As part of our study of The Tudors we wrote and recorded some acrostic poems on Tuesday this week. We had listened to the acrostic poems from our friends at The Buzz,( http://twowhizzy.podomatic.com/ ) who have just posted their second group of poems. We hope that you enjoy our efforts..... part 2 to come
The music 'Greensleeves' is courtesy of Harpist - Sally Fletcher (http://www.heavenlyharpist.com/index.htm)
Teigan and Daryl spent 2 class sessions researching their presentation and making their puppets and set. They did very well, as 2 members of their group were away for the week!
Our next audio podcast will be on the life of Henry VIII and his 6 wives.
Maia and Shayana begin the new series of Cefn Fforest Podcasts. They introduce life in Year, and our History Topic on 'The Tudors' .
They give us an idea of the podcasts to come this term.
I have posted this piece of work even though as yet it is incomplete, my reason for doing this is :
To show the main reason that we use these web 2.0 tools with young pupils - That the thought process and skills development is the most important part of any piece of work, the final product is rewarding but the route to it is always fascinating :
The background to this piece is that the young lady creating the work is 11 and will be going to Key Stage 3 (High School) in September. She is on our More Able and Talented register for her ability in Literacy ( having won our Eisteddfod with a wonderful poem using evocative language).
She has been using Audacity for at least 4 months now and actually said that she prefered it to GarageBand ( non of my doing honestly) in fact this piece was recorded on a MacBook using Audcaity.
Jess has asked for a quiet room to work in - in fact all e could hear from across the hall was strange tapping and clapping ( we ask no questions in our podcasting club!!!)
It was only later at the end of a 45 minute session that I was shown this piece. It consists of 8 audio tracks, a mixture of voice and body percussion which has been timed and mixed ( including increasing the volume on some tracks ) by one person in less than an hour.
I was certainly impressed and I wouldn't even like to consider what NC Level you would possibly like to put on the original idea, let alone the final product. The only problem we have as I see it is giving these children the opportunities to develop the skills they now have in a system which still tends toward rigid conformity with a set of steps !!!! Creativity !!!!
The final verse of the poem.
We have planned to recite the poem together with our friend Irena and her class from the Czech Republic on the morning of Wednesday 20th June - at 10am(UK) -11am(Czech Rep). Also that day we are going to let our pupils chat and allow the pupils from the Czech Republic to practice their English.
Second verse of the poem.
Like many other friends in Europe we here in Wales have been practicing the poem Promemoria which Daniela's Class recited a days ago - here is our version in English - Thank You for the translation Daniela.
This video is for our European Friends and shows us playing football at Playtime on Monday 4th June in the afternoon.
This is a further podcast in our creative podcast series produced by Year 6 pupils in their final term in our school before they move up to what people may call the High School. This piece is very much a work in progress with some work needing to be done to the abrupt ending, it shows some of the technical ideas that this group of creative pupils have had over the past few weeks.
**F.A. Cup Final Report**
This report on last Saturday's F.A. Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United was written, recorded and edited by the boys heard giving the report, using Audacity on a Dell laptop.
It is great to see how these 7-8 year olds have come to terms with using the technology -
BEWARE : Digital Natives at work!!!!!!
Another Podcast from the same young podcaster.... enjoy
This podcast is the latest in a series of creative efforts by a group of Year 6 pupils who are pushing the boundaries of podcasting in an after-school club at Cefn Fforest.
The maker of this podcast delights in experimenting with what Audacity can do, including in this episode reversing tracks and inserting comic voices. It is fascinating to watch a young man like this becoming skilled in the use of the technology - a true Digital Native at the age of 10....
The picture is of the creator of this podcast setting up a series of comedy film shorts that he is making for our Making The News pages. He is also pretty creative with Powerpoint using it as a vehicle for his sense of humour. He is certainly a character who we at Cefn Fforest Primary will miss when he goes on to the Comprehensive School in September.
We found a copy of Harry and his Bucket Full of Dinosaurs in our Library Corner the other day and as we have a Dinosaur 'Mad' young man in our class, he and a friend decided to make a podcast ... we hope that you enjoy it.
This podcast was recorded edited and posted by Year 3 pupils at Cefn Fforest Primary.
Nia our school visitng Athrowes (Welsh Teacher) has been visiting Year2 and 3 classes recently.... this is our lesson from 17th May 2007.
