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Week ending 12th January 2018


In English, we have been continuing our work on poetry and looking at similes and how they can be used to write a poem.  The children have described a monster using similes; they have created a calligram (a shape poem) on a bubble and finally, have written a calligram about the weather, again using similes.  We have also really focussed on using really good adjectives and making our work a lot better.  We have tried to avoid using words such as ‘big’ or ‘nice’.  The children have done remarkably well with this.  The challenge is to keep it up! 


The homework for English this week is to do with homophones which we learned about during phonics.  This is where two words sound the same but have different meanings.  For example: blew and blue, whether and weather, ate and eight etc.

Week ending 24th November 2017


This week we are learning about the past and present tense and the perfect present tense. The children are developing a much better understanding of the present perfect tense now. We are also making a sandwich for Paddington and will make notes on the steps taken. We will then use these notes to write a recipe on how to make a marmalade salad sandwich.


The English homework this week is based on the present perfect tense. Present perfect tense needs to have a has or a have plus a past tense word. Therefore, that is the word they will need to add before the verb and sometimes the verb needs to change as well.

For example, on the homework sheet with the sentence ‘I took the rubbish to the bin’, the present perfect would be ‘I have taken the rubbish to the bin’ and with the sentence ‘I am playing in the football team’, it would be ‘I have played in the football team.’ We hope this helps!

Week ending 17th November 2017


In English, we have been learning about prepositional phrases and fronted adverbials again. This time however we have needed to use them in our sentences, as opposed to simply identifying them. We even tried to use them in our story writing task for our Friday's Big Write!


Week ending 10th November 2017


We have had another fantastic week in English! We have continued our Journalistic Writing unit of work and have looked at three stories - one about Paddington, another about Rupert and the final one about Winnie the Pooh. We have used these stories to identify prepositional phrases, fronted adverbials and examples of reported and direct speech. Below are some of the powerpoints we have used to explain each of them! Our homework is based on Prepositional phrases this week too.

Week ending 3rd November 2017


This week we have started our new Journalism topic which is centred around the theme of bears. We started by carrying out a bear hunt around school, looking for images of bears hidden by our teachers. It was great fun and we did manage to find them all! 


However, our favourite part of the week was bringing in our own teddies from home. We watched a clip from Paddington bear and discussed the label left around his neck. We then created our own labels for our bears. In the next session, we discussed the items kept in Paddington bear's suitcase and also thought about what our bears might keep in theirs. Finally, in our Big Write we wrote a passage from our bear's point of view explaining how to look after them. 


Homework - Homophones are words which sound the same but are spelt differently and have different meanings e.g. see and sea or hare and hair. 

Week ending 20th October 2017


This week we have concluded our Fractured Stories topic with our final writing piece based on the book "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs". We chose a bad character from our favourite traditional tale story and wrote our piece from their point of view. After all, there are always two sides to a story!


In addition, we completed our cross curricular writing piece based on the three different types of rocks; igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary.


Homework - Read each sentence and decide if it is past or present tense. Don't forget after half term to bring in your favourite teddy bear for our new topic.

Week ending 13th October 2017


In English we have been learning about pronouns and the difference between plural and possessive-s. Here are two examples if you are unsure:-


  • The cats are playing - the 's' is there to show that it is a plural i.e. there is more than one cat.


  • The cat's biscuit - the 's' shows that it belongs to the biscuit belongs to the cat.


​​​​​​​Homework - Match the pronoun with the most suitable noun. Then underline all the pronouns in the text and make a list of the ones you have found in the box. Remember, pronouns are words that take the place of nouns. 



Week ending 6th October 2017


In English, we have looked at the perfect present tense.  I can imagine you are now wondering what an earth it is!  So I have attached a Powerpoint used in our session for your reference. We have also looked at another fractured story called ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’ and the children have created their own stories based on this.


Homework - Use the verbs and adverbs provided to complete your own sentences about the animals. Remember an adverb is an action word e.g. stomped and an adverb describes the verb e.g. how did he stomp? grumpily. The can be used to create the sentence 'The elephant stomped grumpily.'

Week ending 29th September 2017

This week we have learned how conjunctions can be used to make our writing better. The children have also written their own fractured stories based on the story ‘The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig’. See below for PowerPoints used this week.


Homework – Complete the sentences using the most appropriate conjunction. Then use ‘but’ to write your own sentence.

Week ending 22nd September 2017


In English, we have learned about expanded noun phrases to try and make our writing better.  This means that instead of saying:

The bear, you might write: The brown grizzly bear. 


We then looked at the similarities and differences between the traditional tale: The Three Little Pigs and the fractured story: The Three Little Wolves. The children really enjoyed doing this and we then based our big write on our comparisons. 


Homework: Children need to sort the given words according to whether they are a noun (place, person or thing), a verb (an action or doing word) or an adjective (a describing word).

Week Ending: 15th September 2017


In English, we have started our topic on ‘Fractured Stories’ which basically means that a familiar story has been changed.  We have read ‘Cinderboy’ who had an evil step dad and step brothers and he wanted to go to a football match.  We have looked at alternative words to said, inverted commas, using commas in a list and finally  we have written a character profile.  See below for the powerpoints we used this week.


Homework is self explanatory.  You might want to get your children to use a thesaurus for alternative said words - there are plenty online.

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