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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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Swimming!

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Quick reminder:

This term, as part of our PE lessons, we will be swimming every Monday at Morley Leisure Centre. Please remember to bring your swimming costume along with a towel. The bus leaves at approximately 10.30am (shortly after morning break).

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SATs week

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Best of luck with the Sats tests this week. You have all worked so hard this year and I am extremely proud of you all!

REMEMBER, SATS ONLY TEST TWO SUBJECTS…

At the moment, you’re doing a lot of English and Maths, but you’ve got lots of other skills. Unfortunately, SATs don’t test these. They don’t test whether you’re a creative person, good at I.T. or brilliant with animals. They don’t test your speaking skills or whether you’re fantastic at mending things. They don’t measure whether you’re arty or sporty, a musician or someone who really cares for other people. Although subjects like Maths and English are important, never forget you’ve been given talents in plenty of other areas too.

SATs are a bit like this cartoon…

Image result for remember the goldfish might fail at the climbing test

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Quick reminder – Sats meeting

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If would like to know more information about the week of Sats (Monday 8th to Thursday 11th May) we will be holding a meeting on Tuesday 25th April at 4.30pm. You have already received a timetable for the Sats week and if you can’t attend, I will be more than happy to provide you with a copy of the PowerPoint.

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2D and 3D shapes

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The children have enjoyed drawing 2D shapes using a protractor. They also deconstructed 3-D shapes to look at the nets they consist of and were challenged to create their own nets of different 3d shapes including an octagonal prism, pentagonal based pyramid and a tetrahedron.

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Times Table Rock Stars of the week!

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Congratulations to our times table Rock Star heroes of the week – keep up the hard work! Would you like to be a times table Rock Star? Make sure you practise your times tables by visiting:

 

https://ttrockstars.com/

Please ask for your log in details if you need them.

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SATs revision

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As the SATs tests draw nearer, it is extremely important that you ensure you use the revision booklets you have been given to refresh and practise at home in preparation for May (week beginning 8th). Have a look at this fantastic, free website:

https://www.sats-papers.co.uk/

You can access all the past SATs paper for free! You can also download the answer booklet to check your progress and see which areas you need to improve. Hope this helps!

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Stone Age to Iron Age - trip to Herd Farm

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We enjoyed our trip to Herd farm where we spent a full day in an Iron Age village finding out how our ancestors lived. We dressed as Iron Age villagers, looked at materials and resources available to prehistoric people, learnt how to build a tepee and threw spears made from flint!

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River models

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Look at our fantastic river models! As part of our topic work, the children learnt about the course of a river from the source to the mouth.They created accurate models identifying key features.

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Bench Ball

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Mr Wynn, a secondary school PE teacher from Woodkirk High School, is currently teaching Tanzania how to play bench ball.  The children are developing their throwing techniques and learning new skills and tactics each week.

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Times Table Rockstars

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Wow - what a great week! There is a real buzz about Times Table Rockstars throughout school and the feedback from all of you has been fantastic. You have all worked extremely hard at home to improve your rock star maths times and at this rate, I'm sure you will continue to improve. Congratulations to Isabel and Ellie - you are the Times Table Rock Stars of the Week.

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Are you a Times Table Rock Star?

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Do you have what it takes to become a times table rock god? You should now have your log in codes for www.ttrockstars.com  - practise, practise, practise at home! Every day, you will complete a 3 minute times- table activity in your Maths lesson. At the end of the week, we will calculate your average score to find out approximately how long it takes for you to calculate a times table question. As you improve, you will become quicker. Earn points to change your character’s appearance. Each week, in Superhero assembly, I will announce a child from our class who is working the hardest and making the biggest improvement. Check your place on the schools leader board. Can you make it into the top ten?

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POBBLE

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What a fantastic week! As you know, we have invested in a new site called ‘POBBLE’ which allows me to showcase your work online. Each week, I will carefully select five pieces of your creative writing and will add it to the Pobble site – what could be more exciting than getting an awesome piece of work published and shared with the rest of the world! Please have a look at the website as your Ghost Hunter writing has already been published. To access:

  • pobble.com
  • Search for Drighlington Primary School

 

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Welcome back!

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I hope you have all had an amazing Christmas and New Year. Welcome back.

In PE, this term Mr Wynn (Secondary school PE teacher) will be teaching you bench ball so please remember to bring your PE kit to school every Monday and Thursday. As for last term, Maths homework goes out on a Tuesday (to be returned on Friday) and SPAG homework goes out on Friday (to be returned on Tuesday). Also, please remember to take your reading book/record and spelling journals home every day. We have invested in some new revision booklets -please ask if you would like to borrow a SPAG and English revision booklet in preparation for the SATs tests.

I’m really looking forward to this next term – we have lots of exciting challenges to come!

 

Mr Leigh

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Growth Mind set - Learning Log

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This term we have been looking at growth mindset. Have a look on our site for more information or why not look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIVUqv0v1EE?

