Reading into Writing: Blog items

Year 3- Finding features!

Date: 22nd Feb 2024 @ 2:47pm

In this lesson we began to explore the features of a fable. The children used the success criteria made in previous lessons to identify a range of features.  

Year 4 - Planning for LGBTQ+ news report

Date: 1st Feb 2024 @ 8:33pm

As a class, we did a carousel to make a group plan for a news report about Blackpool Pride.

Year 4 - LGBTQ+ research

Date: 22nd Jan 2024 @ 9:05pm

We started our LGBTQ+ research today. In Reading into Writing, our genre is News Reports. We used our digital literacy skills to research Blackpool Pride. We will use this information to write News Reports about Pride in Blackpool.

Year 2- No Pen Morning

Date: 17th Jan 2024 @ 8:06am

Yesterday, we took part in no pen morning. In Reading into Writing, we were starting to look at present and past tense verbs; we did a loop card game to start before we sorted verbs and sentences into past and present tense. In Maths, we started our new unit of money, we counted pence to find different amounts and matched it to the correct price label. 

Year 5 - Digital Literacy No Pen Morning

Date: 16th Jan 2024 @ 8:24pm

To develop our digital literacy skills, pupils at Boundary spent the morning completing maths and writing lessons using only digital devices. For reading into writing, pupils used their chromebooks to publish their creation stories from Aboriginal culture. For maths, pupils used the BBC Micro:bits to create a rock, paper, scissors game. This was the first time pupils have used these tiny computers, and they even improved the code to reset after each turn, display a welcome message when the device was turned on, and make sound effects! 

Year 4 - No Pen morning

Date: 16th Jan 2024 @ 1:28pm

In Year 4, we were introduced to a multiplication competition on a website called Emile first thing this morning and we did lots of times tables to gain points for our school. Then we went on a typing skills website ( where we put on headphones and practised some typing skills. After we learnt typing skills, we learned how to use some of the skills on Google Docs (e.g bold, italic). We then used these skills to highlight some of the features of a Newspaper report like we have been doing in Reading into Writing. In Maths, some children matched 3D and 2D shapes into the correct columns on a worksheet. Everyone else continued their work on multiplying 2 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers.

Reception Phase 3 Phonics

Date: 15th Jan 2024 @ 12:34pm

This week the children have starting learning the phase 3 digraphs.  The children have been busy applying their phonics knowledge when reading and writing in the areas.  The children have been using their robot arms to orally segement the words and then finding the correct sound on the sounds mat.  Have a look at some of our wonderful writing.

Year 4 - Learning our spellings

Date: 12th Jan 2024 @ 1:13pm

We kicked off the first Friday of Spring 1 learning our spelling rules and the definitions of our words.

Year 5 - Reading Returns

Date: 11th Jan 2024 @ 4:37pm

After two weeks away over Christmas, pupils in year 5 are back and hard at work improving their reading and reading comprehension skills. As usual, this week pupils have been exploring texts related to our writing journey, Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories from Australia. Pupils read and discuss the text in a small group before answering comprehension questions about what they have read. Other children were working independently on our online resource, 'Reading Plus' - reading different genres of text and answering questions.

Year 4- Finding Features of News Articles

Date: 11th Jan 2024 @ 1:06pm

In Reading into Writing, Year 4 have been identifying structural and language features of newspaper reports and online news articles. Firstly, we looked at some examples of newspaper articles and highlighted the features that we noticed. After this, we used our digital literacy skills to look at some news articles online and were given post it notes to label the features that we found. We will continue to read and annotate a range of news articles and will plan and write our own news article in the next couple of weeks.

Year 3- Figurative Language!

Date: 14th Dec 2023 @ 2:54pm

In Reading into Writing we have been looking at shape poems. From our learning of alliteration, similes and metaphors we then applied this to create a bank of phrases and words linking to our christmas theme. 

Year 5 - Text Feature Detectives

Date: 12th Dec 2023 @ 9:37am

As our Reading into Writing journey into stories from other cultures continues, pupils were challenged to find structure and language features from a variety of different text. We have been learning about the Australian Aborigional Dreamtime stories, a group of creation stories from their culture. Pupils identified the features before working collaboratively to find them in different stories.

Year 4- Writing Playscripts

Date: 7th Dec 2023 @ 4:28pm

Year 4 have been focusing on writing playscripts. This week, we have watched a couple of the scenes from Arthur Christmas and have written a film script of these scenes as a class. We have thoroughly enjoyed looking at the main features of play/film scripts and using these in our own shared writing. We look forward to planning and drafting our own film scripts later on this half term.

