2023 - 2024
Editing and Revising Practise (Autumn Term)
We have been learning to improve our writing skills by focusing on different stages of the editing process. We started by setting a carousel of editing activities including: punctuation, spellings and using a thesaurus in order to correct a piece of text. During our second session, we looked at how we can improve our writing through the revision process. We managed to rewrite our improved piece of text using all processes.
Sequencing the Story of Abraham Using Oracy (Autumn Term)
After learning about Abraham and his faith in God, the children used a strategy from our Oracy programme to discuss and sequence the story. The children were learning to observe a partner, who was involved in the discussion, in order to give them positive feedback and an area for improvement. Confidence with discussions really shone through. Here are some quotes from the children:
'People were listening and participating'.
'It was great to have my skills recognised and telling me what I need to improve on'.
'It was interesting seeing how different people were discussing the same activity'.
'I know that we always need to improve and this helped me know what I need to improve on'.
2022 - 2023
Legend Tale Narrative (Summer Term)
We pulled all the stops out for our narrative. First, we looked into how we could up-level our writing, making our stories more interesting and capturing the reader. The children chose their own legend character to use for their writing and used the strategy of up-levelling for their final piece of writing of the year, showing off all they have learnt.
Captain Redbeard Kicks Off Our 'World Book Day' Week (Spring Term)
Class 4 were delighted to have a visit from Thomas Moore, who is the author of 'The Secret Slide' series. After sharing his stories, Thomas gave the children activities to complete to support inspiration for reading and writing. The children were to think of where they would like to go back in history and show that period through an illustration. We had a fantastic range of periods: Romans, Anglo-Saxons, when Buckingham Palace was built, Leonardo Da Vinci painting the Mona Lisa and Pele's life. They also had to create a fictional character, which worked perfectly with our current English writing of a character description.
Accomplishing Apostrophes (Spring Term)
We have been focusing on accomplishing our apostrophes for omission and possession. Working in teams, we had to match the rules with sentences as well as correcting a text conversation between two famous singers!
Should Homework be Banned? (Autumn Term)
We have been focussing our writing on a creating a balanced argument using the question of whether homework should be banned. Interestingly, a resolution they came up with was to not ban it, but to limit homework set!
2021 - 2022
Who were more powerful? (Summer Term)
The children were set a task to investigate whether the Allies or Axis were more powerful during World War II. They started by researching a variety of areas including: weapons, casualties, leaders and how the countries were involved. Once they had gathered as much information as they could, they created a powerpoint presentation, where they also included their own creation of music to be played within their presentation. I was blown away with their final piece, presenting it beautifully to the class. They used their knowledge of phonics to help decode and blend the trickier words - there were a few!
Young Writers - Good Luck! (Spring Term)
We have been very busy writing our stories for the Bonkers Monsters Creative Writing Competition. The children had to create a short story about a monster who was... bonkers, and had a 100 word limit to do so. We had monsters who were invisible, monsters who were saving the planet and a rags to riches tale. I was so impressed with their efforts, it isn't easy manipulating words within a story to make exactly 100! Their entries have been posted, fingers crossed to them all.
Click on the link to see further information on the competition.