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‘Love Monster and the Last Chocolate’ by Rachel Bright

978000754030300

Writing Activities for KS1
by Maddy Barnes

Love Monster cannot believe it when he finds a box of chocolate . Should he keep them? Should he return them? What should he do? A hilarious tale where the motto is to follow your heart!

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Audience and Purpose

The new teacher assessment frameworks for writing place an emphasis on children writing for a range of purposes and audience.

KS1:

  • write simple, coherent narratives about personal experiences and those of others (real or fictional)
  • write about real events, recording these simply and clearly write simple, coherent narratives about personal experiences and those of others (real or fictional)

KS2:

  • write effectively for a range of purposes and audiences, selecting language that shows good awareness of the reader (e.g. the use of the first person in a diary; direct address in instructions and persuasive writing)

Audience and Purpose – how to make it accessible

EYFS:

  • Do children have a visual prompt of their audience? For example of they are writing a ‘Get Well’ card to Teddy, is Teddy on the writing table with a bandage on his arm?
  •  At EYFS, writing tasks work best if children can relate to the experience (concrete rather than abstract).
  • Teachers should use the language ‘Who’ are we writing to and ‘Why’ are we writing rather than purpose and audience.

KS1:

  •  KS1 children will benefit from role play; hot-seating; using props and oral rehearsal.
  • They may also need ‘Who’ and ‘Why’ before the terms ‘Audience & Purpose’ are introduced.

KS2:

  • Features of specific genre should be taught first and form the main body of success criteria (grammar objectives should be secondary)
  • Make ‘Audience & Purpose’ explicit.

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KS1 Writing Opportunities

Task:
Monster has just returned from his holiday. Where has he been?
Purpose: What are you writing and why? A postcard from Monster describing the place he is staying in (choose where from according to your topics).
Audience: Who is he writing to? One of his friends.

What the children will need:

  • Greeting
  • 1st person
  • Detailed description
  • Opinions
  • Engage audience – wish you were here etc…
  • Closing
  • Conjunctions
  • Punctuation
  • Words with suffixes (wonderful etc…)

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KS1 Writing Opportunities

Task:
Monster does not know what to do with the box of chocolates. What should he do? Tell him!
Purpose: Why are you writing? A speech to Monster telling him what to do with the chocolates. You will need to decide if he should eat the chocolates or share them!
Audience: Who are you writing to? Love Monster himself.

What the children will need:

This is a speech to the Love Monster. Think about style:

  • Powerful opening so that he listens
  • State your side – eat them all or share with your mates
  • Give reasons to support you
  • Motto to remind him – share and share alike or scoff the lot and hide the box!

KS1 Writing Opportunities

Task:
Monster detests coffee chocolates. What happened the last time he ate a coffee chocolate?
Purpose: Why are you writing? To recount what happened the last time Love Monster ate a coffee chocolate. You should entertain your reader.
Audience: Who are you writing for? Children in year 1 or year 2 (peers).

What the children will need:

This needs to be descriptive and funny!

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