Monday, 31 October 2011

Year Five Cliffhanger Animations

Year Five wrote simple play scripts to illustrate their understanding of the concept of a cliffhanger. They recorded their scripts using the free site GoAnimate. Enjoy! FIRE! (Cliffhanger Example) by baldworm

Like it? Create your own at It's free and fun! Zahra's Cliffhanger Animation by fsggirls

Like it? Create your own at It's free and fun! Dani's Cliffhanger Animation by falconstube

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Welcome Back to West London's Most Creative Preparatory School!

Year Five

Please complete the 'Scratch' cliffhangers comprehension

Due: Friday

Year Six
1. Please complete the suspense techniques comprehension 'The old mine'. Don't forget you can revise suspense techniques by listening to this teacher podcast, or by downloading it to your iPod:

This work will help prepare you for our Noir/Suspense techniques unit

2. Please learn the words to the 'Nine Parts of Speech' song. This Falcons video has had over 8,000 views on YouTube:

Due: Friday

Monday, 17 October 2011

Autumn Half-Term Homework

Well done, girls! You've worked hard this term to learn lots of key skills. Have a great half-term break!

Year Six can find their homework tasks on the Falcons School for Girls wiki here:

Year Five's tasks are on the Falcons School for Girls wiki here:

Sunday, 16 October 2011

The Night Before an Examination

It is the first Year Six mock examination of 2011 tomorrow! Wish them luck!

Friday, 14 October 2011

Year Six Symbolism

Year Six have been learning about symbolism, including the use of the 'pathetic fallacy' (weather symbolism).

1. Watch the Symbolism 'ShowMe' above at home before you begin writing, so you can 'learn again';

2. We've been reading extract from Oliver Twist. Write a story about a child being inducted into a Fagin-style gang; your challenge is to include weather symbolism to suggest the 'creepy' mood to the reader, however superficially 'nice' the Fagin character might seem to the child. Write 1 1/2 sides of A4.

3. Next week is Test Week; please revise the Spellings you've been learning with Mrs Mannan in preparation for Monday's Spelling Age assessment. You also need to prepare your pencil case for the first Year Six Mock Examination on Tuesday.

P.S. Keep an eye on the Pickwick Papers wiki story:

P.P.S Enjoy Katie's explantion of the symbolism of hippies, using the ShowMe app on the iPad:

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Look at some of the Exciting Things Alpha Schools are Doing With Their VLEs!

Create your own video slideshow at

...and we're getting the new, updated LP4 soon! Don't forget that the Falcons wiki will soon be 'mothballed' as we shift over the the LP+ platform.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Year Six Reported Speech Homework

Write another dialogue - using both direct & reported speech - where someone, like Oliver Twist, wants more of something.

It might be food...or a pay rise...or homework...or holiday. You decide!

Write one side of A4.

Due: Friday

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Sunday, 9 October 2011

LPPlus Wiki and Survey; Year Five & Six Weekend Homework

Year Five
1. I want to know your favourite book character! Visit the Falcons School for Girls VLE to share your favourite with the rest of the class: (Falcons Girls only)

2. Please read the first two chapters of 'The Silver Sword'. Due: Tomorrow.

Due: Friday

Year Six
Thank you to your responses to the 'What is your favourite book you've read this term?' discussion on the VLE. Read the response here: (sorry - Falcons Girls only)
Please make sure you've contributed your fave book by the end of the week!

Your homework comes in two part:
1. Please complete the 'Christmas Carol' Dickens paper comprehension.

Due: Friday.

2. Bald Worm's Flipped Classroom. Please read the information on 'reported speech' and watch the following video for tomorrow (Tuesday):

3. It is the start of our Pickwick story on the wiki! Learn more by listening to this quick teacher podcast:
Pickwick Papers Wiki Challenge (mp3)

Please keep an eye on the Pickwick collaborative story wiki:

Friday, 7 October 2011

LPPlus Survey: Your Favourite Book This Term & Year Five & Six Homework

Year Six

1. Please write a second draft of the Timed Writing 'Christmas at Dingley Dell' story, with a focus on (i) setting our your dialogue in different ways and (ii) those all important 'shown feelings' (learn again before you start writing by watching the ShowMe above)

2. Please go to the Falcons VLE and take part in our survey (you'll need to enter your private login and password):

Due: Monday

Year Five
1. Please write the final draft of your spy story. Make sure it includes all of Bald Worm's suspense techniques:

2. Please bring in Dad's bow-tie/a dark tie & dark jacket on Monday - you are going to dress as spies as we record our spy stories using the school iTouch & Apples.

Due: Monday

Monday, 3 October 2011

The Flipped Classroom: Preparing for Friday's lesson on Tuesday!

Year Six 'Flipped Classroom' homework
1. First, please watch the following video, which is preparing you for Friday's lesson:

2. Second, watch the video for a second time; can you spot the deliberate mistake in the example?

3. Watch this short 'showme' presentation on 'show, don't tell':

4. Third, read Bald Worm's advice on 'shown feelings' from

5. Finally, listen to the 'Bald Worm on Show, Don't Tell' & 'Bald Worm on Characterisation' podcast:

Want to go further? Listen to (and make notes) on the following Bald Worm podcast on questions about a character (our lesson next Tuesday):

Make **notes** on what you have pre-learned on the worksheet you were given in class, using this form:

Year Five ComprehensionPlease complete the 'James Bond' comprehension.

Learn Again: listen to our 'four mark answers to four mark questions' here. Here's Cia's example:
Cia's 4 mark comprehension answer using P-E by baldworm
Due: Friday.