Category Archives: English

Chunky Chickens!

Today, Bluebirds have been learning all about subordinating clauses. They experimented in a fun activity to investigate making sentences, by placing clauses in different places. They are looking forward to creating more amusing sentences with a dice game to randomly select clauses!

Writing book reviews

Bluebirds have been busy writing book reviews so that other children can read them to discover fantastic stories. We have talked about the stories in our author boxes and have shared our favourite stories together. The children all still love to hear stories read to to them. We talked about having a love of reading and doing it for enjoyment too. We are making a class book together with all the reviews which everyone will be able to use and look through. Kezi pointed out we could use our persuasive vocabulary from our English lessons! Some of our keen readers have requested extra review sheets to complete at home,about other super stories they have enjoyed.

Holiday Data Handling

Bluebirds linked their Computing data handling lesson with holidays as they have been writing persuasive texts about these in English. First, the children used a tally chart and decided to vote upon which was their favourite activity whilst away on holiday. There were lots of suggestions!

The children used the program 2Graph to create bar chart to present their information.

Some children then composed questions for others to answer using the data.

Karaoke Comprehension

Today, Bluebirds experienced a new activity in Guided Reading, where they took part in Karaoke Comprehension which used the song entitled “This is Me” from the recent film, The Greatest Showman. Many of the children were already familiar with the song so it was really enjoyable. The children sang along with the lyrics which they were able to answer questions about afterwards.

• What is the message of the song? – Katerina explained the bearded woman knew she was unusual how she looked but she didn’t care and was proud of her self.

• Why do you think the title for the song is “This is Me?” – Evie explained the lady was singing about being accepted for what she was although she looked different.

• What do you think the words “broken parts” and “scars” refer to? – Megan – She is hurt from what has happened in the past. It is not easy to forget when people say/do hurtful thing to you.

• During the song the singer is supported by a choir. Why? Melissa – She felt scared but is brave her as other people with differences join and support her. They work together as a team.

• Why does she feel ashamed? – Niah – She used to hide away. People stared at her because she was a woman with a beard. She felt awkward and embarrassed.

• How does she feel about the way she is treated? Sophie – She feels unhappy and sad. Its unfair and she feels like standing up for herself.

Bluebirds were eager to hear this term’s Class Reader. Mrs Parry showed the children the accompanying illustrations in the book using her visualiser. Ottoline is clever at solving mysteries and puzzles. The blurb reads……a string of daring burglaries have taken place and precious dogs are disappearing all over the town. Can Ottoline and Mr Munroe come up with a clever plan to catch the robbers?!

Editing and improving fables

Today, Mrs Parry presented Bluebirds with part of a fable she had written. Unfortunately, the children noticed a lot of errors that needed correcting! They got to work straight wait and helped Mrs Parry to edit her work!

Afterwards, the class considered how her writing could be improved and inserted some fronted adverbials. Suddenly, they realised she had not included ANY conjunctions so helped her to extend some of her sentences. Mrs Parry said she hopes Bluebirds do such a thorough job editing their own fables now!

Read our completed Ancient Egypt eBooks

Year 3 Bluebirds have completed their eBooks based on Ancient Egypt. During the last few lessons, Bluebirds have researched, designed and created a book based on a specific topic.

The children have been exploring and creating their eBooks using a website called Book Creator. They typed their facts and also inserted related images. The children tried various font styles and backgrounds to add further design to the page.

Some children managed to also add some audio to their books by reading the facts from each page.

Here are a few examples of children’s completed books.

Sophie L

Megan and Niah

Huey

Katie and Kiall

Mummification!

Bluebirds produced some great cross curricular writing today once they heard all about the mummification process… not for the faint hearted!

The children watched a short video about the process and in pairs ordered a set of jumbled instructions. Bluebirds created a toolkit check list of what needs to be included in a set of instructions such as numbered/bullet pointed clear steps in order, time openers, imperative verbs, and a list of what is needed.

A discovery in Egypt!

Today, Bluebirds began their new genre of writing diary recounts. After talk partners, the class came up with a checklist of what should be used or included such as:

Wow! Well remembered Bluebirds!

Mrs Parry reminded the children about the use of rhetorical questions before presenting them with a scenario of a school trip, to the Valley of the Kings in Egypt (unfortunately we can’t really go!).

The children watched the beginning of a short film, where an explorer finds his way to a tomb with treasure ……. and mummies!

The children wrote individual diary recounts with Egyptian music in the background for atmosphere!

Time to edit and improve!

After Friday’s lesson, Bluebirds decided more practise was needed

After Friday’s editing lesson, Bluebirds decided more practise was needed in improving their stories although they are already good at correcting their punctuation and spellings! The children heard a story Mrs Parry had written over the weekend. Most children felt there was room for improvement and helped Mrs Parry to select more exciting words and phrases, by changing or adding them.