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Day 41 - Wings (creative ideas for home schooling)

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!



When I was the boys' age, all I wanted to do was fly. I dreamed of flying way up above the clouds, looking down on the world below. I often thought about how exciting it would be to be able to push off from the ground and escape whatever tied you down.

As a father, all I want to do is to give my boys the wings to enable them to fly. We hope you enjoy!



  • Playful poetry

  • Figurative techniques

As a lover of poetry, I am always delving into anthologies to look for the words that allow me to escape or think deeply. I find poetry a means of expressing myself, mainly because it is all about the words and the effect they have on the reader or audience. I also love the performance that lies behind poetry - the words with the voice. It is utterly liberating.

So, whilst delving into Pie Corbett's The Works Key Stage 2, I came across this little gem by the man himself. This is the inspiration of today's blog:



If I had wings

I would touch the fingertips of clouds

and glide on the wind.

If I had wings

I would taste a chunk of the sun

as hot as peppered curry.

If I had wings

I would listen to the clouds of sheep bleat

that gaze on the blue.

If I had wings

I would breathe deep and sniff

the scent of raindrops.

If I had wings

I would gaze at people

who cling to the earth.

If I had wings

I would dream of

walking the deserts

and swimming the seas.

© Pie Corbett


To get the boys thinking about the world of possibility, we began by making a list of all the amazing things we could do if we could fly. Initially, they stated more of the obvious things, so we re-read the poem and identified how Pie used the senses to open the world of possibility.

The Brainstorm

If I had wings, I could...

fly to the sun

fly to the moon

fly through the clouds

see the stars

visit planets

glide across countries

twirl in the wind

dodge trees / mountains

feel the wind through my hair

climb across anything

dodge the rain

taste far off things

listen to sounds in the sky

We also brainstormed a list of synonyms for the word 'fly':

Synonyms for fly

swoop, soar, swarm, swing, sway, glide, loop, loop the loop, tumble, zoom, swoosh, flutter, pilot, jet, take off, zip, buzz, dash, dart, dive, reach, speed, shoot

I then showed them how to create their own poem, using Pie's model as a scaffold. Once they tuned into the pattern, they too had the wings to zoom off and write their own versions.



If I had wings

I would soar across vacant skies

and savour serenity.

If I had wings

I would taste crimson sunsets

as they rest upon the horizon.

If I had wings

I would pilot hidden lands

and discover lost treasures.

If I had wings

I would twirl and loop

like a sycamore seed in the breeze.

If I had wings

I would sip cauldrons of culture,

fragrant and fiery.

If I had wings

I would listen to unanswered prayers

that ebb and flow

like a river of hope.

© Jamie Thomas 2020


Wings by Joshua

If I had wings

I would dodge the rain

that falls to the ground.

If I had wings

I would fly to the moon

and bounce like a trampoline.

If had wings

I would fly to  the boiling sun

that stares down on earth.

If I had wings

I would fly to the North Pole

and see the penguins

that snuggle in a triangle.

If I had wings

I would fly to Antartica

and see the polar bears and caribou

and artic foxes that play happily.


Wings by Archie

If I had wings

I would loop the loop

like a helter skelter .

If I had wings

I would touch the rainbow

zooming down to the pot of gold.

If I had wings

I would soar like a rocket

darting through the fluffy clouds.

If I had wings

I would take off to the moon

and picnic in a crater.

If I had wings

I would glide across countries

and taste delicious food.

If I had wings

I would visit the stars

to look down to the deep, dark ocean.

If I had wings

I would dive round the clouds

like a speedy seagull.

If I had wings

I would flutter like a butterfly

and follow it round the garden.


Science / Maths

  • Scientific investigation

  • Prediction

This afternoon, we carried out a science investigation, looking at how the wing design on a plane can alter its flight. Having made lots of paper planes, we made our initial prediction:

We predict that the pointier the plane, the further it will travel. We think this because the pointier the design, the less air resistance there will be.

We then tested the planes. Here are some photos of the boys carrying out the investigation.

After that, we discussed our results. Here was what we found:

Our results show that there were two designs that flew the furthest. One of these was 'the javelin' and the other 'the arrow.' The javelin was very fast and aerodynamic, this means there was less air resistance. In comparison, the arrow had large wings and glided on the wind.

We then discussed out investigation and concluded that it was not a fair test.

Unfortunately, our investigation was not a fair test because we changed more than one variable. We should have kept everything the same apart from the design of the plane. If we were to repeat the investigation, we would make sure the same person threw the planes from the same place each time.


If you are enjoying this blog, please do share it and spread the word. Thank you to all of you who have got in touch and shared some of the outcomes from what you have tried - we love to hear from you.

Do tune in tomorrow where we exploring:


My thanks to Pie Corbett, Julia Strong and the Talk for Writing team for inspiring many of the ideas explored in this blog.

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