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This is where you'll find word related work by year three:



Writing Instructions

We have been learning about reading and writing instructions.

To start with we watched an instructional film that showed us how to whistle with two hands. You can watch it here http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=uJjRw_lLl5s

We investigated the sequence of instructions and had a go at narrating the film.

We know that pirates need to know how to tie knots so our next task was to learn how to tie a clove hitch.

1) Make a turn around the post, passing the end in front of it.

2)Pass the end back around the post above the first turn without tightening it.

3) Tuck the end through the second turn which should cross over the first.

4) Draw the hitch taut by pulling both ends.

Next we are going to have a go at writing instructions for tying this knot in our own words. Visit this page again soon to see how we have used imperative verbs, words to signal time, sequence and position.

Adventure Stories

Our next focus in English is Adventure stories. We discussed the best way to plan an adventure story.

You can plan it like climbing a mountain:

  • Everything starts off normal with your characters doing normal things, you set the scene.

  • Something happens which they have to deal with, you build the tension.

  • The climax is the most exciting bit of the story, things happen quickly.

  • The excitement drains away as you bring your characters back to normal.

This is a good way to think about planning your story but we agreed that climbing a mountain is hard work and when we looked at stories we had written before they didn't always reach the mountain top and got stuck before they got there.

To avoid this, try planning your story like this:


  • Start your story with an exciting bit. This helps to hook your reader into reading on.

  • Then fill in the details about character and setting as you go. This bit is not so exciting but helps the reader to feel that the story is real. Use longer sentences and lots of description.

  • Then build the tension, get your characters to deal with the problem they face

  • The climax is still the most exciting bit. Use short sentences to keep the action moving.

  • The ending should be short and tidy. Get the character to reflect on their adventure.

Visit this page again soon to see our adventure stories work out and then let us know what you think. If you have a go at home why not email me your story (or bring it into school) and I'll add it to this site for the rest of us to read.

Good luck!