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Oasis Academy Hobmoor Writing Competition

Oasis Academy Hobmoor Writing Competition!

Hand your work into your class teacher by Monday 20th March.

Write a story, poem, drama script or comic and have the chance to see your work published in a real book!

As part of our Love Language Aspire day we have launched a creative writing competition for all the children at Oasis Academy Hobmoor to enter, with shortlisted stories and winning entries published in a new book – a collection of the children’s work created especially for the school.

Everyone a winner!

All finished and complete entries by the children will be published in a professionally printed magazine for each class. Copies of these will be available for parents to buy for approximately £4.99. Proceeds (approx £1 per magazine) will go to support learning in our partner academy Oasis Academy Musoto in Uganda.

What do I write about?

You can use the inspiration from our Love Language day or write a new story, poem, drama script or comic about any theme you like.

Competition Rules

  • Only one entry per pupil
  • Ensure that all pupils include their name, surname, class and age on their entries
  • Stories can be on the entry form or separate A4 sheet leaving a 1cm boundary
  • Stories must be your own work, not copied.
  • Pictures, illustrations and drawings must be your own work, not copied
  • Entries must be no longer than 2 x pages A4
  • By entering the competition entrants will be deemed to have accepted the Rules (terms of entry) and be bound by them. See oasisacademyhobmoor.org for full terms

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
  • Imagination
  • Use of language
  • Originality
  • Interpretation of theme (if applicable)
  • Age is taken into consideration
  • Any learning difficulties editors are made aware of are taken into consideration

Prizes

Your work will be published in a class magazine, copies available for parents to purchase.

A shortlist of up to 20 of the best stories of the finalists will be collated together and published in a hardback book, available for parents to purchase.

 

In each age category one lucky winner will receive a Kindle Fire as the prize!

 

Age categories:

  • Reception, Year 1 and 2
  • Year 3 and 4
  • Year 5 and 6

Deadline – hand it in to win!

Put your  NAME___________Class __________ Age_____ on each page.

 

Hand your work into your class teacher by Monday 20th March.

 

 

 

Terms of Entry “the Rules”

  • Entry to the competition is Free
  • The Competition is open to children at Oasis Academy Hobmoor
  • The Competition has age categories: Reception, Year 1 and 2; Year 3 and 4; Year 5 and 6
  • Children (under 18 years old) must have permission to enter the Competition from a parent or guardian who will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by the Rules. We reserve the right to ask for proof of permission.
  • Your entry may comprise of stories, poems, drama and can include illustrations or drawings
  • A panel of teachers will review the entries and select the competition finalists “the Finalists”
  • Entry’s will be judged on
    • Creativity
    • Imagination
    • Use of language
    • Originality
    • Interpretation of theme (if applicable)
    • Age is taken into consideration
    • Any learning difficulties editors are made aware of are taken into consideration
  • All finalists will have their entries published in an Oasis Hobmoor Writing Competition magazine “the Anthology”. Entries will also be published on the school website. The proceeds of any books sold will be put towards supporting Oasis Academy Musoto in Uganda
  • Being chosen for publication is not “winning” the competition
  • Winners are chosen as the best writer or poet based on the judging criteria above selected from the finalists
  • Winners names and ages will be displayed in the publication and on the school website
  • All prizes are not transferable. No cash alternative is available for any prize
  • In consideration for Oasis Academy Hobmoor’s acceptance of an entry and by submitting an entry to the Competition:
    • each entrant, as you are under 18, his or her parent or guardian gives Oasis Academy Hobmoor and designated companies permission to use and publish his or her entry to the Competition in any media and format throughout the world, including in the Anthology and in a gallery on the Website.
    • each entrant, as you are under 18, his or her parent or guardian waives all moral rights in his or her entry to the Competition; and
    • each entrant, as you are under 18, his or her parent or guardian warrants that nothing in his or her entry will infringe the copyright or any other intellectual property right of any third party or defame any third party.
  • Each finalist agrees to assign copyright of his or her entry to Oasis Academy Hobmoor confirming the permissions, waivers and warranties given above.
  • These Rules are governed by English law and the Courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes arising out of the Rules.

The producer of Oasis Academy Hobmoor Writing Competition is Mercurial Dance Limited, Company No. 5014680. Vat Registration No. 231362149. 11a Canal Warehouse, Leicester Row, Coventry, CV1 4LH “the Producer”

 

Mission 2097 – creating work inspired by the future

My name is Emma and I have been working with students at Hobmoor again this term to create videos, animations, comics and other visual work based on our theme of what the world might be like in the future: ‘Mission 2097’.

I make videos and lead workshops teaching others how to make their own films and animations using whatever technology they have access to. There are so many great apps out there for our phones and tablets that make it easy for us to flex our creative muscles!

This term I have been working with years 1, 2, 4, and class 6D – I had already worked with the year 4s when they were in year 3, so they already had a bit of a head start on the apps we have been using.

At the beginning of term we talked about what we thought the world might look like in the future, including the homes we would be living in, the vehicles and other technology we might have, and how we ourselves might change.

Future house and guard robot
Future house and guard robot – made using Huepaint

 

Robot eyes!
Robot eyes!