As part of your Learning Log homework, I would like you to create a PowerPoint presentation, create an essay or make a poster or a video that shows your new year’s resolutions for 2017. It is extremely important to have a growth mindset, not a fixed mindset! Consider:

  • Things you do well and will continue to do.
  • Something you want to stop doing.
  • One thing you will improve this year.
  • Lots of new things you will do in 2017 to step out of your comfort zone.

I hope you have a fantastic Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing you refreshed and ready to go in 2017!

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Attendance

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Fantastic attendance last week – so good in fact that we rolled the dice for a game of ‘Drigopoly’ and won a golden hour! Because we have been reading the book ‘Holes’, we have decided to use this special time to watch the film on Thursday afternoon. I will send permission slips to watch a PG film next week so please make sure they are signed and returned. Regular attendance at school is vital to help you achieve your goals – please keep this up!

 

 

 

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Writing biographies

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Next week, in our English lessons, we will be starting to plan and write our biographies. In your Guided reading sessions, you have had the opportunity to use Ipads and research key facts about your chosen person’s life. If you have access to the internet at home, continue to research key facts and bring them into school as this will help. Think about researching:

  • Information about his/her childhood
  • Their key influences
  • How they started their career
  • Main achievements – what are they famous for?
  • Key dates
  • What are they doing now? What are their plans for the future? If they have passed away, where and when did they die? What is their legacy?

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Singapore Bar Method

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As part of our Maths lessons, this week we have been looking at ways in which to solve maths problems using the ‘Singapore Bar method.’ There are two main types of bar models in which you can use: the part-whole model or the comparison model which represents the quantities given in a word problem. This visual representation can help to give you a better idea of how the known and unknown quantities in the word problem are related, making the understanding of word problems more accessible and easier to understand. Have a look at this video for guidance:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk3QOS7kwRU

 

Have a go at this online resource where you can solve word problems using the bar method:

 

http://www.mathplayground.com/thinkingblocks.html  

 

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Robin Wood

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What a fantastic time had by all at Robin Wood – well done Year 6! All of our children had the opportunity to experience activities that challenged, developed teamwork and stimulated their imagination. Here are just a few photos. If you would like more, please bring a memory stick to school and I will be more than happy to copy them.

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Robin Wood

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Not long now to Robin Wood (Wednesday16th November). A quick reminder that there is a meeting about this on Monday 7th November. If you can't attend, please don't worry as most of the information was sent in your information pack a couple of weeks ago. Have a look at the website www.robinwood.co.uk for more information.

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Parkour

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The children have thoroughly enjoyed PE this term learning and taking part in Parkour activities. This sport ticks all the boxes for health and fitness. The sport of Parkour involves running and jumping from various objects maintaining momentum. Movements include running, climbing, swinging, leaping, rolling and vaulting.

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Debates/Arguments

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This week we focused on making appropriate points of information and in particular, making appropriate rebuttals. We matched rebuttals to statements and enjoyed playing rebuttal tennis thinking of different arguments to debate

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Victorian talk

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This week year 6 was lucky enough to have a visit from Mr Furness, a long-time resident of Drighlington who has a keen interest in local history. He showed us lots of photos of the village from Victorian times and the children were able to see how Drighlington has changed over the years. Children asked many questions such as:

What is the oldest Victorian house in Drighlington?

Any royalty visited/lived in Drighlington? Did queen Victoria?

When was the Drighlington railway built? When did it close?

Were there any fatalities in the mill? What happened?

What did the mill produce?

Who was the oldest person to live in Victorian times?

Was the golf club established in Victorian times?

Were there any Victorian buildings that we don't know about?

Was there a workhouse in Drighlington?

What was built before the Coop?

What was the most common stained glass design?

Many thanks again to Mr Furness for his time and for answering all the children's questions!

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Victorian classrooms

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The children have been learning about Victorian classrooms and used Ipads to research the key elements of a Victorian classroom. They then discussed the key differences between Victorian classrooms and classrooms of today. The children learnt about the challenging conditions in which a Victorian teacher would face. We have started to design our own layout of a Victorian classroom and well eventually create a 3D miniature version using shoe boxes.

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Hot Seating

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The children worked with a partner to compose a set of questions to ask the character ‘Rosie,' from our class book 'Street Child.' They then took it in turns to be ‘Rosie’ in the hot-seat making sure they tried to answer the questions as sensibly as possible. They considered serious questions that would gain vital information from the character of Rosie (e.g. Have you lied about Jim’s sisters and their safety? Do you have any feelings of ill will towards Jim?) and considered the disastrous turn Rosie’s life had taken due to the family's fateful visit.

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Welcome

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Welcome to your new class, ‘Tanzania.’ This term we will be learning about Victorian Drighlington and will have the opportunity to discover more about everyday life in Victorian times and in our local area. PE will be on a Monday and Thursday so please ensure that you have the correct kit and appropriate footwear on these days. You can find out about what to wear for PE on the school uniform section on the Parent page of our website. For homework, please look at the Homework, policy on our Policy page of our website. Please come and speak to me about your homework or if you have any problems.

Mr Leigh

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