Weekly round up

Congratulations to everyone on completing the SATs – and without any fuss and bother 🙂

We’ve started a new project on ‘Ways of thinking and living in China’.  Here are a few opening thoughts and comments from Nell, Sylvie, Zeca, Ellie, Patrick and Emily:

  • I think we can learn from China by looking at their different culture and they looking at ours – maybe adjusting ours as well.  Nell
  • I think if people learn their [Chinese] ideas, thinking and opinions, and they learn ours, it could bring the world closer together and create a better understanding between different ways of life.  Sylvie
  • We can learn about their types of medicine, their lives, routines and more.  Zeca
  • I definitely know that we can learn from the Chinese because they believe in Daoism – and that’s the flow of the universe – instead of just inventing and building for the sake of it like we do.  Ellie
  • I think we can learn from the way Chinese people live, and they can learn about how we live, because we still live in the same world and people should learn not to be prejudiced.  I think that England should start thinking more about other countries’ lifestyles because we don’t have all the ideas.  You need to listen to others to make the world better.  Emily
  • I think we can learn how Chinese people think and live, and experience the way they live and how it is different to our lifestyle.  Patrick



Somebody or nobody

6CM performed a class poem entitled Somebody or nobody at this morning’s Rosendale ‘poetry slam’ hosted by poet and rapper Breis.


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We used Emily Dickinson’s I’m Nobody! and Muhammad Ali’s Last night I had a dream as inspiration and wrote poems about being a ‘somebody’ or a ‘nobody’.  There are a series of poems that respond to one another.  Breis gave special mention to Myah (for her performance) and Jim, Archie and Nathan (for their words).  Later, Breis came into the classroom and read the children’s poems back to them – which was exciting to listen to.

Here are the poems in the order they were performed.

Somebody or nobody?

Why be somebody
When you can be nobody.
Why have fame
And have many know your name.
Why not be backstage –
Instead of in spotlight’s cage.
So why be somebody,
When you can be nobody?

Nina, Olivia and Sylvie

I love to be in the spotlight
I love to have fortune and fame
I love to be up on stage in sight
So people can call out my name.
I love luxury and riches
No matter the cost or price
Sometimes it lands me in stiches
But I don’t mind rolling the dice.

Nell and Sarafina

Sometimes it’s nice to be simple
Who needs fame and fortune
Just to live a simple life
And one you won’t regret.
Who needs to be in the newspaper
Who needs to be on TV
Just live a life – a simple life
And that’s the one for me.


I’m great, unlike you!

You crumble like cake
You got jealous of my hair
Whilst you wear a wig
Like Donald Trump
You think you’re so big
I’ll get you a grave to dig
And your wallet’s getting thinner
Mine’s bigger
Like my lyrics

Archie and Jim

We are cool
We left school
We lurk late
We strike straight
We sing sin
We drink gin
We jazz in June
We will die soon.

Caspar and Mohammed

My name’s Nathan
My cut stings
Like a bee
I’m just a wannabee
Stop trying to steal my sweets!
You can’t see me
In my lambourghini
Which is black
I’m black
I’m invisible
So you can’t see me
So stop trying
I’m perfect
So crown me.


The spotlight shines on you
For you crave it.
You are a somebody
You hate the gloom
And I’m a nobody
At the back of the room
Watching you walk
Listening to you croak your name.


I’m angry, I’m angry
And I just can’t keep it in
I wanna scream and shout
I really wanted to win
Then rain falls down
Filling my shoes to the brim.
How lonely I am
As the anger kicks in.

I’m angry, I’m angry
My life is a lie
My brain keeps teasing me
I wish I could die!
I am so weary
I sleep in day
And wake up to the sound of a light.

I’m happy, I’m happy
I’ve just had an idea
How about I make some friends
And do it with cheer.
Little did I know,
There was someone at the door,
And I didn’t hear.


Macbeth’s sililoquy – the girls

We’ve really enjoyed studying Macbeth.  Here are some of the sililoquies that Shakespeare might have written… look out for Temmyyaa’s BRILLIANT AND HILARIOUS Scottish accent and some wonderful dramatic performances


Murder in Glamis!

Use independent learning to comment on the newspaper articles by Nell and Mohammed. What do you think about the style and tone? Do they sound like an article you might read in a newspaper? Try to identify all the different tenses they use in their writing. You should be able to find examples of each of the different forms of past tense we’ve studied (past simple, past progressive and past perfect).


Murder in Glamis!

Late last night, King Duncan of Scotland died a brutal death whilst staying at Glamis Castle, ancestral home to Lord Macbeth.

It is said that Macbeth himself found the body lying in bed with both guards unconscious and covered in blood and holding daggers. Macbeth is said to have gone into a flaming rage and killed both guards on the spot.

Many people believe that the blame should go to King Duncan’s sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, who were in line for the throne. Both have fled the country, which people think seems to confirm their guilt.

After speaking to some of the king’s private servants, one agreed to tell us what they saw in the room. “It was horrific,” he said. “There was blood on the walls and the bed sheets were dripping in blood.” He claimed that the king’s eyes were white and a dagger was plunged through his heart. Lady Macbeth has said that she is appalled such a thing could happen in her family home. “I have had sleepless nights,” she said. “I constantly wonder whether a killer is right around the corner.”

In Malcolm and Donalbain’s absence, Lord and Lady Macbeth are expected to be crowned King and Queen of Scotland.


Duncan’s Death!

Yesterday, at Glamis Castle, King Duncan was found murdered.

