Friday 26th April

Hi everyone

Although we only had 0.8 of a school week, Y4 have managed to accumulate whole lot of knowledge and many new skills.

The children are making great progress in the maths topic of ordering decimal numbers to three places. A Sumdog challenge has been set for those who want to gain deeper understanding and more fluency.

Aayah and Asonat are our Learners of the Week.  Aayah was chosen for her constantly impeccable behaviour and her effort in all curriculum areas.  As a reward for her excellence, she was selected to be the first pupil in 4MM to visit the new school building.

Mrs Cooper would be very proud of Asonat because of how effectively she has applied some of the learning behaviours that she has been developing with her. Asonat has been demonstrating strong skills in capitalising by drawing on all her resources to help her succeed in challenging tasks.

TT Rockstar for this week is Zain, and he is also a Lexia Legend along with Gledia. Sumdog Superstars are Harvey and Tyreece.

Thank you to all of the parents, friends and relative who were able to attend the celebration on Thursday afternoon of our work about our Blue Planet. The children are rightly proud of what they have achieved. Not only have they produced some wonderful work in many curriculum areas, they have also gained attitudes and outlooks that will protect our world for future generations. The finished videos will be posted on the blog next week.

Today, Cohen and Leyana reminded us of their wonderful artistic abilities when Y4 combined acrylic and watercolour paints to create some stunning seascapes. Cohen’s skills in creating shades of colour are incomparable and Leyana’s ability to represent an image, a mood and a feeling is unmatched.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Mason    Mr Moore

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 18th 2019

We have had a lovely start to the Summer term. It’s a time when as teachers, we look back as well as forward. This week our pupils had a chance to experience that feeling when Reception children came to visit us. As our pupils moved into the role of big brothers and sisters, it was clear that they were in some way reflecting personally on how things used to be, how far they had come, and how much they had achieved on their learning journey through primary school.

Preparing our online presentations on the theme of The Blue Planet has been a very important part of our week. By learning to preserve our precious planet our pupils are learning and sharing many academic skills as well as developing appreciation, empathy and compassion. 4MM are making the future look brighter and happier than ever. Leyana’s fabulous artwork says that the oceans will be ok one day.

Beltina is our Learner of the Week.  She has been able to combine a high level of focus with her usual great enthusiasm, curiosity and thoughtfulness.  This marvellous mixture has turned Beltina into a super student and a powerful pupil.

Lexia Legends are Zain and Alliyah, our Sumdog Superstars are Harvey and Alex and congratulations to Faheem for achieving TT Rockstar status this week.  Despite strong competition from Fitz (he graduated from Puppy School), Elvis is our Woofer of the Week because of the bravery and resilience he has shown after undergoing major surgery.  He’s read every single one of your get well cards and he says they have helped him to stay strong.

The school day ended with a really lovely Easter service led by Reverend Sharon and supported by our wonderful Y4 readers. Thank you to Alliyah, Cohen, Rewan, Aayah, Alana and Layth. Your prayers were beautiful.

Happy Easter everyone, see you on Tuesday.

Miss Mason    Mr Moore

Friday 29th March

Hi everyone

Y4 have worked really hard this term and they deserve a break and a rest. However, we didn’t want to worry about our pupils becoming bored during the holidays so we’ve created lots of opportunities for online homework.

Please check Sumdog throughout the next two weeks for new competitions on the themes of addition, subtraction, fractions and time. The first one starts today.

We will continue to monitor Lexia minutes and units during the holiday. Prizes for Lexia Legends will be provided after the holidays.

Questions and assignments will be posted on Google every Saturday. Extra marks will be given for the most creative work.

Our Learners of the Week are Faheem and Cohen. Their ability to become absorbed in a task helps to explain why they achieve so highly and why they produce such a very high standard of work in so many areas of the curriculum. Congratulations gentlemen! We are very proud of you.

Fitz is our first Woofer of the Week. He behaved beautifully on his first day of school and completely charmed everyone that he met. Elvis was not at all pleased to hear this news. #jealous

This week’s Lexia Legends are Faheem and Mayako, TT Rockstars are Aayah and Hafsa, and Sumdog Superstars are Harvey and Zain.

Have a wonderful holiday but don’t relax too much 4MM.

Miss Mason    Mr Moore

 

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

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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 8th February

Hi everyone

On Monday the children proved that there is no limit to their ability to learn computing skills. They composed music in Garageband, dropped it into iMovie and then added the painting that they had made using Sketchpad. The children then saved their work as MP4s and uploaded their files to Google Classroom. It’s hard to believe that our pupils are only 8 or 9 years old. Imagine what they will be able to do in 10 years time!

Even more encouragingly for our beautiful blue planet, the children have been sharpening their ability to articulate their wonderfully positive and caring attitudes towards the environment. Immense effort has been put into writing, redrafting and rehearsing their protest speeches. Our pupils have learned to share their passion more effectively by using the IRIS video system to review performance. They have noticed how fluency, volume and pace are critical elements of powerful public speaking.

The Maths No Problem theme for this week was simplifying fractions. Thandeka has found this topic to be simpler to learn than almost anyone because of her excellent knowledge of times table facts.

Our new class novel is ‘Why the Whales Came’ by Michael Morpurgo. We read chapter 1 and applied detective skills to work out the author’s intention, his viewpoint, and why he had chosen specific language and vocabulary.

Lexia Legends are Zain (as usual!), and Layth.  Sumdog Superstars are Tyreece and Aaron, and TT Rockstar is Leyana. We are particularly proud of Leyana. Her new status as TT busker is pretty much the exact same job that Mr Moore had 35 years ago.

Learner of the Week is Gledia. Her recent absence from Y4 has made us really appreciate how much she contributes to the well-being of our class. We missed her more than she probably knows.

Thank you to Aayah and Alliyah for helping to write today’s blog post.

Have a great weekend

Miss Mason    Mr Moore