News from Art
'Reading is Magic' in KS1
Bed Time Story Evening
Year 5 and 6 trip to the Synagogue
News from Year 1
Regional Qualifying Round of IAPS Swimming Championships
News from Squirrels
Reception's Pirate Show
KS1 Victorian Day
Our trip to Leeds Waste Management Facility
News from Year 6
Young Voices
News from Year 2
Sikh Temple Trip
Florence Nightingale Day

Year 6 Observational Drawing

Year 6 Art students have been exploring the human figure through observational mannequin drawing.

They have developed skills within visual recording, proportional layout, light and tone and the use of colour through mix media with some fantastic results!

Key Stage 1 Explore the United Kingdom

KS1 have been learning about the United Kingdom, the capital cities, patron saints, landmarks and the surrounding seas and oceans.  Of particular interest have been the legends of the Loch Ness Monster and the Irish leprechauns!

News from Foxes News from Foxes

Foxes have been busy planting beans. They hope the beans will grow as tall as the beanstalk in the story Jack and The Beanstalk!

News from Art

Year 1 and 2 art students have been working on creating Chinese bamboo drawings.

They pupils developed printed bamboo stalks using laser cut stencils, hand painted leaf designs and added finger painted blossom petals. They then used the roller print method onto a wooden Chinese stamp, the writing translates as double happiness. Don't the results look beautiful?

'Reading is Magic' in KS1

The day started with children flying into the classroom and being sorted, by the sorting hat, into their Hogwart’s houses of Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff.

The children then had a potions and lotions lesson inspired by the Roald Dahl book, George’s Marvellous Medicine, where they used their capacity skills to measure and make their own inventive potions using ingredients such as dragons blood, bats earwax and phoenix bogies!

In the afternoon, after visiting the book fair, the children played a fantastic game of Quidditch that involved flying broomsticks round bases and catching the Golden Snitch. The triumphant winners were Griffindor house!The children had a lovely day experiencing many different books and truly gaining a love for reading.

 

KS1 Team

 

Bed Time Story Evening

Bedtime Story evening saw the children in Years 1-3 returning to school in the pyjamas, dressing gowns and onesies, clutching an array of pillows, blankets and teddy bears.

Classic stories such as Jim and the Beanstalk, Room on the Broom and The Rascally Cake were received with pleasure by the children as they snuggled down in their nests of blankets and pillows. The fairy lit classroom provided a magical experience and was enhanced by a tasty supper of hot chocolate and buttered toast. It was a group of very tired children and staff who eventually went home to bed late into the evening!

 

Mrs Wheelhouse, Miss Holbrook and Miss Hill

 

Year 5 and 6 trip to the Synagogue

On a sunny Thursday morning, Year 5 and 6 travelled to the United Hebrew Congregation Synagogue in North Leeds, to find out more about their religious studies topic of Judaism.

 

As we entered the modern building, we were surrounded by Jewish symbols such as the Star of David, and beautiful stained glass windows each representing a different person, for example Queen Victoria.

We then learned about the Torah scrolls; they are written on special parchment and each one takes a whole year to write in Hebrew! Fortunately, we had an expert to read a section of one of them. The words are particularly tricky to read because they do not contain any vowels. Year 5 and 6 were then invited to inspect the Torah closer and look at some of the fascinating objects around the room.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the day and learned some very interesting facts about this religion.

By Isabel

 

News from Year 1

Over the past few weeks, Year 1 have been looking at the work of the artist William Morris.

 

The children have been creating their own paintings in the style of William Morris. They have looked at the use of nature, colour, symmetry and repeating patterns. Their final pieces are of a very high standard and reflect vastly improved painting skills.

Regional Qualifying Round of IAPS Swimming Championships

On Thursday 23rd February the swimmers travelled to Stonyhurst School near Clitheroe. We took eight swimmers and came away with fab results!

The results from each race were as follows:

U11 Girls Backstroke— 1st Kate
U11 Girls Freestyle– 1st Millie
U11 Girls Breaststroke– 1st Harriet
U11 Boys Breaststroke– 2nd Mason
U11 Girls Medley Relay-1st Kate, Harriet, Isabella & Millie
U11 Boys Medley Relay– 1st Ben, Mason, Thomas & Harry

News from Squirrels

Squirrels have really enjoyed making pizzas. Yum yum!

Reception's Pirate Show

Reception had fun performing their Pirate Show for parents last Friday!

KS1 Victorian Day

KS1 took part in a strict and gruelling day in a Victorian classroom.

 

The day started with role-call, where lateness was not tolerated. Hand inspection followed with a morning march to the classroom. The class then had a morning assembly where they recited a reading from the Bible and sang ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’. They then had an arithmatic lesson that included lots of chanting and reams and reams of sums. This lesson was followed by a repetitive handwriting and writing lesson. By this time, after sitting in silence for hours, they were ready for a break.


