During this past week, the Incredibles have been writing their fantastic ideas for their explanation texts. We have had such things like the Shopper 13 will catapult itself back to the house to deliver the shopping, all the way to, having to push a button that shoots out robotic legs to help the Shopper 13 climb stairs. I am sure that Wallace will be thrilled by all of the hard work that has taken place. In Maths, this week we have been working really hard on our rounding skills and our 3s, 4s and 8 times tables. We have even learnt a song for our threes to help us remember it better. It sounds very much like the theme tune to uptown funk!
This week the Incredibles have been investigating the features of what makes a good explanation text, so that we can help explain to Wallace what a Shopper 13 really does! We have begun drafting our ideas this week in preparation for Wallace's invention show. In addition to this, we have also begun our product designing for Willy Wonka, by beginning to pull ideas together about what our chocolate bars could be called and what the packaging could look like. It looks like the Incredibles are well on their way to winning their Golden Tickets!
This week we have joined forces with Wallace and Gromit to investigate who took the designs from Wallace's workshop. We have been sent a letter from Wallace along with some inventor badges to help out. We have had to watch some of Wallace's movie clips about his cracking contraptions in order to make our own designs to send to him for the village competition. We have also been given some of his locked away designs to write explanations manuals about them such as the Turbo Diner, the Shopper 13 and the Snoozatron.
This week the Incredibles looked at the process of how chocolate is made in order to create our own explanation texts. We watched clips of Pingu in order to understand how to note make and pick out key details whilst ignoring irrelevant or minor pieces of information. In science we looked at what the bones in our body were commonly known as and some pupils in the class could name some scientific words used for the bones. At the end of the week we paid our respects to the fallen soldiers of the WW1. We watched a performance about a young solider that went to war because it was publicised as a fun thing to do with your friends and it was an honorable thing to do. Unfortunately that young solider did not make it home. We then had a two minute silence to pay our respects before returning to the class room. We had a fantastic discussion about what we thought bravery was and what it looked like. We came to the conclusion that bravely was all relative to each individual person. After break we watched the Sainsbury's advert about the Christmas day truce and re-created it within the classroom by turning our tables into trenches. This inspired some terrific poetry which we wrote in small groups to create a class poem about the trenches. In the afternoon we created silhouette art work. (Look at pictures section).
This week the Incredibles received an S.O.S letter asking for their help to find Newt Scamander's fantastical beasts which have been stolen! It was down to the Incredibles to look around Parkside Primary School using the facts they knew about the fantastical beasts to find them. From this they have created their very own fantastic beasts from an amalgamation of animals and created a wanted poster describing them.
An unexpected visitor came to meet the Incredibles this week! He had a long purple coat and a tall top hat. It was none other than the greatest chocolate maker in the world- Mr Willy Wonka! Mr Wonka came in to help the children with their character descriptions by answering their many questions about himself and his factory. Later that night as the children left school, Willy Wonka was caught on the classroom CCTV camera snooping through the Incredibles' books to see if they were working hard enough to earn a precious golden ticket to his factory. He also left his top hat and coat in order to help the Incredibles with their character descriptions.
This week the Incredibles have moved on from place value and we have begun our addition unit in Maths. We have looked at problems that involve us carrying numbers. To help us we have begun to use our new place value counters. In literacy, we have started another new unit of writing- character description! We have had a sneak peak at the original Willy Wonka film and have read a passage from the book to gain some insight into how Willy Wonka moves, behaves and looks. We then drew around a fellow class mate and filled the drawing with descriptive words about Willy Wonka. We are very excited about our new unit and cannot wait to get stuck in next week!
This week the Incredibles have been planning and drafting their recount about their day in the life of Charlie Bucket! They produced fantastic work about the grueling tasks they had to perform during the day like making the slimy porridge and scrubbing out the stubborn stains from their washing. Also this week we have been learning about what nutrients our bodies need and why we need them.
This week we have begun to read our class text – Charlie and the chocolate factory. We have been reflecting on our day in the life of Charlie Bucket in preparation to write our recount of the day. We have watched the first part of the film and used parts of the book to enrich our vocabulary and to help put us in Charlie Bucket’s shoes. We have also begun to discuss what we know about chocolate and what we would like to know about chocolate. From these discussions we have formed excellent and inquisitive ideas and questions to lead us through our chocolate adventure!
This week, the Incredibles played carnival games to be in with a chance of winning a chocolate bar. However, although they may have won the game this did not necessarily mean that they would win the chocolate. The children had to check underneath their chairs to discover whether they were a winner or not. The games played were:
Hook a duck
Find the key
Pop the balloon
Bobbing for apples
Higher or lower
Ping pong timestables
The Incredibles also got a chance to create their own chocolates and blind taste test a variety of different chocolate bars. Lastly, an unexpected visitor came whilst all the children were outside and left us a mission and a pile of chocolate. The task at hand was to redesign the old chocolate bars and re-market them. The letter was signed by Mr Willy Wonka! He also mentioned that if the work produced was of high quality, he would allow the children to come and have a tour of his fantabulous chocolate factory.
This week, the Incredibles were transported back in time to live a day in the life of Charlie Bucket. When the children came into school they lost the privilege of shoes and warm clothes. The children were then taken to the factory, where they completed monotonous tasks such as bead threading and pencil sharpening under the treacherous ruling of the factory manager. At the end of their day the children were paid a measly two pence to spend on a slice of bread for their family unit or a singular chocolate button. In the family home, the children were exposed to a drafty and cramped lifestyle. At the house, the Incredibles had to chop the cabbage for their lunch, mix water with porridge oats, wash out stubborn stains with only a brush and cold water and sweep the garden. After their exhausting day they had to cramp themselves up into a tiny bed. What a long day it was…