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.
DRIPS OF NOWHERE
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.
Today Willow class reached the end of hearing and acting out Odysseus’ story. They then imagined they were Odysseus, looking back at his adventures and remembering some of the things that had happened to him. They each wrote six lines to remember these moments. In three groups they then worked together to put their different ideas into one poem. Here are the three poems that they created.
I remember my crew opened the bag of winds
I felt angry when my crew opened the bag.
I remember when they gave the Cyclops a potion and it made him blind
I learnt not to eat cows
I remember the really big whirlpool
I remember when we made the wooden horse and a few men won the war for us.
I felt sad when all of my crew were dead
I heard the strong, crashing thunder hit the boat
I remember the Scylla the six headed monster ate six people
I saw when the lightening was striking
I heard the sound of the beautiful sirens
I saw the Cyclops scary one eye
I remember when some of my crew got turned into pigs
I felt very scared when me and my crew went through the whirlpool
I felt scared when my crew died
I remember when I was the only one alive
I saw the whooshing whirlpool
I heard the whirlpool gushing
I learnt not to go for twenty years
I saw my son for the very first time
That’s the way I remember it went
I remember when we built the wooden horse and attacked the city of Troy.
I saw the whirlpool and it was scary.
I heard the sound of the Sirens.
I heard their beautiful song.
I felt really scared about leaving the crew.
I learnt that only I could fire my bow and arrows.
I remember when the cyclops went blind because of the magical wine.
I heard the whooshing whirlpool.
I saw the whirlpool in between the rocks.
I felt confident as we sailed through the two cliffs and past the whirlpool.
I learnt not to eat Helios’ cows.
I remember the bag of winds and when my stupid crew member opened the bag and all of the winds formed a ginormous storm.
I saw my son and Penelope after 20 years.
I learnt to always be alert.
I remember how I shot the arrow through the 12 axes.
I remember how I shot the arrow through 12 axes.
By Ayana, Esme, Rosa, Zain, Benjamin, Louis, Cooper, Tom, Keir, Leo
I saw the cliffs in the distance. On the boat they were really big.
I heard the wishing of the whirlpool.
I learnt that on adventures like this you need to stay alert.
I heard the annoying sound of the sea.
I felt very sad.
I remember the lightning striking my boat. It was scary, very scary.
I remember when Zeus killed my crew.
I felt sad when they died.
I learnt not to eat cows from precious owners.
I heard the sirens singing.
I saw a six-headed monster.
I heard the sounds of the boat, creaking and bashing against the waves.
I heard the stamping of the suitors.
I remember when I returned home and I heard the birds singing.
I felt so sad because my crew is dead
I learnt not to go away for another twenty years.
By Sienna, Arthur, Dorothy, Naa, Marnie, Laide, Sophia, Angel, Keona the end
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.
DOES ANOTHER DAY
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?