Sharing what we are learning with the World, direct from our classrooms to you.

Archive for April, 2017


Why do we write? How we can reach a global audience to inspire children.

Since launching version 2 of this blog back in Safer Internet Week in February, it has been going very successfully.  By linking it to automatically post on both the school twitter and facebook pages, we have increased who can access what we share by a huge amount, and with the brilliant widget on our blog, flagfinder, we can even see where our visitors come from.  Amazingly, we have had over 900 views in this time, from 7 different countries, including the USA, Kenya, Ireland, Cyprus, Holland and Germany!  This truly is a global audience.  With the site now easily found via Google, we hope to spread what we share even further around the globe.

I have been sharing all of this with Y6, and they can see with their own eyes how using media like blogs allows us to interact and communicate with places they cannot imagine.  This led to me posing them the question: why do we write in lessons?  It certainly isn’t to just put in a book and then put it away in a drawer for only the teacher to read.  I really want to get across the message at Oakmeadow that we can publish our writing for the World, for anyone interested to see.

It dawned on me that our last unit of work, writing informatively using subtle persuasive techniques, themed around the fantastic book of The Land of Neverbelieve (by Norman Messenger – check out the trailer here) and our topic of Evolution and Inheritance, would be an excellent way to try this out.  If you are unaware of how our units of work are structured in English, we begin with a cold write, a ‘what do you know already?’ assessment, followed by structured skill teaching, culminating in the independent application to our final hot write.  Normally, this is written on yellow paper, and finishes the unit in our books.  However, this style of text did not lend itself to this format.  We created our worlds pictorially, and then used OtherWorlds map creator to map them out using a graphic designing programme online.  We then wrote our hot pieces in planned sections, with each bit of paper providing information about a section of the created land.

Having recently been refamilarised with the excellent Adobe Spark Page via some CPD from the hugely inspiring ICT with Mr P, his excellent ideas available on his blog here, I was keen for the children to put this into practice.  Following editing of our work (all part of the drafting and publishing process), we learnt how it was used, before bringing our worlds to life.  Below are links to a select few, which really demonstrate how simple APPs and web-based programmes can be used to give our writing a real purpose: sharing our ideas with a world-wide audience.

I hope you enjoy seeing what we have created, and this is something that I shall certainly be looking to pass on to other teachers in order to provide these opportunities across school.

Mr O.

A hand-drawn representation of our Imaginary Worlds

 

 

 

 

Using OtherWorlds online mapping programme to create a computer graphic representation

 

 

 


What our hot piece looked like if it was to be presented in book format like The Land of Neverbelieve (complete with green edited section, identified by children as needing improvement.)

 

 

 

Examples of Adobe Spark Page versions:

The Island of Imagination – Jess Marston

The Island Of Beluier – Arthur Taylor

The Land of Sweet Dreams – Izzy Clarkson

The Land of Sweet Shop Heaven – Heather Robinson

The Land of the Great Wall – Sam Flack

The Land of the Storm Tigers – Andrew Pratten

The Land of Nerverfound – Megan Dawson

Cup success for Bayston Hill Juniors U10s!

Bayston Hill Juniors U10’s were today winners of the Shropshire Charity Cup Final at Market DraytonTown FC.

They were 3-1 down at half time but came back fighting to win 6-5. Showing resilience and a winning attitude. Nailing biting match for all those watching (few sore throats).  Thank you to Mrs Page for sending this over.
Oakmeadow boys Finlay Rogers, Joe Fieldhouse and Alfie Page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final Year 6 Revision Challenge: Mixed practice.

Sunday 23rd April

The final Year 6 Revision Challenge: Mixed practice.

Complete the ‘Mixed Practice’ pages of section 2 in your Grammar revision book.

Or

Complete the remainder of the Arithmetic test booklet you started on Friday.

See you all back tomorrow!

 

Year 6 Revision Challenge 7: Practice test.

Friday 21st April:

Year 6 Revision Challenge 7: Practice test.

Complete Practice Test 2 in your Maths revision book (pages 80-83)

Or

Complete questions 1 – 15 of the arithmetic test booklet – link here.

 

 

Year 6 Revision Challenge 6: Reading

Tuesday 18th April

Year 6 Revision Challenge 6: Reading

Complete pages 36 and 37 of your Reading revision book (based on The Huddle).

Or

Complete pages 14 and 15 – Poems about Seasons – if you have the Year 6 Targeted Question book.

Or

Write a summary of a book you have recently read giving details of the characters and plot.

 

 

Year 6 Revision Challenge 5: Shape Sunday!

Sunday 16th April

Year 6 Revision Challenge 5: Shape Sunday!

Complete any three pages from section 6 of your Maths revision books.

Or

The shape challenge sheet – link here.

 

 

Year 6 Revision Challenge 4: Formal Friday!

Friday 14th April

Year 6 Revision Challenge 4: Formal Friday!

Complete pages 46-49 of your Grammar revision book.

Or

Take an informal extract of text from a fiction book (perhaps where some characters are talking to each other) and re-write in using a more formal tone. Think about your vocabulary and sentence structure.

 

 

Year 6 Revision Challenge 3: Word classes Wednesday!

Wednesday 12th April

Year 6 Revision Challenge 3: Word classes Wednesday!

Complete any three pages from Section 1 of your Grammar revision book.

Or

Take an extract from a reading book. Select some sentences – can you identify the word class of each word within them? Eg. Noun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition, article, determiner.

 

 

Year 6 Revision Challenge 2: Measures Monday!

Monday 10th April

Year 6 Revision Challenge 2:  Measures Monday!

Complete any three pages from section five of your Maths revision books.

Or:

The measurement challenge sheet – link here.

 

 

Year 6 homework challenge begins!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 8th April

Year 6 Revision Challenge 1: Statistics Saturday!

Complete pages 75 – 79 of your Maths revision book.

Or:

The statistics challenge sheet – link here.


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