07/05/2021 at 15:10
After the success of last week’s blog, 6S took the reins this week and here is the result!
In English this week we have been doing more work on The Highway Man poem written by Alfred Noyes. We have been writing newspaper reports about the death of the Notorious Highway Man. For the past few weeks of this half term, we have been learning about how to write a good report about the big events of the poem. In the reports there are quotes from characters who experienced the death, an orientation paragraph, two main body paragraphs, a reorientation paragraph, questions and headlines. We wrote our newspapers over the course of two days and everyone worked really hard on it. Here are some of the newspapers:
We have now finished our topic on ratio and are starting line graphs. On Tuesday, we learnt to read and interpret them by asking simple questions like: Exactly what time was it when George was 150ft above sea level? 2:00pm. The next day, we learnt to use the appropriate scale for the graphs and we were told that this was important to drawing them. The maths on Thursday was some SATS questions and personally I think question 4 (converting between different currencies using a line graph) was the trickiest. Today (Friday), the whole class did an arithmetic paper and we watched some videos on the YouTube channel Mr Wall. Here is the link to his YouTube channel:
Well done Year 6!
Ethan’s 10 question quiz
- 46 x 51 =
- 4041 divided by 3 =
- 2745 + 4763 =
- 7628 – 879 =
- 2 x 25 – 23 =
- At 2:00pm, Mo went on an exactly steady run. By 3:00pm, he had walked 1884m. How many metres had he run at 2:15?
- How many metres had he run at 2:45?
- (34 x 22) divided by 4 =
- £50 equals about 58 euros. How many pounds is 406 euros?
- E = 4
R = 5E
T = 7R
H = 3T
What is the value of 4H + 14R?
Our topic in science at the moment is light and reflections. This week, we did slide presentations on Isaac Newton as he was the first person to create a telescope. Nuraniya said “I liked working with my friends in a group activity because I got to share my ideas.”
In P.E. this week, we did some Tag Rugby with Karl where we learnt how to do side steps and pretending to pass to a team member. Then, since it was cold, we went inside and went round the hall doing different circuits for forty-five seconds per activity. We counted how many of each exercise we did and then tried to beat our score the second time round.
The highlight of this week had to be PPA. In cooking 6J made rhubarb buns with Miss Saunders. They were delicious! The topic in art this week is based on Jean Tinguely’s kinetic art. This included sketching cogs which Tinguely is famous for using in his art.
This term Year 6 have been making adventure games and doing RE with Mrs du Preez. They have been learning about Christian compassion. On the farm, many tomato plants have been planted , including Nimbus and Sweet millions. While visiting them; chickens allowed some of the children to pick them up.
This week in French, we learnt about all of the body parts. Such as pied which means foot. Mrs Dobkin taught and spoke completely in French again.
This week in Music we haven’t been able to sing so we have been using glockenspiels. We learnt how to play “A, A, G, G” to make a tune and we also learnt how to play “Happy Birthday to You” and “Mary Had A Little Lamb” plus “Twinkle Little star” (we didn’t properly learn them though because they were quite tricky).
Word of the Week and Guided Reading
The word of the week is unsullied which means someone is unspoiled. In Guided Reading, we have been answering questions about the Highwayman. For the past three weeks, we have been using a book called Classic Poetry for year 5 and 6, written by Kate Heap.
This week for homework, we will be using our SATs revision books; in the Maths book, we will be filling in the Bar charts and Line graphs pages, pages 84-85, and in the English book, we will be filling in the Choice of Language pages, pages 12-13.
Photo of the Maths hw pages
Photo of the English hw pages
We hope that you all have a wonderful weekend!
30/04/2021 at 15:13
This week the blog has been written by some of the children in 6J. A huge well done to Jacob, Gursimran and Raman, who spent lots time today working at it!
This week we have been writing our newspaper reports unit. This week we have been planning and drafting a new piece of writing; our news reports of Lord and Lady Money being robbed by the infamous ‘villain’ the highwayman!
In guided reading this week we have been doing some questions about the highwayman, linked to retrieving information. It was fun to spot all of the details the poet had used.
During the week, we have been finishing off our ratio topic with some SATS style questions. We have also been making some revision cards focusing on the topics that we find difficult. As well as that, we have been practicing our arithmetic skills and focusing on some of the trickier questions.
Science experiments and investigations have always been a fun part of the week. We have been carrying on from our topic of light and how we see. This week we have done some modelling of how we can see things. Olivia says, “This week’s modelling task has been fun, exciting and exhilarating!”
This term, our history topic is focusing on the industrial revolution and the change between simple houses and farms to big cities and factories. We have also been identifying the reasons why people decided to move to the city: higher wages, modern houses and better living conditions.
PPA has always been a highlight of the week, especially for the children who get to do cooking. This week our class has been enjoying some farming despite the cold weather and poppy- themed art. “A favourite and most enjoyable part of farming has always been feeding the chickens. ”Nathan and Iman. In art, we have been drawing poppies and colouring them in.
For homework this week the children have been given:
- Spelling Shed – 10 games
- Mathletics 2 tasks
- Maths SATS booklet ordering numbers page 2 and 3 and Scales page 44 and 45
- English SATS book prefixes page 52
Hope you enjoy the long bank holiday weekend!
