6MH

Welcome…

Thank you for visiting 6MH’s class blog. We are really excited to share all of our learning with you this year. Be sure to visit regularly to find pictures, memories and records of what takes place at Allerton Bywater Primary School.

W/C 21st January 2019

We’ve had another busy week in 6MH.  The children have been editing and improving their newspaper reports before starting a brand new topic of story-writing.  I’m so impressed with the children’s efforts and stories so far – they have been learning to build tension and their fantastic ideas and methods make for very engaging reading.

In maths, we have been exploring the connections between decimals, fractions and percentages and the children’s confidence with this has grown across the week.  This style of thinking will really support children with success in SATs and next year in KS3.

Children pretended to be Roman invaders in History and planned their invasion and colonisation of a Celtic town; they listed the changes they would make to the town and identified how these changes are still present in British society today.

W/C 14th January 2019

This week, we started with an exciting ‘Mad Science’ assembly where children saw how we can use red cabbage to test acids and alkaline’s pHs, and witnessed a dramatic experiment where ‘Kinetic Katie’ set her hand alight (it was all, of course, done very safely!).

On Tuesday, children enjoyed using Kahoot to test their knowledge of how the Romans changed Britain.  They each became mini-experts and taught each other about their area of specialism.

On Wednesday, children learned about their rights under the European Convention on Human RIghts, which will be the PSHE theme for the next few weeks.

On Thursday, the children were super excited to use their very own packs of highlighters, which is part of our approach to reading.  The children use different colour highlighters to show then they are using different reading strategies.  Not only did the children have lots of fun, but they were also able to see what reading strategies they needed to work on – as that strategy’s colour was missing.  For most children, this was ‘thinking like a detective’: looking for clues in the text to make inferences.

Today, children are writing their newspaper reports on an event in our class novel: Brightstorm.  The children are writing about a house that turned into a sky-ship which is part of a competitive expedition to discover new lands.  The children will also be taking home an arithmetic paper to learn off by heart; this will be their maths homework for next week.

W/C 7th January 2019

Happy New Year! It has been a wonderful week of learning in the first week of the Spring Term.  The children have been introduced to our new book, Brightstorm: A Sky-Ship Adventure, and have read up to chapter 4.  We have found that Maudie’s and Arthur’s father has been killed in an accident in South Polaris – but it sounds very suspicious.  Maudie and Arthur now have to move from Brightstorm Hall to their guardian’s house – but the question is: how long will they stay there and will the the truth about their father’s disappearance come out?

In writing we have been beginning our topic of newspaper reports, and children have been practising writing in different styles.  Some children have set their targets as having to write both direct and indirect speech.  The difference between these is:

“I walked to school this morning,” said Joe. – Direct speech

Joe said that he had walked to school this morning. – Reported speech

In maths, we have begun our topic on decimals.  Children have been learning the place value of decimals so that they can read and write numbers up to three decimal places.  We have also been exploring multiplying and dividing decimal numbers by 10, 100 and 1000.  The children have been learning that the digits do not change, rather they shift to the left or right depending on whether they are being multiplied or divided.

Topic launch day on Tuesday was very successful and the children learned about a range of things: Roman military drill; reasons for the invasion of Britain; and a little bit of Latin! They also learned about Roman mosaics and built some models of London landmarks.  In topic, children learned about the rebellion of Boudicca.

In science, we have started our topic of Evolution and Inheritance.  Children have learnt which characteristics they have inherited from their parents, and they also played at being ‘dog breeders’, breeding new types of dogs to meet a criteria of characteristics.  We have had a range of fabulous names from “Pug Terriers” to “Jack Pugles”.

W/C 26th November

This week, we are learning how we light allows us to see.  At first, we knew that we needed light to see, but weren’t exactly sure as to why.  Following an experiment involving torches and black paper, we were able to understand that light travels from a source, in straight lines and reflects off objects into our eyes.


Welcome…

Thank you for visiting 5JA’s class blog. We are really excited to share all of our learning with you this year. Be sure to visit regularly to find pictures, memories and records of what takes place at Allerton Bywater Primary School.

After designing their own Rangoli patterns last week, the three best designs were selected to be created outside the front of the Year 5/6 building. The winning entries were from: Maizie, Rosie and Alicja. In small teams, the whole class helped to bring the designs to life, and hopefully they will welcome good luck and wealth to the children of 5JA! The final results can be seen below:

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India Topic Launch Day! 4/6/2018

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5JA Newsletter – Summer 2

Dear Parent / Carer,

Welcome back! I hope you and your child had an enjoyable week off, and managed to make full use of the brilliant weather we have had recently! It is amazing to think that this will be the final newsletter of this academic year – the time has simply flown by and it doesn’t seem 2 minutes since I greeted 30 nervous but excited children at the door in September. I am immensely proud of the children for their efforts in class this year, and look forward to one final hard-working and learning-filled half term with them. Outlined below is an overview of what we will be getting up to in 5JA…

Our new topic is entitled ‘India’, and will begin with an amazing ‘topic launch day’ to really kick-start our learning for this topic. In year 5, we will be learning about the human and physical geography of this fascinating country, including some of their culture, religions, languages and ultimately being able to make comparisons with life in the UK. Towards the end of this half-term, we will look at Indian artwork, including mehndi and rangoli patterns. The children will have the opportunity to design their own rangoli patterns, and selected pieces of artwork will actually be created outside our building to welcome visitors!  

In Science, we are going to be focusing on ‘Earth and Space’. This topic traditionally fascinates children of all ages, and is regularly fed-back to staff when the children are consulted about the topics they might wish to learn about. During this unit of work, the children will investigate the movement of the planet Earth, and other planets, in relation to the sun. This will result in the children being able to explain accurately the causes of night and day, as well as time zones.

With regards to English, the children will be ‘Writing to discuss’ during this half-term. The two units that we will cover are: Newspapers and Balanced arguments.  Initially, the children will look at a news-item linked to India, before writing their own newspaper article to report the story. Later on this half-term, the children will then look at the art of writing a balanced argument, where both sides of an argument have to be considered without bias or favouritism. This unit in particular will provide a great taster for life in year 6, and the expectation on standards of writing.

In Maths this half term, we will conclude our mini-topic of ‘Geometry’. We will start by recapping angle types, and how to measure / draw angles accurately. We will then link this knowledge to shapes, and being able to find missing angle sizes on straight lines, around a point and also inside selected polygons.

Our PE lessons for this half-term will be used as direct preparation for our own Sports Day (20/6/2018) as well as the Brigshaw Learning Partnership Annual Sports Day (13/6/2018). Held at the John Charles Centre for Sport, Year 4, 5 and 6 children from across the Partnership will compete against one another in a competitive, yet fun event. In Year 5, we will be competing in Relay races, Handball and Tag Rugby matches, and so we will spend our PE lessons this half term working on the relevant skill sets. For children with longer hair, may I once again request that it is tied back during PE lessons, and earrings are removed / taped over purely for health and safety reasons. Our PE lessons will continue to take place on a Thursday, and so ABPS PE kit is required for all children on this day. Just a reminder that this is dark / navy shorts, with a plain white t-shirt.

