The Gorseland Times Issue 8 Dec 13


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The Gorseland Times Robins (4A) December 2013 Written by the children for the whole school community GORSELAND TIMES the best newspaper in the world! This issue of the Gorseland Times features learning which happened in the Robins class (4A) during November and December 2013. The children reviewed everything they could remember and then chose the learning they wanted to write about. After several revisions, the final article was ready to be published. We hope you enjoy reading them. Page Page 3 4 6 Self Smart Body Smart Green Grass Brain 19 Time to Bend - Gymnastics Horrible Homework 20 Chaotic Cross Country Super Clean Hygiene Team 22 Fantasy Fun Football People Smart Church and Remembrance Big Beliefs Nature Smart 24 Echoing Elephants 26 Types of Metals Picture Smart 28 Eye Catching Christmas Baubles Music Smart 29 Chime Ring and Rhyme 30 Hit the Right Note 32 Bells for Hands 7 8 Number Smart 10 3D Shape Shopping Word Smart 14 Story Rollercoaster 16 Super Grammar 18 Strange Spelling 1


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The Gorseland Times Robins (4A) December 2013 We hope to write a newspaper like this at the end of every half-term. If you would like to send any encouraging comments or advice to the children, please email them to and we will include them in the next issue. Comments about our last issue Dear Robins and Mr Sampson I wanted to thank you for your really interesting and well-produced recent Gorseland Times- I can see some budding journalists in the making. I particularly liked Mr Nosey, the 'spoon feeding' article, operation super story writing, strange spelling, French board games and learning about bones and muscles - great pictures and skeleton models. Every article was produced to a very high standard and I think this is something you should all feel very proud about - well done. Kind regards Mrs Hardwicke Riveting Report Writing We have tried to improve our journalistic skills for this issue of the Gorseland Times. Look out for the following features in the articles and let us know which articles had the most steps. Steps to Success 1. Headline: Make it short and snappy and use word play to grab the reader’s interest. 2. Technical words: Mainly used for the topic you are writing about. 3. Powerful words that will explode in the reader’s mind. 4. Introduction: Give the BIG picture (1) Who? What? Where? Why? When? How? 5. Middle Paragraphs: Introduce the main idea for the paragraph in the first sentence. 6. Middle Paragraphs: Add extra details in the following sentences. 7. Conclusion: Give the BIG Picture (2): Remind the reader of the most important points 8. Images: Choose images that will help your reader understand more about your topic. 9. Captions: Tell the reader what the image is showing. 2


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The Gorseland Times Robins (4A) December 2013 Green Grass Brain Do you want to know why your brain forgets things so quickly? We have a full report about it from top to bottom! When you are a baby, your brain is all new. There is a big journey to go in life. You are a new baby so you do not know all the things you have to know. As you repeat things, your brain makes pathways, which help it to remember what to do next time. Learning is like ploughing through a whole field of grass. When you leave it for a big period of time, you forget some of what you have learned! That is the point where your brain starts leaking. One example of a big period of time is throughout the summer holidays. Another example is the Christmas holidays. Brain leakage only happens when you do not revise anything for a long time. If you want to remember something well, you need to repeat it lots of times to help your brain make a good pathway. We hope this satisfies your curiosity! Shubhankar and Bailey This man has done a lot of revisions. His learning has created a lot of pathways. This man has gone in someone’s brain! He is ploughing a field of grass. Chief Editor’s Comment I like the way you have taken an idea we have talked about in class and changed it into your own idea. Everything we do and think is controlled by our amazing brains. It is important we know how they work so we can use them properly. 3


