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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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WWII Art

Posted by eastwoldblog on July 3, 2011

Now that we have worked on our Propaganda Posters, the final part of the Art this term is to select an image of WWII that inspires you in some way.

Anything goes, as long as it interesting to you.

If you have something ‘personal’ or relating to your family then that’s great – but it doesn’t have to be.

Here are some examples:

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When you have an image – bring it in to school – preferably by Wednesday.

We are going to think how we might use it to create a piece of Artwork.

The results should prove interesting as your skills are really developing well!

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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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

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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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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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*UPDATED* Spot the Historical Figures!

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 16, 2010

22/03/2010

OK – Here is an update to this post!

The prize is BRAGGING RIGHTS!!

Who can name the most historical figures and famous faces in this picture?

(Ben has offered 35 – but hasn’t said who they are!)

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One HUGE picture, loads of historical figures

How many can you see, name, identify?

You know what to do – add your lists in a comment.

Get your parents/guardians/carers/aunties/uncles/grandparents/older brothers and sisters/younger brothers and sisters to play to!

Get all the help you need!

Mr W.

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