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Suspense tale

Y3 Suspense Tale – The red Eye


National curriculum content

  • Discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar.
  • Composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures. 
  • Organising paragraphs around a theme.
  • In narratives, creating settings, characters and plot.
  • Assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements.
  • Proposing changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency, including the accurate use of pronouns in sentences.
  • Proofread for spelling and punctuation errors.
  • Read their own writing aloud to a group or the whole class, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear.
  • Spell words that are often misspelt.
  • Use the first 2 or 3 letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary.


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 use effective adjectives for description
  • To use different sentence lengths for effect
  • To use idioms for interesting description
  • 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

  • To use sentences of three
  • To use short sentences for emphasis and effect
  • To use adverbial phrases
  • To use prepositional phrases of more than one word
  • To use powerful verbs
  • To use commas after fronted adverbials
  • To use ellipsis effectively


Grammar and Punctuation Vocabulary

Adverbial phrases, comma, sentences of three, ellipsis, powerful verbs, prepositional phrases


Topic Vocabulary

Ancient, corridor, except, flicked, flickered, forgotten, gloated, glowed, howled, hushed, map, peacefully, pounding, quivered, stirred, strange, tiptoed