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At Spilsby Primary Academy we value reading as a key life skill and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We aim to develop a love of reading and books through our whole-class reading approach. We believe that reading is key for academic success and progress in all areas of the curriculum; therefore, we provide our pupils with the comprehension skills to respond to wide range of different text types.

Reading is vital to everything we do at Spilsby Primary and we are delighted to be part of the Book Pen Pals scheme.  Every year, we are teamed up with an author/illustrator who send us book recommendations via postcards.  The recommendations are a classic, a less well-known book you know and love, a brand-new release, or anything in between. We also get to send postcards back to our author/illustrator.  


This year we have been receiving recommendations from: Emma Perry. 

Year 6 created their own Polar themed Haiku Poetry. They first looked at the structure and layout of the different example poems and what vocabulary was used in them. They then chose their own favourite Polar animals and created a word bank of vocabulary to describe it’s movements, appearance and behaviours. 
Following this, they then began to put their poems together using the 5,7,5 syllable pattern. Upon completion of their first draft, year 6 then tested replacing words with a range of synonyms to help the poem have the most impact upon the reader. 
Year 6 created their own Polar themed newspaper report after first looking through example texts to help identify the structure, layout, grammar and range of punctuation used within the WAGOLL piece. 
They then began their report by first planning the different paragraphs content and what writing features they could include. The next step was to create an introduction using the 5Ws ( what, where, when, who and why), helping the reader to know what would be in the report. Upon completion of the first draft, the children then looked back upon their planning to edit and ensure they had covered all their points and included different forms of punctuation. 

This week's whole class reading text for Year 4 was the brilliant CBBC book 'Incredible Edibles' by Stefan Gates. We've looked at the text about creating a naked egg and tried the experiment ourselves for British Science Week.

This week in Year 4, we've been creating adverts for our own magic potion. Cooper's is too good not to share...

Some fantastic 'Darwin’s Delights' newspaper reports, created by year 6, focusing on Future Humans.

So proud of this little girl in EYFS using her phonics to write a question, question mark & all! So independent & responsible in her learning, using the phonics wall "to check the digraphs". A very worthy Gold Card!

Some of the Year 2 children proudly showing off their list poems all about for their 'School Days' project.

Year 2 making use of the working wall in English this morning to sequence the story of Hansel and Gretel.

Year 5 are very proud of their adverts. They have created persuasive adverts and used iMovie to present them. They have then created QR codes to their adverts.

Year 2 have used imperative verbs in their instructions for creating a woodland crown this week and published their final pieces today.

Some lovely remembrance poems written in year 5 today.

In English this week Year 2 have been looking at Little Red Riding Hood so today they used the IPads to retell the story in their own way! Some used Scratch Jr others narrated the story with others using Comic Strip Design to publish the story!

An excellent class effort at a slow write this morning using ISPACE. Making careful vocabulary choices and creating amazing sentences

An amazing recount by Hannah in Year 4 of our brilliant Stone Age to Iron Age workshop day with Past Productions . So many brilliant writing skills used here

When a vocabulary check during whole class reading leads to a full on discussion about the periodic table. Year 4 always eager to learn and even linked it to their Y3 project about Mighty Metals!

Year 1 have been reading for enjoyment this afternoon. Sharing their home reading book with a friend.

This week the children have been learning the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, the children used the skill of role play and performances to retell the story to their peers.

Wow, what a brilliant recount planning session! The excitement & enthusiasm from Y4 talking about their workshop day with Past Productions & how we can fit in text features, content in paragraphs, specific grammar & anecdotes was awesome

Year 4 really enjoyed looking for features in a 'WAGOLL' recount text this morning. We can't wait to use them in our own writing to tell everyone about our stone age visitor, who will be visiting us for a workshop tomorrow.

The best bit about moving up a year with my class is knowing exactly what knowledge was shared last year. Reading this book with a child today, and I asked what tower is in Japan that we learnt about in 'Towers, Tunnels & Turrets' and so many children could remember, super proud!

Year 6 have worked hard on creating an exciting Egyptian Narrative. They thought about the whole presentation process: powerful grammar and punctuation, to storyboard pictures. All to entertain the reader and create a vivid picture in their minds.

