17/04/2018 at 08:31
Click on the link above to find a child’s attempt at Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation paper. The child was so close to getting full marks but actually got zero! In your literacy book, write down the errors that were made. You may work in a pair but each child should have work in their own literacy book.
Tuesday 17th April
LO: To spot and correct errors.
- Wrong suffixes chosen. It should be manageable, harmful and selfish.
- It should be “You may bring sandwiches and juice or water for the trip, but glass bottles are not allowed.
23/03/2018 at 15:38
Spelling: Continue practise of Year 5/6 Spelling words in preparation for a Spelling Bee competition after the Easter holidays. Children should have a copy of the Year 5/6 Spelling list in their planner. Children can come and see me for a new copy should they have lost this.
Maths: Work on Coordinates and the four quadrants: Red Revision book p82, 83. White work book p70, 71.
English: Purple Revision book p53. White work book p61.
After what feels like an extremely long week, I am delighted to write this week’s blog – 6S have had a very positive week indeed!
This week, the children have completed a set of practice SAT papers. The children have shown great determination, perseverance and resilience throughout the week and this has resulted in some excellent scores being achieved. I hope to report to all parents next week detailing how well each child has done in this set of practice SAT papers so parents are aware of what your child is on track to achieve at the end of Year 6.
As well as practice SATs, we have also been continuing with the wide and varied curriculum.
In maths, children have been working on coordinates in the four quadrants. Starting off the week with a simple game of battleships (who doesn’t love battleships?), the children have progressed to locating and plotting points in all four quadrants. They have solved problems, worked out secret messages and thought about plotting the vertices of shapes onto quadrants too.
Can you solve the secret message below? Can you create your own secret message on a four-quadrant grid?
In literacy, the children have continued their work on The Highwayman. Taking on the role of the landlord, children have written a letter to the King demanding answers for why his daughter is now dead. Children have continued to show progress in their writing through use of writing targets and basing their work on other successful letters they have read. I have been particularly impressed with those children using online thesauruses to improve the level of vocabulary in their writing – higher-level vocabulary is a target for many children in the class. What are your child’s writing targets? They should know!
In PSHE, we have been considering how refugees feel about having to move country and how, as a school and as a country, we should react to refugees coming to England. The children have debated this issue extremely well allowing others to express their opinions as well as challenging views that they or others may not agree with.
As well as all this, the children have had time farming, making shepherd’s pie and coding spheros. Both our Year 6 boys’ and girls’ football teams have been in action as well. The Year 6 boys have played football on the day this blog is being written so please check the school’s sports results page on the website for an update. The girls performed well in a tournament at Priesthorpe School with other teams from the Pudsey cluster. Out of four games, the girls won three and were unlucky to only draw the fourth by all accounts. They finished top of their group thanks to their excellent performances.
14/03/2018 at 12:35
This week we finished our work on evolution and inheritance. We looked at selective and cross breeding and put pictures in different parts of a Carroll diagram to show the parents and offspring. Some were quite obvious (e.g. the Labrador and poodle parents and the Labradoodle offspring) but some were strange such as the Wild Mustard Plant parent and the broccoli offspring!
We then went back to the original vocabulary list that we started with and the children could then see what they have learnt. Some of the progress was amazing!
We finished with a fun creative activity where the children had to create their own creature with adaptive traits that could withstand extreme cold, camouflage in the environment, hunt for its own fish and meat, defend itself against predators and live in an ice hole. We had some amazing creatures!
09/03/2018 at 15:57
In maths this week, children have investigated perimeter and area of rectilinear shapes, triangles and parallelograms. The children have learned lots of different rules and formulae to help them find missing numbers to area and perimeter problems. Videos about this can be found below:
Once children knew how to find the perimeter and area of rectangular shapes, they investigated into how they could use their knowledge to find the area of triangles. A rectangle can be cut in half diagonally to make two triangles; half the area of a rectangle must be the area of a whole triangle.
In reading, children have worked on their inference and deduction skills. Using the texts from the 2016 KS2 SAT paper, children have answered inference questions supporting their answers with evidence from the text when necessary. A PowerPoint all about about inference can be found here: Inference PPT.
In writing, children have begun work on a poem by Alfred Noyes called The Highwayman.
Children used a program called Clicker 7 to write a character description. They were challenged to use ambitious vocabulary as well as relative pronouns, modal verbs and words from the Year 5/6 Spelling list. Next week, the children will write a newspaper article describing the events of the story.
Spellings: Continue to learn words from the Year 5/6 Spelling List that can be found in children’s planners.
Maths: Area of Triangles and Parallelograms. Red: 70, 71. White: 60, 61
English: Apostrophes and Inverted Commas: Purple: 42, 43, 49, 50. Due in Friday 16th March, 2018.
07/03/2018 at 12:33
While looking at adaptations through evolution, we looked at the advantages and disadvantages of certain adaptations, especially in humans, such as forward facing eyes, binocular vision and bipedalism. We also looked at how humans are the only living things who can intervene in evolution and whether this is a good thing or not – although everyone agreed that Labradoodles are lovely!
02/03/2018 at 15:49
Homework due Friday 9th March
Maths homework: Red book p66, 67. White book p56, 57
English homework: Purple book p40, 41. White book p47, 48.
Spelling Bee: children will have been sent home with instructions for the Year 6 Spelling Bee competition which is due to take place after the Easter holidays. Please continue to learn the Year 5/6 spelling list words.
What a week at Farsley Farfield!
We really should be very proud of our continued commitment to enjoying our fantastic grounds whatever the weather. I had the absolute pleasure of leading a game of Capture the Flag in the snow on Wednesday afternoon. All of the children participating in the game did so excellently and it was one of the best games I have ever seen – we shall definitely be playing that again! Thank you too all the children and families in 6S for your effort this week.
In maths, the children completed work converting miles into kilometres. The children thought about when this might be an issue and then used the formula of 5 miles = approximately 8km to solve various problems including the following:
Raj cycles 45 miles over the course of 3 days.
On day 1, he cycles 16 km.
On day 2, he cycles 10 miles further than he did on day 1.
How far does he cycle on day 3? Give the answer in miles and kilometres. Answers in the comments below!
In literacy, children have used their persuasive and discussion writing skills to debate whether Farsley should be proud of Samuel Marsden. Children have made good use of their writing targets to ensure that they are making good progress. There has been some misuse of commas in some Year 6 writing recently. Homework this week should make it clear to children when to use a comma.
In PSHE, children have begun their learning around drugs. John, a policeman from Pocklington, spoke to Year 6 about the possible dangers and risks of taking drugs (legal or illegal) and explained the law’s views on certain drugs too. Children were engaged during the talk and asked questions to further their understanding of an important subject.