Can I Become An Author? - Summer 1In this section...
During our topic of 'Are Eggs Alive?' children became much more confident to write for different purposes. Most children are now able to write an extended sentence (using 'and' or 'because') and wanted to learn more about story writing, invitations, lists and writing letters. We decided to capture this interest by launching the topic of 'Can I be an Author?'
We (the children) are learning to write; a story with a beginning, middle and end, to understand more about the features of stories, to write interesting sentences by adding an adjective and to use capital letters and full stops to show meaning. We are also learning to spell Phase 3 tricky words correctly.
We came back to school on our first day after the Easter holidays to a Fairy-tale tea party. We wore our very best fairy-tale costumes. We talked about the costumes we were wearing and what happened to the characters.
We had a lovely time engaging in a variety of activities linked to fairy-tales and listened to lots of exciting stories. We couldn't wait to hear some more. We asked the question 'Can I become an Author?' We talked about what an author does. We decided that 'yes' we could become authors and that we could make books and write stories.
We had a Mad Hatter's Tea Party and enjoyed yummy biscuits and 'tea' from a tea pot as we shared the stories we already knew.
The next day we found a beautiful, shiny, sparkly shoe on a glittery cushion. Who could the shoe belong to? Lots of teachers and children tried it on but it didn't fit! Then we found a magical scroll asking for help to find the owner of the shoe signed by a prince.
We decided that we wanted to help the prince to find his princess who would fit into the shoe. We looked everywhere. We made 'Wanted' posters to find her and enjoyed being detectives looking for clues. We haven't found the owner yet, but don't worry we will keep looking.
We decided that the character was Cinderella, we enjoyed listening to the Cinderella story and learning about the events. We thought that if we spotted a pumpkin or a mouse, we might find her.
We learnt the story of Cinderella using Kung Fu Punctuation and actions to help us. We helped our teacher to make a story map to help us write our own Cinderella story.
We learnt the following sentence starters that could help us to write the story. (You could try them at home. You can use them to make any story.)
The sentence starters were:
Once upon a time there was a...
She/He lived in a...
We used story language like 'Once upon a time' and 'They lived happily ever after'.
Every day during our topic time we practised writing the Cinderella story using these sentence starers and the story map to help us. We said our sentence aloud, counted the words in the sentence, used our phonic knowledge to sound out the words and spelt some tricky words correctly. We had to make sure that we had finger spaces too. Some of us used capital letters and full stops.
We wrote the whole story and were proud of our work.
As we became more familiar with story structures and story language we enjoyed making our own stories. For example, Albie, Finlay and Adam wrote about their Storm Trooper adventure, May and Anya wrote the story of Moana.
The children explored stories further to help them with their own story ideas. We thought of all the characters we knew and could use in our own stories. We thought of all the different settings and described them. Then we learnt more about events, including problems in stories and how they are solved. We used the sentence starters again to write our own stories.
Have a look at some of the fantastic stories we have written!
At the end of our topic all the Reception Children could proudly say "Yes we can be authors!"
Now we can write a story using sentence starters to write a beginning, middle and end. We understand more about the features of stories and some of us are learning to write interesting sentences by adding an adjective. We are growing in confidence to use capital letters and full stops to show meaning. We can spell Phase 3 tricky words correctly.