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James Watt Watercolours

15 May

 Take a look at P7b’s beautiful watercolours inspired by James Watt.

What talented artists they are.

Take a look at some of the works they were inspired by here:

James Watt, Scottish Art

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Deleting Brandon

20 Jun

Deleting Brandon Picture by Justine

More Brandon Generatorings…

Anti-Brandon slowly pressed his finger down on the ‘delete’ button, with a small smirk. Brandonfelt a huge force of energy around him before being completely surrounded by a blue rectangle. He didn’t know what it was. He almost didn’t know anything. He felt the blue force against his head. He felt it eat away at his mind. It sounded strange, but that’s exactly what it felt like. The force was taking over his body, and there wasn’t one tiny thing he could do about it.

 This was the end. He could feel it. He had no control over it. He soon accepted the fact that this was the end of his life. He immediately regretted the amount time he wasted. Life was precious and he wasted most of it drinking coffee and sitting doing nothing all day. He slowly felt his feet going numb. Anxiously, he looked down and to his horror he saw his feet slowly disintegrate. His whole body went numb. He slowly began to fade away. From afar, Anti-Brandon watched him, he watched him with a small smirk on his face. He was clearly enjoying this. He was enjoying the fact that he had won. Brandon had won the battle. But Anti-Brandon had won the war.

 Brandon burst into nothingness. There wasn’t anything anywhere. Nothing on the floor, the ceiling. Nothing. There wasn’t one bit of evidence that anything ever existed other than Anti-Brandon.

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Brandon woke up confused. Nothing seemed right. It was almost like everything had disappeared without a trace. He looked at his computer, but nothing was there. Everything had disappeared. The messages on his phone, the drawing of the monsters and the story was gone. What was going on? It was like Brandon’s life had reset its self and started from the beginning…”

By Emily & Yasmin

Brandon Generator III

19 Jun

Today we watched Brandon Generator episode III. We really enjoyed it, especially the bits when Brandon drank Caffiendo with the straw and met ‘Anti Brandon’ his double. After watching it we discussed who the other Brandon could be and whether he existed at all. Mirren thought Brandon was still dreaming and that Brandon only dreamt that he woke up – a dream within a dream. Luke suggested that ‘Anti Brandon’ may be a some sort of ghoul that exists in a different realm, or an ‘astral projection’ of Brandon (Brandon is asleep and is travelling outside his body). This led on to talking about parallel universes and time travel until our heads hurt. Morning philosophical debate over, we got onto our computers and wrote Brandon an escape plan…

Episode Four: by Niamh P and Jay R

As Brandon stood before Anti Brandon he tried to think of a way to delete him from his mind…his life, but his mind was a blank. “With me dead could it give him life?” “Would he become the real Brandon?” pondered Brandon.

Anti Brandon clicked delete and zap he was gone, taken to a strange world. It was plain and white and Brandon had no idea where he was. All he knew was that he definitely wasn’t alone. He realised that he was surrounded by all his old ideas that he had dismissed with a blink of an eye – thinking who would want to read about a super rabbit who only eats lettuce? Or a superhero whose power is shooting gumballs out of his fingernails? Nobody that’s who.

Brandon realised where he was, he hadn’t been thrown out or deleted, just recycled. He was in the recycling bin on his desktop with all of his old ideas and all of the characters he had once spent ages creating, everything down to the smallest detail the small super bunny hopped in front of him “Who are you?” the bunny asked.

“I’m Brandon I’m the one who created all of you.” He couldn’t help but sound smug when he said it, he felt like God telling the people of earth that ‘yes, he had done all this in 7 days and still had time on Sunday to have dinner’…

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Episode Four: by Abbie G

The Anti Brandon pressed Delete! Brandon’s mind was blank, he didn’t know what to do…He was so weak that he couldn’t move. He shouted and shouted, but no one could hear him. He tried to think of a way out of this horrible wave of life.

There was a knock at the door, the Anti Brandon walked silently to the green door and looked through the rusty peephole. It wast he girl. Anti Brandon didn’t want to answer, because the girl would know he was Brandon’s dark side and she would save Brandon from being deleted … 

Suddenly, the door swung open, the girl thought Brandon was acting very strangely. She knew something was badly wrong. She glanced at the computer screen it said ‘Brandon Deleting’, she saw a blue glow of light coming from the next room, she ran in and saw Brandon lying on the floor, quickly she ran to Anti Brandon and yelled, “what have you done to Brandon?”

