Today my reading group were assighned a special project, desighn a leaflet for next years year 5s! Me and Jessy are in charge of drawing a map of the school with pictures showing where the staff are based, and writing an explanation of the buddies system. I might actually be getting a level six in science! As whenever we are given an AFL (assessment for learning? Or angry fish’s lunch?) they only say what you need to do to get a level 3, 4 or 5. However, we’ve been doing force diagrams recently, so our assessment was on them. One of the keywords was weight, but Mrs Charcoal said that if you managed to use the word weight you’d probably get a level six as you’d need to explain how the car (it’ll make sense when you read what we had to do.) gained weight as it accelerated. I asked if we could try using it and see if we get a level six.
Our task was to stick four pictures of cars into our books, and turn them into force diagrams and write a brief description of what they were doing when the stood still, accelerated, went at a steady speed and slowed down. On the acceleration explanation (hey that rhymes!) I wrote that the car gained weight as it accelerated, but on writing about deceleration I realised that if I just wrote what Mrs Charcoal had said it would look like I was just parroting her, and had no understanding of what happened as the car speeded up. So I hastly wrote down: As it loses energy, and therefore weight…. Mrs Charcoal was very impressed and said she would show it to Mr Brown, the head of science.
As part of our work on the book Storm Breaker by Anthony Horrowitz we had to write a comic strip of one frame or more about what happened to Alex in the breakers yard. So as not to reveal too much of the plot to anyone who might like to read the book, all I can say is that my question at the end of chapter two was: how is Jack (who is obviosly involved in spy stuff, I mean Jack Starbright FAKE NAME ALERT! FAKE NAME ALERT!) going to react when he comes home very late after school with loads of cuts and bruises and his uniform in shreds? What excuse can he have?
“Hi Jack. I tripped over in the playground?”
When I got home Mum said that as it was so hot that we were melting, we could go out into the garden, wearing our sun-suits, and build a water slide. It’s actually very easy to do, I have no idea why swimming pool owners insist on getting very expensive ones with load of motors and stuff!
Here’s how to build your own water slide:
You will need:
Your own climbing frame in the back garden, or at the very least a slide.
Something slippery to land on, that isn’t rough like grass. We used some blue sheets of plastic, but paddling pools work too. Or anything else you can think of.
- Place your sheets of plastic/paddling pool/ect at the bottom of your slide.
- Hook your hose up against the handles of your slide, if you can’t do this then get a freind/parent/sibling/slave to hold it , just as long as the water is spraying onto the slide.
- Slide down!
After this we had a competition to see who could slide furthest (James won.) and a competition to see who could do the best tricks with the hose. James was the judge and the idea was that he could play the winner whilst the loser judged. (Complicated isn’t it?) Unfortunately whilst doing a trick with theme ‘funny’ Henry sprayed James’s cat, causing him to score two. Henry then got really upset and refused to judge. He wouldn’t have won anything as he was basically copying my trick!
James then decided to have a go, but forgot he was doing it and walked around having an arguement with Mum and Henry looking ridiculous! Mum suggested that Henry chase us with the hose, but that soonended when, as a joke I put my finger over the nozzle of the hose and sprayed Henry in the face!
The unfortunate result of all this was that I forgot to do my home work, (to finish colouring somthing that could easily be done at lunchtime) and instead spent the rest of my time creating an animation on scratch to go with the ostrich song:
Incase you want to sing along the lyrics are:
Daydreamin head’s in the sand, Daydreamin gee but it’s grand. I’m in love with an ostrich, All the neighbors complaining you see, But she loves me, Can’t help it if they don’t understand it. It’s fun to be in love with an ostrich, And if you haven’t tried it Don’t deny it my friend. ‘Cause it’s so much fun To go out in the sun Forget the rest of the world, With your head in the sand. Daydreamin head’s in the sand, Daydreamin gee but it’s grand. Walking down the street with my ostrich, All the people stare But I don’t care what they say. Find more similar lyrics on http://mp3lyrics.com/wI95She never says a word, She’s an agreeable bird, She takes my worries away. So if you find somebody who loves you, And your friends are all complaing, They’re not friends anyway. Just go out in the sun, ‘Cause it’s so much fun Forget the rest of the world, And put your head in the sand. Daydreamin head’s in the sand, Daydreamin gee but it’s grand. Daydreamin head’s in the sand, Daydreamin gee but it’s grand. Daydreamin head’s in the sand, Daydreamin gee but it’s grand. Daydreamin head’s in the sand, Daydreamin gee but it’s grand.