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My Archimedes project

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I have written a   diary entry from the perspective of Archimedes the ancient Greek mathematician. I have chosen to present it in this way because English was one of the subjects I was chosen for more able group and I like writing diary entries.

My aim  was to represent Archimedes’s achievements and show what daily life was like for Archimedes in Greece using correct facts. I researched in books from the library first, then when I absolutely had to I used Google.

During this project I learnt about the following subjects: theater, medicine, food , war, inventions and of course Archimedes himself. Archimedes was a very impressive character. Some of the things that he invented are still important in our lives today. For example, his work on buoyancy ,  hydrodynamics ,and the Archimedes principle (eureka, of course!) . But my favourite of them all is the screw pump, which is still used by building companies to carry water uphill.

I made my book by first planing all the contents, then writing it all  out. I decided that I should only write the dates in a Greek font since otherwise it would take a long time to write out all the text that way. Then I tea-stainedimage the pieces of paper and sewed it together .After that I put binding tape around it and lined it with marble paper, which I had made myself.

One other point of my project that is ‘incorrect’ is that Archimedes would have not had pencils and paper,he  would have used papyrus and a hard reed for a pen. For ink, ancient greeks used all sorts of materials including squid ink and vegetable juice!

Translations:

I have written in Modern Greek whereas Archimedes would have written in Ancient Greek. I did this because I couldn’t find  Ancient Greek.

Εφημερίδα: Journal

Ουομα: Name

Αρχιμήδηζ: Archimedes

Να Κάνω: To Do

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Rupert

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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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Guitar results

Today I got my guitar exam results! I was really exited when I got the big envelope and nervous at the same time that I might fail.I opened it with my guitar teacher and was delighted to find a certificate which said I got a distinction!!! My teacher and I were very happy!

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Guitar exam

Today I did a guitar exam at Rock School Rhythm Studio  .I  did grade debut which is before grade 1 ,I think I did really well! I hope I do this well in grade 1! It was reeeeeeeeeeeeeeealy scary. First I went into a practice room and practiced before the  real thing .Than the examiner fetched me and brought me to an examining room.I played the songs first and than did technical exercises.I will get the results after Christmas.Please let them be good

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