23rd October 2017

We have finally reached half term and 4DE definitely deserve their break! We have worked very hard this week on planning and writing descriptions of an illustration from the WWII story, Rose Blanche. We found it quite difficult to remember to use all of the different features we have been learning about (eg, adjectives, adverbs, expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials…), but had a very good try.  However, when we compared our writing to our attempts a few weeks ago it was quite clear just how much progress everyone has made in just a few weeks – well done! 

Everyone has also been working really hard to memorise and perform our class poem, Little Red Riding Hood, by Roald Dahl. Working in groups, we learnt our parts and practiced using tone, expression and body language to enhance the poem. We later watched back videos to review our performances, and voted on our favourite to be uploaded to the class website. We chose Izzy, Alannah and Ebony’s performance – we particularly enjoyed their use of humour, as well as their clear, expressive voices. Well done girls!

After all our hard work, we enjoyed some time creating artwork based on the blitz. We blended different colours of paint to create a dramatic background, and will complete our pictures with a silhouette of the London skyline when we return after half term.

Whilst we are very pleased to have a week-long break, we were very sad to say goodbye to Phoebe who is leaving us to go to Jamaica. As a leaving gift, we wrote some personal messages to her in a copy of Letters from the Lighthouse (our class reader), so she can remember us and not miss out on the ending of the story! We have also exchanged email addresses and look forward to hearing from Phoebe and her family when they settle in. We would also quite like to organise a class holiday to visit her!

I hope you all have a great week off – but don’t forgot to keep up with your reading! I will be introducing some new incentives next term to keep up our levels of motivation, as regular reading is essential in improving our success in ALL areas of learning!