Friday 12th July

Hi everyone

At the very start of the week, we helped Davina and Alliyah to do an Assembly about change and transition in which we gave encouraging advice about next year to everyone. We even got advice from the year 7s for the year 6s.

This week we made our Viking purses. First we made a purse out of paper. We had other resources to use as well such as; straws, paper clips, rubber bands, tissue paper, shiny paper and cardboard. We did this on Thursday. We also made a real purses out of denim. We needed to use a needle and thread but before we did this we had to learn how to stitch. We learnt the running stitch. Once we had done this we then did our real denim purses.

Today we went to St Barnabas’ church to celebrate the wonderful year 6s. Alliyah, Leyana, Mayako, Rewan and Layth read out prayers, and Davina and Faheem read out stories about some of miracles that Jesus performed. When we went to church, we sang these songs: this is amazing grace, this little light of mine, hosanna and Jesus you’re my superhero! On the way in and out we sang our god is a great big god. The year 6s were given a book and the year 6 dance troupe performed along with Mrs Lynch.

This week we won the Leeds Sumdog competition! 5 pupils from our class were in the top ten: Alana, Mayako, Hafsa, Tyreece, Harvey and Yunus! Lexia Legends are Rewan and Layth, Sumdog superstars are Yunus, Harvey and Hafsa. TTRockstars are Layth and Zain.

Our Learner of the Week is Leah because of her amazing resourcefulness, determination and creativity. Today she made an iMovie all about the Vikings independently! Well done Leah!

Have a great weekend everyone

Aayah and Annie

PS We have 3 Woofers of the Week for the first time ever! They are all good dogs.

Friday 5th July

Hi everyone

This week we suddenly grew a whole year older in just one day. Annie and Asonat will explain.

On Wednesday Year 4 met Miss Judge who will be teaching us in Year 5. With Miss Judge we read a blurb about Macbeth, which will be one of our topics for next year. Next we did a have-a-go write about a lighthouse. Later that day 4MM traced the cover of the book ‘Wonder’ but we changed the hairstyle, and over the eye we wrote our favourite things that we like to do.

Thank you to everyone in Y4 MM for being brilliant Y5s.

The Leeds Sumdog competition started today and so far we are in the lead. Please keep playing over the weekend. Perhaps we’ll let Mr Kay win one day. The leaders of the Sumdog pack for this week are Hafsa and Yunus, and our Lexia Legends are Ethan, Asonat and Rewan. Special congratulations for Ethan for completing Lexia. TT Rockstars are Faheen, Zain and Layth.

For the second week in a row our Learner of the Week is Layth. He has been brilliant at ‘distilling’ which means being able to make links and to apply what he knows when learning about new subjects. We were also very proud of how well he did in today’s high jump competition. He soared to new heights this week. Keep flying Layth!

Have a great weekend

Annie, Asonat, Miss Mason and Mr Moore

Once again, Woofer of the Week is Elvis. To be honest, he won the prize without even trying. Fitz and Milo were thrown out of the competition.

Friday 28th July

Hi everyone

This week was basically a whole series of scenes from School of Rock.  A visual literacy lesson using one of George Ezra’s songs produced a great response from the children. Asonat showed that she could easily be a famous film director one day.  She was able to explain the meaning behind every single frame of the video.  Asonat even surprised herself with her extraordinary ability. “I don’t know how I know but I know.”

The children once again achieved the highest level of learning in computing by combining services to create and share their ideas and feelings.  Avicii’s new release ‘Heaven’ was the inspiration for an iMovie project. The children imported the song onto a timeline and then created a video to accompany the music. They selected images from Google but also learned to use the screen recording facility on iPads to capture animations that they made using Brush Ninja and Hopscotch. ◢ ◤ would have been proud of their tributes and creativity.

