Friday 16th June

Hi everyone

Once again we ran out of time to fit in all the lessons that I had planned. Still, we did manage to get a terrific amount of learning done and I think we had a little bit of fun as well.

On Monday I taught the children how to use branching databases to sort animals into different categories. Despite the occasional software bug, most children managed to complete the task, and some super science vocabulary was used.

Monday was also memorable because we gained a new member of the team, flock, pack, tribe etc (more of this later). Anyway, I am so pleased that Niah has joined us. Just like our other newest member Skye, she is wonderfully friendly, and keen to learn.

Now that Y6 have completed their SATs, they have more freedom to do some of their roles in school. This week, we were fortunate to get the help of some Y6 writing mentors. They worked brilliantly to support Y4 in writing recounts of when Wilbur escapes from the barn in the story of Charlotte’s Web. Almost everyone produced some excellent work, by varying sentence openers, punctuating correctly and by using quality vocabulary. Faizan’s writing was particularly impressive, in quality and in presentation.

The children have been having great success when learning how to add, subtract and find fractions of numbers. Aisha has been incredibly keen to learn about this area of Maths and has asked me almost everyday whether we can do some more work about fractions. Although we have now moved on to a new topic, the excitement seems to have remained. Today and yesterday we learned about the amazing properties of a right angle isosceles triangle. On Thursday the children used rulers and scissors to create a model of one from a rectangle of card. To put it diplomatically, I was quite surprised to discover how much the children still have to learn about using a ruler to measure. I may have been a little too ambitious when deciding to teach them how to mark out a straight line by scoring with scissors. Hopefully the wounds on my fingers won’t leave scars.

Anyway, the work on shape and geometry continued today with a lesson that is almost 2500 years old. No, I’m not quite that old so I wasn’t actually the first one to teach it! Socrates, the ancient Greek philosopher ‘proved’ that all knowledge was recollection and a teacher just had to ask the right questions to make the student ‘remember’. Perhaps he was right, but I think my class might want to change the quote to ‘all knowledge is revelation’.

We were outside, looking at the square flagstones when I asked Niah how to create a right angled isosceles triangle using a single click line. Her suggestion produced the correct answer. When I asked how the properties of this type of triangle might help us to measure the height of tree without climbing it there was quite a pause followed by a fantastic moment of learning and revelation for many children. After breath was regained, the children used the school grounds to prove the power of geometry, measuring the height of objects that they couldn’t possible climb. By finding a 45 degree diagonal line from the top of an object to the ground, the children were able to measure the length of a lateral line to find the height of the vertical line. Getting a 45 degree eye-line took quite a bit of flexibility.

Shams inspired us to make some stars of hope this week. We used protractors and rulers to draw stars and decorate them with messages of love and hope for the victims of recent terrorist attacks.

Homework: a worksheet about collective nouns for English. Please help your child to complete the task using dictionaries, encyclopedias or the internet. Our spelling focus for this week is ‘cc’ words. The words to learn are accelerate, accent, accept, access, accident, eccentric and success. Our maths focus is CGP books p.30 – 31, adding and subtracting fractions. 12x table facts seem a little rusty so we’ll be having a test on Friday.

Learners of the Week are Leo and Niah. This week’s PE lessons reminded me about how much Leo contributes to our class. During our games of cricket he showed the same qualities he does in class – huge enthusiasm, great participation and a desire for success. My other choice is Niah. How could it be anyone else? Her attitude, her effort and her kindness would be enough, but today during Golden Time she reminded me of just how important it is to let children have some time to simply play. This afternoon, my class put away their iPads, had games of football and cricket, played ‘schools’ and rediscovered the dressing-up box. Thank you Niah. It didn’t take long for you to become ACE.

Have a great weekend everyone

Mr Moore

Friday 26th May

Hi everyone,

Homework for the holiday: mental arithmetic books, grammar worksheets, Sumdog challenges, Lexia targets and Reading Eggpress assignments. Please encourage your child to keep practicing times tables. By now, all Y4 children should know all multiplication facts up to 12 x 12. I have also sent home a sheet for your child to design an invention that uses computer technology for a positive and useful purpose.

Learners of the Week have been chosen by Daniel. He spoke to me after lunch today and nominated Aisha because “she makes us laugh at playtime and her attitude in lessons is spot on”. Daniel’s second suggestion was Eric because “his behaviour is a good example to everyone”.

