This term in science we have studied - Evolution and Inheritance. Evolution happens over many millions of years. However, adaption can occur over much shorter periods of time - i.e. decades and centuries.
You are to either - select an animal (plant or animal) which is now extinct. Prepare an investigation to describe, discuss and implement measures which COULD have been put in place to prevent it's eventual extinction. Examples could be: the Dodo, Quagga and sadly, the recent extinction of the Black Rhino.
Or - select an animal (plant or animal) which is now approaching extinction. Prepare an investigation to describe, discuss and implement measures which YOU COULD put in place to prevent it's eventual extinction. Examples could be: the Polar Bear, Red Panda, Giant Panda, Pangolin, Tiger, Snow Leopard etc. etc.
In order to be successful, you need to: understand and use the following factors - food, predators, habitat, protection/shelter, human interference, numbers, environmental change, adaption/ lack of adaption, camouflage, food chain, breeding/lack of breeding, diseases, climate change, evolution/lack of evolution, controlling population, defence/lack of defence. (and lots more!)
All these can promote and support your argument.
You are to create a poster, PowerPoint, leaflet or document to explain your proposal. You may choose one of the following audiences to present them to: KS1, KS2, Adult. It must be persuasive, accurate, descriptive & illustrated with pictures of your chosen animal, plus habitats etc. (Ask me for card etc. if you have none)
If you wish to extend your work, you may present it in the form of an Information text.
You are to create a PowerPoint, poster or document to explain / expand on the relationship of animal to environment / extinction etc. You may choose one of the following audiences to present them to: KS2 or an Adult. It must be accurate, persuasive,descriptive & illustrated with pictures of your chosen animal / habitat / environment / threat etc. (Ask me for card etc. if you have none)
If you wish to extend your work, you may present it in the form of a video presentation, dedicated website, information text, or even a magazine article describing how you could prevent the extinction. http://www.weebly.com/uk/ - is the website where you may create a website for free.
This work will be shared with the whole school and parents, that is why I am giving you until Monday 29th February 2016. It must be completed by that day, including a plan and be of sufficient quality that it can be used immediately. Any homework not to the required Stowting standard will be returned for replacement with a suitable example commensurate with your year group.
Think out of the box, prepare a plan (which I'd like to see handed in as well) use your recent skills learnt in Literacy, Maths & Science - punctuation, extended sentences, Information texts, scientifically exact language, illustration with relevant examples. Research what extinction / endangered actually means to your chosen audience. If in doubt - ask! Finally, don't leave it until the last weekend - remember, I can smell your fear.... Last of all - enjoy it!
Parents: Why not challenge your child to explain the difference between a homophone, homonym & a homograph today? If they get it wrong, then no tea for them! For you It's a win - win situation, if correct, they have successfully mastered a tricky part of grammar, if incorrect, you get extra portion for tea...
A little bird has told me that some children (and therefore, some parents) are not aware of your current homework requirements - If you are currently in this state of blissful unawareness, may I suggest you scroll down to see what was decided several weeks ago? After all, I intend to present you with a truly wondrous opportunity to amaze me with your knowledge of this on Friday... Oops, have I given something away?
Fed up with the destructive weather we are currently experiencing? Blame Storm Imogen! (not Imo...)
Is this really Algebra?! Can you work it out?
A photograph taken last night by Major Tim Peake, of the United Kingdom taken from the International Space Station. Amazing eh?
Goodness, imagine what a semi-colon could do?!
Although we have studied extinction in animals, according to a recent article by Professor Frank Fenner, humans will be extinct within 100 years due to environmental damage & overpopulation... Chilling eh? What do you think?
Looks like some interesting viewing tonight... Shades of the Mayans.
Year 5 - your chandelier is ready... What do you think? The best thing is that all the lights are adjustable for brightness, each table can individually select their own preferred light level...
Some terrible news today. This is what my generation has done, what good could your generation do in the future? Let's put our science topic on Evolution to good use and plan for a better world.
Have you failed recently? - Good, it's how we learn! Simply get back up on your feet, dust yourself off and double your effort until you've cracked it & proved that everybody was wrong about you...
Do you know the difference?
The new lighting design for the right hand side of the classroom has been completed - doesn't it look fab at night?!