Other key messages…

Although there will be a greater temptation to ‘play out’ after school, especially given the warmer weather and lighter evenings, it is vital that the children still keep up the high standards they have set for themselves throughout the year…

  • Reading Champions – Once again, I will record the number of times each child in 5JA reads at home on a weekly basis. Last half-term, the number of children reading 4, 5 or even more times per week was incredible, and I am so pleased that a love of books and reading is clearly thriving in 5JA. For those children who are reluctant to read, it would be brilliant if they could be encouraged to do so by the people at home – as well as by myself and Mrs Revis. Should your child wish to become a reading champion, they must read at least 5 times during the week, with evidence of this written in the school planner.
  • Homework – Year 5 homework will continue to be sent home on a weekly basis – for English and for Maths. The nature of the homework set will always be based upon current learning in class, and with an appropriate yet fair level of challenge. Where homework is handed in that is substandard in terms of presentation – or simply incomplete – then the children will have to catch up / re-do this in their own time (break time or lunch time). Homework will always be set on a WEDNESDAY, and is to be returned to school no later than a MONDAY.

Intensive Swimming lessons have been a huge success this year, with many children now able to swim a length on their front, back or even both! Also, the confidence and independence the children now have in the water is amazing to see. These lessons are set to continue on a Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure your child has with them the equipment they will need – swimming shorts / costume, towel, goggles etc.

And finally, if you have any questions, issues or concerns about anything linked to school then you are more than welcome to come and speak to me in person. I am always available straight after school for a quick chat, or alternatively an appointment can be made should you feel the need to do so.

Kind Regards,

Mr Allinson

5JA Class Teacher

Today’s Silver Friends session took place at Vicar’s Court – as opposed to our usual classroom location. The aim of the visit was for the children to observe the old school building, and hear many entertaining and educational stories from yester-year. All of the children behaved brilliantly, and thoroughly enjoyed learning about how school life has changed over the years. A big thank you to Mrs Oldroyd, Mrs Allanson and all of our Silver Friends.

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Today we were joined by a special visitor, who gave 5JA a tutorial on how to create a mosaic design. The children continued the great work started by other classes yesterday, and thoroughly enjoyed their session. They worked in groups on separate mosaics – designed by the children – to represent the village of Allerton Bywater. The finished mosaics will be on display for all to see, when they are permanently fixed to the outside of the new-build. Thank you to Mary for all her help today!

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As many of you will have noticed, there is a lot of building work going on and around the streets of Allerton Bywater – and Millenium Village, in particular. The building contractors have enlisted the help of 5JA, in order to name one of the streets. The winning child / street name will have the glory of naming a street, which will stand for the following hundred years at least! The children are currently thinking hard about their entries in class. If you have any ideas, and wish to share them with me, then please encourage your child to bring their entry to me asap. The only requirement is that the street name isn’t named after a particular person, and that it somehow links in with the local community.

5JA Newsletter – Summer 1

Dear Parent / Carer,

Welcome back! I hope you and your child had an enjoyable Easter holiday, and they are feeling refreshed and re-energised for a brand new half-term of learning. It is amazing to think we are currently two-thirds of the way through the academic year – I honestly don’t know where this year has gone! The summer term is always a really busy but exciting time of year, with Sports Days and Golden Days etc, and so outlined below is an overview of what we will be getting up to in 5JA…

Our new topic is entitled ‘The lightbulb moment’, with each year group taking on a separate mode of transport to study in detail. In Year 5, we will be learning all about Aeroplanes. We will study how technology and scientific thinking has seen planes develop through history, from the very first failed attempts at flying right through to the luxurious passenger jets that transport thousands of holiday-makers around the world every single day.  Towards the end of this half-term, we will embark on a mini-project that will see the children design, make and amend their own paper aeroplane. I’m sure they will be looking forward to that one!  

In Science, we are going to be focusing on ‘Properties and changes of materials’. This topic lends itself brilliantly to more investigations and experiments – like we did last half-term during Science week. The children will be learning about different states of matter and how these can change through processes such as melting, dissolving and evaporating. We will also try to provide evidence to see if melting chocolate and ice cubes is a reversible change or an irreversible change. We shall see!

With regards to English, the children will be ‘Writing to inform’ during this half-term. The two units that we will cover are: Biographies and Instructions. Initially, the children will look at the life and career of Amelia Earhart – the first woman to successfully fly across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Later on this half-term, the children will then focus on the clarity of their instructional writing, by writing a set of instructions in order to create a fully-functional and working paper aeroplane.

In Maths this half term, we will begin with a mini-topic of ‘Decimals’. We will start by adding and subtraction decimals, before moving onto how to convert them into fractions and percentages. As always, those children who demonstrate a good level of understanding will be challenged through reasoning and problem solving activities, whereby they must use and apply their existing skills and knowledge. 

Our PE unit for this half-term is in direct preparation for the Brigshaw Learning Partnership annual Sports Day. Held at John Charles Centre for Sport, Year 4, 5 and 6 children from across the Partnership will compete against one another in a competitive, yet fun event. In Year 5, we will be competing in Relay races, Handball and Tag Rugby matches, and so we will spend our PE lessons this half term working on the relevant skill sets. For children with longer hair, may I once again request that it is tied back during PE lessons, and earrings are removed / taped over purely for health and safety reasons. Our PE lessons will continue to take place on a Thursday, and so ABPS PE kit is required for all children on this day. Just a reminder that this is dark / navy shorts, with a plain white t-shirt.

Other key messages…

As a school, the number of weekly ‘Reading Champions’ we have is simply amazing. At last count, we had approximately 160 children across school reading at least 5 times per week at home. Once again, I will record the number of times each child in 5JA reads at home on a weekly basis. Last half-term, the number of children reading 4, 5 or even more times per week was incredible, and I am so pleased that a love of books and reading is clearly thriving in 5JA. For those children who are reluctant to read, it would be brilliant if they could be encouraged to do so by the people at home – as well as by myself and Mrs Revis. Should your child wish to become a reading champion, they must read at least 5 times during the week, with evidence of this written in the school planner.

Year 5 homework will continue to be sent home on a weekly basis – for English and for Maths. The nature of the homework set will always be based upon current learning in class, and with an appropriate yet fair level of challenge. Where homework is handed in that is substandard in terms of presentation – or simply incomplete – then the children will have to catch up / re-do this in their own time (break time or lunch time). Homework will always be set on a WEDNESDAY, and is to be returned to school no later than a MONDAY.

 Intensive Swimming lessons are set to continue on a Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure your child has with them the equipment they will need – swimming shorts / costume, towel, goggles etc.

And finally, if you have any questions, issues or concerns about anything linked to school then you are more than welcome to come and speak to me in person. I am always available straight after school for a quick chat, or alternatively an appointment can be made should you feel the need to do so.

Kind Regards,

Mr Allinson

5JA Class Teacher

Science Week in 5JA has been a roaring success! The children have attempted several practical experiments, including: Seeing what happens when different mints and dropped inside Diet Coke, investigating how water temperature effects the rate an M&M shell can dissolve, and also observing how different solids behave in water. The children have written up each investigation formally, as well as analysing their results during Maths lessons. Please ask your child about their favourite experiment, as well as what they have learnt this week!

