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Should we be proud of Samuel Marsden?

Friday 15th February | 1 comment

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!

One response to “Should we be proud of Samuel Marsden?”

  1. Zoe F Briggs says:

    Well done Year 6 for all your hard work… You have really earnt your rest over the holidays

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