Class News

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

We are gymnasts!

Posted on Thursday 09 November 2023 by Miss Wilson

This half term, we become gymnasts!

Travelling as been our focus for this week, where we’ve practised moving around the space in different ways: high, low, wide, narrow, with many points of contact and few.

Next week, we will perform sequences of travelling using benches!

Living and learning – Me and My Money

Posted on Thursday 09 November 2023 by Miss Wilson

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 futures.

HSBC talked to us about savvy shopping. We learnt about:

  • budgeting
  • interest and borrowing
  • debit and credit cards
  • being critical consumers

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 bank accounts and 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!

Y6 said:

“I think I’m more aware of money now.”

“You should be cautious about spending money. There are questions you can ask yourself such as, ‘Is this a want or a need? Can it wait?’”

“I’m really excited to start my own business!”

Living and Learning: rights and responsibilities

Posted on Wednesday 08 November 2023 by Miss Birch

In Year 3, we know that we have many different rights and with these rightscomes responsibilities.

Here are just some of the rights that we’ve discussed:

  • We have the right to think and say what we think so we have the responsibility to be respectful to other’s thoughts and beliefs.
  • We have the right to an education therefore we have the responsibility to come to school and engage with our learning.
  • We have the right to have food and therefore we have the responsibility to make our own healthy choices.
  • We have the right to feel safe at home and at school and have a responsibility to make other people feel safe. For example, play safely and sensibly with our friends and family.

Help at home by asking your child to think of their rights and therefore what responsibilities come with these rights.

Living and Learning: Democracy

Posted on Wednesday 08 November 2023 by Miss Birch

At the end of last half term, Year 3 learnt about what is democracy and how we can become involved in democratic decisions.

Democracy, one of the British Values, means ‘rule by the people‘. It comes from the Greek words dêmos (people) and krátos (rule or strength)Latin is everywhere!

We learnt about how democracy works in this country. This included learning about central and local government, what services government provide for the people and the role of political parties.

After that, we had our own democratic vote to elect our new JLT members for this year.

Congratulations to our two new JLT members and well done to everyone who took part! All the speeches were great!

Me and My Money week – school charity donations

Posted on Wednesday 08 November 2023 by Mrs Taylor

Donating money is one choice people might make when using their money.

As part of our Me and My Money themed week, we welcomed visitors from St Gemma’s Hospice, our current school charity, to hear how they have been using our donations over this year.

We have raised a staggering £1500 across the year so thank you for all of these donations. St Gemma’s Hospice are very grateful for this support.

There is one more way we can donate money this week and this is by bringing any spare 1ps or 2ps into class to deposit in each class’ saving jar.

On Friday, we shall be having a money trail with all the coins donated so please bring any spare change before then.

Here are Year 2 counting their coins so far.

 

We are biologists!

Posted on Sunday 05 November 2023 by Mrs Taylor

This half term, Year 2 have been busy learning all about animals including humans and what they need to survive.

We’ve learnt lots of knowledge about different types of animals and if you remember from our class assembly, they all have the same basic needs – air, water, food and shelter.

Here is the key vocabulary we have been learning.

More recently, we’ve been learning about humans in particular and how humans need to keep healthy as well as having their basic needs.

Help at home – the BBC website has some great videos to summarise the different types of animals and their basic needs. Choose some to watch with your child to discuss this learning.

 

Living and Learning: democracy

Posted on Sunday 05 November 2023 by Alice Needham

Year 4 have been considering what is democracy and how we can become involved in democratic decisions.

Democracy, one of the British Values, means ‘rule by the people‘. It comes from the Greek words dêmos (people) and krátos (rule or strength).

We learnt about how democracy works in this country. This included learning about central and local government, what services government provide for the people and the role of political parties.

After that, we held our own democratic vote to elect our JLT members for this year.

Congratulations to our two new JLT members and well done to everyone who took part!