One of the ways we are evidencing and improving our reading aloud skills is by having weekly reading circles. This is nothing different or fancy – but we like it as we get to listen to so many different people read! To begin with, Miss Eden reads to the class, modelling intonation and discussing how something would be read differently. For example, the text said:
‘What shall I do?’ Repeated Coraline.
The children understood that this meant that when reading it out loud we needed to put emphasis on the ‘do’ as it was written in italics. They could also link it to what the author’s (Neil Gaiman) intention was by writing it like this. Jay picked up that Coraline was impatient as she hadn’t received an answer the first time she asked the question, and we all noticed that it was due to this one word that we could easily pick up on that tone.
Following Miss Eden reading, the children get into groups to do a ‘pre-read’ of the rest of the chapter. This allows everyone to read aloud and also learn any unfamiliar words and discuss anything we’re not sure about. Here are today’s groups in action:
Finally, we sit together as a class to listen and enjoy to the remaining part of the chapter being read by individuals chosen. And, more excitingly, we get to make a prediction about what might happen next and look at the next chapter illustration!
Year Five were quite sad to say goodbye to our learning about the Highwayman. We had thoroughly enjoyed looking into the poem and creating stories from the perspective of different characters. Today Y5GE wrote up one section of their story, following Y5DT typing them up earlier in the week. Here are some of the extracts on display!
A few weeks ago, all of the children in year five were set a challenge. They needed to create Ancient Roman clothing or accessories. Whilst the deadline for this is not until the week beginning Monday 10th December, many children are well on their way with their projects and we are enjoying regular updates. Nasim in Y5GE was the first person to bring his designs in – we had nearly a full legionary’s outfit! Look at the amazing creation below!
We were so lucky to have the year fours come and present their learning to us today. They had worked really hard creating presentations for us all about the Anglo Saxons. They were really mature and brave visiting us when we were all scarily dressed up! They had a great amount of knowledge and we even asked them questions that they could all answer. When asked, some of the year fives even said they had given them new knowledge!
The children made such a fantastic effort with their costumes in Y5GE. Those who wanted to dress up went all out, and we enjoyed marvelling at each other looking scary! We finally filled our token tower so will be having a film and spooky snack treat this afternoon too! It is well-deserved!
Despite being all excited about our dressing up and our treat we worked exceptionally hard still all morning! We completed our Beat That test and CLIC test as normal, our spelling test (because we have worked so hard learning them for two weeks!) and we are currently writing up our best piece of writing about the poem ‘The Highwayman’, which we have been building up over two weeks. Shortly, Mrs Haque’s class will be arriving to present their half term’s learning about the Anglo Saxons! What a morning we are having!
For the poem we are studying, ‘The Highwayman’, the children in Year Five have been creating story maps. Below is Junior’s, and was one of my favourites!
Yesterday, in our writing lessons the children took a stanza from the poem ‘The Highwayman’. A stanza is like a verse or paragraph. They worked in groups to recreate the scene from the poem, adding in speech and thoughts. Here are some of the children in action!
Have you seen our new look library yet? After the summer holidays, all the children arrived back to school to find our library had been revamped. Y5GE had a wonderful session in there a few weeks ago and are due another soon! Very exciting! Maybe we can go and read our new class novel in there together!
Our gymnastic lessons have been full of a range of skills. We began the term with performing the level 7 and 8 gymnastic proficiencies, building these into paired sequences. The main focus for each three-part sequence was to completely match or mirror our moves with our partner – this did prove trickier than it sounds!
Following this, we learnt and performed a range of jumps: cat leap, straight full turn jump, straddle jump, pike jump, tuck jump, stag jump and a split leap. During the next week, these skills were then demonstrated by jumping of a carousal of apparatus. It was a pleasure to see the confidence of the children grow over the lesson, as more and more children innovated their travelling across equipment.