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A HUGE well-done to three members of 5JA for taking part in today’s Debating competition. The event was held at Strawberry fields, and included teams-of-three from schools right across Leeds. I was immensely proud to witness the children speak with such confidence, presence and authority. Well done Elizabeth, Leah and Sophie for all of your hard work and dedication. Images of the competitors in action are below!

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5JA Newsletter – Spring 2 Term

Dear Parent / Carer,

I hope you and your child had an enjoyable week off, and your child is feeling refreshed and re-energised for a brand new half-term of learning. It is amazing to think we are currently at the half-way point of the year! Although the weeks are racing by, I am really encouraged by the progress made by the children so far in Year 5, and I look forward to seeing them continue to develop as we move towards the Summer term. Outlined below is what we will be learning about in 5JA…

Our new topic is entitled ‘Around the World’, with each year group taking on a separate geographical feature of our planet to study in detail. In Year 5, we will be learning all about Rainforests. We will study where they are in the world, the typical climate and ecosystem of a rainforest, as well as taking a look at the wildlife species that inhabit the various rainforests of the world. Towards the end of this half-term, we will produce a piece of artwork (collage) that has direct links to our rainforest topic.  

In Science, we are going to be focusing on ‘Living things and their habitats’. Tying in with our rainforests topic, we will look at how certain species of animals are suited to their environment of the rainforest. We will also learn about the life cycle of amphibians, birds, mammals and insects – as well as the similarities and differences of each.

With regards to English, the children will be ‘Writing to Entertain’. We will be using the much-loved children’s classic of The Jungle Book as the stimulus for our lessons. During this half term, the children will have the opportunity to write at length twice – one challenge will be to create a setting description of the jungle, and the second challenge will be to write a fictional, ‘bonus scene’ from The Jungle Book story – using their imagination.

In Maths this half term, we will continue with our mini-topic of ‘Fractions’. Building on what we started last half-term, the children will be taught how to order and compare improper fractions with mixed numbers, before moving onto equivalent fractions. As always, those children who demonstrate a good level of understanding will be challenged through reasoning and problem solving activities whereby they must use and apply their existing skills.

Our fourth PE unit for this year will be ‘Tag Rugby’. During this unit, the children will focus on their existing passing skills, ability to run evasively, as well as work on their ability to defend as a team. For children with longer hair, may I once again request that it is tied back during PE lessons, and earrings are removed / taped over purely for health and safety reasons. Our PE lessons will continue to take place on a Thursday, and so ABPS PE kit is required for all children on this day. Just a reminder that this is dark / navy shorts, with a plain white t-shirt.

Other key messages…

As a school, our weekly ‘Reading Champions’ competition is set to continue. Furthermore, the number of times each child reads at home is logged on a weekly basis. The number of children reading 4, 5 or even more times per week is incredible, and I am so pleased that a love of books and reading is thriving in 5JA. For those children who are reluctant to read at home, it would be brilliant if they are encouraged to do so by the people at home – as well as by myself and Mrs Revis. Should your child wish to become a reading champion, they must read at least 5 times during the week, with evidence of this written in the school planner.

Year 5 homework will continue to be sent home on a weekly basis – for English and for Maths. The nature of the homework set will always be based upon current learning in class, and with an appropriate yet fair level of challenge. Where homework is handed in that is substandard in terms of presentation – or simply incomplete – then the children are aware that they will have to catch up / re-do this in their own time (break time or lunch time). Homework will always be set on a WEDNESDAY, and is to be returned to school no later than a MONDAY.

Intensive Swimming lessons are set to continue on a Thursday morning. After a really encouraging start to lessons, the race is well and truly on to be the first child to swim 25 metres unaided! Additional intensive swimming lessons will also start on a Tuesday later on this half-term, but more information will be communicated about this in due course.

If you have any questions, issues or concerns then you are more than welcome to come and speak to me in person. I am always available straight after school for a quick chat, or alternatively an appointment can be made should you feel the need to do so.

Kind Regards,

Mr Allinson

5JA Class Teacher

 

Today the children visited the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Huddersfield. The purpose of this trip was for the children to see a real-life Sikh place of worship for themselves, and to observe the daily activities that take place. The trip was a huge success, with lots of learning taking place and the children taking a genuine interest in another culture / religion. I was particularly proud of the respect shown by our children, towards the Sikh faith, beliefs and rituals. Well done 5JA!

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5JA Newsletter – Spring 1 Term

Dear Parent / Carer,

Happy New Year! I trust you enjoyed a fantastic Christmas break, and hopefully took full advantage of the opportunity to spend some quality time with family and friends over the festive period. Below is an outline of what 5JA will be learning about during the first half term of 2018…

Our new topic is entitled ‘Chocolate’, and in Year 5 we will have a particular focus on designing, making and evaluating our own chocolate bar packaging. This design technology project will link nicely with our English work, where one of our units will be to promote a chocolate bar product through a variety of advertisements. We will also investigate the history of Mayan people – their beliefs, food, number system and how they have helped to shape the modern world which we live in today. 

 

In Science, we are going to be focusing on ‘Electricity’. This investigative topic will see the children learn about the real-life uses of electricity, as well as raising awareness about the dangers of it. We then look at circuits, with the children given the opportunity to investigate how lamps can become brighter / dimmer, as well as making buzzers louder / quieter.  

With regards to English, the children will be ‘Writing to persuade’. We will use the non-fiction books of ‘Explore Chocolate’ and ‘Explore Fair Trade’ to gain an initial understanding of the Fair Trade concept, the reasons behind it and the effects of it for those who are involved. This will eventually lead into the children writing their own speech about the pros and cons of Fair Trading for a younger audience to be able to understand.

In Maths this half term, our main area of focus will be ‘Multiplication and Division’. We will begin initially with a look at multiplying larger numbers together using formal methods, before looking at division involving remainders. Like last half term, those children who demonstrate a good level of understanding will be challenged through reasoning and problem solving activities whereby they must use and apply their existing skills.

Our third PE unit for this year will be ‘Athletics’. During this unit, the children will focus on their existing throwing and jumping skills using a range of measuring equipment. They will be taught how to compete at standing long jump, triple jump and also vertical jump. For children with longer hair, may I please request that it is tied back during PE lessons, and earrings are removed / taped over purely for health and safety reasons. Our PE lessons will continue to take place on a Thursday afternoon, and so ABPS PE kit is required for all children on this day. Just a reminder that this is dark / navy shorts, with a plain white t-shirt.

Other key messages…

As a school, our weekly ‘Reading Champions’ competition is set to continue and it would be fantastic if we could keep up the momentum started during the Autumn term. As a class, 5JA regularly had between 12-15 children reading at home EVERY NIGHT, which is a fantastic effort. Just a reminder that in order to become a reading champion, your child must read at home 5 times during a week, with evidence of this written in the school planner. It is something I will remind the children about regularly in class, and would be great to have this echoed and supported at home. Thank you in advance!

Year 5 homework will continue to be sent home on a weekly basis – for English and for Maths. The nature of the homework set will always be based upon current learning in class, and with an appropriate yet fair level of challenge. Where homework is handed in that is substandard in terms of presentation – or simply incomplete – then the children are aware that they will have to catch up / re-do this in their own time (break time or lunch time). Homework will always be set on a WEDNESDAY, and is to be returned to school no later than a MONDAY.

