Friday 15th December

Hello everyone

Phew: Church service, Assembly, party, Christingle. I’m ready for a break and I’m sure that my class would agree.

I feel we’ve achieved a lot this term. Attitudes to learning have improved and behaviour is much better. We’ve soaked up quite a bit of knowledge and developed some key skills but I feel that we have only just started. We have so much more to look forward to when the new term begins on January 3rd. Until then, I have sent home mental arithmetic and grammar tests for homework, and I will be setting assignments on Reading Eggspress and Sumdog throughout the holiday. Please don’t worry if your children find the tasks quite difficult. Let then do what they can and let me help with the rest.

The Christmas Learner of the Week is Harley. Despite being in frequent pain after dental surgery, she has been incredibly keen to be back in class. We have all missed her wonderful imagination, her spark and her great sense of humour.

Have a very happy and restful Christmas everyone.

Mr. Moore

Friday 8th December

Hi everyone
Year 4 made a whole bunch of new friends on Thursday when we met with children and teachers from Brodetsky. We shared what we had learned about light in science and RE, and we gave them gifts of jars decorated with messages and lit with and LED bulb. Thank you to Miss Bell for helping our children to create a beautiful dance sequence. The Brodetsky pupils thoroughly entertained us by telling us about Chanukah, through singing, acting and showing us a very funny video. Mr. Ackerman (the leader of the Interfaith Project) sent me an email later saying, “Thank you for a soul uplifting afternoon. Afternoons like today’s make the world look a much happier place.”

Please come to our Class Assembly on Wednesday morning to see the work that we shared and some children that make me very proud.

We have been preparing for our KS2 Christmas church service by writing about the birth of Jesus from the viewpoint of the wise men. It is always one of my favourite Big Writes of the year, and today’s work was once again both brilliant and very moving. Abigail, Singher, Sonny, Liam, Fatimah, Andrea, Guzal, Benjamin, Naza, Stella, Arman and Susan gave all that they could when writing their recounts.
‘”Myrrh for when he sacrifices himself”. His voice faltered while he was speaking. His friends helped him back up to his feet.’ – Susan

So many stars have shone this week. Although he has been unwell, Deacon has had a great week of brilliant behaviour and exceptional effort.  Liam and Euanson have both impressed me with their reasoning in maths, and Sonny has amazed with his outstanding art skills, Benjamin and Jessica have continued to work hard with never any fuss, and Leigha is showing even greater focus than ever. Olaseni has also reminded me of what a wonderful pupil he can be.

I have chosen Ramtin and Lubaya as Learner’s of the Week. Ramtin is consistently making good choices about behaviour. He has shown great strength through self-control, gentleness and politeness. Miss Judge is very good at noticing when children having a positive impact on the school community, and she has told me several times how impressed she is with this young man. Lubaya deserves recognition for having such a brilliant attitude and for trying so hard in all subjects. Like Ramtin, she is showing great strength. Lubaya has become unafraid of difficult challenges, she has a positive mindset, and she is making the most of our brief time together in Y4. When Miss Bell looked at her beautiful work in RE this week, she told me that she wished that Lubaya was in her class instead of mine.

Homework for this weekend is a writing challenge initially. The children may complete any or all parts of it. They may answer comprehension questions, design, draw, and label a composite creature from their imagination, ‘up-level’ a sentence, or finish the story.  Maths homework is to take part in a ‘Girls versus Boys’ Sumdog times table challenge.

Have a good weekend

Mr. Moore

Friday 1st December

Hi everyone,

This week I have been smiling more than usual, and not just because we’re getting closer to Christmas. There has been more proof than ever that I have a brilliant class who are really interested in learning.