I’m happy to go along with his advice but I need to add one more name: Daniel. How can I overlook someone who knows that he gives every ounce of effort every single week, and then displays such humility by recognising only the achievements of others?

On Thursday my class held a minute’s silence impeccably.  We sat spread out on the mound behind the MUGA. Though the birds continued to sing, every single child was completely silent, lost in their thoughts and prayers. Later in the evening Isaac posted this comment on the Google Classroom, “Dear God, please make all the people who died in Manchester live a happy life in Heaven, and may all the injured be healed. Please take good care of Sorrell.”

Well done to all those children from my class who took part in the triathlon at John Smeaton Leisure Centre this week. Unsurprisingly, they all looked very tired when they returned to school. Whilst the triathletes were away, I taught the rest of Y4 ‘photoshop’, coding and iMovie skills so that they could produce animations, movies and Scratch games based on a running, swimming and cycling competition. Paarshva and Karam worked really well together and I could tell how good their Scratch game was by the way in which Karam couldn’t help yelling with excitement!

Today was our last lesson with the cricket coach. He told the children that he couldn’t believe that they were the same class that he had first met only six weeks ago. I completely agree with him. Everyone was so keen to take part and there were superb displays of batting. Aisha played like she was Ben Stokes, Adwaya’s and Matthew’s technique was ‘textbook’, Maisie played a very clever and effective innings, and Paarshva, Kai and Niall hit the ball to the moon.

Recounts of our day with the Blah Blah Blah theatre company were written today as well as recounts of the time at the triathlon. Leo, Matthew, Olivia, Sithika, Paarshva, Shams, Charlie and Melika gave me everything they could but I have to give Adwaya a special mention. He showed resilience and determination when I put him in the ‘pit’ and asked him to raise the quality of his writing. Although he found the challenge difficult, of course he succeeded.

It was a good feeling to finish off a difficult week by celebrating the life of Sir David Attenborough, one of my heroes. I was amazed that the children had never heard of him and it was wonderful to be able to teach them about a man who has done more than anyone to protect this fragile blue planet.

Keep cool and have a peaceful holiday.

Mr. Moore

Tuesday 23rd May

Hey everyone

I need to blog.

At 8:00am today I realised that I should not have returned to school so quickly after being poorly, but by 3:00pm I knew that I had made the right decision – ill or not.

Your children needed their teacher today and I am hugely grateful that I was able to support them and to help them to make sense of their thoughts and feelings about the atrocity in Manchester. I asked my class for their questions and Sophie simply asked “Why?” Choosing the right words is usually one of my strengths, but today, answers were hard to find.

After listening to news reports at lunchtime I shared some of the stories of compassion and resilience that I had heard. Those spontaneous moments of humanity are values that the children really understand, and so at that point your child’s eyes began to shine once again as they could see for themselves that ‘good’ always prevails.

As many of you know already, serendipity seems to play an important role in my life. Today, the Blah Blah Blah theatre company came to ACE to perform for and work with Y4. Using drama and shadow theatre effects they told the tale of a cruel and heartless king who could not break away from a path of evil. We had to create stories to not only entertain the king, but also to make him think again and reflect on his malevolent behaviour. The stories that were developed showed my class at their very best: imaginative, creative and wonderfully entertaining. That wasn’t the best bit. Although the evil king was pleased by our stories, he still intended to continue his reign of cruelty. He asked the children why he should repent. My class argued with him, and, by finding a compelling answer together, they persuaded him to change. What was their advice?

‘Show that you can love and you will be respected.’

Tonight my heart is full; full of sorrow, but also full of pride, and hope for a better future.

Mr. Moore

Friday 18th November

Hi everyone

Our Science them for this half term is electricity. I decided it would feel like cheating if we used a battery to light a bulb so my class managed to make our own electricity instead.  It was a ‘wow’ moment but the downside is that the classroom still smells of vinegar.

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Learning to write computer code is a very important part of the curriculum. It encourages creativity, problem solving and logical reasoning. Faizan was struck by a moment of genius thinking when we were programming with Scratch at Allerton High School on Thursday. In only a few seconds he worked out how to change the code in his game to make it into a multiplayer game.