No camouflage! Ooops! What might happen to this amazing creature?
Absolutely true... Mr O'Hoare (year 4), Mr Jackson (my Engineering Drawing teacher) & Dr Sabine (my Chemistry teacher). But most of all, my parents, who taught me everything...
Oh dear.... The words which have been dreadfully abused this week in your work are: eventually, panic, properly, equilibrium, normally, actually, component, breathe, resources, habitat and thrive - learn the spelling, meaning and where one might use them.
As I've said countless times before - you learn just as much outside school as you do when you are here - the really smart people link it all together for the greater good...
Spare a thought & say a prayer for our Colonial cousins today ~ this was taken in Baltimore this morning!
BBC 4 on Monday night, superb programme on evolution if you'd like to 'evolve' your science knowledge!
As a last nod to ratio before we move on, check these out! My rather flash school laptop has a swish 16:10 screen, whilst my sad, steampowered home laptop has an archaic 5:4 ratio screen... (How many things can you find in your home that match these standard ratios?)
I'm not feeling the vibes of children looking carefully at their spelling techniques this weekend....
Don't even think of using this as an excuse!
For the first time since 2005, all the planets will line up - will you be up early enough to see them?
Warning: There is a strong possibility that I will take delight in predating* (verb!) on you at any time of the day, to request a multiple, factor, quotient or square.... so do make sure you have made the effort! (remember, I can detect fear at 25 meters, even in the dark...)
Today, we looked at Fractions, a word which strikes fear into most children... We need to be able to teach someone what they are and what they can be used for. It is important that we understand what they mean & are able to explain this to anyone who asks; be they a year R child, or a parent...
You are to create a poster or document to explain Fractions. You may choose one of the following audiences to present them to: KS1, KS2, Adult. It must be accurate, descriptive & illustrated with pictures or examples from real life. (Ask me for card etc. if you have none)
If you wish to extend your work, you may present it in the form of an Information text or leaflet.
You are to create a poster or document to explain / expand on the relationship of Fractions to percentages and decimals. You may choose one of the following audiences to present them to: KS2 or an Adult. It must be accurate, descriptive & illustrated with pictures & examples from real life. (Ask me for card etc. if you have none)
If you wish to extend your work, you may present it in the form of a video presentation, dedicated website, information text, or even a magazine article describing Fractions in our daily life. http://www.weebly.com/uk/ - is the website where you may create a website for free.
If you wish to extend your work, you may create a year 5 level Fractions test, which you can give to them instead of a RYG test one week.
This work will be shared with the whole school and parents, that is why I am giving you until Tuesday January 5th. It must be completed by that day and be of sufficient quality that it can be used immediately. Any homework not to the required Stowting standard will be returned for replacement with a suitable example commensurate with your year group.
Think out of the box, prepare a plan (which I'd like to see handed in as well) use your recent skills learnt in Literacy, Maths & Science - punctuation, extended sentences, Information texts, scientifically exact language, illustration with numerical examples. Research what exactly Fractions means to your chosen audience. If in doubt - ask! Finally, don't leave it until the last weekend - remember, I can smell your fear.... Last of all - enjoy it!
Do you fancy repeating our pulse recovery rate experiment at home on your unsuspecting relatives? - click on the web link below for a guided experiment you can perform on them!
The Year 5 Viking Long Ship terrified the Year 6 Anglo-Saxons... There were tears, many tears...
Displayed outside a classroom at a Secondary School - would you agree, or disagree?
How wonderful is this? The original illustration for Aesop's fable: How the bee got its sting - can you identify all the characters?
The most valuable things in life, one simply cannot buy - always appreciate what you have.
Have you taken a look at Sienna's website explaining 'Forgiveness'? - Please do so. Here's Sam's opinions & very good they are too... Sam chose to create a PowerPoint to convey his thoughts. When stuck, he resisted the temptation to 'cut & paste' - instead, he had a discussion about the theology of his work with his Nanna - an excellent use of initiative - have a look and tell me what you think. (Sorry Maisie, no Raccoons here either...)
There has been a lot of talk in class about people's opinions this week - Which statements shown here are actually true, can you identify them? (Sorry Maisie, could not find one with a Raccoon on...)
