Happy Easter J11! Pasg hapus dosbarth J11. Have a lovely Easter holiday. See you back in school on Tuesday 29th April.
In English this fortnight, we have been reading an exciting multimedia, science-fiction text - 'Planet Prison'. This is a non-linear, multi-modal text in which there are options to follow different reading routes. At one point in the story, for example, we had to decide whether Cad (the heroine) should jump on the two-headed monster's back or push it down a ravine! We have discussed the characteristics of the science fiction genre such as how the plot is often based on a mission with challenges along the way, settings such as stars and planets, themes such as good versus evil, characters such as aliens, space explorers and inter-galactic monsters and scientific language such as infra-red, genetic identity beams!!!! Whilst reading the interactive story, we noticed that there was a narrative pattern of introducing a problem and showing how this was overcome before introducing a new problem..... Ultimately, the final challenge is met.
'Planet Prison' is an interactive, multimedia story with special features such as:
TEXT – dialogue, narrative, instructions to the reader, information and labels. The text has been presented in text boxes, speech bubbles, thought bubbles, within the pictures and in pop-up boxes.
AUDIO – voiceover, dialogue, announcements, music and sound effects.
GRAPHICS – still pictures, animations.
INTERACTIVITY – the reader has to make decisions sometimes on behalf of the character/as an independent reader), interactions where the reader is invited to click on links.
We have used the experience of reading the multimedia text 'Planet Prison' to help us analyse our reading behaviours. We have stopped at different points throughout our reading to think about how, when reading, we:
Activate prior knowledge – use what we already know about something.
Visualise – imagine things in our heads/build up pictures
Predict – think about what may happen next possibly using previous cues from the text.
Summarise what has happened in specific sections of the story.
Clarify – So does that mean….?
Ask questions – Is the locket important? Why did the character behave in that way? What motivated her?
Interact with the text – I think we should choose that option because….
Empathize with the characters – I think Cad must be feeling…..
Relate the text to our own personal experience – If I were in that situation, I would……
Look for patterns and links in the text – how the main character overcomes one problem only to be faced with another …..
Looking ahead, we are excited about the prospect of working in groups to write our very own science fiction stories with different reading routes.
In our History lessons, we have been learning all about how food was rationed during World War Two. People were only allowed small amounts of certain foods during the war. There was a shortage of some foods because our ships bringing food to Britain from abroad were targeted by Nazi submarines, torpedoes and aircraft. The government had to ration (limit) the amount of food people could buy so that there was enough for everybody. An adult’s weekly ration, for example, would be 28g of cheese, 112g of butter, 56g of tea, 336g of sugar, 3 pints of milk, 1 packet of dried egg, and 1 shilling 2 pence (about £2 in today’s money) worth of meat. Do you think you would be able to ‘make do’ with so little food today?
Ration books were given to each family which contained coupons. People took their ration books to the shops and the shopkeeper would cut out the coupons when an item was bought. This was so that no-one could buy more than their share. The 'Dig for Victory' propaganda campaign encouraged ordinary people to grow as much fruit and vegetables as they could. This gave us the idea to make our very own 'Wartime Vegetable Soup' or 'Cawl Llysiau' in class using the vegetables that people would have grown during World War Two.
We all brought a selection of vegetables to school - potatoes, carrots, leeks, swede, parsnip and onions - to name a few. We also brought chopping boards, peelers and aprons to wear. First we washed, peeled and carefully chopped the vegetables. We had to be very careful when using the sharp knives to cut the vegetables.
We gently fried the onions before softening chopped leeks and carrots in the large cooking pot.
Next we added all the other vegetables that we had cut into small pieces. We also added vegetable stock to add flavour before seasoning with salt and pepper.
Later we covered the vegetables in water, boiled the water and let the soup simmer for over an hour. The smell of the vegetable soup cooking filled the air around the school. It smelt delicious and made us feel quite hungry. We kept our eye on the soup as it simmered, stirring it occasionally.
Soon the soup was ready to serve. We had all brought in bowls and spoons which we filled with our steaming-hot wartime vegetable soup. We enjoyed eating the soup we had made. It was delicious! Blasus iawn! We even took some home in flasks and containers for our parents to taste! We thoroughly enjoyed making the wartime vegetable soup. It helped us to understand how people during the war had to 'make do' and use what little food was available to them.
Happy Birthday Alex from Mr. Evans and J11. Penblwydd hapus i ti. Hope you're having a great time at Manor Adventure.
