Class News

Leeds Schools Sport Association Cross Country

Posted on Wednesday 06 December 2023 by Mrs Taylor

A number of children have recently represented school and competed in the Leeds Schools Sport Association Cross Country races.

The date of the next race is Saturday 02 March 2024 at Woodhouse Grove.

In the meantime, have a look at our physical activity guide to see how to get involved in athletics.

Write like a poet workshop

Posted on Tuesday 05 December 2023 by Miss Goswami

Year 5 had a visitor this morning from the British Library to do a ‘write like a poet’ workshop. We started off by introducing ourselves with actor voices and actions.

We then spent some time talking about the British Library and found out that they have a copy of every book that has ever been published (magazines – with toys included – and newspapers too). In addition, we found out that robots look after all of their books so, of course, we too became robots ready to look after the books.

Then, we looked at how poems need to change over time. The author James Berry wrote “ You will need to revise it, make it better, polish it, make it better, make it become into the shining spirit of your idea. And making.”

The children practised their oracy skills: fluency and pace; voice projection; and tonal variation.

Next, we looked at poet Grace Nichols. We discussed unknown vocabulary and talked about the meaning of the poem. We identified that the whole poem is a metaphor! The disco is actually describing our solar system.

The children then had a brilliant time playing word association to help prepare them for their own poems. We battled 1 vs. 1.

After the excitement, we had a relaxing time writing our very own first draft of a poem.

Help at home: Find and read 3 poems from different poets.

Art: Henry Moore and Thomas J Price

Posted on Monday 04 December 2023 by Miss Goswami

Year 5 have linked their Art learning with their Geography skills. To start off, the children looked at the inspiration of some of our focus artists: Henry Moore and Thomas J Price. The children found out that Henry Moore was inspired by nature and used the curves in his sculptures to depict the Yorkshire countryside. Whereas, Thomas J Price is inspired by urban life and has lots of his work displayed in cities. We then used atlases to find where the artists grew up and marked these on our maps.

Help at home: Find out where our other featured artist, Barbara Hepworth, grew up and the inspiration for her sculptures.

Food Technology: leek and potato soup

Posted on Saturday 02 December 2023 by Alice Needham

On Thursday, Year 4 ventured to the Space to take part in their first food technology lesson this year. We made leek and potato soup – a simple and healthy recipe for the winter months!

The first part of this recipe needed us to chop onions, leeks and potatoes. We talked about how to use a knife safely including keeping the ends of your fingers tucked in and holding the knife and vegetable firmly.

After perfecting our chopping skills, we boiled all the vegetables and potatoes with some stock and then blended it together using a hand blender.

Overall, our soup was a big success! Some children even came back for fourth and fifth servings!

Help at home: by asking your child how they stay safe when chopping using a knife.

Artwork inspired by Kandinsky

Posted on Saturday 02 December 2023 by Alice Needham

This half term, we are artists.

Our two featured artists this half term are Martha Mcdonald Napaltjarri and Wassily Kandinsky.

This week, we looked at Kandinsky’s pieces and discussed his use of colour and shape in his artwork. Then, we practised using pastels to create concentric circles in complementary colours, inspired by Kandinsky.

At the end of the lesson, we placed all our individual artwork together to create one collective piece.

Help at home by asking your child what complementary colours are.

Living and Learning: anti-bullying

Posted on Saturday 02 December 2023 by Alice Needham

Last week was national Anti-Bullying Week!

“Bullying is when you hurt someone, physically or emotionally (including online), several times on purpose.”

We define it by using two STOP acronyms:

  • Several Times On Purpose
  • Start Telling Other People

One’s a definition of bullying and the other’s a solution.

Our school definition helps us understand the different types of bullying – physical (hurting our body), emotional (hurting our feelings) or cyber bullying (online).

On Anti-Bulling Day, we wore odd socks to show that we are all the same but we are all different.

Year 4 spent time discussing what makes a good friend and how to sort disagreements with our friends in a healthy way.

Help at home: ask your child how they could resolve a disagreement with a friend in a restorative way.

Guided Reading Week 4

Posted on Saturday 02 December 2023 by Miss Goswami

Here are the target pages for this week’s guided reading. These need to be read by Friday 8th December.

The Boy and the Tiger: end of book.

Extra Time: up to chapter 34/page 159.

Flood and Fang: up to chapter 10/page 131.

Dirty Bertie: up to page 122.

Kensuke’s Kingdom: up to chapter 8/page 117.

We are chefs!

Posted on Saturday 02 December 2023 by Miss Goswami

This week, Year 5 made tomato and lentil soup! We worked in small groups to prepare the ingredients and then cook them. We made sure that we washed our hands and wore our aprons for hygiene reasons.

We used the bridge cutting method and the claw cutting method to cut up our ingredients. These methods are the safest way to cut food as they help us from hurting ourselves!


Help at home: Have your child show you the bridge and claw cutting methods.

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.

First we had to choose our bread.

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

Next we spread cream cheese on our bread.

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.
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.
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.

– Learning journey drop in’s – Don’t forget to sign up!
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.