22 October 2011

Match of the Day Vocabulary

I made this vocabulary activity whilst "Match of the Day" was on.  Can you spot the connection?

I LIKE THIS FREE ONLINE TOOL

Click on image above to go to Image Chef - Word Mosaic, where you can make super images for notices, headings, and greetings cards.

7 October 2011

WE HAVE A NEW ZONDLE COMPETITION WINNER

I hope you enjoyed the latest Zondle competition. Congratulations to our winner from Year 7; commiserations to Daniel Whitehead Year 8 who was runner-up. Sorry there was only one t-shirt on offer.

5 October 2011

WIMP YOURSELF!

Fans of "Diary of A Wimpy Kid" can wimp themselves at this great site:

Here's one I made earlier.


If you wimp yourself do share your picture with us.

28 September 2011

GREAT HOMEWORK, HANNAH (Year9)


Well done Hannah on being the first student in your class to make significant progress with your homework.  Congratulations for persisting with the task.


WIN A ZONDLE T-SHIRT

See if you can beat Hannah's score by entering the competition below.  Please use your school e-mail address so that I can award a prize of a Zondle t-shirt to the winner.   The deadline is Friday 7th October 2012


27 September 2011

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ZONDLE?

25 September 2011

DAMIEN DIBBEN TALKS TO YEAR 7 STUDENTS

Last week we were very interested to meet Damien Dibben, an author we knew very little about beforehand. After an interesting talk and a fabulous reading of an extract from his novel, "The History Keepers: The Storm Begins", we got the chance to ask a few questions before forming an orderly queue to buy a signed copy. Here's what those of us who bought his book have to say about it.

4 May 2011

WOOHOO, THE RESULTS ARE IN!

I recently set up a trial Zondle Competition and have just received the results.  Congratulations to the winners detailed below:

WINNER Katie Cooper
SECOND PLACE Jake Livesey-Gosling
THIRD PLACE William Mercer
FOURTH PLACE: Lewis Jones
FIFTH PLACE: Wes Sheridan-Wood

Thank you to everyone who entered.   The pupils listed above may claim a merit for their endeavours and the winning pupil (Katie) may claim her bar of chocolate!

3 May 2011

Zondlers In Action

TECHNICAL HITCHES

If you have a problem with a page or an activity not displaying correctly or you get an error message please do a screen dump and e mail it to me so I can help you sort out the problem.  Also, tell me whether you are using Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or some other browser.

Thanks.

27 April 2011

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF IT SO FAR?

Dear Parents,


What do you think of our blog? Does it give you an insight into English lessons? Are you impressed by the various activities pupils can do these days to develop their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills?

Please give us some feedback below (click comment) to encourage us to continue writing and sharing with readers outside the classroom.

Thank you.

26 April 2011

TEST DRIVE A SPEEDBOAT TO IMPROVE YOUR SPELLING!

LET'S START OFF THE SUMMER TERM WITH A COMPETITION.

Play the game below before May 3rd and if I teach you, or you are a member of BBEC, keep your fingers crossed that you win the STAR PRIZE!!



25 April 2011

HOT OFF THE PRESS!

If you want to revise an activity in Zondle BEFORE playing a game to test your knowledge, choose the FLIP CARD game.  

BLOGTASTIC EFFORTS FROM 7J1 and 7K1

For many pupils English homework in 2011 was rather different than usual.  They were asked to write one blog post each week on a topic of their choosing for the entire half term.  Here is just a small selection of some of the fabulous entries.  Can you detect the recurring theme in the first three?


A NEW FRIEND?   By Jess
Sitting here right now, I honestly don’t have a clue what to talk about. I could talk all day about gossip, trampolining, my pets and all the normal everyday stuff. So i decided to write about this…


My new pet budgie… Pip.
You're probably thinking why on earth would you want a budgie? Or why would you want a bird? The reason I got a budgie was because i wanted a pet of my own something like a hamster or gerbil, not just the family dog. But mum said hamsters and gerbils were smelly, dirty and hard work! But they’re not…What do you think? Anyway Pips great… And budgies are good you can teach them to talk! Fly through shapes and all sorts. But to be honest he’s just as hard to care for as a hamster, and I don’t mean to be disgusting but the amount of poo is unbelievable! On the Internet it says they don’t poo much, and are very clean. Think they’ve got the wrong bird!


So yeah, everything is great apart from the toilet issues and the fact that Sasha ( who i talked about in my first blog) is a little bit jealous… Yeah i know, i feel tight as well. Mum says she’ll get used to it, but what does mum know, she said budgies were clean!

Dude! by Jenny

You might think ‘why is the title named Dude’? Well its because my bunny is called Dude.  Actually he’s not my bunny as such he’s my brother David’s and his friends. He got it when he was at university, about 3 years ago, but now does not want him so we’ve got him at home.  If he was browner he would have been called poo (my brother and his friends are a little bit weird) thankfully he was a lighter colour so he was called Dude (I like that name better). He is a house rabbit, which are bigger than normal sized, even though he lives out side. It’s my Dad’s fault that he now lives out side, he wouldn’t let Dude live  inside because he chewed the wallpaper and stank a little bit. But now he is toilet trained. He is really cute and  has light brown fluffy fur. He is very friendly and likes to be stroked. I go out and feed him every day and he always hops fast when he knows I’ve got food (he likes food) This is a picture of Dude in the garden being held by me.


