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Year 3 Model Text Resource Pack 9: ‘What time is it? GMT and the time zones’ (Explanation; Geography - locational knowledge)

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Real Writing Year - Unit 9
Model text: What time is it? GMT and the time zones
Curriculum Links: Geograph (locational knowledge)

Unit overview
This writing unit for Year 3 is built around an original model text by Jo Franklin; an information text, explaining how it can be will be a different time at places around the globe at any given moment. 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 some precise, subject-specific vocabulary as well as some of the writing techniques associated with composing explanatory texts. It will culminate in them writing their own explanatory text about time zones. This unit could link with the geography curriculum topic locational knowledge

Key curriculum skills
Two fully-resourced lessons are included for Year 3 English objectives:

1. Vocabulary - nouns – abstract and concrete
Pupils will: sort abstract and concrete nouns into groups. Choose five abstract nouns and work these into sentences of their own. Challenge a partner to identify abstract nouns from a collection of mixed concrete and abstract nouns.

2. Grammar - the present perfect form of verbs
Pupils will: fill in the gaps with the correct form of present tense. Write an email to a friend in the United States, using the present perfect tense, describing what they have been doing; then add another paragraph to this email describing what their classmates have been doing.

Revisited skills

  • subordination
  • expanded noun phrases
  • adverbs
  • conjunctions to show time or place
  • past and present tense
  • apostrophes

Additional Y3 teaching points

  • extending sentences with a wider range of conjunctions
  • using paragraphs to group related material
  • using headings and subheadings

Year 3 words: featured vocabulary
Spelling words: calendar, imagine, straight, different, through, length, Earth, opposite, separate
Tier 2 words: deviate, segment
Tier 3 words: globe, meridian, GMT, longitude

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