Friday, 26 February 2010

Year Five Fiction: Pricking Pomposity in a Dialogue

We are going to learn to write comic - funny - stories using three tricks:
1. Hyperbole
2. Pricking pomposity
3. Fantasies of violence

Write a conversation where a silly young man makes Sir Roderick Spode get in trouble with a policeman!

Write 3/4 side of A4. Don't forget to check your punctuation of direct speech and include plenty of shown feelings

Don't forget that you can learn more at our pupil wiki page for this unit.

Feeling clever? Include plenty of 'Wodehousian' vocab.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Year Five Fiction: Writing Comic Stories

We are going to learn to write comic - funny - stories using three tricks:
1. Hyperbole
2. Pricking pomposity
3. Fantasies of violence

Click here for videos and a reading list at the Falcons Girls pupil wiki.

To write comic stories we're going to need lots of ideas. You are going to keep a journal of comic ideas.

Include jokes, silly rhymes and amusing pictures in your journal.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Year Five Spelling & Comprehension

1. Please (a) write a sentence for all of the 'more common homophone' spellings and (ii) learn the spellings for our test next Tuesday;

2. Please complete the 'Greek Heroes' comprehension. Due: Thursday.

Friday, 12 February 2010

We Support Sri Lanka Charity

Mr Wilson is visiting Mrs Stoker's orphanage in Sri Lanka.

We are supporting this charity at Falcons Girls.

Half-Term Homework & Book Week 2010

Half-Term Homework
Year Six need to learn their lines for the 2010 School Play.

Year Five have spelling, reading and writing homework. Click here for the page on the pupil wiki

Book Week 2010
Book Week 2010 is coming! Click here to visit the Falcons Girls pupil wiki Book Week 2010 page - and enjoy videos of 'Cecil' and 'Mafia Cats', two of the poetry competition winners from previous years.

P.S. Enjoy pictures and podcasts from the Year 5 and 6 Greenwich trip at Bald Worm's Twitter site.

Have a great break!

(Image by emma.b; used under Creative Commons agreement)

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Visit to Greenwich

We've been to Greenwich. Thank you, Mrs Mannan, for this trip.

Want to see more pictures from the trip? Visit Bald Worm's Twitter page.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Moorland Hall Residential Week

Thanks to Jo Farrington for a great presentation. Missed out? Visit and click on 'Residential Week'

We can't wait!

Year Five Homework for Wednesday & Thursday

1. Please complete the 'Blitz cat' comprehension in your A4 purple book. Make sure you attempt all of the questions.

2. Please write an improved second draft of your advert. Write half-a-side of A4. Try to include all of the 'A Forest' techniques.

Both tasks are due Friday.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Bald Worm's Survey 2010

I want to know more about what you would like to see on here at & on the Falcons Girls pupil wiki. What changes would you like to see to the blog and the pupil wiki? Please complete the Bald Worm survey for 2010 by clicking on the link below. Thank you for taking part!
Click here to take survey

In addition, Year Six should complete the School Council survey:
Click here to take survey

Year Five Comprehension: Annotating a Passage

We have been learning all about annotating a passage by:
1. Writing a summary of each paragraph
2. Writing the question numbers on the passage

Don't forget you can revise this by listening to my teacher podcast at

Task: Please complete the 'Blitzcat' comprehension

Fun Stuff: An Angry Song!

Prepare to be scared, people:

Watch more brilliant videos and enjoy our work at the Falcons Girls Pupil Wiki!

Monday, 8 February 2010

Year Five Spellings

1. Please learn the 'soft c' spellings for our test next Tuesday. Click here for Spelling City games on 'soft c'.

2. Please visit, click on 'podcasts' and listen to Bald Worm podcast 'episode 2: annotating', or simply click here. Due: Tomorrow

Podcasts are a great way for aural learners to revise key skills.

More World Maths Day Competition Videos

We're entering the Mathletics World Maths Day 2010 video competition. Enjoy three more videos:

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Year 5 Persuasive Writing & Bald Worm Video Mini-Guide

We are learning how to persuade a reader. Don't forget the 'A Forest' mnemonic:

A - Alliteration

F - Facts
O - Opinions
R - Rhetorical Questions
E - Emotion
S - Statistics
T - Rule of three (Repeat something 3 times to make it stick)

Remember the mnemonic by watching my Bald Worm video mini-guide!

Task: Create an advert for 'Falcons Tooth Paste'. Write a paragraph of 10 lines using rhetorical questions, facts, statistics, experts and the rule of three.

World Maths Day 2010 Competition Entry

Year Six are entering the World Maths Day video competition. Girls are completing this work all by themselves; yes, all the camera and editing work was completed by the students!

Enjoy the first completed video from two superstar students:

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Year Five Persuasive Writing: Using My Forest

The 'My Forest' mnemonic;
M - Markers or connectives to shape your writing
Y - Refer to 'you' and 'you're'
F - Facts
O - Opinions
R - Rhetorical Questions
E - Experts
S - Statistics
T - Rule of three (Repeat something 3 times for it to stick in peoples heads)

We've learnt about facts, the rule of three and rhetorical questions.

Task: Please write a paragraph - eight-ten lines or so - to persuade your Mum or Dad to let you go to bed an hour later. Don't forget to combine our persuasive techniques: facts, the rule of three and rhetorical questions. Finished? Check over your work and then annotate it using a gel pen, showing me where you have used the different rhetorical techniques.

Learn more about Persuasive Writing at our pupil wiki

Due: Tomorrow

Feeling clever? Include statistics.

And the School Play 2010 is...

Want to know what West London's Most Creative Preparatory School will be performing for their 2010 school play? Then click here.

Year Five Adverts & Comprehension

Your homework comes in two parts today:
1. Please complete your 'Dragon' comprehension. Don't forget to visit Bald Worm's comprehension blog,

2. Tomorrow we begin work on using persuasive tricks - rhetorical devices - in adverts. Please look in newspapers and magazines and bring in any adverts that use any of the following:
* rhetorical questions
* slogans
* postive language, e.g. Good; great; cool
* facts and figures

Due: Thursday

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Year Five Comprehension: Revising Reading the Paper

Please complete the Dragon comprehension.

Don't forget that you can revise 'reading a comprehension' by listening to the Bald Worm Comprehension Podcast

Due: Thursday 4th

Don't forget to read with a pencil & 'mouth' the passage!