Reporting from the danger zone. This week we have been working through the Past Sats Paper called, "Dangerous Ground". If you don't know it, it is all about Volcanoes with an emphasis on Pompeii.
By chance (it wasn't planned) there is also a movie called Pompeii.
The children have become very interested in how the bodies have been preserved and begun to think about what the people must have went through. They have also begun to investigate the different types of volcanoes and seemingly (by surprise) they are very interested in Pompeii so hence this weeks writing.
Letter writing is not something we have done a lot of this year and so we are going to be sending letters in the role of an observer watching the terror who is somehow at a safe distance but still wants help. An example of these is shown in the reading booklet.
The video shown above will give the children some ideas of what they could be describing to the recipient of their letter when asking for help.
Topics to discuss with the children to help them
- ash, hot gas pumice, stone
- dangers they can see
- what they can hear
- what help they need
- what they are feeling - anguish for the people they can see, relief they are far enough away, fear of being killed
As usual we will use a range of @alanpeat sentences to ensure the children use a range of sentence structures within their writing. My kids love these and they are an integral part of our writing process that has ensured the children across every year group have made unbelievable progress this year.
If you like this idea or any of my other writing ideas please share.
I'm a deputy head in Scarborough, England and love using media and tech to develop writing. I'm also a keen advocate of Learning Without Limits and believe in a games based approach to developing mathematicians.