As you know, we did not get the chance to work practically when we learned about circuits at the end of Year 3. So, we took the opportunity this afternoon to refresh our know about circuit diagrams, insulators and conductors as well as get our hands on the lovely circuits equipment that Mr Swallow bought.
Well! I asked for it! I did!
I asked my pupils to pretend to be Nora Batty or Compo and write a recipe for making Yorkshire puddings ‘in character.’ AND…they did!
We had some creative suggestions from our Compos! Such as “spitting in the pan” if you have no oil or “nicking the eggs from under a chicken!”
As for the Nora Battys, they were constantly recommending “Whacking Compo with their broom” and keeping an eye out for him trying to “snog” you!!!
They were great fun and (as well as staying in character) did actually manage to write a recipe that used the features they had identified.
Well done Year 4, that was a VERY independent piece of writing.
We have written plenty of recipes with Mr Swallow before (Egyptian Saboob bread, Spaghetti Carbonara and our amazing Regional pizzas!) So, Mr Swallow decided that we were ready for a recipe writing challenge! He gave us this Yorkshire Pudding Recipe:
- Get 2 eggs, 80g of flour & 100ml of milk
- Mix it together
Cook it in the oven for around 20 mins
That was it! It was a rubbish recipe! He didn’t use time order words, bossy words, adjectives or adverbs! Terrible. He gave us just 1 lesson where he reminded us what features a recipe should have and then told us we would be writing our own with no help.
We know what you’re thinking, that is tricky but not that hard. Well, that’s not all! Meet Compo and Nora Batty…
They are the stars of an old Yorkshire TV show and Mr Swallow let us see them in action. He then challenged us to become either Compo or Nora and, write the recipe AS IF WE ARE THEM!
The Nora Battys would have to make sure that the house was kept clean whilst they worked and also to keep an eye out for Compo sneaking in to pinch ingredients or even a kiss!!!!
The Compos had to be a little creative in the ingredients they used and were, obviously, not too bothered about hygiene standards!
We love his pictures so we wanted to analyse his style. That means we want to figure out what makes a typical McKee painting, a McKee painting.
We spotted that he uses:
- Bold, cartooney colours. The colours have shadow details too.
- Simple style, don’t use too much detail
- You hardly ever see peoples eyes or mouths
We soon realised that there was much more to a McKee than the type of drawing though…we noticed quite a bit about the subjects he paints:
- They are typical Yorkshire people doing things we all like to do…visiting the coast, watching footy, eating chips
- They wear typical Yorkshire clothing, like flat caps and football shirts (unfortunately of Sheffield teams rather than Barnsley!)
- There are often typical Yorkshire landmarks or scenery in the background (we spotted the rainy weather in the cafe scene Mr McKee!)
We decided to use all these elements to create our own Pete McKee-style artwork. So, Mr. Swallow sketched out a few ideas about things that mattered to him (his brother helping him on his house, his father-in-law blowing on his cup of tea and even a Yorkshire pudding!)
We then looked at how to import the sketches into the computer and reformat them so that we had a digital copy of the sketch. We then used the program, Paint, to colour in the pictures digitally…re-creating that distinctive, Pete McKee look. Here is our progress so far…
We had to use the Base 10 equipment to create some models…but there was a twist:
Can you make a model of a robot in Base 10, that is symmetrical?
What is the total value of your model? Does the fact that it is symmetrical influence its value?
Can you design an animal that has an odd value?
What will determine if the number is odd or even? Which is the most crucial type of Base 10 block in the model? Why?
Can you create a house, using Base 10, that has a total value as close to 500 as possible?
What happens when Mr. Swallow comes along and pinches some of your equipment? Is it more important to get to 500 or to make it look like a house?
This Topic is called, “Where am I from?”
We are going to explore the geography and culture of our region, it’s history and roots, it’s place in Europe and the World. We hope you all enjoy it and get a better sense of who and where we are in the World.
Welcome back to school everyone! Mr. Mathieson and I are very excited to be your teachers for this year. We have lots of fun in store and know that you guys are going to work really hard for us. Our first 2 days back are our transition days (these are normally the days you spend getting used to a new teacher and a new classroom). However, because you already know Mr. Mathieson and me so well and know what we expect of you then we thought it would be a good opportunity instead to finish those arcade game projects we started at the end of Year 3!
Our bubble closures at the end of the school year meant that we have already designed and coded our own scratch games, as well as planned you our arcade machines could look. Basically, we have completed a full topic, EXCEPT FOR THE BEST PART!!!! Let’s put that right…our 2-day challenge is to have completed arcade machines READY to use, by TOMORROW AFTERNOON!!!!!
Here is one I did with Syd, in the holiday as a test run…
Well done, HT – this is amazing!