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Year 3 Model Text Resource Pack 7: ‘The Beautiful Game’ (Report; Geography - South America)

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Real Writing Year 3 - Unit 7
Model text: The Beautiful Game, by Ross Montgomery
Curriculum links: Geography (South America)

Unit overview
This writing unit for Year 3 is built around an original model text by Ross Montgomery; a non-chronological report about football in South America). 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 have the opportunity to explore idiomatic language and research history and culture associated with South American football. It will culminate in them writing their own report about a particular aspect of South American football, such
as competitions, stadia and specific teams, to be combined into a whole-class report. This unit could be used as part of a topic on the human and physical geography of South America.

Key curriculum skills
Two fully-resourced lessons are included for the following Y3 English objectives, which can form part of the unit or be taught discretely:

1. Vocabulary - Exploring idiomatic phrases
Pupils will: revisit terminology about types of words; establish what an idiom is and discuss the meanings of various examples; match idioms to meanings; write a piece of dialogue using idioms
2. Grammar - To use expanded noun phrases for description
Pupils will: revisit word classes; explore ways to create expanded noun phrases; build expanded noun phrases in three stages; write a recount using expanded noun phrases

Revisited skills

  • Subordination
  • the correct use of past and present tense
  • the use of commas for lists

Additional year 3 curriculum teaching points

  • extending sentences with a wider range of conjunctions
  • the use of conjunctions, adverbials and prepositions to express time, place and cause
  • the use of pronouns conjunctions and adverbs to improve cohesion
  • the inclusion of organisational features such as headings and subheadings

Year 3 words: featured vocabulary
Spelling words: century, popular, extreme, describe, famous, different
Tier 2 words: genius, individual, regarded, championed
Idiomatic phrases: the beautiful game, blow away the competition, kill time

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