This week, the children in Years 3 and 4 have been writing cinquain poetry about iron age jobs. They have had to think carefully about writing a poem with 5 lines, selecting words with a set number of syllables and from the right word class. They have done a superb job!

As well as writing and editing their poems, they have been working on reading aloud their writing with appropriate intonation and volume.

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Year 4 have created some fantastic non chronological report posters about Stonehenge. They've looked carefully at the features of a report and tried hard to include them in their own writing.

Here are some of Year2 using imperative verbs in the instruction writing explaining how to plant a seed!

Year 6 took a deeper look at the role of the Pharaoh this week. They then chose one to do some deeper research and create a fact-file in English. They looked at the presentation, layout and structure of different reports and decided upon areas of the Pharaohs life to report on.

This morning, Year 2 had to follow a set of instructions about how to plant a seed. After planting a seed in groups, they then had to think about what features make a good set of instructions.

We are using peer feedback across several pieces of work to improve our English.

Year 6 have worked creatively today to plan their Pharaohs storyboard/story maps

In English, year 2 followed a set of instructions and planted a seed.

Year 5 are rehearsing a poem to perform to the class. They are ensuring they use a range of performance skills.

Year 6 worked hard on the structure and layout of their Pharaohs fact file in English today. They highlighted their research to group ideas and planned it’s presentation layout.

Year 3 chose a project book to practise their 'reading and retrieving' at the end of English today, great teamwork!

Year 2 used their research skills on the IPads to find some information about their woodland creature in English.

Year 2 have used their knowledge of cacti and daffodils to create some non-chronological reports in English this week.

This week in guided reading Year 4 have been looking in detail at the vocabulary and meaning of a Celtic insults poem. Today we have been working on fluency and expression and have created a performance of the poem with real feeling.

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Year 6 using peer reading to build their skills in their Drop Everything And Read session this week.

Year 6 have used the story of ‘ The heart and the bottle’ and the changing emotions to create their own poem. They took ownership of it by choosing the layout they wanted to follow to present it.

Story time with Freddie! An absolutely stunning piece of writing.

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Reception are ready to save the world! With their super phonics & #imagination powers, they've told us what their superhero name & superpowers are. So we can now choose the right superhero to save us!

We're loving Paddington Bear this week, today we've thought about what we'd take if we went on holiday with him and why. All sort of things have been packed, from mosquito nets to hand gel and going all over the world from London to Brazil and Iceland!

Year 6 are designing their fund- raising posters to advertise their forthcoming Dodgeball Tournament for the British Heart Foundation.

In English, Year 3 peer assessed each other’s work to make corrections and edit their work before publishing it tomorrow!

Year 6 have had a great morning in English researching the adverse effects of smoking on the human body. They then used this knowledge to recognise and explain the impact of diet, exercise, chemical substances and lifestyle in their Science lesson . This in turn help their understanding by discussing habits, choice and support in their PSHE lesson.

This morning Year 1 have been making marmalade sandwiches for Paddington Bear. Tomorrow we are going to write the instructions so other people can enjoy making them too!

Year 3 and 6 have taken turns to read their mythical stories to each other. They discussed which features they should include for their year group and aimed to identify them in each other’s.

We've gone back to 1666 and we're in Pudding Lane, what could be happening? This week Year 2 are learning about the Great Fire of London and have made bread. They've thought about the order ready to write instructions.

Absolutely fabulous analysis of a maya poem in Year 5 this morning. Such deep thinking and great reading of the imagery and poet's specific choices of language and form.

Super independent writing in Year 1. We have been very resourceful and used lots of things to help us.

So proud of Year 5's double-page spread non-chronological reports about Mexican animals. They've taken such pride in their presentation and they are spectacular.

Year 3 proudly showing off their amazing myths based on Theseus and the Minotaur!

Year 3 did some amazing self and peer marking today in English! They’ve worked hard creating their myths and now worked with each other to improve their writing even more!

Reception found some very interesting eggs outside today. We wondered who they belonged to! We have decided to keep them safe until they hatch or are collected by whoever left them behind. We have been writing a list of instructions of how to look after them.

