Category Archives: English

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?

Features of instructions

In our English lessons over the last two weeks we have been learning all about instructions. We have a set of instructions using Talk for Writing for how to wash our hands. We have also learnt about the features of instructions and turned them into success criteria together:

Today we learnt about the importance of brushing our teeth. We learnt some facts:
• You should brush your teeth for two minutes every morning and every evening.
• Use fluoride toothpaste.
• Brush around in small circles to get rid of all the plaque which might be hiding.
• Make sure you brush the surface of every tooth – front, back and sides.
• Use floss and mouthwash when you are older.

We then used this knowledge to write our own instructions for how to brush your teeth. Have a look at our writing… did we meet our success criteria?

Being proud of our work

This week in English we have spent some time getting used to how to make sure our work is always a piece to be proud of. We have practised our very neatest handwriting, focusing on ascenders and descenders, and practised finding and correcting spelling errors.

We have also read the book Oliver’s Vegetables. Today we started to learn about the sequence of the events in the story and practised it for ourselves using a story map. We could all use our maps to talk through the story. Excellent work

Learning about dictionaries

In our English lessons this week we have been learning all about dictionaries. First we focused on how they help us to spell words accurately and then we focused on using them to find out what different words mean. We had a fun challenge where Miss Wlliams gave us a word and we had to find it as quickly as we could!

On Thursday, we put all that learning to use and made a class rainforest themed dictionary. We wrote our definitions in our books, edited them and then published them. We worked as a class to put our words into alphabetical order and ended up with a fantastic dictionary! We are putting it in our book corner with the other books we have made this year.