Category Archives: English

Reading challenge

It’s great to see the children really enjoying ERIC time. The children are chatting together about favourite authors, looking for other books written by the same one, recommending books and taking part in the current reading challenge. Children enjoy listening to others read them stories which is lovely to see. Mrs Parry shared her childhood favourite fairy tale book with the class which children are borrowing to read in ERIC time too!

Unhappy fairytale endings!

Bluebirds love their new class story called The Lost Happy Endings by Carol Ann Duffy. This week they have been busy looking at the features and picking apart the text, finding examples of adjectives, similes and personification. The class realised this effective vocabulary entertained the reader.

Later in the week, Bluebirds compared the plot of The Lost Happy Endings to other well known fairytales and mapped out the five parts of the stories. Today, the children have throughly enjoyed writing unhappy endings to well known fairy tales. There were some very imaginative ideas!

Diary entries

Bluebirds have been working very hard all week, to produce diary entries as the main character in our class reader “Krindlekrax.”

Amaya, Dylan and Ava bravely took on the roles of Ruskin and Elvin as they took part in a great hot-seating activity. They answered open questions from the rest of the class who were keen to find out more information about the characters, to help them with their diary writing.

Enjoying Reading In Class

Bluebirds have really enjoyed their reading sessions where they have chosen what they would like to read. There were lots of different ways we saw reading happening such as:

Children reading alone to themselves, out loud to one another, in small groups, Mrs Parry and a group sat on the mat together, Miss Dainter read to children, children sat On cushions in our book corner, lay on their coats or even under the table. It was a great relaxed atmosphere and everyone was reading what they loved!

Mrs Parry told the children about a treasured collection of books she has in her loft at home. They were her favourites as a girl which she could never part with! Mrs Parry wondered whether the children might be interested in seeing them. The children were very excited to see the treasure chest the next day! They promised they’d take good care of the books as they knew how special these stories were to Mrs Parry. She shared with the children the significance of why these stories meant so much to her and made a display for the children to read about these particular books.

The treasure chest is being kept with our special Year 3 authors boxes. Mrs Parry’s books have a good star on and a golden bookmark inside. When a child has read the book they write their name on the back of the bookmark so other children can talk to them or ask them about it. This should create opportunity for book talk and hopefully work as a review and recommendation exercise.

Pippa chatted with Mrs Parry about The Faraway Tree characters and Tanatswa shared her favourite part of The Naughtiest Girl In The School too. Millie told the class about her favourite book called Mr Moo and kindly brought it in so we could all hear the story together. Lexi brought in her non fiction book all about Space and Jessica brought in a super “lift the flap” timetable book! Jessica is currently reading a fairy story book that Miss Williams has recommended.

Mrs Parry talked about the rights of a reader and the children agreed if they really don’t enjoy a book then they shouldn’t have to finish it. On the other hand, they also agreed it was fine to read a story lots of times when it’s one you really enjoy. Mrs Parry showed the class a book she bought from the school book fair in Primary school about a little bear called Corduroy. She had read it lots of times both as a child and then to her own children when they were young. Bluebirds wanted to hear it too so Mrs Parry was really pleased to be able read the story again and share it a new generation of children!

Monster List Poems

This week, Bluebirds have been reading a variety of different types of list poems. They have been identifying how poets use different features in these poems to entertain the reader. The children noticed they do not always rhyme but usually the list includes unexpected or unusual items that can be exaggerated for effect. Bluebirds are currently reading a story called Krindlekrax. There is a creature living in the drain underneath Lizard Street but no one has seen it… yet!

Everyone made a plan of what the monster could look like, sound like, feel like, smell like and considered its behaviour and diet! Imaginations ran wild with lots of funny ideas! We thought about all the famous monsters we know from books and films. One boy suggested Mum’s are sometimes like monsters first thing in a morning when they are roaring at children to get ready if they are late! A very amusing line to end the poem and hopefully entertain our readers! Other pupils tweaked this idea and changed it to the teacher!

Roald Dahl Day

Today we learnt all about Roald Dahl as he is one of our authors in Bluebirds. Today would have been his 102nd Birthday. We tried to list all the books we knew he had written before learning all about him as a person.

Dylan – He was an RAF pilot in World War and was in a crash.
Jessica– He invented a medical valve to help his son
Lexi – He was married twice
Ava – He had to test chocolate bars at school which inspired Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Tanatswa – He was 74 when he died

He is buried in Great Missenden which is in Buckinghamshire.

Finding clues within text

Bluebirds have been using pictures to find clues about their English text. From the title page they predicted what they thought the story might be about and considered:

► Can you think of words to describe him?
► Who is this? What do you think you know about them?
► What do they look like?
► How do they feel? Why do you think this?
► Where do they live? What has happened? Where is he? Who is he? What might happen next?