Over the weekend, I saw this blog post from James Durran. It talks about a change in focus from planning success criteria for writing so go read that and then come back here to see what I have done. It’s ok, I’ll wait.
So…here is what I tried today.
In the image above, there are 4 sections. I started in the middle and I talked to my Y3 class about why we were writing and what we were writing. I knew that we were writing about going into the tombs in Egypt and describing what was in there. We originally were going to write for Year 4 as they learnt about this topic last year, but as we talked as
We decided (with some guidance) that we were going to be the Pharaoh’s aide, sent by his Highness to check up on the building work and to ensure the tomb was of a high enough standard. So our audience? The Pharoah and our purpose was to inform him of the contents of the tomb ready for his eventual burial.
The second box was the How. How would we do this? We showed some tomb photos and the children “Ooohed” and “
What ingredients did we need? This is the “traditional” Success Criteria. It would usually be a list of skills we have covered recently along with some we covered a while ago. I asked the children and every single one came from them. They want to include conjunctions, powerful verbs and prepositional phrases in their writing, so we added them to the pot.
Finally, the last box. The vocabulary box. I wrote a couple of words on but then we said we needed more. If I wrote, “Inside the tomb there was a lot of gold” would this be correct? Who knows. Why don’t we research and find out…
After a bit of time on the DK Find Out website and looking through books, we came up with a range of topic vocab (annexe, antechamber, canopic jars) that would help raise our writing up a notch. As we talked through the words, I added them to the planning sheet.
Tomorrow, we will start writing and I was originally thinking I would give every child a planning sheet to complete but this one works and they can understand my scribbles so they will just get a photo of the one on the wall and then we will be away.
So, have a look at James’ blog and see what you think. The children were really keen and it was great to have such a fantastic discussion about why we are writing rather than focusing on the skills we wanted to include, these just came naturally later.
Hopefully, I will be able to share some writing in a few days time when we have written, edited and published it.