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Ants – update

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The ants are still ‘moving in’. We can’t wait to see them burrowing tunnels. We think they are shy – or too busy with their ‘meetings‘ about their new home. 

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Today was our first day on our new Science topic: Life Cycles – and we spent a few minutes in our hothouse. We had a sheet and our task was to observe the plants and to write/draw what we observed – after a short general discussion in class. Back in class, we also wrote our questions for the wonder-wall on little post-it notes. Some of us ‘wondered‘ if some plants can grow without water. Others wondered if plants really need soil in order to grow. Jiovanni wondered if plants would grow if you water it with lemon juice. There are many more interesting questions which we are going to try and investigate via some experiments or research. Can you answer some of the questions?

Photosynthesis and ants

Life Cycles – in particular plants – our topic in Science. See this clip about photosynthesis, not really part of our topic, but we’ve already discussed it when we looked at our plantarium, which is still in class. 

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Please click THIS LINK to read about each stage in the life cycle of Ants! On the link you will see this graphic [image], which is clickable and you can read more about each stage.

Did you know that worker ants – you get the workers, soldiers and the queen – are only females! Most ants are females. Read on the link what happens to male ants! This is interesting. 

Another birthday girl!

We’ve had a birthday girl! SimranjitB’s birthday was today!  Happy Birthday, Simranjit, we hope your day has been  great and enjoyable! Enjoy the video!

Antarium

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In our class, we are going to have an antarium! It is going to arrive tomorrow and we can’t wait to observe these little ‘bugs’ – just look at the variety of ants you get! Here is a  LINK to read more about ants on antark! On this link you can read even  more and there are fantastic must-see-photos to see.

The Highwayman

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Today Y5 enjoyed the start of our Poetry unit for this term. We were looking at the first two stanzas of the Highwayman and can’t wait for the rest!

Stars of the week

Y5-stars! You have chosen our ‘celebrities‘ before the holiday – see the Celebrity-entry. After marking all of your lovely writing on Manyara’s point of view, I have thought to mention a few names. Almost everybody produced wonderful writing, but a couple of our Y5’s have really pushed themselves this time, more than before. I am pleased to say well done to: Taljot, SimranjitB, HarveenS, Jeevan, Sukhman, Kiran, Amrit and Ruben. Thank you to everyone else for the fantastic writing, you should be proud of yourselves for producing such quality writing.

Paint dot Net

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Hello Y5! You have a ‘free’ day on Monday! Do enjoy your time at home…I hope your holiday has been great! I would like you to download a brilliant piece of free graphics software – of course with the help and permission of your parents [as always]. I have asked our IT Manager to install this software on the school’s network as well, as I’ve found it easier for Y5’s to adjust images with this  software than what we have on our school network. Please don’t panic if you can’t download/install it.

The reason why I would like you to download it, is to have a go at home with it as well and you can do some ‘homework’ by using the software in our WW2 topic – or any other topic. Plus, this software is something you will definitely use throughout your school career – even Secondary school as well! Follow the instructions and it’s as easy as eating a corn flake! Just follow the steps.
Steps to download and install:
1. Go to this link and click on the download link.  See  the image – the red box, but don’t click on the image, you need to go to the link. 

2. A ‘Zip‘ file will get downloaded and your Mum/Dad – or any adult help – will help you to install the software. Good luck! This week in our ICT Lesson we will be using Paint.net to adjust WW2 images. It’s great fun! Read more with the next image.

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If you want to search for Paint.Net, you need to put the following in a search box: paint dot net – see the screenshot from Google and it will appear as the first link. This is not your normal ‘paint’ program from Microsoft – don’t get confused. 

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Happy Vaiskhi

Today Is Vaisakhi!!

An auspicious day for all Sikhs!!

Happy Vaisakhi Everyone!!! 😀

Navkiran

Friendship

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Happy Birthday to…

We have a birthday girl! Gursimran’s birthday was today!  Happy Birthday, Gursimran, we hope your day has been  great and enjoyable! Enjoy the video!

Chelsea!!!

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Chelsea is the best team ever!

They always win the match by teamwork.

Chelsea are the best!!

