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Mrs Spencer, Mr Ball and Miss Whitaker

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2013-2014
The Year of Independent Thinking
Leeds Carnegie Player Pops In!

Today we had a visit from a Leeds Carnegie player called Ben. He shared information about his daily routine and healthy choices he needs to make. We were all very surprised to hear about how much he eats! For breakfast he had two pieces of wholemeal toast, two eggs, some tinned tomatoes, orange juice and cereal. This is only one of his 6 meals which he consumes in a day. He also trains incredibly hard, including sessions in the pool once a week. Ben also spoke about the importance of a good night's sleep- including letting your brain switch off, so no elctronic technology such as phones or computer games for the two hours leading up to bed time.
Andy North

Today Year 5, and those children in Year 6 who are cycling to Saltaire this week, were lucky enought to meet Andy North. Andy is a determined, inspirational and extremely fit local athlete who told us about the many amazing challenges that he has undertaken. Look at the website www.ultra6.org to see details of Andy's last challenge where he broke the world record, cycling 100 miles a day having already run a marathon- for 7 consecutive days!

Andy North
Tour de France Graph Challenge

Today we have been challenging ourselves by interpreting a line graph linked to riding a stage of the Tour de France. Well done to everyone who persevered to complete the challenge- there was some excellent communication and lots of improvement time was utilised to good effect by all.

Tour de France Graph Challenge
Year 5/6 Safety Rangers

This week Year 5/6 are becoming Safety Rangers. We are becoming experts in all aspects of safety, including Road Safety, Water Safety, Fire Safety and Bike Safety. We are then going to teach KS1 about these things. We have carefully considered our audience and thought of creative and engaging ways to present our facts. Here are some photos of our research and rehearsal process.

Year 5/6 Safety Rangers
Sponsored Circuit Challenge

This week we are determined to beat our own personal targets to improve in 4 key areas: 1. Two laps of the heartline 2. 1 minute tennis keepy-uppy 3. 1 minute skipping 4. 1 minute star jumps We are practising (and improving) every single day. Keep watching this space to see how we progress!

Timetables

We have been busy today working out the different ways that we could travel to the Leeds Sailing Centre in Yeadon later this week. This has involved adept use of the internet to read timetables and price up tickets for the whole class. Well done everyone- most of you 'got us there' in time, even if you dod expect us to get up super early!

Timetables
A Picture Tells A Thousand Words

We have looked at photo journalism this week and considered how a picture can tell a story. We researched issues that are relevant to our lives and created a frozen montage to tell the story. Here is a selection- can you work out what issue we are trying to make you stop and think about?

A Picture Tells A Thousand Words
Architecture- the Freinet Way

This week we have been learning in the way that children would learn at a Freinet School as Mrs Spencer and Mrs Alderson visited a Freinet School in Finland. The project was focussed on finding out about the architecture of another city in the world. Some children have presented an element of their learning using clay, as seen here. There have also been excellent examples of work using Google Sketch Up and a range of art materials. Well done everyone.

Architecture- the Freinet Way
Maasai masks

Look at the amazing Maasai masks that our class have made using papier mache. The designs are excellent and the finished products look amazing. Super concentration on a long term project by everyone!

Maasai masks
Finland

These photos are of some of the places that Mrs Alderson and I saw as we walked around the beautiful city of Helsinki.

Finland
Schools In Finland

We visited lots of different schools in Finland. In the Kindergartens children are aged from 1-7 years old. They all have a 'rest' in the middle of the day. See if you can spot their beds. The Finnish children enjoy doing a lot of Art; handiwork and crafts as you can see from the displays that we took pictures of. What can you spot that is similar to our school? What is different?

Schools In Finland
Day 4
Another brilliant day! Today we have been in Helsinki all day. The weather has made us feel like we are really in Finland as it has been much much colder and we have had to wrap up warm. I had on a fleece as well as my big winter coat, ear muffs, gloves AND my hood up!
We started the day in the second biggest primary school in Helsinki where the children are age 7-13. They are a specialist music school and when we were going round we saw some amazing performances from some very talented children. The children also learn English, German, Swedish and French and we saw their lessons. I have some fantastic pictures of the older children using the tools in Design Technology which I know you will love to see- they were using blow torches!
After lunch we went to meet a very important lady who works for the Department of Education in Finland and she told us about her job and what the plans are for the future for the education system in Finland.
This evening we had our dinner in a Viking restaurant- it was like eating in a restaurant being served by people who work at the Jorvik Centre! We also went for a drink in a roof top bar that was at the very top of a 14 storey tower. The views were amazing and it was beautiful to see all the sparkling lights of the city below. You will have to ask Mrs Alderson about a secret place where she found to look at the view! 
Tomorrow we fly back to England. I am going to be sad to leave Finland (as well as looking forward to seeing Lola- and you, of course) but it has been such a wonderful experience to learn new things; speak a different language as much as I can and make so many new friends. I can't wait to tell you all about it on Monday and show you all the photos. I will upload some here too as soon as I am back in Leeds!
See you soon!
Love Mrs Spencer xx