Duncan was staying at Glamis Castle, which is the home of Macbeth, who the king had just pronounced Thane of Cawdor. It was victory against the Norwegian army that made the king choose him for the position.

The body was discovered by one of Macbeth’s servants. He had two wounds, one to his chest and another to his head. It seemed like the murder was committed by the guards who were discovered dead outside the bedchamber covered in blood. Filled with grief and horror, Macbeth had killed both guards on the spot.

The king’s sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, who are to inherit the throne of Scotland, have run away to Ireland and England.

We asked Macbeth how he felt that someone had killed the king. Macbeth said, “I am very shocked that someone has committed a big crime killing our beloved king in my castle.” Lady Macbeth said that she was scared because the people that killed the king might still be free.

As Malcolm and Donalbain have left the country, Macbeth is now going to be king.


Thoughts about war

We ended our study of the Second World War by reflecting on war generally; on whether war can ever be justified; and on whether, as individuals, we think that we might ever be prepared to fight in a war.  

Although the Second World War is now part of history, we discussed the terrible fighting currently taking place on the edge of Europe (images of Aleppo in Syria that we looked at were similar to many of the images that we had studied of cities destroyed in the Second World War).  We agreed that, although we are fortunate to live in a stable part of the world, we should not think of war as something that only happens in other places to other people at other times, and that it’s important to develop our own views and understanding about issues of war and peace.  Here’s a selection of the reflections.

Ignas said: “I’ve learned that “the Second World War was a horrific time of death and anger and that we should try to prevent war in the future.”  Jim similarly: “..war is unimaginably awful and scars people for life”.   Nell said, “I have learned how lucky we are to be in a safe part of the world and how we should be grateful for our health and homes.”

Ellie wrote: “I’ve learned that war is about blood and bravery, right and wrong, and great and evil leaders.   War is life changing and always life ending.  My views on war haven’t and will not change.   I believe that if you start a war out of choice your innards are ugly and black and you are inhuman to be so cruel.”

The children reflected on what had helped them to understand the nature of war.  Sarafina said: “I’ve learned that the Second World War was a cold, dark, dangerous time in history….  What helped me understand was family history, other people’s points and perspectives , and stories of what happened to them.”  Nina: “The family histories made me understand war from different perspectives.  Images of war helped me see what was going on.  The Silver Sword makes me realise that children go through dangerous times too.”

There were lots of different points of view on whether war could ever be justified.  Ignas: “I think that we have to be prepared to fight but we have to try every resort before we do… we are fighting for peace not for fun.”   Temmyyaa:  “I have learned that war isn’t about yourself, it’s about people you care for…. I would be able to fight for my country, the people I care for.”

On the other side,  Caspar: “I’m an absolute pacifist, because I hate the idea of killing.” Sylvie:  “I think I am a pacifist.  I just think it’s wrong and I couldn’t bring myself to kill people living who have feelings and families who care for them.  And if it wasn’t war, we could have been friends.”  Sarafina: “I am an absolute pacifist.  I would never, ever go out to fight in a war.  People don’t understand what they’re doing.  As soon as they sign their name, their life has changed.”

Nell tries to take a balanced view: “ I don’t feel war is a solution but in a way I understand why we had them because the Nazis needed to be stopped.”   Jim says, “War can be justified and can bring out good leaders.   Also we can learn from it and make sure it never happens again.”  Do you think Jim’s right?  Can we learn from history?

Roald Dahl at 100

To mark the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth, the children wrote reflections, in independent learning, about what he has meant to them so far in their young lives.  Here are thoughts we enjoyed from Faith, Zeca, Nell, Jim and Sylvie – d0 add your own.

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Faith.  Roald Dahl was an extremely creative person.  He had a great spirit and soul.  Even now he lives on for some people.  His books make hundreds of children and adults laugh. He has written over 50 books!  Children love his books.  They’re full with joy, laughter and sometimes sadness.  Even though he has died, he may live and breath among us until the end of time.

Zeca.  Roald Dahl is Roald Dahl: awesome, growth-minded, excellent, wonderful, creative, impressive, hard working, undescribable.

Nell.  I think all of his books are wonderful.  They make me laugh.  They make me sad. And they make me want to keep on reading all night.

Jim.  To me, Roald Dahl means many hours of great childhood memories…. I think of dark, rainy nights with my light on reading.

Sylvie.  Roald Dahl is a source of crazy words!  His world is crazy…. and you could call it BIG like what goes on in his stories.  Roald Dahl is a phizzwhizzing author!


Great emotion

Use independent learning to comment on your classmates’ writing.  Remember that the main aim of this piece of writing was to capture some of the emotion of the man writing the letter.

Gabriel’s letter began, “I am writing this letter to you because of the monster called money.  It always asks and wants, more and more, but we can’t keep it satisfied for much longer.”   Do you think that makes an effective opening?

Nell uses dashes in the way we saw them used in The Silver Sword.  “In my heart – deep, deep down – I know this is the right decision and I know we will meet again and have a happier life.  A life where you, too, can be free.”  How do you think this works?

Now, take a deep breath and read these extracts from the part of Sylvie’s letter where she really gets going.  “… my heart throbs for you, my arms feel empty, my world feels dark and heavy, lined with sorrow….We must carry on this battle with fate, plough on through the murky waters of life and keep hope…. Our boat of joy, happiness and faith for the future has not sunk yet!”  

And how about this from Emily: “I love you more than you could ever imagine – two jewels of hope on a horizon that has never seemed darker.”  Another effective use of a dash too!