The Writer's Retreat
Do you like nothing more that sitting down with a pen and paper and letting your creativity flow? Sometimes spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting can get in the way of just enjoying the writing process. These skills are obviously incredibly important, but they should never put you off! To be an effective writer it is also important to develop your skills in effective reading and analysis. Are you interested in literature from a particular period or setting? Are you interested in how language is used around the world? Perhaps you are already thinking about a future career in creative writing, journalism, publishing or advertising!
English Subject Leader
Write a Haiflu!
Have you ever heard of a haiflu? Neither had I until a few days ago! Liv Torc, a poet, created the term to describe a type of poem (a haiku) written during a time of global crisis or change. A haiku is a 3-line poem where the first line contains a total of 5 syllables, the second 7 syllables and the third 5 syllables. A haiflu follows this pattern and aims to reflect the thoughts and feelings of an individual during this historic time.
Swallow class have had great fun playing with words. The task is to write one or more haiflus capturing a thought or feeling of yours at this present time and present it backed on a piece of artwork or photograph. This is a unique opportunity to capture the thoughts and feelings of a generation. Just think - your children will probably study the lives of schoolchildren during the Coronavirus pandemic in their school history lessons! Earlier these week we even tweeted some!
In September, please bring your completed work with you as I would like to create a book of these for our school library. Please feel free to invite your siblings or any other family members to also create their own haiflu for our library.
I have collated the following resources to help you with your task:
This link reminds you of different ways to count syllables.
This short video by Liv Torc explains again what a haiflu is.
Developing Reading Skills Through Film
Watch the film clip above with a family member and/ or sibling (it is suitable for all ages). Once the clip is complete, discuss the following questions:
1.) What similarities and differences are there in this film to traditional fairy tales?
2.) How are the recurring headlines used? Do you think this is an effective technique? Why?
3.) What themes/issues is the short film exploring? What message are the writer’s sharing with you?
4.) How does the ending surprise?
5.) What genre or type of film would you describe this as?
This is another short film to watch with a family member and/or sibling (it is suitable for all ages). Once the clip is complete, discuss these questions:
1.) What genre or type of film would you describe this as?
2.) Who is the hero in the film?
3.) Can you think of any other stories with similarities to this film?
4.) What themes/issues is the short film exploring? What message are the writer’s sharing with you?
5.) Many stories, films and narrative poems incorporate journeys. Why? Can you name some?
This free, online book is an extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures with contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson. Take some time to explore the collection and select a few favourites. Write a review explaining why you would recommend these to someone else. The book was produced to comfort, inspire and entertain children during lockdown. Do you feel this has been achieved?
Here are some sites where you can still find some other online reading books.
Don't forget, there are lots more links to activities here onn the 'Home Learning' page of our website: