should be able to use this level of punctuation with particular skill and to enhance meaning. Below are examples of this punctuation that have been used over the past few days in 6S writing.

Some examples of using a colon:

He sighed: Captain Nicholls wanted to give him the money but couldn’t.

He was in a dishevelled state: light-brown, curly hair flying; cheeks red and hot; blue eyes filled with tears, and his pale shirt dirty and crumpled.

Topthorn was eager to get going: he was loudly braying and scratching the ground with intent before rearing up.

Some examples of using a semi-colon:

Joey’s eyes were scared and frightened; what was going on?

We decided to enter; as soon as we did, the door slammed shut.

“If he’s going, I am going; I will never leave his side.”

Some examples of using a dash:

The glossy, ebony mane upon his sleek neck that billowed in the enraged wind covered Joey’s tear-filled eyes – he was distraught.

Topthorn was so excited – he wanted to go everywhere.

The old man didn’t say anything as he knew Albert was sad – he shouldn’t have sold Joey


I am extremely pleased that lots of children are already using such punctuation in their writing – well done 6S!

Rehearsals for the KS2 Christmas Production have continued with earnest this week; all parents who are coming to see the show (Tuesday 9:30am / Wednesday 2:00pm) are in for a treat! PE lessons this week saw the children either attend Gym Magic or the Climbing Depot or take part in an OAA session on the school grounds. Children completing the latter activity were extremely motivated by the use of electric scanners which are on loan to school. They allowed children to track how quickly they were completing routes and served to encourage children to put in lots of effort. All children’s heart beats were raised and I am looking forward to introducing the equipment to all Year 6 children over the course of the year.



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Translations (ce n’est pas ce que tu penses) and War Horse

07/12/2018 at 15:36


Another lovely week in 6S: I have been particularly impressed with the children’s focus and determination this week. Well done!

HOMEWORK: due Friday 14th December

Maths: Reflecting shapes across mirror lines

Reading: Complete the reading comprehension

In maths this week, we have completed work on coordinates. Children have learnt about the x and y axis and moved on from working with one quadrant to working with four quadrants. Children demonstrated a strong understanding of the four quadrants before we moved on to translating (moving) shapes across the quadrants and reflecting shapes in the x and y axis. Children’s homework allows them to develop them skills on drawing shapes reflected in a mirror line.

In literacy this week, children have recapped their knowledge of the expanded noun phrase and its contents:

  • determiner (a pointer word such as a, an, the, this, these)
  • adjectives (words or phrases that add description)
  • noun (a person, place or thing)
  • prepositional phrase (tells the reader where)
  • relative clause (provides more detail using a relative pronoun – with, that, which, who)

Using the story of War Horse as inspiration, the children used expanded noun phrases as well as colons, semi-colons and dashes and conjunctions to write a character description of Joey, the red-bay horse featured in Michael Morpurgo’s novel. Next week, children will be recapping their understanding of speech and dialogue.

Mrs Hoyle has written a separate blog about Science; the children have begun recapping electricity this week.

In PSHE, children learnt about the drug-risk triangle and considered how dangerous different drugs (such as alcohol, cannabis, tobacco) could be in different situations dependent on the people and activities involved.

In History, children completed work on Battles at Sea before looking at the fighting in the air. Children have been especially inspired by the fact that the school used to be an airfield. Over the coming weeks, we shall look at how Farsley and its people were affected by the First World War.

You may have heard your child talking about something called Google Classroom. An online resource, Google Classroom allows children to access resources (videos, images and other websites) to help them complete their learning activities. This work can be accessed at home and comments can be added to the ‘stream’ page. Please take care with punctuation: incorrectly punctuated posts will be removed!

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Brightening things up in science

04/12/2018 at 17:28


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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Fractions (even more?!?!?) and War Poetry

23/11/2018 at 15:36


Another week of hard work and effort in 6S this week!

Homework will be handed out on Monday! Thank you for all the wonderful Learning Log homework we have received this week; it has been fascinating to read the children’s research!

In maths this week, the children have learnt how to multiply and divide fractions by whole numbers as well as how to multiply fractions by other fractions. The Year 6 standard requires children to be able to do each of these three disciplines and I am pleased to report most children have shown great confidence in doing them.

To multiply a fraction by a whole number, keep the denominator the same and multiply the numerator by the whole number.

To multiply a fraction by a fraction, multiply the numerators together and then the denominators together.

To divide a fraction by a whole number, if you can, divide the numerator by the whole number and keep the denominator the same; if this isn’t possible, keep the numerator the same and then multiply the numerator by the whole number.

The children have been great at this this week solving a range of fraction problems as well as completing a fraction calculation hunt to recap their fraction learning!

In literacy this week, we have completed a Year 5/6 Spelling List test. By the end of the year, to achieve the Year 6 standard, children are expected to be able to spell most of the words from this list – around 75 of the 104 words on the test. In children’s planners, there are highlighted copies of the 5/6 Spelling List with no more than 10 words they still need to work on.

We have also a read of range of poetry from the First World War with particular attention on In Dulce Et Decorum Est (just the first stanza of the poem that focuses on the horrors of war) and The Soldier. The two poems can be found below and the children were challenged to spot the differences in mood and comment on the language techniques used.


Rupert Brooke

IF I should die, think only this of me:
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England’s, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.


Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, 
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, 
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs 
And towards our distant rest began to trudge. 
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots 
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind; 
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots  
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.

You can see how these two poems portray very different views of the war!

In music, children have continued to learn songs for the upcoming Christmas production and in science, children have reviewed the mould that has been growing on bread!



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Fractions and Remembrance

09/11/2018 at 15:38


Welcome back to the 6S blog! What a wonderful first week back we have had!

HOMEWORK: Due in Wednesday 21st November

  • Adding fractions and mixed numbers.
  • Learning words from the Year 5/6 Spelling List.
  • Research into Farsley Airfield.

In maths this week, we have continued work on adding and subtracting mixed numbers. The children have done excellently on this and are able to solve calculations involving mixed numbers quickly and correctly. The SATs arithmetic paper requires the children to solve mixed number calculations with different denominators and I am pleased with how well all the children have done with this so far. We have also recapped the long multiplication method; children have completed calculations and solved problems with confidence – very pleasing!

This month, we are also doing lots of bar problems as part of BarvemberCan you solve some of these problems? Problem 5 is always the trickiest!

In literacy, the children have impressed with their ability to learn a poem off by heart and arrange a performance of it. Videos of our performances of In Flanders Fields can be found below.


The children have also used a range of techniques to write a poem inspired by the below video.

Children listened to the video first before watching the animation. Children then used similes, metaphors, conjunctions and a range of short and long sentences to write a poem about the battles of the First World War. Children will develop their poetic writing techniques over the next few weeks.

Children have also learnt about the importance of Remembrance completing a range of activities (making poppies, creating decorative rocks, reading comprehensions) around the topic. All children are invited to attend the Remembrance Day memorial at Farsley Cenotaph on Sunday, November 11 at 1:00pm. I wonder how many of our rocks will have been found and taken to the cenotaph.


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Year 6 Remembers

09/11/2018 at 15:37


Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day, takes place on the 11th November each year. It marks the signing of the Armistice, an agreement, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month which signaled the end of the First World War. On Remembrance Sunday, across the country, ceremonies take place at war memorials, cenotaphs and churches where people are given the opportunity to lay wreaths or small wooden crosses. A poem is often read at the service reminding us of the fallen soldiers who will never grow old and must always be remembered. We remember particularly Captain Charles Butler, an RAF pilot from Farsley, and all those from the Farsley area who lost their life in the First World War which ended 100 years ago this year.

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.


When you go home, tell them of us and say:

For your tomorrow, we gave our today.

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