Computing - Tinkercad
The children in Shamrocks have been talking about real life uses for technology. We discussed the similarities and differences between 2D and 3D shapes and why we might represent 3D shapes on a computer. We then learnt how to access an online programme called Tinkercad where 3D design can be created! Selecting, moving and deleting shapes was our first task, which proved tricky! We then learnt how to drag shapes on top of each other and duplicate the shapes, and resize them. Here is some of our work so far!
Road Safety Survey
Some Shamrocks children have noticed a few incidents of unsafe behaviour outside of school in the mornings and after school at drop off and pick up times. Concerned for Morda pupils' safety we decided to investigate further by carrying out a Road Safety Survey and will be using the information we have gathered to write up a report of all of the (many) positive things we observed and also some tips for making drop offs and pick ups even safer!
As a class, we designed some questions for a survey and then a small team of Year 6 volunteers donned their high-vis jackets and grabbed their clipboards to carry out the survey this afternoon, after school, at pick up time. Luckily the weather stayed dry and we really enjoyed watching how many people were crossing using the zebra crossing, children walking across the road (not running), younger children staying close to their carers when crossing the road and cars parked safely around the school site.
Many thanks to Mr Hughes for all of your support in organising and leading this with the Year 6s.
Keep your eyes peeled for our final report and recommendations!
Today, we thought about who our friends are (both in school and outside of school). We discussed friends, acquaintances (those we've met but don't know very well) and friends made online (who we've never met). Some of us shared that we have friends whom we've only met online - mainly through online gaming and friends of friends.
We discussed what we know about different types of friends and what we should and shouldn't share with friends whom we've never met in person or don't know very well. It also led to the discussion of how you should never share personal passwords with anyone!
We finished the lesson by using the acronym - THINK
T - is it True?
H - is it Helpful?
I - is it Inspiring?
N - is it Necessary?
K - is it Kind?
for both face to face and online conversations.
I hope you all had a restful Christmas break and managed to spend some quality time with your loved ones. I know Christmas can be a hard time for some, so sending warm wishes for the new year to everyone.
This term we will be studying World War 2 in Shamrocks Class. I know that this can be a sensitive topic, however this is a local study focusing on what life was like on the Home Front in Oswestry, for locals, evacuees and prisoners of war at the local POW camp! We will becoming researchers and archaeologists on our mission to research life in Oswestry during WW2. If anybody has any relatives who have war time memories or artefacts they would be willing to share we would love to hear from them.
Our class text this term is 'Goodnight Mister Tom' by Michelle Magorian. If you have a copy of this text at home we would be very grateful if they could bring it into class. Otherwise, if you are able to borrow it (from a friend or the library) or would like to buy a copy to support your child in their novel study we would be equally grateful, the more copies we have in class the better!
In Literacy we will be writing diaries, letters and a suspense story linked to Goodnight Mister Tom and our History topic.
In Science we are studying Properties and Changes of Materials and our current focus in Maths is on decimals.
This half term Year 5s will be going swimming on Thursday afternoons (swimming lessons will be available to the Year 6s in the Summer Term).
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch. Best wishes,
This is the blog of Shamrocks' Class (Year 5 and 6)