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The Gorseland Times Robins (4A) December 2013 HORENDOUS HOMEWORK. Are you are struggling with homework? Then you have come to the right article because we are here to help. As we have done loads of homework, we have some pretty good tips. In this paragraph, we will tell you about some of the things we have done. The first piece of homework we had to do was to write a book review. The best books to choose are any book in a series for example Harry Potter. One of our favourite pieces of homework was to do a personal timeline here is Boris’s timeline: (Boris is an imaginary boy made up by Mr Sampson) 2002: Boris is born. 2003: Boris’s first birthday. 2004: The Olympic Games took place in Athens, Greece. 2005: Doris Botchet was born. 2006: Boris’ first day at school. 2007: The ashes took place. 2008: Boris’s holiday to Hawaii. 2009: Mikel Jackson dies. 2010: Darren Franchitti wins 500 car race in 3:05:37 2011: Prince William and Kate get married. 2012: Gangnam style was made 2013: Prince William and Kate had a baby boy called George. 2014: Boris starts high school. We did this homework to help us think about timelines. We will be looking at timelines so we can find out more about the past. 4


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The Gorseland Times Robins (4A) December 2013 Now for some top tips: 1) When you are writing a book review, try to do three paragraphs, one for the beginning, one for the middle and one for the end. 2) When you are doing a story mountain, only do it on the main events not the parts that are not important. For example, if I was doing a story mountain on the Ernest Shackleton expedition to Antarctica, I would not do it about who came with him. 3) If you are writing a diary entry about being stranded on a desert island, make it sound interesting and lively and that you might not survive. 4) If you are writing a begging letter, then you must make them sound desperate. 5) HAVE FUN!!!!! Here is an example of a book review. Young Sherlock Holmes death cloud. Young Sherlock Holmes death cloud is about a 14 year old boy called Sherlock. It is set in the 1800’s. You would predict that Sherlock solves the mystery with ease but it is more of a two sided game. It is written by Andrew Lane and it is the first book in the young Sherlock Holmes series. There are 6 books in total. The characters are: Mr Crowe, Virginia Crowe, Matty Arnet, Sherlock, Baron Martipus, Mrs Eglantine. They are all good apart from Baron Martipus who is responsible for the crime. Our favourite part is when Sherlock has a sword fight with the baron. We like the book because it has drama, action and mysteries we would rate this book 9/10. You may have thought this article was boring but it will come in handy. William and Ben Chief Editor’s Comment You have chosen a difficult topic to write about, but your enthusiasm to help others make something challenging more interesting is clear. 5


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The Gorseland Times Robins (4A) December 2013 We are going to tell you the importance of keeping clean. You MUST wash hands to keep nasty germs off you. This video shows you how to fight germs. The evil villain ‘Vinnie the Poo gets into a little boys tummy and then he feels ill. They call Super Toilet. Super Toilet calls his helpers ‘Driplette and Soapy Hero and they try to get Vinnie. Driplette hovers over the boy’s tummy and Vinnie is there with his nasty friends. Super Toilet goes to get a drink and gives it to the little boy. Vinnie gets onto his hands because he did not wash his hands after he was playing in the garden. Now it was the Soapy Hero’s turn, he made the boy wash his hands and Vinnie was washed away. Hooray! In our country, we have nice clean water but in other countries it can be dirty and not fresh. So have you learnt how to keep clean? You can watch the video if you search the Internet for: water aid asset bank the adventures of super toilet. By Evie and Chloe Chief Editor’s Comment You have chosen to write about a short discussion we had, but you obviously listened carefully because you have remembered much of what we said. We are very fortunate to have lots of clean water in this country but not everyone is so fortunate. I am glad you have written about this topic. 6


