In English we look at a variety of fiction and non-fiction text types. We love retelling stories using actions to help us remember the sequence. We work hard to add lots of description to our writing and to make sure that we keep the attention of the reader. When looking at non-fiction texts we enjoy learning about the tools a writer uses and trying them out for ourselves.
During our Guided Reading time we do a range of different activities to improve our skills. We read with the teacher, review our favourite books, investigate texts and read in the book corner.
We use drama to explore the characters in stories and to think about their thoughts and feelings. We use our voice and actions for effect and talk about how we would react in a range of different situations.
This half-term, the children will begin with a literacy unit on stories set in modern-day settings. The aim of this unit is to encourage the children’s love of story writing whilst focusing on the development of several key skills. These skills include use of accurate speech punctuation, a wider variety of connectives and adverbial sentence openers.
The second unit which the children will explore is persuasive writing. This will link with their topic work on Fairgrounds. The children will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge as they advance in their understanding of the features of an advert (including the use of rhetorical questions, groups of three and combining facts and opinions).
Following our class trip, the children will also be writing a report detailing their experiences at a real-life fairground.