Blog squad: Day 9

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We’re here to tell you what’s been going on in Mrs Turners class so here we go! Today we have been stencilling our planting drawers and then using brightly coloured paint to liven it up. There’s different designs and patterns such as: a few different flowers, butterflies and other creative things. It’s looking really good and we can’t wait to show it to the receptions along with the other things we have made them.

We have drawn pictures of animals and plants from the ocean and the desert. Next we took string and glued it on around the lines of the pictures. Later on we are going to put tinfoil on it to create pictures that look like they are from the book “The Tin Forest.”

We have received the samples of the new recycling bins. Each bin has it’s good and bad qualities. The bigger one has less grip and is harder to carry down the stairs, but it can fit more in and it looks more professional. We tested it and we think we can safely carry it. The smaller one would fit less in and doesn’t look as good but it would be easier to carry up and down the stairs for all the year 6 recyclers. We are going to ask Miss Witherow to order the larger bins for all classrooms.

Today we have thought about the picnic- what we are going to eat with the budget we have been given and what we would carry it outside in. So we have started to make containers and baskets out of recycled pieces of paper and materials. Our food will all be based on the theme of being ‘green’!

Thanks for reading and keeping updated with what’s been happening in Mrs Turners class!

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Worm watch week 2

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This week we put different worms in which compost quicker but we still kept the other worms in to see what happens and it is working. We put other things in like newspaper and different soil  for the new worms which is a different species because they compost faster than a normal worm.

You can’t see all the worms but you can see some because they dig down very deep in the soil and start composting until it turns into compost. This morning we put the worms in the container there was big worms, small worms, fat worms and skinny worms, they come in all different shapes and sizes.

It was fun putting the worms in the container because they kept on rig gilding around in are hands! Also when we put them in they started to dig down straight away and it was fun to watch. Everyone started to watch the worms because they were new and they were fascinating.

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Blog Squad:day 8

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It’s Lucy, Elisha, Tino and Hannah here and we are ready to update you  on  what has been happening in Year 5/6T. Today we have been writing  poems from the point of view of abandoned  objects at the dump (personification.) We wrote about their memories and journeys they have experienced and then their feelings about the dump and about Esther finding them. Our bench has been painted and is waiting to be nailed together which will happen tomorrow and our Elmer cushions are mostly finished but some people are still working on that. Another thing we have painted is the bedside table which we are turning into a planting area for the younger children. All our stories are finished now and are waiting to be put up on display. Unfortunately B&Q aren’t going to give us any plants but we are waiting to hear what the school gardeners say.

Thanks for reading and keeping updated with what’s been going on in our class!

 

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Blog Squad: Day 6

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Hi guys this is your update on days 6. Yesterday we started painting our Elmer bench for the reception pupils. We also started to sew our Elmer elephants onto our cushions that will be placed onto our Elmer bench. Meanwhile other people started sketching images from the Tin Forest Story Book. In the story book the Tin Forest there was a man who lived in an abandoned junkyard who made the best of what he had and created a beautiful forest out of all the tin junk. How inspiring!

We were given homework to upcycle old and unwanted items. Some people have already started bringing in things like denim bags made out of jeans, bird feeders made out of wooden spoons and a plastic bottle, drum kits out of card board and a dragon  fly garden ornament.

Thanks for reading we will be giving you updates for the rest of the week. Stay tuned for more information.

Note: The upcycle stall on Friday has been called off due to the picnic and the busy goings on, on Friday!

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Blog Squad: Day 4 and 5

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The blog squad is back and ready to update you on what has been happening in year 5/6T.  Yesterday afternoon we carried on with our Elmer elephant cushion cases for the younger ones in reception. Most people have finished theirs but some are on the way  to finishing. We have also been writing  stories which most people have now finished. One of our members (Hannah) has been starting  the bunting in all different colours. Our landfill site films have finally been completed and all look amazing! We haven’t yet watched them all but the bits we’ve had sneak peeks at are fantastic. Some of the girls in our class  have been  making hair accessories such as: hair bands, bows and other creative things. This afternoon we will be carrying on with our Elmer cushions.

Unfortunately, there is only one more week left of creativity fortnight. But still there’s one more week of fun and packed full of exciting things to come.

