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Archive for February, 2010

Are you smarter than a 5th Grader? (It’s the American version!)

Posted by eastwoldblog on February 28, 2010

Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

In America the 5th Grade is the equivalent to Year 5/6 in the UK.

In this online game, you can become part of Mr Foxworthy’s class and try the Are You Smarter… challenge!! (Mr Foxworthy is the American Noel Edmonds!)

If you can get past the American History – this is good fun!

See how you get on!

Play  “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” here!

Mr W.


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Write your name in Cuneiform – Just like a Mesapotamian!

Posted by eastwoldblog on February 24, 2010

Write Your Name in Cuneiform

In today’s Literacy, we will be looking at Cuneiform, an ancient form of writing from Mesapotamia (now Iraq).

You can use this site to write your “Monogram” or initials in Cuneiform.

Like in many languages, there isn’t just one type of Cuneiform – here are some different ones.

It is almost like a secret code!

Can you write your name? Or a message to someone in Cuneiform?

Mr W.

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Post the Shapes – Another Translation/Transformation game

Posted by eastwoldblog on February 24, 2010

Post the Shapes

This is another game similar to Translation Golf – but a little more complex!

The movements are controlled in the same way as before.

Simply Rotate, Reflect and Translate the shapes.

Try to drop them down the correct holes in the least number of transformations!

Look carefully – they might be solvable in less go’s than you think!

Have fun!

Mr W.

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Escapa – Focus your mind, hand and eye!

Posted by eastwoldblog on February 23, 2010

I thought that some of you might like to play this at home!


WARNING!! Seriously Addictive!

Click on the RED block

Now move the RED block to avoid crashing with the BLUE blocks.


Oh, and don’t touch the BLACK edges either.

If you can manage 18 seconds, you are a genius!

US Air Force pilots are expected to last 2 MINUTES!!

Current Records:

A Y3 lasted 10.871 seconds

A Y6 lasted 16.372 seconds

I have managed 61 seconds (but it was a long time ago and I haven’t practised recently!)

WARNING!! This game is seriously addictive!!

Play Escapa now!

Mr W.

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Translation Golf

Posted by eastwoldblog on February 23, 2010

Translation Golf

Translation Golf

This online game supports what we have been looking at in maths this week.

Translations, Rotations, Reflections – use your skills to score the lowest on the 9 hole course.

Use the buttons to rotate, reflect, or translate the golf ball.

Try to work out the transformations which get the ball in the hole.

Just like real golf, the lowest score wins!

Post your scores as comments – I might ask for proof if you claim REALLY LOW scores!

Have fun – Apply your Maths Knowledge!

Mr W.


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Captain Picard tells the story of Gilgamesh

Posted by eastwoldblog on February 1, 2010

I was looking for examples of stories from other cultures and this is the one which caught my attention.

I feel it proves a point.

The alien tells the story in very unusual English, and Picard manages to understand, which proves the point I was making about how “Oral Stories” can change over time, with different re-telling.

Picard tries to remember a story he can share with the alien – as he says “Even though you won’t understand, you still want to hear it.”

He chooses the story of Gilgamesh…enjoy.

If you have any thoughts about how the alien tells the story, about how Picard understands it, or about the story Picard tells, then share them here.

Mr W.

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Who was “Gilgamesh”?

Posted by eastwoldblog on February 1, 2010

As you know we are looking in literacy at Stories from Other Cultures.

Today I began reading “The Epic of Gilgamesh” retold by Geraldine McCaughcrean.


Here is some information about Gilgamesh from Novaonline – Gilgamesh Notes


Uruk (modern day Warka) is in southern Iraq between Basra and Baghdad; photo from British Museum

The epic of Gilgamesh is one of the world’s oldest surviving pieces of literature.

Only incomplete versions of the epic survive, with the longest being twelve clay tablet pieces (with cuneiform writing) found in the nineteenth century.

The first translation of a portion of the epic was the flood story deciphered from one of the clay tablets in 1872.

The stories that comprise the epic had long been transmitted orally before being written down sometime in the seventh century BC by one Sin-Leqi-Unninni.

The epic relates the exploits of Gilgamesh.

Gilgamesh was the son of Lugalbanda and the fifth king of Uruk, ruling around 2700 BC, according to the Sumerian king list.”  That means that it is generally accepted by historians that Gilgamesh was an actual historical figure, a king who reigned over the Sumerian city-state of Uruk in the third millennium BC and who was probably responsible for constructing the city walls, which archaeologists later determined had a perimeter of almost six miles.

The ruins of Uruk (also believed to be the city of Erech as mentioned in Genesis) lie near the town of Warka, in southern Iraq.

Uruk was one of the most important and powerful of the Mesopotamian city-states before 2000BC.

The modern name “Iraq” is thought by some to come from the name Uruk. Between 4,000 and 3,000 BC, the city emerged as one of the first major urban cities in the Near East.

So, do we know a lot of details about Gilgamesh?

No.  We don’t know what he really looked like, or how strong he was.

We don’t know what kind of ideas he had about being the ruler of a great city.

We don’t know what he sounded like when he spoke.

And we don’t know what he ate and drank or when he slept or how he interacted with priests, slaves or traders.


Can you research Gilgamesh?

Share what you find here…

Mr W.

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