Author visit in school

This Tuesday, Chae Stathie came into talk about his experiences as an author to Reception, Year 1, Year 2 also Year 3.  He talked about his stories and showed the children the story plan for one of his books. He read the his story before explaining what his other stories were all about, who the people in the story where and what their jobs were, as well where it was mainly set .

After he read all of his books to them, he worked with each year group to do a role play of the story. The children also go the chance to learn a dance and song linked to his book before having a closer look at his story plan.

By  Taylor

3H Class Assembly

Today,  Year 3 had  their  class assembly  that was all about a book that they have been reading and learning about in class. This book is called Little Babaji and they had been looking at it as part of world book week. The story is about a boy from India whose mum is called Mamaji and dad is called  Papaji. He lives with his dad and his mum.  One day his mum sewed him a dark, fiery red coat,  a light  green tropical green umbrella, purple shoes and bright sky looking blue trousers which his mum sold at a  shop called Bazar.

One day, he went to the forest wearing these clothes and saw a tiger approaching  him.  Suddenly,  the  tiger shouted out  “I am the greatest of them all.” So that he could leave safely,  Little Babayi  gave him his coat then the tiger raced into the misty forest and continued walking but encountered 3 more tigers who robed him of the rest of his new clothes. After telling their story, they sang Little Light of Mine and did two dances which were very well thought out.

by Daniel, Taylor

RD Class Assembly

Today was RD’s class assembly where we learnt about what they have done these last couple of months and the books they have read. At first, they talked about the brilliant way Reception Class have learnt how to spell all their sounds and letters; a girl even held up some letter cards while the class showed the audience how they remembered them all. On the other side of the hall, a boy went to write a few words they had discovered on their journey through reception.

The children began to talk about the book they had been reading over the past few weeks called Harry And The Dinosaur, which they had really enjoyed learning about. Even children dressed up in multi-coloured dinosaur costumes! One day, Harry went into his attic and discovered a bucket full of toy dinosaurs, which he imagined in his head were real. He went with his mum on holiday but suddenly he began to forget about his bucket full of dinosaurs, leaving the dinosaurs sad and upset. When he arrived home, he started to remember his dinosaurs.

It was a fantastic assembly and they all did a great job! Well done RD!

Emily-Mae and Taylor

 

RD assembly from Blakehill School on Vimeo.

Margaret Mulligan Assembly

This week, Blakehill had a fantastic surprise visit from a famous author named Margaret Mulligan, who wrote the book Katy Parker and The House That Cried. Gathered in the hall, Mrs Mulligan read out two extracts from the book – the first two pages of the first chapter and a few pages from around the middle of the book when the children had just been transported into the past after a long sleep in a haunted house that had stood since World War II. She talked to us about how the evacuees only got to take one suitcase and that you had to pick wisely and took in ideas of what the school would like to take if it was us nowadays. Margaret discussed with us some of the things that most of the children would take in the war such as:

. A teddy bear                                                                                                                                                     . A picture from home                                                                                                                                     . A Sunday outfit (your best clothes)                                                                                                         . One or two books                                                                                                                                           . An activity like paper and pens or a colouring book                                                                           . Underwear                                                                                                                                                         . Clothing                                                                                                                                                             . Bathroom Supplies

Mrs Mulligan has agreed to judge a story writing competition, which must include time-travel! But there is one problem… it can only be 500 words! Your story must:

. Include an element of time-travel                                                                                                             . Be at least half set during a famous period of time (like the time of dinosaurs, any world war and the victorian times!).                                                                                                                         . Be a maximum of 500 words.

There will be prizes for the best stories in ks1 ,Years 3-4 and Years 5-6. Your stories must be completed and returned by Monday 19th February. We encourage everyone to enter and have a go at this writing competition! And not only that, but it will be judged by Margaret Mulligan, the author herself! Good luck and enjoy writing!

By Emily Mae and Mckensey

 

4J’s Class Assembly

This afternoon, 4J performed a brilliant assembly for the rest of Blakehill, all about World War II. They had been reading a book in their English lessons called Friend or Foe, which is all about two boys who are evacuated to Devon and find two German soldiers, that have crashed from their plane! Using this book, the children have managed to produce multiple pieces of fantastic work such as a diary entry of David (a character in the book), a setting description of the streets that had been bombed and destroyed by the Germans and decision wheels, thinking about what would happen next in the chapter and story.

