Non-fiction

English Year 3 Spring Reports

Harry Potter and Hogwarts

Read reports about Harry Potter studio tours. Understand features of reports; study conjunctions, prepositions and adverbs. Look at Hogwarts students’ school reports.

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Core
Unit 1 Core: Read reports, analyse features and write short NCR
(suggested as 4 days)

Objectives

Spoken Language
-- Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations.
-- Use spoken language to develop understanding.
-- Participate in discussions.

Word Reading
None for this unit

Comprehension
-- Identify how language, structure and layout contribute to meaning.
-- Retrieve and record information from non-fiction.
-- Read texts that are structured in different ways.
-- Check that text makes sense to them.
-- Discuss their understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context.

 

-- Ask questions to improve their understanding of a text.
-- Identify how language, structure and layout contribute to meaning.

Transcription
-- Spell words that are often misspelt.

Composition
-- Discuss and record ideas.
-- Organise paragraphs around a theme.
-- Use simple organisational devices.
-- Read aloud their own writing.

Grammar
None for this unit

You Will Need

Texts
Generally Harry Potter books, especially Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling

Websites

Harry Potter tour from www.YouTube.com
Harry Potter Studio Tour from www.wbstudiotour.co.uk

Presentations
PowerPoint on Features of Reports

Teaching and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
Write the words Who? What? Where? and When? on the f/c. Discuss how they help us to find out information. Look at the report on the model of Hogwarts (see resource). Does it answer any of the above questions?
Activity
Children read the report again in pairs and answer these questions: Would they like to go on a studio tour of Harry Potter? What would they like to see? What else would they like to find out? They write at least two ideas for each on a template.

Day 2 Teaching
Look at the Features of Reports PowerPoint and discuss the various features and examples. Show a report (see resources and spot and highlight features in this example.
Activity
Children have copies of the second report (see resource). They write questions about the report then swap with a partner and their partner answers them. More able children to write 3 or 4 questions to swap and share in the plenary.

Day 3 Teaching
Explore the Harry Potter Studio Tour website at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk and visit ‘Experience’ pages. Spot features of reports in the ‘History’ section. Look at the two contrasting reports (see resources). Discuss how each is biased but reports should be fair and balanced.
Activity
Children re-read the two reports in pairs. They highlight features and discuss how they are biased. They describe who they think could have written each report.

Day 4 Teaching
Re-visit the tour website and discuss things the children like. Ask children to pretend they’ve done the tour. They write a short report about it. Revise features.
Activity
Children write a short report about the Harry Potter Studio Tour, keeping it as fair and as balanced as possible.

SPAG: Grammar and Punctuation

Features of Reports Powerpoint
Discuss the purpose of non chronological reports. Note different report types and the contexts report writing may be found. Explore the features, including structure, layout and organisation.

SPAG
Unit 2 SPAG: Identify conjunctions; add information about time, cause and place
(suggested as 3 days)

Objectives

Spoken Language
None for this unit

Word Reading
None for this unit

Comprehension
-- Listen to and discuss a range of fiction.
-- Identify how language and structure contribute to meaning.

Transcription
None for this unit

 

Composition
-- Plan their writing by discussing similar types of writing.
-- Write by composing sentence orally with an increasing range of sentences.

Grammar
-- Extend the range of sentences with more than one clause by using wider range of conjunctions.
-- Use conjunctions to express time and cause.
-- Use commas after fronted adverbials.

You Will Need

Texts
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone - JK Rowling

Film
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Presentations
Grammar PowerPoint: Clauses and Conjunctions

Teaching and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
Read chapter 7 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and discuss. Look at the PowerPoint (see resource) up to and including page 6 and revise clauses. Discuss how conjunctions can add information and how the meaning can change depending on the conjunction used. Some children just underline/circle the clauses and conjunctions.
Activity
Children read through the conjunction activity (see resource) and identify clauses and conjunctions. They change the conjunction and re-write the sentence to give it another meaning.

