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.
Thank you so much to all the children and parents who have already made purchases from the Book Fair – the school will earn 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.