Dear Reader  by Adam


My week so far has been about average-which to me means nothing bad happened or nothing extra special-The best thing has probably got to be when my friend Thomas, who you all probably know, fell of his chair in Humanities after Stephen sneakily struck  Tom with a felt tip and even Miss.Klunder found it funny!!
Other than that Vishal Gohil was eating a jacket potato when suddenly a bird pooed on it but he got a brand new jacket potato which look a whole lot nicer but the thing was he had nearly finished the jacket potato when the bird pooed on it :(
Thanks and I will keep you all updated encase anything happens.


KIDS GO ONLINE IN EXAMS IN DENMARK  BY LAUREN


This article really shocked me! 
It turns out that students in Denmark are allowed to use computers during exams to research answers! No revision needed then! They are even allowed to be logged onto Social Networking Sites during the exam time, they are just not allowed to chat with their friends to find out the answers! 
Personally, I don’t think this is a very good idea because you can’t always trust the internet because anyone could put false information online and just make the website look professional! What’s the point in that though, the presenter said that it is preparing them for later life – using the computer, really? I suppose in a way it is teaching you something, how to use the computer, but isn’t that why we have IT lessons? 
Although it is teaching the students how to be resourceful. In the video it also said that the idea wouldn’t be coming to the UK anytime soon, I’m actually quite glad because I think it’s a bad idea!


I hope you didn’t find my blog too boring, I tried my best to make it as interesting as possible, even though the title might be a bit dodgy!

19 April 2011

PUT YOUR CAMERA TO GOOD USE

Check out the photographs on this site. Isn't it amazing how many adults get it wrong when it comes to writing signs.  Keep your eyes open for examples of howlers as you are out and about and take a snap of any good examples.   Then just e-mail me a copy and I will upload it here for all to see. Watch this space for my favourite very costly mistake outside a restaurant near to my house.

http://www.apostrophe.org.uk/examples.htm

FOR LOVERS OF WORD GAMES


I have just spent an enjoyable 10 minutes playing a series of word games on this site.  Let us know your favourite one.  A word to the wise: read the instructions before you start; you will save yourself time and stress!!

4 April 2011

Rather Late In the Day


No sooner have we finished our horror stories than I have come across a lovely, simple animation site called GO ANIMATE where you can create stories of all kinds - including HORROR ones.

Have a play and send me your results so I can showcase them on here.

DONKEY BOMB GETS MY VOTE

It sounds rather cruel but no donkey gets hurt in the playing of this Zondle game.  Javelin challenge is also quite fun to play.  I'm not sure I have perfected my throwing technique yet.  Try these out when testing out your understanding of the FANBOYS (created 4th April 2011)

3 April 2011

APRIL ZONGLER!


Where were you when Thomas was getting to grips with homophones?

Congratulations Thomas!

31 March 2011

ZONGLETASTIC!

Congratulations to Kajol on a star performance this week.

30 March 2011

ZONDLE UPDATE

I don't know about you but I like Zondle already - after just a few days experimenting with it.  The good news is that it can only get better.   You might have noticed the word beta next to the name Zondle.  This means the site is under development but has been made available to the public to test out the various feaures.  So, I sent the creators a link to the  comments on the games you trialled for homework, which they found very helpful. Apparently they have already realised that many students would welcome  instructions for some of the games, and this feature is on a long list of imrovements they intend to make over the next few months.

OUR FIRST ZONDLE STARS HAVE EMERGED!


Congratulations to Will and Olivia for their impressive homework this week.



27 March 2011

PLEASE JOIN ZONDLE

Please watch this video and then register with Zondle.

Find my class (search for mscoxenglish) and play the two activities I have made so far.  Remember to leave a comment so we know which you prefer.

20 March 2011

Gothic Horror

Year 7 have been studying and writing gothic horror.
7K1 studied an extract from "The Red Room by HG Wells and demonstrated their understanding by drawing the room - using the author's description.
Below are Hinesh and Hannah's interpretations.


7K1 and 7J1 enjoyed finding out about Mackenzie's Poltergeist - and particularly like the video we watched on You Tube.  This led  to pupils using a story mountain as a tool for planning an effective story of their own.

Check out Mollie's below.

19 March 2011

JUST FOR WILLIAM!

If, like William, you have been unable to make a fridge magnet because you couldn't find the site, FOLLOW THIS LINK

17 March 2011

Try out Habeeba's Fridge Magnet Activity

A Warm Welcome To Parents

Now that we have invited parents to view our blog via e- mails written during a recent lesson or for homework,
we wonder who the first parent visitor will be and, indeed, what all our visitors think of our blog.  Please leave a comment (If you sign in as anonymous, do tell us who you are in the body of your post).  We look forward to your feedback and to sharing more of our work with you in the coming weeks.

