Explore Learning Workshop

Today we found out that we had a surprise in Literacy this morning. Beth and Emily from Explore Learning came to run a session for us all about Pirates.

We all were given a special booklet to complete throughout the session.

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We played lots of fun games like noun bingo, awesome adjectives and creating noun phrases to describe what we could see, hear and smell if we were at sea.

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We had a brilliant time today and it was fun to do something with our friends.

Superstar of the session was Tiana and Bobby won the award for being a team player and helping out his friends if they were stuck.

Certificates will be winging their way to you soon!

Look out for a letter coming home tonight to explain more about the session and further details if you would like to find out more about Explore Learning.

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.