Olympic Fortnight – More Poems

Usain Bolt by Madeline

A speedy flash, a pop, a whizz

Watch out every one- Usain’s biz!

The competitors watch him at the speed of light,

Wondering if they had truly seen this sight.

 

“This is all very well!” I hear you say.

“But, we want the juicy stuff, hooray! “

Alright, my friends, followers near.

I promise you shall hear

 

And tell people of this hero-

Never has he scored zero!

The crack of a gun- BANG WHOOSH!

And the opponent’s hopes- SWOOSH!

 

Usain Bolt-that is his name-

I shall tell you how he claimed his fame!

He was born- raised- went to school!

But everyone there had a secret tool

 

To get to school you’d run up a hill-

And then- when you had you’re fill

Of important things (mainly sports)

What did you do? Practice what was taught!

 

He had the speed gene- amazing thing-

The gun goes off and ping!

You leap up twice as fast-

Wow! I hope it will last!

 

Another thing- special food

A yam! You say “In a mood

Eat that food?” Don’t dis the yam-

It’s better for you than ham!

 

Leap off the starting place –

That’s what you do in a race!

That gene makes you go faster-

WOW! I hope it’s a laster!

 

Wow- when grown up he went great guns

His confidence could be weighed in tons!

After hard training and good heath –

I have to say- he was full of himself!

 

Man- he was a bullet from a gun-

He made it look such fun!

So- now you heard-he is good-

He could do better- I’m sure he could!

 

The crack of a bullet- bang of a gun-

Watch out people- Usain is on the run!

 

Usain Bolt by Korban

Unstoppable

Sensational runner

A world wide champion

In seconds, finished

Native to Jamaica

 

Beats everyone who comes in his way

Overwhelmingly fast

Lightning quick, impossible to beat

To try and beat him is the ultimate test

 

All good things come to those who wait – Letters from Kafuro

On Thursday we were visited by Johan & Peter Welsh, who gave a presentation to the Lower School before giving a talk to the whole school at assembly time. They had brought back with them a short film about Kafuro which the children will watch one day during assembly time. They also brought back replies to letters that the children had written two years ago when they were in Class BG. There was a great deal of excitement when the letters were handed out and the children look forward to sending replies when Mr Stanley goes out to Kafuro at the end of July. PDFs of the letters are attached below.

Letter to Korban

letter to Abi E

Letter to Jake

Letter to Susie

Letter to Will R

Letter to Abi P

Letter to Harry

Letter to Charlotte

Letter to Susie 2

Letter to John

Letter to Will W

Letter to Jake 2

 

Communication Fortnight – Story Glory

Yesterday was the closing ceremony of Communication Fortnight, two weeks that have been dedicated to speaking and listening. Class AS have been working very hard on an activity called Story Glory. This is where the children are given a list of props or items and have to make a story out of them.

 

Mr Stanley gave the children the following items: The Statue of Liberty, a sunhat, a tennis raquet, a rugby ball, Granny and a dalmatian called Larry. All the groups produced some great stories, but the group selected was composed of Katie, Charlotte, Susie, Jake, Korban, Madeline and Kirsten and they brought the house down with a brilliant performance making their classmates and teacher very proud. They were presented with a deserved certificate by Mrs Green.

 

Ancient Greek Non – Chronological report: Red Group

The Ancient Olympics

 

The Ancient Olympics started in 776BC in Olympia and were held every four years in honour of Zeus, king of the gods. The games were held in memory of the Greek hero, Pelops.

Many impressive buildings were built for the games including sports facilities for the competitors and spectators. The Olympic Games were so important all wars were stopped until the games were over. Like today the games were held every four years and were supposed to unite the different people taking part in them. In Ancient Greece only Greek people were allowed to take part in the games as they were often at war.

 

The Olympic Games provided an opportunity for competition without anyone losing face. Every competitor had to arrive at Olympia at least one month before the games so that their training could be finished while being watched by the officials. The games were held for five days and they were in August or September

 

Clothing

In the Olympic Games the warriors wore their armour for running and they also had to carry their weapons as well.

If you weren’t a warrior then you wore a robe or even nothing at all.

 

Nudity

In Ancient times Nudity became the ruling in fifteenth Olympiad held in 720BC. Rules had been changed so they knew if it was a man or woman competing.

 

The Events

Wrestling

In wrestling there were three main events. In the first one, upright wrestling, an athlete had to throw his opponent three times to win.. The second type of wrestling was called ground wrestling. The contest carried on until one man gave in. The third, called the pankration and was the most dangerous as any tactic apart from biting and eye gouging was permitted.

Running

This was the oldest event in the Olympics. The track was 192m long and made of clay covered with sand. There were three main events: the stade (one length of the track), the diaulos (two lengths) and the dolichos (twenty or twenty four lengths).

Boxing

A boxing contest clould last for several hours and was only decided when an athlete lost consciousness or conceded defeat. Athletes would have targeted most of their blows at an opponent’s head, virtually any blow with the hand was permitted. At first the contestants’ hands were bound and later boxing gloves were developed.

The Pentathlon

The Pentathlon was a competition consisting of five athletic events such as running, wrestling, jumping, discus and javelin throwing. The Pentathlon was designed to finds the best all – round athlete. The Pentathlon was a very demanding competition which required great strength and endurance.

