This week, in Reading, Year 5 have been exploring their texts for clues about the setting. Today, they used all the clues they had discovered to draw their own versions of the setting using charcoals.
On Friday, Year 3 and Year 4 were lucky enough to have some story-telling visitors from Year 8 in The Reach Free School. The Year 8 children had written and illustrated their own stories and came to share them with the children in our school. It was wonderful to see how engaged all of the children were. Year 3 and Year 4 loved the experience.
“It has inspired us to use our imagination more.”
“I spotted that they were “showing” not “telling” in their stories.”
“They were so active. They did more than just read the book. They were so enthusiastic.”
“It was fun to talk to new people who we don’t learn with all the time.”
“I loved how descriptive they were. Their language was quite powerful.”
Year 5 started exploring this poem today in Literacy. They are going to use it as a base to create their own poems. Today, they answered both literal and inferential questions to understand the text. Can you remember what these two words mean in Reading?
Today was Nurseries second visit to the Yr3 classroom. The Yr3 children welcomed their reading partner and read a book to them. It was wonderful to see questions being asked and discussions around what was happening in the illustrations as well as one pair acting out what was happening on each page!
After reading, a range of activities continued in the Nursery reading journals. Children wrote lists of the favourite words and characters, others copied illustrations and one pair began to think about creating a story map. Nursery are looking forward to next week.
Today we had the pleasure of having 4 children from Year 4 sharing in our learning. The Year 4 children helped us with our phonics and our learning outside. This afternoon they helped Reception children create a ‘friend den’ outside. Then they played hangman with the children using sounds that they had learnt in phonics. It was a delight to have them with us today and they are welcome to return!
In Reception we are getting better and better at blending sounds together to help us read words. Today Fred helped us by jumping on the sounds he wanted us to say. It really helped us when he got faster at jumping and we said the word very loudly.
This morning Nursery selected some of their favourite stories we have read over the year. These books are from our core book box and the children hear them read again and again and again. When we read them as a whole class the children join in, adding expression and rhythm.
Today the children selected a favourite and read it to a friend or themselves. It was wonderful to hear them become such fantastic story tellers.
It was wonderful to welcome so many EYFS families at school today to enjoy the story of Little Red Riding Hood.
The children impressed us with their articulation of story lines and singing. It has had such a positive impact upon classroom learning as children have been retelling the story, making books and describing characters.
This week Nursery have been creating their own stories based on our book of the week – Oi Frog. After creating books Nursery read their stories to Reception.
Reception challenged us with tricky questions about our books!