By – Navkiran

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Y5’s Wow-writing

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In Y5 we’ve been learning how to write a story from another point of view. We’ve been studying the story of Manyara – a selfish and unpleasant character – and Nyasha – an altruistic [unselfish] and pleasant character. The title of the story: The beautiful daughters of Mufaro. Please enjoy some random sentences from Y5’s wow-writing. When we write, we try to use compound and complex sentences. Do you spot any in their writing?

Sukhman: As the sun baked down upon the river bed, I was busy listening to Nyasha singing to her pet snake.  As I was walking carefully to the city, I saw an old lady and she frightened me to death! Secretly, but quickly, I approached the palace and minutes later, the wedding party arrived at the palace. I growled to my sister not to go inside the chamber and that there was a snake with ten heads with poisonous teeth!

SimranjitB: Suddenly, from nowhere, a messenger arrived with some dazzling news. As the stars lit up the world, I grabbed some food and silently crouched down gently, ready to go!  Bashing through the thick and overgrown forest, I spotted an old cold-hearted woman, wearing a chick  brown jacket, trying to explain about the laughing trees. 

Ruben: Whenever I heard the droning begging voice, I got even madder and angrier at the boy, as he was getting louder and louder, therefore I screamed at him to shock him and he just wandered off, back to from where he came from. Late that morning, I came across an old mysterious lady with her body stuck in a tree! 

HarveenS: As I put on my old worn-out clothes to fetch water from the well and to pick berries, I heard the emergency horn from a messenger and I quickly gathered everything in a clearing and listen to the message. That same night, as the moon replaced the sun, after everyone was asleep, I dashed off to the forest to be the first and adorable girl standing right in front of the King!

Kuljit: Dreadfully shocked by noticing the old ugly woman that knew my name, I immediately ignored her and rapidly strolled off without taking any notice of her. Just when I thought I was nearly by the Palace, I came past an orchard of oak trees, which started laughing at me! Just then the sun opened its eyes and shone its brightness at the trees.  After lumbering hours through the forest, I finally approached the Palace and I could feel my face gleaming by the beautiful sight in front of me.

Priya: Minutes later, which felt like hours, I saw a small boy begging for food and he kept on being very demanding. Without offering any food to him, I passed the innocent, poor boy, whilst my cautious eyes were squinting and scanning the area around me. Was it my imagination?

Taljot: Soon, as it turned dark, I rapidly and quietly tiptoed out of the house and stopped right in front of Nyasha’s window, looking how she admired herself in front of the mirror. On my way through the forest, I stumbled over a young boy, who was very impolite and begging for food. Wondering how Nyasha was going to react, I noticed an old, ugly and wrinkled lady, sitting on a large boulder and she stared at me with a stern face. 

Amrit: Whilst Nyasha was wasting her time in her garden, singing to Nyoka, a chubby-looking messenger brought an urgent message from the King. Quietly and cautiously, I crept out of the house, without trying to make a noise. 

Jeevan: Secretly, though immediately, without wasting any precious time, I jogged off into the forest, trying to be at the Palace before dark. I honestly wanted to help the poor begging boy, however, having had only food for myself, I flew off and continued my frightful journey through the deep and dark forest. All of a sudden, the begging boy was laughing loudly and I stood there in shock. 

Gursimran: Almost immediately, after I sneaked very quietly out of the front door, I realised the forest was even gloomier than I expected. On my way through the dark forest, a skinny, pointy-eared boy interrupted my journey to the Palace. Suddenly, from nowhere, I saw an old, weird lady, with a horror expression on her face, sitting on a stone. 

Navkiran: Whilst the dazzling rays of the sun were roaming the planes of Zimbabwe, I felt so awfully bored by everyone’s thoughts about Nyasha being the future queen! As the day was drawing to a close, I was getting ready to freak out! Strolling down cautiously through the forest, I spotted the grove of trees the old lady was referring to.

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Family – Navkiran

Family is one of the most important thing in your life.

Your Family brings you joy,

Your Dad might be a pirate, ahoy,

Working day and night

While your mum flies a kite.

Earning so much money,

while your mum drives funny,

Brother making jokes,

Sister meeting folks.

Baby starts to cry,

Because his nappy ain’t dry

Dad comes home,

Everyone starts to roam.

