Did Dragons Exist? - Autumn 2In this section...
The children asked 'Do Dragons Exist'? We decided to find out!
For this topic the children are learning to; use words related to topics to increase their vocabulary, to understand the difference between non-fiction and fiction and to write words for a variety of purposes using the sounds they know.
We read the story of The Paper Bag Princess. The story was about a princess who had her castle and clothes burnt by a fierce dragon. He stole her handsome prince so she needed to rescue him. The princess needed to wear a paper bag and went off through the forest to defeat the dragon and rescue the prince.
We used a story map to order the events of the story and used words and actions to re-tell the story.
We asked the question 'Are dragons real?' Some of the children thought that dragons were real and some thought they were only in stories. We used reasoning to explain our thoughts. For example, Finlay explained, "Dragons are not real because they are only in stories." Alex explained, "Dragons are real because they breathe fire!"
We found a magical book called 'A Dragonology'. It looked real. It had emeralds on the front and 'real' scales inside. We used the book to find out about dragons.
We used our sounds to label the dragon's body parts.
We read the story of 'The Egg'.
The story is about a boy called George who found a large dragon egg. He looked after the egg until it hatched. Then he trained the dragon. Ask your child how did George train his dragon?
The next day when we came to school we found mysterious eggs, we wondered where they had come from. It was very exciting because they could have been dragon eggs. Then, to our surprise we found a letter from Dorothy Dragon.
We were very excited to look after the eggs and couldn't wait for the baby dragons to hatch so we could train them. We watched how Hiccup trained his dragon to get some ideas.
We decided to train our dragon by teaching him to fly; eat fish, scare princess, fight knights and breathe fire.
We used the sounds we know to write about dragons, what they look like and what they do.
George rode his dragon to Dragon World. We thought about where we would like to fly to on our dragon. We had lots of different ideas about where we could go and what we could do there.
We learnt that the place where the story happens is called the setting.
We also used the Dragonology book to learn how baby dragons hatch out of their eggs and sequenced the events.
We found out that Dragons do exist today. We watched a clip about a Bearded Dragon, learning how to take care of the dragon.
We compared a fact book about Lizards and Dragons to the Dragonology book. The fact books (Non-fiction) had photographs whilst the Dragonology book had pictures like in a story book. We decided that Dragons do not exist because we haven't seen a photograph of one.
Then the eggs disappeared. We received a letter that said. Thank you for looking after my eggs. One egg hatched his name is Frederick! At the bottom of the letter was a photograph of baby Frederick. We couldn't believe our eyes. Dragons must be real! What do you think?
Continuous provision and activities to support our learning:
Look at our work!
Now we can use words related to topics to increase our vocabulary; understand the difference between non-fiction and fiction and write words for a variety of purposes using the sounds we know.