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500 Word Stories

25/02/2019 at 08:19


Good morning 6S.

Please follow this link to a website with the top 50 entries to last year’s BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words Competition. Read through the stories. Be thinking: what was your favourite story? Why was it your favourite story? What did characters do that you liked/didn’t like? Comment in the comment box below. Everyone should write a comment!


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Should we be proud of Samuel Marsden?

15/02/2019 at 15:46


Although there is no CGP revision homework this half-term, children should take the time to look at some of the areas of maths and literacy they feel they need to work on. Children have already identified these areas and made a note of them at the front of their white work books or in their planners. Please email me (chris.sharp@farsleyfarfield.org.uk) if you would like more guidance on which area of the curriculum your child needs to be revising further.

As well as this, all children have a poem to learn off-by-heart. On Friday 1st March, all Year 6 children will take part in a Poetry Slam competition. We are looking for children speaking audibly, fluently and with great expression. Children also have an individualised spelling list to practise.

In maths this week, we have begun to look at algebra. We started by looking at function machines. Children wrote contextual stories to develop their understanding of what the function machines were actually doing. Children were also encouraged to look for patterns. Below are some of the examples of questions children have been asked to complete.

Later on in the week, children started looking at substituting symbols and letters with numbers to complete formulae. I have been really impressed with the children’s attitude to learning this week; algebra can be a particularly abstract concept but children have used stories as well as familiar visual representations (bar models, number lines) to help them complete the tasks.

In literacy, children have been developing their persuasive writing. To do this, they were asked to consider whether Farsley should be proud of Samuel Marsden. Despite many of the wonderful things he is remembered for (bringing Merino wool to Farsley, working for King George III and being an important Christian missionary to Australia and New Zealand), lots of children in class could not ignore his reputation for extreme severity or the fact he was known as the ‘flogging parson’. Using persuasive sentence starters (without doubt, it is clear that, in my opinion) and cohesive devices (furthermore, in addition to this, as well as doing…), children have produced a piece of writing in an attempt to convince the reader whether Farsley should be proud. What do you think?

In reading, children have looked at author choice questions. In RE, we looked at the importance of the bible to Christianity and were fascinated that there are common people to three main religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. In PE, children finished off their module this half-term. I’ve been teaching tag-rugby and have been really impressed with the skill and energy levels of all children; we have the makings of a very good tag-rugby team!

Have a very restful week off. We shall see you soon!

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Percentages, Biographies and Samuel Marsden

08/02/2019 at 15:37


Another lovely week!


A small percentage of children are becoming quite forgetful in regards to returning homework and planners on time. Some children have spent their Dojo Time completing homework which should have been done at home.

Maths: Read Red p56, 57. Do White p46

English: Read Purple p3. Do White p8, 9.

Children should continue to access Times Tables Rockstars, Mathletics and Spelling Shed as well as enjoying reading. Children are encouraged to take a little-and-often approach to this: 5 minutes a night of each of these activities is more than ample.

In maths, children have continued to work on percentages. They have used their understanding to find percentages of numbers. Children have found finding 10% (by dividing by 10) very helpful. Earlier in the week, children solved problems such as 14% of _____ = 21, 89% of _____ = 178 and 64% of _____ = 192.  Today, children completed problems such as the ones below:

Answers in the comments below!

In literacy, children have used their timelines to write biographies. Children have used a range of cohesive devices (time adverbs, conjunctions and synonyms) to ensure their writing has flow. Children have also been challenged to write complex sentences and sentences which begin with a sub-ordinating conjunction: because, although, as, despite etc… Children will spend time next week editing their biographies. We will share completed ones written with parents – I am sure you will find them all very special!

Today, children have worn red to raise awareness (and money) for the Leeds Children’s Heart Surgery fund. As well as this, children completed a sentence to write on a heart detailing something they loved:

Because they are all very friendly and cute, I love all four of my animals – who couldn’t love our furry friends?

As it lets me be in my own world, I love playing netball – it is the best!

I love chocolate: it fills me up and tastes amazing!

