For anyone new to this blog, the idea is simple - each day my boys (Joshua - 9 and Archie - 8) choose a stimulus that drives the learning. We hope that you enjoy the blog and can take some inspiration from what we love doing - making learning as engaging as possible!
With children around the country returning to school in 'bubbles' today, we thought this would be a fantastic stimulus. Bubbles are such amazing things. They are delicate and fragile and amazingly beautiful. Put that into the school context and it spreads a wonderfully positive message.
We hope you all had a wonderful day, whatever your bubble.
Playful observational poetry
Adverbs, adjectives, verbs, similes, metaphors.
The following short-burst writing activity is one I saw Pie Corbett present at a 'greater depth' conference. The concept is beautifully simple and the outcomes are stunningly creative.
Like any great hook, we began by totally immersing ourselves in bubbles.
Whilst the boys enjoyed chasing them around the garden, I asked them to look closely and describe to me how they were moving. We then captured adjectives that described them, as well as a list of similes of what they reminded us of or could be. Whilst the boys immersed themselves in bubbles, I captured all the language and ideas:
We then turned out attention to the poem. The model Pie had shared at the comment followed this simple pattern:
Having modelled a couple of stanzas, the boys were away, drawing upon the immersive experience and language we had populated together. Here is my model and the boys' outcomes.
like happy faces,
full of joy.
across serene skies.
swell and pop
like perfect poached eggs.
like blissful ballerinas.
peer down at the earth
like a gazillion glass eyes.
twist and turn
like fickle fairies.
like orbs of hope,
free from fear.
© Jamie Thomas 2020
Bubbles by Joshua
like popcorn nests.
like Queen’s palaces.
bubbly banana bubbles
like a trampoline.
Bubbles by Archie
like a king fisher, swimming.
like a jet, zooming.
like bouncy balloons.
like a gun shot.
like a flying fish.
Addition / subtraction / multiplication
For our creative maths, we explored number bond bubbles. The beauty of this is that you can make it as simple or challenging as you like, using simple addition as well as inverse operations. If you fancy an even greater challenge, also explore multiplication strands with the children.
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My thanks to Pie Corbett, Julia Strong and the Talk for Writing team for inspiring many of the ideas explored in this blog.