Thursday, July 30, 2015

Beeswax Lunch Wraps

Last term, during our recycling unit, we learned about making re-usable lunch wrappers from cotton fabric and beeswax.

This weekend it is the school's 'Fog Festival' gala, so we've decided we will make and sell 

As making the cloths wasn't a safe activity for the class to do, Mrs W. and Mrs McK. got together during the term break and made the first batch, and Mr McK helped make a second batch!

Grating the beeswax was time-consuming and we had to watch out for our fingers!

Sprinkling the beeswax onto the cotton.

Cooling the beeswax cloths once they were out of the oven.

Mmmm, they smell like honey!

This week the B4 students are learning about and making advertisements to persuade people to buy our waxy lunch wrappers!

We learned about using rhetorical questions (a question that you don't expect to get an answer for, but it makes people think about the topic).
That was a lot of fun!

We made sure we listed some selling points too.

Now we can't wait for the Fog Festival!

What are the benefits of using a beeswax cloth to wrap your lunch?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Volcano Homework

Our school recognises the value of interactive homework, where parents and children work together to complete a task linked to the classroom learning.
The children were very proud of the volcano projects they completed with their families, and have been excited to share their work.

What do you think -should children have to do homework?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Robots, Volcanoes and Little Pink Ponies

We are having such good fun in maths with our 

The pink ponies were surrounded by dangers 
(a volcano, some sharp 'swords', the stinging bees and the eye-pecking birds).

They needed to be saved, so we sent in the robots. 
Robots can do jobs that are too dangerous for people to do, 
but they can only do what they are instructed to do, 
so the programmers had to be very careful to give good directions. 
We had to use words such as left, right, forward, back, pick up, put down, & end.
We used trial and error to get our programming correct, and we really had to make sure we knew left from right!

Some of us had to rewrite our instructions to 
re-programme the robot, but each of the robots saved the ponies in the end.

We had a great laugh when Ben commanded Robot Taylah to go and pick up Mrs McK!

Do you have a good way to remember left from right?