Miss Jones and Mrs Dobkin
23/04/2021 at 15:10
We have certainly been blessed with the weather this week and it has been an absolute pleasure to see the children enjoying themselves in the sunshine. We have hit the ground running and the children have been working very hard this week in all areas.
This week we have started our new unit on poetry. The text we are focusing on is the Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. It is a tricky text with lots of new vocabulary to unpick and analyse. The children have really enjoyed the text so far and have spent lots of time developing their understanding of the themes and ideas presented by the writer.
Here is a video link to an animated reading of the poem.
- We also looked at some of the metaphors in the poem and asked children to represent these through water colours.
- The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees
- The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas
- The road was a ribbon of moonlight, over the purple moor
- His eyes were hollows of madness
Here are the children’s representations:
Worries! We all have them and this week we took the opportunity to really speak about them and how they make us feel. We discussed that adults and children have some worries which are separate. The children also discussed how these worries might make us feel and how our actions and behaviours may change. Following this we discussed what we could do to help alleviate some of the worries we may have by sharing the story ‘Bag of worries’. Here is a link to the story on our school website: http://ffwellbeing.primaryblogger.co.uk/helpful-books/
The children this week began French lessons with Mrs Dobkin. She spoke to them entirely in French for the lesson and year 6 worked incredibly hard to understand her. They revised how to pronounce words correctly and recapped counting to twenty, common colours and months of the year. She was very impressed by how much they knew already.
Can you remember any of the French we learned for the colours red, green, grey, blue and black?
For this weeks homework we would like the children to complete:
- Pages 42 and 43 in Maths SATS booklet – Ratio
- Pages 18 and 19 in English SATS book – reading poetry
- 2 x Mathletics tasks
- Spelling shed 10 games on new spellings
We hope that you all have a lovely, relaxing weekend.
Miss Jones and Mrs Dobkin
01/04/2021 at 17:14
What an end to the term! 6S looked brilliant coming into school this morning in their Star Wars Day costumes. Thank you all for putting in so much effort. As well as demonstrating a very impressive knowledge of all things Star Wars and some excellent lightsaber skills, the children also consolidated their understanding of the active and passive voice by acting out different active and passive sentences and labelling the subject and object. We also made sure we were ready for action by completing a ‘Train Like a Jedi’ workout!
It was a sad day for me today to be saying goodbye to you all, but I’m sure I will still ‘see’ you via computer screen, and I will certainly be keeping up with all your news via Mrs Dobkin. Thank you for your lovely cards and well-wishes. I hope you all have a great Easter break and I know you will have a brilliant summer term at Farfield.
Mrs Sykes 🙂
19/03/2021 at 16:59
In English this week we have been learning about the active and passive voice. The children got the hang of this quickly, asking great questions and making some marvellous mistakes which helped us to gain a deeper understanding of how the passive voice works. I was very impressed as I watched the imaginative sentences being written (by bananas).
In Science, we found out more about the circulatory system. We acted out the journey of the blood around the body, showing how the blood cells go from the heart to the lungs (to collect oxygen and drop off carbon dioxide) and then back to the heart so they can be pumped around the body. We then made our own diagrams to show what we had learned.
The children have enjoyed their P.E lessons for the last two weeks. We have been doing an hour of SAQs and basketball, followed by an hour with a football coach. This week was especially enjoyable: the sun was shining and the children all put in 100% effort and were suitably exhausted at the end!
In maths, we have been finding the area of triangles and parallelograms. Can you remember the different formulae we have been using?
- Maths SATs workbook p60 and p61 (area and perimeter)
- English SATs workbook p.35 (passive voice)
- Spellings on Spelling Shed
- All homework is due on Wednesday 24th March. The children can mark their work using the answers at the back of the SATs books.
Special Mentions this week went to Charlie and Lucy – well done!
Have a great weekend!
12/03/2021 at 16:54
It’s been so lovely having 6S back together again! The children came in with such big smiles on Monday and their positivity and enthusiasm has continued all week. I’ve been really impressed with how quickly the children have got back into the swing of lessons in the classroom and with the work they have produced this week. Seeing the children playing together at playtimes has been wonderful; we’ve even had some sunshine to cheer us all up even more!
In English this week, the children wrote diary entries about one of the chapters in Wonder from the point of view of August, Jack Will, Julian or Mum. The children put a lot of effort into this task and I was reassured to see that they had not forgotten how to write on paper! In fact, the children showed that they had not forgotten any of their Year 6 writing skills; they thought carefully about their punctuation, sentence structure and how they could edit and improve their work.
In PSHE with Mrs Swindlehurst, the children did some work around respect, tying in with our school rules: Ready, Respectful, Kind. The children thought carefully about this and, following the lesson, some children have made a particular effort to be even kinder and more respectful than usual! Mrs Swindlehurst was particularly impressed with Ethan’s poem from this lesson:
In Maths, the children have been working on finding the perimeter and area of rectilinear shapes. Being back in the classroom together, we have been able to do some great problem solving activities and I have been really pleased with the children’s determination, perseverance and resilience in these lessons.
Special Mentions this week went to Alex and Phoebe and the 6S winner of our World Book Day competition was Alice! Well done!
We are not setting any homework this week, but it would be a good idea to try to catch up on your Mathletics assignments if you know you have some still to complete.
Have a brilliant weekend everyone and I will look forward to seeing you all again on Monday!