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Friday, 29 June 2012

Stats in Sound Day 5

We had our last Stats in Sound day yesterday with Community Music Wales.

Our pupils were thrown into a full day’s work going through and editing the photographs taken at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. The pupils then started to sort them into three categories focusing on three areas within the Gardens; The Ice House, The Tropical House, The Great Dome.

The next task was to edit the photographs using photoshop to ensure that no humans appeared in their shots. They then put their photographs into the most effective order and then created a slideshow.

One group had the opportunity to write a script for a voiceover to go with the slideshows. Again, this focused on the three selected areas. They then had to read their voiceovers into a microphone, which proved to be quite a nerve wrecking experience.

Groups also had a bonus activity in the afternoon as they went into the hall to practice drumming with Matt.

The final activity was to edit their voiceovers, mixing them with the sounds they recorded at the Botanic Gardens, adding effects.

Although it was sad to see the project come to an end we all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are now looking forward to the launch in a few weeks’ time.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Family is... poems!

We have been writing poems based on the five senses and the topic, 'Family'

Family is...
The taste of cookies baked by my mum,
As tasty as ice cream melting on my tongue,
The scent of my nan’s homemade perfume,
As exquisite as a rose,
The sight of happy faces smiling everyday,
Happy like children playing on a summer’s day,
The sound of mum and dad snoring,
As loud as the siren on a fire engine,
The touch of a piece of bread crumbs,
Crumbling like a mountain top,
Family is... my life!

By Jack Batacan

Family is...
The taste of chocolate,
As tasty as my mum’s home made cake,
The sight of happiness fills my heart with joy,
Like a new puppy on my birthday,
The smell of my nan’s perfume,
Like fresh roses picked from the flower bed,
The feel of my mum’s soft kisses,
As soft as the green green grass,
Hear my sister singing,
Like a blue bird tweeting a calm song,
My family... fills my heart with love.

By Rosie Evans

Family is...
The taste of turkey dinner on Christmas day,
As tasty as a sizzling feast,
The sight of my family and I playing together,
As happy as a puppy playing with a ball,
The sound of my rabbit and my dog fighting,
As loud as a police officer in pursuit,
The teasing touch of my presents on my birthday,
As exciting as having a new pet,
The smell of my mum’s perfume,
As smelly as a farm!
Family is... heaven!

By Benjamin Duggan

Family is...
The smell of my nan’s perfume,
As lovely as bubble bath bubbling,
The taste if mum’s barbecue cooking,
As delicious as a cheeseburger,
Touch the soft new hair cut,
As cute as a new born puppy,
See the crashing waves whilst on holidays,
Smile at your family as they have brought you something new,
Hear dad singing something,
Like birds tweeting in a forest,
Family is... my life!

By Cody Simpson

Family is...
The sight of happiness that fills me with joy,
Like a blue bird swooping through the wind,
The taste of Sunday roast cooked by mum,
As delicious as chocolate cake,
The sound of love from my relatives,
Makes me feel comfortable, warm and safe,
The aroma of my dad’s aftershave,
Fills the air with a fresh smell,
The touch of a kiss,
As soft as a pillow,
Family is... my dream!

By Shani Williams

Family is...
The taste of my mum’s Christmas dinner,
As tasty as a slice of heaven,
The sight of my brother’s flowers,
As beautiful as all the princesses,
The touch of my dad’s silk pillow,
As soft as a fluffy cloud,
Smell the perfume of my nana,
When I see her she smells divine,
Hear the wheels on my bampi’s car,
As noisy as a crazy party,
Family is... my home.

By Tawfiq Junior Ayoub

Family is...
The sight of my mum,
Feeding my sister crunchy carrot cake,
I can tough my sister’s skin,
As soft as a baby lamb’s wool,
I can taste pizza and chips,
As tasty as heavenly cake,
I can smell baby softener,
As sweet as caramel,
I can hear my sister crying,
She is hungry!
Family is... my life!

