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Drighlington Primary School

Nurturing, supporting, believing, achieving!

Moorland Road, Bradford
West Yorkshire, BD11 1JY

01132853000

info@drighlingtonprimary.org.uk

Headteacher: Mrs Sue Jackson

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Welcome to Jamaica Class

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Welcome to the Jamaica class blog for 2017-18. The children have settled really well into their new classroom and have already done some brilliant learning in English, Maths, Science and topic.

As a reminder, Mrs Blackburn will teach the class all day on Mondays and Tuesdays. Mrs Carr will teach the class on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Both of us are in school all day on Wednesdays.

For your information, PE days for Jamaica class are Mondays and Fridays. Please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school on these days and that they are prepared for outdoor PE which we will do whenever possible.

The children will receive Maths homework every Tuesday which should be returned by Friday. This will be based on the work we are currently doing in class so children should be able to complete it reasonably independently but please feel free to support if needed. SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) homework will be set every Friday and should be returned by Tuesday. Learning Log homework is set once per half term and is usually a research based project based on our topic. It will be set in the next couple of weeks and should be returned in the first week after half term. Please come and talk to us if you have any questions or concerns about homework.

Your child should have come home with a reading book and reading record on their first day. It is still really important that your share reading with your child at home. Please hear them read as often as you can and make a note in their reading record. The children are encouraged to record in these too whenever they read independently.

We are currently in the process of assessing your child’s spelling to identify which of the national curriculum words they need to focus on. In the next week your child will be bringing home a Spelling Journal containing the words they need to practise. Please support your child to practise the spellings for a few minutes each day. They will be tested once a week on different days depending on which group they are in. Look in the back of their Journal for the results of their spelling tests.

Our main topics for this half term are The Ancient Greeks in History and Living Things in Science. We have got lots of exciting activities planned and hope that the children will have a great first half term in Year 5.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

Mrs Blackburn and Mrs Carr

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Fabulous Forces

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We have been learning about Forces this half term. This week we are investigating air resistance using parachutes.

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Learning Log Homework -Class Pet

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A big thank you to all the children who completed their Learning Log Homework.

We had some fabulous presentations, models and information leaflets and we are now experts on Terrapins!

School council have taken note of your advice and care warnings and have decided to start our pet family with a whole school pet. We will be having a fish tank in school for all the classes to share initially.

Thank you for your hard work.

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Spring Celebration

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Thanks to all the Parents and Grandparents who attended our Spring Celebration.

It was lovely to see so many of you there.

We hope you all enjoyed our singing and the wonderful stories the children had written.

We all enjoyed seeing you very much and although we were quite nervous we enjoyed being able to perform the songs we have been learning.

 

  

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Comic Relief

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We had a fabulous today today raising money for comic relief. The children dressed up and took part in lots of competitions and events. Mrs Kilner and I enjoyed our red nose bobbing very much and a few children had an early wash!

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Alien Soup

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We had some great investigating this week. Unfortunately our Alien Soup recipe got mixed up and we added sugar instead of salt! But we all managed to work together to separate the ingredients correctly so that we could make it again properly.

 

  

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Attendance

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Well done Jamaica class our attendance was much better this week 99.2%. Unfortunately we didn't win Drigopoly this week ....boo. But we need to keep trying!

One class even got 100% this week. Well done Tanzania. Let's set that as our Target Jamaica!!!  

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Parent's Evening

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Thank you to all the parents who attended Parent's Evening. It was lovely to see you all and I love having the opportunity to share your children's successes. It was great to hear all your positive comments.

For anyone who couldn't make it, please pop in and make an appointment to see me after school.

I have sent home with your child an end of year expectations document and a contacts information sheet. Please update your contacts, sign and return to school as soon as possible.

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Readathon

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We are looking forward to enjoying reading lots of books over the next few weeks as we all take part in our school's Readathon.

Children will bring home their sponsor cards today and they can choose which books they want to read.

For more information you can watch this link. Readathon

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Learning Logs

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A huge thank you to all the children who returned their learning log homework.

I have enjoyed reading their reports about crime and punishment.

I will be sharing a few of these during the week.

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Super Scientists

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We all thoroughly enjoyed our science investigation work this week. We have discovered that sugar dissolves in water more effectively if we use hot water and stir it.
We also now know that a solution has a saturation point - once that is reached we cannot add any more sugar as it will not dissolve.
We are now trying to find out if we can retrieve the sugar from a solution by evaporating the water. This is part of our next investigation about reversible and irreversible changes. Children will be cooking over the next few weeks as part of this work.

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Marble Madness

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Marble Madness invaded Jamaica Class, who have been working with Mrs Pearson to design and build marble runs. They have been using a variety of materials including junk boxes, cardboard rolls, card and paper.