Lilly Anna and Lubaya have been full of confidence this week and have been making good progress in making maths a ‘friendlier’ subject. Arman amazed me with his homework where he explained how to use chunking to solve division problems, and almost everyone in the class is becoming faster when completing times table grids. Ramtin has made me very proud by being so kind and helpful in so many ways this week. Mrs. Whiteley came to see me on Thursday just to tell me how much he impressed her when he attended a School Council meeting. He went out of his way to make sure that a younger child felt confident and understood what they had to do. She might not know it but Evie Rae has taken some important steps this forward week. She has stood up to my terrible teasing several times and it has really pleased me to see her stand up for herself. Liam and Euanson have also had a really good week but they may also be unaware of how much I have appreciated their efforts and contributions. They might not have noticed how much support and help they have given to the class by explaining their thinking, and describing how to solve problems in maths lessons. I have noticed, and I am grateful. This week has also been a good week for Guzal and Leigha who have shown a great improvement in focus and work rate.

Out of 62 classes who entered the recent Leeds Sumdog contest, 4DM came 4th. This pleased me but what absolutely thrilled me is that Naza was placed 39th out of 715 students. She correctly answered 909 questions out of 1000 questions at an average speed of 4 seconds. Wow! This was a superb performance and I hope that she is sharing her good news with as many people as possible. Congratulations Naza! My class managed to answer 16778 questions during the competition. Eleven children answered 1000 questions each. I think my brain might pop if I tried to do that.

Sadly, I wasn’t able to attend the Rewind to Christmas event at Moortown Baptist Church. Y4DM met children from other schools, learned about the story of the birth of Jesus, and made some beautiful candleholders using clay. Thank you to Mr. Sherbourne for taking some superb pictures to show me the wonderful things that I missed, and thanks to Mrs. Bentley and Mr. Quirk for looking after my class.

During Gold Book Assembly today we celebrated the progress of Stella, Susan and Rhys. Rhys was chosen for being such a terrific influence and example to the other boys in my class. He is full of energy and enthusiasm, but also calm, polite, thoughtful and always kind. Susan’s work is always brilliant. She puts in maximum effort whatever the subject. Her concentration is excellent and she takes great pride in the presentation of her work. I chose Stella for her constantly positive attitude and of course for the extremely high standard of all her work. When given a difficult challenge, Stella simply smiles, gets on with the task, and almost always succeeds.

I made the choice of Learners of the Week of the week easy. I decided to think about which pupils never complain and just keep going. If Elvis Husky and I ever try to cross Antarctica, I would want Elyssa and Ronnie with us every step of the way. They would never give up whatever the problem. We would get there. I have no doubt. Patience, gentleness, determination and resilience are qualities that they have in abundance.

Homework: English – spellings and CGP books (pronouns). Maths – p.50 (clocks). Another 50 word writing challenge will be set on Monday.

We’ll be meeting with children from Brodetsky Primary School next Thursday as part of the Inter Faith project. We plan to share with them some of what we have learned about light through dance, art, music, science and RE.   I am certain that the children from Brodetsky will be delighted by what they will see and hear, and by the new friends that they will meet.

Have a great weekend, and to your children; be safe, be well, be good, and please be here on Monday.

Mr. Moore

Friday 24th November

Hi everyone

Fatimah’s energy and organisational skills have been really helpful during an incredibly busy week. I think she may have got the job of my PA. As well as the usual unusual lessons, we have been trying to get through a flurry of tests in reading, maths and spelling, punctuation and grammar. Thank you to Mrs. Bentley who helped us all to get through it all with minimal stress and maximum confidence.

The Monday science challenge was completed successfully by nearly everyone. The mission was to build a fan. The children wired up a motor and made fan blades from cardboard.

Fan by Stella and Susan

Sonny has had a brilliant week again. His writing using fronted adverbials and his Lego animation with Euanson were two amongst many of his successes over the past few days. Guzal’s attitude to learning has also really pleased me. She has been really focused on trying to get all tasks completed on time and to the best of her ability. I must also mention how much respect I have for Ronnie. I am so proud of how hard he tries every single day to do his very best. He has coped incredibly well with some very difficult challenges and changes, and he has not complained for a single moment. Other things that have really made me smile this week were some of Singher, Susan and Ramtin’s posts to our Google Classroom. They have uploaded lots of good work and they made helpful and witty but respectful comments. School definitely doesn’t finish at 3:10pm for them.

