This blog relates to the Homework Challenge set last week – read here.
Today Kestrels shared their first homework projects that they have been working on this week. The class enjoyed looking at other children’s work, discussing different ideas and presentation techniques. All children gave very sensible positive comments and thought of opportunities for pieces of work to be developed further.
Children were enthused to use some of the new ideas they’d seen and work even harder on their projects for next week.
Emily – It was more interesting because it let you show your own ideas. Hanson I enjoyed expressing more creativity. Josh – I enjoyed the freedom. Leo – I really liked seeing how different people presented their ideas. Fabian – It stood out that they used a lot of well thought out language. Nimca – People took real care in their presentation. Ben – I was proud of the work I did and enjoyed the positive comments people gave me. Jessica = I put loads of effort into the work and was pleased to get lots of good comments.
During Computing today, Year 5 Kestrels learned how to put a weather report together. They filmed themselves in front of the green screen presenting a weather forecast using the scripts they wrote with Mrs Sabir during an English lesson.
We’ll have the final video of their work on the blog later this week.
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.
In Year 5 we are experimenting with a different style of homework.
In addition to the usual number facts and spellings that children have to learn, we are sending home an open ended piece of homework. Each piece will only have a title – it is then up to your child’s interests / creativity to take the homework in the direction they wish.
Each week the class will review the work that children produce, with children developing their own success criteria to assess against for each piece of work.
This week’s titles are Arrays and Earthquake, giving children the opportunity to explore the work we have been doing in Maths and Geography.
We can’t wait to see the wonderful work that the children produce!
During Computing with Mr Baddhan, Kestrels have been using Scratch to program their sprites (characters) to have a conversation about mountain facts, which they have learned in their Geography lessons.
They have learned to add wait block when one sprite is listening to the other sprite talk.
Kestrels have today started to record their facts into Scratch and then add their sound blocks into their program.
We’ll have the final pieces of work to share with you on our blog tomorrow. In the meantime, you can see the Kestrels working on this project.
In preparation for next week’s Computing lessons, Year 5 have been preparing their weather forecast scripts. First we watched a video to give us a better understanding of how to present a weather forecast.