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Writing at Watchfield

At Watchfield we are very proud of our cross-curricular links, particularly between our English work and other subjects. Across the school you can find lots of examples of writing being celebrated across various displays. Year 2 have been working hard on their ‘Sammy the Street Dog’ stories and have combined this with their DT projects building houses from the period of the Great Fire of London. 

In Year 4 the children looked at the book ‘Escape From Pompeii’ and wrote their own versions of the story. Examples of their amazing writing have been displayed alongside some very powerful erupting volcano pictures completed in Art.


Year 6 studied the books from the Harry Potter series during Autumn Term 2 and have produced some brilliant ‘Sorting Hat‘ songs and instructions on how to deal with various things from the books. If you need to know how to ride a broomstick, tame a dragon or identify a Howler then have a look at the display outside Eagles class! 



In Year 4 we have researched extreme weather and written some fascinating non-chronological reports

In Year 6, we have been reading Emma Carroll’s book, Letters From The Lighthouse, which is the tale of two evacuees who become involved in an exciting plot about refugees, missing people and the lighthouse. We were scandalised when we found out that the lighthouse was going to be disguised or, worse, destroyed! These are the newspaper reports that the children wrote in response to this scandal.

In Year 4, we enjoyed writing 'villainous speeches' in the role of nasty Emperor Nero. We then performed and filmed them using a green screen app

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During Year 5's Shackleton Topic, we imagined we were aboard the Endurance and wrote some incredibly moving letters home to loved ones.

Our Pre-School children are encouraged to mark make. This includes using crayons, paint, pencils, water, in sand and even with invisible face paints! All these experiences give children enjoyment and purpose. We want our children to leave our Pre-School excited by mark making and keen to embrace more writing in their next class.

We have a ‘Writing Shed’ for our Foundation Stage children to access in the outside area.

We need a good imagination to write great stories. When we play in Pre-School we make up stories with the toys we use. We want to be like ‘Imagination Ivy’. This will help our story writing when we are older.

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