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Giving Children Super Powers!
I had a fantastic day in Year 4 doing some impressive writing and then bringing it to life in the form of amazing digital stories!
Our writing today was based on the music video - Titanium by David Guetta -
This was a video I added to the Music Video Shed on the Literacy Shed a while back. It is a great video to help children answer simple inference and deduction questions. You can find all my ideas for using this video here.
After discussing the video, we looked at possible causes for the initial incident in the school. Many thought that he may have been provoked, bullied or picked on. This led to a discussion about keeping feelings to yourself and how it can lead to an reaction that maybe prevented by talking to someone.
We used this as a stimulus for some writing! I am a massive fan of Alan Peat and Mat Sullivan's exciting sentences. And the book '50+ iPad ideas for Exciting Sentences,' written by both Alan and I demonstrate ways in which to use the technology to develop children's understanding of the different sentence types. A great way to help structure texts is using the Slow Writing resource from @LearningSpy and @David_Triptico. We adapt it slightly to include some of the exciting sentences. These were our sentence tools today -
Sentence 1 - If, if, if, then
Sentence 2 - 3_ed
Sentence 3 - 2A
Sentence 4 - Where opener
Sentence 5 - Adverb opener
Sentence 6 - Short sentence
Sentence 7 - Tell: show 3 examples;
Sentence 8 - Short sentences
As always I needed a hook to get children willing to write and write with purpose and quality. To do this, I gave them super powers in the form of an Augmented Reality app called - AR effects. This allowed us to take pictures of the children with lightning, balls of fire and tornados out of their hands!
The writing the children produced was fantastic, so engaged, using the rules brilliantly and adding their own stamp on each one -
But we couldn't just leave the writing lifeless on the page, especially when we had such an amazing picture showing our super powers! In the afternoon, we transformed our writing into films using iMovie. The children recorded images and videos to demonstrate different emotions and feelings. They added different sound effects and many composed their own theme music in Garageband. Have a watch of their incredible work! Listen out to how creative some have been with the sound and changed the music to fit the atmosphere of the story!
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Everyone loves Game of Thrones! This fun blog post will share 12 characters from the popular show and the similarities to different teachers your see in every school:
1 - Ned Stark
You have seen more staff, curriculums and policy changes than anyone else. You have been around the block and know how things should be done. You are respected and good at your job even though you're not part of the SLT.
With the latest changes from the new regime (government,) you realise you are too proud to and honourable to subject the ones you love to this unnecessary and cruel rule of testing. Retirement is looming unless the new pressures get to you first.
2 - Drogo
Although the core subjects of English, Maths and Science aren't your strong point, when it comes to a subject like PE, there is no one as passionate.
Come rain or shine, whatever the weather you are outside leading by example. When it comes to a school competition, you are ready for the battle and take …
This week celebrates World Book Day (Thursday 6th March,) although I hoped to share these ideas a little earlier, I have been stuck in bed ill for the past few days so have been unable to do so.
However here are 10 ideas for celebrating World Book day using iPads. Well not all are strictly iPad based, but more incorporating some aspect of technology into your World Book Day theme.
1. Extreme Reading - This was something we did as a whole school last year. The idea is that you ask parents to take pictures of children reading in the most weird and peculiar place. We had over 200 entries and children really enjoyed creating and sharing their efforts. It really promoted how we value reading as a school and the two massive displays within the school reflect this.
2. Blog a Book Review - Fairly straightforward for those schools who blog, but get your class to choose their favourite book and blog a book review. Remind the children that when it is blogged it will be shared with a worldwide a…