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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Bloodhound SSC

Today we had a visit from Jo Finch, who works for Bloodhound SSC, the project to make a rocket-powered car that can go more than 1000 mph. She told us lots of interesting and exciting things about the project. Then we all went into the hall to make our own balloon powered cars. We had to work in teams and think carefully how we could make our cars go the fastest. Then, when everyone was ready, we raced to see whose design was the best and whose car was fastest. The winning teams' names will be written on the fin of the actual Bloodhound SSC when it goes into the desert to try to beat the world land speed record. What a prize!


A tower in Reception

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Playing old computer games

Y5C have explored early computer games as part of our project  'Space Invaders'.  We found out about the history of early computer games and enjoyed trying them out.  In Literacy we wrote explanations of how to play these games and wrote comments on what they were like. 

 Space Invaders
   In Space Invaders you shoot moving targets (aliens) to score points.  The aliens shoot back, but you can hide behind a shield, but they eventually break.  There is also a spaceship which goes across the top of the screen quickly, but gives you a score of around 100-250 points.
   This game is fun to play and can keep you playing for ages.  I like it when you get a high score, I get really excited.  I think it is different from today because most of the games now have a storyline and this one doesn't.  By Oliver

You are a strange yellow creature who goes around the screen eating white dots, that look like seeds.  While you are doing that four aliens are chasing you.  When the aliens turn blue you can eat them.  
By Jordan

In Pong you have to move a bar up and down to hit the ball past your opponent.  You get a point by hitting the ball and your opponent missing it.  It's quite fun to play against someone because you have to be really quick about hitting the ball.  It's good to play because it's a test of how fast your brain is.  It is different from today's computer games because it is a simple game and today's games are more complicated.  It's a good game because it doesn't take loads of time to play and it's simple and fun at the same time.  By Alfie

Mrs Petela kindly brought in an old game called Astro Wars which the children have been trying out during recent wet play times.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Dear Parents and Carers,

School is open as normal today. However, pavements are still very icy, so take care if walking into school.

Mr Condon

Friday, 18 January 2013

Fun in the snow

Snow Day!

Snow is falling here and there
Now it's falling everywhere
On our heads from up above
Winter snow is what we love

Down it comes from the skies
At the park on the grass it lies
Yay, it's finally stopped...snowing!

by Lahni, Year 4

I woke up and opened my curtains and guess what?
I saw white stuff at my front door.
I woke up my dad,
woke up my mum
then I ate my breakfast,
yum, yum, yum!
I went outside at 4am
and played with my snowman-shaped pen.
I walked to school, crunching in the snow,
I tried to throw a snowball at my dad,
My dad said, "No, no, no!"
Finally, we got to school in peace
I had snow on me the least!

by Libby, Year 3

Let it snow!

Snow update

Dear Parents and Carers,

The school is open as usual today. However, can everybody come into the school hall this morning via the main Chatsworth Road entrance. The Forest Road entrance will be locked. Please travel carefully into school.

Update - Can children wear/bring warm clothes and wellies/winter footwear. Children do not have to wear school uniform.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Explorer Dome

Today several classes enjoyed an interactive science show from Explorer Dome

Here are some photos of Y5C learning about space in the planetarium dome.