Real Writing Year 1 - Unit 23
Model text: The Seaside, Then and Now, by James Nicol
Curriculum links: History
This writing unit for Year 1 is built around an original text by James Nicol - a simple report comparing the seaside now and in the past. 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 will practise using capital letters and full stops to punctuate sentences and will learn how the conjunction and can be used to create compound sentences. For the final writing task, pupils will write their own short reports comparing the seaside now and in the past.
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 suffixes to words where no change is needed to the root word
Pupils will: learn how suffixes can be added to the ends of words. They will decide which suffixes ( -ed, -ing, -er) can be added to root words.
2. Grammar: To join words and clauses using and
Pupils will: learn how the conjunction and can be used to join words and clauses. They will rehearse combining simple sentences to create compound sentences when writing about the seaside.
3. Punctuation: To punctuate sentences with capital letters and full stops
Pupils will: revisit using capital letters and full stops to punctuate simple sentences. They will correct sentences, adding missing punctuation, and orally compose and then write their own sentences about the seaside now and in the past.
Additional teaching points to teach or revisit:
- saying out loud what they are going to write about
- leaving spaces between words
- using exclamation marks
- reading and writing compound 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: today was there of the is go by are a you to has they be your
Tier 2 words: bathe, bathing suit, beach, camp, caravan, cockles, crab, fibres, hotel, seafood, shrimp
Tier 3 words: bathing machine, Victorian