Coming to a classroom near you - more totally terrifying ways of frightening small children with maths... Or is it? Get a head start and have a peep at these beauties - they really do bring fractions alive.
Mmmmm, what on earth could this be? Study it carefully - your homework this week will be based on it!
So.... If the Raccoons can remember information for up to three years, how long can you remember what you learn in class I wonder?... (Yes, Maisie - It's a real, live Raccoon!)
If you are looking for something to improve on this week, then look no further... Many a word spoken in jest!
Just when you think nobody has listened....
Along comes a piece of work that simply makes your day - Hats off to you Sienna - You have done 'exactly what it says on the tin'!
Where are this week's spellings?!! - I can't find them? Oh, I remember now, we were told last week... We will no longer be given lists of spellings each week. On Friday we will now be concentrating on SPELLING TECHNIQUES - how to break down words to spell them correctly. Dictations are continuing for year 5 & 6 as normal.
Struggling with how to plan your narrative writing? Have a peep below...
Mmmmm, just marking your Big Write work...
Morgan, Sam - start saving!
If something is built with quality & you look after it carefully, it will last a lifetime...
Perhaps the perfect thought to close Friendship Week. Good will always triumph over evil. Doing nothing is not an option in life.
In this school we have several core Christian values. How many are there? What are they?
These values never change, however, we focus on one in detail every month in school. It is important that we understand what they mean & are able to explain this to anyone who asks; be they a year R child, or a parent...
You are to create a poster to explain our current Christian values. You may choose one of the following audiences to present them to: KS1, KS2, Adult. It must be accurate, descriptive & illustrated with pictures or examples from real life. (Ask me for card etc. if you have none)
If you wish to extend your work, you may present it in the form of an Information text or leaflet.
You are to create a poster to explain / expand on a single example of our current Christian values. You may choose one of the following audiences to present them to: KS1, KS2, Adult. It must be accurate, descriptive & illustrated with pictures & examples from real life. (Ask me for card etc. if you have none)
If you wish to extend your work, you may present it in the form of a video message, dedicated website, information text, or an advert (similar to one you would find in a magazine) - promoting why anyone should choose the one you are championing . http://www.weebly.com/uk/ - is the website where you may create a website for free.
This work will be shared with the whole school and parents, that is why I am giving you until Monday 7th December. It must be completed by that day and be of sufficient quality that it can be used immediately. Any homework not to the required Stowting standard will be returned for replacement with a suitable example commensurate with your year group.
Think out of the box, prepare a plan (which I'd like to see handed in as well) use your recent skills learnt in Literacy - punctuation, extended sentences & Information texts. Research what exactly the Christian value means to your chosen audience. If in doubt - ask! Finally, don't leave it until the last weekend - remember, I can smell your fear.... Last of all - enjoy it!
Quite a humbling thought...
Incidentally, you are bucking the trend! Better handwriting & better intelligence - well done...
Something to be very proud of... Some samples of handwriting from September and then from today. The improvement is phenomenal - If your work is here, take pride & show your family, you have deserved it.
Breaking news! 😈honest!
Fabulous result... Well done year 6 - Stowting have won 1st place for both of the two years Project Salus has been running - no pressure for 2016 year 5!!
Starting tonight, looks fascinating & ties in very nicely with our science lessons this term...
Think about it...
Sadly, we'll be saying farewell to division this week. However, not before those delightful word problems have been put to bed...
Gross! What is this? Coming to a science lesson near you this week - Yes folks, it's your blood... We'll be getting all close and personal with what goes on in the vital red liquid coursing around our bodies - you have been warned! (actually, it's all rather fascinating...)
The feeling you have when your teacher remembers it's the Friday spelling test! (Not!)
This engineering masterpiece using motorised Lego is totally outstanding. To view it, you will need an adult to log on to Facebook, as the video is hosted there.
In answer to your questions yesterday, this is the clearest chart I've found - why not check over the weekend - get the balance right now & your body will function perfectly! (Yes, it's wee! - get over it, you're year 5/6...)
When things were very dark for this country during WW2, posters like this one appeared to boost the people's morale. Next time you get stuck in class on a problem, think of their words, they're as relevant today as they were in the 1940's...
Excellent taste in cars as well!
Maths today ~ mega hard division ➗! We don't always get it right, but goodness, can we identify how to sort it out for next time! Fab efforts guys...
