Friday 16th November

Hi everyone.

During the week in 4MM we have learned about the importance of Remembrance Day.  Also, we had our class Assembly.  Thank you to everyone who was able to attend.  Mr Moore spoke to us about e-safety and then we played a game that teaches us how to be safe on the internet.  On Thursday we marched to stop bullying from happening.

We have chosen Adrika to be Learner of the Week because she has earned a lot of Lexia units and she has shown resilience and teamwork, but everyone has worked really hard in our class so we should all be proud of ourselves.

by Davina

Thank you Davina for writing part of the blog. We love your enthusiasm and keenness to help.

Preparations for the battle against the Celts and Druids continued in earnest this week. We painted some of our eagle amulets and our legionaries wrote letters to their loved ones back in Rome. It takes 17 days to walk to Rome so the battle will be over before the letters arrive! On Monday 4MM will be making shields to protect themselves but this week we looked at how Emperor Hadrian protected his empire. Aayah, Alliyah, Layth and Faheem researched and shared information very effectively.

No place like home or no place like Rome? We put this to the test by finding out about the annual weather forecasts for Rome and Leeds.  After looking at rainfall, temperature and hours of sunshine, we decided where we would like to be on our birthdays.  Layth made one of many wise choices this week.

Well done to Adrika.  We are really pleased with her effort and progress. Not only has she has earned 46 Lexia units, she has also impressed us with her excellent attitude in writing and maths lessons. This week we’ve decided that we need to choose two Learners of the Week. So, congratulations to Layth for showing us just how brilliant he can be. #veryhappyteachers

Zain is Lexia Legend for his 63 units and our Sumdog Superstar is Tyreece for answering 702 questions in 7 days.

Homework is posted on Google Classroom and a Sumdog times tables challenge has been set.

Thanks to everyone in 4MM for contributing to a wonderful week and for supporting Anti Bullying and Children In Need with such enthusiasm and generosity.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Mason and Mr Moore

Friday 9th November

Hi everyone

Y4 have been lighting up the dark days of Autumn with some excellent and exciting work this week.

We began our Science topic with a quick assessment about the subject of electricity. Although many children seem to be bright sparks, we still have plenty of exciting things to teach them. The theme of light linked into our RE lesson about Diwali, when we learned about how Rama and Sita found their pathway home lit up with diva lamps.

Matthew and Vicki (visiting expert History and English teachers), have been working with us to develop our understanding of the Roman way of life, and to help us to get ready for battle with Miss Kelly’s class of Celts and Mrs Potter’s druids. During these sessions we have been totally amazed with Edward’s extensive knowledge of all aspects of the Roman Empire.

In our Assembly, at 9:00 am on Wednesday, we will be sharing how we have prepared for victory. Please try to attend and lend us your support.

Zain is our Lexia Legend with a score of 60 units, and the Sumdog Superstars are Ethan and Zain for the most maths minutes.

Learner of the Week is Faheem. He sets a great example to everyone, and continually demonstrates high levels of ability in all 4 learning behaviours. Faheem succeeds in every lesson due to his ability to reflect, his resourcefulness, his resilience and through his mature understanding of how to create effective working relationships with his peers. We’ve decided to promote him to the rank of Centurion.

Homework is posted on Google Classroom.  If you have any trouble connecting please let us know.

Odd Socks Days is Thursday (in support of Anti Bullying Week), and we will be marking Children In Need on Friday by wearing pyjamas.

Have a great weekend

Miss Mason                Mr Moore

Friday 26th October

Hi everyone

VIII weeks of training have come to an end and Year IV have made a very good impression on their centurions. Our legionaries have learned an incredible amount about what it means to be a Roman and what is expected of them in the challenges and battles that are ahead of us.

Writing skills have been sharpened by learning about how to use fronted adverbials to start sentences.  The children also soaked up information about gladiators, chariot racing and amphitheatres during this task.

During our art lesson we planned how to protect ourselves by design distinctive Roman shields.  After sketching with pencil, the children then developed their work by using oil pastels. Next term their plans will be turned into life-size models. Hopefully they’ll be strong enough when tested.

