Non-fiction

English Year 3 Spring Recounts

Diaries and Recounts

Through The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish and The Diary of a Killer Cat, explore and write recounts. Study adverbs for time and place and direct speech.

Start with the core unit to introduce key texts. Then select from comprehension, SPAG and composition units.

Core
Unit 1 Core: Introduction to recounts; improvising a swapping story
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Texts
The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean

SPAG
Unit 2 SPAG: Adverbs for time, place and manner; writing 1st person recounts
(suggested as 3 days)

You Will Need

Texts
The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean

Presentations
Grammar PowerPoint: Adverbs for Time, Place and Manner

Comprehension
Unit 3 Comprehension: Features of diaries; and point of view
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Texts
Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine

SPAG
Unit 4 SPAG: Writing and punctuating direct speech
(suggested as 4 days)

You Will Need

Presentations
Grammar PowerPoint: Punctuating Direct Speech

Group Readers
Diary of a Lively Labrador by Ruth Merttens Hamilton Group Reader

Group Readers

Diary of a Lively Labrador
Diary of a Lively Labrador, by Ruth Merttens, uses the recount form of a traditional diary to tell the story of a Labrador who enlists an unlikely accomplice to help him get back into his mistress’s good books after a prolonged period of bad behaviour. The narrative is lively and humorous and children of 7 and over who are not necessarily wholly confident readers will find it easily accessible.

You can purchase printed copies of this Group Reader from Hamilton Education.

Comprehension
Unit 5 Composition: Write a diary in the style of one read
(suggested as 5 days)

You Will Need

Texts
Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine

Presentations
Grammar PowerPoint: Adverbs for Time, Place and Manner
Grammar PowerPoint: Punctuating Direct Speech

Group Readers
Diary of a Lively Labrador by Ruth Merttens Hamilton Group Reader

Group Readers

Diary of a Lively Labrador
Diary of a Lively Labrador, by Ruth Merttens, uses the recount form of a traditional diary to tell the story of a Labrador who enlists an unlikely accomplice to help him get back into his mistress’s good books after a prolonged period of bad behaviour. The narrative is lively and humorous and children of 7 and over who are not necessarily wholly confident readers will find it easily accessible.

You can purchase printed copies of this Group Reader from Hamilton Education.