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Our topic during the spring term is the Chocolate Challenge. We will be looking at the origins of chocolate, the geography of South America and the ancient civilisation of the Mayans. We will be designing and making our own chocolates plus lots of other exciting craft products. This will culminate in an Easter Craft Fair, where we will raise money towards our chosen charities.
In the story, we looked at how the landscape through the window changes as time passes, but not always in a good way!
The children were then asked to draw the view from their windows at home, describing the view and how it might have changed over the years/months and how it might change in the future.
The above pictures show the excellent effort they put into this homework. Well done class 7!
In the story of ‘Window’, we follow the story of Sam, who from a baby, grows up in a house where the view from his window and the landscape around him changes gradually over time. Near the end of the story, Sam is moving to a new home with a child of his own.
Here are some excellent examples of Class 7's diary entries. Written from Sam’s perspective on the day he moves house, he recounts his memories as a boy growing up and the different changes that have taken place over the passing years.
Today saddens me as I will leave my perfect paradise - called home. Although it does not feel so perfect now. I can remember how my Mum used to hold me by the bedroom window and I could see the avocado leaves, the angel butterflies flutter in the sky and Gingey run like Usain Bolt! But now that view is a city over run by people, cluttering cars, builders building. I feel sorry for the animals I once played with.
By Callum Jones (Class 7)
Today is the day. The day that I will be leaving my broken down, dusty old home that my mother raised me in for 22 years. The small, dirty garden, which I used to run into every day and breathe in the country air, has become nothing but dread in my heart. Bustling with noise. Not like my childhood with beautiful animals to play with. I want my son or daughter to have the life I did. No noise. Just elegant birds that soar to the ground like a dart. Horse stables and a pig’s sty where I could ride any play with the animals. Endless hours of running and laughing. All of it now gone.
By Libby Faulkner (Class 7)
Today is the day that I leave my beloved home. So much has changed. What I once saw out of my window is now a highway for cars, planes and polluting smoke rising into the sky. What I once saw was a peaceful paradise of outback creatures and a sort of giant playground. When I look out of my window now, all I see are cars, more cars and a stuffed bird hanging from the window. I feel bad for all of the animals that lost their lives and my future child who won’t see what I once saw.
By Jack Mitten (Class 7)
Finally I am going to move house and change my life as I know it. As I take a minute to look at the years passed so much has changed since I was little! Looking out of my bedroom window for the last time I remember the lush green trees I played on are now houses and skyscrapers. I am shocked that the paradise like view is now an angry city storming with people and cars. There was an adventure every day that I spent in the Amazon-like garden with amazing and fascinating animals all around me. I feel sad and happy at the same time. I am happy about seeing trees and wildlife again but sad about leaving my house that I grew up in.
By Maisie Cowley (Class 7)
I’m Sam and I am 22 years old. Today my life will take a dramatic change and it will be a wonderful one. I feel excited and dizzy because I am leaving the house I’ve grown up in all my life. It is baffling to think that where there is now McDonalds golden arch, was once a stable with ponies and horses that I could stroke. I dislike that they have now cut down my once hide and seek jungle. I will hate to leave the home that holds such sunny, vivid memories. But I would love to have a child soon and I want them to have a paradise to explore and my lovely cats Pumpkin and Spice will love the golden fields. When I was little I tried to count all the leaves on the teal trees (I never got close). I’d see how many gorgeous animals I could count in one day – a kangaroo, bird, and butterfly. I remember rushing downstairs on my birthday to find neatly wrapped presents with a shiny, metallic bow. I want my future grandchildren to dwell upon their childhood when they are older. Exactly what I am doing now sat in my red rocking chair.
I loved my life in this house but now it is time for a new chapter in my story!
By Emily Hartin (Class 7)
Without hesitation, a bolt of lighting strick the tree next to me and illuminated the dark sky. A large cloaked man stood behind it grinning horribly. Then, there the bell started ringing, as if to indicate that my time was up.
By Luke. S
All of a sudden there was a ring of a church bell, but there was no church around. Out of the corner of my eye I saw shoes but no people wearing them, but they were moving. In a blink of an eye I was drenched and there it was, the feet were next to me. I was getting more freaked out as the seconds went by.
By Trinity. B
Cautiously, I trembled through the horrifying path...I could see the shimmering moonlight shining down on me. The wolves' howling echoed across the rainy, damp path.
By Luke. H
Get Set to Ace It! Competition
For this week's English homework, we would like pupils to submit a motivational speech to GB athletes who will compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Pupils should use the persuasive features that they have been taught in English to inspire our athletes to perform the best that they can.
We could win an experience day at The National Tennis Centre in London, free tennis equipment for our school or a year's free school tennis membership (with the chance to access tickets to Wimbledon in 2017).
The winning speeches will be delivered to the tennis teams in advance of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and teams will be asked to respond to winning schools.
Email your written speech or film to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please complete this short survey by clicking the link below to give your opinion on Get Set's Road to Rio. We may win the chance to have a visit from a Paralympic athlete at our school!
Year 5 were thrilled to join Tim Peake with his training through completing the Train Like An Astronaut programme and covering the 400km between Earth and the ISS via the Space 2 Earth initiative.
They are now using data from Tim's training sessions in their maths lessons.
Discover what it's like to exercise on the ISS using this link:
Class 8 have had great fun using Adobe Voice to share some of the facts that they have learnt about the Maya. Please use the links below to view their work:
https://youtu.be/QQgqkIViC4U by Jack. B and Sebastian
https://youtu.be/SpPEt_oDrc4 by Emily
https://youtu.be/Aiih5Sq1uEc by Charlie. J and Sam
https://youtu.be/RmX0VwdS2Bw by Archisha and Alex
https://youtu.be/mL8qSPUAG2Q by Abbie and Leni
https://youtu.be/ecSno3ECmQY by Alicia.D and Lily
https://youtu.be/rJmIFQXjEBQ by Charlie. P and William
https://youtu.be/_BSHQPGC7AI by Daisy and Amber
https://youtu.be/1fbeALx1r48 by Charlotte and Ethan. L