Monthly Archives: December 2017

The Fox and the Ghost King by Michael Morpurgo

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Wolf Brother

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Hermia wakes in the forest alone, by Zebra3

Screen Shot 2017-12-18 at 23.44.50Yesterday, I was gazing lovingly at my true love’s soft smile and running with him joyously; today I am running fearfully from the wild beasts lurking in the forest. I am alone. Woken by scuttling footsteps and the wrapper of dew that has settled across me, I hear sounds echo and spiral through this criminal forest. My heart is still pounding with confusion after the sight of my beloved Lysander gone.

Shadows loom over me as I venture, sending me to crawl along the forest’s ferny floor. Intimidated, yet willing to save our love, I carry on trekking through the treacherous woods with my imagination set free to battle me. Scratching at my face, the branches also whisper delightedly as if crushing my dream is funny. At the moment, I am guiltily starting to understand my stubborn father’s side: it would’ve avoided so much heartbreak.


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Hermia wakes, abandoned in the woods (by Ocelot12)

Screen Shot 2017-12-18 at 23.37.45On the eve of the previous day, I was prancing through long, fresh lemongrass with my love, Lysander; today my heart is trembling with fear as he has vanished from my sight. Exhausted, I awoke during the night. Maybe, someone or something woke me. I then knew that he had disappeared. Whatever woke me, it has long gone. But the ferocious wolves are howling, wise old owls are hooting, squirrels are gnawing hazelnuts and grasshoppers are leaping. Hopefully, he’s not amongst the fighting stags or the savage badgers from the east. Though the dew has soaked me through, I do not care: I only want the love of my life back.

I am certain that he has not run away because there is not one reason why. Oh Lysander, where have you gone? I long for you to protect me from dangerous beasts that will do absolutely anything to me. Maybe you have been taken over by evil. But how could that happen during a short slumber? Cold wind from the north blows into me, pushing me closer to a vortex of loneliness. Lysander, please just come back.

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Hermia awakes by Mongoose29

Yesterday, I was cheerfully running through yellowScreen Shot 2017-12-18 at 23.25.52 autumn leaves with my lover Lysander; today, I’m running through the dark forest to find my lover Lysander. Woken quickly by the whistling of the wind, I find my clothes are torn by the sharp brambles. Footprints rest in the mud. My heart is as still as stone for Lysander has gone. Was he taken by vicious beasts? Or was he stolen by the king’s men? I may never find out but I will keep searching.

I wish I had never come. I can’t go back for I will be killed or made a nun. I ran away with my lover to live a good life; now he has gone. I am all alone.

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Hermia awakes by Tiger10

Screen Shot 2017-12-18 at 23.22.00Yesterday, I was leaping with joy; today I woke up with fear in me. I can hear sticks snapping and leaves trembling underneath. Wolves are howling as the moonlight trickles away. I miss Lysander. All that I can think of is, where is he?

I think, this morning, wolves are eating his flesh. Will I ever see him again? My true love is gone. I can hear stags fighting. I wonder if that will be me in between.

I wish I had never gone with Lysander. I wish I listened to my father I believe that Demetrius is right for me now.

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An Eagle in the Snow By Michael Morpurgo

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‘Squishy circuits’

Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 15.32.55We have been investigating circuits using ‘squishy dough’. Below is a video that explains some of what we discovered this week about series circuitsScreen Shot 2017-12-10 at 15.27.14

Squishy circuits




If you want to know how to make the dough, follow this link:

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Snow dalek!

Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 09.36.59With this amount of snow, you need a fun challenge. Over the years, as well as a range of unique snowmen, we have made some very varied creatures in the snow! Unfortunately, I no longer have the picture of the very intricate Mario my son made a few years ago but we do have a small one of the dalek he made in the front garden (using a piece of hose pipe, a whisk and a plunger for added detail!).

Have fun! If you take a picture of your snow creatures and creations, why not add them to the blog and tell us what you have been doing?

(I should warn you that this took him most of the day when he was about your age and we did need to keep reminding him to come in to warm up!!)

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Swedish snow lanterns

Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 09.27.40If you are looking for something fun to try in to snow tonight, this can be very effective. Please ask your family if they are happy for you to try this and, perhaps, to give you a hand first!

Make a ‘cave’ of snowballs, building them up in a circle like an igloo. Before you put the upper ones on, light a nightlight candle and place it inside. Be careful as you put the upper ones on that you don’t hurt yourself on the flame – you may want an adult to help you with this part.Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 11.15.47

We have also tried putting colouring into the snow so that you get a colourful glowing lamp (although the plain snow ones are still good). The light just glows out of the cracks and you’ll be surprised how long they last!

You can also be more ambitious (like the one on the right) by creating a smoothed surface from your snowballs and putting a pattern of holes (carefully!) into it for the light to glow from.

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