Day 2 Teaching
Watch the matching film clip (see resource) showing the same extract they read in day 1. Discuss differences/similarities. Look at the rest of the PowerPoint. Discuss how adding an additional clause can add information and how the order of clauses can change the meaning. Discuss use of comma.
Activity
In pairs, children read the Harry Potter clauses (see resource) and think of ways to extend them using different conjunctions. Remind them of correct punctuation including commas. Some children use a variety of sentences some with the main clauses at the start and some at the end.

Day 3 Teaching
Read chapter 9 of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone where the children have their first flying lesson (see resource). Discuss whether the children would like to ride a broomstick and where they would go. Take some ideas and look at ways these could be extended using conjunctions, Model some.
Activity
Children write descriptions of a broomstick lesson and ride. They use extended sentences using conjunctions. Some children just write two extended sentences.

SPAG: Grammar and Punctuation

Clauses and Conjunctions PowerPoint
Children learn to recognise main clauses and subordinate clauses. They see how subordinate clauses can be linked using conjunctions to add information and learn how to position the clause at different places in the sentence using correct punctuation.

Composition
Unit 3 Composition: Read and write formal structured reports (school reports)
(suggested as 3 days)

Objectives

Spoken Language
-- Listen and respond appropriately to adults and peers.
-- Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations.

Word Reading
None for this unit

Comprehension
-- Discuss a wide range of non-fiction.
-- Ask questions to improve their understanding.
-- Retrieve/record information.
-- Read texts that are structured in different ways.
-- Checking the text makes sense to them.

Transcription
-- Spell words that are often misspelt.
-- Increase legibility, consistency of their handwriting.

 

Composition
-- Plan their writing by discussing writing similar, learn from its structure.
-- Discuss and record ideas.
-- Compose and rehearse sentences orally.
-- Write by discussing and recording ideas.
-- In non-narrative material, use organisational devices.
-- Proof-read for spelling and punctuation.

Grammar
None for this unit

You Will Need

Texts
Harry Potter books, especially Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling

Presentations
PowerPoint: Features of Reports

Teaching and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
Share the school report on James Bond (see resource) and discuss features. Revise features on PowerPoint (see resource). Discuss school reports and what purpose they serve.
Activity
Children work in pairs to compare a letter from James Bond’s mother (see resource) and the school report (differentiated- see resource). They discuss and answer differentiated questions about the reports (see resource).

Day 2 Teaching
Show children Neville Longbottom’s school report (see resource) and discuss any features they can spot. Explain they will be writing their own fictional reports about Harry, Ron, Hermione or Draco.
Activity
In pairs they re-read James Bond’s and Neville Longbottom’s reports (see resource). They brainstorm ideas for their own fictional reports by discussing the characters they have chosen. They then record their ideas in the planner (see resource). Some children work as a group to brainstorm ideas for one character and the adult scribes.

Day 3 Teaching
Revise features of reports by asking children to brainstorm a list of features in one minute. Explain they will be writing their reports today. Remind children how important neat handwriting, correct spelling and punctuation is when writing a school report!
Activity
Children write their reports on the differentiated templates (see resource). They proof- read their work as they write, making corrections to spelling and grammar mistakes.

SPAG: Grammar and Punctuation

Features of Reports Powerpoint
Discuss the purpose of non chronological reports. Note different report types and the contexts report writing may be found. Explore the features, including structure, layout and organisation.

SPAG
Unit 4 SPAG: Using prepositions and adverbs to indicate time, place and cause
(suggested as 4 days)

Objectives

Spoken language
-- Give well-structured descriptions.
--Use spoken language to develop understanding through imagining and exploring ideas. Participate in discussions.

Word Reading
None for this unit

Comprehension
-- Discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest.
-- Checking the text makes sense to them.
-- Identify how language and structure contribute to meaning.
-- Participate in discussions.
-- Reading texts that are structured in different ways.

 


-- Discussing words and phrases.
-- Identifying how language contributes to meaning.

Transcription
-- Learn to spell new words correctly.

Composition
-- Discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write.
In non-narrative, use simple organisational devices.
Read aloud their own writing.

Grammar
-- Use adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause.

