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.
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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.

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.