Writing letters is one of man’s oldest forms of communication to friends and family that used to live far away. However, the art of letter writing is becoming obsolete as emails and texting take over as our favoured forms of communication.
As part of their English curriculum, Year 4 has learnt how to write letters of thanks to the staff at Lockerbrook, after their residential holiday. They also wrote letters of acceptance to Mr Willy Wonka after finding a golden ticket in their chocolate Wonka bar.
Over the weeks prior to writing the letters we looked at great examples of letters and the children created their own success criteria. They watched teacher modelling and learnt from my ‘live writing’ (verbalising thoughts as I wrote) this is known as ‘My Turn’.
The children then worked as a whole class in order to produce a letter, this is known as ‘Together Turn’. Finally, they wrote independent letters which is known as ‘Your Turn’.
The letters that you can see are just some of those written by the children in ‘Your Turn’. They are their first drafts and show my corrections and comments.