In Reception, they have been looking at creating sorry letters based around Jack and the Beanstalk; they have taken the role of Jack, who is writing a letter apologising to the giant for stealing from him – What an interesting take on a traditional tale!
Year One have been exploring instructional texts for their non-fiction text-type this week. Amazingly, they have been exploring the steps to creating ice cream! They have been looking at the importance of chronology within their work and have been varying their sentences with different openers. Sounds like an amazing week for them... who doesn’t like ice cream?
Year Two have been working on newspaper reports. They have been exploring the features of newspapers and using what they have discovered to create their own article. The pupils have managed to create a newspaper report based on the incident involving Goldilocks and the Three Bears... I wonder who is blaming who for that incident?
Year Three have also been working on instructional writing. By using a Pie Corbett-style model they have managed to successfully work through different in-class stations in order to retell a set of instructions; these workstations incorporated all the learning-styles which learners could use throughout a lesson. They have been using these skills this week to prepare for their latest instructional text: How to wash a mythical creature – I wonder how we could wash a dragon without sustaining an injury?
Year Four have been looking at what makes an effective film review. By balancing arguments between positives and negatives about a film, the year group have managed to effectively argue about both points. The review was based on the short Pixar movie ‘Bao’ and the features were used effectively to create a personal review based on their own opinion. I wonder what the film was like... we will have to read some reviews.
Year Five have been working hard to explore instructional writing for their non-fiction genre. They had linked their learning into science week: they were writing a set of instructions based on how to make a paper plane. By exploring the features of instructional writing, linked in with their science learning, they were able to create a successful set of instructions.
In Year Six, they have been exploring instructional writing. The topic of this writing is: How to Annoy your Teacher. This topic has really engaged them in their own learning and understanding of the genre. Pupils have responded brilliantly to this topic; I think that they could be professionals at this. Some of their ideas have been brilliant for a degree in teacher annoyance; some have not (well, for the teachers anyway).