Our class have quickly become experts in using iPads.  Their ability to use Google services and Apple apps goes beyond the level of many adults.  We are very pleased with how their knowledge has grown so quickly but what makes us most happy is how respectfully and thoughtfully our children are using their new skills.  Leyana’s comments and posts on Google Classroom have left a wonderful internet footprint and a smile upon our faces.  Her kind and positive contributions show us that the internet can be a better than we ever expected.

We are immensely lucky to have Davina and Aayah on our Y4 team!  Today they collected some great examples of our Values work and created a book to record our thoughts and responses to some very big questions.

Tyreece broke his Lexia Legend record by gaining 53 units this week and Miss Burrows was very impressed with how much effort he put into drawing his design for a Roman shield. The Sumdog times table competition was won by Faheem.  A strong challenge was made by Zain and Beltina but Faheem’s relentless approach brought him victory in the end.

As you can imagine, choosing a Learner of the Week has been really difficult.  We decided to look for someone who had given VIII weeks of non stop effort, determination and someone who’s attitude and behaviour is faultless.  We have chosen Alex.

Half term holiday homework

Today we school closed for the half term holidays but please remember that Google Classroom is always open. 365 and 24/7.  Please look out for new assignments and opportunities for extra learning.

Miss Mason and Mr Moore

Friday 19th October

Hi everyone

There have been a few signs of tiredness in 4MM this week. Thankfully most children have had the energy to show impressive levels of resilience by avoiding distractions, and by persevering when obstacles have been put in the way of progress and learning.

We have enjoyed finding out what it must have been like to be a Roman legionary in northern Britain. New words such as ‘tense’, ‘eerie’ and ‘sinister’ were absorbed into the Y4 vocabulary through watching and responding to questions about edited video clips. The children produced some outstanding answers verbally, and also by creating movies from screenshots to which they added written commentaries. The skills that the children have already acquired this term would qualify them for Apple Teacher accreditation if they weren’t so young!

More amazing skills in collecting and communicating information were displayed in the main writing tasks this week. The children researched the lives of rich and poor Ancient Romans and then recorded what they had discovered. They showed that knowledge had been completely assimilated when they wrote poems to express how disenchanted so many citizens in the Roman Empire must have felt.

Davina once again proved that she is a great learner by taking on board some advice about how to deal with some tricky aspects of maths. It can be difficult to decipher maths questions when numbers are surrounded by so many words. Davina used her reading skills very effectively to solve some calculation conundrums hidden in layers of language.

Gledia and Edward are our Lexia Legends for this week. Between them, they earned 117 units. That’s supposed to be impossible. Unbelievable but true news continues with the fact that Faheem answered 7770 questions on Sumdog this week and Zain answered 7700. Wow is not enough!

Choosing a Learner of the Week is always a difficult task but it has become even harder for the right reasons. So many children have done more than enough to earn the title but Zain has stood above everyone. His attitude and behaviour is perfect and his commitment to making progress makes us incredibly proud.

Thank you so much to all the parents and carers who were able to attend the consultation meetings on Wednesday and Thursday. We were delighted to have had so many positive conversations and to have received such a great level of support.

We also need to express our appreciation for the generosity that parents of children in Y4MM have shown by donating so many gifts for the Harvest Service on Tuesday. Well done to Aaron for encouraging everyone to sing up and to celebrate our blessings.

Homework is attached as a PDF.

Homework week 7

Please let us know if your child needs any help in completing the tasks.

We have one more week before the half term break. Let’s make it better than ever.

Have a great weekend

Miss Mason    Mr Moore

Friday 12th October

Hi everyone.

Writing the blog is a great way to start the weekend. It gives us a chance to reflect on all the fantastic learning and progress that has taken place during a very busy week. It’s also an opportunity to remind ourselves that we are blessed to have such a great class of pupils.

On Monday we had a quick Science lesson to revise what we had learned about solids, liquids and gases. The children melted ice cubes, collected the water and then turned it into steam by throwing it onto a fire. The recent rain was probably our fault. Sorry.

