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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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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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Sounds

Posted by eastwoldblog on July 3, 2011

In science, we are learning about sound, how sound is created and how it travels.

If you watch this video made up of different sounds from the home, can you think of specific words to describe specific sounds:

Words like:

vibration, pitch, high, low, loud, soft, ear, solid, liquid, air, instrument, tension, tight, noise, tuned, percussion, muffle, soundproof, sound wave, frequency, amplitude, wave length

Might be useful.

It is very clever – see what ideas you can come up with!

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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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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Coastal Webcams

Posted by eastwoldblog on February 1, 2011

Click on these links to view some webcams of the UK Coastline:

Robin Hood’s Bay – View Over the Bay

Corbyn Head – Torquay

The Watermark Hotel, Looe (Live Streaming Webcam)

These webcams give you the opportunity to see what is happening at the coast RIGHT NOW.

Have fun

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 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!

 ————————————————————————-

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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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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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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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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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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Class 4 – Now available on Twitter!

Posted by eastwoldblog on September 5, 2010

It is a brave new venture – but you can now follow Class 4 on Twitter!

Not sure how I will make it work yet but that isn’t important is it?

What is important is that I intend to try!

So if you can sum up something that has happened in 140 characters – you might the chance to share it with the world!

You can follow us @Class4EastWold

Mr W.

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Publish Your Own Newspaper – Online!

Posted by eastwoldblog on March 12, 2010

MTN – Publish Your Own Newspaper

In Literacy we have been writing newspaper articles based on David Wiesner’s “Tuesday”.

We used the Tabloid Templates on the MTN (Making The News) Website to make them look like real newspapers.

We had to decide whether we were skeptical about the “Flying Frogs” or whether we were excited about it.

There have been some very “creative” results.

(Sorry girls! No matter what I do – I can’t get it to name your work! I will persevere and sort it as soon as I can!)

(Ben & Luke – There seems to be a problem with the images which you edited and they won’t load – I am on that case too!)

(Once I sort the problems – I’ll upload your work as well)

In the meantime if you want to create your own newspaper here is the link (requested by Stephen):

MTN – Publish Your Own Newspaper

Mr W.

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Mean, Median & Mode – Types of Average

Posted by eastwoldblog on March 10, 2010

Today’s maths was learning about the different types of “Average”.

We did quite alot in a short space of time, so if you are still unsure, or a little confused, or just want to go over it again, try out this:

KS2 Bitesize – Mean, Median & Mode

This game is on the BBC Bitesize website – it might help you get it clear in your mind.

After you have done the activities you might like to try:

The Mean, Median & Mode Quiz

Or if you prefer to read information:

Mean, Median & Mode Information

Hope you find it useful!

Mr W.

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Theseus & The Minotaur Puzzle Game

Posted by eastwoldblog on March 4, 2010

Theseus & The Minotaur Puzzle Game

How To Play

  • Guide Theseus (the red circle) to the exit.
  • Avoid the Minotaur (the black circle).
  • The Minotaur moves two squares towards you (if possible).
  • The Minotaur always prefers left/right moves (when available).

Keys:

  • Cursor keys move Theseus.
  • D = Delay (choose not to move).
  • R = Reset maze.
  • N = Next maze.
  • P = Previous maze.
  • S = Toggle sound on/off.

Robert Abbott invented the rules for Theseus, and designed the first maze. Take a look at his excellent Logic Mazes site for lots more information on this and many other puzzles.

Can you escape the mazes before you gt eaten by the Minotaur?

Some tricky puzzles here!

Even Ben found some of the hard! (Even though he’ll deny it!)

Mr W.

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Do you have what it takes to build a planet from scratch?

Posted by eastwoldblog on March 1, 2010

Planet 10 – World Builder

You get to decide everything about your new planet!

Gases  in the atmosphere, water, land, tilt of the planet, moons, rings, life from bacteria to humans!

Can you build a stable planet or are you building a planet doomed to destruction!?

You choose!

I have always liked this activity, and I find that adults and children alike enjoy it too!

Have fun and I hope your planet works out how you want it to!

There is also the chance to investigate our solar system too – find out about each of the planets. (I am not not sure if they still include Pluto as a planet now it has been reclassified)

Mr W.

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