If, like me you have been enthralled by the Winter Olympics and passed that obsession onto your children in class (unless you've been on half term) it will come as no surprise that this weeks writing stimulus will be a video from the Winter Olympics.
This week in class we have had our own (Non-Winter) Olympics. We've played Table-Top Beanbag curling championship and Table-Top Marble Slalom. Next up tomorrow I hope will be the Bobsled or paper plate speed skating. We haven't been able to fit in the non-ice hockey championship that was planned. (Some pics from this week on my old school blog ( http://www.st-patricks.sheffield.sch.uk/winter-olympics-in-class-8/ )
Anyways, back to the writing. This week we (my class and I) have been obsessed with the curling ever since we watched it while playing our own table top curling. On Wednesday night (after staff meeting) I couldn't leave work until the curling had finished. We needed 1 to draw or two to win. What happened next couldn't have been written better.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/winter-olympics/26262095 (Link to video here - with commentary)
How I plan to use this in class
We will watch the video to begin with and have a discussion about the feelings of both sets of players throughout the different points of the end of the match and will create a feelings map. (I will post pictures of this here).
Following this we will write a dual diary. As usual we will use our A3 paper and line guides to produce a diary as either the GB captain or the Swedish captain.
This will allow for many different feelings ranging from extreme disappointment to extreme elation. This will be a further extension on the diary work we have done a few times in class. The children will be encouraged to use the many different @alanpeat exciting sentences we have been learning in class.
Other uses for this video
Write a newspaper report about the match.
Write instructions of how to play curling.
Write a biography about the life of the Team GB captain David Murdoch.
Change the ending - What if the Sweden Captain had not missed, what would have happened next? Could the children re-write the ending?
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Examples of Writing Completed
I'm a deputy head in Scarborough, England and love using media and tech to develop writing. I'm also a keen advocate of Learning Without Limits and believe in a games based approach to developing mathematicians.