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Year 3 Model Text Resource Pack 10: ‘The First Scientist’ (Recount; Science - light)

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Real Writing Year 3 - Unit 10
Model text: The First Scientist
Curriculum Links: Science (light), History (early Islamic society)

Unit overview
This writing unit for Year 3 is built around an original model text by Ross Montgomery; a biographical recount, describing the life of the influential scientist, Ibn al-Haytham. 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 the science of optics. It will culminate in them writing their own version of a biography of Ibn al-Haytham. This unit has cross-curricular links to science, specifically the topic of light, as well as history work on early Islamic society.

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

1. To explore word families based on common words
Pupils will: Recap the meaning of ‘optic’ and explain that it is a root, just like ‘bio’ and ‘graph’. Sort words into word families. Look at the given phrases, suggest a definition for each and put them in a sentence to show how they might be used. Combine different members of the word families shown to form other noun phrases, complete with definitions.

2. To use the present perfect tense
Pupils will: sort sentences into those which use perfect present and those which do not. Reply to an imagined email from their parents explaining what chores their ‘sister’ has done so far, using the present perfect tense; write sentences and challenge a partner to identify whether or not they are written in the present perfect.

Revisited skills

  • subordination
  • the correct use of past and present tense
  • commas for lists and the use of apostrophes for singular possession

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 around a theme
  • the inclusion of organisational features such as headings and subheadings

Year 3 words: featured vocabulary
Spelling words: experiment, important, straight, famous, different, often, appear, actually, opposite, thought
Tier 2 words: modern, logical
Tier 3 words: optics, optical, light, ray, theory, vision

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