I have had some troubles sending the parent mail this week. Please find it below.
Today was our last session at Allerton High for Science.
Today we did 4 different experiments in different groups. 5LM – comment below with what experiment you did and what your observations were.
Mr Allcock showed us a song naming all of the elements in the periodic table sung by Daniel Radcliffe. I wonder if you can learn it?
The Bike ability instructors have been so impressed by all of the children who have done their cycling proficiency training so far. This will be finishing next week with the remaining children.
This week we have been planning our discussion texts using the IPEELL format and thinking about which sentence types we can use. We have been thinking about using “Does not… does” “Will not… will” “The question is:____” and “When, when, when, then.” The children have all written an introduction for their discussion text and will be continuing with this next week. The children could challenge themselves to include one of these in their homework this week. Next week we will be continuing to write our discussion texts.
In Topic we have been creating information leaflets about life in the Indus Valley in preparation for our exhibition. The children used IPEELL to structure their writing into an introduction, 3 points and an ending. We are currently finalising a date for the exhibition and will let you know as soon as possible. It will be a great opportunity for the children to share their learning with you. It will be at some point in the last week in this half term.
In our “Maths No Problem” lessons, we have moved on to percentages. We looked at the word percent and found that it means “of 100.” Using our knowledge of hundredths we were able to find percentages. We then combined this with our fractions knowledge and were able to convert fractions to allow us to find percentages much more easily (see methods below). Next week we will be finding percentages of amounts. They will be fantastic at finding new prices in a sale!
Spelling- This week’s spellings are all words with the s sound spelt sc:
The children are finishing the story based on the picture below and are challenged to try and include one of the sentence types that we learned this week in class. An example of those used in sentences are also below.
Grammar – 50 51 Using commas.
Maths- 40 & 41 Percentages
Bike ability will continue next week for those children who have not already done it.
The children went to Allerton High this morning with Mr Ash and Mrs Wake so I am so excited to hear all about it on Monday. Encourage them to comment on our class blog with what they got up to!
FOOTBALL PLAYERS – If you are playing football on Tuesday (you would have had a letter today) don’t forget your kit.
Also, an obvious reminder, we are closed on Monday for the bank holiday. The Sun is shining, let’s hope it stays like this for the weekend. Have a wonderful bank holiday weekend!
Miss M 🙂
Today we have been lucky enough to visit Allerton High and go into an Astrodome. We were shown a film and given a talk by 2 people from Leeds University physics department. We gazed at the stars while we were shown key features of our solar system. It was absolutely amazing- the pictures are rubbish I apologise!
Ashley showing Allerton High who’s boss!
This week the “Beast from the East” certainly hit here in Leeds. Our week started by exploring how a story begins and looking at how we could start our science fiction story. We decided to start our story right in the middle of the action were “Gina” and “Tommy” were defeating aliens on planet “Zorb.” Gina and Tommy were then headed back to their planet (Jaxx) to celebrate when, somewhere above Earth, Gina pressed a large, red button labelled “DO NOT TOUCH.” The UFO launched Gina into a strange building labelled “Allerton CE Primary.” We are looking forward to finding out what happens next. The children have been working in groups developing the story, adding detail, finding out more about the characters ready to plan their own story next week.
The weather this week has complimented our topic perfectly. It added a very fitting background to our Antarctica assembly. Thank you to all the parents that came along despite the weather. We hope you enjoyed the learning we shared and our Ukulele performance. After the assembly, we learned about Inuit people who live in the Arctic. We then went outside and made some Igloos and enjoyed the snow. We had so much fun building and playing together.
Following this, the children wrote excellent weather reports about the “Beast from the East” hitting Leeds. We then recorded some “on location” out in the cold. The children particularly impressed me with their use of personification in this writing.
After a snow day yesterday, we have settled back into School today and have had a visitor who wanted to watch some of our Macbeth work. I’ll admit I was slightly worried when I heard this as we haven’t done this since November. But, the children blew me away. They had remembered everything and were able to articulate their learning so brilliantly. I was beyond proud!
In our “Maths No Problem” lessons, we continued to look at Fractions and subtracting. We will start next week multiplying Fractions.
Due to the late start today, absences and snow day yesterday we have not done our spelling test today. We will be doing our spelling test on Monday and going through our homework. Meanwhile, if the children could check our class blog for the writing challenge I have set. I have also posted an excellent example written by Daniel and Michael Fotherby. I have also asked that the children think of their own real life maths problems relating to our beautiful (but slightly inconvenient) weather.
Next week our world book day will be rearranged, we will keep you posted with when exactly this will be. Next Wednesday we will be attending “Rewind to Easter” at Moortown Baptist Church. This is always a really lovely morning and I am looking forward to taking the class there.
PE Kits. Our P.E. is on Monday’s and is dance indoors. We are also running a mile a day in School so if children could have their trainers in every day please.
I hope you have an excellent weekend and stay nice and warm. Let’s hope we’ve seen the back of the “beast.”
Miss M 🙂
As I hit the ground, I came to meet my frozen brothers. My brothers were crammed together like baked beans in a tin and surrounded me like bees around a honeycomb. Melting, squashed, destroyed-which would be the worst?
Snowflakes are tough: braving the harsh winters; surviving the freezing temperatures; falling from extreme heights. I find myself being elevated into the bitter air and being squashed between my brothers by a mysterious, soft and gentle material that belongs to humans. The more I get put in a snowball the more weak I get. Suddenly, I’m hurtling through the raw air and land with a thud…
I came to rest on a much rougher material that was a human’s battered coat. Dizzily, I grabbed on for dear life. There I hung for what felt like weeks but was probably only a few minutes. As the human finally trudged inside I knew it was soon to be the end of me. In the warm, snug house of the humans my life threatened to come to a close. Melting, disappearing, dying – was this the end?
By Daniel and Michael Fotherby
As mentioned in previous blog, I would love for you to complete some writing today from the perspective of a snowflake. Think about:
- How is the snowflake feeling?
- Do people like them?
- Do they mean to cause disruption?
- Do they like being played with/stepped on/thrown/driven on by people?
Think about which sentence types you could include in this writing. In class we have been working on:
- The more, the more
- Tell: Show 3;
- 3 bad – question?
Miss M 🙂
Due to worsening conditions, and an unsafe school site, we have made the unprecedented decision to close school today. Thursday 1st March.
We will continue to monitor the forecast for Friday and keep parents updated via text/email.
We will rearrange our own World Book Day next week.
I am sorry for any inconvenience that this has caused.
I would love to see and hear about what you get up to in the snow today. As discussed with Mr Kay yesterday, maybe you could write from the perspective of a snowflake.
I’d love to see if you can think of any snowy maths problems. As we did in class yesterday, you could add up the cm’s of snowfall to find a total. Be creative!
Have lots of fun playing and be safe!
Miss M 🙂