Wednesday, 24 March 2010
What a term at West London's Most Creative Preparatory School! Year Six achieved some super results in the 11+ examinations, and have begun working on the school play and the International Primary Curriculum. We have high hopes of doing well in the World Maths Day video competition, too! Year Five have been working hard to improve their comprehension and story writing skills, getting set to 'ace' their 11+ next January.
Click for the Year Five Easter holiday homework, which includes reading and writing.
Click for the Year Six Easter holiday homework, with a focus on learning lines for the school play, reading and creating a diorama.
Don't forget that there are lots of helpful videos at FalconsTube, and all the advice you need about writing a brilliant short story at baldworm.co.uk - which has now received over 75,000 hits since 2007! Cool!
Have a great break! When you get back, Bald Worm will have some exciting news for you about our plans for promoting reading at Falcons Girls...
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Monday, 22 March 2010
In class we've been revising the importance of completing the following tasks every time we attempt an 11+ comprehension paper:
* Underline the key words
* Summarise the paragraphs
* Annotate the passage with question numbers - find the evidence!
Task: Please complete the 'Tell Me No More Lies' comprehension.
(P.S. The Bald Worm Comprehension site is down at the moment due to technical difficulties, so don't try visiting http://bit.ly/comprehension for the next week! Thanks!)
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Friday, 19 March 2010
Writers gather ideas in a journal. Year Five have been keeping journals of comic ideas.
Homework: Please write a humorous story based on one of the story plans you came up with in class when you were working with Mrs Mannan. Write one-and-a-half side of A4.
Don't forget to use a full range of descriptive techniques and plenty of thoughts and feelings.
Feeling clever? Include the joining and listing commas, and then annotate your 'finished' work to show me where you've used them!
Thursday, 18 March 2010
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Tomorrow is the second annual Alpha Plus Music World in aid of Kids Kidney Research and Over the Wall.
* Look your smartest - polish your shoes, please!
* You will only take your blazer and a packed dinner in a disposable bag
* Don't forget lunch, too!
* Bring three disposable drinks (not in the Falcons water bottle)
* You may have a lie in on Friday - but teachers will be starting work with those girls in school at 8.30 as usual.
* No fleeces or cardigans; no bangles; correct headbands
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Monday, 15 March 2010
1. Please complete the comprehension. Don't forget to annotate the passage as neatly as possible.
2. On Wednesday we'll be undertaking some timed writing. Look again at Improving Your Writing on the pupil wiki.
Note: Tomorrow is DT day, so we'll have our spelling test on Thursday.
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Friday, 12 March 2010
We're writing stories in the style of P.G. Wodehouse. We're onto our second draft - because writing is rewriting.
Weekend homework: Please complete the second draft of your 'pig' story. Don't forget to (i) set the scene and (ii) include thoughts
Write 1 1/2 sides of A4.
Feeling clever? Include the bracketing comma
Sunday, 7 March 2010
Falcons Girls love reading! Our Book Week continued with the opportunity to purchase some brilliant books from Scholastics!
Year Five Homework
1. Please learn the 'ssion' spellings for our test next week; don't forget to write an example sentence for all of the words in the spelling list. Due: Next Tuesday
2. Please complete the 'Heidi' comprehension. Keep your annotation as neat as you can, please! Due: Thursday
Falcons Girls love reading! Welcome to Book Week 2010.
Today saw us recite poetry in our annual Poetry Competition.
"With a poem in your head, anything can happen. Whether you're standing at the bus-stop in the pouring rain, or lying warily in the dentist's chair, the moment you begin to conjure the words from memory, your imagination takes flight and transports you to a different place...whether you commit a whole epic to memory, a verse or two, or just a line, the presence of these words in your imagination opens up a new galaxy of possibilities.
Wherever the words take you and whatever you glimpse there, a poem remembered will change your world - and stay in your heart - for ever.' (Laura Barber, Penguin's Poems by Heart)
Don't forget to bring your money tomorrow for the Scholastics Book Fair.
Year Five homework:
Tomorrow is our 'cian' and 'ation' spelling word test. Please complete the 'cian' and 'ation' worksheets (we'll go back to our comprehension work tomorrow)
Friday, 5 March 2010
Please complete the first draft of your P.G. Wodehouse 'pig competition' story. Write one-and-a-half sides of A4. Include lots of thoughts, please.
Feeling clever? Include the bracketing comma.
P.S. Don't forget to bring in a copy of your poem on Monday for the class poetry competition.
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Thursday, 4 March 2010
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
Isn't Lionel Messi, Barcelona FC's Argentine football genius, brilliant? He is the best dribbler in the world. A wiggle of his hips - and he's away!
The subordinate clause is like the Messi wiggle - it is the little 'wiggle' that sends the sentence in a different direction, if only for a moment. Subordinate clauses make your writing more interesting!
Task: Write a six-line paragraph about party. Include a 'Messi wiggle' (an embedded clause) in every sentence, e.g.
Aunt Sally, aged fifty, decided to throw a surprise birthday party for my Uncle William. My Uncle, known to his friends as Bill, looked shocked when he walked into the room! The party, which must have cost thousands of pounds, was a complete success! My Mum, aged fifty-two, said it was the best party she had ever attended!
Feeling clever? Include a bracket, too!
P.S. Download another copy of our first 'Messi Wiggle' task from my box at box.net.
P.P.S. Don't forget it is the poetry competition on Monday morning!
1. Please complete the 'Millions' comprehension. Due: Tomorrow.
2. Please write an example sentence for all of the 'cian' and 'action' words. Test next Tuesday. Click here for the Spelling City games.
3. Make sure you've chosen your Book Week poem and started learning the words 'by heart'.
Monday, 1 March 2010
Please complete the 'Millions' comprehension. Stuck on a question? Don't forget there is advice and helpful podcasts at Bald Worm's comprehension blog: http://bit.ly/comprehension
P.S. Enjoy our 'writing to persuade' video adverts, using the 'A Forest' persuasive techniques: