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Spring Term 1

Tales Around The Table

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Happy New Year

Welcome back and may I start by wishing everyone a very Happy New Year. It has been great listening to the children today and them telling me all about their holidays and what they have got up to. It has been wonderful watching them all being so happy to see their friends and spend time chatting to them.

 

Our theme for this term, as the title at the top of this page says, is Tales Around The Table. We are going to be producing writing and work based on the tales of King Arthur.

 

We have already made a fantastic start to this topic today during our creative curriculum day. We all designed our own sword, based on Excalibur of which a few of us had heard of before and have paced these in a large piece of stone to create a bright and vivid display.

 

At the same time, some children painted large drawings of key characters from the tales; King Arthur himself, the mysterious Merlin and two knights in their full battle armour.

 

We also placed ourselves in knight helmets and wrote our names in our neatest calligraphy styles, some of us not being able to resist writing 'Sir' or 'Lady' before them.

 

Finally we created our own crests using our favourite colours and including images that represented us, whether that be animals or other images and made our own crowns for when we are knighted.

 

Below are some images of our work from just our first day back - we can't wait to get stuck into our work so keep coming back to see how we are getting on.

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Reminders - Weekly Routines

 

May I also take this opportunity to remind you to encourage and support your child with their reading book from school and add a small comment or signature in their reading record. These books, along with their times tables record and spelling books need to be in school on Wednesday, ready for the children to be tested and listened to read during Thursday and Friday if needed.

Merlin Character Profiles

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After reading the opening of the Sword in the Stone, we discussed what Merlin could have been like. Following this discussion, we wrote some descriptions about him - trying to remember to write in paragraphs. Below are examples of our pieces of writing.
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Below are some of Merlin images we drew after completing our character descriptions.
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If I was Merlin for a day, I would...

We thought what it would be like to have Merlin's powers and had great fun thinking up what we would do. Below are some videos of just some examples of what we came up with. Apologies to some teachers!

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Alive and Kicking - Camelot!

On Tuesday 15th January, John from Alive and Kicking came into school and worked with our writing group. We had a really fun time with him. We started off with a Camelot quiz where we had to open envelopes and arrange latters to spell words associated with King Arthur and Camelot.

Following this, we went into the hall and thought about the character Gawain and some of the quests he may have gone on. In small groups we created short freeze frames and 30 second dramas to show our quests.

At the end of the day, we got together with the other writing groups and watched as they acted out what it would have been like to be a knight during their training and the challenges they may have faced.

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Gawain Quests

Following our drama workshop with Alive and Kicking, we were eager to write our own quest stories. After creating some storyboards we spent a week writing the different sections of the story, trying to build up all the features needed to make our writing exciting for the reader (fronted adverbials, suspense, good description, challenges, interesting creatures and a range of punctuation).

 

Below are just a sample of our stories that are now on display in our class. As you can see, we loved writing them and didn't want to stop. Mr Robins needs to buy some new pencils we wrote so much!

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Adverts for a Knight

After reading The Sword in the Stone, we imagined the excitement that must have been around the country following the announcement for people to try and remove the sword. We discussed that there would have been no internet or television, so decided that the only way people would have known would have been for messages to be pinned to trees.

We wrote some adverts explaining what people were invited to try and do and tried to include some characteristics that we thought would be suitable for a knight.

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Morgan Le Fay

We looked at a new character from the Tales of King Arthur, Morgan Le Fay and discussed whether she was a good or wicked person. Our conclusions were similar.

 

Her Lair

We considered what her home could have been like and created some images of her lair. Below are some examples of our images.

Following this, we wrote our descriptions of her lair, including prepositions to explain where things would be in the room, along with using expanded noun phrases and good adjectives to make it sound really mysterious.

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Character Descriptions of Morgan Le Fay

We looked at some images of how artists have portrayed this interesting character and again discussed her as a person. From this we created our own images and surrounded them with words used to describe her. From these, we then started to add them into descriptive sentences to try and explain what type of person she would have been. We don't think she particularly nice!

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End of Topic Display

At the end of each topic, we like to create a display (just outside 4CJ) that includes examples of all the different work we have produced and completed. Here are a couple of images of that display. We hope that during the forthcoming parental consultations that will be taking place next term, you are able to walk past and take a closer look at our amazing work.

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