#NPATEK – Skype call with Myles Connolly

Watch the videos below to listen to our very exciting Skype chat with Myles Connolly, the producer of the Enchanted Kingdom all the way from Arizona, United States!

Children of Simon de Senlis being very curious learners and asking Myles some excellent questions

Myles telling us about career as a director

 

#NPATEK – Year 5 explore mirages!

Below is the story of a character becoming lost in the desert. After days with no water or a break from the intense sun, Oscar eventually sees an welcome scene in front of him. Filling the horizon is an oasis filled with luscious, green trees and most importantly – water! Do you think you would find this much water in the desert? Does this sound alien to you?

Year 5 then used this as a stimulus for their big write today. Stay tuned for extracts…

#NPATEK – Key skills homework ‘My Alien Experience’

This week Einstein class ideated their initial reactions to The Alien Sands. After a long discussion, the majority of the children came to the conclusion that it was a metaphor to describe the unknown surroundings and creatures which live within this enchanted realm. Tom gave an excellent definition and explained that when something is alien, it normally means it has not been experienced before.

In Literacy today Year 5 wrote a recount of an alien experience they encountered this week – their workshops! Suddenly they were asked to deliver lessons instead of listening to them and prepare resources instead of completing them. Miss Coade even found the experience very alien.

Your key skills is to describe in detail another experience that was alien to you. It may be a new concept in Numeracy, or visiting a new place. The list is endless! Please comment below by next Wednesday. The recounts written will be on the blog soon so keep checking

Miss Coade

#NPATEK – Alien desert immersion

What do you picture when you think of the desert? This afternoon, Year 5 considered alternative images when researching. Here are a few examples they found

Is this what you imagine the desert to look like? What do you imagine the Alien sands to looks like? We also looked at Miss Coade’s recent trip to the desert. She told us some really interesting facts and described what it was like. We were surprised by the amount of greenery that were in her photos and predicted there must be water nearby in order for it to survive. After playing a video, we heard the strong winds in the background which caused the many sand dunes. Are you surprised to hear that it is windy in the desert?

 

#NPATEK – Alien Sands ideations

After watching the trailer for The Enchanted Kingdom, we started to think about our allocated realm: The Alien Sands.

In small groups, we thought about what the alien sands might look like, along with what we would like to find out about them. We then collated them as a class and recorded them in the table below.

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#NPATEK – Year 5 workshops (African art) 

After learning all about Africa last term, today Year 5 became the experts and led workshops around the school. They designed, planned, resourced and delivered areas of Africa they were interested in. Key questions were used and WAGOLL shown. Miss Coade is really worried about her job!

Here is the art team. They looked at African art examples and discussed the colours, shapes and patterns used,. Using view finders, the children were then asked to design a small piece of paper with watercolours to create a patch work quilt on an African Elephant. Where do you think their inspiration was from?

 

#NPATEK – Year 5 Expert workshops (African dance)

After learning all about Africa last term, today Year 5 became the experts and led workshops around the school. They designed, planned, resourced and delivered areas of Africa they were interested in. Key questions were used and WAGOLL shown. Miss Coade is really worried about her job!

For this workshop, the group found an excellent dance tutorial on YouTube. They broke it down into manageable steps and demonstrated to the groups. Joy even led a very energetic warm up! Why not have a go yourself at the link below.

 

#NPATEK – Year 5 Expert workshops (Learning Swahili)

After learning all about Africa last term, today Year 5 became the experts and led workshops around the school. They designed, planned, resourced and delivered areas of Africa they were interested in. Key questions were used and WAGOLL shown. Miss Coade is really worried about her job!

There are many languages which are spoken across Africa. Here are some of the Year 5’s teaching other children Swahili. Swahili has official language status in Tanzania and Kenya and is also widely spoken in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Comoros Islands. It’s also spoken by smaller numbers in Burundi, Rwanda, Northern Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. In the workshops, children had different flashcards which they had to match up to their English meaning. Follow the link below to see what words were learnt today.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/other/swahili/guide/phrases.shtml

#NPATEK – Year 5 Expert workshops (Geography of Africa) 

After learning all about Africa last term, today Year 5 became the experts and led workshops around the school. They designed, planned, resourced and delivered areas of Africa they were interested in. Key questions were used and WAGOLL shown. Miss Coade is really worried about her job!

How many times do you think England would fit into Africa? Visit http://www.oxfamblogs.org/education/mapping_our_world/mapping_our_world/07-Howmanytimes/howmanytimes.htm to see! Today some children found out, as well as learning the different countries within the continent Africa. They then pieced it all together like a giant jigsaw! Did you know that you could fit all of the United States, Chine, India and most of Europe inside Africa? Look below at the image this group found!

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#NPATEK – Year 5 Expert workshops (African cooking)

After learning all about Africa last term, today Year 5 became the experts and led workshops around the school. They designed, planned, resourced and delivered areas of Africa they were interested in. Key questions were used and WAGOLL shown. Miss Coade is really worried about her job!

The kitchen was filled with yummy smells and tastes today as Year 5 led cooking workshops recreating some African dishes. These included Cameroonian Fried Spinach and an instant milk tart. Follow the links below for the recipes.