Instructions to wash our hands!
We completed an experiment based on washing our hands. We wrote our instructions and talked about why it is so important to wash our hands. We put a hand print on a piece of bread and put it into a air tight bag. We then watched as the mould from the germs on our hands grew on the bread! Now we know why it is so important to wash our hands before eating!
Today, we realised why it is important to make sure your instructions are in the right order! We had some jumbled up instructions to make a paper aeroplane. We had to work out which steps to follow in order to make our aeroplanes for a race!
We have been learning about writing instructions in preparation for writing our own Dragon Training instructions! We learnt how instructions must be in order so they can be understood and followed. We worked in pairs to order instructions for brushing our teeth!
Today we used a story mountain to plan our story of The Way Back Home. We decided on different sentences that we might use at different points throughout the story.
Story Mapping of The Way Back Home
Today, we started to prepare for our story writing of The Way Back Home by sequencing the story. Some of us created a story map by drawing pictures to represent different parts of the story. The discussion on the tables was fantastic and great to see such super teamwork!
The Way Back Home
This week, we have been looking at the story of The Way Back Home. We have loved learning about the Small Boy's latest adventure since the Penguin! We hot seated the Small Boy today to discover his worst fear from the noises he heard on the moon! Then we drew and wrote about what we thought he was seeing in the pitch, black darkness! Scary!
Endless Ocean Adventure Stories!
We've used padlet this week to help us to gather ideas from known adventure stories. We looked at how the stories opened, ended, settings, characters and key words/phrases!
Endless Ocean Acrostic Poem
Today one of the groups used the language that they generated yesterday to write a Under the Sea Acrostic poem linked to the Wii game. Check it out and have a listen to it below!
This week in Literacy, we have been using the Wii game Endless Ocean to help us with our writing! We have had a little play on the game and each group will get to have a go as the week goes on! It's very exciting when we find a new location or a new fish! We even found a medal on the ocean floor!
Sycamore's Chocolate Factory!
This week, we have built our very own rooms for Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory! Today, we planned, drafted and edited our own writing to describe the room of the factory.
Willy Wonka Factory Descriptions!
This week, we have been looking at writing outstanding setting descriptions. We were given a picture of one of the rooms from inside the factory and we had to describe it well enough for our partner to draw in detail! This was very tricky!
Stay tuned for our descriptions of our very own rooms for the factory!
Adverbial Story Openers
Today we looked at how Roald Dahl opens his stories with different types of adverbials. We had to sort them into whether they described a setting, person or used dialogue. Every group had a different idea which column some of the openers went, but could justify every decision made! Lovely discussions were had by every group!
World Book Day
Thursday 3rd March was World Book Day! Sycamore really entered into the spirit of the day and all came as Roald Dahl characters! We had a fantastic day going around each class and completing different activities linked to different Roald Dahl stories.
Trip to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
On Wednesday, Sycamore and Oak Year 3s went to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in London! We absolutely loved the musical and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience! When we were on the journey home, we stopped off for a McDonalds Happy Meal! When we returned to school, Miss Read was so surprised to receive an email from a member of the public, commenting on the children's behaviour! Very proud of every single one of them!
Insect Character Descriptions!
Today we have reached the part in the story where James enters the peach! We met all of the insect characters and made our own videos to describe each character!
Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker!
Today, we started to look at a new Roald Dahl story...James and the Giant Peach. We used Wordcloud and Skitch to help us to describe Aunt Sponge and Spiker!
We've been looking at embedded clauses to describe the characters of Mr and Mrs Twit. We switched these around this week by looking at Fronted Adverbials. We then discussed how we could move this subordinate clause to different parts of the sentence and thought about whether the meaning of the sentence changed depending on the position of it in the sentence.
The Twits - Dialogue.
To start our topic of play scripts, we've started by looking at dialogue and speech punctuation. We have been looking at some of the conversations Mr and Mrs Twit have and making sure we put the speech marks in the right place. Miss Read made us a video to help us to remember!
The Twits Revolting Menu
Today, we made the Twits a disgusting menu, just like their wormy spaghetti trick! We had lots of different food and we had to compare our food items to something revolting! What do you think we decided these foods were like? Rice - like - maggots? Kiwis - like - animal droppings?
Today, we read the chapter of The Twits about Mrs Twit. We found out how she became an ugly lady through having ugly thoughts. We created our own Good Thoughts Poems to make us have happy thoughts!
My Anti-Twit Good Thoughts Poem
Seeing a colourful, bright rainbow when I get home from school.
When I play with my dog, he barks with joy.
I sleep on the sofa and my cats keep me company.
Duvet days are great because you get to relax.
At home I smell Pepperoni pizza cooking in the oven.
Hot, sunny holidays visiting waterparks, with hours of fun going down the slides.
I love baking with my Mum, marvelous, magnificent muffins.
My Anti-Twit Good Thoughts Poem
It makes me happy when I get soft, fluffy cuddles.
My friends make me mile as big as a light bulb.
When I am celebrating my birthday with family makes me burst with happiness.
Sharing memories with my tall, funny big brother.
When I play in the garden with my friends on a hot, sunny day.
I am very happy when I cuddle my toy rabbit, which has an orange t-shirt, because it makes me feel safe.
Going on holiday to the seaside where it is really fresh and spending time with family.
Building sandcastles and eating ice cream.
I am happy as a colourful rainbow when I eat meatballs for my dinner and it goes all around my mouth.
Going to Harry Potter World, which will be magical and exciting.
This week, we will be getting to know the characters of the Twits more! We have looked at Mr Twit today and we made word clouds of adjectives all about his dirty beard!
This week, we have been looking at persuasive writing. We have written letters to persuade someone of our opinions. We were given an argument and we had to decide on our strong reasons for this opinion, think about rhetorical questions and specific language to persuade someone of our point of view!
We wrote some fabulous letters in reply to Matilda!
Check out some of our work below...
Matilda Letter Writing
Today, we had a lovely surprise...a letter from Matilda! She told us all about her school and the dreaded Miss Trunchball. She asked us lots of questions so we decided to write her a letter back to explain that not all schools are like hers! Here are some of our ideas! Stay tuned for our full letters at the end of the week!
This week, we have been looking at writing exciting openers to our stories! Have a listen to our opening sentences for a Temple Run story!
This week, we are using the John Lewis Christmas advert to help us with our Literacy learning. We have explored the character's feelings within the story and worked on using a variety of openers for our sentences. At the end of the week, we are going to enter the Age UK competition by writing about an older person that is special to us. Keep checking for an update on our writing!
Man on the Moon Letter Writing
Sycamore had a surprise today when they came into the classroom...an arrow hanging from the ceiling. We were all very confused! When we had a look at it more closely, we discovered a letter from Lucy...the girl from the advert! We wrote a reply to Lucy as the man on the moon! Listen to the videos below for some of our ideas!