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The learning below is to cover the reading and writing lessons for this week.


WAIL to say what I think and explain why

Success Criteria:   I can say what I think and explain why

Please watch the teaching video in the link below. You will need to pause the video to think about the questions being asked and to share your ideas with an adult. I would like you to make notes of key vocabulary you think of and any phrases that help you describe the front cover of the book we will look at. Keep these notes as we will be using them later in the week.

Teaching video 1.

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WAIL to recognise the key features of writing

Success Criteria: I can  identify writers tools


Today we are looking closely at winter poetry. Please watch the teaching video in the link below. You will need to pause the video at different points so that you can look closely at the words in the poem and to discuss the different features we learned about last term. Some things to look out for are: alliteration, rhyme, repetition, onomatopoeia, simile and descriptive phrases and vocabulary.

Teaching video 2.

Watch the video in the link below.

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WAIL I can express my ideas through poetry

Success Criteria: I can write poetically about winter


Please write down on strips of paper the following words: crisp, frosty, icy, chilly, cold, nippy, cool, freezing, frozen, cold winds, biting air, cruel winds  Watch teaching video 3a and have a go afterwards at arranging the vocabulary in order of its 'word power'. Don't forget to add any other words or phrases you might have found when reading through the poems. 

Teaching video 3b and 3c are to be worked through and then you are to have a go at writing your own poem. Video 3d takes you through Mrs Pritchard writing a second verse to her poem and will be a good extension for those who are more confident in their writing.  


WAIL to identify interesting facts about hibernation

Success criteria: I can find information from non-fiction texts

Watch teaching video 4. below and discuss with an adult your thoughts and ideas. At points in the video you will be directed to watch the two video clips listed here. Stop the video and complete the activity requested.


Once you have watched the rest of the teaching video please write a description of what hibernation is - imagine you are telling someone who doesn't know what hibernation is. Say what it is and why some animals hibernate. 

Teaching video 4.

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