Summer Term 2012
English Prep Friday 8 June 2012
Write a short paragraph explaining what you think will happen next in the Rabbit Proof Fence.
English Exam

Would you please remind your forms that, when it comes to English exams, they will be doing the writing (story) paper first and the comprehension paper second.
Many thanks – Mrs Olney

23 May 2012
Write a obituary of one of the characters in Alone on a Wide Wide Sea who have died. An obituary is a story of someone's life once they have died. It is typically written in a newspaper. Ask your parents to show you one in the newspaper. Due next lesson. Write it in your book. Do not type it.

11 May 2012
Write a newspaper story, on the computer if you like, about London being attacked by martians, as per War of the Worlds.

9 May 2012
No prep this evening!

English Prep Wednesday 25 April 2012 (ANZAC Day)
Complete the two comprehensions which we have started. Bishop Hatto (Sections A, B and C), and the Alone on a Wide Wide Sea.

English Prep Friday 20 April 2012

Today in the Library we looked at magazines. Talk to your parents about what magazines they subscribe to, which they have subscribed to, which they subscribed to as children. Get them to show you magazines they read, and the kind of articles they like to read in them, including any particular sections they like reading. See which magazines you have in your house. Ask your grandparents and or brothers/sisters what they like to read and why, as fas as is possible. Come back to class ready to report what you've found.

Spring Term 2012


Monday 5 March Lesson 7 and Wednesday's Prep

Carefully go through this online tutorial (6 short pages)

Then work through this online exercise.

Then complete this test, and remember your score. Email your score to me at

Write an explanation of something. Choose one of the questions below, do some research and write an explanation using all the ideas that have been introduced in the tutorial. Complete this for prep for WEDNESDAY. You can do this work on the computer, but you need to print it and trim it and glue it into your book.

Choose one:

Why is the sky blue?
Why do things float in space?
Why is the process that makes it rain?
Why do birds migrate?
How does a stapler work?

If you have a different idea you can email me. If I manage to reply I might give you permission to do something else, or if I can't reply, choose one of these! Make your work thorough and detailed. You may include a diagram.

If you finish work on this:

Thursday 8 March English Lesson 3
In this lesson you will find out about Adjectival Clauses, Read about them, and then do a hard online test.

Adjectival Clauses (in the video they call them adjective clauses - they are the same thing)
Watch this:

Read this carefully.

An adjective clause changes the meaning of a noun. It is possible to combine the following two sentences to form one sentence containing an adjective clause:

The children are going to visit the museum.

They are on the bus.

The children who are on the bus are going to visit the museum.

| adjective clause |

In the sentence above, there are two other ways to write the sentence correctly using the second sentence as the adjective clause.

The children that are on the bus are going to visit the museum.

The children on the bus are going to visit the museum.

Some other sentences can be combined into a sentence using adjective clauses in a variety of ways, and they are all correct. Note the variety of ways in which the following two sentences can be combined.

The church is old.

My grandparents were married there.

The church where my grandparents were married is old.

The church in which my grandparents were married is old.

The church which my grandparents were married in is old.

The church that my grandparents were married in is old.

The church my grandparents were married in is old.

In the sentences above, the adjective clauses are underlined. All answers are correct. Note the use of the word "in" and how and where it is used.


This quiz is very difficult! These sentences are actually the hardest that could be found (in that you need to know ALL the rules in order to get them all correct), so please follow the directions carefully.

1. Do not use commas in any of the completed sentences.

2. Make adjective clauses of the second sentence in every case.

3. Spell correctly! This quiz is "graded" by computer, so any spelling mistake or punctuation error, like forgetting a period at the end of a sentence, will be counted wrong.


When you submit your test it will mark it for you! BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT SPELLING, SPACING etc.

Proceed to the Quiz:

If you don't get it right, do it again, until you get 100% Good luck.

Send me an email if there are any problems.

If you finish work on this:

Friday 2 March 2012
Prep holiday. Though if you get a chance you should tell the joke I told you in class to your parents. Practise the timing and making it funny!

A librarian is working away at her desk when she notices that a chicken has come into the library and is patiently waiting in front of the desk.When the chicken sees that it has the librarian's attention, it squawks,"Book, book, book, BOOK!"

The librarian complies, putting a couple of books down in front of the chicken.The chicken quickly grabs them and disappears.

The next day, the librarian is again disturbed by the same chicken, who puts the previous day's pile of books down on the desk and again squawks,"Book, book, book, BOOK!"

The librarian shakes her head, wondering what the chicken is doing with these books, but eventually finds some more books for the chicken.The chicken disappears.

