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Darwin Values afternoon - Bouncebackability. We spent an afternoon focusing on ways we can ‘bounce back’ after we have made mistakes or failed to reach a goal. We played ‘resiliance’ games and discussed famous people who ‘bounced back’, like Mo Farah, Winston Churchill and James Dyson.

Pupil Spotlight

 

Joshua Moran is the first pupil to step under our pupil spotlight in 2019.

 

   

 

Josh has attended Mount Pleasant Primary School since the age of five. He is the eldest of two brothers - his younger brother Evan is currently in Porthill class.

Josh's favourite subject currently is maths, for the simple reason that the answer is either correct or incorrect, and you know where you stand, and know what you need to improve. His favourite day of any MPPS year is always the Summer Fare.

In his spare time, Josh has contrasting hobbies. On one hand, he enjoys chilling out and playing on his Nintendo Switch, but on the other, he loves running. Josh regularly takes part in park runs at the weekends in the Quarry, and is always striving to improve his times.

When asked how he'd spent his perfect day, Joshua explained that he would watch Star Wars, eat his mum's roast beef, listen to a bit of queen, play games and go running! I wouldn't recommend running on a full stomach though!

With regards to his future, Josh is keeping his options open. He'd be happy to be: in the armed forces; a police officer; or a professional footballer. Which ever he does, I'm sure he'll be fit enough for the job!

 

Spring Term 2019

 

Happy New Year! Welcome to the Spring term. We hope you enjoyed a lovely Christmas and that you feel suitably rested and ready for the term ahead. Our main topic this term will be WWII. We will be basing a lot of our cross curricular work on this theme, culminating in an exciting Design & Technology project where we will be building ‘Anderson Shelters’.

We’d like to take this opportunity to encourage you to visit the Hotspur class page on the school’s website. Here you will get a taste of what we are doing in class and get to know the pupils who step into the ‘Pupil Spotlight’.

 

 

During Literacy lessons we shall be looking at a number of genres, including: Classic fiction (Carrie’s War),

biographies and autobiographies, authors and letters (linked to WWII), persuasive writing (linked to healthy eating), and poetry.

 

We shall focus, in Maths, on developing skills in multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and percentages, and shape. The Year 5 and 6 pupils will be attempting ‘Fluent in Five’ maths activities every morning and will continue to develop their ‘Mastery’ and reasoning to gain an in depth understanding of number and problem solving.

 

In Science, our focus will be on the topics of ‘Light and Shadows’ and ’Healthy Bodies’. We will do this through research, as well as a number of exciting and interesting experiments.

 

 

Our Darwin Values focus this term will be ‘Bouncebackability’ and ‘Growthability. We want all of our pupils to become independent,

self-motivated learners, and by working on these attributes we hope that the children will become more resilient.

 

 

PE will be on a Monday and a Friday. Children will be developing skills in gymnastics, skipping, dodgeball and outdoor and adventurous activities. Please ensure pupils have the correct PE kit on those days.

 

 

In ICT we will be further developing pupil understanding of E-Safety, as well as learning how to programme through the use of simple coding software on ‘Purple Mash’.

 

 

In RE, we will be studying: the significance of Christianity in the modern world, and the concept of eternity.

 

Spellings and maths homework will be given out on a weekly basis. Please help your child to learn their spellings and support your child with maths homework where needed. Reading at home is very important. We expect children to read daily at home and that they are heard read by an adult at home at least twice a week. Each time a child reads, please remember to make a record in their reading diary.

English homework will do take the form of a half termly project.

 

We always warmly welcome extra support in class, so please do not be afraid to offer to come in if you think there is something you could help with. Questions and queries about your child’s learning are also welcomed so please don’t hesitate to ask.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pupil Spotlight

 

Louis Roberts is under our pupil spotlight today.

 

 

Louis has been attending MPPS since starting nursery at the age of three. His younger sister (Lacey) also comes to our school; she is in Porthill class. Louis' favourite subjects are P.E, because he loves sport, and maths, due to his findness for mutiplication and division. PGL has been Louis' best Mount Pleasent experience to date; especially the activities he took part in and the coach journey there and back!

