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Easter Bonnet

April 6th, 2017 by and tagged , ,

Today was Leamore Primary School’s Easter bonnet parade. Although it was mainly a KS1 event, some of our KS2 children made us proud too. Here were our class’ participants…


We are very proud of them!

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Autism Awareness

April 5th, 2017 by and tagged , ,

Today we took part in an autism awareness lesson. It was amazing how little many of us knew about people with autism. We started by trying to complete a really complex maths challenge in a classroom with extremely loud music, flashing lights and people banging objects frequently. It was far too difficult. Mr Dwyer explained that, for some people with autism, this feeling of overload can happen with less stimulus.
After this we took part in communication activities that meant our partner would only respond to a particular type of communication. This was very tricky but it helped us to learn to appreciate how difficult it can be for some people with autism to communicate. 
It really helped us develop our understanding.

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Slice of Sonic Pi… Don’t mind if i do!

February 27th, 2017 by and tagged , , , , , ,

Today was the final lesson of our learning to code using Sonic Pi. This has been a real learning experience for us as a class – going from knowing little to no music knowledge to being able to program Canon by Pachelbel. We started by learning how to recognise the keys on a piano or keyboard using GarageBand on our iPads.

 

After we had learned how to do this, we learned how to use the play / sleep functions of Sonic Pi to make notes. If you put two notes before a sleep it plays them together! This means you can program harmony.

 

Finally, we put all of this together to create the famous piece.

(Y5) Sonic Pi – Pachelbel Cannon2 from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

(Y5) Sonic Pi – Pachelbel Canon from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

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Sonic Pi – making music through code.

February 13th, 2017 by and tagged , , , ,

Today we have been learning how to transfer our new keyboard (music) knowledge to Sonic Pi.

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Safer Internet Day 2017

February 7th, 2017 by and tagged , , , ,

Today was Safer Internet Day and earlier in the day – Mr Dwyer had prepared an activity which was a little bit shocking! He had a computer on the screen and a person was talking to us through a messenger app.  The first two people were genuine – the things they told us were true. However, the third person to speak to us made out that they were a member of staff from school and that they were contacting us to make sure we were okay with our homework. If we needed any help, they would come and meet us to make it easier… at first we thought it could have been one of our teachers but Mr Dwyer soon revealed that it wasn’t! We learned what information was not okay to share with strangers and that a stranger should be classed as anyone that we don’t know in real life.

 

Later in the afternoon we have had a visitor from Life Education. She came to teach us about the ways that people misuse the internet and how Cyber-bullying is a nasty problem faced by many children today. We used role play, videos and discussion to identify what cyber bullying was and how to report cyber bullying if we think it is going on. Here are our snaps from the afternoon:

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Storytelling Week

February 3rd, 2017 by and tagged , , ,

This week was storytelling week and we arranged a storytelling and story sharing session in class.

Mr Dwyer started the session by sharing one of Steve Smallman’s amazingly funny stories Little Stinker!

We really enjoyed it. Then we went on to play The Sun shines on anyone…. using author names, series titles and stand alone books to get people moving. Each time a person didn’t get a seat, they had to share their favourite book with us. Here is a slideshow of the session:

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Promoting Positivity Minefield!

February 1st, 2017 by and tagged , , , ,

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I vant to……read your Newspaper?!?

January 31st, 2017 by and tagged , , , , , ,

We have started a new writing unit on newspapers and have been learning all about the features needed to recreate a super article.

We started the session using the BBC’s Trapped! game, it was fun and we learned a lot too!

Then we looked at a children’s newspaper article to see if we could spot the features in a real article – we could!

Even better, we built a Writing toolkit for the genre!

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Making Gas – Chemical Changes

January 11th, 2017 by

In Science we have been learning about different changes. Some changes are physical – eg they may have changed shape but the substance is still the same. An example of this is Water turning to ice – its a definite change but the substance is still water. Sometimes, when a new substance is made, a chemical change has happened. These are usually irreversible – like making custard!

 

We did our own tests to see how different chemicals interacted and see if a chemical change happened. We used:

  • Baking Powder
  • Bicarbonate of Soda
  • White Vinegar
  • Water.

After we had done our small, class-based tests, Mr Dwyer took us outside for a supersized version! It was a lot of fun!

 

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P.S.H.E. – Promoting Positivity

January 10th, 2017 by

Our new topic in P.S.H.E is all about being positive and looking for the best in things. Today Mr Dwyer challenged us to find the positives in some negative situations – here is what we came up with:

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Brownhills School

January 6th, 2017 by

Today we visited Brownhills Secondary School for a ‘getting to know you’ day. We took part in lots of fun activities including History, French, P.E. & Science.

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Christmas Market Hall

December 17th, 2016 by

Our stall is coming along nicely…

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Viking Battles!

December 15th, 2016 by

As you can see, we have been learning lots about the Vikings this half-term and in our final lesson, we were set the challenge of creating a dramatisation of the Viking battle sagas across the period. We covered:

  • The landing at Lindisfarne.
  • The set up of Danelaw.
  • The attack and destruction of Danelaw.
  • The revenge of Danelaw.
  • The battle of William – Duke of Normandy.