Mrs Skilton explained to us in assembly that it is friendship week next week - Before we work on this next Wednesday, read a few of these, they really do make you sit up and think...
There you are Nira, now you can explain to Saak & your mum exactly the effect Asthma has on the respiratory system. (Don't forget to describe how the Alveoli work in exchanging Oxygen / carbon dioxide etc)
Well, wouldn't you rather be doing something constructive?
Is this you?.. What an utterly magnificent word! - it can be a verb, a noun and an adjective - superb!
Why were children forced to blow into tubes today? Hadn't they learnt their spellings? Were they thirsty? Perhaps we'll never know...
Do not forget logic when you are preparing your information texts!
Master Finn Lord & Master Jack Sharp's masterpiece....! Can you guess what it is?
heart and lungs cut away.mov
Pssst! - fancy getting ahead? - This is what we'll be looking at in science next week - your lovely lungs! Aren't they just fab? - we'll be looking at respiration in particular - I might just add that one to our spellings on Friday!
I might even have a spot check on handwriting next week....
Spellings for the week beginning 23/11/2015: information, informative, introduce, international, unfortunate, unnatural, unless, uneven, unfold, unfair - like spelling tests! (tee hee) I will be expecting the spelling, meaning and how to apply it in writing. Also, for my lovely year 6's - all the antonyms! - enjoy...
Oh my goodness! - what exactly is the homework this week?! PHEW, it's all listed below... (read carefully)
Homework, week beginning 16/11/2015: Researching and gathering Information / facts / data / images / diagrams / photographs etc. for your forthcoming work on information texts. (Did I say WRITE one? - NO, prepare for writing one in class...)
Here's a completed information text - you will be creating your own next week - your research homework needs to be in school - without fail - on Monday morning, the 23rd November. Why? because if you don't, you won't be able to start your information text in Literacy - you have been warned. Also, please don't think this homework is a ' last thing on a Sunday night job'. Any work not completed to a suitable 'Stowting standard', will be returned to you, to be completed that very night...
Our thoughts & prayers this week are with our neighbours, 23 miles away across the English Channel - Liberte, Egalite & Fraternite... The glorious madame liberte will prevail again.
My favourite, favourite, favourite book of all time - you simply have to read it once in your lifetime...
Spellings for the week beginning 16/11/2015: beginning, brought, flowing, interrupted, adjoining, contained, containing, carefully, within, somewhere, somewhat, miniature.
You might just need this word over the weekend!
Goodness, happy children?! Lesson enjoyment?! Mmmmm, we'll soon put a stop to that!
There's a revolution taking place in class... Which camp will you elevate towards?!
The evil quizmasters & the victor's spoils.... Who will win?
A wipeout! Guess which class has an extra 30 mins playtime in the bank? - Fab!
The Lord said: "Ask and you shall receive" Sadly, I don't think they had much call for sentence construction in The New Testament - does this help?
Check your Lego box!
Wait a minute... Are you a mammal? - if so, this is how your circulation works. Does this help with your science? (Note: If you are not a mammal, this will be incorrect!)
Fascinated by all the different methods of division we studied in class today? Well, have a look here - you might just see something which makes it all crystal clear!
This diamond was just sold at auction - can you guess for how much? (it is a very rare blue diamond)
Terrible weather arriving this week - blame Abigail... No! Not our Abigail! Storm Abigail....
Are you going to cause trouble with our weather?! These are the names of the storms of the future... (note: Storm Imogen is on the way!!)
I quite like the idea of a Book Tree...
Pester your family to take you - it's FREE!! Will Finn miss his football?, Will Sam miss his Rugby?, Will Jess miss her Hockey? We will have to find out...
Remembrance Service 2015 - Heartfelt thanks to all who participated.
Exactly what some of you mentioned in your Remembrance Day prayers....
All invited - year 6 will be accompanying our visitors on the day.
George & I worked the final shift of the Poppy Appeal collection for 2015 this evening, now we're getting ready for Remembrance Sunday tomorrow. I don’t think that we'll have collected anywhere near what the school raised last week!
The first in our new series: Mathematics in the real world...
Tell your parents & friends about our Armistice Day (Remembrance Day) service in school on Wednesday 11th November - make sure you're in school by 10:30! We'll be linking up live with the Royal British Legion commemoration in Trafalgar Square.