The next day, the librarian is once again disturbed by the chicken, who squawks (in a rather irritated fashioon, it seems),"Book, book, book, BOOK!"

By now, the librarian's curiosity has gotten the better of her, so she gets a pile of books for the chicken, and follows the bird when it leaves the library.

She follows it through the parking lot, down the street for several blocks, and finally into a large park. The chicken disappears into a small grove of trees, and the librarian follows.On the other side of the trees is a small marsh. The chicken has stopped on the side of the marsh.The librarian, now really curious, hurries over and sees that there is a small frog next to the chicken, examining each book, one at a time. The librarian comes within earshot just in time to hear the frog saying,"Read it, read it, read it..."

Wednesday 29 February 2012
Learn spelling lists 8 and 9 for a test.

Friday 24 February 2012
Print this page, answer the questions and bring into our next lesson.

Wednesday 22 February 2012
Go to this page:
Write a few funny limericks to read out in class.
Here are some examples:

Wednesday 1 February 2012 Prep
Complete the work as below. Then concoct a mythical beast, write about its characteristics and a basic story plan. We will find out about these next lesson and start writing our story.

Monday 30 January 2012
Work started in class:


Next piece of work:
Onomaptopoeic words are sound words. Sometimes they can be quite amusing when strung together. For prep make tone poem, which is a set of onompatopoeic words strung together. Don't just string completely random words and sounds together, try to make a theme or create surprises in what you write.

Here's an example:
Slip, slop, slosh
Splatt, splish, splosh
Bibble, bubble, drobble
Drobble, bubble, bibble.

Write a number of verses using different sounds.
Note the pattern above. The second line ends in a familiar onomatopoeic word, that makes it funny and satisfying.
Lines 3 and 4 have a structure BBD, DBBm, and ends again in a familiar word.
The four lines have a watery theme, and a human theme - it might be your experience in a bath for example.

Friday 27 Jan 2012 Prep
Spend 30 minutes reading to a parent, out loud.

Wednesday 18 January 2012 Prep
Complete the exercise as indicated in class.

11 January 2012

Due tomorrow. A page of worthy writing, in length.

TITLE: Gilbert Gayle
Write a statement as if it were written by Gilbert Gayle, which expounds his ideas about archaeology and his denial of any superstitious phenomena.

I, Gilbert Gayle, of the Sussex Archaeology Society am a firm believer in the science of archaeology. Everything has a history and a reason. The tumulus on Barrow Hill in the Sussex Downs is my project at the present. We are excavating an ancient hilltop which was clearly a fort and possibly a burial mound. We will be digging through the layers in order to find, definitively, who lived and died in this place, so we can fit this location into the history of the local area, and into the history of England...

In my days at Cambridge I learnt that everything can be explained. I have long wondered about Barrow Hill as it is near where I holidayed as a child. There were, of course many silly rumours about the place, but even as a boy I did not entertain them. My father, who was an industialist agreed, that the superstition was complete and utter nonsense.

I aim to show, once and for all, that the nonsense that people believe to be true about Barrow Hill is just nonsense. It is my belief that this area had been used for burials for many years...

I have engaged the services of many locals to help me dig, and the services of a photographer, Mr Isaac Wilde to record the dig. I hope to make some important finds.

Friday 9 December 2011
Prep: No Prep due to Carol Service.

Wednesday 7 December 2011
You have emailed your play home. Tidy up your play making sure that all the formatting and spelling is correct. It probably needs to be at least 700 words. Make sure it reads well and makes sense.
Email the play back to me at:
Make sure you include the attachment.
The SUBJECT of your email should be 2YP SURNAME (Where SURNAME is your last name).

Friday 2 December 2011
Complete Root Word exercise from Textbook.
Gather props for your play.

Friday 25 November 2011
What we did in class: Reviewed humour as an ingredient in a play and looked at the skit below and analysed how the humour worked. Talked through the problems and issues boys were facing in writing their plays.
Prep: Make a drawn plan of what the stage needs to look like for your play. Also produce a costume and props list. This should be neatly done on a sheet of A4 paper. This work should be annotated and coloured as appropriate.

In class when we were talking about humour in your plays I told you about a Monty Python skit about the world's funniest joke. I said I would put it here. (It goes for about 10 minutes - it's not part of your prep time!)

Wednesday 16 November 2011
Write a simple instruction for one of the devices you have at home.
It just needs to be one process. It seems easy, but the difficult thing is writing it in such a way that there is no way anyone could misunderstand it! Answer in your big English books.

