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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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BBC Radio 2 Writing Competition – 500 Words

Posted by eastwoldblog on February 2, 2011

This post has been taken from the following link:

Chris Evans’ Blog – 500 Words

Click here to download the Poster

Hello! Are you 13 years old or under? Then enter our 500 Word competition today!

As part of the BBC Year of Books, the Chris Evans Breakfast Show wants to get the children of the UK firing up their imaginations and putting pen to paper, chisel to stone, quill to parchment, or just finger to keyboard. If you are aged 13 or under, you are invited to write a short story of 500 words about any made-up subject you like and send it to us via the link below.

All the stories we receive will be read carefully. Then we will pick a Top 50 and invite them to watch the Breakfast Show being broadcast live from the Hay Festival in on Friday 3 June 2011.

We will also be giving the Top 50 stories to our expert panel of authors who will pick five finalists and an overall winner. So if you have lots of ideas and just love writing stories then why not enter now.

Attention all teachers!: Your breakfast show needs you! We want you to help us judge these amazing tales. If you would like to volunteer to read a batch of short stories then please send us your details, and the name of someone who can act as a referee for you.

As a token of our appreciation, your name will be entered into a draw and we will randomly select 25 names to receive a pair of tickets to come and watch the Chris Evans Breakfast Show live at the Hay Festival on Friday 3 June 2011.

For more information, terms and conditions and Expert advice from authors such as Anthony Horowitz visit the Radio 2 website/Chris Evans’ page:

Chris Evans’ Blog – 500 Words

This could be a fabulous opportunity to flex your writing muscles!

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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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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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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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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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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3D Logic Game

Posted by eastwoldblog on November 17, 2010

Play 3D Logic

This game can really taste your intellegence!

You have to link the same colour squares on the 3D cube.

Are you ready to be addicted to it?

3D Logic Instructions:

  • You have to link the markers, which are with the same colour.
  • To do this you have to click on colored marker with the left button.
  • Then click on each gray square to color it.
  • Also you can do this with click on the left button and hold it and then go across the cube.
  • You can not use the black squares.
Have fun!
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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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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