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

Friday 22nd September

Hi everyone.

This week I used the ‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan to teach the children about the value of Belonging. It is a beautiful story about a man who finds a strange and unusual creature without a home. Everyone else is too busy to even notice that it is lost, but the man takes pity on it, cares for it, and after a long search, he eventually finds a place where The Lost Thing belongs. We read the book, watched the video and we created our own Lost Thing pictures and descriptions. I hope my children understood the message that I was trying to teach. There is a place for every thing that doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere: Y4DM.

You probably know already, but in case you were wondering, the balloon and gases investigation went well. No injuries. but lots of excitement and learning instead. Next week we’ll be experimenting with a substance that can be a solid, liquid or a gas. Don’t worry, it’s so safe you can even drink it.

Olaseni, Singher, Liam, Ramtin and Stella should be proud of their scores in this week’s mental arithmetic tests. Lubaya should also be proud. She showed that she wants to learn, and that she wants to make progress. Lubaya’s ability to reflect on her progress and skills is something that should be celebrated loudly. Learning doesn’t just happen. You have to want it.

Learners of the Week are Kyron and Singher. Even if I’d worn a blindfold I would still be able to notice how hard they have tried in every lesson, and I would also be certain that they would be setting the perfect example with how we should behave in Y4. I must also mention how pleased I am that Stella, Evie, Benjamin, Susan and Andrea made my choice very difficult.
Jessica, Naza and Abigail have also shown that they have the attitude and the desire needed to make this a very happy and very successful year.

Homework: maths worksheets about mental arithmetic and place value and home reading books. The children wrote their new spellings in their planners today and uploaded them to Google Classroom. If you have internet access, please give your child the time to complete the spelling lesson that I have set on Reading Eggspress, and the place value challenge I have created on Sumdog.

Possibly the most exciting news this week is that my class managed to stop talking and really focus on their work at least twice!  During the steel pans lesson on Wednesday everyone was concentrating and listening intently, and the same thing happened today when we had a surprise samba music lesson with Mr. Mercer.

Meeting the expectations for behaviour and effort in Y4DM is still quite a challenge for some children but I’m sure well get there sooner rather than later, even if I have to turn every lesson into a song.

Have a good weekend.

Mr. Moore

Y4 DM Friday 15th September

Hello everyone! Welcome to the Y4 DM. This is where I get to celebrate the amazing achievements that your child will make in Y4, and to remind myself how why I still love being a teacher. So here goes …

As usual, many children have soaked up computing skills very quickly. The majority of them can now upload work to our Google classroom independently. Being able to use the internet confidently and safely is crucial in Y4. We will be making the most of opportunities to use online learning at school and at home. In Y4 DM lessons don’t finish at 3:10pm and my classroom doesn’t close for the holidays.

I think that my class and I are beginning to understand each other. Mr. Moore requires more. Although some children have found it hard quite to adjust to a new level of expectation, many of my pupils have shown that they are going to have a good year in Y4DM. Kyron and Rhys are really impressing me with their calm and hard working attitudes, and Andrea, Singher, Susan and Stella have provided a perfect example in every minute of every day. Well done also to Deacon for showing stronger self-discipline, Olaseni for his mature and helpful attitude, and to Giselle for demonstrating improved determination and focus.

Our first science topic is all about solids, liquids and gases. After sorting objects into different groups we made a substance that can be solid and liquid at the same time. Ramtin and Hamza were so inspired that they went home and made their own ‘slime’ from cornflour and water. All went well until today, when the inevitable disaster happened. To cut a long story short, at least clothes and classrooms can be cleaned. More science fun and learning next week when we’ll try to inflate a balloon using a chemical reaction. What could possibly go wrong?

Homework for this week: spellings, home reading books, and a worksheet about ordering numbers to 9999. If you have internet access please encourage your child to complete the times table challenge that I have set for my class on Sumdog Maths. All children have a Lexia Core 5 license, so if possible, provide 20 minutes for them to work on their reading skills.

I hope that you will be able to attend the Parents’ Meeting next Wednesday where I will be able to share more about how we can make Y4 a very happy successful year for your child.

Have a great weekend

Mr. Moore

Friday 21st July

Hi everyone

I have had a wonderful year and I will miss every single one of my children / your children.

Faizan wrote and read out the following poem in church today when we said goodbye to our Y6.

Change is sad. It means that you will have to say goodbye to your old teacher. Change is exciting because you get to move on and you get to meet your new teacher. Change is beautiful like a flower opens to a blossom.

Thank you Faizan, and thank you to every child in Y4 for all that you have learned, and for all that you have taught me.

Mr M

Friday 14th July

Hi everyone

The end of the year is near but this week has been as busy as ever. Y4 are not quite on the beach yet.

Isaac has been brilliant throughout the year in so many ways and this week was no different.  I asked the children to make a computer game that based on the principle of random selection.  Isaac quickly saw the possibilities and displayed a level of enthusiasm and creativity that delighted me.

We have been continuing our work on coordinates this week in maths and we have also been studying shape and symmetry. Charlie showed confidence, trust and determination, which helped him to move out of ‘the pit’.

The rain was falling relentlessly on Tuesday afternoon when Miss Wright worked with Y4DM. Predictably, she still found a way to get the children interested in sport and to be competitive. She asked the pupils to produce an indoor game based on an aspect of PE.  I’m hoping for a few more wet playtimes so I can get to play some of these great inventions.

