Real Writing Year 1 - Unit 11
Model text: Jack and the Beanstalk, by Lucy Strange
Curriculum links: Science (plants)
This writing unit for Year 1 is built around an original text by Lucy Strange - a retelling of a familiar fairy tale, which is also an example of a portal story, as Jack visits a new world via the beanstalk. 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 begin to learn the features of fairy tales and create a story map to help them retell the story. They will write their own version of Jack and the Beanstalk, changing parts of the magical world that Jack finds.
Key curriculum skills
Three fully-resourced lessons are included for the following Year 1 English objectives, which can form part of the unit or be taught discretely:
1. Vocabulary: to add the prefix un- to words and know how it changes the meaning of words
Pupils will: learn how to add the prefix -un to words, and how this changes the meaning.
2. Grammar: to combine words to make sentences
Pupils will: learn how to combine words to create simple sentences. They will create sentences using words provided and orally rehearse them to check that they make sense and are complete.
3. Punctuation: to use exclamation marks
Pupils will: learn how exclamation marks can be used to punctuate sentences and that they can show surprise, anger, delight or urgency. They will write their own sentences, punctuating them with exclamation marks, based on the story Jack and the Beanstalk.
Additional teaching points to teach or revisit:
- saying out loud what they are going to write about
- composing sentences orally before writing, including using adjectives
- leaving spaces between words
- sequencing sentences to form short narratives
- reading aloud their own writing
Year 1 words: featured vocabulary
Common exception words: once a was he she his no there our to said full my be
Tier 2 words: beanstalk, brave, climbed, giant, harp, hen, market, treasure.
Tier 3 words: N/A