In our English lessons this week we are learning about recounts. We have also been learning about the Great Fire of London so we read a recount of the fire: Samuel Pepys’ diary. We learnt lots of new facts about the fire but we also learnt a lot about what a recount is!
In History today we focused on the vocabulary connected to the Great Fire of London. We recalled the facts we learnt last week then picked out new facts from a report we had read. We then learnt some new vocabulary and practiced matching them to definitions. We are going to be using these words a lot over the next few weeks!
Today we finished our learning about poetry by writing our own! We wrote in the style of the classic poet Edward Lear. We took his Alphabet Poem and wrote our own. It was great fun making up nonsense rhyming words!
For the last few weeks we have been making our own books in English. We have worked extremely hard writing, editing, publishing and illustrating! Today we shared our books with year one – they thought they were fabulous.
This week we are preparing to write our own non-chronological report. In our English lessons we have been learning about what reports look like and what they need to have.
In our Computing lessons we have been learning how to search safely using the internet. We talked about using the internet at home and some of us said we use it on our own. Miss Williams told us Google can be unsafe to use on our own as it searches the whole internet and sometimes brings results we shouldn’t see. Instead we learnt about using Swiggle which is a child-friendly search engine.
We practiced using it and adding facts to our research mats.
This week we are learning about instructions in our English lessons. We had two sets of instructions to use to make ourselves a toucan mask. We had to read and compare them and then decide which set to follow. We decided that one set was much clearer than the other and that made them easier to follow. We enjoyed following the instructions to make our masks and were able to start thinking about what instructions need.
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 were excellent at editing our own writing today!
We have also read the book Oliver’s Vegetables. Today we started to learn about the sequence of the events in the story and are ready to learn it next week.
On Tuesday we had a wonderful trip to the zoo! We visited nearly all the animals including the meerkats, penguins, butterflies, tapirs, lemurs and many different types of monkeys. The weather was very hot and we did lots of walking but still had had a truly wonderful time. All the children were very well behaved! They have written recounts about the day so they can tell you about their favourite parts themselves.