Friday 11 November 2011
English Prep: Instructional Texts
Ask your parents where you keep the instruction books for your home equipment. Choose one of the instruction books and write a review of this book. Is it well set out, are the instructions clear, what do you like about the way it is set out, what do you not like. What else does the instruction book need? Does it have any information that is unnecessary? How would you improve it.

Wednesday 9 November 2011
There is no English Prep for tonight.

Friday 4 November 2011
Prep: Do this sheet

Wednesday 2 November 2011
In your small English books make some notes about the place you have chosen. Think about all your senses.
Just make some notes reminding you of what it was like at this place. This is in preparation for the work on the Nigel Chawner competition.

Friday 7 October 2011
Take on board the comments that were made on your poem. Discuss it with your parents or brothers/sisters. Work in improving it and putting a final copy into your big book. If I have your big book you can do your poem on paper and glue it into your book when I have finished with it.
Due Monday.

Wednesday 5 October 2011
Write a poem of between 10 and 18 lines. The poem should be written in rhyming couplets with the rhyme pattern aa bb cc.
You can write your poem about anything you like, but I want you to spend a solid half hour working on, reworking, and rewriting, so you are pleased with your final piece of work. Write in your small English book. In class we will listen to your poems and offer criticism, before you work on your final poem.

Try to use similes and metaphors as well as onomatopoeic words.

Due next lesson.

Wednesday 28 September 2011
Read up to the end of Chapter 4 in I am David.
Answer the following questions. Write full and detailed answers.
1. Page 80. What does 'spiteful' mean?
2. Why did David almost think that there were no good people outside of concentration camps?
3. Why was David afraid of children when he was a child himself?
4. Why did the girl's hair catch fire?
5. How did David react to being looked after at the end of the chapter?
Answer in your big English books.
Spelling test coming soon!

Friday 23 September 2011
Learn Spelling list 3
Wednesday 21 September 2011
Reading Prep: Read Chapter Three of I am David.
We will have our spelling test for Unit 2 soon. You have already learnt these words, so please review them.
If you have not written your story because you were at a match, please follow the instructions below. See 14 September.


Friday 16 September 2011
Spelling Unit 2: Learn for a test.

Wednesday 14 September 2011
During lessons we wrote 4 story beginnings (each of 3 sentences each). Using the best story beginning you wrote in class today write a story using this as your first paragraph. We will not be spending a long time on this story, so try to get as much of it done as you can. If you can finish it, great, but if not, I will give you some more time to work on it. Spend at least 30 mins on this task, but don't not do any other prep because of it. I will mark your two preps when I take your book in.

Friday 9 September 2011
This is a reading and listening prep with one question to answer at the end.

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Early Science Fiction was very popular on the radio, as radio plays. This historical recording is an interesting example of Science Fiction.
Click on the link below listen to the radio play. It lasts for around 15 minutes. (It starts with some old fashioned advertising!)

Then look at this comic:

Read about Buck Rodgers
Buck Rogers is a fictional character that first appeared in the August 1928 issue of the magazine Amazing Stories. The story was written by Philip Nowlan. The story was then adapted into a comic strip. The cartoonist Dick Calkins was chosen as the illustrator. The comic made its first newspaper appearance on January 7, 1929. Later adaptations included a serial film and a television series.

The adventures of Buck Rogers in comic strips, movies, radio and television became popular in America. The story was written when space technology was being developed.

The Storyline
Born in 1898, Rogers was a soldier in the Great War (World War I) and by 1927 is working for the American Radioactive Gas Corporation investigating reports of unusual things happening in abandoned coal mines near Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania. On December 15, there is a cave-in while he is in one of the lower levels of a mine. Exposed to radioactive gas, Rogers falls into a deep sleep where he does not age. He remains in suspended animation for 492 years.

Rogers awakens in 2419. Thinking that he has been asleep for just several hours, he wanders for a few days in unfamiliar forests (what had been Pennsylvania almost five centuries before). He notices someone clad in strange clothes, who is under attack. He defends the person, Wilma Deering, killing one of the attackers and scaring off the rest.

Wilma takes Rogers to her camp, where he meets her leader. He is invited to stay with them. They hope that Rogers’ experience and knowledge he gained fighting in the First World War may be useful in their struggle with the enemy who then ruled North America from 15 great cities.

Question to answer in your big English books.
Do you think Buck Rogers is a good idea for a story? Why?

Puzzle: Not Prep

Wednesday 7 September English Prep**

Learn Spelling Unit 1
Read Chapter two of 'I am David.'