Year 6 – 2017

Lightwater Valley – 08/06/18

It was such a pleasure to spend the day with you Year 6.   You thoroughly deserved this fabulous trip and I will miss working with you.  Your behaviour was impeccable – well done.  Mrs Miller.

Here are a few pictures from the fabulous Group 2:

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Mosaic Art Session

A while back, all children were given the opportunity to design a mosaic to be created and then displayed in school. This week we had the pleasure of Mary coming in to work with the children to create the chosen designs. 6LM were the last class to go in and contribute to the designs and had the fiddly task of filling in all of the tiny spaces. We were also given the opportunity to create our own group designs on blank boards which will be displayed in the classroom.

We were overjoyed to find that Gerrard’s design had been one of the chosen designs. See the photos below of the children working on the mosaics, including Gerrard’s design.


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6LM NEWSLETTER – SUMMER 1

Dear parents/carers,

Welcome back! I hope you have all had a relaxing break over the Easter holidays. The children will be sitting their SATs tests in just a few weeks’ time.  Please remember to ensure that they are in school for the week beginning Monday 14thMay. We understand that for some children there are worries starting to surface and we want to avoid any panicking. We are holding weekly circle times where the focus will be on their mental health and well-being and helping them to remain as calm as possible. Please encourage your child to talk to you or someone at school if they are finding everything daunting and worrying. We want to make sure that they are all ready and prepared but also calm and relaxed.

There are some extra booster groups being held over the first 4 weeks of this term. Most of these are taking place during lunchtimes where members of staff throughout school are giving up their time to help with key areas in reading and maths. These sessions are designed to focus on areas where the groups of children need a little extra boost to ensure they are completely confident and quicker.

LIGHTBULB MOMENT

Our whole-school topic this half term is ‘Lightbulb Moment’ where different year groups are looking at the invention of different transport. Year 5 and 6 will be focusing on planes.

English: On the run-up to SATs, we will be using our morning English lessons to focus on areas of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG). Each day we will look at an area that the children didn’t understand in the mock tests. At the end of the week, the children will do a mini-test to show how they have understood by answering these questions.

Maths:We are going to be looking at ratio and proportion and then moving onto geometry (the properties of shapes). We will also continue to have a calculation test every Friday as we did last term.

History:The children will be responsible for deciding on the writing opportunities we can have based on the history of aviation. This will include Emily Earhart and the Wright brothers.

Science:Science will be another opportunity for the children to show off their writing skills. The children will be able to choose their own investigations – linked to planes – to carry out and then write up.

 HOMEWORK AND READING

We appreciate the support you give your child at home and ask that you continue to encourage them with their homework and daily reading. The two groups (Mrs Brown’s and Mrs McPhillips’ groups) are in competition to earn points towards the Lightwater Valley trip. The first group where everyone has read three times in a week will win these points. Please sign your child’s planner to let us know that they have read at home.

Homework is handed out on a Wednesday and is due back on a Monday. This half term we have got an allocated session to mark homework on a Monday afternoon and therefore ALL homework needs to be handed in on time. We had several occasions last half term, where children were late with their homework and this meant that they couldn’t get it marked alongside the rest of the class. Please encourage your child to look at their homework prior to the weekend so that any queries can be dealt with and the homework can be completed. If there are any issues with getting homework completed, please contact me to discuss this further.

PUMPS AND PE KITS

Please ensure that your child has a pair of indoor pumps to wear inside school. This will help keep the school looking clean and tidy.

Your child also needs to ensure they have a PE kit on a Tuesday. The lessons this half term will be held outside but due to the lovely British weather, the conditions can change greatly. It is best if they are prepared with a full PE kit: a pair of plain, dark shorts, a white t-shirt, plain, dark jogging bottoms, and a plain, dark jumper/hoodie in case it is cooler outside. They will also need a pair of trainers, not their school shoes or pumps. Earrings must be removed where possible or covered with tape (provided from home) to prevent injury to themselves and others.

 GENERAL INFORMATION

With the improving weather, it is advised that your child brings a water bottle with them each day to enable them to remain hydrated. They also need to be prepared for the sun: sun cream applied and sun hats brought into school to wear when on the playground.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if there are any queries or issues which need addressing. I am available to speak to most days before and after school, via email, telephone or notes in your child’s planner.

Kind regards,

Mrs McPhillips

mcphill01@brigshawtrust.com

Residential 2018

For updates on how our awesome Year Sixes are getting on in Ingleborough this week, check out our Twitter page!

Safer Internet Day 2018

Tuesday 6th February

We had a great day, thinking about technology and the internet and how it plays such a large part in our lives. All of us in the class uses some sort of device to communicate with others, including mobile phones, tablets and games consoles. We discussed the dangers and ways we can keep ourselves safe.

The biggest shock for the class was when we looked at the legal age for using many of the apps. The majority state that users have to be 13 years or older to be able to have an account. There is a guide on the website from O2 and the NSPCC, which allows you to check the social networks that your child might use and find out information such as what the app is for and age restrictions. The link to the website is https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

Please have a look at the link and discuss with your child.

6LM

Hello and welcome to 6LM’s Blog. Mrs McPhillips has just about got the hang of using the blog and will be trying to keep you all up to date with everything relating to Year 6.

23.01.18 Fractions, decimals and percentages

Playing pairs and finding equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages

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6LM NEWSLETTER – SPRING 1

Dear parents/carers,

Happy New Year to everyone! I would like to say thank you for the lovely Christmas cards and gifts that I received. These were much appreciated.  I hope you all had an enjoyable time over the festive period. It’s hard to believe that we are already a third of the way through the school year – it is flying by!

CHOCOLATE

Our whole-school topic this half term is ‘Chocolate’. We will be incorporating this topic into many of our lessons.

English: Year 6 are reading Roald Dahl’s book, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. We will be using the text to help us produce three pieces of writing this half term. We will be creating an advert to persuade the audience to buy Wonka’s chocolate/sweets, writing a newspaper article about the grand re-opening of Wonka’s factory and adding a new chapter to the story by creating our own character to join Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee and of course Charlie Bucket.

Design and Technology: This half term we will be designing a chocolate product and packaging. I’m looking forward to discovering the amazing ideas the class have for their product.

History: We will be looking at the Mayans and how the history of chocolate began.

Maths: This half term, we will be looking at decimals and percentages and then we will move on to algebra.

