Class News

Me and my money week!

Posted on Sunday 12 November 2023 by Miss Birch

This week has been all about money and we’ve learnt a lot about money, spending, prices and saving. We have had some visitors in to help us with our learning. Here’s what we’ve got up to:

It’s party time!
We had a two hour workshop where we learned how to plan a party. From thinking about what makes a good party to how much we were spending on balloons. We started by ranking elements of a party by how important they are. Here was one group’s final ranking:

We then chose a person to plan the party for and this was tricky as we had to think about what someone would want at their party rather than our own choices!

Finally, we had to think about what we would spend on what. Each group had a budget of £10 per guest and the children quickly realised how they needed to save money on a venue for the party so that they could have more decorations or food!

Overall, every group managed to spend under their budget which shows that they knew the difference between a want and a need.

The Lost Purse
We had a second workshop with some workers from the bank. During this session we learnt:

  • People can pay for things using cash or electronically.
  • The price of everyday items like a meal deal from the supermarket.
  • People can sometimes borrow money but they have to pay it back otherwise there is consequences.We also were able to give advice to someone on how they should spend their money. ‘Mr I Spendalot’ wanted to book a £500 holiday. He could have either spent his money on his debit card or use his credit card and have to pay it back. We decided that maybe using his debit card was a good idea if he knew that he could afford it!

Help at home by thinking of different items that you have or would like and and decide: Is it a need or a want?

This is a Forest and Making a Stand

Posted on Friday 10 November 2023 by Miss Goswami

On Tuesday, Year 5 went to visit two art exhibitions: ‘This is a Forest’ and ‘Making a Stand’. To start the day, we experienced a series of artworks in ‘This is a Forest’. The children were able to take time to appreciate the art, learn something new and capture the sculptures in their own sketches. One of the artworks was called ‘A Howl’, which was an installation of a fallen beech tree with lights and sound. This section of the exhibition was in a small dark room, where we could initially just hear sounds and then after our eyes adjusted, we were able to see the shape of a tree.

  

We then moved on to our next activity where the children could create ecosystems. We split into smaller groups and were able to design and make terrariums. The children showed great teamwork!

 

Finally, we went on to ‘Making a Stand’ located in City Square. This trip provided a great link between our recent Geography learning and our current Art and Design learning. Year 5 were very respectful and represented Moortown Primary School well.

Guided Reading Week 1

Posted on Friday 10 November 2023 by Miss Goswami

Here are the target pages for this week’s guided reading. These need to be read by Friday 17th November.

The boy and the Tiger: up to chapter 4/page 42.

Extra Time: up to chapter 8/page 32.

Flood and Fang: up to chapter 3/page 43.

Dirty Bertie: up to chapter 4/page 33.

Kensuke’s Kingdom: up to chapter 4/page 45.

Guided Reading Information

Posted on Friday 10 November 2023 by Miss Goswami

Today, Year 5 have been given their guided reading books.

The class have been divided into groups and each group has been given a book to read at home. This will last for this half term.

During our Book Club sessions each Friday, each group will discuss what they have read so far and share their reading record activities related to their book. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the children to explore characters and storylines more than they might do normally!

Every Friday during Book Club, each group will be given a new page to read to for the next Friday. This information will be posted every week on our class news.

What to remember:

  • Your child has a book that they need to read every week (up to a chosen point marked with a post-it note).
  • The reading record activity needs to be completed using their new book.
  • A comment from a grown up needs to be written in their reading record.
  • Group reading books and reading records need to be brought in every Friday.

Help at home: listen to your child read their new book and ask questions about the book to help prepare them for class discussions.

I look forward to hearing the children’s discussions next week!

Living and Learning: Me and My Money

Posted on Friday 10 November 2023 by Miss Goswami

This week, we’ve been learning all about money!

We’ve talked about so many important topics and skills that are vital to our lives and financial futures.

We first had a maths lesson which looked at working out the unit prices of bulk items to help us decide on the cheaper options.

Next, we learnt about what tax is and why we have it. We then discussed why it is vital for our community.

Then, HSBC talked to us and we learnt about budgeting and how to be a critical consumer.

We also learnt about jobs in Leeds and what we might want to do when we’re older or where the most demand for employment might be.

Virgin Money taught us about loans, their roles at the bank and about bank accounts. They then set us an exciting challenge – to make £5 grow!

In the coming weeks, we’ll be putting our entrepreneurial brains to the test to see if we can make profit from a small business idea. Watch this space!

Help at home: Discuss how your child would like to make their £5 grow. Take a look at the suggested ideas.

Living and Learning: Me and My Money week

Posted on Friday 10 November 2023 by Mr McGriffiths

Year1 have been learning about all things money this week during our Me and My Money week.

This learning forms part of our Living and Learning curriculum.

We learnt all about different aspects of money: where it comes from, how we use it and where it is kept.

What money do we use?

People from the bank came to visit us and spoke to us all about different kinds of coins and notes. They also spoke to us about the history of money and how it has been changed over time.

Why should we keep our money?

We spoke in class about where is best to keep our money so it is safe. Lots of us had a money box or a piggy bank – some even had a unicorn bank! We discussed how when we grow up we will keep our money in a bank so it is safe.

What is the difference between needs and wants?

 

Year 1 and 2 worked together to learn what is a need and what is a want. We thought deeply about some of the items and where they fitted in.

