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Y3 Explanation Text – What was life like in Ancient Egyptian times?


National curriculum content

  • Discuss words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest.
  • Check that the text makes sense to them, discuss their understanding and explain the meaning of words in context.
  • Ask questions to improve their understanding of the text.
  • Identifying main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph and summarise them.
  • Identify how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning.
  • Retrieve and record information from non-fiction.
  • Participate in discussion about the text.
  • Spell words that are often misspelt.
  • Use the first two or three letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary.
  • Plan writing by discussing writing similar to that which they are planning in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar.
  • Discuss and record ideas.
  • Organise paragraphs around a theme.
  • Use simple organisational devices.
  • Assess the effectiveness of their own and other’s writing and suggest improvements.
  • Propose changes to vocabulary.
  • Proof read for spelling and punctuation errors.
  • Read aloud their own writing.
  • Extend the range of sentences by using a wider range of conjunctions.
  • Choose nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition.
  • Use commas after fronted adverbials.


Lesson objectives

  • To show interest in the model text.
  • To understand the vocabulary in the text.
  • To recognise key features in the text.
  • To teach the structure and box up.
  • To be able to act in character.
  • To use subordinating conjunctions to make complex sentences.
  • To use adding and reinforcing conjunctions.
  • To generate ideas for the shared write.
  • To create a shared write.
  • To create own shared write using boxing up.
  • To generate ideas for an independent write.
  • To box up for an independent write.
  • To write independently.


What we want children to know and the skills necessary to achieve this

  • Use simple organisational devices.
  • Use higher level subordinating conjunctions.
  • Use irregular past tense verbs.
  • Use more specific/technical vocabulary to add detail.
  • To be able to use dictionaries.
  • To be able to use adding and reinforcing conjunctions.
  • To be able to research on a given topic.


Grammar and Punctuation Vocabulary

Adding and reinforcing conjunctions, subordinating conjunctions, irregular past tense verbs, capital letter, full stops


Topic Vocabulary

Ancient, civilisation, flax, hieroglyphics, internal, organs, preserve, pyramids