Today we were introduced to the coding app ScratchJr. Our Teacher talked us through the different coding blocks and what they are used for. We then had a go at using the coding blocks: hop, go home, reset size, turn clockwise, turn counter clockwise to create a short project. We found out how to use these coding blocks to make characters perform different tasks. Our teacher explained to us that in order to code a program successfully the instructions need to be clear and precise. We then looked at how to start and end a program using the green flag and end blocks. Next, we looked at how to create different backgrounds for our projects and how these can be edited using ScratchJr. Finally, we used all of this information to create a collage based around our topic this term.
This week in Geography we have been looking at using compasses. We discussed what the different points on the compass are and how they are used in different settings. Next, we looked at different resources we can use to find directions to different places. Finally, we followed instructions to answer questions.
This morning we took part in a mystery skype. We spoke to a teacher from Russia who told us all about the international peace project. Children all over the world take part in activities to promote peace. She taught us some Russian phrases and then we created our own drawings of what 'peace' means to us.
Today in art we followed instructions to draw a sea turtle.
Today we took part in a virtual field trip. We got to travel to North Carolina through a skype session. We discovered the 7 species of sea turtles, which are truly endearing creatures for a host of reasons. The scientist explained why they need their protection as currently all 7 species are on the endangered list, some critically. We found out many fascinating facts about the sea turtles and discovered they are nothing short of astonishing. We found out that sea turtles have existed for over 110 million years, they are among the top 5 migratory animals, they travel thousands of miles in a lifetime and they dive deeper than whales, over 4,000 feet. We also found out that humankind needs healthy oceans in order to survive, as much as sea turtles do. We discovered that we are all dependent upon healthy oceans-people as well as marine life-for clean air, clean water and seafood. We are all connected! We got to see captivating images by award-winning, marine life photographer Jim Abernethy and found out how we can protect sea turtles and their habitat, and in doing so we will all have healthier oceans. We were amazed to discover that 50% of the oxygen we breathe comes from the ocean-produced by phytoplankton. We had the opportunity to ask our own questions and find out how to become ocean ambassadors.
We have had a fantastic day blogging with Flamingo Class. We enjoyed creating our own sorting hats, making magical spells and researching Harry Potter. We also thought of lots of questions we could ask the Dursley family.
Today in Science we have been looking at the different jobs scientists do. We found out all about Plant Hunters. We then went outside to explore some plants before designing our own that we might discover if we were plant hunters.