Video: Year 4 explore Odes during English lesson
June 10, 2021

Year 4 pupils at Rydal Penrhos produced some fantastic work during an Ode making English session with teacher Jamie McLeod.

Although pupils are now being educated in an increasingly digital age, Rydal Penrhos is keen to ensure that more traditional methods of learning remain to diversify cognitive skills and maintain a balance that stands them in enormously good stead throughout their education, at university and when they join the working world.

Rydal Penrhos has made substantial investments to its reading accessibility across all year groups in recent months, which has proven to be hugely popular and is already paying dividends with outstanding pupil progression academically and creatively.

Not only this, but teaching staff are also eager to highlight the continued importance of the written word despite the impressive technology available to them following the introduction of free iPads for every child from Years 3-13, which is reflected in some thought-provoking classroom projects to develop this key area.

As a school, we know our children are individuals and respond to different learning and teaching methods. And our curriculum reflects this.

A recent classroom activity involving Year 4 was another fine example of mixing the digital with the traditional, which centred around teacher Jamie McLeod exploring Odes with the enthusiastic group.

An ode is a lyrical poem that expresses praise, glorification, or tribute. It examines its subject from both an emotional and an intellectual perspective.

Classic odes date back to ancient Greece, and they contain three sections: a strophe, an antistrophe, and an epode – effectively a beginning, middle, and end.

Year 4 tackled this task with their customary determination and inquisitiveness, deciphering the structure of an Ode quickly and creating some fantastic work.

Mr McLeod – complete with his new green screen on-site – got our wonderful pupils to recite their Odes in front of a camera and put it all together in another fantastic video for the school and wider community to enjoy.

Exceptional work once again from Year 4, we are incredibly proud of you!


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