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Life in the Trenches

15/11/2018 at 10:04

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I have been very proud of the children in 6H for their mature, respectful attitude towards the many commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Last Friday, all of Year 6 did a brilliant job of leading Key Stage 2 in an assembly of Remembrance including a recitation of “In Flanders Fields”; information about Farsley’s own WW1 pilot, Charles Butler; the Last Post; two minutes silence; and traditional readings. It was also fantastic to hear about all of the events the children attended over the weekend.  Thank you to parents & carers for supporting the children and taking them to these events.

 

This week, we have been challenged by two classic war poems: “Dulce et Decorum est” by Wilfred Owen (verse one only) and “The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke.  Again, the class has shown maturity in discussing the meaning and themes of these tricky poems. Next week, we will be writing our own poems using many of the techniques we have seen in our studies this week.

 

In History, we looked at trench warfare. What was it and what was it like for soldiers? The children are becoming very knowledgeable about the “Schlieffan Plan” and how alliances had a direct impact on how the first months of the war progressed. They may wish to spend more time looking at the BBC Schools website we used in class. Click on the photograph below to reach the website.

Two soldiers in flooded trench

In numeracy we have been carrying on with our work on fractions. The focus this week was finding common denominators and finding common numerators to be able to order fractions.

Primary Maths Challenge:

On Thursday morning, some of our best Year 6 mathematicians represented our school at the national Primary Maths Challenge. Co-op Academy Priesthorpe hosted the event for our local area. The children were given the opportunity to complete the national challenge test then took part in fun but challenging Maths activities with other very able Year 6 mathematicians from the Pudsey area.

Science:

This week we looked at the bread experiment and made observations about the micro-organisms we could see. Interestingly, Mr Harris’ desk has no visible mould growing…yet! Worryingly the class stationary seems to be the front runner. We are all very excited to see what next week will grow, I mean show!

 

Homework:

  • Learning Log: Due Wednesday 21st November.
    • Find out about the First World War Farsley Airfield that was located on our school grounds.
  • Spelling: ce/se Homophones – Spelling activity due Wednesday 28th November
  • Reading Comprehension: Comprehension work is due on Wednesday 21st November.
  • Times Table Rock Stars – Everyone is now able to log-on and should spend some time on this website at home each week. Try to improve the red areas on your heat-map.
  • Maths Homework: Due Thursday 22nd November – Finding common denominators in order to subtract fractions
  • Christmas Show Rehearsal: This year’s KS2 Christmas show is “Oliver”. Year 6 are responsible for leading the singing with strength and enthusiasm. Please encourage your child to practise some of the songs at home. Clips from the class film are available on You Tube. Songs to practise include “Consider Yourself”, “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two”, “Food Glorious Food” and “Oliver!”.

A letter has been sent home about the quality of Learning Log homework in 6H. Please take some time to go through completed homework with your child and ask them to consider if it shows evidence of thought, care, effort and pride.

Year 6 homework should always:

– fill the pages given (usually two pages)

– be neatly presented

– have all spelling checked

– have every sentence correctly punctuated with capital letters and full stops

– have correct capital letters on proper nouns (e.g. names of people, places, institutions (universities, hospitals etc), titles of books/poems)

– include a drawing, diagram, photograph or design in presentation

 

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We Will Remember Them

08/11/2018 at 12:11

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We have had a very meaningful week launching our topic on Remembrance and the First World War. The children have been very respectful and thoughtful about an interesting but serious topic.

On Monday, the children were inspired by the line, “To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high” from the poem, “In Flanders Fields”. They want to take up the torch of remembrance and peace by encouraging others in Farsley to take a few moments to remember all those who sacrificed their future in the First World War.

The children made felt poppies and painted poppy stones which they are placing around Farsley. They hope that anyone who finds a stone will take it to the Farsley Cenotaph and spend a few moments in quiet remembrance.

The Ceremony of Remembrance at Farsley Cenotaph will take place on Sunday 11th November at 1:00. We encourage all Year 6 children and their families to attend this important commemoration. Mrs Heap will be there with 3rd Farsley Brownies and 1st Farsley Guides.

Other local Remembrance events this weekend include:

  • Threads of War at Sunnybank Mill on Satuday 1:00-4:00. Mrs Heap plans to be there at 3:00.
  • Pudsey Parish Church Festival of Remembrance on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Mrs Heap will be attending. Farsley Scout Group plans to share information about the Farsley Airfield on our school grounds.
  • Lighting of the 100th Anniversary Beacon on Woodhall on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. 

    Note from the organisers:“PLEASE NOTE, THERE IS NO PARKING ADJACENT TO THE AREA, AND ACCESS IS VERY LIMITED AND ON ROUGH TERRAIN.

    ACCESS WILL BE WALKING ONLY FROM WOODHALL OR CALVERLEY VILLAGE. THOSE ATTENDING SHOULD BRING A TORCH.”

Every child in 6H has had the opportunity to present the poem “In Flanders Fields” with a group. I have been so impressed with the number of children who have memorised the poem and thought carefully about how it should be said.

