This week in Year 5 we have stretched our Noticing and Planning muscles while learning about film and story narrative. We have made links to the Victorians topic we have been learning about and focused on some clips of the film Oliver Twist. These were especially good as they had great examples of how to use the camera to tell different aspects of story narrative. After studying the clips and analysing them we then storyboarded and planned our own versions. Here are some of the results with more to follow.
What effect do the way the clips have been shot have on the viewer?
What do they tell us about Oliver?
What do they tell us about the bosses?
Oliver Pullman 1 from Ian Hayslop on Vimeo.
Oliver Pullman 2 from Ian Hayslop on Vimeo.
Pullman Oliver 3 from Ian Hayslop on Vimeo.
Oliver Pullman 4 from Ian Hayslop on Vimeo.
Oliver Pullman 5 from Ian Hayslop on Vimeo.
This was one of the clips we stretched our Noticing, Imitating and Empathy muscles to to base our short videos on:
Year 3 have been learning about information texts in Literacy. So far, we have stretched our noticing muscle to describe different ogres, stretched our questioning muscle to think of questions about ogres and stretched our collaborating muscle to learn the Mountain Ogre text. We are now nearly ready to write our own information texts about ogres.
We are going to write an information text about an ogre we have designed and would love you to share your ideas with us to support our writing.
We have to write about :
What our ogre looks like…
Where our ogre lives…
What our ogre eats…
What amazing ability our ogre has…
Here are some of our ogre designs:
Please can you stretch your imagination muscle and share any ideas you have about the ogres or any great vocabulary that we might be able to use to describe them.
On the last day of term, Mr Harrison was lucky enough to be invited to go and speak in London, about the wonderful work we do at Miriam Lord on Building Learning Power. It was doubly exciting, because he would be speaking alongside Professor Guy Claxton, who not only wrote the materials for Building Learning Power, but is also a bit of a hero to Mr Harrison. It was a good chance for Mr Harrison to stretch his imitation muscle as he wanted to learn lots more about Building Learning Power from Guy Claxton.
It really was a fantastic day, held at one of the Harris Academies, a huge chain of academies that work with children in both primary and secondary schools. It was one of the most impressive buildings Mr Harrison had ever seen, with world-class facilities, attended on this day by over 200 Headteachers and teachers. These academies will be starting their own BLP journeys very soon, and it was an honour to speak alongside Guy Claxton and share the journey of Miriam Lord Primary School. It truly feels like we are beginning to be recognised for the excellent work we do at the school, and many of the teachers said they felt inspired by our journey. Wow! Have a look at just a few of the pictures below from the day:
On Tuesday, Year 3 were lucky enough to visit the fabulous Positive Lifestyle Centre at Bradford City Football ground. First, we got the chance to sit in the stands of the football ground and stretch our imagination muscles, thinking what it must be like on match day. We then took part in a great workshop all about Self-Esteem led by Claire and Jo. Our collaborating muscle was very important in the workshop because we were put in four teams and had to work together on each activity.
We learnt that self-esteem means how you feel about yourself and it is important that we recognise what we are good at to help us feel good about ourselves. Claire and Jo encouraged us to stretch our empathy and listening muscle when we thought about things that made us feel good and things that did not. Later we got the chance to write something positive about each member of our groups onto a personal flag which helped us to realise that we all do have talents to be proud of. Finally, we played a game of Self-Esteem Bingo!
At the end of the workshop, the team who had collaborated the best won a prize and a member of each team won a prize for being the “Most Valued Player”. Year 3 would like to thank Claire and Jo for putting on such a great workshop.
Year 3 at the Positive Lifestyle Centre on PhotoPeach
Year 3 would like everyone at Miriam Lord to feel good about themselves, so we would love to know
What are your talents?
What are you good at?
Did you know that everything around us has its own smell, even if it’s such a tiny smell that you can’t normally smell it..? Year 1 have been exploring all the different smells they can find at Drummond Road with the help of a special bottle of magic potion given to Colin by a little old lady with a pointy hat…
Year 1 created their own ‘smelly potions’ using natural things they noticed around them, mixed with a drop of the special potion to make the smells stronger. To make sure other people could make a potion just like theirs, they collaborated to write a ‘recipe’ which included all of their ingredients, with adjectives to help people notice the things they used – for example:
‘Two spiky, green leaves’
‘One hard, brown stone’
‘Five shiny, red berries’
‘One beautiful, white flower’
Once they were finished, Year 1 decided what their magic ‘smelly potion’ would do; some decided it would make them fly, others thought it would make them grow until they were the size of a giant!
This is a great chance to stretch your imagination muscles, if you made your own magic smelly potion what would you want it to do? What would you use to make it? Remember to use adjectives to describe the items you use.
Exciting news! We are very close to finishing our new learning zone, The Hub. This will be a fantastic area for children to develop their literacy and numeracy skills through learning about animation, radio broadcasting and games based activities. It will also be the perfect place to stretch different learning muscles, you could make links to your mathematical knowledge when playing darts on the Kinect, or you could stretch your imagination muscles when deciding on back drops for a green screen; or you could develop your empathy and listening muscle in the radio station to produce a great broadcast.
As a school, we have tried to develop a learning environment that inspires children and encourages them to become more powerful learners though stretching their learning muscles in inspiring spaces; we are delighted that we think this area will allow them do this. Have a look at the developments below…
Launching the Hub-Display from Mr Harrison on Vimeo.
This term Year 4 have been learning about Ancient Egypt and have been working on various art activities with Mr Bilenko. Ismaeal and Amirah have written about the work they have done.
Hieroglyphics by Ismaeal
This term we have been learning about Ancient Egypt. My group were writing hieroglyphics. First we used our planning muscles when thinking about our work. We made a panel from card which we had recycled and then we copied the hieroglyphs from books and websites. We made the hieroglyphs by cutting strips of card and sticking them on the panel. At the end we painted them in a stone colour.
Necklaces by Amirah
We made necklaces that the Ancient Egyptians wore. We used cardboard instead of real gold and jewels. To decorate them we used oil pastels, straws, pva glue and coloured paper. After we decorated them we got a hole punch and put string through the holes. It took three lessons to do this work. I had to preserve throughout as it was hard.
Which learning muscles do you think Amirah and Ismaeal needed to stretch to complete these activities?
Last week, we introduced our new system of putting children in houses. Each house is represented by a House Captain from Year Six, and a Deputy House Captain from Year Five. We have named our houses after the famous Bradfordians Lister, Hockney, Delius, Priestley and MacMillan.
Remember, can earn house points by stretching your learning muscles and demonstrating excellent learning behaviours, such as becoming Powerful Learner of the Week, or by winning a house quiz. I wonder who the first winners of the house cup will be..?
This week Year 4 have started a new Literacy unit based on Newspaper Recounts. We are spending the first week learning to retell a newspaper report so that we can then use the structure, vocabulary and ideas to help us write our own reports.
First, we watched a video clip of the final race from the film Cars. Then Mrs Latka told us the text and we learnt it without actually seeing it! We invented actions and drew a text map to help us remember the text.
We have made some recordings of the class telling the text which we would love to share with you!
Can you watch and listen to see if you can match up the text to our text map below?
Can you work out why we used certain pictures to help us remember parts of the text?
VID00002 from Helen Latka on Vimeo.