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Teaching Live In The Emporium With Pie Corbett

The Year 6 children in the Emporium 'bubble', made the most of the opportunity of working with Talk for Writing pioneer, Pie Corbett along with Deputy Mitchell on recently. Joining in with other schools across the country, they enjoyed an hour long online English lesson!

 

Since the beginning of Lockdown in March, we have been avid listeners of Radioblogging. Radioblogging gave many of us the opportunity to further develop our English learning by joining in with Pie’s creative and imaginative writing activities. After each session we have posted our writing on the blogging website for others to read and have received comments from children and teachers all over the world. Sadly Radioblogging ended a few weeks ago. However, since then we have continued to post our writing on our Twitter feed for others to read. Our children have received comments and feedback from the authors and poets featured on the radio shows and our work has also caught the attention of Pie Corbett himself.

 

We were therefore, very excited to receive a “tweet” asking us to join a new live teaching session once again hosted by Pie Corbett, brought to the classroom using video conferencing platform “Zoom.” We were joined by Year 6 children from 3 other schools in the UK and together we were taught by Pie through “Zoom.” We played a couple of creative games and then wrote poems developing descriptive detail using a “Padlet.” Finally we began the introduction to a short story focussing on developing suspense using “Jotcast”. This is a live blogging tool which allows teachers and children to respond and feedback to writing live. Once the children had completed the session, they were challenged to create a blog post using what they have learned.

 

Dawson’s Ancient city writing caught Pie and David’s attention and his audio padlet was played to children all over the UK and to schools in Dubai and Australia.

 

The Ancient City

Tom walked into the walled city. Ancient, sandy towers stared over him, watching. Whistling, the wind hit him, making it difficult to walk. Sandstorms, in the distance, grew stronger as if shouting at him to stay away. He ignored him. He knew he wasn’t done.

He was alone, but strangely he felt he could hear things, not the wind, but voices. Voices coming from the streets, passage ways and empty buildings. Places he had to explore.

As he approached the doorway of what looked like a shop, time stopped. Like water hitting a fire, ice hitting earth, everything was frozen. He couldn’t move a muscle!

 

Jessica’s Wasp Kenning was shared too!

 

Rot-eater

Fruit-demolisher

Sugar-explorer

A hive-hunter

Peace-breaker

A child-scarer

A bee-killer

A fun-stealer

A buzzing-buzzer

A quick-winger

Furry-soarers

A black and yellow-warrior

A fear-maker

A good day-ruiner

A human-stinger

A dark heart-disturber 

Fruit-demolisher

Sugar-explorer

A hive-hunter

Peace-breaker

A child-scarer

A bee-killer

A fun-stealer

A buzzing-buzzer

A quick-winger

Furry-soarers

A black and yellow-warrior

A fear-maker

A good day-ruiner

A human-stinger

A dark heart-disturber  

The Wasp

 

Jessica also received feedback from another teacher - Mr Clark from another school in the UK. Here is her Sandstone City story opening: 

 

Lizzie stood in the alleyway, she put her hand in her pocket; it only contained two things: a needle and a handkerchief. The needle’s point was blunt and worthless but the handkerchief was the most prized possession she’d ever owned. It had been given to her by her grandmother, who had passed away earlier in the week. She could not believe this event had changed her life so quickly and now she had to leave the city. It was no longer safe here. The mountain was about to fall and when it did, it would crush the city and leave no one or no-thing behind! That’s what the mayor had said anyway. Her family was the last to go. Lizzie’s mother was not convinced by the story the mayor was telling. She believed that her grandmother’s passing had made the spirits angry, so they were the ones intending to destroy the city. She believed they would destroy the homes, the streets and the people in their path of destruction. She had repeated this many times, over the past week, but no-one had listened, no-one had taken any notice of her and her theory.

Lizzie did not know who to believe. She didn’t know what to do; stay or go? Live or die? Her live was in danger either way. The nearest village was over 15 miles away and she had no way of getting there only walking. She was hungry and thirsty and just the thought of the journey in the sweltering heat made her feel faint.

Lizzie turned. She wanted to see Mimi. Mimi was her only friend, a lizard she had befriended years before. He was the only friend she’d ever had. Knowing every path and alleyway, she raced to her hideout as quick as she could, but Mimi wasn’t there. She looked on the rooftop, but the special place she always lay in was empty too. Jumping from rooftop to rooftop she desperately searched. Then she spotted her on the roof of the chapel built directly into the cliff face. Scooping her up, she said “Mimi, we have to go, it’s not safe here. The mountain is about to fall. Mimi seemed more interested in a fly, perched on the tile next to her. “Listen!” she said. She turned to face her. “We have to go!”

With that the earth grumbled and shook. The mountain began to move…

 

This is what Mr Clark said …  “What a super piece of writing! It had me hooked from the beginning. Love the variety of sentence types. I’d love to know more about Mimi in your next entry. Where had she come from? What kind of lizard was she?Keep up your writing! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading it.”

 

As you can see we are very excited to be involved with this new project and hope to continue with it in September. You can see our whole collection of writing on the TeachingLive website (click HERE), just search for @EmporiumBelmont!

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