Year 2- Describing Settings

Date: 7th Dec 2023 @ 1:29pm

Year Two have further been exploring descriptive writing and today focused on describing settings. We used adjectives and adverbs to describe what we could see, hear, smell and imagine what it might feel like. We worked in groups to create a bank of ambitious vocabulary that can help us when we come to write our Christmas story soon. 

Year 4- Laurel's Reading Champions

Date: 30th Nov 2023 @ 7:57pm

Well done to our new Reading Champions in Laurel. You have read three times this week and been on Reading Plus for half an hour. Hopefully there will be more pupils in Laurel that can earn their Reading Champion badges! Keep up the good work! 

Year 4 - Acting from a filmscript

Date: 30th Nov 2023 @ 10:15am

In Reading into Writing we have been looking at playscripts and filmscripts. Today we had a go at acting out part of the filmscript from Arthur Christmas.

Year 6 - Oak's Reading Champions Library Choices

Date: 28th Nov 2023 @ 11:15am

Here are the books Oak's Reading Champions chose today in the library. We will give feedback on the books once we have finished them. Stay tuned...

Reception There's no such thing as a Gruffalo

Date: 21st Nov 2023 @ 6:13pm

The children in Reception have been reading the story 'The Gruffalo'.  They have been using props at the storytelling table to retell the story, using loose parts to make their own Gruffalo models, making repeated patterns using autumnal objects, completing Gruffalo themed maths activities, making lists of the Gruffalo's favourite food and making Gruffalo food outside in the mud kitchen.  What a busy week! Have a look at our wonderful learning.

Year 4 - Remembrance poppies

Date: 9th Nov 2023 @ 9:05am

In preparation for Remembrance Day over the weekend, we have been busy doing an art activitiy to make poppy art. We have spoken about why we celebrate Remembrance Day and practise a new medium using clay in art. Year 3 created the background of our clay art using charcoal. We have also been looking at some famous Remembrance poems and some children have used their best handwriting to rewrite them.

Reception-Halloween Fun!

Date: 5th Nov 2023 @ 9:53pm

This week Reception have been having a spooky time in class!

We listened to the story Room on the Broom, had fun retelling it at the story table, made repeating patterns on a witches hat, and also using spooky objects, painted pumpkins and spiders and wrote CVC words from the story too. 

Ouside the children carved pumpkins and made spooky potions.

Year 2 Finding Features

Date: 2nd Nov 2023 @ 2:54pm

Our first journey for this half term is writing a character description. Before we begin to plan and write our own, we explored lots of different character descriptions from Roald Dahl's books including: The BFG, Miss Trunchball, Fantastic Mr Fox and Grandma in George's Marvellous medicine. We carefully searched for adjectives and adverbs and recorded them in a grid so we can magpie some idea's for our own and some descriptions even included similes!

Year 4- Laurel's Reading Champions

Date: 30th Oct 2023 @ 7:54pm

Well done to the first Reading Champions in Laurel Class! They have been reading at home at least 3 times a week and accessed Reading Plus for at least 30 minutes. We are excited to see who our next Reading Champions will be. 

Year 5 - No Pen Morning

Date: 19th Oct 2023 @ 4:43pm

On Wednesday morning it was No Pen Day at Boundary. We had a great time in class, learning without using pens and pencils to record our work. For maths, pupils completed a tarsia puzzle, which required them to recall our previous learning and match numbers to Roman numerals. For our Reading into Writing lesson, pupils worked in small groups to build a non-chronological report from different features.

Reception Phonics Fun

Date: 17th Oct 2023 @ 8:13pm

This half term the children children in Reception have been beginning to learn their phase 2 letter sounds.  They have been taking part in a daily phonics session learning four new sounds per week.  The children have had lots of opportunities during continuous provision and adult led activities to practices recognising the graphemes, hearing the initial sound in words, orally segmenting simple words and blending sounds to read simple words.  It is really important that the children have an opportunity to practice their early reading skills at home by reading their home reading book a minimun of three times per week.  

"a a apple" Isla

"m-a-p map" Sid

"t for teddy' Levi

Year 6 - 'No Pen' morning

Date: 17th Oct 2023 @ 2:54pm

We've had a great morning in Year 6 with our first 'No Pen' morning of the year. We began with some grammar and punctuation work, where in pairs we picked different cards with tasks on and discussed them together. We then fed back to the class our answers and checked that we were right. Then we moved on to lots of oracy work - this began with asking 'would you rather...' questions to our partners. We had to give reasons for our own choices and listen carefully to our partner's resposnes. If we were picked, we had to give the response our partner gave. We finished the first session with some agree, build on, challenge statements. Again, this gave us lots of opportunities to talk to other children and give justifications for our answers. In Maths, we carried out different activities in the 2 groups, including loops card games, tarsias and orally explaining mistakes in calculations.