In English we have just begun a new writing unit on instructions. This unit links very closely to our current topic ‘Active Planet’, which is all about earthquakes and volcanoes.
Our work on instructional texts began by looking at a range of sets of instructions and identifying the key features for us to use in our writing. We have been focusing on some of these key features, such as, time conjunctions, imperative verbs, organisational devices and writing for a specific audience.
Our final write is going to be a set of instructions explaining how to make and erupt a model volcano. This afternoon we learnt the instructions visually and orally by going outside and taking part in a science experiment and actually erupting some of the fantastic model volcanoes that children have been making at home using baking soda, vinegar, washing up liquid and some food colouring!
We had great fun doing this, and afterwards each of the children were able to work in pairs to recall what items we used and what the method was.
Our next steps back in the classroom will be to plan, draft and write up their own instructional texts. Watch this space for the finished products! 😊
Yesterday afternoon, key stage 2 came together to watch a BBC live lesson all about the blue planet. We learnt lots of facts about the ocean, sea creatures, plastic waste and what we can do to be a more economical planet. Following the live lesson, we worked in pairs to discuss ideas for what we could do as a class, or as a school, to be more eco-friendly and to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible. Watch this space to see how our ideas develop into plans to make a difference around school and the local area!
Dahl Class have been busy planning, drafting, editing, improving and writing up their fantastic short stories based on ‘Escape from Pompeii’. The story links in with our current IPC topic, ‘Active Planet’, and is all about the historic eruption of Mount Vesuvius and how two children escaped the natural disaster.
We have looked at ways to make our short stories really effective and leave an impact on the reader. We have done this through using short, ‘snappy’ sentences, speech, thoughtful story endings and powerful language.
After planning the story line, we broke the story down into parts and looked at introducing the setting and the characters with lots of description, then we wrote the beginning of the story to show the reader what a normal day in Pompeii might have been like. Next, we focussed on writing an eventful, tense build-up and problem to the story. After that, we wrote the resolution of our short stories where, hopefully, our characters made it away from the eruption just in time. Finally, our stories were finished off by thinking really carefully about how we wanted the reader of our stories to feel when they got to the ending.
I have been so impressed with how much effort each and every member of Dahl Class has put into their stories! I must now say a big thank you to parents/carers, as the classes enthusiasm towards this topic and writing their stories would not have happened without your fantastic support, time and effort… We have absolutely loved sharing the children’s creative homework and outstanding model volcanoes they have been bringing in!
Enjoy having a read of some our short stories below:
Stories written Feb 2019