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Year 6 Model Text Resource Pack 22: ‘A Trip to Blackpool’ (Narrative; History - Victorians)

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Real Writing Year 6 - Unit 22
Model text: A Trip To Blackpool
Curriculum Links: History (Victorians)

Unit Overview

This writing unit for Year 6 is built around an original model text by Jon Mayhew; a journey story set in Victorian Britain. 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 use their knowledge of the Victorian period to write their own story about a journey on a steam train. This unit could be included as part of a topic on Victorian Britain or the introduction of locomotives as part of a history project.

Key Curriculum Skills
Two fully resourced lessons are included for Year 5/6 English objectives:

1. Vocabulary: to link words with a similar meaning or related themes

Pupils will: Build up a word bank about the seaside and use this along with images to write a detailed description of a visit to the seaside, describing what they can see when they first arrive.

2. Grammar: to use adverbial phrases to build cohesion

Pupils will: use adverbial phrases to write a short recount about a trip, practising their recount orally first. Look at how adverbial phrases and other devices can create cohesion in a piece of writing.

Revisited skills

  • punctuating speech
  • paragraphing
  • noun phrases

Additional Y6 teaching points

  • using dialogue to convey characters and advance action
  • describing settings
  • using semi-colons to punctuate clauses

Year 6 words: featured vocabulary
Spelling words: vehicle, privilege, restaurant
Tier 2 words: excursion, locomotive, reassure

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