Olympic Countries

As part of our topic Class 6 has split into five teams, each representing a country which will compete in the London 2012 Olympics.

To help us take on a new identity we began by researching our new countries to find out about them and the people who live there; our teams are the USA, Australia, China, Jamaica and Kenya.

Have a look at some of the mind maps we have made below.

Olympic Medals

Over the last couple of weeks we have designed and made our own versions of the medals for the London 2012 Olympics.

We started by looking at a variety of medal designs from past Olympics before creating unique designs for our own medals. Once the designs were complete we cut out a medal shape from plasticine, engraving a mirror image of our design into the top of the medal. Writing words like London 2012 backwards proved to be the biggest challenge!

Once the moulds were complete we were then able to pour a cast into our mould, which then became the embossed medal. We finished them off by painting the medals gold, silver or bronze, and attaching a ribbon so that we can proudly show them off! Have a look at some of our finished products below.

Chocolate Recipe

After having a great time with our baking, Class 6 have tasted our chocolate biscuit cake and come up with our own improved recipe!

Ingredients
25g butter, 100g plain chocolate, 2 tablespoons of Golden Syrup, 125g digestive biscuits.

Equipment
Glass bowl, rolling pin, food bag, wooden spoon, microwave, baking tray, grease proof paper.

Recipe
1. Put the biscuits in a large food bag.
2. Use a rolling pin to crush the biscuits until they are like breadcrumbs.
3. Break the chocolate up into a glass bowl.
4. Add the butter and syrup to the mixture. Mix together with a wooden spoon.
5. Put the bowl in the microwave for 20 seconds. Stir the mixture and repeat the process until melted.
6. Add the broken up biscuits and then stir.
7. Line the baking tray with grease proof paper.
8. Pour the mixture into the tray and flatten it with a spoon.
9. Leave the mixture in the fridge overnight to set.

We’d love to hear what you think of our recipe, particularly if you’ve tried it! You could always leave us a comment with your favourite recipe as well…

Time for Chocolate!

Today Class 6 have been baking chocolate biscuit bars; combining plain chocolate, digestive biscuits, butter and golden syrup to make a delicious treat. The kids really enjoyed getting their hands dirty and making the mixture but are looking forward to tasting them even more tomorrow!

We were also pleased to welcome a special visitor to Class 6 this afternoon, when Blog the Dog sniffed out the chocolate and popped up for a sample! Blog is our foundation unit’s talented blogging dog, who spends most weekends visiting the children’s homes and blogging about his adventures.

Lilan, Jessica and Alysha looked after Blog very well and even let him join in the baking – although he did get sticky paws from the syrup!

Aztec Wiki

As part of our work on tribes Class 6 have been creating a wiki website about the Aztecs! Because it is a wiki we are all able to log-in, which means we can carry on adding and editing information as we find out more about them.

Have a read of what we have learnt so far at: http://norbridgeclass6.wikispaces.com/

Please leave us a comment on our blog to let us know what you think. And do you have any other questions about the Aztecs? If so we will try to find out for you!

Working on our wiki!

Tribal Poetry – Haiku & Tanka

This week Class 6 have been learning about Haiku and Tanka, both of which are forms of rhythmic poetry which are usually written about nature. A few of our own poems are below; please leave us a comment to let us know what you think!

Haiku

By Jake…

Fast leopard running,
Eating up pray as he wants.
Nothing can stop him.

By Anastasia…

I sharpen my blades,
As sharp as a dragon’s tooth,
To saw down the trees.

Tanka

By Natalie…

Bright and fresh flowers
Blow in the freezing breeze.
Clinging to my legs,
Never seen before my eyes,
Want to pick some but I can’t.

By Elisha…

Going to battle,
Show up and shine in the sun.
It’s a scary thought,
Going to battle with friends,
Me and my friends might get killed.

Rainforest Story – India & Alissa

By India and Alissa…

I woke up in the morning with the sound of water flowing in my ears; with strange noises as loud as lightning crashing on the ground. The smell of flowers and tropical trees made me feel at home. The birds were a rainbow in the sky blinding me. The leaves were as green as an apple.

The rain splashed on my head as an orang-utan passed over me in the trees. Suddenly, an anaconda struck for its pray. It was time to go hunting as the others were hungry. Creeping through the grass we shot for our pray. On the way back to camp I could see beady eyes staring at me.

Finally we made it back; the fire started. The rope as long as a giraffe’s neck to secure it. The burning fire was the sun shining in the dark.

Rainforest Description – Stefan

By Stefan…

I woke up in the rainforest. The birds were as loud as a drum and the waterfall was as loud as woodpeckers. The rain was as loud as the insects. The trees were as damp as the floor, and there was a snake which was as slimy as an eel.

The sounds were as loud as the rain and leaves fell like mad. The clouds went across the sky as fast as a tiger. The fungus was as smelly as dog poo!

Rainforest Story – Leah

By Leah…

I opened my eyes and saw a lot of wonderful bright colours. I was astonished with all of the animals and tropical plants. It was like a wonderful dream. I heard all the different kind of birds and the noises they made. It was like a parade with them all singing different tunes.

I stood up and wanted to look around. My eyes were beaming at the elegant waterfall as I wondered how the water falls to the ground and turns into a river. The trees were as tall as a dinosaur and in all sorts of different coloured leaves. The ground had lovely plants that I’ve never seen before. The tropical plants were colours like green, yellow and orange.

As the night drew in the sunset blinded me. The birds screamed as loud as a lion roars. The jungle was always noisy and the animals all made a different noise. Eventually I got to sleep but it was very hard!

My heart was racing because I was so excited to explore some more! When I started to explore I saw a beautiful bush with berries on and I picked one and put it in my mouth. It was delicious.

Fruits of the Rainforest

This afternoon we learnt about the different fruits which grow in the rainforests. Tropical fruit is an important part of the diet of many Amazon tribes, and these tribes are able to pick fruit freshly from the jungle trees.

As part of our learning we were even able to try various rainforest fruits, including grapefruit, mangos, passion fruit, kiwi and sharon fruit. Surprisingly the grapefruit was the class favourite, although Mr Bellingham preferred the mango! What is your favourite tropical fruit?