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Week Beginning: 14.12.20

Monday English - In today’s English we are looking at the poem ‘The Satyr’s Head’ by Joseph Coelho below. Read the poem and complete the ‘Tell Me’ grid to respond with how you feel about the poem. 
 

The Satyr’s Head

The hidden garden we played in 
was bordered in red brick.
Crenellations of a faded fort,
ivy-scattered and wind-aged.
A Victorian garden.

 

The towering walls tempted us to climb,
the bricks testing their mortar,
forming steps and hand-holds.

 

We climbed.
Urging frail frames against the height,
then daring to drop to the spiky grass below.
Protected by a wisp of arrogance,
an armour of childhood.

 

We danced in the light of the Satyr's grin,
the limestone details of the fountain,
weathered and mean,
the endless grimace of a fiend.

 

The garden cloaked our tower block's stares,
its trees veiling the aerials, the satellite dishes,.
Its bricks a smoke screen to the traffic's roar,
the yells of our mothers.
Its bushes covering up the smog.
the jam-sweet scent of winter berries
disguising the stench from the bins.

 

We danced like our fathers told us we could,
spinning in the dead leaves
that spun from our steps,
like wry circus performers.

 

You can watch a video of the author reading the poem here: https://clpe.org.uk/poetryline/poems/satyrs-head

 

Tell Me Grid


Tuesday English - Today we are looking at similes we can use in our writing. Use the link below to remind you what similes and metaphors are and how they work. Then using the ideas from The Satyr's Head, specifically 'spinning in the dead leaves, that spun from our steps, like wry circus performers'. Here we are using a circus performer as our simile - think of 5 similes you could use to describe the garden in the thistle princess e.g. The roses swaying in the wind, like elegant ballet dancers.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zmmpscw


Wednesday English - Today we are going to write the first and second verse of our poem, using The Satyr's Head as a guide. Use the guide below and change the words to reflect the garden from The Thistle Princess.

 

Original

 

The hidden garden we played in 
was bordered in red brick.
Crenellations of a faded fort,
ivy-scattered and wind-aged.
A Victorian garden.

 

The towering walls tempted us to climb,
the bricks testing their mortar,
forming steps and hand-holds.

Guide

 

The hidden garden we played in 
was bordered in .................................................
Crenellations of a ..............................................,
...................... and ......................
A ....................... garden.

 

The towering walls tempted us to climb,
the ................................................,
forming steps and hand-holds.


Thursday English - 

Today we are going to write the third and fourth verse of our poem, using The Satyr's Head as a guide. Use the guide below and change the words to reflect the garden from The Thistle Princess.

 

Original

 

We climbed.
Urging frail frames against the height,
then daring to drop to the spiky grass below.
Protected by a wisp of arrogance,
an armour of childhood.

 

We danced in the light of the Satyr's grin,
the limestone details of the fountain,
weathered and mean,
the endless grimace of a fiend.

Guide

 

We climbed.
Urging frail frames against the height,
then daring to drop to ..................................
Protected by a wisp of arrogance,
an armour of childhood.

 

We danced in the light of............................,
the ................... details of the ....................,
........................... and .................................,
the ...................................................................


Friday English - 

Today we are going to write the fifth and sixth verse of our poem, using The Satyr's Head as a guide. Use the guide below and change the words to reflect the garden from The Thistle Princess.

 

Original

 

The garden cloaked our tower block's stares,
its trees veiling the aerials, the satellite dishes,.
Its bricks a smoke screen to the traffic's roar,
the yells of our mothers.
Its bushes covering up the smog.
the jam-sweet scent of winter berries
disguising the stench from the bins.

 

We danced like our fathers told us we could,
spinning in the dead leaves
that spun from our steps,
like wry circus performers.

Guide

 

The garden cloaked...................................................,
its trees veiling ................................................,
Its bricks a ............................................................,
the..............of our........................................
Its bushes covering up the ...................................
the ........................... scent of ...............................
disguising the ..............................................

 

We ................. like ...........................................................,
..............................................................................

..............................................................................

...............................................................................

Monday Maths - 
Tuesday Maths - 
Wednesday Maths - 
 
Thursday Maths - 
Friday Maths - Today’s maths will be a Christmas themed investigation that will practice your multiplication and addition skills. Below are the words for ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ your job is to work out how many presents have been given in total. Remember that for each new gift, the others are given again, e.g. A partridge in a pear tree will be given 12 times, so 12x1 and 3 French hens will be given 10 times, so 3x10. You will then need to add all the totals together. Use a number line to help you with your adding. 

12 Days of Christmas

 

On the first day of Christmas

My true love gave to me

A partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the second day of Christmas

My true love gave to me

2 turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the third day of Christmas

My true love gave to me

3 French hens,

2 turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the fourth day of Christmas

My true love gave to me

4 calling birds,

3 French hens,

2 turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the fifth day of Christmas

My true love gave to me

5 golden rings,

4 calling birds,

3 French hens,

2 turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the sixth day of Christmas

My true love gave to me

6 geese a-laying,

5 golden rings,

4 calling birds,

3 French hens,

2 turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the seventh day of Christmas

My true love gave to me

7 swans a-swimming,

6 geese a-laying,

5 golden rings,

4 calling birds,

3 French hens,

2 turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the eighth day of Christmas

My true love gave to me

8 maids a-milking,

7 swans a-swimming,

6 geese a-laying,

5 golden rings,

4 calling birds,

3 French hens,

2 turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the ninth day of Christmas

My true love gave to me

9 ladies dancing,

8 maids a-milking,

7 swans a-swimming,

6 geese a-laying,

5 golden rings,

4 calling birds,

3 French hens,

2 turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the tenth day of Christmas

My true love gave to me

10 lords a-leaping,

9 ladies dancing,

8 maids a-milking,

7 swans a-swimming,

6 geese a-laying,

5 golden rings,

4 calling birds,

3 French hens,

2 turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the eleventh day of Christmas

My true love gave to me

11 pipers piping,

10 lords a-leaping,

9 ladies dancing,

8 maids a-milking,

7 swans a-swimming,

6 geese a-laying,

5 golden rings,

4 calling birds,

3 French hens,

2 turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree.

 

On the twelfth day of Christmas

My true love gave to me

12 drummers drumming,

11 pipers piping,

10 lords a-leaping,

9 ladies dancing,

8 maids a-milking,

7 swans a-swimming,

6 geese a-laying,

5 golden rings,

4 calling birds,

3 French hens,

2 turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree.

Topic
Read the Christmas Story above and write down 5 questions you would like to ask about it, e.g. How far did the 3 wise men/3 kings travel? 

Science

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