One Big Hug

Navkiran

Poly…gon…. Polymorph

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In Y5 we had another exciting ‘experience’ – with Polymorph – to conclude the science-week activities. Polymorph has some unusual properties. We saw today how polymorph pellets turned from opaque to clear in a minute or two. It can be moulded in a variety of ways and stays workable until a much lower temperature. All Y5’s went home with a tablespoon of polymorph – and the safety  instructions on what/how to do. 
Read on THIS LINK  which is a pdf-document- more and there are some images on how it can be used as well.
PRECAUTIONS USING POLYMORPH – only with an adult
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD POLYMORPH BE HEATED ABOVE THE RANGE 60°-
65° MAX. ABOVE THIS TEMPERATURE IT WILL BECOME A STICKY ADHERENT MASS AND
PRESENT THE SAME HAZARD AS HOT-MELT GLUE  – ALSO: DO NOT HEAT IT IN A MICROWAVE.

More celebrities

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Y5’s have suggested that the following ‘Celebrities’  have good reason to be selected as ‘celebrities’- we are getting more posh – nowadays – we have now more than just two celebrities! Well done you all! It was great to listen how mature Y5’s have been thinking about their friends and the good reasons. Well done to everybody!

Komal – for being less chatty and getting on more with her work, Kiran for being more focused on getting some really quality writing as evidence in her book – Kiran has started to magpie her work from ideas from friends on her table – she has realised how valuable it is to have friends with good ideas to share. AvirajS – for working really hard on improving and getting better with Ms B – he has now great sentences on the WoW-board and his recordings in the ‘Talking book’ are fantastic! Amrit for working really hard and making sure everybody gets a good laugh in the playground. Gursimran for quality writing and supporting friends on her table with great ideas to improve their writing and Ruben! Ruben has turned into a serious writer and has made some good use of all resources available to improve his writing. He has been making a fantastic effort to set a good example to his class friends. 

Fossils! Work in progress

We watched this video today and made our own fossils. Watch this space!
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Enjoy some of our fossils – work-in-progress. Keep watching this space…

From our class discussion:- We’ve decided the following is going to happen: the Plaster of Paris mixed with water will settle and solidify after a few hours. We plan to leave our fossils for a day before we use something like soft pastels to give it a bit of ‘colour’. 

M is for Manyara

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This is what we brainstormed about Manyara. Wordle was used to create this wordle about her. The Wordle-link is in the fun-section. Why don’t you use it to create a wordle about Nyasha? You can take a print-screen of your wordle to save it.

This is our story we’ve been studying. Today we’ve been writing a diary entry. Y5’s are talented writers! This is a sentence of Jiovanni: As my greed was taking over, while Nyasha was tending her land, I was able to share with Dad  my feelings about Nyasha leaving him. A sentence from Harveen S: As I walked past the old narrow path leading to the city, I merrily skipped through the forest and suddenly saw an old woman with grey hair, waving at me. Priya’s sentence: Almost immediately, I saw Nyasha staring outside the window and I felt a fierce monster, filling with envy, raised up inside me!

A is for Africa

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Our story – Mufaro’s beautiful daughters – is taking place south of a city called Nyanda. On the map you can see where it is. More about Zimbabwe. The capital is Harare. Zimbabwe is not in South Africa, but in Southern Africa. South Africa is a country – not a continent. South Africa is the only country in the world, which tells you where its location is! [South of Africa!] South Africa is bordering Zimbabwe – in the south. On Zimbabwe’s east you can see Mozambique and west is Botswana, North of Zimbabwe you can see Zambia and part of Mozambique. Bulawayo is another big city of Zimbabwe.

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Lesotho is a country INSIDE South Africa! A country inside another country is called: an enclaved country. Prince Harry goes quite often to Lesotho, as he supports charity work with children in Lesotho. You can read one news article about him and his charity work in Lesotho  on this link here.

The author of the book, a native of New York, John Steptoe published his first book, Stevie, at age 19 and devoted his career to writing books that he hoped would encourage African American children to accomplish their dreams. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters was the result of two-and-a-half years of work and research and earned Steptoe Caldecott Honor Book recognition.

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On this zoomed-in map – where the orange line is – you can see more or less where the story takes place. In the blue box you can see the capital city of Zimbabwe and the border between Zimbabwe and South Africa is actually only a river! The Limpopo river.

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On this map you can see the equator, just a bit north of Zimbabwe, so that will help you with an idea what the weather in Zimbabwe might be like – quite warm – as Manyara told us!  Madagascar is an island near Africa. Do you notice the two oceans? Geography is FUN!

