Monday, 26 March 2018

"The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul"

A Selection of Passages From "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul"

Here are a selection of passages from the book; "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul":

Chapter 1, Page 1:
It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on Earth has ever produced the expression “as pretty as an airport”.
Airports are ugly. Some are very ugly. Some attain a degree of ugliness that can only be a result of a special effort. This ugliness arises because airports are full of people who are tired, cross, and have just discovered that their luggage has landed in Murmansk (Murmansk airport is the only known exception to this otherwise infallible rule), and architects have on the whole tried to reflect this in their designs.

Chapter 1, Page 2:
All the way out of London to Heathrow she had suffered from doubt. She was not a superstitious person, or even a religious person, she was simply someone who was not at all sure she should be flying to Norway. But she was finding it increasingly easy to believe that God, if there was a God, and if it was remotely possible that any godlike being who could order the disposition of particles at the creation of the Universe would also be interested in directing traffic on the M4, did not want her to fly to Norway either. All the trouble with the tickets, finding a next-door neighbour to look after the cat, then finding the cat so it could be looked after by the next-door neighbour, the sudden leak in the roof, the missing wallet, the weather, the unexpected death of the next-door neighbour, the pregnancy of the cat - it all had the semblance of an orchestrated campaign if obstruction which had begun to assume godlike proportions.

Chapter 1, Page 4:
Jean-Philippe was, as the taxi-driver correctly guessed, the reason why she was going to Norway, but was also the reason she was convinced that Norway was not at all a good place for her to go. Thinking of him made her head oscillate and it seemed best not to think about him at all and simply go to Norway as if that was where she happened to be going anyway. She would then be terribly surprised to bump into him at whatever hotel it was he had written on the card that was tucked into the side pocket of her handbag.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

PE Adventure Challenge

Data Handling

    Recently in Maths we have been learning about data handling. We learned about surveys and graphs and how to make them, so here are some 4 steps to making a survey ad using your data:
  1. First, come up with some questions that you want to ask people. 
  2. Then, ask people these questions and collect the answers (the answers are your data)
  3. Show your data in the form of a graph or something similar
  4. Finally, use your data for whatever purpose you needed the data for in the first place 
    However in data handling doesn't only involve surveys and graphs, it also involves things like the mean, median and mode. "What are they?" you ask. 
    Well, lets start with the mean. The mean, also known as the average is the average amount in a set of numbers. You find the mean by adding up all of your numbers and then diving the sum by the number of numbers you've added together, for example, if you had the numbers 5, 6, 7, 3, 5 and 10 then the mean would be 6.
    Next thing, the median is the center value, or number in the middle of a set of numbers put in consecutive order. So really, all you need to do to find the median is to put the numbers in order and find the number in the middle. In the sequence 5, 8, 9, 10, 16, then the median is 9 because its the number in the middle.
    Lastly, there's the mode. The mode is probably the easiest one of these to find explain, and it is just the most recurring number in a series. 


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Weekly Blog

PYPX This Week

This week, I have been working PYP Exhibition. Our group is focused on giving others a sustainable food source and have arranged talks with all sorts of people to learn how to do so; Chef Adam, the Gardener (David Buckner) and continuing talks with our mentor, Ms Deborah (the MSHS librarian). So far, we don't have any definitive plan, but we have a main idea that we will continue to work on. I think my group did well, but we need to focus on our work and argue less.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

This Week's Learning

In UOI:

  • I have become President of our Republic of 5D
  • We have learnt about our duties as members of the cabinet 
  • We have declared to the class the members of the cabinet
  • Next, we can create laws to enforce on the citizens
In Reading:

  • We used the "Reading, What's Up With That" template/format to talk about the strategies and skills we use when reading
In Maths:

  • We worked on prime factorization
  • We chose random numbers and factorized them down to primes
  • Rinse and repeat  

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Democracy Reflection


Day 1 Reflection
Concept
Democaracy
form
A democracy means that there is an overall leader, but all of the main decisions are voted on by the people.
responsibility
In a democracy the citizens have to vote, and be content with what they get.
The government has to create environments when they and the people both get what they want.
reflection
A democracy is successful if the leader and the people agree and respect each other.
personal comment
Being a part of a democracy made me feel happy that we got to decide what we could do.
I would change the fact that the leader has overall veto power.
I would keep pretty much everything else.
colour
A colour I would choose to represent democracy would be a tranquil blue.
symbol
A symbol I would choose to represent democracy would be the White House.
image
An image I would choose to represent democracy would be a polling booth.
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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Dictatorship Reflection

Day 3 Reflection
Concept
Dictatorship
form
A dictatorship means the military is in charge and the citizens must obey it under pain of death or punishment
responsibility
In a dictatorship the citizens have to obey the military.
The government is usually made up of members of the military.
reflection
A dictatorship is successful if/when the dictators are obeyed.
personal comment
Being a part of a dictatorship made me feel annoyed that they we were forced to do stuff, most of the time things we didn't enjoy.
I would change the fact the everything is done by force.
I would keep the fact that there is a group of definitive rulers.
colour
A colour I would choose to represent dictatorship would be red (like the anarchy)
symbol
A symbol I would choose to represent dictatorship would be a sword.
image
An image I would choose to represent dictatorship would be a picture of Hitler (Dictator of Germany).