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The Gorseland Times Robins (4A) December 2013 Church and the Remembrance Ceremony We went to All Saints church on Monday 11 th November 2013. Our whole class went with 4b (Miss Matthews’s class). We went to learn about the church and take part in the Remembrance Ceremony. Journey to the church First we walked to the church with 4B. It was a long walk (1 and a half miles) and our legs got very tired towards the end. Arrival When we arrived at the church we met a vicar called Robin Spittle. Then in our table groups we had to take pictures of things that were similar and different to our houses. Robin Spittle Robin Spittle is a vicar. He told us all about a vicar’s clothes. They wear black and white. They wear black because in the olden days a professional person wore black and white is a symbol of cleanness. Graves We saw lots of different graves in the churchyard. Some of the colours of the graves were grey, white and had a few flowers on or near them. Only two graves were white. Remembrance ceremony After looking around the church, we took part in the remembrance ceremony. We went to a field outside the church where we had a two minute silence. The silence started when a maroon flew into the air and made a loud BOOM And that’s also how it ended. Then the Y4 councillors put the poppy wreaths in front of a memorial. Then the army group leader shouted out some words and they all started marching everywhere and then we all went back to school. Some very kind ladies gave us a biscuit each. Robyn and Madhu Chief Editor’s Comment You have written a good article that explains what we saw and did carefully. It is important that we understand the beliefs other people have and that we remember the people who have given up their lives fighting to save our freedom. ! 7


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The Gorseland Times Robins (4A) December 2013 Big Beliefs In our class we have been learning about religion. The beliefs are: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Sikhism. Christians Christians believe in one God. They believe this one God has three parts - God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit. Christians call this the Holy Trinity. The symbol for the holy trinity shows how the three parts are linked together to make one. Places: The altar is a special table made from wood or stone and covered with a special cloth. On the altar, there is usually a cross. The cross is an important Christian symbol and appears in nearly all Christian churches. It reminds Christians of Jesus, who died on a cross. The Christian holy book is the Bible. Although it looks like one book, the Bible is a collection of sixty-six books that were written by different people at different people at different times. Heroes: Jesus and Abraham. Building: Churches are places where Christians worship God. Hinduism Hindus believe in many Gods but there are three main gods: Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. Hindus believe that God is everywhere and lives in all things. Book: Shruti, smriti. Places(building) The building is called a Mandir. Judaism Jews believe there is one God who created and rules the universe. Book: Torah. The Torah is an ancient book. Places: Synagogue. 8


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The Gorseland Times Robins (4A) December 2013 Islam Muslims believe in one god, who created the universe and everything in it, they call God by his Arabic name, ‘Allah’. ‘Allah’ has 99 names to describe his nature. These names are written in the Muslim holy book, the Qur’an, and include the kind, the Forgiver, the protector, the wise one, the generous, the mighty and the eternal Places: The mihrab is an alcove in the wall of the prayer room that faces the direction of Makkah, the holy city of Islam. When Muslims pray they face towards the Ka’bah, a cube-shaped structure in the city of Makkah, so the mihrab shows the direction that Muslims face when praying. Heroes: Mohammed, Abraham . Buddhism Buddhists do not believe in a God who created the universe and who makes decisions about what happens. Buddhists belive that the Buddha taught the way to become fully awake, understanding the truth of universe. Places: Buddhist temples can be many shapes and sizes. A bell is rung to call Buddhists to worship or to announce the beginning and end of focusing the mind on a holy teaching. It is also rung when the main meal is ready. In some Buddhists temples, a gong is rung. Heroes: Buddha. Sikhism Sikhs believe in God, Sat Guru. Book: Guru Granth Sahib . Place : Gurdwara. Heroes: Granthi We hope you enjoyed our article. We’ve had a great time writing it. Erin and Francesca Chief Editor’s Comment You have attempted a difficult challenge. To introduce the six biggest faiths in one article is a very difficult task, but you have pushed yourselves and concentrated carefully, even working on the final afternoon of term to get it finished. I am impressed with your commitment and determination. 9


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The Gorseland Times Robins (4A) December 2013 Shape Shopping We have been learning about 3D shapes. Have you ever noticed how many different shapes are all around you when you go shopping? How many of these shapes can you name? 10


