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Archive for January, 2010

Idioms

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 25, 2010

As we are now looking at Stories from Other Cultures, particularly the Middle East and Bahrain, I thought that we would look at Idioms as a feature of writing.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words:
It’s better to actually do something than just talk about it.

Get Up On The Wrong Side Of The Bed:
Someone who is having a horrible day.

Keep your chin up:
To remain joyful in a tough situation.

Idioms are those little phrases that get used alot by native speakers that might be difficult to understand to someone learning the language new.

Can you think of any other Idioms that you or your parents/grandparents/family members/friends use?

There are some new links on the right of the page to help you find out more.

Share them as comments.

Mr. W.

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VCOP Big Writing Pyramid

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 25, 2010

Why not make yourself a BIG Writing VCOP Pyramid at home?

We are doing BIG Writing in school as a way to help your children develop their writing skills, by working on the basic skills of writing.

They are:

V – Vocabulary (WOW words)

C – Connectives (Words to join sentences: but, and, so, because, although etc.)

O – Openers (Different ways to start a sentence: Suddenly, Eventually, It felt as etc.)

P – Punctuation (Full stops, Capital Letters, Commas, Exclamation Marks!, Question Marks?)

Put it on your wall, desk, kitchen table, on top of the TV anywhere and use it to support your homework, and any other writing that you might do!

VCOP Pyramid

Here is an another version of the VCOP Pyramid.

VCOP Pyramid v.2Here is a link to a demonstration of the Punctuation Pyramid.

It  gives all the different types of punctuation marks and examples of sentences containing them.

Mr W.

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Dangle – Short Film

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 24, 2010

In literacy I am trying to use an increasingly  Visual Approach, using films, images, movie stills and short clips to inspire writing.

In BIG Writing this week we watched this short film from the BFI (British Film Institute), and talked about how you can create different sentences by looking at the different camera angles.

The children then were given a series of ’stills’ from the film and asked to write the story, thinking about what happened in the film and the different types of camera angle:

Long Shot – Looking at alot of scenery and characters in the background.

Medium Shot – A shot which shows the relationship between characters or a character and an object.

Close-Up – To show an emotion by looking at the characters face or an important detail.

EXTREME Close-Up – To show an EXTREME emotion or very fine detail.

High Angle Shot – Looking Down to look at what others are doing.

Low Angle Shot – Looking Up to demonstrate size.

Aerial Shot – Looking directly down from above

The children (especially Y6) really enjoyed it and did some brilliant writing!

Mr W.

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Up-level your sentences!

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 20, 2010

Open it by adding more detail and making it interesting.

You could play this game with a friend or family member.
Start with a boring sentence such like:
Terry went to the park.
Can they add more detail and make it more interesting?
  • Terry trudged angrily to the park.

If you think they can do better ask them to try again!

  • Long-haired Terry, who had a chocolate-chip ice cream, trudged angrily to the park because she had a meeting with an alien, to discuss something important.
Try to improve some of  these sentences

  1. I went to the park.
  2. I walked to the castle.
  3. We played at the fair.
  4. I walked the dog.
  5. Mum went to the shops.
  6. I ate Christmas dinner.
  7. Josh was late for school.
  8. Maisie walked across the playground.
  9. Fred spoke to the policeman.
  10. Alex played on his PSP.

Post your “improved sentences” as comments!

Can you do better than your friend?

Mr W.

(Thanks to VCOP Teacher for this activity.)

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Orisinal Games

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 19, 2010

Orisinal Games

Just a little something to entertain you.

A collection of simple and yet beautifully crafted online ‘flash games’.

A peaceful way to waste a bit of time.

And because I am a teacher – I have to spoil it! Very good for developing you hand-eye coordination and mouse skills!

If you have a favourite? Share below.

Mr W.

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Touch Typing

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 18, 2010

Alice R. asked me if I knew of any websites to teach “Touch Typing”.

There are some links —————————————->

Touch Typing Online Training

The website above offers a simple(ish)! online guide to how to ‘Touch Type’.

