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.