Eisteddfod Dydd Gwyl Dewi Arbennig yn ein ysgol ni. A Special St. David's Day Eisteddfod at our school.
Today was a special day at Llangewydd as we celebrated St. David's Day early with our exciting school Eisteddfod. The hall was a sea of scarlet as we all sat in our house colours, many of us dressed in our national rugby jerseys or in traditional Welsh costumes and wearing our daffodils and leeks. The excitement was building as we waited for the day's competitions to begin.
After weeks of hard work in class, we looked forward to a day of on-stage Welsh and English recitations, singing, dancing, the announcements of who had won the class-based competitions in writing, Welsh writing, handwriting, Art and IT and of course the chairing of the bard. At the start of our school Eisteddfod, the house points were: Tŷ Coch - 321 pwyntiau, Tŷ Aur - 315 pwyntiau, Tŷ Gwyrdd - 300 pwyntiau and Tŷ Glas - 296 pwyntiau. The judges, Miss Jury and Mrs Page, were ready to count all the points throughout the day and so the competitions could begin. Very exciting! Gyffrous iawn!
The on-stage competitions got underway with Year 5 singing the traditional Welsh song 'Ar Lan Y Mor'. In each of the singing competitions, the judges were listening for tuneful singing, accurate pronunciation of words as well as more technical aspects such as pitch, timing and breathing at appropriate places. The judges commented on the high standard of the singing throughout the day and had to make some difficult decisions at times as each of the competitors were so impressive.
Everyone in the hall clapped and cheered as children from their houses took to the stage to take part in competitions. How brave they were to sing and recite poems in front of a hall full of children, teachers and staff! Finalists had put so much effort into learning both Welsh and English poems off by heart. Again the judges were amazed by the high standard of the poetry recitations. Bendigedig! Judges focused on the accuracy of the recitations as well as the children's use of pace, expression and movements to bring the poems to life for the audience. We all thoroughly enjoyed listening to each of the poetry recitations and they brought a smile to our faces.
Throughout the day, the house point totals were announced and the competition became more and more exciting with not many points separating the leading two houses - Tŷ Aur and Tŷ Coch. Instrumentalists had an opportunity to earn points for their houses by performing a piece of music for the school. Carwyn wowed everyone with how well he played a Mozart piece on the piano. We were amazed at the standard he has achieved. Mr. Evans had better watch out! Ryan was also impressive playing the trombone. We all enjoyed listening to the violinist and the brass instrumentalists who have made such great progress with their music. Llongyfarchiadau i chi gyd! Congratulations to all of you!
The morning's competitions closed with the much anticipated 'House Choir' competition where each house had to sing the Welsh song ''Calon Lan'. There were much needed house points at stake - 50 for the winning house, 40 for the runner-up, and 30 and 20 for the third and fourth-placed houses respectively. Miss Hatch, Mrs. Phillips and Miss Clarke (the judges) listened to each house choir singing, making notes about their performance. They looked to see whether each choir knew the words, as well as listening carefully to their diction, their pitch, their tempo. They also looked to see how well each house sang together as a choir - with one voice. It was a close run thing but the judges' final adjudication placed Tŷ Glas in first place just ahead of Tŷ Gwyrdd. Llongyfarchiadau i dŷ Glas!
Our Eisteddfod continued after lunch with some traditional Welsh folk dancing by Year 4. Dawnsio gwerin gwych! Dressed in traditional costumes, the children danced in time to the Welsh folk music Cylch Circassian. We all clapped along as the dancers danced rownd a rownd with their partners, weaving in and out of each other and changing direction.
At points throughout the day, teachers announced the winners of competitions that had taken place in classrooms in the weeks leading up to the Eisteddfod. These included IT, Art, Writing, Welsh Writing and handwriting competitions. Again the judges had been impressed by the high standards of the work produced in all year groups. The winners of the Home-School tasks were also announced and everyone could enjoy looking at the colourful models/items on display around the school hall. Year 3 had made some impressive animals from the Great Race. Year 4 had made models, mobiles and all sorts of other items on the theme of 'Space'. Year 5 had made some amazing fairground rides whilst Year 6 had been challenged to make something useful out of a plastic pop bottle! All the staff at the school were amazed by how inventive and creative you had been with your home-school tasks. Bendigedig!