 Moving images

Once we had talked through some ideas of how the design of our future houses, appliances and vehicles might look and what features they might have, we also talked about our own appearances and how human bodies might change. Could we find a cure for ageing? Would prosthetic limbs and body parts be improved? Would we be able to even change our biology, or that of other animals?

To explore this, we used drawing animation with iPad app I Can Animate, an affordable and very simple to use animation app. The app has an ‘onion skinning’ feature which allows you to see the ‘ghost’ of the last picture you talk, so it helps users to line up their object or drawing in the right place for each photo.

Robot car – made using I Can Animate

Robot friends – made using I Can Animate

Interviews, ads and trailers

For the video work, we used iMovie, a very simple app for filmmaking. We interviewed eachother about our future predictions, made trailers for futuristic movies, and also advertisements for future products.

 

Most recently, we have been using the app Comic Life to create comic strips and posters trying to teach people ways that they can change or things they can do to make the future better. The messages we have concentrated on the most are bullying, dropping litter, and racism.

Comic about littering - made in Comic Life
Comic about littering – made in Comic Life

On Wednesday the 7th of December we will be putting all of this work on display in the hall and innovation studio, so watch this space!

Aspire Week 2016

“We believe that real education should help us live ‘on purpose’. Aspire provokes us all to think about two questions: Who am I? Where am I going? It is a range of experiences that plant seeds… seeds that will flourish throughout our lives.” Paul Tarry, Principal

Here are a series of short films made about the week and theres much more to find out about what we have been upto on the blog by clicking #Aspire in the word cloud on the left.

Oasis Hobmoor Aspire Week 2016 – Oasis Nine Habits from Oasis Academy Hobmoor on Vimeo.

Oasis Hobmoor Aspire Week 2016 – Trips to University Of Birmingham from Oasis Academy Hobmoor on Vimeo.

Oasis Hobmoor Aspire Week 2016 – Trips to BMag and IKON from Oasis Academy Hobmoor on Vimeo.

Oasis Hobmoor Aspire Week 2016 – Trips to Coventry Cathedral from Oasis Academy Hobmoor on Vimeo.

Oasis Hobmoor Aspire Week 2016 – Our Guest Workshops from Oasis Academy Hobmoor on Vimeo.

Giving the children a series of steps to think about Who am I and where am I going? we looked at

Identity
Who am I?
Trips to cultural institutions like IKON, BMaG, Coventry Cathedral and the Library help us explore our identity and culture.

Faith
What do I believe?
Guest leaders such as Clive Fowle and The Feast help us to explore our beliefs and how these shape how we think, feel and act for today and in the future.

Behaviour
How should I behave?
The Oasis Nine Habits help us think about the kind of person we want to become. What habits do we need to achieve our ambitions and work together in a thriving, healthy community? These are: Compassionate, Patient, Humble, Hopeful, Honest, Joyful, Considerate, Self-controlled, Forgiving.

Action
What action do I take to achieve my goals?
Blessing Maragere, Young Entrepreneur and Serena Arthur, Young Poet Laureate for Birmingham are two of the people who’ve worked with us. They are role models who have achieved their aspirations at a young age, they helped us to see what is possible by talking about the steps they took to success.

Our special guest -Miles

Last week we had a fantastic Special guest who was an author, he was called Miles. Miles was teaching us about role play and puppets fist he read us a book called Howl there was a lot of detail and adjectives in his book. Later on, we done role play we acted out the Three Little Pigs and Saint George and the dragon. To test us on our creativity, we had to make up a paragraph about a dragon.

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Every Child Is An Artist – Spring Exhibition Video

Every Child Is An Artist – Visual Arts from Mercurial Dance on Vimeo.

At the end of last term we celebrated the great work the children did with our artists, Elaine, Claire, Faith, Emma and Jayne. Our exhibition took place throughout the school and this short film shares some of the amibitions about how the project worked and what the children made.

Our theme for the term was ‘Our Community’ and we explored this in different ways with each class, using different media including clay to make ceramic totems, found objects, recycled materials, and screen printing.

Coordinates, Electronics and Treasure – Aspire Day

My name is Ashley and Im a Digital Artist who has worked in Hobmoor as part of the Every Child Is An Artist project.

Today for Aspire Day I worked with pupils and we used a combination of Maths skills, alongside engineering and electronics to be pirates out to discover and retrieve treasure.

Problem Solving

Most of the Maths we used today involved problem solving. One of the most used skills across the curriculum from subjects such as science to sports and all areas of development.

Logical Thinking

Working iteratively and making decisions based on estimates and coming to conclusions based on a process of thinking and elimination.

Coordinates and Maps

Using columns and rows to describe a position on a map and to use terminology to pinpoint a place.

Directions / Instructions

Using instructions to create a series of coordinates so that a route could be followed across the map to avoid the obstacles.

Electronics and Engineering

Using Little Bits to create a pirate winch to haul up the treasure chest. We worked iteratively to improve our design to build a strong enough winch to lift the weight of the treasure box.

 

What did we make ?

The pupils created instructions from the Maps to find routes across the seas to reach the Treasure and then constructed a working crane winch to lift up the treasure box containing a stash of chocolate bunnies !

 

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