Healthy bodies, healthy minds
This week sees us concentrating on all things healthy. So far, we’ve learnt about being safe with drugs and been taught PE, not by Miss Rushbrooke, but by Year 6!
As well as this, we’ve tried out two new physical activities and thoroughly enjoyed them both.
A quick well done to those children that have been using Mathletics at home. We’ve really enjoyed playing on Live Mathletics and some children have tried Level 2 questions and even Level 3! Have a look at the activities you can complete, particularly in the Counting and Number section and Grouping and Sharing.
I have assigned everyone an activity this week that you will have to complete before you can go on anything else. All of the children should be confident with this as it’s related to arrays, which has been our maths focus this week.
Please let me know if your child’s multiplication activity doesn’t seem to have been assigned.
Key Stage One Art Gallery – one day only!
This afternoon saw Key Stage One’s Art Gallery opening.
Parents, children, aunties, uncles, grandmas, grandads and siblings alike came flooding into Key Stage One’s Art Gallery today. Thank you to all of you who came to view the amazing work Year 1 and 2 have one during our Katie and… topic. If you couldn’t make it, here’s a sneak peek. Step into the pictures, just as Katie would have, and imagine you were there.
You could put on your headphones and listen to the pieces of music that inspired us to create art that matched it.
Take a comfy seat in the book area and read the books that helped us create all of this amazing art.
Take a vote on your favourite piece of art or spend the time trying to find art by names you recognise.
Lots of people enjoyed our live art exhibition and joined in by printing a poppy onto the field for Remembrance Day (11.11.14). Thank you to those people who made a donation to our school charities.
Thank you to Year 1 and 2 for all their hard work and enjoyment of the Katie and… topic.
We’ve had a great half term in PE improving our basketball skills – Mr Catherall has been very impressed. This week we played whole games and even started thinking about team tactics to improve our game, Here’s our huddle.
Gearing up for the Gallery
Having produced so much art this half term, we’re preparing our final piece to go on display in our open art gallery in the week beginning 10th November 2014. Our final piece will be using a technique called pointillism. This is where you create a picture using lots and lots and lots of tiny dots. It takes lots of skill, patience and determination so we had a practice this week.
First, we decided which paintings were pointillism and which were not.
Then we practised using pointillism ourselves.
We had a go using three different media to find out which would be most effective for our final piece. We used paint, felt tip pens and coloured pencils. The coloured pencils took the longest, felt tip looked quite effective, but, we most enjoyed using the paint and cotton wool buds.
…so there’s no specific homework this week, apart from ensuring your child spends at least 20 minutes each day reading and 5-10 minutes learning their number bonds / times tables.
Enjoy your October break. If you stay in Leeds, check out all the activities the museums and art galleries have on offer.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Recount of our day written by Noorpreet
On Wednesday, we went for a school trip. First, we went on the coach. There were lots of sculptures. It was a large park. We also had lunch and we had fun at a fountain. There was a sculpture called Family of Man. Also, ten seated figures. We even learnt about artists and sculptures and there was lots of grass. Some of the sculptures were strange or some of them were real. It was so good because we made our own sculptures. Ours was so tall and even though it was raining, it was fantastic.
Here are some pictures from our day.
We made our own sculptures in the afternoon like real artists!
Leeds Art Gallery event
Feeling inspired by our latest art themed topic, Katie and… then you might be interested in this event at Leeds Art Gallery on Saturday.
What: Celebrate The Big Draw and work with an artist to draw yourself in a surprising way.
When: Saturday 18 October 11am-4pm
Where: Leeds Art Gallery
Helping with Maths at home
Next week, we’re holding a drop in session to help you to support children’s Maths at home. We’re really keen to get your continued involvement so please come along if you have the time – we’ll be starting at 2:30pm on Monday 20th and will try to offer advice and suggestions for how to practise Maths at home.
If you can’t come, or if you’re interested in finding out more, have a look at this charity website (www.nnparenttoolkit.org.uk) which aims to support the link between school and home maths learning. It looks really good, despite the fact that it’s still in a trial phase. It’s worth a look!
Also, while written in 2010 (and so refers to levels, which we don’t use any more), this booklet contains some useful ideas.
Put on your sorting hat.
Naughty Katie destroyed all of Kandinsky’s paintings this week so we decided to help the art gallery by sorting all of the scattered pieces according to their shape.
Sometimes we had to bring our hoops together because some shapes fit under both criteria. This is called a Venn diagram.
Lots of great maths and lots of fixed pictures!