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Litter – A Poem by Mr Watson

Posted by eastwoldblog on May 11, 2011

I rather enjoyed the brilliant poems and commentaries that Y6 write and so I thought I would have a go too!



Chuck it, lob it, drop it and throw it!

Why bother to keep it,

Just for the sake of it?

It doesn’t matter!

I really don’t care.

If I don’t even look, it’s not even there.


Grab it, leave it, use it and abuse it!

Why bother to put it,

In a bin just to tidy it?

It’s not my problem,

I really don’t care.

If I don’t even look, it’s not even there.


Put it, pick it, recycle it and reuse it!

Should I just do it,

Just for the ease of it?

It really does matter!

If I show I care,

Even when I look, it’s not even there!

Mr Watson


About this Poem:

The best way to describe litter is to say it is waste in the wrong place. That is, rather than being placed in a bin or other waste container waste is left on the pavement, park or school field.

Litter is untidy and unsightly and can affect people’s view on the quality and safety of an area. Litter can consist of anything from a tiny sweet wrapper or an empty sandwich box to a discarded mattress in a public park. The majority of litter comes from people dropping it either on purpose or by accident, although some litter comes from other sources, for example wind-blown or natural litter.

From: http://www.eco-schools.org.uk/nine-topics/litter.aspx


I wrote this poem after having driven into work one morning past a series of fresh fly-tipping sites. There were a number of piles of household waste, builders waste as well as standard rubbish, such as plastic bottles and food packaging.

We all have a duty to dispose of litter in a responsible way. Fly-tipping and dropping rubbish on the ground is not responsible.


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Posted by eastwoldblog on May 10, 2011

Tangled, mangled in the sea

Strained ’til someone sees.

Plastic, cotton will be there to.

Blood speeding over me and you.

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Posted by eastwoldblog on May 10, 2011

Pollution is happening every day

Pollution is bad for us in every way.

Don’t drive in vehicles

When it isn’t needed,

Because it will make the world worse.

Pollution is happening every day

Pollution is bad for us in every way.

It is a big deal

Pollution is mean,

The water can be bad for us

If it’s not clean.

Pollution is happening every day

Pollution is bad for us in every way.

Please stop…    a bit of it

Please stop…    a bit of it

Please stop…    a bit of it

Please stop…    a bit of it

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The Fish’s Last Breath

Posted by eastwoldblog on May 10, 2011

The smell of icy water,

The creek of the boat floor,

Crashing waves like an angry bull,

Whales fins lifting graciously in the breeze.

Dark fumes rising,

A fish’s last breath.

Dolphins squirming the net,

Screaming Tuna.

Ripping flesh,

Mouths slow devouring,

Throwing the remains away

Again, again, again…

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Flaming Fume

Posted by eastwoldblog on May 10, 2011

Flaming fume

Does consume

All the earth’s



“Cars don’t help”,

People yelp.

Petrol stations

Across the nation


Power station                              

Is extermination

To living things

This would sting.


Flaming fume

Does consume

All the earth’s



This poem is about pollution and how it is destroying the world

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Why Not Walk?

Posted by eastwoldblog on May 10, 2011

Drive to the school,

Drive to the market,

Drive to your friend house,

Drive to the swimming pool,

Drive to the park,

Drive down the road,

Drive to the post office,

Drive to your work,







So we ask you why no walk?

About the poem  

This poem is telling you that you don’t need to drive everywhere, you have feet so you can walk.

If we drive everywhere we will make fumes that will pollute the earth and we don’t want that to happen.

So, if it’s close, don’t use the car, get on your feet and walk!

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The Poaching Plot

Posted by eastwoldblog on May 10, 2011

I was there by the trees,

Watching my fellow animals get killed

and hearing the screams of their pain,

I could imagine them crying in my head

and suddenly they were after me – so I had to run for my life

Then I heard a bang then I realised I was gone.


About this page   

Poaching is a serious business, approximately 100,000 animals get poached each year so we have to do something.

As an example there are only a couple of hundreds of tigers in the today.    

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The More I Make Pollution

Posted by eastwoldblog on May 10, 2011

Ring, ring, ring, ring

Hi mate, you watching the footy?

I got tickets, but the new TVs arrived,

Hey turn it back on, I’m going in their in an hour,

What’s that the new cars arrived, nice and roomy,

Uses lots of fuel, what did you say?

Gary’s been arrested,

Better get down their, I’ll take the four wheel drive,

I’d love to hear more, but my life is on the go

I maybe just human, but the longer I live.

