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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)
Our classroom was in desperate need in decoration in preparation for Christmas. Therefore, this afternoon, we created our own paper chain decorations. However, they weren't what many people would expect because we took some time before we started to connect our decorations to our recent research linked to our Christmas single. (Feed the World)
We started off by thinking about what Christmas was like for us, in our own homes. As you can see, we all have lots to look forward to.
However, as we know from our Oddizzi work earlier in the week, life in other countries is not always the same as on in our own. Many people are a lot less fortunate than ourselves. We then thought about what it might be like at Christmas in these areas and compared them to what we expecting our own to be like.
We also thought about some of the lyrics from our Christmas single, Feed the World, to help generate some ideas.
We could clearly see that we had a lot to be thankful and grateful for in our own lives. Our groups then suggested some of the things we would stop to say thank you for on Christmas day. We also suggested some of the changes we could make to show greater appreciation of the issues in other parts of the world.
With all of this in mind, we then created the links for our Christmas decorations. Each link contains a message explaining something we will be thankful for this Christmas or one thing we would like to change to show appreciation of our own situation.
Everybody worked very hard to complete their decorations.
Thinking carefully about what we will be thankful for this Christmas.
A finished decoration ready to be put up (not on the walls Miss Hemmings)
Our finished decorations adding a little splash of colour to the classroom.
Our Christmas single, Feed the World, will be available to buy from Thursday 12th December with 50% going towards a hunger based charity (to be decided by the class).
Today we have had some visitors in school from Spain, France, Sweden and Turkey. They have been teaching us about their country.
In year 5 we made a traditional Turkish dip called cacik.
First we chopped some cucumber, added some mint sauce and garlic paste. Then we mixed this together with natural yoghurt. It was delicious!
You could make this at home.
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:
During the week, beginning 21.10.13, the class used an iPad game as a stimulus for their ideas and writing. Below is an outline of the week and how the game was used to generate ideas which were later used in a longer piece of written work.
In the first lesson the children took a virtual trip to a theme park using the computer game 'Theme Park'. They briefly explored the park, looking at the rides and attractions before taking screen grabs of those they found the most interesting.
Following this, the children were tasked with creating a poster showing what the park was like and the attractions they liked to most.
For more ideas, some of which have been used here, visit the following blog post:
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!
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.