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?
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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.