Well done to our stalwart Poppy collectors, one more day to go...
Guess who's famous!! Get your thinking heads on now, how will we beat the £1,500+ Otters Class raised last year for the Guide Dogs?!
Our circulatory system - amazing...
Spellings for the week beginning 09/11/2015: capillaries, oxygen, valve, lungs, ventricle, deoxygenated, muscle, chambers, digestive, artery, vein, nutrients, pumped, atrium, exchanged - what might all these be linked to I wonder?
Look carefully at these two sections of handwriting... One was from September, the other is from today - what an amazing improvement, it is actually the same person! I wonder who it could be? Think about it - that's only two months. Stunning!
This was why Kate got star of the week (assessed by Yola & Jack S) - please excuse the terrifying photos...
I had the same temptation myself!
I should think so!
I know who you are....!
Think about it...
Don't forget to invite your parents, relatives and friends to our Remembrance Service at 10:30 on Wednesday 11th November. We'll be linking up live with the service in Trafalgar Square.
Don't forget to bring in your donations for the Poppy Appeal - I've managed to get the special children's box of goodies from County! Snap rulers, pencils, reflectors & friendship bracelets... On sale thus week.
Next term representatives from Dover Lifeboat Station will be popping into school to give an assembly - have a look here: http://www.dover-lifeboats.org.uk/ - Get your questions prepared in advance. Remember, there is a strong chance KS2 will actually be going to sea in this beauty! It all depends on our fundraising - let's go for it!
Did you have one of these when you were little? These chaps missed theirs so much they made a grown up version...
Read this carefully, it actually makes quite good sense!
For those of you who's parents use Instagram, one of my friends has just won a photography award - you might just recognise the subject!
The Project Salus results are in..... The winners for 2015 are...... Stowting B team with 93 points out of 100! (apparently, you won by 1.1%.) well done. I'm very proud of you all.
Don't forget, it's Remembrance time. If you haven't already got your Poppy, year 6 will be selling them in school from the Monday we return.
The Barvarian Hunting Clock on the hour - strikes the hours on a gong, moves & sounds the 'Cookoo', the traditional dancers rotate round on a track, plus it plays Boccherini's minuet on a tiny mechanical music box hidden within - a devil to set up, but a magical clock...
Then, on the half hour, it strikes once & then plays the Swedish Rhapsody!
The choices you make in school are the first steps... Tread wisely!
Instructions for..... Pancakes! Did they work as successfully as the Deli Sandwiches? Was the Head teacher admitted to A & E afterwards? - We'll have to find out after half - term...
I'm confused.... Is this Literacy, Maths, or both?!
I'm liking this a lot! (notice I didn't spell it 'alot'.... Yes, 50% of the class are still doing this!!)
Year 5 & 6 start collecting soon, the official start of the 2015 Poppy Appeal is today.
Success! After many hours work the poorly French Portico clock is now working again... Made in Paris over 130 years ago & keeping perfect time.
This family kept a lion, called Blondie, as a pet in Texas - the photo was taken in 1953. The lion went everywhere with them & there were never any incidents with the lion - class pet anyone? !
Next time you fancy a drink - have a peep here! Unbelievable eh?
Homework for Half-Term week: Nothing too taxing for my tired Otters... (we're all tired out after a full on term!) Learn to sing the two Hymns we are featuring in our Remembrance Service - Eternal father, strong to save & I vow to thee my country - both are featured in videos below - please scroll down.... Have fun! P.S. Failure to learn these, results in the fabulous reward of a front row seat when we will be singing the Hymns!
Oh my goodness... Where are the spellings for Half-Term?! - Are you learning the two Hymns: Eternal father, strong to save & I vow to thee my country, for homework? - the spellings are the actual words you'll be learning! So... learn one thing and you have automatically learnt the other - Simples! (No cats, or cardboard boxes were harmed during the making of this spelling homework)
Instructions in Literacy - Deli Sandwiches... Did the instructions work? Were the sandwiches tasty? Did the chefs choke on their enormous creations?!
Come on, be honest.... How many of you actually used this today in your assessment?!
