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Writing a poem

Following on from performing and planning our poem, today the children wrote their own using adventurous vocabulary. We had some amazing work! Take a look!

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Performing Poetry

In preparation for writing their own poems, the children began the week by identify key features of a poem. They they looked at the poem 'Flanders Fields'. The children used their performing skills to act out the poem. Once again the children were amazing! Following on from this the children wrote their own poems about World War two! Brilliant work Y3/4B!

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Dialogue 

This week the children have been using and expanding their knowledge of dialogue. During the week the children used their skills to perform a scene out of our class novel, recreating a conversation between the two main characters. Following on from this the children then went on to write a dialogue between the two characters, following the rules for speech and using some characterisation to make their wring more interesting! We have some brilliant actors and actresses in our class!

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Informal letters

Using our class novel 'Where the Poppies Now Grow', the children have been writing an informal letter from one of the main characters Ben to his friend Ray. Most children were able to confidently include all of the relevant features of an informal letter to ensure they are working towards their end of year targets. The children were able to include their text organisation targets, making sure their work was appropriately laid out and organised into paragraphs. Take a look at some of our letters! 

 

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Hot seating

This week in English we have been practising our speaking and listening skills. The children took part in hot seating to help them with their diary entry the following day. The children were able to ask a range of questions about how Tranio felt on the day of the eruption in Pompeii. Enjoy looking through the pictures.  

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Information text

 

This week in English, the children have been identifying features of an information text before writing their own. The children were able to identify the following features; headings, subheadings, captions, illustrations, diagrams and many more! Following on from this lesson, the children then wrote their own information text based on Pompeii. I was very impressed by the standard of writing. Well done Year 3/4B! 

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Writing a setting description

This week the children have been focusing on their sentence types to try make their writing engaging for the reader.  The children wrote setting descriptions based on our class novel Escape to Pompeii. The children incorporated expanded noun phrases and complex sentences into their description as well as their age related targets. Keep up the good work year 3/4B! Have a look at some of our setting descriptions.

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Instructions

During the first week back after the Christmas holidays, the children were given the task of writing a set of instructions for building a Snowman and dog. The children all tried really hard to incorporate their writing targets into their work and managed to produce some amazing instructions!

Persuasion 

 

This week in English, we watched the John Lewis advert 'Moz the Monster' and discussed how we could persuade him to come out from under the bed. Before the children wrote a letter to Moz, they participated in some role play. The children were brilliant at acting and most managed to get Moz to come out from under the bed.

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Play scripts 

This week in English the children have been identifying the features of a play script. They were able to identify several features including; stage directions, title, setting the scene, cast list and many more. Following on from this, the children then produced their own play script based on our class novel. Hope you enjoy reading some of them. 

 

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Diary entries

This week the children have been focusing on the past tense and how to incorporate into their writing. To achieve their targets the children had to write a Diary entry in the first person, as though they were Bernard, the bottomless robot. The children included expanded noun phrases, prepositions and fronted adverbials in their work. Have a look at some of our work!

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Writing a flashback

This week in English the children have been writing a flashback about an event that occurred in our class novel No-bot the robot. The children needed to include singular and plural apostrophes as  part of the year 3/4 targets, something which the children incorporated well. Some of the children also needed to include sentences using a fronted adverbial with a comma, again the children tried very hard and they all produced a brilliant piece of work!

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Writing a dilemma

In English this week, the children have been looking at our new class novel for this half term which is No-Bot the Robot. The children have read the novel and have really enjoyed exploring different aspects of the story. During the week, the children have written about a dilemma that occurred in the novel whilst focusing on a range of sentence types and sentence openers. The children tried very hard to incorporate their targets into their written work! 

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Newspaper Articles 

 

This week we have been looking at newspaper articles and identifying the most important features. Following on from this, when we came into school on Wednesday we were shocked to see the devastating scene that was left behind after a robot had broken into our classroom. The children watched some CCTV footage and then wrote a newspaper report based on the findings. Have a look at some of our fantastic newspaper reports and please help us to find the robot! 

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Inference Skills

 

This week in English we have been using our inference skills. We had a surprise delivery in class from the 'farmers' asking us to find out who the next character was in The Iron Man story. Each group were given either a box of objects or some quotes which they then had to use to justify their reasons as to who they thought the character might be. Following on from this lesson, the children then wrote some fantastic 'show not tell' character descriptions using indirect characterisation. I was blown away!!

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Dialogues

 

During his week, the children have been writing some fantastic dialogues based on the Iron Man. They have been ensuring they include all their OSCs including; inverted commas, new line, new speaker and punctuating their speech correctly. I was hooked reading them! 

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Performing poetry

 

The children have enjoyed reading our class novel, The Iron Man. Today was an opportunity for them to perform actions to the poem. 

 

The Coming of the Iron Man

The Iron Man stood on the brink of the cliff
Tall as a house, all rigid and stiff.


His great iron head turned left then right
As he stood on the cliff in the dark of night.
His headlamp eyes searched far and wide.
His iron ears listened to the swell of the tide.

Where he had come from, no-one knows
But there on the cliff where the seagulls rose,
The Iron Man stood with the wind in his face.
Then he lifted a foot and stepped out into space.

Crashing...crashing...thrown about
Till his legs fell off and his eyes fell out.

Scattered and battered his body parts lay
Then silence, silence, till break of day.

Then an eye and a hand in a seagull's nest
Moved together to find the rest.
A headlamp eye and a crablike hand
Moving together over the sand.

Bit by bit each piece was found
Till the Iron Man stood and looked around.
But still he strode and searched the beach
For an ear that was lost and out of reach.

Was it the sea that had stolen his ear?
For the Iron Man turned and showing no fear
He walked in the sea deeper and deeper,
Though the water rose where the shore grew steeper.

His eyes blazed red and his eyes blazed green
Then the Iron Man could no more be seen.

by Brenda Williams

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