In his spare time, Louis enjoys playing video games, practising his tables on TT Rockstars and watching Horrid Henry (don't get any ideas!), but his main passion is football. Currently playing for TNS Academy, Louis devotes a lot of his time to persuing his dream of one day playing football for Liverpool (oh dear!) and Englend. In fact, his perfect day would be spent training and hanging out with the England football squad.

Finally, and perhaps most apt given the time of year, Louis' favourite film is 'The Polar Express'. I'm sure he'll get to watch that a few times over Christmas - it seems to be on the tele every five minutes!

Passmaster P.E: We have P.E with Passmaster coaches every Monday. As you can see, they keep us busy and active! This week they had us playing netball.

Passmaster P.E: We have P.E with Passmaster coaches every Monday. As you can see, they keep us busy and active! This week they had us playing netball. 1
Passmaster P.E: We have P.E with Passmaster coaches every Monday. As you can see, they keep us busy and active! This week they had us playing netball. 2

Pupil Spotlight

 

Joining us under the pupil spotlight today, is Freddie Brogan.

 

 

Freddie has been with us for seven years, starting in our Nursery when he was just three years old. Freddie's younger sister (Eleanor) also attends Mount Pleasant - she is currently in Porthill class.

Freddie's favourite subject at school is P.E because he enjoys the physicality of it and loves sports. This might explain why his ambition in life is to be a professional footballer, and he dreams of receiving an England call up one day. His favourite MPPS experience so far came this term when he went to PGL. He loved the activities, and being in the fresh air.

In his spare time, Freddie loves nothing more than reading a good book, or building Lego models. He is currently working on a Lego Star Wars spaceships, taken from his favourite movie Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. For those of us in the know, the specific Star Wars film is very important! We don't want you thinking he liked the prequals.... they were rubbish!    

It must be Christmas Fair day! Why else would these fine young gentleman be dressed all Christmassy?? Hope we see you all later.

It must be Christmas Fair day! Why else would these fine young gentleman be dressed all Christmassy?? Hope we see you all later. 1

Pupil Spotlight

 

Under our spotlight this week we find Madison Langstaff.

 

 

Madison has been at Mount Pleasant for seven years, starting here all the way back in Nursery. She has three siblings; an older sister - Ella (who used to come to our school but now attends Meole Brace Secondary School), a younger sister - Poppy (who is currently in Darwin class), and a younger brother - Duke (who doesn't go to school as he is only seven months old).

Madison's favourite subject is art because she loves to draw and finds it very relaxing. When asked what her favourite MPPS day has been, she quickly said that it was the final day of last academic year because the class had a quiz and didn't do any lessons!

In her spare time, Madison enjoys playing with her little brother and her rabbit, sleeping and playing football: she plays for the Shrewsbury Up and Comers Girls side.

As for the future, Madison doesn't yet know what she would like to be, but she does know that she wants to learn how to play the guitar at some point!

Adding fractions with mixed denominators

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Here is Charlie with a fantastic explanation about adding fractions that do not have the same denominator. He identifies this and converts one of the fractions into an equivalent before adding the fractions. But he isn’t finished there! He also recognises that the final fraction can be simplified my dividing both the numerator and the denominator by 3. Great job Charlie!

Pupil Spotlight

 

Matthew Kamudu finds himself under our spotlight this week.

 

 

 

Matthew has been coming to MPPS since he was in Nursery. He is following in the footsteps of his older brother Thomas who also attended our school until he moved on to Shrewsbury Academy. When asked about his brother Matthew told me that 'he's really annoying but I still love him!'

In school, Matthew particularly enjoys English because he likes learning new things and improving his handwriting (which I'm happy to report, is coming on in leaps and bounds). His favourite Mount Pleasnt day ever was when he got to spend the whole day with our artist Rory doing 'arty stuff' all day.

Matthew would like to be a footballer when he grows up and generally loves spending time outside, although he is a keen philatelist (that's a stamp collector to you and I) in his spare time. His grandparents passed on this passion to Matthew, who is more than happy to uphold the family hobby.

 

 

Autumn Art - Today we went out and pick autumn leaves to draw!