 

Winners and prizes

Winners were presented with an olive wreath, palm branches and woollen ribbons. They also had a statue made in their honour. On the fifth day of the Olympics some of the prizes were given. The idea of the games was that athletes should seek only the honour of competing and the personal glory of winning. By the fifth century BC some athletes were professionals. They made their living by representing the city states at the various games. Athletes could also reap many material rewards.

 

A city gained prestige by sponsoring a successful athlete, and would pay him well. Prizes were simple. The overall winner won a simple crown of wild olive, their names were recorded and they were allowed to wear purple robes like a king.

 

Woman

In Ancient Greece woman could not compete and were not allowed to play in the Olympics. Married woman couldn’t even go closer to Olympia during the Games. The one married woman who could present was the priestess of Demeter who represented the Goddess of the Game. Games could not take place without her. Woman found out at the Olympics would be thrown off the cliff. Woman must have been allowed to take part of the games because the Spartan princess  Kyniska became the first female Olympic champion.

 

 

Modern Olympics

The Ancient Olympics ended by 395AD when Olympia was destroyed by two violent earthquakes. In AD 1896 the Frenchman, Baron Pierre de Coubertin organised the first modern Olympics. Some ancient traditions have been observed such as the torch relay and the lighting of the Olympic flame.

 

Conclusion

The Olympics started in 776BC but it did not survive the ancient world for long.

In 4AD the people thought that the games were going against god.

In 395AD Olympia was destroyed by two violent earthquakes.

However the Olympics started again in 1896 and still thrive today.

Theseus & the Minotaur – The Dance

This term in dance we have been looking at Theseus and the Minotaur. Each week we have created, practised and evaluated a different part of the dance, then today we put it all together and performed it as a whole.

There are six scenes to the dance:
1) King Aegeus choosing the victims for the Minotaur
2) The journey across the sea to Crete
3) Entering the labyrinth
4) Fighting the Minotaur
5) Exiting the labyrinth and leaving Ariadne on Naxos
6) Returning home and the suicide of Aegeus.

The children worked in four groups:
1) Alex M, Oliver, Alex C, Jack, Josh NB, Elias and Cameron
2) Elyse, Katie, Lily, Kirsten, Charlotte, Susie, Abi E and Abi P
3) Will R, Will C, Will W, James, Ben, Harry, Korban and Jake
4) John, Emma, Madeleine, Lucy, Eve, Josh F, Georgina and Emily

All files can be played with Quicktime

Theseus & the Minotaur Group 1
Theseus & the Minotaur Group 2
Theseus & The Minotaur Group 3
Theseus & the Minotaur Group 4

Red group’s biography of Alexander the Great

This week in Literacy we have been working on our own biography’s of the famous Greek king, Alexander the Great. We examined his life and tried to write biographies in the third person, past tense, with good connectives and some of our opinions. Korban, Harry, Josh F, James and Kirsten all worked hard to produce this biography.

 

I can write a biography of Alexander the Great

The life of Alexander the Great has been told many times and he is clearly a very famous historical figure. But what made him so great? Why is he still talked about today, over 2000 years after his death? To answer this question and many more we need to explore his life story fully.

Alexander was born in 356BC, the son of Philip II of Macedonia, this is where he grew up. When he was twenty his dad was murdered and he became king. It was potentially a problem for Alexander becoming king at such a young age because there were many enemies in the surrounding countries who thought he would be a weak king. However, Alexander was determined to prove everyone wrong.

Alexander set his sights on becoming the greatest leader in the world. We know he was serious about conquering Asia because of an incident in a temple in the town of Gordium. There was a special rope with a knot in it and it was said that whoever could untie the knot would conquer Asia. Alexander took out his sword and instead of untying the knot, cut it off instead with a single blow.

His first step was to take on the Persian empire of King Darius. He took 35,000 troops into Asia Minor to attack the Persians. His first big victory over King Darius was at the battle of the River Granicus. Over the next two years he kept defeating Darius. One of the towns he captured was near the mouth of the River Nile in Egypt. He renamed it Alexandria after himself, giving a clear indication that he was a strong leader who wanted to be known around the world.

By 331BC Alexander had continued to win more battles. Furthermore, he had King Darius on the run. After a major battle at Gaugamela in which Alexander defeated Darius and his men, the unfortunate Darius was murdered by his own people because they were disappointed by his defeats to Alexander. After this, Alexander was crowned King of Persia.

After becoming King of Persia, Alexander inherited a large, well-trained army with high morale ready to invade India. A year later the Indian King, Porus, was defeated by Alexander at the Battle of the River Hydaspes. Porus was taken prisoner, however because Alexander was a fair man and he felt Porus had fought so bravely he gave him back to his people. This was the same place that his horse, Bucephalus, died. Alexander was devastated because he felt the horse was a good luck charm in so many of his battles and had carried him through. In memory of his horse he named a town after Bucephalus.

The great leader, Alexander planned to make Babylon the capital of his new empire but before he could do this he died of a fever in 323BC. His soldiers were allowed to go through his room one by one to say farewell to the great King.

The wise King, Alexander never lost a battle and looked after his men wisely, he was named Alexander the Great. His name lives on and is shown in many places, such as the Roman mosaic in Pompeii depicting the Battle of Issus.