Literacy

Poetry Homework

Ospreys’ homework task for next week is to learn by a heart a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson. Children have been given a choice of two poems, and should choose one to learn, to recite it in class in the week beginning Monday 24th June. Those pupils who feel confident enough will recite their choice of poem in our class assembly at the end of this month.

Literacy

Literacy: the story of the journey of a river

Ospreys started this term in Literacy by reading stories about the journey of a river, from the source high in the mountains to the mouth where it meets the sea. Pupils were able to use all the learning we have done in our topic work about water and the environment, our workshop with Severn Trent Water, our visit to Slimbridge Wetlands Centre, and our learning about rock formation and erosion in Science. We made a story map of the different stages in the course of a river, using adventurous adjectives to describe each stage. We then worked together to make a ‘Magpie’ word bank of useful verbs, adjectives, adverbs and descriptive phrases we could use in our writing. We then worked together to write a shared starting paragraph on the whiteboard, before setting out to each write our own river recount.

Ospreys

Literacy, Computing and Art: The Legend of the Sword in the Stone

Ospreys this week finished off their water colour pictures of King Arthur’s sword, and the sword Kenning poems, written in Literacy, were typed up in our Computing session, using Word on the laptops. We printed off the completed poems and stuck them onto the paintings to create posters for display outside Ospreys classrooms. But, be warned: a sword is a fearsome medieval weapon of war, and the poems describe what they might be used for in gruesome detail!

Ospreys

Literacy and Art: The Legend of the Sword in the Stone

Ospreys have been learning about the stories of King Arthur, and how the young King pulled a sword from a huge stone enchanted by Merlin the Wizard. Pupils have begun writing their own Kenning poem to describe a sword, focusing on writing with adventurous adjectives. A kenning is a short poem that describes an object without naming it, and was first used by Norse vikings. Ospreys will type their poems up as a Word document, and then place the poem next to an illustration of a sword. In our Art lesson, we started our pictures by studying the designs of different types of medieval sword, looking at decorated hilts and blades, before creating a sketch which focussed on the details of a sword. The finished poems and paintings will soon be on display outside Ospreys classroom.