The Tin Forest
Our whole school text, the Tin Forest, is all about a man who lived alone in a derelict house near a junk yard. Every day, he cleared the junkyard. Then he realised that he could make this forest of junk into a beautiful forest full of colour and life. We used expanded noun phrases to add detail to the books descriptions. Then we wrote a letter to Sadiq Khan to explain how green spaces are important and we should stop filling them with houses and buildings - especially in London where we have so much pollution, we need trees for oxygen, and space to exercise. Have a look at our letters... would you be persuaded by us?
Weslandia is a civilization built entirely by a boy called Wesley. He made his own fruit, clothing, ink, instruments and even sports! Wesley inspired us to create our own civilizations too. We used the beginning of our names and put -landia at the end to name them, then we thought about the crops, games, clothing, shelter and language that it would have. We also created character descriptions for Wesley and we even designed our very own fruit!
Here are some of our creations!
We have been following a lady called Agatha and a family of yetis! They live high on a Himalayan mountain. At the beginning of the book - Lady Agatha was SNATCHED by an evil, angry yeti... or so we thought. We found out that he is a brave, kind and noble beast whos family is in danger. He desperately needs Lady Agatha's help! We have been using noun phrases, fronted adverbials, inverted commas and similes and metaphors within our classwork!
Journey to Jo'burg
We have got to know Naledi and Tiro from reading the first few chapters, and we also found out what happens when they arrive in Jo'burg after their long, tiring journey. We have thought about reasons why they should travel to Jo'burg and reasons why they shouldn't. We have also written some wonderful diary entries, as if we were Naledi and Tiro, thinking about how it must have felt to travel all that way to try and find Mma and bring her back to their village.
Windrush Child by John Agard
During our poetry week, we studied John Agard's poem, Windrush Child. Between 1948 and 1971, people arrived in the UK from Caribbean countries travelling on the ship MV Empire Windrush. The people who travelled from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and other islands, are often referred to
as the Windrush generation. When they arrived in the UK, they found they were not as welcome as they had expected. John Agard's poem gives us a picture of the Caribbean surroundings that they came from. We noticed rhyming, personification, prepositions and repetition in his poem. We created our own Windrush poem with a twist! Our poems give an image of what it would have been like arriving in Britain post war time.
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Our first book this year, was The Witches. We published some fantastic pieces of work comparing different witches, writing a character description of the Grand High Witch. We remembered to include similes, compare and contrast conjunctions and our SPLAT words. We got to know exactly what to look for when spotting a witch...
Watch out for those gloves!