6.12.21 - DARE Graduation
This week, we rehearsed and performed our DARE Graduation. Take a look at our performance below:
29.11.21 - The Polar Express
This week, we had a special viewing of The Polar Express. We had hot chocolates, candy canes and we were given special golden tickets. We used the film to inspire our descriptive writing.
22.11.21 - Writing a Narrative
We have been writing our final drafts for Chapter 1 of The Arrival this week. We have worked hard to include many different features, including:
- Character dialogue
- Expanded noun phrases
- Relative clauses
- Varied sentence types
- Figurative language and pathetic fallacy
You can watch the story that inspired our writing here: https://vimeo.com/74292820
15.11.21 - Planning a Narrative
This week, we have been learning how to use pathetic fallacy to describe weather. We then discussed ideas for our own narratives. Look out for our stories based on 'The Arrival' next week!
8.11.21 - The Arrival
This week, we started exploring our new focus text, The Arrival. We worked in groups to act out the opening scenes from the book. We thought about the emotions the characters would be feeling at different points in the story, and we considered the different characteristics.
1.11.21 - War Poetry
In our English lessons this week, we wrote poems for Remembrance. We initially read the poem, Dulce et Decorum Est and and we worked together to identify the different poetic devices. We then wrote our own poems and worked hard to included many different features, including metaphors, similes and personification.
11.10.21 - Poetry
This week, we practised writing haikus, cinquains and kennings about autumn. Take a look at some of our haiku poems below:
4.10.21 - Contrasting Diary Entries
Continuing with our learning from last week, we have written our own diary entries from the perspective of Henry VIII. We imagined how Henry would have felt when his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, gave him a daughter. We then considered how his feelings would have changed after the birth of his son, Prince Edward. You can read some of our diary entries at: https://toucan2021.norbridgeblogs.net
27.9.21 - Contrasting Diary Entries
This week, we started to explore what life was like for Henry VIII and his six wives. We researched facts about two of his wives, Catherine of Aragon and Jane Seymour. We then identified the main features of a diary entry by reading two extracts taken from Henry VIII's diary. Finally, we practised appyling these features by writing our own extract for the Tudor king's diary.
20.9.21 - Queen Elizabeth I Biographies
This week, we have plan, drafted and written our final biographies about Queen Elizabeth I. You can read some of our writing at: toucan2021.norbridgeblogs.net
13.9.21 - Queen Elizabeth I Biographies
In our English lessons this week, we have been gathering information about Queen Elizabeth I in preparation for writing our own biographies about her. We ordered events on a timeline to help us recognise significant moments during her reign. We then used different sources to research our own facts about Queen Elizabeth I. We talked about reliable sources and how to record information accurately and concisely. Finally, we compared and contrasted different autobiographies from well-known people, such as Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson and Usain Bolt. Next week, we will begin writing our biographies.
30.8.21 - Transition Text
In our English lesson this week, we have enjoyed reading the story of John Patrick Norman McHennessy, the boy who was always late. We enjoyed drawing inferences from the front cover of our transition text. After reading the story, we recognised the importance of treating others how you would like to be treated yourself. At the end of the week, we used hot seating to understand how the two main characters would have felt throughout our transition text. We asked personal questions and practised responding in character.