She ran to the computer and tried to try to stop this virus trying to blank Brandon’s mind, but it wasn’t as easy as she thought it would be. She tried to stop it and then she got an idea she pressed ‘ undo’ just in time and Brandon was saved. But now they had to fight Anti Brandon and send him back where he came from.

They found out anti Brandon was from a world called Akachui. The only way to send people back to Akachui was to make them drink a mysterious drink. In this drink was werewolf blood, 3 red snails with the shells still on, 2 Brussel sprouts, 10 cat toe nails and monkey wee. So they locked up the house up the house with Anti Brandon inside and went and collected all the ingredients. When they got back to the house Anti Brandon was forced to drink this drink and within 2 minutes of him drinking this he was back where he belonged in Akachui.

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Stay tuned, more from this talented bunch tomorrow.

Brandon vs. Caffiendo

29 May

Story developing today…  tune in tomorrow for even more of our stories and a little bird told us that Justine and Lewis M may even have a song up their sleeves! This Post is brought to you by Niamh, Emily & Yasmin.

“Caffiendo’s hot breath grazed Brandon’s rough face. Caffiendo didn’t do anything, he simply stood there, his face –if you could call it a face- was about four centimetres away from Brandon’s. Brandon gazed up at him with terror. What was he meant to do? Everything was so clear, yet everything still felt so foggy. As if nothing existed. Although, Brandon was pretty sure this was happening. But then again, no one can be too sure of their surroundings, right? Brandon’s mind felt as if it was going crazy, he was questioning himself, he was thinking of the impossible. Surely he was dreaming? There was no acceptable reason for what was going on.

Brandon was woken from his thoughts when a small bead of slobber dripped on his shoulder. He turned his head in disgust and wiped it away. His manner didn’t say so, but he was frightened. He couldn’t write himself out this one could he? Caffiendo opened his giant mouth as if he was going to devour him. Brandon’s mouth opened, but nothing came out, only a small whine from the very back of his throat. As if gravity had suddenly become stronger, he crouched down. As if that was going to stop the monster from eating him… He felt as if he was close to death. So very close. His last minutes were plain white. All he could see was white. Even with his eyes open. He scrunched his eyes closed and all he saw was darkness. Why was nothing happening? Why was the monster not eating him? It sounded silly, but that what was meant to happen, right? No.

 Brandon opened his eyes and he was in what seemed to be a completely different world. This world was made out of plain pencil drawings.  What was going on? ” Yasmin & Emily

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“Brandon found himself faced with a hideous monster with small black beady eyes that could look into your soul and pull out your deepest secrets. The monster smelt strongly of coffee, his teeth had been rotted away from caffeine overload, his watery skin was a deep brown mud coffee colour. Brandon could feel his heart beat and the blood stream through his ears. He felt sick, there was a lump in his throat the size of a tennis ball, he tried to swallow, but it just made him feel even more nauseous. His eyes started to water at the smell of coffee. Was this how he was going to die? Killed by the thing he had once loved so dearly?”

Suddenly the monster collapsed, falling to the ground it started to howl as if in pain. Brandon was about to run, but found he couldn’t. He was intrigued to see what was happening to the monster. Slowly the monster was transforming into the pretty girl he had seen just a few minutes ago. The girl crumpled to the floor and started to sob. Brandon suddenly felt very awkward. He didn’t like being in this position when people cried especially when a pretty girl cried. Brandon shifted from one foot to another not sure what to do. “Um…who did this to you?” he stammered. The girl simply looked up, stared for a while, then replied, “you did last night… you created me… you created all this last night. You wrote it and it came true, you really don’t remember me?” Her eyes searched his face. Brandon thought how pretty her eyes were then realised the situation “What?! I couldn’t. I’m just a writer!”

The girl seemed unfazed by Brandon’s sudden outburst, she started talking to him really slowly as if he was a 7 year old. You thought up this whole world. We are the only people here! You woke up before you could write about anyone else…you spent hours creating this!” she blushed slightly clearly embarrassed. Brandon took it in slowly, now he really felt like a 7 year old. ” Niamh P

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Brandon Generator Episode: 2

28 May

This post is brought to you by: Cameron McG, Robert and Emily.

How will Brandon defeat his nemesis Caffiendo? Who is the girl who left the message on the phone? Who is Sergeant Kafenfumph? And what on earth does an owl have to do with all of this?

