This term, Pandas class will be answering our essential question: What is Entertainment?
We have already discovered that entertainment is a form of activity that holds the attention and interest of an audience to give pleasure and delight; that it can be an idea or a task, but it is more likely to be one of the activities or events that have developed over thousands of years specifically for the purpose of keeping an audience's attention.
We have thought about the fact that people's attention is held by different things and what we will learn about this term will be determined by the children and their interests. We will look at storytelling, music, drama, dance and the seemingly catch-all topic: technology, which is where the children’s main interests lie.
One important aspect that we will think about is the audience and what it is that turns a private recreation or leisure activity into entertainment. We will discuss the audience having a passive role - watching a play, opera, television show or film; or the audience in an active role, as in the case of games, where the participant/audience roles may be routinely reversed.
We will start at the beginning; thinking about how most forms of entertainment have persisted over many centuries, evolving due to changes in culture, technology, and fashion. Films and video games, for example, use new media but continue to tell stories, present drama, and play music. This may be a perplexing idea for the class who have grown up in a very technological world.
We will also spend a little time thinking about some activities that were once considered entertaining - particularly public punishments - which have been removed from the public arena.
The children will learn that entertainment evolves and can be adapted to suit any scale. We will discover that it can range from an individual who chooses a private entertainment to performances intended for thousands; and even for a global audience. Once we have covered the various elements of ‘entertainment’, the children will individually decide where they wish to focus their research. They can choose to work alone, in pairs or in a wider group to create an app, podcast, blog, vlog, dance etc.
By allowing children the freedom to go where their interests lie, I am hoping that we will see some really great outcomes.
Keep checking back to see what we have learned so far…
Welcome to Pandas Class BONNIE & CLYDE!
During our transition days at the end of last year, I was asked if we could possibly have a class pet. Well, of course we could! Following a lengthy chat with the children, we decided that two rabbits should join the fun in Pandas Class. On Tuesday, Katie and Romilly (our appointed Rabbit Monitors) and I went to Pets at Home to choose our new additions.
We fell in love with a pair of female (I have triple checked) lop ear dwarf rabbits (though one has a wonky ear....so not quite a full lop) and then spent a considerable amount of time being educated by the helpful sales assistant Ben.
Once we had been fully educated, we chose their new home and some essential bits and then headed back to school. Once back, the girls set up the rabbit's cage and then made sure that they were comfortable.
Once we were sure that the rabbits were nice and content in their new surroundings, we invited the rest of Pandas Class to come and see our new additions.
We voted on names for the rabbits and Bonnie & Clyde won with a resounding victory, so thanks to Mrs Harrison for her suggestion ;)
The rabbits are settling in nicely in the classroom, despite the noise. I'm sure it won't be long until they are fully tamed and running around the classroom, just remember to watch where you step if you visit our classroom!
Though there is no obligation to of course, I am more than happy for children to take care of the rabbits at weekends and holidays. If you would like to offer your rabbit-sitting services, pop into the classroom or send me a Dojo message.
I have a feeling that Bonnie and Clyde may be going on some adventures over the coming weeks and months, so do check back from time to time....
Converting Fractions to Decimals
What do you do when maths is too tricky? You close your book and write on the table of course!
And when that doesn't work....there's always cake!
Keep checking this webpage for more updates throughout the term!