Each half term we base our learning on a different core text from the Read in to Writing curriculum. Each book relates to our termly topic and allows the children to delve into high-quailty picture books and children's fiction written by much-loved authors such as Beatrix Potter and Roald Dahl to achieve greater depth in reading and writing.
Please find below the texts that we are going to be looking at this term.
Summer 1 - The Way Home for Wolf
Wolf cub Wilf doesn't want help from anyone. Whatever it is, he can do it all by himself. But when Wilf finds himself lost and alone in the chill of the Arctic night, he discovers something important: sometimes we all need the helping hand of a friend.
This six-week unit is a study of The Way Home for Wolf. The sequence of learning will develop children’s understanding of the story, characters, themes and language. The children are taught to apply what they have learned to their own writing, making choices to affect their readers’ thoughts and feelings. All learning culminates in a final piece of work, where the children apply all that they have learned about this story to write a diary entry by Wilf the wolf for the end of the story. They complete the sentence ‘I knew I was home because…’, writing about the feelings and insights Wilf has gained from his travels. All extracts, resources, session planning and teaching slides are included within this unit.
Sapling class having been really enjoying their new core text and this week we have been writing our very own acrostic poems about Arctic winters. The children have done a brilliant job of editing and improving their writing and then completed a lovely final piece to go up on display. They are all very proud of their writing!
Summer 2 - Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine
In English we will be reading about the story of the previously most longest reigning monarch, Queen Victoria and her famous bathing machine. Poor Queen Victoria! She loves to swim, but can't quite figure out how to get to the water without her devoted subjects glimpsing her swimming suit. (Because, of course, such a sight would compromise her royal dignity.) Fortunately for the water-loving monarch, it's Prince Albert to the rescue with an invention fit for a queen!
The bathing machine was a device, popular from the 18th century until the early 20th century, to allow people to change out of their usual clothes, change into swimwear, and wade into the ocean, without being seen in their swimsuits. During this term we will be looking at how the machine was created and see if we can have a go at designing one of our own during beach tribe to get our own royal king or queen to the sea without being spotted!