In Year 5’s English lesson, this morning, we started our brand new unit ‘The Lighthouse’. Within our new unit, we began to piece the story together by creating our own Story Map. Our creations focused on the characters, plot, opening, build up, dilemma, resolution and ending. We had so much fun putting our knowledge into practice!
This week, Year 5 have started their English poetry unity on The Jabberwocky.
On Monday, we read the poem ‘The Jabberwocky’, which is a nonsense poem. We recapped poetic devices, such as rhyme, similes, metaphors, personification, imagery and alliteration. Then, we learned about a new poetic convention called portmanteau, which is were sounds from two words are blended together to form a new word. We identifies portmanteau words in The Jabberwocky poem and finally created our own portmanteau words.
On Wednesday, we reread the poem ‘The Jabberwocky’ which is a nonsense poem. In pairs, we then tried to decode the portmanteau and nonsense words so we could understand the storyline of the poem.
In English this week Year 1 have been looking at letters.
We discussed when and why people send and receive letters, before we discovered that ‘The Rainbow Fish’ had sent us a letter.
Year 1 were very excited to read the letter ‘The Rainbow Fish’ had sent. The letter asked us some questions and told us how the fish was doing after he had given all of his scales away.
Year 1 talked about the features letters contain.
We found out that letters can contain:
- an address
- a date
- a question
The children have had a fantastic morning at Bridgehead Woods. The children had lots of fun exploring the woods. We have been learning all about the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. Today we enjoyed changing the story to ‘We’re Going on a Bug Hunt. Please click on the link below to see!
On Wednesday afternoon in Year 6, we played an active and passive voice game. It was a fun way of learning how to change a sentence from the passive voice to the active voice or from the active voice to the passive voice. The game included 1 dice, 13 different coloured paper clips, two sheets of paper stuck back to back and cut into separate sentences and a board to play the game on. The team with the most of the other teams paper clips at the end of the game wins. Everybody enjoyed playing this game very much.
DL Team (Digital Leaders Team)
Year 2 have been looking at the unit performance poetry in English this week. The poem they have studied is ‘The Magic London Bus’. Across the week they have explored new vocabulary, identified the rhyme in the poem and learned signifiers for the poem. Today they performed the poem with confidence and lovely expression!
Well done Year 2.
Year 6 have been working really hard this half term looking at the Alfred Noyes poem ‘The Highwayman’. They have really enjoyed studying the language he used and how it was a twisted narrative love poem. Through role play they have been able to discuss interactions that might happen at the end of the poem between Bess and The Highwayman. Lots of children thought that Bess would be furious that she gave her life away just so he could go and end up dying!
To introduce our new topic, Anglo Saxons and Vikings, Year 5 learned about Norse Mythology and some key characters within Norse Myths.
The children then worked collaboratively to analyse a Norse Myth; exploring grammatical features such as parenthesis, direct speech, modal verbs, fronted adverbials and much more! The reason for this activity was for the children to familiarise themselves with Norse Mythology features and how grammatical features are used to create effect.
Well done Year 5!
What a lovely end to a busy term of English in Year 6! Children worked hard to create joyful and uplifting festive poetry incorporating figurative language and a rhyming pattern throughout their stanzas. They used their senses to describe seasonal scents, noises, textures and sights as they transported their audience into a winter wonderland. Mrs Marson enjoyed judging the poetry and chose an overall winner who was Tuloula H. Fantastic work!
Tuloula’s winning poem!
A selection of more brilliant poems from Y6
Year 6 have been learning about Hanukkah ; a Jewish celebration of light.
A brief history
The eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah or Chanukah commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. Hanukkah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, began on the 28th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls in November or December. Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional food games and gifts.
We expect our Year 6 children to be more independent and creative when it comes to their writing. For this task the children used several sources of media, from which they produced a piece of writing to describe the importance of Hanukkah.
Well done Year 6 !