There is a 5 Step Guide with some exercises to practice!

Good Luck and I hope this helps.

Mr W.

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Test Your Reactions!

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 18, 2010

We were using this game to generate some decimal numbers in Maths.

Here is the link you were so keen on getting your hands on!

Sheep Dash

Tranquilize the sheep before they escape!

Are you a “Sluggish Snail”, “Ambling Armadillo”, “Bobbing Bobcat”, “Rocketing Rabbit” or a “Turbo Charged Cheetah”?

Comment you times and rating here and lets see who the fastest is?

Here is another more ’scientific’ test on another website:

Sight and Sound Reaction Test

Measure your reaction time by clicking your mouse as quickly as possible when you see a picture or hear a sound.

Your times are recorded, as well as the average time for each test.

You choose the type of test, as well as the symbols and sound.

Again comment your best time here!

Mr W.

PS: If you get an especially fast time it MUST be corroborated by a screen shot or I won’t believe you!

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Georges Melies – Cinemagician

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 16, 2010

I have been looking at lots of films by Georges Melies or as he was known the “Cinemagician”.

He lived and worked in Paris, France over 100 years ago and was a film-maker, one of the first.

I have found his films very interesting and cleverly made.

He made hundreds of films between 1895 and 1920 – many have not survived.

This film is called “Un homme de tetes” or “A man with heads”

This film was made in 1898, that is 111 years ago!

He is thought of as the father of modern special effects – his films were seen a MAGIC by the people at the time, and I think some are still quite special now considering how they were made.

Can you find out any more about him?

Can you find any more of his films?

What were they about?

What did they have in common?

Can you work out ‘how’ he did it?

Remember there were NO computers or CGI (Computer Generated Images) like we have now.

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*UPDATED* Spot the Historical Figures!

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 16, 2010

22/03/2010

OK – Here is an update to this post!

The prize is BRAGGING RIGHTS!!

Who can name the most historical figures and famous faces in this picture?

(Ben has offered 35 – but hasn’t said who they are!)

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One HUGE picture, loads of historical figures

How many can you see, name, identify?

You know what to do – add your lists in a comment.

Get your parents/guardians/carers/aunties/uncles/grandparents/older brothers and sisters/younger brothers and sisters to play to!

Get all the help you need!

Mr W.

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Blogging Landmark No.1!

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 14, 2010

Congratulations!

We have reached our first “Blogging Landmark!”

We have passed 100 views to our blog and we’ve only been online 10 days!

Roll on 1000 hits – that’s the second landmark!

Mr W.

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Performance Poetry

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 13, 2010

One of the things that we have agreed on this week is that Michael Rosen creates poems that are better when performed.

Here are some tips for you to practice Performance Poetry for yourself.

Here is some information to try  to help them understand how they can use their voice to create different effects – we will be doing some of this in school too!

Have fun – that is what this kind of Poem is all about!

Performing Poetry: A Study Guide for Teachers, Parents and Children!
by Kathy Norris (adapted by Mr Watson)

Voice Emphasis Exercises
Purpose: To have students learn the importance of varying the pitch, rate and volume of their voices. Emphasizing different words will alter the meaning of the poem that the students are reading.

Exercise 1:
1. Use the following poem by Bruce Lansky for this exercise.

My Baby Sister
My baby sister’s
really swell.
I love her smile,
but not her smell.

(Note: All poems used in this study guide are copyright by Bruce Lansky.)

2. Have students take turns reading the poem emphasizing one word over the others. For example the first student reads it emphasizing “My” and the second student reads the poem emphasizing “baby,” and so on until the last student has read the poem emphasizing the last word “smell.”
3. Reading the selected word with emphasis means to say it louder, slower and more dramatically than the other words in the poem. If you emphasize “My” it means my baby sister as opposed to yours. If you emphasize “baby” it may mean your baby sister as opposed to your older sister.
4. Discuss how the meaning of the poem changes as different words are emphasized.
5. Teach your students that as they practice other poems to present in class that they can decide which words to emphasize. They can underline these words so that they can identify these words as they practice their poems.

