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Mrs Joyce, Mr Larkin and Mrs Turner


We hope you enjoy looking at our wonderful learning and hearing about our fantastic learning opportunities!
 

Year 2013-2014 The Year of Independent Thinking
 
Tudor Houses

This week in Y5/6 J we have been creating Tudor houses from various resources. Firstly the children designed their Tudor house on Google SketchUp before finally bringing it to life in class.

Tudor Houses
Yeadon Tarn

At Yeadon Tarn Class 5/6 J had the tough task of putting their outdoor adventure skills to the test. Children took part in tent building and problem solving activities as well as canoeing. Children tested themselves in a challenging environment and showed great perseverance and teamwork skills.

Yeadon Tarn
The Tudors- Rich and Poor

This week class 56 J have been learning all about the differences in Tudor society. The children have completed some fantastic reports and made their very own horrible histories video showing off their new knowledge.

The Tudors- Rich and Poor
Salsa Dance

During Express Focus Week, class 5/6 J have had the opportunity to express themselves through Salsa. The children enjoyed collaborating with each other as well as learning a new skill. Take a look at some action shots of the children showing their salsa skills.

Salsa Dance

During Express Focus Week, class 5/6 J have had the opportunity to express themselves through Salsa. The children enjoyed collaborating with each other as well as learning a new skill. Take a look at some action shots of the children showing their salsa skills.

Salsa Dance
Express Yourself Focus Week- BIG ART

Today marks the start of Express Yourself Focus Week. In Year 5/6 J, we looked at different ways of expressing yourself through art and found out that there is more to it than just using a pencil and paper. See the pictures below to see how the children got on with their BIG ART project this afternoon

Express Yourself Focus Week- BIG ART
The Food Revolution

On Friday 16th May, Class 5/6J took part in The Food Revolution. We joined in with others around the world and played our part in promoting healthy eating and living as well educating ourselves and others about the importance of this.

The Food Revolution

On Friday 16th May, Class 5/6J took part in The Food Revolution. We joined in with others around the world and played our part in promoting healthy eating and living as well educating ourselves and others about the importance of this.

The Food Revolution
Tudor Art

In year 5/6 J we have been researching the wives of Henry VIII and their personalities. Children have used water colours to investigate how they can best reflect the personality of Henry’s wives. Children showed their artistic flair and creativity, producing some fantastic art work along the way. Enjoy viewing.

Tudor Art
In The News Focus Week

Y56J were given the challenge of reporting local news and events during Focus Week. These are the children's finished articles. Enjoy reading them.

In The News Focus Week
Apprentice Challenge reward afternoonApprentice Challenge reward afternoon
After winning the Apprentice Challenge Focus Week the children got to think of fun and exciting ways to spend their winnings and tax that they received from the other children. They decided (after much discussion) that they would first like to have a professional come in and teach them. Fast forward to Tuesday 25th February. Raj from MA Lions came in with his student – a British Kick Boxing Champion to teach the children for the afternoon. They learnt how many different moves, kicks and instructions for both kick boxing and Mai Thai a form of Martial Arts. The afternoon was a huge success and the children are already coming up with ways of earning more money for a future session.
 
Date Set: Wednesday 12th February 2014
Date Due: Tuesday 25th February 2014
Learning log:to produce a travel guide for Kenyamake your work


Remember to make your learning log interesting and unique by making it different. Think about colour, images and making it stand out.
Mask building session 1Mask building session 1
Maasai Mara
Our latest Geography topic is based on Kenya and specially looks at the Maasai tribe who live on the Maasai Mara. The children have learnt about the differences between towns, villages and cities in Kenya and their similarities and differences between the UK. The topic has seen us all receive Kenyan names and understand the origins of these as well as create Maasai art.

Jack B “I was surprised to learn that Kenya is on the equator”

Cameron “ I have really enjoyed learning about the Maasai tribe and think it’s strange that they keep animals like goats in their homes!”

Once we have finished the topic each child will have made their own Maasai Tribal mask – don’t forget to check back weekly to see our progress.

 
 Date Set: 3rd Feb 2014                                                                   Date Due: 10th Feb 2014
Learning Challenge: to create a series of questions to ask Sean about what it was like to become a Maasai warrior.
 
Into the forestInto the forest
Into the forest – This week the children will be taking part in our annual Write Now focus week. Together with the rest of the school we will be looking at the text ‘Into the Forest’ by the fantastic Anthony Browne. To start the week off with a buzz, I decorated the classroom so that it looked as if it could have been taken right out of the pages from a fairy tale.
Some of the responses the children gave when they saw the classroom for the first time:

“Awesome! It looks amazing! I cannot believe it is our classroom. I wish they could change each week and look like this. I think it will help me as it will bring out my imagination and help me focus my ideas.” Marshall

“Oh my gosh – it’s amazing” Korinna’s response when she saw the classroom for the first time.
Mia thought Mrs Joyce had gone mad! “I didn’t expect it to look like this! It is as if the fairy tale has come to life in the middle of the classroom. My favourite bit is the vines coming down from the ceiling. I think this will help me as I feel I am actually in the setting of a fairy tale.

