With non-linear stories, the children worked hard to identify the key features of this genre. Some EAL students worked together in a collaborative project to create their own characters who ‘choose their own journey’ and others focussed on creating and describing different settings. In writing, students have expanded their range of techniques for adding description. They have looked at expanded noun phrases to add adjectives to set the scene or to describe a character. They had fun thinking of some creative similes to add to their writing to create a clearer image in the reader's mind. The children have also explored using fronted adverbials. They learnt that by simply adding a fronted adverbial to the beginning of sentences, it has a different effect on the meaning. It has been fantastic to see the children applying these techniques to their writing in mainstream lessons.
Some of the children have also been learning about techniques that helped them to write vivid descriptions for story settings. They looked at how authors use strong adjectives, similes, personification, powerful verbs and how these evoke our senses. Read their descriptions in the image above and see if you can picture yourself in their settings.
Ms Michelle Bester and Ms Shaheena Pall, Y6 EAL Teachers