Category Archives: English

Recognising features of a diary

This morning in English, the Bluebirds in Year 3 were given pieces of a diary to order. We discussed which piece of the diary would come first and why and which would come next for the diary to be in the right order and to make sense.

Then we made a key for the different features of the diary we were identifying. We included verbs, past tense and conjunctions in our key. The conjunctions we were looking for were, when, because, if and that.

Noun phrases in a poem

This morning, the Bluebirds in year 3 were planning to write a list poem using noun phrases in English.

We had an image of the crocodile, Krindlekrax from our class reader ‘Krindlekrax’ and labelled nouns around him.

Using the nouns that we labelled on the picture, we added an adjective to turn them into noun phrases.

We then turned those noun phrases into sentences that we could use in a poem.

Noun phrases

This morning in English, the Bluebirds were reading poems and finding noun phrases in the poems.

First, we played reading ping-pong and each took it in turns to read a line in the poem with our partner.

We thought of a name for the poem and highlighted the noun phrases. When we had finished we thought of alternative adjectives for the nouns included in the poem, we shared our ideas with the class.

Putting noun phrases into sentences

This morning in year 3, the Bluebirds were putting their noun phrases from yesterday’s English lesson into sentences.

The aim of the sentence was to tell the reader more about the noun and to add more description. Before break, we wrote sentences together on the white board.

We wrote three sentences in our books, using noun phrases from yesterday’s lesson and ensuring we had capital letters and full stops.


This morning in English, the Bluebirds in year 3 were using appropriate adjectives to describe an animal.

First, we described a crocodile together on the board. We put an adjective together with a noun to make a noun phrase.

Then, in our books we did the same for an image of a lizard and we could choose our second animal.

The noun phrases that received silver cards were:
Liam – intimidating look
Amelie – patterned tail
Daisy B – narrow tail

Our new class reader Krindlekrax

We have had a fantastic morning and a great start to the new half term.

In English this morning, we started our new class reader, Krindlekrax. Everyone was given a copy of the first two chapters in their home learning pack. We read the fist two chapters together this morning and focused on who and where questions. A who question will be answered with a person or living thing. A where question will be answered with a place.

Writing a non-chronological report

This morning in English, Year 3 started writing their non-chronological report about the Stone Age.

We discussed ideas for a title for the report and possible subheadings for each paragraph as a group. We could use one from the board or choose our own.

Used the plans we wrote yesterday and put our notes into full sentences and paragraphs. We used noun phrases to add more detail, and the conjunctions so and because.

Planning a non-chronological report

This morning in English, the Bluebirds in Year 3 were using the research they completed in their topic lesson to start planning a non-chronological report about the Stone Age.

We had our Topic books so we could read our research and wrote our plan in bullet points. We will put our bullet points into full sentences when we write our report tomorrow.