Snow cinquain

Today we have been inspired by the weather to create our own snow poems.  We have used a poetry style called cinquain.  A cinquain is a poem that has 5 lines that do not rhyme, arranged in a sequence of 2, 4, 6, 8 and 2 syllables. It is similar to Japanese haiku poems but each line has a specific format.

We will post our poems on the blog once they are finished.

Snowy days in year 6

We have been very busy today in year 6. We have been investigating nets of cubes in maths as well as directional orientation. We combined this with Christmas and made cuboid decorations for our tree. At breaktime, those of us with wellingtons and warm coats went out onto our untouched field to make snowmen and giant snowballs. Some of us have written snow poetry whilst others have been cooking. Here is a snapshot of some of what we have been up to:

Topic AND Grammar homework – due Monday 11th of December


This term, we have been looking at the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. The ancient Greeks created many mythical creatures that were often based upon being part human. Next week, we will be creating a non-chronological report based upon a mythical creature that the children have created themselves. This creature needs to be part human and part beast. For homework, we will be giving the children a piece of paper to design their own creature. Whilst drawing the creature, the pupils may want to consider special powers or behaviours that their creature may have. Consideration might also be given to where the creature originates from, why it came to be and where it might live.


To prepare for the week ahead, we would also like the children to research the features of a non-chronological report and write a short piece about the main featuresto stick in their books.

The children need to bring in their homework on paper this week and not post on the blog.

Click on the links below to help you learn the features of non-chronological reports:

Non-chronological reportwriting

Non-chronological reports

Grammar homework – Due Friday 8th December

This week, we would like the children to look at standard formal English and some of the language and the grammatical conventions that go with it. To prepare them for this, we would like the children to convert this informal letter into a formal one, using formal language and grammatical structures.

Alright Dave!

How’s it going? Whatcha been up to? I aint done nothing all week cos I has been well poorly.

Coupla days ago, I ate a dodgy burger. It tasted rank. A few hours later, I was chucking up everywhere. It was grim! I bet you is glad you wasn’t there mate!

Anyhow, gotta dash.

Laters mate!


Topic Homework – Due on Monday 4th December

This week, in topic, we will be looking at Ancient Greek religion. We would like the children to research the three following questions and then choose one Ancient Greek god to write about.

  1. Who was the king of the gods?
  2. Where did the gods live?
  3. Who were the Titans?

Choose one Ancient Greek god and write some interesting facts about them to share with the class and stick into books.

Grammar Homework – due Friday 24th November

Next week, in English, the children will be looking at newspaper reports and writing their own piece based on our work on Theseus and the Minotaur. We will be asking the children to use quotations in their work so we would like the children to research the following:

Direct speech

Write a definition for direct speech.

What are the rules for direct speech?

Give an example to show understanding.

Indirect speech

Write a definition for indirect speech.

What are the rules for indirect speech?

Give an example to show understanding.

We would like the children to bring in an age appropriate newspaper report and highlight where direct speech has been used and where indirect speech has been used (if applicable).

Ancient Greece- homework due for Monday 20th November

Next week, we will be looking at the different forms of governance in Ancient Greece. These approaches are still used around the world today. There is a large amount for the children to learn so we would like the children to only take one element and be able to talk about it to their peers. We have arranged the children into colour groups and would like them to only look at the features of the one approach that they have been allocated. The four areas are:

MONARCHY: Orange group

OLIGARCHY: Red group

TYRANNY: Blue group

DEMOCRACY: Green group

We would like the children to think about the following:

  • Write a short definition and give an examples
  • Write the benefits of this approach.
  • What are the problems?
  • Look up any countries that still use this approach today.


Visiting author Mitch Johnson years 5 and 6

Years 5 and 6 had a special visitor this morning in the form of the author (and former Ecton Brook pupil) Mitch Johnson. His debut novel Kick is currently being read by all classes and follows the story of Budi, a 12 year old boy who is mad about football and works in a factory that makes football boots. He works hard and lives a life in poverty that can be very tough at times. In his talk, he discussed how child labour can often be exploited in countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. The story is very powerful and made us think more carefully about where the clothes that we buy come from.