Geography: Exploring OS Maps
As part of our geography learning, we explored the UK using OS maps today. OS stands for Ordnance Survey. The children were amazed at how detailed these maps are and we were particularly excited to find Loch Lomond, Scafell Pike and Snowdon on them as these are physical features of the UK that we’ve already learnt about.
Dig out any maps you’ve got at home and see what exploring you can do without eve leaving your house!
29 November 2019
This week’s homework is Practice Makes Perfect and is due on Thursday 5 December 2019.
Having learnt all about Scotland in our topic learning this week, the children have a text t0 read and answer questions. We’ll read it together and mark our work in our homework review on Thursday 5 Dec.
Living and Learning: My Community week so far
This week, we are enjoying our ‘My Community’ themed week based around these themes.
- Who am I? (identity)
- Who are we? (diversity)
- Where do I live? (community)
- How do we all live together? (equality)
There have been lots of events, visits and visitors so far.
- School community coffee morning and Wake Up Shake Up on Monday
- Bulb planting with Friends of Moortown Park
- Visiting Allerton Grange drama department for a community themed drama session led by Year 12 pupils
- A visit from Linda Gledhill from the deaf and hearing impairment team
- A visit from the RNIB to raise awareness of visually impaired members of our community
- JustDifferent disability workshops
- Litter picking in the local area
- Hate Crime workshops led by West Yorkshire Police
- Visiting Donisthorpe Hall
- A visit from Moortown fire service
- A visit from our PCSOs
- Learning carousels across different classes
Still to come is a visit to a group run by Moor Allerton Elderly Care; Greek language sessions led by a parent; a visit to St Gemma’s Hospice and choosing our new school charity.
The week will culminate with Identity Day on Friday 29 November.
Children are invited to dress in clothing that represents part of their identity, for example uniform from a club they attend, a team they are part of or support or traditional dress to represent their heritage. We invite a donation for the PTA Christmas fair.
Thank you for all the entries we have received for the active travel in the community competition.
We encourage families to get out in the community in an active way on the way to and from school. Email (email@example.com) a picture of your active travel, maybe by a landmark on the route to school, for the chance to win one of five £10 vouchers. The winners will be drawn in the assembly tomorrow afternoon so please ensure your entries are sent by 12 o’clock tomorrow.
Thank you for supporting the themed week and please discuss the week with your child to reinforce this important learning.
Living and Learning: Community Week
This week is Community Week so we’ve been talking about who we are, how we’re the same and different and learning more about our community and the people in it.
At home, ask us to tell you about:
- DAHIT – the deaf and hearing impairment visit where we learnt about how people with hearing difficulties are helped to be part of the community
- JustDifferent – a charity which helps people understand that those with disabilities are just the same as us. We really enjoyed meeting Julie and learning about how she is different but likes the same things as us.
- The Fire Service – who delivered an assembly about what they do in our community
- Our Carousel – where we’ve visited the KS2 classes to explore us and the communities we’re part of
Don’t forget, the children can come dressed in clothing which symbolises their personality tomorrow: a Brownie uniform, a football team kit, religious/cultural dress and whatever else represents who they are.
Topic: computing and geaography
Year 4 combined their computing and geography knowledge today to practise learning counties and using compass language.
We created algorithms using compass directions to get from one county to another, gradually making our algorithms more complicated and challenging each other to follow our algorithms to see where they turned up.
At home, see how many cities and counties we can name and whether we can tell the eight points of a compass.
Topic: compass language
A distressing message appeared in Year 4 this week informing us that someone had abducted Miss Rushbrooke’s highland cattle!
We had to use our knowledge of compass directions to find the correct envelopes that would lead us to the location of the cow before the end of the day.
Year 4 worked incredibly hard to ensure they redeemed the cow and I am happy to inform that he is now safely back in Miss Rushbrooke’s house.
22 November 2019
This week’s spelling activity focuses on adding the suffixes er and est and is due in school on Thursday 28 November.
When we add er to a word like nice, it creates the meaning of more. So, nicer means more nice. Adding er to a word like build, creates the meaning of someone who. So builder means someone who builds.
When we add est to a word like nice, it creates the meaning of most. So, nicest means the most nice.
Think of 8 words which you can add the suffix er to and use three in a sentence. Then, think of 8 words you can add the suffix est to and use three in a sentence.
Writing: taking on a character
We’re going to write a character description of a pirate this week so, to get us in the mood, we got ourselves into character through some drama.
After a few warm-up games, we started to move around the room slowly, with big strides, like a clown and then we posed as different characters we read about last week.
We were Peter Pan. We were The Evil Stepmother
We were Fantastic Mr Fox
We were Cinderella.
To get us into a piratey mood, we then thought about what our pirate was like and created scenes as a group of our piratey adventures.
We sailed across the seven seas.We attacked any boats that got in our way.
Some fab drama from Year 4 who are now very much looking forward to writing their pirate character descriptions. Watch this space.
Living and Learning: My Community
We’re looking forward to lots of learning about identity, diversity and our community in our next whole school themed week, My Community.
Here are some key events taking place next week.
Christmas themed menu
Catering Agency, our school meal provider, will be running a special themed menu on Thursday 12 December. Please contact the office, before 28 November, if your child would like a school dinner on this day (no action needed if your child normally has a school meal on this day).