Teaching and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
Show children the Quidditch match clip from www.YouTube.com. Discuss where the players fly and write some ideas on the board. Look at the phrases that begin with a preposition e.g. around the pitch, beside the castle, over the stand etc. Discuss the PowerPoint up to slide 10.
Activity
Provide differentiated preposition activity (see resource) They add a prepositional phrase, e.g. Hermione waved her wand through the cold air. Or Hermione waved her wand over the potion. Children underline the preposition. Some add the prepositional phrase to the beginning of the sentence using commas.

Day 2 Teaching
Talk to the children about JK Rowling and how she was eventually published. Read the fictitious Reader’s report (see resource). Briefly revise prepositions using the PowerPoint (see resource).
Activity
In pairs children read the Reader’s report (see resource). They identify any prepositions and underline these. Some children work as a group to do this activity.

Day 3 Teaching
Show the PowerPoint (see resource) up to slide 10. Look and discuss adverbs by continuing the PowerPoint to the end. Watch the clip of the Quidditch World Cup from www.YouTube.com. Discuss what it must have been like being there.
Activity
In pairs children read the Quidditch report (see resource) and identify adverbs. They then add adverbs to modify the sentences below. Provide some children with a list of adverbs and some children complete the activity without the list.

Day 4 Teaching
Watch the Quidditch match clip from www.YouTube.com. Discuss what a health and safety inspector might say about Quidditch. Revise the PowerPoint (see resource). Draft ideas for an inspector’s report using prepositions and adverbs.
Activity
Children write a short report on the writing frame (see resource) as if they were the Health and Safety inspector using prepositions and adverbs. Some children discuss ideas for the report and the teacher scribes.

SPAG: Grammar and Punctuation

Prepositions and Adverbs PowerPoint
Children learn to recognise prepositions and how these add information about when, where and why; they then identify adverbs and how these can do the same.

Composition
Unit 5 Composition: Write a report about a school using the features of non-chronological reports.
(suggested as 4 days)

Objectives

Spoken language
-- Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations.
-- Participate in discussions.
-- Use spoken language to develop understanding.

Word Reading
None for this unit

Comprehension
-- Reading texts that are structured in different ways.
- Identifying how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning.

Transcription
-- Spell words that are often misspelt.
-- Spell new words correctly.

Composition
-- Plan their writing by discussing writing similar.

 


-- Discussing and recording ideas.
-- Draft and write by organising paragraphs around a theme.
-- In non-narrative, use simple organisational devices.
-- Propose change to grammar and vocab.
-- Proof read.
-- Read aloud their own writing.

Grammar
-- Extending sentences by using a wider range on conjunctions.
-- Use conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause.

You Will Need

Texts
Harry Potter books

Presentations
PowerPoint on Features of Reports

Teaching and Activities

Day 1 Teaching
Display and share the ‘Description of Hogwarts’ (see resource). Draw out this is a descriptive piece of writing. Compare to the ‘Hogwarts School Inspection’ report.
Activity
Children read both pieces of writing. They compare the differences and similarities and record these on the sheet (see resource). Some children work with an adult in a group.

Day 2 Teaching
Read chapter 15 from The Goblet of Fire. Discuss Beauxbatons and Durmstrang schools and what it might be like to attend them. Look at the inspector’s reports (see resources).
Activity
In pairs children plan their own inspector’s report for Hogwarts, looking at the school information to help them (see resource). They record their ideas on A3 paper. Some children do this in a group.

Day 3 Teaching
Briefly look at PowerPoint on features of reports (see resource). Make a list of main features the children will need to use. Remind children how to extend their sentences using adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions.
Activity
Children begin writing their reports on Hogwarts. They use the headings Teaching / Accommodation and Environment / Care and Safety of Students/ Overall Effectiveness but organise the report in their own way. Some children just use two headings: Teaching and Accommodation and Environment.

Day 4 Teaching
Remind children about the editing process and write what they need to look out for on the flip chart for reference.
Activity
Children finish their reports making sure they have uses lots of extended sentences. They re-read and check for any mistakes. Some children use a variety of extended sentences, some beginning with a preposition or conjunction and using commas.

SPAG: Grammar and Punctuation

Features of Reports Powerpoint
Discuss the purpose of non chronological reports. Note different report types and the contexts report writing may be found. Explore the features, including structure, layout and organisation.