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Peter Weatherall Videos – Just for you!

Posted by eastwoldblog on July 11, 2011

I know that there are some repeats, but I thought you might appreciate all three together in one place!

 

 

 

 

C’mon now, Sing along! You know you want to!

Mr W.

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Theme Music for Year 6?

Posted by eastwoldblog on July 8, 2011

This one is just for Year 6 – You know that you need this in your lives!

I have already downloaded the music!

I think that Mrs Whitfield is right – this is perfect!

Mr W.

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The British Monarchy

Posted by eastwoldblog on April 27, 2011

With the impending Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, we have been looking at the history of the British and English monarchy since 1066 (You have to stop somewhere!)

We have been practising this rhyme to help us to remember the Kings and Queens from William I (The Conqueror) to Elizabeth II (Our present Queen).

Can you rehearse it?

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British Monarch Rhyme

Willy, Willy, Harry, Ste,
Henry, Dick, John, Harry three;
Then three Edwards, Richard two,
Henry Four, Five, Six then who?
Edward four, five, Dick the bad,
Two more Henries, Ned the lad;
Bloody Mary she came next,
Then we have our Good Queen Bess.
From Scotland we got James the Vain;
Charlie one, two, James again.
William and Mary, Anna Gloria,
Four Georges, William, and Victoria.
Edward, George, the same again,
Now Elizabeth – and the end.

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Useful knowledge I think!

Mr W.

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Melvin’s Make-a-Match: Comparing Fractions

Posted by eastwoldblog on March 22, 2011

In Maths this week we are looking at Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion!

Today we were revising comparing fractions and equivalent fractions.

Cyberchase has this game which is a really good place to practice your fractions.

Melvin is either a forgetful or very untidy wizard.

He has got all his potions muddled and needs to put them back into pairs.

This is where you come in!

Sort Melvin’s potion bottles back into pairs by selcting them from the shelves.

There are several levels of slightly increasing complexity.

Good luck

Mr W.

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How Do I Learn? How Am I Clever?

Posted by eastwoldblog on February 28, 2011

As you may or may not know, we all learn and enjoy to learn in different ways.

There are lots of different ways of explaining these ‘Learning Styles’ – but I think that these 8 work well.

Body Smart (Kinaesthetic)

Word Smart (Linguistic)

Number Smart (Logical)

People Smart (Interpersonal)

Myself Smart (Intrapersonal)

Music Smart (Musical)

Picture Smart (Visual/Spatial)

Nature Smart (Naturalistic)

If you want to know more about the ways that you learn then here is a website that will give you more information and a test to give you a detailed report about YOU!

(Oh, and it makes a really cool graph too! Check mine out!)

Cool, isn’t it!

If you want a go then visit this website to try it: How Am I Clever?

Everyone will have a different chart depending on how you answer the questions.

You just need to be honest when answering the questions…

Why not print your graph out and share it with the class?

Or tell us how you got on in a comment.

Perhaps you could get your grown ups to try it, how do they learn I wonder?

Are they anything  like you?

Mr W.

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History of Music and Dance

Posted by eastwoldblog on February 13, 2011

As part of the ‘Connecting Classrooms’ Project with out partner schools in Uganda and Nigeria, Class 4 are putting together information on Traditional and Popular Music and Dance.

Here is a ‘Timeline’ of Music History

Can you name any groups/artists from any of the periods?

Lets see how many we can get!

Get the parents and grandparents in on this one too!

 

Mr W.

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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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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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November/December 2010 – Snow!!

Posted by eastwoldblog on December 2, 2010

Greetings fellow Snow Day-ers!

I thought that in honour of our present weather I would make it snow on the blog!

This is my garden on Monday (There has been more since!)

I thought we could make a Gallery of ‘Snow Days’

Take a picture of your garden, house, snowman, a tree…anything ‘snowy and picturesque!

Send it to me at:

michael.watson@east-wold.lincs.sch.uk

I’ll post it here as a ‘Snowy Gallery’, we can see what you are upto in this freak weather!

It should be good fun – but as always – can I impose just a couple of rules:

1) No People or faces (School Policy on website photographs)

2) Don’t make your location too obvious.

3) Nothing rude!

We could even have a vote for the best wintery photograph.

Happy Snowballing!

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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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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Classical Rocks! Johann Pachelbel

Posted by eastwoldblog on October 13, 2010

Who said classical music was boring!?

recently assembly music has been Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel.

I found this while scouring youtube – Incredible stuff!

This guy is talented, he makes it seem so easy.

Lim Jeong-Hyun from South Korea is “FunTwo” the YouTube celebrity.

Classic music is boring…rubbish, watch this and tell me if you still think so!

Mr W.

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Beatbox Chef – ‘Beardyman’

Posted by eastwoldblog on September 27, 2010

‘Beardyman’ is the two-time UK BeatBox Champion, and the man behind the wig in ‘BeatBox Chef’!

I like to share interesting and unusual videos – and I thought there would be some people who might enjoy it.

Some of you were trying to do it in Literacy today – with some curious results!

