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:
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:
"In our writing today, we have been using an up-levelling sheet to assess our own writing, giving our work a score. We have been looking at our sentences and thinking about how can improve them.
Here are just a few of the super sentences that have appeared in our books today.
"When, I went to the fabulous, amazing, theme park it was fabulous. However, it was lunchtime so we went to a burger place it was scrumptious in fact it was so nice it watered in my mouth. Whereas, I didn’t think the chips were nice" (Roan)
"Behind the candy shops gates, It smelt lovely. I could feel my tongue melting and different smells of amazing candy at the Candy Shop. My Mum told me "I shouldn't have any candy" therefore I didn't take any sweets. Instead of getting sweets I just watched. Anyway, I saw that peoples favourite sweets were lollies moreover bom boms" (Hannah)
"Deep inside the park, the romantic heart-shaped maze was beatiful and creative however, even though it was a hard decision, I didn't try to get through" (Tamzin)
"The amazing burger watered in my mouth however my brother did not like it! Would you like it? (Kieran)
"In front of the Scary Cyclops ride, the brillaint, fast, amazing rollercoaster clattered and clunked over my head. Therefore, I decided to ride it!" (Alicia)
"Another thing, when the mouth watering, lovely, warm chips passed by me I asked my Mam "Could we get some of them chips?" My Mam answered "yes however only if you eat them all!" When I got them, they were delicious. (Drew)
"In front of the dragon house, the unusually, huge, scary, fantastic rollercoaster roared like an alpah lion!" (Brett)
Our sentence score sheet:
(adapted from the fantastic ideas at http://mrparkinsonict.blogspot.co.uk/)
In Numeracy, we have been investigating the properties of rectangles.At the end of our lesson we were given this challenge:
"If we join the points of the letters on a keyboard, how many letters have lots of rectangles, one rectangle or no rectangles?"
Add your thoughts to the blog to earn some team points or perhaps a success card stamp!Good luck.
You could use Brett's properties list to help you. (Extremely neat today Brett. Well done!)
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.