Friday 22nd March

Hi everyone

The work of Kurt Jackson was the inspiration for a wonderful lesson in art. After studying his style and techniques, the children created some beautiful pieces of work using watercolour paints.

 

  

Some of our best artists applied different skills to achieve a high standard. Tyreece found success by following the instructions for the process carefully, and Cohen worked meticulously and with precision to ensure that his art was outstanding, as did Alana. Leyana used her fantastic sense of colour brilliantly, and Thandeka showed her skills in blending, merging and using tone. Next week we will combine acrylic and watercolour paints to create seascapes.

Learner of the Week is Alana. Her attitude and aspiration impresses us in every lesson that we teach and her superb artwork should be hung on a wall alongside her beautiful test results. Lexia Legends are Gledia, Asonat, Layth and, of course, Zain. Thandeka and Davina are Sumdog Superstars, and this week’s TT Rockstars are Faheem and Rewan.

Please take any opportunity with your child to talk about how to read a 24 hour clock. You can use the clock app on an iPad or Android tablet to set timed challenges with the stopwatch feature, or set alarms to mark and measure significant points in the day.

Our newest member of 4MM will be paying us a visit at some time around 13:00 hrs on Monday. He’s already tried on his school uniform.

Have a great weekend

Miss Mason    Mr Moore

Friday 15th March

Hi everyone

It was Science Week at ACE so we’ve been investigating and experimenting even more than usual.

We all know what causes tooth decay but when we examined the levels of sugar in fizzy drinks we were surprised by just how much sugar we consume without thinking. After collecting the data, the children created bar charts to show the sugar content of some of our most popular drinks.

In Y4 we learn about the digestive system. The lessons are always received with two types of reaction: fascination or horror. Edward was the only one of us who didn’t have to look away and scream ‘yuck’. He’s passed the first round of the Could You Be a Doctor test. After learning the scientific names for the various parts of the digestive system, we carried out a practical experiment to show the journey of food through the body.

Edward also stood out as a super scientist when we studied food chains. Not only was he able to use the terms producers, and primary and secondary consumers, he knew to extend his food chain to include the source – the Sun.

Edward and Tyreece are our Learners of the Week. Edward continually amazes us and inspires his classmates with his incredible depth of knowledge in all subjects. Tyreece has delighted us with his desire and determination to make the most of all online learning opportunities.

Sumdog Superstars are Hafsa and Edward, TT Rockstar is Asonat, and Lexia Legends are Zain and Alex.

Have a great weekend

Miss Mason    Mr Moore

Friday 8th March

Hi everyone

Today the children finished their protest speeches about the consequences of plastic pollution. It has been a long process of drafting, editing, redrafting and revising. Immense effort has been expended to achieve some tremendous results. There are many outstanding pieces of work and the progress made by everyone has been utterly brilliant. 4MM’s finished work reflects their passionate hopes for a better world and is expressed through superb sentence structure, expert vocabulary, precise punctuation and spelling, and, of course, beautiful handwriting.

We have chosen Cohen and Asonat to be our Learners of the Week. Their incredibly powerful persuasive speeches are a source of pride to us, and a sign of hope to every orca in the ocean.

King of the Sumdog Kennel is Enzo for the most minutes of learning time, and Yunus and Zain are Lexia Legends. Ethan and Mayako are the TT Rockstars for the most rapid recent progress.

Please try to join us next Wednesday for our Assembly, in which we will share and celebrate some of the many great achievements made by 4MM so far this year.

Have a great weekend

Miss Mason    Mr Moore

Friday 1st March

Hi everyone

What a wonderful week of learning, fun and amazing experiences!

We began the week by finding out about our levels of self-control. The challenge was to hold a piece of chocolate for 10 minutes without eating it. Those children who were able to resist temptation were rewarded with a second piece of chocolate. Only one pupil failed to pass the test but at least he learned a valuable lesson.

Brush Ninja is a free online animation program. We used it to create animated gifs of a sea creature that we might find at The Deep. Later on, we continued with an ocean theme by researching where different aquatic animals come from and then marking their locations on a map of the world.

Fractions are fun is the maths message for this week. Our pupils are making really good progress in adding and subtracting fractions, and converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa.

We are also very pleased with the progress in writing that Y4 have made. They wrote very powerfully persuasive speeches based on the polar bears’ quest for sea ice completely independently. Cohen’s especially impressed us, as did Alana’s, Harvey’s and Ethan’s, who applied everyone that they have been taught in writing lessons this term.

On Tuesday afternoon went to the Grand Theatre to watch a performance of The Magic Flute. It was a superb production. The cast was brilliant, the backdrops and set designs were stunning, and of course the music was superb. It was a great experience for the children but our favourite part of the opera was when our pupils started to sing along with one of the arias.

