The Island – The Fisherman’s speech

In English, we have been studying The Island, a book by Armin Greder, about a man who is washed up on an island to be discovered by the local inhabitants. The book deals with the themes of immigration and prejudice with the fisherman coming across as the most ambivalent character. In the book he argues for the stranger to stay, but his motivations don’t always appear to have the stanger’s interests at heart. Rowan class were asked to write their own persuasive speech from the point of view of the fisherman. Here is some of the children’s work.

Evie

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Gracie

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Harry

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Jonathan

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Toby

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Snow Day Work

Due to overnight snow, the school is closed today. Exercises have been posted on Education City for Year 6. Please log on to Eduction City to complete them.

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A fascinating talk

On Monday, Rowan Class were visited by Mr Munro, who came to give a talk about some of the dangers of computer and video games particularly those which are ‘free to play’. Mr Munro told the class that they were being sold as companies now employ psychologists and behaviour specialists who advise them how to keep people playing games. Often this  comes in the form of small rewards which makes gamers think that they are succeeding, but this is a design!  Mr Munro showed the class how psychologist F.B. Skinner conducted research on animals such as rats and birds. Skinner’s research showed:

1.Animals will do boring things for small rewards.

2.They will do it more for certain types of reward.

3.They develop a ‘fear of missing out’.

4.You get a bad reaction if you force them to stop.

5.It works on humans

Mr Munro argued that if you are aware of this design, then you will know when to walk away. He was clear that games can be highly stimulating, but there are also so many other things that you can do and there needs to be some sort of balance.

We would like to thank Mr Munro for his time and for giving such an interesting talk.

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Visit to Ure Museum, University of Reading

Today, Rowan Class visited the Ure Museum at the University of Reading as part of our history topic on the Ancient Greeks. The children handled some artefacts and had to come up with an explanation of what the artefacts were used for and how they knew. Next, the children sketched a vase they particularly liked and needed to explain the significance ofd the vase. Finally, the children needed to work in groups to storyboard their own myth based on a painting which they had seen.

 

The children had a great time and will be writing a trip report as part of their history topic.

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Discussing Ritual

In our RE lessons we have been discussing ritual. Ritual is defined as: a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order. We compared ritual with routine and identified some of the rituals we take part in. The children identified: baptism, birthdays, weddings, Christmas, New Year and Easter. The, in groups, they created freeze frames to show each ritual. Can you guess what they are?

 

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Learning all about Nancy Wake

Welcome back to the Rowan Class blog for another year. This week the new Rowan Class have been learning all about Nancy Wake aka ‘The White Mouse’. Nancy was born in New Zealand, grew up in Australia, but settled in France. When World War Two broke out, she initially smuggled allied troops, airmen and refugees out of France to neutral Spain. She trained at a Special Operations Executive (SOE) saboteur before parachuting back into France and joining up with the resistance. Her courage and bravery led to her becoming one of the most highly decorated people of the conflict.

The children wrote diary entries imagining that they were Nancy Wake and also made communication masts using a limited range of materials. They also created their own World War Two propaganda posters and cooked on rations creating a WW2 carrot cake and cheese swirls.

Philosophical questions were also posed throughout the week. As a class we discussed the question, “Should you always tell the truth?” and the children’s answers were well thought through and nuanced.

A selection of the photos is displayed below as is some of the children’s work.

Mia

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Chloe

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Jamie & Sammy

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Harry & Toby

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Emma & Oliver

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Gracie & Lucy

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Jonathan

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Rose

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William

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