English Week 2018
English Week began with an awesome author workshop. Piers Torday, a popular children’s author, spoke eloquently about the importance of stories. He also talked about the books he has written, including The Last Wild, which many of our pupils have read and loved. The children asked many thoughtful questions, and Mr Torday commented afterwards on how mature and insightful our pupils were.
On Tuesday afternoon Year 6 pupils were transported to the library of Grimley Grange. They had to solve the case that had baffled Inspector Blewitt and his team nearly eighty years ago. With clues to find, statements to analyse and plans to complete, could they deduce the identity of the murderer after all this time?
English Week in Pre-Prep
During English Week in Pre-Prep, the children have been very busy with a variety of reading activities and class based themes. On Monday, all of the children met together for an assembly, where they read their favourite books and discovered a wide range of titles and stories. Other activities have included buddy reading, shared reading sessions in the classroom with parents and a teacher storytelling session. These have been in addition to the greatly anticipated character dressing up day, where the classrooms become full of many characters from the world of books!
Year 3 have focused on story writing and settings, considering how to use language to create exciting descriptive pieces. Year 2 have also based story writing around their Katie Morag work; the children have been writing their own adventures as part of the ‘Tiresome Ted’ story, describing what happened to Ted once he had got thrown in the sea. Pupils have sequenced this story and have made their own mini book. Scottish poetry is also planned.
Year 1 have continued their Julia Donaldson theme and have enjoyed reading Room on the Broom. They have designed a truly magnificent broom and are planning to retell the story.
Buddy and Parent Reading
Year 4 took part in a Performance Poetry workshop in which they worked as a whole year group, and in small groups, to present a selection of poems accompanied by simple actions. They practised changing the pace and tone of their voices to suit the words and collaborated to share the different parts of the poems. Everyone was involved and we enjoyed some very creative responses.