Outdoor Reading and Writing – Year 6

Project Overview

This half term, Year 6 spent some of their reading and writing lessons outdoors, inspired by nature and using our school’s ‘Reading Trail’. During our reading lessons, children were inspired by picture books and created story boards out of natural objects and became story tellers to the rest of the class. They enjoyed performing beloved stories such as, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and ‘The Gruffalo’. We then looked at ‘Into the Woods’ by Anthony Browne and enjoyed reading this with added dramatic elements and predicting the ending with some group performances.

In writing, the children have been inspired by nature to create Kennings and Acrostic poems inspired by natural objects around them and the book, ‘The Lost Words’ by Robert Macfarlane. The children produced some fantastic pieces of poetry full of beautiful language and enjoyed taking the time to pause and enjoy the beauty in the nature that surrounded them.

What The Student Says

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What skills were developed?

Reading:

  • performing reading aloud, showing understanding through intonation. 
  • drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions
  • predicting what might happen next
  • participating in discussions about books
  • explaining and discussing their understanding of what they have read, 

Writing:

  • planning their writing through jotting down ideas from observations
  • writing a variety of types of poetry and using the rules and presentational devices correctly

What The Teacher Says

The children thoroughly enjoyed spending time outdoors and have produced some beautiful work. In reading, it was lovely to be able to go outside and enjoy reading, creating art and performing what we had read to our peers and it was a great change of pace from our previous lessons. They loved the choral reading and drama elements and it was a delight to see them in engaging with reading in such a enthusiastic way.

In writing, they have produced some fantastic poems, inspired by the poems from ‘The Lost Words’ book using a range of ‘Boomtastics’ and ‘Fantastics’. They worked incredibly well outside and really supported each other in the hunt to find the best metaphors and word choices to make their poetry come to life. I am so proud of what they have achieved!

Miss Benson, 6MB Class Teacher