As you can understand, the decision has been really difficult, but I’ve chosen Lilly Anna and Euanson to be the Learners of the Week. Lilly seems so much happier and her self-belief is growing day by day. Her handwriting is looking better than ever and she is more confident that she can succeed in maths lessons. Euanson is a maths magician. Tonight he is in first place on the Leeds Sumdog contest leaderboard. He has also impressed me in other subjects by showing great knowledge and keenness to do even better.

Homework: please ask your child to show me how to use divide using either repeated subtraction or addition, grouping or chunking. I would also like the pages on verbs and adverbs in the English books to be completed by Thursday at the latest. The 50 word challenge is to write about what sort of emperor they would be and what they would do. Don’t forget the Leeds Sumdog contest. So far 7 out of the top 10 students on the leaderboard are in 4DM.

Busy again next week. On Monday some children will be representing the school in a cross-country running event. I’m so glad that I wasn’t chosen. We will be visiting Moortown Baptist church on Wednesday afternoon for the Rewind to Christmas celebration. We’ll also be preparing for our meeting with children from Brodetsky and practising our class assembly performance, as well as fitting in all the usual unusual lessons.

Have a good weekend.

Mr. Moore

Hi everyone

The science challenge for this week was to make a torch. Deacon was hugely enthusiastic and continually tried to improve his model. Susan and Stella made a beautifully designed lamp, which included a handle.

Olaseni shared his superb homework with as many teachers as we could find today. Miss Willis, Miss Noble, Miss Bell, Mr. Spink, Mrs. Bentley and Mrs. Johnston were all totally charmed by his recipe for a life full of love. Olaseni combined all the right ingredients (kindness, family, prayer and laughter) to create a magnificent menu.

Homework for this week: p80 and 81 in the English books (ly spelling) and division worksheets. The focus for the Sumdog challenge for this weekend is also division facts.

My choices for Learner of the Week are Andrea and Rayhan. Rayhan has had a faultless week. He has worked hard in every lesson and his attitude has been brilliant. Andrea has been chosen for similar reasons; perfect behaviour and 100% effort, but these are attributes that she displays in abundance every day. How she has been exceptional is by showing the confidence to challenge and argue with me when she knows that she is right. Rayhan = a gentleman. Andrea = a strong young lady.

This week we composed a letter to our class governor. Everyone wrote about what it is like to be in Y4DM. Here’s a sneak preview of what Mr. Dyal will read. Evie Rae wanted him to know that in Y4DM we are all friends and we are all kind to each other. Benjamin would like to know how old he is, and what his favourite topic would be. Euanson decided to confess to Mr Dyal to know that he rates his learning attitude as 6 out of 10 but I think he deserves at least an 8. Stella wrote that she is getting smarter and cleverer everyday, Elyssa wants Mr. Dyal to know what a great mum she has, and Harley would like him to know that if you use more than 2 wires in a circuit then the bulb will fade.

Lubaya wrote that to be in Mr.Moore’s class is a gift and makes us special in a way.

For once, I am finally lost for words.

Have a great weekend.

Mr. Moore

Friday 10th November

Peace is something that we always need more of.  As Remembrance Day approaches, we have looked at the significance of the poppy.  We made poppies from torn paper and we read the poem In Flanders Fields.  Some children used green screen filming to record themselves reading the poem in front of a field of poppies.

Arman was a super scientist when we were learning about conductors and insulators.  He went all around the classroom testing to see which materials allowed electricity to travel through his circuit.  Leigha has worked really hard in all lessons this week.  I’m really pleased to see her trying so hard to concentrate and to focus on work.  Mrs. Walker tells me that Kyron and his mum baked some delicious scones with her this week during her cooking class.  I wasn’t surprised at all.  Kyron follows instructions carefully and can be relied on to give 100% effort in every situation but I’ll need to make sure that he pronounces ‘scones’ using the correct Yorkshire accent.

Thank you to Susan and Benjamin for the extra homework that they submitted to Google Classroom this week.  Today, each child has taken home an exercise book that is to be used for writing challenges, spellings and maths worksheets.  Homework from CGP workbooks will be given next week. 21 out of 30 children achieved full marks in the spelling test. In fact, only 20 words were written incorrectly.  Thank you parents and children for all your efforts.

