14/09/2018 at 15:45
This first week (and four days) has been an absolutely fantastic one. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the children and they all seem to have settled in and seem ready and raring to go.
Maths and Literacy
Our first maths lessons have all revolved around the idea of place value and have allowed the children to really showcase their understanding of numbers at a very basic level. We have worked on reading and writing up to 6 and 7 digit numbers in both numerals and words and have also begun to compare a series of given numbers.
In Literacy, we have begun our ‘Myths and Legends’ module, where we have particularly focused on those frome Greece. We discovered that they were often used to explain certain phenomena, such as the story of Persephone, which tries to explains why we have different seasons.
Topic and Music
Our topic this term ties in quite nicely with our Literacy work as we are looking at the Ancient Greeks. We have made a really good start on this, looking first at what Greece is like as a country (taking into account the geography, climate and customs), even getting to try some Greek food! Needless to say we had some excellent reactions!
This week we also had a go at plotting various periods of Greek history onto a timeline – which proved to be no easy feat!
In music, we have started learning a new song: Bon-Jovi’s ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’. We have found certain aspects of the song tricky (either that or the class really want Miss Levett to sing solo) but have kept on persevering and doing our best. We have videoed the class singing to share with you but remember this is still quite new to us so no harsh critiques!
Well done 5L for making such a fantastic start to the year. If anyone would like to contact me, I can be reached at email@example.com .
But now, I think I’ve kept you all long enough. Enjoy your weekend and I will see you next week.
07/09/2018 at 16:17
A fantastic week in 5J! All of the children have settled in well and have impressed with their learning.
On Tuesday we started the week by getting to know each other and discussing classroom rules. The children then applied for different classroom jobs they would like to complete throughout the year; I am looking forward to announcing these to the children on Monday.
On Wednesday we looked at place value in Maths and I was very impressed with the knowledge demonstrated. 5J have done well looking at the value of each digit with 6 digit numbers! Next week we will be exploring this even further and using our problem solving skills.
See the video below for some useful hints and tips.
This week we have got straight to work with our writing skills and have been looking at recounts. The children were shown two videos and then decide which they would like to write about. Some fabulous work was produced showcasing specific language choices and beautiful handwriting. You can see the dramatic videos below!
Some key information
Homework has not been issued this week and will be sent out next Thursday. The children will receive Maths homework each week and complete their learning log task every two weeks. Extreme learning challenges begin this weekend and I am looking forward to checking this first thing Monday morning.
Well done to all of 5J this week! It has been a fantastic first week and you have all worked exceptionally hard. Here is my email in case you need to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
See you all next week,
20/07/2018 at 08:11
I am delighted to share that news the our candidate for the Leeds Children’s Mayor elections has made it into the final 12. Charlotte’s manifesto was one of 50 entrants, all of which were a very high standard. The 50 entries were given to a panel of Council Officers who carefully selected the best 20. The final 20 were then shortlisted to the final 12 by a panel of Leeds Youth Councillors, UK Youth Parliament and the outgoing Children’s Mayor.
Becoming Leeds Children’s Mayor would be a fantastic opportunity.
What does Children’s Mayor of Leeds entail?
- School will be asked to support the winning manifesto, and take part in any activities that are organised as part of the manifesto.
- Switching on the Christmas Lights with the Lord Mayor of Leeds City Council
- Attending a full Leeds City Council meeting in January to read their manifesto to the 99 councillors
- Having the Lord Mayor of Leeds present a certificate at an assembly in school
- Working alongside council teams to try and implement the manifesto
- Accompanying the Lord Mayor on the Remembrance Sunday parade
- Attending a variety of civic functions throughout the year in the official role as Leeds Children’s Mayor
- Reading manifesto and sharing journey so far at Child Friendly Leeds Ambassador events
It would be fantastic if everyone could get behind Charlotte and support her, by giving her as many votes as possible. Voting will be open from 9am on Monday 23rd July until 5pm on Wednesday 19th September. You can vote by following the link below. Please note that the link does not become active until voting opens. Voter will need to enter an email address to be able to vote.
email@example.com Vote for CHARLOTTE!