Pupil Spotlight

 

Our school council representative, Elena Perez is under the spotlight this week.

 

 

Elena has been with us for five years. She's now ten years old and has just one older brother. His name is Jonathon, and he is currently reading computer engineering at Nottingham Trent University. Elena is a superb writer, so it is no surprise that her favourite school subject is English. When asked why she loves writing so much, Elena said that she can write about anything she wants, which is almost like making it her own. Elena lists her hobbies as writing, drawing and reading, although sometimes she enjoys sitting on her bed with her friend, Olivia, and talking about random things.

Elena's perfect day would include having crepes for breakfast and then shooting over to Spain for the day, where she would no doubt listen to 'Hasta que se seque el malccon' - her favourite spanish song (I hope I spelt it right!).

During her time at MPPS, Elena's favourite day was about three years ago when she got to paint all day. She'll need to keep practising this skill if she wants to achieve her dream of one day writing and illustrating her own books! Something tells me that Elena will get there, and you never know, we could be looking at the next Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake all rolled into one!

Stickability - Making butter. Inspired by the tale of the frog that got stuck in a jug of cream, we churned our own butter this afternoon. It was hard work and we had to stick at it. It was worth it in the end though - we got a snack out of it!

Stickability - making butter

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Stickability - making butter

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Pupil Spotlight

 

This week, we find George Bowen under our spotlight.

 

 

George is currently 9 years old, and he has been attending our school for five years now. He has one older sister (Olivia), who used to come to MPPS but is now at Belvidere Secondary School.

George's favourite subject is Science because he enjoys carrying out investigations, and finding out about minibeasts and their habitats. His favourite Mount Pleasant day ever was last year when he got to wear an inflatable for one of our many mufty days.

In his spare time, George likes to play basketball, football and video games, but he also likes to practise magic card tricks.Surprisingly though, he aspires to be a chef when to grows up, when isn't linked to any of his current hobbies (unless you count eating!)

George's perfect day would be spent eating a full English breakfast, followed by a chocolate brownie, before jumping into a Fuerteventura water park and watching Black Panther - sounds like quite a day!

Darwin Values: This half term we will be focusing on ‘Stickability’. We hope to install perserverance into our pupils, inspired by a frog that fell into some cream!!!

Darwin Values: This half term we will be focusing on ‘Stickability’. We hope to install perserverance into our pupils, inspired by a frog that fell into some cream!!! 1

Pupil Spotlight

 

This week, under the spotlight, we find Oliver Green.

 

 

Oliver started at Mount Pleasant Primary School all the way back in Nursery. He's now 9 and is following in the footsteps of his older brother Charlie, who once attended our school. Oliver loves sport, and enjoys being active. His favourite subject is P.E, his favourite school day of the year is Sports Day and he spents most of his spare time doing sport too.

His perfect day would be spent in Australia! Maybe because they are mad about sport too? And when he grows up he'd like to be a professional golfer, just like Tiger Woods. Fingers crossed he'll make it - Europe need to keep hold of the Ryder Cup!  

Attendance Award Winners - Hotspur class won last week’s attendance award with a 100%! Quite an achievement. More of the same this week please - it’s so important that we all attend school as much as we can!

Attendance Award Winners - Hotspur class won last week’s attendance award with a 100%! Quite an achievement. More of the same this week please - it’s so important that we all attend school as much as we can! 1

Photos from PGL - Looks like they’re having a great time!

Pupil Spotlight

 

Under the Pupil Spotlight this week we find Julia Samulak.

 

 

Julia joined MPPS from Martin Wilson when she was a Year 1. She is an only child who loves the arts. It's no surprise then that when she grows up Julia wants to be either; a dancer, a singer or an actor. She loves films and music in particular. Her favourite film is 'House with the clock in its walls' and her favourite song is 'Firework' by Katie Perry.

Her 'best day ever' at MPPS happened quite recently - it was the school's 50th Birthday party.

When asked what her perfect day would be she simply said, 'Art, partying, giant zip wire and sleep'. Sounds like quite a day!! 

PGL BOUND - Some very excited Hotspur Yr 5s are off to PGL today. We hope you all have a great time!

