Learning with a Growth Mindset

Farsley Farfield Primary School.

Thank you for all your support. £1713 raised for Unicef.

October 30, 2015 at 11:13 am

Thank you to everyone for all the donations that were brought into school for Unicef to help support the refugees from Syria. A total of £1250 has been brought in to school and our Just Giving site has collected £463.25, giving a total to date of £1713.25.

The children all had a wonderful day and everyone enjoyed doing lots of  Maths based on the book 365 Penguins and worked hard to achieve their Mathletics Certificates. Across school, 143 children achieved their Mathletics Certificates in the week of World Maths Day.

A special Mathlete of the week trophy, a china penguin, decorated with the hive colours, was awarded to Sally in 2F. Well done to all the children who raised money for Unicef by gathering sponsors for their Mathletics totals during the week.


Logo Hexagons

Farsley Farfield on Made in Leeds TV

October 15, 2015 at 8:06 pm

Here is the special feature that Made in Leeds TV broadcast on the evening of our special event. Many thanks to Matt Millington the journalist who put the feature together and Ian Wray, President of Leeds Photographic Society who took the drone footage and photographs on the day.

Logo Hexagons

Some more amazing pictures….

October 14, 2015 at 7:14 pm

Click on the images in the spiral to open them up.

Logo Hexagons

An amazing World Maths Day

October 14, 2015 at 6:46 pm

Yesterday we celebrated World Maths Day. It was an amazing day; what an incredible sight to see all the children and adults dressed as penguins or in black and white.

From 8.00am children / penguins could be seen waddling across the playground and coming in to school early to do Mathletics!

Once school started, every class was busy doing Maths based on the book, 365 penguins. Do check out our class blogs to see what each year group did. (Links will be added here soon.)

School Council did a wonderful job of leading the special assembly.

After assembly the whole school went outside and together they performed the Numberfun Keep Fit routine and then danced to the song, ‘I’m a penguin and I can fly!’

After school, over 100 children stayed on for more Mathletics! The Mathletics clubs went on until 5.00pm and then it was Family Movie time and we gathered together to enjoy the movie, ‘Happy Feet!’ The children were served slush puppies, ice pops and pop corn! We stopped the movie for a very special interval, when we watched a clip on Made in Leeds TV, which featured our special celebrations of World Maths Day. (Link will be added when available)

The whole day was planned by the School Councillors and our aim was to show everyone what fun Maths could be…. I think we definitely achieved that goal. In addition to this, we wanted to raise money for Unicef, to help support Syrian Refugees. So far we have raised over £1000. For children who have gathered sponsorship for their Mathletics achievements, their weeks score will be sent home on Monday, so not all money has been collected in yet. Further donations can be brought into school or paid online at https://www.justgiving.com/FFPS .

Thank you to everyone for supporting this amazing day. 🙂


Logo Hexagons

The plan for World Maths Day.

October 10, 2015 at 1:57 pm

The School Councillors have been very busy again this week, meeting twice to plan and organise World Maths Day and the fundraising for Unicef, in aid of Syrian refugee families.

Here is the schedule.

  • Tuesday October 13th 2015 – World Maths Day. Dress as penguins or in black and white. Children will also be making masks at school, so everyone will be able to be a penguin on the day.
  • Bring a donation to school, or you may wish to donate at https://www.justgiving.com/FFPS
  • Children from Year 2 can also collect sponsors for their Mathletics score for the week from October 13th to 19th.
  • 8.00am Mathletics Challenge starts! Year 2 children are welcome to come early. 2F doors will be open. KS2 children can join the challenge in 6W, entering through the Year 6 cloakrooms. Children do not need to register for this event.
  • In class,  everyone will be busy doing Maths based on the story 365 Penguins or Little Penguins. 365 penguins 10 penguins
  • 10.00am Whole School Assembly. All staff and children will gather in the South Hall for a special assembly led by the children in the School Council. Extracts from the assembly will be posted on the blog after the event so families can share this special event too.
  • 10.30 am Penguin Keep Fit and Dance session. The entire ‘waddle’ of penguins will gather on the South playground to perform the Numberfun Keep Fit song and do an improvised dance to a song from the movie, ‘Happy Feet.’
  • Back in class, Maths and learning will continue for the penguins.
  • After school Mathletics Clubs, will run for an extended session to 5.00pm., although hungry penguins can be collected from our usual finishing time of 4.15pm, for feeding. (Snacks will be available at the club, to help fuel brains)
  • Happy Feet Family Movie. 5.15pm. South Hall. Tickets need to be purchased in advance. Chilled out seating, so you may wish to bring a cushion; there will be benches for adults and mats for the young penguins. Refreshments of ice pops, slush puppies, penguin biscuits and popcorn will be available. Tea and coffee for adults. You are also welcome to bring a picnic tea along. We are liaising with Fun Club, so that children from Fun Club can come to the movie and then parents would come and join their children at their normal collection time. (A Family ticket will still need to be purchased)

All the money collected through donations, payments to https://www.justgiving.com/FFPS, , Family Movie Tickets and sponsorship money will all go to Unicef to support Syrian refugee families.

The School Council also hope that the day will show everyone what fun Maths is and that it will inspire everyone to keep practising their Maths skills. The book 365 Penguins, will also make us reflect and think about the impact that global warming has across the world.