On Wednesday we formed a band: a Garageband band.  Once the children had chosen the first two songs for our setlist, they were taught to tune their iPad guitars to the right key so that they could play along to Avicii’s Bad Reputation and Bob Marley’s 3 Little Birds.  4MM showed incredible concentration and outstanding musical talent.  Apologies to our neighbours Miss Judge and Mr Ash for being so loud but we sounded great.  We’ll be headlining at Glastonbury by this time next year.

We’ve been writing our own Viking sagas. We watched some BBC video clips to gain inspiration. For our saga we had to include a setting for where it would take place, introduce characters, include a quest, surprise twist, solution and how the story ends. For example, I was writing about Asgard. My setting was based outside the palace. My characters were Freya, Odin, Loki and Frigg, and I made my own characters called Hevean and Heven.

Our class coped with the end of year tests really well.  The children tried very hard to do their very best and showed resilience and determination in abundance.  Layth is our Learner of the Week for demonstrating good skills in reflectiveness when he was faced with some stressful challenges during assessment week.  He was able to step back using calmness and wisdom to choose a path that has helped him to be very successful in his tests.

Sumdog Superstars are Ethan and Yunus, and Hafsa is the Symphony Maths Magician. Daisy, Asonat, Enzo and Rewan are the Lexia Legends but the list of children who have met their weekly Lexia target is getting longer and longer.  Well done and thank you to Hafsa, Leyana, Aayah, Alliyah, Beltina and Ethan.

We also owe a huge thank you to all the children that helped make our ice cream stall at the Summer Fair so successful.  We made a huge profit and we learned that some of our pupils could sell sand to the Sahara.  Beltina will be a hugely successful businesswoman.  Invest in her company.  She will make you rich.

Have a great weekend

Aayah             Miss Mason          Mr Moore

PS: The Woofer of the Week title has been stolen by a very bad boy.  He has not been allowed to use stairs for over 10 weeks due to his surgery but last night he rediscovered the strength to revive old habits when he tried to snaffle his pack leader’s midnight snack. #ElvisLives

 

Friday 21st 2019

Hi everyone

4MM have been working way through quite a few different maths topics this week. We’ve calculated area, plotted coordinates and written teachers ages in Roman numerals. For extra practice and to gain more confidence, please try the Sumdog challenges this weekend.

The biographies of King Alfred were completed this week. Rewan really impressed us with the improvement in the flow and coherence of his writing. Our next writing project will be to create a Viking saga, a thrilling and incredible story that could captivate an audience of listeners. We’ve researched what features we should include in our tales by exploring some of the Norse mythology and legends. 4MM also used observational skills and inferential reasoning to discover Viking beliefs by building a jigsaw picture of the Yggdrasil tree, piece by piece.

Leyana is our Learner of the Week for earning a full week of stamps on her visible learning passport. Lexia Legends are Rewan and Harvey, Sumdog superstars are Harvey and Hafsa, and TTRockstars are Zain and Alana.

Have a great weekend

Miss Mason    Mr Moore

PS Woofer of the Week is Fitz. His hide and seek skills are amazing.

 

Friday 14th June

Hi everyone.

This week everyone in 4MM joined Kahoot!  It’s an online platform for making and taking educational quizzes.  We have already made a maths quiz and next week we will create a quiz about Alfred the Great.

Much of our time has been spent researching the life of King Alfred to find out why the Anglo Saxons thought he was so great. Information has been collected and organised into appropriate paragraphs, and we are now ready to write the final versions of our versions of King Alfred’s biography.

Even though the Vikings lived in Britain over 1000 years ago, we still use vocabulary that they gave to us. On Monday we discovered that ‘Berserk’, ‘angry’, ‘slaughter’, ‘nasty’ and ‘ruthless’ are examples of words that we have inherited from the Vikings, as well as ‘shy’, ‘cake’ and ‘welcome’. Many Yorkshire towns and areas around Leeds have Viking place names. Wetherby, Harrogate, Whitby, Seacroft and Armley are just some of the many Viking villages that we found using Google Maps.

Our maths lessons have been all about money, money, money. 4MM have been calculating with coins by adding, subtracting and working out how much change they should receive. Please take advantage of any opportunities at home to gain a bit more practical experience in using coins in a real life context.

