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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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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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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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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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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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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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Love Puzzles? Play Launch Ball!

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 6, 2010

Do you love to try and solve puzzles?

Yes, you do?!

Then Launch Ball is the game for you!

Launch Ball is a game on the Science Museum website: Play Launch Ball!

You have to make the ball reach the target using blocks which have different powers!

You have fans, magnets, batteries, rubber blocks that make your ball bounce, cushions that stop it bouncing, torches that create light and mirrors to reflect it!

You can test and practice to see what happens and you can then improve by moving the blocks around!

Great fun and really addictive!

WARNING: Some of the levels later on are quite difficult – but keep trying they can all be done! (I know I have tried and done them!)

Let me know what you think of Launch Ball by voting in my new poll!

Mr W.

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