With writing being one of your formally-assessed subjects at the end of Year 6, we have an extra-special focus on it this year, in order to help you to improve as thoroughly and rapidly as possible. This term we will use the story of 'Rooftoppers', written by Katherine Rundell, to help us with our two main focuses: Narrative and Diary writing. We have used Rooftoppers as our first class text for a few years now and we are sure you will be gripped by the storyline and character development as we go on. It is a truly fantastic book!
Narrative (story) writing - Within this unit we will revise how to know that your sentences are complete and logical before moving on to give you a range of sentence types that you can use to add variety and pace to your written work. We will focus in particular on using a range of openers, including main clauses, subordinate clauses and fronted adverbials, ensuring that none of these are too heavily repeated which can stop your writing from flowing well. This will set you up nicely as we look ahead to your Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar SAT in May.
Diary Writing -
You might think diaries and narratives are pretty much the same thing, with diaries simply being narratives written in the first person. This is not the case! In our unit on diary writing, we will explore the importance of tense consistency, recap some familiar tenses (past and present) and introduce you to some new ones (the past-perfect and present-perfect tenses). We will also get to grips with the importance of understanding who your audience is when you are writing - you write a diary to read it back yourself, so what implications does that have for the kind of detail you write with? This will be key to understanding the difference between a diary and a narrative.