Below are examples of the exciting writing opportunities taking place across the school this term.
Early Years read the book 'Naughty Bus' as part of their Vroom Vroom topic about vehicles. In the book the bus causes chaos at it drives across the dinner table and even falls in the garden pond! The children then created their own messy scenes to drive their buses through and wrote a sentence about it.
Year 2 have had an exciting time this term. They discovered a dragon egg in the classroom and a few days later came in to find the dragon had hatched and was no where to be seen! In response to the missing dragon, the children designed a dragon trap and have written instructions to share with the school in the hope we can find it!
Year 3 have been learning all about Mount Vesuvius and the devastation it caused to the city of Pompeii. The children collected a variety of adjectives, powerful verbs and a range of sentence starters to write a wonderful description all about the eruption of this famous volcano!
In Year 4, we had a fantastic time reading Shakespeare's tale of Macbeth. The characters were intriguing, the setting was mysterious and the suspense had us on the edge of our seats!
As part of our learning, we wrote a newspaper article surrounding the unexplained death of the much loved King Duncan. To do this effectively, we focused on an introduction which hooked the reader in, paragraphs explaining the events in chronological order and incorporated quotes from the main characters. It was a lot of fun and we are really proud of our final work.
Year 5 watched the banned advert for Iceland that used the story of Rang-Tan to reveal the shocking truth about palm oil and its devastating impact on the environment, particularly Orangutan's habitats. The children were outraged that this message was unable to reach audiences across the UK, so were inspired to create their own informative and persuasive pieces to spread the message.
Ava worked incredibly hard to independently plan, draft and publish her contrasting description of the beauty and tranquility of the rain forest before palm oil farming, and the devastating destruction after. She has used emotive language and repetition to great effect, and her illustrations enhance the contrast in her writing beautifully.
During the Autumn term, Year 6 studied the Battle of Britain and learnt about the history of World War II. The brave men and women who defended our country at that time inspired excellent writing opportunities.
We looked at the animation, 'The Piano' by Aidan Gibbons, as part of a visual literacy unit. It tells the tale of a man who relays his past to his grandson through a haunting melody. The animation allowed the Year 6 pupils to look at the war from a different perspective and think about the impact that the war had on people during the 1940's but also how it affected lives long after the war was over. Scarlett wrote a poignant retelling of the animation using beautiful descriptions that shows the reader - in a similar way that the animation did - some of the complex emotions that the man experienced. A beautiful piece of writing!
As part of our unit on the Battle of Britain we looked at Remembrance poems and we discussed the importance of remembering not only those who fought for our country in the past but also the men and women who put their lives on the line today. Ethan was inspired to write his poem of remembrance after reading and discussing 'In Flanders Fields' by John McCrae and 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon. Ethan captured different aspects of both World War I and II and used repetition really well to give this moving poem a lovely rhythm and fluency.