Literacy

Star Writer

Congratulations to Cole who is Opal Class’ Star Writer! Have a read of his amazing ‘Coming Home’ piece.

Coming Home by Cole 

Snowy, cold, frozen – I need to get home before she notices I’m not there. The cold weather makes me blind and lost. I will get home, I will. On the outside, I feel cold but on the inside, I feel brave and determined. The snow on the floor is like a thick blanket.

I set off on the long journey to try and get home. If I wouldn’t have come over here, if I never went hunting, if I don’t get home, then I might die. In the cold, the huge mountains are like giant boulders that almost hit me. The snow hits me like rocks on my red breast.

The rain wets me but I’m so tired. I need to rest, need to rest. I dream, dream of home. I wake up. My throat is dry and I need some water. I went to the closest river where I drink some water and ‘oh my’… a HAWK! He tries to eat me as I sip the freezing, clear, cold water. I fly away rapidly. And the blizzard hits me in the face, hits me like a hard slap in the face. In the distance, I see a flock of birds who are persuading me to follow them.

I follow them until I meet the raging sea. I’m being battered; the wind is pushing me from side to side. I spot a boat and try to land on it. The boat is being punished by the sea. Suddenly, a wave knocks me out and all I see next is two big hands and two big feet then black…

Snug, warm, cosy – I wake up in the fisherman’s box. Kindly, the fisherman feeds me raisins. I flap and flutter my delicate wings – I have to be on my way. The more I think about home, the more fast I go. Happily, I see my town. I get butterflies in my stomach. In the distance, I see a mince pie so I fly to it but she’s not there. So I call for her and she comes. She asks me, “What took you so long”? And I said, “This and that”.

 

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Explore Learning Workshop: Persuasive Writing

You may remember from this time last year, we were visited by the Explore Learning Team who ran a really interesting workshop all on persuasive writing? Well, Explore Learning are back and this new group of Year Sixes are equally excited to get stuck in to some persuasive writing.

Come back later to see the final results of our persuasive writing workshop!

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World War Two Poetry

DULCE ET DECORUM EST

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.
Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime. . .
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est
Pro patria mori.

Wilfred Owen
Thought to have been written between 8 October 1917  and March, 1918

Have you ever heard a poem from The Great War before? Or even World War Two? Neither had Year Six before this week. Passionate and moving, emotional and poignant, many of the poems that we’ve been looking at in Literacy this week are really affecting and made us feel lots of different emotions. Some of the poems were sad and about death; others remembered the sacrifices of the soldiers and celebrated their lives.

Our task was to study a selection of War Poetry and, as a pair/small group, choose one of the poems to perform for the rest of the class. We had the option of performing the poem like a drama or simply reading the poem with the appropriate emotion.

Here we are performing some of our favourites:

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* Star Writers Alert *

Congratulations to our two newest Star Writers. They really impressed all the Year Six staff with their recent newspaper article – all about The Three Little Pigs!

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The Big Bad News

In Literacy, we’ve been developing our own traditional tales – with a twist! Check out this News Broadcast created by some of our less camera shy Year Sixes.

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