This term we have focused on the classic narrative poem "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes. We have really enjoyed reading it and analysing it in great depth. We have really developed our skills of inference and deduction through completing character studies and discussing in great detail character relationships, emotions and motives. We are so familiar with the poem now that we can quote lines from the poem from memory! We have also practiced performing different verses from the poem; we focussed on use of expression, tone, pace and fluency and considered what emotions the reader should feel.
We have been practicing punctuating a sentence by using our bodies to help up remember which punctuation symbol goes where. We even had mini tournaments to see who was the punctuation King or Queen!
This autumn we have looked at some of the plays of William Shakespeare. We have focussed on "The Tempest" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream". We quickly learned the plots to both plays, got past the difficult Shakespearian language, and discovered that the stories were enthralling with captivating characters! We particularly enjoyed studying the characters from "The Tempest" and had lots of fun re-enacting the scene where a drunken Stephano and Trinculo discover the half-man, half-beast Caliban, whilst the mischeivious (and invisible!) sprite Ariel secretly torments Trinculo!
We performed lots of role play activities and practiced reciting lines from different plays using our voices, facial expressions and body gestures in different ways to convey different emotions or characteristics...although some of us sounded Scottish for every emotion!!!
We also produced some amazing character portraits using Shakespeare's descriptions. Finally, we worked really hard to produce a fantastic piece of descriptive writing about a piece of artwork inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream". We studied Sir Joseph Patton's painting very closely and the more we understood the play, the more themes, plot and characters we could see represented in the artwork. Mrs Hudson was thrilled with our final polished writing!