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Image: Wikipedia – Great Zimbabwe – the ruins – this is where Zimbabwe’s name is from. Zimbabwe can also mean: stone/rock. Read more about the ruins on the link of Wikipedia.

From the site of Unesco – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – [and world heritage]: The ruins of Great Zimbabwe – the capital of the Queen of Sheba, according to an age-old legend – are a unique testimony to the Bantu civilization of the Shona between the 11th and 15th centuries. The city, which covers an area of nearly 80 ha, was an important trading centre and was renowned from the Middle Ages onwards. Source: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/364


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Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn: Located at 23.5 degrees North and 23.5 degrees South of the Equator, this area of Planet Earth (between those two lines) is known as the “Tropics,” and is colored with a lighter blue color on the globe. This area experiences no dramatic change in season because the sun is consistently high in the sky throughout the year.

People living North of the Tropic of Cancer and South of the Tropic of Capricorn experience dramatic seasonal climate changes, based on the earth’s tilt, and the angle of the sun. When it’s summer North of the Tropic of Cancer, it’s winter South of the Tropic of Capricorn. (The reverse is also true).

Meridian: Located at zero degrees longitude (East or West), it divides the Planet Earth into the Eastern and Western Hemispheres.

Bread in a jar

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Condensation  – why?

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Mould – evidence

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As part of our Science week-activities, we have bread bits in a jar – it’s been in the jar for a week and Y5’s could tell that the bread would eventually go mouldy – and we have some of the evidence now! – but only after  a long, deep and intensive discussion about the changes in bread and all the why’s around it. We are eager to see more ‘changes’ and wonder how long it’s going to take before we see more of it. We will need a microscope to investigate it in depth.

Let’s read more about Microorganisms – which is also one of your Y6-topics!
Microorganisms are very tiny living things. They are so small that you need a microscope to see them.

Illustrtion of a leaf under the microscope highlighting the micro-organisms

Microorganisms are all around us, in the air, in our bodies and in water. Some microorganisms are harmful to us, but others are helpful to us.

There are three types of microorganism:

  • viruses
  • bacteria
  • fungi

You’re more interested? Read more on this link of the BBC-Bitesize [ks2]

The friendship cards

Hi guys! I wanted to say thank you for the friendship cards. Everyone’s card was brilliant!  Jeevan, I liked your card, it was fantastic and it was also nicely decorated. Amrit your card made me feel better, it had all of my favourite things and you took your time. Shivam, your card was awesome, ‘For the awesome kid’. I really liked the way you presented my name.Thank you everyone! You are all awesome friends! AvirajB

Hilarious conductor

Watch this video clip. It is the Radetzky March. It was composed by Johann Strauss [Senior] in 1848. Watch the condutor of the orchestra. He is hilariously funny. See how he gets the audience to clap with the orchestra – but… watch his face! [keep watching!]

It was dedicated to the Austrian Field Marshal Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, and became quite a popular march among soldiers. It has been remarked that its tone is more celebratory than martial– Strauss was commissioned to write the piece for a celebration of Radetsky’s victory at the Battle of Custoza.

Joseph Radetzky von Radetz [Image: Wikimedia]

Watch this too! Amazing!

Celebrities in our class!

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In 5V we have now celebrities! They are ‘posh‘ and they keep a ‘pose‘, which is hard for some others to follow. Although many are trying to reach celebrity status in 5V, only two can get this status at anyone time! We’ve had so far: Ruben and Shivam, Harveen D and Gurjoth and today, after a long and thoughtful discussion, we’ve agreed on SimranjitB and Jatinder! Congratulations to our celebs! I think we need to start a celebrity club! Priya got a very special certificate. She’s always a great star in class, doing exactly what’s been asked, completing her work thoroughly and taking her teacher’s advice on how to progress in her work. Well done to Priya! 

Happy Happy Hap….py!

We have another birthday girl! Avneet’s birthday is tomorrow, 16th March and Anaya’s next week!  Happy Birthday, Avneet and Anaya [26th March], we hope your days will be  great and enjoyable days! Enjoy the video!