The Chairing of the Bard. Cadeirio'r Bardd. The exciting climax to the day soon arrived with the chairing of the bard - the highest honour of the day awarded to the pupil in Year 6 who had written the best poem in the poetry competition. As tension mounted, Mrs. Davies talked to the school about how difficult it had been to judge the poetry competition owing to the high standard of so many of the poems written. Year 6 had been asked to write a poem titled 'The Sorrows of Winter' .
Each pupil in Year 6 had submitted a poem to the competition using a nom de plume to keep their identity secret. Before the nom de plume of this year's bard was revealed, Mrs. Davies announced which pupils had been in close contention for the ultimate accolade. Rhys Williams was second runner-up with George Phillips and Alex Allen joint first runners-up. Finally the moment had arrived! Silence fell around the school hall as Mr. Morrison called out the name of the winning poet, asking if they were in the hall one......two......three times: "Oes HyperVenom XD364 yn y neuadd?" Each time, the Eisteddfod sword was almost removed from its sheath but was returned as everyone in the hall called out "Heddwch." On the third asking, Carwyn stood up to be revealed as Llangewydd's bard of 2014. Llongyfarchiadau Carwyn!
As everyone around the hall clapped and cheered, Carwyn was escorted to the stage where he was dressed in the bardic robes before sitting in the bardic chair to be crowned. Mrs. Davies invited Carwyn to read his poem to the school and everyone agreed that its high quality made Carwyn a most well-deserved bard. Llongyfarchiadau i Carwyn!
As it approached a quarter past three, it was time to reveal which house had earned most points and so won this year's Eisteddfod. In fourth place was Tŷ Coch, in third place was Tŷ Glas, the runners up were Tŷ Gwyrdd but winning our Eisteddfod 2014 were Tŷ Aur! Tŷ Aur clapped and cheered in celebration as their House Captains came to the front of the hall to be presented with the Eisteddfod trophy by Mrs. Davies. It was an exciting end to what had been a memorable day punctuated by some outstanding performances and achievements. The day ended with everyone standing to sing our national anthem 'Mae hen wlad fy nhadau' with pride.
Year 6 / Jll Eisteddfod Results - Roll of Honour
English Writing: Handwriting: Art: IT IMovie:
1st - William Bennett 1st - Carwyn 1st - Morgan 1st - Calum and Ethan
2nd - Carwyn Hopkins 2nd - Louis 2nd - Holly 2nd - Morgan and Alex
3rd - Alex Allen 3rd - Rhys P and Megan T 3rd - Lucas Joint 3rd - Josh and Louis
- Carwyn and Rhys W
Welsh Writing: Welsh Recitation: English Recitation:
1st - Carwyn 1st - Alex Joint 1st - Will Bennett and Danielle
2nd - Louis 2nd - Will Bennett 2nd - Carwyn
3rd - Alex Joint 3rd - Josh and Naem Joint 3rd - Alex and Josh
Welsh Solo: English Solo: Home-School Task:
Joint 1st - Morgan and Carwyn 1st - Alex 1st - Carwyn
Joint 2nd - Rhys W and Siona Joint 2nd - Carwyn and Bethany Joint 2nd - Osian and Josh
3rd - Abby Joint 3rd - Josh and Danielle 3rd - Rhys W
1st - Carwyn - The Bard/Y Bardd
Joint 2nd - George and Alex
3rd - William B
For our home-school task, as part of our school Eisteddfod competitions, we were asked to recycle a plastic pop bottle - making something useful out of it. We were amazed at the brilliant and creative results! Everyone put so much effort into making something useful out of the plastic bottles. We hope you enjoy looking at our gallery of recycled bottles below with ideas ranging from desk tidies and flower pots to piggy banks and bird feeders! Great ideas! Syniadau gwych! Thanks to family and friends who supported and encouraged us at home. Everybody who brought in a recycled bottle earned house points for the Eisteddfod.
Happy birthday Jordan from all of J11 and Mr. Evans. Penblwydd hapus i ti. We hope you have a lovely birthday.
Today Roger from SUSTRANS came to assembly to tell us all about 'The Big Pedal 2014' - an inter-school cycling and scooting competition which encourages children, teachers and parents to cycle or scoot to school. This year's 'Big Pedal' will take place between the 3rd and 14th March. The more of us who scoot and cycle to school each day, the more points our school will earn. Schools right across the UK will be competing against each other with more than twenty fantastic prizes up for grabs including bike and scooter stunt displays, bikes and scooter parking bays.