Our Literacy and History lessons are completely intertwined at the moment. On Wednesday, we examined the causes of the First World War and each country’s story of alliances and rivalries. Children worked in groups to create large timelines of the years leading up to August 1914 when war broke out. They are now able to explain the Triple Entente, the Triple Alliance and how events led to Europe “falling into war.” Ask them to explain how it was a bit like a fight on the playground or in a pub.

 

Bar fight  — Click here to read the “bar fight” analogy of the start of the First World War.

In Numeracy we have been revisiting fractions. We have been trying to master simplifying a fractions by using common factors represented in a variety of different questions.

For example:

Althought this does simplify the original fraction it isn’t it’s simplest form. What is the largest common factor you could divide the numerator and denominator by to find it? 

Did you know that the line that separates the numerator and denominator is called the Vinculum?

It has also been an incredibly active week in Year 6. During the first two weeks of the half-term, every child has the opportunity to take part in three half-days of Bikeabiilty training. This training is so important for children as it teaches them to be safe on the roads, not only when riding their bikes, but when on foot as well. Road and vehicle awareness will become even more important as these children move on to high school and are more independent.

New PE allocations have begun. Mr Garlick took a group of children to The Depot bouldering centre for their first session and captured some fantastic photos. Other groups enjoyed team-building activities in OAA and a session at Gym Magic.

In science this week we have been looking at micro-organisms – or rather, we HAVEN’T been looking at them as we have discovered that they are too small to be seen without a microscope! We focused non three main types – fungi, bacteria and viruses.

We found out the thousands of bacteria can fit on a full stop and viruses are so small that they can live inside a bacterium!

We have more bacteria in our mouths than there are people in the world!

Using the Scientific Process, we set up an experiment to find out where we will find most micro-organisms in our classroom. We rubbed slices of bread in a variety of locations, sealed them and we will look at them over the next few weeks to see if our predictions are correct.

Homework:

  • Learning Log: Due Wednesday 21st November.
    • Find out about the First World War Farsley Airfield that was located on our school grounds.
  • Spelling: Keep practising words from the Year 5/6 list. We will be having a test on these w/b 12.11.18
  • Reading Comprehension: Comprehension work is due on Wednesday 21st November.
  • Times Table Rock Stars – Everyone is now able to log-on and should spend some time on this website at home each week. Try to improve the red areas on your heat-map.
  • Maths Homework: Due Thursday 15th November.

A letter has been sent home about the quality of Learning Log homework in 6H. Please take some time to go through completed homework with your child and ask them to consider if it shows evidence of thought, care, effort and pride.

Year 6 homework should always:

– fill the pages given (usually two pages)

– be neatly presented

– have all spelling checked

– have every sentence correctly punctuated with capital letters and full stops

– have correct capital letters on proper nouns (e.g. names of people, places, institutions (universities, hospitals etc), titles of books/poems)

– include a drawing, diagram, photograph or design in presentation

 

 

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A Timeline of the Past 100 Years

02/11/2018 at 10:56

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As we think about the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, we will be researching the events of the past 100 years. These timelines will help you with your research.

Be sure to include technology, finance/business, literature, culture, politics, monarchy and sport.

Success Criteria

– use a variety of sources to create a timeline

– place items in chronological order

– select items based on importance and be able to justify your choices

– use bullet points to separate items

– align bullet points to the left and begin each on a new line

– use words and phrases rather than complete sentences

 

Timeline of Children’s Literature

Start at slide 11.

Decade by decade timeline of the 20th century

20th century Britain timeline

History of inventions

Important events of the 21st century

British History to 2005

Important events in the 21st century so far

21st century timeline

 

Think about:

  • Which events happened because of the First World War (or subsequent wars)?
  • Which events happened because Britain won the First and Second World War?
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The Unremembered100

26/10/2018 at 10:50

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We are honoured to have been asked to be involved in a very special commemoration project for the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Linked to our Farsley Airfield research and the RAF100 project we were involved with last March, we have been asked to take part in the Unremembered100 project.

This is the message from the organisers:

Unremembered100
As you took part in Name Your Plane, I would like to offer you a very special opportunity to have your community group featured on digital billboards all over the UK.  We have partnered with Clear Channel, a digital advertising agency, and throughout November they will be displaying photos of community groups commemorating 100 members of the Labour Corps from around the world. We are asking 100 community groups to take a photo holding up a certificate with the name of a member of the Labour Corps to be featured in this project and would be delighted if your group would like to take part.  
I have allocated you Edith Nattress who was 24 when she died on 2nd April 1919 while serving in the Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps in France. She is buried there in St Lazare Cemetery in Bourges. Edith was the daughter of Emily Jackson, of Knaresborough, Yorkshire.
I chose her for you as she is from Yorkshire and I hoped your students would connect with the local story. She is one of thousands that died in the First World War and has not been commemorated. By taking your photo tribute you are ensuring that she is remembered.
This morning, we took photos of a number of our Farfield children holding a certificate with Edith Natress’ name next to our Farsley Airfield plaque. It is wonderful to see young people from Yorkshire remembering another young person from Yorkshire who sacrificed her future for theirs.

