Science Resource

One of the best resources that I have used this year is www.simplescince.net

“The idea of SIMPLE SCIENCE is to have informative music video presentations for use in the primary school classroom.

They are designed to be used as part of a lesson to reinforce learning objectives and scientific concepts and also as a useful
revision tool for the SAT exams.  They work particularly well on a large whiteboard but can also be viewed on the computer screen and TV.
 

There is a DVD for each year group which contains all the information videos and video songs for each unit of study of the UK National Science Curriculum. They also have fun karaoke and subtitled versions of the songs on each disc.”

 

I ordered the complete set for the school (in particular for my year 6, to help with their revision)  The children asked if they could have then to take home.  We discussed this (ie did they want a disc with them on or some other format)  The overall majority wanted to have it on their phones and ipods.  So I contacted one of the creators, Owen Jamerson, and asked if i could convert the files.  He was more than happy for this to happen as I had purchased the complete set of videos.  So with the help of my school network manager, we set about converting every video clip.  The children then uploaded them/ installed them to their chosen device.  

Hopefully, this years SAT’s results can prove the impact this has had on the children.  I can claim to have heard a select few singing out the songs for particular topics in order to answer some of this year questions!! 

Here is an example of just one video – see how long it takes before you too are singing along!

6B Micro-organism Song from Simple Science on Vimeo.

Teachmeet North West

Following the massive success of Teachmeet Midlands organized by Tom Barrett and co and recent conversations (via my Twitter network) @MrKp and myself have taken the opportunity to set one up in the NW of England.  

http://teachmeetnw.pbworks.com/FrontPage

TeachMeet North West 2009

Friday 9th October 2009 5-10pm

21st Century Classroom , Salford, Manchester

http://www.bbc.co.uk/21cc/

 

What is TeachMeet?

Learn something new, be amazed, amused and enthused. This is an informal gathering of those curious about teaching and technology. Anyone can share great ideas they’ve trialled in their classrooms, ask important questions  or simply sign up to take part in learning conversations.

 

What can you do?

You can come along to chat, meet new people, or give a seven minute talk, a two minute nano presentation or lead a conversation.

As with all Teachmeets, we are dependant on our sponsors for refreshments and wifi and other costs. Please contact Steve mrkp(at)mrkp.org.uk   or contact Tom tsale0512(at)gmail.com

Planning for September…..

This morning I visited my new school, had a nosey around, looked at resources and the set up that is currently in place.  The school is very different from where I am currently teaching.  There are lots ( and I mean lots ) that as an ICT subject leader I could do.  But my concern is making sure I have everybody (staff & children) on board.  

The school has laptops for teachers, along with a SMART board in each room, other than that there is very little in terms of development that has taken place over the last few years.  I understand the need to make sure the children meet their attainment targets and that they achieve but I want to make sure I encourage, enhance and develop a passion for ICT/next generation learning.  I want to use ICT to engage them, capture their interest and improve their skills.

For my lesson observation as part of the interview process I used Samorost 2 (thanks again to @HGJohn for the recommendation) the children were excellent – on task, produced the work required and wanted to learn more.  I completely agree with @futurebehaviour, @russellprue, @erinmisegadis & @ian_ridsdale that it doesn’t matter what equipment a 21st century classroom has, it is down to the teacher being prepared to use it, allow others (children) to try it and how we (as teachers) could facilitate it!

What do you think – do you really need a load of exciting equipment to assist you in delivering an exciting, engaging task or is it down to the individual?

Children’s work from Lesson Observation

Following a few requests to see what the children produced during my lesson observation as part of my job interview, here is a sample of some of their work.

 

I went up to the metal building, knocked on what looked like a door. There was a distinctive sound, a sound I had never heard before”

I heard a sudden thud as I landed on the rocky planet. I cautiously stepped out and heard ant like creatures scurrying into their burrows. I walked towards where the sound came from……..”

