17th July

Welcome to 5 Mary Anning Blog (Mr Beswarick’s class)

Our attendance this week was 95% so we were unable to collect an attendance voucher.

Protractor Skills: Understanding that an angle is an amount of turn underpins our angle measuring skills. Drawing and measuring angles accurately is our area of study. Recognising acute and obtuse angles by visualising a right angle and a straight angle is key to the reliability of our predictions.

Great School Run: We covered a great deal of ground, many of us completed far more that the 6 laps that we were challenged to travel!

Death-masks fit for a pharaoh!

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This week, our handshakes total was 4.

10th July 2017

Our attendance this week was 97.3% so we were unable to collect an attendance voucher.

Egyptian Art Day: We spent our ATTENDANCE SUCCESS VOUCHERS and held our Egyptian Art Day. We managed to organise a picnic and an extra pudding from Dawn too!

Enterprise Project: Once again, we have been sending Mr B to do the shopping so that we can serve ice cold drinks at school. Our Ice & a Slice Company charges only 20p for a cup of juice with a fresh orange slice and a free biscuit!

This week, our handshakes total was 4.

2nd July 2017

Our attendance this week was 98.3% so we were able to collect another attendance voucher.

Mummification process: We ordered and explained images taken when we worked with Mr Adby so that we could think through the stages of the mummification process used by the ancient Egyptians. We then compared our sequence with those put forward by others.

To begin with, we consulted Dr Hawass at the Cairo Museum and picked up the idea of using date wine as a method of cleaning and preserving the body. Next, we watched a film clip that caused some debate about its accuracy. You can see it too so that you can judge how plausible you think it is.

This week, our handshakes total was 3.

23rd June 2017

Our attendance this week was 98.6% so we were able to collect another attendance voucher.

Visitor from Egypt: We had the fascinating opportunity to talk with Ms Lichfield about life in modern Egypt. She has spent part of the last few months living in Cairo and Dahab, an area famed for its reef diving.  She was able to give us a first-hand description of how her family organised their lives for Ramadan and she gave us an insight into Muslim expectations for modern Egyptian fashions.

Visualising Volumes: We have been looking for methods to enable us to calculate volume using cubes. Having carried out an assessment, we formed peer mentor groups so that we could coach each other’s ability to recognise slices, layers and columns.

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Topic links: A big Thank-you to all those who have brought books, pictures and artefacts into school linking to our Egyptians topic.

This week, our handshakes total was a very creditable 15, but the winners had 24.

19th June 2017

Welcome to 5 Mary Anning Blog (Mr Beswarick’s class)

Our attendance this week was 98.8% so we were able to collect another attendance voucher.

Interpreting Nebamun’s tomb: We have been examining the images from a tomb that was built for a royal official in ancient Egypt. Like the museum curators at the British Museum, we have been trying to gather evidence about Nebamun’s life, his home, his leisure time and the role he played at work.

Talk for Writing: We have been turning our Howard Carter study text into a T4W mind-map. This is helping us to remember the detailed facts about the discovery of Tutankhamun so that we can transfer ideas and phrasing into our own writing.

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Geranium Cuttings: We are testing out our method of ‘cloning’ plants as opposed to creating new plants via pollination and seeds.

Geranium Cuttings: We are testing out our method of ‘cloning’ plants as opposed to creating new plants via pollination and seeds.
 
This week, our handshakes total was nine.

12th June 2017

Our attendance this week was 98.3% so we were able to collect another attendance voucher.

Partake Visit: We have had the fantastic opportunity to work with Mr Adby who works for the Partake Theatre Company. To begin with, we investigated the different spices that were traded in the ancient Egyptian world. Next, we looked at the social hierarchy of ancient Egypt and dressed Toni up as our high priestess, complete with the fashion make-up of the time. We carefully examined a range of artefacts similar to those that we later placed within the pharaoh’s tomb when we dramatised his funeral.

This week, our handshakes total was only one.