We have recently started reading the absolute page-turner of a book Wild Robot by Peter Brown. Although, we have only read the first chapter so far we have got off to a superb start, as we took the time to carry out research about robots and write our own non-chronological reports. We shall be continuing to read and base our work on this text, most probably till the end of term, as it provides so much scope to explore many different literary genre and inspire good writing.
In English, this week we have begun the study of the picture book 'Belonging' written by Jeannie Baker. This book, not only has the environmental focus of the regeneration of the city, which will link to our study of living things in their habitats in Science later in the year, but also considers the role of community, the empowerment of people and the significance of children, family and neighbourhood in changing their urban environment. This uplifting book - where gradual change is observed, as the streets slowly become places for safe children’s play, community activity and places for nature and wonder - will not only allow us to partake in many engaging discussions, but will also provide us with a lot of scope to explore many literary genres.
Having been inspired by Tracy and her community's success in bringing about change for the better of the environment, we have concluded our focus on this text by trying to follow suit. We have put pencil to paper and taken the time to write some beautifully presented persuasive letters to Miss Minnis proposing some changes we would like to see take place for the better of the school. We now await patiently for a response to our eco-friendly ideas.
We begun this term by reading the whole school text 'Here We Are: Notes for living on planet Earth' written by Oliver Jeffers. This new beautifully illustrated heartfelt book has supported our transition back to school as it allowed us to explore many topical issues; everything from our own personal experiences during lockdown to the more powerful movement and motives behind the Black Lives Matter campaign. We were also encouraged to reflect on our thoughts and feelings, considering how we might deal with the more negative ones that enter our mind.