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Percentages and Paired Writing

01/02/2019 at 15:19


An excellent week in 6S – even if it has been a little cold!

Maths: Percentage Problems. Read Red p54, 55. Do White p44, 45

Literacy: Adverbs. Read Purple p23. Do White p31

Spelling: Statutory word list spellings. Children should have brought home a list of 10 target words to practise. Children should also keep accessing Spelling Shed.

In maths this week, children have developed their understanding of percentages. The children started by recognising that percentage means part out of 100 and begun to recognise simple fraction and percentage equivalents: 45/100 = 45%, 62/100 = 62% for example. Children used their understanding of equivalent fractions to help find more complex fraction and percentage equivalents (3/4 = 75%, 5/8 = 62.5%) before looking at decimal equivalents as well.

Towards the end of the week, children found percentages of amounts. They understood that finding 10% was the same as dividing by 10. By the end of the session, children were able to find percentages of different amounts: 35% of 80, 28% of 650, 99% of 200. A question similar to this is expected in the arithmetic paper of the SATs; we shall keep practising this concept to develop further understanding and confidence.

In literacy this week, we have continued with work around point, evidence and explain to support our longer written answers in reading. Over the following two weeks, we shall look at the different areas of reading (content domains such as vocabulary, retrieval, inference, comparing and contrasting, prediction) and develop our skills in each.

As well as this, children have taken bullet-point notes from longer pieces of texts before producing some paired writing around Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Children challenged themselves to use adverbs and sub-ordinating conjunctions to form complex sentences as well as continuing to use Year 6 level punctuation: colons, semi-colons, brackets and dashes.

In order to develop vocabulary, we are completing word-of-the-week activities in school. Last week’s word was amateur: children were challenged to think of synonyms, antonyms, a definition and use the word in a sentence. The coloured cards below allow children to self-assess how confident they are with this word. The statements range from never having heard the word before (red) to knowing what the word means and being able to use it in a sentence (green).

In PSHE, children thought about the idea of homelessness: they considered why people may become homeless and what difficulties they may face without a home. In History, we have learnt about the feats of engineering achieved by Brunel. Next week, we will look more locally and learn about the impact Samuel Marsden made in Farsley. We have a walking visit to St John’s Church, Farsley on Monday morning; please ensure children wear warm clothes and sensible footwear.

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6S Visit Sunny Bank Mills

28/01/2019 at 16:20


A lovely morning was had by all at Sunny Bank Mills. We learnt about the textile industry of Farsley and even had a go at some weaving ourselves. The machines must have been very noisy when they were introduced; I can’t believe children had to climb underneath to clean them while they were still working!

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Another Excellent Week

25/01/2019 at 15:29


What a great week that was in 6S: the children have worked hard and should be very proud of how well they completed their second set of practice SATs.


Using the CGP books, please read pages 46 and 47 of the red maths book (percentages) and page 24 of the purple literacy book (prepositions). Once the children have read these pages, they should complete pages 38 and 39 in their white maths workbook and page 32 in their white literacy workbook. Children will begin work on percentages next week in maths whilst there were some common misunderstandings around prepositions in this week’s grammar practice SAT.

Aside from practice SATs, children have had a brief introduction to percentages: children were taught about percentages representing parts of 100 and that 100% is equal to the whole, the total or, in some cases, simply one. Children have also revised adding and subtracting decimal numbers. It is important that children line up the numbers correctly in their place value columns when writing out decimal calculations. With practice, children shall become much more confident at this.

In literacy, children have begun reading an adapted version of Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Using point and evidence, children have answered retrieval and inference questions from chapters 1 and 3. Using evidence from the text to support longer answers is an expectation of Year 6 and I am pleased to report that lots of children are already confident in doing this.

Children also enjoyed sharing the timelines they created as homework.  There are lots of fascinating lives within the families and friends of 6S! Thank you to all family members who have support the children in completing this task.

In PSHE, children have continued their work around migration by looking at human rights. Next week, the children will look at a number of stories of how different children live around the world and consider if their human rights are being neglected.


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