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

Lasagna With 4DM.

Another lasagna using the vegetables from ‘fuel for schools’! I was really impressed with Aisha for remembering all the preparation in such detail! Sophie thought it was the best lasagna she had ever tasted.

Friday 19th May

Hi everyone

This afternoon, Y5 were busy learning about fire safety so Y4 were able to take their music lesson. Mr. Mercer taught us how to play the Katy Perry song ‘Firework’ , which we learned very quickly. Ashley, Shams, Ibran Kai, Skye, Leo and too many more to mention showed incredible talent and enthusiasm for this music.

Our class novel, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, is proving to be very popular. The children have really enjoyed reading the first two chapters and I have enjoyed asking them philosophical questions about what Charlotte did. Niall’s answers would suggest that he’s on a mission to rid the world from injustice.

Mr. Bruce gave us quite a challenge at Allerton High School on Thursday afternoon.   He asked us to compile a script for the BBC microbit which would alert us when a goal by setting off a buzzer. The children had to write and download the program to the microbit, and then attach wires to connect it to a model of a football net and posts.

Paarshva has been on top form this week. His attitude has been exceptional. Not only has he tried to do his best in every subject, he has also encouraged all his classmates to do their best by supporting, encouraging and helping them with their work at every opportunity. Perhaps what pleases me most of all is that Paarshva has been really happy, and he has proved that service to others feeds our soul and ennobles us. 1st Learner of the Week.

According to Miss Wright we have some talented cricketers in our class. I knew about Paarshva, Leo, Adwaya, Sithika and Matthew but apparently we have plenty more. Skye, Eric, Chayse, Sophie and Kai were also brilliant today. Having already taught an England footballer, my ambition is to teach an England cricketer. It will happen.

Whilst on the subject of sport, I must say how pleased I am with Aisha, Keagan and Faizan who represented ACE so well in a multi-sports competition. Of course they showed great sporting talent and came home with medals, but I want to mention how especially proud I am of Faizan. Apparently, he noticed that a child for a different school was really struggling to understand the rules of some of the games, so he went out of his way to be a mentor to her, and helped her to take part and to really enjoy the day. Thank you Faizan. 2nd Learner of the Week.

Sumdog superstars: Daniel, Charlie, Eric, Keagan, Leo, Karam and Shams. In the past seven days Daniel has answered 2004 questions with 94% accuracy. Thank you to Maisie for working on Sumdog today even though she was too poorly to be at school. Well done also to Adwaya for making the Y6 children sit a little less comfortably in their Maths lessons. Miss Judge is very pleased with the new addition to her class.

Homework: mental arithmetic books, line graphs worksheet and adverbs worksheet. I’ll post the spellings to Google classroom tonight and print out copies on Monday.

Have a good weekend.

Mr. Moore

 

Friday 12th May

Hey everyone

Celebration was our theme in Y4 today. Our fortnight with Mrs. Johnston culminated in a performance of our Selfish Giant dance and the opportunity to review the fabulous work in English and art that we have produced during such a short space of time. The children also demonstrated some of the reading skills and collage techniques that they had learned. Well done to Ibran, Maisie, Adwaya, Paarshva, Aisha, Sophie and Melika for teaching your mums how to use computers to create stunning artwork. Thank you so much to all the parents and relatives who were able to attend and also to our special guests Miss Allison and Miss Henstock. Miss Allison not only choreographed the brilliant dance routine that the children performed so well, she also stayed to see their artwork and she gave up her own time to hear the children read their writing to her.  As for Miss Henstock, well I tried not to raise an eyebrow when she appeared so unexpectedly but the children didn’t hold back their emotion at all. They greeted her with uncontrollable joy and excitement, and it made a special day even more memorable and wonderful.  I want to also thank Mr. Gilfoyle for attending our performance. He has been at ACE almost as long as me, and so he has seen your children grow since Reception but today he saw them bloom.

Our final piece of writing for the week was a letter of apology from the Selfish Giant. Too many children to mention excelled but the quality of Chayse’s, Keagan’s and Aisha’s work was beyond anything that they have achieved previously. I am immensely proud of their efforts.

Keagan is my Learner of the Day. From the moment he stepped into school this morning he looked like he was ready to conquer the world! I have never seen him show such fierce concentration and determination. He showed that he really understands what Mrs. Johnston has told us all week – progress and learning doesn’t just happen, we have to really want it.

Every single child in my class has given more than ever over the past fortnight but no one has matched the effort and attitude shown by Aisha. Impeccable behaviour plus a burning desire to succeed. I’ve never seen her smile so much. Mrs. Johnston and I are both immeasurably proud.

Apart from Sumdog, Lexia and Reading Eggspress challenges, the only homework for this weekend is to reflect on what a great week we’ve had and all that we have learned.

I’ve saved my most important words for my last sentence.

Mrs. Johnston, you make us ACE

Mr. Moore

Thursday 11th May

Phew! The Kushner collages are just about complete. Today Mrs. Johnston taught us about how to block print, a technique that has lifted the quality of the work even higher. Joy was the word Mrs. Johnston used to describe the look on Melika’s face when she saw the results of her first block print. Thank you Skye for being the only child that I have ever taught who is actually learning to be tidier when working, though I have to admit that it may not be entirely due to my influence. Well done should also be said to Sophie today. We all know that she is a talented artist and so accepting challenge and acting on advice is never easy when we are asked to aim even higher.

Leo amazed us with his superb cutting skills during the Art lessons today and he and Kai made a great partnership. We were also delighted to see Paarshva and Faizan work so closely together as a team. They were really listening to each other, exchanging ideas and supporting and encouraging each other. It’s an old saying but it’s still true: There’s no ‘I’ in team and Together Everyone Achieves More.

