Foundation Stage children started off the new year with two ‘Learning to Learn’ days. The children had the opportunity to review their Learning Journeys and set themselves a target related to something they want to get better at doing. We also thought about our school motto, ASPIRE and talked about the meaning of the word ‘perseverance’. We realised that we need to persevere and ‘keep on trying’ in order to learn. We talked about not giving up and learnt a song about solving problems in different ways. We also thought about the word ‘independence’ and trying to do things by ourselves. Many of the children are trying to show independence by doing up their own coats and looking after their belongings in class.
This week we have been learning about `Growth Mindset’ and `Fixed Mindset’. We have been learning how to embrace challenges, give our best effort, learn from feedback and become inspired by other people’s successes. We have also developed our team building skills through a variety of challenges! We listened to a story called `The Dot’ which has inspired us to create some amazing artwork which all originated from a single dot.
In Year 2 we have had a great time with our ‘Learning to Learn’ days. We read a story about stickability and perseverance and completed some activities that required us to persevere. We talked about how this made us feel and how we felt when we achieved something at the end. We also talked about our goals within school and completed our own target stars that we will keep on our desks to remind us what we are aiming to achieve.
In year 3 we decided to learn a new skill during this day and challenged ourselves to get better at it. These skills were skipping, chess and origami across the 3 classes. By the end of the day we had all improved from our starting point in the morning. We reflected on how and why this progress had been made. Then we discussed how we could use the skills of learning we had applied, to other areas of the classroom, many of our ideas tied in with our school values for ASPIRE.
During the first two days of term, Paua Class took part in various ‘Learn to Learn’ activities. This involved discussions about growth mindsets, making mistakes and learning behaviour. The children also got the chance to celebrate successes by talking about their achievements out of school. Many children brought in certificates, medals and photographs about something they were proud of. This provided interesting conversations about how goals had been reached and linked to other work about new year resolutions and ambitions for the future. Well done to all and thanks to all the parents who helped their children bring in their ‘Show and Tells.’
During our ‘Learn to Learn’ sessions, Paua Class used the Press Play headsets to launch our new Science topic of Solids, Liquids and Gases. It was a great activity and really captured the children’s imagination. We will be using what we learned in future lessons back in the classroom.
It was a happy new start to the year this week! Our ‘Learning to Learn’ days were spent reminding ourselves about our school values ‘ASPIRE’ and our classroom/school rules. Oyster class had a great discussion about how making mistakes enable us to be better learners and how having a positive mindset is an advantage.
We used the ‘now press play’ headsets as a super immersion activity and introduction to our science topic ‘States of Matter’.
A big well done to everyone who brought in their achievements to share with the class.
As part of our Learning To Learn Days, Pacific class have been using our teamwork skills and knowledge of forces, to design boats that will hold the heaviest load. We investigated up-thurst, surface areas and ballast. We also had to plan our ideas carefully, pitch our ideas to the team, challenge ideas respectfully and adapt our plans and ideas.
The winning craft managed to hold over 60 paperclips. Special mention to the group who used sponges in their design. It didn’t hold many paperclips due to the raft- style surface but it proved to be unsinkable!
The children of Year 6 arrived back from the holidays purposeful and with a readiness to learn!
In order to consolidate their learning around our core values of ASPIRE; children were invited to think about their own particular style of learning in the context of independently and as part of a team. On Monday they faced the challenge of creating a prototype vehicle to transport The Crown Jewels. On Tuesday, to introduce our new topic of the British Empire, children took part in India Day where they reflected on why it was known as the jewel in the crown of The Empire. A range of activities were on offer such as making Diva lamps, Indian cookery and tie dying fabrics.
Here are some of the photographs:
Thursday 6th – Friday 7th September 2018
Year One worked together to create their own classroom rules and decorated them using their handprints. We have discussed the school values and how we can demonstrate this in our classrooms. We have also listened to the story `Giraffes can’t Dance’ and wrote what we couldn’t do but now can do.
In Year Two we have been looking at the school ASPIRE values and how persevering will make us better learners.
We took on the newspaper tower challenge and worked in small groups to build the highest tower in each class. We then talked about what we had to do to make sure we were successful in our challenge.
This week we have reminded ourselves about our school values of ASPIRE and how we can use these to help us learn and work together. We have also reminded ourselves about Growth Mindset and how we can help our brains to make connections by learning lots of new skills. To do this we have to realise that mistakes help us and we created some great art work to represent this.
We had to use our team working skills to divide two lots of statements and decide whether they were linked to growth mindset and fixed mindset. Mrs. Carter was very impressed at how much we remembered.
Oyster class have had a wonderful couple of days back at school. We have discussed our School values of ASPIRE and reminded ourselves how important it is to have a 'Growth' mindset as opposed to a 'Fixed' mindset when we are learning!
We worked in groups, reading and sorting a number of statements into the 2 categories.
As a class, we agreed on some important class rules. These were made into our class charter which we have all signed!
During the first two days of term Paua Shell 4 have been learning how to learn. This included discussions about Growth Mindsets and our attitude towards our learning. We also talked about the importance of mistakes and how making them can be just one of the steps towards making progress and succeeding. Well done to all on a great start to Year 4!
The children came back to school putting their very best foot forward as befitting of children entering into their last year of primary school. Over two days the children really unpacked our school values of ASPIRE and reflected on not just each word’s meaning but the how this would look in the day to day school life. To explore their ideas children engaged in discussions, drama and produced artwork to this effect. We have all made a pledge to the upholding the core values of ASPIRE in order to make our final year at Leigh North Street a happy and rewarding one!
