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Clay Pendants

On Saturday I made clay pendants. First I dug in a mound we have at the back for clay. Then I soaked it in water. After that I molded it into the shape I wanted since the water had made it like Play-Doh. Next I poked a hole through all of the soft shapes so that I could put string through them. After that I left it  to bake. Clay turns really hard if you bake it, so I left it in the sun. Then I left it overnight in a jar. Today I panted them; the footballs black and white, the hearts red and the ‘LOL’ pendants blue and black, it was hard 

Me digging for clay

The wet clay

The end product

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My Scratch project

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In my class, two people were invited to join a club to do special projects. I decided to make a game using Scratch, which is programming language. The language uses sprites and blocks to work. I learned about Scratch at Code Club, which i go to after swimming lessons on Saturday with my brother and sister, Rupert and Helen.

How do you play my game, I hear you ask? You play by ‘catching’ the animals by clicking on them with your mouse. One of the animals is quite easy to catch  – that is the lioness. There are two other animals – a parrot and a monkey – and they are tricky to catch. The parrot is tricky because it is moving around quickly, so whenever you try to catch it, you will miss. At other times, you might catch another animal instead of the parrot. The monkey is difficult to catch because it moves diagonally and then straight down.

Once you have caught the animals they will ask you if you would like them to tell you information about itself. If you type ‘yes’ then you will find out interesting facts.

To make this programme, I had to find a jungle picture to use as a backdrop (background). I found it on google. I found the sprites from the sprite library in Scratch. I have my very own scratch account, which means if I share my project that it will appear on the Scratch website.

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Me doing my project

I told the sprites what to do by using blocks of code information from the different categories, for example, Sensing, Motion, Control, and others. I couldn’t have made this programme if i hadn’t gone to Code Club because my teacher has taught me a lot, which helped me very much.

Click HERE to see my awesome project and play the game.
You need to press on the green flag at the top of the picture to start. You can see the coding that i did on the right side of the screen. Good luck!

Charles

 

 

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Back to the Victorian times..

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To learn more about Victorian times, i am reading three novels set in the era and I am also watching a BBC series called What the Victorians did for Us…

Keep reading for what I have learned so far….

The first novel I have read is a murder set in Victorian times: Mrs Jeffries stands corrected by Emily Brightwell. A man was stabbed on his birthday, at the opening 51pxsp4a0rl-_sx303_bo1204203200_of his own pub. Inspector Witherspoon is assigned the case and when another body is found, it is a race against time to find the killer, before he strikes again. Can the inspector and his mystery solving staff do it in time?

I loved this book, which always kept me in suspense. I would rate the book 9/10, losing the mark for unresolved ends of paragraphs.

Mrs Jeffries stands corrected taught me that in Victorian life, lots of people were homeless
and living in poverty. It also taught me that people who were poor often were sent to workhouses , where they were made to work without much pay. The rich showed off with fancy houses and clothes.

It seemed from the story that Victorian men also drank a lot of beer and were in charge of all the household money. Women wore big dresses over iron frames, but the dresses did get smaller toward the end of Queen Victoria’s reign.

I learned a lot more about the Victorians and the food they ate from the excellenimg_5822t show What the Victorians did for us. Did you know that Victorians often ate recycled Gloucester cheese that was coloured red using lead? Flour was coloured white with chalk. One worker in a shop reported seeing their boss melt down candles, mix the wax with brown paint, and sell the result as chocolate! An analysis of one icecream made at the time showed that it contained cotton, straw, human hair, cat hair, fleas, lice and bedbugs.

The stories about teeth were also quite grim. Rotten or damaged teeth were sometimes removed and replaced with the real teeth of other humans. And one report from the told showed that 30 children had died from too much opium,  given to them to sooth teething pains.

In better news, the Victorians were responsible for great advances in technology and engineering that changed peoples lives for the better. For example, revolving doors and steel framed buildings were invented and the first  London Tube/underground lines were built. The development of steam powered engines also changed life for victorian people, especially in agriculture.

Keep your eyes out for my next post. I will be reading another novel set in Victorian times and watch another few episodes of What the Victorians did for Us and report back what i have learned.

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Rupert

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