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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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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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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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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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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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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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Simon’s Cat – Kennings

Posted by eastwoldblog on September 20, 2010

As an introduction to Kennings, today in Literacy Class 4 watched the short animation of “Simon’s Cat – Cat Man Do”

We then though about the cat, what it did, what it sounded like, how it behaved etc… to write a simple Kenning.

This is what we wrote together:

Simon’s Cat

Early Riser

Annoying Singer

Sleep Disturber

Face Scratcher

Ear Puller

Bat Swinger

Pain Bringer

Light Sleeper

Well done Class 4 – very good work!

I really enjoyed your Kennings from the lesson too!

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As a reward why not make your very own “Simon’s Cat” here: Simon’s Cat – Cutout

Visit: www.simonscat.com for the NEW Simon’s Cat episode “The Box”

Please note that all ‘Simon’s Cat’ artwork remains the property of Simon’s Cat Ltd.

(All links refer to Original Simon’s Cat links)

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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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The Piano by Aidan Gibbons: An Audio Commentary

Posted by eastwoldblog on April 22, 2010

Over the past few weeks, we have been working on “The Piano” by Aidan Gibbons.

We have looked at how the film uses Setting, Sound, Sequence, Story and Symbols to tell it’s story without words.

The children have written description, speech, narrative and captions for a range of Key Moments throughout the animation. They have even used the video as inspiration for Artwork, when we painted different scenes.

The last part of the unit was to record a DVD-style commentary for the animation, using the ‘Record Narration’ feature in PowerPoint.

This commentary should encompass much of the elements that we had worked on across the unit. Trying to achieve maximum impact in just 2 or 3 really effective sentences for each Screen shot.

Having written a storyboard style script, the children used microphones to record their DVD Commentary into PowerPoint.

Here are a selection of the work they have produced:

The Piano AM

The Piano PD

The Piano AB

The Piano LF

I was really impressed with the quality of the writing.

What do you think?

Let us know in a comment.

Mr W.

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Literacy: The Piano – Aidan Gibbons

Posted by eastwoldblog on March 23, 2010

Our next unit of Literacy is “Film Narrative”.

In it we will be using this short animation called “The Piano” by Aidan Gibbons.

We are going to use key points in the film to discuss features and themes in film narrative.

Explore the approaches made by the film maker to create moods, pace and viewpoint.

We will also try to develop your film vocabulary by identifying how colour, light, sound and camera angles have been used to tell the narrative.

The original music for Aidan Gibbons’ film is ‘Comptine d’un Autre ètè; l’Apres-Midi’ , (or ‘Rhyme of Another Summer; Afternoon’), by Yann Tiersen. The music formed part of the soundtrack to the film ‘Amelie’, by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (not
suitable for children, but a fabulous film.)

A version of ‘The Piano’, with its original music, can be seen on Aidan Gibbons’ own site. Aidan Gibbons Website
Other versions of the film, however, features music composed by Stephen Jones, especially for it. Both pieces have a similarly haunting quality, which adds greatly to the mood of the film.

Have a watch and comment with any thoughts, ideas, feelings, emotions, questions etc… that the film raises in you mind.

Enjoy!

Mr W.

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Area & Perimeter

Posted by eastwoldblog on March 22, 2010

This week we are learning about Area & Perimeter in Maths.

To support that learning here are a couple of Online Games which you can have a go at:

Fun Brain – Shape Surveyor

Airlines Builder

There are varying degrees of difficulty in each game – have a go and perhaps the practice will help you in class!

Mr W.

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Should UFOs be taught in Schools?

Posted by eastwoldblog on March 22, 2010

After using David Wiesner’s book “Tuesday” as inspiration for our Literacy over the past few weeks – we took it a step further and decided to think about whether or not the topic of UFOs should be taught in school.

Initially we tried to use the Internet as a source of information, but we quickly realised that there is SO MUCH information, and no way of judging if that information is factual or made up, we had to try something else!

So, after a rethink! I provided the children with a selection of reports from this website: http://ufosinschool.blogspot.com/

Created by Chestnut Literacy Set – Year 5. A class from Wellington Primary School, in Hounslow, England in 2008.

We read these reports and used a checklist of features for Discussion Texts (Arguments): Balanced Argument Checklist

We could then judge the quality of these texts and use them as a source of information for our writing.

We then planned and wrote our reports over 2 days, ensuring that we used the correct text language and features, and that we had edited and improved them.

As a way of publishing these Discussion Texts, I created our own blog to share our writing: http://theufotopic.blogspot.com/

I hope you think that they are as good as we do!

Perhaps they might even persuade you that it would be a great topic to teach!

Mr W.

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“The Truth Is Out There!” – Reports into UFOs

Posted by eastwoldblog on March 15, 2010

This week in Literacy we will be finding out more about UFOs before preparing a report on the topic.

Scenario:

The Government Department for Schools, Children and Families (DSCF) wants to know if they should include a section on UFOs in the science curriculum –to be taught in schools.

They want a report on UFOs to help them decide.

The report should be as unbiased as possible.

It should seek to answer the following questions:

1. Are there such things as flying objects which are not of earthly origin – i.e. cannot be explained by our science or geography as we know it?

