Writing Fantasy Stories

In Literacy, we have been writing our own fantasy stories to include a dragon.

First we planned our stories using story maps or story planners to make sure that we had a clear beginning, middle and ending to our stories.

Then we started to write our dragon stories. We made sure that we included expanded noun phrases and similes in our stories to add detail for the reader. we have really enjoyed writing the stories and we hope that you enjoy reading them too.

Once we had finished, we had a go at self and peer assessing our stories with our friends to make sure that we had included everything on the checklist. We know that sometimes we have things that we need to work towards and we can make sure we try to do these things next time.

What could do at home to support your child:

  1. Read fantasy stories that include dragons to help build up your child’s imagination.
  2. Plan a simple fantasy story with a beginning, middle and an ending.
  3. Talk through the plan with your child so they have a clear understanding of how the story flows.
  4. Let your child write their story. Remind your child to use their phonics when they are sounding out and spelling words.
  5. Then go through the story with your child, finding two things about their story that you like and then suggest one way in which they could improve it.
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The Great Fire of London

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In History this half term, we have started to learn about the Great Fire of London but we don’t know much about it yet.

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Can you help us by commenting on this post if you have any information or facts that you think that we will find useful?

Here are some questions that you could help us to answer.

  • Where did it start?
  • When did it start?
  • How long did it last?
  • How did the fire spread?
  • How did people escape from the fire?
  • What happened after the fire?
  • Which buildings got damaged in the fire?
  • Was anyone hurt in the fire?
  • Who is Samuel Pepys and why is he important?
  • Were there fire fighters to help put out the fire?

We hope to find out some answers soon.

What you could do at home to support your child…

  1. Use the internet to find out facts about the Great Fire of London.
  2. Comment on the post with any facts you have found out.
  3. Visit the library to find information books about the Great Fire of London.
  4. Share these facts with your child.

 

Here Be Dragons…

This week, we have been learning about dragons in Literacy. We have read the stories The Dragon Machine and George and the Dragon to help us with our Literacy work.

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We have been using adjectives to help us make noun and expanded noun phrases to describe the dragons.

These were some of the suggestions made by the children:

mean, ugly dragon’, ‘terrifying, scary dragon’, ‘fierce, vicious dragon’

We also looked at how to use similes to add more description to our writing.

‘The dragon had breath as hot as a volcano’s fire

‘His claws were as sharp as razor blades

‘He could fly as high as the mountains and as low as the ground

We made our own small world play so we could retell the stories in our own words.

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Then we looked at dragons in our independent learning and we found out it was Chinese New Year but it was when we were on our February holidays. So we decided that we would celebrate it this week instead.

We read the story of the Zodiac. Each year is named after an animal who won in the race. This year is Year of the Monkey! We found out that we were born in the Year of the Rat or Year of the Ox.

We made dragon masks in our independent learning time and added decorations to them.

On Friday, we had a massive celebration for Chinese New Year and we had a Chinese New Year banquet with all of our friends, before we went to the hall so we could perform our Dragon dance. We had so much fun.

What you could do at home?

  1. Use the Internet to look at other customs that take place in Chinese New Year.
  2. Visit the library to find story books to read about dragons.
  3. Use adjectives to describe different objects around your home.

Books at Bedtime

In FS and KS1, we have been celebrating books at bedtime. Every day for 3 weeks, we have been reading a bedtime story with our adults at home. We love reading with our adults at home!.

‘Reading books at bedtime will help us to get better at reading.’ Faith

‘Books are brilliant to read at bedtime.’ Lily May

‘Reading books gives us a better imagination for when we are at school.’ Lewis

Each week, we would bring back our cards to say which books we had read that week and then someone would get chosen at random to win a prize. At the end of 3 weeks, a grand prize winner was chosen from every class.

We had a pyjama day to celebrate the end of the books at bedtime competition and we got to come to school in our pyjamas and bring a special book and teddy to school with us. We had a special assembly where we could share our special books with our friends. Even out teddies enjoyed listening to the stories.

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What you could do to support your child at home:

1. Sharing stories with your child is so important. Find a quiet space away any distractions and read your child’s favourite book to them.

2. Visit the library and borrow books free of charge.

3. Retell your child’s favourite story in a variety of ways – using puppets, just using the pictures, using different voices for each character.

Internet Safety Day 2016

In Pearl class, we have been learning how to stay safe on the Internet.

We have all signed our acceptable use policy in which we know how to use the iPads and the laptops safely as well as knowing how to press Hector the Protector or finding an adult straight away if we see something on the screen that we shouldn’t do.

We have linked this to our Literacy this week and read the story of PenguinPig by Stuart Spendlow.

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It is about a little girl who finds a creature on the Internet called a ‘penguinpig’ at the zoo and she wants to know more about it. She leaves her house without telling her mum or her dad where she is going but gets a terrible surprise when she gets to the zoo.

Click the link here to visit the PenguinPig website. The story can also be downloaded onto an iPad.

Pearl class were able to say what the underlying message was from the story.

  1. Think before you click.
  2. Not everyone online is who they say they are and sometimes they play horrible tricks on other people.
  3. Always tell a grown up if you see something that you are unsure about.

We had a go at drawing our own penguinpig before we made up our own made up creature. What two creatures would you put together?

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What could you do to support your child at home:

  1. Talk to your child about how to use an iPad or a laptop safely at home.
  2. Create your own imaginary animal and use adjectives and noun phrases to describe the animal.
  3. Make sure that your child knows what to do if they see something online that they shouldn’t do.