Day 3 has seen us start in Rauma where we left our hotel, travel to Harjavalta and then travel again to Helsinki. It feels like we have fitted 3 days into one!
In Harjavalta I visited a Kindergarten and two primary schools. The children at the kindergarten were from age 1-7. I learnt and sang lots of Finnish songs and rhymes and taught the children how to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in English- obviously they were very impressed by my tuneful singing!
I, however, was extremely impressed that they all sat still for an hour together with no one calling out or misbehaving- even the tiny little ones. They were also absolutely amazing at putting on their full outdoor clothes. I watched the 4 and 5 year olds put on wool socks, gloves, scarf, hat, snow suit and boots more quickly than you all manage to pull on your hoodies and get outside!
We also had a little treat to go and see the only snow left in Harjavalta at the ski slope and Mrs Alderson and I sneaked in a sledge ride down the slope!
The primary schools were much bigger than our school but had less children in them. We saw some children your age using sewing machines and some sawing and planing wood. At the end of the day many of them rode bikes home- we had better make sure that we send them pictures of us cycling leading up to the Tour de France to show them that we love choosing healthy ways to travel too!
Travelling to Helsinki was strange as we passed so many huge fields and rolling countryside and then suddenly (after 3 hours!) buildings appeared and we were in a busy city. We drove past the Museum that you researched - it is huge- and many other beautiful buildings. I hope I can explore a bit more in daylight tomorrow.
I will update at the end of the day tomorrow so make sure you check over the weekend at home!
love from Mrs Spencer


Day 2 in Finland has been extremely busy and exciting. We had an early start before the teachers here from Leeds visited 3 very different school- one for children with special educational needs; one where a lot of the teachers are trainees, which is a part of the university; and one which follows a very child led approach to teaching, called the Freinet method. There are only 2 of these schools in the whole of Finland and Mrs Alderson and I got to go there! 
Breakfast club at the school starts at 6.15am but normal lessons start at 8.15, 9.00 or 10.00 depending on your timetable for the day. Children finish school at 1.30pm but there is an after school club that runs until 5pm.  Children start at the school in ''preschool" when they are 6-7 years old and leave in 6th grade when they are 13. They learn in very practical ways, a lot like us. At the beginning of the week the older children like you they are told all the jobs that they have to achieve in maths, English, science etc. They can then choose when they do them so the whole class is not doing the same job at the same time. If they don't finish them by Friday or they need to repeat them they have to do them at the weekend at home. I thought this was a very good idea!

In the afternoon the teachers from Leeds took part in a conference- like a big assembly for other teachers. We listened to a presentation about school in Finland and then our friends from Moortown and Swinnow told everyone about schools in England.

This evening we went for a walk around the old part of Rauma which was very pretty. Fortunately none of the shops were open as there were beautiful things in the shop windows and I could have spent a lot of euros! I took photos instead!  Then Mrs Alderson and I decided to be adventurers and try to use our map skills to find the harbour. With a bit of team work to read road signs we walked there (about 3km) and saw some boats and HUGE cranes. We followed the frozen river back to the centre of town.

Tomorrow we leave Rauma and are going to Harjavalta (the town where Mrs West and Mrs Dickson stayed last year) to visit Kindergartens and schools for the day before a long drive down to Helsinki where we will spend the night. Have a look on Google Earth and see if you can plot our journey.

I am sure tomorrow will be just as busy and exciting as today- see you all soon!

love from Mrs Spencer
 


Hei from Finland!

Mrs Alderson and I have arrived in one piece and, although very tired, have had an exciting day!
We set off early from our homes at 5.15am and met 10 other teachers at Leeds train station. From there we got a mini bus to Manchester Airport. We flew on an airline called Finnair and the plane was smaller than any I have been on recently. The flight seemd to take a long time so I kept myself busy reading the magazine that they gave you and looking at the map of all the places I would like to visit in Europe.

As we came in to land in Helsinki I tried to see all of the places that we researched yesterday but failed! Hopefully I will have more luck on Friday when we go back to schools there. We travelled in a mini bus to Rauma and spent the journey looking at the different buildings; some frozen rivers and lakes and the small amount of snow that was on the ground in places. In Rauma we found our hotel and went out for dinner with three of the Finnish teachers who came to visit us last term. It was wonderful to see them again and hear how they are trying things in their schools that they saw when they came to Primrose Hill. Mrs Alderson and I shared a dessert that is a local speciality called Seaberry Parfait. The sea berries were yellow, and very sour and sharp, whilst the rest was like a creamy sorbet made with sea blackthorn berries. It was yummy and we were proud of ourselves for trying something new and different.

it is now very late and we are getting up early to go to 3 of the schools in Rauma tomorrow, as well as visiting the university. It should be a very exciting day.

