Today we read a short picture book about a Princess and Tiger. We made some predictions and answered some questions!
We finally finished our library time book! The children loved and it can't wait to explore more boos by the same author. We also got to swap over our library books and chose a selection of new ones!
Cloud Tea Monkeys
Our new book this term, is Cloud Tea Monkeys where we will be embedding our retrieval and inference skills in our Reading lessons and working towards a narrative and instructional writing within our English.
Today, as part of our Reading we made predictions about Tashi (the main character) and also sampled different teas! In our Writing lessons, we used our senses and our tea tasting to describe what we smelt, felt and tasted!
Today, in our Reading lessons we used a dictionary to find the definition of tricky words in the book!
Today we went to the library again! We swapped our books and got one chapter closer to the end of our story. We're only one away from the end now!
Today we went back to the library and continued reading some of our story with Nariece. We also swapped over our own library books and came back with some new ones!
The Butterfly Lion
Our next book will be the Butterfly Lion, written by Michael Morpurgo. You can follow us along at home by listening to Michael Morpurgo himself read some of the chapters aloud here!
Chapters 1 and 2- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwHr9tiOxLs
3 and 4-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xalSLvxDls
5 and 6-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAu5Oa4a8JA
We have now read up to chapter 6! Today in our English lessons we did some freeze frames to show the emotions of the characters involved in the story. We also discussed why they may have felt this way and tired to use as many conjunctions as possible to give our reasons.
Today we have been publishing our work from the last few sessions in our English. We have been working towards creating a balanced argument. We discussed a question, created balanced points of view for each side, worked on how to construct an argument using formal language and conjunctions and then finally wrote the whole piece.
Today, we hot seated one of the characters and asked them questions about they felt about different parts of the story as the plot progressed.
The past few days, we have been exploring how to write a letter and published a letter from Millie to Bertie. We used what we knew had happened to Bertie in the War to help us pretend to be Millie and discuss our life with him and ask him what he had been doing as well.
Today, we went to the library again to change our books and take out our new loans. We also continued reading our story, Baby Aliens, with Nariece and enjoyed finding out what happened in the couple of chapters. We've been left on a cliff hanger for next time!
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Our new book focus is a very exciting one, where we will get chance to delve into the world of Shakespeare! Our reading and writing lessons will be based around the book; answering retrieval and inference style questions and describing characters, settings and plots!
Today, after reading some of the book, we made a character web of the main characters and how they link with one another. We soon learnt it was a very complicated love triangle!
As our book draws to a close, we have spent our time working on character descriptions of the various characters and comparing them to one another, practising embedding our use of conjunctions and descriptive vocabulary.
We have also spent time learning about Shakespeare, ready to write a biography about him. Today we went on a scavenger hunt outside to gather facts about him to record in our English books ready to use later on!
Today saw our first library visit of Spring 2! We were very excited to continue reading our chapter book with Nariece and take out some new book loans!
The First Drawing
Starting Spring 2, in keeping with our History topic, we will be looking at the book 'The First Drawing' by Mordicai Gerstein. Over the course of these three weeks, we will work towards writing a diary entry as the character and our own historical narrative, building on all the creative writing skills we have looked at this term. In our Reading sessions, we will continue to focus on our retrieval, inference and prediction skills.
This week, we have been exploring our new book, 'The First Drawing' and making predictions and inferences in our reading lessons. We looked at different parts of the book to see how our predictions changed as we read further and also made inferences about the characters based on the images we saw of them we as read more of the book.
Alongside this in English we have also been comparing the Stone Age character to a modern day character and trying to embed the use of subordinating conjunctions to help us compare.
The Street Beneath My Feet
Our new text is a non-fiction book, called 'The Street Beneath My Feet' and is about what's beneath our feet without us even realising. The book explores the ground right beneath the pavement, all the way through and down into the earth's core!
We begun our new unit by making predictions about the book, using the title, cover and words in the blurb.
Today, we worked in groups to read facts from the book and sort them into headings based on the information in the story. We will be using these to form the topics of our paragraphs in our own non-chronological reports.
Today, we had our first library session of 2022 which was very exciting. We continued to read some of our story with Nariece and took out some new books on loan!
