Video: Rock music

Year 5 have started their topic of Music this week. We are looking at rock music and have been studying various rock bands and their songs. We have learnt all about how songs are constructed and are now able to keep time and copy other children’s rhythmic hand-clapping patterns.

We ended the session reading music and playing tunes on the glockenspiels… the children we’re amazing!

Crocodile egg experiment

On Friday, year 5 took part in an experiment looking into the effectiveness of Hydrogels. We submerged a crocodile egg in water and we”re going to measure it every day for a week to see just how much water the crocodile will absorb before it stops growing completely.

Some of the children have predicted a giant crocodile will emerge… Let’s hope not!

Adding sound to create atmosphere

During the last few Computing lessons with Mr Baddhan, Year 5 Kestrels have been using a new program called Audacity – a sound editing tool. It allows children to edit their recordings and then add sound effects.

The children recorded their suspense stories from a previous English lesson, and then added sound effects downloaded from a website called Sound Bible.

The children were also reminded about the importance of downloading copyrighted files from the internet. Always ask permission from the website or owner.

Here are some edited recordings.

Llukan

Historical weather data in Excel

During today’s Computing with Mr Baddhan, Kestrels have been learning about Microsoft Excel and how it can do alot of Maths work for you.

The children worked through some historical weather data and added it into Excel. The date they were focusing on was the average rainfall for a specific year. They then were shown how to get the average, sum and create a bar chart.

Using email

During Computing today, Year 5 Kestrels learned about emails and how they work. They learned that an email always has the ‘@'(at) symbol.

Every email address looks like this:

Kestrels then discussed the following points:
– Why do people use emails?
– Which are the advantages of using emails?
– Are there any disadvantages?
– Do you have an email account at home?

The class then discussed the risks of having email. They all agreeed that keeping passwords safe was important to ensure that no one can check your emails. And they added that hacking was another big risk in having your email.

The children then were given their own email address, which they will keep until they leave school. They will be able to use and explore email. Kestrels were so excited having their own emails and looked at the various types of folders Inbox, Drafts and Sent Items.

Children can access their emails from school and outside of school. The accounts are restricted so they cannot receive email from outside of school. And they are not able to send emails outside of the school domain. All emails are monitored.

Click here to login to your email account.