I also want to thank Elyssa’s mum for reminding me that those children who completed the egg challenge need an eggstra special reward.  We agreed on hot chocolate in the café at breaktime.  Only a few eggs survived but I am sure that 4DM learned a lot about how hard it is to be responsible for something so delicate and important.  It’s a lesson that I get to learn every day.

I’ve chosen Evie Rae to be our Learner of the Week. She always listens carefully and she tries her very best with all work. Her wonderfully kind, gentle and friendly attitude never falters. My other choice is Naza. Her attitude to learning is also faultless and her behaviour is perfect. The effort that Naza puts into her work is never less than 100% and the progress that she has made in maths lessons this week is remarkable. Her confidence grows with every new day.

Please remind your children to wear odd socks on Monday in support of Anti-Bullying week. On Friday we will be wearing spots for Children in Need.  It will also be Take Over Day.  I don’t know whether to be frightened or excited.

Have a great weekend.

Mr. Moore

PS: Love, thoughts and prayers to Jess and family.

Friday 3rd November

Hi everyone.
Miss Judge, our Science coordinator, will need a lie down for a while when she finds out how much Science we have done this week. Not only have we made electrical circuits, we have made switches and also recorded our work as a circuit diagram. Lilly Anna, Olaseni and Jessica were a very sparky team and worked brilliantly. Next week we will investigate which materials conduct electricity. I’m sure that the children will be very shocked (but not electrically) by what they will discover.

Y4DM received a letter from the mother of a Roman soldier who was worried about her son being stationed at Hadrian’s Wall. They examined the letter closely in order to learn about the features of informal letters, and then they answered comprehension questions about the content and layout. Today, the children pretended to be Marcus (the Roman soldier), and they wrote replies to their mum. The tremendous effort made by Giselle, Elyssa, Deacon and Jessica really impressed me, as did the content of the work produced by Susan, Evie, Singher, Stella, Harley, Euanson, Olaseni and Liam.

Over the next couple of weeks our focus in Maths No Problem lessons will be multiplication and division. Although many children still need to learn to have quicker recall of times table facts, I think that many are ready for the greater challenge of multiplying 2 or 3 digit numbers. As usual, Mrs. Bentley has been working her maths magic this week, and trying her best to make sure that no pupil falls behind. Her dedication, and her determination to give every child she teaches a better chance in life inspires me.

I find it amazing how quickly my class learn computing skills. It took 10 or 15 minutes to teach them how to make their own films using iMovie. They combined photos, voice recording, titles and transitions to create short documentaries about the life of Julius Caesar. Today some children also made films to commemorate Bonfire Night.

The Romans traded many different types of goods across their empire. We combined history with geography to identify which countries exported different commodities to Rome. Jessica, Andrea, Rayhan, Hamza and many others demonstrated great map reading skills, and gained a great deal of knowledge.

I have chosen Jessica and Liam as our Learners of the Week. Liam is a very able mathematician and he has shown that he can also achieve excellent standards in reading and writing. His concentration and effort has been very strong this week. Jessica has also made great progress on her learning journey. My heart is full of pride to see her being so determined and working so hard. Other things to celebrate this week are Sonny’s joined writing, Evie’s bravery with tricky times tables, Naza’s brilliant focus and effort in every lesson, Hamza and Kyron’s amazing work rate, Abigail and Elyssa’s Google Classroom skills, Lubaya, Arman and Fatimah’s wonderfully positive attitude, and Ramtin’s kindness in making sure that Ronnie, our newest recruit, felt like one of the pack from his first moment at ACE.

Homework for this week includes a spelling focus on the prefixes super, sub and inter (p74 of the English books). Maths homework is addition and subtraction (p. 18 and 19), plus 11 and 12x table facts. The writing task is a 50 word challenge on the topic of how to have a happy Bonfire Night.

