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5L: The Adventure Continues

26/04/2019 at 16:16


This week has been a little bit chaotic as a result of the bank holiday and various different activities that we have been doing but the children have all coped really well.

In maths we have been looking at angles. We started by using a protractor to measure existing angles, then moved on to drawing them ourselves. The children all did really well with this! Towards the end of this week, we started looking at some more tricky angles including angles on intersecting lines, angles around a point and triangles. It has been a little more difficult to get our heads around this but I have been so impressed with the amount of effort that the children have put into developing their understanding.

In literacy we have been looking at explanation texts. In order to get a really good idea about how explanation texts work, the children each designed an interesting machine based around the ideas of Wallace and Grommit’s ‘Cracking Contraptions’ and are building up explanations of how they work. Keep your eyes peeled for further developments next week!

On Thursday, all of the children in 5L were given the chance to go out with Chris Young from British Cycling, who will be helping out with the cycling on residential. They learned more about being safe on their bikes as well as some advice about cycling off-road. The next time the children go out, it will be to Otley Chevin (see the previous letter for more information).

Enjoy your weekend!


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Rainforest Sewing

26/04/2019 at 16:16


To complement our work on the Amazon rainforest, the children researched some of the many different types of plant and animal that can be found there.  We then decided to bring these findings to life by creating felt versions of them!

Firstly, we used some scrap felt and practised some different stitches.  Once we felt confident, we drew a picture of what we would like our animal to look like and devised a step by step plan of how we would create it.  We thought carefully about the materials we would use, and any problems we may need to troubleshoot.

Next, we created a template and cut this out before pinning it to the felt we had chosen.  We carefully drew around our template then cut it out with scissors.  It is very tricky cutting felt with school scissors, but we got there!

Then for the fun part… adding the detail!  Some pupils chose to create flat animals, stitching on felt for different features.  The rest of the pupils cut out their templates twice, stitching their two pieces of felt together and stuffing them to create 3 dimensional animals.

I am so proud with absolutely everyone for persevering; sewing can be very frustrating and tricky! Our finished designs look incredible!

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Happy Holidays

29/03/2019 at 16:25


Hi all,

The children have been working exceptionally hard up the the Easter break and have made me very proud with some of their recent test results. They are showcasing their learning and have achieved scores which they should be very proud of.


We have continued to focus on persuasive writing and have now produced our very own brochures to advertise Farsley Farfield Primary School. The children worked well as teams to decide on the different elements of the school they wanted to talk about. We are now in the final stages of completing our brochures and we will finish these after the Easter break as they has so much information to record.


For homework over the Easter break I have sent both learning log and Maths.

Maths – please log into Mathletics and complete the set assignments I have done.

Learning log- Get out and get active! Have fun and take some pictures along the way to show what you have been up to.


Have a wonderful and well deserved break,

Miss Jones

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5L: A New Week

22/03/2019 at 16:00


There may only be one week left until the Easter holiday but 5L have not slowed down one bit!

In literacy this week we designed a village in which all the children could exist as their own characters. Everyone had a name and a role within the village and had to design their place of work and homes on the map. The children created some really fantastic characters, such as Mark Schmellow (who owns the sweet shop) and a vet named Yvette! However, it seems our village was not to last…

We soon received a letter from a Mrs Vera Meen, which informed us that parts of our village were to be demolished to make way for a new motorway. As a result, the children are preparing to write some persuasive letters to try and convince Mrs Meen to build her road elsewhere.

In maths, we have been looking at fractions, decimals and percentages as well as how to convert between them. The children did a fantastic job with this and picked it up really quickly, even showing that they were able to convert fractions whose denominator was not a power of 10!

Finally, in music we have been learning how to rap the theme song from ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’. This is quite probably the most difficult song we have learnt this year and the children have done really well with it. Have a look at the video below and see what you think.

There is no learning log homework this week as I want to have a really got look at the children’s 500 word stories. There will be a learning log next week but until then, I would like all the children to really focus on their spellings by logging in to Spelling Shed.

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Working with Decimals!

15/03/2019 at 15:40


Over the last few weeks, Year 5 have been doing a lot of work with decimal numbers. We have been adding them, subtracting them, ordering and comparing them and even finding numbers that sit exactly halfway between them! But by far my favourite lesson was the one where the children worked in pairs to plot decimal numbers on a number line. it was really lovely to see the children working so well together and to listen to some of the truly fantastic explanations and reasoning that were going on.

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A New Week in 5L!

08/03/2019 at 16:34


What a week we’ve had in 5L! Where to even begin?

In our literacy lessons we have started looking at persuasive writing. To kick things off, we looked at how adverts are designed to persuade you to buy their products or services. We then had a go at creating some adverts of our own. The only catch was that the products we were trying to sell were essentially useless, which meant the children had to be really persuasive. Do you think they managed it?

For our science lesson this week we had a wonderful visit from the performers of ‘Abbie Ayre and the Shed of Science’ who taught us all about pollution and keeping our air clean with the help of Dr. Ayre, Abbie, Charlie and Derek 5000. The children absolutely loved it and hopefully learned quite a bit about pollution and how we can help reduce it. I wish I had some pictures to share with you but I’ll be honest, the performers were so good I completely forgot!

And of course to round it all off we had our World Book day celebrations. I was so impressed with the costumes that they children came in – I don’t think I have ever seen so many unique and fantastic characters appear in my classroom! Throughout the children have been hard at work coming up with stories of their own adventures in C.S. Lewis’ magical land of Narnia based around music from the film. Keep your eyes peeled for future blog posts, where we will hopefully be able to share these with you.

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