In topic, the class listened to Neville Chamberlain’s declaration of the war and then wrote from a person who was listening’s point of view. This week, they have learnt a song called “When you’re a kid in World War II” which was very catchy and had a fun rhythm, and sung it to us as they danced around!

This topic was really fun to learn all about and year 4 enjoyed reading the book and looking into the past of the war!

By Mckensey

 

Star Writer Awards

This week we had a Star Writer Assembly. The Star Writer is an award given to children from theier brilliant writing at Blakehill. We have KS1 on a Thursday and a KS2 on a Wednesday. .

This half terms the Star Writers in KS1 were:

  • 1W Ava.J
  • 1P Layla.W, Sachleen.K
  • 2P Leah.S, Jayden.H
  • 2S Holly.R, Charlie.W

In KS2 the Star Writers were:

  • 3R Ella.M
  • 3P Oliver.B
  • 4LO Lily.A
  • 6R Brooke.P, Ellie.W, Isabella.R, Ruby.C
  • 6S Lily Fenton Brown

Congratulations to all the children from KS1 and KS2 who received the award! If you would like to receive a Star Writer award keeping trying your best at school!

Brooke

4L Whale Assembly

Today 4L did a great class assembly about orca whales in captivity. First they showed us a video of whales in captivity doing tricks and explained what it made them feel like – it looked really cool. Then they found out how bad this was for the whales and wanted to prevent this from happening so they got help by writing letters to people at home and around school. They also wrote some acrostic poems and diary entries about whales to explore what they thought about whales being taken from the wild. They said that, in captivity the whales only live up to twenty years but in the wild they live up to eighty years old. We think this is shocking! Please help us save orcas because they are been caught and killed and we think it should stop! Here is an example of an acrostic poem:

Help baby orcas in captivity

Energetic orcas need space to roam

Lots of orcas are been killed in captivity

Peace is what the orcas need

It was a great assembly by 4L well done!

by Tom and Emily Mae

4L Whale Assembly

Today 4L did a great class assembly about orca whales in captivity. First they showed us a video of whales in captivity doing tricks and explained what it made them feel like – it looked really cool. Then they found out how bad this was for the whales and wanted to prevent this from happening so they got help by writing letters to people at home and around school. They also wrote some acrostic poems and diary entries about whales to explore what they thought about whales being taken from the wild. They said that, in captivity the whales only live up to twenty years but in the wild they live up to eighty years old. We think this is shocking! Please help us save orcas because they are been caught and killed and we think it should stop! Here is an example of an acrostic poem:

Help baby orcas in captivity

Energetic orcas need space to roam

Lots of orcas are been killed in captivity

Peace is what the orcas need

It was a great assembly by 4L well done!

by Tom and Emily Mae

2S A Midsummer Night’s Dream

As 2S prepared for a great assembly, the hall was in darkness with just twinkling fairylights to see by! The school waited patiently to see the best actors in town. For the last few weeks, Year 2 have been learning about Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Well people danced, fairies sang and the queen slept! The story all started with two people having a fight over a boy then they go to a fairy nest were queen is sang to sleep. If you want to find out more read the book! Their assembly Was magical and great to watch. Well done!                                
                                                                    by Emily Mae

Star Writer Assembly

On Wednesday 27th April 2016, the star writers assembly was held in the main hall at Blakehill. To achieve such a prestigious award you have to write a high level piece of work, use most of your success criteria and also achieve your learning objective. For those of you who don’t know what a learning objective or a success criteria are then please let us explain. A success criteria is a short list of tasks to complete or a list of things that you should be using in your writing in order to achieve your learning objective, this could be something such as descriptive language or using the correct punctuation.  A learning objective is a task set by your teacher that must be completed by the end of the lesson. The star writer awards go to Kian, Libby, Daniel, Alex, Holly, Taylor, Macey, Joseph, Emily, Logan, Ethan, Jack, Keo and Elyse. The children  achieved the award through their hard work in writing and checking over  it  ensure it met the success criteria and learning objective.

If you would like a Star Writer award make sure you keep trying your hardest in lessons and take every opportunity to show off how well you can write.

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By Max and Tom