After break they had drills and got a chance to play some Victorian games. After this, it was straight back to the classroom where they had a reading lesson and more drills before lunch. Straight after lunch, it was time for an object lesson. The children were given a chance to describe an object and draw it. Ludicrous suggestions such as a banana coming from “Sainsbury’s”, resulted in the dunce hat or standing in the corner!


The children were fantastic sports and were really enthusiastic (when it was all over) and they learnt a lot. I think all of them agreed that they definitely prefer Moorlands today compared to the strict Victorian times.


Excellent effort from all of you.

Our trip to Leeds Waste Management Facility

Last week Year 3 took a trip to Leeds Waste Management Facility as part of our topic ‘Our Powerful Planet’. When we arrived we saw several waste trucks. We were all very excited so we jumped out of the mini bus. First, we met our tour guide, she took us into a very majestic building. We travelled in the lift to the top floor.

 

When we got to the top floor we looked out of a glass window into a big room where they stored all the rubbish. A massive metal claw was grabbing the rubbish and dropping it into a pit of fire, which burned it at 850 degrees! The waste is burned and the steam it produces is used to power turbines which create electricity. This is then used in the city. The burning is not bad for the environment. We learned it is better than burning fossil fuels for energy.


We also played some beanbag games about what you can and cannot recycle. The facility has a ‘Green Wall’, which helps to reduce the amount of pollution around the area as it is near a busy main road. We are trying to become greener at Moorlands and our trip taught us how to help our environment, by being better at recycling.

News from Year 6

Year 6 had a 'visit' from an old friend in Mathematics... Professor Potion! Live from his laboratory in Pennsylvania, he asked the children to help him out with some experiments involving capacity. 

 

Our Year 6 first encountered the perennially-perplexed Professor Potion when they were in Year 3, and he set them a hands-on activity involving different quantities of liquids.


But this time round, he had a much trickier task: creating potions using a combination of different metric and imperial measurements, including pints and millilitres. 


Pupils had to select the appropriate measuring tools, read the scales accurately and make decisions on how to convert their overall quantities into litres.


Fortunately, with team work, cooperation - and couple of minor spillages - they successfully completed the challenge!

Young Voices

With the songs we’d practised over and over again ringing in our ears, the Young Voices choir set off for an exciting night of fun and music at Sheffield Arena.

 

Some of our favourite songs included: You’re The Voice, Birdhouse In My Soul, Over The Hills and 5 Guys Named Moe. Upon arrival, we spent the next four and a half hours practising with the other children. There were 5753 choristers there!

After a long day, we were finally ready to perform and put on our special t-shirts. The best part of the performance was when we sang the ballad Stronger Together and shone keyring lights, which made the arena look like the night sky. At the end of the night, we all headed out of the arena and into our cars to drive home.

Thank you to Mrs Grayson, Mrs Matthews and Mrs Wheelhouse for spending their breaks practising with us and travelling with us to the arena.

News from Year 2

Year two have been using their senses in English. They were asked to choose an object from the playground and describe it using all of their 5 senses.

The children put their imagination hats on and began thinking about where their item started life and how it came to look and feel the way it does today. These descriptive words and sentences are heading towards being put together to make a poem that will use many different descriptive language techniques such as noun phrases, alliteration and similes.


What a fantastic start to the term and year, well done KS1.

Sikh Temple Trip

Year 5 and 6 enjoyed a fascinating trip to the Sikh Temple in Beeston - also known as a Gurdwara - as part of their Religious Studies.

 

We learnt all about Sikh customs such as the langar. This is a kitchen where food is prepared and served to all visitors to the Gurdwara, regardless of their faith.


Covering our heads as a sign of respect and removing our shoes, we entered the prayer room one by one and even took part in some traditional prayers. 


Pupils also learnt the correct way to tie a turban and then tried out a harmonium (an important instrument used at the Gurdwara to provide music for worship).


It was a very informative morning and the pupils learnt a lot about Sikhism, which is followed by nearly 25 million people around the world. This includes some of our very own pupils in school

Florence Nightingale Day

History came to life on Monday as Key Stage One enjoyed their Florence Nightingale day. The children came dressed ready to move back in time with the boys arriving as wounded soldiers and the girls as Florence Nightingale.

The gym was transformed into a dirty ward in Scutari hospital and the boys were laid moaning on the floor. Over the course of the day, the ward was gradually cleaned, beds were provided and the soldiers moved. A vegetable stew was made, cooked and hand fed by the nurses to the soldiers! All children learnt how to apply a sling, made a lantern and washed clean some dirty rags and bandages using soap flakes. The children used drama as a medium to act out the life of Florence and her team of nurses. All the children agreed that after experiencing medical care during the Crimean War, we are very lucky to have modern day hospitals and care.

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