Over the half term holiday, George kept himself busy by writing a fantastic short story which he entered into the BBC's '500 Words' competition. He spent a long time making sure his story was amazing, and we at High View certainly think it does! The competition winners are announced in July so we all have our fingers crossed for George! Well done for your fantastic writing George, we hope others enjoy reading it as much as we have!
In foundation stage we completed the pattern challenge along with the rest of school. Our children described a pattern to their friends who then had to make it and check that it was correct. The children liked the role of being in charge!
This week in Year 5, we have been analysing an information text about the PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. It encouraged an incredible amount discussion and debate amongst the class and it was lovely to listen to the conversations they were having, filled with such enthusiasm, energy and an itch to investigate this controversial topic in more detail.
The first challenge for the children was to construct an answer to the following question...
The children were asked to use their inference skills to gather four examples of opportunities, stated in the text, that described opportunities for 'a 30 year old mother,' to act and help reduce animal cruelty. The key was to ensure that the evidence they selected was specifically relevant to this audience, a mother.
Once we had mastered 'picking out' quotes for a 30 year old mother, I gave each of the children a teacher within school.
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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
— Dr. Seuss
In Miss Williams' class, the children were given a fun character named 'Arthur the Alligator'. The children were asked to sit in a circle and contribute a little section of the tale to progressively build up an adventure story for Arthur.
In Miss Berry's class, the children were asked to write a fictional story. This young lady, Skye, decided to write hers about a naughty class! Her language choices and ideas are amazing!! They then designed front covers and wrote blurbs ready to be laminated and shared with their friends in the classroom reading area!
“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”
– Walt Disney
In Year 4, during National Story Telling Week, not only have they spent a lot of time reading their favourite stories to each other, but they have also been writing their own science fiction stories about the Invasion of Triton! The children then told their stories to their friends and then they worked together to make some improvements to their writing!
(See the other post for videos of their Invasion of Triton lesson)
“Great stories happen to those who can tell them.”
– Ira Glass
During National Storytelling Week, Year 5 built a den!
We decided that we wanted to create a cozy, warm environment to enjoy our stories in, whilst listening to calming music and sitting with our friends. We were also lucky enough to listen to a story read to us in Polish by the newest member of our class, Maria!
It was great fun to hear the difference in language, pitch and tone and we were so impressed with her expression and intonation whilst reading.
All of our classes will be contributing to the school news blog regularly.