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Hackney Pirates

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Weekly Session Blog

Book      Project     Part    2

Week 1 Ideas:

Within the second part of our current  project, Hackney Atlas, the young pirates are continuing to write about a place that is special to them. They will pick one element of that place that stands out to them for example: the blue sky, the pigs rolling in mud, the design of the flag. Once they had in-mind the feature of that place which is prominent to them they then started to draft ideas for a fable/pourquoi story (french meaning 'why story') about how it came to be the way it is. For example how the elephant got its trunk, how the tiger got sharp teeth, how the sky became blue. In order to stimulate ideas we told the story of Anansi the spider in which it is explained how Anansi the spider gained eight long thin legs. We used story 'whoosh' to tell the story, this is a technique in which members of the audience are called up onto stage to act as characters from the story, when the narrator says 'whoosh' they sit back down and a new roster of actors is elected. 

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Now the young pirates are clear about how a pourquoi story is structured and the writing style assosiated with it they began to plan out their ideas for their own. Below is a plan for the story of how pigs learnt to love rolling in mud set in a young pirates special place which in this case was China. 

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Week 2 Planning:

This week the focus was on planning our stories so that we are ready to write our first draft, or Splurge next week. We wanted Young Pirates to work on their character development before they planned their story so that their narratives would be  more cohesive as the characters motives and personality would form a solid center point for the folktale.   

During the session the Young Pirates met Anansi the spider and had a chance to ask questions about why he had done certain things during the story as well as establish how he was feeling. 

The Young Pirates next took on the persona of their characters and where interviewed by their Crew Mate volunteers about their motives and feelings.

Next the young pirates put together an eight step plan for their folktale from which they can splurge next week. Below is the eight step plan for the tale ' How pigs learnt to love to roll in mud.' You may have noticed how in the second week Lin's character has developed and we are shown how he learns to love mud through the association of winning the mud fight against a sudden dragon ambush.

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We look forward to seeing many of you being involved in this exiting project over the next few months. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the blog or education program please contact Aaron at the Ship using Aaron@hackneypirates.org.

 

Week 3 Splurge:

This week the Young Pirates wrote their first draft of their folk stories. Before they wrote their first draft the Young Pirates received some personal training from their Crew Mate who had prepared some questions to gain deeper insights and information on the plot and characters. These were recorded using post-its to annotate the eight step plans from the previous week. 

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Captain Splurge is a pirate character we use to give them the confidence to be creative in their early drafting stage. When Captain Splurge writes she focuses on getting her ideas and vocabulary out onto the page without worrying if she isn’t sure about a spelling or grammar. She writes quickly to ensure that all of her ideas splurge out onto the page.  This week the Young Pirates have worked like Captain Splurge and so have splurged their first draft of their fables about a place which is special to them.

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We look forward to seeing many of you being involved in this exiting project over the next few months. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the blog or education program please contact Aaron at the Ship using Aaron@hackneypirates.org.

 

 

Book      Project     Part     One

Ahoy! Welcome back to the learning blog. Sessions are well underway at the ship for the academic year of 2017/18! This blog post will explain the current project as well as the steps our Young Pirates have taken so far in the writing process.  

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This project is called ‘Hackney Atlas’. The aim of the project is to publish a book of poems written by Young Pirates about places which are special to them. It could be their bedroom, street, borough, a place they have had an adventure, a place they feel safe or even a place they feel peaceful. ‘Hackney Atlas’ will be a celebration of all the places of the world which are represented in the memories, adventures and experiences of the children who live here.  

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For this project we are collaborating with Walk With Me Maps who are a group of artists and designers who create artistic maps to represent different places people love. The artists wanted to work with the Young Pirates to gain insight into places which are special to them and create maps of these places for the Hackney Atlas.  

WEEK 1 IDEAS:  

The Young Pirates created mind maps of places which were important to them. For example a place they had had an adventure, somewhere they felt safe, somewhere they enjoy going. Once they had discussed these they selected one place that they felt was most special to them.  

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WEEK 2 PLANNING/MAP MAKING

Walk With Me Maps came into sessions this week and shared with the Young Pirates their ideas on making maps to represent places rather than just for navigation. We discussed the sights, smells, sounds and feelings in Young Pirates special places and thought of ways to put these on our own maps. The Young Pirates then created their own maps to illustrate their poems in the Atlas. They planned carefully to ensure that the maps would include things they will write about in their poems next week. 