The more I make pollution.


About the poem

I wrote this poem because people are using far too much electricity and are polluting our planet. The ways people can stop this is are things as simple as low energy light bulbs, turning off the TV, sharing cars and many other low energy activities.

The man in this poem uses almost as much electricity as is physically possible. This poem is an example of the worse possible pollution. Although this poem sounds slightly exaggerated we still make a lot of pollution.

In the UK we spend 2.4 billion pounds. If every house hold in Britain had one energy saving light bulb we would save enough carbon to fill the royal Albert hall over 1,980 times. Over 900 million pounds worth of energy is wasted on people leaving machines on stand by. If every house hold in Britain were to turn the TV of at the plug when it is not in use we would save over half of that amount. If every house hold in Britain were to switch their cold appliances to energy saving cold appliances. We would save enough carbon dioxide to fill 24 million double Decker buses.

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Waste, Litter & Smoking

Posted by eastwoldblog on May 10, 2011

Terrible smokers

Polluting the ozone, why?

Litter dropping, why?

Missed my bin, litter

Wasting your food but, why?

Wasting water, why?

Litter, destroying

Smoking, destroying but, why

Wasting food, but, why?


Recycle and save

Keep your old clothing and shoes

To donate, why not?

Stop your littering

Stop your smoke, help smokers stop

To save lives why not?


About this poem:

This poem is about litter destroying animals and smokers are hurting their own lungs so stopping it is for their own good.

Also if you waste things and just throw them in the bin it just goes to landfill.

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Why Kill?

Posted by eastwoldblog on May 10, 2011

Do we care unhappiness is coming?

Loving animals not coming but going.

And do we care animals are dying?

Habitats are being killed.

Unhappiness is coming.

Do we care we are killing living creatures?

Living like us they have a right to live.

And do we care were causing sadness?

Every tree chopped down in a forest is killing.

Unhappiness is coming.

Do we care ice is melting?

Polar bears are dying away.

And do we care were living but killing?

Animals living but dying as well.

Unhappiness is coming.

So everyone is asking what can we do to help?

Stop causing global warming its’ so easy to help.

So every is asking what am I meant to do?

Cut down on the short car journeys its’ so easy to help.

Unhappiness could be going


About this poem

Why kill? Was written to raise awareness about animals are dying and most are being killed by human activity. Animals are living creatures just me and you so they have a right to a happy and healthy life like us.

RA is a passionate writer about the environment and animals and is well on his way to being a professional poem writer and is wanting to carry on his talent.

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BBC Radio 2 Writing Competition – 500 Words

Posted by eastwoldblog on February 2, 2011

This post has been taken from the following link:

Chris Evans’ Blog – 500 Words

Click here to download the Poster

Hello! Are you 13 years old or under? Then enter our 500 Word competition today!

As part of the BBC Year of Books, the Chris Evans Breakfast Show wants to get the children of the UK firing up their imaginations and putting pen to paper, chisel to stone, quill to parchment, or just finger to keyboard. If you are aged 13 or under, you are invited to write a short story of 500 words about any made-up subject you like and send it to us via the link below.

All the stories we receive will be read carefully. Then we will pick a Top 50 and invite them to watch the Breakfast Show being broadcast live from the Hay Festival in on Friday 3 June 2011.

We will also be giving the Top 50 stories to our expert panel of authors who will pick five finalists and an overall winner. So if you have lots of ideas and just love writing stories then why not enter now.

Attention all teachers!: Your breakfast show needs you! We want you to help us judge these amazing tales. If you would like to volunteer to read a batch of short stories then please send us your details, and the name of someone who can act as a referee for you.

As a token of our appreciation, your name will be entered into a draw and we will randomly select 25 names to receive a pair of tickets to come and watch the Chris Evans Breakfast Show live at the Hay Festival on Friday 3 June 2011.

For more information, terms and conditions and Expert advice from authors such as Anthony Horowitz visit the Radio 2 website/Chris Evans’ page:

Chris Evans’ Blog – 500 Words

This could be a fabulous opportunity to flex your writing muscles!

Mr W.

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The Titanic – A Brief History

Posted by eastwoldblog on January 17, 2011

As we have been looking at Thomas Hardy’s poem ‘Convergence of the Twain’ and you seemed enthusisatic and interested, I thought that you might like a bit of additional information.