Nia covers - does dim ***** 'da fi ( I do not have a ***** with me)
Faint o'r gloch ydy hi ? What time is it ?
un o'r gloch - one o'clock etc.
We hope that you enjoy our podcast we really enjoy our lessons with Nia - da iawn Nia.
We are just completing our history topic on The Romans and spent an afternoon recording some interesting facts that we have found out while carrying out a webquest. Here is Part 1 of our Roman Fact Podcasts.
A report on a recent match for Cefn Fforest Under 11 soccer team !!!
This podcast is for our friends in the Play To Learn E-Twinning group and is an example taken from a playtime - watching and listening to some of the playtime games and rhymes that pupils participate in during their playtimes.
Today in class as we enter the final term of the year i thought that it was time that my Year 3 pupils started to produce their own independent podcasts on a range of subjects.
Today I ran a short session where we learned the basics of using Audacity to record and edit a podcast. I must admit that by the end of the 20 minute instruction Jordan the 'Techie' for the podcast was already making just the sort of value judgements that I was looking for - eg 'we could do with shortening that piece of music', 'could we do that audio again please?' Which was great to hear from a 7 year old - so even though the podcast is short it is almost all their own work - Well Done excellent work ....
Chantelle in Class 3H of Cefn Fforest Primary School has re-written the Colour Poem written by our friend Irena and her class in the Czech Republic. Today Chantelle taught the poem to us and we recorded it for our friends at the Play to Learn project ... we hope that you enjoy it.
Happy Birthday to Daniela our friend and partner in Lazio, Rome.
On Friday 9th March to mark the end of a week of book based activities Year 3 pupils at Cefn Fforest Primary School had a visit from Jan Woodward and Kath Jenkins ( author and illustrator) of 'Five Fairies go on Holiday' their book which has just been published ( available on Amazon.com).
Jan and Kath both work for Gwent Police Force, Kath being our local liason officer.
Jan read the book to Year 3 and answered a few questions, we were then able to have a quiet interview with a small group of Year 3 pupils resulting in our latest podcast.... we hope that you enjoy it, we had a fabulous afternoon and it really brought World Book Week to great conclusion.
Preparations and competitions for St David's Day ( March 1st) are well under way at Cefn Fforest Primary, as they will be at all schools in Wales as the big day approaches. We had 3D model dragons made at home by Year 3 pupils (and helpers), taking up every available shelf in Main School. Also there were musicians practicing in any space they could find - choirs and dancers using their play times to prepare as we look forward to a day of Welsh Crafts and activities and an Eisteddfod ( Cultural Competitions) - which will include the chairing of the Cefn Fforest Bard ( Year 6 poet of the Year)
As part of Year 6 news gathering they have been carrying out interviews of pupils involved in the School Council and the School Eco-Committee. This work has been excellent for improving their confidence in front of the camera and also made them consider much more carefully the types of questions they should ask to get good answers.
A dedicated group of Year 6 pupils have been spending after-school time on a Tuesday in order to put together their own podcast.
This podcast was put together by the pupils themselves, all their own editing and post production work.
Well Done Gang
By the way they already have plans in place to produce their next episode ... watch this space for their next effort.
Here is the dance music to go with the Folk Dance -'Y Delyn Newydd' for our friends around the world to learn the dance .... enjoy.
This is part one a series of Welsh Folk Dances. Here we have a dance called 'Y Delyn Newydd' or 'The New Harp'. It is a long way set dance for 4 couples.
We hope that you will enjoy our video and will look out for further dances.
Cuddly Kiwi has been on his visit with us here in Cefn Fforest for a while now. This short podcast tells of some adventures he has been on, visiting some of our homes.
Year 3 pupil sings solo - Christmas Carol
Away in a manger
Another example of our Year 6 podcasts
Year 6 at Cefn Fforest have been having a fortnightly after school podcasting club with Mr Harrington. This is one of their short podcasts recorded and edited using Audacity - converting to mp3 and saving to server - all done by the pupils themselves - Well done gang.
Let the podcasts begin...
This video podcast shows and explains some of the things that we have been up to over the past few weeks.
This is a short slideshow which shows some of the adventures that Cuddly Kiwi from Moturoa Class of Appleby School has been on since arriving last month.
Hi is finding Wales a bit on the chilly side - but is generally enjoying his visit, he particularly enjoyed his recent visit to London.
