English – Spring Term

Year 1’s half term topic is ‘Frogs and Fairies’. In English we have been looking at a range of fairy tales, concentrating mostly on Jack and the Beanstalk.  

The children have enjoyed discussing what they like and dislike, patterns they’ve noticed and asking questions about the book. The children are still wondering why Jack stole from the Giant when we know that stealing is wrong! 

To familiarise themselves with the story, the children role played Jack and the Beanstalk using masks. 

The children sequenced the story by drawing story map, which helped them to retell the events from memory. 

Year 1 – The children have generated sentences using the Mighty Writer. First the children talked through their ideas in pairs and came up with adjectives to describe the characters. Then they used the adjectives in their sentences. Now they are busy using these sentences in their story writing. The children can’t wait to publish them!

Year 4 – This week we wrote our persuasive speech on a food product that we are planning to sell. In this speech we used fronted adverbials.

Year 4 – Year 4 spent time in practising our drama skills. We have studied the story of Stone Soup and used some gestures, actions, expression of our voices and some body language to retell the story.

Karam: “I feel more confident in standing in front of the class and I’m not that shy anymore.”

Fateh: “That was so much fun. Can we do it tomorrow again?”

Year 5 – In English, Year 5 have been reading folk tales from India. The children then went onto collating ideas for their own characters, which they can use to write their own stories.  

Here are a few descriptions of the Villainous characters that were created. 

“I enjoyed researching and gathering information about my animal, which I could then use for my description,” said Siddhant. 

Year 5 & 6 – ‘Love and Magic’ in A Midsummer’s Night Dream came alive in Year 6, when the children took part in a Shakespearean workshop. Working alongside an experienced drama teacher, the year 5 children enjoyed taking part in the rehearsals and performing to an audience to showcase their skills. They wowed the audience and certainly enjoyed the experience. We have definitely seen some budding artists and hidden talents among us!! 

‘It was so much fun dressing up and using all the props to bring the story to life’, said Nihal from Year 5.

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Year 6 – January  2019

We have been learning how to persuade the reader.  We looked at different types of persuasive writing including blogs, adverts and letters to find the techniques that writers use.  We decided to use our chosen country from our last topic and research its attractions and designed our own holiday brochures.  Where will you visit next?

Year 6 – February 2019

Year 6 Falcons used drama to empathise with Mr Gao using conscience alley. We read the story of Zhu Bajje and had a good discussion about whether Mr Gao should allow Monkey and the monk to stay on his farm.

Year 6 – We have been learning how to persuade the reader.  We looked at different types of persuasive writing including blogs, adverts and letters to find the techniques that writers use.  We decided to use our chosen country from our last topic and research its attractions and designed our own holiday brochures.  Where will you visit next?

Maz Evans

We were very fortunate to have a visit from Maz Evans on Wednesday 13th February 2019.

Maz Evans was inspiring and funny-able to express herself really well. During the workshop, she gave all of us an equal chance to share what we had written. The feedback she gave us was extremely useful.

When I read her book, the characters came alive and I lived like one of the characters.

Maz was engaging and through her, I learnt to use a sense of humour in a proper way and make it effective by combining it with sarcasm.

She introduced us to different themes and helped us to use different perspectives and made us “see” how other people experience problems. In her book, I “felt” how Eliot felt.

It was revealing how writers have to look at things from all angles and must carefully leave clues for the reader in order to make him understand what the story is about. The writer must know all the ingredients of the story beforehand and must take the writer on a journey to the end.

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