16 June, 2011

Week in Review for 16/06/11

The past  week we had very fun days. In math we have learned how to calculate surface area of cylinder, volume of cylinder and area of a cylinder. We need to use a method called pi which is very useful for working out surface area,volume and area of any circular shape. All of us have learned very many things and it was very fun.

In English, we presented our author comparisons. We also had our student led conferences. We all had to prepare to show things that we have done through out the year to our parents. We had to write reflections about our work because it helped alot in our presentation. In our presentations we didn't get embrassed in front of our parents and it actually helped us on D-day, phew!

In Inquiry we had to compare our information that we learned and researched through the week and put them together in some form of presentation. Our group decided to do poster, it was our first time making posters in our group but it wasn't hard when it was our first try.

In P.E it was sort of a test. What we had to do was beat the records. The records was measured in time. It was fun for some of us and some freaked out.

In Music we still practised our music and we are very excited about it because we are going to perform it on Sunday next week. We all tried our best and we are going to do our best in the performance.

In our 10% time we all worked hard and we were all very happy the only thing was that it was our last 10% time we were all disapointed and the leftover work we need to work in summer holiday.

Thanks, J!

(Mr.Lowe: Everyone did a fabulous job, well done! I was really proud of you all for working so hard during your music lessons!)

05 June, 2011

Week in Review 02/06/11

This past week we learnt alot and did many fun activities.

In English we continued our author comparisons which is where we had to do research about two authors and what books they have written and what inspired them to write their books. Next week we have to present our findings to the class in the form of a presentation. It was a little complicated to find all the information but we still enjoyed finding out more about our favourite authors.

In Maths we had some time to finish our mathletics tasks. We were continuing on with Ratio and Proportion. It's fun to learn new things in maths because maths is important. I found this subject difficult though.

In inquiry we were put into groups, 1,2 and 3. In each group we had to research about migrations and put the information we found in our inquiry books. Next week we will go to a different group and share information with them and they will share their information with us.

In music this week was really fun. We were practising the song we are the champions and also the song we will rock you. It was really fun all singing together. Another thing that was really fun was that we finally had the Key Stage 2 production performance which I am in. It was so much fun with the music and the lights and everyone watching.

In Arabic we built houses out of cardboard and furniture with our modeling clay. It was fun.

Finally in PE this week some of us missed PE because we had production rehearsals but when I was there in PE we did diving and survival techniques.

Thanks H!

04 June, 2011

Week in Review 26/05/11

GCSE Art Exhibition
In PE, we were doing swimming and I really enjoyed it a lot! We have our swimming session every Tuesday. We were doing survival lessons which was a very big challenge for some of us. The PE teachers would throw a ball to you, if you catch it with one hand, then you get a 30 second rest, if you catch it with 2 hands then you only get a 10 second rest! After that, we played Water Polo which is very rare in PE. I learned that it is not very easy to stay in the sea if you are trying to save someone.

In Math, we had our mathematics assessment which i thought was not going to be very easy but it was actually simpler than I thought. I learned that you don't have to create a big scene if you have an assessment , it is better to stay calm and think carefully.

In English, we also had our assessment. It was about comprehension and we read some passages and we were asked questions about the passage like what happened. I thought that the comprehension assessment was harder than the Math because it was like a memory game.

In Inquiry, we were making comics related to our Unit of Inquiry - We are responsible for our personal well being as we develop. I found the comic part quite fun... mine was about Peer Pressure. I learned that when you get older you develop in different ways like bullying, peer pressure, hygiene and nutrition, but you also become more responsible for things which are more important.

Thanks N!

Mobile Devices in Class

"Ok, now just act natural..."
We have started using our Mobile Learning devices. We were all very excited because this was the first project in school history and we were the one who got to experience it first so we got started right away. First we got out our inquiry book and wrote down our expectations of our Mobile learning devices we have wrote 13 expectation. Some of the main expectations were NEVER leave your device unattended, treat other people’s device how you want yours to be treated, share your devices and don’t be silly with your devices. After we wrote our 13 expectations the next thing we had to do was to get a permission slip and get it sign by our parents and then bring our permission slip and bring it to our teacher the next day.

The next day we set our schedules of when we will bring our Mobile learning devices and the days were set as Monday and Tuesday and people who didn’t bring their permission slips weren’t allowed to use their devices and was lock in the teachers locker. What we did first when our mobile, laptop devices were at school the I.C.T department people had came and set up our connections. Fortunately all of them which was brought with the permission slips were connected to the router (internet) and it was our first day of our mobile learning devices so we practiced by visiting our class website and answered some comments and we explored with it a little and we went home.

The next Monday more people have brought their permission with their devices and they were all connected to the router (internet) and we started by keeping our devices safe from any danger. We started working on the basic steps like setting up QR code reader which can read QR codes and writing comments, visiting websites and connecting to the router which have been cut off during the week. We started to use our mobile learning devices we had some little troubles but everyone is enjoying the project and having the best use of the devices to do our school work.

I think that it is a very good idea to have our mobile devices with us because  we might have some work on our devices that can't be transformed to a USB or another netbook. Also, we always have our devices so why can't we use them? Why i dont think it is such a good idea to have our devices because some people might think that you are showing off and it might make the people who don't get a chance to have their devices and work on them and they would see us then get jealous. Another reason why i did not think it was such a great idea is because it might be a risk for some people if they lose it or not or if they get some cracks on it and worst of all, you get it stepped on!

For me, it was a great experience and I think that all of us have learned a lot.  The only way we would have gone through with it was all because of the great IT Technician, who helped us through everything!!!!

Thanks for this J!