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Archive for January, 2011

The Titanic – A Brief History

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 17, 2011

As we have been looking at Thomas Hardy’s poem ‘Convergence of the Twain’ and you seemed enthusisatic and interested, I thought that you might like a bit of additional information.

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The Titanic

Before the age of passenger aircraft, ships were the only means of crossing the Atlantic and the journey took several days. Although the White Star Line’s ships were famed for their comfort, their rival Cunard’s liners, with their new turbine engines, had won speed records for the Atlantic crossing.

 In 1907 the White Star Line decided to produce three new ships which would outdo their rivals in terms of size, speed and luxury. They were to be built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast and over 15,000 workers were employed to build the first two ships. When the first of these, Olympic, was launched in 1910, she was the largest moving object ever to be created by human beings. But in 1911, when the Titanic was launched, she took over this record. However, before the Titanic could be put into use she needed to be fitted out. This was done in such a luxurious fashion that she was known as a ‘floating palace’ and described by a periodical of the time as having ‘accommodation superior to anything previously seen afloat’.

She was built with a double-bottomed hull and a complex system of watertight compartments, which meant that, even with several of her compartments flooded she could still remain afloat. For this reason she was described by the periodical, The Shipbuilder, as ‘practically unsinkable’. She also had on board a Marconi wireless, the most powerful of any other passenger vessel of the day, allowing her to transmit distress calls in event of an emergency.

On April 10th 1912 she finally set sail from Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York. As she set off she narrowly missed colliding with the liner New York which had broken her moorings. She crossed the channel and stopped at Cherbourg and then in Queenstown, Ireland to collect more passengers before setting off on 11th April to New York.

At first the crossing was calm, and the Titanic began to build up speed. By Sunday April 14th the weather had turned cold. Normally, the Sunday church service would be followed by a lifeboat drill, but today it was cancelled.

Three ice warnings had come in across the telegraph and these were taken to the captain. The White Star Chairman, J. Bruce Ismay, who was on board, suggested that the Titanic should speed up to get out of the ice field. Another ice warning came in at 7.30pm, but as Captain Smith was at a dinner party, he never received it. Further ice warnings were delayed by private transmissions.

At 11.40pm lookouts noticed an iceberg right ahead and raised a warning. The Titanic turned to avoid it, but it just scraped the starboard side of the ship. The captain inspected the damage and realised that five or six of her watertight compartments were damaged and that, with more than four damaged, she could not stay afloat. The passengers were instructed to put on their lifebelts and come up on deck. The lifeboats began to be filled, with women and children first. Many refused to leave their husbands and some lifeboats were launched half empty. Distress rockets were fired at 12.45am as the seriousness of the situation became apparent. As the water rose in the ship, the orchestra continued to play.

Even after the last of the lifeboats had been launched, hundreds of passengers were still trapped on board. At 2.10am the bow of the ship dropped further and then at 2.17am the stern rose into the air, spun round, and then slid down below the surface of the water.

(Thanks to ‘Hamilton Trust’ for the body of text)

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Hope the information is of interest!

Mr W.

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Mystery Athlete…?

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 17, 2011

I am adding this post as one of those ‘What can you find out about…” questions.

Our Class Assembly is going to be on the topic of  “Determination” and I think that this athlete goes along way towards personifying that.

I am quite sure that you can see why I think that.

My question to you is this…

Who is this Mystery Athlete?

What can you find out about him?

 

Post your answers as comments – Stars WILL be awarded for good answers!

Mr W.

I offer you this clue and this clue only!

He is South African.

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The Water Cycle

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 13, 2011

BBC Schools – Water Cycle

BBC Schools – Water Cycle

We had a quick revision of the Water Cycle on Tuesday.

I said that I would give you the link the the BBC website with the animation.

It isn’t fantastic, but it does its job!