Our book for the first 3 weeks back is 'Black Dog'. Join us, as we follow a little girl, Small, on her adventures with her family and a mysterious black dog!
This week in our Reading sessions, we have been making multiple predictions! We started by using the clues on the front cover to make a guess about what we thought would happen and then we read parts of the book to make a second and third prediction about where we thought the story was headed. Afterwards, we all read the book together and wished there was a sequel as we loved it so much!
We also made some inferences about a characters thoughts and feelings based on images and words in the book.
We followed this up with looking at an author's choice of words and the reasons behind the language used in the story.
In our writing sessions this week, we have been trying to up-level our vocabulary and have spent time using a thesaurus to ensure we have the best possible words for our work. We then tried to use these new words when we wrote similes, metaphors and personification to describe characters and nouns in the book.
We used this language to then write a character description of the Black Dog, edited our work in green pen and will then publish them into our extended writing books!
Today, out focus was on speech and thinking about what the family might have said to one another when they saw the Black Dog. We wrote our ideas on post it notes and then formulated it into speech into our books!
This week, we have been planning our suspense stories based on the structure of our class text, Black Dog. We have created our families and fears and will be using our plans to begin writing up the events later this week. We have been trying hard to ensure we include a variety of punctuation, a range of adverbs and as much description as possible.
This week, we have been working hard to edit and publish our stories in our extended writing books. This marks the last piece of work on 'Black Dog' as we move onto our next book shortly!
Henry's Freedom Box
Our next book is a moving retell of a character named Henry who finds himself as a salve and follows his story as he escapes to freedom!
The children have been using the text for their reading and writing lessons.
In our reading we have focussed on our inference skills, considering how characters are feeling and how we know, using evidence from the text. We also embedded our retrieval skills and answered questions about the book, using the evidence provided to support our answers.
In our writing, we have been looking at suffixes and a range of punctuation to help us complete a series of diary entries. We have written from the perspective of Henry and are now working on another one from the perspective of another character. We wrote a good example on the board together and used pictures to help us sequence the events.
Our Second Library Visit
Today we visited the library to exchange our books for some new, exciting ones that we haven't read before! We also continued to listen to our library time story 'Baby Alien's got my Teacher!'.
The Iron Man
Our next text is the Iron Man, written by Ted Hughes. This is a fantastic story, with amazing characters! The children will spend their first few lessons making predictions using evidence from the text and exploring the language used to describe the characters.
Over the past few weeks we have been very busy with the Iron Man!
We began first by reading the first few chapters and then, in our writing sessions, recording an account of what had happened in the form of a newspaper!
W then started describing characters from the story, using similes, personification and metaphors. We described the Iron Man, Hogarth and concluded with a setting description.
We are no working on more skills, like practising how to use inverted commas for speech to begin writing our own version of the story next week!
In our Reading lessons we have focussed on lots of retrieval and inference skills as well as recognising and describing the themes in the books we have read so far this year!
Our First Library Visit
Today we visited the library again and borrowed some books! We listened to some of a story and then chose our own!
The Story of Tutankhamun
We have now moved onto a book based around the Egyptians, linking in nicely with our History topic!
This story is all about the boy king Tutankhamun and the archaeologist that found his tomb, Howard Carter.
Today we made predictions and sequenced part of the book on the process of mummification which will help us when we write our instructions at the end of the week!
Our text focus in Writing and Reading will be Roald Dahl's 'The BFG' which the children are already enjoying!
We will be focussing on retrieval and inference skills in Reading, whilst we describe the characters using expanded noun phrases and conjunctions in Writing lessons.
Have a look here: https://www.roalddahl.com/home/kids at the website for lots more fun stories and trivia about Roald Dahl and his brilliant ideas.
Don't forget it's Roald Dahl day on Monday 13th September so you can come dressed as your favourite character!
Over the past few weeks we have been exploring characters in our writing and learning to use descriptive words and phrases to create an image in the readers mind. Here is an example for Sophie...
We are currently working on using these skills and more in a retell of one of the chapters which we will publich in our extended writing books.
In our reading sessions, the children have been enjoying exploring the book further and asking and answering questions about it. They especially enjoyed it when our librarian came to read more of the story to them on Roald Dahl day!