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Archive for November, 2010

Mvoakraba – Connecting Classrooms

Posted by eastwoldblog on November 25, 2010

As I am sure that you remember, recently we were visited by our new friends from Uganda.

As part of the ‘Connecting Classrooms’ project – I have set up a website that all the schools from all the countries can use to keep in touch with each other.

I would be very grateful if you could visit:

Mvoakraba

Remember ‘Mvoakraba’ is a made up word combining the names of the national trees of Nigeria, Uganda and the UK.

Mvule (Uganda) + Oak (UK) + Araba (Nigeria) = Mvoakraba

 

On this page you will find a question, I would like you to post a comment with your answer to it.

Think carefully – I thought that it would be interesting to find out what different answers the children in different countries would give and whether there are any similarities.

Thank you

Mr W.

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Class 4 get Worms!

Posted by eastwoldblog on November 24, 2010

Today in Class 4 – we continued our conversation about composting and how micro-organisms help to break down or waste and over time (sometimes a long time!) will turn it into compost which we can use in our gardens.

Y5 had already made some ‘mini’ compost bins to observe over the next few months.

Mr Watson introduced some ‘Red Tiger Worms’. Very exciting. The children used magnifiers and hand lens’ to observe them in detail.

Some of the worms then were put into the Composters to see how they would influence to contents.

Can’t wait to see what happens…

Mr W.

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Make your very own Wormery!

Posted by eastwoldblog on November 24, 2010

Information on this post is taken from: Worm Watching (Zephyrus.co.uk)

You can see worms everywhere in parks, fields and gardens.

One of the best times to see worms is when the ground is wet.

Go outside after it has been raining hard and look at the ground.
Do you see any worms on the surface of the ground?

When the rainwater enters the soil it forces the air out. Worms breathe through their skin. When the rainwater forces the air out of the soil, they come to the surface to breath.

 

Build yourself a Wormery.

 

You will need a large jar or plastic bottle, some soil and a few worms.
Fill the jar with soil.
Make sure the soil is moist but not too wet.
Add some worms to your jar and put it in a dark place for a day.

When you bring it out what do you see?
What have the worms done?
Put some tiny bits of leaves and grass on the top of the soils and observe what the worms do.
Pour some water on the top and observe whether the worms come to the surface.

When you have finished with your wormery, empty it back into the garden or a nearby field so that the worms can continue their good work.

Here are my own instructions and ‘Worm Facts’ sheet:

Make a Wormery

Have Fun

Mr W.

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3D Logic Game

Posted by eastwoldblog on November 17, 2010

Play 3D Logic

This game can really taste your intellegence!

You have to link the same colour squares on the 3D cube.

Are you ready to be addicted to it?

3D Logic Instructions:

  • You have to link the markers, which are with the same colour.
  • To do this you have to click on colored marker with the left button.
  • Then click on each gray square to color it.
  • Also you can do this with click on the left button and hold it and then go across the cube.
  • You can not use the black squares.
Have fun!
Mr W.

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Viking Longhouses

Posted by eastwoldblog on November 17, 2010

In Class 4, our History topic is as you know ‘The Vikings’.

As part of this topic we have done a Home Learning Project. This was to extend the our learning and to get the children to research and develop an idea for themselves. Starting with a “Shoe Box” the task was to create a model of a Viking Longhouse.

Longhouses were usually made of wood – or stone, earth and turf, which kept out the cold better. They had no chimney or windows, so smoke from the open fire drifted out through the roof, and lamps were used for light. Beds and benches lined the walls. Other features included heather bedding, wall hangings and rugs for warmth. In the winter animals slept inside too.

The children had to think about what materials they could use to complete their model. They could draw, paint, crayon, stick…anything really but they had to BE CREATIVE!

It could be a solo project, or of course they could get the grown-ups involved too, drawing upon the skills of parents, grandparents, older (or younger!) brothers and sisters.

Six weeks were given to complete these projects, and truthfully Mr Watson was astounded by the results. It was a marvel to see the ingenuity of the children and their families. The levels of Design Technology and Art skills displayed were amazing. The majority of the Longhouses are on display in the corridor between the School Entrance and KS2.

Please feel free to come and have a look for yourselves!

