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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, 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:
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:
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.