We arrived safely at 11.00am,had a safety talk from Stuart our guide and Ian who runs the centre. After lunch we headed off on a circular 4-5 mile walk from the centre to Reeth and over Swaledale. On our return we enjoyed a hearty tea and relaxation followed by hot chocolate and bed, ready for another trek tomorrow...
While most of Year 5 were away at Grinton, our display about the Wreck of the Zanzibar has magically disappeared and been replaced. It now shows off some of the artwork we completed based on Alfred Noyes' book 'The Highway Man' as well as our news reports based on the 'Highway Rat' by Julia Donaldson.
What did you like about the topic?
Which of the two books did you like the most? And why?
Do you think you would like to be a Highwayman? Why or why not?
Despite it being the holidays, our learning is still very important! This week, Brooke has managed to give herself a little bit of time to continue to practice her numeracy skills on 'Mathletics'.
So far she is the only member of the class to have achieved a certificate during the half term holidays with a fantastic 2480 points.
Well done Brooke, See me after Grinton for a Success Card Stamp!
If you are reading this and you are in Year 5, why not go and earn your own certificate NOW!?
As part of our focus on E-safety this week, some of the children in Years 4,5 and 6 wrote their own radio scripts to promote staying safe online.
We did have a few technical issues, but eventually our show was broadcast to the rest of the school.
If you missed it, would like to listen again or are looking for e-safety tips give it a listen by downloading the show from the link below.
We have been working hard this morning completing our art for an upcoming, whole school, art exhibition.
Our art is based on Australian Aboriginal art and follows an under the water theme.
All of our work will be completed soon, framed and then displayed as part of the exhibition.
Here is a sneak preview:
Drew's effort is particularly effective. He has taken great care to follow the Aboriginal style. If he doesn't end up buying his own work, I'll be keen to snap it up for the classroom. Fantastic work Drew, see me for a success card stamp!
We have been working very hard across school today to raise our awareness of staying safe online.Year 5, have spent a large part of their lessons today making sure they know how to stay safe on the internet including:
- sharing ideas in assembly.
- fnding and reading posters around school.
- esafety themed literacy.
- watching Safer Internet Day TV.
- creating our own e-safety interactive quiz games.
Below are the ideas Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 had about staying safe online. This was a great way to start our day, showing we already had a good level of understanding.
Children in Years 4 & 5 finding and reading e-safety posters around school. How many can you find?
In our literacy lesson we created e-safety stories using scenario cards. We had to choose a character, location, device and emotion and then write a short educational story about being safe online under our chosen circumstances.
Here is a small selection of our stories. What messages can we learn from them?
At lunchtime, some of us gave up a few moments of our own time to add extra ideas to those we had in our morning assembly.
In the final part of our day, we created our own e-safety games using Tiny Tap. We then challenged each other by playing the games and putting what we had learned throughout the day to the test.
Last year, when given the opportunity to begin to use iPads as part of my teaching, one of the biggest challenges was how to find a way through the masses of apps and how to feel like their use was having an impact! Conscious that I wanted to avoid the devices being used purely as extension or bolt-on activities, it wasn't as straight forward as I had expected. It took some time to find ways of incorporating ipad use in a way that it couldn't be replicated, or just as effective, using traditional methods.
Even when discovering Apps that shone, standing out from the rest with their educational potential, it wasn't always obvious how they could be used in a sequence of lessons to promote learning. However with some searching, and a heavy reliance on the networking value of Twitter, I discovered some excellent ideas.
This blog post is will hopefully help that journey for others. Below are copies of lesson plans used for several iPad Games based units including Minecraft, ThemePark, Angry Birds, Temple Run 2 and PixelPress. More detail on the activities, including examples of the work produced and the impact can be found here: http://5tanfieldlea.weebly.com/using-ipads-in-education---support-for-teachers.html
Files below in PDF format for the following units of work:
Minecraft (Literacy & Numeracy) 3 to 4 lessons Please note, the follow on literacy writing lesson is not documented in this plan.
Angry Birds & Temple Run 2 (Literacy, Numeracy, Geography) 7 Lessons
PixelPress - (Literacy & Computing) 6 Lessons
Theme Park - (Literacy) 4-5 Lessons
In our History lesson this week we will be looking at the Georgian time period (around the time of Highway men like Dick Turpin). We will be comparing the lives of the rich people at that time and the poor.
We will learn how different their lives were and some of us may be able to empathise with why some poor people turned to a life of crime as a way of raising money and food for their families.
Here is a useful link to a page all about the Georgians:
Also, here is a great video showing some of the differences between rich and poor Georgians. (You could take some notes and bring them to school this week - I would be very impressed)