Earls Hall Primary School

Carlton Avenue, Westcliff on Sea, Essex. SS0 0QN

Telephone: 01702 333360



Effective Writing!

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It was another busy day at school which started and ended with many of our classrooms being visited by a host of lovely parents. The parents of Foundation Stage and Year Two were all given the opportunity to visit the classroom at either 9.15am or 2.45pm to see the children at work. In Dormice, Robins and Hedgehogs the parents were treated to a storytelling session of ‘The Little Red Hen’ in the style of Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’. The action based story telling helps prompt the children to include key story language when writing independently. In Foxes, Badgers and Owls the children were joined at the tables by parents as they undertook spelling and grammar activities. It was lovely to see so many of the parents come and share in the activities, thank you to everyone who was able to make it along.

Later in the day the children in Year three were involved in more writing activities as they investigated cause and effect conjunctions. The children had to identify which elements of a sentence was the cause, effect or conjunction before creating their own.In English, we use several different words to show cause and effect. Examples are: for, because, as, since, therefore, hence, as a result, consequently, due to, because of, as a result of etc. The children studied examples such as ‘He must be asleep for there is no light in his room’ and ‘I decided to call it a day because I was feeling tired’.

In Owls, in the afternoon, the children were artists as they created their own fantastic dinosaur pictures in a pointillism style. Pointillism was primarily invented by painters George Seurat and Paul Signac. While Impressionists used small dabs of paint as part of their technique, Pointillism took this to the next level using only small dots of pure colour to compose an entire painting. In order to create the pictures the children dabbed small amounts of paint on cotton buds and used them to create small spots of colour to build up the entire picture.

Next door, in Badgers, the children used the xylophones to accompany a reggae backing. The children played the notes C and D to play the tune of a song called ‘Raggae Zoo’.

Upstairs, in 6S, the children played ‘French Bingo’ whilst down the corridor in Elm the children were learning how to sign their names using British Sign Language.