# Class News

## DT food – banana sandwich

Posted on Friday 01 December 2023 by Mr McGriffiths

On Tuesday this week we headed over to the kitchen to make banana sandwiches. This is part of our DT food curriculum and the children will be making two further recipes over the course of the year.

Then we chopped and slice our banana using the claw and bridge grip.

After that we arranged our bananas on top and sprinkled on some cinnamon.

Finally we ate it! It was delicious!

Help at home by talking about the cooking and maybe trying some cooking of your own at home.

## Autumn 2: Week 4

Posted on Friday 01 December 2023 by Mrs Wood

This week, we’ve been reading the book How to catch a star by Oliver Jeffers. We worked together to sequence the story and talked about what happened at the beginning, middle and end.
The boy in the story tried so many different was to catch a star. We used our imaginations to think about how we would catch a star.

Emir – I would use a big ladder and put it next to a tree.
Teddy – I would use a rocket.
Hana – I would use a hot air balloon.
Emilia – I would use a rocket.
Oscar – I would use a trampoline.

Yesterday, we talked about star constellations. We had a go at drawing our own.
Art
This week, we explored impressionism by looking at Claude Monet’s series of impressionist oil paintings of the Houses of Parliament. Mrs Boulton asked Reception…

What is an artist?

Rowan – An artist can cut paper and do a painting.
Xara-Mae – They make pictures.
Rayaan – If you paint for a queen.
Edie – They make a masterpiece.
Benjamin – They cut paper with scissors.

We used two forms of printing to create our own versions.
Maths
We developed our understanding of the composition of numbers by investigating the composition of 3, 4 and 5. We consolidated our understanding of a whole being made up of smaller parts by using cubes to compose and de-compose numbers. We also introduced the  part–part–whole model to the children.
We played a star game to help us understand the parts of 3, 4 and 5.
How many children are holding a star? (part)
How many children are not holding a star? (part)
How many are there altogether? (whole)

We watched the Numberblocks Stampoline video and had a go at printing our own Stampoline patterns of 4.

Help at home: Draw, paint or create your own Stampoline patterns at home.

Poetry Picnic
This week’s is called Mice by Rose Fyleman.
We talked about how poems can sometimes have rhyming words in them. Help at home: Can your child tell you the rhyming words in this week’s poem?
Living and Learning
Our Living and Learning was I can talk about my feelings. Some children happily shared their feelings with others.

Rowan – I like waking up. I feel happy.
Rayaan – My heart feels very nice when my cousins come but I feel shy.
Sam – Sometimes when I come into school I feel sad. When I’m here, I feel happy.

Christmas is coming!
We’ve been practising our Christmas songs for our Christmas performance. We can’t wait for you to come and watch us sing on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 21 December.

Reminders
Tuesday 12 and Thursday 14 December  at 8.45 – 9.15am or 3.15 – 3.45pm
– The cold weather is here! Please make sure your child comes to school wearing a suitable coat.

## Maths – multiplication

Posted on Thursday 30 November 2023 by Miss Birch

We’ve begun our multiplication journey this week!

Before learning how to do long multiplication, we had to go back to basics – understanding equal groups and how they link to our number sentences.

We decided that equal means having the same value.  Even if the groups are arranged differently or look different, if there is the same amount, they are equal.

Here’s an example we used:

There are plates.

There are 4 strawberries on each plate.

There are equal groups of 4.

3 x 4 = 12

4 x 3 = 12

The  represents the amount of groups and the represents the amount in each group.

We then had a go at making equal groups and arrays with counters and writing the matching number sentences.

Here’s some of the ones that we created:

Being confident with equal groups will help us later when learning new methods!

Help at home by making equal groups out of everyday items. For example, can you make equal groups from the peas on your plate or the pens in your drawer?

## Living and Learning: mental health

Posted on Thursday 30 November 2023 by Mrs Taylor

Mental health is our new theme in our Living and Learning lessons. We also had a linked reading fluency text to help to understand about mental health.

First of all, this video introduced emotions and feelings.

Next, we met Maz. Maz is visiting earth to discover more about humans.  Today, Maz wants to learn all about feelings.

Then, we heard about some characters and their stories. What feelings might they have? Who might need help with how they are feeling? Amir or Mia?

Talking about feelings and knowing where and how to seek help for yourself or others is very important.

Help at home: We’ve talked about how people’s faces and body language can help us to understand how others are feeling. Match the expression to the emotion. Maybe try some other emotions at home.

confused, sad, shocked, overjoyed, shy and furious

## We’re great writers!

Posted on Thursday 30 November 2023 by Miss Wilson

Inspired by our trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, we’re going to write a narrative about one of the artworks coming to life!

First, we discussed what makes a good narrative and read an example.

We did some drama to get into the mind of the sculpture awakening from its deep slumber. How would it move? Where would it go? What are some consequences?

Help at home by discussing what types of figurative language your child knows. Can they give you an example of each? How could they use it in their upcoming writing?

We will also aim to use expanded noun phrases and more complex punctuation like semi colons.

## Leeds Coding Day

Posted on Thursday 30 November 2023 by Miss Wilson

Today, Y6 joined an online coding class! We used Scratch to make a game where a Sprite had to cross a canal whilst avoiding the barges.

We used lots of computing skills that we’ve practised in the past such as variables, repetition and selection.

“It’s really fun. I liked it because I’m quite good at Scratch and I love practising it,” said Evan.

“It was very difficult and confusing so we had to be resilient!” explained Sienna.

“The best thing about it was creating your own code!” said Theo.

## Writing: Figurative Language

Posted on Wednesday 29 November 2023 by Miss Goswami

Year 5 have been identifying and selecting different types of figurative language. This is to help them when they come to write their narratives about a sculpture coming to life.

We then turned into detectives and found figurative language in an example text.

Help at home: Identify the different types of figurative language in the text above or create your own examples.

## Numbots

Posted on Wednesday 29 November 2023 by Mrs Taylor

So far in Year 2, we have awarded an amazing 82 certificates for children completing different levels as part of their Numbots journey.

Certificates are awarded on a weekly basis as well as a top 3 for the most progress made in earning coins.

Keep working hard at home. Just 10 minutes a day can really help with those addition and subtraction facts.

## Drop Down Morning

Posted on Tuesday 28 November 2023 by Miss Goswami

This morning was a little different to our usual mornings: we had drop down morning. This is where we recap our topic units from last year.

To kick-off the morning, Year 5 revisited their computing journey so far. We also discussed the key vocabulary and played Pictionary.

Then, we moved on to look at the Ancient Greeks; we focused on the innovations that form the legacy of the Ancient Greeks. We first looked at which other civilizations were happening at the same time and then discussed innovations. We found out that Ancient Greece created a LOT! Here are some: democracy, philosophy, the water mill, the crane, medicine and the Olympics. The children then took part in a Kahoot (an online timed quiz) to show off their learning.

Finally, we moved on to Geography where we talked about all things volcano. We looked at where volcanoes can be found; key vocabulary; the difference between magma and lava; and if we thought volcanoes were good or bad.

Help at home: Research recent volcanic events and discuss their impacts.

## PE: Gymnastics

Posted on Tuesday 28 November 2023 by Miss Goswami

This half-term, we are becoming gymnasts. For the past couple of weeks, we have been focusing on travelling, whether that be low, high, quick or slow. We were able to travel into spaces and sequence a range of different movements. We have then had a lesson to explore the apparatus with controlled and balanced movements.

We will be moving on to sequence different jumps and perform routines.