Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Shaman’s Apprentice – setting description

Through our Rainforest topic we have been reading  The Shaman’s Apprentice. It is a beautifully illustrated story which is perfect for setting description. By focusing on devices such as adverbial phrases, different types of sentences for effect, word choices, similes/metaphors (just to name a few!), we are able to ‘paint a picture’ in the reader’s mind. Below are some of the sentences we created. Can you imagine the picture in your head? Scroll down below to see what we were describing.

  • Gentle flowing water, which was rippling out to sea, swiftly moved through the river’s mouth into the deep blue.
  • Swishing away, in the centre, filling up the dry land, the water sang a sweet tune.
  • All was good, except for the lonely blades of grass.
  • Waving trees, which grow towards the glimmering sun, beside the waters.
  • Tumbling rocks, which strike unknowing boats, splash into the cool waters.
  • Next to the abandoned land were waving trees, which grow towards the glimmering sun, beside the water’s edge.
  • Lying in front of the tribe were abstract mounds of earth, which had been there for countless years, emerge from the fluent river.
  • Below the wise tree, was a mirror that defeated thirst for the helpless creatures.
  • Towering intimidating trees glaring at the things below… Making anything in its sight filled with fear!
  • Dancing grass, which fed the starving animals, put a ballet show on with such grace and beauty.
  • Steaming pittas, that were handmade by the villagers, cooled on top of the layered, thatched, fragile cookery gazebo.
  • Rusting rocks, which were as ancient as a Mayan temple, stood there watching…
  • Mirroring magic sky, with thick motioning clouds carrying the reflective water coat, floated by the independent stream.
  • Meandering deep ocean blue distinctly blowing through the chilled breeze.
  • Behind the river is dancing grass which feeds the animals.
  • Burning rocks that give off smoke scorch those who dare walk across. Surrounding the rocks, containing the burn, a river runs like a cheetah.
  • Above the trees is the god who rules the forest; if disrespected, nightmares will happen for the god is the great and powerful sky!
  • Swaying gently in the cooking breeze, the hut stood firmly in the pale yellow grass whilst being occupied by the native villagers.
  • Behind the dancing grass, lay the pale green leaves which floated in the pastel blue sky as they drifted over the beloved village.
  • Whispering trees, which towered over ancient rocks, sent chills down the spine of their victims.
  • Dancing flames concealed by slate plates heated the village.
  • Below the wise tree, was a mirror that defeated thirst for the helpless creatures.
  • Above the wondrous grass a grand and ancient tree, which looked over the villagers, stood in the sky.
  • Floating leaves, which were galloping in the harmonic breeze, glide across the green planes.
  • Yellow as the sun, the rooves of the abandoned huts raise over the jewelled emerald grass.


Reading logs

As well as completing weekly key skills, there is the expectation at Simon de Senlis that children are reading at least three times a week. Entries in the reading log need to be signed by an adult and can include any text. This may be in the form of a newspaper, menu or even a blog post – the list is endless! Here are pictures from our Friday afternoon library session 🙂

Yoga taster

This morning we started our day with a Yoga taster session. We learnt that this is great for relaxing our body and mind as well as coping with stress or worry. We were taught different strategies, such as breathing techniques and visualisation, to help us in certain situations. Classes are run every week and extra sessions will be put on in the weeks leading up to SATs for those who feel it would be of benefit.


Science – Living Things

If the school announced that a large amount of the wooded area was to be sold for building land – how would this make you feel? What impact would this have on the animal and plant species that you found living in our school environment? What could you do about this? In your response make sure you refer to the work you have done with Forest Schools.

Outdoor Learning – Science

Year 6 science topic this term includes classification and adaptation, so Mrs DeBoard thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to get out of the classroom and experience a session of Mrs Read’s Forest School. We joined Y1 and Wiggins class with the task of finding and identifying flora and fauna in the wooded area. Everyone enjoyed the hands on learning and the freedom of exploring our school woodland environment. Year 1 had the responsibility of providing year 6 with their expert knowledge and as you can see by the photos below, communication and team work skills were displayed throughout the session.
We have lots of photos and information to use in our lesson next week.
Thank you Mrs Read, year 1 and Wiggins class for sharing your expert knowledge on plants and animals.


Literacy Key Skills – update

Well done to those who have completed the task this week and shared the OneNote with me. I already have access and can see the work you have been doing so please don’t worry about trying to send it to me. Below is a copy of the task which was set this week. See you tomorrow morning!

Miss Coade

Literacy homework – Due in Monday 18th January 2016

In topic this week, you started researching an animal that is found in the Rainforest ready to write a non-chronological report on. The areas you are focusing on are

  • Their habitat
  • Their predators and prey
  • Their diet
  • Their size and weight
  • Their characteristics/ appearance

For key skills this week you are to log onto O365 and continue to research these five areas in preparation for Monday’s session. There will be extra key skills sessions on a Friday and Monday lunch if you wish to complete in this time.