Charlestown Primary School

Learning Together in the 21st Century

Buy the Album February 8, 2010

Filed under: Innovation,School,Tools — charlestownprimary @ 7:46 pm
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As we move towards the end of the Dance E-jay project we’ve started to think about selling our album.      We need to make lots of money to have a party, so we decided to make a radio advert.   We listened to a few TV adverts and tried to pick out some phrases that were thought would sound good on the radio.   It was very funny especially when one of the adverts started with ‘Come on you Nutters!’

We took a selection from the tracks that we made in Dance E-jay and then recorded our own adverts over the top using Audacity.  We tried to use some of the phrases that we heard and even added.   Here are our results, which would get you to buy the album?   Remember everything you hear has been made by a nine year old!

Reece and Daniel

Grace, Chantelle and Scott

Angel and Josie-Leigh

Jermaine and William


Tools we use in School. February 26, 2009

Filed under: Innovation,School,Tools — charlestownprimary @ 8:53 pm

At Charlestown Primary we try and use as many ‘Web 2.0’ tools as possible to make our learning as exciting as possible.   These tools help us to gather and present information in a really interesting way such as this using Animoto – it’s free use too!



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Mindmapping for Planning January 29, 2009

Filed under: Tools,Year 6 — charlestownprimary @ 11:12 am
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Today we tried a little experiment that worked really well.   As part of our Literacy we had to invent a machine that could do our homework for us and then explain how it worked.

We used some mindmapping software called ‘Mind42’ to help us get all our ideas together.   It worked really well and was great fun.


If you want to have a go at you own mindmap then click on the picture, join and get started!


Shape Mind Mapping January 28, 2009

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Character Descriptions December 2, 2008

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 Today we wrote some new character descriptions following on from our work last week on Wordle.   We really tried to use powerful language and created some movies using Photostory.   Here are our results.

 Thomas B and Deusa

Hanna W

Hannah and Demi

Dion, Courtney and Kaitlin.

Connor H

Alice, Gemma and Courtney.


Let us know what you think about our efforts!



Wordle and Creative Writing November 27, 2008

Filed under: School,Tools — charlestownprimary @ 12:09 pm
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Today we used a program called wordle to assess the quality of our character descriptions in literacy. Wordle is a program that makes ‘word clouds.’

We looked at a picture of a man looking over the edge of a cliff or well and wrote a 100 word description about him. We then used synchroneyes to look each others work and pasted it all into wordle.

We found out that most of us described the character using phrases like ‘he looked….’ Next time that we do this we are going to try and use much more powerful words to describe what we see.

I like what we did today because it was really intresting, we all wrote a story and on chat we all sent our story so it would appear on everyones.


Concept mapping in Science November 25, 2008

Filed under: Tools — charlestownprimary @ 2:25 pm
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Thomas D:
Today we tried to make a diagram on plants and it was really great I really enjoyed it.It was amazing what you can do on the computer if you try to. It was really good to learn about if you didn’t know about plants and it was really interesting to know.

MrKp: I really enjoyed working with this today it was called 2Simple (2connect)

It helped the children see the links between the different Science vocabulary that they need to be able to use. There’s a lot for them to learn. Deusa wrote this list to show you how much vocabulary there is just for plants!

Pollen, fruit, sepals, petals, style, stigma, pollination, germination, anchor, leaves, stem, pollen, root, carpel, seed, sunlight, dispersal, germination, fertilization, stamen, lifecycle, photosynthesis, reproduction, absorb, ovule(ovary)