Hour of Code

This afternoon, we took part in the Hour of Code.  The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. As a school we have taken part for the last four years. 

Using our computing knowledge and logical thinking we completed a range of activities.  The Dance Studio activity seemed to be the most popular choice.  If you want to know more, you can visit the activities here https://hourofcode.com/uk/learn

Bhangra Dancing

As part of our whole school celebration of Diwali, we had a visit from the Lions of Bhangra.  They came into school and taught us a Bhangra dance and many of the moves were named after working on a farm.  Here are some of the photos of us taking part.  We all had a fantastic time! 

Please take a look at our books to view the videos of us dancing. 

I Remember Week

As part of our I Remember topic, we have had a week of activities related to Rememberance.  We have made lots of poppies, created paintings and written poems. We also had a cooking session whre we made a authentic WWII cake to enter into the ‘Great Rushall Bake Off’. The week ended with a whole school rememberance assembly and then a Tea Dance in the afternoon.  

Binary Numbers

In our Computing lessons, we have been learning about Binary and how to convert decimal numbers into binary and binary numbers into decimal.  Mr Stephens then set us a challenge to make a video to explain binary to other children.  Here are a few of the videos, which ones explain binary the best? Can you understand  how to convert binary into decimal from watching these videos?

Kingswood Day 4

We have had another busy day on our final full day at Kingswood! 

As usual our day started with out breakfast and then we went into out groups for our morning activities: Jungle Vines, Fencing, Laser, Kayaking and Obstacle Challenge.  We all had a great time! 

We then met back up for lunch, before splitting back into our three groups for the afternoon activities: Kayaking, Jungle Vines, Laser, Orienteering and also our visit to the shop!

We then had our final evening meal, before the traditional sing-along around the campfire! 

Kingswood Day 3

Another busy day at Kingswood for us today! 

Following our breakfast we all went down to the lake to take part in our first activity – Raft Building! As three teams, we needed to work together to decide how to build our rafts and then build them using logs, barrels and rope.  We used our skills from the buggy building to tie the logs securely together. Most of us ended getting wet!

We then went back into our three groups and took part in more activities – Jacobs Ladder, Nightline and Archery.  

We then met back up for lunch, and then went to our after noon activities – Climbing, Obstacle Challenge and Kayaking! Group three managed to get soaked! Including Mr Stephens who ended up in the lake! 

We then all met back at the dining hall for dinner and followed this with our Night Walk – We walked around the camp, looked at the stars (Some of us found Polaris – the North Star), learned about the history of Colomendy during WWII and also its mining history.  

Please ignore the dates/times on some of the photographs, the cameras dates/times are incorrect. 

Kingswood Day 2

We have had another really busy and exciting day at Kingswood. 

Following breakfast this morning we split into our three groups to take part in our three activities.  We then had our lunch and followed this by another set of three activities.  We then ate our dinner and all took part in Scrapheap Challenge before hot chocolate and going to bed. 

Activities covered today:

  • Caving 
  • Orienteering
  • Buggy Build 
  • Bouldering 
  • Balance Beam
  • Nightline 

Kingswood Day 1

We have had a busy day so far! 

When we arrived at Kingswood, we settled into our rooms and then went to the dining hall to have lunch, there was a great choice of food for us! 

After lunch, we met our leader Ren and had a tour of the site and played games on the field.  We then went to our first activity – bushcraft. It was great fun – we had to light our own fires using a flint, luckily we knew what to do as we have had Forest School sessions at school before. 

Two groups then had Buggy Building and the third group went on the balance beam.  

We then went for dinner and had some time on the field.  We are currently participating in the Mini Olympics.  Here are some photos of our day. 

Binary Digits

This week in Computing, we have learned all about Binary.  We then converted decimal numbers into binary numbers.  Look out for our videos explaining binary soon! 

Fantastic Francais

In French, we are learning our numbers 60 – 100.  We have learnt that the numbers over 60 can be a slightly harder, as they have a different pattern.  

The French don’t have a word for 70.  So they say 60+ 10 soixante – dix
and 60+11 and so on.

The French don’t have a word for 80, so they say 4 x 20 quatre-vingts.  Then they say 4 x 20+ 1 quatre-vingt- un and 4 x 20+2 and so on. 

The French don’t have a word for 90 either! so they say 80+ 10 quatre- vingt-dix and 80+11 and so on..

Here is a video to help. 

Here is a video to revise all of the French numbers from 1 – 100: