Category Archives: English

Spelling Homophones

This week, Bluebirds have been looking at homophones. These are words that sound the same but are spelt differently and have different meanings. Before looking at new homophones, the children recalled those they already know and could remember from Year 2. We had a matching game of matching up some new homophones with their definition and some of us extended this to a game of pairs too!

We thought of some ways to remember some of the homophones to remember how to spell them such as:
The word “ear” within hear
A male lion has a mane (ma_e) they are both spelt the same so the other spelling of these are spelt mai_)
Imagine the looo of the k is a knot for the word knot.

The children they applied their new spellings to write sentences with the correctly spelt homophone, used in the correct context.

The Rainbow Dragon – Talk for writing story maps

Today, Bluebirds were shown a picture of a Rainbow Dragon which they were eager to find out about! Together, the class were able to think of the five W words needed to start a question with. In talk partners they thought of questions to pose about this amazing creature.

What food does it eat?
Who Is he friends with?
When does he sleep?
Where does he live?
Why does he have horns?

Afterwards, the class were given a non-chronological report to read which was all about this dragon. They found the answers to lots of their questions and decided they could use some of these questions for subheadings in their report.

Next, the children all made their own story map for the report and practising orally reciting the poem to different partners. Bravely, Esmay and Taya recited theirs to the whole class.

Video: Talk for writing

Bluebirds have been busy learning our class text called ‘Kassim and the Greedy Dragon’. Reciting the story with actions and using our story maps helps us to learn the pattern of the story, language and vocabulary to use when we write our own journey tale. We have created a toolkit of what we want to include in our story such as adjectives, adverbs, fronted adverbials, conjunctions and a simile. We will have to persevere and concentrate to ensure all these are in our writing!

Super Spelling

Bluebirds have been taking a closer look at their new list of spelling words now they are in Lower Key Stage Two.

This morning, we used some of these words to practise our neat, joined handwriting. Later on in the day, we read through the list and Mrs Parry clarified how to pronounce any new words and demonstrated using a dictionary to check the meaning of unknown words. For example, the word “reign” caused some confusion, particularly when we realised it was a homophone! We knew what “rain” was and we had also heard of reins used with horses, toddlers and Santa’s reindeer! Moharnab and Taya knew this “reign” was something to do with the Queen! Well done!

In partners, we practised testing each other on the spellings in the style of the Bells Farm Spelling Bee. Then we played a spelling chain game with the words, where each table had to spell a word, with each child saying a letter each. We had to concentrate and persevere, listening carefully to ensure we knew which was our letter. Eventually, the tables raced to see which group could spell the word fastest and correctly! We had a lot of fun. Mrs Parry asked the children where they could find these words around the classroom. The children discovered the words in five different places! They are randomly displayed as a brick wall by Mrs Parry’s desk, on an alphabetical list on our working wall, on word mats in our English boxes, in our individual dictionaries and also attached on small cards to our English books! We talked about pride in wanting our work to be the best that it can be by being both neat and spelt correctly.

We have been revising the rules about adding the suffixes “ing” and “ed” to verbs over the last two weeks. During Guided Reading, English and whilst reading our story at the end of the day, we have been looking out for these type pf words including the irregular ones. Some observant children noticed we had seen the word “crept” in three different lessons today!

Journey Tales

This week the children have been learning about journey tales. The class came up with a great list of stories that included journeys:

Jack and the Beanstalk
The Three Little PIgs
Little Red Riding Hood
Where the Wild Things Are
The Little Polar Bear
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
We’re Going On a Bear Hunt
Alice in Wonderland
The Gruffalo
The Wizard of Oz
Hansel and Gretel

Bluebirds discussed the parts needs to create a journey tale and also the skills needed for their toolkit checklist such as neat/joined handwriting, punctuation and capital letters, adjectives, adverbs, nouns, verbs and conjunctions.

Roald Dahl Day

Children produced fact files. Copies by Shona/Nashe and Moharnab

On Thursday 13th September, it was Roald Dahl day, which would of been his 102nd birthday. As he is one of the significant authors we look at in Year 3, we found out lots of information about him and had a competition to see who could name the most books written by him! The highest was 7 but we later discovered that in fact, he wrote 20 children’s books and 28 adult books. Some of his children’s stories.

Besides being a phenomenal author, Roald Dahl was an RAF pilot, a chocolate historian, a medical inventor and gave intelligence to MI6!

Read our fact files to find out more!

Esmay’s work

Spelling Bee Champions!

This morning, our class finalists (Megan, Kezi, Evie, Harry, Phoebe, Kennie, Elliott, Yusif and Demi), took part in their first Bells Farm Spelling Bee competition in the school hall. They were very brave as this was in front of the rest of the school, speaking into a microphone!

A huge congratulations to Demi and Kezi who were the winners in their category of spelling words. Their fellow classmates were very supportive and proud of them. Congratulations!

Kezi was spelling Year 5 and 6 words – fantastic!

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.