Thank you to Mrs Lynch for helping Y4 to start work on creating blue planet inspired dances. It was simply beautiful to see the children letting of self-consciousness and expressing themselves. They choreographed their own parts of the dance in groups and also learnt some parts altogether.

A wonderful week was completed by a terrific trip to The Deep. The children were brimming with excitement and full of smiles all day. There were countless moments of awe and wonder, even for the grown ups! Having met so many fabulous fishy friends and amazing aquatic acquaintances, our campaign in school against plastic pollution in the oceans seems more important than ever.

Learners of the Week are Aaron and Harvey for their resilience and their determination to understand how to add and subtract fractions. They have both developed their independence and have really impressed us this week with their positive attitude and have-a-go spirit! Sumdog Superstars are Enzo and Layth, and our TT Rockstars are Davina and Ethan. Lexia Legends are Gledia and Zain.

Have a great weekend everyone

Miss Mason + Mr Moore

PS

Some of our pupils have expressed concern about stories of upsetting online sites and internet ‘crazes’. The police, the Safer Internet Centre, and the BBC have stated that the latest story is being driven by ‘fake news’ and we should avoid causing unnecessary alarm. However, children are still able to accidentally view worrying content relating to this theme through watching videos on YouTube, WhatsApp and other forms of social media.  Please be aware of the latest e-safety advice by visiting the Parent Zone website or the Safer Internet Centre, and please always know where your children are when they are online.

https://parentzone.org.uk/advice/parent-guides

Online-Safety-Guide-for-Parents-FEB-2019

Friday 15th February

Hi everyone

The week began with some practical maths work. Every child was given a container of 12 Skittles that they sorted into different colours. They put their data into a spreadsheet and then shared the information as pie charts. Strangely, the sweets had disappeared by the end of the lesson.

There was a buzz of excitement all around school this week and it wasn’t totally due to raised sugar levels.  On Wednesday afternoon every child in KS2 became a member of a council and gained the opportunity to give their views on how we can help improve our school, our environment, our community and the wider world.  The atmosphere and the feedback was fabulous. We really enjoyed working with our Collective Worship team and the Computing group.  Every child and every teacher in school felt energised by a really positive afternoon.

Opera North worked with 4MM on Thursday.  The children learned about Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute in preparation for our trip to the theatre.  The themes of the story were explained through live music and choreography.

Today 4MM looked at the work of the painter Richard Pearce and then used acrylics to produce their own paintings in his style.  Harvey said, “I feel like a real artist now.”  When we hear children say things like this, we are reminded that we are immensely lucky to have such a great job.

We received more words of encouragement this week from Layth who said, “I thought maths would get harder and harder but it’s getting easier and easier.”

Congratulations to Leah and her horse Minnie for earning her Level 1 Think Like A Pony award.  She did this independently, “all on my own, with no help”, which really is a very impressive achievement.  We are very proud.

Once again, the Lexia Legends Zain and Faheem were unconquerable but Demi-Leigh, Cohen, Alex, Harvey also delighted us with their haul of units.  Sumdog Superstars are Tyreece, Aaron and Hafsa, and TT Rockstar is Asonat.

Learner of the Week is Demi-Leigh.  She contributes immensely to 4MM through her quiet, calm and hard-working example.  Thank you Demi-Leigh.

The announcement of a new member of 4MM was greeted with huge interest and great excitement.  Hello Fitz and welcome to ACE!

Have a great holiday everyone.

Miss Mason and Mr Moore

Friday 1st February

Hi everyone

The joy and frustration of the democratic process created a roar of elation and despair from the children that measured over 100Db. We’ve been using a probe to measure temperature, light and sound levels in the classroom, so be assured readers, that’s an accurate figure, and we weren’t even discussing Brexit. The children took part in a democratic vote in which they were asked to complete a survey about their favourite choices of food, animal, lesson etc. Their opinions were collected and counted using Google Forms, but the decision of the majority was not as popular as expected. It turns out that our favourite colour is blue, our favourite movie is Frozen, and our favourite clothing is a dress! We learned that although democracy is a fair system, we don’t always get what we expect.

On Tuesday we began writing speeches to protest against plastic pollution. After days of researching, redrafting and refining, Thandeka, Cohen, Alliyah, Ethan, Harvey, Layth, Aaron, Aayah, Davina and Alana produced some superbly persuasive work. Next week, using the magic of green screen, the children will read their speeches to the House of Commons.

Our friends from Miss Edwards’ Reception class came to visit us this week. They told us about how they were planning to make the school a better place by solving the problem of litter.