P.E.:  Our unit this half term is athletics and lessons will take place on a Wednesday afternoon.

R.E.: Our focus will continue to be Buddhism and we will be looking at artefacts and visiting a Buddhist place of worship.

Science: This half term we will be carrying out investigations linked to electricity and circuits.

GENERAL INFORMATION

We have got a very busy half term planned out ahead of us and even though May seems ages away, SATs will soon be upon us. In order to help the children reach their full potential in the tests, we have made a few changes to Year 6. For maths and English lessons, the class has been split up into two groups: one group being taught by Mrs McPhillips and the other being taught by Mrs Brown. The smaller group size allows each child to have more time dedicated to them during each lesson. Some children are also taking part in booster groups: reading with Mrs Harris and Mr Cairns and maths with Mrs Miller. These booster groups will push the children to excel in their learning.

We will also be sitting another set of mock SATs this half term. This will allow the children to get used to the test arrangements and for us to identify anything that needs addressing before the real SATs in May. I will be sharing your child’s score with them by the end of the half term and looking together with them to find areas that they need to work on.

HOMEWORK AND READING

We appreciate the support you give your child at home and ask that you continue to encourage them with their homework and daily reading. The class are hoping to earn a class treat when we have a week where every child is a ‘Reading Champion’. Please help by listening to them read at least 5 times a week and signing their planners to acknowledge this.

Homework is handed out on a Wednesday and it due back on a Monday. This half term we have got an allocated session to mark homework on a Monday afternoon and therefore ALL homework needs to be handed in on time. Please encourage your child to look at their homework prior to the weekend so that any queries can be dealt with and the homework can be completed.

PUMPS AND PE KITS

There are several children who have returned to school after the Christmas without any indoor pumps. Please could you ensure that your child has a pair of indoor pumps to wear inside school.

Your child also needs to ensure they have a PE kit on a Wednesday. The lessons will be held inside and therefore your child needs an indoor kit consisting of a pair of dark shorts and a white t-shirt. They will also need a pair of clean indoor trainers to wear in the hall.

 As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if there are any queries or issues which need addressing. I am available to speak to most days before and after school, via email or telephone or by writing any notes in your child’s planner.

Kind regards,

Mrs McPhillips

 

03.01.18 – Year 6 team-building fun!

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We will start with going back to Thursday 21st September when Year 5 and 6 visited Eden Camp. We went to find out about World War 2 as part of our topic work. We had a great day, with all of the children being great ambassadors for our school. Well done 6LM and 5JA!

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5JA

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During today’s Maths lesson, we attempted some ‘practical maths’ in order to bring our learning to life. The children were investigating edges and vertices, and make their own versions of 3D shapes to help identify these 2 properties. Below are some images of the end results!

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5JA Newsletter – Summer 2

Dear Parent / Carer,

Welcome back to what is the final half-term of the year! I hope you and your child enjoyed a brilliant week off, and are ready for what promises to be a busy but fun half-term of learning. Here is an outline of what 5JA will be learning about over the coming weeks…

Our new topic is entitled ‘Carnival’.  In Year 5, we will divide our topic into 2 areas – Geography and Design Technology. With regards to Geography, the children will learn about The Caribbean and its similarities and differences to the UK. The children will find out about the land uses in The Caribbean, climate, vegetation and trade links. Later on in this topic, the children’s attention with turn to Design Technology, with the intention that they design and make their own Carnival head-wear.

In Science, we are going to be focusing on ‘Earth and Space’. This topic will see the children learn about how the planets of the solar system move in relation to the sun, as well as a more in-depth look at how night and day is caused.

Literacy-wise, the children will begin by studying the poem of ‘Windrush Child’’. Tying in nicely with our Caribbean topic, this poem gives an insight into what life was like for the people of the Caribbean who fled their home-land for a new life in England during the 1940’s and 1950’s. I am once again looking forward to seeing the children develop as descriptive writers this half-term, through the techniques and vocabulary that they are able use.

In Maths this half term, we will start by finishing off our unit of work on ‘Geometry and Shape’. We will begin initially with a look at reflection, rotation and translation. As always, the children who demonstrate a talent in the ‘fluency’ strand of the curriculum (basic calculation work) will be challenged with ‘reasoning’ and ‘problem solving’ tasks whereby they will be expected to use and apply their existing skills and knowledge to different contexts.

Our PE lessons for this half-term will be used as preparation for the annual Brigshaw Trust Sports Day held at John Charles Stadium. The year 5 events on the day are handball, tag rugby and relay races. 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. Our PE lessons will continue to take place on a Monday afternoon, and so ABPS PE kit is required for all 5JA children on this day. Just a reminder that this is 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.

Other key messages…

  • ‘Reading Champions’ is set to continue in school this half term. As a school, we have continued to push home-reading by celebrating our ‘regular readers’ in whole school assemblies. The children of 5JA more than hold their own in this class competition, with us consistently having between 12 and 15 reading champions per week. Being a competent reader is such a vital skill to have, and opens up so many avenues for learning. In order to become a ‘reading champion’, your child must read aloud to a parent 5 times throughout aweek, 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 message echoed by you at home. Thank you in advance!
  • Mathletics has been re-launched at Allerton Bywater Primary School! This is a fantastic program whereby the children can work on activities and challenges aimed at what they are currently being taught in the Year 5 curriculum. Where possible, please try to encourage your child to access Mathletics as much as possible from home.
  • Homework will continue to be sent home on a weekly basis – for Literacy and Maths. As I always explain to the children, homework is set based upon current learning and with an appropriate yet fair level of challenge. 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 (break time or lunch time) in order to complete this. Reminder: Homework will always be set on a WEDNESDAY, and is to be returned to school no later than a MONDAY.
  • As we head towards the end of this academic year, myself and Mrs White will be working with the children on something called ‘Year 6 readiness’. This will be aimed at preparing the children for next year and beyond, in terms of behaviour and how the children conduct themselves, expectations and also developing general skills such as organisation, independence and resilience.

And finally…

With this being the final newsletter of the year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you as parents for the support you have shown me personally over the course of this year. The little things that you do can have a huge impact on your child, and have helped to form a positive home-school relationship this year. Here are some of the things you have done throughout the year, that don’t go unnoticed and are definitely appreciated: listening to your child read, practicing times tables with them, assisting with homework, attending ‘stay and learn’ sessions, attending parents evening appointments, and working alongside your child on their targets set in school. There are some fantastic children in 5JA, and they make me proud to be their teacher.