Demi-Leigh is this week’s TT Rock Star, and Lexia Legends are Adrika, Alliyah and Alana. We were also really pleased with the amount of units earned by Gledia, Layth, Beltina, Rewan and Aayah. Our first Symphony Maths Superstar is Leah, and the leaders of the Sumdog pack are Yunus and Hafsa.

Learner of the Week is Mrs Burrows. She always has an outstanding week but this one has been exceptional. Her love, her support and her dedication to 4MM are boundless, and her resilience is an example to everyone.

Please try to make sure that PE kits are in school everyday. We hope that the rain might take a break next week and allow us to enjoy one of the most exciting events of the year – the ACE High Jump. If anyone plans to beat the school record of 118cm, they are going to need to attach springs to their feet or bring a ladder.

Have a great weekend, especially you Mrs Burrows.

Miss Mason    Mr Moore

Friday 7th June

Hi everyone

We had a great time on the school trip to the Discovery Centre and the Royal Armouries. During the morning we learned about what it was like to be living in England over 1000 years ago by looking at Anglo Saxon and Viking coins, axe heads and jewellery.  Later, we got a tour of the museum archive, which contains over a million amazing artefacts.  As we left the workshop leader complimented us on our excellent behaviour, enthusiasm and politeness.

After lunch we had a hands-on history lesson at the Royal Armouries when we watched an Anglo Saxon fight a Viking.  Once the demonstration was over we got the opportunity to become warriors for a few moments.

The list of Lexia Legends is longer than ever this week.  Zain, Layth, Faheem, Adrika, Harvey and Alana gained an incredible amount of units.  Sumdog Superstars are Yunus and Harvey, and TT Rockstar is Edward.  Edward has also been chosen to be our Learner of the Week. He was able to use his encyclopaedic knowledge and his wealth of experiences to answer every question that was asked on Monday.  On Wednesday, Edward impressed Mr Magnall by applying superb reasoning skills when learning about how data sensors are used in the ‘internet of things’.  Another compelling reason for Edward to be chosen for Learner of the Week is because we have been learning about humility.  Edward is never boastful and is always respectful towards peers.

Today we celebrated Sports Day.  KS2 used the athletics track at Leeds Met University to show off their superb sporting prowess.  They were speedy and strong but best of all they all had great fun, and, of course, they were beautifully behaved.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Miss Mason                Mr Moore

 

Friday 24th May

Hi everyone

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to attend the Arts Fortnight celebration today. We are so proud of what the children have achieved over the past two weeks with the help of our dedicated and incredibly talented colleagues.

The dance sequence choreographed by Mrs. Lynch was absolutely stunning. As soon as it started it felt like all the doors and windows in the hall had been burst open by a hurricane. The power of the dance was startling. It was compelling and hypnotising, mixing themes of freedom and captivity as the children created intricate patterns, entwining and interweaving movements, expressions and emotions. Davina’s role was perfectly allocated. She commanded her dancers with extraordinary strength and energy. Thank you Mrs. Cattrall for providing the rhythm that helped every single member of 4MM to contribute to the creation of a beautiful and mesmerising jigsaw of movement and music.

Thank you also to Mrs. Walker who gave our guests a taste of what we have been learning with her in the café. Her delicious recipe for ‘tree’ biscuits made us hungry for even more knowledge and super keen to take more of her classes in cookie cuisine.

In the Art Studio, Mrs. Johnston shared the creative processes that have driven our project. She explained how the children’s responses to our outdoor environment had helped to lead the way on our journey through the Arts whilst being guided by the influence of Andy Goldsworthy. Having the opportunity to explore and create art has enriched our pupils with vocabulary, given us the chance to examine deeper ideas and thoughts, and has equipped us to become even more effective writers.

Tales were told in our classroom this afternoon that excited, delighted and ignited our audience. It was wonderful to see so many parents, relatives and friends listening to our pupils reading the stories that they have worked so hard to develop over the past two weeks.