The Titanic

Before the age of passenger aircraft, ships were the only means of crossing the Atlantic and the journey took several days. Although the White Star Line’s ships were famed for their comfort, their rival Cunard’s liners, with their new turbine engines, had won speed records for the Atlantic crossing.

 In 1907 the White Star Line decided to produce three new ships which would outdo their rivals in terms of size, speed and luxury. They were to be built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast and over 15,000 workers were employed to build the first two ships. When the first of these, Olympic, was launched in 1910, she was the largest moving object ever to be created by human beings. But in 1911, when the Titanic was launched, she took over this record. However, before the Titanic could be put into use she needed to be fitted out. This was done in such a luxurious fashion that she was known as a ‘floating palace’ and described by a periodical of the time as having ‘accommodation superior to anything previously seen afloat’.

She was built with a double-bottomed hull and a complex system of watertight compartments, which meant that, even with several of her compartments flooded she could still remain afloat. For this reason she was described by the periodical, The Shipbuilder, as ‘practically unsinkable’. She also had on board a Marconi wireless, the most powerful of any other passenger vessel of the day, allowing her to transmit distress calls in event of an emergency.

On April 10th 1912 she finally set sail from Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York. As she set off she narrowly missed colliding with the liner New York which had broken her moorings. She crossed the channel and stopped at Cherbourg and then in Queenstown, Ireland to collect more passengers before setting off on 11th April to New York.

At first the crossing was calm, and the Titanic began to build up speed. By Sunday April 14th the weather had turned cold. Normally, the Sunday church service would be followed by a lifeboat drill, but today it was cancelled.

Three ice warnings had come in across the telegraph and these were taken to the captain. The White Star Chairman, J. Bruce Ismay, who was on board, suggested that the Titanic should speed up to get out of the ice field. Another ice warning came in at 7.30pm, but as Captain Smith was at a dinner party, he never received it. Further ice warnings were delayed by private transmissions.

At 11.40pm lookouts noticed an iceberg right ahead and raised a warning. The Titanic turned to avoid it, but it just scraped the starboard side of the ship. The captain inspected the damage and realised that five or six of her watertight compartments were damaged and that, with more than four damaged, she could not stay afloat. The passengers were instructed to put on their lifebelts and come up on deck. The lifeboats began to be filled, with women and children first. Many refused to leave their husbands and some lifeboats were launched half empty. Distress rockets were fired at 12.45am as the seriousness of the situation became apparent. As the water rose in the ship, the orchestra continued to play.

Even after the last of the lifeboats had been launched, hundreds of passengers were still trapped on board. At 2.10am the bow of the ship dropped further and then at 2.17am the stern rose into the air, spun round, and then slid down below the surface of the water.

(Thanks to ‘Hamilton Trust’ for the body of text)


Hope the information is of interest!

Mr W.

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Beatbox Chef – ‘Beardyman’

Posted by eastwoldblog on September 27, 2010

‘Beardyman’ is the two-time UK BeatBox Champion, and the man behind the wig in ‘BeatBox Chef’!

I like to share interesting and unusual videos – and I thought there would be some people who might enjoy it.

Some of you were trying to do it in Literacy today – with some curious results!

He does all the sounds with his voice, no instruments, no tricks.

Mixing the sounds as a recipe is a clever idea – I am not sure about the wig though!

Here is another ‘Beardyman’ Beatboxing video:

Mr W.

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Writing in Runes

Posted by eastwoldblog on September 22, 2010

After today’s lesson writing messages of good luck and praise to a Viking crew about to bravely venture on a new raid.

We then tried to translate the messages into Viking Runes.

It was a great chance to use positive language to describe Vikings where we are more used to them being described in a negative way.

At Kristian’s request here is the sheet containing the translation of the Runes – Runes Sheet

Mr W.

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Simon’s Cat – Kennings

Posted by eastwoldblog on September 20, 2010

As an introduction to Kennings, today in Literacy Class 4 watched the short animation of “Simon’s Cat – Cat Man Do”

We then though about the cat, what it did, what it sounded like, how it behaved etc… to write a simple Kenning.

This is what we wrote together:

Simon’s Cat

Early Riser

Annoying Singer

Sleep Disturber

Face Scratcher

Ear Puller

Bat Swinger

Pain Bringer

Light Sleeper

Well done Class 4 – very good work!

I really enjoyed your Kennings from the lesson too!


As a reward why not make your very own “Simon’s Cat” here: Simon’s Cat – Cutout

Visit: www.simonscat.com for the NEW Simon’s Cat episode “The Box”

Please note that all ‘Simon’s Cat’ artwork remains the property of Simon’s Cat Ltd.