Exercise 2:
Many students speak too quickly when presenting poems in front of the class or an audience. Your pitch and volume can vary more when you slow down your rate of speech.

1. Use the following poem by Bruce Lansky for this exercise:

I’d Rather
I’d rather wash the dishes
I’d rather kiss a frog.
I’d rather get an F in math
or run a ten-mile jog.
I’d rather do my homework.
I’d rather mow the lawn.
I’d rather take the garbage out.
I’d rather wake at dawn.
I’d rather dine on Brussels sprouts
or catch the chicken pox.
I’d rather do most anything
than clean the litter box.

2. Have a student volunteer to read the poem slowly, much slower than she/he would if they were actually presenting to the class.
3. Now have a student volunteer to read the poem quickly. Tell then to read it as quick as she/he possibly can.
4. Discuss the effectiveness of both readings.
5. Lastly, have a student read the poem at a rate between fast and slow. Quick enough to maintain an interest of the listeners yet slow enough to enunciate each word clearly and at a pace which enables the reader to ad emphasis through his/her pitch, volume, and rate.
6. You can have students read the poem in pairs. The reading should take approximately seconds.

Feeling confident? Try some of these Giggle Poetry – Poetry Theatre

Mr W.

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Our Next Poet – Roger McGough

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 11, 2010

This is Roger McGough another famous poet.

He has been called a “Wordsmith”, because of the style of his poems – when you have read some can you suggest why?

This week we will have a look at his Poetic Style and try to write some poems similar to the way he writes.

He thinks that writing poetry can be just a private activity, unlike stories which are written for other people:

“With poetry no one has to show anybody really, and you don’t have to tell anyone you’re doing it. ”  Roger McGough

This is an animation that has been created for a design competition.

The poem is ‘My First Day At School’ by Roger McGough.

Pat Lakeland who provided the voice rather than Roger McGough himself.

Mr W.

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A Superhero Puzzle!

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 11, 2010

Here’s a little puzzle for you to think about!

There might even be a prize for the right answer!

Superman

Superman is different to other Superheroes like these:

Batman

Spiderman

The puzzle for you to solve is this…

How is Superman different to other Superheroes?

How is he unique?


I’ll give you a clue to get the thinking started…it is nothing to do with what he can do.

Have a think and leave your ideas as comments.

Remember there might even be a prize for the best right answer!

Mr W.

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Help Writing Poems – Just some thoughts…

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 9, 2010

I thought I would share some ideas that might help you with you poetry writing.

They aren’t rules or instructions, just some suggestions to get you started.

Mr W.

Writing Poetry

Ideas that may help you to write poetry.

  • Decide on the subject you wish to write about. Start with a familiar subject and then go on to some obscure subjects that you have previously never given much thought to.
  • Think about something special or unique to the subject.
  • List some descriptive words which may provide some clear information to the reader.
  • Try to create pictures in the reader’s mind – your aim is to fire the imagination.
  • Express your feelings.
  • Convey your feelings by the tone of your poetry.
  • Bind the words and ideas together. Connect them by the use of rhyme which will provide your poetry with the element of repetition of identical or related sounds.
  • Get some rhythm into your poetry – the number of lines and your choice of poetry form will help you with this. Song lyrics are poetry set to music – tap out the beat or rhythm when you are writing poetry, or reading poetry.
  • Visual patterns – does your written poetry create a good pattern on the page?
  • Patterns of Sound – using alliteration, assonance and onomatopoeia can create sound effects. (Sorry about the use of these words but were back to the literary terms again!).
  • Read your poetry to a friend!
  • If you receive some constructive criticism don’t be afraid to change your poetry accordingly!

And finally:

  • Enjoy yourself – Writing poetry should be fun!

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Love Puzzles? Play Launch Ball!

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 6, 2010

Do you love to try and solve puzzles?