I will update you as soon as I can with more news.

Love from Mrs Spencer
 
Discussion writing

We have loved learning about the Maasai in Kenya. We discussed the measures that are being put in place to try and raise lion numbers in the country.

Discussion writing
World Book Day - Thursday, 6th March 2014
 
 
Next Thursday is World Book Day. We will be running lots of reading-themed activities in school throughout the day including watching authors discuss their work online. We will also be giving the children chance to Drop Everything And Read so don't forget to bring your favourite book to school!
Year 5/6 Football

Well done to all in our class who have represented our school in the football tournaments that were held at Crawshaw. The team played very well and results improved each time the tournament was held. They have shown great sportsmanship and team work throughout so well done everyone!
Maths- representing data

We have put a lot of effort into trying to make sure that we chose the most effective way to represent data when we have collected it. The way that something is represented can have a big difference on the impact it has on the reader. Here are a couple of examples of our learning.

Maths- representing data
Ghostly Goings On

In Emily Diamand's book ghosts appear through marks on walls or from water on the floor. We explored the school grounds to find places where ghosts may be lurking at Primrose Hill!

Ghostly Goings On
Write Now Focus Week- Emily Diamand

This week the author of 'Flood Child' and 'Ways To See A Ghost', Emily Diamand came to work with our class. She told us all about how she generates ideas for stories and then helped us to plan our own ghost stories. We planned in many different ways depending on how we like to work. The dark den was a big hit and lots of people wanted to write in there!

Write Now Focus Week- Emily Diamand
RE- Beliefs

In RE we have found out about the beliefs of people of different religions. We made books that showed these beliefs and the ways that they may make a difference to the structure of someone's day. This video shows Vinnie talking about his book.

Violin lessons

Ellie and Caitlin have violin lessons at school. We were really lucky today when they asked if they could share one of the pieces of music that they have learnt to play. Have a listen- aren't they good?

Maasai Movement

We have spent time in our PE sessions thinking about the ways in which the Maasai incorporate dance and music into their lives. In this session we were showing how the Maasai use stealth and teamwork when they are hunting on the African Savannah.

Halloween Soup!

Our class plot had an abundance of green tomatoes in it. We had put them on the windowsill but they had still failed to ripen so we decided to look for recipes that used green tomatoes. We made green tomato soup in a huge pan (we are sure it is a cauldron!)! As it is nearly Halloween we decided to call it Halloween soup. It really was delicious.

Halloween Soup!
Walking In Space Dance

We have been lucky enough to work with some dancers from a local university. In small groups we thought about how an astronaut would feel in space- from how draining activities would be until they were fully fit and trained; through take off; and on to moon walking. Here are two fantastic examples of how we used the space and dynamics creatively to produce these dances.



International Links

After the success of linking with other classes across the world last year we have created a Skype classroom activity where we will ask other classes across the world 20 questions to find out the similarities and differences between our lives and cultures.

Our Skype sessions so far this year have been:
Wednesday 11th September- skyping a class in Russia
Monday 18th November- skyping the Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida for a special Skype Sharks Alive session
Coming next- Wednesday 18th November- linking back up with our friends in Russia to discuss Christmas!
Children in Need 2013

Here are some photos of our very successful Children in Need fancy dress day. Can you work out what people dressed as? They all begin with P!

Children in Need 2013
Apprentice Focus Week

Huge congratulations to our class for coming second place in the Apprentice Big Sell challenge. All our hard work and creativity paid off with a fantastic profit at the end of the week. Well done everyone!
Apprentice Focus Week- Sell That Shape!

We are having so much fun as part of our Apprentice Focus Week. After some careful (and very amusing!) viewing of the QVC channel we noted the key criteria to be a successful TV salesperson. Our task was to sell a shape. Here are a couple of examples of how well we did- see how many features of the different shapes the presenters managed to include...

The Big Sell!

At the end of our very successful Apprentice focus week, we ran a stall as part of the Big Sale to sell our goods. We had a fantastic time - here are some photos of the shopkeepers!

The Big Sell!
Independent Thinking - Silent Drama

Another part of our day was creating silent drama based on our emotional responses to a piece of music. All groups listened to the same piece, and the difference in opinion shown in the drama is fascinating. Can you spot references to poverty, slavery, tropical islands and the Good Samaritan? Very good work.

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Independent Thinking Days - September 2013

We spent part of our first Independent Thinking Day trying to build bridges to meet specific criteria, and within a strict budget. Everyone worked independently and supportively within their teams. Well done everyone!

Independent Thinking Days - September 2013


We have had a super first day back in class. It has been fantastic to see everyone's smiling faces, full of enthusiasm for the learning journey ahead of us this year.

It has been great to catch up and hear everyone's news and holidays that the children have been away on (I am very jealous and wish I could have come on them all!).

Watch out for updates on our two Independent Thinking Days later this week- they will be fun!