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Year 3 Model Text Resource Pack 18: ‘A Mother’s Blessing’ (Narrative; Geography - European Countries)

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Real Writing Year 3 - Unit 18
Model text: A Mother’s Blessing, by Margaret Bateson-Hill
Curriculum Links: Geography (European Countries)

Unit overview
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.

Revisited skills

  • 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

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