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What makes a good story?

What makes a good story?


This half term, we are thinking about what we need to write and retell a good story. We will begin by thinking about how we know if a story is real. We will explore why we celebrate Bonfire Night, including finding out who Guy Fawkes was and how he was part of the Gunpowder Plot. We will be exploring some traditional tales and as part of our learning, a theatre company will come in to perform 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. Our final story of the half term is 'The Polar Express' and we will look at maps to find out where the north and south poles are located, including the animals and creatures that live in these parts of the world.


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How long is our playground?


At school, the teachers are looking at new playground markings to help us with our learning. We received a letter from Mrs Armstrong asking us to measure the playground so that she can choose the correct playground markings. We used our learning on measuring to measure how long it is, and we decided that metre rulers were the best measuring tool to use. We found it that it is 33m long... Wow!

When do we need to use a metre stick to measure?


In Maths, we have been learning how to use a 30cm ruler to measure different objects. We then had a think about when a metre stick is a better measuring tool to use. We went outside and found different objects in our school ground, and investigated whether they were longer or shorter than a metre.

How can a setting be created through collage?


We explored the setting of the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and identified the castle above the clouds. We sketched our own castles and used different coloured tissue paper to create a collage sky and grass.

How can a story be acted out through role play?


We have been learning how to act out part of a story in groups using role play. We were given a part of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and had to use our bodies and facial expressions. Ask us to act out the story at home!

How is a story acted out in pantomime?


We really enjoyed the pantomime production of 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. This helped us to learn how actors act out a story and we had a great time joining in with the story, singing & dancing!

Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November!


In Year 2, we have really enjoyed learning about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. We have explored how we know if a story is real and we have investigated some key clues to show us this really happened! We were very excited when a theatre company came in to help us to act out the events of the plot and everyone had the opportunity to dress up and play a part. We are now Gunpowder Plot experts!

Together, we grow our love for learning.