Kind regards,

Mr Allinson

5JA Class Teacher

Thank you to the children of 5JA for their engagement and behaviour on what was a brilliant school trip. Today we visited Temple Newsam house, with a focus on art skills, sketching and clay work. The children also learnt about the history of the house, as well as it’s previous owners! Here are some snapshots from a fun and creative day…

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Today was a brilliant day in school, with the launch of our new topic of ‘The Roman Empire’. The children have spent a full day off-timetable taking part in various activities such as designing a Roman shield, taking part in a Roman army boot camp, and also solved some tricky problems involving roman numerals.  Take a look at some of the action shots from the boot camp below!

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5JA Newsletter – Summer 1

Dear Parent / Carer,

Welcome back! I hope you and your child enjoyed a brilliant Easter break, and made the most of some of the amazing weather around! Here is an outline of what 5JA will be learning about over the coming weeks…

Our new topic is entitled ‘Medicine and Marauders’.  In Year 5, we will divide our topic into 2 areas – History and Art. With regards to History, the children will learn about The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain as we know it. The children will find out about the Roman way of life, inventions, and make comparisons to the lives that they currently lead. Later on in this topic, the children’s attention with turn to Art, and more specifically ‘3D art’. The children will aim to design and make a sculpture using natural, man-made and recycled materials.

In Science, we are going to be focusing on ‘Forces’. Always an interesting unit of work, this topic will see the children learn about what forces actually are, as well as a more in-depth look at specific forces such as gravity, friction and air resistance. As always, a series of experiments will be planned and conducted by the children. One of the tests they will conduct will be how differing surfaces affect the amount of friction on a moving object.

Literacy-wise, the children will begin by studying the story of ‘Escape from Pompeii’’. Tying in nicely with our History topic, this fictional story gives an accurate account of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, leading to the city of Pompeii being badly damaged and ultimately changed forever. I am once again looking forward to seeing the children develop as writers this half-term, not only in terms of their writing content but also their organisation and control over grammar.

In Maths this half term, our main areas of focus will be ‘Geometry and Shape’. We will begin initially with a look at angles – how to draw them and how to measure them – as well as looking at specific angles within shapes such as acute, obtuse and reflex angles. As always, the children who demonstrate a talent in the ‘fluency’ strand of the curriculum (basic calculation work) will be challenged with ‘reasoning’ and ‘problem solving’ tasks whereby they will be expected to use and apply their existing skills and knowledge to different contexts.

Our PE lessons for this half-term will be used as preparation for the annual Brigshaw Trust Sports Day held at John Charles Stadium. The year 5 events on the day are handball, tag rugby and relay races. 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. Our PE lessons will continue to take place on a Monday afternoon, and so ABPS PE kit is required for all 5JA children on this day. Just a reminder that this is 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.

Other key messages…

  • ‘Reading Champions’ is set to continue in school this half term. As a school, we have continued to push home-reading by celebrating our ‘regular readers’ in whole school assemblies. The children of 5JA more than hold their own in this class competition, with us consistently having between 12 and 15 reading champions per week. Being a competent reader is such a vital skill to have, and opens up so many avenues for learning. In order to become a ‘reading champion’, your child must read aloud to a parent 5 times throughout 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 message echoed by you at home. Thank you in advance!
  • Mathletics has been re-launched at Allerton Bywater Primary School! This is a fantastic program whereby the children can work on activities and challenges aimed at what they are currently being taught in the Year 5 curriculum. Where possible, please try to encourage your child to access Mathletics as much as possible from home.
  • Homework will continue to be sent home on a weekly basis – for Literacy and Maths. As I always explain to the children, homework is set based upon current learning and with an appropriate yet fair level of challenge. 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 (break time or lunch time). Just a reminder that homework will always be set on a WEDNESDAY, and is to be returned to school no later than a MONDAY.

And finally…

Thank you for your attendance at the recent parent / carer consultation evenings. As always, it was a pleasure to catch up with you all and share with you as parents some of the fantastic learning and work that is produced in school. I am looking forward to the children maintaining the high standards that they set themselves on a daily basis, as well as implementing the targets shared with them at parents evening.

Should you wish to speak to me about any concerns or would simply like to ask about something in school then please don’t hesitate to ask. I am always available straight after school for a quick chat, or alternatively appointments can be made should you feel the need to do so.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mr Allinson

5JA Class Teacher

 

On Tuesday afternoon, Year 5 and 6 children were invited to take part in some cycle time trials with Olympic medalist Phil Bateman. The children all competed in the right manner, giving 100% effort and commitment as well as showing excellent sportsmanship. Here are a few shots from the afternoon… 

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5JA Newsletter – Spring 2

Dear Parent / Carer,

Welcome back! I hope you and your child have enjoyed the week off, and they are feeling re-energised for what promises to be another busy but fun-filled half-term of learning. Here is an outline of what 5JA will be learning about over the coming weeks…

Our new topic is entitled ‘Mad Science’. During this half term – as a school – we are focusing on the lives and work of famous people who have changed the face of the world as we know it through their commitment to science, and in particular inventions. In Year 5, we will focus on Stephanie Kwolek – the inventor of Kevlar.  The children will learn about the modern day uses of Kevlar, and how it has changed clothing and equipment for the better. Later on this half-term, we will turn our attention from history to design technology, whereby the children will have the chance to design and make their own piece of clothing in order to eradicate a given problem. I am already looking forward to what the children come up with for their projects!

In Science, we are going to be focusing on ‘Properties and changes of materials’. Always an interesting unit of work, this topic will see the children learn about every day materials such as glass, wood, metal and paper – as well as the reasons behind their uses in the real world. The children will set up a series of science experiments, including having to compare the properties of each material, as well as complete an investigative test where the children must separate several solids from a tray…without using their hands!

Literacy-wise, the children will begin by studying the story of ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’. This promises to be another engaging unit of literacy, as the story is so different to the ones we have previously based our learning around. I am once again looking forward to seeing the children develop as writers, not only in terms of their writing content but also organisation and control over grammar.

