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Language Skills (Secondary)

Good morning everyone,

This week we are exploring poetry!

Today’s topic (final one this week) is animals.

Activities to choose from:

Enjoy the following poems about animals (they may also give you some ideas for your own poems):

TIGER

I’m a tiger

Striped with fur

Don’t come near

Or I might Grrr

Don’t I come near

Or I might growl

Don’t come near

Or I might

BITE!

Mary Ann Hoberman

 

KITTY

Look at pretty little Kitty

Gnawing on a bone!

How I wish she’d eat some fish

And leave my leg alone.

Doug MacLeod

  

THE TICKLE RHYME

“Who’s that tickling my back?” said the wall.

“Me,” said a small

Caterpillar. “I’m learning

To crawl.”

Ian Serraillier

 

Good luck!

Laura Leathem (Language and Communication Teacher)

Language Skills (Secondary)

Good morning everyone,

This week we are exploring poetry!

Today’s topic is funny or nonsense poetry.

Activities to choose from:

Enjoy the following fun and nonsense poems (they may also give you some ideas for your own poems):

The Old Man Of Peru

 There was an old man of Peru,

Who dreamt he was eating his shoe.

He woke in the night

In a terrible fright,

And found it was perfectly true.

 Anon

 

No Harm Done

 As I went out

The other day,

My head fell off

And rolled away.

 

But when I noticed

It was gone,

I picked it up

And put it on.

Anon

 

Danger Game

 Jessica was playing

On the escalator.

When suddenly she tripped

And the escalator ate her!

 John Walsh

 

Good luck!

Laura Leathem (Language and Communication Teacher)

Language Skills (Secondary)

Good morning everyone,

This week we are exploring poetry!

Today’s topic is food.

Activities to choose from:

Enjoy the following poems about food (they may also give you some ideas for your own poems):

The Pancake

 Mix a pancake,

Stir a pancake,

Pop it in the pan.

Fry the pancake,

Toss the pancake,

Catch it you can.

Christina Rossetti

 

Sounds Good!

 Sausage sizzles,

crispbreads crack;

hot dogs hiss

and flapjacks snap!

Bacon boils

and fritters fry;

apples squelch

in apple pie.

 

Baked beans bubble,

gravy grumbles;

popcorn pops,

and stomach rumbles …

 

I’m Hungry!

Judith Nicholls

 

Peas

 I eat my peas with honey,

I’ve done it all my life,

They do taste kind of funny,

But it keeps them on the knife.

 Anon

 

Good luck!

Laura Leathem (Language and Communication Teacher)

Language Skills (Secondary)

Good morning everyone,

Hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine.

This week we are exploring poetry!

Each day we will look at a different topic – today it is summer.

Activities to choose from:

Enjoy the following poems about summer (they may also give you some ideas for your own poems):

Summer Days

 I’m looking for a hot spot.

A what spot?

A hot spot.

I’m looking for a hot spot.

To lie out in the sun.

I’m looking for a hot spot

To play and have some fun.

I’m looking for a hot spot

To hit a ball and run.

Oh, I’m looking for a hot spot.

A what spot?

A hot spot.

I’m looking for a hot spot

Now summer has begun.

 Anne English

 

Summer Song

 By the sand between my toes,

By the waves behind my ears,

By the sunburn on my nose,

By the little salty tears

That make rainbows in the sun

When I squeeze my eyes and run,

By the way the seagulls screech,

Guess where I am? At the ……!

By the way the children shout

Guess what happened? School is ……!

By the way I sing this song

Guess if summer lasts too long:

You must answer Right or ……!

 John Ciardi

 

Good luck!

Laura Leathem (Language and Communication Teacher)

Language Skills (Secondary)

Good morning everyone,

Another glorious day! Hope you get out in the sunshine today.

Final activities for Film Week!

This week we have been watching films (of your choice) and completing various activities (please see previous posts if you have missed them and want to catch up).

Today we are going to think about the conflict or problem in the film and the solution. Try one or more of the following activities:

Conflict and Solution:

  • Tell an adult about the conflict or problem in the film. What happens? How does this problem get sorted out?
  • Draw some pictures to show the problem and how it is fixed or sorted out (you could do a before and after picture).
  • Draw some pictures to show the problem and how it is fixed or sorted out – label your drawings.
  • Write a few sentences (or more if you can manage) about the conflict or problem in the film. What happens? Why does this happen? How does this problem get solved?
  • Write three short paragraphs about the conflict and solution in the film:
    1. What is the conflict or problem? Why does it occur?
    2. What is the solution to the problem?
    3. How do you feel about the solution? Would you prefer a different solution? Are you happy about the ending? Why or why not?

Good luck!

Laura Leathem (Language and Communication Teacher)

Language Skills (Secondary)

Good morning everyone,

What lovely weather!

I hope you are enjoying Film Week!

You can choose a different film today and continue with the activities in yesterday’s post, or if you prefer, you can choose one or more of the following:

Setting (place in the film):

  • Tell an adult about the setting of the film e.g. where is it set? What does it look like? What time of day is it? What is the weather like?
  • Draw some pictures to show the setting of the film.
  • Draw some pictures to show the setting of the film and label them.
  • Write a few sentences about the setting of the film e.g. where is it set? What does it look like? What time of day is it? What is the weather like?
  • Write two paragraphs about the setting of the film, including:
  1. Where is the film set? What does it look like? What time of day is it? What is the weather like?

2. How does the setting affect the characters? How does it create atmosphere and mood?               How does the setting make the audience feel? Think about how you feel.

Good luck!

Laura Leathem (Language and Communication Teacher)

Language Skills (Secondary)

Good morning everyone,

As I posted yesterday, this is Film week!

Choose a film to watch and complete one of the following activities:

  • Tell an adult about the film – what happens? – Who is your favourite character and why?
  • Write a few sentences about the film – what happens? – Who is your favourite character and why?
  • Complete a film review – Film Review
  • Create your own film review.
  • Research different film reviews and look at the layout. Think about how the writer tries to persuade the reader about their views concerning the film e.g. word choice. Now, try and create your own film review.

Good luck!

Laura Leathem (Language and Communication Teacher)

Language Skills (Secondary)

Good morning everyone,

Hope you are all well. It looks like it is going to be another sunny week!

This week is Film week!

Choose a film to watch and complete one of the following activities:

  • Tell an adult about the film – what happens? – Who is your favourite character and why?
  • Write a few sentences about the film – what happens? – Who is your favourite character and why?
  • Complete a film review – Film Review
  • Create your own film review.
  • Research different film reviews and look at the layout. Think about how the writer tries to persuade the reader about their views concerning the film. Now, try and create your own film review.

Good luck!

Laura Leathem (Language and Communication Teacher)

Language Skills (Secondary)

Good morning everyone,

Hope you enjoyed the Rainbow Hands activity yesterday. Have some more fun today with:  Alphabet Zoo you may need Alphabet mat

Also, you might like to do some reading activities: Barn Owls and Hedgehogs

Try creating some of your own fact files!

Hope you have a good day.

Laura Leathem (Language and Communication Teacher)