We continued our Brandon Generator adventures by watching episode 2 of Brandon Generator. We thought it was a great episode, or to use Cameron’s words  “it was epic!”  Some of us think that Brandon is trapped in a world inside his head, others believe he is dreaming or that he is in a new world of made of his creations.  The owl has had us all totally confused.

We have been writing what we think happens next, by writing stories and creating comic strips. We have very busy here at Learning Cloud HQ (secret location, can’t be confirmed).

A wee taster of our wonderful writing:

“It was the morning when Brandon awoke from his coffee induced coma. He was clearly dizzy, but not dizzy enough to avert his eyes from his computer screen which unusually had 109 pages rather than the normal 0. He suddenly noticed a faint flicker of orange light, he traced it to its source, it was his mobile phone.  The voice mail symbol was flashing, he listened to it, someone had left him a mysterious message… 

 He ran out of his rundown apartment and sprang into his car with one thought floating through his mind like fish in the sea; who sent the voicemail? And who wrote the pages on the computer? Did he write them himself? In his old car, that was as yellow as the sun on a summer’s day, he drove around town searching for a gas station for fuel, but on his journey he glanced at a shadowy figure running through the street and into an alley. Brandon paused in shock, was it she who had sent the message? As he arrived at the petrol station he saw the shadowy figure again. He thought he was hallucinating, a shiver of fear travelled down his spine.

 Later that night, he went into the street  for an evening stroll, the same shadowy figure reappeared and turned to approach him. Brandon dashed to get into the elevator to his apartment.  The figure wasn’t human it was coffee, pure coffee…”      Robert McD

“Brandon found himself faced with a hideous monster with small black beady eyes that could look into your soul and pull out your deepest secrets. The monster smelt strongly of coffee, his teeth had been rotted away from caffeine overload, his watery skin was a deep brown mud coffee colour.Brandoncould feel his heart beat and the blood stream through his ears. He felt sick, there was a lump in his throat the size of a tennis ball, he tried to swallow, but it just made him feel even more nauseous. His eyes started to water at the smell of coffee. Was this how he was going to die? Killed by the thing he had once loved so dearly?”  Niamh P

“Caffiendo’s hot breath grazed Brandon’s rough face. Caffiendo didn’t do anything, he simply stood there, his face –if you could call it a face- was about four centimetres away from Brandon’s. Brandon gazed up at him with terror. What was he meant to do? Everything was so clear, yet everything still felt so foggy. As if nothing existed. Although, Brandon was pretty sure this was happening. But then again, no one can be too sure of their surroundings, right? Brandon’s mind felt as if it was going crazy, he was questioning himself, he was thinking of the impossible. Surely he was dreaming? There was no acceptable reason for what was going on.” Emily & Yasmin

“The beast was before him, slobbering and steaming. All of a sudden, a loud rumble revealed a stampede of monsters streaming from his sketch pad led by one of the largest monsters. They ran forward towards the Caffiendo monster and began to drink…” Lewis M

” The monster was before his eyes he couldn’t believe what had happened. He thought fast before it was too late, then looked into the sky. What could he see? It was a huge owl flying above him. Surprised he kept looking at it and forgot all about the monster. Then all of a sudden, it grabbed him, he didn’t know what to do, he was hoping help would come he shouted “HELP ME!” Nobody came.

 Then all of a sudden the owl swooped down and grabbed him out of Caffiendo’s claws. Just as he was feeling relieved that it saved him, the owl dropped him down from high up in the sky and then he knew he was in trouble. What should he do? He closed his eyes and after a while he felt that he had stopped falling. Just before he touched the ground he opened his eyes and there was nothing there, he was confused, he was floating in the air. It was as if like something was holding him up. He dropped to the ground into what seemed like a puddle…” Skye M

“… but who was the man standing behind the beast?

“I am Sergeant Kafenfumph, I am here to kill you beast,” boomed a voice.

“You cannot kill me in my world,” growled the beast.

“Are you sure about that?” replied Kafenfumph. I am Sergeant Kafenfumph and the only person who can slay you… beast!” Lewis McG

More of our Magnificent Monsters…

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How will Brandon Defeat the Caffeinous Caffiendo?

 

More tomorrow!

