Real Writing Year 3 - Unit 18
Model text: A Mother’s Blessing, by Margaret Bateson-Hill
Curriculum Links: Geography (European Countries)
This writing unit for Year 6 is built around an original model text by Margaret Bateson-Hill; a version of a tale of Baba Yaga, a folklore character from Russian and Slavic storytelling. 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 vocabulary connected with traditional food preparation. It will culminate in them writing their own retelling of a Baba Yaga folktale or an original story involving similar themes. This unit could be used as part of a geography topic about another European country.
Key curriculum skills
Two fully-resourced lessons are included for Year 3 English objectives:
1. Vocabulary - using a thesaurus to find synonyms
Pupils will: use a thesaurus to find synonyms for given words; use a thesaurus to find two synonyms for a given word, which they must then write into a sentence; find synonyms for other words in the model text.
2. Grammar - writing direct speech where the reporting clause follows the speech
Pupils will: add correct speech punctuation to sentences; write a dialogue between themselves and a witch, using correct punctuation; write sentences with a reporting clause at the start, and peer assess each other’s work.
- use of expanded noun phrases for description and specification
- commas for lists
Additional Year 3 teaching points
- extending sentences with a wider range of conjunctions
- the use of conjunctions, adverbials and prepositions to express time and cause
- the development of settings, characters and plot
- the use of paragraphs organised around a theme, scene or period of time
Year 3 words: featured vocabulary
Spelling words: believe, promise, strange, notice, separate
Tier 2 words: wisdom, delicious
Tier 3 words: pestle, mortar