This Week’s News from the Senior Department
Year 6 Maths
Year 6 mathematicians have been getting to grips with equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages. Well done to you all – there have been some wonderful discussions and some very impressive mathematical thinking
Year 6 English
6B2 have been writing kennings poems – what are these?
Each line in a kenning poem has only two words, these words are joined using a hyphen. The two words are usually a noun and a verb, or two nouns. Kennings were originally used in Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon poems, such as the classic epic poem Beowulf which is often studied in English when learning about the evolution of the English language. They are often used when talking about nature and mythology, such as “Thor’s laughter” meaning thunder.
We use kennings in our everyday speech and writing, such as “sky-scraper” or “couch potato”, or “book worm”. Kennings describe what a person, idea or object is or does.
Kennings are a bit like riddles, but most of our pupils have given the riddle away with the images they have used in the examples below.
Year 6 have written kennings poems about animals – we think you’ve done a wonderful job!
Other Year 6 pupils have been illustrating how personification can bring poetry to life, drawing the picture in their mind after hearing Pie Corbett’s ‘Oakridge Night’.