Monday, 21 August 2017

Writing to demonstrate Level 3 Features


POWERLESS WRITING
In Year 6, students work hard to learn about and then demonstrate Level 3 writing features. Sometimes we use short clips to help inspire writing. The clip below has inspired some excellent writing. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiBy-bRbJn8

Students were asked to

Your aim in this writing is to use the 5 ways to improve your writing quality.
  1. Use a very short sentence.
  2. Start your sentence with an AAWWUBBIS (Opener sentence)
  3. Ly start – Start a sentence with a ly adverb.
  4. Em – dash. A dash is used to set off information in a sentence with dramatic flair.
  5. The subject sentence. Start your sentence with the subject. (Interrupter)

Here are some great examples.

Written by Charlie Hooper
I continuously bump into the window, trying to get inside to the machine so I can help my fellow bespeckled cephalopod. I can’t find a way, how can I get up there, OH WAIT, THE CHIMNEY!  I fly up to the chimney, then shoot down as all the dust settles on to my fragile green glowing bespeckled cephalopod body, I whoosh  past the old man  and up into the machine-I’m in baby. It starts up with a whir, cling, clang, hop, bop and clop and we are now off. Into the woods we go!

I look behind me now and the old man is not far behind me walking at a steady pace and slows down to holt when he sees me helping my fellow luminous red glowing  bespeckled cephalopod that is struggling  under the weight of the enormous  log and comes over to help. He pulls with all his might, my fellow  bespeckled cephalopod shoots up into the night sky and follow him up there, but then the machine crumbles to the ground and the old man kneels beside it for a while and then walks away. Slowly. His dream came true but then it just floated away from him, his life’s work gone.


Written by Ronan Brier
WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE —the robot’s high pitched tone grew as he roared to life, his eyes flashed: soft baby blue - bright happy yellow to an alarming, threatening red. What had brung this robotic creature to life? No one knew. It rose. And ran. It had found itself in an old run-down cottage that reeked with the smells of cigarettes, what kind of inventor would live here? His cybernetic brain thought.


It found the door. It used its robotic strength to open the door- it stopped, My memory is still in there it thought and I wouldn’t mind a nice cup ‘o coffee. It ran inside. On the floor lay a box with the word classified written on it, It must be inside there! I have finally found the coffee recipe! He thought I wonder if my memory could be stalled there too! The robot and the box were in the cottage’s kitchen, it shook the box — WHAM!! A tin fell on his head. He caught it and threw it. SMASH!!


He woke to this sound. He picked up a cigarette and a lighter. For he was… The inventor! The robot struggled to find his things, he spotted something out of the corner of his eye, At last! The robot once again thought. On the ground lay… Half a tin of coffee (Unbelievable!! This robot is absolutely obsessed with coffee!!)

Creeeeeek!!!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Homework for Youcubers!

As we are in the middle of the excitement that is Maths Week, we in the senior team thought it would be an idea to post a fact sheet for parents on how you can help with your child's maths homework. The ideas are from Jo Boaler, who runs the excellent Youcubed project out of Stanford University. Their motto is "Inspire ALL students with open, creative mindset mathematics". She offers some really practical ideas for getting the excitement and wonder back into maths for children. 

Youcubed's advice for parents

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Amazing Dioramas


AMAZING DIORAMAS

As part of our celebrations for Book Week, students in Room 26 & 27 were asked to create a diorama of a scene from a book that they have enjoyed. This could have either been fiction or non - fiction.

The results were amazing. Students included lots of detail. 

I wonder if you can guess what book they are from?




Diorama on PhotoPeach