My class have learned that St. Paul was right. Love is patient and love is kind. Sadly, some failed to prove that love always protects. I gave each child in my class an egg to look after, with the instruction that St. Paul gave to the Corinthians. Some eggs were cracked and scrambled within minutes but others have been well loved, and are still intact. Only one more week to survive and we will see who has shown the most love. I eggspect it will be difficult, but love always hopes.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Mr. Moore

Friday 13th October

Hello everyone.

Our week began with a lesson that I hope that the children have told you about already. Everyone held an ice cube in his or her hands, causing it to melt into water. We collected the droplets and poured them into a saucepan. After creating a bonfire in the fire pit, we boiled the water, causing it to evaporate. The best part of the lesson was when I put out the fire with a bucket of water and children were completely engulfed by a massive cloud of steam. Screams of excitement and laughter followed, and then a lovely moment when the children waved and shouted goodbye to their cloud as it went off to join its friends, and to continue the water cycle. To finish off our science studies for this half term, we wrote a story in which they imagined themselves to be a water droplet.

I’m disappointed to have to report that 6SK beat us in the national Sumdog challenge. 4074 classes entered. We came 158th but Mr. Kay’s class claimed 130th position. Thank you to everyone who answered over 1000 questions this week, and for making Y6 work so hard to retain top dog status. I have to say how pleased I am with Stella. 47,670 students entered the competition, and she was placed 924th, answering 904 questions correctly at an average speed of 2.9 seconds. Wow!

Maths No Problem lessons have been very successful for many children this week. We’ve been learning to use a range of methods to add to 10,000. Today was a major turning point for Abigail.  She took a brave step into the Learning Pit and decided to trust me to help her find her way out.  As we worked together, I watched her confidence grow enormously, as she realised that she was learning and really understanding.  I have never seen her so happy and at that moment I knew that we are going to see major progress and lots more smiles from Abigail this year.

This week has been really important for Jessica. Twice this week I have had to talk to Mrs. Stott to tell her how proud I am of JJ’s attitude and effort. Sonny has shone very brightly this week. He is doing everything possible to meet the expectations that I have for him. Fatimah, Benjamin, Rhys, Lilly-Anna, Lubaya, Elyssa, Deacon and Naza have also shown that they know that this year could be a special one.  In fact, at least XXIV of my pupils could put forward a strong argument about why they should be selected but I have to narrow it down somehow. Stella and Sonny.  Stella has delighted me with every piece of work that she has produced.  Her effort and creativity is faultless, and those are qualities that I value highly. Sonny has worked very hard to meet my expectations.  He has shown great intelligence, enormous potential, tremendous self-discipline and politeness.

The week came to a close with Gold Book. My choices were Singher, Olaseni and Hamza.   Singher has set a standard with effort, attitude and achievement that will be hard to match this year. Everyone in Y4 should look to her as an example of how to be the best. Olaseni has made a tremendous effort to show that he really belongs in year 4 DM. He has amazed me with his intelligence and his incredible memory but his determination to behave brilliantly impresses me more than anything. Hamza has made a constant effort to go beyond what is required. He has been incredibly keen to give more than is needed, and to try harder than is expected.

Homework for this week: question marks and exclamation marks in English books, and Roman numerals in the Maths books.

As today is Friday 13th we thought about superstitions from around the world. The real lesson was that we make our own luck most of the time. So I’m going to prove it by walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror, and cutting my nails at night and chewing gum after dark.

Have a great weekend, and I hope to see you on Wednesday or Thursday Parents’ Consultation Meetings.

Mr. Moore

Friday 6th October

Hi everyone

Decades of ancient British history have been learned this week in Y4. My pupils have soaked up knowledge and facts like a sponge absorbs water. We have found out about Roman gods and goddesses, we’ve learned about the different tribes that made up Britain, and we’ve discovered that a warrior queen named Boudicca led a rebellion that almost brought freedom from Rome.

Maths No Problem focus has been rounding and addition.  I am really pleased with how much progress we have made this week.  Being able to round to 10, 100 and 1000 is incredibly helpful when you are trying to solve addition and subtraction problems (our maths focus for next week).

