Year 4 – Viking family day

Report written by Daniel and Brooke

Viking family day – home challenge

On our family day we had a visitor with us. She was called Sam. First we had our parents to come find us. Then we had to sit at a table with our parents or with our teacher, Miss Sales or Miss Edgar. Sam shared with us her weaving wheel and she let us have a go.

She showed us a pattern that she had drawn. We had to get a weaving board and then a plastic needle. The children needed to go get two different colours of wool. Sam started off by showing us how to begin.

First we started by going up and down round the corners of the board. Secondly, we used our second piece of wool and we went under the bottom piece of wool and then over. Then we needed to get a pattern if you wanted or do a Viking alphabet and make your own name.

Miss Edgar and Miss Sales gave us a home challenge. There were two challenges the first one was a 60 question quiz. The second one was to make your own Viking boat. It was really hard to choose a winner but they finally found one. 1st place was Ella; Ellis and Leon were awarded runner up. The winner of the Quiz was Rueban. We had a very exciting day and it was also fun to complete passport tests alongside our parents!

Year 6 Green Screen

Year 6 have been learning how to use green screen to make short videos. Some groups have used the ‘Stop Animation’ app on the iPad to animate Lego people against green backgrounds whilst others have used the larger green-screen studio to transport them to a Christmas wonderland.

Digital Leaders go Minecraft

Year 4 and 5 Digital Leaders have been busy developing team working, problem solving and communication skills this week. We have all been to the Bradford Innovation Centre where children were set a range of challenges on Minecraft. All challenges were designed to really encourage team work. 

First, groups had to navigate their entire team through mazes – it wasn’t the fastest person but the fastest team that won. Later in the morning groups explored various biomes whilst getting everyone through an obstacle course. Before lunch children were introduced to coordinates (3 dimentional!). It didn’t take them long to pick up how to read 3D coordinates and were setting each other waypoints to help very quickly. The day  ended with a group build competition – it is much harder to build as a group that it sounds!
Well done to everyone who took part. 

Cedar are visited by robots

Today Cedar were given the challenge to program a set of Arduino robots. Children worked in teams of four or five to write programs using functions, loops and variables which were then downloaded onto the robots.

Each robot had its own personality! Some were very quick and others were very accurate at turning whilst some less so!

In the afternoon, each team had the opportunity to modify their robot by attaching sticks, pins and other fixtures ready to ‘attack’ their opponents’ robots.

The team whose balloon avoided being popped was the winner! There were lots of tricky challenges throughout the day; resilience and perseverance were essential skills! Well done Cedar!