 

WEEK 3 SPLURGE

Captain Splurge is a pirate character we use to give them the confidence to be creative in their early drafting stage. When Captain Splurge writes she focuses on getting her ideas and vocabulary out onto the page without worrying if she isn’t sure about a spelling or grammar. She writes quickly to ensure that all of her ideas splurge out onto the page.  This week the Young Pirates have worked like Captain Splurge and so have splurged their first draft of their poems about a place which is special to them. They have used their plans and maps from last week to support them in their writing. 

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Week 4 - Refine

Week 3 - Refine

This week Young Pirates have been having a second look at their Splurges. In order to warm up our refining brains we played a game called 'guess who'. Young Pirates and Crew mates had an image of a rainforest with lots of different animals all over the place. Each partner took turns to guess which animal the other person had chosen using proposition questions. e.g. Is it under the waterfall, Is it next to the leopard, Is it inside the palm tree. The propositions were then used as a focus in the refining process. 

When we have splurged (see last week) we follow that with a round of refining. During this week we work as one of our Pirate Characters known as the refined admiral. Young Pirates enjoy adopting this persona and it helps them to develop their critical thinking skills and perseverance. 

Next week we will be refining our punctuation and vocal performances in order to create expressive and engaging videos in the final week. 

 

Week 2 - Splurge

Now that the Young Pirates had written solid plans for their animations they where ready to splurge their stories. For those that don't know splurging is a way we work at Hackney Pirates in order to create a first draft. We use our pirate Captain Splurge to help us to have a visual reminder of how to splurge. You can see her pictured below. Working in this way allows our Young Pirates to work creatively and take risks freely without feeling judged or limited in what they can achieve. 

 

To get our Splurging brains engaged we narrated a selection of animal videos. We narrated these from the first person perspective in order to give the animals insight. The animals we narrated where:

1: The hungry whale, searching for food in icy waters.

2: Some flamingoes fighting over 'something'

3: An adventurous octopus who goes in search of a better life on dry land

4: A stealthy tiger hunting for deer in a tropical rainforest

5: An athletic spider building a new (and gigantic) home.

These are the videos we used to narrate as animals in this week's session. In order to narrate these we used a technique called 'yes and...' this is great as it gets both partners to agree with each other and build on their points. Here is an example of how it works. 

Young Pirate: Today i'm out in search of food.

Crew mate: Yes and, the sea is feeling icy-cod today.

Young Pirate: Yes and, the mountains all around me are covered in snow and look like iced cakes. 

Crew mate: Yes and,I can hear my family playing in the distant, depths of the aquamarine ocean. 

Once the Young Pirates and crew mates had had plenty of practice splurging out loud, they where ready to take out last weeks plans and splurge their first draft. 

The Splurges are all looking brilliant and we can't wait to get stuck back into our writing during refining week next week.

We look forward to seeing many of you being involved in this exiting project over the next few months. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the blog or education program please contact Aaron at the Ship using Aaron@hackneypirates.org.

 

Week 1 - Ideas

We started of by discussing that the new project was and the purpose behind it. The Young Pirates are writing a video about an animal written in the first person, the purpose of the videos is to help members of the public, school, family or friends to empathise with animals. That way they will be encouraged to make better choices in order to protect the environment and life on earth. 

Firstly, Young Pirates spent time deciding which animal they would like to write about and reseraching some facts to aid them in their writing, 

Which animal would you chose to write about?

Which animal would you chose to write about?

Young Pirates and Crew Mates then took on the form of their animal. We acted through a day in the animals life, we imagined what the animal saw, heard, felt, smelt and tasted in its environment. We acted as if we had paws, claws, fins or no legs! Finally we ate a meal as if we were our animal. By roleplaying Young Pirates were able to have first person experiences as if they were their animal and use this later in their writing. 

We morphed back into our human selves and headed back to our Hot Decks. We then planned our stories. The structure was as follows: 

1: Waking up: What can you see, hear, feel, smell, taste in your environment.

2: Family and Friends: Describe any family and friends that you have. 