Several prototypes have been tried and tested over the last few weeks.

Here are some of the finished designs.

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Super Scientists

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Last week Jamaica class were investigators, finding out which materials dissolved in water. 

We had lots of fun whilst also learning.

We discovered that soluble means when a material dissolves in a liquid, whereas insoluble is when a material does not.

Why not ask your child about some of the materials and whether they were soluble or not? . 

I hope you have a great holiday. I look forward to seeing you on the Monday. 

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Pobble writers

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Well done to Harley, Albert, Ella and Paige for being our pobble writers this week.

If you would like to read their newspaper reports log on to pobble and leave a comment.

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Drigopoly Reward

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As our attendance was above 97% we were entered into the Drigopoly Game.

Aimee played for our class and won!!!

The reward she chose was a non-uniform day. Therefore children can come in their own clothes on Friday 3rd February.

Please make sure they are dressed in a suitable way to play out. ie a warm coat and sensible shoes.

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Spelling

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We are having a big push in Jamaica class to improve spelling.

Most parents will have received a letter and a copy of the spellings from the year 3/4 phase that children are expected to be able to spell accurately. Children will be tested on their words every Tuesday. Please support your child and help them learn their spellings.

Spelling logs should be brought home each night but are needed in school each day so children can use them to support their writing in class.

It is important that children are able to use these words in their writing, not just for a test, so please encourage them to write sentences that include these words and keep revisiting previous spelling to ensure they are embedded.

Thank you for your help.

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Times tables Rock Stars

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Well done to Liam who has shown great determination to rise to the top of out Rock Stars Leader board.

Oliver was awarded our Rock Stars certificate for his hard work all week logging on to the site and practicing his times tables.

Fantastic work boys... keep it up.

All children have now logged on in class and have a log on they can use at home to practice their tables. There is also an app you cab download to use on smart phones or tablets.

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Times tables Rock stars

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Another new venture this week is Times Table Rock Stars.

Children came home with a log on today. They can use this to go online and play or download the Times tables Rock Stars App onto their phones or tablets. The game encourages them to practice their Times Tables. They can earn virtual money to build a rock band and they can compete on the schools leader board.

Keep Rockin'

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Science Workshops - Einstein's Apprentices

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Last Wednesday two members of Jamaica class, our 2 Einsteins, Iyran and Aimee attended a Science workshop at Gildersome Primary School. Accompanied by Miss Slattery, they participated in 'Einstein’s Apprentices'. This is a special science project for the year 5 children where they will be attending different schools through the year to develop their scientific knowledge and understanding.

This session the children came back with gooey slime. They had lots of fun whilst still learning.

Well done to the children who attended. Once again, they were fantastic ambassadors for Drighlington Primary School.

 

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Pobble

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Last week saw the launch of Pobble in school; a fantastic way to inspire young writers. It is a way that we can celebrate our children's writing, and a great teaching resource. For more information on Pobble see Mrs. Jackson's blog on this great new resource. 

The children in year 6 worked with a teacher from Pobble initially. Following this, children attended an informative assembly. Finally, staff were trained on how to set up accounts and upload children's work. 

This week in Jamaica  2  pieces were uploaded to show our wonderful work on narrative descriptions. Congratulations to these children: Paige and Ella. More could have been added but we still don't have permissions for some children. A new letter was sent home today. Sign it and send it back ASAP or better still log on your self following the email you received and register your child.

We are aiming to upload to 5 pieces of work per week. The children will bring home a certificate. You can log onto the site and view children's writing, giving comments and likes. Please try to have a look and encourage your child's writing.  I wonder who will be on this week?

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Comparing Capacity

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Great fun was had by all in Jamaica Class when we were investigating capacity.

We were estimating and measuring using a variety of cups and bottles, measuring jugs and WATER!!!

Amazingly, very little went on the floor. You can help at home by encouraging children to estimate how much different containers hold and then checking the labels to see how near their estimate was.

    

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Maths Measures

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This week we have been Reasoning with Measures and have enjoyed lots of practical measuring sessions.We have been measuring perimeter, area and volume. Earlier this week we were investigating cubes and cuboids and finding out how many cm cubes fit into different boxes and shapes.

Measuring volume  

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Christmas Carol Concert

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We are really looking forward to entertaining you all at Morley Town Hall on Thursday. The singing has been amazing and the children are really looking forward to this opportunity to perform on a big stage. We hope you have all got your tickets and are ready for this once in a lifetime experience!!!

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Art work

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Mrs Pearson created some lovely artwork with us using different materials and printing. We were inspired by pictures of creatures under the sea. We like them so much we are turning them into our calendars... so look at for them at home very soon.