Manyara’s visit

 

 

 

We are busy with our Literacy Unit: Stories from other cultures. We have been reading the story of: Mufaro’s beautiful daughters. Guess what! Manyara visited us! All the way from Zimbabwe! You can see her in these pictures. She shared with us a lot of her life with Nyasha. We learnt a lot more about the story and how she feels to be Nyasha’s servant. We learnt from her how hard it is to be your sister’s servant. You know what? Manyara needs to bow down and go on her knees when she serves her sister some food. She also needs to curtsy! We asked her many questions, as we wanted to know so many things about her life and her family.  Manyara explained a few things that she would like to change: to be honest, to be a good person and not to be a two-face in the company of her dad! Wow, that’s a mouthful and we all have decided that we need to live our lives like Nyasha. Manyara also brought with her some fabrics, typical of Zimbabwe/Africa and some of her jewelry. We all agreed afterwards that we know now a lot more about the culture of Manyara. We are now ready to write the story from Manyara’s point of view, as we know now the ‘truth’!

 

 

All things Science

We have another terrarium! Our first one just broke in two pieces – without any warning! We think it’s a weak spot in the jar. We will start observing again and keep record from what we see. In the photos of today, you can already see some changes after just one day! I wonder if some Y5’s can tell us what it is they can see?

 

Here we have a jar with bread bits! We have a Science week coming up and we are going to observe what’s going to happen with the bread in this sealed jar – apart from other activities we will be doing.

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Shivam’s home experiment! After our ‘Foamy Fountain‘ experiment in class, Shivam visited the link – 2nd ‘Science Experiments’-link in the Science section – [Sciencebob] to have some fun and brought this to class today! Well done to Shivam, he got inspired by the interesting and fun activities from Sciencebob. We hope more Y5’s will find inspiration by visiting those Science experiment-links. Please make sure you do have an adult with you when trying out some of those experiments!

We also have a ‘fair test’ investigation going on! We would like to know if the shape of the container affects the rate of evaporation. We changed one thing: the shape of the container. We keep the same: the amount of water, the place and the time we observe! We will keep you posted about our findings.

 

Thursday update: 14/3/2013 -Changes in our bread jar – what do you spot? Why is this happening? What is going to happen next? Why? What do you think might happen within the next week? Why?

 

 

Our new [2nd terrarium] – what do you notice after 2 days? What is it called? What is happening in our terrarium? 

Chopin – Raindrop

Happy Birthday!

We have a birthday girl today! Navkiran!  Happy Birthday, Navkiran, we hope you have a GREAT day! Enjoy the video!

My Birthday – Navkiran!

Today is my Birthday!!!

09/03/2003!!! I am really excited!

I am turning 10 TODAY!!!!!

Water wAtEr WaTeR water

Lang Lang playing  Chopin


We’ve been listening to Chopin and by using the music as a stimulation, we’ve started to create a storyboard to support the music. Eventually, we will add our images and the music to Windows Movie Maker and animate our images. These images are all initial ideas and we will think more about the music and our ideas to refine it, before we create or final storyboard. The idea is from the music teacher of Y6 at Poplar Primary School. See their link in the music section of our blog. Y5’s only watched the Y6 videos after creating their own storyboards, in order to think about their own ideas. We all agreed that Y6 were brilliant.

We’re going to dance!

 

 

 

In 5V we are going to dance! Today during indoor PE, we have been thinking about creating interesting positions with our bodies. We also worked with a partner to create a combined position. We are working towards a dance, which we’re going to link to rivers – our topic in Geography! We will call our dance: ‘The River dance’. Over the next few weeks – Summer 1 as well – we will build onto our ideas and keep on improving, but also think about a sequence of moves, which will eventually be our dance. Enjoy some of our interesting positions. Some of us found out that balancing your body is quite an important skill.

World Book Day

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This is what we did today! Jellybean booklets! We still need to add our coloured floss with some colourful beads. We are busy transferring our short own fables, the only short story for such a tiny booklet to save our memories of today for many years to come.

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A close-up from these cute booklets. All of Y5’s have agreed to donate their booklets to their teacher! [unbelievable how ‘generous‘ they can be – not!]

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Busy busy busy Y5’s

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More busy bees

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Gotta keep reading coz this book is gonna be a good book!  – waiting for our year group friends to join us with the singing and dancing!

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and reading reading reading reading reading reading reading reading…..fill your brain!