In Maths this half term, our main areas of focus will be ‘Decimals and percentages’. We will begin initially with a look at decimals – including how to position them on a number line – as well as rounding, comparing and problem solving using decimals. As always, the children who demonstrate a talent in the ‘fluency’ strand of the curriculum (basic calculation work) will be challenged with ‘reasoning’ and ‘problem solving’ tasks whereby they will be expected to use and apply their existing skills and knowledge to different contexts.

Our 4th PE unit for this year will be ‘Tag rugby and Cricket’. During this combined unit of work, the children will develop their existing passing, movement and tactical play using tag-rugby as the stimulus. When we move onto Cricket, the children will be working on their catching, throwing, striking and fielding skills as we work towards some small-sided games outside. 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. Our PE lessons will continue to take place on a Monday afternoon, and so ABPS PE kit is required for all 5JA children on this day. Just a reminder that this is dark / navy shorts, with a plain white t-shirt. Should your child wish to bring some trainers and a hoodie to wear outside then they are more than welcome to do so.

Other key messages…

  • ‘Reading Champions’ is set to continue in school this half term. As a school, we had 132 children reading to an adult every night before the week off – which is outstanding! As a class, 5JA more than hold their own, with us consistently having between 12 and 15 reading champions per week. Being a competent reader is such a vital skill to have, and opens up so many avenues for learning. In order to become a ‘reading champion’, your child must read aloud to a parent 5 times throughout 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 message echoed by you at home. Thank you in advance!
  • Mathletics has been re-launched at Allerton Bywater Primary School! Before half-term, you as parents will have all received an awareness letter to go alongside a log-on card for your child to access Mathetics from home. This is a fantastic program whereby the children can work on activities and challenges aimed at what they are currently taught in the Year 5 curriculum. Where possible, please try to encourage your child to access Mathletics as much as possible, alongside home reading and completing homework.
  • Homework will continue to be sent home on a weekly basis. I spoke to the children at length before half-term about ensuring homework is up to standard in terms of quantity and quality. A good question to ask your child – when they have completed their homework – might be ‘If you produced that in lesson time, what would Mr Allinson say?’ Where homework is handed in that is sub-standard on incomplete then the children are aware that they must catch up in their own time. 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.

And finally…

Should you wish to speak to me about any concerns or would simply like to ask about something in school then please don’t hesitate to ask. I am always available straight after school for a quick chat, or alternatively appointments can be made should you feel the need to do so.

Thanks for your continued support,

Mr Allinson

5JA Class Teacher

Art work

This afternoon, Year 5 completed their mini-art project in the style of Matisse, Lowry and Magritte. The children were experimenting with three techniques: colour wash, block colouring and also using thickened paint. Take a look at the effort, and results below!

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Silver friends

All year, 5JA have been lucky enough to have a fortnightly visit from our resident ‘Silver Friends’ of Allerton Bywater. This week was a particularly interesting session, with the focus being on Mining. The children listened to stories and anecdotes from people who worked down the mine, and asked some fantastic questions about what reality was like. We even had some props to accompany the discussion, such as Davy Lamps, steel-toe-capped shoes, knee pads and helmets. The children loved trying the equipment on, and learnt so much about the history of local mining.

5JA Newsletter – Spring 1

Dear Parent / Carer,

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and managed to enjoy lots of quality time with both family and friends. As we embark into 2017, here is an outline of what 5JA will be learning about this half-term…

Our new topic is entitled ‘River deep, mountain high’. During this half term, Year 5 will focus on Mountains.  The children will learn about the key features of a mountain, and will be using the atlases to locate and compare many mountain ranges both in the UK and world-wide. Our topic will be kick-started once again with a ‘Launch day’ (Thursday 5th January 2017) which will see the children take part in a series of hands-on and fun activities designed to introduce them to our mountain topic. Later on this half-term, we will turn our attention from geography to art, where the children will have the chance to study the various painting techniques used by artists such as Lowry and Matisse.

In Science, we are going to be focusing on ‘Living things and their habitats’. Always popular with the children, this investigative topic will see the children learn about the life cycles of mammals, amphibians, birds and also insects. The children will then be able to compare life cycles, to see how they are similar and / or different. In addition, the children will be taught about reproduction in some plants and animals, and how this process occurs.

Literacy-wise, the children will begin with a ‘500 word story’ project. In conjunction with the BBC, this long-running annual competition invites children of all ages to plan, write and edit their own story of ANY style and genre – as long as it doesn’t exceed 500 words! I am really looking forward to working alongside the children with their entries, especially at the character-generating and plot-making stages!

In Maths this half term, our main areas of focus will be ‘Fractions, decimals and percentages’. We will begin initially with a look at fractions, including how to add, subtract, compare and multiply fractions with the same and / or different denominators. Like last half term, the children who demonstrate a talent in ‘fluency’ of the curriculum (calculation work) will be challenged with reasoning and problem solving tasks where they will be expected to use and apply their existing skills and knowledge to different contexts.

Our third 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 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 Monday afternoon, and so ABPS PE kit is required for all 5JA children on this day. Just a reminder that this is dark / navy shorts, with a plain white t-shirt.

Other key messages…

  • ‘Reading Champions’ is set to continue in school this half term and it would be fantastic if we could continue where we left off as a class before Christmas. We consistently had over 10 children reading every night after school last half term, which is fantastic, but could still be improved. Being a competent reader is such a vital skill to have, and opens up so many avenues for learning. In order to become a reading champion, your child must read aloud to a parent 5 times throughout 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 message echoed by you at home. Thank you in advance!
  • Times table champions – Similar to the reading champions competition we already have in school, we are continuing with a times table class competition. To become a times table champion your child must practice aloud / recite / chant / write out some times tables each evening after school. Once again, this must be evidenced in the school planner by a parent. If your child already knows ALL of their times tables, then they may wish to recite division facts or alternatively USE their times table knowledge to solve similar problems: EG 30×6 =180. I know this because 3×6=18.
  • Homework will continue to be sent home on a weekly basis. I have been pleasantly surprised by the willingness of the children to complete their homework, as well as the effort that is being put in by the children. Just a reminder that homework will always be set on a WEDNESDAY, to be returned no later than a MONDAY. Each week there will be a Maths and a Writing activity for the children to complete.

And finally…

Should you wish to speak to me about any concerns or would simply like to ask about something in school then please don’t hesitate to ask. I am always available straight after school for a quick chat, or alternatively appointments can be made should you feel the need to do so.

