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The British Monarchy

Posted by eastwoldblog on April 27, 2011

With the impending Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, we have been looking at the history of the British and English monarchy since 1066 (You have to stop somewhere!)

We have been practising this rhyme to help us to remember the Kings and Queens from William I (The Conqueror) to Elizabeth II (Our present Queen).

Can you rehearse it?

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British Monarch Rhyme

Willy, Willy, Harry, Ste,
Henry, Dick, John, Harry three;
Then three Edwards, Richard two,
Henry Four, Five, Six then who?
Edward four, five, Dick the bad,
Two more Henries, Ned the lad;
Bloody Mary she came next,
Then we have our Good Queen Bess.
From Scotland we got James the Vain;
Charlie one, two, James again.
William and Mary, Anna Gloria,
Four Georges, William, and Victoria.
Edward, George, the same again,
Now Elizabeth – and the end.

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Useful knowledge I think!

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!

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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)

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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:

Cheetah

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)

Dog

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

Ellie-Mae (Age 10)

Dog

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!

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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!

Simple!

Have fun, think creative, THINK WOW Words!

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.

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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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“The Truth Is Out There!” – Reports into UFOs

Posted by eastwoldblog on March 15, 2010

This week in Literacy we will be finding out more about UFOs before preparing a report on the topic.

Scenario:

The Government Department for Schools, Children and Families (DSCF) wants to know if they should include a section on UFOs in the science curriculum –to be taught in schools.

They want a report on UFOs to help them decide.

The report should be as unbiased as possible.

It should seek to answer the following questions:

1. Are there such things as flying objects which are not of earthly origin – i.e. cannot be explained by our science or geography as we know it?

2. How good is the evidence? What are the most compelling bits of evidence?

3. Is there a good case for teaching this topic in schools?

Remember that you have 2 days in class and any homework time that you want to use (UFO Research is your Homework this week) to research information for the topic.

There are links in the “UFO” category on the right (some might not work in school).

REMEMBER: This should be an unbiased report! No matter what you believe, you must look at both sides of the arguement!

Good luck with the research and think about how you can help others, if you find a really useful website that you think other people could use – paste the URL into a comment and I’ll it to the link list.

Mr W.

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“Tuesday” by David Wiesner

Posted by eastwoldblog on March 1, 2010

Our latest Literacy unit is Non-Fiction texts – Recounts.

This week Y5 will be taking the role of a Detective investigating the strange occurrences in the night in David Wiesner’s Tuesday.

01.03.10

Today’s task was to gather evidence and take notes for a Police Report on the ‘incident’.

Thinking about:

Witnesses, who claim to have seen ‘things’.

Potential Witnesses, who might have seen or heard odd things in the night.

Evidence, things that have been left behind.

Other Strange Happenings, things that people might have reported which could be connected.

There were lots of good pieces of information taken from the wordless text and some very creative ideas dreamed up by the children!

I was especially impressed with Philippa’s work. So here it is!

I was really impressed with her organisation of her work.

She has used great word choices to fit the style and purpose, as well as including loads of really good ideas for her to ‘investigate’ later.

Well done – I thought I would celebrate your work on here!

In this video David  Wiesner talks about how he was inspired to create his latest book – I think the art work is amazing!

02.03.10

I today’s literacy we played character’s from the book and some not from the book but from our imagination!

We used “Sound Recorder” in the ICT Suite to record the ‘Police Interviews’.

One person took on the role of the investigating detective and another, took on the role of the witness.

We were able then to collect them together as evidence for our case report that we will be writing later in the week.

There were all sorts of ‘interesting’ interviews, from the Sleeping Granny and The Man eating his supper, to fishermen, astronomers and even a recording from RAF radar stations (very creative Luke and Ben!)

Tomorrow we will look at changing the direct speech, in the recordings, to reported speech in the form of a Police Interview Report.

Mr W.

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David Wiesner – The Art of Visual Storytelling

Posted by eastwoldblog on March 1, 2010

It is time for a new topic in Literacy.

Over the next couple of weeks we are going to be looking at some of the work by the American author David Wiesner.

He writes his book in an unusual and I think really effective way!

We will be doing something unusual too! But I will save that for a surprise!

Here is some information about him.

From: Houghton Mifflin Books

Mr W.

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David Wiesner

During David Wiesner’s formative years, the last images he saw before closing his eyes at night were the books, rockets, elephant heads, clocks, and magnifying glasses that decorated the wallpaper of his room. Perhaps it was this decor which awakened his creativity and gave it the dreamlike, imaginative quality so often found in his work.