Clothes are a need but if you already have lots of clothes they become a want.

The internet is a need as some people have to work from home.

How do people use money?

People make different choices with their money. We talked about how some people spend their money, some save it and some people donate it.

I want to save my money in my moneybox so I get get something big.

I like to spend my money straight away!

I want to spend my money so that the person it goes to has money for what they want.

At Moortown, we donated some money this week. On Monday, Steph from St Gemma’s Hospice, our current school charity, shared how our donations of £1500 have helped the hospice.

This week, we’ve been donating money to St Gemma’s Hospice by bringing any spare 1ps and 2ps to make a penny trail at the end of the week.

Where does my money come from?

We thought about where our money might come from and how that would change as we get older and have a job. Lots of us got money for doing jobs around the house or when we lost a tooth!

Help at home: discuss this learning with your child at home to consider how they use money and why money is important.

Autumn 2: Week 1

Posted on Friday 10 November 2023 by Mrs Wood

This week, we’ve been busy learning about Bonfire Night, Diwali and Remembrance Day.

On Tuesday, we discussed why we celebrate Bonfire Night and how we celebrated.

We set the fire and look up to the sky.
We eat special food.
You can get candyfloss  and doughnuts.
We put sticks in a field and make a bonfire.
We have lots of fireworks!

On Wednesday, we read Binny’s Diwali and talked about some of the key things used to celebrate Diwali. We also talked about other celebrations and festivals with the same or similar activities/decorations. Yesterday, we listened to a story called Flo of the Somme and talked about the importance of Remembrance Day.

Here’s some of the chilli challenges we did to support our learning…

We used different materials to create rocket fireworks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We made Diya Lamps at the playdough table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used chalk to draw Rangoli patterns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We drew some amazing Mehendi patterns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used an app on the iPads to draw pictures of poppies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PE
Today, Reception enjoyed their first gymnastics session.  We focused on moving in a low position. At the end of the session, some children were eager to perform a short sequence of different low movements.
Poetry Picnic
Click here to watch this week’s poem.

Reminders

Odd Socks Day – Monday 13 November
Children are invited to wear odd socks to school today, marking the fact we’re all different in some way.
Maths stay and learn session – Wednesday 15 November
Children in Need: non-uniform day – Friday 17 November

 

Living and Learning: anti-bullying day and odd socks day

Posted on Friday 10 November 2023 by Mrs Taylor

On Monday, all children will be learning about bullying and how to STOP bullying as part of the national antibullying week.

Our Junior Leadership Team have recently reviewed our bullying definition. As part of this, we use two STOP acronyms: Several Times On Purpose Start Telling Other People – one’s a definition of bullying and the other’s a solution.

On Monday, we will also be taking part in Odd Socks Day which celebrates that we’re all unique. Children are invited to wear odd socks to school, marking the fact we’re all different in some way.

Odd socks day sends an important message to pupils that they should be allowed to be themselves, free from bullying. It helps us celebrate anti-bullying day in a fun and positive way.

Help at home: Talk about our school definition of bullying and the differences between falling out and bullying, and between a one-off situation and something that’s happened more than once.

Living and Learning: Me and My Money week

Posted on Friday 10 November 2023 by Mrs Taylor

Year 2 have been learning about all things money this week during our Me and My Money week.

This learning forms part of our Living and Learning curriculum.

At the start of the week, we had lots of questions about money.

What money do we use?

In maths, we identified and compared the different coins and notes we use in this country.  The children were keen to share other currencies they’d used in different places around the world.

Why is money an important part of people’s lives?

We thought about this in our weekly circle time.

Money is important because…

It would be confusing without money. 

People use money to buy the things they need to survive like shelter, food and water.

You can donate to charities.

You can save for something expensive.

Long ago, people didn’t have money and they had to swap things.

Now, money makes things fair.

What is the difference between needs and wants?

Year 1 and 2 worked together to learn what is a need and what is a want. We realised the link to our basic needs learning in science recently.

A need is food as you need this to survive.

A want is a Lego set as you can survive without this.

How do people use money?

People make different choices with their money.

Some people choose to donate money. On Monday, Steph from St Gemma’s Hospice, our current school charity, shared how our donations of £1500 have helped the hospice.

This week, we’ve been donating money to St Gemma’s Hospice by bringing any spare 1ps and 2ps to make a penny trail at the end of the week.

Where does my money come from?

We thought about where our money might come from and how that would change as we get older and have a job.

Help at home: discuss this learning with your child at home to consider how they use money and why money is important.

 

Group reading information!

Posted on Thursday 09 November 2023 by Miss Birch

Hello!

This week, Year 3 are beginning their group reading!

The class have been divided into groups and each group has been given a book to read at home. This will last for this half term.

During our Book Club sessions each Friday, each group will discuss what they have read so far and share their reading record activities related to their book. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the children to explore characters and storylines more than they might do normally!

Every Friday during Book Club, each group will be given a new page to read to for the next Friday.

What to remember:

  • Your child has a book that they need to read every week (up to a chosen point marked with a post-it notes).
  • The reading record activity needs to be completed using their new book.
  • A comment from a grown up needs to be written in their reading record.
  • Group reading books and reading records need to be brought in every Friday.

Help at home by listening to your child read their new book and ask questions about the book to help prepare them for class discussions.

I look forward to hearing the children’s discussions next week!

Thank you,

Miss Birch