Children don’t often scream with excitement when we do assessments and tests but that’s exactly what happened this afternoon in 4MM.  A Kahoot quiz put a smile on the faces of all adults and all children whilst generating fierce competitiveness and also managed to provide enough data and fun to make SATs fans think again.

Sumdog Superstar is Yunus and Lexia Legends are Zain and Layth. TT Rockstar is Edward who became a Headliner this week. Every pupil in 4MM has earned the title and honour of Learner of the Week this week. Thank you to all 4MM. You are a fabulous ‘kaleidoscope of colour’.

Have a very happy half term holiday.

Miss Mason    Mr Moore

PS Don’t tell Elvis but there’s a new barker on the block. His name is Milo and he’s Woofer of the Week. He’s just a young pup but he’s already acquired tremendous sofa spreading skills.

Friday 17th April

Hi everyone

Week 1 of our Arts Fortnight has been an amazing experience and far more rewarding and fulfilling than playing the online version.  Led by the imagination of our children, Mrs. Johnston and Mrs. Lynch are guiding us along a fantastic journey of creativity and expression through language, art and dance.

On Monday we began to see things that we have looked at everyday but never really noticed. We spent time exploring the environment at the front of school and in Edward’s words we discovered “a kaleidoscope of colour”.  Inspired by the plants, trees, textures and tones in our grounds, the children made stencils to highlight and frame the natural beauty in our locality that is often overlooked.

Developing stamina when reading is a vitally important target for all pupils, as is the ability to summarise what they have read.  Y4MM worked on these targets on Tuesday when we used ‘Steve Dawson’ techniques to collect the key facts from texts about trees by putting aside unnecessary information.  We then created a Venn diagram to show similarities and differences between silver birch, rowan and hawthorn trees and in the afternoon the artist Andy Goldsworth was our inspiration when we made our own natural art creations using daisies, dandelions and long grasses.

The rich colours and textures of our natural world disappeared on Wednesday when we imagined where a black hole might take us. This provided a great opportunity for 4MM to use precise yet adventurous vocabulary by selecting powerful nouns, adjectives and verbs when sharing their thoughts and feelings.

On Thursday we explored feelings, images and landscapes in greater depth.  Our task was to choose an image from a range of pictures of the environment that resonated with how we felt. Once we had made our decision we had to describe how our choice symbolised and captured our thoughts and emotions.  We thought about what we could see, hear, feel and smell at the place to which we had been drawn.  During the afternoon session we used photosensitive paper to create wallpaper style prints by first designing a print on plain paper, and then reproducing it on special light sensitive paper. After waiting 5 minutes for the sun to work it’s magic, it was then placed it water for just 1 minute and then left to dry.  We started to experiment with creating simple patterns in a similar way to how wallpaper is designed.

Today we composed more sentences to describe how it feels to actually enter the black hole. Plenty of exceptionally strong writing has already been produced so after some editing and redrafting next week we are sure to have some incredibly compelling and powerful reading material for you.

Throughout this week, Mrs Lynch has been helping us to use choreography to interpret the ideas and feelings we have spoken, written and captured in our artwork.  We have a week to refine and rehearse but the dance sequences that she has helped us devise so far are already beautiful, creative, intriguing and completely captivating.

Thanks Mrs. J and Mrs. L.  You’ve found the essence of Y4MM.

Learner of the week is Mayako.  She has thrived on being given the time and space to collect her thoughts over the past few days.  She has shown depth in her thinking and strength in her vocabulary when she found the black hole.  Mayako felt ‘satisfied’ at first but then she was ‘hypnotised’ she talked about entering a world where only bad people went and they could only get out once they had redeemed themselves and became good once again.

Lexia Legend is Zain, Sumdog Superstar is Yunus, and our TT Rockstar is Gledia who became a Rock Legend on Sunday.