Each voter is asked to read the final twelve entries and vote for their two favourite ideas. Each vote given has an equal weighting. Anyone who doesn’t vote for two different candidates will have their vote voided. You must be under the age of 18 to vote.
19/07/2018 at 16:30
Today the children of 5L took to the stage to showcase their fantastic musical abilities. We would like to thank all the parents and family members that were able to attend and who created such a wonderful audience for us, but we don’t want anyone who couldn’t make it to miss out!
Unfortunately, the iPad cut out just as we were singing ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ to open up so we don’t have any footage of it, however you can take our word for it – we kicked off the show with a bang and pulled out an excellent performance. This was followed by a really lovely flute and singing duet.
Next we changed to the piano, which brought a change of pace and pulled out a short but spectacular piece of music. How her fingers moved so fast I will never know!
Following these excellent performances, we returned to our class songs. The children performed a very beautiful rendition of ‘Make You Feel my Love’ that reminded me just why it is my favourite of the three.
Following this performance, we returned to the piano. Although it seems as though the piano is playing itself, I promise that there is a child there, putting on a great performance!
Next up was the quartet that was originally a duet, then a trio. Together, they performed a round of ‘London’s Burning’ on recorders and vocals.
Following this, the whole class returned to the stage to perform one of their favourite songs of this year: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It always amazes me how the class seem to know this lyrically tricky piece better than some of the others that we have looked at this year! Once again, 5L smashed it out of the park!
Next, our resident guitarist took to the stage to perform a lovely piece that she has been learning in her lessons.
Finally, we took to the keys next to perform a short but beautiful piece of music with confidence.
And finally, to round of the solo and ensemble performances, we had a harmonised duet between a recorder and violin.
After so many truly fantastic performances, it was time to reveal our secret project from this half-term – a song of our own creation. As a way of celebrating all of their achievements and class jokes from the year, the class got together to rewrite the lyrics to Elton John’s ‘I’m Still Standing’. The final product was entitled ‘We are 5L!’ and was very well-received by the audience (5B members not included, though I can’t imagine why!).
Thank you again to all those who were able to attend. 5L were so proud of themselves after the concert had ended – and rightly so!
13/07/2018 at 15:48
This half term, the children have been working really hard on our topic of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They have shown a really good understanding of the plot (which is actually incredibly difficult because of how complicated the story is!) and have been working really hard to retell the story in their own unique ways.
Working in 4 groups, the children have collaborated on a script that would allow them to tell the story in a simpler way and then performed them for each other. I have to say, the performances were fantastic, with plenty of really stand-out actors! They were so good, we thought we’d share them with you.
So here they are, our versions of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’!
06/07/2018 at 14:34
This week has been a very busy one for 5L, including two separate trips (thanks for that one Miss B!).
We started off the week with a very warm trip to Malham, which we ended up doing in reverse because of the weather. This meant starting off by climbing up around 400 steps to reach the top of Malham Cove, which was no easy feat in the heat! The children did spectacularly well however and were soon well on their way to Goredale Scar. Unfortunately when we arrived, we found that the waterfall was completely dried up – not a drop of water in sight! Even so, we had a good lunch and followed it up with a well deserved ice-cream, with a little bit of map work on the side. Then, it was off to Janet’s Foss, which again was somewhat lacking in water. After this, the children were given the opportunity to walk independently through a wooded area of the walk, listening to the sounds of nature without other children distracting them. I have to admit, this is definitely my favourite part of the trip every year. Given that we weren’t able to paddle at Goredale Scar, we found a small stream near the end of our walk that the children could cool off in. Overall, even though there wasn’t very much water to study, I think we had a very successful trip and the whole class showed an excellent sense of camaraderie, encouraging each other the whole day.