Note: As you will see by the dates in the photos, this entry has been a long time in the making. It is written out of overwhelming pride in my learners; I am so pleased with what they achieved in such a short space of time and I have been really looking forward to sharing it with you.
As I have previously written, Pie Corbett's system of 'Immerse, Imitate, Innovate' when planning for writing, is one of my favourite approaches. For me as a teacher, it makes complete sense (although not the only approach - one size doesn't fit all, remember!) To present my interpretation of what he means, I am going to explain the unit of work I planned, provide photos to illustrate what the children did, and I'm hoping you'll see the learning journey they went on in the process - each set of photos shows the work of one child, in order.
While a range of objectives would broadly be included, I had chosen some key ones that we would focus on:
Writing needs an inspired context so, using the book as a stimulus, I wanted the children to write the next chapter; Sir Simon, a ghost trying to scare the Otis family out of the house, comes up with his next plan. Each chapter was already about each of his failed plans (you can see at the bottom of the flipchart that we had kept track of his attempts so far) so we were quite simply writing another idea. As teacher, I'm not overly bothered what the idea is; I need to see some expanded noun phrases and the beginnings of using a comma appropriately!
The Immersion came in 3 stages:
To be continued...