Across the year in Year 6, the children write in a variety of styles and genres all based on a high quality text. Here are our texts this so far, this year.
The Day the Crayons Quit
This is a great book where we focus on the formality of letter writing and take on the persona of some different crayons to practise writing through a variety of lenses in Sentence Stacking Lessons. We look at selecting effective vocabulary to demonstrate feelings and emotions and it's always a winner with Year 6!
Linking in with our wider History curriculum, Rose Blanche is a wonderful picture book, exploring the impact of World War Two on children in Germany and the reality of concentration camps. We build upon our work on writing emotively again and then write from a different character's perspective.
Our next sequence is a different sort of text - a wordless picture book. This award-winning book gives children the opportunity to get really creative and take the reader on a journey into their own imagination. Illustration and Art links in brilliantly with this sequence and children develop their descriptive writing skills.
The Firework Maker's Daughter
A Philip Pullman classic, The Firework Maker's Daughter lets us delve into ancient Chinese culture in our Experience Days alongside exploring the relationships within a family, including the tensions between a father and daughter. Following the research into this culture, children have the opportunity to write in a similar 'adventure story' style.
Newspaper Report - GOLDILOCKS
This sequence returns to some of the non-fiction shapes that the children are familiar with, alongside introducing some new ones. Writing a newspaper article, we become journalists and use a variety of lenses to write in a formal manner. Using well-known fairytale characters and stories allows us to be really creative and tell the 'real' stories! A firm favourite every time.
Postcard from Prison - Fairytale Villains
Following on from our newspaper report on the crimes of Goldilocks and other 'villains', the postcard from prison provides the experience of writing in another non-fiction style. The additional shapes and informal style give a good opportunity to select words, phrases and sentences for effect. An enjoyable sequence where we get to hear from a range of fairytale villains.
Disney Pixar's 'Paperman'
The short, silent film 'Paperman' is another of our diverse writing stimuli. Delving into silent movies of the past and following the romance of the story, we write through a variety of lenses to create the narrative. Using music and soundtracks to ignite imagination, the story comes to life on the page.
The varmints used to live in a peaceful paradise until the 'others' arrived and threatened their homes. In this sequence the children tell the story of the varmints, describe their environment in an engaging way and build emotion from the characters' perspectives. In the independent sequence, children have the opportunity to create their own paradise and threat and tell their own story. This links into their Geography learning about pollution, climate change and protecting the environment.
Hansel and Gretel
Neil Gaiman is notorious for being a very creative writer, often putting a dark and more menacing twist on his stories. This version of the traditional tale 'Hansel and Gretel' does not disappoint and the children have the opportunity to emulate his style. Through effective vocabulary choices and a variety of sentence structures, children learn how to add an 'edge' to their writing and continue the story in this style in their independent work.