My Pobble Day! #throwback 13th October 2016

FYI, this post is a THROWBACK post! I have lots more pieces of written work that are also waiting to be published! 😛

Hello pawsome peeps! How are you? I hope you’re settling into the new school year OK. A lot of things have been happening since school has started. I am now a Digital Leader, I have gotten into Choir, the new members of JLT have been selected and a lot more! But, there was one particularly exciting event that took place yesterday. Read the following to find out…

It was…a Pobble Workshop!!! I had been waiting for this for ages! Finally, the day had come! Just to let you know, Pobble is a website where teachers and parents are able to post a picture of their children’s writing for the world to read! It is used by 10,000 teachers in over 100 countries and has 30,000+ pieces of work posted on it!

There were only four people out of the whole school that attended the workshop: me, Nimat, Leah and Shoaib. 7 other schools had also come to our school to attend the workshop. They were all Year 6, we were the only people from Year 5!

Of course, there was no better person to host it than the man himself, founder of Pobble, Simon Blower a.k.a. Mr Pobble! I found him very kind and welcoming; we all enjoyed working with him.

To start off, we were shown a picture of an old, scruffy-looking man walking along a road that was shrouded in a thick mist. The only other things that were there to accompany him were several clocks showing different times (mysterious! 😯) and an upside-down lamppost! Using this picture, we had to write three sentences about it: ‘I see…’, ‘I think…’ and ‘I wonder if…’. My sentences were:

  1. I see an old man walking down a foggy road.
  2. I think he may be near water.
  3. I wonder if he can control time?

Most of us wrote the same thing for the third sentence due to the fact that all the clocks in the picture were showing different times. This was related to the theme of our writing, which was…time travelling! We had to write a story in which we travelled through time to a different era. Now, this wasn’t like another old English lesson where we are set off to work after briefly talking about it as a class. In the workshop, we went through each stage of the story-one at a time-whilst we were writing to make sure that it was perfect!

Before we started on our stories, we had to choose an object that would send us on our time travelling adventures! My object was a golden pocket watch with azure hands. Other people chose things like keys, flowers, pendants and even cupboards! Interesting! 😀

After that, we moved on to the first stage of our story, which was called the hook. This was the opening paragraph, which had to grab the reader’s attention and convince them to read on. To cut it short, we had to basically ‘hook’ the reader onto our story.

The second stage of our story was to introduce the magical object that makes us travel through time. In this stage, we had to think of how the object came into our lives. Some people said that their parents owned it and passed it down to them whereas others said that they found it lying on the floor in the street.

The next stage that we had to do was write about our journey through time. The main things that we had to think about were what you could see whilst travelling through time and what it felt like when you time travelled. What colours could you see? Were you flying? Were you spinning? People came up with all sorts of crazy ideas such as ‘being thrown into a tunnel of colour’ and ‘shaking around like a rag doll’. One of my favourites was ‘energy surged through my body like a tidal wave’! 👍

Finally, we had to write up our dilemma! In this stage, we had to reveal the era that we had ended up in and create a problem that we had to face e.g. being captured or not being able to go back home. Then we had to finish off with something called a ‘cliffhanger ending’, which is when the dilemma of a story comes at the end. I pretended that I had travelled to the time period when Queen Victoria ruled and two guards were trying to catch me. Other children chose Ancient Egypt and the Roman time period. One person even decided to travel to the future when robots ruled Earth! Sounds fascinating!

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When we finished all that, our story was complete and ready for posting! We gave our sheets to Mr. Pobble and waved him goodbye. Writing with the founder of Pobble was such a great experience. I didn’t want it to end! Hopefully I will have the chance to have another Pobble day another time! 🙂

Oh well, that’s all for this post. Hope you’ve enjoyed reading it! Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the next post. Goodbye!!!

p/s: If you would like to visit Pobble, click on the link below:

https://www.pobble.com

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A Hectic Week!!!

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Hiya pawsome peeps! How’s it going?

How was your week? This week has been hectic for all of us at school! Want to find out more? Then read below…

When everyone came to school on Monday, we thought that it was going to be another normal week at school. All that we knew was that the Year 6 SATs tests were going to take place this week-until Miss Javed broke the news to us.

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She said that two inspectors from Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) would be visiting us on Wednesday! And what was our reaction? We were speechless! Speechless and surprised! We didn’t know what to say. We had to get ourselves equipped before the inspectors came and visited us. So, we spent the whole of Tuesday getting ready for Ofsted’s visit.

