To start this topic we to chose to look at Julia Donaldson. We spent our first lesson reading a variety of her books and seeing if we could identify her style of writing.
The children loved reading the books to each other.
We found that Julia Donaldson's style of writing has many factors but they noticed that her books have:
We looked closely at the "Smartest Giant in Town" so we could really break down the learning/message from the story.
We re-read "A squash and a squeeze" and practised being an author. Throughout the week we have written our own version of the book. Trying to add in an exclamation mark for effect where we can.
We have started looking at poetry as part of our "Authors" topic. As we discovered that most of the authors we were looking at had in fact written poetry. We looked at poems by Julia Donaldson, Roald Dahl and then we discovered Micheal Rosen. Who is indeed a talented Author and poet. We looked at the features of his book/poem "We're going on a bear hunt" and we watched him perform it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gyI6ykDwds) . This inspired us to make our own version. Copying his style of performing.
We have been looking at poems like "Ning Nang Nong" by Spike Milligan. These poems are imaginative, silly poems that rely on the poet being able to use rhyming couplets.
For this activity we made cards with random names on (a proper nouns), other cards with a verbs on, a last selection of cards with regular nouns on (objects). The children then chose a card from each pile to make a silly sentence. They then had to make a new sentence to go with it to make it a rhyming couplet.
The children had great fun making silly poems, they chose their favourite for to perform to the class.