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⭐️ Phonics: u-e sound ⭐️
We have been working on the variations of the u-e sound. We created words using magnetic letters, cubes, play dough and rainbow markers. 

βš”οΈ Storyboarding Viking Myths βš”οΈ
We have been looking at different myths about the Viking Gods. In groups we created a storyboard to show the story of how Thor got his hammer. 

⭐️ Phonics: oo sound ⭐️
We worked with Miss Byrne to find words to suit all the variations of the oo sound. 

✏️ Prefixes: Miss- and Diss- ✏️
This week we worked on our spelling when using the prefixes miss and diss. Miss Byrne helped us identify when to use each prefix and how we could use them in our writing. On our whiteboards we created words adding Miss or diss. 

⭐️ Phonics: ar sound ⭐️
This week we are focusing on the ar sound variations. Working on whiteboards we sorted our spellings into the different variations. 

πŸ“– National Storytelling Week πŸ“–

We have been reading The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. This week we created our own characters we think would rival the Iron Man. We focused on using lots of adjectives and adding in a simile or metaphor. Once we had drafted our descriptions we typed them on the iPad and used Pic Collage to create different backdrops and add images. 

🌻 Phonics: Ow sound 🌻

We have been looking at the variations of the ow sound this week. We completed a number of activities to help us create and spell words with these variations. 

πŸ’» Word Processing πŸ’»

This week we typed our explanation writing into Microsoft word. We tried our best to format the text ourselves to include headings in bold, symbols and increase the text size. Stay tuned for the final result. 

πŸ”Ž Researching Inventors πŸ”

Our new WAU topic is Inventions and Inventors. We have been researching inventions and inventors that were created in a Northern Ireland. Using our iPads we researched facts about different inventors who are from the local area and created fact files to search this information with the class. 

πŸ’­ Here are some facts we found 

πŸ‘©πŸΌ “The ejector seat was made by a man from Crossgar.” -Maria 

πŸ‘±πŸΌ‍♂️ “Milk Chocolate was created by Hans Sloane. He’s from Killyleagh!” -Finlay

πŸŽ„ Christmas Phonics πŸŽ„

We’ve been looking at the ow and oa sounds. To show off our knowledge of these sounds we made baubles for our oa and ow Christmas trees.  
Our thoughts πŸ’­
πŸ‘©πŸ» “I’m good at the ow sound. I helped my friend spell the words.” -Mia 

πŸ‘±πŸ»‍♂️ “Did you see all the baubles we had? I helped do that too. I know those sounds.” -Rory

πŸ‘« Adverbs πŸ‘«

We created some captions for photos using different adverbs. We did a few on the board first and then worked in groups on our whiteboards to write a few of our own. 

πŸ¦‹ Phonics: Word Building and Spellings πŸ¦‹

This week we used cubes and play dough to build words from our spellings. We also made as many words as possible using whatever magnetic letter we pulled out of the box before the timer ran out.

✍🏼 Writing: Looking at Discussion Texts ✍🏼
Together we looked at discussion texts and highlighted the key features in each paragraph so we know what to include when writing our own discussion piece next week. 

✨ Skills: Using Speech Marks ✨

We have been learning how to use speech marks when writing speech in text. We had to show Mrs Cassidy what we wanted to say without making a sound. 

🍁 Autumn Poems πŸ‚

To celebrate National Poetry Day this week we made Autumn Poems. We looked at acrostic poems and had a go at creating one with the word NATURE. Each of us worked independently to create a poem with our own ideas. 

🐧 Phonics: ch, th and sh 🐧

We had to create a set of fish for the ch, th, and sh penguins. Each penguin only ate fish with the correct sound. 

πŸ™†πŸΌ‍β™€οΈπŸ™…πŸΌ‍♀️ Verb Charades πŸ’πŸΌπŸ™†πŸΌ
We have been learning about verbs. We challenged our friends to guess which verb we were acting out. We weren’t allowed to use words so we wrote our guesses down on a whiteboard. 

🌈 Phonics: Word building 🌈

We used cubes, play dough and magnetic letters to build different words from our spellings. 

πŸ“– Mad Hatter Poems πŸ“–

We made poems like the Mad Hatter in our novel. We independently used Pic Collage to type them up and decorate them. We think they sound amazing. Louis Carroll watch out!

🌼 Skills: Common and Proper Nouns 🌼

We have been working on identifying common and proper nouns. We played a few games to help us understand how to do this. We first had a matching game to sort the nouns into person, place or thing. Then we identified nouns and organised nouns into proper and common nouns based on the picture. 

πŸ“– Reciprocal Reading πŸ“–

We had a reciprocal reading session on chapter 3 of our class novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. We each had the role of clarifier, questioner, predictor or summariser. After we’d finished reading we looked at dictionaries to find the meanings to any words we had read that we were unsure of.

πŸ‘Ύ Phonics: Real and Nonsense Words πŸ‘Ύ

We looked at real and nonsense words this week in literacy. Using our whiteboards we had to read and write as many real or nonsense words as possible before the time ran out on the timer. 

✍🏻 Writing: Discussion ✍🏻
This term we are looking at discussion writing. We talked about how arguments have a for and against viewpoint and how we can give our reasons for both. We had a go at discussing the beach and movies. 

πŸ’«Skills: AdjectivesπŸ’«

We looked at adjectives and how we can use adjectives in our writing. We played a game using adjectives and picture cards. We think our knowledge of adjectives is fantastic. πŸ’ͺ🏻

🀩 Phonics: Sound Dice 🀩

We made words with magnetic letters using our knowledge of phase 1-3 letter sounds. We had to roll the dice to get a sound and then create words using that sound. 

🧩 Phonics Cubes 🧩

We created words using our phase 1-3 phonics sounds using letter cubes. We worked with our partner and independently to create as many words as possible before the timer ended. 

🌼 Playdough Phonics 🌼

We used stampers to create words using our phonics phase 1-3 knowledge. Mrs Cassidy was very impressed with our spelling.