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In English, we have been learning about the genre of newspaper articles. To start, we read through an example to refresh our knowledge of the features and layout. Then, we looked closely at the langugae used, by reading through different examples of headlines, introductions, paragraphs and conclusions, and discussed which were the most effective examples and why.
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In order to improve our story writing, we studied the three main elements: plot, character and setting. As part of this learning, we looked at great examples of these from exisiting books, discussing these in our groups. This helped to give us an idea of what makes a successful piece of writing, which meant we could apply these ideas to our own work.
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We enjoyed studying the novel  'Holes' in our English lessons. As part of this, we looked closely at the main characters. One lesson, we focused on Mr. Sir, one of the camp wardens. Using the evidence from the text we drew him and then labelled our drawings with quotes, explaining what they told us, and what they showed us (implied).
We started this term by carrying out some research into the three art movements that we are focusing our topic learning on: Impressionism, expressionism and surrealism. Each of us then chose one movement to write a non-chronological report about.
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We combined our computing and english skills to create our own animations! First, we learnt about character description, and used our descriptive writing skills to describe an alien. Then, we brainstormed some short story ideas, featuring our characters. From this, we were able to create storyboards, which we then used to help us create an animation. Our teamwork on this task earned us some team points, and we produced some excellent films!
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We learnt about factfiles in English. To help us to think about the different features of this genre of writing, we were given a fact file that was cut up. It was, however, colour coded. We had to think about what the different colours represented and then how we could lay all of these sections out to create a finished factfile. We then used this learning to help us to plan our own factfiles about the hierarchy of Ancient Egypt.
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