2. How good is the evidence? What are the most compelling bits of evidence?

3. Is there a good case for teaching this topic in schools?

Remember that you have 2 days in class and any homework time that you want to use (UFO Research is your Homework this week) to research information for the topic.

There are links in the “UFO” category on the right (some might not work in school).

REMEMBER: This should be an unbiased report! No matter what you believe, you must look at both sides of the arguement!

Good luck with the research and think about how you can help others, if you find a really useful website that you think other people could use – paste the URL into a comment and I’ll it to the link list.

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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Yahtzee! The Game of Chance, Risk & Probability

Posted by eastwoldblog on March 9, 2010

In Maths this week, we are looking at Probability and Chance!

This dice game is incredibly popular in the Far East and was a popular game in Britain a few years ago.

It involves using your number skills and knowledge of chance and probability.

Play “Yahtzee!” at Ambleside Primary School

Playing Yahtzee:

You roll the five dice by clicking on the ROLL button.

After each roll you have to click on the dice to select them and you can roll them again up to two times.

When you have had all your rolls click on a score box to add the score for that combination of dice.

After each roll you MUST select a score box – even if it means you get zero!

A SMALL STRAIGHT is 4 scores in order e.g. 1 2 3 & 4

A LARGE STRAIGHT is all 5 dice in order 1 2 3 4 5

A FULL HOUSE is 5 dice all the same

A YAHTZEE is 5 sixes.

A CHANCE adds up all the scores of the dice.

Want to play at home?

Download the Yahtzee Scorecard here!

GOOD LUCK

Mr W.

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Are you smarter than a 5th Grader? (It’s the American version!)

Posted by eastwoldblog on February 28, 2010

Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

In America the 5th Grade is the equivalent to Year 5/6 in the UK.

In this online game, you can become part of Mr Foxworthy’s class and try the Are You Smarter… challenge!! (Mr Foxworthy is the American Noel Edmonds!)

If you can get past the American History – this is good fun!

See how you get on!

Play  “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” here!

Mr W.

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Who was “Gilgamesh”?

Posted by eastwoldblog on February 1, 2010

As you know we are looking in literacy at Stories from Other Cultures.

Today I began reading “The Epic of Gilgamesh” retold by Geraldine McCaughcrean.

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Here is some information about Gilgamesh from Novaonline – Gilgamesh Notes

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Uruk (modern day Warka) is in southern Iraq between Basra and Baghdad; photo from British Museum

The epic of Gilgamesh is one of the world’s oldest surviving pieces of literature.

Only incomplete versions of the epic survive, with the longest being twelve clay tablet pieces (with cuneiform writing) found in the nineteenth century.

The first translation of a portion of the epic was the flood story deciphered from one of the clay tablets in 1872.

The stories that comprise the epic had long been transmitted orally before being written down sometime in the seventh century BC by one Sin-Leqi-Unninni.

The epic relates the exploits of Gilgamesh.

Gilgamesh was the son of Lugalbanda and the fifth king of Uruk, ruling around 2700 BC, according to the Sumerian king list.”  That means that it is generally accepted by historians that Gilgamesh was an actual historical figure, a king who reigned over the Sumerian city-state of Uruk in the third millennium BC and who was probably responsible for constructing the city walls, which archaeologists later determined had a perimeter of almost six miles.

The ruins of Uruk (also believed to be the city of Erech as mentioned in Genesis) lie near the town of Warka, in southern Iraq.

Uruk was one of the most important and powerful of the Mesopotamian city-states before 2000BC.

The modern name “Iraq” is thought by some to come from the name Uruk. Between 4,000 and 3,000 BC, the city emerged as one of the first major urban cities in the Near East.

So, do we know a lot of details about Gilgamesh?

No.  We don’t know what he really looked like, or how strong he was.

We don’t know what kind of ideas he had about being the ruler of a great city.

We don’t know what he sounded like when he spoke.

And we don’t know what he ate and drank or when he slept or how he interacted with priests, slaves or traders.

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Can you research Gilgamesh?

Share what you find here…

Mr W.

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Help Writing Poems – Just some thoughts…

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 9, 2010

I thought I would share some ideas that might help you with you poetry writing.

They aren’t rules or instructions, just some suggestions to get you started.

Mr W.

Writing Poetry

Ideas that may help you to write poetry.

  • Decide on the subject you wish to write about. Start with a familiar subject and then go on to some obscure subjects that you have previously never given much thought to.
  • Think about something special or unique to the subject.
  • List some descriptive words which may provide some clear information to the reader.
  • Try to create pictures in the reader’s mind – your aim is to fire the imagination.
  • Express your feelings.
  • Convey your feelings by the tone of your poetry.
  • Bind the words and ideas together. Connect them by the use of rhyme which will provide your poetry with the element of repetition of identical or related sounds.
  • Get some rhythm into your poetry – the number of lines and your choice of poetry form will help you with this. Song lyrics are poetry set to music – tap out the beat or rhythm when you are writing poetry, or reading poetry.
  • Visual patterns – does your written poetry create a good pattern on the page?
  • Patterns of Sound – using alliteration, assonance and onomatopoeia can create sound effects. (Sorry about the use of these words but were back to the literary terms again!).
  • Read your poetry to a friend!
  • If you receive some constructive criticism don’t be afraid to change your poetry accordingly!

And finally:

  • Enjoy yourself – Writing poetry should be fun!

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