 If you have any questions, issues or concerns then you are more than welcome to come and speak to me in person. I am always available straight after school for a quick chat, or alternatively an appointment can be made should you feel the need to do so.

And finally…

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank the children and yourselves for the wonderful cards and gifts I received just before Christmas. It is always humbling to receive gifts as a teacher at this time of year, and they were all very much appreciated in equal measure! 

Kind Regards,

Mr Allinson

5JA Class Teacher.

 

This afternoon, the children became mini-artists by trying to imitate the work of Claude Monet, as seen in the ‘Water Lillies‘ painting. They explored their use of the paint brush, by manipulating different strokes, and did so using different colours. Here are some pictures from this afternoon…

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Thank you very much to those parent’s who came into 5JA today as part of our ‘Stay and Learn’ morning. It was fantastic to see so many faces taking part in the learning process with their child, and I know the children themselves really appreciated it. Hope to see you all again at the next one! 🙂 Mr A

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As part of today’s topic lesson, 5JA were taken into the dining hall. In groups, the children had to create their own model of a river, and label the different features learnt about in class. Some groups even had explanations to describe each feature and where they occur. Some images from a fantastic, practical afternoon of learning are shown below:

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5JA Newsletter – Autumn 2 Term

Dear Parent / Carer,

Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed a fun-filled week with your child, meaning they are now refreshed and raring to go again in what is always a busy lead up to Christmas. Here is an outline of what we will be learning about during this coming half-term…

Our Topic is entitled ‘The elements’, and in Year 5 this half-term we will have a particular focus on Rivers. During this topic, the children will learn about the geographical features of a river such as the mouth, source, meanders, river bank and also tributaries. This will coincide with a focus on real-life rivers around the world, and so we will be using our atlas skills to locate and fact-find this information. Later on during this topic, we will use the ‘Water Lillies’ painting by Claude Monet as our inspiration to produce some fantastic art work.

In Science, we are going to be focusing on ‘Evolution and inheritance’. This investigative topic will see the children learn about Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, and in particular how the human species has changed over time. We will also learn about the importance of adaptation, whereby all animals and plants must become suited to their environment in order to survive.

Literacy-wise, the children will begin by focusing on a ‘Writing to inform’ unit that ties in nicely with our Rivers topic. We will use the non-fiction book of ‘A drop in the ocean’ to initially explain how the water cycle works. We will then examine newspaper reports into flooding, before producing a report of our own that hopefully informs the reader using a structured and engaging piece of writing.

In Maths this half term, our main area of focus will be ‘Multiplication and Division’. We will begin initially with a look at multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100, before moving into more formal methods of division. Like last half term, those children who demonstrate a good level of understanding will be challenged through reasoning and problem solving activities whereby they must use and apply their existing skills.

Our second PE unit for this year will be ‘Gymnastics’. During this unit, the children will develop their existing balancing and movement skills using a range of equipment and apparatus. For children with longer hair, may I please request that it is tied back during PE lessons, and earrings are removed / taped over purely for health and safety reasons. Our PE lessons will continue to take place on a Thursday afternoon, and so ABPS PE kit is required for all children on this day. Just a reminder that this is dark / navy shorts, with a plain white t-shirt.

Other key messages…

As a school, our weekly ‘Reading Champions’ competition is set to continue and it would be fantastic if we could keep up the momentum started during Autumn 1 with this. As a class, 5JA regularly had between 12-15 children reading at home EVERY NIGHT, which is a fantastic effort. Just a reminder that in order to become a reading champion, your child must read aloud to a parent 5 times in a week, with evidence of this written in the school planner. It is something I will remind the children about regularly in class, and would be great to have this echoed and supported at home. Thank you in advance!

Year 5 homework will continue to be sent home on a weekly basis – for English and for Maths. The nature of the homework set will always be based upon current learning in class, and with an appropriate yet fair level of challenge. Where homework is handed in that is sub-standard in terms of presentation – or simply incomplete – then the children know that they will have to catch up / re-do this in their own time (break time or lunch time). Homework will always be set on a WEDNESDAY, and is to be returned to school no later than a MONDAY.

Starting this half-term, 5JA will be working with a student teacher in her quest to complete her teacher training degree from University. Amber Swainson is really looking forward to working with the class, and was a visitor to school last half-term where she initially got to know the children. Amber will gradually increase her teaching of lessons over the course of the next 6 weeks.

If you have any questions, issues or concerns then you are more than welcome to come and speak to me in person. I am always available straight after school for a quick chat, or alternatively an appointment can be made should you feel the need to do so.

And finally…

Thank you to each and every parent that attended the recent ‘Parent consultation evenings’ in school. These meetings are massively important to forge that home-school relationship, which ultimately has a positive impact upon your child. It was lovely to meet some of you for the first time, and was a great chance to share some of the fantastic observations and comments I have about the children I teach every day.

Kind Regards,

Mr Allinson

5JA Class Teacher

 

Yesterday, 5JA were lucky enough to be visited by Olympian Phil Bateman. Phil represented team GB during the Olympics, and was here to pass on his knowledge and expertise as the children tried a variety of cycling challenges. The children took part in time trial races, adaptability challenges, as well as endurance and team events. The session was enjoyed by all children, and Phil was very complimentary about the children’s skill level as well as their behaviour. Here are some images from a fantastic morning session…

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Just a quick note from me regarding homework…

The return of homework so far from 5JA has been particularly pleasing, and so a massive ‘well done’ from me. I have been really pleased with the prompt return, as well as the quality and effort that has clearly been put into the activities. Keep this up for the rest of the year!

Mr Allinson

5JA were fortunate enough to visit Eden Camp today as part of our Topic of ‘War and Peace’. The children were fascinated by the countless huts full of history, including learning about The Blitz, Women in the War, transport / weapons and also the rise of Adolf Hitler. The children behaved brilliantly and were excellent representatives of ABPS. Some pictures of the day are displayed below…

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Today was a real treat for 5JA! We were lucky enough to be visited by our ‘Silver Friends’, who live locally in Allerton Bywater. During our sessions (which take place every other week) we will be learning about the history of the local village, changes in transport as well as technology. Today’s first session was a getting to know you session, with the children fascinated by the tales and stories of our fantastic visitors. See images below!

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Welcome to 4VF!

Welcome to 4VF’s blog. We are really excited to share all our learning with you. Please check our blog regularly to find out what we have being doing. If you would like to leave us a comment, please do so by scrolling to the end of our blog and filling in the box provided. Thank you.

 

4VF NEWSLETTER – SUMMER 1

Dear parents/carers,

Welcome back, I hope you all had a fantastic Easter holiday and were able to spend some quality time relaxing before what is set to be a fantastic half term!

Our whole-school topic this half term will be ‘Medicine and Marauders’ – a focus which will give us lots of opportunities to develop our historical discovery skills.

In History, Year 4 will be focusing on Vikings. The children will learn about the Viking invasion of Britain and where they originated from. This will lead into researching the lives of Vikings in detail, their homes, clothes, food and jobs allowing children to observe the changes and developments from early settlers in Britain to modern citizens.

Our Art lessons this half term will allow the children to develop their designing and creating skills as they will consolidate their skill of sculpting. The class will be taking a trip to Temple Newsham House to support this for a whole day workshop designed to develop their clay sculpting skills and allow them the opportunities to take inspiration from the house itself, recording ideas and thoughts in their sketchbooks.

