Category Archives: English

Descriptive writing

In English today we started to look at descriptive writing. Last week in story time we read a book called The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry. Today we focused on how she had described the rainforest. We then had two descriptions of the rainforest to highlight and discuss together. We highlighted examples of good description including adjectives, magpie words and similes. We then compared the two pieces with our partner discussing which one we preferred and why.

We used this to generate success criteria for writing our own descriptions tomorrow. We then went on a senses walk through the rainforest (woodland walk!) to help us plan our writing. Keep an eye on the blog if you want to read our descriptions.

Rainforest handwriting pride

Today we started our new topic for the summer term of Rainforests. We started with a very quick chat to agree what a rainforest is because our activity was to help Miss Williams plan our learning! We had to think of questions we wanted to know the answers to. We talked about all the different aspects of the rainforest so we were ready.

This term we are really focusing on the behaviour for learning of pride. In our handwriting lesson today we talked about what our letters should look like every time we write. In our classroom now we have a handwriting heroes display. Over this term we hope to all earn a handwriting heroes certificate for meeting the five targets to climb the ladder. We tried really hard with our handwriting when writing our questions showing we are ready to try and meet those targets.

A great start to a new term – well done Toucans!

Sharing our own storybooks with Reception

This morning we went to share our own story books with Reception. We worked hard earlier this term inventing our own stories about the character of Lars from all the Little Polar Bear books by Hans deBeer. We went through all the processes a real author does: we planned our story, wrote our story, edited and improved our story, had feedback then edited again and finally published it into our own little books. When we published we used our very best handwriting (we wanted to impress!) and we also added illustrations to keep our readers interested.

Swans were very good listeners! We paired up with different children to share our stories and even asked them some questions to check they had understood. The teachers were very impressed with our reading aloud. Mrs Sabir said we read with great intonation, expression and real passion! We really enjoyed the whole process of making our very own books.

Video: Reporting from the North and South pole

Today we are making our own videos from the North and South Pole! Of course we are not really going to travel all that way but we are going to use the magic of technology to send us there! This morning we used our non-chronological reports as a basis for our presentation. We planned together what we were going to say and then practiced until we were ready. We had to rehearse to ensure we knew what we were all saying and we also had to practise using loud clear voices.

When we were ready we went to the media centre a group at a time and Mr Baddhan recorded us in front of the green screen. We hope you enjoy our reports.

Non-chronological report

Today we have written a final non-chronological report as a hot task. This means that we didn’t have any help in planning or writing our reports. Miss Williams told us we were writing a report about Christmas (which was very exciting!) and then we worked completely on our own. Our teachers were very proud of how much we have learnt about non-chronological reports over the last few weeks as our reports on Christmas were excellent! Here is a sample but they were all very good. Everyone used the correct layout and remembered to write an introduction and conclusion. Most children also showed that they had met (or were on the way to meeting) the target they were set at the beginning of the unit. This is excellent learning Toucans! Very well done!

Here are some photos of us preparing for and serving our customers!

Non-chronlogical reports

Today we finished making our leaflets (non-chronological reports) to give out at our Healthy Snack Café after school. We have worked very hard on them over the last three weeks; learning about non-chronological reports, planning, writing, editing, improving and finally publishing. We are very proud of them! Come along to our café if you would like one.

A Trip to Tesco

Today Year 2 went on a wonderful trip to Tesco! Half of us went this morning and half of us went this afternoon but we all did similar things while we were there. When we arrived we met Thelma who was our guide for the lesson. She was very clever and quite funny! First she took us to the bakery. We learnt the four main stages of making bread: mixing, dividing, proving and baking. It was very interesting to see all the large machines they use to help them with each stage. We got to look inside a big mixer and feel the heat from the hot ovens. They were 225 degrees Celsius inside! Luckily, we only felt it from a distance. We met some different people who worked in the bakery who showed us how they slice the loaves and how they package them. The most exciting part of being in the bakery was playing with some dough for ourselves. Thelma showed us how to knead the bread and then we shaped it into a roll. Thelma thought she wasn’t very good at making rolls but we told her to persevere. We told her the saying we say to ourselves in school ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’. She thought we were lovely children and said it bought a tear to her eye! We also persevered and made some very neat looking rolls.

Next we went to meet Tina and Sue on the fish counter. They showed us lots of different sorts of fish, including some we had never seen before. Some of us thought the squid looked disgusting! We also learnt some interesting facts. Did you know a tuna fish can swim at a speed of 45 miles per hour? That it faster than a car on a normal road! We also learnt that prawns change colour when they are cooked so you should never eat one if it is grey only if it is pink.

Then we visited Theresa on the cheese counter. This was another exciting counter because we got to taste three different cheeses. We tried Applewood which was a smoked cheese and not many of us liked it. We tried Wesleydale with cranberries which most of us liked. We tried Five counties which nearly all of us liked. It was nice to try different cheeses even if we didn’t like them all. We also learnt there are four animals you can make cheese from; cows, sheep, goats and buffalo.

After that we went into the warehouse. Some of us had time to look around and go in the fridge which was a chilly 2 degrees Celsius. There were lots of people working in the warehouse doing lots of different jobs.

Finally we went into a small room and tried some of the bread we had seen being baked earlier. It was delicious! We also had some fruit and a drink before returning to school.

It was a lovely day and Miss Williams, Mrs Green and Thelma were very impressed with our brilliant behaviour and manners during the day. We even had compliments from people who were doing their shopping! One lady said how well we listened and how nicely we were behaving and talking to Thelma.

Well done Toucans. We are pleased it was a very successful trip!

Check back on the blog tomorrow as we will be writing our own recounts of the trip for you to read.

Exciting English

This week in our English lessons we have been learning all about riddles. We are very excited to be entering a nationally Young Writers competition. You can find out more details about the competition here:

We started the week by learning about what riddles are and the sort of language they use. We enjoyed reading lots of different riddles and trying to solve them. Riddles are fun! We then learnt about similes and alliteration as lots of riddles have these in to make them more interesting and describe clearly.

Next we planned our riddle by doing a mind map describing every aspect of the food our riddle was about. This morning we used this plan to make our own riddles. We edited them and improved them so they could be the very best.

This afternoon we used our very best handwriting to copy our riddles up for the competition entry form. We really focused on copying our corrections and using neat handwriting with clear ascenders and descenders. Here are our finished riddles. Can you solve them without reading the answer?