As a child growing up in suburban New Jersey, Wiesner re-created his world daily in his imagination. His home and his neighborhood became anything from a faraway planet to a prehistoric jungle. When the everyday play stopped, he would follow his imaginary playmates into the pages of books, wandering among dinosaurs in the World Book Encyclopedia. The images before him generated a love of detail, an admiration for the creative process, and a curiosity about the hand behind the drawings.

In time, the young Wiesner began exploring the history of art, delving into the Renaissance at first — Michelangelo, Dürer, and da Vinci — then moving on to such surrealists as Magritte, de Chirico, and Dalí. As he got older, he would sit, inspired by these masters, at the oak drafting table his father had found for him and would construct new worlds on paper and create wordless comic books, such as Slop the Wonder Pig, and silent movies, like his kung fu vampire film The Saga of Butchula.

Wiesner has always been intrigued by and curious about what comes before and after the captured image. His books somehow convey the sequence of thoughts leading up to and following each picture, and that quality explain why they are frequently described as cinematic.

David Wiesner has illustrated more than twenty award-winning books for young readers. Two of the picture books he both wrote and illustrated became instant classics when they won the prestigious Caldecott Medal: Tuesday in 1992 and The Three Pigs in 2002. Two of his other titles, Sector 7 and Free Fall, are Caldecott Honor Books. An exhibit of Wiesner’s original artwork, “Seeing the Story,” toured the United States in 2000 and 2001. Among his many honors, Wiesner holds the Japan Picture Book Award for Tuesday, the Prix Sorcières (the French equivalent of the Caldecott Medal) for The Three Pigs, and a 2004 IBBY Honour Book nomination for illustration, also for The Three Pigs. Flotsam, his most recent work, was a New York Times bestseller and was recently named winner of the 2007 Caldecott Medal, making Wiesner only the second person in the award’s long history to have won three times.

Wiesner lives with his wife and their son and daughter in the Philadelphia area, where he continues to create dreamlike and inventive images for books.

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Write your name in Cuneiform – Just like a Mesapotamian!

Posted by eastwoldblog on February 24, 2010

Write Your Name in Cuneiform

In today’s Literacy, we will be looking at Cuneiform, an ancient form of writing from Mesapotamia (now Iraq).

You can use this site to write your “Monogram” or initials in Cuneiform.

Like in many languages, there isn’t just one type of Cuneiform – here are some different ones.

It is almost like a secret code!

Can you write your name? Or a message to someone in Cuneiform?

Mr W.

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Who was “Gilgamesh”?

Posted by eastwoldblog on February 1, 2010

As you know we are looking in literacy at Stories from Other Cultures.

Today I began reading “The Epic of Gilgamesh” retold by Geraldine McCaughcrean.

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Here is some information about Gilgamesh from Novaonline – Gilgamesh Notes

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Uruk (modern day Warka) is in southern Iraq between Basra and Baghdad; photo from British Museum

The epic of Gilgamesh is one of the world’s oldest surviving pieces of literature.

Only incomplete versions of the epic survive, with the longest being twelve clay tablet pieces (with cuneiform writing) found in the nineteenth century.

The first translation of a portion of the epic was the flood story deciphered from one of the clay tablets in 1872.

The stories that comprise the epic had long been transmitted orally before being written down sometime in the seventh century BC by one Sin-Leqi-Unninni.

The epic relates the exploits of Gilgamesh.

Gilgamesh was the son of Lugalbanda and the fifth king of Uruk, ruling around 2700 BC, according to the Sumerian king list.”  That means that it is generally accepted by historians that Gilgamesh was an actual historical figure, a king who reigned over the Sumerian city-state of Uruk in the third millennium BC and who was probably responsible for constructing the city walls, which archaeologists later determined had a perimeter of almost six miles.

The ruins of Uruk (also believed to be the city of Erech as mentioned in Genesis) lie near the town of Warka, in southern Iraq.

Uruk was one of the most important and powerful of the Mesopotamian city-states before 2000BC.

The modern name “Iraq” is thought by some to come from the name Uruk. Between 4,000 and 3,000 BC, the city emerged as one of the first major urban cities in the Near East.

So, do we know a lot of details about Gilgamesh?

No.  We don’t know what he really looked like, or how strong he was.

We don’t know what kind of ideas he had about being the ruler of a great city.

We don’t know what he sounded like when he spoke.

And we don’t know what he ate and drank or when he slept or how he interacted with priests, slaves or traders.

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Can you research Gilgamesh?

Share what you find here…

Mr W.

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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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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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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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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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