Superstar Writers of the Week – Autumn 1 – Week 4 & 5

Wow! What fantastic writers we have in Pearl class!

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Our Week 4 winner is trying so incredibly hard to use his phonics to write down the words that he wants to use. Keep up this amazing work!

Our Week 5 winner is another superstar who is trying amazingly hard to use the correct sounds when he is writing his words.

The adults in Pearl class are so proud of the effort you are both putting in. Keep it up!

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Superstar Writer of the Week

Miss Varley was so impressed with your writing this week. You have tried hard to spell the words correctly that you wanted to use, remembered what happens when a seed turns into a sunflower and there is such a improvement in your handwriting since the beginning of the year. You really deserve this award today! 🙂

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National Poetry Day 2016

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This week, we celebrated National Poetry Day in class and we loved it.

Our favourite poem is called:

Jump or Jiggle by Evelyn Beyer

Frogs jump
Caterpillars hump

Worms wiggle
Bugs jiggle

Rabbits hop
Horses clop

Snakes slide
Sea gulls glide

Mice creep
Deer leap

Puppies bounce
Kittens pounce

Lions stalk
But–I walk!

We worked in groups to learn the poem and then recited back to each other in small groups.

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After that, Miss Varley told us about a very special competition that we could be a part of with Young Writers.

We have to submit a poem that we have written by ourselves about an animal and if we win, we will get published and be part of the Yorkshire and Humberside book.

We can’t wait to see if we are going to be famous!

We have started to write some riddles about animals, remembering to use expanded noun phrases (adjective, adjective noun) and similes (using like or as) to help us to describe the animals, real, wild or imaginary.

Let us know what you think about our riddles in the comment box below.

How you can help your child at home:

  • Read poems with your child.
  • Think of different words that rhyme.
  • Have a go at writing a riddle of your own at home.
  • Put actions of your own to the poem Jump or Jiggle.

World Book Day 2016

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This week, Pearl class have been celebrating World Book Day.

We have been doing lots of great book activities across school to help us to celebrate it.

We have a brand new library and it had its grand opening today. Everyone in the whole school went to visit the library to choose a book that they wanted to take home and share with a grown up at home.

‘I like the picture books the best!’ – Ebony

‘It was so comfy to read a book with my friend, sitting on the cushions.’ – Fatima

‘We can use the library to help us find books to help us with our topic work.’ Moustafa

‘It is ace that we get to take books home from school now’ – Lily May

Pearl class have a favourite book. It is called Sir Scallywag and the Battle of Stinky Bottom by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Korky Paul. We were lucky enough to go and watch a performance of Sir Scallywag in the Autumn term at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield from a company called Music in the Round and Ensemble 360.

‘Sir Scallywag is mighty, Sir Scallywag is bold. It doesn’t seem to matter, he is only 6 years old!’ This is our favourite song and we can still remember it after all this time.

We loved listening to the music and singing along with the songs.

We decided that because Sir Scallywag was our favourite book, that we were going to decorate our classroom door. We all helped to make the door – do you think it looks like the real thing? Someone in our class even came dressed as Sir Scallywag with his Golden Underpants!

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The best bit of World Book Day was that we came to school in our favourite book character costumes. Everyone had lots of brilliant ideas and lots of effort when into making our costumes – there was a prize for the best costume at the end of the day – which one was your favourite?

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As an extra special treat, we had a story teller called Andy Messer come into school and spend some time with us, telling us stories. He was amazing at telling us stories and we loved listening to how he told them.

‘The Monster story was really nice and we really enjoyed it!’ – Harrison

‘We told a story using picture cards and these helped us to know which characters we were’ – Faith G

We think World Book Day is fab! We can’t wait for next year!

What you could do to continue the learning at home:

  1. Share books with your child at home.
  2. Look at a particular author to see what other books that they write. E.g. Julia Donaldson, Giles Andreae, Roald Dahl.
  3. Talk to your child about why they like or dislike a story. Can they give specific reasons for their likes and dislikes?
  4. Take a well-known story and try and change different parts of it to make it different. Can they change the ending of the story? Can they change the characters in the story?