# Class News

Posted on Tuesday 16 April 2024 by Miss Goswami

This half term our new PE unit is basketball. We had our first lesson and we practised our throwing and catching skills whilst in a game setting. Next lesson we will be perfecting our passes and thinking about tactics.

Help at home: Can you name all of the different types of passes?

## Maths – fractions and times tables!

Posted on Monday 15 April 2024 by Miss Birch

Hello! I hope you all had a lovely break and are ready and raring for the Summer term.

Year 3 are getting stuck into their fractions this half term.

What is a fraction?

Fractions are parts of whole things.

e.g. a part of a whole object
a part of a whole shape
a part of  a whole amount or number

We started with elephants!

“The tusks are a part of the whole elephant.”

Then shapes…

“There are 4 parts and one is shaded.”

Then numbers!

Times tables

Year 3 made amazing progress in their times table checks before the holidays. To keep this ball rolling, your child should be practising their times table for 5 minutes every day or 10 minutes every other day!

This practice can be on Times Table Rock Stars, handwritten on a piece of paper or I can provide you with a times table pack for at home.

Please let me know if this would benefit you and your child!

Thank you, Miss Birch

## Living and Learning: Health and Prevention

Posted on Monday 15 April 2024 by Miss Wilson

Today’s Living and Learning lesson was all about germs! (More specifically, preventing the spread of them!)

Have a go at the quiz we did in class.

What’s the science behind sneezing?

How can we stop germs from spreading?

We carried out an experiment where just four people in the class had green paint on their hand. They high fived other people and those people did the same. It didn’t take long at all before we were all covered in ‘germs’.

It really, really highlighted the need for handwashing. Seeing the green spreading from such a small starting point was shocking!

Help at home by discussing when it’s needed to wash hands and how long for! How else can we prevent germs from spreading?

## Spring 2: Week 6

Posted on Thursday 28 March 2024 by Mrs Wood

I can’t believe we’re at the end of our second term in Reception! The children have made tremendous progress in all areas of the Early Years curriculum.

Summer 1
Next half-term, we will be learning about bugs and going on lots of bug hunts for bugs. We will learning about the life cycle of a butterfly and hopefully set some butterflies free! We will use hand drills to build a bug hotel for our outdoor area.

Linked to Geography, we will find out where our favourite animals come from. We will locate countries on a map, look at different environments, and compare them to the UK.

As artists, we will mix colours to create camouflage patterns. We will also create landscapes for various animals using our small world resources in the classroom, and create scenarios and storylines for our play.

Poetry picnic
This week’s poem was called The Tiny Seed.  Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about what plants need to grow. Can your child remember what plants need?

Reminders and upcoming dates

• Don’t forget to keep reading your Collins eBooks over the holidays.
• Monday 06 May – Bank holiday
• Monday 24 May – Training day: school closed

As always, I hope you all have a happy and healthy half-term break. Don’t forget to email me any pictures of what you get up to in the holidays. moortowneyfs@spherefederation.org
I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 15 April.

## Living and Learning: Solving problems

Posted on Thursday 28 March 2024 by Mr McGriffiths

This term in Living and Learning we have been focussed on mental wellbeing. We have discussed different emotions and how they make us feel and act. We have also talked about friends and family as well as being positive with ourselves and others.

One lesson we particularly enjoyed was all about solving problems. First we watched a video where some animals were not showing good teamwork whilst crossing a bridge. Then, we came up with our own ideas for what you have to do to work well in a team.

After that, we put our learning into practice. We created our own narrow bridge outside and two teams had to cross it at the same time. The children were very inventive with their ideas and learnt that they had to listen and talk in order to solve the problem. Well done Year 1!

Help at home by talking to your child about how they can work as a team to solve problems.

## We are authors!

Posted on Thursday 28 March 2024 by Mr McGriffiths

Year 1 have been working really hard on writing a story inspired by the book ‘We’re going to find a monster!’ by Malorie Blackman. They came up with their own places to visits and decided what creatures they would find when they got there. Everyone in Year 1 has been really impressed with the language, effort and concentration the children have shown!

Today we got the chance to publish our work in our very own book! We wrote a title and a blurb as well as drew the pictures. Everybody was really focussed and produced some brilliant work.

Help at home by getting your child to share their book with you! Maybe they could even write a sequel!

## We are computer programmers!

Posted on Thursday 28 March 2024 by Alice Needham

In computing, we have been learning about sequencing, repetition and decomposition.

Sequencing is where we have to arrange instructions in a particular order for program to run successfully.

Repetition is where we repeat the execution of certain instructions to make our algorithm simpler.

Decomposition is the process of breaking a task down into manageable chunks in order to be successful.

Today, Year 4 applied all their learning and created their own ‘Crossy Road’ games on Scratch Jr.

Help at home by encouraging your child to go on Scratch Jr and show you what they have learnt this half term!

## Computer programmers

Posted on Wednesday 27 March 2024 by Mrs Taylor

This half term, Year 2 have enjoyed being computer programmers.

Throughout the computing topic, we have been using the following vocabulary.

First of all, our learning was based offline. We used lots of directional vocabulary to create algorithms to move a sprite.

Then, we looked at some algorithms that didn’t work. Debugging is the term for finding and fixing bugs in an algorithm.

After that, we moved onto online programming using the Beebot robots. The Beebots need precise commands to work.

Finally, we created our own games using the Beebots and we tested out our programs. The children worked well in their groups especially when some debugging was needed.

Thank you to the parents who came into class recently for our topic review. We hoped you enjoyed seeing this learning in action.

Help at home: we have also thought about lots of different algorithms in real life. Discuss the need for clear instructions when you are doing things at home.

## Skipping festival 2024

Posted on Wednesday 27 March 2024 by Alice Needham

Year 4 had a great morning out at the skipping festival last week!

The whole class worked so well as a team showing great support for everyone.

We won lots of awards including a few gold medals!

Well done to the whole of Year 4 for representing Moortown so well!

## Moortown Netballers

Posted on Wednesday 27 March 2024 by Mrs Taylor

Some of the netballers from our after-school club took part in the Leeds Well School Partnership Bee Netball competition at Allerton High this week.

This was their first team event and we were very proud of their performance and team work.  Thank you to parents for supporting and for helping with transport.

The Tuesday after-school netball club will be restarting in the summer term for those children who would like to come and join.

Netball activities are also available over Easter from Leeds Rhinos Netball.