Anglo-Saxon Riddles by Modern English Speakers

Dear S2Z,

You would have been outstanding contributors to the life of the Angles, Saxons and Jutes. I like to think that you have taken their words and turned them into modern riddles that are just as mysterious, beautiful, poetic and creative as the originals.

Kind regards,

Ms Green

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Here are your riddles, with answers at the bottom:

1   I run swiftly, never stopping and never circling back to where I began. I help those around me by giving them part of myself for sustenance. I run in all seasons, over rocks and sand, but never grass. What is my name?   – by Grace

2  I have seen many things. I can travel the world whilst staying in one place. You rip me up and chuck me away, but you will see me again the next day. I am loyal, for I will go wherever you tell me. I travel on the roads and in the sky but never need a licence. I spy on many conversations but never get caught.   – by Dheran

3  I am not alive, yet I tell you things. I have no mind, yet I ask you a question. People try to work me out. In fact, they are probably doing that right now. What am I?  – by Liam B

4  I drift endlessly without life. I live to serve my final purpose, which is sometimes a blessing, sometimes a tragedy. From afar I am grand, from nearby I am almost invisible. – by Megan

5  When I’m nearby, you don’t notice me. When I’m gone, you panic. I have teeth but I don’t bite. You need me when you go out. Something bad will happen if you don’t have me. – by Ming

rat by Phyllis
Phyllis’s beautiful drawing of a black rat – from her assignment on the Black Death. Published with her permission.


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Egyptian Gallery

Our play dough mummy was mummified according to the most expensive method. Some of the embalmers from 7E showed definite talent for the profession, but there were some unexpected problems with the head. While the brain was extracted without too much difficulty, wrapping the head proved to be harder than expected.
Tony’s work is colourful and authentic. I think he would have been much in demand in ancient Egypt.
I especially like how Sam has depicted the pleats in the linen – great attention to detail!
Asha’s figures look like true ancient Egyptians, but with a modern air and style.
Ben Y’s picture shows the hierarchy within the family. The mother radiates strength of character and Ben himself appears to be the dominant child.
Dayne’s figures have six-packs and one has a symbol of Western capitalism around his neck. All the same, they retain a certain ancient Egyptian charm.
Zoe’s picture is colourful and accurate, with the whole hierarchy represented, including servants.
Madhu’s drawing shows the jewellery of the wealthy and the simple clothing of the servants very clearly.
Lucas has shown great attention to detail, including some very realistic hieroglyphs and bodily depictions.
William has depicted the clothing and jewellery of his figures very precisely.
Harrison’s figures have hairier legs than many ancient Egyptians might have had! Many ancient Egyptians shaved off their body hair and some even wore wigs. Nevertheless, the figures in Harrison’s drawing have a certain dynamic realism and his main character has a very impressive six-pack. I think that ancient Egyptian farmers, obliged as they were to devote their lives to manual labour, would certainly have been well toned.
Atticus has added some features of the landscape to his drawing, including the broiling ancient Egyptian sun.


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Josh recreates Leonardo, Ahalya watches Vincent’s paintings come alive and Calvin creates a striking poster…

Some students are not content with simply opening a book or scanning one or two articles from Wikipedia. Instead, they exert their supple brains and nimble fingers to apply what they have learned. They get out into their back gardens and recreate the great inventions of the person they are studying. Others find something during their research that inspires the whole class.

Josh is one such student. He has chosen Leonardo da Vinci as his notable person for our annual Year 7 event, the Night of Notables. Along with his partner, Dean, Josh has already planned his display, found a number of quotations and gathered a great deal of information. Keen to apply some of Leonardo’s design ideas, Josh has also created a giant cross-bow, sometimes referred to as a ballista, a weapon used by the Romans and sketched in various ways by Leonardo. Josh has applied ideas from both sources to create his own working model, shown below.

Josh’s neighbours are very afraid.

Not really. I imagine they are just as impressed by Josh’s inventive abilities and determination as I am.

The video link below shows how Josh has begun to interpret the complicated and fascinating legacy of Leonardo da Vinci.
A Video of Josh’s Giant Cross-Bow

A view of Josh’s giant cross-bow, as influenced by the designs of Leonardo da Vinci
Josh's invention - with thanks to Leonardo
Josh’s invention – with thanks to Leonardo

Meanwhile, Ahalya has found a beautiful adaptation of Vincent Van Gogh’s glowing, unforgettable paintings, in which the people in those textured, shining landscapes come to life. The whole class (7C) watched this magical depiction of Van Gogh’s works. You can watch what she found in the video below:

Calvin's clever and eye-catching poster
Calvin’s clever and eye-catching poster
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