Living and Learning: 8Rs for learning
For the start of this half-term, our Living and Learning focus is the ‘8 Rs for learning’. This is about promoting good learning behaviour for your child.
In class, the children will focus on different ‘Rs’. We use an animal to symbolise each ‘R’, which might help your child remember all eight – can your child remember which animal matches the correct ‘R’?
You can support your child at home – we’ve listed a few ideas to help you below. Ask us if you’ve any questions or comments.
Talk about the difference between a safe and unsafe risk. At school, we want your child to take a safe risk by having a go at answering, even if unsure; trying something new and attempting harder learning.
Provide time and space at home so your child is able to organise themselves: their PE kit, reading book, homework, spellings and tables… Don’t organise everything for them!
Make a link between rights and responsibilities: your child has the right to a great education, but needs to be responsible for their own learning.
This could be responding to their teacher in class or responding to feedback in their learning.
Make sure your child is at school on time for a prompt start.
Make sure your child has had plenty of sleep so they are alert and ready to learn at all times.
Encourage your child to ask lots of questions – that shows they want to learn!
Encourage your child to be organised so they can play with a range of different toys.
Encourage your child to try new ways to solve a tricky problem.
Encourage your child to keep going! Set a tricky challenge or puzzle for your child to do.
Encourage your child to think of different ways of doing things.
Don’t let your child win when they play a game – they need to experience losing, too!
Celebrate mistakes as opportunities to learn – be happy that your child found some learning hard and encourage them to ‘bounce back’ and learn from the experience.
Relate this ‘R’ to Humpty Dumpty and our current whole school topic, After the Fall.
Make sure they have time to learn spellings, number bonds and times tables – a little practice daily is best.
Play memory games:
Kim’s game: show them objects for 30 seconds… can they remember all the objects?
Can they build up the sequence, ‘I went to the shop and I bought an apple’… ‘I went to the shop and I bought an apple and a bike.’… ‘I went to the shop and I bought an apple, a bike and a cucumber.’ etc … Take turns!
Talk with your child about what they’ve learnt, asking questions about how they learnt, why they learnt it, when they’ll use their learning, how they would teach this to someone else, what learning might link with what they’ve learnt today…
This week, children will have the opportunity to not only reflect on their learning in general but also reflect on how the 8Rs supports their learning.
Of course, these characteristics are referred to throughout the year across all subjects to promote good learning behaviour.
Welcome to Y5!
Hello everyone and welcome to Y5!
We’ve had a great start, with children making really good choices in class and showing a wonderful enthusiasm for learning. Let’s keep it up! It’s lovely to be back with such a lovely class. Thanks for making the first week so much fun, Y5!
Here’s a little about our plans for the next few weeks…
In maths, we’re gradually building up to year five content by first recapping learning from year four to make sure everyone feels confident. We’re starting with place value (eg In 6,934 what does the 9 represent? It has nine hundreds.) before moving on to addition and subtraction.
Help at home by practising some simple addition and subtraction calculations such as 1899 + 1492 or 2693 – 1411.
In writing, we’re looking at instructions. Soon, we will be writing our own about caring for a mysterious creature.
Help at home by practising sentences that start in different ways. You could start with:
- an adjective eg ‘Textured or metallic paper can also be used for origami.’
- an adverb eg ‘Carefully, cut along the dotted line.’ Or: ‘Once you’ve folded the paper, flip it over.’
- a conjunction eg ‘Because this fold is fiddly, use a paper clip to flatten it.’
In reading, we’re using our whole school novel ‘After the Fall’. You should check it out – it’s a cracking read!
Help at home by reading every day! I can’t stress this enough. It doesn’t matter what it is, where it takes place or who is reading to who. Better readers make better learners.
In topic, we’ll be inspired by ‘After the Fall’. Watch out for paper aeroplanes and even parachutes…
Own It app
Has you child got a mobile phone? If they have, do the have the Own It app from the BBC?
The Own It app helps children and young people take control of your online life. It gives them advice when they need it, in real-time as they type. It’s designed to help them make smart choices, feel more confident, and live their best life online.
The Own It app comes with a special keyboard. This can be used like any other keyboard, but it also gives users helpful tips and friendly advice as they write.
There’s also the ability to track how they feel and improve their wellbeing. There are plenty of gifs and emojis so users can express themselves.
The Own It keyboard and app is personal to the user. Everything your child types is kept completely private, and never leaves the Own It app on their phone.
Dear Year 5,
What an absolute pleasure it has been to have you as my class this year. I couldn’t have asked for a more hardworking, fun, kind and generally awesome group of people to share my first year of teaching with.
I know that the end of the year hasn’t been what we expected it to be, but take nothing away from the commitment and effort you have demonstrated through this time and through the whole year – you guys should be extremely proud of yourselves.
I have no doubt that you will be amazing in Year 6 and I will always be around for a chat – I’m looking forward to seeing your faces again in September.
Have a wonderful and well deserved rest this summer!
Dragon’s Den Product
Some of you in Y5 have sent through some absolutely ingenious ideas for the Dragon’s Den Project.
They are all wonderful and you can view them for yourself below:
First up, one of our classmates has designed a renewable energy source called the ME box. See their pitch here.
Secondly, another one of our classmates has designed a product to help cinema workers! Click here to see their pitch.
Next, this person has designed a product which will help with the problem of dog litter that hasn’t been picked up! Click here to see their pitch.
This person has designed a product which will change the way we take photographs for good! Click here to see their pitch.
Also, one of our classmates has designed a computer that does your writing for you! See it here.
Hello to the new Y6 class!
It’s Miss Wilson and we’re going to be reunited for your very last year at Moortown Primary School!
Take a look at this quick hello…
See you very soon!
Virtual sports day results and skipping challenges
Well done to all children who took part, at home and at school, in the virtual sports day yesterday.
The results are in and can be accessed here.
Here’s our overall school results for each challenge (out of 217 schools).
Netball challenge 56th
Keepie uppie challenge 27th
Rugby challenge 93rd
Speed bounce challenge 46th
If you are interested in trying another physical activity challenge, Jodi from Skipping School – a regular visitor to school, is running a daily skipping skill challenge this week. Sadly, Year 2 and Year 4 have missed out on their skipping festivals this year so these videos will help the children to recap the skills they have learnt at school.
Recently, within our Y5/6 reading lessons, we have been completing Kahoot’s based on texts that we have read.
Our first Kahoot was about the story: Gaby to the Rescue.
Out of 49 of us who played, there could only be three places on the podium.
These have gone to… (drum roll)
Congratulations to Eliza, Daisy and F (whoever you are)!
Keep up the good work, everybody!
Celebrating Home Learning
I am still ever so proud of the sheer effort and determination you lot are putting into your home learning. It seems like it has been ages but you guys have shown me just how dedicated to your learning you are – it’s wonderful!
Below are some pictures of learning that have been sent to me.
See if you can find your own learning or work out who the other pieces of learning belong to!
Remember, keep sending me your work so I can send you stars and steps and well done again.
Year 5 class photo
A parent of a Y5 pupil has organised a class photo for us all via Zoom. This Zoom call will take place at 4 pm on Tuesday 02 June and the details have been emailed out – ask school is you’re not sure. Some of the teaching team and I will be attending and we hope that you can make it, too!