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25/01/2019 at 15:55


Hi all, we have had a good week in 5J this week and have worked particularly hard on our writing and spellings.


This week the children have produced two pieces of writing. They were asked to put themselves into Grendel’s shoes (the demon from Beowulf) and write a diary from his perspective. I was exceptionally impressed with the way the class captured Grendel’s emotions at different points of the story!  Well done!

Later in the week we were looking at describing a setting and using all of the skills we have learnt so far this year. The children really challenged themselves and the writing produced was phenomenal! One piece even received a headteacher sticker! I am hoping this level of writing will continue now that they have proved how confident they are with their writing skills.


This week we have explored some Anglo Saxon sources and looked at what it can tell us about their lives. The children were very engaged and produced some good work. Impressively, they directly linked elements that they could see within the sources to write their explanations.

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Miss Jones

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18/01/2019 at 15:59


This morning was a rather unusual one in 5J. As we were working hard, completing our Beowulf comics, we were invaded by the children of 6H. They demanded that we got out of our seats and moved into a corner of the room, took our belongings and even tried to steal Barnaby the Maths Bear! We were all feeling rather confused and bewildered!

The reason we had 6H invade was to show what it was like when the Anglo Saxons invaded Britain and how the people would have felt. Following on from the invasion we looked at some of the kingdoms which the Anglo-Saxon’s named and used our Geography skills to locate these on a map.

Can you remember any of the names of the 7 kingdoms?


In English this week we have been working on our persuasive writing techniques. The children have written a letter to Grendel – the demon from Beowulf to urge him to stop killing the men of Heorot. The children produced some impressive pieces of writing and applied lots of the skills and vocabulary taught.



In Maths we have started looking at equivalent fractions. The children have used their division and multiplication knowledge well to solve a range of questions. We will be moving onto ordering and comparing fractions next week.



E-Saftey! This week we have focused on being safe online and what can be done to keep yourself safe online. The children discussed a range of dangers such as addiction to games, fraud, online chats and using images of yourself. We produced posters to show these dangers and ways of dealing with them if necessary. I also reminded children that there is a page on the school website which they can visit if they are worried or concerned about anything.

Here is the link – https://www.farsleyfarfield.org.uk/safeguarding-information-for-children/



Enjoy the weekend (and the snow if it stays).

Miss Jones

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18/01/2019 at 15:49


At approximately half past nine this morning, the children of 5L lost their classroom to savage, brutal invaders. Just who were these horrible raiders, you might ask? None other than the children of 6S! (Okay, maybe they weren’t really savage, brutal and horrible, but they sure did a fantastic job!)

How did this happen?

It all started when we invited Mr Sharp into our classroom to help us with our music lesson. Once he arrived however, he decided that he quite liked our classroom and brought the whole of 6S in as well. To make room for their occupation, 6S pushed the children of 5L into the book corner, where we were forced to remain for the rest of their occupation. To make matters worse, they even took one of our children to serve them!

While we were stuck in the corner, we started to wonder why Year 6 had decided to invade and came up with lots of reason such as the size of the classroom and the fact that it had a bigger interactive whiteboard.

Eventually, our occupation ended and 6S returned to their own classroom. Finally free, we were able to consider the point of the invasion.

What was the point?

The purpose of the invasion was to help the children understand how the Britons might have felt when they were invaded by the group collectively known as the Anglo-Saxons, who did much the same thing as 6S.

  • Originally invited in by King Vortigern, the invaders were supposed to be helping the Britons  to defeat the Scots(which, to be fair, they did actually do).
  • However, the invaders then decided that they wanted to stay given the resources that were available in Briton and brought in more of their kind, pushing the Britons into Wales.

A HUGE thank you to 6S for being such wonderful invaders – particularly Evie and Ryan, who did a fantastic job guarding us and stealing all our resources away!

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The Return of 5L!

11/01/2019 at 16:45


Welcome back after what I hope was a very enjoyable and relaxing holiday! 5L have really hit the ground running in this first academic week of the new year.


In literacy this week, we started looking at a well-known Anglo-Saxon story (which also may be the oldest surviving long story in written in Old English!). That story is, of course, Beowulf.

To begin with, we spent some time considering how the Anglo-Saxons told stories. We discovered that, because many of them were unable to read or write for a long time, many of these stories and epic poems were told orally. To get a sense of what this might have been like, we spent some time coming up with short stories based on a piece of music we had listened to. It was tricky to do without having  written it down first, but the children who were brave enough to try did very well for a first attempt.

We then got to grips with a basic overview of the story, focusing in on the monster Grendel’s attacks on Heorot. More to come on that next week…


In our maths lessons, we started by recapping the work we had covered last term to make sure that the children hadn’t forgotten everything over Christmas. Miss Jones and I were relieved to find that they hadn’t!

Once that was done, we had a look at the equals sign in more detail. We discovered that it simply meant that the two sides had to have the same value, but that it could be expressed in a number of ways. For example:

3 x 4 = 12

3 x 4 = 6 x 2

3 x 4 = 7 + 5

Can you fill in the blanks of these equations to make them equal?

5 x 40   =   10 x __

14.5 x 10 = 1.45 x ___

7 + 9     =     __²

Overall, a very successful start to our new term and I am certain that the children will continue to do their best and show us just what they are capable of.

2019, here we come!

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The end of 2018!

21/12/2018 at 15:06


Hi all! We have had a super busy end to the term and the children have impressed me with their hand work, singing and acting skills.

We have completed some of our end of term assessments whilst also preparing for Christmas performances and the children have done very well. I am impressed with their focus and the skills they have demonstrated.


On Monday we went on a trip to Bradford Media Museum to have a look inside the Wonderlab. The children explored lots of scientific concepts that we have looked at this year and were also treated to a workshop all about space. It was very interactive and even involved using some chemicals to represent how light changes.  Here are some images of our day.

This week we have been practising our reading skills by performing poems to the class. The children were given ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ to rehearse and perform. I was very please as at the start there were a few children who didn’t want to perform to the class.

I would also like to say a huge thank you for the gifts I have received for Christmas, they are lovely. Have a lovely break and spend lots of time with friends and family enjoying yourselves! Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Miss Jones

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Blue moon

07/12/2018 at 18:56


Hi all,

We have had a busy week in Science this week exploring a number of different concepts.


We started the week looking at the different seasons and how the Earth’s orbital cycle alters these throughout the year. We explored the difference between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere and learnt that at some points, parts of the North and South Poles have periods of complete darkness or sunlight! We looked at the rotation of the Earth and where it is in its orbital cycle and the children worked collaboratively to create a fantastic explanation of this process.

Following on from this, we looked at the different stages of the moon. There was a lot of vocabulary to understand including: waxing, waning, crescent and gibbous. The children listened exceptionally well to the learning and were able to accurately label a diagram of the moons phases.

What can you remember? 

How long does it take for the moon to complete one full cycle? 

What is the definition of waning? 

What phase of the moon are we currently seeing?

What is meant by a blue moon? 

Here is a short video to show the phases of the moon.

We have also spent some time practising our vocals for the Christmas production. We are getting much better and are looking forward to the performance.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Jones

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