Year 6 have been inspired by Floella Benjamin’s description of her childhood celebrations to bring their own memories of celebrations to life. As always, they have crafted some beautifully creative sentences. The three children below have continued to work tirelessly to improve their handwriting even though they find it difficult. They are starting to self correct and identify where changes need to be made to their handwriting. Look at the way they have managed to improve their handwriting!
We have really been focussing on handwriting in year 4. We have made sure our paper is at the right angle before we write, learned two families of letters and have been trying to improve it across all subjects. Here is an example of the improvements we have seen after only 1 week. No joining up to lovely joined up writing!
Some children in Year 6, who really find handwriting a challenge, have been working so hard to make improvements. We’ve tried different strategies and discovered what works but, more than anything, they’ve had to show an incredible resilience to keep on trying each time they write. There’s still a way to go but look at the difference they have made in just over a week.
Year 6 have continued with their writing this week. They have immersed themselves completely in the writing and been so eager to ensure it is the best it can be. I have been blown away by the quality of their language, the focus on their punctuation and structure and the emotional development of the characters.
Year 6 explored their character’s emotions with one final drama activity before starting their writing. They were challenged to represent their character’s emotional journey using just their face and body. They couldn’t move from their spot or speak. They then began writing about the Christmas Truce in World War 1. They have chosen their language and structures so carefully. Can you work out how the character is feeling from the words that have been chosen? We will work more on these next week but I had to share the opening sections as I was so impressed!
We have been learning to create atmosphere in our writing in a variety of ways. This week, we have been focussing on how the emotional development of a character can help. Before we begin writing, we have been using drama to explore an emotional journey. We drew emotion graphs for our story but kept them secret from everyone else. We then performed for each other with the watching pair drawing an emotion graph based on what they saw. Comparing the two graphs allowed us to see how accurately we had managed to portray and recognise the emotions.
In Writing, Year 6 have been learning about Walter Tull. It will form part of their World War topic but, at the moment, we have been looking at his football career. We have explored the moments when he had to leave his family to enter the orphanage. The language the children used to show his feelings was incredible. Walter Tull was the first black, professional outfield player and suffered from racial abuse at a football match. At the time, he couldn’t speak out about it. We have been giving him a voice imagining how he felt and what he wanted to say. Year 6 have worked hard to select the language and structures to have maximum impact.