Thanks for your continued support,

Mr Allinson

5JA Class Teacher

 

The 5JA Christmas party in full flow! Thank you so much to parents for contributing an unbelievable amount of sweets, crisps, buns, cakes and biscuits. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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As part of our topic, the children of 5JA today built and decorated their gingerbread houses. I must say, the children worked fantastically well as part of a team, helping to share ideas as well as responsibilities. Some snapshots can be found below, as well as the finished products:

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Just a quick thank you to the visitors, helpers and customers at yesterday’s Christmas Fayre. The 5JA reindeer racing proved to be very popular with children and adults alike, and managed to raise £39.50 profit – which is quite a return on a game that cost 50p per go!! A special thank you to the many children who volunteered to help at the stall – it is much appreciated! Prizes will be distributed over the next couple of days 🙂 

Yesterday, the children in Year 5 and 6 were visited by 2 members of the ‘Genius’ gluten-free food company. Lucinda and Andy gave a talk about special dietary requirements, as well as an insight into how Lucinda launched her company in light of her own son’s needs. The talk was inspiring and thought – provoking, and will be used as a stimulus in future topic lessons. I must also add that the children asked some fantastic questions, that really made Lucinda think!

Yesterday was a fantastic day in school – Topic Launch Day! As part of Year 5 and 6’s topic, the children were invited to dress up and immerse themselves as Stone Age people. Working with Mr Allinson, Mr Ivel, Mrs White, Mrs Covell and Mrs Brown, the children rotated around a variety of fun and stimulating activities. They were: Stone Age maths, cave painting, collage and an invention session. Here are some snapshots from a brilliant day…

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 5JA Newsletter – Autumn 2

 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 ‘A step back in time’. During this half term, Year 5 will focus on the historical period between the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. The children will learn about food, clothing and settlements during this topic, enabling them to make comparisons to the very different lives that we lead today. The topic will literally be kick-started with a ‘Launch day’ (Wednesday 2nd November 2016) which will see the children immerse themselves for the day as Stone Age people. A series of hands-on and practical activities will take place, to really bring history to life and set us up for the remainder of the topic!

In Science, we are going to be focusing on ‘Electricity’. Always popular with the children, this investigative topic will see the children learn about circuits in a practical way, that lends itself brilliantly to investigations and experiments. The children will be testing and recording the results when bulbs and buzzers are added/removed from a circuit, before writing up their findings in the form of a report. In addition, the children will be taught to scientifically draw circuit diagrams using the correct symbols.

Literacy-wise, the children will begin with the non-narrative unit of ‘Instructions’. This unit will be taught through the ‘Stig of the Dump’ book, culminating in the children writing their own set of instructions for how to trap a wild animal. As part of the unit, the children will be taught about the key features of an instructional text, as well as being coached through the correct vocabulary to use and how this effects the reader.

In Maths this half term, our main area of focus will be ‘Multiplication and Division’. We will begin initially with a look at dividing by 10 and 100, before moving into more formal methods of division. Like last half term, the children who demonstrate a talent in ‘fluency’ of the curriculum (calculation work) will be challenged with reasoning and problem solving tasks where they will be expected to use and apply their existing skills and knowledge to different contexts.

Our second PE unit for this year will be ‘Football’. During this unit, the children will develop their existing passing, dribbling and shooting skills by applying them in scenarios and challenges that require them to outwit an opponent. 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. Our PE lessons will take place on a Monday afternoon, and so ABPS PE kit is required for all 5JA children on this day. Just a reminder that this is dark / navy shorts, with a plain white t-shirt. If the weather is dry, then each session will take place on the field / playground. Should your child wish to bring a hoodie / jacket then they are more than welcome. However, for the safety of all pupils, football boots will not be permitted for use.

Other key messages…

  • ‘Reading Champions’ is set to continue in school this half term and it would be fantastic if we could continue where we left off as a class before the break. We signed off last half term with well over half of the class reading EVERY NIGHT after school, which is fantastic. Being a competent reader is such a vital skill to have, and opens up so many avenues for learning. In order to become a reading champion, your child must read aloud to a parent 5 times throughout aweek, 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 supported by you at home. Thank you in advance!
  • Times table champions – Similar to the reading champions competition we already have in school, we are now launching a times table class competition. To become a times table champion your child must practice aloud / recite / chant / write out some times tables each evening after school. Once again, this must be evidenced in the school planner by a parent. If your child already knows ALL of their times tables, then they may wish to recite division facts or alternatively USE their times table knowledge to solve similar problems: EG 30×6 =180. I know this because 3×6=18.
  • The way that we distribute homework at Allerton Bywater Primary School is still currently under review. As a school, we listened to the feedback provided by children and parents, and are very close to distributing a new style of homework-setting. More information on this will follow in the coming days / weeks…

And finally…

Thank you to each and every parent that attended the recent ‘Parent consultation evening’ in school. These meetings are massively important to forge that home-school relationship, which ultimately has a positive impact upon your child. It was great to meet some of you for the first time, and 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

 

On Tuesday afternoon 5JA took part in their first ProRide cycle session. The children competed with one another at a series of time-trial challenges such as sprint, team pursuit and endurance tests. I was majorly impressed with the children’s attitude, competitive spirit and also teamwork. Here are a few snapshots from the afternoon…

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Just a quick note to congratulate the children of 5JA on a super start to the year. I have been really pleased their willingness to learn, and also the maturity with which the children are handling themselves around school. A special ‘thank you’ must also go to the lunch-time buddies, who are fulfilling a wide range of jobs to help school lunch times run as smoothly as possible. Well done to everybody, and keep up the good work.

Mr A

5JA Newsletter – Autumn 1 Term

Dear Parent / Carer,

Welcome back to a brand new academic year! I hope you had an amazing summer, and I am really looking forward to seeing the children’s ‘summer scrapbooks’ to see what they have been up to. Here is an outline of what we will be learning about during our first half-term together…

Our Topic is entitled ‘The people and world around me’. During this half term, Year 5 will focus on Allerton Bywater, and in particular maps of the local area. During week 1, we will embark on a ‘village walk’, taking in the various surroundings and land uses of Allerton Bywater. We will then use these images and photos to create a more formal map including recognized symbols and grid references. Later on in this topic, we will turn our attention to art work and in particular drawing skills. The children will have the opportunity to experiment with mixed media such as pastels, chalk and charcoal, culminating in a harvest-themed art competition. More information on this to follow!

