We have been learning about electricity. We had to discuss the dangers of it and create a poster for the rest of the class to see. We had to make our posters eye catching and to the point. Here are some examples;
Today we have been exploring the stop motion app. We had to take lots of photos and move the models a little bit at a time. We then pressed play to see our models move which was very exciting. We all had fun doing this. We cant wait to record our movie next week.
A lot of the children asked if they could do this at home. The app is called stop motion (it is free) and can be used on a phone or tablet. It works really well with lego.
This week is anti-bullying week. We looked at the anti-bullying policy which has been written by the children. We then looked at sayings we could promote and place on our kites. We came up with the following:
- Be kind, words don’t rewind
- Together we can
- Smile together
- Be a buddy
- No bully zone
We then wrote the saying on a kite and decorated. We did this during mindfulness. We thought about what bullying really meant and what we can do about it together.
What is coding?
‘Giving and listening to instructions.’ Ethan
We have been learning about coding. First we took part in unplugged coding, which does not involve technology. We blindfolded a member of the class and directed him from the front of the class to the door. This was fun and we saw what happened if our instructions were not detailed enough.
Next we went into Scratch to create our own Rock Band. We had to:
- Choose a Sprite (drum)
- Code the Sprite (drum to make a sound)
- Choose a background
- Add a voice (singer)
- Change the costume slightly (make the singer look like she is singing)
- Saved the project into our Hwb accounts.
We looked at different celebrities to do with film. We researched Steven Spielberg, Emma Watson, Tom Hanks and Stan Winston. In golden time we dressed up and took silly pictures. We then used different materials and skills to create our very own paparazzi collage. We all had laughed and had fun as a whole class.
We have been learning about the different roles and jobs needed to create a film. We decided to make our own stop animation films on Christmas. So far we have been the producer and director where we discussed what kind of film we would like to make. Next we took the role of screenwriter by creating our own storyboards and scripts. This week we have taken the role of art director and costume designer. We created our own backgrounds, props and characters, using different materials. We are very excited to start filming next week!
Over the last few weeks we have been learning about the Wizard of Oz. We read the story first to get information about the characters, settings and plot. We then created a story mountain highlighting the most important parts of the story. To add more detail we watched the film. Everyone loved the film.
We went onto painting the different settings using the correct colours. We wanted to describe the different settings and used a thesaurus to search for WOW words.
Finally we were ready to write out own stories. We used Alan Peat sentence structures, description, similes, speech and different forms of punctuation.
Word Aware- Teaching vocabulary across the day, across the curriculum!
Why Word aware?
Vocabulary levels are strong predictors of later literacy skills.
Without a good vocabulary, children struggle to understand what they are taught, to express how they feel, to manage social situations and resolve conflicts.
If a child is in the lowest 20% in vocabulary knowledge at age 5, and you want them to move to an average level within three years, they would have to learn 20 new words a day, every day, for each of those three years!