## Tuesday, 31 March 2015

### Pictures of cubes 1

We've been looking at shapes made up of cubes this week. Here's a little of what 4G have been doing.
We've been drawing shapes we've made on triangle paper, then imagining some more. And we've made some six-cube shapes in red, yellow and blue too.

We used this drawing tool to do the same kind of thing online (but this time it gave us other views too.)
Here's the other ones we made:

### Urban Landscapes - L S Lowry

L. S. Lowry (Laurence Stephen Lowry) was an English artist born in Lancashire, in the North-West of England.

Many of his drawings and paintings depict Pendlebury, the place where he lived and worked for more than 40 years.
Lowry is famous for painting scenes of life in industrial cities in the mid-20th century.

He developed a distinctive style of painting and is best known for his urban landscapes that show simple human figures - often referred to as "matchstick men" due to the way he painted them.

We looked at some of Lowry's paintings and chose one to copy.

We had already looked at drawing cubes and cuboids in Maths and we had to think about 'perspective' to give our pictures the feeling of depth and that some buildings were further away than others. This was quite tricky, but we tried hard and we have created some lovely work.

Some of us even had time to be inspired and sketch and paint our own urban landscapes in the style of L.S. Lowry!

### Easter activity with DST

Today we had an enjoyable time making Easter cards with DST.

Here are some photos of us at work together:

## Thursday, 26 March 2015

### Pick any number. We can make that number with four square numbers.

We've been carrying on our work investigating numbers. As we mentioned, Pierre Fermat had said that any number can be made by adding four square numbers.
We picked numbers and tried it out.

We've made a big display of this in EC1:
Can you fill any of the gaps?

### David Walliams

David Walliams is one of my favorite authors and right now I am reading Demon Dentist.
David Walliams has a website click Here to go there. Have fun!!

### Maths Sites

Here are some maths sites I use at home to learn
Maths playground

this site is very interesting
Hit the Button

this site is very good and you can learn a lot
Snappy Maths

this is very mathy

## Wednesday, 25 March 2015

### Harmony

Today in our music lesson we talked about when there are two melodies at the same time.
The two melodies make something new: harmony!

(Is there now just one new thing, or two still, or are there three things in the music?)

We worked on two songs that have several parts. First of all Building, that the choir sung to us a few weeks ago:

Then we went back to the Baka round we learnt from Su Hart:

We still know how to do it! Yay!

And to round off, what wonderful leading in our Baka call-and-response:

### Lentils of Spring

This is the thing I do to celebrate Spring.
Its some thing that Arabic people do, you can do it yourself if you have these things:

#### lentils soup plate water

First put the lentils into the soup plate without fill in it.
Next put some water until the plate is covered (make sure the water is blended with the lentils so that it looks like the lentils are filling the plate).
Now wait to see that the lentils grow as much as 16 cm high in just 9 or 8 days!

This is what the lentils look like at my house.
They are magnificent I wish I could keep them but since I am moving house I cannot.

## Tuesday, 24 March 2015

### Voices in the Park

There's a great interactive version of Anthony Browne's Voices in the Park here.

## Monday, 23 March 2015

### Voices in the Park: 2nd Voice

We're reading Anthony Browne's picture book Voices in the Park. Today we focused especially on the 2nd Voice.

We looked at the change between these two pictures. They've been to the park and Smudge has cheered dad up a lot:

The changes are a metaphor for what has changed in dad's feelings. here we are talking about what we noticed in 4G:

We wrote some sentences about the change too:

Did you notice any more changes?

### My escape from the landslide in the Pyrenees!

This weekend we were on the Airbus SLAT bus on the way to the Baqueira Ski resort (in the midi Pyrenees just over the border into Spain) when we found the road was blocked due to a landslide! The bus stopped and a lot of people got off to look.  We took a photo.
Then another landslide happened!   It was quite scary.  The bus we were on had to reverse to find a place to turn as the road was so narrow.
It was quite exciting and scary for the children (and for some of the adults too)!

## Sunday, 22 March 2015

### MANATEES

In Florida,where I have lived 5 years, there are many Manatees. Manatees are herbivore Mammals and live in warm waters  ( lakes and rivers).
In the ancient times most people confused them
with sirens. It was  because of their tails  and  the fact that they got close to the ships.
The sad thing about Manatees is that they are endangered animals. One reason is that when the water is cold they die. Another reason is that the blades of the motor boat can kill them when they pass by.
When I was little I once touch them!!!!.

## Saturday, 21 March 2015

### Our fruit juice cartons

Our tropical fruit juice boxes are finished now. What brilliant creations!

## Friday, 20 March 2015

### We'll give you any number with just four squares

Pierre Fermat, who lived in Toulouse, wrote in 1638 that any number can be made by any one of these ways:

These are the triangle numbers:
These are the square numbers
 49   36   25   16   9   4   1   0
These are the pentagonal numbers: