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Traditional Folktales with Nando's!
I'll be the first to admit I do enjoy a 'cheeky' Nando's! My students are the same, it is one of their favourites! On a recent visit to one of their fine restaurants, I noticed this on the wall -
It tells the story of the Barcelos Cockerel, an Portuguese Legend, linked to the symbol of the restaurant. You can read a version of the legend from the Nando's website here. In my constant search for ways to make writing relevant and meaningful for my students, we decided to use it in class.
With my Year 3 group, we looked at the story, we discussed why Nando's have used it, whether it was true and what makes it a legend. We discussed how these stories were usually passed through oral storytelling first and so the finer details may change. To prove this, we compared the version from the Nando's website with another version - you can read it here.
We discussed the similarities and differences before discussing writing our own versions. The next lesson was spent editing and improving their efforts before working together to create a version to be performed.
Here was an example of a finished story -
As a further challenge, I wanted to see how the children could use technology and bring their writing to life through performance. They could choose which app to use- most went for Adobe Voice or Puppetpals, both of which we had used recently. Their work would then be published on the school YouTube channel. Here is one of their efforts -
The added incentive would be that we would send the children's efforts to Nando's in the hope they would reply and share their work! They were made up when Nando's did comment to let us know how impressed they were -
We hope you enjoy the children's work too! Please feel free to leave them a comment and share their work!
UPDATE - 20/04/16
I was amazed to arrive in school today and be welcomed by a package sent from Nando's head office! In it was this letter -
Including in the package were 'chicken cheques' meal vouchers for all the children and a huge poster of the legend of the Barcelos Cockerel! Thank you so much to the team at Nando's for this, it made the children's day! They were so proud to be rewarded for their hard work in such a lovely way.
Everyone loves Game of Thrones! This fun blog post will share 12 characters from the popular show and the similarities to different teachers your see in every school:
1 - Ned Stark
You have seen more staff, curriculums and policy changes than anyone else. You have been around the block and know how things should be done. You are respected and good at your job even though you're not part of the SLT.
With the latest changes from the new regime (government,) you realise you are too proud to and honourable to subject the ones you love to this unnecessary and cruel rule of testing. Retirement is looming unless the new pressures get to you first.
2 - Drogo
Although the core subjects of English, Maths and Science aren't your strong point, when it comes to a subject like PE, there is no one as passionate.
Come rain or shine, whatever the weather you are outside leading by example. When it comes to a school competition, you are ready for the battle and take …
This week celebrates World Book Day (Thursday 6th March,) although I hoped to share these ideas a little earlier, I have been stuck in bed ill for the past few days so have been unable to do so.
However here are 10 ideas for celebrating World Book day using iPads. Well not all are strictly iPad based, but more incorporating some aspect of technology into your World Book Day theme.
1. Extreme Reading - This was something we did as a whole school last year. The idea is that you ask parents to take pictures of children reading in the most weird and peculiar place. We had over 200 entries and children really enjoyed creating and sharing their efforts. It really promoted how we value reading as a school and the two massive displays within the school reflect this.
2. Blog a Book Review - Fairly straightforward for those schools who blog, but get your class to choose their favourite book and blog a book review. Remind the children that when it is blogged it will be shared with a worldwide a…