Which is the real Uganda?

In geography, we have started our new topic on Uganda and we look forward to seeing lots of parents at our assembly on Wednesday to find out about our learning.

This week we have been looking at different photos of Uganda. We divided the class into two groups and gave each group a set of photos (in the limited time we had, the children were unable to make notes on every photo). For each photo the children had to complete a proforma giving the photo a title, writing down everything they could see in the photo and then explaining what they could learn about Uganda from the photo. The next step was for the group to come together and to compile their findings. They were then tasked with compiling a summary of their findings. This is what they wrote:

Group One

Uganda is a rural country and they work very hard. When you look at the pictures, the people are working well. The children are also expected to work, so everyone gets involved. In photo 8 the children are working and in photo 17 they are helping a man collect water. Among the jobs they carry out in the countryside are making charcoal, fishing (we think), picking tea and slaughtering animals.

Group Two

Uganda has some very new buildings that look very nice, but there are also some buildings that are not so well funded. we know thius because in photo 5 there is a magnificent mosque that is clearly a very expensive building. In photo 2 the road is very dusty and the buildings look as if they are about to fall down.

Sport is clearly very popular in Uganda as in three of the photos there is a common theme of sport. In photo 1 you can see lots of sports equipment in a big store, and in photos 16 and 20 there are big stadiumns for them to play rugby and football.

In Uganda, there are police patrolling the streets and they are very well protected. This shows us that they have less trust in the civilians.

These photos show us a very urban view of Uganda.

The children were able to identify the fact that Uganda is a mix of rural and urban areas and is therefore a very diverse country.

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Sam’s brilliant cyclops homework

Rowan Class homework last week was to write a description of the cyclops, Polyphemus. Here’s Sam’s brilliant writing.

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Using Maths to raise money

On Friday, Rowan Class made cakes to raise money for kitchen equipment for our friends at our twinned school, Kafuro Primary School. But this was no ordinary cooking lesson. Mr Stanley gave the children basic recipe cards and then the children had to use ratio to scale the recipes to the amount of cakes that were required. The children had to use multiplication and division skills to correctly scale the ingredients. Only then were they allowed to go to the kitchen and start baking. Once again the children had to measure out the ingredients accurately using scales.

When all the children had finished baking, 98 cupcakes had been made that were sold on the playground as part of ‘Treat Friday.’ The cakes sold out very quickly!

We would like to ask our friends at Kafuro whether they have done any follow up baking since Mr Stanley and Mrs Green visited in July and August. Has Gloria set up her own baking school?

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Rowan trip to Ure Museum

Yesterday, Rowan Class visited the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology at the University of Reading. The trip to the university was smooth enough, but trying to find the museum on the campus was a bit of a nightmare.

After an introductory speech, the children carried out three activities:

  1. Handling Greek artefacts. The children had to look at four Greek artefacts and work out what their use was. Wearing special gloves so as not to damage the artefacts, the children commented on the size and purpose of the artefacts, design patterns  and what message  any drawings might give us. This was then reported back to the group.
  2. To sketch their favourite Greek pot from the museum and  comment upon its use, the type of pot it was and the technique used to make it.
  3. To work in a group to storyboard one of the images from an Ancient Greek vase after watching an animation. The children were shown an example of Perseus and Medusa, then had to create their own story based on the images.

After a quick lunch, we drove back to school in the rain having had a great trip. Over the coming days, the children will be writing their trip reports. They behaved very well and were a credit to the school. Here are some images from the day.

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Getting to grips with Reading Cloud

On Friday Rowan Class had their firsdt session in how to use some of the features of Reading Cloud, our new library system. The children learned how to create their own avatar, a brief biography of themselves and to also write and submit a book review.

Mr Stanley has now approved these book reviews which are on the reading cloud for other Liss children to access. Parents should be able to access Reading Cloud in the coming weeks after alll children and staff have had training.

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Blackout Poems using Stormbreaker

In shared reading we have also been studying Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. We asked the children to create blackout poems from one page of the novel. The children had to decide what text to cross out (the blackout) and what to keep, which would retain the feel and tension of the novel while still acting as a device for poetry. This made the children think really hard about using language for effect.

Some of the poems were brilliant. Here’s Scarlett’s and Oscar’s poems.


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