Homework

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We have started to present our homework in a ‘different‘ way. Children can choose how to present their work in our class, as long as they complete the task. Last week’s task was a fact file on Zimbabwe. They were given a link – see the Geography section on the side bar – and were asked to find some interesting facts about Zimbabwe. We are now studying the Zimbabwean story: Mufaro’s beautiful daughters. You can enjoy Gursimran’s homework – 1st image- and HarveenS’s homework on the second image. Harveen has many bits of paper to unfold with interesting facts and Gursimran has a question for us to answer! They are lovely learning logs and we look forward to receiving more homework presented in this way. Well done to the two girls in this entry.

Sunrise

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Hi everyone! This is the sunrise I saw yesterday! – You will remember I told you about the huge, red/orange ball right in the middle of the small country road I’m driving – from where I live. The sun was playing hide-and-seek! Only when it was safe enough to pull off from the road, I could take a photo, but then the trees were there too, but I think the photo is still great! Isn’t it beautiful? 

Chopin and water…and…Senwa dedende

Lang Lang playing  Chopin

Frédéric François Chopin  (1 March or 22 February 1810[2] – 17 October 1849) was a Polish composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the greatest Romantic piano composers.Chopin was born in Żelazowa Wola, a village in the Duchy of Warsaw. A renowned child-prodigy pianist and composer, he grew up in Warsaw and completed his music education there; he composed many of his mature works in Warsaw before leaving Poland in 1830 at age 20. For most of his life Chopin suffered from poor health; he died in Paris in 1849 at age 39.

Today we had an exciting music session. We listened to Chopin and we have been thinking ‘deeply’ about the music and how to create a storyboard linked to our topic of Water [Rivers] and to our Science topic of solids, liquids and gases. 

Y5 children came up with the brilliant ideas for their six storyboard-pictures, some of them were thinking about the mood and rhythm of the music and how to link it to actions to convey their ‘story’. Shivam has already a title for his ‘story’: ‘The Wave’  and it sounds like somebody on a surfboard got almost in trouble due to a big wave, but cleverly used his surfboard to hold on to and drifted on the calm waves to safety. – what a great idea! Harveen S thought up a storm, where her umbrella got blown away by a strong wind…brilliant! We are going to refine our ideas in our next lesson. Eventually, we will have an animated movie created by using windows movie maker. We will add the music to our own creations and we hope to post our videos here quite soon! 

We also listened and joined in with Senwa dedende. It is a song from Ghana and it’s about a lazy vulture! Listen to the song on this link: [the song will open in a new window]Senwa dedende

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Chopin at the age of 20 – image: Wikipedia

P4C

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Philosophy for Children is an educational proposal that makes possible children and teenagers develop their multidimensional thinking, therefore their reasoning abilities, their critical thinking, their creative thinking and their caring thinking. Philosophy largely involves asking questions to which there are no known, absolute answers. Investigating these questions rationally helps us develop principles of existence, knowledge, and ethics or acceptable behaviour.

Philosophy for Children – In Y5 we had our first philosophical discussion on Friday last week. It was all about ‘white lies’ – and we still need to continue and conclude our discussion about the ‘white lies’. Some very interesting thoughts were shared. See also Harnoor’s very own poem she’s written on ‘white lies’. We hope to have more of these discussions, it will help our children to develop their thinking! 

Please click HERE to read her poem – or slide a few entries down to read it.

A fantastic quote: ‘Give children a thought and they’ll learn for a day. Teach them to think and they’ll learn for a lifetime.’David Hyerle [this is what Y5V’s teacher has been trying Y5 children to do – for the past six months….some of our Y5’s are already brilliant at ‘thinking’ – others find it more ‘difficult‘, but we are slowly getting ‘there’! hopefully…hehe] 

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The Thinker

Terrarium

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Y5’s Science topic for this half term, Changing State [all about solids, liquids and gases and how they can change] links to our previous topic of ‘Gases all around us.’ In our class we have this very exciting ‘project‘ and we are going to observe our terrarium over the next two weeks [or more] to see what is going to happen.

A terrarium is a closed environment and we can use it to illustrate how different natural processes are taking place, e.g. the water cycle, respiration of plants and photosynthesis [Y6 Science] The moisture in the air condenses on the glass walls, it returns to the soil and is absorbed by the plant’s roots.

