Invention Convention Information

Posted by nwyatt on Monday Feb 26, 2018 Under Uncategorized

Team Kestrel,

Please see here: Invention Convention Link  for information from Miss Simpson on the invention convention.

Kind Regards,

Mr. W

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Homework Set 23rd February

Posted by nwyatt on Monday Feb 26, 2018 Under Uncategorized

Dear Team Kestrel,

This week I would like you to start learning words with the ‘mis’ and ‘dis’ prefix. There are also 4 curriculum words in the mix of ten. I’d like you to practice your 12 times tables.

As an English homework, I’d like you to complete page 68 which contains an activity focusing on using the spelling prefixes in various sentences and activities.

As a maths homework, continue learning your times tables using Times Tables Rockstars. https://ttrockstars.com/login is the link that you need.

Homework is due in on Friday 2nd March.

As always, come and find me if you need any extra help,

Mr. W

Spellings:

grammar

group

guard

glide

disqualify

misplace

disappear

dislike

mislead

mistreat

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Parent Gallery – Ancient Rome

Posted by nwyatt on Friday Feb 23, 2018 Under Uncategorized

Dear Team Kestrel,

This week we hosted a gallery containing learning artefacts from our last topic ‘Ancient Rome’. The quality of work produced by the class was, as always, superb, and when viewed together in its entirety really shows what this bunch of children are capable of.

Please see below for some photos of the displays from the days we had the gallery. If you click on the photo, the image can be viewed at a larger size. Then click back to go back to the blog post.

As always, thanks for your continued support,

Mr. W

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Roman Masks

Posted by nwyatt on Monday Feb 12, 2018 Under Uncategorized

Dear Team Kestrel,

The team also created dramatic Roman masks which were in the style of those that would have been used by actors in Roman amphitheatres.

The facial expressions are often accentuated and made obvious so that those who were sat far away could make out the emotion conveyed by the actor. They also did the job of amplifying the voice so they could be heard. Traditionally the white masks portrayed women, and brown masks portrayed men. However, our female masks portray a pink hue due to the colour of the paint used.

To create them, we studied examples of masks already created by completing some internet research, then we created our own design by trying to really show off one clear emotion. We then cut out the design with card and layered the contours of the face by using smaller bits of card stuck on top of each other. Finally, we added Modroc (a kind of plaster bandage) to the mask to make them rigid and hard. We then painted these.

All artefacts from our topic, including the masks, can be seen on the first Wednesday afternoon back after we start term. It will be a low key affair as we’ve only had 6 weeks of topic under our belts, but will be a good opportunity to see all the exhibits together as a class set. They can then be taken home.

The film trailers are taking a while to convert and fit on the blog, so these will be uploaded later this week/early next week. I also don’t want to ruin any surprise for anyone who wants to watch any at the gallery…

As always, thanks for your continued support,

Mr. W

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Roman Shields – Tortoise Formation

Posted by nwyatt on Monday Feb 12, 2018 Under Uncategorized

Dear Team Kestrel,

Once the shields had been finished, children had the opportunity to stand in tortoise or ‘Testudo’ formation, which was a Roman Tactic adopted to protect the soldiers from arrows and spears from above and from the front.

I made sure to test the accuracy of the formation by launching bibs, softballs, and foam javelins at them. I can happily report that each soldier did their bit, and none of the arsenal penetrated the shielded formation.

Kind Regards,

Mr. W

 

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Roman Shields – Adding the Ramming Ball

Posted by nwyatt on Monday Feb 12, 2018 Under Uncategorized

Dear Team Kestrel,

Once the shields had been painted with their yellow eagle wing or lightning bolt design, the ramming ball or ‘boss’ was added. This was designed to knock the enemy off balance if close combat was required.

We painted our main rectangle of iron grey by sketching round an a4 piece of paper. We then used paper plates and plastic bowls to give the hemisphere effect.

Kind Regards,

Mr. W

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Roman Shields – Designs and Yellow Paint

Posted by nwyatt on Monday Feb 12, 2018 Under Uncategorized

Dear Team Kestrel,

Phase 2 of making the shields involved careful sketching of a design that was already completed in our Learning Logs. The design took a lot of time (and space!), and we used stencils to help keep the look symmetrical.

Children worked in pairs to add the yellow/golden paint.

Kind Regards,

Mr. W

 

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Roman Shields – Rolling them Red!

Posted by nwyatt on Monday Feb 12, 2018 Under Uncategorized

Dear Team Kestrel,

Please see below for phase 1 of shield making, where children used paint rollers to block paint them all red before extra detail could be added.

Kind Regards,

Mr. W

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Congratulations to our Term 4 Award Winners

Posted by nwyatt on Monday Feb 12, 2018 Under Uncategorized

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