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We have a Farfield finalist for the Leeds Children’s Mayor!

20/07/2018 at 08:11

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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.

leedschildrensmayor@leeds.gov.uk            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.

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5L in Concert

19/07/2018 at 16:30

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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!

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

13/07/2018 at 15:48

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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’!

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5L in Malham!

06/07/2018 at 14:34

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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.

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A school trip and a D+T lesson all in one day!

05/07/2018 at 17:08

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Today pupils visited a water treatment centre to learn more about the water cycle and how water is made safe for us to drink!

We also got started on our design and technology topic – to create a model waterfall, meandering river, reservoir, limestone pavement or sink hole. Thank you very much for all the parents who sent in resources.  We had enough to share with 5L too!  Right now our designs are little more than bits of cardboard – watch this space!

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5B Malham Trip

29/06/2018 at 18:19

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5B loved their trip to Malham, despite it being incredibly hot!  There was much less water than usual in the waterfalls and streams.

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