The Story of Tutankhamun
Our Topic this term is all about Ancient Egypt and so in our Reading and Writing lessons, we will be reading the book by Patricia Cleveland-Peck and illustrated by Isabel Greenberg.
The Polar Express
In our writing lessons we have been studying the features of the text and what makes a good story. Today we made a text map of the ending which we will use to write up our own endings tomorrow.
Our new class text is the Polar Express written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg and published by Houghton Mifflin in 1985. It follows the story of a young boy and his journey around the North Pole. You can listen to it here:
Our new book is called 'Black Dog' written by Levi Pinfold, you can listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad3a3v1cXfc
The children have been really engaged with the story and today acted out a part of the book. We had one child pretend to be Mr Hope, whilst the rest of us were the police asking him questions about the mysterious dog!
The Iron Man
To compliment our learning within our reading sessions we are also studying The Iron Man in our writing lessons too. Looking at how the author, Ted Hughes, describes his characters, we have embarked on a mission to find as much creative vocabulary as we can to describe the Iron Man ourselves!
Henry's Freedom Box
As well as our reading we have also been using the text to write our own diary entries. Henry was a slave, his wife and children were sold and so he vowed to escape and eventually ended up in Washington DC. Our diary entries discuss his journey. Aren't they brilliant!?
For poetry week, we have been lucky enough to explore the poem 'Windrush Child' by John Agard. You can listen to him here:
We investigated the history of the poem and why it was written, as well as the language use and how we could develop it. We took a selection of imagery from the poem and generated similes and metaphors that we could use within our own writing. We decided to publish our work and create water colour washes for our poems to be published on. Check out our photos below!
The BFG is back!
Alongside our reading lessons we have also been using the book for our writing. Using pictures, we have begun to develop our vocabulary so that we can describe the BFG and Sophie. We then built this up to show what they were doing and how they were doing it. We finished our writing unit on the story by retelling it and publishing our versions in our extended writing books. Well done Year 3!