Marvelous Minecraft Makers

Over the past couple of weeks we have been learning about the football world cup. We decided to use what we knew about football stadiums to design and build our own football stadiums. We chatted about what stadiums needed to have. Then we were put into groups with a mixture of Minecraft experts and Football experts. We came up with some really incredible designs and chatted LOTS and LOTS about all the different choices we could make and adaptations we had to make to our design. (Making pitch markings by digging holes and filling with marble, or just placing carpet was a big choice!) We learnt a lot about how to keep safe on the internet, and how people aren’t always what they seem!We learnt that we needed to be patient, careful to listen to each others ideas, and respectful of each others design choices.   Compromising was sometimes really hard! We made a tick list to help us remember what we needed to include.

What a stadium needs: Have I got it?  
Walls
Grass
Seats
Commentator’s box
Toilets
Lights
Entry doors
Ticket office
Medical room
Goals
Car park
Pitch markings
Changing rooms
Cameras

After a few afternoons of teamwork, discussion and building we had some incredible stadiums!

We presented a virtual tour on the class interactive whiteboards to the class and explained all our great ideas. Then we used our new skills on the Comic Life app to create information posters about the different parts of our design.

Here are some of the first ones finished:

 

We hope you enjoy looking at these marvelous posters from the children’s creative Minecraft stadiums.

Football Comics

As part of our football world cup topic we have been making comic strips of the highlights of different football matches. We used our knowledge of reading, speech bubbles, titles and subtitles in literacy. We used our internet safety, screenshot, word processing and design skills in ICT.  watched highlights on CBBC for inspiration, and when we’d written our football comics we could use our new skills to make a comic on whatever sport interested us the most.

World Cup

For a few weeks our class had a topic of the World Cup. We learnt lots about where different countries are, design, ICT and teamwork.  First of all we looked at creating our own imaginary welsh football team. We started with football managers, there were lots of great discussions about what an effective football manager would look like. In the end we decided it wouldn’t matter, as long as they were really good at understanding football, although they would probably need to wear really smart clothes sometimes.

 

 

Next we decided to design our own football kit for our imaginary Wales World Cup team; we had to think about flag colours, symbols of wales and pattern in our designs.

After that we worked in pairs and small groups to look in detail at existing football chants and adapted our own nursery rhymes and popular songs into our own football chants about the recent matches of the world cup. We completed them by making up some actions and then taught them to the class. Some were so catchy Miss Jenkins was still singing them the next morning!

Joeseph Coelho Poetry

When Year 4 went to Hay Festival, they heard a BRILLIANT poet called Joeseph Coelho. He asked them if they would have a go at writing their own versions of his poems. He was SO inspiring we had loads of great ideas, and wanted to write some poems for our website (More will be added as the week progresses):

 

All Pig Wants – By F

Frosty breezes whistling non stop,

All Pig wants is peace.

Days light, days darken,

All Pig wants is to sleep.

All these days, all these weeks,

All these months, and all these years,

Pig wants to sit and drink out of his trough.

 

 

Run Little Foxy – By I

Your tail is brushy,

Your nose is black,

So run little foxy, run!

Your ears are so fluffy,

Your teeth are sharp as nails,

So run little foxy, run!

Your feet are as black as dark,

Your body is so like cotton,

So run little foxy, run!

So now you know,

When you see a fox,

Say,

RUN LITTLE FOXY, RUN!!!

 

 

Mouse, Mouse – By F

I have a pet mouse,

With cute sparkly blue eyes.

It has a tail as soft as a cat,

It’s nose is a chocolate chip.

It’s teeth are as white as elderflower blossom,

It’s claws are as small as a peg doll’s hand.

 

But one day it SCRATCHED ME!!!

 

I have a pet mouse,

With petrifying dark blue eyes.

It’s tail is as scaly as a crocodile,

It’s nose is a lump of mud.

It’s teeth are as white as a ghost,

It’s claws are a small as a bees stinger.

 

Rabbit, Rabbit – By I

I have a very cute rabbit,

She has pointy ears.

She has legs as fast as cars,

She has cute little eyes like a teddy bear.

She has soft fur.

 

But, she weed on me!

 

I have a very revolting, rude rabbit,

She made me itch really bad.

She has pointy ears like swords,

She has legs like a fox.

She has scary eyes like something from a horror movie,

She is as skinny as a  spider.

 

 

 

Dog, Dog – By M

His eyes are as blue as the Mediterranean sea,

His fur is as golden as the sun, and as soft as silk.

He is a cute toy.

His tail glitters in the sunlight,

His nose is chocolate.

 

Then he BIT me!!

AHHHHHHHH!

 

His eyes are as dark as pitch,

His fur is as rough as rocks and as brown as mud.

His tail is as stinky as wee,

His nose is black as coal.

He is a monster.

 

Turtle, Turtle – By E

There’s a cute little turtle in my house.

It is SO cute,

With it’s bulging eyes, and eggy, weggy shaped body.

Oh cutie, wootie, smootie!

Look at it’s little claws on its tiny feet.

Oh!

Uhhhh….

He made a smell….

There’s a terrifying, huge turtle in my house.

It’s huge, with laser eyes, and it’s boulder hard body.

Laser explosion stinging,

Look at it’s colossal claws on it’s ferocious feet!

 

The Hedgehog – By M

A hedgehog is a thorn bush,

Scuffle.

He scampers across the path and starts to snuffle,

Eager for food with tears in his eyes,

With tears in his gloomy eyes.

Hungry, hairy, hibernator,

Happy and snuggling down in his leaf bed.

He was as tired as a sleeping butterfly.

 

Food – By Everyone!

 

A little bit of eggs,

With some mustard.

I like to mix it with some custard…

 

Eggs, mustard!

Eggs, mustard!

Eggs, mustard!

 

A little bit of soggy beans,

With some rotten cheese.

I like to eat it with my sister’s knees….

 

Beans, cheese!

Beans, cheese!

Beans, cheese!

 

A little bit of ketchup,

With some lamb.

I like to share it with a ram,

 

Ketchup, lamb!

Ketchup, lamb!

Ketchup, lamb!

 

A little bit of apple,

With some jelly.

I like to share it with Katy Perry,

 

Apple, jelly!

Apple, jelly!

Apple, jelly!

 

A little bit of blue cheese,

With some jelly.

I like to eat it in a welly.

 

Blue cheese, jelly!

Blue cheese, jelly!

Blue cheese, jelly!

 

A little bit of ice cream,

A little bit of honey.

I like to eat it with my mummy.

 

Ice cream, honey!

Ice cream, honey!

Ice cream, honey!

 

More to Explore:

 

Joeseph Coelho – Hay Festival 2015

 

 

 

Beautiful.

Sundials

In science we have been looking at planets, where we are in our solar system and how we move around the sun. Once we had done a maths investigation into the movement of our shadows on a sunny day we found out that our shadows moved around us. Miss Jenkins told us that’s how people used to tell the time before humans invented the sort of clocks we use today (Certainly a LONG time before mobile phones and tablets told us the time!) We asked if we could make sundials, and Miss Jenkins said YES!

First we researched how sundials were built and what we needed to include. We looked at existing designs to give us some inspiration and then decided to draw out our own designs first so we knew what we would be building. Lots of the existing designs used things from the garden, so we tried to include outside objects or creatures somewhere in our designs. Once we were happy with how to create our sundials we started. It took us a long time – and then we had to wait for a sunny day in order to put the numbers on accurately , making sure the sundial was facing the right direction using compasses.  We’re sure you’ll agree that the final products are pretty amazing though!

The Official Opening of the new Llangors Primary School – 11.05.2018