PGL BOUND - Some very excited Hotspur Yr 5s are off to PGL today. We hope you all have a great time! 1

Pupil Spotlight

 

This week, Owen Rocke joins us under the pupil spotlight.

 

 

Owen has been attending Mount Pleasant since nursery. Which means he's been a pupil here for seven years. Owen loves drawing, so it comes as no surprise that his favourite subject is art. He hopes to pass on his drawing skills to his new baby sister (Hannah) one day, although he might have to wait a while, as she can't even sit up yet!

In his spare time, Owen enjoys fossil hunting and is always trying to add to his 'bone' collection (sounds a bit gruesome!). His interest in such things isn't just a flash in the pan though. Owen would love to be a palaeontologist when he grows up. You never know, Owen might discover a new species of dinosaur one day!

Learning Walls: We use learning walls in class to inspire and support our learning in maths and English.

Pupil Spotlight 

 

Ryan Taylor joins us under the pupil spotlight this week.

 

 

Ryan has been with us since he was in Nursery. He is the oldest of three brothers, one of which (Owen) also attends Mount Pleasant. He has a one year old brother called Theo too. When asked about his favourite things Ryan said that he loves meat and that his favourite food is bacon. His favourite film is 'Wonder' and his favourite subject in school is English - apparently he loves writing.

In his spare time, Ryan enjoys playing football for Up and Comers Hawks, so it's no surprise that he wants to be a professional footballer when he is older. Interestingly, Ryan's favourite day at MPPS was when Mr. Morris jumped out of the hatch when playing one of the seven dwarves in the staff panto - It was pretty funny to be fair, Mr. Morris could hardly fit through it!

Wear red for Zac! We raised lots of money for Zac’s campaign today........while we were working hard!

Pupil Spotlight

 

Introducing one of our Year 6s........ReeceTaylor.

 

 

Reece is the second of three brothers. His older brother Luke left MPPS in 2017, and his younger brother Zak is currently in Porthill class. Reece has been attending our school since he was 4 years old. This year he is looking forward to going to Arthog and enjoying the school's 50th birthday party tomorrow. Up until now, his favourite day at Mount Pleasant was when he made pizza whilst in Quarry class - he made ham and pineapple pizza and it was delicious!!! His favourite subect is maths and obviously his favourite teacher is one...Mr. Thomas!

When he grows up, Reece wants to be either a gamer or an inventor. He's currently trying to work out a way to make cars fly. All the teachers hope that he can be successful in this because we'd all like a smoother journey to work.

Our adventure story unit this term revolves around ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson. It’s a great read. Ask your child about it.

Our adventure story unit this term revolves around ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson. It’s a great read. Ask your child about it. 1

Pupil Spotlight

 

This week, we find Luke Armitt under the pupil spotlight.

 

 

Luke has spent his entire school life at Mount Pleasant Primary School. He is currently a Year 5, who enjoys maths and P.E the most.

At home, Luke spends time with his 'vicious' cat Precious, but he really enjoys playing on his Nintendo Switch. Luke aspires to be a gamer, a vet and a singer. This might seems like a lot to cram into his time, but Luke has a plan. He will be a gamer by night, a vet by day (week days only) and a singer at the weekend. Sounds like Luke has it all mapped out!

At school Luke loves nothing more than a good old 'mufty' day, because he simply enjoys wearing his own clothes to school - let's hope, for Luke's sake, that there's a 'mufty' day on the horizon soon.

This is our vocab swag bag. We use it to pinch any interesting words or phrases that are new to us and we try to use these words in our writing.

This is our vocab swag bag. We use it to pinch any interesting words or phrases that are new to us and we try to use these words in our writing. 1

80s Rap Attack

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Oliver and George showing us how it’s done, 80s style!

80s Rap Attack

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Here’s Julia and Madison giving us their 80s rap.

80s Rap Attack

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Here we see Ryan and Freddie performing their rap about the 1980s.

Pupil Spotlight

 

Firmly under Hotspur’s Spotlight this week is Charlie Bailey.

 

 

Charlie started at our school when he was just four years old. That means that this is the only school he has ever attended.

