Autumn 2 English.
In English, we have been studying 'The Journey' which is written by Francesca Sana. The story is based around a refugee family who have to flee their home following the outbreak of war. We began by focusing on character development and discussing the thoughts and emotions of the mother before, during and after the events. We used a variety of oracy strategies to discuss if we thought the family should flee the war or stay. We wrote a letter from the viewpoint of the mother to express her desire to leave the war-torn area. We then packed our suitcases, where the children were only allowed to choose 2 sacred or special items for the journey. Along the journey, the children encountered a number of problems which they had to solve. To do this, we wrote persuasive letters, diary entries to express our thoughts and poems to incorporate our emotions. Our final piece was an explanation text, written from the perspective of one of the children, about their survival and the impact the War had on their lives.
We have also been learning about the story of Dracula, where Jonathon Harker had to embark on a horrible journey to teach Dracula english. Unknowingly, his wife to be (Mina) was in great danger. Children created a collage of the 5 main parts of the story. After understanding the story, they wrote a news report on the terrifying incident that occurred on the outskirts of London.
Autumn 2 Maths.
This term we have focused on fractions: simplifying, equivalent, adding and subtracting, multiplying, ordering and comparing, multplying and dividing fractions with a whole and the order of operation with fractions. Also we continue to build our resilience by using Ray Maher's STOPs problem solving.
Autumn 2 Science.
In Science this term, we have been studying electricity. We started off by understanding the origins of electricity and where it came from. We then started to look into what made a circuit and familiarise ourselves with the symbols. After understanding the terminology we then created our own circuits and used scientific enquiry to explain why a specific circuit worked or didn't. ' A circuit needs a battery, a bulb and the wires to connect correctly to ensure that a circuit works. The bulb will light up to show that the circuit is complete.' stated Saibo (6KT).
'When adding a second battery to our circuit, the bulb became lighter as the battery produced more power around the the complete circuit.' stated Eesa (6TP).
On Thursday 20th June 2019, three year six children represented Farnham Primary School in a debating competition hosted by the Bradford West Rotary Club.
The event, which was held at the Guide Post Hotel, was a challenge for the children who had to work together to gather ideas to create an award winning discussion. Their chosen theme was to consider the negative effects of teaching fairy tales to children. The judges and the members of the Rotary Club commented on how confidently they had delivered their thought-provoking discussion and how well they had used research to develop a convincing argument. The competition was tough: their fellow competitors certainly offered them a challenge, however the children spoke with passion and deserved to win first place.
We are extremely proud of the children involved and look forward to the next competition in 2020.
Welcome back to Year 6, our Year 6 teachers are Mr Parker (6TP) and Mrs Thewlis (6KT)
Our support assistants are Mrs T Akhtar, Mrs S Akhtar and Mrs Shetty. This half term we have been on an amazing trip to Whitby where the sun was shining for us. We travelled to Whitby to see how coastal erosion was affecting Whitby’s coastline.
In English we have been learning about ‘The Lady of Shalott’ and have been practising our writing skills by writing character descriptions, letters and an alternative story.
In maths our focus has been place value and the four operations. We have incorporated fluency, reasoning and problem solving in all aspects of those strands.
In science we have been learning about how to classify living things and have written a biography about Carl Linnaeus who created the classification system.
In geography our focus has been coastal erosion. We have explored this using our maths skills and have created a case study based on the Holderness coast.
Additional Information for Spring term.
14th January 2020 - Maths curriculum day.
16th January 2020 - Parents workshop from the NSPCC on online safety.
17th January 2020- 6KT class assembly.
29th January 2020 - Year 6 online workshop.
30th January 2020- Year 6 SATs meeting for parents.
Weekly boosters are continuing every Wednesday 3-4pm, it is important that your child attends to prepare them for the SATs in May.
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