Geography: Green Space is Vital!
This week, the children have been learning about green spaces and why they are vital. In the lesson, Year 5 were asked to find posters around the room which had facts on them; they had to summarise the key points and write the information on their whiteboards. They then created their own posters with the facts and statistics.
Help at home: Discuss why green space is vital to humans, animals and the environment.
Reading: Year 5 and Reception
As you all know, we love to read at Moortown Primary School. Year 5 will be reading with Reception every Friday. It was lovely to see and hear all the children engaged in a story.
Geography: What is city expansion?
In Geography, the children explored what city expansion is. First, we defined it: ‘It is also known as urban sprawl, this is the increase in a built-up area of a city’.
We then took to ‘Digimaps’ to compare the size of Leeds City Centre in the 1890s, 1950s and current day. Have a look at our work:
Help at home: Discuss why the city has expanded and how can we tell.
Autumn term after-school clubs
Our after-school clubs are available for booking on schoolcomms. Please contact the office if you need any further information or help with booking places. Clubs will begin next week.
Living & Learning: Eight Rs for Learning
This week our L&L statement was ‘I use the eight Rs to help me learn.’ We started off by recapping the 8Rs and then looked at each one in detail and discussed different statements that match the 8Rs.
- reflecting – I look for feedback from my teachers and peers and think about how I can use this to improve.
- remembering – I find links between what I am learning and what I already know.
- resilient – I stick at things even when they are difficult and do not give up; I stay positive.
- resourceful – I know where to find information and use it in my work (word walls, support sheet etc.).
- responsible – I am respectful with everything (presentation, resources etc.).
- risk-taking – I can ask questions and give my opinion in a group/class situation.
- responsive – I can respond appropriately to peers and adults.
- ready – I always want to learn new things.
Help at Home: Discuss with your child which 8R for learning they feel confident in and which they feel like they need to improve.
Science: Friction and Air Resistance
In Science, we have been exploring the impacts of friction and air resistance.
Here are the definitions:
We first tested which object would have the least amount of friction on a surface: an ice cube or wooden cube? Our prediction was that the ice would be the quickest therefore it has the least amount of friction. Our scientific enquiry type was ‘fair and comparative’ tests.
The children then went on to test air resistance (or drag). We tested that if our surface area increased would it slow us down or speed us up? Bin bags were our equipment of choice, have a look at our experiment:
We found out that an increased surface area means more air resistance therefore, we ran slower with the bin bag than without.
Help at home: Discuss different scenarios that are impacted by friction and air resistance.
Blue Peter Book Badges – apply now!
Do you like reading? Do you fancy getting your hands on an exclusive Blue Peter Badge? Now is your chance!
Blue Peter are introducing their exciting new Book badge, designed by one of the UK’s best known illustrators, Sir Quentin Blake, who you might know from bringing to life characters such as Roald Dahl’s BFG and Matilda! To earn your badge, just share your love of books with Blue Peter by answering the questions on the website! You can apply using the online form or by post.
Make sure you get an adult to help you!
Please read this information before applying.
Welcome back after the summer holiday. We hope you had a happy and healthy summer. It has been great to see so many happy faces back in school. The children have settled really well in their first week and are adapting to new routines, classrooms, teachers and an earlier start time of 8:45am.
This week, we have sent the children home with a reading book and a new reading record book. It is really beneficial that your child reads at home daily – it improves fluency and increases the enjoyment of reading. The children can record what they’ve read at home in the reading records. We will also set a task for them to complete at home. Please ask your child what their task is for their homework and actively encourage them to think about the presentation of their work in the journals and the importance of neat handwriting and accurate use of punctuation.
Thank you to all the children who have come to school in the correct uniform and PE kits this week. If you are unsure of the uniform, please click the link to see what is required.
PE – Monday and Wednesday
Spelling test – Friday
Library – Wednesday
Class assembly – Wednesday 22nd November 2023 & Wednesday 21st February 2024
We are looking forward to a successful year!
Living and Learning: Rules
In Living and Learning this week, we looked at the school rules and why they are important.
We also discussed our school’s Acceptable Use Agreement for their use of the internet in school. This document will be sent home with your child today; please sign and return them ASAP.
Help at home: Discuss what rules you have at home and compare them with the school’s rules. Are they similar? Are they different?
A SMASHING masterpiece!
Yesterday, the children finished off their Eggy’s cars. They added safety features like seat belts, crumple zones and a roll cage. Take a look at their fabulous work!
To complete our DT project, the children then had to test their cars against the design brief. We completed three tests:
- if it was moveable (roll test);
- if it would protect Eggy when the vehicle crashed (crash test);
- and if it was driveable day and night (headlight test).
For the crash test, the children pushed their cars down a ramp into a wall to see if Eggy would still be in intact. Take a look at our SMASHING experiment!