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Autumn Term

This term in English we are going to be looking at all things wild, linking in to our Topic. We are going to begin by exploring the picture book 'Wild' by Emily Hughes. It is a story about a young girl who lives in the wilderness and has learnt how to live from the animals around her. She is discovered by a couple and taken to their home where she struggles to adapt to life as we know it. We will be using the wonderful, vivid illustrations in the text to inspire our descriptive writing. We will also use the images to infer and track the main character's thoughts and feelings throughout the story in order to help us to write a convincing diary entry/ entries from her point of view. 

We will also be using a Literacy Shed video called 'Ride of Passage', a lovely clip about a child sent into the jungle to retrieve the head of the largest animal he can find, only he ends up befriending the animals instead. We will use this clip to practise planning and writing a structured story from beginning to end.

After half term, we will be looking at 'Stone Age Boy', alongside a range of non-fiction texts to help us to write a non-chronological report about the Stone Age. By this point, we will be full of fun facts from our history lessons which we can include.

Finally, as we're winding down for Christmas, we will be producing some Christmas themed poetry based on Roger McGough's 'Sound Collector'

In terms of skills, this term we will be learning about the following: Expanded noun phrases, determiners and personal pronouns, accurate use of a/an, simple, compound and complex sentences, headings and subheadigs, prepositions and adverbs. There is a grammar jargon buster at the end of this page if you're unsure! Our main ongoing focus across this term will be: accurate use of punctuation already taught (full stops, capital letters, commas, exclamation marks and question marks) and consistent tense. For information about the spelling focus this term, please see the homework/support for parents page.

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