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Wrapping dance up with a ribbon…

29/03/2017 at 16:08


This half term, we have had a great time exploring different styles and techniques in dance. We started off by thinking about how we could use our bodies to tell a story and imagined we were fireworks exploding in the night sky. The children came up with some really imaginative movements based around a firework display.

Then we moved on to creating more intricate dances based around a theme. This half term the theme was the Wild West and the children seemed to really enjoy dancing around as if they were cowboys!

Finally, we finished off the block by looking at how different props (in this case ribbons) can enhance our movements. The children loved having the ribbons out and used them really well to develop the dances that they had created. The results can be seen below.

All in all, I am really impressed with all the children that have danced so far this year. They have been enthusiastic and willing to try all kinds of new and unfamiliar things. One more group to go and I’m sure that they will be just as fantastic!

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Mosque visit

23/03/2017 at 11:48


This week 5L and 5B enjoyed a visit a mosque in Bradford in connection with their RE topic this term entitled “What do I know about Islam?” We were made very welcome as we were shown around the mosque. They listened incredibly well as the Imam told them about the Quran and some of the prophets (as we have been doing in lessons). The children asked some excellent questions and were very well behaved.

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Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

07/03/2017 at 14:31


In PE this week we became survivalists! First, we discussed what is needed to survive and we rated these things in order of importance.  We decided that shelter is necessary for survival and went on to discuss what a good shelter needed.  The pupils agreed that a shelter does not need to be fancy; it just needs to protect someone from rain and wind a potentially provide some warmth.

The group split into three smaller groups, who then competed against each other to build the best shelter.  They were rated on:

  1. How water-proof the shelter was.
  2. How sturdy the shelter was.
  3. How comfortable the shelter was.

To test how water-proof the shelters were, we took some large bottles filled with water! You can guess what happened next!

I was incredibly impressed with all three groups.  They showed brilliant team work and used each member to their strengths. It turned out pupils were very interested in the theme of ‘survival’, so we may look into this further next week.

Below are the three shelters.

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This Week in Year 5

03/03/2017 at 17:57


We are now two weeks into the second half of the term and both classes are continuing to do well.

In Literacy we have been continuing our work on persuasive adverts. The children have been working in small groups to create their own adverts designed to sell ‘useless’ products (such as a toilet roll hat or umbrella shoes). We had some very interesting results!

In Maths, we have been continuing our work with decimal numbers – moving from comparing and ordering decimals to adding and subtracting them. The children have been applying the addition and subtraction methods that we learnt at the start of the year and have done really well (despite the addition of a decimal point).

In Science we had a closer look at the parts of plants by dissecting a few in class. The children were able to see for themselves all of the different parts of some flowers and compare them. They noticed that some flowers have parts that others don’t (for example the stamen) and discussed why that might be the case.

Finally, to end the week we had our World Book Day celebrations. The children came as a variety of different characters in some fantastic costumes that really brightened up the classroom. Throughout the day, the children put their persuasive skills to the test in a Storybook Courtroom where Alice (of Wonderland fame) had been put on trial for the theft of the Queen of Hearts’ jam tarts. Some children created arguments to defend Alice, using the evidence provided to find new suspects. Others used it to prove that Alice was the only one who could have committed the crime. Both sides presented some brilliant arguments but in the end, the jury in 5L decided that Alice was guilty. Off with her head!

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Leeds City Cross Country Final

02/03/2017 at 20:12


This afternoon, Mr Tiffany and Miss Barraclough took 22 children from years 4 – 6 to the Leeds Cross Country final at Middleton Park, which is next to the John Charles Centre for Sport. The weather was… erm… classic cross-country weather with rain, high winds and the occasional splash of sun.


They were competing against schools from across the city and there were approximately 100 children in each of the races. Every Farfield child that took part was a superb example of what makes a great citizen; they gave it their all and should be immensely proud of themselves because they never gave up and ran their hearts out.


Because there were so many children running, the results take much longer to process so we don’t have the final standings as of yet.




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5B Advertising!

02/03/2017 at 13:26


This work is related to our lessons on persuasive language.  We’re taking orders, but be quick ; we expect these products to fly off the shelves!


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