(All links refer to Original Simon’s Cat links)


Mr W.

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Poetry Competition! Submit your Kennings!

Posted by eastwoldblog on September 17, 2010

What is a Kenning?

A kenning is a poem where the subject is described without being named.

It comes from the Norse/Viking era, where swords had names like “death-bringer” or “wound-maker”.

You can create a great “riddle poem” by describing something in different ways on the different lines.

Here are some examples:


Great runner
Food chaser
Flesh eater
Good climber
Evil predater
Brilliant killer
Day sleeper
Amazing starer

Lewis (Age 9)

Vampire Bat

Night swooper
Blood drinker
Midnight watcher
Sharp toother
Cow ripper
Gruesome fiender
Outstanding flyer
Cave dweller

Bailey (Age 9)


Sofa Ripper
Night Gardener
Cat Chaser
Fast Swimmer
People Licker
Water Drinker
Deep Sleeper
Amazing Runner

Ellie-Mae (Age 10)


Table chewer
Meat eater
Cat chaser
Loud barker
Sheep chaser
Sock ripper
Teddy stealer
Feet licker

Jaden (Age 10)

These examples were written by a couple of years ago by my old class.

The benchmark is set HIGH – Can you beat it?

Yes, you can!


So this is the competition:

1. Choose and animal

2. Write a kenning and post it here. It must be no more than 8 lines.

3. After half term we will have a look and judge the best and it will win a prize!

You can enter as many as you like!


Have fun, think creative, THINK WOW Words!

Mr W.

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Movies – A little challenge for the Holidays!

Posted by eastwoldblog on August 2, 2010

This is a short video (2mins) and it contains 35 famous/classic movies from cinema history.

The challenge is simple:

How many can you name?

It’s not as easy as you think!

I was expecting little clips of the films – but it is a bit more of a puzzle than that!

Good luck,

See you in September!

Mr W.

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BBC – “Questionaut” game

Posted by eastwoldblog on May 1, 2010

If you are one of those ‘Puzzle Game’ fans then I think you will enjoy this!

The BBC Revisewise site has this entertaining puzzle game – can you help the character to solve the puzzles and answer the questions?

Lots of different topic based questions for Literacy, Maths and Science (especially good for you Y6’s!)

BBC Revisewise – Questionaut

There are 8 levels to get through and some are much trickier than others!

Have fun – and tell me what your favourite level is and why!

Mr W.

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The Highwayman – Alfred Noyes

Posted by eastwoldblog on April 29, 2010

Over the next couple of weeks we will be studying Classic Narrative poems like ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’, ‘The Walrus and The Carpenter’ and Alfred Noyes classic tale of thieves, romance, love, bravery and death in ‘The Highwayman’.

We will also be looking at some slightly different versions, like in this video:

The music and lyrics are by a Canadian singer/songwriter called Loreena McKennitt.

She ha taken the words of Alfred Noyes poem and set them to music. She has missed little bits out and changed the words very slightly in places – but the poem still has the same story.

I am not sure who made the animation but they have done a pretty good job.

Enjoy the video:

What is your opinion of the poem?

Do you like it or not? Why?

Which version do you prefer – the Poem or the Song? Why?

Share your thoughts in a comment…

Mr W.


Update 01-05-10:

Here is the link that we didn’t have time to look at on Friday:

BBC – Myths & Legends – Dick Turpin

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The Piano by Aidan Gibbons: An Audio Commentary

Posted by eastwoldblog on April 22, 2010

Over the past few weeks, we have been working on “The Piano” by Aidan Gibbons.

We have looked at how the film uses Setting, Sound, Sequence, Story and Symbols to tell it’s story without words.

The children have written description, speech, narrative and captions for a range of Key Moments throughout the animation. They have even used the video as inspiration for Artwork, when we painted different scenes.

The last part of the unit was to record a DVD-style commentary for the animation, using the ‘Record Narration’ feature in PowerPoint.

This commentary should encompass much of the elements that we had worked on across the unit. Trying to achieve maximum impact in just 2 or 3 really effective sentences for each Screen shot.

Having written a storyboard style script, the children used microphones to record their DVD Commentary into PowerPoint.

Here are a selection of the work they have produced:

The Piano AM

The Piano PD

The Piano AB

The Piano LF

I was really impressed with the quality of the writing.

What do you think?

Let us know in a comment.

Mr W.

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