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

 

Friday 23rd November

Hi everyone

Our plans for shields were put into practice on Monday when we worked with Matthew. He showed us how to transform a sheet of foamboard into a tough defensive weapon by using pieces of paper tape, glue and water. Daisy worked with great care and will have no worries about whether her shield will stand up to an attack.

We have been dividing (and conquering) in all our maths lessons this week. Many children have found this topic a lot less scary than it used to be due to the improvement in their knowledge of times tables. Aaron really pleased us by tackling his work with no problem and by showing confidence in his ability to succeed. Hard work is paying off.

Next week we will find out if the children have been successful in the job applications for work in Ancient Rome. The whole class put massive effort into this task in which they has to make notes, write, edit and redraft their reasons as to why they would be the perfect match for the Empire’s employment opportunities.

The concept of incarnation has been our RE focus. We have talked about interesting ideas and discussed complex concepts, which are at the centre of Christian belief.The responses of the children prove that they are capable of considering and contemplating some very deep questions. Adrika’s contributions to conversations, her answers to some very big questions and her written work really impressed us.

Gledia did a fabulous job today when she pretended to be Miss Mason for Takeover Day. The classroom atmosphere was the same as ever: beautifully calm but also busy and productive. Thank you Gledia for being a fantastic pupil and also a fantastic teacher too.

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

Homework

+ a Sumdog competition.

Sumdog Superstars are Faheem and Annie for the amount of time that they have put in and for the number of correct answers. Lexia Legends are Zain with 53 units and Davina who earned 38 units.

Learners of the Week

Tyreece was virtually giving off sparks today when he told us about what he knew about electricity, and he wrote his job application with great care and independence. His behaviour is always excellent. Tyreece has also achieved his Lexia targets for every week that he has been in Y4. Well done and congratulations to Tyreece. We are immensely proud of you.

Out of all the pupils at ACE, Aayah is probably the one who smiles the most. She probably also receives more smiles than anyone in school. Aayah is considerate, kind and she always has a positive attitude, which is incredibly contagious. She gives maximum effort when working and shows us that every moment of every day should be appreciated. Thank you so much Aayah.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Mason    Mr Moore

 

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

Friday 28th September

Hi everyone.

Davina started our week by leading Collective Worship for the whole school. With assistance from Beltina, she shared an inspirational poem, reminding everyone that we should appreciate all that we have been blessed with. Thank you Davina.  You are an inspiration to us.

As part of our study of the Ancient Romans, we began by finding out what it is like to live in modern-day Rome. The children used their iPads to research, collect and share what they found out.  Davina was once again a great help, by sharing some useful descriptive vocabulary.  Faheem’s work makes us wish we could arrange a school trip to the Eternal City and enjoy some of ‘la dolce vita’.

Zain won the Lexia Legend title this week with 21 units.  Faheem, Layth and Zain are Sumdog Superstars by winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the ’rounding’ competition.  Hafsa also really impressed us with Maths work by making an incredible amount of progress in such a short space of time.  We have decided that Davina should be our Learner of the Week.  She has demonstrated every aspect of a good learner in abundance.

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Parents’ Information Evening on Wednesday.  It was really good to be able to connect with new and familiar faces, and to be able to answer questions and to give and to listen to advice which will help our class to have a happy and successful time in Y4.  If you have any concerns or further questions please just ask.

Homework Wk 4

Have a great weekend

Miss Mason      Mr Moore

Friday 21st September

Hi everyone.

During this week’s RE lesson we explored why ancient civilisations used to worship the sun. Some amazing ideas and thinking was shared by many children, and some very deep questions were answered brilliantly.

Despite some excellent learning throughout the week in Maths and English, Science is now probably the most popular subject in Y4.  ‘How can we prove that gases exist?’ was the key question that the children attempted to answer.  The photos below have captured some brilliant moments of wonder and discovery.

Lexia Legends this week are Gledia and Edward who have both earned 20 units. Layth, Annie, Ethan, Aayah, Zain and Alliyah also gained more units than was needed. Sumdog Superstars are Leah and Alex.

Edward has shown us that he passion for history and he has superb knowledge of the Romans. Yunus has also made a very good impression on us through his ability to reflect on his learning. He always shows a strong desire to improve and to make progress and he listens carefully to advice and acts on it.

Despite strong competition, we have chosen Gledia to be Learner of the Week. She always has a mature attitude and shows great resilience by managing distractions effectively.  Every piece of work that she produces is completed with care and is presented beautifully.

Homework for this week: English books pages 6 and 7 (verbs and adverbs), Maths books pages 8 and 9 (place value, 1000 more, 1000 less), plus spellings and home reading books. Extra minutes on Lexia and Sumdog would be very welcome too.

Have a great weekend

Miss Mason and Mr Moore