Thursday, 29 November 2012

Through the Myst door...

As we explore further into the land of Myst, we have discovered that it is a world full of doors. The doors seem to be everywhere we look! We have been predicting what might be through the doors- then exploring to see whether we were right. However, sometimes the doors are locked!

Here are some of the doors we have seen so far- can you remember where we saw them?


Source: Myst Exile- Ubisoft/ Focus Multimedia Ltd.
After looking closely at the designs of some of the doors in Myst, we designed and made our own!


Our Class Kenning

As promised... here is the Kenning we wrote and recorded as a class for Friendship Week.
The title of our Kenning is 'Friend'. We used the microphone to record our lines and put them together to create this super poem.

To listen to our poem click here!

Monday, 26 November 2012


Last week, as part of Friendship Week, St. George's class wrote a class Kenning poem about what a friend is. * COMING SOON to the blog as a new podcast! *

A Kenning is an interesting form of poetry that uses only 2 words on each line, with the second word ending in -er. It gives you lots of clues about the subject of the poem, by telling you what it does, or likes or looks like, but it doesn't tell you what the poem is actually about.

Can you be a super Kenning detective and work out what these poems by St. George's class are about?

Antonio's Kenning:

Night flyer,
Blood drinker,
Cave sleeper,
Black skinner,
Fast flyer,
Loop flyer,
Noise maker,
Fruit eater.

What am I?

Abel's Kenning:

Fast runner,
Spot wearer,
Prey hunter,
Rainforest creeper,
Water devourer,
Beautiful viewer.

What am I?

Sofia's Kenning:

People helper,
World creator,
World protector,
Heart maker,
Love creator,
Nature maker,
People carer,
Argument breaker.

What am I?

Ella W.'s Kenning:

Night breaker,
Dawn maker,
Light creator,
Heat giver,
Tan maker.

What am I?

Aoife's Kenning:

Sister hater,
Lego lover,
Top-bunk sleeper,
Good fighter,
Skate boarder,
Leg grabber,
Star-Wars watcher,
Promise breaker.

What am I?

Calum's Kenning:

Good scorer,
Bicycle kicker,
Sweden player,
Tattoo wearer.

What am I?

Chelsea's Kenning:

Great runner,
Good thrower,
Super pole-vaulter,
Awesome triple-jumper,
Spectacular hurdler,
Excellent shot-putter.

What am I?

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Friendship Week!

This week at school is Friendship Week!

All week we will be using the lovely book 'The Rainbow Fish' by Marcus Pfister to explore ideas around friendship.

Source: North South Books; Marcus Pfister

So far this week we have made some beautiful Rainbow Fish biscuits with Mr. Croft and Mrs Cook. Take a look! Yummy!

Today we did a short piece of timed writing about the Rainbow Fish. We used our super similes and amazing adjectives to describe the beautiful Rainbow Fish. Here are some examples of our descriptions, you can click on each picture to make it bigger and easier to read:

By Ella F.
By Rhiannon
By Eliska
By Jack
 By Jacob

By Cassea 

 By Ella W.

By Rosa
Leave us a comment and let us know what you think of our writing (or our biscuits!)- we would love to hear your opinions.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Our Myst Creatures and Their Habitats!

This week we combined our Myst adventure with our learning about habitats in science. We looked at the different habitats that we could see in the Myst settings. Once we had identified the habitats, we used our imaginations to create some creatures that might live there. We thought about what a creature that lived in each habitat might eat, look like and need to survive.

Here is a selection of some of our creatures- hope you're feeling brave, as some are a little scary!

Thursday, 15 November 2012


Source: BBC
Here are some really fun habitats games for you to play!
Click on the picture below to play the games.
Leave a comment to let me know how you got on.

Source: Scholastic
Source: abpi schools

Shoebox Habitat Science Project

Science Project

Our science topic this half term is ‘Habitats’. This homework project will help you to learn about one habitat in detail.

You need to make a shoebox habitat. We hope that you will put lots of effort into this project and use your creativity!

First choose one of these habitats (it may only be from these choices):

·         Forest

·         Sea

·         Polar

·         Rainforest

·         Desert

1.     Decorate the inside of the shoebox to look like your habitat.  For example a forest habitat may have trees and leaves.

2.     Then add 3D animals (models or pictures either printed or drawn) and plants.

3.     You must include at least 2 animals from your habitat and at least 2 plants that live in your habitat. Label the items in your habitat.

4.     The box should not be bigger than an adult sized shoebox.

5.     Label the items in your habitat.

6.     On the back of the shoebox,  attach a piece of paper with your name, the name of the habitat, where in the world you would find your habitat and what types of animals and plants you would find there.

This project will be your homework for the next 3 weeks.

It is due on TUESDAY 4th DECEMBER.

We will be running a club on Friday lunchtime for the next 3 weeks if any children would like some extra help with their shoebox habitat.
Remember to turn the shoebox on its side before you start! See below:
Here are some super examples made by other children:


Source: Amanda O'Brien

Source: bingobonnie

Source: lifewith4js

Source: pic2fly

These links might be helpful for your project:

Monday, 12 November 2012

Brilliant Bar Charts!

