English – retelling Theseus and the Minotaur

In English, the children continued writing their retelling of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur.   They’ve just written the part where Theseus enters the labyrinth and kills the beast – and tomorrow he’s going to set off back to Athens together with Princess Ariadne and then betray her.  You could ask your children to retell the myth to you.

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Science week – measuring the volume of different sounds

We used the free app. dbMeter to measure the volume of lots of different sounds.  We found that the background noise in a “silent” classroom was about 30 decibels and measured the volume of sound that we could generate with shakers filled with different materials.   The results ranged from 32 decibels for a shaker filled with feathers to 100 decibels for a shaker filled with coins.

We also tried to see how a candle flame would respond to a sound wave by holding it in front of a speaker playing loud music.   We expected the flame to flicker but nothing happened!   Perhaps you could try this at home.   And here’s a question to research:  what do some scientists say is the loudest sound ever recorded?

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Tom’s bookshelf

Here’s Tom’s bookshelf together with a few of his recent reviews, including of what sounds like a very funny Mr Gum book, and of one of my all time favourites, Anne of Green Gables.

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The last Mr Gum book and probably one of the best ones. In this one, Mr Gum is hiding and something is going wrong . Cactuses are growing on the pavements and the clouds are falling out of the sky.  Also, Old Granny keeps finding meat in her sherry. This book is super funny.

Anne is an orphan accidentally sent to Matthew and Marilla . Matthew starts an instant liking to her but it takes a lot of chapters for Marilla to eventually love Anne. I like this book because every chapter is a different story like putting medicine into a cake or getting her friend drunk (by accident of course).

This book is very good . Stephanie is a normal girl until Skulduggery Pleasant comes crashing through her door . Her life suddenly turns into throwing fireballs and manipulating air . I think this book is for ages 7 or 8. I have read many of the sequels and some of them are quite gory.

Ecobricks – request for waste plastic

As part of our Reduce, Reuse, Recycle science week, we’ll be making Ecobricks – plastic bottles packed with clean and dry waste plastic – that can be used as building blocks for furniture, walls or larger structures.   

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The more densely we pack the bricks with plastic the better the quality of the brick and the more plastic we will have removed from the environment.  It would be great if as many children as possible could bring some waste plastic into school on Monday.

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What are the children reading in 4TBM?

In case you’re wondering what sorts of books the children are reading at the moment, or looking for ideas of new books to suggest to your son or daughter, here’s a selection of the books that the children are current reading or have recently finished:

    • Mrs Pepperpot (Lynden)
    • The Indian in the Cupboard (Niccolo)
    • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Kenza)
    • Gangsta Granny (Kia)
    • Comet in Moominland (Chyanne)
    • The World’s Worst Teachers (Elwood – who especially likes Mrs S. who gives lots of detentions to children for no reason!) 
    • Black Beauty (Juliette)
    • Percy Jackson / Heroes of Olympus (Rufus and Tom)
    • War Horse and other Michael Morpurgo (Alamine)
    • The Worst Witch (Lilah)
    • And Thanh has worked his way through Andrew Matthews’ retelling of some of the best known Shakespeare plays for children and has now moved on to the grisly Horrible Histories.

Hetty’s been reading Roald Dahl’s The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.  Here’s her brilliant illustration.

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World Book Day

We had a great assortment of book characters…

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