Monday, 26 March 2012

Year Five and Six Easter Holiday Homework

Year Five Easter Holiday Homework
Your homework for the three week break is here, girls.

Don't forget to write the WALT and date!

Year Six Easter Holiday Homework
Please learn all of your lines and cues 'by heart'; we will have a run through of the play without scripts on Friday 27th April (the first Friday after you come back).

Some methods you may like to try:
* Ask someone at home to test you;
* Write down your words on cue cards;
* Record the other characters' lines to help you with the cues.

Spare copies of the script may be downloaded from here (you need version 2).

Have a great break girls! You deserve it!

(Image by cakewhiz; used under Creative Commons agreement)

Year Five Composition: Write a Pig Competition Story

“Lord Emsworth, you must be so proud that you’ve entered your beautiful porker into his first competition!” said the judge.
Shivering, his Lordship bit his mud-caked nails.
‘I’d better win this dashed show!’ he thought.

Please write your 'pig competition' story. Write 1 1/2 sides of A4. Include lots of showing feelings, thoughts and speech.

Due: Tuesday.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Year Five Comic Stories: The Drones Club

Year Five have been learning about how to combine the three comic tricks in a short story.

Task: Please complete your Drones Club story, paying attention to your paragraphing, please!

Due: Monday

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Constrating Thought and Speech

Year Five have been thinking about the second and third comic rules: contrasting thought and speech, and using hyperbole (over-the-top ideas!)

Our class compostition on the Kidblog is here.

Task: Write a conversation between a teacher and a Headmaster. They must be really polite to one another...but the Headmaster is secretly thinking some terrible things! Make it as funny as possible by using contrasting speech and hyperbole. Write 1 side of A4; don't forget to INDENT new paragraphs.

Due: Friday

Monday, 19 March 2012

50/50 for the 100 Word Challenge!

50/50 100 Word Challenge with High Lawn School, Bolton

Welcome to 50/50 - a special way to enter the 100 Word Challenge! Pupils at Falcons Girls are going to come up with a plan and write the first 50 lines of a story, based on a 100 Word Challenge prompt - and pupils at another school, High Lawn, are going to write the next 50 words, and improve on the first half of the story, too. This is a great way to learn more about how to become a brilliant writer through collaborating with a peer.

Mrs Skinner (founder of the 100 Word challenge) has set a special prompt for this first 50/50: '...that noise, it was...' (Cia)
(Dani) (India)
(Zahra) (Samar)

Year Five are Collaborating!

Year Five are working on collaborative writing projects with two schools! Firstly, they've shared the first half of their 'Pricking Pomposity' stories with Roseville College in Sydney. Roseville College is a K-12 Anglican Girl’s School in Sydney, Australia; they've also been writing the first half of 100 word challenge entries, for pupils at High Lawn School, Bolton, to finish off!

Comic Fiction (collaborating with Roseville School, Sydney, Australia) (Cia) (Dani) (India) (Zahra) (Samar)

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Balloon Debate Winner!

Congratulations to Queen Elizabeth (India) - she survived by using a range of persuasive techniques. Thank you to everyone who voted in our poll.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Year Five Comic Stories Homework

We've been thinking about the first of our three comic tricks: pricking pomposity.

Learn again by watching this ShowMe:

Please write 1/2 side - write your version of the 'pricking pomposity' drama you performed in class. (Our class composition is here).

Challenge: Don't use any dialogue (talking); do use lots of shown feelings!

Feeling clever? Think about those varied sentence openings!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Year Five Flipped Classroom Pack: Comic Stories

Year Five are beginning their comic stories unit, learning how to write 'funny' stories!

1. Listen to the podcasts below:

2. Watch these videos:

3. Read the 'Flipped Classroom: Bald Worm on Characterisation' pack:

To prove that you've listened - and to help me see where you need additional help or challenge - please complete the form below:

Due: Friday

Monday, 12 March 2012

Live discussion with The Head's Office!

As part of Book Week, Year Five and Six are taking part in a 'live' 100 Word challenge session with The Head's Office.

The discussion was inspired by Cherise Duxbury's brilliant

Jabberwocky & Year Five Comprehension

Year Six

Please complete the first draft of your nonsense poem. Type it onto your Kidblog - but don't give away what the subject of the poem it; your readers will guess by leaving comments.

Due: Tomorrow (Tuesday)

Year Five
Please complete the 'Heidi' comprehension.

Revise our work on 'questions about a character' by listening to (or downloading) this podcast:

Due: Friday.

Don't forget that tomorrow is our live chat with the founder of the 100 Word Challenge!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Balloon Debate

Year Five have been learning about persuasive techniques:

To share their knowledge, they're having a balloon debate. A balloon debate is a debate in which a number of speakers attempt to win the approval of an audience. The audience is invited to imagine that the speakers are flying in a hot-air balloon which is sinking and that someone must be thrown out if everyone is not to die.

Each speaker has to make the case why they should not be thrown out of the balloon to save the remainder. Typically each participant speaks on behalf of a famous person, profession, fictional character, etc.

Who would you save? Listen to our podcasts - and then vote in our survey!

Save the Queen! (mp3)

Save Michael Jackson (mp3)

Save Lady Gaga (mp3)

Save Jessie J (mp3)

Save William the Conqueror (mp3)

Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world's leading questionnaire tool.

Download a free copy of the writing prompt:
Persuasive Techniques A FOREST

Monday, 5 March 2012

Year Five Comprehension & Year Six

Year Six
Please learn Puck's final speech from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

We will share this on Friday.

Learn more about the 2012 School Play on our special Tumblr.

Year Five
Please complete the 'Man's Closest Relative' comprehension.

Due: Friday.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

We've entered another competition!

Year Five have entered the Radio Two 500 Word Challenge competition. Hear a message from Chris Evans here.