Key Skills Literacy Homework

As we embark on our new topic – ‘When A Knight Won His Spurs – Part 2′, our focus will be on adventure and all things Medieval!

To support your learning and written work, we would like you to research some Medieval vocabulary. What words did they have for things that we don’t use as much anymore?

Try to find at least 5 and post them on the blog…

Good luck!

Making A Dent In The Universe – One Way Trip To Mars

Happy Half Term Einstein Class!

I hope that you are having a relaxing break. I have just seen the following video of the Mars One project which will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Crews of four will leave Earth every two years, starting in 2024, with the first unmanned mission being launched in 2018.

Over the last year, people from around the world have been submitting applications to nominate themselves to be part of the project. If chosen, they will be launched into space and will live out the rest of their life on Mars. However this also means that they will never have the opportunity to return back to Earth. What a way to make a dent in the Universe!

Is this something you could do? Tell me your views below. If you did go, what would you miss about life at home the most? The selection process has got down to the last 100 with five of them from the UK. Visit for more information on this historical event


Viking mythical creatures

As part of our Vikings topic, we have been looking at Norse myths. These were stories which were told orally because there were no formal ways of recording them. (This means that there are many versions of one story because they changed over time. We even played Chinese whispers in class to prove this!)

After looking at several examples, we began to create some mythical creatures to put into our own stories. For this, we used the design thinking process and combined ideas in small groups before synthesising suggestions to create a final character. We had to think carefully and make sure that they had characteristics typical of those who appeared in Viking Norse Myths, such as their names and magical powers. Finally we found images to go alongside the creators we had created.

This week we are working on uplevelling our stories and writing them on our watercolour presentation sheets.


Uplevelling with Year 3

After hearing Mr Rees talk about the excellent peer feedback in Year 3, Einstein class made a visit to look at some of their work in progress. To begin with, Miss Slizys discussed the success criteria that she wanted to see in the writing. Rowling class, with the help of Year 5, then read through their writing and located examples of each. The room was buzzing with discussions and examples of WWW (what worked well) and EBI’s (Even better if…). There was even a brother/sister combo with Maesun and Riley pairing up! Thank you Year 3 for letting us come and visit



Back to the Future with technology

Back to the Future.

 The plot of Part II picks up where the original film left off. After repairing the damage to history done by his previous time travel adventures, Marty McFly and his friend Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown travel to 2015 to prevent McFly’s future son from ending up in jail.

Despite predicting inventions which are yet to make an appearance in stores, such as hover boots and boards, the film did feature a number of correct predictions of what 2015 would look like. These include flat panel television sets mounted on walls, the ability to watch six channels at once, Internet video chat systems such as Skype, head-mounted displays, and automated fueling systems. The film also correctly predicted a future where video games do not need hands (Microsoft Kinect) or, at the very least, do not need traditional controllers (Wii Remote).

 For your blogging task this week, we want you to imagine what technology is going to look like in 10 years time. You do not need to think of new inventions but consider what devices are around at the moment and make suggestions on how to improve them! (Hover boards are banned as they have already been thought of) – Self lacing trainers to be launched in 2015

Computing unit – designing a Viking house

As part of the Y5 computing curriculum, we have started to look at a range of different programs to develop our understanding of computers and how they work. This week we used Sketch up, which allowed us to create 3D designs, similar to programs used by architects. As we are learning about the Vikings, it made sense to study the homes that they lived in. For example, did you know that most were only made up of one room with a fireplace in the middle? And that the most common materials used were wood, mud, grass and stones? After researching and designing our own building with watercolours we began to use Sketch up to bring our ideas to life. Take a look below at what we created in the first lesson…