 Mr W.

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Tom Lehrer’s “The Elements”

Posted by eastwoldblog on November 17, 2010

Thomas Andrew “Tom” Lehrer (born April 9, 1928) is an American singer-songwriter, pianist, and mathematician.

He has lectured on mathematics and musical theatre.

Lehrer is best known for the pithy, humorous songs he recorded in the 1950s and 1960s.

His work often parodies popular song forms, such as in this song, “The Elements”, where he sets the names of the chemical elements to the tune of the “Major-General’s Song” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance.

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Year 6 has learned the 1st 10 Elements of the Periodic Table (just for fun really, they dn’t need to know it!)

Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium, Beryllium, Boron, Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen,  Fluorine and Neon.

We have also enjoyed listening to Tom Lehrer’s song listing ALL the elements but  in no particular order.

Some people fancied the challenge of trying to learn it (CRAZY!).

But I like to try and oblige where I can!

Here is the animated video and underneath you can download a copy of the lyrics (they do match because I checked)

Observant people might notice that the song uses ‘Aluminum’ rather than ‘Aluminium’ as this is the American spelling. Lehrer is American and ‘Aluminum’ fits the music better as it has 4 syllables instead of 5 in the UK English version!

Anyway, that’s enough background!

Here’s the song and good luck!

Tom Lehrers Elements – The Lyrics!

Mr W.

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10 Little Penguins – Peter Weatherall

Posted by eastwoldblog on November 17, 2010

I truly cannot believe I agreed to share this!

Peter Weatherall has struck again with a catchy classic!

Yes, it is simple. Yes, it is silly. But it is funny!

GO BRAVE LITTLE TOM!

I am still chuckling to myself that Mrs Whitfield was complaining that she couldn’t get it out of her head as Rupert wandered past singing it!

Classic moment?

Yep!

Enjoy it!

Mr W.

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C’mon everybody! Sing along!

Posted by eastwoldblog on November 10, 2010

We are trying to sing more and more in school – in different subjects and for different reasons.

So here is a song that you can learn REALLY quickly and it will teach you the science behind ‘Photosynthesis’.

THE PHOTOSYNTHESIS SONG

Another one for you to learn!

It is really basic information to be honest but it is quite funny and it does amuse me!

If nothing else it will remind you which polygons have how many sides (as if you didn’t know already!)

NOT A BORING SQUARE

Just one more (for now at least!)

A different maths song, again about shapes – this one is the properties of a Parallelogram!

I AM A PARALLELOGRAM!

What can I say?

Thanks go to Peter Weatherall and his simple but very catchy songs!

Come on everybody!

SING UP!

Mr W.

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Tower Blaster Game

Posted by eastwoldblog on November 8, 2010

Play “Tower Blaster”

Tower Blaster Description:

This game will make you planning and thinking strategic.

You have to help to the Greeks to build a tower before the Vikings, because they started a tower building contest.

Instructions:

You have to help the Greeks to build a stable tower, using blocks.

They have to be placed in ascending order, which means that the higher block has to be on the bottom of the tower and the smallest has to be on top.

This tower has to be finished before the Vikings finished theirs.

You are playing using the mouse.

One click of the left button and you can choose a block between one that you see and mystery one.

Second click and you can choose a place for the block.

If you place the block successive, for example 24 above 25, you get bonus points.

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 I found this while searching for some other things and ended up playing for ages!

It is simple but good fun!

Enjoy

Mr W.

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Banana Hunt – Angle Finding Game

Posted by eastwoldblog on November 8, 2010

Play “Banana Hunt”

As this week we are looking at ‘Angles’ in Numeracy, I thought I would share this game with you.

It is great for practising your estimation of angles.

All you have to do is ‘Drag the Monkey’ to where you think the specified angle size is and click on ‘Check’. You are awarded bananas according to how well you do!

Exactly right = 10

1 degree out = 8

2 degrees out = 6

3 degrees out = 4

4 degrees out = 2

5 degrees out = 1

6+ degrees out = 0

I have scored in the 80’s at my best – I am sure with practice you can match or better that!

Post your ‘honest’ scores in the comments box.

Happy ‘angling’

Mr W.

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