This week we pushed ourselves to both animate and add voices and sound effects. We spend half the session animating a quick interaction between characters (using ‘I Can Animate’), then used iMovie to record our voices and had a quick play with the music and sound effects.
As a reward for all their hard work this year, our Year 5 mini police were treated to a visit from the police dogs section hosted by Laygate Primary School on Wednesday this week. The children got to meet the dogs and their handlers, and heard about all the interesting work they do. They were shown demonstrations of some of the training exercises undertaken by the dogs, and watched the dogs carry out a mock search on the school field. The children loved meeting the dogs, and as always they were brilliant ambassadors for Harton!
In our second week of Stop-Motion club, we made videos of Lego models, but with a twist. These model looked like they were building themselves – which was quite difficult.
Some of the children experimented with these videos, using their hands to cover or make models disappear.
Keep an eye out for future videos from the group.
All of Year 3 have had so much fun planting all of our hearty vegetables from Beamish Hall! We cannot wait for them to grow so we can pick them!
On the Friday before half term, Year-6 children visited the City Campus of Northumbria University in Newcastle. While we were there, the children took part in a number of activities: an engineering task; a team investigation-puzzle; a sporting activity (dodgeball); and a guided tour of the campus. They met and worked with student ambassadors, who are current university students, and were able to ask them lots of questions and get a taste for what university life is like.
The Puzzlers are raising money for their trip to the national Lego League competition. They have designed 8 different badges and are planning on selling them for 50p each, to go towards the flights and hotel for the event.
So the children have started cutting and pressing their badges on a lunchtime. Only about 500 left to go!
For our last session before Christmas, and before the stress of practising continues, we enjoyed an after school movie night, celebrating our win at the regional competition.The Puzzlers were comfy on cushions with popcorn and warm chocolates with marshmallows and whipped cream while they watched the Muppets Christmas Carol.
After 3 months of hard work, and (for some) EVERY lunchtime since September, the day finally arrived on December 6th.
Kitted in their lab coats, glasses and bow ties, the Harton Puzzlers travelled to The Word to compete against teams from all over the region – including secondary schools! The first few rounds with the robot were disappointing, as we didn’t score as highly as we would have liked. After their first robot game, the pupils scored technical points, which involved talking about their robot design and strategy. This usually take about 5 minutes, but the boys talked for 10 minutes!
Next the children had 5 minutes for a costume change and got ready for their presentation. After many practises at school, they delivered it perfectly! It was clear, loud and confident. The presentation even included a “live” video call from an astronaut on the International Space Station.
There was a teamwork task, where the children had to work together effectively in order to complete a Lego building challenge. After lunch, we found out we were in the semi final!
The Puzzlers got through to the semi finals- joint 3rd with St. Gregory’s. They had 2 more chances to prove their robot’s skills. In their second and final attempt, the boys protested to the judges over a ruling – supported by teachers from different schools – and the Puzzlers scraped into the finals with 72 points.
In the finals, the Puzzlers competed against Oakwood Comprehensive School – who kindly offered up their extra attachments, which allowed the Harton to scorecard more points. After three more rounds of the robot game, the Puzzlers’ score got higher and higher with each attempt. The trophy for Robot Table Champion went to the well deserved Oakwood!
Every team was awarded at least one trophy, for skills such as teamwork, presentation, tactics and co-operation, but the Harton Puzzlers were delighted to find out that they had won the overall competition! After so much work from our team, there were many tears of happiness and shouts of joy.
In the build up to Easter this week, year 4 have had the opportunity to learn more about Holy Week by taking part in a range of activities at St. Lawrence’s Church. As part of their R.E. studies, the children enjoyed an afternoon exploring the different parts of the Easter story. Many thanks to Reverend Paul and the volunteers at St. Lawrence’s Church for hosting the activities.
Year 3 have been working closely with our cook, Mrs Seales. Every Thursday evening, some of the children attend Cookery Club where they have been learning to make a range of delicious dishes. This week, the children made their own pizzas. They enjoyed taking them home to share with their families.