In Year 2 we have been doing an information text unit linked to our topic all about the biggest creature on Earth…the blue whale!
Using the book Big Blue Whale, by Nicola Davies, we went through a process that helped us move from great readers into great writers.
To begin with we were given key words and phrases from the text. We read them and teamed with some prior knowledge we made predictions about the information we were going to find. This was presented in a brainstorm diagram. Finally in this predicting stage we saw the front cover of the book and that helped us to make links (all good readers do that!).
Now it was time for summarising. Summarising is finding the main point. We needed to read sections of the text carefully and closely and as a team we worked together to find the main point, give it a sub-heading and present back to the class.
Then it was time for planning. All good writers make plans they can follow to show off their skills. We changed the way we planned this time and worked as a whole group to collect and share our ideas and recorded them on a giant class plan.
We carried out a lot of writing skills work during the planning and writing stages so we could get it just right. Everyone made a first draft in our English books, we then made some improvements before creating our final copy for display.
This unit of work was a great success. Everyone showed commitment and enthusiasm to learning! This hard work and determination ensured lots of progress for all!