Last week we looked at some bar charts (and made some of our own!) and thought of some questions we could ask about them.

This bar chart shows how many ice creams were sold by one shop in a week:

These are some of the questions that we asked about the chart:

Can you think of any other questions that we can ask about this bar chart? Remember that they must be questions that we can answer by looking only at the bar chart, we don't have any other information.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Myst and Super Writing!

Our adventure has begun! St. George's class have leapt into the world of Myst. Myst is an incredible game with beautiful, but mysterious, settings.

We spent our first lesson looking at the first landscape in the game, then each child had to write me a letter persuading me to allow them to come on the adventure. They had to use their imaginations to think about which skills would be useful on the adventure, then persuade me that they were just the person for the job!

Source: Myst Exile- Ubisoft/ Focus Multimedia Ltd.

Here are some examples of the fantastic writing from St. George's class this week:

A persuasive letter from Calum:

Dear Miss Benn,

I have enjoyed discovering Myst. I think you should let me come on the adventure to Myst because I am an archaeologist and I am also very good at building. My contraptions are very good! I could give you a swimming pool to keep you cool and I could break a rock and get water for you.

I would be helpful on the journey because I could take pictures for you on my camera. I could help by making lots of transport and taking lots of bricks.

I would most like to see the things that live there. If I am not there, please tell me if people live there.

Yours sincerely,


A Persuasive Letter from Cordelia:

Dear Miss Benn,

If you need a doctor and an animal specialist, then I'm the one to take. Here are some reasons why. I am a FANTASTIC animal specialist and I can tell what every animal is from worms to bears and we will probably see some bizarre animals.

Now, on the doctor front if you, Catherine or her baby got sick I would be there in a jiffy. I am also a great journalist and I could write a story about it and lots of people would want to come and they might bring some food, money, music and water.

So pleeeeeeeeeeease can I come? I am so GREAT and interested in the place called Myst. Just remember I'm a journalist, doctor and animal specialist.



Description of the First Myst Scene by Thalia and Abel:

In a deserted mysterious island there stands flaming hot mountains the size of Mount Everest. You can feel the soles of your feet burning like flaming lava. The sky is gleaming bright blue. The land is as hot as the crust of the earth.

Description of the First Myst Scene by Sofia and Cordelia:

On a magical, mysterious island called Myst there are flaming crunchy rocks that are like crisps. As you step on the floor you can hear your feet playing a rhythm and in the background you can hear the rocks falling off the cliffs. If you look carefully you might see rabbits poking out of their holes. It's got pure blue sky with birds flapping their wings. It's got blue ants that are 1000 years old. There are loads of colourful bright flowers.

Diary Entry of Our First Day in Myst by Ella F.:

Dear Diary,

I'm in shock! So the man went into his study and then... sorry, I should begin from the start. At about 6 o'clock this morning the huge ship came into the dock. We had been travelling for three days and three nights (!) so I was glad to get off the mini Titanic. As soon as I got off I saw the most overwhelming landscape I had ever seen.

I was staring at a huge, rocky, lava-like area. Suddenly, I heard a voice behind me- I turned around. I was staring at a slim, pretty woman holding a baby.
"Would you, by any chance, be Catherine?" I said.
"Yes," she said, "I am."

We were now in the study, and I was staring at a crystal rose, the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.
"Atrus will be in in a minute," Catherine said.
"Thank you," I replied.

Atrus came into his study a minute later. "Now," he said, "I -" suddenly there was a huge crash and an old man burst into the study. He threw  a fireball at Atrus, missing and hitting his desk instead. He grabbed one of Atrus' books, jumped into it and disappeared. I ran at the book and grabbed it, then everything went black.

I woke up and wondered where I was and then I realised. I was in the book!

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Haiti Posters

To end our Haiti topic, we produced posters to persuade people to visit Haiti. We considered the positive, exciting things about Haiti (rather than some of the sadder things we have learnt about). Below you can see some examples of our work:

Please leave us a comment to tell us what you think of our work.

Aoife made this fabulous video to persuade people to visit Haiti- it made Miss Benn giggle so much that we wanted to share it with you! Enjoy!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

'Bouki Goes to Market'- Our first podcast!

At the end of our Haiti topic we discovered the Haitian tradition of 'Krik Krak' oral storytelling. We listened to a folk tale called Bouki Goes to Market and played lots of games to learn the story. Each child was able to tell the story and we all joined in to tell the story together, one line at a time.

We used a microphone to record our storytelling and Miss Benn has uploaded it as a podcast.

To hear our story, click here!

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Firework Safety

I hope you're all enjoying the fireworks this week! It's 5th November tomorrow, so remember that fireworks are exciting and beautiful, but they can also be dangerous. We need to follow the Firework Code to make sure we enjoy fireworks safely. Click on the picture below to see the full Firework Code.