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 with mini-topic of ‘Recounts’. As is tradition after the summer holidays, the children will be encouraged to write in depth about a memory from their summer break. This might be a day-trip, holiday or simply an excursion. As well as the children writing about their own personal experiences, they will also learn about the key features of a recount.

In Maths this half term, our main area of focus will be ‘Number and place value’. We will begin initially with a look at negative numbers in context, such as temperature. In particular, we will look at completing missing number problems, ordering and comparing negative numbers. For those children who demonstrate a good level of understanding, their knowledge will be deepened through mastery challenges whereby they must use and apply their skills.

Our first PE unit for this year will be ‘Athletics – throwing and jumping’. During this unit, the children will focus their efforts on the traditional field events of athletics through a series of games and challenges. These include vertical, triple and long jump, before experimenting in throwing for distance and throwing for accuracy. 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. Our PE lessons will take place on a Monday 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…

‘Reading Champions’ is set to continue in school this year and it would be fantastic if we could begin the year with plenty of children reading regularly at home. Being a competent reader is such a vital skill to have, and opens up so many avenues for learning. 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 supported at home. Thank you in advance!

The way that we distribute homework at Allerton Bywater Primary School is currently under review. As a school, we have listened to the feedback provided by children and parents, and so we are making tweaks to the content of homework that will be sent home. More information on this will follow in the coming days / weeks…

Kind Regards,

Mr Allinson

5JA Class Teacher

Our Victorian Afternoon Tea

The children had a lovely day on Monday. The children made cakes and sandwiches which they then took outside for their very own Victorian Afternoon Tea. The children ate Victoria sponge along with other delicious Victoria grub. They also played games and some even dressed up as Victorian children.

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‘Eggciting’ Science

The children made predictions in Science this week prior to our Eggtastic Eggsperiment next week! We have been looking closely at our teeth and how we can protect them from decay!

We will be eggsperimenting how different drinks effect our teeth by using eggs to test different liquids over a week! We are very eggcited to see the results and find out which drink is best for our teeth! 

CHALLENGE!

Can you tell someone at home which teeth are which and their functions?

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Assessment Week (WB 27.06.16)

Well done 4RS on your amazing efforts last week with your maths test, reading test and big write! You have shown me how well you have listened this year and the results made me very proud! Keep up the hard work 🙂 

Dodge Ball

The children had lots of fun in PE this week. They were learning dodge ball skills with Miss Nunn. Although it was hot, they all put 100% effort in – well done! What a sporting week for Y4. 

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Sports Awards 2016

Congratulations to Olivia and Violet who won awards at the Brigshaw Trust Sport Awards on Wednesday evening. You both deserved these awards for your time and commitment to school sport – well done! Pictures to follow!

Sports Day 2016

Wow, what an amazing afternoon! Such an amazing atmosphere and great performances. Well done everyone for your effort and achievements. Here are a couple of Y4 pictures from Wednesday. 

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Welcome back!

What a busy week! The children have settled back into school really well and have produced some fabulous work. They completed a short maths assessment on Number this week and I was extremely pleased with their secure knowledge and understanding. 

Here are a few of the poems they wrote independently today (10.06.16) – their focus was on football (Euro 2016).

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Musical Instruments

The children had lots of fun in Science this week. The children worked in pairs to create a musical instrument which one of them had designed last week. The discussed high and low pitch and thought about volume.  We were very impressed with their team work skills and their end products. e can’t wait to try them out next week!

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Paralympics Competition – 17th May 2016 – Kippax Leisure Centre

The children had a fantastic afternoon at Kippax Leisure Centre this week. The class was split into 4 teams and each team competed in a different event;

  • Boccia
  • Indoor Kurling
  • Seated Volleyball
  • Goal Ball

The children showed great enthusiasm and performed to their best ability. Our class Indoor Curling team even came 1st in their event; which was against 4 other local schools.

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Well done Year 4 – you did our school proud! 

This Week (03.05.16-06.05.16)

We have had a very busy couple of weeks in Y4. 

We have done A LOT of work on time over the past few weeks. The children have become much more confident with time so please keep challenging them at home! Analogue and digital 🙂 

We have also just finished our unit on The Railway Children. The children have produced some fantastic play script work during this unit. We were also lucky enough to watch the DVD of The Railway Children, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

The National Railway Museum – 21.04.16  

Here are some of the many photos we took on today’s trip to the National Railway Museum. The children had a fantastic day learning all about trains and how they work. 

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We hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter break. This half term the whole school will be working towards the investors and pupils award, please follow the link to find out more; http://www.investorsinpupils.org.uk/ 

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This week – 07.03.16

The children loved creating their own electrical circuits!

 

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We have been improving our skipping skills ready for our competition at Brigshaw, look out for letters about the competition coming out next week. 

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World Book Day 2016

Wow! What a busy day. We loved the fantastic costumes in 4RS. The children took part in various activities such as; acting, paired reading, book reviews, comprehension tasks, story boards, ICT recounts and lots more!

We also recorded some children talking about their favourite books. 

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Character Performance

Last week the children took part in the Radio 2, 500 word story challenge! The children came up with their own, fantastic ideas. Here are some of them acting out their main characters from their stories! 

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This Week in 4RS – 08.02.16

What a busy week we’ve had in Year 4!

Free Readers

Well done to our newest free readers 🙂 keep up the fantastic work!

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Mine Craft Fraction Portraits

The children loved creating their own self-portraits with a Mine Craft feel. They had to create a pixelated self-portrait and write down the fraction they used for each part e.g. 6/100 = hair.

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Stay & Learn

Thank you to all those that made our stay and learn session. I hear the children had a lovely time explaining what they had learnt during their internet safety lessons.

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Handwriting

The children are working extremely hard to improve their handwriting!

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Poetry

We have been busy reading, performing and creating poetry this week. We were very impressed with thee children’s work.

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28.01.16 – Welcome to 4RS

4RS Class Blog is now up and running…

We have had a busy first few weeks together!

We have been looking in depth at fractions. The children particularly enjoyed finding equivalent fractions using chocolate 🙂

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Meet a Creature Morning 

The children also had a fantastic  Monday morning meeting lots of different and interesting desert and rain forest animals.

