Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Packaging so far...

Yesterday I got started on the packaging of my product. As well as that I also managed to complete the following...

  • Print out all worksheets onto card, ready to be trimmed (after that they're ready to be put into the activity pack)
  • Printed the majority of the documents for my research and development folder (just a few remaining which I should be able to do on Thursday since someone is kindly covering my shift at work)
  • Arranged all of the documents so far in my folder so I could see if there was anything missing

Today my time has to be managed wisely as I am working in the middle of the day until early this evening, so the only time I have available is the earlier part of this morning and this evening. Through looking at my gantt chart it would probably be best if I aim to finish the packaging tonight and work on paperwork this morning. Tonight, whilst parts of my packaging are drying, could be more of an opportunity to get paperwork done.


Cover for the Egyptian Activity Pack (in progress) I will aim to finish the rest today - the front and the inside. 

I wanted it to look like an Ancient object that had a feeling of luxury. I feel the textures provide something tempting to children which is more likely to get them drawn to the product and want to touch it and see what it is.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Getting started on the packaging

There's been a change of plan this morning as I haven't been able to get into uni to get the printing done, however I did purchase some card which I'm going to be using for my flash cards and a few other things. I've made use of my time so far today by amending my statement of intent and starting the work on the packaging for my finished product. 

Left - The card I have cut for the packaging, which includes a pocket. The sheet shown in the picture demonstrates how the worksheets would fit in. 

Right - This shows the packaging laid open (front and back shown) I decided to cover the book in brown paper mache, which at the moment has been left to dry and then various other layers and bits and pieces will be added. 

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Added part to session

Just a snippet from my annotations (and one I almost forgot to add!) 

The various items shown on this page are a few of the gifts given to me from Ancient Egypt. As part of my sessions, I would like to take them in to show the class.

Through my research I have found that children respond well in learning environments, particularly when they have the opportunity to engage with objects. I read a great informative PDF on UCL Museums and Collections outreach, which gives awareness that children respond better if they are in an interactive environment.

UCL work by sending their employees into schools with museum artefacts and objects to let the children touch and feel and really get a sense of what the topic is about, all in all creating a positive response from the children with a passion to learn more in their subject area. 

Almost time for the hand-in

Tomorrow is Monday, which means I will then have four days to complete everything and get it handed in by 12:30pm.

My time management is proving a success and the trusty lists I like to keep.

Today I have completed the following: 

  • Annotations finished off and neatened ready to be printed and put into file 
  • Put my PowerPoint presentation onto a disc (for teaching resources)
  • Made corrections to any worksheets I've produced 

And tomorrow I will be aiming to complete the following:

  • Get all professional printing done in the morning 
  • Spend the late morning and afternoon on the packaging for my activity pack 
  • Check over my Statement of Intent 
  • Arrange documents/development/all paperwork in file 

Friday, 18 January 2013

Results from worksheet testing

      Today I have tested the following out on two children of the ages 8 and 10:

·                     Quiz Wordsearch (from Session 1 – The Pyramids)
·                     Draw Your Day worksheet (from Session 2 – Living In Egypt)
·                     Memory card game (from Session 3 – Mummification process)

Please note that only one of these children have studied the History of Ancient Egypt (the 10 year old) the 8 year old has little knowledge of Egypt. Also, the age I aim aiming this activity pack at is the age of 9.

Before each task, I spoke with both of the children about the topic. The first one for example, was the pyramids. We discussed them for 10-15 minutes and they discovered they knew a lot more than they thought they did.

Quiz Wordsearch (from Session 1 – The Pyramids)

This is a quiz wordsearch I have produced on the Pyramids. The idea is to fill in the missing letters on the quiz sheet to complete words and then once those words are complete, the children must find them in the wordsearch.

The quiz wordsearch proved to be a success, particularly after we’d talked before hand and discussed the reasons why pyramids were built and how they were build. I found that both of the children enjoyed finding each word in the wordsearch in particular but needed some help with filling in the words on the quiz sheet (to be able to find them in the search) However, this only happened for a few words and I found the majority there were able to fill in themselves, particularly the 10-year-old who seemed to get very excited when he matched a word correctly in the missing-letter-spaces provided.

