Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Charlotte's Web
I watched the movie ‘Charlotte’s Webit showed fairness by Charlotte standing up for the pig (Runt) who wasn’t getting any milk from her mum because the other pigs weren't letting him in and he was too small. Her was going to kill the runt with his axe but Charlotte was watching him and stopped him just in time.The runt pig went from not being looked after properly by her mum to being cared for by the girl.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Ancient Egypt Daily life of a soldier

Ancient Egypt Daily life of a soldier
Soldiers in Ancient Egypt were different from modern day soldiers. Their clothes, food they ate and their weapons were not the same as today. It was an job option, depending on your place in society. Today soldiers can come from any part of the

society, if thats what they choose to do. Today, soldiers get more time off to do other interests or activities, where as in Ancient Egypt, soldiers had little time off. When they did, it was associated with the job of being a soldier.

Soldiers lived in small mud brick houses with little furniture. They had a few baskets for storage or a chest. They slept on a mattress filled with wool, straw or some rolled up mats. There was no running water to the house, this would be only for the wealthy such as the pharaoh or a noble. They would have to carry water in containers from a river nearby back to their house.

They wore just a white linen loincloth with a helmet for battle also they would carry a sword and shield. The options for weapons were quite immense. They could have a range of the following, depending on their position in the army - dagger, sword, bow and arrow, spear, mace, battleaxe, sling shot, or a club. They would also make use of battering rams during battle.

The soldiers had little free time. It was usually spent preparing for battle and readying the weapons - sharpening. They would train for battle or play games that would increase their strength and skill. These games included tug of war, hunting, swimming, boxing, wrestling, archery, sandbag lifting,knife throwing and free fighting.

Soldiers didn’t have a toilet in their house so they would have to do their business  in a river or pond. Ancient Egyptian soldiers were very clean people like other people in the society, they washed their hands before eating by dipping them in a bowl of water and they recycle as much as possible by giving it to the goat. The poorer people such as the soldiers used their fingers to eat also it was considered rude to stare at your food even if it was something like  a stuffed pigeon.

Ancient Egyptian soldiers compared to today are quite similar in some ways , the are both brave and fighting for rights.The different  things are that Ancient Egyptians didn’t have guns,battleships, aircrafts and as much time for leisure.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Animal Report

Komodo Dragons
The Komodo dragon is the largest living lizard in the world.A fierce predetor that can kill prey as large as water buffalo.It has even been known to attack humans.

In the wild Komodo dragons only live in the lesser Sunda islands of Indonesia.They are named after Komodo, one of those Islands. There are about 3000-5000 Komodo dragons in Indonesia. They are protected by the law.

The Komodo dragon is a type of monitor lizard. Like other monitors,it has a long head and neck,a heavy body and a long tail. But the Komodo dragon is larger than other lizards.It can reach to a lenth of 3 metres. Some males weigh 70 to 170 kg.

The skin of a Komodo dragon is scaly and grey-brown in colour.Its tongue is yellowish and forked (split at the end). Like a snake , the lizard flick its tongue in and out to get information about its surroundings.

Komodo dragons can run as fast as 20 kilometres hour. They are also great swimmers and climbers.

These lizards are carnivores so they eat carrion (bird like a vulture) or animals that are already dead. But they also hide along trails, waiting to pounce passing cattle, deer, pigs other animals. (they don’t have many predators). There predators are human and human waste which is created from the sewage pipes going into ponds where Komodo Dragons drink and chopping down trees which ruins their habitat.   Adults even hunt smaller Komodo dragons, They use their sharp, curved teeth and claws to bite and tear their prey. Sometimes they wait for their prey to die before the eat it. Scientists used to think that deadly bacteria in the Komodo Dragons saliva poisoned by the blood of its prey. But later - scientists found out that the lizards mouth produces venom.

Female Komodo Dragons lay eggs in deep burrows. The eggs hatch in April or May. The newly hatched young are about 45 centimetres long and have to live in trees for 6-8 months when they're young. A baby Komodo Dragon is called a pup also a family of Komodo Dragons are called a litter, there are about 20 dragons in a litter.