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Summer Term Projects – WWII

Posted by eastwoldblog on July 7, 2011

The time is now everyone!

Remember that your Home Learning Projects are due on the 12th July. This is published on the guidesheet as a Monday, but it is infact Tueday. No matter, I will be happy for them to arrive on either day! But no later please because I will have to start reading them straight away!

Don’t forget:

You must choose a minimum of 8 activities to do.  You must do at least 1 from each section, but not 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 must 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!

If you have any queries, questions or concerns – just ask Mr Watson.

(Handed in: Monday 11th or Tuesday 12th July)

I know that people have been very busy and have put loads of thought and attention to detail into this project and I am sure that the standard will again be incredibly high as it has been for the last 2 terms. The bar was set high with your ‘Coasts’ work – so be sure to match it!

Check the marksheet from last time to see where you might improve!

Good luck and I can’t wait!

Mr W.

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In Depth World War II Timeline

Posted by eastwoldblog on May 11, 2011

WWII Timeline

I thought that some of you might find this useful.

It is a detailed timeline of the events of World War II.

Adapted from: http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/Homework/war/timeline.htm

It could be useful for something in your projects, or just for reference.

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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Class 4 – Home Learning Project – Summer 2011

Posted by eastwoldblog on April 27, 2011

I can honestly say that I was astounded by the standard of  last terms ‘Home Learning Project’.

It was such a pleasure to read the work that had gone into the ‘Coasts’ project!

Thanks to all the adults that helped and supported the children through their work – it was truly excellent!

They should be on display very soon in school.

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

World War II – Project

(Download a copy above)

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

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: Monday 12th July 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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Summer Term Topic – Teaser Trailer

Posted by eastwoldblog on April 25, 2011

 

Welcome to the SUMMER TERM!!

I thought that I would give you a little teaser as to our new topic for this term – I think you will like it!

Listen to the clip, and then post a comment to say what you think the topic might be and what you would like to learn about it.

Hope you have had a great Easter and not eaten too much chocolate!

Are you rested and ready for our new topic?

See you in the morning!

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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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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Writing in Runes

Posted by eastwoldblog on September 22, 2010

After today’s lesson writing messages of good luck and praise to a Viking crew about to bravely venture on a new raid.

We then tried to translate the messages into Viking Runes.

It was a great chance to use positive language to describe Vikings where we are more used to them being described in a negative way.

At Kristian’s request here is the sheet containing the translation of the Runes – Runes Sheet

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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This Term’s Topic – The Vikings

Posted by eastwoldblog on September 6, 2010

Welcome back!

I hope that you have had an enjoyable and restful Summer 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 Christmas and even beyond that!

A new class for some, a new teacher all!

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This term’s topic is “THE VIKINGS”

I wonder what the answers to these questions might be?

1. What do you KNOW about the Vikings?

2. What do you THINK you KNOW about the Vikings?

3. Whats would you LIKE TO KNOW about the Vikings?

Post your responses in the comments box…

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

Mr W.

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The Highwayman – Alfred Noyes

Posted by eastwoldblog on April 29, 2010

Over the next couple of weeks we will be studying Classic Narrative poems like ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’, ‘The Walrus and The Carpenter’ and Alfred Noyes classic tale of thieves, romance, love, bravery and death in ‘The Highwayman’.

We will also be looking at some slightly different versions, like in this video:

The music and lyrics are by a Canadian singer/songwriter called Loreena McKennitt.

She ha taken the words of Alfred Noyes poem and set them to music. She has missed little bits out and changed the words very slightly in places – but the poem still has the same story.

I am not sure who made the animation but they have done a pretty good job.

Enjoy the video:

What is your opinion of the poem?

Do you like it or not? Why?

Which version do you prefer – the Poem or the Song? Why?

Share your thoughts in a comment…

Mr W.

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Update 01-05-10:

Here is the link that we didn’t have time to look at on Friday:

BBC – Myths & Legends – Dick Turpin

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Georges Melies – Cinemagician

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 16, 2010

I have been looking at lots of films by Georges Melies or as he was known the “Cinemagician”.

He lived and worked in Paris, France over 100 years ago and was a film-maker, one of the first.

I have found his films very interesting and cleverly made.

He made hundreds of films between 1895 and 1920 – many have not survived.

This film is called “Un homme de tetes” or “A man with heads”

This film was made in 1898, that is 111 years ago!

He is thought of as the father of modern special effects – his films were seen a MAGIC by the people at the time, and I think some are still quite special now considering how they were made.

Can you find out any more about him?

Can you find any more of his films?

What were they about?

What did they have in common?

Can you work out ‘how’ he did it?

Remember there were NO computers or CGI (Computer Generated Images) like we have now.

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