Tuesday, 31 May 2011

More Reading Comprehension Strategies

For Thursday and Friday depending which form you are in, you have to read "What the Cat told Me" by Diana Wyne Jones. It's long and not so easy. Do you remember some strategies I posted here?

Well, I'm adding one more to help you understand the story a bit better. Hope they are useful to you and that you apply them.

Determine Importance of Ideas

What’s the big idea? So what?

Good readers look for things that help them identify big ideas and why they are important.


The big idea is…

Most important information is...

So far I’ve learned…

The author is saying…

This idea is similar to…

Monday, 30 May 2011

The Marvellous Homework

As we go on travelling across the Fantasy World, imagine that one day when you get back from school you find a BIG surprise in your room.
Click here and see what it is all about. After reading, answer the following:
Would you like to have one? Why?

Friday, 27 May 2011

Concert Songs

Dear all;

Here are the links for you to practise the songs for the concert.

You need to rehearse them at home.

Read the instructions that Mr Oscar included in each case. You need to be logged on with your school mail to be able to access the links.

Concert songs: No Bad News and Brand New Day

Concert Final Song: Way back into Love

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Ghost Hunt

As we keep on travelling through this fantasy world, I challenge you to find the ghosts in this haunted mansion. You have to click on the image as many times as necessary to discover where the ghost is hidden.
Hope you enjoy it!
Good luck

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Writing posts

Would you like to write a post in the blog? Complete the form if you are interested in writing a post in the blog. Then, it will be your post and not mine!!! What do you think?

Monday, 23 May 2011

The Power of Words

Reading different blogs from other schools in different countries, I found this video. As we very well mentioned in our writing lessons that one of the main goals in writing is to create a picture in the reader's mind, the way in which we say things and how we say them can cause a great impact on others. Please watch the video and leave a comment. What do you think?

Thank you Otorohanga Primary School for sharing

Sunday, 22 May 2011


I enjoyed the ceremony you performed to conmemorate May 25th a lot. You all did very well!!

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Happy rest!!

Miss Ale

Thursday, 19 May 2011

One more challenge

One more challenge on expanding sentences and realising how the telling sentences change into showing ones.

Click on this site on expanding sentences. Go clicking until you have at least 10 lines long as text. Look for some showing phrases, how did they become showing, what else was added to the words so that they are expanded?

Leave a good comment on your observations.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Figurative Language

Similes, metaphors and personifications are some examples of figurative language which liven up your writing and create a picture in the reader's mind. This video will help you remember them so that you can start using these figures of speech in your future pieces of writing. Hope you enjoy it!

Monday, 16 May 2011

Some tips for writing showing paragraphs

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Did you know facts...

Here is an amazing site I found with more than 1,000 "did you know facts".

This is page 8. You can read some of them. Write down as a comment the one that strikes your attention most.
Have a nice Sunday!

Friday, 13 May 2011


This is an online video game from the BBC where you have to answer questions related to English, Science and Math. As you answer the questions correctly, a little “questionaut” in a balloon gets to continue on his journey.
Hope you enjoy it! Leave a comment saying how well you did!
Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, 11 May 2011


So that you are encouraged to speak in Engllish at all times, you will be given a card every time you speak in Spanish.

  • For every card you get at the end of the lesson, you will have to leave TWO extra comments in the blog of 10 lines long (each one) for the following day.

  • If you happen to get 10 cards in all by the end of the week, you will draw a paper out from a tin and you will have to prepare the activity on the paper for the following Monday, (such as writing and reciting a poem, preparing an oral presentation on a fantasy story, thinking and writing 10 suggestions for posts for the blog, writing a summary on a fantasy story, writing a reflection, and so on)

What do you think??

I'm launching it on Thursday 12th.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Expanding sentences

A way of writing good and interesting stories is by writing detailed and showing sentences. This site shows you how a simple sentence turns into a detailed showing paragraph.

Click on the site and you will see the sentence with shaded words.

Click on the shaded part and see how the sentence expands.

Keep clicking and reading until there are no more shaded words. Did you read these instructions carefully?


Thank you to Nik Peachey for sharing this fantastic site

Monday, 9 May 2011

Start thinking....

If you look at these images below, which one will you choose?
What type of sentences are they?
If you were asked to expand
them, think of the fantasy stories that we read (The Catnterville Ghost, Dear Little Ghost, Who goes down this dark Road, The Ghost Story (6A)). Who would you choose as a character, as the setting, as a fantasy element to include in your showing paragraph?

He/ she was scared.

Sitting on the sofa, she looked exhausted.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Paraphernalia- A short animation

Watch this short animation made by Sabrina Cotugno which I found in Tom Barret's blog (an English educator). What do you think? Is it a fantasy animation? If so, which are the fantasy elements for you? Did you like it? Why?

Paraphernalia from Sabrina Cotugno on Vimeo.

Friday, 6 May 2011

The Creature in the Classroom

Do you know who this creature is?
Remember that we are flying across a fantasy world!
How do you think you would react if you met this creature?
If you want to know more about what happened,
just click on the word creature.
Enjoy it!
Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Some ghost jokes

Hope you enjoy these ghost jokes and you find them funny!

I laughed my head off!!!

I challenge you to think of your own ghost jokes! Do you dare?

If you do, leave a comment

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Silent Letters Game

Choose the right letter to save the world from the 'Silent Invaders'.

You can decide on the level and on the Invaders' Speed.

Have fun!


In your comment tell me how well you did.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Fabulous comments!!

Two comments which are worthwhile sharing with you!

Mr. Oscar said...

Dear Students:

Congratulations to all of you! It is a very difficult task to choose the main characters, especially because you are all so talented. I really loved seeing you giving your best in the try-outs. However, you must not forget that main characters are only a part of the concert. I am looking forward to work with all Y6 in yout scenes and songs.
See you on Wednesday.
Mr. Oscar

Anne said...

Dear Students,
I was smiling as I read your comments. We could see some nervous faces as you tried out, but I have to say you were all fantastic. It has been very difficult for Mr Oscar and me to choose from such a talented and brave group of students. Unluckily there are just a few main characters, but I have to congratulate you ALL on your courage!

See you at school,
Miss Anne