They couldn’t wait to tell me all about it on Wednesday morning 🙂 

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Year 4 Achievers 

Well done Madeline and Amy on your latest out of school achievements.

Amy has received an award for her dancing and drama skills, keep up the hard work Amy! 🙂

Madeline has been working very hard out of school lately on her debut theater performance. She played the part of a lost boy in a Castleford Phoenix Theater production of Peter Pan. Well done Madeline, all the best for your next audition.

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20.11.15 – A new ‘free reader’ in 4RB

Well done to Violet who is now a free reader! Help yourself to the library Violet 🙂

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09.11.15 – Interviewing Mr Mark

As part of our ‘Heroes and Superheroes’ topic, Years 3 and 4 spent the morning looking at local mining history. Both classes came together to interview Mr Mark about his time working at Allerton Bywater colliery. The children all showed excellent speaking and listening skills – asking open-ended questions to discover more about our mining history. A HUGE thank you to Mr Mark for his time and also for bringing in some great mining items for us to investigate. Super learning 3JT & 4RB!!


06.11.15 – Golden Time activities

This week, Year 4 were lucky enough to be given a HUGE box crammed full of brand-new games and activities to do during our Golden Time on Friday afternoons. We had a great time this afternoon diving into the box to see all of the goodies inside: we learnt to play chess, created stories with Lego, competed in Top Trumps tournaments, made pictures with Fuzzy Felt and completed jigsaws.

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02.11.15 – Autumn 2 Newsletter

Back to School

I’d like to start by saying it was great to see so many of you during parent’s evening and to put faces to names! The children all had a great first half-term and seem to have settled into Year 4 very well. Our first half-term together seemed to go by in a flash and I’m sure the next few weeks will be just as busy – here’s what we have in store for the next half-term:

Heroes & Superheroes

Our whole-school topic for this half-term will be ‘Heroes & Superheroes’ – a brilliant focus which will include lots of History, Design, Literacy and Computing.

In History, the children will start by focusing on their own timeline: adding on the significant events that have happened already in their lives. We will then look at a timeline of local history – examining the mining history of Allerton Bywater, interviewing Mr Antcliffe about his time as a miner and looking at our local heroes. We will also look at Sir Humphry Davy and his invention of the safety lamp, learning about how it changed mining safety.

In D&T, the children will design and create their own superhero masks – looking at the masks of superheroes they already know and using these as the basis of their own. The children will then develop their skills at working with felt by creating and decorating these masks so they can become their own superhero!

English

Our first English unit will be the story of King Arthur and ‘The Sword in the Stone’. This English legend is a fantastic tale and one which I’m sure will engage Year 4. After looking at the story in detail, they will then have the opportunity to write their own legend – creating their own hero and developing their descriptive writing skills to tell the story of his or her adventure.

Please try to listen to your child read as many times a week as you can so that together we can develop their reading skills.  Your time really does make a difference.  Please also make sure that you make a note in their planners each time you do so, so that we can reward them in class as part of the 4RB reading challenge!

Maths

In Maths this half-term, our focus will be on ‘number’, with the children really getting to grips with their calculations skills – allowing them to really master their skills through the application of their learning to different challenges.

The children will also 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!

Science

Our Science unit will be ‘Rocks’ – a fascinating topic in which the children will learn lots about the different types of rock: how they are formed (including creating their own using chocolate!), how they are excavated and the different ways in which they are used in everyday life. They will also look at how fossils are formed and how soil is created.

PE

Swimming lessons will continue to take place every Tuesday at 11am at Kippax Sports Centre so children will continue to need their swimming kits on this day.

Our PE unit this half-term will be ‘Dance’ and our PE day will now be Thursday.  The children will therefore need their PE kits every Thursday.  Right Choice tickets will be awarded to all children who remember to wear a plain white or blue polo shirt along with shorts/tracksuit of appropriate length. If children’s ears have been recently pierced then plain gold or silver studs are permitted – these will be covered with tape during PE lessons for health and safety reasons. All other earrings should be removed.

General Information

This half-term will see Mr Walton begin to take over some of the teaching for Maths, Science and Topic lessons in his capacity as a trainee teacher. I am sure many of you have got to know Mr Walton during his time with ABPS and will join me in wishing him well in his new role. During these lessons, both I and Mrs Coote will remain in class in order to support the children’s learning.

Please be advised that your child will continue to need a pair of plain black pumps to change into when they arrive at school.  Children that do not have these are at risk of getting hurt from chairs/other children’s feet when in the classroom. It also means they can leave quickly and safely in the event of a fire alarm. We would like to thank you in advance for your continued help with this.

Homework will continue to be handed out each Wednesday and due back no later than Monday. If your child struggles with any part of their homework, please let us know.

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


22.10.15 – Halloween Fancy Dress

Happy Halloween! It was great to see all of 4RB dressed in their Halloween costumes today (and also a little bit scary!). I hope everyone has a fantastic half-term holiday and we’ll see you all back at school in a week.

Keep practicing those times tables over the holidays Year 4 🙂 I can’t wait to see all the work you bring back to school.

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19.10.15 – Times Table Challenge Week

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This week in Year 4 we will be holding a ‘Times Table Challenge Week’ with the aim of encouraging the children to learn their table facts whilst having lots of fun at the same time! There will be competitions, games and prizes throughout the week and it would be fantastic if the children could carry on with this brilliant learning at home – some recommended sites for great times tables games are:

Woodlands Junior – loads of great links to times tables games across the web.

Maths Zone – this is a great site for practising all sorts of different Maths skills. This particular page has lots of games to help you practise specific times tables.

Espresso – home access to our Espresso service which has created some really tricky times tables challenges. Log-in details are required – check with Mrs Brown if you’re not sure what these are!


12.10.15 – Vote for Mia!

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In assembly this morning, Year 4 were blown away by Mia in Year 6 and her entry into this year’s ‘Leeds Children’s Mayor’ elections in which she campaigns for a cleaner Leeds. Mia now needs your vote! You can read her manifesto in full (it’s fantastic!) and cast your vote here. Help us take Mia to the top 🙂


07.10.15 – Fairburn Ings trip

One exciting morning, I went onto the yellow bus with a green curvy stripe. On the bus, I sat next to Gerrard and Kyle. I sat next to the steamy window, Gerrard sat in the middle and Kyle sat on the end.

After that, we finally arrived at Fairburn Ings. Everyone was wearing wellies and coats. We all had to zip up our coats and put up our hoods because it was raining like mad.

