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Y6 Recount- the journey of a blood cell


National curriculum content

  • Identifying the audience for and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own.
  • Noting and developing initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary.
  • Selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning.
  • Using a wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs.
  • Proposing changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning.
  • Ensuring the consistent and correct use of tense throughout a piece of writing.
  • Ensuring correct subject and verb agreement when using singular and plural, distinguishing between the language of speech and writing and choosing the appropriate register.
  • Proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors.
  • Using further organisational and presentational devices to structure text and to guide the reader.



Lesson objectives

  • To read and internalise the model text
  • To identify and define new vocabulary
  • To understand the structure of a suspense tale
  • To explore and use ‘empty words’ in sentences
  • To explore and use ‘show not tell’ to create suspense
  • To contribute to a shared write
  • To innovate the model text with own ideas
  • To write independently using the skills taught


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

  • How to write for a range of purposes and audiences
  • How to create cohesion within and between paragraphs
  • How to organise and present a biological recount
  • Secure use of linking ideas within and across paragraphs
  • Appropriate structure
  • Imperative verb starters
  • Convert nouns  and adjectives into verbs using suffixes
  • Parenthesis
  • Secure use of subordination (complex sentences)
  • Active and passive verbs for effect
  • Developed use of rhetorical questions for persuasion
  • Technical language
  • Relative clauses
  • Embellished simple sentences
  • Hyphens to avoid ambiguity


Grammar and punctuation Vocabulary

Hyphens; verb tense; adverbials; cohesion; commas; subordinate conjunction; coordinating conjunction; modal verbs; modal adverbs; relative clause; commas; Brackets; Dashes; Imperative verbs (Do not use ‘get’!); Nouns/adjectives/verbs; Suffixes; Parenthesis; Homonyms; Synonyms; Antonymns


Topic Vocabulary

Heart, lungs, pulmonary circuit, systemic circuit, oxygenated, deoxygenated, platelets, arteries, veins, capillaries, chamber, red blood cell, white blood cell