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Times Tables Rockstars

We have a new website to help with practising times tables. The children have been given their log in details and they can access the site on a PC, tablet or mobile. 

The address is: https://ttrockstars.com/login

 

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Living like a Maya

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Thanks to so many of you who came to watch the children perform in their assembly this morning. It was their chance to show you all the history, music, geography, sport and art that they have learnt over the term.

I hope you agree that the performance level from all the children was super, everyone remembered their lines and delivered them loud, clear and with expression. Well done! Special congratulations should go to Caiden and Silvy who stepped in as understudies - you did a fantastic job.

I've tried to include a picture of everyone for anyone who couldn't make it.

 

 

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Mayan Assembly

We are looking forward to seeing you all next Tuesday 28th November at 9.30 for our assembly about the Maya.

As you know the children all have lines, which they were given to learn before half term. We are now in the final stages of rehearsals and most have learnt their lines by heart - there are still a few who need to polish up their memories!

We have run through costumes today, and each child has been told what they need to bring with them from home. Please help them by giving any advice and guidance on acting that you can offer.

Many thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you next week.

 

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Maya Gods

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This week we have been studying the rediscovery of the Mayan ruins in Copan by Frederick Catherwood and John Lloyd Stephens in the early 19th century. We have analysed historical sources and their reliabilty (Mayan ruins versus Catherwood's paintings).

We then studied the vast range of Maya gods, their powers and the awful lengths the Maya people went to to worship them - ask your children about thorny ropes! The children then recreated their favourite god in terracotta using modelling tools. 

They are on display in the classroom, if you would like to see them please pop in one morning or afternoon. 

Celine, Silvy, Sofia and Ben's are pictured below

 

 

 

 

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British Pok-ta-Pok Championships

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For the last three weeks the children have been learning to play the ancient Maya game of pok-ta-pok. They became so good we decided to hold the British Championships here at Beckers Green last Friday. For some reason we were the only school represented (maybe the 2000-year-old-game isn't as popular as it once was?).

Anyway, the teams were match-fit, the crowd were buzzing with excitement and the roaming commentators were poised for action. The tournament lasted all afternoon and ended in victory for three teams. 

Lions have written match reports and a selection of their work can be seen below.

Awesome effort Lions!

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Homework WC 30-10-17

Homework is set on DB Primary. Please complete 20 mins each of the maths and the English activities. :) Use the link below. 

 

DB Primary

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Game designs

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The homework task over half term was to design a game that displayed and tested the children's knowledge of the  Maya topic that we have been studying this term.

The results are impressive and I have been blown away by the care and attention the children have given their games. 

Here is a selection of them, although all of them were very good, I can't fit photos of them all onto the blog.

Today we played them and gave the designers feedback - great work Lions. ROAR!!!

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Chocolate Day

We had such a fantastic day yesterday with the Ministry of Chocolate. Not only did we learn about the history, geography and science of chocolate - most importantly we learnt how to taste chocolate properly using all our senses.

Please ask the children how you use sight, smell, touch, sound and finally taste to enjoy chocolate. Hopefully they will have remembered how to tell really good chocolate from the bad stuff.

Their chocolate bars looked and smelled delicious and today they have created some brilliant packaging and adverts too. The chocolate came home with the children tonight, so I hope you enjoy tasting their wonderful creations.

 

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Chocolate - For or Against?

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Out Maya topic has taken us to a study of chocolate (in time for National Chocolate Week) and last week we completed our debate about whether chocolate should be sold in the tuck shop.

After the debate the children wrote persuasive letters to Mrs Smyth, either for or against the idea.

They should all be very proud of the results which make a lovely display in the classroom. Well done Lions!

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STEM

Today we were visited by Alec Hunter Academy, and they conducted a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) workshop with us.

We made stomp rockets out of paper and card, which we then launched in the playground.

We learnt that it was important for the rocket to be air tight, the number and size of fins affected the distance flown and the angle of launch affected the height the rocket reached.

Well done Lions.

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Home Learning

In addition to the homework set on Thursday there are other activities that the children can practise on an ipad, tablet, PC or phone at home.

These are:

Mathletics  - for maths tasks related to weekly teaching

DB Primary  - for all areas of learning

Linguascope  - for French 

The children have the log in details for these sites and I hope that they will use the links above to access them frequently.

 

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Star Writing

Lions, you have a fantastic attitude to home learning. The 100 word challenges set last week were all completed and improved on. We have democratic vote in class on a Tuesday morning to select the cream of our homework, the winners are then posted on our Star Writing Wall.

Well done to Sara, Alfred, George, Divya, Sofia, Leah and Isabella for winning this week's vote.

 

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Star Wars + Lego + imagination + school holidays = creative results

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Over the holidays, one of our Lions had some spare time and decided to create something very special.

He has devised, designed and built an interactive quiz using Lego. The attention to detail is breath-taking and the variety of skills involved very impressive. 

It is on display in Lions class, if you would like to have a look. You will need to ask the creator - Bradley - if you can play it!

This has got me thinking, how about a half term challenge? With the news that Toys'r'us is going out of business, can Lions class, Beckers Green step in and take their place in the world of games and toys?

I will give it some thought and be in touch before long!

 

 

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To infinity and beyond!

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On Friday Lions, Kangaroos and Jaguars experienced a trip of a lifetime. With the help of a virtual reality headset, we travelled through our solar system, exploring all the planets, their moons and the conditions on their surfaces. 

The children learnt about each planet in turn, as well as the central facts about orbits and rotations of the earth and moon. The workshop featured frequent quizzes to test their knowledge and it was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

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Lions meet Cressida Cowell

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Today, Lions, Kangaroos and Jaguars walked to Alec Hunter Academy to listen to the bestselling author of the How to Train Your Dragon books, Cressida Cowell. We heard about the childhood holidays that inspired her work, had a sneak preview of her soon-to-be-published new book and learned some creative writing tips. At the end we met Cressida, asked some interesting questions as she signed our books.

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Welcome back

We are now a whole week into the new term and Lions have been busy making the classroom look beautiful.

We have completed watercolour wash lion portraits of ourselves which make an impressive class display. We have also designed and created batik prints which represent the qualities we value using Adinkra patterns from Africa as an inspiration. These were quite a complex and lengthy project but the final results are excellent and look very impressive.

In writing we are writing a fact file about the Maya, who we have been studying in our topic sessions. This week we have compared and contrasted the Maya and the British timelines, noting the differences and similarities.

In maths we have studied place value, rounding and negative numbers, while in science we have begun our work on light.

Friday is an exciting end to the week as we have two events: the virtual reality workshop are visiting us and will be whisking us off on a tour of the solar system. While in the afternoon we are visiting Alec Hunter Academy to meet Cressida Cowell, the author of How to Train your Dragon. Many thanks to the parents who have volunteered to support us on the trip.

Homework this week is a mental maths workout and a one hundred word challenge.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Kerry

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Writing

This week we have been writing our own versions of a short film. The film is a hyper-realistic animation of a post-apocalyptic world called Ruin.

It has been a real treat to read the writing the children have produced - the descriptions are breath-taking and the writing skills really bring the story to life.

We have made a display of the whole story using a range of the children's writing. Please pop into the classroom to have a look, as the children are very proud (quite rightly) of their work.

When I can post photos, I will!

Mrs Kerry

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Democracy in Kangaroos

Well today we have held a mock general election with five parties campaigning for the class vote.

UKIP: Bradley, Tom, Luca, Olly, Alfie

Conservative: Jamie, Albi, Callum, Josh, Aman

Labour: Kian, Jasmyn, Chenai, Ryan, JJ, Leo

Lib Dem: Katie, Connie, Grace, Stevie, Millie

Green: Amalia, Eliot, Clarise, Ashley, Evelyn

The parties had to present the top five policies from their party manifesto. We then held a secret ballot; the results are below.

Lib Dem 3

UKIP 3

Conservative 4

Labour 9

Green 10

I have to say the Greens did a great job with their presentation and made some very persuasive points which clearly swayed the electorate. Well done Eliot, Clarise, Ashley and Evelyn!

 

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Half Term Already?

I'm sorry that I haven't posted onto the blog recently, we seem to have been incredibly busy.

After the SATs we took an afternoon off to celebrate the fantastic mindset that everyone brought to the tests. I was so proud of all the Kangaroos; the calm, purposeful atmosphere in the class all week was very impressive. The children worked incredibly hard preparing for the exams and they should all be seriously proud of themselves. We are.

Since then, we have thrown ourselves into our new topic - Around the World in Eighty Days.

In maths the children have planned and costed a holiday using budgeting and estimating skills.

In English we have been studying persuasive techniques and writing holiday brochures.

In Geography we have been researching our holiday destinations' landscapes, climates and cultures as well as map drawing.

In art we have been studying Impressionism and painting impressions of our holiday destination using the six features of Impressionist technique.

In Science  we are revising electricity and following a visit from Mrs Wheatley in the guise of Deborah Meaden (from Dragons' Den) the children are now designing and making an electronic educational toy based on the world map in their DT lessons.

In addition to this, the children moving to Alec Hunter Academy have met their new tutors, the sports and house captains have been helping with Sports Day preparations and our brilliant mentors have been helping with Outdoor Learning and we have also welcomed two new class members - Leo and Amalia.

This term is a busy one with Open days, Transition meetings, Mersea , Sports Day, the Fete, Disco, Leavers Assembly and more.

Have a lovely half term break Kangaroos - you have earned it!

Mrs Kerry

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Leavers Celebrations

We are already planning the Leaver's Assembly, which will take place the week before year 6 go to Mersea, and I need to ask you  for photos.

I need up to 4 pictures of your child from babyhood through to the present. Ideally one could be from the first day of school if at all possible.

You can send them on a memory stick or as paper copies. 

Many thanks,

Mrs Kerry

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