We will log our school's data every day on the Big Pedal website and participants will be rewarded with a wheelie character to add to their own Big Pedal wallchart. The characters' design will depend on how many of us cycled and scooted to school that day. The aim is to fill the wallchart with as many super-strength, super-powered superhero wheelies as possible. All school's results are published each day on the website and we can track how Llangewydd and other local schools are doing throughout the race. On Friday 14th March, the final day of the competition, we will have a 'Superhero Day' where we will dress up as superheroes and raise funds to support Sustrans' work in schools. So, after half term, it would be great if as many of you as possible could cycle or scoot to school or even part of the way if parents would prefer you to cycle/scoot a shorter/safer distance.
We were all delighted when we heard the news that J11's very own Carwyn has won 1st prize in Bryntirion Comprehensive School's annual Eisteddfod poetry competition. The English department at Bryntirion Comprehensive School invited Year 6 pupils in all its feeder schools (Llangewydd Junior School, Trelales Primary School, Maes Yr Haul Primary School and Pen Y Fai Primary School) to write a poem titled 'My Welsh Hero.' The judges commented on the "exceptionally high standard" of the poetry submitted to the competition by all pupils and said that they had a tough job deciding which poets should win the prizes. Carwyn won the poetry competition with his fantastic poem about a football hero. The judges commented on Carwyn's "outstanding vocabulary choices" as well as his use of poetic techniques such as metaphor, personification, alliteration and rhythm. Today Carwyn was invited up to Bryntirion Comprehensive's Eisteddfod to receive his prize - a special rosette and a book token. We are very proud of him. Congratulations to Carwyn on winning such a prestigious poetry competition.Llongyfarchiadau!
Window on War - Ffenestr Ryfel
In Art this fortnight, we have created montages on the theme of 'War'. A montage is a piece of artwork that appears to have many layers. Unlike a collage, though, in a montage the layers have been drawn and the final piece of artwork is 2D. First we looked closely at a selection of World War 2 artefacts such as an evacuee's suitcase, bullet shells, a gas mask, an ARP warden's torch, ration books and identity cards. We used pencils to make careful drawings of them, shading different tones to capture areas of light and shade on the artefacts.
Next we practised the skill of drawing artefacts so that they looked like they were overlapping each other. The objects in the foreground had to be quite simple and large.
We worked hard on our final montages. On A3 paper we drew our WW2 artefacts, taking care that they appeared to overlap. We then used a coloured pencil to shade our drawings. We had to choose one colour only. We thought carefully about our choice of colour and its symbolism - red could represent danger, green could represent peace, blue could represent coldness or calm, and yellow could represent hope. Once the foreground drawings were complete, we used pastels to shade in the background. The pastels had to be shaded and blended carefully with our fingers.
The final stage was to cut out emotive words from newspapers to complete the layers of our montage. We chose words that linked to our World War Two theme, for example, BOMB, DESPAIR, TRAGEDY and HERO. We placed these words on top of our artwork in suitable positions. We hope you enjoy looking at our gallery of montage artwork below. Rydyn ni'n gobeithio eich bod chi mwynhau edrych ar ein oriel isod.
In our English lessons this fortnight we have been reading and discussing the poetry of Ted Hughes. In his poetry, Ted Hughes often builds up vivid imagery of animals and the natural world. We enjoyed reading and responding to the poems 'Cat', 'Dog' and 'Jellyfish'. We analysed the poems and thought carefully about Hughes' use of imagery, his figurative language such as similes and metaphors, and his use of poetic techniques such as repetition, alliteration and onomatopoeia.
We read and discussed in detail the Ted Hughes' poem 'The Seven Sorrows' in which he develops powerful imagery of Autumn. In each stanza, Hughes develops an extended image of Autumn which suggests a sadness or 'sorrow'. In one stanza, for example, the poet 'zooms in' on a "pheasant who hangs from a hook.....the woodland of gold folded in feathers". We each chose an image from the poem that we considered to be effective and succeeded in building up vivid pictures in our imaginations. We then had to draw what we imagined when we read the imagery and explain what it prompted us to think of. This is the image Carwyn pictured in his head when he read "Till earth closes her ear to the fox's prayer". He explains that he "can imagine the fox on his knees, yelping for help. Pain runs through the blood in his veins......."