3: What are you going to do that day? Are there any challenges or difficulties that you face?

Next week our Young Pirates will be using their plans to splurge their first draft of their video. 

We look forward to seeing many of you being involved in this exiting project over the next few months. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the blog or education program please contact Aaron at the Ship using Aaron@hackneypirates.org.

Second half term project:

  • Start - Monday 5th June 2017
  • Finish - Friday 14 July 2017

Anthropomorphic (writing on first person as an animal) descriptive writing in which the Young Pirates give readers an understanding of the impacts that environmental damage is having on animals. The project is designed to engage the public in thinking about the effects our actions have on them and to develop empathy with animals. In order to get your animal empathy  brain in gear I have compiled a carousel of sad but true animal facts. 

 

 

Week 6 - Record Finally after weeks of song writing our studio time had arrived. The Young Pirates were feeling well rehearsed and eager to lay down their tracks. We headed across the road to Dalston Studios and each Young Pirate recorded their lyrics to the 'Strong Winds' backing track. Once the Young Pirates had recorded they spent time designing and creating an album cover for their tracks. These will be used within the app where the songs will appear. Watch this space for the release details soon!

 

Week 5 - Rehearse As the young pirates will be heading into the recording studio next week we used this weeks session to develop our performance and practice them so that we felt confident going into the studio. 

To warm up our voices, and find which tools would be effective to use in our songs, we practiced performing our poems in different ways. For example: as if you are a melting iceberg or as if you are being chased by a shark. We then discussed how we changed our voice for each emotion and decided to use these tools (volume, pitch, tone, temp) to improve our performances. 

No we weren't nodding off! We listened to others perform with our eyes closed so that we focused just on the sounds of their voice. This helped performers to focus on the dynamics of their voice and not get caught up on the visual element of their performance. In the studio all that will be captured is sound so we didn't want to waste energy and time on refining the visual element. 

No we weren't nodding off! We listened to others perform with our eyes closed so that we focused just on the sounds of their voice. This helped performers to focus on the dynamics of their voice and not get caught up on the visual element of their performance. In the studio all that will be captured is sound so we didn't want to waste energy and time on refining the visual element. 

Young Pirates and crew mates then rehearsed in pairs taking turns to swap so that both crew mate and Young Pirate had had a chance to perform and listen to the lyrics. It was great for our Young Pirates to be able to watch somebody else take on their song, as well as have the opportunity to offer them feedback on clarity, tone, pauses and how they could make their performances stronger next time. 

We then took time to gather in groups and perform to each other so that we could hear what was going well in other people performances as well as offer constructive feedback. Showing our work to lots of other people also helped us to feel confident going into the studio the following week. 

Great job young sir!

Great job young sir!

We look forward to seeing many of you being involved in this exiting project over the next few months. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the blog or education program please contact Aaron at the Ship using Aaron@hackneypirates.org.

Week 4 - Refine This week Young Pirates worked as the Refined Admiral to refine the lyrics they have been writing for their songs/ raps/ spoken word about climate change. The Refined Admiral cares deeply about grammar and spelling and so this was the focus for this week's session. 

In order to get our Refining minds in gear we all refined a sentence together: 'The Rivers Are Polluted.' (You can see it in the Image below). Each young pirate and crew mate worked to make the sentence more interesting by including more ambitious vocabulary and writing techniques like metaphors or onomatopoeia.  

Once we had shared our ideas with the group we chose one line of our own and refined it in the same way. We then felt ready to tackle our entire lyric sheet...

As we refined we started to word process (using Neos) each lyric sheet, so that by the end of the session we had a copy of each young pirates song and they had a copy to take home with them to get in some practice! If you would like to know more about how to use the Neos please watch the video below.

As we typed we focused on not only improving each line but also in structuring the lyrics so that each sentence was on a separate line. These are called line breaks and they are used in verse, such as songs, raps, poems, in order to make it easier to read and to tell the reader how to express and intonate the words. 

We look forward to seeing many of you being involved in this exiting project over the next few months. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the blog or education program please contact Aaron at the Ship using Aaron@hackneypirates.org.

Week 3 - Splurge This week the Young Pirates splurged their initial song lyrics for their piece on climate change.

