Year 4b

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Video Adverts

When we studied persuasive adverts we made videos to persuade us to visit other countries. The videos were finished a while ago but they’ve not been put on our blog before because we were always going to use them in our assembly. Now we’ve had our assembly, enjoy the videos. :)

Brian Moses – Beat Poetry @ Brookburn!

On Wednesday we were lucky to have Brian Moses, a published poet, in our school performing many of his wonderful poems. I’d read and enjoyed some of his poems before, I even have at least one of his collections in my library, but I had no idea he would be so fantastic! Inspired by Bob Dylan, Brian delivered lots of his poems using percussion; he would deliver to the beat, go quieter/louder to add dynamics, he gave us excitingpoems, sad poems, happy, funny, dramatic, scarey poems… My class thoroughly enjoyed it, as did KS2.
You can see the excitement in the children’s faces on these pictures.

Enjoy!
Brian Moses on PhotoPeach

Superheroes For Hire!

Last week KS2 had a writing week dedicated to Superheroes. As we were already looking at persuasive writing, our class decided to make classified ads (those adverts that you sometimes see on notice boards in SUPERmarkets) to advertise the skills of different Superheroes that we made up. It was a great oportunity to create our own Superhero and it also gave us a chance to practice using connectives to explain how our characters could help people and to explain some of their limitations.
The characters were designed in our sketch books before being drawn and finally coloured using drawing ink. Finally the pictures were put with the classified texts and backed ready for display.
I hope you enjoy looking at them, I think they are all SUPER. Please feel free to use your own superlatives to describe this work ;)
Superheroes For Hire! on PhotoPeach

Using My Senses

At the end of our poetry unit we looked a poem called Using My Senses as a starting point for our own senses poems. Following on from our sound poems, we used ICT, this time using Microsoft Movie Maker, to record our own poems. Then we collected and altered images to go with the words of our poem. Finally we tried to add sounds to help us illustrate our ideas to the next level.

Persuade me…

At the moment we are looking at persuasive writing in our literacy work, consequently I thought I’d put a blog up here so that we can practise and collect examples of persuasive language.  I decided to base it on the party game where you normally have to remember what the first person said before adding an extra item for the next person to add to the list.

Usually the game makes a list of undescribed items (I bought an apple, seven sausages, a Beano comic… etc.), let’s try to make a list of amazingly appealing items instead.

To start us off…

I went to the shop and bought a delicious, freshly picked green apple.

Performing Poetry

We have recently begun studying poetry. We have looked at rhyme, rhythm, alliteration, similes, metaphors and personification so far, with a big focus on the images that the poets try to create. As part of our study we have been learning poems by heart and have also been looking at how we could add sounds and (in future) pictures to help to show poetic imagery.
These poems were studied over two days for their imagery and use of different features, then we decided to add sounds. This is part of an ICT project as we are going to use Vye personal computers to create our own performance poetry very soon.
The poems that we have recorded are:
Last Night I saw the City Breathing by Andrew Fusek Peters.

The Magic Box by Kit Wright.

The Snow Monster by John Foster

Being Told Off by Fiona Tomlinson.

The Sea is a Hungry Dog by James Reeves

Tudor Research

During this half-term we are going to write reports about different aspects of Tudor life. Instead of the whole class studying food one day, fashion the next etc., we are going to each choose an area that we are interested in and research it as our homework.
For example, you may be interested in one of these topics:
weapons, food, fashion, rich and poor, schools and education, sport and leisure, health and hygiene, crime and punishment, Tudor theatres, ships, house, medicine, religion, explorers, houses, the battle of Bosworth, Henry VIII, Henry VII, Shakespeare or ANYTHING!
Let me know what you are doing and what you have found out on this blog.

Book Week!

During World Book Week we have had our own book fair here at Brookburn. We have had four book stands packed with amazing reads to look at. We also had a special Book Week assembly where we had a visitor to talk through some of the many books on show, to help guide our choices by telling us about some of the wonderful stories and fabulous fact books on show.
Book Week on PhotoPeach
What is your favourite story? Who is your favourite author? Have you read any good books recently? What are you currently reading?

Tudor Calligrams

Calligrams are where the words are used to make a picture of the object that they are describing. We are writing stories set in Tudor times and we have chosen to set tham at sea. Consequently we made calligrams for Tudor vocabulary and other words that we would need for our stories.
Perhaps we’ll be able to post sections of the stories up here when they are ready.
Calligrams for a Tudor voyage (part 1) on PhotoPeach
Here’s part 2.
Tudor Calligrams (part 2) on PhotoPeach

Using Speech Marks

“Speech marks can be tricky,” announced Mr. Sumner.

An arm shot up from the back of the class.

“Yes Sean?” Mr. Sumner continued.

“What’s hard about them?” Sean asked.

First of all we need to remember to put speech marks around all the words that are said out loud,Mr. Sumner replied.

“Is that it?” asked Pippi.

You also need capital letters and full stops, just like normal sentances.”  Mr. Sumner continued.

The class was silent for a while, thinking about what they had to remember, then Reuben noticed something else.

“You also need to start a new line every time there is a change in who is speaking, “ he said, “but if the same person carries on you can stay on the same line!” finished Reuben.

“That’s true Reuben,” said Mr, Sumner, “it’s like in a film.  When people have a conversation in a film, the camera keeps showing their faces so it flicks between the people talking.  When you write, starting on a new line is like getting a new camera shot so that the reader can follow who is speaking more easily.”

Now have a go at writing some speech, using all the ideas above, as a comment below.  Don’t forget to say who the speaker is.