Brandon Generator: Episode 1

21 May

We have been working on a class literacy project on The Random Adventures of Brandon Generator : an interactive online story and animated film that is driven by readers. The story is about Brandon Generator, a writer and comic book artist suffering from writer’s block who falls asleep and wakes up to find all his work has been done for him (a bit like the shoe-makers elves). The reader can help Brandon shape his story by leaving writing, drawings and voice messages in his virtual writer’s study.

In class we have created our own contributions to Brandon’s story by creating drawings, stories and podcasts. We have also had discussions on the process of writing, writer’s block, characterisation, setting and plot and made predictions on what we think will happen next.

An insight into some of our discussions…

How do you think the text got on Brandon’s computer?

“I think that a mysterious being from another world heard about Brandon’s writer’s block and came to help him.” Lewis M

“When he fell asleep he typed out the writing with his head.” Emily W

“A ghost of a coffee monster might have done it.” Mirren M

“Maybe his mum did it for him.” Lewis S “..or a friend.” Ryan P “..OR A GHOST!” Cameron McG

“I think he wrote it while he was sleeping.” Niamh P

On how to overcome writer’s block. Our top tips…

“Look for inspiration everywhere you go. Find things that interest you and use them.” Lewis M

“Ask people what they think makes and interesting story. Go for a drive. Doodle with reckless abandon, see what you come up with.” Yasmin M

“Have a nap (try to dream). Look out of a window.”

“1.Take a long walk, 2.listen to music, 3. read a book for ideas, 4. watch TV.” Niamh P

“Talk to people.” Mirren M

“Look at things around you. Think about your own life.” Kaitlyn B

“Don’t worry! Ask someone to help.” Emily W

“Pick some random words and try to put them in a sentence.” Aimee S

What do you think the creatures on Brandon’s notepad look like?

What do you think of Brandon as a character?

“I think Brandon is a very creative and deep person.” Yasmin McG

“I think he is looking a little ill, he has too much coffee.” Kaitlyn B

“He seems like a troubled person.” Justine L

“I think he’s a little bit crazy.” Cameron McG

What do you think of the Brandon Generator Project?

“I think it is good as you get to use your imagination.” Robert M

“I think it’s amazing.” Ross L “I like the interactive storyline.” Chloe O

“I like the story and the animation.” Niamh P “I think it’s a smart idea.” Emily W

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Tune in next week to hear our voicemail and dictaphone podcasts 

QuadBlogging

21 May

Today is our first day Quadblogging. Quadblogging is a fantastic way to share learning with different classes around the world. Four class blogs are linked together through the Quadblogging website. Each week one blog is the focus blog with the other three blogs visiting and commenting during that week. In week two, another class blog is the focus with the other three visiting and commenting. This is repeated until each of the classes has had their week in the spotlight.

This week we are focusing on Class 6 of Cathedral Primary’s blog. We explored their school website and commented on Class 6’s blog. It looks like they have a lot of fun learning like us. It was great to see some of their work and we were very interested (and slightly jealous) to see that they used i-Pads in maths!

Quadblogging Explained

Week 1: (Week beginning 21/05) Cathedral Primary

Week 2: (Week beginning 28/05) Kilbowie Primary

Week 3: (Week beginning 04/06) Mount Scopus College

Week 4: (Week beginning 11/06) Heron Primary

Quadblogging Wordle

Wordle: Quadblogging Learning cloud

Kodu Transition Visit

16 May

Today we attended High School for the day as part of our Kodu Transition Project. We got to play on the Kodu games created by the various P7 classes across our primary schools and  formed marketing companies with our new friends with the aim of marketing our computer games. We created task teams within our companies, which will be focusing on creating websites and podcasts to market our games,  as well as writing game reviews, designing promotional materials, exploring finance, event planning, photography and hospitality for our parents’ event . We’re going to be very busy!

How did you find your first day at high school? What was the highlight of your day?

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Online Author Event

2 May

You have seen him on your TV; next week we will watch him on our whiteboard! David Walliams will be talking to us about his new book Gangsta Granny which we are reading in class at the moment. What do you think of it so far? As good as Billionaire Boy? Leave your questions for him as comments below.

Celebrity Chickens

20 Apr

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Eight of our eggs have hatched and we now have eight chicks, 5 male and 3 female.  They spend most of the day falling asleep on their feet, when they aren’t sleeping they like to look out of the window or peck around for food. Their fame is certainly spreading, yesterday they were photographed for the Clydebank Post and today Real Radio visited to interview us – true celebrity chickens!