This week Year 1 became authors. They finished writing their own version of the story ‘Monkey see, Monkey do’. Today Year one had the chance to become story tellers, sharing their stories with nursery and teaching them the actions to the story. Nursery had a great time listening and Year 1 loved sharing their learning
This week I have been working with Year 1 to develop their writing. They have learnt a story using a story map and retold it many times. They have innovated it with extra details and changed some aspects using drama techniques.
We have focussed on ADJECTIVES, ADJECTIVES, ADJECTIVES! We have used adjectives to describe shape, colour and texture.
On Wednesday we started writing the story in full and this continued on Thursday afternoon. I have been fortunate to work with different groups of children to challenge them on specific focuses for their learning . . . . . ensure all writing sits on the line, write descenders under the line (q,y,p and g), join handwriting and don’t forget full stops and capital letters.
The children have shown great focus and concentration to write for over twenty five minutes at a time. Ask them to read you their stories.
Year 5 started a new Literacy topic this morning: they are going to write their own funny version of a well known traditional tale. We started by using clues to discuss what we knew about traditional tales. We were looking for similarities and found that many traditional tales had things in common. This meant that it took a while to work out exactly which story the clues were about. We are also going to learn one story by heart. Can you work out what story it is using the story map?
Every Thursday the children in EYFS prepare a healthy snack for others. Today’s snack was toasted crumpets with a choice of toppings.
- Menus written to include all the topping options (yogurt, cream cheese, cucumber, tomatoes, raspberries and strawberries)
- The children prepared all the toppings
3. An orderly queue is formed!
4. Each child counts 5 pennies to pay for their snack
5. Crumpets are toasted (by the children)
6. Children add their toppings of choice
7. The crumpets are enjoyed in the sunshine
Two children in Reception decided to create a sign to advertise the snack shack and detail todays offerings and costs.
In Nursery the children work daily to develop their gross (shoulders and core), mid (elbows) and fine (fingers and hands) muscles. This builds the core strength needed for writing.
This is having a significant impact on learning as all children have secured a good pencil grip and can draw fine details and shapes. They are starting to learn phonemes (sounds) and how to write these with the corresponding letter.
Nursery have been learning the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Using oral story telling they have learnt the story by heart and act it out with actions.
This week we had goats come to visit. The children had opportunities to feed the goats and stroke them. They have used the photos from this week to create an information poster. Did you know goats have four stomachs and only one row of teeth?
Within our PE session the children took on the role of both the goat and the troll. They began by exploring under the equipment like the troll who sits under the bridge. They then took on the role of the goats and trip-trapped over the bridge. At some points there was a troll and a goat, “Who’s that trip-trapping over my bridge?”
Year 5 invented their own aliens designing them to perfectly suit a particular planet. They then wrote about their first encounter with their alien. They should be so proud of the writing they have produced. They have used beautiful language and worked hard to include the cohesive elements we have focussed on.
To finish off their piece of alien writing, Year 5 voted on their favourite alien and piece of writing. The winning alien will feature in our next piece of writing.
Last Friday Nursery had an opportunity to explore mark making on a large scale (a very large scale!). Often we talk about size as an abstract concept and it is vital young children explore the differences for real. The children could run up and down as they made marks or choice to focus on a smaller area.
The hall floor was covered in very long strips of paper. The paper was different colours and textures and the children had to decide whether to use crayons, pens and florescent pencils.
Today in literacy, Year 1 used their knowledge of ‘bossy’ (imperative) verbs and time conjunctions to write instructions collaboratively. They instructed Miss Crowley step-by-step to make a yummy jam sandwich!
Once they had their instructions, they then went off in partners to follow them and create their own jam sandwich to share- delicious!
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.”