This week I had the pleasure of joining Class 1X in Year 1 in one of their Literacy lessons as they were looking at Fairy Tale settings.
The children spent last week being introduced to Fairy Tales and the types of characters that are typically found in these types of stories. This week they are looking at the settings for these types of story.
As I walked into the classroom I seemed to be entering a mysterious and magical land. There were vines hanging from the ceiling, toadstools, a stream trickling through the plants and some magical creatures flying around an enormous overgrown beanstalk.
Miss Hamilton had set up a fantastic setting for the children to write about, it was an enchanted forest made from the children's artwork.
The children were given time to explore the forest with a partner and to find out what they could see, hear and smell as they wandered through the forest. They had a fantastic time experiencing something that they had read so much about and something that they had helped to create.
They then did some shared reading as a class looking at a great description of a setting and a not so great description of a setting and comparing the two. After comparing these, they wrote a list of adventurous and exciting vocabulary that they could use in their own sentences and together wrote some great sentences for a description of the enchanted forest.
They used words like ‘twisty’ to describe the vines. The dragon was snoring in his ‘gloomy’ cave. They listened to the sounds of the forest and heard the ‘screeching’ of strange birds and the ‘trickling’ of ‘cool’ water in the stream. They even smelled the giant’s ‘revolting’ sock too!
I was blown away with the care that the children took in their writing and with the great describing sentences that they could think of, say and then write down.
The children enjoyed learning in the Fairy Tale forest as much as I enjoyed watching them:
‘I love our classroom when it’s a Fairy Tale land’ - Isaac B.
‘This is so exciting!’ - Maya
Thank you 1X for allowing me to come and see your enchanted forest and letting me watch your amazing work, you are all truly great writers!
- Marie Monro, Head of Key Stage 1