Hang on a minute... A film made in 1989 about today? - What's going on?! (ITV2 tonight - don't forget it's a PG)
The 21st of October 1805, The British Fleet under Admiral, The Lord Nelson, saved Europe from certain dictatorship. Sadly, Nelson didn't survive & the country mourned his loss for weeks afterwards. You can see the result of their public outpouring of grief still today - Trafalgar Square, London, paid for by the people of Great Britain. His ship, H.M.S. Victory, was preserved and is still the Flagship of The Royal Navy. This monumental action resulted in the complete dominance of the seas by The Royal Navy for the next 100 years and provided the foundation for the subsequent British Empire. Nelson's memory is celebrated today by all who have served in The Royal Navy, a special dinner is held each year on this day, in his cabin on board H.M.S. Victory.
If you want to get ahead, our next Hymn: I vow to thee my country, is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvouc8Qs_MI Stirring stuff! - I was present at The Albert Hall, where this was recorded, the year previous to the recording - I'll never forget the experience.
Spellings for the week beginning 19.10.2015: announcement, safety, wonderful, success, important, expecting, receptive, sufficient, despite, please. - Mmmmm, haven't I seen these somewhere before? P.S. Is that really the correct definition of the word 'synonym'?! - Think I'll add that, plus the spelling to this week's tally!
Stop moaning! - I could have given you these choice examples for your spellings! 😈
Yes... I know the feeling - just like two year 6's Science books which have mysteriously disappeared!
Year 6 Only - Important Announcement.
Tuesday 20th October - Project Salus, Safety in Action.
We will be out of class on Tuesday morning at Folkestone School for Girls, for our Safety in Action event. This is a very important course, where we will be one of about 12 schools entered. Despite our small numbers, last year's year 6 class won - concentrate hard, I will be expecting the same wonderfully sweet smell of success this year as well - no pressure eh?!
So.... on Monday night, NO sleepovers, NO marathon Minecraft / FIFA / Skylanders sessions, NO reading under the covers, NO late night clubbing etc. - a clear head and receptive (NOT Reception..) children are needed.
You will need to bring a packed lunch in a disposable bag - a single course will be sufficient (NO towering banquets fit for a Roman feast please) - we will be back in school for the afternoon & you have to carry it!
You will need to be in school, ready to go by 08:30 am - The coach leaves at 08:45! - Sadly, it will not be waiting for anyone...
Year 5 - a normal Tuesday for you! - It'll be your turn next year...
Autumn - totally magnificent.
Seriously?! Never feel like that - it's having a blinking good go at something which is important! How can you ever learn if you never make mistakes?
Not quite a Raccoon, Maisie - but equally delicious I'm sure!
Don't forget, next week we'll be testing out our instructions... Get ahead and try yours out this weekend! - My Deli Sandwich works a treat!
Here's our latest Hymn - 'Eternal Father Strong To Save' - The Seafarer's Hymn, just in time for our charity fundraiser for the R.N.L.I. Plus, Trafalgar & Remembrance Day.
How's this to help with your Computing? - remember, I get 10% of any deal if you are successful in the future!
Word of the day... (they must be mad) might just add it to your week's spellings! (Ha!)
The torrential rain seems to have affected many animals as well as us - who do you think this little fellow was, clinging to my front door as I got home tonight?
Imagine combining this with your App designs... Epic!
Children enjoying lessons?! Disgusting... I'll soon put a stop to that!
Had fun in maths today? Have a peep at these methods... Choose which one you fancy & have a spin!
Remember when we tracked ourselves walking across the school field? Same principle - science & computing working hand in hand...
We live in a truly wonderful world...
Starts tonight on BBC 2 if you'd like to find out more about how we harvest our food in Great Britain.
Have you helped? Amazing isn't it?
Thesaurus - er... Get it?!
Guided reading books are in!
Spellings for the week beginning 12/10/2015: definitely, maybe, different, difficult, interesting, their, there, they're, can't, people.
Can you name all of our school values? Remember, they aren't just some words to look pretty on a poster!.. Live them.
Perhaps something to add to my desk in class?
Were you lucky enough to see the last flight of the mighty Avro Vulcan this weekend? If you missed it, here's some pics from Manston Airbase today - it was fab!
Our wondrous language....