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The Gorseland Times Robins (4A) December 2013 Each of the shapes has different properties. When you look at a shape, ask yourself these questions: Technical Words  How many faces does it have?  What shape are the faces?  How many edges does it have?  How many vertices does it have? Face: any surface you can draw a face on. It could flat or curved. Edge: Where two faces meet. Vertex: Where two or more edges meet. Often called corners. One vertex, two vertices. A good way of practising what you know about 3D shapes so you can remember them more easily is to play one of these games: Pairs 1. Print the pairs cards from page 17 and cut them up. 2. Spread the cards out face down in a grid. 3. Turn over two cards. If the name and picture match, you win the cards and turn two more over. If not, put the cards back where they were. Remember their position; you may need to find one of them again. Guess Who? 1. Print two copies of the Guess Who? board on page 18. Laminate them or put them in a poly pocket and use a whiteboard pen. 2. Choose a shape for your opponent to guess. 3. Take it in turns to ask questions that will give you a yes or no answer. Cross out the shapes your opponent has not chosen. 4. The winner is the first person to guess the shape their opponent has chosen. Look out for 3D shapes all around you. If you find any unusual shapes, bring them in to school to add to our display. Mr Sampson 11


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The Gorseland Times Robins (4A) December 2013 Pairs 3D Shapes Pairs sphere cone cube cuboid cylinder triangle-based pyramid triangular prism pentagonal prism hexagonal prism octagonal prism hemi-sphere 12 square-based pyramid


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The Gorseland Times Robins (4A) December 2013 3D Shapes Guess Who? Guess Who? Good questions to ask:  Does it have any curved faces?  Does it have any oblong faces?  Is it a prism?  Does it have more than ___ edges?  Does it have less than ___ vertices? 13


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The Gorseland Times Robins (4A) December 2013 Do find story writing tricky? You have most certainly come to the right place. But first let’s talk about roller coasters. Now you may be wondering what has roller coasters got to do with story writing? Well we will tell you. At first, everything is normal like a normal story. Then you start to build up tension. Soon you’re at the top of the roller coaster, then you start to lean forwards and then you start to fall down in the most exciting part of the ride. Finally you slow down and life goes back to normal. Here is an example of how a story is like a roller coaster: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The story starts peaceful. Then it gets a little bit dangerous. Then it goes back to peaceful but danger is always around the corner. It is dangerous but Harry managed to escape the Lord Voldemort but not for long. He started to know that Lord Voldemort was still after him. He was right, he had been captured by his worst enemy. Soon it was a fight to the death. Harry potter vs lord Voldemort. Harry was struck down by lord Voldemort but Harry had loads of courage to continue the battle to the death. Harry soon struck him down to the grave but Harry knew that Lord Voldemort was put down for now but he wasn’t completely down the pan. He was just a guy in some black robes and a colossal white mask. But who is behind that great big colossal white mask? But as soon as he puts that mask on, boom, he is a totally different person. 14


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The Gorseland Times Robins (4A) December 2013 Another example is Matt Smith, The Doctor. To start off with he is a normal person, but then boom shackerlacker, then he has got two hearts and for some reason he is obsessed with Jammy Dodgers, bow ties and fezs. Just what is a fez? Is it a type of car? Nope. Is it a train? Nope. Is it a hat? Yes, a fez is a type of hat that posh and rich men wear too show their type of ranking skills. In the Anniversary of Doctor Who, the Time Lords are back for one last time and they have one heart life left before the daleks exterminate all of Gallifray and is burnt to a crisp. Luckily all twelve doctors save the entire planet of Gallifray. Soon the daleks realised what was going on so they started to increase their firepower on Gallifray’s defences but all the doctors managed to freeze time with an instant time bubble. It’s like cup a soup. Soon The Doctor ran into The Tardis and started to insulate his Tardis into a copy of the tenth doctor’s (David Tenant). He also got the copy of his Tardis. Soon they met up in a desert but there was a rip in space and time. Boom. These two examples show you how a good story is like a roller coaster with lots of ups and downs and twists and turns. Danny and Molly Chief Editor’s Comment You concentrated carefully and pushed yourselves to write a lot about your topic. It is a shame we did not have enough time to include all your other ideas too. Thank you for your enthusiasm. 15



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