Category Archives: English

A letter from the Naughty Elf

Evie tested out whether or not the Naughty Elf was real! Naly doesn’t think he is…

Evie left the elf a note… as well as some chocolates.

In no time at all she found the elf had eaten all the chocolates, left the wrappers thrown around, then wrote a note back!

Apparently the elf’s name is Ian!

Have a look and see what you think. Do you have a naughty elf at home? What does he/she get up to?

Reading newspapers

Year 4 started their day with reading newspapers. It made a lovely change and a great way to share UK and world news with the class.

We found out some great pieces of news:

Amber – A holographic elephant has been roaming the streets of London.
Nally – A French museum made 82 fake paintings.
Sophia – Twins ran 100km to raise money for hospitals.
Mohammed – Stephen Hawkins was the most famous scientist who wrote a book as well as many other theories.
Phoebe – A hidden lake on Mars was discovered.
Elliott – A whale died after eating plastic bags, it vomitted 5 plastic bags before dying.
Poppy – At the royal wedding there were 6 bridesmaids and 4 pageboys.
Ruby D – Shocking news…. several “vanilla” ice creams had NO traces of actual vanilla!!!!!!!

Year 4 loved reading the newspapers and finding so many interesting facts. We are looking forward to delving into them again.

Tales of fear

Robins had an excellent English lesson this morning. They had written up some tales of fear.

Using a peer assessment sheet they looked for certain criteria in their partners work.

They looked for:

• clear paragraphing
• simple sentences to show fear
• Adverbials
• adjectives
• subordinating conjunctions
• figurative language

We were very impressed with how they checked and assessed. Lots of children were ensuring their partners was good but they had ideas on how it could be better.

Samaiya asked if Mrs Sabir could re-read one of her sentences and she and her partner Kenny were struggling with choices of words for one sentence. Mrs Sabir asked her why she thought the sentence may not be right and she said “It just doesn’t sound right.” This is a great way to help edit. Usually if it does not sound right, it usually isn’t.

They worked on the sentence and discussed what they meaning the of the sentence was and they all came up with a suitable word choice.

This ties in with the guided reading we do, where we discuss what words mean and how the meaning changes slightly in a sentence depending on how it is used.

Well done Robins. Lots of children showed good learning behaviours in English and received silver cards!

Journey tales

Robins have put a lot of effort into writing their journey tales this week based on the Awongalema story.

Once they published their stories into their books, they then paid a visit to Year 3 to read their stories. Year 3 really enjoyed listening to the wonderful writing Year 4 had produced.

Easter acrostic poems

Robins have enjoyed creating acrostic poems today.

Everybody has an egg hunt,
An Easter bunny comes to our homes,
Singing our Easter songs,
The chicks come out of their eggs,
Everybody goes to church,
Rabbits run home.
(Mohamed)

Easter is egg-cellent!
An Easter egg hunt,
Start searching for your eggs!
Two weeks off school,
Easter is nice,
Ring the church bells.
(Naheedul)

Everyone enjoys Easter,
Anyone is welcome,
Singing songs for Jesus,
Then Jesus comes on the cross,
Everyone made fun of him,
Risen into heaven.
(Millie)

Easter is amazing,
At Easter time you get chocolate eggs,
Sit and eat chocolate all day!
The Easter bunny hands out eggs every year,
Even when you’re naughty the Easter bunny still visits,
Running around the blossom which smells beautiful.
(Tiffanie)

Easter is eggcellent!
At Easter time bunnies hop all around and the spring flowers grow,
Sat on the sofa eating Easter eggs all day long!
The Easter bunny visits everyone,
Every Easter I get lots of eggs,
Running around the garden, children having fun.
(Katie)

Easter eggs,
Animals come out,
See bunnies hopping,
The lambs jump around,
Eating a lifetime supply of chocolate,
Ring the bells.
(Sophie)

Eggcellent chocolate eggs for Easter,
A yummy chocolate egg,
Some chocolate eggs are huge,
Time to think about Jesus,
Every Easter is on Sunday,
Risen, Jesus is risen.
(Cara)

Reading importance

Mrs Parry discussed the importance of reading for pleasure following World Book week. Robins enjoyed having “free choice” and shared their favourite areas of the books with the rest of the class.

Lexie read two poems entitled “Kids Rule OK” and “School Day.”

Krystal read out a funny joke about a teacher!

Emily shared a funny page using the visualiser so she could show the class the accompanying drawings in the “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid.”

Cara found an awesome fact in her non fiction book about Sikh beards(which we’ve currently been learning about in RE!)

Isaiah – Read his book to the class bear!