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English in action at St Anthony's
Reception - Peter Rabbit
In response to our interest in Peter Rabbit we planned, wrote and shared our own Peter Rabbit stories. Have a look at our incredible learning journey with our special visitors!
Reception - Superhero Comic Strips
We have been working so hard over the last two weeks creating our own comic books. Our first job was to devise a fantastic superhero story. We dressed up in the superhero costumes we had designed ourselves and acted out our stories. Once the photographs had been created we used caption boxes and speech bubbles to turn them into a comic strips. Our writing was absolutely amazing! We are getting so good at using our phonics skills to write different words. Once our comic strip was finished Mrs Capaldi made it into a book so we can share our fantastic work. What fantastic little superheroes!
Reception - Supertato
We have really enjoyed exploring the story 'Supertato' by Sue Hendra. It has been wonderful to see the children so engaged, acting out the story with their friends and exploring the different characters. When we came into school we discovered that we had some vegetables in distress in our classroom, just like what happens in the story. We worked together to investigate the crime scene and make wanted posters to try and find the evil pea. Thankfully, at the end of the day we discovered that Supertato had managed to capture the evil pea in some jelly. We had so much fun and produced some wonderful writing too! Well done Reception!
Reception - We're Going on an Egg Hunt
We have been learning all about the story 'We're Going on an Egg Hunt' by Laura Hughes. We acted out the story outdoors and thoroughly enjoyed meeting the character of the wolf from the story - he was very friendly really! Once we had become familiar with the text we practised sequencing the events and joining in with the repeating phrases in the text. We even used our phonics skills to go on our own egg hunt around the school, reading the clues and following the instructions, before writing some clues of our own.
Reception - Communication and Language: Finding the Dragon's Egg
Reception met Dodo the Dragon when he got lost in the school grounds. He went home to his owner Sam but visited us again last week. Dodo had lost his dragon egg and needed our help to find it! We carefully read Dodo's letter, then we searched for the egg. Luckily it had a soft landing in our flower bed. We observed the egg and decided we needed to know how to care for it. We brought the egg inside to keep it warm and wrote some amazing letters to a Vinnie the Vet. Vinnie kindly sent a reply telling us how to care for the egg. I wonder if will hatch before Easter? A huge well done to all of Reception. You wrote some amazing letters and we are very proud of you all!
Reception - We're Going on a Pumpkin Hunt
In response to the children's interest in pumpkins we have been learning all about the story 'We're Going on a Pumpkin Hunt'. I have been so impressed with how Reception have retold the story using the repeating refrains and applied their phonics skills in their writing.
Reception - Alien Writing Project
In Reception we aim to inspire the children to gain a love of writing through creative projects. The children really enjoyed creating their own alien models to use in their writing and writing to Beeg, our friendly letter writing alien!
Reception - The Gruffalo
We took part in lots of different creative activities to further our understanding of 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donalson.
Reception - Child Initiated Writing
Year 1's Writing
Year 1 have worked so hard to improve their writing this year. I am so proud of their perseverance, resilience and all they have achieved. Well done Year 1!
Year 1- The Tiger who came to tea
Year 1 had a fantastic afternoon when they acted out the story from The Tiger Who Came to Tea. We made our own sandwiches, created tiger masks and made invitations. We all sat together on the carpet and ate our delicious snacks and juice while we retold the story.
Year 1- Fairytales and Dragons workshop
During reading week Year 1 were lucky enough to take part in a Fairytales and Dragon workshop in order to support their story writing in Literacy. The children watched an incredible performance of The Princess and the Dragon, which they thoroughly enjoyed. The children then had to create their own fairytale land and characters using recycled materials. The workshop sparked the children's imaginations and they came up with some fantastic ideas! Well done Year 1
Year 2's Wonderful Writing
This year, Year 2 have really impressed me with their efforts when writing. I am so proud of all of their achievements and hard work. Come and take a look at some of their wonderful work!
Year 3 - English Writing
This photo story shows the steps the year 3 children have made building up their knowledge for writing; the children are working in groups sorting formal and informal language in preparation for writing letters. These pictures also show the year 3 children reading various shape poems in preparation to write their own based on Ted Hughes' book 'The Iron Man'.
Year 3 Smartest Giant in Town Workshop
For book week Year 3 were involved in a drama workshop based on the Julia Donaldson book 'The Smartest Giant in Town'. The children had a fantastic time taking on roles of giants, humans and animals! They had the opportunity to design the lay out of their own town and play characters from this in various situations.
Writing in Year 4
We love to write in Year 4 and can produce high quality writing in a range of styles. We can use the appropriate conventions and make good use of tier 2 vocabulary.
Year 4 Drama Workshop
We focused on the story 'The Smartest Giant in Town' written by Julia Donaldson. We explored and compared the points of view of the giants and the villagers. We had a fabulous time!