It looks like this precious blue planet might be in safe hands in the future. Thank you Asonat for creating an image to illustrate how special and precious our world really is.

In our Maths lessons we have had a successful start in learning about proper and improper fractions, and, with some help from Layth, we were able to complete our previous topic by creating very precise line graphs.

Thank you Mrs Walker for giving us the chance to try sushi this week. Most of the class really enjoyed trying new foods but well done to Beltina for being honest enough to admit that she found chopsticks really hard to use, and that if she had to use them everyday she would probably end up starving.

We are really pleased that the number of children scoring 14/14 in the weekly spelling tests is increasing. The list of star spellers for this week is Faheem, Rewan, Enzo, Cohen, Zain, Alliyah, Beltina, Demi-Leigh and Leyana. Sumdog Superstars are Yunus and Hafsa, Lexia Legends are Zain, Tyreece and Davina, and our TT RockStar is also Davina.

Learners of the Week are Daisy, Harvey and Aayah. Daisy is flowering right now. Her persistence when tasks are tough, her resilience when things go wrong is a wonderfully beautiful example to us all. Well done to Harvey for showing determination to move forward with his learning. When he said he wanted his work to be perfect he made us immensely proud. Aayah has been chosen because she’s been challenging the established rules of maths. Apparently it is possible to give more than 100%. Somehow Aayah has been maintaining a positive attitude that should be impossible. Congratulations Aayah, you’ve scored 11 out of 10 for being wonderful.

Wk4 Homework 30.1.19

Have a great weekend

Miss Mason    Mr Moore

Friday 25th January

Hi everyone

Sam the Soundman gave us a super start to the week.  His visit to our classroom was fantastic.  He involved everyone in lots of amazing experiments which helped us to learn and understand almost everything about the science of sound.  We learned about vibration and volume, amplifiers and acoustics, sound bridges sound waves, and of course, pitch.  Sam taught us about pitch by challenging Daisy’s hypothesis in every way possible.  Daisy suggested that small things make high-pitched sounds and big things make low sounds.  Sam tried to prove her wrong by testing little objects and large objects in the forms of solids, liquids and gases.  Whatever Sam tried, he could not find a way to break Daisy’s rule, unless he took us into the vacuum of space, where we wouldn’t hear anything because there would be no air particles to carry the sound.

 

Sam also explained how to make really impressive musical instruments from recycled materials.  The secret to making a xylophone is to find the node, the part of the wood that resonates most clearly and harmonically when struck. He showed us that we can even use a drainpipe and a flipflop to create some super sounds.

We had another visitor in school this week, our diocesan advisor Ms Tringham.  It was our turn to teach and share some amazing things.  Davina and Alliyah ‘wowed’ her with how eloquently they spoke about the importance of learning about values.  They showed her the very special book in which we record our work, and also explained that they had to create a rota because so many children wanted to contribute to it.  Thank you to Layth, Leyana, Thandeka, Beltina, Demi-Leigh, Gledia, Annie and Aayah for being such a credit to ACE.

Y4MM have also been brilliant with maths.  We have been constructing and reading bar graphs with great success.  Next week we’ll be learning about line graphs.  This next step because many children can study the fabulous charts that show their incredible Lexia progress.

Lexia Legends are Zain and Tyreece.  They’ve worked hard to make sure that they gained more units than anyone else.  Sumdogs Superstars are Yunus and Leah, TT Rockstar is Faheem, and the Learners of the Week are Layth and Thandeka.  Layth has kept everyone smiling this week with his brilliant behaviour, remarkable resilience, and of course, plenty of wonderful work.  Thandeka has been chosen for extraordinary effort in every lesson and her example to others exceeds expectation.  During Sam’s Sound Workshop she showed so much super science knowledge that we won’t be surprised if she becomes Dr Thandeka one day.

We used the image of our precious planet as the stimulus to develop writing skills this week.  Inspirational speeches for Martin Luther King, Barack Obama and Dalton Sherman provided extra motivation for us when we wrote ‘imagine x3’ sentences.  Cohen delighted us by absorbing this knowledge amazingly quickly and then applying it to create some superb sentences.

Homework for this week ….

Have a great weekend.

Miss Mason   Mr Moore

 

Friday 18th January

Hi everyone.

This week we received a message from NASA written in ASCII code. Once deciphered, we read our instruction – Planet Earth is in danger! Act quickly and educate the world!  We immediately began to think of ideas about how we could help.  Next week we will decide upon our action plan to save our precious planet.

Thank you Mrs Burrows for accompanying Beltina, Alliyah, Davina and Leah to the Young Voices celebration where they sang beautifully and represented our school wonderfully.

