Category Archives: English

Egyptian News Reports

After editing and improving their work, Bluebirds enjoyed transforming their reports using Purple Mash, to create some superb and authentic looking news reports. The class considered their audience and what the reader would need to know. They have to ensure the five Ws were included in the first (orientation) paragraph…
……do you know what these are?!

Can you spot their journalistic vocabulary to avoid their writing sounding like a story?
Have they included quotes from eye witnesses to add value to their report?

Read Shona’s news report – click here.

Read Amelia’s news report – click here.

Read Kaiden’s news report – click here.

Read Moharnab’s news report – click here.

Read Brooke’s news report – click here.

Read Frankie F’s news report – click here.

Understanding fact and opinion

Bluebirds have been reading newspaper reports and deciding what is fact and what is opinion. They played a thumbs up game, voting whether a statement was fact or opinion. Children thought of both facts and opinions and shared with their partners. The class considered a range of sentences and then composed their own. Finally , the class rotated in two circles to see if their partner could decide whether the sentence was fact or opinion.

News Reports

When Bluebirds arrived in class today, rather than reading their books, Mrs Parry had left a variety of real news reports to read. In English, the children discovered this was their new genre of text. They were eager to read a report Mrs Parry gave them about a dangerous dragon on the rampage in a local school; which turned out to be at Bells Farm!

The children found lots of features of news reports including that the reports are written in columns of paragraphs, include catchy headlines, photos with captions, quotes, are written in third person, include fact and fiction, mostly being written in past tense.

The children then talked about possible reports they could write imagining if the school was closed today. Reasons included weather damage (heavy snow or a storm leading to flooding, or lightning striking a tree and causing it to crash on to the school roof! Alternatively, a break in with either damage and graffiti or all the computers being stolen by robbers!

Mrs Parry is looking forward to reading these imaginative reports!

We love books!

Bluebirds have really enjoyed dressing up as a book character for World Book Day. Today, they shared a favourite story with their classmate and wrote a book review about their favourite book. They gave the book a star rating and explained the plot, characters and gave their opinion, explaining why they would recommend the story

Inference in Reading

Bluebirds have been busy using their inference skills to “read between the lines” in Guided Reading this week. They have been like detectives looking for clues to find out characters’ thoughts and feelings.

Green Group have been reading the classic “Little Women.”

Esmay explained she knew Jo disliked Aunt Grace because she said she suffered enough every day looking after her Aunt with her fussy old ways.

Amelia knew the girls were sad, upset and unhappy because the text said they grumbled, sighed and sniffed.

Callum knew the girls were powerless because they were poor and envious of others because they gazed at the rich people outside in beautiful clothing and said it was unfair. They felt jealous.

Video: Telling Fables

Bluebirds are learning about fables. Yesterday they created a toolkit of what features fables usually include:

► The story has a moral/message.
► A lesson is learnt.
► They often include animals that can speak.
► A bad event happens.
► Includes a wise, clever character.
► Includes a foolish character.
► Often in an outdoor, countryside setting.
► Fables tend to be short.

We have some copies of the book Aesop’s Fables which Moharnab has previously read and borrowed from the local library. Today, the children got into small groups to retell some fables to each other.

Our finished 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.

Mrs Parry and Mr Baddhan were delighted with the children’s work and design of their eBooks.

Here are some examples of children’s work.
Read Lola and Keelie’s eBook
Read Lola and Keelie’s eBook
Read Ke-Xin-Z’s eBook
Read Kai’s eBook
Read Nathan and Mason’s eBook

Investigating Egyptians

Last week, Bluebirds composed some questions they would like to find out about the Egyptians. Today, Bluebirds have been practising the skills needed to locate the answers. They scanned the contents page for a key word to locate the chapter their question n was most likely to be found in. For example, Callum F explained that to answer the question, “What was a Pharoah?” it would be best to scan the contents page and look for the keyword of Pharoah.