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heart Within Literacy lessons, we focus all of our work around a text. This means that all of our reading and writing that we do, is based around the characters and the settings that we are learning about. Below is a little information about what we have been up to in Literacy! Please check the images below which link to the information here smiley


heart 'Jumanji' by Chris Van Alsburg

To start off year 5, our Literacy lessons are based around Jumanji. Firstly, we are focusing on the features of a formal letter, and then we will move onto writing a recount of the whole book.


heart Roald Dahl Day

To celebrate 'Roald Dahl Day', year 5 shared their favourite Roald Dahl stories and took part in a 'Live Lesson' by the BBC. At the end of the day, members of the class read aloud their favourite story / poem from Roald Dahl's 'Dirty Beasts' and 'Revolting Rhymes'.


heart Can you read 100 books before you leave St John's?

To start off Autumn 2, key stage 1 and key stage 2 began our reading for pleasure challenge! Hundreds of brand new books have been bought for us to enjoy! We now have our very own booklets where we will tick off each exciting book that we have read and then rate it out of 5 stars. Key stage 2 have the extra challenge of having to review each book they have read. We started off this new reading for pleasure adventure by gathering together and having a funny story read to us by Miss Reynolds. We were surrouded by fairy lights, had a camp fire on our big screens and were able to chill out and relax whilst listening. Key stage 1 listended to 'You can't take an elephant on the bus' by  Patricia Cleveland-Peck and Key stage 2 listened to 'The day I swapped my dad for two goldfish' by Neil Gaiman. In celebration assembly each week, each class will now have a 'golden reader' chosen by the class teacher and their names will go into a draw to win a reading prize at the end of each half term. We are all very excited!


heart 'Mary Poppins' by P.L.Travers

During Autumn 2 and Spring 1, all of our Literacy work is based around 'Mary Poppins'. To start off with, we created our own set of instructions to create a magical sleeping potion for children! This was focused around the special medicene that Mary gave to Jane and Michael in chapter 1. Then, we moved on to  a descriptive piece of writing based around Mary and Bert's magical day day out. After reading chapter 3, we then began to focus on diaries entries and writing in the role of Jane or Michael. Please look at the videos below where some members of class are reading their wonderful work aloud!

 heartA trip to Waterstones! 

During Spring 1, we were lucky enough to visit Waterstones in Manchester! We all got the train to Manchester Victoria, walked along Deansgate and had a lovely tour of this magical bookshop! We were each given a budget and were able to choose our very own book. Once we got back to school, we spent the afternoon reading for pleasure. We were all absolutely delighted with our new books. What a wonderful day we had!

heartStorytelling week with David Walliams!

This week has been National Storytelling week and the whole school has taken part in celebrating the magic of storytelling! Our theme this year has been 'Storytelling week with David Walliams'. On Monday, we started off the day with an assembly with Mrs Campbell and Miss Reynolds where we played storytelling games and looked at books written by David Walliams. (We were especially excited as we are going to watch 'Billionaire Boy' at the theatre in July!) After assembly, the whole school went back to class where their teacher read them a David Walliams story. We read 'There's a snake in my school' which we loved and found so funny! After we had chatted about the book, we began creating our very own animal which we could take to school. We created animal puppets, and although we found it quite tricky, we had a really fun morning. On Tuesday, we had a suprise teacher come to read to us at the end of the day which was a lovely treat. At the end of the day on Wednesday and Thursday, year 6 pupils  came to each class to read us a story which was very exciting. Then, finally on Friday, we all gathered together to share our storytelling creations. What a lovely week we have had!

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