Thank you has been said a lot this week in 4MM. The children made videos to show their thankfulness for all their blessings and today they wrote cards to express their gratitude.  Mrs Brown will cry (happy tears) when she reads what Enzo has written for her.

Enzo and Leah are our Learners of the Week.  Enzo has completed every task that he has been given and his attitude has been terrifically positive.  His resourcefulness and resilience has been very impressive and his happiness is definitely contagious.  We are also extremely proud of Leah’s achievements this week.  She used the ‘I wonder, I notice, I think’ strategy incredibly successfully to produce some independent writing that utterly amazed us.

Asonat and Zain are the Lexia Legends for earning more units than could ever be expected, Sumdog Superstars are Yunus and Tyreece for the most minutes, TT RockStar is Daisy for answering multiplication questions faster than anyone else.

Wk2 Homework

Thank you Y4.

Miss Mason   Mr Moore

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 14th December

Hi everybody

Miss Mason and Mr Moore haven’t been very well this week so I offered to help them by writing the blog today.

This week in Y4MM we have been getting into the Christmas spirit. The spirit of Advent has inspired us, and we have been learning the Christmas carols for the service at St John’s church on Tuesday.

On Wednesday 4MM went on a trip to the Leeds City Museum. If you ask me, we had an amazing time, we saw lots of sights and we created our own brilliant Roman mascot for our class.

I hope you all enjoyed looking round the Y4 Roman museum that we set up in school today. I also hope you enjoyed watching us battle the Iceni and druids. Everybody was amazing and Ethan never let go of our precious standard. Did you hear us shout “Roma victor”?

Learner of the Week is Gledia. She sets a great example to us every single day. Do you know how much Miss Mason and Mr Moore rely on her? Gledia makes them very proud.

Lexia Legends are Enzo, Asonat and Aayah. TT Rock Star for this week is me!

Have a great weekend.

Davina

Friday 30th November

Hola everyone

This week we’ve started Spanish lessons.  Can you tell?  With great help from Enzo, we have been learning the Spanish names for parts of the body.  All of Y4 were really enthusiastic and will no doubt make rapid progress thanks to Enzo’s expertise and incredible ability to translate and communicate through English, Spanish and Portuguese.

The countdown to Christmas began on Tuesday afternoon when Y4 visited Moortown Baptist Church.  Our journey through awful weather was definitely worthwhile.  As well as learning about the story of the birth of Jesus from the viewpoints of different characters in role, the children made some beautiful candleholders.  Today, Mr Sherbourne, one of the organisers of the event, said that every member of the church team wanted us to know that the children from Allerton CE Primary set an example with behaviour that couldn’t be matched by any other school.  We are very pleased but not at all surprised.

Today we finished painting our shields so at least we will have them to protect us when we go into battle next week but we must make sure that we bring in some extra warm clothing on Tuesday and Wednesday, as it could be very cold and muddy.  Victory will come easily if we see the same determination that the legionaries put into their writing task this week.  When we wrote instructions about how to make shields Aaron, Zain, Alana, Annie and many other of our troops made us immensely proud with their endeavour, achievement and attention to detail.

Harvey and Aaron were a super Science team on Monday when we investigated what would happen to a light bulb if we added an extra battery to the circuit. They made their circuit easily, carried out their test effectively and recorded their observations clearly. Leyana, Sienna, Alana and Beltina, who created circuits to make mini Christmas tree lights, also impressed us with their keenness to investigate and create.

Zain is top of the charts once again for Lexia units (37), closely followed by Alliyah (35). Layth is our Sumdog Superstar. He answered 831 questions correctly today in the Leeds Sumdog competition and we are at the top of the leaderboard tonight. #kingofthekennel

Learners of the Week

We have chosen Enzo to be one of our Learners of the Week, not only for being such a great teacher of Spanish, but also for his positive attitude and hard work in every lesson this week. The growth in his confidence and contentment make us very happy.

Annie is also a Learner of the Week.  She probably knows that she could be chosen every week and so she’s shown that we can add ‘patient pupil’  to her long list of attributes.  Annie puts effort into everything and makes the most of every moment at ACE.  Her behaviour is always perfect, and she is always incredibly supportive towards her classmates and her teachers too!

Thank you to all those children who are showing that they want to do more than is needed, more than is asked and more than is expected.  Alliyah, Aayah and Thandeka have been helping to plan the Collective Worship assembly on Monday which they will lead.  Davina has been working on how she can encourage more girls to become interested in computer coding, and Alana and Faheem have helped to write this week’s blog.

Have a great weekend everyone

Miss Mason and Mr Moore