DT – Puppets
After we’d practised sewing, it was time to make our puppets using needles, thread and pieces of felt.
“The sewing was hard. I had to be resilient because I got a big knot of thread in my puppet so I had to start again!”
DT – Puppets
We’ve been designing and making puppets this half-term.
We started this project by first designing a purposeful, functional and appealing product.
DT – Puppets
After we’d designed our puppets, we practised tying knots, threading sewing needles and sewing using pieces of binka fabric.
“Putting the thread through the needle was tricky at first!”
“We had to use triple knots because one knot was too small and the thread came out.”
“At first it was a bit tricky but then I got the hang of it and was quite good! “
Creative Cultural Homeworks
Here are our favourite creative homeworks. It is great to see how proud the children are of their religions or how enthusiastic they are about their cultural experiences.
Read, read, read!
In Year 2, we give the children more responsibility for their home reading.
We expect the children to:
- read daily at home with an adult
- ask an adult to write in their reading record book
- bring both books back to school
- put them in the reading basket for changing
Home readers are changed on a Monday and Thursday but not every child is returning their book on these days. Please encourage your child to follow this to ensure they are reading as much as possible at home.
Don’t forget to check your child’s tricky words in the back of their reading book, too.
If you have any questions about your child’s reading, please come and see us.
Road Safety Pantomime ‘The Gift of Life’
Yesterday, all pupils watched this lighthearted show that delivered important road safety messages.
Pupils joined Santa and Rudolf as they travelled back in time to prevent young Neil Downe from being knocked down. Whilst being fun and interactive, the pantomime covered the following road safety themes:
- the Green Cross Code
- seat belts
- be bright, be seen
- safer cycling
Ask your child about the performance and what messages they took away.
Mathletics is a great resource that can support maths learning at home. Children all have login details, to gain access at home, and can complete tasks, based on learning in class. Currently the tasks are money related.
There are a number of children who, on a weekly basis, complete some or all of their tasks. Well done to Aadil, Christina, Hashim, Saahir, Sasha and Vedant.
We realise that not all children will have access to Mathletics at home so please let us know if this is the case so your child can access Mathletics at school where possible.
Finally, if you need us to resend your child’s login details, please let us know.
On Monday, Caitlin Kitson, Nutritionist and Healthy Eating Adviser, delivered a whole school healthy eating assembly. The main focus was the importance of healthy packed lunches.
We talked about the different food groups on the Eatwell Guide, why different proportions of each food group are important for our bodies and how to achieve this in a packed lunch.
It was great to hear the children’s excellent knowledge of the Eatwell Guide when answering Caitlin’s questions.
At Moortown Primary, our packed lunch guidance includes:
- information about the different food groups
- how to put together a healthy, balanced packed lunch
- links to recipes and ideas for healthy packed lunches
Following the assembly, all children were given a copy of our packed lunch guidance and the Eatwell guide.
As an alternative to packed lunches, school meals, including a vegetarian option, are prepared daily in our kitchen and children are offered a choice of main courses and desserts. Children select their main meal choice at the start of the day. Catering Leeds provides food which meets national Food Standards criteria. School meals can be combined with packed lunches.
Free school meals are available to all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. They are also available to some older children according to family income. It’s important to register for entitlement to free school meals, even if your child has a packed lunch or is in a younger class – this is so we can receive additional funding (called the pupil premium) which we can use to help your child.
What is our new school charity?
Part of our Who do you think you are? themed week was to learn about charities and how we can support them.
Our previous school charities, Leeds Mind and Yorkshire Air Ambulance Money, will benefit from £309.97 and £508.88 respectively as a result of fundraising and donations. Thank you.
It is now time to change our school charity. Each class discussed a range of charities, researched by the children for their homework, and voted on one charity they wanted to put forward for the school councillors to decide on.
Here were the class choices:
- Year 1 Plastic Oceans Foundation
- Year 2 Barnado’s
- Year 3 RSPCA
- Year 4 St Gemma’s Hospice
- Year 5 Make a wish
- Year 6 Diabetes UK
The final decision was a vote by the school council and the winning charity for 2017-2018 was Make A Wish. We will support this charity for one year.
We look forward to welcoming representatives from the charity in January for an assembly where we will hear more about their valuable work.
Money, money, money
Year 2 are currently learning all about money and are working on the following Maths objectives (to be achieved by the end of the year).
26. recognise and use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p); combine amounts to make a particular value
27. find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money
28. solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change
To support your child at home, give them the opportunity to count money by combining different coins/notes. If you receive a supermarket or shop flyer in the post, let your child have a look at the cost of the items and attempt to add some of the amounts together.