Overall I am pleased with the way the children carried out this task. They seemed enthusiastic and keen to learn and asked almost right away what I have for them next!

Draw Your Day Worksheet (from Session 2 – The Pyramids)

This is a worksheet where children have six boxes on a page where they must ‘draw their day.’ The idea is to compare their day to that of an Egyptian child, which would be the analysis at the end of the session.

When testing these sheets out, I found that both the children enjoyed and seemed to be equally involved with as there was no ‘academic testing’ involved to test their knowledge of Egypt. Even though the task was to draw pictures, I found that when we talked about them as they were drawing, they had developed an interest and were able to already see the differences from their life to that of a child 4000 years ago in Ancient Egypt. For example, the 8-year-old commented on the cereal she eats, comparing it to the breakfast of an Egyptian child, which consisted of bread and fruit.

The results and enthusiasm I got from the children whilst completing this worksheet has given me confidence that the approach I have taken with it has come across correctly and proved to be an enjoyable experience for both of them. 

Memory Card Game (from Session 3 – Mummification)

This particular activity is taken from Session 3 which is about Mummification. The activity is card game based on memory, a bit like snap where you have to match the pairs up. Each card is supplicated and placed face down on the table infront, and each child must take it in turns to turn over 2 cards at a time to try and match up a pair. I’ve tried to help this by making sure each card has a strong visual of an object used during the mummification process.

The results of this activity showed the children thoroughly enjoyed the game as they wanted to play for a second time. I wanted this task to not only be a fun game to play, but something for the children to remember and retain information from. I wanted the visuals on the cards to help the children remember all the important items used during mummification. After playing the game, we discussed the mummification process again and I’m delighted to say that they managed to retain the information I gave them previous to playing the game! 

Change of plan for today...

Change of plan for today....

I am going to be testing my products on two children I know. The ages of these children are 8 and 10. I have chosen to test out the memory card game from session 3 (on the mummification process) and the pyramid quiz wordsearch from session 1, as well as well as the Draw You Day worksheet from session 2 (Living In Egypt)

I will document later how it went.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Lesson structure

This evening I have completed all three lesson structures. I have not yet put them in grid/table form but I have the structure ready to go...

My research, particularly from the book Learning To Teach In The Primary School  has helped me to formulate each lesson structure...

Rough Lesson Structure Session 1

Year: 5

Term: Spring

Key Stage: 2

Teaching Group 2a, Mrs Chapman

Curriculum Subject: Introduction to Ancient Egypt

Key Vocabulary: Egypt, The Nile, Red Land, Black Land, Pyramids

Learning Objectives:

Attitudes to show enthusiasm towards Egypt and eagerness to go on to the next session

Skills to be able to build a pyramid from paper straws and

Knowledge and Understanding that the Egyptians were reliant on The Nile for the yearly flood so the crops could get water and they could eat well.

Why the Egyptians built the pyramids and how they built them


This part 1 of a 3-part session, which will cover 3 lessons.

The children will be introduced to Egypt as a country, learning about The Red Land and The Black Land and the importance of The Nile.

Key Activities:

·      Intro PowerPoint (15mins) - Children will engage in a 15-20 minute interactive PowerPoint presentation

·      Activity 1 (15mins) – Challenge the children to create a pyramid from paper straws in 15 minutes. Children will be split into pairs

·      Activity 2 (20mins) – Egyptian Quiz Wordsearch – letters of broken words must be filled in and then found in the wordsearch

·      End of session (10 mins) – Encourage children to show the pyramids they have made and show and their understanding of why they have or haven’t worked


·      Use of a computer for PowerPoint purposes
·      Paper straws, scissors and Selotape for pyramid building, ruler and pencil for measuring (if desired)
·      Pyramid word search and Pyramid Quiz worksheet (combined – same activity)

Cross-curricular opportunities:

·      Geography
·      Art and craft
·      Maths
·      English/Spelling

Planned Method of Assessment:

·      Children’s knowledge and skills must show in results of craft based activities and worksheet challenges. 
·      Children will have the opportunity to show their skills in pyramid building and then present them to the class.
·      Showing success in completion of Quiz Wordsearch