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Take One Tune - 'The Storm' from Peter Grimmes - Benjamin Britten


During our Take One Tune week, Sycamore had the opportunity to learn about 'The Storm' which is a piece of music composed by Benjamin Britten. As a class we considered the different musical instruments which could be in this piece of music, here are a few of our ideas:

  • Trumpet
  • Drums
  • Horn
  • Cornet
  • Clarinet
  • Violin


As part of our writing this week, we looked at descriptive poetry. We came up with a list of S2S for our poems, including the following:

  • Adverbs and adjectives
  • Choose words carefully
  • 5 senses
  • Use a dictionary / thesaurus
  • Similes and metaphors
  • Personification
  • Alliteration
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Rhyme


When we were planning our poems we took inspiration from a range of stormy sea pictures and then spent time developing our bank of descriptive words. We entered all of these words into a tagxedo, here are some examples:

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As a class we made the following poem by selecting our favourite line from our own poems and ordering together. We then spent time editing and improving our word choices to ensure that we had used interesting and exciting vocabulary. Have a read of it below:


The Storm by Sycamore

The clouds rumble with bright witchy fingers looming over the dark thunderous clouds,

The water whirls and swishes as the water God wishes,

Lightening as mad as a raging bull,

Deadly waves crashing like a tsunami wiping out cities and destroying bridges,

The bright fizzing lightening like fireworks sizzling in the air.


The wind blows viciously as it circles and becomes a hurricane,

As the lighthouse keeper guides the ship, blue ferocious lightning strikes the towers beam,

A mighty wave bashes on a nearby fisherman’s shack

As vicious clouds swallow the sky,

The glamourous, glittery, blue waves crash into the beach.


Deadly waves, rushing to the shore, raining heavily on the sand,

The storm bangs and crashes when the lightning thunders and cracks,

Beware, beware the glare isn’t fair as it tangos on sharp and jaggered rocks,

The wave bashed into the lighthouse like a helicopter crashing,


I felt the punishing waves pushing into me and I nearly fainted,

The storm is a big emotion, its rage is full of explosion, its mind has smashed into deadly lightning,

The lightning was as bright as glow-sticks flying through the clouds,

Crash, bang, wallop, boom, the waves tango with rage,

The wind is louder than a lions roar,


The pink clouds were like pink candyfloss in the air.


As part of this project, we decided to create our own pictures of a stormy sea. To do this we investigated the art medium of watercolour. The children learnt the following skills, including:

  • Washes
  • Glazing
  • Wet in wet
  • Dry brush
  • Dropping in colour