Most people don’t realize how much water evaporates from plants each day. Although we may notice the higher humidity in the forest, it’s hard to imagine that 90-95% of the water a typical plant absorbs through its roots passes into the air as water vapor. The water evaporates through tiny pores on leaves called stomata. The stomata open during the day to allow carbon dioxide, needed for photosynthesis, to enter the leaf. The oxygen, produced by leaves, exits through the same stomata. Transpiration is the term that describes water evaporating from leaves.

Photosynthesis [Photo = Greek for “light” and synthesis = Greek for “putting together”] is a process used by plants and other organisms to convert the light energy captured from the sun into chemical energy that can be used to fuel the organism’s activities. Carbon dioxide and water are used by plants to synthesize carbohydrates such as sugars, hence the name photosynthesis. Oxygen is also released, mostly as a waste product – and for us as humans! 

The Water Cycle

In the global water cycle, the sun heats the Earth’s surface water, causing that surface water to evaporate[gas]. This water vapor then rises into the Earth’s atmosphere, where it cools and condenses into liquid droplets [condensation]. These droplets combine and grow until they become too heavy and fall to the earth as precipitation – liquid if rain, solid if snow and hail.

– Why not creating your own little terrarium at home by using cling film? – Please ask an adult to help you. Then: keep record and come and share it with us.

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Update: Monday 4/3/2013 What we noticed: a ‘cloud’ of condensation that has formed against the inside wall of the glass jar. The weather for today: sunny

Tuesday 5/3/2013-We saw: more condensation, some of the droplets got a bit heavier than others and started running down the wall of the glass jar. Weather for today: sunny

Update: Wednesday 6/3/2013 – What we noticed today: Ruben, Gurjoth, Jeevan, Keerat and Harveen D have been observing the jar and this is what they reported back to the class: More condensation on the wall of the jar. Ruben spotted new condensation near the bottom of the jar, where there’s more water. They also spotted a ‘w’-pattern created by condensation running down the wall of the jar. Ruben also thinks that the plant has grown a little eensy weensy bit.

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 Thursday 7/3/2013 – Today we got a bit more excited! We saw new condensation on the lid of the jar, even more condensation on the wall of the jar and best of all, our Ivy developed two tiny roots! So we have evidence that our plant is not busy dying – at least, but growing!! Weather: rainy Observers today: Jatinder, Shivam, Priya, Harshaan and Sukhman.

Friday 8/3/2013 – Oh goodie! We didn’t have time in class to observe/write up! So, here are the pictures of today and we will do our write up on Monday. Weather: rainy

Sunday update: 10/3/2013 – see photos – weather: cloudy and very cold

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10/3/2013 – new root-growth and plant growth since the start of our observation


Evidence of a tiny new plant – 10/3/2013


New leaves – since we started the observation

10/3/2013

Friday 8/3/2013

The lid of the jar – Friday 8/3/2013

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There’s the evidence that our Ivy is growing – a few mm’s longer than yesterday.


Friday 8/3/2013

Where do boats go?

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Where do the boats go?
Robert Louis Stevenson

Dark brown is the river,
Golden is the sand.
It flows along for ever,
With trees on either hand.

Green leaves a-floating,
Castles of the foam,
Boats of mine a-boating –
Where will all come home?

On goes the river
And out past the mill,
Away down the valley,
Away down the hill.

Away down the river,
A hundred miles or more,
Other little children
Shall bring my boats ashore.

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image: laurahughes-illustrator

The River
Valerie Bloom
The River’s a wanderer,
A nomad, a tramp,
He doesn’t choose one place
To set up his camp.
The River’s a winder,
Through valley and hill
He twists and he turns,
He just cannot be still.
The River’s a hoarder,
And he buries down deep
Those little treasures
That he wants to keep.
The River’s a baby,
He gurgles and hums,
And sounds like he’s happily
Sucking his thumbs.
The River’s a singer,
As he dances along,
The countryside echoes
The notes of his song.
The river’s a monster
Hungry and vexed,
He’s gobbled up trees
And he’ll swallow you next.

Gotta keep reading!

World Book Day – Thursday 7th March 2013

There’s a time and a place for white lies!

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There’s a time and a place for white lies,
Even though when you can’t,
You get nervous and bite you nails,
and then start to chant.

To save your friends feelings,
Even if you don’t like them,
to make them feel happy,
It’s like being stung by a python!