You may also remember the Name Your Plane project that every child at Farfield was involved with during the RAF100 project. We’ve had some news about the art installation containing every plane we made.

Message from the organisers:

I am very pleased to announced that the Name Your Plane exhibition is now open for public viewing at RAF Museum, London.  The 4,805 planes decorated by school and community groups all across the United Kingdom are exhibited in the First World War hanger of the museum and will be open to the public until 20 November 2018.  The museum is free to enter and opens as 10am each day.  Here is a photo of the team installing the planes, I will send through some professional photographs of the full exhibition soon!
Find out more on the RAF Museum’s website:
https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/name-your-plane/
The Farsley Remembrance Day ceremony takes place at the Farsley Cenotaph on Sunday 11th November at 1 pm. It would be wonderful to see many of our Farfield families there.
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A Fantastic Start to Year 6

25/10/2018 at 11:13

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We’ve made it to the end of our first half-term in Year 6! The children in 6H have continued to impress us with their hard work and fantastic Year 6 attitudes towards their learning and behaviour. It’s going to be a very successful year! It was lovely to meet with all of you this week at parents evening. If you have any further questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The closing date for Leeds high school applications is Wednesday 31st October. Please make sure you have completed the application on-line or sent in your form before this date.

https://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/children-families-and-carers/schools-and-learning/school-places/admissions-secondary-schools

 

This week, we finished reading the end of our class novel, Kensuke’s Kingdom. The class was absolutely silent as we listened to the final words – what a brilliant story! We found an audio version on-line which the children may wish to listen to again during the holiday. If you search for “Kensuke’s Kingdom Audio”, you will find the four links for the story (1a, 1b, 2a, 2b). Our next novel will be War Horse, also by Michael Morpurgo. The children may wish to read or listen to this during the holiday.

We have also been experimenting with very complex punctuation in 6H this week. Do you know when to use a semi-colon, colon or dash to create complex sentences? It’s been a challenge but the children are making excellent progress.

In Maths, we are still working on our long division skills. This week, a lot of us have had that light bulb moment when it comes to laying it out on the page. It can be a tricky thing to master but we will keep reviewing it throughout the year.

Homework for half-term:

  • Learning Log: Due Monday 5th November. A new task has been set with two parts:
    • Memorise the poem “In Flanders Fields”. Everyone should be prepared to recite it when we return to school after the half-term holiday. We will be working in groups so children do not have to do it on their own this time. A copy of the poem has been posted below.
    • Find out about the background of the poem and the poet, John McCrae.
  • Spelling: Keep practising words from the Year 5/6 list. We will be having a test on these w/b 12.11.18
  • Reading Comprehension: Comprehension work is due on Monday 5th November.
  • Time Table Rock Stars – Everyone is now able to log-on and should spend some time on this website at home each week. Try to improve the red areas on your heat-map.

Next half-term, we will be focusing on the First World War. It’s a very interesting topic for Year 6 which includes the Farsley Airfield, Farsley’s contribution to the war effort, war poetry, War Horse and much more. With it being the 100th anniversary of the end of the war, it will be extra special this year.

The Remembrance Day commemoration at the Farsley Cenotaph will be on Sunday 11th November at 1pm. It would be wonderful if many of our Year 6 children could attend with their families. Mrs Heap will be there with the Farsley Brownies and Guides.

We hope you have a lovely half-term break!

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Let’s Harvest!

19/10/2018 at 16:57

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It was lovely to share Year 6’s last Farfield Harvest Festival with them this morning. They sang enthusiastically and laughed along with the talking Mr. Aubergine.  They showed great knowledge about the farm and enjoyed the video of the first year of the farm in 2007 – the year many of our Year 6 children were born! A special well done to the three members of 6H who accompanied the singing on their drums!

Homework:

  1. Learning Log: Due Monday 5th November. A new task has been set with two parts:
    1. Memorise the poem “In Flanders Fields”. Everyone should be prepared to recite it when we return to school after the half-term holiday. A copy of the poem has been posted below.
    2. Find out about the background of the poem and the poet, John McCrae
  2. Spelling: Adding suffixes to words ending in -fer. It should be handed in by Tuesday 22nd October. Don’t forget to keep practising words from the Year 5/6 list.
  3. Reading Comprehension: This week’s comprehension work is due on Monday 5th November.
  4. Time Table Rock Stars – everyone is now able to log-on and should spend some time on this website at home each week.

This week, we finished off our work on Tsunamis. Using their fantastic learning logs, 6H wrote explanations of the causes and effects of earthquakes and tsunamis.

In Literacy, it was sentence week. We spent a lot of time writing different types of complex sentences including those with conjunctions in the middle and those with conjunctions at the beginning and a comma in the middle. Year 6 children must use a variety of sentence types to be working at the Year 6 standard.

e.g.

The mouse ran away because he was scared of the lion.

Because he was scared of the lion, the mouse ran away.

Have a lovely weekend!

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