Year 2 have told the story of Rapunzel through Talk for Writing this week, we are really excited to write it tomorrow!

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A great afternoon combining year 3 and 4 to study the Battle of Marathon! They sequenced the battle before writing a recount as if they were an Athenian or Persian soldier!

This week in English, Year 3 have been looking at the myth of Icarus and Daedalus! They studied the myth before writing a diary entry from the viewpoint of either Icarus or Daedalus!

A fantastic effort during letter writing this week, and an even more fantastic effort from some children with their handwriting. Working super hard for a pen license!

Absolutely stunning instruction-writing in Year 5 this week. We've looked in detail at the Ancient Maya game of Pok-ta-pok and the children have created the most amazing instructions.

Year 2 are learning about the parts of the castle this week. Yesterday we labelled them, today we've used iPads, books and information to help us work out what the parts of the castle are used for to help them make a definition and at the end of the week we're making posters to show the parts of the castle. Great teamwork Year 2!

Year 4 have continued researching the Greek Gods, this time working in groups of 6 to produce 12 fact files showing the unique qualities of each. 🏛🏺

I couldn't be prouder of Year 5 today. Their Blitz poetry has absolutely floored me. The creativity, emotion and stunning use of language that comes through each and every one of them is simply stunning. #writers #blitz #poets

Reception B are loving their Winter Wonderland classroom, especially their reading igloo. They pick a winter or Christmas book and a polar creature and read a book to them in the cosy igloo. ❄☃❄

Year 3 have worked really hard to create a poster advert this week for their smoothie business they had to include lots of eye catching features to grab the reader’s attention!

Our elf brought us some strange things this morning, one of the children worked out it was what they had learnt about in RE on Monday. In English we followed verbal instructions to make a Christingle, then tomorrow we are going to write our own. At the end, we all tasted a piece of orange!

A fabulous English lesson this morning in Year 5 developing imagery to describe the Blitz for our own poetry. We're amazing at personification: 'The houses falling to their knees, begging for mercy' and 'planes hover like vultures hunting for their prey'. We can't wait to get writing our Blitz poems!

Amazing writing from our Y2 children. Following their research about Brazilian legends, they had to create their own legend and come up with a name for them!

Year 6 are typing up their ‘Blitz’ newspaper reports to ensure they use the correct layout and structure.

Year 3 have been creating some Nonsense poems this week all about a fruit salad! They had to include descriptions for different fruit using nonsense words!

Year 2 had to choose their new class book by just reading the blurb. They had to decide which one best matched their 'Muck, Mess and Mixtures' project to help them decide.

Some great diary entries by year 6: based on the diary of Anne Frank and hiding in a secret room.

Year 4 had an awesome time making MUD PIES today! We sourced all ingredients from the local area and followed instructions to create our masterpieces.

Year 3 had a very fun English lesson this morning following instructions to make mud pies!

Year 5 have been evacuated this week to start our Child's War project and have written letters to their parents all about their first week of evacuation in Carmarthen, Inverness, Rothesay and Barnstaple. Parents will be receiving them through the post at the beginning of next week and the children have been so excite to write with real purpose.

Y2 used 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' as inspiration for their writing. Through 'Talk for Writing', they retold the story and then wrote their own version of it!

Year 6 imagined that they had landed on a far away planet and wrote some amazing descriptions of what they could see. They used a variety of descriptive language and writing features. Which ones can you find?

After watching the film, 'Baboon on the Moon', year 5 wrote some amazing recounts all about the Baboon's day. Can you spot on recount features in their writing?

Year 3 had to think carefully about the layout and language features of their explanation texts. They began by designng theor own robots and had to describe their explanation and explain how it works. Which machine do you think would be most helpful to you?

Year 5/6 watched a World War 2 evacuee telling their experience of being evacuated to help plan their evacuee letter home.

Reception enjoying our whole school Friday afternoon 'Drop Everything And Read' session.

Reception had a visit from 'Metal Mike' today. He only liked to eat the wirds when we sounded them out in our best robot voices. At the end of the phonics lesson, we 'powered down' and turned our human voices back on.

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Year 3 published their list poems this morning and they had to use lots of adjectives and verbs to describe metals in different states!