Father’s Day Design Technology

Never a learning moment missed in this house! Through my curriculum tracking against the National Curriculum I had noticed that we hadn’t taught any levers, cogs or paper engineering. At a loss as to how to shoehorn this into a child led learning moment the objectives have been festering at the back of my mind … Continue reading Father’s Day Design Technology

Flossy’s ‘Snobots’

Not to be out done, Flossy embarked on her own version of Freya’s book and called it the ‘Snobots’. To give Freya credit she as incredibly supportive of this and encouraged Flossy in every way. Flossy was not keen on planning anything, nor second drafting anything, but as she has been writing for less than … Continue reading Flossy’s ‘Snobots’

Writing up the final draft

It has taken her days and days to write up her book in ‘best’ and complete the illustrations. One morning we found her at the dining room table working at 7:03 am! That is intrinsic motivation for you. Flossy and a Freya writing at 7am before we had woken up! She is so proud of … Continue reading Writing up the final draft

The final edit lesson five

We read the whole story aloud to the family... Freya was so proud of her work she practically beamed! Once she had celebrated her achievement the editing began. Daddy talked to Freya about the process he went through before his book was published. The number of edits he did and the new drafts he wrote. … Continue reading The final edit lesson five

Creative writing lesson four

She was off again, knowing that it was ok to make mistakes and assured that the best word being used is more important than the correct spelling Freya was raring to go the next day. We once again worked together on the planning mind maps and she was keen to get off and working at … Continue reading Creative writing lesson four

Creative writing part three

Freya was not so sure about her writing the next day... She was excited to work together on the planning for her next focus - the ‘Build up’ of her story but when I had to leave her working independently while doing the grocery shopping, she lost momentum and her work was of a much … Continue reading Creative writing part three

Creative writing lesson two

The next morning Freya was very keen to get started on her book! We reminded ourselves what was in the plan and talked about her introduction. With me working on a mind map she talked me through the characteristics of her protagonist and his friends then went on the describe the setting in great detail. … Continue reading Creative writing lesson two

Planning a creative writing project

Freya has been working on her book for just over a week, I hope to share the finished product soon... in the meantime I wanted to share the planning process that we went through to support our seven year old 🙂 As you saw in an earlier post we created a stress free, quiet space … Continue reading Planning a creative writing project

Writing for a purpose – letters

I have mentioned before I think how much purpose has an impact on writing. If a child knows ‘why’ they are doing something they can ignite intrinsic motivation to keep themselves working. Even better is when the come up with the writing idea themselves. Our girls have had many ‘goodbyes’ in their lives. Too many … Continue reading Writing for a purpose – letters

Creating space for creation

Freya is writing a book. This has happened before, but this time she is using some story construction tools to help her with her structure. With two younger siblings in the house it is always difficult to find a quiet place to work, more so in the caravan admittedly, but still the case in the … Continue reading Creating space for creation