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Year 1 Model Text Resource Pack 15: How to Make a Rainstick (Instructions; design technology, music)

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Real Writing Year 1 - Unit 15
Model text: How to Make a Rainstick, by Gabrielle Kent
Curriculum links: Design technology, music

Unit overview
This writing unit for Year 1 is built around an original model text by Gabrielle Kent - a simple set of instructions for making a musical instrument. 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 learn how instructions are set out and how imperative verbs are used. For the final writing task, pupils will make their own instruments and then write a set of instructions showing how to make their instrument.

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 read and spell compound words
Pupils will: learn how words can be combined to create compound words.

2. Grammar: to compose sentences orally (and explore verbs)
Pupils will: learn that sentences must contain a verb and understand that verbs show actions within a sentence. They will replace verbs in given sentences and compose their own using the verb cards provided or verbs chosen by the teacher.
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3. Punctuation: to begin to punctuate sentences using capital letters and full stops
Pupils will: give instructions, composing sentences orally, and will begin to punctuate these correctly using capital letters and full stops.

Additional teaching points to teach or revisit:

  • saying out loud what they are going to write about
  • combining words to make sentences
  • leaving spaces between words
  • re-reading what they have written to check it makes sense
  • reading aloud their own writing

Year 1 words: featured vocabulary
Common exception words: the a to of you your some one put push pull
Tier 2 words: place, draw, cut, squash, wrap, decorate, tie, attach, spring, pour
Tier 3 words: rainstick

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