Fiction books – Ancient Egyptians

This week, Bluebirds have been looking non – fiction books about our new topic, Ancient Egyptians.

We have been locating features of non – fiction books and comparing three different ones to see which we preferred and why. One did not even have a glossary or any real photos!

We have also being thinking about aspects of Egyptian life and composing questions that we can research next week to learn more about our topic. Bluebirds have enjoyed time in the book corner, choosing their own reading material too. Luckily, we have lots of books about Ancient Egyptians as the children have been very excited to start find out about this interesting subject!

A character flaw

Today, Bluebirds read the story of King Midas and decided his flaw was greed. After reading the text themselves, Mrs Parry read the story aloud and the class planned their “Talk for Writing” actions to enable them to recite the story together. Afterwards, in small groups, the children discussed the king’s feelings and thoughts throughout different points in the story.

A mummy has arrived in our classroom!

This afternoon, some very exciting artefacts arrived in the classroom. The artefacts and photos proved as sources of evidence so Bluebirds got their thinking caps on to consider the questions below:

What is it?
What is it made from?
What do you think was used for?
What does it tell us about Egyptian life?
Who might it have belonged to?
Where do you think it might have been found?
What would you like to know about it?

Making ice cream

Bluebirds were like busy little elves this afternoon as they made ice cream in their Science lesson. They mixed milk, sugar and vanilla essence in a small bag and sealed it. Next they added salt to a large bag of ice and sealed the small bag inside. They massaged the mixtures for five minutes. Some needed gloves as it was a very chilly challenge!

Yummy… it was delicious!

How do Search Engines work?

Bluebirds discussed what search engines were today. They could name some such as Google, Chrome, Firefox and Bing. They watched a great explanation on BBC Webwise which explained how search engines were like a huge electronic library containing billions of pages of information. With books we use the index to find information quickly. To focus our searches we learnt how to refine our searches for more accurate results.

Kai – I found out by adding keywords you can find better results such as adding the word KIDS.
Kerris – You can use inverted commas to search for two keywords together.
Moharnab – You can add a dash to exclude certain information.

We also need to consider whether information found in a search engine is reliable and be aware that some companies pay to make sure their information is in the beginning of results found.

Christmas check in

This morning during check in, we talked about the fact that not everyone had enjoyed their weekend. Mrs Parry asked the children to look around the circle and check out everyones’ thumbs. Some were up, others were half way and a few were down. She explained although Christmas is an exciting time it can also be a difficult time for some people for lots of different reasons. Bluebirds decided to make an extra special effort to be nice to one another as we spend our last school week of 2018 together. Mrs Parry reminded the class that our value word for this month is thoughtfulness. Shona had made a lovely message over the weekend which ended our circle time perfectly.