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Hobmoor Writing Competition 2017

Well done to all you tallented writers!

We had a collection of fantastic entries from year 1 all the way through to year 6 for our Aspire Day Writing Competition. All of the entries have been carefully read and collated into two magazines.  Serena Arthur, young poet laureate for Birmingham 2016 is our judge and the winners will be announced.

Printed copies of the magazine are available to order from the office at £5.99 each or by filling in the order form in your children’s bags. They are super high quality, full colour and every story in the pages below. Once a main print run has been ordered extra copies will be available to be ordered from the publishers website.

You can read the e-version for free below.

JustWrite yrs 1 to 4
JustWrite yrs 5 & 6

 

Mission 2097 – creating work inspired by the future

My name is Emma and I have been working with students at Hobmoor again this term to create videos, animations, comics and other visual work based on our theme of what the world might be like in the future: ‘Mission 2097’.

I make videos and lead workshops teaching others how to make their own films and animations using whatever technology they have access to. There are so many great apps out there for our phones and tablets that make it easy for us to flex our creative muscles!

This term I have been working with years 1, 2, 4, and class 6D – I had already worked with the year 4s when they were in year 3, so they already had a bit of a head start on the apps we have been using.

At the beginning of term we talked about what we thought the world might look like in the future, including the homes we would be living in, the vehicles and other technology we might have, and how we ourselves might change.

Future house and guard robot
Future house and guard robot – made using Huepaint

 

Robot eyes!
Robot eyes!

 Moving images

Once we had talked through some ideas of how the design of our future houses, appliances and vehicles might look and what features they might have, we also talked about our own appearances and how human bodies might change. Could we find a cure for ageing? Would prosthetic limbs and body parts be improved? Would we be able to even change our biology, or that of other animals?

To explore this, we used drawing animation with iPad app I Can Animate, an affordable and very simple to use animation app. The app has an ‘onion skinning’ feature which allows you to see the ‘ghost’ of the last picture you talk, so it helps users to line up their object or drawing in the right place for each photo.

Robot car – made using I Can Animate

Robot friends – made using I Can Animate

Interviews, ads and trailers

For the video work, we used iMovie, a very simple app for filmmaking. We interviewed eachother about our future predictions, made trailers for futuristic movies, and also advertisements for future products.

 

Most recently, we have been using the app Comic Life to create comic strips and posters trying to teach people ways that they can change or things they can do to make the future better. The messages we have concentrated on the most are bullying, dropping litter, and racism.

Comic about littering - made in Comic Life
Comic about littering – made in Comic Life

On Wednesday the 7th of December we will be putting all of this work on display in the hall and innovation studio, so watch this space!

Virtual Futures

Hello! Ben Neal here, I’m a Creative Coder and Gadgeteer who’s been working with years 5 and 6 to create futuristic computer controllers to navigate around virtual worlds filled with our artwork.

During last term we used the LittleBits kits and MakeyMakeys to create our own Human Interface Devices made from recycled cardboard boxes and padded envelopes to replace the mouse and keyboard.

We made drawings of what we think we’ll look like in the year 2097 and added these to an interactive 3D world around which we can navigate and explore.

Below you can see some screenshots of what we’ve been up to and an animation of a virtual wall full of students work.

Click play to watch the video above

LittleBits kit
LittleBits kit
3d-world
3D World
inventors-schematic-template
Inventor’s Schematic
enviro-cube
Interactive vitual boxes

 

Shape hunting for maths aspire day!!!

Yesterday was a very maths filled day here at Oasis Academy Hobmoor. We had our first ever maths aspire day where everyone split off into a variety of exciting maths workshops!

Here in Reception we took part in a shape hunt around school, we went looking for circles, squares, triangles and rectangles! We found lots and ticked off what we had found on our special shape hunt sheets!

After we had finished we came back to the classroom and took part in lots of fun shape activities!!

What a fun day we had!

Reception and Miss F

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Postbox Fun!!!!

As well as celebrating world book day yesterday we also had another secret mission to complete. We have written letters for our Mum’s for Mother’s Day 2016 and yesterday we had to post them to ensure they got to our Mum’s on time!!!!!!

All of Reception took their letters down to the local postbox to post to their Mum’s!!! Let’s hope they get there on time!!

Reception and Miss F

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