He does all the sounds with his voice, no instruments, no tricks.

Mixing the sounds as a recipe is a clever idea – I am not sure about the wig though!

Here is another ‘Beardyman’ Beatboxing video:

Mr W.

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Poetry Competition! Submit your Kennings!

Posted by eastwoldblog on September 17, 2010

What is a Kenning?

A kenning is a poem where the subject is described without being named.

It comes from the Norse/Viking era, where swords had names like “death-bringer” or “wound-maker”.

You can create a great “riddle poem” by describing something in different ways on the different lines.

Here are some examples:

Cheetah

Great runner
Food chaser
Flesh eater
Good climber
Evil predater
Brilliant killer
Day sleeper
Amazing starer

Lewis (Age 9)

Vampire Bat

Night swooper
Blood drinker
Midnight watcher
Sharp toother
Cow ripper
Gruesome fiender
Outstanding flyer
Cave dweller

Bailey (Age 9)

Dog

Sofa Ripper
Night Gardener
Cat Chaser
Fast Swimmer
People Licker
Water Drinker
Deep Sleeper
Amazing Runner

Ellie-Mae (Age 10)

Dog

Table chewer
Meat eater
Cat chaser
Loud barker
Sheep chaser
Sock ripper
Teddy stealer
Feet licker

Jaden (Age 10)

These examples were written by a couple of years ago by my old class.

The benchmark is set HIGH – Can you beat it?

Yes, you can!

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So this is the competition:

1. Choose and animal

2. Write a kenning and post it here. It must be no more than 8 lines.

3. After half term we will have a look and judge the best and it will win a prize!

You can enter as many as you like!

Simple!

Have fun, think creative, THINK WOW Words!

Mr W.

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Heraldry – What would your ‘Coat of Arms’ say about you?

Posted by eastwoldblog on September 6, 2010

COMPARTMENT         MOTTO              SCROLL

SUPPORTERS: Men, fabulous monsters, animals etc. supporting the shield. Granted only in certain circumstances.

WREATH OR TORSE: A circlet of twisted ribbon of the colours thought to have been used originally to hide the join of the crest to the helm.

SHIELD: Shape of the shield has no significance, but the devices and charges on it are governed by strict rules.

MANTLING: Originally cloth draped over the back of the helm as protection from the sun: usually illustrated slashed and draped around the helm and shield. Much artistic license is allowed.

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Heraldry is, in its basic form, simply a means of identification. From simple beginnings of a device painted on a shield for easy identification from a distance in battle, heraldry has developed into a beautiful art from with many rules that must be strictly observed. For individuals it is a family emblem and for impersonal organisations a symbol of corporate identity. Heraldry is all around us, from a simple football shirt to complicated devices with quarterings and supporters representing the symbols of state. Even a company logo is a form of heraldry.

Information and Images from: www.sol.co.uk – Many Thanks.

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As an activity to reflect on the characteristics of our own personality – Children in Class 4 have designed a Coat of Arms for themselves.

(Hopefully some examples will follow soon!)

We talked about the Rules of Heraldry, the types of creatures/symbols and patterns used on shields and Coats of Arms.

One of the activities we tried was to describe ourselves in 3 words.

Record some of your ideas below…

WHAT THREE WORDS WOULD USE TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF?

Mr W

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Movies – A little challenge for the Holidays!

Posted by eastwoldblog on August 2, 2010

This is a short video (2mins) and it contains 35 famous/classic movies from cinema history.

The challenge is simple:

How many can you name?

It’s not as easy as you think!

I was expecting little clips of the films – but it is a bit more of a puzzle than that!

Good luck,

See you in September!

Mr W.

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General Election 2010

Posted by eastwoldblog on May 6, 2010

As today is Thursday 6th May 2010, millions of people over 18 years of age, across Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be going to Polling Stations to cast their votes for who they believe should lead our country from tomorrow.

This election is widely believed to be the closest for a long time with not only the Labour Party and Conservative Party running at the front, but the Liberal Democrats are challenging too. Tomorrow, perhaps Labour will still be in power or perhaps it will be a new party, or even a ‘Hung Parliament’, where no single party has a great enough majority to lead alone.

It is sure to be an interesting night!

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To recognise this here are a couple of online activities, that you might like to try.

Virtual Tour of the Houses of Parliament: Parliament Online – Tour

If you could vote. who should you vote for?

Test your opinions here: Vote Match

What Party does www.votematch.org.uk say that you should vote for?

Mr W.

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BBC – “Questionaut” game

Posted by eastwoldblog on May 1, 2010

If you are one of those ‘Puzzle Game’ fans then I think you will enjoy this!

The BBC Revisewise site has this entertaining puzzle game – can you help the character to solve the puzzles and answer the questions?

Lots of different topic based questions for Literacy, Maths and Science (especially good for you Y6’s!)

BBC Revisewise – Questionaut

There are 8 levels to get through and some are much trickier than others!

Have fun – and tell me what your favourite level is and why!

Mr W.

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