Real Writing Year 3 - Unit 21
Model text: School report for Anisha Begum, by Loretta Schauer
Curriculum Links: English - writing for purpose
This writing unit for Year 3 is built around an original model text by Loretta Schauer; an imagined school report for a pupil called Anisha. 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 an opportunity to learn technical vocabulary related to education and can explore more formal vocabulary choices. Pupils will also look at irregular past tense verbs and explore how the present perfect verb form is used. It will culminate in them writing a school report for themselves. This unit addresses objectives within the English curriculum about writing for a real purpose and audience.
Key curriculum skills
Two fully resourced lessons are included for Year 3 English objectives:
1. Vocabulary - To explore irregular past tense verbs
Pupils will: complete a table using the simple past tense form of the verbs given. Write a paragraph or two about a day at school as if it were yesterday, including at least five irregular past tense verbs.
2. Grammar - To identify and use the present perfect tense
Pupils will: Cut up and then sort sentences into those which use the present perfect tense, those that use the present perfect progressive and those that use neither. Write a paragraph or two about their day so far, describing what they have been doing and using the present perfect and present perfect progressive forms at least five times.
- the correct use of past and present tense
- the use of commas for lists
Additional Y3 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 paragraphs organised around a theme
- the inclusion of organisational features such as headings and subheadings
Year 3 words: featured vocabulary
Spelling words: answer, continue, difficult, library, naughty, particularly, question, regular
Tier 2 words: confidence, collage, effort, improvement
Tier 3 words: achieve, attain, progress, satisfactory