When the Ofsted inspectors finally came, we were all nervous and scared at the same time. We all tried our best to keep our cool…but we just couldn’t keep our eyes off the door, fearing that they could come in any second! When one of the inspectors exited the classroom after observing it, Miss Javed and Miss Hussain let out a HUGE sigh of relief.The inspectors checked a few more classes and then they left. The pressure was over-for now!

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Some children were also interviewed by one the inspectors. There were 3 Junior Leaders (which included me), 2 people called Peer Supporters and 2 people called Prefects who were interviewed. We were interviewed by a lady called Mrs Green. She seemed like a warm and friendly person.

Mrs Green asked us many questions such as who we are, what role we play (e.g. JLT, Prefects), what we do to make the school a better place and so on. We told her that we have done many things to improve the school. For example, we have bought game boxes for our Fabulous Friday (free time), we have organised school events like Children in Need Day and many other things too. We also stated that the school is a very safe place to be in. We all enjoy learning here and some of us even wished that they could stay at this school forever! 

We thought that two inspectors were enough. But the next day, 5 INSPECTORS came to school!!! Apparently, we were so good that more people wanted to visit us! Now the pressure was on for real! Luckily, everything went smoothly. More people inspected our class and the feedback was great. But, Ofsted can’t tell us everything until they have finished their final report. I hope that comes back fast!

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Because we did well in the inspections, on Friday, our teachers decided to treat us. Soooo (drum roll)… we had a fun day! We had extra time outside, we watched films, we had a dance-off in the afternoon and we did a million other things. To put it simple, we partied hard! We all had a great time. It was truly a day to enjoy.

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Oh well, I’ll have to end it here…nearly bedtime for me (#YAWN)! Goodnight!

p/s: Thanks Dr. Auntie for the special treat before bedtime! Your Maggi Goreng tastes so delicious! YUMMY!!! 😀 😘 😘😘

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A Very PAWSOME Day! #throwback Friday 11th March 2016

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Hey there pawsome peeps! How’s it going? A lot of things have been going on at school and I can’t wait to tell you. But first, let’s start of with the most exciting moment of this term!

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It was a very busy day indeed! I had club to attend, children to collect and I even did a very special job! That was what I really wanted to tell you. You’ll never guess what it was! I gave a tour of the school to the MP of Warley, John Spellar! When I found out that I was selected to show Mr Spellar around school, I was taken by surprise. Luckily, Anisha, who was also in JLT, was there with me to help me conduct the tour.

As we went around the school, we showed Mr Spellar many things that we  made and wrote in our classes. He admired everything and said that they were great pieces of work. We showed him Year 4’s work on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Year 5’s Viking work and year 6’s work about The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

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Then, Mr Shephard, who helped with the tour, kindly mentioned to him that I have a blog and he wished to see it. So, I brought him to my classroom and presented it to him. As a coincidence, my class were writing a letter to David Cameron to persuade him to stop destroying the rainforest. Great, right?

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After he read my blog, he said that it was a really good blog and that it was a great thing to have. I was so honoured to receive that comment from an MP! We walked around the school for a while but sadly it was time for him to go. He said that our school was full of imagination and creativity. Me and Anisha really enjoyed giving him a tour.

Well, that’s all for today’s post! I’m looking forward to see you again.

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p/s: This is a throwback post because this has been written in the past. Because of my busy schedule, there are many other posts in my drafts folder that are waiting to be posted!

p/p/s: Are you one of The Box in the Window fans? The latest story is coming out soon!

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Just Can’t Wait!!!

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Hey guys! I’m afraid that I’ll have to keep today’s post short coz I’m still working on the article. But, I just couldn’t wait to tell you about my day! So, here goes…

Today, Miss Prince (Acting Vice Principal) finally gave all of the JLT (Junior Leadership Team) members what they longed for. Their brand new JLT black jumpers!!! Thank you Miss Prince! We now feel very gratified! The jumpers were black all over and were made out of cotton. The only other colour on it was just the school logo which was carefully embroidered with reflective gold thread. I must say, the logo was extremely shiny and almost looked like real, solid gold! And on the inside, it was so fuzzy! It almost felt like the fleece of a sheep! I am really looking forward to wear that tomorrow! 😉

 

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Well, that’s all for today coz I have to get back to that article. But, I will hopefully see you soon for another PAWSOME post! TTYL!

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My Pawsome Meeting!

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Howdy everyone! Today, I went to a school council meeting. It was so exciting. Another girl called Nimah, who was my friend from another class, and Miss Hussain came with me too. Before we left, everyone was asking Miss Javed ” Why can he only go to the meeting?” 😦  But then we went without answering. Two children from each of the local schools would be attending the meeting. All of them were in their school council/JLT. The total number of children in the meeting was 7.