Monday 16th April -Tuesday 17th April 2018
During our two’ learning to learn’ days we have enjoyed looking through our learning journeys, seeing the progress we have made and setting ourselves new individual targets.
We have revisited ‘ASPIRE’ our school values and have focused on the theme of ‘respect’. We have learnt some songs to remind us about the importance of showing respect to ourselves, others and our school. We used this topic to introduce the children to our school’s new anti-bullying policy and a ‘Topsy and Tim’ story helped us to understand what to do if someone hurts or is unkind to us or our friends.
We have had a busy few days! We have talked about the importance of friendships and the qualities required to become a good friend to others. We shared our thoughts and painted a picture of one of our best friends. We also solved problems that could happen in the future and the strategies we could use. We also reminded ourselves of the school values and have taken photos to help us remember them.
Year two have been very busy. We began our learning to learn days by spinning a web of friendship across our class. Then we had to find out three things about our learning partners and then share what we had found out with the rest of the class. This meant we had to speak clearly but also listen carefully. We also made paper bridges where we worked in groups of four creating a bridge to take the weight of a toy car. Team work was very important during this activity and we remembered our school values.
During our learn to learn sessions we have worked together with our learning partners and discussed the meaning of open and closed questions.
During our Learn 2 Learn sessions we discussed our knowledge of Growth Mindsets and how our attitude to learning can help us to achieve. We looked at quotes from inspirational people and talked about their meanings.
Year 5 looked closely at peer and self-marking and how it could be improved.
We all looked at examples of the marking that we have done in the past and then came up with criteria that we all agreed we would use from now on to help our friends improve their work.
During our two ‘learning to learn’ days Year 6 focused on anti-bullying where we considered different types of bullying and discussed how we can prevent bullying from happening. To do this we acted out scenarios together in groups.
In Year 6 we have also been focusing on our new topic Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. To introduce us to the story we were encouraged to develop our survival skills through fire making and cooking as well as orienteering. As the story has a Japanese feel we were also able to try out some Japanese brush painting techniques.
Thursday 4th January - Friday 5th January 2018
We have been thinking about having a ‘Growth Mindset’ and that we should persevere if we find something tricky at school. The children have looked at their Learning Journeys and thought about what they are proud of achieving since starting school and have set their own individual target for what they want to be better at.
This week we have been learning about `Growth Mindset’ and `Fixed Mindset’. We have been learning how to embrace challenges, give your best effort, learn from feedback and become inspired by other people’s successes. We have developed our perseverance, independence, resilience through a variety of challenges and team building exercises!
We read a book called ‘Where is Home Little Pip?’ and then we made some props so that we were ready to retell the story. Everyone had to think about our school values “ASPIRE’ as we worked together. In the afternoon we enjoyed retelling the story in our own way.
Today Pelican class persevered to create their own Pelican cartoon artwork drawings following the advice of a famous cartoonist. It wasn’t easy but we kept going to complete our final drawings. We are all very pleased with our creations! It’s Pelican not Pelicant!
It's been a great start to the Spring Term! The tables have been reorganised allowing Paua Class to work with their Learning Partners more effectively. We spent some time reminding ourselves what makes a great learning partner. We also talked about our classroom/school rules, linking them to our ASPIRE values at Leigh North Street Primary School.
As part of 'Learning to Learn' Oyster class have been sharing details about their amazing achievements outside of school. They have all shown great perseverance and dedication. Impressive stuff!
More brilliant achievements from our Year 4s! Our Achievement Wall display looks great - thanks to everyone for sending in various medals and certificates.
During our learning to learn days at school we looked at 'thunks'. Here are a few examples, they sparked good conversations between learning partners and as a whole class. Can you think of any thinks of your own?
Year 5 Learning to Learn Day.
Can we make a massive volcano, a huge dragon and an enormous Mythical creature?
If we all work as a fantastic team and have the passion to persevere - then with the help of our comrades, teachers and parents, of course we can!
We all had a great day, with Mathematics, English and Geography work linked in too. We had a class fire to get us into the picture of what it might be like to be out in the wild, maybe in days gone past, when Myths and Legends were talked about or formulated. (We all enjoyed the cooked bananas and chocolate too.)
We started our new term with some fun ‘Learning to Learn’ activities and an Elizabethan immersion day.
Thursday was spent considering the ASPIRE value of Independence, something that we are encouraging the children to develop as they progress towards secondary school.
Monday 4th September 2017 - Friday 8th September 2017
Year one worked together to create their classroom rules, discussed the school values and played some team building games.
Year two discussed our school values and we realised that if we worked together we could achieve so much. One task was to make the tallest newspaper tower! We worked in groups and we certainly had to focus on acceptance, perseverance and respect! It was great fun and we learnt a lot about our classmates.
Sandhopper Class made a beautiful piece of artwork. The caption reads:
We are each unique and special but together we are amazing!
Year 3 started the week looking at how we learn and how we can fire our neurons to create new connections in our brains. We heard a selection of stories to inspire us and played some team building games, which helped us identify how we learn from our mistakes.
In Year 4, we discussed our ASPIRE school values this week. We also talked about the importance of having rules in the classroom and school. Each class produced their own charter which we all signed.
In addition, we talked about ‘Growth Mindset’ and how to think positively about our learning.
Year 5 have worked as a team as part of our ASPIRE school values work this week, with each class producing a large piece of ‘Space Art’.
We each had a square to create totally independently – it didn’t make any sense on its own but when we all placed our square together it looked amazing!
Year 6 investigated our core values and reflected on what it meant to them. We craeted some writting and children gave presentations on the importance of ASPIRE!