Category Archives: AoLE Languages, Literacy and Communication

Caroline Lawrence – How to write a great story!

The wait was over for KS2 today as they finally got to meet, million selling author, Caroline Lawrence. She gave an overview of some of her amazing 35 books and then took us through the 7 stages of a great story! The children were engrossed in what she had to say and particularly loved the Roman ‘Poo Stick’ she presented! They also got to see and feel a Roman signature pad containing honey and a Roman belt pouch. She was then kind enough to stay behind after school and sign over 80 books for the children. The children learnt so much from this wonderful author and can’t wait to put these writing tips into practice. They also received a book each from her. I hope they enjoy them! They can find out more about the author at http://www.romanmysteries.com/

In the link below, the children can watch some of the presentation again (it does take a while to load!)

Caroline Lawrence

 

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Save Ioan!

What a traumatic week we have had in Year 1. The Evil Pea, from the story Supertato has been causing chaos in our classroom. He has now kidnapped our class mascot Ioan the Sheep. This morning, we have been busy using the persuasive skills that we have been developing in our language sessions to try and persuade the Evil Pea to return him. We’ve also been busy making posters and writing messages to the peas to stay away from our school!

We are hoping Ioan comes back  this afternoon….

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Investigating Instructions in Year 2

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This week the Year 2 children have enjoyed being instruction investigators. They learned all about bossy verbs and worked brilliantly on a range of activities. Firstly, we looked at bossy verbs in sentences and how they are used to give clear instructions. Then the children completed a concept sort activity, where they had to sort bossy verbs into four categories: directions, craft, cooking and exercise. We then realised that we had a problem in class; Caroline didn’t know how to make squash. So, the children worked in groups to give her clear, precise instructions using a range of bossy verbs and time connectives. Finally, the children enjoyed investigating instructional texts on Get Epic, looking for bossy verbs and other features of the genre. Next week we will be undertaking lots more activities linked to instruction texts… including making a very tasty treat which the children will be bringing home!

Diwrnod Shwmae yn Blwyddyn 2

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On Monday, the Year 2 children enjoyed celebrating Diwrnod Shwmae. The event aims to show that the Welsh language belongs to us all – fluent speakers, learners or those shy about their Welsh. The children made colourful Shwmae banners to promote the Welsh language, and enjoyed using Shwmae in their conversations throughout the week.

Shwmae!

For Nursery and Reception today, we found out what it means to be a friend. We played some circle time games encouraging us to find new, old, or different friends to work with.

We also had fun shouting SHWMAE! and making hats to show how proud we are.

Reception challenged themselves to say ‘Shwmae’ as many times as they could in 20 seconds, and played the ‘Shwmae’ game.

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Book Fair Success!


A huge ‘Thank You’ to everybody who supported our Scholastic book fair this week. The total spent was £789.30, which means we will receive 60% commission on all purchases! This works out as £473.58 which we can spend on purchasing new reading material for the children. Diolch yn fawr everybody. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Fabulous Faces!

Reception have been exploring the features on their faces, we looked at some faces without eyes and mouths, the children decided that we needed both to work out how we feel.

We had some fun creating our own faces using pumpkins and biscuits, yummy!

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Hwyl yn y Parc yn yr Hydref

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The Year 2 children have been working hard on their Welsh skills this week. They enjoyed listening to the story ‘Hwyl yn y Parc yn yr Hydref’, which is all about the different things that people like to have fun doing in the park in the Autumn. We decided that a visit to the park would definitely be needed to help the children decide what they like doing, so off to the park we went! The children asked each other lots of questions using ‘Beth wyt ti’n hoffi?’, and they enjoyed answering using the new phrases that we learned in the story. The children have now started making their own pages for our class book based on the story, and are using Hwb to add photographs and word-processed sentences to describe what they like doing in the park.