Have a great weekend

Miss Mason  + Mr Moore

PS: The Woofer of the Week title goes to Elvis.  He’s had a really ruff time since his operation but this week he has made some pawsome progress.  Yesterday Elvis went to Roundhay Park and walked round the small lake using all four of his zoomers.  He met up with some of his pack who were quick assure him that he’s still king of the kennel.

Friday 10th May

Hi everyone

Once again, we’ve somehow squeezed five days of learning into four. This doesn’t seem to be a problem for our class however, as our children have still managed to amaze us and delight us just as much as usual.

Many pupils have achieved our current maths target. They are able to convert fractions into the equivalent decimal numbers by changing the fractions into tenths.

Fractions and small decimal numbers can add up to a significant amount is what the Energy Saving team taught us this week. Children from Y5 visited our classroom to teach us about the importance of switching off lights and turning down the heating. By noticing wasted resources we can make tiny changes that could make a huge difference.

Learner of the Week is Aaron. He has been using his capitalising skills very effectively. He has been making good use of all the resources available such as word banks, dictionaries and displays to make his writing stronger and more powerful than ever before.

4MM finished off their reports on the Lindisfarne invasion this week. Not only do the finished pieces sound great, they look superb as well.

Lexia Legends are Faheem and Zain for collecting an outrageous number of units, and Sumdog Superstar is Layth. In TTRockstar news, Gledia became a Rockstar on Thursday and Alana attained Headliner status.

On Monday we start our Arts Fortnight with Mrs. Johnston. We will begin our creative journey with Mrs. J outside so please make sure that your child is wearing appropriate clothing for the possibility of wet conditions. Despite potentially wet and cold conditions, we’re sure that all the best qualities of 4MM will burn brightly next week.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Mason    Mr. Moore

Friday 3rd May

Hi everyone

The vicious Vikings invaded our classroom this week. In just a few days we have learned an immense amount of knowledge about the Anglo Saxons and how their way of life was changed forever by the Viking invasion of Britain.

On Tuesday we received a very distressing letter from the Emperor Honorius. He implored our Roman soldiers in Britain to return to Rome in order to protect the empire from attack by enemy tribes. We realised how hard it must have been for many Romans to leave Britain, as it had been their home for many years. Cohen expressed these thoughts superbly in his diary entry.

‘It’s now or never. I must pack my belongings and get ready to fight for my army needs me. I must set aside my own feelings and do what is best for the Romans. It comes with great misery that I spend my last night in Britain today. I hope to one day return to this precious island that I call home.’

Y4MM gained great confidence in rounding decimal numbers this week. We have been working on interpreting questions so that we understand what skills are needed to solve a problem. Through applying their abilities in metacognition and by distilling key information, the children have been tackling questions successfully and fearlessly.

Having instant recall of all times table facts is a key requirement for all Y4 children if they are to succeed and thrive in Y5 and 6. We will be giving out extra prizes from now on for those children who make the most effort to improve their TT RockStars heatmap. Well done to Zain, Enzo, Faheem, Cohen, Gledia, Davina and Aeron can claim their rewards next week.

Gledia and Zain are Lexia Legends, and Annie, Cohen, Rewan and Beltina achieved perfect spelling scores this week. The improvement in Thandeka’s handwriting is also something that needs to be shared. Her written work makes us smile before we’ve even read it.

Thank you to Beltina for being a brilliant roving reporter today. She took some great photos of the Olympic gymnast Nile Wilson when he came to open the new outdoor learning area at ACE.

Congratulations to Zain and Layth for being our Sumdog Superstars but next week it’s going to be one of us. We’ve been competing against our pupils online. They’ve been fighting us like Vikings but fortunately they couldn’t avoid showing their generous and kind natures by teaching us how to play more successfully and by providing furniture for our rather empty online houses. Thank you Y4. You’ve remembered that kindness costs nothing and enriches everyone.

Learner of the Week is Cohen. He has aimed for excellence in every lesson and achieved every target. We are very proud.

Have a great weekend + Monday

Miss Mason                Mr Moore