We wrote our own poems in the style of Ted Hughes. Using his poem 'The Seven Sorrows' as a model, we worked with a partner to write poems titled 'The Sorrows of Winter'. In each stanza of our poem, we aimed to develop an image of a 'sadness' or 'sorrow' associated with Winter. We tried to avoid cliched images such as melting snowmen and aimed instead to write original, unusual images that would have an impact upon the reader. We also tried to use figurative language such as similes and metaphors, as well as other poetic techniques such as repetition, alliteration and onomatopoeia.
Lewis, for example, described "Nature's arrogant breath". Rhys zoomed in on "prickled leaves swifting to the barren ground". William built up powerful images of a homeless person on the Winter streets - "frozen in a cell of tragedy". Vivid imagery was used throughout Louis' poem such as his image of "the crumbling tree smothered by ice....". We hope you take the time to read some of the stanzas of our poems 'The Sorrows of Winter' below.
The first sorrow of Winter
Is the slow goodbye
Of the rose's darkened petals
Falling to the frost-bitten ground;
The second sorrow
Is the abandoned park bench
Cloaked by a white gleam
Scarred by ice
Split to the exposed bone,
Left; left decaying alone.
by Osian Jones
And the third sorrow
Is the slow goodbye
Of the petrified hare fastened in an endless tunnel
Perishing in a cage of frost
Locked by Winter's punishing key.
No way out.
by Alex Allen
The fourth sorrow
Is an attrocious road
Violent cars battling the fractured ice,
Slipping, slipping away from their terrorised life.
Ice cracking under urgently rotating wheels,
Pale pillows crackling in the atmosphere.
by Rhys W
And the fifth sorrow
Is the slow goodbye
Of an icy lake
Imprisoned by ridged layers of snow,
Life within fading; fading,
by Carwyn Hopkins
This week in class we have been working hard in our Formula One groups to prepare a presentation of our F1 in Schools car designs and concepts to Year 6. Each group aimed to 'persuade' the rest of the year group that their team's F1 car design and overall concept would best represent our school in the F1 in Schools regional competition.
We worked in our groups to discuss what we would like to include in our Powerpoints and presentations. We had to make sure that each member of the team had dialogue to say and would contribute to the presentation. We also had to ensure that our dialogue matched the accompanying slides of the Powerpoint presentation. We aimed to give the audience information about: our team name, logo and brand image, our team roles: who will do what job, our car design: its special features and overall design, our ideas for sponsorship, our team uniform designs, and why we think our team would best represent the school in the F1 regional competition. We were talking for a real purpose and a real audience.
We used many IT skills to create our 'F1 in Schools' Powerpoint presentation. We had to choose a suitable font and background colour for our slides. We had to make decisions about slide layout, animations, transitions and other effects. We also had to scan examples of our F1 work in order to insert them into our Powerpoint presentations. We used the I-Pads to take photographs and inserted them into our presentation.
After completing our Powerpoint presentations, we spent time in class rehearsing our presentations. We had to make decisions about where we would stand and who would navigate through the presentation slides. We also had to think carefully about other aspects of our presentation such as speaking clearly and with expression, establishing eye contact with the audience, using gesture and facial expression to enhance our presentation and perhaps most importantly of all how we would 'persuade' our audience that our team would best represent the school in the F1 regional competition. Some of our groups used music and sound effects to enhance our presentations. The M.C.Boom presentation, for example, began with an explosive sound effect!
Finally the day of the presentations arrived! This morning each F1 team gave their presentation to the whole of Year 6 and the Year 6 teachers! We were all nervous but strangely excited about standing up in front of our peers to deliver our presentations. There was a lot at stake! The two groups in the year group who scored the highest marks for their presentations would go on to represent Llangewydd in the regional Formula One in Schools competition. After each group's presentation, every team would award them a mark out of ten based on criteria such as the effectiveness of the presentation and the potential of their car design. Which groups would best represent the school in the competition?
Every group gave interesting, creative and entertaining presentations to the year group. The audience listened carefully and were impressed by the high quality of the presentations, car designs and brand ideas. Some of the groups had their own mottos, slogans and catchphrases. Many groups had imaginative ideas such as the Frozen group who began their presentation with a dance move!' All the teachers agreed that the presentations were of a very high standard with pupils speaking clearly and with expression. Each group certainly worked hard to persuade us that they would be the best team to represent Llangewydd in the F1 in Schools competition.
