Welcome to the English page.
I hope you will visit this page once per half term, as examples of ‘good’ writing will be uploaded for you to read and enjoy. The aim is to include writing from every year group. It should be evident how your children progress in the many complex areas of writing: from using the cursive script to joining neatly; from writing in simple sentences to using more complex sentence structures; from using basic language to including well-chosen and appropriate language; from writing a single sentence to writing in paragraphs that are cohesive and hopefully throughout you will gain a sense of the way their creativity is being nurtured and encouraged.
World Book Day:
At Monkfrith, we celebrated World Book Day on Fri 9th Mar. The Children were given the ‘theme’ of dressing as a character from a traditional story. We joined together in our ‘Celebration Assembly’ and were able to see who chose who.
Karen McCombie shared her story as well as her books with the children from 3P, Year 4 and Year 5. She has written a great many books and was promoting her current series set in a school – “St Grizzles”. Some children took the opportunity to purchase a signed copy, with a further chance for those who missed out.
100Million Minutes Reading Challenge:
‘Achievement for All’ is a charity that is concerned with ensuring all children have access to and can read on a daily basis. The aim is to raise both awareness and funds to ensure that those living in disadvantaged communities are supported – 10 minutes of reading per day can make a huge impact on a child’s development.
Time will be allocated in class in a bid to notch up those vital minutes and in turn our position on the leaderboard. We will be following our ranking closely and attempting to rise up the league table.
SPRING 1 WRITING
In a bid to get up close to animals with Paws, Claws and Whiskers, the children were extremely fortunate to meet Safari Pete. It was a fabulous start to the new topic, which really fired up the children and gave them something very exciting to write about. It was important to punctuate their writing correctly and to show the passage of time. Where possible the children used topic related vocabulary and adjectives to describe.
The children wrote a short story about their scientest’s big mistake. They had to show an ability to plan and write a story with a beginning, build up, problem, resolution and end. As well as maintaining a consistent tense throughout, the children were also expected to use commas in a list; apostrophes for possession and contraction, where appropriate.
The children received a visit from the surgeon Dr Alice Lacey. A talk about the digestive system was delivered and it was accompanied by some very detailed images. In addition to this Dr Lacey gave the children some general information about her role. Following this the children wrote to her in order to show their appreciation for her visit and the knowledge imparted – the expectation was that they would follow the conventions for the layout of a letter and adopt an appropriate tone. In addition to this the letter needed to be paragraphed and include topic-related vocabulary.
The book Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz, was read and shared by the class. The techniques employed by the author were unpicked, discussed and trialled. The children were then encouraged to plan and create their own spy adventure story, incorporating some of the techniques used by Anthony Horowitz. The skill of editing was very important in the process.
As part of the topic on Charles Darwin, the idea of inheritance and what makes people who they are has been explored. Returning from a visit to the Royal Institute, to extract their DNA, the children discussed and recorded their experiences. The focus was to write a chronological report of the event (taking into account their own thoughts and observations) using passive voice and modal verbs of possibility.
SHARING THE JOY OF READING:
This Tues 5th Dec, the children in Monkfrith spent time with a friend from another year group. The purpose was to read to each other, ask and answer questions and simply enjoy the experience of sharing a book. The atmosphere in each and every class was one of pure pleasure and engagement. The children really enjoyed the experience, so much so that we will now make this a termly event and change the ‘friends’ that they spend time with.
AUTUMN 2 WRITING
Within the Moon Zoom topic, Year 1 have enjoyed the fictional story of Beegu – a little alien who crash lands on Earth. The children shared the story; they used drama as a whole class and as small groups; the story was ordered pictorially and then they drew out their all-important story map. Using their maps and modelling from the class teacher the children broke their map into a beginning, middle and end. The focus was again on using capital letters and full stops to create sentences that made sense.
As part of the topic “Land Ahoy”, the children in Year 2 have been reading “The Pirate Cruncher” by Jonny Duddle. Year 2 used the structure of this story to write their very own. Each child thought about a different problem that could occur on a pirate’s search for treasure, on the Seven Seas, and wrote new endings for the original story. The children were encouraged to apply their recent learning about adjectives, conjunctions and apostrophes for possession.
