This term's Topic Web and Homework
On Monday and Tuesday Eagles excelled themselves in writing very succinct stories. The genres varied from science fiction (lots of time travel) to horror (a very creepy story based in a forest) to fairy stories (mainly involving the good old Eagle favourite, the unicorn).
We were very impressed with the high standard of story and we wait with bated breath for the outcome of the competition.
Mum Says Tea's Ready
With an insignificant rumble the door opened and the lights turned off. Tom and Charlie held each other. They were both shaking with fear and fright. The squeaky door opened with a loud bang. A robotic arm moved closer and closer to Charlie and Tom. Suddenly the lights turned on. "Aaaar" Alex said very quietly. "Mum says tea's ready" Alex said in a cheeky voice with a grin on his guilty face.
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
I'm in the middle of nowhere, on my way to the centre of the earth. I'm with my trusty companion Doctor Brain-side. It is known that if you follow the sun till midnight you may find it. We are in a cave looking in, wondering whether to go down the drop or go in the slow way. We're going the quick way. Year 2009, day Friday, month April. As quick as a flash the cave is closing in on us. Myself and the Doctor are in danger. Before I can even think we are burning in the pitch black... what next?
The Eagles had a visit from Ann Blagden, a lady who helps the Bedouin tribe of Egypt to build wells for water. She told us all about the water table, and how it is much lower than it used to be in Sinai, an area of Egypt where the Bedouin live. This is because of tourist resorts such as Sharm-el-Sheikh, which use a lot of water for tourists who are used to readily available water in the countries they come from. We thought about all the uses we have for water, and what would happen if water was heavily restricted.
Ann showed us a traditional farmer's dance, which involved a crook, which was used to look after goats and also fight other farmers who claimed the goats were theirs. Harry G had a go - it was a lot harder than it looked!
We learned about the clothing and tents of the Bedouin and had a go at putting kaffir on, which would keep the sun off the Bedouin's heads. The tents of the Bedouin are made from goat hair and the Arabic name for them is 'House of Hair'.
We also learned to say thank you and you're welcome, and to count to 5 in Arabic -
As part of our Judaism topic, we found out about the Ten Plagues this week. Harry D in particular had excellent knowledge about these and was a helpful expert in describing what they were. We agreed that Pharaoh was very foolish to not learn his lesson the first... or the second... or the third time! It will be interesting to see how many the children remember next week when we talk some more about Passover.
The Jewish Ancient Israelites are enslaved in Egypt. Moses and Aaron come before the Pharaoh multiple times. They demand in the name of God, “Let My people go, so that they may serve Me in the wilderness.”
Pharaoh repeatedly refuses their demands. Aaron’s staff turns into a snake and swallows the magic sticks of the Egyptian sorcerers. Even when faced with this example of God’s power, Pharaoh refuses to let the Jewish slaves go. Moses warns the Pharoah that God will smite Egypt. Pharaoh is stubborn. As a result, God casts ten plagues upon the Egyptians. When faced with the horror of each plague, Pharaoh promises to let the Ancient Israelites go. Each time the plague stops, he takes back his promise and holds the Jews captive. As a result, another plague befalls the Egyptians… then another, then another.