9 March 2011

WORLD BOOK DAY SUCCESS

DIDN'T WE DO WELL!

As a school community we read over one million words during morning registration.

Students, support staff, teachers, teaching assistants and School Meals Staff joined together and read 1000 words each from the pack of resources our Librarian, Mrs Harwood, put together for us.

The selection of short stories, extracts and opening chapters from books ensured a peaceful start to the day and some real success stories. The biggest success, literally, was the actual number of words we read (1,140,679) but what made the event really worthwhile was the number of people - students and adults- who sought out the complete story from the library after being hooked by the extract.

8 March 2011

Welcome To Our Latest Followers

Please choose an icon or make and upload your own avatar. Try making one here:


Here is one I made earlier.

Alternatively, if you are a Simpsons' fan try this site:

Message to 7K1: You can save your Simpsons' avatar as a jpg. Click on the download arrow and then choose "save as  jpg" which is right at the top of the box that appears.


Some girls might enjoy this site: blessthischick


Finally, you might like to WIMP YOURSELF!

3 March 2011

Mini Saga 2

Not so hot off the press. Sorry, Liam.

Fuel in and he’s off. Liam McNulty takes an early lead in the Monaco Grand Prix. With an excellent lap time of one minute, McNulty is surely favourite to win. “Out of credit - pay £1 to continue.”

A MINI SAGA

Produced by a year 9 student last year and spotted by me as I deleted old e-mails. Sorry for the delay Sarah.

Tom collected his £100 from the cash machine. As he turned around he noticed passers by smirking at him. They want my money, he thought. His hands started to sweat, his knees started to wobble and a shiver ran up his legs; His pants had fallen down.

17 February 2011

User Names for Followers

Please choose an appropriate user name and one which enables me - your teacher- to recognize who you are.  You may use the code name you gave me at the start of the year, an obvious nickname, your first name or your school user name (eg10bloggsj).

Thank you.

8 February 2011

VULGAR LANGUAGE ON THE BBC

This topic certainly got you (and your parents) talking. 


DANIEL WROTE: BBC Newsround shouldn’t really use vulgar language like farts because on the Internet anyone can see that news story from a 1 year old to a 100 year old (if they know how to use a computer).
I think they should just stick to saying trumps instead of fart. I think they only use fart because people find it funny but what if a 3 year old sees it and decides to keep saying it. It could land him deep trouble with his parents or other people.

WILLIAM'S MUM HAD THIS TO SAY: I was very disappointed to learn that this type of  inappropriate language was used on  a website aimed at children.  I hope that this was a one off incident and I would welcome assurances from the BBC that this lapse in editorial standards will not happen again.

TOM SAID: My grandpa thinks that he does not approve of it and it is disgusting. I think the same as that. But  some programmes on TV need vulgar language in it  like comedy. They need it to make their TV programmes sound good and funny. But on the other hand some programmes should not be using it, like the news.

SPELLING BEE

Last Tuesday  lunchtime (1st February), 24 Year 7 students took part in a most enjoyable and very close ‘Spelling Bee’. Four students represented each Tutor group, following a series of practice sessions in form time After three difficult rounds, involving some complex words in front of the supporting audience, 7C came out on top with 29 points. Special mention goes to the winning team of Tom , Livi  Lauren  and Jessica. Well done to all who took part.

RESULTS:
1st: 7C;
2nd: 7B;
3rd: 7N;
4th: 7S;
5th: 7H;
6th: 7R.

A team of CHAMPION spellers will now be selected to enter the ‘Times National Spelling Bee’ later  in the year.


Two of our winning contestants.
SPECIAL THANKS MUST GO TO Mr Bailey, HEAD OF YEAR 7 for organising this most enjoyable event. (Yes, spelling can be fun!)

7 February 2011

BLOGTASTIC!

THANK YOU 7K1 for searching out interesting blogs to recommend. You will see I have listed some of them  in the sidebar on the left.   7J1, you are welcome to e-mail me a link to any you feel should be added.  Remember, the blog should be suitable for pupils your age and likely to be of interest to us so check it out before sending me a link.

So far I have had to reject some suggestions because they are about alcohol; playing hockey in the USA, or too difficult for me to understand, never mind you:(

TRY SEARCHING USING www.blogsearch.google.com

Thanks for your help.

6 February 2011

Ms Cox Loves Analogies

She thinks the pupils in the corridors are rather like cars on the road and so she insists on them "parking" properly outside her classroom.  If she finds them "double parked" she shunts them to the back of the queue.

7K1 spend two lessons exploring and developing the analogy.  Check out their creativity below.

4 February 2011

WHAT IS A BLOG?

FIRST STEPS

Now that we have begun experimenting with blogging for homework, it's probably time we tried a more professional approach.  Let's share what we do in school and for homework with parents and friends by keeping an online diary for recording our news and views (a blog).  Make sure you have created a Google identity by creating a gmail account, so you can be a guest blogger and post comments.

ENJOY
Ms Cox