One of my favourite days of the year is Takeover Day. Today I was assisted by four extra Mr Moores; Leo, Laila, Oscar and Ismail. They were absolutely brilliant, way better than me and also less expensive than me. Please don’t tell Mrs Stott! Leo and Laila helped Chayse and Aliyah to produce their best handwriting ever, and they also captured lots of great video clips and photographs throughout the day. In the afternoon session Ismail and Oscar challenged the class to solve programming puzzles using the CargoBot app on the iPads. It was a tough task but the mini Mr Moores were really helpful, patient and encouraging. They also helped to mark the homework and worked with some children to review and correct errors in their work. I’m looking forward to hearing about how all the other children in my class who took over the roles of staff got on today. I’ve already heard great reports about Paarshva (Mr Spink) who was hugged by his pupils at the end of the day.

I have to say a special thanks to Leo though. He was not only a great teacher/colleague; his Mr Moore costume was absolutely magnificent too. I know he’s been Learner of the Week already this term but I’m going to choose him again. My other choice is Melika. I cannot believe how much more confident she has become in such a short space of time. Due to her constant hard work she is making progress in all areas and what pleases me most of all is that she seems really happy. She’s worked out that by listening carefully, trying hard and behaving brilliantly she is guaranteed a great year in Y4.

Homework: both pages on prepositions in the English books plus Maths addition worksheets. Well done to Shams for always doing more than is asked. I also want to thank Aisha for bringing her iPad to school to make sure that she could use Lexia at home. Mr Magnall and I were delighted to be able to help.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Moore (the real one)

 

 

Friday 4th December

Hurray! The countdown to Christmas has started. We have opened the first 4 doors of our Advent calendar and we are busy learning the carols for the Christmas Service at St John’s Church.
Although we’ve been in quite a festive mood we’ve still been working really hard.

Thank you, or ‘gracias’ to Mrs Howard for teaching us about the Spanish names for the parts of the face and body. I know that I am learning a lot but I need to practise my Spanish much more. Please remember to test me now and again.

Well done to everyone for making me so proud in our Assembly on Wednesday. I think everyone played their part really well. I hope your families were impressed by how much you have learned and what you have achieved so far this year.

I was very pleased with the effort that so many children put into their Big Write this week.  We combined our Science knowledge and English skills to produce ‘diary of a water droplet’.  Megan produced her best writing so far this year, as did Domantas, Rayah Alina, Keshaun and Alex.
Today in our Big Write task, we wrote non-chronological reports about a sport. Stella, Amir, Domantas and Keshaun impressed me with how hard they concentrated. I know I will enjoy reading their work this weekend.
In our Maths lessons this week we have been learning about fractions. Why not do a bit of extra work to help you move along the Learning Line. We need to see more children showing that they want to take the ‘hero’s journey’. From next week I will be asking children to earn at least 500 points a week on their Mathletics account. I am convinced that regular online practise can help to make a huge impact on progress. He has earned over 5000 points this year and it has helped him to become the most confident mathematician in his group. Mrs Carter and I are very impressed by his effort and commitment to learning.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Science lesson this week. I smiled and laughed the whole way through it. The challenge was to make an electrical fan which could make a flag flutter or a feather fly. We had a lot of fun whilst adding to our scientific knowledge about circuits. Alex, Zain and Alina were a superb team. They worked cooperatively, respected each others’ ideas and opinions, and all contributed to the task.

 

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Remember your PE kit next week. We have to work outside so you need to be warm. Miss Wright loved seeing Malakhi’s attitude, effort and ability in our lesson this week. Thank you for making her so happy Malakhi. You’ve earned yourself 5 dojos / house points. Do you know that cricket is my favourite sport? I’m looking forward to bowling to you next Thursday.

Bad news about the Roman Road project. Mr Walker has turned down our scheme – he already has plans for our outdoor area. He has told me that Jed is going to cover the marshy area with flagstones so I think we’re going to have to abandon this mission. Jed has kindly said that we can help him and it won’t stop us from using our pizza oven at our Christmas party even if we have to swim to it. Anyway, I’m sure we can still do some excavations, metal detecting and at least make some miniature Roman Roads next week.

The title of Stars of the Week goes to Hadya and Alex. In our recent reading tests Hadya showed that all that extra effort has been worthwhile – she has made huge progress, Alex always impresses in Maths lessons but his English and Science work has also been of the highest quality this week. Well done to both of you. I am glad to be your teacher.

Have a great weekend.

Happy Birthday Laila.

Be good, be safe and be here on Monday.

Mr Moore