Thursday, 30 April 2009
Jessica, Grace, Sinead, Lei, Luc, Khalid, Prabhav, Tushar, Daniel and Jo.
After talking about their ideas in front of the whole class and having a secret vote and a very exciting counting process...the elected reps are:
Grace and Luc!
I'm really pleased to have so many children who are keen to take part in their council and who want to take responsibility for how their class, year group and school works.
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Monday, 27 April 2009
If we could find another source which backs up the information, it would be even more credible (believable). Maybe you could research using a recent encyclopedia when we are in the library this week.
Mr.Ben here is a lot of candle clock information A candle clock was one of the first methods of measuring the passage of time. From ancient Asia to the Dark Ages of Britain, people found ways to use candles to tell time. Though no one knows who invented the first candle clock, there is no doubt that they have been in use for centuries. Types of Candle Clocks Most candle clocks consisted of a 12-inch tall thin candle with markings that represented blocks of time. Common markings used were simple lines or numbers placed on both sides of the candle. As the candle burned past each marking, a person could have a sense of how much time was passing. Candle clocks were also used as timers. A person would stick a nail into the candle at the marking that represented the desired amount of time. Eventually the wax would melt and release the nail. The sound of the nail falling onto the candle plate alerted the person to the passage of time. Some candle clocks incorporated multiple candles and special holders. In multiple candle systems, candles of graduating sizes and markings indicated a specific period of time. As each candle burned, a person could measure time. Sometimes the candle holder or plate had panels with markings that assisted time keeping. Ancient China
I have more evidence that the sun spins:
Yes, the sun does spin, or rotate. Because it is a gas, it does not rotate like a solid. The sun actually spins faster at its equator than at its poles. The sun rotates once every 27 days at its equator, but only once every 31 days at its poles. We know this by watching the motion of sunspots and other solar features across the sun. The giant gas planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, also spin faster at their equators than at their poles.
With special telescopes, scientists looking at our Sun notice that its features appear to move from one side to the other.
This is because our Sun actually spins. (Just like our planet Earth, only much more slowly.) It takes about 27 days for the Sun to make one complete rotation.
On Well done, Mr Ben
Tushar, excellent research. Well done for including the source (the place you found the information). It would be even more reliable if we could find the same information from another source.
We don't have reading comprehension any more.
We don't have maths homework on Mondays.
We DO still have spellings, tested on Thursdays.
It is called Project Homework. We will be doing the homework in a booklet and it is due to be handed in on Thursday 7th May.
You must also make a front cover, including your name and "Project Homework"
The first task is to Investigate the number 31.
You need to be:
- organised (time and presentation),
- a risk taker,
- a thinker,
- a good communicator
You will have to wait until Monday 11th May for news of the next topic homework.
Friday, 24 April 2009
Can you answer any of them?
Send answers as comments, including where you found the answer(this is called a reference).
Who invented candles?
Who invented the light bulb?
What is light?
What are sunspots?
What is dark?
Where do shadows come from?
Where does light come from?
Where is the darkest place in the world/the universe?
When was the light bulb/candle invented?
Why does light happen?
Why do we have shadows?
Why do we have rainbows?
Why are rainbows made of different colours?
Why don't the flames from the sun go out?
Why do shadows stretch?
The Egyptian creation myth is animated and is read to you. There are lots of complicated names but don't let this put you off.
How did Atum give birth to his son and daughter, according to this myth? It's quite disgusting!
Want an extension project? Then go to the exercises, make a project based around some of the questions and write it up...remember if you help others learn you will earn marbles!
Thursday, 23 April 2009
Ten people said they would like to take part in the elections for Term Three Student Council Representative for 3W.
Here is the application form. Please print and hand in before Thursday of next week (30th April).
Please be ready to say a few words to the class about why you would be a good rep.
With a hippodermic needle.
But what happens if you have more than one hippopotamus?
In spelling today, I said that the plural of hippopotamus was hippopotami. Well, it seems I was wrong. The correct spelling is actually hippopotamuses. The Oxford English dictionary says so.
The English language can be very confusing and it gets especially confusing when you move a round the world, particularly between England and America: colour or color, favourite or favorite and there are many more.
For a history of English spelling look here.
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Sunday, 19 April 2009
Why does the sun create shadows which change in length and direction during the day? Look here for a great animation. What time on the animation is the shadow the longest? Send answers as comments - remember to put your name if you use the answer anonymously option.
Usually I show it in class by using a bright light, a globe and a piece of blutack shaped like a person!
This website shows the earth rotating and you can change the month of the year to show how much sun each part of the earth gets.
This website is a great animation of the earth rotating, while it orbits the earth and while the moon orbits the earth.
To see how to make shadows bigger or smaller using an object, a screen and a light source, look here.
Saturday, 18 April 2009
Here's another joke from Athena!
What do you call the river Nile when there are crocodiles?
Have a look at the links in the earlier post about Egypt. There are some more links to great websites which answer where and when questions about the Ancient Egyptians.
Friday, 3 April 2009
Here are some funny(ish) jokes. Please send any more as comments to this post.
How do you ring an Egyptian doorbell?
Tutankhamun (Toot and come in!)
Do you know why you'll never starve to death in the desert?
Because of the "sand which is" there!
What did King Tut say when he had a nightmare?
"I want my Mummy!"
What do you get if you cross an Egyptian mummy and a car mechanic?
Toot and Car Man.
Start to find out about the ancient Egyptians. Remember the question words...they will help you to think about what you want to find out:
who - Who is the Ancient Egyptian Goddess of cats?
what - what do words like amulet, embalming and natron mean?
Where is Egypt?
why - Why did the Ancient Egyptians use a hook during mummification?
- Why did the pharaohs build pyramids?
- Why do we learn about the Egyptians?
- Why is King Tut famous?
which - Which is the biggest pyramid?
how - How did the Egyptians write?
Please send any links to me...you might like to try this one...maybe send me a webreview of the site...what did it help you to learn? Did it teach you new vocabulary? Were there good illustrations?
Thursday, 2 April 2009
We have been very reflective today, reviewing the term. We have also spent some time thinking about our maths assessments.
We thought of all the elements of the term at school and added them to this kidspiration map. Some children felt it was too messy. They may be right. We used it as a reminder or prompt for our review writing which will go home in our record of achievement today or tomorrow.
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
- place value: general , identify Th, H, T, U ,finding numbers on numberline
- venn diagrams
- addition and subtraction facts
- multiplication facts
Also remember to look at your eclassroom quiz and check what you need to work on. (Apologies for the incorrect answer for one question...the quiz has now been changed).