Creative writing at Sea View
The purpose of writing
The programmes of study for writing at key stages 1 and 2 are constructed similarly to those for reading:
- transcription (spelling and handwriting)
- composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing)
It is essential that teaching develops pupils’ competence in these 2 dimensions. In addition, pupils should be taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. These aspects of writing have been incorporated into the programmes of study for composition.
Writing down ideas fluently depends on effective transcription: that is, on spelling quickly and accurately through knowing the relationship between sounds and letters (phonics) and understanding the morphology (word structure) and orthography (spelling structure) of words. Effective composition involves articulating and communicating ideas, and then organising them coherently for a reader. This requires clarity, awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. Writing also depends on fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting.
Communication and language sit at the heart of writing. We use quality texts to build language that will feed into the writing the children will do.
The Role play area is often linked to the stories we share in class and helps to reinforce story language and stimulate the children's imagination.
The Elves and the Shoemaker
An Elf came to visit us and shared a funny story. We joined in the story through action and rhyme.
We had great fun using puppets and props to retell the story of Supertato.
We extended our vocabulary, exploring new and unusual fruit and animals in 'Handa's Suprise'.
The development of fine and gross motor skills is critical for the act of writing.
We provide opportunities for the children to develop these skills through a variety of opportunities. For example disco dough, mark making to music, ribbons, scissors, tweezers and pegs.
Reading and writing act as dual strands within literacy, building on the vital skills of speaking and listening to allow us to communicate and explore ideas.
Stories play a crucial role in the development of thinking and writing. Through listening to and sharing stories, children pick up on the patterns of story language – “Once upon a time …”, “And they lived happily ever after …”, “He huffed and he puffed”.
We have created characters from the stories and used maps to help tell stories or create stories.
The little raindrop
We loved sharing the story, ‘The Little Raindrop’. We enjoyed finding out about the weather and how it rains. We shared our ideas about the different types of weather.
We loved making pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. We made lists of ingredients and wrote the instructions of how we made them.
We have enjoyed reading animal stories and finding out about different animals. One of our favourites was, ‘The tiger who came for tea’. We made lists of the food the tiger ate.
Winter's Child - Angela McAllister
We looked at the beautiful illustrations in our story Winter's Child and made predictions about who the main character might be, why he was standing in front of a magical gate, and why he has no shoes on in the snow!
Throughout the story we used the text and illustrations to think about how characters were feeling, what choices characters would make. We even wrote in the role of Tom and kept a diary of his day!
The Dark - Lemony Snicket
We watched a book trailer for the The Dark and thought about what clues it gave us about the story, events and characters. Some people thought it was really creepy but we enjoyed making inferences about what or who the dark could be.
The Tin Forest - Helen Ward
We loved exploring the Tin Forest and used it as a stimulus for a range of writing, including poetry. We worked collaboratively to create poems focussed around different uses of descriptive language. We then edited then and changed the order of our lines until we were happy with the outcome.
We loved creating our own outfit for Traction Man and designing our own comic. We thought about where our Traction Man would be visiting in his outfit and even designed our own bad guys for him to battle.
The Witch's Brew
As part of our digital literacy scheme of work, we developed our understanding of poetry and rhyme through the creation of spells. The children were immersed in a variety of stimulus and texts such as Disney's Fantasia and Sword in the Stone as well as Shakespeare's Macbeth.
The Great Kapok Tree
In Year 3 we have enjoyed learning all about the rainforest through the fantastic book The Great Kapok Tree. The children have enjoyed a wide variety of writing experiences to develop their writing skills.
Escape from Pompeii
by Christina Balit
We have loved reading all about Liv and Traino’s escape from Pompeii.
Durning this time we have been studying natural disasters in our topic lessons. We were very interested to see how Mount Vesuvius erupted and used our knowledge to write scene descriptions. We also pretended to be newspaper reporters, recounting the eruption.
by Katherine Rundell.
We are loving our exciting novel, "The Explorer", by Katherine Rundell. Inspired by the characters battle for survival we have written postcards from the Amazon , survival guides and a guide to raft building, fact files, adverts and poetry inspired by the challenges the children encounter .
Postcards from the Amazon...
Jungle Survival Guides.
A Guide to Raft Building.
The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf.
When a new boy joins their class, a group of children try to befriend him. They soon learn that Ahmet is a refugee and has been separated from his family. None of the grown-ups seem to be able to help him, so the friends come up with a daring plan, embarking on an extraordinary adventure.
Take a look at some of our amazing writing based on this book…