11/05/2020 at 07:00
Good morning 6S,
I hope you all enjoyed the bank holiday weekend and are ready for the week ahead. Had it not been for lockdown, you would probably all have woken up this morning feeling a bit nervous ahead of SATs week. Instead, we have another week of home learning! Hopefully you are feeling quite pleased that we do not have to complete a week of tests this week, but I know some of you might be feeling disappointed, frustrated or even worried about the cancellation of the tests. I would like to reassure you that there is absolutely no need to worry: you will have plenty of other opportunities over the next few years to demonstrate your knowledge and take exams, and your high schools will be given all the information they need to support you when you start in September. Your parents and I don’t need to see your SATs results to know how brilliant you all are, and you are impressing us so much more by the independence, resilience and creativity you are showing at the moment than you ever could by achieving a scaled score of 100 on a test. So, let’s all enjoy the fact that SATs are cancelled!
We might not be doing SATs, but we do still need to do some work, so here are your tasks for today. Full details are on Google Classroom:
- English – Using Personification in a Setting Description (BBC Bitesize lesson)
- Maths – Simplify Fractions
- Topic – Science – Parts of the Circulatory System (using the sheets from your resource pack)
- English – Reading Comprehension
- Maths – Compare and Order Fractions
- Topic – ICT – Coding
I will be available on Google Meet at 11:15am on Monday and Tuesday if anyone would like any help with their maths work.
Here are a few more examples of your excellent work from last week.
Art / Nature Challenge:
This is a poem following the structure Metaphor, Onomatopoeia, Rhyme, Emotion, Repetition, Alliteration, Personification, Simile. Well done if you managed to follow the structure exactly, but also well done if you applied the techniques to your own structure – rules in poetry are often made to be broken!
I am a tiger, my teeth are swords.
My claws slash the air.
My fur is like a cloud and my roar is really loud.
Look into my eyes, a sea of grey.
I love tigers, I love tigers, I love tigers.
Tame terrible tigers.
my deadly black striped dance in the wind.
I am majestic, like a bird.
M The monster is a blazing fire,
O He snarls at the birds and roars at the squirrels,
R His teeth as big as the humans beneath,
E He strikes fear into the heart of anyone he sees,
R He is pain He is pain he is pain,
A The monster mauled the Mini kids,
P He’s the personification of pain,
S He’s as scary as a thousand of the ugliest witches, riding mouldy broomsticks.
I was walking through the woods,
I then pulled up my hood.
I was surrounded by trees,
all of them were around me.
Everything extremely dark,
all the trees and all the bark.
The wind was howling,
and the darkness was growling.
The moon was like a light,
but it only shows at the darkest night.
While I was walking walking,
all the crows were squawking squawking.
All of the woods out over there,
That is the home of my nightmare.
The Midnight Unicorn
Her fur was a black as the night,
But her horn was shiny and bright,
Her mane was a think blanket,
No one ever saw her eyes,
Her hooves clashed in the moonlight,
Her neigh echoed in the night,
Some people believed,
And some people didn’t,
Rumors were spread,
That the unicorn was dead,
Nobody had seen her for weeks,
And danger was in the air,
She had protected the city,
Her fighting was pretty,
Some people believed,
And some people didn’t,
The city grew dark,
The unicorn hadn’t left a mark,
They couldn’t fight for themselves,
They relied on the unicorn,
They didn’t know how to fight,
To them it was a terrible fright,
Some people believed,
And some people didn’t,
One night they was a boy,
Sat playing with his toy,
He heard the sound of hooves,
It made him jump to his feet,
Out of the corner of his eye he saw,
Something that made him drop open his jaw,
The midnight unicorn,
Shimmering her glossy horn,
Some people believed,
Some people didn’t
From the day the city was out of danger,
Even from the single stranger,
The city felt alive,
Everyone was happy,
The enemies were gone,
As the unicorns horn shone,
And nobody didn’t.
Also well done to everyone who labelled the organs of the body correctly…
And to those of you who completed a presentation about a famous historical figure – I will share some of those later in the week.
Looking forward to seeing what you get up to this week!
06/05/2020 at 07:00
Good morning everyone,
Thanks for all the excellent work you’ve submitted already this week.
Lots of fantastic art and photography inspired by nature…
And a very creative collection of poems…
10 Things Found in a treasure chest
Sparkling gold the size of bottle tops,
A silver chain as heavy as a bowling ball,
A sack of gems glistening in the moonlight,
A map as old as time,
A mysterious book clamped tight shut with a small lock,
A crown engraved with jewels,
A rusty goblet filled with gritty sand,
A knife carved out of bone,
A ring filled with amber as bright as fire,
Not a single key to be found.
10 Things Found in an ogre’s ear
A big clump of earwax, so, so gross.
A family of maggots, he’s a really great host.
A half eaten sandwich and the bread is blue.
Toe nail trimmings, just put there for you.
A slimy slug to keep as a pet.
Loads of hair, all greasy and wet.
Fungus growing in every nook and cranny.
Furry cheese that he’s saving for his granny.