Below are the words which children from the School Council will read at the start of our assembly. They will also be writing poems and prayers, which we will share on the blog soon.


The School Council would like to thank the whole school community for their support and help with this event. We will post lots of pictures and videos of the event and keep you informed about the progress in fundraising.

Thank you, from Mrs Fisher, Mrs Lambert and Farsley Farfield School Council.

Logo Hexagons

Getting ready for World Maths Day!

October 6, 2015 at 7:11 pm

The School Council met again today to discuss plans for World Maths Day and they have asked that I share the plan with everyone through the blog.

On World Maths Day, we would like everyone to have lots of fun doing lots of Maths, while also rising lots of money for Unicef, to help support Syrian refugee families.

    • Everyone is going to come to school dressed as a penguin, or wearing black and white! This is because we are all doing Maths based on the story, 365 Penguins. This is a story about penguins who have had to leave their home, because of the ice cap melting. While this is an environmental disaster, the story does also help us to reflect on what it would be like to have to leave your home because it had become an unsafe place to live in.
    • All day we will be doing Maths! The doors will open from 8.00am and some children will start the day with a Mathletics breakfast! In the morning every class will do some Maths based on the 365 Penguin story. In the afternoon, children may do other lessons, but links will be made to Maths, penguins and the Syrian refugee crisis.
    • After school – more Maths and more fun! The Mathletics clubs that take place on Tuesday’s will run on later and children will be able to keep playing until 5.00pm. After this, at 5.15pm, we will be having a special family film evening, in the South Hall. Together we will watch the movie, Happy Feet, and enjoy slush puppies, ice pops and pop corn! A donation of £3 for this event is requested, all proceeds going towards Unicef.
    • Making a difference together! As this is a very special whole school event, we will start with an assembly in the South Hall at 9.15am, led by the school council. Weather permitting, at the end of morning playtime, we will all gather in the South playground for an impromptu mob dance to the song, ‘I’m a penguin, and I’m a bird!’ This will be followed by a Numberfun, Keep Fit Song, with the moves led by the school council.

[gview file=”http://ffgrowthmindset.primaryblogger.co.uk/files/2015/10/Im-a-penguin-lyrics.pdf”]

Here is the music for the Numberfun Keep Fit song, so you can practise this too!

Raising money for Unicef and Syrian Refugee families

All our school community is very concerned about the plight of so many Syrian families. Together we wanted to raise some money to try and help these families. Whilst on World Maths Day, we will be doing lots of Maths and having lots of fun, the main aim of the day is also to raise money for Unicef, to help them support the Syrian refugee families. There are several ways you can donate money.

  • Bring in a donation on the day – Tuesday October 13th.
  • Children in Year 2 – 6 have Mathletics Sponsorship forms. You can sponsor a Mathlete, for their total points during the week, October 12th – 18th.
  • Bring the family to the movie evening and enjoy ‘Happy Feet.’ The donation of £3 per family, includes ice pops, slush puppies and pop corn.
  • You can donate on our special Just Giving link – https://www.justgiving.com/FFPS  (Sponsorship money can also be paid directly into this Just Giving site. )

Many thanks to everyone for all their support and enthusiasm in the event.

We’ll be posting lots of pictures of the event, so please do check all our class blogs soon!

Thank you, from the Farsley Farfield School Council.

Logo Hexagons

World Maths Day – Tuesday October 13th

October 2, 2015 at 5:42 am

Together, we count and make a difference.

World maths day_3



Together the children in the School Council have helped to organise a fabulous day of events to help us ‘Be Great Learners’ and also ‘Be Good Citizens.’ Here is a brief outline of the day…

On Tuesday 14th October, everyone at Farsley Farfield Primary School will be taking part in a very special day. Together we will be using a book called 365 Penguins to inspire Maths activities in every class. Dress up as a penguin, or in black and white for the day!

While this story is about 365 penguins who leave their home because it is in danger and seek to find a new place to live together, we will also be thinking about the millions of children and their families who are leaving Syria to try and find a safe place to live. Together, we will be raising funds for Unicef to help the plight of Syrian refugees.

Here is a video produced by Unicef about the life of a Syrian child refugee.

Numbers help us to do so many things, but look at these numbers and think about what they tell you…



As well as doing lots of penguin themed maths activities, all the children from Years 2-6 will be taking part in the Mathletics World Maths Day challenges. School will open early for Breakfast Mathletics and the after school Mathletics clubs, attended by over 100 children, will run on until teatime! On the World Maths Day challenges, children can earn Unicef points, which Mathletics and 3P learning will turn into money donated towards Unicef and their ‘School-in-a-box’ project.

Children will also have their own sponsorship forms and can choose to collect sponsors for their weeks score on Mathletics. This money will all go to Unicef to help them with their work supporting Syrian refugee families.

We have also set up a Just Giving page, so donations can be brought into school, or brought in by your penguins!

Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 05.29.53 Click to link to FFPS JustGiving page.

At the end of the day, there will be a family event, watching ‘Happy Feet.’

A letter will be going home, along with a sponsorship form for children in Years 2-6. A copy will also be embedded here soon.

It’s going to be a brilliant day! We’ll be stretching our brains and challenging ourselves, while raising money for Unicef and Syrian refugees together.

Be great learner +Be good citizen=World maths day_1



Logo Hexagons
Skip to toolbar