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In the first paragraph of our text, our two characters find and open a mysterious box. We have been pretending to be Joe and Rahul, debating what the box may be and exploring their emotions when they opened it. Watch the results of our drama work below.

Joe and Rahul 2

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Joe and Rahul 1

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Our new text, Sandy Cove, is set around a sandy cove. Part of the story takes place in a cave. We have been pretending to visit the cave and have used our dramatisations and our sensory bag to think about what the cave may have looked, smelt and sounded like.
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We have started a new text called Sandy Cove. Can you guess what it is about from our story map below?
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We have learnt our poem off by heart so that we can start to innovate it. You can see us performing it below.

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As our hook task for poetry, we watched some examples of poems being performed on the BBC website. We chose one in our pairs and had a quick go at learning it. We only had fifteen minutes and we did an amazing job, as you can see for yourself in the videos below.
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We are starting a new unit about poetry. The poem we're reading is about a journey through a forest. Today we pretended to be walking in a forest and used our drama work to describe this setting to one another.  
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Today we completed a shared write for our class explanation text ideas. For each short paragraph, we shared our ideas with a partner verbally and then as a class. We wrote up the very best ideas for our washing line. We will use this shared write to help us with our own innovated texts. 
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We are studying explanation texts in Spring One. We have started by designing our own machine and verbally explaining how it works. This will lead to some writing later in our unit.

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We have been writing our final drafts of our Booker Prize stories. To ensure that they are perfect, we have been reviewing one another’s work, giving each other targets to work on. You can see us below, busy writing next steps for one another.
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It is Booker Prize week. We are busy writing diary entries about a story or event of our choice. We have started with some hot seating and with performing our recounts as a monologue.
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We have been boxing up our new text. We discussed the key events and the structure of the text. We started to talk about how we could innovate the text, keeping the same structure. You can see our boxing up below.
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Our text has lots of figurative language in it. We have been inspired to generate some of our own similes, metaphors and personification. You can read some of the examples below.
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We do love a bit of drama in 6M. Today we acted out the ending of our story, where Mitch and Connor escape from the caravan in a storm and discuss what to tell their parents. Some of us wrote some scripts for our dramatic scene and you can hear the results of some of them below.

What will we tell our mums?

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Our new text, The Caravan, is about what happens to two boys who are in a dangerous place in a storm. Today, we imagined what it would be like to be caught in a storm. We watched and listened to some storms. We pretended to be in a caravan in a storm and shared ideas about what we would see, smell, hear and feel. Then, we worked in groups to create poems to describe a storm. Watch our performances below. Can you recognise any personification, similes, metaphors or onomatopoeias?

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Our new text is all about the dangers of electricity. To introduce us to this, we watched some electrical safety videos and then used what we found out to create our own advice videos. You can see us working on our videos below.
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We have a new text to learn- The Caravan. It is a warning story about two boys who ignore instructions and get themselves into a dangerous situation. You can see our story map for it below. Can you work out what the pictures stand for?
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In our talk for writing lessons, we share a lot of ideas for successful writing with one another. Today, we worked together to innovate our current text, the prosecution statement. We innovated it in mixed pairs and then shared our ideas as a class.

 

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Do you know the language and structural features that a piece of persuasive writing should have? We have read lots of examples and have picked out some toolkit features to use in our own texts. You can read them below. 
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Over the next few weeks, we will studying the features of persuasive writing. We are studying a prosecution statement against Tony Green, the alleged kidnapper in our last talk for writing text. You can see the text map of our persuasive statement below.

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We have been learning about the features of suspense writing. We have identified examples in our current story and have been trying to use them in our writing.
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We have been learning our story and choosing actions for it. You can see us rehearsing below.

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To help us become really familiar with our new text, we have been acting out some of the key events and have been exploring the emotions that the characters feel during these events. You can watch some of our drama work below.

Kidnapped!

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Kidnapped

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Our first text of the new year is "Kidnapped!" Below you can see the text and our story map. 
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