What is coding?
‘Giving and listening to instructions.’ Ethan
We have been learning about coding. First we took part in unplugged coding, which does not involve technology. We blindfolded a member of the class and directed him from the front of the class to the door. This was fun and we saw what happened if our instructions were not detailed enough.
Next we went into Scratch to create our own Rock Band. We had to:
- Choose a Sprite (drum)
- Code the Sprite (drum to make a sound)
- Choose a background
- Add a voice (singer)
- Change the costume slightly (make the singer look like she is singing)
- Saved the project into our Hwb accounts.
We looked at different celebrities to do with film. We researched Steven Spielberg, Emma Watson, Tom Hanks and Stan Winston. In golden time we dressed up and took silly pictures. We then used different materials and skills to create our very own paparazzi collage. We all had laughed and had fun as a whole class.
We have been taking part in daily mindfulness activities. This morning we danced like there was nobody watching. We shut our eyes and danced. We felt happy, scared, nervous, excited and silly.
In Golden Time we have been making things to celebrate Diwali. We looked at the story of Rama and Sita and found out that light is very important in the festival. Here is what we have made.
Over the last few weeks we have been learning about the Wizard of Oz. We read the story first to get information about the characters, settings and plot. We then created a story mountain highlighting the most important parts of the story. To add more detail we watched the film. Everyone loved the film.
We went onto painting the different settings using the correct colours. We wanted to describe the different settings and used a thesaurus to search for WOW words.
Finally we were ready to write out own stories. We used Alan Peat sentence structures, description, similes, speech and different forms of punctuation.
Word Aware- Teaching vocabulary across the day, across the curriculum!
Why Word aware?
Vocabulary levels are strong predictors of later literacy skills.
Without a good vocabulary, children struggle to understand what they are taught, to express how they feel, to manage social situations and resolve conflicts.
If a child is in the lowest 20% in vocabulary knowledge at age 5, and you want them to move to an average level within three years, they would have to learn 20 new words a day, every day, for each of those three years!
This week we have been learning all about the Wizard of Oz. We have created our own story mountain by looking at the characters, settings and plot. We then watched the film which we all loved. We could see the difference between black and white and colour images, which helped us understand more about the creation of film.