As a school, we buy into Times Tables Rockstars. This is a fun way for your child to practise their times tables. We use it, at least weekly, in-class but it would be really good if you could use it at home, too.
Each child has got their own login – if you’re not sure of their login/password then please email and I can send another one home.
At the end of year 4, they will take part in a times tables test. They will answer a range of times tables questions and need to score full marks to pass. They will have 5 seconds per questions to answer. Looking below, Year 4 are on their way to answering their 10 times tables and 11 times tables.
It would be great if, even for just 5 minutes a day, they practised their times tables. If you need any help logging in or have trouble accessing it, please let me know. Send an email to Mrs Rowlet at firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthy eating assemblies
The whole federation joined together to take part in an assembly about healthy eating last week. It was very exciting to see the other classes in the other schools! We had these booked in for Health Week last summer, which had to be cancelled.
The Leeds Health and Wellbeing Team delivered the assembly where we learnt all sorts of interesting things about keeping healthy and finished off with an interactive quiz.
What’s that coming over the hill…
This week in our writing, we have been learning to use adjectives (gives more information about a noun) and expanded noun phrases ( adds more detail to the noun by adding one or more adjectives). The children have been using these to describe their greek mythical creatures. Have a look at a few of our descriptions (copied exactly from their books – how fantastic are our writers!):
Over the hill came a monster…It was a three-eyed, prickly faced monster. Its face was as stripy as a zebra! It has two ears on each side of its head and a patch of freckles on its nose. It had a four-armed, purple body like a purple, slimy alien. It was as small as a mouse and you would barely see it coming! Its footsteps were so quiet adventurers can’t even catch one! It has six legs. On one side it has three spikey feet and on the other it has three human feet. The finger nails were as sharp as a knife. It had a ripped, beautiful butterfly shirt and one eye closed at one side of its face. It kind of had the nose of a lion. After hours, it finally ran away silently. (Leah)
Over the hill came a monster… Its head looked like a tiger. Its enormous eyes would surely be able to see everything but the scariest part is that it has venomous, purple prickles on its back! There’s more about this monster, it has dark spots and black stripes on his arms. The legs are like a human, feet even with shoes on! It has ears like a polar bear, pretty good to hear with. The last and smallest part is the really sharp teeth. Some even as sharp as a shark! So now you know it’s scary if you see it run! (Jacob)
Over the hill came a monster… with its smelly and venomous spots. Its eyes as big as boulders could catch anything at the corner of his eyes! They glistened around the gloomy, eerie forest. The ears would point out like razor, sharp knives scaring the other animals. Feet as small as cute as little bunny paws. Its neck was as wavy as an aliens’ arm. The legs were as long as the alphabet and were as bendy as a sheet of paper. It makes sounds which are as noisy as a monkey and it chomped on its food hungrily. It also has lived for over 100 years. (Siana)
Living and Learning: I can show perseverance
This week, our living and learning statement is “I can show perseverance”.
The children were able to describe that perseverance was “keeping on going when things get difficult” and “not giving up”. We talked about the different ways we could show perseverance in school and at home.
During our living and learning session, we practised perseverance. In pairs, we had some tangrams to complete.
“We had to persevere to make the different shapes because it wasn’t easy and we couldn’t do it the first time we tried.”
The children have been fantastic at showing perseverance in school this week especially during their maths learning.
Many mythical creatures were made up of different animals combined to make one beast. In our reading lessons, we have been using our inference skills to work out which animals were combined to make up these mythical beasts.
First, we listened to and read the description and tried to draw the beast.
The Sphinx was a female monster with the body of a lion, the breast and head of a woman, eagle’s wings and a serpent-headed tail.
Triton was a fish-tailed sea god, the son of Poseidon, king of the seas. He is blowing a conch-shell trumpet. In his other hand, he holds a staff.
Pegasus was an immortal, winged horse which sprang forth from the neck of Medusa.
Then, we matched the images to the description – the monsters were easy to match because the text gave us key information (tail, wings, horse).
Christian Value: Friendship
This half term, our Christian Value has been friendship.
We have thought about how we can be a good friend and what we can learn from the Bible about friendship. We learned that Jesus teaches us to be a good friend to all – he told a story about how the good samaritan was a friend to someone who was supposed to be his enemy.
In our reflection areas, we had two challenges: a friendship flower and how to be a good friend.
For our friendship flower, we thought about who was a good friend or someone we were thankful for and wrote or drew a short thank you thought or prayer for them.
We took the friendship finger challenge and thought about all the things that make a good friend. We thought about how we could be a better friend.
Foundation stage have also been learning all about our Christian value of friendship. They’ve created a friendship tree and friendship stones whilst thinking about the qualities they would like in a friend.
Look out for next half term’s Christian value: perseverance.
Living and Learning: I recognise mental health is important
This week, our Living and Learning statement was “I recognise mental health is important”. At school, we understand how important our mental health is which is why the first question we asked at parents evening was about how each child has coped since coming back to school and the changes due to covid.
To support this learning, we have been looking at the different emotions that the children could have been/ have been experiencing and how this can impact their mental health and what mental health is.
We looked at different emotions, when we might feel them and how we could react to those emotions and feelings.
Together, we created a feelings wall – it showed us that all feelings are acceptable and we talked about the different strategies that we could use to overcome/deal with any negative feelings.
Our Living and Learning lesson involved using some resources from the Anna Freud website and it has lots of advice and links for children and families if they need support around mental health.
Our bagel bar has been open for a few weeks now and the children have really enjoyed eating breakfast with their friends and it’s been a positive start to their day. The doors open at 8.30am each morning and all children from Reception to Year 6 are welcome.
Living and Learning: I can talk about my feelings
This week, our Living and Learning statement is “I can talk about my feelings.”
We discussed our feelings and who we could talk to about them. We also talked about how we can identify other peoples emotions. For example; their body language and their facial expression. Then we played an emotions game.
“We played an emotions game. There are different emotions – each colour means a different emotion.”
It was really fun playing the emotions game. I enjoyed making the emotions.”
“I enjoyed play the game because I liked drawing the emotions.”
On Monday, our bagel bar will be opening at 8.30am. You can bring your child to school for a breakfast bagel free of charge. This will be available Monday to Friday until March 2021.
This is part of a Covid response under the National School Breakfast Programme.
Our school has signed up to receive free healthy breakfast food as part of the Covid response offer, under the National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP), which is being delivered by the charities Family Action and Magic Breakfast.
Reception, Years 1 and 2 will enter through the main door at the office. Years 3-6 will enter school through the playground gate as normal. Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines when dropping off your child.
We look forward to welcoming lots of children to our bagel bar next week!