As I landed my intergalactic ship, I got out and stepped on the planet for the first time. It was enormous, it had metal trees, metal houses and all around were little grey creatures with two antennae everywhere. I was petrified!”

 

I have to say a huge thank you to the children at the school who after doing their SAT’s the previous week, this hopefully inspired them to do some work for me

Newly Appointed……

Following a lesson observation and formal interview I have been appointed the head of Yr6 with a TLR at another school within Blackpool.  The school is one form entry and looking to raise standards in achievement and attainment.  Hopefully the experience that I have gained from teaching in Year 6 for the previous 3 years should stand me in good stead!!

Many thanks to @HGJohn (my twitter network) for the suggestion to use Samorost 2 for the lesson – the children were blown away, as was I with the fantastic descriptive writing that they produced!

There is also the opportunity to lead/develop/implement and maintain ICT across the school – just where to start.  I have so many ideas/thoughts following on from my Twitter network.  I will keep you posted in regards to anything that happens …..

Health Week – Calorie Counting

Today saw the start of Health week in Year 6 after missing out earlier in the year due to SAT’s revision and practice papers.  In Numeracy the children are going to keep a food record (including snacks) to then enter into a spreadsheet and calculate their average intake per day.  This initially raised a few eyebrows with the children as they didn’t really want to share what they were eating, but through discussion they soon realized the benefits of doing this.

We used http://caloriecount.about.com/ to work out what each item of food was worth and then entered all the data into an excel spreadsheet (it was set up as an assignment in Edmodo) children then entered all the information they could before ‘turning in’ their work for me to look at

scrambled

Samorost 2 – Lesson 2

After meeting the main character in Samorost 2 today – we are now going to create a character description including his main feelings, after discovering that his dog has been stolen along with the fact that he has to follow the culprits to their planet and then locate where he is now hidden.  Prior to this the children asked if they could write an explanation of how the rocket worked (including diagrams) Naturally I couldn’t really say no to them wanting to do more writing !!

Samorost 2

Since SAT’s are over for another year at least I have decided to use SAMOROST 2 to aid/maintain/develop children’s writing.  Over the next few weeks I am going to plan a scheme of work that will inspire the children to want to write/record their ideas either on paper or through some other media

Samorost 2 animated story 

Activity 1 – Descriptive Writing

Describe what you think the planet will look like when you get there (this is when your dog has been stolen, stuffed into a bag and is on its way to another planet)

(remember to use WOW words)

What I am looking for :-

  • describe what can be seen, heard, smelt and touched.
  • You could use made up words.
  • you have used adjectives and adjectival phrases to create an atmosphere, suspense, tension and mystery.
  • How do you feel about being on a strange planet.

 

En Vacances!

After SAT’s – Year 6 Challenge!

Once SAT’s are over, and we have enjoyed a restful break after half term, I am going to try an experiment in Year 6.  We are a two form entry school and through discussion with my fellow Year 6 teacher we have created the following

This geography based topic investigates a different culture and country. By planning a holiday to France, to discover how Paris has changed over the years. We will investigate key places, buildings, districts and famous people such as the Paris Expo, the Eiffel Tower and the Mona Lisa. Art Nouveau, the Impressionists and Paris culture. You will create a spreadsheet to record the holiday budget, calculate all costing for trips, visits, transport and accommodation.

There is a catch ……..

Half the year group will be using technology (laptops/digital camera/ipod/internet)the rest will be using paper and secondary sources.  The idea behind this is to see what technology can do whilst seeing if the children are able to harness its potential! 

For me it provides the opportunity to see if  a ‘paperless environment’ can work within a school setting …….. Only time will tell!

I’m now a Blogger …….

Here I will post my thoughts and share my ideas and resources that have enhanced my classroom practice.  This will all be my own opinion and not that of my school or my LA.  Hopefully I will be able to share something that you’ll find interesting and useful…..Happy reading