Homework for the week beginning 12/10/2015: read carefully... There are more options than a take away menu! Homework is due in on Tuesday 20/10/2015 - yes, a fortnight of homework bliss!
Your task is related to our desire to create a working drawbridge for our classroom! Think of all the knowledge you have gained within this term's topic work.
There are several options, please choose one of the following - you may complete as many as you wish, but in reality, I am only expecting to see one completely finished, detailed, illustrated item.
1. Design a working and practical drawbridge - you will need: scale drawings, mathematical calculations, material choice, plus a written section on how it will work. (Year 6, I will expect a section on how it will be instantly detached to comply with Fire regulations)
2. Build a model of your design, including a written explanation of how it functions & what materials you will use. (Year 6, I will expect a section on how it will be instantly detached to comply with Fire regulations)
3. Prepare a written persuasive argument for adding the full size drawbridge to the classroom. You will need to use the language of debate and put your case clearly, but persuasively... (Year 6, I will expect a section on how it will comply with Fire regulations)
4. Prepare a written persuasive argument against adding the full size drawbridge to the classroom. You will need to use the language of debate and put your case clearly, but persuasively... (Year 6, I will expect a section on how it won't comply with Fire regulations)
I think that will suffice! Don't say you never get interesting homeworks... If we have a superb combination of models, designs and persuasive arguments, I will put the case to the Head of Governors to the school & who knows what might happen...
One word of advice - This is a two week homework, make sure your finished work reflects this, or.... it will be handed back to you for replacement!
Hey Morgan - just seen something for your Christmas list!!
If you get your tests wrong at Secondary School, you get sent back to me for extra lessons! Look at these two naughty boys!
Let's Get Cooking Club made pizzas !
Pssst! Fancy a cheat?..
Not learnt the words to our Harvest hymn yet? This is what Friday will feel like! Be warned...
Have you read something new this week? Tabby cannot make up his mind what to read next...
Sound familiar anyone?...
Feeling slightly bored with Topic lessons? Miss the crunch of bones & the sound of swords on Shields? Worry not, pop along to Battle Abbey on either the 10th or 11th of October & have a ball.... Rebecca's dad will be one of the soldiers on the day.
Teachers can do both of these - plus, they are trained to see slightly round corners, read your work from across the classrooms & use Ultra Violet light to detect copying! (not)
Why are these two ideas linked?... One is Maths and the other is English - or are they? - discuss!
Homework for this week will be given out on Friday.... I'll be for two weeks. Whatever could it be?
I totally agree... If music be the food of life, play on! (who wrote this?)
Spellings for the week 05.10.2015: learn the words of this most beautiful of Harvest Hymns - plus.... I'll be selecting 10 words at random on Friday! How fab is that?!
Guess who was photographed for The Telegraph this week?... (lovely to see Azrai's parents there on Saturday as well)
Worried about passing the Kent Test? - Don't be... It's what you do next with your life that counts.
This is an entry for the Turner Prize for Art 2015 - do you think it is 'art'? I had a go & created one in my lounge! I bet you can guess why it caught my eye!
Don't forget... All homework to be in my hot little hands by Tuesday. No homework, no marking.
You may choose which level of complexity you wish - However, I will expect year 6 to complete the option of the comparison between multiplication & addition... The more detailed / harder the work, the higher the number of house points you will receive if correct.
You will provide a detailed explanation (think Encyclopaedia here...) using words, diagrams, examples photographs etc. for one of the following:
1. Multiplication. (how it works)
2. Multiplication. (how it works) + examples of it in operation in daily life.
3. Show the links between addition and multiplication.
4. Show the links between addition and multiplication. + examples of it in operation in daily life.
We have covered this in class all week in depth, I expect this to be reflected in your work...
Finally, you may provide your work in any format you choose (within reason - NOT written on a Sheep Will...) The goal is to inform / teach - how would you 'switch on' someone who isn't interested in this - think...
We are not the only people concentrating on correct pronunciation, this has been released to ensure adults pronounce these famous brands perfectly! Try them out on your family & friends - what was their score?!
Science question for you... Why has the watchmaker put the balance wheel in a cage that rotates once every minute? Seems an awful lot of hard work doesn't it?... Clue: think forces & gravity... Remember, the goal is a more accurate timekeeper.
