Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Year 5 Holiday Homework is Live!

Ah, summer! There may be a few days to go, but our thoughts are rapidly turning towards revising our key skills over the long summer break: full details of the Year Five Summer holiday homework - complete with useful links and Bald Worm video mini-guides -can be found on our pupil wiki!

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Year 5 Fiction: Visual Planning

We don't always need to plan by writing. Visual learners may benefit from planning by drawing a story map or a sketch.

Task: Please complete your Heath Robinson sketch and write a six-eight line description of the machine, using all of Bald Worm's descriptive techniques:

Feeling clever: Use Lemony Snicket's writing style when describing the machine

We'll be using this description in a full Snicket story tomorrow!

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Sunday, 28 June 2009

Year 5 & 6 Homework: Twitter Writing Competition

Falcons Girls know that 'every word counts' when writing a story. We're going to test this out with our first annual Bald Worm Twitter Writing Competition - and best of all, your parents can take part, too!

Visit Bald Worm's Twitter page to see where we'll be publishing the winning entries.

Homework: Draft your Bald Worm Twitter Writing Competition entry. You may find it easiest to draft on Word, and keep track of characters at the bottom of the screen. Remember, every word counts.

Due: Friday.

P.S. Year 5 studied the writing of Lemony Snicket over the weekend. Listen to their analysis of Lemony Snicket's prose style on a special eduboo podcast:

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Get Ready for Residential Week: Taffy Thomas

We're just days away from Residential Week! During our time away we're going to be visiting Taffy Thomas. We love stories at FSG, so this visit should be a real treat! Visit his website here to learn more about this brilliant storyteller. Check out his amazing 'tale coat' here and learn the story of the tale coat here.

Why not think of some questions we can ask - and we'll try and record some of his answers as an special eduboo and post them up on the blog!

Year Six Mini Sagas, Year Six Weekend Homework & Year Five Writing in the Style of Lemony Snicket

Hey, everybody! Falcons Girls love to share their writing with the world! Listen to the Year Six mini-sagas eduboos on our pupil wiki!

Weekend Homework: Be prepared to (a) give your Shakepeare PowerPoint presentation next week; (B) hand in your second project - either the Shakepeare Research Project or your Passport to the World project - next Thursday.

Year Five

There are some things that should never be attempted...like writing in the style of Lemony Snicket. I love Lemony Snicket: he is such a witty, clever writer.

Homework: Please complete the 'Writing Style' sheet for Lemony Snicket.

P.S. Do you like the music from the Lemony Snicket storytapes? The music is by The Gothic Archies. Here is another Snicket-inspired song:

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Bald Worm Shares a Poem a Day: The Solitary Reaper

Falcons Girls love poetry! This week we've been enjoying the poems of William Wordsworth. Here's today's poem:

BEHOLD her, single in the field,
Yon solitary Highland Lass!
Reaping and singing by herself;
Stop here, or gently pass!
Alone she cuts and binds the grain,
And sings a melancholy strain;
O listen! for the Vale profound
Is overflowing with the sound.

No Nightingale did ever chaunt
More welcome notes to weary bands
Of travellers in some shady haunt,
Among Arabian sands:
A voice so thrilling ne'er was heard
In spring-time from the Cuckoo-bird,
Breaking the silence of the seas
Among the farthest Hebrides.

Will no one tell me what she sings?—
Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow
For old, unhappy, far-off things,
And battles long ago:
Or is it some more humble lay,
Familiar matter of to-day?
Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain,
That has been, and may be again?

Whate'er the theme, the Maiden sang
As if her song could have no ending;
I saw her singing at her work,
And o'er the sickle bending;—
I listen'd, motionless and still;
And, as I mounted up the hill, 30
The music in my heart I bore,
Long after it was heard no more.

Year 5 Fiction: Analysing an Author's Style

Task: Please analyse the writing style of Charles Dickens and Benjamin Zephaniah

Due: Friday.

