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BIS and BVIS Writing Workshop 2019

Last term, BIS and BVIS ran a creative writing competition. Children from Years 1-6 could enter the competition by writing a story with the theme ‘Home’. We had many interesting and original entries but eventually one winner and one runner-up per year group were selected. The prize? A fun and exciting day of collaborative writing!

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After the bus journey over to District 7, the children arrived at BVIS and were introduced to the BVIS writing competition winners. They all sat down in their ‘Imaginarium’ which is a wonderful room with an Under the Sea theme. The children were told that today they would be going on a BVIS safari! They talked about their favourite animals and which animals they would expect to see on the safari.

The children were very excited for the safari to begin. They were told that to find each animal they would have to work out a cryptic clue which would lead them to a new destination where they should be able to find the next clue. To get to know the BVIS children a little better, the children were grouped in their houses and given the first clue on the safari.

Racing around the school finding each clue, they visited Ms Rosie, the Headteacher of BVIS, the ICT suite, the playground, and even our very own Mr Simon who was dressed as a Lion for one of the clues! This was such a great surprise and the children were excited to see him. Finally, the last clue was in the library where we picked up a package to take back to the Imaginarium.

Once they were all back together, they opened their packages to find piles and piles of books and magazines all about animals. The task was then set. To create their very own hybrid animal. They used a website called ‘’ to help with their ideas and once they had the perfect creature the writing began.

With the help of all of the books from the library, the children researched more about their chosen animals to create hybrids of. They were allowed to create any type of texts they liked! The range of texts was superb, ranging from, newspaper articles claiming sightings of the chosen animal to poems, wanted posters, creation stories and more! There were some fantastic new animals created such as a liord, a fraven, and a rabizeb! The teachers were amazed by the standard of work created and the dedication and focus of the children during the task. It was so wonderful to see the children collaborating with the BVIS children after only knowing each other for such a short time.

They had a delicious lunch before going back to put the finishing touches to their various texts but all too soon it was time to say goodbye to their new found friends. They had a small celebration at the end of the day with (non-alcoholic) champagne and cupcakes! It was such a fabulous day, and one to remember!

Congratulations and well done for taking part: Caitlin (Year 6), Erica (Year 3), Rishi (Year 6), Vivi (Year 6), Sushi (Year 5), Jolie (Year 5), Katie (Year 4), Cat (Year 4), Vedant (Year 3), Aaron (Year 3), MinJae (Year 2), John (Year 2), Felix (Year 1), Jane (Year 1).

Ms Gemma, Ms Kirstine, Ms Alicia, English Leaders

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