Finally, in Science our focus will be ‘Humans and other Animals’ and will continue to promote the children’s questioning and enquiry into the natural environment around us. This topic will give children the opportunity to understand how their bodies are designed, with a particular focus on how internal functions work to sustain the human body. As always their will be a series of exciting experiments and investigations for children to test and demonstrate their understanding.

English

In English this half term we will start with our narrative unit which will be taught through the model text ‘The Saga of Erik the Viking’, tying in nicely with our history topic, the children will use the text as a stimulus for their own writing and draw on the literary features and imagery for inspiration, culminating in the children writing their own saga. I am looking forward to reading some of the imaginative stories the children are sure to create.

Maths

In Maths this half-term, our primary focus will be shape and measure; with the children developing their understanding of perimeter, area and geometry. In Year 4 the children will continue to develop their fundamental fluency in each mathematical area before being challenged with reasoning and problem solving tasks. The children will also continue to take part in a weekly Times Table challenge, as developing their ability to quickly recall times tables facts up to 12 x 12 will be essential as they progress through Year 4.  It would be great if they could practice these at home with you too! Mathletics is also a fantastic resource to use with the children at home and they do enjoy using the website so please encourage them to continue doing this!

PE

Our PE lessons this term will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and this term the children will be focusing on their team skills in handball, dodgeball and relay ahead of the annual Brigshaw Trust Sports Day held at John Charles Stadium. For children with longer hair, may I request that it is tied back during PE lessons, and earrings are removed / taped over, purely for health and safety reasons.  All children will require a full ABPS PE kit (dark / navy shorts, with a plain white t-shirt). Should your child wish to bring some trainers to wear specifically for PE (as opposed to their normal indoor pumps) then they are more than welcome to do so.

General Information

Please be advised that your child will continue to need a pair of plain black pumps to change into when they arrive at school as they did in Year 3.  Children that do not have these are at risk of getting hurt from chairs/other children’s feet when in the classroom and so we would like to thank you in advance for your help with this.

Homework will continue to be sent home on a weekly basis. Where homework is handed in that is sub-standard or incomplete then the children are aware that they must catch up in their own time. A good question to ask your child might be ‘If you produced that in lesson time, what would Miss Firth say?’ Just a reminder that homework will always be set on a WEDNESDAY, to be returned no later than a MONDAY. Each week there is always a Maths and a Writing activity for the children to complete.

If you have any questions, queries or concerns that you wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to come and see us – our door is always open.

Kind regards,

Miss Firth, Mrs Hartley & Mrs Revis

Herd Farm!

22.03.2017 – 24.03.2017

WOW! What an amazing couple of days we have had! The children were amazing and you should all be very proud of there accomplishments over the past couple of days. From the minute the children arrived they were challenged and stretched out of their comfort zone with the first obstacle been making there own beds! That evening we had a lovely walk around the site and we all enjoyed been out in the muddy woods hunting trolls! Day 1 was full of fun, with 2 activities to push children out of their comfort zone, work in teams and encourage one another through the tasks. In the evening the children sat and enjoyed a family dining experience and as staff it was great to have some time to catch up and have a chat with the children. After tea the children then got to participate in a quiz night and visit the puzzle room to test their problem solving and team work skills. In the morning the children were up early and ready for another challenge! Every child managed to have breakfast, prepare themselves for the day, tidy their rooms and pack up ready for departure – all before 10 am! Once we were ready we all headed for our final activity and enjoyed the last challenge of our trip! Overall, everybody had a fantastic 2 days and we were all very proud of the children’s attitudes during the visit. They were all extremely positive and supportive which meant we saw all of them challenge themselves to accomplish something new and sometimes conquer a fear or two! Well Done Year 4! 

23.03.2017

Herd Farm – Day Two!

A quick lunchtime update: each group has been out this morning completing crate stacking, the giant swing or the assault course. The sun has come out and the children are making us SO proud with their teamwork, courage and overall smiley selves! Just enjoying some warm soup and delicious sandwiches before we head back out for more adventures 🙂

Check back later for more details and photos of our second day. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed too!

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22.02.2017

Herd Farm – Day One!

Today we arrived at Herd Farm and have already had an amazing time! All the children were very excited and have already being enjoying their time here whilst taking on some new challenges! Everyone settled quickly into their dorms and, with a little help from their friends, all the children managed to make their own beds! Once everyone had unpacked we all sat down to a fantastic tea of homemade pizza and chips, followed by chocolate pudding and custard, yum! After tea it was time to explore and the children went out on an evening walk around the grounds and into the woodlands, on our travels we hunted for the trolls living in the mud huts, slipped and slid in the mud and finally scurried through the tunnels – Mr Turner and Miss Firth even gave it a go!

Now settled for bed everyone is excited for tomorrow and we cannot wait to see what amazing things it will bring!

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4VF NEWSLETTER – SPRING 2

Dear parents/carers,

Welcome back, I hope you all had a fantastic week off and were able to spend some quality time relaxing before what is set to be a very busy half term!

Our whole-school topic this half term will be ‘Mad Science’ – a focus which will give us lots of opportunities to develop our scientific enquiry skills!

In Year 4, the children will be focusing on the scientist Michael Faraday and will be using the internet as a tool for research to learn his significance and influence as a scientist. The children will have lots of opportunities this half term to participate in experiments and this will be most evident in our science week when the children will choose a range of experiments to conduct.

Our DT lessons this half term will allow the children to develop their designing and creating skills as they will combine their scientific studies with their creative side4s to design and make an electrical game. In Computing, pupils will be learning about coding and the ways in which electronic programs are created and how they function.  

Finally, in Science our focus will be ‘electricity’ and will continue to promote the children’s questioning and enquiry into the natural environment around us. This topic is always popular with the children and will give lots of opportunities for practical investigations and experiments.

English

In English this half term we will start with our narrative unit which will be taught through the model text ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, an interesting and engaging retelling of a literary classic. The children will use the text as a stimulus for their own writing and draw on the literary features and imagery for inspiration, culminating in the children writing their own story. Following from this the children will then focus on a recount which will document their residential trip to Herd Farm, I am sure they will be very exciting to read and remember the adventures we are bound to have!

Maths

In Maths this half-term, our initial focus will be on number; with the children developing their understanding of decimals. In Year 4 the children will continue to develop their fundamental fluency in each mathematical area before being challenged with reasoning and problem solving tasks. The children will also continue to take part in a weekly Times Table challenge, as developing their ability to quickly recall times tables facts up to 12 x 12 will be essential as they progress through Year 4.  It would be great if they could practice these at home with you too! Mathletics is also a fantastic resource to use with the children at home and they do enjoy using the website so please encourage them to continue doing this!

PE

Swimming lessons will continue to take place every Tuesday morning at Kippax Sports Centre, and will run until Easter 2017. The same equipment and clothing should be provided as before (swimming costume for girls/shorts for boys, a towel and goggles, if required).

General Information

Please be advised that your child will continue to need a pair of plain black pumps to change into when they arrive at school as they did in Year 3.  Children that do not have these are at risk of getting hurt from chairs/other children’s feet when in the classroom and so we would like to thank you in advance for your help with this.

