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Science

14/03/2018 at 12:35

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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!

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6S news 9th March 2018

09/03/2018 at 15:57

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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.

HOMEWORK:

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.

 

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Human adaptations

07/03/2018 at 12:33

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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!

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Snow, snow, glorious snow!

02/03/2018 at 15:49

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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.

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Poetry Slam and Converting Measures

23/02/2018 at 15:59

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HOMEWORK

SPELLING: Children to continue to practise words from the Year 5/6 Spelling List. There will be a Spelling Bee Competition in the first week after Easter.

MATHS: Converting measures activities. Read p 62, 63, 64, 65 of red revision book. Complete p50 and p51 of white workbook.

LITERACY: Colons, semi-colons and dashes. Read p44 and p45 of purple revision book. Complete p51 and p52 of white workbook.

In maths this week, children have looked at converting measures and solving measurement problems. Children began the week learning about the metric system (g/kg, mm/cm/m/km, ml/l) and the importance of 10, 100 and 1000. After this, we refreshed our knowledge of some important measures. Children need to be able to recall basic measurement facts: 10mm in 1cm, 100cm in 1m, 1000m in 1km and similarly for ml and l and g and kg. Next week, children will learn how to convert from imperial system to the metric system as well as continuing to solve problems.

In literacy, children have worked on colons, semi-colons and dashes and used these to write complex sentences about Victorian mills. In reading, they have revisited the content domain dogs that help children focus on particular types of reading questions. There are 7 different content domain dogs:

  • Vocabulary Victor encourages children to identify other meanings for words in texts;
  • Rex the Retriever finds information straight from the text;
  • Inferencing Iggy is a reading detective and uses clues to help work out the answer;
  • Summarising Sheba asks children to summarise pieces of writing into shorter paragraphs or sentences;
  • Arlo the Author encourages children to think about why the author has used certain words or presented the text in a particular way;
  • Predicting Pip encourages children to think about what will happen next in the story and the possible consequences of a character’s actions;
  • Cassie the Commentator asks children to compare and contrast different characters, settings or themes within and across stories.

Children should also be aware of their reading target. Ask them at home and see if they can remember!

In history, Year 6 are continuing our work on Victorian England by looking a little closer to home: the children have begun to learn about Samuel Marsden who is a very important figure in the history of Farsley. Today, we were delighted to be welcomed by Reverend Paul Tudge at St John’s Church for a small talk about Samuel. The children also took time to visit the memorial garden created in Samuel Marsden’s memory. Whilst there, the children completed some research to find out more about his life. Next week, we shall be discussing whether Farsley should be proud of Samuel Marsden. What do you think so far?

 

Finally, thank you to all children in Year 6 who learnt their poem for the Poetry Slam. I was blown away by the quality of the performances on Thursday morning and all of 6S should be exceptionally proud of their performances.

 

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Human Evolution

21/02/2018 at 12:50

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This week in science we looked at the evolution of humans and we compared humans to some of our ancestors, looking at similarities and differences in physical appearance and in skeletons. The children looked very carefully and did a great job! We then discussed how scientists are making new discoveries as they research different aspects of DNA further. We finished with a quiz test which tested us on the percentage of DNA that we share with other living things. We guessed correctly that we share 98.8% DNA with a chimpanzee but we were astonished to discover that we share 50% DNA with a banana!

 

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