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The place that the meeting would be held at was the outstanding Victoria Park Primary Academy. Before we went to Victoria Park, we needed to pick up the other children, then we would be on our way. Me and Nimah couldn’t wait to make new friends.  When we arrived at our destination, we had to go through to the reception so the teachers could get their name tags and so that the children could get their bright orange visitor stickers. After that, we needed to go to the meeting room.


When we got there, we were all greeted by a group of friendly looking people. We all took off our warm coats and sat down. The first thing that we did was introduced ourselves. When it was my turn, Miss Hussain told me to tell them about my PAWSOME blog. So I went ahead and told them.

When that was done, we had to think about what qualities a good leader has (what a coincidence! I just wrote an article about leadership!). My two ideas were ‘trustworthy’ and ‘involve everyone’. There were so many ideas that the whole piece of paper was full! Then, we moved on to another activity.

After that, we talked about bullies and what a good leader would do to help a person that was being bullied. So we talked about this topic for a few minutes. Then, we were asked to act out a scene of a person being bullied and their friends helping them. Most of them were really interesting. One play had two bullies in it. One bully was the real one and the other one was the person that had been bullied’s friend that became one while sticking up for her friend. Another play finished off by everyone shouting “Stop bullying and be friends!” 😀

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We then had a refreshing juice break. After that, we started talking about the Christmas disco that would be happening at our school/schools. As you might have guessed, we would be the ones that would be organising it! I had a million ideas whizzing through my head. But that would have to wait because it was our lunch break.There was a large variety of food for lunch. There were about 5 types of yummy sandwiches. There was chicken, salad, egg, cheese and many more. There was also some meaty samosas, crunchy crisps, fruit bags and juice. I ate:

  1. 2 fruit bags
  2. A packet of crisps
  3. A samosa
  4. Juice

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After our “PAWSOME feast”, we carried on talking about the disco. The teacher told us the date of the disco, what theme it was, how many places there were and which year group it was open to. We were then told that we had some homework but… IT WAS FUN HOMEWORK!!!! :O We needed to write a draft letter for the disco and make it as interesting as possible. Then, at the next meeting, we would combine the letters together so that we could make a new one out of all of them. All of us cheered when we heard this. But then soon it was time to leave.

When me and Nimah arrived at school, my class said “Where have you been?”, but before I could answer, Miss Javed shouted “Everyone sit down!”. So then I carried on with my normal school day.

p/s: Thank you Victoria Park for your amazing hospitality!

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Thinking of you…

Today was just a normal school day. We learnt about the usual subjects, Maths, Literacy etc. It wasn’t really an exciting day at school, you could say. But coming back home was the highlight of the day. I don’t mean because I got to rest for a little while (impossible to rest when I have this blog! 😀 ), it’s because I came home and found a letter from Alex, one of my best friends from Moseley (old school)! I was so astonished. I hadn’t heard from any of my old friends for months! It was all just so surprising.  I picked up the letter and opened it. I was extremely shocked when I found out that Alex had written 10 pages of A4 paper! It looked like he had written about the whole month when I read it. When I finished reading it, I felt like crying. To receive 10 pages of writing through the post from my best friend from my old school, it’s just too much! Now, I can’t write for too long coz I have a student council meeting tomorrow so I need some beauty sleep. Be sure to come back and visit my blog! Bye! 😉

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p/s: please wish me luck for my meeting tomorrow!

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The Leader in Me

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Leadership has always caught my interest since I was elected by my fellow classmates to be in the Junior Leadership Team (JLT) last month. Since then, I had been planning to write about leadership for the 4th volume of KAKKOII. So, I had been researching about this since October. I chose this topic because it is interesting and everyone can learn something from it. According to the Oxford Dictionary, leader means someone who leads or commands a group, organisation or country.

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Leader vs Manager

The difference between leader and manager is that a leader has followers but a manager has small chances of having any. This is because a manager will say “Do it” and a leader says “Let’s do it”. According to Dr. Auntie in her ‘small lecture’ for me on this topic via FaceTime, if a manager and a leader were both on horses and they walked past a lake, the manager would force the horse to drink the water whereas the leader would inspire the horse to get it to drink the water.

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Leaders: Born or Made?

Now, time for a question which people have been debating about for decades: Are leaders born or made? No one has been able to find out the answer to this dilemma. It is just like the chicken and the egg, which one comes first? No one knows! 🙂 On my opinion, I think that a person was made a leader, it is through learning that he/she could ever become a good leader. They need to polish themselves before they can become one.

