Year 4 are lucky enough to be taking part in a Microsoft writing competition, designed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Enid Blyton’s best loved and phenomenally successful book series, ‘The Famous Five’. The children have been given the task of writing their own stories in the style of Enid Blyton, set in a place of local interest and presented in the form of Microsoft ‘Sway’. From what I have seen so far, Microsoft have a very difficult judging job on their hands because some of what I have read sounds like it is being read from an actual Enid Blyton book!
The children have all had the opportunity to try writing just like Enid blyton did with a typewriter; this caused a great deal of excitement and also made me feel very old! I have been blown away by the quality of what has been written so far. The children have loved getting to know the characters through reading and listening to extracts from ‘The Famous Five’ series and are really enjoying experimenting with using Enid Blyton’s well recognised style in their own writing.
Whether it is the engaging adventures that have captured the children’s interest or the opportunity to produce a Sway as part of a competition, Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’ and Microsoft are certainly bringing the best out in the children’s level of engagement and in the written outcomes they are producing.
I find it ironic that one of the oldest and most popular children’s book series has inspired such a forward thinking Microsoft writing competition. Enid Blyton wrote her stories on a typewriter sat on her lap, we are writing ours at desks on devices using Microsoft Office 365 in Sway. Very different method but the same adventurous, engaging content.
I’m one very proud teacher! Thank you Microsoft and Thank you Enid Blyton!
Have a look at the following webpage for more details of the competition…
World Book Day 2017 saw the classroom full of an array of different book characters. Mrs Twit made an appearance too!
We had great fun reading ‘The Twits’ and even more fun working in groups to perform different parts of the story. We particularly enjoyed being Mr or Mrs Twit and playing tricks on each other!
We are always trying to improve our writing and Mrs Manssen is constantly telling us that the more we read, the more our writing will naturally improve. World Book Day was a great fun way of sharing some of our favourite authors and books.
Several weeks ago, as a class, we had a discussion about responsibility. During which, one child asked if we could have a class pet. Over the following weeks, I saw a class united by a common factor – they all wanted to persuade Mr Rees that he should allow them to have a class pet.
Letters were written, research was carried out, songs were performed and memories were made as the class worked collaboratively towards their aim. This hard work culminated in a meeting on Friday afternoon. Five children, representing the class, met with Mr Rees to find out once and for all whether we would be granted permission to have a class pet.
The anticipation and excitement amongst the rest of the class was palpable. The meeting lasted about 30 minutes and when the group reappeared and announced to their classmates that the decision was a ‘YES’, it was truly one of the most heartwarming moments I think I have ever witnessed in a classroom. Two members of the class immediately burst into tears with joy and the sound of cheering and clapping filled the room.
Watching the class work closely together as a team has been great but now this is where the responsibility starts: What type of hamster shall we get? Where will our pet live? What will it need? Who will feed it? Who will clean it out? What will we learn? It is a privelege to have been granted this opportunity, now it is our job to prove why Mr Rees saying ‘YES’ was the right decision!