Monthly Archives: February 2017

Run, run as fast as you can…

Today, in phonics, the children recapped their sounds and then read another traditional tale, ‘The Gingerbread Man’ to their partners. As well as discussing characters, setting and events in the story we explored the punctuation such as speech marks, exclamation marks, question marks and apostrophes and how they were used. The children noticed that apostrophes were used in more than one way. The children then compared ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and ‘The Enormous Turnip’ and discussed how they were similar using mind mapping.

Instructions…How to catch a giant!

Today we continued  our work on instructions and Jack and the Beanstalk. Somehow the giant had escaped and Jack needed the children’s help to catch him. The children thought about how they could act out instructions for catching a giant at the same time as saying them out loud.They then worked in small groups and performed their instructions to the class.

Exploring Instructions in Literacy

This week in Literacy the children are learning about instructions. Today we looked at some instructions and discussed why we need instructions and their features. The children picked out a heading, subheading, bullet points, numbered steps and bossy ‘imperetive’ verbs. To help us understand and spot imperative verbs we thought about whether we could act out the word and if it was a word that was ordering us to do something. We had lots of fun pretending to draw…cut…paint…stick. At the end of the lesson we looked at a recipe for pizza and picked out some features as well as acting out the ‘bossy’ imperative verbs. Tomorrow we will be working on giving verbal instructions.

Small world…Enormous Turnip

This week in phonics the children recapped their sounds and then worked in pairs to read an ebook, ‘The Enormous Turnip’ to their partner. They discussed punctuation and the meaning and effect of the words as well as the characters, setting and sequence of events in the story. They then learnt about suffixes and looked at how these were used.After this the children retold the story verbally using small world figures. Finally they created a storyboard and retold the story in words.

Once upon a time…

Once upon a time there was a Year 1 class who were learning about fairy tales in Literacy. One day they listened to and discussed a fairy tale about a man called Jack who climbed up a beanstalk. A fierce giant stomped into classroom and, like Jack, the children all hid and trembled. Eventually, 1 Neverland all helped Jack to cut down the beanstalk and the giant was defeated. Like Jack, the children lived happily ever after…After talking about the characters and what happened in the story, the children created story maps to show the key events in order. During the lesson, the children found Jack’s magic beans and one of the children threw them in our book corner. ..Will the magic beans grow in our classroom?