Hopefully my pupils aren’t totally baffled as to why I have used capital letters in strange places in the last sentence, but today they had to really ponder over the way in which they were used in the story of the Selfish Giant. Obviously, Y4 know that capital letters start sentences and all proper nouns, but there was much confusion today when we investigated some key vocabulary from the text. Words like ‘frost’ and ‘hail’ had the temerity to start themselves with a capital letter even though they were all common nouns and weren’t used to start sentences! Thanks to the combined brainpower of Adwaya, Leo, Kai, Isaac, Shams, Ashley and Matthew we managed to figure out that personification was at work. Ask your child if they can spot where I’ve used it in the last few sentences.

Maisie deserves a very special mention today for producing a Kushner inspired picture using Revelation Natural Art software. She patiently watched me demonstrate skills and methods but all the while I think she was secretly thinking, “Let me get on with it. I think I can do better.” After 20 minutes of independent work she had produced an image to prove that I could learn from her.

The Learners of the Day are Leo and Kai. They demonstrated ability and strengths in some key qualities: reasoning, sharing, explaining, creating and performing.

Please try to join us at school tomorrow afternoon from 1:30 when your children will showcase their fabulous fortnight of enrichment in the Arts.

Mr. Moore

 

Wednesday 10th May

We only had half a day with Mrs Johnston today and so the pressure was on to make serious progress with our artwork. Many children have found it hard to learn new art skills and to break away from what they know. Some are drawing and painting what they see in their head rather than what they see with their eyes. Despite these hurdles, most of the collages are now looking really good and have potential to be amazing.

According to Miss Linsley, this afternoon’s RSPB visitors were delighted by the enthusiasm of my class. Unsurprisingly, they showed how much they love animals, and Ibran and Matthew were particularly keen to do something to improve the school grounds so that wildlife can flourish even more.

Tomorrow we’ll be putting the finishing touches to our Robert Kusher work, we’ll write letters of apology from the Selfish Giant, and we will rehearse our dance for the final time before sharing all our work in our Friday celebration with parents and families.

Learners of the Day are Adwaya and Olivia. I saw them ‘in the pit’, I saw them listen to advice and I saw them act on it. Tomorrow I want to see even more children making a ‘learning leap’.

The Sumdog leaderboard looks a lot greener today.  A special thank you Daniel, Sophie and Melika who have been putting in extra time before and after school.

Mr. Moore

Tuesday 9th May

Hi everyone

Hopefully by now your child will have explained to you what personification means. After reading a few short poems we understood: personification happens when we give human attributes to something non-human. Apparently, there is an artist called Jack Frost, clock hands fidget and the wind is a wolf! Well done to Shams for being on fire, for creating the first spark of the day and set us ablaze.

Kai and Niall helped Mrs. Johnston teach a superb lesson about how to use speech marks when we write dialogue. Her expert demonstration and explanation was aided by the boys’ brilliant improvisational acting skills.

 

I’m not sure how but it seems that in 24 hours our painting and collage skills have improved by 100% (check my figures Adwaya). Mrs. Johnston and I were delighted and also amazed to see such rapid progress. After lunch, the children worked in pairs to create a collage based on the work of Robert Kushner. There was some excellent discussion and negotiation. Perhaps working collaboratively made the difference but I can assure you that we’d have more paint on ourselves than on the paper if it weren’t for Mrs. Johnston.

In the final session of the day representatives of Manchester University visited us. They had last seen my class in Y2 and had come today to see the progression in their reading skills and in their attitudes towards learning. The children did a reading test and completed a well-being survey. As their teacher, I was also expected to complete a survey about my class. What a pleasure it was to be able to give so much positive feedback. It made me realise how few problems we have with behaviour, and how kind and lovely the children are to each other. They’re even nice to me sometimes.

Learners of the Day? Difficult decision, but I’ll choose Shakirah and Isaac. Constant effort and always engaged in their learning.

Please remind your children not to neglect their maths skills. The names on the top of the Sumdog leaderboard gave me another reason to smile today.

Mr M

 

 

 

The First Week In May!

Our first ‘pass it on’ cafe in May saw Mr Spink tucking into a delicious Iranian rice dish.

 

Then 5SK continued their search for the perfect pakora. We decided on a bit of extra chilli and think we’ve perfected our recipe. Did you have the chance to buy a bag of them in the playground?

 

4DM have been preparing a selection of jam and lemon tarts for their celebration event on Friday 12th. Some people found pastry making challenging, however the finished tarts look delicious!

Monday 8th May

Today Y4’s first task of the week matched the change in the weather. We began the day with a ‘cold write’ (independent writing with no pre teaching). I asked the class to write letters of complaint to the Selfish Giant in the role of one of children who he had chased out of his garden. Sithika, Camron, Karam, Daniel, Isaac, Aisha, Melika, Maisie and Adwaya have all produced work that I’m sure will please Mrs. Johnston. A special mention is needed for Matthew for including a superb final line in his letter, ‘PS: Come down to our village. We’ve got a therapist.’

The development of art skills through studying the work of Robert Kushner was a prime focus today. Painting and collage activities revealed that we still have a lot to learn about brush control and creativity with mixed media. Fortunately, Sophie was on hand to demonstrate how to be selective and thoughtful when creating a collage, and Daniel was there to show the value of good listening skills, determination and effort.

Learners of the Day: Daniel and Matthew. Pay attention Y4! If you want to know what you should be doing and how you should behave just take your example from these two.

Mr Moore