It was soon time to count up the scores and to reveal which two teams had been chosen to represent the school in the F1 in Schools competition. It was a close run thing with several teams in the year group vying for the top spot. But we are delighted to reveal that the first two teams past the chequered flag were J11's very own - Speed Bullet and J10's Demon Bullet! Congratulations to Caitlin P, Laura, Caitlin G and Siona Lee (Team Silver Bullet) and Will Bennett, Will Bevan, Evan and Corey (Team Demon Bullet). The Poseidon team came a close third place - only one point behind the Demon Bullet team! Llongyfarchiadau i bawb! Now the hard work really begins as the two teams will prepare to manufacture and customise their cars in preparation for the big competition. The F1 story continues.......
In Maths, we have been learning how to calculate the area of composite shapes using the formula A= L X B. We have learnt how to split composite shapes into smaller shapes, calculating their areas before adding them together to find a total area. Today we did some practical measuring outdoors. We were asked to imagine that Mr. McVeigh had been asked to get some quotes for re-surfacing the top and bottom school yards. He needs to calculate the composite area of both yards. Using trundle wheels, we worked in small groups to measure the length and breadth of the two yards. We enjoyed measuring with the trundle wheels and recorded our measurements carefully. Back in the classroom we were able to use our measurements to calculate the composite area of the two yards. Gwaith mesur ardderchog! Excellent measuring work!
Darllenwyr bendigedig ydyn ni! We are fantastic Welsh readers! In class this week we have enjoyed reading the Welsh texts 'Arwyr' - all about heroes. First we read the comic strip text all about Huw who became a hero when he telephoned for the ambulance when his Mum was unwell. We read the Welsh story on the interactive whiteboard and followed it in our own individual copies of the text. We then practised reading the Welsh sentences as a class, in small groups and in pairs. Mr. Evans was delighted with how well we read the Welsh story. We read sentences accurately, clearly and with much expression. We were pleased with the way in which we understood the Welsh text and followed the flow of the stories. We recognised and understood most of the Welsh words, phrases and sentence patterns used in the stories. We were also able to talk confidently in Welsh about the illustrations.
The next Welsh story was all about Otis, a dog who became a hero when he went to get help when his owner, Huw, hurt his leg in the park. Otis attracted the attention of a lady in the park who telephoned for help. Again we read the Welsh story on the interactive whiteboard and followed it in our own individual copies of the text. We then practised reading the story as a class, in small groups and in pairs.
As a class, we agreed success criteria for effective reading aloud in Welsh. These included: pronouncing the Welsh words accurately, reading clearly and with expression. We then read the Welsh story aloud to our partner who listened carefully to our reading. We used 'Two Stars and an Action' / 'Dau o sêr a gweithred' to think about what we had done successfully while reading aloud the Welsh text and also what actions we could take to improve our reading. We are great Welsh readers! Darllenwyr Cymraeg gwych ydyn ni!
In our topic work this week, we have been working in teams on a Formula One project. Rydyn ni wedi bod yn gweithio mewn tîmau ar prosiect F1. We have had to work together to design our very own F1 land speed car! Very exciting! Gyffrous iawn!
Firstly we set up our teams. Yn gyntaf, roedd rhaid i ni drefnu'r tîmau. We had to organize ourselves into four teams and give each member of the team a specific role. These roles are: Team Manager, Resources Manager, Manufacturing Manager, Design Engineer and Graphic Designer. We had to think carefully about each team member's qualities and talents. Which role would each team member be best suited to?
Each team had to create a team name or brand. We chose some effective names that suggest the power and energy of the F1 car. Our team names are: Poseidon, Frozen, Speed Bullet, Black Dragons, M.C.Boom and Velocity! We designed logos for our F1 car/teams. Here are some of our logos. Dyma ein 'logos' ni:
We used the Internet to research land speed cars. We looked closely at features of these cars such as their sleek, aerodynamic shapes and vibrant colour schemes. Some of the land speed cars we researched included the Bluebird, Thrust-SSC, the Bloodhound (pictured) and the Golden Arrow.
Next we practised 3D drawings using isometric paper. We found this technical drawing quite difficult at first but we persevered and soon got the hang of it. We used a ruler and pencil skilfully to draw some impressive 3D shapes, objects and letters.
We designed our own F1 land speed cars on squared paper. In our 2D designs, we had to draw a front view, a side view, and an aerial view of our land speed cars, making sure that these were in proportion. We also needed to choose a bold, dynamic colour scheme to ensure that our car had a visual impact.
