Key Skills Literacy…

As we embark on our new topic – ‘When A Knight Won His Spurs – Part 2’, our focus will be on adventure and all things Medieval!

To support your learning and written work, we would like you to research some Medieval vocabulary. What words did they have for things that we don’t use as much anymore?

Try to find at least 5 and post them on the blog…

Good luck!

Making A Dent In The Universe – One Way Trip To Mars

Happy Half Term Dyson Class!
I hope that you had a relaxing break. I have just seen the following video of the Mars One project which will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Crews of four will leave Earth every two years, starting in 2024, with the first unmanned mission being launched in 2018.
Over the last year, people from around the world have been submitting applications to nominate themselves to be part of the project. If chosen, they will be launched into space and will live out the rest of their life on Mars. However this also means that they will never have the opportunity to return back to Earth. What a way to make a dent in the Universe!
Is this something you could do? Tell me your views below. If you did go, what would you miss about life at home the most? The selection process has got down to the last 100 with five of them from the UK.
Visit for more information on this historical event



The plot of Part II picks up where the original film left off. After repairing the damage to history done by his previous time travel adventures, Marty McFly and his friend Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown travel to 2015 to prevent McFly’s future son from ending up in jail. 

Despite predicting inventions which are yet to make an appearance in stores, such as hover boots and boards, the film did feature a number of correct predictions of what 2015 would look like. These include flat panel television sets mounted on walls, the ability to watch six channels at once, Internet video chat systems such as Skype, head-mounted displays, and automated fueling systems. The film also correctly predicted a future where video games do not need hands (Microsoft Kinect) or, at the very least, do not need traditional controllers (Wii Remote). 
For your blogging task this week, we want you to imagine what technology is going to look like in 10 years time. You do not need to think of new inventions but consider what devices are around at the moment and make 
suggestions on how to improve them! (Hover boards are banned as they have already been thought of) – Watch the trailer for Back to the Future II


Literacy Key Skills – Win a visit to your school from David Walliams on World Book Day!

DAVID WALLIAMS will take to the sky to celebrate World Book Day with a one-day, World of David Walliams, multi-city tour by Helicopter – the #WalliamsWhirlwind tour – and YOU could win the chance to have him at YOUR SCHOOL! 

For key skills this week we would like you to write in the comment box below and explain, in no more than fifty words, why Simon de Senlis should win a visit from David Walliams. Remember to use strong points to form your paragraphs, supported by evidence. You could also include some of the persuasive techniques we have discussed in class. Homework is due in Wednesday 4th February.


Why Should We Be Minecraft-ified?

On the Microsoft stand at BETT last week,  there various different pieces of furniture inspired by Minecraft. We have been given the opportunity to bring these items back to Simon de Senlis. You will need to write a letter to Tim Bush and Steve Beswick who are the bosses of Microsoft, explaining why we should have them in our school!  
  • Why we should be chosen to have them 
  • Where you think they could go in the school 
  • What other schools would think when they came to visit 
  • How they could be used in the school 
  • What your favourite piece is and why 
Start a new page and begin writing! Remember to make your reasons clear and check your grammar and punctuation  are correct. Think back to your key skills this week and use some of the persuasive techniques included.