Rotten leaves from when he slipped on the ground.
And, a really yucky smell that is really all around.
10 Things Found in Willy Wonka’s Pocket
A pack of ever-lasting bubble gum to shut your friends up
White chocolate flavoured dark chocolate
Grey haired toffee that makes your hair go grampa
Hot ice cream for cold days
A roll of lickable wallpaper for a tough day at school
A receipt from www.weird tailcoat.co.uk
Coca cola water pistol to have refreshment
Seed for a toffee apple tree
A bag of 3 course dinner chewing gum for less washing up
Luminous lollies for a midnight snack
10 Things Found in my chocolate cake
Hidden weevils in the bottom layer,
A worm crawling through the inside.
A stray onion peel from my last night’s cooking.
My phone that I somehow mistook for some butter.
My underpants (still a mystery to how they got in there)
Vinegar (It needed water but my tap was to stiff)
Vinegar bottle (What else was I meant to do with it)
Cardboard (someone said it was recyclable so I recycled it by using it in my cake)
My Dads bread dough (I accidentally poured the mixture into the bowl my Dad was using)
Cat fur (my cat came and accidentally sat in it)
10 Things Found in hell
The gates of death
Moments of a soul’s last breath
Helpless bodys gasping for air
Bodys in deep despair
Hades sitting on his throne
Made of rotting bone
Screams and moans of the dead
Cerberus ready to be fed
Nightmares roam around
Pain is the only sound
All of this every day
Until each soul rots away
The children have also been working hard to use the active and passive voice correctly and to calculate the angles of quadrilaterals and polygons.
Here are the details of tasks for the next two days:
- English – Reading Comprehension – The Circulatory System
- Maths – Problem Solving (and an optional extra challenge: Beat the Nation)
- Science – Human Organ Matching and Labelling
- English – Poetry Lesson 2
- Maths – Problem Solving
- P.E challenge
- Google Meet – general chat, quiz, jokes and opportunity to ask questions or get help with work – Now at 11am!
For the last two weeks, I have been holding two Google Meet sessions each week to go over the maths work, and one Google Meet for a chat, some games and a chance for us all to see each other and say hello. I will continue this structure next week, so please do join in if you can. Don’t be shy to come along to a maths session – we just try to help each other with any questions we got stuck on and we usually have a bit of a chat as well. If anyone would like any extra maths help but is feeling a bit shy about Google Meet, do let me know and I’ll try to come up with a solution.
I know a few of you are still having some technical problems with Google Meet, so please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help. I usually ask the children to open a Jamboard (which is like a digital whiteboard) before they join the meeting. The link for this will be in a post somewhere near the top of the Year 6 English Classroom, so do look out for that.
Thank you and have a lovely day,
04/05/2020 at 07:00
Good morning 6S,
I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Here are the details of your tasks for the next two days:
- English – SPaG – Active and Passive Verbs
- Maths – Angles in Special Quadrilaterals
- Topic – History – Make a presentation about a famous person – due on Friday
- Google Meet – midday (support with maths questions and any other questions the children may have. Also feel free to pop in just to say hello!)
- English – Poetry
- Maths – Angles in Regular Polygons
- Topic – Art / Nature Challenge
- Google Meet – midday
Hopefully you have collected or received a second pack of printed resources to support with the home learning for the next few weeks. I will let the children know on Google Classroom when they need to complete each of these tasks. In maths, we are still using the sheets from the previous pack so hang onto the new ones for now!
Have a great week everyone,
01/05/2020 at 07:00
Thank you all for another excellent week of home learning! Here are your final tasks for the week:
- Maths – Friday Maths Challenge
- English – Spelling Quiz 2
- English – Finish off Stories with Flashbacks Lesson 3
- Google Meet – 11am – general chat, a couple of games and an opportunity to go over any questions from the week. Can you think of a joke or riddle to share with the class?
Lots of you have made excellent starts to your flashback stories. Here are some extracts from some of your work so far:
As I remain on my tiny stool playing my beloved piano I hear voices, strange familiar voices, but I can’t quite figure out what they mean. I carry on pressing the keys that leave a wonderful whirl of passion, until that passion is once again broken by the familiar voices. I can’t quite make out what I can hear but I start to see shadows of white smoke peering over my shoulder. I turn my head to the pale shadow and suddenly start imagining things – my past… (Jaya)
As the music got louder the memories became more vivid and I had a vision in my head of what happened on that awful night. (Elsa)
My long wrinkled fingers gently press the piano keys, the soft soulful sounds bounce around the room, my foot taps slowly to the rhythm of the tune. So calming and relaxing it makes me have heartwarming thoughts as I’m transported back to when I was a little boy. (Corday)
I stood up and slowly and wandered over to the piano. I sat down on the cushioned seat and re-played the notes in my head. My fingers gently pressed on the keys and the room filled with the sweet sound of music. Playing this tune reminds me of my closest friend that I ever had. Arthur. All of a sudden the memories rush back and I remember…. (Sophie)
I sit down on the soft cushioning as the stool creaks. Taking a deep breath I start. As my fingers dance across the keys, the familiar tune fills my ears as all my memories come flooding back. The warm feeling comforts me. It fills the room with all the great memories of my past. Especially my beautiful wife. How life has changed since she has gone and not for the better. I have felt so lonely without her. She was the highlight of my life. It seems like yesterday when we were together. I will always remember her. (Betsy)
As I sit on the cushioned seat, I start to play some wonderful songs from my past. These songs bring me so much joy and happy memories of my wonderful late wife Jasmine. We had so many good times back in the day… (Lewis)
Every morning I sit in my black, comfy music chair playing and playing until my hands ache. Piano is my life. It makes me think and remember. Remember sad things and nice happy things. I played our song. I called it Mia after her. I miss her. (Erin)
The man walked forward to his piano ready to play. He finally got there, sat in his seat and began playing a sweet tune. He played a couple of his favourite songs and began playing his own tune. Being himself he played the chords C D and E over and over again until one of the sounds he made reminded him of something. (Riley)
I can’t wait to read the rest!