Our next step is to work in groups on our F1 in Schools presentations. Each team will soon have to present their F1 car design concept to the year group in a bid to persuade them that their F1 car design should represent Llangewydd at the regional competition. Good luck! Pob lwc!
Cycle Training Wales - Hyfforddiant Beicio Cymru
This week, members of J11 are taking part in the Cycle Training Wales scheme, learning the skills needed to cycle on today's roads. Instructors from the National Standard school cycling course are taking us out on our bikes in small groups. Before being allowed out on the roads around the school, we had to pass Level 1 in the school playground, showing that we could handle our bikes with control and skill.
We are learning how to handle our bikes competently on the road. We are learning, for example:
- to make observations before manoeuvring.
-to identify hazards and deal with them.
- how road priorities work and who goes first.
-how to position ourselves correctly on the road.
We are enjoying being out and about in the fresh air on our bikes (not to mention missing the odd lesson!) and are having a great time with our instructors. At the end of the week, if we achieve the levels, we will receive a special certificate. Thanks to the Cycle Training Wales instructors for their time and patience in teaching us to cycle safely and responsibly on our roads.
Over the weekend, J11's very own Laura won first place at the Welsh Masters 2014 Dance competition in Port Talbot. Congratulations Laura! Llongyfarchiadau i ti. In the Novice Junior competition, Laura was awarded first place after dancing three dances - the Cha-Cha-Cha, the Waltz and a West Coast Swing in front of a panel of judges. The judges were so impressed by Laura's dancing skills and performance as she competed against other talented dancers, awarding her the highest marks. Laura also won the AM/Pro dance competition where she danced a two step, Cha-Cha-Cha and a West Coast Swing with a professional partner. We are very proud of you Laura.
In Welsh, we have been learning how to ask and answer questions about our holidays in Welsh, using the past tense. Our learning log task during the Christmas holidays was to:
design and make a Welsh game where the players have to talk in Welsh about their holidays.
Our game might, for example, be:
· a board game with counters, dice, spinners, cards……
· a card game in the style of ‘Snap!’, matching pairs……..
· matching Welsh sentences to English sentences, matching pictures to sentences……
· a ‘Bingo!’ style game, a battleships style game, a snakes and ladders style game…...
We were encouraged to be as creative and imaginative as possible! The aim of our games is to help us practise talking in Welsh about our holidays.
In class this afternoon, we enjoyed playing each other's Welsh language games on the theme of 'Holidays.' We followed the instructions for each game and spent time playing the games in small groups. We had fun whilst practising asking and answering questions about holidays in Welsh. We then had a chance to move around the classroom to play each other's games. There were a range of exciting Welsh games to play. Hywel, for example, had designed a fantastic board game with a spinner, cards and counters. Alex had made a 'Loop Card' game for ten players. Emily had created a wordsearch on the theme of 'Gwyliau'. Carwyn had designed a colourful board game called 'Brwyn Gwyliau'. We had made some fantastic games to help us practise our Welsh whilst having fun. Here we are playing the different Welsh games we have made.
Happy Birthday Lewis. Penblwydd hapus i ti. Eleven today! The first class birthday of 2014! We hope you have a lovely day. See you on Monday.
Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i bawb yn nhosbarth J11. Happy New Year to everyone in J11. I hope you've all enjoyed a lovely Christmas holiday and are pleased with what Father Christmas brought you! We have got lots of exciting activities, opportunities and new challenges to look forward to at Llangewydd in 2014. My New Year's resolution is to try to do more exercise! What about you? What are your New Year's resolutions? Let me know by posting them below. I look forward to seeing you all in school next Monday. Blwyddyn Newydd Dda! Happy New Year! Best wishes from Mr. Evans.
December 25th - Rhagfyr 25
Christmas Day - Dydd Nadolig
Happy Christmas J11. Nadolig hapus dosbarth J11. I hope Father Christmas brought you everything you wanted! If you have time during the holiday, you can let the class know what presents you had for Christmas by posting a comment below. Try to take time to think about the real meaning of Christmas and to think about others who are not so fortunate this Christmas - the homeless, the sick...... Have a wonderful Christmas Day with your family and friends. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. Nadolig llawen a Flwyddyn Newydd Dda i chi gyd.
December 24 - Rhagfyr 24 - Christmas Eve!
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
Christmas Day will soon be here. Remember to put out your stockings and to go to bed early! I hope Santa brings you what you want.