P7A – Mr Brewer


Friday 29th May:

Happy Friday!

Hope you’ve all had an amazing week. The weather has definitely helped! It’s been great chatting to all your parents and finding out how you’re getting on at home. Please be reassured that I’m really proud of how you’re all coping with this crazy situation and don’t worry if you’re not getting through all the tasks. Staying happy and healthy is more important at this point in time.

A big thanks to everyone who has voted for their Pupils’ Pupil so far! Please vote if you haven’t done so already 🙂

Today’s task

How to build a fictional world

Why is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy so compelling? How about The Matrix or Harry Potter? What makes these disparate worlds come alive are clear, consistent rules for how people, societies — and even the laws of physics — function in these fictional universes. Author Kate Messner offers a few tricks for you, too, to create a world worth exploring in your own words.

This year, we have focused a lot on adding description to our writing without being too obvious. When writing fiction, it is also a really useful skill to create a detailed world for your characters (the setting!), using a few useful tips to help you.

Click on the link above and watch the video. Navigate through the other menus, thinking about what you have watched and answering any questions. Afterwards, think about:

  • Which fictional worlds do you think are really descriptive?
  • Which extra details have different authors added to make their worlds more immersive?
  • Are there any fictional worlds you would (or wouldn’t) like to live in? Why?

Next week is Health Week, so there will not be the usual home learning grid from me. The leadership team at school have prepared a grid for you all instead! Please check here again on Monday for more information on some of the activities.

See you all then, and enjoy your weekend!

Mr Brewer

Thursday 28th May:

Morning everyone!

Hope you’re all enjoying your week so far, and finding time to relax and recharge your batteries too. Thanks to everyone who has been in touch this week with work you’ve been doing – it’s great to see how you’re getting on!

It’s also been great talking to all your parents this week. It’s been really helpful catching up and finding out how you’re all doing. Remember, there will be days when you feel demotivated and don’t feed like working, and that’s okay! Being healthy and happy should be our priority right now, so have a break and do something you enjoy.

Today’s task – ART

‘A Bigger Splash’ – David Hockney, 1967

David Hockney is a British artist born in 1937. He has used lots of different techniques in his art, but is particularly famous for his contribution to the pop art movement in the 1960s. He moved to Los Angeles, USA during that time (think warm weather, palm trees, outdoor swimming pools…)

One of his most famous pieces is ‘A Bigger Splash’, which you can see above. Travelling to sunnier, exotic places may be out of reach this year, but have a go at recreating your own David Hockney-inspired work of art by watching the video below:

This activity will help you understand and break down the painting into its basic geometric shapes and then you can add the explosive, exciting splash on top to complete the dramatic “splash” moment. This activity uses paint and colour sugar paper, but if you don’t have access to the paper, you could paint some plain paper beforehand, or find the right colours to use in old magazines and newspapers.

Let’s see what you can do!

Enjoy your day,

Mr Brewer

Wednesday 27th May:

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Hi everyone,

It’s been brilliant to chat to your parents throughout this week and see how you are all getting on at home.

Nearly every family I spoke with, had the same concerns…

  1. Slightly anxious/nervous/unsure about the transition to High School
  2. Missing your friends, school and other normal activities
  3. Feeling guilty/frustrated for not doing enough work
  4. Struggling to get all the work done and stay on ‘schedule’

I have listed the above points to show you that you are not alone in your thoughts and that many of your peers feel exactly the same. The above concerns are an awful lot to think about and many of you may be feeling overwhelmed. It is important that if you are feeling overwhelmed you take a break from what’s causing you to worry and talk to your parents about this.

The best way of working is in short, focused bursts. You get much more from 30 minutes of focus on a task than 1 hour being distracted by your phone. All of our tasks are designed to be completed in this way (e.g. Numeracy Ninjas and Blankety Blank)

I have be speaking with parents about the school work and if you have any worries or concerns you know where I am. With all this in mind, Mr Morrison and I felt that the best thing for your mental health is to have some time out this afternoon.

All I would like you to do is to think about how you are feeling at the moment and make sure you have a conversation with an adult about this (if you haven’t already). Next week is Health Week. There will be lots of different task which will also help to give you a bit of a change to our normal routine.

Be kind to yourself,

Mr Brewer

Tuesday 26th May:

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you are all enjoying spending some time in the lovely warm weather and getting lots of fresh air. I’m back again with week 2 of your drama activities.

Your warm up challenge today is going to get your voices ready for our task. You’re going to say the line “I’ll give you three guesses what happened.” Try saying it with different emotions. Think about the way it changes depending on how you feel.

Today we are going to be focusing on IMPROVISATION.

Improvisation is something that is spontaneous, on-the-spot and not planned. It’s great for creating a piece of drama where you do not have set lines or stage direction prepared in advance and there is no script. It lets you think ‘in the moment’, be creative and have fun!

Choose one of the scenarios from last week’s actions cards. You are going to improvise some lines for that character. With the scenario you chose try and create an improvised speech in the style of that character.

For example – ‘walk like you are afraid’

  • Your character might be moving around (think about week 1) explaining to someone on the phone why they are afraid
  • Your character might be reading aloud as they write a diary entry explaining what made them scared

As always, if you have any questions about today’s activity, want to tell me how you got on, or you just want to say hello you can email me at  nicolle.chuwen@carrickknowe.edin.sch.uk

See you next week,

Miss Chuwen 😊

Monday 25th May:

Bonjour, tout le monde!

I hope you had a lovely weekend, whatever you were doing! This week is parent consultations. I will be chatting with your parents either today, Tuesday or Wednesday. Make sure you have a chat with them about how you are finding all this and share any questions you have about your upcoming transition. I will do my best to answer these.

We did a tiny bit of work French family members last term…this video should jog your memory…

Your Task

Follow the below link, which directs you towards a ‘lesson’ on French family members. Once you’ve completed this, it will lead you to some games to practise your new knowledge.

This website requires some getting used to, especially the different menus. Feel free to practise any other topics that interest you.

jouer aux jeux pour pratiquer votre français

(play games to practise your French)

Bonne chance,

Monsieur Brewer

Special Blog Post from Forrester High School Pupils:

At this time of year, many of you will be starting to think about High School and all the changes that this will bring. Often there is excitement but at the same time there will be nerves and questions you might have.

Lots of pupils at Forrester High School have written open letters and little notes to hopefully calm some of these nerves and give you some helpful tips. These messages are relevant no matter which High School you will be moving on to… Click the images to make them larger.