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P.E.

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We have been having lots of fun learning to play a new game - Volley ball.

It has really improved our throwing and catching skills and you have to think really hard about where you stand on the court to help your team.

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Earth and Space

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Our work on Earth and Space is rocketing!

This week we have been looking at non-chronological reports and we have being doing research about the Moon.

The children have been learning how to make notes. Not as easy as you might think! 

We have been using different styles of making notes. Here are some of our efforts.

notes on moon

moon notes

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Our next task will be to make the notes into a report. If you get the chance you could do some further research and make notes at home.

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The Highway Man

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Jamaica Class had a great time  learning the poem The Highway man and performing it to the rest of the class.

They worked hard to learn the words and to perform it with fabulous expression and made it very exciting

The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees.   

The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas.   
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,   
And the highwayman came riding—
         Riding—riding—
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.

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Friendship Bench

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This week in assembly Miss Ainley gave the children a fabulous challenge.  

Instead of SPAG homework this week, the children have been set a special learning log task to design a friendship bench / buddy stop for our playground. The winning children's ideas will be used in the design of the bench / buddy stop. There are lots of great ideas on the Internet.Here are some to give you some inspiration. The children in Jamaica were very enthusiastic and had some great ideas. 

buddy bench

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Earth and Space

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We have being finding out about the Planets this week and have created our own information posters about the Planets.

The Planets

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Water

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Our new Geography topic is water... and we certainly had the opportunity this week to see water in all its different states with our interesting weather... rain... snow... ice... cloud ... and  water vapour!!!

This week we will be looking at the water cycle and I think we are well prepared!

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Learning Log Homework

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We have seen some really super homework about the Greeks. Thank you to all the children who put in so much effort to create some well-presented and interesting homework. Also a big thank you to all the  parents for supporting your children and helping them to produce such lovely work.

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Greek Pots

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We made some Greek style pots using mod-roc with Mrs Pearson. We hope you like them.

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Science

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We investigated parts of a plant and did some dissection of flowers to identify their reproduction system. We really enjoyed this activity and used the ipad to photograph our work to evidence what we did.

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Gymnastics

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We finished our Gymnastics work by performing our sequences with a partner. We challenged ourselves by planning 10 different elements, which included 5 types of rolls. We really thought about presentation and tried to point our fingers and toes. Mrs Siddall is very proud of our collaboration with our partners.

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Myth Writing

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We had a great time being a story teller and sharing our Greek Myth with our writing partner.

We re-told our myth using our story map and we tried to use lots of interesting vocabulary, actions and expression to make our story exciting.

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Learning Log Homework

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On Friday of this week, as discussed with some parents that attended parent's evening, instead of SPAG homework, children will be sent learning log homework. As we do not get time in which to complete all the fun activities that your child may wish to do related to our topic of Ancient Greece, the learning log asks you to be as creative as you can, to present your own information. This project will last over 3 weeks so we expect well presented and high quality homework to be produced. 

To help you, you may wish to look at the following websites: 

BBC education

Woodlands Junior School

Snaith Primary School

I look forward to seeing the work after the October holidays.

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Parent's Evening

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Don't forget it is Parent's Evenings this week on Monday and Wednesday.

If you haven't booked your appointment yet there are spaces available on Wednesday between 5pm and 6pm.

I look forward to meeting you then.

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The Boy Under The Bed

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Jamaica class thoroughly enjoyed their drama performance and workshop with Leeds Theatre in Education this morning. They were all brilliantly behaved and asked some very mature and thought provoking questions.

Tyler and Shannon were excellent hot seaters and really got into the roles. Well done! 

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Cooking

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Greek cooking

We have had our first cooking experience this week and we have all enjoyed making and eating a Greek salad and Tzatziki.

There were mixed responses but it was lovely to see the children trying new things. They will be bringing home the recipe so why not try some authentic Greek cooking at home?

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Jamaica Blog!

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Welcome to our new school year - it's going to lots of fun and we are looking forward to some amazing learning. My name is Mrs. Siddall and we are Jamaica. If you would like to find out more about Jamaica click here

Our PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday. It would be useful to label your child's PE kit and uniform as we are already finding items of clothing with no names and there are lots of children in this school! Please look at the parents's  page to see details of the expected uniform required on our school website. 

Homework has changed this year. Don't forget that it is important your child reads every day and ensures they practice their spellings. For more details, please look at the policy page on our school website. 

Please feel free to pop in and say hello. If you need to see me, I am available most days after school or you can make an appointment at the office. Please note that mornings are not always the best time as we need to start our learning promptly. 

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