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.
English in action at St Anthony's 2020
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!
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.
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…
Writing in Year 6
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.
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.