Online Grammar Glossary

Do you know your dashes from your determiners and your colons from your conjunctions?  This online grammar glossary is a really useful resource, with definitions and examples of all the terminology required for the primary National Curriculum (plus a little bit more).

This half term we are writing about Dragons and the Anglo-Saxons.   As a class, we are reading a great book called 1066.  It is about a boy called Edwin who is an Anglo-Saxon squire, helping his father in battles with the Vikings and Normans. 

The book has encouraged us to write letters to Edwin; sending them back to 1066 in a time machine our teacher made. We are learning how to write letters with the correct features and layout. 

 We have also been writing detailed descriptions of dragons (The Saxons believed dragons were real). 

This term, we have  been learning a poem called ‘The Sound Collector’.   We are going to perform it to the school in November.  Please try to learn it at home so you can recite it without needing the words in front of you.  Read it with lots of expression and loud enough for your audience to hear it clearly. 

Here is the poem you need to learn:

The Sound Collector - Roger McGough

A stranger called this morning
Dressed all in black and grey
Put every sound into a bag
And carried them away

The whistling of the kettle
The turning of the lock
The purring of the kitten
The ticking of the clock

The popping of the toaster
The crunching of the flakes
When you spread the marmalade
The scraping noise it makes

The hissing of the frying pan
The ticking of the grill
The bubbling of the bathtub
As it starts to fill

The drumming of the raindrops
On the windowpane
When you do the washing-up
The gurgle of the drain

The crying of the baby
The squeaking of the chair
The swishing of the curtain
The creaking of the stair

A stranger called this morning
He didn’t leave his name
Left us only silence
Life will never be the same