Real Writing Year 3, Unit 12
Why Buy This Brick?, by Ross Montgomery
Curriculum links: English (persuasive writing)
Writing unit overview
This writing unit for Year 3 is built around an original model text by Ross Montgomery - a series of fictional reviews about buying a brick. The example text is available as a PDF in three versions (plain, illustrated and annotated); annotated and non-annotated PowerPoint presentations are also included.
In this two-week unit, pupils will read a collection of persuasive fictional product reviews, setting out reasons for buying a brick. They will have an opportunity to learn some technical vocabulary related to buying and selling and understand some features of persuasive writing in KS2. It will culminate in them writing their own product reviews of a different product.
Key curriculum skills
Two fully-resourced lesson plans are included for Year 3 English objectives which can be taught as part of the unit or as a discrete lesson:
1. Vocabulary - To use comparative and superlative adjectives
Pupils will: revisit adjectives; understand what is meant by comparative and superlative; sort adjectives into comparative and superlative; use comparative and superlative adjectives in sentences.
2. Grammar - To identify and use the present perfect tense
Pupils will: revisit tenses; understand what is meant by the present perfect tense and how it is formed; sort sentences into those that are in the present perfect tense and those that are not; write a paragraph using the present perfect tense.
Additional skills to teach or revisit
- the use of commas for lists
- the use apostrophes for possession and contraction
Additional year 3 curriculum teaching points
- the use of conjunctions, adverbials and prepositions to express time, place and cause
- extending sentences with a wider range of conjunctions
- the inclusion of organisational features such as headings and subheadings
Year 3 vocabulary
Tier two words: regret, recommend
Tier three words: product, purchase
Year 3/ 4 statutory spelling words: consider, complete, favourite, heard, build, occasion, often, thought, decide, enough, weight