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Great Wordmakers amazing ending

Wow Calypso Class,  that was some end to the story, I can’t believe that after 20 years of travelling there was still a massively difficult situation (and battle) for our hero to face!

Claypso class, I loved the way on our last session that you captured the entire journey with flashcard words, They looked awesome at the end all being held up – can’t wait to see the pictures of you making the story with your colourful words.

Well done both schools   you have been brilliant to work with, great word-making all around, both classes are officially Poetry Heroes – all you need is a ship, some storms and the gods to mess you about

Keep making great poems and stories and bringing them to life

Paul Lyalls (2013/2014 Poet for Roald Dahl)

Oydessues’s Journey Poem (so far)

Calypso class wrote short poems that  told parts of the the great story.  Here is a group poem made up from all the poems.

He is brave and strong

Goes away on a journey

Builds a big wooden horse

Wins the war enemy defeated

They end up on sandy shores

Far away on distant shores

A monsters eye is poked

Meets a beautiful  wicked witch

They get turned into pigs

Meets gods on his adventure

And all kinds of people

They hear voices singing beautifully

I want to hear it

The sailors block their ears

Meet great big scary monsters

A six headed dragon attacks

Go to a Special Land

Meets some very powerful women

He’s on an amazing journey

All his crew are dead!



By Calypso Class



Drips Of Nowhere

Calypso Class listened to Odysseus tell his stories in the palace of King Alcinous. They heard how his fun descriptions of the places he’d been brought the story alive.  Calypso Class set sail for the school playground and hunted for for fun similes & metaphors to change it into an extraordinary place.  Everybody wrote poems, here is a taste of their work in a group poem.


Blue shapes on the ground like fallen pieces of sky

A maze stuck in nowhere.

The slide is a silver as a sword

The climbing frame is a dragons skeleton

The ground is a turtles back.

Hop-Scotch grids come together like a helicopter blade.

Tables are nasty spiders,

Footballs cones are rockets shooting ice-cream.

The clock is a magic spinning wheel

Climbing ropes are blue spider webs waiting to trap you.

The silver tunnel is a giant shining medal

The drinking fountain is a silver waterfall

Blue circles are drips of oceans.


A storm an adventure & a Goddess

Calypso Class shared Odysseus’s adventure and dramatic events that happened as the crew hit a massive storm and the gods and goddesses played their part.

Calypso class wrote poems that told parts of the journey. The below Calypso Class poem is about how the events must have felt to Odysseus.


Night, the moon comes out.

Stars light up, twinkle, make a wish.

The waves are big, the sea goes on forever.

noisily splashing, waves jumping out of the water

fish swimming in the sun, flapping about side to side.

The storms cracks, makes loud noises.

blowing wind full of power, the cold blows you away.

clouds of white and grey making funny shapes.

Thunder freaking out the people.

Waves overlap each other, falling pretty shells

Family give us shelter

The journey has a start and an end

Goes to different places,

Tomorrow comes the next day

Or does it?


Calypso Class Survive Charybdis, Scylla & the Sirens

Calypso Class sailed with new crew mate Paul the Poet, They followed Odysseus’s Ship through the terrible Channel.  Their biggest threat was the Sirens, enchanting half women – half sea maids with magical songs and eyes that made sailors crash their ships onto the jagged rocks, to be closer to them.  Calypso class blocked out the Sirens magic by making a pact to give 20 minutes of total silence and concentrating on what was special to them.  Here are some of their special thoughts in a group poem that tells us  a lot about Calypso Class.

I am a girl who loves to study Algebra

I am growing each day, small to big

I hope to be a famous writer

I try to fly

I dream to be the best defender in football training

I dream to be a Princess

I am looking after my baby cousin

I like playing with my cat

I pretend I am a cat

I pretend I’m in Star Wars

I dream about falling into puddles

I pretend to fly like a superhero

I pretend to be Ravel Morrison

I pretend to be my sister when she comes into my room before yelling ‘get out’!

I wonder who I am going to be when I grow up

I dream to be David Beckham

I dream I am an Avatar

I dream I am a footballer

I hope we fix my cousins car

I pretend to be Jessie from the Disney Channel

I pretend to be Queen Victoria

I remember being on a ship that sunk when I was little

I try always to be a good Muslin

I pretend to be Gingka

I try to be a footballer

I dream I had wings and could fly

I am playing a computer game

I am a girl who loves to study Algebra