Spring 2 - The Matchbox diary
Our story this half term is a heart warming tale about immigration.
When a little girl visits her great-grandfather, she asks him about his matchbox collection. Each matchbox contains a special item that has great meaning to her great-grandfather, although they may not look special to us. The items tell of his journey from Italy to a new country, before he could read or write.
We are really looking forward to exploring this text in class.
We have been using our inference skills in class today to imagine what the characters in the story may be thinking as they arrive at New York.
The little boy (now the grandad in the story), his sisters and his mother have been travelling on the ship for 19 days. A trip that would take 5 hours on an aeroplane today! There was also a storm when they were at sea!
We sorted sentences into four different sentence types - questions, statements, commands and exclamations. We then used these ideas to create a talking tableaux.
After using these ideas we created our own sentences for the characters in the image.
Our class book for this half term is Cinnamon by Neil Caiman. This book is a fabulous story which explores the difficulties faced by a blind Indian princess.
We used our senses to explore items in feely bags before trying to describe the items to the rest of our table through actions! We all found the task quite tricky and there were lots of funny guesses!
We worked with a partner to write our own limericks about characters in the story. We used rhyming dictionaries to help you think of rhymes. Take a look at some of them below 🐅🦜👩🏽
Guided Reading - Autumn
This term we are looking at a poetry anthology written by our Author of the term, Robert Mcfarlane.
This book contains poems about different animals native to the UK. We will be completing different activities to help us understand the poems and engaging in group discussions.
Autumn 2 - The Tin Forest
Our first book for this half term is The Tin Forest by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson.
We worked within table groups to write descriptive sentences using adjectives.
Wishes for the lonely, old man
This week we have been writing in role as the character in the book. The man in the book lives in a windswept area and is very lonely. He built a tin forest by recycling the rubbish that had been dumped in the area. One day a real toucan came to his tin forest but sadly left again.
‘That night, by moonlight, he made a wish….’
Take a look at the wishes we wrote in role:
Class Litter pick - 10th November
The tin forest is all about recycling and looking after you local environment . We decided that it would be a good idea to have a litter pick within our village so we could see if litter was an issue. Sadly we found lots of rubbish in the village, with majority of the rubbish found in the Playpark.
Next week we will be writing a piece of persuasive writing to encourage residents to look after the village of Oughterside. You might even spot some of our writing in to the next Parish Council Newsletter!
Celebrating Black History Month - 19th October 2023
Crummock class produced worked with a partner to create fantastic information sheets about John Kent. John Kent was the first black police man in Britain. He started his career as a watchman in Maryport in 1835 before joining Carlisle City Police in 1837.
Crummock class worked in small teams to organise a performance of a few lines from Snow by Walter de la Mare. Each team ensured everyone was included and it was fantastic to hear them considering one another’s ideas. They performed in-front of their peers.
Autumn 1 Handwriting Competition
It was extremely difficult to chose our winner this half term. All of our pupils have worked so hard to improve their handwriting this half term and I wish I could have made everyone a winner!
Autumn 1 - The Varmints
Our first book for this half term is The Varmints. We have already started exploring the book, using adjectives and personification to describe the contracting scenes. We have also produced some artwork linked to the book. Keep an eye on this page for updates and work examples.
Changes Poem - 27th September
We have been exploring different figurative devices in class this week such as similes, metaphors and even personification. As the book Varmints is all about change, we decided to write our our poem about change using figurative language. Take a look at the examples below.
Summer 2 - The story of Tutankhamun
Our book this half term links with our history topic of Egyptians.
Researching for our Egyptian Report
Our first book this half term is ‘Pride’. This is the very first picture book about the remarkable and inspiring story of the Gay Pride Flag! During the text we will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today's world.
Spring 2 - Cloud Tea Monkeys by Mal Pete and Elspeth Graham
This half term we are reading Cloud Tea Monkeys. The book tells the story of Tashi who lives in India. When her mother falls ill, she has to take on her mothers job and pick tea to pay for the doctor. It gives a great insight into life in other parts of the world.
On our first day back in school, Crummock class had been taken over by Miss Teacup! She thought that the class had turned up for her tea tasting apprenticeship workshop so everyone tried four different herbal teas. We used our sense of smell and taste to try and find out the flavours of each tea. We also wrote some descriptions to help Miss Teacup advise customers about the different teas that she sold in her shop.
This half term we have enjoyed reading a book called The Mermaid of Zennor. We found out that the book was based on a Cornish folklore from the town of Zennor. A boy had gone missing in the town and was believed to have gone to live with the mermaids!
We decided to research the town of Zennor and created our own persuasive leaflets using the Ipads. Have a read and see if they persuade you to visit!
Look at our fantastic handwriting! Miss Warwick found it really difficult to choose our class winner this half term but eventually decided to choose Lucy.
Well done Lucy! Keep it up!