It’s OK in once a while,
Like you’re eating a short bar,
But then you have noticed something,
OH NO! I have gone too far…

Always tell the truth whether you like him/her or not…
But a white lie comes in handy sometimes, if you forgot

– A Poem by Harnoor Y5V

Manchester United news

manchester-united

hi guys! I’m just bringing some news about Manchester United. Not like Amrit, but still news so far. Man-U has been the best team, they started playing good and better on the end of 2012. They are still in the lead in 2013. We have not lost a match in our stadium, which is called Old Ttrafford. Oh yeah, Spurs is the only team that we have lost against, I haven’t watched any of the Man-U matches in the half term. AvirajB

 

 

American bulldogs

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American bulldogs are gentle dogs, they like to play with children over 12. Also, they are very active dogs. They want a home that already had dogs, so they find it easy to settle down. Not all American bulldogs are gentle. Some are vicious and will hurt other people badly and some are extremely strong.-AvirajB

Scratch

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Y5! I hope you are enjoying your half term! I would like you to go and play around with Scratch! It’s easy and it’s fun! In ICT I would like us to look at it over the next half term! On the image, I have added some red arrows – those are some of the tools for you to play around and to change. The green flag is to ‘play’ your little ‘game’ and the red shape is to ‘stop’. Click on ‘costumes’ and ‘sound’ to have more fun! Scratch around with…Scratch!  Click HERE to go to Scratch.

Together

Picture: theanimalblog.tumblr.com/post/25727608345/by-ppv247

How does a coral reef form?

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A coral reef is an accumulation of the limestone skeletons of dead reef organisms and the algae that glues them together.

The coral reef builds upwards, growing towards the light much like trees in a rainforest, competing for space and light. Once the coral reef reaches sea level it cannot survive the harsh surface conditions so begins to grow outwards. Creating spectacular formations of coral that spawn further growth and spreading of the reef ecosystem.

Through time, animals grow and the sand, rubble and debris of life is broken down by waves and eroding animals, such as worms and sponges. A complex reef ecosystem is built over time. Today’s underwater gullies and caves were formed because of that erosion. These are the same formations scuba divers enjoy exploring today because they are shelters for an abundance of marine life.

Coral reefs tend to grow where there is a lot of water movement, bringing nutrients, oxygen and new species. Most reef-building corals cannot grow in waters shallow enough to expose them at high tide or deeper than 50 metres, making them highly sensitive to changing sea levels.

The Reef is continually evolving and changing as climate and sea levels change. Healthy, diverse reef ecosystems are more resilient, that is, they are able to adapt to change. 

Resource: http://blog.reefcharter.com/2010/03/how-does-a-coral-reef-form.html

Link about species of the coral reef: [copy and paste the link in your browser] http://blog.reefcharter.com/topic/species-of-the-reef

Brithdays!

Kiran’s birthday is today! Harshaan’s birthday is on Friday! We hope you’ll have a fantastic day, both of you!  Enjoy the video!

Graffiti!

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This is fun! Go to THIS SITE and slide a little bit down to the blue button that says, ‘start’, to create your own. An empty box will appear, type your word in it and… go! Use all the tools available to create your own. Take a print screen, crop/save it in Paint and post it on the chat page to show us your creation! Good luck and have fun.

Copernicus

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Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus is being celebrated with a  Google doodle on what would have been his 540th birthday.

He was best known for his theory that the Sun rather than the Earth is at the centre of the universe.

Nicolaus Copernicus

 

 

100 words challenge

…they didn’t mention that on the packet….

Here’s a challenge – for those of you at home this 1/2 term! These words: “….they didn’t mention that on the packet…’ MUST be in your writing! Ok, go on, write your 100 words and you can post them in a message box, or create an entry on the blog! Good luck! The closing date for this prompt is: 22nd February. Your writing will get submitted to the 100 Word Challenge blog. [http://100wc.net]

Diary of a wimpy kid 100 years ago

The next poem is from the book

Sometimes I sit and wonder
About stuff I don’t know
Like what the heck the earth was like
A hundred years ago.

Did cavemen ride on dinosaurs?
Did flowers even grow?
Well we could guess but that was back
A hundred years ago.

I wish they built a time machine
And picked me up to go
To check out what the scene was like
A hundred years ago.

Did giant spiders rule the earth?
Were deserts filled with snow?
I wonder what the story was
A hundred years ago.                                      

 JEEVAN~~~~~
Please click HERE to read Diary of a Wimpy kid ONLINE!

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