On Wednesday 6th December at 9.30 am (UK time) - 10.30pm (NZ time) we sat down as a class to have a chat with Allanah King in New Zealand. The skype link worked perfectly and we were easily able to hear each other. We spent 25 minutes quizzing Miss on New Zealand and her school - it was great fun for us, we hope that it wasn't too stressful the other end!!!
We learnt a great deal about the country of New Zealand and its many sheep, in addition to learning more about Appleby School.
This coming week on Tuesday evening for us (Wednesday morning in the other side of the World) we are planning to talk directly to our pen pals as they begin their school day - how cool is that. It will certainly be the chance for us to catch up with all of the news from both classes and both countries. Both classes are really looking forward to it - so watch this space...
Cuddly Kiwi our visitor from Appleby School in New Zealand accompanied Year 3 to the Blackwood Miner's Institute Theatre in Blackwood this afternoon.
We went to see a performance of The Snowman by Raymond Biggs, it was performed by The Welsh Symphonia under the baton of Dr Keith Ellerington. Before the performance Kiwi met the narrator ( photograph) and was invloved in the creation of an instant artwork in front of the orchestra.
Walking in the air was eprformed by a local boy ( not from our school) with a beautiful voice. We hope that you enjoy this we certainly did - Cuddly Kiwi was thrilled by the performance.
We recorded this version of The Cuckoo on Monday morning, it is mainly for our friends in New Zealand, but of course our friends all over the world are welcome to listen..... enjoy
On Thursday 16th November we practiced our steady beat and then went on to sing some of the Noah Rap, we recorded this for Miss Balmont our Music Co-ordinator to hear and see what we have been getting up to in music.
As part of their journalism work our Year 6 Making The News Team interview Mr Gannon our Headteacher, talking about the changes that have been made to school and more to come...
In the photograph you can see the group setting up for the filming session.
This week a great group of Year 6 pupils came to an after-school club to be introduced to Audacity and within the hour they had produced these podcasts. Many thanks to DJ Liam, Tom, Jessica and DJ Cammy!!! I think that we have found some brilliant new DJ's for our 'All New' Cefn Fforest FM Podcasts.
We hear a short review of the story Owl Babies. We read this book as part of our topic on The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson.
We hear a short review of The Wise Owl's Story.
We hear about a favourite book from the mobile library in the village. We have a visit from the mobile library fortnightly on a Wednesday, when we have our chance to change our books. Thank You to the Caerphilly Mobile Library Service.
As part of our senses poetry topic this week we produced some colour poems - here are a selection for your enjoyment. The children particularly wanted to pass on their appreciation to Mr H from Texas, after listening to his most recent podcast.
On Thursday 12th October Year3 of Cefn Fforest visited the Iron Age ( Celtic) Village. We had great fun visiting the roundhouses even though they were very smokey inside. This is a video blog shot by the pupils (mainly)
A group of Year 6 pupils discussing the artist Arcimboldo (Arcimbalde) who used fruit and household objects to make his art
This week we have been working on The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark, Crystal wrote a well crafted Playscript from the story which you can hear performed by Crystal and friends.
Luke talks about his favourite book, and Chantelle tells us about her busy week of Gymnastics, Dance and Swimming.
We round off with some more of our favourite jokes.
We hope that you enjoy our work.
This latest podcast contains, a story based on The Twits and some excellent - and funny jokes.
A story with our own sound effects !!!
A podcast where we hear an extract from The Twits, listen to a character description of Mr Twit... and finally read and respond to Drat the Cat !!!
This short podcast was made following a short circle time discussion in our classroom on the first day of the new school year.
This is a videocast of the recent podcast to our link school in Australia. Mainly to prove that it can be done with a minimal amount of software - digital images, windows moviemaker and audacity for audio.
Message for Mr Raftos @ Yidarra Catholic Primary ... and others... re our proposed link between Wales and Australia. I hope that this will be a very easy way for our respective pupils to communicate.
Dylan is our soft toy travel buddy whi visits our link school ( Dylan is a Dragon or course - well he does come from Wales !!! )
A rare rambling by Mr Harrington
Over the course of 6 weeks at the end of our school year, a small but dedicated and determined group of Year 6 pupils scripted, storyboarded, made models, shot, editted, and recorded the soundtrack for this video animation short.
Year 3 (7-8 year olds) second ever podcast.