We had lots of fun and learned that the Vikings and the people of England weren’t in constant battle.

Here are some of the clips we recorded:

(Y5) Vikings 5 from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

(Y5) Vikings 1 from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

(Y5) Vikings 2 from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

 

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A Viking Market

December 13th, 2016 by

Vikings weren’t JUST raiders, when they were at home, they often had normal jobs. They would have a trade that they did to earn money. For things they could not do themselves, they would trade with others in their village or with other towns and cities as far as the countries of Europe.

We used research and role-play to bring the viking markets alive.

(Y5) Viking Traders 3 from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

(Y5) Viking Traders 5 from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

 

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Stop motion

November 28th, 2016 by

This half-term our ICT has been looking at using stop motion. Over the half term, we have used a range of techniques to create animation from a sequence of photographs. At the most primitive end, we used snapshots taken on our iPads to upload to a website called gifcreator.me this website allowed us to create gifs of the following standard:

We then learned about onion skin recording which is where a faint, ghost-like image remains so you can alighn the next frame. We switched to the Minecraft stop-motion app as this had onion skin built into the apps features. Unfortunately, it only allows export as a .mov file – which plays brilliantly on our iPads but requires converting to upload to our blog.

*Videos to follow*

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An egg-citing investigation…

November 25th, 2016 by and tagged , , ,

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We are trying to compare how an egg’s shell behaves in water compared to acid (vinegar). What was interesting was that, within minutes, the egg in the vinegar was covered in tiny bubbles! We thing this is because the acid is dissolving the egg’s shell and gas is being released.

We will update next session to share our findings…

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Hindu Mandir

November 24th, 2016 by

Today we have learned all about the place of worship used by Hindus. We started the session by getting a taste of the inside of a Mandir using the Holy Cribs video below.

After this, we made our own presentations that tell of the jobs and areas inside a Mandir:

RE y5 presentation from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

RE presentation y5 from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

Y5 RE presentation from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

Y5 RE presentation from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

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P.S.H.E – Sharing and Caring for our environment

November 22nd, 2016 by

This half term we are looking at safe and responsible ways to share and care for our environment. We made a display with all of our ideas and promises on to keep it in our minds…

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Taking Out the Trash!

November 14th, 2016 by and tagged , , ,

This half term we have been thinking about sharing and caring for our an environment. Today we were thinking about how to look after our environment by not littering. In groups we designed and made fun ways to throw away litter correctly, to encourage people to look after their environment. These designs included a basketball hoop bin, an alien head and even a catapult hand!

 

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This ‘programming’ is child’s play!

October 31st, 2016 by and tagged , , , , , , , ,

Over the last half term, our class have been learning how to use Scratch to create programs. We started with no knowledge what-so-ever and used a great graphic novel call Scratch Programming Adventure to help start us off (Chapters 1-3). After we had learned how to make sprites and create movement, we were ready to get more technical. We started to map buttons to movement code, program sprites to behave in a particular way when the ‘sensed’ other objects and learned to debug problems that we noticed along the way…

Now we are at the end of this unit, we have managed to create a number of different video games that we can play in pairs or fours.

Mr Dwyer chose the top coder’s work as this below:
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He was impressed because, if the character moves across mud – it slows down! What an excellent addition!

Here is a simple game of Tag coded in scratch:

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Maths is a piece of cake…

October 17th, 2016 by and tagged , , ,

Today we have started our maths unit on fractions and we used cakes to compare fractions of different sizes:

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Augmented Reality

October 11th, 2016 by and tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Today we have taken part in a World Dot Day challenge. We are a little bit late with this but Dot Day is all about being creative! We decided to get creative with ICT art. We used the Quiver app on the iPad to create an augmented reality planet within a dot on a Quiver frame. The app the takes the image and creates a 3D orb that can be viewed through the use of the ipad. Below, the photographs show us designing our worlds and the clips below those show some of us exploring them. All of this wonderful work will contribute to a space display that is ‘Out of this world!’

(Y5) Dot Day – Augmented Reality Planets 1 from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

(Y5) Dot Day – Augmented Reality Planets 2 from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

(Y5) Dot Day – Augmented Reality Planets 3 from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

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We’re over the ‘Moon’ we got to use cookies in Science!!!

October 6th, 2016 by and tagged , , ,

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Year 5 Group 3 Oreo Moon Phases from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

Y5 1617 Group 1 Oreo Phases from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

Year 5 Group 2 Oreo Moon Phases from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

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Investigating Square Numbers and Cubed Numbers in a Concrete way.

October 4th, 2016 by and tagged , , , , , , , ,

Today we used counters and cubes to investigate squared numbers. We found that squared numbers actually make squares and cubed numbers make cubes when using concrete units of a regular size!

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School Council Elections.

September 30th, 2016 by and tagged ,

This week has been pretty intense with eighteen of our class running for school council. Well done to all who put together an election speech.

A Massive congratulations to those who were elected!

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