URGENT – out of space!!! :(

Hi GWAGrade5 of 2010!

Welcome to the world of blogging! Only problem is that we are out of space on this blog!!!


We need to launch a NEW blog (specially for us!) AND need an imaginitive and fun name that is SIMPLE and easy to remember…

What are your suggestions?

PS. DON’T start telling your friends about THIS site – if we change our name we want them to go to our new site… 🙂


Wow – it’s Summer Holidays but at last we have had over 1000 hits to our site – 1030 to be exact!

Most hits from: UAE of course (594)

Top 5: UAE (594, US (208), Australia (46), UK (42), Canada (40)

Most random (who was it??!!): Cayman Islands

Thank you all for visiting our site and be sure to see how next years Grade 5’s at GWA develop their blog! I wonder what they will call their blog…

Summer Suggestions…!

This list of suggested activities that I have put together is NOT a requirement from either myself or 6th grade. However, both students and parents (and teachers!) recognise that many students take a backward step in their learning if they do not continue to review and consolidate… Here are a few activity suggestions and websites that are fun and keep them ticking over…:


·         Encourage real life problem solving all the time – get your child to read flight schedules, bus timetables, TV & cinema times; get them to mentally add up the contents of their shopping trolley or total their scores on the computer games they are playing; encourage them to see shapes within buildings, patterns, and estimate distances. Everything has a link to Maths – whether it’s cooking, playing, eating, socialising, traveling, there is ALWAYS an element of Maths…

·         Visit one of the following free sites to practice skills that they want/need to practice:

http://www.numbernut.com/           http://www.factfreaks.com/              http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/                                                     http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/            http://www.mathplayground.com/games.html                http://www.mymaths.co.uk/ (username: GEMS password: WEST)                 http://www.coolmath4kids.com/

·         Encourage them to play games such as Chess, Sudoku, Scrabble, Triolet. They all have a link to Maths AND are sociable too.


·         Encourage them to write a diary, journal or even a blog of events, thoughts and opinions. They could choose to share or keep it to themselves BUT this gives them a great reason for writing. http://gwagrade5.edublogs.org/ is still open for business – they may want to share what they are doing with others through this blog.

·         READ READ READ!!! Vocabulary, imagination, experience, maturity, writing! All these skills and attitudes are improved by reading – and they should want to so allow them to choose the book/comic/magazine (within reason!). If you need suggestions try: http://www.readkiddoread.com/

·         Visit http://www.scholastic.com/summerreading/ – this is an excellent global challenge that might give them the reason to read!

·         Encourage them to do wordsearches, crosswords, anagrams AND play social games like Scrabble, Upwords, Texttwist etc


·         Continue to keep up to date with current events around the world – have discussions over dinner/breakfast and ask for their opinion – you will be surprised at how much they know and the insight they have on world events

·         What are they passionate about? What do they want to find out more about? If they have questions, don’t just tell them the answer – encourage them to find out the answer themselves by doing a little bit of research in an encyclopedia or on the web.

·         Visit these sites to practice general knowledge and map skills:

http://geosense.net/          http://www.howstuffworks.com/     http://www.tigweb.org/games/flag/

TECHNOLOGY (*with guidance/m from parents where necessary*)

·         Make your own blog – use http://bfcb.edublogs.org/ (my own site – for teachers BUT students can use it too!)

·         Try out a new web 2.0 application: http://www.prezi.com/        http://animoto.com/           http://www.xtranormal.com/                                                                                                                                                                            and there’s many more out there!

And of course – be balanced! Have fun, get lots of exercise, interact with others, make new friends, spend time with family and… RELAX!

Have a great break – keep in touch J

Mr Potts


Xtranormal… by Danny

So this is the first xtranormal tester that has been sent through to me by my students…Although this could be edited and improved a little – AND maybe have a slightly more appropriate ending – I love the thoughtful camera angle changes! Thanks for sharing Danny!

The potential for this is very exciting – anyone can make their own film or put their playscript/movie ideas into action…!

Has anyone else got clips to share?

How To Setup An OFM Account by Michael

OFM (Online Football Manager) is a game I have been playing for a while and I want to share it cause its quite fun
1. Go on the site onlinefootballmanager.co.uk
2. Next click on Sign Up enter your information and make sure you write you correct e-mail address because they would be sending you your activation code
3. Check through your emails and they will be one by OFM and there will be a link to your activation code  and sign with your OFM password

‘The same size as a coffee cup…’ by Dain

The world’s smallest dog!

스푼만한 강아지가 있다?

커피잔에 들어갈 만큼 작은 몸집의 강아지가 공개돼 네티즌들의 사랑을 독차지하고 있다.

화제의 주인공 (Tom Thumb) 미니 치와와 종과 러셀의 교배종으로서세계에서 가장 작은 강아지 타이틀을 차지할 것으로 예상되고 있다.

주인 ·아치 톰슨(Archie Thomson)함께 태어난 톰의 형제들은 모두 정상적인 크기를 가졌다. 다들 보다 3배는 크다.면서톰은 커피잔에 들어갈 아니라 일어서도 엄마 젖에 닿지 않을 만큼 작다. 설명했다.

이어지난 10년간 치와와뿐 아니라 많은 종의 강아지들을 왔지만 이렇게 작은 것은 처음이라면서일반적으로 강아지들은 태어난 빠르게 성장하지만 톰은 거의 자란 것으로 보인다. 전했다.

태어난 3 톰의 현재 몸길이는 10cm 되지 않으며 몸무게는 3온스( 85g) 불과하지만 몸의 비율이 매우 정확하고 건강상태가 양호한 편이다.

어미젖을 먹을 때에도 다른 형제들에게 밀리지 않으려 안간힘을 쓰는 보통 강아지와 다름없는 생활을 하고 있다.



한편 현재 기네스 기록에 올라있는세계에서 가장 작은 미국 플로리다에 사는 몸길이 15.2cm 치와와 종이며 비공식 기록으로는 10.16cm 치와와부부(Boo Boo) 있다.


Can you believe there is a very small pup smaller than a coffee cup? He (Tom Thumb) is the hybrid between a mini Chihuahua and Jack Russell and he is expected to be the smallest pup in the world.


The owner, Archie Thomson, said that Other siblings had a normal body size and are 3 times bigger than Tom. This is first time I saw such a small pup in my life.” The other dogs grow fast but Tom looks as already grown up.

Although the height of Tom is just 10cm and the weight is 85 g, he has very balanced health. When Tom eats milk, he does his best not to be pushed aside by his siblings.


At the moment, the worlds smallest dog is living in Florida, America, is Chihuahua Boo Boo of which length is 15.2cm.

from: nownews.seoul.co.kr