Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Year Five and Six Homework

Year Five
Please write a complete second draft of your 'King in Yellow' story. Make as many improvements as you can - and include the suspense you wrote this morning!

Try to include a colon, too!

Due: Friday

Year Six
Please continue with your passion project. You'll continue this on Friday!

Monday, 30 January 2012

New Yorker Caption Competition & Year Five & Six Homework

New Yorker Caption Competition (mp3)

At Falcons Girls we love puns and wordplay! In pairs, we studied this week's New Yorker magazine caption competition - and had a go ourselves! Listen to the podcast above to hear our suggested captions!

Year Five have been using 'reading stems' to ask questions about a text. You can hear some of their reflections at our new Year Five reading reflections blog: http://readingreflections.tumblr.com/

Homework: Please complete the 'Blitz Cat' comprehension.

Due: Friday

Year Six: Please be ready to share with me your research on Friday, when we'll begin working on our respective wiki pages.

Due: Friday

Friday, 27 January 2012

Year Five & Six Weekend Homework

Year Six

Please conduct some more research for your 'passion project'.

You may like to add some more thoughts to our 'Children as Philosophers: Still the Same Ship' wallwisher, too!

Due: Monday

Year Five
Please complete your 'The King in Yellow' story. Write 1 1/2 sides of A4. Remember to include the six different sentence starters - & a semi-colon, too!

Due: Monday

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Year Five Composition: The Vampire Classroom

Homework: Please complete the first 15 lines of a 'Vampire Classroom' story, using the description you wrote in class.

Due: Friday.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Year Five 11+ Past Paper Comprehension

Learn Again Comprehension Rules (mp3)
Learn Again Comprehension Rules (mp3)

Please complete the 'Myths' comprehension. Remember, have a go at all of the questions. Make sure you 'have a go' at all of the questions, please!

Due: Friday

P.S. The 100 word challenge website is http://100wc.net

Year Six Collective Story


Friday, 20 January 2012

Year Five Weekend Horror Homework

Task: Please write a 10 line description of this cave. Make your description really spooky!

Your challenge is to use a full range of the sentence starters we've been studying in class, including adjective starters & the 'ing' clause starters!

Feeling clever? Use a full range of descriptive techniques, too! Use this podcast to help you revise:

Click to download the mp3 and add to your iPod!

Non-linear Stories

Holly has finished her examinations - so she spent an hour teaching Cia how to write a non-linear story! Click here to read the results: http://falconsgirls.primarypad.com/ep/pad/view/ro.4O5/latest

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Live! Exciting New Ways of Learning!

Monday, 16 January 2012

Year Five & Six Tuesday Homework

Year Five
Year Five have been writing 'ing'-clause sentence starters! They've been revising the use of the semi-colon, too!

Homework: Please write about an infant experiment...an experiment with terrible consequences! Don't forget what I'm looking for is -'ing' sentence starters. Feeling clever? Include a semi-colon, too!
Due: Friday

Year Six
Good luck for Latymer Upper & Notting Hill, girls!

Latymer girls:
Listen to this before tomorrow:

Year Five & Six Monday night homework

Year Six
Please complete the NHE writing from the point-of-view of one of the characters story. Include authorial intrusion - break the fourth wall!

Due: Tuesday
Year Five
You can watch the Ben Hur chariot race here: http://youtu.be/jpoKdPNM10M (warning: not for the faint hearted!)

Homework: Please answer all of the questions for the boarding school 11+ past paper. Stuck on a question? Ask me on Tuesday!
Due: Friday.

Friday, 13 January 2012

London Girls' Schools' Consortium-style Writing Task

Due: Monday

Molly and Alex wrote a collaborative 100 Word Challenge entry!

Molly & Alex have collaborated on a joint 100 Word Challenge entry using Primary Pad, the 'real time' creative writing programme.

This week's prompt was '...all at once they fell over...'

Slowly, the plank started to shiver! It curled towards the deep blue ocean where the waves tossed and turned like sleeping babies.The innocent victim's faces turned blood red as tears trickled down their tanned cheeks, their eyes swelling. The men's spindly ankles shook with fright at the thought of being stripped of  skin by the ferocious sharks; who would have thought pirates showed their vulnerability?

