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Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Today seems so splendid that I think you need some FREE WORDS to celebrate!  Here they are (careful, they bite):

 

Splendid.

Invertebrate.

Squishy.

Mesmerise.

Onion.

Collision.

Fortuitous.

Hat.

 

You're welcome -- use them safely and often.  Let us know if you have any FREE WORDS you'd like to mesmerise us with and we'll share them.

 

On with the show...

 

 

 

ENGLISH

 

The Door
by Miroslav Holub
Go and open the door.
Maybe outside there’s
a tree, or a wood,
a garden,
or a magic city.
Go and open the door.
Maybe a dog’s rummaging.
Maybe you’ll see a face,
or an eye,
or the picture
of a picture.
Go and open the door.
If there’s a fog
it will clear.
Go and open the door.
Even if there’s only
the darkness ticking,
even if there’s only
the hollow wind,
even if
nothing
is there,
go and open the door.
At least
there’ll be
a draught.

Miroslav Holub, ‘The door’ trans. Ian Milner, Poems Before & After: Collected English Translations

 

How would you read this poem?

 

Where should you add emphasis?
Where should you pause?
Which lines or words should be loud/soft?
How does silence add to the reading?

 

Have a go now!

 

Now compare these two recitals of the poem:
• https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bazJvnuOLMM
• https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p011kx3r
 

Which did you prefer and why?  Write down an explanation of which reading you prefer.

 

If you can, record your own version of reading this poem!

 

 

MATHS

 

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/

 

Summer week 1, Lesson 3 -- Angles in Triangles: Special Cases

 

(And they really are special.  Some people said they were only average - but they were just being mean.)

 

From yesterday - some great answers but watch out for this:

 

 

Huge congratulations to RashersofBacon for an absolutely brilliant, detailed explanation of the problem solving challenge of the week.  However, congratulations also to itsyourboybob and Flamingogirl01 who produced excellent tables to work it out.  To celebrate, here's a picture of Flamingogirl01's favourite animal...

 

 

 

COMPUTING/ART

https://pixlr.com/x/

 

We looked at Pixlr very, very (very) briefly in class before you left.  Today's task is just to explore Pixlr and see what you can find out about digital art.  Go to the site, click "Create New" on the left and choose a title and size on the right.  Click the check mark next to "Background" to choose a background colour.

 

Once you are logged in, see if you can find the drawing brush.  Can you change the brush size?  Can you change the brush colour?  Can you change the brush shape?

 

Have a go at drawing something with lots of colour -- you could even add text!  Now try adding an Effect.  And have a look at the filters.  If you create something you're happy with, or if you just want to show the crazy pictures you've created electronically, hit save at the bottom and send us a copy!  Just remember, don't upload any picture to edit on Pixlr without checking with your parents.

 

 

EXTRA PROJECTS

 

If you think yourself a bit of a speed demon and you need a bit more to do (we're talking to you, FootballKing11!), here are some things you might try:

 

1.  Check your work!  Sometimes going too fast isn't a good thing...!

2. Keep a journal.  A lot of adults keep using the word "unprecedented" to describe this period of time.  If something has "precedent" ("press a dent") it means it's happened before so people know what to expect.  If it's "unprecedented" it means it's never happened before and people aren't sure what to expect.  These unprecedented times are big moments in history so keeping a journal of your life in lockdown is a brilliant idea for future generations.  It could be a written diary or a sketch journal.  You could share your life through cartoons or make a video log (or "vlog") on your computer.

3.  Try the Challenges of the Week such as Mr Jones' Friday Challenge, the Maths Problem Solving Challenges of the Week, the Computing Challenge of the Week... wait, you might ask, what's the Computing Challenge of the Week?

 

 

COMPUTING PROJECT OF THE WEEK

 

An optional challenge for any coding captains:

 https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/projects/about-me 

 

We looked at Python earlier in the year.  There are lots of languages you can write computer code with but Python is one of the most useful and versatile (versatile means you can do different things with it).  Using this guide, can you create a program in Python that will work out your age in the future?  Have a go at the project above and be sure to let us know what you've achieved!

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS

So many excellent pieces of work are still being sent in.  We were particularly impressed with Horselover19's brilliant work and so here is her work alongside a celebratory picture of her favourite animal...  (Wait... you don't think there's been a mistake with these pictures, do you?!)

 


 

 

AND FINALLY...

 

Today is Earth Day!  This is the day we celebrate nature and think about how to take care of our planet.  Why not have a look at these nature guides to help you look for different trees if you take daily walks in nature?

 

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/tree-id-kids/

 

 

 

 

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