To link with our topic of Contrasting Climates, we have looked at some fantastic stories set in either the rainforest or arctic conditions.
We've started off the term by looking at The Great Kapok Tree. The story is set in the Amazon rainforest and we are introduced to animals that live within the rainforest who explain to Senhor why it is important to not cut down trees. From this, we have worked on using direct speech and using expanded noun phrases to describe the forest setting.
We then looked at Winter's Child, where the children were able to explore new vocabulary around winter scenes. The children also improved their uses of descriptive language when writing about two contrasting scenes - winter and spring.
Finally, the children have began reading a new novel, The Polar Bear Explorers' Club. We have been able to use the story of an expedition to create our own explorers' clubs and make a set of rules based on those set by The Polar Bear Explorers' Club. They have also learnt lots of new vocabulary within the book, which they have used in planning, drafting and writing recounts in role of our main characters, Stella and Shay.