With this application you can check a spelling, a synonym & an antonym... Plus, it's free! Even better, if you ensure you are using the English setting, you can hear the word spoken clearly - have a look!
An amazing find - the very first 'Selfie'! Year 6 - using your science knowledge from last year, what will the image look like?...
Goodness! Who does that remind you of?!! (a certain gentleman teacher!)
What time of year are we celebrating now?... Clue: Will F's family are exhausted!
Any homework not presented to a suitable standard on Monday gets fed to my cat... (Well, I might accept it on Tuesday morning if it is particularly stunning...)
To help you with your homework - Tasty eh?
Spellings for the week 28.09.2015: beautiful, which, witch, doesn't, don't, thought, though, through, means, write. These are all words I've had to correct when marking - don't forget - spelling, pronunciation, meaning & for Year 6, the antonyms! (tee hee!)
Remember, for our spellings - this is the most important step...
Here's the latest article on Project Bloodhound - have a read, the pics are fabulous...
An example of NOT what I am expecting for homework! (year 6 boys especially!)
British engineering at it's finest... Google Project Bloodhound.
Do the words 'algebra' & 'algorithm' make you scream in your sleep? - Have a look at this tonight, even Google runs on algorithms!
Fabulous turn out for morning prayers on Tuesday - next week, the 9th person to go wins a lifetime supply of custard & an iPhone 7... (not!)
Not working as well as you could in class? Oh dear, this is what happens! - Honest!
Fancy a cheat before we study fractions? This one is a peach!
Never give up.... (although I can think of many things more comfortable than a ride on lawnmower!)
Homework for the week 23/09/2015:
Following on from our investigation of poetic description in Literacy, I’d like you to have a go at describing 5 household objects in poetic terms. (Year 6, I’d like 8 objects) To help: think about the perspectives we’ve studied –
I won’t expect year 5 to use metaphor unless they feel adventurous!
Here’s an example – look at the picture…
"Steaming cauldron of swirling dark liquid, like a bottomless lake of intense caffeine. Steam launching off your burnished surface, the pungent wisps enticing me over. Enveloped in pure white porcelain, I long to plunge into your bitter heaven."
Do you get it? I didn’t mention the name of the object, just what I can do / smell / taste / feel / sound like. Have a go – remember to use the spider diagram rough notes as we did in class with the frog…
Who do you think this awesome bed belongs to?!
A shame Jersey isn't in yr6 anymore - she'd love this...
Could there be an easier way to learn this?
Good deed for the day - a rescued baby frog. Might hide it in one of your trays!
The person with the best electricity homework gets to nominate who they would like to test this theory out! (not...)
The 11 + (PESE) test is over!!
Happy Union Day!
Requiem for a Robin
Song of the rabbits outside the Tavern
Cows on the beach
Had a stressful day? Kick off your shoes, sit back in a favourite chair and relax to this atmospheric poetry recital... Night walk
Today Mr G & Mrs Goss decided to have a sleep & let the year 6's teach the year 5's the parts of addition they didn't understand - lovely!
Hard working groups in Maths today:
Homework for the week beginning 13/09/2015: You are to use your knowledge of electricity to design a circuit (or two!) You must provide: 1. a circuit diagram. 2. a detailed explanation of the components you have used. 3. a paragraph describing how electricity works, in particular, around your circuit. Year 6: you may create an actual working circuit as well to show your design! Any questions, please ask me, I'm more than happy to help. (Important note: Only use AAA, AA, C, or D Cells for your circuits)
This very useful webpage allows you to design a circuit using all the correct symbols & print the subsequent image - have fun!
Year 6 - I'll expect this level of detail by July 2016...
Spellings for the week beginning 13/09/2015. Learn the terminology (names) for electronic components (these are the easy ones!) + what they do + how they work + how they are used + their symbols! You will be tested on all five perspectives in the week's dictations - how fab is that?!
The first week of debating club, a chilling verdict for class teachers - the motion passed by a single point... Gutted!
Despite it being Imogen's birthday, as she hadn't completed her science work in class, she was forced to endure electric shocks to encourage future participation! (not...)
Tonight, 8pm on BBC2. Gamers, do you feel you get a bad reputation? Are you really addicted? Look! - Some scientists actually believe it makes your brain sharper - seriously?!!