The children have written an adventure set in the Blue Lagoon. They needed to plan their writing carefully, using a given writing frame. It was important for the children name their characters; choose appropriate adjectives; use time connectives to move the adventure on and to punctuate their writing accurately.
This term the children have been learning about Heroes and Villains. Much of the work was set in an historic context of the real life villains – Bonnie and Clyde. As their lives were so interesting the children were really inspired to learn and retain a great many facts. The topic also lent itself to exploring the idea of actions and consequences. The children were then inspired to create their very own bank robbery stories. There was an expectation that the children would use speech both for effect and moving the story forward, as well as choosing appropriate adverbs.
We focussed on detailed descriptions and using our senses to create atmosphere when describing a haunted house. The children imagined themselves walking through the front door in a dream-like state and describing the events and scenes that unfolded before them.The lesson focus was on extended sentences, dramatic language and organising paragraphs.
With the brand new topic the children embarked upon carrying out research, as it is mainly science based. They chose one of the eight planets in the solar system that appealed to them most. Whilst making notes, the children were expected to organise their ideas into relevant topic areas. They then wrote up their non chronological reports. The focus was on the organisation of their paragraphs and the extension of sentences, as well as the important research of information.
This half term we have been looking at explorers in our topic ‘Frozen Kingdom’. The children have been learning about Robert Falcon Scott’s failed attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole. Through drama and discussion, they have been able to imagine life in Antarctica and the disappointment Scott and his team felt in realising they had failed in their ultimate goal. After the children mind-mapped emotive words and phrases, they wrote diary entries to show how Scott may have felt during the last hours of his life in that Frozen Kingdom.
Thank you so much to all the children and parents who made purchases from the Book Fair – the school has earned commission and this will be put towards books for the ‘Outside Reading Boxes’.
AUTUMN 1 WRITING
The children in this year group have been working under the topic title of Dinosaur Planet. As well as finding out lots of factual information they were introduced to the book ‘Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs’. Lots of writing opportunities sprang up, with a huge focus on writing where every sentence started with a capital letter and ended with a full stop. Below are character profiles.
The children have been learning all about mini beasts and have created new ‘superbugs’. These ‘superbugs’ combine the features and characteristics of regular mini beasts that you may well recognise. All this information has been put together following the conventions of a non fiction piece of report writing. The children should be punctuating with capital letters and full stops, as well as setting their work out correctly and using sub headings to inform their readers.
The children have been researching mini beasts. This information has then been compiled in a report and has also been transferred to a leaflet, using ComicLife. The children were expected to use more complex language and understand the meanings of more challenging vocabulary. The focus for punctuation was to use the apostrophe for possession; to use commas to demarcate clauses and to use adverbs as a sentence starter.
The children have been creating their own magic potions and have worked on a variety of different abilities that their characters may gain after consuming some. They took time to plan and wrote in sections -giving time to edit their first half. There was an expectation that they would use capital letters and punctuate each sentence; as well as writing consistently in the past tense and use third person.
‘Off with her Head’ is a topic which has lent itself to non-fiction writing. After carrying out research the children were expected to write a biography based on the life of Henry VIII. The work was written in the past tense and was expected to be written in chronological order within each section. The children were encouraged to use conjunctions and relative clauses, to add further information.
Following the viewing of a short film and some analysis of film reviews, the children were set the task of completing their own review. They needed to be succinct but cover all aspects of the film viewed, as well as giving their opinion and backing this up with evidence. The children had to set their writing out correctly and punctuate effectively.
Writing Competition 2nd Oct 2017
KS1 Little Riddlers 20th Oct 2017
Tamsyn Murray made a second visit to our school on Tues 12th Sept. Once again she held the attention of the children, but this time her audience was KS2. It was an opportunity for the children to be introduced to her ‘Tanglewood’ series and this experience culminated in book signings.
SUMMER 2 (2017) WRITING
For the final half term I am simply uploading some writing from KS1 and KS2 for you to enjoy. I will not indicate the years groups, but perhaps from the work that has appeared already you may wish to try and work it out. The samples are well punctuated, neatly presented and are mainly consistent in both person and tense.