In order for the Young Pirates to have a wealth of ideas from which to draw ideas in their splurging, session leaders selected their favorite verse from a song or poem about climate change. These lyrics were posted all over the ship along with a photograph of the artist and some images to support the imagery of the text. 

The Young Pirates and Crew Mates took time to read through the poems and discuss their favorite features (for example the repetition or the metaphors) they 'smuggled' these ideas away for later. By taking notes on what they liked about the professionally written lyrics they will able to transfer the language and techniques used into their own work after personalising the ideas so that they became their own. 

Once we had all discussed the lyrics in pairs we gathered together for some shared writing. Using the words and phrases that the Young Pirates had collected, together we wrote a verse for the song. The Young Pirates shared their ideas for the next line or how to edit or refine lines that we had already written. 

We were all now feeling confident in lyric writing and raring to go so we settled at our hot decks for some splurging. The Young Pirates used the smuggled lines they had, as well as the work from the previous sessions and any new ideas they wanted to include. We used the writing fireworks page of the literacy pack to help us to include lots of impressive writing techniques.

At the end we gathered in small groups and performed the lyrics we had written to each other. It was great to hear so many unique, powerful and attention grabbing lyrics fill the room.

We look forward to seeing many of you being involved in this exiting project over the next few months. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the blog or education program please contact Aaron at the Ship using Aaron@hackneypirates.org.

Week 2 - Plan This week Young Pirates researched an environmental issue that was important to them. Next we discussed how we could make the facts sound more like song lyrics for example using rhymes, similes and alliteration. We used these, and other writing 'fireworks', to plan powerful lines for our songs/raps. 

As lots of our Young Pirates have their end of key stage tests coming up (formally know as SATs), we spent the reading session playing some games and activities designed to support them in their reading paper. 

 

 

Week 1 - Ideas During our exciting first week's session, Eco-Pirates were introduced to the topic of climate change as well as the product they would be creating. This half term Young Pirates will be writing song/spoken word lyrics for a track about environmental issues.

We started of with a vocal warm up game that introduced the Eco-Pirates to the chorus of the song. They where split into groups for Strong Winds, Warm Fires, Tall Trees, Deep Waters. They practised shouting their team name with an action on queue along to the track to help them to focus on their timing and loosen up their performance skills.

We all gathered by the stage and watched a montage of footage showing the beauty of the natural world as well as the negative impact that humans can have on the environment. Anthony accompanied the visuals with a moving performance of his version of the Eco-Pirates song. 

Eco-Pirates and their crew mates hurried to their Hot Decks and discussed the threats the earth faces, for example global warming or deforestation and how this made them, in character as the earth, feel.

Finally we shared our thoughts in the style of a news conference with Crew mates interviewing their Eco-Pirates (as the earth) about how they felt about what's happening to them.

We look forward to seeing many of you being involved in this exiting project over the next few months. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the blog or education program please contact Aaron at the Ship using Aaron@hackneypirates.org.

 

ATTENTION ON DECK!

Welcome to our weekly session blog, where we let know what's been happening in sessions each week.

12.4.17

Hello and welcome to the new education blog in which we will be following the week by week development of the projects here at the Ship of Adventures. Here is a quick overview of the summer term's project.

In this project Young Pirates will produce song lyrics/poetry and descriptive writing that address concerns over environmental issues and the threats posed to the natural habitats of wildlife.

Next the Young Pirates  will participate in an ensemble (vocal and body percussion) performance at end of term celebration event.

Finally we will make a Recording of the song in the  local music studios. Recordings will be used in conjunction with illustrations to create an augmented reality app.

 

First Half term project

  • Start - Tuesday 18 April 2017
  • Finish - Friday 26 May

: Writing song lyrics/poetry about environmental issues such as climate change, air pollution, deforestation, melting of the ice caps etc. Recording of writing in local studio.

 

Second half term project:

  • Start - Monday 5th June 2017
  • Finish - Friday 14 July 2017

Anthropomorphic (writing on first person as an animal) descriptive writing in which the Young Pirates give readers an understanding of the impacts that environmental damage is having on animals.

We look forward to seeing many of you being involved in this exiting project over the next few months. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the blog or education program please contact Aaron at the Ship using Aaron@hackneypirates.org.