How to…erupt a volcano!!🌏💥

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! 😊

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Blue Planet Live 🐳🐠🌏

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!

Escape from Pompeii

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

Paignton Zoo Trip

On Friday, Dahl Class spent the day at Paignton Zoo exploring all of the animals and learning lots. In the morning, we split into groups to walk around the zoo and see the animals… some of our favourites were the cheetah, the elephant, the baby monkeys and getting to stroke the goats!

After our picnic lunch in the sun, we headed to the education centre for a workshop. The workshop was all about animal skeletons and what information we can learn about how an animal moves or the way it’s adapted to its habitat just by looking at its skeleton.

Overall, we had a brilliant, sunny day at the zoo! I’m sure we’ll enjoy discussing our trip throughout our new topic ‘Land, Sea & Sky’, and also when we write recounts in English in a couple of weeks.

Whatever moves you 🥇🏀🏃‍♀️

We’ve had a brilliant day raising money for sports relief today. It was great to see all of the children in their favourite sporty outfits and getting involved with all the activities! In Dahl Class we went outside and did circuits which was hard work but very fun and all for a worthy cause. The children were hula hooping, lunging, doing press ups, step ups, balancing and more – I was so impressed with their ideas for our circuit training and the effort they put in! This afternoon, we had even more exercise when the whole school went outside to do a carousel of sporting activities. This included running (races, relays etc), throwing and skipping. Dahl Class have also had some great discussions about why we have sports relief and why it’s important to get involved and raise money. Overall, what a fab day… well done Dahl Class! 😊🎖

World Book Day

Today we’ve had loads of fun celebrating (a belated) World Book Day! The costumes and characters that the children came as were fantastic – thank you to parents/guardians for all of the effort that you put in to help them.

Throughout the day, Dahl Class have made character fact files all about the character they came as (see some below). We used different descriptive techniques and made sure that we described our character in as much detail as possible. This linked into our current English unit as this week we will be writing Character Descriptions about our favourite character from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

We also brought our characters to life through a hot seating (drama) activity! The class asked the character sitting on the chair some brilliant questions to find out more about them and the part that they play in stories. It was great to see the class getting in to their role and telling us all about their lives as that character!

Throughout the day Mrs Webb blew a whistle which meant that we had to drop everything and read. This was a good opportunity to sit and enjoy our favourite books.

Our day has been filled with reading, discussions, story telling, acting, creating book covers and of course the parade of our costumes in the playground. The prize for best dressed in Dahl Class was awarded to Xavi – well done!

Well done for everyone’s contributions today and making it a fab World Book Day in Dahl Class! 😊

P.s. Enjoy spending your Book tokens. I look forward to hearing about the stories you decided to buy.

Year 3 & 4 Athletics

On Thursday 8th, before the half term, 8 members of Dahl Class came along to take part in the year 3 and 4 athletics at Ivybridge. We each had a running race and a field event to do, including vertical jump, speed bounce and standing long jump. Our athletics team did brilliantly and were great representatives of the school, well done!