Week 3 January 18th 2021
Communication Language and Literacy
To use talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking and ideas.
To listen & respond to ideas expressed in a conversation.
To gain an awareness of the use of question words.
What to do:
- Tell me what you know about dragons? How do you know? Encourage your child to use evidence from stories give them examples to help.
- What questions could we ask to help us find out more about dragons? Discuss ideas, and record and model writing some questions, noticing any question ‘words’ used (how, why, when, what, where)
- Notice the question mark at the end of each question. What does it do to the way we say the sentence?
Support Give children plenty thinking time to decide what they want to say. Offer question starter words to help them say their question.
Challenge Encourage children to ask ‘How do we know…’ - questions that suggest we need evidence in our answers, not just a piece of information.
Questions about the story to discuss with your child:
• 1) Where did the dragon live?
• 2) What adjective is used to describe the dragon?
• 3) What was the dragon’s tiny secret?
• 4) Who moved into the cave next door to the dragon?
• 5) Who lived in the cave before George?
• 6)Why was the furniture in George's new cave most inconvenient?
• 7) Why was George feeling miserable?
• 8) Why do you think the dragon flew away?
• 9) Why did George end up having lots of delicious food?
• 10) Where did George live at the end of the story?
• 11) What do you think happened to the dragon at the end of the story?
This week's challenge:
This week the idea is to produce an information book about dragons. Each lesson introduction is live on teams at 9.15 am but below is an overview of the week.
We will use the two pieces we did last week, the word bank and the picture of their dragon to get them started. Then the idea this week is to produce a page a day in their book about dragons.
A suggested structure for the book maybe:
Dragon Anatomy - a completed table that explains dragon parts, a bit like a glossary and a labelled diagram of a dragon.
Dragon passport - name of their dragon, age, address, distinguishing marks, food, special abilities
Dragon poem - Using a simple list of parts of the dragon’s body – head, eyes, scales, claws, tail, etc. Use this as the basis for a simple poem in which you take each part of the dragon and create a simple simile. For example: His Head is bigger than a bus.
Dragon art to complete the book.
You can have fun making, painting and drawing dragons. Egg boxes make good dragon heads!