By Emily Jones

Family is...
The taste of Sunday dinner,
As tasty as my mum’s trifles for dessert,
The smell of scented roses,
Drifting through the room on a fresh summer’s day,
The sight of happiness on everyone’s faces,
As wide as slices of melon,
The touch of my dad’s comfy bed,
As soft as candyfloss clouds,
The sound of mum and dad laughing,
As loud as my cat Bella hissing,
Family is... my life!

By Sophie Bowden

Family is...
The taste of chocolate dancing on my taste buds,
As joyful as a new born puppy,
The sight of my dog chasing her tail,
Like a lion stalking its prey,
The sound of laughter filling the air,
As loud as rock band in concert,
The scent of dinner being cooked by my mum,
As sweet as can be,
Feel Izzy’s back,
As rough as a stony path,
Family is... my life that I don’t want to change!

By Maya Batacan

Friday, 22 June 2012

Stats in Sound Day 4

We had our 4th Stats in Sound day with Community Music Wales today at the National Botanical Gardens of Wales. We all watched the weather forecast with a sense of doom but, though the skies were grey, the rain held off for us. Nevertheless our pupils were suited and booted with wellingtons and coats just in case.

Our pupils split up into their groups and started to wander around the gardens taking pictures and sound recordings of sources of interest. We pretty much visited every part of the grounds that we could in the time available to us including; the glass dome, tropical house, bee garden, ice house, biomass centre, lakes, Japanese garden, aqua lab etc...

We are now looking forward to our final day next Thursday as we will get the chance to edit our footage and learn about making QR cards!

Here are some of the photos that Mr Roberts took whilst walking around with his group.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Paralympic Art

Our class has been drawing their own interpretations of Paralympians in action. Here are their efforts:

1. Danielle Brown – Archery by Amy
2. David Roberts – Swimming by Jack
3. David Weir – Wheelchair racing by Sophie
4. Jody Cundy – Cycling by Lauren
5. Kylie Grimes – Wheelchair Rugby by Jordan Watts
6. Nathan Stephens – Javelin by Jordan White

Around the world in 80 words

Our class have been writing 80 word stories to enter the Young Writers ‘Around the world in 80 words’.

Here are some of our efforts:

‘I was scared’ by Sophy O’Neill

I was scared. I decided to move and went to China but there was a Chinese Dragon. I was afraid so I went to Egypt but there was a mummy. I was anxious, so I went to Scotland but there was the Loch Ness monster. I was terrified, so I went to France but there was a giant frog. I was petrified, so I went to Antarctica but there was an abominable snowman. I was scared so I went home.

‘The pyramid escape’ by Jay Lock

Carefully Jay put on his Olympic clothes and got ready. Suddenly he found himself in a pyramid. Jay panicked as he tried to escape. He was terrified thinking he would never get out. Jay was so thirsty he could not survive any longer. He had no more strength left but he had to keep looking for the exit. All of a sudden Jay saw a bright light. Could it be the exit?

‘Dancing Squirrels’ by David Jones

There once was a sheep called Shaun who had a problem with dancing squirrels. One day he put his big huge fluffy head into their tree and he shouted, “Turn off this racket!” Angrily the squirrels kicked him to New Zealand where he saw dancing bulls.

“Are you friends with the squirrels?” asked Shaun

“I suppose.”

Suddenly the bulls’ hooves went BANG! Finally Shaun flew through the roof of his own barn back in London.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012


Zoo Lab UK visited the school today and went into every class to show a selection of animals that all excel in certain aspects identifiable in the Olympics. We had the sprinting cockroach, gymnastic Corn snake and high jumping locust amongst many others! 

Monday, 18 June 2012

Stats in Sound Day 3

We had Day 3 of our Stats In Sound project with Community Music Wales today in which our pupils got to experience using Arduino, a computer circuit board programme enabling them to control sensors with a computer. The pupils picked it up very quickly and were soon changing the pitch of sound with various switches and even a light sensor.

Some of our pupils went out and about in our school grounds to film and edit sound which they then started to edit when they returned to school.

Everyone had great fun and learned lots of new things. We all can’t wait until Day 4 on Friday and our trip to the National Botanical Garden of Wales. 

Here is a video clip of some of our pupils exploring Arduino.