Learners of the Week are Giselle and Rhys. They have shown that they can ignore distraction and focus on learning and making progress in every lesson.  Giselle’s self discipline, her attitude and her effort has been utterly faultless, and Rhys has been a perfect example of how a young man should behave in Y4. Credit should be given to Deacon,Sonny, Olaseni, Naza, Stella, Andrea, Jessica and many other children who are providing fierce competition.  I also want to say how pleased I am with Hamza. He has taken every opportunity possible to continue learning at home through his extra contributions to our Google classroom.

I’m looking forward to a tasty week ahead. We’ll be investigating the melting point of chocolate, plus it’s International Café on Thursday.  Please contribute if you can.  I have a bigger appetite than you might think.

Homework – English books p.36 and 37 (capital letters and full stops), and page 12 of the Maths book (rounding).

3914 classes have entered the national Sumdog contest so I suppose that to be in 359th place after day one isn’t too bad. The thing that bothers me is that Mr. Kay’s class is ahead of us. Please encourage your child to spend some time on Sumdog this weekend. We need to show Y6 who the real top dogs are at ACE.

Have a great weekend everyone, and to my class; be safe, be good and be here on Monday.

Mr. Moore

 

 

 

Friday 29th September

Hi everyone.

Today I taught a PE lesson for the first time in ages, and despite the fact that I’m aching already and definitely won’t be able to walk tomorrow, it was completely worthwhile. Miss Bell usually teaches my class PE, but as she was busy with Assembly this week, the children missed a lesson. So this afternoon I taught my pupils some futsal skills and I was absolutely delighted by their enthusiastic response. Well done to Lubaya, Lilly Anna, Andrea, Stella, Susan, Singher, Benjamin, Xavier, Harley and Sonny for working so hard. Future England stars? Why not?  Micah would tell that agree that dreams can come true for children at ACE.

It has also been a great day for writing in 4DM. After watching carefully edited scenes of the Roman army in battle, the children wrote recounts of as though they were the legionaries involved in the fight. Some of their work is very powerful.

At the crack of dawn I waited for the archers, ballista and catapults to fire and for the battle to begin. – Liam

The flaming arrow meant that the battle should commence – Lilly Anna

The British were brave but stupid. The fight was horrifying. – Benjamin

We kicked them, we stabbed them and threw them to the ground. – Stella

The cavalry now went into battle. They were hidden behind the trees. “Hold the line!” they said. – Evie-Rae

Everything went as planned. The Emperor stood praying for victory. – Susan

The battle turned to a death land. Everyone was slicing and stabbing warriors. – Euanson

Then we heard a shout from the Emperor. “Roma victor!’ he screamed. – Singher

Next week we’ll learn about how the Romans were challenged and nearly defeated by a brave warrior queen.

Well done to all the children who are reading regularly at home. Guzal has made so much progress that this week I moved her up 12 levels. Susan is this week’s Lexia Legend. She has gained 16 units this week in only 56 minutes. Our top three Sumdog superstars are Susan, Sonny and Benjamin who have all answered over 2000 questions each with at least 89% accuracy over the past seven days.

We went a bit QR code crazy this week. I showed the children how to save text as a QR code. As part of our work on values, we typed up quotes about kindness and saved them as QR codes which can be scanned by the phone or tablet of anyone who needs a brighter day. We will be printing these out next week so keep a look out, and be ready to smile. Ramtin then had the brilliant idea of creating a QR code of number problems. Thanks to his flash of inspiration, we now plan to make a maths treasure hunt around the school grounds.

During our Maths No Problem lessons we have been learning to round numbers to 10000. Jessica worked incredibly hard was rewarded with outstanding progress. We also learned how to count like Romans. X out of X for everyone.

Homework: p.4 and 5 (nouns and adjectives) of the English books, spellings, reading and a maths worksheet about place value.

Learners of the Week are Susan and Xavier. Nobody has quite matched the level of exceptional effort and brilliant behaviour that they have set, but I’m pleased to say that my choice has been more difficult than I could have hoped for.

Thank you to every child in Y4DM. Every one of them has done something to make me proud this week.

Have a great weekend.

Mr. Moore