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The Highwayman

Friday 13th March | Comments are off for this post

This half term, 6S have been reading The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. We have enjoyed exploring the imagery used in the poem, including the three powerful metaphors at the start that create a spooky, mysterious atmosphere. Here is some of our artwork showing these metaphors:

The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
And the highwayman came riding—
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.

The story told in The Highwayman is a love story, but one with a tragic ending. We thought carefully about the characters of The Highwayman, Bess and Tim and used the text to try to work out as much as we could about their personalities and feelings. The children then created freeze frames of a scene from the story. It was interesting that most people felt sympathy for The Highwayman, even though he was a thief.

The children have now produced some fantastic writing inspired by their reading – I hope to share some of these next week!


In science, we have been considering the evidence that fossils can provide about living things that lived millions of years ago, and their role in teaching us more about evolution. The children worked in teams as palaeontologists to uncover fossils and try to piece them together to work out what sort of animal they belonged to. The children changed their opinions several times throughout the process and did an excellent job of justifying their ideas and listening to each other. In fact, the first guess we had (from Finn) turned out to be the correct one: it was a type of saber-toothed cat called a xenosmilus. Well done everyone for working as a team!


This week’s homework is to complete the pages on ratio and the first practice reading test in the SATs books.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Sykes

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