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Writing for socialising 

This month, we have been exploring various types of forms , letters and documents that we fill in on an almost daily basis. From invitations , formal and informal letters, booking forms for holidays and summer camps, competition entry forms, emails, diaries, postcards and more

New Class Novel

This week we have started our next class novel 'The Diary of a Killer Cat' by Anne Fine. It tells the story of Tuffy the cat and her adventures with her owner Ellie. We are really enjoying the book so far. 

IPad time using Bluster

Tech Week - Using Kahoot -Quiz on Tom's Sausage Lion

National Poetry Day 

This Thursday , was National Poetry Day. We have spent this week, studying different types of poetry - from rhyming poems to acrostic to tongue twisters. We have studied well known poems such as 'The Owl and the Pussycat' and 'On the Ning Nang Nong'. You can listen to this poem here: https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/on-the-ning-nang-nong/

Writing Genre : Persuasive Writing 

This month our chosen genre is persuasive writing. This is a style of writing which includes debating - our class are very good at that!! We are learning how to give informed opinions and reasons for our answers . We surprised ourselves when we debated topics such as 'Should children wear school uniforms' and Should children get homework'. The majority of our class thought uniforms were a practical idea! 

The Owl and The Pussycat

We have learning about the famous poem ' The Owl and The Pussycat' by Edward Lear as part of Poetry Day . National Poetry Day takes place on Thursday.
A stop frame animation film, which has won a Hoscar (Hertfordshire Oscar awards) I made the film with my ICT club at school, using Stop Motion pro, Audacity and Windows Movie Maker, the children made the models, the film, narrated, edited it the lot.

Explanation Writing 

This month we have been learning all about writing explanations - the "why" something happens and how - We have integrated this with science and studied the various life cycles of diffferent animals and plants or explained why deforestation occurs in the rainforest and the impact it is having on the environment.  This is a tricky genre to get the hang of so don't worry too much! 

Storybird - Using IPads for creative writing

Fighting Words Creative Writing Workshop

Creative Writing Website 

Here is a link to another 'Creative Writing' Website that you might like to try and home. 

 

It generates ideas for stories so you could combine this with 'Storybird' to create a fantastic story!

http://writingexercises.co.uk/children/story-title-ideas-for-children.php

 

Class Novel- Tom's Sausage Lion

We have finished our class novel, 'Tom's Sausage Lion' by Michael Murpurgo. It was a fantastic read and all of the children really enjoyed it. Michael Murpurgo is an excellent author to read with plenty of age appropriate stories. 

Storybird

We have started using the creative writing website 'Storybird' on the IPads. This is a fantastic, free resource in which children can create their own picture and poetry books. 

 

Each child has their own profile and I have also send home a parent code . This allows parents to monitor their child's story and comment on it. Each parent can only see their own child's story. 

 

Under the assignments tab, I will be assigning various topics for the children to write about. They can do this as part of their English homework. It is a great skill to allow children to edit their own books and finally publish them online. 

 

There is an option for parents to purchase printed books from the website too. 

 

https://storybird.com/

World Book Day - Never judge a book by its cover!

World Book Day - Never judge a book by its cover! 1

Report Writing 

Our writing genre for the month is 'Report Writing'. The whole school are working on the same genre. 

Recount Writing

Recount Writing  1

The Story of Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

A young boy called Stanley is awoken one morning to find that he is FLAT! 'The Story of Flat Stanley' is adapted for the screen and directed by Reel Performers. With a stunning cast of talented actors and actresses, this story originally written by Jeff Brown, brings together the most important things about story telling; IMAGINATION and MAGIC!

Budding authors writing their own stories using the I-Pad app 'Storybook maker'

Please Mrs. Butler 

 

Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps copying my work, Miss.
What shall I do?

Go and sit in the hall, dear.
Go and sit in the sink.
Take your books on the roof, my lamb.
Do whatever you think.

Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps taking my rubber, Miss.
What shall I do?

Keep it in your hand, dear.
Hide it up your vest.
Swallow it if you like, love.
Do what you think best.

Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps calling me rude names, Miss.
What shall I do?

Lock yourself in the cupboard, dear.
Run away to sea.
Do whatever you can, my flower.
But don't ask me! 

Small quarrel

 

She didn’t call for me as she usually does.
I shared my crisps with someone else.

I sat with someone else in assembly.
She gave me a funny look coming out.

I put a pencil mark on her maths book.
She put a felt-pen mark on mine.

She moved my ruler an inch.
I moved hers a centimetre.

I just touched her PE bag with my foot.
She put the smallest tip of her tongue out.

She dipped her paint brush in my yellow.
I washed mine in her paint water.

She did something too small to tell me what it was.
pretended to do something.

I walked home with her as usual.
She came to my house for tea.

From Collected Poems. 

Watch out Spielberg!

On Wednesday, we will try our hand out at making movies on the I-Pads using this website 

http://www.abcya.com/animate.htm - You can try it yourself at home. Here's a sneak peak of what we will do in class

Third Class News

We have been working hard and have settled back into school. We have started to learn how to join our letters. Don't forget to fill in your reading logs in your homework journal every night. 

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