If you would like any other activities to do today, don’t forget about Mathletics, Spelling Shed, TT Rockstars, Sir Linkalot, Draw with Rob, BBC Bitesize, The Hour of Code or free audiobooks on Audible.
Also, do send me your videos if you’ve been getting musical this week like Betsy!
Hope to see you later for the Google Meet.
Have a lovely weekend,
29/04/2020 at 07:00
Good morning everyone and welcome to your mid-week update from 6S.
Firstly, details of assignments for the next two days:
- English – Reading aloud task using Fluency Tutor. I have given the children instructions about how to do this on Google Classroom, but they may need a bit of support as it is a new website for them.
- Maths – Angles in a Triangle – Special Cases
- Topic – Geography – The World (continents and maps)
- English – Stories with Flashbacks lesson 3
- Maths – Angles in a Triangle – Missing Angles
- Topic – P.E activity
- Google Meet to go through any maths questions the children would like help with – 1pm
I have already received some excellent work this week. The children have worked hard to write a short story with a flashback, using a change of tense to indicate the shift in time (which is much harder than it sounds!).
The children have also been busy finding out more about the heart and its job. As part of this assignment, the children measured their heart rate before and after exercise and recorded their results. We found out that the average resting heart rate in 6S was 80.6 beats per minute and the average heart rate after exercise was 116.5 beats per minute – an increase of 35.9 beats per minute!
I wonder who can explain why our heart rates go up when we exercise?
Perhaps these pieces of work from Harry, Zachary and Pareen can help us explain:
These concept maps were completed on Brain Pop. If anyone hasn’t managed to log onto Brain Pop yet, please try to complete this by Friday, as there are lots of really useful resources on there.
This week I have also been able to spend some time reading the diaries that the children wrote last week. I asked the children to just write down the simple, everyday things. I didn’t expect that I would be quite so moved by the work they submitted. Some diaries were humorous, lots made me hungry, mostly I was just impressed by the children’s positive attitudes and the ways that families are getting on and doing what they need to do to get through this time together. One diary, written by Erin, really resonated with me, and she has given me permission to share it here.
Erin’s diary reminded me of the worries that children may be feeling and the importance of us acknowledging these worries and finding coping strategies. Mrs Swindlehurst has put together some excellent resources on the school website to support children with relaxation at home. There are several different story massages and visualisations that you might like to try. Here is an example of one of the massages:
You can view all the resources by following this link: https://www.farsleyfarfield.org.uk/relax/
I would also love to share with you The Book of Hopes, a beautiful online book put together by Katherine Rundell (one of my favourite children’s authors) to inspire hope at this time. The book features contributions from over 100 children’s authors, including Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, David Almond, Michelle Paver, Abi Elphinstone and so many more. Each author has written a short story or poem or drawn an illustration. It doesn’t need to be read all in one go (although you may want to!) – it is perfect for dipping in and out of if you have a moment where you feel bored or sad or frustrated or restless, or perhaps if you are looking for some creative inspiration! I really hope you will all have a look.
Once again, thank you to all the children for sharing their work and putting in so much effort.
27/04/2020 at 07:00
Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a lovely weekend.
Today, three new assignments will be posted for 6S on Google Classroom:
- Maths – Vertically Opposite Angles
- English – Stories with Flashbacks Lesson 1
- Topic – Science – The Heart (investigation and Brain Pop lesson)
Tomorrow, there will be three new assignments:
- Maths – Angles in a Triangle
- English – Stories with Flashbacks Lesson 2
- Topic – Music – Bitesize quiz and optional music challenge!
This week I will be available on Google Meet at 1pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday to support children with any maths questions they may have struggled with. Children will just need to click on the Meet Link with their work in front of them if they would like to join in. It was lovely to see so many of you on our call on Friday. For those of you who were having technical issues, do look back at last week’s blog post or get in touch with me and I’ll try to help you get successfully connected.
And finally, I’ll leave you with a little video of three children jumping on a trampoline 260 times with 26 soft toys (sped up to 8 times its original speed) – enjoy!