While you are learning at home, it is a fantastic time to let your imagination and creativity run wild with your writing as you have the opportunity to choose your own topics and type of writing. Perhaps you could try writing for 10 - 20 minutes a day about anything that comes to your mind. It could be a poem about spring, a story about a mythical creature or a letter to a loved one.
If you are stuck for inspiration, this website: https://www.pobble365.com/ uploads a new picture every day to inspire your writing and includes some activities and challenges too.
For younger children, they could choose some toys or items from around the house to tell a story that they can act out with an adult or even 'perform' to their family!
Many people have decided to use this time to keep a diary. This could be a great way to reflect on what you are doing and feeling and practise your writing skills at the same time. You could use the template below as a guide, or create your own style.
For younger children, they could reflect on their day verbally:
- Tell someone at home what their favourite part of the day was,
- Something they learnt that day,
- Something that made them feel happy (or sad),
- Talk about a nice thing that someone did for them or a nice thing that they did for someone else.
Perhaps you could even record an audio or video to capture their thoughts!
Alternatively, they could draw pictures of the key parts of their day in the order they happened, with a word or simple sentence underneath to describe what is happening in the picture.
In Sheringham, classes learn English during their designated English slot times where they learn a range of Literary features
(writing, speaking and listening, spelling, grammar and punctuation and handwriting).
Learning Challenge sessions aim to provide opportunities for children to develop their skills for literacy further in relevant learning contexts. Appropriate text types and high quality texts drive the teaching and learning. The aim is to allow children to see ever more relevance for their literacy skills outside of the 'English lesson'.
At Sheringham, classes learn how to craft writing within daily designated sessions.
In these lessons, they learn a range of literary features that after quality talk, can be applied to writing (through spelling and handwriting, grammar and punctuation). A variety of text types and high quality models of writing are used to drive the teaching and learning, allowing the children to see how the literary skills learnt in lessons are used in a broad of opportunities. Writing should always have a purpose, and audience, and where possible, children are given opportunities to share and present their writing to others in the school or through the wider community. We hope children continue to think of themselves as authors, and how they are able to impact the mind of the reader.
To achieve this, the children need to experience the whole writing process of an author.
This consists of:
- Getting to know the text type.
- Researching and planning
- Drafting and editing their work to make improvements.
- Publishing and presenting their work taking pride in their achievements.
Learning in English
English with Learning Challenge Overview
Published Pieces of Work
Quotes from our children about English:
I like English because sometimes we predict and use a question mark at the end.
I like that I have finger spaces, my teacher tells me every day to use them.
I like writing about films, movies and stories. English is my favourite subject.
Yes, the best bit is that we can use adjectives for our writing and publish some stories.
In drafting I get to spell words I'm not confident with and learning new words.
It has different ideas and share ideas, I writing adventures.
The best is you learn how to do reports and comics. I don't like it when I spell a word wrong.
I like learning about clauses, handwriting and learning new things.
It makes me think like an author.
I really like English because it makes me think like an author and it paints images for people when I write.