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What will we be writing about this term?




Warning poster, warning announcement, alternative ending, performance poetry, letter of apology.


This term in writing we will be using the text Jim: A Cautionary Tale by Hilaire Belloc in which children begin by exploring a range of scenarios and their consequences, before warning the main character Jim about the consequences of his actions.  Later in the sequence of learning, children will write a letter of apology from Jim to his Nurse, and also consider possible alternative endings to the tale. There will be the chance to learn and perform sections of the narrative poem before children create their own cautionary tale.


Text Rationale:

One of the most well-known cautionary tales from the Victorian era, Hilaire Belloc’s re-telling is both captivating and educational in equal measure.  Illustrated by celebrated children’s author Mini Grey, the story is presented in an engaging style with lift-the-flaps, fold-out and pop-up pages which mirror the historic setting of the book and will capture children’s attention from the start. Discussions will lead naturally towards morals and how to behave appropriately and links could also be made with historical studies of the Victorians. 



Spelling Coverage:

Word List Words: 

accidentally, caught, experience, learn, mention, naughty

Spelling Rules and Patterns:

Endings which sound like /ʃən/, spelt –tion, –sion, –ssion, –cian and the suffix -ation

Words with the /eI/ sound spelt ei, eigh or ey


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