“It is brilliant! I love it. The classroom has been transformed from a classroom to a fairy tale right in front of my eyes!” Morgan P

“The vines hanging down made me think of Tarzan. It will help me think of the settings more. I am very excited about our week as I like writing stories and coming up with characters!” Ben P

“I was really surprised by our classroom and I am pleased that there is stuff everywhere. It looks really good. I am most looking forward to our Gingerbread Man day!” Cameron
 
To support our PE curriculum, the children have had the pleasure of visiting Leeds Metropolitan University Students. The session involved the children working with different adults to produce a final piece of dance focusing on aspects that they had learnt as well as linking it to French. The visitors were a huge success and something that we all enjoyed. We are hoping that they will come back in the future.
 
Dance students

Creating a link between dance, music and French!

Dance students
Jelly friction experiment

How tricky is picking up jelly cubes with chop sticks? The answer given by most children is - quick tricky especially when you add oil to the jelly.

Jelly friction experiment
Air resistance experiment

The children tried to work out whether different types of surfaces would make their balloons go further. Although tricky to set the balloon up all the children worked really hard and ended up with fantastic results.

Air resistance experiment
Dressing up inspired by the letter P - all in aid of Children in NeedDressing up inspired by the letter P - all in aid of Children in Need
Buzz Words

Ever wondered how to improve your spellings? Well Buzz Words may just be the answer for you. Using fun and imaginative ways to practice words is the key to our success.

Buzz Words
Learning Log
Date given: 16.10.13 - Date due: 21.10.13

This week our year 6s are performing Romeo and Juliet at the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds.

Learning Challenge: To research a famous play or playwright

Plays are performed live on stage, usually in a theatre. A playwright is the person who writes the play and its script. Use the library, internet or visit your loval theatre to find out about famous plays and playwrights.
Gym Magic

During the year, the children will be able to access gymnastics at Gym Magic. Here are the first group of children enjoying their Friday sports afternoons.

Gym Magic
18th October 2013 - Ever wondered how to mummify a body like the Ancient Egyptian's did? Well no look no further the children and I have been practicing our notes ready to write a set of fool proff instructions for even the most inexperienced! Visit our class page this time next week to see how the childrens instructions have turned out and find out who our star writer is.

After an amazing focus week I put together our first class film which was accompanied by the children's drumming sound track and then singing their version of R. Kelly. A fantastically proud moment for me and the children were honoured with he best annimation award during the premier of our film.

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The Big Draw

Our work inspired by the elusive BANKSY!

The Big Draw
The Big Draw.

Today the children in Year 5/6LJ have been inspired by the elusive artist Banksy. Early in the week the artist staged the sale of some original pieces staging them as copies. If you would like to read the story that inspired the children please take a look below.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24518315

After discussing the artist, the work and the style the children had a go at their first banksy inspired work - a graffiti tag saying either their name, or nick name. They initially drew out their designs thinking about shape, style and size before looking at shading and colour. Have a look at our designs we are sure you will be impressed!
October 9th 2013

This week at school has been our Inspiration Focus Week.

Learning Challenge: to write a review about the week.

S.C.

Describe the best bits
Tell me about new skills that you have learnt
What did you find most challenging and why

Date given: 18th September 2013     Date due: Monday 23rd September

Friday 20th is 'Jeans for Genes' day to raise money and give children the chance to think about how others live.

Learning log: to be able to complete a fact page explain the role of the charity and how it helps families in the UK.

You may want to use the website to assist your research and learning log http://www.jeansforgenesday.org

 

Date given: 11th September 2013 Date due: 16th September 2013

L.C. to research the life and work of Sir Henry Moore

S.C. use the internet, library or books to research the famous sculptor born in Yorkshire. You could look at his sculptures, sketch or make a replica of your favourite as a way of presenting your learning about his life.
September 9th 2013:

Today the children in Year 5 and 6 have been on a trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Here the children saw work created by many famous artists from Sir Henry Moore to Barbara Hepworth. The trip will inspire a new enrichment lesson which will begin on Thursday.
Maths

Calculations and shape can be tricky but the children use various maths resources to assist them. I think you'll agree maths looks a lot different than when parents/carers were at school.

Maths
Independent thinking daysIndependent thinking days
For the first task duirng our year of independent thinking, the members of Y5/6LJ had to make up a Wake Up, Shake Up routinue to Destiny's Child - Independent Women. Although some children felt that the task was a daunting one, all groups performed a complete routinue. I am so very proud of all the children who took to the challenge and showed that they CAN do things that they initially thought was impossible!
Date given: Wednesday 4th September 2013
Due in: Monday 10th September 2013

As part of our history topic we have been looking at famous key events in history and placing them in chronological order.

Learning Log: to create a fact page about the key event in history that interested you the most e.g. the first monkey in space, WW1, WW2, Ancient Greece, Fall of the twin towers etc.

Please remember you can go to homework club or see me if you need extra support with your homework.
Team building

During our first PE lesson of the year the children had to guide their partner around some cones whilst carrying a wooden egg and spoon. The difficulty was, the one carrying the egg and spoon could only use their ears not eyes! The activity showed the children how important clear, concise and simple instructions are whats needed.

Team building
What a wonderful first day the children and I had today! It was great to hear all about their summer holidays and tell them about the fun, unique and interesting learning we have planned for this school year. Keep a look out on our class page to see our regular updates of our learning.