Can you remember what these words mean:

EVAPORATION

CONDENSATION

PRECIPITATION

TRANSPIRATION

RUN OFF

COLLECTION

GROUND WATER

Put some definitions in the comments box…

Mr W.

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Class 4 – Home Learning Project – Spring 2011

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 13, 2011

OK everyone, I introduced this to you in class today.

Coasts – Home Learning Project Sheet

(Download a copy above)

Last terms ‘Home Learning Project’  was such an amazing success that I thought we could try something slightly different.

This time you are going to create your own folder/file/scrapbook of tasks related to this terms topic – ‘Coasts’.

The tasks fit into different categories like KNOWLEDGE, COMPREHENSION, APPLICATION, ANALYSIS, EVALUATION and SYNTHESIS. Each of these requires you to use different skills.

You get to choose what to do and how much because each activity has a ‘Points Value’. You need to score AT LEAST 20 pts in AT LEAST 8 activities (You can score more and complete more tasks!)

The final presentation can be very personal and as long as it fulfills the instructions it will be fine!

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Here are the guidelines to follow so you get this project in on time:

You must choose a minimum of 8 activities to do.   You must not do more than 3 from one section.

Your aim is to complete at least 20 points (Points in Brackets).

Think carefully about which activities you can do to balance sections and points.

You should complete the tasks and put them into a folder or a scrapbook.

This shouldn’t necessarily be a solo project, unless you want it to be of course, get the grown-ups involved too, draw upon the skills of parents, grandparents, older (or younger!) brothers and sisters. These people LOVE a challenge – but they SHOULD NOT be doing it for you!

As always, if you have any queries, questions or concerns – just ask Mr Watson.

It is to be handed in: Week Beginning 28th March 2011 (You have just over 10 weeks!)

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Remember that if you ‘go the extra step’ and extend any of the challenges then BONUS POINTS will be available!

Copy and Paste from any source of information like a book, leaflet or the Internet and passing it off as your own WILL result in PENALTY POINTS!

Can you be the one to work hard and score the most points?

Good luck and I hope that you enjoy the challenge!

Mr W.

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Spring Term 2011 – Topic

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 6, 2011

Welcome back!

I hope that you have had an enjoyable and restful Christmas and New Year Holiday and are ready to get back into the swing of the new term!

Hopefully there will be lots of exciting times ahead between now and Easter and even beyond that!

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This term’s topic is “COASTLINES”

This term we will be focussing on Geography rather than History.

I wonder what the answers to these questions might be?

1. What do you KNOW about Coasts?

2. What do you THINK you KNOW about Coasts?

3. Whats would you LIKE TO KNOW about Coasts?

Post your responses in the comments box…

I look forward to finding out your answers and your questions!

Mr W.

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Welcome to 2011!

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 5, 2011

Welcome back after the Christmas and New Year break.

I hope that Father Christmas brought you the things that you hoped for and that you have written your thank you letters to family and friends who have offered you gifts over the festive period.

The Spring term of the year will bring us all new challenges, both in the work that we do and in the way in which we will be organising the class for different subjects in the mornings. (Year 6 should be familiar with this as we kind of did this last year!)

Good Grief! This means that I have been at East Wold for a whole year!

Now that one has gone VERY quickly!

Mr W.

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The Blog Review for 2010…

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 2, 2011

Thanks to the team at WordPress for this analysis of our class blog:

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 29,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 75 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 125 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 30mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 19th with 348 views. The most popular post that day was A Cuneiform Alphabet.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were iqacademywi.blackboard.com, schools-online.org, en.wordpress.com, 74.125.67.100, and facebook.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for cuneiform alphabet, cuneiform, mesopotamian cuneiform alphabet, the highwayman poem, and the highwayman by alfred noyes.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Write your name in Cuneiform – Just like a Mesapotamian! February 2010
3 comments

2

The Highwayman – Alfred Noyes April 2010
2 comments

3

VCOP Big Writing Pyramid January 2010

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