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Leaders of The World

There are thousands of inspirational leaders all around the world, either in the present day or in history. Here are some that I personally think are the best!

One of the great leaders which has caught my attention is Winston Churchill, who used his ‘words as weapons’. Dr. Auntie had shared a very PAWSOME article written by Jessica Talarico. The article was about how Churchill led Britain to victory in the Second World War. According to the article which I’ve read, Churchill’s speeches were the most powerful ones in the world. His words were heroic and human and had humour inserted in them too. They were heard by everyone in Britain and reached out to everyone in the world(http://www.iwm.org.uk). Somehow, I feel connected to Churchill as writing is also my weapon and the same like Churchill, I love to insert humour in my writing too! Well  at least, I always think that I’m funny 😀

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Another great leader which has really inspired me was Nelson Mandela. He was the one that freed South African people and stopped them from getting racially abused. He was the president of South Africa. He was born in 1918 and died in 2013 at the age of 95 (http://www.history.com). Have any of you watched the movie “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”? It is a movie about the life of Nelson Mandela and it is really motivational. I really enjoyed watching it with Mr. Dad. If any of you PAWSOME peeps get the chance, do watch it!

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You might not know it but Mr. Shephard, our principal, is also a leader. He is the principal of two schools, SHP and George Betts. He is passionate about both of them. He tries hard to keep us happy. He’s always looking out for us no matter how busy he is. I must say that he is the most PAWSOME leader I have ever met!

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The last leader that I have picked is Mulan. Remember the movie Mulan which was made in the year of 1998? I wasn’t even born yet. 😀 She may not be real (as some people say) but somehow, I saw her as a great example of a leader! Whenever I think of leader or leadership, Mulan has always came into my mind. From a woman who sat at home weaving away at her loom, she was brave enough to join the army and fight in a war. She even won the war for them. While I was doing my research, I found out that the movie Mulan is related to a woman called Hua Mulan. I don’t know whether it is a coincidence or not but she was the first woman warrior to ever fight in a war (Wikipedia). Mulan is remembered in lots of different ways like songs, poems and plays/movies. Here is a verse out of a peom about her:

The Ballad of Mulan

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By the doorway Mulan weaves.

When all at once the shuttles cease,

A sigh is heard with solemn grief.

“O my daughter who is on your mind?

O my daughter who is in your heart?”

“I have no one on my mind,

I have no one in my heart.

But last night I read the battle roll,

A roll consisting of twelve scrolls.

The Khan is drafting an army of awe,

My father’s name on each beadroll.

Alas Father has no grown son,

Alas Mulan has no elder brother.

But I will buy a saddle and horse

And join the army in place of Father.”

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Leadership

The people in Junior Leadership Team (JLT) are also leaders. Well, kind of. These people were elected by their class and are trusted by them. They try hard to think of ideas to make the school a better place. I am one of them and I hope that I will be able to fulfil my duty as a leader. I have also been chosen to represent my school, along with Nimat, at the Student Council Meeting which will be held on Thursday. This meeting is a pupil forum consisting of 2 pupils elected from each of the local schools. We will be discussing local issues and make decisions about how to help improve the local community. Remember when I said earlier that a leader needs to be polished before they can even become an actual leader? Well, this meeting might be my chance to be polished! Just like Mrs. Mom said, all leaders need training. They need to go through different phases of their life before they can become a leader.

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Now that I know more about leadership, I personally think that leadership should start from home. If I want to learn, then I need to successfully lead Little Miss Diva first! 😀 Even she has her own building leadership qualities. Because of her character, it is hard for me to lead her. She is very challenging even though she’s not even 2 years old yet. However, I have my own tips that I would like to share with all of you:

  1. When I started my magazine, I let her have one too. I made it look real and even came up with a name for it. Mine was KAKKOII, hers was KAWAIIKIDZ.
  2. Whenever I finish a project, I always present it to Mrs. Mom. Before I start mine, I let her present hers first.
  3. When I started this blog, she kept on chanting “blog, blog, blog”. So what I did is to let her have her own imaginary blog by talking about her blog to her and everybody else all the time.

I’d love to stay up and talk about Little Miss Diva all night long but my bed awaits me. So, I think those examples are enough to show my leadership style.

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My responsibility doesn’t stop there as on Mrs. Mom’s side, as the 1st grandson, I need to set a good example not only to my brother and sister but also to my cousins. They always look up on me in everything I do. I wish that one day, I will become an exemplary leader to them and to the world!

p/s: I hope this article has helped you learn a lot more about leaders and leadership. Happy leading!!


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