We also began our exploration of the concept of incarnation on Monday when we looked at and discussed a section of the Big Frieze by Emma Yarlett. Harvey used his visual literacy skills very effectively. He asked and gave answers to some really big questions.

In our maths lessons we have been looking at some alternative methods for addition and subtraction.  Having to learn a different way to calculate proved quite a challenge for many of our marvellous mathematicians but we they know that they can count on the fact that being ‘in the pit’ is the way that new learning begins.

This week 4MM created passports so they could join the Roman army. Through this activity the children explored and celebrated their heritage and the links that they have to different places around the world. They also learned that the Roman army was made up soldiers with many different languages and cultures. The children also wrote about the type of equipment that they would need to be a formidable member of their legion.

Today, the author Amy Wilson visited our school and no doubt inspired many of our pupils to become writers in the future. The theme that links all of her books is magical realism, an idea that suggests that the world in which we live is more often more amazing and frequently more spellbinding than we sometimes notice.

Sumdog superstars are Alana and Zain for 99% and 97% accuracy on the questions they answered. Lexia legends are Alliyah and Faheem. Enzo very nearly matched their haul of units, which absolutely delighted us. He is making incredible progress with reading.

We have chosen Alliyah to be our Learner of the Week. Her attitude and conduct is superb, she gives her best in every lesson and she takes nothing for granted. She was genuinely surprised that she had been chosen which made us even happier and more certain that we’ve made a really good choice.

Please click on the link to see the homework for this week.

Week 6

If possible, please encourage your child to take part in the Sumdog challenge for this weekend and to earn at least 4 Lexia units.

There are two extra reasons to look forward to next week: on Wednesday and Thursday the Parents’ Consultation meetings will give us a chance to share much more good news about the progress of our pupils, and on Tuesday the annual International Café will give us the chance to eat like Roman emperors by tasting food from all around the world.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Mason    Mr Moore

Friday 5th October

Hi everyone

First of all, get well soon to Miss Mason!  We miss you very much indeed.

Year 4 MM have tried really hard to keep moving forward and to continue the learning journey despite the unfortunate change to our usual routine.  Miss Mason would be very proud of the resilience that has been evident in our class this week.

I know that Miss Mason would also be pleased to hear that our pupils are showing that they are full of kindness and cleverness. They were inspired by the animated story of Justino, a security guard working the night shift, who gets through the drudgery of his lonely job by coming up with different ways to make his co-workers smile. Ultimately, his kindness is rewarded as the ripple he has made comes back to him in a wave of appreciation and love. Sienna, Harvey and Leyana showed great empathy and also proved that they have brilliant visual literacy skills.

Y4 looked further into states of matter in our Science studies this week by examining how water can change from a solid to a liquid. The children carried out an experiment to see how quickly ice melts in cold water, warm water and in the surrounding air. Daisy, Alana, Annie and Edward are just some of the many children who worked carefully and recorded their observations thoroughly and precisely. On Monday we’ll melt a bit more ice and see if we can make a cloud from the water droplets.

The children have been learning about what it was like to be in a battle with the Romans. After watching a film clip (don’t worry, I faded out the scariest bits), the class wrote paragraphs to describe their victory. Their sentences were packed with adjectives and adverbs, which created a powerful description of the battle. Davina, Gledia, Alliyah all really impressed me, and Ethan showed that he could easily be mistaken for a Roman general. ‘Deadly and fearless, I led my troops into the raging battle’.

I don’t think that anyone has ever earned as many Lexia units in one week as Faheem. 43!!!!!! He’s not just a Lexia Legend; we need a new title for him. How about Lord of Lexia?  Sumdog Superstars are Zain, Rewan and Annie for their accuracy and learning time.

I am really pleased for Harvey. He’s our Learner of the Week. Harvey has shown brilliant behaviour and excellent enthusiasm for education. He has been super keen to contribute and to do his best in every lesson. He is making the most of his opportunities, and one of my highlights of the week was when he asked me to write the details for a website so he could continue learning at home.

Homework for this week is attached below as a PDF.

Homework week 5

Have a great weekend.

Mr Moore