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Autumn 1

 

We have been looking at pirate stories so far this term. One of the books we have read is 'Pirate Pete'. We have retold the story and written sentences about it.

This week we have planned our own version of the story where Pirate Pete visits different islands. Our ideas are very creative with Pete visiting School Island, Robber Island and Unicorn Island among others! 

 

We shared our story plans with our friends, telling each other all about where Pirate Pete would be travelling.

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After sharing our stories with a partner, some of us wanted to tell our story to the whole class. How brave they were to sit at the front and tell a story with everyone watching and listening! The rest of the class listened really well, enjoying different versions of our familiar story.
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Here is a link to a retelling of another Pirate Pete adventure...
We have all written our own version of the Pirate Pete story. Here is our e-book! We hope you enjoy it.
Some pirates came to visit us in school today! We asked them lots of questions. We learned that we use questions to find out information. We used lots of different question words including as 'what' 'why' 'where' 'how' and 'can'. The pirates did their best to answer our questions. What a really exciting interruption to our English lesson it was!
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One of our class texts for this topic is Class 3 All At Sea. As well as talking about and writing the story, we have been acting it out. We have made a movie based on the book!

This is the trailer for our new movie.

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And here is our wonderful movie!

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We so enjoyed the pirate stories we read together that we decided to write our own pirate-based stories. We hope you enjoy our class e-book!
Autumn 2

This term our focus text is The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis. We have done lots of work on the book in Guided Reading and in our English lessons. We decided to go on a Bog Baby hunt one afternoon to see if we could find one. We thought we might because our outdoor area looks like a good habitat! We have trees, grass, leaves, flowers and even a pond! We thought carefully about what we could see on our walk outside, thinking about how what we could see compared to the setting in our story. At the end of our walk we saw something blue in the distance near the pond. We crept closer - but not too close because we didn't want to frighten the creature. It was a Bog Baby!

Unlike the children in the story we didn't want to pick him up and take him inside. We think a creature is happiest in its natural habitat!

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This week we have been looking at non-fiction texts. We learned about the difference between fiction and non-fiction. We have looked at lots of different texts and the features. Then we had to help Mrs Jones. She was worried that the animals who lived in the school grounds might not have all the things they needed to be happy and safe. We pieced together non-chronological reports about animals and used them to find out information about what the animals ate and where they lived. 
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Once we knew what the animals needed to have in order to be happy and healthy we went outside to check these things were available in the school grounds.  We found evidence of food for each of the animals - fox, hedgehog and squirrel - and lots of places for them to live and hide.  We told Mrs Jones that we thought the animals would be happy at Highfield Hall. Some of us even saw a sleeping hedgehog!

Spring 1

 

 

We began this term in English thinking about different types of words. We looked in detail at verbs. We discovered that these were 'doing' words and that imperative verbs were bossy words. We used lots of imperative verbs to give each other instructions for building fairy tale castles!
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We then took it in turns to use verbs to play Simon Says! We loved using verbs to make our friends do what we said. What a lot of fun words can be!
Our new topic is 'Once upon a time...'  We are looking at traditional tales this term and we began by asking children to think about features of stories they were familiar with. They talked to each other about titles, characters and settings.
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We shared our favourite fairy tales and stories with our friends. We talked about characters, settings and events. We compared them with other fairy tales. We found that lots of fairy tales have things which are similar. We then retold our favourite fairy tales and said why they were our favourites.
We have looked in more detail at the story of Little Red Riding Hood. In our groups, we decided which character we would each play and came up with our own versions, deciding on our own what we would say. We even made puppets and used these to help us. We then acted out our stories in front of an audience. We loved acting out this story, we hope you enjoy watching our films!

A trailer for our new ‘films’...

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And our wonderful films...

 

Little Red Riding Hood

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Little Red Riding Hood

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Little Red Riding Hood

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Little Red Riding Hood

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Little Red Riding Hood

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Spring 2

 

we have been learning about George Stephenson and other important inventors. Our class wanted to learn more about the history of transport. We have made timelines and talked a lot about important developments. We have also used non-fiction fact sheets to find out information so we could make our own non-chronological reports. We have put our work together to create our own eBook!

We have been thinking about rhyming words and poems. We learnt a poem and performed it altogether as a class.

Watch the video below to see us perform Rosemary Rudd by John Foster.

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We have been writing our own riddles. Here are just a few examples...see if you can guess the answers!

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