I hope you will appreciate your child’s annual report. Whatever I wrote, you can be sure that it’s better than mine. In preparation for the transition days on Monday and Tuesday, I asked my class to write to my new recruits to offer them advice.

‘First of all, never make Mr. Moore of Elvis angry. It won’t end well.’ Isaac

‘Just to warn you, you will do loads of experiments and I am wishing you luck, luck because it is going to be difficult.’ Melika

‘You’ll love Mr. Moore’s science and you might be lucky enough to witness magic.’ Matthew

‘If you are sitting in the front row, bring safety goggles, stand back and have fun.’ Maisie

‘Anyway, let’s talk about the learning. For a start, most of the time you will be learning about strange things or learning about computing.’ Skye

‘Try to be very creative.’ Sithika

‘He can be unbelievably untidy at times so watch out!’ Leo

‘The music in class may be loud and distracting but just try coping with it and you’ll overcome it eventually.’ Adwaya

‘Good luck as Mr. Moore is strict. Be warned.’ Ashley

‘The experience and surprises you will witness in this class will blow your mind and the challenges will go beyond your limits.’ Daniel

‘By the way, you do not need to be scared.’ Shakirah

‘Do listen to Mr. Moore because he does have a spectacular wise beard.’ Kai

My first Learner of the Week is Kai, but not just for admiring my facial hair. Every sentence of his advice was written with effort and an intention to impress, and today he thrilled us with his high jump skills once again. Only Zedekiah from Y6 was able to leap higher. By the time Kai reaches Y6 he’ll be able to grab a handful of stars on his way over the bar.

Skye is my other choice for Learner of the Week. I am staggered by her ability in visual literacy lessons. She is able to interpret even the slightest detail in an image, song or video clip with an ability and understanding that is far beyond her age.

Miss Murphy has introduced herself to my class, who will become her class in September. She is a great teacher and totally committed to our children. You can be sure that Y4DM are in good hands and that your child will have a fantastic year.

Homework sheets were given out today. The themes are acrostic poems and coordinates. Please encourage your child to use Sumdog Spelling. Once they have answered enough questions, I will be provided with a report which I can use to set individual challenges for the Summer holiday.

Have a great weekend

Mr. Moore

Y4 DM Friday 7th July

Hi everyone

I predict an early night for most Y4 children tonight. They are used to having aching brains, but today quite a few have tired legs and feet. What for me was a 7-mile saunter to Eccup and back, appeared to be more like an endless march to the moon for many of the class. I think we should have more walks in the countryside, and not just to develop physical health. Although we spent only a short time at school today, I’m sure that plenty of learning still happened.

Pinecones, nettles, raspberries, wheat, chamomile, cows, horses, stiles, meadows, water supplies and reservoirs all provided wonderful opportunities to teach vocabulary, pass on knowledge, to connect and to discover. We also learned a lot about determination and endurance. I’m pretty sure that your child will be keen to tell me that they met Elvis today. The King was wonderful with his adoring fans and behaved impeccably. Thank you so much to Karam’s mum and Niah’s mum for accompanying us, and for making sure we had a safe and enjoyable day. Huge thanks as well to Mrs. Willis for organising everything and for helping to make today a day that many children will remember for a long time.

 

Significant learning has also taken place in the classroom of course. I am very impressed with the development in comprehension skills, the progress with dividing by 10 and 100, and the fabulously intelligent thinking that my class displayed when we learned about ‘change’. Although change is inevitable and inescapable, I hope my class took home the message that we should appreciate every moment that we are given. We created a ‘wow’ moment by making paper lotus flowers, which ‘magically’ blossomed when they were placed upon a surface of water.

On Thursday afternoon we learned that some of my class are equipped with springs or wings. I’m fairly sure that Keagan, Niall, Niah, Leo and Kai actually flew during the KS2 High Jump competition.

One of the most important highlights of the week has been raising £88 in two days for the charities we have chosen to support as part of our work towards earning the Archbishop of York’s Young Leaders’ Award. The children have decided that we will give donations to St. Gemma’s Hospice, The International Red Cross/Crescent, The Alzheimer’s Society, and The Dogs’ Trust. Thank you to Mrs. Walker for giving more that she should to make this happen. Our fundraising efforts will continue next week, and we will try even harder on our mission to make the more beautiful world that our hearts know is possible.

Learners of the Week are very hard to choose. Ashley has been encouraging others with his excellent behaviour and helpfulness, Camron showed resilience when putting up with painful toothache on the Eccup trek, Adwaya continues to demonstrate that his thirst for Maths knowledge still cannot be quenched, Shams and Olivia have reminded us that homework makes a big difference, and Niah’s enthusiasm for Lexia is just wonderful. However, I have chosen Karam for showing a more confident attitude and for contributing more to our online classroom and to our actual classroom. Keep connecting Karam! I have also chosen Ibran. I don’t tell him often enough how clever he is, and how much I appreciate his kindness and his lovely sense of humour. Thank you Ibran.

Homework tasks will be issued on Monday but until then please make sure that your child has learned this week’s spellings, and try to encourage them to complete the Sumdog Spelling and Sumdog Maths challenges that I have set.

Have a great weekend.

Mr. Moore