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Work of the Week

All children at Oakwood strive to produce work that they are proud of.  Each week we celebrate a particular piece of work and display it in our dining hall for everyone to admire!

2023 - 2024

Beech Class have been looking at a poem called ‘What is Autumn?’ and then wrote our own poems. Thomas has thought really carefully about the adjectives he has chosen in his Autumn poem to create a picture in the reader's mind of what he imagines about Autumn. He used all of his senses to support him in this, for example, thinking about how the leaves feel under his feet. When publishing his poem, Thomas took careful consideration when forming ascending and descending letters.

We started our poetry unit with recognising the features of haiku poems. We gathered suitable vocabulary and wrote haiku poems about some habitats. Next, we wrote haikus about volcanoes, which links to our geography lessons. After that we have learned about cinquain poems and wrote our own versions. Isla thought carefully about the number of words in each line as well as choosing powerful vocabulary. She also focused hard on her presentation.

In Acorns 1 we have been learning our phonemes and graphemes. We are using our phonics to help us start to write simple words. During Busy Fingers and Active Learning, we practise the skills we need for writing in lots of different ways. Dilan chose to complete a phonics challenge. He was able to independently use his phonics to sound out and write each word.

Rowan class have been learning to develop a character by exploring their thoughts and emotions. Our work was based upon the narrative poem ‘The Highway Man’ by Alfred Noyes. Aila used a series of rhetorical questions to give her reader an insight into her character’s mind. She used metaphors and an extended noun phrase to add detail.

Sycamore Class have been showing how descriptive they can be in their writing based on an image. Alice demonstrated the use of vivid language and descriptions of the five senses to create an atmosphere in her setting. She used fronted adverbials and rhetorical questions and presented her work clearly and neatly.

2022 - 2023

Sycamore Class have been reading The Pearl Diver by Julia Johnson. They then planned their own version of the story. Rakshanti used a range of sentence starters and figurative language to bring her story to life.

Lime Class read Michael Foreman’s War and Peas to identify the key features of a fable before planning and writing their own. Jacob has used fronted adverbials of time to tell the reader when events in his fable are happening and has edited his work to make sure his speech punctuation follows all the rules perfectly!

Beech class have been learning about narrative texts. We read the story ‘Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion’ and created comic strips to show the main events in the story. For her retelling of Little Red, Harriet thought carefully about the adjectives that she used to make her expanded noun phrases exciting. She also worked hard to make sure that each sentence started in a different way, to avoid repetition. Before publishing her favourite paragraph from her story, Harriet edited her whole story by responding to adult feedback.

This week we have started our new topic ‘Come Outside’ and we have been learning all about Spring. We have been thinking about some of the changes that happen in spring and went on a walk to look for signs of spring. Evie was particularly interested in our new topic and she chose to use her phonics knowledge to write about what she could see in the picture of spring. Evie worked hard to sound out each of the words, and then wrote the correct graphemes.

Lime class read Pie Corbett’s “Alien Landing” story before making their own version with a focus on descriptive language and speech. In her work, Gabriella worked hard to include simile, fronted adverbials and a range of speech verbs to make her retelling of the story come alive!

Rowan class have been learning to write a book review. First, we looked at how the experts write; we identified all the features of a good book review. Then we read the book “The Man who Walked Between the Towers.” Dylan planned his book review. Next he practised using conjunctions of cause and effect to help him add details to the points point that he made. Dylan then used his planning and the steps to success to write his own review. Finally, he worked with his partner to edit and improve his writing.

Ash class have been learning how to write for a range of purposes and have written a book review about the book How to Catch a Star. Finn thought carefully about what he liked or disliked about the book. He explained his reasons, giving examples. He talked about what he would change about the book. Finn also thought about who else might like the book. Finn carefully evaluated and redrafted his work to write a well-presented final draft.

Poplar Class have been writing a first person narrative based on the story ‘Leon and the Place Between’ by Grahame Baker-Smith. Sophia’s narrative is full of descriptive vocabulary describing the sight in the Place Between. She has used some excellent vocabulary detailing her thoughts and feelings as she fell into the darkness. Sophia has also included some excellent fronted adverbials and prepositional phrases to make her writing interesting for the reader.

Cherry used the poem “Into the Blue” to inspire our writing. We then used our geography learning to help us change the poem to be about Kenya. Izzy’s poem included simile, descriptive language and expanded noun phrases. Izzy remembered to use capital letters, commas, full stops and exclamation marks. She also concentrated carefully with her best hand writing.

Maple Class have written narratives inspired by the book “Cinnamon” by Neil Gaiman. This book is set in India and the main character is blind. Maple Class were challenged to include conjunctions, speech and emotive language in their pieces. Ishan’s work was chosen as he used challenging conjunctions throughout his piece. His word choices were imaginative and unique to his narrative. You can tell Ishan is a reader who writes!

Beech class have been learning how to write instructions. We have learned about bossy command verbs and sequencing verbs, and how to use these to write really clear instructions. Annie has edited and improved her writing by adding capital letters to start all of her sentences and full stops to finish them. When publishing her work, Annie focused really carefully on using her best handwriting.

Acorns have been looking at art by the artist Matisse. We created artwork based on L’ Escargot (The Snail).

We used non-fiction books to help us create our own books about snails. Freya used her learning about snails to create a non-fiction book.

Well done to all our writers!