English

Climb Every Mountain...

Our English lessons this term will mostly link to our 'Magnificent Mountains' theme.  We will be reading and writing non-fiction texts before writing our own mountain adventure stories.  We will also learn about famous mountaineers and will write our own explorer's logs.

 

We are very excited to be writing our first letters to our Spanish pen pals this term. 

This will be a fantastic opportunity to learn about a different culture

and to celebrate our similarities and differences.

Our class reader this term is,

'Monster Mountains' by Marcus Sedgwick.

 

GRAMMAR & PUNCTUATION

We will be focusing on developing our sentence structure using conjunctions to extend our sentences and fronted adverbials to create interesting sentence starters.  We will also be using direct speech in our stories and formal language in our non-fiction texts.

 

SENTENCE LADDERS

We Dragons always aim to dazzle with our fabulous sentences!  We are all climbing the sentence ladder at our own pace but one of our whole class focuses at the moment is on SENTENCES WITH CONJUNCTIONS. 

 

GUIDED READING

The Dazzling Dragons love to read!  Some Dragons are continuing to use Lexia (a computer based accelerated reading programme) to improve their decoding and comprehension skills.  In the mornings, we enjoy sharing our guided reading texts with our teachers, TAs and friends. 

 

SPELLING

We are always working hard to improve our spelling using a range of different strategies.  We have a dedicated spelling session on a Monday with Mrs Wilkinson but we have lots of other ways of practising and learning.

  • We take home a list each week to learn at home.  We use our fortune tellers to give us some fun strategies.
  • We practise our spellings during registration time using LOOK, SAY, COVER, WRITE, CHECK.
  • We write our spellings in the air and on each other's backs with our fingers.
  • We proof read our own work and sometimes our partner's work, looking for spellings that we are not sure about.
  • We use dictionaries and word lists to support our spelling.

 

HANDWRITING

We Dazzling Dragons pride ourselves on our beautiful handwriting but we are always working hard to improve it.  We use cursive handwriting which also helps to fix our spellings in our heads.  We practise our handwriting during lessons to really fine tune our skills.