Over the last two weeks our E-Warrior team have been preparing in their classes for the emoji challenge ready for Safer Internet Day 2017. The E-Warriors were challenged to ask their class to prepare emoji messages for emoji charades to share with the rest of the school in assembly. They were given their brief and then they had to introduce it to their class teacher and decide what to do. Find out in their comments below what they did within their class and check out our Twitter feed to see some of their work!
This is a fantastic app that takes children or adults on journeys. Google Expeditions is a virtual-reality teaching tool that allows you to lead or join immersive virtual trips all over the world – get up close to historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks and even visit outer space! It has been specifically built for the classroom and small group use, whilst, allowing a teacher acting as a “guide” to lead classroom-sized groups of “explorers” through collections of 360° and 3D images while pointing out interesting sights along the way.
Click here to find out more.
As always the children in Year 5 have been working extremely hard. It is lovely to see the children are growing in confidence and becoming more independent with how they approach their work. At the start of the week we revisited the messages from the Growth Mindset workshop. The children thought about the skills needed to become successful in their learning, including ‘how’ good learning takes place and that ‘effort’ always leads to success.
This particular aspect has been so obvious to see in maths over the last few weeks. The children have been focusing on multiplication methods and moving from informal to more standard methods of calculation. Not an easy method to master particularly if you are a bit shaky on your tables. As always, I have been repeating my mantra and reminding the children about how important it is to learn the multiplication. I can see that some of the children have been putting in the effort and are breezing through these tricky methods.
If you would like to support your child to learn the multiplication facts, than pop into school and pick up some resources from me so you can help at home.
We’ve made a great start to our next history enquiry too. The children enjoyed comparing old and new OS maps and looked at how Unsworth has changed. They worked in small groups and created 3D models of how this area might have looked 100 years ago. The children added pop up houses, farms and even Victoria Mill which once stood where our school is today. They were amazed to learn that even their houses did not exist 100 years ago. We’ve also had some great resources brought in by one of the children, showing his great grand parents gardening in their ‘new’ 1960s house and the initial stages of our school being erected in the background!
In science the children have been thinking about how different animal groups begin their life, including those that start as an egg and those that give birth to live young. The children worked in pairs to show different life cycle models, adding on information about each stage of the cycle.
Over the next few weeks, we should be getting a new addition to our class…so don’t forget to follow us on Twitter to find out about this exciting work.
Year Five and Six had a fantastic time on Friday with Tim Hall, who ran a workshop throughout the day all based around ‘Learning to Succeed’. Hopefully, you managed to see the various tweets surrounding the events that were sent through the day.
The whole day explored some important ideas:
- Why did you come to school today?
- You can learn anything if you want to!
- EFFORT always leads to results
- We learn through following a process
- Life is a lot easier if you get on with everyone
All of this was done in a fun and highly interactive way. The children participated in building teepees, taking part in a name game, recording their thoughts about what success means to them, making paper aeroplanes, learning the steps of how to juggle and the ‘pen trick’. The children as usual were a credit to the school and Tim commented on the high levels of perseverance and listening skills of the pupils that took part. Thank you very much to the PTA, who funded this experience for our pupils.
I must start the New Year by congratulating all the children who were involved in the Bury Hospice Carol Service at Bury Parish Church. The Hospice have written a letter of thanks to each school, and the total raised from this event was £2000. This is an amazing amount of money and thanks go to all the parents and staff who supported this event. The choral group also sang beautifully when we took them to Spurr House. The children thoroughly enjoy performing for the elderly people and we will definitely be making a return visit before the end of the school year.
This term I will continue to work with Y2 and 3, teaching ocarina and recorder. Brass lessons and Fidler music will recommence from January 10th. Please remember to bring your instrument to school each Tuesday. As the weather is due to turn quite cold, please do not leave Brass instruments in car boots for long periods as the valves will freeze up!
In our Big Sing we will be learning songs about Technology and Internet safety, not forgetting to celebrate the Chinese New Year through song at the end of January. Always check the school ‘Twitter’ as we often share the children’s singing for you to enjoy.
A new singing group will be formed for any interested children in Years 5 and 6 and more information will follow about this in due course. We are hoping to collaborate with some local school choirs before the end of the school year and share our joy of singing with our neighbouring schools.
If you have any queries or questions about Music at Unsworth, please feel free to pop in and have a chat, I am here every Tuesday.
This is a great web based site and app to encourage children to create a research or information board all about a given topic, theme or in response to a question. It allows children to collect information from the internet and pin it onto virtual bulletin boards using a simple drag-and-drop system. Videos, text, links, images can be added to a board and organized there, like a page full of Post-it notes. You can add as many notes to a wall as you like and it just grows in size! More than one person can contribute to a Padlet wall, opening the door to teamwork and group projects. Padlets can be shared via social media, through blogs or embedded within a QR code. Click here to find out more from the app store.
Have a go and let us know what you think!
What a fantastic end to the term with the junior performance of Sleeping Beauty. The whole of the junior department including pupils and staff really threw themselves into the performance with fantastic results. The effort and support from parents and carers regarding costumes, learning lines and practising acting skills is also greatly appreciated. It was definitely a team effort and all the children really ‘sparkled’. Undoubtedly, a proud memorable event of 2016! Thank you and great job to everyone involved both at home and in school.
I would like to wish everyone a lovely holiday and hope you have lots of reasons to smile over the festive break. Take care and I look forward to seeing you all in January
This is a fabulous upgrade to the first puppet pals, with lots more functionality. Both children and adults can unlock creativity with this easy to use and highly addictive interactive puppet show! It allows children to create high quality cartoons from their imaginations and means that stories, thoughts and ideas can be brought to life. A great addition, is that the creators can even star in the show along side the built-in characters!
For class teachers and teaching assistants there is lots of potential for this app, such as allowing children to act out historical events, practice language skills, or deliver a killer book report. The cartoons that children can make really bring learning to life through digital literacy. The finished projects are easily shared to be watched by others (share via email or simply copy the video file to your computer and distribute how you see fit) Have a go and let us know what you think!
Our e-Warriors have been hard at work in their classes over the last couple of weeks creating digital problem boxes for children and adults to post their technology problems inside. Our Y6 eWarriors have also been busy filming each eWarrior and this week they will turn the films into QR codes for our hall display. Mr McWhirter gave his first technician session last week and the eWarrior have started to complete their Ipad tasks to ensure that they are all up to date and have the apps organised into the right places. Our next step is to start to work on a specific technology project in each class and one of our Y6 digital leaders, who has been supporting his class mates has learnt how to check that the correct printer and password is enabled on the netbooks, so he will be training the rest of the eWarriors this week! We will keep you up to date on how that goes!
Year 1 have had a busy week so far this week, We have been using our subtraction skills to do lots of problem solving in many different ways such as spotting the odd one out from a group of number sentences. Finding change from 10p and 20p and playing a dice rolling game, the chidlren have had lots of fun so far! In literacy we have started to look at instructions, we will continue to look at these and will be making sandwiches and chocolate crispy cakes to help us with our learning about instructions!
We have continued to look at animals in our enquiry work this week, we have been discussing what different animals eat and sorting them under the headings omnivore, herbivore and carnivore. The chidlren have really enjoyed learning about animals and their features and different groups.
We have been working really hard on practising our Christmas songs for the concert, don’t forget our dress rehearsal is next Friday 2nd December, please send in your child’s outfit in a named carrier bag before then. I look forward to seeing you all at our concert!
Well done Year 1!