Homework will continue to be sent home on a weekly basis. Where homework is handed in that is sub-standard or incomplete then the children are aware that they must catch up in their own time. A good question to ask your child might be ‘If you produced that in lesson time, what would Miss Firth say?’ Just a reminder that homework will always be set on a WEDNESDAY, to be returned no later than a MONDAY. Each week there is always a Maths and a Writing activity for the children to complete.

A quick reminder that the Year 4 residential will take place this half term, Wednesday 22nd March to Friday 24th March. All the required information has now been sent and the children’s consent forms were received with thanks. If you do have any other concerns or questions about the trip, please do not hesitate to come in to see me or write a not in your child’s planner.

If you have any questions, queries or concerns that you wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to come and see us – our door is always open.

Kind regards,

Miss Firth, Mrs Hartley & Mrs Revis

07.02.17

Today the children were focusing on Safer Internet Day and it was also Stay and Learn, a chance for all parents to come in to class and participate with the class. There was definitely a buzz in Year 4 and all the parents seemed to enjoy the emoji game and the opportunity to design their own emojis – There were some fantastic creations! 

 

05.01.17

Today was Topic Launch Day across the school and it was fantastic to see all the children getting involved and dressing up as an explorer! Th children moved around with Year 3 to experience 3 different activities over the day. They imagined being in a cane on a river, created river paintings and also collaborated to paint the journey of the river. A fantastic day and a great way to start our new topic! 

4VF NEWSLETTER – SPRING 1

Dear parents/carers,

Happy New Year and welcome back! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and were able to spend some quality time relaxing over the holidays. As we begin the new year we have lots of exciting things coming up and some amazing topics to cover in school!

Our whole-school topic this half term will be ‘River Deep, Mountain High’ – a focus which will give us lots of opportunities to develop our geographical skills.

In Year 4, the children will be focusing on rivers and using atlases to investigate both local and global rivers. The children will once again participate in a Topic Launch Day on the 5th Januray which will allow the children to become explorers and immersed in lots of different activities to explore and investigate rivers.

Our Art lessons this half term will allow the children to develop the skill of painting and study the various techniques and styles of famous artists through time. In Computing, pupils will be learning about internet services and how the world wide web can be a vital tool for a variety of purposes. Children will also use a range of PC services to conduct and collect research for a presentation.

Finally, in Science our focus will be ‘states of matter’ and will continue to promote the children’s questioning and enquiry into the natural environment around us. This topic is always popular with the children and will give lots of opportunities for practical investigations and experiments. The children will learn about the different types of matter, how they are created and how they can change between one another.

English

In English this half term we will start with our narrative unit which will be taught through the model text ‘A River’, a fantastic illustrated story. The children will use the text as a stimulus for their own writing and draw on the literary features and imagery for inspiration, culminating in the children writing their own story of a journey along a river. Following from this the children will then focus on a ‘500-word story’ project. This annual competition invites children of all ages to plan, write and edit their own story – as long as it doesn’t exceed 500 words! I am really looking forward to supporting the children with their entries, and I am sure we will receive some fantastic and imaginative stories for the competition!

Maths

In Maths this half-term, our initial focus will be on number; with the children developing their understanding of fractions. In Year 4 the children will continue to develop their fundamental fluency in each mathematical area before being challenged with reasoning and problem solving tasks. The children will also continue to take part in a weekly Times Table challenge, as developing their ability to quickly recall times tables facts up to 10 x 10 will be essential as they progress through Year 4.  It would be great if they could practice these at home with you too! Mathletics is also a fantastic resource to use with the children at home and they do enjoy using the website so please encourage them to continue doing this!

PE

Swimming lessons will continue to take place every Tuesday morning at Kippax Sports Centre, commencing and will run until Easter 2017. The same equipment and clothing should be provided as before (swimming costume for girls/shorts for boys, a towel and goggles, if required).

General Information

Please be advised that your child will continue to need a pair of plain black pumps to change into when they arrive at school as they did in Year 3.  Children that do not have these are at risk of getting hurt from chairs/other children’s feet when in the classroom and so we would like to thank you in advance for your help with this.

If you have any questions, queries or concerns that you wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to come and see us – our door is always open.

Kind regards,

Miss Firth, Mrs Hartley & Mrs Revis

02.11.2016

Today was a fantastic day in school as children from Year 3 and 4 were mixed up for the entire day to launch their new topic! The groups were immersed in the life of the Anglo-Saxons for the entire day and learnt lots about this early period of history. The children learnt about the journey of the Anglo-Saxons from Europe, their everyday lives, the different tribes and their armies and also the language they used. It was a fantastic way to launch the topic with the children and I look forward to the rest of the unit! 

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Tuesday 4th October

Today in class the children engaged with a carousel of art activities in the classroom and thoroughly enjoyed the different activities within the afternoon lesson! Within the carousel were 4 activities, with every pupil participating in each one. The children were able to draw with different mediums (pastel, chalk, charcoal and pencil, conduct online research of 3 famous artists, (Sargent, Goya and Holbein), look at works of art produced by famous artists in different mediums and discuss ideas for a piece of Harvest themed art and the materials that could be used. It was a fantastic afternoon for all in the class and definitely an activity we will be doing again!

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Our First Few Weeks!

In 4VF we have made an amazing start to the year! It has been fantastic getting to know the children over the past four weeks and starting our year positively. The children have demonstrated how eager they are to learn and produced some brilliant work so far! One of the highlights for both myself and the children was definitely our walk around Allerton Bywater in week 3. The children were able to share their knowledge of the area and learn new things from the staff, considering the history behind our amazing village. We are all very excited for things to come over the rest of the half term and the school year!

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22.06.16 – Sports Day!

What an amazing afternoon we had with all the children wearing their team colours and competing in the different races. Fortunately, we just managed to miss the rain and everyone had a great time. Well done to the red team who were the eventual winners!

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Euro 2016

To celebrate the start of Euro 2016 we have kicked off the week with football related activities – including a week of football poetry! The children also had a small sided tournament to get right into the action. Remember to wear your football kits next Thursday for our football day (16.07.16).

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25.05.16 – Forces and Magnets

To round off our topic, the children designed and created their own game that required the use of magnets. Their ideas were very imaginative and the children had great fun evaluating each of the games whilst having a go at playing them! Thanks to the Year 6 children that came to assist the children with their learning.

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24.05.16 – Stay and Learn

Thanks to all the parents that joined us for the morning in 3JT. We hope the children impressed you with their learning!

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17.05.16 – 3JT News Reporters

Continuing with our English topic, 3JT became news reporters, reporting on the day’s main story. The children did an excellent job, make sure you watch the videos below and leave a comment :)!

Newspapers

Our new topic in English sees us focusing on newspapers. This week the children have been identify the key features and using them in their own writing.

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Talented guitarists

Our guitar players performed one of the songs they had been learning. We were very impressed!

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3.05.16 – FRICTION!

In Science the children have been investigating the effect that friction has on objects. They tested it by rolling a car down a ramp and onto different surfaces to see how long it took the car to come to a stop.

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25.04.16 – Gears and pulleys

In D.T. we have used our knowledge of gears and pulleys to design our own functional bike. The children drew their design before having a go at making their bike with the K’nex.

