Cobalt Newsletter Week beginning 22nd November 2021
It has been a chilly but busy week in Cobalt. From punctuation to art, from maths to debating and of course topic.
For the last few days, we have been looking at debating. The focus of it was ‘what is the legacy of the commonwealth games’. Mrs Aldridge put out packs of information for us to copy and gets facts from. We wrote an introduction then focused on one legacy- like economics or racism-and looked up lots of information on it, constructing our arguments. On Friday we were supposed to have a big debate in the hall but it ended up in us having a practise in our classes.
We have also (in punctuation) been looking at different types of conjunctions and parentheses as the grammar focus is in our writing of complex sentences. To help us remember we use the word FANBOYS for the co-ordinating conjunctions and the sentence I SAW A WABUB for the subordination conjunctions. The FANBOYS stand for: F for A and N nor B but O or Y yet S so. I SAW A WABUB stands for: I if S since A as W when A although W while A after B before U until B because.
In maths we have been using our now known knowledge of factors and multiples to simplify fractions, to find equivalent fractions and to find equivalent fractions with the same denominators. There was also a time where we learnt that you CAN NOT mix decimals with fractions! We have done a few fun games with fractions and one time we even made a joke from fractions. It went like this. “Why did the bike fall over? Because it was two tyred!” (It’s quite bad).
In one assembly (for only Year 6) a police officer came in and talked about internet safety. There was talk about what age you should be to play specific video games from a PEGI rating. The word PEGI stands for Pan European Game Information. The game fornite is mostly played in our school but the PEGI rating for it is age 12. Call of duty is age 18, ROBLOX is age 7, Minecraft is age 7 and among us is age 7.We learnt that you should follow the guidelines of SMART. It stands for Stay Safe, Don’t Meet Up, Accepting Files, Reliable and Tell someone. You should never post anything to anyone that you don’t want the world to see.
Our topic is on Aztecs and Mayans. We had to choose whether we wanted to become masters on their food, houses, clothes or trading. There is a gaming site called Kodu where we have been building Aztec temples. It is a bit of a challenge but we have pushed through and they are looking quite nice. Whilst one person does Kodu the other is researching on the one subject you have chosen, typing up the information onto a google docs.
In art we have done some leaf printing to make a background. Exploring different methods of printing is fun and we have expanded our minds for what you could print with. Next we are doing negative block painting with foil. Covering the background in paint and leaving the figure in white, showing the paper.
It has been a rollercoaster of lessons but a fun one at that we can’t wait to find out what adventure we will go on next.
Amaya (Mimi) Potten.