When we all got out of the rain, we all were told what our teacher was going to teach us about habitats. Our teacher was called Andy. He told us what to do when we got to the woodland and the meadow.

In the woodland, we did different tests to we knew what to write down. We tested the temperature, the moisture, the light and the plant size. We also looked for animal evidence! When we went into the meadow, we had to dodge lots of poo because it was everywhere!

After we did that, we were all very hungry so we had lunch. For my dinner I had cat shaped bread. I also had peach and mango Fruit Shoot, a loaf of fruit bread and I had some yoghurt and a piece of fruit.

After my delicious lunch we all went pond dipping! We caught some amazing creatures. But the rain started to pour down and we started to get even wetter so we went into our classroom to share our creatures.

At the end of the day, we went to feed the swans and ducks. We all learnt that we shouldn’t feed swans bread!

Ania


28.09.15 – Village Walk

As part of our half-term topic of ‘Me & My World’, Year 4 went on a village walk today in order to create photographic maps of Allerton Bywater. The children took photos of all of the important buildings and locations around the village to add to their maps when they got back to school.

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24.09.15 – Show and Tell

This week Year 4 were lucky enough to have a visit from Harry’s mum, who works as a nurse in an operating theatre. Harry’s mum taught us all about her fascinating  job and we learnt lots. We would like to say a massive thank you for her time and also for all the amazing equipment she brought with her!

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15.09.15 – Welcome to 4RB’s blog!

Welcome to 4RB

A huge welcome to the 4RB blog! Check here regularly throughout the year for fantastic examples of all the brilliant learning that has been happening in Year 4.

Mrs Brown


 

YEAR 3

17.7.15 – Literacy (There’s a Viking in my bed)

This week in literacy, Year 3 have been working towards writing their own version of a scene from the book we have been reading. They spent a lesson planning to include speech from three of the characters in their work and then, in small groups, worked together to create an amazing piece of writing.

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10.7.15 – Vikings

After our amazing trip to the Jorvik Viking Centre, Year 3 continued their learning by looking closely at Viking pottery. We went on to design our own pots, thinking carefully about the techniques we would use to make one out of clay. We also looked at the types of colours the Vikings would typically use in order to make ours looks as authentic as possible.

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26.6.15 – Animals Including Humans

This week in science we have focused on the human body and in particular, the skeletal system. The children have discussed the bones in their body and have identified the 3 main functions of the skeleton (movement, support, protection). The children also used the outline of a human to draw the bones of the body and label it (some even researched the scientific names).DSCN0289[1]

19.6.15 – Rounding numbers

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15.5.15 – Information texts

This week in literacy year 3 have been learning about information texts. We have looked closely at the key features, particularly in information books. The children have all chosen their own topics and have begun researching on the laptops in order to create their very own information page for their ‘big write’ next week. The children have learnt to take notes from large pieces of text and have planned out their information text. We are very excited to see their finished work, full of facts and other interesting information on their chosen topics!!

29.4.15 Leeds United In The Community Football

This week marks our second week of having the very lucky opportunity to work with the Leeds United coaching initiative. Last week we had our first session, which even though it was very cold, we had so much fun. We practised different skills to help us develop our football skills such as defending, marking and even goal keeping! We had a really good session and can’t wait for the other sessions, where we will be leading up to playing games of football.

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26.3.15 Minecraft Multiplication

In maths this week we have been learning different methods to solve multiplication number sentences. Today, we had to apply our understanding of multiplication to a series of word problems. The aim was to solve each word problem, making our way around the board and collecting resources so we could build our shelter before dark! Here we are solving the problems:

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5.3.15 World Book Day

On Thursday 5th March we celebrated World Book Day. We had lots of parents and adults who joined us to read some of our favourite books and took part in different book based activities. We had so much fun dressing up and sharing our favourite books with each other. 

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Science: Rocks and Soils (December 2014)

The children have been learning about different types of rocks and soils in our recent science lessons. They have tested them to see which are hard wearing, permeable and what they are composed of. They have loved the chance to compare the rocks and having a hands on experience with the soil.  Ask them what they now know about rocks and soils…you might just be surprised!! : )

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Instructions (December 2014)

Year 3 have had fun learning to give instructions and write instruction texts. They worked well in groups to create their own playground games and instructed others to use them using time connectives, imperative (bossy) verbs and adverbs. Ask them and they will tell you all about it!

They also had lots of fun creating instructions for a Witches brew to make their teacher disappear!!!

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Stay and Learn (November 2014)

Thank you to all the parents who came to the recent Stay and Learn session in Year 3. The children really enjoyed sharing their Literacy work with you and were really pleased that you all joined in on their instruction writing task. We hope you had as much fun as we did and that you come back and work with us again soon. : )

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The Governors came to visit (November 2014)

We loved having the governors visit our school for the day. Miss Jones helped us to write our adventure story about ‘The Lone Robot’ and Mrs. Silkstone came to see how good we were at recognising and finding fractions. We love having visitors. Come back again soon : )

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Child Initiated Learning (November 2014)

On Thursday afternoon 27th November, all of Year 3 and Year 4 took part in a very special Topic lesson! The children were encouraged to take complete charge of their own learning, as part of our Anglo-Saxons topic.

The children even set themselves their own learning objective, before planning, researching or building their own Anglo Saxon product. By the end of the afternoon, all children had produced something worthwhile and took great delight in sharing their finished product / piece of work together as a group.

We had puppetry, Anglo-Saxon bookmarks (written using Rhunes), PowerPoint presentations, Anglo-Saxon pottery, houses, even villages! Simply fantastic.

A sample of the work produced / snapshot of the afternoon can be found below…

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Exciting News

Year 3 and 4 will be going on a trip to Harlow Carr Gardens on Thursday September 25th. This will be to follow up on the learning that we are doing on habitats in Science. You will receive a letter about this soon. We know it will be an exciting day!

Homework

-LACAWAC will be sent out on Tuesday and due back in the following Monday. (We will have a spelling teat every Monday afternoon.)

Maths homework will be sent out on Wednesday and due back in the following Tuesday.

First week back

What a busy first week it has been. We have really enjoyed getting to know your children and already know that this year is goiing to be great! We wanted to share with you some of the photos we took during our science lesson yeaterday where we were looking for habitats around the school grounds.

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