Thanks for reading and keeping updated on what’s happening in year 5/6T- be sure to check out the worm watch blogs to see what our team has been up to!

Lucy, Hannah, Tino and Elisha

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Worm Watch: Week 1

IMG_1157 IMG_1158 IMG_1159 IMG_1162 IMG_1168 IMG_1180Welcome to Worm Watch! We are Alishia, Ben, Emma and Mustapha and we are Worm Watchers! As part of our 5/6 topic we decided to find out how worms compost our garden waste.

We collected worms on Tuesday for the wormery. Then  we put soil and  coloured sand in the container so we could see them moving around because it leaves a trail and we waited to see what would happen. On Thursday we collected more worms for the wormery because we couldn’t see them in the soil but now we can. Look closely at the photographs!

On Friday we went to the kitchen to get some carrots and a potato peeler to peel them. After that  we put carrot shavings in to see how the worms will break it down {to make compost}. We have 14 worms in the wormery altogether.

We will keep you posted abou what happens in the wormery next week. BYE!

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Thunderstorm (and Lightning) on 01/07/2015

A RANDOM POST.

At around 17.00 (5.00 pm) today there was a random outbreak of thunder and lightning.

Was I the only person to not know about this?How could you get a thunderstorm in a heatwave?Why did it only happen for a short amount of time?Why?????Was there hailstorm/hailstones at any point?

My auntie came at the precise timing of the start of the thunderstorm.

My mum said,and I quote ”If I didn’t have a shower yesterday,I actually would dance or even have a shower in the rain.” Now I would not like to imagine that! SERIOUSLY. She meant it. When she says shower I think she just meant get drenched in the rain in her clothes.

Why could you have a thunderstorm in the middle of a heatwave?

Random theoretical question:

Were the plants crying for water from the dry,thirsty heat and got their wish?

 

 

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22 of the Most Ridiculous Laws in the USA

These are 22 of the most ridiculous laws in the USA that I have found on-line. These are unbelievable-I am not sure if these are still some of the laws or if they really are true. If they aren’t TELL ME NOW!!

22. Bingo games cannot last more than 5 hours (North Carolina).

21. Chickens are not allowed to cross the road (Quitman, Georgia).

20. If you cut down a cactus, you could be sentenced to 25 years in prison (Arizona).

19. Policemen are allowed to bite a dog if they think it will calm the dog down (Paulding, Ohio).

18. It’s illegal to sell your eyeballs (Texas).

17. It’s against the law to sing off-key (North Carolina).

16. You may not sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday (Rhode Island).

15. You are not allowed to eat fried chicken any other way than using your hands (Gainesville, Georgia).

14. Marriage between cousins is against the law only if they are younger than 65 (Utah).

13. Red cars may not drive down Lake Street (Minneapolis, Minnesota).

 12. It’s forbidden for a female to appear unshaven in public (Carrizozo, New Mexico)

11. Bear wrestling matches are prohibited (Alabama).

10. You may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit (Wyoming).

9 .You cannot buy meat of any kind on Sunday (Washington).

8. It’s illegal to attend a public event or use public transport within 4 hours of eating an onions or garlic (Indiana).

7. In San Antonio, flirting is against the law (Texas).

6. It’s illegal for a man to give his fiancé a box of candy that weighs more than 50 lbs (22.5 kg) (Idaho.)

5. A motorist with criminal intentions must stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town (Washington).

4. If you are found stealing soap, you must wash yourself until the bar of soap has been completely used up (Arizona).

3. If you have moustaches, it’s illegal for you to kiss a woman (Eureka, Nevada).

2. It’s against the law for a woman to drive a car in Main Street unless her husband is walking in front of the car waving a red flag (Waynesboro, Virginia).

1. You can be arrested or fined for harassing Bigfoot (Washington).

If any of these aren’t true tell me (only if you know) and sorry for any spelling mistakes (if there are any.

NUMBER 10 IS JUST CRAZY!

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Paper Beads~ Home-made Arts & Crafts

I will be telling you about paper beads,my experience with them and of course how to make them.

 

What are paper beads?

Well paper beads are bead-like craft jewellery (for boys and girls) that is made out of paper.You can add certain things to the paper bead to make it look more professional.They look like real beads when you add the glaze but when you don’t add the glaze they look like a more home-made bead-but still look great!You can make them from things that you find at home.

How did I come across paper beads?

I was bored so I went on the computer and just messed about on YouTube, then I was recommended watching a paper bead arts and crafts tutorial, because in the past I was watching arts and crafts videos so it recommended it for me.But this was AGES ago (about 2 years ago) and then I remembered them.

 

Who else can help you with making paper beads?

On YouTube someone called ‘Beyond Bracelets’ will help you through the paper bead making.She makes many types of paper beads but I will be showing you the most popular type of paper beads.You might find my instructions a bit confusing so watch her videos and it will show and talk you through the making of paper beads,step by step.

What you will  need to make them and how easy is it to make them.

It’s very simple to make them,but on your first try it might be a bit hard.Once you get used to making them you get really good.

You will need:

  • Paper-newspaper,used paper,etc.
  • Toothpick or a bamboo skewer
  • Glue
  • Coloured pens or coloured pencils (not essential)
  • Drawing pencil (or a normal pencil-any will do)
  • A ruler
  • Scissors
  • Judikins Diamond Glaze (optional~can be found on EBay and Amazon)
  • String (optional)
  • Plastic Cup

 

How  make paper beads.

1.Take out your paper,ruler and pencil and then make triangles across the paper.Make them the entire page size. 

2. Cut out the triangles.Colour them in if you want to (there is a certain way you have to colour them in.)  

3. Get your triangle and use the (flat) end of it,then roll it around your toothpick or bamboo skewer.Leave the last inch of the triangle and put glue on it then roll the rest up.Make sure your paper is centred.

4. Your paper bead is finished!You can either make more and make jewellery (bracelets,necklaces,etc.) by stringing them on or leave them as it is.Before you do this you can glaze them so they look professional, but this is optional.

Glazing your beads (optional)

You can also glaze your beads to make them look professional and long last. After doing this you can string them on and it will look shop bought. 

1.Get your plastic cup ant put a small amount of Judikins Diamond Glaze inside the cup.

2.Securely attach your bead onto the string and dip it into the cup of Judikins Diamond Glaze do this 2-4 times and leave them to dry (hanging on something).Make sure the entire bead is coated at least 2 times.

3.After your beads are properly dry,you are entirely finished and nothing else has to be done (unless you want to make it into something.).

 

Remember if my instructions are too confusing, go onto YouTube and type in on the search bar Beyond Bracelets. She will help you with making your own home-made paper beads.

 

 

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5/6T Blog Squad: Day 2 and 3

Day 2 and 3 have been really exciting and we have been doing some new things. We currently have finished posters ( if you wish you may come to Mrs Turners class and take a sneek peek) This morning we have created a wormery and the worm watchers have kept a good eye on them, they will also be blogging to keep you up to date with the worms. Our Worm Watchers are: Alishia, Emma, Ben and Mustapha. The worm watch was created to help us understand what we can do to recylce our food waste and how worms can help us to do this.

We have also carried on filming our landfill demonstrations for the teams that haven’t yet started.

Some of the members in our class have made a start on upcycling a multi storey shelf into a bench for the reception children. We are also upcycling a draw cabinet into a plant bed for the reception children to go into there outdoor learning area. It also happens that reception are learning about plants and growing seeds. We have also written some persuasive letters to B&Q to kindly ask them for 18 bedding plants to jazz up our school for creativity fortnight and to transform our school into quite a green school.

A few of the children in Mrs Turners class are doing a display for the worm watch so you can come have a look whenever you want.

We are trying to encourage the school to become greener by learning more about the enviroment.

Thank you for reading our blog we will be updating you for the rest of the week. If you found this interesting you can check out to Worm Watch blog and they’ll also keep you updated on what’s happening with the food waste and the worms!

After break we watched a short clip of Elmer the elephant which led into our lesson(we also had some of Mustaphas’ birthday cake mmm!!!). We were going to up-cycle some old cushions into Elmer the elephant cushions for receptions outdoor learning area. We found it quite difficult to cut out the shape of the elephant as it was on harder fabric than usual.(they are very colourful so far!).We personally think we have done a very good job.IMG_1148 IMG_1149 IMG_1150 IMG_1140 IMG_1143 IMG_1144 IMG_1147

 

 

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