Suddenly, a shark sprung out of the water towards the trembling victims it caught the edge of the plank sending one of the trembling pirates plunging in to the water followed by his fellow crew mates.

The screams of terror echoed in the hot air as they tumbled into the cool water. As the bricks (which were tied to their ankles) took the victims further and further down into the depths of the ocean, they were dragged past sapphire and yellow coral: ruby red starfishes and schools of piranha.

Without warning, a beast of a shark sped towards them, its jaws wide open full of jagged teeth painted a deep red, ready to crunch through their bones! His eyes were full of rage and anger; the terrified pirates screamed for air, but their lungs only filled with more water. What had the men ever done to the captain? They had never mutinied; they had never stolen any treasure! The captain had turned funny ever since he'd hired a new chef.

Petrified, the distraught men kicked.  They tried to reach the surface; they needed air - now! They were never going to surive the bloodthirsty sharks, or would they...

You can watch the girls write the story 'as live' by pressing play on the following link: http://falconsgirls.primarypad.com/ep/pad/view/5/latest

Quadblogging with our LP+ VLE: Paired Writing...with partners in Florida, USA!

Year Five been writing stories with partners...in other countries!

As part of our Quadblogging project, Year Five wrote the first part of a horror story - and asked our Quad 91 partner schools to finish them!

Listen to Cia explain how we used Primary Pad to work with partners on the other side of the world:
Collaborating with Quadblogging Partners (mp3)

You can see the finished collaborative story on our LP+ VLE here: https://alphaplus.lpplus.net/schools/falconsgirls/subject/English/Pages/QuadbloggingCollaborativeWriting.aspx

or if you're not a member of the Falcons family, enjoy it here: http://falconsgirls.primarypad.com/ep/pad/view/1/latest

Primary Pad for Creative Writing

We've been working with 'PrimaryPad' today. This is a 'real time' collaborative writing tool - and it is really cool, too!

Most of Year Six were out on exams today, so Alex & Molly were working on a collaborative story using Primary Pad:

Molly and Alex recorded their stories using the Aurasma app.

Year Five were working on sentence starters. Here is their shared story: http://falconsgirls.primarypad.com/10 (which Cia, Zahra and Dani wrote together sitting side-by-side on their Apple laptops!)

Please read Michael Cox's story, and complete your own version - 1 1/2 sides of A4 - of 'I was a Teenage Werewolf!'

Use a full range of sentence starters, please!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Year Five Sentence Starters

Year Five

Write 1/2 page, using all six sentence starters: a girl walking through a spooky, abandoned school.

Due: Friday

Monday, 9 January 2012

Year Five & Six Comprehension

Year Five
Please complete the Darren Shan comprehension.

Due: Friday

Year Six
Please complete the Godolphin & Latymer past papers.

Due: Monday.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Musician of the Week!

Inspired by this site, I want you to vote for your favourite of these three pieces of music - all performed by musicians born on January 8th - and we'll play the most popular track at the end of assembly next Monday!

Elvis Presley ('Suspicious Minds')

David Bowie ('Ashes to Ashes')

Shirley Bassey ('Goldfinger')

Friday, 6 January 2012

Welcome Back!

Year Five
Year Five have got a fantastic term ahead - including studying Horror Stories, Persuasive Writing and Comic Fiction.

We're kicking off the term by studying the techniques used to write a horror story. Click here for the (password-protected) Horror stories page on the Falcons School for Girls LP+ VLE.

Weekend homework:
1. Please read one of the stories in Michael Cox's '10 Best Horror Stories' ever; summarise the plot and explain in your own words what makes it scary.

2. The 100 Word Challenge has a new blog:
Please enter this week's competition on your Kidblog page (blog won't work? Email me your entry)

Year Six
11+ will soon be done and dusted, and we'll be moving on to three key topics: 'My passion', Poetry and beginning to study Shakespeare in preparation for our School Play, Midsummer Night's Dream.

Please complete the 'Greg' writing task. Make sure you open with a 'perfect' paragraph! Write 1 1/2 sides of A4.

P.S. Enjoy KT and HL's piratepad collaborative story here.