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21.04.16 National Railway Museum

Today we went on our trip to the National Railway Museum. As you can see from the pictures below, we had an amazing time and learnt lots about the history of trains! We were lucky with the weather too!

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08.03.16 – Magnificent Mirrors

In Science we have been understanding how light is reflected off surfaces. We noticed that mirrors reflect light very well and that the image it shows is the reverse of the original! We tested them out by writing some short codes and trying to navigate around windy lines on the playground. We even managed a quick ‘SELFIE’ on our way back in!

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07.03.16 – Mount Vesuvius! 

Years 3 and 4 have had mixed classes for Art/Geography. Today, the Art class managed to finish their superb versions of Andy Warhol’s Mount Vesuvius painting. We have been amazed by how well these have turned out!

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World Book Day!

The children had great fun dressing up as their favourite book characters today! We’ve never seen so many Tweedledee’s and Tweedledum’s! 

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Talented Violinists

Two of our pupils have been working hard with the music teacher to complete their ‘Red Award’ for the violin by performing in front of an audience (our class!). Well done, we are very proud!

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1.03.16 – Reflective Materials!

In Science this week we have been investigating which materials reflect the most and least amount of light. We used the blinds in the hall to make it really dark and shone the torch at different materials to see how well the light was reflected back.

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Maths – 22.02.16

The children have really enjoyed starting their new focus of ‘measure’ in Maths. We spent the lesson finding out who was the tallest in the class! The children were able to use metre sticks and tape-measures accurately to find their heights!

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Safer Internet Day – 09.02.16

As a school, we took part in the ‘Safer Internet Day’ scheme. In year 3 we spent the day doing lots of activities to make us more aware on how to be safe when using the internet. We watched video clips, took part in group discussions, solved problems, made posters and even did some role play! What’s more is that some parents were even able to join us as it was also ‘Stay and Learn’.

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Science – 02.02.16

In Science the children are investigating water transportation in plants. We began by creating human models of a plant to demonstrate how water transports through it. We then set up the investigation to see in which conditions (hot/room temperature/cold) the water transported quickest. The children made some interesting predictions!

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Topic – 25.01.16

The children all had an amazing time during our ‘Meet a Creature’ workshop. We learnt about all different types of animals and the children were even given the opportunity to hold them if they wanted to. Check out our COOL pictures!!!

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Mathletics – 18.01.16

This week the children were all given their usernames and passwords to try out Mathletics. Everyone really enjoyed having a go at the challenging maths problems and some have already managed to earn their bronze certificate!

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7.01.16 

Welcome back! We hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and enjoyed a well deserved break. The children have all settled back in very well and are eager to learn more this term!

Maths – 10.12.15

In Maths, we have been multiplying 2 digit by 1 digit numbers using standard written methods – solving word problems and missing number problems.

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Science – 7.12.15

As part of our ‘Rocks’ topic we have been learning about the formation of fossils so the children spent today’s lesson having a go at creating their own fossils using salt-dough that they had made themselves. The outcome was brilliant!

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Literacy – WB.7.12.15

We braved the cold and wet weather in order to collect some ideas for our performance poetry. The children were fantastic despite having slightly cold hands and feet!

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Christmas Fair – 4.12.15

The children have been working very hard in preparation for our Christmas Fair today. Fortunately, the work has been extremely fun – if not a little messy!

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R.E – 3.11.15

In R.E this week, we have been learning about Sikh’s values and beliefs towards money. It was very interesting to find out how generous they are and certainly an eye opening experience.

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Maths – WB.30.11.15

We have been continuing to develop our mental multiplication and division skills in maths this week.

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Golden time – 27.11.15

We are very fortunate to have lots new Golden Time toys in 3JT. The children have really enjoyed playing with a variety of different games and puzzles!

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Literacy – Wb.23.11.15

The children have produced some fantastic biographies in their ‘Big Write’, focusing on the famous astronaut – Neil Armstrong.

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Maths – Wb.16.11.15

This week in maths 3JT have been testing their ability to recall the 4 times table. The children have been looking at simple multiplication sentences, word problems and mastery questions to deepen their understanding. We have also introduced a fun times table test that brings a slightly more competitive element to the lesson which the children enjoy and the amazing time to beat next week is 1m 03 seconds (with a perfect score of 26/26).

Superhero Writing Day – 13.11.15

Today was a special day which involved the whole school celebrating Children in Need by dressing up as their favourite superheroes! We begun the day by splitting into groups and creating our superhero. Once we decided on their name, appearance and super power, the children then mapped their story and orally practiced it. In the afternoon, the children wrote their own story based on everything they had done in the morning. What an amazing day!

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Topic – 9.11.15

Year 3 joined up with year 4 to interview one of our very own members of staff who used to work in the local mine. We created our own questions and conducted an hour long interview to find out all about the history of the mining in Allerton Bywater. The children took notes and wrote up everything they had found out. Everyone (teachers included) was really fascinated by all of Mr Mark’s stories and interesting information.

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Literacy – 19.10.15

Today we braved the cold outdoors once again and had a lesson in the small wooded area at the far end of the school field. Our focus was on similes and how we could use them in our Autumn/Harvest poetry. The children observed, touched, smelt and listened to all the things around them which allowed them to create some very exciting and interesting similes.
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Art – 15.10.15

In Art the children were asked to think of things that made up ‘Their World’ and to choose one of them to draw. The main focus was to use line, shade and tone to create the object/person/animal that the children were remembering. The results were amazing, here are just a few of them below:

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Literacy – W.B. 12.10.15

This week in Literacy we have moved onto Harvest poetry. The children created a ‘Pyramid Poem’ using different adjectives, verbs, adverbs and prepositions. Everyone did an amazing job and it was a really tough decision as to who got to read theirs out at the church harvest ceremony.

Science – 8.10.15

Year 3 had an exciting, educational day out at Fairburn Ings as part of our Science topic ‘Habitats’. Despite the weather the children were enthusiastic, eager to learn and exceptionally well behaved throughout the day. They had the opportunity to do some pond dipping, data collecting and observe many different animals/insects/mini-beasts in their habitats. There were a few soggy feet by the end but a fantastic day all round!

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Maths – W.B. 5.10.15

 In Maths this week the focus has been on number facts, and in particular adding mentally. Children showed off their quick adding skills, even including sums that required them to add two 2-digit numbers together! Some children even got the chance to show off their ability of instant recall on the laptops.

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Literacy – W.B. 5.10.15

In Literacy this week the children had the opportunity to create their own version of a scene from ‘The Wind in the Willows’. They decided on what the extravagant, egotistical Mr Toad would do to create chaos and how the other animals would stop him and bring calm back to the riverbank (some very interesting ideas). They also used the Jane Considine Map to help them plan their story and verbally walked through the steps with their Talk Partners.

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Geography – 29.09.15

As part of our Geography, we have been finding out about the United Kingdom. We also looked more specifically at our local area and how it compares/contrasts to other places we researched. We were lucky enough to go on a short walk to find out more; here are just a few snap shots!

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20.03.15

Hi,

 

Myself and year two just wanted to write a quick note to say thank you to all parents for your support with the Easter Egg competition. The entries are fantastic and the children are very proud of what they have achieved.

Also I am very much looking forward to Parent’s Consultations starting next week, it is a great opportunity for us to discuss the great learning your children have been doing over the last term.

Miss Nunn & all of Year 2 children

 

02.03.15

Key Stage 1 went to The Deep in Hull and it was fantastic! The children (and adults!) all had a wonderful time.

 

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26.02.15

During Maths this week year 2 have been learning about Fractions. Starting by finding fractions of 2D shapes and today learning how to find fractions of objects…   DSCF8318DSCF8315DSCF8314DSCF8313DSCF8303DSCF8307DSCF8302DSCF8299   2DN Spring 2 – Newsletter Welcome to Spring 2 half term! I hope you’ve all had a lovely half term. Literacy: The main genre focus in Literacy this half term will be Poetry; this is based around our Topic stimulus and supports a project that school is part of for The Trust. This unit will allow the children to explore sound, word play, and interpretation of music and images using poetry. This will be a fun and exciting unit that will support and enhance the children’s imagination. Later on in the half term will be also look at ‘Explanation texts’, where the children will work closely with our science unit to write using appropriate non-fiction text features and language. Maths: Maths this half term will focus on Measure initially, where the children will explore units of measure e.g. cm, m, g, kg etc. We will also look briefly at Shape as a recap followed by an in depth look at Data Handling. This will support the children’s statistical awareness and also help to prepare for their upcoming Maths SATs paper next half term. Science: For this half term our science topic is ‘Living things and their habitats’; the children will compare differences between things that are living and things that are dead or have never been alive. The children will use their understanding of ‘basic needs’ to describe and identify habitats that are suited for particular animals. The children will also describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using these ideas to create simple food chains. Topic: The school topic is titled ‘Ten Pieces’; this is a nationwide BBC project where children are exploring classical music by worldwide famous composers. We are very excited and enthused by this project as we are sure the children will be engaged and passionate about the music. As well as covering Music through our topic we are also challenging out children to use the music to communicate through Art, painting/ drawing etc using their interpretation of the music. At the end of unit a lot of the work produced will be displayed as a celebration at Vicar’s Court with our other Trust Schools. More details to follow. PE: During PE sessions we will focus on Athletics; running specifically will be our focus. We will learn good running techniques and styles, whenever possible PE sessions will be taught outside to enable the children to have more space whilst they practice and refine their running styles. Therefore it will be vital this half term that all children also bring outdoor PE shoes every week. Our PE day will remain a Tuesday afternoon. ICT: Our ICT unit this half term is titled; Internet Safety. The learning will support children’s use of the internet at school and home in a safe and fun way. As a school we see Internet safety as a big focus, if you have any questions or queries regarding this please do not hesitate to ask. Maths and LACAWAC homework will continue to be set on a Monday and be due on a Friday. Many thanks, Miss Nunn     05.02.15 Year 2 have started learning about Measuring Weight; what do we measure in? What can help us? Which is ‘lighter’ / ‘heavier’? They have really enjoyed using the scales! IMG_1429 IMG_1430 IMG_1431 IMG_1432 IMG_1434 IMG_1435   04.02.15 With brilliant support and guidance from Mrs Hartley, year 2 have been learning the difficult skills in Yoga! This has been very enjoyable and different for the children! Thank you Mrs Hartley! IMG_1423 IMG_1424 IMG_1425 IMG_1426 IMG_1427   30.01.15 Here are some pictures of the Year 2 children enjoying our new touch screen laptops!! DSCF8232 DSCF8231 DSCF8230 DSCF8233 DSCF8234 DSCF8235   08.01.14 2DN Spring 1 – Newsletter Welcome to Spring 1 half term! I hope you have all had a brilliant Christmas and here is to an amazing new year! Literacy: The first genre of writing we will focus on is ‘Extended Stories’ this unit will allow the children to engage in longer, more exciting story lines written by fantastic authors such as Roald Dahl and Dick Kind Smith! This unit will be a fun and exciting chance for the children to work with stories they enjoy and make them laugh. The next unit will be ‘Information texts’, where the children will work closely with our topic learning to understand and write information leaflets based on ‘The Oceans’! Maths: The first week of maths will be a recap of our four methods of calculation for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Following this the children will learning to solve worded problems, some number, some shape and measure based questions. This will support their Maths homework tasks and their upcoming SATs. Science: For this half term our science topic is ‘Animals including Humans’, the children will learn what ‘basic needs’ animals and humans have and need to survive. Also the children will investigate animals and humans having offspring and how those offspring grow into adults. We will also discuss the importance of a varied and healthy diet and the impact this can have on growth and health. Topic: The school topic is titled ‘River Deep, Mountain High’; the topic is a Geography and Art based topic where your children will learn the specific skills needed for working with information from atlases e.g. content and keys. They will also take a closer look at the Oceans of the world, where they are located and what they are called. The Art lessons will focus on pencil and shade skills, which will enable the children to create and draw ocean themed pictures using the skills they have acquired. PE: During PE sessions we will focus on Multi-Skills; including jumps, sequencing, throwing, different methods of travelling etc. The PE sessions will be taught in the Sports Hall, the extra space this half term will really benefit the children’s learning. Our PE day will remain a Tuesday afternoon. ICT: Our ICT unit this half term is titled; Internet Safety. The learning will support children’s use of the internet at school and home in a safe and fun way. As a school we see Internet safety as a big focus, if you have any questions or queries regarding this please do not hesitate to ask. Some of you have requested extra information with regards to the upcoming SATs in Key Stage One. Rather than printing resources to send home, I will be compiling a bank of online resources – links to follow soon. This will allow the children to practice at home as well as at school if they wish to. A great resource at our disposal is ‘I am learning…’ and I will be encouraging the children to use this online resource whenever possible. Maths and LACAWAC homework will continue to be set on a Monday and be due on a Friday. Many thanks, Miss Nunn   03.12.14 – Literacy Learning The children in year 2 have been learning how to give clear and specific instructions. The Bee-Bots were a great, interactive way of the children inputting and discussing instructions for directions. The children also worked in groups to give instructions on how to tie shoe laces- this is a very tricky task but the children worked hard and were brilliant at supporting each other with their instructions. Well done Year 2! IMG_1074IMG_1076   IMG_1077IMG_1078   IMG_1079IMG_1080   IMG_1081IMG_1082   IMG_1083IMG_1084   26.11.14 – Child Initiated Learning Activities included; role play, painting and drawing. The children had a fantastic time! Child Initiated Learning on PhotoPeach 13.11.14 Year two have been learning about Traditional Tales, today was a brilliant opportunity for the children to show their understanding of The Three Little Pigs as they acted out the story! Enjoy! The Three Little Pigs on PhotoPeach Welcome back after a well deserved half term break! Year two have enjoyed their first day back at school today, starting new, exciting topics and sharing stories about all of the amazing adventures they have been on this holiday! Please stay posted for more updates regarding the fantastic learning year 2 are about to experience! Miss Nunn & all of Year 2.   Welcome! The children have settled into year 2 with enthusiasm and gusto! Please check out our blog to keep up to date with all of year 2’s learning! The Boy on the Beach - Role Play on PhotoPeach DSCF8232DSCF8231

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  1. Sharon Coote

    These are brilliant photographs! What a happy looking class of children. Thankyou for sharing them.

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