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Today we prepared and presented our Fairtrade presentations based on the point of views suggested in the Fairtrade post below.
It was very interesting to see how we worked together to produce our final presentation. Each group has a presentation creator, a researcher, a blogger and a motivator all with different roles to help achieve the end result. I was very impressed with how some groups used each role to support another and produce some high quality research. We ended up with:
3 power points, 2 iMovies and 2 piccollages. Some presentations were supported with additional posters as well.
It was an excellent way for us to share what we had found and to help us understand the concept of Fairtrade.
Well done everyone!
Here is a short video showing our afternoon's efforts:
Last week saw a fantasitc performance from the whole of Year 5. 31 of us achievled our Mathletics Bronze award for the week, and we also had one Silver award as well (for achieving 5 Bronze certificates)
This week in numeracy, we have been using the popular iPad game 'Angry Birds' to help us revisit some of the mathematical concepts that we have found tricky in the past.
Through playing the game, we have looked at:
In our first lesson, we played Angry Birds and thought about the angles that we were using. We thought about which angles were best, to help us complete the level, and the chances we had at being successful for each angle type. This allowed us to revisit some of the language associated with chance and probability. We created posters in PicCollage to show what we had found out! (Some examples are shown below)
At the end of the lesson we revisited a QCA test question about probability and the language associated with it. Using the iPad app 'Socrative' we answered the questions again hoping to show improvement in our understanding.
Our Autumn Term QCA test results showed 30% of the class had been successful in answering the question correctly.
After our 'Angry Birds' lesson 70% of us were successful in answering the question correctly (90% answered 1 of the two questions correctly)
In the following lesson, we created our own Angry Bird characters. Using the nets of 3D shapes, we carefully assembled our characters. We then created a poster for display, showing which nets turned into which shapes. Hopefully this will help us to recognise nets of shapes in the future and to understand what they are.
Our 3D Angry Bird shapes!
In our final session, we measured the angles we had suggested on our own Angry Bird level designs. We used a protractor (angle measurer) to carefull measure the angle in degrees. We moved around the classroom trying to measure as many angles as we could. It was fun seeing all of the different level designs but getting to practice our skills in numeracy as well.
For more fantastic ideas, many which have
been used here, check out these other excellent blog posts:
This week, we have spent some of our topic time looking at the popular iPad game 'Temple Run'. We have used the game as a writing stimulus, thinking about the setting and the character. We have planned our own adventure story in the style of the game and have used our Big Writing session to produce a final piece of work.
In our first session, we played the game and thought carefully about where the game could be set. We decided that it was most likely set in a temple somwhere in a far away jungle or rainforest. To find out more about this, we used the excellent webiste www.oddizzi.com and found out a bit more about jungles and rainforests around the world.
Here are just a few examples of the research we completed courtesy of Jamie M, Alicia and Brooke:
In our second session, we returned to the game to take a closer look at the main character and to revisit the setting. We thought carefully about what the main character is like and the type of person who would find themselves in a far away temple, searching for treasure.
To record our thought and prepare us for writing later in the week, we create an image using the app 'Skitch'. Our image showed our thoughts on the main character as well as additional ideas for the setting.
For our third Temple Run lesson we began to pull our ideas together and plan for writing our own Temple Run themed adventure story. After watching a short video montage of Indiana Jones action clips, we used PicCollage to create our own story plan. As you can see from some of the examples below, plenty of imagination has been used and I am sure our stories will be an excellent read.
"Examples of our writing.
Here are just some of the fantastic openers from our very own Temple Run themed stories.
Deep inside the abandoned jungle in America, enormous green leaves cover everything. A beautiful multi-coloured parrot rummages about in the leaves looking for left over exotic fruits. The weather is as hot as someone holding lava.
Fortunately, the huge green leaves covered the huge temple that was inside the waterfall. The temple was golden. Hidden doors to keep the gold safe and traps waiting for their next victim.
Lost inside the Indian jungle, the trees stood up taller then ever. At the hear, leaves falled down swiftly like the wind was guiding it. The baby elephant sucked the water up its trunk then dived down and played in the water. The sun glazed down, everything looked like gold. It was like a hot volcano about erupt was burning my skin.
Hidden beneath all the trees stood an ancient temple made by our ancestors gleaming in the sun. The old shining stairs had inscriptions covered in, nobody could read it. The temple roof was falling in however it was still gleaming like mad.
Lost in the feather jungle, the mud was as squelchy as sinking sand and as thick as dirty water. Beautiful peacocks fluttering their rainbow wings in the soft blowing breeze. However, rain poured down your spine as if it were a waterfall, despite there being humongous dens in the trees covering your soft hair.
Deeple in the centre of the jungle, stood a golden temple as pretty as the queens crown. The stone door enchanting you and giving you a hint of what beautiful gold and silver could have been hidden at the very point. Soon the silky curtains blew in the wind they were covered in luscious jewels. As well as this, the gold temple was covered in lovely pink blossoms and emeralds like the icing on a cake.
For more fantastic ideas, many which have been used here, check out these other excellent blog posts:
We have been learning how to read grid references in our topic work recently. This week, we decided to put our skills to the test by taking a walk around the local area. Equipped with an OS Map and a handful of 6-figure grid references we set off on our quest to find out exactly what was at our referenced points. Working in small groups, we were successful and, as you can see from some of the photographs, had a great time in the process.
Use this fantastic song, performed by Year 5, to help you remember what mean, mode, median and range are.
Thankyou to Mrs Ovington for the suggestion.
X-Factor here we come!
This week we were writing an extra diary entry for Laura based on our knowledge of the events in 'The Wreck of the Zanzibar'.
Check out these 'super sentences' from this week's Big Writing!.
Can you spot why I like them so much?
"Eventhough I have lost faith in him ever coming back, I still think he will come Back." (Drew)
Description can be very powerful and is an excellent way to build up an image in your reader's minds. This superb advert from Sky TV is full of wonderful descriptive language, that builds up the image of a journey through the woods.
Can you write your own description?
Here are some ideas.
1. Describe a journey through the woods (as in the advert).
2. Describe a storm (either on a ship or an island).
3. Describe a haunted house, graveyard or both.
You could try writing your piece in Microsoft Word first and then copying it to the blog.
The path slowly disappears as we descend deeper into the woods. The gnarled and twisted trees groan as an icy wind tears away the last of autumn's golden leaves. As night falls, the forest comes to life. All around there is a chorus as creatures awaken. Chittering in the trees, rustling in the bracken. Inky black eyes glisten in the shadows.