His favourite subjects are maths, art and P.E, and he has represented our school at football and tennis. When he grows up, Charlie would like to be a professional football player for Manchetser Utd (oh dear!). He hones his footballing skills by playing for Shrewsbury Up and Comers.

He is following in the foot step of his older brother (Harrison) who left us in July and is now attending Adams Grammar School in Newport.

This year, Charlie is looking forward to PGL and being pushed in every lesson so that he can achieve his full potential.

Hotspur Worry Dolls - so we always have someone to talk too!

Pupil Spotlight

 

The very first pupil spotlight for the new academic year falls on Layla Adams-Clive.

 

 

Layla has settled into life in Hotspur class very well indeed. This isn't surprising though, as Layla was lookig forward to starting in Hotspur  because she had heard good things about it from other pupils in school. Layla has one younger brother (Josh) who has just started in Meadow class. Outside of school, Layla enjoys art so it comes as no shock that her favourite school subject is Art. When she grows up, Layla would like to be a beautician, although she obviosly thinks that she is too gorgeous to need one herself.

Introducing our new Hotspur School Council Representative............ Elena Perez!

Introducing our new Hotspur School Council Representative............ Elena Perez! 1

Darwin Values! This half term’s Darwin Value is ‘Changeability’. We hope to help our pupils to cope with change and the emotions involved.

Darwin Values!     This half term’s Darwin Value is ‘Changeability’.   We hope to help our pupils to cope with change and the emotions involved. 1

Happy Hotspur! All smiles in class; everyone seems glad to be back.

Happy Hotspur! All smiles in class; everyone seems glad to be back. 1

Autumn Term 2018

 

Welcome to the Autumn term. We hope you’ve had a relaxing Summer holiday. Our term in

Hotspur Class will begin with the celebration of our school’s ‘Golden Jubillee’. This will include a look back at the history of the school and how it has changed over its five decades. Hotspur will be taking a special interest in the 80s - by researching pop culture and events of this decade. During the rest of the term we will be focusing on the Wrekin. This will involve a walk to the summit and geography studies about the hill, its history and surrounding areas.

 

During Literacy lessons we shall be looking at a number of genres, including:

Myths and legends - the Wrekin giant, Journey stories - link to ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson, Tourist Guides - linked to the Shropshire Hills, and poetry.

 

We shall focus, in Maths, on developing skills in place value, the four operations, statistics, and perimeter and area. The Year 5 and 6 pupils will be attempting ‘Fluent in Five’ maths activities every morning and will continue to develop their ‘Mastery’ and reasoning to gain an in depth understanding of number and problem solving.

 

In Science, our focus will be on the topics of ‘Evolution and Inheritance’ and ’Changing materials’. We will do this through

research, as well as a number of exciting and interesting experiments.

 

In ICT we will be investigating technologies in our lives as well as multi media software. The children will then use this multi media

software to create presentations link to science and geography.

 

PE will be on a Monday and a Friday. Children will be developing skills in multi-skills activities, dance, hockey and Netball.

Please ensure pupils have the correct PE kit on those days.

 

Our Darwin Values focus this term will be ‘’Changeability’ and 'Stickabilty’. We want all of our pupils to become independent,

self-motivated learners, and by working on these attributes we hope that the children will become more resilient.

 

In RE, we will be studying: the commitment that Muslims show through their religion, and the importance of Mary to Christians.

 

Spellings and maths homework will be given out on a weekly basis. Please help your child to learn their spellings and support your child with maths homework where needed. Reading at home is very important. We expect children to read daily at home and that they are heard read by an adult at home at least twice a week. Each time a child reads, please remember to make a record in their reading diary.

English homework will do take the form of a half termly project.

 

We always warmly welcome extra support in class, so please do not be afraid to offer to come in if you think there is something you could help with. Questions and queries about your child’s learning are also welcomed so please don’t hesitate to ask.

 

Mr Thomas           Miss Pearson           Mrs Bennett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent Information Event - Keeping your child safe online

It's important to have an awareness of what your child is doing online, how to check their activity and what to do if you have concerns.  

The following websites provide some useful information: 

 

Childnet International

http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers

 

NSPCC

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

 

Net aware

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

 

 

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