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.