Leeds Children's Mayor Manifestos
Leeds Children’s Mayor (LCM) is an annual citizenship project for primary schools that is now entering its 19th year. Run in partnership between the Democratic Services and Voice, Influence and Change Team at Leeds City Council, the project aims to actively engage children in the process of democracy and promote an understanding of their rights and responsibilities. Year 5 children are asked to write a short manifesto about how they would make Leeds a better city for other children, starting with the following line:
“If I were Children’s Mayor of Leeds I would…”
As a class, we voted for our favourite manifesto which become St Anthony's candidate for the year. A panel of children and young people helped to shortlist them down to a final 12 yesterday, selecting who to move forward to the citywide election and voting stage. We are thrilled that our school entry has made it into the final 12! Let campaigning begin...
Year 5 Poetry Competition: Happiness and Wellbeing
Year 5 love a writing competition and we found the perfect opportunity to showcase our writing skills! The Merrion Centre launched their 'Write a Happy Rhyme - Win a Great Time!' competition and we jumped at the opportunity! To enter, we wrote poems on the theme of 'Happiness and Wellbeing'.
Year 5 Explanation Texts - How does the human ear work?
Year 5 - Poetry inspired by Pie Corbett
Year 5 - Writing across the Curriculum
Year 5 are fantastic authors who love to write! Take a look at some of our fantastic writing from across the curriculum!
Year 5 - Sharing our 'Just So Stories'
Year 5 have been working incredibly hard on their 'Just So Stories' inspired by Rudyard Kipling. Over the last few weeks, we have planned, drafted, edited and published our own stories. Some of these include 'How the owl got his wings', 'How the ostrich got his neck', 'How the whale became so big' and much much more! 'Just So Stories' were written to be read aloud - commonly as bed time stories. Today we gave our writing a real audience: Year 2! We read our stories to a partner and shared our fantastic work.
Year 5 - Creative Writing Workshop at Leeds Central Library
Year 5 joined the bestselling children’s author, James Nicol, for a creative writing workshop at Leeds Central Library. We had a fantastic afternoon and are filled with many story ideas. At the end of the workshop, we had a question and answer session all about life as an author. James gave us lots of top tips for writing and we can’t wait to try them out in the classroom! Thank you!
Year 5 - Beowulf and Warriors Drama Workshop
Year 5 had a special drama workshop celebrating Beowulf. Using narration and working in role,we experienced the story from the point of view of warriors who follow Beowulf on a journey across the Baltic sea to avenge his father’s allies of a monstrous human called Grendel.
Year 6 - Macbeth
This half term, Year 6 have been studying Macbeth. We have all enjoyed taking it in turns to read as the different characters and have had some outstanding cackling witches in particular! In our writing, we have produced excellent newspaper articles to inform the residents of Glamis of King Duncan’s murder and showcased our understanding of showing shifts in formality by using formal conventions in the description and informal conventions in the quotations used. Finally, we ended the unit by creating poems inspired by the Three Weird Sister’s potions – they are revolting! Have a look above at some of the freeze frames created of the witches…
Year 6 Quest Chapters
During Spring 2, Year 6 read BarrowQuest (a non-linear story) and were all hooked by the different challenges the main character (Lin) faced! After we finished this, we created our own Quest Map and were all assigned a different chapter to write. We understood the importance of ensuring each chapter contained a dangerous element that our main character must face as well as showing courage and including a magical element or a puzzle too. Furthermore, we tried hard to include dialogue which advanced the action whilst also using informal conventions within this speech. The final drafts are found in the Year 6 shared area and classroom, come and have a read!
In Year 6, we have all worked incredibly hard to improve our writing this year. We have written a wide range of genres and thought carefully about who our audience is and what the purpose of the text is. Whenever we have started a new genre, we always read an example and annotate the different features as well as conducting research (if it is non-fiction) or reading more examples (if it is fiction). Once we have learnt new grammar and punctuation linked to the genre, we will then complete a first draft. Afterwards, Mrs Nicholson or our writing partners will assess our work and we use green pen to make improvements. Finally, we complete a final draft which could be chosen for display. Have a look at the photographs above of our Quest chapters, Nelson Mandela biographies and Macbeth diary entries…
Year 6's Macbeth Day
On Monday 9th March, Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed their visit from SPLATS Entertainment! The class were split into four groups and each group rehearsed an act from the play written by William Shakespeare. To end the day, the children performed Macbeth to Year 4, Year 5 and some of their parents. It was a wonderful experience and is really going to help inspire their diary writing from Macbeth's perspective.
Writing in Year 6
Year 6's Beowulf and the Warriors Workshop
On Wednesday 4th March, Year 6 participated in a 'Beowulf and the Warriors' workshop - it was a wonderful afternoon! We learnt that Beowulf is the oldest story in written form from England and dates back between the 8th and 10th Century. We completed several activities throughout the afternoon: 1. Created our own imaginery swords and used superb vocabulary to describe them as well as create a backstory as to how we acquired the sword. 2. Became warriors within a mead hall and shared tales of our recent battles - there was a little exaggeration at this point! 3. Used freeze frames to show our warrior qualities in the hope that Beowulf would choose us to join his army.