Talk for Writing
In Year Two we have been looking at a new Talk for Writing text, Cat, Bramble and Heron. Here is a copy of our new story and a picture of the story map. If you ask the children and they should be able to retell the story using the map with the actions we have learnt as a class.
Cat, Bramble and Heron
Once upon a time there were three friends- Cat, Bramble and Heron who lived by a lake.
Early one morning they went out to seek their fortune.
First, Bramble slithered through the grass but all that he found was a pot as black as coal. Next, Cat sneaked along by the wall but all he found was an old fishbone. Finally, Heron flew down the road where he spied a pile of gold.
So Heron, Cat and Bramble divided the gold into not one, not two but three bags. Then they decided to hide their gold.
First, Heron spread out his wings, took the bag in his beak and flew high over the lake. Unfortunately, he saw his reflection in the water below. He thought that it was his brother so he called out, “Hello,” and as soon as he opened his beak, the gold scattered down like rain.
Next, Cat crept along the wall and paused by a small hole. Unfortunately, Mr Mouse sneaked out and stole Cat’s gold.
Finally, Bramble slithered along the hedgerows. Unfortunately, a thief sneaked by and stole Bramble’s bag of gold.
And that is why to this very day, Cat is still waiting outside Mr Mouse’s hole.
And that is why to this very day; Bramble hisses and wraps around your legs as you pass by.
And that is why to this very day, Heron is standing still in the water forever staring, still looking, looking, looking for his lost bag of gold.
In Year 2, each week on Friday your child will be sent home with some spellings to practise. Children will then be tested on these the following week and given new spellings as they are ready for them. Here are some spelling games you could play with your children at home to support this.
Look, cover, write and check.
Here you can look at the spelling together (saying the word), then cover it and write it and then check the spelling.
Here you can draw several circles overlapping each other, then in the gaps children can write each word as many times in the gap.
Here children can write their list of words in pencil and then pick a colour to trace over the top, they can then repeat this until each word looks like a rainbow.