Yes, you do?!

Then Launch Ball is the game for you!

Launch Ball is a game on the Science Museum website: Play Launch Ball!

You have to make the ball reach the target using blocks which have different powers!

You have fans, magnets, batteries, rubber blocks that make your ball bounce, cushions that stop it bouncing, torches that create light and mirrors to reflect it!

You can test and practice to see what happens and you can then improve by moving the blocks around!

Great fun and really addictive!

WARNING: Some of the levels later on are quite difficult – but keep trying they can all be done! (I know I have tried and done them!)

Let me know what you think of Launch Ball by voting in my new poll!

Mr W.

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TutPup – Play games and challenge children from around the world!

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 6, 2010

Log in to this site!

It is SO much fun!

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Update: 30-03-10.

I was playing on here with Harry and Joseph during our 1-2-1 time, and thought I’d try to make you all aware of the website – because it is BRILL!

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Update: 27-09-10.

Oliver and me were using this site to practice spelling and tables during our 1-2-1 time, and I’d like you all to be aware of it!

Really good for practicing those basic skills I am always on about!

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Tutpup is an exciting and new safe way to play games against children in the UK and across the world.

It is free, has no ads, doesn’t grab your personal information and allows you to play competitive maths and literacy games against friends or children from all around the world in a safe educational environment.

For example, you could try a division game and find yourself instantly challenged by a child in India!

You cannot:

  • Send messages to other players.
  • Start any kind of chat.
  • Share any information.
  • Use your own name or any personal information.

What do I need?

  • When you register to use TutPup you just need to choose a unique name. A combination of a colour, animal and number. I am GREENGOAT30.

East Wold ONLY – If you register then enter the CLASS CODE: 120878

Then you can join Class 4 and try to be the Top of the Hall of Fame!

All you can do is play games.

http://tutpup.com/

I love it – although it can get to the “just one more game” stage!

Mr W.

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Our Poems Inspired by Michael Rosen’s “Conversation”

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 5, 2010

Conversation

I’m just going to put the bins out.

Why?

Because they’re full.

Why?

Because there’s no more room.

Why?

Because there’s too much rubbish in them.

Why?

Because we threw it away.

Why?

Because it’s dirty.

Why?

Because it’s bin-time not why-time!

What?

By Luke & Kristian

Conversation

What are you watching?

I dunno.

How long have you been watching it?

I dunno.

Can I watch something now?

I dunno.

Why do you keep saying “I don’t know”?

I dunno.

Can you turn up the volume?

I dunno.

Do you know ANYTHING?!

Yeah.

By Emma

Conversation

I’m just going to the shop.

What?

I said I’m just going to the shop.

What?

I   Am   Just   Going   To   The   Shop!

What?

I am getting fed up with you now!

What?

For the last time, I am going to the shop.

What?

I SAID I AM GOING TO THE SHOP!

Alright, no need to shout!

By Nina

These are just a selection of what we wrote in just a few minutes – I’m impressed, what about you?

Mr W.

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Me and My Brother – Michael Rosen

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 5, 2010

Michael Rosen performs “Me and My Brother”, one of the poems we read today in Literacy.

Some people weren’t sure about it at first, so here is Mr Rosen performing it himself!

What do you think?

Mr W.

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Welcome to the Blogging Experience!

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 4, 2010

Welcome to “Blogging”.

This is our new class blog (weblog)

Here is where we can share our learning with each other, and the wider world too!

Share the work in class with your parents, grandparents, carers, and let them see whats happening – They love to know what’s going on!

If there is something you would like to see here – let me know!

Mr W.

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Literacy – Poetic Style “Michael Rosen”

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 4, 2010

For our first Literacy Unit this term we will be looking at the Style which a Poet uses in his writing.

The first Poet is Michael Rosen, who i am sure you will have heard of.

Here is a video of him performing one of his pieces:

Watch and hopefully enjoy!

Share your thoughts on Michael Rosen and his poems here too in the “Comment” box!

Mr W.

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