As in Maths, our English lessons revolve around a 'Writing Cycle'. This means that the children are now able to watch their writing progress before their very eyes! Each time a new topic or focus text is covered, children's lessons involve practising and applying the necessary skills needed in order to become fluent, creative and confident writers.
Our focus text for the new spring half term is: The Chocolate Tree
About this text type:
This half term we will be looking at the Mayan based text titled 'The Chocolate Tree'. Children will learn about the Mayan culture through this text and how one evil God 'Night Jaguar' tries to ruin civilian life in the Mayan areas of the Rainforest!
The story references the significance of rare plants and products that are sacred to Amazon tribes and cultures such as the Mayans. The children will discuss the importance of whether having products such as Cocoa, Coffee and medicines should remain a scred treasure of the Rainforest or whether they should be products to be shared around the world.
Our second piece of writing is based on Poetry.
Our non-narrative unit this half term will be focused around poetry. We will have a range of poetic features and types to explore including list poems and Kennings. We will then create a unique poem based on an area of the Rainforest or an animal that lives in the Rainforest. Children will develop their understanding of how to use rhyme for effect and why Kennings can be more riddling than you may think!
Our non fiction piece of writing will be based on non-chronological reports with a focus on deforestation. The children will learn about the effects of deforestation and how global warming is factored into all continents of the globe.