As part of our Fighting Fantasy topic, we’re working towards creating our own maze-based games on a computer programme called Kodu. Last week we learnt about algorithms, decomposition and debugging.
Today, we’ve continued our learning about debugging by creating our mazes offline.
When we realised our maze didn’t work or wasn’t complicated enough or was too complicated, we had to debug in order to improve it.
Using blocks, Lego or Kapla helped us to make sure we kept the lines of our mazes straight and allowed to be symmetrical with our designs.
Once we were happy with the shape of the maze, we started to think about what the aim of the game would be, adding points or obstacles in our way.
Next week, we’ll move our learning onto the computers and create our maze in Kodu.
At home, ask us how our learning is developing and see whether we can tell you how the game we’re creating will work. Here’s an explanation for how to play this maze.
Living Streets new badge design competition
We are proud to work with Living Streets to support our aim for active and safe travel to and from school.
WOW is Living Streets’ year-round walk to school challenge and every day our pupils log their daily journeys to school on the WOW Travel Tracker. Those that make an active (walk, bike, scoot or park and stride) journey to school at least once a week for a month earn a WOW badge. There are 11 to collect across the year all of which have been designed by pupils in their annual badge design competition.
Living Streets are now asking for our pupil’s help to design a new badge. Details will be sent home shortly but take a look for some more information. Return your badge designs to your class teacher or the office.
Living and Learning: I can make things better
Year 6’s Creative homework was really impressive this week. They were asked to show how we can make things better and there were all sorts of creative responses with all sorts of different contexts: friendship, the environment, school, home life – the list goes on.
We always enjoy looking at each other’s homework and we write comments in homework books to tell each what we think.
Lots of children liked Sachpreet’s homework – and not just for the great photo of the class back in Reception. They liked how she’d gone through the whole class saying what she felt each person had changed for the better.
Let’s let the dice decide
Year 6 turned their day into a Fighting Fantasy quest on Friday. They let the dice decide.
The dice decided which line came into the classroom first.
The dice decided when we did what lessons.
The dice decided what we ate for lunch.
The dice decided who we played with at breaktime.
It was an interesting day and, although they could choose not to, most children allowed the dice to make all of their decisions.
Quick Sticks hockey
Last week, some of our Year 5 and 6 children took part in the Leeds North East Quick Sticks hockey qualifying festival at Allerton High. Well done to all the children involved and thank you to staff and parents who supported the event.
Staying Safe themed week 04 February
Our next whole school themed week, based around Staying Safe, will be taking place from Monday 04 February 2019. The key message is how to be safe in a range of situations – at home, at school, online and in the environment.
A variety of events and visitors are planned to help us deliver this key aspect of education including road and scooter safety (Leeds City Council); water safety (Canal and River Trust and RNLI); bike maintenance (Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative); staying safe around dogs (Dogs Trust) and e-safety (One Day Creative and d:side). Some of the events require parental permission and these letters have been sent out separately. There are also some opportunities for parents and carers, from all year groups, to get involved in the week. Please contact the office to reserve places.
*THIS WEEK* Thursday 24 January 2:30pm – 3:15pm d:side drug education information session
A representative from d:side, a health education provider, will be running an information session about drug education.
Monday 04 February 2:30-3.15pm One Day Creative, creative education provider, e-safety workshop
Wednesday 06 February Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative Dr Bike event
Bring your bike for a free bike safety check, from 8:30am – no need to book.
Thursday 07 February 2:30-3.15pm First aid workshop
A representative from Leeds Beckett University, will be running a first aid workshop for parents and carers.
The themed week is a good opportunity to continue to think about healthy, active ways to travel to school. Children are encouraged to travel to school in a sustainable way, keeping safe along the way.
Finally, can you help? Does your job involve an aspect of safety? If you are able to support our Staying Safe themed week by coming into school, please contact Mrs Taylor via the school office.
We will keep you up to date about events during the week through Twitter and the class news pages on our website.
Thank you for your support to keep Moortown a happy, healthy and safe school.
After-school club availability
There’s still time to sign up to our Spring term after-school clubs starting next week.
Please contact the office if you would like to book a place on any of the following clubs which currently have spaces available.
|Love of reading club
Do you enjoy stories? Join Mrs Charlesworth and delve into books, get into the characters and listen to stories. Share your own favourite stories too. This club finishes at 4.15pm.
There are no sessions on Monday 28 January 2019 or Monday 11 February 2019.
|Y1, Y2, Y3||£12|
Come and learn the skills and techniques of netball in this fun club. Organised by Mrs Taylor and Miss Rushbrooke. This club finishes at 4.15pm. There are no sessions on Monday 11 February 2019 or Monday 04 March 2019.
Join Miss Marsden to learn fun dance routines to perform at a dance festival in April 2019. This club finishes at 4.15pm and continues until Tuesday 23 April 2019. There is no session on Tuesday 12 February 2019.
Come and learn the skills and techniques of basketball in this fun club. Organised by City of Leeds Basketball Club. This club finishes at 4.15pm. There is no session on Tuesday 12 February 2019.
|Y3, Y4, Y5,Y6||£7|
A fun way to keep fit while learning new skills. Organised by Leeds Gymnastics Club. This club finishes at 4.15pm.
Y3, Y4, Y5
Join Miss Marsden and try a range of mindfulness techniques, both creative and physical. This club finishes at 4.15pm.
|Y1, Y2, Y3||£8|
In topic, we’re working towards creating a maze game using Kodu. Today, we learnt about decomposition and debugging through using an algorithm to travel through a Pacman maze.
We had to figure out the code, follow the code, debug the code and, finally, try writing our own code. When we played each other’s we found some errors and helped each other to debug what we’d created and, if we hadn’t made any mistake, we tinkered with a friend’s code to see whether they could then spot the mistake.
At home, as us what the words in bold mean and what ideas we’ve got for our final maze game.
We’ve started our new topic learning this week which is driven by our class novel: Fighting Fantasy – The Warlock of Firetop Mountain.
(Ask your children why I can use a colon in this sentence.)
Today, we made the very important decision of which character we were going to be along our adventure. We read about the characters and then picked out key features that would make us want to pick them.
Having taken in all of the information given to us and each characters’ (Ask you child why the apostrophe is after the ‘s’) scores for stamina, skill and luck, we shared our opinions before putting it to the vote.
Ophelia Lapwing will be our alter ego for the next eight weeks – wish us luck.
What is a drug?
In Living and Learning, as taken from our long term plan, we will be focusing on drug education for the next two weeks.
Our first statement for this learning is, I know what a drug is.
Our definition of a drug refers to a substance people take to change the way they feel, think or behave. The word ‘drug’ includes:
- All legal drugs, including tobacco, alcohol, solvents and volatile substances, misused medicines and legal highs
- All illegal drugs
- Prescribed and over-the-counter medicines
On Thursday and Friday of this week, we welcome d:side, a health education provider, to school to deliver drug education workshops to each class as part of this learning.
Parents and carers are invited to come to an information session, led by d:side, on Thursday 24 January from 2:45-3:15pm. Please inform the office if you would like to attend.