News Paper Reports
This week we read chapter 8 of our Harry Potter books. In this chapter, Harry reads a news report about a break-in a Gringotts bank in the Daily Prophet. The newspaper article was only very short and wasn't very detailed so we decided to write a better one. We focused on laying out the information in columns and thinking of a catchy headline for our news article. Then, we made sure we answered the 4 Ws in our introduction paragraph (when? where? what? who?).
We also included witness statements and an appeal for information to help them catch the robber!
Have a look on our class blog to see some of news reports.
Using Dictionaries and Thesauruses
This week we have been focusing on expanding our vocabulary. We have been learning to use thesauruses to help us find more exciting adjectives. Also, we have been learning how to use dictionaries to find out the meaning of new words. At the end of the week, we tried to use some exciting new words we'd found to write a setting description of Platform 9 & 3/4.
This week in English we have been learning all about J.K Rowling. We researched facts about her and then used these facts to write a biography. Why not head over to our Blog to read some yourself. http://flamingo2018.norbridgeblogs.net/
This week, we have been writing our own stories about a witch or wizard having their first flying lesson. We began by using the story mountain planning template to plan our story before writing it. When we were writing our stories, we tried hard to include, lots of descriptive language, character speech, and paragraphs to organise our writing.
Today, in English we talked about how books are sometimes turned into films. We discussed adding different scenes to make the film more entertaining and then had a go at acting out chapter 3 of Harry Potter. We talked about the importance of using a loud and clear voice when performing. We then performed our scene and gave feedback to the other groups.
This week, we have been learning about the features of formal letters. Inspired by the letter Professor McGonagall writes to Harry inviting him to attend Hogwarts, we decided to write a letter in response to thank her and to ask form more information. We focused on: laying our letter out correctly, using fronted adverbials to organise the questions in our letter and including formal language.
Have a look at our class blog to see a few examples of the letters that we wrote.
This week, we have been focusing on expanding our vocabulary to make our descriptive writing more exciting to read.
We discussed the term 'synonym' and how a thesaurus can help us find similar but more exciting words.
This week we began reading our class novel for this term; Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. We then did lots of writing activities that were inspired by the events in Chapter 1. We wrote interview questions to ask the Dursley's. We created some character and setting descriptions and we even acted out a scene from chapter 1 and performed the to the rest of the class.