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Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Bald Worm Shares A Poem A Day: The World Is Too Much With Us

Falcons Girls love poetry; William Wordsworth loved nature. The third poem in William Wordsworth week is 'The World is Too Much With Us'

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not.--Great God! I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.

Year 5 Fiction: Continue a Passage in the Style of the Original

We've been studying how to continue a passage. The really cool trick is to write in the style of the original!

Listen to our eduboo about Joanne Owen's writing style in Puppet Master:
Task: Please analyse the style of Derek Landy - author of Skulduggery Pleasant, using our 'style analysis' sheet.

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Year 6 Fiction: Redrafting Your Mini-Saga

A mini saga is a piece of writing which has exactly fifty words - not 49, not 51 - exactly fifty words! (Not including the title). A mini saga has to tell a complete story with a beginning, middle and end. The best mini sagas end with a clever twist.

Mini sagas force you to be creative - the constraints imposed by having to write exactly fifty words makes you think about every single word that you write. There are some good tips here.

Task: Please write a second draft of your favourite mini saga. We'll record them through audioboo as special mini saga eduboos tomorrow!

P.S. Bonus video:

Monday, 22 June 2009

Bald Worm Shares a Poem a Day: My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold

Falcons Girls love poetry - and William Wordsworth loved nature. Listen to his prayer, My heart leaps up when I behold

MY heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began,
So is it now I am a man,
So be it when I shall grow old
Or let me die!
The child is father of the man:
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.

Year 5 Spelling: Negative Prefixes

We are learning spellings with negative prefixes - improper; immature and impatient. Play educational games to learn these spellings at Spelling City.

Test: Next Tuesday

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Bald Worm Shares a Poem a Day:

Falcons Girls love poetry! Our poem today is about London - Upon Westminster Bridge
by William Wordsworth

EARTH has not anything to show more fair: Dull would he be of soul who could pass by A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth like a garment wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare, Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
Never did sun more beautifully steep In his first splendour valley, rock, or hill;
Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep! The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep; And all that mighty heart is lying still!

Year 5 Comprehension: Deduction

Please complete my Comprehension Puzzle for Tuesday.

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Man on the Moon Poem & Year Six Project Work

Nearly forty years ago, we first landed on the Moon.

"I knew that I would live to see the first man on the Moon. I did not know I would live to see the last one." --Jerry Pournelle.

Listen to the Year Six 'hope' poetryboo:
P.S. Listen to my eduboo:

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Saturday, 20 June 2009

Bald Worm's Book Club Reminder


(P.S. This mini-podcast was recorded through Audioboo. We'll be using this Web 2.0 tool in class soon, so you can share your creativity with the world!)

Friday, 19 June 2009

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Well done, girls! What a show!

Relive the songs at our pupil wiki: http://fsg.wikispaces.com/School+Play+2009

Year 5 Fiction: Continuing a Passage

We are going to study 'responding to/continuing a passage' over the next two weeks. These are stinky questions set by the Grumpy Examiner because it makes it easier for him to compare pupils.

Learn more about continuing a passage at baldworm.co.uk

Task: Please write the 'next part of the story' for the 'Puppet Master' passage we read in class. Write 1 1/2 sides of A4.

Feeling clever? Don't forget the punctuation pyramid

Due: Monday

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Friday, 5 June 2009

Bald Worm Shares a Poem a Day:

You'll enjoy this - we conclude William Blake week with 'The Schoolboy':

I love to rise in a summer morn,
When the birds sing on every tree;
The distant huntsman winds his horn,
And the skylark sings with me:
O what sweet company!

But to go to school in a summer morn, -
O it drives all joy away!
Under a cruel eye outworn,
The little ones spend the day
In sighing and dismay.

Ah then at times I drooping sit,
And spend many an anxious hour;
Nor in my book can I take delight,
Nor sit in learning's bower,
Worn through with the dreary shower.

How can the bird that is born for joy
Sit in a cage and sing?
How can a child, when fears annoy,
But droop his tender wing,
And forget his youthful spring!

O father and mother if buds are nipped,
And blossoms blown away;
And if the tender plants are stripped
Of their joy in the springing day,
By sorrow and care's dismay, -

How shall the summer arise in joy,
Or the summer fruits appear?
Or how shall we gather what griefs destroy,
Or bless the mellowing year,
When the blasts of winter appear?

Year 5 Weekend: Reading Shakespeare

One of the greatest challenges at 11+ is to understand the comprehension passage. There are two ways to get better at this: listen to Bald Worm's reading the paper teacher podcast and...read more books!

Task: Please read the 'Midsummer Nights Dream' and 'Macbeth' short stories from Geraldine McCaughrean's Stories from Shakespeare.

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Clive James is a brilliant writer. This is what he has to say about reading:

It was my third year at Sydney Technical High School [in Australia], and our English class was being taken by a history teacher while our regular teacher was away ill. Though he conspicuously wore the first Hush-puppies I had ever seen, I can't remember the history teacher's name. But I can still remember everything he said. To keep us in order, he had been asking us what we read at home. I said that I had been reading the collected works of Erle Stanley Gardner. He said there was nothing wrong with that, but that the whole secret with what he called 'sludge fiction' was to enjoy it while you built up the habit of reading, and then move on to something hard. The very idea that there might be something interesting further up the road had not occurred to me before that day.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Bald Worm Shares a Poem a Day: The Lamb

Have you been enjoying William Blake week? Today's poem by the mad artist and poet is The Lamb, from Songs of Innocence:

Little Lamb who made thee
Dost thou know who made thee
Gave thee life & bid thee feed.
By the stream & o'er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing wooly bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice!
Little Lamb who made thee
Dost thou know who made thee

Little Lamb I'll tell thee,
Little Lamb I'll tell thee!
He is called by thy name,
For he calls himself a Lamb:
He is meek & he is mild,
He became a little child:
I a child & thou a lamb,
We are called by his name.
Little Lamb God bless thee.
Little Lamb God bless thee.

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Bald Worm Shares a Poem a Day: The Tyger

Bald Worm loves poetry! Today's poem in William Blake week is The Tyger, written in 1789.

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare sieze the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art.
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

Year 5 Comprehension - Non-fiction Passage

Every so often the Grumpy Examiner might set a non-fiction passage in the 11
+. Don't forget you can learn all about how to attempt comprehensions at Bald Worm's Comprehension Blog

Task: Please complete the 'Singing for Mrs Pettigrew' 11+-style comprehension. Give yourself 40 minutes.

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Monday, 1 June 2009

Bald Worm Shares a Poem a Day: Cradle Song

Another brilliant poem by William Blake today - Cradle Song from 'Songs of Innocence'

SLEEP, sleep, beauty bright,
Dreaming in the joys of night;
Sleep, sleep; in thy sleep
Little sorrows sit and weep.

Sweet babe, in thy face
Soft desires I can trace,
Secret joys and secret smiles,
Little pretty infant wiles.

As thy softest limbs I feel,
Smiles as of the morning steal
O'er thy cheek, and o'er thy breast
Where thy little heart doth rest.

O the cunning wiles that creep
In thy little heart asleep!
When thy little heart doth wake,
Then the dreadful night shall break.

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Year Five: Continue a Passage

Please ensure that you bring in both typed 'continue a passage' tomorrow.

Year 6 Geography Project: Pick Your Country

Year Six are beginning their Passport to the World project.

Task: Please (i) select your country, (ii) locate it on a map & (iii) produce a front cover for your project using images/media of your choice, e.g. computer; cut and paste pictures; hand drawn. No 'scribbled' pencil crayons or scruffy felt tip, please. Produce something that you would be proud to share with the class!

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